Monthly Archives: June 2020

Turkish business interested in land reform in Ukraine

  Turkish entrepreneurs are interested in changes in the Ukrainian land market legislation, prospects for cooperation in the field of public-private partnership, and the creation of industrial parks and zones. “I see considerable attention of the Turkish side to changes in legislation on the land market and land reform. The second point is the implementation of legislation in the field

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3 Cases Against Poroshenko Dismissed In Absence Of Corpus Delicti In His Actions

    Three criminal cases against former president, Petro Poroshenko, have been dismissed in absence of corpus delicti in his actions. Press service of the Office of Prosecutor General (OPG) has said this in a statement, Ukrainian News Agency reports. According to Prosecutor General, Iryna Venediktova, all three cases were dismissed last week. The cases had been opened following reports on

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Putin pens 9,000-word exegesis on WWII, defending Soviet non-aggression pact with Hitler and describing occupation of Baltic states as ‘with consent’

Titled “The Real Lessons of the 75th Anniversary of World War II,” Putin’s article addresses the diplomatic missteps that led to war, the actions of different states in the first stage of the war, and the Soviet-Nazi Non-Aggression Treaty, better known as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. The text makes several contentious claims. Historian Sergey Radchenko calls it “a piece of crude

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Russia’s healthcare workers are dying of COVID-19 much more often than the general population

Alla Samoylova, the head of Russia’s public health watchdog, Roszdravnadzor, said that since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, 489 medical workers in Russia have died of the disease. (Roszdravnadzor’s press service later issued a statement, claiming these figures were “unofficial”). According to data from the Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat), Russia’s 147 million person population included 2.14 million healthcare workers in 2019 (this

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Moscow radio station fined thousands of dollars for interview with independent political analyst

A small claims court in Moscow has fined the radio station Ekho Moskvy and online editor Vitaly Ruvinsky 200,000 rubles ($2,900) and 60,000 rubles ($865), respectively, for publishing remarks about political analyst Valery Solovey. In a Telegram post, Ekho Moskvy editor-in-chief Alexey Venediktov confirmed the fine and vowed to file an appeal, but did not clarify specifically what comments resulted in the penalty.  A source told the news agency TASS that

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Ex-infrastructure minister Omelyan charged over losses to state budget

The former official is accused of wrongfully cutting port fees. Photo from UNIAN Detectives with the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) handed a suspicion notice to former Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan. He is being accused of inflicting UAH 30.5 million (US$1.1 million) losses to the national budget. Ex-official’s actions have been qualified under Part 2 of Article 211 of

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EXTORTION AS STATECRAFT

Brian Whitmore Paul Whelan’s Conviction Shows How the Putin Regime Resembles an Organized Crime Syndicate  Holding a 50-year-old man hostage is a highly unusual form of statecraft. Unless, of course, the state in question behaves like an organized crime syndicate. The sentencing of Paul Whelan to 16 years in a Russian prison colony on flimsy espionage charges this week is

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Fourteen sailors return to Ukraine after three years in Libyan prison

PHOTOS19.06.2020 16:53 A special flight with 14 citizens of Ukraine, members of the Ruta tanker crew who returned home after more than three years of imprisonment in Libya, landed at the Boryspil International Airport. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy commended the arrival of fellow citizens in the homeland, the press service of the Head of State informs. “Our task is to return Ukrainian

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Belarus accuses Russian high-ranking officials of fraud

Gazprom’s top managers, as well as possibly high-ranking representatives of the Russian establishment, are involved in illegal activities in Belgazprombank, stated the head of the Committee of State Control (KGC) of Belarus Ivan Tertel. On June 14, several top managers of the bank, which is 99.6% owned by Gazprom and Gazprombank, were detained on charges of tax evasion, credit fraud

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Zelensky not to be fined for cafe visit amid lockdown due to immunity

The relevant ruling was issued by a Khmelnytsky court on June 19, 2020. Zelensky not to be fined for cafe visit amid lockdown / facebook.com/president.gov.ua Litigation against Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for the violation of COVID-19 lockdown rules while visiting a cafe in the city of Khmelnytsky has been suspended as he enjoys presidential immunity under the Constitution of Ukraine.

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Belarus president says country foiled foreign plot after arresting political rival – media

He did not give details to substantiate his comments or say which foreign country was involved. President Lukashenko / REUTERS President Alexander Lukashenko said on Friday Belarus had foiled a foreign plot to destabilise the country ahead of the presidential election in August, a day after the arrest of his main political rival sparked protests. There had been a large-scale

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Putin not happy with Zelensky’s statements about USSR

Russia’s President believes that the comparison of the USSR with Nazi Germany will have a negative effect on his Ukrainian counterpart According to President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, Volodymyr Zelensky’s comparison of the USSR with Nazi Germany will have negative consequences for relations between Ukraine and Russia. Putin stated this on the air of Russia 1 TV channel,

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Vote on Putin’s Reforms Will ‘Wrest Soviet Rule From Uncle Sam’ – Official

Russia’s constitutional amendments will bring back the Soviet era and end Russia being “ruled by Uncle Sam,” the governor of a southern Siberian region has said in support of the reforms. The amendments, which President Vladimir Putin signed into law in March and Russian voters are expected to back in a July 1 vote, reset the president’s term limits and

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Khrushchev’s Son Dies in U.S.

Sergei Khrushchev, the son of former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, has died in the United States at age 84, his granddaughter told the RBC news website Thursday. Sergei Khrushchev has held both U.S. and Russian citizenships since 1999, eight years after moving to Providence, Rhode Island, and resided permanently in the U.S.  His granddaughter Nina Khrushcheva told RBC that Khrushchev

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Zelensky’s undoing

He doesn’t know it yet, and his approval ratings certainly don’t suggest it yet, but President Volodymyr Zelensky looks finished politically — a one-termer in the making. And the cause of his demise will be the same rake that he and all of his predecessors stepped on: Lack of rule of law, the politicization of law enforcement and the criminal

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