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To Be Russian, or Not to Be Russian? Crimea Residents to Decide on Citizenship

Among the many thorny issues facing Crimea's residents following Russia's annexation of the region this week is whether or not to become citizens of their new country.

Stop the Hitler Comparisons

The hawks who say it is dangerous to appease Putin are trying to push the U.S. toward a military conflict with Russia.

New Age Philosophy for the Masses in Vyrypayev's 'UFO'

It has been awhile since Ivan Vyrypayev opened a new play in Moscow, but now we have had two premieres of new works at two different theaters. "Summer Wasps Bite Us Even in November" was recently unveiled at the Fomenko Studio and now, with Vyrypayev directing and acting at his own Praktika Theater, we have a piece called "UFO."

Russia Tightens Grip on Crimea

Russia consolidated control over Crimea on Wednesday as its troops stormed Ukraine's naval headquarters in Sevastopol and Vitaly Klitschko, leader of Ukraine's Udar party, urged Ukrainian troops to withdraw from the peninsula to avoid bloodshed.

Ruble Rolling Toward Crimea

Crimea’s switch to the ruble will not happen overnight, and although the peninsula will initially be a drain on Russia’s economy, it could bring long-term benefits, an economist said Wednesday.

Vladey Auction Earns 1.2M Euros in Spring Sales

Vladimir Ovcharenko's "Vladey" auction house, widely heralded as a rare bright spot in the bleak commercial landscape for contemporary art in Russia, sold 57 percent of the 92 lots at their spring sale on Tuesday for a total of more than 1.2 million euros ($1.67 million).

Westerners in Crimea Don't Need Russian Visas for Now

The Moscow Times
Western journalists reporting from Crimea and Sevastopol may have to apply for Russian visas starting Thursday, when the State Duma is expected to ratify the treaty on Russia's annexation of the Ukrainian territories. But for now, foreigners are allowed to be in the region without a visa, Russian authorities said.

Moscow Branding Agency Drops 'Vodka Bomb'

The Moscow Times
Moscow-based branding agency STUDIOIN has come up with a striking new design concept: Democracy vodka, sold in missile-shaped bottles.

Crimea Turmoil Derails Russian Companies' Multibillion Dollar Share Flotation Plans

Top Russian consumer goods companies have decided to delay their initial public offerings abroad, fearful of the economic repercussions of the political crisis unfolding in Crimea.

Ukraine Crisis Sees Russian Attitudes to West Worsen, Poll Says

Russians' dislike of Western nations has soared amid the Ukrainian crisis, and an increasing number of Russians think that Moscow should side with such countries as China, India, North Korea and Syria in its foreign policy, a poll shows.

Western Companies Weighing In on Sanctions

As Western countries ramped up rhetoric about additional measures against Russia on Wednesday, U.S. business leaders were set to meet with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in Washington to discuss concerns over tougher sanctions, Bloomberg reported.

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