The newfound uncertainty of life in Russia

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Lara McCoy Roslof, RBTH – March 18, 2014) The ongoing crisis in Ukraine and the exchange of increasingly politicized rhetoric has brought with it a growing sense of unease and concern about the future. RBTH’s editor for the Western Hemisphere talks about how the atmosphere in Russia has changed from an American perspective. […]

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Wide range of Russians protest Crimea vote

Ukraine Map and Flag

(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Sam Skove, special to RBTH – March 16, 2014) The meeting in central Moscow brought together a diverse group of people with a variety of views on the situation in Crimea and the state of the Russian press. Saturday’s protest in central Moscow against the war in Ukraine, started at Pushkinskaya square and […]

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Mistakes in some arguments given for Russia’s action [re: Ukraine]

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Subject:  Mistakes in some arguments given for Russia’s action Date:     Fri, 14 Mar 2014 From:   Ira Straus IRASTRAUS@aol.com Mistakes in some arguments given for Russia’s action By Ira Straus U.S. Coordinator Committee on Eastern Europe and Russia in NATO A. The imagined NATO threat It is argued that the EU association agreement was a step to NATO membership, and Russia […]

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Mr. Putin’s mercenaries

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(opendemocracy.net – Roman Osharov – March 14, 2014) Roman Osharov is a Moscow-based freelance journalist. His work has appeared in Voice of America’s Russian Service, The New Times magazine and Slon.ru The Kremlin claims that its every step in Crimea fully complies with international law. But does President Putin understand that, under international law, Ukraine could either arrest or shoot […]

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Statement of G-7 Leaders on Ukraine

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(The White House – Office of the Press Secretary – For Immediate Release – March 12, 2014) We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission, call on the Russian Federation to cease all efforts to change the status of Crimea […]

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Statement of Concerned Scholars Regarding the Conflict in Ukraine

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Subject: Statement of Concerned Scholars Regarding the Conflict in Ukraine Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 From: Juliet Johnson, Prof. <juliet.johnson@mcgill.ca> Dear David, I’m writing to bring to your attention to the “Statement of Concerned Scholars Regarding the Conflict in Ukraine.” My colleague Maria Popova and I wrote this statement, and since Sunday afternoon 340 academics working on Ukrainian and Russian […]

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GERMANY/EU/UKRAINE: Fine-grained response likely to Crimean referendum

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(Business News Europe – bne.eu – Teneo Intelligence – March 13, 2014) In response to the Crimean referendum, the EU will likely move to level two of its sanctions menu. Asset freezes and travel bans will be applied only gradually, amid German unwillingness to escalate to broader economic measures. No quick fix to the crisis is expected by Berlin, amid […]

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As Sanctions Loom, U.S. ‘Mistake’ Vulnerable to Russian Attack

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber – March 13, 2014) The U.S. and European Union moved closer to imposing sanctions on Russia on Wednesday, as a discrepancy in a U.S. interpretation of President Vladimir Putin’s rhetoric about the Ukrainian crisis opened itself up to Russian attacks. The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a nonbinding resolution on Tuesday that […]

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Crimean Tatars’ rights to be reinstated in case of Crimea’s annexation – Naryshkin

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(Interfax -MOSCOW. March 12, 2014) The State Duma will confirm the guarantees of restoring the rights for the Crimean Tatar people in the event of Crimea’s reunification with Russia, lower house chairman Sergei Naryshkin said. “I would like to reassure them that in the event that the Crimean population decides during a free democratic referendum on Crimea’s annexation to Russia […]

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Crimean standoff sees torn loyalties added to frayed nerves

(Business New Europe – bne.eu – Graham Stack in Sevastopol – March 12, 2014) The standoff in Crimea between Russian and Ukrainian forces is seeing torn loyalties add to the pressure on Ukraine’s penned-in units, epitomized by the position of Sevastopol’s illustrious Nakhimov naval college. Head of Russia’s Black Sea fleet, 53-year-old Vice Admiral Aleksandr Vitko, the key military figure […]

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Putin’s Failure in Crimea

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(Paul Goble* – Staunton, March 12, 2014) Russian President Vladimir Putin and his supporters in Moscow and the West are explaining and justifying his invasion of Ukraine’s Crimea in various ways and celebrating the divisions and weaknesses of the West that it has highlighted, but in every case, they are treating it as a geopolitical victory for the Kremlin. They […]

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Who’s next on Putin’s list?

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(opendemocracy.net – Agnia Grigas – March 12, 2014) Crimea is under the control of Russia’s military forces and its Moscow-backed government is voting to secede from Ukraine.  Where might President Vladimir Putin seek territorial expansion next? Agnia Grigas served as an advisor in the Lithuanian government. She consults for multinational corporations investing in emerging markets and is the author of […]

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Crimea Tatar head threatens partisan movement if Russia annexes

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – Graham Stack in Bakhchysarai – March 11, 2014)  Given the collapse of Kyiv’s power on the Crimean peninsula, the Tatar population remains a bulwark of resistance to the plans of Crimea’s Kremlin-backed secessionist leadership to join Russia. bne visited the heartland of Crimean Tatars at Bakhchysarai and spoke to its leader, Ilmi Umerov, who […]

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Crimean parliament offers broader rights to Crimean Tatars – Interfax

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SIMFEROPOL. March 11 (Interfax) – The Crimean parliament has passed a resolution on guarantees of the restoration of the Crimean Tatar people’s rights and their integration into the Crimean Community, which proposes broadening the rights of the deported ethnic group considerably in the autonomous republic’s new constitution. Eighty-one Crimean parliamentary deputies voted in support of the resolution on Tuesday, the […]

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Interfax: Yanukovych blames Ukraine’s current authorities for Crimea’s separation

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ROSTOV-ON-DON. March 11 (Interfax) – Ukraine’s president, Viktor Yanukovych, said that the socioeconomic situation will deteriorate in Ukraine under the current government and that he does not bear responsibility for Crimea’s “separation from Ukraine.” “The socioeconomic situation will seriously deteriorate soon, which will deal a direct blow to the people of Ukraine. Those who have usurped power will try to […]

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Crimean authorities say Ukrainian Defense Ministry units quartered in Crimea disobey Kyiv – Interfax

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SIMFEROPOL. March 10 (Interfax) – The units of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry quartered in Crimea are off-the-line and do not obey orders of Kyiv, Crimea’s First Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Temirgaliyev told Interfax on Monday. “Almost all military units of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry located in Crimea are under control, joint patrolling of storages with arms is being held and […]

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RIA Novosti: Preparations for Joining Russia Already Underway – Aksyonov

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SIMFEROPOL, March 10 (RIA Novosti) – Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov said Monday that preparations for the the southern Ukrainian region to become part of Russia are already underway. Crimea was flooded with Russian troops following the fall of the government in the capital, Kiev, last month and a referendum to decide whether the region will become part of Russia […]

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Interfax: Crimean leaders blame Kyiv for selling Ukraine off for IMF loans

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(Interfax – March 9, 2014) Crimea’s deputy prime minister, Olga Kovitidi, described as predatory the terms of an agreement Kyiv is ready to accept from the International Monetary Fund. The tentative agreement with the IMF which the Ukrainian authorities signed with the IMF on March 2, says that the country’s entire gas pipeline system will be handed over for free […]

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RIA Novosti: Kiev Plans No Troop Deployment in Crimea – Minister

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MOSCOW, March 9 (RIA Novosti) – The movement of troops in western Ukraine, reported by the country’s media, was held as part of military exercises and is not related to events in the breakaway region of Crimea, the acting defense minister said on Sunday. Crimea, the autonomous, largely pro-Russian republic, was taken over by thousands of troops without insignia widely […]

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Interfax: Crimean speaker speaks on new Ukrainian administration’s attempts to reach agreements with Crimea

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MOSCOW. March 9 (Interfax) – The new administration of Ukraine has made attempts to reach agreements with Crimea, but the arguments of the people of Crimea were not heard, Volodymyr Konstantynov, chairman of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, said in the Russian State Duma deputies on Friday. “Then [after attempts to use force] they started dialogue […]

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Crimea Says No Talks With Incumbent Kiev Government – RIA Novosti

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SIMFEROPOL, March 9 (RIA Novosti) – The authorities in Ukraine’s breakaway region of Crimea on Sunday ruled out negotiations with the central government, which they say is illegitimate. “The incumbent authorities are absolutely illegitimate, they were brought to power by guns, knives and baseball bats. While they are in office, there will be no dialog not only with them, but […]

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Crimean parliament’s decision to join Russia is forced measure – speaker

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(Interfax – March 9, 2014) Crimean Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Konstantynov said during negotiations in the Russian State Duma that the decision to hold a referendum in Crimea and the decision made by the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea to join Russia are forced measures caused by threats made by Ukraine. “Volodymyr Konstantynov pointed out the importance of […]

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Punishing Putin Will Hurt the U.S. and Europe, Too

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(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – editorial – March 6, 2014) As the U.S. and Europe consider financial sanctions to punish Russia for trampling on Ukraine’s sovereignty, they are coming up against an uncomfortable reality: Those sanctions tend to cut both ways. But how deep do they cut? Russia is far more financially intertwined with the West than it was back in […]

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The west has found a stick, but what about carrot?

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – Tim Ash – March 7, 2014) Ok, so here is my quick fix for a solution herein. The West – or US – has just rediscovered the wheel almost by hitting on the idea of financial sanctions as a way to get Russia back to the negotiating table. This will have impact and even […]

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Interfax: Interests of ethnic Russians in Crimea should be protected better – poll

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(Interfax – March 6, 2014) Most Russian citizens believe that their country should actively protect the interests of ethnic Russians in Crimea, the head of the Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VTsIOM), Valeriy Fedorov, has said. He was speaking at an Open Tribune session in the State Duma on 6 March, as reported by privately-owned Russian news agency Interfax on […]

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TRANSCRIPT: Vladimir Putin answered journalists’ questions on the situation in Ukraine (full transcript)

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(Kremlin.ru – March 4, 2014) Novo-Ogaryovo, Moscow Region The President of Russia met with media representatives to answer a number of their questions, in particular with regard to the situation in Ukraine. PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA VLADIMIR PUTIN: Good afternoon, colleagues, How shall we do this? This is what I’d like to suggest: let’s have a conversation, rather than an interview. […]

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Referendum in Crimea may be held before March 30 – head of Crimean government

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SIMFEROPOL. March 4 (Interfax) – Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov said a referendum may be held in Crimea before March 30. “I think the referendum will be held even before March 30. We will make this decision in a working group [on the organization of the referendum] and we will try to fully learn what the people of Crimea want […]

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Russia must protect citizens but does not want war with Ukraine – top diplomat

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(Interfax – March 2, 2014) A senior Russian diplomat has said that Russia does not want war with Ukraine and will support those in favour of stronger relations between the two countries, privately-owned Russian news agency Interfax reported on 2 March. Another report quoted the diplomat, State Secretary and Deputy Foreign Minister Grigoriy Karasin, saying that Russia has to protect […]

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Why Obama shouldn’t fall for Putin’s Ukrainian folly

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(opendemocracy.net – Anatol Lieven – March 3, 2014) Anatol Lieven is a professor in the War Studies Department of King’s College London and a senior fellow of the New America Foundation in Washington DC. A new, updated edition of America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism, was republished in September 2012 by Oxford University Press. Russia and the […]

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Crimean Leader Appeals to Putin, Confirms Russian Troop Presence – RIA Novosti

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SIMFEROPOL, March 1 (RIA Novosti) – The Crimean Prime Minister said Saturday that Russian troops are operating on the Ukrainian peninsula and made a personal appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin for more assistance. The Kremlin said in a subsequent statement that it would not ignore the request for help. Sergei Aksyonov, who was appointed prime minister after a parliamentary […]

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Amid Escalation Fears, Russia Says Kiev Sent Fighters to Crimea – RIA Novosti

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MOSCOW, March 1 (RIA Novosti) – Armed men dispatched from Kiev to the southern Ukrainian region of Crimea attempted an overnight storm of the local Interior Ministry, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday. “As a result of this perfidious provocation several people were injured,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “This confirms that certain well-known political circles in Kiev […]

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Interfax: Russian MP denies talk of separatism at congress in southeast Ukraine

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(Interfax – February 22, 2014) The south and east of Ukraine are not seeking to break away but they reject “political diktat” from “extremists” in Kiev, a senior Russian MP warned in reports on 22 February. Aleksey Pushkov, of the ruling One Russia party, chairs the State Duma’s international affairs committee. He was in Kharkiv to observe a congress of […]

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Interfax: Putin denies Russia will ever move troops into Crimea

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MOSCOW. Dec 20 (Interfax) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has ruled out the possibility of Russia moving troops into Ukraine’s autonomous Crimea region. “This doesn’t mean at all that we are going to brandish the sword and move our troops somewhere. That’s complete rubbish. Nothing of the kind is the case or can be,” Putin told a news conference in […]

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