• Skripal poisoner spotted at wedding of GRU general’s daughter

    Ruslan Boshirov, one of London’s chief suspects in the Skripal poisoning case and identified by Bellingcat to be the same person as GRU Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga, has been spotted in the wedding photographs of GRU Major-General Andrey Averyanov’s daughter, Radio Liberty reports, based on a joint investigation with Bellingcat.

    According to the journalists, the photographs were taken six months before the poisoning of the Skripals. The wedding was held in a hotel on the shore of Lake Senezh, 15 …

  • Austrian company deactivates Gazprom’s compressors via satellite

    The Russian gas monopoly Gazprom has had its Austrian compressors remotely shut down, Pavel Krylov, head of department N335, told the Interfax news agency.

    According to him, the equipment from the Swiss company LMF was “deactivated via satellite”. Now the compressors are “dead weight, they still aren’t working, they’ve simply turned into scrap metal,” Krylov lamented.

    The manufacturer itself is capable of remotely deactivating compressors and similar equipment, a source close to Gazprom told …

  • Russia signs agreements with UAE for $1.4 billion

    During a meeting with business representatives of Russia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Russian President Vladimir Putin said that during his visit to UAE, Moscow and Abu Dhabi signed agreements for a total amount of $1.4 billion.

    According to Putin, agreements involve a variety of projects, including projects in the field of digital technologies, telecommunications, logistics, transport, finances, banking, and energy.

    The Russian President noted that the trade between Russia and the UAE …

  • Kadyrov’s close circle rounded up in Chechen Republic

    For several months, the Chechen Republic has been rounding up members of the close circle of Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of the republic. Through torture and beatings in secret prisons, they are being made to confess to treason, Novaya Gazeta reports.

    According to the news agency, the detainees and their relatives are having all of their property confiscated, and are being forced to pay millions in “donations” to the Akhmat Kadyrov Foundation. The round-ups began after the resignation of Ibrahim …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister: EU to keep sanctions against Russia

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko stated that the European Union's sanctions against Russia could not be lifted until Russia fulfills its part of the Minsk agreements.

    "We have a consensus with European Foreign Ministers that sanctions cannot be lifted if Russia does not fulfill its part of the Minsk agreements," wrote Prystaiko on Twitter.

    Prystaiko also noted that the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry asked to strengthen sanctions because of the recent so-called "elections" in the Russian- …

  • Russian military enter Syrian city previously controlled by US

    Russian Military Police started patrolling the demarcation line between Turkish and Syrian government troops in Manbij and neighboring areas, which were controlled by US allies the day before. US Armed Forces left two military bases in the city of Manbij.

    The Russian Defense Ministry reported that Russian Military Police entered the Manbij area. Earlier, the Syrian army, controlled by President Bashar al-Assad, said it had fully occupied Manbij.

    US Official military Spokesperson for Operation …

  • Russians held captive in Kurdish camp for ISIS supporters ask Russia for help

    The Russian women, who were in a Kurdish camp for ISIS fighters, asked the Russian authorities for help, reports RTVi TV channel. The women appealed to the member of the Human Rights Council under the Head of Chechnya, Kheda Saratova. According to the human rights activist, there are about 50 Russian citizens in the Ain Issa camp.

    After the start of the Turkish operation in Northern Syria, Kurdish military units said they wouldn't be able to guard the camps.

    The prisoners themselves say that …

  • Ukraine can now use US-produced Javelin missiles in Donbas

    US-produced Javelin anti-tank missile systems can now be used in eastern Ukraine following the transition to an open arms purchase procedure between the two countries, former Ukrainian Ambassador to the US Valeriy Chaly told LB.ua news outlet in an exclusive interview.

    “We can now use these new anti-tank missile systems, when they are bought, at our discretion. And station them where we want, for example in eastern Ukraine,” he said.

    The diplomat admitted that the current batch of Javelins …

  • Kremlin announces launch of program to study Putinism

    Russia is heading rapidly towards the Central Asian forms of state governance.

    Now that books of Putin quotes (“Thus said Putin”, “100 and 1 quotes of V. V. Putin”) are available in bookstores throughout Russia, Putinism could also obtain the status of ideology and research direction, just like Marxism-Leninism and Maoism.

    According to RBC news agency, Actual Comments, a publication founded by the pro-Kremlin Political Environment Center, has announced the launch of a series examining …

  • Kremlin confident that Turkey will conclude Syria operation soon

    The Russian government predicts that Turkey will soon start wrapping up its military operation in north-eastern Syria, since the Syrian Kurds have agreed to postpone their self-governance plans, and Kurdish fighters will now be patrolling the border alongside Syrian government troops.

    Last week it seemed like Russian President Vladimir Putin actually condoned the Turkish operation in north-eastern Syria, but insisted on his own red lines. According to analysts and Russian officials, one of his …