Monthly Archives: October 2020

Putin submitted a bill to the State Duma allowing him to become a senator for life after leaving the presidency

Russian President Vladimir Putin has submitted to the State Duma a bill on the procedure for forming the Federation Council of the Russian Federation. The document is aimed at developing amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation. The bill proposes to allow the former presidents of Russia, who left this post early or due to the expiration of their term of office,

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Justice chief names three stages to resolve what he calls “constitutional crisis”

Chief justice is convinced the Constitutional Court needs a reboot.Photo from UNIAN, Viacheslav Ratynskyi Justice Minister Denys Maliuska has named three ways to resolve the “constitutional crisis” caused by the Constitutional Court’s ruling to repeal criminal liability for inaccurate asset declaration. “The exit has three stages,” Maliuska said, speaking at the Svoboda Slova [Freedom of Speech] panel show hosted by Savik Shuster

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Head of EU Delegation Maasikas: Trust in anti-corruption agencies needs to be restored fast

The ambassador says the Ukrainian people deserve visa-free travel.Ambassador Maasikas says the Ukrainian people deserve visa-free travel / Photo from UNIAN Ambassador of the European Union to Ukraine, Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Matti Maasikas says that it is necessary to fast restore trust in the country’s anti-corruption agencies after the country’s Constitutional Court repealed criminal liability for

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IMF reacts to Constitutional Court’s decision: E-declarations should not be dismantled

    The IMF considers the launch of an electronic system for asset and income disclosure by Ukrainian high-level officials to be a critical element of bilateral cooperation and calls for enhancing the effectiveness of all Ukraine’s anti-corruption institutions. This is stated in the response of the IMF spokesperson to Ukrinform’s information inquiry regarding the Fund’s reaction to the decision of

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Op-Ed: Disinformation about history leads to disinformation about the present

Article prepared by Dalia Bankauskaite – a Nonresident Fellow in CEPA’s Democratic Resilience program. Firstly published by DFRLab as part of their effort to broaden expertise and understanding of information ecosystems around the world. Putin’s June 2020 essay paints an intentionally distorted history of World War II It is vital to understand why Russia’s rewriting of history holds dangerous implications for

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A warehouse with medical oxygen exploded near a covid hospital in Chelyabinsk

In Chelyabinsk, on the territory of the city hospital No. 2, a warehouse for storing oxygen cylinders exploded. The explosion occurred due to a fire in the clinic, TASS reported, citing the regional Ministry of Health. According to 74.ru, the explosion occurred in a hospital for patients with coronavirus infection. 0:35Момент взрыва в студенческой поликлинике Челябинска с максимально близкого расстояния. По информации минздрава региона,

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New tapes document links between scandalous judge Vovk and Avakov

A new film by the Slidstvo.Info investigative journalism agency provides a look into the shady dealings of controversial judge Pavlo Vovk and his deputy.  Among the new discoveries are the duo’s links with Interior Minister Arsen Avakov and his allies.  The show released new wiretapped conversations that were recorded as part of a corruption case against Vovk, the head of the Kyiv

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NSDC doesn’t rule out Russia’s involvement in Constitutional Court’s decision on e-declarations

He says such actions are aimed at destroying Ukraine’s statehood.Photo from UNIAN Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleksiy Danilov says he has no doubts that Russia is involved in decision-making by Ukraine’s Constitutional Court on repealing criminal liability for inaccurate e-declarations. Danilov said this on the air of Savik Shuster’s Freedom of Speech program on TV

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EU to impose sanctions against Lukashenko next week

The measures are to be confirmed on November 6.Photo from ua.depositphotos.com The European Union will impose sanctions against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and 14 other Belarusian officials next week. Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty reporter Rikard Jozwiak announced this on Twitter. “EU ambassadors will on wed give green light to impose asset freezes and visa bans on #Lukashenko & 14

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NACP began to publish the names of officials who will avoid responsibility for declaring false information due to the decision of the Constitutional Court

These will be the ex-minister, deputies of city councils and district councils, judges, directors of state enterprises, officials – all those whom taxpayers have hired to work. 14:20 10/30/2020 From open sources The National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption has begun to publish a list of persons, both current and former officials, who will avoid responsibility for declaring false

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Yermak believes there is external interference in Constitutional Court’s events – G7 Ambassadors’ meeting

Head of the President’s Office of Ukraine Andriy Yermak held a meeting with the G7 Ambassadors, the main subject of which was the recent events related to the decision of the judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, which caused a great resonance in society. According to the presidential press service, Yermak spoke about an urgent meeting of the National

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SBI Launches Investigation Against Constitutional Court Head Tupytskyi On Suspicion Of High Treason

    The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) has launched an investigation against the Constitutional Court’s Chief Justice Oleksandr Tupytskyi on suspicion of high treason and unauthorized occupation of a land plot. The press service of the State Bureau of Investigation announced this in a statement, the Ukrainian News Agency reports. “Investigators at the State Bureau of Investigation have launched a

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Russian Ruble Ends Painful Week in Red, All Eyes on U.S. Vote

Russian stock market at six-month low as analysts say ruble has been heavily “oversold.” Russian financial markets have suffered another painful week amid a surge in volatility and investor fears over the second wave of the coronavirus and next week’s U.S. presidential election. The ruble was down 0.5% against the U.S. dollar Friday, trading above 79 again for the first

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Constitutional Court may declare High Anti-Corruption Court unconstitutional – Tupytsky

CCU Chairman has commented on a case on which the Court is yet to issue a judgment.Photo from UNIAN Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine (CCU) Oleksandr Tupytsky says he does not rule out that the CCU may declare the High Anti-Corruption Court (HACC) unconstitutional. “The issue of the Anti-Corruption Court… I’ve heard nothing unconstitutional [at the CCU hearings

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CC JUDGE Tupytsky “sees nothing surprising” in owning land plot in Russian-occupied Crimea

The official claimed he did not know how to properly report the plot in Koreiz.Photo from UNIAN, by Viacheslav Ratynsky Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine (CCU) Oleksandr Tupytsky says he sees nothing surprising in the fact that in 2018, he became the owner of a land plot in the village of Koreiz in Russian-occupied Crimea, drawing up a

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Seizure of power attempt: Criminal case initiated against CCU judges

This will allow dismissing the judges complicit in the offense without destroying the Constitutional Court institution. Ukrainian Member of Parliament with the Holos (Voice) Party Yaroslav Yurchyshyn says criminal proceedings have been initiated against judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine (CCU) over their possible conspiracy to seize power in the country. “At my initiative, proceedings have been launched on

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Zelensky proposes terminating powers of all Constitutional Court judges

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has submitted a bill to the Verkhovna Rada proposing to terminate the powers of all Constitutional Court judges. According to Ukrinform, the bill “On Restoration of Public Confidence in the Constitutional Judiciary” has been posted on the website of the Verkhovna Rada. The document proposes to recognize that the Constitutional Court decision of October 27, 2020

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Russia’s Coronavirus Vaccine Faces Production Problems, Putin Says

Russia’s coronavirus vaccine faces equipment shortages that could delay it from entering mass production, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday as reports suggested that developers have paused clinical trials due to the shortages. Staff at eight of the 25 trial clinics in Moscow said that they temporarily halted the vaccination of new volunteers with Sputnik V, Reuters reported Thursday, citing some

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Zelensky warns against unrest over notorious court ruling on access to e-declarations

The Ukrainian leader says that “certain individuals undermine the social contract in Ukraine.”Volodymyr Zelensky / Photo from UNIAN Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has announced it is inadmissible to let unrest break out over the notorious ruling by the country’s Constitutional Court on access to electronic declarations or use it to discredit Ukraine abroad. He announced this at a special meeting

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Washington to send F-35 fighter jets intended for Turkey to Greece

The U.S. decided to sell F-35 fighter jets initially intended for Turkey to its opponent, Greece, reported the Greek media referring to the agreements reached during the recent visit of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Athens. According to the deal, a total of 20 fighters will be delivered to Greece, including those multifunctional F-35 fighter jets that Turkey

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Journalist on possible suspension of visa-free travel for Ukraine over CCU’s ruling: “Premature speculation”

Delayed payout of macro-financial assistance is more likely, he believes.Photo from UNIAN Brussels-based RFE/RL journalist Rikard Jozwiak says the suspension of the visa-free regime with the European Union for Ukrainian citizens over the ruling by the Constitutional Court of Ukraine (CCU) that affects the country’s anti-corruption reform is premature speculation. “Premature speculation that Ukraine might lose visa liberalization with the

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In the Donetsk region, the main executioner of the militants ordered the torture of pro-Ukrainian citizens

Law enforcers in absentia bring to justice the head of the terrorist base at the seized Izolyatsia plant in Donetsk. This was reported on the website of the regional police. In 2014, gunmen took over the factory and turned it into a prison. Pro-Ukrainian residents were kept there, as well as servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other units involved in the

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‘Spoke in the wheel’: Putin castigates schemes to stonewall Russian gas projects

In late December 2019, the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was suspended after the Swiss Allseas company refused to lay pipes due to possible sanctions from Washington© EPA-EFE/CLEMENS BILAN MOSCOW, October 29. /TASS/. President Vladimir Putin excoriated schemes to “put a spoke in the wheel” of Russia’s gas projects branding them a non-market way to restrict the

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