Monthly Archives: August 2019

Blogger Igor Stakh beaten in Ukraine

Washington, D.C., August 30, 2019 — Ukrainian authorities must immediately investigate the recent attack on blogger Igor Stakh, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Yesterday, in Chernihiv, in northern Ukraine, two unidentified individuals kicked and punched Stakh near his home and then fled the scene, according to local news reports and a statement by the National Union of Journalists

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98% of Moscow’s Shawarma Joints Are Unsanitary, Consumer Watchdog Says

Ninety-eight percent of Moscow’s popular shawarma restaurants do not comply with Russian food hygiene standards, according to the city consumer protection watchdog. Last year, a Federal Consumer Protection Service (Rospotrebnadzor) inspection uncovered foodborne bacterial pathogens in a majority of the 252 shawarma spots in Moscow.  This year, health violations were uncovered in 65 of 66 inspected shawarma shops, Rospotrebnadzor’s Moscow

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Reports: Prisoner swap may be held up as Moscow wants MH17 case witness

A prisoner swap between Ukraine and Russia may be delayed because the Kremlin is demanding freedom for a key witness in the 2014 downing of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, two well-connected political commentators suggest. Former lawmaker Mustafa Nayyem and journalist Yuriy Butusov each wrote on Aug. 31 that Moscow wants the witness, Volodymyr Tsemakh, to be part of the

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Medvedchuk: We are in Moscow to accelerate exchange of detainees at their relatives’ request

When asked about the exchange, Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov noted that Russian side was not yet ready for the process The visit to Moscow was made at the request of relatives of Ukrainian prisoners in Russia and in order to draw closer the moment of exchange. The Chairman of Political Council of Opposition Platform – For Life Party

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Putin’s Ice Cream Treat With Erdogan Raises Suspicions Around Familiar Faces

Aug. 28, 2019    President Vladimir Putin treated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other politicians to some local ice cream as the two leaders attended the MAKS-2019 air show in the Moscow region on Tuesday. Asked if he would pay for Erdogan’s frozen snack, Putin said: “Of course I will. You are my guest.” It wasn’t long before online observers

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Russia Buys Up Foreign Plastic Waste as Its Own Plastic Goes to Landfills

Russia is ramping up its imports of plastic waste year after year as its lack of a national waste sorting system leaves recycling plants lacking enough raw materials, the RBC news website has reported. Russia generated over 7.2 billion tons of household and industrial waste in 2018, almost 315,000 tons of which were imported, according to the Federal Service for Supervision of

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Russia’s Mystery Nuclear Explosion Occurred During Missile Recovery at Sea — Reports

10 hours ago    The mysterious explosion in northern Russia that caused a spike in radiation levels happened during a mission to salvage a nuclear-powered cruise missile from the bottom of the sea, media have cited a U.S. intelligence assessment as saying. Five nuclear engineers were killed in a liquid propulsion system blast at Russia’s naval missile test facility, leading to a brief

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Russia to invite Zelensky to attend 75th anniversary of WWII victory events – media

Meanwhile, leaders of 17 states have confirmed their attendance. Photo from UNIAN Russia will invite Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to attend the celebrations timed to the 75th anniversary of WWII victory, to be held in Moscow on May 9, 2020, Kremlin Aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters on Friday. “We will send [the invitation] to the President of Ukraine,” he said,

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Yanukovych’s old guard is staging a comeback

President Volodymyr Zelensky’s critics allege that his presidency is tantamount to the comeback of former President Viktor Yanukovych’s old guard. Some of Yanukovych’s allies have returned to Ukraine and others already serve in Zelensky’s administration. However, Zelensky’s predecessor, Petro Poroshenko, had also refused to fire some Yanukovych associates subject to a 2014 lustration law that bars them from state jobs.

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Ukraine’s Democracy Is (Almost) All Grown Up

Optimistic piece from Alexander Motyl If Zelensky can build on his predecessor’s legacy, he may just succeed in furthering Ukraine’s economic growth and drawing the country still closer to the West. BY ALEXANDER J. MOTYL, DENNIS SOLTYS | AUGUST 28, 2019, 4:03 PM Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivers a speech during celebrations to mark Ukraine’s 28th Independence Day in Kyiv

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Security Service of Ukraine: Russia and Ukraine won’t exchange prisoners today

There will be no official exchange of prisoners between Ukraine and Russia on Friday. “There will be no official exchange of prisoners between Ukraine and Russia on Friday. The final date is yet unknown,” the press center of the Security Service of Ukraine told Ukrinform. On the night of August 30, former member of the Russian State Duma Ilya Ponomarev,

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Bill on abolition of parliamentary immunity passes first reading

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the 9th convocation adopted a bill on amendments to Article 80 of the Constitution of Ukraine (on parliamentary immunity) in the first reading. A total of 363 lawmakers voted for the corresponding resolution No.1095 “On preliminary approval of the bill on amendments to Article 80 of the Constitution of Ukraine (on parliamentary immunity)”, an

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Trump cancels Poland trip as hurricane heads to Florida

President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled his planned weekend trip to Poland as Hurricane Dorian barrels toward Florida. Trump, announcing the last-minute change of plans at a Rose Garden signing ceremony, said it was “very important” for him to be in Washington to deal with the storm, which the National Hurricane Center predicts will make landfall on Labor Day as

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Prisoner swap: Ukrainian political prisoners, POW sailors on their way home – media

The sailors have reportedly arrived in Ukraine, their families were informed. 07:40, 30 August 2019 Newly-elected Prosecutor General of Ukraine Ruslan Riaboshapka said that Ukrainian political prisoners, including Oleh Sentsov, Volodymyr Balukh, and Pavlo Hryb, are returning to Ukraine. He reposted a Facebook post by Anna Isliamova, a Ukrainian Parliament staffer. “The swap is complete. Sailors, Karpiuk, Balukh, Hryb are

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