TRANSCRIPT: [Putin] Press statements and answers to journalists’ questions following Russian-Finnish talks (excerpt)

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(Kremlin.ru – July 1, 2016) President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President, ladies and gentlemen, Indeed, we had a very thorough discussion in narrow format. Hopefully, we will continue our talks with the participation of our respective delegations in the expanded format in the same business-like manner. I reiterate that we consider Finland our priority partner. Our relationship is based […]

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RBTH: How Finland became a battleground in the Russia-NATO information war

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From internet ‘trolls’ to strategic communication: RBTH investigates how competing narratives from Russia and NATO are manipulating the information space and public debate in Finland to influence the country’s policy of neutrality. (Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – NIKOLAI SHEVCHENKO, RBTH – June 10, 2016) As mounting tensions over Ukraine continue to divide Europe into two camps, Russia and […]

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Moscow homeless treated to free film shows

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“Cinema for the homeless” was born in the summer: the homeless were shown French film 1+1 and classical Soviet comedy Operation Ы. The screenings are organized by volunteers from the Friends on the Street Movement, which since 2002 has been helping people without a home of their own. The movement feeds them, helps them socialize and carries out various events. […]

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Where will Putin Strike Next?

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(Paul Goble – Window on Eurasia – Staunton, March 5, 2015) The purpose of terrorism is to terrorize, to suggest that old rules and old expectations no longer apply and thereby increase uncertainty and fear. That explains why someone like Kseniya Sochak has suggested that she is next on Putin’s list now that the Kremlin has killed Boris Nemtsov and […]

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FINLAND AND ITS LESSONS FOR UKRAINE

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(by Kirk Bennett) Kirk Bennett is a former Foreign Service Officer who served in both Moscow and Kyiv. The opinions and characterizations in this piece are those of the author, and do not necessarily represent official positions of the United States Government. Since the outbreak of the Ukraine crisis, and with increasing vehemence as the crisis has deepened, thoughtful people […]

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