Monthly Archives: July 2020

Monument To Stalin’s Victims Vandalized In Siberia

A monument to victims of political repression has been defaced with paint in the Siberian city of Taishet. The incident in the Irkutsk Oblast city was reported on July 5 and apparently happened late the previous day. The inscription on the monument, which was installed less than a week ago, was made illegible by the vandalism. During the rule of Soviet dictator

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Iran Says It Is Negotiating 25-Year Bilateral Deal With China

Iran has been negotiating a 25-year accord with China “with confidence and conviction,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told parliament on July 5, saying its terms will be announced once the deal is struck. Zarif insisted there was nothing secret about the prospective deal, which he said was raised publicly in January 2016 when President Xi Jinping visited Tehran. Supreme

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Coronavirus: How ‘three musketeers’ helped Georgia fight virus

By Rayhan DemytrieBBC News, Tbilisi 6th July 2020 6 July 2020 Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionGeorgia’s public has been praised for complying with public health directives Georgia is enjoying the distinction of being included in a list of 15 non-EU states the European Union considers safe enough to open its borders to. It’s the only former Soviet republic to achieve that

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Zelensky promises assistance to veterans in Odesa region

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, during a working visit to Odesa region on Sunday, July 5, met with local veterans, emphasized the importance of returning people and territories to Ukraine and congratulated veterans on Day of the Naval Forces of Ukraine. “Today, we congratulated the sailors [on Day of Naval Forces], but I also congratulate our ATO [Anti-Terrorist Operation] participants, Afghan

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Virus may have been here just waiting to be ‘ignited’

By Sarah Knapton SCIENCE EDITOR CORONAVIRUS may have lain dormant across the world and emerged when environmental conditions were right for it to thrive – rather than starting in China, an Oxford University expert believes. Dr Tom Jefferson, senior associate tutor at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM) at Oxford, and visiting professor at Newcastle University, says there is growing

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Ukraine economy likely fell 10% in second quarter, full recovery not seen this year: Reuters poll

A robust performance in the farming sector, which has started the grain harvest, may offset some of the damage to the economy from the coronavirus pandemic. Economic activity figures are likely to reveal the full extent of the crisis / Photo from UNIAN Ukraine’s economy will be shown to have fallen 10% in the second quarter year-on-year due to restrictions

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Czar Putin wants a new age of empires

UkraineAlert by Nataliia Popovych and Danylo Lubkivsky Russian ruler Vladimir Putin is currently in the twentieth year of his reign – and he is not going anywhere. On the contrary, the Kremlin strongman has just staged a fig leaf referendum that will enable him to remain in power until 2036. Tellingly, in the weeks preceding the vote, Putin offered the

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Five Reasons Why Zelensky is Failing in Ukraine

Zelensky faces a political future that is no laughing matter. by Melinda Haring Poor Volodymyr Zelensky. In April 2019, the comedian-turned-presidential candidate won Ukraine’s highest office by a nearly three to one margin before trouncing the country’s established political parties a few months later in the parliamentary elections. His new party won so many seats that Zelensky held a majority

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Ukrainian ex-football player Vasilenko arrested in Moscow on espionage charges

Between 1992 and 2001, Vasily Vasilenko played in several Ukrainian football teams© Valeriy Matytsin/TASS MOSCOW, July 6. /TASS/. Authorities from Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) have determined that former Ukrainian football player Vasily Vasilenko was spying for Ukraine, consequently the ex-footballer was arrested in Moscow, a law enforcement source told TASS. “FSB officers, in cooperation with the Russian law enforcement

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UK announces first sanctions under new global human rights regime

The new ‘Magnitsky’-style sanctions regime will target those who have been involved in some of the gravest human rights violations and abuses around the world. Forty-nine individuals and organisations involved in some of the most notorious human rights violations and abuses in recent years have been designated for sanctions under a powerful new regime established today by the UK, the

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‘Utter nonsense’: Kremlin rips Russia bashing rumors of Moscow’s ‘plans’ to invade Ukraine

Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov© Valeriy Sharifulin/TASS MOSCOW, July 6. /TASS/. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has flatly rejected reports saying that Russia might invade Ukraine in order to gain access to water for Crimea. “That’s utter nonsense. Much to our regret, this anti-Russian hysteria that is being whipped up in Ukraine in no way helps to resolve the situation in the

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Putin Mocks U.S. Embassy Rainbow Flag

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday mocked a rainbow LGBT pride flag hung from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, suggesting it reflected on the orientation of the diplomats. During a televised video conference, a lawmaker told Putin that the U.S. Embassy had hung a rainbow flag on its facade for the first time to celebrate Pride month in June. “Who

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WHO, EU DONATE EUR 3.5 MLN WORTH OF EQUIPMENT FOR LABORATORY CENTERS IN UKRAINE

The World Health Organization and the EU have donated laboratory equipment, reagents and consumables to Ukraine worth a total of EUR 3.5 million to 27 laboratory centers conducting research to detect COVID-19. Head of Operations Section “Local and Human Development” at the EU Delegation to Ukraine Frederik Coene said this at a briefing on Monday, July 6, according to an

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Book review: The making of Putin’s Russia

ROBERT WIHTOL  How did an uncharismatic former mid-level KGB spy rise to the pinnacle of Russian politics? Published 6 Jul 2020 12:00 Book Review: Catherine Belton, Putin’s People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took on the West (HarperCollins, 2020) Last week, the Russian people voted to approve a constitutional amendment that resets the count on presidential term

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Between War and Capitulation

As we deal with aggression from China, Iran, and Russia, it’s time to dust off the Reagan Doctrine. Danielle Pletka This week, the People’s Republic of China imposed Chinese national security law on Hong Kong, violating the 1997 Sino-British declaration handing the territory to Beijing and slamming the door on what was left of a free Hong Kong. The United

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Second language in Ukraine should be English, not Russian – Danilov

The only state language in Ukraine should be Ukrainian. The second language to be studied from kindergarten should be English. Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov said this in an interview with the Ukrayinska Pravda online media outlet. “The issue of language is very important and fundamental for the state. We cannot have a second language,

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Russian Orthodox Leader Warns Turkey Over Hagia Sophia Move

The leader of Russia’s Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill said on Monday he was “deeply concerned” by calls in Turkey to alter the status of the Hagia Sophia, the historic former cathedral in Istanbul. Turkey’s top court is debating whether one of the architectural wonders of the world can be redesignated as a mosque, a move that could inflame tensions with

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The price of Russia’s war is too heavy for Ukraine to lift alone – report

An apartment block in Donbas. Source: glavcom Six years of Russia’s war against Ukraine have decimated Donbas, and the end to it is nowhere in sight. Despite Russia’s best efforts to make its puppet “Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics” financially self-sustainable, they are fully dependent on Russian funding to stay afloat. If Ukraine were to regain sovereignty over its belligerent

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Putin’s Relative Elected as Head of Anti-Corruption Party

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s first cousin once removed was elected on Sunday to head the People Against Corruption political party, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported. Roman Putin, son of President Putin’s cousin Igor, said he aimed to run with the party in the upcoming regional elections in September, and then in the elections to the State Duma, where

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UK to impose sanctions independently for first time

Britain will later impose sanctions independently for the first time on dozens of individuals accused of human rights abuses around the world. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will launch the government’s new post-Brexit sanctions regime by naming the first violators to have their assets frozen. In the past, Britain has almost always imposed sanctions collectively as a member of the United

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North China region reports one suspected bubonic plague case – media

Local health authorities in Bayannur urged the public to beef up self-protection as the city has the risk of people-to-people infections and not to hunt and eat animals that could cause plague infections. REUTERS North China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region has reported one suspected bubonic plague case, local health authorities announced Sunday. The Bayannur municipal health commission said in a

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