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While annexing Crimea without firing a shot, Russia began to sign another conquest at very different latitudes. The UN commission on limits of the continental shelf has recognized the right on an area of 52,000 square kilometers in the sea of Okhotsk, off the coast of Kamchatka.
There were no news about lieutenant Nadezhda Savchenko since she was captured by separatist in east Ukraine and imprisoned in Lugansk, until she was taken to court in Voronezh, Russia. She is charged of murder and illegal immigration. According to the Ukrainians she was kidnapped by FSB, while Russians claim she illegally crossed the border fleeing from Ukraine. Still a major indication of Moscow involvement in Donbass civil war.
When it comes prices, Alexey Miller is second to none. Last year, for example, he wanted to buy a tablet that wouldn't cost more than $ 3.7 million. The head of Gazprom is certainly used to count dollars in millions, and it's not hard to see why since it is head of a colossus of 153 billion dollars in revenue in 2012. So, when we talk about the price of gas for Ukraine, we have to be careful.
The two shores of the of Øresund Strait have never been so far apart: the results of the European elections have left in common between Sweden and Denmark only the disappointment of respective government parties, Fredrik Reinfeldt’s Moderates (center-right) in Sweden and Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s Social Democrats in Denmark.
On June 6th, Standard & Poor's has returned the "A-" to Ireland, too late for Labour, halved to 5.3 per cent by the European elections of May 25th 2014: this is a problem also for the government, whose largest party, Fine Gael led by Prime Minister Enda Kenny, has remained at the first place with twenty-two per cent of the vote (22.3) and has got four seats in the EU Parliament, but was reached again by Fianna Fáil (22.3) which however, because of the situations in the constituencies, has only had one candidate elected.
While Italy was celebrating the anniversary of the republic, dozens of civilians were killed in broad daylight in the central square of Lugansk, Ukraine. Who shot the fire? The net is being waged with explanations of plots and conspiracy, and the fighitng parties have accused each other of the massacre. We try to do a reconstruction, using videos uploaded on the network, satellite images, and geolocated photos.
They call it the New Russia, but his idea goes back to the time of the czars, when Ukraine was called "Little Russia" and a large part of its territory belonged to Moscow. Novorossija was founded on May 23 at a hotel in Donetsk – proclaimed its capital – with the aim of creating a traditionalist and orthodox state, and one day reunite with the great Mother Russia.
After the recent tragedy at the Soma mine - where over three hundred people died - Turkish police opened fire on activists in the district of Okmeydani in Istanbul. During the clashes, two people lost their lives in less than 24 hours. Istanbul police launched an operation this morning in the Okmeydani neighborhood, a district where the hostility between security forces and Alevi and left-wing factions is growing up after Berkin Elvan's death.
The 18 of May Tatars in Crimea commemorated 70 years since their people were deported to Central Asia by Josef Stalin, but the self-proclaimed authorities of the peninsula didn’t welcome the commemoration. Crimean Tatar leader, Mustafa Dzhemilev, is banned by de facto authorities from entering Crimea, while the community calls for its self-determination and territorial autonomy.
The lack of cohesion in Europe is a current issue, but strong ties are not lacking in the history of national states away from each other, as pointed out in April by a series of conferences held in Rome about the "Kalevala", which inspired movements for Finnish independence, becoming - from fascinating treasure chest of popular traditions - a symbolic history of the eastern lands of Finland.
The Eurovision song contest, long before the Italian TV decided to broadcast it, has been a top of the year happening in the past two decades for all the Eastern and former USSR countries. No surprise of the strong reactions by the most conservative ones as the winner of this year competition is a bearded transgender. They show two different ways of understanding freedom and democracy; and this involves the future of Ukraine, too.
The dead toll of May 2 clashes in Odessa is still counting as Ukraine is entering its most dangerous days since its independence. The anti-terror operation is on the verge in eastern regions of the country, while separatists have announced a Crimean-styled independence referendum on May 11.
Slovyansk has become the pivot of the Ukrainian crisis, occupying the front pages of international newspapers and the headlines of the news channels all over the world. Only a few of us had heard its name before, and probably nobody would have bet a cent on its role in the eastern separatist movement, looking more to towns like Donetsk and Lughansk. Good to know, the biggest weapons stockpile of all Eastern Europe is hidden in the city’s underground.
The Eurasian Union makes today a step forward, as the prime ministers of Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan – the funding members of the Custom Union – are meeting in Moscow to discuss an agreement for the establishment of the Eurasian Economic Union, a second stage towards a broader political union. But Ukraine is still the missing tile.
C’è chi, ancora oggi, considera la Grecia e la Turchia come gli ultimi paesi-nemici d’Europa. Le ferite delle guerre passate si sono quasi del tutto rimarginate, ma non per tutti i popoli. E nell’immaginario politico popolare sono proprio i Greci e i Turchi a non aver ancora del tutto abbandonato il proprio passato da nemici di guerra, che traspare ancora nei rapporti tra cittadini turchi e greci che spesso minano una possibilità di dialogo a causa di pregiudizi storico-culturali.
Rumors about the killing of Chechen’s terrorist group leader Doku Umarov have been spreading since last summer, but only today Russian authorities confirmed his death. The “Caucasian Osama bin Laden” has been Kremlin’s number one enemy for years and now that he is dead an empty seat is available in the “Islamic Caucasus Emirate”.