Category Archives: Russia

Court in the Act

Navalny’s arrest highlights Putin’s weakness — and the West’s inaction. Edward Lucas Alexei Navalny is in custody. What are we going to do about it? Can we put pressure on the Kremlin to set him free? Or at least not to kill him? These questions should be burning a hole in every decision-maker’s desk in the free world this week.

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The Kremlin’s New Favourite Straw Man

The rhetorical means of straw men(opens in a new tab) is the Kremlin’s go-to trick in any polemical debate. A straw man is the method of attacking views or ideas, never expressed by the opponent. In the past, pro-Kremlin media have labelled its opposition as “fascists(opens in a new tab)”, “Satanists(opens in a new tab)”, “Malthusians(opens in a new tab)”,

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Bohdan Nahaylo: Is Navalny a case of buyer beware?

Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny bravely returned to Russia on Jan. 17 and was promptly detained at a Moscow airport on his arrival.  He had successfully completed treatment in Germany after an attempt by the Kremlin to poison him. Navalny’s heroic act of re-entering the Vladimir Putin regime’s proverbial “lion’s den” deserves our recognition and respect. We salute his seemingly

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Ukraine could bring up Russia’s membership in PACE over Navalny’s detention

08:03, 18 January 2021 – Source : 112 Ukraine The Ukrainian delegation will focus on questioning Russia’s membership in the Assembly, – official In the light of Alexei Navalny’s recent detention in Russia, the Ukrainian delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will bring up Russia’s membership in PACE for discussion. Maria Mezentseva, the head of Ukraine’s permanent

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Russian billionaire warns of economic collapse caused by Russia’s isolation

Russia is critically dependent on exports and imports, and economic isolation will be a “disaster”, said the chairman of the board of directors of the Russian conglomerate Severstal, the 4th richest man of Russia, Alexei Mordashov during Gaidar Forum. “We are a country that is very dependent on exports and imports. If it stops tomorrow, the national economy will shrink

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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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Derkach’s seven: the Russian-linked Ukrainians sanctioned by US over election interference

Editor’s Note Last September, the US Treasury sanctioned Ukrainian independent MP Andriy Derkach citing his attempt to influence the 2020 U.S. presidential election as a Russian agent. A few days ago, the agency targeted “Derkach’s inner circle” by imposing sanctions against several former Ukrainian officials and current MP Oleksandr Dubinskyi. Euromaidan Press found out who those newly-sanctioned are and what

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Russia Intends to Give Election Advice to U.S.

Russia’s top lawmaker said Thursday he is considering sending election advice to the United States following the storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump who dispute his loss. Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the lower house of parliament, was among numerous Russian politicians who called the U.S. electoral system “archaic” and pointed to the Jan. 6

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Nord Stream 2 pipeline construction postponed

The process was supposed to resume on January 15, but the operator company referred to checks of the equpiment, which should take several days Nord Stream 2 company has postponed the resumption of construction of the gas pipeline, which was supposed to take place on January 15. Handelsblatt reported that, citing the operator’s representative. The operator company claimed that checks

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Illia Ponomarenko: 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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Russia Says Trump Ban a ‘Nuclear Blast in Cyber Space’

Russia on Thursday compared the decision of social media giants to suspend U.S. President Donald Trump’s accounts to a “nuclear blast in cyber space” with the consequences hard to predict. “The decision of U.S. internet platforms to block the head of state can be compared to a nuclear blast in cyber space,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on

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30 Years of “Colour Revolutions”

Historical revisionism gets a modern spin as the pro-Kremlin media label the events of January 13, 1991 in Vilnius a “colour revolution”. An otherwise mediocre mouthpiece of state-sponsored pro-Kremlin disinformation, “BaltNews” did something remarkable last November. In just one headline -“The first colour revolution in the USSR took place in Lithuania(opens in a new tab)”- it managed to sum up

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Ukrainian icon presented to Russian Foreign Minister in Bosnia and Herzegovina is worth 12.5 million euros

The cost of the 300-year-old gilded icon from Luhansk, which the co-chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodik gave to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, can be as mach as 12.5 million euros. According to Bosnian TV channel BN TV, the icon was kept in the bank Bank of Srpska, which went bankrupt and was taken over

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Putin Aide-Turned-Critic Probed for U.S. Election Conspiracy Blog

A libertarian U.S. think tank is investigating a former aide-turned-critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin for a blog post containing conspiracy theories about the 2020 election and last week’s assault on the U.S. Capitol, Politico reported Tuesday. Cato Institute fellow Andrei Illarionov claimed in a Russian-language LiveJournal entry Friday that rioters who stormed the legislative building were “provoked” by Black

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As Ukraine looks to China for Covid-19 vaccine, Kiev reveals it won’t accept Russian Sputnik V – even if it’s approved by WHO

By Jonny Tickle Ukraine’s foreign minister has revealed that Kiev does not intend to buy the Russian Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine, even if its effectiveness is confirmed by regulators, and accused Moscow of caring more about propaganda than people. Speaking to TV channel 1+1, Dmitry Kuleba said that the “propaganda capabilities of Sputnik V far exceed its real capabilities and

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US blacklists Ukrainians who helped attacks on Biden

The US Treasury placed sanctions Monday on four Ukrainians who aided President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani in an election campaign effort to smear Democrat Joe Biden. Former Ukrainian government officials Konstantin Kulyk, Oleksandr Onyshchenko, Andriy Telizhenko, and current Ukraine lawmaker Oleksandr Dubinsky were called part of an effort led by “Russian agent” Andrii Derkach to undermine Biden’s presidential run,

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Russian Jailed in Sweden Over Hammer Attack on Anti-Kadyrov Blogger

A Swedish court on Monday convicted a Russian citizen of the attempted murder of a blogger from Chechnya critical of strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov, alleging high-level backing for the attack. The assault on Tumso Abdurakhmanov took place in his apartment in the Swedish city of Gavle in February 2020, when the accused struck him in the head with a hammer

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Lenin, Saving America

“A Colour Revolution for Regime Reinforcement” Patriots, attempting to save the United States from a hybrid war, waged by the Deep State against America – pro-Kremlin outlets mobilise their favourite conspiracy theories when commenting on the January attack on Capitol Hill. Even Lenin is invoked to describe why Trump “failed” to stop power transfer. State-owned Russian news agency RIA Novosti

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Russia remains unwilling to end seven-year Ukraine war

With the seventh anniversary of the outbreak of hostilities between Russia and Ukraine now approaching, many people have recently asked me, “What’s next?” As a negotiator in the Trilateral Contact Group formed to end the conflict in Ukraine, and as Ukraine’s minister in charge of the reintegration of the temporarily occupied parts of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts and Crimea, I

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Having Rejected Liberalism, Kremlin Turning to Totalitarianism, Belanovsky Says

Paul Goble             Staunton, January 5 – Sergey Belanovsky, the sociologist who attracted widespread attention for predicting the 2011-2012 protest wave, now says that there has been a major shift in the Kremlin’s vision for domestic policy but so far at least not in its view of the world beyond Russia’s borders.             He provides a list of 18 points

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