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Catherine A. Fitzpatrick
Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

Russia This Week: Demonstrators Against War in Ukraine Arrested

Updated Daily. This week’s issue: - Anti-War Protesters Arrested for Candlelight Vigil in Moscow - Lone Anti-War Pickets in Moscow, Yekaterinburg Last Week’s Issue: -Kremlin advisor Sergei Glazyev speaks in Yalta, surrounded by separatists and European far right; advocates for “Novorossiya” to join Customs Union. -There was an anti-war rally in St. Petersburg. -Lev Shlosberg,
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Ukraine Liveblog Day 196: Ukrainian Navy Under Attack In Azov Sea

Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. An archive of our liveblogs can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast. Please help The Interpreter to continue providing this valuable information service by making a donation towards our costs. View Ukraine: April, 2014 in a larger map For
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Ukraine LiveBlog Day 195: Assassination Attempt on Separatist Leader Zakharchenko

Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. An archive of our liveblogs can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast. Please help The Interpreter to continue providing this valuable information service by making a donation towards our costs. View Ukraine: April, 2014 in a larger map For
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Ukraine LiveBlog Day 194: ‘Humanitarian Corridor’ Uncertain for Evacuation of Ukrainian Soldiers

Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. An archive of our liveblogs can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast. Please help The Interpreter to continue providing this valuable information service by making a donation towards our costs. View Ukraine: April, 2014 in a larger map For
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Catherine A. Fitzpatrick
Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

Russia This Week: Kremlin Advisor Speaks at Yalta Conference Amid Separatists, European Far Right (25-31 August)

Updated Daily. -Kremlin advisor Sergei Glazyev speaks in Yalta, surrounded by separatists and European far right; advocates for “Novorossiya” to join Customs Union. -There was an anti-war rally in St. Petersburg. -Lev Shlosberg, Pskov deputy who investigated Pskov paratroopers’ deaths, assaulted, hospitalized; he links his attack to his investigation, and Acting Governor Turchak condemns attack.
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Ukraine LiveBlog Day 193: Putin Appeals to ‘Militia of Novorossiya’

Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. An archive of our liveblogs can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast. Please help The Interpreter to continue providing this valuable information service by making a donation towards our costs. View Ukraine: April, 2014 in a larger map For
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Ukraine Liveblog Day 192: Novoazovsk Occupied As Yatsenyuk Calls For Emergency UNSC Meeting

Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. An archive of our liveblogs can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast. Please help The Interpreter to continue providing this valuable information service by making a donation towards our costs. View Ukraine: April, 2014 in a larger map For
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Ukraine Liveblog Day 191: Fighting In Ilovaisk, Amvrosievka and Novoazovsk

Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. An archive of our liveblogs can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast. Please help The Interpreter to continue providing this valuable information service by making a donation towards our costs. View Ukraine: April, 2014 in a larger map For
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Ukraine Liveblog Day 190: Russian Paratroopers Captured In Ukraine

Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. An archive of our liveblogs can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast. Please help The Interpreter to continue providing this valuable information service by making a donation towards our costs. View Ukraine: April, 2014 in a larger map For
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Ukrainian LiveBlog Day 189: Is There a Russian Invasion?

Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. An archive of our liveblogs can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast. Please help The Interpreter to continue providing this valuable information service by making a donation towards our costs. View Ukraine: April, 2014 in a larger map For
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

‘Russia Stands at the Brink of Catastrophe,’ Russian Anti-War Movement Warns

Staunton, August 31 – The organizing committee of the Russian Anti-War Movement says that “Russia stands at the brink of catastrophe” following Putin’s introduction of regular Russian army units into Ukraine, an action that threatens losses equivalent to the war in Afghanistan, a major military conflict in Europe, and a fratricidal war. Arguing that Vladimir
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Window on Eurasia

Moscow Views Donetsk and Luhansk as Surety Against Ukraine Joining NATO, Lukin Says

Staunton, August 31 – Vladimir Lukin, former Russian ambassador to the United States and human rights ombudsman, says that Vladimir Putin will use the amount of force necessary in eastern Ukraine to convince Kyiv that it cannot win and use the ensuing federalization of Ukraine as a means of blocking that country’s joining NATO. Lukin
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Window on Eurasia

Russian Neo-Nazis Fighting for Moscow in Ukraine, Ukrainian Jewish Leader Says

Staunton, August 30 – Iosif Zisels, the head of Vaad Ukrainy, the Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine, says that neo-Nazi organizations from Russia” are taking an active role in the pro-Moscow forces in eastern Ukraine, a reflection of the fact that “Russia is infected with the ideas of revanchism, which is very
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Putin Accepts Only ‘Imperial-Militarist’ Component of Soviet Inheritance, Shtepa Says

Staunton, August 30 – Vladimir Putin is often accused of wanting to restore the Soviet system or at least its core values, but in fact, the Kremlin leader is interested in promoting the its “imperial-militarist” element and not its “revolutionary” component, a pattern that has the effect of limiting Russia’s ability to deal with the
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Window on Eurasia

Putin Needs ‘Not Victory but War Itself,’ Kruglyakovsky Says

Staunton, August 30 – Vladimir Putin’s decision to move toward a full-scale invasion of Ukraine shows that he “has no other levers and resources” to achieve his will than to send in his soldiers, but it also reflects the fact that what the Kremlin leader needs is “not victory but war itself,” according to Kiev
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Moscow Military Review Lists Seven ‘Probable’ Targets in ‘Novorossiya’

Staunton, August 29 – Voyennoye Obozreniye, an online Moscow journal directed at the Russian military and military analysts, has published a list of seven targets Russian forces are likely to attack in the course of what it describes as “the probable future of the war for Novorossiya.” Of course, which ones the Kremlin and Russian commanders
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Putin Commits Himself to ‘Novorossiya’

Staunton, August 29 – Given how often Vladimir Putin lies, it may be a mistake to make too much of any of his statements as an indication of where he is heading. But his use of the term “Novorossiya” in his statement yesterday, the first time he has talked about that space within Ukraine as
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

North Caucasian Nation Increasing in Number Even Though Its Language is Dying

Staunton, August 29 – For many peoples, the death of their languages marks the beginning of the end of their national existences. But for others, the death of the one does not affect the life of the other. Indeed, some nations become more vital and nationalistic only after they stop speaking what some of their
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Russia Lacks Resources for Occupation of Eastern Ukraine, Moscow Military Expert Says

Staunton, August 29 – The Russian military has the ability to seize Donetsk and Lugansk if no one provides assistance to Ukraine, Russian military affairs specialist Aleksandr Golts says, but he argues that Moscow “does not have the resources” it would need for “a full-scale occupation” of these and other Ukrainian regions. In an interview
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Russian Invasion Underscores Putin’s Failure in Ukraine, MGIMO Professor Says

Staunton, August 29 – Russia’s invasion of Ukraine highlights a reality many do not want to talk about: Vladimir Putin failed to be able to deal with Ukraine “via softer measures” because of the steadfastness and resistance of the Ukrainians. Putin was consequently forced to send in regular Russian army units, according to Andrei Zubov.
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“What can we advise our American colleagues? To spend more time in the fresh air, take up yoga, a food separation diet, perhaps watch some sit-coms on television. That would be better than to “wind up” oneself and others, knowing in fact that the train has left the station, and childish tantrums, tears and hysterics will not help.”

- Sergei Ryabkov Russian Deputy Foreign Minister
News Highlights
The Times

Telegraph and TV channel criticised over crash reports

A Russian TV channel accused of acting as a mouthpiece for the Kremlin is facing an investigation by Britain’s broadcasting watchdog for its coverage of the destruction of the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet.
The Moscow Times

Exxon Oil Rig Tests Russian Waters and U.S. Sanctions

An ordinary, long-scheduled journey of an oil drilling rig into Arctic waters is turning into a major political exercise, attracting international scrutiny and creating a dilemma for Exxon Mobil Corp.
BBC

Alexander Litvinenko death: Home secretary to announce inquiry

An inquiry will be held into the death of the Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko, the Home Secretary Theresa May is expected to announce.
Financial Times

UK urges tougher EU sanctions on Russia

Europe’s foreign ministers will face intense pressure to enforce tougher sanctions against Russia on Tuesday, with a UK-led group of hardliners insisting the downing of MH17 has changed the calculus for the EU’s relationship with the Kremlin.
Russian Legal Information Agency

OSCE urges Russia to release Ukrainian journalist

OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic has called on Russian authorities to immediately release Yevgeny Agarkov, a journalist with the Ukrainian 2+2 television channel, the OSCE said on its website
Reuters

Russia says MH17 probe should be done by ‘international community’, not Ukraine

Russia has called for the investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17 to be led by the “international community” and not Ukraine, its ambassador to Malaysia said on Tuesday.
Russian Legal Information Agency

Accused Russian hacker Roman Seleznev claims he was kidnapped by the US

The defense team of suspected Russian hacker Roman Seleznev who claims that he was seized in the Maldives by US Secret Service agents and whisked away to the US has filed a motion to dismiss the case against Seleznev, according to the legal documents obtained by RAPSI.
Russian Legal Information Agency

Detained Greenpeace icebreaker to leave Murmansk soon

The Greenpeace ship, Arctic Sunrise, will depart Murmansk in northern Russia after spending 10 months at the port, most of that period being held by border officials, Yevgenia Belyakova, the coordinator of Greenpeace Russia’s Arctic program, told RIA Novosti.
The Moscow Times

Russia Backs UN Resolution for Access to Ukraine Plane Crash Site

The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution calling for an international investigation into the Malaysia Airlines plane crash in Ukraine, with Moscow’s envoy urging other countries to avoid jumping to conclusions — and then proceeding to slam Ukraine.
Ria Novosti

Moscow Subway Head Fired Over Deadly Subway Derailment

The head of Moscow Metro Ivan Besedin was fired on Tuesday following the tragic derailment of a train inside a tunnel on July 15, which killed 23 people and wounded more than 160.