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  • Russian Duma rules that foreign media can be recognized as foreign agents

    The State Duma of Russia, in its third and final reading, adopted an amendment that will allow the Russian Ministry of Justice to recognize foreign media as foreign agents, Dozhd TV reported.

    The vote was unanimous. A total of 414 deputies voted for the adoption of the law.

    According to the document, “legal entities registered in a foreign state” and “foreign structures without the formation of a legal entity” can be declared as foreign agents. The Ministry of Justice will be empowered to do …

  • Russia will undertake restructuring of Venezuela's debt

    Russia and Venezuela have signed an intergovernmental protocol to restructure Venezuela's debt, as  reported on the Russian Ministry of Finance's website.

    The new schedule assumes that a debt of $3.15 billion will be repaid within 10 years. The volume of payments will be minimal during the first six years.

    The Ministry of Finance explained that the restructuring of the debt "will allow for the allocation of funds for the development of the country's economy, to improve the debtor's solvency, …

  • After speaking with Putin heads of LPR and DPR agreed to prisoner exchange with Ukraine

    DPR leader Alexander Zakharchenko and LPR leader Igor Plotnitsky expressed support for a prisoner exchange with Ukraine, which was proposed by "Ukrainian Choice" movement leader Viktor Medvedchuk, during a conversation with President Vladimir Putin, as reported by the Kremlin’s Press Service.

    In their support for the initiative, the heads of the unrecognized LPR and DPR noted that they would need to work out this issue with Kyiv, the report said.

    It became known earlier that Russian President …

  • Media: Wagner Group commander becomes CEO of Putin’s friend’s catering business

    According to SPARK-Interfax, a person by the name of Dmitry Valeryevich Utkin became the CEO of LLC Concord Management and Consulting on November 14, replacing Anastasia Sautina. The new manager’s name and patronymic coincide exactly with those of the presumed commander of the Wagner Group private military company.

    RBC news agency sent an official information request to Yevgeny Prigozhin’s representatives. An RBC source close to Prigozhin confirmed that the new CEO is in fact the Wagner Group …

  • RT reports to the US Justice Department that it does not have sufficient data on its Russian-based funding sources

    Documents containing information on financing of the RT (Russia Today) television channel have appeared on the website of the US Department of Justice, just one day after the company registered as a Foreign Agent under the relevant law (FARA).

    The documents suggest that RT does not know the Russia-based sources from which it receives money that helps finance its work.

    The television channel explains in its registration statement that the American structure behind it, T&R Productions LLC, …

  • Dutch government: Russia trying to influence public opinion about MH17 crash

    Russian security services are spreading false news in the Netherlands to influence public opinion in the country, as stated by the Minister of the Internal Affairs of the Netherlands, Kajsa Ollongren, reports Dutch News.

    "The Netherlands is being monitored by the Russian security services among others;" the minister said, and noted that "we should not assume Russia is the only one.”

    According to Ollongren, spreading disinformation is not a new phenomenon, but it is "easy, anonymous, fast and …

  • Media: during the meeting between Volker and Surkov the US suggested to expand the area of the peacekeeping mission in Donbas

    The Americans have proposed to expand the powers and the zone of presence of UN peacekeepers in the Donbas, as reported by Interfax citing a source familiar with the negotiations between the Russian Presidential aide, Vladislav Surkov and US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations, Kurt Volker.

    According to the source, during the meeting, the United States proposed amendments to the Russian draft resolution on the deployment of the UN peacekeeping mission in Eastern Ukraine.

    "Among …

  • Ukrainian diplomats boycotted Russian concert in Washington in protest against annexation of Crimea

    In Washington, Ukrainian diplomats refused to attend the Concert for Unity, organized by the United States and Russia, in which musicians who supported the annexation of the Ukrainian Crimea participated, as posted on Facebook by the press service of the Ukrainian Embassy in the US.

    It was noted that on November 13th, in Washington, there was a concert featuring Russian pianist Denis Matsuev, Russian conductor Valery Gergiev, and the Mariinsky Theater Symphony Orchestra. According to the …

  • Medvedev says EU attempting to force Russia to abandon Nord Stream 2

    The EU is expanding the requirements of the Third Energy Package to force Russia to abandon the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, as stated by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev after participation in the ASEAN summit and the East Asian summit in the Philippines, TASS news agency reported.

    “In all likelihood, this is a way of putting pressure on our country to either force us to abandon the construction of the second line of Nord Stream, or somehow complicate this work,” …

  • Lavrov calls 'US mentees' the most dangerous militants in Syria

    The greatest danger in Syria is posed by the foreign terrorists who have sided with the US-backed armed opposition groups, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a press conference in Moscow, Interfax reports.

    “If we look at who poses the greatest danger, it is the United States’ mentees, various foreign terrorists and militants who find their way into the armed opposition groups which the US supports,” Lavrov observed.

    When asked about the presence of Iranian forces in Syria, Lavrov …