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Why Kiev Silenced Ukraine's Biggest Opposition Newspaper

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Three articles published in this period would later be the basis for a criminal investigation into the media outlet by the Ukrainian Security Agency on charges of “undermining Ukrainian sovereignty.” These articles contain extensive quotes by pro-Russian activists and separatist supporters, which demonstrate both the sincere, comprehensible anger of the easterners and the dubious causes they had seized hold of to vent it. Tragically, no means was found to offer a political outlet for this eastern discontent, to peel off those who wanted Kyiv to listen to the east from the active core of the separatist movement. Although many Ukrainians would disagree with such an opinion, we believe that a genuinely inclusive political process initiated before the violence erupted could have diverted many future supporters of the “Peoples' Republics” from this radical path. 

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Natylie Baldwin is the author of The View from Moscow: Understanding Russia and U.S.-Russia Relations, available at Amazon. Her writing has appeared in Consortium News, RT, OpEd News, The Globe Post,, The New York Journal of Books, (more...)

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