Monthly Archives: June 2020

Russia caught lying to OSCE about ‘persecution’ of Russian-speakers in Ukraine

Author : Halya Coynash Source : 112 UkraineImmediately following its invasion of Crimea, Moscow began trying to convince both Crimeans and the international community that ethnic Russians and Russian-speakers were in danger, and needed ‘defending’17:32, 16 June 2020 Russia really should avoid citing authoritative Ukrainian public opinion pollsters when lying about the language situation in Ukraine.  The Democratic Initiatives Foundation

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Chief anti-corruption prosecutor could be suspended pending disciplinary probe

The Office of the Prosecutor General launched the proceeding upon the complaint by its General Inspectorate head. Nazar Kholodnytsky / Photo from UNIAN Deputy Prosecutor General, who heads the Specialized Anti-corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO), Nazar Kholodnytsky, could be suspended pending a disciplinary investigation, according to a document Kholodnytsky published on Facebook. The document says that disciplinary proceedings have been launched

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Russia Consecrates Grandiose Armed Forces Cathedral

Russia consecrated a massive new Orthodox cathedral dedicated to the country’s Armed Forces on Sunday. The grand ceremony featured Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov and other top officials. The cathedral drew controversy during the building stage for initial plans, which were eventually scrapped, to decorate its

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Donbas War: Can Minsk Agreements End It?

Ukraine World June 15 Host Volodymyr Yermolenko welcomes Duncan Allan, Associate Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House in London to talk about the prospects of the Minsk agreements aiming to end the war in Eastern Ukraine. The conversation focuses on Chatham House’s research paper, “The Minsk Conundrum: Western Policy and Russia’s War in Eastern Ukraine” Podcast

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Bill on transition to European gas metering standards passes first reading in Ukraine

The draft law cancels the so-called “frost” ratios. REUTERS The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, has passed in the first reading a bill on the transition to European standards for gas metering in energy units (kWh). Relevant bill No. 2553 “On amending certain legislative acts of Ukraine regarding the introduction of metering and calculation on the natural gas market of gas

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Russian Bookstores Sell New Constitution Ahead of Vote on Putin’s Reforms

Russian bookstores have already started selling copies of the country’s amended Constitution even though a public vote to approve it won’t happen until July 1, the RBC news website reported Tuesday. The constitutional amendments, in addition to adding social guarantees to Russia’s basic law, reset Putin’s four previous terms as president, allowing him two additional six-year terms from 2024-2036. Public

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Iranian officials ‘looted’ cellphones, rings, passports of plane crash victims, Canadian relatives say

Sources previously said Iran was harassing families of the crash victims, insisting they grieve privately and praise Tehran’s leaders Iranian authorities stripped the bodies of plane crash victims in January of jewellery, passports and other personal belongings before returning the remains to their loved ones, three family members charged Tuesday. The Canadian-based relatives alleged “looting” of bodies was just one

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Four military servicemen injured in explosion at testing ground in Siberia

An artillery shell detonated because of the gross violation of safety rules© Yuri Smityuk/TASS, archive NOVOSIBIRSK, June 16. /TASS/. Four military servicemen have been injured in an artillery shell explosion in the Novosibirsk Region due to the gross violation of safety rules, the press service of the Central Military District informed TASS on Tuesday. “According to preliminary data, four military

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A guide to pro-Russian actors in Europe

2019 was marked by a series of harmful for Ukraine Russia’s “wins” in the international field. For example, Russia’s return to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. However, the successes of the country-aggressor would hardly be possible, if it did not have international allies. The International Center for Countering Russian Propaganda is researching Russia’s political allies in various

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Wife of jailed Russian national Bout ready to ask US to exchange him for Whelan

Viktor Bout, who is serving his sentence in Marion medium-security federal prison, Illinois, hardly knows about Paul Whelan’s sentence, she saidViktor Bout© REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang MOSCOW, June 16. /TASS/. Wife of Russian national Viktor Bout jailed in the United States is ready to send a request to the US authorities on exchanging her husband for US citizen Paul Whelan sentenced for

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Kremlin comments on Ukraine’s new NATO partnership status

NATO dragging other countries into its orbit doesn’t boost Europe’s stability, according to the spokesmanKremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov© Mikhail Metzel/TASS MOSCOW, June 16. /TASS/. NATO steps to expand its sphere of influence on other countries does not ramp up stability and security in Europe, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Tuesday, commenting on NATO’s decision to recognize Ukraine as an

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Govt proposes to Rada to ban imports of electricity from Russia, Belarus until 2022, impose obligations to develop generating facilities on Ukrenergo

The government’s bill on amendments to the law on the electricity market, among other things, has proposed that the Verkhovna Rada once again return to the issue of restricting imports of electric energy from the Russian Federation and Belarus. So, according to the text of the legislative initiative registered on June 15 (No. 3657), in particular, it is proposed to

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PGO to demand in court on June 18 to arrest Poroshenko with alternative of UAH 10 mln bail – lawyer Novikov

The Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) in the Pechersky District Court on Thursday, June 18, will demand for the fifth president of Ukraine, leader of the European Solidarity party Petro Poroshenko a preventive measure in the form of arrest with an alternative to post a bail of UAH 10 million. “The meeting of the Pechersky court will be held at 15:15

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Ukraine puts Russian terrorist Girkin on wanted list

He is charged with Part 2 of Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. Photo from UNIAN A Russian citizen, the leader of one of illegal armed formations controlled by the Russian Federation, former so-called “Minister of Defense” of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”), has been informed of a suspected violation of the laws and customs of war.

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Kadyrov Accused of Masterminding Murder Plot Against Georgian TV Host Who Insulted Putin

Georgia has arrested a Russian national suspected of being hired to kill a journalist who insulted President Vladimir Putin live on air, with the would-be victim’s boss claiming that Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov ordered the killing. Television host Giorgi Gabunia ignited backlash last summer when he opened his broadcast with a minute of graphic vulgarity aimed at Putin and his deceased mother.

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Russia to Install ‘Orwell’ Facial Recognition Tech in Every School – Vedomosti

More than 43,000 Russian schools will be equipped with facial recognition cameras ominously named “Orwell,” the Vedomosti business daily reported Tuesday. The state technology firm Rusnano’s Orwell platform is described as a image-recognition monitoring system that uses computer vision algorithms. It will be integrated with face recognition developed by NTechLab, a subsidiary of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s close associate Sergei Chemezov’s Rostec

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First Lady Zelenska Hospitalized Over Covid-19

      First Lady Olena Zelenska has been hospitalized over the coronavirus infection Covid-19. This follows from a report by the Presidential Office, Ukrainian News Agency reports. Last week, she was diagnosed with the coronavirus. “For now, Olena Zelenska’s diagnosis is Covid-19. Moderately severe bilateral multisegmental pneumonia. No artificial lung ventilation is required. State – stable,” says the report. The President’s

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How Bad are Things in Russia? For First Time in 15 Years, Moscow Doesn’t Publish Monthly GDP Figures

Paul Goble             Staunton, June 13 – For the first time since 2005, the Russian finance ministry did not issue monthly GDP data for May, an indication of just how bad the figures almost certainly would have been and a sign that not publishing data may become a trend in Putin’s Russia (finanz.ru/novosti/aktsii/minfin-zasekretil-dannye-po-vvp-rossii-za-may-1029303651 and rbc.ru/economics/12/06/2020/5ee268459a79476bd86bbda3).             Among the indicators that

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Ukraine’s courts are trying to jail a corruption fighter, but a sea of public support is getting in the way

Article by: Olena Makarenko Scuffles between protesters and police erupted in Kyiv on 15 June as a court was choosing the preventive measure for Serhiy Sternenko, a corruption fighter from Odesa charged with murder for an incident when he defended himself from the third armed attack on himself. Sternenko tore up the decision for a measure of detention as soon

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“Let’s Get the Popcorn Ready” – Russian TV Covers US Protests

The widespread protests in the United States continue to grip the world’s attention, and pro-Kremlin media are no exception. On Russian state-controlled TV channels, reports about developments in US cities come with the usual disinformation tropes and a tinge of thinly-veiled glee: “America got what it deserved”. Organised protests “I am watching and I am happy […]. The US is

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