Monthly Archives: November 2019

Russia’s Permanent Mission to OSCE calls on NATO to drop arms supplies to Ukraine

Russian envoy to OSCE was outraged by the meetings of the NATO North Atlantic Council and the Ukraine-NATO Commission held in Kyiv. REUTERS Russian Deputy Permanent Representative to the OSCE Vladimir Zheglov has called on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to abandon arms supplies to Ukraine, in particular, Turkish-made strike unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). “Arms are being supplied from

Read more

Russian submarines can only launch Bulava ballistic missiles from west to east

Russia’s Borei-A class strategic missile submarine K-549 “Knyaz Vladimir” has launched an RS-30 Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) for the first time, hitting a target at the Kura Test Range in Kamchatka, the Russian Defense Ministry announced, specifying that the missile was launched from submerged position. A source close to the Defense Ministry told Vedomosti news outlet that the Bulava left the

Read more

Short Leash Kept Taut for Ukrainian Associate of Giuliani

MANHATTAN (CN) – A federal judge refused Friday to drop home-detention and electronic-monitoring bail conditions for one of the two Soviet-born associates of Rudy Giuliani arrested last month while headed to Europe on one-way tickets. Following 30 minutes of arguments in the Manhattan courthouse this morning, U.S. District Judge Paul Oetken found that the one-way ticket along with overseas business,

Read more

4 Russians Saved From Freezing Far North in Chance Encounter

Four Russians have been rescued after being stranded in below-freezing temperatures in a remote Arctic region, The Siberian Times newspaper reported Friday. Three men and one woman had been traveling a 270-kilometer distance from the village of Berezovka to the town of Srednekolymsk in the republic of Sakha when their two snowmobiles broke down in the woods, forcing them to

Read more

Russia Disbands Prominent Activist’s Human Rights NGO

Russia’s Supreme Court has disbanded veteran activist Lev Ponomaryov’s civil rights group months after authorities labeled it a “foreign agent,” Interfax reported Friday. Russia’s Justice Ministry blacklisted For Human Rights as a foreign agent alongside two of Ponomaryov’s other NGOs in February after an inspection into its political activity while receiving funding from abroad. Ponomaryov, 78, spent over two weeks

Read more

240 MW solar power plant launched in Dnipropetrovsk region

“The Pokrovsk SPP will generate annually 400 mln kWh of green electricity, which is enough to supply 200 thousand private households. The solar farm helps reduce CO2 emissions into the atmosphere by 420 thousand tonnes per year, which is comparable to the emissions generated by more than 200 thousand cars,” the report reads. The Pokrovsk SPP is a project implemented by Ukrainian

Read more

Ukraine’s JFO Headquarters reports massive losses among Donbas militants in Oct

Joint Forces adequately responded to enemy shelling on the contact line, opening fire whenever a threat emerged to the life and health of Ukrainian troops. amurburg.ru Ukraine’s Joint Forces Operation (JFO) Headquarters has reported 96 casualties among the illegal armed formations in the Russian-occupied Donbas over October 2019. “In October 2019, casualties of illegal armed formations of the so-called ‘LPR’ and ‘DPR’ [the

Read more

Russia accuses NATO of stirring up tensions over Ukraine: TASS

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s foreign ministry accused NATO on Friday of fuelling tensions over Ukraine and said the alliance’s military support for the country was creating divisions inside it, the TASS news agency reported. On Thursday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg traveled to Ukraine and its President Volodymr Zelensky said it was ready to speed up preparations to become a

Read more

Russia Opens Genocide Case Into Nazi Killings of 214 Disabled Children

Russian investigators have opened a genocide case into the murder of more than 200 disabled children in southern Russia by Nazi Germany in World War II based on newly declassified documents. German death squads on Oct. 9-10, 1942, killed 214 disabled foster children who had fled Crimea for the coastal town of Yeysk, according to archival documents declassified by the

Read more

Russia, Serbia Follow ‘Slavic Shield’ With Second Joint Military Drill

Russia and Serbia have carried out successive joint military exercises in the past week, including Russia’s first use of its advanced S-400 missile defense system abroad. Analysts argue that Serbia pursues close ties with fellow Orthodox Christian and majority-Slavic Russia to gain leverage for maneuvering with the West. Serbia is negotiating entry into the European Union and is NATO’s partner

Read more

Crimea: Conscription Violates International Law

Russia Flouting Human Rights Obligations Five Years into Occupation (Kyiv) – Russian authorities are conscripting males in occupied Crimea to serve in the Russian armed forces, Human Rights Watch said today. International humanitarian law explicitly forbids Russia from compelling Crimean residents to serve in its armed forces. The authorities have imposed criminal penalties against those who refuse to comply with

Read more

Reinforced armor fails to save Russian T-62 tanks in Syria

Doubts have arisen regarding the defensive capabilities of modern and “modernized” Russian military vehicles following the destruction of three T-62 tanks in a single battle in Syria, writes the Vietnamese news outlet BaoDatViet. In battles with rebels in Idlib and Latakia last week, Syrian government forces lost five tanks, and many other military vehicles were damaged. Three of the destroyed

Read more

Russia: New Law Expands Government Control Online

Originally posted on Human Rights and Liberty Blog:
Protest against the RuNet (Russian Internet) isolation in Moscow on March 10, 2019. Protesters calling for the freedom of internet. © 2019 Anatoly Zhdanov Wider Internet Surveillance (Moscow) – The Russian government will gain even greater control over freedom of speech and information online when the country’s “sovereign internet” law goes into effect on…

Read more