Posts Tagged ‘Russia’

  1. Two suspects, zero visibility

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    March 7, 2015 by AK

    According to Ekho Moskvy, two men from the Northern Caucasus are suspected of being the hitmen in the murder of Boris Nemtsov and have been detained. The radio station cites an identified source saying the killers’ “biological material” has been found in “the car” (presumably the abandoned car found near Ordynka) and that data from mobile operators and …
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  2. Russia as Hunger Games territory

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    March 1, 2015 by AK

    From Stratfor’s latest 10-year forecast: …we do not think the Russian Federation can exist in its current form for the entire decade. Its overwhelming dependence on energy exports and the unreliability of expectations on pricing make it impossible for Moscow to sustain its institutional relations across the wide swathe of the Russian Federation. We expect …
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  3. The Nemtsov memorial march

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    March 1, 2015 by AK

    The Boris Nemtsov memorial march, which has recently ended in Moscow, was impressively attended. Despite the short notice and the bleak weather, an unbelievably large number of people took part. It’s only my feeling at this point but estimates are already being released from various quarters. Two and a half members of the “means, motive, opportunity” triad point at the Kremlin as the …
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  4. The assassination of Boris Nemtsov

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    February 28, 2015 by AK

    Boris Nemtsov was assassinated last night in Moscow, on the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge near the Kremlin. Nemtsov was the only Russian opposition leader who had held both a major elected public office, as governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region (appointed 1991, elected 1995, resigned 1997) and a senior government job, as vice PM in reformist Yeltsin cabinets (1997-8). …
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  5. Play your own game and strike where it hurts

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    February 27, 2015 by AK

    Apart from discussions of whether the US should make use of its military potential in certain parts of the world, there is also disagreement on where it should do so, and in what order of priority. I have heard calls for Iran or ISIS to be prioritized over Ukraine – even though a direct military …
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  6. A partner of the state

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    February 26, 2015 by AK

    Matthew Schofield reported for McClatchy last week: A Russian newspaper claims to have an official government strategy document outlining the invasion of Ukraine that was prepared weeks before the Ukrainian government collapsed last year… …Muratov [Novaya Gazeta editor-in-chief] said that… he could with some confidence speculate that the authors included Russian oligarch Konstantin Malofayev [sic]… …
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  7. An open secret

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    February 22, 2015 by AK

    Actually, Russian media outlets have published interviews with Russian soldiers who have fought on the separatists’ side in Donbass. For instance, this illustrated account of a 22-year-old (ex-)marine from Sakhalin Island appeared on the site of Radio City Sakhalin in late January. More recently, the business newspaper Kommersant has sent its correspondent to Donbass and published his dispatches, which include conversations …
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  8. “Laughter, actually, saved me.”

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    February 16, 2014 by AK

    On the subject of the Sochi opening ceremony, I’d like to quote from one of Nabokov’s brilliant short stories, Tyrants Destroyed: The festivities were spreading outside my window, the sun transformed the blue snowdrifts into sparkling down, and one could see playing over distant roofs, a new kind of fireworks (invented recently by a peasant …
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  9. A speedy trial, Russian style

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    January 19, 2014 by AK

    In December 2012 judge Tatiana Neverova acquitted a senior prison official accused of causing the death of Sergei Magnitsky.* In December 2013, she was asked to transfer from jail to house arrest a paralyzed man accused of a non-violent crime, fraud. She refused. Vladimir Topekhin had been injured in an accident days before he was arrested …
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  10. Ten years after

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    December 20, 2013 by AK

    Putin has commuted Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s sentence. According to the Russian prison service, he has been freed. Putin toadies say Khodorkovsky’s clemency petition implies admission of guilt. Of course it doesn’t. His mother is reported to be seriously ill – she’s close to 80 – and prosecutors were building charges against him. Coerced confessions don’t count.


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