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Russian intelligence accused of hacking Macron’s correspondence

Two Western companies specializing in cybersecurity have received evidence of the involvement of Russian intelligence services to hack the correspondence of French President Emmanuel Macron and his entourage, reports Le Monde. Macron’s email was hacked in May 2017 before the second round of the French presidential election. In July, Wikileaks posted 21 thousand letters related to the election campaign of the

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Why so negative? ‘BBC’ gets an inside look at how Russia’s ‘troll factory’ is trying to become a legitimate news empire

https://meduza.io/impro/NcTQq_kavuowctoPS15lwxtg-l9JrhjGR5jt_iOATIo/fill/650/0/ce/1/aHR0cHM6Ly9tZWR1/emEuaW8vaW1hZ2Uv/YXR0YWNobWVudHMv/aW1hZ2VzLzAwNC84/MDkvMDU4L29yaWdp/bmFsL1BZamd1V1Fh/bG5QTVVkemNrT0ZV/VVEuanBn.webp Evgeny Prigozhin has enjoyed a special place in news headlines for several years, but 2019 was a turning point for the Russian catering magnate (who also dabbles in media and mercenaries, among other things). After countless denials that he has any connection to St. Petersburg’s infamous “troll factory” (indicted by the U.S. Justice Department for interfering in America’s 2016 presidential

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RFE/RL: Hundreds protest in Minsk for second day against deeper integration with Russia

Minsk is heavily reliant on Moscow for cheap oil and billions of dollars in annual subsidies to keep its mostly state-run, Soviet-legacy economy afloat. REUTERS Hundreds of protesters have gathered in the Belarusian capital on December 8 for a second day to oppose “deepening integration” with Russia, despite warnings from police that they risked possible arrest. The initial turnout appeared

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Ukraine, IMF agree on new US$5.5 bln cooperation program

This agreement is subject to IMF management approval and to approval by the Executive Board. Photo from flickr.com/freeimage4life Ukraine and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have agreed on a new three-year US$5.5 billion cooperation program. “I was pleased to note that IMF staff has reached agreement with the authorities on the policies to underpin a new 3-year, SDR 4 billion

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Kremlin promises to respond to new US sanctions against Russia

Russia will respond to the US sanctions imposed against eleven Russian citizens, and six Russian companies, reports the press service of the Russian Foreign Ministry. The reason for sanctions was Washington’s accusation of cyber fraud. The Russian Foreign Ministry pointed to the “politicization” of the US claims. Diplomats note that if Washington’s representatives had “real evidence,” they would have appealed

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Putin promises German businessmen to continue gas transit through Ukraine

During the meeting with top German managers in Sochi on December 6, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the launch of a new gas pipeline does not mean that Russia will stop gas transit through Ukraine. Representatives of the German business insisted on maintaining the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine. “Time is running out. It is important to maintain

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Russia – Ukraine war updates: daily briefings as of December 7, 2019

Russia – Ukraine war updates from the war zone in southeast Ukraine as of December 7, 2019 by Joint forces operation HQ data: EMPR highlights. (1) Russian hybrid forces increased to 14 the number of attacks in the war zone in eastern Ukraine for the last 24 hours. The enemy continue to use forbidden 120-mm and 82-mm mortar launchers fire against Ukrainian troops. (2)

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U.S. Says Drone Shot Down by Russian Air Defenses Near Libyan Capital

The U.S. military believes that an unarmed American drone reported lost near Libya’s capital last month was in fact shot down by Russian air defenses and it is demanding the return of the aircraft’s wreckage, U.S. Africa Command says. Such a shootdown would underscore Moscow’s increasingly muscular role in the energy-rich nation, where Russian mercenaries are reportedly intervening on behalf of east

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Naftogaz's Vitrenko expects positive decision in Netherlands on enforced recovery of $3 bln from Gazprom on Feb 25

Executive Director of NJSC Naftogaz Ukrainy Yuriy Vitrenko positively assesses hearings held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on the forced recovery of $3 billion from Russia’s gas giant Gazprom in pursuance of the Stockholm arbitration award, awaiting a positive final decision on February 25, 2020. (C)INTERFAX UKRAINE 2019

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Zelensky on Paris meeting: I want to understand if Putin wants to end the war in Donbas

On the “Freedom of Speech by Savik Shuster” TV program, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed his bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Yes, all presidents will have bilateral meetings,” he said. Volodymyr Zelensky said that during the Normandy Four Summit in Paris, all leaders will hold personal meetings. The Ukrainian President also added that he is not nervous before

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National Security and Defense Council: Elections in occupied Donbas possible after de-occupation only

Elections in the temporarily occupied territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions will be held only after its de-occupation and in accordance with the Ukrainian legislation. The press service of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine released the corresponding statement. According to NSDC Secretary Oleksiy Danilov, the efforts of the Ukrainian authorities are aimed at the implementation of the

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Report on human rights abuses in occupied Crimea presented in The Hague

PHOTOS07.12.2019 13:49 The report on human rights abuses in the context of imposition of Russian citizenship in occupied Crimea was presented in The Hague. An expert meeting was held at the Embassy of Ukraine in the Netherlands, an Ukrinform correspondent in The Hague reports. The report was prepared by experts of the Open Society Justice Initiative. In particular, it deals with

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Ukraine not to talk with Russian-led forces, IDPs should be involved in TCG – Zelensky

Zelensky says the Trilateral Contact Group should have representatives of Donbas who moved to Kyiv or other cities. REUTERS Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says Ukraine will not talk with Russian-led forces and supports the inclusion of representatives of IDPs from the occupied territories of Donbas in the negotiations of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) in Minsk. Read also Zelensky confirms

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