• Russian parliament introduces bill which would prohibit dissemination of information conducive to anti-Russian sanctions

    The Russian State Duma introduced a draft bill that would ban media and Internet sources from disseminating information that could lead to sanctions being introduced against Russia, reported RIA Novosti.

    It was clarified that the draft bill was introduced to meet the “increasingly relevant need to counter sanctions.”

    “It seems appropriate to impose a direct legislative ban on information that could lead to sanctions, on information related to sanction violations and on information related to …

  • Russia’s largest petrochemical project declared unprofitable

    The Russian oil company Rosneft has abandoned its plans to invest in the Eastern Petrochemical Complex (EPC) in the Far East, the company’s first vice president Pavel Federov said in a conference call, finanz.ru reports.

    The $12 billion project, which was meant to be built in Primorsky Krai and become Russia’s largest petrochemicals cluster, was found to be unprofitable.

    The complex, which was expected to include oil refineries with a total annual capacity of 12 million tons and 3.4 million …

  • Ukraine, along with 5 countries, exposes international criminal cyber network

    A coalition of six countries: the USA, Germany, Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova and Bulgaria, working with the assistance of Eurojust and Europol, exposed the activities of international criminal cyber network GozNym which used malicious software to steal almost $100 million.

    This was announced at a press conference held on April 16 in The Hague (Netherlands) at Interpol headquarters as reported by Interfax-Ukraine.

    Representatives from the law enforcement agencies of the countries which took part …

  • Putin: 150 ballistic missile launches detected by Russian radar systems over 3 years

    During a meeting on defense in Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that for three years the launches of 150 ballistic missiles were tracked using the space system of early-warning radars, reports RBC news agency.

    "During the past three years, it has recorded, in a timely manner, that is, according to standards, the launches of over 150 ballistic missiles and carrier missiles of both Russian and foreign origin," said Putin.

    The meeting in Sochi is devoted to the orbital component of …

  • Russia conducts aviation exercises in Crimea to counter reconnaissance aircraft

    The Russian Air Forces conducted a training exercise to destroy a foreign reconnaissance aircraft in the Crimea, which "violates the state border in the airspace over the Crimean Peninsula," reported the press-service of the Russian Ministry of Defense.

    It also reported that the so-called "the Wall" tactic was practiced during the training.

    "The joint command involved equipment of radio reconnaissance and air defense of more than 30 warships, six divisions of Coastal Missile Systems Bal and …

  • US State Department prepares second package of sanctions against Russia for Skripal poisonings

    The US Department of State sent a second package of sanctions related to the poisonings of a former officer of the Main Intelligence Directorate of Russia, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter which took place in the UK to the head of department, Mike Pompeo, and the president of the United States, Donald Trump.

    Deputy Secretary of State Andrea Thompson spoke on the issue at a Senate hearing, as reported by Radio Svoboda.

    Thompson called the new sanctions part of an expanded strategy towards …

  • Classified information on Russian satellites leaked online

    The administrative collapse of Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, is gaining momentum.

    Following the theft of billions of rubles from construction projects and the disappearance of a senior manager abroad to avoid the consequences of an audit, classified information about the agency’s upcoming satellite launches has now been leaked on the internet.

    The leak was reported to RIA Novosti by Saturn, a Roscosmos subsidiary that develops solar and rechargeable batteries.

    The published …

  • NATO representatives to attend Zelensky's inauguration

    Assistant Secretary General of NATO, Ambassador Alejandro Alvargonzalez will represent NATO at the inauguration ceremony of the newly elected President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

    "Assistant Secretary General of Department of Political Affairs and Security Policy Ambassador Alejandro Alvargonzalez will represent NATO at the inauguration of President Zelensky. During his stay in Kyiv, Ambassador Alvargonzalez will also participate in the reception dedicated to the 70 …

  • Oligarch Kolomoisky returns to Ukraine

    The Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky has flown to Ukraine from Israel, theBabel reports. He arrived at the Dnipropetrovsk Airport on a Privat Group plane with the registration number UR-PRT.

    Kolomoisky confirmed that he has “returned” to Ukraine. When asked what he would do first, he responded that he does not know.

    The Ukrainian-Israeli oligarch had said previously that he intends to return to Ukraine after the inauguration of President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky.

    Yuriy Butusov, director-in- …

  • Media: Council of Europe paves way for possible lifting of sanctions against Russia

    The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe supported the draft decision to change the imposing of sanctions against countries that violate the Charter of the Organization. According to Ukrayinska Pravda, this decision allows Russia to return to the Council of Europe under an emergency procedure.

    The Committee met in Strasbourg on Tuesday, May 14. According to sources, 39 of the 47 Member States supported the draft of Ministerial decision.

    The central idea of the decision is to …