Contents tagged with Britain

  • UK ratifies Kremlin-linked oligarch blacklist

    The British government has made and approved a blacklist of oligarchs close to the Kremlin whose freedom of movement in the UK and the rest of Europe will be restricted.

    The list, which was recently signed by British Prime Minister Theresa May, includes Rosneft executive chairman Igor Sechin, Evraz co-owner Arkadiy Abramovich, MegaFon primary shareholder Alisher Usmanov, Rusal owner Oleg Deripaska, as well as the brothers Arkady and Boris Rotenberg, who have all amassed wealth from Russian …

  • UK to strengthen its military presence in Estonia

    In 2019, Great Britain will strengthen its military presence in the Baltic States. 20 tanks will be deployed to Estonia, and the Royal Navy will conduct exercises in the Baltic Sea, reports ERR news agency, citing Gary Brooks, the British military attaché in Estonia.

    The UK will hold a rotation of British troops in Estonia in 2019. 10 tanks will be sent to Great Britain, and they will be replaced by 20 armored vehicles. From April to August, British fighter jets Eurofighter Typhoon will be …

  • European Union developed a plan against Russia’s disinformation

    The European Commission has developed a plan to tackle disinformation from Russia. Its main goal is to prevent the Kremlin from interfering during the European Parliament elections in May 2019, as well as during the elections in the European Union countries in 2020.

    The European Union is convinced that Russia is one of the main threats in regards to the production of disinformation, reports Radio Liberty.

    "Disinformation campaigns related to the war in Syria, the crash of flight MH17 in …

  • Russian oligarchs fleeing to London at record rate

    The UK remains the favorite “end point” for the money of wealthy Russians, who are buying residential and commercial property in the British capital, finanz.ru reports.

    In the third quarter, the demand from ethnic Russians for property in London spiked to a record high due to growing tension between Russia and the West.

    According to Knight Frank, one in every five houses in London costing more than £10 million was purchased by Russian citizens. In 2016, Russians accounted for only 6% of such …

  • Another head of Russian intelligence dies

    For the second time in three years, the head of Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) has died. According to the official explanation, Colonel General Igor Korobov died after a “severe and lengthy illness”. However, several sources in the media believe that his health only started to deteriorate after he was taken to task by Vladimir Putin.

    Igor Korobov was appointed head of the GRU in January 2016, replacing the recently deceased Igor Sergun.

    During his time in the position, Korobov …

  • Great Britain promises to strengthen its assistance to the Ukrainian army

    The press service of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine reported that the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and the Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom announced their intention to strengthen cooperation. One of the priorities is to increase the United Kingdom’s presence in the framework of operation Orbital.

    Since the beginning of this program in 2015, British instructors have trained 9.5 thousand members of the Armed forces of Ukraine (as of September 2018). At first, they first taught …

  • Ukraine considers buying light weapons from Canada

    Ukraine is negotiating with Canadian arms producers the possibility of purchasing light weapons, said in an interview with the UNN news agency the political counselor to the Canadian embassy in Ukraine and head of the foreign policy and diplomacy department, Rouslan Kats.

    “About a year ago Canada included Ukraine in the list of countries that Canadian companies can sell weapons to (Automatic Firearms Country Control List). This was not allowed before,” said Kats.

    According to him, this allows …

  • Austria accuses Russia of espionage

    Six months after the attempted poisoning of the former double agent Sergei Skripal in the UK, Russia found itself in the middle of a new “espionage scandal.”

    The Austrian Defense Ministry on Friday reported the arrest of a 70-year-old retired colonel, who engaged in espionage for Russia more than 20 years.

    “The military counterintelligence service through international cooperation opened the espionage case. The retired officer of the Austrian army from the 1990’s spied on the Bundesheer ( …

  • Russia detains persons involved in leaking Skripal poisoners’ personal data

    The Russian news outlet Rosbalt reports that the FSB has identified those involved in leaking the personal data of Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov, who were accused by London of poisoning former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal.

    According to the agency, the FSB officers executed more than 60 warrants over a “short period” aimed at stopping the leaks the data. “First of all, they came to private detectives and the so-called "pushers", those who were known to sell data from closed databases,” …

  • US promises new Russia sanctions every two months

    The US will continue its systematic tightening of sanctions on Russia in order to force the Kremlin to change its policy towards Ukraine, US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine said at the Atlantic Council in Washington on Thursday.

    According to Volker, new sanctions will be imposed at a rate of “once every month or two”, in order to increase the pressure on Russia’s leaders.

    “We are increasing the pressure in order to force them to negotiate. This includes keeping US …