Monthly Archives: December 2019

Russia to ban entry to US citizens in response to Nord Stream 2 sanctions

In response to the US’s sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 project, which halted pipe-laying operations in the Baltic Sea in a mere day, Russia could expand its list of US citizens who are banned from entering the country, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told Russian Interfax news agency. Unlike the US’s blacklists, Russia’s lists are not public. Thus

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Ukraine: Head of President’s Office Bohdan secretly met with oligarch Kolomoysky

19:18, 27 December 2019 Kolomoysky himself denies meeting with Bogdan The head of the President’s Office, Andriy Bohdan, allegedly secretly met with Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoysky and his business partners. A new journalistic investigation of the ‘Scheme’ stated this. December 25, according to journalists, Bohdan met with the head of Naftogaz Andriy Kobolev. And after that I went to one of the

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Putin holds secret meeting with Russian oligarchs in Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent meeting with top businessmen in the Kremlin was held under conditions of heightened secrecy for the first time in several years. Not one of the 60 invitees, which included state bankers, the senior managers of state corporations, the owners of prominent companies and government officials – from Central Bank Head Elvira Nabiullina to presidential aide

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2020 Winter letter marathon for the Ukrainian political prisoners of the Kremlin

2020 Winter letter marathon for the Ukrainian political prisoners of the Kremlin DECEMBER 24, 2019 IN SUPPORT 63 We are launching the traditional winter letter marathon for the Ukrainian political prisoners of the Kremlin, to give them a bit of warmth before Christmas and the New Year. At least 87 Ukrainian citizens sentenced without a crime will meet the winter holidays

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Russia’s Population May Drop by 12M in 15 Years – Rosstat

Russia’s population could drop by more than 12 million by 2035, the national statistics office said in its annual forecast published Friday. Russia’s overall population dropped for the first time in a decade last year, totaling 146.8 million as migration inflows hit record lows. It totaled 146.7 million so far in 2019, the State Statistics Service Rosstat said this month, as Russia experienced its highest natural

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Sovereign internet drills cause major disruptions at Russian airports

Russian airlines and airports were paralyzed for several hours due to a major disruption of the internet. As a result, the systems responsible for booking and buying tickets, flight registration and baggage and flight monitoring stopped working, Ura.ru reports, citing a source in one of the airlines. According to the source, the disruption could be linked to the testing of the

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Russia confirms it will appeal 4-year Olympic ban

MOSCOW — Russia has confirmed that it will appeal against its four-year Olympic ban for manipulating doping data. The Russian anti-doping agency, known as RUSADA, sent a formal letter Friday disagreeing with the sanctions imposed earlier this month by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The case is now heading to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Next year’s Olympics in Tokyo

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Invaders storing prohibited weapons in Kalmiuske and Debaltseve – intelligence

27.12.2019 16:42The Russian command has increased the use of civilian infrastructure facilities to locate certain units and to store heavy weapons in the area of Kalmiuske and Debaltseve towns in Donetsk region. “The command of Russian-occupation forces continues taking measures to cover up their violations of the Minsk agreements with regard to removal of 122mm and 152mm artillery and multiple

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Russia to ban entry to US citizens in response to Nord Stream 2 sanctions

In response to the US’s sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 project, which halted pipe-laying operations in the Baltic Sea in a mere day, Russia could expand its list of US citizens who are banned from entering the country, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told Russian Interfax news agency. Unlike the US’s blacklists, Russia’s lists are not public. Thus the people on

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Refurbished Iranian fighter jet crashes during test, rescue effort underway for pilot

A rescue mission is underway for at least one pilot who was in a recently overhauled Iranian fighter jet when it crashed during a test flight near the country’s northern border Wednesday, according to Iran’s state television. The Russian-made MiG-29 went down in the mountainous Sabalan region near the Azerbaijan border after taking off from the Tabriz air base in northwestern Iran, a report said.

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Zelensky opposes Putin better than Poroshenko: US top diplomat

President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky in relations with the head of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin is better at defending his position than his predecessor Petro Poroshenko, said US Chargé d’Affaires to Ukraine William Taylor. “ As for whether the object is Ukraine or the subject, it seems to me that Ukraine with this administration takes a more confident position with regard to

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“Visited Crimea and supported Putin” – Russian jazzmans concert in Boston canceled

The Boston jazz club RegattaBar canceled the performance of the Russian jazz quintet of Igor Butman, scheduled for February 12, due to the musician’s support for policies of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and aggression against Ukraine. Activist Dmitry Smelyansky informed about the incident, as cited by Radio Liberty. Thus, the concert disappeared from the calendar of the jazz venue after

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Crimean Tatars' Chubarov furious over lack of Crimea prisoners on swap list

The President’s Office has held no consultations on the issue with the Mejlis, the official claims. Refat Chubarov – Photo from UNIAN Ukrainian officials have not put in a prisoner exchange list any held persons detained in the occupied Crimea, Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, ex-MP Refat Chubarov wrote on Facebook. The President’s Office has held

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Government approves bill on labor market reform – Honcharuk

27.12.2019 12:59The Cabinet of Ministers has approved a bill on the labor market reform. Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk wrote about this on his Telegram channel. “The labor market reform means 1,000,000 new jobs in five years and finding a new job in two months. The government approved the labor bill,” Honcharuk wrote. According to the prime minister, the bill envisages

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In combatting Russian disinformation, BBC news standards don’t work, Tsybulenko says

“In the struggle with Russian disinformation, the so-called ‘BBC standards’ of journalism not only do not work but on the contrary are exceptionally destructive,” regularly giving Moscow victories it does not deserve and must not gain, according to Yevhen Tsybulenko. The professor at Tallinn Technical University and co-editor of the important new book, The Use of Force Against Ukraine and

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