According to [Tamara] Guzenkova, Yanukovych’s Message is “an ideological and political victory of the pro-European lobby” with a conscious lowering of the importance of that country’s Eurasian ties to a matter of secondary importance.  That in turn means that Russian-Ukrainian relations are going to be “fraught with conflicts, alienation and mutual disappointment.”

 

 

Under conditions of terror, Russia will inevitably become a battlefield of numerous elite clans” who will in the end destroy themselves in “’battles without rules.’” A first glance might suggest that this is “a war of all against all,” but in fact, it is even more frightening: it opens the way for “a new class” even more unprincipled and cruel than the one in power.

“Moscow has closed down Ukrainian language sites in the Russian Federation, including most prominently, the Ukrainian Word of Russia, which was shuttered in 2009 after two years of operation.  And it has carefully monitored both regional and all-Russian ethnic Ukrainian organizations.”

“The Ministry of Education, which supports a Soviet-style draft law devised by three rectors, was not happy with the decision and started a new, behind-the-scenes campaign to discredit the alternative draft laws. Its main plank of opposition is to anything that promotes university autonomy.”

 

“The Central Asians and Azerbaijanis continue to have higher fertility rates than do the Slavs, and while the demographic catastrophe that has occurred among Russians and Ukrainians after 1991 might not have been as severe had the USSR survived, the numbers of these two nations would nonetheless have stayed more or less constant or fallen, as they have in Ukraine.”

 

The Frishberg & Partners law firm has published a new article on Cabinet of Ministers Resolution No. 322 that includes a shortened list of necessary documents for those seeking temporary residence

 

Whatever the Soviet and Russian governments say, Lebedev argues, “Galicia before [1939] had never been Russian, and despite the passage of more than 73 years, it has not become genuinely Ukrainian either.” That is because its residents for centuries lived in other empires and states” and thus had different experiences and expectations. By annexing, the Soviet leadership unintentionally and “with its own hands” brought within the borders of the USSR “’a Trojan horse’” which contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and lies behind anti-Russian developments in Ukraine over the last two decades. 

“Crimea, except for Sevastopol, was finally pulled out from under Russian jurisdiction with the collapse of the Soviet Union,” Gulevich writes. Kyiv was strong enough to prevent Crimea from going its own way but not strong enough to prevent the Crimean Tatars from creating their own organs of power on the peninsula and their own “foreign ministry – the Milli Mejlis Department for Foreign Relations” – to establish ties with other countries.

 

Goble: The Ukrainian camps for Russians interested in separating from Moscow will run from July 15 to August 31, feature courses on organizing civic resistance, battling law enforcement and the FSB, agitation and propaganda, as well as seminars on ‘the theoretical foundations of Russian autonomy and the theology of the Russian Autonomous Church.’”

 

A top Russian presidential advisor gives the Yanukovych forces an unmistakable message that their plan for a foot in the EU and a foot in the Customs Union is just a dream with no basis in reality

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