• Sanctions on Russia cost the west $60 billion

    Almost 40 Western countries that supported sanctions against Russia in the last year and a half lost slightly more than $60 billion in profit, French experts calculated. This conclusion was made by experts from the French Research Center on International Economics (CEPII). The report, which was presented on Wednesday, July 6, covers the period from December 2013 to June 2015.

    As noted in the study, the main losses (82.2%) did not happen because of the products that came under the ban as a …

  • Russian spy ship spotted off the coast of Hawaii during US-led naval exercises

    Russia has sent a spy ship to the shores of Hawaii to monitor the US-led Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016 naval exercises, according to Pacific Fleet Spokesman Lieutenant Clint Ramsden.

    The spokesman explained that the Russian Balzam-class auxiliary general intelligence ship “recently” arrived in international waters off the coast of Hawaii.

    “Obviously, we are aware that it is there, and we’ve taken all precautions necessary to protect our critical information. Its presence has not affected …

  • Liberal media outlets are under pressure in Russia

    Two leading Russian liberal media outlets, TV channels Dozhd (Rain) and Ekho Moskvy, are under pressure from Russian authorities. The Prosecutor General's Office will again investigate the TV channel Dozhd at the request of the Russian Anti-maidan

    Two leading Russian liberal media outlets, TV channels Dozhd (Rain) and Ekho Moskvy, are under pressure from Russian authorities. The Prosecutor General's Office will again investigate the TV channel Dozhd at the request of the Russian Anti-maidan …

  • Ukrainian Media: New Prosecutor General spotted wearing a $30,000 watch at a parliamentary hearing

    While delivering a report on the investigation of corrupt schemes, the new Ukrainian Prosecutor General, Yuriy Lutsenko, allegedly wore a watch worth 30,000 US dollars, as reported by the Ukrainian Ukrainski Novyny (Ukrainian News) news portal.

    “The Prosecutor General came to Verkhovna Rada to deliver a report requesting removal of parliamentary immunity from Oleksandr Onyshchenko, who is under investigation over corrupt schemes in the Ukrainian gas market. The Prosecutor General had a Ulysse …

  • A report on the threat of Russian propaganda will be presented in the European Parliament in September

    In September, the European Parliament will present a report about threats from Russian propaganda aimed against countries of the European Union. The former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland and member of the European Parliament, Anna Fotyga, made the announcement during her interview with Ukrinform.

    “This report was prepared by my office; the discussion is ongoing within the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, of which I am a member. The vote on this document will take …

  • Ukrainian Space Agency: Ukraine and US will carry out joint rocket launch in August

    Ukraine and US will carry out a joint launch of the Antares rocket in August 2016. This was reported by the Head of the State Space Agency of Ukraine, Liubomyr Sabadosh.

    “The trials of the rocket were completed in July. There were no issues with the functioning of the systems and modules of the first stage of the rocket. The first launch of Antares is planned for August, 2016,” Sabadosh said.

    Antares made its inaugural flight on April 21, 2013. Ukraine is working on the main structure of the …

  • US authorities allow Coursera company to return to Crimea

    The U.S. Government officially allowed the world’s largest online learning platform, Coursera, to resume its work in the annexed territories of Crimea and Sevastopol, despite the sanctions, as reported by Kommersant on Tuesday, citing the Russian partners of the Higher School of Economics (a University which cooperates with Coursera).

    It became possible after obtaining a special license from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control.

    According to the newspaper, …

  • Russian authorities started to involve students in construction of the Kerch Bridge

    Russian authorities opened the third labor semester for students of its universities. Student construction teams from six leading universities came to the occupied Crimean peninsula to participate in the construction of a bridge through the Kerch Strait. As reported by the press service of the Russian Ministry of Transport, the Head of the agency, Maxim Sokolov launched the third labor semester.

    “Today, we open student season—the third labor semester on the shore of the Kerch Strait. We can …

  • NATO jets escorted Russian aircraft three times last week

    NATO fighters, as part of the Alliance’s air patrol mission over the Baltic, intercepted Russian military aircraft on three occasions last week, according to the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense, Delfi reported.

    The aircraft that were intercepted included reconnaissance aircraft, Su-27 fighters, and a Tu-134 cargo plane, which were flying between Kaliningrad and the Russian mainland.

    The reconnaissance planes and Su-27 flew without providing flight plans and their transponders were turned off. …

  • OSCE: Russia should end its occupation of Georgian territories

    On Tuesday July 5th, the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE in Tbilisi adopted a resolution entitled "Conflict in Georgia," which was provided by Georgia. The document consists of 17 paragraphs. It states, in particular, that Russia should "reverse their decision on the recognition of Georgian territories and end the occupation of Georgian territories."

    According to the resolution, Russia, in defiance of international requests, continues to violate international law, "and ignores the ceasefire …