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Russia Update: Analysis of Theories about the Perpetrators of Nemtsov’s Assassination

Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies. The previous issue is here. UPDATES BELOW Both government and opposition have advanced various theories about the people behind the assassination of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, ranging from a jealous lover
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Liveblog Team
Liveblog Team

Ukraine Live Day 376: Tensions Rise Over Gas Dispute And Assassination of Russian Opposition Leader

Yesterday’s live coverage of the Ukraine conflict 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. For links to individual
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Russia Update: Opposition Mourns Leader Boris Nemtsov, Assassinated Near Kremlin

Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies. The previous issue is here. UPDATES BELOW Boris Nemtsov, opposition leader, has been shot dead two days before he was to lead a protest march against Russia’s war on Ukraine and
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Liveblog Team

Russia Update: Opposition Leader Nemtsov Shot Dead, 2 Days Before Leading Protest March

Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies. The previous issue is here. UPDATES BELOW Boris Nemtsov, opposition leader, has been shot dead two days before he was to lead a protest march against Russia’s war on Ukraine and
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Liveblog Team

Ukraine Live Day 375: With 3 Ukrainian Soldiers And 1 Civilian Killed, ‘Ceasefire’ Looks Tenuous

Yesterday’s live coverage of the Ukraine conflict 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. For links to individual
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James Miller
James Miller

A Most Violent Year

Updated — Our list of articles marking the one year anniversary of the Euromaidan Revolution: A Year of Russian Opposition Over the War in Ukraine: From ‘Crimea is Ours’ to ‘Crisis is Ours’ The Birth of a Nation The Spirit Of the Maidan Revolution Will Survive Reflections On A Year Of Russian Aggression by Estonian
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Liveblog Team

Ukraine Live Day 374: Despite Reported Fighting, Poroshenko To Order Artillery Withdrawal

Yesterday’s live coverage of the Ukraine conflict 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. For links to individual
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Russia Update: Yet Another Bolotnaya Square Arrest, Nearly 3 Years After Anti-Putin Protest

Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies. The previous issue is here. UPDATES BELOW Yet another suspect has been detained in the case of the Bolotnaya Square anti-Putin demonstration. See also our Russia This Week stories: Ultranationalists Angry
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Liveblog Team

Russia Update: Prokhorov Denounces Civic Platform Leader Over Anti-Maidan March

Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies. The previous issue is here. UPDATES BELOW Billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov has denounced the leader of Civic Platform, the party he founded, because he decided to join the Anti-Maidan march in Moscow
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Liveblog Team

Ukraine Live Day 373: Fearing for Her Life, Savchenko’s Attorney Appeals for Her Release in Court

Yesterday’s live coverage of the Ukraine conflict 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. For links to individual
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Nemtsov Feared Putin Would Kill Him and Now the Kremlin Leader Has

Staunton, February 28 – Almost three weeks ago, Boris Nemtsov said that he feared that Vladimir Putin would kill him for his opposition activities, and last night, the Kremlin leader did, either by direct order which some are convinced is the most likely or by creating the barbarous climate in Russia which has made such
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

‘Instead of a Maidan, the Donbass Has Come to Moscow,’ Martynov Says

Staunton, February 28 – The murder of Boris Nemtsov within sight of the Kremlin means that “instead of a Maidan,” against which Vladimir Putin has organized, “the Donbass has come” to Russia, a development that means “the little house of cards” that the Kremlin leader had been building has come crashing down, Kirill Martynov says.
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Analysis

A Year of Russian Opposition Over the War in Ukraine

From 'Crimea is Ours' to 'Crisis is Ours'

Catherine A. Fitzpatrick writes the latest in our series on the anniversary of the Maidan Revolution and the birth of a new nation, Ukraine. Read the others in the series here. A year ago, Russian opposition leaders Boris Nemtsov, former first deputy prime minister under Yeltsin, and Alexey Navalny,  an anti-corruption activist and blogger, were
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Putin Will Likely Attack a NATO Country Next, Portnikov Says

Staunton, February 27 – Because Vladimir Putin seeks both recognition as the leader of a superpower and a new Yalta at which he and Western leaders will partition the world into spheres of influence and because he can only move toward that goal by new acts of aggression, the Kremlin leader is likely to attack
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Moscow Preparing Revolts in Major Ukrainian Cities, Poroshenko Ally Says

Staunton, February 27 – Having been slowed by Ukrainian resistance and hope to use the Minsk Accords to avoid new sanctions, Moscow is planning to spark uprisings in major Ukrainian cities in March and April before beginning a major military attack on the country in May, according to Yuri Lutsenko, head of the Poroshenko faction
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Five Notable Developments In a Country Disappearing From Russian News Broadcasts

Staunton, February 24 – Valery Panyushkin today points to a development that, like the dog in the Sherlock Holmes story which didn’t bark, not everyone has noticed because it is about the absence of something rather than its presence – and that is the increasing lack of stories on Russian television about Russia. It has
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Conflict In Ukraine Needs a New Helsinki Final Act

Staunton, February 24 – The conflict in Ukraine is not one conflict but three: it is a conflict between the eastern and western portions of Ukraine, it is a conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and it is a conflict between Russia and the West, Vladimir Pastukhov says. And to resolve all three will require a
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Analysis

Russia Under Putin and Beyond – Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s Speech at Chatham House

The following is the text of a lecture by Mikhail Khodorkovsky as prepared for delivery at Chatham House on February 26, 2015. Ladies and Gentlemen, Good evening, How nice it is to be back in London. I am honoured to be giving the annual Russia lecture here at Chatham House. I am very conscious of
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Both Putin’s Supporters And His Opponents Overestimate Him

Staunton, February 24 – Both those who support Vladimir Putin and those who oppose him overestimate the Kremlin leader, Vitaly Portnikov says, with the former assuming there is nothing he cannot do and the latter explaining away their own shortcomings and failures by making the same assumption. As a result, the former assume that whatever
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Moscow’s Efforts to ‘De-Turkify’ Crimea Outrageous and Absurd, Crimean Tatar Editor Says

Staunton, February 3 – Calls by Russian politicians to rename Crimea “Tavrida” or “Tavriya” are part of an effort by Moscow to “de-Turkify” the peninsula and thereby separate the Crimean Tatars from the land “on which they arose and evolved,” according to Bekir Mamurov, editor in chief of Kyyrym. Mamutov, who is also a member
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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.