Monthly Archives: January 2020

Russia’s PM Orders New Spending Plan to Boost Living Standards

Moscow prepares to ramp up state spending in a push to deliver growth and support hard-pressed Russians. 12 hours ago Russia’s new government looks set to revise the country’s ultra-conservative economic policy in favor of more spending, a boost to welfare payments and increased investment. Mikhail Mishustin, who President Vladimir Putin appointed last week to replace Dimitry Medvedev, instructed his new cabinet

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Servant of the People MP calls US Embassy Officer "underling". DOCUMENT

Censor.NET reports citing Dybinskyi post on facebook.  “Everything is fine in this letter. And the fact that the US embassy selects GPU prosecutors for us. And the fact that some underling do not even in the status of the ambassador says whom to include in the personnel commission,” the deputy director commented on the letter The Department of Law Enforcement of the US Embassy

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U.S. troops block Russian military from using major road in northeastern Syria

U.S. military prevented a Russian military convoy from using an important highway in northeastern Syria, local sources said. The incident came amid growing tensions between the two sides. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors military operations with the help of observers on the ground, said Tuesday that the U.S. forces did not allow Russian military to use the main

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Preparation for Macron’s visit to Kyiv discussed at Ukrainian Foreign Ministry

Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Vasyl Bodnar met with French Ambassador to Ukraine Etienne de Poncins to discuss preparations for the French President’s visit to Ukraine, the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has reported on Facebook. “During the meeting of Deputy Foreign Minister Vasyl Bodnar with French Ambassador to Ukraine Etienne de Poncins, they discussed key elements of the

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Suspect in major criminal case re-elected as court chairman

The Kyiv Administrative District Court on Jan. 21 re-elected Pavlo Vovk, a suspect in a high-profile obstruction of justice case, as its chairman, triggering a backlash from civil society. Vovk had been the court’s chairman since 2010. In August, he temporarily stepped down and was replaced by Volodymyr Keleberda. Vovk’s resignation came after he was charged with issuing unlawful rulings and obstructing justice.

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Ukraine marks Day of Unity

Ukraine marks the Day of Unity on January 22, the day when the Ukrainian People’s Republic (UPR) and the Western Ukrainian People’s Republic (WUPR) signed a Unification Act in 1919. The holiday was officially established in 1999, taking into account the great political and historical significance of the unification of the UPR and WUPR for the formation of a single

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What Rhymes with RIA?

The first weeks of a new year are usually slow and lazy in Russia. With seven public holidays in the first two weeks of January, Russian workplaces cannot be expected to be very productive. However, when it comes to one particular topic, state-controlled Russian media outlets rarely take time to relax: Crimea. A search on the website of the state-controlled

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Young Russian Tries to Sue Over Violent Lesbian ‘Exorcism’ in Chechnya

A young woman from Russia’s conservative republic of Chechnya is seeking criminal charges against her parents, one of their acquaintances and a psychiatric clinic for allegedly torturing her based on her sexual orientation, a Russian LGBT support group said Tuesday. The latest incident comes after widespread reports of anti-gay abuse, including torture and killings, in the majority-Muslim region in recent years.

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Azerbaijan plans to invest another USD 1.5 bln in Ukraine – ambassador

22.01.2020 15:57 The Republic of Azerbaijan wants to invest USD 1.5 billion in Ukraine in 2020. Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to Ukraine Azer Khudiyev said this during a joint meeting with Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Ukraine Samat Ordabaev and Chairman of Kharkiv Regional State Administration Oleksiy Kucher on January 21, the press service of Kharkiv Regional State Administration reported. “Last year

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Ukraine should become investment mecca of Eastern and Central Europe – Zelensky

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, called on international investors to become “architects of the success of the new Ukraine.” “Ukraine should become an investment mecca of Eastern and Central Europe. The main driver for economic development is the ability to make profit. And we are one of the few countries that now

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Five years of shooting of trolleybus stop in Donetsk by "DNR" militants: occupiers put on a show (Photo)

Occupation authorities of the “DNR” still do not admit their guilt in the shooting of trolleybus stop in Donetsk on January 22, 2015 and the death of 8 civilians. This is evidenced by the rally held today in the memory of victims, who died at the hands of the “republic” militants themselves. The occupation authorities of the “DNR” continue to

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Russian Police Probe Popular Stand-Up Comic After Religion, Putin Jokes

Police near Moscow have put out a request for information about a popular comic’s stand-up performance from a year ago, the comic said Tuesday, prompting speculation that he could be targeted for jokes he made about religion and the authorities. It was not immediately clear what prompted the Orekhovo-Zuevo police department to send the request to the St. Petersburg venue

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Trump, Putin and Hungary's Orban all share a disdain for Ukraine. That's raising alarm bells

“We must support Ukraine since it is the main bulwark between us and the Russian. At the same time, we must not provoke Putin. And that is why I oppose the European Union’s sanctions against him,” Hungarian leader claimed When Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Budapest on Wednesday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban had a gift already wrapped: Hours before their joint press conference,

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Sputnik: Revising History One Infographic at a Time

Every year on the 13th of January, Lithuania commemorates the events of 1991 when Soviet forces attempted to crush the country’s recently re-established independence. On that winter night, Soviet troops, still garrisoned in the capital city of Vilnius, attacked its radio and television centre, killing civilians who had congregated there to form a human shield. More than a dozen people

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