Monthly Archives: March 2020

Constitutional Court cancels most of Zelensky’s judicial reform

The Constitutional Court of Ukraine has canceled most of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s judicial reform, recognizing a number of clauses as unconstitutional, according to a decision published on March 12. The judicial reform law was initiated by Zelensky with the ostensible aim of firing tainted judges and creating credible judicial institutions. He signed it in November. However, two commissions tasked with cleansing the

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OSCE creates advisory council for solving situation in Donbas

According to OSCE Special Representative Heidi Grau, the council’s tasks will be developing policy recommendations within its competence The contact group has agreed to set up an advisory council in order to come up with proposals for a political settlement of the Donbas conflict, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine Heidi Grau informed about it on Wednesday, RIA-Novosti reports.

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“DNR” takes offense at Netherlands for reminder that militants mocked at site of MH17 crash (Photo)

Occupation authorities of the “DNR” are trying to disavow information that the militants showed disregard for the victims of the air disaster at the crash site of the Malaysian Boeing in the summer of 2014. An attempt to clear the names of participants of the illegal armed formations was made by calling herself “Minister of Foreign Affairs of the DNR”

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Russia in MH17 case: avoiding punishment at all costs

Let’s imagine that someone commits murder, with eyewitnesses present. That someone didn’t even try to flee the scene or hide. ‘Here I am, here’s the weapon, it’s mine and it’s registered.’ But then that person suddenly changes their mind because they realize they killed the wrong person. And despite the dead solid evidence, despite own confession, despite testimonies of many

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World Athletics Fines Russia $10M, Caps Neutral Russian Athletes at 10

World Athletics on Thursday fined Russia’s track and field federation $10 million for breaching anti-doping rules and capped at 10 the number of Russians allowed to compete as neutrals at the Tokyo Olympics. The system of allowing Russian athletes to take part as Authorized Neutral Athletes, World Athletics president Sebastian Coe warned, “will be suspended if $5 million of the $10

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Duma Speaker: Putin, Not Oil, Is Russia’s Greatest Advantage

Russia’s greatest advantage in forging a new future is none other than President Vladimir Putin himself, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said Thursday. Volodin’s speech came in the wake of a proposed constitutional amendment that could allow Putin to remain in office until 2036 by resetting his presidential terms. The amendment, proposed on Tuesday by deputy Valentina Tereshkova, has been

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Paul Gregory: “Russia Is a Weak Country with a Nuclear Arsenal”

International relations, the planned economy, Ukrainian reform, and Russia without Putin. American economist Paul Gregory is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University. He is the author and co-author of 12 books and many articles on economic history, the Soviet economy, transition economies, comparative economics, and economic demography. His publications written while

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US Department of State has released a report on human rights abuses in occupied Crimea

These include disappearance, torture and discrimination. The US Department of State has released a human rights report for 2019. It stresses that the Russian Federation continues to violate human rights in the annexed Crimea. The document was released on the State Department website on Wednesday, March 11. It is reported that: disappearance; torture, including punishable psychiatric imprisonment; ill-treatment of prisoners, such as solicitation of confessions; severe prison

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Disinformation Mash-Up: MH17 and Coronavirus

What do the MH17 investigation and coronavirus have in common? According to pro-Kremlin disinformation, both are apparently nothing more than Russophobic attacks by the West against an innocent Russia. This week’s cases are a useful lesson in the opportunism and adaptability of the Kremlin’s disinformation machine, as well as its remarkable coordination across a number of different topics. Particularly striking

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The MH17 Show Trial Isn’t About Justice Or Closure, But Information Warfare

This article contains Russian propaganda and drivel. The MH17 tragedy is back in the news after the start of this case’s show trial in the Netherlands, which isn’t about bringing the alleged perpetrators to justice or helping the victims’ families find closure, but waging information warfare against Russia in an attempt to “conclusively” pin the blame for this crime on

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Trump announces travel ban from Europe amid growing fears of coronavirus

President Trump on Wednesday announced in a televised address that the U.S. is suspending all travel from Europe to the U.S. for 30 days beginning Friday at midnight in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.  The president struck a serious tone during his address from the Oval Office and said, “We made a lifesaving move with early action on China. Now

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Garry Kasparov

From his FB page. In my latest CNN op-ed, I ask if progressives are willing to risk their entire agenda on Bernie. No matter how much you agree with him on issues, he is a deeply flawed messenger who would require a miracle to beat Trump in the general. It would also be a cruel twist to have a president

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