Monthly Archives: January 2020

Russian LGBT Activist Receives Dutch Asylum After Police Threats

An LGBT activist fled southern Russia for the Netherlands after facing threats of prosecution from law enforcement and retribution from conservative vigilantes, she said in an interview Tuesday. Anna Dvornichenko has said that authorities in the city of Rostov-on-Don refused to investigate two attacks — one with pepper spray and another with a smoke bomb — against her that took place in the same week last summer. Instead,

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Car of Radio Liberty journalist set on fire in Lviv. PHOTO

Censor.NET reports citing Interfax. “According to a neighbor of the Tereshchuks married couple, who accidentally witnessed the crime, an unknown man with a hidden face placed a package with an unknown substance under the wiper blades on the windshield of the car and set it on fire,” deputy of Lviv City Council Ihor Zinkevych wrote. Ihor Zinkevych Facebook Car of journalist of

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Belarus to sign oil supply agreement with Kazakhstan

Minsk is planning to sign an oil supply agreement with Kazakhstan. The order to begin negotiations with Kazakhstan was given by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, BelTA reports, citing the president’s press service. The agreement will take the form of trade and economic cooperation regarding oil product deliveries to Belarus. Previously Lukashenko approved changes to the country’s natural gas supply agreement with Russia.

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Sentsov suggests ways to win war in Donbas, turns to Zelensky

Former Kremlin prisoner Oleh Sentsov noted that Ukraine should continue its fight and named the steps by Volodymyr Zelensky that he supports. Ukrainian film director, released from Russian captivity in September 2019 in a prisoner swap effort, Oleh Sentsov, has made an unexpected statement that the only way to achieve peace in Donbas is defeat. He noted that negotiating with

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Russian air force bomb hospital, living houses in Syria

11 civilians deceased in the airstrike Russian combat aviation delivered an airstrike on the hospital and residential quarters in Syria. The tragedy took place in Ariha village, reporter Julian Roepcke posted on Twitter. 11 people, including a child, died in the nighttime attack; another 60 were wounded, Anadolu Agency wrote.  “Massive destruction due to Russian air strikes on hospital, bakery

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NBU lowers discount rate to 11%

The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has decided to reduce the discount rate to 11%. NBU Governor Yakiv Smolii said this at a press conference on Thursday, January 30, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. “The board of the National Bank of Ukraine has decided to reduce the discount rate to 11% per annum from January 31, 2020,” Smolii said. The

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Russia’s Share of European Human Rights Cases Hits 7-Year High

The share of Russian cases in Europe’s top human rights court has reached a seven-year high in 2019, the Vedomosti business daily reported Wednesday, citing the court’s annual report. Russia remains the runaway leader in the number of pending cases among the 47 member states that fall under the court’s jurisdiction, according to European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) data.

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Iran changes info on Ukrainian plane’s ‘black boxes’ several times a day

Ukraine is ready to involve experts from Iran, France and Canada in the process of reading “black boxes” from a Ukrainian passenger airliner that was shot down near Tehran and insists that flight recorders be analyzed in Ukraine, Prosecutor General Ruslan Riaboshapka has said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine. “The point is not that there is no answer on ‘black

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Ukraine’s delegation to continue its work in PACE amid approval of Russia’s authority

It does not consider suspension of its work in PACE and intends to uphold the values of Council of Europe The delegation of Ukraine intends to continue its work in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), having abandoned the demarches, despite the approval of the Russian Federation’s authority in the organization. This was stated by the head

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PACE ratifies Russian delegation’s credentials

The document does not envisage any sanctions on Russian delegates. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe at its winter session in Strasbourg on Wednesday, January 29, ratified the credentials of the Russian Federation’s delegation, earlier challenged on substantive grounds. Ninety-six delegates supported the draft resolution with 44 votes against and seven abstained. The draft resolution on the matter

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As Putin Gives Speech on Combating Poverty in Russia, Pensioners Starve

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s bombshell state of the nation address on January 15, 2020, wasn’t just about power-grabbing constitutional changes — it was also filled with populist promises about throwing money to the 21 million Russians living in poverty.  But while Putin was giving his speech, a queue was forming outside of a supermarket dumpster in Yekaterinburg, where the city’s

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SBU exposes Russian bot farm sending fake bomb threats

21:50, 29 January 2020 Perpetrators aimed at undermining public trust in government and sowing chaos. Ukraine’s Security Service operatives in Kyiv have exposed the activities of a so-called bot farm, set up by Russian nationals and IDPs from the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The network operated over 500 active accounts and communities in social networks, used

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U.S. plans to hand over to Ukraine Navy another three Island-class patrol boats in 2021

23:50, 29 January 2020 Ukraine will be sending more sailors for training. Representatives of the Ukrainian Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard are negotiating in Odesa the transfer to Ukraine of more U.S.-made Island-class patrol boats, Navy press center reports. The Ukrainian side is represented by the head of the shipbuilding department of the command of the Navy of the

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