Monthly Archives: August 2019

Documents showing Turkey’s plans to join Russian SWIFT alternative found in dump near Moscow

In July, Russia and Turkey held urgent negotiations on the possibility of connecting Turkish companies and banks to the Bank of Russia’s System for Transfer of Financial Messages (SPFS), an alternative to the internationally used SWIFT system. On Monday, the Telegram channel Baza published photos of documents found at a dump near Moscow, one of which mentions nogatiations conducted by the Russian

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Ukrainian troops destroy pro-Russian military base in Donbas

A week before the so-called “harvest ceasefire” was declared in the Donbass, the military of the 54th Separate Mechanized Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces destroyed and damaged more than 20 units of military equipment of the pro-Russian militants. The 54th brigade has published a video of this operation. “So, July 2019, a week before the announcement of the ceasefire. The brigade

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Roskomnadzor blocked access to the InformNapalm site

Since the end of July 2019, the Federal Service for Communications and Communications Supervision (Roskomnadzor) has restricted access to the site of the international volunteer intelligence community InformNapalm, which is engaged in OSINT investigations. This was reported on August 22 by journalist Roman Burko on his Facebook page. According to him, InformNapalm was the first to be blocked among the resources of OSINT-investigations (not mass

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Pro-Kremlin Activists Storm NGO Protest Forum, Saying: ‘We Don’t Want Maidan in Russia’

Members of two infamous pro-Kremlin groups have stormed a human rights NGO’s seminar on how to deal with law enforcement at protests, saying they don’t want a repeat of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution in Russia.  Two fringe nationalist groups called the National Liberation Movement (NOD) and SERB are known for attacks on opposition activists and art exhibits. The Sakharov Center’s seminar aimed to

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Preparing for exchange. Lawyer named those to be extradited to Russia to free prisoners of the Kremlin

Two Ukrainian military, who defected to the Russian army after the illegal annexation of Crimea, and a person involved in the events of May 2, 2014 in Odessa are being prepared for exchange into Ukrainian political prisoners. Their lawyer, Valentin Rybin, reported theBabel about the preparation. We are talking about the former Ukrainian military convicted for treason, Maksim Odintsov and

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Brian Bonner: Ukraine’s Friend & Foe of the Week

Ukraine’s Friend of the Week: Anders Aslund The Swedish economist can not only write great books but tweets great zingers in support of Ukraine and against the strongmen combination of U.S. President Donald J. Trump and Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. His latest book is “Russia’s Crony Capitalism: The Path from Market Economy to Kleptocracy.” Some of his latest tweets: “As Trump reveals

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Kremlin Jabs at Trump’s Greenland Purchase Idea

Russia doesn’t “shop” for foreign territories, the Kremlin has said in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s idea to buy the resource-rich Danish territory of Greenland. Trump, who built his career as a real estate mogul, has mused openly in recent days about a U.S. purchase of Greenland, raising eyebrows in Europe and the U.S. alike. Greenland, which is gaining

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Putin: Moscow can live without membership in Council of Europe

At the press conference after talks with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö , Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia doesn’t want to participate in the Council of Europe at any cost, and if other members don’t want to see Russia there, Moscow can live without membership in this organization. Finnish journalist, addressed Putin and  pointed out that Moscow does not

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Russia, China Call for UN Security Council Meeting On U.S. Missile Developments

Russia and China have asked the United Nations Security Council to meet on Thursday over “statements by U.S. officials on their plans to develop and deploy medium-range missiles,” according to the request seen by Reuters. Moscow and Beijing want to convene the 15-member council under the agenda item “threats to international peace and security” and have requested that U.N. disarmament

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Exchange of prisoners requires coordination between authorities of Ukraine and Russia, – Lavrov

The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry also spoke about the arrest of RIA Novosti editor-in-chief Kirill Vyshynsky in Ukraine The exchange of prisoners between the Russian Federation and Ukraine requires coordination between the leaders of the two countries. This was stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, reports UNN with reference to TASS. “In order to promote this topic

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Kremlin website removes the word ‘elections’ from transcript of Macron speech

3:16 pm, August 21, 2019· After French President Emmanuel Macron gave a speech following a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin’s website posted an official transcript that excluded every phrase in which Macron mentioned the word “elections.” For example, although Macron explicitly noted that the arrests of Moscow protesters demanding fair elections have raised numerous

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