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Journalist on possible suspension of visa-free travel for Ukraine over CCU’s ruling: “Premature speculation”

Delayed payout of macro-financial assistance is more likely, he believes.Photo from UNIAN Brussels-based RFE/RL journalist Rikard Jozwiak says the suspension of the visa-free regime with the European Union for Ukrainian citizens over the ruling by the Constitutional Court of Ukraine (CCU) that affects the country’s anti-corruption reform is premature speculation. “Premature speculation that Ukraine might lose visa liberalization with the

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In the Donetsk region, the main executioner of the militants ordered the torture of pro-Ukrainian citizens

Law enforcers in absentia bring to justice the head of the terrorist base at the seized Izolyatsia plant in Donetsk. This was reported on the website of the regional police. In 2014, gunmen took over the factory and turned it into a prison. Pro-Ukrainian residents were kept there, as well as servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other units involved in the

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‘Spoke in the wheel’: Putin castigates schemes to stonewall Russian gas projects

In late December 2019, the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was suspended after the Swiss Allseas company refused to lay pipes due to possible sanctions from Washington© EPA-EFE/CLEMENS BILAN MOSCOW, October 29. /TASS/. President Vladimir Putin excoriated schemes to “put a spoke in the wheel” of Russia’s gas projects branding them a non-market way to restrict the

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Belarus bans entry to Ukrainian, Lithuanian, and Polish citizens

Minsk will not allow citizens of Ukraine, Lithuania and Poland to enter Belarus, said the Ambassador of Ukraine to Belarus Igor Kizim on the air of Hromadske Radio. According to him, the Belarusian border guards are taking appropriate measures. “All the same, they continue to consider Ukraine a threat. All this is groundless, but someone needs it to justify tough actions against

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Charlie Hebdo ‘Could Not Exist’ in Russia – Kremlin

A satirical magazine that mocks religion, politics and culture like France’s Charlie Hebdo would not be able to exist in Russia, the Kremlin said Thursday after France saw its second deadly terror attack in two weeks.  Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called Thursday’s killing of three people in a Nice church — which came after a Chechen refugee beheaded a French teacher Oct.

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Surkov and Borodai want to send Russian “Donbas volunteers” to fight in Nagorno-Karabakh

Russian mercenaries, who fought against Ukraine in the Donbas, can be sent to Nagorno-Karabakh to participate in hostilities on the side of Armenia against Azerbaijan. This is said in the Telegram channel, – WarGonzo writes. It is noted that the issue of sending Russian “volunteers” to help Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) will be discussed at the extraordinary congress of the “Union of

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G7 ambassadors on Constitutional Court decision: Ukraine must not go back to past

   The ambassadors of the G7 countries are alarmed by the recent decision of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine to repeal anti-corruption reforms, according to a statement posted on the Twitter account of the G7 ambassadors. “The G7 Ambassadors are alarmed by efforts to undo the anti-corruption reforms that followed the Revolution of Dignity. We stand with the Ukrainian people

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Constitutional Court Blocks Realization Of Results Of Local Elections

    The National Agency on Corruption Prevention (NACP) states that with its decision the Constitutional Court blocked the appointment of managerial staff at state bodies, including winners of the local elections. The NACP has said this in a statement, the Ukrainian News Agency reports. According to the agency, the Constitutional Court de facto blocked the implementation of results of the

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Zelensky convenes urgent closed meeting of NSDC due to impact on country’s achievements in anti-corruption sector – President’s Office

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has convened an urgent closed meeting of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) to choose measures for an urgent appropriate response from the government to attempts by “certain subjects” to revise the principles of zero tolerance for corruption and any form of non-transparency in public administration. “We are forced to say that

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Constitutional Court destroys crucial pillar of Ukraine’s anti-graft infrastructure

Ukraine is probably closer to losing its anti-corruption infrastructure, Western funding, and visa-free travel with Europe than at any time in recent years. The nation’s anti-corruption infrastructure, created after the EuroMaidan Revolution that drove President Viktor Yanukovych from power in 2014, has come under unprecedented attack. On Oct. 27, the Constitutional Court effectively destroyed Ukraine’s entire asset declaration system for

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No point talking about second wave of COVID-19 in Russia, Putin says

Some regions haven’t been reached by the first one yet, according to the president NOVO-OGARYOVO, October 28. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that it is no use talking about a second wave of the coronavirus infection in Russia since some regions haven’t been reached by the first one yet.READ “We are not talking about some second wave. Yet,

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Rada revokes accreditation of Slidstvo.info investigative journalists

Journalists periodically cover corruption schemes of parliament members.Photo from UNIAN, by Andriy Krymskyi Editor-in-chief of the Slidstvo.info project Anna Babinets says the Verkhovna Rada’s Committee on Freedom of Speech has revoked the accreditation of all journalists with the investigative project. “We’ve received a letter from the press service [of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament] saying that all journalists with our

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She spoke Ukrainian: in the Donetsk region, a passenger was kicked out of the bus

In the Donetsk region, a conflict occurred in transport, as a result of which a passenger was kicked out. This is reported by the Donetsk region police. The incident took place in Slavyansk. While monitoring Internet resources, the police found a video of a conflict situation in a minibus. The cause of the scandal was a passenger who spoke Ukrainian. “The publication says that several

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Govt lifts limits for salaries in state-owned companies

Since October, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has lifted restrictions on the salaries of managers, members of executive bodies and remuneration to members of supervisory boards of state-owned companies, according to a government resolution dated October 26, posted on the government’s website. “To establish that in October 2020 and in the future, the salary of managers, members of executive

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Constitutional Court declares unconstitutional criminal liability for inaccurate asset declarations

The Constitutional Court has declared unconstitutional Article 366-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, which provides for penalties for incorrect information in asset declarations. The Grand Chamber of the Constitutional Court issued such a ruling at a court meeting on Tuesday, October 27, a well-informed source in court told Ukrinform. “The Constitutional Court declared unconstitutional Article 366-1 of the Criminal

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Ukraine’s motion to disqualify judge in Scythian gold case granted

28.10.2020 16:40 The Amsterdam Court of Appeal granted Ukraine’s motion to disqualify a judge in the Scythian gold case due to confirmation of the presiding judge’s link with the lawyers of Crimean museums which could indicate his bias. As an Ukrinform correspondent reports, the court announced the ruling in writing, without public hearings, today. “This is a very important victory

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Russian Regions Face Looming Debt Crisis

As the second wave hits Russia’s regions hard, the costs are mounting for their fragile finances. By Ben Aris for bne IntelliNews Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, many of Russia’s regions have been rocked by the shock of the extra spending needed to combat the virus — and a new debt crisis is looming. Regional debt has always been

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“I do not paint myself as a virgin”. Khodakovsky tells how “DNR” militants robbed Donbas in 2014

Creator of the terrorist Vostok Battalion Alexander Khodakovsky has admitted that the “DNR” militants had plundered the Donbas in 2014 to “solve military and economic problems”. He wrote this on his Telegram. “2014 was fast-moving in everything, a lot of economic problems emerged along with military tasks a – the military tool had to be somehow maintained. I do not

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Expulsion of Nazi Reich: Day of the Liberation of Ukraine from Nazi Invaders

Ukraine marks a significant date in the country’s history – the Day of Liberation from Nazi invaders On October 28, Ukraine marks a memorable event in its history – the Day of Liberation of Ukraine from fascist invaders. It is a national holiday dedicated to the removal of German Nazi forces and their allies during World War II out of the

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“The government decided that it had spent a lot of money on doctors.” The situation in Russian hospitals is getting worse. We talked to doctors who could not stand it – and quit their jobs at government clinics.

Almost every day in Russia, new records are recorded for the incidence of coronavirus or mortality from it. The total number of infected has already exceeded one and a half million – but it seems that the second wave is only gaining momentum. Against this background, the situation in Russian hospitals is getting worse: doctors complain about the shortage of places in hospitals and other problems. One of

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More than a third of Ukrainians believe that socio-economic policy of current govt aimed at supporting the rich and oligarchs – poll

Some 36.8% of Ukrainians believe that, first of all, the social and economic policy of the current government is aimed at supporting big capital, according to the results of a survey conducted by the Razumkov Center with the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Ukraine. In particular, when asked what the socio-economic policy of the current government

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In Omsk, an ambulance brought COVID-19 patients to the building of the regional Ministry of Health. Because there were no places for them in hospitals

In Omsk, ambulances brought patients with COVID-19 to the building of the regional Ministry of Health, as hospitals refused to admit patients due to lack of places. After the protest action of doctors, places for patients were found. The first ambulance arrived at the Ministry of Health building after 9 p.m. and brought a 70-year-old patient with coronavirus. Computed tomography showed 81%

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Ukraine with ‘unfriendly steps’ refuses Hungarian support for Euro-Atlantic integration efforts – Szijjártó

Minister of Foreign Economy and Foreign Affairs of Hungary Péter Szijjártó said that Ukraine’s decision to ban the entry of two Hungarian officials for campaigning in Zakarpattia during local elections is an unfriendly step on the part of Kyiv. According to Deutsche Welle, citing Reuters, in a video statement posted on Szijjártó’s Facebook page on Tuesday, the Hungarian minister said

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Kremlin: Russian healthcare system more stable than in many other advanced countries

The Kremlin spokesman admitted that there are certain problems in the healthcare system© Alexander Ryumin/TASS MOSCOW, October 27. /TASS/. The situation with healthcare in Russia is much more stable than in many other advanced countries, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov asserted. Responding to questions of journalists on Tuesday, the Kremlin representative noted that “many generations already haven’t encountered” epidemics, moreover, a

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Lukashenko: Students taking part in Belarus protests should be expelled

The Belarusian president said the same should apply to lecturers and professors engaged in protests© Stringer/TASS MINSK, October 27. /TASS/. Students who join illegal protest rallies in Belarus should be dismissed from universities, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said Tuesday. “Students. If you came to study, then study. Let those study who want to. And those who joined unauthorized rallies in

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