The Russian Central Electoral Commission has barred Aleksey Navalny from the presidential elections scheduled on March. But this is not the news. The possibilities in fact that the world famous opposition figure had to challenge Putin were non-existent. It is rather the sign that the Kremlin no longer even needs to maintain an appearance of free elections.
Another blow to the reputation of Ukrainian institutions was inflicted. After the EU decision not to transfer the last 600 million euro tranche of aid to Kiev because the Ukrainian government failed to implement reforms, and after the words of US secretary of state, Tillerson, casting doubts on fight against corruption, now Mihail Saakashvili slams Kyiv’s law enforcement.
Soldiers in camouflage with no insignia popped up in the streets of Luhansk and military vehicles patrolled the streets while the "prime minister" of the self-proclaimed popular republic reportedly fled to Russia. What is happening in the Donbass separatist territories seems like a coup. And maybe it is.
When Russia marks 100 years after the October Revolution, Russians are still ready to take the streets
Just on the day when Russia celebrates the centenary of the Bolshevik revolution, when the people raised their heads against power, a study shows that the Russians have not lost their will to manifest.
The Kremlin is preparing to launch at least 100 anonymous channels on Telegram, the encrypted instant messaging service, according to Russian Rbk financial magazine. One way to influence the 2018 presidential election campaign.
Strange how few, clear, words can be misled with dull budding. This is the case with the analysis by Michael Elleman, a senior fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), who points to arms dealers and international smugglers operating in Russia and Ukraine as responsible of North Korean missile technology leap.
The arrest of the Ukrainian suspected for the murder of Italian photographer Andrea Rocchelli and Russian journalist Andrey Mironov in Ukraine in 2014 triggered opposing reactions. Once again, fruit of the cheer on one side and the other. But we must not lose sight of the most important thing: truth for Andy and Andrey.
During a meeting of the Arctic Council in Fairbanks, Alaska, Sergey Lavrov reassured everyone: "There is no potential for conflict in the Arctic," he said. The day before, however, Moscow had set up the Arctic Forces for the first time on the Red Square, with Tor and Pantsir missile systems in white-gray camouflage.
On May 29th, during his visit to France, Putin showed his knowledge of history to French President Emmanuel Macron. "The ties between France and Russia have deep historical roots," Putin said. And to reinforce his assertion, he cited Anna of Kiev, the second wife of the king Henri I of France, who reigned for a decade during the 11th Century. For the occasion, the queen was renamed “Russian Anna”.