Monthly Archives: December 2020

The State Duma in the first reading adopted a bill allowing to hide information about security officials and judges

The State Duma adopted in the first reading a bill allowing to hide information about judges, prosecutors, law enforcement officers and members of their families.  The document makes it impossible to issue information about such people from address bureaus, passport offices and traffic police databases – including property information. The only exceptions are the investigation of criminal cases, checking for corruption

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Peskov has temporarily canceled a daily press briefing. It was expected that he would be asked about the poisoning of Navalny by FSB officers

Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov has temporarily canceled a daily telephone briefing with journalists. The briefing will not take place on December 15 and 16. The Kremlin explained that this was done in connection with preparations for the annual large press conference of President Vladimir Putin. It will take place on December 17 at 12:00 Moscow time. On the eve of

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UNGA vote on militarization of Crimea highlights Moscow’s international isolation on Ukraine, Portnikov says

Paul A Goble On 7 December, the UN General Assembly voted for a resolution calling on Russia to withdraw from occupied Crimea. Only 17 countries voted in support of Russia and against the resolution, a measure of just how isolated Moscow has become on this issue, Ukrainian commentator Vitaly Portnikov says. “Of these 17,” writes Portnikov, “three are members of [Russia’s] Eurasian Economic Union [which

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Donbas is being taken away from Ukraine. But where?!… Donetsk journal

The “young republic” has been proving its independence from Ukraine for the seventh year in a row, as the phrase goes, by deed, not by word. Supermarkets stopped accepting hryvnia in the summer of 2015. In 2016, all owners of movable and immovable property were forced to replace Ukrainian documents confirming ownership and license plates on Ukrainian cars with new

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Cyberattacks contradict Russia’s foreign policy principles – Russian US Embassy

The US media are once again groundlessly trying to accuse Russia of hacker attacks on US government bodies, the Russian diplomatic mission wroteThe Russian embassy in Washington, DC© Anatoly Bochinin/TASS WASHINGTON, December 14. /TASS/. Attacks in the information space contradict the foreign policy principles of the Russian Federation, the US media are once again groundlessly trying to accuse Russia of

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Medvedchuk: Third stage of clinical trials of Sputnik V vaccine ends earlier than all other world vaccines

Viktor Medvedchuk stressed that having all this information, the authorities refuse from the Russian vaccine and act feloniously towards Ukrainians The third phase of clinical trials of the Sputnik V vaccine, unlike others, will finish in March 2021. Other coronavirus vaccines will complete this phase of the research only in 2022 – 2023. The Chairman of Political Council of the

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Poroshenko considers ‘General Nazarov’s case’ as scenario for Russia to avoid responsibility for war crimes

The case against Major General of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Nazarov is a precedent that could have far-reaching consequences for Ukraine’s defense capability, fifth President of Ukraine (2014-2019), leader of the European Solidarity party Petro Poroshenko wrote on Facebook. “I am closely following the case of General Nazarov. I understand its moral and legal complexity. I feel the

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I survived the basement prisons of the “Luhansk People’s Republic.” Here is what I saw. Part 1

Oleksandr Hryshchenko is a 60-year-old Luhansk veterinarian who lives in Kyiv. In 2014, he spent six months “in the basement,” aka an unofficial prison of the Russian proxy “Luhansk People’s Republic.” After his release from the basement, the man moved to Kyiv as soon as he could. Oleksandr tells his story of captivity, torture, and unexpected release in great detail.

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Putin Congratulates U.S. President-Elect Biden After Electoral College Confirmation

Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a congratulatory telegram to U.S. President-elect Joe Biden after the Electoral College confirmed his win, the Kremlin announced Tuesday.   Putin is one of the last world leaders to congratulate the president-elect, with his message coming six weeks after the Nov. 3 vote in which Biden defeated incumbent President Donald Trump. The Kremlin maintained that it

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The EU, the “Magnitsky Act” and targeting autocrats in the Eastern neighborhood. Analysis by Dionis Cenușa

From December 2020, the EU will have at its disposal a unique regime for sanctioning perpetrators of human rights crimes, globally. The resurgence of current autocratic repressive practices in Belarus predisposes to the first transposition of new European sanctions in the Eastern Neighborhood. In the same region, other governments severely restrict democratic freedoms, as evidenced over many years by the

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Oliver Stone Receives Russian Coronavirus Vaccine Despite Age Concerns

U.S. filmmaker Oliver Stone said he has received Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus despite the country’s mass rollout not covering his age group. Russia launched nationwide Covid-19 vaccine distribution late last week among high-risk health, education and other workers aged 18 to 60. Experts have warned it could be harmful for patients aged 60 and older, who develop

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‘Gross Violation’: In Open Letter, Russian Scientists Criticize Lack of Vaccine Data

Russia has launched mass Sputnik V vaccinations. But concerns over weak data and cut corners continue to mount. By Pjotr Sauer and Jake Cordell A group of scientists from leading Russian universities has blasted the development process of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine as “completely unacceptable” and “ridiculous” in an open letter raising new concerns over a lack of sufficient data on its safety and

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ukraine: Kravchuk invited to Rada Committee hearing to elaborate on Donbas action plan

21:45, 14.12.20 – UNIAN The hearing could be held next week. The Verkhovna Rada Committee on the Organization of State Power, Local Self-Government, Regional Development, and Urban Planning has invited Leonid Kravchuk, head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group, to report on the action plan on Donbas settlement. That’s according to First Deputy Chairman of the Committee

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