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Lukashenko accuses his spokesman of plotting “coup”

According to Lukashenko, the “ideological instigators of the assassination attempt” were US intelligence services. The self-proclaimed president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has accused his spokesman, Alexander Feduta,  and a number of other opposition figures of allegedly plotting to “ seize” power in the country. This was reported by BelTA. According to Lukashenko, the country was preparing a coup planned by a “criminal group” consisting of Oleksandr Feduta , BPF opposition leader Hryhoriy Kostusev, and Belarusian

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Russia Probes YouTube for ‘Abusing’ Dominant Position – Regulator

Russia has launched a probe against YouTube for “abusing” its dominant position in the market by making “biased” decisions about comment moderation, a government regulator said on Monday. The move comes as Russia ramps up pressure on foreign tech platforms, with Moscow stepping up its efforts to control the Russian segment of the internet.  The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service said that

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EC president Von der Leyen rejects Crimean Platform summit invitation, breaches diplomatic protocols

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has declined Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s invitation to take part in the first summit of the Crimean Platform and the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s Independence Day. The response letter signed by her cabinet chief Bjorn Seibert, which is a violation of diplomatic protocol. Zelensky had written to von der Leyen inviting her to

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Czechs to Exclude Russia From $7Bln Nuclear Tender

Czech officials said Sunday they plan to exclude Russia’s nuclear monopoly Rosatom from taking part in a $7 billion tender to replace the central European nation’s aging power plant after Prague took action against Moscow over a deadly 2014 blast. Over the weekend, the Czech Republic expelled 18 Russian diplomats and accused the two Skripal poisoning suspects of involvement in

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Russia to Quit Int’l Space Station in 2025 – Reports

Russia will withdraw from the International Space Station (ISS) project in 2025 and notify its foreign partners of the decision, state media cited a senior government official as saying. The ISS, which was launched in 1998 by the Russian and U.S. space agencies, has been a rare area of cooperation between Moscow and Washington amid sharply deteriorating relations. But the ISS,

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Moscow claims to defend Russian-speakers in Ukraine ‘worrying’, says Lithuanian FM

On Monday, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis will take part in a video conference of EU foreign affairs ministers to discuss Russia’s military build-up near Ukraine’s borders, as well as the health of the Kremlin’s critic Alexei Navalny. Foreign affairs ministers will also have an opportunity to hold an online exchange of views with their Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba and

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Russia calls expulsion of 18 diplomats from Czech Republic “tricks”

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman promised a response from Moscow Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called the decision of the Czech authorities to expel 18 diplomats from the country a “trick” and promised a response from Moscow, RBC reports. “Prague is well aware what follows such ‘tricks’,” she said. Czech First Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Jan Hamacek, who

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UK warships to sail for Black Sea in May as Ukraine-Russia tensions rise- Sunday Times

British warships will sail for the Black Sea in May amid rising tensions between Ukraine and Russia, the Sunday Times newspaper reported, citing senior naval sources. The deployment is aimed at showing solidarity with Ukraine and Britain’s NATO allies, the newspaper reported. One Type 45 destroyer armed with anti-aircraft missiles and an anti-submarine Type 23 frigate will leave the Royal

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Russia Ukraine conflict: Fact-checking Russian TV’s Ukraine claims

By Reality Check and BBC Monitoring Russia has played down accusations of a military build-up near Ukraine’s border – a view amplified by a state television channel, which has broadcast misleading footage about US tanks and planes. We’ve fact-checked claims from one of the country’s most well-known pro-government news shows – Vesti Nedeli (“News of the week”). The weekly news

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Salisbury poisoning suspects ‘linked to Czech blast’

By Gordon CoreraSecurity correspondent Two Russian men suspected of carrying out the 2018 Salisbury poisonings are being linked to an explosion at an arms depot in the Czech Republic. Evidence links the 2014 explosion, and an attempted poisoning in Bulgaria, to a unit of Russian military intelligence – the GRU – the BBC has learnt. European intelligence agencies believe the

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Putin to turn a deaf ear to Biden’s words, Portnikov says

Article by: Vitaly Portnikov The speech by the President of the United States, in which he explained the reasons for the new sanctions against Russia and called for an end to the escalation, essentially shows how Biden is going to build relations with Putin. He’s going to act from the position of strength, which involves the use of sanctions and pressure on the Kremlin.

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Putin regime “on the road to committing suicide,” Piontkovsky says

Paul A Goble Many analysts want to believe that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to build up forces is a kind of blackmail designed to force Ukraine and the United States to make concessions, says US-based Russian analyst Andrey Piontkovsky. But what Putin wants from Kyiv and Washington are things they won’t give, and so the Kremlin leader is more

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Russia Bans Top Biden Officials as Tensions Soar

By Anastasia Clark for AFP Russia on Friday banned top officials from U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration from entering the country as it announced a wave of tit-for-tat sanctions and expulsions of diplomats, as tensions soar between the rivals.  Moscow nonetheless said it viewed the prospect of a summit between Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin “positively.” On Thursday, Washington

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‘More Hollywood Than Hollywood’: Critics Slam Russian ‘Chernobyl’

The success of HBO’s 2019 miniseries “Chernobyl” left Russian filmmakers inspired to shoot their own version of the tragic events that took place in Soviet Ukraine in 1986.   But Russian director Danila Koslovsky’s “Chernobyl,” which premiered Thursday, has so far failed to generate the same critical acclaim as Craig Mazin’s miniseries. Instead of offering a historic retelling of the events,

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Stop the ‘saber-rattling’ & begin de-escalation before Russia-Ukraine conflict turns into ‘nuclear holocaust,’ Gabbard tells Biden

Warning! This article contains verbal diarrhea from a Putin lackey. By Jonny Tickle Unless the world wants to see loved ones “burned alive in a nuclear holocaust,” politicians should cut out the “macho” act and begin to deescalate. That’s according to former US congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a US Army veteran. Speaking to Tucker Carlson on Fox News on Thursday, Gabbard

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Belarus on verge of economic collapse as foreign currency reserves dry out

The National Bank of Belarus continues to lose its gold and currency reserves as the value of Belarus ruble continues to fall.  In April the Belarusian ruble broke the “bottom” reached during the summer protests and set a new historical low. In the five quarters from January 2020 to April 2021, foreign currency reserves of Belarus decreased by 25% –

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Russian Foreign Ministry summons U.S. ambassador, warns of serious response to sanctions

On April 15, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov met with U.S. Ambassador to Moscow John Sullivan, reported the press service of the Russian Foreign Ministry. The ministry said that the Russian side gave an assessment of the “unacceptable actions of the American side”, which allegedly inflicted a heavy blow to the Russian Federation instead of the stated intention to

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Motor Sich and Russian influence

Why Russia is interested in the transition of “Motor Sichi” under Chinese leadership The decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine to return the Motor Sich enterprise to state ownership provoked a stormy reaction among experts and became widely known in the media. For obvious reasons, China and the management of the Chinese company Beijing Skyrizon Aviation Industry

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In Prague, activists brought to the Russian embassy “naked Putin” on a gold toilet

On one of the posters of activists, there was an inscription: “Murderer, thief, dictator.” In Prague, on Friday, April 16, members of the Kaputin activist group held a protest near the Russian embassy, ​​which is located on Boris Nemtsov Square . This was reported by Radio Liberty. During the protest, activists set up a pedestal on which they placed a golden toilet and on which they

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U.S.-Funded Radio Calls on European Court to Halt Russia Fines

The U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty news website in Moscow said Friday it was urgently appealing to Europe’s highest rights court to stop Russia from heavily fining the media outlet for hundreds of alleged infractions. RFE/FL, which Moscow designated a “foreign agent” several years ago, said it was facing fines of up to $33 million by the end of the year for

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China confirms non-recognition of attempted annexation of Crimea and ban on contacts with occupation authorities

The government of China does not recognize Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea and has informed the country’s central and regional authorities about a ban on contacts with the peninsula’s occupation authorities. “The key thing is that the government of China does not recognize Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea and has informed the country’s central and regional authorities about a ban

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Putin’s saber-rattling reflects Russian rage over the loss of Ukraine

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson By moving entire Russian armies to the border with Ukraine, Vladimir Putin has succeeded in grabbing the world’s attention. But amid all the speculation over the Kremlin’s most likely next move, one key question remains tantalizingly unanswered: why now? After all, the undeclared war between Russia and Ukraine is nothing new. Moscow’s offensive first began in

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US sanctions could spark Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine, Russian state media claims

The editor in chief of RT, Margarita Simonyan, has warned of a strong Russian response to United States sanctions on the country and the expulsion of ten diplomats US sanctions on Russia could be met with a full-scale invasion of eastern Ukraine, according to the editor in chief of the Kremlin-funded RT. On Thursday the United States announced sanctions against

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