Monthly Archives: April 2021

Government Documents Show Russia Considering Using Convicts to Build Railway

MOSCOW – Russia is considering using convicts to expand a railway line in the far east, a government document showed, as Moscow faces migrant labor shortages due to COVID-19. Restrictions linked to the pandemic have prompted many migrant workers to leave Russia and authorities have warned construction projects could be slowed down. Russia has already brought in soldiers to build

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Most Russians Support Annexation of Crimea – Poll

Most Russians support the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and do not believe Russia violated international agreements when it took the action in 2014, according to an independent survey published on Monday.  The Levada Center polling agency said 86% of respondents supported the annexation, while 71% of respondents did not see it as illegal and only 9% said they did. 

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Russia Expels Ukrainian Diplomat in Ongoing Spat

Moscow announced Monday it was expelling a Ukrainian embassy worker, the latest in a wave of diplomatic expulsions that have embroiled Russian and European diplomats. The expulsion came amid heightened tensions between Moscow and Kiev over an uptick in fighting between Ukraine’s army and pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine. Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement that due to “unfriendly actions

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IAEA to talk issues of nuclear sites in Crimea, Donbas only with Ukraine

Ukraine’s top diplomat met with the IAEA director general during the latter’s first visit to Ukraine in 10 years.mfa.gov.ua The International Atomic Energy Agency will only discuss with Ukraine the issues related to all nuclear sites located in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk, Luhansk regions, and Crimea, recognizing Ukraine’s sovereignty over the said territories. That’s according to IAEA Director

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Austria Opposes New Russia Sanctions Despite Tensions

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Monday he opposes new sanctions against Russia despite soaring tensions between the West and Moscow over a slew of accusations. The European Union and NATO earlier this month expressed solidarity with the United States, which hit Russia with the toughest sanctions in three years for election interference and cyberattacks. In March, the Biden administration also

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Ukraine insists on restoring IAEA’s access to Ukrainian nuclear facilities in ORDLO, Crimea – Zelensky

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky announced the need to restore access and apply guarantees of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to the Ukrainian nuclear facilities seized by Russia in the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas and Crimea. “Neither the competent authorities of Ukraine nor the IAEA have had access to nuclear facilities and materials for seven years. The lack

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The prosecutor’s office declared the demolition of the monument to Dzerzhinsky on the Lubyanka in 1991 illegal

The Moscow prosecutor’s office has declared the dismantling of the monument to Felix Dzerzhinsky on Lubyanskaya Square illegal. This is reported by TASS with reference to the statement of the head of the organization “Officers of Russia” Sergei Lipovoy.  According to Lipovoy, the organization turned to the Prosecutor General with a request to verify the fact of the legality of the

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Russia Launches New Batch of U.K. Telecom Satellites Into Space

A Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Vostochny cosmodrome in Russia’s Far East on Monday carrying 36 U.K. telecommunications and internet satellites, the Roscosmos space agency said.  OneWeb, a London-headquartered company, is working to complete the construction of a constellation of low earth orbit satellites providing enhanced broadband and other services to countries around the world. The company is competing

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Most Russians Support Annexation of Crimea – Poll

Most Russians support the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and do not believe Russia violated international agreements when it took the action in 2014, according to an independent survey published on Monday.  The Levada Center polling agency said 86% of respondents supported the annexation, while 71% of respondents did not see it as illegal and only 9% said they did. 

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Russian nationalism and the fault lines of “united, indivisible Russia”

Russian propaganda is persistently trying to position Putin’s Russia as the legal successor to the Russian Empire and the USSR. According to the official doctrine, the sphere of influence of the Russian Federation includes any territories where Russian is spoken and conditional “Russians” live. The puppet Donbas “republics”, controlled and funded by Moscow, adopted the “Russian Donbass” doctrine in January

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Reservist training marked as “confidential”: Putin places reserve servicemen under arms

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree calling for reservists to participate in military training in 2021. This is said in the text of decree of the Kremlin’s head. “To call on Russian citizens who are in reserve to undergo military training in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and the Federal Security Service bodies in 2021”, –

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Russia makes list of unfriendly countries; U.S. already included

Moscow will respond to the actions of other countries that considered unfriendly The government of Russia has begun to form a list of unfriendly countries that already includes the U.S. as RBK reported citing Spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova. “As you know, the order of the president was published that includes a number of measures for the

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Russia Orders Navalny Group to Suspend Activities

Russian prosecutors on Monday suspended the activities of Alexei Navalny’s regional offices, in a move his team said would essentially shut down the jailed opposition figure’s movement. The move comes after Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s most outspoken critic, ended a hunger strike last week that he had launched to demand proper medical treatment in prison. A court in Moscow on

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One Lie Fits All

The Kremlin Media Waging a War against Russia Lately, the news has been full of dramatic reports: the situation around Alexei Navalny and the protests in Russia; Lukashenka accusing the Belarusian opposition for staging a coup. A military build-up in Ukraine and a massive diplomatic fallout between Russia and Czechia after Czech intelligence shared proof of Russian state actors’ involvement

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Dynamo Kyiv seal Ukraine Premier League top title, first time in five years

22:00, 25.04.21 – UNIAN The victory comes under the leadership of Mircea Lucescu, former coach of Dynamo’s bitter rival Shakhtar. Dynamo Kyiv on Sunday, April 25, secured a confident 5:0 win in a home game against Inhulets, effectively sealing a title of Ukraine club champion of the 2020-2021 season, three rounds before the finish. After today’s game, Dynamo became unreachable

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