The Government of the Russian Federation has decided to recognize the citizens of Ukraine as native speakers of Russian

The Government of the Russian Federation has approved the recognition of citizens of Ukraine and Belarus as native speakers of Russian without examinations. This status affects the receipt of a passport of a citizen of the Russian Federation. This is stated on the website of the Russian government. Thus, the status of a native speaker of the Russian language gives the right to

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What can Ukraine expect from Canada’s federal election?

EDMONTON, Canada — As Canadians head to the polls on Oct. 21, the Ukrainian government may be wondering how a potential change in leadership could alter relations with Kyiv’s closest overseas ally.   Among the numerous parties represented on ballots across the country, there are six with enough legitimacy and reach to take part in nationally televised debates, and only three —

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Photographing a disused aerodrome can get you jailed for 12 years in Russia if you’re Ukrainian

The oldest of the Kremlin’s Ukrainian political prisoners is now 63 and will be 70 before he is released if Russia has its way.  Viktor Shur has been imprisoned since December 2014, after being held without access to a lawyer or his family until he had ‘confessed’ to spying charges. Shur is the son of a well-known Chernihiv art collector,

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Fewer Russians Dying from Alcoholism but Far More from ‘Alcohol’ Poisoning, Moscow Admits

Paul Goble             Staunton, October 15 – The Russian health ministry reports that the number of Russians from alcoholism has declined while the number of Russians dying from alcohol poisoning has gone up, an apparent impossibility that is nonetheless real and that highlights something Moscow generally is at pains to deny.             The Clearly Understood telegram channel reports this apparent

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Peace in Donbas and deoccupation of Crimea are possible and necessary: Paris declaration of intellectuals

The Commission on Truth, Justice and Restoration of Peace between Russia, Ukraine and the European Union held its fourth meeting in Paris on October 10-12, 2019. Its members are convinced that it is absolutely essential to put an end to the bloody Donbas war, which began in March 2014. However, this can be achieved only through a just and lasting

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Russia’s Thawing Permafrost May Cost Economy $2.3Bln a Year

Russia plans to pay more attention to the impact climate change is having on its vast permafrost area. Thawing of once permanently-frozen ground covering more than half of Russia is putting buildings, pipelines and other infrastructure at risk of damage.  With the Arctic warming twice as fast as the rest of the world, that’s a big problem. The economic loss

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Putin’s Dollar Dump Costs Russia $8Bln

The first year of President Vladimir Putin’s experiment in diversifying away from the U.S. dollar cost Russia about $7.7 billion in potential returns. Russia’s central bank added exposure to underperforming currencies such as the euro and yuan just as it missed out on a 6.5% rally in the greenback.  If it had maintained the previous dollar-heavy structure of its $531

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Dam Collapse Kills at Least 15 Gold Miners in Siberia

By Reuters3 hours ago    At least 15 gold miners were killed on Saturday when a dam collapsed, flooding an artisanal mining encampment in a remote part of Siberia, officials said. Heavy rains had weakened the dam and water broke through, sweeping away several cabins where the artisan miners lived, about 160 kilometers south of the city of Krasnoyarsk. President Vladimir Putin

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Ukraine reports 12 enemy attacks in Donbas warzone since Friday midnight

22:23, 18 October 2019 According to the update, there have been no casualties among the Ukrainian military since Friday midnight. Russian-led forces have mounted 12 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas since Friday midnight. “The armed forces of the Russian Federation and its mercenaries have violated the ceasefire 12 times since the beginning of the current day, October 18,”

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Ukraine’s parliament passes bill on Naftogaz unbundling at first reading

23:49, 18 October 2019 The explanatory note reads the bill is necessary to reform Ukraine’s natural gas and electricity market in order to ensure its liberalization, efficiency, transparency and further integration with the European Union market. The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, on Friday adopted in the first reading bill No. 2239-1 on the unbundling of the Naftogaz of Ukraine. The

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Ukraine, Japan to deepen cybersecurity and environmental cooperation

Ukraine and Japan are ready for further development of bilateral relations and plan to deepen cybersecurity and environmental cooperation. This was discussed during the meeting of Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Ukraine Takashi Kurai, the Council’s press service reports. “Secretary of the National Security and

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Russian population shrinking at 11-year record rate

Russia is continuing to tumble into the demographic abyss. Between January and August, the natural population loss accelerated by a further 30%, the Russian Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat), announced on Thursday. Over eight months, 994,300 people were born and 1.21 million died. Although mortality fell (by 33,700 people), the birth rate declined more than two and a half times faster (by

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