Monthly Archives: January 2021

European lawmakers approve resolution calling for an end to Nord Stream 2

On Jan. 21, European lawmakers overwhelmingly voted against the completion of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline in response to the weekend arrest of Kremlin critic Aleksei Navalny. A total of 581 out of 705 lawmakers voted to adopt a resolution calling on the European Union to “immediately stop the completion” of the $11 billion Baltic Sea pipeline that would allow

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Navalny Allies Jailed, Fined as Russia Vows Protest Crackdown

Several allies of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny have been imprisoned or fined on the eve of nationwide protests in his support this Saturday. At least 150,000 people have signed up for the rallies in Navalny’s support across 70 Russian cities, marking “going” or “interested” on Facebook and Vkontakte event pages. Organizers also aimed the protests against Russia’s ruling elite

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Ukrainian infrastructure minister, Portuguese ambassador discuss cooperation in aviation, transport

   Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Vladyslav Kryklii has held a working meeting with Ambassador of Portugal to Ukraine Antonio Vasco Alves Machado during which the parties discussed prospects for cooperation between the two countries in various infrastructure areas, including aviation and transport, according to a statement posted on the website of the Ukrainian Infrastructure Ministry. “Vladyslav Kryklii positively noted the bilateral

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Navalny video about Putin’s palace a hit on You Tube

   According to YouTube statistics, as of January 20, 19:30 Moscow time, the video became the most-watched video in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Ukraine, Estonia and Cyprus. In addition, the video hit the top 10 YouTube trends in 15 countries, including Israel, the Czech Republic, Norway, Switzerland, Spain and others. As of 23:50 Moscow time, the video had been watched

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Kyiv authorities negotiating with several U.S., European manufacturers of COVID-19 vaccine to buy 1 mln doses

  Kyiv is negotiating with several manufacturers to purchase a vaccine against COVID-19 for the capital, said mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko. “The capital authorities are negotiating with several American and European companies producing vaccines against coronavirus. I use all my foreign contacts and ties in order to provide Kyiv residents with a vaccine. We are talking about purchasing 1

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U.S. at OSCE: Russia’s attempts to freeze conflict in Donbas must be prevented

   OSCE participating States should consider ways to prevent the conflict in Donbas from becoming another frozen conflict in Europe. Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Mission to the OSCE Courtney Austrian said this at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna on Thursday, January 21, an Ukrinform correspondent reports. “Russia denied its involvement in eastern Ukraine to force

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Russia Seeks to Squeeze Out U.S.-Funded Media – NYT

Russia plans to squeeze Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty out of the country with steep fines in an escalating conflict between the Kremlin and the United States, which funds the news organization, the New York Times reported Thursday. Russia’s media regulator reportedly signaled its intention to issue 130 notices of violations against RFE/RL for failing to label its content as produced

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Transfer of Ukrainian POWs to Medvedchuk from Donbas suspended, as plane did not fly

     The transfer of a number of Ukrainian citizens held in the self-proclaimed Donbas republics to Viktor Medvedchuk, a Ukrainian parliamentarian and chairman of the political council of the Opposition Platform – For Life party, has been suspended, as the plane that had to bring these people did not take off, Leonid Kravchuk, head of the Ukrainian delegation to the

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