Posts Tagged ‘ Viktor Yanukovych ’

Putin’s Project

Apr 16th, 2014 | By

Timothy Snyder 16.04.2014 Ukraine has no future without Europe, but Europe also has no future without Ukraine. Throughout the centuries, the history of Ukraine has revealed the turning points in the history of Europe. The history of statehood on the territory of Ukraine begins with two archetypically European encounters. Medieval statehood on the territory of…


DISPATCH: The Siege of Sloviansk

Apr 16th, 2014 | By

Inside a brewing insurgency as Ukraine sends in the tanks to quell unrest in its chaotic East. BY DAVID PATRIKARAKOS APRIL 15, 2014 Kiev, Ukraine — Large contingents of Ukrainian forces are now on the move near Sloviansk and the nearby town of Kramatorsk, where separatists have also seized a government building. But the mood…


Russian Ruble In Trouble As Putin Says Ukraine Approaching ‘Civil War’

Apr 16th, 2014 | By

Kenneth Rapoza Russia might be its own worst enemy at this point. The government’s continued involvement in the ongoing Ukraine political crisis is hurting the economy, and pushing the currency back to its March 15 low of 36.58. On Tuesday, the currency settled at 36.20 to the dollar as violent protests continue in the city…


The Putin Doctrine: Myth, Provocation, Blackmail, or the Real Deal?

Apr 15th, 2014 | By

LILIA SHEVTSOVA When it comes to explaining Russia’s Ukrainian adventurism, the West has attempted to hide behind a wall of myths and hope its problems will just go away. Publishes on April 14, 2014 There are all sorts of reasons to be stunned and perplexed today. Stunned by the reintroduction of the fears and phobias…


The Day the Kremlin’s Propaganda Machine Came to Washington

Apr 1st, 2014 | By

BY HANNA KOZLOWSKA MARCH 31, 2014 – 08:36 PM Under the terms of the sanctions the Obama administration imposed after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, senior Russian lawmaker Sergiy Zhelezhnyak has been barred from traveling to the United States, but that didn’t stop him from appearing Monday at Washington’s National Press Club for a virtuoso performance…


The Limits of Soft Power

Apr 1st, 2014 | By

Michael Cecire | April 1, 2014 The Russian invasion of Ukraine has already punctured much of the prevailing foreign-policy thinking that had become pro forma in Washington and Europe. In particular, the notion that Western unilateral disarmament can somehow be balanced or compensated for with less tangible forms of influence—soft power—has much to answer for…


Crimea Has Voted To Join Russia In A Vote Recognized By Few Besides Russia

Mar 17th, 2014 | By

The White House warns of destabilization. By Max Seddon Updated 6:00 p.m. ET — SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine — “SEVASTOPOL IS THE MOST RUSSIAN CITY,” read a sign draped across an overpass in the outskirts of this port city on the Black Sea, emotionally closer to Russia than even the rest of the Crimean peninsula. By Sunday…


From Chess Player to Barroom Brawler

Mar 15th, 2014 | By

There’s increasing evidence that Vladimir Putin is dangerously drunk on power — and reckless. BY MARK GALEOTTI MARCH 14, 2014 It is too easy to forget that beneath Vladimir Putin’s glossy and faintly plastic exterior of chilly abstraction beats the heart of a truly red-blooded homo sovieticus. While Russian airborne forces gather at airfields near…


How Ukraine Destroyed the Myth of Russia’s Great Power

Feb 25th, 2014 | By

JAN TECHAU TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2014 No matter how the crisis engulfing Ukraine plays out, it has already produced one result that is probably more important than anything else: it has destroyed the myth of Russian strength. Over the past decade, Russian President Vladimir Putin has tried to convince both the world and his fellow…


After Yanukovych, Maidan’s Next Fight Will Be To Preserve a Ukraine Safe for Minorities

Feb 25th, 2014 | By

By Amelia Glaser February 25, 2014 12:00 AM Russia has likened the protests to pogroms, but Jews have joined the movement because what’s at stake is an independent future Kiev’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti—Independence Square—is a 20-minute walk from where I lived a decade ago. I was a graduate student, researching the historical interaction between the region’s subcultures—especially…