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Putin's Former Judo Partner To Build Russian Bridge To Crimea

Reuters | Posted 01.30.2015 | World

By Elizabeth Piper MOSCOW, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Russia has handed a multi-billion dollar contract to build a bridge to the...

Russian Security Forces Raid Independent Crimean TV Station

AP | LAURA MILLS | Posted 01.26.2015 | Media

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian security forces raided independent Crimean television station ATR on Monday, seizing equipment and telling employees they were...

Ukraine's Donbass and Jim Crow -- A Poor Analogy

Lev Golinkin | Posted 01.13.2015 | World
Lev Golinkin

The overwhelming majority of eastern Ukrainians currently trapped in brutal winter conditions between separatist thugs and the Ukrainian army aren't Ku Klux Klan members, or fat cat bigots who delight in oppressing their ethnic Ukrainian neighbors. They are coal miners and steelworkers and children and pensioners. They are people who've watched their lives be shelled into oblivion by both Kiev's army and paramilitary brigades and Putin's warlords, and who are now isolated in what Amnesty and the UN describe as an unfolding humanitarian crisis. Painting them as a bunch of backward anti-Western hicks is neither progressive, nor tolerant, nor liberal, nor accurate.

Russia Threatens To Send More Troops To Crimea

Reuters | Posted 11.16.2014 | World

By Thomas Grove MOSCOW, Sept 16 (Reuters) - Russia threatened to send more troops to its newly-annexed territory of Crimea on Tuesday,...

NATO Sobers Up

Stephen Schlesinger | Posted 11.11.2014 | World
Stephen Schlesinger

Despite many pressures on the body to take some sort of decisive action to counter the Russian threat to Ukraine -- beyond sanctions already instituted -- the 28 NATO countries agreed to make only a few limited measures on Ukraine, but mainly focused on strengthening their own security interests.

Former NATO Commander: Russia Is An 'Adversary' Until Proven Otherwise

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.05.2014 | World

As NATO leaders wrapped up a two-day summit in the city of Wales on Friday, the organization's former military commander warned that its member states...

Russia Today Versus the World

Frank A. Weil | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

We get bogged down in daily squabbles in the news. Perhaps it is time for a bigger, broader vision to be advanced on the world stage.

Sam Stein

Bob Gates: Russian Control Of Crimea 'Is A Done Deal'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The current Secretary of Defense declined on Sunday to label Russia an enemy, saying such characterizations were overly simplistic and d...

Putin In Crimea For Victory Day Celebration

AP | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV and IVAN SEKRETAREV | Posted 07.09.2014 | World

SEVASTOPOL, Crimea (AP) — Sailing into this Black Sea port Friday amid a jubilant spectacle of fighter jets and warships, President Vladimir Putin c...

Poll: A Majority Of Russians Miss The Soviet Empire

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 05.08.2014 | World

A majority of Russians think it's a real shame the USSR isn't around anymore, according to a survey released by Pew Global Research on Thursday. Out o...

Am I a Russian Chauvinist?

Elizabeth Kiem | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Kiem

I would like to promise that I will not tune in to the Red Square parade on May 9, but I know that I will, shaking my head in wonder at the unrestrained propaganda and somewhere, in the back of my head, whistling Dva Tovarishcha: "the bullet whizzed by, my comrade fell, aga..."

Sabrina Siddiqui

Bob Corker Says Assad Was 'Wise' To Kill 1,200 With Chemical Weapons

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are following a formula in which the common denominator is to emba...

Shootout In Eastern Ukraine Leaves 3 Dead

AP | YURAS KARMANAU | Posted 06.20.2014 | World

BYLBASIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — Within hours of an Easter morning shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine, Russia's F...

Kerry: Steps Agreed On For Easing Ukraine Tensions

AP | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

GENEVA (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says diplomats from Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine have agreed on a series of...

Why the UN General Assembly Is Unlikely to Sway Russian Foreign Policy

Anthony Ramicone | Posted 06.14.2014 | College
Anthony Ramicone

Placing the 100-to-11 vote in an historical context suggests that the margin is indeed significant.

A Crimean Scenario in the Balkans?

Mirnes Kovac | Posted 06.12.2014 | World
Mirnes Kovac

Signals are already being sent to Mr. Vladimir Putin from Serbian "brothers" both from Bosnia and Serbia.

Why This Gay Community Worries About Having To Go 'Back In The Closet'

Agence France Presse | Anna Smolchenko | Posted 06.09.2014 | Gay Voices

Yelena, an openly gay teacher in Crimea who is raising four children with her partner, fears she could lose her family and her job now that her home h...

Could Russia's Revolutionary Past Guide Ukraine's Future?

The Washington Post | Will Englund | Posted 04.05.2014 | World

MOSCOW — Weak, under tremendous pressure, its authority uncertain, the new government of Ukraine faces some of the same risks that once undid anothe...

McDonald's Suspends Work In Crimea

Reuters | Posted 06.04.2014 | Business

* Says leaving due to reasons beyond its control * Operates over 400 outlets across Russia * Russia's Zhirinovsky calls ...

Russia Arrests 25 Ukrainians Suspected Of Attacks

Reuters | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics

MOSCOW, April 3 (Reuters) - Russia has detained 25 Ukrainians it suspected of preparing attacks in the southern and central part of the country, th...

Top NATO Commander: Russia Could Achieve Ukraine Incursion In 3-5 Days

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2014 | World

By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS, April 2 (Reuters) - Russia has massed all the forces it needs on Ukraine's border if it were...

Memo to Vladimir

Ronald Tiersky | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Ronald Tiersky

Your magnificent speech of March 18 announcing Crimea's annexation hit the right notes: legitimate grievance, the greatness of Russia, personal glory. (It's almost like old times.) But remember, history is dialectical. Victory leads to defeat; defeat turns the tables.

NATO Suspends Cooperation With Russia

Reuters | Posted 06.01.2014 | World

By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS, April 1 (Reuters) - NATO suspended all practical cooperation with Russia on Tuesday in protest ...

'Crimea Is Ours, And That's That'

AP | LAURA MILLS and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 05.31.2014 | World

SIMFEROPOL, Crimea (AP) — Russia said Monday it was pulling a battalion of several hundred troops away from the Ukrainian border but kept tens of th...

8 Questions on Ukraine

David Speedie | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
David Speedie

For one observer, there are some fundamental questions that seem to apply from the very beginning of the crisis and which seem important in understanding the broader context.