Monthly Archives: November 2019

Time for change

On December 2, Peter Dickinson will take over as the third editor of the UkraineAlert blog. Dickinson, a long-time writer and observer of all things Ukraine, is the publisher of Business Ukraine and Lviv Today. The British-born editor has been the most popular contributor to UkraineAlert for years and aims to add culture and sports to the regular repertoire of

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Half a million Russians resettled to Crimea

Half a million Russian citizens have been resettled to Russia-occupied Crimea, but Russia is deliberately understating these statistics, Deputy Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Tamila Tasheva has said in an interview with RBC-Ukraine. “According to estimates of human rights organizations, there are about 500,000 people who came to the peninsula from Russia.

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SBI Passes To PGO Draft Charge Papers Against MP Fedina As For Alleged Threats To Zelenskyy

The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) has passed to the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) a draft charge papers against member of the Ukrainian Parliament of the European Solidarity of former president, Petro Poroshenko, Sofia Fedina, as for alleged threats to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Press service of the SBI has said this in a statement, the Ukrainian News Agency reports. Besides,

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Don’t trust Russia, Sentsov warns Europe ahead of Normandy summit

Freed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov warned Europeans against attempts to thaw ties with Russia as he belatedly received his 2018 Sakharov Prize, the European Parliament’s annual human rights award, on Tuesday (26 November). Sentsov was sentenced to 20 years in prison for “plotting terrorist acts” against the Russian “de facto” rule in Crimea. Amnesty International has described the court process

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Russia’s Sports Officials Cry Foul as WADA Eyes 4-Year Olympic Ban

Russian sports officials on Tuesday spoke out against a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) committee’s recommendations that the country be banned from the Olympics for four years, saying this was overly harsh and would hurt sport there. Russia could miss out on the Tokyo Olympics next summer and world championships in a wide range of sports. WADA’s independent Compliance Review Committee

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Putin May Want to Be an Emperor, but Russia Isn’t an Imperial Power

To an observer in 2019, it may seem like Russia has always had—and will always have—an immutable interest in maintaining authoritarian control at home and imperial control abroad. According to this line of thinking, Russian President Vladimir Putin is merely the latest in a long line of Russian rulers to pursue his country’s natural priorities vigorously. The implications for the

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Young Russians’ Desire to Leave Hits 10-Year High – Poll

The number of young Russians who would like to move out of their home country has soared to a 10-year high, according to an independent Levada Center poll published Tuesday. Sociologists have warned that younger generations’ increasing willingness to move abroad risks hurting Russia’s economy, while the Kremlin dismissed it as no cause for alarm. The share of young Russians

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Zelensky holds phone conversation with Putin

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky had a phone conversation with President of Russia Vladimir Putin on Monday evening, November 25, the president’s press service has reported. “Zelensky noted the importance of Russia’s recent return of Ukrainian ships. At the same time, Zelensky stressed the need to return all toilets, weapons, equipment and documentation that were aboard,” the statement says. The

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Medvedev: EU should “ask” Russia to restore relations

Russian PM says it was Brussels officials who “spoiled” ties. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev believes that the European Union should reach out to Russia to have relations restored. “We want normal relations with the European Union, but until the EU itself is willing to restore them, we’ll do nothing,” Medvedev said at a joint press conference following talks with

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WADA Committee Calls For 4-Year Russia Olympic Ban

Russia should be hit with a four-year Olympic ban and barred from all world championships for the manipulation of data retrieved from a tainted Moscow laboratory, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Monday. The recommendations were made by WADA’s independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) and will be put to the executive committee at meetings in Paris on Dec. 9. In

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“Propaganda Must be Opposed by the Language of Values”

Читать на русском языке/Read in Russian Andrei Arkhangelsky is a Russian journalist, columnist, author and the cultural editor of the weekly magazine Ogonyok.  Andrei Arkhangelsky is also one of the most active commentators in Russia on the topic of disinformation and propaganda. His work is published by Carnegie, Colta, Delovoy Peterburg, Kommersant  and Republic. He appears regularly on Radio Echo of Moscow

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(Russian?) thieves strike priceless treasure trove in Dresden museum heist

Thieves have broken into Dresden’s Grünes Gewölbe, one of the world’s oldest museums, and made off with three priceless’ sets of 18th century jewelry. The museum houses one of Europe’s largest collection of treasures. The eastern German museum, known in English as the Green Vault, houses one of Europe’s largest collection of treasures. Two thieves were seen on camera entering

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