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The Unacceptable Face of Putinism

David Clark | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK Politics
David Clark

The first step should be for the European Union to follow US policy in putting Igor Sechin on the sanctions list of individuals subject to travel bans and asset freezes. The US included Sechin on its list because of the immense influence he has exerted during Russia's lurch towards authoritarian nationalism.

The Kremlin's Tortured Relationship with the Truth

Endeavour Press | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK
Endeavour Press

The convoy is part of a much wider Kremlin campaign of deception and disinformation - the famed Maskirovka - along with the deadpan denials of the seemingly obvious by Putin and his cronies, and the hoary old tactic of accusing its opponents of its own misdeeds. No untruth, it seems, is too brazen or implausible to pass Moscow's lips.

What I Know About War in Ukraine

Inna Shevchenko | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK
Inna Shevchenko

I'll tell you what I know about war in Ukraine, and life there. Some of you will scream "you are not there!" and that's right, I'm not in Ukraine but in France, and the war is not where I am but in Ukraine. However, as are all Ukrainians, I'm living this war too, even though I'm far away from it. It's like a long-distance relationship, and I know those very well.

Androgyne Russian Groom & Bride Tie The Knot In Identical White Wedding Dresses

Will Stewart | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK

Two Russian “brides” have defied official disapproval and tied the knot in a Moscow registry office, it has been revealed. Despite receiving a...

Food, Spies & Sanctions

Craig Todd | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Craig Todd

Why a food ban? Quite simply, it will hurt the EU nations, and far more severely than any sanction that has been imposed on Russia by the EU so far... little notice has been paid to Edward Snowden, the whistle-blower and current rector of Glasgow University, who has been granted a 3 year stay in Russia, and will not be extradited back to America.

An Exploration of Ukraine's EU Neighbours in Light of the Ukraine Crisis

Niki O'Brien | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK
Niki O'Brien

As fighting in Eastern Ukraine continues with Russia backing the pro-Russian rebels, implications for Ukraine's Western neighbours are increasingly apparent.

Will Russian Ire Make Food Cheaper?

Gareth Barlow | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK
Gareth Barlow

For twelve months many European and American food products will be barred from crossing Russia's borders. It's an interesting twist to the story and one can't help to wonder what the Russian government aims to achieve.

Russian Ambassador Summoned To Foreign Office After 'Military Incursion' Into Ukraine

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK

The Russian ambassador Alexander Vladimirovich Yakovenko has been summoned to the Foreign Office to explain the reported Russian military incursion in...

Steven Seagal Visits Russian Arms Fair Following Controversial Concert In Crimea

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK

Steven Seagal, erstwhile Hollywood mystic turned local law enforcement officer turned guitarist, has abutted a controversial performance of his Blues ...

The Price of Human Life After the MH17 Tragedy in Ukraine

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

I do not want to sound cynical in suggesting that human life has a price. It is priceless as far as I am concerned. But this is a world that is not of my making. It operates according to rules that are sometimes quite absurd, and whether we agree or not, there is a societal consensus that human life, too, has a price.

Russian Military Vehicles Enter Ukraine As Aid Convoy Stops Near The Border

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK

As a controversial Russian convoy remains parked near Ukraine's border, two British reporters have claimed they have witnessed Russian military vehicl...

Let's Hope Russia's Nuclear Codes Are More Secure Than Medvedev's Twitter Password

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK

It turns out Dmitry Medvedev isn't quitting. But he might want to change his Twitter password. A flurry of tweets from the official account of the ...

Steven Seagal

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Entertainment

Steven Seagal has shown his support for pro-Russia separatists by playing a concert with his band at a show in Crimea. The actor appeared on a stag...

Only France Can Stop Its Dodgy Arms Deal With Russia

Luke Coffey | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Politics
Luke Coffey

France has made it clear that it is not cancelling the €1.2 billion deal to sell two Mistral-class amphibious assault ships to the Russians.

Troubled Malaysia Airlines To Be Nationalised In Post-MH17 Rescue

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK

The Malaysian government has stepped in to save Malaysia Airlines, which after the MH17 and MH370 disasters has been losing $2 million (£1.2m) a day....

Russian Group Hacking: What We Know and What We Can Learn

Gary Newe | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK Tech
Gary Newe

A Russian group has hacked 1.2 billion usernames and passwords belonging to more than 500 million email addresses... Nowadays hackers actually get more value out of personal information as opposed to credit card details. In fact, one article even points out that Twitter account information is of more worth to a hacker than their credit card.

9 Foods Russian Could No Longer Enjoy Thanks To Putin

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK Politics

With EU and Western leaders piling pressure on Vladimir Putin with financial sanctions, Russia has retaliated by launching a food fight. Prime Mini...

A Russian Gang Just Stole Over A Billion Passwords

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Tech

A Russian criminal gang has successfuly carried out the world's largest data breach amassing over a billion usernames and passwords as well as over 50...

Obama Was The Subject Of A Racist Laser Show At The Moscow Embassy Last Night

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK

A racist laser artwork of President Barack Obama swallowing a banana has been projected onto the facade of the US embassy in Moscow, wishing the US le...

Why the World Is About to Become a Far More Dangerous Place

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Politics
Jeffrey Gedmin

Note to Der Spiegel: Germany belongs to NATO, a collective defense organisation, and is bound by treaty membership to defend Latvia (and the other Baltic nations) if attacked -- just as the U.S., Britain and others were obliged to protect West Germany during the Cold War.

Big Tory Donor Really Doesn't Want Cameron To Punish Putin Any More

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron has been warned that European and US sanctions against Russia could cost British jobs by Tory peer and major party donor Lord Bamford. ...

The Polish Are Using Apples To Give Putin The Finger

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK

Poles are gleefully eating apples just to bite back at Vladimir Putin - after Russia slapped an embargo on Polish produce in retaliation against Weste...

Selfie-Obsessed Russian Soldier GeoTags Himself 'Inside Ukraine'

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Tech

A Russian soldier who is apparently 'addicted' to selfies may have accidentally revealed he was in Ukrainian territory -- despite his nation's insiste...

Five Key Takeaways on Russia's Relations With the West

Ruth Green | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Politics
Ruth Green

After months of fraught relations between Russia and the West which have seen a flurry of tit-for-tat sanctions triggered by the growing unrest in Ukraine, the final straw seemed to come with the suspected downing on 17 July of flight MH17 over Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists.

Defence Giant Predicts Big Business After MH17 Plane Crash

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK

The head of global defence giant BAE Systems has predicted that his business could benefit from airlines worrying about protecting their airplanes in ...