Monthly Archives: December 2020

Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against Alexei Navalny for large-scale fraud

The Investigative Committee opened a criminal case of large-scale fraud against politician Alexei Navalny. This was reported on the agency’s website. According to the UK, Navalny spent part of the 588 million rubles for personal purposes, which were collected as donations for FBK and other non-profit organizations. According to the investigation, Navalny, being the actual head of these organizations, acting in

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Russia bans entry to members of Germany’s security and intelligence agencies

The Kremlin has banned officials of the “German Defense Ministry’s security and intelligence agencies” entry to Russia. “According to the diplomatic principle of reciprocity, senior members of the German security and intelligence agencies that are part of the German Defense Ministry system have been placed on Russian no-entry list,” said the Russian Foreign Ministry in a statement. The decision relates to

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Zelensky suspends Constitutional Court chair for two months

Criminal charges have also been pressed against the chief judge, revealing conflict of interest.Photo from UNIAN, Viacheslav Ratynskyi President Volodymyr Zelensky has suspended Oleksandr Tupytsky, Head of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, for a period of two months. That’s according to the President’s Office. “I am signing this decree for the sake of restoring justice and resolving Constitutional crisis,” Volodymyr Zelensky

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Concentration camp with sadists at helm: Ex-political prisoner Aseiev speaks about Donetsk prison

The notorious site is located at a long-abandoned factory that used to be an artist hub in pre-war times.Facebook/Aseiev Former political prisoner and journalist Stanislav Aseiev, who had for over two years been held captive by Russian proxies at a Donetsk-based “Izolyatsia” prison, spoke up about the abduction and torture. In an interview with Ukrayinska Pravda, Aseiev was abducted as he

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Russia’s FSB digging up dirt on Ukraine’s intelligence chief (Wiretap records)

A phone conversation between two representatives of Russia’s FSB was intercepted in December.Russia’s FSB digging up dirt on Ukraine’s intelligence chief / Photo from gur.mil.gov.ua The Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR) of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry has intercepted a phone conversation between defectors, former officers of the SBU Security Service of Ukraine, who were discussing a possible act of information warfare against

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Harrowing Coronavirus Stories Emerge From Russia’s Battered Regions

The second record-breaking wave of coronavirus infections battering Russian regions has been accompanied by distressing stories and images of patients struggling in a strained health system. Cities including St. Petersburg and the western enclave of Kaliningrad have seen their highest caseloads since the spring outbreak, while the Moscow region has doubled Covid-19 hospitalizations over the past month.  Videos have shown bodies wrapped in black plastic filling

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Russia Adds Women’s Rights NGO to ‘Foreign Agents’ List

Russia has labeled prominent women’s rights organization Nasiliyu.net (“No to Violence”) as a “foreign agent,” the Justice Ministry announced Tuesday.  The Justice Ministry’s addition of the NGO, which provides legal and psychological help to domestic violence victims, to the “foreign agent” registry comes amid fears of a renewed crackdown on critical voices ahead of Russia’s 2021 legislative elections. Lawmakers pushed through controversial expansions

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About 300,000 Ukrainians forced to obtain Russian passports in occupied Donbas – Reznikov

The official says he is convinced Ukraine has no right to condemn such citizens.About 300,000 Ukrainians forced to obtain Russian passports in occupied Donbas / Photo from UNIAN Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksiy Reznikov says about 300,000 Ukrainians have been forced to obtain Russian passports in occupied Donbas since this is the

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Moscow Clinic Seeks to Bring Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines to Russia

A medical clinic in Moscow plans to be the first to bring two leading western-developed coronavirus vaccines to Russia, the clinic’s head told Forbes Russia on Tuesday. The Hadassah Clinic is working to bring the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines to Russia as soon as it becomes possible, its head Evgeny Tugolukov said. The clinic belongs to the Skolkovo medical network,

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Russia Jails Former Energy Exec for 15 Years on Spying Charges

A Russian court on Tuesday handed a 15-year prison sentence to a former manager of an energy company for spying for Moldova, the latest in a string of high-profile espionage trials. Karina Tsurkan, a former board member of the Inter RAO energy group, was detained in 2018 on suspicion of handing classified information to Moldovan intelligence. The Federal Security Service

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Margarita Simonyan (HEAD OF RT) will receive a million rubles prize from the Russian government for her personal contribution to the development of the media

The government of the Russian Federation awarded 10 journalistic prizes of one million rubles each, the corresponding order was signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. Including the award for personal contribution to the development of the media will be received by RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan. The host of the Rossiya TV channel, Alexander Sladkov, will receive an award for his

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