Monthly Archives: December 2019

‘Right on the edges of the law’ How Russia’s ruling party is using dark money in the run-up to the election that will decide Putin’s political future

https://meduza.io/impro/8xyJtp8rSHRXpdB1qK-L9TDxR4uagB_m3vdiNx3AeT4/fill/980/0/ce/1/aHR0cHM6Ly9tZWR1/emEuaW8vaW1hZ2Uv/YXR0YWNobWVudHMv/aW1hZ2VzLzAwNC84/MzIvNTk4L29yaWdp/bmFsL0pfaTBNa0x3/aERCWU1WOEs4R0E3/UFEuanBn.webp The 2021 State Duma elections will be crucially important for the current regime. The next session of parliament will either facilitate the transfer of power to a new president in Russia, or it will change the country’s laws to preserve the powers of Vladimir Putin. The leaders of United Russia, Russia’s ruling party, discussed the start of their Duma

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U.S. Senate panel to debate Russian sanctions bill ‘From Hell’ this week – media

The bipartisan bill seeks to impose sanctions on Russia for its interference in democratic processes abroad as well as its “malign” actions in Syria and aggression against Ukraine. Photo from UNIAN A Senate panel will take up discussion of a hard-hitting Russia sanctions bill at its next business meeting after skipping a vote earlier this month on the controversial legislation.

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U.S. Sanctions Bill Halting Russia’s Malicious Cyber Activity to be Debated in Senate Committee

Imposes sanctions on Russian individuals and entities that support or facilitate Russia’s unfriendly cyber activities and interference in democratic processes in other countries The Foreign Relations Committee of the U.S. Senate will debate the Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act (DASKA), which imposes “crushing sanctions” against Russia as described by its introducer, senator Lindsey Graham (Republican-South Carolina), online outlet Radio Liberty

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Ankara: Turkey wants to buy Patriot missile systems from the US

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, during his speech at the Doha Forum in Qatar, said that Turkey has asked the United States to sell American Patriot anti-aircraft missile defense systems to Ankara and is still awaiting a response to the proposal. “Turkey believes that the United States is still our ally, and we remain their ally. No one can cancel

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Nord Stream 2 Completion Rescheduled

The project was claimed to be completed by the end of this year, but works stumbled several months when the Danish Energy Agency has held over the decision on construction works in its territorial waters A Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline operating company, Gazprom-controlled Nord Stream 2 AG plans to finish construction of the pipe in spring, 2020, the Ukrainian online service

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Russia Surkov sees no difference between Zelensky and Poroshenko, – media

Surkov visited the closed part of the event, organized by the “first prime minister of so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” Alexander Boroday Assistant to the Russian President Vladimir Putin – Vladislav Surkov took part in the closed congress of the Union of Donbas Volunteers (the organization unites those who fought against Ukraine on the side of the separatists), and made a

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Ukraine and Moldova sign memorandum on cooperation in gas supply security

On December 13, the Ukrainian Energy and Environmental Protection Ministry and the Moldovan Economy and Infrastructure Ministry signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in gas supply security, reports Interfax-Ukraine, citing the representative of the Ukrainian Ministry Svitlana Karpyshyna. “Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure of the Republic of Moldova and the Ministry of Energy and

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The Ukraine-Russia Paris Meeting Through the Russian Propaganda Lens

Zero result for Ukraine, a Donbas Srebrenica and Putin is the winner. That is a very concise roundup of Russian media responses to the Ukraine-Russia meeting brokered by France and Germany to jump start talks on the war in eastern Ukraine that took place in Paris on December 9. Generally Russian media considered the Paris meeting as something positive for

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Surkov lost temper during Normandy Format talks in Paris

After Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told Russian President Vladimir Putin “to just withdraw their troops from the occupied Donbass”, the adviser to the Russian President Vladislav Surkov began to shout and hurl papers, said Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov on the TV the program “Freedom of Speech by Savik Shuster.” “There was a very clear moment. Putin says, “Let’s withdraw

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