Monthly Archives: September 2020

Further evidence of post-election torture, beatings, and humiliation uncovered in Belarus

Pictures of beaten and tortured men and women circulated on the web as soon as the first Belarusian detainees were released in mid-August. Source: Tut.by  2020/09/03 – 09:43 • INTERNATIONAL Article by: Alena Mikhalkovich / Belarus Digest The mass protests erupting in Belarus since the day of the presidential elections, 9 August 2020, have been marked by brutal repression and unprecedented

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Supreme power of Putin’s FSB. Part 1: how the Soviet KGB became Russia’s FSB

Putin’s service certificate that allowed him as an KGB agent to visit GDR secret police during his service in GDR in 1985-1989. Source: censor.net  2020/09/02 – 02:36 • RUSSIA Editor’s NoteDuring this year, Russia’s Dossier Center collected information about the structure, personnel, methods of work, and the main stages of development of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB). Open sources, information from databases,

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Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers’

The president has repeatedly disparaged the intelligence of service members, and asked that wounded veterans be kept out of military parades, multiple sources tell The Atlantic.JEFFREY GOLDBERGSEPTEMBER 3, 2020 When President Donald Trump canceled a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in 2018, he blamed rain for the last-minute decision, saying that “the helicopter couldn’t fly” and that the

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European Parliament condemns attacks of far-right in Ukraine and expresses support for organizations opposing this violence

MEP recalls that in August in Ukraine there were attacks on the buses of a public organization The European Parliament condemns the attacks of the far-right in Ukraine, as Spanish spokesman Miguel Urban said. “Over the past years, we have seen not only far-right forces, but also extremely dangerous far-right terrorism throughout Europe. We have seen attacks in Germany, Italy,

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Iraqi Defense Minister visits Ukraine for first time

In Kyiv, Defense Ministers of Ukraine and Iraq, Andriy Taran and Juma Inad Saadoun Al-Juburi, signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the field of military cooperation between the defense departments of the two countries. “The signing of the Memorandum will provide an opportunity to continue mutually beneficial cooperation between the defense ministries of the two countries, strengthen partnerships and ensure

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Belarus Opposition Leader Urges Sanctions in UN Address

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya spoke to the UN Security Council on Friday by video link. Belarus opposition challenger Svetlana Tikhanovskaya on Friday appealed for help from the United Nations and called for sanctions against those responsible for alleged electoral fraud and rights violations in her ex-Soviet country. Addressing a meeting of the UN Security Council by video link, Tikhanovskaya said the global

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“How could he be there?” Russian Interior Minister did not see crime in Navalny’s poisoning

Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev believes that there is no crime in the incident with the  poisoning of Alexei Navalny . “How could he [crime] be there? We do not see any grounds yet, “Kolokoltsev told Interfax. Earlier, the Ministry of Internal Affairs reported that it was conducting a pre-investigation check in connection with Navalny’s hospitalization in Omsk. The Kremlin and the Prosecutor General’s Office stated that

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Zelensky to address UN General Assembly on Sept 23 – Mendel

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky plans to address the United Nations General Assembly online on September 23, presidential press secretary Iuliia Mendel has told Ukrinform. “Despite the global coronavirus pandemic and the cancellation of many events, the UN General Assembly will be held online. In particular, the UN has prepared a preliminary table of online speeches by heads of state and

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Belarus Leader Lukashenko to Avoid EU Sanctions Over Protest Crackdown – Die Welt

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is poised to escape personal sanctions the European Union is drafting in response to his post-election crackdown, the German daily Die Welt reported Friday. EU foreign ministers agreed in mid-August to draw up a list of targets in Belarus for a fresh round of asset freezes and travel bans expected in the coming weeks. EU members

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Rada to introduce rules for riders of segways, e-scooters

Owners are set to be considered full-scale participants in road traffic. REUTERS The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine seeks to finally regulate the use of personal light electric vehicles on Ukrainian roads. Parliament on Friday, September 4, passed the relevant bill (No. 3023) at first reading, an UNIAN correspondent reports. New law: details According to first deputy chair of the Verkhovna

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For the first time U.S. Air Force B-52 strategic bombers fly over Ukraine

Two B-52 strategic bombers of the U.S. Air Force have carried out a flight over Ukraine for the first time, reported the news outlet “Ukrainian militaristic portal”. According to air traffic monitoring services, the planes with tail numbers JULIA51 / 61-0034 and JULIA53 / 60-0044 entered the territory of Ukraine from Poland. The U.S. for the first time since 1991 transferred B-52

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Medvedchuk’s companies sell petroleum products to U.S. circumventing sanctions – media

ExxonMobil bought petroleum products from a Swiss company NewCoal Trading rather than directly from Medvedchuk’s firms. Ukrainian investigative journalists have exposed a scheme by which petroleum products from the Russian Novoshakhtinsky refinery, controlled by the family of Ukrainian politician and Vladimir Putin’s crony Viktor Medvedchuk, are supplied to the United States, despite personal sanctions earlier imposed against the pro-Russian MP.

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LIVE: Estonia holds a discussion on human rights in Belarus at the UN Security Council

On the initiative of Estonia, a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, and backed by many United Nations member states, a high-level meeting will be held to discuss human rights abuses in Belarus. Belarus, a country bordering the Baltic states of Latvia and Lithuania as well as Russia, Poland and Ukraine, has in recent weeks seen an unprecedented number

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The West Is Outraged By Navalny’s Novichok Poisoning. That’s No Guarantee of Tough Sanctions

Looming U.S. elections and disparate EU interests could translate into a symbolic response. Lawmakers across Europe and the U.S. are scrambling to respond to the revelation that Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was poisoned with Novichok — a lethal Soviet-era military nerve agent — with the possibility of fresh sanctions against Russia on the cards. In Germany — where Navalny remains

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NATO to Meet on Poisoning of Putin Critic Navalny

The poisoning of Alexei Navalny will be discussed at an urgent NATO meeting on Friday after European leaders threatened fresh sanctions against Moscow, which has furiously denied targeting the Russian opposition leader. The 44-year-old lawyer, one of President Vladimir Putin’s chief critics, fell ill on a flight last month and was evacuated to Germany for treatment. Western leaders have demanded

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Whistleblower MP expelled from ruling party says Zelensky must go

By Bermet Talant. In one year, Geo Leros, once an adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky and lawmaker with his party, turned into an outspoken critic who called on the president to resign. The president called him a bribe-taker and traitor. On the first day of the new parliamentary session on Sept. 1, Leros was expelled from the ruling party Servant of the

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Disinformation Alignment

Protests in Belarus have been taking place for almost a month now. In the meantime, Belarusian and Russian state-controlled media have been tweaking and polishing their disinformation narratives, to align them to the same tune. The initial awkward “wrinkles”, like when the Belarusian state media claimed that Russian Wagner group militants travelled to Belarus to destabilise situation there ahead of

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US troops deploy to Lithuania during heightened tensions in Eastern Europe

3 September 2020 – By Caitlin McFall | Fox News ‘All the exercises taking place in the country are of a defensive nature and are not directed against any state’ The U.S. Army will initiate on Friday the deployment of about 500 troops to Lithuania as part of a military operation, though government officials have said the strategy has nothing to do with recent political

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