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With Russia, Fight Fire With Fire

Posted March 14th, 2014 at 7:31 pm (UTC+0)
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Vladimir Putin is right. The West has interfered massively in Ukraine. Let me explain. Last year, about 15 percent of Russian adults traveled outside the former Soviet Union. By contrast, about one third of Ukrainians between ages of 20 and 50 have traveled to Western Europe – to work. That is the difference between peeling off […]

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Russia’s Occupation of Crimea: Blueprint for Eastern Ukraine?

Posted March 4th, 2014 at 8:14 am (UTC+0)
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After the Sochi Winter Olympics, Vladimir Putin has won a gold in the Occupation Olympics. They are being held in Crimea, just across the Black Sea from Sochi. Putin managed to seize Crimea without firing a shot. Not bad for taking over a population of 2 million people living on a peninsula slightly larger than […]

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