Tag: sanctions

Russia This Week: Distorting the News (March 24-28)

March 28, 2014

Russians continue to protest the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine following a mass march against Putin’s forcible annexation of Crimea last week. (Go here and here for the last weeks’ news.) Defendants in the Bolotnaya Case charged with “instigating riots” remain on trial. The Russian government continues to make moves to suppress dissent, chiefly by blocking […]

Crimea Anschluss to Cost Russians Billions, Kudrin Says

Staunton, March 28 – Former Russian finance minister Alexei Kudrin has said and official Russian news agencies have reported that that Russia’s annexation of Crimea is going to have extremely deleterious effects on the Russian economy, including massive capital flight, and any hope of real economic growth this year. Kudrin said yesterday that Russia will […]

Sanctions on Moscow, No Matter How Severe, Won’t be Effective, Shevtsova Warns

March 22, 2014

Staunton, March 22 — Since World War II, Western governments have often imposed sanctions to show their displeasure about this or that action, but such sanctions “never were effective” in returning the world to “the status quo ante.” Instead, they highlighted the lack of accord within the West and were even used by powers like […]

Ukraine Liveblog Day 32: Ukraine Signs EU Trade Pact

March 21, 2014

The deadline for the withdrawal of Ukrainian soldiers from Crimea is passing, and the interim government has signed an agreement with the European Union, an agreement ripe with symbolism as this fulfills the wishes of the protesters that started this revolution in the first place. Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. For an overview and […]

Why London Is So Crucial To Putin’s Russia

March 20, 2014

In 1733 Voltaire published a series of works called “The Letters of the English Nation” or “Lettres philosophiques” which were a compilation of his observation of politics and religion on the Island. He remarked on the love and high regard that monetary pursuits and commerce were held, such that they transcended all religious or ethnic […]

Russia’s ‘Surreal’ Geography Threatens the World, Georgian Writer Says

March 19, 2014

Staunton, March 19 – In the past, “every country had its own map, each of which was more or less different,” a Georgian writer says, but with Marco Polo and Google, most came to accept a similar map of the world, one in which borders are clear and fixed. But Russians remain an exception. According […]

Ukraine Liveblog Day 30: Ukraine Military Bases Under Siege

Following an attack on a Ukrainian military cartography building in Simferopol that left a Ukrainian soldier and a member of Crimea’s defence forces dead, the Ukrainian naval headquarters in Sevastopol has been taken over. Will other military installations also come under attack? Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing […]

Ukraine Liveblog Day 17: Crimean Parliament Votes to Join Russia

March 6, 2014

Crimean parliament has voted to secede from Ukraine. Now, on March 16th, a referendum will be held. The Crimean people get to vote, and they have two options: rejoin Ukraine, or rejoin Russia. Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see see our latest podcast. Please help The […]

Russia: Syria’s Banker and Arms Supplier

November 13, 2013

The West and Russia continue to bicker over who can attend the much vaulted Geneva II peace summits, and the death and destruction has not stopped in Syria. While it seems that, for the moment, Syria is adhering to dismantling its chemical weapons programs, thousands of civilians continue to be killed by Assad,  through a […]