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Disinformation Review: Bears and Drugs and Climate Change

The polar bears are doing just fine! It has been an unusually “green” fall season. This week, delegates from more than 200 countries gathered in Madrid to kick off the UN Climate Change Conference, COP25, which follows on the heels of September’s Climate Action Summit in New York. Amid a growing sense of crisis about the climate emergency, attending countries

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Germany Expels Two Russians in Dispute Over Killing of Georgian in Berlin

Germany said on Wednesday it had expelled two Russian embassy employees in protest over what it said was Moscow’s lack of cooperation in an investigation into the murder of a Georgian man in Berlin. German prosecutors suspect Russian or Chechen involvement in the murder of the man in a Berlin park in August. Russia has denied any involvement and said on Wednesday it would

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Defected Pro-Kremlin Lawmaker Resettles in Germany

A former pro-Kremlin lawmaker who voted for a law banning U.S. citizens from adopting Russian children has resettled in Germany, the country’s Süddeutsche Zeitung daily reported Monday. Robert Schlegel supported the adoption ban, tried to push through a “fake news” bill, co-authored Russia’s “Google tax” and boasted about a 2007 cyberattack that crippled neighboring Estonia’s networks.  Schlegel told Süddeutsche Zeitung,

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U.S. Charges Russian Companies for Attempt to Evade Trade Sanctions

U.S. federal prosecutors have charged Russian, Italian and U.S. companies and several employees for allegedly trying to evade U.S. sanctions by providing a U.S.-manufactured power turbine to a Russian state-controlled business, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday. The unidentified Russian company was barred from acquiring the turbine under U.S. sanctions imposed after Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. But

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Ukraine's Foreign Minister compares Russians with terrorist forces as NATO major adversaries

They kill people in Ukraine and use chemical weapons in Europe to reach their political goals, Vadym Prystaiko said Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko has compared Russia with terrorist forces that are considered major NATO adversaries. He said so during the conference NATO Engages on December 3.  “…I don’t see any difference between the terrorism and Russia. Terrorists are those

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Russia Accuses Alleged U.S. Spy Whelan of Lying About Ill-Treatment in Jail

Russia on Tuesday accused a former U.S. Marine it has held for almost a year on spying charges of faking health problems in custody and lying about his ill-treatment, comments the U.S. Embassy rejected as factually inaccurate “pulp fiction.” Paul Whelan, who holds U.S., British, Canadian and Irish passports, was accused of espionage after agents from Russia’s Federal Security Service detained him

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The Council endorsed a request to submit a MAP to NATO

Parliament adopted a resolution “On the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine’s Declaration” On the first steps to ensure Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic integration is the acquisition of Ukraine’s full membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It was supported by 284 MPs, Ukrinform correspondent reports. The statement stresses that today Ukraine is in fact the eastern border of the North Atlantic Alliance, and

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Three opposition parties demand ‘no capitulation’ in Zelensky-Putin meeting

By Oleksiy Sorokin. The leaders of three opposition parties in Ukraine’s parliament have signed a joint statement calling on President Volodymyr Zelensky not to make concessions they deem unacceptable during his upcoming meeting with his Russian counterpart in Paris. In a Dec. 2 video blog, Zelensky described the meeting as a victory for Ukraine and a chance to find a diplomatic solution

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Member of United Russia Party from Crimea Detained After Trying to Get Ukrainian Passport

Igor Kucheryavy was an early supporter of Russia’s illegal actions in Crimea Member of the Russian political party United Russia and Crimean resident Igor Kucheryavy was detained at the Kalanchak checkpoint after he entered government-controlled territory to get a Ukrainian Passport, Ukrainian online media atr.ua reported. On December 3, 2019, Kucheryavy, who actively supported the occupation of the peninsula, was detained by

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Putin Criticizes NATO Expansion as Alliance Holds London Summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday criticized NATO’s continued expansion, something he suggested was pointless given the absence of a threat from Moscow following the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. Speaking at a meeting of Russian military leaders in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, Putin said NATO expansion posed a threat to Russia, but said he hoped

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German Prosecutors Suspect Russia Connection to Georgian Killing in Berlin

German federal prosecutors believe Russian intelligence was involved in the August killing of a Georgian citizen in Berlin and want to take over the investigation, a legal source told Reuters on Tuesday, confirming a report by public broadcaster ARD. The measure could raise tensions between Germany  — and other western countries — and Russia, after strains over the poisoning of a former Russian

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Normandy Four leaders to sign non-binding document – Ukraine's Deputy PM Kuleba

The leaders of the Normandy Four states – Ukraine, France, Germany, and Russia – are scheduled to meet in Paris, France, on December 9. Normandy Four leaders are to sign a non-binding document, which will not contain any legal obligations on part of Ukraine. “The first thing we must remember is that the communique is a political document. Undertaking any

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Russia Blocks U.S. Stock Photo Site's Domain Over 'Objectionable' Content

Russia’s communications watchdog has blocked one of U.S. stock photography and footage provider Shutterstock’s domains over content the company said had been “deemed objectionable” by the Russian authorities. The website of regulator Roskomnadzor showed that one of the firm’s domains had been blocked in Russia as a result of a decision by the country’s Attorney General on Nov. 13. It

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UN chief blasts governments as COP25 gets underway

‘If we don’t urgently change our way of life, we jeopardize life itself,’ Guterres says. By Kalina Oroschakoff MADRID — U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday blasted the world’s big emitters for failing to cut greenhouse gases. “All the main emitters must do more,” he said at the formal opening of the COP25 climate summit. That includes boosting climate commitments under

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Ukrainian defense conglomerate Ukroboronprom could be hit by US sanctions for selling Motor Sich to China

The US could impose sanctions on Ukraine’s state-owned defense conglomerate UkrOboronProm if the China-controlled company Skyrizon Aircraft Holdings Ltd. gains joint control over the company Motor Sich, said Yuriy Terentyev, head of the Anti-Monopoly Committee of Ukraine, in a broadcast of Radio NV. “We could find ourselves in a completely absurd situation, if the Chinese party acquired control over this

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