Crimea: The Price of the Question

1380293_518544324929902_507880401_nBoris Akunin

I am not thinking of Ukraine right now. Well, [I’m thinking of] Ukraine as well … I wish this country all the best. It has shown, with courage and blood, that it is indeed a nation. I think that everything will go well for Ukraine even without Crimea. The West won’t be stingy with its assistance to turn Ukraine into a showcase of democratic values. Crimeans will surely bitterly regret that they separated.

But I am more occupied with the foreseeable future of my own country – Russia. It looks dark.

I want to ask those of my countrymen who are happy about the future pre-determined annexation of Crimea (who seem to make up the majority): do you even understand what this trophy will cost all of us?

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FULL TEXT of US Executive Order on Ukraine-Related Sanctions (including names & Russian officials)

Obama’s New Executive Order Names Names Against Whom USA Sanctions Are Applied (Full Text)

Voices of Ukraine

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
March 17, 2014

FACT SHEET: Ukraine-Related Sanctions


President Obama today issued a new Executive Order (E.O.) under the national emergency with respect to Ukraine that finds that the actions and policies of the Russian government with respect to Ukraine -– including through the deployment of Russian military forces in the Crimea region of Ukraine –- undermine democratic processes and institutions in Ukraine; threaten its peace, security, stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity; and contribute to the misappropriation of its assets.

This new authority expands upon E.O. 13660, which the President signed less than two weeks ago, by authorizing the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, to impose sanctions on named officials of the Russian government, any individual or entity that operates in the Russian arms industry, and any designated individual or entity that…

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Why did the US open up its oil reserves?


Who really controls the raw materials valve at the height of the Crimean crisis

Participants of the discussion: Stepan Pachikov, Joseph Raskin, Alla Fleming, Kiril Barkunov, Denis Lunin

We are not in lockstep with why the Cold War finished 25 years ago. Every student in the US will tell you that President Reagan adroitly ruined the Evil Empire: not only did he drag the Soviets into the needless Arms Race, he also left the Kremlin elders without their petrodollars, thus collapsing prices. Continue reading

U.S. SANCTIONS: FULL TEXT of Executive Order Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine

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Executive Order Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
March 6, 2014

Related: Message to Congress Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.) (NEA), section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (8 U.S.C. 1182(f)), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code,

I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, find that the actions and policies of persons — including persons who have asserted governmental authority in the Crimean region without the authorization of the Government of Ukraine — that undermine democratic processes…

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Money from the Yanukovyches, Azarovs and Kluyevs to return

Friday, March 7, 2014, 08:21

On Thursday, the EU has published the list of Ukrainian officials against whom sanctions were applied and accounts of which are now frozen in banks of Europe. Europe is freezing the accounts of ex-president Viktor Yanukovych, his sons Olexandr and Victor, as well as heads of security agencies, the Cabinet of Ministers and the Presidential Administration.

The reason for the inclusion of all of these former officials to the list is that they are already defendants in the case of embezzling funds from the Ukrainian budget and withdrawing it from the country. Full list of people of Yanukovych’s regime that came under EU sanctions include: Continue reading