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After Putin: an interview with Navalny’s exiled chief of staff

Tim Ogden & Vazha Tavberidze. April 7, 2021 Even with Alexei Navalny imprisoned, Russia’s opposition continues to struggle against Vladimir Putin and his quarter-century of Kremlin rule. This already daunting task has been made harder by the fact that key figures are now imprisoned or in exile: the opposition leader’s principal aides Vladimir Ashrukov and Leonid Volkov have fled to

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The Budapest Memorandum must be honoured to the letter.

By Egbert Spang. April 7. 2021 Since imperial times, Russia has been run by a few hundred families: the ‘Siloviki’. They control most of the wealth via a system of cronyism. This system requires the cooperation of civilised democratic countries. These people send their children to school in London, Florida, Switzerland etc. They own multiple $billions worth of property, investment

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A flurry of kremkrapp

6 April 2021 In the current murderous escalation in the Donbas that has been cynically inflicted by Russia, mainstream media worldwide have been yet again acting wittingly or unwittingly as components of the kremlin war machine; constantly referring to Russian occupiers as ‘rebels’, ‘pro-Russian forces’, ‘militants’, ‘proxies’, ‘separatists’ etc, when they are no such thing. As Glasnost Gone points out

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Is Putin about to launch a new offensive in Ukraine?

SUN, APR 4, 2021 UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson A Russian soldier pictured during the 2014 military takeover of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. In recent weeks, a major Russian military build-up in occupied Crimea and close to the border with eastern Ukraine has sparked fears of a possible imminent escalation in the seven-year conflict between the two countries. (REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov) Russia has

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Russian military analyst claims Moscow’s build-up of troops and tanks on the Ukranian border could turn hot within as little as four weeks

‘This crisis has the potential to escalate into a pan-European or world war’ By Will Stewart for MailOnline 03 Apr 2021 Military analyst Pavel Felgenhauer warned events could see ‘war in a month’ Footage shows dozens of Russian tanks deployed to disputed Donbass region Felgenhauer said it requires a ‘psychoanalyst’ to determine Russia’s intentions A European or even World War could

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Ukraine is ready for any provocations

Zelensky on Russian troops near border: Ukraine is ready for any provocations 02.04.2021 President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that the so-called “muscle-flexing” in the format of military exercises and possible provocations along the border is a traditional affair of the Russian Federation, which is trying to create an atmosphere of threat and pressure during the peace talks. The head of

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FAST THINKING: Russia’s making military moves in Ukraine. What’s it up to?

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council Related Experts: Melinda Haring,Alexander Vershbow, John E. Herbst JUST IN Russia is massing military forces on its border with Ukraine and in Crimea, sparking fears of renewed aggression and leading to US President Joe Biden’s first direct phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Moscow is even warning NATO to not deploy troops should the conflict escalate. Seven years after Russia first invaded

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How Putin made the international media his unwitting accomplices

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson. April 1 2021 Russian President Vladimir Putin pictured during his end-of-year news conference in Moscow. December 17, 2020. (REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov) The headline read like a Moscow propagandist’s dream. “Kremlin says fears Ukrainian side could restart civil war in eastern Ukraine,” it declared. Here were all the key elements of the disinformation narrative underpinning Russia’s seven-year campaign of aggression

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Air Accidents: Planes Destroyed by Russia

March 31. 2021 On 25 February, Antoni Macierewicz, the head of the Committee for the Re-Investigation of the Smolensk Plane Crash, former Polish defence minister and incumbent MP, made a statement at the Polish Sejm, saying that the government plane crashed as a result of the detonation of an explosive device. Macierewicz pointed out: “The main thesis, or rather the

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The Kremlin may be slowly killing Alexei Navalny in prison. The world must not let it happen.

Opinion by Vladimir Kara-MurzaGlobal Opinions contributorMarch 30, 2021 at 9:06 p.m. GMT+3 There are many ways to kill an opponent. Sometimes it’s done out in the open, for the whole world to see — as happened with Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was gunned down in plain sight of the Kremlin by an Interior Ministry officer. Often it’s done with techniques

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Rumours of War: Another Russian Surprise in Ukraine?

March 30. 2021 EPA/Scanpix Troops of self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) attend military exercises near Russian proxy controlled city of Donetsk, Ukraine, in August 2020. On 28 January, at the forum ‘Russian Donbas’ convened by the DPR leadership, Margarita Simonyan, Chief Editor of the Russian state TV channel Russia Today, announced: ‘The people of Donbas want to live in their

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WHO done it?

By Ross Clark. March 31. 2021 Should we believe the World Health Organisation report into the origins of the Sars-CoV-2 virus which, as expected, dismissed the possibility of a laboratory accident and promoted the theory that the virus was imported from overseas via frozen foods? The first thing to note is that the report does not claim to be independent

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Ukraine wants to show Biden it’s serious about ending ‘oligarch era.’ That’s not so easy

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at a news conference with the European Council chief in Kyiv on March 3. (Sergey Dolzhenko/Pool/Reuters)By David L. SternMarch 29, 2021 at 4:00 a.m. EDT By David L. SternMarch 29, 2021 at 4:00 a.m. EDT KYIV — The word of the moment in Ukrainian politics is “de-oliharkhizatsia” or de-oligarchization: a renewal of the long-held goal — and

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From the FB page of UkraineWorld

❗ Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Colonel-General Ruslan Khomchak stated that Russia is gathering its troops on the border with Ukraine, НВ reports: https://bit.ly/39r6D9b. After his declaration, the Verkhovna Rada approved a statement demanding Russia to immediately cease hostilities in Donbas. 🎥 Watch the recording of our Is the Kremlin Preparing a New War Against Ukraine? video-discussion to

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Battle of Narratives: Kremlin Disinformation in the Vitaliy Markiv Case in Italy

Hybrid Warfare Analytical Group 29.03.2021 This is a short summary of the “Battle of narratives: Kremlin disinformation in the Vitaliy Markiv case in Italy” research conducted by Olga Tokariuk for the Ukrainian Crisis Media Center. The verdict of the court of first instance in Italy, which sentenced the National Guardsman Vitaliy Markiv to 24 years in prison for complicity in

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Record prison sentence for Christian faith in Russian-occupied Crimea

30.03.2021. Halya Coynash Viktor Stashevsky Photo The Jehovah’s Witnesses  55-year-old Viktor Stashevsky has been sentenced by a Russian-controlled court in Crimea to six and a half years’ imprisonment for reading the Bible and praying together with fellow believers. This is the worst of three prison sentences illegally passed against Ukrainian Jehovah’s Witnesses over the last year amid a worrying intensification

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China and Russia’s military arsenals are terrifying in scale – but how would they perform in combat?

Special report: Britain’s defence review identified two key adversaries – China and Russia. But both present very different challenges. ByRoland Oliphant, SENIOR FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT ; Nataliya Vasilyeva IN MOSCOW and Sophia Yan IN BEIJING 29 March 2021 Chinese soldiers ride atop tanks as they drive in a parade CREDIT: Getty Peel away the euphemisms, and Britain’s Integrated Review of defence

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Five reasons why Ukraine rejected Vladimir Putin’s “Russian World”

UkraineAlert by Taras Kuzio. March 26, 2021 Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the crowd during a March 2018 event in Moscow to mark the fourth anniversary of the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. Now in its eighth year, Russian military aggression against Ukraine has played a major role in driving the two formerly close post-Soviet nations apart. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/POOL via

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Merkel’s hypocritical pipeline pact with Putin undermines the Western alliance

Berlin will pay high price for endorsing Nord Stream gas pipeline – the Russian president’s “plunder project” that Brussels covered up AMBROSE EVANS-PRITCHARD. 25 March 2021 Less than 100 miles remain to complete Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline to the Baltic region of Mecklenburg, and from there to supply Germany with natural gas in a sweetheart deal that undercuts the

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Ukrainian tortured in Donetsk concentration camp, then sentenced to 10 years in Russia

23.03.2021. Halya Coynash Oleksandr and Kateryna Marchenko, the fateful Lamburghini  A first appeal hearing has taken place in the Russian city of Krasnodar in a case that is likely to prove most incriminating for Moscow when it reaches the European Court of Human Rights, not to mention the International Criminal Court.  It is unlikely that Russia’s Third Court of Appeal will overturn

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Could Putin Launch Another Invasion?

The same factors that led up to his incursion into Ukraine are in place again, including domestic protests, a struggling economy and a desire for glory. AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov By LEON ARON 03/15/2021 Leon Aron is a resident scholar and director of Russian studies at the American Enterprise Institute. He is author of a biography of Boris Yeltsin and is writing

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Putin’s a wolf in sheepskin clothing: Russian president dines al fresco during Siberian photoshoot with his defence minister… after issuing new ‘kill list’ of targets including six people living in Britain

By Isabella Nikolic For Mailonline and Jack Wright For Mailonline15:35 GMT 21 Mar 2021 , updated 07:52 GMT 22 Mar 2021 2.9k comments Vladimir Putin has released terrifying new ‘kill list’ of dissidents and opponents of his authoritarian rule Six critics living in Britain include businessman Bill Browder and former MI6 officer Christopher Steele  Russian President released ‘tough guy’ images of

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