Category Archives: UK

U.K. Court Hears Abramovich Libel Claim Over Putin Book

Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich rejects “lazy inaccuracies” in a book that claims he took over Chelsea Football Club at the Kremlin’s behest, his lawyer said Wednesday at the start of a U.K. libel trial. The billionaire is suing Reuters journalist Catherine Belton and publisher HarperCollins over their 2020 book “Putin’s People: How The KGB Took Back Russia And Then Took

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Ukraine infuriates Moscow ‘by awarding Royal Navy commander who sailed close to Crimea with “Defender of Ukraine” medal’

Ukraine has reportedly awarded a top honour to Commander Vincent Owen, 42 It comes after he took the HMS Defender into disputed area of the Crimean seas Russia said they fired warning shots at the British Type 45 destroyer last month  Reports of the captain’s award have sparked a new round of hostility in Moscow Ukraine has awarded a top honour to

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Roscosmos Chief Pokes Russian Billionaires After Branson Space Flight

Russia’s space chief Dmitry Rogozin has pressed his country’s oligarchs to take a page from their Western counterparts and invest into space after British billionaire Richard Branson’s journey to the frontier of space. Branson and five Virgin Galactic employees breached the U.S.-recognized boundary of space Sunday and experienced a few minutes of weightlessness at an altitude of 86 kilometers aboard the VSS

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Boris brushes aside Angela Merkel’s ‘grave concern’ about the number of fans attending Euro 2020 games at Wembley

Angela Merkel has expressed ‘grave concern’ over number of fans at Wembley German Chancellor said far fewer fans were allowed to attend games in Munich Boris Johnson insisted games taking place in ‘careful and controlled manner’  Angela Merkel today expressed her ‘grave concern’ at the number of football fans allowed to attend Euro 2020 games at Wembley Stadium. The German

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lllia 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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England 2-0 Krauts

England ended a 55-year wait for a knockout tie victory over Germany to reach the quarter-finals of the European Championship in front of more than 40,000 fans at Wembley. Raheem Sterling put England in front in the 75th minute when he placed Luke Shaw’s cross into the bottom right corner, sparking delirious celebrations in London. Captain Harry Kane made sure

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At What Cost Does Boris Johnson Defy Putin’s Claim to Crimea?

By Patrick Buchanan About that clash between a British destroyer and Russian warplanes and warships in the Black Sea last week there are conflicting versions. The Kremlin version is the more dramatic. HMS Defender, says Moscow, entered the Black Sea, made port in Odessa, Ukraine, and then sailed for Batumi on the coast of Georgia. However, the British warship traversed

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No more summits with Russia

The Kremlin’s diplomatic theater with the democratic world looks increasingly deplorable these days. The long-awaited Russian-American summit in Geneva on June 16 resulted in nothing but Russian President Vladimir Putin getting a new platform for cocky ranting against the West. Die Zeit, the German broadsheet, has recently published Putin’s op-ed, a typical specimen of Kremlin propaganda, in which the Russian

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‘We Can Also Bomb Targets,’ Russia Warns After British Warship Encounter

Russia warned Thursday it could “hit targets” as well as fire warning shots following a disputed military encounter with a British warship near the coast of annexed Crimea. The Russian military said its aircraft dropped bombs in the vessel’s path and border guard ships fired warning shots after the Royal Navy’s HMS Defender crossed into Russian territorial waters in the

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HMS Defender: What’s behind the Navy’s Russian incident?

Tim Ogden Assuming that reports are accurate, the world has just witnessed the most serious escalation between the UK and Russia since the poisoning of Sergei Skripal three years ago. Russian bombs and gunfire were reportedly discharged near HMS Defender, currently patrolling the Black Sea. The Kremlin has justified the supposed aggression by stating that the ship had strayed into Russian waters. The

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Russia Fires ‘Warning’ Shots at British Warship Near Crimea

A Russian fighter jet and border guard ships have fired “warning” shots at a British warship that the military said violated Russia’s borders in the Black Sea near annexed Crimea, state media reported Wednesday. The Russian Navy’s Su-24 attack aircraft performed the airstrike along the path of the British Royal Navy’s HMS Defender destroyer to “stop” it from further maneuvers,

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Free to Think

China’s tentacles reach from Budapest to Cambridge University In October 1956, students marched through the streets of Budapest chanting “This we swear, this we swear, that we will no longer be slaves.” That prompted the Hungarian uprising against Soviet occupation, crushed by tanks and betrayed by the West. Sixty-five years later, students are on the march again. This time they

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Fortunes of UK online billionaires soar by a FIFTH during lockdown: Sunday Times Rich List reveals record 171 billionaires in Britain despite lockdown as Sir Leonard Blavatnik comes out top with £23bn wealth

Warner Music’s Sir Leonard Blavatnik topped the Rich List with a £23bn fortune UK billionaires saw their fortunes soar from £106.5billion to £597.2billion in 2021 Losses noted for Philip Green, Duke of Westminster and Andrew Lloyd Webber A record 171 billionaires in the UK saw their fortunes soar by more than a fifth as they shook off the financial toll of

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Russian Billionaires, Rosneft Sue Over Book on Putin’s Rise – FT

Three Russian tycoons and the Rosneft oil giant have filed libel and data protection lawsuits in Britain against the publisher of journalist Catherine Belton’s acclaimed 2020 book “Putin’s People,” the Financial Times has reported. The billionaires — Mikhail Fridman, his longtime business partner Peter Aven and real estate tycoon Shalva Chigirinsky — and Rosneft filed the flurry of suits in

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Ukraine war: Vladimir Putin’s propagandist Margarita Simonyan, of RT, should be added to UK sanctions list as part of non-military efforts to prevent escalation of fighting – Stewart McDonald MP

The Ukrainian town of Avdiivka is a key part of the Donbas region’s heavy industrial footprint. It’s home to a huge coke and chemical plant, the largest in Ukraine, and was constructed in 1963 when Ukraine was a Soviet Socialist Republic to meet the needs of the Mariupol steelworks. When you think of heavy soviet industrial architecture, it’s the Avdiivka

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Top secret American U-2 spy plane takes off from RAF Fairford for another reconnaissance mission on the edge of space as Russian forces withdraw from Ukrainian border

Photographs of the Lockheed U-2, nicknamed the Dragon Lady, were captured at RAF Fairford on April 16  High altitude aircraft was seen above the base in recent weeks but Ministry of Defence was unable to say why  Purpose of deployment is unclear but it could present a warning to Vladimir Putin amid tension near Ukraine  By Faith Ridler For Mailonline

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U.S. considers more weapons shipments to Ukraine amid Russian buildup… — Hagaag.com

Natasha Bertrand and Lara SeligmanPOLITICO . Wed, April 21, 2021, 5:30 AMThe White House is weighing requests from Kyiv to send additional weaponry to Ukraine as it faces the biggest military buildup of Russian forces on its border in nearly a decade. Consideration of the request is in its early stages, according to people briefed […] U.S. considers more weapons shipments

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UK warships to sail for Black Sea in May as Ukraine-Russia tensions rise- Sunday Times

British warships will sail for the Black Sea in May amid rising tensions between Ukraine and Russia, the Sunday Times newspaper reported, citing senior naval sources. The deployment is aimed at showing solidarity with Ukraine and Britain’s NATO allies, the newspaper reported. One Type 45 destroyer armed with anti-aircraft missiles and an anti-submarine Type 23 frigate will leave the Royal

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UK Summons Russian Ambassador Over ‘Malign Activity’

Britain on Thursday said it had summoned the Russian ambassador in the UK to express its deep concern at what it called Moscow’s “pattern of malign activity.” The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) said that included “cyber intrusions, interference in democratic processes, and the build-up of military forces near the Ukrainian border and in illegally annexed Crimea.” It came

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British surveillance aircraft heading for Black Sea region

By George Allison A British surveillance aircraft is once again heading to the Black Sea region to monitor Russian forces on the Ukraine border. Open Source Intelligence account SkyScanWorld is following the deployment, we recommend you check them out. #RAF – Boeing RC-135W “Rivet Joint /Airseeker” – #ZZ664 All Refuelled & Now Heading To The Black Sea Region For A

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