Monthly Archives: April 2021

Confusion in Constitutional Court as sacked chief remains defiant

The Court’s Secretariat today refused to comply with the instruction to strip the dismissed chair of payments.Constitutional Court of Ukraine / Photo from UNIAN While the Supreme Court is yet to rule in the case into the legality of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s decrees which annulled appointments of Oleksandr Tupytsky and Oleksandr Kasminin as Constitutional Court judges, the CCU remains embroiled

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Austrian Chancellor Kurz offers Vienna as venue for possible Russian-U.S. summit in call with Putin

Austrian Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has called Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin press service said on Friday. “The federal chancellor proposed considering Vienna as a venue for a possible Russian-U.S. top-level meeting, if an agreement is reached on holding such,” the press service said. Putin and Kurz considered “some relevant aspects of Russian-Austrian relations, including collaboration in opposing the

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Russia bans entry to the President of the European Parliament and the PACE Special Rapporteur on the Navalny poisoning case

Russia has closed the entry to the country for eight representatives of the official structures of the European Union and individual European countries. This was announced by the Russian Foreign Ministry. It is now prohibited to enter Russia: the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli; Ivars Abolins, Chairman of the Latvian National Council for Electronic Media; Director of the Center

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Alexander Query: Ukraine’s Friend & Foe of the Week

By Alexander Query Editor’s Note: This feature separates Ukraine’s friends from its enemies. The Order of Yaroslav the Wise has been given since 1995 for distinguished service to the nation. It is named after the Kyivan Rus leader from 1019-1054, when the medieval empire reached its zenith. The Order of Lenin was the highest decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union, whose

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Kremlin vows to quickly find a replacement for SWIFT

Russia will quickly find a replacement for the SWIFT payment system if it is needed, said Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov. According to him, if SWIFT “turns to be unreliable”, an alternative to the international system of interbank payments will appear immediately. “We live in such a developed world that alternatives, or by-pass substitutes for this system will be found

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OSCE observers spot 15 Russian armoured UAZ Esaul in occupied Donetsk region

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission has spotted for the first time in the occupied Donetsk region 15 modern Russian armoured vehicles UAZ Esaul, which are produced exclusively in the territory of the Russian Federation. The Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the International Organizations in Vienna stated this at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on Thursday, April 29, – Ukrinform reports.

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U.S. Embassy in Russia stops issuing all visas except diplomatic

The American Embassy in Russia will stop processing applications for all nonimmigrant visas, except diplomatic ones, from May 12. “The actions of the Russian government forced us to cut our consular staff by 75%,” TASS quoted the statement of the US Embassy in Russia. The embassy, according to a message in English published on the diplomatic mission’s website, also warns that in this situation

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‘End of an Era’: Russia Adds Navalny Political Network to ‘Terrorist and Extremist’ List

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s political network has been blacklisted as a “terrorist-linked” organization, Russia’s state financial watchdog Rosfinmonitoring said Friday. “Navalny Networks” now appears on Rosfinmonitoring’s searchable database of groups and persons with links to terrorist activities, which includes al-Qaeda, the Taliban and the Islamic State. The designation means that authorities can block the organization’s bank accounts. A Moscow

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Ukraine condemned the PACE decision to deprive Goncharenko of the right to vote

The agency believes that the PACE decision is inconsistent with the “defiant behavior of the Russian delegation.” The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine condemned the decision of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to deprive Oleksiy Honcharenko, a member of the Ukrainian delegation and a member of the European Solidarity MP, of the right to vote for three months . The spokesman

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Thousands Rally Against Czech President Over Russia Stance

    Thousands of Czechs have rallied in Prague against President Milos Zeman, calling for his removal from office and condemning what opponents say are his pro-Russia views. The rally in Wenceslas Square on April 29 came as the Czech government has accused Russia’s GRU military intelligence of being behind a fatal ammunition depot explosion in 2014. In response, the Czech

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Energy sanctions can prevent a new Russian offensive in Ukraine

UkraineAlert by Ariel Cohen and David Pasmanik April 29, 2021 A full moon rises over Gazprom Neft’s oil refinery in Omsk, Russia, February 10, 2020. (REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko) A major Russian military buildup on the border with Ukraine has recently sparked fears of a potentially dramatic escalation in the simmering seven-year conflict between the two countries. Although tensions have eased somewhat

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Why Putin Flexed His Military Muscle on Ukraine’s Border

A Russian military vehicle prepares to be loaded into a plane during maneuvers in Crimea, in this image released on April 22 Russian Defense Ministry Press Service/APIDEASBY By IAN BREMMER APRIL 29, 2021 8:32 AM Bremmer is a foreign affairs columnist and editor-at-large at TIME. He is the president of Eurasia Group, a political-risk consultancy, and GZERO Media, a company

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WESTERN OPINION-FORMERS WHO MAY HAVE PREPARED THE GROUND FOR THE INVASIONS OF GEORGIA AND UKRAINE.

This is a repost from one I did about 18 August, 2019. The reason for it is because I just discovered that the Mail editorial team incredibly decided to support Russia’s invasion of Georgia in 2008. This year the Mail/Mail Online and Mail on Sunday has published a series of news items about Russia’s evil behaviour concerning Ukraine. They have

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Purported phone call between Medvedchuk, Surkov leaked (Transcript)

The two allegedly discussed a range of Donbas-related issues, including TCG negotiations where Ukraine was outraged over being pushed to hold talks with Russian proxies.Photo from UNIAN, Volodymyr Stumkovsky What’s believed to be a recording of a phone call held in 2014 between Vladimir Putin’s political operative in Ukraine Viktor Medvedchuk and Vladislav Surkov, Putin’s aide in Russia, has been leaked

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Rosstat reported a decline in real incomes of Russians by 3.6%. This is a report that was supposed to be published on the eve of Putin’s message.

Real disposable cash income of the Russian population fell by 3.6% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the first quarter of 2020. Such data are presented in the new monthly report of Rosstat on the socio-economic situation in the country. As noted, the first quarter of 2020 was not affected by the coronavirus crisis. In this regard, in future reports, Rosstat

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The European Parliament demanded to disconnect Russia from SWIFT and refuse to import Russian oil and gas in the event of an invasion of Ukraine

The European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for a reconsideration of relations with Moscow if the aggravation of the conflict on the border between Russia and Ukraine leads to a direct invasion of the Russian army into Ukrainian territory. In this case, the resolution emphasizes, the European Union must immediately stop the import of Russian oil and gas, freeze the

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MP Lovochkin Demands that Government Restores Privileges and Allowances to Chornobyl Veterans

   Ukrainian citizens who participated in the liquidation of the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant catastrophe and suffered from its outcomes regularly address the national authorities regarding poor social protection and no access to healthcare of adequate quality in adequate amounts. Opposition platform – For life MP Serhiy Lovochkin therefore addressed Ukraine’s PM Denys Shmyhal with an inquiry demanding urgent measures

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Kuznya on Rybalsky may stop work due to authorities, thousands of people will lose jobs – statement

Due to “systemic illegal actions of the authorities,” PrJSC Kuznya on Rybalsky plant may stop operations, which will lead to the loss of thousands of jobs and undermine the defense capability of Ukraine, according to an official statement posted on the company’s website. It notes that the staff and management of the plant regard the actions of the State Bureau

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Kremlin: time of Biden-Putin meeting impossible to set due to Washington’s hostile actions

The decision to hold a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the United States Joe Biden is impacted by hostile steps from the American side, said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as quoted by Interfax. “We do not understand the situation, we see that in words there is a proposal to talk about cooperation in all areas that are of

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The Confessions of Vladimir Putin

The pandemic, the opposition, the oligarchy Timothy Snyder President Vladimir Putin delivered his annual state-of-the-nation address last week in Moscow.  Most of it was boring, and the remainder was selfish.  Lengthy platitudes and indignant expostulations are the natural modes of expression for the leader of an aging regime.  But the address deserves more analysis to than it has received.  Attention

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“DNR” occupiers “legalize” seizure of apartments of internally displaced persons

Real estate, located in the occupied territory of Donetsk oblast, can now be not just “seized”, but “recognized as ownerless” and “transferred to the municipal ownership” of the “DNR” occupiers. The corresponding document was posted on the website of the “DNR” leader Denis Pushilin. We are talking about the “decree” of April 28, which approved the so-called “Standard procedure for

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Navalny’s headquarters are closed. The politician himself was prosecuted for the creation of a movement that harms the health of citizens According to this article, “God Kuzya” and the leader of the “Church of the Last Testament” were accused

A new criminal case was opened against the politician Alexei Navalny . He was instituted back in February, but it became known about him only now. The case involves not only Navalny, but also his associates Ivan Zhdanov and Leonid Volkov, who are abroad. The case is being investigated under  Part 1 of Article 239 of the Criminal Code (the creation of a religious or public association, the activities of

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Sudan suspends construction of Russian Naval base

The Sudanese authorities have suspended an agreement with Russia to establish a naval base in the Red Sea, reports TASS with reference to Al Arabia news channel. In addition, Sudan suspends “any new deployment of the Russian military” to any of Sudan’s gulfs. According to the Russian news website Avia.pro, Sudan revised its military-technical cooperation agreement with Russia after a group of U.S. military recently

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