Anastasia Rybachenko Анастасия Рыбаченко

OSCE Field Operations After The Ukraine Crisis: In Search of A New Strategy?

Recently the German Grassroots-Thinktank "Polis180" published a Policy Paper about the OSCE. The goal is to provide practical recommendations to the current 2016 German OSCE Chairmanship about the possibilities to reform and to strengthen the organization. In this Policy Paper, I wrote a separate chapter:

"OSCE Field Operations After The Ukraine Crisis: In Search of A New Strategy?"

The chapter is available for reading and download here: academia.edu/25194630/OSCE_Field_Operations_After_The_Ukraine_Crisis_In_Search_of_A_New_Strategy

Full paper you can find here: www.foraus.ch/#!/themen/c!/content-5654-Dialogue-Consensus-Comprehensive-Security-Field-Action-Why-the-OSCE-Needs-a-New-Impetus-Now

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Expert Discussion on the 2016 German OSCE Chairmanship. Berlin

Information about the event in German: http://polis180.org/blog/2015/11/14/food-for-thought/

Recently I attended a discussion in Berlin on the role of the OSCE in view of the forthcoming 2016 German OSCE Chairmanship. Other participants of the discussion were Special Representative of Germany for OSCE Chairmanship Gernot Erler, former Ambassador of Switzerland to Germany Tim Guldimann, Head of Division for Arms Control, Non-proliferation, UN and OSCE at the German Ministry of Defence Ernst-Christoph Meier and Frank Evers, an excellent OSCE-expert from the Centre for OSCE Research in Hamburg.

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I was invited as one of four "young experts". In my contribution to the discussion, I focused on how the OSCE can prevent new crises similar to that in and around Ukraine. I spoke particularly about the risks in Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus and Serbia. As these countries are located on the crossroads of the Russian and Western influences, and a split of their societies into the pro-Western and pro-Russian blocs is something that we already can observe. Antagonisms between these two blocs can escalate into new armed conflicts.
OSCE field missions can contribute to reducing the tensions. But a negative trend was observed in the last years. Since 2000, OSCE field operations were closed in three of these six countries, particularly in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Belarus. While their authorities have been reluctant to continue cooperating with the OSCE, these countries' commitments to achieve a comprehensive security through sustainable economic growth, politico-military transparency and the respect for human rights have not yet been fulfilled.
The closure of the field operations constraints the work of the OSCE and limits its chances for success. Work on the ground is necessary for monitoring the situation in and providing assistance to the host countries. In view of the growing instability in Europe, where the crisis in and around Ukraine is an alarming example, the work of OSCE field operations is particularly crucial for averting new conflicts.

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Conference on civil society in Russia. Berlin. | Конференция о российском гражданском обществе

Today I spoke at the conference "Civil society in Russia 2013". The conference was organised by the "Solidarity with Russian civil society" with the support of the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum. Other speakers were Peter Franck (Amnesty International), Walter Kaufmann (Böll Foundation), Tim Bohse (Solidarity with civil society in Russia) and Stefan Melle (German- Russian exchange, EU - Russia Civil Society Forum).

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Выступила сегодня на конференции "Civil society in Russia 2013". Среди выступающих были Peter Franck (Amnesty International), Walter Kaufmann (Böll Foundation), Tim Bohse (Solidarity with civil society in Russia) и Stefan Melle (German- Russian exchange, EU - Russia Civil Society ). Конференцию организовал Solidarity with Russian civil society при поддержке Heinrich Böll Foundation и EU-Russia Civil Society Forum.

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Heute hatte ich einen Auftritt auf der Konferenz "Civil society in Russia 2013". Andere Referenten waren Peter Franck (Amnesty International), Walter Kaufmann (Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung), Tim Bohse (Solidarität mit der Zivilgesellschaft in Russland) und Stefan Melle (Deutsch-Russische Austausch, EU - Russland Forum der Zivilgesellschaft). Die Konferenz wurde von der "Solidarität mit der russischen Zivilgesellschaft" mit Unterstützung der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung und der "EU-Russland-Forum der Zivilgesellschaft" organisiert.
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Interview on Deutsche Welle livestream | Интервью на канале Deutsche Welle



My interview on the 'Agenda' show on Deutsche Welle live stream. Have discussed the Russian opposition movement, Russian politics and also the trial against Alexei Navalny.

Моё интервью на передаче Агенда на канале Deutsche Welle. Обсудили российское оппозиционное движение, политику, а также дело Навального.

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Discussion about political situation in Russia. Berlin. | Дискуссия о политической ситуации в России

On June 21, I attended a public discussion about the political situation in Russia. I spoke about those political activists who have been forced to leave Russia because of politically motivated persecutions against them. More information here: http://panda-theater.de/

21 июня я посетила дискуссию в Берлине, где обсуждалась политическая ситуация в России. Я рассказала о ребятах, вынужденных уехать из России из-за преследований по "Болотному делу". Подробнее здесь: http://panda-theater.de/

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Action of solidarity with prisoners of Bolotnaya Square case. Berlin. | В поддержку узников 6 мая

On June 12, I participated in an action of solidarity with the prisoners of the so-called Bolotnaya Square case. The action took place in Berlin in front of the Russian Embassy. Among participants was Volker Beck, Member of the German Parliament.

12 июня, в день России, в Берлине прошла акция в поддержку узников 6 мая.

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Conference-preparation for Lithuania's EU presidency. Vilnius

On May 21, I attended a conference on human rights in Russia that took place in Vilnius, Lithuania. Human rights was not the only topic of the conference, and we also discussed several other issues in Russia-EU relationships, which Lithuania could address during its presidency of the EU Council. For instance, the prospective Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement and the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine were also discussed.

The conference was organised by the Institute of International Relations and Political Science of the Vilnius University. Among guests were representatives of various NGOs and also some politicians. As with regard to the politicians, my colleague Ilya Yashin (one of the young leaders of the ''Solidarity'' Movement and a member of the Russian Opposition Coordination Council) also attended the conference and spoke on the same final panel with me.

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Some more information here: http://balticworlds.com/the-russian-opposition/

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CONFERENCE REPORTSHARDER TIMES FORTHE RUSSIAN OPPOSITION

Published on balticworlds.com on Juni 3, 2013

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Presidential reception on the Estonian Independence Day. Tallinn. | День Независимости Эстонии

On February 24, I attended an official presidential reception on the occasion of the Independence Day of Estonia. I had a chance to talk briefly to the Prime Minister Andrus Ansip. Among other topics, we have discussed the so-called Magnitsky Act. As Mr Prime Minister had assured me, all those responsible for the death of the lawyer should not get away with this crime, and the adoption of the Magnitsky act in Estonia would remain on the country's political agenda.

Посетила традиционный приём президента Эстонии по случаю Дня Независимости этой Республики. Хорошее впечатление произвёл премьер страны Андрус Ансип. Обсудили с ним закон Магнитского. Кроме прочего, он заверил, что считает, что подобные преступления не должны сходить с рук, и поэтому вопрос о принятии списка Магнитского Эстонией будет обсуждаться.

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