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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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Responding to Putin’s Latest Ruse

British based Chatham House published a 5 point plan on Russia by James Nixey, Head, Russia and Eurasia Programme The author suggests the West can’t take the latest comments by President Putin about a possible “U-turn” on Ukraine for granted ...

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Real Crimean Election Results

President of Russia’s Human Rights Council accedentally posted the real results of the ‘referendum’ in Crimea on March 16 Turnout was only 30%, only half of which (i.e. 15% population) voted for annexation Council member says the faking of results ...

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The events of May 2 in Odessa

Eyewiness report of events in Odesa on 2 May Author is a member of a local, left-wing organization He describes the neo-fascist nature of the pro-Russian forces And police collusion with neo-fascists http://observerukraine.net/2014/05/06/i-am-where-im-at-war-the-events-of-may-2-in-odessa/

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Pro-Russia trolling

fascinating read about paid internet trolls who back the Russian regime on-line well-known journalists discuss their views on the on-line army of “Kremlebotov”,  as they are known in Russian, and their impact of the western media coverage of Russia http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/may/04/pro-russia-trolls-ukraine-guardian-online

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Putin Clamps Down

Russia’s war on civil society and expansion of the surveillance state Crackdown on media, treatment of dissidents, the Pussy Riot case Why the drift toward authoritarianism in Russia http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/putin-clamps-down-a-chilling-report-from-moscow-20140430

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The long reach of Putinismo

Another good op-ed in the Los Angeles Times from 17 April 2014.  It identifies Putin’s apologists and why states like China and India are not critical of his moves. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/commentary/la-oe-0418-garton-ash-putinismo-ukraine-20140418,0,2030239.story#axzz30qjItjL9

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