Monthly Archives: July 2020

‘All We Have Is Putin’: Russians Vote to Grant President Ability to Extend Rule Until 2036

Hours before the polls had even closed, Russia’s election commission released initial results showing a 73% yes vote. The final day of Russia’s week-long vote on overhauling its Constitution is ending with no surprises. Vladimir Putin, who was first elected president in 2000, has been all but handed the opportunity to remain in office until 2036. If that happens, the

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EP says it didn’t send any observers to Russian referendum in illegally annexed Crimea

The European Parliament (EP) has said that it did not authorize any representatives to observe or comment on Russia’s referendum regarding amendments to the Constitution either in the territory of Russia or in the illegally annexed Ukraine’s Crimea. Chair of the EP’s Committee on Foreign Affairs David McAllister and Co-chair of the EP’s Democracy Support and Election Coordination Group Tomas

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Medvedchuk: National radicals rule the roost in Ukraine, authorities unable or unwilling to do anything

Viktor Medvedchuk said that Opposition Platform – For Life offices were repeatedly attacked by radicals, but there was no official reaction National radicals are rampant all over Ukraine, and the authorities do not react to their frankly criminal actions. The Chairman of the Political Council of the Opposition Platform – For Life Party and MP Viktor Medvedchuk said this to

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Putin Slams New U.S. Sanctions Aimed at ‘Suffocating’ Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday denounced the United States for imposing new sanctions on Syria’s regime during the coronavirus pandemic. “Despite the call from the UN secretary general for easing the pressure of sanctions under pandemic conditions, Washington like Brussels decided to prolong measures against Syria,” Putin said during a televised meeting with his Iranian and Turkish counterparts on

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New movie Mr. Jones, about reporter who exposed Ukraine famine horrors, is a timely reminder of the cowardice of our current press

This article contains Kremlin BS from another American Putin lover. Michael McCaffrey In 1933, British journalist Gareth Jones risked life and limb in service to the truth, while in comparison, the journalists of today only care about access to power and towing the elites’ ideological line. Mr. Jones, a new film by esteemed director Agnieszka Holland, tells the true story

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Ukraine, Switzerland to work on production of lung ventilators

01.07.2020 13:59 The diplomatic missions of Ukraine and Switzerland have signed a memorandum on cooperation in the field of science diplomacy, in particular, the implementation of a project on the mass production of low cost lung ventilators. Ukrinform learnt this from the Embassy of Ukraine in the Swiss Confederation. “The signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry

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Merkel: Nord Stream 2 must be completed

Washington’s plans to impose new extraterritorial sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline do not meet Germany’s legal framework, stated German Chancellor Angela Merkel, answering questions from Bundestag deputies on Wednesday, July 1. According to Merkel, it would be right to complete this project, although construction is difficult. “We are acting in this vein,” the head of the German

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Zelensky congratulates Germany on assumption of EU Council presidency

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has congratulated Germany on the beginning of its presidency of the Council of the European Union. “Congratulations to Germany with the assumption of the presidency of the EU Council. Ukraine shares European values and moves towards the EU. With new challenges of the COVID-19 everyone needs old friends – to learn our lessons, reshape and

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Russians Increasingly Angry that They Live in Poverty in a Country So Rich in Natural Resources

Paul Goble             Staunton, June 28 – The pandemic and associated economic crisis have exacerbated widespread anger among Russians that they live in poverty despite the enormous natural wealth of their country and its sale earlier abroad for more than six trillion US dollars. Had even a small part of that money gone to the people, there wouldn’t be 18.5

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Zelensky, Boiko would reach second round of presidential election

     Incumbent President Volodymyr Zelensky would receive the support of 25% of Ukrainians in the presidential election or 35% of those who would go to the polls if the election were held in the near future, according to a survey conducted by the sociological service of the Razumkov Center. “If the presidential election took place in the near future, Zelensky

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“Attack on the European economy.” Kremlin-based Schroeder scares EU after sanctions against Nord Stream 2

Upcoming US sanctions against the construction of the North Stream-2 will affect more than 120 European companies. This was stated by the ex-chancellor of Germany, chairman of the board of directors of Rosneft Gerhard Schroeder , reports Kommersant . According to Schroeder, this ” is nothing but a deliberate termination of the transatlantic partnership.” “More than 120 companies in the field of shipbuilding, engineering, environmental protection and safety,

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Hunt for Biden tapes in Ukraine by Trump allies revives prospect of foreign interference

By Paul Sonne, Rosalind S. Helderman, Josh Dawsey and David L. SternJuly 1, 2020 at 12:31 a.m. GMT+3 President Trump’s allies were in pursuit of a tantalizing prospect last year: tape recordings ofJoe Biden speaking to Ukrainian officials while he was vice president, conversations they believed could help them damage Biden’s currentbid for the White House. The previously undisclosed hunt

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Latvia Bans Russia’s RT ‘Propaganda’ Channels

Latvia on Tuesday banned a number of Russia’s RT television channels from being distributed in the Baltic state because of international sanctions against the head of the Russian state television network. Latvia’s media watchdog, the National Electronic Media Council (NEPLP), notably banned RT’s main English-language broadcast service, its Spanish and Arabic counterparts, the RT Documentary channel, as well as the HD

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COVID-19 conspiracies, WWII revisionism, schadenfreude at US protests: Russian propaganda last week

A consistent principle of the Kremlin’s disinformation campaign is to keep its audience’s heads in a permanent state of spin. Confusion, after all, is paralyzing. When people cannot make sense of reality, they cannot act coherently in their own self-interest. The devilishly brilliant political parody account on Twitter @DarthPutinKGB said it best, “We don’t make up so many lies so you’ll believe one

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PUTIN’S MURDER-FOR-HIRE RING

30th June 2020 Russian military intelligence is commissioning contract killings of U.S. and allied soldiers in Afghanistan. An escalation — but one that fits a pattern.  While shocking and deeply disturbing, reports that an elite clandestine unit of Russian military intelligence paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan should actually not be all that surprising.  The

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