Monthly Archives: December 2020

Putin battles to sell Russia’s vaccine in new rift with West

Russian officials blame Sputnik’s difficulties on bias Russia is accusing the West of maligning its achievements in the global race to defeat Covid-19 as attempts to win key markets for its Sputnik V vaccine run up against the demands of regulators. “We understand the game,” Kirill Dmitriev, chief executive officer of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, which backed Sputnik V’s

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Lawyers accuse police of falsifying criminal case to save Zelensky’s deputy chief of staff

Ex-lawmaker Maksym Mykytas’ lawyers on Dec. 30 accused police of falsifying evidence in a criminal case to make him withdraw his testimony against President Volodymyr Zelensky’s deputy chief of staff Oleh Tatarov. Police responded that the evidence was valid and lawful and threatened the lawyers with responsibility for divulging investigative secrets. The police on Dec. 29 charged Mykytas, who is

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In 2020, many things were banned in Russia again. Here is a list of Bonus – what and to whom, on the contrary, was allowed

The main events of 2020 are the coronavirus epidemic, and in Russia there is also the adoption of amendments to the Constitution. Both gave the authorities the opportunity to introduce many new bans. Some of them relate to behavior in an emergency, but others will obviously be used against the opposition in the elections to the State Duma in 2021. Here is a

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NEW YEARS EVE IN THE ‘DPR’

Occupiers of the Donetsk oblast threaten with problems on New Year’s holidays not only the owners of Ukrainian passports, but also the owners of cars with Ukrainian license plates. This was reported by the so-called employee of the “Ministry of Information” Alexey Akutin in his Telegram channel. “Traditionally, on the New Year’s eve, the capital of our Motherland is gradually flooded

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Bellingcat journalist Hristo Grozev has posted a travel database of Navalny’s alleged poisoners. It contains more than five hundred movements by train and airplane

Bellingcat journalist Hristo Grozev made public information about the trips of alleged participants in the assassination attempt on politician Alexei Navalny. The file is available in Excel spreadsheet format in Google Docs. The database contains information about dates, destinations and vehicles on which trips were made. It contains the movements of ten people – eight of them appeared in the initial investigation by Bellingcat

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President’s Office: CCU statement defying Zelensky’s decree “null and void”

The president’s team and the Constitutional Court have been trading barbs over Zelensky’s move to suspend the chief judge pending criminal investigation.Photo from UNIAN Any “statements” posted on the website of the Constitutional Court, on which the court made no decisions, are legally null and void, says the President’s Office. “Regarding the latest statements by the Secretariat of the Constitutional Court.

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Poroshenko says he authorizes operation to detain ‘Wagner members’ in 2018

Leader of the European Solidarity party, fifth President of Ukraine (2014-2019) Petro Poroshenko says that he authorized the operation of the Ukrainian special services to detain the fighters of so-called Wagner PMC (private military company) when he was the Supreme Commander-in-Chief in 2018. “I can say a certain exclusive […] I want to emphasize that at the end of 2018,

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U.S. accuses Kolomoisky, Boholiubov of using misappropriated funds for Ohio real estate

U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday accused Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky and businessman Gennadiy Boholiubov of using misappropriated funds to buy real estate in Ohio, following earlier similar U.S. allegations involving property in Kentucky and Texas, according to Reuters. According to the report, Kolomoisky, one of the most prominent tycoons in Ukraine, had denied the previous allegations. Bruce Marks, a U.S. lawyer

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On New Year’s Eve, Putin signed about 100 new laws. We tell about the most important – as short as possible

Almost anyone can become a “foreign agent” The law allows to assign the status of “foreign agent” to ordinary citizens and organizations without legal entities that are engaged in politics in Russia (in a very broad sense) and receive assistance from other countries. Another law provides for up to five years in prison if the “foreign agent” refuses to submit a notice for inclusion

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“This is wild”: Parliament, president’s envoys react to Constitutional Court’s defiant statement

Earlier, a commentary released on the CCU website branded the president’s decree to suspend their chief judge as “illegitimate.”Photo from UNIAN / Volodymyr Hontar The Constitutional Court, represented by its legal department and secretariat, has no right to recognize decrees as “null and void” or “unconstitutional,” Parliament’s Envoy to the CCU, Olha Sovhyria, said on Tuesday. “For me, as a

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Ukrainian Army Commander: It would be easier if we were given command to attack in Donbas

The Ukrainian government wants to regain control of the Donbas, and in these conditions, it would be easier for the military if they received an order to attack, said Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Ruslan Khomchak in an interview with Obozrevatel. Khomchak believes, there is currently a question whether Ukrainian society is ready for active actions of its army in

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Ukraine’s free trade agreements with UK and Israel to take effect on New Year’s Eve

30.12.2020 16:12 On the night of 31 December 2020 to 1 January 2021, Ukraine’s free trade agreements with the United Kingdom and Israel will take effect. “On New Year’s Eve, two free trade agreements – with the United Kingdom and Israel – will take effect,” Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine – Trade Representative of Ukraine

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Constitutional Court calls on Zelensky to cancel his decree on Tupytskyi

The Constitutional Court of Ukraine has described a decree by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to suspend the court’s chairman, Oleksandr Tupytskyi, from office for two months as “legally null and void” and called for the document to be revoked, according to a statement posted on the court’s website. “From the constitutional and legal point of view, Decree of the President

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“Their activity does not and cannot bear any threat to the state.” Oksana Pushkina condemned the inclusion of the center “Violence.net” in the list of “foreign agents”

Oksana Pushkina, State Duma deputy, deputy chairman of the committee on family, women and children, criticized the authorities’ decision to include the center for assistance to victims of domestic violence “Violence.net” in the list of “foreign agents”. She wrote about this in her telegram channel. Pushkina called Violence.net one of the best Russian public organizations to help victims of violence and

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AP: China has made state secret research on the origin of the virus that causes COVID-19

The PRC leadership tightly controls research on the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19.  The Chinese government is providing grants worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to scientists studying the origins of the virus. Officials are monitoring the findings of the research and demand that a special group under the PRC government approve them before publication, AP said. In

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Moscow Expands List of UK Officials Banned From Russia

Moscow on Wednesday expanded a list of UK officials banned from entering Russia in a tit-for-tat response to British sanctions imposed over the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that in response to “unconstructive and unfriendly” UK penalties it had “decided to expand the number of British citizens who are denied entry to our

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Iran to Pay $150,000 for Each Victim of Ukrainian Crashed Plane

“The government will pay the allocated money to the victims’ families once it is provided based on the reports,” Joneidi said, adding that the Ministry of Road and Urban Development is charged with paying compensation money to their families in cooperation with other national sectors. She stressed that Iran will pay the money to the families of the victims regardless

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Putin claims mounting crisis in occupied Crimea can be reversed by fresh water supplies under Azov Sea

On December 17, Vladimir Putin said that the mounting water crisis in Russia-occupied Crimea, a crisis that means most residents get water of low quality only four hours a day, can be solved by drilling into what he said are enormous supplies of fresh water lying under the Azov Sea. Such an enormously expensive project, typical of the giantism of

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“Putin is not hysterical.” Kremlin on new criminal case against Navalny

Kommersant FM : The Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against Alexei Navalny. The politician reacted to this with the phrase: “Putin, it seems, is just beating in hysterics.” What can the Kremlin say to this? Dmitry Peskov : You know, Putin is not hysterical. Putin is preparing for a meeting with the prime minister and is holding international telephone calls, wishing his colleagues a

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OSCE SMM spots Russian Zhitel electronic warfare system in occupied Donbas

30.12.2020 10:24 The OSCE SMM spotted a modern Russian Zhitel electronic warfare system in Donetsk region on the border with Russia. “During the day on 27 December, about 2km east-south-east of Mykhailivka (74km south-east of Donetsk) and about 2.5km north-west of the border with the Russian Federation, an SMM long-range UAV spotted a probable electronic warfare system (R-330Zh Zhitel),” reads

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Zelensky fires security council deputy secretary who criticized him

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has sacked the deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense Council in what appears to be retaliation for the official’s criticism of him. On Dec. 29, Zelensky signed a decree removing Major General Serhiy Kryvonos from the position, which he had held since March 2019, when he was appointed to office by Zelensky’s predecessor, President Petro Poroshenko. The firing

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Security Council endorses bill increasing liability for false declaration of assets

Zelensky says the document should be finalized so that there are no disputes over certain provisions.Photo from UNIAN Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) has endorsed a bill that increases liability for false information in assets declarations, which the president will submit to parliament as a priority after finalization. Speaking at an NSDC meeting on December 29, Ukrainian President

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Covid-19: Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine approved for use in UK

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been approved for use in the UK, with the first doses due to be given on Monday amid rising coronavirus cases. The UK has ordered 100 million doses – enough to vaccinate 50 million people. This will cover the entire population, when combined with the full order of the Pfizer-BioNTech jab, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said.

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