Tag: Crimean annexation

‘Putin is Leading Russia into Chinese Slavery’ – Nemtsov’s Ten Theses on Crimea

October 24, 2014

Staunton, October 20 – As Andrey Illarionov has wisely put it, the debate among Russian opposition figures concerning what should be done with Crimea is in fact a debate about the future of Russia or, as he puts it, “tell me what you think about Crimea, and I’ll tell you what you think about the […]

Russia’s ‘Era of Freedom’ has Come to an End, Academician Says

October 20, 2014

Staunton, October 19 – Russia’s 25-year-long era of freedom, which began in 1989 with the Congress of Peoples Deputies, has come to an end and the prospects for the future are extremely bleak, according to Academician Yury Pivovarov. If Russians do not transform themselves, their country risks becoming part of the third world. In an […]

21 Ways Life in Crimea has Changed Since the Russian Anschluss

October 9, 2014

Staunton, October 5 – The Russian occupation of Crimea has affected residents of the Ukrainian peninsula in large ways and small. Now, Novy Region-2 has published a list of 21 ways in which life has changed for all the residents of that region, establishing a useful checklist for all concerned. There are other, more high-profile […]

Some Russians Blame Lenin and Stalin for Moscow’s Problems in Ukraine

October 1, 2014

Staunton, September 29 – Following the Crimean Anschluss, Russians have stopped focusing their anger on Nikita Khrushchev, who transferred Crimea from the RSFSR to Ukraine, as a primary source of their problems with Ukrainians and shifted attention to the role Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin played in creating the current tensions between the two nations. […]

Russian Occupation Authorities Increase Terror Against Crimean Population, Crimean Tatar Leader Says

Staunton, September 28 – The Russian occupation authorities not only have imposed “systematic discrimination” against the Crimean Tatar people but have conducted mass searches against them and their institutions and organized or looked the other way in cases of kidnaping and disappearances, according to Refat Chubarov, the head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis. Russian officials […]

Russian Occupiers in Crimea Shut and then Re-open Gasprinsky Library But Allow Meeting in His Honor

September 26, 2014

Staunton, September 26 – Four days after the Russian occupation authorities closed down the Gasprinsky Library in Simferopol as part of their effort to rein in the Crimean Tatars, later reopening it presumably under tighter control, the same officials allowed a meeting to take place in Bakchisarai in honor of the centenary of the death […]

Putin’s Visit Seeks to Legitimate Russia’s Illegal Occupation of Crimea

August 14, 2014

Staunton, August 14 – Vladimir Putin’s current visit to occupied Crimea, his second, may not lead to the dramatic declaration of his plans that many expect, a Ukrainian political scientist says. Instead, the Kremlin leader may be using it to present himself as “a peacemaker” and to force the international community to recognize Moscow’s annexation […]

Ukraine Could Recover Crimea Only If Russia Were Seriously Weakened, Moscow Analyst Says

July 14, 2014

Staunton, July 14 – The Ukrainian government lacks the resources to recover Crimea, according to a Moscow military analyst, and could do so only if Russia were to “weaken to the point that it simply could not defend” the peninsula. Otherwise, talk about “the return of Crimea to Ukraine” is, in his words, “something fantastic.” […]

Moscow Patriarchate Wants Crimea to be ‘Precedent for Clericalization of Russia’

July 11, 2014

Staunton, July 9 – Putin’s Anschluss of Crimea has already had a number of impacts on Russia, but some in the Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church hope it will have at least one more – that special treatment of the church on the peninsula will become “a precedent for the clericalization” of all […]

IMO and ICAO Actions Impose Real Costs on Moscow for Crimean Anschluss

July 9, 2014

Staunton, July 9 – Kyiv would like to see the Crimean ports of Yevpatoria, Kerch, Feodosia, Yalta and Sevastopol closed to international shipping to put pressure on Moscow to end its illegal occupation of the Ukrainian peninsula. The International Maritime Organization has not done that, but its declarations have nonetheless imposed real costs on Russia. […]