Marcin Kaczmarski (Warsaw): Domestic Power Relations and Russia's Foreign Policy. Ellis Palmer (Barcelona): Can Russia and Ukraine Be Regarded as Democratic States? Anne Peters (Max Planck): The Crimean Vote of March 2014 as an Abuse of the Institution of the Territorial Referendum. William W. Burke-White (Penn): Crimea and the International Legal Order. From the Journal of Democracy, Serhiy Kudelia (Baylor): The House that Yanukovych Built; and Anders Aslund (Peterson Institute): Oligarchs, Corruption, and European Integration. Andreas Umland on why the West should save Ukraine. Cathy Young on the sci-fi writers’ war: They predicted and possibly inspired the conflict in the Ukraine, and now they’re fighting it. What do citizens of Ukraine actually think about secession? “I was a separatist fighter in Ukraine”: Shortly after posting on a social network, Artur Gasparyan found himself risking his life for Russia. Welcome to Free Kiev: It’s an intellectual haven for Moscow’s refugees. MH17 won’t change our relationship with Russia since there isn’t really any relationship worth talking about. It’s not just about the Malaysian flight — Russians are living in an alternate reality. Ukraine, anvil of the new Cold War: To understand the present crisis over downed Malaysian flight MH17, we need to look at the roots of the new Cold War. Is there a role for NATO in Ukraine? With Ukraine at its doorstep, NATO faces a unique opportunity to resolve a crisis in its neighborhood. Vladimir Sorokin on how Russia is pregnant with Ukraine. Elizabeth Wood on how the intellectual community in Russia and abroad is joining the fight for Putin to change course and get out of Eastern Ukraine. These satellite photos show Russia committing an act of overt war against Ukraine. The West has cornered Putin — and that's when he's most dangerous. From the tumblr Black and White Addiction, a reflection on “Music for Ukraine”.

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