Contents tagged with Russian

  • Crimean authorities consider using cryptocurrency instead of US dollars

    The Deputy Chairman of the Crimean Council of Ministers, Georgy Muradov, said that Crimean authorities appealed to the General Director of the Russian Agency for Strategic Initiatives Svetlana Chupsheva with a request to support the initiative for the creation of a regional experimental cryptocurrency platform, reports finanz.ru.

    On April 19, advisor to the Russian President Sergey Glazyev proposed to introduce digital money technologies in the Crimea to reduce cross-border restrictions and …

  • Kremlin: Estonia’s non-recognition of Russian passports is a ‘humanitarian blockade of the Donbas’

    The Russian embassy in Tallinn has commented on a decision by the Estonian Foreign Ministry not to recognize Russian passports issued to inhabitants of the Ukrainian Donbas.

    “It is regrettable that Estonia continues to persistently fight to lead the race among EU countries on the anti-Russian track. We are convinced that the Estonian authorities’ effective participation in the humanitarian blockade of the Donbas, which for more than five years has been deprived of government and banking …

  • Kremlin: US sanctions powerless to punish Russia

    The new round of US sanctions aimed at banning American banks from participating in the initial placements of Russian government eurobonds demonstrates the “failure” of Washington’s attempts to pressurize Moscow, said Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova.

    The sanctions that make it harder for the Russian government to acquire new dollar-denominated debt are “nothing particularly new”, said Zakharova in a comment published on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website.

    “For a long …

  • Kyiv: Russia amassing troops near Mariupol and Kharkiv

    Deputy Commander of the Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation Major-General Bogdan Bondar said  during a broadcast of Hromadske.TV that Russia is amassing troops along the Ukrainian-Russian border near Mariupol and Kharkiv.

    According to Bondar, Russia has  been gradually doing this from the beginning of the conflict in the Donbas.

    "At the beginning of the conflict, they also had limited opportunities. However, during this time, they have built training ranges, places for the deployment of military …

  • Russian citizen in Lithuania sentenced to 10 years in prison for espionage

    Russian citizen Nikolai Filipchenko has been sentenced by the district court of Vilnius (Lithuania) to 10 years in prison on charges of espionage, Delfi news agency reports.

    According to investigators, Filipchenko, who was detained in Lithuania in 2015, is an employee of the Russian FSB.

    The Lithuanian Prosecutor General's Office detained him on a transit train during a trip through Lithuania from the Kaliningrad region to Belarus. The Russian citizen, according to the Prosecutor's Office, …

  • Bulgarian airespace is closed to Russian fllights

    Bulgaria has closed the country's airspace to Syrian-bound Russian flights.

    Bulgarian authorities have not given any reason for refusal to provide an airspace to  two Russian flights.The planes will have to take an alternate route over Iran.Russian Federation has submitted a request to Bulgarian authorities to provide airspace to  two Russian flights to deliver humanitarian aid to Syria.Bulgarian authorities have  refused to provide an airspace  without giving an official reason.On Monday, …