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Examining The Historical Context For Ukrainian Unrest


A small group of pro-Ukrainian protesters wave signs and flags in downtown Portland. 

A small group of pro-Ukrainian protesters wave signs and flags in downtown Portland. 

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As unrest continues in Ukraine and the country’s Crimean peninsula is poised for a vote on whether to rejoin Russia, the U.S. is attempting to wield influence by diplomacy. President Obama has spoken to Russian president Vladimir Putin and has said that the U.S. will not recognize the “so-called referendum.”

On Wednesday we aired a conversation with Masha Gessen, a Russian-American journalist who wrote a book about Putin as well as one profiling the protest art collective Pussy Riot. On Thursday we’re sitting down with Portland State University’s Natan Meir, who has written about Jewish history in Kiev. Meir says the outcome of this conflict will define what Europe looks like, and have an impact on international relations between east and west more broadly.

How closely are you following events in Ukraine? What questions do you have about the unrest in the region?

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