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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

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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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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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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Window on Eurasia

Cemilev Says FSB Thinking about New Deportation of Crimean Tatars

Staunton, April 19 – In a demonstration of principled toughness, Mustafa Cemilev, the longtime leader of the Crimean Tatars and a member of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada, has very publicly returned to his homeland after declaring that he remains a Ukrainian citizen and that some in Moscow are thinking about a new deportation of his people.
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Window on Eurasia

Three Post-Crimea Moves on the Russian Federation Nationalities Front

Staunton, April 15 – That Russia’s Anschluss of Crimea has re-ordered the international landscape is now common ground as countries around the world recalibrate their foreign policies in the face of what appears to be a fait accompli. But this annexation is also having a dizzying impact on the Russian Federation’s own nationalities. Indeed, in
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Confrontation with West over Ukraine Creating ‘New Russian Society,’ Kashin Says

Staunton, April 18 – As has happened so often in Russian history, the current confrontation with the West over Ukraine is “forming a new Russian society” and the only question is whether Russia will use the near term to modernize not in order to please the West but to “more effectively defend its interests” against
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Window on Eurasia

Tishkov Rejects Claims that Tatarstan is ‘One of Russia’s Most Unstable Regions’

Staunton, April 18 – Academician Valery Tishkov, director of the Moscow Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, says that his institute’s monitoring of ethnic tensions in the Russian Federation does not support claims by the Club of the Regions and the Center for Research on National Conflicts that Tatarstan is “one of the [country’s] most unstable”
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Watching Russia

Defining Who is a Russian Difficult and Dangerous, Nezavisimaya Says

Staunton, April 18 – Many Russians and others have struggled with the fact that the Russian word for ethnic Russian (russky) and the one for those who are not ethnically Russian but part of the Russian political space (rossiisky) are not the same, a reflection of the multi-national composition of the Russian state, tsarist, communist
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Window on Eurasia

Betrayal of Ukraine in Geneva ‘Worse than Munich,’ Illarionov Says

Staunton, April 18 – What the US, the EU and Ukraine itself agreed to in Geneva is “worse than Munich” because Kyiv joined in giving international sanction to actions of the Russian aggressor and opening the way for the transformation of the internal arrangements of Ukraine regardless of what Ukrainians want, according to Andrey Illarionov
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Window on Eurasia

Russian Anti-Americanism Today Very Different and Much Worse than Soviet-Era Variant, Mirsky Says

Staunton, April 17 – Some see the rising tide of anti-Americanism and anti-Western attitudes in Russia as a recrudescence of the Cold War, but in fact, the attitudes that the Putin regime is promoting now are very different and much worse than those which his Soviet predecessors sponsored, according to Georgy Mirsky. In Soviet times,
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Window on Eurasia

Putin Family Values

Staunton, April 17 – Given the Kremlin’s promotion of traditional family values and Russian interest in all things Putin, a distant relative of the Kremlin leader has put out a second edition of his genealogy of the family, the presentation of which in Moscow this week speaks volumes about Vladimir Putin’s real family values. Reporting
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Window on Eurasia

Immigrants Will Form Half of Russian Federation’s Population in 2050, Experts Say

Staunton, April 17 – If current trends continue, half of the population of the Russian Federation in its current borders will consist of immigrants, according to a new Moscow study, a conclusion clearly intended to feed anti-immigrant feelings and, more speculatively, designed to promote a discussion of what can and should be done, including the
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Analysis
Window on Eurasia

Russian Separatists in Donetsk Reportedly Order Jews to Register or Face Expulsion

See additional coverage of this story on The Interpreter’s April 16th liveblog. The Russian outlet TV Rain has published a denial from the Donestk separatist leader that the flyer is connected with his organization. We will continue to follow this story on our liveblog where new evidence has been analyzed. Staunton, April 17 – Ukraine’s
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“An important aspect of the Eurasian worldview is an absolute denial of Western civilization. In the opinion of the Eurasians, the West with its ideology of liberalism is an absolute evil.”

- Aleksandr Dugin Political Scientist and adviser to MP Sergei Naryshkin
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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.

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.