WASHINGTON – A proposal by a senior Moscow politician to transform Russia's Kaliningrad oblast into an autonomous Russian Baltic republic could reorder the geopolitics of the Baltic region. Vladimir Shumeiko, a former Russian deputy prime minister and the chairman of the Russian Federation Council, said he favors upgrading the Kaliningrad region into an autonomous republic, lest that non-contiguous part of the Russian state suffer a social explosion or become "a protectorate of a neighboring country or even an area managed by the Council of Europe." Shumeiko made the suggestion in response ...
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