• Russian media: Kremlin asked Kadyrov to resign

    A well-known Russian newspaper, citing a source in the Kremlin, reported that Kadyrov was asked to resign as head of Chechnya.

    The head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, could become the Russian president's representative.

    "Ramzan Kadyrov has received an offer to take a new position," reports the newspaper "Arguments and Facts" quoting a source in the Kremlin.

    Yesterday, the Russian news agency Novosti reported, quoting Kadyrov’s spokesman Alvi Karimov, that the head of Chechnya …

  • Russia intends to stop spy satellites from monitoring its territory

    Experts from the Russian state space agency Roscosmos have found a way to conceal confidential operations in Russian territory from surveillance by foreign spy satellites, according to an article written by experts from the company Russian Space Systems, as cited by RIA Novosti. According to them, data transmission from satellites can be jammed using land-based radio stations.

    “During periods when the protected region falls into the observation zone of a surveillance satellite’s on-board …

  • Russian media: Medvedev resigned after failing to reach compromise with Putin on constitutional reform

    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev may have resigned because he disagreed with the constitutional reform proposed by President Vladimir Putin during his address to the Federal Assembly, Kommersant reports.

    According to the newspaper, at the end of 2019, Medvedev supported the merging of presidential and executive government. In such a scheme, the president would be the de facto head of executive government. Putin proposed that the prime minister and “civilian” part of the Russian …

  • Prystaiko on Ukrainian airliner downed in Iran: We want to know who gave the order

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko told CNN about Ukraine’s response to the Ukraine International Airlines catastrophe in Iran.

    “I spoke to the head of the Iranian Foreign Ministry the day after the catastrophe. At the time, he did not once mention that the plane had been shot down using a missile. Now we have evidence which will help to provide some appeasement to the families of the aviation catastrophe victims. This is the basis for the creation of our coalition – a coalition of …

  • Kyiv approves Ukrainian delegation’s return to PACE

    On January 16, Ukraine’s parliament adopted a statement on the return of Ukraine’s delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in 2020. 348 MPs voted in favor of the decision.

    According to the document, parliament has instructed its permanent PACE delegation to submit their credentials for approval for participation in the 2020 annual assembly session, Radio Liberty reports.

    “The goal of the Ukrainian delegation’s participation in the operation of PACE is to prevent the …

  • Putin-appointed prime minister announces cabinet reshuffle and total control over Russians’ incomes

    Mikhail Mishustin, the head of Russia’s Federal Tax Service who was nominated for the position of prime minister by President Vladimir Putin, said that changes will be made to the composition of the new government.

    Mishustin spoke about this during a meeting with MPs from the United Russia party in the State Duma, a source familiar with the proceedings told TASS, and this was later confirmed by Sergey Neverov, head of the Duma’s United Russia members.

    “Mishustin said that he will discuss …

  • Ukraine insists on withdrawal of forces in four areas of Donbas

    Ukraine has proposed to the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) four new areas of the Donbas where withdrawal of forces should take place.

    Citing a source in the TCG in Minsk, Hromadske reports that Ukraine is insisting on disengagement near the railway bridge in Stanytsia Luhanska, near Avdiivka, Novoselytsia Vtora and near the Hnutovo checkpoint.

    Russia, in turn, is pushing for disengagement near the settlements of Schastia, Veselohorivka, Rozsadka, Hnutovo and Shyrokyne, as well as near …

  • Russian ex-Prime Minister Medvedev spends $2 billion from the budget a few hours before his resignation

    On Wednesday, January 15, a few hours before his resignation, then-Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered to allocate 127 billion rubles ($2.06 billion) from the budget for the construction of the world's largest nuclear icebreaker "the Leader."

    The decree, signed by Medvedev, was published on Thursday on the official Kremlin’s website of legal information.

    The ship will be built at the shipyard Zvezda in Russia’s Primorsky Krai. The shipyard is owned by the consortium of Rosneft, Rosneftegaz …

  • French President Macron does not consider Russia's aggression against its neighbors an obstacle for closer cooperation

    French President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview with the news outlet RFI that he is ready for closer relations with Russia, despite Moscow's long history of conflicts with its neighbors.

    When asked what event caused Emmanuel Macron to change his attitude towards Vladimir Putin and support a review of relations with Russia, the French president said that it was the result of long reflections.

    "I would not say that it was a special event among others. It was a slow decision, a historical …

  • Iran chooses Chinese J-10C over Russian MiG-35 fighters

    Contrary to reports from numerous sources in Russia’s Defense Ministry that Iran was seriously interested in Russian MiG-35 fighters, the Islamic republic’s government plans to use $1.5 of the $3 billion allocated by Qatar to purchase 36 Chinese Chengdu J-10C fighters, which are reportedly cheaper and more promising.

    “The Emir (head of state) of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani arrived in Iran and met with the country’s president Rouhani in Tehran. Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani offered Iran $3 …