Russians visiting Crimea will have to undergo medical testing at their own expense

The head of annexed Crimea Sergey Aksyonov said that residents of other regions of Russia, coming to the peninsula without a specific purpose, will be placed “under medical observation at their own expense”. Aksyonov signed the decree on these measures on May 24, TASS reports. “Citizens from other Russian region who come to Crimea without a specific purpose, will undergo medical

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Russia vows to protect the Moon from privatization

Russia will not allow the privatization of the Moon, the head of the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, Dmiri Rogozin, told the Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda. According to him, Moscow considers the Moon primarily as a satellite of the earth and any attempts to extract minerals there contradict international law. “We will not allow the privatization of the Moon, it is

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Razumkov hopes to expand cooperation between parliaments of Ukraine and Sweden

  Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Dmytro Razumkov in conversation with Speaker of the Riksdag (Swedish Parliament) Andreas Norlén expressed hope for expanding cooperation between the parliaments of the two countries. The communication took place in a video conferencing format today, the press service of the Verkhovna Rada reported. “Ukraine and Sweden share a high respect for democratic

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In Leaked Recording, Russian Official Pushes for Changes to Coronavirus Data

A provincial leader outside Moscow was heard telling his subordinates to alter his region’s coronavirus data in an audio recording leaked Monday that he later confirmed to be authentic. The Lipetsk region, which has a population of 1.1 million, had reported 1,696 total cases and five deaths from Covid-19 as of Monday, less than half a percent of Russia’s overall

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Russian Prosecutors Demand 18 Years for Ex-US Marine in Spy Trial

Russian prosecutors on Monday demanded 18 years in prison for a former U.S. marine facing espionage charges, his lawyer said, as the high-profile trial that has strained ties with Washington drew to a close. Paul Whelan’s lawyer Vladimir Zherebenkov told reporters that the prosecutor had requested 18 years “in a harsh regime colony” for his client.  “To be honest, we

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Entire police unit disbanded in Kyiv region after two cops arrested on rape, assault charges

The victim, a 26-year-old female, was allegedly attacked at the station after being detained. Photo from UNIAN Two policemen of the Kaharlyk police unit in Kyiv region were put into custody after a local woman pressed rape and assault charges against them, which also led to the disbanding of the entire unit by National Police leadership. On May 24, a

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Russian mercenaries leave western Libya

More than one and a half thousand fighters of the Russian private military company Wagner have left western Libya, stated by Colonel Mohammad Kununu, a spokesman for the Libyan government forces, as cited by Turkey’s Anadolu news agency. According to him, earlier the Russian mercenaries were fighting on the side of Libyan National Army under the command of Field Marshal Khalifa

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Foreign Firms Seek Level Playing Field in Russia’s Coronavirus Response

In his first interview, the new head of the Association of European Businesses told The Moscow Times that the Kremlin should not ignore foreign economic contributions.  The year 2020 was supposed to be one of celebration for the Association of European Businesses (AEB), as the main lobbying organization for foreign companies and investors in Russia is turning 25. Instead, just

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U.S. compares Covid-19 pandemic to Chornobyl catastrophe

The White House representative accused Chinese authorities of concealing information about coronavirus U.S White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien compared China’s response to the coronavirus outbreak to the response of the Soviet Union to the catastrophe at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986 as The Hill reported. “This was a virus that was unleashed by China. There was

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Russian War Crimes Bedevil Ukraine

They should be bedeviling President Trump as well. He’ll need to speak out soon. President Trump’s policy toward Russia has been confusing to many people. His too-often stated and too-fulsome praises of Russian President-for-Life Vladimir Putin left many conservatives bewildered. Trump’s words haven’t been consistent with his actions against Russia. Leftists have been happy to overlook the actions and focus

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Critical water shortage in Crimea may prompt new Russian attack against Ukraine

Article by: Paul Goble The Crimean Peninsula has long suffered from water shortages, but these are now often exacerbated by the ever-more frequent winters with little-to-no rain or snow. In the last several months, under Russian occupation, those difficulties have become critical: according to Russian officials, the region has seen its reserves of potable water decline by 60 percent and will entirely run

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E-mail voting to be possible in Russia

21:13, 24 May 2020 – 112 New rules will be applied to local and governor elections. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on the possibility of distant voting in elections and referendums at all levels. The text of the document is published on the official Internet portal of legal information. The possibility of electronic voting, as well as voting by mail, is

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Ukraine: Protesters gather in Kyiv, demanding Zelensky stop surrender to Russia (Photos)

23:59, 24 May 2020 KYIV – UNIAN 2020 About 500 people took part in the event. A rally dubbed “Ukraine will resist” was held in Kyiv on Sunday, May 24, as part of the No Surrender initiative; protesters demanded that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “stop the policy of surrender to Russia.” Participants in the event were holding national flags, however,

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Torture and 15-year ‘sentence’ for insulting tweets about Russian-controlled Donbas militants

24.05.2020 | Halya Coynash THE RIGHT TO LIBERTY AND SECURITY Marina Yurchak is a 40-year-old environmental chemist, who has been held hostage in the Russian proxy ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] for two and a half years.  Her ordeal began with almost a year spent in ‘Izolyatsia’, the militants’ secret prison which former inmates refer to as a concentration camp.  While officially ‘sentenced’

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Iran names those responsible for PS752 downed aircraft

Missile system operator violated firing rules without permission Iran has named responsible for the Ukrainian plane shot down in January of this year near Tehran. It is the missile system operator, who violated the rules of firing “without permission”. This was stated by former Iranian lawmaker Mahmoud Sadeki with reference to the response to his request from the Minister of

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United States tests new powerful laser weapon to destroy drones

The U.S. Navy has been developing directed-energy weapons (DEWs), to include lasers, since the 1960s Amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland (LPD 27) successfully disabled an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a Solid State Laser – Technology Maturation Laser Weapon System Demonstrator (LWSD) on May 16. This was reported by the press service of the US Pacific Fleet Command. LWSD

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Completion of wall on Russian-Ukrainian border postponed till 2025

The Ukrainian State Border Service proposed to amend the plan for the implementation of the Wall project and to move the date for the completion of the fences on the border with Russia until 2025, said the Ukrainian  State Border Service in response to the inquiry by the public organization StateWatch. According to the State Border Service such a delay is caused

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Captive Ukrainian escapes from DPR prison

Police of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic announced the search for Ukrainian Grigory Sinchenko, arrested by militants in October 2019 in Donetsk, his mother Tatiana Gulevskaya told the Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform by phone. “According to the local TV channel, the reports about the escape are shown in the video news of the DPR Interior Ministry. Those who provide the information about

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US seeks to undermine Russians’ trust in Putin via controlled media – State Duma speaker

According to Vyacheslav Volodin, some of them probably don’t even realize that they are “just pawns, which are used to destroy their own country”State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin© Sergei Fadeichev/TASS MOSCOW, May 24. /TASS/. The United States is trying to use controlled media, bloggers and opposition politicians to undermine Russians’ trust in President Vladimir Putin, whose policy has brought the

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Elon Musk will need more than 10,000 missiles to nuke Mars — Roscosmos

Earlier, Musk proposed an ambitious idea to terraform Mars by bombarding the planet’s poles with a large number of nuclear weaponsSpaceX CEO Elon Musk© AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File MOSCOW, May 12. /TASS/. Billionaire entrepreneur and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s plan to bombard the Martian polar caps to terraform the planet through release of carbon dioxide will require launching more than 10,000

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Odesa’s Chornomorets stadium sold to U.S. company for US$5 mln

The U.S. company bought the stadium along with offices, a fitness center, restaurants, a hotel, and an underground parking lot. The stadium has been hosting matches for the Ukrainian Super Cup / Photo from fg.gov.ua The Odesa-based Chornomorets stadium has been sold to an U.S. company whose name has not been disclosed. The buyer paid US$5 million, or UAH139 million,

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Russian embassy urges Bloomberg to apologize for disinformation about Putin’s ratings

“They probably hope that their audience will not check the source and find a real level of trust 67.9%,” the embassy saidRussian President Vladimir Putin© Alexei Nikolsky/Russian Presidential Press and Information Press Office/TASS WASHINGTON, May 24. /TASS/. The Russian embassy in the United States called upon the Bloomberg news agency to apologize for wrong information about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s

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A deadly disease

Kyiv Post Editorial May 22. 2020 Ukraine will spend $4.2 billion on health care this year, probably a record amount, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But another real disease that Ukraine must conquer is that of corruption. It’s bad enough that President Volodymyr Zelensky has had three health ministers after deciding not to keep the widely respected holdover from his

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