Monthly Archives: January 2020

Minimum wage up in Ukraine

From January 1, it’s UAH 4,723 (almost US$200) per month. Subsistence minimum has also increased / Photo from UNIAN The minimum wage in Ukraine from January 1, 2020, increased by UAH 550 ($23.09). Now it amounts to UAH 4,723 (almost US$200) per month, or UAH 28.31 per hour. These figures are laid down in the state budget for 2020. In

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Pompeo postpones Ukraine trip due to situation in Iraq

Washington (CNN)Secretary of State Mike Pompeo postponed a planned trip to Ukraine to deal with the ongoing developments out of Baghdad, the State Department announced Wednesday. “Secretary Pompeo must postpone his visit to Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Cyprus due to the need for the Secretary to be in Washington, D.C., to continue monitoring the ongoing situation in Iraq and

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Facebook to launch program against disinformation in Ukraine in 2020

13:31, 1 January 2020 Netizens will be able to recognize manipulative information using tags In 2020, Facebook might launch a program to counter disinformation in Ukraine. Kateryna Kriuk, Facebook’s public policy manager for Ukraine, noted, as Detector Media reported.  “We have potential cooperation (with Ukraine – ed.), but a contract has not been signed yet and, accordingly, we are preparing for 2020 to launch

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Kremlin Critic Navalny’s Front Door Has Had a Tough Year

Frequent raids on the offices of the Anti-Corruption Foundation have taught the team coping and carpentry skills. By Evan Gershkovichone day ago    It was Olga Bulayeva’s birthday and, as custom dictates, she was in for a surprise. “A little gift for the office manager on her birthday — overnight work screwing a door back into place,” she captioned a tweet on Thursday of

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Russian channels hide likes and comments under Putin’s New Year address

Channel One and Russia 24 hid YouTube’s Like and Dislike counter under New Year’s address by Russian President Vladimir Putin . In addition, comments are disabled under the video of Channel One and Russia 24 . Under the videos, there are Like and Dislike buttons, but the number of these marks is hidden. Under the other videos, the number of likes and dislikes is still visible. To rate the

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Five Russian billionaires earned more in 2019 than the entire population of Russia

At a time when the incomes of most Russian citizens are still stagnating after a record dip since the 1990s, Russia’s billionaires have continued to amass wealth at a startling rate. According to Forbes, the five wealthiest Russians became $27 billion richer. Converted to rubles at the current exchange rate, Nornickel stakeholder Vladimir Potanin, Novatek co-owner Leonid Mikhelson, Lukoil president Vagit

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First time in 6 years Putin calls Ukrainian President to wish Happy New Year

Russian President Vladimir Putin held a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on December 31, reports the Kremlin’s press service. According to the Kremlin, the conversation was initiated by the Ukrainian side. Putin and Zelensky noted the importance of the new gas transit contract and the recent exchange of prisoners between Kyiv and the territories of the Donbas that are not

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EU’s Ukraine War Conundrum in 2020 and Franco-Germany’s Failure in Relations with Russia

The current attempts to resolve the Ukraine – Russia conflict based on transactional arrangements seem doomed precisely because of their transactional nature. The last months of 2019 have seen some supposedly positive developments in Europe’s most important war since the 1999 NATO bombing of Serbia (mini-Yugoslavia) over Slobodan Milosevic’s attempted ethnic cleansing of Kosovo, namely, the war in the Donbass

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