• PARNAS office in Moscow evacuated because of bomb threat

    The Moscow office of the People’s Freedom Party (PARNAS) was evacuated on Tuesday after a bomb threat was received.

    Ilya Yashin, key leader of the opposition party, was due to present his reported entitled “National Security Threat”, in which he outlined the activities of Chechen head Ramzan Kadyrov.

    Upon receiving word of the bomb threat, Yashin asked the audience to remain on the ground and not to panic.

    “The bomb is in my hands”, Yashin said, holding up the report.

    The police demanded …

  • Russian Duma demands that Eurovision ban performance of song by representative of Ukraine

    The State Duma of the Russian Federation urges the leadership of Eurovision to prohibit Ukrainian singer Jamala from participating in their contest with a song about the deportation of the Crimean Tatars, Russian media reported.

    According to the Russian website Ekho Moskvii, the Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy, Vadim Dengin, said that this song is being used to "offend Russia once again."

    The Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, Refat Chubarov, …

  • Yashin: 30,000 Chechen soldiers are loyal only to Kadyrov

    Law enforcement organizations in Chechnya, which were created on the basis of nationality, consist of a total of 30,000 people.  These people follow the command of Ramzan Kadyrov, the Head of the Chechen Republic.  This was stated in a report entitled “National Security Threats”.

    Ilya Yashin, a friend of murdered Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, wrote the report in preparation for the anniversary of Nemtsov’s death.  The New Times published a chapter from this report on the 22nd of …

  • Italian Prime Minister to visit St. Petersburg

    Matteo Renzi, the Prime Minister of Italy, plans to visit St. Petersburg, as announced at the Foreign Press Association conference.

    The head of the Government of the European state will visit St. Petersburg in June, as reported by RIA Novosti. He will participate in the St. Petersburg Economic Forum.

    It is worth noting that 2016 is a jubilee year for the forum that will be held from the 16-18th of June. Last year several foreign countries, including the US, boycotted the forum due to the  …

  • Russian plane violated Lithuanian airspace twice last week

    The press service of the Ministry of Defense of Lithuania reported that Lithuanian fighters intercepted a Russian aircraft on two separate occassions last week.

    On February 17th, fighter jets were scrambled from the Siauliai Airbase to intercept a Russia IL-20 transport plane heading for Kaliningrad. Two days later, the same aircraft was intercepted and esorted by Lithuanian fighters on its way back to mainland Russia.

    According to the Ministry of Defense of Lithuania, the Russian IL-20 …

  • Evidence continues to mount suggesting Russian ground troops are active in Syria

    Howitzers MSTA-B, tanks T-90A, armored personnel carrier BTR-82A - photos of these weapons were posted on the Citeam.org website, which suggests that all these weapons were transferred from the Russian airbase, Hmeymim, to the east of Syria, as reported by Deutsche Welle.

    Citeam.org is a website belonging to the "team involved in the investigation of military conflicts in Ukraine and Syria." The team, founded in May 2015, is known under the English name the Conflict Intelligence Team. One of …

  • Ukraine opens case against former Crimean Colonel who defected to Russia

    In Ukraine, the Military Prosecutor of the Central Region has started criminal proceedings against the former Deputy Head of the Crimean Territorial Command of Internal Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Colonel Stephen Gaydarzhiyskyi.  He is suspected of treason.

    According to the Press Service of the Military Supervisory Authority, the criminal case was opened on the 18th of February.  This was reported by the General Directorate of the Military Counterintelligence of the …

  • Yukos shareholders: 1 billion euros in Russian assets were expropriated in France

    Former Yukos shareholders are seeking financial recovery from Russia in the amount of 50 billion dollars in accordance with the decision of the Arbitration Court in The Hague.  This refers to Russian assets seized in France.  The amount of one billion euros is roughly 86 billion rubles.   This information is according to the RBC daily newspaper with reference to Group MENATEP Limited (GML), a holding company representing the former shareholders of Yukos.

    The ventures of the Federal State …

  • The documents of the National Security and Defense Council: Ukraine wasn’t able to protect even Kiev in spring 2014

    On the 28th of February 2014, the leaders of Ukraine attended an emergency meeting of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) in order to determine how the country should react to Russia’s actions. The participants of the meeting concluded that Russia was ready for the full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2014. During that time, Russia was carrying out the occupation of Crimea with the use of Special Forces.

    Regarding the eastern border of Ukraine, 38,000 Russian servicemen with …

  • Crimean Tatars seek to save their mother tongue

    Every year, on the 21st of February, International Mother Language Day is celebrated worldwide. About a half of the 6,000 world languages are threatened with extinction. The Crimean Tatar language is the third most spoken language in Ukraine. However, despite this fact, according to the official data of UNESCO, the language is quickly dying, as reported by Radio Svoboda.

    Now, some media, universities and activists have taken on the challenge of bringing the language back to life. Newspapers …