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The struggle between Russia and the Ukraine is also a struggle over natural resources that has global implications, including for the United States and our nation’s fracking boom. See the links following Russian cartoonist Alexander Zudin’s contribution to EarthDesk Sunday.

Putin Ukraine

Putin’s Gas Against Ukrainian Water by Alexander Zudin. Via Cagle Cartoons,. Used with permission.

The New York Times: U.S. Hopes Boom in Natural Gas Can Curb Putin

Reuters: Ukraine Expects Gas Talks with Russia as Deadline Looms

Business Insider: There Is ‘No Water, No Power, No Nothing’ In The Pro-Russian Stronghold In East Ukraine

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Alexandr ZudinAlexander Zudin was born in 1960 in Siberia and currently lives in Saint Petersburg. In 1982, he graduated from the College of Architecture with a PhD in architecture. He taught architectural design at Saint-Petersburg State University of Architecture and Engineering. In 1991, he began to draw and publish cartoons in newspapers in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Since 1998 he has been drawing cartoons and illustrations for the Russian social and political periodical Obshaya gazeta (Common newspaper). He organized, the first Russian political cartoon site to reflect on the issues of the day.  See more of Alexander Zudin’s work at Cagle Cartoons.