Monthly Archives: October 2019

Greta Thunberg rejects Nordic Council environmental award

Greta Thunberg has turned down an environmental award and prize money because “the climate movement does not need any more awards”. She said the offer was a “great honour” and thanked the Nordic Council, which said it respected her decision. But, she said, “politicians and the people in power” need to listen to the “current, best-available science”. Ms Thunberg was

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Russia offers to share Nord Stream 2 gas transit profit with Europe

At the recent trilateral talks on gas transit through Ukraine, the Russian delegation brought up the topic of authorization for the completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolyev wrote in a Facebook post. “This issue was brought up in a bilateral format, where the Ukrainian party was not present. However, as sources from the European

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Bloggers find evidence of Russia bribing FIFA officials ahead of 2018 World Cup

In the hacked correspondence of Sergei Kapkov, former head of the Moscow Department of Culture, the Black Mirror Telegram channel has found evidence that Russia may have bribed FIFA officials in order to get the right to host the 2018 World Cup. Among the correspondence published on Tuesday, October 29, was a letter from Alexander Djordjadze, head of the Russia 2018 organizing

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Drunken Moscow Man Attacks Policeman With Cat, Faces Prison Time

A Muscovite faces up to five years in prison for attacking a policeman with a cat last year, the Baza Telegram channel reported Wednesday. On Oct. 4, 2018, Gennady Scherbakov was drunkenly sitting in his apartment building’s stairwell when his neighbors called the police with a noise complaint against him. When an officer arrived to tell him to go home, Scherbakov

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The Slippery Slope: From Halloween to Sex Dolls

“Halloween is a completely artificial holiday, which is accepted because it is fashionable in the West. That is idiocy. Today Halloween, tomorrow a sex doll. This is unnatural, not normal.” This statement from a Russian MP was at the centre of a news story published by the online portal Politika Segodnya. The case is a typical example of how pro-Kremlin communicators try to

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Russia must withdraw its troops from eastern Ukraine – Stoltenberg

Russia must withdraw all its troops and all its officers from eastern Ukraine and stop destabilizing the situation in the region, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said. He said this at a press conference in Odesa on Wednesday, October 30, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. “We welcome all efforts to reduce tensions, to withdraw forces and to make sure

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Denmark Approves Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

Gazprom’s new pipeline overcomes final hurdle with green light from Denmark. Denmark has granted permission for Gazprom’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline to be built through Danish waters. After months of delays, the Danish Energy Agency today announced it is finally giving its approval for the natural gas pipeline project that will transport Russian gas directly to Germany. Denmark was the

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Hungary vetoes joint statement of NATO ambassadors on Ukraine

Hungary has vetoed a joint statement of NATO ambassadors on Ukraine that was expected to be approved by the North Atlantic Council which is currently making visit to Ukraine. “Hungary has vetoed a joint statement of NATO ambassadors on Ukraine,” Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó announced at the Eurasian Forum in Budapest on Wednesday, Daily News Hungary reports. According to

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Zelenskyy Lists Four Elements For Reintegration Of Donbas And Crimea

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has listed four elements required for future reintegration of the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and the Russia-annexed Crimea. He said that in the course of the Unity Forum in Mariupol (Donetsk region), Ukrainian News Agency reports. “A state strategy of safe reintegration of Donbas and Crimea must finally appear after five years of war.

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US House serves blow to Turkey with votes on sanctions, Armenian genocide

American lawmakers voted on Tuesday to pass two unprecedented resolutions against Turkey amid already heightened tensions. The House of Representatives passed a resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide and a second bill imposing sanctions in connection with Turkey’s military incursion into Syria and demanding to know Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s net worth. The Protect Against Conflict by Turkey Act (PACT)

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The 2019 World Democracy Forum will feature the echo of Moscow and the deputy head of RT

The World Forum for Democracy 2019, organized by the Council of Europe, will be held in Strasbourg (France) on 6-8 November. The theme of this year’s forum is “Is Democracy at Risk in the Age of Information?” This was reported on the Council of Europe website. The World Democracy Forum is held annually, featuring politicians, cultural figures, experts and activists. In 2019, the forum

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Putin Faces Syria Money Crunch After U.S. Keeps Control of Oil

Russian President Vladimir Putin is facing an unwelcome new financial challenge in Syria after the U.S. pullback enabled his ally Bashar al-Assad to reclaim the biggest chunk of territory in the country still outside his control. The U.S. decision to keep forces in northeastern Syria to guard oil fields denies Assad access to desperately needed funds to rebuild the Middle East state

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Persecution Against Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia Escalates

Originally posted on Human Rights and Liberty Blog:
Raids, arrests against Jehovah’s Witnesses are escalating in Russia Last week, police near Norilsk, in northern Russia, raided a campsite where more than 50 Jehovah’s Witness followers had gathered to pray. It was the latest example of an escalating crackdown on Jehovah’s Witnesses, who are targeted simply for practicing their faith. Members…

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