Contents tagged with Russia

  • Russian citizen sent to psychiatric hospital for demanding separation of Siberia from Russia

    Angarsk City Court has referred a local resident who called for the separation of Siberia from Russia to involuntary treatment, said the Prosecutor's Office of the Irkutsk region.

    The Court found that citizen A. appealed on the Internet in January 2016 for the creation of a separate republic stretching from the Urals to the Pacific. Criminal proceedings were instituted against him under Part 2 of Art. 280.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Public calls for action aimed at …

  • Estonian Ministry of Defense: Russia is ready for military intervention in Belarus

    Russia is ready for military intervention in Belarus, just as it did in Ukraine, if the political situation changes in an undesirable direction for the Kremlin, stated the head of the Estonian Defense Forces, Lieutenant General Riho Terras in an interview with ERR.

    "Like Ukraine, Russia is planning military steps against Belarus if the political situation changes there. Russian military and security structures are preparing to intervene and conduct a military operation in Belarus if necessary. …

  • WikiLeaks publishes details on Russian state surveillance of citizens

    WikiLeaks has published “Spy files Russia” report disclosing information on the contractors who provide the technical implementation of the Russia’s state surveillance of its citizens. The site contains more than 200 documents dated between 2007 and 2015. The first release is devoted to the St. Petersburg-based company, Peter-Service, which was founded in 1992.

    The document states that the infrastructure of the System for Operative Investigative Activities (SORM) is developed by contracting …

  • Kremlin: Putin does not want to meet with Zakharchenko

    Russian President Vladimir Putin does not plan to meet with the leader of the separatist organization DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic), Alexander Zakharchenko, as stated by Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s Press Secretary, RIA Novosti reported. "No," Peskov said when asked about the possibility of Putin's meeting with Zakharchenko.

    Previously, Life.ru reported that Zakharchenko arrived in the Kremlin to attend the anniversary concert of Russian singer Joseph Kobzon.

    Earlier, Zakharchenko said that if …

  • Bomb threats cause evacuations throughout Russia

    People have been evacuated from dozens of buildings in several cities in Russia following bomb threat calls.

    As reported by the news agencies, the police are examining the shopping and office centers, public offices, railway stations, hotels and educational institutions in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tver, Vladikavkaz, Yaroslavl, Tula, Saratov, Smolensk, Vladimir, Kaluga and Kursk.

    The anonymous threats have been received by Russian law enforcement agencies since September 10. More than 200 …

  • Russian authorities in the Crimea announce further personnel reshuffle in cities and regions

    The Crimean authorities have assessed the results of the work of the heads of districts and cities, and according to the assessment, have not ruled out further personnel reshuffles, said chairman of the Russian parliament of the peninsula, Vladimir Konstantinov at a press briefing .

    "It has been three and a half years; enough time. And we, as a mature political organization, realize that during this period if the leaders do not show effective work, then there is very little chance that this …

  • Ukraine's Naftogaz files $5 billion lawsuit against Russia for seizing assets in Crimea

    Naftogaz has filed a lawsuit against Russia, demanding $5 billion of reimbursement for the loss of assets in annexed Crimea. The statement has been received by the tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague, Naftogaz’s press service reports.

    Alongside Naftogaz, six subsidiary companies took part in initiating the litigation: Chornomorneftegaz, Ukrtransgaz, Likvo, Ukrgazdobycha, Ukrtransnafta and Gaz Ukrayiny.

    According to the company, a court ruling is expected by the end of 2 …

  • Lithuanian President: Russia is rehearsing attacks on its neighbors

    The President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaite, speaking at the UN General Assembly, said that   Zapad-2017 joint exercises of Russia and Belarus are part of the information war and a rehearsal for a Russian attack on neighboring countries.

    "Today, the attention of the world is drawn to North Korea and other regions, but the same methods of blackmail and aggression are used in Ukraine and along NATO’s eastern border. About 100,000 Russian servicemen are taking part in Zapad-2017 exercises …

  • Kremlin: Russia’s assistance to separatist republics in eastern Ukraine will continue

    Russia has promised to continue providing assistance to residents of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, as stated by Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of the Russian President.

    In response to information that Russia intends to abandon the humanitarian support of the Donbas in favor of the Crimea and Kaliningrad, Peskov said that Russia would not do this.

    "Of course, no one will abandon in a difficult situation the inhabitants of the unrecognized republics of the DPR (Donetsk People’ …

  • Russian Foreign Minister: US is 'an uninvited guest' in Syria

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, during a meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, said that the United States is an uninvited guest in Syria, RIA Novosti reported.

    "We confirmed our position that, despite the recognition of the presence of the American coalition in Syria, it is still an uninvited guest," Lavrov told reporters after the meeting.

    "We see that this is a reality, and we see that this can be used to combat terrorism along with the actions that the Syrian army is …