Monthly Archives: January 2021

Biden Raises Navalny, Ukraine, Nuclear Weapons in First Call With Putin

U.S. President Joe Biden in his first phone call with Vladimir Putin since taking office raised concerns with the Kremlin leader over the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and Russian “aggression” against Ukraine, the White House said Tuesday. Biden placed the call in order to discuss with Putin “our willingness to extend” for five years the New START nuclear

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Ukraine will prevail

   Ukraine, since the tatars provoked Maidan via Facebook, and since Nazi Russia invaded the Crimea and parts of Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts, is in a very awful situation. Yet, there is hope. Although Zelensky is the worst government Ukraine ever had, there is hope Ukraine will come back, with or without the occupied territories. The reason is Ukraine’s economic

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Russia removed from Lunar Gateway project

Russia has been removed from the expert which is developing the near-moon station the Lunar Gateway, headed by the space agency NASA, reported RIA Novosti, citing a source in the Russian space industry. The decision to remove Russian representatives from the expert group of the Gateway project was taken after repeated statements by the Russian side about Russia’s insufficient role

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Kremlin refuses to name direct owners of Putin’s Palace

The palace in Gelendzhik, which according to Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation is “indirectly owned by Russian President Vladimir Putin,” belongs to entrepreneurs whose names “the Kremlin has no right to disclose,” said Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov at a press conference on Tuesday, January 26. When asked about the palace, he noted that “this large object, it is well known in

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PACE reminds Russia of its responsibility for execution of ECHR judgments in occupied territories

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has reminded Russia of its responsibility for human rights violations in the temporarily occupied territories of Crimea and Donbas. The amendment, initiated by representatives of the Ukrainian delegation, was supported by the PACE in the resolution on the execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights adopted on January 26.

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Crimea-based Koktebel wine factory sold to Russian company for USD 1.4 mln

Another company and a businessman competed during the auction that was held in Russia Koktebel Vintage Wines Factory, LLC purchased the Koktebel wine factory in the annexed Crimea. The price made 1.4 million dollars. The respective information appeared on the Russian website that publishes information about trading operations. A company from St.Petersburg and businessman Andriy Shklovsky from Perm (Russia) also

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Journalist launches own media on Donbas to remind world of Russia’s war

OLENA MAKARENKO Article by: Olena MakarenkoEdited by: Michael Garrood It’s the sixth year of the war in eastern Ukraine, and events there are disappearing from both Ukrainian and international media coverage. The trend has several reasons, but the lack of coverage is in stark contrast to the ongoing war. Andriy Dubchak is a journalist who set himself the task of showing

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Who is Nord Stream’s Matthias Warnig, Putin’s friend from East Germany?

By Roman Goncharenko. 25.1.2021 Alexei Navalny’s investigative video about “Putin’s Palace” has been viewed millions of times. It mentions many Russians — and one German. How is Matthias Warnig, a business manager and former Stasi agent, involved? Matthias Warnig is, in various ways, an exceptional person. The 65-year-old is the oldest German friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the

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‘Dethrone the tsar’: Putin floats retirement to seaside winery amid Navalny uproar

By Joel Gehrke Jan 25. 2021 Russian President Vladimir Putin has a retirement dream, and, like so many of those fantasies, it involves a winery near the sea.  “It is a good, noble occupation,” Putin told Russian students in an online discussion on Monday. “I would give it a try someday, not as a business but as an occupation.” Putin

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U.S. Jails Woman 11 Years for Attempted Secret Info Sale to Russia

The United States has sentenced a West Virginia woman to 11 years in federal prison for trying to sell classified information to Russia while attempting to kidnap her daughter from the girl’s custodial father to Mexico.   Elizabeth Jo Shirley, 47, was accused “of breaching trust of the American people” by attempting to sell classified information to “one of America’s foremost

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”Do Not Save Bullets – The Recipe for Saving Russia”

The Pro-Kremlin Disinformation Ecosystem Mobilising against the Protests The pro-Kremlin disinformation ecosystem is desperately trying to formulate a position on the countrywide protest of Saturday 23 January – “A bubble, about to burst(opens in a new tab)”, “misled teens(opens in a new tab)”, “An uprising of the well-fed(opens in a new tab)”, ”An attempt at a coup d’etat(opens in a

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Putin Seeks to Legally Ban Nazi-Soviet Comparisons

President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russia’s lower-house speaker to draft a legal ban on comparisons between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, according to a Kremlin statement published Saturday. Putin instructed State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin to draft by July 1 amendments to Russia’s law cementing Soviet victory over Nazi Germany that would “prohibit publicly equating the role of the

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PACE urges Ukraine to refrain from any actions detrimental to rule of law

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted the Progress of the Assembly’s Monitoring Procedure annual report (from January to December 2020), in which it called on Kyiv officials to take measures to strengthen anti-corruption structures and refrain from any actions that could adversely affect the rule the rights and independence of the judiciary in Ukraine. Ukraine must

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Angela Merkel Invites Joe Biden To Germany

   Merkel said Thursday during a press conference that there was far more common ground with Washington now that Biden has replaced Trump. Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel assured US President Joe Biden in a phone call on Monday that they would work together to tackle international challenges. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert announced this in the evening. Accordingly, she also invited

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Putin equates mass protests in Russia to terrorism

Russian citizens have the right to express their opinion only within the boundaries of law, said Russian President Vladimir Putin , commenting on Saturday protests in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Unsanctioned protests, according to Putin, are “not just counterproductive, but dangerous,” and the fact that calls for protests are spread among minors puts them at the level as

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St. Petersburg Woman Kicked by Police at Navalny Protests Pursues Charges

A St. Petersburg woman who was kicked in the stomach by police during protests demanding opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s release from jail will press charges against the officer, she told the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper. A viral video from Saturday’s nationwide rallies showed Margarita Yudina, 54, collapsing on the pavement after being kicked by a riot police officer escorting a

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Reuters: EU to hold off on new Russia sanctions if Navalny released

23:59, 25.01.21 – UNIAN EU leaders could discuss any further steps at a planned summit on March 25-26. The European Union will hold off from imposing fresh sanctions on Russian individuals if the Kremlin releases pro-democracy campaigner Alexei Navalny, EU foreign ministers said on Monday, sending the bloc’s top diplomat to Moscow next week. Reuters reports that despite calls from Baltic

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East Human Rights Group says 164,340 Ukrainians in Donbas have Russian passports

09:00, 26.01.21 – UNIAN The illegal expedited procedure was used. More than 164,000 Ukrainians living in Russia-occupied territories in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, have already received Russian passports. This was reported by the East Human Rights Group on Facebook on January 25. “According to our sources in the certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as our employees (monitors) in the

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