Monthly Archives: October 2020

‘We couldnʼt tell the relatives’ Declassified transcripts show that Putin was obsessed with polling even as Bill Clinton consoled him after the Kursk submarine disaster

Back on August 29, 2019, the Clinton Digital Library declassified a whole archive of transcripts that capture telephone calls and private conversations between members of the Clinton administration and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Dated between 1999 and 2001, most of the documents were classified at the time as “secret.” In that short span of time, Putin wore many hats, communicating with Washington

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The ship, which is to complete “North Stream-2”, returns from Germany to Russia

The Russian ship Akademik Chersky, owned by Gazprom and considered the main contender for the completion of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, is returning from Germany to the Russian port of Kaliningrad. According to “European Truth”, this was reported by Reuters , citing data from the positioning system of ships. The data showed that the ship “Academician Chersky” should arrive in Kaliningrad

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Russian media: Israel is testing latest smart weapons in Nagorno-Karabakh

The escalation of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh is becoming threatening and swift. Azerbaijan is suspected of the first-ever combat use of Israeli LORA missile. Nagorno-Karabakh authorities accuses Baku of shelling Stepanakert with missiles with cluster warheads. The Nagorno-Karabakh authorities reported that the military airfield in Gyumri was destroyed by Azerbaijani missile attacks . According to analysts, Baku “owns the sky” by

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The Guardian censors article on Ukrainian historical stamps. Read it here

Oleksandr Kosmach, a photographer from Kyiv with a love for history, collects historical stamps issued by Ukrainian diaspora organizations in the XX century. A photo article about these stamps, which served as political propaganda for an independent Ukrainian state while it was part of the USSR, was published by The Guardian/The Observer, but subsequently deleted without explanation. Mr. Kosmach supposes

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Meeting with Viktor Medvedchuk

Earlier, in Novo-Ogaryovo, the President met with Head of the Political Council of the Ukrainian party Opposition Platform – For Life Viktor Medvedchuk. President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Medvedchuk, I am pleased to have you here. I have known for a long time now that despite the many challenges you maintain a straightforward position on restoring Ukrainian-Russian relations at all levels, including state, non-governmental, and in the economy. We are pleased to know that there are political forces in Ukraine that openly

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Watchdog Says Novichok-Type Nerve Agent Found in Navalny Samples

The global chemical weapons watchdog said on Tuesday that samples taken from Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who claims he was poisoned by the Kremlin, contained a Novichok-type nerve agent. The findings by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirm similar results by a military laboratory in Germany, where Navalny was treated in hospital, and labs in

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Leader of “DNR” signs “decree” on requisition of land plots for “state” needs

The “DNR” leader Denis Pushilin has allowed to bring private land plots in requisition for the “state” needs. This is said in the “decree” he had signed. This “document” established the grounds for the withdrawal of land plots for the “state” needs. It is noted that such grounds are construction of communication facilities, transport, electricity, defense and social facilities. The

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Zelensky explains why local elections cannot be held in Donbas

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that it is now impossible to hold elections in non-government-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. He said this in an interview with Politico Europe, the press service of the head of state reported. When asked whether it is possible to hold local elections in the uncontrolled territories of Donbas, the President replied: “No,

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Belarus state media begins calling Lithuania ‘former socialist republic’

Belarusian state-owned Capital TV (CTV) began calling Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine the “former socialist republics” after the three countries no longer referred to Alexander Lukashenko as the president of Belarus. “Lukashenko’s propaganda takes revenge on Belarus’ neighbours for not recognising Lukashenko as president,” Franak Viačiorka, a Belarusian journalist and a researcher at Atlantic Council think tank, posted on Facebook. “Now

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Belarus a blip, Russia looms large on Macron’s baltic visit (Part Two)

On the other hand, Macron proselytized for his notions of reducing The United States’ role in European affairs, reconstructing Europe’s security architecture together with Russia Visiting Lithuania and Latvia on September 28–30, French President Emmanuel Macron communicated a complex message. On one hand, he reassured both countries of France’s intention to continue participating in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO)

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Kyrgyz Protesters Take Government House, Free Ex-Leader After Post-Vote Clashes

Protesters seized Kyrgyzstan’s seat of government and freed a jailed former president on Tuesday after demonstrations against an election marred by vote-buying accusations spiralled into violent clashes with police. Opposition supporters hit the streets of the capital Bishkek the previous evening to demand the resignation of pro-Russian President Sooronbay Jeenbekov and a re-run of Sunday’s poll.  Police used water cannon,

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