Monthly Archives: November 2020

Former Russian presidents will soon be able to freely violate the Criminal Code. Here is an incomplete list of crimes for which Medvedev (and someday Putin) cannot be tried.

A bill on guarantees of immunity of the former president was submitted to the State Duma. It will bring the federal law into line with the latest version of the Russian Constitution (adopted by a vote in the summer of 2020). The document not only complicates the procedure for depriving the former president of immunity, but actually allows the former head of

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Over the month, the incidence of covid in St. Petersburg has quadrupled. Patients lie in the corridors and doctors’ offices – and even Beglov almost admitted that the situation was critical

The official incidence rate in St. Petersburg breaks records almost daily. Beglov says the situation is critical (but did not tell Putin about it) At the peak of the first wave of the pandemic – in mid-May – more than 500 new cases of coronavirus were detected daily in St. Petersburg, official statistics say  . In early November, the figure for the first time exceeded

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Ukraine unveils brand new Sokil-300 recon strike drone (Photo)

The UAV carries a 300 kg payload and be armed with guided missiles with a range of up to 10 km. The state-owned Luch Design Bureau has presented its latest product, the reconnaissance strike unmanned aerial vehicle Sokil-300 [Falcon-300]. Oleh Korostelev, General Designer and CEO, described the new drone as a UAV designed to conduct reconnaissance and engage the enemy

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China bans entry to Russians amid COVID-19 pandemic

Amid deteriorating epidemiological situation in Russia, Beijing has decided to restrict access to Russians entering China. The restrictions apply to Russians holding valid Chinese visas or residence permits, said the Chinese Embassy in Moscow. The entry to China will be prohibited also to Russian citizens who were going there for personal or family reasons. The measures will not affect persons with diplomatic

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Putin may resign in early 2021 due to illness, – The Sun

According to the sources, former gymnast Alina Kabayeva is asking Putin to step down Russian President Vladimir Putin may resign in early 2021 due to progressive Parkinson’s disease, The Sun reports, citing its sources. According to the sources, former gymnast Alina Kabayeva is asking Putin to step down. “Observers, who have studied recent footage with Putin, have noticed that his

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NABU: Ukraine loses chance to recover billions in losses over Constitutional Court’s decisions

The consequences of such rulings are the systemic weakening of the institutional capacity of the bodies established to expose corruption.Ukraine has sustained billions in losses due to court rulings in past two years / Photo from UNIAN, by Viacheslav Ratynsky The National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) says that certain decisions made by judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine

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Stop Medvedchuk threat

Now that President Volodymyr Zelensky has belatedly awoken to the threat to the nation’s survival posed by the untouchable 15-member Constitutional Court, he should start attacking the underlying causes. One of them is Viktor Medvedchuk, a friend of Ukraine’s top enemy, Vladimir Putin and long a cancer on Ukraine’s political scene. Dating back to the 1990s, a short summary of

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Moscow Mechanism OSCE rapporteur confirms election fraud, massive human rights violations in Belarus

On November 5, the OSCE Moscow Mechanism rapporteur Wolfgang Benedek, a professor of international law at the University of Graz, presented his 58-page report to the OSCE Permanent Council concerning alleged human rights violations related to the 9 August presidential elections in Belarus. According to the author, the presidential election did fall short of fulfilling the basic international requirements for

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”Neither Free, Nor Fair” – Russian State Media Cries Foul on US Elections

Russian state media’s first comments on the outcome of the US Presidential election express deep disappointment. The head of the state broadcaster RT, Margarita Simonyan, questioned(opens in a new tab) whether Russia at all should recognise the legitimacy of the election: Neither free, nor fair Russian state media have, as EUvsDisinfo reported(opens in a new tab), shown a strong pro-Trump

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