Monthly Archives: May 2021

Germany suspends construction of Nord Stream 2

The permit for the construction of Nord Stream 2 in Germany economic zone in the Baltic Sea has been suspended, reports Interfax citing German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH). The permit, which was in effect until the end of May and applies to a 16-kilometer stretch of pipeline under construction, has been suspended due to a lawsuit filed by environmentalists, said

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Russia’s mortality rate reaches record high

Russia continues to record a sharp acceleration of natural population decline and double-digit increase in mortality on a scale that official statistics have not seen for more than 70 years. As of March, 191,320 people died in the country, Interfax reports, citing data of the Federal State Statistics Service, Rosstat. Compared to February, the mortality rate increased by 18,648 people, or

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Foreign “experts” who watched the voting on the Constitution were brought in on a charter flight. Who paid for their visit is unknown Main from the investigation of “Novaya Gazeta”

Foreigners, who in the summer of 2020 acted as “international experts” who evaluated the voting on amendments to the Russian Constitution, were brought to Moscow on a charter flight in an organized manner and sent back in the same orderly manner. This is stated in the investigation by Novaya Gazeta and the Dossier Center. The sources of funding for the stay of

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Russia Seeks to Ban Extremist-Linked Candidates Ahead of Navalny Ruling

Russian lawmakers have proposed banning people linked to terrorist or extremist organizations from running for office ahead of a landmark ruling to outlaw jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s political and activist groups. The changes to Russia’s election law, submitted in the lower-house State Duma on Tuesday, come days ahead of a highly anticipated Moscow court decision to brand Navalny’s nationwide network of

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The State Duma introduced a bill prohibiting publicly denying “the decisive role of the Soviet people in the defeat of Nazi Germany”

State Duma deputies Elena Yampolskaya and Alexander Zhukov and Senator Alexei Pushkov have developed a bill prohibiting publicly identifying the roles of the USSR and Germany and other Axis countries during World War II. The document was published on the website of the parliament. The authors of the bill proposed to amend the law “On the perpetuation of the Victory of the Soviet people in the Great

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COVID-19 hospital in Donetsk region hit in shelling by Russian-led forces

Forty-five patients were undergoing treatment at the hospital at the time of the attack.Facebook.com/marinskavca Russian proxies have shelled the civilian neighborhood in the town of Krasnohorivka, Donetsk region, last night, also hitting the Maryinska central district hospital, used for treating COVID-19 patients. “The windows have been shattered in the hospital’s Building 1, where 45 patients with COVID-19 and pneumonia are

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Enough warnings: Europe must act on Russian killings

After 10 years of assassinations and bombings, the Kremlin’s role is clear. Nicolas Tenzer is a French foreign policy analyst and guest professor at Sciences Po Paris. Even for spies, murder isn’t business as usual. So last month, Czech officials expelled 18 Russian diplomats after linking Russian military intelligence to a 2014 bombing of a weapons depot in Vrěbtice that killed two

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I want to ride my bicycle

The Fleeing Dutchman The Flying Dutchman is a myth about a legendary ghost ship which was said to never be able to make port, doomed to sail the oceans for eternity. The legend inspired a number of writers(opens in a new tab) as well as Wagner(opens in a new tab) and Disney(opens in a new tab). Last week, authorities in

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Grassroots Repression — Russian-style

First, the authorities persecuted activists. Then they went after journalists. And now, they’ve trained their sights on lawyers. With the arrest of lawyer Ivan Pavlov — who represents the Meduza news portal and journalist Ivan Safronov, among others — the Russian authorities have begun a new chapter in their repressive practices. In fact, they have been dusting off long-forgotten articles

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Russia Seeks to Ban Extremist-Linked Candidates Ahead of Navalny Ruling

Russian lawmakers have proposed banning people linked to terrorist or extremist organizations from running for office ahead of a landmark ruling to outlaw jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s political and activist groups. The changes to Russia’s election law, submitted in the lower-house State Duma on Tuesday, come days ahead of a highly anticipated Moscow court decision to brand Navalny’s nationwide

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Russia blames Ukraine for dubious terror plot – disinfo watchdog

The twist: the suspects are Russian nationals, not Ukrainians. Russian media late last month said security officials had detained 16 members of a “Ukrainian youth radical association” who were allegedly planning terrorist acts in several Russian cities. The suspects allegedly belong to MKU, which stands for “Youth Murder Cult” in Russian. Russia’s Investigative Committee claims the suspects received instructions on

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Biden plans to meet Putin in Europe

09:50, 05.05.21 – UNIAN The U.S. leader is set to take part in G7 summit in Britain on June 11-13. U.S. President Joe Biden says he would like to hold his proposed summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his trip to Europe this June. “That is my hope and expectation. We’re working on it,” Biden told reporters Tuesday, Reuters reports. Biden

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Polish president to take part in Crimean Platform Summit – Zelensky

23:50, 03.05.21 – UNIAN The summit is scheduled for August 23, 2021. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda, will take part in the first summit of the Crimean Platform, an international platform designed to facilitate the end of the Russian occupation of Crimea. Zelensky made the comment at a joint briefing on the results of bilateral

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