Monthly Archives: December 2019

SBU exposes scheme of unlawful naturalization of Russians in EU

Fraudsters have been forging identification papers, in particular birth certificates, certificates confirming family ties with EU nationals, and archival files. The “services” cost up to EUR 5,000 / actual.today A large-scale scam aimed at the unlawful naturalization of Russian nationals in one of the EU member states has been exposed by Ukrainian counterintelligence operatives. The criminal group operated in one

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Germany and Russia: The end of the honeymoon period?

Article by: Colette Hartwich Editor’s NoteThe term schröderization or schroederizationdesignates the coopting of a key political elite in an important position within a Russian state-owned energy entity, or, in a broader sense, it means co-opting and corruption of foreign political and/or business figures by hostile regimes. The term is derived from the last name of former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder.

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Swiss Allseas withdraws pipe-laying vessels from Nord Stream 2 construction zone following US sanctions

The Swiss company Allseas, which has been laying the pipes of Nord Stream 2, has withdrawn its ships from the construction zone in the Baltic Sea. Allseas declined to provide an estimate of how long the construction of Nord Stream 2 would be delayed by. A total of three of Allseas’ ships were involved in the laying of the pipeline,

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Lavrov: Russia to “toughly” defend rights of “Russian-speaking” citizens in Ukraine, to remain “mediator” on Donbas

Lavrov emphasized the “internal conflict in Ukraine” remains a serious destabilizing factor. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said Russia will “toughly seek an end to discrimination against Russian-speaking citizens of Ukraine” and is ready to remain a “mediator” in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on Donbas. “Of course, we will toughly seek an end to discrimination against Russian-speaking citizens

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Russian Special Forces Show Fifth-Graders How to Beat Crowds

A special forces unit demonstrated its melee combat skills to elementary school students in central Russia last week, sparking outrage among parents, a local television station has reported. Prison service guards wearing helmets and bearing shields showed fifth-graders how to club an imaginary enemy at a school auditorium in the Chelyabinsk region town of Zlatoust, as seen in a news

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Ex-Stasi man Matthias Warnig becomes head of Nord Stream 2

The former GDR official made a career after the reunification and has excellent contacts with Moscow. REUTERS When talking about friendship between men, Russia and Germany, two names immediately come to mind: Vladimir Putin and Gerhard Schroeder. The Russian President and the former German Chancellor have been celebrating their close contacts in public for years. However, there is another German

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Dealing with Difficult People? Negotiation Lessons from Ronald Reagan

Business negotiators would be wise to follow Reagan’s strategy of laying out an overarching vision prior to engaging in a critical negotiation. Back in the summer of 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders struggled to find a winning strategy to convince Russian President Vladimir Putin to back away from his aggression toward Ukraine. In a Wall Street

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Russia has ships capable of completing Nord Stream 2 construction, but they wont cope in short time – media

Nord Stream 2 would have to seek alternative vessels and contractors to complete the remaining section of pipe in Danish waters if the sanctions are enacted, the U.S. S&P Global Platts said on Sunday. Russia has its own contractor with expertise in the construction of offshore pipelines – OJSC Mezhregiontruboprovodstroi (MRTS). Russian companies operate capable offshore pipe-lay vessels, which have

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Putin to personally open railway part of Kerch Strait Bridge

The navigation is blocked on December 21-24 due to plans to launch railway traffic along the bridge. most.life Russian President Vladimir Putin is going to visit Russian-occupied Crimea, where the de-facto “Crimean authorities” on Monday, December 23, are planning to launch railway traffic along the so-called “Kerch Strait Bridge” that connects the annexed peninsula with mainland Russia. Read also Russia

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“I came up with an agreement between Ukraine and the Russian Federation.” Germany tried to prevent US sanctions against Nord Stream 2 – media

Shortly before the signing by the President of the United States of sanctions against Russian gas pipelines, the German leadership tried to prevent their introduction by providing not entirely true information. This is written by an analyst with the influential German publication Bild Julian Repke. “ To stop the sanctions against the Russian gas pipeline project, the German government at the last moment, obviously, came

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Fake: Ukraine’s Language Police Will Punish Children for Speaking Russian

On December 11 Russian media launched a new wave of fakes claiming Ukraine’s language police will punish children for speaking Russian, so-called language fuhrers, will even fine kindergartens in their zealous drive to enforce the use of Ukrainian. Not only will they be fined, but also subjected to “language correctional labor” and recent raids conducted by the language inspectors are

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