Professor Richard Sakwa analyzes the factors behind Putin’s move, and its likely consequences!

… Putin’s decision, he says, comes after Kiev refused to implement the 2015 Minsk accords, which could have ended the conflict, and a longstanding US-driven project to expand NATO to Russia’s borders.

Professor Sakwa joined The University of Kent at Canterbury in 1987, was promoted to a professorship in 1996 and was Head of School between 2001 and 2007, and in 2010 he once again took over as Head of School until 2014. While completing his doctorate on Moscow politics during the Civil War (1918-21) he spent a year on a British Council scholarship at Moscow State University (1979-80), and then worked for two years in Moscow in the ‘Mir’ Science and Technology Publishing House. Before moving to Kent he lectured at the University of Essex and the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prof. Sakwa is an Associate Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at  Chatham House, a Senior Research Fellow at the National Research University-Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Honorary Professor, Faculty of Political Science, Moscow State University, and since September 2002 a member of Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences.   

Research interests:

– Political developments in Russia.

– International politics and the Second Cold WarNature of postcommunist political order and prospects for socialism

– Global challenges facing the former communist countries

– Problems of European and global order

Current projects:

– Book on Deception: Russiagate and the New Cold War    

– Book: The Lost Peace: The Second Cold War and the Making of a New Global Conflict (contracted to Yale University Press)

– Book on The Future of Socialism


1. Primary Source /

– Richard Sakwa is Professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent.

2. Primary Source / The GrayZone / 23. feb 2022

3. Secondary Source / / 24. feb 2022