Monthly Archives: June 2020

‘Mama, this is a terrible disease’ In St. Petersburg, more than 3,000 medical workers have contracted COVID-19. Here’s one of their stories.

According to official data alone, more than 3,000 medical workers in St. Petersburg have fallen ill with the coronavirus — that’s about 20 percent of the total number of COVID-19 cases in the city. In addition to the increasing number of doctors contracting the disease, the general outbreak in St. Petersburg isn’t getting any better: between 350–390 new cases are

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Bank of Russia sees signs of continuing decline in economic activity

MOSCOW, June 5. /TASS/. The business activity index (PMI) in Russia is still much lower than the neutral level of 50 points, evidencing the continuing decline in economic activity, Central Bank chief Elvira Nabiullina said at an online conference on Friday. “PMI indices either in the industry or in services demonstrated notable improvement after the record-breaking drop in April. Nevertheless,

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Resident of Spain, who took off the Russian flag from the wall of her apartment, kidnapped in Donetsk

A citizen of Ukraine, permanently residing in Spain, was abducted in Donetsk. Armed people took her away after she removed one of the Russian flags, hung by the occupiers, from the outer wall of her apartment along the main Artioma Street. This was reported to OstroV by the victim’s friends and husband. Evgeniya Lukiyenko (now Evgeniya Yepes-Vinuesa), born in 1966,

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High Anti-Corruption Court repeals lower court’s move to arrest ex-health minister Bohatyriova

The decision is due to gross violations by Kyiv prosecutors in handing the suspicion notice in line with the Criminal Procedure Code. Raisa Bohatyriova / Photo from UNIAN The Appeals Chamber of the Supreme Anti-Corruption Court has repealed the ruling of the lower-instance court to remand in custody ex-Minister of Health Raisa Bohatyriova, the HACC press service reports. The decision

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Minister Avakov keeps dodging political responsibility for heinous police crimes

Article by: Olena Makarenko During the last days of May 2020, accusations directed against Ukraine’s law enforcement system were heard across the country. The worst allegations concerned a gang sexual assault of a woman, the torturing of a man, and inaction allowing a daylight mass shooting to take place. Although at first glance, the incidents appeared unrelated since they took

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U.S. protests backed by Russian pressure group CNN earlier disclosed in Ghana

U.S. protests backed by Russian pressure group CNN earlier disclosed in Ghana A Russian-controlled troll farm is working to fuel and radicalize U.S. protests, a think tank reports. Earlier this year, the farm got into the spotlight of CNN’s team in Ghana, according to IGTDS. CNN reporters in their piece titled “Russian election meddling is back — via Ghana and

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Czech Republic expels Russian diplomats due to mystification of murder threat of local politicians

Czech authorities expel two Russian diplomats in connection with the “ ricin” case , which, as it turned out, is a hoax of Russian diplomats. This is stated in a joint statement by Prime Minister Andrei Babis and Czech Foreign Minister Tomas Petršicek. According to representatives of the Czech authorities, the case was initially fictitious – information about the alleged arrival of a Russian diplomat in

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Russian ‘Terrorists’ Training German Neo-Nazi Youth in Combat – Reports

Young right-wing extremists from Germany are receiving combat training from Russian white supremacists whom the United States has blacklisted as terrorists, Germany’s Focus news magazine reported Friday. The U.S. State Department branded the Russian Imperial Movement as a foreign terrorist organization in April, saying it runs two paramilitary training camps in St. Petersburg that have pulled in neo-Nazis from across

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Russian instructors arrive in Donbas to train militants – intelligence

05.06.2020 15:24 Groups of Russian instructors for snipers, intelligence officers and special operations units have arrived in the temporarily occupied territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions to improve the skills of Russian-backed militants, Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Mykhailo Sharavara has said, with reference to information from the ministry’s main intelligence directorate. “In early June this year, groups of Russian instructors

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Ukraine’s NSDC secretary predicts Russia’s break-up

He says Russia is an artificial entity, which was once formed “at gunpoint.” REUTERS Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleksiy Danilov says the Russian Federation has been confronting its neighboring countries all the time and he thinks that it will break up sooner or later. “This is an artificial entity, which once was also formed at

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Some good news for a change, a bit of a mood lightener.

In 2019, Ukraine became second largest exporter of organic products to the European Union. This is stated in the annual report of the European Commission “EU imports of organic agri-food products. Key developments in 2019”, Organicinfo reports. “Ukraine has significantly strengthened its positions in the EU organic market. In 2019, Ukraine ranked 2nd out of 123 countries in terms of the volume

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Poll: 50% of Ukrainians believe in Ukraine’s victory over Russia

   Half of respondents (50.5%) believe that Ukraine will gain victory over Russia, while 10.3% are convinced that Russia will win. “For example, 50.5% of respondents believe that Ukraine will gain victory over Russia in the future, and only 10% believe that Russia will win. But with an expanded wording, only 37.2% believe that Ukraine will gain victory over Russia

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Ukrainian experts call on U.S. to distinguish Kyiv’s position from actions of politicians instigated by Moscow

Representatives of Ukrainian politics, civil society, and the expert community have called on the United States to distinguish Ukraine’s position from the actions of politicians instigated by Moscow, according to a statement posted on the website of Kyiv Security Forum. Statement On the Ukrainian-American Strategic Partnership We, the representatives of Ukrainian politics, civil society, and the expert community, are deeply

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Ukraine has two political poles: dreamers like Poroshenko and pragmatists like Medvedchuk, – expert

The expert believes Ukrainians want to be both smart and beautiful, but is leads to uncertainty There are two political poles in Ukraine: dreamers like Poroshenko and pragmatists like Medvedchuk. Political expert Denys Zharkykh voiced such opinion while speaking with reporters on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel. “Well, the most important thing that this study showed in Ukraine for

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44 Participants In Conflict In Brovary Of Kyiv Region In Custody

   44 participants in the conflict in Brovary of Kyiv region served with suspicion, 31 participants were arrested, and 8 are under house arrest. Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov said this during an address to the Verkhovna Rada, Ukrainian News Agency reports. “As of this morning, 67 persons involved in the skirmish were identified, 44 were served with suspicion,

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Pro-Kremlin Outlets in the Crosshairs as Facebook Starts Labeling State Media

Facebook has started labeling media organizations whose editorial decisions may be under the influence of governments, including Russia, and said it will begin blocking ads from those outlets later this year. The move comes after Facebook faced scrutiny for failing to stem foreign interference in the 2016 U.S. election and amid heated debate over how the social network handles posts

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Russian-U.S. Tensions Rise in Syria as Moscow Expands Presence – Reports

Tensions flared between Russia and the United States as the Russian military reportedly seeks to expand its presence in U.S.-controlled northeastern Syria, news outlets reported this week. The latest flare-up follows the Russian military’s reported attempt to build a base near the Turkish and Iraqi borders last week. President Vladimir Putin has ordered talks with Russia’s ally Syria on cementing Moscow’s presence

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Ukrainian prosecutors find no evidence against Hunter Biden nearly a year after Trump requested an investigation into his business dealings

Ukraine’s former prosecutor general Ruslan Ryaboshapka says an audit of thousands of case files found no evidence of wrongdoing by Hunter Biden   Ryaboshapka was in the spotlight last year as the man who would decide whether to launch an probe into former VP Joe Biden and his son Hunter President Donald Trump requested the probe in a call with

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A Reminder: Crimea is NOT Kosovo

Translation from Russian: Kosovska Mitrovica: Kosovo is Serbian; Crimea is Russian. Mitrovica, Kosovo. Photo: Allan Leonard; Creative Commons license  Article by: David L. Phillips / The Adriatic Report Russia is pointing to the “Kosovo precedent“ as justification for its actions in Crimea. This is a false argument. There are fundamental legal and political differences between the internationally sanctioned process, which culminated

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“I Don’t Feel Corrupt” – National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine Director Sytnyk

   On the air of recent hromadske program, Artem Sytnyk, director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau, spoke about why there are attempts to get him fired, whether NABU complied with Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s instructions to “bring something to the table”, the new Prosecutor General Irina Venediktova, Andriy Yermak’s brother’s “negotiations,” Petro Poroshenko’s associate Oleg Gladkovsky’s case, and former justice minister under

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