Corey Flintoff http://kunc.org en On Russian Call-in Show, Putin Maintains Hard Line Against West http://kunc.org/post/russian-call-show-putin-maintains-hard-line-against-west Russian President Vladimir Putin says he hopes he won't have to move troops into Ukraine to protect the local Russian-speaking population, but he reserves the right to do so. He made the comments on a televised call-in show. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:23:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 55514 at http://kunc.org Why Chocolate Is A Bargaining Chip In The Ukraine-Russia Conflict http://kunc.org/post/why-chocolate-bargaining-chip-ukraine-russia-conflict In the political battle between Ukraine and Russia, one of the biggest pawns is chocolate.<p>That's because the current front-runner in Ukraine's presidential race is <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/04/01/297857025/still-reeling-from-crisis-ukraine-prepares-for-presidential-vote">Petro Poroshenko</a>, known as "the Chocolate King." His billion-dollar empire was founded on candy factories.<p>Poroshenko's chocolate became a bargaining chip in the confrontation with Russia last July, as Ukraine was moving toward a landmark trade agreement with the European Union. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:01:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 55279 at http://kunc.org Why Chocolate Is A Bargaining Chip In The Ukraine-Russia Conflict Russia's Cossacks Ride Back From History As 'Patriots' http://kunc.org/post/back-history-russias-cossacks-ride-patriots The contrast couldn't have been greater: the protest band Pussy Riot in colorful ski masks and mini dresses, attempting to film a segment for a new video on Sochi's waterfront; and Cossacks in traditional uniform with black sheepskin hats and riding boots, patrolling Sochi streets as part of security for the Olympics.<p>The Cossacks, trying to enforce a government ban on protests, knocked band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova to the ground, lashed her with a horse whip, and roughed up other musicians.<p>There was no pretext that the band was violating any laws, and there were no charges filed aga Sat, 22 Feb 2014 17:08:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 54232 at http://kunc.org Russia's Cossacks Ride Back From History As 'Patriots' In Russia, A Soviet-Era Movie To Ring In The New Year http://kunc.org/post/russia-soviet-era-movie-ring-new-year <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yFSlse8it8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bx-WvpE8KKY</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 21:52:04 +0000 Corey Flintoff 53166 at http://kunc.org In Russia, A Soviet-Era Movie To Ring In The New Year In Russia's Vast Far East, Timber Thieves Thrive http://kunc.org/post/russias-vast-far-east-timber-theives-thrive Forests cover about half of Russia's land mass, an environmental resource that President Vladimir Putin calls "the powerful green lungs of the planet."<p>But Putin himself acknowledges that Russia, the world's biggest exporter of logs, is having its timber stolen at an unprecedented rate.<p>The demand for high-value timber is fueling organized crime, government corruption and illegal logging in the Russian Far East. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 16:19:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 51062 at http://kunc.org In Russia's Vast Far East, Timber Thieves Thrive