Monthly Archives: March 2021

Manufacturers of medical masks asked the prosecutor’s office to check government purchases of respirators. Life-threatening products may have ended up in hospitals

As part of the state procurement of personal protective equipment for Russian medical institutions, uncertified respirators, posing a threat to life and health, could get into hospitals. This, writes RBC, warns the Association of Developers, Manufacturers and Suppliers of Personal Protective Equipment (ASIZ), which includes more than 500 enterprises. ASIZ appealed to the Prosecutor General’s Office and the Federal Antimonopoly Service

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NSDC imposes sanctions on Yanukovych, Azarov, other ex-officials

In 2014, the said officials assisted Russian special services in the occupation of Ukrainian territories, coordinated criminal action by security agencies, and obstructed the rights and freedoms of Ukrainian citizens.Photo from UNIAN The National Security and Defense Council on Friday, March 19, imposed sanctions against disgraced ex-President Viktor Yanukovych, former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, and other former senior officials. The

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Bloomberg: Crimea’s water crisis is an impossible problem for Putin

The Russian-occupied peninsula is thirsty, with reservoirs running low. It’s an unwelcome predicament at a time when pressures on the Kremlin are rising.Crimea’s water crisis is an impossible problem for Putin / Photo from UNIAN A water emergency in Crimea is absorbing billions of taxpayer rubles as Russia tries to patch up an impossible problem stemming from the peninsula’s annexation

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Turkey’s Erdogan Criticizes Biden Over ‘Killer’ Putin Remark

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticized U.S. leader Joe Biden’s remarks describing Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “killer,” the state-owned Anadolu news agency reported Friday.   Biden ignited a diplomatic crisis with Moscow on Wednesday when he answered “I do” after being asked in an ABC News interview if he thinks Putin is a “killer,” adding that the Russian leader

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As Zelensky vows to take down oligarchs, attention turns to Kolomoisky

 A protester holds a playing card with a portrait of oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky, former owner of PrivatBank, in front of a court in Kyiv on Feb. 8, 2021. The man protests against Kolomoisky’s attempts to take back control of the now state-owned bank.Photo by Volodymyr Petrov Ihor Kolomoisky, facing mounting challenges to his billion-dollar business empire, remains a dominant player inmany

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Russian Police Raid Khodorkovsky-Backed Media, Opposition Group

Russian police on Friday raided the Moscow offices of an opposition movement and media outlet backed by exiled Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky in the latest move against the former oligarch, the groups said. The raids on Open Russia and MBKh Media came after police last weekend arrested around 200 opposition politicians and municipal councillors at a Moscow forum organized by

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Merkel: Ukraine is a country worth investing in

19.03.2021 15:21 Germany sees Ukraine as an important trading partner with huge economic potential and as a country worth investing in. “Ukraine is an important trading partner and it is also a place into which you should channel your investments. We appreciate it. Two thousand German companies and their representative offices actively work in Ukraine now,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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Ukraine might not last

   Ukraine is fighting against an invasion by a neighboring superpower – Russia – for more than seven years. 14.000 people were confirmed killed so far, about 2 million people became internal refugees. Ukraine has an annual military budget of $5.4 billion, whereas Russia has a military budget of $65.1 billion. Yet the US military aid is an annual $500

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Putin sends warning to those living on ‘historic Russian lands’

During the Soviet era and the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia “lost enormous territory,” said Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking at a concert marking the anniversary of the annexation of Crimea. “In the 1920s, the Bolsheviks, forming the Soviet Union for reasons still incomprehensible, gave away significant territories, geopolitical spaces to quasi-state entities,” the Russian president said during an

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Putin points to America’s own troubled history after Biden’s ‘killer’ remark

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that U.S. President Joe Biden’s remarks about him reflect the past and current problems of the United States. Biden was asked in an interview this week whether he thought Putin was a killer and replied “I do.” Asked about Biden’s comment during a video call marking the anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea,

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Vladimir Putin does not want peace with Ukraine

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson When Volodymyr Zelenskyy won the Ukrainian presidency two years ago, his election owed much to promises of ending the country’s undeclared war with Russia. Many of Zelenskyy’s supporters hoped the charismatic comic and political outsider would be able to move beyond the hostility that had poisoned bilateral ties since 2014 and reach a negotiated settlement with

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Churchill’s enigma: the real riddle is why he cosied up to Stalin

WRITTEN BY Sean McMeekin. Magazine issue March 20, 2021 Dresden. Tonypandy. Gallipoli. Bengal. Winston Churchill’s reputation has withstood an array of charges, made by each generation with their own prejudices. Whereas in the 1970s it was Richard Burton and Jim Callaghan accusing him of a vendetta against the Welsh miners, today it’s racism, imperialism and white supremacy. The words ‘Was

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Russian arrested in the us admitted to preparing a cyberattack on the Tesla plant

Russian citizen Yegor Kryuchkov, detained by American law enforcement officers on suspicion of preparing a cyberattack on the Tesla plant, pleaded guilty. This was reported by the US Department of Justice. In the message of the department, the name of the plant, which was supposed to become a victim of the attack, was not specified, however, Elon Musk previously wrote that it

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Norway becomes Ukraine’s major supplier of seafood in 2020

Ukraine imported US$680 million worth of seafood last year. Ukraine in 2020, boosted foreign purchases of fish by 5.6%, while Norway became the country’s major exporter. That is according to a statement by the National Scientific Center “Institute of Agrarian Economy,” published on its website on March 18. Over the period under review, imports of fish, crustaceans, and mollusks to

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U.S. at OSCE calls Russia’s attempts to act as mediator in Donbas conflict unacceptable

The United States will not accept Russia’s attempts to distance itself from the conflict in Donbas and present itself as a “mediator”, since the Russian Federation started this conflict and continues to fuel it. Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Mission to the OSCE Courtney Austrian said this at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna on Thursday, March 18, an

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Russia Warns Retaliation if Bosnia Joins NATO

Russia will retaliate if Bosnia and Herzegovina follows through with its proclaimed intent to join NATO, Moscow’s Embassy in Sarajevo said Thursday. Bosnia’s tripartite presidency is split between its Croat and Bosniak members who advocate integration into the U.S.-led military alliance and its pro-Russian Serb member who favors neutrality. “In the event of practical rapprochement between Bosnia and Herzegovina and

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U.S. Senators introduce updated Ukraine Security Partnership Act – Details

It authorizes up to $300 million per year of foreign military financing, including lethal military assistance.Photo from UNIAN A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators – Bob Menendez and Jim Risch, Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Rob Portman, Chris Murphy, John Barrasso, and Jeanne Shaheen – on March 17 re-introduced the Ukraine Security Partnership Act to

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Putin wants tv duell with Biden

   Russian President Vladimir Putin has reacted to President Joe Biden calling him a “killer” by challenging Biden to take part in a conversation with him broadcast live online. “I’ve just thought of this now,” Putin told a Russian state television reporter. “I want to propose to President Biden to continue our discussion, but on the condition that we do

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