Category Archives: Russia

Putin created unit that blew up apartment blocks in 1999 a year ahead of time, Kruglov says

PAUL A. GOBLE Drawing on his contacts that he had developed with the criminal world during his first years in the KGB, Vladimir Putin in 1998 when he was head of the Russian FSB created the mixed intelligence-criminal group that blew up the apartment blocks the following year and powered him to the presidency, Artyom Kruglov says. The man behind the Putinism portal and the 12-part YouTube serial,

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Putin Says Russia Ready to Cooperate on Cutting Oil Production

The world’s biggest oil producers will discuss a record round of production cuts by video conference Monday. Russia is ready to cooperate with Saudi Arabia and the United States to cut oil production, President Vladimir Putin said Friday. Putin said Russia was willing to make agreements within the framework of the OPEC+ group and that “we are ready for cooperation

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Italy and Russia Spar Over Alleged Coronavirus Spies

Italy was engaged in a war of words with Russia on Friday over allegations Moscow hid spies among doctors it had sent to the country’s coronavirus epicenter near Milan. The unusual exchange between the traditionally friendly nations followed the publication of an Italian newspaper story about the purportedly nefarious nature of the Russian mission. The Russians came last week to help disinfect

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St. Petersburg Medics Appeal for Protective Gear as Coronavirus Spreads

Doctors at one of St. Petersburg’s top hospitals have filmed a video appeal asking the public for protective gear as they prepare to admit coronavirus patients. Pokrovskaya Hospital in Russia’s second-biggest city has been repurposed alongside two other existing facilities to accommodate a potential influx of coronavirus patients this week. St. Petersburg is Russia’s third-most affected locality with 156 out

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NATO adopts new package of support for Ukraine and Georgia

NATO foreign ministers have agreed on a new support package for Ukraine and Georgia. The approval by NATO foreign ministers of further measures to support Ukraine and Georgia in addition to existing aid packages was one of the main topics of the meeting of the foreign ministers of the 30 NATO member states, DW reports. “We talk about exercises, access

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UN General Assembly Resolution Calls for ‘Cooperation’ on Virus

The UN General Assembly on Thursday approved a resolution calling for “international cooperation” and “multilateralism” in the fight against COVID-19, in the first response by the international body since the outbreak began. The resolution, approved by consensus, also stresses “the need for full respect for human rights” and that “there is no place for any form of discrimination, racism and

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Ukraine blocks Russian draft resolution of UN General Assembly on combating Covid-19

08:50, 3 April 2020 If the Assembly passed it, Russia could have disposed of international sanctions; however, the document will not be passed, – Ukraine’s Foreign Minister. Ukraine penalized Russia-initiated draft law of UN General Assembly on fighting coronavirus. If the Assembly passed it, Russia could have disposed of international sanctions. Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba posted this on Facebook. “Only Ukraine was

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Foreigners Ditch Russian Government Bonds in Record Numbers

Monthly outflow from government bonds in March was more intense than after Western sanctions were introduced. Foreign investors sold more than $3.5 billion worth of Russian government bonds in March, as the coronavirus caused unprecedented panic on the global markets and the ruble crashed following a collapse in world old prices. Data from the Moscow Exchange shows non-residents reduced their

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EU: Putin’s order banning non-Russian citizens from owning land in Crimea violates law

00:55, 02 April 2020 The EU does not recognize the decree. The European Union says that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent order banning non-Russian citizens from owning land in Russia-occupied Crimea violates international humanitarian law. “Russia has recently added, by a presidential decree, most of Crimea and Sevastopol to the list of border territories of the Russian Federation in which

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Kremlin not planning to postpone Victory Parade in Moscow despite COVID-19 spread

A video was posted showing the parade rehearsal in Moscow where nearly 15,000 Russian troops are seen standing in close ranks without any protective gear. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov says no decision has been made yet to postpone this year’s Victory Day Parade on Moscow’s Red Square May 9 amid the coronavirus pandemic. “No other decisions

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Vitaly Portnikov: It’s simply a matter of life and death!

Article by: Vitaly Portnikov The extraordinary session of the Verkhovna Rada on March 30, 2020 demonstrated that a period of situational coalitions has begun in Ukraine’s political activity. In fact, President Zelenskyy no longer has a majority in the Verkhovna Rada. As of today, he can rely on two coalition options to make principled decisions. Until yesterday, one situational coalition

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“People fear that the virus will come from the Russian Federation.” What happens to coronavirus in ORDLO and why is it dangerous for the whole of Ukraine

Author: Maxim Butchenko, Kristina Berdinsky There is no quarantine, tests, or necessary medications at LDNR , but there are patients with coronavirus and people who spend two weeks in hospitals under forced observation. “ Last week, only in the city hospital No. 7 of Lugansk, nine people died from“ usual pneumonia ”. According to the conclusion of pathologists, the causes of these deaths have the signs of

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EEAS SPECIAL REPORT UPDATE: Short Assessment of Narratives and Disinformation Around the COVID-19 Pandemic

Note: The objective of this report is to provide a snapshot overview of the current trends and insights into disinformation activities related to COVID-19. It does not provide a comprehensive or complete overview and focusses primarily on the external dimension, in line with the EEAS mandate. The report was authored by the EEAS Strategic Communications and Information Analysis Division, which

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RFE/RL: Poland state gas distributor says it wins $1.5 bln from Russia’s Gazprom in price dispute

A subsidiary of Gazprom said that it had received the Stockholm arbitration ruling and was analyzing it. Poland’s largest distributor of natural gas has announced it won a years-long energy-supply price dispute with Russia’s state-run Gazprom worth $1.5 billion at an international arbitration court in Sweden. Polskie Gornictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo (PGNiG), itself a Polish state-owned company, said in a

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