Monthly Archives: May 2020

The Putin Regime Cracks

Vladimir Putin has become increasingly disengaged from routine matters of governing and prefers to delegate most issues. By Tatyana Stanovaya President Vladimir Putin’s clever maneuver to dispense with the Russian constitution’s provisions on presidential terms limits will, in theory, allow him to stay in office until 2036. Yet by rewriting the constitution and reshuffling the government, Putin did far more than throw most

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Russian Medics Demand Putin’s Promised Coronavirus Bonuses

Russian doctors have launched an online petition calling on President Vladimir Putin to pay his promised bonuses to doctors and other healthcare professionals on the frontline of the coronavirus outbreak. Putin in early April ordered monthly payouts ranging from 25,000 and 50,000 rubles ($300 and $600) for nurses, paramedics and ambulance drivers and 80,000 rubles ($1,000) to doctors treating Covid-19 patients. Nearly

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Putin bans Russian military from disclosing their affiliation with Russian Army

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree prohibiting the Russian military from disclosing their affiliation with the Russian army on the Internet or social media. The dissemination of such information will henceforth be considered a gross misconduct, TASS reports, citing the presidential decree published on the website of legal information. According to the document amending the Disciplinary Charter of the

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The Weakest Link: Russian Influence Operation in the Netherlands Reveals Vulnerabilities in EU Foreign Policy Powers

The Dutch television news program Zembla recently uncovered WhatsApp messages appearing to show the new leading far-right populist in the Netherlands discussing payments he received from Russia. The politician in question, Thierry Baudet, rose to prominence in 2016 when he successfully led a referendum campaign against the European Union signing an association agreement with Ukraine. This coincided with the discussion

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Remembering the Wars of the Past, Let’s Not Forget the Wars of the Present

Dr Olesya Khromeychuk Commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE Day, Dr Olesya Khromeychuk reflects on what it means for Europeans to be engulfed by violence and whether the Second World War has taught us any lessons of history. Veterans walking with flowers during the celebration of Victory Day. May 9, 2019. Kiev, Ukraine This week marks the 75th anniversary of

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Latvia Curbed the Pandemic. Here’s How.

CEPA. Anna Udre 5 May 2020 As of May 5, Latvia has recorded only 896 confirmed cases of covid-19, and 17 fatalities. In other European countries, far stricter restrictions have not prevented healthcare systems from coming under great stress. According to the prime minister, Krišjānis Kariņš, success stems from early action, including putting the supply and distribution of personal protective equipment

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Baltics Accuse Russia of Trying to ‘Falsify’ History on War Anniversary

The leaders of three Baltic states condemned on Thursday what they described as Russian attempts to “falsify history” ahead of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. In a joint declaration, the presidents of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia — formerly Soviet-ruled states now on the EU’s eastern flank — called for “truth and justice” in recognizing communist-era

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Russian Billionaire Bosov Dies by Suicide

Russian billionaire and coal baron Dmitry Bosov has died by suicide at his home in a Moscow suburb, authorities said Wednesday. Relatives discovered Bosov’s body with gunshot wounds at his home in the luxury village of Usovo in Moscow’s elite suburb of Rublyovka, the country’s Investigative Committee said in a statement. A Glock pistol was found nearby. Bosov didn’t leave

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Italian scientists claim to have developed world’s first coronavirus vaccine

Italian researchers claim to have developed a vaccine that can neutralise the coronavirus in human cells. Tests carried out at Rome’s Lazzaro Spallanzani Hospital, which specialises in infectious diseases, generated antibodies in mice that work in human cells, according to The Independent. “This is the most advanced stage of testing of a candidate vaccine created in Italy,” said Luigi Aurisicchio,

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China must be brought to heel

Canada needs a prime minister who will stand up to China and hold it accountable for the untold damage this pandemic has caused the world. Instead, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sanctimoniously says that now is not the time for criticism, but for international co-operation. How bloody naive. Is this about statesmanship or getting China’s endorsement for a seat on the

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Russian diplomats in Norway tied to spy agency – media

Norwegians cultivated as sources of information “don’t realize” that the diplomats are also basically spies, counterintelligence chief notes. REUTERS Three diplomats at the Russian Embassy in Oslo were identified by newspaper Aftenposten on Wednesday as having ties to Russia/s military intelligence agency known as GRU, earlier accused of murder and poisonings in addition to spying, while Norway’s own police intelligence

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Russia calls Ukrainians in Crimea ‘foreigners’ and forces them to sell or lose their land

07.05.2020 | Halya Coynash HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN RUSSIAN-OCCUPIED CRIMEA Russia’s new move to strip Ukrainians of their own land in Crimea is in flagrant violation of Ukrainian and international law and will bring consequences, both for Russia and for those Russians who ‘buy’ land illegally expropriated from Ukrainians. At a joint briefing on 6 May, the Crimean Prosecutor’s Office, Office of the President’s

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