Monthly Archives: January 2021

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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Ukraine has lost its way

By Yuri Polakiwsky Canadian-born veteran political commentator, strategist, and consultant specialising in foreign policy and transatlantic relations. Based in Kyiv, Polakiwsky is a noted writer and lecturer. His latest book is “Ukraine – A Lament of a Promise”. Ukraine has lost its way. Its chosen road towards transforming itself from a corrupt, post-Soviet thinking culture into a rules-based society has

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Russian vaccine Sputnik V not to be registered in Ukraine – Stepanov

Russian vaccine against Sputnik V will not be registered in Ukraine, Health Minister Maksym Stepanov said. “One political force has arranged some kind of hysteria over the registration of the Russian vaccine. I can immediately say that no one will register the Russian vaccine in the country,” he said at a briefing on Friday. Also, Stepanov urged not to listen

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Ukrainian TV channel fined by regulator for remarks ‘inciting hatred’

Ukraine’s National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting on Thursday implemented two sanctions against the 112 Ukraine television network: a warning and a fine equivalent to 25% of its license fee for airing remarks “containing calls for an aggressive war or its propaganda and/or inciting ethnic, racial, or religious animosity and hatred.” The move comes after an inspection of the

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