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The Takeaway

Is Putin's 'Humanitarian' Mission a Trojan Horse?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

About 260 Russian vehicles said to be carrying aid to eastern Ukraine remained parked at a military base in the southeastern Russia. Ukrainian officials are claiming that the trucks are full of military assistance for pro-Russian separatist fighters. Whether it’s Red Cross supplies or a 21st century Trojan horse, tensions are running high.

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PRI's The World

The convoy of Russian aid trucks is stalled on the road to Ukraine

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A convoy of more than 250 trucks left Moscow on Tuesday headed to eastern Ukraine, purportedly laden with humanitarian aid. What happens when they get there?

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PRI's The World

Russians flock to their 'little bit of paradise' in Crimea — and back its annexation

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Fighting in eastern Ukraine is putting a serious dent in tourism in Crimea — unless you're Russian. While Ukrainians and Europeans are staying away from the newly-annexed peninsula, Russians are making their usual beach trips there, and say the region is rightfully theirs.

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PRI's The World

Few in Ukraine are buying that Russia is sending a 'humanitarian' convoy to their country

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

There's a convoy of 280 military trucks heading form Russia to eastern Ukraine. Is it carrying humanitarian aid, or maybe a Russian invasion force? No one in Ukraine knows, but they wouldn't be shocked either way.

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Moscow has a long history of making interesting excuses for its military interventions

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

NATO says a Russian invasion of Ukraine is "highly probable." The Ukrainian government says a large convoy of humanitarian aid coming from Russia is just a "Trojan horse." If the humanitarian crisis is indeed a pretext for an invasion, it certainly wouldn't be Moscow's first time.

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A chess legend fails in his bid to become the sport's official king

Monday, August 11, 2014

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the current president of chess governing body FIDE, beat former world chess champion and Russian dissident Garry Kasparov to win another four-year term. The election turned bitter as the two men sparred over their political ties.

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C'est it ain't so! Russia bans French cheese and other European food imports

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin has banned most food imports from any country that has imposed sanctions on his country. That's left Russians scrambling to buy products like French cheese before it's all gone — and maybe asking bigger questions as well.

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An American faces a bewildering end to her decade in Russia

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

American Jennifer Gaspar is married to a Russian and has lived in the country for ten years. As of August 8, she's no longer welcome to stay. Her American citizenship, work with NGOs and prominent husband might have something to do with it — but no one is sure.

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A record Internet data heist can't be fixed with a password change

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

A group of Russian friends have stolen private information from 1.2 billion Internet users around the world, but the public doesn't know who was hit. We do know that it's hard to say your password is safe — and changing it probably won't help.

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This movie about a Soviet scientist may be the grandest experiment in film history, if it ever gets finished

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Dau was filmed in a full-size replica of a Soviet scientific institute featuring real-life physicists, Communist party bosses and former KGB agents. But you might never get the chance to see the results of the huge production.

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As Snowden looks on, Russia cracks down on Internet freedom

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Edward Snowden is back in the news. While the former NSA contractor has asked to prolong his stay in Russia, the country is taking steps to expand online surveillance of its own citizens.

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PRI's The World

From Russia-US relations to global terrorism, nuclear insecurity is as big a threat as ever

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Just under a year ago US and Russian signed an accord that would facilitate continued collaboration of US and Russian scientists on nuclear energy and safety. That accord has been put on ice in light of recent events in the Ukraine.

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The good part about leaving Russia is no longer having to apologize for its actions

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Author Masha Gessen left Russia seven months ago, leaving behind a burning shame over her former country's "continuing slide into darkness."

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The Takeaway

Can the West Curb Russia's Bad Behavior?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Even though the pressure is mounting from both Europe and the United States, it's possible sanctions may not go far enough. What’s taken the U.S. and E.U. so long to reach consensus on sanctions? And how is this changing the relationship between Western Europe and Russia?

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Political Gabfest: The Joe Biden's White Teeth Edition

Friday, July 25, 2014

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, John Dickerson, and special guest Julia Ioffe. This week: The chaotic war in Ukraine, the continued fight over Obamacare, and profiling Joe Biden.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Crisis over the MH17 atrocity

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Crisis over the MH17 atrocity

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The Takeaway

When the Skies Are Too Dangerous to Fly

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Less than a week after a Malaysia Airlines flight was shot out of the sky over a conflict zone in Ukraine, the FAA announced that no U.S. flights would be allowed to fly to Israel for a period of 24 hours after a rocket attack near Tel Aviv. What happens when the airspace becomes a war zone? 

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The Takeaway

Who Killed KGB Agent Alexander Litvinenko?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Amid growing tensions between Russia and the west, the U.K. government has decided to revisit the controversial death of former KGB Agent Alexander Litvinenko who was poisoned with radioactive polonium-210 in London in 2006.

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The Takeaway

In Russia, Propaganda Mounts Around MH17 Crash

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

In Russia, media coverage of the Malaysia Airlines crash is miles away from the way the situation is being depicted in the West. Kevin F. Platt talks about the role of Russian propaganda, and Dmitry Babich gives the perspective from Moscow.

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The Takeaway

Obama: What Are Russian Separatists Hiding?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Of the 298 people aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the Netherlands paid the greatest price, losing 193 of its people. Joining The Takeaway from the Netherlands to weigh in is Pieter Feith, a Dutch diplomat.

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