Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Dmitry Oreshkin: “In the light of Nemtsov’s murder, Putin looks like a weak and dependent politician”

Dmitry Oreshkin: “In the light of Nemtsov’s murder, Putin looks like a weak and dependent politician”

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The Institute of Modern Russia continues its series of interviews with Russian and Western experts on the situation in Russia, its relationship with the West, and the future of its political system. Journalist Leonid Martynyuk speaks with prominent Russian political scientist Dmitry Oreshkin about the assassination of Boris Nemtsov, Putin’s policy toward Ukraine, and its consequences.

Americans Struggle to Get Families Out Amid Yemen Conflict

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Instead of getting married last Friday, Summer Nasser was in the mountains of Yemen — a twisting, perilous five-hour-drive from her fiancé. The American college student of Yemeni descent is hiding out in her family's ancestral village with her mother and four siblings, waiting for a break in bombing and rebel clashes before returning — either to their temporary home in Aden, or their real home — New York. The shopkeeper holding onto her wedding dress called last week to say he had also fled the southern port city, as violence accelerated and the Saudi Arabia-led air raids against Houthi rebels showed no sign of relenting. She couldn’t blame him, Nasser said, speaking by phone from the Yafa region. “I did expect some type of security deterioration, but no one expected a 10- country bombardment,” she said. As Saudi Arabia nears a third week of air raids against Houthi rebels in the country, Yemeni-American families who did not get out in time are weighing their options. There aren’t many. Stuck in Yemen Through dozens of alerts over the years, the United States warned Americans living in the country to have contingency plans for emergencies and, unlike Canada, Russia, India and Somalia, has not announced an official evacuation. The U.S. closed its embassy in Sana'a in February. Airports are shut for commercial travel. "We have to make a decision based on the security situation and what is feasible to do," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said at a news conference in Washington last week. "Given the situation in Yemen,," she added, "it's quite dangerous and unpredictable. Doing something like sending in military assets, even for an evacuation, could put U.S. citizen lives at greater risk." She reiterated on Monday that there were no plans to evacuate Americans. The State Department's most recent message to citizens in the country on April 5 included information on how to cross into Djibouti by boat. It also indicated that a French cargo ship off the coast of Aden could accommodate a few hundred passengers, but "people will have to find their own way to get out to it," the message said. The United States has evacuated Americans before, though often in situations that escalated without the ongoing warnings as was the case during the 2006 Israeli bombing of the Lebanese capital and when protests against then- President Hosni Mubarak turned deadly in Egypt in 2011. Yemen is a politically complicated country, with ribal and regional allegiances colliding within its borders for decades. Its borders have also changed with the unification of North and South Yemen in 1990. Families in the U.S. and Yemen contacted by VOA agreed that the difference  this time is that until now, they felt that Yemen’s problems were all Yemeni. "There’s always been some kind of threat of some kind. The difference would be, it was always internal … when it’s internal, we don’t consider that to be very dangerous,” said Nasser’s aunt, Sylvia Muchinsky. Muchinsky, working from her home in Brooklyn, New York, is trying to raise awareness of U.S. citizens stranded in Yemen by petitioning the White House “I can’t describe it," she said. "It’s almost like when you live in the ghetto and you see gang violence, you know it’s there. True you can get hit in a drive-by … but it doesn’t really affect you in the day-to-day." "Even during our civil war, people weren’t this afraid," Muchinsky added. "People functioned. A foreign threat is so much more difficult to surmount than an internal threat." Nasser, whose family moved to Yemen last year to save money for the older siblings' college fees, keeps in touch over mobile phone with other Americans stranded in Yemen. She estimates at least 300 people are in the same situation as her family. Jamal al-Labani was one of them. He was killed by shrapnel from a mortar strike while returning from Friday prayers at a mosque in Aden, his family told U.S. media. Three civil rights organizations in the United States launched the Stuck in Yemen website last week to log cases. “I don't see [the] State Department doing anything. It’s unfortunate … [The] State Department has a duty to protect you,” said Abed Ayoub, with the Legal & Policy Director at American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), one of the groups involved in the website’s creation. Ayoub said those official alerts aren’t heeded because there are just too many. “Unfortunately, the US has travel warnings in a number of countries, and they're not taken seriously," he told VOA. "They've watered down warnings. It still doesn't take away from their responsibility to protect US citizens. That doesn't go away just because they gave a warning or two.” "Just come back" Families are complicated; not everyone agrees how to handle a crisis, or even to what degree there is one. Sarah Alsaidi’s 78-year-old grandfather Mohammed Quhshi returned to Yemen in October to check on family properties, like he often does, and to avoid New York’s winters. Construction is ongoing at one home he is building in Ta’iz, and he is waiting on his son’s building to be vacated at the end of the month, Alsaidi told VOA. He’s pragmatic and invested. His wife, children, and granddaughter — they all want him back in the United States, where he holds citizenship. But people tried to lay claim to his property in Yemen in his absence. Her grandfather wants to make sure the family’s assets are cared for. “My uncle who owns the building told my grandfather ‘I don't care, just come back,’” said Alsaidi. “Everyone's been frustrated with him.” Originally scheduled to come home in March, Alsaidi is unsure when he’ll make it to New York. "I knew I couldn't put any pressure on my grandfather to come back until the airstrikes started ... he missed his opportunity [to leave]," he said. Alsaidi knows he’s prioritizing the properties over his own safety. But she also knows her grandfather’s personality: he’s proud, he’s Yemeni and he has faith that the country will be okay. “If he had the opportunity to leave, I’m not sure he would,” said Alsaidi. Yemen may inspire patriotism, but political inconsistency is a hallmark. In Mohammed Quhshi's lifetime, he's seen the formation of two Yemens along north-south lines and political violence that killed thousands of people. Then came reunification, civil war, the rise of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, and the beginning of Western counterterror operations. In the last decade, the Houthi insurgency, deadly bomb attacks, the Arab Spring, and the take-over of the capital by Houthi rebels have continued to cloud the political horizon for a country where more than half the population lives in poverty. Alsaidi said her grandfather is taking a fatalistic view of his current circumstances. "He feels very connected [to Yemen] ... he wants to be safe," she said. "But he thinks that if something horrible were supposed to happen to him, it would happen, he can't run away from it." She knows that he might be downplaying the situation for his family in New York, but it’s hard to tell. He’s seen the country go through a lot. "He has hopes that Yemen will come around," she said.

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Ukraine Leader Denounces Federalization as Way to Break Up Country 

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President Petro O. Poroshenko said he was so certain Ukrainians would reject the idea, which Russia endorses, that he offered to put it to a referendum.






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Political Economy: Greece Must Walk the Talk, and Soon

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The radical-left government has pretty much exhausted its techniques for squeezing blood from a stone.

Гражданам России грозит статус «белорусского тунеядца» - ИА REGNUM

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Гражданам России грозит статус «белорусского тунеядца»
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Белорусские «тунеядцы»/"иждивенцы" будут убирать кладбища и камни с полей, и примерно 10 тыс иностранцев, в т.ч. граждан России, может постигнуть такая участь, если они не заплатят специальный «сбор на финансирование государственных расходов». Об этом говорится в ... 
Беларусь сообщила о количестве иностранцев, которые подпадают под закон о тунеядствеСводка Украинских и Мировых Новостей

В МВД Белоруссии подсчитали иностранцев, подпадающих под закон о «тунеядцах»Псковское Агентство Информации 
МВД Белоруссии подсчитало иностранцев, подпадающих
 под закон о тунеядцахГазета.Ru
Интерфакс - Украина-Брянск.ru 

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Греция оценила ущерб от немецкой оккупации в €278 млрд - Коммерсантъ

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Греция оценила ущерб от немецкой оккупации в €278 млрд
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Греция намерена добиваться от Германии выплаты €278,7 млрд репараций за ущерб, нанесенный стране во время нацистской оккупации в 1941-1944 годах. Об этом заявил заместитель министра финансов Греции Димитрис Мардас на заседании парламентского комитета по ...
Греция подсчитала сумму ущерба от немецкой оккупацииLenta.ru
Греция требует у Германии €278 млрд репараций за оккупацию в сороковых годахГазета.Ru
Греция подсчитала долг Германии за нацистскую оккупациюВзгляд
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Ukraine has key to better Russia-EU relations - Lavrov - RT

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Ukraine has key to better Russia-EU relations - Lavrov
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Relations between Russia and the EU depend on the implementation of Minsk documents,Russian FM Sergey Lavrov said on Monday. By "blocking" the agreements, Kiev prevents the "normalization" of the relations, he said. "The Minsk agreements are ...
Russia's Sergei Lavrov Says Cease-Fire Is Only Solution to Ukraine ConflictWall Street Journal
Russia's Lavrov calls for pull-back of more weapons in UkraineReuters 

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EU's east divided on how to react to Russia over Ukraine crisisDaily Sabah
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Documentary Explores Impact of Drug Violence on Mexican Society 

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Drug-related violence in Mexico has claimed tens of thousands of lives in recent years as rival gangs compete for the millions of dollars they can make smuggling marijuana, cocaine, and other drugs across the U.S. border.  But the violence and turmoil have also taken a toll on society, especially in northern Mexico where drug cartels are also involved in kidnapping, extortion and other crimes.  A new documentary film examines the situation through the eyes of three people with different perspectives. The film Kingdom of Shadows, which premiered at the recent South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival, takes a hard look at violence and lawlessness in northern Mexico.  It was directed by Bernardo Ruiz, a dual U.S.-Mexican citizen. “In the film we see Sister Consuelo Morales, she is a Catholic nun and a human rights defender in the city of Monterey, Mexico, and what she does and continues to do every day, is work with families whose loved ones have disappeared,” he said. “One of the worst tragedies is to have a loved one disappear," Morales said in the film. "Although we may not know the total truth right now, we are on the path to finding it.” But Ruiz says human rights activists like her are up against corruption and a dysfunctional judicial system in Mexico. “It is a very small percentage of crimes that are successfully prosecuted when you are talking about homicide, you are talking about kidnapping, so the real problem is in the judicial system," he said.  "Whatever is happening is aided and abetted by this culture of impunity.” U.S. government agent, Oscar Hagelsieb, who has worked undercover in Mexico, provides a different view.  He blames much of the violence on the rise of the Zetas, a former Mexican army unit that turned into a drug trafficking organization. “In the military you learn that if someone attacks you, takes something from you, you attack them back," he said. "So, definitely the fact that the Zetas came into the drug game spiked up the violence considerably.” The third point of view in the film comes from Texas rancher Don Henry Ford, who was involved in drug smuggling a couple of decades ago, when violence was not as widespread. “I decided to go to Mexico and buy some marijuana and I successfully smuggled my first load. It was terribly amateurish, but I got away with it,” he said. Eventually, he was caught and served time in a U.S. federal prison.  He says the violence in Mexico was far less when larger criminal organizations controlled the border area. “They had territories assigned and there wasn’t near as much conflict,” Ford said. Ford credits the film for showing the tragedy of innocent people, who are trapped in a world of violence and crime. “My wife would be the better judge because she is impartial and she was moved by it, moved to tears by it,” he said. Director Bernardo Ruiz hopes his film will give the people in Mexico's violence-racked communities a voice on the world stage.

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Poland to build watchtowers at Russia's Kaliningrad border

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50 metre high towers will be ready to begin surveillance in June according to border police
Poland will build six watchtowers to survey its 200-kilometre-long border with the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, border police have said.
The six towers will be up to 50 metres (164 feet) high and ready in June for round-the-clock surveillance, the spokeswoman for Poland’s border police told the PAP news agency.
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Poland to build watchtowers at Russia's Kaliningrad border - The Guardian

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Poland to build watchtowers at Russia's Kaliningrad border
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Russian Iskander ballistic missile during a rehearsal of a military parade outside Moscow. Poland has reacted to reports that Russia is sending the missiles to its exclave of Kaliningrad by building observation towers on its border. Photograph ...
Report: Poland to Build Watchtowers Along Border With RussiaABC News
Poland is building a series of watchtowers along its border with RussiaBusiness Insider 
Poland to build Russia border towers at KaliningradBBC News
EUobserver-Newsweek
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War with Russia Now Much Likelier: Ukraine's Leading Nazi Dimitri Yarosh Gets ... - Center for Research on Globalization

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War with Russia Now Much Likelier: Ukraine's Leading Nazi Dimitri Yarosh Gets ...
Center for Research on Globalization
But now, with the military expertise of the nazis and of their American advisors, training everyone starting on April 20th (which is Hitler's birthday), this will be a different war, and could have a radically different outcome, which will then force a ...
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Госдеп: США будут представлены на торжествах 9 мая в Москве - Коммерсантъ

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Госдеп: США будут представлены на торжествах 9 мая в Москве
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Руководство США будет представлено на торжествах 9 мая в Москве. Уверенность в этом выразила на брифинге для журналистов 6 апреля исполняющая обязанности руководителя пресс-службы госдепартамента Мари Харф, передает ТАСС. «Мы еще не приняли решения насчет ...
Руководство США будет представлено на параде Победы в МосквеНТВ.ru
США определяются с уровнем представительства на праздновании 70-летия Победы в МосквеВедомости
Госдепартамент: решения о децентрализации власти касаются всей УкраиныГОЛОС АМЕРИКИ
Пронедра -Радиостанция ЭХО МОСКВЫ -OAnews
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Rogers Touts Russia Yet Again As Investors Increasingly Hop On Band Wagon - Forbes

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Rogers Touts Russia Yet Again As Investors Increasingly Hop On Band Wagon
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Commodities guru Jim Rogers has his eyes on Russia. And he likes what he sees. What he sees is a stable currency, a very strong central bank, and oil prices that have seemingly hit the floor. All of this bring tidings of great joy to the global gambler ...
US financier Rogers says now may be time to invest in RussiaReuters
JIM ROGERS: Russia is 'one of the most attractive stock markets in the world'Business Insider

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Waving Cash, Kremlin Sows EU Divisions - New York Times

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Waving Cash, Kremlin Sows EU Divisions
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NICOSIA, Cyprus — When Cyprus seized hundreds of millions of dollars from bank depositors, many of them Russians, as part of an internationally brokered deal two years ago to rescue its collapsing financial system, the Russian leader, Vladimir V ...
Russia to test migrants seeking residency on CrimeaAl Jazeera America
Here's what it's like being a paid internet troll for the Russian governmentBusiness Insider
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US Defense Secretary Urges Approval of TPP

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Before embarking on an Asia trip, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter called the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, free trade agreement an important part of the Obama Administration’s re-balance toward the Asia-Pacific region. Carter also called for a strong, constructive U.S.-China relationship. Speaking at Arizona State University, the defense chief said the defining region of America’s future is Asia-Pacific, where half of humanity will live by 2050, more than half the global middle class will reside by 2030 and defense spending is on the rise. Carter told ASU students assuring peace, prosperity and progress in the region will be their generation’s central strategic challenge. He called on Congress to pass bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority, or TPA, so President Obama can ensure America gets the best deal with 11 other nations making up the TPP in terms of leveling the playing field: "It would do so by requiring these other countries to adopt the standards that we hold ourselves to here in the United States, such as government transparency, intellectual property laws, a free and open Internet, environmental protections and workers’ rights.  TPP would also lower barriers to American goods and services in the Asia-Pacific’s fastest-growing markets," said Carter. The defense secretary calls TPP one of the most important parts of the U.S. re-balancing toward the region.  He says passing it is as important as adding another aircraft carrier to the naval fleet.  He warned, however, that time is running out on the multi-year negotiations.  Carter says countries in the region are carving up these burgeoning markets with agreements that, in some cases, are based on pressure and special arrangements, not openness and principle. Carter, who will be visiting Japan, South Korea and the U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii in coming days, says the United States is refreshing long-standing alliances in the region while enhancing those with India and Southeast Asia.  He expresses concern about China’s opaque defense budget, actions in cyberspace and maritime behavior in the East and South China Seas. "The U.S. and China are not allies, but we don’t have to be adversaries.  A strong, constructive U.S.-China relationship is essential for global security and prosperity.  Our relationship will be complex as we continue to both compete and cooperate," said Carter. He said Washington seeks a scenario where everyone wins, continuing decades of peace and prosperity anchored by a strong American role in which all Asia-Pacific countries continue to rise and prosper, including China. Brad Glosserman, executive director of the Hawaii-based Asia security think tank Pacific Forum, said Asian leaders view the success of the TPP as key to U.S. engagement in the region. "The key element here is to look at it and use the word strategic because, what TPP does, it ties us and couples us more closely to the countries of the region, and our military relationships are all about the certainties that our allies have that we’re tied to them and the certainty that adversaries have that an attack on them will be seen as an attack on the United States.  So, by really, really, if you will, linking us most closely economically through TPP and other economic, business, trade, political measures, we send that signal to allies and adversaries alike we are, in fact, united and, therefore, it is a key strategic piece of the United States foreign policy tool kit," said Glosserman. Glosserman thinks the TPP’s success will hinge on domestic U.S. politics and the willingness of lawmakers of both parties to grant the president trade promotion authority. He says that will play a big part in ongoing U.S.-Japanese negotiations.  TPA allows the president to negotiate trade deals giving Congress only the chance to accept or reject it without renegotiating its terms.

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Meet Anonymous International, the hackers taking on the Kremlin

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They’ve hijacked the Russian prime minister’s Twitter account and attacked the political elite. But they’re also guns-for-hire, collecting private information for a fee. Daniil Turovsky went to Bangkok to meet them
Around 10am on 14 August 2014, an unremarkable man walked into a café near Tishinskaya Square in Moscow. He ordered a coffee, sat down, opened up a cheap laptop and launched a few applications: a text editor, an app for encrypted chat, and a browser.
Then, he opened Twitter and wrote: “I’m resigning. I am ashamed of this government’s actions. Forgive me.”
Really, we’re not afraid of anything, honestly :) :)
Our mission is to change the world for the better, helping to bring greater freedom and social awareness
Our prices start at around $30,000. I won’t say how high they go. We earn enough to live comfortably and to travel.
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Илья Яшин: "Кадыров бросает вызов всему государству"

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Заявление оппозиционного политика Ильи Яшина, пришедшего почтить память своего друга Бориса Немцова на...
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Владимир Рыжков:" Все нити ведут в Чечню"

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"Впервые после смерти Сталина в России стали применяться политические убийства как метод политической...
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Frankfurter Rundschau: Ципрас в отношениях с Россией "ищет весны" - РИА Новости

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Frankfurter Rundschau: Ципрас в отношениях с Россией "ищет весны"
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В то время, как в отношениях между ЕС и России господствует "политический" лед, премьер-министр Греции возлагает на поездку в Москву большие надежды, пишет немецкая газета Frankfurter Rundschau. Премьер-министр Греции Алексис Ципрас. © AP Photo/ Markus Schreiber.
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Russian Politician Threatens Latvia Sanctions After Reported Comparison to Nazi Regime

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A top Russian politician has called for sanctions to be brought against Latvia after accusing its foreign minister of comparing Russia to Nazi Germany's Third Reich.

Посол ЕС в России: надо признать, что мы не пойдем воевать и умирать за Украину - УНИАН

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Посол ЕС в России: надо признать, что мы не пойдем воевать и умирать за Украину
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Принимая решение о военное поддержке, отдельные страны должны со всей ответственностью взвесить возможные действия Москвы. Скріншот відео "Дождь". Мы не пойдем воевать и умирать за Украину - Ушацкас / Скриншот видео "Дождь". Об этом завил посол ЕС в России ...
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Александр Рыклин: "Немцова убила российская власть"

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Панихида по убитому сорок дней назад Борису Немцову прошла в Климентовском храме, рядом с домом, где жил...
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Russia and Russian Nation Owe Their Existence to the Mongols, Kalmyk Émigré Eurasianist Argued

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            Staunton, April 7 – Eurasianism by definition is diverse because it argues that Russia to one degree or another has roots in both Europe and Asia, with some of its advocates stressing one and others the other. But few ever went as far in stressing the Asian nature of Russia as Erendzhen Khara-Davan whose ideas are now being discussed in Moscow.

 

            Born in 1883, Khara-Davan was a Kalmyk national democrat and enlightenment figure. In 1920, he emigrated along with the Russian White Army and settled in Yugoslavia where he earned his living as a doctor and wrote articles and books stressing the Asian nature of Russia and Eurasianism (ttolk.ru/?p=23435).

 

            As Pavel Pryanikov points out in his blog today, Khara-Davan “occupied the extreme Asian position in the Eurasian movement among the White emigration.  He was certain that before Peter I, Moscovia and Russia had nothing in common with Europe but were part of Asia” and that the Mongol horde created Muscovy and Russian centralization” for its convenience.

 

            According to the Kalmyk theoretician, Pryanikov says, “the Horde created Russia,” a step that he saw as historical progress. Had that not happened, Khara-Davan argued, “the pro-Russian principalities would have been swallowed up in a Western Polish-Lithuanian Rus and no Russian statehood or nation would have formed.”

 

            If Khara-Davan is remembered at all today, it is less for his Eurasianist ideas than for his support of Hitler and his proposal at the end of the 1930s to resettle the Kalmyks, other North Caucasians and the Cossacks in the emigration in northern Mexico where they could create “a steppe autonomy” and block “American expansion to the south.”

 

            Nothing came of that, and Khara-Davan’s cooperation with the Germans did not last long – he died in 1942 – but his ideas, according to Pryanikov deserve to be remembered because of their originality and their capacity to generate debate about Russia’s origins and also Russia’s future.

 

            As presented in his most important book, “Chingiz Khan. The Great Conquerer” (Belgrad, 1928, 320 pages, available at e-reading.club/bookreader.php/150726/Hara-Davan_-_Chingishan._Velikiii_zavoevatel'.html), Khara-Davan’s ideas are striking if far from convincing in all respects.

 

            According to the Kalmyk Eurasianist, Russia’s “uniqueness” resides in the fact that it did not have social strata like European feudalism until the 16th century and that its cities, rather than having a special status that allowed them to develop differently than the countryside, were “bases of agrarian colonization.”

 

            Thus, Khara-Davan argued, “there was no feudalism in Kievan Rus’” and in Russian areas subsequently, the veche in which so many Russians even today place their faith was in fact “an anachronism” because it did not have regular meetings or form continuing representative organs.

 

            “The feudalization of Rus took place in the Mongol period,” the Kalmyk Eurasianist said. “It involved primarily the Moscow principality which transferred from the Horde into the service of the prince many Tatars who brought with them a special eastern feudalism, based on the Turkic instate of tarkhanism” which is perhaps best translated as state service.

 

            Tarkhans served the khan and everything they had and all of their status was dependent on him, Khara-Davan wrote. As a result, “Eastern feudalism did not carry within itself the democratic institutions” that Polish-Lithuanian feudalism did in the case of Western Rus with all the subsequent consequences that entailed.

 

            Indeed, Khara-Davan said, “the Horde was a more progressive society than the Muscovite” since even under the Chingizides, the power of the khan was limited by the kurultay and later by the Islamic clergy, developments which did not extend to Muscovy which preserved the older model of society and governance.

 

            “The organization of Russia which was the result of the Mongol yoke was undertaken by the Asian conquerors of course not for the good of the Russian people and not for the elevation of the Moscow grand principality but for the Mongols’ own interests and the convenience of administering a large conquered territory.”

 

            Instead of the usual practice of promoting control by a policy of “divide and rule,” the Mongols imposed a single center of control, something that Muscovite rulers often followed in the future just as they accepted from the Mongols three key features of Muscovite statehood: autocracy (the khanate), centralism, and serfdom.

 

            According to Khara-Davan, the Mongols did establish “something like an administrative hierarchy which prepared the ground for the establishment of a centralized state. And the Russian people, as the single ethnos on a defined historical-geographic space, thus owes its origins to Mongol rule.”

 

 
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Слава Рабинович: "Это не расследование - это саботаж"

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Russian Court Authorizes Closure Of LGBT Teen Support Group's Site 

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A court in St. Petersburg has authorized the government to block the social-network page of an online support group for LGBT teenagers in Russia.

Russia Says Ukraine Must Seek Direct Debt-Restructure Talks - Bloomberg

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Russia said only direct talks with Ukrainian authorities may change its refusal to join debt restructuring negotiations. No official contacts have taken place with Ukraine's Finance Ministry about renegotiating $3 billion of Eurobond debt, Russian ...
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Op-Ed Contributor: Austria’s Islamic Reforms

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The country has taken a positive step to combat extremism while protecting Muslims' religious liberties.






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Vladimir Putin, Is That You?

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin was once an ardent defender of Ukraine's borders. Don't believe it? Watch the video.

Russian nuclear submarine catches fire at shipyard - Telegraph.co.uk

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A similar fire at a nuclear submarine occurred in Russia in December 2011, when the K-84 Yekaterinburg of Delta-IV class caught fire during welding works at a shipbuilding dock. The fire, which was caused by a violation of safety guidelines, first ...
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Top Spy: Hillary's Emails 'Likely' Hacked by China, Russia, Iran - The Weekly Standard (blog)

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A top intelligence official under President Obama, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, says that the chances Hillary Clinton's private emails were hacked is "very high." Flynn, who ran the Defense Intelligence Agency but is now retired, called it hackings "likely.".

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Представители Украины не приедут в Москву на празднование 9 мая - Коммерсантъ

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Лех Валенса допустил возможность распада России на несколько государств - РБК

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Stroking fears in Russia that NATO will attack its citizens is not in anyone's interest, Finland's Foreign Minister Erki Tuomioja said Tuesday. He warned that beefing up NATO's military presence at the Russian-Finnish border was not a good idea because ...

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Greek PM Tsipras In Moscow Visit

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on April 8 during a visit to Moscow.
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Nuclear-Powered Russian Submarine Catches Fire

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State-run Russian news agencies cite unnamed law enforcement sources as saying a nuclear-powered submarine has caught fire at a shipyard in the Arkhangelsk region.

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A Russian nuclear submarine has caught fire in the northern province of Arkhangelsk









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Nuclear Submarine Catches Fire at Russian Shipyard, Reports Say 

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A nuclear submarine caught fire in a shipyard in Russia's northern province of Arkhangelsk on Tuesday but there were no weapons on board, Russian news agencies reported.

Vice-president of far-right Front National party claims '100 per cent of places of radicalisation are mosques' amid calls for more to be built

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The vice-president of Marine Le Pen’s far-right Front National party has controversially claimed “100 per cent of places of radicalisation are mosques" after a leading cleric called for the number to be doubled in France.

Russia ready to offer Greeks cash in return for assets

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A Potentially Dangerous Situation: Russians Want Regime to Take Care of Them But Don’t Think They Can Hold It Responsible 

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            Staunton, April 7 – Russians want their government to take care of them and ensure a high standard of living, surveys routinely show, but they “do not believe in the possibility of influencing the institutions of power by civilized means” and thus are not inclined to try to hold the regime responsible, according to Sergey Yezhov.

 

            That pattern creates the simulacrum of stability, but clashes between the expectations of the population about the government’s role and the population’s belief about its inability to influence the regime can, he suggests, spark “an outburst of anti-systemic methods of ideological struggle (newizv.ru/politics/2015-04-07/217774-v-zabotlivyh-rukah-gosudarstva.html

 

            “The overwhelming majority of respondents of a new Levada Center poll,” the Moscow commentator writes in “Novyye izvestiya” today, “are certain that the authorities should be concerned about people and establish common ‘rules of the game’ for all.” But this same majority does not lay particular stress on its taking action to secure that outcome.

 

             Half of Russians, the new poll shows, think “the authorities should be subjected to the control of the population, but “only eight percent” think they must always “implement the will of the people.” Rather, almost twice as many (47 percent as against 24 percent) think the people should fulfill their obligations to the state rather than the other way around.

 

            Three-quarters of Russians do not believe they can affect the decisions taken in their regions or in the country as a whole, 74 percent and 78 percent respectively. And a sizeable share says that when they encounter difficulties, they would adapt themselves and wait (43 percent). Only 31 percent say they should use the ballot to change those in power.

 

Twenty-two percent are ready to turn to the judicial authorities to seek solutions, and 12 percent are prepared to turn to the media.  But there is one bright spot for those concerned about Russians’ sense of efficacy and the future of democracy there: 23 percent say they would like to become more involved in political activities, the highest share over the last nine years.

 

Andrey Buzin, president of the Inter-Regional Union of Voters, says trend mostly reflects the worsening economic situation in the country. “But in part, government propaganda which has intensified over the last year has influenced people.  It has divided society, provoked micro-conflicts, and in that way, stimulated interest in politics.”

 

Unfortunately, he says, this new interest and new activity may not take the form of electoral participation but rather “lead to the growth of radical movements and illegal methods of struggle,” especially given Russians’ longstanding lack of a sense of efficacy with regard to their government. 

 

 
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Russia rules out QE as banking sector faces wave of defaults

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Elvira Nabiullina, governor of the Central Bank of Russia, has said that QE is not being considered as "the recipes used by other countries won't work"


​What lies behind NATO's activity near Russia's borders? - RT (blog)

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Georgian Elders Call For Help To Prevent Teenagers From Joining IS

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Elders in Georgia's Pankisi Gorge have called on the government to help them prevent teenagers from joining the Islamist State militant group.

Third Uzbek Man Charged In New York With Aiding IS

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An Uzbek national has been arrested and charged in New York in connection with an alleged plot by a group of Central Asian men to support the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria.

В прошлом году Порошенко заработал 16 миллионов долларов - Вести.Ru

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В прошлом году Порошенко заработал 16 миллионов долларов
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В 2014 году президент Украины Петр Порошенко заработал более 368 миллионов гривен, или около 16 миллионов долларов. Такие данные приводятся в декларации об имуществе и доходах, о чем сообщила пресс-служба главы государства. "Общая сумма совокупного дохода Петра ...
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СМИ: пикап батальона "Азов" протаранил машину сына Порошенко - РИА Новости

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Russian nuclear submarine catches fire in Arkhangelsk shipyard 

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Russian news agencies say the nuclear reactor of the 154m-long 949 Antei submarine had been shut down prior to the blaze
A nuclear submarine has caught fire in a shipyard in Russia’s northern province of Arkhangelsk, Russian news agencies reported.
The emergencies ministry declined to comment on the reports on Tuesday of the fire at the Zvezdochka shipyard, where the agencies said the 949A Antei-class submarine was being repaired. There was no word of any casualties.
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Russia Could Lift Food Ban From Greece, Hungary and Cyprus

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Russian Agriculture Minister Nikolai Fyodorov was quoted as saying on Tuesday that he did not rule out that Greece, Hungary and Cyprus would be removed from a ban on most Western food imports.

Georgia's Kists Demand Action To Stop Pankisi Youth Joining IS

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Kists, ethnic Chechens from Georgia's Pankisi Gorge, have called on the authorities in Tbilisi to put measures in place to stop local youth being recruited to fight alongside the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria.

New Russian offensive in Ukraine is 'imminent'

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A new Russian-led offensive in Ukraine is likely to take place within the month, the former head of US and NATO forces in Europe warned.
Retired General Wesley Clark warned at an exclusive briefing with the Atlantic Council that a renewed Russian offensive in Ukraine was "imminent" and would "most probably" take place between Orthodox Easter on April 12 and Russia's celebrations of VE Day on May 8.
Clark said he reached this timeframe by speaking to a number of sources within the Ukrainian military both in Kiev and along the frontline in eastern Ukraine. 
"Ukrainian forces expect attack within the next sixty days," Clark writes for the Atlantic Council. "This assessment is based on geographic imperatives, the ongoing pattern of Russian activity, and an analysis of Russian actions, statements, and Putin’s psychology to date."
Clark further noted that Russian and separatist forces are already massed both in eastern Ukraine and along the Russian border. 
"[S]ome nine thousand Russian Federation personnel and thirty to thirty-five thousand separatist fighters are in eastern Ukraine. These forces include some four hundred tanks and seven hundred pieces of artillery, including rocket launchers," Clark estimates. "Another approximately fifty thousand Russian military personnel are located along or near Russia’s border with Ukraine. A further fifty thousand Russian personnel are located in Crimea." 
The ultimate goal of the assault would be the creation of a "land bridge" linking Russian-annexed Crimea to the separatist controlled zones of eastern Ukraine and ultimately to Russia. 
Any push to create a land bridge would focus on taking the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, a strategic port and steel-producing city on the Sea of Azov. In January, a separatist leader took responsibilityfor rocket attacks on the city that left 20 people dead. 
Ukraine Mariupol MapReuters
In a candid interview with BBC Russian, translated by Vice, a Russian fighting in eastern Ukraine admitted that the separatists had been preparing for an assault on Mariupol in the beginning of March, despite the signing of a ceasefire in February. 
Reuters reported at the end of February that, despite the ceasefire, Russia continued to move tanks, missile systems, and busloads of troops to the separatist-controlled city of Novoazovsk approximately 25 miles east of Mariupol. Ukraine's military spokesman told Reuters that the city could serve as a launching pad for an invasion of Mariupol and then ultimately a continuation of the offensive all the way to Crimea. 
If the attack on Mariupol were to take place, Clark warned that the ramifications of the assault would be felt far beyond Ukraine. Ultimately, Clark believes that Putin's actions and goals are aimed at destroying the current system in place in Europe as a whole. 
"[Putin’s] objective in this would be much broader than Ukraine. It would be to shatter the sense of well-being and confidence among the nations of Eastern Europe in NATO protection and, ideally, to drive a permanent wedge between the United States and its European allies, and the Western allies and Eastern Europe,” Clark said
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Former NATO commander: A new Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine is ... - Business Insider

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