Monthly Archives: October 2019

Germany to send 12,000 tons of nuclear waste to Russia

After a hiatus of 10 years, Russia has started importing radioactive waste from Europe once again. Between 2019 and 2022, Russia will receive 12,000 tons of depleted uranium from Germany, Die Tageszeitung reports. The waste will comprise of so-called “uranium tailings”, byproducts of the enrichment process used to make fuel for nuclear power plants, GreenPeace notes. Russia actively imported these

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Greek acceptance of Ukrainian autocephaly – bigger defeat for Moscow than Constantinople grant, Soldatov says

Paul A. Goble The harsh even hysterical reaction of the Moscow Patriarchate to the decision of the Greek Orthodox Church to recognize the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church reflects the fact that the Greek move may be a bigger defeat for the Russian church than even the original grant by the Universal Patriarch. That is because the Greek church

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Disinformation Review: The World through the Eyes of the Kremlin

This week, the pro-Kremlin media focused primarily on attacking NATO, the West and Ukraine. As usual, Russia was portrayed as entirely innocent. To make sense of the 60 cases of disinformation we gathered this week, we divided the most common and recurring narratives into broader categories. The overarching thrust of the Kremlin’s messaging is how the rotting West is an

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European Rights Court Rules In Favor Of Ex-Slovyansk Mayor Accused Of Separatism In Ukraine

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg has awarded 3,600 euros to Nelya Shtepa, the former mayor of the Ukrainian city of Slovyansk in the Donetsk region whom Kyiv accuses of fomenting separatism. The October 24 ruling found that criminal proceedings against Shtepa had been “unreasonably long” and that her pre-trial detention had been “lengthy and unjustified.” It

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Putin Urged to Pardon Norwegian Jailed for Spying Amid Hopes of Swap

A Russian commission on Thursday recommended President Vladimir Putin pardon a Norwegian man jailed for spying, spurring hopes in Norway that he may be released as part of a spy swap brokered behind closed doors. Frode Berg, a retired guard on the Norwegian-Russian border, was detained in December 2017 and jailed for 14 years after being convicted of gathering intelligence

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Ukraine concerned over undermined effectiveness of CoE bodies – Parliament Speaker

Razumkov has explained why the Ukrainian delegation refused to participate in the PACE session. Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Dmytro Razumkov, has noted that Ukraine is concerned about the undermined effectiveness of the Council of Europe’s key bodies. Addressing the European Conference of the Heads of Parliament of the Council of Europe member states, Razumkov called for participants

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Endgame on European chessboard: Why Normandy Four summit is unlikely to ever be held

After serious street protests that arose amid the rejection by the Ukrainian society of the so-called “Steinmeier formula” of Donbas settlement, the likelihood of the Normandy Four summit being held anytime soon has boiled down to a minimum. Although Ukraine did hope it would take place in November, Russia has already made clear the condition they set for the four

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Court Cancels Order Requiring Ex-Berkut Officer Tamtura To Wear Electronic Monitoring Bracelet

The Sviatoshynskyi District Court of Kyiv has canceled an order requiring former Berkut riot police officer Serhii Tamtura, who is accused of involvement in the killing of 48 Euromaidan activists on Instytutska Street in Kyiv, to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet. This was announced by presiding Judge Serhii Diachuk, the Ukrainian News Agency reports. A jury examined a petition by

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Ukraine climbs seven spots in Doing Business ranking

Ukraine climbs seven spots in Doing Business ranking 24.10.2019 10:29Ukraine has climbed seven spots in the Doing Business 2020 investment attractiveness rating, which is published annually by the World Bank, to place 64th among 190 countries, according to the website of the Ukrainian government. “The improvement in Ukraine’s ranking in Doing Business 2020 by seven positions is a result that speaks for

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Putin: Russia has written off $20 billion of African debt

 Thursday, October 24, 2019 10:00:24 AM Russia has written off more than $20 billion of debt owed by African countries, said Russian President Vladimir Putin at a plenary session of the Russia – Africa Economic Forum, reports finanz.ru. This is 42% more than the annual budget of Russia’s entire higher education system ($14 billion), and more than the amount that will

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Presidential Office: No reason to return PrivatBank to its former shareholders

Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Bohdan and his deputies Andriy Smirnov and Yulia Kovaliv held a meeting with G7 Ambassadors to Ukraine. “Pursuant to the instructions of the President, Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Bohdan and his deputies Andriy Smirnov and Yulia Kovaliv held a meeting with Ambassadors of the

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