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Ukraine Liveblog Day 254: Poroshenko’s Party Publishes Draft Coalition Agreement

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: Putin’s Ratings Decline for First Time This Year

Updated Daily. This week’s issue: - Two Russian Mercenaries Sentenced For Fighting For Assad In Syria - Anti-War Intelligentsia Protest TV Hatred Against Ukraine; Activists Launch Anti-Fascist Video Campaign - Russian Nationalists Granted Permit to March in Moscow Suburb Last week’s issue: - TV Rain Selects Most-Discussed Quotations from Putin’s Speech - At Valdai, Putin
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Ukraine Liveblog Day 253: Ukrainian Forces Evacuated From 32nd Checkpoint Near Smile

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 252: Ukraine Begins To Form A New Coalition Government

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 251: Ukraine Goes to the Polls

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 250: Ukraine Prepares For Tomorrow’s Elections

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 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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Catherine A. Fitzpatrick
Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

Russia This Week: ‘The Bear is Not Going To Ask Permission of Anyone’ (October 20-26)

Updated Daily. This week’s issue: - TV Rain Selects Most-Discussed Quotations from Putin’s Speech - At Valdai, Putin Lauded by Sycophants and ‘Realists’ - Russian Soldiers Still in Ukraine; Kremlin Announces Compensation for Missing and Killed Servicemen - Former Lenta.ru Editor Launches Medusa in Riga; TV Rain Evicted in Moscow - Putin’s Neo-Imperialism and the
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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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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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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Antisemitism Re-Emerging in Russia, Moscow Jewish Writer Says

Staunton, October 29 – A Moscow Jewish writer who attracted international attention three years ago for a column which declared that antisemitism no longer was a problem in the Russian Federation now says that her own experiences show that tragically this ancient “fear and hatred” is returning alongside other national hatreds. Alina Farkash, whose 2011
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

A ‘Hybrid Islam’ is Emerging in Russia, Malashenko Says

Staunton, October 29 – “Traditional” Islam in Russia is losing ground to its ‘non-traditional” competitor, especially among the young, but the division between the two is not insuperable and the future of Islam in the Russian Federation is likely to be “a hybrid” combining elements of each, according to Aleksey Malashenko. In an extensive article
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Window on Eurasia

Dagestani Languages at Risk of Becoming ‘Illegal’

Staunton, October 29 – Officials in Dagestan, the most linguistically diverse republic in the Russian Federation, are preparing a new language law that calls for official support of 28 languages and effectively makes the others “illegal” by depriving them of any chance for support and in some cases for survival, according to Kavkazskaya Politika. While
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Crimean Tatars Have Great Expectations from New Ukrainian Parliament, Leader Says

Staunton, October 29 – Even though only 12-15,000 Crimean Tatars were able to participate in the Ukrainian parliamentary elections and as a result only one of their number, Mustafa Cemilev, has been elected, the Tatars in occupied Crimea have great expectations from the new Verkhovna Rada, according to Nariman Celal, the deputy chairman of the
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Putin’s Nuclear Bluster Shows He Doesn’t Understand World has Changed, Moscow Writer Says

Staunton, October 29 – Vladimir Putin’s nuclear bluster reflects his conviction that the world is still as it was before he annexed Crimea: that Western governments will tolerate anything he says or does because their foreign policies are driven by fundamental business interests which want to make a profit in Russia, according to Mikhail Fishman.
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Analysis
Watching Russia

Life of Bryan: How an RT Columnist Tries to Influence the Debate on Russia and Ukraine

This article was written by The Interpreter’s editorial staff and utilized the extensive research by independent journalist RobPulseNews of Ukraine: War Log. The Russian media landscape has changed dramatically in recent years, and much of that change has occurred only in the last eight months. Domestically, Russian-language print and broadcast media outlets have been dramatically
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Ukrainian War Radicalizing Russian Extreme Right, ‘Nezavisimaya’ Warns

Staunton, October 13 – Members of the Russian extreme right are taking part in the fighting in Ukraine on both sides, and they are returning from that conflict with increasingly radical notions of what they want and how they can use violence to take power, according to Nezavisimaya Gazeta. In a lead article October 13,
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Latinization of Russian Street Signs Leading to Confusion or Worse

Staunton, October 28 – Russian officials are beginning to implement a law requiring that street signs be written in Latin script as well as Cyrillic by 2018, and the results so far in central Moscow are far from encouraging given that people now have to “Идти по ulicza, свернуть на street и выйти на ploshhad’,”
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Putin’s New Pact with Russians Requires US be ‘Main Enemy,’ Belkovsky Says

Staunton, October 28 – Moscow political commentator Stanislav Belkovsky says that Vladimir Putin has changed the nature of his “pact” with the majority of the Russian population and that unlike his old one, his new agreement requires that the United States be “the main enemy” just as it was in Soviet times. In a comment
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Sixty Percent of Russians Today Live or Have Lived in Poverty, Moscow Study Says

Staunton, October 28 – Sixty percent of the population of the Russian Federation is either poor now or has had experience with living in poverty in the past, a figure that is no longer falling as it was a decade ago and one that means Russians may be more capable of coping with economic problems
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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.