Monthly Archives: June 2020

‘Are you sure this isn’t fake?’ Kremlin spokesman responds to reports of major companies monitoring voter turnout among employees

Meduza: Our publication discovered that there is an electronic system [called] votely.ru, which is being used to monitor turnout among employees at large enterprises in the vote on amendments to the constitution. For example, Russian Post, Rostec, and Rostelecom are connected to the system. Employees at these companies are being given special QR-codes, which are then scanned at polling stations under the

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Kolomoisky’s control over Ukrnafta appears to grow — with help from Naftogaz

Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky talks with journalists at the Yalta European Strategy conference in Kyiv on Sept. 13, 2019.Photo by Matthew Kupfer In Ukraine, state companies are hotbeds of corruption. One oligarch is especially talented in milking them.  Since July 2019, oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky has allegedly gained millions of dollars through the resale of natural gas from the state-owned Ukrnafta oil

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Did Vladimir Putin support anti-Western terrorists as a young KGB officer?

Putin has sworn his time as a KGB officer in Dresden was uneventful. There’s a lot of reason to doubt that claim. By Catherine Belton DRESDEN, Germany — When Vladimir Putin first arrived in Dresden as a mid-level KGB officer in 1985, East Germany was already living on borrowed time. On the verge of bankruptcy, the country was surviving with

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Lukashenko: $640 million laundered through Gazprom Bank in Belarus

The Russian authorities understand the reasons for the situation with the Belgazprombank case and the arrest of its former head Viktor Babariko, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko during a meeting with the government in the Minsk region. “On June 24 (during my visit to Moscow), I noticed that when we ctracked down on this gas industry bank, they understood

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Top Secret Russian Unit Seeks to Destabilize Europe, Security Officials Say

By Michael Schwirtz First came a destabilization campaign in Moldova, followed by the poisoning of an arms dealer in Bulgaria and then a thwarted coup in Montenegro. Last year, there was an attempt to assassinate a former Russian spy in Britain using a nerve agent. Though the operations bore the fingerprints of Russia’s intelligence services, the authorities initially saw them as isolated, unconnected

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NO CHOICE

Edward Lucas Russia’s China Problem Is Not What It Seems ​ Vladimir Putin has a choice. That is more than the Russian people have in this month’s phony vote on constitutional changes. But after savoring his victory, the Russian leader will return to his desk in the Kremlin — and to the question of what to do about China. For

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Head of Crimea refuses to ask Ukrainian President to resume water supply to peninsula

The head of the annexed Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, said that the Crimean authorities will not ask the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, to resume the supply of water to the peninsula. “Besides Zelensky, no one in Ukraine can make such a decision, everything else is a talk about nothing,” said Aksyonov in an interview for Russian 24 TV channel. He added

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Ukraine-NATO: Politicians struggle, while military acts

Article by: Yuri Lapaiev Relations between Ukraine and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have long been complicated, sometimes even uncertain. From hopes for membership after the Bucharest Summit in April 2008, to effectively declaring Ukraine neutral during Viktor Yanukovych’s presidency; from the reactivation of a Euro-Atlantic integration course following Russian aggression in early 2014, to new doubts after Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s victory in the

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Did the Ukrainian President Secretly Meet withWith Putin’s ‘Grey Cardinal’?

Stephen Komarnyckyj. From 28 January 2020 A Ukrainian MP claims that Volodymyr Zelensky met Vladislav Surkov in Oman. Stephen Komarnyckyj looks at the evidence. strange meeting took place on the 6 January 2019 in Muscat, the capital of Oman. Photographs of it show Oman’s Foreign Minister staring bewildered into space. The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is sitting tensely opposite him

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Bear on an elephant. What is known about the magazine that published Putin’s article

Vladimir Putin’s article on the 75th anniversary of the World War II Victory Parade, published in the American magazine The National Interest, aroused the interest of politicians and experts around the world. What is this magazine, who is behind it and what ideas does it promote? In the article, Putin sets out his vision of the causes of World War II,

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Russia denies its nuclear plants are source of radiation leak

Russia has said a leak of nuclear material detected over Scandinavia did not come from one of its power plants. Nuclear safety watchdogs in Finland, Norway and Sweden said last week they had found higher-than-usual amounts of radioactive isotopes in the atmosphere. A Dutch public health body said that, after analysing the data, it believed the material came “from the

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The Saker – Blind Loyalty, Disguised as Defiance

A Network of the Kremlin’s Obedient Followers The Saker of the Vineyard is a blog by a retired Swiss Red Cross officer, residing in Florida and defending Russia against an enigmatic Empire. The Saker has become a franchise for an international network of pro-Kremlin outlets, with branches in German, Italy, Latin America, and Russia. A Saker is a sort of

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Kolomoisky’s Ukrtatnafta oil company wins Defence Ministry fuel supply contract despite offering a price that is a third higher than the others

Ukraine’s oil company Ukrtatnafta, which is controlled by oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky, has won a tender to supply the Ministry of Defence with 3,500 tonnes of aviation fuel despite asking a price that was 30% more than the lowest bidBy Ben Aris in Berlin June 25, 2020 Ukraine’s oil company Ukrtatnafta, which is controlled by oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky, has won a tender to

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Russia’s pseudo-vote on resetting Putin’s terms in power “looks like a gameshow” – media

Get-out-the-vote effort includes prize giveaways while campaign avoids focus on president. Meanwhile, weeks before the vote, publishers had begun stocking Moscow bookstores with copies of the amended constitution. REUTERS The people of Moscow received text messages this week telling them they had been registered to win “millions of prizes”. The catch? They have to vote on constitutional amendments that include

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Serbian defense chief tests positive for COVID-19 after visiting Moscow parade

Serbian media have reported that other government officials have tested positive for the virus but that President Aleksandar Vučić is fine. REUTERS Serbian defense minister Aleksandar Vulin has tested positive for coronavirus, the government said in a statement. Vulin does not have symptoms for the virus and will continue to do his job in self-isolation, Euronews reports. He was tested

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