Monthly Archives: May 2020

Russia Stops Updating Siberian Coronavirus Deaths: Reports

Russia’s national coronavirus crisis center has stopped updating the latest Covid-19 death counts in at least two Siberian regions while the regions have published new numbers, the Tayga.info news website reported Monday. The disparity comes amid questions over Russia’s low coronavirus death toll compared to other countries with high Covid-19 case numbers. Russia only counts the deaths of coronavirus-positive patients toward its official total if

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Two Islamic festivals to become state holidays in Ukraine

A boy watches people pray at the Ar-Rakhma mosque on Islam’s Eid al-Adha holiday, which Crimean Tatars call Qurban Bayrami, in Kyiv on Aug. 11, 2019. Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr will become official state holidays in Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on May 18, 2020.Photo by Oleg Petrasiuk Islam’s two most important festivals, Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr, will become

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Armed Forces officers with accomplices stole fuel from military unit in amount of more than $370,000

State Bureau of Investigations State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), together with employees of the Department of Strategic Investigations of the National Police, exposed an organized criminal group that systematically appropriated and sold fuel and lubricants belonging to a military unit in the Kyiv region. The press service of the SBI reports. It is noted that the head of the rear of one of

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Court cancels arrest in absentia of Yanukovych-era minister

The Office of the Prosecutor General has not yet commented on the court’s ruling. Photo from UNIAN The High Anti-Corruption Court of Ukraine has overturned the ruling handed down in absentia on taking into custody former Minister of Revenue and Duties of Ukraine. That’s according to Radio Liberty, which referred to the press secretary of the Court, Olesia Chemeris. The

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Ukrainians reject modern Russia’s WWII victory cult as geopolitical divide deepens

UkraineAlert by Victor Tregubov It seems the world is finally waking up to Vladimir Putin’s dangerous exploitation of World War II. In the run-up to this month’s seventy-fifth anniversary of the allied victory over Nazi Germany, international media coverage included a number of reports highlighting modern Russia’s efforts to weaponize the memory of the Second World War. At the same

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Russia’s defeat in oil price war means also Putin’s political failure – expert.

Russia wanted to oust U.S. shale oil from the market, but it turned out the opposite. Independent Russian political scientist Dmitry Oreshkin has said Russia’s defeat in the oil price war and the loss of part of the European market is Russian President Vladimir Putin’s political failure as well. “Of course, this is a terrible geopolitical defeat and a very

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Secret Labs and George Soros: COVID-19 Disinformation in the EU Eastern Partnership Countries

As COVID-19 spread across the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood, conspiracy theories, misleading information and disinformation followed in its wake. For pro-Kremlin media, the pandemic offers new opportunities to build on existing disinformation narratives and spin new ones. Secret labs For years, pro-Kremlin disinformation sources have been exploiting the false trope of secret Western-sponsored military laboratories “in Russia’s neighbourhood”. Of these, the

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Coronavirus: Global push for inquiry into Covid-19 response

Global health leaders are pushing for an independent review of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic at the UN’s World Health Assembly. Monday’s virtual meeting brings together envoys from 194 member states of the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO is facing questions on how it dealt with the coronavirus pandemic. Chinese President Xi Jinping, who has defended his country’s

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Russian Navy to Bolster Baltic Fleet With 6 New Warships

The Russian Navy has ordered a batch of six cutting-edge warships for its Baltic Fleet, Navy commander-in-chief Nikolai Yevmenov said Monday. The move comes amid ongoing tensions between Russia and NATO member states in the Baltics. All six of the Karakurt-class corvettes from Project 22800 will be armed with Kalibr cruise missiles, Yevmenov said in a telegram to sailors marking

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Russian media publishes salaries of Russian soldiers in Syria

The salary of Russian soldiers and contract sergeants in Syria is up to 200,000 rubles ($2746 USD) per month, reports the Russian newspaper Argumenty i Fakty with reference to the Russian command. The officer’s salary is 200-300 thousand rubles ($2746 –$4120 USD). Pilots making combat sorties, on average, receive 400,000 rubles ($5492 USD) a month. Their salary depends on the number of

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Putin Sounds Alarm Over Virus Crisis in Dagestan

President Vladimir Putin said Monday the coronavirus situation in Dagestan required urgent attention after a top official said hundreds of people in the region might have died from the virus. “The situation in the republic of Dagestan is complicated and of course calls for additional — and urgent measures,” Putin told a meeting in Moscow. He said the poor North Caucasus region — which

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Profit Slumps Herald More Trouble Ahead for Russia’s Corporate Giants

Russian companies’ first quarter financial results are already showing the impact of the coronavirus. The worst is yet to come. By Jake Cordellone hour ago Russia’s blue chip companies have posted some of the bleakest financial results for years in the first few months of 2020, with analysts saying the hit to earnings will only grow sharper. Energy giants, banks and

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Iskra Plant develops latest radar station

PHOTOS18.05.2020 17:11 Iskra Plant has developed the latest radar station for combat use as part of the divisions of the air defense forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, which can be deployed within minutes, the press service of the Ukroboronprom State Concern has reported. According to the report, a prototype of a new promising radar station 80K6KS1 was developed and

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Pro-Ukrainian doctor sentenced to 13 years in Russia-occupied Donetsk

Shapovalov was found “guilty” for a pro-Ukrainian Twitter account. Photo from mil.in.ua Ukrainian citizen, neuropathologist Yuriy Shapovalov has been sentenced to 13 years in prison in the Russia-occupied city of Donetsk for posts on social media. On April 16, 2020, a “court” sentenced Shapovalov to 13 years in a penal colony, according to a local media outlet. Russia-controlled “authorities” claim

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Yukos shareholders seize Russian vodka brands in Netherlands

A new phase begins in the legal battle between Russia and the former Russian oil company Yukos At the beginning of May, Yukos shareholders seized the rights in the Benelux countries for a series of alcohol brands registered in the Netherlands,which are owned by the Russian state. The claim includes iconic vodka brands Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya, reported the Ducth news agency NRC.

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Russia Is a ‘Distinct Civilization,’ Putin Says

Russia is a distinct civilization that must be protected through genetics and other advanced technologies, President Vladimir Putin said in an interview that aired Sunday. Putin told state television that “it would be impossible to secure the future of our civilization” without artificial intelligence, genetics and unmanned vehicles, as well as hypersonic weapons.  “Russia is not just a country, it’s

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Implementation of Minsk deal in Russian interpretation a disaster for Ukraine – Yatsenyuk

The implementation of the Minsk deal in the Russian interpretation is a disaster for the Ukrainian people and for the Ukrainian state, former Ukrainian Prime Minister and founder of the Open Ukraine Foundation Arseniy Yatsenyuk has said. “Under current circumstances, I strongly believe that the Minsk deal is not even the deal with the way to nowhere, this is the

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Trade adviser Peter Navarro attacks Obama for criticizing Trump’s coronavirus response – calling the former president a ‘press secretary’ for Biden and their administration a ‘kumbaya of incompetence’

‘China virus’ could have been isolated in Wuhan, if Beijing hadn’t intentionally hidden information and sent its citizens to other countries to ‘seed’ the virus. By Megan Sheets For Dailymail.com 18:31 BST 17 May 2020 , updated 21:03 BST 17 May 2020 Peter Navarro responded to Barack Obama’s scathing remarks against the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus response on

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