Monthly Archives: May 2020

IRONY AMID THE MENACE

CEPA Edward Lucas 26 May 2020 Echos of a Captive Past Vladimir Putin is often criticized for his nostalgia for the USSR (he memorably called its collapse a “geopolitical catastrophe”). But many thousands of Russians in the “Soviet Citizens” movement take that view a step further. A majority of those taking part in the March 1991 referendum on the Soviet

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Russia’s Health Ministry wants to stop counting coronavirus patients ‘without complaints’

Russia’s Health Ministry is now recommending that officials refrain from counting COVID-19 patients “without complaints,” apparently meaning that infected persons without symptoms will no longer be included in Russia’s coronavirus patient population statistics. “If the virus is detected without complaints and any accompanying objective information, this condition should be assessed as a carrier of the virus and coded under the

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German court declines to extradite ex-lawmaker Onyshchenko

Fugitive Ukrainian millionaire and former lawmaker Oleksandr Onyshchenko.Photo by Ukrafoto The Higher Regional Court of Oldenburg in Germany on May 27 rejected the Ukrainian prosecution’s appeal to extradite Oleksandr Onyshchenko, a fugitive former lawmaker, who is wanted in Ukraine for alleged fraud and money laundering. Onyshchenko, who is suspected of organizing a $125-million fraud scheme in the country’s natural gas sector, fled Ukraine in

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U.S. preparing new sanctions against Nord Stream 2

The U.S. is preparing a new round of sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 project, Richard Grenell, the former U.S. ambassador to Germany and now acting director of U.S. national intelligence, told Handelsblatt. Grenell said that he met last week with senators and members of the lower house of Congress, who support additional bipartisan measures. “The tightening of sanctions is welcomed

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“Unprecedented move”: Russia envoy to OSCE trying to interrupt Ukrainian speech on Crimea

Unfortunately, Ukraine’s dialogue with Russia has turned into a monologue, a Ukrainian MP said earlier. Facebook / UAF General Staff A Russian official at the OSCE meeting has tried to prevent and interrupt addresses by Ukrainian representatives at the online conference in Vienna on the situation in the occupied Crimea. That’s according to RFE/RL’s Ukrainian service citing the agency’s correspondent.

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Ukraine plans to upgrade its Air Force with NATO fighter jets

Kyiv intends to purchase multi-role warplanes produced in the West as part of the modernization program of the Ukrainian Air Force. Thus, the new aicraft will replace the planes made during the Soviet era, reports Rzeczpospolita. According to the newspaper, Kyiv’s plan to upgrade military aviation, which will also include the replacement of helicopters, training and transport aircraft, will cost

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Russia Begins Building First Stealth Bomber – Report

Russia has begun manufacturing the prototype of its first strategic stealth bomber, the state-run TASS news agency reported Tuesday, as the country presses ahead with the modernization of its military. Quoting defense industry sources, TASS said the state-controlled United Aircraft Corporation was overseeing the project. It said material was being shipped for the project and that work had begun on the

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‘It’s All Bullsh*t,’ Russia’s Coronavirus Information Chief Says of Virus Fears

Russia’s head of coronavirus information has suggested that global anxiety over the pandemic is misplaced, his latest controversial comment after saying that the infection would kill as many people as it needs to. Doctor and television presenter Alexander Myasnikov was appointed in April to his new role of informing Russians about coronavirus treatment and prevention methods and to battle “fake news” about

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Youtube has blocked a Russian film about Donetsk airport. A smoke grenade was set on fire near the company’s office in Moscow, and the film was unlocked

Authors:MediaSapiensNow the film is preceded by a warning about “unacceptable and offensive” content. The viewer decides whether to watch it or not. On May 26, the two-hour documentary “Call Sign Donetsk” by Semyon Pegov was posted on the WarGonzo YouTube channel. Pegov is a blogger, a Russian citizen, who once worked as a journalist for VGTR, then was a military correspondent for

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Russia halts gas supplies to Germany via Poland

Supplies of Russian Gas to Germany via Poland using the Yamal-Europe pipeline have been halted, reported Interfax with reference to the data of the German gas transport operator GASCADE Gastransport GmbH. At 08:00-09:00 am Tuesday, the volume of the gas intake at Malnov station on the Polish-German border fell to zero. The day before, the transit of gas was at

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Ukrainian Navy tests new artillery boat

PHOTOS27.05.2020 11:30 Small armored artillery boats of the Ukrainian Navy have completed a number of tasks, checking the technical capabilities of a new boat at sea, the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry has reported. “Small armored artillery boats of the national fleet have recently completed a number of tasks at sea. The peculiarity of them putting out to

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Ukraine approves draft memo with U.S. company on LNG supplies

The relevant draft memo was approved at a government meeting on Wednesday. REUTERS The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has approved a draft memorandum of cooperation with the U.S. company Louisiana Natural Gas Exports on the supply of liquefied natural gas to Ukraine. The relevant draft was approved at a government meeting on Wednesday. “The Energy Ministry has worked out

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Police arrest four assassins detained for trying to kill leader of intl drug syndicate

Employees of the National Police of Ukraine detained four foreign citizens in Odesa involved in the shooting in Kyiv on May 26, as a result of which a man was injured, the press service of the police said. According to law enforcement authorities, the victim turned out to be a citizen of Montenegro, who is placed on the international wanted

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Russian Communist Leader Links Coronavirus Vaccine to Microchip Conspiracy Theory

The leader of Russia’s Communist Party said he believes that an eventual vaccine against the new coronavirus is part of a capitalist plot to implant microchips into humans and ensure their “digital enslavement,” wading into a viral social media conspiracy theory. The false claims allege that U.S. billionaire Bill Gates plans to use microchip implants to show who has been

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Scandal-Plagued Ex-Governor Sues Putin for Wrongful Dismissal

A former Russian governor has sued President Vladimir Putin over what he believes is his wrongful dismissal following his series of questionable comments and incidents. Putin relieved Mikhail Ignatyev from his 10-year governorship of the republic of Chuvashia in January due to a “loss of trust.” Ignatyev made headlines that month for calls to “wipe out” journalists who criticize the

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Moscow orchestrates controversy between Bulgaria and Ukraine to weaken Kyiv

Article by: Paul Goble Last week (May 20), pro-Russian legislative deputies in Bulgaria and pro-Moscow ethnic-Bulgarian politicians in Ukraine protested a decision by the Ukrainian government to redraw administrative borders in Odesa Oblast. The Kremlin-leaning ethnic-Bulgarians who expressed their objection said the move was intended to divide their more-than-200,000-strong community in that region and eliminate the possibility that they would be able

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A BAD DAY IN COURT FOR NS2

Litigation, Disinformation, and Russia’s Energy Weapon  Nord Stream 2 is in battle mode. The Russian-German gas project appears to be applying every possible legal argument and procedure to ensure the Baltic Sea pipeline will operate on its terms, i.e. unfettered by European Union law. In the German courts, it is challenging the German energy regulator, the BNetzA, which denied it

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Schroeder verbally abuses Ukraine’s Ambassador in Germany

Former German Chancellor called Andriy Melnyk a “midget” Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder got involved in a scandal with Ukraine’s Ambassador in Germany Andriy Melnyk. The story occurred, as Schroeder spoke during the first edition of Agenda, his new audio podcast on May 26. Deutsche Welle quoted the politician as saying. “One should not nibble each other with sanctions. I

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Statement by former US Ambassadors to Ukraine

Ukrainian and US flags fly in central Kyiv, Ukraine. September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko Over the past three decades, the United States and Ukraine have developed a broad and robust relationship that serves the interests of both countries, countries that share values such as democracy, liberty, and human freedom. Ukraine’s success in developing as an independent, stable, democratic state with a

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