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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