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Alec Luhn
American journalist in eastern Europe
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Alec Luhn Dec 10
Same shit different country. On Human Rights Day this film shows how two indigenous peoples, the Secwepemc in Canada and the Khanty in Russia, are protesting the expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline & the expansion of Lukoil drilling in the Agan forest
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Alec Luhn Dec 10
Protesters were arrested for throwing Burger King cup at riot police & face prison for a plastic bottle. Putin: "He threw a plastic cup, no big deal. Plastic bottle, again no big deal. Then he'll throw a glass bottle, then a stone. Then they'll start to shoot & ransack stores" 🤔
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Sabra Ayres Dec 9
Ukrainian and Russian presidents meet today for important peace talks on Donbas war. Russian media reporting on...Zelensky's car choice (a minivan) "Obviously, the Ukrainian side will have to explain this choice of transport."
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Alec Luhn Dec 9
Replying to @ChristopherJM
Putin & Zelenskiy meet for the 1st time & began talks about the eastern Ukraine conflict with Macron & Merkel. Major breakthroughs unlikely but at least a symbolic improvement in dialogue. Pic via
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Alec Luhn Dec 9
Replying to @petrkozlov
Everyone's talking about the war in eastern Ukraine ahead of the 1st meeting, but Putin & Zelenskiy are thinking just as much about a new gas transit contract before the old one expires on Dec 31. Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller is also in Paris. Via
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Alec Luhn Dec 9
Replying to @ChristopherJM
Zelenskiy wants to discuss the ceasefire, another prisoner swap & holding eastern Ukraine elections with Putin but officials near him worry "his position going into the negotiations has been weakened by the impeachment inquiry in Washington"
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Alec Luhn Dec 9
Replying to @golub
Putin was also limping slightly in the video from his Tuva holiday this summer. Not that the Kremlin or state TV would ever admit anything about his health, even when he disappeared for 10 days in 2015 amid all sorts of rumors. Via
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Joshua Yaffa Dec 9
This week's has an excerpt from my forthcoming book "Between Two Fires"--a profile of Konstantin Ernst, head of Channel One, a complicated and multisided figure, who combines "cosmopolitan savviness with ultimate subservience to the state."
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Alec Luhn Dec 9
Putin arrives at the meeting in his Aurus Senat armored limousine specially flown in from Russia. Zelenskiy arrives in a Renault minivan
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Alec Luhn Dec 7
At , UN admitted it's struggling to do anything about climate change, former host Chile failed to join emissions pledge it called for & police said 15,000 not 500,000 protested last night. And things are supposed to get better when ministers arrive!?
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The Siberian Times Dec 7
Meeting of two worlds - traditional and modern - at the port of Dudinka. Via Artur Varnakov
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Dave Levitan Dec 2
Replying to @davelevitan
Well, that was fun. Some of the best scientists in the country told the president a full 54 years ago that burning fossil fuels indiscriminately was going to wreck our collective shit, and, well, [gestures around].
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Alec Luhn Dec 6
Another polar bear invasion in Russia: Unable to go to sea due to unusually thin ice, 61 skinny bears have found old walrus carcasses outside a Chukotka village. Locals on snowmobiles try to drive them away if they get too close
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Scott Rose Dec 6
Prosecuting political activism as criminal extremism has done more to sway public opinion than any part-time blogger could have. But is anyone learning from these lessons?
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Alec Luhn Dec 6
In small victory for the outcry against Moscow protest crackdown, blogger Yegor Zhukov & Vladimir Yemelyanov got suspended sentences & Pavel Novikov (threw plastic bottle at police) got a fine. But Nikita Chirtsov got 1yr in prison for pushing an officer & 3 more verdicts to come
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Larry Kim Dec 6
: 😂For this week’s “WORK SMART, NOT HARD”:
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Peter Leonard Dec 6
Conclusion of a very interesting case study of what happens when China uses its economic heft (in less than transparent ways) to push its companies onto client states /1
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Alec Luhn Dec 5
Big brother+corruption=Brave New Russia. For less than $500 you can buy full access to Moscow's system of 170,000 surveillance cameras on the black market. You can also buy access to the facial recognition software linked to 3,000 cameras
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Alec Luhn Dec 5
Replying to @eliotb2002
American whataboutism, the same as Russian whataboutism...
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Alec Luhn Dec 5
.'s agenda during his surprise visit to Kyiv for a right-wing TV show: Meetings with general prosecutors dismissed amid corruption allegations & blowhard pro-Russian MP, all of whom have made claims about Biden to their own ends
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