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Ukraine Liveblog Day 225: Shells Fall In Donetsk And Popasnaya

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

Andrei Stenin and His Fellow Travelers: How Russian State Media Help Fight the War Against Ukraine

When the remains of Andrei Stenin, a RIA Novosti photographer who had been missing for weeks, were finally identified and he was confirmed dead, the Kremlin’s top propagandist Dmitry Kiselyev solemnly commemorated him and angrily denounced the Ukrainian armed forces who he believed had killed him. Russian state news media gave saturation coverage to the
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Catherine A. Fitzpatrick
Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

Russia This Week: Moscow Accuses Ukraine of Atrocities; Distorts OSCE on Mass Graves

Updated Daily. This week’s issue: - Russian State Media Continues to Distort News of Mass Graves in Ukraine - RT Plagiarizes Breitbart Story On Obama’s Intelligence Briefings - Russian Ruble Hits All-Time Low - The Mystery Surrounding the Death of Russian Journalist Andrei Stenin - Pro-Government Russian Groups Rally at War Memorial to Denounce Ukrainian
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Ukraine Liveblog Day 224: 3 Civilians, 9 Soldiers Killed; At least 32 Wounded Yesterday

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 223: Explosions Throughout Donetsk and Attacks on the Airport

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 222: Fighting Continues Despite Gas Deal With Russia

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 221: Russia Threatens To Cut Gas Supplies While Buffer Zone Group Meets

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: Prosecutor Demands Return of Bashneft Shares to State (September 21-28)

Updated Daily. This week’s issue: - Ruble Falls To Record Low After Prosecutors Confirm Lawsuit to Nationalize Bashneft - What is Yevtushenkov’s Relationship to Support for Russian-Backed Separatists in Ukraine? - Prosecutor Demands Return of Bashneft Shares to State; Yevtushenkov To Remain Under House Arrest - Russians Polled Find Putin ‘Most Moral’ Figure; But Some
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Andrew Bowen
Andrew Bowen

Black Sea Fleet: A Return to Russia’s Great Power Pretensions

As the guns begin to fall silent over Europe’s newest frozen conflict (or at least some of the guns), joining a long and terribly depressing line of conflicts such as Transdniester, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the exact opposite is happening to Russia’s defense policy and military plans in the region. Russia continues to fly provocative
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Ukraine Liveblog Day 220: Poroshenko Says Ukraine Will Apply EU Membership In 2020

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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Window on Eurasia

Scotland has Lessons for Dagestan and for Russia, Makhachkala Commentator Says

Staunton, September 28 – The referendum in Scotland in terms of both the way in which it was conducted and its outcome has important lessons for Dahestanis and the government of the Russian Federation, according to a Makhachkala commentator, lessons that neither has yet assimilated but that both should. On the one hand, Eduard Urazayev
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Volga Tatars Demonstrate Against Russian Persecution of Crimean Tatars

Staunton, September 27 – On September 27, a group of Volga Tatar nationalists demonstrated in Kazan against Russian persecution of Crimean Tatars, an action that not only reinforces the ties between the two Turkic peoples but also highlights the way in which what Moscow is doing in Crimea is increasingly resonating among non-Russians inside the
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Kremlin Now Forming a ‘Fascist International,’ Badretdinov Says

Staunton, September 27 – Moscow continues to receive support from some left-wing parties in Europe largely “as a result of inertia” from Soviet times, but the Kremlin gets most of its backing now from right-wing parties, at least some of whom evidence suggests the Kremlin is “generously financing their leading structures,” according to Sabirdzhan Badretdinov.
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Putin’s Tragedy is Power without Purpose, Stanovya Says

Staunton, September 27 – Vladimir Putin has accumulated all the power he could possibly need to move in almost any direction, but despite that, “it is impossible to define with any precision what in fact [he] wants to do” because he does not appear to have any medium or long-term plan, according to Tatyana Stanovaya.
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Dugin’s Influence in the Kremlin on the Wane, Abarinov Says

Staunton, September 27 – Aleksandr Dugin, the source of Vladimir Putin’s notions about “Novorossiya,” is rapidly losing his influence in the Kremlin because of his misreading of the amount of support in Ukraine for Russia and the amount of support for massive military intervention there in the Russian capital, according to Vladimir Abarinov. The Moscow
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

‘No One in Baltic Countries Can Sleep Peacefully,’ Illarionov Says

Staunton, September 27 – No one in Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania should be sleeping peacefully given the threat that Vladimir Putin poses to all three and the failure of the West to stand up to the Kremlin leader in Ukraine or adequately prepare to defend the three Baltic NATO member countries, according to Andrey Illarionov.
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

To Avoid Disaster, Russia Needs a New Federation Treaty, Shteppa Says

Staunton, September 27 – Russia does not face any prospect of disintegrating in the way that the Soviet Union did – Moscow has changed the situation too much for that to happen – but it needs to form a new relationship among it regions and between them and the center if it is to avoid
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Putin’s ‘Russian World’ Death Knell for Civic Russian Identity, Tatarstan Editor Says

Staunton, September 26 – Rashit Akhmetov, the editor of the Kazan weekly Zvezda Povolzhya, says that Vladimir Putin’s promotion of the idea of a “Russian world” is the death knell for a civic Russian identity and that this, combined with his authoritarian and great power chauvinist approach, is exacerbating ethnic identities of Russians and non-Russians
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Russian Duma Deputy Wants California and Alaska Back

Staunton, September 26 – Mikhail Degtyarev, a LDPR Duma deputy, has asked the Russian foreign ministry to clarify the status of land that had belonged to Russia in what is now the US state of California because he believes that Washington did not pay for it as required by a nineteenth century bilateral agreement. As
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Putin War Budget Gives Less to Health, Education, Agriculture and Even Crimea

Staunton, September 25 – According to experts surveyed by Novyye Izvestiya concerning changing budgetary priorities of the Russian government, “2015 promises to be the last year of relative stability” in Russia before belt-tightening and stagnation of the kind that recalls the period which led to “the collapse of the Soviet empire.” In the September 25
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"Russia is the only country in the world which is really capable of turning the USA into radioactive ash."

- Dmitry Kiselyov General Director of Russia Today
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.