Category Archives: Russia

The United States calls on Russia to extend the mandate of the OSCE mission on the border with Ukraine

The mission has been operating since July 2014, its work is related to Russia’s commitments under the Minsk Protocol / photo UNIAN

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France and Germany deplore end of mandate of OSCE Border Observation Mission at the Russian-Ukrainian border

France and Germany deplore the decision of the Russian Federation against the renewal of the mandate of the OSCE Border Observation Mission, established at the Russian checkpoints of Gukovo and Donetsk. For seven years, the Mission has been providing objective information on the situation at the Russian-Ukrainian border enhancing transparency and building confidence. Its closing will irrevocably undermine the monitoring

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Russia Claims Soviet Army ’Liberated,’ Not Invaded, Poland During WWII

Russia’s Foreign Ministry claimed Friday that the Soviet invasion of Poland during World War II was an act of liberation, reanimating a years-old debate over a secret Hitler-Stalin pact to carve up Eastern Europe between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. “On Sept. 17, 1939, the Red Army began a liberation campaign on the territory of Poland,” it tweeted, noting that

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Apple, Google Delete Navalny App on Day of Russian Parliamentary Vote

Apple and Google have deleted jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s apps from their online stores after Russian authorities threatened jail time for their employees, Navalny’s aides said Friday. The move comes as voting gets underway in parliamentary elections overshadowed by an unprecedented crackdown on the opposition. The Navalny app contained recommendations for its supporters to cast their ballots in favor

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Foreign Affairs Minister accuses UN of defending individual states interests over non-participation in Crimean Platform summit

The Minister noted that the UN misunderstands its mission in the world Foreign Affairs Minister Dmytro Kuleba accused the United Nations of protecting the interests of individual states that violate international law by failing to participate in the Crimean Platform summit. This was announced by the Foreign Affairs Minister at a briefing. “This organization ignored the Crimean Platform summit and

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WHO Suspends Sputnik V Approval Process Over Manufacturing Breaches 

Russia’s bid to have its coronavirus vaccine approved by either the WHO or EMA has run into multiple problems. The World Health Organization (WHO) has suspended its approval process for Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, pending a fresh inspection of at least one Russian factory manufacturing the shot. Speaking at a press briefing of the Pan American Health Organization, a

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Kremlin: there will be no meeting between Putin and Zelensky if Ukraine insists on discussing Crimea

Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to discuss with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky the implementation of the Minsk agreements and agreements reached at the last summit of the Normandy Four, as well as bilateral relations. And if Ukraine insists on discussing the issue of Crimea, then there will be no meeting between Putin and Zelensky, said Putin’s press secretary Dmitry

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Exposing and extradition

EDWARD LUCAS Senior Vice President, Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA, Warsaw and Washington) The Kremlin has an imperial approach to the issue of Russia’s borders. Woe to those who try to break free (like Chechnya), weaken ties with the center (like Tatarstan) or stand up for the language and culture of the indigenous people (like Mari El). In other countries

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Brian Bonner: Ukraine’s Friend & Foe of the Week

Editor’s Note: This feature separates Ukraine’s friends from its enemies. The Order of Yaroslav the Wise has been given since 1995 for distinguished service to the nation. It is named after the Kyivan Rus leader from 1019-1054, when the medieval empire reached its zenith. The Order of Lenin was the highest decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union, whose demise Russian

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Putinism is the Post-Industrial Form of Fascism, Skobov Says

Paul Goble             Staunton, Sept. 8 – Hitler’s fascism sought to combine an industrial society with a new medievalism, a goal that required totalitarianism, Aleksandr Skobov says. Vladimir Putin is seeking to combine medievalism with a post-industrial society – and his “post-industrial form for fascism” requires totalitarian controls as well.             Putin’s attention to and approval of ever more distant

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Russia Calls for Anti-Terror Cooperation With US on 9/11

Russia on Saturday said it was ready to resume anti-terrorism cooperation with the United States as America marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11. In a statement released by Moscow’s diplomatic mission in Washington, ambassador Anatoly Antonov said Russia was grieving together with the United States and proposed reviving cooperation on the fight against terrorism despite a litany of problems in bilateral

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Say Hello to Julia: Frontline Ukrainian Combat Medic — Glasnost Gone

When you think back to what we were doing as a twenty year-old, few of us can say we risked our lives serving on a frontline. Few could say they served in a bloody war currently raging in Europe, one which has lasted longer than WW2. Meet Yulia (Julia). Serving as a soldier on the […] Say Hello to Julia: Frontline

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OSCE Frontline Status Report — Glasnost Gone

As I’ve often said, these OSCE fortnightly Status Reports give us a snapshot appreciation of the frontline fighting – or more accurately frontline firing. They also indicate which side is obstructing the work of the OSCE Monitoring Mission in Ukraine. Sorry, but no prizes for guessing which side has consistently done most of the obstructing […] OSCE Frontline Status Report —

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How Russia Could Recalibrate Its Relationship With Ukraine

DmitriTrenin Despite the lessons of the last three decades, the importance of Ukraine for Russia is still greatly overstated. It’s time to carry out a long overdue reevaluation of that importance. The chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan has prompted some in Russia to claim that the United States is no longer a superpower, and that with time, it will also

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UN General Assembly to keep Crimea, Donbas issues on agenda for new session

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has decided to keep occupied Crimea and Donbas on the session’s agenda. Some 71 countries voted to support the motion, while 12 were against it, and 45 abstained during a vote held on Thursday, September 9. The item “Situation in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine” was included in the draft agenda of the 76th

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9/11 and Russia’s Descend from Dialogue to Feeding Conspiracy Narratives

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks on World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. – a decisive moment in international politics, and a point where the world community unanimously expressed solidarity with the victims of the attack. In Russia, 9/11 have turned from a ‘singular’ issue focussed on solidarity with US

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Most Russians Say Their Country is Isolated – Poll

A majority of Russians believe that their country is isolated on the world stage, according to an independent poll published Wednesday.  Russia has made global headlines in recent years for its strained relations with the West over a litany of disagreements, from alleged election meddling and espionage to Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and the eastern Ukraine conflict. According to the

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Election Premonitions on Russian State-Controlled Media

Just a few weeks are left until the Russian legislative election. However, instead of pre-election staples – political debates, analysis of party programmes and similar introspection – the airwaves in Russia are filled with harrowing (and false) stories about the US and Afghanistan. With some exceptions though. Recently a number of Russian officials and pundits have claimed that the West

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Modus Trollerandi Part 7: Denial

How Democracy is SWAMPED: Seven Cheap Tricks In a series of articles, EUvsDisinfo will demonstrate a few of the cheap tricks of the Rhetoric of Disinformation; how the producers of disinformation systematically derail an exchange of ideas – the core of democracy – through a set of handy devices. Kremlin trolls ensure public discourse gets bogged down in a quagmire

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Leaked Audio Instructs Russia Poll Watchers to Ignore Voter Fraud – Reports

Russian media published an audio leak Tuesday that they say shows a ruling pro-Kremlin party official instructing poll watchers to ignore voter fraud at the upcoming election. The United Russia party, which was founded by President Vladimir Putin and consistently backs his initiatives, is seeking to maintain its lower-house majority in the Sept. 17-19 parliamentary elections despite its historic unpopularity. The

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“Not That Free”: How Pro-Russian Parties in Ukraine Cast Doubt on The Country’s Independence

Several pro-Russian Ukrainian parties used the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s restoration of independence as another opportunity to spread anti-Western messages. On August 24, Ukraine celebrated the 30th anniversary of its restoration of independence. On Independence Day, UkraineWorld argued that preserving and strengthening Ukraine’s independence is important for Europe and the world as a whole because it halts further expansion of

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