Monthly Archives: July 2020

‘Nothing more than a PR campaign’ Independent experts say Russia’s constitutional plebiscite violated domestic and international standards

Voting in the nationwide constitutional plebiscite did not meet Russian or international standards, reports the independent voter protection movement “Golos.” According to the movement’s experts, a number of norms were violated during the lead up to the vote, the voting processing, and the counting of the ballots. Roughly speaking, Golos divides these violations into the following four categories: The lack of a

Read more

Trump Is Turning America Into the ‘Shithole Country’ He Fears

The president’s mindless nationalism has come to this: Americans are not welcome in Europe or Mexico. JULY 3, 2020 Anne Applebaum Staff writer at The Atlantic There is a lot of learned material written about nationalism—scholarly books and papers, histories of it, theories of it—but most of us understand that nationalism, at its heart, at its very deepest roots, is about

Read more

Explore Ukraine: Summer getaways just 1 hour away

People explore the “flooded church” in Rzhyshchiv, a small town located some 77 kilometers south of the capital, in August 2016. The “flooded church” is a top summer getaway located not far from KyivPhoto by Andriy Tychyna/navkoloua.com With its boundless energy, Kyiv offers numerous great attractions to enjoy the summer. The city’s beaches and parks, a variety of restaurants and bars

Read more

Ukraine’s PM calls benefits of raising minimum wage

At the same time raising the minimum wage will not significantly affect inflation and rising unemployment. Photo from UNIAN Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal says the growth of the minimum wage will stimulate consumer demand for Ukrainian products and help bring wages to a real subsistence minimum. At the same time, as he wrote on Facebook, raising the minimum wage

Read more

Apartment building on fire in Nova Kakhovka, people evacuated (photo, video)

Local media write that the apartment was set on fire by a man who quarreled with his wife18:53, 5 July 2020Nova Kakhovka fireOpen source The roof of a five-story apartment building in the city of Nova Kakhovka, Kherson region, caught fire. Rescuers are working on the spot, the press center of the State Emergency Service (SES) reports. Information about the fire arrived

Read more

Putin’s Re-Sovietization a Parody of the Original and Therefore Won’t Last Long, Trifonov Says

Paul Goble             Staunton, July 3 – Re-Sovietization is taking place, Yevgeny Trifonov says, “but it is a parody of the original” which may be horrific but won’t cease to be a parody and thus will generate laughter and shame. “But that is its weakness.” The original was backed by “legions of fanatics who could believe because their faith was

Read more

Seventeen Ukrainians arriving from Kyiv detained in Athens (Photo, video)

Ukrainians complain about poor conditions and unsanitary conditions. Photo from European Pravda Seventeen citizens of Ukraine, including two children, who flew from Kyiv to Greece, have been detained at the Athens airport. The Ukrainians have been detained over the ban on third-country nationals from entering the EU, according to the Ukrainian-registered European Pravda news outlet. It is noted the Ukrainians

Read more

PM Johnson to phase out Huawei’s 5G role within months – The Telegraph

(Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to begin phasing out the use of Chinese tech giant Huawei’s technology in Britain’s 5G network as soon as this year, The Daily Telegraph reported on Saturday. Officials are drawing up proposals to stop installing new Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] equipment in the 5G network in as little as six months, and

Read more

CASH CRUNCH

Shrinking Russian Subsidies Could Stoke Another Political Crisis in Georgia’s Abkhazia  Aslan Bzhania, the newly elected leader of Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia, was one of a handful of foreign guests to attend Vladimir Putin’s delayed victory parade in late June. But the real reason for his visit was to ask for money. Earlier this month he announced that Russia

Read more

Making Kyiv Clean Again: activists cleanse capital of its perennial dirt

Article by: Olena Makarenko The Ukrainian capital is many things: a great city with a long history, political center, cultural hub, the city of revolutions, the city of opportunities, the city of flowers, and chestnuts. However, Kyiv is also a city of dirty streets and crosswalks. For many years this was taken as given, until recently a very small group

Read more

Ukraine’s Zelensky accused by ex-leader of hosting Russian ‘fifth column’

By Jonah Fisher BBC Kyiv correspondent. July 5th 2020 https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53281086 Ukraine’s ex-president Petro Poroshenko has accused his successor, Volodymyr Zelensky, of pursuing him in the courts out of a desire for “revenge”. Mr Poroshenko marched with several thousand of his supporters to a pre-trial hearing in Kyiv last week.  He is facing more than 20 different investigations on what he

Read more