Monthly Archives: March 2020

Zelensky: Default looming if Ukraine’s parliament fails to pass two “vital bills”

The president says this is now lawmakers’ responsibility. Zelensky says two bills need to be passed to secure support from donors / Photo from UNIAN Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says there is default looming if Ukraine’s parliament fails to pass two important bills. “I would also like to speak about the special session of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, which

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Sweden remains open as other countries lock down over coronavirus

People walk along the main pedestrian shopping street in Stockholm, Sweden, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The streets of Stockholm are quiet but not deserted. After a long, dark Scandinavian winter, the coronavirus pandemic is not keeping Swedes at home even while citizens in many parts of the world are sheltering in place and won’t find shops or restaurants open on the few occasions they are permitted to venture out.

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Kremlin: wealthy Russians have been deceived in the West

Wealthy Russians have long been deceived in Western countries for their own money, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on her Facebook page. “You’ve been fooled for years for your own money. You’ve been fooled and paid with gold for ruin, for the illusion,” she said. According to her, “very rich” Russians informed her about the medical collapse in London

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UKRAINE Servant of the People MP Leaks Video Seemingly Implicating Brother of Presidential Chief-of-Staff in Corruption

Geo Leros, an MP from the ruling Servant of the People party, leaked on March 29 a video seemingly showing the brother of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s chief-of-staff, Andriy Yermak, attempting to sell government positions for personal profit. In a Facebook post, Leros wrote that he had obtained “video evidence of how Yermak, through this brother, peddles government posts, creates his

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Donbas peace talks group meets online, averts highly criticized agreement meant to include Russia-run “people’s republics”

OLENA MAKARENKO The Minsk Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) met on 26 March to discuss the Donbas situation, but no ratification of controversial agreements, drafted two weeks earlier, took place. The meeting had to be conducted online, and thus the necessary physical signatures were impossible to obtain. Arising from the most recent meetings held in Minsk on 11 March, the newest

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General previously accused of corruption heads Russia’s leading research institute

Major General Igor Bozhkov, who previously worked in the Russian Interior Ministry, was appointed the acting director of the Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics (ITEP). Bozhkov was previously involved in the corruption case. The order to appoint an ex-policeman has been published on the institute’s website. According to publication the Project, Bozhkov had never been involved in science before, but

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Alexei Bayer: Why Russia robs its citizens

By Brian Bonner. Last week Vladimir Putin addressed his subjects on the global COVID-19 pandemic. Among measures he unveiled was a week-long “vacation” for everyone in the country — for which employers, including owners of restaurants, stores and a variety of other businesses, will have to pay out of their own pocket while staying closed — perhaps indefinitely so. Needless

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