Monthly Archives: September 2020

‘I have absolutely no clue’ Head of rural settlement in Russia’s Kostroma Region loses election to the dummy candidate he selected

During the local elections earlier this month, Marina Udgodskaya was elected head of the Povalikhino Rural Settlement, a tiny locality found in Russia’s Kostroma Region. Previously, she worked as a cleaner for the very same government administration that she’s now expected to lead. https://meduza.io/impro/-jipv4xhlhAH255T-X4GwMBURl7SOJnFg_DX1y4_s20/fill/650/0/ce/1/aHR0cHM6Ly9tZWR1/emEuaW8vaW1hZ2Uv/YXR0YWNobWVudHMv/aW1hZ2VzLzAwNi8w/MjUvMzkxL29yaWdp/bmFsL3B6UTYxYXQt/c2dCWDcwVFdRM2xI/aGcuanBn.webp The 35-year-old was the only candidate to run against the settlement’s incumbent leader, Nikolai Loktev. And

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Russia and Europe: Stuck on Autopilot

Andrew S. Weiss Summary:  Russia’s relations with Europe are getting worse. Time and again, it is Moscow’s own overreach and missteps that encourage greater Western unity, or at the very least leave the Europeans no alternative to confronting Russia. Summary Many observers predicted that the coronavirus pandemic might lead Russian President Vladimir Putin to rethink his highly opportunistic, zero-sum approach

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EU to approve new anti-Russian sanctions for construction of Kerch Bridge

The sanctions might be approved in the next few weeks The European Union will approve the imposing of the sanctions against people involved in the construction of the Kerch Bridge as Radio Liberty journalist Rikard Jozwiak reported on Twitter. According to the journalist, the sanctions for the construction of the Kerch Bridge might be approved in the next few weeks.

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Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize – media

It is noted that the application for his nomination was submitted by Russian writer Sergei Komkov President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The application for Putin’s nomination was sent by Russian writer Sergei Komkov, RIA Novosti reports. Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin had not officially nominated the Russian

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From Petro Poroshenko FB page

Sept 24 The Russian plan is understandable. By misinforming people and camouflage their agency, they want to form powerful pro-Russian OPZH factions in the regional councils and Councils of regional centers from Sumy and Kharkiv to Mykolaiv and Odessa. They again dream of resurrecting the corpse of Novorossia, which we buried in the summer of 2014 But to do it

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Ukraine, Slovakia sign agreement on resumption of Uzhhorod airport operation

24.09.2020 12:40 Ukraine and Slovakia have signed an agreement on the resumption of the operation of Uzhhorod International Airport, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba​ has stated. “Talks weren’t easy, but the outcome is positive. The agreement allowing to restore the functioning of “Uzhhorod” international airport is finalized. Grateful to [Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic] Ivan

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Russia Seizes Kremlin Critic Navalny’s Apartment

Russian authorities have seized Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s apartment days after he was discharged from German hospital where he was being treated for poisoning by Novichok, his spokeswoman said Thursday.  Kira Yarmysh said court marshals came after Navalny’s three-bedroom apartment in southeastern Moscow to enforce a $1-million court ruling in favor of catering magnate Yevgeny Prigozhin. The businessman has earned the nickname

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A New Movie Transports Anastasia Romanov to 1980s America. Russians Aren’t Happy About It.

A new American film that turns the executions of Russia’s last tsar and his family into a fantasy-tinged teen comedy has caused an uproar among Russians, who say the film mocks their history. At first, the plot of “Anastasia: Once Upon a Time” sounds outrageous enough to rank among other so-bad-they’re-good classics: As Vladimir Lenin looks to destroy the imperial

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Zelenskyy puts Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic future at risk

UkraineAlert by Mykola Vorobiov Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has begun the fall 2020 season with a series of scandals and negative headlines that reflect the increasingly grim outlook for a politician who just eighteen months ago was hailed as the face of a new Ukraine. Zelenskyy promised to end an era of corruption stretching back to the dawn of Ukrainian

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Hackers spread false reports of nuclear disaster, death of US troops in Ukraine

An act of deception that was later revealed as a series of hacker attacks brought a whole range of simultaneous false reports of a nuclear disaster, the death of Ukrainian and American military personnel, and other incidents in Ukraine on Sept. 23. Notably, the fake news campaign occurred during the climax of the large Ukrainian-American-British-Canadian military exercises Joint Endeavor 2020,

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USAF SPECIAL OPERATIONS CV-22S BUZZ UKRAINE’S CAPITAL CITY, B-52S FLY IN UKRAINIAN AIRSPACE FOR THIRD TIME THIS MONTH

By Nolan Peterson  KYIV, Ukraine — The US Air Force had a busy day in Ukraine on Wednesday, underscoring a slow but steady uptick in overt American airpower support for this post-Soviet country, which has been locked in a low-intensity land war against Russian invasion forces since the spring of 2014. A formation of two US Air Force CV-22B Ospreys flew over

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Fake Fans: How Anti-Western Actors in Ukraine Are Using Pro-Russian Troll Armies to Push Their Agenda

September 23, 2020 Anti-Western propaganda is typical for Putinist Russia. But over the past few years, it has also been massively proliferating in Ukraine. UkraineWorld.org regularly studies the narratives and practices of anti-Western actors in Ukraine in reports which you can follow on the UkraineWorld website. These actors, linked to pro-Russian parties and Ukrainian oligarchs, broadcast the narrative that Ukraine is under

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Crimea invaders force locals to drop Ukrainian passports– envoy to UN

Holders of Ukrainian passports in the occupied Crimea remain under constant pressure.Photo from UNIAN Holders of Ukrainian passports are being persecuted and subjected to pressure – all to make sure they get rid of their IDs, Ukraine’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Serhiy Kyslytsya told RFE/RL’s Crimea.Realities. Even if locals are forced to get rid of their passports, they remain

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Four members of Russia’s PMC Wagner killed in helicopter crash in Libya – media

The helicopter was carrying Russian mercenaries and ammunition.The helicopter exploded at 08:00 local time on September 23 / Photo from facebook.com/ravreba “A helicopter carrying Russian mercenaries and ammunition fell in the town of Sukna, in the city of Al-Jufrah,” military spokesman Abd al-Hadi Dara told Anadolu Agency on September 23. The helicopter exploded at 08:00 local time on September 23. The spokesman noted

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Ukraine: Remarks by the High Representative / Vice-President Josep Borrell at the joint press conference with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba

Kyiv, 22/09/2020 – 17:39, UNIQUE ID: 200922_19 An official EU website Thank you, Minister [of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro] Kuleba, for your very warm welcome.   This is my first visit to Ukraine as High Representative of the European Union [for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission]. Sorry for being delayed [in my visit], but the coronavirus has

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