Monthly Archives: March 2021

Methane Emissions From Russian Pipelines Up 40% in 2020 – Study

Russian gas pipelines emitted more methane, a potent greenhouse gas, in 2020 than the previous year despite a coronavirus-related slump in demand, the European Space Agency has said. Citing analysis of its satellite images by the data firm Kayrros, the ESA said Thursday that methane emissions increased by 40% despite a 14% drop in Russian gas exports to Europe and a 10%

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Russian Guard to Train Journalism Students on Protest Coverage – Reports

Russia’s National Guard will train journalism students to safely cover mass protests, a senior lawmaker said Wednesday. The lessons will be organized after the detentions of and use of force against dozens of journalists at mass nationwide rallies in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny earlier this year. Moscow’s police chief earlier Wednesday defended his subordinates as acting legally “against offenders who committed

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The State Duma adopted in the first reading a bill exempting officials from punishment for unintentional corruption

The State Duma adopted in the first reading two government bills allowing officials, judges, deputies and employees of state-owned companies to avoid responsibility for violations of anti-corruption laws committed due to circumstances beyond their control. The first bill says that a government official can avoid responsibility for non-compliance with anti-corruption restrictions, prohibitions and requirements if the violation was “the result of circumstances beyond his

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Akhmetov’s DTEK fined Hr 5.1 million for deliberately cutting coal supplies

Ukraine’s state energy regulator has imposed the maximum possible fines on three subsidiaries of DTEK, Ukraine’s largest energy company owned by oligarch Rinat Akhmetov.  The National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission (NEURC) fined three DTEK companies: DTEK Zakhidenergo, DTEK Dniproenergo and DTEK Vostokenergo. The amount of each fine is Hr 1.7 million ($61,000), the maximum possible fine according to the

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Annexed Crimea to file lawsuit against Ukraine due to water blockade

The Speaker of State Council asked to record from quadcopter the North-Crimean channel Annexed Crimea prepares to file a lawsuit against Ukraine due to the ‘damage caused to the peninsula by water blockade’ as TASS reported. It is specified that Speaker of the so-called State Council of Crimea Volodymyr Kostyantynov asked the proper committees to prepare information about damage from

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Due to attempts by Roskomnadzor to slow down the work of Twitter, all sites with a combination of t.co in the address suffered. For example, these are Microsoft, Github and RT.

Roskomnadzor, as part of the Twitter speed limit, slowed down the work of sites with the t.co combination in their domain names  (this is one of the domains used by Twitter). Attention to it drew the creator of free service AntiZapret bypass blockages, known under the pseudonym ValdikSS. According to the researcher, the sites githubusercontent.com (one of the Github domains), as well as rt.com (RT TV channel), reddit.com

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Russia, China agree to build lunar station together

Russia and China are reaching for the moon, with plans to construct a “complex of experimental research facilities” there as they strive to expand their presence in space. Russia has signed a memorandum of understanding with China to construct a joint lunar space station, the national space agency, Roscosmos, announced on Tuesday.  The station is envisioned as a “complex of experimental

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Russia’s Twitter Slowdown Gets the Meme Treatment

The Russian internet was flooded with memes once again after Russia’s communications watchdog announced it will slow down Twitter within the country in an effort to force it to comply with requests to delete “illegal” content. Yet despite Roskomnadzor’s announcement, Twitter continued to work as normal on Wednesday — while many government websites briefly went dark. Here’s a look at

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Russian government websites inaccessible after Kremlin attempts to slow down traffic to Twitter

From March 10, the speed of the internet traffic to Twitter will be slowed down for Russian users, announced the Russian media watchdog, Roskomnadzor. According to Roskomnadzor the “slowdown in the speed of service” was a measure intended to force Twitter to comply with Russian law and protect Russians from “influence of illegal content.” In the first stage, access to Twitter will

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Kremlin has no info on Donbas settlement plan allegedly proposed by France, Germany

   The Kremlin is unaware of the existence of a new Donbas settlement plan allegedly proposed by France and Germany, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday. “I have no information about the existence of such plan,” Peskov told journalists in response to the question whether the Kremlin had seen the plan. The elaboration of the Donbas settlement plan was

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“Complete nonsense.” Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reacted to accusations of Belarus in supplying “weapons for terrorist attacks”

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry called the statement of the head of the KGB of Belarus Ivan Tertel about the supply of ” weapons for terrorist attacks” to the country nonsense . “This is complete nonsense, which is not the first time heard from the lips of Belarusian officials. We categorically reject the hackneyed mantra about “weapons from Ukraine,” Oleg Nikolenko, press secretary of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, wrote

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Russia Disrupts Twitter Load Speeds in Banned Content Row

Russia’s media watchdog has announced Wednesday first steps to throttle Twitter for failing to remove banned content by intentionally disrupting the platform’s speed within the country. “Starting March 10, 2021, centralized response measures have been taken against Twitter to protect Russian citizens and force the internet service to comply with Russian legislation,” Roskomnadzor said Wednesday. Roskomnadzor said it slowed down

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Norway suspends sale of engine plant to Russian company

23:53, 9 March 2021 – 112UA Justice Ministry welcomes foreign investments but says there are potential risks for national security. The government of Norway has stopped the procedure of sale of Bergen Engines plant to Russia’s Transmashholding company. Reuters reported that with the reference to Norwegian Justice Ministry.  On February 4, Rolls-Royce claimed it sold the company, which was part of the plan to help the country cope

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Abkhazia scenario: Russia could deploy its troops in Donbas as “peacekeepers” – journalist

09:00, 10.03.21 – UNIAN Russia is mulling an option of mothballing the conflict along the Abkhazian model. The Kremlin could be plotting an armed provocation aiming to ultimately deploy “Russian peacekeepers” into the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas, suggests Serhiy Harmash, a Ukrainian journalist and delegate to the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas settlement, representing representative of certain areas of

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The Russians called the rise in prices the main problem of society

Russians consider the rise in prices to be the main problem of society. As evidenced by the Levada Center survey data received by Meduza, this opinion is shared by 58% of respondents. The survey was conducted on February 18-24, 2021. Levada Center notes that in recent years, Russians’ concerns about price increases have been steadily declining – so, in 2016, more than 80% of respondents

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