Monthly Archives: April 2020

‘This will lead to complete economic collapse’ With mandatory paid leave and little government support, Russian employers and employees are going head to head as mass layoffs and pay cuts sweep the country

https://meduza.io/impro/uDgokHfKkiyJn_jk-BIbfVflYk9voKB4-8xkYbEZInM/fill/650/0/ce/1/aHR0cHM6Ly9tZWR1/emEuaW8vaW1hZ2Uv/YXR0YWNobWVudHMv/aW1hZ2VzLzAwNS80/MTgvMTU4L29yaWdp/bmFsL21Jb2R6R3FO/a3lUOUswWlh0Yk5M/bncuanBn.webp With most Russian regions under some form of self-isolation as the COVID-19 pandemic escalates, mass job cuts and layoffs have begun. As in other countries around the world, many Russian companies no longer have money to pay their workers, but what makes their situation unique is that it’s practically been codified from the very top of the federal government

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Kremlin reportedly caves to requests for May 9 Victory Day parade to be postponed

Four anonymous sources have told the business newspaper RBC that after extensive speculation about the fate of Russia’s 75th-anniversary Victory Day parade, Vladimir Putin has ultimately decided to postpone the celebration to a later date. Three of the sources are close to the Putin administration; one is familiar with Defense Department operations. If the information they provided to RBC journalists is correct, an announcement

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DTEK halts biggest mine complex, endangers 30,000 jobs

Maksym Tymchenko , CEO of Ukraine’s largest private power company DTEK, speaks with the Kyiv Post on Nov. 12, 2019. On April 15, 2020, Tymchenko announced that DTEK plans to suspend operations at one of its largest coal mining complexes, Pavlogradugol, potentially leaving 30,000 miners out of a job.Photo by Kostyantyn Chernichkin Ukraine’s largest private power company DTEK plans to suspend

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Ukraine sends information on Russia’s war crimes in Crimea to The Hague

15.04.2020 12:01 The Russian Federation continues to massively deprive Ukrainian citizens in the annexed Crimea of their property rights in violation of international law. The Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea conducts procedural management of the proceedings over the appropriation of state and private property by the occupying power in Crimea, the Representative Office of the President of

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Court orders PrivatBank to pay over $250 mln to Surkis family

15.04.2020 18:15 Kyiv Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling of Kyiv’s Pechersky District Court that obliged PrivatBank to pay more than $250 million to the offshore companies of the Surkis family. PrivatBank confirmed the report to Ukrinform. “On April 15, Kyiv Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal and upheld the ruling of the Pechersky District Court that obliged PrivatBank

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MEP warns Russia of sanctions to come over lack of COVID-19 response in occupied Crimea, Donbas

The diplomat considers it necessary to raise the issue of Russian responsibility at the UN platform. A European Parliament member says Russia may face new sanctions for inaction during the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the occupied territories of Crimea and Donbas.. “Russia is an occupying power in Crimea and Donbas and as such it is bound by international

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In 4th Coronavirus Address, Putin Calls for Stronger Business Support

President Vladimir Putin announced a new package of measures to support Russia’s businesses hit by the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic Wednesday. In the Russian president’s fourth televised statement in as many weeks about the coronavirus pandemic, he promised direct financial support to businesses hit hardest by the nationwide lockdown, including small and medium-sized businesses and airlines.The new measures

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Iran wants to exchange black boxes from downed plane for Ukraine’s refusal to take action

The Iranian authorities have sent a draft memorandum of understanding to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry to prevent Kyiv from filing lawsuits against Iran over a Ukrainian passenger jet shot down near Tehran on January 8, according to Radio Farda. “Iran is pushing Ukraine to sign a memorandum of understanding obliging Ukraine and the families of victims of flight 752, shot

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QUARANTINING SANCTIONS

Brian Whitmore A Kremlin Diplomatic Gambit Exploits the Pandemic  As the world battles with the pandemic, Vladimir Putin spies an opportunity. The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wrote to G20 leaders on March 24 calling for the temporary “waiving of sanctions imposed on countries to ensure access to food, essential health supplies, and COVID-19 medical support.” At a virtual G20 summit

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Zelenskyy puts Ukraine’s Maidan Revolution on trial

UkraineAlert by Adrian Karatnycky For the first time since the last days of the Yanukovych era, Ukraine has taken a step towards tyranny. On April 10, masked operatives from Ukraine’s State Bureau of Investigations swooped on the home of anti-corruption activist, civic leader, and former parliamentarian Tetyana Chornovol. She is being investigated by President Zelenskyy’s appointees on charges of murder

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Afraid of the known Russians now see Putin as a threat not a saviour — StopFake

Russian President Vladimir PutinBy Kseniya Kirillova, for Byline Times Against the backdrop of the Coronavirus pandemic, Russian President Vladimir Putin cancelled a largely symbolic nationwide referendum on his constitutional amendments, including the ‘nullification’ of the presidential term. But Viktor Shenderovich – a Russian journalist and playwright – believes that Putin’s motive in doing this has… Afraid of the known Russians now

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