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Turkey vows US to ‘not allow’ violation of sanctions against Russia

Turkey has extensive ties with Russia and Ukraine, but Ankara will not allow to circumvent international sanctions, assured the Ministry of Finance of the republic. Turkish exports to Russia have grown sharply, the EU has expressed concern about the growth of cooperation between the two countries =”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo told his Turkish counterpart Nyunus Elitash about the attempts of Russian individuals and legal entities to circumvent international sanctions with the help of Turkey. This is stated on the website of the US Treasury.

In response, Elitas assured Adeimo that official Ankara would not allow any person or institution in Turkey to circumvent the sanctions. He noted that this position was formed against the backdrop of “deep economic and political” ties with Russia and Ukraine and the efforts of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to resolve the armed conflict.

In early March, Turkey refused to join the sanctions against Russia, explaining this decision by its unwillingness to “burn bridges” despite the support of Ukraine. Ankara intends to act taking into account its own priorities, while there must be a party that can negotiate with Moscow, then Erdogan's representative Ibrahim Kalin added.

Turkish exports to Russia in June rose sharply by 46% year-on-year, and by 52% compared to May, followed from the data of the Institute of Statistics of the Republic. In May, the figure was $519 million. The June volume— record for the month since at least the beginning of 2010, follows from the data of the UN trade database (Comtrade). A year earlier, Turkey ranked last in the top ten largest exporters of products to Russia, but this year, supplies from countries considered unfriendly have decreased due to restrictive measures. Because of this, Turkey bypassed Italy, Japan, Poland, France, the USA and the Netherlands in this list.

The deepening of economic cooperation between Moscow and Ankara caused concern among the authorities of Western countries, they pointed to the risk of secondary sanctions against Ankara, the Financial Times wrote in early August. One of the interlocutors of the newspaper noted that Western countries may encourage businesses to leave the Turkish market or reduce their presence in it if Ankara adheres to agreements with Moscow on transferring payments for oil and gas supplies into rubles with cooperation in the political sphere. If Western banks and companies comply with such a requirement, Turkey's economic damage will amount to $800 billion, the Financial Times estimated. According to the FT source, such a measure may be approved “in light of the risk that will be created due to the expansion of Turkey's relations with Russia.”

By mid-August, a number of Western countries approached Turkey with questions about growing trade with Russia, the Financial Times later wrote. Officials in the EU are irritated that Turkey does not support the restrictions imposed against Russia, and that Moscow can get help in replacing European imports and exports, sources told the newspaper.

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The Investigative Committee will conduct an investigation into the poisoning of the military in the Zaporozhye region

The Ministry of Defense previously reported that an organic poison of artificial origin, botulinum toxin, was found in the body of the Russian military, performing tasks in the Zaporozhye region. SC. The Ministry of Defense stated that botulinum toxin was found in the body of servicemen performing tasks in the Zaporozhye region.

“Investigators of the Russian Investigative Committee will record, as part of the investigation in the Russian Investigative Committee of criminal cases on crimes of the Kyiv regime, the information published by the Russian Ministry of Defense about the discovery in the body of military personnel of the RF Armed Forces who performed tasks in the Zaporozhye region, a poisonous substance in the body,” & mdash; told in the department.

The investigation will also affect the dispatch of military substances by the head of the Kherson military-civilian administration (VGA) Volodymyr Saldo, the UK indicated. He was hospitalized on August 4, now he is undergoing treatment in Moscow. His deputy, Kirill Stremousov, explained the hospitalization “as a result of the most severe overstrain, physical and mental, that the head of the CAA suffered over the past six months.” At the same time, the Ministry of Defense later announced that it was investigating the poisoning of Saldo. Now he is on the mend, reported in his Telegram channel.

On August 20, the Ministry of Defense announced the discovery in the blood of servicemen who performed tasks in the Zaporozhye region of an organic poison of artificial origin— botulinum toxin type “B”. The department did not name the number of soldiers who were poisoned, nor did they specify what condition they were in.

What is botulinum toxin and where is it found

Botulinum toxin is is a protein poison that affects the nervous system, Valentin Vlasov, head of the Institute of Chemical Biology and Fundamental Medicine of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told RBC.

“It is a very strong poison. But due to him, Botox is used. Smooth out wrinkles — it's a small dose of botulinum toxin, — the chemist explained the action of the toxin, — when it is pricked, immovable skin is obtained.

Vlasov also mentioned that the bacteria of this toxin may be present in canned food: “When they [jars] swell, this is precisely because that the bacteria that produce this poison are multiplying.

Botulinum toxin — one of the most powerful poisons of organic origin, it is produced by Clostridium bacteria, which are anaerobic, that is, they live in the absence of oxygen, former member of the UN biological weapons commission, military expert Igor Nikulin told RBC.

“Producing such a poison — the task is difficult to implement even in modern laboratories, therefore it can only be worked out in American military biological laboratories of the third and fourth levels of biosafety, — the expert believes.

Russia will prepare evidence of “chemical terrorism” with the test results and send them to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the ministry said. The Ministry of Defense has previously announced several times that Ukraine is preparing provocations using poisonous substances.

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Khodakovsky called the reasons for the slowdown in the movement of the Russian Armed Forces


The advance of the Russian coalition troops in Ukraine has slowed down and attention to what is happening there is declining. According to the commander of the Vostok battalion, Alexander Khodakovsky, this is normal.

In his TG channel, he wrote that wherever the army stops, he will accept the result. The servicemen can only do as much as they can.

“We will defeat Ukraine – this is inevitable – but not in this way and not when and how fast and impatient want. We need to protect people. You can’t exchange the lives of our fighters for likes in social networks,” he stressed.

Khodakovsky shared that one of the residents of Donetsk told him that he would be happy if everything returned to the pre-February state. A person who has forgotten what peace is wants to return to a state of less active hostilities. It's so hard for him.

Therefore, the battalion commander of the “Vostok” advised everyone dissatisfied with the pace of advancement of the Russian Armed Forces to shove their disappointment somewhere deeper.

Earlier it became known that every fifth serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine tried to at least kill yourself once. There were also suicides among high-ranking officers.


State Duma deputy from Crimea called for the return of the death penalty for the period of the special operation


State Duma deputy from Crimea Mikhail Sheremet, in a commentary to RIA Novosti, called for lifting the moratorium on the death penalty for the period of the special Russia's military operation in Ukraine.

In a commentary to RIA Novosti, Sheremet said that the death penalty should be introduced for war criminals so that they could not “avoid the punitive hand of justice.”

He clarified that by war criminals he means those representatives of Ukraine who carry out attacks on the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, and also use chemical weapons. According to him, there is no excuse for this. Earlier, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported on the use by Ukraine in the Zaporozhye region of an organic poison of artificial origin – botulinum toxin type “B”.

On May 16, 1996, Russian President Boris Yeltsin issued decree No. with Russia's accession to the Council of Europe. The last death penalty in Russia was carried out on September 2, 1996.


Shoigu called the reason for the decision to conduct a special operation

Sergei Shoigu. Photo: TV broadcast frame.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, at a plenary meeting of the First International Anti-Fascist Congress on Saturday, named the reason for the decision to conduct a special military operation on the territory of Ukraine.

As the head of the Russian Defense Ministry noted, the Kyiv regime ” over the course of eight years he has committed egregious crimes against citizens of the DPR and LPR.”

Shoigu stressed that during this time thousands of innocent people, including children, had died, while the North Atlantic Alliance began to develop the territory of Ukraine, and Ukraine has embarked on NATO membership.

“All this has created unacceptable threats to Russia's security,” the Defense Minister said in a statement.

Shoigu noted that Supreme Commander Vladimir Putin background, “made the only right decision to conduct a special military operation”, the main goal of which was “to protect the inhabitants of Donbass from genocide by the Kyiv regime.”


Germany to give Ukraine 20 rocket launchers

The Federal Republic of Germany wants to transfer to Kyiv two dozen rocket launchers with a caliber of 70 millimeters on special vehicles, as well as two thousand rockets, according to the portal of the German government.

Earlier, a page was created on the website of the German Cabinet of Ministers , where information about all arms deliveries to the Ukrainian side is entered.

The German government reported that we are talking about direct deliveries from German industrialists under the arms modernization program. Delivery times depend on when repairs or production are completed.

It was previously reported that Washington intends to provide Kyiv with Excalibur guided missiles.

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They will live happily ever after! Sisters from Luhansk miraculously found each other

Weekly “Argumenty i Fakty” No. 33. Russian folk satchel 17/08/2022 Story Women in the war

The story of refugees from the Lugansk region almost ended tragically. But came to the aid of two defenseless elderly women in time.

In April, the sisters Lyubov Filyaev and Minzyfu Shevkunat the Ulyanovsk railway station, high-ranking officials met under camera flashes. And then they forgot about the grandmothers, they did not have enough money for food and medicine. The eldest, 82-year-old Minzyfa Asadulovna, ended up in the hospital, where she lay on a naked oilcloth. The youngest, 72-year-old Lyubov Nikolaevna, was ready to kneel before doctors and officials to save her sister. But that didn't help either. Only when got involved did the situation change for the better.

The grief of these two women was in abundance. Back in 2014, a Ukrainian bomb took Lyubov Nikolaevna's daughter-in-law and grandson, her house was destroyed, so she left for Russia that same year. The older sister Minzyfa Asadulovna (women have different fathers) then remained in the LPR. But in March of this year, her house was also bombed by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The fact that the woman survived by hiding in the cellar for two months, – miracle. Another miracle – that she got to Russia and met her sister.

It would seem that this can breathe a sigh of relief. However, instead of a quiet life, the sisters began to “walk through the torment.”

«Picked up – bow, eye»

– In 2014, when Ukraine started bombing Donbass, our family had 8 coffins in a year, – says Lyubov Nikolaevna. – My sisters and two nephews died because it was impossible to buy the necessary medicines. We lived right on the front line next to Debaltseve, where heavy fighting was going on.

In the summer of 2014, my daughter-in-law and her 7-year-old grandson went to enroll in the first grade. Their minibus was blown up by a Ukrainian mine. All the passengers died, there was nothing to bury (crying). Collected in pieces – a bow here, an eye there… And soon our high-rise building was bombed. My son and husband and I fled to Russia.

In Ulyanovsk, we took out a mortgage to buy a small apartment. But the son after the death of his wife and child began to drink. Haven't seen him for two years. Husband died – my heart could not bear all the shocks. The only native person I have left – Minzyf's sister, in the family we call her Milechka. And I am her only one, because both her son and her husband died. After the start of the special operation, there was no news from her for a long time. And suddenly a call: “Come to Rostov to meet me!” And everything – the connection was cut off.

“The phone rang when I was about to leave the office, – tells a volunteer from Rostov Elena Podoyanwho helped the sisters meet. – A neighbor of Lyubov Nikolaevna found the phone number of a volunteer organization in Rostov on the Internet and called».

Elena learned how to get to Rostov from the village where Minzyfa lived. And convinced her to go. The elderly woman traveled to Rostov for more than 7 hours. Here her sister was already waiting for her, whom the same Elena had met late in the evening and placed for the night. “Milechka was in a dressing gown and someone’s old boots. In what she got out of the basement, in that she left. Well, she managed to keep her passport, – recalls Lyubov Nikolaevna. Elena took the grandmothers to the hostel, where she rented a room for them. Minzyfa Asadulovna took a shower for the first time in weeks and spent the night in bed instead of on the cellar floor.

Meet – and forget

A solemn meeting awaited the travelers in Ulyanovsk: a photographer, television people, a former governor of the region, and now State Duma deputy Sergey Morozov. Hugs, camera flashes, flowers. And then, Lyubov Nikolaevna sighs, they were simply forgotten, although the help of the authorities was oh so needed. Volunteers of the Ulyanovsk branch of the Charitable Foundation “Club of kind people” took care of the elderly women. They brought food, helped draw up the necessary documents for Russian citizenship for Minzyfa Asadulovna. If the officials had also shown sincere concern for the grandmother, the matter would have moved forward long ago.

In fact, the older sister still has neither Russian citizenship nor a pension. All these 4 months, the women survived on the pension of Lyubov Nikolaevna, a doctor with 40 years of experience, of 10 thousand rubles. 82-year-old Minzyfa Asadulovna already had serious health problems, and after all the upheavals they worsened even more, she lost 30 (!) kg. “At the end of July, my sister fell at home and never got up again. For three days I called an ambulance, but the brigades refused to come until I got through to local deputy Ramil Abitov. The sister was admitted to the hospital. The next day, I saw that she was lying on a bare oilcloth, crap one's pants, and beds and described mattresses were piled around, – crying Lyubov Nikolaevna. – I called the duty therapist, asked: how is it? She invited me to come work for them as a nurse. I was ready to take care of my sister, but I was not allowed to stay with her. hastened to help

Talking about their misadventures, Lyubov Nikolaevna constantly wiped away her tears. And how not to cry, if at times the sisters had nothing to buy groceries with? All the money went to housing and communal services and medicines for Minzyfa Asadulovna. It's good that the volunteers from the “Club of good people” they were not abandoned. An amazing thing: a team led by coordinator Gulsina Pavperova– mother of a child with cerebral palsy, who has every minute and every penny in the account, – found time to support older women. And those who, by the nature of their service, are supposed to help people in trouble, it did not occur to them to ask grandmothers what they need., having learned the story of two sisters, sounded all the bells. And literally in one day the situation changed dramatically. It turned out that all structures and authorities can work clearly and harmoniously. Minzyfa Asadulovna was transferred to a separate ward, in which Lyubov Nikolaevna was also allowed to stay in order to look after her sister. Social security workers brought a month's supply of diapers right into the ward, although a day ago, Lyubov Nikolaevna was crying into the phone, not knowing where to get money for more expensive hygiene products. «I am in debt as if in silks», – she said.

And officials also informed that the issue of citizenship will be resolved in the near future. And it will be decided, most likely, positively. But after that, a request will be sent to the Pension Fund, which, by law, has the right to respond within 3 months. So, until the winter, the sisters will exist on one pension? sent a request to the local branch of the FIU with a request to expedite the process.

“Without your help, I would not have survived, – Lyubov Nikolaevna is crying again, but now rather from relief. – Your support and the support of the girls is priceless.” Girls – those volunteers. Elena from Rostov, who helped the sisters meet, and now often calls them up. And this despite the fact that she has the main job, immediately after which another begins – selfless help to those who are in a difficult situation. During a conversation with, and it was deep in the evening, Elena apologized, explaining that she would not be able to continue the conversation, since she was starting the operation “Bun”. She tours a cafe in Rostov and picks up pastries that will be distributed to refugees the next morning. There are still many of them in Rostov, where the trouble is more acute. will monitor the situation. We hope that in the next issues we will tell about the presentation of a Russian passport and the appointment of a pension to Minzyfa Asadulovna, who has been living in the Russian Federation since the 1970s. worked as a teacher. And Lyubov Nikolaevna will finally stop crying.

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What was Daria Dugina known for?

At night, a car was blown up on Mozhaisk Highway in which Daria Dugina was — daughter of one of the main ideologists of the Russian world, a conservative writer and philosopher Alexander Dugin.

According to media reports, the girl died on the spot. 

At the time of her death, she was 29 years old. Daria was born Daria in Moscow on December 15, 1992. She was known as a journalist, candidate of philosophical sciences, a participant in political talk shows. 

In 2015, she completed her postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Philosophy of Moscow State University. The main direction of her research — influence of Plato's ideas on the ancient world. Perhaps this explains the surname that Daria signed in social networks — Platonova. 

Daria shared the ideas of her father and, in addition, was close to supporters of the right-wing European parties. Especially, the party “National Association” Marine Le Pen. Dugina was fluent in French and often acted as an expert on French politics. 

In early July, the UK imposed sanctions on Daria. The rationale stated that Dugina's actions “destabilize Ukraine, undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine.”

One of them — the popular military blogger Vladlen Tatarsky was going to have an interview with Daria about the women's view of the SVO in the near future.

In memory of Daria Dugina

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Leader of the International Eurasian Movement, political scientist Alexander Dugin speaks at a rally in Moscow in support of Donbass, Novorossiya called “For Donetsk Rus!”. © YouTube frame

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Photo of Dugin with Daria a few hours before his death. © Akim Apachev's Telegram channel

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Daria Dugina. © RIA Novosti

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In memory of Daria Dugina

At night, a car was blown up on Mozhaisk Highway in which Daria Dugin, the daughter of one of the main ideologists of the Russian world, conservative writer and philosopher Alexander Dugin, was blown up. According to media reports, the girl died on the spot.

Daria Dugina. © YouTube frame

Daria Dugina. © RIA Novosti

Leader of the International Eurasian Movement, political scientist Alexander Dugin speaks at a rally in Moscow in support of Donbass, Novorossiya called “For Donetsk Rus!”. © YouTube Frame

Leader of the International Eurasian Movement, political scientist Alexander Dugin speaks at a rally in Moscow in support of Donbass, Novorossiya called “For Donetsk Rus!”. © RIA Novosti/Alexander Vilf

Photo of Dugin with Daria a few hours before his death. © Akim Apachev's Telegram channel

Daria Dugina. ©

Daria Dugina. © YouTube frame

Daria Dugina. © YouTube Frame

Daria Dugina. © RIA Novosti

Leader of the International Eurasian Movement, political scientist Alexander Dugin speaks at a rally in Moscow in support of Donbass, Novorossiya called “For Donetsk Rus!”. © YouTube Frame

Leader of the International Eurasian Movement, political scientist Alexander Dugin speaks at a rally in Moscow in support of Donbass, Novorossiya called “For Donetsk Rus!”. © RIA Novosti/Alexander Vilf

Photo of Dugin with Daria a few hours before his death. © Akim Apachev's Telegram channel

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What do they write about the death of Daria Dugina on the net?

The explosion of the car of the philosopher Alexander Dugin, in which his daughter Daria died (she was driving) immediately, at night, political scientists, TV presenters, like-minded people and political opponents of Dugin reacted . 

Recall that the explosion occurred while driving along the Mozhayskoye highway, near the village of Bolshie Vyazemy. The 29-year-old girl was alone with the car and died on the spot. Alexander Dugin performed at the festival “Tradition” with daughter Daria. According to the violinist Peter Lundstrem, Alexander Dugin was supposed to return to Moscow with his daughter, but at the last moment circumstances changed and he drove in another car with friends. 

Basically, everyone expresses condolences and wonders who was the target of the explosion. And law enforcement officers no longer doubt that it was an attempted murder, and not an accidental tragedy. 

“Investigators are seizing all records from the DVRs of cars that were in the parking lot next to Darya Dugina’s car. The main version of the security forces — attempted murder, writes Ksenia Sobchak. — The final song of today “Traditions” became the composition “Dark Night”, where there are famous lines “Death is not terrible, we met with it more than once in the steppe, And now it is spinning over me.”

The death of a young woman shocked everyone who knew her personally. Margarita Simonyan, Vladimir Solovyovand many other famous “people from TV” responded to her death. “On the evening of August 20, I met Daria Platonova and her father Alexander Dugin at the Tradition festival. From the very first seconds, we plunged into the discussion. We talked about the Russian Idea, the Empire and the cultural war, — musician writes in TG Akim Apachev. — Dasha has always connected the difficult to connect. She was always sharp and deep in her attitude. It was she who showed my songs to Alexander Gelievich, after which he will write the main review in my life: “Those who are against Apachev, against the Empire.”

Political scientist Marat Bashirov recalls that also in 2016, a well-known journalist Pavel Sheremet was blown up in Kyiv. Only then the car did not catch fire, and he died “as a result of injuries incompatible with life and life-critical blood loss.” “I remember that a few months ago the target of terrorists from Kyiv was Vladimir Solovyov. Then it worked out. Not today, the political scientist writes in his TG. — But, the conclusion that — simple: we are winning the ideological war, feathers are now equated with bayonets. Otherwise there would be no such choice of purpose. With all due respect, Dugin is unknown to most Russians and his death would not be a resonant event, but in expert circles — he is significant. It is precisely those who work on the Web today who want to scare, the struggle of ideas and meanings is waged here.

The political scientist, writer and publicist Nikolai Starikov regarded the tragedy as a political assassination: “If you ask what the “crossing of the red line” is, I will answer. This — individual terror. The desire to kill Alexander Dugin, which ultimately led to the death of his daughter Daria. Terrorist Carthage must be destroyed!».

In the Ukrainian segment of social networks, and even some domestic liberals, the explosion of Alexander Dugin's car and the death of his daughter were greeted with rejoicing. The vicious comments unpleasantly struck even the opponents of the girl's father. Thus, the journalist and opposition blogger Kyryl Shulikait is immediately stipulated that his attitude towards Dugin himself is understandable, but this reaction is beyond the limit. “I will never understand how someone is trying or will try to somehow justify what happened, to find an explanation why it should be so or to tell that, well, these are enemies, that’s the only way with them. I actually think it's some kind of biological creatures. But in reality, these are also people, but I wouldn’t even call them compatriots, I don’t want to have anything in common with them, if they forget the Russian language, I’ll be glad. However, I note that, after all, nature has managed to create such types of people who seem to be absolutely no different from each other, but in reality they have more differences than a jackal and a bear, — blogger writes. And the explosion itself, according to his assumption, proves that “someone clearly wants everything to continue and escalate.”

In memory of Daria Dugina

Daria Dugina. © YouTube frame

Daria Dugina. © RIA Novosti

Leader of the International Eurasian Movement, political scientist Alexander Dugin speaks at a rally in Moscow in support of Donbass, Novorossiya called “For Donetsk Rus!”. © YouTube frame

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Photo of Dugin with Daria a few hours before his death. © Akim Apachev's Telegram channel

Daria Dugina. ©

Daria Dugina. © YouTube frame

In Memory of Daria Dugina

Daria Dugina. © YouTube frame

Daria Dugina. © RIA Novosti

Leader of the International Eurasian Movement, political scientist Alexander Dugin speaks at a rally in Moscow in support of Donbass, Novorossiya called “For Donetsk Rus!”. © YouTube frame

Leader of the International Eurasian Movement, political scientist Alexander Dugin speaks at a rally in Moscow in support of Donbass, Novorossiya called “For Donetsk Rus!”. © RIA Novosti/Alexander Vilf :block;” />

Photo of Dugin with Daria a few hours before his death. © Akim Apachev's Telegram channel

Daria Dugina. ©

Daria Dugina. © YouTube frame

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Who is Alexander Dugin?

Alexander Gelievich Dugin— Candidate of Philosophical Sciences, Doctor of Political Sciences, Doctor of Sociological Sciences. The leader of the International Eurasian Movement was born on January 7, 1962 in Moscow. 

Dugin — author of the “fourth political theory”, which, in his opinion, should be the next step in the development of politics after the first three: liberalism, socialism and fascism. His main political activity is aimed at creating a Eurasian superpower: the integration of Russia with the former Soviet republics into the new Eurasian Union (EAU).

Dugin is not only a politician, but also a well-known teacher and scientist. Professor in 2009-2014 headed the Department of Sociology of International Relations of the Sociological Faculty of Moscow State University. M. V. Lomonosov. Honorary Professor of the Eurasian National University named after L.N. Gumilyov and the University of Tehran. Visiting Professor of Southern Federal University, Senior Research Fellow at Fudan University (Shanghai). Dugin is a polyglot: speaks English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese.

In a 2009 Openspace poll of over 40,000 votes, Dugin ranked 36th among Russia's most influential intellectuals. In 2014, the American edition of Foreign Policy included Dugin in the top 100 “global thinkers” of the modern world in the category “agitators”. 

His books are loudly called Putin's plansin foreign policy. In fact, Dugin, judging by his interview in 2014, does not even know the Russian president, and his dismissal from Moscow State University shows a lack of patronage from the authorities. Although there are interesting moments in Dugin's biography. In 1998 he was an adviser to the speaker of the State Duma Gennady Seleznev, and since 1999 — Chairman of the section Center for Geopolitical Expertise of the Expert Advisory Council on National Security Issues under the Chairman of the State Duma. Since March 2012 — member of the Expert Advisory Council under the Chairman of the State Duma of Russia Naryshkin. But that's all in the past. 

Since 2014, it has been included in the sanctions list of the European Union, and since 2015 it has come under US and Canadian sanctions. In 2016, the American political expertGlen Beckcalled Dugin “the most dangerous person in the world”.

On August 20, 2022, his car was blown up in the Moscow region. The daughter of Dugina Daria was driving. Major version — it was an attempt on the philosopher himself, but by sheer chance he was driving in another car. & nbsp;

Exactly one year before the death of her daughter on August 20, 2021, on her Vkontakte page, Dugin wrote: “What doesn't kill me kills someone else.”

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The Czech Parliament called for the suspension of the issuance of Schengen for Russians

The heads of relevant committees of the Czech Parliament proposed to limit the issuance of visas for Russians at the European level. The deputy chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee noted that the measure should not affect “dissenting Russians” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

Czech parliament called for suspension of Schengen issuance for Russians

The European Union should suspend the issuance of Schengen visas to Russian citizens, said Pavel Fischer, chairman of the Czech Senate committee on foreign affairs, defense and security, and Marek Zhenisek, head of the House of Representatives foreign affairs committee, Denník N.

« I would be very unhappy if we limited the ability to leave the country for Russians who want to leave the regime because they do not agree with it, — said, in turn, the deputy chairman of the head of the committee on foreign affairs, Yaroslav Bzhokh.

About a week ago, on August 12, a similar proposal was put forward by the head of the Czech Foreign Ministry, Jan Lipavsky. He explained that the people of Russia should understand “that such a militant policy has consequences.” The Czech Republic now holds the presidency of the EU Council, a pan-European visa suspension will be proposed by Prague at a meeting of foreign ministers, the minister said. It is scheduled for August 31st.

The Czech Republic became the first EU country to suspend the issuance of visas and residence permits to Russians, it should be resumed at the end of March next year. Official Prague explained that they made such a decision to protect the interests in the foreign policy of the Czech Republic in connection with the Russian military operation in Ukraine and to put pressure on Moscow.

An exception was made only for trips with a humanitarian purpose and for those who have a residence permit. Also, the restrictions did not affect the issuance of short-term visas to family members of Czech or EU citizens for accompaniment, the issuance of long-term visas and residence permits, if the stay of persons applying for them “meets the interests of the Czech Republic”.

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The European Commission warned that the EU could not stop issuing visas to Russians, such a measure is not provided for by the visa code of the association. “There are always categories of citizens for whom visas should be issued, for example, in humanitarian cases, for family members, journalists or dissidents,” — explained the representative of the EC Anita Hipper. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz noted that the extension of sanctions to innocent people would make the measures taken less effective

The Russian Foreign Ministry did not rule out that the EU countries would reach a consensus on this issue. The ministry promised to give an answer if such “discriminatory decisions” were made.

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Albanian Defense Ministry accuses Russians of trying to break into military plant

Albanian Defense Ministry accuses two Russians of trying to break into military plant in Gramsci They are suspected of espionage, said the prime minister

Three foreigners tried to enter the military plant in the city of Gramsci, among whom were Russian citizens, who tried to stop them, the servicemen were injured and hospitalized. This was announced by the Albanian Ministry of Defense on Facebook (Meta, the owner of the social network, was recognized as extremist and banned in Russia).

The incident occurred at 17:40 (18:40 Moscow time), when a guard at the Gramsz Military Plant noticed a man moving suspiciously, the ministry said. He reported to the management that a man had entered the territory and tried to take pictures. When trying to detain the man used a “paralyzing spray” to two servicemen, the report says. He is 24 years old, the initials of the detainee — M.Z.

The servicemen also noticed two people outside the protected area— a man and a woman who “accompanied” detainee. They were soon also detained, the Albanian Ministry of Defense indicated. We are talking about a 33-year-old Russian woman with the initials S.T. and a 25-year-old Ukrainian with the initials F.A., the Albanian Ministry of Defense said in a statement. The AlbaniaDailyNews portal, citing the police, specified that 23-year-old Mikhail Zorin and 33-year-old Svetlana Timofeeva were detained along with him.

“Two wounded servicemen, after providing first aid, were taken to Tirana for more specialized medical care and are under the supervision of doctors, there is no threat to their lives,” — emphasized in the Albanian ministry.

The military police and military intelligence and security agencies arrived at the scene of the incident to investigate the incident. Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said that the detainees are “suspected of espionage”.

The Russian embassy has not yet received information from the Albanian authorities about the detention of Russian citizens, RIA Novosti reports. with reference to the diplomatic mission.

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Yomiuri learned that Japan will arm itself with long-range missiles because of China

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Yomiuri learned that Japan would arm itself with long-range missiles because of China

The Japanese government is exploring the possibility of adopting more than 1,000 long-range cruise missiles due to growing tensions in the region and the actions of China and North Korea. This is written by Yomiuri Shimbun, citing sources in the Japanese cabinet.

According to them, Tokyo intends to bridge the “missile gap” with Beijing, since it deploys a large number of ballistic missiles near the Japanese islands of Nansei and Kyushu. Yomiuri Shimbun points out that according to the US military, Chinese forces have about 1,900 ground-based medium-range ballistic missiles and 300 medium-range cruise missiles that are capable of reaching Japanese territory.

Japanese authorities intend to modernize Type 12 land-launched anti-ship missiles developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Their initial range is several hundred kilometers, it is planned to increase it to about 1 thousand km, which will allow them to reach the territory of North Korea and China. In addition, after modernization, ships and fighters will also be able to launch them. The ground-launched version of the missile will be delivered to the Japan Self-Defense Forces in fiscal year 2024, two years earlier than previously planned, the newspaper said.

Japanese authorities will present a new national security strategy by the end of the year, which will mention ” “ability to counterattack” enemy in self-defense, sources told the publication.

The draft of the current Constitution of Japan was developed in 1945 under the conditions of post-war occupation by US troops. Article 9 was written to prevent the resurgence of a militaristic Japan. It consolidates the country's refusal of war “for all eternity” as “the sovereign right of the nation”. It also states that the country “will never again establish land, sea or air forces, or any other means of war.”

Japan has never previously deployed long-range missiles capable of attacking ground targets. The reason for this was the principle that implies the rejection of the possession of weapons “capable of attacking the enemy base.”

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In April this year, a special commission of the ruling Japanese Liberal Democratic Party handed over to the Prime Minister a package of proposals, the key among them was a call to consolidate the possibility of retaliating against the enemy in the event of an attack. The text of the proposals says that it is becoming increasingly difficult to intercept missiles due to the rapid development of technology, and “the ability to counterattack” will act as a deterrent. Strikes as part of counterattacks were supposed to be delivered against enemy missile bases, command centers and control systems.

Three months later, in July, Kishida promised to seek an early revision of Article 9 of the Constitution. He said that he intended to intensify the discussion of the “decisive strengthening” of defense of Japan.

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More than 60% of Germans are dissatisfied with the work of the government and the chancellor

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More than 60 percent of Germans are dissatisfied with the work of the chancellor and government. This is evidenced by the results of a survey conducted by the sociological institute INSA. At the same time, if the elections were held now, Scholz would take only third place.

More than a thousand respondents took part in the survey. Only 25% of them supported the incumbent Chancellor. Since March, the rating has fallen twice. Then Scholz was supported by 46% of the Germans.

The elections would also bring many surprises to the current chancellor. So 25% of Germans would vote for Vice Chancellor, Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection Robert Habek. He is followed by the chairman of the opposition Christian Democratic Union, Friedrich Merz. He would have received 19% of the vote. In third place would be the current chancellor with 18% of the vote. Decisive for Scholz will be the elections in the federal state of Lower Saxony. They are scheduled for October 9.


Axios learned about the “difficult negotiations” between the United States and Israel on concessions to Iran

The US is trying to convince Israel that no additional concessions will be made to Iran on the Iranian nuclear program. The Israeli authorities believe that the US and the EU have crossed the established red lines, and the draft agreement differs from the text of 2015 756610507930087.jpg 673w” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

The governments of the United States and Israel are engaged in difficult and intense negotiations regarding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program, Washington is convincing Jerusalem that there are no new concessions to Tehran. Axios writes about this, citing unnamed US and Israeli officials.

US officials insist that the outcome of negotiations with Iran is not yet determined, and that an agreement is not inevitable. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and his Israeli counterpart Eyal Hulata will meet in Washington next week to discuss this issue. Israeli officials have said they expect tougher discussions.

“We weren't convinced by [US arguments]. We are very concerned,— underlined one of them Axios.

At the same time, Israel does not intend to bring the situation to a public confrontation with the United States on the issue of Iran's nuclear program, sources assured the publication. One of them recalled that the previous Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2015 “ruined relations” because of this. with the USA. He said the agreement would be “a horror to the planet”; and “a dream for Iran”.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program was agreed in 2015 after years of negotiations between Russia, the US, France, the UK, China and Iran. It provided for the lifting of sanctions against the Islamic Republic in exchange for limiting its nuclear program and guarantees that it would not develop nuclear weapons. In May 2018, the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, decided to withdraw from the JCPOA and restore US sanctions on Iran. In turn, Tehran began to gradually reduce its obligations under the agreement, including those related to uranium enrichment indicators and the number of centrifuges. The Joe Biden administration has indicated interest in returning to the deal.

During the negotiations on the FDP, the European Union proposed lifting sanctions against 17 banks of Iranian banks and 150 economic structures, lifting the ban on the export of Iranian oil (120 days after the signing, Tehran will be able to export 2.5 million barrels of oil daily), and returning $ 7 billion to the Islamic Republic frozen funds. The EU has also proposed easing sanctions against the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Politico reported in mid-August, citing sources. Washington then assured that they did not change their rules and standards on the issue of sanctions.

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Siemens Energy apologizes for ‘lonely’ turbine tweet

The German company called its playful post about creating a playlist for the “lonely” turbine of the Nord Stream gas pipeline inappropriate and apologized /756610714431001.jpg 673w” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

Siemens Energy, a German company, has deleted a Twitter post suggesting they create a playlist for “lonely” turbines of the Nord Stream gas pipeline; on Spotify, calling it inappropriate.

“We deleted our tweet about the turbine, which caused a controversial discussion. We realized that the tone and subject of the tweet were deemed inappropriate. This was never our intention, and we apologize, — the company said in a Twitter post.

Earlier, on August 19, Siemens Energy published a post on its social network page in which it recalled that the turbine for Nord Stream “still not where it should be”, noting that “she stands alone on our site in the city of Mülheim an der Ruhr.”

After that, the company offered to “do the poor thing a favor” and create a playlist in Spotify. As the first song, the company suggested adding The Police's “So Lonely”; (“So lonely.”).

In the comments, Twitter users began to suggest their own song options, including Sabaton “The Final Solution”; (“Final Solution”), The Clash “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” (“I should stay or go”, Bob Marley & The Wailers «Waiting In Vain» (“Waiting in vain”).

“Gazprom”, in turn, responded to the company's tweet, advising to include the Judas Priest song “Breaking the Law” (“Breaking the Law”).

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A month later, the Canadian authorities allowed it to be returned to Gazprom, explaining their decision by saying that in the absence of natural gas supplies, “the German economy will face serious difficulties, and the Germans risk being unable to heat their homes as winter approaches.”


In order not to violate the sanctions, Canada decided to first transfer the unit to Germany, and then transfer it to Gazprom.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz urged Russia to take the turbine from Mülheim- on the Ruhr. “She is here. She's ready to go. And by the way, in the world we live in today, it is very easy to transport it. All you have to do is say, “Please send her,” — he said.

Nevertheless, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov explained that at first Gazprom wants to receive documentary evidence of the absence of risks for repairs from the EU and the UK.

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In Crimea, predicted the intensification of provocations by Ukraine and the United States

Permanent representative of Crimea Muradov predicted intensification of provocations from Ukraine and the United States Washington and Kyiv expect to create a new point of escalation in the NATO-Russia war by increasing the number of provocations in Crimea using alliance weapons, said permanent representative of the republic Muradov

The United States will try to legalize the increase in provocations of Ukrainian nationalists in Crimea with the use of NATO weapons, explaining this by the fact that the countries of the alliance do not recognize the peninsula as part of Russia. This opinion was expressed by the Permanent Representative of the Republic under the President of Russia, Deputy Prime Minister of the Crimean Government Georgy Muradov in a conversation with RIA Novosti.

Kyiv plans to hold the second international summit of the Crimean Platform online on August 23. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed his participation in it.

According to Muradov, Washington and Kyiv are counting on creating a new point of escalation in the war between NATO and Russia.

“It is for the sake of this that the Secretary General of the bloc Stoltenberg, with a NATO whip, is actively driving his wards to a meeting of the so-called international platform for the de-occupation of Crimea. It is hardly worth ignoring this action, conducted by the Americans. It will obviously mean a certain boundary, the edges of which have already received their outlines, — he said.

The Permanent Representative of the Crimea called “obvious” the fact that the West set itself the goal of taking the conflict in Ukraine to a new, larger level, so that this escalation would be impossible to keep in the previous format of the Russian special operation.

At the same time, Muradov considered unrealistic the NATO plan to defeat Russia by further pumping weapons into Kyiv, supplying thousands of foreign instructors and mercenaries, and providing space support.

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“Our opponents do not take into account that the pumped Ukrainian” ball ” it will simply burst loudly when it stumbles upon a Russian needle, which Moscow has not yet taken out of its arsenals. And the direct involvement in the conflict of the NATO bloc— a direct route to a nuclear catastrophe in which there will be no winners,— he concluded.

Earlier, the Politico newspaper reported that Washington allowed Kyiv to use US-supplied weapons to strike military targets in Crimea. This publication was reported by a senior representative of US President Joe Biden.

Oleg Kryuchkov, adviser to the head of Crimea on information policy, commenting on the publication, assured that strikes on the territory of the peninsula would cause a boomerang effect and cause more serious damage to Ukraine itself.

“All their aggressive plans will hit them with a boomerang, only with much stronger impact and irreparable consequences,»,— he said.

Over the past few days, air defense in Crimea has worked several times: August 18— in Kerch, August 19— in Evpatoria, on the morning of August 20, an UAV attacked the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet. There were no casualties as a result.

The head of the republic, Sergei Aksyonov, said on August 20 that the air defense systems “successfully hit all targets over Crimea.”

A yellow terrorist threat level is in effect in Crimea. The same measure was introduced by the Sevastopol authorities after the drone attack on the fleet headquarters on July 31. Then six people were injured.

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Shoigu revealed how many times the Kinzhal missile was used in Ukraine

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Hypersonic missile “Dagger” was used during a special operation in Ukraine three times. This was stated by the head of the Ministry of Defense Sergei Shoigu in an interview with the TV channel “Russia 1”.

“It was used in our country during a special military operation three times. And she showed her brilliant performance three times. Characteristics that no similar rocket in the world has,— said the minister.

According to him, the Russian Armed Forces use the “Dagger” to attack critical targets. Shoigu added that the missile is capable of reaching speeds of more than Mach 10, and “along the way it changes its trajectory both in vertical and horizontal planes.”

In addition, Russian troops use the latest Su-57 multifunctional fighters , stressed the head of the Ministry of Defense.

“The aircraft (Su-57) has a very high degree of protection against various air defense systems, it has protection against missiles. There's a lot of things…, and, most importantly, very, very powerful weapons. We also tried this weapon, checked it, it works brilliantly, — concluded Shoigu.

He also said that Russian specialists are studying Western-made captured weapons in Ukraine to develop countermeasures and identify weaknesses.

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For the first time, Russian troops used the “Dagger” in Ukraine on March 18 during an operation in Delyatyn, Ivano-Frankivsk region.

Later, the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Major General Igor Konashenkov, said that the Russian military would continue to use Kinzhal air-to-air missile systems. with hypersonic aeroballistic missiles during a special operation in Ukraine.

“Combat use of the Kinzhal aviation missile system” confirmed its effectiveness in the destruction of highly protected special objects of the enemy,»,— he stressed.

Konashenkov clarified that during the special operation, the military destroyed, with the help of hypersonic weapons, underground protected storage facilities for aviation ammunition and warheads for the Tochka-U missile systems; in the village of Delyatyn and large fuel depots in the village of Konstantinovka.

As the Commander-in-Chief of the Aerospace Forces Sergey Surovikin said in March 2018 about the work of the “Dagger”, the upgraded MiG-31 aircraft, without entering the enemy's air defense coverage area, is capable of deliver one missile to the drop zone, after which the sustainer engine accelerates it to hypersonic speed within a few seconds. The weight of the missile warhead— 500kg. It can also be equipped with a nuclear warhead.

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The head of the SBU department for the Kirovograd region was found dead

The head of the SBU department for the Kirovograd region, Nakonechny, was found dead in Kropyvnytskyi The body of Nakonechny, with a gunshot wound, was found by his wife in their apartment in Kropyvnytskyi. He has served as the head of the SBU department for the Kirovograd region since the beginning of 2021 (max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

The head of the SBU department for the Kirovograd region was found dead

Oleksandr Nakonechny, head of the Ukrainian Security Service for the Kirovograd region, was found dead in Kropyvnytskyi, writes Ukrayinska Pravda. with reference to the press service of the SBU.

According to the interlocutor of the publication, the body of Nakonechny was found with a gunshot wound on the evening of August 20. The press service of the SBU and the State Bureau of Investigation confirmed the information about the death of the head of the department and noted that they are studying all the circumstances of the incident.

According to the publication “Observer” citing sources, Nakonechny's body was found by his wife in an apartment on Tarkovsky Street. According to the interlocutors of the publication, Nakonechny could have committed suicide.

In connection with the death of the head of the SBU department, a criminal case was initiated under Part 1 of Art. 115 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (premeditated murder), reports ZN.UA with reference to the office of the Prosecutor General. The maximum penalty under this article— imprisonment for a term of ten to 15 years.

Alexander Nakonechny has worked as the head of the SBU department for the Kirovograd region since the beginning of 2021. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree on his appointment on January 16, 2021, RBC Ukraine writes.

Before his appointment to this position, Nakonechny served in counterintelligence for two years and for more than ten years in the department for combating corruption and organized crime in the Kiev Department.

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On August 15, two heads of the regional departments of the SBU of the Lviv and Ternopil regions, Artem Bondarenko and Yuriy Boreichuk, were also fired. Boreychuk was then appointed head of the Main Directorate of the SBU in Kyiv and the Kyiv region instead of Sergey Zayats.

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Podolyak denied Ukraine’s involvement in the murder of Dugin’s daughter

Daria Dugina died on the evening of August 20 in a car explosion. The head of the Donetsk People's Republic, Denis Pushilin, blamed “terrorists of the Ukrainian regime” for this

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Ukraine has nothing to do with the murder of the daughter of the philosopher Alexander Dugin, who died in a car explosion in the Moscow region, said adviser to the head of the office of the Ukrainian president Mikhail Podolyak, UNIAN reports. Daria Dugina died on the evening of August 20. The head of the Donetsk People's Republic, Denis Pushilin, said that “terrorists of the Ukrainian regime” were responsible for her death.

“I emphasize that Ukraine, of course, has nothing to do with this,”— said Podolyak.

If Ukraine's involvement in the death of Dugina is confirmed, then we should talk about the “policy of state terrorism implemented by the Kyiv regime,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on her Telegram channel.

“Facts have accumulated over the years: from political calls for violence to the leadership and participation of state structures of Ukraine in crimes”,— she said, adding that it is necessary to wait for the results of the investigation.

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Slutsky called Dugin’s murder an attack on the “strings of the Russian world”

Leonid Slutsky. Photo: Gennady Cherkasov

Chairman LDPR, head of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Leonid Slutsky expressed his condolences to the family and friends of Daria Dugina, who died the day before as a result of her car being blown up in the Moscow region.

Slutsky expressed his opinion that there is a Ukrainian trace in the murder of Dugina.

"Dasha still had a lot to do, but the ukroterror took her life too…", he wrote in his Telegram channel. Note that the RF Investigative Committee has not yet officially confirmed this version.

"The barbaric murder of Daria Platonova is in fact a terrorist attack on the ideology and bonds of the Russian world", Slutsky added, demanding to find and punish guilty.

The car of the daughter of the ideologist of the “Russian world” Dugin was blown up in the suburbs: video Office of the President of Ukraine Mikhail Podolyak said that Kyiv was not involved in the death of Daria Dugina. At the same time, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, noted that if this is confirmed by the investigation, "then we should talk about the policy of state terrorism implemented by the Kyiv regime".

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Panic broke out in Germany over news of the suspension of Nord Stream

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Readers of the German edition of Spiegel reacted violently to an article that reported that Russia would suspend gas supplies via Nord Stream 1 from August 31 to September 2 due to ongoing preventive maintenance.

The material notes that in the absence of technical errors in the operation of the only turbine at the Portovaya compressor station, gas supplies will resume in the amount of 33 million cubic meters per day. At the same time, the newspaper notes, this corresponds to only 20% of the actual throughput of the pipeline. In this regard, measures are being taken in Germany to save gas in order to prevent gas shortages in winter.

After that, one of the readers of the newspaper wrote that if there is less gas or no gas at all, then there will be a “commotion”. He asked if, in this case, Germany's refusal to use Nord Stream 2 is justified?

“What did you expect if we impose sanctions against Russia and supply weapons to Ukraine?”  – also wondered another user.

Another panellist added that Germany brought this crisis on itself, but no one wants to admit it.

The reader under the name Antiaktion is ironic advised German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to visit the turbine, stroke it and have a gentle talk.

And user Caroline_5728 noted: “I think we live in bad times. We should be afraid both for ourselves and for our children.


Russia destroyed a warehouse for HIMARS with “Caliber” in the Odessa region

Igor Konashenkov. Photo: Video frame of the Russian Defense Ministry.

The official representative of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov, announced on Sunday morning at a briefing about the destruction of a warehouse of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which contained ammunition for the HIMARS MLRS, in the area of ​​u200bu200bMayorskoye, Odessa Region.

According to him, the strike was hit by high-precision sea-based Caliber missiles.

In the same warehouse, as Konashenkov noted, ammunition for Western-made anti-aircraft systems was also destroyed.


Podolyak clarified the situation with the work of Arestovich

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Advisor to the head of Volodymyr Zelensky's office, Mykhailo Podolyak, commented on Ukrainian media reports that the official list of full-time and freelance advisers to the Office of the President of Ukraine did not contain the name of Oleksiy Arestovich.

Podolyak noted that Arestovich really is not currently an adviser to the head of the Office of Volodymyr Zelensky or one of his deputies.

“He talks so much that we made him an adviser … to the entire Office at once,” wrote Podolyak.

At the same time, he added that the official position of Arestovich has been invariably called “Advisor to the Office of the President of Ukraine” for several years now.

Podolyak stressed that Arestovich officially holds this position according to the staffing table.

“And therefore, as an “adviser to the head of the office,” I can personally only advise respected journalists to make requests more carefully and check the information in detail” , – advised Podolyak.


Russian special operation in Ukraine: online broadcast on August 21

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On Saturday evening, political scientist Daria Dugina, daughter of Russkiy Mir ideologist Alexander Dugin, was killed in a car explosion in the Moscow region. Experts do not rule out that the attack was being prepared against Dugin himself, since he was the owner of the car.

On the eve of the Russian Ministry of Defense accused Ukraine of poisoning the Russian military in the Zaporozhye region with botulinum toxin type “B”.

The air defense system in the Crimea worked several times. And in Sevastopol, a downed drone fell on the roof of the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet.

There was an explosion near the zoo of Mariupol, which the pro-Russian head of the city was supposed to visit.

Follow the main events of Sunday, August 21 , together with us. You can read online of the previous day here.

Photo: Video frame of the Russian Defense Ministry.

11:24 Russian Armed Forces used Kinzhal hypersonic missile three times during a special operation in Ukraine. This was announced by Russian Defense Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu. According to him, she showed brilliant performance.

10:19 WarGonzo: “two more terrorist attacks” were planned in Moscow; except for Dugina.

9:49 Ukrainian troops fired six shells with a caliber of 152 mm at the settlement of Novobakhmutovka, the DPR representative office in the JCCC reported.

9:48 The head of the Kirovograd department of the SBU committed suicide.

9:01 A former Ukrainian officer was detained in Melitopol on suspicion of sabotage, reportedly in the Telegram channel of the city administration. He observed the flights of the Russian military at the airfield. Weapons, components for making explosives, manuals for the use of the military arsenal were found in his house.


In Albania, they announced the arrest of Russians and Ukrainians “for espionage”

Foreigners were detained near a military plant

Albanian authorities reported that two Russian citizens and one Ukrainian were detained in this Balkan republic on suspicion of espionage. One of the detainees is accused of using some kind of paralyzing spray against the guards who tried to detain them.

Albanian police. Photo: AP.

Two Russians and a Ukrainian were arrested on suspicion of espionage at a military plant in southern Albania, the Albanian Ministry of Defense announced late on Saturday.

The 24-year-old Russian, identified only as M.Z., was detained after entering a plant in Gramsa, 80km south of the Albanian capital Tirana, and taking photographs, the Associated Press reported. . The report says that two military guards were hit by a “neuroparalyzing spray” that the Russian allegedly used to resist arrest.

Another Russian woman, S.T., 33, and a Ukrainian, F.A., 25, were detained near the complex, and their car was blocked, the Ministry of Defense said.

Meanwhile, according to RIA Novosti, the Albanian Daily news edition names the detained Russians: 33-year-old Svetlana Timofeeva and 23-year-old Mikhail Zorin.

Earlier, plant director Lorenz Zani told the Albanian Daily news portal that the three foreigners tried to approach the object, but were noticed by the military, after which there was a skirmish, during which two guards were injured after one of the foreigners applied some kind of spray. According to the Albanian Ministry of Defense, one of the Russians allegedly entered the plant and tried to take pictures.

“The three people were escorted by the police, who, in cooperation with other institutions, are investigating the case,” the Albanian authorities said in a statement. At the same time, it is indicated that the military police, army intelligence, civilian and anti-terrorist police are coordinating this case.

Two army guards, who were injured by spray from a can, were taken to a military hospital for medical treatment.

The Gramsch Military Factory opened in 1962 to produce AK-47s or Kalashnikovs. After the fall of communist rule in Albania in 1990, the company ceased production and instead began dismantling old Kalashnikovs and other small arms. The plant also repairs other military weapons. As reported on the website of the Albanian Ministry of Defense, today the plant provides manufacturing services for the military-industrial complex, details were not disclosed.

“What pride for the military guards who neutralized three suspected espionage,” — Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama wrote on social media, adding: “Now let's wait for the full clarification of this event.”

Albania, a member of NATO since 2009, condemned Russia's special operation in Ukraine and joined the sanctions of the European Union and The United States against Moscow.

As RIA Novosti was told at the Russian embassy in Tirana, the Albanian authorities have not yet informed the Russian diplomatic mission about the detention of the Russians. All information comes only from local media.


In the scandalous parties of the Prime Minister of Finland, they discerned the “Russian trace”

Finns debate 36-year-old head of government's swashbuckling fun

In Finland, passions continue to boil over the leaked video footage, in which the 36-year-old Prime Minister of the country Sanna Marin “fires” with friends at a private party. Judging by the images, the head of the Suomi government knows how to have fun on vacation. Now Finnish hotheads are trying to figure out whether such fun is acceptable for the head of the Cabinet of Ministers – especially against the backdrop of a difficult geopolitical situation.

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Countless videos like this are shared daily on social media by young and not-so-young people partying in Finland and around the world, the Associated Press notes. But the leak has sparked a debate among Finns about what level of fun is appropriate for a prime minister, especially given the conflict in Ukraine, which has prompted traditionally neutral Finland and Sweden to apply for NATO membership.

Sanna Marin, who heads the center-left Social Democratic Party, faced a barrage of questions about the party: were there drugs? And what about alcohol? Was it fun in the context of her work or was she on vacation at the time? Was the prime minister sober enough to deal with an emergency if it suddenly arose?

A video apparently filmed by someone in attendance at the party was leaked to social media and caught the attention of Finnish MASS MEDIA. Marin said she attended the party in recent weeks, but declined to say exactly where or when.

The prime minister also acknowledged that she and her friends were “noisy” and that alcohol was involved. But there were no drugs, as far as she knew. On Friday, Marin said she had passed a drug test to put an end to rumors about illegal substances.

“I hope that in 2022 even decision makers will dance, sing and go to parties,” Marin told reporters. “I didn't want any images to circulate, but voters should decide what they think about it.”

The married prime minister has a 4-year-old daughter and has often insisted that although she is the head of the Finnish government, she, like all her peers, loves to have a good time with friends and family in her spare time.

But according to the Associated Press, Finns are divided over their prime minister's fun time.

Marketer's Josua Fagerholm says the episode has the potential to damage Finland's reputation and public confidence to Finnish politicians: “I think it is important for our politicians to be respectable and enjoy the trust of the public. So I don't think it's a good image.”

Mintuu Kylliainen, a student from Helsinki, believes everyone is entitled to their opinion, but she felt the leaked video was getting too much attention. “It's okay to have a party, for example,” says Killiainen. “She should have fun in life too.”

Some of Sanna Marin's supporters say criticism of the prime minister smacks of sexism.

Sanna Marin became Finland's youngest prime minister in 2019 at the age of 34. That being said, she admits that she has always felt that her gender and age are sometimes given too much attention. In 2020, she told Vogue magazine that “in every position I've ever held, the starting point has always been my gender – I'm a young woman.”

Anu Koivonen, a professor of gender studies at the University of Turku, doesn't think the premier's female gender was a factor in the uproar over the leaked video. In her opinion, the parties themselves are not a big problem, but the fact that the video was leaked to the Internet can be seen as a mistake in the Prime Minister's judgment about the people she surrounded herself with. “She broke down in a company where she couldn't trust everyone in the room,” Koivonen said. “I think that's the main problem.”

Cybersecurity expert and representative of the conservative National Coalition Party of Finland, Jarno Limnell, considers the incident at the party problematic from a security point of view, noting that Finland's top leaders are of interest to foreign intelligence agencies.

“Information is collected from various sources, and even seemingly trivial information can be important to a foreign power, Limnell told the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. “During the NATO ratification process, decision makers are under close scrutiny.”

Not without anti-Russian paranoia in the expert community: cybersecurity expert Petteri Järvinen, quoted by the newspaper Iltalehti, suggested that Russia hacked the phone or social media accounts of someone who is in the inner circle of the Finnish prime minister, The Guardian notes. .

This isn't the first time Marin's parties have been in the media's spotlight. In December, she had to apologize for partying until 4 a.m. and missing a text message advising her to avoid social contact due to her proximity to a COVID-19-infected official. Marin said she didn't see the message because she left her phone at home.

As the Associated Press notes, even in a society as “advanced” as Finnish, Marin breaks stereotypes of the typical politician. She grew up with a single mother who was in a relationship with another woman. Many Finns are proud of her modern approach to work, including her casual wear. Marin made a splash on social media in April when she appeared at a press conference with a colleague from Sweden in a black leather jacket.

It is significant that, amid the current scandal, hundreds of Finnish women have posted videos on social media of how they dance and have parties in support of Sanna Marin.

Sanna Marin again disgraced at the party: footage of the hectic life of the Finnish Prime Minister

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The expert predicted the strengthening of air defense in the Crimea after the attacks of drones

Means of protection against small targets are needed

In recent days, the Crimean peninsula has been attacked using unmanned aerial vehicles by, most likely, sabotage groups of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This was not the case before. According to local authorities, the air defense systems covering the peninsula repelled the attacks. What could be the reason for such activity of the enemy, and whether it is a real threat to us, military expert Yevgeny Linin told MK.

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– Kyiv authorities today are not independent. Everyone understands this. Politicians follow the commands of the West, and across the ocean they want to see at least some results of the actions of the armed forces of Ukraine, to make sure that the assistance that the West provides to Zelensky is not in vain.

The counteroffensive near Kherson failed, the Armed Forces of Ukraine cannot hold their positions near Donetsk, they are also not capable of creating a real threat in the Zaporozhye direction, and therefore a massive attack of unmanned aerial vehicles on the Crimean peninsula was prepared. We must understand that this is more of a PR campaign for all sorts of arrest officers and other Ukrainian propagandists. This cannot be considered some kind of real military victory.

What are we seeing in reality? The Armed Forces of Ukraine accumulated a large number of drones, launched them, and some of them were able to fly to the target without being noticed. Then the air defense system began to work.

It is worth noting that the air defense of Crimea is a system in depth, it is almost impossible to fly unnoticed. No country in the world has experienced such a mass attack by military drones from different directions and is not able to repel such attacks as effectively.

– Unmanned aerial vehicles have a limited range of use. The so-called kamikaze drones fly several tens of kilometers. If, for example, we consider a range of 50 kilometers, then it must take off from somewhere on the territory of Crimea, which is unlikely. Or from passing ships masquerading as civilians. Also, in my opinion, unlikely.

Nikolaev, which is still under the control of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, is the closest in a straight line to the Crimean peninsula, is located at a fairly large distance that drones must overcome over the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, covered by the Tor and Tor 2 air defense systems.

Perhaps the drones can take off from the territory of Odessa. Thus, they immediately come out over the sea at a low altitude, where their detection by means of radar surveillance is difficult.

– Attacks, of course, will be, because for Ukraine, as I already said, this is the only chance to show that they can take at least some steps against Russia. Those air defense systems that are used in the Crimea have already shown their effectiveness in practice. Additionally, radar systems are now strengthening the detection of precisely small targets. These are the stations that are used in the Tor and Pantsir complexes, which will increase the number of simultaneously tracked targets and increase the effectiveness of air defense.

Donetsk , DPR.


Melania Trump does not rule out a return to the White House

Former “America's First Lady” Covers Her Husband's Rear

Melania Trump appears ready for a second White House appearance as first lady. Previously, ill-wishers claimed that she and her husband would part as soon as Donald left his presidency. Now, however, Trump is hinting that he will run for president again. And his wife, when asked if she wants to work as first lady again, replies: “Never say never.”

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Last week, Melania Trump was spotted leaving celebrity hairstylist Frederic Fekkay's salon in Manhattan with a flawless blow-dry. It was, writes the Daily Mail, just days after the FBI raided Trump's posh Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida (dubbed the “Winter White House” during his presidency), in searching for secret documents, presumably rummaging through Melania's underwear drawer.

But if the 52-year-old former first lady felt any anger or emotion over the Feds' raid on her home, as always, she didn't show it. She simply slid into a limo, flanked by Secret Service agents, and was whisked back to the three-story penthouse she shares with her 76-year-old husband and 16-year-old son Barron in New York's glittering Trump Tower. It's a familiar routine by now, notes the Daily Mail.

While many assumed Melania would leave her husband the moment the helicopter left the White House lawn at the chaotic end of his presidential term, this did not happen. Instead, the former first lady is slowly rebuilding her life away from the public eye.

For longtime friend and socialite Toni Holt Kramer, Melania's composure came as no surprise. “I get angry every time I read false stories about how she and Donald are going to divorce and how they live apart,” she told the Mail on Sunday.

“I have known Donald since 2010 when my husband and I joined the club in Mar-a-Lago. Soon I met Melania. Since then, I've been to more parties with them than I can count: Barron's birthdays. Thanksgiving Day. B-B-Q. The Melania I know is sweet, kind, natural, stylish and puts her family above everything else. She constantly gets a bad rap because people love to hate the Trumps. Who can blame her for wanting to stay in the background? She didn't hide. I saw her at the spa. She and Donald are always in Mar-a-Lago restaurants.”

With a focus on family and charitable causes that she cares about, Melania launched a website earlier this year to raise money for children's charities by selling $150 worth of digital art.

Friends say that for the most part she lived in a private residence of 3,500 square meters. ft. in Mar-a-Lago, which is also an exclusive private club offering carefully vetted members the opportunity to join for a one-time fee of $250,000 and annual fees of $16,000. Melania swims in an Olympic-sized pool, plays tennis on private courts three times a week, hosts parties at the ballroom, and gets facials and massages at the spa.

Tony Holt Kramer says: “Mrs. Trump has never made a secret of the fact that she considers her greatest achievement to be a wife and mother. Maybe that's why so many people attack her? I don't think it's fashionable to talk anymore.”

Yet, despite all the furious speculation from Trump's enemies, as he contemplates whether to run for president again in 2024, Donald and Melania are not only in many ways together, but she increasingly appears to be the power “behind the throne.” .

And Trump knows this well. Holt Kramer says she watched the couple on a candle-lit terrace in Mar-a-Lago earlier this year, and for two hours “Donald hung on his wife's every word.” For her part, Melania “seemed oblivious to everything else. He absolutely trusts her judgment about everything,” Another source said that as “Mrs. Trump,” she has a lot of power: “Conservative women admire her for being the perfect wife. She came to America from Slovenia with nothing, made a career as a model, and then married a billionaire. She is ambitious. She looks flawless. She supports her husband. She shows up when he needs her. Make no mistake, she knows how valuable she is to Trump. Melania is one of the few people he listens to and trusts implicitly. He always says: “She has my back.”