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Another Pastor Niemöller Moment Passes in Moscow

April 25, 2015

Staunton, April 24 – Perhaps the most searing self-indictment of those who watch the onset of totalitarianism but do not protest — because they remain convinced that only someone else will be its targets and its victims — was offered in 1946 by German Protestant Pastor Martin Niemöller. Speaking in the rubble of the defeated […]

Putin Has Made the Unthinkable Almost Unnoticed, Podrabinek Says

November 24, 2014

Staunton, November 24 – One of the most dangerous developments for which Vladimir Putin is responsible is that the lies he and his regime regularly employ, and the actions they take, have changed what would be unthinkable under normal conditions into a new normal, things which people would earlier have focused on into things which […]

Moscow Engaging in Ethnic Cleansing in Crimea, Latvian Foreign Minister Says

September 8, 2014

Staunton, September 8 – The Russian occupation authorities in Crimea are engaging in ethnic cleansing on the Ukrainian peninsula, something that the international community must not only take note of but do everything possible to stop, according to Edgar Rinkevics, Latvia’s foreign minister. And Mustafa Cemilev, the longtime leader of the Crimean Tatars who has […]

‘Optimists’ Continue to Deceive Themselves and Others about Putin and Thus Facilitate His Aggression, Portnikov Says

September 5, 2014

Staunton, September 5 – From the very first moments of Vladimir Putin’s aggression against Ukraine, “optimists” in Russia and the West have deceived themselves and others and helped set the stage for Putin to go further, a pattern that shows no signs of abating anytime soon, according to Vitaly Portnikov. On the Grani.ru portal, the […]

For Ordinary Russians, Moscow’s Use of Regular Army in Ukraine Crosses a Rubicon, Mitrokhin Says

August 28, 2014

Staunton, August 27 – While Russia’s involvement in the fighting in southeastern Ukraine has been obvious for a long time, Moscow’s decision to send regular military units, and even more the loss of life of soldiers who were only following orders, is transforming the conflict there for ordinary Russians, according to Nikolay Mitrokhin. Moscow took […]

Ukrainian President Names Cemilev Plenipotentiary for Crimean Tatar Affairs

August 21, 2014

Staunton, August 21 – Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko has named Mustafa Cemilev to the new position of plenipotentiary representative for Crimean Tatar affairs and charged him with “securing the observation of the constitutional rights of the Crimean Tatar people as an indigenous people of Ukraine.” Poroshenko’s decision institutionalizes the Verkhovna Rada’s vote on March 20 […]

Putin’s Economic Confrontation with West Will Destroy His Regime, Mitrokhin Says

August 11, 2014

Staunton, August 9 – Russia’s economy was already in trouble before the West imposed sanctions and in time these sanctions could have led to the collapse of the Putin regime. But the Russian president’s decision to respond to these sanctions with a total economic confrontation with the West” will significantly “speed up” this scenario, Vladimir […]