All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Russia’

Russia Frees ‘Pussy Riot’ Members

Two incarcerated members of the Russian protest-punk band ‘Pussy Riot’ were released from a Russian prison Monday, due to a new amnesty legislation which some watchdog groups view as a Kremlin public relations stunt in time for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Pussy Riot members Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were found guilty of hooliganism with religious undertones of hatred …

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Vladimir Putin Signs Pardon for Mikhail Khodorkovsky

In an act that surprised the world, Russian President Vladimir Putin pardoned former billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky at the end of his annual press conference on Thursday. Some have speculated that the pardon was an attempt by Putin to appease world leaders who have expressed concern over Russia’s human rights record prior to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Leaders such as …

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Brian Boitano: “Being Gay Is Just One Part Of Who I Am”

After years of singing along to South Park’s “What Would Brian Boitano Do?”, we now have an answer – and it doesn’t include staying trapped in a closet, R. Kelly style. After Russia’s legalized banning of gay propaganda banning the Sochi Olympics right back seemed like the best move to many Americans. However, Obama eschewed this choice earlier this year …

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Russia May Free Pussy Riot Members

As the Winter Olympics being held in Sochi in February draw near, Russia’s parliament passed a new amnesty bill on Wednesday, which is widely viewed as being a measure to calm international watchdog groups over the Kremlin’s human rights records. The bill would likely free the two imprisoned members of the Pussy Riot punk band, as well as a 30-member …

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Pussy Riot And Greenpeace Members May Be Freed Early

Pussy Riot released the video for Like A Red Prison earlier this year. Many wondered if the video served as a political statement in relation to last year’s imprisonment of members from the musical group who were punished for involvement in a “punk prayer” mocking Vladimir Putin. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina were sentenced to two years in prison with …

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Ukraine Signs Controversial Pact With Russia

Earlier today Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych signed agreements with Russian President Vladmir Putin that anti-government protesters in Ukraine have been dreading. Ukraine has been struggling economically, with the European Union slow to respond to the country’s plea for financial aid. Despite the organization’s skepticism regarding Ukraine’s intentions, they remain highly critical of Russia’s attempts to interfere. When Ukraine initially reached …

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Russia Boosts Ukraine Economy with $15 Billion Loan

Over the past month, Ukraine has faced its largest series of anti-government protests since the Orange Revolution in 2004, where thousands of citizens protested what appeared to be a corrupt and fraudulent presidential election. This series of protests are not the result of election fraud, but rather outrage against current president Viktor Yanukovych and his decision to not sign the …

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Ukrainian Rally Draws Massive Anti-Government Crowd

Even after violent confrontations with police this past week, Ukrainian anti-government protesters have shown they will not be deterred. Well over 200,000 disgruntled citizens packed into Independence Square in Kiev. They marched through ultra cold temperatures in a bid to make clear their dissatisfaction with the current administration. Protests began on November 21st when current president, Viktor Yanukovych, made the …

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Greg Louganis Opposes Sochi Olympic Boycott

Greg Louganis is opposed to a boycott of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Instead of boycotting the Olympics, Louganis urged athletes to dedicate their performances to the gay family and friends who have supported them. “If you have a supportive aunt, uncle, cousin, friend who is gay, you don’t win a gold medal by yourself. There is a team of …

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Ukraine Protesters Gain Traction; Police Back Down

Early Wednesday morning, riot police in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, withdrew from two separate areas where protesters were demonstrating. This move by the police signifies progress being made on behalf of the Ukrainian opposition party, which has seen brutal crackdowns during their protests over the past month. Many of the protesters are optimistic that this withdraw of troops represents a shift …

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Mi-17 Helicopter Purchases Raise Questions

The Associated Press is reporting that the United States Pentagon just spent roughly $1 billion on dozens of Russian Mi-17 rotorcrafts. Previously it had been reported that there was a great amount of difficulty in securing a deal and there was some speculation that it might not happen. The helicopters were purchased for the Afghan military, and it was claimed …

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Yulia Tymoshenko Case May Delay EU Agreement

Ukraine was one of the fifteen satellite states compromising the Soviet Union from 1922 to the dissolution of the of the USSR in 1991. Since that time, Ukraine has been trying to find its footing as an independent European nation, a journey which has been wrought with struggles due to its proximity to and past with Russia. In 2004, Ukraine …

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