ISSUE 4-2018
INTERVIEW
STUDIES
Yaroslav Shimov Evgeny Magda Elkhan Shakhinoglu Ahmad Alili
OUR ANALYSES
Tengiz Ablotia
REVIEW
Pavel Vitek
APROPOS
Igor Yakovenko


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Having attempted to map the  development of some of the former soviet republics throughout 2018, we have prepared almost a monothematic issue that should provide insight into the complicated situation which has recently prevailed in this region in the current post-soviet era. In a number of countries, the people face a difficult socio-economic situation, and in some cases, also most complicated neighborly relations caused by an ongoing freeze in all conflicts. In case of Ukraine, one can even speak of a very hot conflict, as there is still shooting going on in the East of Ukraine and people keep dying. Moreover, there is a serious concern that Russia may try to further escalate the conflict.

In this issue we focus again on the Russian attempts to influence public opinion in Europe. This time Russian propaganda takes advantage of various events held to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Munich Conference, which became an unsuccessful and shameful attempt to save peace at the expense of Czechoslovakia.

Using questionable arguments as to the Soviet Union's readiness to help Czechoslovakia, Russian propaganda primarily focuses on casting doubt on the credibility of Czechoslovakia's then allies; besides, there is a more than apparent desire to shift attention to the Treaty of Munich from another shameful treaty, namely the anniversary of the signing of the German-Russian Nonaggression Pact, known as the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact, which is going to be remembered in 2019.

The article dealing with these Russian tendencies is published under the heading "Wasted Effort" and is based on the author's belief that Russian propaganda is only wasting time and money in the Czech Republic. This view may be sympathised with mainly by the generations that experienced communist propaganda in the past, from which the present Russian style does not differ a great deal. The arrogance with which they try to exploit Munich to influence the views of modern Czechs is further reflected in the quality of the presented works,  most of which are characterised by poor reasoning  and a generally low level of professional journalism.

The breeding ground for the Russian undermining efforts is depicted in an article in an original way, condemning Vladimir Putin's style of governance as a kind of fascism. While this assessment may strike the reader somewhat brutal, the author does seem to have found a number of similarities between the two regimes.

This issue is prefaced by an interview with Luboš Dobrovský, who goes beyond the topics usually discussed in our virtual pages. Nevertheless, his depiction of the current situation in Central Europe, which in his view is more than a little worrying, has a lot in common with the spirit of our journal. Ambassador Dobrovsky regards raising awareness as one of the ways towards rectification and we hope that this issue contributes to this goal.

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