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Putin’s friend Prigozhin asks U.S. Treasury department to lift all sanctions imposed on him

Evgeny Prigozhin, a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin, appealed to the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control with a request to lift sanctions imposed on him, announced the press service of Concord Group owned by Prigozhin, TASS reports. “The press service informs that today, June 18, Yevgeny Prigozhin appealed to the Office of Foreign Assets Control

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The Hill to Die On: Russians Intent on Resisting Mandatory Vaccination

Those who had said nothing when the authorities rigged election results, shut down independent media outlets and jailed opposition members are now speaking out about their “impinging freedoms.” Moscow is in the grip of the third major wave of the pandemic. This time, a new and more contagious strain of the virus that originated in India is spreading rapidly among

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Kim Jong-un prepares for ‘dialogue and confrontation’ with the US

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said his country needs to prepare for both “dialogue and confrontation” with the US, and “especially to get fully prepared for confrontation”. This marks the first time Mr Kim has directly commented on President Biden’s administration. North Korea had earlier snubbed efforts by the new US government to establish diplomatic communication. Mr Kim was

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In secret recording, Florida Republican threatens to send Russian-Ukrainian ‘hit squad’ after rival

“I really don’t want to have to end anybody’s life for the good of the people of the United States of America. … But if it needs to be done, it needs to be done,” William Braddock says in the clip. MIAMI — A little-known GOP candidate in one of Florida’s most competitive congressional seats was secretly recorded threatening to

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Russia to screen propaganda movie about Donbas worldwide. Its protagonist defected to Ukraine

Russia’s strategy to openly promote its statelets in eastern Ukraine thorough open fake diplomatic consulates in the EU failed. Apparently, an anti-Ukrainian propagandist movie set in occupied Donbas to be screened in Russian official “cultural centers” across the world is the next soft power attempt. However, the film has run into problems even before its worldwide premiere: its real-life protagonist

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Timothy Ash: Disaster ahead for Ukraine in Biden-Putin meeting?

Listening to U.S President Joseph R. Biden’s rambling NATO wrap-up press conference on June 14, I have to say that things are not looking particularly auspicious for the June 16 summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva. This is increasingly looking like a damage limitation exercise from Biden. We are still left with the question as to why on

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Global Trust in Putin Drops to 22% – Pew

Russian President Vladimir Putin maintains a much lower level of global trust than his Western counterparts, according to a Pew Research Center poll published Monday. A median of 22% of respondents in 17 advanced economies including the United States said they have confidence in Putin “to do the right thing regarding world affairs,” Pew said. This year’s results mark a

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Ahead of Tense Putin-Biden Summit, Few in Russia Expect Breakthroughs

On the eve of the first U.S.-Russia presidential summit between Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, no one is expecting to see the kind of Gorbachev-Reagan displays of friendship that thawed relations between Moscow and Washington during the Cold War.  In the weeks leading up to the talks in Geneva, Putin has played down the possibility of groundbreaking results, instead painting

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UNIAN suspends work of its English-language editorial office

We expect to resume operations of UNIAN in English in the near future. Our entire UNIAN team is infinitely grateful to our readers, clients, and advertisers for being with us for the last seven years. Back in 2014, UNIAN’s English version emerged as a response to our country’s greatest challenge of that period – a hybrid war Russia unleashed against Ukraine. At

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Russian Billionaire Deripaska loses court case against U.S. Treasury Department to lift sanctions

The U.S. court for the District of Colombia has decided to reject billionaire Oleg Deripaska’s lawsuit against the Department of the Treasury to lift personal sanctions imposed in 2018. Deripaska, formerly Russia’s richest person, will remain on the blacklist of the Office of Foreign Assets Control with a visa ban and blocking of all assets in the U.S., according to a

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Vladimir Putin Warns Ukraine That Joining NATO is Unacceptable

By Zoe Strozewski Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested that it would be unacceptable to Russia if Ukraine joined NATO during an interview Wednesday with Russian state television. The longtime leader claimed that Ukraine’s admittance to the organization would give NATO access to missiles that need just seven minutes to reach Moscow and other points of interest in Russia, the Associated

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Turning a Tragedy into a Weapon

Exploiting the Death of a Child to Justify Violence On 2 April, a four-year-old boy was killed outside the village of Oleksandrivske, some 40 km outside Donetsk in the non-government-controlled area. On 7 April, a team from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, SMM, examined a fresh impact crater. The team reported its findings(opens in a new tab) 8 April: The

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G7 leaders reaffirm support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity, call on Russia to withdraw troops

G7 leaders have called on Russia to remove Russian forces from Ukraine’s eastern border and occupied Crimea, according to a joint statement following the G7 summit in Britain. “” We reaffirm our support for Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. We call on Russia to reduce tensions and act in accordance with its international obligations, and to withdraw Russian

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Pending meeting with Biden, Putin wants “direct dialogue” with U.S.

The Geneva summit is scheduled for June 16. Russian President Vladimir Putin has voiced his expectations for a meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden in Geneva next week. This has been reported by the Russian news agency RBC. Putin hopes that the Russian Federation and the United States will resume “personal contacts” and “direct dialogue.” He also expects to “create

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I’m on a ‘hit list’ Kiev allows to silence dissent & journalism. That’s all you need to know about Ukrainian ‘democracy’

Article contains Russian BS! Eva Bartlett Eva Bartlett is a Canadian independent journalist and activist. She has spent years on the ground covering conflict zones in the Middle East, especially in Syria and Palestine (where she lived for nearly four years). Address issues which Ukraine, the West’s client state, does not like and you could end up on a ‘hit

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Pentagon Announces $150 Million In Military Aid For Ukraine

By RFE/RL | June 11, 2021 This article was originally published June 11, 2021, on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.  The U.S. Defense Department announced on June 11 a new military assistance package for Ukraine. The Pentagon said the $150 million package would “enhance the lethality, command and control, and situational awareness” of Ukrainian forces. The “defensive lethal assistance” includes counter-artillery

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In Donbass, a drunken occupier shot and killed his comrade and committed suicide – OTG Sever

located in the occupied territory, a Russian mercenary in a state of alcoholic intoxication fired at his colleagues, after which he committed suicide, OTG Sever reports . According to their information, a fight broke out first, which later turned into shooting. At that moment, one of the invaders shot at a colleague, as a result of which his friend died on the spot. “After

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