Monthly Archives: April 2021

Alexei Bayer: Containing Putin

(COMBO) This combination of file pictures created on March 17, 2021 shows US President Joe Biden (L) speaking at White House in Washington, DC on March 15, 2021, and Russian President Vladimir Putin speakins at a press conference in Moscow on March 5, 2020. – The US announced economic sanctions against Russia on April 15, 2021, and the expulsion of

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Lukashenko accuses his spokesman of plotting “coup”

According to Lukashenko, the “ideological instigators of the assassination attempt” were US intelligence services. The self-proclaimed president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has accused his spokesman, Alexander Feduta,  and a number of other opposition figures of allegedly plotting to “ seize” power in the country. This was reported by BelTA. According to Lukashenko, the country was preparing a coup planned by a “criminal group” consisting of Oleksandr Feduta , BPF opposition leader Hryhoriy Kostusev, and Belarusian

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Russia Probes YouTube for ‘Abusing’ Dominant Position – Regulator

Russia has launched a probe against YouTube for “abusing” its dominant position in the market by making “biased” decisions about comment moderation, a government regulator said on Monday. The move comes as Russia ramps up pressure on foreign tech platforms, with Moscow stepping up its efforts to control the Russian segment of the internet.  The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service said that

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Alexei Navalny is being transferred from IK-2 to a hospital for convicts in another colony. Those who have been there talk about beatings and torture

Politics Alexei Navalny is being transferred from the colony No. 2 in Pokrov, Vladimir region, to the inpatient department of the regional hospital for convicts , the regional department of the Federal Penitentiary Service reported . This hospital is located on the territory of IK-3 in Vladimir. The FSIN added that Navalny’s health condition is “assessed as satisfactory”, he is examined daily by a general practitioner, and the

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EC president Von der Leyen rejects Crimean Platform summit invitation, breaches diplomatic protocols

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has declined Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s invitation to take part in the first summit of the Crimean Platform and the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s Independence Day. The response letter signed by her cabinet chief Bjorn Seibert, which is a violation of diplomatic protocol. Zelensky had written to von der Leyen inviting her to

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Case materials on recognizing Navalny’s organizations as extremist declared state secret

In Russia, the materials of the case on the recognition of the structures of politician Alexei Navalny – the “Anti-Corruption Fund ” , the  “Fund for the Protection of Citizens’ Rights”  and the public movement “Navalny’s Headquarters” – were classified as extremist organizations. This was announced by the director of the FBK Ivan Zhdanov with reference to the materials of the Moscow City Court. In his telegram

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McDonald’s Ukraine Opens First Restaurant In Ivano-Frankivsk

   McDonald’s Ukraine opened its first restaurant in Ivano-Frankivsk on April 17. The company has said this in a statement, Ukrainian News Agency reports. The restaurant is located on 2, Ivana Mykolaichuka Street. “On April 17, the first McDonald’s was opened in the city of Ivano-Frankivsk. The appearance of the establishment in the new city corresponds to the company’s strategy

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“DNR reporter” passes off old coal shed as residential building destroyed by AFU shelling (PHOTO)

Russian propagandist, who called himself “reporter Rudenko”, passed off an old damaged coal shed as a residential building destroyed by the AFU shelling last Sunday. He posted photos, allegedly confirming this fact, on his page in Telegram. However, the pictures clearly show that the destroyed building is not residential. Rotten frames without glass in the windows glass and a coal

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Leader of “DNR” Pushilin is ready to ask for fraternal “assistance” in war with Ukraine. He says he has right

The “DNR” leader Denis Pushilin does not exclude that he will turn for help from outside in the war unleashed by Russia against Ukraine. He stated this on the air of the radio Moscow Speaks radio. “We will make a decision (on applying for external assistance – OstroV) based on an assessment of the level of Kyiv’s armed aggression. Among

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Issue of threat to peace in Europe from Russia not included in PACE spring session’s agenda

Head of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE, Maria Mezentseva, has invited PACE delegates to sign a statement on the build-up of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine.Council of Europe The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has not included the issue of the threat to peace in Europe on the part of Russia in the agenda of

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Roskomnadzor demanded to remove the video with the announcement of the action in support of Navalny

Roskomnadzor demanded to remove the video with the announcement of the rally in support of Alexei Navalny. This was announced on Twitter by the press secretary of the politician Kira Yarmysh. She posted a screenshot of an email from YouTube. It says that Roskomnadzor notified the service that the video violates the Russian law on information and that the video’s address has

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‘What do they want from us?’ As Russian forces amass, a Ukraine frontier town feels fear and despair

Caught on the frontline between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists, Marinka is a town forgotten by the world. Oksana Grytsenko Marinka, Ukraine Sun 18 Apr 2021 18.16 BST Vera Basova stands by her house holding a local newspaper. The front page headline says Russia is bringing tanks to the eastern Ukrainian border. “What do they want from us? Why are they dragging those

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Czechs to Exclude Russia From $7Bln Nuclear Tender

Czech officials said Sunday they plan to exclude Russia’s nuclear monopoly Rosatom from taking part in a $7 billion tender to replace the central European nation’s aging power plant after Prague took action against Moscow over a deadly 2014 blast. Over the weekend, the Czech Republic expelled 18 Russian diplomats and accused the two Skripal poisoning suspects of involvement in

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Russia to Quit Int’l Space Station in 2025 – Reports

Russia will withdraw from the International Space Station (ISS) project in 2025 and notify its foreign partners of the decision, state media cited a senior government official as saying. The ISS, which was launched in 1998 by the Russian and U.S. space agencies, has been a rare area of cooperation between Moscow and Washington amid sharply deteriorating relations. But the ISS,

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Moscow claims to defend Russian-speakers in Ukraine ‘worrying’, says Lithuanian FM

On Monday, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis will take part in a video conference of EU foreign affairs ministers to discuss Russia’s military build-up near Ukraine’s borders, as well as the health of the Kremlin’s critic Alexei Navalny. Foreign affairs ministers will also have an opportunity to hold an online exchange of views with their Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba and

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Escalation in eastern Ukraine: OSCE calls for implementation of Vienna Document

   OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde and OSCE Secretary General Helga Schmid have discussed the security situation in and around Ukraine and call for de-escalation. This was said in a press release published on the OSCE website. “The Secretary General and I have had a fruitful discussion on the concern we share regarding heightened tensions

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Ukraine Wants NATO’s Action to Match Words on Russia

   Brussels has been the focus this week of a full court diplomatic offensive by U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken who arrived earlier this week and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin who landed in Belgium Wednesday for his first in-person meeting since the coronavirus pandemic began with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.   The main goal of the meetings with NATO

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Over 103,000 Russian troops currently stationed near border with Ukraine

   The level of military threat from Russia remains high. Additional forces have arrived, bringing the total size of Russian troops near Ukraine’s border up to 103,200 people. “The level of the military threat near Ukraine’s borders has increased, but the critical line has not been crossed yet. We do not observe the formation of offensive groups at the moment,”

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