Contents tagged with Russia

  • PACE preparing a discussion on the possibility of restoring Russia’s membership in the organization

    The Standing Committee of the Parliament Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has received a request to hold an extraordinary meeting to consider lifting sanctions on the Russian Federation and to reinstate its delegation on the assembly’s panel.

    The debate over lifting the sanctions was set on the agenda of the PACE’s Standing Committee meeting to take place on November 24th in Copenhagen.

    There is no direct mention of Russia on the agenda. The agenda item is listed as Defending the …

  • Russian billionaire detained in France over tax evasion

    Russian businessman Suleyman Kerimov, a member of Russia’s Federation Council was detained in Nice, France, TASS reported with reference to the press service of the Russian Embassy in France.

    "Suleyman Kerimov was detained late in the evening of November 20 at Nice airport. He was transferred to the police station," the diplomatic mission announced.

    The French have not officially reported any charges or allegations against Kerimov. The Russian Senator is currently in police custody in Nice. …

  • Media: Kremlin gave LPR leader Plotnitsky final chance to rectify situation in the republic

    In the conflict between the head of the self-declared Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) Igor Plotnitsky and LPR Interior Minister Igor Kornet, whom Plotnitsky fired, the Kremlin has sided with the latter, a source close to Russian Presidential Aide Vladislav Surkov told RBC news agency.

    The source noted that Plotnitsky is not yet being threatened with dismissal – he has been given a “final chance”.

    “If Donetsk is quite independent from the Kremlin, and essentially their relationship can be …

  • Poroshenko convenes emergency meeting of National Security Council as Russian tanks cross Ukrainian Border in Luhansk region

    Due to the aggravation of the situation in certain districts of the Luhansk region, President Poroshenko convened an emergency meeting of the Military Cabinet of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, as reported by the press service of the President.

    Heads of law enforcement agencies reported to the President about the latest developments, in particular the illegal crossing of the Ukrainian border by the Russian tanks in the Krasnodonsky district of the Luhansk region, as well …

  • Complaint filed with FSB in response to speech given by Russian student at Bundestag

    Elena Kukushkina, a Deputy of the Legislative Assembly of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug (Russia), has filed a complaint with the Prosecutor's Office regarding a student from Novy Urengoy who spoke at a meeting of Russian and German children at the German Bundestag on the Day of Sorrow,Komsomolskaya Pravda has reported.

     Around the same time, Yekaterinburg-based blogger Sergei Kolyasnikov filed a complaint with the FSB.

    Nikolai Desyatnichenko, a pupil of Novy Urengoy Gymnasium No. 1, …

  • Russian Media: Russia continues to test new weapons in Syria

    The newest Russian Stupor electromagnetic gun was sent to Syria for testing in the field. The new equipment will be used by Syrian special forces units, who are fighting in advanced positions, reports Russian Federal News agency.

    In battles against ISIS militants, Russia has used a number of new weapons developed by the defense industry that had never been used before in combat conditions. In particular, the new weapons include multi-purpose Su-30SM and Su-35S fighter jets, and X-101 cruise …

  • Russian Deputy Defense Minister inspects Russian military units in Crimea

    Russian Deputy Defense Minister Dmitry Bulgakov visited annexed Crimea to inspect the military units, Russia’s Interfax reported.

    “The Deputy Minister inspected the condition of the car park, barracks, canteen and other military administration facilities of the 810th Naval Infantry Brigade and the 126th Coastal Defense Brigade of the Black Sea Fleet,” Interfax cites a defense ministry official as saying. According to him, Bulgakov also inspected the results of the diagnostics and the …

  • U.S. blocks Russian resolution in UN Security Council

    The United States blocked a proposal by Russia in the UN Security Council that was connected with the attack on the Russian embassy in Damascus, Interfax reports.

    The press secretary of Russia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Fyodor Strzhalkhovsky, said that the draft of the UN Security Council press statement proposed by Russia, condemning the attack by terrorists on the Russian embassy in Damascus on November 20, was again blocked by the American delegation.

    “This is yet another …

  • Russian embassy in Syria comes under mortar fire

    On Monday, November 20, the Russian embassy in Damascus (Syria) came under mortar fire. 

    Diplomats report that 122mm shells hit the territory of the embassy and caused some damage. Specifically, the fence, the building’s wall, power lines and the water supply system were damaged. No one was hurt.

    “We hope that our Western colleagues who are active in the Syrian issue on the UN Security Council will not keep silent, but have the courage to make an appropriate public assessment of the incident …

  • President of European Council: Poland’s policy is similar to Kremlin’s plan

    European Council President Donald Tusk criticized Poland for a number of disagreements with the EU. He believes that some controversial decisions by the country’s leadership may be related to the “Kremlin’s plan”, he wrote on his Twitter.

    “Strident dispute with Ukraine, isolation in the European Union, walking away from rule of law and judicial independence, attack on non-governmental sector and free media. Law & Justice strategy or Kremlin plan? Too similar to sleep well.,” Tusk wrote. …