Posts Tagged ‘Crimea’

  1. The little green men are back in Ukraine

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    April 13, 2014 by AK

    The Russian invasion of Eastern Ukraine has begun. Via February 31st.


  2. Business as usual

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    April 3, 2014 by AK

    Anne Applebaum has tweeted: “Russia, which denied having troops on the Ukrainian border, has now announced they will be withdrawn,” linking to this BBC report. Sounds familiar. The Soviet press was silent about the missiles in Cuba during the 1962 crisis. Then there was a note in small print in Izvestia saying Soviet missiles had …
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  3. The elusive ex-president

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    March 30, 2014 by AK

    Yanukovich failed to appear in public last Friday, sending an open letter to the Ukrainians instead calling for regional referenda. Some time between his first and second press-conferences in exile, there were reports of his death, then speculation that his double appeared at the second TV event – a predictable foray into March-hare territory followed …
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  4. DKSR+OSR=?

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    March 28, 2014 by AK

    Victor Yanukovich is expected to speak in Rostov-on-Don today. It could be yet another asinine press conference but the alarmist in me feels otherwise. What if Yanukovich asks – “as the legitimate president, I hereby request” – Putin to “restore the constitutional order” in Ukraine? That would send Russian tanks rolling in. Russia has spent enough …
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  5. “Historical South of Russia”

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    March 24, 2014 by AK

    The feisty, libertarian-leaning Ekho Moskvy commentator Yulia Latynina draws attention, once again, to Putin’s March 18 speech; to the Duma and the Senate.  Putin explained how in his eyes, Nikita Khruschev’s transferring Crimea from Russia to Ukraine was “unconstitutional” – under the 1936 Soviet constitution presumably – and simply wrong. But Putin also had this …
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  6. Natsional-predateli or die Nationalverräter

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    March 21, 2014 by AK

    Hearing Putin mention “national-traitors”, natsional-predateli, in his Crimea acceptance speech, I thought the word was a calque from some German term. Nationalverräter perhaps? I’ve checked with the text and translation at archive.org and, not surprisingly, Hitler uses Nationalverräter in Mein Kampf: But only a neo-bourgeois patriot is able to count on gratitude from murderous pyromaniacs …
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  7. Can Ukraine survive without NATO troops?

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    March 16, 2014 by AK

    My feeling, based on the pro-Russian provocations in Donetsk and Lugansk, is that Russia is about to invade these regions of Ukraine, and possibly the whole of Southern and Southeastern Ukraine. Much as Edward Luttwak hypothesized in the TNR and the Nikkei Asian Review, followed by Julia Ioffe also in the TNR. The only preventive …
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  8. Anti-Soviet revolution

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    March 16, 2014 by AK

    Lucien Kim writes in Slate: Crimea’s actual conflict isn’t ethnic; it’s the split between the suspicious, fearful sovok, or Soviet, mentality and a new generation of free minds. It’s little surprise that tearing down statues of Vladimir Lenin, founder of the Soviet Union, has become so controversial. The same applies to all of Ukraine: we are …
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  9. No fraud, no fun

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    March 16, 2014 by AK

    A picture of – apparently – Crimea ballots with pre-printed “Yes” for succession. Like an old card sharpie who has already made a fortune with his tricks but cannot help cheating any time he touches a deck.


  10. Pictures from the anti-invasion rally

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    March 15, 2014 by AK

    Today’s rally against Russian military intervention in Ukraine was a march across central Moscow, from the Pushkin Square to the Sakharov Avenue (prospect), where the crowd was to stop and listen to the speakers. Here is the approximate route on a Google map. The turnout was higher than I expected. Exiting the Pushkinskaya station, one …
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