Monthly Archives: April 2020

Law and order under lockdown How the coronavirus quarantine is making it even harder to find justice in Russia’s courts

On March 18, in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus, Russia’s Supreme Court imposed a moratorium on all hearings across the nation’s judicial system except for particularly “urgent cases.” Individual judges get to decide what qualifies as urgent, and sources in the justice system tell Meduza that they worry Russia’s COVID-19 containment measures are making it even harder for defendants to get

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Holy men How Russian Orthodox priests helped annex Crimea

https://meduza.io/impro/BbuWnDIRoxQJGR9IXZEdiiduvGWPuTaoh4Ggiv5kKaw/fill/980/0/ce/1/aHR0cHM6Ly9tZWR1/emEuaW8vaW1hZ2Uv/YXR0YWNobWVudHMv/aW1hZ2VzLzAwNS8z/NzIvMTU0L29yaWdp/bmFsL0g2NmRyVk9I/WVo4S2hrdERzY1Rt/QmcuanBn.webp Six years ago, Russia annexed Crimea, a Ukrainian region on the Black Sea. The annexation took place following a referendum organized by the Russian government, which to date has not been recognized by most of the international community, including Ukraine. In the days leading up to the referendum, strange groups of people started gathering next to Ukrainian military bases

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Russian Investigators Probe Wartime Nazi Massacres

Russia on Thursday launched a probe into three World War II-era atrocities in areas occupied by Nazi forces. The investigation was opened following findings in historical archives about killings in several locations in southern Russia’s Rostov region, including Zmiyovskaya Balka, a village where “no less than 27,000 people” were shot by firing squad. The massacres in August 1942 were perpetrated

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Coronavirus hits headquarters of Russia-backed church in Kyiv – media

The so-called Moscow Patriarchate is known to have opposed social distancing. REUTERS The coronavirus has infected 26 people at the thousand-year-old headquarters of Ukraine’s Russian-backed Orthodox Christian denomination, which had urged worshippers to defy lockdown orders, according to figures released by the mayor of Kiev. Kyiv Pechersk Lavra is the headquarters for the Russian-backed wing of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church,

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Alleged accomplices implicate Zelensky chief of staff in selling state jobs

By Oleg Sukhov. Published April 9. Updated April 9 at 7:35 pm Andriy Yermak, Head of the Presidential Office, speaks during his online briefing on March 31, 2020.Photo by president.gov.ua Two people featured in videos implicating the brother of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s Chief of Staff Andriy Yermak in alleged graft have confirmed the authenticity of the videos. The videos were published by Geo Leros, a lawmaker

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Think tank: La Stampa’s findings on intel-gathering nature of Russian “aid” mission in Italy confirmed

Russian aid sent to Italy is, in fact, useless, while among troops deployed there are not just military doctors, but also intelligence operatives, spec-ops officers, and military chemists, the report says. While Russia is threatening an Italian newspaper over the report revealing the true objective of the Russian military team deployed in Italy, the analysis of documentary material confirms the

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The level of mercury in Shokin’s body exceeded the norm 5 times and was lethal – surgeon Korpan of Rudolfinerhaus

Interview of Professor Surgeon Mykola Korpan of Rudolfinerhaus Austrian Clinic to Interfax-Ukraine agency. According to Viktor Shokin, he was probably poisoned in Greece. Why couldn’t the fact poisoning be detected there? Typically, all doctors first take general and advanced blood tests. However, these tests do not include such rare studies as, for example, studies regarding dioxin or heavy metals. When

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Russian oil tankers pollute Black, Azov Seas

Russian tankers overloaded with oil products and other fuel and lubricant cargoes have polluted the waters of the Black and Azov Seas off the coast of the temporarily occupied Crimea, the prosecutor’s office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea has reported. “The prosecutor’s office and the police of the autonomy have recorded another fact of violation of environmental norms in

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Another three planes from China bring medical supplies for supporting hospitals, large outlet chains – President’s Office

Another three planes from China with special means for fighting coronavirus have arrived to Ukraine, as was reported at the regular meeting chaired by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday. “Delivered medical supplies will be distributed not only to the supporting hospitals, but will also be delivered to the large retail chains,” the press service of the head of

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Alleged accomplices implicate Zelensky chief of staff in selling state jobs

By Oleg Sukhov. Two people featured in videos implicating the brother of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s Chief of Staff Andriy Yermak in alleged graft have confirmed the authenticity of the videos. The videos were published by Geo Leros, a lawmaker from Zelensky’s Servant of the People party. They show the chief of staff’s brother Denys considering candidates for government jobs and

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Putin Sets Off Meme Storm By Comparing Medieval Invaders to Coronavirus Quarantine

During a televised meeting Wednesday, Putin called on his fellow Russians to wait out the nationwide “non-working” month in self-isolation to avoid the further spread of coronavirus — and did so by invoking Russia’s past victories against medieval invaders. “Everything passes and this will pass. Our country has gone through many serious challenges: When tormented by the Pechenegs and the

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Experts call on Ukrainian leaders to urgently intervene in situation around Energoatom

The Community of Veterans of Nuclear Energy and Industry of Ukraine has sent a letter to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, and Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, Dmytro Razumkov, asking them to urgently intervene in the critical situation regarding Ukraine’s national nuclear energy generating company Energoatom. The letter available to UNIAN was signed by former

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U.S., Ukrainian defense ministers discuss strategic partnership

U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper spoke by phone on April 8 with Ukrainian Minister of Defense Andriy Taran to strengthen the strategic partnership between the United States and Ukraine and exchange perspectives on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic crisis. “Secretary Esper congratulated Minister Taran on his recent appointment as Minister of Defense and reiterated U.S. support for building

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Zelensky tests for coronavirus

Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Kyrylo Tymoshenko has said President Volodymyr Zelensky has tested for the novel coronavirus. Speaking in an interview with the Ukrayinska Pravda online newspaper, Tymoshenko explained that all those in contact with Ukrainian lawmaker Serhiy Shakhov, who was a confirmed COVID-19 case, had passed the coronavirus test, and the president and

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Ukraine: Next prisoner swap in Donbas to be held before Easter, Zelensky’s Office says

22:00, 08 April 2020 At today’s settlement talks, parties also discussed issues of humanitarian demining. Parties to the Donbas settlement negotiations within the framework of the Trilateral Contact Group on Wednesday, April 8, reached a principled agreement on the mutual release of held persons, according to the press service of the Ukrainian President’s Office. The next stage of prisoner swap

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Gazprom blocking gas transit to European companies via Ukraine, GTS operator says

23:50, 08 April 2020 The Ukrainian side has not imposed any restrictions. Russian gas monopoly Gazprom has not allowed a number of European companies to receive gas at the Ukraine-Russia border for its subsequent delivery to Europe via Ukraine. That’s according to the press service of the state-owned Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine, citing CEO Serhiy Makogon. A number

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Don’t Believe Russia’s Disinformation About Coronavirus

Originally posted on PA Pundits – International:
By Alexis Mrachek ~ For the past couple of weeks, Russia has been sowing disinformation about the coronavirus. Various Russian news sources have claimed that the U.S. started the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. deployed the virus as a “biological weapon,” or that the virus is a complete hoax created by the United States.…

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