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Ukraine’s security service detains ex-“LPR” sniper in Kharkiv (Photos)

He participated in subversive operations against Ukrainian soldiers near the town of Zolote in Luhansk region. A former sniper who was a member of an illegal armed formation controlled by the self-proclaimed “Luhansk People’s Republic” (“LPR”) and fought against Ukraine’s military in Donbas has been detained in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. This was announced by the press center of

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Putin refuses to congratulate Biden despite Trump’s decision to hand over power

Russian President Vladimir Putin still sees no need to congratulate Joe Biden on his victory in the U.S. election, said Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov during a press briefing. According to Peskov, Donald Trump’s decision to launch a formal transfer of power to the new administration was “not enough” for Putin to acknowledge Biden’s victory. “You know that the review and

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Belarus expands sanctions against EU

The Belarusian authorities decided to include representatives of the leadership of the European Union and a number of European countries in the sanctions lists and to suspend the dialogue with the EU on human rights, said the Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei in an interview with Belarus-1 TV channel. “If we are affected, if any sanctions are imposed against us,

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NYT’s Russia Job Posting ‘Russophobic,’ Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Says

Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman has slammed The New York Times’ job posting for a Russia correspondent, criticizing it for “political bias” and “Russophobia.” In its description for the job posted early last week, The New York Times lists its requirements for an ideal candidate along with a description of the job’s location, “Vladimir Putin’s Russia.”  “It sends out hit squads

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Russia Imposes Reciprocal Sanctions on 25 UK Officials

Russia on Saturday imposed sanctions on 25 British officials, responding to penalties Britain imposed in July against the same number of Russians over human rights violations. “In response to unfriendly actions by the British authorities and on the basis of reciprocity, the Russian side made a decision to impose personal sanctions on 25 representatives of Great Britain who are now banned

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Attempt to destroy the High Anti-Corruption Court: what you should know about connection between the judge of the CCU and disgraced KDAC

Originally published on Liga.net Ukraine is under threat while judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine and other subjects of the NABU cases, whom the Court granted an indulgence, celebrate the collapse of cases against them. For the fourth week in a row, Ukraine has been in constitutional crisis due to the decision of the Constitutional Court regarding demolitionof the

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Lukashenko ‘finds’ U.S. Intelligence centers in Warsaw and Kyiv

Alexander Lukashenko said the U.S. Intelligence has deployed its control center near Warsaw and Kyiv. The canters were allegedly discovered by the Russian and Belarusian intelligence services, reported BelTA agency. “The U.S. – they created a center near Warsaw, and now they have created a center in Kyiv. Well, I would say, but us and the Russians, our intelligence agencies 

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Russia Preparing Golden Visa Scheme – Reports

Foreigners could get permanent residency in Russia with a $130,000 investment. Russia is planning to introduce a golden visa scheme, offering foreigners a permanent residency permit in exchange for investing in the Russian economy, the Izvestia news site reported Friday. Draft legislation drawn up by the country’s Economy Ministry would seek to woo foreign investors by offering residency rights for

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Russia Threatens to Block YouTube for ‘Censoring’ State Media

Russia could block YouTube and other major U.S. social media platforms for “censoring” content from Russian state media, according to draft legislation submitted to parliament Thursday. The draft bill explains that the Prosecutor General’s Office and the Foreign Ministry would be able to identify foreign platforms they view as violating Russians’ rights by restricting content. That designation would allow Russia’s

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We’re all living in America, and it is not wunderbar

Disinformation often mirrors the news stream. Therefore, it might not be surprising this week’s disinformation heavily features events in the United States. Among the frequent targets: Joe Biden’s policy towards Russia, Covid-19 and alleged plans of the US establishment to abuse the pandemic and rig the US presidential elections. Please, fasten your seatbelts. One narrative claims Joe Biden, when inaugurated,

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The Kiev-Class: This Russian Aircraft Carrier Was Built To Kill Other Carriers

An ambitious ship that proved not very useful. by Kyle Mizokami Here’s What You Need to Know: The Kiev-class carriers were an ambitious attempt to give Russia a powerful ship capable of taking on American aircraft carriers. At the tail end of the Cold War, the Soviet Union produced a number of unique aircraft carriers. Known as the Kiev class, the

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Draft law aimed at dissolving Constitutional Court should be withdrawn – International Commission of Jurists

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) calls for the withdrawal of the bill aimed at dissolving the Constitutional Court (CC) of Ukraine and refrain from actions that undermine the independence of the court, the Constitutional Court informs with reference to the Commission’s appeal. The court provides an unofficial translation of the statement on the Constitutional Court’s Facebook page. “Proposed law

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Bill to Give Putin Lifetime Immunity Passes First Reading

Russia’s lower house of parliament on Tuesday passed in its first reading a bill that would grant former presidents immunity once they leave office. The legislation, published on the lower house State Duma website, is among constitutional amendments that were approved this summer in a nationwide vote and will allow President Vladimir Putin to again run for office when his

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U.S. Chargé d’Affaires names obstacles to Ukraine’s European integration

Until Ukraine tackles these challenges, the country’s integration ambitions will remain unrealized, the diplomat believes. The United States Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Kristina A. Kvien says Russian aggression, corruption, and private interests of a certain group of people stand in the way of Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic integration. “Until those challenges are overcome, […] Ukraine will not going to be able to

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Russia to Freeze-Dry Coronavirus Vaccine to Avoid Distribution Challenges – Reuters

Russia will transition to primarily freeze-dried doses of its coronavirus vaccine by spring as a workaround to the logistical challenges of transporting liquid doses at controlled temperatures, Reuters reported Monday.  The Sputnik V vaccine’s liquid form must be stored at minus 18 degrees Celsius or below to maintain its stated 92% efficacy. Vaccine storage and transport issues have become a

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Forcing Ukraine to choose between East and West will only bring greater chaos and tragedy

Warning! Contains Russian BS. “I feel fine.” Those were the words of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi as he announced he had tested positive for coronavirus last Monday. Three days later, he had been admitted to hospital. Ukraine’s political crises have deteriorated at a similar rate in recent weeks. Zelenskyi, a comedian who became the unexpected landslide winner of last year’s

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Don’t Wait

Edward Lucas The EU should act to support Moldova, despite its impotence in the Caucasus. Three big events tell sharply different stories. In the Caucasus, Russia has cemented its geopolitical grip by brokering a ceasefire to end the six-week war between Armenia and Azerbaijan. In Belarus, the death of 31-year-old Raman Bandarenka after a police beating underlined the regime’s ruthlessness

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Moderna: Covid vaccine shows nearly 95% protection

By James GallagherHealth and science correspondent A new vaccine that protects against Covid-19 is nearly 95% effective, early data from US company Moderna shows. The results come hot on the heels of similar results from Pfizer, and add to growing confidence that vaccines can help end the pandemic. Both companies used a highly innovative and experimental approach to designing their

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British Diplomats Harassed by Belarusian State-Controlled TV

A sensationalist report with shaky footage of a camera crew pursuing two individuals – this is how the Belarusian state-controlled ONT television chose to “inform” their audiences that Belarusian authorities were expelling two British diplomats. “These people were gathering information about the internal affairs of Belarus and the development of the protests. […] They met repeatedly with representatives of the

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Moldova election: Pro-EU candidate Sandu leads in preliminary results

Opposition candidate Maia Sandu holds a narrow lead over current leader Igor Dodon in Sunday’s presidential run-off election in Moldova, preliminary results say. With 94% of the vote counted, Ms Sandu is ahead with about 52% to President Dodon’s 48%. Ms Sandu, a former World Bank economist, favours closer ties with the EU. President Dodon, meanwhile, is openly backed by

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Russian doctor vaccinated against COVID-19 tests positive for coronavirus

One of the doctors in Russia’s Kuzbass region who was among the first ones to receive the Russian coronavirus vaccine became ill with COVID-19, said the Kuzbass Deputy Health Minister Elena Selenina. . “We have one case of a medical worker being infected with COVID-19 after vaccination with the first dose of the two-component vaccine,” she said, as cited by local

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