Monthly Archives: January 2020

$100,000 Worth Of Suspicious iPhones Seized In The US, On Their Way To Russia

A Russian citizen reportedly tried to smuggle 92 iPhones from the US to Russia using fraudulent documents. However, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) team foiled the attempt and seized all the smartphones at the Newark International Airport. Yulia Radochinskaya, who claimed to be a flight attended, landed at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on a pretext

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Court in Ukraine rules to arrest ex-vice PM Arbuzov in absentia

The former official is on the international wanted list. The High Anti-Corruption Court of Ukraine on Friday, January 3, convened to select a preventive measure to be applied to former First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Serhiy Arbuzov, who was part of the team of the disgraced ex-president Viktor Yanukovych, and is being tried on corruption-related charges. “The investigating judge

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Top Targets of the Pro-Kremlin Media in Arabic in 2019: The Fight Against Terrorism and White Helmets

As the year comes to an end, here is an overview of the strategy of pro-Kremlin media vis-à-vis their audiences in the Middle East and North Africa with a focus on the most striking recurring narratives that they have been spreading over the year. Over the past year, pro-Kremlin outlets have consistently been spreading narratives and conspiracy theories that are

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Putin and Macron Talk by Phone About Concerns Over U.S. Killing of Top Iranian General Soleimani – Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron expressed their concerns in a phonecall over the U.S. killing of Iran’s Major-General Qassem Soleimani, according to a statement on the Kremlin’s website Friday evening. The U.S. early on Friday killed Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force and architect of Iran’s spreading military influence in the Middle East, in

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Ukrainian TV channel for Russian-occupied Donbas to launch in February

Ukraine will launch a state-funded television channel designed for the territories occupied by Russian-backed militants in the Donbas on Feb. 15, the Culture Ministry announced on Jan. 3. Elena Tribushnaya, the head of the news department of a state-owned TV channel that will start to broadcast in the Russian-occupied Donbas on Feb. 15, 2019 poses for a picture. Tribushnaya worked as the

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Bildt calls Russian Foreign Ministry’s statement on Crimea ‘bullshit’

Former Prime Minister of Sweden Carl Bildt has called the recent statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry regarding Crimea “bullshit”. “Bullshit. There was certainly no armed coup in Kyiv – just the collapse of a failed and thoroughly corrupt president. And Putin himself has talked about how he sent his troops to take over the Crimea. That was obviously in

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Bildt calls Russian Foreign Ministry’s statement on Crimea ‘rubbish’

Former Prime Minister of Sweden Carl Bildt has called the recent statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry regarding Crimea “rubbish”. “Rubbish. There was certainly no armed coup in Kyiv – just the collapse of a failed and thoroughly corrupt president. And Putin himself has talked about how he sent his troops to take over Crimea. That was obviously in blatant violation

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By Taking Zelensky’s Calls, Putin Hopes to Spark a Civil War in Ukraine, Portnikov Says

Paul Goble             Staunton, January 1 – By taking the New Year’s call from Vladimir Zelensky, Vladimir Putin hopes to deepen the split between those like the Ukrainian president who feel they must come hat in hand to the master in the Kremlin and those who have been fighting for five years against Putin’s efforts to occupy and destroy Ukraine,

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Fake: NATO Preparing for War with Russia

These claims of NATO’s nefarious plans for World War III stem from a meeting that Russia’s General Staff chief General Valeriy Gerasimov conducted with foreign military attaches accredited in Russia. Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star), the official newspaper of the Russian armed forces writes about the meeting with military attaches and cites Gerasimov, however, nowhere does Russian general actually say that

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Russia halts oil supplies to Belarus

Two oil refineries in the country continue to operate, but their capacity has been reduced to the minimum acceptable level © Sergey Medvedev/TASS MINSK, January 3. /TASS/. Russia has stopped oil supplies to Belarus, two oil refineries in the country continue to operate, but their capacity has been reduced to the minimum acceptable level, a source in Belneftekhim Concern informed

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Sentsov: Whenever you think of friendship with Putin and Russia, remember the 13,000 Ukrainians killed and hundreds imprisoned

Oleg Sentsov drew a standing ovation from members of the European Parliament on 26 November with a speech in which he warned Europe to distrust Russian President Vladimir Putin and stressed the need to keep fighting for the release of about 100 Crimean Tatar and other Ukrainian political prisoners whom Russia is illegally imprisoning. At a separate briefing, he stressed

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Qassim Soleimani, head of Iran elite Quds Force, assassinated in US airstrike at Baghdad airport

General Qassim Soleimani, head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, was killed in a US airstrike at Baghdad’s international airport early on Friday, an assassination that marks a major escalation in US-Iran tensions. The strike also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iran-backed militias known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, or PMF. The Pentagon said US President Donald Trump ordered the killing

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