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“Staggering costs”: a US professor compared the damage from sanctions for Russia and the West

Economist Steve Hanke chided Biden for his “drunken sailor” policy.

Economist, professor, founder of the Johns Hopkins Institute of Applied Economics Steve Hanke, in an interview with the media, said that Russia will certainly face monetary losses from the restrictive measures of the West, but their initiator will suffer even more.

In an interview with Asia Times the analyst said that the counterproductiveness of restrictive measures against Russia is already obvious. The main goal of – “changes in behavior” They did not reach the Kremlin.

At the same time, the cost of sanctions for the world, including the countries of the European Union and the United States, is high.

This is partly evidenced by the estimates given by investment banks, the IMF, and NGOs of various kinds. And this is only part of the analysis of the situation.

According to Hanke, these analytics are random and “the tip of the iceberg”.

“These estimates… indicate that the costs associated with sanctions will be staggering”, the economist believes. compared to the scale of losses for the EU. The European Union will incur costs greater than the States, but not only European countries and the United States will suffer.

The losses will affect the whole world, and a heavy burden will fall on “poor countries and poor people”, Hanke believes.

The professor pointed out a particular danger from bans on Russian energy resources, which will have an extremely negative impact on everyone countries of Europe. Hungary will be an exception.

As Hanke pointed out, bans on Russian energy resources and their transportation will “very negative and serious” influence on the EU countries, with the exception of Hungary.

Recall that after Brussels announced its intention to completely abandon Russian fuel, Budapest said that it would agree to this with a guarantee of oil and gas supplies.

Hanke also announced the consequences of such an economic policy for the United States itself, which also does not will be “intact”. The professor emphasized that the fuel market of the whole world “is balkanizing” and “is being politicized”, the principle of free deliveries of the last 40 years will be gone. As a result, each participant in the process will pay more.

He also criticized President Biden, who had previously reproached Russia for rising US inflation. Hanke, on the contrary, believes that it was the president’s policy that provoked the dollar’s ​​fall, his administration during the pandemic printed and “spent money like drunken sailors”, the professor believes.

Earlier, Topnews wrote that The US Foreign Ministry imposed personal sanctions against 61 citizens of the Russian Federation. Prior to that, last week, the EU approved a new package of sanctions that included an oil embargo.

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Morgenstern* appealed a fine of 100 thousand rubles for drug propaganda

Rapper Alisher Morgenstern* appealed against a fine of 100 thousand rubles, which was imposed on him by the court for drug propaganda, writes TASS.

Recall that earlier law enforcement officers opened administrative proceedings against the rapper in the case of propaganda of prohibited substances in three of his clips. The fact of drug propaganda was confirmed by witnesses and the results of a comprehensive linguo-botanical examination.

The musician's lawyer said that they consider this decision illegal, since the image of a plant as a tattoo in itself cannot be propaganda of drugs, since it is not contains information about how to make and use.

It was previously reported that Google faces a fine of up to 8 million rubles for information about drugs in a Morgenstern video posted on YouTube.

*Recognized as a foreign agent in the Russian Federation

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Soldiers of the Russian Guard destroyed caches with weapons and ammunition in the Donbass

The special forces of the National Guard of the liquidated large caches with weapons and ammunition of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Donbass, the press service of the agency reports.

It is reported that the soldiers of the Russian Guard found in one of the populated points of the LPR 155 shells to the multiple launch rocket system "Grad", twenty 152 mm shells from a self-propelled artillery mount, 30 flamethrowers. 

In the Luhansk People's Republic, five grenade launchers and more than 90 rounds for them, about 200 grenades of various modifications, 11 Kalashnikov assault rifles, and a 12.7 mm Utes heavy machine gun were found. Over over 27,000 ammunition of various calibers, mines, fuses for grenades were found. 

The department also added that the UAV detection station in Donetsk People's Republic detected five enemy targets. The detected targets of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were hit by fire.

In addition, caches with weapons and ammunition were found in the DPR. Soldiers of the National Guard found more than sixty 120 mm tank shells, about a hundred Molotov cocktails, over 900 cartridges for small arms, an 84 mm foreign-made grenade launcher, an ATGM NLAW, two anti-tank guided missiles.

At the beginning In May, servicemen of the Russian Guard discovered in the Kharkiv region a large warehouse of ammunition for the Grad multiple launch rocket system. According to the department, more than 600 ammunition for the MLRS was confiscated and taken to a safe place.

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How much have the fines for violating fire safety increased?

New amendments to the Code of Administrative Offenses (CAO RF), which came into force on June 8, will significantly increase administrative fines for violation of fire safety rules and requirements. 

On average, fines for citizens have increased tenfold, and for officials, individual entrepreneurs and legal entities —  So, in the previous version of the law for burning dry grass the maximum punishment for citizens (provided by Article 20.4 of the Code of Administrative Offenses) was three thousand rubles. Under the new federal law this amount was already  15 thousand rubles. When such an offense was committed under a special fire regime, the maximum fines for citizens increased from 4 to 20 thousand rubles, for officials from 30 to 60 thousand rubles, and for legal entities from 400 to 800 thousand rubles. The corresponding federal law was published on the legal information portal on May 28, 2022. 

Read in the article which articles of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation have been amended. 

How have the fines for violation of fire safety requirements changed? 

Fines for violation of fire safety requirements in populated areas, buildings and structures (private and apartment buildings, schools, businesses, etc.) .). We are talking, for example, about burning dry grass in suburban areas, faulty public warning systems, as well as the lack of mineralized fire-prevention lanes around settlements. 

Part 1 of article 20.4. Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation “Violation of fire safety requirements” (This article provides punishment for violating fire safety requirements everywhere, except for forests and vehicles.)

Fine until June 8 

New penalties from June 8 

A warning or a fine is provided:

To civilians (GL) — from two to three thousand rubles.

For officials (DL) — from six to 15 thousand rubles.

For individual entrepreneurs (IP) — from 20 to 30 thousand rubles.

Legal entities (LE) — from 150 to 200 thousand rubles.

A warning or a fine is provided:

GL — from five to 15 thousand rubles.

DL — from 20 to 30 thousand rubles.

IP — from 40 to 60 thousand rubles.

YuL — from 300 to 400 thousand rubles.

How much did fines increase under the special fire regime?

In  in the event of an increase fire danger (in accordance with Article 30 of the Federal Law of December 21, 1994 No. 69-FZ “On Fire Safety”) authorities impose a special fire-fighting regime on the territory of subjects. During this period, regions introduce additional requirements for fire safety compliance. For example, a ban on  dry grass in populated areas or industrial lands. Also carried out monitoring the timely removal of garbage, checking the workability of sources of water and access roads for fire engines, plowing territories adjacent to the forest etc. From June 8 for failure to comply with fire safety requirements in conditions special fire regime introduced a new fine. 

Part 2 of Article 20.4 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation “Violations of fire safety requirements committed under a special fire regime.”

Penalties until June 8th 

New penalties

GL — from two to four thousand rubles.

DL — from 15 to 30 thousand rubles.

IP — from 30 to 40 thousand rubles.

LE — from 200 to 400 thousand rubles.

GL — from 10 to 20 thousand rubles.

DL — from 30 to 60 thousand rubles.

IP — 60 to 80 thousand rubles.

YuL — from 400 to 800 thousand rubles.

What threatens for repeated violation of fire safety requirements in schools, hospitals and boarding schools? 

According to the new amendments to the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation, for repeated violation of fire safety requirements the administrative responsibility for the maintenance of facilities  ;extreme risk (kindergartens, boarding schools, nursing homes and other facilities where people with disabilities stay), high risk (schools, hospitals, large shopping centers) and significant risk (multi-apartment buildings over 75 meters high ).

Part 2.1 of Article 20.4 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation “Repeated commission of an administrative offense under Part 1 of this Article, if it is committed at a protected facility classified as an extremely high, high or significant risk, and is expressed in the failure to ensure the operability or serviceability of fire water supply sources, electrical installations, electrical equipment, automatic or autonomous fire extinguishing installations, fire alarm systems, technical means of warning and managing the evacuation of people in case of fire or smoke protection systems, or in case of non-compliance of escape routes and evacuation exits with fire safety requirements.

Penalties until June 8th 

New penalties

GL — from three to four thousand rubles.

DL — from 15 to 20 thousand rubles.

IP — from 30 to 40 thousand rubles or administrative suspension of activities (ADD) up to 30 days.

Legal entity — from 200 to 400 thousand rubles or ADF up to 30 days.

GL — from 12 to 20 thousand rubles.

DL — from 30 to 60 thousand rubles.

IP — 60 to 80 thousand rubles or APD up to 30 days.

Legal — from 400 to 800 thousand rubles up to 30 days.

What is the penalty for damaging someone else's property or causing harm to human health? 

If, due to violations of fire safety requirements, a fire started and someone else's property was damaged or a person suffered minor or moderate bodily harm, the person responsible for the fire will pay an increased fine. For example, a resident burned dry grass on his plot, and as a result, a neighbor's barn caught fire. Or, due to injuries in a fire, a person temporarily lost his ability to work. 

Part 6 of Article 20.4 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation “Violation of fire safety requirements that caused a fire and the destruction or damage to someone else's property or causing slight or moderate harm to human health.


New Penalties

GL — from four to five thousand rubles.

DL — from 40 to 50 thousand rubles.

IP — from 50 to 60 thousand rubles or APD up to 30 days.

LE — from 350 to 400 thousand rubles or APD up to 30 days.

GL — from 40 to 50 thousand rubles.

DL — from 80 to 100 thousand rubles.

IP — 90 to 110 thousand rubles or APD up to 30 days. 

YL — from 700 to 800 thousand rubles or APD up to 30 days.

What threatening for causing grievous bodily harm? 

The penalty for  the perpetrators of fires and for more serious consequences. We are talking about the death of a person or causing serious harm to his health (life-threatening injuries). For example, if an employee during fire hazardous work ( welding) did not follow the fire safety technique and people were injured as a result of the fire. 

Part 6.1 of Article 20.4 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation “Violation of fire safety requirements that caused a fire and serious harm to human health or death human».

Fine until June 8

New penalties

YL — from 600 thousand to one million rubles or ADF for up to 90 days.

YuL — from one to two million rubles or APD up to 90 days.

How have the fines for setting fire to the forest changed? 

The amount of fines provided for by Part 1 of Article 8.32 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation “Violation of fire safety rules in forests” has changed.  We are talking about any actions of a person in the forest (leaving a cigarette butt, a burning match, not extinguishing the fire, etc.), which led to fire. 

June 8 fines

New penalties

Warning or penalty provided:

GL — from 1500 to three thousand rubles.

DL — from 10 thousand to 20 thousand rubles.

YL — from 50 to 200 thousand rubles

There is a warning or a fine:

GL — from 15 thousand to 30 thousand rubles.

DL — from 30 thousand to 50 thousand rubles.

YuL — from 100 thousand to 400 thousand rubles.

How have the fines for lighting a fire near a forest changed?

New fines have been introduced and for  lighting fire near a forest area, which is not protected by a mineralized strip.

Part 2 of Article  8.32 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation «Burning brushwood, forest litter, dry grass and other forest combustible materials in violation of the requirements of fire safety rules on land directly adjacent to forests, protective and forest plantations and not separated by a fire-resistant mineralized strip not wide less than 0.5 meters».

Fine until June 8

New penalties

GL — from three to four thousand rubles.

DL — from 15 to 25 thousand rubles.

YuL — from 150 to 250 thousand rubles.

GL — from 30 to 40 thousand rubles.

DL — from 40 to 60 thousand rubles.

YuL — from 300 to 500 thousand rubles.

What threatens for violating fire safety rules in a forest park zone? 

For violation of fire safety rules in the forest park zone (or forest green belt) the also increased fines. it is a green ring adjacent to the city. It includes not only forests, but also green spaces within the city line (parks, squares), which are located near the forest fund. In such zones capital construction and other economic activities are prohibited. 

Part 2.1 of Article 8.32 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation""Actions provided for by parts 1, 2 of this article, committed in the forest park green belt". 

Fine until June 8

New Penalties

GL — from four to five thousand rubles.

DL — from 25 to 40 thousand rubles.

LE — from 250 to 500 thousand rubles.

GL &mdash ; from 40 to 50 thousand rubles

DL — from 50 to 80 thousand rubles.

LE — from 500 thousand to one million rubles.

What are the fines for setting fire to a forest in an emergency and a fire regime? 

According to the order of the Ministry of Natural Resources, due deterioration weather conditions (prolonged drought), as well as the occurrence of emergencies due to forest fires IV or V classes fire danger are introduced. They  provide complete ban on visiting forests. New amendments to the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation have increased the responsibility of citizens for violating legislation.

Part 3 of Article 8.32 of the Code of Administrative Offenses “Violation of fire safety rules in forests under a special fire regime, an emergency regime in forests resulting from forest fires.”

Fine until June 8

New Penalties

GL — from four to five thousand rubles.

DL — from 20 to 40 thousand rubles.

YuL — from 300 to 500 thousand rubles.

GL — from 40 to 50 thousand rubles.

DL — from 60 to 90 thousand rubles.

LE — from 600 thousand rubles to one million.

What threatens the culprit of the fire?   

If       the damage as a result of the fire the damage to the forest does exceed 10 thousand rubles (if the damage is higher, then this is criminal responsibility)  and no one was hurt , then from June 8 the culprit of the fire will pay 60 thousand instead of five.

Part 4 of Article 8.32 “Violation of fire safety rules that caused a forest fire without causing serious harm to human health, if these actions (inaction) do not contain signs of a criminally punishable act.”

Fine until June 8

New penalties

GL — five thousand rubles.

DL — 50 thousand rubles.

YuL — from 500 thousand rubles to one million.

GL — from 50 to 60 thousand rubles.

DL — from 100 to 110 thousand rubles.

LE — from one to two million rubles.

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What penalties do they want to introduce for promoting non-traditional relationships?

The Legislative Assembly of the city of Sevastopol submitted to the State Duma of the Russian Federation a bill that introduces fines for promoting non-traditional sexual relations in Russia. The amendments are provided for in the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offenses (CAO) of the Russian Federation. The draft law has been published on the website of the lower house of parliament.

 Are there no fines for LGBT propaganda now?

The current Code of Administrative Offenses contains Article 6.21 “Propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors”. The initiative of the Legislative Assembly of Sevastopol provides for responsibility for the dissemination of LGBT propaganda in general. The bill proposes to transform Art. 6.21 of the Code of Administrative Offenses into a new article 6.37 “Promotion of non-traditional sexual relations”.

 What exactly do they want to fine for?

The bill provides for fines for promoting non-traditional sexual relations. According to the text of the draft law, such propaganda can be expressed as follows:

1. In the dissemination of information in order to form non-traditional sexual attitudes, make non-traditional sexual relations attractive, consolidate distorted ideas about the social equivalence of traditional and non-traditional sexual relations.

2. In the imposition of information about non-traditional sexual relationships, which arouses interest in such relationships.

The explanatory note to the bill states that propaganda is understood as active public actions that form attitudes or stereotypes of behavior in the mind, as well as activities that encourage you to take any action or refrain from doing it. 

The authors of the initiative note that the ban on the promotion of non-traditional sexual relations does not exclude the dissemination and receipt of relevant information of a general, neutral content. It is also not prohibited to legally hold public events, including open debates about the social status of sexual minorities, without imposing their attitudes.

The explanatory note also states that the proposed penalties do not imply interference with sexual self-determination individuals, do not prohibit or condemn non-traditional sexual relations, do not prevent the use by LGBT representatives of all ways not prohibited by law of expressing their position and protecting their rights and legitimate interests.

 What penalties do they want to introduce for promoting non-traditional relationships?

Legislators propose to introduce the following fines for promoting non-traditional sexual relations:

• for citizens — from 40 thousand to 50 thousand rubles;

• for officials — from 100 thousand to 500 thousand rubles;

• for legal entities — from 1 million to 5 million rubles. or suspension of activities for up to 90 days.

Separate fines are provided for LGBT propaganda among minors (if these actions do not contain a criminally punishable act):

x for citizens — from 50 thousand to 100 thousand rubles;

• for officials — 500 thousand rubles;

• for legal entities — 5 million rubles or suspension of activities for up to 90 days.

If propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations was disseminated through the media or information and telecommunication networks, including on the Internet, the fines are as follows:

• for citizens — from 100 thousand to 500 thousand rubles;

• for officials — from 500 thousand to 1 million rubles;

• for legal entities — up to 10 million rubles or suspension of activities for up to 90 days.

According to the bill, offenders-foreigners and stateless people face deportation from the country and a fine of 40 thousand to 100 thousand rubles. or arrest for up to 15 days before deportation. If propaganda was disseminated by them in the media or on the Internet, the amount of a possible fine is higher: from 100 thousand to 500 thousand rubles 

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Online enrollment in Russian universities will begin on June 20

Online enrollment in Russian universities will begin on June 20, Maksut Shadayev, head of the Ministry of Digital Development of the Russian Federation, said on Wednesday, speaking at the Federation Council.

The process will take place using the Gosuslugi portal . 

According to the minister, digital departments are being launched in 106 Russian universities.  

The admission campaign will last until July 25th. Applicants will learn about the results by August 9.

Earlier it became known that the Ministry of Digital Development plans to launch a service by 2023 that will allow applicants to refuse to confirm their achievements in paper form when entering universities. We are talking about the service “Verified Applicant's Portfolio”.

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Forecaster spoke about the weather in Moscow on the Day of Russia

On Russia Day, June 12, warm weather is expected in Moscow, the air will warm up to 27 degrees. Tatyana Pozdnyakova, chief specialist of the Moscow Meteorological Bureau, told about this.

According to her, on Saturday, June 11, partly cloudy weather and occasional rain are predicted. During the day, the air temperature will be +25…+27 degrees.

On Sunday, the probability of rain will be small, the temperature will remain the same high.

Pozdnyakova noted that on June 13 short-term rain and cooling are not ruled out : daytime temperatures can drop to +20, RIA Novosti reports.

Earlier, the scientific director of the Hydrometeorological Center Roman Vilfand announced the timing of the arrival of July heat in Moscow.

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Isaev: sick leave payments can be received by those working under the GPC agreement

Deputies of the State Duma took the initiative to provide sick leave to those employees of enterprises who work under a civil law contract. This was announced by the deputy head of the Duma faction “United Russia” Andrey Isaev.

The deputy noted that the payment of sick leave to those employed under GPC agreements is offered “for the first time in our history.” A single tariff will protect against “scams” on the part of the employer of those who work under a civil law contract.

In addition, Isaev spoke about the intention of parliamentarians to raise the threshold for paying sick leave. According to him, now the “maximum ceiling”, from which contributions are deducted to the Pension Fund of Russia, is 1.5 million rubles, to the Social Insurance Fund for sick leave — 1 million rubles. In the future, this threshold is planned to be increased by 1.5 times, RIA Novosti writes.

Earlier it became known about plans to merge the Pension Fund and the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation. The State Duma deputies will consider the corresponding bill in the first reading on Wednesday, June 8.

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Anastasia Rakova spoke about the social support of Muscovites

Weekly “Argumenty i Fakty” No. 23. What else will the West freeze to spite Russia 08/06/2022

More than 40,000 social service specialists work in Moscow, providing support to 4.5 million citizens. Anastasia Rakova, Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Social Development, spoke about social support measures for Muscovites on Social Worker's Day.

For more than 30 years, employees of the social protection system have been helping residents of the capital. More than 4.5 million citizens have been covered by support measures. Thus, every third Muscovite receives assistance from the city. Currently, residents of the capital are supported by more than 40 thousand social service specialists. Thanks to their work, existing projects are being developed and new assistance programs are being implemented.

“Employees of the capital's social security system work in almost 160 institutions, including family centers, social homes, Moscow longevity centers, rehabilitation centers, and territorial social service centers. 40 thousand people provide assistance and support to 4.5 million residents, that is, every third Muscovite. Among them are families with children, people with disabilities, the older generation and veterans, orphans and children left without parental care, unemployed citizens and everyone in need of social support. I would like to note that more and more young people choose helping people as their profession. More than 17% of employees under 35 work in the social protection system. Our main principles are proactive approach and targeted assistance. Every year we expand support measures and introduce new formats of work, which allows us to make the social security system more accessible and convenient for Muscovites», -said the Vice Mayor.

Assistance to townspeople in employment is actively expanding. In the spring, a new Recruitment Center was opened for employees of foreign companies at risk of losing their jobs. For more efficient employment of Muscovites at the sites of the My Job centers recruiting centers of the Moscow Metro, Russian Post, PJSC MOEK, Magnit, Dixy stores were opened and the Moscow Building Complex. In cooperation with the service «» the database of vacancies has been expanded, thanks to which their number has increased to 340 thousand. If the applicant wants to change the field of activity, he can undergo retraining. In the specialized employment center “My Career”, the training center “Professional” and other city educational sites teach modern popular specialties, including in the field of IT and high technology.

The city also continues to expand support for families with children, social support measures are being strengthened, and new projects are appearing. Portal “My Family Center” is filled with new services, with the help of which you can get help from psychologists, lawyers, mediators and other specialists. More than 2 million residents of the capital have already used its services.

Significant changes have taken place in terms of the placement of orphans in families. Thanks to the measures taken by the Government of Moscow to develop family placement, more than 93% of orphans (over 18 thousand) are brought up in families.

The number of schools for foster parents has increased – now there are 40 of them in the city.  Open events are held in centers assistance to family education, the possibilities of the project on property support of foster families have been expanded.  

The city actively supports foster families. They have access to a wide range of benefits and payments, which are regularly indexed. After accepting a child into a family, support services for foster families are ready to support parents, there are 44 such organizations in the city, more than   2 thousand foster families. The  "My New Family" portal has been launched, which contains all the necessary information about the forms of family placement,  social support measures provided by the city  for foster families and graduates of organizations.

For citizens with disabilities, new services also appear that not only provide support for the city, but also provide an opportunity for self-realization. For example, a unified city early aid service is actively developing – service for families with children with special needs. The project team is multifaceted – pediatricians, motor development specialists, psychologists, defectologists, speech therapists, family specialists, specialized doctors – neurologists, orthopedists, audiologists, ophthalmologist, physiotherapist.

In 2021, the New Opportunities project was launched. The specialists of this service provide individual support to Muscovites who have lost limbs. Each participant is assigned a personal consultant who helps with all paperwork, provides psychological assistance, immerses in a community where a person finds support, which allows him to return to normal life sooner.

“A special direction in our work – caring for people with mental disabilities. We are opening residential buildings of a new type of social houses after a major overhaul. We use a fundamentally new approach, which is to create an open, comfortable and friendly atmosphere. Since this year, a new service for post-boarding support has appeared. This includes psychological counseling, assistance in paperwork, solving everyday issues and other situations that graduates of city boarding schools may face when starting an independent life”, – said the deputy mayor.

The capital also launched the School of Related Care project, which began work this year. In the classroom, they tell not only about the proper care of a loved one, but also about how to properly build communications within the family, how to comfortably and safely equip the space in the apartment and to remain in a resourceful state and avoid emotional burnout.

Work continues on organizing active leisure for the older generation of citizens. By the end of the year, more than 70 Moscow Longevity Centers will operate,  52 of which are already receiving visitors. “Moscow longevity” after a break to online, it switched to face-to-face format. The summer program has started. In the Moskino network the first premiere screenings of the feature film “Silver Aster”, created by the project participants, took place.

Often, citizens also need psychological support. It is provided by employees of the metropolitan psychological assistance service. Psychologists carefully help to cope with difficult life situations and stress by phone, chat and emergency telephone: 051 (for city) or 8 (495) 051 (for mobile). In addition, at the end of last year, on the basis of three medical institutions in the capital, a pilot project was launched to provide psychological support to cancer patients and their relatives.

The functionality of the unified inquiry service of the Department of Labor and Social Protection has been expanded: +7 495 870-44-44. Specialists advise Muscovites on the procedure for obtaining public services in the field of social protection of the population: who can apply, where to apply, what documents, the deadline and result of execution, the amount of payments, class schedules, working hours, addresses of institutions. Operators use a specialized catalog, the information in which is constantly updated and updated, and, if necessary, connect a person with an employee of a specialized institution.

The level of targeting and accessibility of social services is increasing through the remote format of their provision. Currently, 37 state and other services in the field of labor and social protection of the population are provided in digital form: 22 services – for families with children, 7 services – for the older generation, 3 services – for citizens with disabilities, 2 services for informing about payments and change of personal data, as well as 3 services in the field of labor and employment. Since the beginning of 2021, Muscovites have submitted 2.6 million applications electronically.

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The Russian Defense Ministry announced significant losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Donbass


The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported significant losses suffered by Ukrainian armed formations in the Donbass during the fighting as part of a special operation.

As an example of the scale of losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in manpower, weapons and equipment, representatives of the RF Ministry of Defense named the liberation of  Svyatogorsk located on the territory of the DPR. There, in 3 days of fighting, the Armed Forces of Ukraine lost  more than 300 fighters, four “Grad” installations, six  tanks, 15 combat armored vehicles, as well as 36 guns and mortars.


The Russian Embassy in Japan reacted to the new sanctions against the Russian Federation


The Russian Embassy in Japan commented on the new sanctions against Russia. According to Russian diplomats, the sanctions against Rosselkhozbank will not contribute to the stabilization of the world food market, which the Japanese side designates as one of its priorities.

Attempts to “artificially remove Russia from international economic cooperation” were described in the embassy as ” unpromising”.

Earlier, the Japanese authorities announced the imposition of sanctions against the export to the Russian Federation of goods that could help strengthen the Russian industrial infrastructure. In addition, Tokyo imposed sanctions against Rosselkhozbank, Moscow Credit Bank and some other Russian credit organizations, as well as the Belarusian Bank for Development and Reconstruction.


Lavrov spoke about the possibility of a meeting between Putin and Zelensky


Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, commenting on the prospects for a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky , said that it is necessary first to resume the work of the negotiating teams.

“Zelensky wants a meeting for the sake of a meeting. He has seven Fridays a week,” Lavrov said. “We presume that the negotiation teams must first resume work,” the Russian minister said after talks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu. “The ball is on the side of the Ukrainians for almost two months”,   Lavrov added.

The Russian side's vision of the next version of the draft agreements was handed over to Kyiv in mid-April. “We did not receive any backlash,” said the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry.


Lavrov praised Zelensky’s demand to withdraw Russian troops

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov assessed the demands of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to withdraw Russian troops beyond the contact line along as of February 24 to start negotiations. The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry called this a “frivolous approach.”

“This is absolutely not a serious approach, moreover, it completely contradicts the initiatives that the Ukrainian delegation itself put forward on March 29 here (in Turkey), – Lavrov said. “Therefore, we observe such throwing several times every day.”

Sergey Lavrov met with his counterpart, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Wednesday, June 8. Following the talks, the foreign ministers of the two countries took part in a joint press conference and answered journalists' questions.


Lavrov announced Russia’s guarantees for the export of Ukrainian grain

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday about Russia's guarantees for the export of Ukrainian grain.

“Russia guarantees that when and if Ukraine will clear the ports and allow the withdrawal of ships,” Lavrov said, reaffirming the guarantees that Russian President Vladimir Putin had previously announced. At the same time, he clarified: “We will not take advantage of this situation and attack.”

The Russian Foreign Minister made his statement at a press conference dedicated to the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Russia and Turkey.

Lavrov met his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara on Wednesday to hold talks on the situation in Ukraine.

He told reporters that he had briefed Cavusoglu on the progress of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine.

The meeting also discussed issues of demining Ukrainian ports for the export of grain.


NYT: US gives Ukrainians weapons they don’t know how to use


The New York Times published a report from one of the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, whose soldiers complained to journalists about the difficulties in using foreign military equipment coming to Ukraine. The authors of the material came to the conclusion that the partner countries, sometimes arming Kyiv with the latest military developments, did not take care that Ukrainian soldiers could actually use them.

“Peering into the optical sight, junior sergeant Pysanka sees a kaleidoscope numbers and lines which, if read correctly, should help him calculate the hit. However, the authors continue, many Ukrainian military have not received any training to understand how to work with Western military equipment.

“More than a month ago, the commanders of his front-line artillery unit received a high-tech laser rangefinder from the West to help with aiming fire. But there is a problem: no one knows how to use it,” the authors of the article write.

Sergeant Pysanka is commented: ” It's like getting an iPhone 13 and using it only for calls.”

The source told the publication that he had to try to learn how to work with this device on his own, “reading the instructions in English and translating through Google translator”.


The authors of the article remind that the Ukrainian authorities, including President Volodymyr Zelensky, regularly remind the West of the need to transfer new weapons to Kyiv. However, in addition to the technology itself, Ukrainians still need to know how to use it, the NYT emphasizes. And he refers to the opinion of analysts who compare the current situation with the past – when the United States tried to arm the Afghan army.

“There are weapons that are intuitively impossible to learn how to use,” Sergeant Mikita shared his opinion. “We need training courses.”

The authors of the article point out that in many respects the problem lies in the rotation of the military. So, earlier, American instructors did a serious job of training Ukrainians, but many of those who completed the course have now been withdrawn from the front line. In Sergeant Pysanka's unit, the article says, only one trained soldier remained. He had to independently translate a 140-page manual for his colleagues. Differences in measurement systems are also challenging: American weapons are set to feet, while the APU still uses the metric system.


Ukraine wanted to buy the “Iron Dome” from Israel


The Jerusalem Post writes that Ukraine is interested in acquiring the Iron Dome air defense system, which Israel uses to repel air attacks.

The publication says that Ukrainian Ambassador Yevhen Korniychuk announced Kyiv's plans. At the same time, the diplomat accused the Israeli authorities of the lack of assistance, blocking the supply of foreign weapons and refusing to provide humanitarian assistance, for example, to treat wounded soldiers in their hospitals. The ambassador also said that the topic of Ukraine is beginning to disappear from the pages of the Israeli media, as if nothing is happening. On the topic of weapons, he cited the incident with the Rafael anti-tank system as an example: according to the diplomat, the United States had previously given permission to transfer the Spike ATGM from Germany to Ukraine, but Israel refused to agree on an agreement.

“I want the Israeli government left its comfort zone and returned to reality,” Korniychuk said. “We need Israel's support. We need the support of military equipment, we need the Iron Dome.

JP indicates that Israel has previously refused to provide any – or military assistance to Ukraine, trying to establish ties simultaneously with Kyiv and Moscow.Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that he did not consider the “Iron Dome” a weapon, but rather a defensive technology, since it is impossible to attack anyone with it. Ambassador Korniychuk, in turn, noted that Ukraine does not need gratuitous “donations”: “We want to buy.”

At the same time, experts interviewed told the publication that Israel is unlikely to agree to sell technologists yu Ukraine or any other country, as there is an agreement with the United States in this regard, as well as for reasons of control over the export of Israeli defense products.


Family of surrendered British mercenary hopes for his return

The family of the British mercenary Aiden Aslin, who surrendered in Mariupol, said they hope for his speedy return home.


The family of the British mercenary Aiden Aslin, who surrendered in Mariupol, told Sky News that they hope for his speedy return home.

It is specified that at the moment Ukrainian authorities and the British Foreign Office are working on this issue.

“We love and miss Aiden very much. We hope that we will be able to release him quickly,” the relatives of the mercenary said.

Recall that two British mercenaries Aiden Aslin and Sean Pinner surrendered in Mariupol. This happened in mid-April. According to the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Major General Igor Konashenkov, the best that can await them is “a long term in prison.” British mercenaries are not combatants under international humanitarian law.

Earlier, the DPR Prosecutor General's Office announced that the investigation into the criminal case against Aslin had been completed. Soon it will be taken to court, the British may face the death penalty.


Russian special operation in Ukraine: online broadcast June 8

MoD reports, reports from the field, reactions and opinions

Russia continues to conduct a special operation on the territory of Ukraine. On the eve of the deputy head of the military-civilian administration of the Kherson region, Kirill Stremousov, said that a referendum on joining the Russian Federation would be held in the region. It was also reported that the first Russian bank was launched in the Kherson region. In addition, road communication was opened from the territory of Russia along the mainland to the Crimea. The military prosecutor of the Western District Artur Yegiyev said that about 600 conscripts were involved in the special military operation, 12 officers were held responsible for this violation.

Follow the events of Wednesday, June 8 with us. Read the previous broadcast here.

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12:38 In Svetlogorsk, a court banned the media from publishing lists of those who died in Ukraine – a corresponding lawsuit was filed by the military prosecutor's office of the Baltic Fleet garrison against the Pskov publication. The court recognized the list, compiled on the basis of data from officials and open sources, as prohibited information.

12:36 German Chancellor Scholz and Ukrainian President Zelensky said following a telephone conversation that everything possible must be done to export Ukrainian grain, especially by sea.

12:33 Also Lavrov – at a press conference in Turkey: Russia guarantees that if Kyiv clears the ports, Moscow will not use this situation for military purposes; Moscow is ready to issue “one way or another” guarantees for unblocking ports.

12:21 Ukraine has sowed 75% of the area used for crops a year earlier during the current sowing season. According to the Cabinet of Ministers, grain storage volumes can be increased by 10-15 million tons due to the “organization of mobile storage facilities, taking into account international experience.”

12:12 Lavrov: Zelensky's demand to start negotiations with Moscow to withdraw Russian troops behind the line on February 24 is a “frivolous approach”.

12:08 Lavrov: Russia is ready to hold a quadripartite meeting in Istanbul with the UN, Turkey and Ukraine on the topic of grain exports.

12:06 Statements by Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu following talks with Lavrov: Ankara is ready to organize a meeting in Istanbul between Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN to export grain; Turkey considers it possible to resume the negotiation process between the Russian Federation and Ukraine; Turkey is in favor of discussing the measures to be taken to ensure the safety of navigation in the Black Sea.

12:04 Lavrov said that the Russian and Turkish military are discussing the details of demining Ukrainian ports for the export of grain. He also said that, according to the Turkish side, Ukraine is ready to ensure the passage of ships through mined waters. In addition, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry expressed the opinion that the situation with Ukrainian grain has nothing to do with the food crisis.

11:59 Lavrov met with Foreign Minister Cavusoglu in Turkey and said that special operation in Ukraine achieves its goals.

11:48 The new authorities of Zaporizhzhya announced that a referendum on joining the Russian Federation could be held in the coming months. “I really want the referendum to take place. Preferably as soon as possible, in early autumn,” said Yevhen Balitsky, head of the interim military-civilian administration.

11:39 Andrey Skabelin, Head of the Foreign Exchange Market Department of the Moscow Exchange, said in an interview with RIA Novosti that the difference in exchange rates in Russia and in the West was caused by a shortage of rubles abroad. “At the same time, the rates are now quite close: the difference is about 50 kopecks,” says Skabelin.

11:35 According to the Moscow government's Active Citizen service, Moscow residents voted on a name for a previously unnamed square near the US Embassy – it is reported that the square will be named after the DPR.

11:33 Briefing of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation: the losses of Ukrainian troops during the liberation of the RF Armed Forces of Svyatogorsk amounted to more than 300 people; air defense systems of the Russian Federation shot down two Ukrainian MiG-29 aircraft and a Mi-8 helicopter in the Nikolaev region; the Ukrainian group in the Donbass suffers significant losses in manpower, weapons and military equipment; in the area of ​​the settlement Chuguev, Kharkiv region, a fuel storage facility for the equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was destroyed; The Russian Aerospace Forces fired high-precision missiles at an armored plant in the Kharkov region, where armored vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were being repaired; Russian air defense systems intercepted three Tochka-U missiles and five Smerch MLRS rockets in the Kherson region; Russian aviation destroyed the command post of the Armed Forces brigade, two installations of the Grad MLRS and the EW station of Ukraine; The Russian Aerospace Forces hit two command posts, a battery of multiple rocket launchers “Uragan”, four warehouses with weapons and ammunition in a day.

11:31 Ukrainian media write that the SBU has seized the assets of a company that is associated with a Russian businessman. Aerok LLC, which manufactures aerated concrete products and owns two concrete plants, registered in the Kyiv region, is allegedly owned by a German company. However, Andrey Molchanov's St. Petersburg LSR Group is called the ultimate beneficiary.

11:26 Petersburg canceled the concert “Bi-2”, which was supposed to take place in a trendy restaurant during the days of the SPIEF. Previously, the artists postponed their performances in several cities to later dates – after a number of their concerts were canceled. The first difficulties for the musicians arose in April in Omsk, where they refused to perform in the hall with a large banner “For the President”.

11:11 The Russian Ambassador to Montenegro said that the country had turned off Russian channels – both those included in the sixth package of EU sanctions and those not included in it.

10.43Norway handed over 22 self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine. This was announced by the Ministry of Defense of the Kingdom.

10.19 In the Zaporozhye region, the first batch of passports for citizens of the Russian Federation is ready for issuance, said Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the military-civilian administration.

10.10 In Vladivostok, an unknown person tried to set fire to the building of the military registration and enlistment office. He threw a burning rag into the building. The fire was extinguished ten minutes later.

9.30Former German chancellor Angela Merkel said in an interview that she has nothing to apologize for in the matter of policy towards Ukraine. Merkel, in particular, does not blame herself for supporting the Minsk process. Diplomacy cannot be wrong just because it didn't work, the ex-chancellor noted.

9.16Turkey set conditions for Sweden and Finland on NATO membership, writes the Turkish newspaper Yeni Şafak. Sweden and Finland, according to these conditions, among other things, must create a legal infrastructure and legal norms for the fight against terrorism and support Ankara in its fight against the Kurdistan Workers' Party and the organization of the preacher Fethullah Gülen.

9.01 The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that the talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu on Wednesday in Ankara will be very intense. The Russian Foreign Ministry previously clarified that the parties will discuss the prospects for resuming peace talks with Ukraine.


Moscow forced Erdogan to cancel the operation in northern Syria

Ankara had to curtail preparations for the offensive

During the negotiations between the Russian and Turkish delegations, the issue of Ankara conducting a military operation in northern Syria was raised. However, Moscow refused to approve this move, as a result of which the Turkish military had to curtail preparations for the offensive.

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According to the Hürriyet newspaper, Turkey planned to conduct an operation in the Ain Issa area on the northern outskirts of the city of Raqqa.

However, Moscow not only opposed Ankara's plans, but also sent additional reinforcements to the area.

It is worth noting that the M4 highway passes in the Ain Issa area, which connects the cities of Hasaka, Raqqa , Deir ez-Zor and Aleppo.

According to the publication, Turkish aircraft launched targeted strikes on Tel Rifat and Manbij, where objects of the Kurdistan Workers' Party could be located. In Turkey, this organization is considered a terrorist organization.

Earlier, on June 1, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the start of another anti-terrorist operation in northern Syria.


Angela Merkel explained her reluctance to see Ukraine in NATO

Former German chancellor doesn't regret talking to President Putin

Angela Merkel said she doesn't regret talking to Russian President Putin. At the same time, the former German chancellor claims that her opposition to Ukraine's membership in NATO helped this country. Merkel also partially blamed the West for the Ukrainian crisis.

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Former German Prime Minister Angela Merkel said she did not regret her interactions with Vladimir Putin during her time in office, arguing that the Russian president would accept Ukraine's NATO membership plan 2008, which was blocked by the German Merkel government as a “declaration of war”.

The former German chancellor also said that oligarch-ruled and democratically immature Ukraine was then less prepared for armed conflict than it is now, writes The Guardian.

“I would be very bad if I said:“ There is no point in talking to this man [Putin],” Merkel said in an interview on stage at the Berliner Ensemble theater on Tuesday evening — her first public appearance since stepping down as German chancellor six months ago.

“It's a great tragedy that it didn't work, but I don't blame myself for trying,” the ex-Chancellor of Germany added.

Asked if she regretted her opposition in 2008 to a US-led plan of action for Ukraine and Georgia to join NATO, Merkel replied: “Ukraine was not the country we know now. It was a very divided Ukraine… even the reformist forces of Tymoshenko and Yushchenko were at odds. This means that it was not a country whose democracy was internally strengthened.” According to her, Ukraine at that time “was ruled by oligarchs.”

According to Merkel, from the point of view of the Russian leadership, admitting Ukraine to NATO at that time would have been regarded as a “declaration of war.” Although she did not share Putin's views, Merkel said she “knew how he thought” and “did not want to provoke it further.”

The ex-chancellor claimed that she blocked Ukraine's path to membership in a military alliance, guided by the interests of the country. “You cannot become a member of NATO any day now,” Merkel said. “It's a process.” According to the former head of the German government, she feared that during this process, Russia “would have done something bad for Ukraine.”

Merkel also defended the Minsk agreements, arguing that they bought time for Kyiv. “It calmed the situation and gave Ukraine time to transform into the country it is now.”

She praised President Volodymyr Zelensky for his leadership during the current conflict, saying he represented a “new Ukraine.”

In an interview with Der Spiegel journalist Alexander Osang, Angela Merkel said she felt the geopolitical problems created by the collapse of the Soviet Union, were present throughout all 16 years of her stay in power. “It was impossible to properly end the Cold War…there was always the question of Russia.”

Merkel claims she began to take the possibility of a looming conflict in Ukraine seriously in the last few weeks of her tenure, when she attended the G20 summit in Rome when the government of her successor, Olaf Scholz, was still in the process of being formed.

“There were hints and we talked a lot about it,” said the 67-year-old ex-chancellor. While Merkel unequivocally condemned the Russian operation in Ukraine, she also seemed to suggest that some of the blame should be placed on the West. Calling the current conflict “a big mistake on the part of Russia” and saying that she “does not share the opinion of Mr. Putin,” Angela Merkel admitted: “They failed to create a security architecture that could prevent this [the conflict in Ukraine]. And we should think about that too.”

She dismissed criticism that Germany under her leadership was under the illusion that Russia could be democratized by expanding trade ties with the West. But Merkel said she believed that if political cooperation was not possible, then it would make sense to at least have some economic ties with Moscow.

Merkel's defense of expanding economic ties with Russia seemed to be at odds with her claim that that she warned other politicians that Putin is hostile to the entire Western model of democracy and that he wants to “destroy Europe”.

The former leader of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) admitted that European countries do not spend enough money on their armed forces, although she rejected criticism that the German army was weakened under her leadership.


Turkey proposed a way to unblock Ukrainian ports with grain

Russian Minister Lavrov to Discuss Food Crisis with Ankara

Ahead of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's visit, Ankara made statements that it insisted on a deal to export grain from Ukraine. The Turks offer mine clearance services in Ukrainian ports and escort of ships with wheat and other food products by military convoys.


Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Ankara has made “significant progress” in negotiations and is coordinating closely with Russia and Ukraine to agree on a plan to resume grain exports from Ukrainian ports, even as conflict continues in other parts of the country.

As reported by the Daily Sabah, Turkey is participating in United Nations efforts to reach an agreement on a plan to open a safe shipping corridor to overcome the global food crisis caused by the Ukrainian crisis, which halted Ukrainian grain exports from Black Sea ports.

Akar's remarks came a day after reports that Ankara and Moscow had reached a preliminary agreement to resume supplies of Ukrainian agricultural products, but Ukraine has not yet approved this plan, the Turkish publication notes.

The problem of blocked grain will be discussed in Wednesday during the visit of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Turkey.

Turkey has reportedly offered military assistance to clear the port of Odessa and escort grain carriers. Kyiv fears that the removal of the mine protection could leave the port of Odessa open to Russian action.

Khulusi Akar said discussions were underway on how mines floating near the port of Odessa and elsewhere along the coast of Ukraine would be cleared. who will do it, and who will guard the corridor for the export of grain.

“We are making efforts to complete this as soon as possible,” the Turkish minister told reporters after a cabinet meeting late Monday night. The parties are ready to resolve the issue, but mutual trust remains a stumbling block, Akar said: “Everyone wants to be sure of certain things. We are working to establish that trust.”

“There has been a lot of progress on this issue” and technical planning is ongoing, the minister said.

Turkey shares maritime borders with Ukraine and Russia and has said it is ready to take on a role in the “monitoring mechanism” if an agreement can be reached. Ankara has proposed the establishment of a center in Istanbul to coordinate and monitor demining efforts and the supply of grain to world markets. This may include Turkish navy escorting tankers leaving Ukraine and heading for the Turkish straits to world markets.

Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Vahit Kirishci also said late on Monday that the parties were close to an agreement on a corridor deal. Kirisci also said that Ankara and Kyiv have agreed on a 25 percent discount on grain products that will be purchased in Ukraine, without going into details.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will receive his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov for talks according to this plan on Wednesday. On Monday, Lavrov said he was optimistic that the military could find a solution.

As the Daily Sabah recalls, Western leaders have accused Russia of “blackmailing” the world by blocking Ukrainian ports. Moscow, on the other hand, believes that Western sanctions are to blame for the current situation. Russia and Ukraine account for almost a third of the world's wheat supply, Russia is also a major fertilizer exporter, and Ukraine is a major exporter of corn and sunflower oil. Nearly 25 million tons of grain are stuck in Ukraine awaiting shipment, and as Volodymyr Zelensky said on Monday, that figure could triple by autumn. Ukraine exported up to 6 million tons of grain per month before the conflict, but in recent months the volumes have fallen to about 1 million tons. Exports of grains, oilseeds and vegetable oils from Ukraine rose by 80% in May to 1.743 million tons, but volumes are still well below exports in May 2021, the Ukrainian Ministry of Agriculture said on Tuesday.

Zelensky on Monday demanded a safe corridor for Ukrainian courts and said that Kyiv was negotiating with countries such as Turkey and the UK for security guarantees for Ukrainian ships. He also said Kyiv was not ready to agree to a plan to export its grain by rail through Belarus to ship across the Baltic Sea.

Moscow has assured Ankara it will not attack Odessa if the corridor is established, said on Friday Presidential press secretary Ibrahim Kalyn.

Separately, Russia said on Tuesday that two major ports on the Sea of ​​Azov, taken under control by Russian troops, were ready to resume grain shipments, but the Kremlin said that Kyiv still needed to clear the approaches to their ports for export.


Military expert predicted “widespread sabotage” due to the opening of communication with the Crimea

This destination will not be popular with tourists

The head of the Russian Defense Ministry, Sergei Shoigu, at a conference call on June 7, announced the opening of road and rail links with Crimea along the mainland by Russia. At the same time, military expert Viktor Baranets expressed doubt that travel to the peninsula would be popular with tourists until the end of the special operation due to the inevitable risk of sabotage.


In an interview with, Baranets suggested that until the end of the Russian special operation on the territory of Ukraine, sabotage should be expected everywhere, and they will occur not only on the railway.

Expert stressed that the closer the completion of the Russian special operation, the higher the likelihood of “sabotage and terrorist attacks” by the Ukrainian side. According to him, over time, the enemy will become more sophisticated.

However, Baranets believes that the routes can be monitored around the clock by special teams of Russian military and Ukrainian local residents, most of them suffering from unemployment. The expert believes that in regions where the unemployment situation is “horrible”, this could be almost the only way for Ukrainians to earn at least some money.

Read also: Political scientist predicted that most regions of Ukraine will become part of Russia


American General Twitty estimated the combat losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

“There is no way Ukrainians can destroy or defeat Russians”

Combat losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (APU) can reach 200,000 people. This point of view was expressed by the American Lieutenant General Stephen Twitty, who previously served as deputy head of the United States European Command (EUCOM), writes the German edition of Linke Zeitung.

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The US military noted that approximately 200,000 Ukrainian soldiers have disappeared from Washington's sight. Kyiv either hides their death, or lied about the successful conduct of mass mobilization, Twitty shared his opinion. At the same time, as the former deputy head of EUCOM emphasized, the White House wants to know the true state of affairs at the front, and not receive untrue information about Russian losses from Ukrainian colleagues.

The American general also expressed confidence that The Russian Federation will soon be victorious.

“There is no way that the Ukrainians can destroy or defeat the Russians,” Twitty said, adding that the Ukrainian Armed Forces would not have enough combat power to return to their control of already lost territories.


China called the establishment of a military base in Cambodia an American fake

The West is concerned about Beijing's plans to use foreign facilities for its army

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian criticized a US media report that claimed China was building an exclusive military base in Cambodia. Beijing condemned the United States, “maintaining a strong military presence around the world and showing off its military muscles” for spreading disinformation against other countries.

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Cambodia and Beijing denied reports that they are building a secret naval facility for the Chinese Navy while the new Australian prime minister expressed concern about the project and called for transparency, writes The Guardian.

The American edition of The Washington Post, citing unnamed Western officials, reported that a new facility at the Cambodian base Ream, strategically located in the Gulf of Thailand, is being built for an “exceptional” use by Chinese navies.

The base has been a sore spot in US-Cambodian relations for years, and Washington has long suspected that it will be retooled for use by China seeking to bolster its international influence with a network of military outposts .

Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Prak Sokhonn dismissed the report as “baseless accusations” in a telephone conversation with Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong.

Earlier, a Phnom Penh spokesman said that the development of the base “is not a secret.” “Cambodia will not allow the Chinese military to use it exclusively or turn it into their military base,” — Cambodian government spokesman Fai Sifan told Agence France-Presse.

The Cambodian Defense Minister and the Chinese Ambassador on Wednesday will attend a groundbreaking ceremony for new facilities in Ream, including a boat repair shop and a wharf.

But new Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, who came to Indonesia on a visit to strengthen diplomatic relations amid China's growing assertiveness in the region, called the reports “concerning.”

“We call on Beijing to be transparent about its intentions and ensure that its activities support regional security and stability,” — he said, adding that Cambodia had assured Canberra that no foreign military would be given exclusive access to the Ream base.

Australia is increasingly concerned about Beijing's growing influence in the Pacific. A leak of a draft pact between the PRC and the Solomon Islands in April raised concerns that it would allow Chinese naval forces to be stationed on the Pacific island nation — less than 2,000 km from Australia.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has repeatedly stated that work in Ream — this is nothing but upgrading the base with a new boat maintenance facility developed with the help of China. “Cambodia does not need the presence of foreign military on its territory”, — he said in a speech in May.

China also denied that the base would be used exclusively by their navy. Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters in Beijing on Tuesday, “The transformation of the Ream naval base is only to strengthen the capabilities of the Cambodian navy to protect maritime territorial sovereignty and combat maritime crime.”

He added that Washington's criticism was “malicious speculation to attack and vilify” Cambodia.

Concerns about the base arose as early as 2019, when the Wall Street Journal reported on a secret draft agreement allowing Beijing to station warships there. Since then, Cambodia has dismantled the base facilities, which were partly built with American money, and hosted American exercises.

According to the Chinese edition of the Global Times, “the American side remained deaf” to explanations from Phnom Penh and instead continued to make malicious speculation, slander and attack and even threatened Cambodia to suppress the issue. This is typical hooligan behavior, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian.

Zhao confirmed that China and Cambodia are strategic partners. He noted that the two countries are openly and transparently cooperating in various fields.

At the same time, China reminds that the United States has approximately 800 military bases around the world, and its military spending exceeds the total spending of the next nine countries with the largest expenses. The United States has existed for almost 250 years, but only 16 of them have not been at war; The US always interferes in the internal affairs of other countries and sends warplanes and warships to show itself, Zhao noted.

“Everyone on this planet can tell who is destroying global security and stability and spreading misinformation,” — Zhao noted.

The U.S. has reportedly spent $778 billion on its military in 2020, more than the next nine top spending countries combined.


Military expert called the new tasks of the special operation in Ukraine

“We must ensure a passage to Transnistria”

The Russian army has several more main tasks in the framework of a special military operation in Ukraine. The corresponding point of view in an interview with Izvestia was voiced by military expert Vladislav Shurygin.

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The armed forces of the Russian Federation will soon complete the next stage of the special operation in Ukraine, which will end with fierce battles for Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, then a new large-scale offensive will begin, the interlocutor of the publication shared his opinion. “First of all, they have to complete the offensive operation in the Donbass. It is already coming to an end, ”said the specialist.

Shurygin said that the allied forces need to push back the grouping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (APU) from Donetsk, for which it is necessary to complete the offensive on Avdiivka and Peski. The final blow will be inflicted on Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, where the fate of a large grouping of the Ukrainian army will be finally decided, the military expert noted, stressing that the battles for these settlements will be final at this stage. According to him, it will take from one to one and a half months to solve this problem.

Shurygin suggested that the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine may require additional stages of a special military operation, including the Nikolaev-Odessa one. “We must secure a passage to Transnistria. While maintaining the pace, we can meet the deadline in three months, ”he said, adding that the next stage is to take control of Zaporozhye, Kharkov and Dnepropetrovsk, which will take at least four months.

The Russian Federation launched a special military operation in Ukraine on February 24th. Russian President Vladimir Putin called its goal the demilitarization and denazification of the republic, as well as the protection of the people of Donbass. For this, according to the Russian leader, it is planned to bring to justice all war criminals responsible for “bloody crimes against civilians” in the region. According to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, the Russian army strikes only at the military infrastructure and units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (APU).


Refusal to let the plane with Lavrov to Serbia linked with Scholz

The German Chancellor will arrive in Belgrade in the coming days

The disrupted visit of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to Serbia was the result of the fact that the EU countries did not want his solemn reception to “set off” the forthcoming visit of the German Chancellor to the capital of Serbia. This was stated by the Russian Ambassador to the Republic Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko.

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“There's more the reason — the contrast that would have arisen during the visit of Scholz, which will take place with a difference of only a few days, against the background of the reception of Sergei Viktorovich Lavrov here in Belgrade and Serbia», — said the diplomat on the air of Soloviev Live» .

The ambassador added that another reason for the disruption of the visit of the Russian minister was the unwillingness of the West to once again hear Moscow's position on Bosnia and Kosovo.

Lavrov's visit to Belgrade was supposed to take place on June 6 and 7 , however, the day before the trip it became known that the authorities of Bulgaria, Montenegro and North Macedonia closed their airspace for the plane with the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

The minister himself, commenting on the situation, called l the actions of these countries are “inconceivable” and “outrageous”, noting that they are also trying to deprive the sovereign state represented by Serbia of the right to implement foreign policy.

Later, the Montenegrin authorities said they closed the sky to the Russian aircraft due to obligations to comply with anti-Russian sanctions .

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the country Ranko Krivokapic noted that Lavrov could get to Belgrade by train, since the railway connection is open.


The EU was accused of racism because of the reception of Ukrainian refugees

On the ground, the attitude towards migrants contrasts sharply with the position of the authorities

Millions of Ukrainian refugees may remain in the European Union, a senior EU official said, commenting on the biggest migrant crisis in Europe since World War II. At the same time, accusations of racism are heard against European countries that accept immigrants from Ukraine.

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About 7 million Ukrainians found themselves refugees outside their country, with the vast majority finding refuge in the European Union, writes The Washington Post.

In an unprecedented move since the outbreak of the Ukrainian conflict, the European Union as a bloc has used extraordinary force, which has not been used since it was conceived two decades ago, and provided the Ukrainians with a kind of full protection. The “Temporary Protection Directive” is known to give those who receive it an extended right to free movement within the European Union, as well as a work permit and access to health care, education and housing.

This is “a very generous offer that goes far beyond classical protection,” European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas said during a visit to Washington.

Schinas, whose responsibilities include coordinating the European Union’s continental approach to grant policy Asylum and Migration, believes that many of these refugees may not eventually return to their home countries. According to his estimates, at least 2.5 to 3 million Ukrainians will remain in European countries.

This figure is several times higher than the number of Syrian and Afghan war refugees granted asylum in the EU. in recent years. From Schinas' point of view, this is a positive thing. He described many Ukrainian refugees as “highly educated and skilled individuals” who “can immediately integrate into our systems,” especially as the continent as a whole faces demographic decline and significant skills shortages in certain critical sectors.

Many refugees have tapped into the Ukrainian diaspora network and found housing and housing, while tens of thousands of citizens in the European Union, the UK and the United States, among other countries, have registered to host or sponsor Ukrainian refugees. Ukrainian schoolchildren have access to their educational programs in digital form. And while Ukraine's coronavirus vaccination rates have been relatively low, the oversupply of vaccines in the European Union means there's plenty to do, according to The Washington Post.

All of this, Schinas noted, has left traditional far-right opponents of immigration on the continent relatively muted about this large influx of Ukrainians, which for now seems to have caused minimal tension in the host countries.

But observers elsewhere are less impressed. The treatment of Ukrainians contrasts sharply with how Europe generally treats asylum seekers from other parts of the world. The low-key crisis triggered by the situation in Syria in 2015 left deep political scars on the continent, as EU member states argued over how to bear the burden of an influx of refugees, while the arrival of hundreds of thousands of non-white and non-Christian migrants ignited nationalist far-right sentiment across Europe.

Even last year, after the fall of the Afghan government in Kabul under the blows of the Taliban militants (the organization was recognized as a terrorist organization and banned in Russia), the statement of the EU interior ministers gave priority to preventing “illegal migration from the region” and “strengthening the capacity of border management” rather than protecting Afghans who have witnessed two decades of unsuccessful Western military adventure in their country, The Washington Post notes.

The Ukrainian conflict “revealed the ugly face of Europe. It showed their racism towards Arab and African immigrants despite all the human rights slogans,” Marwa El-Shinavi wrote in a column for Daily News Egypt, adding that European governments “seem to believe that protecting refugees is a right.” only Europeans and that other races are not human.”

Perhaps, writes The Washington Post, one of the clearest illustrations of this can be seen in Poland, whose right-wing nationalist government was furious at the prospect of resettling a handful of Syrian refugees, but opened its doors to millions of Ukrainians from neighboring homes. In 2015, “the refugees were black Muslims, and Warsaw slammed its borders,” wrote Andreas Kluth, former editor-in-chief of the German publication Handelsblatt Global. “Now they are Christian and Slavic brothers, and Poland has warmly welcomed more than half of the 6.7 million Ukrainians who fled abroad.”

Margaritis Schinas is aware of such criticism, but denies accusations of racism. For those who “in some way imply that skin color is a factor in European migration policy, let me be very clear. No, it's not like that,” he said.

The Brussels spokesman argued that the conflict in Ukraine – on the doorstep of the EU – is a unique circumstance that has set in motion a different legal mechanism than previous waves of migrants. The EU is protecting people who are fleeing conflict, he said: “This does not mean automatic entry for everyone who comes to the European Union.”

But Schinas added that the 2015 migration crisis was “a catalyst ”, which “inspired the European Union with a kind of belief that migration is a common problem.” Compared to seven years ago, the bloc has much more funding and capacity to curb the influx of migrants and monitor borders.

But regardless of the consensus around welcoming Ukrainians, the EU still lacks political unity to determine policy towards asylum seekers. Schinas believes that such a policy will soon appear, which will require unanimity among the 27 member states of the bloc.

Nevertheless, Schinas lamented, “there is still no migration policy in this Europe. It's sad in a way.”


“There are tears, screams in every cell”: the women’s pre-trial detention center rebelled because of phone calls

Prisoners under investigation complain about violation of their rights

A “telephone riot” is brewing in the only women's pre-trial detention center in Moscow. The detainees have resisted the new rules, which, in fact, prohibit them from calling their children, parents and husbands, even if the court or the investigator has given consent. In general, for the first time, prisoners began to be limited – I emphasize – in allowed calls.

Photo: Mikhail Kovalev

Recall that calls from prisoners still depend on the will of the investigator. He usually gives permission in exchange for a confession. And since recently the prisoners have begun to write complaints more often, go to court, write letters almost to the president, then the representative of the investigation after some time (usually, when the investigation itself ends) with difficulty, but still gives. If not, then the judge usually does not refuse calls (when the case is taken to court).

So, even in the draft new Internal Rules of the SIZO, it is prescribed that mother prisoners who have such permission in their hands must be given a call within 24 hours. It's a small step, but it's progress. I note that initially human rights activists insisted that they could call their children without any permission at all, and this was supported by the head of the Federation Council, Valentina Matvienko.

But here's what happened in the women's pre-trial detention center No. 6.

There were tears and screams in absolutely every cell.

“I have permission to call two children in my hands,” says the prisoner. – I got it a year later! One child studies at a metropolitan school, the other at a university (not in Moscow). They live in different places. But they took me to the calls and said: “Choose, you can call one person. And if he does not pick up the phone, then another call is already impossible. Why should I choose between two children?!

– And when I chose and called, the child did not pick up the phone, – another cries. – And the next call is possible only after 10 days. These are the new rules, which, as we are told, were lowered by the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia “from above”.

“I was waiting for my case to go to court, and only then did I get permission to make calls,” says another prisoner. “Two years without telephone service!” And here is the cherished permission to call mom and children. And in the pre-trial detention center they say – choose which of them. Why should I make such a choice at all? This is both illegal and inhumane! In the end, I called my mother only because there are more chances that she will pick up the phone. After all, now if you don’t get through, you can’t call another number. Can you imagine? I never heard from the children. Those who invented these innovations have no heart.

The women are 100% right. Neither the law on detention nor the TAC has limits on the number of calls, if allowed. It is not said there that a woman can dial only one number for one exit to the taxi machine, and that if they don’t answer at the other end, then you can’t dial others. And all these years there were no problems.

The innovation, as the employees assure, appeared after checking the central office. For some reason, the inspectors decided that telephone conversations were organized incorrectly and made their recommendations. Now they began to provide calls for them in the women's pre-trial detention center.

All this, I repeat, is against the law. According to the meaning and letter of the law, the administration is obliged to provide as many calls as the prisoner has permits. If there are not enough taxi machines or employees for withdrawal, etc., this is the problem of the Federal Penitentiary Service, not the prisoners.

The very fact that they decided to test the innovation specifically on women makes one wonder. Against the backdrop of talks by the authorities about the need for concessions for prisoners with children, improving their conditions behind bars, this looks almost like a provocation.


Rogozin revealed the meaning of the Kuriles for Japan: “Not a fish”

“The main thing is cabbage”

Japan needs the South Kuril Islands not because of the fish, but because of the seaweed. This was announced in his Telegram channel by the head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin, adding that by supporting the hostile rhetoric of the West, the country “was left without precious cabbage.”

Photo: Gennady Cherkasov

“The main thing is not fish, the main thing is cabbage. This is how the Japanese parliamentarians explained to me why Japan needs our South Kuril Islands. They say that seaweed, which is so important for the Japanese organism, grows around the islands, ”Rogozin shared the details, noting that Sakhalin fully supported the ban on fishing for Japanese fishermen near the South Kuriles due to the hostile policy of the Japanese leadership.

Official Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Maria Zakharova announced on June 7 that Moscow is suspending the implementation of an intergovernmental agreement with Tokyo on certain issues of cooperation in the field of fishing for marine living resources until the Japanese side fulfills its financial obligations. The speaker of the Russian Foreign Ministry noted that Japan froze the payments due under the agreement and delayed the process of signing the annual executive document on the provision of technical assistance to the Sakhalin Region free of charge, which is an integral part of ensuring the functioning of this agreement between the governments of the two countries.

Moscow and Tokyo signed an agreement on certain issues of cooperation in the field of harvesting marine living resources in 1998, which, in particular, allowed Japanese fishermen to fish within the quota allocated by Russia near the southern Kuril Islands of the Russian Federation.


Lavrov compared his “strong expressions” with the rudeness of Ukrainian ambassadors

The Minister called the behavior of Ukrainian diplomats “unacceptable”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that he considers the behavior of some Ukrainian ambassadors unacceptable and boorish. He stated this after negotiations with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Photo: Global Look Press

“Me too sometimes I am reproached for not choosing my expressions much, but strong expressions are one thing, and the meaning of what is said is another,” Lavrov said.

The minister added that the meaning of what many Ukrainian ambassadors say is boorish. He also noted that Ukrainian diplomats allow themselves to characterize the heads of state and government in which they work.

“I consider this unacceptable,” Lavrov concluded.

It is possible that the Russian the Minister, among other things, had in mind the Ambassador of Ukraine to Germany Andriy Melnyk. He recently called German Chancellor Olaf Scholz “an offended liverwurst.”

The chancellor received this epithet after refusing to go to Kyiv in solidarity with German President Frank Walter Steinmeier. The latter was going to come to Kyiv, but Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky refused to meet with him because of his “close ties” with Moscow.

Earlier, Russian Ambassador to Serbia Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko said that Lavrov's disrupted visit to Belgrade due to the fact that Scholz was supposed to visit the capital of the republic a few days later.

Last Sunday it became known that the authorities of Bulgaria, Montenegro and North Macedonia closed their airspace for the plane with the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry. As a result, his visit to Belgrade had to be cancelled.