• How Collusion with Russia Helped Donald Trump Become US President

    On February 16, the Justice Department indicted thirteen Russians for interfering in the 2016 US presidential election. Donald J. Trump was elected with the slightest of margins in the electoral college, while losing the popular vote by 2.9 million. The fundamental question is if he won thanks to collusion with the Kremlin.

    Luke Harding, the Guardian’s veteran correspondent in Moscow, who was expelled by the Kremlin in 2011, has written an extraordinary investigation of this drama, Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win (Vintage Press).

    Harding is probably the most qualified person for this kind of investigation. Apart from his extensive reporting for the Guardian, he has written books about Wikileaks, the murder of Alexander Litvinenko who was poisoned by the FSB in London, the Snowden files, and the Russian mafia state. In elegant prose, he goes through the many accusations against Trump and his company for having colluded with the Kremlin.

    Harding leaves little doubt: It was collusion.

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  • Putin as Far as the Eye Can See, And Then What?

    The Russian presidential election will take place on March 18. The outcome of the election is obvious: Vladimir Putin will keep his seat. However, although the name of the president won’t change, the country will.

    March 18 won’t just mark the end of the election campaign. It will also launch Putin’s last term, which will expire in 2024. March 19 will be the first of 2,190 days after which a new life will begin in Russia, a life no one knows anything about. Many in Russia have had the sense for a long time that an era is ending. Now we know the exact dates.

    At that point, Putin will have four options to choose from.

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  • Four Years after the Maidan, How Is the Investigation Going?

    On February 18, 2014, the most tragic part of the Revolution of Dignity started; more than one hundred people were killed, several dozens went missing, and over a thousand were wounded in Kyiv on February 18-20.

    Yevhenia Zakrevska, the leading lawyer of the so-called Heavenly Hundred families who lost loved ones on the Maidan during this period, gave a detailed interview describing the status of the cases.

    What needs to be investigated? All of the crimes committed during the Revolution of Dignity have been consolidated into one solid “Maidan Case” that comprises 89 criminal proceedings in relation to the killings of 91 persons (78 protestors and 13 law enforcement officials).

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  • Simakovsky Quoted in The Guardian on Russia's Meddling in the 2016 Election

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  • Russians Charged with Meddling in 2016 US Election

    Thirteen Russians and three Russian entities have been indicted by a grand jury for interfering in the US presidential elections in 2016, US Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office said on February 16.

    The thirty-seven-page indictment alleges that Russians’ operations “included supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump...and disparaging Hillary Clinton,” Trump’s Democratic opponent, according to the Guardian.

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  • Simakovsky Quoted in CNBC on US Airstrike in Syria

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  • Fried in Politico Magazine: How Trump Can Hit the Reset Button on Russia Sanctions

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  • Galante Joins BBC to Discuss Russian Strategic Intent

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  • Russia: Is Syria’s Fate Libya’s Future?

    On February 17th, Libyans will celebrate the anniversary of a revolt that ultimately toppled and killed Muammar Qaddafi, ending his forty-two-year oppressive rule. This anniversary and others in the region are regrettable reminders of how the expectations in the immediate aftermath of the Arab Spring compare to the reality on the ground seven years later. Many countries that sought to depose a tyrannical leader now find themselves in worse circumstances. Libya and Syria in particular have faced extreme violence since 2011. In both states, the political and security vacuums from internal fractures allowed the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) to rise and thrive. In Syria, this same vacuum allowed Russia to gain military influence and involvement in the conflict. Russia is likely to use current unstable conditions in Libya today for its own interests, much as it has done in Syria, beginning over two years ago.

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  • Forget East-West and Language Divide. Politicians May Exploit New Wedge Issues in Ukraine’s Elections

    Ukraine has decisively moved toward the West. Previously pulled between East and West, Ukrainians are now more united on key issues that had previously rankled the country for decades. More Ukrainians want educational instruction in Ukrainian, greater numbers prefer EU and NATO membership, and support for democracy far outstrips support for a strongman.

    At the same time, the ongoing war waged by Russia and pro-Kremlin separatists has added new fault lines, and these divides will likely be exploited by politicians in the lead up to the 2019 presidential and parliamentary elections.

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