Son of a renowned Estonian ballerina and a Polish father who died in a goulag, Jaan Kaplinski is a former Estonian parliament member (1992-1995). He is a member of the Universal Academy of Cultures, presided over by Elie Wiesel. In 1997, he received the Literature Award of the Baltic Assembly. He has been nominated for the Nobel Literature Prize.
What to do with Russia? Many articles have been published in which some authors compare the current situation with the bloody years of the Stalin regime while others think that the Russian government is trying, although slowly, to normalize the situation. Those who know how life was under Stalin will never accept this comparison with the Russia of Vladimir Putin. The Goulag no longer exists and one of Putin’s main adversaries, Kodorkovsky, has the chance to write political articles from (...)