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  • Russian lawmakers approve bill making Holocaust denial illegal

    04/07/2014 6:26:48 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 31 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/08/2014 | Jerusalem Post
    Russian lawmakers approve bill making Holocaust denial illegal Russian lawmakers approved a bill that would make Holocaust denial illegal. The lower house of the Russian Parliament, or Duma, passed the measure Friday on its first reading, the Voice of Russia reported Monday, making it illegal to deny the verdict of the Nuremberg Tribunal and punishing the “rehabilitation of Nazism.” Those found guilty of the crime could be fined up to $8,300 or imprisoned up to three years. Public officials or media personalities would be fined nearly double or face up to five years in prison. The bill also needs the...
  • Pro-Russians Storm Ukraine Government Buildings

    04/06/2014 9:36:37 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 86 replies
    TIME/AP ^ | April 6, 2014
    (KIEV, Ukraine) — Crowds of pro-Russian demonstrators stormed government buildings Sunday in two major cities in eastern Ukraine, where secessionist sentiment has sparked frequent protests since Ukraine’s Russia-friendly president was ousted in February. In Luhansk, 30 kilometers (20 miles) west of the Russian border, hundreds of people surrounded the local headquarters of the security service and later scaled the facade to plant a Russian flag on the roof. In Donetsk, to the southwest, a large group of people surged into the provincial government building and smashed windows. A gathering of several hundred, many of them waving Russian flags, then listened...
  • James Sherr: It is time we stopped praising Ukraine for ‘exercising restraint’

    03/26/2014 7:40:20 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 48 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | March 26, 2014, 6:02 p.m. | Yuriy Onyshkiv
    KP: You are arguing that Ukraine ... should respond with strength to Russian aggression. What do you think Ukraine ... should do to keep Putin out of Ukraine? Where Ukraine is concerned, Carlyle’s dictum deserves repeating for the umpteenth time: ‘If I am not for myself, who will be for me?’ As an outsider, I am baffled by the authorities’ failure to formally declare that a state of war exists. The Armed Forces and the country need to hear this. Ukraine has been attacked and invaded. Its assets and military bases have been seized, centres of power have been occupied,...
  • Moscow puzzled by some of names on US sanctions list - Putin spokesman

    03/20/2014 12:40:02 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    Voice of Russia ^ | 3-20-14 | Interfax
    Moscow is studying Washington's list of individuals against whom sanctions were imposed, and already puzzled by some of the names, Russian President's Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said. "One can say straight away that we are extremely bewildered by the presence of some names on the list," Peskov said. "So far I cannot say what the reaction is of other people on the US list but Ivanov perceived the news with humor," the president's press secretary said. Ivanov spent 20-odd years serving in the KGB's First Main Directorate and later in the Russian External Intelligence Service, Peskov recalled. "As a result...
  • President Putin mocks US sanctions, vows not to retaliate

    03/21/2014 11:07:32 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    RT ^ | 3-21-2014 | RT
    Vladimir Putin has mocked US sanctions imposed on Russia, saying he will open an account at US-sanctioned Rossiya Bank. During a meeting with the country's senior security officials he added that he won’t introduce a visa regime with Ukraine. Putin treated with irony the recent sanctions imposed on certain Russian lawmakers. “Yes, these are those so-called ‘polite people in camouflage with guns’,” ironically said Putin hinting at Western accusations that Russian soldiers have taken bases in Crimea. “Look at them, typical Moskals [pejorative term for Russians – ED.],” he added, pointing at US sanctioned prominent businessmen Arkady and Boris Rotenberg,...
  • Ukraine Closes Border with Crimea

    03/22/2014 9:53:44 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 20 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 3-23-2014 | Alexander Mazurkevich
    Ukrainian border guards closed the exit from the Republic of Crimea, local authorities said on Saturday. The office of the Crimean Federal District, which was established by President Vladimir Putin on Friday, said that even Ukrainian servicemen who wanted to leave Crimea could not cross the border. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, only 2,000 out of 18,000 Ukrainian troops serving in Crimea decided to leave the peninsula.
  • Ukraine Appoints New(est) Acting Defense Minister

    03/25/2014 2:29:02 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | 3-25-14 | Christopher Brennan
    <p>Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday installed Colonel General Myhaylo Koval as the country's new acting defense minister after approving the resignation of his predecessor, Ihor Tenyukh.</p> <p>Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov had nominated Koval, a 58-year-old military man who has commanded a parachute battalion and served as the deputy head of the State Border Service, after the Ukrainian Rada accepted the resignation of Tenyukh in a second vote on the matter, Interfax reported.</p>
  • BRICS rejects sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

    03/25/2014 3:18:23 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    PressTV ^ | 3-25-2014 | PressTV
    The group of five major emerging national economies known as the BRICS has rejected the Western sanctions against Russia and the “hostile language” being directed at the country over the crisis in Ukraine. “The escalation of hostile language, sanctions and counter-sanctions, and force does not contribute to a sustainable and peaceful solution, according to international law, including the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter,” foreign ministers of the BRICS countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - said in a statement issued on Monday.
  • ‘Ukrainian’ drone downed above Moldova’s breakaway region

    03/25/2014 4:29:15 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 3 replies
    RT ^ | 3-25-2014 | RT
    ‘Ukrainian’ drone downed above Moldova’s breakaway region A drone has been shot down over Transdniestr, Moldova’s breakaway region, the region’s security service has reported on its website. On March 23, the pilotless aircraft was photographing and videoing the republic. Transdniestr special services recovered the video record from the drone, the statement says. According to preliminary information, the unmanned aircraft was launched from Ukraine’s soil by a group of people allegedly linked to Ukraine’s security service, the Interior Ministry’s General Staff or supporters of ultra-nationalist movement Right Sector for an intelligence-gathering operation. Currently, Transdniestr’s security service is working on the identification...
  • &#1047;&#1040;&#1064;&#1058;&#1054;? WHY? Stories of bombed Yugoslavia (Clinton's Undeclared War)

    03/25/2014 6:58:11 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 28 replies
    RT ^ | 3-24-2014 | RT
    Fifteen years after NATO’s 78-day bombardment of Yugoslavia, memories of the bombing still haunt present-day Serbia. NATO killed over 2,000 people, hundreds were civilians, 88 were children. Serbs ask ‘why?’ above all. Why did NATO smash their cities, kill their children, bomb hospitals and schools? When the NATO bomb campaign began (on March 24th 1999) Jelena Milincic was a student at the University of Belgrade, and just 18 years old. When the first bombs shook Belgrade she cowered under a table with her mother, sister, and best friend. Remembering this 15 years later, they laugh nervously. Jelena takes Anissa Naouai...
  • Kiev Authorities Plan to Crack Down on Maidan Radicals - Source

    03/26/2014 12:08:22 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 3-25-2014 | RIA
    Ukraine’s interim Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has authorized the detention and questioning of the leaders of radical Right Sector party after receiving threats of retaliation for the killing of one of its notorious activists, a ministry’s source said Tuesday. The source said on condition of anonymity that Avakov’s order includes a police sweep of Kiev's Independence Square, known as Maidan, which is still occupied by scores of ultranationalists. “Investigators from the ministry are already working at some of the tents on Maidan,” the source said, adding that a crackdown on Maidan could start later tonight. Ukrainian special forces have gunned...
  • Moscow Demands Ukraine Cease Irresponsible Behavior Threatening Civil Aviation

    03/25/2014 11:58:12 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    RIA ^ | 3-26-2014 | RIA
    MOSCOW, March 26 (RIA Novosti) – Moscow is demanding Ukraine to refrain from irresponsible practices that are threatening the safety of civil aviation, according to a Russian Foreign Ministry statement published on Wednesday. Ukraine’s border control continues to deny Aeroflot crewmembers to leave their airplanes. “Such actions are not in line with international acts and conventions in following the demands for safe flights of international civilian aviation,” the statement reads.
  • Russia to allocate $4.1 million to Russia-NATO Council Helicopter Maintenance Trust Fund

    03/25/2014 11:46:11 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 5 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/26/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, March 26. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia will allocate $4.1 million to the Russia-NATO Council Helicopter Maintenance Trust Fund in 2014. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed the relevant decree, according to a statement placed on the government’s website on Wednesday. This measure is targeted “at training ground support personnel for technical maintenance and repair of Mi-17 and Mi-35 helicopters of Afghanistan’s army and delivery of spare parts to them,” the statement reads. These funds are envisaged by the Russian Finance Ministry in the federal budget for 2014 for international relations and international cooperation.
  • Moscow Slams Closure of Russian TV in Ukraine

    03/25/2014 11:31:17 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 3-25-2014 | Konstantin Dolgov
    A ruling by a Ukrainian court to suspend broadcasts of four Russian TV channels in Ukraine is an attack against human rights and media freedom, a senior Russian diplomat said on Tuesday. The District Administrative Court in Kiev ruled to suspend broadcasts of Russia's Rossiya 24, Channel One, RTR Planeta, and NTV-World in Ukraine pending hearings on a permanent ban. "Undoubtedly, this should be viewed only as an infringement on democratic freedoms and as a violation of Ukraine's international obligations. Certainly, millions of [Russian-speaking] residents of this country have the right to watch [Russian] TV and have access to [other]...
  • Rationed Food and Purposeful Starvation

    03/25/2014 10:02:17 PM PDT · by No One Special · 73 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | October 28, 2013 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    I remember our daily food always coming from a long, long line at the end of which was a loaf of bread, a liter of milk, a stick of butter, a bottle of murky cooking oil, or a kilo of bones with traces of meat and fat on them. [...] If we wanted to eat, we learned at a very young age that we had to stand in long lines every day, often in bitter cold at 4 a.m. in hopes that the store would not run out of bread or milk by the time we made it to the...
  • Putin’s electoral rating getting closer to historical maximum again

    03/26/2014 6:02:42 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 7 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/26/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, March 26. /ITAR-TASS/. The level of Russian electoral support to incumbent Russian President Vladimir Putin has reached the figures of the country’s presidential elections in 2004 for the first time, the presidential rating peak is caused by his responsible actions in view of current crisis in Ukraine, political experts told Itar-Tass in comments on the Public Opinion Fund (FOM) survey results made public on Wednesday. The FOM sociological survey conducted on March 23 showed that 64% of Russians would vote for Putin, if presidential elections were held next Sunday. Sociologists polled three thousand respondents in 64 Russian constituent entities....
  • Police kill far-right leader in west Ukraine

    03/26/2014 6:19:09 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 18 replies
    Ahram Online ^ | Tuesday 25 Mar 2014 | Al Ahram
    Ukrainian elite police shot dead a far-right nationalist leader in the western city of Rivne in a shootout that erupted during a raid to arrest him, the government said Tuesday. Oleksandr Muzytchko, better known as "Sashko Bilyi", the head of Pravy Sektor (Right Sector) in western Ukraine, opened fire first, deputy interior minister Volodymyr Evdokimov said. The gunfight broke out at a cafe on Monday night when the "Sokol" special forces went in to arrest Muytchko, who had been wanted for organised crime, Evdokimov said. (snip) Reacting to Muzytchko's death, Yarosh demanded the sacking of Interior Minister Arsen Avakov and...
  • Euro 2012: Anger as Russia fans march through Warsaw

    06/12/2012 6:52:49 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 31 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12 June 2012
    Police in the Polish capital Warsaw are on full alert as Russia fans marched through the city centre in a celebration of Russian independence day. Poland and Russia were drawn together in the European Championships group stage.