Monthly Archives: March 2020

Russia “fully destroyed” political rights in Crimea – Freedom House

Russia has made impossible any opposition activity, persecuting people for any form of dissent in Crimea. Photo from UNIAN The Russian Federation has fully destroyed political rights in Crimea over the years of occupation, says international rights watchdog Freedom House. “In the new annual report Freedom in the World, it is noted that the  Russian occupation authorities have made impossible

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Putin starts war on U.S. shale oil industry

The move is seen as retaliation for American sanctions hindering Nord Stream 2 gas pipe completion. REUTERS On Friday, Russia’s energy minister Alexander Novak told his Saudi Arabian counterpart Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman at the OPEC HQ in Vienna that Russia was unwilling to cut oil production further. The Kremlin had decided that propping up prices as the coronavirus ravaged

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Putin starts war on U.S. shale oil industry

The move is seen as retaliation for American sanctions hindering Nord Stream 2 gas pipe completion. On Friday, Russia’s energy minister Alexander Novak told his Saudi Arabian counterpart Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman at the OPEC HQ in Vienna that Russia was unwilling to cut oil production further. The Kremlin had decided that propping up prices as the coronavirus ravaged energy

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Investigation Bureau head to sue journalists for libel

Iryna Venedyktova, acting head of the State Investigation Bureau on March 7 said she ‘s taking journalists and anti-corruption watchdogs to court for libel. On Jan. 28, Ukrainska Pravda news outlet republished an article by the Anti-Corruption Action Centre. alleging that Venedyktova’s husband Denys Kolesnyk, a mid-ranked police officer, has vast influence in his wife’s agency. Ukrainska Pravda cited anonymous

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German Investigative Journalist Speaks at ‘MH17 – Quest for Justice’ Symposium in Amsterdam

14:51 GMT 08.03.2020Get short URL The Malaysian MH17 flight was shot down in eastern Ukraine in July 2014 while on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, claiming the lives of all 298 people on board. The “MH17 – Quest for Justice’ symposium is taking place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, one day ahead of the MH17 trial. Organised by De

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Saudi Arabia launches price war in response to disruption of oil deal with Russia

State-owned Saudi Aramco has offered oil buyers the biggest discounts in the last 20 years and promises to increase production by more than 2 million barrels per day. About it reports Bloomberg . The newspaper writes that Saudi Arabia plans to increase oil production in April in response to the breakdown of the OPEC + deal with Russia. On Saturday, March 7, Riyadh

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Kolomoisky wins as court blocks Centrenergo changes

The Kyiv Administrative Court on Feb. 28 blocked the Cabinet of Ministers’ plan to change the management at state energy company Centrenergo.  Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk announced on Feb. 26 that Centrenergo’s management would be replaced, as the company gears up for its long-delayed privatization. The company supplies 15 percent of Ukraine’s energy needs. The State Property Fund currently owns

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Zelensky on Cabinet replacement: ‘This government achieved more than all the rest, combined’ (TRANSCRIPT)

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky delivers a speech during an extraordinary session of the parliament in Kyiv on March 4, 2020.Photo by Volodymyr Petrov Editor’s Note: The following is President Volodymyr Zelensky’s remarks that he made in the Verkhovna Rada on March 4, before the lawmakers replaced the prime minister and most of the Cabinet. Addressing the parliament, Zelensky offered some explanation

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Woman Imprisoned For Years By Separatists In Eastern Ukraine Says ‘No One Wants To Stay There’

On June 2, 2016, Tetyana Honcharova was summoned in for an “interview” by the so-called security services of the Russia-backed separatists controlling the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. It would be the last time she would see family and friends again for three and 1/2 years. Charged with espionage, Honcharova was held for one year and three months at the

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Putin unintentionally highlights that Russia’s war on Ukraine is both ancient and fateful, Inozemtsev says

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s latest comments on Ukraine reflect not only his own problematic understanding of Russian history and his attempts to rewrite it to serve his purposes but also the ancient roots and fateful nature of a conflict that he and others often treat as a mere product of the disintegration of the USSR, says Vladislav Inozemtsev, director of

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Kremlin accuses NATO of creating a ‘striking fist’ near Russia’s borders

NATO is creating a “striking fist” near Russia’s borders, strengthening its military presence in Eastern Europe in close proximity to Russia, said Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova in a statement published on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website. Zakharova’s statement was made in response to the reports about NATO’s plans to hold Defender Europe-2020 military exercises in April and May.

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Ahead of MH17 trial, families still upset by Dr M’s doubts about joint investigation findings

AMSTERDAM, March 8 — Ahead of the much-anticipated MH17 trial tomorrow when the Netherlands tries four people over the downing of Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine in 2014, families of those on board still disappointed over Malaysia’s position in the probe outcome by the Joint Investigations Team (JIT). Dutchman Piet Ploeg, who lost his older brother, sister-in-law, and nephew in

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Ukraine’s new government: more oligarchic, more pro-Russian

The age of young new faces is over after six months of work of Honcharuk’s government. “Not stealing isn’t enough,” said President Zelenskyy while parliament was voting to sack it on 4 March. However, the anxiety grows in Ukrainian civil society as the new government which was sworn in that day includes some old faces who worked with disgraced ex-President Yanukovych, have close links

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