Monthly Archives: August 2020

Van with Russian plates “fully loaded with ammo” found in Minsk amid ongoing protests – Belarus State TV

The van’s owner, a Russian movie producer, later claimed the vehicle had long been parked there after the pandemic-related lockdown suspended the shooting of a TV series, and that the items stored in it are movie props. RFE/RL’s Belarusian service Belarus law enforcers have revealed behind the Riga mall in Minsk a van with Russian license plates, “fully loaded with

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Tikhanovskaya’s campaign HQ offers Lukashenko to discuss “peaceful transfer of power to the people”

Her team have declared solidarity with protesters peacefully fighting for their rights. REUTERS Campaign Headquarters of Belarusian presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has called on the country’s government not to use violence against civilians, and suggested starting a dialogue on the peaceful transfer of power. The statement was released via on the Pul Pervoi Telegram channel, the media resource used by the

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Zelenskyy’s old new faces

UkraineAlert by Adrian Karatnycky Recent months have seen a confounding set of appointments and personnel decisions by President Zelenskyy and his administration. If the president’s initial appointments when he first took office held the promise of fresh reform approaches, Zelenskyy’s latest picks make a mockery of his claims to represent a new era in Ukrainian politics. Notably, the president has

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Russian State Duma accuses Lukashenko of rigging elections

Presidential elections in Belarus were accompanied by total falsification of the result, and the election committee’s statements about Lukashenko’s decisive victory with a result of 80% are doubtful, stated Konstantin Zatulin, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee for CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots. “Lukashenko has crossed all limits. We do not want any discord and

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Belarus Vote Results ‘Falsified,’ Lukashenko ‘Deranged’ — Russian Lawmaker

Official election results in Belarus showing an overwhelming victory for its longtime ruler were likely falsified, a senior Russian lawmaker has said in a rare stinging rebuke from Alexander Lukashenko’s traditional ally Moscow. Belarusian election officials announced that Lukashenko won more than 80% of the vote Sunday, a result that triggered ongoing nationwide protests, strikes and clashes with law enforcement

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Paddy wagons and water cannons sent to the center of Minsk

Water cannons and paddy wagons were sent to the center of Minsk, RIA Novosti reports. Where exactly to the center, the agency does not specify. The Telegram channel Tea with Raspberry Varennem writes that “many security officials” are going to the Pushkinskaya metro station. According  to the channel, the Internal Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus are already at Pushkinskaya. https://t.me/euroradio/4780 In addition,

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The latest in the COVID-19 vaccine race

Scientists around the world are working at an accelerated pace to test different types of vaccines that could help to stop the spread of COVID-19. Originally published 24 March 2020, updated 6 August 2020 When candidate vaccines make it to human clinical trials, they first go through phase 1 trials primarily to test the vaccine’s safety, determine dosages and identify any potential side

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Both Lenin and Marx became Bulgarians. Non-decommunized objects of Odesa region

As I wrote in a previous blog, it was almost impossible to dismantle Lenin’s monuments in the Bolgrad district of Odessa region due to sabotage by all branches of government, but after several appeals to the prosecutor’s office, a criminal case under Article 436-1 was opened and changes began.  Vadym Pozdnyakov , Chairman of the NGO “Dawn” and the initiative “Decommunization.Ukraine”Photo: provided by Vadim

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Medvedchuk’s trip to Crimea is ‘very unacceptable step’ by Ukrainian politician – Shmyhal

    Medvedchuk’s trip to Crimea is ‘very unacceptable step’ by Ukrainian politician – Shmyhal KYIV. Aug 10 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal said that he has an extremely negative attitude to the stay of Head of the political council of the Opposition Platform – For Life party, MP Viktor Medvedchuk in Crimea temporarily occupied by Russia. “I

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Zelenskyy Approves Gambling Legalization

   On August 11, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed the Law of Ukraine on legalization of the gambling business. This follows from the data posted on the page of respective bill 2285-d on the official website of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ukrainian News Agency reports. As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, in compliance with the text of the bill, Ukraine

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Ex-Ambassador Bezsmertnyi doesn’t rule out Russia military’s involvement in Belarus

He predicts protesters in Belarus may succeed. Roman Bezsmertnyi / Photo from UNIAN Former Ukrainian Ambassador to Belarus Roman Bezsmertnyi does not rule out that “Russian servicemen are also taking part in dispersing” protesters in Minsk, Belarus. “I would like to stress that there are Russian military facilities in Belarus,” he told Current Time TV, according to Radio Liberty’s Belarus

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Democratic elections in ORDLO are impossible yet – German Foreign Minister

Democratic elections on the certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions (ORDLO) are so far impossible, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine. “The conditions for holding democratic elections in the areas not under government control, as provided for in the Minsk Agreements, have not been met as things currently stand,” Maas said. “There have been

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Rules for thee but not for me: Pompeo denounces proposed Russian law as ‘burdensome’ limitation on US propaganda outlets

Warning! Russian propaganda US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has voiced his opposition to a proposed Russian rule that would require labeling of propaganda content, saying it would burden “independent” information work by outlets such as Voice of America. “This decree will impose new burdensome requirements that will further inhibit RFE/RL’s and VOA’s ability to operate within Russia,” Pompeo said

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