Monthly Archives: February 2020

“Anything is possible”: Parl’t Speaker Razumkov on reports on Presidential Office chief Bohdan’s alleged stepdown

Presidential Office staff this afternoon were allegedly clearing the office where Bohdan used to receive visitors. Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Dmytro Razumkov has commented on media reports alleging that the Head of the Presidential Office, Andriy Bohdan, had resigned. “I’m not a press secretary for Andriy Iosypovych Bohdan, I think it’s better to ask him,” Razumkov told

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How a Moscow man from an Uzbek family started the world’s biggest neo-Nazi forum

In 2011, an English-language forum called IronMarch.org appeared online. Within a few years, it had become what the British tabloid The Sun called “Facebook for Nazis.” The forum’s users organized a number of neo-Nazi groups, including the Atomwaffen Division in the U.S. and the Antipodean Resistance in Australia. Those groups then committed five murders in the United States, including that of a 19-year-old gay

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Deputy chief of Russian military’s General Staff arrested on charges of embezzling 6.7 billion rubles

Khalil Arslanov, the deputy head of the Russian military’s General Staff, has been arrested in Moscow, sources told Kommersant and Interfax. Arslanov was indicted in late January on two counts of high felony embezzlement. A court will now determine under what conditions he will await trial. Five other high-ranking military or military-adjacent officials have also been implicated in the embezzlement case, which was

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Russian state TV news anchor breaks down laughing while reading report about new social spending

On February 9, Russian Internet users started sharing a recording of Vesti-Khamchatka news anchor Alexandra Novikova bursting into hysterical laughter while reporting a three-percent increase in certain social-security payments. Novikova loses her composure when explaining that the state’s new indexing of payments will leave recipients with “a little more than 1,500 rubles” ($23.50) a month to help with payments for medicines, health

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Surviving the “DNR/LNR”. Photo project reveals the horror of captivity

Bohdan Serhiyets was held captive for ten hours in May 2014. The Russian mercenaries carved a swastika on his back; the scar remains. Bohdan recalls his tormentors saying that he should not be released alive so that no one could see what they did. Photo: Zoya Shu  2020/02/05 – 12:05 • POLITICAL PRISONERS, WAR IN THE DONBAS Article by: Oleksandra Vagner Zoya

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Russia wants to arm Tu-160 bombers with Kinzhal hypersonic missiles

Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers can be equipped with Kinzhal hypersonic missiles, the modifications should take until the end of 2020, a source in Russia’s defense industry told TASS. The source did not specify exactly which model of the bomber – the Tu-160 or Tu-160M – would be modified to carry Kinzhals. There has been no official confirmation of this information.

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Russia demands US visas for its officials

Russia has called on the US to immediately restore the normal issuance of visas to its officials, including diplomats and UN personnel, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported on its website. “For a long time we have been urging the Americans completely and without any preconditions to normalize the issuance of visas for officials,” the report states. The department noted that

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Russian historian: Ukraine ruins Kremlin’s “Napoleonic” plans

The political and economic models in Russia and Ukraine significantly differ, the expert notes. REUTERS Russia’s attempts to pull Ukraine into the Eurasian Economic Union failed and Kyiv pretty much disrupted the Kremlin’s “Napoleonic” plans, which ultimately stood behind Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, says Viktor Mironenko, head of the Center for Ukrainian Studies at the Institute of Europe of the

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Documentary on Markiv case to be screened in Italian Parliament

The Wrong Place (Не в тому місці) will be screened in the Italian Parliament on February 14. It highlights the case against Ukrainian National Guardsman Vitaliy Markiv and the killing of Italian journalist Andrea Rocchelli near then-occupied Sloviansk in May, 2014. Members of the press and media are invited to attend the screening, which will take place at 14:30 on February 14, 2020

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Ukraine declines to appoint ambassador to Russia

By Vyacheslav Hnatyuk Ukraine and Russia will leave the top jobs at their respective embassies empty for the time being. According to an official letter from Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the agency “has not submitted any recommendations… for the appointment to the position of ambassador [to Russia] for the President of Ukraine’s consideration.” The letter, written in response to a request

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“We will take care of the miners and their families”. Unprofitable mines to be closed, and dismissed to receive another work – Honcharuk

The government is going to close unprofitable mines. This was reported by Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk in the Verkhovna Rada today during an hour of questions to the government, – correspondent of OstroV reports. “We have conducted an audit of all mines of national standing. There are 34 of them, if I am not mistaken. We now assess the economic

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Relatives of Heavenly Hundred Heroes points leadership of Ukraine to signs of anti-Maidan revenge

Representatives of the Heavenly Hundred families have turned to the leadership of Ukraine in connection with the signs of anti-Maidan revenge, which they see in the statements and actions of representatives of the Yanukovych regime. The statement is posted on the Facebook page of the Heavenly Hundred Families non-governmental organization. “Representatives of the former Berkut and the criminal regime of

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For the first time Europe buying as much LNG as Russian gas

European countries have been buying more and more liquefied natural gas (LNG). At the end of January, LNG imports had reached 10 billion cubic meters (bcm), and for the first time in history were equal to the amount received from Russia’s Gazprom, according to the monthly monitoring by the Skolkovo School in Moscow. One year ago, Russian natural gas accounted for

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Lavrov: Kremlin has no objection to returning Russian ambassador to Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has stated that the Russian Federation is ready to exchange ambassadors with Ukraine again. “It seems to me that someone has mentioned the possibility of Zelensky’s decision to return the ambassadors. We will not object. Even in the current conditions, our countries are very interconnected in the economy, in the field of transport, in humanitarian

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Russian Anti-Fascists Jailed on Terror Charges Despite Outcry

A court in central Russia has jailed members of an anti-fascist activist group for up to 18 years on terrorism charges, the Mediazona news website reported Monday. Seven members of the group Set — Russian for “Network” — were detained in the city of Penza along with four other members in St. Petersburg in 2017. Investigators claim that they planned attacks during

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Munich Security Report: Zelensky brings fresh energy to efforts to end conflict in Donbas

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has brought fresh energy to efforts to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine but the peace is far from preordained. “A new Ukrainian president has brought fresh energy to efforts to end the six-year-old conflict between Kyiv and Russia-backed separatists in the country’s eastern Donbas region. Yet if peace seems slightly more plausible now than

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Most NATO nations do not support the need for military defense of allies in the event of an attack by Russia – poll

In an average of 16 countries, 50% of those polled believe that their country should not protect its ally in the event of an attack by Russia, and 38% should. Most citizens support the need for military defense of allies in the event of a hypothetical attack by Russia in only five of the 16 NATO member states, according to

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Ukraine’s Naftogaz to pursue $8 billion arbitration case against Russia over Crimea

Believes it is owed $8 billion in compensation Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014 Follows settlement of Gazprom arbitration cases London — Ukraine’s state-owned Naftogaz Ukrayiny is preparing for a new arbitration filing this week against Russia as it seeks $8 billion in compensation for the seizure of assets in Crimea following the Russian annexation of the region in March

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Why Verkhovna Rada left Ukrainians in occupied Donbas without pensions?

Ukraine’s parliament was unable to amend the legislation regarding payment of pensions to IDPs, as well as to residents of certain areas of Donetsk, Luhansk regions, and Crimea that are not controlled by Ukraine Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada was unable to amend the legislation regarding payment of pensions to IDPs, as well as to residents of certain areas of Donetsk, Luhansk

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”Disinformation Aims at Undermining Democracy”

EU Commission Vice-President Věra Jourová at the Opening of EU vs Disinfo Conference Last week, international experts on countering disinformation gathered in Brussels to discuss the development of the issue. Disinformation, as a part of a wider aggression against EU and the Member States, is a challenge the union is determined to address. The meeting was opened by EU Commission

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Russia worried over Kiev’s statements about revision of Minsk accords – Lavrov

MOSCOW, February 10. /TASS/. Russia is alarmed to hear Kiev’s statements on the revision of the Minsk agreements in case of the absence of immediate steps towards their implementation, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with the Rossiskaya Gazeta daily. “We are worried over [Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadim] Priskaiko’s recent statements that in case no positive steps

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Two Ukrainians arrested for allegedly robbing 23 ATMs of Russian Sberbank in Bosnia

A small city of Bihac in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a western Balkan country, became a starting point for a large-scale criminal investigation after local police accidentally detained on Feb. 2 two Ukrainian citizens Dmytro Boyko and Olexandr Zaytsev. Alarmed by suspicious behavior, police officers stopped the two on the street of Bihac. As police searched them, they found plastic bags

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