Monthly Archives: September 2019

Statue of Red Army general under wraps in Prague to stop vandals

Monument has become focus of a row between the Czech capital and its Russian embassy A statue of a second world war Red Army general repeatedly targeted by vandals has been covered with a tarpaulin amid an escalating row between Czech officials and Russia’s embassy in Prague over its status. Authorities in the Czech capital’s Bubeneč district put the imposing

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Tensions Are Flaring Between Georgia and Russia-Backed South Ossetia. Here’s What’s Happened

The international community has called for restraint as Georgia warned of a “serious confrontation” with the Russian-backed breakaway territory of South Ossetia last week. Only Moscow and a handful of other states have recognized the independence of South Ossetia after Russia and Georgia fought a five-day war over the region in August 2008. Russian troops have been garrisoned in both

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Over 300 bills already registered in Verkhovna Rada – Razumkov

More than 300 draft laws have already been registered in the Verkhovna Rada of the 9th convocation. “… almost 300 bills have been registered, including 67 bills determined by the President of Ukraine for urgent consideration by the Verkhovna Rada. Regarding 59 such draft laws, there are approved decisions on the shortened terms of their development for consideration, seven bills

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Kremlin Critic Khodorkovsky Wants Film to Open West’s Eyes About Putin’s Russia

Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky hopes a new documentary film about his life chronicling his journey from being Russia’s richest man to an exiled dissident will open the West’s eyes to the nature of modern Russia. The film, “Citizen K,” was made by Oscar-winning U.S. filmmaker Alex Gibney and premiered at the Venice Film festival this weekend. It was based on

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‘Poland Started WWII’: Russia Reacts to 80th Commemoration Snub

World leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday marked 80 years since the start of World War II in Poland. Russia, however, was not invited to Sunday’s commemorations because of its 2014 annexation of Crimea and actions in eastern Ukraine, a decision that Moscow had called baffling.  This is how Russian officials and

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New prime minister promises to completely abandon paperwork from October 1

The Cabinet of Ministers is going to completely abandon paperwork from October 1, 2019. This was reported by Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk at a meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky today, – correspondent of OstroV reports. “From October 1, we are going to completely abandon paperwork. We plan to prohibit the use and exchange of papers between the government

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“Close people”. Zelensky does not consider attracting his friends to power as nepotism

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky does not consider attracting a large number of his friends into a pro-government team as a manifestation of nepotism. He told this in an interview with the 1+1 channel. Answering the question why there were many of his old friends and acquaintances in his entourage, he reported that he relied on them because he could

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Farmland sale moratorium must be lifted before Dec 1. Zelensky says

The president instructed the Cabinet to draft a relevant bill before Oct 1. Photo from UNIAN President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky says a moratorium on the sale of agricultural land must be lifted as soon as before December 1, 2019. At the meeting of parliament, Cabinet and law enforcement leaders on Monday, Sep 2, Zelensky instructed the Government by October

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Malaysia, Russia look to expand defence co-operation

Jon Grevatt, Bangkok – Jane’s Defence Industry Malaysia and Russia have outlined an intention to enhance defence industrial collaboration in support of defence trade. The Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the move was highlighted as a priority in meetings held in Kuala Lumpur in late August between Malaysian defence minister Mohamad Sabu and Nikolai Patrushev, the secretary of the

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Maximum Pressure on Germany Is a Big Mistake

New sanctions from the United States risk pushing Berlin firmly into Moscow’s geopolitical corner. By Jeff Rathke, Max Hammer Most everyone in the U.S. Congress, it seems, wants a tougher Russia policy—it is one of very few areas of bipartisan agreement in today’s Washington. It is not hard to see why: Moscow’s destabilizing role is manifestly obvious in the Russian

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Crimea Invites Iran to Use Its Ports as a U.S. Sanctions Workaround

Crimea has offered Iran access to its ports as a way for Tehran to avoid Western sanctions on oil exports, a senior official in the annexed region’s Kremlin-backed administration told Russian media. Iran is increasingly looking for alternative trade routes to skirt tensions in the Persian Gulf brought on by U.S. sanctions. The OPEC member’s crude exports have dropped by

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Rash, cough, burning eyes: Complaints suggest hazardous emissions in occupied Crimea

10:40, 02 September 2019 The symptoms become more apparent in night hours. Inhabitants of the town of Armyansk, in the northern part of Russia-occupied Crimea, once again noted a deterioration in the environmental situation. Locals smelled chemicals in the air on Aug 29. At the same time, occupation authorities are trying to cover up the issue, reports RFE/RL’s media project

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Ukrainian History and a Land of Brave Hutsuls

Whenever and wherever you find a travelogue about charming and historic Ivano Frankivsk Oblast of Western Ukraine, you are told that it is the Gateway of Ukrainian Carpathians. Yes, it is. But Ivano Frankivsk is also the “Gateway” of Ukrainian Resistance Movement against oppression and against Imperialist forces spanning over centuries. It is a soil which nurtured “Philosophy of Freedom”

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Ukraine: Joint Forces advance near Horlivka – volunteer

10:15, 02 September 2019 Ukrainian infantry forced enemy units to retreat from some of their outposts. Ukraine’s Joint Forces have conducted a successful operation in the Donbas warzone without actually opening fire on the enemy. “Some good news came from the warzone. Near Horlivka suburbs, our infantry forced militants to retreat from some of their outposts and withdraw to the

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