Tag: annexation of Crimea

Geopolitics Now Dominates Moscow’s Approach to Regions, Zubarevich Says

November 17, 2014

Staunton, VA – November 12, 2014 Moscow no longer has the funds or access to foreign investment to promote either growth or equalization in Russia’s regions and instead has opted for a regional policy within the country based on geopolitical considerations and fears of Russia’s possible disintegration, according to a Moscow State University geographer. In […]

Toward an International of Resistance to Russian Occupations

November 16, 2014

Staunton, November 16 – Demonstrations in Tbilisi and Kyiv on November 15 are the latest and most public indication of a development that not only challenges Vladimir Putin’s seizure of territory in Georgia and Ukraine but also calls into question Russia’s earlier occupation of other non-Russian lands. Moscow has always tried to deal with its […]

Disappearances on the Rise in Occupied Crimea, Reflecting Growing Illegality

October 8, 2014

Staunton, October 3 – Since the Anschluss, 18 Crimean Tatars have “disappeared,” three of them in the last week alone, Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Cemilev told a meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe yesterday, a reflection of increasing oppression and growing illegality by the Russian occupiers. Two youths, Isyam Dzhepparov and […]

Refugee Flows Changing Ethnic Mix in Crimea, Creating Other Problems

October 5, 2014

Staunton, October 2 – Since Moscow illegally annexed Crimea, some 300,000 people have moved from other regions of Ukraine into the peninsula, an influx that experts say will make “a humanitarian catastrophe inevitable” unless extraordinary measures are taken by the Russian regime. But regardless of whether they take action or not, this influx is changing […]

Moscow Won’t Succeed in Building Kerch Bridge to Crimea, Ukrainian Historian Says

September 14, 2014

Staunton, September 13 – Russia will not be able to build a bridge across the Kerch Strait to link occupied Crimea with the Russian Federation, according to a Ukrainian scholar. But its likely inability to do so means that Moscow may have even more reason to press ahead with its aggression elsewhere to secure a […]

Russia This Week: Regular or Irregular Russian Army? (1-7 September)

September 6, 2014

Updated Daily. This week’s issue: – Presidential Human Rights Council Members Appeal to Investigative Committee on Missing Soldiers – Russian Defense Ministry Meets with Soldiers’ Mothers, Human Rights Advocates – Russian Soldier ‘Fighting as Insurgent’ Killed in Ukraine: Kyiv Post – Persecuted Russian Parliamentarian Ponomarev Decides to Remain Abroad – Cell Phone Messages of Moscow […]

Putin Lives in an Alternative Universe and Expects Everyone to Join Him There, Golts Says

Staunton, July 5 – The best way to understand what Vladimir Putin is doing, most recently in his speech to Russian diplomats, Aleksandr Golts says in a commentary in Yezhednevny Zhurnal yesterday is to imagine a similar speech by Putin to the members of the Russian Academy of Sciences. In such an imaginary situation, the […]

Kremlin’s Spending on Crimea Exacerbating Tensions Between Moscow and Russian Regions

June 19, 2014

Staunton, June 18 – The money the Kremlin is spending on Crimea and Ukraine more generally is exacerbating tensions between Moscow and hard-pressed regions, worsening the divide between well-off cities and their hinterlands, and leading some Russian nationalists to demand fiscal federalism as a first step toward creation of ethnic Russian republics. Three very different […]