• IOC: Russian athletes will have go through a three step procedure to participate in Olympics

    Russian athletes will have to go through three filters in order to secure their participation in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach said on July 31st, as reported by R-sport agency.

    “During the telephone conference, the IOC Executive Board established a three-step procedure for Russian athletes in the Games in Rio. First, there is the filter of the international federations, who consider their tests and make individual …

  • The US could apply 'deterrence practices' against Russian hackers

    The Assistant Attorney General for National Security, John Carlin, stated that the US can apply a practice of deterrence against Russian hackers if they continue their practice of invading US resources, Voice of America reported. It was noted that Iran, North Korea, China and Russia are the four countries that pose the biggest threat to US cyberspace.

    According to Carlin, the US has successfully deterred three of them. The Department of Justice brought charges against separate hackers from …

  • Survey: 34 percent of Russians would expect improved relations with the US under Trump

    34% of Russians surveyed expected that relations between the United States and Russia would improve if Republican candidate billionaire Donald Trump is elected President of the United States. RIA Novosti made the report citing data from the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (WCIOM).

    About half of the respondents said they expected complications in interaction between the two countries if Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton comes to power. About 36% believe that Trump’s victory …

  • Polish fighters intercept Russian light aircraft near Krakow

    Two Polish F-16 fighter pilots intercepted a Russian light aircraft flying in the direction of Kraków. This was reported by Polish TV station, TVN24, on the 31st of July.

    According to the report, the incident occurred on the 29th of July. The Russian aircraft flew close to the border of the 100 km airspace around Kraków. Flights were banned in this airspace due to Pope Francis’s visit to the area during World Youth Day. Polish fighter pilots demanded, through gestures and radio communication, …

  • Poland ratifies Montenegro's NATO membership

    The President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, signed the law ratifying the protocol for Montenegro’s membership in the North-Atlantic Alliance, Ukrinform reported, with reference to the Office of the President of Poland.

    “The Montenegrin side has repeatedly signaled that it wants Poland, host of the NATO Summit and a country that strongly supports the membership of [Montenegro] in the Alliance, to be one of the first member countries that will ratify the Protocol of Accession,” the report said. The …

  • 13 countries condemned IOC's decision to allow Russia to participate in the Olympics

    The Anti-doping Agencies of Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States condemned the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for their unwillingness to take responsibility for the decision on the admission of Russian athletes at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, as indicated in a statement by the heads of the National Anti-doping agencies of 13 countries, the Guardian reports.

    The representatives of these …

  • Ukrainian Armed Forces headquarters: Separatists attacked Avdiivka with heavy artillery

    On Sunday, separatists in the Donetsk area used 152mm and 122mm heavy artillery weapons, which are prohibited by the Minsk Agreements, the Ukrainian Headquarters press service reported on July 31. According to them, Russian forces opened fire 27 times on Ukrainian positions on Sunday.“The most challenging situation is in the Donetsk area. Heavy artillery of 152mm and 122mm caliber, 120mm mortars, grenade launchers, large-caliber machine guns and small arms were used by the enemy in Avdiivka. …

  • Russian helicopter shot down in Syria

    Five Russian servicemen were killed in Syria when the military transport helicopter in which they were flying was shot down by rebels, TV Dozhd reported.

    The Mi-8 helicopter was carrying three crew members and two officers.

    The Russian Ministry of Defense stated that the helicopter was returning from delivering humanitarian aid to the besieged city of Aleppo.

    Last month, two Russian pilots, Colonel Ryafagat Habibullin and Lt. Eugene Dolgin, were killed when their Mi-35 helicopter was shot …

  • Der Spiegel: Radioactive mineral water, milk with ammonia, and caviar with colibacillus is being sold in Russia

    The fall in oil prices and the weakening of the ruble has led to the decrease of Russian consumers’ purchasing power. Producers are forced to reduce food prices while skimping on quality, according to revelations by Der Spiegel.

    According to the newspaper, Russian producers use vegetable oil instead of animal fats and they violate safety regulations by selling radioactive mineral water, milk with ammonia and caviar infected with colon bacillus. Russia is actively using palm oil in the food …

  • German gold medalist returns medal in protest of decision to allow Russia to participate in Rio Olympics

    A German table-tennis player from the late 1950s – early 1960s, former President of the German Table Tennis Federation and a member of the National Olympic Committee of Germany, Hans Wilhelm Gäb, returned his Olympic medal which he received in 2006. He explained that he was doing so as a result of his disagreement with the decision of the IOC to allow the Russian national team to participate in the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio, reports rp-online.de.

    Gäb also reflected his protest in a letter sent …