Tag "Crimea"

Fake: Crimea Benefits Economically from Reunification with Russia

Prosperity came to the Crimea with the arrival of Russian rule – declared the occupying Crimean authorities in a government report last week, buttressing their fake claims with figures and graphs.  Fakes about economic growth and prosperity in Crimea are regularly peddled in the Russian media. Meanwhile think tanks and centers who use real data in their analysis and the actual residents of Crimea paint a picture that is much

Fake: Ukraine Drying Up Having Cut Off Water to Crimea

The Russian site Ukraina.ru published a story last week claiming that Ukraine was in danger of a severe drought due to the closure of the North-Crimean water canal. Ukraine will self-destruct and run out of fresh water because of its water blockade of Crimea declared RIA Novosti, Novostnoye Agentstvo Kharkov, Gosnovosti and other Russian sites. On April 26, Ukraine closed the sluices of the North Crimean Canal, halting water supply

Crimean residents, Russians increasingly hostile and at odds, political scientist says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Even Crimean residents who initially welcomed the Russian Anschluss are now disappointed with the occupation and angry at Russians for their behavior, and the Russians there, long-time residents new arrivals and tourists, are reciprocating with anger at the local population, according to Yevgeniya Goryunova, a Crimean political scientist. She points to five socio-economic conditions behind this deterioration between Crimean residents and Russians and devotes

The Desperation of Stephen Cohen

Jim Kovpak Russia’s foreign language propaganda outlets have long had a problem getting real experts to go to bat for the Kremlin. Most times they rely on some blogger or “independent journalist” and  call them “political analysts.” As such, Stephen Cohen, a Putin apologist with an actual academic pedigree, is often lauded by pro-Russian media as a “real” expert on Russia. What they forget is that a PhD is not

The Daily Vertical: Not Just A Putin Problem (Transcript)

By Brian Whitmore, for RFE/RL “Krym Nash” was just the beginning. Crimea is not the only place and Ukraine is not the only neighbor where Russia has territorial ambitions. And this is not just a fixation of Vladimir Putin and his cronies, but for large and stable majorities of the Russian population. According to a new poll by the Pew Research Center, 60 percent of Russians believe that parts of

Crimean Journalist’s Trial Resumes, Adjourned Until June 14

By RFE/RL The trial of RFE/RL contributor Mykola Semena, a Crimean journalist who is fighting what he says is a politically motivated separatism charge on the Russian-controlled peninsula, resumed on June 5 in the Crimean capital, Simferopol. Semena’s lawyer, Aleksei Popkov, told RFE/RL that materials linked to the prosecution were read out at the session on June 5. The judge then adjourned the trial until June 14. Semena faces up

Crimean Tatar activist prosecuted for Facebook birthday greeting to Mustafa Dzhemilev

By Halya Coynash, Human Rights in Ukraine Rustem Mennanov has become the latest Crimean Tatar to be fined or jailed for innocuous social network posts.  Such prosecutions are often pretexts for persecution, but also a form of intimidation and warning that even posts from years before Russia’s invasion of Crimea will be used for repressive purposes. Mennanov was fined on June 1 by a Crimean court under Russian occupation for

Putin Doesn’t Want Russians to Continue Focusing on Crimea, Goryunova Says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Vladimir Putin, who exploited Russian euphoria over the Anschluss of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea three years ago to boost his own power, now wants Russians to pay less attention to that region so that they will not be as inclined to complain about the costs to them of that annexation, according to Yevgeniya Goryunova. “Russian euphoria about the annexation of Crimea has significantly

Challenge Putin’s Lies about imprisoned Ukrainian Filmmaker Oleg Sentsov

By Halya Coynash, for Human Rights in Ukraine See the link below the text for a letter and other ways of joining in the campaign to #FreeSentsov It is exactly three years since Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian filmmaker and single father, was arrested in Simferopol, shortly after Russia invaded and annexed Crimea.  His trial and 20-year-sentence have been condemned by the entire international community, yet Russian President Vladimir Putin keeps repeating

Fake: Record Number of Ukraine Tourists Flocking to Crimea

Russian sites were aflutter with fake stories claiming that Crimea was experiencing a tourist rush from Ukraine. Russia’s security service, the FSB, reported that in the course of three days (April 28-May 1) nearly 20 thousand people entered the peninsula, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014. The majority of visitors, the FSB pointed out, were coming to Crimea for vacation. These fake stories were circulated in Crimean media such

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