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    Russia’s Prosecutor General to Review Legality of Baltics Independence
    Jul01

    Russia’s Prosecutor General to Review Legality of Baltics Independence

    The office of Russia’s Prosecutor General is reviewing the legality of independence granted to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in 1991 by the State Council of the former Soviet Union. The move, announced by the office Tuesday, has alarmed the Baltic States and strained even further their increasingly tense ties with Moscow, since Russia...

    The Fisherman’s Other Shoe Has Dropped
    Jul01

    The Fisherman’s Other Shoe Has Dropped

    Good fiction can make history come alive; conceivably, sometimes, it may cause history to happen. If the latter is indeed conceivable, then Pope Francis I may have been invented by the Australian novelist Morris West in The Shoes of the Fisherman (1963). The novel was made into an American movie in 1968. (Francis was then thirty-two years old....

    Poroshenko Unveils Constitutional Changes
    Jul01

    Poroshenko Unveils Constitutional Changes

    President Petro Poroshenko has proposed constitutional changes designed to give broader powers to Ukraine’s regions. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Why the Armenian Spring Is Not Maidan 2.0
    Jul01

    Why the Armenian Spring Is Not Maidan 2.0

    On June 19, 2015, protests broke out in the Armenian capital of Yerevan as demonstrators expressed opposition to President Serzh Sargsyan’s decision to raise electricity prices by 17% to 22%. Over the course of the next week, this initial episode of unrest blossomed into what many have described as a Maidan-style revolution, featuring...

    Ukraine Snubs Russian Gas
    Jul01

    Ukraine Snubs Russian Gas

    Kiev turned off its Gazprom gas tap today, snubbing the Russian supplier in talks to negotiate a new contract as an interim deal expired. The two sides can’t agree on a price—Gazprom is offering $247 per thousand cubic meters, roughly a $40 discount, while Ukraine is holding out for a better bargain and more favorable terms. Reuters...

    A Grim Meme Casts a Spotlight on Internet Censorship in Russia
    Jul01

    A Grim Meme Casts a Spotlight on Internet Censorship in Russia

    On June 15, not long after Jeanna Friske, a prominent Russian singer, died of brain cancer at the age of 40, someone posted a grim meme about her on MDK, a popular group on the Russian social media site, VK. The meme consisted of a photo of Friske and a sentence playing on a line from one of her hit singles: Instead of “I have never been to...

    Drone video appears to show Russian military base in eastern Ukraine
    Jul01

    Drone video appears to show Russian military base in eastern Ukraine

    DONETSK, Ukraine —Ukrainian fighters on Tuesday published a drone video that they claimed shows a Russian military base hidden near the front lines in war-torn eastern Ukraine. See also: Ukraine’s children of war The video, posted to YouTube by the Kiev-backed Dnipro-1 volunteer regiment, shows a large, fortified military encampment spread...

    Attitudes toward the US have never been worse in post-Soviet Russia
    Jul01

    Attitudes toward the US have never been worse in post-Soviet Russia

    It’s no secret that Russian-American relations have severely cooled over the last year. In fact, an opinion poll led by Moscow-based Levada Center revealed that over 80% of Russians have a negative view of the United States, almost double what it was like a year ago, the Washington Post reports. The attitudes of Russians toward Americans...

    Dutch Safety Board has draft report into MH17 crash
    Jul01

    Dutch Safety Board has draft report into MH17 crash

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The team investigating last year’s crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine has prepared a draft final report and given it to countries involved in the probe for their comments. …read more Source: U.S....

    Dutch Safety Board has draft report into MH17 crash
    Jul01

    Dutch Safety Board has draft report into MH17 crash

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The team investigating last year’s crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine has prepared a draft final report and given it to countries involved in the probe for their comments. The Safety Board said last year that the Boeing 777 was likely brought down by “multiple high-energy...