• SSU: 128 Ukrainian prisoners are being held in the Donbas and on Russian territory

    According to Yuriy Tandit, the Adviser to the Chairman of the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU), 128 Ukrainian prisoners are being held in the breakaway regions of eastern Ukraine and on Russian territory, as reported by UKRINFORM.

    "The list that we submitted (during the negotiations of the Trilateral Contact group in Minsk - Ed.) includes 128 names. It includes not only our people in Donetsk and Luhansk, but also those who are on the territory of Russia," Tandit said.

    He noted that women and …

  • Medvedev signs decree instructing government employees to travel using Russian airlines

    The Russian government has instructed civil servants to travel using Russian airlines, or air carriers of other members of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEC). The corresponding decree was signed by the Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, RBC reported.

    "These new regulations oblige persons whose air travel is reimbursed from the federal budget to buy tickets of Russian airlines," the government’s official website stated.

    The list of acceptable airlines is posted on the official website of Federal …

  • Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: We will not discuss an exchange for Savchenko until a verdict has been reached

    On Saturday, Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated that the question of transferring Nadiya Savchenko to Ukraine will not be discussed until after the court has made its decision.

    On the program "Vesti on Saturday with Sergey Brylev" on the TV channel Russia 1, Zakharova was asked to comment on the issue of a potential deal with Ukraine that would see the transfer of Savchenko and several other political prisoners currently being held in Russia.

    “This is not …

  • Prominent Belarusian businessman detained by KGB

    The Belarusian KGB confirmed on Sunday that it has detained prominent businessman Yury Chizh on suspicion of large-scale tax evasion, Interfax reported. 

    Chizh, the owner of the Belarusian firm Triple, has been a close adviser to President Alexander Lukashenko since the early 1990s, and has long been referred to as one of the President’s main sponsors.

    Sources indicate that Chizh has recently fallen out of favor with the Belarusian government.

    If convicted, Chizh could serve up to 7 years in …

  • Russia plans to set up legal entity to circumvent sanctions against Crimea

    The Russian Federation plans to set up a legal entity to work with foreign companies in the Crimea. This will allow companies to do business in Crimea without fear of violating economic sanctions, as stated by the Russian-controlled head of the Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, Krym.Realii reported.

    "The technicality of the arrangement provides for the creation of a legal entity within Russia that will work with foreign companies who wish to do business in Crimea,” said Aksyonov. He did not disclose …

  • Russian Federation Council does not support prohibiting Russian banks from operating in Ukraine

    Prohibiting national banks from opening branches in Ukraine and other unfriendly countries can disrupt their commercial and financial activities, as stated by Russian Federation Council member Sergey Kalashnikov.

    The Federation Council called the proposal made by the Communist party to prohibit Russian banks from opening branches in Ukraine and other unfriendly countries senseless. According to the Deputy Chair of the Economic Committee of the Russian Duma Sergey Kalashnikov, "so we can build …

  • Russia to deliver S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Iran

    Russia announced that the first S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems will be delivered to Iran in August or September of this year. This statement was made y Sergey Chemezov, the CEO of Rostec Corporation amid reports of problems in the implementation of the agreement. The Russian newspaper Kommersant, citing an unnamed Russian official, had written on March 9th that there were problems with payments.

    According to the report, the contract signed last fall assumes that Iran will pay one billion …

  • Moscow Metro's construction workers go on strike due to unpaid wages

    In Moscow, Metro construction workers are on strike, reports Dozhd. SMU Ingeocom workers are complaining about unpaid wages and refuse to go to work.

    On Friday, nearly 40 people, mainly migrant workers, came to the offices of Ingeocom on Yakovoapostolsky Lane. Negotiations with SMU Ingeocom management were held with the Chairman of the Central Committee of the Trade Union of Migrant Workers, Renat Karimov. According to him, wages have not been paid due to underfunding.

    "It should matter …

  • Security Service of Ukraine summons leader of so-called LPR for questioning

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) has called in the head of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR), Igor Plotnitsky, for questioning. According to the official notice, issued on Friday, March 11th, Plotnitsky must appear before investigators on March 17th for interrogation as he is believed to be a suspect in a number of crimes.

    The document notes that Plotnitsky has been incriminated in several crimes, including illegal imprisonment or kidnapping, the illegal movement of …

  • Kuleba: Russia has rejected the possibility of making an exchange for Savchenko and other political prisoners

    Dmytro Kuleba, Special Envoy of Ukraine's Foreign Ministry, spoke recently about the liberation of Nadiya Savchenko. Russia rejected making any agreement with Ukraine about the release of Savchenko, a Ukrainian pilot, as well as other political prisoners being held in Russia. Kuleba says that is the reason their liberation can only be achieved with the help of international pressure."Although we started with the understanding that Russia can be negotiated with to find compromises and …