Tag: referendum

Five Inconvenient Questions Putin Wasn’t Asked

April 22, 2014

Staunton, April 21 – There is perhaps no better way to call attention to the way in which Vladimir Putin insists on one standard for his own country and a very different one for Ukraine and others than to imagine the position the Kremlin leader might have found himself in had he been asked what […]

Putin Propaganda on Ukraine Threatens to Destabilize Russia , Moscow Commentator Says

April 14, 2014

Staunton, April 14 – The Kremlin’s insistence that ethnic Russians and Russian speakers in southeastern Ukraine are acting on their own rather than under the direction of Moscow as seems to be the case could blow up in Vladimir Putin’s face by leading Russians in Russian regions to ask the same questions about how they […]

Smolensk Residents Seek Referendum on Transferring Region from Russian Federation to Belarus

April 4, 2014

Staunton, April 4 – Organizers have collected some 1500 signatures on an Internet petition calling for a referendum on the transfer of part of Russia’s Smolensk Region to neighboring Belarus, a step they say would correct an “historic injustice” because that area belonged to Belarus before World War II and one that echoes what Vladimir […]

Crimean Tatar Leader Addresses UN Security Council

April 2, 2014

Mustafa Dzhemilev, former Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People and a member of Ukraine’s parliament, has addressed the UN Security Council. Below we have translated excerpts from his speech – Ed. Dear ladies and gentlemen! The dramatic events in Ukraine – the grave clashes between the people and the ruling regime on […]

Moscow has ‘No Alternative’ to Annexing South Ossetia, Russian Analyst Says

March 30, 2014

Staunton, March 30 – Ever since the Russian invasion of Georgia in August 2008, South Ossetian leaders have wanted their republic to be annexed by the Russian Federation and combined with the larger North Ossetian Republic. But Moscow had been reluctant to take that step. On the one hand, the Kremlin clearly believed that any […]

Putin Falsified Crimean ‘Referendum’ Results, Illarionov Says

March 24, 2014

Staunton, March 24 – The majority of residents of Crimea almost certainly did not vote to join the Russian Federation, according to a detailed analysis of that vote by Andrey Illarionov, and Putin’s claimed victory was, as many have suspected, the result of the kind of massive falsification Putin has perpetrated in Russian elections in […]

Ukraine Liveblog Day 29: Russia Annexes Crimea

March 18, 2014

Russia has officially annexed Crimea, and Ukrainian forces stationed in military bases on the peninsula have until Friday to evacuate to mainland Ukraine. 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 […]

Ukraine Liveblog Day 28: The Day After the Referendum

March 17, 2014

The results of Crimea’s referendum were overwhelming in favor of joining Russia. The government in Ukraine, and most of the international community, does not recognize the referendum. With Russian and Ukrainian military forces digging in only kilometers from each other, the world waits to see what happens next. Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. For an […]

Ukraine Liveblog Day 27: Referendum Day

March 16, 2014

Crimea has gone to the polls today to decide, nominally at least, between joining the Russian Federation or reverting to the 1992 Crimean consitution (a declaration of independence from Ukraine in all but name). The referendum has been condemned by both the Ukrainian government and almost all foreign states bar Venezuela, Syria and North Korea. […]

Ukraine Liveblog Day 23: Ukraine’s Interim Prime Minister Meets Obama

March 12, 2014

The Ukrainian Prime Minister meets with President Barack Obama, while the Russian government works to control the message on Ukraine. Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see see our latest podcast. Please help The Interpreter to continue providing this valuable information service by making a donation […]