Monthly Archives: June 2020

Voting as an ‘inter-corporate event’ This is the system Russian enterprises plan to use to track employees’ participation in a nationwide plebiscite on constitutional amendments

https://meduza.io/impro/5d24YyKb3sGecFlaOhOcuN7LZswKp2WhGkkxvG6qo5M/fill/980/0/ce/1/aHR0cHM6Ly9tZWR1/emEuaW8vaW1hZ2Uv/YXR0YWNobWVudHMv/aW1hZ2VzLzAwNS82/NDYvMzA1L29yaWdp/bmFsL0I4ekFtd3Q1/QzZQc0ZGaU9ITVRP/OWcuanBn.webp Meduza has learned that an electronic system is active in several regions across Russia that will monitor turnout among employees at major enterprises in the country’s upcoming plebiscite on new constitutional amendments (including reforms that could extend Vladimir Putin’s presidency to 2036). Using the website votely.ru, the executives of various organizations can preload staff rosters and assign a unique QR

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Russian State Duma appeals to prosecutor’s office concerning number of foreign mass media

The MPs see the ‘systematic attempts to provide the external influence on the inner affairs of Russia and influence the expression of the will of the citizens of the country’ in the work of mass media The Commission of the State Duma of Russia on the investigation of foreign interference requested to the prosecutor’s office due to the activity of

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Donbas invaders follow Moscow’s suit, stage military parade amid COVID-19 pandemic (Photo)

In Moscow, the event is seeing the same disregard for safety rules. snapshot The so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”) terrorist group has staged a military parade in the occupied city of Donetsk said to mark the 75th anniversary of victory over Nazism in World War 2. Like in Moscow, the event was postponed from May 9 to June 24 over

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Ikea uses timber illegally harvested in Ukrainian Carpathians for its production

The illegal timber in Ikea’s beech chairs has FSC certificate Ikea company sales beech chairs made of the timber received from illegal logging of the forests in the Ukrainian Carpathians, where endangered species of lynx and bear live as the 18-month investigation of the British non-governmental organization Earthsight states. The illegal lumber was used during the production of the number

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150K East Ukraine Residents to Vote on Putin’s Constitutional Reforms – Official

Nearly 150,000 residents of separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine with Russian passports will join Russians in voting on a set of constitutional reforms that would allow President Vladimir Putin to extend his rule, a Russian official has said. From June 25 to July 1, Russians will vote on the constitutional amendments, which contain a controversial clause to “zero out” Putin’s presidential term

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Ukraine withdraws from Russian space project

Ukrainian and Italian scientists have withdrawn from the Russian Gamma-400 space project, which was planned for launch in 2030, announced by Arkadiy Galper, chief researcher of the Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, RIA Novosti reports. The project involves the creation of an astrophysical space observatory to observe the sources of gamma radiation in the universe. The scientist said

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Moscow negotiating return of Russian nationals Bout and Yaroshenko jailed in US

The ombudswoman said she held a video conference with Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatovic and raised this issue before herRussia’s Human Rights Commissioner Tatiana Moskalkova© Sergei Bobylev/TASS MOSCOW, June 24. /TASS/. The issue of returning Russian nationals Viktor Bout and Konstantin Yaroshenko serving their prison terms in the United States is being discussed but the negotiating

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Spot the World Leader!

Here we have a screenshot taken from the Kremlin Today video from Putin’s rustbucket parade. As it says in the bible, you are the company you keep. Besides Dodo, Luka and Vucic, the rest are unknown to me. If anyone can recognise any of these other “world leaders” leave a comment below. Update! The leaders of Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina,

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What John Bolton tells us about President Trump’s Ukraine policy

TUE, JUN 23, 2020 UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund John Bolton served as National Security Advisor to President Trump in 2018-19. Bolton’s new book “The Room Where It Happened” portrays Trump as being deeply hostile towards Ukraine. (Photo by Olivier Douliery/ABACAPRESS.COM) Former White House national security advisor John Bolton’s new book “The Room Where It Happened” is an extraordinary read. It

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An anti-American bandwagon: Russian propaganda focused on the US last week

Last week, the pro-Kremlin media’s focus on the US shifted from disinformation about the racial injustice protests to fabricated accusations of other American misdeeds around the world. With the US caught firmly in the global spotlight for the ongoing racial injustice protests sweeping the nation, pro-Kremlin media outlets are cynically using the opportunity to remind audiences about their favorite anti-American

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In the midst of an abysmally managed crisis, the Russian leader argues that he should rule forever. Why? Because he should

Brian Whitmore Director, Russia  Brian Whitmore is Director of the Russia Program at the Center for European Policy Analysis. Before joining CEPA he was Senior Russia Analyst at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. He also worked as a foreign correspondent for The Boston Globe in Moscow and Prague; as a graduate instructor in the Department of Government and International Studies at the

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