Monthly Archives: February 2021

The court fined a mute resident of St. Petersburg for the January 31 rally. The police said he shouted slogans

A court in St. Petersburg fined the hearing impaired Yevgeny Agafonov after being detained at a rally in support of Alexei Navalny on January 31. This is reported by the “Apology of Protest”. Agafonov is a hearing impaired group III, he is unable to speak. According to lawyer Sergei Loktev, the man did not know about the action and did not participate

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Ukraine counterintel busts Russian FSB asset network among former spec-ops officers

The group had been plotting subversive actions and abduction of a senior military official.Photo from UNIAN The SBU Security Service’s counterintelligence department has successfully completed a sting operation to expose a network of Russian assets recruited by the FSB from among former officers with the spec-ops forces. The group had been plotting subversive actions and abduction of a former chief of

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Residents of occupied Crimea massively restore Ukrainian passports – local blogger

Residents of the occupied Crimea are massively restoring passports issued by Ukraine. Alexander Gorny, who previously strongly supported the Russian occupation of Crimea, wrote this in his blog on Echo of Moscow. According to him, residents of the Russian-occupied peninsula “are tired of the lies and lawlessness of the local authorities, but so far they are silent”. “But the number

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Rada proposes to ban journalists from 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, ZIK from working in parliament

MP Roman Lozinsky (from the Holos faction) proposes not to let the journalists of the 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, ZIK television channels, against which sanctions were imposed, into the building of the Verkhovna Rada. “The overwhelming majority of MPs with a pro-Ukrainian position insist that so-called journalists from pro-Russian channels do not work in the Ukrainian parliament,” Lozinsky said at a

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Simonyan invites NewsOne and Co. journalists to work on Russia Today propaganda channel

Editor-in-chief of the Russian propaganda RT TV channel Margarita Simonyan have invited employees of the sanctioned TV channels ZiK, NewsOne and 112 Ukraine to work. She wrote this on her Telegram. “I offer a job… to employees of Ukrainian TV channels, just closed by democrat Zelensky”, – she stated. In addition, the offer to work on the Russian channel is

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Ukrainians want regulation of right to bear arms, feel responsible enough for this

   KYIV. Feb 5 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The majority of Ukrainians consider themselves responsible enough to grant them the right to carry short-barreled weapons, according to the data of the first national survey on the request of citizens for the right of armed self-defense. Presenting the results of the survey at a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine on Friday, the organizer of

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Leader of “DNR” admits monstrous shortage of medical workers in occupied territory

The greatest shortage of doctors is observed in the medical institutions of occupied Debaltseve, Snizhne, Horlivka and Khartsyzsk. This fact was recognized by the “DNR” leader Denis Pushilin. “The shortage of doctors reaches 50% of the total percentage of staffing positions in remote areas. This is a large enough figure to practically sound the alarm… The situation of the provision

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More than half of Donbas children live in poverty – UNICEF

05.02.2021 12:16 The number of children living in poverty in eastern Ukraine due to the armed conflict and the coronavirus pandemic has increased from 36% to over 50%. Representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Ukraine Lotta Sylwander said this at the conference entitled “COVID-19 Pandemic in the Context of Humanitarian Crisis: Situation in Eastern Ukraine,” an Ukrinform

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Controversial oligarch Firtash allegedly opened illegal accounts through shady German bank

Fugitive Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash is at the heart of yet another international scandal, German media Stern and Capital reported on Jan. 27.  According to internal emails obtained by Stern and Capital, Firtash had a series of accounts in Wirecard, an insolvent German bank, whose top staff was arrested or implicated in criminal proceedings last year. German officials are investigating Firtash’s accounts for reported

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Top EU Envoy ‘Hopes’ for Russian Vaccine’s Approval in Europe

The European Union’s top diplomat has said he hopes the Russian-developed coronavirus vaccine will be approved for use in the European bloc soon, AFP reported Friday.   Earlier this week, a peer-reviewed study published in The Lancet showed the Sputnik V vaccine to be 91.6% effective against symptomatic Covid-19, boosting international confidence in Russia’s jab after months of skepticism. EU approval

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Russia expels European diplomats over Navalny protests

Russia has expelled three diplomats from Germany, Sweden and Poland for joining protests in support of opposition activist Alexei Navalny, who was jailed earlier this week. The Russian foreign ministry said the three took part in “illegal demonstrations” on 23 January. Sweden called the expulsion “totally unfounded” and denied its diplomat had participated in any demonstration. Mr Navalny is a

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Kremlin: Russia prepares for ‘a serious conversation’ with U.S.

Russia is preparing for a “serious conversation” with the U.S. over Washington’s response to the arrest of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, said the spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova. According to Zakharova, Washington should mind “its own business”. She sterssed that the rhetoric that America supposedly allows itself about Russia will not be able to help in relations between the countries.

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Ukrnafta’s $ 6 billion case: Ukraine wins Stockholm arbitration against Kolomoisky

The Stockholm Arbitration Court acknowledged the lack of jurisdiction in a lawsuit filed by Ukrnafta’s minority shareholders (three offshore companies linked to Igor Kolomoisky) who wanted to collect more than $ 6 billion from Ukraine and interest accrued on that amount. This was announced on Facebook by the Minister of Justice of Ukraine Denys Malyuska. “Messrs. Kolomoisky, Bogolyubov and Palitsa wanted

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Kyiv closes all cases against Biden and Poroshenko

Court cases against U.S. President Joe Biden and former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, which were opened on January 22, have already been closed, said Poroshenko’s lawyer Ilya Novikov during a press conference. “According to our information, these cases, which recently were hastily opened, have already been canceled. We see that when this turns into investigations that can harm the interests

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EU disapproves US sanctions against Nord Stream 2, – Borrell

The chief EU diplomat is visiting Russia EU High Representative for Security Affairs Josep Borrell shared his negative view of the U.S. sanctions spreading on European companies, which were imposed agaist the construction of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. The diplomat said so during his ongoing visit in Russia on February 4, as Interfax quoted him.  “It is obvious that

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Trump Was Right: Cuba Belongs on the U.S. Terror List

Now, will Biden repeat his Obama-era mistakes? By Frank Calzon. February 4. 2021 Fidel Castro at a news conference in Cuba, February 1989 (Rob Crandall/Shutterstock.com)  The decision by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the waning days of Donald Trump’s presidency to return the Cuban government to the U.S. terror list drew an immediate reply from Havana and analysts who condemned

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Zelensky crossed line by deciding to close opposition TV channels, – MEP

Censorship stands in the way of free democratic discussions President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has crossed the line the moment he decided to shut down three opposition TV channels – NewsOne, 112 Ukraine and ZIK. Nicolas Bay, the French politician and MEP said so in an interview. “It always raises concerns when you see that censorship is applied to media.

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Macron insists on hard stance against Russia when it comes to Donbas conflict

The French leader, however, stands for negotiations with Russia in such issues as arms control President of France Emmanuel Macron insists on keeping the EU’s tough position towards Russia, when it comes to the situation in Ukraine. Macron said so, replying to experts of a research centre of the Atlantic Council, as quoted by RBC.  “In certain issues, including the

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

Ukraine’s Friend of the Week: Larisa Galadza, the Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine  No one expected this week’s explosive news.  After years of shameless business and media expansion, the top pro-Russian power broker in Ukraine, Viktor Medvedchuk, took a devastating gut-punch late on Feb. 2. President Volodymyr Zelensky imposed heavy sanctions against lawmaker Taras Kozak, said to be the proxy

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Biden Says No More U.S. ‘Rolling Over’ to Russia

President Joe Biden said Thursday the United States will no longer be “rolling over in the face of Russia’s aggressive actions” and demanded release of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny. In toughly worded remarks pivoting from his predecessor Donald Trump’s muted approach to Moscow, Biden warned of “advancing authoritarianism” in China and Russia. The speech at the State Department thrust

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Russian plane flies in Estonian airspace without permission

  A Russian aircraft flew in Estonian airspace without permission on Wednesday morning, the Ministry of Defense said, The Ilyushin Il-76 IL76MD aircraft entered Estonian airspace above Vaindloo Island in the Gulf of Finland without permission and flew in Estonia’s airspace for approximately one minute. The aircraft’s transponder was switched on but radio contact was not established with the Estonian

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