Monthly Archives: September 2019

Russia’s Gazprom starts selling gas to itself

Monday, September 16, 2019 2:00:31 PM Following the declining demand for Russian gas in Europe, plummeting spot prices at gas hubs and a whopping cash gap in the budget, the Russian gas monopoly Gazprom has resorted to selling gas to itself, finanz.ru reports. In the first half of the year, the company’s gas exports to Europe fell by 8.9%. In the first

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Russian propaganda: Putin to Saudi Arabia, our air defenses can protect you like they do Turkey and Iran

Warning:  This article is from a known Russian government funded propaganda outlet, Russia Today.  Published time: 16 Sep, 2019 19:05 Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested Saudi Arabia should buy Russian air defense systems to protect its oil facilities from drone attacks, pointing to Iran and Turkey, who operate S-300 and S-400 missiles, respectively. “Saudi Arabia needs to make a

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“Procedural win”: UNGA includes situation in occupied Donbas, Crimea on agenda of the “high-level week”

21:00, 16 September 2019 The 74th session begins tomorrow, while its high-level week will be held Sept 23-27. Public Domain Pictures The United Nations General Assembly included an item on the situation in the occupied Ukrainian territories on the agenda of the plenary week at the level of heads of state and government, which will begin on Sept 23, that’s according

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Ukraine budgets $10 billion for defense in 2020

The Ukrainian government has allocated more than 245 billion hryvnia (around $9.9 billion) to national security in the draft budget for 2020, said Ukrainian Finance Minister Oksana Markarova, as cited by UNN. “We are planning to allocate 245.8 billion [hryvnia] to various administrators who are involved in security and defense,” she said, clarifying that not all of it would be

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Edward Snowden, Currently in Russia, Says He’d ‘Love to Be Granted Asylum in France’

Former U.S spy agency contractor Edward Snowden said he would love French President Emmanuel Macron to grant him political asylum after one of Macron’s ministers said if it was up to her she would offer him asylum. French Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet said at the weekend she supported granting asylum to him, though she made clear she was speaking in

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Getting away with torture in Russia’s criminal justice system

11:15 am, September 16, 2019· Every year, Russian courts issue about 1,000 sentences under Article 286, Part 3 of Russia’s Criminal Codex. While there is no formal definition of “torture” in Russian criminal law (which makes government torture very difficult to track), it is Article 286, Part 3 that punishes violent overreach by government officials and members of the military.

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Ukrainian political prisoner Balukh testifies about tortures in Russia

Balukh says he was threaten with sexual abuse. Photo from UNIAN Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh, who has recently been freed from Russian captivity in a prisoner swap, has said he was tortured immediately after arriving in the Russian colony. “I was beaten in the colony. There were a lot of them, about 10 people, at least eight. I did

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Russia fired officials over Smolenkov defection, filed INTERPOL search request

September 16, 2019 The Russian government reportedly fired a number of officials over the defection of a senior Kremlin aide, who alleged worked as an American spy. Meanwhile, Moscow has filed a search request with INTERPOL about the alleged defector’s whereabouts. News of the defection was reported on September 9 by the American news network CNN. The network alleged that

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Actor Jailed for ‘Spraining’ Policeman’s Shoulder at Moscow Election Protests

A Moscow court has jailed an actor for 3.5 years Monday after finding him guilty of dislocating a riot police officer’s shoulder during anti-government protests last month. Pavel Ustinov, detained Aug. 3, is among a dozen activists and passersby held on various charges relating to mass election protests that rocked the Russian capital this summer. Videos show Ustinov, 24, standing

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Russia threatens to shoot down Israeli planes in Syria

Russia has prevented Israeli strikes on at least three Syrian military installations, threatening to shoot down Israeli fighter jets using its S-400 missile defense system stationed in Syria. According to the Arabic-language edition of the British newspaper, The Independent, in August, Moscow prevented an Israeli attack on the Syrian army’s position in Kasiun, where Russia’s S-300 air defense system is

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