Monthly Archives: March 2020

OECD Slashes Russia Growth Forecast in Stark Coronavirus Warning

Even if the spread slows, the economic effects of coronavirus will last throughout 2020, new report says. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has drastically cut its forecast for the Russian economy in a bleak report warning of the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. The OECD now expects Russia’s annual GDP growth to come in at just 1.2% in 2020

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Putin Proposes to Enshrine God, Heterosexual Marriage in Constitution

Russian President Vladimir Putin has submitted to parliament a number of constitutional changes, including amendments that mention God and stipulate that marriage is a union of a man and woman. Putin in January unleashed a political storm by proposing an overhaul of the Constitution, the first changes to the basic law since 1993. Shortly afterward, the lower house unanimously approved

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Coronavirus Alert: Russian Cossacks Told Not to Kiss Orthodox Icons

Russian Cossacks have been told by one of their leaders not to kiss icons or clerics’ hands to try to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The order was issued by Gennadiy Kovalev, head of the Council of Cossack Hetmans (leaders) of Russia which represents several thousand Cossacks, traditional militia units that once protected Russia’s borderlands. Kissing icons is a common practice in

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Pensions will increase by average of $50 by 2023, – Sokolovska

This year at $22 / month. increase payments to people over 8020:42, 2 March 2020Open source In 2020, pensions will be indexed – people over 80 years old will increase payments by an average of $22 / month. By 2023, the average pension will increase by $50 / month. Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine Yulia Sokolovska on her Facebook page. “There will be

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Ukrainian Security Service thwarts purchase of Russian-made parts for armored vehicles at inflated prices

Officials of the state-owned company “Zhytomyr Armor Plant” (part of the Ukrainian defense concern Ukroboronprom) mishandled public funds during the purchase of spare parts of dubious quality, reported the press service of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). In the spring of 2019, the company announced a tender for the purchase of components for more than 1.5 million hryvnias ($60,000 USD). The

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UATV officially changed its name to “Home”

On March 2, the National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting at an extraordinary meeting re-issued a license for satellite broadcasting and temporary broadcasting licenses of the Ukrainian Multimedia Platform for Foreign Broadcasting in connection with the change of the UATV name to “Home” and, accordingly, the program concept. The license and temporary permits were reissued immediately after the channel’s

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Interpol to review Russia’s request to put on wanted list, arrest Aidar battalion first commander Melnychuk in Greece

The General Secretariat of Interpol International Criminal Police Organization has taken a decision to review Russia’s request to put on wanted list and detain in Greece ex-commander of Aidar battalion and Verkhovna Rada MP of the eighth convocation Serhiy Melnychuk, reads a statement from Interior Minister of Ukraine Arsen Avakov. “Meanwhile, after the appeal of the Interpol National Security Bureau

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“DNR” explains: money ran out at ATMs because miners were given salary. “But hold on”

It is impossible to withdraw money from payment cards in ATMs in the occupied territory of Donetsk oblast. This information was confirmed in the so-called “central republican bank of the DNR”. The occupation authorities explained the problem with cash by the fact that wage arrears were transferred to the miners’ cards, and the happy miners, allegedly, emptied all the ATMs.

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TV channel for Ukraine’s occupied territories to cooperate with four media groups

Four media groups will form the content for a Ukrainian TV channel broadcasting in the temporarily occupied territories, Deputy Head of the Ukrainian President’s Office Kyrylo Tymoshenko has said. He said this during a presentation of the concept of a new TV channel for the temporarily occupied territories held at Ukrinform on Monday. “We held negotiations with the following media groups:

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Latvia Arrests Spy Working for Russia

Latvia said Monday a citizen thought to be working for Russia has been arrested for trying to recruit a secret service officer to spy for Moscow. “The agent… contacted the Latvian officer to try to recruit him into handing over classified material that could then be used by Russia’s secret services against Latvia but the agent has been arrested instead,” Latvia’s security service

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Trial of Austrian Army Officer Accused of Spying for Russia Opens

The case has been embarrassing for neutral Austria, which under conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has positioned itself as one of Russia’s closest allies in the European Union while saying it wants to be a bridge between east and west. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz / Flickr (CC BY 2.0) The trial of a retired Austrian army colonel accused of spying for Russia

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Prystaiko says he did not discuss his resignation with Zelensky

02.03.2020 17:30 Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko has said he has not yet received an invitation to a meeting of the parliamentary faction of the Servant of the People party on his possible resignation and has not discussed this issue with President Volodymyr Zelensky. Prystaiko said this at a press conference on Monday, March 2, according to an Ukrinform correspondent.

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Honcharuk Denies Writing Resignation Letter

Prime Minister Oleksii Honcharuk denies writing a letter of resignation. He announced this at a briefing on Monday, March 2, Ukrainian News Agency reports. “I have not written any resignation letter as of this minute,” he said. He also noted that he was awaiting consultation on this issue with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the Parliament. Honcharuk also noted that for

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U.S. and Serbian forces start joint military excercise

BELGRADE, Serbia — The Navy SEALs kicked in doors and stormed into rooms as Serbian VIPs watched the operators maneuver alongside their own special police in a demonstration of counterterrorism force. At the Serbian Special Anti-Terrorist Unit’s Belgrade compound, a mock hostage taker was quickly eliminated as the troops showcased close-combat skills. The exercise Friday capped a nearly monthlong training

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