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    Russian Anti-Corruption Campaigner Slams Putin’s Crackdown on Dissent
    May29

    Russian Anti-Corruption Campaigner Slams Putin’s Crackdown on Dissent

    Russian anti-corruption campaigner and opposition blogger Alexei Navalny on Thursday slammed President Vladimir Putin’s move to intensify a crackdown on dissenting voices with a law against “undesirable NGOs.” The measure allows Russia’s prosecutor general to ban any foreign or international organizations that are deemed a threat to...

    Russia’s Military Preparations Raise Concerns in Europe, Ukraine
    May29

    Russia’s Military Preparations Raise Concerns in Europe, Ukraine

    Russia this week held surprise, massive military exercises as members of NATO, the western military alliance, took part in its own drills. Military analysts say the military muscle-flexing increases the chances for incidents that could spark a wider conflict. The drills come as the Reuters news agency reports a Russian military build-up on the...

    Putin classifies number of dead in peacetime military operations
    May29

    Putin classifies number of dead in peacetime military operations

    Move comes as evidence mounts of Russian forces’ involvement in eastern Ukraine …read more Source: Toronto...

    Putin declares Russian military deaths in peacetime state secrets
    May29

    Putin declares Russian military deaths in peacetime state secrets

    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Thursday outlawing disclosure of military deaths in peacetime, a move apparently aimed at hiding evidence of Russian military involvement in the war in eastern Ukraine. …read more Source: Los Angeles...

    Russia classifies military casualties in peacetime
    May28

    Russia classifies military casualties in peacetime

    The decree published on the official government website and signed by Putin on Thursday makes it a state secret to divulge information about peacetime losses of Russian troops in “special operations.” U.S. State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said in Washington, “We see this as a misplaced effort to cover up what everyone...

    Poroshenko Signs Ukraine Debt Repayment Legislation
    May28

    Poroshenko Signs Ukraine Debt Repayment Legislation

    President Petro Poroshenko has signed legislation granting Ukraine’s cash-starved government the right to stop payments to foreign debt holders. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Pro-Russian Rebel Battalion Leader Buried in Eastern Ukraine, Following Lethal Ambush
    May28

    Pro-Russian Rebel Battalion Leader Buried in Eastern Ukraine, Following Lethal Ambush

    Alexey Mozgovoy, one of the most prominent separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine has been buried in rebel-held lands in Luhansk today, after he was shot in his car on Saturday night, local news agency Interfax reports. Mozgovoy led the pro-Russian Prizrak (Ghost) fighter battalion which has been operating in the Luhansk region of Ukraine’s...

    Ukraine minister says fighting could resume in country’s east
    May28

    Ukraine minister says fighting could resume in country’s east

    Ukraine’s defence minister said on Thursday Russia had moved forces into eastern Ukraine and there was a risk of fighting resuming between the army and pro-Russian separatists in coming months. …read more Source:...

    Norad jets train in Arctic as Russian flights close to North America increase
    May28

    Norad jets train in Arctic as Russian flights close to North America increase

    Fighter jets from Canada and the United States are to practise intercepting foreign aircraft high over the Arctic in the coming days as Russian military flights up to the edge of North American airspace increase.”This is probably the most active they’ve been since the end of the Cold War,” said Maj.-Gen. David Wheeler, commander...

    Putin Fears Mounting Russian Casualties In Ukraine, Passes Law To Keep Them Secret
    May28

    Putin Fears Mounting Russian Casualties In Ukraine, Passes Law To Keep Them Secret

    When Ukrainian forces withdrew from the city of Debaltseve last February, after one of the fiercest battles in the conflict with Russian separatists, Western media outlets reported that scores of dead and injured Ukrainian soldiers were left on the snowy battlefield, too many for the Ukrainian army to carry as it escaped the city it once...