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Jamala's win must lead to support for Crimean Tatars
It was clear even during the semi-finals of Eurovision that the presence of Ukraine's Jamala and her song about the genocide of the Crimean Tatars by the USSR had already drawn attention to the plight of her people - I saw a number of tweets saying as much....
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Boris' 'Kenyan ancestry' slur has UK roots
When Boris Johnston's Sun column appeared earlier today attacking President Obama and a storm blew up I assumed one thing - he'd got the idea from the American kook-o-sphere. After all, there were plenty of snake oil salesmen making money off the US right f...
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There's a similarly bizarre baddie Ukranians plot in the 'Sherlock Holmes in NYC' show 'Elemental'. My mouth fell open seeing it.
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Большинство жителей России уверены в том, что весь мир ненавидит Россию. Пропаганда в Западных СМИ злобная и беспощадная, и рисует негативный образ России, обеляет Украину, чтобы они не делали. Так ли это? Я только что...
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When Soviet hipsters risked jail for Jazz
Cross post from Little Green Footballs . Here's a fantastic little documentary on the time when Jazz, Rock'n'Roll, anything sung by an emigre, even 'gypsy' music was illicit in the USSR.

How people managed to distribute music is extraordinary - they used x...
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If Labour Moderates Were Football Fans ...
[Click for larger version] Reblogged with permission from my mate Jake Goretzki , who is a self-described 'September the Twelfther' (one of those who left the Labour Party on the day that Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader).  Jake says that the idea behind hi...
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Putin is persecuting Russian anarchists + antifa
Dmitry Buchenkov. CC avtonom.org. Reblogged with permission . ==== By Dmitry Okrest. At the beginning of December, Dmitry Buchenkov became the latest person in Russia’s ‘Bolotnaya Case’ , a series of investigations and trials into Russia’s opposition now in...
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Persecution of Crimean Tatars needs sanctions response
Hoardings on the border. Left: On your way to Crimean Tatar Autonomy. Right:
On your way from Crimea to Free Ukraine. Via Olga Klymenko It is way past time for action by the West against the persecutors of the Crimean Tartar people. As Halya Cornash puts i...
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Crimean referendum second anniversay myths exposed
Reblogged with permission . ==== By Halya Cornash It is exactly two years since the so-called ‘referendum’ in Crimea which Russia cites as justification of its annexation of sovereign Ukrainian territory. The anniversary comes as Russia looks set to crimina...
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Moldova: A mouse, roaring a truth
Pic of recent massive demonstration outside Moldovan Parliament. This story might appear obscure but it reflects a bigger issue - about how Russian revanchism is reported back through democratic Europe's free media.  The issues it describes have also often ...
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Russia: punishment psychiatry back in vogue
Reblogged with permission from People & Nature . === By Gabriel Levy The Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky has been sent to the
notorious Serbsky Institute of psychiatry, and his family and lawyers
are worried about him. On 9 November Pavlensky p...
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Russia in Crisis: the Agonies of the Oil Empire
Small business desperate to stop its demolition by Moscow City government display a Putin portrait Reblogged with permission from LeftEast . Translated from the Russian by Emma Clair Foley. Author Ilya Budraitskis is a historian, cultural and
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Ukraine: please kill 'Odessa massacre' meme FFS
'Euromaidan' activists helping rescue people from fire at Trade Union House in Odesa, May 2 2014. Pic vasaphotography.com Like deliberately missing a open goal in a penalty shootout, Ukraine is still failing to nail the meme that Maidan activists deliberate...
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