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    Prisoner swap brings Ukrainian pilot home to applause – and maybe politics
    May25

    Prisoner swap brings Ukrainian pilot home to applause – and maybe politics

    Nadezhda Savchenko returned home after nearly two years of imprisonment in Russia. In return, Ukraine released two captured Russians it convicted of waging war in eastern Ukraine. …read more Source: Christian Science...

    Study: Kremlin Uses Anti-extremism Law to Suppress Dissent
    May25

    Study: Kremlin Uses Anti-extremism Law to Suppress Dissent

    Russia is using its anti-extremism laws to crack down on dissent, analysts and human rights advocates say. A recent study found that the number of Russians sentenced to prison for extremism tripled over the last five years. A growing number of journalists and dissidents say they have been targeted by prosecutors. Journalists and dissidents are...

    Freed Ukrainian pilot returns home after 2 years in Russia
    May25

    Freed Ukrainian pilot returns home after 2 years in Russia

    KIEV, Ukraine — Russia freed Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko on Wednesday after holding her for nearly two years, with President Vladimir Putin pardoning her as part of a swap for two Russian servicemen jailed in Ukraine. The Ukrainian president sent his plane to pick up Savchenko in Rostov-on-Don in southern Russia and bring her home to Kiev,...

    Ukrainian who posed as student faces federal fraud charges
    May25

    Ukrainian who posed as student faces federal fraud charges

    A Ukrainian man accused of faking his name and age while attending a Pennsylvania high school and having sex with an underage girl is now facing federal passport fraud and social security fraud charges. … Click to Continue » …read more Source: The Bellingham...

    Watch:  Ukrainian Pilot Released in Dramatic Prison Swap
    May25

    Watch: Ukrainian Pilot Released in Dramatic Prison Swap

    Nadezhda Savchenko, a Ukrainian pilot held prisoner by Russia for almost two years, returned home to Kiev today following a dramatic prisoner swap for two captured Russian soldiers. …read more Source: ABC...

    Ukraine’s first female combat pilot freed in prisoner exchange with Russia
    May25

    Ukraine’s first female combat pilot freed in prisoner exchange with Russia

    A Ukrainian pilot who was sentenced to jail in connection with the deaths of two Russian journalists and became a symbol of her nation’s resistance to Moscow’s aggression was freed Wednesday as part of a swap for two Russian servicemen. Nadiya Savchenko, Ukraine’s first female combat pilot, spent… …read more Source:...

    The Illusion of Russian Military Might
    May25

    The Illusion of Russian Military Might

    Roger McDermott Russia, Eurasia The representation of Russia’s Army as a new all-powerful tool at the Kremlin’s disposal is hyperbole. Since President Vladimir Putin appointed Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in November 2012, the official message from the top brass and leading defense officials presents the Russian military as...

    Transforming German Königsberg into Soviet Kaliningrad
    May25

    Transforming German Königsberg into Soviet Kaliningrad

    Mary Elizabeth Malinkin Kaliningrad, Russia “What is peculiar about Kaliningrad is that it became part of the Soviet Union—part of the Russian Socialist Republic—but had never been in the Soviet Union before.” In continuation of our [Wilson Center] alumni interview series, we talked with Title VIII-supported Research Scholar Nicole...

    Ukrainian Pilot Released in Dramatic Prison Swap
    May25

    Ukrainian Pilot Released in Dramatic Prison Swap

    Pilot who became a national hero in Ukraine released for two Russian soldiers. …read more Source: ABC...

    Russia Talks Up Foreign Interest in Eurobond, Investors Skeptical
    May25

    Russia Talks Up Foreign Interest in Eurobond, Investors Skeptical

    Russia on Wednesday hailed its Eurobond issue as a triumph over Western obstruction, but there was no sign that big foreign investors had bought the bond and, unusually for a large issue, there was scant trading in the paper once it was placed. Russia had sold $1.75 billion in 10-year Eurobonds on Tuesday, smaller than its previous placements,...