Monthly Archives: January 2020

Reuters: Gazprom says foreign asset freeze lifted

The assets affected were in England, Wales, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. REUTERS The freezing of some of Gazprom’s foreign assets at the request of Ukraine’s state-owned Naftogaz has been lifted, the Russian gas giant said on Monday. The assets affected were in England, Wales, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, Gazprom said, according to Reuters. Read also Ukraine receives Gazprom’s payment for

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Iran used Russian satellite navigation system during the attack on US military bases in Iraq

Israeli news outlet Debka reports, citing unnamed sources in the Russian Defense Ministry, that Iran used Russian space technology to strike U.S. military bases in neighboring Iraq. “Russian military sources said that, during the Iranian missile attack on two U.S. air bases in Iraq, on January 8, it was Russia that provided support to Iran. Russian sources claim they had

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Kremlin: Kosovo army is a serious security threat to Balkans

The plans to create a Kosovo army, supported by the leading NATO states, seriously endanger the security of the Balkan region, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on January 17 during a press conference on the results of Russian diplomatic activity in 2019. The Russian Foreign Ministry believes that these plans are a gross violation of UN Security Council resolution 1244,

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Russian-language schools to swtich to Ukrainian

Teachers from these schools will undergo extension courses in the Ukrainian language Teachers who work in Russian-language schools will undergo the extension courses in order to switch to Ukrainian as the working language. Anna Novosad, Ukraine’s Minister of Education and Science reported that as quoted by the Interfax-Ukraine news agency. “We’re getting ready to switch the schools that employed Russian

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Russian Official Walks Back Call to ‘Wipe Out’ Critical Journalists

A Russian official has apologized Monday for remarks suggesting that journalists should be “wiped out” for criticizing the authorities. Mikhail Ignatyev, who heads Russia’s republic of Chuvashia 680 kilometers east of Moscow, made the controversial remarks Saturday at an event commemorating the local press. “They need to be wiped out, as the people say,” Ignatyev was quoted as saying about

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2 in 3 Russians Believe Russia Has Political Prisoners – Poll

More than half of Russians believe that their country imprisons people for political reasons, an all-time high since the independent Levada Center polling agency first conducted the survey in 2004. Last summer saw the brief arrest of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov on falsified charges, a move that his supporters said was punishment for his work. He was released days later

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Russian ex-Prime Minister Medvedev nearly disrupted Russian banking system before his resignation

Former Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s frantic attempts to bring national projects back on schedule in the last few weeks of December were a severe trial for the Russian banking system, and even major banks like Sberbank and VTB experienced a record number of disruptions, reports finanz.ru. According to the Russian Finance Ministry, in order to implement the budget in December,

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“DNR” states it will pass “laws” regardless of Minsk agreements

The terrorist “DNR” will pass “laws” regardless of the Minsk agreements, imitating the “lawmaking” of a full-fledged state. This was said by the so-called “deputy of the People’s Council of the Republic” Yelena Shyshkina, commenting on the statement of former OSCE representative in the Contact Group at the Minsk talks Martin Sajdik, who accused the authorities of CADLO in adopting

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No autonomy for occupied Donbass in Minsk agreements – Sajdik

The Minsk agreements do not provide for autonomy for the temporarily occupied territories of Donbass. This was stated by ex-OSCE representative in the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk Martin Sajdik in an interview with Die Presse, – Ukrinform reports. “Then another element appeared on the Russian party: the demand for autonomy is a concept that is useless to look for

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Antisemitism in Ukraine lowest across Europe – Zelensky

Security at Kyiv synagogues is not as tough as abroad since Jews are not in danger in Ukraine, says the president. Photo from UNIAN Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has stressed the lowest level of antisemitism in Ukraine among European countries. We have very interesting statistical information that will be very interesting for Israel. There is a published Pew Research Center

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Ukrainian Army was capable of repelling Crimea annexation in 2014 – NSDC top official

The General Staff had been working out a plan that provided for countering the seizure of the Ukrainian territory. REUTERS Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Serhiy Kryvonos has said the Ukrainian military could restrain Russian aggression during the process of the illegal annexation of Crimea back in 2014. Ukrainian units of highly mobile

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Putin’s spokesman’s daughter talks of mayhem in Russia which ‘comes from law enforcement’

Elizaveta Peskova, the daughter of Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov, told Forbes in an interview that in Russia a “specific mayhem” comes from the law enforcement organs. “In Russia there is a specific mayhem which no adequate, civilized person will be indifferent towards, and this mayhem comes from the law enforcement organs,” she said. During the interview she did not clarify exactly

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Zelensky on relations with Putin: Dialogue has already begun

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that relations with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, are at an early stage, but the Russian leader understands his position that Ukraine is an independent country. Zelensky said this in a comment to The Times of Israel. “I don’t know what he’s thinking about. He didn’t tell me. I think he understands my attitude:

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Putin restores the GULAG by legalizing slave labor of convicts

Paul A. Goble 2020/01/20 – 10:49 • International, Op-ed Given all the changes Vladimir Putin is making in these days in the Russian constitutional order, ones that legalize the presidentialist dictatorship he has already created, many may have failed to notice that a law he signed restoring a key feature of the GULAG, the use of convicts as slave laborers,

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