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Video: ultra-nationalist militants fighting alongside Ukraine’s army


The Ukrainian army made stunning gains over the weekend, overrunning pro-Russian insurgents in the eastern towns of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk after months of bitter fighting. But according to new video, members of Right Sector – an extremist group - are battling alongside regular army soldiers. Read more...
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Иранские истребители в Ираке.

Истребитель Sukhoi в Иранском флоте.
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Is this video of separatists executing two Ukrainian army officers staged?

 
The authenticity of a video that alleges to show the execution of two Ukrainian officers in the restive east of the country is under heavy scrutiny. In the footage, a masked man shoots two men hooded and facing the wall after a separatist leader – identified as Igor Bezler – addresses the camera and gives the order to fire. Read more…
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The fanciful claims of Russian propaganda amid Ukraine's crisis

 
As the threat of armed conflict hangs over Ukraine, Russian media outlets are firing the opening salvoes of a parallel propaganda war. But several reports have already raised eyebrows. We get to the bottom of three fanciful claims currently making the rounds. Read more...
 
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Sochi Olympic hotels: Awful or exaggerated?

 
As athletes and journalists from around the world stream into Sochi, where the Olympic Games are about to kick off, many have complained about poor infrastructure and shoddy hotels. Some of their photos are indeed damning, but, according to our Russian Observers, certain gripes have been blown out of proportion. Read more…
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Ukraine's 'Europe vs Russia' debate gets heated online

Will they or won’t they? Ukrainian leaders have gone back and forth on whether or not they will sign a historic free trade deal with the European Union at a summit on Thursday. On one side, Russia is strongly pressuring them not to; on the other, thousands of Ukrainians have demonstrated in favour of the agreement. The protest is also raging online, where many depict this as a choice between two paths – one day (hopefully) joining the European Union, or staying in the shadow of their former master Russia. Read more...

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Nailed testicles, giant phalluses: The shock tactics of Russian protest art

 
Muscovites were treated to a surreal sight on Sunday: a naked man who had nailed his testicles to the cobblestones in Red Square, in protest at what he sees as apathy in contemporary Russian society. In Russia, where modern art is rarely political, a handful of artists are resorting to ever more shocking methods in order to be heard. Read more...
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Nationalist march in Moscow: "A bizarre mix of Cossacks and skinheads"

 
On Russia’s National Unity Day, more than 8,000 protesters took to the streets in the southern outskirts of Moscow. While nationalists hold a march on this date every year, this year's protest, fueled by growing anti-immigrant anger, was much larger than in previous years. Read more...
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