Monthly Archives: April 2020

Russia’s New Military Mega-Church to Feature Putin, Stalin, Crimea Mosaics

The walls of Russia’s new Orthodox cathedral dedicated to the Armed Forces will be decorated with the faces of President Vladimir Putin, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Soviet leader Josef Stalin, the MBKh News website reported Friday. The 95-meter Armed Forces cathedral, a symbol of close defense-church ties in Russia, is expected to open on May 9 — the 75th anniversary of

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Putin’s Business Tsar Attacks Economic Lockdown

Poverty and starvation are as much a problem as the coronavirus, said Boris Titov. President Vladimir Putin’s “business tsar” has called for the government to end the economic lockdown and reopen the economy. Boris Titov, the president’s business ombudsman, announced Monday he will organize an online protest Friday calling for businesses to be reopened, as frustration at the government’s economic response to

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Inside Russia’s Secretive Prisons as Coronavirus Takes Hold

Prisoners described an anxious state of affairs in jails across the country. Meanwhile, calls for amnesty have been ignored. By Pjotr Sauer and Evan GershkovichUpdated: 9 hours ago A prisoner in penal colony no. 1 in the city of Yaroslavl has less than three months left of his three-year sentence for drug possession. But with the coronavirus raging around Russia, July 15 feels like

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Clown invites frog

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron have discussed the coordination of efforts to overcome the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the situation in Donbas.   The leaders of the two countries discussed these issues in a phone call, the press service of the head of the Ukrainian state reported.   According to the

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Intercity passenger transportation could be resumed from May 12

27.04.2020 15:50 The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine plans to resume the operation of suburban and intercity bus and rail services in Ukraine from May 12. However, this will depend on the coronavirus spread rates. “Yes, we plan to resume urban, suburban, intercity transportation on May 12. This decision concerns bus and rail services. But much depends on the coronavirus

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Czech media: Russian special agent with deadly poison arrives in Prague amid dispute with Moscow over Marshal Konev monument

A Russian special agent arrived in Prague three weeks ago after a monument to Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev was demolished, reported the Czech publication Respekt. The special agent arrived at Vaclav Havel airport from Russia. He had a Russian diplomatic passport. A car of the Russian diplomatic corps was waiting for him and took him to the Russian embassy. Sources

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Billionaire Deripaska accuses China of destroying Russia’s climate

China and other countries of Southeast Asia have barbaric attitude towards the environment, which provoked a “strange” winter and other adverse climatic phenomena in Russia, said Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska. “Floods, fires, which this year began earlier than usual in Siberia, incomprehensible winter a second year in a row, drought, which is likely to lead to serious crop failure in

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Ukrainian aircraft delivers over ten million protective masks to Germany

  The An-225 Mriya arrived in Leipzig, Germany, early on April 27 with a medical cargo from China.    German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer met the world’s biggest aircraft at the airport, according to Ukrinform.     “Today, the world’s biggest transport aircraft delivered over ten million protective masks from China to Germany, which is very important. This is part

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More than 3.5 mln trees planted in mountainous areas of Ukrainian Carpathians

  Forest enterprises have already planted more than 3.5 million trees in mountainous areas of the Ukrainian Carpathians this year, according to the State Forest Resources Agency of Ukraine.   “Finally, the time came when the snow had almost melted, and forestry specialists began to restore forests in the mountainous areas of the Ukrainian Carpathians. Almost 1 million trees have

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Russia suspends grain exports

Russia has suspended grain exports to the world market for the first time since 2010. According to Interfax, on Sunday, April 26, grain exporters fully used up the quota of 7 million tons, which was set for them by the Russian Ministry of Agriculture. The quota of 7 million tons was valid for the period from April 1 to June

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Russia once again refutes direct participation in Donbas conflict

Russia’s top diplomat says another Normandy Four summit can’t be held anytime soon. Russia has once again denied accusations of being a direct party to the conflict in and around Donbas. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, delivering an online lecture to MGIMO students ruled out the holding of the summit of the Normandy Four (Ukraine, Russia, France, and Germany) leaders

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Ukraine insists on return of ‘black boxes’ of UIA plane shot down in Iran – Kuleba

Flight recorders of the Ukraine International Airlines (UIA), which was shot down in Iran on January 8, 2020, should be returned to Ukraine, said Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba during a telephone conversation with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. “Ukraine foreign minister separately emphasized that he insists on the delivery, according to the Chicago Convention, of flight recorders

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Russian Doctor in Critical Condition After Falling From Hospital for Coronavirus Patients

The head of a Siberian hospital repurposed for coronavirus patients is in critical condition after she fell from the hospital building following a conference call with health officials, local media reported Saturday. Yelena Nepomnyashchaya, 47, fell from a fifth-floor window of the Krasnoyarsk Regional Hospital for War Veterans after talks with the head of the Krasnoyarsk region’s health department, according

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Don’t Nag Your Husbands During Coronavirus Lockdown, Church Official Tells Russian Women

A Russian Orthodox Church official has urged women not to reprimand their husbands during coronavirus lockdown in order to avoid domestic conflict — and to punish themselves if they do. Bishop Panteleimon’s remarks come three years after Russia scrapped criminal punishments for first-time domestic abuse offenses and as the coronavirus pandemic has stalled efforts to re-criminalize domestic violence in Russia’s

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Deputy chief of Kyiv Administration detained for assaulting traffic cop (Photo, video)

Things suddenly got messy after police stopped a car for a routine check as its lights were off. Kyiv Operativniy Kyiv police have detained Deputy Chief of the Kyiv City State Administration, Volodymyr Slonchak, for assaulting a cop. Kyiv Operativniy crime watchdog community has uploaded a relevant video on YouTube, noting that the municipal official was riding as a passenger

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