Category Archives: Russia

Battle for borshch: Ukraine lays claim to soup dish amid identity war with Russia

UkraineAlert by Mark Raczkiewycz Borshch has recently emerged as the latest battleground in Ukraine’s struggle to assert an independent national identity and shake off centuries of Russian domination. In early October, the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture moved to add the hearty soup to its list of intangible elements of Ukrainian cultural heritage. Ultimately, Ukraine hopes to secure international recognition as

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‘Stumbling Into a New Arms Race’: Imagery Shows Russia Preparing for Nuclear-Powered Missile Test

Russia plans to resume tests of its Burevestnik nuclear-powered missile, a move that risks reigniting an arms race with the United States just as the countries appeared on course to renew nuclear arms deal extension talks, according to a new analysis of satellite images.  Researchers noted high levels of activity at the dismantled test site for the Burevestnik nuclear-powered unlimited-range

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Repeating a Lie Does Not Make it True

Regurgitation as Editorial Policy The concept of ”false flag” is deployed as a popular method in pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets. South Front, managed and edited in Russia and perpetually loyal to its masters in Moscow, is passionate about the concept. On 14 October 2020, the site excitedly parroted a statement of the Russian military: Russian military officials in Syria have warned

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Crew in No Danger After ISS Issues Resolved – Russia

The International Space Station is now working normally with no danger to its occupants after the crew managed to resolve a series of technical issues overnight, Russia’s space agency said Tuesday. The crew aboard the ISS had reported issues with the oxygen production system, a toilet and the oven for preparing food. “The problems that occurred on board the ISS during

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U.S. Trashes Faulty Russian Ventilators From Virus Aid Package – Reports

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has thrown out ventilators shipped from Russia this spring as part of a coronavirus aid exchange, BuzzFeed News reported Monday.  FEMA said in May that it had mothballed the 45 Aventa-M ventilators after they were blamed for two fires that killed seven coronavirus patients in Moscow and St. Petersburg. The agency said it

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‘Nothing to do with reality’: Embassy rejects new US claims of Russia’s cyber ops, says they aimed at fomenting Russophobia

Warning! Bullshit from Putin’s vile mouthpiece. Russia’s embassy in the US has trashed charges against six alleged Russian military intelligence officers – accused of cyber attacks against the 2018 Olympics, the OPCW, France, Ukraine and Georgia – as aimed at a home audience. “It’s absolutely clear that such stories have nothing to do with reality and are only aimed at

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U.S. charges 6 Russian military officers for cyberattacks targeting 2018 Olympics, French elections

Washington — The U.S. has charged six Russian military intelligence officers in connection with high-profile cyberattacks that targeted the electric power grid in Ukraine, the 2017 French elections and the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, federal prosecutors announced Monday. A 50-page indictment unsealed in federal court in Pittsburgh details the computer intrusions and malware attacks mounted over the past five years by

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PACE regrets Russia’s withdrawal from MH17 talks

PACE’s rapporteur has regretted the withdrawal of Russia from trilateral talks with the Netherlands and Australia concerning the 2014 downing of flight MH17. “The Russian withdrawal from the trilateral talks sends a painful signal, first and foremost to the victims’ families. In their interest, dialogue must be stepped up, not ended. The filing of an inter-state application before the European

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ukraine: Markiv case: new evidence, witnesses confirm Ukrainian’s innocence

28.09.2020 18:00 – Ukrinform Ukraine, convict’s relatives hope court of appeal will restore justice. Vitaliy Markiv, a Ukrainian serviceman, has been behind bars in Italy for three years now: a National Guard member was sentenced to 24 years in prison. In Italy, he is accused of his involvement in the deaths of Italian photojournalist Andrea Rocchelli and his Russian interpreter

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Suspect in French Teacher Beheading was Chechen, Born in Moscow

The man suspected of beheading a French teacher who had shown his students cartoons of the prophet Mohammed was an 18-year-old born in Moscow and originating from Russia’s southern region of Chechnya, a judicial source said on Saturday. Five more people have been detained over the murder on Friday outside Paris, including the parents of a child at the school

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Moscow prosecutors order universities to report virtually any anti-Kremlin activity by students or faculty

9:50 am, October 16, 2020 Source: Znak.com – Meduza District attorneys in Moscow have started reviewing local scientific and educational institutions, asking universities to provide information about any students involved in protests or publications about the difficulties of life in Russia. The “University Solidarity” student union first reported the new inquiry on Friday, citing orders addressed to RANEPA (the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy

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W. House Calls Putin Proposal on Nuclear Treaty ‘Non-Starter’

The United States on Friday rejected Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposal to extend the New START nuclear treaty for one year unconditionally, countering that both nations must cap warheads during the period. “President Putin’s response today to extend New START without freezing nuclear warheads is a non-starter,” said Robert O’Brien, the national security advisor. O’Brien said the United States had

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Kyiv promises Moscow a ‘flow of coffins’ if Russia attacks Ukraine

In the event of a full-scale aggression against Ukraine, Russia will receive a “flow of coffins”, stated Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Serhiy Kryvonos in an interview with Obozrevatel news outlet. “Mentally, it is not a problem for Russians to start a full-scale aggression against our country. But they understand that the enormous number of losses

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Alexander Query: 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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EU Sanctions FSB Chief, Senior Kremlin Officials Over Navalny Poisoning

The European Union has slapped sanctions on senior Kremlin officials and the head of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) over the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, according to a decision published on the EU’s legal portal Thursday.  The EU banned travel and froze the assets of FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov, as well as President Vladimir Putin’s first deputy chief

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Russia Pulls Out of MH17 Talks With Australia, Netherlands

Russia has withdrawn from talks with Australia and the Netherlands launched nearly two years ago to establish responsibility for the 2014 downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Thursday. Moscow said the Dutch government’s “unfriendly” move this summer to take Russia to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) for its role in the MH17 downing made

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Ukraine won’t buy Russian coronavirus vaccine, health minister assures

Ukraine will not buy Russian vaccine allegedly for COVID-19 as it has not undergone all stages of clinical trials. According to Health Minister of Ukraine Maksym Stepanov, there is no evidence that Russian vaccine has undergone all stages of clinical trials, especially the third one. “To date, it is not even a subject for discussion: to buy Russian vaccine or

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Almost 60% of Ukrainians ready to take up arms to defend Homeland against external threat – survey

23:15, 14.10.20 – UNIAN In 2019, there was 56% of such respondents, 54% in 2017, and 33% in 2012. Almost 60% of citizens say they are willing to defend their country’s territorial integrity up in arms in case of an external threat. That’s according to a survey by the Rating sociological group. The report says 59% of the respondents expressed readiness to

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EU Agrees Russia Sanctions Over Navalny Poisoning

The EU on Wednesday agreed to impose sanctions on six people and one entity over the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny with a Novichok nerve agent, diplomats told AFP. Ambassadors from the 27 EU countries approved sanctions after France and Germany proposed measures last week, saying Russia was responsible for the poisoning. In line with usual EU practice, those targeted

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Russia may stop conducting dialogue with EU leaders

The Russian Foreign Minister pointed out the need for the EU and Germany to fulfill their international legal obligations in the case of Navalny’s poisoning, in particular, the Convention on Assistance in Criminal Matters and its supplementary protocols. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said about the likelihood of the termination of communication between Moscow and EU leaders, complaining about the

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U.S. Says ‘Agreement in Principle’ With Russia on Extending Key Nuclear Pact

The United States said Tuesday it had reached an “agreement in principle” with Russia on extending New START, the two nations’ last major nuclear accord, which is due to expire in February. President Donald Trump’s administration has been insisting without success that China enter the nuclear reduction agreement but, with U.S. elections three weeks away, signaled it was willing to keep the

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China, Russia Among Rights Abusers Elected To UN Human Rights Council

October 14, 2020 00:07 GMT – By RFE/RL China and Russia were among 15 countries elected to the UN Human Rights Council on October 13, drawing sharp criticism from rights groups and the United States over their abysmal human rights records. The 193-member UN General Assembly also elected Ivory Coast, Gabon, Malawi, Cuba, Bolivia, Uzbekistan, France, and Britain to the 47-member

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Norway Says Russia Behind Cyber Attack on Parliament

Norway’s government on Tuesday said that it believes Russia was behind an August cyber attack targeting the email system of the country’s parliament. The attack was detected in August, when Norway announced hackers had attacked the parliament’s email system, gaining access to some lawmakers’ messages. “Based on the information the government has, it is our view that Russia is responsible

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