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Khrushchev Putin and the Ukraine Tangle

Tensions mount in Ukraine NATO expansion fuels Russian Nationalism G Parthasarathy IN January 1954 the seemingly whimsical Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, who was born on Russia's border with Ukraine and married to a Ukrainian, transferred Russia's Crimean region located along the Russian-Ukrainian border to the then Ukrainian Soviet Republic. This was ostensibly to mark the occasion of 300th anniversary of its unification with Russia. Having been Party Secretary in Ukraine for a long time, Khrushchev felt that the Crimean region would benefit economically from the hydro-electric potential of the Dnieper river by becoming part of the Ukrainian Socialist Republic. Khrushchev obviously did not foresee the collapse of the "indestructible" Soviet Union, which had only two major Southern ports — Sevastopol and Odessa — for continuous access to the sea. When the Soviet Union did fall apart, the Supreme Council of the Russian Republic decided in 1992 that the Crimean r

India slams fresh indictment against Devyani by US prosecutors

New Delhi, Mar 15, 2014, (PTI): http://www.deccanherald.com/content/392174/india-slams-fresh-indictment-against.html   Making clear that as far as India was concerned the case has no merit, the Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry said, now that Khobragade has returned, the court in the US has no jurisdiction in India over her and government will therefore no longer engage on this case in the US legal system. PTI file photo Reacting strongly to the second indictment against its diplomat Devyani Khobragade in the US, India today said it was an "unnecessary" step and any measure consequent to the decision will "unfortunately" impact upon efforts on both sides to build India-US strategic partnership. Making clear that as far as India was concerned the case has no merit, the Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry said, now that Khobragade has returned, the court in the US has no jurisdiction in India over her and government will therefore no l