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Russia Update: April 28, 2015

The Finnish military fired handheld underwater depth charges as a warning against a suspected foreign submarine in waters near the capital of Helsinki, Reuters reported. 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
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Ukraine Live Day 435: Huge Blast At Russian Military Camp Used For Invasion

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 434: One Ukrainian Soldier Killed, Three Wounded As Fighting Continues

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: Accident on Druzhba Oil Pipeline between Russia and Belarus

Russian oligarch Gennady Timchenko is reportedly selling his shares in Stroygaztrans to another engineering company ARKS, which may be involved in construction of the Kerch Bridge. 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.
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Ukraine Live Day 433: The Minsk Agreement Isn’t Fraying – It’s Smoldering

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: REN-TV Publishes 2014 Video of Chechen Firing Gun, Contradicting Kadyrov

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. REN-TV, a pro-Kremlin TV station has published a video of a shooting last year that led Dzhambulat Dadayev, a Chechen businessman to flee Stavropol UPDATES BELOW
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Ukraine Live Day 432: Fighting Intensifies with Grads; 1 Ukrainian Soldier Killed

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: Interior Ministry Denounces Kadyrov’s Call to Shoot Unauthorized Police

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 Russian Interior Ministry has denounced the order of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov to shoot on unauthorized police from outside his republic, but Kadyrov has denied
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Ukraine Live Day 431: Renewed Fighting Continues With Heavy Weapons Reportedly Used

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 430: Fighting Returns To Pre-Ceasefire Levels

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Analysis

With Cash and Conspiracy Theories, Russian Orthodox Philanthropist Malofeyev is Useful to the Kremlin

Gazeta.ru has an exclusive interview today April 28 of Konstantin Malofeyev, the Russian Orthodox philanthropist and businessman associated with the cause of “Novorossiya” and supporting Russian-backed militants in Ukraine. The coverage confirms that far from having been thrown under the bus in any fashion in connection with “reining in” Russian-backed militants, Malofeyev continues to thrive
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

No Non-Military Solution to Russian-Ukrainian War Possible, Illarionov Says

Staunton, April 27 – Yesterday, Yuri Lutsenko, the leader of the Poroshenko Bloc in the Verkhova Rada, said that the probability of the renewal of military actions in eastern Ukraine was “more than 80 percent,” a statement that underscores analyst Andrey Illarionov’s argument in Tallinn that “there is no non-military solution” for the war now
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Analysis

Putin’s Frankenstein

Recently Stephen Sestanovich observed that whenever Putin faces a crisis he blames America and other governments for it. The latest example of this Putin tactic of misdirection and evasion is his claim that the US and other intelligence agencies actually conspired with Islamic terrorists to detach the North Caucasus from Russia. Although this charge will
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Kremlin’s ‘Top 5’ Misrepresentations about Ukraine This Week

Staunton, April 25 – As he does each Sunday, Dmitry Bukovsky of Kyiv’s “Delovaya stolitsa” chooses from among the flood of Russian coverage about Ukraine “the top 5 propagandistic myths, fakes and stupidities” the Kremlin has committed over the course of the previous week (dsnews.ua/politics/top-5-propagandistskih-mifov-feykov-i-glupostey-kremlya-26042015110000). His selection for the past seven days includes the following:
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

20 Questions for Those Who Back Putin’s Aggression in Ukraine

Staunton, April 25 -Viktor Kadochnikov, a Russian blogger, poses 20 questions that he suggests those who support Vladimir Putin’s aggression in Ukraine should be asking themselves. If they do and if they are honest, they won’t be able to support the Kremlin leader’s policies any more. Below, in summary form, are the 20 questions he
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Another Pastor Niemöller Moment Passes in Moscow

Staunton, April 24 – Perhaps the most searing self-indictment of those who watch the onset of totalitarianism but do not protest — because they remain convinced that only someone else will be its targets and its victims — was offered in 1946 by German Protestant Pastor Martin Niemöller. Speaking in the rubble of the defeated
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

The Russian Question Must Not Remain Only Something for Export, Svyatenkov Says

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Window on Eurasia

‘Even Putin Now Knows Massive Attack on Ukraine Would Be a Catastrophe,’ Piontkovsky Says

Staunton, April 24 – Andrey Piontkovsky, who in the past has warned that Vladimir Putin will continue to escalate his acts of aggression, now says that there is unlikely to be any massive Russian attack on Ukraine because “even Putin understands that such an adventure would be catastrophic for his personal power.” Of course, the
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Russia ‘Looks in a Mirror and Sees the USSR’ and Doesn’t Understand that Others Don’t See It That Way, Kazarin Says

Staunton, April 24 “Russia looks in a mirror and sees the USSR and thinks that all those around it see it that way, tries to conduct itself as the USSR did and considers the threats which the Soviet Union did,” Pavel Kazarin says. “But the West looks at Russia as Russia, wants a return to
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Is ‘Rossiyanin’ Really an Ethnic Term After All?

Staunton, April 24 – Many Russians make a clear distinction between “russky,” the Russian adjective for a member of the Russian ethnos, and “rossiyanin,” a noun designating anyone who is a subject of citizen of the Russian state. And many Russian nationalists dislike the former precisely because they say it demeans their ethno-national identity. But
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On the prospect that Russia will recognize Ukraine's breakaway 'republics,' "I wouldn't like to talk about this now because, whatever I say, everything might be counterproductive. We'll see what circumstances arise."

- Vladimir Putin President of Russia
News Highlights

Fighting Intensifies with Mortar, Grad Attacks in Donetsk Region; 1 Ukrainian Soldier Killed, 2 Wounded

Fighting intensified over the night of April 24-April 25, the Ukrainian ATO [Anti-Terrorist Operation] reported on its Facebook page.

Chechen Leader Kadyrov Demands to Know Why Investigation of Police Abuse Was Cancelled

The drama involving a clash of wills between Moscow officials and Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov took another turn early this morning Moscow time as Kadyrov decided not to let the matter rest but challenged the head of the Investigative Committe again.

Ukrainian Military Reports 29 Attacks And Two Engagements So Far Today

Leviy Bereg reports that the Ukrainian military’s ATO press centre has claimed that Russian-backed fighters have attacked Ukrainian positions 29 times between midnight and 18:00 today.

Poroshenko Says He Would Introduce Martial Law In Event Of Another Offensive By Russian-Backed Forces

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has announced this evening on the Ukraina television channel that, in the event of an offensive by Russian-backed forces, he will propose the introduction of martial law.

Ukrainian MOD Presents Wreckage Of Advanced Russian Missile Fired In Lugansk Region

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence has presented evidence today that Ukrainian troops in the Donbass are being attacked with advanced Russian anti-tank missiles that have not been exported to Ukraine.

Russian Interior Ministry Denounces Kadyrov’s Call to Shoot Unauthorized Police; Kadyrov Insists He Gets Along with FSB

The Russian Interior Ministry has pronounced “impermissible” a defiant statement from Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov that he had authorized troops in the Chechen Interior Ministry to fire on law-enforcers from other Russian regions if they pursued activities in his republic without notification.

Ukrainian Military Reports 21 Attacks Last Night

The Ukrainian military’s ATO press centre claims that Russian-backed fighters committed 21 violations of the ceasefire between 18:00 and midnight yesterday. The report says that Russian-backed fighters used both heavy artillery, including 120 mm mortars and 122 mm howitzers, and tanks in their attacks.

Novaya Gazeta Finds Video of Kadyrov’s Order to Shoot Outside Law-Enforcers; Asks Whether Planners of Nemtsov Murder Will Be Held to Account

Novaya Gazeta has reported further this evening on the scandal around Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who was reported to have ordered his troops to shoot at law-enforcers from other republics who operated on Chechen territory without coordinating with his people.

Chechen Leader Kadyrov Would ‘Step Down if Ordered’ After Calling For Shooting of Non-Cooperative Outside Police

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said he is prepared to step down from his post if necessary, Yod News reported, citing RIA Novosti. The Interpreter has translated his statement..

Russian Journalist Deliberately Sets Grass on Fire in Khakasiya to ‘Get a Good Background’

A Russian journalist lit a grass fire with a cigarette to get better footage for a news program, Gazeta.ru and the Khakasiya News Agency reported.