Contents tagged with Russia

  • NATO looks to actively combat Russian propaganda

    The North Atlantic Alliance intends to confront the use of information for military purposes.  This was reported by Reuters in reference to a draft of a document containing the basis of the NATO information policy.  It is also reported that the Alliance believes that Russia will possibly use TV and the Internet as weapons for propaganda.

    Furthermore, NATO intends to reveal important information about the possible military activities of enemies more efficiently in order to confront this tactic.  …

  • The ICC in The Hague to begin investigation into war crimes in South Ossetia

    The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has made the decision to start an investigation into the war crimes committed in South Ossetia in 2008.

    On the 27th of November 2015, the Pre-Trial Chamber of the ICC authorized the Prosecutor to initiate an investigation into these crimes under the ICC jurisdiction.  These crimes were allegedly committed in Georgia and linked to South Ossetia.  They allegedly occurred between the 1st of July and the 10th of October 2008.

    The court stated …

  • Russian Authorities Refuse To Reopen Investigation into Deaths of 159 Servicemen

    Employees of the Main Military Prosecutor's Office, who oversaw the inspections and criminal cases on the death of 159 soldiers in the period from 1 January 2014 to 30 July 2015, did not reveal any violations of the law. They confirmed the legality of the decisions taken. This was the official reply of Major General Justice Maxim Toporikov, Russia’s Chief Military Prosecutor to Human Rights Council President Sergey Krivenko.

    "The circumstances of the death of Russian servicemen specified in …

  • Georgian Deputy FM: Russian Propagnda Is a Threat to All of Eastern Europe

    Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Gigi Gigiadze said that all countries that seriously intend to counter Russian propaganda "must develop special methods and practices.” Gigiadze called Russian propaganda "a threat to the whole eastern Europe.”

    Georgiy Kolabadze, a correspondent of Radio Liberty, reported that the Georgian diplomat made his remarks at a presentation of "Hard and Soft Russian Threats in Georgia" at the non-governmental organization "European Initiative—Liberal Academy Tbilisi” …

  • Patrushev: The US seeks the breakup of the Russian Federation

    The Secretary of the Security Council of Russia, Nikolai Patrushev, stated that the USA seeks to weaken Russia by breaking it up.  

    According to Patrushev, Americans want to gain access to the richest resources of the Russian Federation.  “The US Government specified its main objective – prevail in the world. That is why they don’t need a strong Russia. On the contrary, they want to weaken our country. Achievement of this objective by breaking up of Russia isn’t excluded. It would give the US  …

  • EUCOM: Defense against Russia is the US military's main priority in Europe

    The United States European Command (EUCOM) has updated its military strategy in Europe.  The resulting document, which was published on January 26th, lists six priorities to be adhered to for the next three to five years.  Deterrence against Russian aggression is at the top of this priority list.  The American Command stated that 2015 was the most difficult year since the end of the Cold War.

    The document also showed that the security situation in Europe has changed dramatically.  The American …

  • Activist charged under 'anti-protest law' flees Russia

    Civil activist, Iryna Kalmykova, who is accused of repeated violations of the procedure for the holding of protests, has left Russia with her son.

    “Hurrah! I’m in Ukraine,” wrote Kalmykova on one of her social networking pages.  She is currently in Kiev.  Moscow’s Tverskoy Court’s hearing on her case should have been held on Monday, but was adjourned to February 4th due to her absence.

    The case was brought against Kalmykova on June 8th.  The activist faces up to five years’ imprisonment under …

  • Putin praises Kadyrov as 'effective' and 'efficient'

    Russian President Vladmir Putin deemed the actions of Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of the Chechen Republic, as “effective”.  He cited this during the inter-regional forum of the All-Russia People’s Front, which was held in Stavropol.  

    Putin went on to state, “Those living there [in Chechnya] have done this.  Thanks to the first president of the Republic… to the current head, he is working efficiently.”

    On January 12th, Kadyrov called the representatives of Russian non-system opposition “public …

  • Four Russian Citizens Receive Political Asylum in Ukraine

    Four Russian citizens received political asylum in Ukraine in 2015, as reported by the head of the press service of the State Migration Service, Sergei Gunko.

    Refugee status was received by seven Russians; overall 86 Russian citizens requested asylum in Ukraine. As of January 1st, Ukraine is now home to 2,500 refugees and about 600 citizens who are in need of additional protection.

    Previously, the Director of the Department for Foreigners and Stateless Persons, Natalia Naumenko, said that …

  • Car production in Russia down 28% in 2015

    In December 2015, the production of passenger cars in Russia declined by 38.9% year-on-year and by 12.5% in comparison with the previous month.  These results were presented by the Federal State Statistics Service of the Russian Federation, the Rosstat.

    According the Rosstat, the production of passenger cars in Russia saw a general decrease of 27.7% from 2014.  This amounted to 1.2 million units.

    In addition, the country produced 131 000 trucks last year – 14.7% lower than the previous year.  …