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    Ukrainian rebels grow restless amid cracks in alliance with Russia
    Nov02

    Ukrainian rebels grow restless amid cracks in alliance with Russia

    A trip to the self-declared Luhansk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine reveals militants unhappy with the ceasefire and increasingly out-of-step with Moscow Portraits of Putin and Stalin adorn the room where the rebel commander, Yuri “Rostov” Shevchenko, holds court.In this former KGB complex in the industrial town of Alchevsk in the...

    S1 bus crash leaves several injured
    Nov02

    S1 bus crash leaves several injured

    A tour bus apparently full of passengers from Ukraine had a serious accident in the early hours of Monday morning, according to a report in the Kurier newspaper. …read more Source: The Local...

    MH17, Arctic Sunrise and illicit edam – how it all went wrong for one Dutch diplomat
    Nov02

    MH17, Arctic Sunrise and illicit edam – how it all went wrong for one Dutch diplomat

    The Netherlands’ ambassador to Russia talks to The Moscow Times about the series of disasters marking his posting When Ron van Dartel agreed to take up the post of Dutch ambassador to Russia he thought it would be the perfect ending to his career. Eighteen months later, he concedes he might have been optimistic. “If we look at the...

    Arrest of Ukraine oligarch’s ally politically motivated – lawyer
    Nov01

    Arrest of Ukraine oligarch’s ally politically motivated – lawyer

    KIEV (Reuters) – The arrest in Ukraine of a close associate of the influential business tycoon Ihor Kolomoisky on suspicion of embezzlement is politically motivated, his lawyer said on Sunday. …read more Source:...

    Erdoğan tries to reassert control
    Nov01

    Erdoğan tries to reassert control

    Turkish voters headed to the polls Sunday for the second time in five months as the country struggles with deep unrest and divisions over its political future. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Ahmet Davutoğlu, the prime minister and leader of the party, sought to reassert their authority, after a disappointing result in the earlier elections...

    US drawing a line against Putin in Europe
    Nov01

    US drawing a line against Putin in Europe

    WIESBADEN, GERMANY — Often criticized for being naïve and complacent about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ambitions, the Obama administration and its European allies are intensifying their planning and training for a potential conflict on NATO’s eastern flank, hoping to send the strongest possible message about Russian aggression....

    Egyptian Officials Report No Survivors in Russian Airplane Crash
    Oct31

    Egyptian Officials Report No Survivors in Russian Airplane Crash

    Egyptian officials reported that there are no survivors among the 224 people on board the Russian airplane, which crashed in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday. The Airbus A-321 operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia was conducting a scheduled charter flight between the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh and Saint Petersburg when it crashed shortly...

    Re-integrate Donbass? No, thanks!
    Oct30

    Re-integrate Donbass? No, thanks!

    While the Ukrainian leadership tries to implement the Minsk agreement, opposition to a re-integration of separatist-controlled areas is growing. Experts warn of a new internal political crisis. …read more Source: Deutsche...

    Why has the government taken international law out of the Ministerial Code?
    Oct30

    Why has the government taken international law out of the Ministerial Code?

    The developments are sinister. First published in 1992, the ministerial code sets out the standards expected of ministers and makes them accountable to the Prime Minister for their conduct in office. It has been updated by successive Prime Ministers, but one small change in the latest edition, published this month, has left both constitutional...

    Russia-U.S. rivalry spreads to ex-Soviet central Asia
    Oct30

    Russia-U.S. rivalry spreads to ex-Soviet central Asia

    ALMATY/VIENNA (Reuters) – After Ukraine and Syria, the ex-Soviet republics of central Asia could become the latest venue for geo-political rivalry between Moscow and Washington, driven by Kremlin worries about Islamists and U.S. suspicion about Russia’s true intentions. …read more Source:...

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