Monthly Archives: May 2020

60% of Coronavirus Patient Deaths Not Counted Toward Total, Moscow Officials Say

More than 60% of deaths among Moscow’s coronavirus patients are not being included toward the city’s official virus death toll, city health officials said Wednesday. Moscow, the epicenter of Russia’s coronavirus outbreak, has seen a low mortality rate compared to other major world capitals, with just 1,232 deaths out of 126,004 infections as of Wednesday. Critics have cast doubt on the numbers,

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The Verkhovna Rada supported the continuation of the ban on Russian social networks

The sanctions expired on May 15. Today, May 13, the parliament adopted a draft resolution № 3319 “On approval of proposals to extend the period of application of personal special economic and other restrictive measures (sanctions)”. This was announced on Facebook by People’s Deputy Roman Lozynsky (“Voice”). “In the morning, I started collecting signatures to hold an extraordinary session of parliament and adopt

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Ukraine approves crucial anti-oligarch banking law

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund On May 13, Ukraine’s parliament finally adopted the so-called “anti-Kolomoiskiy” Banking Law in the fashion requested by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This means that Ukraine is now ready to conclude an IMF Standby Program for eighteen months worth a potential USD 5 billion. This decision has major implications for Ukraine’s financial stability and political configuration.

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Urging to reconsider Russia sanctions: peace at the cost of European integrity

The International Crisis Group (ICG) recently published the report “Peace in Ukraine I: A European War” which recommends Europe to engage Russia in discussions of European security while “adjusting the current sanctions regime to allow for the lifting of some penalties if Russia contributes to real progress toward peace.” ICG argues that the West has “sought to compel Moscow to

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Ukraine planning to buy three arms shipments from US this year – ambassador

Ukraine plans to purchase at least three shipments of armaments from the United States this year, Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Volodymyr Yelchenko has told The Day newspaper. “Last year, we had the first case of direct purchase by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine from the United States of Javelin anti-tank systems. This was the first batch of

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Russia adopts draft legislation that will expand political candidacy restrictions

Russian lawmakers have adopted the third and final reading of legislation that will expand prohibitions on ex-convicts’ rights to run for elected office. The bill won the support of 250 deputies and was opposed by 81 members of parliament. The draft law would restrict the candidacy of persons convicted of one of 50 different offenses, including crimes that are often enforced against

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Ventilators that caused deadly fires in Russian hospitals were produced by major Russian defense conglomerate

The ventilators that caused fires at the Spasokukotsky hospital in Moscow and St. George hospital in St. Petersburg were manufactured at the Ural instrument plant which is a subsidiary of the Russian defense conglomerate Rostec, reported TASS citing sources in law enforcement agencies. “According to the data, the ventilator that caught fire today was produced at the Ural instrument-building plant. The ventilator

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Journalists wary of rigging potential as Putin offers online vote

The draft will be submitted for Duma consideration in the coming days. The administration of Russian President Vladimir Putin has drafted a bill that will allow remote voting, including by mail, in elections at various levels. The draft will be submitted for State Duma consideration in the coming days. New legislation will allow the Central Election Commission to introduce a

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COVID-19: US senators introduce legislation in Congress to impose sanctions on China

A group of nine influential US senators has introduced a legislation in Congress seeking to authorise the President to impose sanctions on China if it fails to cooperate and provide a full accounting of the events leading up to the outbreak of the coronavirus. More than 250,000 people have died and over 4 million infected due to the coronavirus pandemic

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‘Our Equipment Is Dangerous’: Russian Doctors Expected Ventilators Tragedy

A model of Russian ventilator that the Kremlin sent to the United States as part of a high-profile shipment of medical supplies has been banned after being suspected of causing two deadly fires in coronavirus hospitals in Moscow and St. Petersburg. In a statement issued Tuesday, Roszdravnadzor — Russia’s state health watchdog — said it would suspend the use of all Aventa-M

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Ukraine blocks oligarch’s bid to regain bank and clears way for international funds

Washington Post By David L. Stern and Robyn Dixon May 13, 2020 at 3:10 p.m. GMT+3 KYIV — After weeks of wrangling, Ukraine lawmakers Wednesday effectively blocked a powerful oligarch from regaining control of his former bank, potentially unlocking a $5 billion loan package from the International Monetary Fund. With the economic crisis triggered by covid-19 threatening to slash Ukraine’s

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Russia’s US envoy slams Ukrainian message to veterans as cynical

Warning! This article contains verbal diarrhea. WASHINGTON, May 13. /TASS/. Russia’s Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov has slammed as cynical the attempts of Ukraine’s diplomatic mission in Washington to draw a parallel between victory over Nazism in 1945 and the domestic Ukrainian conflict. The ambassador commented on a message by Ukraine’s military attache Boris Kremenetsky sent to the

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Can Saakashvili rescue Ukraine’s reform agenda?UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

TUE, MAY 12, 2020 Mikheil Saakashvili has promised to help President Zelenskyy “drain the swamp” as the former Georgian president embarks on the latest chapter of his unlikely second career in Ukrainian politics. On May 7, Zelenskyy appointed Saakashvili to head the executive committee of Ukraine’s National Reform Council. The appointment came after an April bid to install him as Ukraine’s Deputy

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Russian Deputy Defence Minister: ’Why should we be ashamed of Stalin?’

12.05.2020 | Halya Coynash HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN RUSSIAN-OCCUPIED CRIMEA While Russian President Vladimir Putin’s face has – for now – been removed from a mosaic in the new Russian Defence Ministry Cathedral, mass murderer Joseph Stalin remains.  This is our history, the Deputy Minister of Defence claims, and what is there to be ashamed of?  If you listen to Andrei

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