The authorities will not postpone the Single Election Day in September, it was also decided to leave direct elections of governors. Keeping the elections unchanged demonstrates the “normality of the situation,” RBC sources say ” alt=”The Kremlin decided to keep the direct election of governors” />
Invariable terms and format
The Kremlin will not postpone the Single Election Day scheduled for September , and retain direct gubernatorial elections.
On Wednesday, May 18, the Secretary of the United Russia General Council announced on his Telegram channel the need to hold the EDG on time. Andrew Turchak. “Firstly, the source of power in Russia is the people. It is written in our Constitution. <…> It is impossible to deprive people of this right under any circumstances,»,— he wrote. Secondly, according to Turchak, “political competition does not weaken the country, but, on the contrary, makes it stronger.” meaning and justification of the NWO [special military operation]— all parties agree. The election campaign can hardly shake this consensus.
The secretary of the general council of the ruling party said that United Russia ready for the elections: “And they must take place.”
Turchak's statement was made in response to the proposal of the leader of the Just Russia— For the truth” Sergei Mironov to postpone the current autumn campaigns “until the goals of the special military operation are fulfilled.” The politician spoke with the idea of transferring several times, the last time such a statement was made on May 17 at a meeting of the State Duma.
The leader of the SZRP motivated his initiative by the fact that today all parliamentary parties support the president, while in the elections they will have to fight with each other, talk about contradictions and about what they disagree with. “I think that it is absolutely not the time and place to engage in elections where political parties will compete. Let's better send money to our army, to the liberated territories, & mdash; the politician said. At the same time, the heads of the regions, according to him, could be elected through legislative assemblies.
Three sources close to the presidential administration confirmed to RBC that a decision had been made that the elections would indeed be held on time, and the EDG would not be postponed will.
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According to the federal official and interlocutors close to the Kremlin, direct elections will have to be preserved in all regions where such a format is envisaged, and no changes not planned.
On the Single Election Day on September 11, direct elections of governors are planned in 14 subjects. In another — Adygea— the election of the head of the republic through the legislative assembly is envisaged.
In addition, elections to the legislative assemblies of six regions and 11 city dumas are planned.
Demonstration of “normality”
According to two sources close to the presidential administration, the decision not to change anything was made because opinion polls show a high rating of the president, heads of regions and United Russia. “No one is in danger, so there is no need [to change anything],” — explains one of the interlocutors of RBC. Preservation of elections within the time limits provided for by law, and as for the gubernatorial & mdash; as before— demonstrates the “normality of the situation,” he says. “The absence of elections or some change in their model would indicate that something extraordinary is happening in the country,” — adds the second interlocutor of RBC.
One of the main arguments of supporters of postponing elections or canceling direct gubernatorial campaigns was that closer to autumn, citizens could fully feel the effect of sanctions, which could also affect the ratings of power, RBC wrote earlier.
The fact that the Kremlin is discussing the possibility of postponing elections to legislative assemblies and city dumas for 2023 or 2024, as well as the abolition of direct gubernatorial campaigns, RBC reported on April 26. It was assumed that the possibility of changes related to the elections, President Vladimir Putin could discuss at a meeting with the Council of Legislators on April 27. However, nothing was said at the event.
Later, a source familiar with the preparation of the Council of Legislators told RBC that, according to the scenario, one of the senators or deputies was supposed to come up with a proposal for changes, and Putin, as expected will express his opinion on this matter. Why this did not happen, the interlocutor of RBC found it difficult to answer.
The preservation of direct gubernatorial elections and the rejection of the idea of canceling or postponing campaigns as such are designed to stabilize the domestic political situation, political analyst Rostislav Turovsky believes. According to him, the reason for such a decision may also be the desire to show that there are no drastic changes— all electoral procedures, including the United Russia primaries, remain in effect.
“To cancel the elections, serious arguments would be required, apparently, they did not find it. At the same time, the results do not cause much concern— the authorities intend to use them in the logic of a patriotic upsurge. Such a scenario will play into the hands precisely and only of United Russia, which seeks to take advantage of this opportunity, — said the expert. It will be difficult for other parties to find an opposition agenda that suits them, he added.
The cancellation of the gubernatorial elections would look like an acknowledgment that not everything is going according to plan on the Ukrainian issue, despite the fact that the official position is to the contrary, the head of the Petersburg Politics Foundation believes. Mikhail Vinogradov. “The same hypothetical forecasts about possible turbulence in the future require rather strengthening the political subjectivity of governors so that they have the motivation to resolve emerging crises, and not redirect problems to Moscow” elections for such subjectivity are not superfluous at all,— he noted.
In addition, the process of control over the composition of the participants in the elections and the counting of votes was recognized as “sufficiently manageable”, which allows minimizing the risks for candidates from the authorities, the expert notes.
” United Russia» opposed the postponement of the elections, because it is the party in power, and the authorities decided that there should be elections, says Vitaly Ivanov, an expert on regional politics. As for the intention to keep direct elections of governors, then, according to him, the authorities calculated the risks and came to the conclusion that they are either minimal or none at all.
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UN Secretary General Guterres did discuss with the Russian authorities the resumption of exports of fertilizers, but not in the context of the issue of the withdrawal of ships with grain from Ukrainian ports, Nebenzia said
UN Secretary General António Guterres, during a visit to Moscow at the end of April, discussed with Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov the lifting of restrictions on the export of Russian potash fertilizers, but without reference to the issue of exporting grain from Ukrainian ports. Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN, told journalists about this.
According to Nebenzya, publications in the media about this— “free interpretation”. “The issue of trading fertilizers for the export of grains is not so worth it. This question was indeed raised by Guterres, but not in terms of exchanging one for the other, — he emphasized (quote from TASS).
There are “no conditions” between the export of fertilizers and grain, the permanent representative continued: “We are ready to discuss what we can export. And the second thing [grain] requires further discussion.” As the permanent representative said, Russia has established a safe corridor three nautical miles wide and 80 nautical miles long to ensure the exit of ships with grain, “but they do not leave the port of Odessa.” “We are accused of not letting ships through, but we didn’t set the mines,” — he added.
Guterres also discussed the prospects of resuming fertilizer exports to countries that produce agricultural products with President Vladimir Putin, the discussions were “good and positive,” Nebenzia also said. EU countries restricted the import of Russian fertilizers in April.
On May 16, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources, that Guterres offered to ease restrictions on the export of Russian and Belarusian potash fertilizers in exchange for the passage of grain ships from Ukrainian ports; according to the publication, he discussed this issue with Russia and Turkey. The UN World Food Program previously reported that about 25 million tons of grain “stuck” in Ukraine due to infrastructure problems and “blocked Black Sea ports”, including the port in Mariupol, which is under the control of the Russian military.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the issues of the supply of Russian potash fertilizers and the export of Ukrainian grain are being discussed, but “not at the UN level.” On the search for an opportunity to take out the “stuck” Grain was announced by Canada and the USA.
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According to the World Trade Organization, Russia and Ukraine account for 24% of world wheat supplies.
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EU member states will decide on the confiscation of the assets of the Russians, who are currently frozen, based on their criminal law. Brussels intends to determine how to send them to the restoration of Ukraine
The possibility of further confiscation of the assets of Russians in Europe will depend on the criminal law of the state where they are, said the Vice-President of the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis at the press conference.
As Dombrovskis pointed out, the EU should consider “how to use Russian assets to rebuild Ukraine.”
“With regard to private assets, now a special working group of the European Commission is coordinating the work of the countries — EU members to identify the assets of persons under sanctions, to freeze them and to make further decisions on their possible further confiscation. This must be in accordance with the criminal law of the state in which the assets are located,— he said.
Speaking of the assets of the Bank of Russia, Dombrovskis indicated that they are “currently frozen.”
He said that the EU must first “legal due diligence” and then decide on the next steps. On this issue, Brussels will work with partners, including the US and Canada, who are “working in the same direction,” added the deputy head of the European Commission.
Earlier, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell advocated the seizure of frozen Russian assets and their transfer to Ukraine. He considered this option “full of logic.”
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Bloomberg at the end of April reported that the European Union froze Russian assets worth €35 billion. Among European countries, France is in the lead, which blocked assets worth €23.5 billion, €22.8 billion of which are associated with the Central Bank. Belgium has frozen €10 billion, this is also due to the disconnection of seven Russian banks from SWIFT, the agency specified.
Earlier on May 18, US Treasury Secretary may confiscate the assets of the Russian Central Bank, since this is impossible from a legal point of view. The United States and partners froze the reserves of the Bank of Russia for $300 billion, the US and Russian Treasury Departments reported. “I think, quite naturally <…>, we will turn to Russia to help pay at least part of the cost,” — Yellen said.
In the Kremlin, the possibility of seizing Russian assets in favor of Ukraine was considered “illegal and egregious” and “virtually outright theft.” The head of the Central Bank, Elvira Nabiullina, noted that the regulator would challenge the freezing of Russian reserves in the courts.
Croatian President Zoran Milanovic believes that Zagreb, following Ankara, should prevent Sweden and Finland from joining NATO. The prime minister, who is having a “fierce dispute” with Milanovic, and the Croatian Foreign Minister do not agree with him
Croatian President Zoran Milanovic believes that his country should follow Turkey's example and try to prevent Sweden and Finland in NATO, reports AP.
According to the agency, Croatian Prime Minister Andrei Plenkovic does not agree with Milanovic; politicians have a “fierce argument” on a number of issues, including whether to support the application of the Scandinavian countries to join the North Atlantic Alliance.
According to Milanovic, before the Croatian parliament votes on the issue of NATO expansion, Zagreb must achieve changes in the electoral legislation of neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina. The president is pushing for electoral reform that would give Bosnian Croats a better chance at high-ranking positions in that country. He demands that Bosnia and Herzegovina “change the electoral law within the next six months and give Croats their basic rights.”
Plenkovic, reacting to Milanovic's words, suggested its position at the meeting of leaders of the countries— NATO members in the presence of US President Joe Biden, rather than refer the issue to the Croatian Parliament, reports Euractiv. The prime minister said earlier that he had cut off contacts with the president because of the latter's pro-Russian views.
The accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO is also supported by Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlich-Radman. At the end of April, during a conversation with his Finnish colleague Pekka Haavisto, the minister said that Zagreb supports the alliance's open door policy and will support Helsinki if an application is submitted.
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Sweden and Finland applied to join the alliance on May 18, now they must be considered by the NATO Council. The discussion was supposed to start on the same day, however, according to the Financial Times, the talks broke down because of Turkey. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier that he was not ready to support the entry of the Scandinavian countries into the bloc, because they imposed sanctions against Ankara and refused to extradite members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, whom Turkey considers terrorists.
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Russian is taught in ten schools in the city, from September it will be replaced by other subjects, and teachers will be connected to teaching subjects with an “artistic component”. The mayor of Zhytomyr said that there is “no place” for Russians in Ukrainian schools
Starting from the new academic year, schools in Ukrainian Zhytomyr will not teach Russian, said Olga Ermakova, chief specialist of the city's education department, reports « Suspilne».
According to her, while Russian is taught in 40 classes of ten schools, about a thousand students study it. Starting next year, there will be no such subject, and teachers will be able to teach other disciplines, she said.
“Teachers can teach subjects that have an artistic component, so they will be loaded with art subjects, elective courses, connected with the theater, painting, music»,— she explained.
According to her, specific subjects to replace the Russian language will be considered by the teachers' councils of schools, they will be able to be chosen by the parents of the students.
Earlier, the mayor of the Ukrainian Zhytomyr Sergey Sukhomlin said that the Russian language has no place in the Ukrainian school , transmitted the “First Zhytomyr”. He also said that schools would have group or individual consultations “to understand the terminology.” For children who came to the city from the east of the country, language camps will open from June 1.
In April, Sukhomlin suggested that no more Russian-language classes be enrolled in Zhytomyr schools. According to him, he will discuss this idea with the Department of Education.
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In mid-April, Taras Kremin, Commissioner for the Protection of the State Language of Ukraine, said that starting from the new academic year, the country should consider the possibility of replacing the discipline “Russian language” in schools where it is taught, other subjects. Before the end of the year, he proposed to send Russian teachers on idle. Kremin also called for a revision of the program of foreign literature, where great attention is paid to Russian writers.
In September 2017, ex-president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed the law “On Education”, according to which, from 2018, schools had to stop classes in any language other than Ukrainian, starting from the fifth grade. From 2020, elementary schools were also supposed to switch to teaching in the state language.
In January 2020, another law was adopted in Ukraine— “On Complete Secondary Education”, fixing three models of learning the state language in schools. The first model concerns indigenous peoples, including the Crimean Tatars, the second applies to schools of national minorities who speak EU languages.
The third concerns the rest of the national communities of Ukraine, this includes the Russian language. In this case, Russian is taught only up to the fifth grade, along with the study of Ukrainian, and by high school the volume of subjects in Ukrainian should increase to 80%.
Russia criticized these laws. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in March that under Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the Russian language in Ukraine was “finally finished off”; by law. “We will now demand that this be canceled,” — Lavrov said.
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Alekseevka was shelled for the second time in a day and the third in two days, as well as the village of Tetkino, where a sugar factory was shelled the day before, Governor Roman Starovoit said. According to him, there were no casualties
The village of Tyotkino and the village of Alekseevka in the Glushkovsky district of the Kursk region were shelled, there were no casualties, the governor of the region Roman Starovoit said in Telegram.
“On the border in the Glushkovsky district, it is again restless, the enemy fired on Tyotkino and for the third time Alekseevka. Our soldiers repulsed the attack. There were no casualties. As new data becomes available, I will inform,— he wrote.
Tyotkino and Alekseevka are located on the border with the Sumy region of Ukraine.
Alekseevka is under fire for the third time in the last two days— On the morning of May 17, Starovoit stated that the village had been shelled with large-caliber weapons, as a result three private houses were damaged, a car parked near one of them, as well as a school building. There were no casualties, the governor said. Then the cell tower was damaged, several cables were broken.
In the evening of the same day, the governor reported the shelling of the Tetkino border checkpoint from Ukraine. Later, he clarified that the territory of a sugar factory on the outskirts of the village of the same name was subjected to mortar fire. “The enemy fire was suppressed by the response of our border guards and the military. There were no casualties,— Starovoit added.
On the afternoon of May 18, Starovoit reported a second shelling of Alekseevka, this time with mortar weapons, and there were no casualties or damage from the incident. which has just been renovated. The return fire of our border guards and the military did not allow this attack to unfold, — he wrote.
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Since the beginning of the Russian military operation, the authorities of the regions bordering Ukraine, including the Bryansk, Belgorod regions and Crimea, have repeatedly reported shelling, falling shells, as well as downed Ukrainian drones.
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French Foreign Ministry: NATO and the EU are not at war with Russia and do not want this NATO does not want a war with Russia, the French Foreign Ministry is sure. They believe that Moscow is expelling diplomats for “false reasons.” Previously, Lavrov said that Western countries have declared a “total hybrid war” on Russia ” alt=”The French Foreign Ministry said that NATO and the EU do not want to fight with Russia” />
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Despite the help of Paris to Kyiv, France is not at war with Russia, neither would like to in NATO, not in the European Union, French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Anne-Clair Legendre told BFMTV.
“We are not at war with Russia, the EU is not at war with Russia, NATO is not at war with Russia. And we don't want to do that,— Legendre said.
Commenting on Russia's decision to expel 34 French diplomats, she said that Paris condemned the move because it saw “absolutely no reason” for it, and Moscow attributed it to “completely false reasons.”
“A month ago, we ourselves deported people from the Russian embassy who had diplomatic status, but, in our opinion, they acted for purposes contrary to our national security,” — emphasized the representative of the French Foreign Ministry.
At the same time, French President Emmanuel Macron will maintain a channel of dialogue with Moscow, Legendre added, explaining what is important for the issue of a ceasefire in Ukraine.
The unwillingness of a direct clash with Russia was previously stated by American and European politicians and leaders. Even before the start of the Russian special operation, NATO and the United States indicated that under no circumstances would they send their troops to Ukraine, since this threatened a war with Russia. According to American President Joe Biden, the fighting in Ukraine does not require the direct participation of Washington, the White House said that they insist on a diplomatic solution to the conflict.
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In Moscow, it was pointed out that the supply of weapons by Western countries to Ukraine in the context of the ongoing special operation is close to the state of “proxy war”; with Russia. “If NATO, in fact, goes to war with Russia through a proxy and arms this proxy, then in war as in war,” — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned at the end of April.
In mid-May, the minister added that the West had declared an all-out hybrid war on Russia, and the Russian side was accepting the challenge. “It is difficult to predict how long this will all last, but it is clear that the consequences will be felt by everyone without exception,” — appreciated Lavrov.
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Guterres called for food from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus to be allowed on world markets, saying it was the best way to solve the food crisis. Putin previously blamed the threat of famine on “sanctions obsession”
Russian-made food and fertilizers should be allowed on world markets to solve the food crisis, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said at the ministerial meeting “Roadmap for Global Food Security” call to action". The broadcast is on the UN website.
According to him, the Russian military operation increased the effect of a number of factors that had been in effect before that, which influenced the food crisis, in particular & mdash; climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, Guterres stressed, are leaders in the production of fertilizers and food.
“Let's be clear, there is no more effective solution to the food crisis without the reintegration of Ukrainian food production, as well as food and fertilizer produced by Russia and Belarus, into world markets,” emphasized the UN Secretary General.
Guterres pointed out that Moscow should stop preventing the export of food from Ukrainian ports. At the same time, fertilizers and food products from Russia should be allowed to the world markets without obstacles, he continued.
“I am in close contact on these issues with the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Turkey, the United States and the European Union, as well as a number of other key countries. I'm sure there's still a long way to go, — said the UN Secretary General.
At the same time, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken denied accusations that sanctions against Russia became the reason for the deterioration in the state of food in the world. He said that Washington made exceptions to the restrictive measures for fertilizers and agricultural products. He added that international organizations and the authorities of various countries can work together to open corridors for the safe export of food from the territory of Ukraine by land and sea.
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In early May, the German government announced the threat of famine throughout the world, which will become the strongest since the Second World War. The reasons for this in Berlin were the consequences of the spread of the coronavirus, the drought, and the fighting in Ukraine. “The World Food Program estimates that 300 million people in the world suffer from hunger, and these estimates are constantly being adjusted upwards,” added German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Svenja Schulze.
The Russian authorities insist that international sanctions will be to blame for this, such an opinion is shared, in particular, by Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev. According to him, the world is waiting for a “full-fledged international food crisis.” and famine in individual countries, a major logistical crisis, new epidemics and other consequences.
The countries of the European Union will also face hunger, which will face “intractable consequences”, Russian President Vladimir Putin is sure. He pointed out that “the continuation of the sanctions obsession” would lead to this, and the poorest countries of the world are already facing hunger.
His representative Dmitry Peskov noted that Moscow did not impose restrictions on the export of fertilizers. “We don’t need to remove anything here, the restrictions imposed by the United States, European countries and others must be lifted here,” — he explained. Peskov added that Ukrainian ports are “heavily mined”; and pose a danger to navigation, an operation to clear them is to be carried out.
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The head of the DPR Pushilin: more than 60% of houses in Mariupol are subject to demolition Earlier, he said that specialists from all over Russia would arrive in the DPR for a large-scale construction
In Mariupol, experts assess the destruction of residential buildings and infrastructure, it is already known that more than 60% of the houses are subject to demolition, said the head of the Donetsk People's Republic Denis Pushilin. His words are quoted by the Donetsk News Agency (DAN).
“As for communications, the situation was not so sad. Those specialists who are now carrying out restoration work on water supply facilities and other things are not as pessimistic as they seemed when we were able to freely enter the city for the first time, — added the head of the DPR.
Pushilin assured that the city would be “completely restored”.
A month earlier, in early April, the mayor of Mariupol, Konstantin Ivashchenko, appointed by the DPR authorities, said that it would be impossible to restore 15-20% of the housing stock of Mariupol, and up to 70% of the houses received “some kind of damage.” According to him, 200 thousand people left the city, remained in it— at least 300 thousand.
At the same time, the mayor of Mariupol, Vadym Boychenko, appointed by the Ukrainian authorities, estimated the degree of damage to the city infrastructure at 90%, and 40%, according to his data, could not be restored.
Pushilin in early May announced “a construction site on an unprecedented scale.” To form non-standard approaches to the construction process, he said, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin arrived in Mariupol. “All regions of the Russian Federation will send their specialists to us, and the restoration process will begin to boil,” — promised the head of the DPR.
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The Deputy Prime Minister commented on his visit with the words “There is a lot of work. We will help” by offering to use the port of Mariupol as a hub for transport materials.
Mariupol has been in the war zone from the very beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. The assault began at the end of March, and on April 21, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to the president about the capture of the city, Vladimir Putin in response ordered to block the Azovstal plant, where the Ukrainian military remained.
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Musk promised to continue to vote for the Republican Party of the United States, and not for the Democratic, as it has become “a party of division and hatred.” He saw the risk of “political attacks” on himself in the near future and criticized Biden jpg” alt=”Musk called the Democrats “a party of division and hatred”” />
The US Democratic Party used to be mostly a “kindness party”, but now they have changed and become a “split and hate party”, Tesla and SpaceX Founder Elon Musk said on Twitter.
“I can no longer support them and will vote Republican,”— Musk emphasized.
The Tesla founder also called for watching their “dirty tricks campaign” unfold. against him. According to Musk, “political attacks” it will sharply escalate in the coming months.
Musk did not specify the reasons for changing his mind, but on Monday, May 16, he criticized US President Joe Biden, who is a member of the Democratic Party, on the air of the All-In Summit podcast. The businessman compared him to the main character in the comedy film Anchorman. (2004), according to its plot, the news anchor on the TV channel will read any phrase written on the teleprompter, writes The New York Post.
«The Real President— this is the one who controls the teleprompter. <…> path to power— this is the way to the teleprompter, — Musk said.
The businessman added that there were a large number of people in the administration of former US President Donald Trump who “achieved effectively” and the Democratic Party “is excessively controlled by labor unions and trial lawyers, especially class action lawyers,” which is why they act against the interests of the Americans.
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At the same time, according to Musk, members of the Republican Party act in this way on the basis of “corporate evil and religious bigotry.” White House policies have led to runaway inflation, he added, agreeing with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
“I mean, the obvious cause of inflation is that the government printed a million more money than he had, — Musk emphasized.
Bezos announced high inflation in the US on May 17. He expressed confidence that the American authorities are trying to “blur” the issue of high inflation in the country. They know that inflation hits the most needy the most. “It's not unions or rich people that cause inflation,” — Bezos emphasized.
Annual inflation in the United States at the beginning of this year rose to 7.5%, setting a record high in 40 years. In March, the rate of price growth in the US again broke the record, increasing to 8.5%, but fell in April to 8.3%. According to the US Bureau of Statistics, the increase in prices for goods and services, excluding food and energy (core inflation), amounted to 6.2%.
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The ex-president of Moldova was accused of receiving a large amount of money from the leader of the country's Democratic Party and discussing “notes to Putin”, Dodon rejected these suspicions. In his opinion, a criminal case was opened to distract Moldovans from gas prices ” alt=”In Moldova, a criminal case was opened against ex-president Dodon” />
In Moldova, a criminal case was opened against the former president of the country and the former head of the Socialist Party, Igor Dodon, because of the video of his meeting with the former head of the Moldovan Democratic Party, Vladimir Plahotniuc, told NewsMaker at the General Prosecutor's Office.
“The Acting Attorney General [Dumitru Rob] has ordered a criminal prosecution because of the videos that appeared in the public space in the summer of 2019,” — said the representative of the department, Mariana Kerpec, promising to clarify the details of the case later.
According to NewsMaker, we are talking about a video that was published by the ex-deputy of the Moldovan parliament, Iurie Renita, in 2020. On it, Plahotniuc and his deputy Sergei Yaralov hand over a package to Dodon. Renita claimed that the meeting took place in 2019, the package contained a large amount of money.
Dodon and Plahotniuc are discussing on video the creation of a coalition in parliament, which would have a constitutional majority. As TV-8 noted, Dodon said that he “constantly writes notes to [Vladimir] Putin,” without explaining their content.
In June 2020, the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office of Moldova refused to open a case against Dodon, because they did not reveal “elements of a crime”. The department explained that the check could not establish the contents of the package, and the decision was based on evidence collected legally. on the basis of exhaustive evidence, not conjecture,” — emphasized then in the Moldovan prosecutor's office.
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In mid-May of this year, Renita announced that the Chisinau Court of Appeal had canceled the decision of the Chisinau court not to initiate a case against Dodon and the corresponding order of the Anti-Corruption Committee. As he noted, this step allows “to resume the criminal investigation against the former president in the case of the” bag “, NewsMaker quoted him as saying.
Dodon denied receiving money from Plahotniuc, inciting he explained the criminal case by the desire to achieve his “flight from the country”; and an attempt to divert attention from Moldova's problems “when things go wrong.”
“I want to remind you that last December, when gas prices went up, what did they do? In February, I was summoned to the prosecutor's office, for 6 months nothing has happened. Next price increase, what are they doing?,— he said on the air of the NTV channel, UniMedia reports.
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Despite Sweden and Finland joining NATO, Russia's security will be ensured, Valentina Matvienko said, adding that Moscow's reaction will be “proportionate and adequate” to the alliance's military presence in these countries
Politico: The White House does not want to supply MLRS to Ukraine in order not to drag out the conflict The United States does not want the escalation and prolongation of the conflict in Ukraine, and therefore is slow to send powerful MLRS to Kyiv, sources told Politico. According to them, this causes disappointment among the Ukrainian authorities
Ukraine has been pursuing multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) from the United States for several months, but the American authorities fear that Kyiv could use these weapons to strike Russian territory, which will expand and prolong the conflict, writes Politico, citing three informed sources.
“There was momentum in Rammstein, but it seems to have cooled off,”— assessed the situation in an interview with the publication of the employees of the US Congress. Politico's interlocutor added that disappointment is growing among the Ukrainian authorities because of such concerns about military supplies.
The publication writes that in recent months the United States has supplied Ukraine with old Soviet-era Soviet-era missile systems stored in allied warehouses, however Kyiv expects to receive more modern American MLRS.
An unnamed White House official told the publication that Kyiv and Washington continue to actively discuss the supply of weapons. According to him, even taking into account the $3.8 billion worth of military assistance already provided to Ukraine since the end of February, not all the weapons requested by Kyiv can be quickly transferred to him.
“We have to make decisions about which weapon systems provide the greatest impact.” with the help of money that Congress allocates to help Ukraine, an American official said in an interview with the publication. Due to the reduction in the funding package in recent weeks, the White House decided that it would be more effective to send 90 M777 howitzers to Kyiv than fewer MLRS, he explained.
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On April 26, a meeting of representatives of more than 40 countries was held at the German military base Ramstein. The participants of the event agreed on additional assistance to Ukraine, the UK, Germany, Canada and other countries agreed to allocate it.
Then, a high-ranking US Pentagon official told CNN about the organization of a headquarters in Germany, which was engaged in coordinating and optimizing the supply of military cargo to Ukraine . It is located at the headquarters of the US European Command in Stuttgart, a US Major General was appointed its head, the source of the TV channel specified.
The request to transfer more powerful MLRS was voiced by the Ukrainian authorities, in particular, in early May, this was said by Jason Crowe, a member of the House of Representatives who visited Kyiv.
The Russian authorities have repeatedly criticized the supply of weapons by Western countries to Ukraine. According to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, such actions are close to the state of “proxy war”; with Russia. “If NATO, in fact, goes to war with Russia through a proxy and arms this proxy, then in war as in war,” — said the minister at the end of April. Later, he expressed confidence that the West had declared a “total hybrid war” on Russia, but Moscow was accepting this challenge.
The Kremlin considers Western arms supplies to Ukraine to be “pumping”. “These are the actions that threaten the security of the continent, provoke instability,” — stressed the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov.
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The White House is confident in its ability to resolve Turkey's concerns about Sweden and Finland joining NATO. Earlier, Erdogan called these countries a “guest house” for terrorists
Turkey's doubts will be resolved and the NATO countries will unanimously decide on granting membership to Sweden and Finland, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said during a briefing. It was broadcast on YouTube.
“We are confident that in the end Finland and Sweden will go through an efficient and effective accession process, that Turkey's concerns can be resolved,”— Sullivan told (CNN quote).
He added that he held talks with the Turkish side on May 18, and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will also meet with his Turkish counterpart. According to him, the presidential administration “very well” refers to the course of the negotiation process.
«The most remarkable thing in the free world, in the Western alliance, in NATO— it's that you have a noisy collection of states that all have opinions, all have perspectives, all have interests, but they also know how and when to unite and how to resolve any differences,”” noted Sullivan.
Later, Blinken met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Chavosoglu. After the conversation, the Turkish minister said that Ankara's fears should be taken into account “not in words, but in deeds.” He called it an unacceptable situation when a country that intends to become an ally of Turkey in the alliance imposes sanctions on it.
“What is the reason? Our fight against the PKK). They consider the PKK closer to themselves than to us. Is that something acceptable?,— Chavosoglu asked. He noted that this issue concerns not only Helsinki and Stockholm, but also other parties.
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Sweden and Finland applied to join the alliance on May 18, now they must be considered by the NATO Council. According to Turkish President Recep Erdogan, Ankara will not support these applications, since Helsinki and Stockholm refused to extradite the terrorists and imposed sanctions. He also called these states “guest house”; for terrorists and warned that without the extradition of PKK members to Turkey, applications would not be approved.
According to the Financial Times, Turkey has blocked the discussion of Finland's and Sweden's applications to NATO. Now weeks of “diplomatic tension” are expected between Washington, Stockholm, Ankara and Helsinki, the newspaper writes.
According to Sabah, Turkey offered Sweden and Finland a ten-point manifesto, its acceptance as a condition for approval of the application for NATO membership. In particular, Ankara urges them to avoid contacts with the leaders of the PKK, refuse to accept PKK members to the parliaments of both countries, speed up the procedure for their extradition to Turkey, and refuse “contrary to the spirit of the alliance” directed against Turkey. actions and recognize the PKK and its offshoots as terrorist.
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The US should reconsider its attitude towards a possible deal with Turkey on the F-16 because of its position on the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO, suggested Senator Menendez
Turkey's decision to prevent Sweden and Finland from joining NATO increases US concerns about Turkey's reliability as an ally, which could influence the decision to supply Ankara with American F-16 fighters, said the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator from the Democratic Party Robert Menendez, reports The Washington Post.
“I hope the administration takes note of this while they consider the F-16,”— he said. “You should tell Erdogan that you need to act differently if you want any consideration,” — urged Menendez.
In turn, Republican Senator Tom Tillis pointed out that Washington has “any amount of leverage”; to influence Ankara, but does not want to bring the situation to the point where they have to put pressure on Turkey.
Finland and Sweden applied to join the alliance on May 18, they are to be considered by the NATO Council. Turkish authorities have warned they will not support the applications, as Helsinki and Stockholm have previously refused to extradite “terrorists” to Ankara; from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and imposed sanctions. According to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Finland and Sweden have become “guest houses” for terrorists.
According to Sabah, Ankara is offering Helsinki and Stockholm a number of conditions, including speeding up the extradition of PKK members, and Turkey, recognizing the PKK and its offshoots as terrorist organizations, avoiding contact with PKK leaders, and others. The White House noted that they were negotiating with the parties and expressed confidence that a solution would eventually be found.
Turkey turned to the United States with a request to buy F-16 fighters last year. According to Reuters, we are talking about the supply of 40 aircraft and almost 80 upgrade kits for already delivered fighters. The White House considered the deal for the sale of fighter jets to be in the interests of the United States, expressing confidence that it would serve the unity of NATO, the agency wrote, but Congress was skeptical of Ankara's request.
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In July 2019, the United States excluded Turkey from the F-35 fighter supply program for the purchase of four Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems, the deal between Moscow and Ankara amounted to $2.5 billion. F-35s cannot co-exist with a Russian intelligence gathering platform that will be used to study their advanced capabilities, — explained in the White House. Turkish President Recep Erdogan in September last year praised the purchase of air defense systems from Russia with the words “it was worth it.”
Antonov called the words about the lack of connection between the sanctions of the West and the global food crisis cunning. A day earlier, Blinken assured that the United States did not impose restrictions on agricultural products and fertilizers. jpg” alt=”Antonov announced the connection between Western sanctions and the global food crisis” />
International economic and transport sanctions imposed against Russia have a direct impact on the situation on the global food market, the Russian ambassador said in USA Anatoly Antonov, his words are cited in Telegram by the diplomatic mission.
“The statements of the Westerners that their bans do not concern the supply of food and fertilizers,— cunning»,— said the diplomat.
Antonov assured that Moscow remains committed to its obligations under the concluded international contracts in the field of supply of agricultural products, energy carriers, fertilizers and other goods.
On May 18, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said there was no connection between the global food crisis and the restrictive measures imposed against Russia. According to him, Washington has made exceptions to the sanctions for agricultural products and fertilizers. Blinken added that the authorities of the countries of the world and international organizations can jointly seek the opening of corridors for the safe export of food from the territory of Ukraine by sea and land.
UN Secretary General António Guterres at the same time called for allowing Russian and Belarusian food products and fertilizers to world markets, calling this the most effective way to avoid a food crisis.
French President Emmanuel Macron has said he is considering introducing food checks to help the middle class and poor families. He cited the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, two major crop exporters, and rising energy prices as reasons.
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The German government considered that the world was threatened by the worst famine since the Second World War, and “millions” would become its victims. “The World Food Program estimates that 300 million people in the world suffer from hunger, and these estimates are constantly being adjusted upwards,” German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Svenja Schulze said.
The Russian authorities insist that countries that have imposed sanctions against Russia will be to blame for the food crisis. This opinion, in particular, was expressed by President Vladimir Putin. According to him, “sanctions obsession” threatens residents of European countries with “intractable consequences”.
Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov noted that the Russian side did not impose restrictions on the export of fertilizers, and therefore they should be lifted by the United States and other Western countries. Peskov added that Ukrainian ports are “heavily mined”; and pose a danger to navigation, an operation is underway to clear them.
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Deputy of the Duma of Vladivostok Viktor Kamenshchikov was detained at the US-Mexico border Viktor Kamenshchikov was detained for trying to illegally cross the border, a source told RIA Novosti. The interlocutor of PrimaMedia specified that he has a child in the USA. The deputy refused to support the special operation
Deputy of the Vladivostok Duma Viktor Kamenshchikov was detained at the US-Mexico border. This was reported by the agency «RIA Novosti» and PrimaMedia, citing law enforcement sources.
"Detained, for which— not yet known for sure, presumably for illegal border crossing,— said the interlocutor of RIA Novosti.
Kamenshchikov has not attended meetings since the end of February after he publicly opposed Russia's military special operation in Ukraine, the agency was told in the Duma of Vladivostok. He is still listed there as an acting deputy.
According to the portal VL.ru, Kamenshchikov's phone is unavailable. A PrimaMedia source said that the deputy has a child in the United States who received American citizenship by birthright in the country.
According to Anatoly Dolgachev, head of the Communist Party faction in the Legislative Assembly of Primorsky Krai, Kamenshchikov left the party of his own free will “immediately after his statements.” After the decision to leave the party, he was offered to give up his deputy mandate, the head of the faction continued, but Kamenshchikov did not do this. “The last thing to do is to flee to the USA, against whose imperialist policy the party opposes,” — Dolgachev emphasized in an interview with Kommersant.
On February 28, Kamenshchikov announced his withdrawal from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, he explained his decision by disagreeing with the party's support for the military operation in Ukraine. At the same time, he announced his readiness to refuse the mandate of the deputy, indicating that the decision on this issue should be made by the leadership of the party.
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Dolgachev then assured that if Kamenshchikov had not left the party on his own, he would have been expelled from it. He recalled that the Communist Party of the Russian Federation initiated a bill in the State Duma on the recognition of the LPR and the DPR, the party stands for the “liberation struggle of the Ukrainian people.” “Those who do not agree with this have no place in the ranks of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation,” — he concluded, assuring that the issue of depriving Kamenshchikov of his mandate has become a matter of principle for the party.
The fact that the authorities want to create a children's movement was previously reported by RBC sources. The idea of creating an organization that would unite all children in the country was supported by Vladimir Putin. The bill was introduced on the day of the 100th anniversary of the Pioneers
NATO is not interested in having bases or nuclear weapons in Finland; in addition, such a decision can only be made at the national level, no one is able to impose it on Helsinki, Prime Minister Sanna Marin pointed out
The topic of opening NATO bases or deploying nuclear weapons in Finland in case the country joins an alliance is out of the question, Prime Minister Sanna Marin said in an interview with Corriere della Sera.
“No one will impose nuclear weapons or bases on us if we do not want it. Therefore, I believe that this issue is not on the agenda, — she said, emphasizing that it could be decided at the national level. According to Marin, NATO is not interested in deploying them in Finland.
Explaining Helsinki's decision to join the alliance, the prime minister recalled the principle of collective defense (Article 5 of the North Atlantic Pact). “But we also have an obligation to help others in the event of an attack. We have good defensive capabilities, we spend more than 2% of GDP on defense, — Marin said. According to the politician, Finland has invested a lot in the country's security because of the “big and aggressive neighbor”; at the borders.
At the same time, she pointed out that the decision to apply for NATO membership “is an act of peace, not an act of war.” “We must make sure that there is never a war on Finnish soil, and we will always try to solve problems through diplomacy,” — Marin assured.
Three members of the North Atlantic Alliance have nuclear weapons— USA, France and UK. According to Professor Tommi Koivula from the National Defense University of Finland, if the country joins NATO, it will not be offered to host nuclear weapons, but Helsinki will be included in the planning group to discuss the principles of its use. Matti Pesu, a senior fellow at the Institute of International Relations, said that the nuclear weapons of the — members of the alliance “acts as a common deterrent,” reports Yle.
Sweden, which applied for NATO membership at the same time as Finland, is also against the deployment of nuclear weapons and permanent bases on its territory. They must be considered by the Council of the North Atlantic Alliance, and then the agreement on the membership of countries in the alliance must be ratified at the national level in all 30 countries included in the bloc. Turkey is not ready to support the entry of the Scandinavian countries into the bloc, said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He explained this by the sanctions against Ankara and the refusal of Finland and Sweden to extradite members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, whom Turkey considers terrorists. Croatian President Zoran Milanovic also calls for preventing Finland and Sweden from joining NATO, but he is not supported by the country's Prime Minister and Foreign Minister.
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Russia will work on resuming flights with Georgia. Grigory Karasin, head of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, stated this in a conversation with TASS.
“Let's hope we will work in this direction,” — he said on the sidelines of the XIII International Economic Summit “Russia” Islamic World: KazanSummit 2022».
In January, the Russian Foreign Ministry recalled that among the conditions for lifting the ban on air travel with Georgia— “stopping the Russophobic campaign”, “a more balanced policy” against Russia and the “disappearance of threats to security” Russians.
Moscow remains committed to the goals of normalizing Russian-Georgian relations and restoring bilateral ties, but such a process should be a “two-way street,” the ministry stressed.
Ban on flights with Georgia is temporary, the Foreign Ministry emphasized.
Russia severed direct flights with Georgia on June 21 amid protests in Tbilisi. The reason for the protests was that State Duma deputy from the Communist Party Sergei Gavrilov sat in the speaker's chair during the opening of the meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy in the Georgian parliament.
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After that, the opposition Georgian parties “United National Movement” and “European Georgia” considered that a deputy from Russia cannot be in the Georgian parliament and take the chair.
The protesters demanded the resignation of speaker Irakli Kobakhidze and the holding of early parliamentary elections. Kobakhidze complied with their demands by resigning on June 21.
According to the decree of Russian President Vladimir Putin, flights of Russian airlines to the country ceased on July 8. Later, the Russian Ministry of Transport announced that from that date a temporary ban on flights to Russia of Georgian airlines would also be introduced.
The head of the Ministry of Transport at that time, Yevgeny Dietrich, then warned that due to the decision to close direct flights with Georgia, Russian airlines will lose about 3 billion rubles.
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The day before, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that a total of 959 soldiers were taken out of the plant. Before that, according to the estimates of Ukraine and the DPR, about a thousand people remained at Azovstal
From the territory of the metallurgical plant “Azovstal” in Mariupol, more than half of the Ukrainian military blocked there came out, said on the air of the Solovyov.Live channel; head of the Donetsk People's Republic Denis Pushilin.
«More than half have already left, more than half have laid down their arms and left with a white flag»,— he claims (quote from RIA Novosti).
The Russian Ministry of Defense announced on the eve that a total of 959 people had been taken out of the plant since May 16: according to the department, 80 were injured, of which 51 soldiers were placed in the Novoazovsk hospital in the DPR.
May 10, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk reported that at that time at Azovstal there were more than a thousand Ukrainian soldiers. “There are those who have received serious injuries and need urgent evacuation,” — she emphasized in an interview with AFP. A similar assessment was given by Pushilin— about 1.2 thousand military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian side called the number of exported from “Azovstal” military on May 16: according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, 53 seriously wounded were brought to Novoazovsk, where they will be provided with medical care. Another 211 Ukrainian servicemen were taken through the humanitarian corridor to Yelenovka, which is also under the control of the DPR. The agency expressed confidence that the military would be exchanged.
At the same time, the Russian State Duma is discussing the issue of banning the exchange of “Nazi criminals” so that they can be brought to justice (the Russian authorities have repeatedly called the Azov battalion a neo-Nazi association; its symbols have been included by the Ministry of Justice in the list of extremist materials, and the Supreme Court intends to consider the recognition terrorist battalion).
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A total of 1,730 Ukrainian fighters from Azovstal have surrendered since May 16, of which 80 are wounded, said Konashenkov, spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry. v6_top_pics/media/img/2/14/756529481860142.jpg” alt=”The Russian Ministry of Defense reported about 771 Azov fighters who surrendered” />
Over the past 24 hours, 771 fighters of the Ukrainian battalion “Azov” (the symbols are recognized as extremist in Russia and banned, and the battalion itself is going to be declared a terrorist organization), surrendered, the Russian Ministry of Defense said.
According to the official representative of the department, Igor Konashenkov, since May 16, 1730 have surrendered soldiers, including 80 wounded.
“All those in need of inpatient treatment receive assistance in medical institutions of the Donetsk People's Republic in Novoazovsk and Donetsk,” — The Ministry of Defense said in a statement.
Earlier, the head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, said that from the territory of the Azovstal metallurgical plant; More than half of the Ukrainian troops blocked there left in Mariupol.
On April 21, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to Russian President Vladimir Putin about the capture of Mariupol. Then the head of state canceled the assault on the Azovstal plant, where part of the forces controlled by Kyiv were located, but instructed to completely block its territory.
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The Ukrainian side argued that, in addition to the military of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, civilians were blocked at the plant. The evacuation of civilians took place from 5 to 7 May. According to the DPR, 176 civilians left the plant.
A week and a half later, Azovstal left the plant. a group of military negotiators came out with white flags. They discussed the routes for the evacuation of the wounded, which began on May 16.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky announced the continuation of work to rescue the military from the factory and return them to the territory controlled by Kyiv. He stressed that Ukraine “needs them alive”.
Nevertheless, the State Duma of Russia is now discussing the issue of a ban on the exchange of “Nazi criminals” so that they can be brought to justice.
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Senator Klishas: the import substitution program in Russia has completely failed And the head of the National Anti-Corruption Committee, Kabanov, accused “some leaders” of trying to “transplant” Russian industry and the economy to a “new, now Chinese” needle “
In Russia, the import substitution program has failed completely, Andrey Klishas, head of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building, wrote on his Telegram channel.
“There is nothing but bravura reports from industry departments. Our people see this both in consumer goods and in many other areas, — he added.
This is how the senator commented on the post of chairman of the National Anti-Corruption Committee and member of the HRC Kirill Kabanov.
Kabanov, in turn, accused “some leaders” in an effort to “transplant” Russian industry and economy into a “new, now Chinese” needle, changing the logistics of purchases and “investors”, instead of seeking economic independence.
In his opinion, at first it is necessary to revise large projects with budgetary financing in order to abandon those that are inappropriate at this stage.
RBC sent requests to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Economics and the government press service.
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Against the background of the introduction of anti-Russian sanctions by Western countries, the supply of goods to Russia was suspended by many foreign companies. In addition, due to a shortage of components, AvtoVAZ, which produces domestic Lada cars, has transferred its employees to a four-day work week.
The Russian authorities promised to support domestic producers in order to accelerate import substitution in some industries. Subsidies were promised to pharmaceutical companies in order to reduce the dependence of the Russian market on imported drugs.
At the same time, businessman Oleg Deripaska warned companies against appointing “import substitution chiefs.” According to him, they should not create such conditional positions, but focus solely on the needs of business.
In April, Russian schools were recommended to conduct special lessons on the benefits of import substitution, the Ministry of Education confirmed that it had sent out manuals. They, among other things, talked about “the most important areas of anti-sanctions policy”, which were called by the head of government Mikhail Mishustin, — it is “protection of the domestic market and maintaining the employment of the working population”.
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Buk-M1". This was announced at a briefing by the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Major General Igor Konashenkov.
“The division of S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems in the Bolshie Lomzaki region of the Nikolaev region and the division of the Buk-M1 air defense system were destroyed. near Slavyanogorsk, Donetsk People's Republic. Operational-tactical and army aviation hit two command posts, as well as 58 areas of concentration of manpower and Ukrainian military equipment,»,— said Konashenkov.
According to him, over the past 24 hours, the Russian military carried out air strikes with precision-guided missiles on seven Ukrainian command posts, including the command posts of the 24th motorized infantry brigade in the village of Nikolaevka and the command posts of the 104th territorial defense brigade in the village of Konstantinovka. Air missile strikes were also carried out on 11 depots of rocket and artillery weapons and ammunition in the areas of the settlements of Bakhmut, Konstantinovka, Ilyinka and Minkovka in eastern Ukraine, as well as on 26 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment of the Ukrainian armed forces.
In total, according to Konashenkov, more than 340 Ukrainian soldiers were killed as a result of air strikes, 62 units of military equipment were disabled.
At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.
Rocket troops and artillery attacked six command posts, 295 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, 43 artillery and mortar units in firing positions, and two electronic warfare stations. Also in the Kharkiv and Kherson regions, 15 Ukrainian drones were destroyed, including one “Bayraktar-TB2”, and 12 rockets of the “Smerch” multiple launch rocket system were intercepted.
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Also, the Ministry of Defense reported the surrender of a total of 1,730 fighters of the Azov battle. (the symbols are recognized as extremist in Russia and banned, and the battalion itself is going to be declared a terrorist organization). The operation to surrender those who took refuge at the Azovstal plant in Mariupol has been carried out since May 16, 80 of those who surrendered were wounded.
Russia has been conducting a special operation in Ukraine since February 24. The Ministry of Defense stated that the Russian military does not strike at civilian targets.
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The building of the Embassy of Portugal in the Russian Federation
Ambassador of Portugal Madalena Fischer was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry, where she was told about the expulsion of five employees of the embassy. They must leave Russia within 14 days.
This was Russia's response to the expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats.
“It is emphasized that this unfriendly step will have a negative impact on Russian-Portuguese relations”, — reported in the ministry.
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The Investigative Committee organized an investigation into the circumstances of the receipt of a bribe by a man who introduced himself as an employee of the Presidential Administration. A resident of the capital transferred $84,000 to a scammer for employment in the department “The Investigative Committee will check the false official who “sold” the post in the Presidential Administration” />
In the investigative department for the Tverskoy district of the Main Investigative Committee of the ICR in Moscow on Wednesday, May 18, they began checking the circumstances of receiving and giving a bribe (Article 290, 291 of the Criminal Code) to a man who introduced himself as an assistant to the head of the state-legal department of the Presidential Administration, this was told by a source close to the Investigative Committee, the information was confirmed by a source familiar with the material of the check. to the Presidential Administration.
“The story of the transfer of a bribe occurred back in July 2020, but the application from the affected applicant for a position in the Presidential Administration was received only now”,— said the source. According to him, the fraud suspect several times made an appointment with the bribe-giver at the third entrance of the Presidential Administration building located on Ilyinka.
The audit materials say that in reality he could not assist in finding employment in the department, was an official. According to the source, the suspect spent the money for personal purposes.
RBC sent a request to the press service of the Investigative Committee.
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The Bell reports on a relative of Nazarbayev and an oilman from Novokuznetsk.
The Bell publication, citing sources, reports that the Russian share of McDonald’s business may be bought out by Russian or Kazakh entrepreneurs.
As Topnews reported earlier, McDonald’s announced that it was leaving the Russian market. Prior to this, the company repeatedly postponed the closure of stores for a certain period, keeping employees and premises busy.
However, against the backdrop of anti-Russian sanctions, it could not hold out for a long time.
Now, as reported Media, her business may be bought out in the near future by the relatives of the former President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev. So, the name of the entrepreneur Kairat Boranbaev, the owner of the SPP company, is called.
It is known that earlier it was this company that managed the McDonald’s network in six Russian regions – Sverdlovsk, Orenburg, Chelyabinsk, Kurgan, Tyumen and Kirov regions.
It is also known that Boranbaev owns a McDonald’s franchise in Belarus and Kazakhstan. A relative of the president was also the head of the JV KazRosGas JSC.
According to “Kommersant” citing two sources, it is Boranbaev's firms that will become the new owner of the closed establishments of the American fast food chain.
The second contender for Russian establishments is McDonald’s, according to The Bell, – Russian entrepreneur Alexander Govor, who lives in Novokuznetsk.
According to “RG”, he owns the GiD company, which managed the activities of 25 McDonald’s establishments in Novosibirsk, Berdsk, Tomsk, Kemerovo, Novokuznetsk, Barnaul and Krasnoyarsk.
In addition, Govor is a member of the board of directors of NefteKhimService.
The Western publication insists that the results of the transaction will become known as early as May 19.
Deputy Prime Minister Khusnullin announced the conditions for supplying the resource.
Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Marat Khusnullin told the media that the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant will work for Russia.
According to the official, if Ukraine is ready to pay for electricity, then Russia is ready to supply electricity there too.
According to RIA Novosti with reference to the words of Khusnullin, “energy – this is a product that cannot be put into a warehouse”.
He explained that if the Ukrainian power engineers refuse to pay for the supplied resource, the nuclear power plant will work for Russia.
“If the Ukrainian energy system is ready to receive and pay for ZNPP electricity, then the plant will work for Ukraine, if it does not receive it, then the nuclear power plant will work for Russia”, & # 8211; said the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.
He is sure that nuclear energy is one of the cheapest and highly competitive.
There will be no problems with its sale, the politician believes .
Besides, as “Izvestia” clarifies, the Deputy Prime Minister said that already in May, residents of the region will receive pensions and salaries in rubles. The Russian national currency will eventually replace the hryvnia, Khusnullin specified.
Earlier, Topnews wrote that a fire broke out at the nuclear power plant in Zaporozhye in early March.
The fire was extinguished, as reported by the Russian Defense Ministry.
The department said that they completely control the level of radiation at the nuclear power plant.
Former Top Gear presenter accused politicians of “doing nothing”.
Ex-host of the Top Gear car show Jeremy Clarkson, in an article for The Times, said that because of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, the world, and the UK in particular, is threatened with cannibalism.
According to him, for two conflicting countries account for more than 25% of world wheat exports.
They are also leaders in the supply of fertilizers and vegetable oils.
The conflict in the framework of a special military operation of Russia led to the fact that the world lost a lot & #8220;the right grain”, and the price of fertilizer has risen to such an extent that the dependent countries are losing 20% of the remaining grain.
According to Clarkson, the increase in fertilizer prices has reached 37%.
As a result, according to the journalist, the food crisis threatens the whole world, and the amount of food in stores could be reduced by 20%.
Clarkson is sure that those who talk about control over the situation of politics are in fact “ ;they do nothing”, but they are forced to deal with the situation by life itself, because a person cannot live without food, as without warmth, clothing, and even sex.
“Hunger makes people eat their neighbors,” he concluded.
According to data published by Western media, anti-Russian sanctions led to higher prices for fuel and products.
Thus, in the UK, inflation rose to 9% in April, reaching a record high for forty years.
Earlier, Topnews wrote that the deputy head of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev urged Russia not to buy products from unfriendly countries.