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March 14, 1999
Who can say which is better? In Russia they are financially bankrupt and in America we are morally bankrupt. BARBARA D. MAYER Encino
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WORLD
April 25, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
SEOUL -- President Obama conceded Friday that sanctions on Russia may not force President Vladimir Putin to alter his decisions on Ukraine, but he then offered a spirited defense of how they might still influence a leader he said is “not a stupid man.” Putin surely realizes that sanctions have hurt the Russian economy, Obama said, and knows there is much more pain ahead if he doesn't live up to his pledge to ease tensions in Ukraine, where Russian-speaking...
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OPINION
March 14, 2014 | By Corey Johnson and Tim Boersma
The European Union and the United States recognize that there are ways they could play constructive roles in resolving the Ukraine crisis. But some of the suggestions revolving around natural gas and oil being floated suggest a profound misunderstanding of the politics, economics and geography of energy in the region. The notion that Europe and Ukraine could somehow become independent of Russian energy resources is utterly unrealistic. Russia is a resource economy, a Saudi Arabia with lots of imperial baggage.
WORLD
April 25, 2014 | Kathleen Hennessey, Christi Parsons
The White House said Saturday that the world's leading industrialized nations had agreed to impose targeted sanctions on Russia as early as Monday in response to its actions toward neighboring Ukraine. "Leaders have agreed that there must be further sanctions on Russia for their actions," a senior Obama administration official said. "Each country will determine which targeted sanctions they will impose. These sanctions will be coordinated and complementary, but not necessarily identical.
WORLD
April 13, 2010 | By Megan K. Stack
The last time Patimat Magomedova saw her daughter, she was puttering around the house, manicuring her nails and using henna to dye her hair bright red. It's high time we take care of the garden, the mother remembers Mariyam Sharipova saying that Friday. Let's plant raspberries, cucumbers, greens. And we have to do something about the kitchen, maybe get some pretty new dishes. By evening, the young woman had vanished from the house in this remote mountain village in the Russian republic of Dagestan.
WORLD
March 7, 2010
The head of Russia's main security agency has confirmed that a prominent militant connected with last year's fatal bombing of a passenger train has been killed in Ingushetia. In footage shown on Russian television, Federal Security Service director Alexander Bortnikov made the report to President Dmitry Medvedev. Bortnikov said Alexander Tikhomirov, a Caucasus rebel ideologue who went by the nom de guerre of Said Buryatsky, was among eight insurgents killed in a police operation this week in the hamlet of Ekazhevo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1997
"Russia's Ugly Little Secret: Misogyny" (Dec. 6) tells us that in Russia, gallantry is merely a facade and underneath it all women are treated very poorly, but one undeniable statistic tells us more about the relative treatment of men and women than any other. Russia has the largest gap between male and female life expectancy, with women outliving men by 14 years. ROBERT WEVERKA San Mateo
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1993
When putsch came to shove, President Boris Yeltsin knew just what to do. JACK TYNAN Silver Lake
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1999
I was thoroughly disgusted with the Sept. 21 commentary by Anatol Lieven, "Let's Help Russia Against the Chechens." Perhaps Lieven would like the West to send Russia a few more billion dollars so that they can continue their genocidal destruction of the Chechen people. RICHARD J. WIDERYNSKI Long Beach
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1994
As part of the United States' outreach to the new Russia, President Clinton should expand the mission of the Peace Corps, recruit the patriotic Ross Perot, and offer him as a political consultant to Vladimir Zhirinovsky. E. P. MACUS South Pasadena
WORLD
April 24, 2014 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - As President Obama warned of possible new U.S. sanctions against Russia, a senior Ukrainian official Thursday urged the West to move immediately to impose penalties against entire sectors of the Russian economy. Danylo Lubkivsky, Ukraine's deputy foreign minister, said the United States and Europe need to move beyond sanctions on individuals to the more far-reaching “sectoral” sanctions because Russia “has already crossed the red line.” With Russia sending more troops to its region bordering Ukraine, “we have to do it right now,” he said in an appearance at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington.
NEWS
April 24, 2014 | By Olga Grigoryants, guest blogger
After pro-Russia forces entered Crimea this year, many of my American friends were aghast and worried that the situation might escalate. But in Russia, where I grew up, it's an alternate universe.  My friends and family are outraged at those who oppose the intrusion. Instead of being appalled by the violence threatening Ukraine's sovereignty, they are irate about Western critiques of President Vladimir Putin and his policies. Every time I post something supporting Ukraine on Facebook, such as a recent article about members of pro-Russia forces attacking opposition leaders in Crimea, my Russian friends lash out, calling me brainwashed.
WORLD
April 24, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
HORLIVKA, Ukraine - Yelena Rybak sat quietly next to her husband for an hour under their carport, alone and for the last time. She touched his battered face and stroked his cold hands, as if the warmth of her fingers might still wake him. Then it was time for the young, bearded priest, who arrived with several dozen relatives, friends and sympathizers. They escorted Yelena and 42-year-old Volodymyr from the gray-brick house through a wooden fence and onto a narrow street of buckling pavement.
WORLD
April 23, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- President Obama says Russia is not yet holding up its si de of an agreement to de -escalate tension in Ukraine, and he suggested that the U.S. and its allies are prepared to hit Moscow with additional sanctions in coming days.   “So far at least, we've seen them not abi de by the spirit or the letter of the agreement in Geneva,” Obama told reporters at a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday, the first full day of a four-country tour through Asia.
WORLD
April 23, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday accused the United States of orchestrating the Ukraine crisis for geopolitical gain and warned that Russia will "certainly respond" if its interests in Ukraine are attacked. In an interview with state-run Russia Today television, Lavrov linked Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Kiev on Tuesday to the Ukrainian government's resumption of efforts to oust pro-Russia gunmen holding police stations and government buildings in a dozen towns and cities in eastern Ukraine.
OPINION
April 23, 2014 | By Jaak Treiman, Juris Bunkis and Daiva Navarrette
After Russia's recent actions in Ukraine, it's no surprise that other countries bordering Russia are wondering where they stand on Vladimir Putin's shopping list. That they are on the list is a given. Article 61 of Russia's Constitution promises that "the Russian Federation shall guarantee its citizens defense and patronage beyond its boundaries. " In other words, Russia shall protect any Russian citizen who is mistreated while outside Russia. On its face, Article 61 may seem reasonable.
OPINION
January 4, 2002
The economic conditions you describe in Russia ("After Fitful Start, Revolution Finally Underway in Russia," Jan. 1), a tiny but burgeoning upper class combined with a vast multitude of stagnant, exploited poor, are exactly the same as those that characterized the Russia of a century ago and led to bloody revolution. This is no cause for optimism. Both during the glory days of the czars and the salad days of the Revolution, foreign commentators marveled at the potential for progress in Russia, only to see their predictions evaporate like the fleeting Russian summer.
WORLD
April 23, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams
DONETSK, Ukraine - Ukrainian government troops on Wednesday claimed to have swept out pro-Russia gunmen from a town in embattled eastern Ukraine, an operation the Kremlin warned could spark retaliation. The Ukrainian Interior Ministry statement that Svyatogorsk was under government control was dismissed as "a propaganda lie" by a leader of insurgents holding nearby Slovyansk, scene of the most violent and destabilizing clashes of the separatist movement that has been gaining momentum since Russia's annexation of Crimea last month.
WORLD
April 22, 2014 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon said Tuesday that it was sending 600 soldiers to Eastern Europe for military exercises in response to “aggression” by Russia in Ukraine, the first U.S. ground forces dispatched to the region in the 2-month-old crisis. The 173 rd Infantry Brigade, a U.S. Army airborne unit based in Vicenza, Italy, will deploy 150-soldier companies to Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia over the next month and will rotate more U.S. forces to those and possibly other countries at least through the end of the year, Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, told reporters.
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