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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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Ukraine Liveblog Day 58: Is Kiev Ready For a Showdown With Separatists?

Yesterday Ukraine launched a “counter-terrorism operation,” retaking an airfield in Kramatorsk from separatists. The Ukrainian military and police appeared to be preparing for a broader action, but there are already signs that Ukrainian authorities may be facing setbacks today. Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see
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Catherine A. Fitzpatrick
Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

Russia This Week: Russian Social Network Refuses to Turn Over EuroMaidan, Navalny Personal Data

Updated Daily. Ten thousand Russians rallied for press freedom this weekend. Memorial Human Rights Center, the leading human rights group of Russia, and three other rights groups faced trial to determine whether they will be defined as a “foreign agent” and face closure. Meanwhile, bloggers face new challenges as conservative legislators seek to equate them
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Ukraine Liveblog Day 57: On the Edge of War

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 56: Will Kiev Lose Control of the East?

Once again the interim government in Kiev has promised to counterattack pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. Once again Kiev has blamed Russia for the separatism and violence. But with evidence growing that Russia is directly manipulating this conflict, possibly as preface to full-scale invasion, there are signs that Kiev may not be capable of restoring
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Ukraine Liveblog Day 55: Police Fight Separatists in Gun Battles

The gunfire has started. Last night there were several battles between police and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. This morning, Ukraine has announced an “anti-terrorist operation” in Slaviansk. All of this is made more concerning as evidence builds that suggests that some of these separatists are really members of the Russian military. Yesterday’s liveblog can
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Ukraine Liveblog Day 54: Russian Invasion Underway?

This morning armed men stormed a police building in both Slaviansk and Krasni Liman. There are more concerning signs that Russia may be planning an invasion. Are we headed towards yet another stage of this crisis? Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast.
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James Miller
James Miller

Possible Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria

There are reports of a possible chemical weapons attack in at least one area of Syria, but possibly more. Below we will be analyzing the information as it comes in. 2138 GMT: Here is what we know so far: Earlier today there were reports of a chemical weapons attack in Harasta, an area near Damascus
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Ukraine Liveblog Day 53: Deadline for Separatists to Stand Down Expires

The 48-hour deadline for pro-Russian separatists to leave the government buildings in eastern Ukraine that they occupied earlier in the week is expiring today. The separatists were offered amnesty, but rejected it yesterday. Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast. Please help The
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Catherine A. Fitzpatrick
Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

Russia This Week: Professor Dismissed for Crimean Criticism Reinstated (April 7-11)

Updated Daily. A professor who compared Putin’s forcible annexation of the Crimea was fired from his position, but then later re-instated after protests. But for how long? Meanwhile, bloggers face new challenges as conservative legislators seek to equate bloggers with media outlets under the restrictive Russian press law. Go here, here, and here for past
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Window on Eurasia

Debate Opens on Allowing Immigrants to Serve in Russian Military

Staunton, April 16 – Declining numbers of Russian men of draft age and Vladimir Putin’s increasingly aggressive moves in Ukraine have prompted suggestions that Moscow should allow immigrants to serve in the Russian military and be given a fast track to Russian citizenship if they do. But that idea has provoked a sharp reaction both
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How To Avoid Sanctions Like Sergei Naryshkin

Two days ago, the discussion on social networks was about how people on the EU sanctions list could nevertheless travel to France and even give press conferences in Paris.  The fourth most powerful official in Russia, the Speaker of the Russian State Duma, Sergei Naryshkin, did just that. He found himself on the EU sanctions
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Window on Eurasia

Small Northern Nation Challenges Lukoil – and Local Officials Support the People

Staunton, April 16 – The Komi, one of the Russian Federation’s numerically small nations of the north, are demanding that that country’s oil giant, Lukoil, stop its destructive exploitation of oil reserves in the Izhemsk district of their republic – and, what may be even more significant, local officials are supporting the people rather than
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Window on Eurasia

Putin’s Ukraine Policy Accelerating Russia’s ‘Disappearance,’ Gontmakher Says

Staunton, April 16 – Vladimir Putin’s actions in Ukraine, Yevgeny Gontmakher says, are accelerating the disappearance of Russia not so much in the sense of pointing to a change in its borders but rather with regard to the existence of a distinctive Russian society capable of surviving into the future. In an interview published by
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Window on Eurasia

Russian Liberals Can’t Compromise with Putinist Patriotism, Kunadze Says

Staunton, April 16 – It has become fashionable to call for liberals and patriots to compromise, to agree to “call the naked king ‘half-dressed,’”, as Russia’s latest attempt to build a state in which people live in freedom and sufficiency and one which enjoys the respect of the surrounding world has failed, Georgy Kunadze says.
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Window on Eurasia

Crimea’s Annexation Makes Russians More Optimistic about North Caucasus, Poll Finds

Staunton, April 16 – Putin’s Anschluss of Crimea is having an impact on Russian public opinion in a way few might have expected: A new Levada Center poll finds that in the wake of the Kremlin leader’s moves in Ukraine, more Russians have a positive view of developments in the North Caucasus and fewer believe
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Window on Eurasia

Putin Pushing World to Something Worse than Cold War, Piontkovsky Say

Staunton, April 15 – Vladimir Putin, in his effort to save his rule by intervening militarily in Ukraine, is pushing the world not toward a new cold war as many say but rather to something far worse and more dangerous, one in which one or another side may in fact view the use of force
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Window on Eurasia

The Karaims – Another Forgotten People of Crimea Now at Risk

Staunton, April 15 – Russia’s annexation of Crimea has attracted international attention to the tragic fate of the Crimean Tatars whose homeland it is, but in addition to that nation and to ethnic Russians and Ukrainians, Crimea is home to many other ethnic groups and their fates should be of concern as well, especially given
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Ethnic Russians in Estonia Protest Moscow’s Promotion of Separatism

Staunton, April 15 – Moscow’s promotion of unrest and separatism in Estonia has prompted a group of ethnic Russians and other non-titular nations to start a petition drive in support of Estonia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and condemning such outside interference in Estonia’s domestic affairs. Despite its membership in the European Union and NATO and
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Ukraine is the Poland of the 21st Century, Pastukhov Says

Staunton, April 15 – Ukraine, Vladimir Pastukhov writes, “is the Poland of the 21st century,” only slightly further east, and that situation means that it likely faces partition, subordination to Moscow or incorporation in the Russian state unless and until a more adequate Ukrainian national elite emerges. In an essay on Polit.ru yesterday, the St.
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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.

Russia’s VTB criticises Bank of England’s demands

Russia’s second largest bank has accused the Bank of England of making politically motivated demands against its operations in London, amid escalating tensions over Ukraine.