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Yulia Ponomareva

Biography

Yulia is a contributor to Russia Direct. She previously worked as a news and business correspondent for the Moscow News newspaper and as a translator for the Kommersant publishing house and Russian News Agency RIA Novosti.

30.01.2014

Is the Kremlin behind attacks on Russia's TV station Dozhd?

Is the Kremlin behind attacks on Russia's TV station Dozhd?

Russia's liberal TV channel Dozhd set off a storm of controversy after questioning a wartime decision from WWII. The Kremlin said Dozhd “crossed all lines of the permissible,” while Dozhd’s CEO sees an orchestrated Kremlin attack

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23.01.2014

Ukraine: Molotov cocktails and incendiary op-eds

Ukraine: Molotov cocktails and incendiary op-eds

The escalating violence in Ukraine has led to escalating political rhetoric in global media

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24.12.2013

Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of AK-47 assault rifle, dies at 94

Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of AK-47 assault rifle, dies at 94

The renowned small arms designer Mikhail Kalashnikov passed away on Dec. 23. His name became synonymous with the assault weapon popularized in armies and conflicts around the world

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13.12.2013

Russian military returns to the Arctic

Russian military returns to the Arctic

Russia intends to deploy a military force on its northern coast to engage in the fight for control over promising oil and gas reserves in the Arctic Ocean

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09.12.2013

Kremlin reshapes Russia’s media landscape

Kremlin reshapes Russia’s media landscape

In a move to spruce up Russia’s image abroad, the Kremlin replaces a major news agency with a media organization to be run by an outspoken critic of the West

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15.11.2013

Strange Fixation: What the media saw in the Red Square performance

Strange Fixation: What the media saw in the Red Square performance

Media organizations differed in their assessment of Pavlensky’s controversial performance, with some seeing it as an act of political protest or performance art, and others not covering it at all

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20.09.2013

Papa don’t preach: The McCain sermon

Papa don’t preach: The McCain sermon

Senator John McCain’s rebuttal to Vladimir Putin’s New York Times op-ed article falls on deaf Russians ears

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12.09.2013

Why US and Russia don’t always understand each other

Why US and Russia don’t always understand each other

Inside the high-stakes world of US-Russian diplomacy, where even veteran interpreters admit that it can sometimes be hard to get the right point across to the other side

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31.08.2013

Syria: The tail is wagging the dog

Syria: The tail is wagging the dog

A media war of words over Western intentions in Syria is driving a wedge between Russia and the U.S. deeper

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12.08.2013

Is a boycott of the Sochi Olympics the answer?

Is a boycott of the Sochi Olympics the answer?

Russian and Western media try to figure out whether a call by the LGBT community to boycott the 2014 Winter Games to punish Russia will eventually backfire

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08.08.2013

Moscow, Washington calculate that 2 + 2 still makes four

Moscow, Washington calculate that 2 + 2 still makes four

In the wake of the cancelled Moscow summit, is there anything we can expect from the high-level “2+2” talks taking place in Washington?

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22.07.2013

Proposed bill aims to make lives of journalists safer

Proposed bill aims to make lives of journalists safer

After the latest in a series of murders in the North Caucasus, Russian Duma deputies are proposing an increase on the maximum prison sentence for violence against journalists—from six years to ten.

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12.07.2013

Snowden seeks political asylum in Russia

Snowden seeks political asylum in Russia

Edward Snowden met with Russian human rights activists and lawyers at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport to ask for support in his asylum plea in Russia

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04.07.2013

Snowden: a fly in the ointment of U.S.-Russian relations

Snowden: a fly in the ointment of U.S.-Russian relations

When covering the Snowden saga, Russian journalists put it in the context of international relations, while English-language press assesses the impact it has had on society.

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14.06.2013

Russian press plays it cool with hot news of Putin divorce

Russian press plays it cool with hot news of Putin divorce

In general, the Russian press took a more cautious approach than English-language international media when covering Vladimir Putin’s announcement that his marriage was over.

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