Russia Blogs Review http://feed.informer.com/digests/0FRPQHPUAJ/feeder Russia Blogs Review Respective post owners and feed distributors Sun, 25 Sep 2016 10:04:00 -0400 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ Johnson's Russia List: AUDIO: JRL NEWSWATCH: “In New Book, Journalist Alleges Russian Links To Mysterious Deaths Abroad” – NPR/ Dave Davies https://russialist.org/audio-jrl-newswatch-in-new-book-journalist-alleges-russian-links-to-mysterious-deaths-abroad-npr-dave-davies/ 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:fae5ee9b-1741-7f5c-1a2c-3c94d6412c31 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 15:09:18 -0500 <p>&#8220;In 2006, as Russia was preparing to host the G-8 summit in St. Petersburg, its parliament passed a law legalizing extrajudicial killings of accused &#8216;extremists&#8217; abroad. &#8230; [Journalist Helen] Blake maintains that Russia subsequently engaged in an assassination program that targeted exiled Russian oligarchs, security officials and others critical of the Kremlin. &#8230; Her new book From Russia with Blood, [...]</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2643667" width="16" height="16"> Johnson's Russia List assassinations beatings threats spy allegations spies security agencies assassinations duma jrl newsblog newswatch russia russian news JRL Russia List Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Kyrgyz-Linked Businessman Detailed Widespread Corruption Before Killing In Turkey https://www.rferl.org/a/kyrgyz-linked-businessman-detailed-widespread-corruption-before-killing-in-turkey/30285213.html 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:8839a6f8-3fcd-b8d3-4ff1-5014c342c3df Thu, 21 Nov 2019 14:55:37 -0500 A Kyrgyz-linked businessman shot dead in Turkey this month had secretly provided reporters with evidence of corruption in Kyrgyzstan’s customs service and massive outflows of cash from the country, according to a new joint investigation by RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, and the Kyrgyz news site Kloop.<br><br><img src="https://gdb.rferl.org/A7444EEC-0492-422E-96AC-396C2281142C_cx40_cy3_cw60_w800_h450.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2080631" width="16" height="16"> Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty kyrgyzstan Johnson's Russia List: Maria Butina’s New Job? Maybe Advocating For Other Russians Held In U.S. Prisons https://russialist.org/maria-butinas-new-job-maybe-advocating-for-other-russians-held-in-u-s-prisons/ 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:17b2a2f5-f1cd-f3b9-70ed-25749cc917ed Thu, 21 Nov 2019 14:49:54 -0500 <p>(Article text &#169;2019 RFE/RL, Inc., Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty &#8211; rferl.org &#8211; Mike Eckel &#8211; Nov. 19, 2019 &#8211; article text also appeared at rferl.org/a/maria-butina-s-new-job-russians-u-s-prisons/30281107.html) During and after the 15-month prison sentence she served after admitting to working as an unregistered foreign agent, Maria Butina complained about both her sentence &#8212; &#8220;this is absolutely absurd&#8221; &#8212; and her treatment in [...]</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2643667" width="16" height="16"> Johnson's Russia List corruption law police courts crime human rights spy allegations spies security agencies united states u.s.-russian relations maria butina JRL Russia List Johnson's Russia List: RUSSIALINK: “State-Run Bank Says Putin Will Fail to Meet Economic Targets by 2024; Russia will fall short of most of the goals outlined in the president’s $400 billion National Projects program” – Moscow Times https://russialist.org/russialink-state-run-bank-says-putin-will-fail-to-meet-economic-targets-by-2024-russia-will-fall-short-of-most-of-the-goals-outlined-in-the-presidents-400-billion-national-projects-program/ 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:e22d1080-ba51-49e8-dc6a-b325916d262d Thu, 21 Nov 2019 14:26:31 -0500 <p>(Moscow Times &#8211; themoscowtimes.com &#8211; Jake Cordell &#8211; Nov. 20, 2019) Jake covers business &amp; economics for The Moscow Times. President Vladimir Putin is unlikely to meet most of his flagship economic and development goals during his final term, a new report from a government-owned bank said Wednesday. The National Projects program &#8211; a $400 billion package of investments covering [...]</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2643667" width="16" height="16"> Johnson's Russia List economy business investment trade crisis economy gdp putin recession russia russian news JRL Russia List Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Ukraine's Mariupol Port Struggles To Stay Afloat Amid Russian 'Hybrid War' https://www.rferl.org/a/ukraine-s-mariupol-port-struggles-to-stay-afloat-amid-russian-hybrid-war-/30285170.html 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:acab68e1-e733-0d35-d4dc-11f6c6fc5dce Thu, 21 Nov 2019 14:10:00 -0500 After five years of conflict in eastern Ukraine, the port of Mariupol is struggling to survive. With the loss of coal exports and Russia choking access to the Sea of Azov, the port's maritime traffic has been cut in half. But Mariupol hopes Chinese investment can revive its sinking fortunes.<br><br><img src="https://gdb.rferl.org/72095306-1557-4716-a15a-50258fdcd7a7_tv_w800_h450.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2080631" width="16" height="16"> Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty ukraine Johnson's Russia List: From: Jessica Pisano: “Correction: Re: 2019-#187-Johnson’s Russia List/#20” https://russialist.org/from-jessica-pisano-correction-re-2019-187-johnsons-russia-list-20/ 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:7e17da4a-796c-16c6-860e-136ac8af6870 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 13:48:05 -0500 <p>Subject: Correction: Re: 2019-#187-Johnson&#8217;s Russia List/#20 Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2019 From: Jessica Pisano &lt;pisanoj@newschool.edu&gt; To: davidjohnson@starpower.net Dear David, I hope all is well with you. There is a line in your reproduction of my WaPo piece (#20) below that was not part of my article: &#8220;the Republicans say that Trump&#8217;s quid pro quos are normal. Here&#8217;s why they&#8217;re wrong.&#8221; [...]</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2643667" width="16" height="16"> Johnson's Russia List ukraine united states u.s.-russian relations donald trump original contribution original contributions russia russian news u.s.-russian relations u.s.-ukrainian relations JRL Russia List Window on Eurasia -- New Series: Russians Charged with Political Crimes who Admit Guilt aren’t Guaranteed Reduced Sentences, MBK Journalist Says http://windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/11/russians-charged-with-political-crimes.html 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:2a95a358-144d-0549-568d-877a5687b6fa Thu, 21 Nov 2019 13:40:37 -0500 <br /><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span>Paul Goble</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Staunton, November 18 – As in most countries, prosecutors in Russia sometimes hold out the promise of reduced sentences for those charged with political crimes like participation in demonstrations if they will admit their guilt. But an investigation by Viktoriya Li of the MBK news agency says that officials often go back on their word.</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>She reports on several such cases that have occurred recently against the background that Russian courts convict approximately 99 percent of those brought to trial. Lawyers for political defendants say, Li says, that “even if the case is a political one and the individual really could receive a shorter sentence, he must decide for himself whether to do so or not” (<a href="https://mbk-news.appspot.com/suzhet/chto-proisxodit-s-figurantami/">mbk-news.appspot.com/suzhet/chto-proisxodit-s-figurantami/</a><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span style="color: black; text-decoration: none;">).</span></span></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Those who face charges of terrorism, which carries a long sentence, face a difficult choice if they are offered reduced charges in exchange for admission, one lawyer says. If the individual charged didn’t commit the act and that he has not done anything to justify such charges, he can deny his guilt and perhaps count on being let off entirely on appeal.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>“Each situation is unique,” Mariya Eismont, a Moscow lawyer says; but she argues that “if you aren’t guilty, you don’t need to admit guilt regardless of the charges.<span>&nbsp; </span></span></span><span>Would anyone admit murdering someone if he or she hadn’t?<span>&nbsp; </span>But people feel the pressures of the situation differently and one can’t know how one would react unless one is there.</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; At the same time, everyone charged with a political crime must know as well that prosecutors often don't keep their promises and so admitting to something one hasn't done is not necessarily the best strategy as it can and will be used against anyone who does so.</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2644322" width="16" height="16"> Window on Eurasia -- New Series paul goble (noreply@blogger.com) Johnson's Russia List: RUSSIALINK: “Russian Ruble Least Volatile Since 2015; Macroeconomic stability and a lack of new U.S. sanctions have created a period of calm for the ruble” – Moscow Times https://russialist.org/russialink-russian-ruble-least-volatile-since-2015-macroeconomic-stability-and-a-lack-of-new-u-s-sanctions-have-created-a-period-of-calm-for-the-ruble-moscow-times/ 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:0c53c388-9d71-6809-818f-703047d0fea5 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 13:38:18 -0500 <p>(Moscow Times &#8211; themoscowtimes.com &#8211; Nov. 19, 2019) Ruble volatility has fallen to its lowest level in five years, amid a pause in sanctions pressure from the U.S. and more stable macroeconomic policies from the Russian government. The ruble&#8217;s implied volatility on the financial markets &#8211; a measure of how extreme traders expect swings in the value of the currency [...]</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2643667" width="16" height="16"> Johnson's Russia List economy business investment trade currency economy ruble russia russian news sanctions u.s.-russian relations JRL Russia List Johnson's Russia List: Clock Ticking In Congress As Russia Presses Ahead With Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline https://russialist.org/clock-ticking-in-congress-as-russia-presses-ahead-with-nord-stream-2-gas-pipeline/ 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:ac8be4bb-e1ca-bc81-9238-53ca04001737 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 13:27:08 -0500 <p>(Article text &#169;2019 RFE/RL, Inc., Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty &#8211; rferl.org &#8211; Todd Prince &#8211; Nov. 18, 2019 &#8211; article text also appeared at rferl.org/a/clock-ticking-in-congress-as-russia-presses-ahead-with-nord-stream-2-gas-pipeline/30278828.html) As the impeachment inquiry hogs the spotlight in Washington, another drama in which Ukraine has a role is playing out more quietly &#8212; and causing concern in Kyiv, which is watching warily as Russia brings [...]</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2643667" width="16" height="16"> Johnson's Russia List oil gas energy united states u.s.-russian relations congress energy gas nord stream ii putin russia russian news JRL Russia List Window on Eurasia -- New Series: Russian Officials Seek to Deprive Man Born in Russia of Russian Citizenship, Expert Says http://windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/11/russian-officials-seek-to-deprive-man.html 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:dfb114f2-a029-aa34-1cc3-bd490393c94f Thu, 21 Nov 2019 13:21:40 -0500 <br /><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span>Paul Goble</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Staunton, November 18 – Stripping someone born in Russia of Russian citizenship seems “an act of insanity,” Aleksandra Dokuchayeva says, even “an anti-state act” given that the ranks of the Russian people are “thinning.” But one man is at risk of this happening, and he is on hunger strike to prevent his deportation or confinement in a psychiatric hospital.</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Dokuchayeva of the Institute for CIS Countries says the Russian Constitutional Court laid down in 1996 the six standards someone had to meet to be a Russian citizen: being born on the territory of the RSFSR, having USSR citizenship, never having given up Russian citizenship, nonetheless having lived in one of the former Soviet republics, never took citizenship in one of these post-Soviet republics, and having returned to live in Russia” (<a href="http://materik.ru/rubric/detail.php?ID=92661">materik.ru/rubric/detail.php?ID=92661</a>).</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Those appear straightforward, but officials in the migration service have complicated them to the point that many who should qualify for Russian citizenship under these terms can’t – and now one, Vladimir Ogibenin, is in jail and at risk of deportation from Russia as “an undesirable alien.”</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>What adds to the absurdity of the actions of these officials is that Ogibenin came to the Russian Federation with his wife and children from Crimea which, according to Russian law, is now part of the Russian Federation.<span>&nbsp; </span>The migration service officials have consistently ruled against him for almost 20 years, citing one problem or another. </span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>He has been driven to the point of suicide, Dokuchayeva says, and only the courts if they are honest can save him. But the situation is becoming even more absurd, she continues. If he is to be deported, where is he to be sent? “To Crimea where he and his family were born – or to Ukraine where they never were?”</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>“The cause of the tragedy of Ogibenin’s family are the state migration authorities, that is, the State.” For more than two weeks, he has been on hunger strike. These same authorities are threatening him with a psychiatric prison where they will turn him ‘into a vegetable’” for having dared to ask that the powers “recognize the illegal nature of refusing his registration as a citizen of Russia by birth” and trying to “throw him out of the body of the Russian people.”</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The migration service so far has dug in, Dokuchayeva suggests; but its members and the Russian courts need to ask themselves “what is more important for our law enforcement personnel – to defend the law, dignity and honor of an individual or to defend ‘the honor of the uniform of those who do not know this law and trample on human rights.”</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>What makes Dokuchayev’s statement so important is that it comes not from a human rights critic of the Putin regime but from someone who personally and professionally is a defender of what that regime does most of the time.<span>&nbsp; </span></span></div><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2644322" width="16" height="16"> Window on Eurasia -- New Series paul goble (noreply@blogger.com) Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Ukraine Detains Suspected Islamic State Group Leader https://www.rferl.org/a/ukraine-detains-suspected-islamic-state-group-leader/30285108.html 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:0c4b7d7a-9585-31cd-3539-ceaf728f9e9a Thu, 21 Nov 2019 13:00:51 -0500 An elite Ukrainian police unit has apprehended a suspected 30-year-old member of the Islamic State (IS) extremist group in Zhytomyr region west of Kyiv.<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2080631" width="16" height="16"> Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty ukraine Johnson's Russia List: RUSSIALINK: “Russia’s Domestic Violence Problem Is ‘Exaggerated,’ Justice Ministry Says” – Moscow Times https://russialist.org/russialink-russias-domestic-violence-problem-is-exaggerated-justice-ministry-says-moscow-times/ 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:e4d5d6ad-b004-e26c-e877-9348e0345478 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 12:50:17 -0500 <p>(Moscow Times &#8211; themoscowtimes.com &#8211; Nov. 19, 2019) The Russian government doesn&#8217;t see domestic violence as a &#8220;serious problem&#8221; and believes that its scale is exaggerated, the country&#8217;s Justice Ministry said in an official response to Europe&#8217;s human rights court obtained by the Kommersant business daily. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) this summer had asked Russia to respond [...]</p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2643667" width="16" height="16"> Johnson's Russia List corruption law police courts crime human rights politics government protests elections crime domestic violence JRL Russia List Window on Eurasia -- New Series: Putin’s Approval Rating Edges Upward but Russians’ Sympathy for him Falls, Levada Center Says http://windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/11/putins-approval-rating-edges-upward-but.html 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:f53b3d8f-00af-e5e6-cd72-6594e19acec7 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 12:38:13 -0500 <br /><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span>Paul Goble</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Staunton, November 18 – For the first time since the pension reform debacle, Russians have sent Vladimir Putin’s approval rating up slightly by three percent to 70, according to a new Levada Center poll. But the share expressing sympathy for him has fallen to 24 percent – about one in four – compared to 32 percent – one in three -- two years ago,</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Lev Gudkov, the head of the Center, tells <i>Vedomosti </i>that now “the main attitude toward Putin is not unqualified sympathy but neutral indifference. In general,” the sociologist continues, “authoritarian regimes [like Putin’s] are backed by such alienated attitudes” (<a href="https://www.vedomosti.ru/politics/articles/2019/11/17/816454-rossiyane-otnositsya">vedomosti.ru/politics/articles/2019/11/17/816454-rossiyane-otnositsya</a>).</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Those most inclined to express sympathy for Putin are his core supporters, Gudkov continues, “women, people from the provinces and those in the older generations.”<span>&nbsp; </span>Over the last two years, the share expressing sympathy has fallen because of unhappiness about Putin’s policies in general and his pension reform in particular.</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Anger about the pension age changes lasted all year and has only begun to decline, something that is “connected above all with economic problems” that remain including “a reduction in incomes, the lack of prospects and a feeling of stagnation in the country, the sociologist explains.</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The general trend is this: “those who sympathize [with Putin] are becoming indifferent, but at the same time, negative feelings toward him are not growing, a pattern that reflects the lack of alternatives and the weakness of the opposition,” Gudkov says. But he stresses that “approval of the president’s activities does not mean sympathy for him.”</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Putin’s biggest supporters feel sympathy for him,” the pollster concludes; “but the majority in contrast experiences weaker feelings: the president for them is too far away and therefore they relate to him in more distant ways.”</span></div><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2644322" width="16" height="16"> Window on Eurasia -- New Series paul goble (noreply@blogger.com) Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Trump Impeachment Testimony Shows Concerns Over Role, Aims Of Giuliani https://www.rferl.org/a/trump-impeachment-testimony-shows-concerns-over-role-aims-of-giuliani/30285098.html 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:ea8eddce-d93d-6349-4c27-de322396ae21 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 12:33:09 -0500 Two U.S. officials, one current and one former, say they became increasingly alarmed by the role President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani played in Ukraine, as a congressional impeachment panel entered its fifth day of testimony.<br><br><img src="https://gdb.rferl.org/3504CB52-843B-4FA2-BF20-1869CACD860D_cx0_cy3_cw0_w800_h450.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2080631" width="16" height="16"> Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty ukraine Window on Eurasia -- New Series: Russian Court Decision on Religious Services in Homes May be Vitiated by Restrictions on Missionary Activity, Moscow Lawyers Say http://windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/11/russian-court-decision-on-religious.html 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:45a2245e-0a75-b8f2-c2c1-224348972dda Thu, 21 Nov 2019 12:10:45 -0500 <br /><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span>Paul Goble</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Staunton, November 18 – The November 14 decision of Russia’s Constitutional Court that citizens can conduct religious services in their homes, a decision many have welcomed (<a href="https://windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/11/russian-constitutional-court-recognizes.html">windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/11/russian-constitutional-court-recognizes.html</a>) could be rendered meaningless by Russian laws restricting missionary activity, lawyers say.</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The decision is extremely important, lawyers say, because many religious groups do not have their own dedicated facilities and thus have been forced to hold services in homes or other places, often being harassed or fined by officials who say they have no right to do so. Now the court has recognized that right.</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>But unfortunately this is not the end of this story; and it may turn out to be the case,<span>&nbsp; </span>that Russians can pray in their homes but that if they involve people the authorities say are not members of their religious group, then lawyers say, it may be possible for the powers that be to punish<span>&nbsp; </span>them despite the decision of the court.</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>That is because, lawyers tell <i>Nezavisimaya gazeta</i>, there are significant “legal inconsistencies” especially regarding membership in a religious community and actions that involve those who may not be in any services. If they participate, then the right the court recognized on November 14 may not apply (<a href="http://www.ng.ru/events/2019-11-19/11_476_missionary.html">ng.ru/events/2019-11-19/11_476_missionary.html</a>).</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Other legal specialists with whom the independent newspaper spoke are more optimistic and think the latest decision will block any retreat. But they have no answer for those who say that in Russian law, membership in a religious community is far from unambiguously defined in law; and consequently, the authorities can and have played games.<span>&nbsp; </span></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>In short, it appears the Constitutional Court gave Russians have a loaf. Whether they get the full one likely depends not on the court itself but rather on the Kremlin and its decisions about how it wants this decision to be applied.<span>&nbsp; </span></span></div><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2644322" width="16" height="16"> Window on Eurasia -- New Series paul goble (noreply@blogger.com) Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Former U.S. Official Warns Against Russian-Backed 'Fiction' On Ukraine https://www.rferl.org/a/fiona-hill-trump-impeachment-inquiry/30285051.html 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:fc41823f-50f0-c1d3-7e23-7c0039d41555 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 12:00:00 -0500 At the impeachment inquiry inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump, a former National Security Council official said Russia is backing a "fictional narrative" of Ukrainian interference in U.S. affairs. Fiona Hill, who served as Trump's top Russia adviser, warned representatives "not to promote politically driven falsehoods," and called Ukraine "a valued partner of the United States."<br><br><img src="https://gdb.rferl.org/e60b5c08-efc2-4235-8cbd-9c4cacfcce41_tv_w800_h450.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2080631" width="16" height="16"> Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty ukraine Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Sarajevo Protest Demands Child Abuse Probe https://www.rferl.org/a/sarajevo-protest-demands-child-abuse-probe/30284903.html 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:cc378678-b665-be8a-f286-ed1049d94f39 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 10:44:00 -0500 Protesters gathered in Sarajevo to demand an investigation of abuse allegations at a children's home, after shocking photos were revealed.<br><br><img src="https://gdb.rferl.org/79972310-805a-4da7-b343-97a7bf3fc872_tv_w800_h450.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2080631" width="16" height="16"> Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty bosnia Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Trump Didn't "Give An -- Expletive -- About Ukraine," Impeachment Hearing Told https://www.rferl.org/a/trump-ukraine-impeachment-hearing/30284875.html 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:ca33d9e0-fd20-538b-f527-f5addc065228 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 10:26:00 -0500 The U.S. Embassy political counselor in Kyiv, David Holmes, recounted how the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, told him President Donald Trump's only interest in Ukraine was "big stuff... like the Biden investigation." He was speaking at an impeachment hearing in Washington on November 21.<br><br><img src="https://gdb.rferl.org/7e287503-95b0-4be8-94e0-0f5def4aaa12_tv_w800_h450.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2080631" width="16" height="16"> Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty ukraine Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Tajik Business Owners Sentenced To Prison Over Fake Job Recruitment Scam https://www.rferl.org/a/tajik-business-owners-sentenced-to-prison-over-fake-job-recruitment-scam/30284889.html 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:de397c67-9956-c0bb-4409-8c9f60db95f1 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 10:10:59 -0500 A court in Dushanbe has convicted two private business owners of defrauding more than 200 impoverished Tajiks through a fake job recruitment scheme that falsely guaranteed them employment at an auto plant in the Czech Republic.<br><br><img src="https://gdb.rferl.org/BC3ADFFA-9CEC-431D-AF0F-B03D872BD99D_w800_h450.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2080631" width="16" height="16"> Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty tajikistan Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Sarajevo Protest Calls For Probe Of Children's Home After Shocking Photos Revealed https://www.rferl.org/a/sarajevo-protest-calls-for-probe-of-children-s-home-after-shocking-photos-revealed/30284843.html 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:e0fcc174-e7d7-0539-59f5-2ba6d6148874 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 10:00:40 -0500 Hundreds of protesters have gathered in Sarajevo to demand a criminal investigation into allegations of child abuse at a care facility for special needs children in Bosnia-Herzegovina.<br><br><img src="https://gdb.rferl.org/2D93E7AD-70E0-4256-96C4-9159A1C19CDA_w800_h450.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2080631" width="16" height="16"> Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty bosnia Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: A Promise Cut Short https://www.rferl.org/a/a-promise-cut-short/30284816.html 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:3cde37cb-a749-69c6-dcdc-11ae1edf5589 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 09:50:00 -0500 Despite receiving a death threat, the operator of a massive Kyrgyz money-laundering scheme shared hundreds of documents to corroborate what he knew. He promised even more — but then he was murdered.<br><br><img src="https://gdb.rferl.org/DE6AC486-070F-416E-8B4C-2BE99B7529D0_w800_h450.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2080631" width="16" height="16"> Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty rfe rl's infographics Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Lawyer Of Russian Historian Charged With Gruesome Murder Files Complaint Over Leaked Video https://www.rferl.org/a/lawyer-russian-historian-sokolov-murder-leaked-video/30284808.html 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:01b92179-abbe-6354-948a-1ad383a425ee Thu, 21 Nov 2019 09:38:02 -0500 The lawyer of a noted Russian historian who confessed to killing and dismembering his girlfriend has filed a complaint with the Investigative Committee over a video of his client's apparent attempt to commit suicide, which was leaked on the Internet.<br><br><img src="https://gdb.rferl.org/45F43298-0BF2-4009-B5CE-B1CDD21C5769_cx0_cy2_cw0_w800_h450.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2080631" width="16" height="16"> Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty russia Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Russian Duma Approves 'Foreign Agents' Bill That Threatens Journalists With Label https://www.rferl.org/a/russian-duma-approves-foreign-agents-bill-threatens-journalists/30284789.html 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:f4e5ff40-5a2d-c767-d134-6f8a2c74e26c Thu, 21 Nov 2019 09:28:18 -0500 The Russian parliament's lower chamber, the State Duma, has approved the final reading of a bill allowing reporters who work for organizations officially listed as foreign agents to be designated as foreign agents themselves.<br><br><img src="https://gdb.rferl.org/6D30C10F-2E17-478E-BB0F-F24200B08623_cx0_cy6_cw0_w800_h450.png" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2080631" width="16" height="16"> Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty russia RUSSIA and THE WEST - РОССИЯ и ЗАПАД: Fiona Hill, Trump's former Russia advisor, to testify today - Los Angeles Times http://east-and-west-org.blogspot.com/2019/11/fiona-hill-trumps-former-russia-advisor.html 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:e7549b66-b150-9c85-c7a7-d831d45d7dae Thu, 21 Nov 2019 09:02:12 -0500 November 21, 2019 <br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6263658" width="16" height="16"> RUSSIA and THE WEST - РОССИЯ и ЗАПАД Michael Novakhov (Mike Nova) (noreply@blogger.com) Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Iran 'Partially' Restores Internet Service After Shutdown Over Protests https://www.rferl.org/a/iran-partially-restores-internet-service-after-dayslong-shutdown-over-protests/30284763.html 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:459ad7f1-42a8-7a0a-16f7-fab72edfa019 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 08:58:11 -0500 Iranian authorities have begun restoring Internet access in Tehran and a number of provinces, reports say, as the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said calm had returned after days of unrest over fuel-price hikes.<br><br><img src="https://gdb.rferl.org/0A82E597-7256-4A89-8052-2A594B473741_cx22_cy13_cw71_w800_h450.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2080631" width="16" height="16"> Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty iran Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Memorial To Kosovo's War Vandalized Near North Macedonia Border https://www.rferl.org/a/kosovo-war-memorial-train/30284649.html 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:aa0229ff-2113-d540-90f8-98fd4a4073a0 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 08:17:00 -0500 In April, Kosovo authorities installed an old train near the border with North Macedonia as a memorial to hundreds of thousands of ethnic Albanians who were expelled during the 1998-99 war. Within months, vandals left the memorial in ruins.<br><br><img src="https://gdb.rferl.org/25810e33-9b2a-44c7-bd75-ade567eebbd3_tv_w800_h450.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2080631" width="16" height="16"> Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty kosovo Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: IAEA To Press Iran Over Suspected Undeclared Nuclear Site https://www.rferl.org/a/iaea-to-press-iran-over-suspected-undeclared-nuclear-site/30284602.html 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:052a976e-bb33-b8b1-d8c9-af6763cf44be Thu, 21 Nov 2019 07:50:06 -0500 The UN's nuclear watchdog has asked Iran for details on why traces of uranium were found at an undeclared site after Iranian officials failed to provided information about the discovery.<br><br><img src="https://gdb.rferl.org/08A39962-FDEC-4BAF-93BF-D13458EE0AE2_cx0_cy3_cw0_w800_h450.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2080631" width="16" height="16"> Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty iran Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: U.S. Investigating Universities, including MIT, Over Russian, Chinese Donations https://www.rferl.org/a/us-investigating-universities-including-mit-over-russian-chinese-donations/30284552.html 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:c0b77b8f-e644-a37d-6f59-54d1c0d1d0cb Thu, 21 Nov 2019 07:15:57 -0500 U.S. officials have asked the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to turn over documents regarding the university's contacts with foreign governments and donations from foreign sources, including those coming from Russia, China, and Saudi Arabia.<br><br><img src="https://gdb.rferl.org/E4DA5FF2-CE0D-42ED-88B8-D5A2C33C7C13_w800_h450.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2080631" width="16" height="16"> Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty russia Window on Eurasia -- New Series: Problems with Russian have Arisen Because Kremlin is Using It to Restore Empire, Shtepa Says http://windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/11/problems-with-russian-have-arisen.html 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:d469045d-e1c7-d362-2d96-d93e869ed97c Thu, 21 Nov 2019 07:01:16 -0500 <br /><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span>Paul Goble</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Staunton, November 18 – Almost all empires have had a lingua franca be they ancient or modern, Vadim Shtepa Says.<span>&nbsp; </span>That does not lead to their degradation. What does undermine them, however, is when languages are used not so much to maintain an existing empire but instead to promote its revival.</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>That is what has been happening with Russian in Putin’s country, the Tallinn-based regionalist says. Russian truly in recent years has become “foul” as Gasan Guseynov of the Moscow Higher School of Economics said and has been castigated for pointing out (<a href="https://rus.postimees.ee/6828647/kak-spastis-ot-mudod-ili-mozhet-li-russkiy-yazyk-byt-neimperskim">rus.postimees.ee/6828647/kak-spastis-ot-mudod-ili-mozhet-li-russkiy-yazyk-byt-neimperskim</a>).</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span>“The Russian language today filed and distorted with bureaucratic expressions and propaganda memes is really horrific,” far removed from “a natural, living language characteristic of a normal country,” Shtepa says.<span>&nbsp; </span>And he gives several devastating examples of what he has in mind.<span>&nbsp; </span></span></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>“Do you know that today in Russia there are no cities and villages? They have been replaced by bureaucratic slang: now they are called ‘municipal formations’ and ‘rural settlements.’ And certain Russian abbreviations sound wilder than even those of Soviet times. MUDOD is not a curse but ‘a municipal education of supplementary education.’<span>&nbsp; </span>Poor children.”</span></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The Russian regionalist continues: “Of course, a language reflects its era. And therefore, today’s Russia is not the language of ‘Pushkin and Dostoyevsky’” but of criminals, the police, and television talk show hosts.<span>&nbsp; </span>But it is not just individual words that have been affected; it is the capacity for rational thought and discussion.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>A good example of this is the following: “An individual may love Russian culture and the Russian language, but if he is critical of Kremlin policy, he will be called ‘a Russophobe.’ Putin curses ‘troglodyte Russophobes’ but in fact he himself has driven Russian thought and language into an old imperial cave from which it appeared to have escaped 30 years ago.”</span></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>“The little propagandistic word ‘Russophobe’ most often does not have any relationship to real ‘hostility to Russians.’”<span>&nbsp; </span>Instead, it is simply today’s version of “’anti-Soviet,’” a term that also had nothing to do with hostility to the people living under the Kremlin. Indeed, it often unwittingly often called attention to exactly the opposite.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>There is no real problem for language by being the language of an empire, Shtepa suggests. Problems for languages begin instead when the powers that be use language as part of their drive to revive an empire that has died. That happened with German under Hitler and is taking place with Russian under Putin.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>How will Russian be able to return to normal? He asks rhetorically. “Many hope tha thtis will occur with the replacement of those in charge in the Moscow Kremlin … But I as a regionalist believe that the complete de-imperialization of the Russian language will occur only when it acquires a multitude of local versions not forced into a single “imperial ‘norm.’”</span></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>That has been happening in the former British empire, where ex-British colonies are speaking their own versions of English and it doesn’t occur to anyone in London to try to insist on some “’single set of rules’” that the former center of empire might come up with and that many without reflection accept.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Shtepa gives as an example the case of the Russian editorial staff at Tallinn’s <i>Postimees</i>. There, he notes, the editors routinely “correct” the use of “in” rather than “on” Ukraine, citing “the norms of the Russian language.” But those norms are political: Putin used “in” as recently as 2001. Only now, he again wants to sight Ukraine and uses “on.”</span></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>There is another language problem with unfortunate consequences, the Russian regionalist says. “In many languages, including in Estonian, there does not exist a difference between <i>russkiye</i> [ethnic Russian] and <i>rossiyskiye</i> [non-ethnic Russian].”<span>&nbsp; </span>That often leads to confusion of Russian culture and language, on the one hand, and Russian officialdom, on the other.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>“It would be very useful to introduce such a distinction as the one that now exists between English and British. But it is possible that in the course of the regional differentiation of Russian, this distinction will appear and be confirmed. Why must the language’s ‘norms’ be developed only in Moscow?”</span></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Shtepa points to “the very interesting article of Polish philologist Tomasz Kamusella” who calls for the creation of “an Estonian Russian language’ not on the basis of ‘Moscow rules’ but on the contrary, on the basis of local norms, idioms and dialects” (</span></span><span><a href="https://neweasterneurope.eu/2019/05/08/estonian-russian-if-or-when/">neweasterneurope.eu/2019/05/08/estonian-russian-if-or-when/</a>).</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Were that to happen, he suggests, then “already the next generation of Estonian Russians will think in approximately this way: ‘What is the Duma? It is Russia’s Riigikogur.’ Perhaps such a prospect may elicit a smile, but it would be an extremely effective cure from that ‘foul’ imperial language the Russian media are now imposing.”</span></div><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2644322" width="16" height="16"> Window on Eurasia -- New Series paul goble (noreply@blogger.com) Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Senate Committee Approves Sullivan As Next U.S. Envoy To Moscow https://www.rferl.org/a/senate-committee-approves-sullivan-as-next-u-s-envoy-to-moscow/30284583.html 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:0b1da763-04a8-db70-c425-4f94594e71ca Thu, 21 Nov 2019 06:38:44 -0500 The U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has approved John Sullivan, a deputy secretary of state, as the country's ambassador to Russia.<br><br><img src="https://gdb.rferl.org/3D79C634-3716-464D-8407-FE3F254D2DB3_w800_h450.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2080631" width="16" height="16"> Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty russia Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Ten Georgian Opposition Protesters Jailed For Disobeying Police https://www.rferl.org/a/ten-georgian-opposition-protesters-jailed-for-disobeying-police/30284438.html 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:fa46f71b-74e6-8e8a-372a-f926d111baaf Thu, 21 Nov 2019 06:25:10 -0500 A Georgian court has sentenced 10 opposition demonstrators to between four to 13 days in prison on charges of disobeying law enforcement officers during an anti-government protest earlier this week.<br><br><img src="https://gdb.rferl.org/31FB828F-781B-461B-8F92-782839A06052_w800_h450.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2080631" width="16" height="16"> Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty georgia Window on Eurasia -- New Series: Russian Federalists ‘Dissidents among Dissidents’ at Free Russia Forum, Shtepa Says http://windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/11/russian-federalists-dissidents-among.html 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:9d77159b-ba13-8bff-ee99-4178edd51199 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 06:05:00 -0500 <br /><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span>Paul Goble</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Staunton, November 18 – The overwhelming majority of participants at the Free Russia Forum “unfortunately retain the very same mental centralism that the Kremlin powers that be have” and were “not prepared to recognize the equality” of Russian regions and republics, Vadim Shtepa writes in Tallinn’s <i>Postimees</i>.<span>&nbsp; </span></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Not only did that mean that those in Vilnius who favor federalism were “dissidents among dissidents,” the editor of the <i>Region.Expert</i> portal says; but it means that the former may end by provoking what they most oppose – the disintegration of their country as in 1991 (<a href="https://leht.postimees.ee/6827442/vadim-stepa-impeeriumi-ja-foderatsiooni-vahel">leht.postimees.ee/6827442/vadim-stepa-impeeriumi-ja-foderatsiooni-vahel</a>; in Russian at <a href="http://region.expert/forum8/">egion.expert/forum8/</a><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span style="color: black; text-decoration: none;">).</span></span></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The Vilnius Forum did have a roundtable on “Does Russia Need a New Federative Treaty?” (Shtepa chaired it.) That session, which was consigned to in a smaller room while most forum participants were discussing Russian émigré culture in the plenary chamber, nonetheless attracted not only representatives of non-Russian republics but also from many Russian regions.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Those taking part before a standing room only audience, Shtepa continues, pointed out that the 1991 Russian federal treaty wasn’t federal in the normal sense of the word: the regions and republics did not meet and decide what to delegate to the center. Instead, the center decided what limited powers it would delegate to the regions and republics.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>That has to change if the country is to flourish or even stay together; and among the proposals for change was one calling for giving all the subjects of the Russian Federation the same rights rather than having republics with one set of powers and oblasts and krays having a second and more limited mix.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>But in raising these issues, the federalist activist says, the participants in this round table turned out to be “paradoxically ‘dissidents among dissidents,’” espousing views that many at the Forum were not even prepared to discuss, let alone accept. It is possible, of course, that the views of the federalists and nationalists appeared too radical.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>After all, one participant, the representative of the Erzya people Bolyaen Syres posed “the fundamental question: are the participants of the Forum ready for the final demolishing of the empire?”<span>&nbsp; </span>The evidence suggests most are not. Even those who mentioned “anti-imperial” themes were not prepared to follow the logic of them to the end.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Even Andrey Illarionov who spoke about how Russia must be transformed to become a free and democratic state did not find a place to talk about federalism, Shtepa points out, “even though the real demolition of the empire is possible only with the help of its<span>&nbsp; </span>transformation into a federation based on equality and agreement.”</span></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The current powers that be in Moscow fear such a course of development “most of all because it is capable of liquidating the aggressive centralism of the Kremlin.” That is why the Russian authorities have condemned to prison Ayrat Dilmukhametov just for calling for “’a new federation’” (<a href="https://windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/10/effective-russian-federalism-and-strong.html">windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/10/effective-russian-federalism-and-strong.html</a>). </span></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The extent to which the thinking of many at the Vilnius Forum echoed that of the Kremlin was well reflected in the remarks of Moscow historian Igor Chubais who “praised the era of the Russian Empire” as against the USSR. To be sure, the Russian Empire was less repressive than the Soviet, but how can one “idealize any empire now in the 21<sup>st</sup> century?”</span></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>On the second day of the Forum, “in the main hall,” there was a session devoted to “The Roll Call of the Regions: Problems, Successes, and Prospects.”<span>&nbsp; </span>But it was devoted not to what the regions want but to how well they are carrying out the ideas of the Moscow opposition, something very different indeed.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>And the panel as anything but impressive: “Speakers provoked laughter by confusing Lithuania and Latvia and the Erzya language with Ryazan’s.” In what may be a hopeful sign, Shtepa says, this panel attracted only about half as many people as did the “exiled” round table the day before.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span>&nbsp; </span>According to Shtepa, “the organizers of the Free Russia Forum must draw adequate conclusions about what issues interest the majority of participants and not reduce discussions about federalism to a secondary position. On the contrary, they need to hold round tables regularly and in the main hall, with representatives of civic movements for self-administration from various regions.”</span></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>If that doesn’t happen, the organizers will find themselves in the position of the supporters of perestroika at the end of the 1980s. “Then, these primarily Muscovite activists thought up various projects for ‘reform in the USSR’ but skeptically and slightingly viewed the national liberation movements n the various union republics, not considering them ‘too serious.’”</span></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Such people were “certain that “all politics is made in Moscow.’”<span>&nbsp; </span>Unfortunately, that seems to be the attitude of most people at the Free Russia Forum. They can’t imagine that anything has changed in that regard. “They still don’t know the word ‘post-Russian,’ just as in 1991, none of them knew the word ‘post-Soviet.’”<span>&nbsp; </span><span>&nbsp;</span></span></span><span></span></div><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2644322" width="16" height="16"> Window on Eurasia -- New Series paul goble (noreply@blogger.com) Window on Eurasia -- New Series: Ossetian Deputies Furious at Ingush Book Detailing Ossetian Cooperation with Nazis http://windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/11/ossetian-deputies-furious-at-ingush.html 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:e9dea45b-5c90-2724-2ed2-6c8738ee0358 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 06:03:53 -0500 <span>Paul Goble</span> <br /><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Staunton, November 18 – A book first published 10,000 copies in May 2019 and now about to appear in its third edition by a pseudonymous Ingush writer from the Prigorodny District describes Ossetian cooperation with the Germans during World War II. It has been denounced by Ossetian parliament and Ingush police have confiscated some of the copies.</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The author, writing under a pseudonym that has still not been resolved, says he wrote the book to counter what he describes as false accusations against the Ingush of collaboration the Germans. He used archival documents and German studies (<a href="https://fortanga.org/2019/11/avtor-knigi-osetiny-na-sluzhbe-tretego-rejha-otvetil-osetinskim-deputatam/">fortanga.org/2019/11/avtor-knigi-osetiny-na-sluzhbe-tretego-rejha-otvetil-osetinskim-deputatam/</a>).</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>As described by <i>Fortanga</i>, the book seems relatively objective and very similar to German, Soviet and Russian studies on the same subject (For a discussion of these, see Rolf-Deter <span class="reference-text">Müller, <i>The Unknown Eastern Front: The Wehrmacht and Hitler's Foreign Soldiers</i> (London, 2012.)</span></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>But because the author is an Ingush from the district that the Ingush claim but that is now part of North Ossetia, because he chose to write under a pseudonym, and because tensions between the two, always high since the 1992, are again rising, the appearance of this book and its popularity are likely to make things worse.</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Concerns about tensions between Ingushetia and its neighbors also are behind a new declaration of the Ingush Committee for National Unity that no one must make Ingush objections to the September 2018 agreement handing over 26,000 hectares of Ingush land the occasion for hostility between the two Waynakh peoples (<a href="https://fortanga.org/2019/11/obrashhenie-ingushskogo-komiteta-natsionalnogo-edinstva-k-ingushskomu-i-chechenskomu-narodu/">fortanga.org/2019/11/obrashhenie-ingushskogo-komiteta-natsionalnogo-edinstva-k-ingushskomu-i-chechenskomu-narodu/</a>).</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The Ingush and Chechens are “two fraternal peoples who together have passed through tests over the course not of a century or two but over millenia,” the declaration says. The current dispute between Magas and Grozny is about the actions of two Moscow-appointed leaders not about any conflict between the two peoples. </span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Unfortunately, the Committee says, some people on both sides have used the Internet and other media to say things which inappropriately extend the dispute and threaten to make it impossible for the two nations to live in peace and harmony in the future. That must end, the Ingush organization says.</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>“We are Muslims and we are Waynakhs. Any insult of a Chechen or an Ingush must be viewed as an insult against all of us regardless of from whom it comes,” it concludes.</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Meanwhile, Albert Balakhoyev, who was arrested and then fined for his chance involvement in the March 2019 protests in Ingushetia, has appealed to the European Court for Human Rights citing his over-long detention and the absence of both evidence against him and proper judicial consideration (<a href="https://www.kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/342508/">kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/342508/</a>).</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2644322" width="16" height="16"> Window on Eurasia -- New Series paul goble (noreply@blogger.com) Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Amnesty: 'Surveillance Giants' Google, Facebook Threaten Human Rights https://www.rferl.org/a/amnesty-surveillance-giants-google-facebook-threaten-human-rights/30284489.html 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:1a133817-1ebc-9e56-d282-3616b40f5560 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 05:49:22 -0500 Amnesty International says Facebook and Google need to change their business model, arguing that it is "predicated on human rights abuse."<br><br><img src="https://gdb.rferl.org/DC628049-6C59-40F5-AF69-96300DE051A3_w800_h450.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2080631" width="16" height="16"> Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty news Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: In Symbolic Move, Ukraine's Zelenskiy Opens Rebuilt Bridge In War-Torn East https://www.rferl.org/a/ukraine-zelenskiy-opens-rebuilt-bridge-in-war-torn-east/30284382.html 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:39793282-7346-93ca-0f00-a5228437ce80 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 05:47:43 -0500 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in a symbolic move that highlights efforts to rebuild Ukraine's war-torn east, has reopened a bridge in the Luhansk region that has sat in ruins the past four years.<br><br><img src="https://gdb.rferl.org/0FA46685-9BD9-4C1B-8D80-B34598AC0BC8_cx0_cy16_cw0_w800_h450.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2080631" width="16" height="16"> Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty ukraine Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Jail Term Prolonged For Kazakh Activist Who 'Had To Escape' Custody To Protest His Arrest https://www.rferl.org/a/jail-term-prolonged-for-kazakh-activist-who-had-to-escape-custody-to-protest-his-arrest/30284355.html 1. 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Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:5e90d752-6a31-1f7f-964f-10b123ff0da7 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 03:34:40 -0500 by John Helmer, Moscow &#160;&#160;@bears_with The operational chief of the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in Ukraine of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is a British officer whose combat role in Syria between 2016 and 2018 the OSCE is attempting to conceal. Mark Etherington, a British Army paratrooper, was “working on Syria”, [&#8230;]<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/604629" width="16" height="16"> Dances With Bears dwb Editor Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Russian School Takes In Orphans To Stay Open https://www.rferl.org/a/russian-school-takes-in-orphans-to-stay-open/30280242.html 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:c614dcb9-8b77-f091-e271-247e8538f10f Thu, 21 Nov 2019 01:58:00 -0500 A village in northern Russia has avoided the school closures that have plagued rural areas and kept theirs open thanks to local teachers and families taking in foster children from orphanages.<br><br><img src="https://gdb.rferl.org/b991baab-2da5-4b85-b7ca-ae9dd56049f2_tv_w800_h450.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2080631" width="16" height="16"> Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty russia Dances With Bears: NATO INTELLIGENCE DISASTER – NEW TELEPHONE INTERCEPTION TAPES REVEAL THERE WERE NO COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN UKRAINE AND KREMLIN AFTER MH17 CRASH – NO DUTCH EVIDENCE, NO RUSSIAN CRIME https://johnhelmer.online/nato-intelligence-disaster-new-telephone-interception-tapes-reveal-there-were-no-communications-between-ukraine-and-kremlin-after-mh17-crash-no-dutch-evidence-no-russian-crime/ 1. 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Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:63abca9a-2e33-b5fa-518d-6e0f7927cdb7 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:28:01 -0500 <p class="TweetTextSize TweetTextSize--normal js-tweet-text tweet-text" lang="en">RUSSIALINK: &ldquo;Russians Increasingly Value Free Speech, Civil Rights &ndash; Poll&rdquo; &ndash; Moscow&nbsp;Times <a href="https://russialist.org/russialink-russians-increasingly-value-free-speech-civil-rights-poll-moscow-times/">https://russialist.org/russialink-russians-increasingly-value-free-speech-civil-rights-poll-moscow-times/&nbsp;&hellip;</a></p><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/6863250" width="16" height="16"> Twitter Search / JohnsonRussiaLi (@JohnsonRussiaLi) Johnson's Russia List: RUSSIALINK: “Russians Increasingly Value Free Speech, Civil Rights – Poll” – Moscow Times https://russialist.org/russialink-russians-increasingly-value-free-speech-civil-rights-poll-moscow-times/ 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:65e484c4-f904-2667-5162-beca4bf09d63 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:27:08 -0500 (Moscow Times &#8211; themoscowtimes.com &#8211; Nov. 20, 2019) The share of Russians who view free speech, the right to a fair trial and other civil rights as important freedoms has increased by double digits in two years, according to the independent Levada Center pollster. Experts and sociologists link the double-digit growth in the importance of civil rights issues among Russians [...]<br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2643667" width="16" height="16"> Johnson's Russia List human rights politics government protests elections free speech levada center politics polls russia russian news JRL Russia List Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Report: Russian Military, Command Control Exceeds NATO Capacities https://www.rferl.org/a/report-russian-military-command-control-exceeds-nato-capacities/30284232.html 1. 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Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:05141d75-a518-646c-8eef-6c9fdb3b79d1 Wed, 20 Nov 2019 22:08:37 -0500 Ukraine voiced concern over a stoppage in $390 million of U.S. military aid to the country as early as July 25, the same day that President Donald Trump made a controversial phone call to his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskiy.<br><br><img src="https://gdb.rferl.org/463E211D-09D4-4718-A27D-B9B3F08292E5_w800_h450.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2080631" width="16" height="16"> Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty news Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Live Blog: Ukraine, Trump, And The Impeachment Inquiry https://www.rferl.org/a/ukraine-live-blog-radio-free-europe-zelenskiy/30114684.html 1. 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Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:96b4cdc5-b67e-0002-b6c7-2489b483f432 Wed, 20 Nov 2019 19:27:12 -0500 Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) on November 20 detained a military serviceman on suspicion of spying on behalf of Ukraine in the Rostov region.<br><br><img src="https://gdb.rferl.org/B4CEA6FD-8739-4EDF-A42D-D07D8286F3A4_cx3_cy4_cw97_w800_h450.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2080631" width="16" height="16"> Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty russia Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Tusk Elected European People's Party Chief, Blasts Far-Right 'Populists,' 'Autocrats' https://www.rferl.org/a/tusk-elected-european-people-s-party-chief-blasts-far-right-populists-autocrats-/30284209.html 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:72274c93-9763-7e60-791f-158a7d386c6c Wed, 20 Nov 2019 19:06:25 -0500 Poland's Donald Tusk, the new president of the largest party in the European Parliament, has warned against electing far-right "political populists, manipulators, and autocrats" to leadership roles within the alliance.<br><br><img src="https://gdb.rferl.org/32FC8F4C-4134-4986-90F5-DFBA0F1617DD_cx0_cy14_cw0_w800_h450.jpg" /><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2080631" width="16" height="16"> Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty news Window on Eurasia -- New Series: A Russian Nation State Based on a Non-Ethnic Civic Nation isn’t Viable, Sidorov Says http://windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/11/a-russian-nation-state-based-on-non.html 1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (57 sites) urn:uuid:08dcd781-0e72-ffe5-e2fb-7185f15c7fd9 Wed, 20 Nov 2019 17:47:41 -0500 <br /><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span>Paul Goble</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Staunton, November 17 – In a seminal and multi-faceted presentation to the Liberal Mission Foundation, Vadim Sidorov argues that the formation of a Russian nation state based on a civic Russian national identity is not a viable option because of the imperial nature of Putin’s rule and because of a fundamental divide between ethnic Russians and non-Russians.</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>At the end of the imperial period and at the end of Soviet times, the regional theorist continues, a certain number of commentators discussed the possibility of creating a common civic Russian nation and based on it a Russian nation state, the regionalist commentator says; but at neither point was much progress made in either direction (</span><a href="http://www.liberal.ru/articles/7417"><span>liberal.ru/articles/7417</span></a><span>).</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Now, some believe that the current regime given its new Strategy of State National Policy will be able to create “’an all-Russian civic identity … based on the preservation of the dominance of Russian culture and informing all the peoples of the Russian Federation” and on the basis of this civic nation a Russian nation state.</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>But Vladimir Putin’s rule, whatever he says about creating a civic nation and a nation state, is “an absolutist power, hostile to any genuine civic participation and thus isn’t national in the modern European sense. Instead, it is imperial not only because “it is not controlled by its on nation which Russia lacks” but also because it seeks to rule over other peoples and lands.</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>If 25 years ago Russian liberals spoke about creating “’a liberal empire,’” now they are more inclined to speak about setting up “’a nation state’ as an alternative to Putinism,” Sidorov says.<span>&nbsp; </span>But there are at least two aspects of the situation that cast “serious doubts” that such an entity would be viable “in Russian conditions.”</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>On the one hand, he says, any civic nation of Russians would face “serious competitors in the form of other nations. No, not ethnoses, which theoretically could integrate into a single civic nation, as Russian liberals going back to the Kadets and Struve have presupposed but in fact political nations.”</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><i>“Today we see this in civic protests in Russia which in ethnic Russian areas generally involve only a thin stratum of the population concentrated in major cities but in the case of national republics like Kalmykia, Buryatia, Sakha and Ingushetia, the protests are large and all-national in character.</i> [stress supplied]</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>“These [non-Russian] protest movements have a clearly expressed national agenda just as they did at the beginning and end of the last century. When they encountered them, the Bolsheviks recognized the right of nations to self-determination not out of great love for small peoples … but simply because they really wanted to win in the war for power and unlike the Whites understood that it was necessary to do so.” </span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>And on the other hand, Sidorov continues, there is an underlying problem with “the Russian nation” that helps to explain why only the educated stratum of 10 to 15 percent is prepared to act as a nation. It is this: the Bolsheviks created the Russian nation in its current form out of a population that was not yet ready to become one.</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>And after the Bolsheviks did so – one must remember that in tsarist times, there was no official reference to an ethnic Russian nation – the Soviet system which wanted to hold all those in this category within an imperial matrix did not allow it to develop in ways that might<span>&nbsp; </span>have led to the creation of a national movement.</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Such a movement would have been fatal to the Soviet project, and the communist administration worked hard and successfully to prevent its emergence as anything more than a marginal intellectual game. As a result, while there are numerous political nations existent among the non-Russians, Sidorov says, there isn’t a sizeable one among Russians.</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The Kremlin may be able to promote Russian language and Russian culture as core values for its population, but it is highly unlikely to be willing to allow the emergence of a genuine Russian nation ethnic or civic because either if it took off would be a threat to the Putin system.<span>&nbsp; </span></span></div><br><br><img src="//www.newsblur.com/rss_feeds/icon/2644322" width="16" height="16"> Window on Eurasia -- New Series paul goble (noreply@blogger.com)