The leader of the Donetsk separatists is assassinated

On 31 August, there was a successful assassination attempt against Aleksandr Zakharchenko, the leader of the unrecognised ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’.

Tadeusz Iwański
Jan Strzelecki
Piotr Żochowski
Crisis in Turkmenistan. A test for China’s policy in the region

The currency crisis, caused by the collapse in gas prices, has turned into the most serious social and political crisis in the history of Turkmenistan.

OSW Commentary
Jakub Jakóbowski
Mariusz Marszewski
A stinking business. Environmental issues, protests and big money in the waste business in Russia

In recent months, Moscow oblast has seen a series of social protests against environmental problems caused by municipal waste landfills.

OSW Commentary
Jadwiga Rogoża
Serbia-Kosovo negotiations – playing for time under pressure from the West

The negotiations between Serbia and Kosovo aimed at reaching a comprehensive agreement to normalise relations between the two states are to enter a new phase in September.

OSW Commentary
Marta Szpala
China’s offer to the EU: tough negotiations or a coalition against Trump?

Donald Trump’s aggressive policy towards Beijing and the spectre of a trade war have served as a catalyst for the resumption of dialogue between China and the EU. 

OSW Commentary
Jakub Jakóbowski
Konrad Popławski

On 18 August, Alyaksandr Lukashenka carried out a major government overhaul, dismissing the prime minister, four out of five deputy prime ministers and four ministers.

Wojciech Konończuk

On 12 August, the leaders of all five coastal countries adopted a framework convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea during the Caspian Summit in Aktau, Kazakhstan.

Mariusz Marszewski
Putin meets Merkel in Meseberg

On 18 August, Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Vladimir Putin held a working meeting at the castle in Meseberg near Berlin.

Anna Kwiatkowska-Drożdż
Witold Rodkiewicz
Troublesome Investment. The Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant in Astravyets

When Belarus embarked on the construction of its first nuclear power plant in Astravyets in 2012, the official objective was to significantly reduce the share played by imported Russian gas in the country’s electricity production.

OSW Studies
Joanna Hyndle-Hussein
Szymon Kardaś
Kamil Kłysiński
Defenders of the besieged fortress. On the historical legitimization of Russia’s special service

The history of the special services and the ideas which organise them in the symbolic sphere are an important part of the reflection on their contemporary role and position. Over the centuries, the secret services defined Russia's relations with the outside world, shaped its domestic situation, and influenced the fate of the societies and nations that were part of the Russian and Soviet empires.

Point of View
Jolanta Darczewska