Category Archives: Putin

Russia poses “existential threat” to U.S. – Pentagon

09:00, 25.02.21 – UNIAN All European allies are also facing the threat, General Wolters says. The Russian Federation remains a threat to the United States despite economic sanctions imposed. That’s according to U.S. European Command Commander Air Force General Tod Wolters. “Russia engages in destabilizing and malign activities across the globe, with many of those activities happening close to home [in

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Merkel notes lack of progress in Minsk process

23:30, 19.02.21 – UNIAN Tough agenda is needed on Russia within the Trans-Atlantic community, the Chancellor stressed. One of the challenges the Trans-Atlantic community has to address is its relationship with Russia, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel said, addressing this year’s virtual Munich Security Conference. “When it comes to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, we have not really made

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Putin the Poisoner

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is a media-savvy man who appreciates the importance of memorable soundbites. This talent first became apparent back in 2011, when he branded Vladimir Putin’s United Russia “the party of crooks and thieves.” Much to the chagrin of the Kremlin, the name stuck. Even while incarcerated, Navalny remains eminently quotable. During a

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NATO seeks to boost funding for deterrence efforts along borders with Russia

19:30, 15.02.21 – UNIAN Stoltenberg said China and Russia are at the forefront of an authoritarian pushback against rules-based international order NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg gas suggested increasing NATO’s funding for “core deterrence and defense activities.” “This would support Allied deployments in our battlegroups in the eastern part of our Alliance, air policing, maritime deployments and exercises,” Stoltenberg said at a

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In Change Of Tactics, Protesters Plan To Use Light To Show Support For Navalny

February 14, 2021 05:45 GMT – By RFE/RL Supporters of imprisoned Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny plan a protest using light from mobile phones, flashlights, and candles on February 14 to express support for Navalny despite a warning that people taking part could face criminal charges. Navalny’s team has called on people across Russia to switch on their mobile phone flashlights

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How Putin reacts in a crisis

Dr Jade McGlynn Despite its evident distaste for fair elections, the Kremlin is highly sensitive to public opinion — Vladimir Putin even has his own secret service polling agency, which he uses to weigh up policy decisions and gauge his popularity. The Kremlin combines these tools with state-of-the-art propaganda to promote Putin’s cult of personality, which naturally imposes on Russians

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Amnesty International demands release of protesters detained in Russia – Photos

23:59, 31.01.21 – UNIAN At least 4,000 peaceful protesters were detained in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and other Russian cities on January 31. Amnesty International has demanded the release of protesters recently detained in Russia. The organization announced this in a statement related on Sunday, January 31, according to Voice of America’s Russian service. “All peaceful protesters detained today in Moscow and other Russian

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Putin’s Palace put up for sale

“Putin’s Palace” in Gelendzhik, which appeared in Navalny’s video investigation, has been put up for sale on the Russian real estate listing website Cian. The four-storey brick house with a total area of 17,691 thousand sq m and a land lot of 678 acres is offered at a price of one billion rubles ($13.17 million USD), or 56,524 rubles ($744.42

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Biden Raises Navalny, Ukraine, Nuclear Weapons in First Call With Putin

U.S. President Joe Biden in his first phone call with Vladimir Putin since taking office raised concerns with the Kremlin leader over the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and Russian “aggression” against Ukraine, the White House said Tuesday. Biden placed the call in order to discuss with Putin “our willingness to extend” for five years the New START nuclear

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Kremlin refuses to name direct owners of Putin’s Palace

The palace in Gelendzhik, which according to Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation is “indirectly owned by Russian President Vladimir Putin,” belongs to entrepreneurs whose names “the Kremlin has no right to disclose,” said Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov at a press conference on Tuesday, January 26. When asked about the palace, he noted that “this large object, it is well known in

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East Human Rights Group says 164,340 Ukrainians in Donbas have Russian passports

09:00, 26.01.21 – UNIAN The illegal expedited procedure was used. More than 164,000 Ukrainians living in Russia-occupied territories in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, have already received Russian passports. This was reported by the East Human Rights Group on Facebook on January 25. “According to our sources in the certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as our employees (monitors) in the

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Language law: Ukrainians complain over violations in service sector, ombudsman says

18:00, 23.01.21 – UNIAN The largest number of complaints were sent from the capital city of Kyiv and Kyiv region. Ukrainian Language Ombudsman Taras Kremin says 195 complaints and appeals have been registered since the law on the obligatory use of the Ukrainian language in the service sector came into force. “Exactly a week ago, on January 16, Article 30

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Council Of Europe Urges Russia To Explain NGO Designation As ‘Undesirable’

January 16, 2021 15:35 GMT UPDATED January 16, 2021 17:23 GMT – By RFE/RL’s Tatar-Bashkir Service The head of the Council of Europe has expressed “great concern” after the Association of Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe was added to the list of “undesirable” organizations in Russia. In a letter dated January 14 and obtained by RFE/RL, Council of Europe Secretary-General

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Russia concealing involvement of defense facility in Sputnik-V vaccine development – media

14:25, 06.01.21 – UNIAN Since Soviet times, this Institute has been developing various kinds of biological weapons. Russia is making efforts to conceal the involvement of the 48th Central Research Institute, which is part of the defense ministry, in the development of the Sputnik V vaccine candidate for COVID-19, Ukrainian media reported. The facility is a biological weapons developer that

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Russia Approves COVID-19 Vaccine For Use By The Elderly

December 26, 2020 09:28 GMT – RFE/RL Russia’s Health Ministry has approved the country’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine for use by people over the age of 60. Health Minister Mikhail Murashko made the announcement on December 26, saying that the vaccine has now been approved for everyone over the age of 18. Previously, elderly people, who form a particularly vulnerable

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