Monthly Archives: May 2021

The State Duma introduced a bill that toughens the punishment for participating in the work of an “undesirable” organization

A group of State Duma deputies has submitted to parliament a bill that toughens criminal penalties for the participation and leadership of a foreign nongovernmental organization recognized as “undesirable” in the Russian Federation  . The authors of the bill proposed that criminal liability for participation in such an organization should arise after a person has committed one administrative offense for a similar act, and immediately for

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US should grant Ukraine Major Non-NATO Ally status

UkraineAlert by Oleksiy Goncharenko Russia’s April 22 announcement that it would begin withdrawing troops from the Ukrainian border has eased concerns over a possible imminent escalation in the simmering seven-year war between the two countries. However, Putin’s recent troop buildup served as a reminder that Ukraine remains the global front line in a new Cold War and the scene of

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Putin’s people. Is a split brewing in the Russian elite?

The main news of recent days was a lawsuit filed by a group of Russian oligarchs against the American publisher of the book, British journalist Catherine Belton The book is called ” Putin’s people. How the KGB regained Russia and launched an offensive in the West. The plaintiffs were such people as the owner of the Chelsea club Roman Abramovich, co-founder of Alfa

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Ukrainian companies file $4.5 billion in lawsuits against Russia

Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Yevgeny Yenin said that Ukrainian companies, which lost profits and assets due to Russia’s annexation of Crimea, have already filed lawsuits in international courts for more than $4.5 billion.  “We actively encourage our enterprises, which have lost their property, lost their income, to go to arbitration and to fight again and again with the Russia for all that

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Nord Stream 2: Construction suspended over lawsuit filed by German environmentalists

The German environmental non-governmental organization (NABU) has filed a lawsuit with the Hamburg Administrative Court against the construction of the gas pipeline The German environmental non-governmental organization (NABU) has filed a lawsuit with the Hamburg Administrative Court against the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. This is reported on the website of this organization.  “NABU today filed a

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US support for Ukraine should be tied to reform progress

UkraineAlert by Henrik Larsen Ukraine is the most important country in the ongoing confrontation between Russia and the West. This makes Ukraine’s domestic reform agenda a strategic priority for the entire Western world. The recent Russian military buildup on the Ukrainian border sparked international alarm over the prospect of a major escalation in the simmering seven-year conflict between the two

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Ukraine and Russia: NATO should clarify its deterrent approach, while it still can

BY JOHN R. DENI, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 05/04/21 THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL © Getty Images The recent deployment of tens of thousands of Russian troops to Ukraine’s border, along with an array of equipment necessary for an invasion, fundamentally threatened Ukraine’s territorial integrity and political independence. Although Russia reportedly has returned the troops to

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One-on-one with Putin: A reckless adventure for Zelenskyy (Part 2)

Article by: Vladimir Socor, The Jamestown Foundation “We should not let Mr. Zelenskyy and his team off the hook, but let them twist [wriggle, squirm] there,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recently told reporters (RIA Novosti, April 28). This is Lavrov’s own style of signaling to Ukraine that Russia holds the commanding position to set the agenda of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s ardently sought meeting

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Russian Astrologer, Yoga Teacher Charged for Promoting Popular Hindu Festival

A Russian astrologer and yoga instructor said she has been accused of illegal missionary work for organizing celebrations of a major Hindu festival. Yekaterina Kalinkina, 47, faces a fine of 50,000 rubles ($650) for organizing and promoting events marking the festival of Maha Shivratri on social media in March, according to documents she posted Friday. Maha Shivratri, also known as “the great night

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U.S. Under Secretary of State Nuland to visit Ukraine along with Secretary of State Blinken

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Ukraine on May 5-6. U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland will arrive in Kyiv along with Secretary of State Antony Blinken. “Under Secretary Nuland is on travel to London, United Kingdom and Kyiv, Ukraine, from May 4-6, 2021,” the U.S. Department of State said in a public schedule. Blinken’s upcoming

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MI6 spy Christopher Steele ‘produced second dossier on Donald Trump for FBI’

The dossier is believed to be raw intelligence that makes claims of Russian meddling and sex tapes. By Robert Mendick, CHIEF REPORTER and Lucy Fisher, DEPUTY POLITICAL EDITOR 3 May 2021 • The former MI6 spy Christopher Steele produced a second dossier for the FBI on Donald Trump while he was in the White House, sources told The Telegraph.  Mr Steele filed

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Putin Failed To Achieve His Three Goals In Ukraine – OpEd

Paul Goble Moscow’s open movement of forces toward the Ukrainian border this spring was intended to achieve three goals, but because it was never intended as the beginning of a thrust that would lead to a major war between Russia and the West, Vladimir Putin failed to achieve any of his three goals regarding Ukraine this time around, Jerzy Targalski says.  

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