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Ukraine Live Day 405: Another Explosion in Odessa at Volunteer Center; No Injuries

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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Ukraine Live Day 404: UA Military Claims Russian-Backed Fighters Shelled Village With Grads

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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Ukraine Live Day 403: 1 Civilian Killed, 1 Ukrainian Soldier Wounded In Fighting

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: New Eyewitness Details Appear in Nemtsov Investigation; Bloggers Skeptical

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. With the re-emergence of a witness on the bridge, the story of the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov is changing once again. UPDATES BELOW Special
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Liveblog Team

Ukraine Live Day 402: 4 Killed, 21 Injured After Bus Strikes Landmine

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: At FSB Meeting, Putin Portrays Russia as Innocent Victim of Hostile World

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. After President Vladimir Putin attended the annual meeting of the Prosecutor General, the Prosecutor requested immunity be removed from MP Ilya Ponomarev, and that Jen Psaki
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Liveblog Team

Ukraine Live Day 401: Poroshenko Dismisses Kolomoiskiy

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: Why Was LifeNews Searched and If Surkov is Involved, What’s the Motive?

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. Why was LifeNews raided by police yesterday? Is it related to the Kremlin grey cardinal Vyacheslav Surkov? UPDATES BELOW Special features: - Alexey Navalny On the
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Liveblog Team

Russia Update: Police Raid LifeNews After NGO Complains About Exposure of Minors’ Privacy

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. The Duma’s Defense Committee has approved a draft law barring draft-dodgers from leaving the country for five years which has obtained approval of the defense community.
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Liveblog Team

Ukraine Live Day 400: Governor Claims Russian Forces Attacked Air Defence Unit Far From Front Line

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

FSB Increasingly Involved in Misuse of ‘Anti-Extremism’ Laws, SOVA Says

Staunton, March 29 – In its new 11,500-word report on the ways in which Russian officials are misusing the country’s anti-extremism laws, the SOVA human rights monitoring organization concludes that one of the most important trends of the last year is a dramatic increase in the role of the FSB in such actions. There are
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Putin Increasingly Harmed by His Pro-Kadyrov Stance, Piontkovsky Says

Staunton, March 29 – The FSB continues to disseminate its version of the murder of Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, one that links it to Ramzan Kadyrov, not out of any concern for getting at the truth but rather because of growing anger at the Chechen leader and the backing he continues to receive from
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Russian Rights Movement Must Recover Its Roots of a Century Ago, Popkov Says

Staunton, March 29 – The contemporary human rights movement emerged at a time when its possibilities for action were generally increasing. Now that those possibilities are continuously decreasing, it needs to reinvigorate itself by recalling the efforts of its predecessors, those who fought for the same rights as the Soviet system was institutionalizing itself. That
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Archpriest’s Story about Moscow’s Last Days in 2043 Reflects Patriarchate’s Deepest Fears

Staunton, March 27 — In a short story written under the pseudonym Aron Shemaier, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, a close advisor to Patriarch Kirill, describes the end of Moscow in 2043 when “the Moscow Confederation” is attacked by “fascists from ‘Free Russia,’ Islamists from the Caucasus, and rightwing figures from Ukraine” at one and the same
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Like Stalin, Putin Makes Fascists Feel ‘Right at Home’ in His ‘Reich,’ Portnikov Says

Staunton, March 27 — Some Russians explain the holding of a conference in St. Petersburg of fascists from around the world by suggesting that those are the only supporters Vladimir Putin can find in much the same way they excuse Stalin for becoming an ally with Hitler via the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. That is part of
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Doubly Bad News for the Kremlin – Russia Losing Out to More Technically Advanced Arms Sellers

Staunton, March 28 — Moscow got some bad news this week: it is losing out to other more technologically advanced countries in the arms sales sector, something that is costing Russia money but also highlighting the reality that many of its weapons systems are no longer world class as far as potential buyers are concerned.
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Putin Targets All Russian Nationalists He Doesn’t Control, Dyomushkin Says

Staunton, March 28 — In a democracy, it is sometimes said, anything that isn’t prohibited is permitted; in an authoritarian country, anything that isn’t permitted is prohibited; but in a totalitarian country, anything that is permitted is compulsory. By that standard, Vladimir Putin’s Russia is moving rapidly from the second to the third category. Fresh
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Putin’s Collapse Could Spark Russia’s Violent Disintegration, Kasparov Says

Staunton, March 28 — Speaking in Kyiv March 27, Russian opposition leader Garri Kasparov said that the collapse of Vladimir Putin’s regime could spark the disintegration of the Russian Federation and that that in turn would likely be far more dangerous and explosive than was the end of the USSR. Kasparov said it is impossible
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Analysis

Putin Lies Again

Plans to annex Crimea are far older than Putin's new documentary suggests.

Many will regard Vladimir Putin’s latest story that he ordered the occupation of Crimea after an all-night meeting with his Security Council on February 22-23, 2014, as an admission of the truth. Unfortunately they would be wrong again. This “admission” represents just another of Putin’s never-ending lies intended to enhance his image and offer willing
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Russians Repress Ukrainians In Far East And Threaten To Deport Crimean Tatars There

Staunton, March 26 — Ethnic Ukrainians in the Russian Far East, the descendants of Ukrainians who moved there voluntarily in late tsarist times and forcibly in Soviet ones, are being harassed by Russians there for their support of Ukraine, even as Russians in Crimea are threatening the Crimean Tatars with deportation to that faraway region.
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"Russia is the only country in the world which is really capable of turning the USA into radioactive ash."

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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.