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Ukraine Liveblog Day 249: Heavy Shelling And Movements Of Armour Reported In Donetsk

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 248: Shells Fall on Outskirts of Mariupol

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 Announces Compensation for Missing and Killed Servicemen

Updated Daily. Last week’s issue: - Soldiers’ Mothers Activist Arrested, Had Pressed Cases of Russian Soldiers in Killed in Ukraine - Gorbachev Confirms There Was No NATO ‘Non-Expansion’ Pledge - Poland Arrests Russian Lt. Colonel and Lawyer on Suspicion of ‘Espionage’ - Two American Journalism Professors Detained in St. Petersburg at Workshop - Harassment Continues
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Andrew Bowen
Andrew Bowen

Responding To Russia’s Threats In The Baltics Is Like Playing ‘Whack-a-Mole’

Not long after an Estonian counter-intelligence (KAPO) officer was kidnapped and paraded before Moscow TV cameras, Sweden is now playing its own version of “whack-a-mole,” with its navy hunting for phantom objects after reports suggest a Russian submarine or mini-sub is stranded in its waters. It is not clear exactly what is happening. Reports have
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Ukraine Liveblog Day 247: Ukraine Claims That It Has Evidence Of Use Of Russian Cluster Munitions

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 246: Submarines, Gas Deals, And Human Rights

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 245: Huge Explosion In Donetsk

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 244: German Intelligence Claims Russian-Backed Militants Downed MH17

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 243: Shelling Resumes at Donetsk Airport and Suburbs

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: Gorbachev Confirms There Was No NATO ‘Non-Expansion’ Pledge (October 13-19)

Updated Daily. This week’s issue: - Soldiers’ Mothers Activist Arrested, Had Pressed Cases of Russian Soldiers in Killed in Ukraine - Gorbachev Confirms There Was No NATO ‘Non-Expansion’ Pledge - Poland Arrests Russian Lt. Colonel and Lawyer on Suspicion of ‘Espionage’ - Two American Journalism Professors Detained in St. Petersburg at Workshop - Harassment Continues
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Window on Eurasia

Dangerously ‘Naïve’ to Think Putin’s Exit Would End Russian Aggressiveness, Yerofeyev Says

Staunton, October 13 – Many people in Ukraine and the West have convinced themselves that if Vladimir Putin were to leave the scene, Russian aggressiveness would also end. But that view, Russian writer Viktor Yerofeyev says, is dangerously “naïve” because it ignores present-day Russian realities. In an interview to Ukrainian outlets that has been reposted
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Window on Eurasia

New Regionalist Party in Ukraine Can Show the Way Forward There and in Russia Too, Shtepa Says

Staunton, October 13 – Vadim Shtepa, perhaps Russia’s leading advocate of regionalism and federalism, says that the new Mutual Assistance Party led by Lviv Mayor Andrey Sadovy with its commitment to European values, local governance, and the mutual assistance ideas from the Ukrainian diaspora can show both Ukraine and Russia how to proceed. In a
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Window on Eurasia

New Russian Film about Northern Peoples’ Rising against Soviet Power in the 1930s Wins Prize in Rome

Staunton, October 23 – Aleksey Fedorchenko, a Yekaterinburg director, was awarded the Marcus Aurelius of the Future prize by the Rome Film Festival today for his new move, “Angels of the Revolution,” which tells the story of the rising in the early 1930s of two numerically small peoples of the North, the Khanty and Nentsy,
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Will Kremlin’s Next Wave of ‘Little Green Men’ be Outsourced to ‘Private’ Firms?

Staunton, October 23 – On October 23, Just Russia Duma deputies tabled a draft bill that would allow private firms to create under license from the Federal Security Service (FSB) their own military units, something that some Russian corporations have already done and that others appear to want to do and that could create new
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

5,000 Yanukovich Supporters Who Fled with Him to Russia Await Return

Staunton, October 23 – Most people in Ukraine and elsewhere have focused either on the flight of former president Viktor Yanukovych or on the flow of hundreds of thousands of refugees from the violence in southeastern Ukraine, but a more important “emigration” from Ukraine may be the nearly 5,000 Yanukovych backers who have gone with
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

If Moscow Returned Crimea to Ukraine, What Else Might It Have to Give Back – and to Whom?

Staunton, October 23 – In the course of a discussion of why he argues Moscow will have to reverse the Anschluss of Crimea at the end of Russia’s war with Ukraine, Andrey Illarionov says that the Russian government could lose many other disputed territories to neighboring countries. The Russian commentator lists the following territories which
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

New Kyiv Center Aims to Consolidate Pro-Ukrainian Muslims and Pro-Islamic Ukrainians

Staunton, October 22 – A new group appeared in Ukraine’s already complicated religious environment this week: the Ukrainian Muslim Center which its organizers say will link various groups of Ukrainians who have converted to Islam with other Muslim groups in order to “consolidate pro-Ukrainian Muslims and pro-Muslim Ukrainians.” Discussions about the possibility of forming such
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Russian Government Destroying Moscow’s Medical System in the Name of Saving It

Staunton, October 22 – Perhaps the most notorious comment by a US commander in Vietnam was his suggestion that his units had to “destroy the village in order to save it.” Now, a Russian commentator is suggesting that Moscow officials are pursuing much the same strategy with regard to the health care delivery system in
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Russia Today Lacks Resources to Use ‘Crimean Scenario’ Everywhere It Might Like, Moscow Analysts Say

Staunton, October 22 – The scenario Moscow used in Crimea “could be repeated in various places in the post-Soviet space,” Russian analysts say, but at present, Moscow lacks the resources to do everywhere it might like, thus limiting the number of such cases to Transdniestria and a few others. On the Svobodnaya Pressa portal October
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Russians Need a History of the Russian People and Not Just of the Russian State, Butakov Says

Staunton, October 22 – From the oldest manuscripts to the latest textbooks, “the entire history of Russia has been invariably presented as the history of the state” rather than the history of the people, a situation that has kept Russians from viewing themselves as a nation apart of the state and thus retarded national development,
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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.