Monthly Archives: February 2021

Ukraine working on ‘virtual mobile number’ for residents of occupied territories – Reznikov

Ukraine is working on the introduction of a so-called “virtual mobile number,” which will provide residents of the occupied territories with an opportunity to communicate with free Ukraine, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov said. “Now we are working, inter alia, on the introduction of the so-called virtual mobile number together with

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The court found that the refusal of a resident of Belgorod to unblock the phone “indirectly confirms” her guilt in organizing a rally for Navalny

The Oktyabrsky District Court of Belgorod sent Tatyana Sizova, the wife of the coordinator of the local headquarters Alexei Navalny, to administrative arrest for three days because of messages in the telegram chat about the place and time of the rally on January 23. The court found her guilty under the administrative article on organizing a rally without notification. When making the decision,

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Russia Fines Radio Free Europe $150K Under ‘Foreign Agent’ Law

Russia’s media watchdog said Wednesday it had fined the Russian-language service of U.S.-funded Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe nearly $150,000 over non-compliance with its controversial “foreign agent” law, in a penalty that could increase. Groups or individuals identified as “foreign agents” in Russia must disclose their sources of funding and label publications with the relevant tag or face fines. Media regulator

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U.S. may ban recognition of Russian sovereignty over Crimea

A bill has been submitted to the U.S. Congress, which prohibits the U.S. government from recognizing Russia’s sovereignty over annexed Crimea. The author of the document, which was published on the website of the U.S. Congress,  is the representative of the Democratic Party from Virginia, Gerry Connolly. “To prohibit United States Government recognition of the Russian Federation’s claim of sovereignty over

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Alexey Navalny’s wife, Yulia Navalnaya, has reportedly left Russia for Germany

Yulia Navalnaya, the wife of imprisoned opposition politician Alexey Navalny, has left Russia, Interfax reported on Wednesday, February 10, citing an informed source. Navalnaya reportedly left Moscow on a flight to Frankfurt am Main that departed from Domodedovo Airport.  The reason for Navalnaya’s alleged departure remains unknown. Navalnaya herself has yet to comment on these reports. Her lawyer, Svetlana Davydova,

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Russian propagandist praises “DNR/LNR”: better than in Abkhazia

Russian propagandist Dmitry Kulikov believes that quasi-state building in CADLO is going on more successfully than in Transnistria, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. “New states do not arise in a year or two, but if we compare the Donbass republics with Transnistria, Abkhazia and the Republic of South Ossetia, I can say that they found themselves in this situation later, but

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Kremlin: European Union’s plan to stage ‘public flogging’ of Russia failed

The purpose of the visit of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrel, to Moscow was to stage a “public flogging” of Russia, said Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Maria Zakharova, RIA Novosti reports. In her opinion, the leadership of the European Union planned such a scenario for Borrell’s visit in advance, but it did not work.

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Astrakhan students expelled due to participation in the action on January 23, filed a lawsuit against the university

Two students of the Astrakhan State University, expelled because of participation in the action in support of Alexei Navalny, Alexander Mochalov and Vera Inozemtseva filed a lawsuit against the university. This was reported by “MBH Media”.  According to their lawyer, the management of the university violated the procedure for expelling students, as they should have been notified in advance about the

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Ukrainian airplane’s destruction in Iran may have been intentional act, new recording reveals

Canada’s government and security agencies are investigating an audio recording with new details about the Iranian missile attack that destroyed Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 near Tehran on Jan. 8, 2020, killing all 176 people on board. Canadian media outlet CBC gained access to the recording, in which a person — identified by its sources as Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad

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In a hospital in the Moscow region, three people died in intensive care due to a failure in the supply of oxygen

In the Nikolskaya hospital in the Odintsovo district of the Moscow region, three patients of the intensive care unit died due to a failure in the oxygen supply. The circumstances of the incident are being established, representatives of emergency services told RIA Novosti, without specifying other details. Roszdravnadzor in Moscow and the Moscow region will conduct an audit in connection

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Now almost officially: Russia is in first place in the number of coronavirus victims per capita. This is the result of the actions of the authorities in the summer of 2020

Rosstat published data on mortality in Russia for 2020 on February 8. It follows from them that in the country from April to December 31, excess mortality amounted to 358 thousand people. Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova admitted that excess mortality in 2020 is 81% associated with coronavirus, without explaining what the remaining 19% are connected with. Meanwhile, according to more detailed dataDepartment of Health

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COVID-19 mortality rate in occupied Donbas record high – Deputy PM Reznikov

The rate in the occupied city of Luhansk is 8.7%.Photo from UNIAN Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksiy Reznikov says the mortality rate from COVID-19 in the occupied territories of Donbas is much higher than anywhere else in the world. “Today we are accumulating all data we receive, including from our special agencies…

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European Council president announces visit to Ukraine

President of the European Council Charles Michel announced a visit to Kyiv after a meeting with Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal. Charles Michel wrote about this on Twitter. “I conveyed steadfast support for Ukraine’s recovery, reforms and fight against corruption to Denys Shmyhal. The EU is united and firm in its position on Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Looking

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National Whataboutism as a State Ideology

The Kremlin and the Art of Pointing Fingers “Whataboutism” is a rhetorical device to deflect attention to an unpleasant issue. The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as(opens in a new tab): The technique or practice of responding to an accusation or difficult question by making a counter-accusation or raising a different issue. The method is very popular in the pro-Kremlin

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Kremlin TV chief: Russia must annex east Ukraine

UkraineAlert by Alvydas Medalinskas “Mother Russia, take Donbas home.” This dramatic appeal by Kremlin TV chief Margarita Simonyan was the headline-grabbing highlight of the recent Russian Donbas Forum, which took place in Occupied East Ukraine on January 28 and signaled a fresh escalation in Moscow’s seven-year hybrid war against Ukraine. Simonyan’s words carry significant weight. As chief editor of the

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Russia Snubs European Security Panel in 30-Year First

The Russian military has turned down an invitation to attend a European security seminar for the first time in 30 years amid deteriorating ties with the West, Moscow’s arms control delegation in Vienna said Tuesday. The delegation’s Twitter account said Russian Defense Ministry officials opted out of the European Security and Cooperation Organization’s (OSCE) Military Doctrine Seminar, held once every

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Stoltenberg to Shmyhal: NATO’s door remains open to Ukraine

   NATO Allies recognize Ukraine as a potential candidate for NATO membership and support Ukrainian efforts to join the Alliance, according to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. He said this at a press conference following talks with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal in Brussels on Tuesday, February 9, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. “NATO’s door remains open, and we work

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NACB Closes Case Against Poroshenko On Alleged Embezzlement Of USD 100 Billion

  The National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NACB) has closed a case against former President Petro Poroshenko about the alleged embezzlement of USD 100 billion. Poroshenko’s lawyer Ihor Holovan said this at a briefing, Ukrainian News Agency reports. “As it came to our knowledge that on January 25, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine closed the criminal proceedings, which were once registered

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Court Arrests Motor Sich’s Shares In Dragon Capital

   The Solomiyanskyi District Court of Kyiv has arrested ordinary registered shares of Zaporizhia-based Motor Sich company, the largest manufacturer of jet engines and gas-turbine sets in the Commonwealth of Independent States, in Dragon Capital. This follows from court records, Ukrainian News Agency reports. On January 29, the court received an motion from a prosecutor of the Prosecutor General’s Office

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Ukraine would like to receive NATO MAP together with Georgia – Shmyhal

   Ukraine would like to receive the Membership Action Plan (MAP) in NATO together with Georgia, Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal said. “Today, of course, our short-term strategy is to obtain the Membership Action Plan. We want to keep up with Georgia and, ideally, get the MAP together with Georgia, and we are actively working on this. I believe

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