• Kremlin calls 11 foreign organizations 'undesirable' in Russia

    The Prosecutor General's Office (GPO) of the Russian Federation has recognized 11 foreign organizations on the territory of the Russian Federation as undesirable, and is ready to continue this work. A corresponding statement was made by Alexei Zhafyarov, the Deputy Head of the Department for Supervision over the Execution of the Laws on Federal Security, Interethnic Relations, and Countering Extremism and Terrorism in the Prosecutor General's Office, reports RIA Novosti.

    "As of today ... the …

  • Syria invites Russia to build railway to Palmyra deposits

    During a bilateral meeting of Syrian and Russian diplomats and officials which took place last week in Sochi as part of the Syrian-Russian Intergovernmental Commission, Syria approached Russian Railways (RZD) and other Russian companies with several projects to develop Syria’s transport infrastructure, as stated by Najib Faris, director of Syria’s railway department, RBC news agency reports.

    “We offered the company RZD a project to reestablish the railway traffic line from Tartus, through Homs, …

  • Netherlands receive Buk missile from Georgia to investigate MH17 disaster

    The Dutch military received a Buk anti-aircraft missile and will use it in the investigation of the flight MH17 disaster, reports RTL Nieuws.

    According to the television channel, on February 21st of this year, members of the Dutch Military Intelligence Service and the Security Service flew to Georgia on a Hercules cargo aircraft that belongs to the Ministry of Defense.

    The Buk missile was handed over to them in Georgia. The next day the plane returned, and the missile was sent to the military …

  • Media: Russian 'Troll Factory' organized 40 rallies in US

    Through the Saint Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, also known as the “Troll Factory”, nearly 40 rallies and protest actions were organized in the US between 2016 and 2017, reports RBC news agency with reference to statistics reports in its possession.

    In recent years, nearly a dozen events have been held under the auspices of the BlackMattersUS movement (the name alludes to the Black Lives Matter movement which advocated the rights of black people, but has nothing to do with it), …

  • Kremlin: Russia will not reduce its military presence after completion of the operation in Syria

    After the completion of the main phase of the military operation in Syria, Russia will not reduce its military presence there, stated in Moscow on Tuesday, October 17, the first deputy head of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security Frants Klintsevich.

    “We will have a military base there, and there is hardly any need for a reduction. There are 34 aircraft, there is no sense in removing them,” he said.

    On October 16, during the meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor …

  • Ukrainian official: Crimea will be returned to Ukraine only after the fall of Putin’s regime

    The annexed Crimea can only be returned to Ukraine after the fall of the current political regime in Russia, as expressed by Heorhiy Tuka, the Deputy Minister for the Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine, during an interview with UNN (Ukrainian National News).

    According to him, the annexed peninsula can’t be returned through the adoption of laws or other documents.

    "I believe that if I see and understand the options to regain control over the Donbas, I …

  • Transparency International considers the Customs Service and State Fiscal Service the most corrupt bodies in Ukraine

    In an interview with Ukrainian News, the Executive Director of the international anti-corruption organization Transparency International in Ukraine, Yaroslav Yurchyshyn said that he believes that the most corrupt authorities are the State Fiscal Service and Customs.

    "I think that the Fiscal Service and the Customs [are the most corrupt] due to the huge impact on the business. Business is resources and, accordingly, the ability to influence the position," he said.

    According to Yurchyshyn, the …

  • Russia files counter-claim against Siemens on turbine deal

    On October 16, the Arbitration Court of Moscow considered a lawsuit filed by the German concern Siemens against Rostec regarding the supply of turbines to the annexed Crimea.

    The Germans have asked to invalidate the deal, following which the turbines entered the territory of the annexed peninsula.

    According to RIA Novosti news agency, the Russian company Technopromexport filed a counter-claim in which it requested the invalidation of a portion of the transaction dated March 10, 2015, during …

  • US provides important evidence of MH17 crash

    The US has given important evidence to the investigators of the Malaysian Boeing 777 flight MH17 which was shot down over the Donetsk province in 2014, as stated by Dutch Chief Prosecutor Fred Westerbeke, who heads the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) on the MH17 case, in an interview for Novaya Gazeta.

    According to Westerbeke, the investigation group has gained access to photographs of the area taken by American satellites.

    “Yes, we do have them. A colleague in my office who has access to …

  • Herashchenko to submit amendments to the bill on Reintegration of Donbas

    The First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Iryna Herashchenko, indicated that on October 17th she will propose amendments to the bill on the reintegration of the temporarily occupied territories of the Donbas.

    "What will I do? I will put forth amendments to the bill on reintegration, which my lawyers, together with public activists, worked on during the last week," she wrote on her Facebook page.

    On October 6th, the People's Deputy of Ukraine and head of the Mejlis of the …