Contents tagged with Elections

  • Switzerland imposed sanctions against Russian deputies elected in the Crimea

    Switzerland has expanded its list of people who will not be able to bypass the US and EU sanctions imposed because of aggression by the Russian Federation in Ukraine, according to the Swiss state secretariat for economic affairs.

    The names of six people who were recently elected as deputies of the State Duma of the Russian Federation in the Crimea and Sevastopol were added to the list.

    “On November 17, 2016, the Federal Department of Economics, Education and Research (EAER) amended the list …

  • German special service fears that Russia may intervene in election

    The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution of Germany is concerned that Russia may interfere in the 2017 Bundestag election campaigns.

    “Last year, we saw that Russia influenced the formation of public opinion in Germany. We are concerned that the same might happen next year,” this was said by the president of the agency, Hans-Georg Maaßen, during an interview with Reuters.

    As an example of this, Maaßen mentioned the alleged kidnapping of a Russian girl named Lisa in Berlin. At …

  • The US imposed sanctions against six Duma deputies in the Crimea

    The United States imposed sanctions against Russian State Duma Deputies who were elected in the annexed Crimea, as reported on the website of the US Treasury.

    The sanctions list indicates the names of six Crimean Deputies: Ruslan Balbek, Dmitry Belik, Ruslan Baharev, Svetlana Savchenko, Andrei Kozenko, and Pavel Shperov.

    On November 9th, the European Union included the Deputies elected in the occupied Crimea to the State Duma on the anti-Russian sanctions list. At September's parliamentary …

  • Russian Foreign Ministry: FBI is exerting pressure on Russian diplomats to prohibit them from monitoring polling stations

    The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, posted on Facebook that the FBI is exerting direct pressure on Russian diplomats to prohibit them from coming to the polling stations of the US presidential elections on the 8th of November.

    According to Zakharova, FBI agents “with undisguised threats” made it clear that it is better for Moscow not to show interest in the US elections.

    Zakharova asked “what would a foreign diplomat see at the polling stations and …

  • Ukrainian-Americans could have an impact on the election in battleground states

    While Hillary Clinton’s lead over Donald Trump has narrowed over the last week and a half, many observers have pointed out the fact that, due to the abnormal nature of this particular election, polling organizations may not be gathering accurate data on the voting populace. An example of this oversight which has been covered in the media is the early signs of a surge in Latino early voting- a population that, generally speaking, supports the Democratic Party. The rise in early Latino voters …

  • Foreign Minister Klimkin excluded the possibility of holding elections in the Donbas

    Even if all the security arrangements are fulfilled, elections will not be held in the so-called “grey zones,” which have been occupied by Donetsk and Luhansk separatists since September 2014. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, explained the matter on the Channel 24 TV program Levyi Bereg with Sonya Koshkina on the 27th of October, 2016.

    "Even if we hold the elections according to all security conditions in all the gray zones that were occupied after September, 2014, …

  • Kyiv raises question of abolishing 'quasi-state structures' in the Donbas

    During a Trilateral Contact Group meeting in Minsk, the aim of which was to find a peaceful settlement of the situation in Donbas, Ukraine raised the question about the possibility of abolition of the “quasi-state structures” of certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions (ORDLO). This was said by Daria Olifer, who is the press secretary of the Group’s Ukrainian representative, Leonid Kuchma.

    “It is impossible to hold elections on a territory that is not controlled by the Ukrainian …

  • Klimkin: Elections in the Donbas are a 'distant prospect'

    Holding elections in the Donbas is a distanct prospect, as stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, to the Verkhovna Rada during an hour of questions to the government on Friday, October 21.

    "As of today, we are very far from being able to move to the question of organizing elections since it is necessary to achieve all the required security needs. And the accomplishment of these conditions will be assessed both by us and the OSCE, in particular, by the Office for …

  • Peskov: Putin is ready to meet with Trump in Russia

    The Press Secretary for the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Peskov, said that Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to meet with the candidates for U.S. President, Interfax reports.

    "I want you to note the words of President Vladimir Putin. He is ready to welcome and communicate with any candidate who advocates for the development of relations and dialogue between our two countries. Russia is looking for good relations, seeking cooperation. Accordingly, Moscow is willing to …

  • Poroshenko: Russia supported creation of armed OSCE mission in the Donbas

    It was decided during the Berlin meeting of the Normandy Four, which consisted of the leaders of Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia, that the so-called armed OSCE police mission will be deployed to the Donbas. The mission will ensure that the region will be prepared for the local elections that will be held there. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said this at a press conference on the 20th of October after the meeting.

    “We also agreed that no one will interfere with the work of the OSCE. …