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Yuri Kovalchuk

Wimpy Sanctions Will Embolden Putin

 The U.S. government has unveiled a new set of sanctions allegedly aimed at punishing Russian President Vladimir Putin for his country’s actions in Ukraine. In contrast to the West’s tough-sounding rhetoric, the sanctions — which include such targets as a mineral water company — seem carefully designed to have little impact. New entries on the

Obama targets Putin allies as Russia races to complete Crimea annexation

 U.S. President Barack Obama announced sanctions on Thursday against prominent Russians including close allies of President Vladimir Putin, as Moscow raced to complete its annexation of Crimea and built up its forces in the region. Moscow responded by announcing its own sanctions against senior U.S. politicians in retaliation against visa bans and asset freezes imposed