Monthly Archives: September 2019

The Change of Power in Russia Will Be Very Similar to My Arrest

Letter from jail: Detained student says change is coming to Russia. By Yegor Zhukovone day ago   Yegor Zhukov is a 21-year-old political science student currently awaiting trial for participating in a protest rally calling for free elections in Moscow in late July. He faces up to 8 years in prison and wrote this letter from pre-trial detention.On Tuesday, Zhukov was charged with

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UN reports on human rights abuses in occupied Crimea

In particular, the report calls on Russia to fulfill its human rights obligations under international humanitarian law. The United Nations has released a report by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on human rights abuses in the occupied Crimea. The text of the report, which will be presented on September 23 at the 74th session of the UN, is published on the official

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Kerch Strait Bridge sags increasingly, environmental problems inevitable – social networks

Putin’s project has already affected the Black Sea. Blogger Stantsia Krym (“Crimea Station”) says the illegally built Kerch Strait Bridge in Russian-occupied Crimea, which connects Russia-occupied Crimea with Russia’s Krasnodar Krai, has been sagging more and more, which leads to serious environmental problems. “It seems the bridge was created not for convenience, but to destroy everything around. There are constant

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POLITICO: Trump slow-walks Ukraine military aid meant to contain Russia

The Trump administration is slow-walking $250 million in military assistance to Ukraine, annoying lawmakers and advocates who argue the funding is critical to keeping Russia at bay.  President Donald Trump asked his national security team to review the funding program, known as the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, in order to ensure the money is being used in the best interest

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Medvedchuk: Committee should first consider laws on ending war in Donbas

Opposition Platform – For Life Party will propose to give Donbas autonomous status Opposition Platform – For Life Party in the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Temporarily Occupied Territories will propose to give autonomous status to Donbas. The Chairman of Opposition Platform – For Life Party, MP Viktor Medvedchuk announced this at the briefing in Verkhovna Rada on Wednesday, September 4,

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News from Donbass 3-9-2019

In the area of ​​the Joint Forces Operation on September 3, the armed forces of the Russian Federation and its mercenaries violated the ceasefire 4 times, – the JFO headquarters reported. The enemy fired at the positions of the Joint Forces units from weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements – 82 mm mortars, as well as from automatic grenade launchers,

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Court decides on forced bringing of Gontareva to SBI, measures to be taken to implement this decision

Kyiv’s Pechersky District Court has made a decision on the forced bringing of ex-head of the National Bank of Ukraine Valeriya Gontareva to interrogation at the State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) within an investigation into the case on abuse of authority. “Indeed, there is a court ruling on the forced bringing of Gontareva to interrogation to the SBI,” SBI press

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Ukraine sees 4% GDP growth in Jan-July

The indicator was reached due to the positive trends in the agricultural sector, construction, transport, the retail sector of the domestic market, and a slight increase in industrial production. REUTERS Ukraine’s Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture Ministry says the GDP growth in Ukraine in January-July 2019 was estimated at 4%. Read also PM Honcharuk vows at least 40% economy growth

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Putin promises Mongolia hundreds of millions in investments and free weapons

Russia-Mongolia relations have reached a new level of comprehensive strategic partnership, said Russian President Vladimir Putin at the end of an official visit to Ulaanbaatar. After talks with Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga and Gombojavyn Zandanshatar, Chairperson of the State Great Khural, Putin commented on the longstanding tradition of friendship and mutual profit, thanked Mongolia for helping to defeat fascism, and

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Fewer people travel from mainland Ukraine to occupied Crimea – State Border Service

In August, more than 360 thousand people and about 60 thousand vehicles traveled from the Kherson region to the Crimea and from Crimea to mainland Ukraine. The Azov-Black Sea Regional Department of State Border Service provided such information. Compared to August last year, border guards record a decrease in passenger traffic in the direction of illegally annexed Crimea. The downward

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Germany’s Deutsche Welle Snubs Russia’s Foreign Meddling Panel

German media outlet Deutsche Welle has turned down an invitation to attend Russian lawmakers’ hearings on alleged foreign interference over this summer’s anti-government protests, saying its journalism standards make such meddling impossible. Weeks of demonstrations over elections for the Moscow city legislature have become the biggest sustained protest movement in Russia since 2011-2013. The Foreign Ministry accused Deutsche Welle last

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Bulgaria Condemns Russian Exhibit Lauding WWII “Liberation” of Eastern Europe

Bulgaria lambasted a World War Two exhibition organized by the Russian Embassy marking “the liberation of Eastern Europe from Nazism,” saying the region had instead being subjected to a half century of repression by “Soviet army bayonets.” In a statement, the Foreign Ministry of Bulgaria — which for decades a Soviet satellite in Eastern Europe but now a Westernised democracy — urged

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Senator Cruz says U.S. has ability to halt Nord Stream 2 – media

The pipeline – which will double Germany’s imports of Russian gas – was more than 70 percent complete as of the beginning of August. U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has said that the United States still has the ability to halt construction of a planned pipeline to send Russian natural gas to Germany, even as the project nears completion. Russia has

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North Caucasus Brochure Tells Women to ‘Defer’ to Men

Authorities in Russia’s predominantly Muslim republic of Ingushetia have issued a brochure for the new school year instructing women to “defer” to men no matter their age. The brochure “promoting the Ingush people’s traditional values” includes visual depictions of the “Ingush code of conduct” and is printed in Russian and Ingush as well as English. In July, the pamphlet made

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CIA and the Son of George Soros’ Driver

How do pro-Kremlin outlets try to explain a physical attack on a Russian opposition figure? Of course, the easiest option is to simply suggest that the activist has organised the attack herself as a way of attracting public attention. This is exactly what happened on Thursday after Lyubov Sobol, who has been barred from running in this month’s local elections in

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