Monthly Archives: December 2019

Thousands gather on Maidan for ‘Red Lines for Zelensky’ rally before Normandy talks

By Natalia Datskevych, Kostyantyn Chernichkin. The day before Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky and the leaders of France, Germany and Russia will meet to negotiate peace under the Normandy Four format, several thousand people attended a rally at central Independence Square, or Maidan, to demand adherence to what they call “Red Lines” for the Dec. 9 summit. The rally was organized by a wide swath

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Russian intelligence accused of hacking Macron’s correspondence

Two Western companies specializing in cybersecurity have received evidence of the involvement of Russian intelligence services to hack the correspondence of French President Emmanuel Macron and his entourage, reports Le Monde. Macron’s email was hacked in May 2017 before the second round of the French presidential election. In July, Wikileaks posted 21 thousand letters related to the election campaign of the

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Why so negative? ‘BBC’ gets an inside look at how Russia’s ‘troll factory’ is trying to become a legitimate news empire

https://meduza.io/impro/NcTQq_kavuowctoPS15lwxtg-l9JrhjGR5jt_iOATIo/fill/650/0/ce/1/aHR0cHM6Ly9tZWR1/emEuaW8vaW1hZ2Uv/YXR0YWNobWVudHMv/aW1hZ2VzLzAwNC84/MDkvMDU4L29yaWdp/bmFsL1BZamd1V1Fh/bG5QTVVkemNrT0ZV/VVEuanBn.webp Evgeny Prigozhin has enjoyed a special place in news headlines for several years, but 2019 was a turning point for the Russian catering magnate (who also dabbles in media and mercenaries, among other things). After countless denials that he has any connection to St. Petersburg’s infamous “troll factory” (indicted by the U.S. Justice Department for interfering in America’s 2016 presidential

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RFE/RL: Hundreds protest in Minsk for second day against deeper integration with Russia

Minsk is heavily reliant on Moscow for cheap oil and billions of dollars in annual subsidies to keep its mostly state-run, Soviet-legacy economy afloat. REUTERS Hundreds of protesters have gathered in the Belarusian capital on December 8 for a second day to oppose “deepening integration” with Russia, despite warnings from police that they risked possible arrest. The initial turnout appeared

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Ukraine, IMF agree on new US$5.5 bln cooperation program

This agreement is subject to IMF management approval and to approval by the Executive Board. Photo from flickr.com/freeimage4life Ukraine and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have agreed on a new three-year US$5.5 billion cooperation program. “I was pleased to note that IMF staff has reached agreement with the authorities on the policies to underpin a new 3-year, SDR 4 billion

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Russia doping: Athletes wait in fear of fresh world ban

Russia has become the master of denial in recent years. From military incursions to hacking to assassinations, the Kremlin has sworn blind it’s not involved. But now the country’s athletes are waiting nervously, facing sweeping sanctions for another doping-linked scandal, and senior officials are keeping their silence. There is one, striking exception. Yuri Ganus has been warning for months that

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Dismantling Putin’s regime, not flirting with it, can end war in eastern Ukraine – appeal of Donbas NGO

Article by: Kostiantyn Reutski – director of VOSTOK SOS (Kyiv / Sievierodonetsk) Editor’s Note On the eve of the Normandy Summit in Paris on 9 December, where the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France, and Germany will discuss the conflict in Donbas, Euromaidan Press is sharing a public appeal of the NGO Vostok SOS, which since 2014 has been aiding victims

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