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Russia ‘Annexes’ Ukraine

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July 26, 2012, 11:03 p.m. | Ukraine — by Jakub Parusinski, Mark Rachkevych, Yuriy Onyshkiv

The giant banner unveiled by Russian supporters in Warsaw at the heavily politicized Poland-Russia Euro 2012 football match. The banner was criticized by many Poles as emblematic of Russia’s bullying, imperialist attitude towards former Communist-bloc states. More than two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, many of Russia’s neighbors feel they are still treated as subjects, not sovereign states. The Russian Olympic Committee’s decision to list former Soviet territories as still belonging to Russia in athletes’ biographies has simply fueled the frustration.
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Jakub Parusinski

Mark Rachkevych

Mark has been a reporter for the Kyiv Post since 2006, but joined full-time in 2009. A native Chicagoan where he was the co-founder of the now defunct Glasshouse Magazine, Mark currently is an editor of business news and still contributes stories on an ongoing basis. He is a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, a graduate of St. Norbert College in Wisconsin, and fluent in the Ukrainian and Russian languages.

Yuriy Onyshkiv

 Either people on the Russian Olympic Committee don’t know geography or imperialist dreams die hard.

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