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Ombudsman Moskalkova urges international community to protect Russian speakers in Ukraine

MOSCOW, July 30 (RAPSI) — Russian Ombudsman Tatiana Moskalkova has called international human rights organizations to take measures to prevent further discrimination of the Russian-speaking population in Ukraine. For her part, the Russian Human Rights Commissioner said, she called on her colleagues – heads of international human rights organizations and integration associations of ombudsmen – to pay special attention to

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Concerns mount over Russia-Belarus military exercises

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore With the quadrennial Zapad military exercises just six weeks away, Russian troops and military equipment have begun arriving in Belarus. The Belarusian Defense Ministry announced on Telegram on July 27 that the latest contingent of Russian soldiers arrived at the Polonka railway station in western Belarus where they were greeted with bread and salt by servicemen

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The Flying Dutchman How a blogger’s devotion to anti-colonialism became an obsession with MH17 that led to a police raid on a Russian journalist’s home

Early on July 28, police officers raided the home of investigative journalist Roman Dobrokhotov, The Insider’s creator and editor-in-chief. After searching his apartment, the officers escorted him to a local station for questioning about defamation charges filed back in April. For now, the authorities have named Dobrokhotov as a witness in their investigation. The available evidence suggests that the case’s

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Ukraine to provide Lithuania with barbed wire for construction of fence on border with Belarus

Ukraine will provide Lithuania with barbed wire for the construction of the fence on the border with Belarus, according to the decision made at a government meeting. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that Ukraine has decided to provide Lithuania with “humanitarian aid” in the form of barbed wire due to the critical situation on the border with Belarus. According

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U.K. Court Hears Abramovich Libel Claim Over Putin Book

Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich rejects “lazy inaccuracies” in a book that claims he took over Chelsea Football Club at the Kremlin’s behest, his lawyer said Wednesday at the start of a U.K. libel trial. The billionaire is suing Reuters journalist Catherine Belton and publisher HarperCollins over their 2020 book “Putin’s People: How The KGB Took Back Russia And Then Took

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Some 28 countries confirm their participation in Crimean Platform’s summit – Kuleba

To date, some 28 countries and international organizations have confirmed their participation in the Crimean Platform inaugural summit, which will be held in Kyiv on August 23, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said. “As of today, 28 countries and international organizations have already confirmed their participation in the Crimean Platform summit. This will be an unprecedented international event in the

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Modus Trollerandi Part 1: The Straw Man

How Democracy is SWAMPED: Seven Cheap Tricks Since 2015, EUvsDisinfo has detected, documented and debunked disinformation from pro-Kremlin media. All individual cases are collected and available in a large and steadily growing database. A consequence of EUvsDisinfo having followed pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets for several years is that certain patterns appear. EUvsDisinfo have, on earlier occasions, observed storytelling as a means

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Russia outraged at demolition of Soviet monument in Lviv

The monument of Glory in the Ukrainian city was completely dismantled on July 23, by the decision of the city council Russia’s Foreign Ministry responded to the dismantling of the Monument of Glory in Lviv. The diplomatic office called this step “an act of state vandalism”. Aleksandr Bikantov, a senior official in the Russian Foreign Ministry said that as cited

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Courage that deserves support

Edward Lucas Unfortunately, it is very difficult to find European countries with a serious foreign policy. The big players are out of the game. France will be in vain. In Germany, the head of state is approaching the end of her career. Britain is tossing between resisting China’s tricks and encroaching on its wealth There is no point in looking at all, shifting to

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Russian newspaper linked to Prigogine asks FSB to recognize Bellingcat as “undesirable organization”

The St. Petersburg edition of Bellingcat already had a conflict, which was considered in a Dutch court. The Federal News Agency (RIA FAN), linked to pro-Kremlin businessman Yevgeny Prigogine , said it had asked the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office and the FSB to declare the Bellingcat project an “undesirable organization.”  According to the publication, Bellingcat is one of the main mouthpieces of anti-Russian propaganda, which

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Putin views Ukraine as “the anti-Russia” and the struggle against it as his mission, Shevchuk says

Paul A Goble Vladimir Putin considers Ukraine not as a country and nation in its own right but as “’the anti-Russia,’ that is as imply yet another Western project” against which he is called as the successor of Moscow princes to fight against, according to Republic portal commentator Mikhail Shevchuk. Two weeks after promising to produce an article on Ukraine, Putin issued

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How Putin Keeps Winning

Kurt Volker Russia’s president exploits three mistakes the United States makes time and again: a default toward de-escalation rather than confronting aggression; a desire to compartmentalize issues rather than link them; and complacency about the U.S. role in the world, rather than a drive to compete proactively. Vladimir Putin’s experience as a KGB officer in Germany has served him well

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This is not just propaganda. Why Russia filed a lawsuit against Ukraine

Vitaly Portnikov In Russia, there was an attempt to use the European Court of Human Rights not only for propaganda, but also for very specific decisions. The European Court of Human Rights ( ECtHR), to which Russia has lodged its first interstate complaint in its history – of course against Ukraine  – has denied Russia urgent interim action on the lawsuit. When the details

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Putin Warns of ‘Lethal’ Strikes at Russian Warship Parade

President Vladimir Putin said Sunday that Russia’s navy was capable of delivering lethal strikes against underwater and aerial enemy targets during a parade of warships in the port city of St. Petersburg. The Russian leader’s boast comes days after military officials announced tests of advanced new weapons, some of which come from an arsenal Putin has described as “invincible.” “The

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Monetary wars in Belarus. What Lukashenka started

Brian Whitmore Monetary wars in Belarus resemble a complex multidimensional chess game with several moving parts In addition to harsh suppression of activists and independent journalists , the Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko is now also seeking to seize their money. Since the beginning of this year, according to the Belarusian Association of Journalists, Belarusian law enforcement agencies have conducted 107 searches

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Russia accuses U.S.of building ‘belt of instability’ to undermine Moscow

Russia has repeatedly accused the U.S. and its NATO allies of plotting regime change in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova and elsewhere Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused Western nations of trying to create a “belt of instability” to undermine Moscow, while also meddling in Russia’s upcoming parliamentary elections and backing extremists. This is reported by Newsweek. At a foreign policy

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Russia Fires Back at Olympics for Correcting Ukraine Map to Include Crimea

The Olympics have frequently become a battleground for countries’ territorial claims. This week, amid the opening ceremonies, have been no exception. Russia on Friday fired back at the International Olympic Committee after it appeared to change a map previously showing the Crimean Peninsula as separate from Ukraine hours before the games’ opening ceremonies were scheduled to begin. “This is a

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Russia’s claim against Ukraine with ECHR has no chance of success – Kuleba

The claim of the Russian Federation against Ukraine with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was filed for propaganda purposes and has no chance of being satisfied, said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. “Without interfering with the ECHR justice, I can absolutely assure that this court claim has no chance of being satisfied, and it was filed by Russia

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Kremlin tests disconnecting Russia from world internet

Russian authorities held exercises to isolate the Russian internet segment (Runet) from the global internet, RBC news agency reports, citing sources and materials of the working group “Information Security” under Russia’s Digital Economy national program. The exercises, which took place between June 15 and July 15, were attended by Russia’s “big four” internet providers (MTS, Beeline, Megafon and Tele2), as

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In Doping Scandal, Russia Opts For ‘Honorable Surrender’

Moscow has a reputation for fiercely defending its standing on the world stage, but in a years-long and embarrassing doping scandal in sports, it’s playing a different game. Russia is banned from the Tokyo Olympics this summer, a ruling stemming from revelations in 2015 that officials covered up widespread use of performance-enhancing drugs among its athletes. Instead of going on

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If no end to Donbas war is seen in foreseeable future…

… It could be better to ensure a “conflict freeze” than to end it on Kremlin’s terms, and the Ukrainian people seem to be ready to embrace the option On July 20-21, two closely related news regarding the occupied territories of Luhansk and Donetsk regions burst into the Ukrainian media space. Firstly, this is an interview by Dmitry Kozak, deputy

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Moscow never uses energy resources for pressure, – Russian Ambassador on Nord Stream 2

Commenting possible sanctions against Russia, the diplomat stated that only the UN Security Council is empowered to resolve such issues The Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States of America Anatoly Antonov criticized the agreement between the United States and Germany regarding Nord Stream 2, which contains the threat of sanctions if the pipeline is used as a

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