‘Ukraine’ Category

  1. The contagion of example


    May 16, 2017 by AK

    Denys Krasnikov reports in KyivPost: Ukraine will block access to the Russian websites VKontakte, Yandex and Odnoklassniki — all hugely popular in the country — under new sanctions measures. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree on May 16 blocking access to the websites… it’s probably worth noting that VKontakte and Odnoklassniki are social network …
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  2. A little too late


    November 24, 2016 by AK

    They should have done it in 2014: Lawmakers [MEPs] voted on November 23 in favor of a motion condemning Russian state media outlets like the television channel RT and the news agency Sputnik for disseminating “absolutely fake” news. They said the Kremlin was using “a wide range of tools and instruments”, including think tanks, multilingual …
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  3. The Bund and the bat


    November 23, 2016 by AK

    Apologies for quoting from the Daily Mail. Occasionally it does render a valuable public service: The national editor of Politico’s weekly news magazine resigned his position on Tuesday after he came under fire for advocating baseball-bat attacks on a white supremacist leader – and publishing the address of the man’s two homes. It happens. Politico …
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  4. Avoiding comparisons


    November 7, 2016 by AK

    They say there are three Vladimirs in Moscow now: one lying, one sitting, and one standing. That is, Vladimir Lenin’s body is in the mausoleum in Red Square in a horizontal position; Vladimir Putin “sits” in the Kremlin (as in “The King sits upon the throne of judgment” or “The king sits in Dunfermline town”); …
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  5. Shnaider Tower


    October 30, 2016 by AK

    Earlier this week, Tim Newman at White Sun of the Desert discussed a BBC report from Canada that looked at, among other things, Toronto’s Trump Tower from the usual angle of Trump being bad, toxic and in trouble. One thing that is clear is that Trump cannot be in much trouble over that particular project …
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  6. A quiet August is too much to ask for


    August 10, 2016 by AK

    After days of confusing media reports from the ground, official statements were made today in Moscow and Kiev: The FSB agency said one of its officers had been killed during a shootout with a “group of diversionaries” on Saturday night, when they were supposedly discovered just inside Crimea’s border with mainland Ukraine. Saturday was August …
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  7. “Local Russians are… hostile to Russia”


    August 8, 2016 by AK

    Sergei Belyakov reminding the reader of the more or less obvious: Minor Russians dominated in the Kherson governorate as well. In the second half of the 1870s they made up more than 70%, followed by Moldovans (17.9%) and Greater Russians (8.2%). Those were – in the Kherson governorate of the time – mostly Russian Old …
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  8. Sergei Belyakov on the settlement of Novorossiya


    August 7, 2016 by AK

    Sergei Belyakov, the historian and literary critic from Yekaterinburg, was the runner-up for the Russian Big Book Prize in 2013 with his biography, Gumilev, the Son of Gumilev. I have yet to read it, but the only mainstream review I have seen, by Anna Narinskaya of Kommersant, says the book veers into boredom because Belyakov is too dispassionate and …
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  9. The Kremlin’s delusions?


    July 24, 2016 by AK

    As far as Ukraine is concerned, the Kremlin’s propaganda has been surprisingly well-received in diverse quarters, as evidenced by comments both at the left-leaning Crooked Timber and on pro-Trump sites. The same probably applies to Moscow’s Syrian narrative, but I cannot estimate with acceptable precision how far it deviates from the truth, since the truth …
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  10. Ian Bateson on Ukraine: overstating his case?


    June 1, 2016 by AK

    “Ukraine Declares War on Journalism, ” proclaims Ian Bateson in an NYT op-ed: “Now Ukraine has labeled me an accomplice in terrorism.” One would think that the journalist has been placed on a list of terrorists wanted by Ukraine’s law enforcement. Not really – or not yet. Here’s the gist of Bateson’s complaint: In July …
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