Monthly Archives: October 2019

Kremlin Critic Navalny and Allies Hit With $1.4M Lawsuit Payout

A Russian court on Monday ordered opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his allies to pay $1.4 million in damages, a blow to the Kremlin critic’s group, whose bank accounts have been frozen amid what he says is a broad government crackdown. The Moscow Arbitration Court told Navalny, his Anti-Corruption Foundation and ally Lyubov Sobol each to pay 29 million rubles ($455,000)

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Russian Soldiers Forced to Serve Motherland Through ‘Bribery, Blackmail and Extortion’ – Novaya Gazeta

Russia’s military top brass are forcing junior officers to serve in the armed services against their will, often long after they apply for dismissal, the investigative Novaya Gazeta newspaper reported Monday.  Russian law makes it “nearly impossible” to resign from the army without a compelling reason, lawyers say.   “This issue affects everyone [in the military], but it’s true that it’s most difficult

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Georgia hit by massive cyber-attack

A huge cyber-attack has knocked out thousands of websites – as well as the national TV station – in the country of Georgia. Court websites containing case materials and personal data have also been attacked. In many cases, website home pages were replaced with an image of former President Mikheil Saakashvili, and the caption “I’ll be back”. The origin of

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Remarks by Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič following trilateral talks on gas transit with Russia and Ukraine

Brussels, 28 October 2019 We have just concluded the fourth round of trilateral talks at political level on the long-term transit of Russian gas via Ukraine to Europe as of next year. My key message during our meetings, both bilateral and trilateral was: the time is flying and given the date, there is – and there must be – a

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Russia’s Bulava ballistic missile ‘critically’ not ready for combat

The firing of Russia’s R-30 “Bulava 30” submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) does not include the possibility of breaking through the ice, writes military expert Maxim Klimov in an article for LiveJournal. According to him, the R-30 Bulava 30 can only be fired from a Borei-class nuclear submarine through “a large, clean opening in the ice”. Searching for such an opening could

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The deadly salt mine of Salina: How the NKVD liquidated 3,600 persons on June 22, 1941

Salina is a large salt mine near Dobromyl, Stary Sambir Raion, Lviv Oblast. Before the German-Soviet war, locals worked in these mines, producing salt for Halychyna (Galicia) and beyond. Today, the mere mention of “Salina” evokes a sense of horror among the local population. Here, on June 22, 1941, the NKVD liquidated about 3,600 people – mostly intellectuals and young

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Medvedev orders to create gambling zone in occupied Yalta

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered to create a gambling zone “Golden Coast” in the city of Yalta, occupied Crimea. The text of the order was published on October 28, the official portal of legal information of the Russian Federation reports. “To create a gambling zone “Golden Coast” in the territory of Yalta municipality,” the order reads. The gambling

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SBU detains “LNR” militant, who “earned” his living by shelling residential areas of Shchastia

Another militant who escaped from the “LNR” due to lack of money was detained by the SBU counterintelligence, – the press center of the department reports. The resident of Luhansk joined the militants in search of profit in the summer of 2015. After training at the firing range, he was enrolled in the so-called howitzer battalion. The militant “earned his

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Russian dissident, Putin critic Vladimir Bukovsky dies at 76

A leading Russian human rights writer and activist, Bukovsky spent a total of 12 years imprisoned by the USSR. Courtesy photo/Radio Liberty Vladimir Konstantinovich Bukovsky, once dubbed “a hero of almost legendary proportion among the Soviet dissident movement” by the New York Times, died of cardiac arrest in Addenbrookes Hospital, in Cambridge, England at 9:46 PM Greenwich Time on October 27,

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Russians see U.S., Ukraine as potential military threats – poll

The number of Russians has increased who consider relations with Ukraine “tense”. REUTERS A survey conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center says 53% of Russian respondents believe that the United States is a key potential source of military threat, while 26% name Ukraine, and another 7% point to China. Russians, as before, believe that relations between Russia and

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Russia denies assisting US special forces to eliminate ISIS leader

The Russian Defense Ministry reported that it knew nothing about “allowing the flight of US aircraft” into Syrian airspace to conduct the special operation to eliminate the leader of the Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, reports RBC news agency, citing the statement of the spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry Igor Konashenkov. The Russian Defense Ministry claims that there are

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Kyiv: Azov battalion removed weapons from troops withdrawal zone in Donbas

Deputy Head of Ukrainian National Police Vadym Troyan said that after the meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and conversation with the police, the fighters of Azov volunteer battalion in the Zolote of the Luhansk region of Ukraine withdrew the legal weapon. He also said that at the moments there is only a group of volunteers without weapons who stayed

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Zelensky expects NABU, SAPO to convict top corrupt officials

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has promised not to press the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO) but called on them to bring top corrupt officials to account. He said this at a meeting with NABU and SAPO employees, which was broadcast live on the Facebook page of the Office of the President. “The

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Ukrainian finance minister: Gambling revenues may reach 5-9 bln

According to conservative estimates, the gambling revenues in Ukraine may reach UAH 5-9 billion. “According to our conservative estimates, this [gambling revenues] is UAH 5-9 billion of a resource that can be fully mobilized if everything works out,” Finance Minister of Ukraine Oksana Markarova said in an interview with LB.ua Ukrainian online media outlet. At the same time, she noted

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National Corps leader threatens Zelensky to gather thousands of veterans in Zolote

This could happen if the Ukrainian volunteers are removed from this settlement in Luhansk region, Andriy Biletsky said; earlier, President of Ukraine demanded that the volunteers take their weapons and leave the area Thousands of Donbas conflict veterans may convene in Zolote if their comrades are forced out of this settlement in Luhansk region. Andriy Biletsky, the leader of National

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Biden on son’s connection with Ukrainian gas firm: “He did not do a single thing wrong”

09:25, 28 October 2019 In response to President Trump’s ongoing calls to investigate his son further for his work with the company, Biden leveled his own challenge. Joe Biden said his son did nothing wrong while serving on the board of a Ukrainian gas company while the former vice president was serving under the Obama administration. In an interview with

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