Monthly Archives: September 2020

High on life Former ‘gray cardinal’ of Russian politics pens poem about paradise without cocaine

Former presidential adviser Vladislav Surkov — at one point considered to be the “gray cardinal” responsible for managing Russia’s domestic politics — has authored a poem published in the September issue of Russian Pioneer. The poem is about freedom without cocaine. For a rough (non-rhyming) English translation: “What Paradise Looks Like: Desert and Freedom” I’m alone again I’ve been given freedom why cocaine?

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Investigation: Russian Elites’ Connections to Bulgaria’s Largest ‘Crime Group’

Leading Russian defense figures bought luxury apartments in a Black Sea resort controlled by an organization U.S. diplomats called one of the country’s largest crime syndicates. By Important Stories and Bureau for Investigative Reporting and Data Several heads of Russian state-owned companies — including acquaintances of President Vladimir Putin — have residences in a Bulgarian Black Sea resort controlled by TIM — an

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Ukraine climbs four spots in economic freedom ranking, remains unfree.

Ukraine has climbed four spots in the global economic freedom ranking, but remains the only European country in the category of economically unfree countries, according to the Fraser Institute’s annual Economic Freedom of the World report released on September 10. Ukraine climbed four places in the ranking from 135th to 131th due to such indicators as the size of government, sound money

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Zelensky about anti-Semitism: Ukrainians do not care whether their president is Jew, Christian or Muslim

According to the president, even having Jewish roots, he has never been a target for anti-Semitic statements in Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that Ukraine is the country of Eastern Europe with the lowest rate of anti-Semitism. Besides, it condemns any expression of aggression against Jews as The Jerusalem Post reported. Answering the question about the attack on Hasidim Jews

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Cyprus To Investigate Legality Of Granting Of Citizenship To Kolomoisky

   The government of Cyprus intends to investigate the legality of the Cypriot citizenships that have been granted since 2002 under a program for attracting investments in the country’s economy, including the Cypriot citizenships of Ukrainian businessmen Ihor Kolomoiskyi, Hennadii Boholiubov, Vitalii Haiduk, Mykola Zlochevskyi, Oleh Bakhmatiuk, and Mykhailo Kiperman, as well as Russian businessman Konstantin Grigorishin, who owns assets

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IMF notes importance of new anti-corruption infrastructure in Ukraine

   Building an effective anti-corruption system has been a critical element of the IMF’s cooperation with Ukraine in recent years, IMF Spokesman Gerry Rice has said at a briefing, declining to comment directly on the Constitutional Court’s decision on the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU). “I can say on Ukraine that creating an effective anti-corruption framework has been a

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Treasury designates anti-Biden Ukrainian lawmaker for sanctions for election interference

Andriy Derkach, a pro-Russian Ukrainian, has promoted discredited allegations against the Democratic presidential nominee. By KYLE CHENEY and NATASHA BERTRAND The Treasury Department has designated Andriy Derkach, a pro-Russian Ukrainian promoting discredited allegations against Joe Biden, for sanctions related to foreign interference in the U.S. election. Derkach, who was previously identified as a malign actor by the intelligence community, met

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Russian Gravediggers Defy Coronavirus to Throw Speed-Digging Contest

Russian gravediggers broke out their best shovels for the first-ever speed-digging competition in Siberia after organizers postponed the initial contest this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Grave Mayhem 2020” was initially due to take place in Russia’s Far East before organizers made several location and scheduling changes. https://www.youtube.com/embed/rH1RmhS_sCg Eventually, gravediggers from Tomsk some 3,500 kilometers east of Moscow took shovels into their own

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Ukraine’s ZAZ launches Renault cars production for domestic market

ZAZ underwent major upgrading to fully comply with Groupe Renault’s international quality standards. REUTERS The largest manufacturer of cars and buses in Ukraine Zaporizhia Automobile Building Plant (ZAZ), which is part of UkrAVTO Corporation, has launched the production of Groupe Renault vehicles for the Ukrainian market. Before the launch of the project, ZAZ had undergone major upgrading to fully comply

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Russian-occupation forces open aimed fire at Ukrainian positions near Shumy During MEETING of osce and the jccc

10.09.2020 16:43 The Russian-occupation forces have opened aimed fire at Ukrainian positions near the village of Shumy in Donetsk region, where a meeting of representatives of the OSCE and the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) was to take place. “Today, at 14:15, the Russian-occupation troops opened aimed fire from small arms at Ukrainian positions near Shumy. The shelling was

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Navalny able to speak

   The German magazine Der Spiegel has reported that hospitalized Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny has made further progress in his recovery from poisoning with a nerve agent and is said to be able to speak, although a Navalny spokeswoman appeared to downplay the report. The Kremlin critic is being treated in Berlin’s Charite hospital after becoming seriously ill on

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PACE initiates creation of investigative body on human rights violations in Belarus

Besides, PACE refuses to recognize the results of the presidential elections in Belarus The Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on Legal Affairs and Human Rights did not recognize the results of the presidential elections in Belarus and stated about the creation of the international investigative body for the collection of evidence of a violation

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Belarusian opposition leader and arts promoter Maria Kolesnikova charged with organising a coup d’état

Aleksandr Lukashenko regime continues to crackdown on Belarus’s contemporary arts community Sophia Kishkovsky Maria Kolesnikova, a musician and contemporary arts promoter who has become the de facto leader of Belarus’s opposition to dictator Aleksandr Lukashenko, has been arrested and is facing charges of planning a coup d’état after being kidnapped on Monday by men in a van outside the National

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Russia is repeating its usual mistake — and losing “brotherly Belarus”

Edward Lucas. September 9 The protests in Belarus on Sunday had a subtly different flavor. The bravery and creativity were the same, as was the brutish behavior by the riot police. But attention has shifted a little from the regime’s own misdeeds towards the price that Russia might ask (and Belarus might pay) for its survival.  The talks last week between

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Salisbury all over again

There are numerous parallels to draw, and the pro-Kremlin media has scrambled in an attempt to draw as many as possible. In a striking case of déja vu, pro-Kremlin media is seeking to muddy the waters surrounding the suspected poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny just like it did in 2018 with the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal. The similarities between disinformation messages spread during both incidents are clear: in both cases, the poisonings were described as external provocations, staged by the West or by Britain to impose sanctions and create anti-Russian propaganda. Pro-Kremlin media also presents the poisonings as a sign of domestic political struggle

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Whistleblower: White House Stifled Reporting on Russian Election Interference

A senior US intelligence official said the White House ordered him to stop reporting on Russian election interference and highlight Chinese and Iran meddling instead, according to a whistleblower complaint revealed Wednesday. Offering explosive evidence to support Democratic allegations that President Donald Trump has manipulated intelligence to support his reelection effort, Department of Homeland Security analyst Brian Murphy said he

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Die Zeit: Navalny was poisoned by Russian special services – a new type of “Novichok”, from which he was supposed to die on the plane

Russian politician Alexei Navalny was poisoned by a new type of Novichok, more dangerous than the previous known variations. This is reported by Die Zeit, citing unnamed sources.  According to the plan of the poisoners, the newspaper writes, Navalny was to die on the plane. The politician survived only “thanks to a chain of happy accidents” – the actions of the pilot,

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