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Putin’s knockout blow: we already live in a new Russia

The President has launched a process of “natural self-cleansing” among the elites

Everything is happening so fast that many simply do not realize that we are already living in a new world, in a new Russia. They began to live in the new world together with the first attack of our army during a special military operation. In the new Russia, after Putin's speech on Wednesday. The President, like an experienced boxer, completed the “double” with a knockout blow. A blow to the West here inland.

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If you carefully read what Putin said, you will notice — he once again indicated: the conflict is civilizational. You can say spiritual — between people of traditional values ​​that preserve their human appearance, and a globalist something that turns people into a gender-neutral biomass, the main purpose of which is to satisfy any of their needs.

Precisely because the Russian people in the Donbass defended their right to “live according to the laws and traditions of their ancestors, speak their native language, raise their children the way they want,” they were “subjected to real genocide.” They were killed precisely for their unwillingness to fall into the global “melting pot”. And Putin clearly said what the battle is going on for now — “for the right to be and remain Russia.” This is the most important thesis — to be Russia, meaning the very same “to be or not to be.” Either we will be Russia, or we will not be.

That is why the president, for the first time not embarrassed in terms of the “elite”, spoke about the “natural self-purification of society.” Named those who “live there (in the generalized West)” and “live” not even in the geographical sense of the word, but in their thoughts, in their slavish consciousness, with the biting term ‘national traitors’. Noticed, right? “According to my slavish consciousness.” And what were we taught in Soviet schools? Exactly. We — not slaves. But some studied, apparently, poorly. And now “they are ready to sell their own mother, if only they were allowed to sit in the hallway” at the “higher caste”.

The message of “natural self-purification” is very important here. The fact that the Russian people will always be able to distinguish “true patriots from scum and traitors and simply spit them out like a midge that accidentally flew into their mouths.”

That is, this is not even the 37th year at the minimum. The story of former Deputy Prime Minister Dvorkovich, who heads the Skolkovo Foundation, who condemned the special operation in Ukraine, — confirmation of this. The Kremlin has said it is up to Dvorkovich to decide whether he can continue to receive state money by opposing the state.

This is a natural change of elites. The current, pro-Western “Russian intelligentsia” was between two fires. The West beats her and does not accept her because she is allegedly Russian (and in general they don’t like traitors anywhere). She no longer has a place here because she is “Russian” — That's right, in quotation marks. From all this it is obvious: the country will go further with the Russian elite, the one that is mentally here, with the people. A new political, economic and social structure will emerge. Instead of “we” and “they” inside Russia, a single “we” is emerging.

Putin also named the basis of our popular idea — this is truth and justice: “the empire of lies” The West is powerless against truth and justice, Russia will continue to bring its position to the whole world. This is the path.

We have stepped on it and are already living in the new Russia.

Footage of the meeting between Putin and Zelensky predicted a special operation in Ukraine

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“Crimea understands what fate it has avoided, looking at what is happening with Ukraine”

Donbass was like a shield

These days, Crimea celebrates the eighth anniversary of its return to Russia. On March 18, 2014, the Treaty on the entry of the republic into the Russian Federation was signed in the Georgievsky Hall of the Kremlin. The document was signed by President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Crimea Sergei Aksenov, Head of the State Council of Crimea Vladimir Konstantinov and Head of Sevastopol Alexei Chaly. This event was preceded by a referendum on March 16, in which the vast majority of Crimeans voted for reunification with Russia.

The special operation helped return the North Crimean Canal to the Crimea, through which water has already flowed into the reservoirs.

Against the background of today's events related to the conduct of a special operation in Ukraine, what happened here 8 years ago appears before the inhabitants of Crimea in a completely different light. Many probably understand that what happened in Donbas after 2014 could also happen in Crimea. The special operation has already brought its results for the Crimeans: the “water blockade” arranged by the nationalists was broken, and water from the Dnieper, which stopped flowing 8 years ago, finally went to the peninsula. On the other hand, it is obvious that it is very difficult, even impossible, for Crimea to exist without a reliable land connection with the Russian Federation. This is the problem of the “corridor” to the Crimea today more than ever. We talked about Crimea in the light of the Russian special operation in Ukraine with political scientist Stanislav Smagin.

– For Crimea, the topic of a special operation in Ukraine, of course, is very close. On the one hand, Crimeans feel a sense of solidarity with the residents of Donbass and all civilians in Ukraine. On the other hand, Donbass was, as it were, a “shield” for Crimea. So, in any case, the Russian ruling class thought. But while he thought so, Ukraine was pumped up with weapons to such an extent that it was already ready to move to win back not only Donbass, but also Crimea. And even attack the actual Russian regions like the Rostov region or Belgorod. So this line is flawed. In 2014, it was possible to immediately resolve not only the issue of Crimea itself, but also to break through a land corridor between the Russian Federation and the peninsula. They didn't do it then, now they have to do it with much greater losses. But better late than never.

“Unfortunately, there are sentiments, although they cover an insignificant part of society, which consist in the fact that we, Crimea, were rightfully taken to the Russian Federation, because we have always been pro-Russian, and Donbass has never stood for Russia. But the main part of the population sympathizes with the Donbass and understands why this special operation is being carried out, in defense of what. Including for the sake of protecting the Crimea.

On the one hand, new problems have appeared. This is the problem of mimicry of the worst heritage of Ukraine, its inclusion in the Russian system. Many former Ukrainian officials, members of the Party of Regions, simply repainted. For those who performed purely technical functions, this did not mean anything other than changing the portrait on the wall in the office, and there is no particular harm from them. They just do their economic bureaucratic work. But there are others. People who, until the last moment, shouted that Crimea is Ukraine, became officials. And now they occupy very high positions.

There are criminogenic and corruption problems. Plus personnel chaos in the bureaucratic system. Mayors of cities, heads of city hospitals in large cities are constantly changing. All this is. On the other hand, attention came, investments came, there was some desire to turn Crimea into a showcase for Russia. Simferopol has changed a lot, which used to be just a gray, dull, dusty city. With all the negative moments, the main thing that is not now in Crimea is: there are no “friendship trains” with the radicals, there is no joint rule of Ukrainian Natsiks and Mejlis members, there is no oppression of the Russian language. And the main thing is that Crimea is part of Russia. And when people now look at what is happening in Ukraine, they understand what fate they have avoided.


“Fiery shaft” and paints from Kadyrov: where is the special operation in Ukraine heading

The main efforts of the troops are focused on the demilitarization of the “cauldrons”

The special military operation has been going on for 21 days. Vladimir Putin again noted that the operation was going according to plan. Probably everyone wants it to end as soon as possible. But not at the cost of additional losses. And, obviously, this is the main concern of the Russian General Staff today.

Exploded theater building in Mariupol. Photo: Social networks

What does the daily report of the Ministry of Defense say? So far, the key attention is on the most combat-ready units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the national battalions in the Donbass that have fallen into the environment. These are Mariupol, Kramatorsk, Severodonetsk, Rubizhne. The pace of advancement – several kilometers per day – cannot be called high. But, apparently, there are reasons for this.

So far this problem has not been resolved, in other directions – Nikolaev, Odessa, Zaporozhye – relative stabilization. These, apparently, are the goals of the next stage.

Important information about the “cauldrons”: according to the Ukrainian General Staff, the units surrounded in the Donbass are no longer able to break out and go to reinforce the groups in Kyiv, Kharkov, Dnepropetrovsk. Such a recommendation was given to them remotely by American military advisers. But the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Donbas have neither fuel nor ammunition for this. The best way out is to lay down your arms. The only question is whether the national battalion detachments will let them do it.

In an open field, the “boilers” most likely finish off remotely, organizing the so-called fire shaft with the help of heavy flamethrowing systems. In 2014-2015, this method brought the greatest effect, stimulating units of the Armed Forces to lay down their arms faster.

This method does not work in cities. The main deterrent there is the civilian population, which the Armed Forces of Ukraine use as a shield. The Russian military department does not provide specific details about the battles in urban areas. The exception is the exposure of the fakes of the Ukrainian side. One of them: Russian troops allegedly attacked the building of the Mariupol Drama Theater. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation explained that there were no strikes, the militants of the National Battalion blew up the building in order to blame everything on us.

One more episode of the battle for Mariupol, where it seems to be the most difficult now, became known thanks to an unusual blogger – Ramzan Kadyrov. In his Telegram channel, he said that the units, staffed by natives of Chechnya, came to the aid of special forces in Mariupol, who fought for two days (!) in the environment. Kadyrov's envoys actually saved the special forces.

During the day, during a special operation, an ammunition depot in the Rivne region was destroyed, including Tochka-U missiles; Mi-24 and Mi-8 helicopters, 12 drones, including three Turkish Bayraktar TB-2s, were shot down; 46 military targets were hit.

Since the beginning of the operation, 181 aircraft and helicopters, 172 drones, 170 anti-aircraft missile systems, 1379 tanks and armored vehicles, 133 multiple launch rocket systems, 514 guns and mortars, 1168 military vehicles have been destroyed.

Kadyrov's blog is very emotional and adds color to the picture that our military paints every day. For example, Ramzan Akhmatovich confidently declares: “In the near future, Mariupol will be completely cleared of Bandera and their henchmen … Chechen fighters are very determined to fulfill the tasks of command. Their morale and perfectly honed combat skills significantly demoralize the enemy.”

As it became known, our units will also receive reinforcements from Ossetia. As they wrote in one of the Telegram channels: “Ossetian brothers are with us. The first units set off to liberate the Donbass and Ukraine from fascist evil spirits.

But with the reinforcements of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, including at the expense of foreign mercenaries, it seems that there are big problems. After the Kalibr attack on the Yavoriv test site, where mercenaries were formed into units to be sent to the front, the number of those wishing to try their luck in Ukraine has greatly decreased.

On the Web, you can find evidence of 50-year-old Peter from Austria, who was lucky to survive in Yavoriv. According to him, most of the mercenaries are completely inexperienced, many under 20 years old. After hitting the base, “coordination disappeared.” “All these people will die, no one will get out of there alive,” he predicts.

His words would be in the ears of Zelensky and those who continue to patronize him in Washington. But no, President Biden has announced new arms shipments to Ukraine. It remains to be hoped that the Russian General Staff controls the channels of these supplies to the conflict zone and will not spare the Caliber to neutralize these weapons before they reach the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

On March 17, members of the Public Council under the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation visited two military hospitals in the capital, where they met with military personnel who were injured during a special military operation in Ukraine. visited the Main Military Clinical Hospital named after N.N. Burdenko and the Central Military Clinical Hospital named after P.V. Mandryk. The best military doctors of the country provide assistance to the wounded here. As Pavel Gusev noted, the support of society, attention and care are very important today for the participants of the special operation, their families. The chairman of the Committee of Soldiers' Mothers Flera Salikhovskaya, Lieutenant General Rafael Timoshev, Russian military analyst Ruslan Pukhov, and other members of the Public Council spoke with the military. Together with them, the hospitals were visited by artists of several musical groups. They performed famous songs for the wounded, and gave an impromptu mini-concert separately in each ward where the wounded are being treated.


Why the US military studied bat coronaviruses

Bioweapons in Ukraine: fake or reality

On March 17, the Russian Defense Ministry exploded another informational “bomb”: according to the military, in biolaboratories on the territory of Ukraine, the United States studied ways of transmitting dangerous diseases to humans through bats and birds. The agency managed to obtain documents proving, in its opinion, that “the implementation of the military biological programs of the United States and its NATO allies” and “components of biological weapons were created” took place on the territory of Ukraine. But is it possible to create such a weapon in principle?


As Igor Konashenkov, official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, said at a briefing, under the supervision of American specialists, secret research was carried out in a laboratory in Kharkov to study the ways of transmitting diseases to humans through bats. In the Kharkov Institute of Veterinary Medicine, within the framework of an American project, the possibility of transmitting highly pathogenic avian influenza with the help of wild birds was studied.

At the same time, Igor Kirillov, head of the Radiation, Chemical and Biological Protection Troops of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, announced new documents received from employees of Ukrainian biological laboratories. In his opinion, they prove that components of biological weapons were created on the territory of Ukraine.” The documents prove the funding of such work by the United States, the transfer of biomaterials by Ukraine to other countries, the study of bird flu and bats in laboratories, as well as the involvement of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in research.

MK asked for comments the head of the Eurasian Analytical Club, Nikita Mendkovich, who has been studying the problem of American biological laboratories in the countries bordering Russia for several years.

– This is far from news. – said the expert. – Information about these studies with the support of the Pentagon first appeared many years ago. The Threat Prevention Agency (DTRA) of the US Department of Defense was studying the possibility of creating a biological weapon based on the bat coronavirus. Such work was carried out in the Georgian Lugar Center and other places, including in the Chinese city of Wuhan. In China, this work was funded through the EcoHealth Alliance. Previously, the same organization funded work on the genetic modification of the bat coronavirus at Chapel Hill University in the United States. In 2015, they were moved abroad, since such studies were prohibited in the United States. Indeed, the question of the possible spread of epidemics based on this mutated strain has been studied for a long time. Such studies continued until 2019.

– Let's separate the flies from the cutlets. I am not suggesting that the current coronavirus epidemic is the result of an artificial modification of a strain of bats and its leakage. I have no such evidence. But the fact that such studies were conducted by the Pentagon is proven and this follows from the open financial documentation of the US Department of Defense. There is information about competitions, about allocated grants. There are publications in the scientific press. These facts are beyond doubt. Studies of the bat coronavirus and the possibility of creating bioweapons based on it were conducted not only in Ukraine. Such studies were carried out, for example, in Kazakhstan. In 2017, similar work was carried out there in the Zhambyl region. Coronaviruses of bats living in local caves were studied. This was done by two American biologists – Gavin Smith and Ian Mendenhall, a grant from the US Department of Defense was allocated for this work.

– The Department of Defense, the agency responsible for the study of weapons of mass destruction, funds biological research. With what it can be connected? With abstract science? But it is funded by other US funds. Epidemiological research is carried out by the Center for Disease Control. The purpose of these studies is purely military. Initially, studies were conducted specifically on the possibilities of artificial modification of the coronavirus.

– Firstly, before the use of biological weapons, a vaccine is created. They vaccinate their population, the army, and only then apply it. Unless, of course, there is an accidental leak. Second. Examples of the use of bioweapons in geographically closed territories are known. For example, the artificial infection of the livestock population in Cuba with swine fever. This is what the US did in the 70s.

– I don't know about the beetle, but the GDR accused the US of spreading locusts artificially in the 50s. They pointed out that a significant amount of locusts was found on the roofs of high residential buildings, where they cannot naturally enter. Only if it is dropped from aircraft.

– I have repeatedly discussed this issue with biologists. In the 2000s, a number of experts in the West predicted that this would become possible in the near future.

– This is true for the population of Russia. But it is not typical for a number of other states. I'm talking about what the experts told me: that for a long time there was an opinion that science was on the verge of this decision. And it is possible that such opportunities are now being sought for military purposes.


UN calls for investigation of Ukraine’s Tochka-U attack on Donetsk

Japan imposed sanctions against Zakharova, ex-wife of Sechin and Mikheev

Among the companies on the list of restrictions are Rosneft-Aero, Rosoboronexport, Russian Helicopters, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), Uralvagonzavod

Japan imposed sanctions against 15 individuals and nine legal persons from Russia, according to the website of the Foreign Ministry of the country. The restrictions include an asset freeze.

Among individuals under restrictive measures, in particular, were the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, several deputy ministers of defense, including the former head of Ingushetia Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, the head of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Igor Kostyukov, the general director of Rosoboronexport Alexander Mikheev, ex-wife of the head of Rosneft Marina Sechina, Senator Suleiman Kerimov.

Companies on the sanctions list include Rosneft-Aero, Rosoboronexport, Russian Helicopters, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), Uralvagonzavod.


Formerly Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced his intention to deprive Russia of the most favored nation treatment in trade because of the situation in Ukraine. Tokyo is also going to expand sanctions against Moscow. In particular, we are talking about a ban on the export of luxury goods and the import of certain products from Russia, freezing the assets of the country's elite.

Restrictive measures against Russia were taken by the United States, EU countries, Great Britain and some other states. The sanctions affected the Russian elite, companies, banks, including the Central Bank, the export of goods.

Nevertheless, the Kremlin refused to consider the Russian economy crushed. “We have a good proverb: there is no evil without good. We are trying to use the existing difficulties in our interests,»,— Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

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European politicians proposed Zelensky for the Nobel Peace Prize

European politicians have asked the committee to extend the nomination deadline until March 31 “in light of historic and unprecedented events”

Former and current European politicians proposed to nominate Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for the Nobel Peace Prize, according to a statement on the website of the Prize Committee.

In the appeal, politicians stated the need to extend the deadline for nominating candidates for the award until March 31 this year “in the light of historical and unprecedented events.”

“This is necessary to ensure the nomination of President Zelensky and the people for the Nobel Peace Prize Ukraine»,— the authors of the initiative noted.

Thus, politicians want to demonstrate to the people of Ukraine that the world is on their side, follows from the statement.

The appeal was signed by 36 politicians – most of the Netherlands, including the former Minister of Defense Ank Bijleveld and the former head of the Ministry of Foreign AffairsBenBot. Members of the European Parliament also supported the nomination of Zelensky & mdash; former Prime Minister of Estonia Andrus Ansip, Vlad-Marius Botoshot of Romania, Karin Karlsbro from Sweden, Katrin Langenzipenot of Germany and others. Dmitry Muratov and Filipino journalist Maria Resse. The committee named both representatives of journalists who defend the freedom of the media in the world.

On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a military special operation in Ukraine. He called the goals the denazification and demilitarization of the country, as well as the protection of the civilian population of Donbass from “genocide”; by the Kiev authorities.

After the start of the special operation, Ukraine broke off diplomatic relations with Russia and declared martial law.

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The lawyer announced the detention of Boyko Borisov for extortion

The EU Attorney General's Office is investigating fraud and misuse of funds. The day before, the ex-premier of Bulgaria was detained and searched

The former Prime Minister of Bulgaria, chairman of the GERB party; Boyko Borisov was detained on suspicion of extortion, his lawyer Menko Menkov told Radio Bulgaria.

According to him, acting Prime Minister Kiril Petkov was interrogated as a witness. “I am not familiar with any materials other than the search report and the decision to keep him in custody. No one, except Petkov, was interrogated, & mdash; the lawyer said.

The ex-premier was detained for 24 hours.

The day before, the police conducted an operation in connection with the investigation of the EU Attorney General's Office on abuse of spending.


Borisov was detained and taken to the police. He was searched. In addition to him, former Minister of Finance Vladislav Goranov, former Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Parliament Menda Stoyanov and former head of the government press service Sevdalina Arnaudova were also taken into custody.

EU Attorney General Laura Keveshi reported receiving more than 120 reports of inappropriate use of European funds in Bulgaria. We are talking about public procurement fraud, as well as abuses in the areas of agriculture, construction, recovery from COVID-19.

Amid corruption scandals in 2020, protests began in Bulgaria demanding the resignation of the prime minister and a trial . Borisov did not resign. Since December 2021, the government has been headed by Petkov.

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Khinshtein proposed to punish for fakes about the work of government agencies abroad

As examples, he named embassies, trade missions and representative offices of Rossotrudnichestvo

Alexander Khinshtein

«United Russia» has prepared amendments to the law on fakes about the actions of the Armed Forces, which propose to introduce liability, including criminal liability, for the dissemination of false information about government agencies working abroad, said the deputy general secretary of the party, chairman of the Duma Committee on Information Policy, on his Telegram channel, Information Technology and Communication Alexander Khinshteyshn.

“We propose to hold accountable for fakes (that is, the public dissemination of knowingly false information) not only about the army, but also about any state bodies operating abroad in order to protect the interests of the Russian Federation and its citizens, maintain international peace and security,” & mdash ; the deputy wrote.

The amendments concern fakes not only about the military— participants of the special operation in Ukraine, but also employees of the Russian Guard and the Ministry of Emergency Situations located in Ukraine.

“Everyone who defends Russia's interests outside its borders— it doesn't matter if they wear epaulettes or not— should be reliably protected from any provocations, lies and “dirty” stuff. For example, our embassies, trade missions and diplomatic institutions.

Or— representative offices of Rossotrudnichestvo»,— Hinstein said.

According to him, the amendments can be considered by the State Duma next week.

On March 4, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on liability for fakes about actions of the Russian Armed Forces. Spreading false information is punishable by a fine of up to 5 million rubles. or imprisonment for up to 15 years. Also, liability is provided for discrediting the armed forces and calling for sanctions against Russia.

February 24, Russia has been conducting a special military operation to “demilitarize” and “denazification” Ukraine. Its goals the Russian authorities call the protection of the population of Donbass from “genocide”; and preventing a threat to Russia's security from the West.

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Dvorkovich resigned as chairman of Skolkovo

According to RBC sources, Igor Drozdov may take his place. After Dvorkovich spoke out against military operations in Ukraine, the Secretary of the General Council of United Russia, Turchak, offered to fire him for “national betrayal”

Arkady Dvorkovich

Chairman of the Skolkovo Foundation, former Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich is leaving his post. Dvorkovich served as co-chairman, and then chairman of the fund since May 2018.

“Arkady Dvorkovich decided to terminate the powers of the chairman of the Skolkovo Foundation” and focus on the development of educational projects, including within the framework of the “Big Skolkovo”,— Dvorkovich's representative told RBC.

Dvorkovich announced his resignation today at a meeting with fund employees, two sources close to Skolkovo told RBC, and confirmed a source close to VEB, which oversees the work of the development institute. “Skolkovo” has always been at the forefront of innovation in Russia— and today, I am sure, will make every effort to build our own competitive economy in our country, becoming the main technological hub that will take over the provision of the country's technological needs”, — Dvorkovich's address to employees says.

Two RBC sources close to the fund said that Igor Drozdov, who is now the chairman of the board of Skolkovo, could take his place.

The press service of VEB.RF confirmed the receipt of a letter of resignation from Dvorkovich. “For three years, since 2018, Arkady Vladimirovich combined work at Skolkovo with the presidency of FIDE. In the current circumstances, he considered it impossible to further combine. Over the years of his work as the head of the fund, the number of residents has grown from 1800 to 3200 technology teams, and their revenue from 91.9 billion rubles. grew to more than 200 billion rubles, according to preliminary data for 2021. I am sure that the Skolkovo Foundation in this difficult situation, he will be able to fulfill all the tasks set by the president and the government for import substitution and the development of domestic innovations, the press service cited the comments of the chairman of VEB.RF and the head of the board of directors of Skolkovo. Igor Shuvalov.

Dvorkovich advocated a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Ukraine in a conversation with the American edition of Mother Jones. As head of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), he also said that he is trying to ensure that official chess tournaments are not held in Russia and Belarus, and that chess players are not allowed to represent countries in competitions. Dvorkovich later issued a new statement in which he indicated that he was sincerely proud of the “courage of our soldiers,” but added that “the main” so that a strong peace and a more just order will eventually be established on our planet, in which there is no place for either Nazism or the dominance of some countries over others.

He also stated on March 15 that Skolkovo “I am ready to make every effort to build our own competitive economy in our country.”

After that, the Secretary of the General Council of “United Russia” Andrei Turchak said that the party is in favor of “his immediate dismissal in disgrace” from the post of chairman of the Skolkovo Foundation. He called the words of the former Deputy Prime Minister about the removal of chess players “another boorish and chauvinistic attack against the Russians.”

“While some Russian citizens are fighting for the Motherland and the people of Russia with weapons in their hands, the enemy and act in his interests, & mdash; Turchak noticed.

Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov indicated that Dvorkovich's further work at Skolkovo depends on his personal decision.

The statements of the former prime minister were also condemned by the head of Roskosmos Dmitry Rogozin. According to him, Dvorkovich, who was in charge of the fuel and energy complex in the government, “hooked” Russian citizens on Boeing and Airbus aircraft, which restricted work in Russia. As a result, it was “questioned” the right to move millions of people, said Rogozin, who was also deputy prime minister in Dmitry Medvedev's government.

“While working in the government, I did everything so that sanctions were not an obstacle, but an opportunity to create our own economy. And the results of this work in many sectors have made it possible to create the springboard for ensuring national security that we have today— in agriculture and construction, in energy and petrochemistry, in infrastructure development, — retorted Dvorkovich in his statement.

Dvorkovich served as chairman of the Skolkovo Foundation; since 2018, he is also a member of the government commission for the modernization of the economy and innovative development of the country. Since the same year he has headed FIDE.

Dvorkovich joined the government in 2000, first worked as an adviser to the head of the Ministry of Economic Development, and then as his deputy. In 2004, he took the post of head of the expert department of the President of Russia, and four years later he became an assistant to the head of state. From 2012 to 2018, he worked in the government as Deputy Prime Minister.

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The court sentenced the ex-head of the Ramensky district to 9.5 years for murder

The former head of the Ramensky district of the Moscow region, Kulakov, was sentenced to 9.5 years in a strict regime colony for the murder of Evgenia Isaenkova in 2019. Biological traces of Kulakov were found on her body, his motive was “personal dislike”

Andrey Kulakov

The Podolsk city court, on the basis of the guilty verdict of the jury, sentenced the former head of the Ramensky district of the Moscow region Andrey Kulakov to 9 , 5 years in prison for the murder of Evgenia Isaenkova, deputy chairman of the Civic Chamber of the district, in 2019. This was reported by the prosecutor's office of the Moscow region.

The jury found Kulakov guilty, but “deserving of indulgence.” The court sentenced him to serve his sentence in a strict regime colony.

“The court found that on the night of May 1-2, 2019, Kulakov was in the car of his acquaintance in the city district of Ramenskoye, Moscow Region. During the quarrel, he strangled the woman, after which he fled the scene of the crime, — the prosecutor's office said.

Earlier, the jury acquitted Kulakov, but later the prosecutor's office appealed the verdict, and the court overturned it. On March 11, the jury found the ex-head of the Ramensky district guilty.

The department of the Investigative Committee for the Moscow Region reported to RBC that the defense actively opposed the investigation, including through the media. “With their publications and participation in television talk shows, they (the side of the defense.— RBC) tried to form a biased opinion and attitude towards the actions of the investigating authorities among citizens, — Olga Vradiy, senior assistant to the head of the Russian Investigative Committee for the Moscow Region, explained.

39-year-old Evgenia Isaenkova disappeared on the night of May 1-2. She was found on May 4 in her Mercedes car, which was left in a forest belt. On May 31, 2019, Kulakov was detained on suspicion of murder. He had resigned two days earlier. According to the Investigative Committee, Kulakov killed the woman because of “personal hostile relations.” The department said that sweat-fat and biological traces were found on the body of the deceased. The Investigative Committee added that Kulakov passed a polygraph test, which confirmed his guilt.

During the interrogation, Kulakov did not admit his guilt and stated that he had last seen Isaenkova on April 29. He claimed that at the time of the murder he was at home with his family. In early 2021, his lawyer said that Kulakov had asked for a jury trial.


Former adviser to the President of the United States proposed a formula for a settlement in Ukraine

Former adviser to the President of the United States Thomas Graham proposed a formula for resolving the crisis in Ukraine, taking into account the “interests of all parties.” He believes that “in the end, we will have to develop a European security system” ” alt=”Former adviser to the President of the United States proposed a formula for a settlement in Ukraine” />

Thomas Graham

What could be the scenario for a way out of the conflict in Ukraine

A diplomatic settlement of the conflict in Ukraine, which would take into account the interests of all parties, including Russia, is perhaps assured by Thomas Graham, Distinguished Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, former Director for Russia in the staff of the US National Security Council of the administration of President George W. Bush.

Graham told RBC that even before the outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine, he and his colleagues proposed a formula that, in his opinion, “could meet the security requirements of both Russia and Ukraine, and the NATO countries, and the United States.” Among the proposals were a moratorium on NATO expansion for an extended period, the initiation of a series of serious negotiations to resolve the frozen conflicts in Europe, and the modernization of the 1975 Helsinki Agreement.

According to Graham, it could take several years to reach an agreement on this issue. “Finally, during the Cold War in 1975, the USSR and the West were able to agree on the creation of the Helsinki Accords, it took three years. I don't understand why we couldn't repeat this experience now,” — he added, noting that after the start of a military operation, such negotiations can be held “much tougher due to the destruction of trust between Western capitals and Moscow.”


“But in the end, we still have to develop a European security system in which Russia considers itself a participant and no one says that Russia does not have legitimate security concerns. And this will have to be done at a certain time. There is some understanding in some cabinets that Russia sees NATO expansion as a problem and a threat, and this will have to be dealt with, — said the expert.

Speaking about what the system of international relations might look like after the end of the conflict in Ukraine, Graham noted that “the international liberal order that the United States supported will not be universal, largely because of different views on how the world order should be.” . “But this does not mean that you need to enter into military conflicts, you need to coexist. The threat of nuclear weapons is such that the peaceful coexistence of Russia and the United States— imperative. We must also recognize that competition between major powers is not abnormal, but must participate in it in a responsible way in order to reduce the risk of military escalation. he said.

What led to the conflict in Ukraine

The current crisis around Ukraine has no suitable historical analogy, Graham said. “Some talk about the Cuban Missile Crisis (Crib Crisis” RBC), but I think it was a completely different type of event, clearly focused on nuclear issues, capable of leading to a destructive nuclear war. This time, too, there were some discussions about nuclear war, but the conflict is more focused on what is happening in Ukraine and what are the Russian goals in Ukraine. I don't think there are any suitable historical analogies, including in the 1930s for the current crisis,” — Graham told RBC.

He identified several reasons that led to the crisis in Ukraine. “The scope of the discussion was wrong from the start. I am convinced that the US and its NATO partners should have put the European security architecture on the table, not just arms control and transparency. In order to do this, confidential channels are needed, which we have not succeeded in creating, — Graham emphasized.

Graham recalled that Russia publicly announced its demands for security guarantees less than two days after they were transferred to the United States (the proposals were transferred to the American side on February 15, and published on February 17 by RBC). The expert is sure that the questions raised by Moscow about Ukraine's membership in NATO and the withdrawal of the alliance's weapons to the 1997 borders would be preferable to be discussed privately through confidential channels, because the decision on them involves sensitive compromises that no participant in the negotiations would make publicly.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have repeatedly pointed out that all the arguments and concerns of Moscow have been ignored for many years. The situation around Ukraine could not be resolved peacefully, because the West did not want it, Lavrov said in an exclusive interview with RBC TV.

Russia demanded that the Western countries legally consolidate the refusal to expand NATO to the east and non-alignment of Ukraine and other republics of the former USSR with the bloc. In addition, the country's authorities demanded not to deploy strike weapons controlled by the alliance near the Russian borders and to withdraw the alliance's forces in Eastern Europe to the positions of 1997. In case of refusal to meet the requirements for security guarantees, the Russian authorities threatened NATO with “military-technical measures”.

Graham is convinced that the political situation in the West has been chaotic: the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, the departure of Angela Merkel from politics and the arrival of a new chancellor in Germany, Olaf Scholz, the presidential elections in France (the first round of which will be held in April), and the situation in the energy sector in Europe. This gave Moscow reason to believe that “this is the moment at which certain questions can be raised and the desired answer can be obtained, but the response of the West was quite quick and tough.”

How long will Western sanctions against Russia

Graham considers the establishment of a ceasefire in Ukraine and the withdrawal of Russian troops as the main conditions for easing sanctions against Russia imposed by Western countries. Sanctions will definitely remain for some time, the expert continued. But Western capitals do not expect the sanctions to have an immediate impact, he said. “There is an understanding that these are very sensitive issues for Moscow, and that Moscow is ready to suffer in order to deal with what they consider a threat from Ukraine. The sanctions are aimed at having an impact on Russia in the medium and long term,— Graham explained.

Restoring ties between Russia and Western countries after the end of the military conflict, according to Graham, will take a long time. According to him, relations could be restored in the sphere of culture and sports. It will be much more difficult to restore broken economic and commercial relations. Political trust, in his opinion, will be even more difficult to restore.

“However, we hope that one of the first steps <…> will be the start of normal diplomatic consultations. In particular, it is very important to restore the dialogue on strategic stability between Russia and the United States, which would be focused on the development of subsequent agreements and START-3, which expires in four years. We need certain agreements to make sure that we have a basis for maintaining strategic stability after 2026,— he concluded.

The European Union, the United States, Great Britain and Canada, as well as a number of other countries, began to impose new sanctions against Russia. President Vladimir Putin compared them to a “declaration of war.” On March 15, the European Union introduced the fourth package of sanctions against Russia. It implies a ban on the sale of cars and luxury goods to Russian legal entities and individuals and “for use in Russia.” In addition, the EU published new sanctions lists that included Russian companies (Rosneft, Gazprom Neft, Transneft and others). At the same time, Brussels did not ban energy trade with these companies.

Commenting on calls to limit Russia's rights at the UN, Graham called “impossible” exclusion of Russia from the UN and deprivation of its right of veto in the Security Council of the organization (UNSC). “No, that's impossible. And I don't think that's what they want at the moment <…> If we plan to defuse the crisis and reach an agreement on European security in the long term, this issue will be resolved through a dialogue between Moscow, Brussels and Washington and other European capitals. In a practical sense, any attempt to exclude someone will require action from the UN Security Council, and the Russian veto will prevent this from happening, — the expert explained.

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The Russian Orthodox Church opposed the return of the death penalty

The ROC noted that crime in countries where this measure of punishment is allowed is not always lower, and the issue of the death penalty itself should not be associated with Russia's membership in the Council of Europe. The country withdrew from it on March 16

The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) opposes the return of the death penalty, since life imprisonment gives convicts the opportunity to repent, Vladimir Legoyda, head of the Moscow Patriarchate's synodal department for relations with society and the media, said on a Telegram channel.

“Cancellation death penalty— among other things, the opportunity for repentance and the opportunity for pastoral fellowship of the church with those sentenced to life imprisonment,— noted Legoyd.

Vakhtang Kipshidze, deputy chairman of the synodal department, also spoke about the opportunities for pastoral work with those sentenced to life imprisonment.

“The Russian Orthodox Church is against the return of the death penalty. <…> We do not think that the fear of death is the main or even the only way to prevent the commission of violent crimes,— Kipshidze told RIA Novosti. According to him, in those countries where the death penalty is allowed, the crime rate is not always lower.

The representative of the Russian Orthodox Church also stressed that the issue of the death penalty should not be related to Russia's membership in the Council of Europe.

On March 16, Russia ceased to be a member of the Council of Europe, which had been a member for 26 years. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov previously notified the organization of the corresponding intention. The head of the Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Vice-Speaker of the State Duma Pyotr Tolstoy, blamed the break in bilateral dialogue on the NATO countries, “which all this time have been using the topic of human rights to realize their own geopolitical interests and attacks on our country.” Lavrov explained that no guarantees of human rights enshrined in the European Convention would be violated.

Earlier, at the end of February, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe limited Russia's rights in the Council of Europe. Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev saw this as “a good opportunity to restore a number of important institutions to prevent particularly serious crimes in the country,” including the death penalty. He recalled that capital punishment is actively used in the United States and China.

Head of the Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State Building Andrei Klishas recalled that the Constitutional Court (CC) imposed a moratorium on the death penalty ). Later, the senator also ruled out that the legislature would return to this topic, and emphasized that none of them had the right to “overcome the position” CC.

The Constitutional Court approved a moratorium on the death penalty in 1999, but this form of punishment remains in the Criminal Code. In 2009, the ministry explained that Russia has an indefinite moratorium on the use of the death penalty.

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The mayor of Lvov announced the impact near the airport and on the aircraft repair plant

Mayor of Lvov: there are no casualties as a result of the strike on the aircraft repair plant “The mayor of Lvov reported a strike near the airport and on the aircraft repair plant” />

Lviv, Ukraine

The territory near the airport of Lviv and the aircraft repair plant were hit, Mayor Andriy Sadovyy said on his Facebook page.

“You can't give a real-time address, but it's definitely not an airport,”— wrote Sadovyi, noting that information about the incident would be published later.

Sadovyi also told about the blow-up at the aircraft manufacturing plant, the building of which was destroyed. “The active work of the plant was stopped ahead of schedule, so there are no human casualties at present,” — said the mayor of Lviv, noting that rescuers and public utilities are working on the spot.


UK regulator revokes RT license

In Britain, 29 investigations were launched against the TV channel earlier, related to the provisions on impartiality in reporting events. RT considered the decision political and noted that London “had been looking for a formal reason for many years” to close the channel

British media regulator Ofcom has revoked the UK broadcasting license from Russian TV channel RT, according to its website.

“The decision takes effect immediately. We accepted it on the grounds that we do not consider the recipient of the RT license, ANO TV-Novosti, to be eligible to hold a broadcasting license in the UK, — noted the regulator.

As noted by Ofcom, the channel no longer broadcasts in the United Kingdom as a result of sanctions imposed after the start of the military operation in Ukraine.

Ofcom pointed out that 29 investigations had previously been opened against the TV channel in the UK related to demands for impartiality in reporting on the situation in Ukraine, and the seriousness of the issues raised in a short period was a matter of concern. Therefore, the regulator launched another investigation into the ability of the RT legal entity to retain the broadcast license, which took into account factors such as state funding for RT, as well as new laws adopted in Russia.

“We came to the conclusion that we cannot be sure that RT can be a responsible broadcaster under the current circumstances,— concluded the regulator.

The press service of the TV channel called the decision political. “For many years in the UK they have been looking for a formal reason to close RT, but they have tried to maintain the appearance of freedom of speech. Now the masks are off,— said the press service.

According to RT, British politicians interfered with the work of the Ofcom regulator, as a result of which investigations into the impartiality of the TV channel began.

“At the same time, Ofcom does not question the one-sided coverage of the situation in Ukraine by British channels. We were forbidden to work for one reason— now in the West, any point of view that differs from the official one simply has no right to exist, — said the press service.

In February, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the Kingdom's government had applied to Ofcom with a request to reconsider the decision to issue a license to broadcast RT. At the end of February, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said that if London banned RT broadcasting, Russia would respond by banning the British television and radio company BBC. On March 16, Roskomnadzor restricted access to BBC News.

On March 15, RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan was included in the UK sanctions list. The restrictions include travel bans and asset freezes. The EU also imposed sanctions against it.

On the eve of RT broadcasting in English and French was banned in Canada, before this decision was made by a satellite operator in Australia. At the end of February, the EU announced a ban on broadcasting the channel, and the work of the Sputnik agency will also be blocked.


Putin told Scholz about Kiev’s “unrealistic proposals” at the talks

Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, said that Kyiv is making new unrealistic demands in the Russian-Ukrainian negotiations on a settlement. This was reported by the Kremlin.

“Putin also outlined his assessments of the course of the ongoing negotiations in the video format between Russian and Ukrainian representatives. It was noted that the Kyiv regime is striving in every possible way to delay the negotiation process, putting forward all kinds of unrealistic proposals, — the message says.

At the same time, he announced Russia's readiness to continue the “search for solutions”; in line with their fundamental approaches.

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Ukrainian military spoke about the flight of NATO instructors


NATO instructors are hastily leaving Ukraine, according to the Krit SBU telegram channel.

The author of the channel introduced himself as “an active member of the Security Service of Ukraine.”

“The question arises of how we should now master new models of weapons that should be delivered in the near future,” he wrote.

He also lashed out at Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, saying that international support is worthless as long as people are dying.


Lavrov said that the West has destroyed illusions about itself

Photo: Global Look Press Western partners, destroyed. He is convinced that under the current conditions, Russia can count “only on itself and on those allies” who will remain with it in the end. Lavrov's words are quoted by RIA Novosti with reference to his RT interview.

“We will survive,” the Russian Foreign Minister expressed confidence. At the same time, he stressed that all those measures that are being developed by the state in the current situation are “gradually announced.” According to him, the government has just begun to “adjust the economic course in order to adapt to new circumstances.” “After 2014, we gained experience that allowed us to rely on our own strength,” the minister said, adding that the country learned a lesson from that historical period.

In response to the launch of a special military demilitarization operation by Russia Ukraine, Western countries began to introduce more and more new economic sanctions against our country, directed against Russian state-owned companies, banks and individuals. There are already four packages of sanctions against the Russian Federation. The restrictions imposed by the West affected all spheres of life. For example, the European Union, the USA, Canada and a number of other countries have closed the skies for Russian aircraft. For a number of state-owned companies, it is difficult to attract foreign capital; limited or prohibited deliveries of high-tech products to Russia. Well-known international brands have left and continue to leave the Russian market.


Poklonskaya urged Durov to limit access to the Ukrainian resource

Photo: Natalia Gubernatorova

Former State Duma deputy Natalia Poklonskaya urged Telegram founder Pavel Durov to restrict access to the Ukrainian channel, created at the initiative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Ukraine. It provides data on captured and dead Russian servicemen.

Poklonskaya noted in her telegram channel that the description of the resource refers to its humanitarian orientation, but in reality the content published there cannot be viewed even by a person with a stable psyche.

“I believe that the resource not only does not fulfill its humanitarian tasks, but also has a psychological impact, spreads disinformation and collects personal data from relatives of military personnel,” she wrote.

Poklonskaya added, that there is a chatbot based on the channel where you can send a request about the fate of your relative, but in fact it collects data on the families of military personnel.

The ex-deputy expressed the opinion that the functioning of this resource is inhumane. She noted Durov in the publication and urged him to restrict access to the channel.


The Kremlin commented on the purchase of buckwheat and sugar by citizens

Dmitry Peskov. Photo: Natalia Gubernatorova

Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov commented to reporters on the situation when, after the start of a special operation in Ukraine, Russians began to massively buy cereals, sugar, salt and other goods in stores.

“The hype around food extremely emotional in stores,” the Kremlin spokesman said.

Peskov added that the Ministry of Industry and Trade is doing a great job.

According to the head of the presidential press service, there is no need to run to the store and buy there buckwheat and sugar.


Peskov explained the reappointment of Nabiullina to the post of head of the Central Bank


The press secretary of the President of Russia commented on the reappointment of Elvira Nabiullina to the post of head of the Central Bank. According to him, Vladimir Putin now regularly communicates with the head of the Central Bank.

“Of course, when the Central Bank bears an additional burden of responsibility for maintaining economic stability, of course, the president regularly communicates with Nabiullina,” Peskov said in an interview with the radio Mayak.

He recalled that earlier Putin had repeatedly given high marks to the work of the regulator and its leader. The introduction of her candidacy for another term is a logical continuation of this, Peskov concluded.


The Lithuanian Parliament adopted a resolution calling on the UN to close the sky over Ukraine

The Seimas (Parliament) of the Republic of Lithuania at its regular meeting unanimously adopted a resolution calling on the UN to close the sky over Ukraine.


It became known that the Seimas (Parliament) of the Republic of Lithuania at its regular meeting unanimously adopted a resolution calling on the UN to close the sky over Ukraine.

It is specified that members of the Lithuanian Parliament appealed to the UN with a request to declare the territory over Ukraine an unmanned zone. Such a decision must be made so that “the civilian population can safely leave the war zones, as well as to ensure the safety of humanitarian convoys.”

“The airspace over these territories and over Ukrainian nuclear power plants and nuclear waste storage facilities must be declared no-fly zone,” the resolution reads.

All 100 MPs voted for the adoption of this resolution, there were no abstentions and no votes against.


Crowded train stations and angry mayors: how Germany is coping with Ukrainian refugees

Approximately 15 thousand refugees from Ukraine come to Germany every day. According to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, this “no end in sight” flow of people is starting to reveal some internal problems in the country.

Thus, the mayors of small towns where refugees are resettled begin to feel that the federal authorities “left them to their fate”: local administrations have to independently look for hospital beds for children, convert various facilities into living quarters, and also purchase toilet containers – all this is done at the expense of city budgets.

According to the publication, a lot of pressure is now being placed on Interior Minister Nancy Feather, as many representatives of cities and municipalities believe that she is not coping well with the distribution of refugees within Germany.

When she made a report in the Bundestag, deputies asked her why the refugees are not distributed among the federal states in proportion to their GDP and population, and also why the authorities, despite security, systematically do not register refugees?

As Feather explained, unlike Syrian refugees, who immediately get to specific institutions upon arrival, Ukrainian citizens initially have the right to stay where they want. They can only be registered by the government if they apply for benefits.


The correspondent of the Chinese channel talked to the residents of Volnovakha

Fenghuang Chinese channel correspondent Lu Yuguang visited the city of Volnovakha, where fighting between the DPR militia and the Ukrainian military took place recently.

At the beginning of the story, it is reported that clashes in this area lasted a week, now Ukrainian troops have been driven out of the city, and the main task of the Russian army and militia is to provide humanitarian assistance.

Volnovakha residents told a Chinese correspondent that while the fighting was going on, they hid in basements, many had their houses destroyed. Now they are receiving food from the Russian army.

Lu Yuguang: What is the current situation?

Local resident: The situation? Well, the DPR knocked out the Ukrainians, and they did all this. We spent two weeks in the basement with the child at the railway hospital, right there. Tanks hit them with direct fire.

See also: residents of liberated Volnovakha thank Russian President Vladimir Putin.


Britain is preparing to offer Kiev a “protectorate” after peace talks

Western countries discuss Ukraine's security guarantees

Great Britain is trying on the role of “defender” or “protector” of Ukraine from Russia. According to the British press, peace talks could lead to the West agreeing to a “military response” in the event of future threats to Ukraine from Moscow.

Photo: Global Look Press

Britain and its “international partners” are reportedly discussing security guarantees for Ukraine, including possible military action in the event of new Russian actions, according to the Daily Mail.

As the British publication recalls, the Russian side demands that Ukraine “demilitarize” as part of any peace deal, and Kyiv insists that Western countries act as guarantors that can intervene in case of actions from Russia.

According to the Daily Mail, London can act as a guarantor of the future security of Ukraine agreements with Russia. It is reported that the UK and its “international partners” are discussing security guarantees for Ukraine in the event of the withdrawal of Russian troops.

It also emerged that London is in the process of buying a £500 million defense system from the US capable of detecting missiles fired at the UK. The British government has requested the purchase of a ballistic missile defense radar and special equipment that will strengthen the country's ability to detect missiles. On Thursday evening, the US State Department said it had approved a possible sale.

A Western source, referring to the possibility of Britain's involvement as a guarantor of Ukraine's security, said: “As for the UK's position as a guarantor, this is a matter of discussion with international partners. Obviously this was asked for, but the conditions are very important before anyone can say “yes” or “No.” And this is not something that could have happened without careful discussion with international partners.

According to the Daily Mail, Downing Street has also left the door open for a possible role for London in keeping the peace in Ukraine, but claims that the issue is still “quite far from resolved.”

A spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK had not yet received a “formal request” from President Zelensky, adding: “We will support President Zelensky and Ukraine in following the diplomatic path, if they so desire.” Daily Mail.

But Ukraine's chief negotiator, Mikhail Podolyak, suggested this week that Western countries would be asked to guarantee military intervention in the event of possible Russian action — what NATO countries have so far refused to do because of the risk of provoking a world war, emphasizes the Daily Mail. Podolyak said that any deal must include a legally binding security agreement signed by international partners.

Western officials said both sides appeared to be “seriously” refer to the peace talks, but warned that there was a “very, very big gap” between their positions.

But as the peace talks continue, Western leaders increasingly turn their attention to preparing for an “endgame”; in Ukraine, and Boris Johnson plans to have a one-on-one meeting with President Biden at next week's NATO summit.

Speaking of talks, the Daily Mail recalls that Russia has demanded that Ukraine abandon any ambition to join NATO, which became a neutral country on the model of Sweden and Austria, recognized Crimea as Russian territory, as well as the independence of the Donetsk and Luhansk republics. It is also noted that neutrality is central to the negotiations. But Kyiv rejected the offer and instead called for legally binding guarantees. President Zelensky proposed Ukraine's refusal to aspire to join NATO. But there are few signs of compromise on the demand that Ukraine give up Crimea and Donbas.


Russian special operation in Ukraine: online broadcast March 18

International reaction, official reports, opposition to sanctions pressure

Russia's special military operation in Ukraine continues. Negotiations with the Ukrainian side are difficult. At the same time, it is not ruled out in Kyiv that an agreement may be signed in the coming weeks, and after that, a meeting between the presidents of Russia and Ukraine, Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky, will take place. At the same time, measures are being developed within Russia to overcome large-scale economic and financial sanctions imposed by Western countries.

Follow us for the events of Friday 18 March. You can read the previous online broadcast here.

Photo: Russian Defense Ministry video frame.

11:55Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with RT that the West is seeking to marginalize Russia. According to him, the West will increase sanctions against the Russian Federation, but the country is already used to it. In addition, Lavrov noted, Western sanctions only make Russia stronger. The minister also stressed that Russia no longer has any illusions about the West.

11:36 The Turkish fast food chain Chitir Chicken urgently enters Russia. It's fried chicken. According to the  Union of Shopping Centers, while we are talking about the quick  opening of outlets in shopping centers, where space has been vacated after the departure of Western chains, TASS reports,

11:31 In the press service of “Kamaz” reported that there are plans to start collecting  K5 trucks in 2023 without the participation of foreign partners.

11:30 In Britain, they announced the revocation of RT's broadcasting license.

11:14 According to the Spanish newspaper El Pais, which refers to diplomatic sources, the EU is discussing the possibility of refusing to purchase energy resources from Russia if the Russian special operation in Ukraine drags on.


10:52 Arkady Dvorkovich after the scandal over his interview with Western media about the Russian special operation in Ukraine, decided to leave the post of chairman of the Skolkovo Foundation.

10:41 The official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry, Major General Igor Konashenkov, said that during the night Russian forces shot down 6 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles, including one Bayraktar TB-2. Also strike      was inflicted on                   &rpar;10:34 Indian state-owned refineries and one private oil company this week purchased a total of 7 million barrels of Russian Urals oil.

10:15 The Russian Ministry of Defense reports that the forces of the LPR, with the support of Russian troops, now control 90% of the Lugansk region. And the DPR units, also with the support of Russian forces, continue to tighten the ring around Mariupol and are fighting in the city center.

10:09Roszdravnadzor reported that manufacturers have the medicines that were missing in pharmacies and will soon go to the pharmacy chain.

10:08  Dmitry Medvedev spoke about the situation with Meta: "Now, in order to return, they will have to actually prove their independence and good attitude towards Russia and its citizens. However, it is not certain that they will be able to enter the same water twice.

10:00 Putin submitted Nabiullina's candidacy to the State Duma for appointment as chairman of the Central Bank.

09:57 Singer Igor Levchenko, who recorded a video condemning Russia's special operation in Ukraine, was arrested in the Moscow region.


09:40 In addition to electric scooters and bicycles, Russians are buying up antidepressants. From February 28 to March 6, sales of these drugs in the country exceeded 525 million rubles, which was four times higher than sales for the same period a year earlier.

09:32In Russia, there was suddenly a significant demand for electric scooters and bicycles. The first in recent weeks have become more interested by 235%, according to the radio station “Moscow Speaks”, and the second ordered 657% more than in the same period last year.


strong> A number of MEPs have asked the Norwegian Nobel Committee to extend the deadline for submitting nominations for the Nobel Prize in order to have time to nominate Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for the Peace Prize in 2022.

09:07 US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that US President Joe Biden intends to make clear to the Chinese side during negotiations with Chinese President Xi Jinping that Beijing will be responsible for any actions taken to support Russia's special operation in Ukraine.

09:05 According to RBC, since the end of February, some food suppliers to Russian supermarkets have begun to refuse promotions that provide discounts for goods. 


Named behind the Ukrainian PR machine forces in the United States

U.S. lobby working for Kyiv pushes Washington's policy

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's calls to Western countries for more help for his country in confrontation with Russia are attracting the attention of the American public. In the meantime, US media have noted that behind the scenes, a network of PR professionals, lobbyists, and former government officials has built a powerful messaging machine to help drive press coverage and policymaking.


Lobbyists, lawyers and public relations specialists have descended on Capitol Hill and the media to push through aid to Ukraine, POLITICO reports. heads the D.C. office of a Ukrainian law firm and served as a “liaison” with the media on behalf of Zelensky.

The White House has taken note of this, with many people with direct knowledge of the matter saying that the administration suspected at times that Mack was the source of the Zelensky stories.

In an interview, Mack claimed that he “never wanted to be in the media. The media were looking for me. Mack is indeed Zelensky's adviser on the country's relations with the United States. For example, during the first impeachment of former President Donald Trump, he advised Zelensky to “try not to get involved in any feuds.” In the spring of 2021, Mack was also tasked with implementing a strategy to work together to change the perception of the Russian threat to Ukraine, writes POLITICO.

According to the American publication, Andrew Mack, who registered with the Ministry of Justice as Zelensky’s lobbyist in late 2019, stated that he received no compensation for his advisory role. For an American-educated lawyer with degrees from Vanderbilt University and Lehigh University, this is a personal matter. The son of Ukrainians, Mack lived in this country for eight or nine years.

The two reporters confirmed that Mack spoke regularly to reporters in the D.C. area and occasionally helped get high-profile interviews with the Ukrainian president. According to documents filed with the Justice Department, he helped organize Zelenskiy's participation in HBO's Axios show last year. Mack also contributed to Zelenskiy's speech to Congress and arranged interviews with ABC News and NBC News for the Ukrainian president, the sources said.

“The Ukrainian government, Zelensky himself and the people around him are quite sophisticated,” — said former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, now a professor at Stanford University who has been in frequent contact with the Zelensky government. “These are people around Mr. Zelensky, who are, as it were, intermediaries and interlocutors. They have been interacting with the American elite and the American media for a long time.

Separately, two firms representing the Ukrainian Association of the Oil and Gas Industry “became de facto emissaries of Ukrainian business,” POLITICO writes. According to interviews with staff from both firms, Yorktown Solutions, a lobbying firm headed by Daniel Vaidich, has done extensive outreach on Capitol Hill, while New York-based PR firm KARV Communications has focused on handling press inquiries.

Prior to the conflict, both Yorktown Solutions and KARV Communications received hundreds of thousands and tens of thousands, respectively, for their work on behalf of the Ukrainian Oil and Gas Association, writes POLITICO. Between December 2020 and the end of November 2021, Yorktown reported $960,000 in payments for strategic advisory services. Since September, KARV has reported $119,944 in the Payment of Fees and Cost Per Agreement section. However, both companies have stated that they currently do not charge their customers for their work.

The aforementioned Vaidich said his firm maintains open communication and ongoing dialogue with the Zelenskiy administration, as well as with Andrew Mack, who he claimed was a “presidential adviser” rather than a “lobbyist.”

The influence of the two firms appears to have grown, according to Ben Freeman, a fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Public Administration, who is preparing a report on Ukraine's influence operation in the US. As evidence of this influence, members of Congress are now echoing the messages of the Ukrainian lobby, Freeman says. He added that the Ukrainian lobby often used the phrase “Putin's weapon”; to describe Nord Stream 2.

Vaidich argued that his firm still insisted on expanding security assistance to Ukraine beyond the Stingers; and Javelins, as well as secondary sanctions against Russian financial institutions.

The Ukrainian PR network has covered Washington and beyond, says POLITICO. Zelenskiy held a strategic video call with McFaul about his country's needs ahead of the former ambassador's House Democrats speech. The administration has sanctioned the company behind the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and banned oil and gas imports from Russia at the request of Ukrainian oil and gas lobbyists. The British Embassy in the USA served the Ukrainian Embassy.

“We have moved from energy security to security, — said Vaidich, a former Senate foreign affairs officer and campaign foreign policy adviser to Republican Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Mitt Romney of Utah. – It's around the clock, even when we're sleeping, the phone is on and there are phone calls from Kyiv and there are phone calls from others here in Washington, both in government and outside… We are talking to the administration. We're talking to Capitol Hill. Of course, we also communicate with the media.

“The rapid success in pushing additional military aid amid high media coverage shows that even Washington's most derided industry — lobbying — can go out into the sunlight when the whole city unites around one goal, & ndash; writes POLITICO.

Portland, a strategic communications agency that also represents the government of Qatar, said it helps “representatives of Ukrainian civil society connect with politicians and the media,” according to the outlet. A Maryland lawyer named Lukas Jan Kaczmarek registered with the Justice Department to purchase equipment and supplies for the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

In addition to official lobbyists or communications specialists, the Zelenskiy administration has also spoken to former government officials who are in touch with the Biden administration. These include Michael McFaul and former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine John E. Herbst, POLITICO claims.

“There is, I would say, a fairly dense network of former government officials interacting with Ukrainians who, in turn, trying to interact with US government officials, », — said Michael McFaul.

McFaul, a former Obama administration official and NBC News analyst, said he spoke frequently with the Ukrainian government, “probably every day,” and helped them connect with NBC or MSNBC producers. He also communicates regularly with senior administration officials, writes POLITICO.


Russian stores cancel discounts and promotions

Experts explain why suppliers and networks refuse to lay out the annual stock of goods against the backdrop of demand.

Media reports about the mass cancellation of discount programs and promotions in Russian stores. Experts note that they are unprofitable for both retailers and product manufacturers.

According to RBC with reference to a representative of the Russian retailer X5 Group (Pyaterochka, Perekrestok and Chizhik), suppliers have been refusing discounts since the end of February.

The same thing is happening with Azbuka Vkusa, while the Verny network reports that a third of suppliers refuse discounts.

Media sources say that domestic manufacturers support the same position, “more than foreigners”.

Thus, consumer-oriented Procter & Gamble (USA), which also reduced the range of products (brands Pampers, Ariel and Tide, Always, Tampax, Gillette, Old Spice) and increased prices by 43%. The same was done by Reckitt (Durex, Vanish, Calgon, Clearasil, Nurofen, Strepsils brands) and PepsiCo (Village House, Miracle, Agusha, Beloved, J7, Orchard, I ”, Lay’s, Cheetos, Pepsi, Lipton, Aqua Minerale).

Meanwhile, according to research company NielsenIQ, last year Russians bought goods with discounts of over 51.6% &#8211 ; chain store buyers.

The leaders of discounted products were fabric softeners (93%), washing powders (80%), dishwashing detergents (77%), cottage cheese desserts (76%), baby food (72%) and chocolate bars (71%).

According to Mikhail Burmistrov, head of INFOLine-Analytics, there are few stores in Russia that sell goods at low prices, which is why the demand for discounts is high.

Russian buyers have a habit of shopping cheaper by 30-50%, in particular household chemicals. Their cancellation leads to a “multiple increase” in consumer prices.

The media reports that the refusal of promotions and discounts is explained by manufacturers by rising prices for goods, disruption of logistics and the fall of the ruble. All this leads to a shortage of raw materials and packaging, according to Verny. And X5 Group said that discounts require agreement with the supplier.

According to Dmitry Leonov, a representative of Rusprodsoyuz, suppliers, in turn, optimize all stages of the business against the backdrop of an increase in orders. Since the end of February, they have been forced to carry out deliveries at a loss to themselves. There is a cash gap, because. the chains do not agree to price changes and delay payment.

According to Burmistrov, the rejection of promotions can be considered a pragmatic decision. So the product will stay on the shelves and warehouses longer, and all participants in the supply chain will have time to rebuild logistics.

Against the backdrop of rising prices, retailers do not benefit from selling the entire annual inventory in order to avoid empty shelves.

As Topnews wrote earlier, Russians on the Web exchange things for sugar and fight for it in lines.

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“We don’t need lectures from a violator of international law”: China put the United States in its place after threats due to its position on Ukraine

The US State Department intends to stop all attempts of China's military assistance to the Russian side.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced the intention of the Joe Biden administration to take action against China if it does not withdraw its support for the military special operation in Ukraine, which is being carried out by the Russian military.

According to Blinken, at the meeting of the leaders of China and the United States, which will be held on March 18, Biden will explain to the Chinese leadership, represented by President Jinping, that if Washington finds out that Beijing is supporting the Russian side, China will have to bear responsibility for this.

The politician clarified that the President of the United States “will make it clear”that action will be taken“for any actions he takes”, RIA Novosti quotes him.

Washington intends to continue to call on all countries, especially those with influence on Moscow, to use “any means of influence”.

Blinken clarified that the American side is concerned about information that Beijing could provide direct military assistance to Moscow by giving equipment for use in the Ukrainian conflict.

Recall that on March 15, US Permanent Representative to NATO Julian Smith addressed to all countries to voice their position on Ukraine and not “pretend” neutral, with special reference to China, which has previously declared neutrality in the conflict.

“They must side with the rules-based world order”, – Smith stated.

In response, the Delegation of Beijing recalled that the US – constant violators of international norms, and has no right to dictate how other states should act.

The statement of the Chinese Permanent Mission to the EU says that Beijing will not forget “the pain and suffering of other countries” who bombed the Chinese embassy in Yugoslavia, according to Ruposters.

“We don't need lectures on justice from a violator of international law”, – the diplomats said and pointed to the growing appetites of NATO, as the heir of the “cold war”, what the Alliance itself should think about.

And the Chinese Foreign Ministry, represented by official representative Zhao Lijian, accused the Alliance, the United States and Western countries of double standards when it comes to civilian casualties in military conflicts. They did not worry about the dead citizens of Iraq, Syria, Palestine and Yugoslavia.

The diplomat said that the question arises: “Do the civilians of these countries mean nothing to you?”.

He considers Beijing's position logical, which is confirmed by previous statements regarding sensitive issues in Afghanistan, Israel, Syria and others.

Lijiang advised the American side not to add fuel to the fire and “stop bringing ammunition” into the zone of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, calling to sit down at the negotiating table together with Europe, Russia and Ukraine.

As Topnews wrote, the Chinese side announced measures of social and economic support for Ukraine, calling for an early peaceful settlement of the conflict with Russia.


“The Biden administration is no longer a handshake for us”

Whoever imposes sanctions against us will suffer from them

Relations between Russia and the United States continue to deteriorate rapidly. Washington is unilaterally “bending its own line”, each time emphasizing the desire to remain the only fair arbiter of destinies on the planet and demonstrating a pronounced Russophobic course. However, Moscow does not remain in debt either, on March 15 it published its list of “persons non grata” of the American establishment.

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US President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Pentagon Chief Lloyd Austin, CIA Director Williams Burns, White House Press Secretary Jennifer were on the “black list” of the Russian Foreign Ministry Psaki and other cream of American society. Only 13 people.

Even Hillary Clinton, who at one time was the US Secretary of State, and later ran for the presidency from the Democratic Party, got it.

Sanctions can be considered quite mirror, since they affect not only the first persons of the American state, but also their offspring. In particular, Joe Biden's son, Hunter.

Let's remind readers that the stop list of the Russian Foreign Ministry is a response to American restrictions imposed earlier by the Biden administration on top Russian officials.

Of course, anything has happened in the history of our countries, but relations hardly ever reached such a “boiling point”.

What to expect from the next round of tension? For comments, we turned to the chief scientist of the Institute of the United States and Canada, Vladimir Vasiliev.

– It seems to me that our relations with the Biden administration are over, it is no longer shaking hands, – said Vladimir Sergeyevich. – Biden will not call the Kremlin, and if he suddenly calls, no one will pick up the phone. The second important point, from my point of view, is related to the fact that, given the recent statement by Donald Trump, we are sending a certain political signal that the Biden team is a one-term team. Thus, we make it clear that we are waiting for the next US president. Possibly referring to Donald Trump. Biden is not the kind of person who can talk to Putin.

– There are two more aspects. The imposition of our sanctions in response to them unties our hands in the ideological “charring” of Joe Bylen. We have the right to do what they are doing in relation to the Kremlin. If they demonize the image of Vladimir Putin in every way, then we can do it too.

Another point is that there is a “second front” in the United States that declared Biden an illegitimate head of the White House after the presidential election. He is still in the background, but this problem is raised from time to time even in the serious American press. This movement exists in Arizona, Georgia, in some other states, and it will grow

We will not contact the current administration of the US President, we are waiting for a new leader of America. This is how I understand it.