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Kremlin caught off guard by International Criminal Court’s arrest warrant for Putin
The decision of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to issue an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin was perceived by the Kremlin as the "most unexpected step" taken by the West, reports Meduza, citing sources close to the Russian presidential administration.
According to the interlocutors of the publication, the Russian authorities were not ready for such a situation. In addition, the possibility of Putin's arrest abroad confuses the Kremlin's plans to promote the image of the …
Media: Kremlin bribed EU officials to recognize Crimea as part of Russia
After the annexation of Crimea, a group of political technologists associated with the Russian government began to "restore" Russia's image abroad and ensure recognition of the "annexation" of the peninsula in the EU countries. Tens of thousands of euros were allocated for bribing European officials, according to a joint investigation of the Important Stories Project, the international Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), the Italian Association of Investigative Journalists …
Kremlin complains ‘friendly countries’ are refusing to do business with Russia
Countries friendly to Russia, such as China, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, turned out to be no so loyal to the Russian regime and, contrary to expectations, fully joined the Western sanctions against Russian banks, reports the Russian news agency RBC, citing Vice-President of Rosbank Alexander Rakhmanin.
"Russian companies, especially those involved in foreign economic activity, have a slightly erroneous impression that, roughly speaking, the Chinese banking system and the Chinese …
Kremlin blocks access to CIA and FBI websites in Russian territory for ‘spreading fake information’
Access to the websites of the Central Intelligence Agency and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation has been restricted in the territory of Russia, reports TASS, citing the Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor. According to Roskomnadzor, the sites were blocked for "spreading fake information."
According to the Roskomnadzor, materials "containing inaccurate socially significant information" aimed "at destabilizing the social and political situation in Russia" were found on the websites …
Families of top Russian officials enjoy western life style as Kremlin promotes the image of ‘hostile West’
Russia's unprecedented confrontation with the West apparently does not apply to the children of the Russian top officials. While the Kremlin officials "surrounded by enemies" continue to promote among the Russian population the image of the hostile West, their sons and daughters live quietly abroad and hold citizenships of these "hostile countries".
Telegram channel Ateo published a list of former and current Russian politicians, ministers and MPs whose children live abroad.
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Kremlin bans Russian media from reporting about mobilization
The Kremlin has banned government-controlled media outlets from reporting about the mobilization, reports Moscow Times, citing two anonymous sources in the government media.
This decision came from the presidential administration amid rumors about the second wave of conscription and the order to increase the number of the Russian army by 350 thousand people. "Before that, we could write about the current mobilization, and about possible scenarios and forecasts. Now all forecasts are stopped. …
Kremlin: the West can convince Zelensky to negotiate with Putin
The Kremlin welcomes any peacemaking efforts aimed at resolving the situation in Ukraine and does not mind that Western politicians "lure" Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to the negotiating table, said at a briefing the press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov.
"You know, President Putin has repeatedly said that we are always happy to welcome any efforts in terms of peacekeeping and support such efforts. As for luring someone, it is better to lure President Zelensky …
Media: Putin concerned about growing alcohol abuse among Russian elite
Russian President Vladimir Putin is concerned about the increasing alcohol abuse among his "inner circle" and the top leadership of the Russian Federation, reports Meduza, citing several sources close to the presidential administration.
According to two sources, Putin began to pay special attention to the problem of alcohol abuse, because Russian officials began to drink alcohol much more often and more amid the ongoing war in Ukraine. The Russian President is particularly concerned about the …
Kremlin: Russia lost access to 50 percent of its foreign exchange reserves
Due to sanctions, Russia can not use almost half of its gold and foreign exchange reserves, about $ 300 billion, said the Russian Finance Minister, said Anton Siluanov on air of TV Channel Russia 1.
"That's about half of the reserve we had. We have about $640 billion in total. About $300 billion of the reserve is now in such a state that we cannot use it," Siluanov said.
He noted that Russia holds a part of the gold and foreign exchange reserves in yuan. Because of this, the West is trying to …
Kremlin admits Russia is not ready to lose access to foreign software
U.S. threats to impose tough technology sanctions in the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine with a ban on the supply of chips and a possible disconnection from foreign software cause concern among the Russian authorities.
The newspaper Kommersant reports, citing sources in the Russian government and in the IT market, that the Russian Cabinet of Ministers is working on possible scenarios in the event that the supply of microelectronics to Russia is stopped, and Russian companies lose …