The Russian rulers, the mufti suggests, “would like to reduce Islam to the level of everyday religiosity and subordinate the entire religious hierarchy, structure, and preaching to the goals of the state.”  There is little chance they will succeed with Muslims in occupied Crimea; but they are unfortunately likely to try. 


Photo: Said Ismagilov, the mufti of the Umma Muslim Spiritual Directorate (MSD) of Ukraine


USA company Holtec International will supply engineering and equipment, etc.; will reduce Ukraine's energy dependence on Russia


Kseniya Kirillova says, with most Russians accepting the idea, backed by the Kremlin, that someone born in Russia “forever remains ‘the property’ of this country.”


Photo: A 1907 painting by Boris Kustodiev depicting the muzhiks listening to the proclamation of the Emancipation Manifesto in 1861 


Analyst: “An affirmative decision by the U.S. would have to be based on whether officials have the sense that the Russian government has good will in its declared willingness to end the armed conflict in Donbas. We don’t see this good will being present, but we don’t think it will even get that far.”


Photo: FARDC soldier rappelling from a helicopter during specialized training conducted by MONUSCO Bangladeshi Contingent [UN photo]

David Lipton, First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, at a meeting with the Ukraine Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman in Kyiv on Sept. 13.


Analyst: “Poroshenko is expecting that Western authorities will turn a blind eye to these methods because they need him in the war against Russia. However, we believe U.S. officials are using politicians like Saakashvili to keep Poroshenko in line.”


How do you tell Russia’s KGB successor organization – the FSB – from Russia’s criminal underworld? The only truthful answer is – You don’t! You can’t make the distinction because for all practical purposes there is none. And so long as a certain former KGB colonel sits atop the Russian power vertical, that fact is almost certain to remain unchanged.

Analyst: “We see it possible for the company to tap the Eurobond market to lower its average cost of debt, especially if Ukraine’s sovereign Eurobond will be successfully placed this month. We maintain our neutral view on RAILUA bond.


Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili speaks to the media in the western city of Lviv on September 12.


Bekeshkina: “If their land is to be Ukraine, then they will accept Ukraine. If it will be Russia, they will accept Russia. But they already understand now that Russia doesn’t want them and therefore they would like to return to their former lives.”


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