Posts Tagged ‘Crimea’

  1. Die Krimische Dreckapotheke

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    September 28, 2016 by AK

    Alexander Petrun’ko was one of the “conservative activists” who attacked the Josh Sturges exhibition at the Brothers Lumère Center in Moscow last Sunday. Reportedly, he spilled a foul-smelling yellow liquid over the exhibits and the walls. (Some reporters got sprinkled, too.) The cops arrested the man and a judge ordered him to serve seven days in …
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  2. Joseph Beuys’ misadventures in Crimea

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    April 16, 2016 by AK

    Joseph Beuys (1921-1986) was a famous German performance artist of the post-WWII era. According to his Wiki entry, From 1943 on he was deployed as rear-gunner in the Ju 87 “Stuka” dive-bomber, initially stationed in Königgrätz, later in the eastern Adriatic region…. On 16 March 1944, Beuys’s plane crashed on the Crimean Front close to Znamianka, (then …
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  3. “The methods employed were those of an aggressor”

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    March 19, 2015 by AK

    From the judgment of the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg [pdf], p. 194: It was contended before the Tribunal that the annexation of Austria was justified by the strong desire expressed in many quarters for the union of Austria and Germany; that there were many matters in common between the two peoples that made this …
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  4. Homecoming/Heimkehr 1941-2015

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    March 18, 2015 by AK

    Last weekend, on the first anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Russian TV aired a propaganda “documentary” called Krym: vozvraschenie na rodinu, which can be translated as Crimea: Homecoming or literally Crimea: The Return to Motherland. Let’s do a simple trick: use bab.la to translate Vozvraschenie na rodinu into German. Here’s the output: Heimkehr. Yuri …
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  5. There’s a longer run, too (for those who’ll make it)

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    March 15, 2015 by AK

    I’m not going to watch that documentary but there seems to be little discrepancy over its content between the state-controlled and independent media and from what I have read so far, I believe this title and subtitle, by the Ukrainian UNIAN, area good summary: Putin admits to personally orchestrating military seizure of Crimea. Russian President Vladimir Putin …
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  6. Moscow or Pikalevo?

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    December 14, 2014 by AK

    Russia is sliding into a full-scale economic and social crisis faster than I expected as the fiscal and monetary authorities are powerless to stop, much less push back, the juggernaut of self-destructive behavior launched by the Kremlin earlier this year. The veteran Russian fund manager Slava Rabinovich, who has been blogging actively since the invasion of …
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  7. Holy Seb!

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    December 8, 2014 by AK

    Extracts from Yulia Latynina’s latest radio interview on Ekho Moskvy. Without endorsing her views in general, I more or less agree with this: First, I have to tell you that… I’m in the Netherlands, in Maastricht, at a congress… talking to Russian speakers. One of them is designing… essentially an artificial intelligence system to drive …
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  8. A man for our time

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    May 6, 2014 by AK

    I was half-listening to Moscow’s Business FM radio last weekend when the anchor, talking about the standoff in Eastern Ukraine, mentioned “Graham Phillips, a British journalist”. I cocked my ears: the name rang a bell. Phillips was then quoted as reporting from some separatist encampment in Donbass, on a Putinist note. He might as well …
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  9. Don’t be shy, make it one trillion

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    April 22, 2014 by AK

    March 21, 2014. PM Medvedev says Russia may sue Ukraine for $11 billion, the amount Russia was going to lose by denouncing the 2010 Kharkov agreements. (A statement so absurd and brazen at once it was hard to believe. Having annexed Crimea, Russia denounced the Kharkov agreements, which guaranteed Ukraine a discount on natural gas for hosting the Russian navy. Then Russia demanded …
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  10. It’s not about the justice of the cause

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    April 13, 2014 by AK

    I’m all in favor of Russian as Ukraine’s official language and, possibly, of more power to Ukraine’s regions. What I’m opposed to is the Kremlin’s attempted partition or takeover of Ukraine under these pretexts. These are strictly Ukrainian issues and should not be decided at gunpoint. Once Russian troops are back at their bases and …
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