Monthly Archives: January 2021

Kremlin threatens to fine media outlets reporting ‘inflated numbers of protesters’

The Russian media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, threatened to block and fine the media outlets providing “inflated numbers of participants in illegal rallies” and for reporting “alleged incidents of violence and clashes”. “Fakes about unsanctioned rallies have started circulating on social networks. According to the requirements of the Prosecutor General’s Office and Roskomnadzor, social networks will be blocking access to false information,

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Russia arrests over 4,000 at wide protests backing Navalny

   MOSCOW — Chanting slogans against President Vladimir Putin, tens of thousands took to the streets Sunday across Russia to demand the release of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, keeping up nationwide protests that have rattled the Kremlin. More than 4,000 people were detained by police, according to a monitoring group, and some were beaten. Russian authorities mounted a massive

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Rada To Declassify Information On Salaries Of Management Of State-Owned Companies

   The Verkhovna Rada intends to declassify information on the salaries of the management of state-owned companies. 282 MPs voted for the adoption of bill No. 3952, with the minimum required 226, Ukrainian News Agency reports. The document proposes to ensure openness of information on the structure, principles of formation and amounts of remuneration, fees, additional benefit of the head,

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Kremlin: Russia has no plans to annex Donbas

   Annexation of the Donbas is not on the agenda, said Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the words of Russian propagandist Margarita Simonyan, who called on the Kremlin to “take the Donbas home.” Peskov noted that Simonyan is a media manager and journalist and cannot express Moscow’s official position on this issue. “Such a topic is not on

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Illia Ponomarenko: Ukraine’s Friend & Foe of the Week

Editor’s Note: This feature separates Ukraine’s friends from its enemies. The Order of Yaroslav the Wise has been given since 1995 for distinguished service to the nation. It is named after the Kyivan Rus leader from 1019-1054, when the medieval empire reached its zenith. The Order of Lenin was the highest decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union, whose demise Russian

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Pechersky Court says it does not initiate proceedings against Biden, Poroshenko – press service

  Pechersky District Court of Kyiv did not decide to initiate criminal proceedings against U.S. President Joseph Biden and fifth President of Ukraine (2014-2019) Petro Poroshenko, the court said on its Facebook page on Friday. At the same time, the press service spoke about the ongoing pretrial investigation of the actions of individual representatives of international organizations, whose names were

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UN Security Council will discuss situation with Navalny on February 3

During the event, an attempt to poison Navalny in 2020 will be discussed, the discussion will be held in a closed format The UN Security Council will convene on February 3 for an informal meeting to discuss the situation with opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was arrested in Russia. This was reported by sources in diplomatic circles in New York,

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Russian oligarch Rotenberg claims ‘Putin’s palace’ belongs to him

In an interview with the TV channel Mash, Russian billionaire Arkady Rotenberg said he is an owner of the Palace which is believed to be indirectly owned by Russian President Vladimir Putin. In a three-minute interview with Mash’s editor-in-chief Maxim Ixanov, Rotenberg explained that he decided to speak about it because of the scandal. “There was quite a complex object.

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Zelensky invites Switzerland’s Stadler Rail AG to invest in Ukrainian railways

   On Friday, January 29, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky held a meeting with a delegation of the Switzerland-based company Stadler Rail AG, headed by the president of the Board of Directors, co-owner of Stadler Rail AG group Peter Spuhler. “During the meeting, the sides discussed the prospects for cooperation with the company in terms of modernization of rolling stock

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The Power Vertical Podcast

In this episode of The Power Vertical Podcast, Maria Snegovaya, nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council, and Franak Viačorka, Belarusian journalist and advisor to Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, comment on the solidarity among protestors in Russia and Belarus as each nation battles government corruption and political oppression. https://www.powervertical.org/2021/01/29/taking-it-to-the-streets-confronting-the-putin-lukashenka-axis/

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Gerhard Schröder laments “Russia bashing”

   Former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (SPD) has rejected calls for the controversial Baltic Sea pipeline project Nord Stream 2 to be discontinued and has called for Germany to be closer to Russia. The criticism of the pipeline expressed in the press does not reflect the opinion of the citizens, said Schröder of the “Rheinische Post”. “The Russia bashing that is

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From Petro Poroshenko FB page

Sat 30 Jan, 2021 «Трохи нижче неба». Запам‘ятайте цю назву і обов‘язково подивіться цей фільм. Це не просто кіно про війну, він — про правду. Проти України ведеться війна не лише від часу захоплення Криму, Донецька і Луганська. Проти України щоденно ведеться війна фейковими новинами, якими намагаються зламати дух України і українства. Зробити українців меншовартісними, бездержавними, «лузерами». Тому цей фільм

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Ukraine Imposes Sanctions Against Chinese Investors Of Motor Sich And Related Companies For 3 Years

  Ukraine imposed sanctions for three years (until January 2024) against Skyrizon Aircraft Holdings Limited (British Virgin Islands), which owns 10% of shares in the largest manufacturer of aircraft engines and gas turbine units Motor Sich (Zaporizhia), Beijing Skyrizon (China) wishing to purchase shares of the enterprise, as well as related companies. This is stated in Presidential Decree No. 29/2021

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Last Lenin Statue in Ukraine Falls

Paul Goble             Staunton, January 28 – The last statue of Lenin on public land in those portions of Ukraine controlled by Kyiv was demolished by unknown persons. It had stood in the village of Staryye Troyany in Odessa Oblast. Its removal brings to the end the so-called “Leninfall” that has been taking place in Ukraine since 1991.             In

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Putin Signs Bill Extending New START Nuclear Arms-Control Treaty

January 29, 2021 19:30 GMT – By RFE/RL Russian President (Dictator) Vladimir Putin has signed a bill approving the extension of the New START nuclear arms-control treaty. The lower house of parliament, the State Duma, voted unanimously on January 27 to extend the New START for five years. It was then approved quickly in the upper house of parliament, the Federation

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Ukraine publishes COVID-19 vaccination schedule

03:59, 30.01.21 – UNIAN Chief Medical Officer Viktor Liashko announced the launch of the campaign around February 15. The National Commission for technology-related and environmental safety and emergencies has approved a schedule for vaccination against the coronavirus in Ukraine in 2021. This was announced by the press service of the Cabinet of Ministers. Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said that the document proposes

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A 17th Century Organ Gun from Lviv — ULTIMA RATIO

Mariana Verkhoturovawith Thorsten Peger & N.R. Jenzen-Jones Introduction Since gunpowder was first developed, humans have strived to refine and better harness this technology to develop more effective and deadly weapons for the battlefield. While some of the earliest artillery pieces were heavy bombards—fixed on a wooden base placed directly on the ground and only useful […] A 17th Century Organ Gun

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In Moldova, President Sandu brings new focus to expanding ties — The Princeton Diplomat

Newly-elected Moldovan President, Maia Sandu (left), with the Ukranian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyi (right) (Source: Twitter) Sam Harshbarger On November 15, former Prime Minister and World Bank economist Maia Sandu defeated incumbent President Igor Dodon in Moldova’s most decisive election outcome in recent memory. Sandu’s Party of Action and Solidarity (PAS) dealt a decisive electoral blow […] In Moldova, President Sandu brings

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Navalny Brother, Aides Under House Arrest Ahead of New Russia Protests

The brother and aides of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny were placed under house arrest ahead of new rallies, as Russian authorities warned Friday that protesters could face charges of taking part in “mass unrest.” Kremlin critics say authorities are dramatically ramping up pressure on the Russian opposition in an effort to intimidate protesters and smother dissent ahead of new

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‘The perfect target’: Russia cultivated Trump as asset for 40 years – ex-KGB spy

The KGB ‘played the game as if they were immensely impressed by his personality’, Yuri Shvets, a key source for a new book, tells the Guardian David Smith in Washington@smithinamericaFri 29 Jan 2021 08.00 GMT Donald Trump was cultivated as a Russian asset over 40 years and proved so willing to parrot anti-western propaganda that there were celebrations in Moscow,

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‘Remove this infection from your network’ The small Russian company that ‘saved’ Parler has other, far more odious clients

In January 2021, a small website security company based in Russia called “DDoS-Guard” made its infrastructure available to the American social network Parler, after Amazon Web Services refused to host the service and both Apple and Google removed Parler from its app stores for failing to moderate and delete content that promotes violence. The catalyst for dropping the largely right-wing

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Russia’s RDIF says it could ship 100 million doses of vaccine to EU by June

  MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia could provide the European Union with 100 million doses of its Sputnik V COVID-19 shot – enough to vaccinate 50 million people – in the April-June quarter, the country’s sovereign wealth fund, which markets the vaccine abroad, said on Friday. “After completion of the main part of mass vaccination in Russia, RDIF can provide EU

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Europe’s capitulation in PACE

The Russian delegation to the PACE has seen its powers restored in full, which continues similar steps the Assembly took back in 2019. Prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ukraine’s new delegation was working to pursue the efforts launched by their predecessors toward having Russia expelled from the PACE. Back then, it was a major bulk of annual

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