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Where is Ponomarev?

What happened to the separatist leader who called himself the ‘voice of the people’? From the beginning of the separatist revolt on 12 April, Viacheslav Ponomarev pronounced himself the ‘people’s mayor’ of Sloviansk. He immediately became one of the most ...

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On the Effects of Viewing Russian Television

Russian and Ukrainian viewers react differently to Russian TV coverage. In Russia, where broadcasting is tightly controlled by the state and mainstream media is not allowed to criticize government policy, television shapes the thinking of many viewers. Vladimir Putin, by ...

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‘Putin’s a Prick’ – What’s in a Meme

‘Putin’s a Prick’ – What’s in a Meme My apologies to readers who are sensitive to verbal obscenities. A discussion of one word in particular is unavoidable. That word, now sung by millions throughout Ukraine, is making history. It all ...

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Russian mercenaries in the Donbas

Russian mercenaries in the Donbas Who they are, where they came from, what they represent   lthough Vladimir Putin has so far stopped short of a full-scale invasion of Eastern Ukraine, he has used mercenaries trained by the Russian military ...

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Fascism in Russia

On May 1, Russian Nazis, nationalists and Stalinists marched in the streets of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Many Western readers are not aware that these displays of xenophobia, antisemitism and chauvinism are now common in Russia. Nazi flags are carried ...

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