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Russia’s pseudo-vote on resetting Putin’s terms in power “looks like a gameshow” – media

Get-out-the-vote effort includes prize giveaways while campaign avoids focus on president. Meanwhile, weeks before the vote, publishers had begun stocking Moscow bookstores with copies of the amended constitution. REUTERS The people of Moscow received text messages this week telling them they had been registered to win “millions of prizes”. The catch? They have to vote on constitutional amendments that include

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Serbian defense chief tests positive for COVID-19 after visiting Moscow parade

Serbian media have reported that other government officials have tested positive for the virus but that President Aleksandar Vučić is fine. REUTERS Serbian defense minister Aleksandar Vulin has tested positive for coronavirus, the government said in a statement. Vulin does not have symptoms for the virus and will continue to do his job in self-isolation, Euronews reports. He was tested

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Ukrainian oligarch Kolomoisky demands that Prosecutor General opens criminal case against ex-President Poroshenko

Ukrainian businessman Igor Kolomoisky demands that the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Iryna Venediktova opens a criminal case against ex-president Petro Poroshenko, UNIAN reports. Businessman Igor Kolomoisky wrote a request to the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Irina Venediktova, which demands that she opens a criminal case against the former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko under section 1 of Article 369-2 of the

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Putin says all his COVID-19 tests were negative

Russian President said he regularly passes testsRussian President Vladimir Putin© Alexey Druzhinin/Russia’s presidential press service/TASS MOSCOW, June 28. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin said he regularly passes tests for COVID-19 and all of them were negative. “Regularly, once in three or four days,” Putin said in an interview with “Moscow. Kremlin. Putin” program on Rossiya-1 TV channel when asked how often he

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Donbas war update: Ukrainian soldier killed, three injured in enemy shelling

To suppress enemy fire, Ukrainian units applied non-proscribed weapons. JFO Command Russian occupation forces on June 27 violated the ceasefire 12 times, Joint Forces Operation Command reported in a morning update. A Ukrainian military serviceman was killed in enemy shelling and another three soldiers were injured in action as the adversary employed 122 mm artillery systems, as well as 120

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Saakashvili states on superiority of reforms in Russia

As he said during a video conference, the Russian Federation went “far, far ahead of Ukraine” in the matter of deregulating the economy and the effectiveness of the fiscal system17:17, 27 June 2020The current chairman of the executive committee of Ukraine’s National Reform Council112 AgencyThe head of the Executive Committee for Reforms in Ukraine Mikheil Saakashvili believes that Russia is better

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Local electoral official in Omsk wins apartment for voting in constitutional plebiscite

In the Siberian city of Omsk, the head of voting district No. 1352 won an apartment during a prize draw for participants in the ongoing plebiscite on constitutional amendments. On June 25, the lottery’s organizers announced on the social networking site “VKontakte” that Anna Ganeva, a 59-year-old resident from the town of Luzino, had won the apartment that was included in the

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THE NORDSTREAM AND TURKSTREAM SANCTIONS BILL

116TH CONGRESS2D SESSION S. llTo clarify and expand sanctions applicable with respect to the constructionof the Nord Stream 2 or TurkStream pipeline projects.IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESllllllllllMr. CRUZ (for himself, Mrs. SHAHEEN, Mr. BARRASSO, Mr. COTTON, and Mr.JOHNSON) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on llllllllllA BILLTo clarify and expand sanctions

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False US reports about Russia in Afghanistan led to threats against diplomats — embassy

According to Russian diplomats, the paper has been inventing false stories in the absence of real reasons to blame RussiaRussian embassy in Washington© Anatonly Bochinin/TASS WASHINGTON, June 27. /TASS/. False information about Russia and Afghanistan, published by the US media, has already led to direct threats against Russian diplomats, the Russian Embassy in Washington said on Saturday. “Baseless and anonymous

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Court decision on succession of Donetsk Railways’ debts threatens national security – Ukrzaliznytsia

JSC Ukrzaliznytsia has said that the decision of the Grand Chamber of the Supreme Court on the succession of the debts of state-owned enterprises of the railway industry, in particular SOE Donetsk Railway, by Ukrzaliznytsia threatens national security and the economy of Ukraine, the company said on its website in a statement. Ukrzaliznytsia has already appealed to the President, the

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Olena Rotari: Illegal development threatens to destroy Odesa’s beaches

Public access to Odesa’s 20 kilometers of Black Sea beaches are threatened by illegal construction taking place too close to the shoreline, Odesa Channel 7 journalist Elena Rotari writes. Last year in November, President Volodymyr Zelensky passed a law that gives citizens free access to all coasts of water and forbids any construction within those areas. It came into effect

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Zelensky decides to dismiss Balon as Kirovohrad region governor – president’s office

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has decided to dismiss Andriy Balon as Head of Kirovohrad Regional State Administration, the press service of the Office of the President of Ukraine said. “Several days ago the Security Service of Ukraine informed me that, mildly speaking, incorrect things connected with violation of Ukrainian laws are going on in the entourage of the head

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Neo-Nazis tried to set fire to mosque on eve of Crimean Tatar flag day

Security service found that one of detainees arrived in Ukraine after long stay in Russian Federation20:24, 26 June 2020Security Service of Ukraine In Odesa, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) warned an attempt by a neo-Nazi organization to set fire to a mosque on the eve of the Day of the Crimean Tatar flag, as the SBU press service reports. “As a result of

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Russian navy ship crew threatened with sacking after voting against constitutional amendments

The ship commander says he won’t allow rigging voting results. REUTERS More than two dozen crew of the Russian Black Sea naval fleet’s Project 22160 large patrol ship Vasily Bykov who voted against the constitutional amendments that would reset the count of Vladimir Putin’s presidential terms say their commanders threaten to have them dismissed from service if they don’t change their

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Reuters: EU’s top court upholds sanctions against Russia’s VTB over Ukraine turmoil

The sanctions restrict the bank’s access to some financial transactions and to capital markets in the EU. REUTERS The European Union’s top court on Thursday upheld sanctions against Russia’s second-largest bank VTB, dismissing the lender’s appeal against the restrictive measures the bloc had first imposed in 2014 over the turmoil in Ukraine. The sanctions restrict the bank’s access to some

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Occupiers boast that residents of CALO with Russian passports went to Russia to vote for $5

A group of residents of the occupied part of Luhansk oblast have gone to the Rostov oblast (Russia) by a special bus flight to vote on the amendments to the Constitution proposed by Vladimir Putin. This is reported by separatist media, correspondents of which participate in a referendum alien to Ukraine for propaganda purposes. The cost of the ticket is $5-6

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Zelensky’s new judicial bill may derail $5 billion in IMF loans

Judges of the Appellate Chamber of the Supreme Anti-Corruption Court discuss on Nov. 7, 2019 during an appeal against a measure of restraint to the lawmaker Yaroslav Dubnevych.Photo by Volodymyr PetrovPopularon social media Since Ukraine received independence in 1991, it has dabbled with judicial reforms many times.  Three decades later, the result appears to be an utter failure: 76 percent of

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‘It looks like a scam’ Electoral statistician analyzes anomalies in Moscow’s record-breaking online-voter registration numbers

https://meduza.io/impro/rbsvDOKLSu_sz-vNJ-Ub0RAsWGYYyAejMRc0J8uEUNs/fill/650/0/ce/1/aHR0cHM6Ly9tZWR1/emEuaW8vaW1hZ2Uv/YXR0YWNobWVudHMv/aW1hZ2VzLzAwNS82/NDcvMDI0L29yaWdp/bmFsL1dnclBnZlhQ/YWg1WlowSW5odFZR/MHcuanBn.webp Every seventh voter in Moscow — 1.09 million people — has registered to vote online in the upcoming plebiscite on constitutional amendments, electoral statistics researcher Sergey Shpilkin wrote on Facebook. By analyzing data from the Central Election Commission’s website on the number of voters registered at specific polling stations, Shpilkin concluded that an average of 300 people per precinct have decided to vote online. Meanwhile,

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Russian Communist Unveils Stalin Statue on WWII Anniversary

A Russian communist businessman has unveiled a monument of Josef Stalin that local authorities dubbed illegal on the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory in World War II. The statue is being unveiled as Russia grapples with how to treat the Soviet leader’s legacy and amid a contentious worldwide debate over which historical figures deserve to be celebrated.https://www.youtube.com/embed/YpEE6idZr-4 Several hundred supporters

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Voting as an ‘inter-corporate event’ This is the system Russian enterprises plan to use to track employees’ participation in a nationwide plebiscite on constitutional amendments

https://meduza.io/impro/5d24YyKb3sGecFlaOhOcuN7LZswKp2WhGkkxvG6qo5M/fill/980/0/ce/1/aHR0cHM6Ly9tZWR1/emEuaW8vaW1hZ2Uv/YXR0YWNobWVudHMv/aW1hZ2VzLzAwNS82/NDYvMzA1L29yaWdp/bmFsL0I4ekFtd3Q1/QzZQc0ZGaU9ITVRP/OWcuanBn.webp Meduza has learned that an electronic system is active in several regions across Russia that will monitor turnout among employees at major enterprises in the country’s upcoming plebiscite on new constitutional amendments (including reforms that could extend Vladimir Putin’s presidency to 2036). Using the website votely.ru, the executives of various organizations can preload staff rosters and assign a unique QR

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Donbas invaders follow Moscow’s suit, stage military parade amid COVID-19 pandemic (Photo)

In Moscow, the event is seeing the same disregard for safety rules. snapshot The so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”) terrorist group has staged a military parade in the occupied city of Donetsk said to mark the 75th anniversary of victory over Nazism in World War 2. Like in Moscow, the event was postponed from May 9 to June 24 over

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150K East Ukraine Residents to Vote on Putin’s Constitutional Reforms – Official

Nearly 150,000 residents of separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine with Russian passports will join Russians in voting on a set of constitutional reforms that would allow President Vladimir Putin to extend his rule, a Russian official has said. From June 25 to July 1, Russians will vote on the constitutional amendments, which contain a controversial clause to “zero out” Putin’s presidential term

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Ukraine withdraws from Russian space project

Ukrainian and Italian scientists have withdrawn from the Russian Gamma-400 space project, which was planned for launch in 2030, announced by Arkadiy Galper, chief researcher of the Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, RIA Novosti reports. The project involves the creation of an astrophysical space observatory to observe the sources of gamma radiation in the universe. The scientist said

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Moscow negotiating return of Russian nationals Bout and Yaroshenko jailed in US

The ombudswoman said she held a video conference with Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatovic and raised this issue before herRussia’s Human Rights Commissioner Tatiana Moskalkova© Sergei Bobylev/TASS MOSCOW, June 24. /TASS/. The issue of returning Russian nationals Viktor Bout and Konstantin Yaroshenko serving their prison terms in the United States is being discussed but the negotiating

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