Monthly Archives: August 2020

From the FB page of Brian Whitmore

NOTE TO POWER VERTICAL LISTENERSIt is with very deep and profound sadness that I announce that the July 31, 2020 episode of The Power Vertical Podcast was the last one I will produce for some time. I founded The Power Vertical franchise at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in 2008 with the strong support of RFE/RL’s senior management and editorial staff.

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Podcast Ep. 31 – A Ukrainian Soldier Convicted in Italy: What Went Wrong In the Markiv Case?

July 13, 2020Host Volodymyr Yermolenko welcomes Olga Tokariuk, a Ukrainian independent journalist and documentary filmmaker, formerly of Hromadske.ua. She is now finalizing a documentary film “The Wrong Place” with her Italian colleagues. The film is about Vitaliy Markiv, a Ukrainian soldier with Italian citizenship who was sentenced to 24 years of prison by an Italian court for the alleged murder

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Exclusive: Papers leaked before UK election in suspected Russian operation were hacked from ex-trade minister – sources

Jack Stubbs and Guy Faulconbridge MON AUG 3, 2020 / 1:51 PM EDT FILE PHOTO: A Russian flag is seen on the laptop screen in front of a computer screen on which cyber code is displayed, in this illustration picture taken March 2, 2018. REUTERS/KACPER PEMPEL/ILLUSTRATION/FILE PHOTO LONDON (Reuters) – Classified U.S.-UK trade documents leaked ahead of Britain’s 2019 election were stolen

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Exclusive: Papers leaked before UK election in suspected Russian operation were hacked from ex-trade minister – sources

Among the stolen information were six tranches of documents detailing British trade negotiations with the United States. REUTERS Classified U.S.-UK trade documents leaked ahead of Britain’s 2019 election were stolen from the email account of former trade minister Liam Fox by suspected Russian hackers, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The sources, who spoke on condition

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Ukraine’s Defense Ministry responds to Russia’s statements on possible arming of Donbas

About 210 multiple rocket launchers have already been deployed by Russian-led forces to Donbas. Russian politicians say Russia may start to officially arm Donbas / Photo from UNIAN Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense has responded to statements by certain Russian politicians about the possibility of supplying Russian weapons to occupied Donbas. “Information about the number of weapons and military equipment in

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Mysterious mountain palace, one of the wonders of Siberia, was built in 777 AD

By Anna Liesowska16 June 2020 Breathtaking island complex close to Mongolian border rumoured to have been built for tragic Chinese princess. The site has amazed almost everyone who has ever ventured here to the very centre point of Eurasia. PIcture: Por Bajin Foundation  New scientific findings have pin-pointed the date of the construction of stunning Por-Bajin in Lake Tere-Khol some 2,300 metres above

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ON DEMOCRACY

Edward Lucas Belarus and Russia Yearn for What the West Takes for Granted  It is easy to take democracy for granted. From the left, its principles look threadbare: a figleaf for imperialism and other forms of unfairness. Truth is a fiction. What matters are questions about power and identity. Conflict is inevitable. Justice is about the weak finally getting the

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Ukraine’s Chief Rabbi thanks President for initiative to grant official status to Jewish religious holidays

03.08.2020 16:55 Chief Rabbi of Ukraine and Kyiv City Moshe Reuven Azman highly appreciates the initiative by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to grant official status to Jewish religious holidays. He said this at a meeting with Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Ihor Zhovkva on Monday, the president’s press service reported. “The Rebbe highly appreciated the initiative of

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Intelligence: Russia prepares a list of weak spots in Ukrainian economy

03.08.2020 12:20 Russia uses every opportunity to wage a trade and economic war against Ukraine. Head of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine Valeriy Kondratiuk wrote in an article for ZN.UA that Russia, in particular, resorts to financial pressure, energy blackmail, transit and transport blockade, ousting Ukrainian producers from their traditional markets, discrediting Ukrainian enterprises on international markets and penetrating

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Lebedev’s Peerage Highlights London’s Need to Address Russian Influence

Johnson seems eager to show his contempt for Britain’s intelligence agencies with his decision to grant a peerage to Lebedev, a longtime friend and political asset. By Mark Galeotti The recent official report on interference in British politics hinted at undue influence being exerted by rich Russians in London. With his decision to make Russian-born newspaper-owner Evgeny Lebedev a lord, it’s almost

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UIA plane crash: Ukraine to insist on maximum sum of compensation

   The Iranian side has confirmed its readiness to fulfill international obligations in the case of the UIA plane crash. The sum of compensation to the relatives of those killed in the plane crash will be calculated after Iran provides all the information. “Everyone is definitely interested in the fast progress [of the investigation]. Everyone is interested in the sum

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Russia and its supporters in Europe are trying to discredit Ukraine by spreading the narrative of “far-right extremism”

Authors:Gala SklyarevskaThis is stated in the response of the Ukrainian delegation to the PACE to a request from MediaSapiens The other day, some Ukrainian media reported that the PACE intended to send an additional mission to investigate “far-right extremism” in Ukraine. “112 Ukraine”, “Vesti” and other publications referred to the words of the chairman of the PACE monitoring committee Stefan Schennach,

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Kravchuk wants U.S. to join Donbas peace process

     The new head of Ukraine’s delegation in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on Donbas, Leonid Kravchuk, said that it would be very difficult to establish peace in the east of the country without the United States’ participation in this process. “I will tell you frankly: in this format, if the deadlock continues, until the U.S. has been introduced into

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Russia’s Wagner mercenaries detained in Minsk claim were transiting to Turkey “to see Hagia Sophia”

So far, the suspects have been delivering contradictory testimony. Several members of the Russian Private Miltary Company Wagner, whom Belarusian law enforcers earlier detained just outside Minsk amid a tense presidential election campaign have told detectives they had allegedly been transiting via Minsk to to Istanbul, where they planned to “check out Hagia Sophia”, that’s per the chair of Belarus

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In Gorky Park in Moscow, former paratroopers fought with the National Guards. Conscript soldier injured

In Gorky Park in Moscow, former paratroopers celebrating the Day of the Airborne Forces staged a fight with the soldiers of the Russian Guard, TASS and REN TV report. According to REN TV , two former paratroopers first had a fight. The police intervened and tried to detain one of the participants in the fight, but other former paratroopers stood up for

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The paratroopers joined the action in support of Furgal on the Day of the Airborne Forces. The photo

The 23rd rally in support of former governor Sergei Furgal, accused of involvement in murders and attempts on businessmen, was held in Khabarovsk. On August 2, Russia celebrates the Day of the Airborne Forces, and former paratroopers were among the protesters. A day earlier, actions of solidarity with the residents of Khabarovsk were held in many large cities of Russia.Evgeny Feldman for Meduza https://meduza.io/impro/6v4kYWXXWotNXwdBg9j5qIRWGnNG1PkflSvF_5nG41I/fill/980/0/ce/1/aHR0cHM6Ly9tZWR1/emEuaW8vaW1hZ2Uv/YXR0YWNobWVudHMv/aW1hZ2VzLzAwNS83/NjMvMzkzL29yaWdp/bmFsL3RaeW1XOTAt/RzZxc2xTR2NYc0pD/ZEEuanBn.webp

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A CHINESE virologist who fled to the US as she feared she would be killed has claimed the coronavirus came from a military lab.

Video Player is loading.PauseMuteCurrent Time 0:00Duration 00:52Loaded: 0%Fullscreen A CHINESE virologist who fled to the US as she feared she would be killed has claimed the coronavirus came from a military lab. Dr Li Meng-Yan, a specialist in virology at Hong Kong’s School of Public Health, says she “clearly assessed” Covid-19 came from a lab linked to the People’s Liberation Army. China has

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Race for military dominance in Europe may bring back Cold War times – diplomat

Alexander Grushko thinks “that it should be understood sooner or later that a policy that fails to respect lawful interests of all member states of the OSCE region is counterproductive” MOSCOW, August 2. /TASS/. Attempts to gain military superiority in Europe could trigger a situation resembling the Cold War times, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko told TASS commenting on

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Russian sanitary watchdog chief says sure of safety of Russian anti-coronavirus vaccine

Anna Popova stressed that there had never been vaccines with questionable safety on the Russian marketChief of Russia’s sanitary watchdog Anna Popova© Dmitry Astakhov/POOL/TASS MOSCOW, August 2. /TASS/. Chief of Russia’s sanitary watchdog Anna Popova said on Sunday she is confident in the efficiency and safety of anti-coronavirus vaccines that are being developed in Russia. “I have no doubts that

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Donbas war update: two Ukrainian troops injured while enemy resorts to provocative fire

Joint Forces did not return fire, the report notes. REUTERS Ukraine’s Joint Forces in Donbas report three incidents where the Russian-controlled armed groups opened indirect fire. On Saturday night, the adversary fired small arms, provoking Ukrainian troops at their defense positions outside the village of Pisky. Joint Forces did not return fire, the report notes. No losses were reported, the

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Kyiv names street in honor of journalist who exposed Stalin’s Ukrainian genocide

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson Kyiv City Council has confirmed plans to name a street in the Ukrainian capital “Gareth Jones Lane” in honor of the British journalist whose courageous reporting helped expose Stalin’s genocidal Ukraine famine. The July 31 decision by the Kyiv authorities reflects the important role played by Jones in the long quest to reveal the truth about

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Minibus Crash in Crimea: At Least Nine Killed, Nine Injured

At least nine people, including two children, were killed after a minibus crashed in Crimea in the early hours of Friday, authorities in the Russian-annexed peninsula said. The minibus was carrying tourists from the southern Russian city of Krasnodar to occupied Sevastopol in Crimea. Driver of the minibus fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a large truck near

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