Monthly Archives: October 2019

Media: While in New York, Zelensky met with the oligarch who is after Yanukovych’s money

During his visit to New York, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met with the businessman Sam Kislin. According to the Russian news outlet The Insider, Kislin has been trying to use his connections to Donald Trump’s close circle to get some of the funds the government confiscated from former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. A native of Odessa, Ukraine, and founder of the

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Ukraine should demand OSCE immediately recall Sajdik – Chubarov

The head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Refat Chubarov, has said that Ukraine should demand that Ambassador Martin Sajdik be immediately recalled from the post of the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group. Chubarov wrote this on his Facebook page, while commenting on Sajdik’s speech at the Salzburg Europe

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Russia to require passports to use email

A group of Russian senators led by Andrey Klishas, author of the law “On sovereign internet”, has proposed a series of amendments with stricter rules for accessing the internet. According to the documents published on the State Duma’s website, as of January 1, 2020, email users within Russia will have to identify themselves. Email services will be considered equivalent to messenger services,

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Russia Plans Its Own Version of Wikipedia by 2023

The project aims to attract three times as much traffic as Wikipedia.org. Russia is aiming to roll out an online encyclopedia in three years with a readership five times the size of Wikipedia’s, the RBC news website reported Wednesday, citing procurement documents. Russia has been planning to create its own version of Wikipedia to ensure Russians have access to more

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Ukraine’s competitiveness rating drops

The Press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that Russia does not support the idea of the US participation in the Normandy Four negotiations to resolve the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, reports Radio Liberty. Peskov also noted that the United States could use its influence on Ukraine. Peskov’s comment was a response to the statement of the Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko,

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Russian, North Korean State Media Team Up to Fight ‘Fake News’

State media outlets in Russia and North Korea have signed a new cooperation agreement that includes plans to counteract “fake news” together, the state-run TASS news agency reported Wednesday. TASS and North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) previously signed a cooperation agreement in 2005. TASS is currently the only Russian media outlet to operate a permanent bureau in

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Kremlin: Normandy summit to depend on presidents’ decision if disengagement in Donbas fails

Peskov says the disengagement of troops will facilitate the implementation of the Minsk agreements. REUTERS Russian Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov has said the prospect of holding a Normandy summit will depend on what the four leaders will decide if the disengagement of troops in Donbas fails. Read also Disengagement in Donbas: Ukraine-controlled areas may become part of “gray zone”

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Dutch parliament votes to investigate ‘Ukraine’s role’ in MH17 air crash

The parliament of the Netherlands has voted to investigate Ukraine’s role in the Malaysia Airlines flight 17 catastrophe that took place over Ukraine’s Donetsk province in 2014, said Chris van Dam, a member of the Christian Democratic party, in a tweet. Van Dam said that the party motioned to investigate the fact that Ukraine did not close the airspace over

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‘Avalanche Of Lies’: Anti-Doping Body’s Probe Exposes Bad Blood In Russian Sports

Moscow has some explaining to do — and fast — regarding why positive drug-test results were missing from a massive database that is key to an investigation into a doping scandal that has shut Russia out of international sporting competitions. And, as the October 9 deadline to respond to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) approaches, officials tasked with cleaning up

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How to get the European Parliament to read Russia Today

EP Today: A news website that doesn’t write 99% of its articles, targets decision makers in the EU and misleads the public about the origin of most of their content: Russia Today. “EP Today” (short for “European Parliament today”) is a self-proclaimed “monthly news magazine for the European Parliament”. And sure enough, with a name including one of the major

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“Russia is a real danger to the EU” – Сandidate for the post of European Commissioner for Foreign Policy of the European Union

Modern Russia, like the terrorist threat, pose a real danger to the European Union, although they should not be compared with each other. The corresponding statement was made by the candidate for the post of EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, former Foreign Minister of Spain Josep Borrell. As an example illustrating the existence of this threat, he

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Ukraine launches High Anti-Corruption Court

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky takes part in a press briefing on launch of the High Anti-corruption Court in Kiev, Ukraine. Ukraine on Thursday launched the High Anti-corruption Court, designed to deal with high-profile corruption cases. It consists of the first instance and the appeals chambers and employs 38 judges in total. Each case is to be considered by a

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Over 70% of Ukrainians against sale of farmland

Some 81% of Ukrainians oppose the sale of agricultural land to foreigners, whereas only 13% support the idea, according to a survey conducted by the Rating sociological group. According to the group’s leader, Oleksiy Antypovych, in general, the introduction of the agricultural land market is supported only by 19% of respondents, 73% of respondents are against this initiative, and 8%

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China: US’s Trident II intercontinental ballistic missile 10 times more reliable than Russia’s Bulava

The basis of the peaceful coexistence of the major powers is nuclear parity. In late August and early September, submarine forces of both the US’s and Russia’s strategic nuclear deterrent performed a series of tests. The Chinese news outlet Sohu attempted to assess the reliability of the submarine-based missiles of the two world powers. In a possible world war, a

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Prystaiko: Russia Not Interested In Normandy Format Meeting

Foreign Affairs Minister of Ukraine, Vadym Prystaiko, considers that the Russian Federation is not interested in the meeting in the Normandy Format (with the participation of Ukraine, Germany, Russia and France). He said this on the Svoboda Slova [Free Speech] political TV show on the ICTV channel, Ukrainian News Agency reports. He said that unfortunately France and Germany were very

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White House Declares War on Impeachment Inquiry, Claiming Effort to Undo Trump’s Election

The White House declared war on the House impeachment inquiry on Tuesday, announcing that it would not cooperate with what it called an illegitimate effort “to overturn the results of the 2016 election” and setting the stage for a constitutional clash with far-reaching consequences. In a letter to House Democratic leaders, the White House said the inquiry had violated precedent

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