A More Imperfect Union

July 30, 2013

Luke Rodeheffer is an MA candidate in International History and a research assistant at Koç University in Istanbul, as well as a freelance analyst on Eurasian geopolitical affairs. He tweets on Eurasian geopolitics at twitter.com/lukerodeheffer. Supporters of the Customs Union, which was introduced in 2012 to establish an economic compact between and among Russia, Ukraine, and […]

Russia Update: Activists Occupy Giant Christmas Globe on Manezhnaya Square, 20 Arrested

December 31, 2014

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, and see also our Russia This Week story The Guild War – How Should Journalists Treat Russian State Propagandists? and special features ‘Managed Spring’: How Moscow […]

Ukraine Liveblog Day 262: Russia Orders Investigation Into Donetsk School Shelling

November 6, 2014

Yesterday’s liveblog 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. View Ukraine: April, 2014 in a larger map For […]

Russian News Site RBC Investigates Russian Troop Units Deployed in Ukraine

October 7, 2014

Repeatedly through Russia’s war against Ukraine, there have been references in various blogs and news media to lists of Russian military units supposedly deployed in Ukraine. Most of these lists can be traced back to a single Georgian activist who participated in the Maidan demonstrations named Irakly Komaxidze who made a Facebook post in Russian […]

Putin’s ‘Pogroms’ And a Fragile Russian Victory in Ukraine

December 4, 2013

Vladimir Putin has had a very good year, and one of his crowning achievements is that he appears to have successfully bullied Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych into halting Ukraine’s march towards the European Union. Russia closed the border to Ukraine’s products, backing up traffic for miles (possibly costing Ukraine billions). Russia froze entire industries: banned cheese; stopped […]

A Divorce, the Eurasian Way

September 3, 2013

Vladimir Pastukhov writes this saucy analogy for the liberal newspaper, Novaya Gazeta. In it he compares Russia’s reaction to Ukraine’s attempts to join the European Union to the actions of a scorned wife as her husband leaves her for a better offer. For more information, see our analysis of the Customs Union and our newest […]

From Syria to Ukraine, Putin’s Policies Isolate Russia

August 28, 2013

Russia’s isolation is growing by the minute. Yesterday I wrote that if the United States and its allies attack Syria, which is likely, then it will be a major blow to the United Nations which will have been sidestepped. Ironically, while Russia and its allies (Syria, Iran, China) often complain that the UN is a […]