• Media: Presidential Q and A session was rehearsed ahead of time with Putin

    According to a report by news agency RBC, on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, several hundred participants of a future meeting with the Head of the State gathered for rehearsal and instruction on Tuesday. As a result of the audition, the organizers selected a few dozen people who would ask questions to the President. Some would ask while others would announce the topics prepared in advance by the organizers. The rest explained that they would be present at the meeting as the extras and would not be …

  • Russian court fines newspaper for 'abuse of the freedom of the press'

    After a warning issued by Roskomnadzor, the global judicial district of Moscow’s Presnensky District Court imposed a fine in the amount of 44,000 rubles on The New Times and its chief editor, Yevgenia Albats for abuse of the freedom of the press.

    The Court found that the edition violated article 13.15, paragraph 2 of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation (abuse of the freedom of the press) and imposed an administrative penalty in the amount of 4,000 rubles on Albats and …

  • Ukraine and Israeli company Orbit discuss upgrading Ukrainian military aircraft

    The work group for the Ukrainian Air Forces Command discussed the modernization of military aircraft and helicopters with representatives of the Israeli company, Orbit, according to the Ministry of Defense.

    As reported on Tuesday by the Press Service of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, at the meeting with the Ukrainian Air Forces Command, the representatives of Orbit spoke about the company's activities, their developments and also introduced a new communications system, Orion, which is now …

  • Russian delegate Boris Gryzlov to be more engaged in international negotiations on Ukraine

    A source in the Russian Security Council stated that one of the objectives of Boris Gryzlov, who was excluded from the Security Council membership by the President of Russia, was better engagement in international negotiations about Ukraine.

    “The President made a decision based on the tasks he posed to Boris Gryzlov. The expansion of opportunities for international dialogue with a view to settling the situation in Ukraine is among these tasks. It will require Boris Gryzlov to participate in …

  • Russia to spend $200,000 on preserving Lenin's body in 2016

    The Federal Security Service (FSS) has posted information about the maintenance required to preserve Lenin’s body. The estimated worth of the procedure is 13,081,500 rubles, or about $200,000. This amount was calculated by a scientific assessment of the necessary medical and biological preparations.

    According to the commentary given to TASS by the official representative of FSS, Sergey Devyatov, the All-Russian Research Institute of Medicinal Plants has been preserving Lenin’s body since 1924. 

  • US calls on Ukraine to form a new cabinet as soon as possible

    According to the Voice of America, US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said at a briefing in Washington that the United States called upon the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to promptly approve a new Government which will support political and economic reforms, especially credit programs approved by International Monetary Fund.

    "In our view, it is important that the Verkhovna Rada forms the new Cabinet of Ministers committed to necessary reforms, especially those recommended by the IMF as soon …

  • Separatist mass grave found near Donetsk

    According to the press office of the Police of the Bahmutka district  [under control of the Ukrainian government ] on April 13th a mass grave containing about 18  unidentified bodies in uniforms was found between the villages Spirne and Grabovka, in the Bahmutka district near Donetsk.

    According to the district police the grave was found by the search and rescue mission of the Ukrainian armed forces, Evacuation -200, during their terrain surveillance operation.

    The police officials say that …

  • Groisman says he is willing to become next Prime Minister of Ukraine

    The Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Vladimir Groisman, expressed his willingness to head the next cabinet, and announced that the coalition had reached a compromise on the format of the forthcoming government, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

    "We discussed an acceptable format [of government], which will emerge from the crisis in which we find ourselves today,” Groisman said, opening the morning session of the Verkhovna Rada on Wednesday.

    On Wednesday morning, Groisman announced that he …

  • Lithuania announces implementation of Savchenko sanctions list

    Lithuania is the first country in the European Union that barred individuals related to the conviction of Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko from entering its territory. This information was confirmed by Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius.

    “Specifically, it concerns Russian judges and prosecutors who directly participated in the trials. At the moment, 46 people are prohibited from entering Lithuania,” Linkevičius told BNS, adding that the list is expanding. Besides the “Savchenko list” …

  • Moscow asks Kiev to transfer six citizens to Russian prisons

    The Russian Ministry of Justice appealed to Kiev to consider the transfer of six Russians prisoners. The Ukrainian Ministry of Justice has not responded to Moscow's request yet.The Russian Ministry of Justice has received letters from six Russian citizens who are sentenced to imprisonment in Ukraine, but want to serve their sentences at home. This was stated in response to the request of the RBC agency.After receiving the letters, Russian officials have appealed to the Ukrainian Ministry of …