Monthly Archives: May 2020

Report: Fmr. CIA Chief Brennan hid intel saying Russia wanted Hillary win in 2016

John Brennan, then-Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, delivers a briefing to President Barack Obama. May 3, 2010. (Pete Souza/White House)

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Russians visiting Crimea will have to undergo medical testing at their own expense

The head of annexed Crimea Sergey Aksyonov said that residents of other regions of Russia, coming to the peninsula without a specific purpose, will be placed “under medical observation at their own expense”. Aksyonov signed the decree on these measures on May 24, TASS reports. “Citizens from other Russian region who come to Crimea without a specific purpose, will undergo medical

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Russia vows to protect the Moon from privatization

Russia will not allow the privatization of the Moon, the head of the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, Dmiri Rogozin, told the Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda. According to him, Moscow considers the Moon primarily as a satellite of the earth and any attempts to extract minerals there contradict international law. “We will not allow the privatization of the Moon, it is

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Razumkov hopes to expand cooperation between parliaments of Ukraine and Sweden

  Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Dmytro Razumkov in conversation with Speaker of the Riksdag (Swedish Parliament) Andreas Norlén expressed hope for expanding cooperation between the parliaments of the two countries. The communication took place in a video conferencing format today, the press service of the Verkhovna Rada reported. “Ukraine and Sweden share a high respect for democratic

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In Leaked Recording, Russian Official Pushes for Changes to Coronavirus Data

A provincial leader outside Moscow was heard telling his subordinates to alter his region’s coronavirus data in an audio recording leaked Monday that he later confirmed to be authentic. The Lipetsk region, which has a population of 1.1 million, had reported 1,696 total cases and five deaths from Covid-19 as of Monday, less than half a percent of Russia’s overall

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Russian Prosecutors Demand 18 Years for Ex-US Marine in Spy Trial

Russian prosecutors on Monday demanded 18 years in prison for a former U.S. marine facing espionage charges, his lawyer said, as the high-profile trial that has strained ties with Washington drew to a close. Paul Whelan’s lawyer Vladimir Zherebenkov told reporters that the prosecutor had requested 18 years “in a harsh regime colony” for his client.  “To be honest, we

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Entire police unit disbanded in Kyiv region after two cops arrested on rape, assault charges

The victim, a 26-year-old female, was allegedly attacked at the station after being detained. Photo from UNIAN Two policemen of the Kaharlyk police unit in Kyiv region were put into custody after a local woman pressed rape and assault charges against them, which also led to the disbanding of the entire unit by National Police leadership. On May 24, a

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Russian mercenaries leave western Libya

More than one and a half thousand fighters of the Russian private military company Wagner have left western Libya, stated by Colonel Mohammad Kununu, a spokesman for the Libyan government forces, as cited by Turkey’s Anadolu news agency. According to him, earlier the Russian mercenaries were fighting on the side of Libyan National Army under the command of Field Marshal Khalifa

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Foreign Firms Seek Level Playing Field in Russia’s Coronavirus Response

In his first interview, the new head of the Association of European Businesses told The Moscow Times that the Kremlin should not ignore foreign economic contributions.  The year 2020 was supposed to be one of celebration for the Association of European Businesses (AEB), as the main lobbying organization for foreign companies and investors in Russia is turning 25. Instead, just

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U.S. compares Covid-19 pandemic to Chornobyl catastrophe

The White House representative accused Chinese authorities of concealing information about coronavirus U.S White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien compared China’s response to the coronavirus outbreak to the response of the Soviet Union to the catastrophe at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986 as The Hill reported. “This was a virus that was unleashed by China. There was

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Russian War Crimes Bedevil Ukraine

They should be bedeviling President Trump as well. He’ll need to speak out soon. President Trump’s policy toward Russia has been confusing to many people. His too-often stated and too-fulsome praises of Russian President-for-Life Vladimir Putin left many conservatives bewildered. Trump’s words haven’t been consistent with his actions against Russia. Leftists have been happy to overlook the actions and focus

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Critical water shortage in Crimea may prompt new Russian attack against Ukraine

Article by: Paul Goble The Crimean Peninsula has long suffered from water shortages, but these are now often exacerbated by the ever-more frequent winters with little-to-no rain or snow. In the last several months, under Russian occupation, those difficulties have become critical: according to Russian officials, the region has seen its reserves of potable water decline by 60 percent and will entirely run

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E-mail voting to be possible in Russia

21:13, 24 May 2020 – 112 New rules will be applied to local and governor elections. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on the possibility of distant voting in elections and referendums at all levels. The text of the document is published on the official Internet portal of legal information. The possibility of electronic voting, as well as voting by mail, is

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Ukraine: Protesters gather in Kyiv, demanding Zelensky stop surrender to Russia (Photos)

23:59, 24 May 2020 KYIV – UNIAN 2020 About 500 people took part in the event. A rally dubbed “Ukraine will resist” was held in Kyiv on Sunday, May 24, as part of the No Surrender initiative; protesters demanded that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “stop the policy of surrender to Russia.” Participants in the event were holding national flags, however,

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