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February 27, 2014

"To critics, especially in Ukraine, the Kremlin’s hand is seen in many of the most disturbing turns in the unfolding situation, including the visits by Russian lawmakers; reports of handing out Russian passports to Crimea’s citizens, as happened in Georgia’s breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia; and the mysterious seizure of the Parliament building in Crimea. They see the downward spiraling of events as evidence that Mr. Putin intends to splinter the country and retake Crimea as Russian territory." (via nytimes)

Here’s a short run down on what Crimea is all about, past and present.

So far the Parliament and most of the airport have been taken over by elements affiliated with Russia in some way.

edit:airport situation is unclear

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Filed under: crimea ukraine russia 
September 19, 2013
Russian Government Takes Over Country's 289-year Old Scientific Academy - Slashdot

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Filed under: academics russia 
August 15, 2013

"(CNN) — U.S. runner Nick Symmonds took a swipe at Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law after winning a silver medal in the 800-meter competition at the World Track & Field Championships in Moscow, according to state-run media.

Symmonds became the first athlete to openly criticize the law on Russian soil Tuesday when, after registering a time of one minute, 43.55 seconds, he dedicated his second-place finish to all his gay friends back home, RIA Novosti reported.

"As much as I can speak out about it, I believe that all humans deserve equality as however God made them," he told the news outlet at Luzhniki Stadium. "Whether you’re gay, straight, black, white, we all deserve the same rights. If there’s anything I can do to champion the cause and further it, I will, shy of getting arrested."

I missed this on Tuesday. Story here and make sure you click on that link above.

July 18, 2013
“OK. Don’t get bored here without me. And most important — don’t dawdle.”
(photo credit Sergei Karpukhin / Reuters)

“OK. Don’t get bored here without me. And most important — don’t dawdle.”

(photo credit Sergei Karpukhin / Reuters)

July 1, 2013
Edward Snowden applies for asylum in Russia, news reports say

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May 28, 2013
Russia to deliver arms to Syria as fears rise of proxy war

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Filed under: syria russia israel news 
September 12, 2012
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev calls for 3 members of punk band Pussy Riot to be freed - @AP http://t.co/urU5zzTW -- Breaking News (@BreakingNews)

niccageinabearcostume:

It’s like when your mean dad grounded you but your sweet mom feels pitty and bring cookies to your room

July 19, 2012
'Russia, China veto U.N. resolution on Syria as shelling in Damascus continues'

"BEIRUT —Russia and China on Thursday vetoed a U.S.-backed U.N. Security Council resolution threatening the Syrian government with sanctions, upending four months of diplomatic aimed at stemming a crisis that has left more than 14,000 dead.

The vote came a day after anti-government rebels bombed a meeting of top Syrian security officials, killing three senior military figures with close ties to President Bashar al-Assad, and as government shelling of neighborhoods in Damascus continued.

The vote, and the increasingly bloodshed in the Syrian capital, were a clear sign that a political resolution to the conflict in Syria remains out of reach. Western and Arab nations—deeply concerned about chemical weapons stockpiles and other factors in Syria— have pushed hard for a plan brokered by special envoy Kofi Annan, under which Assad would step aside and the government would undergo a peaceful transition.”

(via washpost)

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Filed under: syria russia china UN politics 
July 10, 2012

(via sovietico-deactivated20131127)

October 1, 2011
"Vladimir Putin [is] Russia’s skating, fishing, skiing, diving, judo-throwing man for all seasons. You can only imagine what all that sun and wind does to a guy’s skin, not to mention the frownies from toting around nuclear briefcases and imposing your will on a nation of 140 million often fractious citizens. Thank heaven for Botox."

— our Moscow correspondent Kathy Lally on rumors of Botox at the Kremlin. (via washingtonpoststyle)