Monthly Archives: April 2021

U.S. secretary of state and secretary of defense to travel to Brussels to discuss Russia’s escalation – Bloomberg

10.04.2021 13:19 U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin are set to travel to Brussels next week to discuss Russia’s escalation in eastern Ukraine with allies in Europe. “Secretary of State Antony Blinken is set to return to Brussels next week for more meetings with NATO and European officials, according to people familiar with the matter,

Read more

The Russian Orthodox Church has prepared regulations for the practice of exorcism

The Theology Commission of the Russian Orthodox Church has prepared a document regulating the practice of exorcism (casting out demons). RIA Novosti was informed about this by the head of the department for external church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion.  According to Hilarion, currently the practice of exorcism does not exist in all local churches. The prepared document contains both

Read more

FSO allowed to walk around the Kremlin with food and drinks

The Federal Security Service has updated the rules for visiting the Moscow Kremlin. The corresponding document is posted on the official portal of legal information.  The new rules, in particular, allow visitors to bring soft drinks (up to one liter) and foodstuffs in transparent containers (up to one kilogram) to the Kremlin. In addition, now you can take walking backpacks with

Read more

Putin calls Erdogan ahead of Zelensky’s visit to Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the situation in eastern Ukraine by phone, reported Putin’s press service. During the telephone conversation, Putin outlined to Erdogan “Russian approaches to resolving the internal Ukrainian crisis.” The Russian side stressed that it considers the Minsk “Complex of Measures”, which was adopted in 2015, as an alternative basis for resolving the

Read more

After Putin: an interview with Navalny’s exiled chief of staff

Tim Ogden & Vazha Tavberidze. April 7, 2021 Even with Alexei Navalny imprisoned, Russia’s opposition continues to struggle against Vladimir Putin and his quarter-century of Kremlin rule. This already daunting task has been made harder by the fact that key figures are now imprisoned or in exile: the opposition leader’s principal aides Vladimir Ashrukov and Leonid Volkov have fled to

Read more

Zelensky enacts sanctions against 27 ex-officials, incl. Yanukovych, Azarov

The restrictive measures will be in effect indefinitely.Twenty-seven officials are on the sanctions list / Photo from UNIAN Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has enacted sanctions imposed by the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine on former President Viktor Yanukovych, former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, and other high-ranking officials. This is stipulated in presidential decree No.151/2021 of April 9, 2021. “The decision

Read more

Russian sabre-rattling over Ukraine demands a different response

Russian heavy armour is on the move, and Moscow is making no move to hide it. Is this the prelude to a new upsurge in fighting in south-eastern Ukraine, or especially brutal sabre-rattling? The problem is that we don’t know – and this challenges our usual responses. The war in the Donbas – neither civil war nor straightforward foreign intervention,

Read more

Alligators’ flight: how the Russian Armed Forces practically implements information operations against Ukraine during military exercises — InformNapalm.org (English)

Against the backdrop of various military maneuvers and exercises near the borders of Ukraine, Russia continues to conduct information warfare. The purpose of Russia’s information operations is psychological pressure on Ukraine and demonstration of readiness to significantly step up the hostilities. On April 2, Russian sources, in particular, Voenny Obozrevatel popular telegram channel, affiliated with… Alligators’ flight: how the Russian Armed

Read more