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MH17 Crash Site, Victims’ Remains Reportedly Under Rebel Control (Updated)

The site of downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 became even more politically fraught Sunday, when pro-Russian separatists reportedly took custody of the remains of some 200 bodies of crash victims and obstructed emergency workers’ access to the area.

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New Ukraine Leader Promises End to Fighting This Week

Ukraine’s new Western-backed president, Petro Poroshenko, vowed Sunday to halt by the end of the week nearly two months of bloodshed in the separatist east that have threatened the very survival of the ex-Soviet state.

Posted on Jun 8, 2014 READ MORE



Obama’s $1 Billion Offer to Strengthen European Forces Gets Kremlin’s Attention

In Warsaw on Tuesday, President Obama announced that he will ask Congress for $1 billion to fund a European Reassurance Initiative.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE



Black Day for Ukraine Military Ahead of Key Vote

Pro-Russian rebels firing mortar shells and grenades killed 17 Ukrainian soldiers Thursday, the blackest day yet for the military and a dramatic ratcheting up of tensions just three days before an election.

Posted on May 22, 2014 READ MORE



Odessa Violence Flares Anew as Ukrainian PM Blames Deaths on Russia

Thousands of pro-Russian protesters assaulted Odessa’s police headquarters Sunday, days after deadly clashes and a fire there killed dozens of their comrades in what Kiev charged was a Russian plot to “destroy Ukraine.”

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Ukraine Launches Deadly Assault on Rebel-Held Towns

Ukraine’s military launched assaults to retake rebel-held eastern towns on Thursday in which up to five people were reported killed, a move Russian President Vladimir Putin warned would have “consequences.”

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Biden Warns That U.S. Will Isolate Russia If Ukraine ‘Provocation’ Not Halted

Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday warned Russia of isolation if it continues to try to “pull Ukraine apart” and pledged Washington’s strong support for Kiev’s leaders, as a Cold War-style confrontation over the former Soviet republic ratcheted up.

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 READ MORE



Putin: Ukraine on Brink of Civil War

Russian leader Vladimir Putin warned that Ukraine is on the verge of civil war, the Kremlin said Wednesday, after the Kiev government sent in troops against pro-Moscow separatists in the east of the country.

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Ukraine Pushes Tanks Toward Flashpoint Separatist City

Ukraine sent a large armoured column and special forces toward the flashpoint city of Slavyansk on Tuesday as Kiev’s fledgeling leaders tried to reassert control over the separatist east.

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Ukraine Blames Russian Agents for Deadly Clashes in Kiev

Ukraine’s Western-backed leaders on Thursday blamed Russian agents and the country’s ousted president for organizing two days of bloodshed during February protests that claimed nearly 90 lives.

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Syria’s Assad Says Russia Is ‘Re-Establishing Multipolar World’

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Wednesday that key ally Moscow had helped re-establish “a multipolar world,” as he met with a high-level Russian delegation in Damascus.

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Fundamentally American Activities

This is about men doing away with those general laws to which they themselves will need recourse in their day of adversity, how moderation became mistaken for cowardice, extremism for courage, and how words lost their meaning.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 READ MORE



Ukraine’s Tymoshenko Causes Controversy With ‘Wipe Out Russians’ Leak

Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was plunged into fresh controversy Tuesday after Russian television broadcast a tape where she is heard urging the “wiping out” of Russians over Moscow’s seizure of Crimea.

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West, Russia Swap Sanctions Over Crimea Crisis

President Barack Obama announced a new round of punitive measures for Moscow’s annexation of Crimea on Thursday as Europe’s leaders also prepared to hit back at Russia with fresh sanctions.

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U.S. Readies More Sanctions After Russia Takes Crimea

The White House vowed on Tuesday to level more sanctions against Russia for its moves to take over Crimea.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 READ MORE



Vladimir Putin Defends Crimean Referendum in Speech, Signs Treaty of Accession

Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed parliamentary and civil society representatives in a speech given at the Kremlin on Tuesday about the recent vote in Crimea, which he insisted was held in “full compliance with democratic procedures and international norms.”

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 READ MORE



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Pussy Riot Members Released and Ready to Fight for Human Rights

Thanks to an amnesty bill passed unanimously in the Russian parliament, two members of the anti-Putin punk band were released from penal colonies Monday where they had been held for hooliganism. Meanwhile, the Kremlin still wants the world to know Vladimir Putin’s not sorry for imprisoning the “disgraceful” musicians.

Posted on Dec 24, 2013 READ MORE



Jeanne Menjoulet & Cie (CC BY 2.0)

Russian Amnesty Bill May Free Pussy Riot and Greenpeace Members

In what’s being seen as an attempt to assuage international outrage over human rights violations in Russia, the State Duma, the country’s lower parliament, unanimously passed a bill that may allow prosecutors to drop charges on jailed protesters, just in time for the Sochi Olympics.

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 READ MORE



Bernt Rostad (CC BY 2.0)

Russian Culture Minister: Put Lenin Underground

The embalmed corpse of the father of Russian communism has been on display for curious tourists in a marble tomb in Moscow’s Red Square since shortly after his death in 1924. But Lenin may be given his final resting place in the coming months during Vladimir Putin’s third term as president.

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 READ MORE



euronews.net

Putin Poised to Reclaim Russian Presidency

Surprising no one, Russian strongman and current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is looking like the clear front-runner to become Russia’s next president, reclaiming the office from Dmitry Medvedev, who at times seemed mostly to fill the position of useful political backdrop to make Putin look good in his own office.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Alexander Natruskin

Russian Authorities Aren’t Toying Around

After a protest against the Russian government composed entirely of plush toys and figurines captured the attention of the press and local authorities in Barnaul, Russia, last month, government officials have gone so far as to specify that inanimate playthings can’t assemble for public political gatherings.

Posted on Feb 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Russian Billionaire Throws In to Challenge Putin

He’s a high-rolling billionaire bachelor who owns the New Jersey Nets, and now Mikhail Prokhorov says he’s aiming to take down the biggest player in Russian politics by running against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin for the presidency next March.

Posted on Dec 12, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr.

More Protests Lead to Mass Arrests in Moscow

So much for United Russia. That’s the optimistic name of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s party, which drew accusations of voting fraud and incited protests after Sunday’s parliamentary election. The demonstrations continued Tuesday in Moscow and two other Russian cities, leading to hundreds of arrests and two counter-protests.

Posted on Dec 6, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky

Putin’s Party Takes a Hit at the Polls

Could martial arts enthusiast, tiger wrangler and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin be losing his steely grip on power in his homeland? Could be, judging by the results of Sunday’s parliamentary election in Russia, which resulted in a shaky showing for Putin’s United Russia party.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky

Time for Another Putin Presidency?

This won’t come as a surprise to some, but Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin might just find himself assuming the familiar presidential position in less than two years, if his recent reinvention as media-friendly superhero ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 3, 2010 READ MORE


Iranian protesters
AP / Vahid Salemi

Russia Stops Missile Sale to Iran

The powers that be in Tehran felt the sting of recently imposed U.N. sanctions Friday when Russia decided to halt the planned sale of air defense missiles to Iran as part of ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 11, 2010 READ MORE


Yanukovych and Putin
Wikimedia Commons / www.kremlin.ru

No NATO for Ukraine

With a nod to the Kremlin, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych proposed a bill to his parliament, which it approved Thursday, to keep their nation from joining NATO’s ranks. Take that, hegemonic Western policymakers!

Posted on Jun 3, 2010 READ MORE


Kaczynski and wife
Wikimedia Commons / www.prezydent.pl

Polish Plane Crash Probe Points to Pilot Error

There has been speculation since last month’s tragic plane crash that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 96 others that foul play might have brought the Tupolev Tu-154 down on that foggy night of April 10. However, early findings of a joint Polish-Russian probe ... (continued)

Posted on May 20, 2010 READ MORE


alien
Flickr / kevindooley

Russian President Asked to Investigate Extraterrestrial Encounter

This one sounds like something from a supermarket tabloid, but apparently it’s of a slightly more substantiated nature: On Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s no doubt long list of action items is the rather peculiar request to figure out whether a regional leader gave state secrets to ... (continued)

Posted on May 6, 2010 READ MORE


Putin
Kremlin / Presidential Press and Information Office

Putin’s Not Going Anywhere Anytime Soon

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has found a way to stay in power this long, and, as he told his fellow countrymen and -women Thursday, retirement will not be high on his priority list anytime soon. In fact, he could be eyeing another run for the presidency in 2012.

Posted on Dec 3, 2009 READ MORE


DOS Attack
columbia.edu

Squeezed-Out Blogger Blames the Kremlin

A significant Internet “denial of service” attack Thursday directed at popular Web sites such as Facebook and Twitter may have been carried out or instigated by the Russian government in an attempt to silence a dissident blogger in Georgia. At least so says the blogger.

Posted on Aug 7, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / squigglycircle

It Ain’t Over Till the Good Lady Gets Justice

Anna Politkovskaya was such a fine journalist, so brave in afflicting the comfortable, that she was shot. Probably by her political enemies, which included her government. She was the 13th journalistic critic of the government to be shot down by contract killers during Putin’s reign. After the first sham trial led to nothing, the Russian Supreme Court ordered a retrial of defendants in the case, a trial that is now under way and in a brief adjournment.

Posted on Aug 5, 2009 READ MORE


Russian Tanks in South Ossetia
AP / Musa Sadulayev

Georgia-Russia Clash Still Under Investigation

It’s been a year since last summer’s military showdown between Russia and neighboring Georgia, but even though the Georgian president (and many Western media outlets) pointed to “Russian aggression” as the cause of the conflict, an international investigation team looking to get to the bottom of the matter is still working away at finding the answers.

Posted on Aug 4, 2009 READ MORE


Kremlin
exploitz.com

Biden Cautious, Conciliatory in Message to Russia

Will the Obama administration take a different tack than the Bush team did when it comes to relations with the Kremlin? It’s hard to say at this stage, but Vice President Joe Biden has suggested that it’s “time to press the reset button and to revisit the many areas where we can and should be working together with Russia.” He made the comment Saturday in a speech at a security conference in Germany.

Posted on Feb 7, 2009 READ MORE


More Than 20 Killed in Russian Sub Accident

A Russian navy submarine propelled by nuclear power was heading back to port during a test run in the Sea of Japan when the fire-extinguishing system was accidentally activated near the sub’s bow, killing over 20 people and injuring at least 21 others aboard.

Posted on Nov 8, 2008 READ MORE


Russian Tanks in South Ossetia
AP photo / Musa Sadulayev

New Questions Arise About Georgia-Russia Conflict

Three months after Georgia and Russia briefly battled—a clash that Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili blamed on Russian aggression—the original story about the short summer war is being reconsidered in light of new information from independent sources.

Posted on Nov 7, 2008 READ MORE


Russia Signs Cease-Fire Agreement, With Reservations

On Saturday, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev signed the French-brokered peace treaty already inked by Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili. However, this is clearly an uneasy and tentative truce: Russian officials say their troops will stay in Georgia for an indefinite time.

Posted on Aug 16, 2008 READ MORE


Putin and Medvedev
AP photo / RIA Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, pool

Medvedev Wins Amid Murmurs of Election Flaws

It wasn’t a surprise victory by any stretch when Vladimir Putin’s political heir apparent, Dmitry Medvedev, soundly trounced the competition Sunday to become Russia’s next president. However, at least one election-vetting organization, as well as dozens of activists arrested by police as they gathered in Moscow to protest, questioned whether democracy truly won the day.

Posted on Mar 3, 2008 READ MORE


putin
AP Photo/ITAR-TASS, Presidential Press Service, Mikhail Klimentyev

Rice, Putin Trade Sharp Words

Russian President Vladimir Putin, awaiting a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, compared U.S. foreign policy to that of the Nazis in the 1930s. Meanwhile, Rice criticized Putin’s administration for centralizing too much power at the Kremlin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on May 10, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichencko

Boris Yeltsin Dead at 76

The Kremlin released word on Monday of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin’s death, apparently of heart failure.  Yeltsin leaves behind a complex legacy. He was instrumental in Russia’s transformation from Soviet state to democracy, but, as Mikhail Gorbachev noted, Yeltsin also made some “serious errors.”

Posted on Apr 23, 2007 READ MORE


boris
russiablog.org

Kremlin Condemns Exile’s Revolutionary Plot

It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood suspense thriller, but exiled Russian multimillionaire Boris Berezovsky seems quite serious about his scheme to oust President Vladimir Putin’s Moscow government in a “violent overthrow.” 

Posted on Apr 13, 2007 READ MORE


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