Monthly Archives: September 2019

Putin claims he offered to sell newest Russian weapons to Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin, during his speech at the plenary session of World Economic Forum 2019, said that Russia offered to sell its hypersonic weapons to the United States. Putin noted that, during the last meeting with American partners in Osaka, the US raised a question “how to include newest Russian modern weapons, including hypersonic missile systems, into General agreements.”

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Russian National Guard Takes Over Siberian Schoolkids’ Education

Russia’s National Guard has taken over teaching duties at a fifth-grade class in the Siberian city of Irkutsk this week. Officer Alexei Volk, wearing a military uniform, assumed homeroom teaching duties over the class of 12 girls and 20 boys on the first day of school.  “Primarily, we will instill patriotic upbringing and a positive view of people in uniforms,” Volk told

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Avakov appointed lustered ex-prosecutor as his adviser

Minister of the Interior Arsen Avakov has appointed Dmitry Kavun, former deputy prosecutor in Kharkov and Odessa oblasts, as his volunteer adviser. As an adviser to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the former senior prosecutor will oversee the activities of authorities in the Kharkiv region. “The task is to strengthen this direction, make maximum use of knowledge and experience,

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Russia’s SU-57 Is a Fifth-Generation Stealth Fighter—but Is It Any Good?

Is Russia’s fifth-generation stealth fighter on the verge of deployment readiness? The manufacturer seems to think so. In a recent interview with one of Russia’s leading state news agencies, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) President Yuri Slyusar announced that the first, serially produced Su-57 units will be transferred to the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) by the end of 2019. “During the

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Russia Says Facebook, Google Must Ban Political Ads During Moscow Election

Russian state watchdog Roskomnadzor said on Friday it asked Facebook and Google to ban the publication of political advertising during elections on Sunday and on the preceding day, in line with Russian law. Russia will hold several regional elections on Sunday, including in Moscow. Non-compliance would be viewed as meddling in Russia’s sovereign affairs, the watchdog said.  (c) The Moscow

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Three Russian submarines unable to carry out combat mission in Syria due to technical issues

Three submarines of the Russian Navy, which are currently in a Syrian port, cannot perform combat missions, reports Lenta.ru news outlet citing an informed source. The reason for that was the failure of old Soviet batteries that are installed on the submarines, while new imported batteries are not available due to sanctions. According to the source, with new batteries manufactured oversees, submarines

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Expert explains why Crimean Bridge may collapse

A mud volcano can be a real danger to the bridge. Senior fellow at the Institute of Water of the Russian Academy of Sciences, hydrogeology engineer Yuriy Medovar says the illegally built Kerch Strait Bridge (or the Crimean Bridge), which connects Russia-occupied Crimea with Russia’s Krasnodar Krai, will sag inevitably given all the geological and technical circumstances of its construction.

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Ukraine-Russia prisoner swap will be important step – Senator Murphy

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy has said he hopes that the expected mutual release of detainees between Ukraine and Russia will help free more Ukrainians in the future. The U.S. politician said this at a briefing in Kyiv on September 5 following a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. “We don’t generally comment on court decisions,

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Russia’s Election Chief Tased During Burglary – Police

A masked robber has allegedly tased the head of Russia’s Central Election Commission, Ella Pamfilova, during a burglary, police said Friday. The intruder had reportedly broken into Pamfilova’s house on the northwestern outskirts of Moscow through a window after midnight and repeatedly hit her with a stun gun before fleeing, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. The statement did not

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Baker Tilly Ukraine to conduct financial audit of Ukroboronprom

Baker Tilly Ukraine, an international audit company, has won an auction to conduct a financial audit of the Ukroboronprom State Concern, the concern’s press service has said. “International audit company Baker Tilly Ukraine has won an auction to conduct an audit of the consolidated statements of the Ukroboronprom State Concern,” the statement said. It also notes that two bidders belonging

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Putin’s Nightmare: The Ballot Box

On the eve of regional elections, the Kremlin has turned to tricks, threats and shows of force to get past the shadows of protests and falling approval ratings for Russia’s president. By Michael Khodarkovsky Professor Khodarkovsky is the author, most recently, of “Russia’s 20th Century: A Journey in 100 Histories.” On Sept. 8, Russians will vote in municipal and regional

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Kremlin Critic Navalny’s Offices Raided Ahead of Moscow Vote

Authorities have raided three of opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s offices in Moscow on the eve of a local election where he is advocating voters to unseat Kremlin-backed candidates. The raids took place ahead of the Sept. 8 city legislature vote that galvanized this summer’s mass protests in Moscow when election officials disqualified opposition candidates, including some of Navalny’s allies, from

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UN: Russia violates human rights in occupied Crimea

The secretary general of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, has published the international organisation’s first report investigating human rights abuses in Ukraine’s Russian-occupied region of Crimea. According to the report, major violations have occurred in the five years since Russia invaded the region, affecting the basic human, political, civic and religious rights of Crimea’s citizens. The United Nations claims that

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Ex-Deputy Prosecutor General Kuzmin removed from wanted list – media

This summer, he was elected member of parliament, the report recalls. Photo from UNIAN Law enforcement authorities removed from wanted list former First Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine Renat Kuzmin, who held office during the rule of disgraced ex-president Viktor Yanukovych. This summer, he was elected member of parliament as part of the Opposition Platform – For Life, Bihus.Info reported. On

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Russian, Italian charged with conspiring to steal trade secrets from US aviation company

A Russian national and an Italian national were charged earlier this month with conspiring and attempting to steal trade secrets from American company GE Aviation, the Justice Department announced Thursday. Alexander Yuryevich Korshunov, 57, and Maurizio Paolo Bianchi, 59, were alleged to have hired consultants for jet engine accessory work between 2013 and 2018 who used trade secrets owned by

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