Monthly Archives: February 2021

Bill Browder: Navalny has sparked something – the West shouldn’t stand by

Andy Silvester January 31. 2012 Bill Browder ran the Hermitage Investment Fund and was Russia’s largest foreign investor. He has campaigned for justice for his lawyer Sergei Magnitsky and is considered persona non grata in Moscow. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images Once the largest foreign investor in Russia through his Hermitage Fund, Bill Browder is now a global campaigner focussing

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Navalny Fund’s Calls for U.S. Sanctions Confirms ‘Foreign Agent’ Status, Kremlin Says

Calls for targeted U.S. sanctions against several dozen Russian business and political elites by jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) confirms its status as a foreign agent, the Kremlin said Monday.   On Jan. 30, FBK executive director Vladimir Ashurkov shared a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden listing individuals — many of whom have close ties to President

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Russia Is ‘Ready’ to Disconnect from Global Internet, Medvedev Says

Russia is “legally and technologically” ready to disconnect from the global internet if needed, former President Dmitry Medvedev told Interfax Monday. Russian authorities have long flirted with the notion of tougher restrictions and control over the internet on Russian territory. While the country’s “sovereign internet” law passed in 2019 gives Russia the ability to cut itself off from the rest

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Network of Telegram channels publishing materials at request of Russia exposed in Ukraine

The agential network was made up of the citizens of Kharkiv and Odesa, activists of the so-called Rosiyska vesna (pro-Russian unrests) In Ukraine, the large-scale network acted that was engaged in the defamation of the bodies of the state power and destabilization of the situation in Ukraine at the request of the special services of Russia. The promoted stories were

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U.S. plans to hand over to Kyiv details of investigation into Ukrainian oligarchs

   Washington will hand over to Kyiv details of investigation into the activities of Ukrainian oligarchs, said Daniel Fried, former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, reports the Ukrainian news outlet Espreso. According to Fried, he expects that the American President Joe Biden will make sure that the Ukrainian leadership continues these investigations. Fried stressed that the

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Ukrainian Navy holds joint exercises with U.S. ships in Black Sea

   The boats and naval aircraft of the Ukrainian Navy have conducted joint exercises with a U.S. guided-missile destroyer and an auxiliary ship in the Black Sea, the press service of the Ukrainian Navy’s command has reported on Facebook. “This is the first passing exercise (PASSEX) with U.S. ships this year. We are very excited to work with our American

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Ambassador of France: Ukraine needs to make progress in the fight against corruption and the rule of law

   An exclusive interview with Ambassador of France to Ukraine Etienne de Poncins for the Interfax-Ukraine News Agency: Text: Nataliia Pushkaruk – Recently President Volodymyr Zelenskyy discussed with President Emmanuel Macron France’s assistance to Ukraine in obtaining a high-quality licensed vaccine against COVID-19. Can you please tell more details about it? – First of all I would like to state

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Everyone who interfered in U.S. elections should be held accountable under law – Zelensky

  Parliamentarians of Ukraine, as well as everyone who was involved in interference in the elections in the United States, must be brought to justice, and criminal proceedings should be initiated on this fact, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said. In an interview with the Axios HBO program, a translation of which was posted on the presidential website on Monday,

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Russian Prosecutors Back Prison Time for Navalny

Russian prosecutors have supported handing opposition leader Alexei Navalny a prison sentence of up to 3.5 years in a high-profile trial that starts Tuesday. Navalny was swiftly detained upon his Jan. 17 return to Russia from Germany, as Russia’s prison service accused him of violating his probation in a 2014 fraud conviction by failing to report to his parole officers.

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France Urges Germany to Scrap Russia Gas Pipeline Over Navalny

France on Monday urged Germany to scrap a major gas pipeline project with Russia in protest over the detention in Moscow of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. “We have always said we have the greatest doubts on this project in this context,” European Affairs minister Clement Beaune told France Inter radio.  Asked specifically if France wanted Berlin to drop the project, Beaune said:

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Joe Biden speaking 39 years ago about the invasion of the Falklands.

Remarkably prescient to more recent events. This is extraordinary. There is none of the folksy, ‘c’mon man’- type bullshit. No liberal/left platitudes. Instead there is what appears to be a statesman; well-briefed and actually presenting a more conservative position than the incumbent Reagan administration. At that time the Ronnie/Maggie mutual appreciation axis had not yet been fully implemented and the

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Amnesty International demands release of protesters detained in Russia – Photos

23:59, 31.01.21 – UNIAN At least 4,000 peaceful protesters were detained in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and other Russian cities on January 31. Amnesty International has demanded the release of protesters recently detained in Russia. The organization announced this in a statement related on Sunday, January 31, according to Voice of America’s Russian service. “All peaceful protesters detained today in Moscow and other Russian

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The way to an unknown land

Edward Lucas Brave protesters in Russia and Belarus need leadership and support. Courage and idealism are necessary but insufficient conditions for combating tyranny. This is a science from Moscow and Minsk. A leading Russian anti-corruption activist, Alexei Navalny, has been jailed along with 3,000 supporters who have been protesting in support of him for days. In Belarus, key opposition leaders are also behind

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