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Ukraine Liveblog Day 213: BBC Team Attacked In Russia While Reporting Soldiers’ Deaths

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: US Amb. Tefft Receives Liberals as Well as Hard-liners, Deftly Parries Insults

Updated Daily. This week’s issue: - US Amb. Tefft Receives Liberals as Well as Hard-liners, and Deftly Parries Insults - Shake-up — Again — in ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ Military Leadership? - Ukrainian News Site Gordon Confirms More Russian Soldiers’ Deaths – and Military Presence in Ukraine - Russians Satirize Rosneft’s Sechin and Yevtushenkov Arrest -
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Ukraine Liveblog Day 212: Donetsk Airport Under Attack Again

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 211: Rada Ratifies Association Agreement And Passes Donbass Special Status Bill

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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James Miller
James Miller

UPDATED Evidence Review: Who Shot Down Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17?

This post will be regularly updated as more information comes to light. This was originally posted on July 25th at 15:58 GMT and has been updated on July 31 and on September 15th. With all of the developments, debates, new evidence and new disinformation, let’s take a look at what we know and don’t know
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Ukraine Liveblog Day 210: Ukraine And Allies Commence Rapid Trident Military Exercise

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

The Battle of Ilovaisk: A Turning Point in Russia’s War on Ukraine

Today September 14, Ukrainian Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey announced on TV Channel 5 the list of all those killed at Ilovaisk in the worst battle of the Russian-instigated war on Ukraine: 107 Ukrainians and 300 Russians, un.ua reported. And as we know from the Donbass Battalion’s web page and Facebook group and the pages of
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Ukraine Liveblog Day 209: Shelling Continues in Popasnaya and Donetsk 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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Catherine A. Fitzpatrick
Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

Russia This Week: Low Turnout in Moscow Municipal Election, Opposition Loses to Ruling Party (September 8-14)

Updated Daily. This week’s issue: - TV Rain’s Chief Producer Assaulted in Moscow - In Moscow City Legislature Race, United Russia Leads with Close Vote Between Independent and Nationalist - Low Turnout in Moscow Municipal Elections, Difficulties for Opposition Candidates - Gay Tango Instructor Found Murdered in St. Petersburg - Leading Russian Human Rights Group
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Ukraine Liveblog Day 208: Second Russian ‘Humanitarian Convoy’ Crosses Into 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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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

By Focusing on Politics, Russians Missing Looming Economic Catastrophe, Moscow Scholar Warns

Staunton, September 18 – Like Argentinians in the 1950s and 1960s, Russians are focusing on politics to the extent that they do not see the economic catastrophe for the future that Moscow’s current policies guarantee – decades of stagnation and missed opportunities for a better life, according to Konstantin Sonin. The Higher School of Economics
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Putin’s Cancellation of His ‘Contract with Business’ Will Trigger ‘War of All Against All,’ Pastukhov Says

Staunton, September 18 – Having earlier been forced to end contract with the Russian people of loyalty in exchange for economic growth, Vladimir Putin, as a result of his invasion of Ukraine and the exchange of sanctions, has been forced to tear up his “security in exchange for loyalty” contract with businesses, according to Vladimir Pastukhov.
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Russian Government Pushing New Law Allowing Jailers to Use Force Against Prisoners

Staunton, September 18 – The Russian government is about to introduce a bill that would allow jailers to use more force, including lethal force in some cases, against prisoners and to avoid being held accountable by the courts, an action that led Russian ombudsman Ella Pamfilova to appeal to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to kill
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Ever More Putin Associates Bear a Resemblance to Nazi Ones, Eidman Says

Staunton, September 18 – Many commentators in Moscow and the West see parallels between Vladimir Putin’s regime and Adolf Hitler’s Nazi one – its authoritarianism, its attacks on minorities and its pursuit of Lebensraum for “the Russian world.” But Igor Eidman takes the next step and draws specific parallels between Nazi figures and Russian ones.
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

World Must End ‘Shameful Silence’ About Russian Oppression of Crimean Tatars, Moscow Commentator Says

Staunton, September 18 – The world must end its “shameful silence” about the intensifying “moral terror” Moscow and its agents are waging against the Crimean Tatars to drive them again from their homeland or to force those who do not go to accept the status of “second class” citizens on the occupied Ukrainian peninsula, according
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Russian Government’s Ignorance About Its Own Population Having Tragic Consequences

Staunton, September 17 – If an ordinary Russian doesn’t know the exact population of Moscow, that is a shortcoming, but not a tragedy. However, if the Russian government “doesn’t know how many people live in a small village,” that is a tragedy because as a result, “doctors, teachers, policemen and then, the entire population itself
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Following Tatars, Bashkirs Want Republic Presidency Kept As Well

Staunton, September 17 – Russian President Vladimir Putin’s suggestion at the end of August that the people of Tatarstan should have the right to decide the title of their republic leader has opened a Pandora’s box with some in other republics now demanding the retention of the title “president” for themselves. Yesterday, Murtaza Rakhimov, the
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Crimea Shows Russia Can Absorb South Ossetia Now Without Worrying About West, Amelina Says

Staunton, September 17 – Russia can annex South Ossetia without worrying about the reaction of the West, Yana Amelina says, but it must do so in the near future or both Russia and South Ossetia will face “quite dangerous geopolitical explosions” in the Caucasus given the reordering of power relations in that region. Amelina, a
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

ISIS, Led by Militants from Former Soviet Republics, Preparing to Attack in Russia’s Muslim Regions, Moscow Experts Say

Staunton, September 17 – Many of the leaders of the radical Islamic State of Iraq and Syria come from Muslim regions of the Russian Federation, and they plan to launch attacks in its regions, coming in via Afghanistan and Central Asia rather than the more direct but more difficult route across Turkey and Iran, according
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Putin Can Retain Power Only With War and Violence, Podrabinek Says

Staunton, September 17 – Vladimir Putin has no need of Chechnya, Abkhazia, South Ossetia or Crimea, Aleksandr Podrabinek says. He has moved against all of them “not for territory but for his own self-assertion and personal power, things which only the state of war can guarantee him.” That is how Putin began his rise to
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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.