Monthly Archives: March 2020

Inconvenient Truths

Edward Lucas, CEPA, March 23rd Cover up your mistakes. Simplify the course of events. Exaggerate your achievements. Ignore context. Spread lies. Demand gratitude. That approach is familiar to anyone who looks at the way the Soviet Union, and now Russia, treats the Second World War. But it is also the way the Chinese Communist Party is handling the coronavirus pandemic.

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In First Address to Nation on the Coronavirus, Putin Holds Back From Stringent Measures

The Russian leader also delayed a vote on constitutional changes that could see him remain in power until 2036. By Evan Gershkovich and Jake Cordell2 hours ago Casually reclining in front of an office desk, President Vladimir Putin addressed the nation on the coronavirus pandemic for the first time on Wednesday afternoon — a month after Russia announced its first case. The Russian

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‘Pro-Western’ Activists Posing as Journalists Are Infiltrating Russia’s Military, Defense Minister Claims

Members of a “pro-Western opposition division” in Russia are posing as journalists to “hide behind” the country’s mass media law and infiltrate its military facilities, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday. Speaking to Russia’s upper chamber of parliament, Shoigu urged lawmakers to change the nation’s mass media law to counter so-called “information attacks.”  “[These activists] are working to infiltrate military

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Yanukovych’s foreign minister charged with murdering businessman

By Oleg Sukhov. Ukraine’s former foreign minister, Leonid Kozhara, was charged on March 25 with murdering businessman Serhiy Starytsky, the Kyiv prosecutor’s office said. Kozhara did not respond to a request for comment, while his spokesperson, Ksenia Malovazhna, and the Miller law firm, which represents him, said they could not comment before the court hearing. While it was widely reported

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EU calls on Russia to provide OSCE SMM access to occupied part of Donbass

The European Union insists on the need for unhindered access by the OSCE SMM to the occupied territory of Donbass. The corresponding statement by press secretary of the EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Josep Borrell was spread in Brussels on Wednesday, – Interfax-Ukraine reports. The EU recalled that since March 21, members of the armed formations have

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‘Pro-Western’ Activists Posing as Journalists Are Infiltrating Russia’s Military, Defense Minister Claims

Members of a “pro-Western opposition division” in Russia are posing as journalists to “hide behind” the country’s mass media law and infiltrate its military facilities, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday. Speaking to Russia’s upper chamber of parliament, Shoigu urged lawmakers to change the nation’s mass media law to counter so-called “information attacks.”  “[These activists] are working to infiltrate military

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‘DPR’ terrorists put Poroshenko on ‘wanted list’ for alleged murder of Pavlov AKA ‘Motorola’

They claim he allegedly “approved the contract hit.” Pavlov was killed in a blast in the elevator in 2016 / Screenshot Members of the Russia-controlled “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”) terrorist organization have announced that the fifth president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, has been put on the “wanted list.” “The so-called ‘prosecutor general’s office’ of the ‘DPR’ has opened a criminal

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Part of SOTP Faction Urges Colleagues to Adopt “Anti-Kolomoisky Law” to Avoid Default

20 MPs from the ruling Servant of the People faction wrote an appeal to colleagues in the faction and other MPs calling for support for the bill that would prohibit the return of nationalized banks to former owners. This bill is also known as “anti-Kolomoisky” because its main purpose is to prevent PrivatBank’s return to its former shareholders – oligarchs

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Kyiv declares state of emergency in Ukraine

Ukraine is under the state of emergency until April 24, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmygal said at a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. The meeting was broadcast on the Cabinet’s YouTube channel. According to the Prime Minister, the emergency regime throughout the country, which was previously introduced in nine regions, is necessary to strengthen the fight against the spread of coronavirus.

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Twitter has blocked all official InformNapalm accounts and journalist Roman Burke

InformNapalm suggests that the blocking is the result of a massive attack by the Russian Federation. For the first time in six years, Twitter has blocked all official accounts of the international volunteer intelligence community InformNapalm, which deals with OSINT investigations. Also, without any explanation, the social network blocked the personal account of the founder and editor-in-chief of InformNapalm.org Roman Burk’s site . This

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People Who Violate Coronavirus Quarantine Should Be Killed, Chechen Leader Says

Anyone who violates their coronavirus quarantine and infects others should be punished with death, the leader of Russia’s republic of Chechnya said Tuesday. Ramzan Kadyrov made the statement at a Chechen government meeting after the majority Muslim republic confirmed its first three coronavirus infections. He pointed to a Chechen resident who returned from a visit to Mecca and didn’t comply

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Sputnik: Coronavirus Could be Designed to Kill Elderly Italians

In a time that calls for international cooperation to fight a common threat, Kremlin mouthpiece Sputnik chooses to spread disinformation about COVID-19.  A Sputnik article published on 15 March promoted an entire catalogue of unfounded theories about the origin of the coronavirus: from the idea that COVID-19 could originate in Latvia to the suggestion that it could have been created as a means to reduce the number of elderly people in Italy. What makes Sputnik want

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Calls grow for U.S. to lift Iran sanctions due to coronavirus crisis

The International Crisis Group, Oxfam America, and the National Iranian American Council called on U.S. leaders to lift the sanctions for 120 days to offer Iranians relief at this critical time There are increased calls for the United States to suspend economic sanctions against Iran, which some believe hamper Tehran’s ability to contain the deadly outbreak of coronavirus that has

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Yuri Polakiwsky: Time to return Suprun to Ukraine’s Health Ministry

At times of national crisis, a government must project a unified front of competent leadership that engenders calm, confidence, and competence. These are the characteristics that Winston Churchill’s leadership illustrated on the eve of an imminent attack by the Germans at the beginning of World War II. His wisdom was evident in his ability to form a coalition of diverse political

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Ukraine security officials nab online troll spinning fake news on coronavirus

23:50, 24 March 2020 The woman had been spinning disinformation in various online groups where she was an admin, with a total audience of nearly 100,000 subscribers. The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) says its operatives have detained a Kherson-based woman who had been disseminating disinformation on coronavirus spread, aiming to sow panic among Ukrainians and destabilize the region. The

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