Monthly Archives: November 2020

Fresh Data Shows Russian Economy Suffering Broad Slowdown

Business surveys show activity in both services and manufacturing is in decline. By Ben Aris for bne IntelliNews The unexpected economic slowdown that started at the end of September delivered another surprise Thursday as IHS Markit reported a big drop in Russia’s purchasing managers index (PMI) reading for services — tumbling from 53.7 to 46.9 in October. That marks the biggest single-month fall

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Up To 40% of Russia’s Coronavirus Test Results Could Be False Negatives

Between 30% and 40% of the Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests performed in Russia could be giving false negative results because of the methodology being used, the state-run Interfax agency reported Thursday citing Russian Health Ministry chief pulmonologist Sergei Avdeev. “If sampling materials are collected poorly or too lightly, that could lead to a false negative sample,” Avdeev said.  Avdeev identified

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Lukashenko asks Putin to sell him an oil field in Russia

During a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the incumbent president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko expressed interest in buying an oil field in the Russian Federation. According to Lukashenko’s press service, Putin supported this idea, but suggested discussing the details of the deal during next conversations. In addition to oil, the parties talked about the COVID-19 pandemic, including setting up

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Ukraine’s Friend and Foe of the Week

By Illia Ponomarenko Editor’s Note: This feature separates Ukraine’s friends from its enemies. The Order of Yaroslav the Wise has been given since 1995 for distinguished service to the nation. It is named after the Kyivan Rus leader from 1019-1054, when the medieval empire reached its zenith. The Order of Lenin was the highest decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union, whose

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Ukrainian books withdrawn from libraries of universities and schools in occupied Donetsk

The occupied territory of Donetsk oblast has begun to destroy Ukrainian literature in the libraries of schools and universities. This is written in social networks. The process of withdrawing books in Ukrainian from school libraries began this summer, and now it has been continued in a clone of the Ukrainian university – Donetsk National University. “Now they got to the

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Kremlin does not agree with idea of CADLO demilitarization and Ukraine’s control of its own border

The Kremlin claims that the proposals for a settlement in the Donbas, prepared by the Ukrainian party, allegedly differ from the algorithm of the Minsk agreements. This was stated by press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov on Thursday, – Interfax-Ukraine reports. During the conversation with journalists, Peskov was asked about the Kremlin’s attitude towards the

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Russia Says ‘Obvious Shortcomings’ in U.S. Election System

Russia’s foreign ministry on Thursday said outdated legislation and a lack of regulation had revealed flaws in the U.S. electoral system, as votes were being tallied to decide the next American president. The knife-edge U.S. presidential race was tilted toward Democrat Joe Biden early Thursday, but President Donald Trump claimed he was being cheated and went to court to try

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Some judges of Constitutional Court refuse to participate in its work – media

The judges stress it is impossible to consider specific constitutional proceedings until the situation around the court’s work gets normal.Photo from UNIAN The judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine (CCU) who voted against the controversial decision on anti-corruption legislation have temporarily refused to participate in its work. This was reported by the nv.ua news outlet, which cited its owns source.

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Instead of fighting corruption, the government of President Volodymyr Zelensky is covering up corruption deputies

   Instead of fighting corruption, the government of President Volodymyr Zelensky is covering up suspected deputies from the Servants of Corruption. Iryna Herashchenko, co-chair of the European Solidarity faction, said this during a parliamentary session. “A deputy who took a bribe is now sitting among the “Servants of the People” and even the bracelet was removed from him. We think

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Medvedchuk: World has no other vaccines against Covid-19 but Russian. Ukrainian authorities should start talks on admission of vaccine in Ukraine

He reminded that the presidents of Russia and Belarus agreed on the joint production of Sputnik-5 vaccine in the territory of Belarus If the current authorities really took care of the health of their citizens, they would have purchased already the Russian vaccine against the coronavirus as it is the only one in the whole world as Chairman of Political

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Russia Moves to Grant Ex-Presidents Lifetime Immunity From Prosecution

Russian lawmakers submitted legislation Thursday that would grant former presidents lifetime immunity from criminal prosecution under President Vladimir Putin’s constitutional reforms, Interfax reported. Under current laws, presidents cannot be held criminally or administratively liable for crimes committed while serving their terms. A parliamentary working group assessing Putin’s constitutional reforms proposed earlier this year to extend presidential immunity beyond their terms

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Ukrainian American female politician elected U.S. House member – media

   Republican Victoria Spartz, 42, a Ukrainian American politician and businesswoman, who was born in Ukraine’s Chernihiv region, has become member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana’s 5th District. This was reported by the media outlet Ukrainian American Media. In 2017, she was appointed to a seat in the Indiana Senate after the resignation of Luke Kenley, an

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Cabinet Suggests Zelenskyy Dismiss Odesa Governor Kutsyi, Ivano-Frankivsk Governor Fedoriv, Sumy Governor Hryschenko Due To Poor Performance

   The Cabinet of Ministers has approved the draft decrees of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the dismissal of the chairmen of the Regional State Administrations of Odesa – Maksym Kutsyi, Ivano-Frankivsk – Vitalii Fedoriv, and Sumy – Roman Hryschenko, due to unsatisfactory performance. The relevant draft decrees were approved at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on Wednesday, Ukrainian

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50 people’s deputies ask the Constitutional Court to cancel the appointment of members of the National Tariff Commission

   The Constitutional Court has received a petition from 50 deputies on the constitutionality of appointing the current National Commission for State Regulation of Energy and Public Utilities. The press service of the Constitutional Court reports. The appeal was signed by deputies from “Batkivshchyna”, “Nasho Krai”, “Servants of the People”, “European Solidarity” and other factions and groups. , Oksana Kryvenko,

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The Evil Latin Letters

Russian General Beating R into Я One key theme in pro-Kremlin disinformation is to describe Russia as a besieged fortress. The country is surrounded by enemies, perpetually scheming with malicious intent(opens in a new tab), encircling(opens in a new tab) Russia, preparing a war(opens in a new tab), representing evil(opens in a new tab)… General Sergey Melikov is acting Head

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The Perils of Elections According to the Pro-Kremlin Media

As America and many of her allies around the world are anticipating the results of Presidential election 2020, Russian state-controlled media is anticipating the violence in their aftermath. “Radically divided American society awaits civil war(opens in a new tab)”, a host of a political talk show on state-run Rossiya 24 TV channel claimed a few days prior to the election,

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