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Ukraine Liveblog Day 65: Kiev Relaunches Campaign to Dislodge Separatists

Press freedom is threatened as Russian-backed gunmen detain several journalists, including an American. Tensions are mounting after two bodies, one belonging to a prominent politician, were found in Slavyansk, prompting Kiev to announce the restarting of their “anti-terror campaign” against the separatists. Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this
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Catherine A. Fitzpatrick
Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

Russia This Week: New Laws to Rein in Blogosphere

Updated Daily. The Russian parliament has passed a number of laws designed to rein in an increasingly free and outspoken blogosphere, lately filled with criticism of Putin’s aggression in Ukraine. Legislators have passed a law mandating bloggers with more than 3,000 readers to register as mass media under the restrictive Russian press law. If dissenters
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Ukraine Liveblog Day 64: Kramatorsk Police Chief Kidnapped

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is in Kiev today and is scheduled to meet with the leaders of the interim government. Meanwhile, separatists have captured more buildings, and Russian and the West continue to escalate the rhetoric, each blaming the other for an increasingly tense standoff. Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. For an overview
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Andrew Bowen
Andrew Bowen

Can Kiev Regain Control of Eastern Ukraine, And Its Own Military?

When professional and well trained “little green men” invaded Crimea, they displayed the vast disparity in capabilities between Ukraine’s underfunded, poorly maintained and improperly led military, with Russia’s new-found confidence, the result of its modernizatsiia efforts. The Russian troops were well equipped, well trained and most importantly, well led–Putin in fact finally admitted that the
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Ukraine Liveblog Day 63: Moscow and Kiev Point Fingers After Ceasefire Shattered

Yesterday’s liveblog 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. An interactive map of the situation: View Ukraine: April, 2014 in a larger map For links to individual
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Ukraine Liveblog Day 62: Easter Truce Shattered By Gunfire

Yesterday’s liveblog 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. An interactive map of the situation: View Ukraine: April, 2014 in a larger map Below we will be
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Ukraine Liveblog Day 61: An Easter Truce – Just Delaying the Crisis?

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister says his government has agreed to a truce and will not take further actions against pro-Russian separatists and militants in control of government buildings in eastern Ukraine. Will the truce last, and if it does is it just delaying the inevitable confrontation? Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. For an overview and
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Ukraine Liveblog Day 60: The Day After the Geneva Agreement

Yesterday a key group of world powers appeared to find middle ground on Ukraine at the conference to defuse the crisis in Geneva. Actions, however, speak louder than words. Will today see Ukraine move closer to or further away from ending this crisis? Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. For an overview and analysis of
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Catherine A. Fitzpatrick
Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

Russia This Week: Ultranationalist Politician Urges Men to Rape Women Reporters on Good Friday (April 14-18)

Updated Daily. Russia’s most outrageous ultranationalist has reached new lows at a press conference today. Russia’s leading social network entrepreneur reports that authorities have ordered him to turn over the personal data of groups related to the EuroMaidan protests and opposition leader Alexey Navalny; he has refused. Navalny also faces a lawsuit by a pro-Putin
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Ukraine Liveblog Day 59: Gun Battles in Mariupol

Last night pro-Russian gunmen tried to take over a military base in Mariupol, but they were met with a hail of gunfire. At least 3 were killed in the attack, and today there are more reports of violence in that city. Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing
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Window on Eurasia

Russians Want to Live Well in a Strong State But Lack of Modernization Forcing Choice Between Guns and Butter

Staunton, April 23 – Russians want to live well in a strong state, according to discussions at the Valdai Club last fall. But an economist says Moscow’s failure to modernize the economy could soon force a choice between guns and butter – or even put Russia at risk having less of both. That Russians should want
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Window on Eurasia

Russians Accuse Lithuania of Welcoming ‘Islamist Extremists’

Staunton, April 23 – Several Russian nationalist portals have segments with the title “the new is the well-forgotten old.” That is certainly proving to be true with some of the ideological tropes that Russian commentators are trying out now. Much of what they say appears to be little more than an updated version of an
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Putin Reaches Out to Declining Demographic – Russian Speakers in Former Republics

Staunton, April 23 – Not only have the number of people in the former non-Russian republics identifying as ethnic Russians fallen dramatically since 1991, but the number who speak Russian or who study it in school has fallen precipitously as well, a trend that means Vladimir Putin is reaching out to an ever-smaller group and
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Window on Eurasia

Putin Stages a Putsch Against His Earlier Self, Belkovsky Says

Staunton, April 23 – The best way to understand the events of the last several months, Stanislav Belkovsky argues, is to view them as a repetition of the August 1991 coup with only this difference: the leader of this coup is Vladimir Putin and the target of his radical shifts is the Putin of the
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Window on Eurasia

Even Lukashenka is Worried About What Putin May Do

Staunton, April 22 – It is a measure of just how worried the leaders of countries bordering Russia are about the possibility that Vladimir Putin will build on his Crimean Anschluss by moving against their states that even Alyaksandr Lukashenka feels the need to deny that Minsk is oppressing ethnic Russians and to call on
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Window on Eurasia

Crimean Tatars Under Russian Threat Even as Putin ‘Rehabilitates’ Them

Staunton, April 22 – In what is becoming a defining feature of the Putin regime, the Russian authorities are saying things that many people want to hear at exactly the same moment that they are doing things that directly contradict what they say. Today, the victims of that are the Crimean Tatars, a Moscow commentator
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Window on Eurasia

To Save Its Revolution, Ukraine Must Conclude a ‘Brest Peace,’ Pastukhov Says

Staunton, April 22 – Vladimir Pastukhov suggests that Ukraine now faces the choice of concluding a humiliating “Brest peace” with Moscow, in which it would yield an enormous portion of its territory and population to preserve itself in the hopes of recovering its losses in the future, or risk the possibility that it disappears altogether.
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Window on Eurasia

Putin’s Program of ‘Empire and Dictatorship Rather than Nation State and Democracy’ Will End in Catastrophe, Analyst Says

Staunton, April 22 – Vladimir Putin’s “Russian world” project of “empire instead of a nation state and dictatorship instead of democracy” is far more popular his country than calls for the development of a civic nation, Mariya Snegova says, but it will end, as all other such projects in Russian history have, with “a catastrophe”
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Russian Nationalism and Feminism have Some ‘Unexpected Parallels,’ Kholmogorova Says

Staunton, April 21 – Russian nationalism, “however strange this may seem” to its adherents and to others as well, in fact shares many the same structural features of feminism, according to Natalya Kholmogorova, herself a leading Russian nationalist commentator in Moscow. She argues that the two both involve “a community of people who are arithmetically
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Does Putin Plan to Test NATO in Latvia?

Staunton, April 21 – Latvia may be as prepared as any small country next to a very large one to defend itself against a military invasion. It has a modernized military, albeit one trained for peacekeeping rather than national defense, and it is a member of NATO, on whose Article Five Latvians rely. At least,
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BBC

Russia risks further US sanctions over Ukraine, says Kerry

The US has warned Russia to tone down its aggressive rhetoric on Ukraine, or face further sanctions.
BBC

Ukraine crisis: Pro-Russian occupiers ignore deadline

Pro-Russian militants continue to occupy government buildings in eastern Ukraine, ignoring a deadline to leave or face eviction by Ukrainian forces.
Reuters

Russia says east Ukraine must have say in preparing referendum

Russian Foreign Ministry Sergei Lavrov said on Monday Ukraine’s Russian-speaking eastern regions should be involved in drafting a new state structure that Kiev has said may be put to a referendum next month.
Russian Legal Information Agency

Navalny brothers Yves Rocher embezzlement case submitted to court

The Russian Prosecutor General’s office has referred a case against opposition activist Alexei Navalny and his brother Oleg to Moscow’s Zamoskvoretsky District Court, the office announced Friday.
Ria Novosti

Leaked UN Report Claims Russia ‘Rigged’ Crimea Referendum

A draft UN report on human rights in Ukraine reportedly acquired by US-based political magazine Foreign Policy claims Russia “rigged” the referendum in Crimea, the news outlet said on its website.
Russian Legal Information Agency

Khodorkovsy’s business partner barred from leaving the country

Russian Federal Migration Service has officially notified Platon Lebedev, former business partner of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, that he is temporarily prohibited from leaving Russia.
Ria Novosti

Russia Opposes Peacekeepers in Ukraine – Russian Foreign Minister

Russia considers bringing peacekeepers into Ukraine an unnecessary measure that should not be brought up in the UN Security Council, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.
The Moscow Times

Pro-Russia Separatists Reject Amnesty Offer in Ukraine Standoff

Armed pro-Russia separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk rejected Kiev’s offer of amnesty for those who seized government buildings this week and called on others to defy the pro-European government in Kiev.
Ria Novosti

Russia Does Not Acknowledge US Sanctions Against Iran – Russian Finance Minister

Russia only recognizes UN Security Council sanctions against Iran, not the United States’ own “Oil for Goods” deal, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said after a meeting with US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Friday.
Russian Legal Information Agency

Russia transfers search materials for Ukrainian nationalist to Interpol

Russian Prosecutor General’s Office on Thursday has transferred to Interpol the materials required for the international search of Ukrainian ultranationalist Right Sector leader Dmitry Yarosh, Prosecutor General Dmitry Chaika told the journalists on Friday.