Poroshenko: Russia's Actions Threaten the Whole World

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke in Washington in front of a joint session of Congress on Thursday morning. He thanked the United States for their continuing support in the effort to defend the territorial integrity and independence of his country, stating that Russia's recent actions in his country stand as a threat to global security. He also requested assistance in the form of military equipment to help Ukraine defend itself against outside aggressors. Before his visit to Washington, Poroshenko also visited with government officials in Canada, who also offered their assistance in helping Ukraine endure through the country's current crisis.

Article Source: BBC Russian

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Scotland and Crimea: Completely Different Referendums

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On September 18, Scots will vote in a referendum on whether or not Scotland should become independent or remain part of the United Kingdom. Many in Russia are looking at the event as a time for the European community to acknowledge the legitimacy of the independence referendum held in Crimea earlier this year. However, there are many dissimilarities between the two referendums. While the Crimean situation was more similar to a war operation and hastily put together, the referendum in Scotland has been an event which has taken several years in the making and one which is in full compliance with UK and international law.

Article Source: Vedomosti

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Ratification with a "Special" Flavor

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Wednesday marked an historic day in Ukrainian history with the official ratification of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement. Signing simultaneously via video conference, Ukraine's Parliament and the EU Parliament officially signed the document. In addition the Association Agreement, Ukraine's Parliament passed laws giving the Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts limited self-rule, giving amnesty to separatists involved in the DPR, and repealing "dictatorial laws" enacted by ex-President Yanukovych. Ukraine and the EU also decided to push back the implementation of the free-trade portions of the Association Agreement until 1 January 2016 in order to give all sides time to pacify the east of the country.

Article Source: svboda

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Happening Today: The Dreams of a Liberal Have Come True

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On Sunday Russians went to the polls to (re)elect their local and regional leaders. Like the majority of elections since Putin came to power in 2000, United Russia appears to have a large lead across Russian regions. Also like previous elections, any opposition parties that could possibly threat United Russia were kept from running in the election. In the following article, Slon.ru contributor Ivan Davydov analyzes what Russian elections have become and how they have confirmed the worst fears of Russian liberals.

Article Source: slon.ru

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Peace March in Moscow

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September 21st is the date has been set for the Peace March in Moscow. Radio Svoboda recently caught up with Anton Litvin, an artist from Moscow, who is one of the organizers of the upcoming march. According to Litvin, this march is not an anti-regime march targeted at the Kremlin, but an anti-war march to show that there are people who support peace with Ukraine and reject the occupation of Crimea. It is estimated that some 50,000 Muscovites will participate in the march.  

Article Source: svboda

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Moscow Threatens to Ban the Import of Foreign Cars

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As a response to expected sanctions from the European Union this week, Moscow has announced that it will consider the possibility of banning future imports of foreign-made automobiles and other industrial products into Russia. This announcement comes at a time when the ruble has reached an all-time low. As a result, the Kremlin has announced that it is preparing a case to present in front of the WTO in an effort to dispute the recent sanctions enacted against the country.

Article Source: BBC Russian

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Poroshenko is Ready to Give Greater Autonomy to the Rebels

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On September 10, BBC Russian reported that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced that he is ready to grant greater autonomy to the rebel-controlled regions of eastern Ukraine and that new legislation concerning the matter will be presented to the country's parliament next week. Poroshenko emphasized that such a move does not mean that these regions will be allowed to completely separate themselves from Ukraine. Poroshenko also announced that Ukrainian intelligence sources estimate that 70 percent of the Russian troops fighting alongside the rebel forces in eastern Ukraine have left the country.

Article Source: BBC Russian

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15 Years after the Explosion

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Fifteen years ago, on September 9, 1999, the first of two apartment bombings happened in Moscow. In total, between the two explosions in Moscow and two explosions in other Russian cities, 293 people were killed. In the aftermath of the bombing, the Russian government claimed that the terrorist act stemmed from groups in the North Caucasus and in response, began the Second Chechen War. However, to many inside and abroad the Russian government's explanation is not satisfactory. Moreover, many have been researching the event, along with other terrorist attacks like it. Conspiracy or not, it is a subject that is of interest to many. Radio Svoboda spoke with researchers who talk about the events in 1999, as well as the Russian government's response to terrorism since then.

Article Source: svboda

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The EU Agrees on a New Round of Sanctions against Russia

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According to European Union representatives, the 28-member bloc has agreed on a new round of sanctions against Russia. The sanctions will primarily affect companies in the oil and gas sector and will prevent them from using European capital markets. Representatives say that the new sanctions will come into force within the next few days, unless there clear evidence that the ceasefire in Ukraine is being upheld by all sides and that Russia has stopped supporting the pro-Russian separatists. Russia has threatened to counter new Western sanctions with threats of closing its airspace to European airlines.

Article Source: BBC Russian

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Ukraine Truce Doesn't Involve the Separation of the Donbass

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According to the ceasefire that came into effect on September 5, the Donetsk and Lugansk regions will be entitled to a more decentralized government, but not a total separation from Ukraine. All sides involved recognize that the President Poroshenko's "12 Points" toward peace need to be met. However, despite the signed ceasefire, there are still reports of fighting in the southeast of the country.

Article Source: BBC Russian

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Rasmussen Speaks of Plans for NATO, Ukraine at Wales Summit

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NATO Secretary General Anders Rasmussen discussed the Alliance's plans for Ukraine and its European allies on the opening day of a two-day summit currently being held in Wales. He affirmed that NATO would work to act as a protector to its member-states and announced plans to place 4000 new troops throughout new NATO bases in the Baltics and Poland. Rasmussen also spoke of the Alliance's continuing efforts to strengthen its partnership with Ukraine as it helps to reform the country's military and defense sectors. This does not mean, however, that NATO is willing to directly assist in Ukraine's military actions, even though Rasmussen had no qualms in stating that Russia is currently attacking Ukraine.

Article Source: segodnya.ua

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France Refuses to Supply Russia with Warship

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On September 3, French officials announced on that they will not deliver a warship to Russia as planned, backing away from what was to be a $1.6 billion weapons sale. France announced that due to Russia's recent actions in eastern Ukraine, which have undermined the security of Europe, the country could not move forward with its plans to hand over the ship. In turn, Russia declared that France's decision to not go through with the deal would create additional tension between the two countries in the future. 

Article Source: BBC Russian

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Property of Ukrainian Oligarch Seized in Moscow

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On September 2, Russian media sources reported that the Moscow and Crimean properties of Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoisky were seized by the Investigative Committee of Russia. Lenta.ru investigated the oligarch and found that he owned prime property in Crimea. The location of his property in Crimea was very close to other massive estates owned by Viktor Yanukovych, the former President of Ukraine, and Rinat Akhmetov, Ukraine's richest man. Lenta.ru also reported that these properties were acquired unlawfully.

Article Source: lenta.ru

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The Chinese "Power of Siberia"

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As Europe's desire to rely on Russia for its energy need slowly drops, Russia has been working to secure buyers to the east. In addition to signing major energy deals with China, Gazprom has announced the construction of a pipeline called "Power of Siberia." The the pipeline is expected to begin in Kovyktinskoe and end in Khabarovsk, in Russia's Far East. On the pipeline will be an offshoot to China, coming from the Russian city of Blagoveshchensk.

Article Source: svboda

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Ukraine Accuses Russia of Invasion, Russia Denies It

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Ukraine accused Russia of invading the country's east on Thursday, a claim which Moscow categorically denies. According to Kiev, NATO, and countless news agencies, Russian forces have been moving into Eastern Ukraine over the last several days. Lines of tanks and other armored vehicles were also spotted moving into the east. With this new aggression Western governments have began to threaten another round of sanctions on Moscow.

Article Source: Reuters

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Russia Refutes Kiev's Claim about the Cut-off of Gas to the E.U. in Winter

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Ukrainian Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, claimed that Russia is planning to cut off gas to the European Union via Ukraine this winter. He has advised countries of the E.U. to stockpile gas, just as Ukraine has been doing. Russia has completely denied this claim and has said that there is no planned cut-off of gas.

Article Source: Reuters

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Poroshenko identifies way to stop bloodshed in Ukraine

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During negotiations in Minske among representatives of the EU and heads of states within the Customs Union, Petro Poroshenko identified the course of action that he believes will end fighting in Ukraine. This includes reinforcement of the Russo-Ukrainian border and cutting off weapons supply to the militia.

Article Source: top.rbc.ru

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Yakunin Will Continue to Lead Russian Railways

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On August 25, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced that Vladimir Yakunin, the current president of Russia's state railway company, would be re-named President of the company (RZhD, Russian Railways). Until today, there were rumors that Yakunin's resignation was imminante due to the company's connection to recent episodes of corruption (ex. contracts for the Sochi Olympics). Russian Railways is one of the largest transport companies in world, and Vladimir Yakunin is known to be one of the most powerful men in Russia. He is considered an insider to Putin's inner circle and has been added to the list of Russians sanctioned by the United States.

Article Source: RIA

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Russian Central Bank Will Not Change Inflation Goal in 2014

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Picture published by itar-tass.com

According to the Russian Central Bank's current version of monetary policy, the target levels of inflation for 2014 comprise 5%. However, while the actual levels may be higher than the estimates, they will not be revealed until mid-September.

Article Source: itar-tass.com

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State of the Pro-Russian Rebels & Conflict in the Donbass Regions

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Former People's Deputy of Ukraine from the Party of Regions, Oleg Tsarev, gave an interview to Lenta.ru on Wednesday about the state of the pro-Russian rebels and conflict in the Donbass regions. In the interview, Tsarev claims that the leadership of the Donetsk People's Republic and Lugansk People's Republic, most of whom are now "missing," are simply on holiday. He is unsure of the exact whereabouts of some of the men, and highlights the fact that the rebels are still strong and are in a good position to make advances on the Ukrainian Army.

Article Source: lenta.ru

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