Putin fires Prosecutor General

Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested to the Federation Council that Yury Chaika be removed from the position of prosecutor general of Russia, which he has held for nearly 14 years.

Chaika “will move on to other work”, the Kremlin’s press service told Interfax. To replace him, Putin has nominated Igor Krasnov, Deputy Chairman of Russia’s Investigative Committee, the press service noted.

44 year-old Krasnov worked from 1997 to 2007 in the prosecution offices, after which he moved to …


Ukraine to initiate talks with Normandy Four leaders on deteriorating Donbas situation

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said during a joint press conference with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama that Ukraine plans to initiate new talks with Germany and France regarding the non-implementation of the Donbas ceasefire agreements that were reached in Paris.

Prystaiko pointed out that this weekend in the eastern part of the Donbas, two Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 10 were wounded.

“As for the Minsk process and the intensification of the shooting – we are alarmed by …


Iran used Russian satellite navigation system during the attack on US military bases in Iraq

Israeli news outlet Debka reports, citing unnamed sources in the Russian Defense Ministry, that Iran used Russian space technology to strike U.S. military bases in neighboring Iraq.

"Russian military sources said that, during the Iranian missile attack on two U.S. air bases in Iraq, on January 8, it was Russia that provided support to Iran. Russian sources claim they had given Iranians access to the Russian global navigation network, GLONASS, which is the Russian equivalent of the American GPS …


Russian ex-Prime Minister Medvedev nearly disrupted Russian banking system before his resignation

Former Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s frantic attempts to bring national projects back on schedule in the last few weeks of December were a severe trial for the Russian banking system, and even major banks like Sberbank and VTB experienced a record number of disruptions, reports finanz.ru.

According to the Russian Finance Ministry, in order to implement the budget in December, the government had to spend 4.14 trillion rubles (around $67.3 billion), triple the average amount for the …


Putin’s spokesman’s daughter talks of mayhem in Russia which 'comes from law enforcement'

Elizaveta Peskova, the daughter of Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov, told Forbes in an interview that in Russia a “specific mayhem” comes from the law enforcement organs.

“In Russia there is a specific mayhem which no adequate, civilized person will be indifferent towards, and this mayhem comes from the law enforcement organs,” she said. During the interview she did not clarify exactly when or how this mayhem manifests itself.

She mentioned the “mayhem” when asked by the correspondent to …