Crimeans Facing Russian-Style Repression, U.S. Diplomat Says

This blog post by Tom Malinowski originally appeared on the State Department’s Dipnote blog. Malinowski is the assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor.
Crimean Residents to Face Russian-Style Repression by Tom Malinowski One unfortunate effect — and
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Russia’s Unusual Military Activity near Ukraine

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State Dept. on Proof of Russian Support for Destabilizing Ukraine

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Crimea Crisis Triggers Flood of Women from Eastern Europe

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People Who Build Glass Houses Shouldn’t Throw Stones

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Secretary-General Emphasizes NATO Collective Defense

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Treasury’s Cohen at Hearing on Terrorism, Financial Intelligence

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Hague Declaration in Support of Ukraine’s Sovereignty

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Kerry Says Crimean Crisis is Wake-Up Call for NATO

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Obama Orders Sanctions on More Russian Officials over Crimea

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer President Obama says the United States, working closely with European allies, is imposing more sanctions on senior Russian officials and others for their involvement in the Crimean crisis in Ukraine. “Over the last several days, we’ve continued to be deeply concerned by events (more...)

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By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer The United States has imposed economic and political sanctions against 11 high-ranking Russian and Crimean officials responsible for the regionally destabilizing Crimean crisis. President Obama on March 17 announced sanctions against seven of the most senior Russian officials directly responsible for supporting (more...)

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