Russian journalist Kurbatova to be deported from Ukraine – SBU

Russian journalist Kurbatova to be deported from Ukraine – SBU

By Ukrinform Russia’s Channel One journalist Anna Kurbatova will be deported to Russia, Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) spokesperson Olena Hitlianska has reported on Facebook. “Russian propagandist Anna Kurbatova will be forcibly returned to Russia. Ukraine is a law-governed state, and its law enforcement bodies act exclusively in line with the current legislation. The necessary documents are currently being drafted for her official expulsion,” she said. Hitlianska said that this would

Kremlin, Nationalists Face Off Over Romanov Romance ‘Mathilda’

Moscow’s conservative friends become its foes in campaign to defend Tsar Nicholas II’s memory The trailer for “Mathilda,” a fictionalized retelling of the romance between the Tsarevich Nicholas Alexandrovich — later Nicholas II, Russia’s last tsar — and ballerina Mathilda Kschessinskaya, looks like standard Hollywood-esque fare. Beautiful women dance, the royals live well, the poor are invisible. There are love triangles, fireworks, a diamond-studded crown rolling on the floor. But

Kremlin’s Efforts to Use Russophobia as the ‘Anti-Sovietism’ of Today Don’t Quite Work, Troitsky Says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia When the USSR existed, calling someone “anti-Soviet” was one of the most damning labels, even if some wore that as a badge of honor, Artemy Troitsky says; but now that it has ceased to exist, efforts to use “Russophobia” in the same way don’t work nearly as well. In an essay for Novaya gazeta, the music critic who has lived for many years in

Junker: Ukraine Not In EU, Not In NATO

This week both Russian and Ukrainian media disseminated a story claiming that European Commission President Jean Claude Junker said that Ukraine is not the European Union or NATO. Speaking in Brussels Junker said: “For the moment Ukraine is neither the EU, nor NATO. Everyone should know this.” Junker’s statement was interpreted in several different ways, that Ukraine has no relation to the EU or NATO, that Junker showed Ukraine its

Fake: Poroshenko Donetsk Greeting Outrages Residents

Russia’s NTV channel published a news story claiming that a greeting from “bloody” Poroshenko to the city of Donetsk outraged city scores of people on social media. These outraged residents are really social media accounts of people living in Russia or fake accounts created just for trolling. Donetsk celebrates its city holiday on August 27. On that day President Poroshenko’s Facebook page featured a greeting to the city residents, telling

Fake: Glory to Ukraine is a Nazi Greeting

Russian propagandist site RT (Formerly Russia Today) published a story claiming that the Ukrainian popular greeting – Glory to Ukraine! – is “a well-known slogan used by World War II Nazi collaborators”. This greeting in fact came into use well before WWII and it became popular again in Ukraine after the 2013-2014 Maidan protests. RT’s story appeared after German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel greeted Ukraine on its Independence Day in

Fake: Ukraine a US Biological Testing Site

Scores of Russian media disseminated stories this week claiming that the US were conducting secret biological experiments in Ukraine resulting in some of the recent outbreaks of certain diseases in the country. All the publications use the same source for this fake story, the hacker group Cyber Berkut. This is not the first time that such stories have been circulated; they rely on conspiracy theories and offer no evidence for

The Daily Vertical: The Ghosts Of August 1939 (Transcript)

By Brian Whitmore, for RFE/RL It happens every August, almost without fail. As the summer winds down, you can count on the annual controversy about the events and repercussions of August 1939. Every August, the ghost of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact — the specter of the Soviet Union’s collaboration with Nazi Germany — comes back to haunt Europe. And this year was no exception. To mark the anniversary of the pact

Russian Disinformation: Everywhere? Nowhere? Neither?

In America, debate over the reach of Moscow propaganda heats up and scrambles political alliances By Steven Yoder, for Codastory Russia is a character in most U.S. political debates today, and the violence in Charlottesville the weekend of August 11 was no different. By Monday John Schindler, a columnist for the conservative outlet The Observer, was attributing the racist rally in part to Russian meddling. Schindler pointed to march organizer

Facing facts: Why the Great Famine in Ukraine still matters today

By Edward Lucas, for CEPA The Holodomor happened almost a century ago. It’s legacy still shapes contemporary conflict. Was the Holodomor a genocide? No, says modern Russia, echoing the Soviet Union; Stalin killed lots of people, and the fact that so many millions of them were Ukrainians is beside the point. For Ukraine, by contrast, the mass murder of millions by the Communist regime in the Kremlin is both a

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