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Ukrainian military’s shelling kills LPR militiaman – agency

Ukrainian military’s shelling kills LPR militiaman – agency

LUGANSK, December 15. /TASS/. The Ukrainian military’s shelling has killed a militiaman in the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR), the Luganskinformcenter news agency reported, citing an LPR security source. According to the source, “a militiaman suffered deadly wounds in the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ shelling of the Lugansk People’s Republic.” The LPR militia said earlier that the Ukrainian military had violated the ceasefire five times in the previous 24 hours. The so-called “back-to-school” ceasefire in Donbass took effect on August 29. However, both the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics continue to record attacks by the Ukrainian military. In addition, the intelligence agencies of the DPR and…

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Captain of Ukrainian ship arrested in Russia declares himself prisoner of war – lawyer

Captain of Ukrainian ship arrested in Russia declares himself prisoner of war – lawyer

MOSCOW, December 15. /TASS/. The captain of Ukraine’s Nikopol artillery vessel, Bogdan Nebylitsa, arrested for violating the Russian border in the Kerch Strait along with 23 other Ukrainian sailors, has declared himself a prisoner of war, lawyer Nikolai Polozov wrote on Facebook “The Ukrainian sailors’ defense attorney Emil Kuberdinov has visited Captain Bogdan Nebylitsa [in the pre-trial detention center],” he said. According to Polozov, Nebylitsa was interrogated and informed about some investigative examinations that were to be carried out. “During the interrogation, Bogdan Nebylitsa declared himself a prisoner of war,” the lawyer added. According to earlier reports, lawyers have so far visited eight out of…

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Russia against West’s plans to hold UNSC session on Kosovo behind closed doors — source

Russia against West’s plans to hold UNSC session on Kosovo behind closed doors — source

© Alexander Shcherbak/TASS UNITED NATIONS, December 15. /TASS/. Russia and Western countries were not able to reach consensus regarding the format of the UN Security Council (UNSC) session scheduled for Monday and devoted to Kosovo’s announcement on creating an army, a source in the Russian Permanent Mission to the United Nations told TASS on Friday. “Russia and Serbia demanded to hold UN Security Council session on Monday because of the situation that emerged after the so-called parliament in Pristina decided to turn the Kosovo armed forces into a full-fledged army, which contradicts Resolution 1244 envisaging only the presence of international forces in Kosovo,” the source said.…

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Russia’s law makers plan to protect the country’s web from foreign interference, decrease dependence on outside infrastructure

Russia’s law makers plan to protect the country’s web from foreign interference, decrease dependence on outside infrastructure

Russian lawmakers have introduced legislation designed to reduce the country’s internet resources’ dependence on foreign infrastructure. The bill also envisions emergency measures in case the nation gets cut off the worldwide web. The legislation, submitted to the State Duma on Tuesday, has been drafted in the wake of the “aggressive nature of US cyber security strategy adopted in September 2018.” The strategy outlines Washington’s desire to maintain dominance in defining, shaping and policing cyberspace, as well as to achieve “peace through strength,” countering “malicious actors” like Russia and China. The main goal of Moscow, according to the proposed legislation, is to significantly decrease dependence of…

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Mueller investigation to expand in 2019 into investigation of ‘Trump collusion with Mid-East govts’

Mueller investigation to expand in 2019 into investigation of ‘Trump collusion with Mid-East govts’

The ‘Russia investigation’ is set to go global. In court filings due to drop in 2019, prosecutors will unveil Middle Eastern countries’ attempts to influence U.S. politics. Over the past year, the indictments, convictions, and guilty pleas have largely been connected, in one way or another, to Russia. But now, special counsel Robert Mueller’s office is preparing to reveal to the public a different side of his investigation. In court filings that are set to drop in early 2019, prosecutors will begin to unveil Middle Eastern countries’ attempts to influence American politics, three sources familiar with this side of the probe told The Daily Beast.…

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What sanctions? Germany’s investments in Russia continue to rise, despite extension

What sanctions? Germany’s investments in Russia continue to rise, despite extension

German firms continue investing in the Russian economy despite facing barriers from economic sanctions, according to the chairman of the German-Russian Chamber of Commerce Matthias Schepp. “German business extremely rarely invested in such volumes into Russia since the collapse of the USSR,” Schepp said in a statement seen by Interfax. Citing Bundesbank statistics Schepp said that “net direct investments of German companies in 2017 amounted to more than €1.6 billion, and in the first three quarters of this year exceeded €2 billion.” German firms were interested in opening production in Russia due to the weak ruble exchange rate, according to Schepp.

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Syrian constitutional committee to be discussed by UN, Russia, Iran, Turkey next week

Syrian constitutional committee to be discussed by UN, Russia, Iran, Turkey next week

UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura © Vadim Savitsky/Press Office of the Defence Ministry of Russia/TASS MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. /TASS/. United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura plans to discuss the issue of the establishment of a constitutional committee in Syria with high-level representatives of the three Syrian ceasefire guarantor nations (Iran, Turkey and Russia) early next week, according to a press statement posted on the UN website on Friday. “The efforts to establish a constitutional committee have been the subject of continuing consultations. In this context, Special Envoy de Mistura anticipates hosting high-level representatives of the Islamic…

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Psycho priest violently forces toddler’s head into holy water because ‘Satan was inside her

Psycho priest violently forces toddler’s head into holy water because ‘Satan was inside her

A priest faces a church court after video emerged of him violently forcing a toddler’s head underwater three times while she screamed. Ilia Semiletov has been suspended from his post with the Russian Orthodox Church over the violent baptism of the two-year-old girl. Semiletov allegedly hit her head on the font during the baptism, a claim which both the church and the girl’s mother deny. Although the unnamed girl’s parents did not register a complaint, her mother admitted the girl ‘cried because she was scared of the priest.’ She added she was ‘grateful’ to Semiletov for baptising her daughter.

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Psycho priest violently forces toddler’s head into holy water because ‘Satan was inside her’

Psycho priest violently forces toddler’s head into holy water because ‘Satan was inside her’

A priest faces a church court after video emerged of him violently forcing a toddler’s head underwater three times while she screamed. Ilia Semiletov has been suspended from his post with the Russian Orthodox Church over the violent baptism of the two-year-old girl. Semiletov allegedly hit her head on the font during the baptism, a claim which both the church and the girl’s mother deny. Although the unnamed girl’s parents did not register a complaint, her mother admitted the girl ‘cried because she was scared of the priest.’ She added she was ‘grateful’ to Semiletov for baptising her daughter.

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Number of prisoners in Russia drops to record low

Number of prisoners in Russia drops to record low

Russia enjoys a record-low number of inmates, thanks to “humanization” of the penal code, deputy chief of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) has said, adding that the number of jailed people is expected to shrink further. Over the past few years, the number of inmates in Russia has dropped by nearly 250,000, the FSIN deputy head, Valeriy Maksimenko, toldjournalists on Friday. Currently, 467,000 people are serving jail terms, which is the lowest number in modern Russian history.

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Russian Central Bank: Sanctions Do Not Have Decisive Impact on Economy

Russian Central Bank: Sanctions Do Not Have Decisive Impact on Economy

MOSCOW, Russian Federation – According to Elvira Nabiullina, chairman of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, the impact of sanctions on the Russian economy is not decisive in scope. The Central Bank takes into account the factor of sanctions in the forecasts, but their impact on the country’s economy is limited. Sanctions do not have […] The post Russian Central Bank: Sanctions Do Not Have Decisive Impact on Economy appeared first on Fort Russ.

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Chinese Use Russian-Italian Technology on Giant Particle Accelerator

Chinese Use Russian-Italian Technology on Giant Particle Accelerator

BEIJING, China – The Chinese Institute of High Energy Physics has unveiled the project of a 100-kilometer particle accelerator that could be an attempt to lead the field of particle physics. Earlier, the Chinese tried to build a 50-kilometer accelerator, however, eventually designing a 100-kilometer ring. The underground facility will be in a Higgs boson […] The post Chinese Use Russian-Italian Technology on Giant Particle Accelerator appeared first on Fort Russ.

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US sets new Africa strategy condemning ‘predatory’ practices of Russia and China

US sets new Africa strategy condemning ‘predatory’ practices of Russia and China

The United States has denounced the “predatory” practices of Russia and China in Africa as it unveiled a refocus of its strategy that will include an end to “indiscriminate assistance across the entire continent.” National-security adviser John Bolton said on December 13 that the new strategy would look to counter the efforts of Moscow and Beijing, which he accused of “deliberately and aggressively targeting their investments in the region to gain a competitive advantage.” Bolton said Russia is “seeking to increase its influence in the region through corrupt economic dealings.” He accused Moscow of selling arms and energy in exchange for votes at the UN…

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Trump dossier author, Christopher Steele, was hired to help Hillary challenge 2016 election results

Trump dossier author, Christopher Steele, was hired to help Hillary challenge 2016 election results

British ex-spy Christopher Steele, who wrote the Democrat-financed anti-Trump dossier, said in a court case that he was hired by a Democratic law firm in preparation for Hillary Clinton challenging the results of the 2016 presidential election. He said the law firm Perkins Coie wanted to be in a position to contest the results based on evidence he unearthed on the Trump campaign conspiring with Moscow on election interference. His scenario is contained in a sealed Aug. 2 declaration in a defamation law suit brought by three Russian bankers in London. The trio’s American attorneys filed his answers Tuesday in a libel lawsuit in Washington…

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The federal judge overseeing Michael Flynn’s sentencing found evidence FBI created multiple 302 summaries

The federal judge overseeing Michael Flynn’s sentencing found evidence FBI created multiple 302 summaries

On Tuesday, attorneys for Michael Flynn filed a sentencing memorandum and letters of support for the former Army lieutenant general in federal court. The sentencing memorandum reveals for the first time concrete evidence that the FBI created multiple 302 interview summaries of Flynn’s questioning by now-former FBI agent Peter Strzok and a second unnamed agent, reported to be FBI Special Agent Joe Pientka. Further revelations may be forthcoming soon following an order entered late yesterday by presiding judge Emmet Sullivan, directing the special counsel’s office to file with the court any 302s or memorandum relevant to Flynn’s interview. Flynn, who served briefly as President Donald…

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Missing Strzok-Page text messages were destroyed by the DOJ before the IG could review them

Missing Strzok-Page text messages were destroyed by the DOJ before the IG could review them

The Department of Justice wiped text messages between former FBI employees Lisa Page and Peter Strozk from their cell phones before the Office of the Inspector General could review them, a new report from the DOJ watchdog reveals. Page and Strozk’s involvement with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has been heavily scrutinized after it was revealed they had sent numerous anti-Trump text messages back and forth to one another. Mueller has been tasked with looking into whether or not Donald Trump and his campaign associates coordinated with Russian officials to steal the 2016 election away from Hillary Clinton. The 11-page report reveals that almost a…

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SOTT FOCUS: SOTT Earth Changes Summary – November 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

SOTT FOCUS: SOTT Earth Changes Summary – November 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

This last month of November the town of Paradise in California turned into a living hell. Apocalyptic wildfires ravaged the state triggering mass evacuations, causing 85 deaths and record loses. 1,890,438 acres were turned to ashes. But that’s not all, floods and snow have been added to the deadly mix causing more destruction. Seismic activity and other geological phenomena increased in November. A 6.3 degree earthquake in Iran and a 7.0 in Anchorage, Alaska, to mention the most significant. Meanwhile, volcanoes in Guatemala, Russia, Mexico, and Italy all sprung into action and India and Saudi Arabia were affected by huge earth cracks that are becoming…

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Russia hopes nationwide ceasefire will be established in Yemen

Russia hopes nationwide ceasefire will be established in Yemen

UNITED NATIONS, December 14. /TASS/. Russia is convinced that the key task after the intra-Yemeni consultations in Sweden is to reach a countrywide ceasefire in Yemen, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya said on Friday. “We would like to believe that in the light of the agreements reached in Stockholm we are entering a new phase in the settlement of the Yemeni conflict,” he said at a UN Security Council meeting. “We hope our further joint efforts will make it possible to reach a countrywide truce in the country and to help millions of Yemenis who are badly in need of this…

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Austrian top diplomat’s meeting with Russia’s Lavrov postponed to 2019

Austrian top diplomat’s meeting with Russia’s Lavrov postponed to 2019

VIENNA, December 14. /TASS/. Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl’s meeting with her Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, which was originally planned for December, has been postponed to 2019, Austrian foreign ministry spokesman, Peter Guschelbauer, told TASS on Friday. “The meeting has been postponed. It will take place without fail but so far no concrete date has been appointed. We will have clear understanding next year, when the ministers’ schedules are drafted,” he said. Kneissl said earlier her visit to Russia had not been cancelled but postponed over the spy scandal. The Austrian government said on November 9 that they had launched an investigation into a 70-year-old…

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BEST OF THE WEB: British Security Service Infiltration, the Integrity Initiative and the Institute for Statecraft

BEST OF THE WEB: British Security Service Infiltration, the Integrity Initiative and the Institute for Statecraft

The British state can maintain its spies’ cover stories for centuries. Look up Eldred Pottinger, who for 180 years appears in scores of British history books – right up to and including William Dalrymple’s Return of the King – as a British officer who chanced to be passing Herat on holiday when it came under siege from a partly Russian-officered Persian army, and helped to organise the defences. In researching Sikunder Burnes, I discovered and published from the British Library incontrovertible and detailed documentary evidence that Pottinger’s entire journey was under the direct instructions of, and reporting to, British spymaster Alexander Burnes. The first historian…

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Neocon Bolton says no Trump-Putin meeting while Russia holds Ukrainian ships and sailors

Neocon Bolton says no Trump-Putin meeting while Russia holds Ukrainian ships and sailors

U.S. national-security adviser John Bolton says there will be no meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin while Moscow still holds the Ukrainian ships and sailors it seized near Crimea. “I don’t see circumstances in the foreseeable future where such a meeting could take place until the ships and the crews are released,” Bolton told reporters on December 13. Russia seized three Ukrainian Navy ships on November 25 and arrested 24 sailors in the Kerch Strait that links the Black Sea with the Sea of Azov. Moscow alleged that the vessels had illegally entered Russian territorial waters near the Crimea region, which…

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Decline of the dollar: Russia and Syria to dump dollar in mutual trade, agree on joint energy projects

Decline of the dollar: Russia and Syria to dump dollar in mutual trade, agree on joint energy projects

The Moscow-Damascus Intergovernmental panel has reached a series of agreements, including switching to national currencies in mutual settlements and commercial energy exploration in Syria. “Mutual settlements, transport and logistics – as far as I’m concerned these issues have been settled,” Vladimir Padalko, Vice-President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry told journalists on the sidelines of an annual meeting of the Russian-Syrian commission for trade, economic, scientific and technical cooperation, taking place in Damascus. The Russian official added that the countries have picked 200 Russian and Syrian companies to take part in joint projects for rebuilding the war-torn country. The parties are set to…

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Lavrov: Months of torture-like conditions forced Maria Butina to plead guilty in order to escape

Lavrov: Months of torture-like conditions forced Maria Butina to plead guilty in order to escape

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has explained why he thinks gun activist Maria Butina, jailed in the US, has made a deal with prosecutors: she wants to escape the torture-like conditions she is being kept in. Speaking to the media in the Azerbaijani capital Baku, Lavrov said US prosecutors were deliberately trying to break Butina. “I can understand that woman, she is being kept in the harshest conditions, for many many months now she has been subjected to a kind of torture: they would make her go for walks at night, forcibly interrupting her sleep, place her in single confinement, and many other things,” Lavrov…

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Ukrainian president leaves top three contenders for Ukrainian presidency, poll shows

Ukrainian president leaves top three contenders for Ukrainian presidency, poll shows

Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko © EPA-EFE/MIKHAIL PALINCHAK KIEV, December 14. /TASS/. Leader of the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party Yulia Timoshenko, showman Vladimir Zelensky and head of the Civil Initiative party Anatoly Gritsenko represent the top three contenders for Ukrainian presidency, with the election due to be held on March 31, 2019. According to the poll of the Social Monitoring Center and the Ukrainian Institute of Social Research released on Friday, 14.8% (20.0% of those who chose sides) would vote for Timoshenko. Showman Vladimir Zelensky is ranked second, with 8.8% (11.9%) ready to support him. A total of 8.6% (11.6%) of respondents would back Gritsenko. In the meantime,…

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Russian Orthodox Church calls on international leaders to protect its followers in Ukraine from state pressure & persecution

Russian Orthodox Church calls on international leaders to protect its followers in Ukraine from state pressure & persecution

The Russian Orthodox Church has called on international leaders to “protect” its followers in Ukraine in the face of what it called official pressure on Moscow-appointed clerics. In a statement issued on December 14, the Russian Orthodox Church said Patriarch Kirill has sent a letter to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Thomas Greminger, the secretary-general of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, Pope Francis, and other spiritual leaders, urging them to help protect believers and their faith in Ukraine. “The interference by the leaders of the secular Ukrainian state in church affairs has recently…

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Kosovo’s decision to create army must be discussed by UN SC, says Russian senator

Kosovo’s decision to create army must be discussed by UN SC, says Russian senator

MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. The decision taken by the authorities of the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo to create a full-scale army must be discussed by the UN Security Council, the chairman of the Federation Council’s international affairs committee, Konstantin Kosachyov, told TASS on Friday. Kosovo’s parliament earlier in the day endorsed the decision to create a full-scale army on the basis of the security force. “It looks pretty much like Pristina is getting ready for wars – highly unlikely defensive ones, and also for military policing operations. This is very alarming, of course, and I believe issue should be discussed by the UN Security Council,”…

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Collected Department Releases: Repression of Civil Society, Human Rights Defenders, and Independent Media in Nicaragua

Collected Department Releases: Repression of Civil Society, Human Rights Defenders, and Independent Media in Nicaragua

Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 13, 2018 The Nicaraguan regime’s recent actions to strip legal status from non-governmental organizations, including groups monitoring human rights, reveal President Ortega’s and Vice President Murillo’s continued contempt for human rights in their own country. Their efforts to harass, threaten, and repress independent media will not succeed in hiding the systematic oppression of the Nicaraguan people. Ortega and Murillo continue to degrade their country’s institutions in a desperate bid to hold on to power. Arbitrary and anti-democratic measures further discredit the Ortega regime in the eyes of Nicaraguans and the world. The United States continues to stand…

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Collected Department Releases: Death of Iranian Political Prisoner and Human Rights Activist Vahid Sayadi-Nassiri

Collected Department Releases: Death of Iranian Political Prisoner and Human Rights Activist Vahid Sayadi-Nassiri

Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 13, 2018 We are deeply saddened by the reports of the unconscionable death of Mr. Vahid Sayadi-Nassiri, a human rights activist who the Iranian regime arbitrarily detained and who died in prison. Mr. Sayadi-Nassiri went on a hunger strike to protest his arbitrary arrest and detention in Qom, where he had no access to legal counsel, was held in inhumane conditions, and was charged with spurious national security offences such as “insulting the Supreme Leader.” Mr. Sayadi-Nassiri languished in prison without his voice able to reach the outside world and he is just one of many more…

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Russian, Turkish foreign ministers discuss situation in Syria’s Idlib, issue of refugees

Russian, Turkish foreign ministers discuss situation in Syria’s Idlib, issue of refugees

MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu have discussed stabilization in Idlib, the Syrian Constitutional Committee and the repatriation of refugees. The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the meeting was held as part of a session of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) in Baku. “Much attention at the negotiations was paid to the Syrian political settlement, in particular the implementation of the Memorandum on the Stabilization of the Situation in the Idlib De-escalation Zone, the results of the 11th international…

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Lukashenko slams campaigners for removal of monuments to Soviet soldiers as freaks

Lukashenko slams campaigners for removal of monuments to Soviet soldiers as freaks

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko © Alexei Nikolsky/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS MINSK, December 14. /TASS/. Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko has slammed as “freaks” those who demolish monuments to the Soviet soldiers who saved the world from fascism. “There are many freaks in Poland and in Ukraine. I have no other name for those who ruin monuments,” Lukashenko said at a meeting with Russian journalists on Friday. Lukashenko paid particular attention to Poland. “Six hundred thousand Soviet soldiers lost their lives liberating Poland. And now some people there find monuments annoying,” he said angrily. “When I see them armed with pneumatic hammers tearing off the head…

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