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James Miller
James Miller

Evidence Review: Who Shot Down MH17?

With all of the developments, debates, new evidence and new disinformation, let’s take a look at what we know and don’t know about the theory that a Buk missile system shot down Malaysian Flight MH17. This post will be regularly updated as more information comes to light. What We Know – The Separatists Had The
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Editor
Editor

Ukraine Liveblog Day 158: Savchenko Refused Bail by Russian Court

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. View Ukraine: April, 2014 in a larger map For links to individual updates click on the timestamps. For
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Catherine A. Fitzpatrick
Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

Russia This Week: Bolotnaya Defendants Udaltsov and Razvozzhayev Sentenced

Updated Daily. Russian and Ukrainian bloggers confirmed the sighting of the Buk anti-aircraft missile system. The Russian Justice Ministry has entered five leading human rights groups into the registry of “foreign agents” against their will. The Russian Defense Ministry held a press briefing to present their claims about MH17, but their geolocation of a video
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Editor
Editor

Ukraine Liveblog Day 157: Fighting Continues in Donetsk

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. View Ukraine: April, 2014 in a larger map For links to individual updates click on the timestamps. Below
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Catherine A. Fitzpatrick
Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

Russian-Backed Separatist Leader Khodakovsky Changes His Story to Reuters — or Does He?

UPDATED: This article was updated on 24 July at 1447 GMT to add the information from Reuters’ audio tape, below. The question of whether or not Russian-backed separatist fighters in southeastern Ukraine possessed a Buk anti-aircraft system at all, or whether they may have used it to shoot down the Malaysian airliner MH17, has become
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Andrew Bowen
Andrew Bowen

Enough Grandstanding. It’s Time For Real Sanctions Against Russia

Right and wrong in politics are subject to the force and ability of the powerful to impose their version or perception of such. It is malleable to the force of the victors and the glib propaganda that provides “alternate viewpoints” which massage, contort and finesse the understanding and perception of situations. The ability to obfuscate
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Editor
Editor

Ukraine Liveblog Day 156: MH17 Victims In The Netherlands, More Jets Shot Down In Ukraine

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. View Ukraine: April, 2014 in a larger map For links to individual updates click on the timestamps. Below
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Mark Galeotti
Mark Galeotti

MH17 and Moscow’s Magical Mystery Jets

After a weekend of virtual silence—while elements of the Russian media tried to fill the infospace with all kinds of lurid and rapidly-debunked rumor and conjecture—Monday saw Moscow hit back at the allegations that Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by separatist rebels with Russian government assistance. Beyond President Putin’s strangely constrained personal statement
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Editor
Editor

Ukraine Liveblog Day 155: Train Carrying MH17 Bodies Arrives in Kharkiv

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. View Ukraine: April, 2014 in a larger map For links to individual updates click on the timestamps. Below
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Editor

Ukraine Liveblog Day 154: Heavy Fighting in Donetsk

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. View Ukraine: April, 2014 in a larger map For links to individual updates click on the timestamps. Below
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Convinced of His Own Exceptionalism, Putin is Both ‘a Pragmatist and a Fool,’ Milshtein Says

Staunton, July 22 – In a commentary titled “Forewarned and Armed,” Ilya Milshtein argues that tragically “there are no particular reasons to hope that Putin will change his approach” in Ukraine. Instead, the Moscow analyst says, he will proceed in ways that reflect his beliefs in his own exceptionalism and in his ability to intimidate
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

High Unemployment among Young Men in Rural Daghestan Fueling Insurgency

Staunton, July 22 – More than two out of every three Dagestani men between the ages of 20 and 24 living in rural areas of that North Caucasus republic are unemployed, a situation that is leading to their radicalization and providing new recruits for both anti-Russian militants and the criminal world, according to official data
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Analysis
Watching Russia

As in 1914, Russia Again Isn’t Ready for War, Kalashnikov Says

Staunton, July 21 – A century ago, Russians cheered the entrance of their country into World War I, but the country wasn’t prepared and as a result, it suffered military defeat, social and political revolutions, and a brutal civil war. Tragically, Maksim Kalashnikov says, the parallels between 1914 and now are all too obvious. The
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Many Ethnic Russians in Ukraine Identify as Ukrainians to ‘Break Out of Russian World,’ Moscow Marxist Says

Staunton, July 21 – “Many ethnic Russians both in Ukraine and in Russia itself are ready to declare themselves Ukrainians” or indeed anything else “if only to break out of ‘the Russian world’ and ‘cursed Sovietism’ and gain access to Western civilization and the benefits they believe it offers, according to a Russian Marxist. In
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Moscow Must Abolish Regions and Republics, LDPR Duma Deputy Says

Staunton, July 21 – Mikhail Degtaryev, a Duma deputy from the Liberal Democratic Republic of Russia (LDPR), is preparing legislation to replace the current administrative-territorial division of the Russian Federation in regions, territories and republics with the tsarist-era one of provinces (guberniya) and districts (uezd), an action he says would restore “historical justice” and end
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Moscow’s Support for Non-Russians Isn’t Determined by Their Size, Muslim Commentator Says

Staunton, July 21 – Russian officials have often argued that the amount of government support for the titular nationalities of the non-Russian republics of the Russian Federation should reflect their share of the population rather than the fact that these republics are the national homes of those nations. But in fact, a Muslim commentator says,
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Putin is Ushering Russia into Final Stages of Imperial Collapse, Baku Weekly Says

Staunton, July 20 – Like his various predecessors over the last century, Russian President Vladimir Putin is leading his country into yet another period of imperial collapse by his counterproductive efforts to save or even restore that imperial state, according to the editors of Azerbaijan’s Minval.az weekly. In an introduction to a special issue of
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Putin Never Backs Down Even When He Would Benefit, Moscow Commentator Says

Staunton, July 20 – In his almost 15 years in power, Vladimir Putin has “never admitted a single error” and “never made a single step backward” even when it would have been tactically or strategically to his benefit to do so, Arkady Babchenko says, and consequently, it is unlikely that he will do so in
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

‘The West Intends to Destroy Russia So Russia Must Put Its House in Order,’ Russian Nationalist Site Says

Staunton, July 20 – The Bereg Rus portal, a major Russian nationalist site, after declaring that Ukraine shot down the Malaysian airliner, says that “the West intends to destroy us” and consequently Russians should stop “losing time” and “put [their] own house in order” to be in a better position to defend the country. Russia’s
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Belief in Unchanging Russian National Character a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy, Moscow Sociologist Says

Staunton, July 20 – Russian national character like that of any other people changes over time, and those who insist otherwise, including some in Moscow, are engaging in a self-fulfilling prophecy intended to keep Russians from changing themselves and their society in ways that would be good for both, according to Vladimir Rimsky, a sociologist
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"Russia is the only country in the world which is really capable of turning the USA into radioactive ash."

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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.