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Crimean Winemakers Look to Shed the Rot Gut Label

New York Times - 19 Oct 2017
Seizing Crimea spurred patriotic fervor across Russia, prompting a run on Crimean wine. Some unscrupulous businessmen, sensing an opportunity for windfall profits, slapped “Bottled in Crimea” labels on any old plonk, some even imported from abroad.

When a Russian loves a Ukrainian (blog) - 22 Oct 2017
Alyona is a Ukrainian journalist from Kiev and a liberal; Sasha is a former marine from Sevastopol and a Russian patriot. They meet at the ruins of a medieval city in Crimea in the summer of 2013 and fall in love. As the anti-government protests in ...

How Russia Is Playing Catalonia To Get A Reprieve On Crimea

Forbes - 16 Oct 2017
Among Russia's biggest headaches is the widespread condemnation of its annexation of Crimea in March of 2014. Vladimir Putin still smarts from the November 2016 International Criminal Court (ICC) finding that “there exists a sensible or reasonable ...

In Crimea, Russian Land Grab Feeds Cries of 'Carpetbaggers!'

New York Times - 30 Sep 2017
SEVASTOPOL, Crimea — More than three years after Russia snatched Crimea from Ukraine, the peninsula is suffering through an extended season of discontent. Shady, Kremlin-appointed bureaucrats are proving to be just as corrupt and inept as their ...

UN accuses Russia of violating human rights in Crimea

BBC News - 25 Sep 2017
Russia is committing "grave human rights violations" in Crimea, according to a report by the United Nations. The UN human rights agency says it has documented arbitrary arrests, torture and at least one extra-judicial execution in the region. "There is ...

Russia Ukraine: Motorway arch towed out for Crimea bridge

BBC News - 11 Oct 2017
A key part of the road and rail bridge Russia is building across the Black Sea to Crimea has been towed out. The motorway arch will be installed between pillars in the Kerch Strait, where a railway arch has already been erected, with ships able to pass ...

Crimea and punishment

The Hindu - 14 Oct 2017
Bitter harvest:“Karnataka, where gherkin cultivation covers 20 out of the 30 districts, accounts for more than 60% of India's production.” (Above): Workers in the final stages of pack gherkins with acid preservatives and vinegar in Ranebennuru in ...

Russian Authorities Detain Crimean Tatar Protesters In Crimea

RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty - 14 Oct 2017
Dozens of people have been detained in the Russia-occupied Ukrainian region of Crimea for demonstrating in defense of Crimean Tatars. Lawyer Emil Kurbedinov said on October 14 that more than 100 people had staged one-person protests across Crimea ...

Why Catalonia Will Fail Where Crimea Succeeded

Bloomberg - 04 Oct 2017
There are good reasons why the Russian propaganda machine backed Sunday's Catalan referendum and the Ukrainian foreign ministry denounced it " as "illegitimate." The Catalan situation draws comparisons with that in Crimea in 2014, and they are not as ...

Crimea Isn't the End of Russia's Black Sea Ambitions

Bloomberg - 11 Oct 2017
Crimea, which became part of the Ukrainian Soviet Republic in 1954, remains a center of tension between Russia and the West, now embodied by NATO. Russia has formally annexed it, controls a significant portion of southeastern Ukraine through proxy ...

Ukraine bans Russian rouble note picturing Crimea

The Times - 15 Oct 2017
Ukraine's national bank has banned financial institutions from handling new Russian banknotes that feature landmarks from annexed Crimea. The 200-rouble note should not be exchanged or handled, said the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU). The note is ...

Russia Puts Crimea Themes On New Banknote

RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty - 12 Oct 2017
Russia is introducing a new banknote showing images of Ukraine's annexed Crimea region. The new 200 ruble ($3.5) note was presented by Central Bank chief Elvira Nabiullina at a press conference in Moscow on October 12. It shows a naval memorial in ...

Russian security agency says it busted Crimea extremist cell

ABC News - 11 Oct 2017
FILE - In this Wednesday, March 11, 2017 file photo, Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar activists hold paper figures symbolizing victims of the Russian annexation of Crimea during a demonstration in Kiev, Ukraine. Russia's domestic security agency has charged ...

Russia raising taxes to fund projects in Crimea, Kaliningrad and Far East

The Ukrainian Weekly (press release) - 20 Oct 2017
Second, the two newly announced tariff hikes resemble a kind of “solidarity tax,” imposed on every citizen in order to raise money for the most sensitive and “strategic” parts of the country. Crimea, the Kaliningrad exclave and the Far Eastern part of ...

US accuses Russia of campaign of oppression of Crimean Tatars

Ukrinform. Ukraine and world news - 20 Oct 2017
"The restrictions on freedom of expression in Russia-occupied Crimea are appalling. We are concerned by reports that at least 49 Crimean Tatars were arbitrarily detained on October 14 for staging one-person protests in towns all around the Crimean ...

Council Staffers Fired for Bitcoin Mining in Crimea

CoinDesk - 05 Oct 2017
RIA Novosti reports that the two unnamed individuals were employees of the Council of Ministers of Crimea, part of the disputed territory's executive branch. The news service indicates the workers installed mining software on computers owned by the ...

The Only Thing Catalonia and Crimea Have in Common Is the Letter C

Atlantic Council (press release) (blog) - 11 Oct 2017
The inconvenient backdrop to Crimea's referendum in favor of joining Russia was violence. Its institutions had just been occupied, its federal government was being dismembered by the Russian military, opponents were murdered, its local press was shut ...

Ukraine bans Russian banknote with Crimea image

The Punch - 13 Oct 2017
Ukraine said on Friday it was banning a new Russian banknote showing an image of the Crimean peninsula that the Kremlin annexed in 2014. The announcement came one day after Moscow unveiled a new note worth 200 rubles ($3.50) featuring a naval ...

The Ongoing Assault on Crimea

The Weekly Standard - 06 Oct 2017
A fine example of that is the recent release of a report from its special investigative mission on human-rights abuses in Crimea. The U.N. verdict? There have been “multiple and grave” violations—up to and including illegal detentions and kidnappings ...

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