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Mar 1, 2015

Russians to march in memory of murdered critic of Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Opposition supporters will march through Moscow on Sunday in memory of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, whose murder has increased concern about Russia’s future among opponents of President Vladimir Putin.

Thousands of people laid flowers and lit candles on Saturday on a bridge near the Kremlin where the opposition politician and former deputy prime minister was shot dead late on Friday.

Feb 28, 2015

Russian opposition leader Nemtsov shot dead in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s involvement in the war in Ukraine, was shot dead steps from the Kremlin in central Moscow late on Friday.

Nemtsov, 55, was shot four times in the back by assailants in a white car as he walked across a bridge over the Moskva River with a Ukrainian woman who was unhurt.

Feb 23, 2015

Putin surveys the map as he ponders next move on Ukraine

MOSCOW (Reuters) – In Russia, Vladimir Putin likes to portray himself as the saviour of the nation. In Europe and the United States he has come to be seen as a threat to the new world order.

What the Russian president does next in Ukraine is key to the country’s future, as well as that of Europe and his own.

Feb 18, 2015

Putin calls West’s bluff over Ukraine peace deal

MOSCOW, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin has called
Europe’s bluff over east Ukraine as Russia-backed separatists
seize a strategic town in defiance of a ceasefire brokered by
France and Germany.

The attack on Debaltseve by rebels loyal to the Russian
president amounts to a test of the West’s resolve to stand up to
him – at the risk of an escalation of the conflict.

Feb 6, 2015

German, French leaders head for Moscow to press for Ukraine peace

MOSCOW/KIEV, (Reuters) – The leaders of Germany and France are expected to take peace proposals to Moscow on Friday on the second leg of a dramatic initiative to end a confict in Ukraine that has killed more than 5,000 people and driven Russia-West relations to new lows.

The coordinated trip by Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Francois Hollande to see Russia’s Vladimir Putin followed five hours of late-night talks with Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko in snow-bound Kiev.

Feb 3, 2015

Sending arms to Kiev would be big gamble for U.S.

MOSCOW/KIEV, Feb 3 (Reuters) – By considering giving weapons
to Kiev, the United States could be contemplating a risky
venture which advocates say would help end the conflict in
Ukraine but opponents warn might fan the flames of war.

A senior U.S. administration official said on Monday no
decision had been made on whether to send arms to help Ukrainian
forces fight Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Jan 28, 2015

Putin eyes benefits as rebels gain in Ukraine

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Boxed into a corner by a financial crisis and the West’s refusal to drop sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has come out fighting.

After a relative lull in the conflict in east Ukraine since a ceasefire deal was reached last September, separatists have launched a new offensive. Kiev says the rebels are supported by 9,000 Russian soldiers.

Jan 23, 2015

Putin blames Ukraine’s “criminal orders” for new fighting

MOSCOW, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin
blamed “criminal orders” by Ukrainian leaders on Friday for a
surge in fighting in east Ukraine, and Russian-backed
separatists struck a bellicose tone in ruling out seeking more
peace talks.

Putin’s remarks, and the comments by the separatists’ main
leader, signalled a hardening of positions in a conflict which
the U.N. human rights office said had killed more than 5,000
people, including 262 in the last nine days.

Jan 21, 2015

Putin not flinching on Ukraine despite economic crisis

MOSCOW, Jan 21 (Reuters) – A surge in violence in east
Ukraine is undermining international hopes that Russia’s
financial crisis and Western sanctions will force President
Vladimir Putin to change policy on the conflict.

There is a growing sense of foreboding as fighting between
Ukrainian government forces and separatists intensifies,
complicating efforts to arrange summit talks involving Ukraine,
Russia, France and Germany.

Jan 15, 2015

Police stand by for now as Kremlin critic defies house arrest

MOSCOW, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Ten days after cutting off his
monitoring tag and declaring he would not stay under house
arrest, Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny says Russian police are
standing by while he walks out of his door.

Although the house arrest order has not been lifted since an
embezzlement case against him ended in a suspended sentence on
Dec. 30, no one has stopped him from walking out of his Moscow
apartment or giving a radio interview.

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      "Timothy Heritage is Brussels Bureau Chief and European Affairs Editor, responsible for coverage of the European Union. He has previously been based in Moscow, Jerusalem, Paris, London, Warsaw and Belgrade, covering events ranging from the fall of Communism and conflict in the Balkans and Middle East to the euro zone debt crisis."
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