Correspondent watching Ukraine, Russia & beyond for @RFERL. Bylines @POLITICOEurope @guardian @TheTimes @TheAtlantic @CNNI & more. millerjchristopher@gmail.com
RT @erinmcunningham: Details of the meeting emerged from a government document that was found dumped in a landfill near Moscow. https://t.…
RT @wiczipedia: After a years-long ownership struggle, journalists from Georgia’s opposition TV network walk out on air in protest of firin…
RT @rprose: Samara utilities co. announces it installed a "talking pyramid of shame" outside the house of someone it says owes them more th…
RT @pbump: the onion or no
Many signs of movement toward a major prisoner swap and extraditions between Ukraine and Russia, possibly happening before summer’s end. https://twitter.com/niktwick/status/1164074992105078784
RT @rprose: Russia and Ukraine may conclude a prisoner swap by the end of August, Kommersant reports, citing an unidentified person close t…
RT @Moskwitsch: Wow. There is a huge mistake in the Kremlin's transcript of what Emmanuel Macron said. While Macron pointed out that France…
RT @Andrew__Roth: The attempted rehabilitation of Molotov-Ribbentrop in the past five years has been absolutely repulsive. https://t.co/Q1Y…
RT @PeteSouza: During his entire Presidency, Barack Obama sent out 352 tweets. Trump is now at 43,600.
One country that will certainly disagree is Ukraine. Russia rejoining the G8 would likely not be good for it and, in fact, it would let Putin off the hook for annexing Crimea and fueling a war in eastern Ukraine that has killed more than 13,000 people and simmers still today. https://twitter.com/cnnpolitics/status/1005457441872629761
RT @andrewsweiss: Sheesh. Trump acting as Putin's lawyer again and advocating for undoing the West's (largely symbolic) punishment for the…
Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan reportedly to replace Jon Huntsman as US Ambassador to Russia. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/20/us/politics/john-sullivan-trump-russia-ambassador.html
RT @rprose: Russia has told international nuclear test ban monitors that it does not have to share information on the blast that caused a b…
RT @ser_ou_parecer: A heartbreaking story of 3-year-old Bridget, born through a Ukrainian surrogate mother and abandoned by her American pa…
Ukraine's Zelenskiy has also been invited to the White House. He and Trump are expected to meet soon, possibly in Warsaw and/or NYC at the UNGA. But should there be a Washington visit by Zelenskiy, that would add another leader from Eastern Europe to the growing list here. https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/1163781310520922112
Notable in these Biden answers to @CFR_org: When Veep in Obama admin, US refused to supply Ukraine with arms; Biden's stance has since shifted. Also says he'd want "stronger diplomatic role" for US in talks with Russia over war in Ukraine. Echoes Zelenskiy who wants US involved. https://twitter.com/cjcmichel/status/1163802028583333889
RT @CarlSchreck: Funny stuff from @Sobesednik, which dug through Russian property records & found that Putin & his family were given new na…
Sara Netanyahu has caused a minor uproar in Ukraine after a video shared on social media showed her tossing a piece of ceremonial bread offered to visiting foreign officials and dignitaries to the ground upon arriving in Kyiv alongside PM Bibi, who ate his piece. cc @NTarnopolsky https://twitter.com/yaircherki/status/1163167965547847681
RT @mattkorda: The real kicker here is the Mk-41 launcher. Russia has said for years that those deployed in Europe could launch Tomahawks,…
It’s still not for sale. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/1163603361423351808
RT @Mike_Eckel: In New Video, New Clues To Mysterious Russia Explosion https://www.rferl.org/a/new-video-new-clues-to-mysterious-russia-explosion/30117714.html
RT @EdwardGLuce: "He’s like a heat-seeking missile for Trump’s ass," is the best summary of Pompeo's obsequious relationship with Trump. Re…
Israel still going with Kiev, not Kyiv, I see. Photos of Bibi’s visit to the Ukrainian capital and meeting with President Zelenskiy at Mariyinskiy Palace below. https://twitter.com/israelipm/status/1163378006146068481
RT @Mike_Eckel: Two Russian monitoring stations designed to detect nuclear radiation went silent after the explosion at the Arkhangelsk mis…
RT @MaryanaDrach1: Місія нездійсненна? Зеленський вирішив реформувати потужну СБУ https://www.radiosvoboda.org/a/30113571.html
RT @RFERL: The last Israeli head of government to visit Ukraine was Netanyahu himself more than 20 years ago. http://ow.ly/p6M650vBoOk
RT @RFERL: Forensic Architecture, a British digital forensics agency, says it has gathered evidence that Russia’s military was deployed in…
RT @IuliiaMendel: The meeting between President of Ukraine @ZelenskyyUa and @IsraeliPM Benjamin Netanyahu started in Kyiv. Later, they will…
RT @polinaivanovva: Russia photo of the day -- speaker of parliament Volodin and tycoon Vekselberg fly economy on low cost airline Pobeda h…
RT @AndreiSoldatov: On August 19-21,1991, 28 years ago, the nascent Soviet internet helped stop a KGB-led coup d'état and spread a message…
Vacation reading! I’m very excited to crack into The Compatriots, the latest book from my friends and authors @AndreiSoldatov and @irinaborogan.
RT @ABarbashin: You may find this one of interest - James Sherr on what Ukraine’s President Zelensky has to do to combat Russia successful…
RT @AmichaiStein1: PM Netanyahu before leaving to Ukraine: It's an important at the invitation of @ZelenskyyUa. I will discuss with the Pre…
RT @ChristopherJM: @RFERL How successful Zelenskiy is in cleaning up the SBU will be a litmus test of his office's resolve to bring Ukraine…
RT @ChristopherJM: Ukraine's scandal-prone state security service, the SBU, has earned a reputation as one of the country's most corrupt in…
RT @lokshin: This guy is a fixture of the European book market, last year he appeared at the @Book_Fair for instance. I wonder how a confes…
Research group @ForensicArchi collected and catalogued evidence of Russian military involvement in the August 2014 battle of Ilovaisk in E Ukraine, including the presence of a tank model only used by the Russian armed forces at that time. h/t @shaunwalker7 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/18/new-video-evidence-of-russian-tanks-in-ukraine-european-court-human-rights?CMP=twt_a-world_b-gdnworld
3 SBU officers were detained on suspicion of helping an Israeli-American accused of heading a major online drug-dealing ring escape from Kyiv’s Boryspil Airport to avoid extradition. https://www.rferl.org/a/ukraine-catches-suspected-israeli-online-drug-dealer-arrests-3-sbu-officers-in-process/30115438.html On the SBU's many problems & reform efforts: https://www.rferl.org/a/ukraine-zelenskiy-reform-state-spy-agency-sbu-/30114589.html
Russian author Zakhar Prilepin says the military unit with which he fought in eastern Ukraine “killed many people” and that he has no regrets having taken part. He also boasted he could travel anywhere in Europe and that “I’ll never do jail time, no court will send me to prison.” https://twitter.com/RFERL/status/1163027827102572546
RT @NTarnopolsky: Ukraine prepares for Netanyahu's arrival tomorrow
RT @ColborneMichael: There's already a fan of Trump's latest all-caps-antifa tweet: Kyiv-based neo-Nazi Sergei Korotkikh, w/ Azov. His past…
I grew up hooping in Portland. This was what we were taught and called the Oregon two-step. h/t fellow Pac-NWer @CarlSchreck https://twitter.com/jamespurchin/status/1162201703195615232
RT @ChristopherJM: Ukraine's scandal-prone state security service, the SBU, has earned a reputation as one of the country's most corrupt in…
RT @niktwick: Girkin about who killed the former Donetsk separatist leader: W/o people linked to influential Russian circles, it would have…
RT @evangershkovich: This looks to be the first official response to our story from yesterday. Health Ministry confirms — on a Saturday — 2…
Echoes of Eastern Europe. https://www.yahoo.com/huffpost/pennsylvania-shell-workers-only-paid-if-attended-trump-speech-044953729.html
So why wasn't it been reformed? "Ukraine has used the war as an excuse to not reform the SBU," said @MarkGaleotti. Critics also said ex-president @poroshenko lacked the political will to reform the agency b/c he didn't want to relinquish control of it as he fought for reelection
 
SBU agents have for years abused their sweeping powers to enrich themselves. Directorate K, its economic crimes unit formed in the turbulent privatization era of the 1990s, is notorious for corruption and abusing its power. As one expert put it, "they can do whatever they want."
 
of @ChamberUkraine, says Directorate K's activities have scared away potential investors. He's met with Zelenskiy's team to encourage them to reform the SBU, warn them that "maski shows" (raids by armed, masked agents) would hobble Ukraine's ability to attract biz.
 
This thread could go on... but I'll leave you instead with a tease of what else is in the piece & link: more on the SBU's corrupt nature, including lavish lifestyles of its agents; the SBU's infiltration by Russian spies; recommendations for reforming it. https://www.rferl.org/a/ukraine-zelenskiy-reform-state-spy-agency-sbu-/30114589.html
 
Oh, and this good quote:
 
 
 
 
 
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