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    AP Exclusive: Putin aide: Kiev refuses to honor Minsk deal
    Jan27

    AP Exclusive: Putin aide: Kiev refuses to honor Minsk deal

    MOSCOW (AP) — Kiev has failed to meet its obligations under the Minsk peace accord and has instead introduced an economic blockade of eastern Ukraine, Russia’s security chief says. Patrushev — a longtime associate of President Vladimir Putin who serves as the executive secretary of the presidential Security Council — made the remarks in a...

    Separatist Leader Admits To Razing Ukrainian Village, Hails ‘Good’ Soviet Ideology
    Jan27

    Separatist Leader Admits To Razing Ukrainian Village, Hails ‘Good’ Soviet Ideology

    A separatist leader in eastern Ukraine has admitted to burning down a village at the height of fighting more than a year ago, while praising a proposal for restoring the place. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    AP Exclusive: Putin Aide: Kiev Refuses to Honor Minsk Deal
    Jan27

    AP Exclusive: Putin Aide: Kiev Refuses to Honor Minsk Deal

    AP Exclusive: Kiev has failed to meet its obligations under the Minsk peace accord and has instead introduced an economic blockade of eastern Ukraine, Russia’s security chief says …read more Source: ABC...

    Vladimir Lenin is having a really bad week
    Jan27

    Vladimir Lenin is having a really bad week

    MOSCOW – In Ukraine’s rebel-held east, statues of Vladimir Lenin still stand proud in most towns’ central squares — survivors of the symbol-smashing by backers of Ukraine’s Western-looking government. So an attempt Wednesday to destroy the main Lenin statue in the separatist capital of Donetsk was a rude reminder that not...

    Russia Will Brush Off Litvinenko Accusations—And There Is Little That Can Be Done About It
    Jan27

    Russia Will Brush Off Litvinenko Accusations—And There Is Little That Can Be Done About It

    The final report from the long-running inquiry into the death of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko has re-ignited the controversy over what is undeniably the biggest assassination case seen in the U.K. for decades. The story has all the ingredients for a spy thriller, from secret poison to international conspiracy, but its implications...

    Ukrainian Police Fine PM’s Wife For Using Phone While Driving
    Jan27

    Ukrainian Police Fine PM’s Wife For Using Phone While Driving

    Traffic police in Kyiv have fined Terezia Yatsenyuk, the wife of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, for talking on a mobile phone while driving. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Russia Less Corrupt Than a Year Ago: Transparency International
    Jan27

    Russia Less Corrupt Than a Year Ago: Transparency International

    Russia has improved its global standing with regards to corruption according to anti-fraud organization Transparency International’s annual league table for 2015. The ranking takes into account the transparency of each country’s public sector and rates it out of 100, with zero signifying little transparency and high corruption, while...

    Putin Grants Russian Citizenship To Pro-Moscow Journalist From Ukraine
    Jan27

    Putin Grants Russian Citizenship To Pro-Moscow Journalist From Ukraine

    President Vladimir Putin has granted Russian citizenship to a controversial pro-Russian journalist from Ukraine, Anatoliy Vasserman. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    The Cold Warriors Strike Back
    Jan27

    The Cold Warriors Strike Back

    Stephen F. CohenIn Washington, London, Turkey, Kiev, and even Moscow, opponents of a possible US–Russian détente on Ukraine and Syria demonstrate again their power to thwart the process of negotiations. …read more Source: The...

    The Best Countries Understand ‘Soft Power’
    Jan27

    The Best Countries Understand ‘Soft Power’

    Cross-posted from U.S. News and World ReportDAVOS, Switzerland — While global leaders who gathered at the World Economic Forum’s meeting debate solutions to social, political and economic uncertainty, quietly a new force is gaining credibility around the world: the desire for “soft power.”Let’s start with the data....