Monthly Archives: November 2020

Russia sanctions bite and remind us of the value of transatlantic unity

  There has been a fairly broad consensus among Western governments in recent years that economic sanctions on Russia are working and need to be extended. In the European Union, their regular extension has been almost a routine decision that has not caused major public debate. And while the continuity of US sanctions policy against Russia was drawn into question

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Western sanctions hurt Russia’s defense industry and put it at odds with other sectors, analyst says

2020/11/01 – 18:45 • INTERNATIONAL, RUSSIA Many in Russia and the West believe that Western sanctions have done little to affect the Russian economy let alone Russian policy, but there is at least one area where they have had a major impact – on the Russian defense industry – that has both international security and domestic political consequences, Russian analyst Pavel Luzin

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NACP: Impossible to reboot anti-corruption system without repealing Constitutional Court ruling

The Agency says the judges acted in their own interests.The National Agency on Corruption Prevention responds to a CoE letter / Photo from UNIAN The National Agency on Corruption Prevention (NACP) says it will be impossible to reboot Ukraine’s anti-corruption system without repealing a ruling by the Constitutional Court of Ukraine (CCU) on government officials’ e-declarations. The NACP said this on

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The Council of Europe calls on the Verkhovna Rada not to rush with the dismissal of judges of the Constitutional Court

Ukraine was also urged to explore alternative ways to fight corruption and offered its assistance. The Chairman of the Venice Commission Gianni Buquicchio and the President of GRECO (Council of Europe Anti-Corruption Monitoring Authority) Marin Mrchela addressed the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on the draft law “On Restoration of Public Confidence in the Constitutional Judiciary” submitted by

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Ukraine’s geopolitical successes become Russian defeats

Article by: Kseniya Kirillova, The Jamestown FoundationSource: The Jamestown Foundation Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 17 Issue: 153Edited by: A. N. In the first half of October, the Ukrainian leadership concluded a series of important international agreements, with significance not only for Kyiv itself but also for buttressing regional security more broadly. First, during Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s October 7–8 visit to London,

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Georgia Opposition Calls for Protests as Ruling Party Claims Vote Win

Georgia’s opposition called Sunday for mass protests after the ruling Georgian Dream party claimed victory in a tightly contested parliamentary election. Exiled ex-president and opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili accused Georgian Dream of falsifying Saturday’s vote and urged his supporters to take to the streets. The vote could spark another political crisis in the ex-Soviet republic of four million, where elections

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Moscow-Centric State Remains an Empire but Russia has Been Destroyed, Eidman Says

Paul Goble             Staunton, October 30 – Russia has not existed at least since 1917, Igor Eidman says, but the empire centered on Moscow has continued under different names. As many emigres recognized, the Bolsheviks destroyed Russia but they quickly rebuilt the empire on a communist basis and called it the USSR.             In 1991, the Russian commentator continues, “the

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