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Russia’s Media Distortions Are Dangerous for Russia

I have been told that some of my comments on this blog have been taken out of context by some Russian media and presented as if I were justifying current Russian policy toward Ukraine. I do not have time to … Continue reading

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Russia Should Leave Crimea in Ukraine

Pavel Koshkin, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Russia Direct, has asked me the following question: “Today Crimea’s parliament have voted for its accession to Russia as a subject of the federation and scheduled this issue for a referendum on March 16. How … Continue reading

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Ukraine: Ethnicity, Language, and Attitude Toward Russia

Among the many questions in the current debate about the crisis in Ukraine, that of ethnicity, language and attitude toward Russia has drawn great heat but cast very little light on the actual situation. Simplistic arguments thrown about in the … Continue reading

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Obama’s Confrontation over Ukraine Has Increased Putin’s Support at Home

I received the following comments on yesterday’s essay from a Russian-speaking American now resident in Moscow. They include some important points about Russian opinion and on the impact of the Ukrainian events on politics in Russia itself. Each of the … Continue reading

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Ukraine: The Price of Internal Division

With all of the reports coming out of Ukraine, Moscow, Washington, and European capitals, the mutual accusations, the knee-jerk speculation, and—not least—the hysterical language of some observers, bordering on the apocalyptic, it is difficult to keep in mind the long-term … Continue reading

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Ukraine and the United States

Implications of Victoria Nuland’s Candid Remark As a friend and admirer of both Russian and Ukrainian peoples and culture, I have been following the dramatic events in Kyiv since November with both sympathy for the Ukrainian protesters and concern that … Continue reading

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Dmirti Trenin on Snowden and U.S.-Russia Relations

Dmitri Trenin has posted some wise comments on the Carnegie Moscow Center Eurasia Outlook. I believe he has described some of the basic reasons for the current friction between the U.S. and Russia, friction that serves the interests of neither … Continue reading

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Iran: Time to Give Diplomacy a New Try

The recent effort in the House of Representatives to intensify sanctions on Iran is the wrong policy at the wrong time. American Congressmen should keep their attention on negotiating a budget that the president will sign and that will support … Continue reading

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Snowden in Russia

So the Russian government has finally—and predictably—granted Edward Snowden “temporary asylum” for a year. Does that worry you? It shouldn’t—unless you are a Russian.

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Stay Out of Syria!

This is the title of an article by David Bromwich to appear in the June 20 issue of The New York Review of Books. It is the best summary I have seen of the reasons President Obama should resist pressure … Continue reading

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