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Fred Weir
Works at christian science monitor
Attended university of toronto
Lives in moscow, russia
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In the past, Russia was an empire, then a communist colossus, then a 'defeated' power expected to adopt Western ways. But current tensions with the West are fostering what may be the birth of a distinct Russian nationalism.
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Poles have joined critics in Moscow and eastern Ukraine in opposing a new Ukrainian law that would grant World War II-era nationalists an honored status. The nationalists killed tens of thousands of Poles during the war.
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Ukraine's reformers are figuring out how to move the levers of power from Kiev and the oligarchs to the individual regions – but without fracturing the country.
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No one in Russian-speaking Kharkiv wants to follow rebels into open revolt. But locals say Kiev has no idea how badly it's aggravating the region with its initiatives, including the 'Great Wall of Ukraine.'
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The foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine on Monday called for incremental steps to de-escalate the fighting in eastern Ukraine. But the two sides have yet to agree on a long-term political settlement.
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A pair of Russian film-director brothers are proposing a new fast food restaurant to challenge Western chains like McDonald's in sanctions-beset Russia.
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The US secretary's visit to Russia, on the heels of a visit by Angela Merkel, suggests that the Kremlin and the West are trying to cooperate on international issues like Iran and Ukraine.
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The Kremlin may use the pomp and circumstance of the annual celebration to improve its own image. But the day is also dear to average Russians – who see Western leaders' decision to stay away as offensive.
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Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov has turned the nominally Russian region into a legal black hole where Russian law doesn't apply. On Wednesday, he told his forces to shoot any Russian federal officer in the territory without his permission.
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'We have a total kleptocratic state,' says Yegor Sobolev, Ukraine's lead anti-graft legislator. But he is cheerfully confident that 'we will win.'
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Kiev has passed new laws that outlaw communist symbols and honor Ukrainian nationalists connected to Nazis and ethnic cleansing during World War II. Experts say the timing could not be worse.
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Greek Prime Minister Alex Tsipras and Vladimir Putin were all smiles at the Kremlin today. But it's unclear how far that warmth will go in serving their countries' needs.
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    correspondent, present
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From Toronto, Canada. Have lived in Moscow, Russia, since 1986
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    modern european history, 1985
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