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Ukraine’s central bank chief resigns leaving Zelenskyy’s reform credentials in tatters

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund Ukraine’s reform agenda suffered a serious blow on July 1 when Yakiv Smolii, the highly respected governor of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU), resigned due to what he called “systematic political pressure.” At a time when a wide range of Ukrainian reforms are facing rollbacks and reversals, Smolii and his reformist colleagues at the NBU

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‘All We Have Is Putin’: Russians Vote to Grant President Ability to Extend Rule Until 2036

Hours before the polls had even closed, Russia’s election commission released initial results showing a 73% yes vote. The final day of Russia’s week-long vote on overhauling its Constitution is ending with no surprises. Vladimir Putin, who was first elected president in 2000, has been all but handed the opportunity to remain in office until 2036. If that happens, the

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Medvedchuk: National radicals rule the roost in Ukraine, authorities unable or unwilling to do anything

Viktor Medvedchuk said that Opposition Platform – For Life offices were repeatedly attacked by radicals, but there was no official reaction National radicals are rampant all over Ukraine, and the authorities do not react to their frankly criminal actions. The Chairman of the Political Council of the Opposition Platform – For Life Party and MP Viktor Medvedchuk said this to

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Putin Slams New U.S. Sanctions Aimed at ‘Suffocating’ Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday denounced the United States for imposing new sanctions on Syria’s regime during the coronavirus pandemic. “Despite the call from the UN secretary general for easing the pressure of sanctions under pandemic conditions, Washington like Brussels decided to prolong measures against Syria,” Putin said during a televised meeting with his Iranian and Turkish counterparts on

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New movie Mr. Jones, about reporter who exposed Ukraine famine horrors, is a timely reminder of the cowardice of our current press

This article contains Kremlin BS from another American Putin lover. Michael McCaffrey In 1933, British journalist Gareth Jones risked life and limb in service to the truth, while in comparison, the journalists of today only care about access to power and towing the elites’ ideological line. Mr. Jones, a new film by esteemed director Agnieszka Holland, tells the true story

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Zelensky congratulates Germany on assumption of EU Council presidency

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has congratulated Germany on the beginning of its presidency of the Council of the European Union. “Congratulations to Germany with the assumption of the presidency of the EU Council. Ukraine shares European values and moves towards the EU. With new challenges of the COVID-19 everyone needs old friends – to learn our lessons, reshape and

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Russians Increasingly Angry that They Live in Poverty in a Country So Rich in Natural Resources

Paul Goble             Staunton, June 28 – The pandemic and associated economic crisis have exacerbated widespread anger among Russians that they live in poverty despite the enormous natural wealth of their country and its sale earlier abroad for more than six trillion US dollars. Had even a small part of that money gone to the people, there wouldn’t be 18.5

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“Attack on the European economy.” Kremlin-based Schroeder scares EU after sanctions against Nord Stream 2

Upcoming US sanctions against the construction of the North Stream-2 will affect more than 120 European companies. This was stated by the ex-chancellor of Germany, chairman of the board of directors of Rosneft Gerhard Schroeder , reports Kommersant . According to Schroeder, this ” is nothing but a deliberate termination of the transatlantic partnership.” “More than 120 companies in the field of shipbuilding, engineering, environmental protection and safety,

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Latvia Bans Russia’s RT ‘Propaganda’ Channels

Latvia on Tuesday banned a number of Russia’s RT television channels from being distributed in the Baltic state because of international sanctions against the head of the Russian state television network. Latvia’s media watchdog, the National Electronic Media Council (NEPLP), notably banned RT’s main English-language broadcast service, its Spanish and Arabic counterparts, the RT Documentary channel, as well as the HD

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COVID-19 conspiracies, WWII revisionism, schadenfreude at US protests: Russian propaganda last week

A consistent principle of the Kremlin’s disinformation campaign is to keep its audience’s heads in a permanent state of spin. Confusion, after all, is paralyzing. When people cannot make sense of reality, they cannot act coherently in their own self-interest. The devilishly brilliant political parody account on Twitter @DarthPutinKGB said it best, “We don’t make up so many lies so you’ll believe one

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Zelensky: quality reforms must make people “want to live in Ukraine”

Volodymyr Zelensky chaired the first meeting of the National Council of Reforms, attended by Cabinet and Parliament leadership. Opening the meeting, the Head of State assessed the quality and dynamics of implementation of changes in Ukraine, his office reported. According to him, any reform can only be deemed successful if it yields result. “Any reform is first and foremost about

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Stanislav Aseiev: Donbas is disappointed and embittered over not becoming part of Russia. But this doesn’t add any love to Ukraine

Journalist Stanislav Aseiev spent more than two years in captivity in the occupied Donetsk, most of the time – in a modern-day concentration camp, a special prison called “Izoliatsia”. In an interview with UNIAN, he told about the “Russian world” idea and how this “world” looks from the inside. Journalist Stanislav Aseiev is a former prisoner of the Donetsk concentration

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‘100% Bullsh*t’: Russia Blasts Reports of Taliban Bounties for Killed U.S. Troops

Russian officials have blasted a New York Times report on alleged Russian bounties offered to Taliban-linked militants in exchange for killing American troops in Afghanistan. Since the story first broke Friday, several American and British media outlets have reported on the U.S. intelligence conclusion that Russia offered cash incentives for dead U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The reports cite anonymous senior officials

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Did Vladimir Putin support anti-Western terrorists as a young KGB officer?

Putin has sworn his time as a KGB officer in Dresden was uneventful. There’s a lot of reason to doubt that claim. By Catherine Belton DRESDEN, Germany — When Vladimir Putin first arrived in Dresden as a mid-level KGB officer in 1985, East Germany was already living on borrowed time. On the verge of bankruptcy, the country was surviving with

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NO CHOICE

Edward Lucas Russia’s China Problem Is Not What It Seems ​ Vladimir Putin has a choice. That is more than the Russian people have in this month’s phony vote on constitutional changes. But after savoring his victory, the Russian leader will return to his desk in the Kremlin — and to the question of what to do about China. For

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Head of Crimea refuses to ask Ukrainian President to resume water supply to peninsula

The head of the annexed Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, said that the Crimean authorities will not ask the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, to resume the supply of water to the peninsula. “Besides Zelensky, no one in Ukraine can make such a decision, everything else is a talk about nothing,” said Aksyonov in an interview for Russian 24 TV channel. He added

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Ukraine-NATO: Politicians struggle, while military acts

Article by: Yuri Lapaiev Relations between Ukraine and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have long been complicated, sometimes even uncertain. From hopes for membership after the Bucharest Summit in April 2008, to effectively declaring Ukraine neutral during Viktor Yanukovych’s presidency; from the reactivation of a Euro-Atlantic integration course following Russian aggression in early 2014, to new doubts after Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s victory in the

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Bear on an elephant. What is known about the magazine that published Putin’s article

Vladimir Putin’s article on the 75th anniversary of the World War II Victory Parade, published in the American magazine The National Interest, aroused the interest of politicians and experts around the world. What is this magazine, who is behind it and what ideas does it promote? In the article, Putin sets out his vision of the causes of World War II,

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Russia denies its nuclear plants are source of radiation leak

Russia has said a leak of nuclear material detected over Scandinavia did not come from one of its power plants. Nuclear safety watchdogs in Finland, Norway and Sweden said last week they had found higher-than-usual amounts of radioactive isotopes in the atmosphere. A Dutch public health body said that, after analysing the data, it believed the material came “from the

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The Saker – Blind Loyalty, Disguised as Defiance

A Network of the Kremlin’s Obedient Followers The Saker of the Vineyard is a blog by a retired Swiss Red Cross officer, residing in Florida and defending Russia against an enigmatic Empire. The Saker has become a franchise for an international network of pro-Kremlin outlets, with branches in German, Italy, Latin America, and Russia. A Saker is a sort of

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Macron confirms his imminent visit to Russia

French President Emmanuel Macron is going to come to Russia. He tweeted about it on Saturday. “The confidential dialogue started with President Putin in Brégançon continues. Security in Europe, regional conflicts, climate, including melting permafrost in the Arctic. We are moving forward, and soon I will come to Russia,” Macron wrote on Twitter. The French President made his statement after

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Russian citizen illegally crosses border of Ukraine, doesn’t want to join Russian army

During the explanation, the guy noted that he did not succeed and did not advise anyone to do so Yesterday, June 26, border guards of the Sumy detachment detained a 19-year-old resident of the Russian Federation, who illegally crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border on foot outside checkpoints. This was reported by the State Border Service press office. When clarifying the circumstances

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