Corey Flintoff http://kuow.org en Why Chocolate Is A Bargaining Chip In The Ukraine-Russia Conflict http://kuow.org/post/why-chocolate-bargaining-chip-ukraine-russia-conflict In the political battle between Ukraine and Russia, one of the biggest pawns is chocolate.<p>That's because the current front-runner in Ukraine's presidential race is <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/04/01/297857025/still-reeling-from-crisis-ukraine-prepares-for-presidential-vote">Petro Poroshenko</a>, known as "the Chocolate King." His billion-dollar empire was founded on candy factories.<p>Poroshenko's chocolate became a bargaining chip in the confrontation with Russia last July, as Ukraine was moving toward a landmark trade agreement with the European Union. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:01:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 32117 at http://kuow.org Why Chocolate Is A Bargaining Chip In The Ukraine-Russia Conflict In Both Moscow And Crimea, The Path Toward Union Made Easier http://kuow.org/post/both-moscow-and-crimea-path-toward-union-made-easier Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The Obama administration's announcement of sanctions comes as Crimea's parliament voted to unite with Russia. It's also called for a referendum on the issue in 10 days. At the same time, lawmakers in Russia began taking steps that could streamline the process of making Crimea a part of Russia.<p>NPR's Corey Flintoff joins us on the line from Moscow. And, Corey, how has this sanctions announcement from the U.S. been received there?<p>COREY FLINTOFF, BYLINE: Well, so far there hasn't been a lot of official reaction, Audie. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:16:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 29993 at http://kuow.org The History Of A Once And Future World-Class Resort http://kuow.org/post/history-once-and-future-world-class-resort President Vladimir Putin isn't the first Russian leader to try to create a world-class resort in Sochi. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 29349 at http://kuow.org The History Of A Once And Future World-Class Resort Now That The Games Are Over, What Will Happen To Sochi? http://kuow.org/post/now-games-are-over-what-will-happen-sochi The <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/theedge/2014/02/23/281585938/flame-to-go-out-in-sochi-torch-passes-to-pyeongchang">closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics</a> in Sochi featured a particularly captivating image: an aerial view of the coastal Olympic village, with the stadiums set like jewels among sparkling avenues, set off by the flash of fireworks in the night sky.<p>It seemed as if Russia, and especially President Vladimir Putin, had achieved everything that could be hoped for from a world-class sporting event.<p>But like the spectacular closing ceremony itself, a lot of the best effec Mon, 24 Feb 2014 18:46:07 +0000 Corey Flintoff 29326 at http://kuow.org Now That The Games Are Over, What Will Happen To Sochi? Russia's Cossacks Ride Back From History As 'Patriots' http://kuow.org/post/back-history-russias-cossacks-ride-patriots The contrast couldn't have been greater: the protest band Pussy Riot in colorful ski masks and mini dresses, attempting to film a segment for a new video on Sochi's waterfront; and Cossacks in traditional uniform with black sheepskin hats and riding boots, patrolling Sochi streets as part of security for the Olympics.<p>The Cossacks, trying to enforce a government ban on protests, knocked band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova to the ground, lashed her with a horse whip, and roughed up other musicians.<p>There was no pretext that the band was violating any laws, and there were no charges filed aga Sat, 22 Feb 2014 17:08:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 29261 at http://kuow.org Russia's Cossacks Ride Back From History As 'Patriots' Sochi Was Once A Vacation Spot Fit For A Dictator http://kuow.org/post/sochi-was-once-vacation-spot-fit-dictator Long before it became an Olympic host city, Sochi was a favorite getaway for one of history's most ruthless dictators: Josef Stalin.<p>The Soviet leader had a villa built in the hills overlooking the Black Sea, and he visited it during some of the most tumultuous years of his reign.<p>The villa, known as Stalin's dacha, or summer house, was built in 1934, and he used it until the end of World War II in 1945. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 18:33:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 29129 at http://kuow.org Sochi Was Once A Vacation Spot Fit For A Dictator 'Sports Chaplains' Bring The Gospel To Olympic Village http://kuow.org/post/sports-chaplains-bring-gospel-olympic-village There are probably fewer American fans in Sochi than at previous Winter Games, partly because of concerns about security, and partly because of the time and expense it takes to get to the Russian resort town on the Black Sea.<p>But Americans are represented there, with gusto, by a group of evangelical Christians who call themselves the International Sports Chaplains. Sun, 16 Feb 2014 10:26:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 28890 at http://kuow.org 'Sports Chaplains' Bring The Gospel To Olympic Village In Ukraine, Protesters Declare Corruption The Problem http://kuow.org/post/ukraine-protesters-declare-corruption-problem Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>And we begin the hour with the volatile political situation in Ukraine. Today, President Viktor Yanukovych added a new concession to the list he has already offered to the opposition. He agreed to scrub anti-protest legislation that recently sparked another wave of unrest against his government. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:17:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 27732 at http://kuow.org From Kiev To The Country At Large, Ukraine Protests May Spread http://kuow.org/post/kiev-country-large-ukraine-protests-may-spread Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>In Ukraine, it appears that massive protests are escalating. Today, protesters took over a government ministry building in the capital, Kiev, and they've extended their barricades further into the city. At least three protesters have been killed in clashes with riot police. And the protests have spread to other parts of Ukraine, especially in the west. The protests began two months ago when Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich backed away from a deal with the European Union and instead tilted toward closer relations with Russia. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 23:04:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 27605 at http://kuow.org Russians Fear A Sochi Legacy Of 'Black Widows,' Not Gold Medals http://kuow.org/post/russians-fear-sochi-legacy-black-widows-not-gold-medals Two weeks before the Winter Olympics, Russian security forces are reportedly searching for potential suicide bombers, at least one of whom may already be in the host city of Sochi.<p>The suspects are thought to be linked to Islamist militants who are fighting to throw off Russian control and create a fundamentalist Muslim state in Russia's North Caucasus Mountains.<p>Police have been circulating leaflets at hotels in Sochi, warning about women who may be part of a terrorist plot.<p>They are known as "black widows," sent to carry out suicide bombings in revenge for husbands or family members ki Fri, 24 Jan 2014 08:35:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 27550 at http://kuow.org Russians Fear A Sochi Legacy Of 'Black Widows,' Not Gold Medals As Protests Renew In Ukraine, Fears Of Violence Return http://kuow.org/post/protests-renew-ukraine-fears-violence-return Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And now to Ukraine where the crisis is intensifying. Today, there were more clashes between protesters and police in the capital city, Kiev. This after a massive protest turned violent yesterday, when more than 100,000 people turned out to denounce a new law that limits public protests. The protests have shaken Ukraine for two months, as the opposition claims President Viktor Yanukovych is turning increasingly autocratic and aligning his country with Russia.<p>NPR's Corey Flintoff joins me from Moscow to talk about the latest developments. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 22:25:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 27356 at http://kuow.org Russia Aims To Implement The Tightest Security In Olympic History http://kuow.org/post/russia-tightens-security-net-sochi-olympics-approach With less than a month to go before the Winter Games, Russian officials are putting the finishing touches on what they say will be the tightest Olympic security in history.<p>After a spate of deadly terrorist attacks in the region, the authorities are deploying high-tech surveillance equipment and tens of thousands of troops in Sochi, the host city on the Black Sea.<p>Sochi is unique among the cities hosting the Winter Games because it has the mild climate of a seaside resort, but it's less than an hour away from the snow-capped mountains of the North Caucasus.<p>But the mountain region is als Wed, 15 Jan 2014 08:03:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 27081 at http://kuow.org Russia Aims To Implement The Tightest Security In Olympic History In Russia, A Soviet-Era Movie To Ring In The New Year http://kuow.org/post/russia-soviet-era-movie-ring-new-year <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yFSlse8it8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bx-WvpE8KKY</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 21:13:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 26337 at http://kuow.org In Russia, A Soviet-Era Movie To Ring In The New Year Police Move In As Protests Continue In Kiev http://kuow.org/post/police-move-protests-continue-kiev Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Thousands of riot police jostled with protestors in Ukraine overnight. The protestors want their country to sign a trade deal with the European Union. The elected president of the country does not. At issue here is whether their nation tilts a little more toward Western Europe or toward neighboring Russia. NPR's Corey Flintoff is on the line with us from the scene of these protests. And Corey, what's happening now?<p>COREY FLINTOFF, BYLINE: Hi, Steve. We're at one of the barricades where last night protestors were just faced off with the riot police. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:56:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 25271 at http://kuow.org Once Victims Of Stalin, Ukraine's Tatars Reassert Themselves http://kuow.org/post/once-victims-stalin-ukraines-tatars-reassert-themselves In 1944, on the orders of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, the entire population of Tatars on the Crimean Peninsula was rounded up and sent to the deserts of Soviet Central Asia.<p>Nearly 70 years after that wartime atrocity, the Tatar population is still working to reassert itself in its homeland.<p>Mullah Ziyatdin, 82, was just 12 when he and his family were rousted in the middle of the night, ordered to gather a few belongings and shoved into freight cars for a nightmarish three-week journey. Sat, 23 Nov 2013 12:35:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 24343 at http://kuow.org Once Victims Of Stalin, Ukraine's Tatars Reassert Themselves