Monthly Archives: August 2020

“There is no more Belarusian special forces”. Videos appeared on social networks in which former military personnel throw out their uniforms in protest

Video messages began to circulate in social networks, in which Belarusian special forces were throwing uniforms and insignia into garbage cans, thus protesting against the dispersal of peaceful demonstrations in the country. The video, in particular, is massively published by the popular opposition telegram channels Nexta Live and Belarus of the Brain.  0:09Вот он, поступок настоящего мужчины! Совесть и гордость

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Police destroy a memorial near the Belarusian embassy in Moscow. The photo

On the evening of August 12, the third consecutive action of solidarity with the Belarusian opposition, protesting against the results of the presidential elections in the country, was held in Moscow near the Belarusian Embassy on Maroseyka Street. About 400 people came to the building of the diplomatic mission. They are lined up with posters and burning candles. The police pushed the protesters

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Several TV presenters from state channels of Belarus announced their dismissal

Several Belarusian journalists working for state TV channels announced their resignation. The presenters Yevgeny Perlin and Olga Bogatyrevich announced their departure from the ONT (National Television) channel. “Nobody influenced this decision, I made it myself. I hope that the same #MayaKrainaBelarus will return soon, ” Perlin wrote on Instagram. “We are few, but we are,” Bogatyrevich said in turn. The host of the TV show “Good morning,

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Spain wants to ban smoking in public places to prevent spread of coronavirus

The ban will take effect this Thursday and will affect all of Galicia The executive body of the autonomous region of Galicia in northern Spain is developing rules that prohibit smoking on the street and in public places, since this addiction can contribute to the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus infection. The President of the Government of Galicia Alberto Nunez

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Ukraine sends requests to Belarus for extradition of 28 Wagner group mercenaries

12.08.2020 17:00 The Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) has sent requests to Belarus for the extradition of 28 participants in the armed conflict in Donbas, the PGO’s press service has reported on its Telegram channel. “On August 11, 2020, the Prosecutor General’s Office turned to the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Republic of Belarus with requests to extradite 28 people

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Lukashenko labels protesters “people with a criminal record”, “unemployed”

“Find a job, those who don’t have one,” the long-time leader said, adding that those unemployed should be looked into. President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus has labeled protesters who took to the streets in defiance of what many believe are rigged voting results “people with a criminal record” and “unemployed.” According to the Belarusian President’s press service, Lukashenko made the

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Soviet-era repression, deportation & famine wiped out a third of Ukraine’s population

Editor’s Note It is literally impossible to count the exact number of victims of political repression in Ukraine. According to the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance, tens of thousands of people were executed, hundreds of thousands were imprisoned, sent to concentration camps or maximum security penal colonies, and interned in psychiatric wards. During the Great Terror/Purge of 1937-1938 alone, 198,918

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Lukashenko’s family flown to Turkey amid mass protests in Belarus

On August 9, at 6 p.m., a plane carrying the family of Belarusian President Alexander Lukasnenko landed in Bodrum, Turkey, said Andrey Suzdaltsev, an assistant professor in the Department of World Economics and World Policy at the Russian National Research University of the Higher School of Economics. According to Suzdaltsev, Lukashenko’s children and grandchildren were on board the plane. “It’s

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Ukraine, Moldova discuss ways to intensify bilateral defense cooperation

  Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Taran had a phone conversation with his Moldovan counterpart Alexandru Pînzari yesterday, August 11, the press service of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine reports. During the conversation, the defense ministers discussed the development of regional security, the importance of cooperation with partners and international organizations in order to ensure stability in the region of Southeast

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FinExpertiza: in the spring of 2020, the profit of Russian business decreased by 67%, this is the strongest fall in 16 years

In March-May 2020, the total profit of Russian businesses (excluding small businesses) decreased by 67% compared to the same period last year. This is the worst drop in profit for the spring months in at least 16 years, writes RBC with reference to the report of the analytical service of the international audit and consulting network FinExpertiza. According to FinExpertiza, the

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EU to discuss sanctions against Belarus after disputed election, Sweden says

BRUSSELS/STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – EU foreign ministers will meet on Friday to discuss targeted sanctions against Belarus following Sunday’s contested election and subsequent violent crackdown down on protesters, Sweden’s top diplomat said on Wednesday. Alexander Lukashenko, in power since 1994, claimed victory with around 80% of the vote, triggering three nights of violent clashes between security forces and opposition supporters in

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Ex-Head Of Presidential Office Bohdan Considers Arson Of His Tesla Car Threat From Authorities

     Former head of the Office of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (June 2019 – February 2020) Andrii Bohdan considers arson of his Tesla car a threat from the authorities. He announced this on Facebook, Ukrainian News Agency reports. “Tonight, an unknown person set fire to my favorite and declared car – Tesla S… Of course, everyone is worried about who did

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Freed Prisoner Kolchenko Sentenced To 40 Hours Of Community Service For Protesting At Belarusian Embassy In Kyiv

    Freed prisoner Oleksandr Kolchenko has been sentenced to 40 hours of community service for protesting at the Belarusian embassy in Kyiv. The European Solidarity parliamentary faction’s co-leader Iryna Heraschenko announced this on her Facebook page, the Ukrainian News Agency reports. “The Kremlin’s political prisoner and Crimean resident Oleksandr Kolchenko has been sentenced to 40 hours of community service for

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Philippines’ Duterte Says Will Be Russia Vaccine ‘Guinea Pig’ as Talks Begin

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will be a guinea pig for a controversial Russian coronavirus vaccine, his spokesman said on Wednesday, as the Southeast Asian nation emerged as a frontrunner for overseas clinical trials. Moscow says it has developed the world’s first vaccine offering “sustainable immunity” against the virus and is in the final stage of tests involving 2,000 people. However, Western scientists

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Humanitarian Disaster Continues for 6 Years in Crimea, Not Water But Russia

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal’s statement on supplying water to Russian-occupied Crimea drew reaction from Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People. Head of the Mejlis Refat Chubarov stated that humanitarian disaster continues for six years in Crimea. Speaking to Radio Svoboda, The Prime Minister claimed that “Ukraine could resume water supplies to Crimea in the event of a humanitarian disaster.”

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Russia’s Foreign Minister Lavrov unhappy with OSCE SMM’s performance in Ukraine

The minister claims the mission “pays insufficient attention” to its mandate. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says he is unhappy with the performance of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine. “As for the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, we actively support this mechanism, which has a clear mandate to work throughout Ukraine, not only in Donbas, but also in other

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Head of Kyiv District Administrative Court Pavlo Vovk put on wanted list

The anti-graft agency is probing him and six other judiciary officials over the alleged “power seizure” plot. The National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) has put on the list of wanted persons seven defendants in the case of the alleged power seizure conspiracy by the leadership of the Kyiv District Administrative Court (OASK) who the agency believes grabbed control of

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Ukraine ready to be NATO’s main partner in Black Sea

    Ukraine is ready to be the main partner of the North Atlantic Alliance to ensure security in the Black Sea. Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Olha Stefanishyna said this at a meeting with British Ambassador to Ukraine Melinda Simmons on August 11, the Vice Prime Minister’s Office reported on Facebook. “As part of NATO’s

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Russia’s Covid-19 Vaccine Breaches Crucial Scientific and Ethical International Standards

Public health is supposed to be above geopolitical struggles and nationalist boasting. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced regulatory approval of a Covid-19 vaccine developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute. He plans to start mass vaccinations in October.  Naming the vaccine Sputnik V, Putin asserted that Russia had won the vaccine race. His action is reckless and dangerous, gambling with the health

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Russia not cooperating on Khangoshvili murder case, German foreign minister says

Lavrov demands evidence of Russian government involvement, alleged by German prosecutors. German authorities have sent a total of 17 inquiries to Russia in connection with the contract killing in Berlin of a Georgian citizen, ex-Chechen field commander Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, but to no avail, Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says. Speaking at a joint press conference in Moscow with his Russian

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Sevilla and Shakhtar reach EL semi-finals

    Sevilla and Shakhtar Donetsk qualified for the semi-finals of the Europa League on Tuesday after respective wins over Wolverhampton Wanderers and Basel. Five-time competition winners Sevilla face Manchester United on Sunday after snatching a last gasp 1-0 win over Wolves, while Shakhtar take on Inter on Monday after easily seeing off Basel 4-1. © 2020 Malta Times

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My Statement on Elections in Belarus

Joe Biden. 11 August 2020 Democracies are built on the simple concept that citizens have a right to elect their leaders and have a say in their country’s future. After suffering systematic repression for the past 26 years under the authoritarian regime of President Alexander Lukashenka, the people of Belarus are demanding their voices be heard. After a presidential election

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No More Resets With Russia

Washington should not talk itself into accepting Moscow’s aggression—again. By Kurt Volker 12 August 2020 Most critics say U.S. President Donald Trump is too soft on Russia and unwilling to criticize it or Russian President Vladimir Putin—for example, on election interference, placing a bounty on the killing of U.S. soldiers, or continuing aggression in Ukraine. It is striking, therefore, to

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