Sanctions Target Putin’s Political Allies As Crimea Annexation Bill Moves Forward

By: Friday March 21, 2014 5:57 am

Russia’s lower house of parliament voted to officially annex Crimea, a move the upper house is expected to follow up with today completing the process of annexation under Russian law. This formal annexation makes it increasingly less likely Crimea will ever be returned to Ukraine. Ukrainian forces have already started to withdraw from the region. [...]

SEC Contacting Financial Firms With Russian Investments

By: Thursday March 20, 2014 12:54 pm

Will Exxon's 'bromance' with the Kremlin keep Putin in check? — Forbes (@Forbes) March 20, 2014 The Securities and Exchange Commission is contacting public funds with exposure to Russian investments in order to ensure they were prepared for the effects of political instability as tensions rose over Crimea. According to Reuters the calls [...]

Putin Signs Treaty Making Crimea Part Of Russia

By: Tuesday March 18, 2014 6:00 am

Putin signs treaty making Crimea region part of Russia Live blog: — AJAM Live (@ajamlive) March 18, 2014 Yesterday the Russian Deputy Prime Minister laughed at the US government’s threat at sanctions and today Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty making Crimea part of Russia. The move comes after Crimea overwhelmingly voted to [...]

Ukraine’s Interim Prime Minister Says Country Is Part Of ‘Western World’

By: Thursday March 13, 2014 6:04 am

WASHINGTON (AP) – Ukraine's PM vows to never surrender, says, 'Ukraine is and will be part of the Western world' — Josh Lederman (@joshledermanAP) March 12, 2014 Ukraine’s opposition Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, decided to stop hiding his strings and all but admit that he is trying to align with and serve US and EU [...]

US Media Thaws On Ukraine Conflict

By: Wednesday March 12, 2014 9:56 am

Despite initially buying US government propaganda on the conflict on Ukraine wholesale, much from self-proclaimed experts, the US media may be slowly accepting that a good deal of the initial talking points on the conflict were false. In particular the “Putin is crazy” line echoed throughout the establishment press and articulated by Secretary of State [...]

Did President Obama Forget Ukraine’s Government Was Overthrown?

By: Thursday March 6, 2014 10:51 am

Did someone forget to brief President Obama and tell him that the constitutional government of Ukraine was overthrown? Because Obama just completed a press conference where he claimed Crimea could not vote to join the Russian Federation because it violated Ukraine’s “Constitution.” Which is interesting because under that constitution Viktor Yanukovych is still president. The [...]

Russia Labels Overthrow Of Yanukovych ‘Coup’; Masses Troops On Border

By: Tuesday March 4, 2014 5:58 am

Russian President Vladamir Putin labeled the overthrow of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych an “unconstitutional coup” and said he was willing to use force to pursue Russia’s interests in Ukraine. Putin claimed that the deployment of Russian military forces in the Crimea was to “protect ethnic Russians” and that Yanukovych – the only president Russia recognizes [...]

Russia Annexes Part Of Ukraine As President Obama Warns Of ‘Consequences’

By: Monday March 3, 2014 6:00 am

Funny things happen when you foment an uprising. After factions in Western Ukraine overthrew the Russian backed government, Russia has responded by invading parts of Eastern Ukraine, specifically the Crimea, which is dominated by Russian speakers and those friendly to Russian influence. The invasion sparked a rhetorical threat from President Obama that there would be [...]

Russian President Writes Op-Ed Against American Strikes On Syria

By: Thursday September 12, 2013 6:02 am

Surprise would probably be the best word to describe the reaction last night when the New York Times published an op-ed by Russian President Vladimir Putin titled “A Plea For Caution From Russia.” Both the content and the venue were largely unexpected even by seasoned political observers as Putin directly addressed the American people. The [...]

Pussy Riot Found Guilty of “Hooliganism” in Russia

By: Friday August 17, 2012 6:55 am

In Russia, the all-girl punk band Pussy Riot has been found guilty of protesting Vladimir Putin at a cathedral in Moscow. The charge could carry up to three years in prison. The court case has generated international outrage about the curtailing of free speech. Prosecutors in Russia argued that Pussy Riot’s anti-Putin “punk prayer” violated [...]

Putin Re-Election Marred By Widespread Voter Fraud Allegations

By: Monday March 5, 2012 6:17 am

As expected, Vladimir Putin declared victory in the Presidential election in Russia. It would mark the third go-around as President for Putin, after a stint as Prime Minister. Since his first Presidential run in 2000, Putin has remade Russia in his image, centralizing power, crushing dissent (particularly in the media), and basically instituting a kleptocracy. [...]