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Russian Foreign Minister’s real estate value is more than he would earn in 100 years

600 million rubles or approximately $9.74 million dollars. This is roughly the value of the real estate that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov owns, reports the Russian publication The Insider. Among the real estate properties of the Russian Foreign Minister there is a 499 square-meter three- story house with a lot of land in the village of Shchukovka near the Rublevo-Uspenskoye highway.

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Ukrainian lawmakers form 300-strong conservative pro-family, pro-life group

Lawmakers vote on land sale reform during a session of the Ukrainian parliament in Kyiv on Nov. 13, 2019.Photo by Kostyantyn Chernichkin Against a backdrop of political friction and rifts, a majority of Ukrainian lawmakers have come together over what they argue is a need for the country to promote conservative family values.  Over 300 members of the 424-seat Ukrainian parliament

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Ukrzaliznytsia buys air conditioners for $1.2 million, five times market price

An old locomotive belonging to Ukraine’s state-owned monopoly Ukrzaliznytsia parked at the Darnytsia Railway Station in Kyiv on June 19, 2019. (Oleg Petrasiuk)Photo by Oleg Petrasiuk A subsidiary of Ukrzaliznytsia, Ukraine’s state-owned railway monopoly, ordered 19 train air conditioning systems for a total of $1.2 million. The maximum price online for 19 conditioning systems of a similar type is $260,000, Ukrainian

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Russia intends to stop spy satellites from monitoring its territory

Experts from the Russian state space agency Roscosmos have found a way to conceal confidential operations in Russian territory from surveillance by foreign spy satellites, according to an article written by experts from the company Russian Space Systems, as cited by RIA Novosti. According to them, data transmission from satellites can be jammed using land-based radio stations. “During periods when the

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Russians Have Little Say in Their Future

Putin’s revamp underlines the extent to which the status quo rules. By Ilya Klishin    Read the Russian version here. Mikhail Mishustin appeared before the State Duma on Jan. 16 to answer questions from deputies. The previously obscure candidate for the post of prime minister behaved confidently enough, and when members of the Kremlin-friendly so-called “opposition” grilled him on what he felt should

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Kadyrov prepares to obtain high post in Kremlin, – media

The head of Chechnya has temporarily resigned and is preparing for the promotion15:23, 17 January 20201601rbc.ru Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov has been offered a new post; he may become the plenipotentiary of the President of the Russian Federation. It was reported by the Russian edition of Argumenti with reference to its own source in Kremlin. According to the media, Chechnya’s

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Minister of Justice crawled under table in support of PM

Photography shows Malyuska’s hand, while minister himself is hiding under table18:35, 17 January 2020000112 Agency  The Minister of Justice of Ukraine Denys Malyuska in support of Prime Minister Oleksiy Goncharuk in a scandal with a ‘drain’ of audio recordings of the meeting posted a photograph sitting under the table.  Malyuska posted the photo on his page on Facebook.  The photography shows the hand

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Leader of "DNR" states that occupied Donbass must have its own "citizenship" according to Minsk agreements

The “DNR” leader Denis Pushilin has stated that the occupied Donbass would have its own “citizenship” after the implementation of the Minsk agreements. He stated this in an interview with separatist media, commenting on the facts of detention of the residents of CADO, who do not have a fake “passport” of the “DNR”. “We do not yet have a fundamental law

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Russian ex-Prime Minister Medvedev spends $2 billion from the budget a few hours before his resignation

On Wednesday, January 15, a few hours before his resignation, then-Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered to allocate 127 billion rubles ($2.06 billion) from the budget for the construction of the world’s largest nuclear icebreaker “the Leader.” The decree, signed by Medvedev, was published on Thursday on the official Kremlin’s website of legal information. The ship will be built at the

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Ukrainian MP: Servant of the People deputies discussed whether to 'beat s*it out of Prime Minister Honcharuk'. PHOTO

At a meeting of the faction of the political party “Servant of the People” in anticipation of the arrival of Oleksii Honcharuk, the Prime Minister’s the previously released audio recordings were discussed. Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainian MP Maksym Buzhanskyi channel on Telegram.  “We are sitting on the faction, waiting for the Prime Minister. The deputies are listening to the recordings with his

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PHOTOFACT. Leader of "DNR" goes to movie with once disgraced militant Khodakovsky. Friends again?

Creator of the terrorist Vostok Battalion Alexander Khodakovsky was seen next to the “DNR” leader Denis Pushilin while watching a propaganda Russian film about fighting for the Donetsk airport. Donetsk, January 16, 2020. OstroV’s briefing note. Alexander Khodakovsky is a former SBU employee who betrayed the oath from the first days of the Russian hybrid war against Ukraine and became one of

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French President Macron does not consider Russia's aggression against its neighbors an obstacle for closer cooperation

French President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview with the news outlet RFI that he is ready for closer relations with Russia, despite Moscow’s long history of conflicts with its neighbors. When asked what event caused Emmanuel Macron to change his attitude towards Vladimir Putin and support a review of relations with Russia, the French president said that it was the result

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Parliament in Ukraine approves return of country's delegation to PACE

The Rada tasked the Ukrainian delegation with encouraging Russia to fulfill its international obligations. Council of Europe/ Candice Imbert The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the country’s parliament, on Thursday adopted a statement on the return of its delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in 2020, according to an UNIAN correspondent. The statement says the Verkhovna Rada

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PM Honcharuk on leaked audio recordings allegedly with his voice: "You do not scare us"

Three parts of the audio recordings have already been released. PM Oleksiy Honcharuk / Photo from UNIAN Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk has commented on leaked audio recordings allegedly with his voice recorded during a meeting between government and central bank officials. “I appeal to those who are fighting against us: You do not scare us! We will root out

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Government Accountability Office: Trump administration broke law by withholding security aid to Ukraine

The Government Accountability Office says the Trump administration broke the law when it withheld US security aid to Ukraine last year that had been appropriated by Congress. “Faithful execution of the law does not permit the President to substitute his own policy priorities for those that Congress has enacted into law. Office of Management and Budget [of the White House]

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