Anton Barbashin

Director and policy analyst at Riddle
“A lot of people that haven’t traveled to the EU would not know how successful it is in terms of connecting very different places like Norway and Spain or Bulgaria and Ireland in one single organism. No borders, most of the time one currency, one market, and no war - which is the most important of it." - Anton Barbashin
Time Question
0:02 Do you identify as a European?
2:12 In Siberia, Russia when you were growing up, you suggested that identity was not relevant to you. What did you mean by that?
3:41 What was your formative European moment?
7:12 What was the worst moment in recent European history?
9:05 What was the best moment in recent European history?
10:40 What is the single most important thing the EU has done for you personally?
12:35 What is the one thing you would most like the EU to have achieved by 2030?
14:43 What is your ideal vision for Europe? Do you think more countries should be included in their relations and border arrangements even if they are not part of the EU?
17:08 Is Russian politics at a turning point? Is Putin's power starting to decline?
19:58 Has the pandemic wekeaned Putin's leadership style?
21:01 How would a change in Russian leadership impact European politics (especially in Poland and Hungary)?
23:30 If Putin stepped down, would the Russian political mood turn East or Westward?
25:09 What is the main feeling that comes to mind in regard to that obsession with Europe?
27:48 What can the EU do to resist Putin's attempts to undermine it?
30:19 Is Navalny a right-wing populist or a pro-European democrat?
33:18 Do you think he has made it harder for Putin to try and get rid of him?