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Section: Research Organizations & Think Tanks about Ukraine

    Stop calling Russia weak
    May29

    Stop calling Russia weak

    Perhaps ironically, it became more popular to call Russia weak in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine. President Obama said it, the leaders of Belarus and Kazakhstan supposedly said it, and European military experts said it, among others. In their Foreign Affairs article last month entitled “Paper Tiger Putin,” Brandon Valeriano and Ryan C....

    Due to decentralisation, raion and oblast councils will get executive committies
    May29

    Due to decentralisation, raion and oblast councils will get executive committies

    Legal Research Fellow of the Razumkov Centre Viktor Musiyaka told the UNN news agency about possible alterations of the local government under decentralization. If decentralisation is introduced at the level of raions and oblasts, instead of administrations, there will be councils, within which executive committees will be created. Locally, there...

    German Vice Chancellor: Not every EU member state needs to participate in every single policy area
    May29

    German Vice Chancellor: Not every EU member state needs to participate in every single policy area

    German Vice Chancellor: Not every EU member state needs to participate in every single policy areaWriting in Bild, German Vice-Chancellor and SPD leader Sigmar Gabriel argues that “it is time to reform Europe”. He puts forward five concrete proposals for EU reform, including cracking down on tax avoidance by multinational corporations, more...

    Mr. Putin’s Lies Hiding in Plain Sight
    May29

    Mr. Putin’s Lies Hiding in Plain Sight

    Reports by Atlantic Council and Boris Nemtsov’s allies reveal extent of Russia’s military aggression in Ukraine Russian President Vladimir Putin is violating a February 2015 ceasefire agreement by continuing to send troops and weapons into Ukraine in a blatant attempt to destabilize the country, according to an Atlantic Council report...

    Moscow Restoring Soviet-Style Repression and Aggression
    May28

    Moscow Restoring Soviet-Style Repression and Aggression

    This week (May 26), Russia’s Ministry of Justice added the private charitable foundation Dynasty, which specializes in distributing grants and stipends to Russian scientists, to the register of organizations that the government classifies as “foreign agents.” Another non-governmental organization (NGO), the “Liberal Mission” foundation,...

    The 12 People Who Ruined Ukraine
    May28

    The 12 People Who Ruined Ukraine

    Image credit: ThinkstockOther Mediavia PoliticoWhen Russian President Vladimir Putin sat down to plot his invasion of Ukraine in February 2014, he didn’t have to start from scratch. Generations of Russian rulers have invaded Ukrainian lands to starve, deport and enslave the native populations, and Putin has drawn avidly from their...

    Russia Sends Troops, Equipment to Ukraine Border; Probe Questions Azerbaijan Privatization
    May28

    Russia Sends Troops, Equipment to Ukraine Border; Probe Questions Azerbaijan Privatization

    Plus, Putin says the FIFA arrests are U.S. overreach and another Kremlin critic falls gravely ill. …read more Source: Transitions Online...

    Russia’s Secret Funerals
    May28

    Russia’s Secret Funerals

    Sgt. Leonid Kichatkin of the Russian 76th Airborne Division and Russian soldier Anton Tumanov died in August 2014 while fighting in eastern Ukraine. Their deaths amply demonstrate that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s claim that there are no Russian troops in Ukraine is false. …read more Source: Atlantic...

    “Putin. War:” The Making of the Nemtsov Report
    May28

    “Putin. War:” The Making of the Nemtsov Report

    A discussion with Ilya Yashin, Russian opposition activist and organizer of the posthumous publication (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) On February 27, 2015, the Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was assassinated in view of the Moscow Kremlin. Two days prior, he had approached his friend Ilya Yashin to ask for his assistance on a...

    The Kremlin Grows Nervous About the Future—and With Good Reason
    May28

    The Kremlin Grows Nervous About the Future—and With Good Reason

    It is still difficult to figure out what sorts of conclusions President Vladimir Putin drew from the long meeting he held with US Secretary of State John Kerry two weeks ago (May 12), in Sochi (see EDM, May 19). But the recent behavior of top Russian officials betrays much apparent anxiety and even nervousness about the future in the halls of...

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