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Ukraine Live Day 502: Ukraine Reports One Soldier Killed, Two Wounded Over Last 24 Hours

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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Liveblog Team

Ukraine Live Day 501: Several Explosives-Related Incidents In The Kiev Region, Kharkiv And Mariupol

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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Liveblog Team

Russia Update: Soldiers’ Mothers Head Sentenced for Publicizing Combat Deaths in Ukraine

The head of a Soldiers’ Mother Committee has been convicted on fraud charges in what appears to be retaliation for her activism in bringing to light cases of Russian soldiers killed in combat in Ukraine. Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s
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Liveblog Team

Russia Update: Comedian Zhvanetsky Cut from Television Awards Broadcast

The comedian Zhvanetsky was removed from broadcasts of the prestigious annual TEFI awards ceremony for best television. 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. Special features: - ‘I Was on Active Duty’: Interview
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James Miller
James Miller

What 500 Days Of The Ukraine Crisis Have Taught Us

Please help The Interpreter to continue providing this valuable information service by making a donation towards our costs. Today is the 500th day of The Interpreter’s live coverage of Ukraine (read that coverage here). While the day is not an anniversary in the traditional sense, it is a milestone which marks two events — the
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Liveblog Team

Ukraine Live Day 500: Explosion at Cafe in Odessa; 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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Russia Update: Greece Condemns West for Rejecting Russia’s Turkish Stream as It Defaults

Russia may not do more than provide political support, but already Greece has indicated how it will help Russia: pushing for the new Turkish Stream pipeline and condemning the West for “torpedoing” it 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
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Liveblog Team
Liveblog Team

Ukraine Live Day 499: Further Evidence Of Military Activity Near Recently Discovered Russian Base

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: Kremlin Doubts Independence Of Baltic States

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. Special features: - ‘There Was No Buk in Our Field’ - With Cash and Conspiracy Theories, Russian Orthodox Philanthropist Malofeyev is Useful to the Kremlin -
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Liveblog Team
Liveblog Team

Ukraine Live Day 498: Ukraine Reports Heavy Fighting Across 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

Moderate Opposition Parties Losing Out as Russian Politics Polarize, Kynyev Says

Staunton, July 3 – Russian moderate opposition parties are losing support while “the activity of parties advancing more radical positions is growing,” according to Aleksandr Kynyev, a specialist on regional development, reporting on the findings of the first report on the current election cycle prepared by the Committee on Civic Initiatives. In an article in
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Post-Soviet States Entering Second Anti-Communist Revolutionary Period, Shmelyev Says

Staunton, July 2 – The post-Soviet world is entering its own version of 1968, Aleksandr Shmelyev says, “and everything which is taking place in Moldova, Belarus, Ukraine, Armenia, Russia and so on can be conceived as a wave of ‘secondary anti-communist revolutions,’ as attempts to put the authorities under the control of society.” In 1968,
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Jews Again Leaving Russia Because ‘After Putin, There Will Be Another Putin’

Staunton, July 2 – For the first time since the 1990s, the number of Jews emigrating from Russia to Israel has gone up dramatically, doubling between 2013 and 2014 to 4685. But this new wave is different from its predecessors in that its members are younger, better educated, and almost exclusively from Moscow. Moreover, this
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Analysis

Armenia’s Lessons For Russia

The current and continuing demonstrations in Armenia over price hikes by the state electricity company contain many lessons for us and Russia. First, they highlight the continuing economic and political pathologies of the neo-Soviet or Putinist experiment where the state retains the controlling interest in the economy. Under these autocratic conditions state ownership remains a
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Russian Defender of Hitler No Longer to ‘Defend’ Human Rights in US

Staunton, June 29 – Andranik Migranyan, who became infamous for his suggestion that Hitler would have been a second Bismarck if the Nazi leader had stopped before invading Poland, is going back to Moscow because his Institute for Democracy and Cooperation in New York, which Vladimir Putin created in 2007, is closing down. According to
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Few in Crimea of Any Nationality Now View Themselves as Russian Patriots, Polls Show and Officials Concede

Staunton, June 28 – Many of the hopes that some Russians in Crimea had for their homeland after the Russian Anschluss have not been realized, and as a result, polls show, and occupation officials concede, that “the majority of young Crimeans” regardless of nationality “do not consider themselves to be patriots of Russia.” In Novyye
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

In Armenia, Moscow Seeks Phantom Victory over Phantom Color Revolution, Latynina Says

Staunton, June 28 – Many Russian analysts have suggested that the Kremlin views what is going on in Armenia as a color revolution because it is incapable of thinking about any protests in the former Soviet republics as anything but the actions of foreign governments in general and the United States in particular. But Yuliya
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Putin Now Seeking to Intimidate Journalists into Not Covering His Opponents

Staunton, June 26 – In the age of the Internet, it isn’t enough for an authoritarian ruler to control what appears in newspapers and on television. If he really wants to isolate his opponents, he must try to intimidate journalists into not covering those the leader doesn’t like lest they post their reports online and
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Putin’s Pursuit of ‘Russian World’ Destroying Any Possible Unity of Russian-Speaking Space, Irisova Says

Staunton, June 26 – Vladimir Putin has made the Russian language a key element in his definition of “the Russian world” he wants to create, but his actions in pursuit of that goal are destroying any possibility that Russian speakers will be united, according to Olga Irisova, a Russian associate of Warsaw’s Center for Polish-Russian
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Translations
Ukraine

‘I Was on Active Duty’: Interview with Captured GRU Officer Aleksandrov

Pavel Kanygin, a war correspondent for Novaya Gazeta, was arrested by Russian-backed separatist forces on June 16, beaten and interrogated, and then deported the next day back to Russia. It was the second such detention he had suffered at the hands of militants from the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” in a year. He was accused
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"I don’t think there’s any correlation between bicycle lanes and political activity. If you think falsifying elections is bad, no amount of bicycles are going to help you.”

- Alexey Navalny Russian opposition leader
News Highlights
The New York Times

Russia to Boycott Meeting of Security Body, Diplomats Say

Russia will boycott a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe because of Ukraine-related sanctions that bar a prominent Russian lawmaker from attending, diplomats said on Thursday.
USA Today

The newest U.S. export may leave Russia with excess gas

Vladimir Putin has been having an iffy year. His not-so-secret military adventure in Ukraine has gotten bogged down in an ugly stalemate. Thanks to Western sanctions and falling oil prices, the Russian economy is tanking. And now there’s a new conundrum for the shirtless wonder to tackle — one that’s trapped in subterranean rock formations

Ukraine ceasefire: ‘There is shooting all the time’

“This doesn’t smell like peace to me,” said the Monk, sighing heavily in his makeshift control centre, a former chandelier shop in the basement of a block of flats, near the remains of what not long ago was Donetsk international airport.

Ukraine Says Russian Generals Lead Separatists

Five Russian generals are playing a key role in organizing and commanding separatist forces inside Ukraine, according to a dossier provided by Ukraine’s security service to the Obama administration last month.

Russia and Turkey can’t agree on gas prices

Turkish officials told Reuters that Gazprom and Turkey are “likely to finalise a deal on natural gas prices by mid-July.”

Russia halts gas supplies to Ukraine after talks breakdown

Russian gas firm Gazprom has confirmed it has halted gas supplies to Ukraine after a breakdown on pricing talks.

Russia’s ‘satirical Wikipedia’ suspends activity after government pressure

Lurkmore, a Russian site described as the “satirical Wikipedia”, is suspending its operations because of increasing censorship, founder Dmitry Khomak has announced. The move follows a series of recent clashes with Russia’s media watchdog.

Russia is deploying advanced aerial weapon systems to the Arctic

In continuation of a militarizing trend, Russia will deploy advanced aerial weapons systems to the Arctic, according to the deputy commander of Russia’s Aerospace Defense Forces.
Bloomberg

Ruble Slides as Tax Boost Damped by Bank of Russia Sales, Debts

The ruble headed for the lowest level in a week as support from monthly tax deadlines subsided and investors turned their attention to the Bank of Russia’s dollar purchases and companies’ foreign debt payments.

Russia cuts 2018 World Cup budget by $560m

Russia has slashed over $500m from its official budget for the 2018 World Cup, according to the country’s news agencies. The Russian government ordered 30 billion roubles ($560m) in cuts after slashing spending on hotels and infrastructure.