Monthly Archives: May 2020

Another Russian Cabinet member diagnosed with COVID-19

Russia’s Construction Minister, Vladimir Yakushev, has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, TASS reports, citing a statement from the ministry.  This is the second member of the Russian Cabinet to be diagnosed with COVID-19; Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin confirmed his coronavirus diagnosis yesterday. Yakushev’s deputy, Dmitry Volkov, has also been diagnosed with the disease, TASS reports. On Telegram, RBC reports that Yakushev has been hospitalized. (C)MEDUZA 2020

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Anti-corruption activists say Russian TV doctor celebrity owns some of New Jersey’s most expensive real estate

The family of Elena Malysheva, a physician and Russian television celebrity, owns real estate worth roughly $11 million in the United States, according to a new investigative report by Alexey Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK).  Four years ago, Malysheva reportedly bought a mansion outside Manhattan (in New Jersey) worth $6.4 million. The same home fetched $11.8 million in 2008, just before the U.S.

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Belarus to build new pipeline to deliver oil from Ukraine and Baltics

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has signed an order to build an oil pipeline that will supply oil from Ukrainian and Baltic ports, reported by the press service of the President of Belarus. “In order to diversify oil supplies to Belarus in 2020-2023, an investment project to build the Gomel-Horki main oil pipeline will be built,” the statement said. The company responsible

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U.S. condemns use of punitive psychiatry in occupied Crimea

01.05.2020 15:06 The United States condemns Russia’s widespread use of punitive psychiatry in the occupied Crimea against people who oppose the occupation. U.S. Ambassador to the OSCE James S. Gilmore said this during a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna on Thursday, April 30, an Ukrinform correspondent reports. “We condemn Russia’s continued widespread use of punitive psychiatry against Crimeans who oppose

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Half of Moscow’s Critical Coronavirus Patients Tested Negative, Mayor Says

Half of Moscow’s coronavirus patients in serious condition have tested negative for the virus, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said Thursday amid questions over the accuracy of Russia’s tests. His revelation follows a directive for Russian doctors to diagnose Covid-19 without tests after a widely reported study placed their accuracy at around 70%. Moscow’s health department reportedly warned the city’s clinics in April that many coronavirus tests return

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Defense and Reform: Zelenskyy’s Ambitions Laid Out in Normandy and Kyiv

Ukraine’s Donbas conflict drags on while President Volodymyr Zelenskyy promises that the war “will end” under his tenure. And with new Normandy format meetings, involving the foreign ministers of the four countries, behind them, what will be the government’s next step in realizing Zelenskyy’s confidence? Meanwhile at home, the administration seems to have turned a blind eye to outraged reformers

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Bwok bwok The spokesperson for Russia’s Foreign Ministry challenged Putin’s biggest critic to a debate. Hours later, she backed out

On April 30, in what would have been a highly unusual public exchange, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova challenged opposition leader Alexey Navalny to a debate, after he criticized her recent remarks about Russian tourists stranded abroad because of the coronavirus pandemic. The debate was supposed to take place on May 1, but the arrangement soon collapsed. Both Zakharova

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NATO to Ramp Up Georgia’s Security Against ‘Aggressive’ Russia: Official

NATO will involve Georgia in its regional security program to help protect the Black Sea country from Russia’s “aggressive” cyber- and misinformation threats, the Western military bloc said Wednesday. Georgia’s NATO ambitions have angered Russia since 2008, when NATO leaders promised the Russian neighbor that it would one day join the alliance. Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned NATO that

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Riaboshapka: Zelensky Has Lost His Way

Brian Bonner If Volodymyr Zelensky’s year-old presidency ends in failure, one of the many decisive moments why could be his public humiliation of Prosecutor General Ruslan Riaboshapka, dismissed on March 5 by a parliament controlled by the president’s party. The firing came, Riaboshapka said, with no explanation and only six months into his service as the president’s hand-picked appointee to

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Putin must end Ukraine war if he wants sanctions relief

Ukrainian MPs passed a parliamentary resolution in late April calling on the international community to intensify pressure on Russia over Moscow’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine. This appeal was our reply to a recent Russian campaign seeking to secure sanctions relief as part of the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic. As one of the resolution’s authors, I believe it is

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