• Survey suggests Russians do not view violations by security services as infringing on freedom

    According to the results of a survey entitled “The perception of freedom by Russian citizens” conducted by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Russian citizens have nothing against violation of law by Special Services; also, they support state regulation of the economy and censorship. However, at the same time, they refused democracy. It was reported that 1,653 people from all over Russia took part in the telephone survey, mainly Russian citizens (73.9%).

    In response to the question “ …

  • Australian Foreign Ministry proposes creating MH17 tribunal outside the UN to circumvent Russia's veto power

    The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop believes that another International Tribunal in the style of Lockerbie should try those guilty in the case of the crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine. It would bypass the United Nations Security Council where Russia has the veto rights, Deutsche Welle reported.

    “The judicial process in the style of Lockerbie—the Tribunal that will be established by the international community can be organized,” Bishop noted. “It …

  • Medvedev admits that sanctions have negatively affected Russia's economy

    The Prime Minister of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, stated in an interview with First Channel that sanctions and external pressure have affected the Russian economy. According to Medvedev, economic growth depends on many internal and external conditions. The Russian Prime Minister said that a very serious slowdown of economic growth has been observed all over the world.

    “We understand the conditions under which our economy is developing. Unfortunately, it was cut off from foreign sources of funding …

  • Iran is developing analogue to Russian S-300 air defense system

    The Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile system, built in Iran, is superior to the original in its specifications and performance as was stated by the commander of Iran's Air Defense Forces, Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, Tasnim News Agency reports.

    According to him, the Bavar-373 missile system, which is a version of the S-300, can destroy targets at a distance that is 1.5 times greater than the S-300, which can locate a target at a distance of 300 km and knock it down at a distance of 200 …

  • Human rights group: 4,000 Crimean orphans have been taken to Russia

    Russia has taken no fewer than 4,000 Ukrainian children from the  annexed Crimea, and many have already been taken to regions of neighboring Russia and given to Russian families, said the representative of the commissioner for the Observance of Rights of Children of Ukraine, Aksana Filipishina, in an interview with Hromadske Radio.

    According to her, after the annexation the so-called trains of happiness were organized with “echelons” of candidates of potential adoptive parents, but later it …

  • Russia to conduct civil defense training for 40 million people

    The Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) of Russia will carry out civil defense exercises, which will involve more than 40 million people across Russia. Interfax news agency reports that this was announced by the director of Civil Defense and Population Protection Department of the Ministry, Oleg Manuilo.

    "The training will be held from October 4-7. It will involve more than 40 million people, more than 200,000 professionals from search-and-rescue units and about 50,000 thousand units of …

  • Finland says even if Russia objects it is their responsibility to assist MH17 investigation

    Finland has an obligation to cooperate in the investigation of the crash of flight МН17 in eastern Ukraine, a Finnish politician and Chairman of the Opposition Social Democratic Party of Finland (SDP), Antti Rinne, believes.

    According to the politician, this is a serious crime, and that’s why Holland, who is leading the international investigation, sought the assistance of his country.

    “On the other hand, there are weapon supply contracts and these contracts have limits,” he said, as YLE …

  • Canada allocated $6.1 million to support Ukraine's National Police

    Canada plans to allocate a total of $6.1 million, which equates to 8.1 million Canadian dollars, to Ukraine in support of their National Police. This was said by Canadian Foreign Minister, Stéphane Dion.

    According to Dion, the allocation of these funds is an attempt to support Ukraine “in the fight against corruption”, and to assist the country in ensuring the sustainability of reforms.

    Over a three-year period, Canada will provide up to $5 million, which will be used for the training and …

  • The names of those responsible for downing of MH17 will be released by the end of the year

    The names of those who “played an active role” in the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash will be announced by no later than the beginning of 2017. This statement was made by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in an interview with the country’s ABC media company, which was published on the 2nd of October.

    Bishop stated that the investigation revealed the identities of approximately 100 people who were actively involved in the transportation of Buk air defense systems from Russia to the …

  • Disengagement of separatist forces and the Ukrainian Army in the Donbas has been postponed

    The disengagement of separatist forces the Ukrainian army in the that has been carried out in the village of Zolote has been postponed in other areas due to ceasefire violations, stated the head of the Ukrainian side of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the ceasefire (JCCC), General Borys Kremenetsky, on the channel 112 Ukraine.

    He said that an increasing number of attacks in the Donbas will affect the terms of disengagement on the border line.

    “Of course it will have an effect, …