Monthly Archives: June 2021

Donbas residents to be allowed entering Ukraine to get vaccinated against COVID-19

An invitation for vaccination with a unique identifier will be the main condition for the entry.Donbas residents to enter Ukraine to get vaccinated against COVID-19 / Photo from facebook.com/DPSUkraine The residents of certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions who wish to get vaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to enter the Ukrainian-controlled territory without self-isolation. The lists of such

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Charm; Diplomacy; Spies; Lies

Hello, and welcome to China Influence Monitor, a weekly newsletter published by CEPA and Coda Story and edited by me, Edward Lucas. We track the westward footprint of China’s influence operations, and their effects on politics, economies, societies and alliances across Central Asia, the Caucasus, Russia and Europe. SMOKE SIGNALS  Stoked by leaks from spookdom and growing circumstantial evidence, once-sceptical

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Protasevich’s “confession”: KGB Chairman Andropov’s specialty

Article by: Robert van Voren Editor’s Note Protasevich is in hell, and there is no escape. The Belarussian KGB are faithful heirs to Yuri Andropov, and they will play with him as long as they wish. Robert van Voren, who had extensively helped Soviet dissidents back in the days, dissects the perfidious methods used by the Belarusian KGB — and the

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Russian soldier sentenced to eight years in prison on charges of high treason

On June 3, the Southern District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don sentenced Russian serviceman Tatyana Kuzmenko to eight years in prison with a two-year suspension in a high treason case. This is reported by TASS, referring to the press service of the court. Kuzmenko was given a reprieve until her child born in 2009 reaches the age of 14, says Interfax. The plot of

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Putin said that Russia “is not seeking to get rid of the dollar.” Two days ago, it was decided not to use it in the National Welfare Fund.

Russia does not seek to abandon the use of the dollar as a universal means of payment. This was stated at the SPIEF by Russian President Vladimir Putin. We are not looking to get rid of the dollar. If you heard something that I was talking about the dollar and understood that we want to get rid of it as a reserve

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NSDC secretary sees oligarchic economy as obstacle to Ukraine’s accession to NATO

The official says there are no other defense alliances for Ukraine but NATO.Photo from UNIAN, by Mykhailo Palynchak Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleksiy Danilov says that Ukraine with its existing oligarchic economy will not join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Danilov said this during Savik Shuster’s Freedom of Speech TV program on June 4. “Integration into

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Zelensky: Oligarch status issue to be decided in national referendum

The president says the bill to liquidate the oligarchic system is only the first step.Photo from UNIAN, by Viacheslav Ratynsky The issue of oligarchs’ status is to be decided in a national referendum. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an address following a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council on Friday, June 4. “I will have one question for those

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Putin sees ‘double standard’ in US Capitol riot prosecutions

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the US of double standards for its treatment of the Capitol rioters. He said it was wrong for the US to criticise crackdowns on anti-government protests overseas, while prosecuting Americans with “political demands”. Speaking at a business forum in St Petersburg, Mr Putin set expectations low for his summit with US President Joe Biden

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