Monthly Archives: September 2019

Russia to create its own Wikipedia

Part of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s directive to create an autonomous internet will include a Russian alternative to Wikipedia. According to materials from Russia’s draft budget for 2020-2022, development of the National Interactive Encyclopedia Portal (OIEP) will begin in 2020 and will be financed by the federal treasury. The Russian government plans to spend a total of 1.7 billion rubles ($26.3

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Russian propagandist is outraged that Ukraine carries out reforms without coordination with “DNR/LNR”

Russian propagandist Vladimir Solovyov claims that Ukraine violates the Minsk agreements by conducting vital reforms without coordination with the “DNR/LNR” occupation authorities. He wrote this on his page in social network. “The Minsk agreements were, in fact, violated by the Ukrainian party after amending the Constitution of Ukraine, which anchored the country’s desire for NATO. Plus, land reform, language law

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Zelensky sacks Danylyuk as NSDC secretary

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed a decree dismissing Oleksandr Danylyuk as secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC). The decree was posted on the website of the head of state on Monday, September 30. It was reported on September 27 that Danylyuk had tendered his resignation as NSDC secretary. Danylyuk later confirmed the report. The

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Government intends to attract $50 bln in investments by 2024

The Cabinet of Ministers expects to attract $50 billion in investments into the Ukrainian economy by 2024, according to a new government’s action program published on the parliament’s website. “We will build the government’s work in such a way that it will achieve the following results within the next five years: the economy of Ukraine (GDP) will grow by 40%,

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Media: Russian special forces spotted in Norway

Several news outlets have reported that Russian special forces were seen entering the Svalbard archipelago and mainland Norway. According to Aldrimer news outlet, sources in NATO and in Norwegian intelligence have reported that the Russian troops were studying the terrain and important infrastructure. The US has obtained satellite images depicting the Russian special forces troops in Norwegian territory. Oslo said that

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Kremlin to sacrifice economy for the sake of larger military budget

The Russian Finance Ministry has published a draft federal budget for 2020-2022 in which it has further increased financing for the security forces and reduced the budget for the economy, education and regional assistance. According to the document and its appendices, which have been uploaded onto the official legal information portal, the Russian government plans to spend $302 billion out of its

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Zelensky gives key job to top Yanukovych prosecutor’s daughter

President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sept. 30 appointed to the High Council of Justice a daughter of a top prosecutor who served ex-President Viktor Yanukovych, preferring her to several candidates with a reputation for integrity. Zelensky’s appointment of Oksana Blazhyvska has triggered indignation among anti-corruption activists. She is a daughter of Yevhen Blazhyvsky, an ex-deputy of Yanukovych’s infamous Prosecutor General Viktor

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Kremlin: publication of Zelensky and Trump conversation transcript shows the danger of negotiating with US

Official Representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said on a Channel One Russia that the transcript publication of te telephone conversation between the US President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky showed that it is dangerous to negotiate with Washington, reports TASS news agency. “I agree with many assessments that this [publication of the transcript] certainly changes

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Russia Plans Reusable Rocket to Compete With Elon Musk by 2024 – RBC

Russia plans to build its own reusable Argo rocket to compete with Elon Musk and supply the International Space Station (ISS) by 2024, the RBC news website reported Monday. Russia has previously accused Musk’s SpaceX of squeezing it out of the carrier rockets market with the company’s relatively low-cost Falcon 9 rockets. Last year, Russia’s state-owned space corporation Roscosmos brushed

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Trump-Putin Phone Calls Can Only Be Disclosed With Russian Consent, Kremlin Says

The Kremlin said on Monday that Washington would need Russian consent to publish transcripts of phone calls between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Congress is determined to get access to Trump’s calls with Putin and other world leaders, the U.S. House Intelligence Committee’s chairman said on Sunday, citing concerns that the Republican president may have jeopardized national

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“DPR leader” Pushilin reportedly under arrest – social media

Sources claim this could be connected with Moscow’s plans to change the “head” of the self-proclaimed republic in Russia-occupied Donbas. Reports that “leader” of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”) Denis Pushilin is under arrest have appeared on “DPR” accounts on social networks. He was allegedly placed under house arrest, they say. Sources claim this could be connected with Moscow’s

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Five children in occupied Donbas wounded in hand grenade blast

They were rushed to hospitals in Russia-occupied Luhansk. Five children aged seven to thirteen have been injured in a hand grenade explosion in a village controlled by the “Luhansk People’s Republic” (“LPR”), eastern Ukraine. The incident was reported in the occupied village of Krasna Zoria (Ukraine’s government has recently renamed it Chornohorivka) in Luhansk region’s Perevalsky district on Saturday, September

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UN Slams Human Rights Violations in Crimea

The United Nations has decried human rights violations in Russian-held Crimea and conflict-torn eastern Ukraine. Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014, a land grab that Western countries have refused to recognize. The Crimean Tatars, a predominantly Muslim ethnic minority, have largely opposed Moscow’s 2014 annexation of the peninsula and has seen its local self-governing body banned as an

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The Borowitz Report : Putin saddened that Trump Asked Other Foreign Country to Meddle in Election. By Andy Borowitz September 25, 2019

MOSCOW (The Borowitz Report)—Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that he was “saddened and hurt” that Donald J. Trump had asked a different foreign country to meddle in a U.S. election. “I thought when it came to election meddling that Donald and I were exclusive,” an emotional Putler told reporters. “This feels like a betrayal.” Putin said that when

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