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Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said that Western countries had frozen half of Russia's gold and foreign exchange reserves. According to him, this is about 300 billion US dollars.
“We have a total amount of reserves of about 640 billion dollars,” he specified in the “Moscow. Kremlin. Putin” program on the Russia 1 channel.
The Russian minister noted that under these conditions Moscow does not refuse obligations on the state debt, but will pay in rubles until Western countries unfreeze their gold and foreign exchange reserves.
Siluanov also said that the West began pressure China to restrict Russia's access to its yuan reserves.
Mikhail Podolyak. Photo: Wikipedia.org.
Advisor to the Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Mykhailo Podolyak said on the TV channel “Ukraine-24” that the mediating countries are helping to organize a meeting between Vladimir Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
According to Podolyak, Kyiv is now with the help of partners, mediators, is looking for a place where it would be possible to hold talks between the presidents of Ukraine and Russia, Vladimir Zelensky and Vladimir Putin.
“It could be Israel, it could be Turkey, and so on,” he said Podolyak.
He noted that the main thing is to develop a package of agreements that will take into account the positions of Ukraine and coordinate them.
“Then the presidents will be able to meet and work out the final provisions of the peace treaty”, – said the politician, suggesting that this is not so long, but not in the coming days.
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Ex-president accused the head of the White House of failing to lead at the “most important moment in history”
Former US President Donald Trump continues to use the Ukrainian conflict in order to smithereens smash “physically and mentally handicapped” Democrat Joe Biden, who he says is unfit to lead at “the most important moment in history.”
The events in Ukraine have become a serious factor in the internal political struggle in the United States. While both Republicans and Democrats agree in rare unanimity when it comes to maximum punishment for Russia, that bipartisan consensus ends when it comes to their own political capital.
Suffice it to recall that the Republicans tore their shirts, demanding from the Biden administration a harsh embargo on Russian energy — but as soon as the US president announced a ban on oil and gas imports from Russia, his opponents immediately accused him of hating the American middle class, suffering from rising fuel prices.
Of course, one cannot even speak of any, even the slightest, sympathy on the part of the republican camp in relation to Russia. The anti-Biden pressure of the Republicans is dictated by purely selfish motives: there is not much time left before the midterm elections to Congress, and they need to find gaps in the defense of the Democrats. And the administration has enough problems. Biden was forced to admit that ordinary Americans would also feel the pain of sanctions against Russia, and despite the fact that polls show that many US residents are willing to bear the cost to help Ukraine, the deterioration in the lives of ordinary people threatens to seriously damage the positions of the Democrats. (Similarly, part of Trump's defeat in 2020 was a consequence of the socio-economic crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic.)
And the main hater of the Democrats, who, apparently, does not abandon the idea of running for the 2024 presidential election, now clearly felt himself in his element. Donald Trump lashed out at President Joe Biden at his rally in South Carolina, criticizing the foreign policy of the head of the White House, trying on the role of “leader of the free world.”
“You can take five of the worst presidents in American history and they wouldn’t do the damage that Joe Biden did in just 13 months. We have a president representing our country at the most important moment in history, being physically and mentally handicapped, — quotes the press of the former US president.
Trump said that Biden during his presidency failed to keep Russia from acting in Ukraine. And he immediately boasted: “I was the only president in almost four decades who did not drag America into new conflicts.”
While denouncing the Russian military operation in Ukraine in harsh terms, Donald Trump said at the same time that it would not have happened if he was in the White House: “In fact, they never did this when I was there.”
The ex-President of the United States also pointed to the sanctions against Nord Stream 2 imposed by his administration as evidence that he was “tough” in relation to Moscow: “No one has ever been tougher in relation to Russia than me. I'm the one who stopped the pipeline. I didn't stop. I am the one who imposed all the sanctions.
Recall that last week US President Biden announced a ban on energy imports from Russia in response to Russia's unprovoked and bloody attack. Republicans have since renewed calls for more U.S. oil and gas drilling to alleviate high (even “sky-high” as Western media puts it) fuel prices that averaged a record $4.33 a gallon on Friday. p>
Trump, commenting on the actions of the owner of the White House, said that “the United States must immediately end Biden's ridiculous war on American energy carriers. We were energy independent. It's very simple. We must make our great energy workers drill, pump, produce, produce and process like never before.
The current president got it from the former and for the administration's attempts to secure oil supplies from Venezuela: “They are after Maduro, and now they suddenly say:” Forget about it. Forget what we've been saying the last long time… Forget the last 15 years, we would like to buy oil. We will pay you any price you want. Please, please, please sell us some oil. Please sell us some oil, we don't have it. He must think we're the dumbest people on earth,” — Trump continued to go bankrupt, criticizing Biden's search for alternative sources of hydrocarbons.
Before his speech at the rally, Trump gave a brief interview to the Right Side Broadcasting Network, criticizing Biden for his attitude towards Ukraine and stating that his behavior would give courage to the Xi Jinping-led China to seize Taiwan.
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“At this time, the appearance of such an Agreement would be extremely surprising”
On the eve of the fourth round of Russian-Ukrainian negotiations, encouraging news began to arrive from different sides: a compromise is possible and even its main outlines are clear . Such conclusions can be drawn on the basis of an interview with Mikhail Podolyak, an adviser to President Zelensky who takes part in the negotiation process. Now many are waiting for “light at the end of the tunnel”, so the optimistic forecasts of the representative of the Ukrainian president could ignite a “spark of hope”. Could… If not for the details of these revelations, which cut down all optimism in the bud.
So what exactly did Mikhail Podolyak say about the emerging progress? Without going into details, he said that the main parameters of future agreements had already been outlined. “We discussed all the issues, we are now trying to pack these issues into some legal formats,” he says. The Ukrainian side in this process is interested in several aspects: the cessation of hostilities, the withdrawal of Russian troops, compensation for the damage caused and the provision of guarantees that this will not happen again. The Ukrainian media previously reported on the conditions set by Russia – Ukraine's recognition of Crimea as part of the Russian Federation, Kiev's recognition of the independence of the DPR and LPR within the administrative boundaries of the regions, and the status of the Russian language. And again, security guarantees for Russia, which should be the “denazification” and “demilitarization” of Ukraine, including the refusal to move to NATO.
As follows from Podolyak's further revelations, Ukraine is ready to talk about its neutral status, but not about complete “demilitarization”. Because, according to him, “we want to have a full-fledged good army that will have a defensive defensive potential. We see that it is necessary in the modern world.” Even more interesting is the “denazification”, which, according to the negotiator, “is no longer discussed at the negotiations.” Since “the Russian delegation proceeded from the false premise that we have some kind of glorification of fascism, Nazism, and so on. In our country, as it turned out… there are a number of European laws, where full-fledged prohibitions and condemnation of all manifestations of Nazism and fascism are written down. It is these two points that put an end to the optimistic forecasts of a speedy completion of the negotiations. There are laws prohibiting the glorification of fascism in Ukraine. But there are also torchlight processions, Nazi battalions, which are now preventing the exit of civilians along the humanitarian corridors, Bandera and Shukhevych streets. After all, we are not talking about what is written somewhere on paper, but about what exists in real life. There were also “Minsk Agreements”, but no one noticed them successfully for 8 years in Ukraine … Last night, President Zelensky again made a speech in which he openly threatened with reprisals to everyone who is now trying to “cooperate” with the Russian side. For example, the acting mayor of Melitopol, Galina Danilchenko, who, after the transfer of the city under the control of Russian troops, urged residents to start “improving life”. As it turned out, these appeals are not relevant in Ukraine now. An unenviable fate awaits all peacekeepers. And what then should be the “legal formats” to prevent this from happening?
There is no such talkative speaker on the Russian side who could outline the parameters of future agreements with Ukraine. There are only words that “there is progress.” And where and how fast we are moving – in complete fog. According to deputy director of the Institute of CIS Countries Vladimir Zharikhin: “The words of Zelensky’s adviser are just an element of bargaining during negotiations. To consider it as something real, I would not. It seems to me that the negotiations will last a little longer than Mr. Podolyak says.” Director of the Institute of Peacekeeping Initiatives and Conflictology Denis Denisov shares the same opinion. According to him, “in the realities that we can observe at the moment, the wording voiced by the representative of the negotiating group from Ukraine is bewildering. Maybe they would like to see such clauses in the document, but at this time the appearance of such an Agreement would be extremely surprising. It can be assumed that this is just a propaganda mechanism for demonstrating its position to the Russian side. Let's wait for the comments of the negotiators from the Russian side in order to understand how close this is to reality.”
“The image of a Chechen highlander is very densely embedded in the brain”
The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, arrived at the zone of the special operation. This is reported by Russian and Ukrainian telegram channels. According to preliminary data, Kadyrov is located in the vicinity of the village of Ivankovo, in the Boryspil district of the Kiev region. Local residents also managed to film the passage of a large convoy of cars flying the flags of the Russian Federation and the Chechen Republic. Earlier, the Chechen leader appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin with a request to give permission to complete the special operation in Ukraine.
Photo: vk. com/ramzan.
“I ask the Supreme Commander to let him finish the military operation against Bandera, against the Nazis, Azov and those shaitans who are from all over the world there,” Kadyrov said. According to him, nationalists pose a threat to the entire Russian state.
The news that Kadyrov himself is on the outskirts of Kiev has caused obvious concern among commentators in Ukrainian messengers.
Why Chechen special forces terrify the “defenders” of Ukraine, “MK” told a veteran of the special forces Sergei Kozlov.
– Traditionally, the historical image of the Chechen mountaineer is very tightly entrenched in the brains, including the Ukrainian people. This stereotype was especially clearly entrenched in them after the Chechen campaigns, when they showed what we are really capable of. At the beginning of the operation, when Kadyrov boasted about his fighters and asked to send them to solve the most difficult tasks, I already said then that they should be sent to clean up cities. Because it is already clear to everyone that these events should not take place the way we did initially. No need to go into residential areas with technology. A group of specially trained fighters should enter, capable of counteracting units acting from the enemy. In particular, I am now talking about Azov (recognized as extremist, banned in the Russian Federation), which was divided into reinforced platoon tactical groups and acted chaotically throughout the city. So, not tanks, but the same groups should fight it. That's the problem. But then it was only my thoughts, and the command of the special operation had its own.
– First of all, they are representatives of the National Guard, not attack aircraft. I repeat, their task is to clean up the liberated territories. They must “pick out” various terrorist groups and other evil spirits. Here is their task. Therefore, I think that “to take Kyiv in two days”, no one will give them. At least for now. Speaking about the level of training, I would not argue that they are more prepared than the same special operations forces. But the Chechens should not be underestimated either. I will say this, in order to fulfill the tasks assigned to them, they have the appropriate level of training.
-Because the Chechens “sausage” the Natsiks on the spot, without asking whether they will give up or not. They act more harshly. And rightly so.
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The first President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev. Photo: Alexander Astafyev
The nephew of the first President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kairat Satybaldyuly, was detained in Kazakhstan.
According to the Anti-Corruption Committee, the detainee is suspected of abuse of power and large-scale embezzlement from Kazakhtelecom JSC.
Currently, Kairat Satybaldyuly is in a temporary detention center.
The investigation is checking his involvement in other crimes that undermine the security of the state.
“Ordinary Canadians have no desire to fight the Russians”
The situation in Ukraine has changed the lives of millions of people. Including outside Russia and Ukraine themselves. Hundreds of thousands of our former compatriots began to move, divided into camps, wanting to participate in events both in word and deed.
Mikhail Kerbel is a well-known lawyer, writer, a native of the USSR, who has been living in Toronto, Canada for almost thirty years. He told how the Ukrainian and Russian diasporas react to the events in Ukraine, how families break up because of these events, how they relate to what is happening in North America in general, and how to deal with the information war and fakes.
– The situation is very, very difficult. Canadians learn about events in the world from television programs, which currently unanimously reflect the policies of the Canadian government. And it, in turn, supports the point of view of the US and EU governments on the events in Ukraine.
Therefore, judging by the poll of Canadian statistics, the vast majority of Canadians take the side of Ukraine. But at the same time, statistics show that a significant number of people are against sending Canadian troops. They don't want to fight.
I get calls from fishermen living in a remote province. Call friends from Toronto. Interested in more details of the ongoing conflict. And explaining to them the positions of both sides and the motives behind their actions is not so easy. Some people begin to understand, some don't.
– The entire 300,000-strong Ukrainian diaspora in Ontario, where I live, supports their compatriots not only morally. They are actively collecting money, sending parcels, organizing the reception of refugees through friends and relatives. I heard that some young men are going to go to Ukraine to fight. The other day, Ukrainians held a rally of many thousands at the Russian Embassy in Toronto, where a column of Russians with Russian flags also came. A collision was miraculously avoided.
These events greatly divided the people. I know families in which a mother, who is on the side of Russia, and a daughter, who sympathizes with Ukraine, quarreled sharply. Friends, who for many years helped each other in difficult times, have now stopped talking. And everyone has their own truth.
– Good question. The Russian-language newspapers in Toronto all, as one, express and have always expressed the point of view of the authorities, and there is no smell of objectivity there. At the beginning of my book, the riots that took place in the south of Ukraine in the late 70s are described. So, when the Western media learned about this, they fanned such a hysteria and exaggerated the scale of the rebellion so much that it hit the ears of the top leaders of the Soviet Union, and became one of the reasons for the tragedy of my main character Mark Rubin.
But Canadian news programs are much more objective. Just now I watched how they describe the opening by the Russians, I emphasize the Russians, of humanitarian corridors and a ceasefire. And how welcome the negotiations between the parties. But at the same time, they show reports of their correspondents from the scene of hostilities, destroyed residential buildings, cite numbers of civilian casualties, and this cannot but affect viewers.
I, of course, do not pretend to be objective , but it seems to me that this is the state of affairs in the information space.
– Fakes are large-caliber projectiles of the information war. No less cruel than ordinary war. And they hit the brains and hearts of people much more accurately and more painfully. A sober-minded person, after comparing the facts presented by different parties, eventually begins to understand and feel the lie.
– You know, I never felt any special disposition towards the Russians on the part of officials, officials, authorities. Rather, on the contrary. Russians who emigrated had to go through very dense filters of the immigration process. And if hundreds of thousands of Chinese, Indians, Filipinos passed through this filter, then Russians, at best, only hundreds.
Ordinary Canadians had no prejudice towards Russians. At least the ones that came my way. At that time, they identified with Russians both Ukrainians and Belarusians, and indeed all Russian-speaking emigrants from the Soviet Union. Neighbors, acquaintances, colleagues – what mattered to them was what kind of person you were. A smile on the face, openness, a desire to help – these features are inherent in most Canadians. Especially in the provinces.
– No one here expects a Russian attack. And no one is going to fight them – I'm talking about ordinary Canadians. And the government, like the US government, is not going to send troops to Ukraine. But now Ukrainians and Russians, of course, have been placed on opposite sides of the barricades. And the attitude towards these countries is different.
– The fact is that I did not often meet with recent emigrants. But once in the sauna of the gym I got into a conversation with a man of about forty-five. Named Pavel. He said that they – five friends of metallurgists from the Urals – came with their families together three years ago. Bought houses, started some business. And as a result: three families returned to Russia, and two remained. They remained mainly for the sake of children, their education and future life relatively without shocks. Canada is a quieter country, but also a lot more boring. As Pavel said: “There is no movement here, or I don’t see it.”
– To be objective, the fate of each person depends largely on him. From his character, energy, as well as caution and foresight. Indeed, in Canada, the hero of my book, Mark Rubin, makes many more mistakes than in his native land. And out of ignorance of the realities of Canada, and because of their excessive gullibility and impulsiveness. After all, he came to a country that occupied a place in the top three most convenient countries for living in the world.
And when on his way he met the same fraudulent builders as in his homeland, the same unscrupulous law enforcement officers, lawyers, etc., his opinion about the country is gradually changing. Plus, the protrusion and imposition of pseudo-liberal values that are alien to him, brought up in a conservative and traditional spirit, further aggravated the disappointment.
– I have always been outraged when athletes suffer because of political conflicts. A well-known fact is that when the Olympic Games were held in Ancient Greece, all wars stopped. And, of course, I feel sorry for the guys who gave so much strength and health to prepare for the Olympics and were thrown out of it by politicians. So what is their fault? That they were born in Russia?! And the purpose of all these sanctions against Russia is perfectly clear. But whether they will achieve their goal is a big question.
– Of course, it's not a matter of nationality. I will always remember the words of my father: “Misha, in the whole wide world there are only two nations: bad people and good people.” And then the performances of the masses were so rare that they were perceived as something out of the ordinary and plunged into shock. The same shock for me was the events of 2014 on the Maidan, when I saw live on TV how the blood of people was shed.
– For me, all this is terrible. On March 20, I should be awarded the medal of my favorite writer Dostoevsky. So in his novel “The Brothers Karamazov” there are poignant lines: “The happiness of the whole world is not worth one tear on the cheek of an innocent child.” And I agree with him a hundred thousand times! In any situation, the main thing is to remain human. Because both in my childhood and in my youth, and even now, I believed and still believe: sooner or later, good still triumphs over evil. Otherwise, humanity would not have been in our wide world for a long time.
Russia needs a new social contract
Of course, we need a new social contract. Not a piece of paper with signatures, but a common understanding and agreement on how to live on. Because it is obvious: the old weak-willed and dependent Russia is no more. And the old social contract, prolonged in 2014 by the Crimean consensus, has expired.
Some two weeks ago, our entire social structure looked very sad. The situation was something like this: there is a simple majority of the people – they are Russians (the broad masses of the people in the old terminology), there are fat cats (oligarchs, officials and oligarch officials) and there is a self-appointed “conscience of the nation”, she is also “Russian intelligentsia”. As a result of the actions of the authorities in the “dashing nineties” and “well-fed zero” to retain their own power, albeit crookedly, but there was a certain “stability”.
Shirnarmasses actually resigned themselves to the immutability of state administration, the impossibility of a “breakthrough” and a radical change in their own lives and, in principle, demanded only one thing: do not touch us, let us live at least like this, but calmly. And if you do not take the only exception – raising the retirement age – they all received it. And they also received endless promises and handouts in the form of unstructured social payments – so that there was a semblance of care and they didn’t stretch their legs at all.
At first, about twenty years ago, the authorities exchanged civil liberties among the population for at least some kind of stability (and one can understand fellow citizens who survived the 90s). Then, in order to quickly ensure a rise in living standards, she exchanged the technological sovereignty of the country for Western achievements: machine tools, aircraft, cars, clothes, food … And all these billionaire businessmen, market leaders, in fact, are not entrepreneurs at all. In serious American or Chinese capitalist companies, they would be trusted only with office cleaning. Because all they have learned to do well is to sit on public money and redirect it to their offshore pocket. And thanks to this, officials drew “upward” pictures of achievements and successes: here our industry is growing, here agriculture, here a purely Russian aircraft was made (75% of imported parts).
“Intelligentsia” … They ate three throats from the state hand and spoiled, spoiled and spoiled this very state in particular and the country as a whole. She called Russians genetic garbage, explained to the children that the history of their country is a bloody darkness, and they should be ashamed, mocked and laughed at Orthodoxy, at the Victory Day Parade and so on and so forth. She squealed about repressions, when they pressed fingers that had climbed too far into the treasury, tried to seize power, bringing immature minds to the streets. That is, she was doing everything that “Russian liberals” have been doing and are doing from time immemorial.
But the “stability”, directed by the Western hand to the collapse and annihilation of Russia, collapsed.
During the week, the exodus from the country of the “best people” continued, who here “smell of tarpaulin boots” (but for some reason the money received from these tarpaulin boots does not smell). Of course, among them there are people simply with a fine mental organization, who are simply scared. But there are also cute jokers and jokers who amused people on the evening airs of state channels, and now, being already in the Promised Land, they are happy to post videos on their social networks in which Russian soldiers are being killed.
Everyone should have a chance for repentance and the feat of return. But – and this is already part of the new social contract – now they should not receive a penny of state money. Not in any form. Earn yourself, with your creativity, if there are those willing to pay. Whether or not there will be will be seen very soon. Last week, after the final closure of Facebook and Instagram for permission to wish death on Russians, the migration of kreakles to domestic social networks began. And while we are watching a funny comedy: the most useless and senseless part of the creative class is rushing about, not understanding how it is now possible to earn money in the old way – without producing anything useful. By the way, I was very pleased with the wording of Roskomnadzor when closing Insta: the social network will be closed because it harms the mental health of the younger generation. They chimed in about it, chirped – finally got it.
But the same applies to the media and education. All this contagion, forever calling to apologize, planting a guilt and inferiority complex, whispering that 28 Panfilov's men are not heroes at all, should be removed from school textbooks, swept out of university corridors and auditoriums. And this is also part of the agreement: children should grow up with pride in their history, in their country. To become normal strong people, and not gender-neutral, body-positive, hypocritically tolerant globalist amoebas.
The most complex and most important part of the social contract is officials and power. Putin met with Lukashenka this week. Very important words were said there: together, united, we can achieve even greater success than the USSR. (By the way, this is how the anti-people information machine works on the sly: it was said that the Soviet Union achieved colossal successes under sanctions. But many, even state-owned media shamefully removed the word “colossal” from the quote.) Based on the results of the meeting, it became obvious that our highest management understands: it will not be the same way. Now – only themselves, only unconditional technological sovereignty, only hardcore.
However, officials, and in ministerial chairs too, are the real fifth column.
Where is the news that the production of the Il-96 (Putin flies on this one) and Tu-214 (and I flew to Egypt ten years ago) is being resumed for flights around the country, the production of small aircraft for regional aviation (and several of their models are already there are those who fly, including those abroad: they buy our planes there, but we don’t need it)? There are none. There is news about butting around the leasing of foreign aircraft: it is not good, they say, to select, we will quarrel, and we will not be able to serve. When it comes to them: they already quarreled, that's it, amba. Invent yourself how to serve – yesterday you still had to invent. Where is the news that factories, enterprises, fast food chains leaving Russia have been nationalized? There are none. A corresponding draft government decree appeared last week, but the RSPP immediately attacked it: we, they say, will offend our Western partners in this way – they suddenly want to return. Where is the news that space in shopping centers rented by Western stores is being handed over to Russian entrepreneurs (and we have excellent fashion designers, by the way)? Where is the news that new factories are already being built to produce their own paper for newspapers, magazines, and book printing?
Eh, after all, the field is unplowed – to enumerate and enumerate. And, most importantly, for all this – your own – there is money in the treasury. You can't miss this time. Those who are now looking with hope at the “partners” who have wiped their feet on us, are trying to sit out, wait, hope for the return of the old order – these are the enemies. They should fly out of their seats ahead of their own screech.
In the new social contract, in the public consciousness, it should be fixed: an official, a deputy, a civil servant is an employee. The person who serves. Serves the interests of the country and the people. He fills not his pockets, but the bins of the Motherland. Responds to the legitimate demands of people and accepts them for immediate execution. Ready to answer to people. They are for us, not we for them.
And now this is our task – to understand a simple thing for ourselves: we are the power here. Thirty years of national humiliation behind. The bureaucracy will change, the state will change – surprisingly, it was Putin who left him no other choice. Either our authorities will be for the people, or they will not be. Why? A simple logical chain – build it yourself. As Ramzan Akhmatovich says: whoever doesn't understand will understand.
We need to build a beautiful Russia of the future not in a narrow sense, but in the broadest sense. “Don’t touch us, let us live in peace” doesn’t work anymore. You need to shake off this numbness, not be afraid to demand, not be afraid to state your position. Do not be afraid to say loudly and firmly: this is my country. This is our country. We are the civilized world. And we are for peace. Therefore, it is our army that is now saving humanity from globalist degeneration. And understanding this is our part of the social contract.
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First Lady of Russia
On March 14, Naina Yeltsina will celebrate her 90th birthday. It is clear that not all compatriots will meet the news of this anniversary with delight. Such is she, the female share, the share of all first ladies – to share with her husband both the joy of victories and the bitterness of defeats. And Boris Yeltsin had, to put it mildly, no less of the latter than of the former. However, in fairness, Naina Iosifovna bears much less responsibility for her husband's policy than many other second half of the first persons.
Photo: Archive of the Presidential Center B.N. [email protected]
She was not a political wife. She was just a wife. Unlike, for example, the last first lady of the USSR. By the way, the irritation that Raisa Gorbacheva caused among the broad masses of Soviet workers with her too independent, defiant, in the opinion of the masses, behavior was not alien to the first President of the new Russia. Although, perhaps, not quite good feelings that Boris Yeltsin had for her husband, his “bosom” political enemy, simply spread to Raisa Maksimovna. Husband and wife, after all, as you know, one Satan.
“I don’t want to be gloating at all, to say some offensive words “after her,” Boris Yeltsin wrote about Raisa Gorbacheva in his book Notes of the President (1994). – But I know perfectly well that it was from the Gorbachev era that our women had a special, irritated attitude towards the “first lady”. And now, willy-nilly, they compare them with Naina … When Gorbachev came from work to the dacha – the guards told me about this – Raisa Maksimovna met him at the house and drove around – one, second, third circle: she relieved stress from her husband. This is a very important detail. During these walks, he told her all his day, literally to the minute. Thus, Gorbachev's wife was not only in the know, she was aware of everything. And sooner or later this could not but affect – and affected – his attitude to people, to appointments, to politics in general.
By and large, such a characterization – a retelling of rumors and gossip about relations within the family of the defeated leader of the USSR – exposes Yeltsin himself much more than the Gorbachev couple. Gives, in the words of the hero of a famous comedy, “such hostility towards the victim that I can not eat.” But this “holy” feeling was clearly mixed with the bewilderment of a person whose family is arranged in a completely different way. Whose wife knows her place and never “swims over the buoys.” And who sincerely does not understand that it could be otherwise.
“Naina does not pretend to be a politician, she never interferes in politics and she never gives me political advice,” the first President of Russia wrote further. – When I come home, sometimes my wife and daughters, too, turned on by TV, newspapers, news, rumors, rush with questions and exclamations: dad, how is it, but how is he, and what are you … I have to stop them quite abruptly : leave me alone, I don't need politics at home.”
True, Yeltsin nevertheless acknowledged the existence of “applicants who convey to Naina Iosifovna requests, notes, various projects.” He explained his wife's compliance by the fact that she simply cannot explain to strangers: this is pointless, her husband will not listen to her. Boris Nikolayevich did not develop this topic further, apparently considering that it was already obvious: the “requests, notes, various projects” handed over to his wife had no further progress.
But there is another opinion on this matter. According to, for example, the former head of the Presidential Security Service Alexander Korzhakov, Naina Iosifovna interfered in politics quite regularly. Here, for example, is an episode from his memoirs dedicated to the famous “photocopier box” case of 1996 (two employees of Yeltsin’s campaign headquarters, Sergei Lisovsky and Arkady Yevstafyev, were detained at the exit from the Government House with more than half a million US dollars): “Barsukov was not allowed to lie down. Naina Iosifovna, the president's wife, called incessantly and demanded the release of the detainees. At half past one in the night, Misha exploded: “Naina Iosifovna! I can't do anything right now! I can't even call anyone because you're always on the phone.”
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And this is far from the only evidence of this kind. Although, it must be admitted, all these testimonies come from people who were in conflict with Yeltsin and cannot be considered impartial witnesses in this way. However, Boris Nikolayevich himself cannot be attributed to the same category.
Where is the truth? Most likely, the first lady gave some advice and recommendations of a political and administrative nature to both her husband and his subordinates. Still a living person. And besides, a person with very thin, as they say, skin. Very emotional, with very great empathy, very sensitive to any, as it seemed to her, injustice. Yeltsin himself writes about these character traits of Naina Iosifovna in sufficient detail.
“When I was the first secretary of the regional committee, she came home after work completely upset,” Yeltsin recalled. – He goes out into the corridor at lunchtime, and deliberately loud conversations begin all around: no, you look at what a disgrace is happening, housing is not rented out on time, the oil in the store is gone! And everything like that. Borya, he says, I really go to grocery stores – this is not there, that is not there. And it's in the center. And on the outskirts? .. The wife generally perceives everything very acutely. I remember when it became clear that Gaidar had been filmed, I could not calm down, I called him at home, and when I heard his calm voice, I cried … “
But it is also obvious that Naina Yeltsin did not play any independent political role in Yeltsin's Russia. All her “political activities” are either emotional outbursts or attempts to help the “petitioners” – those of the high cabinets that are on the thresholds who, in her opinion, needed this help. The latter, probably, is not good: it is not a fact that all such cases of mediation and intercession benefited the state. But, firstly, the decision was still not made by her. And secondly: who is without sin?
Moreover, this sin – well, if you consider it a sin at all – was completely compensated by her other qualities. The same Korzhakov, with all his negative attitude towards Naina Yeltsin, admired the way she behaved on foreign trips: “She had the wives of other presidents with her charm. Naina knew how to behave impeccably. I marveled at her ability to find a common language with complete strangers. The wives of high-ranking people, as a rule, are quite simple, sweet women. And if they see that they are treated kindly, without arrogance, protocol stiffness disappears instantly.
Her husband, of course, wrote about the same thing – in even more excellent tones: “To be honest, I did not even expect before how naturally she was able to behave in the most difficult circumstances. Once in the museum, she calmly admits: this is the artist I see for the first time, I know this, I like him, I have only heard about this, but this is my favorite painting. And those compliments that I was told about her, first of all, boiled down to the fact that she is an amazingly natural person who is not afraid to be herself. She sincerely admires what admires her, sincerely resents if it comes to some unsightly act. And this sincerity is pleasant to the people who accept it, it helps to easily find a common language.”
These testimonies can be trusted. And not only because both camps converge on this point – both Yeltsin and his enemies. The main thing is that this part of the life of the presidential couple took place under television cameras – the whole country could watch her. However, one can hardly doubt the following confessions of Boris Nikolayevich, even if we are already talking about a sphere closed from prying eyes: “Naina gave me so much mental and physical strength that I don’t have enough words to talk about it. Without her, I would never have weathered so many political storms. Didn't survive. Not then, in 1987, not in 1991, not later.”
Her main mission in life was to be a good, caring, loving wife to her husband – and she brilliantly coped with it. Is it good or bad that the mission was limited to this? The question is moot. Considering our history and the peculiarities of our national policy, perhaps it is still bad. “If people like Naina did politics, we would have a different policy,” Yeltsin wrote. Clearly alluding to the fact that this policy would be much better than the one he himself cultivated. More humane, humane.
But the point here is not only and not so much in the excellent personal spiritual qualities of Naina Iosifovna. It's just that in our historical system of power, not spoiled, to put it mildly, with checks and balances, the wife of the first person becomes, in fact, the last barrier protecting the country from rash, reckless decisions. From political adventurism. Naina Yeltsina has never been such a defense. Neither in 1991, nor in 1993, nor later … And it's a pity. Perhaps then we would have a completely different country.
Internet Battles: Cyber Attacks, Cyber Espionage, Cyber Sanctions, Cyber Sabotage, and Cyber Propaganda
You get out of bed in the morning, go to your new coffee machine to drink your favorite drink, but the machine rebels, its perfect color screen showing you obscene pictures. You turn on your smartphone to get the latest news, but all your social networks have disappeared somewhere. You decide to go to work – you need to refuel, but the column at the gas station does not work, but instead of numbers it highlights obscene insults addressed to you. But here you are at work, but there is no work: e-mail is disabled, there is no access to the enterprise management system, the archive is deleted, the machines do not start … What is happening? Is this cyberwar? Or just cyber sanctions? As an information security specialist, I responsibly say that the answer to this question is not so simple.
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I'll start from afar. In the beginning there was a word… And the word was “cybernetics”, which came from Greek; it means “management”. Different scientists used it in different contexts, until in 1948 Norbert Wiener published his famous work Cybernetics, or Control and Communication in Animals and Machines. He called cybernetics the science of managing complex systems by transmitting, storing and transforming information. Although cybernetics did not become a strict scientific discipline, the word nevertheless began to be used in a variety of industries, often unexpected ones. So, in the late 1960s, Danish artists and architects Suzanne Ussing and Karsten Hoff thought about whether it was possible to create a physical space that a person could completely control at will. They tried to create “sensory rooms” from new synthetic materials and invent what is now called 3D printing. They called their experiments “Cyberspace Atelier”. Yes, their activities ended in failure, but the word “cyberspace” escaped into the noosphere.
The next phenomenon of cyberspace took place in 1982, in the story of science fiction writer William Gibson “Burning Chrome”. As he himself later explained: “All I knew about the word “cyberspace” when it appeared on the page is that it does not make any sense, but it looks spectacular and evokes some associations. It is unlikely that Gibson intended that the terms from his novels, in which noble hackers and cyber cowboys with the help of special software wage an uncompromising war on a worldwide network (at the time of writing of the novels not yet created) with greedy and insidious global corporations and crime syndicates, would be widely used. in science and culture. Gibson's cyberspace is “an abstract representation of the data of every computer on the planet.”
The sign of identity between cyberspace and the Internet was established in the 1990s, when the Internet began to become widely commercialized. But the term entered official documents only in 2000, when the first document was published in the United States on the need to create a national plan for protecting the country's critical information infrastructure called “Defending American Cyberspace. Invitation to discussion. For the first time in official documents, it was stated that the bodies of national defense, government, energy, financial system, telephony and transport connected to a single telecommunications network are subject to threats from foreign states, which are “increasing the potential” for cyber attacks on American networks. Such a conclusion was not drawn from scratch, but based on the action of the Commission on the Protection of Critical Information Infrastructure, created by President Bill Clinton in 1996, which tried to evaluate new cyber threats, defined as any electronic, radio frequency or computer impact on the information or communications of critical infrastructure.
It's funny that in the same 1996, the disastrous Hollywood film “Lawnmower Man-2. Beyond Cyberspace,” and evil tongues said that the words “cyber-” appeared in the documents of the commission thanks to this film. But the commission had every reason to consider cyber threats relevant! The Internet, created as an experiment for the military and scientists, has suddenly become a global commercial enterprise. At the same time, the basis of the Internet – TCP/IP protocols – was never conceived as secure, logically consistent systems of universal guaranteed delivery of any content. On the contrary, the Internet's victorious steps around the planet are due to its maximum ease of implementation, low cost and sustainability, which are key factors for commercial use. The imperfection and logical inconsistency of TCP/IP make it possible for DDoS attacks (distributed denial of service attacks) to exist so far, despite all countermeasures. The software—operating systems, application programs, web browsers, which also came out mostly from a quite benevolent institutional environment—was not supposed to be protected from the active external interference of malefactors. Even military systems offered autonomy and isolation rather than special means as protection. At the same time, dedicated units for cyber operations in 2000 already existed in at least seven countries – the United States, China, Russia, Israel, North Korea, Thailand and Greece.
If there are cyber threats in cyberspace, then it is time to think about cyber security. Although this concept is not defined anywhere, in any international document or standard, it naturally follows that the task of cybersecurity is to protect information presented in electronic form and the infrastructure for its distribution. Cybersecurity protects directly from computer attacks. Alas, military cyber operations are a broader concept, they affect not only information and infrastructure. They are much broader, and cyber security is a necessary but not sufficient element of cyber defense.
The best defense is, as you know, an attack. So did the US military experts. Note that the development of most computers and software in the world is controlled to some extent by American companies. And this creates additional opportunities for active work. In 2009, the United States Cyber Command was created – a special military unit to conduct precisely military operations in cyberspace. It was the first of its kind in the world. By 2018, 67 countries already had such units, of which 23 were NATO countries. From the first days of its creation, the unit began to conduct very active operations, not only against potential opponents, but also against allies! The US has carried out cyberattacks on 403 targets in 47 countries and regions over the past 10 years, including China, the UK, Germany, France, Poland, Japan, India, the Republic of Korea, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, and Brazil.
Cyber attacks are not limited to military operations in cyberspace. Cyber espionage is actively carried out. Part of the scope of this espionage was revealed by Edward Snowden. The PRISM program allows the US to analyze almost all activities conducted through the services of Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook. Next is cyber sabotage. A classic example is the sabotage of the Iranian nuclear program through the Stuxnet software embedded in microcontrollers. Disruption of economic ties, such as blocking accounting programs using ransomware viruses. And finally, cyberpropaganda: the targeted dissemination of fake news and rumors through social networks and special fake news media. The latest achievements in this area are “cognitive warfare” – targeted actions to undermine social ties and trust in society by manipulating public discourse.
Finally, cyber sanctions stand apart. Thanks to the digitalization of the economy and the transition to cloud technologies, their importance has increased significantly! If earlier software that was not sold in the country could simply be stolen by copying and breaking the protection, then in the case of cloud services, the owner of the service can simply press a button, depriving the client of all work and data.
Are we protected from such unfriendly actions? Only partly. The Federal Law “On the Security of the Critical Information Infrastructure of the Russian Federation” is the basis for building cybersecurity in the country, and the GosSOPKA system (the state system for detecting, preventing and eliminating the consequences of computer attacks on information resources) and the National Coordination Center for Computer Incidents have also been created. Roskomnadzor has the rights and responsibilities to combat cyber-propaganda and does it quite effectively. The import substitution program should cope with cyber sanctions. Time will tell how good it is.
As far as cyber warfare is concerned, it has never happened before in the history of mankind. Until the beginning of this year, active hostilities against cyberattackers were carried out only once – in May 2019, the year the Israel Defense Forces blew up the Hamas computer center, coordinating the attack on Israeli infrastructure. In general, fortunately, neither we nor anyone else in the world really knows what real cyber warfare is. God forbid we won't find out!
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The official exchange rate of the US dollar against the ruble will be set based on the data of the Moscow Exchange on transactions that took place from 10 am to 4.30 pm. Previously, this period was much shorter – from 10.00 to 11.30.
As the Bank of Russia specialists explain, the new calculation procedure will make it possible to more accurately reflect the exchange rate in conditions of fluctuations in the financial market.
The changes affected and the rules for establishing the exchange rate of the euro against the ruble – it will be the same as for other currencies. Previously, the Central Bank calculated the euro exchange rate based on the ratio of the dollar to the ruble and the euro to the dollar.
After the start of the special operation in Ukraine, the West imposed anti-Russian sanctions, which provoked, in particular, the rapid fall of the ruble.
Mikhail Khazin. Photo: Wikipedia.org.
Russian economist Mikhail Khazin suggested when the United States could partially begin to lift the sanctions imposed against Russia after the start of a military special operation in Ukraine.
According to the expert, US President Joe Biden in April-May should show positive dynamics, since the Senate elections will take place on November 8, and the picture in the minds of voters is formed in half a year.
“I think that by May a significant part of US sanctions will be lifted, but the main effect for this month will be reached”, — concluded Khazin, in an interview with the radio station “Moscow Speaks”.
Khazin also predicted a large-scale outflow of capital from the European Union to the United States at this time, as a result of which the United States will become much easier to live .
“According to my estimates, up to a trillion dollars could flow over,” — suggested Khazin.
He explained that gasoline prices in the United States are now “catastrophic”, but if money comes from the EU, which can be &qu ot; scatter to people”, then Biden has a chance not to suffer a crushing defeat in the elections.
Chief editor of the publication “National Defense” Igor Korotchenko explained the reasons for the appearance in Ukraine of the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov. According to him, this has military, political and symbolic meanings.
“Kadyrov’s personal presence in the Kyiv region is necessary for maximum coordination and decisive actions of the Chechen security forces participating in Russia’s special operation to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine.” , — he said in an interview with the publication “Vzglyad”.
He added that in addition to this, it is planned to capture the Ukrainian leadership, including the adviser to the head of the presidential office, Alexei Arestovich.
Korotchenko noted that now it is useless to talk about the plans or timing of the capture of Kyiv by Russian troops, since there is not enough information for this.
Earlier, Ramzan Kadyrov said that he was near Kiev in a minute ready to enter the city. He also stated that Ukrainian intelligence “doesn't know how to work at all.”
The financial authorities decided to soften the regime of currency restrictions, which was introduced by decrees of the President of Russia in late February – early March against the backdrop of sanctions pressure from foreign states. This was reported to journalists by a source familiar with the results of the meeting of the profile subcommittee, which took place on February 10.
Residents of the Russian Federation will now be allowed to make money transfers in foreign currency to their accounts opened abroad. This was done to finance the current operating activities of branches and representative offices. The volume of transfers for these purposes should not exceed the amount of the corresponding funding for the previous year.
In addition, it is allowed to transfer funds in foreign currency received from non-residents in the form of wages, rent fees, coupons and dividends on securities and other interest payments.
Citizens were also allowed to make transfers, including operations to convert funds in foreign currency from accounts opened before March 1, 2022 in foreign banks to their own foreign accounts , information about which is disclosed to the tax authorities of Russia.
Earlier, the United States imposed a ban on the supply of dollar bills to Russia. The decree was signed by US President Joe Biden on Friday, March 11. On the eve of the ban on the supply, sale and resale of euros in paper banknotes in the Russian Federation, the EU authorities introduced. The restriction will affect everyone, except for tourists, diplomats and employees of international organizations who have a confirmed status specified in the documents. This measure became part of another package of sanctions against Russia due to the situation in Ukraine.
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The head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, said that after a missile attack on the center of Donetsk, which killed 20 people, mourning will be declared in the republic.
“Certainly, taking into account the number of victims, taking into account the barbarity of this crime, I gave the order to prepare a decree on declaring mourning,” Pushilin said on the air of the Rossiya 24 TV channel. He did not specify when exactly mourning would be declared.
Earlier, Donetsk Mayor Aleksey Kulemzin said that a Ukrainian Tochka-U missile had been shot down over the city center, near the government building.
Later, the headquarters of the territorial defense announced that 20 people were killed and 9 more were injured. At the same time, the Ministry of Health reported 16 dead and 23 injured, who required hospitalization.
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If the conflict in Ukraine lasts six months, Serbia may not have enough money to buy energy resources and products. So far, the republic is not experiencing a shortage of them.
According to Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, the latest events have become the most difficult conflict in Europe and the world since the Second World War.
The head of state admitted that he in despair and does not want to lie to the people. The situation is getting worse every day. Vučić stressed that problems are inevitable in any development of events
“How much we will have to buy oil, fuel oil, food. Will we have enough money if this lasts six months? ”, RBC quotes him.
Earlier, Vucic admitted that he was forced to reduce the number of flights to Russia under pressure from the West.
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The White House began consultations with the Ukrainian authorities after information about the death of an American journalist appeared.
It was reported by US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan. The administration has not yet confirmed his death.
Kyiv region police chief Andrei Nebitov told the media that New York Times journalist Brent Renault, 51, was killed. He is known for filming documentaries with his brother from the hot spots of the planet – in Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt and Libya.
Nebitov claims that another journalist was injured. They crossed the bridge in Irpin by car to film the refugees leaving the city. Suddenly, they were fired upon.
A spokesman for the New York Times said that the publication is aware of reports of the death of Reno. But the journalist did not work for the newspaper.
In response to the call of Ukrainian neo-Nazis to kill Russian military correspondents, the HRC suggested not to succumb to the international trend of genocide of the Russian people.
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At the site of the massacre of civilians near the city of Popasnaya, the LNR servicemen found survivors. The massacre was organized by the Ukrainian troops during the retreat.
The official representative of the People's Militia of the LPR, Ivan Filiponenko, suggested that people were used as human shields, or destroyed as witnesses to the crimes of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
“Now the front line from this place they moved literally a hundred or two meters, so access to this place is limited … These are not burials, these are actually shot bodies, according to our units, there are still survivors there, ”said a representative of the People’s Republic of the LPR.
Popasna is located 60 km north-west of Lugansk.
Now Ukrainian servicemen who have shot civilians are fighting to the last, fearing retribution. Filiponenko said that the 57th brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is conducting “fierce battles.”
“People, apparently, are ideologically savvy or aware of such a gravity of their crimes against the civilian population of Donbass that lay down their arms, for them, probably also dangerous,” he said. The representative of the NM LPR believes that the militants have something to hide.
Advisor to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Oleksiy Arestovich said on March 13 that if the information about the presence of the head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov near Kiev is confirmed, then it will be destroyed.
“We are currently verifying this information. His appearance here does not solve anything. If there is information, we will destroy it. If we don’t establish the information, we will destroy it next time,” said the adviser to the Ukrainian president.
To this, Kadyrov wrote in his Telegram channel: “Why “if”? Have you not seen the filming or should I knock on your door?”
Recall that on March 13, a video appeared on social networks, which shows how Kadyrov is talking to the military near the map. He accepted a report from an employee on the conduct of a special operation and admonished the Chechen special forces with the words: “Bandera and Chechen-speaking shaitans will not see mercy!” Also in the video, you can hear Kadyrov saying: “Our main task is to take Kyiv.”
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky published a video message to the nation on his Telegram channel, in which, among other things, he spoke about the goals pursued by Kyiv in negotiations with Russia.
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According to him, the main goal of the Ukrainian side “in this complex negotiation work” for Ukraine is to obtain a result that suits Kyiv and is necessary for it.
“For peace, for security. So that we have guarantees… Such that Ukrainians can say – this works, these are guarantees,” Zelensky said.
The Ukrainian leader noted the effectiveness and necessity of such negotiations. , because, thanks to earlier agreements, humanitarian corridors were launched in Ukraine, through which more than 5,000 people were able to be taken out of the country on Sunday, March 13 alone.
“Let me intrigue: maybe we are already in Kyiv and just waiting for the right command?”
Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov commented on the news of the Ukrainian media that the Security Service of Ukraine is trying to figure out his whereabouts in order to destroy him.
“Your intelligence is lame… On the video we are in Gostomel. The other day “We were about 20 km away from you, Kiev Nazis, and at the moment even closer, and guess how close we got? Your SBU intelligence does not know how to work at all. Apparently, foreign instructors and military advisers taught you according to outdated methods,” – Kadyrov wrote in his Telegram channel.
He called on the Ukrainian special services to relax, since they would not have to look for him, he would come to them himself. He called on the Ukrainian military to surrender, this offer is still in force, but not for long.
According to Kadyrov, he is entering from one side of Kyiv, and experienced fighters led by Adam Delimkhanov on the other.
Read: Kadyrov to Arestovich: “Should I knock on your door?”
On March 13, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky visited a military hospital where soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine who were injured during the military conflict are being treated. A wounded serviceman from Ryazan was lying in one of the chambers next to the Ukrainian military.
Zelensky stressed that the Russian military receives the same medical care from doctors as the Ukrainian soldiers.
“He is in in the same ward with our military receives the same help, from the same doctors. Our doctors saved him, and this is understandable, because they are people, not animals. We must go through this war so that we all remain people, “- Zelensky said during a video message.
The Taiwanese company ASUS will consider the possibility of evacuating business and workers from Russia.
The largest manufacturer of computer equipment in the world, the Taiwanese company ASUS will consider the possibility of evacuating business and workers from Russia. This was announced by the Minister of Economy of Taiwan Wang Meihua.
“First of all, we plan to consider the possibility of evacuating our employees and businesses from Russia. Now this issue is being worked out,” Meihua said on the air of the Taiwan Central News Agency.
Recall that earlier the Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, Mikhail Fedorov, addressed the computer equipment manufacturer ASUS and urged it to stop relations in Russia against the backdrop of the situation in Ukraine.
Earlier, Apple, AMD, Intel and Dell announced their departure from Russia.
The third round of negotiations, the troops are getting closer to Kiev, McDonald's has been working for the last day
Since February 24, Russia has been conducting a military operation in Ukraine. Power supply has been restored at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Attacks of Russophobia around the world are intensifying. Instagram will be blocked all over Russia today. The sale of tours to Turkey and Egypt has been suspended. The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, visited Ukraine, 25 km from its capital. Read the previous one online here.
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11:45 The DPR accused the Ukrainian side of shelling the center of Donetsk, reports that administrative buildings were damaged.
11:42 Meta Corp. has banned Facebook and Instagram calls for the assassination of government leaders, Vice President Nick Clegg said.
11:39 Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, announced what the Ukrainian side is going to talk about during the fourth round of negotiations with the Russian delegation in video mode: “On peace, a ceasefire, the immediate withdrawal of all troops and security guarantees.” He called these questions “hard talk”. There will be no face-to-face meeting of delegations.
11:34 One of the world's largest tire manufacturers Bridgestone has decided to suspend the operation of its plant in Ulyanovsk, Russia.
11:02Australian Foreign Minister Maris Payne said that Australia and the Netherlands have sued Russia for millions of dollars in compensation in the case of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.
strong> According to DPR head Denis Pushilin, Ukrainian servicemen are intercepting and blocking humanitarian supplies destined for local residents.
10:25 On the night of March 14, the RF Armed Forces shot down four Ukrainian drones.
10:25 The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation announced the destruction of 3,920 military infrastructure facilities of Ukraine.
10:10 Zhytomyr authorities urged citizens not to resist the Russian army. The city council warned of an emergency evacuation and advised to take only the essentials with you.
10:00 McDonald's restaurant near the Dobryninskaya metro station in the center of Moscow continued to work, despite the decision network to leave Russia.
09:55The Russian Foreign Ministry explained that the UN is not going to send peacekeeping forces to Ukraine yet. This is not necessary.
09:43 For “inciting hatred and enmity” against the Russians, at the request of the Prosecutor General's Office, Roskomnadzor officially entered the Instagram social network into the register of banned sites.
09:39 247,000 people arrived in Russia from Donbass. Of these, 55 thousand are children. Most went to relatives and friends.
09:33Russian SU-25 attack aircraft liquidated a warehouse with ammunition of the Ukrainian armed forces with a missile strike. The video of the attack was distributed by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.
09:10 Natalya Poklonskaya, Deputy Head of Rossotrudnichestvo, compared the rampant Russophobia in Europe with the medieval Inquisition. With the difference that nationality has become a modern heresy.
08:58 The United States has linked Russia's emerging “serious” readiness for negotiations on Ukraine with the pressure of sanctions.
Washington is trying hard to pressure Beijing over the Ukraine crisis
U.S. President Biden's national security adviser has warned that China will face consequences if it helps Russia evade sanctions. Jake Sullivan is scheduled to meet with a senior Chinese diplomat in Rome on Monday, during which Washington will continue its efforts to increase pressure on Beijing.
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Ahead of a meeting with senior Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi in Rome on Monday, Jake Sullivan warned on Sunday that Beijing would “absolutely” face consequences if it helped Moscow evade sanctions over conflict in Ukraine, writes The Guardian.
However, the White House National Security Council declined to comment on reports that Russia allegedly requested military equipment from China after the start of military operations in Ukraine on February 24. This was previously reported by the Financial Times, the Washington Post and the New York Times, citing U.S. officials.
A representative of the U.S. Embassy in Washington, Liu Penyu, told CNN that he had “never heard” of Russia's arms requests.
“The current situation in Ukraine is indeed a cause for concern,” he said in a statement. “Now the priority is to prevent the tense situation from escalating or even spiraling out of control.”
Russia and China have stepped up cooperation as they came under pressure from the West on a number of issues. Beijing did not condemn Russia's actions in Ukraine, but called for a negotiated settlement, reminds The Guardian.
Earlier, Biden's national security adviser Sullivan told CNN that the US believed China knew about Russia's plans for Ukraine, although Beijing may not have understood the scope of what was planned.
Now, according to Sullivan, Washington is closely monitoring the extent to which Beijing provides economic or material support to Russia, and in case of such support, it will impose appropriate consequences on it.
“We inform Beijing directly, in private that large-scale efforts to evade sanctions or support Russia in response to them are bound to have consequences,” Jake Sullivan threatened. “We will not allow this to continue and we will not allow Russia to be saved from these economic sanctions from any country anywhere in the world.”
A senior US administration official said the conflict in Ukraine will be an “important topic” during Sullivan's meeting with Yang Jiechi as part of a broader effort by Washington and Beijing to keep communication and manage competition between the world's two largest economies.
“It looks like US-China relations are heading for a pretty significant fork in the road,” Ryan Huss, former director of China at the US National Security Council, tweeted. “It would be wise for the US to speak directly and confidentially with the Chinese at an authoritative level now to clarify the long-term strategic implications of China's decisions at this time.”
Hass, now a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, said he did not expect any immediate breakthroughs at the meeting in Rome. “The results may take weeks or more to become apparent,” he said. “Neither side is likely to please the other. Perhaps results should be measured in degrees rather than binary black-and-white ratios.
The United States and its allies have imposed unprecedented sanctions and banned Russian energy imports while providing Ukraine with billions of dollars of military and humanitarian aid. Individually and together, they called on China, the Gulf states and other countries that did not condemn Russia's actions to join in isolating Moscow.
Beijing has refused to condemn Russia's actions, although President Xi Jinping last week called for “maximum restraint” after a virtual meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron. Xi also expressed concern about the impact of sanctions on global finance, energy supplies, transport and supply chains amid growing signs that Western sanctions are limiting China's ability to buy Russian oil.
Hu Xijin, former editor-in-chief of China's state-backed Global Times, tweeted: “If Sullivan thinks he can convince China to take part in sanctions against Russia, he will be disappointed.”
The International Monetary Fund last said the crisis could see China miss its 5.5% growth target this year, and his chief said she spoke with China's central bank chief and expected increased pressure on Russia to end the conflict .
While in Rome, Sullivan will also meet with Luigi Mattiolo, diplomatic adviser to Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, to continue coordinating a strong global response to Russia's moves, the source said.
The United States and The G7 on Friday stepped up pressure on Russia, calling for the removal of its most favored nation trade status, which would allow them to raise tariffs on Russian goods. Trade accounted for about 46% of the Russian economy in 2020, most of which was with China, the largest export destination.
“Two minutes, seven Caliber – and the task is solved”
The Russian army has demonstrated the ability to fight in a modern way. On Sunday, a missile strike destroyed a training base for foreign mercenary units at the Yavoriv training ground in western Ukraine. In addition to direct military significance, this strike also has a military-political meaning. He put an end to the plans of the Kiev leadership to internationalize the conflict in Ukraine by attracting thousands of foreign mercenaries.
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The Yavoriv test site has long been turned into a semi-legal NATO base in Ukraine. It was here that instructors from the Baltic States, the United States, Canada, and other countries trained saboteurs and snipers of the Ukrainian armed forces before a business trip to Donbass. They taught how to competently kill people, organize sabotage, disable civilian infrastructure, hide behind the civilian population. All this Ukrainian army is now demonstrating in Mariupol, Zhytomyr, Kharkov and other cities.
According to some reports, there were up to 200 foreign military specialists at the Yavorovsky training ground on a rotational basis all year round. Without waiting for the start of the Russian military operation, the US and NATO withdrew all their military instructors before February 24.
However, later it was decided to use the training base of the training ground to form units from foreign mercenaries. They were urged to come to Ukraine by President Zelensky. He announced that almost 16,000 foreigners were ready to come to Ukraine with weapons in their hands.
True, some Western countries hastened to announce that they are not officially participating in the dispatch of mercenaries. And they even warned their citizens that they were not promised any guarantees.
In recent days, materials have begun to appear in the Western media that are unlikely to add enthusiasm to those who want to make war in Ukraine. So, the British Sun interviewed an infantryman who returned from the Ukrainian front, who spoke with horror about how his group came under fire from Russian attack helicopters. According to him, he had never experienced such horror. Therefore, he preferred to complete his unsuccessful mission and quickly return home through Poland.
And on March 13, the Russian military department reported another high-precision strike. As Major General Igor Konashenkov said, long-range missiles hit the training centers of the Ukrainian armed forces in the village of Starichi and at the military training ground Yavorovskiy.
According to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, a point for the training and combat coordination of foreign mercenaries before being sent to the areas of hostilities against Russian military personnel, as well as a storage base for weapons and military equipment received from foreign countries were deployed at these facilities.
Result: destroyed up to 180 foreign “soldiers of fortune”, as well as a large consignment of foreign weapons that NATO countries have been supplying Ukraine with for the past few weeks, as it turned out, in vain.
The Russian military promised to continue to destroy foreign mercenaries who arrived on the territory of Ukraine.
Commenting on the strike, well-known Israeli military expert Yakov Kedmi wrote on his Telegram channel: It took the Russian Armed Forces 2 minutes and 7 Caliber to destroy the “foreign legion” of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to him, this “day will become the day of the defeat of the “Foreign Legion” of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which has been talked about so much over the past few days, and which, in fact, was defeated yesterday in 2 minutes far from the front line.”
In turn, the Russian political scientist, editor-in-chief of the National Defense magazine Igor Korotchenko drew attention to the message of the Polish General Staff that he “began to analyze all available information on the Russian missile attack, which resulted in the destruction of the complex of administrative buildings of the Yavorovsky training ground at Ukraine”. At the same time, the Polish General Staff, which, for sure, had a hand in recruiting mercenaries for Ukraine, will assess the capabilities of the Polish air defense to fend off such attacks. You shouldn't be thinking about that.
In the United States, too, information about the strike, judging by everyone, made an impression. As Korotchenko notes in his Telegram channel, the simultaneous destruction of 180 foreign mercenaries who arrived in Ukraine to participate in hostilities against the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation as a result of a Russian nighttime missile strike caused a shock in Washington and European capitals. US President Joe Biden has been informed of the incident.
“Feel the power of Russian weapons!” Korotchenko commented on these messages.
More than a dozen video evidence of the attack on the Yavorovsky training ground has already appeared on the Web. There are videos made by foreigners. Judging by the profanity in English, the filmers were in complete prostration, Korotchenko noted.
In turn, the well-known military reporter Yevgeny Poddubny, commenting on the attack on Yavorovo, wrote on the Telegram channel that the so-called “International Legion” Ukraine is gradually deflating. The media report, for example, that the organizer of sending French volunteers has suspended the recruitment of those wishing to go to Ukraine. And rightly so.
No one refused dialogue
Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly stated the need for negotiations between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky. In Russia, they noted that they are not against such a meeting, but first they need to understand what will be discussed at it and what will be its result. Political scientists believe that there is actually only one condition for negotiations.
Doctor Political Sciences, Professor Alexander Gusev, in an interview with Life.ru, explained that there is one condition for a meeting between Putin and Zelensky. According to him, it consists in the fact that in Ukraine “nationalists have left the cities.” Then, according to the political scientist, the meeting could theoretically take place. At the same time, the expert noted that there are no reasons for the Russian side to meet with Zelensky if he actually does not control either his government or the nationalists.
Gusev noted that there is a “specific security system” for state leaders. The political scientist believes that in this regard it is difficult to predict the meeting of the presidents of Russia and Ukraine. However, Gusev stressed that the Russian Federation did not refuse dialogue, and any meeting aimed at preventing escalation is important.
The political scientist added that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that any meeting should be directed to the realization of certain goals, and not to happen for the sake of the meeting itself. Gusev believes the goal is for Ukraine to lay down its arms and unlock towns where civilians are being held.
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Expert: “We will monitor these exercises, but they will not interfere with us”
On March 14, NATO begins large-scale military exercises near the borders of Russia. As stated, 35 thousand soldiers, 200 aircraft and 50 warships will take part in them. How serious a danger can this be for us in connection with the special operation in Ukraine & nbsp; or such maneuvers – just a pose of intimidation? Can this somehow distract our military from carrying out tasks in the Ukrainian direction? To these questions «MK» answered a military expert, editor of the Arsenal of the Fatherland magazine; Alexey Leonkov.
— Of course, these NATO exercises are a kind of demonstration and intimidation of Russia, the expert believes. – The European authorities have now brought all their Europeans to complete hysteria with cries that Russia has suddenly “attacked Ukraine”, “bombed its peaceful cities”; and so on. All this fell upon the Europeans, who did not know anything about what really happened for eight years in the Donbass, what war crimes were committed there. For them, all this, of course, sounds very shocking.
And European politicians continue to escalate the situation and are already talking about the third world war, about Russian chemical attacks and other horrors. Naturally, in this case, ordinary Europeans ask the question: if everything is really so terrible, where is NATO in this situation? & nbsp; What does it do? How is he going to protect us? Well, now NATO is trying to prove that it is something of itself. & nbsp; Deploying troops for exercises near the Russian border.
And this despite all the fact that the NATO members preferred to retire in advance, even before the start of our special operation in Ukraine. Do you remember how they urgently evacuated their military and diplomats from Kyiv?
As for the NATO naval exercises in the north, Leonkov notes, then, according to him, one must clearly understand: these maneuvers will in no way stop Russia's operation in Ukraine. A limited military contingent takes part in our operation. This is not the whole army. The rest of the armed forces and fleet are on high alert, including our entire nuclear triad.
– By the way, we are very clearly reminding the Europeans, – says Leonkov, – that we are ready for the development of any scenario, at the same time warning them against so that they do not develop their “hysterical monologue” towards a third world war with the use of nuclear weapons.
Of course, we will follow these exercises, we will control them. You never know, there is some crazy military man who, having heard all this hysteria and propaganda, wants to become a “hero”. If they have so many psychopathic politicians, then there is no certainty that this kind of personality will not be found in the NATO armed forces.
So we will be watching these exercises carefully. But we will continue to consistently fulfill our planned tasks in the same way.
The shooting of his car could be the revenge of Ukrainian intelligence
Kyiv security forces are cleaning up their colleagues. Yesterday, a former high-ranking SBU officer, deputy head of the main department for Kiev and the Kiev region, former security adviser to the mayor Klitschko, Dmitry Demyanenko, was killed in his own car during a shootout.
Photo: Frame from video
A video taken from roadside surveillance cameras has appeared on the Web. According to the date on the video, everything happened on March 10 at 17:02. The black Toyota Camry, in which Demyanenko was, was overtaken and surrounded at the intersection by several special services vehicles with special signals turned on. An attempt to detain a former SBU officer turned into a shootout, which, presumably, was started by Demyanenko himself. He was killed while driving a car. During the skirmish, the security forces also damaged one of their own patrol cars, which blocked the path of the Toyota, but came under fire.
According to the Anti-Maidan community on social networks, the incident occurred in the Darnitsky district of Kyiv on Sadovaya-120 street. Dmitry Demyanenko allegedly did not stop at the checkpoint, after which the officers of the special police regiment “Peacemaker” received an order to detain him.
Demyanenko's car had a flashing light and blue “police” numbers. He is associated with the former head of the SBU Alexander Yakimenko. According to unconfirmed information, he was fired in 2013 for lobbying private medical companies, but then managed to be reinstated in the service. He was an adviser to a number of Ukrainian statesmen, including Deputy Prime Minister Raisa Bogatyreva, as well as Kiev Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko, where on a voluntary basis he dealt with issues of preventing the commission of offenses and crimes in the field of state security by employees of the administration. A photo of Klitschko's order to dismiss Demyanenko from his post in 2020 was published on the kievvlast website.
This is not the first time that the Ukrainian authorities have killed their high-ranking officials. In early March, a banker and a representative of the Ukrainian delegation at the negotiations in Belarus, Denis Kireev, allegedly suspected of high treason, was killed near the building of the Kiev court. SBU officers shot him during his arrest without bringing any charges. After that, an obituary appeared on the website of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine for Denis Kireev, which says that he was a member of Ukrainian intelligence and died during a special assignment. In the comments on the news about the execution of Demyanenko, it is suggested that the murder of an SBU officer could be the revenge of the intelligence officers for the liquidation of Kireev.