Monthly Archives: December 2020

Kremlin prepares to change power in Belarus

The Russian Foreign Intelligence Service is working on creating a pro-Russian party “Right of the People” in Belarus which will advocate for integration with Russia but will oppose Alexander Lukashenko. The Kremlin and Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service have developed a so-called “plan B” for Belarus to overthrow the country’s head Alexander Lukashenko, reports the Russian publication The Insider with reference to the

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Russia Approves COVID-19 Vaccine For Use By The Elderly

December 26, 2020 09:28 GMT – RFE/RL Russia’s Health Ministry has approved the country’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine for use by people over the age of 60. Health Minister Mikhail Murashko made the announcement on December 26, saying that the vaccine has now been approved for everyone over the age of 18. Previously, elderly people, who form a particularly vulnerable

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NABU opens criminal case over Venediktova’s ‘interference’ in Tatarov investigation

The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) has begun criminal proceedings accusing Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova of interfering in a bribery case against President Volodymyr Zelensky’s deputy chief of staff, Oleh Tatarov.  Maksym Hryschuk, acting chairman of the Special Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office, announced the charges on a Dec. 25 broadcast by news outlet Hromadske.  The bureau maintains that Venediktova broke

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In Pskov, a military man accidentally fired a cannon at a shopping center – a shell pierced the roof and fell in the Children’s World. Everyone is alive

On the morning of December 24, 2020, a military man in Pskov accidentally fired a cannon at the Fjord Plaza shopping and entertainment center located at the western exit of Pskov. Baza and  Pskov Province were the first to report this on the evening of December 25 . According to Baza, a 19-year-old corporal by the name of Komarov was serving a BMD-4 amphibious assault

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In 16 hours, investigators interrogated Lyubov Sobol five times. She had a confrontation with the mother-in-law of the FSB officer Kudryavtsev

Investigators held a confrontation between Lyubov Sobol, an employee of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), and Galina Subbotina, mother-in-law of FSB officer Konstantin Kudryavtsev, the alleged accomplice in the poisoning of Alexei Navalny. A face-to-face confrontation was held in the evening of December 25, said Marina Litvinovich, a member of the Public Monitoring Commission on Facebook. Yesterday, all day for almost 16 hours,

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George Blake dead: Notorious British spy dies in Moscow at the age of 98

George Blake, born George Behar, escaped Wormwood Scrubs prison in 1966 and fled to the Soviet Union where he lived until his death today ByWill StewartTom DavidsonAssistant news editor 09:50, 26 DEC 2020 UPDATED10:38, 26 DEC 2020 Notorious British traitor George Blake has died, the Russian foreign intelligence announced today. The 98-year-old spy had been living in Moscow since he escaped from Wormwood

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Constitutional Court allows Russia not to pay $ 57 billion to former Yukos shareholders

On December 24, the Russian Constitutional Court adopted a ruling ( .pdf ), which effectively allowed the government not to comply with the decision of the international arbitration in The Hague on the payment of $ 57 billion to the former shareholders of the Yukos oil company. The BBC Russian Service drew attention to this. The Constitutional Court has prepared an explanation for

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