"We hear very often that the post-Soviet space does not exist anymore – that countries, which were part of the Soviet Union, have succeeded and play their own role in the regional and global agendas. Legally, indeed, the USSR stopped to exist 30 years ago. However, de facto, the historical process of the breakup of the USSR has not ended, – believes the expert. – After destruction of the past, something new should appear. The USSR represented a framework of support of multinational world, and after it ceased to exist new forms and methods have not been invented. Today, the agenda in the post-Soviet space is, to a great extent, facing the past, and it means that it is too early to speak about the breakup of the USSR as a completed historical phase".During the discussion, the experts provided a detailed analysis of events taking place in certain post-Soviet countries. Alexander Gushchin, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Post-Soviet and Interregional Studies, Associate Professor at the Department of Post-Soviet Countries at the Russian State University for the Humanities, paid special attention to the situation in Ukraine:
The program of the Gorchakov Fund was continued by a meeting with Fyodor Lukyanov, Director for Research at the Valdai International Discussion Club and Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Affairs magazine. The major discussion issue was characteristics of the developing world order. The expert emphasized an increasing level of selfishness of large and middle-sized countries.
"The goal of the Crimean Platform Initiative is to give importance to the Crimean agenda on the international arena, consolidate Ukrainian allies and patrons. This being said, such countires of the Anglo-Saxon world as Canada and Australia were not represented by their top leaders at the forum on August 23. Turkey confined itself to a visit by the foreign minister. This confirms that Russia remains an important player on a large set of issues for the collective West under conditions of the new international configuration".
"The process of globalization had seemed irreversible until March of 2020; however, the coronavirus pandemic demonstrated that, if required, it can be "turned off" and reversed. Understanding of that fact by the global community will result in rejection of the postulate about linear development of the world, which seemed to emerge following global changes of the 1980-1990s. It turned out that in the modern history cyclical turnarounds, which take us back and not forward, can exist", – added Fyodor Lukyanov.The International Youth Forum "Eurasia Global" will end on Wednesday, September 8. Results of the grant contest of the Gorchakov Fund for foreign participants of the event will be announced the day before. The expert committee will select winners, who will receive grants in the amounts of 200 000, 300 000 and 500 000 rubles.