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Ukraine News in brief. Monday 29 January. [Ukrainian sources]

on Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:01 am
MONDAY HEADLINES:
US intelligence has told how the Kremlin is preparing for new sanctions.  Russia is ready for the introduction and gradual expansion of the UN mission in the Donbas.  Russia has done nothing to end the conflict in the Donbas.  Private intelligence in the United States named the names of officials and oligarchs.  IMF considers unacceptable the President's bill on anticorruption trial.  In the West, they spoke about the consequences of future US sanctions against Putin's environment.  350 protesters were arrested for actions under the "Strike of Voters" in Russia.  Poland wants US sanctions extended to North Stream 2.  All orders were given to Putin: WADA told about the involvement of the Russian president in the doping system. "Kremlin Report" US - an attempt to influence the elections in Russia. Servicemen of Ukraine, the USA, Great Britain, Canada, as well as more than 10 countries of NATO and partners began preparations for the "Rapid Trident-2018" exercises. Anti-Putin rally in London: activists call to boycott FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. Ambassador Volker says US makes preparations to supply Javelin systems to Ukraine. In Russia almost killed human rights activist: published photo of the consequences of beating. Manafort had whole separate shadow government structure in Ukraine. As a result of the actions of Russian troops in Syria more than 5.7 thousand civilians were killed.  

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US intelligence has told how the Kremlin is preparing for new sanctions

on Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:08 am
US intelligence has told how the Kremlin is preparing for new sanctions

As the US Treasury Department reports, the Government of the Russian Federation held a series of meetings to develop strategies to protect elites and oligarchs from new US sanctions.

This is stated in the material of the private American intelligence-analytical company Stratfor, which is at the disposal of the "Apostrophe".

Thus, the Kremlin has dismissed large state-owned firms from the need to disclose their counterparties, so that less people are included in the list of US sanctions.

In addition, Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the elite and the oligarchs to return their assets from abroad. The Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of the Russian Federation offered methods of anonymous money transfers. The government also allowed the purchase of eurobonds worth € 3 billion to Russian business elites, offering them anonymity.

"According to reports, many of the elites either liquidated their assets abroad, or conducted a series of stress tests for risk assessment. In recent months, many large Russian companies have involved international capital markets and issued bonds worth hundreds of millions of dollars, but many oligarchs , fearing state control and the propensity of the authorities to nationalize assets, do not want to keep their money in Russia", - says the material.

It is noted that Moscow called the list of prepared oligarchs an attempt to destabilize the country financially and politically in the year of elections. At the same time, the Kremlin has already laid the foundation for sanctions against the United States in response, but is waiting to see how far Washington will go.

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Russia is ready for the introduction and gradual expansion of the UN mission in the Donbas - Volker

on Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:11 am
Russia is ready for the introduction and gradual expansion of the UN mission in the Donbas - Volker

Russia is ready to ensure that the UN peacekeeping mission in the Donbas is located not only on the clash line in the Donbass, but also in its broader territories.

This was announced by the United States Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker during a telephone conference with journalists on the results of the meeting with Putin's assistant Vladislav Surkov.

"In my opinion, Russia, in my opinion, was more open to the idea of ​​a broader mandate for a peacekeeping mission at the last meeting (with Surkovich, ed.)," Volker said.

In his view, when a peacekeeping mission begins to work, it may eventually expand.

"She can start off the line of collision, and then go to a wider area. In the end, we will have a peacekeeping mission throughout the entire territory (Donbas - ed.)", - said Volker.

"We will see if the Russian side will return with an updated proposal on how, in their opinion, it should work (mission -red.). And then we will consider this proposal. "

He specified that he did not receive from Surkov information about the specific terms of the RF idea regarding peacekeepers.

The previous meeting between Surkov and Volcker took place in mid-November 2017 in Belgrade. Then Surkov said that Russia had agreed on three of the 29 paragraphs of the US proposal to deploy peacekeepers in the Donbas.

SEE: Special Representative US Volker: I do not believe that Russia has decided to withdraw troops from Donbas.

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Russia has done nothing to end the conflict in the Donbas - US Special Representative Volker

on Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:14 am
Russia has done nothing to end the conflict in the Donbas - US Special Representative Volker

Russia has not taken any steps to end the armed conflict in the Donbas and stop the aggression in Ukraine.

This was reported by the United States Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker during a telephone conference with journalists, speaking about Russia and, in particular, his meeting with Putin's assistant Vladislav Surkov.

"There is no surprise: the territory (Donbass - ed.) Occupied Russia, and it is under Russia's control," Volker said.

At a meeting with Surkov, they discussed the return of Russia to the Joint Center for the Control and Coordination of Fire, the restoration of mobile communications in the Donbas, the increase of border crossing points, as well as the status of Russian military in Ukraine.

At the same time, Surkov in conversation with Volker stressed Russia's concern about problems with mobile communications in the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.

"They talked about the exchange of prisoners. There was a successful exchange before Christmas that was welcomed both by Russians and Ukrainians, "Volker said. In addition, he added that in the Donbass today there is very limited access to the Red Cross mission.

"For the Red Cross there is very limited access to the territory of the conflict. We want more access, "said the US Special Representative.

Earlier Interfax, referring to sources, reported that Volker and Surkov had not reached a common position on the law on the de-occupation of the Donbas.

This was the fourth meeting of Volcker and Surkov. The previous, third meeting on the settlement of the situation in the Donbas - took place in mid-November last year in Belgrade. Then Surkov said that Russia had agreed on three of the 29 paragraphs of the US proposal to deploy peacekeepers in the Donbas.

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Sanctions against Putin's environment: private intelligence in the United States named the names of officials and oligarchs

on Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:16 am
Sanctions against Putin's environment: private intelligence in the United States named the names of officials and oligarchs

Russian elites, against which the United States is expected to introduce new sanctions, can be divided into four categories.

This is stated in the material of the private American intelligence-analytical company Stratfor, which is at the disposal of the "Apostrophe".

It is noted that a great interest in the alleged contributors to the list of oligarchs is supported by the assumptions that his publication could mean for the administration of the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin and Russia as a whole.

So, the first category of elites that may be subject to sanctions are higher Kremlin officials who are directly involved with Putin's administration and mechanisms for implementing foreign policy.

"Most of these elite representatives are part of the leadership of the largest and most profitable companies in Russia, anonymously owning shares and retaining most of their assets in reliable places abroad (Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Secretary of the RF Council of Ministers Nikolai Patrushev, Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu , First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Sergei Kiriyenko, Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, Speaker of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin, Chairman of the Federation Council Valentin Matvienko, Presidential Advisor Vladislav Surkov, Chief of Staff enshtabu Valery Gerasimov, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, presidential adviser Sergei Glazyev, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, consequence of head Alexander Bastrykin, head of the FSB, Alexander Bortnikov, Deputy Head of Presidential Administration Alexei Gromov)"

The second category is the Russian elites who belong to the circle of Putin's supporters and help him stay in power. Like high-ranking figures in the Kremlin, these elites also own major Russian firms or hold key positions in power and are ready to comply with Putin's orders (oil trader Gennadiy Timchenko, Rosgvards chairman Viktor Zolotov, Putin's financier Yuri Kovalchuk, businessmen Arkady and Boris Rothenberg, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov, former head of the presidential administration Sergey Ivanov, United Russia leader Boris Gryzlov, director of the Federal Office for the control of drug trafficking Viktor Ivanov).

The third category is the other government officials who plan, carry out or finance Russian activities abroad (the head of Rosneft, Igor Sechin, Gazprom's chairman, Alexey Miller, Transneft's president, Nikolai Tokarev, head of VTB Bank Andrey Kostin, chairman of Rosnano "Anatoly Chubais, General Director of" Rosteha "Sergei Chemezov, head of the" Savings Bank "German Gref).

According to intelligence officers, the fourth category - the Russian oligarchs, who basically rose in the 90's, possess huge treasures and assets.

"Although these oligarchs are mostly in friendly relations with the Kremlin and Putin, they are not particularly loyal to the current government, but they understand that they have to work with her to survive (Oleksiy Mordashov, owner of Severerstael, Oleg Deripaska, President of Rusal, Megaphone owner Alisher Usmanov, Polyus Gold owner Suleiman Kerimov, head of the Magnitogorsk metalworks Victor Rashnikov, general director of Surgutneftegaz Vladimir Bogdanov, head of "Lukoil" Vagit Alekperov, chairman of "Novatek" Leonid Mikhelson, owner of "Sumy" group of companies Zivia Din Magomedov, owner of Interros Volodymyr Potanin, chairman of Renova Group Victor Vekselberg, Sistema Volodymyr Yevtushenkov, Chairman of Alfa Bank.

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In the West, they spoke about the consequences of future US sanctions against Putin's environment

on Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:18 am
In the West, they spoke about the consequences of future US sanctions against Putin's environment

New US sanctions against Russia will not be as powerful as to change Russia's policy in the Donbass and Crimea, but over time they can make the Russian side more compliant.

This was stated in an interview with "Apostrophe" by former Polish ambassador to Ukraine (2005-2010), and now the coordinator for Ukraine at the Institute for Eastern European Studies in Warsaw, Jacek Kluczkowski.

"It seems to me that they are ready to hold on for a long time. New sanctions will hardly be able to significantly affect the change of attitude towards Ukraine and the occupied territories, although they may in some way make the Russian side more inclined to partner conversation," the diplomat said.

At the same time Klyuchkovsky believes that in the US and the EU at the moment there is no single sanction policy regarding the RF.

"Of course, if these American sanctions are implemented, they can harm some European companies, but note that not new sanctions, namely the Russian aggression against Ukraine, caused the greatest damage to the European economy as well." For its part, Russia imposed sanctions on foodstuffs products from the EU. Therefore, the main thing is not the difference between the approaches of the US and the EU, but the settlement of the conflict, "said Jacek Kluczkowski.

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350 protesters were arrested for actions under the "Strike of Voters" in Russia

on Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:39 am
350 protesters were arrested for actions under the "Strike of Voters" in Russia



On January 28, 350 people were detained in protest actions under the "Strike of Voters" in various cities of Russia. Most protesters were arrested in Ufa, Volgograd and Cheboksary.

The protest rallies in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other Russian cities detained 350 people, reports Tsensor.NET with reference to " ATS-Info".

Most of the detainees were released from police stations without protocols.

Thus, in Moscow, 16 people were detained, including the organizer of the shares of Alexei Navvalny and member of his federal headquarters Nikolai Lyaskin, but subsequently released them. On Lyskina they made a report on violation of Article 20.2 of the Code of Administrative Offenses (violation of the rules of holding the rally), Navalny was released without a protocol under the obligation to appear.

In St. Petersburg, 19 people were detained, all of them were also released.

4 people were arrested in Arkhangelsk, 4 people were in Astrakhan, 6 were in Veliky Novgorod, 23 were in Murmansk, 13 were in Petrozavodsk, 16 were in Tula, and 5 were in Saransk. The largest number of detainees was in Ufa (66 people), Volgograd (65 people) and Cheboksary (51 persons). 31 people were detained in Kemer. Most of them were released without protocols.

On the eve of January 28, "Strike of Voters" took place in dozens of Russian cities. Earlier Navalny called on Russian citizens to boycott the presidential elections.

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Poland wants US sanctions extended to North Stream 2

on Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:41 am
Poland wants US sanctions extended to North Stream 2

Poland wants US sanctions to be extended to North Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany

The Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Moravetsky said in an interview with Dziennik Gazeta Prawna .

"We want the construction of the North Stream 2 pipeline covered by the US sanctions regime of August 2, 2017, which includes sanctions against Russia," said the Polish prime minister.

Moravetsky stressed that the previous interpretation of the law did not satisfy Poland.

"The preliminary interpretation of this document by the US Department of State was ambiguous and unsatisfactory for us. This is a very important moment for us in our negotiations with the United States, and it's not just about our energy security, but also about the security of the entire region," added the head of the Polish the government.

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As you know, the project "North Stream 2" involves the construction and operation of two strands of the gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the coast of Russia through the Baltic Sea to Germany.

Opponents of the project - including Poland, the Baltic States and Denmark - argue that North Stream 2 will increase EU dependence on Gazprom, which already supplies about one third of the EU's gas volume.

Germany, the lead beneficiary of the project, supports the North Stream 2 for economic reasons, stating that it will add resources to the market and reduce prices.

It should be noted that the construction of the new North Stream 2 gas pipeline through Gazprom through the Baltic Sea will cause Ukraine significant losses, which may amount to 3% of gross domestic product, which is about $ 3 billion in 2017.

-Recall, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, while on the weekend in Warsaw, said that the North Stream 2 project undermines Europe's energy security.
Earlier, the European Commission officially approved the proposal to extend the requirements of the Third Gas Directive to gas pipelines from third countries, which would partially control the Russian pipeline Nord Stream 2.

-The European Commission said that North Stream 2 is not in line with EU interests, while Poland believes that North Stream 2 threatens Europe's security .
Gazprom completed the construction of a part of the "Turkish Stream" in Russia.
State Department spokesman Heather Naurer said that the North Stream 2 project will increase Europe's vulnerability to supply shortages in Russia and cause economic damage to Ukraine.

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All orders were given to Putin: WADA told about the involvement of the Russian president in the doping system

on Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:43 am
All orders were given to Putin: WADA told about the involvement of the Russian president in the doping system

Former head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, Grigori Rodchenkov, told about the involvement of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the state doping system.

Rodchenkov's words lead svt.se.

"Of course, all the orders came from above, from the president. Only the president can make the FSB perform such tasks." Mutko somehow told me that Putin knows very well who I am. "Putin knew everything about everything.

The conversation was very simple. I report in front of the Nagorny, Nagornyh before Mutk, and Mutko in front of Putin. Putin can not deny that he knew about the doping system, "Rodchenkov said.

Recall earlier Rodchenkov also told that the RF government asked him to substitute the Ukrainian champion.

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"Kremlin Report" US - an attempt to influence the elections in Russia - Peskov

on Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:45 am
"Kremlin Report" US - an attempt to influence the elections in Russia - Peskov



The Kremlin is convinced that the preparation of the so-called Kremlin report, which is due to come to the US Congress in the near future, is an "obvious attempt" to influence the presidential election in Russia.

Reported Tsenzor.NET with reference to Interfax.

The press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov answered the journalists' questions firmly, whether the "Kremlin report" is not an attempt to destabilize the situation before the presidential elections in Russia. "The answer is yes. We really believe that this is a direct and obvious attempt to confine some actions to the elections so as to influence them," Peskov said.

The spokesman for the Russian president added: "We disagree with this and believe that there will be no influence."

The Kremlin intends to analyze the consequences of the preparation of the "Kremlin report" in order to protect the interests of Russian companies that may appear on this list, said Peskov.

Recall that as of February 1, 2018, the US Department of the Treasury, with the support of intelligence, is preparing a report on "individual sanctions" against Russian oligarchs and officials - "financial services" of the Russian authorities. A group of international experts formulated the criteria for selecting "faces" of the forthcoming "Kremlin Report", which, according to law No. 3364 "On Resistance to American Americans with Sanctions" (CAATSA), may await the freezing of financial assets and a ban on entry into the United States. Article 241 of this law states that the report should consider the connections of these people with Vladimir Putin, establish their involvement in corruption, estimate the size of their wealth and find sources of income.

One of the signs of "proximity to the regime," experts note, is the involvement (open or hidden) of "aggressive (and illegal) acts of the Putin regime." These include Russia's intervention in the 2016 US presidential election; "military aggression" against Georgia and Ukraine, in particular the annexation of the Crimea; bombing civilians in Chechnya and Syria; the murder of Yuriy Shchekochikhin, Anna Politkovskaya, Alexander Litvinenko, Sergei Magnitsky, Boris Nemtsov and other opposition politicians, public activists, journalists, and lawyers.

As previously reported, on August 2, US President Donald Trump signed a law on new sanctions against Russia . On July 25, the House of Representatives of the United States of America voted for a bill that provides for additional sanctions against Russia, Iran and the DPRK. The Senate followed the House of Representatives approved this law. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that almost a unanimous vote on a draft new sanctions congress in Congress indicates "America's desire to see that Russia is taking steps to improve relations with the United States." He also expressed hope that cooperation with Russia on key global issues will continue, and sanctions imposed against the country will no longer be needed.

In particular, the law requires the United States financial intelligence to provide information about the assets of Russian politicians and businessmen close to the Kremlin located in the West within 180 days.

The document also reduces the maximum term of lending to Russian banks subject to sanctions, up to 14 days, and for oil and gas sector companies - up to 30 days. The US president can impose sanctions on individuals who intend to invest more than $ 5 million per year or $ 1 million in construction of Russian export pipelines once. The law obliges the US president to agree in advance with the Congress any mitigation or abolition of sanctions. The head of the White House will not be able to remove the restrictive measures by a personal decree, as it was before.

According to a new document, the US President's ability to lift sanctions is limited, and previous restrictions are fixed at the law.

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Servicemen of Ukraine, the USA, Great Britain, Canada, as well as more than 10 countries of NATO and partners began preparations for the "Rapid Trident-2018" exercises

on Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:50 am
Servicemen of Ukraine, the USA, Great Britain, Canada, as well as more than 10 countries of NATO and partners began preparations for the "Rapid Trident-2018" exercises



In the Lviv region, Ukrainian and American military began planning multinational exercises "Rapid Trident-2018".

This is reported by Tsensor. NET with reference to the press service of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

"Today, 29 January, in Lviv began planning major joint land exercises of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and army units of foreign states" Rapid Trident-2018 ". Prior to the initial planning conference involved representatives of the command of Army Forces of Ukraine and military training in E siyi US Armed Forces Also, during the planning process, British and Canadian military personnel, as well as army officers from more than 10 NATO member countries and North Atlantic Alliance partners, are actively involved. NSO. During the week, participants will work on developing and practicing common documents that regulate each stage of training future"- said in a statement.

Recall that the Ukrainian-American military exercises "Rapid Trident" take place on the territory of the International Center for Peacekeeping and Security in Lviv region since 2006. Multinational military exercises are conducted within the framework of the Partnership for Peace program with the participation of NATO troops. The purpose of their conduct is to prepare the military of different countries for joint actions within the multinational forces during the coalition operations. In different years, from 1 to 3 thousand troops from different countries participated in the exercises.

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Anti-Putin rally in London: activists call to boycott FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. VIDEO+PHOTOS

on Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:55 am
Anti-Putin rally in London: activists call to boycott FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. VIDEO+PHOTOS

Ukrainians and Ukraine supporters around the globe join the campaign to boycott FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Patriots of Ukraine Worldwide Movement via Ukrinform, the rally was held outside the Russian embassy in London.



"We demand to bar Russia from hosting the World Cup. FIFA's decision to hold the World Cup [in Russia] was bought by the corrupt regime with blood money," the rally participants said.






The activists also urged Putin to stop the war in Ukraine’s Donbas region and take his troops away from the Ukrainian soil.

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Ambassador Volker says US makes preparations to supply Javelin systems to Ukraine

on Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:01 pm
Ambassador Volker says US makes preparations to supply Javelin systems to Ukraine



Ukraine and U.S. authorities make joint efforts to deliver the Javelin anti-tank missile systems to the Ukrainian Armed Forces but it takes time to make necessary preparations.

The United States has started preparations for the transfer of the Javelin anti-tank missile systems to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, U.S. Special Envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker said in an interview with Radio Liberty, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.

It takes time to prepare everything - the facilities where everything will be stored, the ways of transfer. We are working together on how to transport them and involve them in the work of the Armed Forces, he said.

We only hope to fill some "white spots" in Ukraine's defensive capabilities so as to prevent the further escalation of the conflict, Volker said.

I want to emphasize that this is defensive equipment. It is useful only when there is a tank attack. Then it can be neutralized. So this is precisely a defensive weapon, not for attack and not for use on the contact line. I think that Ukraine largely shares this position, the U.S. top negotiator on Ukraine said.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak has recently said that the specific date for Ukraine's receiving the Javelin anti-tank missile systems would be known early next month - after his visit to the United States on Feb. 2.

On Dec. 25, 2017, ABC News reported quoting a source in the U.S. Department of State familiar with the matter as saying that President Donald Trump considered supplying Ukraine with 35 Javelin anti-tank missile systems and 210 missiles worth $47 million.

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In Russia almost killed human rights activist: published photo of the consequences of beating

on Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:04 pm
In Russia almost killed human rights activist: published photo of the consequences of beating

On January 28, a human rights defender Dinara Idrisova was brutally beaten up in Russia's St. Petersburg.

He spoke about it "ATS-Info".

During the opposition rally, a human rights activist decided to remove him from the altitude and for this he rose to the house at the intersection of the Tver and Odessa streets. When he decided to leave the house, he was shot down by three men standing on the staircase.

"I fell on my knees and immediately after that I got a blow to the temple. Fortunately, I managed to react, and the blow came from the tangent, I did not lose my consciousness, they fell on me and began to loop out. They took phones - I had them two, with the help of one of them I was driving fast - and began to demonstratively break them down with my legs, the same thing I did with the camera, which was fixed on the chest on a microscope, everything went on without words, then I began to methodically beat my head, mostly legs. I tried to defend myself, has substituted a hand - it has been broken", - has told Idrisov.




Then a journalist in his apartment hid the locals. He has fracture of the left shin with fragments, hematoma of the temporal region, closed craniocerebral trauma, concussion of the brain. Fracture of the hand, requiring complex operation with a pin. Impacts of the chest and lumbar sacral department.

Idrisov notes that he will try to find the guilty, but does not believe in the success of this venture.

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Manafort had whole separate shadow government structure in Ukraine - investigation by The Atlantic

on Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:07 pm
Manafort had whole separate shadow government structure in Ukraine - investigation by The Atlantic



Paul Manafort, chief political strategist to Ukraine's ex-President Viktor Yanukovych, had an inside man in every country's ministry.

As reported by Censor.NET citing The Atlantic, Manafort's work, the source of the status he cherished, had taken a devastating turn. For nearly a decade, he had counted primarily on a single client, albeit an exceedingly lucrative one. He’d been the chief political strategist to the man who became the president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, with whom he’d developed a highly personal relationship.

Manafort would swim naked with his boss outside his banya, play tennis with him at his palace (“Of course, I let him win,” Manafort made it known), and generally serve as an arbiter of power in a vast country. One of his deputies, Rick Gates, once boasted to a group of Washington lobbyists, “You have to understand, we’ve been working in Ukraine a long time, and Paul has a whole separate shadow government structure … In every ministry, he has a guy.” Only a small handful of Americans—oil executives, Cold War spymasters—could claim to have ever amassed such influence in a foreign regime. The power had helped fill Manafort’s bank accounts; according to his recent indictment, he had tens of millions of dollars stashed in havens like Cyprus and the Grenadines.

Manafort had profited from the sort of excesses that make a country ripe for revolution. And in the early months of 2014, protesters gathered on the Maidan, Kyiv’s Independence Square, and swept his patron from power. Fearing for his life, Yanukovych sought protective shelter in Russia. Manafort avoided any harm by keeping a careful distance from the enflamed city. But in his Kyiv office, he’d left behind a safe filled with papers that he would not have wanted to fall into public view or the wrong hands.

When Yanukovych won the presidency in 2010, he gave Manafort “walk in” privileges, allowing him to stroll into the inner sanctum of the presidential offices at any time. Yanukovych could be bullheaded, and as his presidency progressed, he increasingly cut himself off from advisers. Manafort, however, knew how to change Yanukovych’s mind, using polling and political arguments to make his case. Oleg Voloshyn, a former spokesman in the foreign-affairs ministry, told the investigative journalist that his own boss, the foreign minister, eventually turned to Manafort to carry messages and make arguments regarding foreign-policy priorities on his behalf. “Yanukovych would listen to him,” Voloshyn told me, “when our arguments were ignored.”

Over the decades, Manafort had cut a trail of foreign money and influence into Washington, then built that trail into a superhighway. When it comes to serving the interests of the world’s autocrats, he’s been a great innovator. His indictment in October after investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller alleges money laundering, false statements, and other acts of personal corruption. (He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.) But Manafort’s role in Mueller’s broader narrative remains carefully guarded, and unknown to the public. And his personal corruption is less significant, ultimately, than his lifetime role as a corrupter of the American system. That he would be accused of helping a foreign power subvert American democracy is a fitting coda to his life’s story.

On May 31, 2017, Petro Poroshenko Bloc MP Serhii Leshchenko and journalists Anton Marchuk and Sevhil Musaieva-Borovyk published some of the documents proving the existence of Party of Regions' slush funds. According to the materials, the Party of Regions spent $66 million on political corruption over the second half of 2012.

Even earlier, ex-Deputy Head of the Security Service of Ukraine Viktor Trepak said he had passed the information about Party of Regions' slush funds to the National Anti-Corruption Bureau.

NABU Director Artem Sytnyk confirmed the acceptance of 841 files related to the slush funds and covering the period between 2008-2012. Sytnyk announced the start of identification of all persons indicated in the documents, adding the NABU would take measures to prevent their possible escape from the country. He noted the involvants will be charged under the "offering of undue profit" article of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

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As a result of the actions of Russian troops in Syria more than 5.7 thousand civilians were killed - human rights activists

on Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:16 pm
As a result of the actions of Russian troops in Syria more than 5.7 thousand civilians were killed - human rights activists

5783 civilians died in Syria as a result of Russian military actions from September 30, 2015 to December 31, 2017.

According to Tsensor.NET , referring to Radio Liberty, the "Syrian Observatory on Human Rights", based in the United Kingdom, reports. According to her, among the dead civilians - 1596 children and 992 women.

Observers say that Russian troops carried out about 817 attacks on vital civilian targets, including medical facilities (141 cases).

Moscow has not commented on such information yet.

Recall that the Russian military campaign in Syria began on September 30, 201. The coalition repeatedly accused Moscow of supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose Western countries are accused of massive human rights violations.

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Due to the shutdown of Vodafone, invaders in the Donbass are cursing thousands of people - the Russian propagandist Babitsky

on Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:14 pm
Due to the shutdown of Vodafone, invaders in the Donbas are cursing thousands of people - the Russian propagandist Babitsky

The occupation administration on the territory of the occupied part of the Donetsk region, due to the disconnection of mobile communication Vodafone in a few days turned into a site of mass denial and hatred.

According to Tsentzor.net , referring to Ostro ,  such an opinion was expressed by Russian propagandist Andriy Babitsky, who actively supported the separatists and settled in occupied Donetsk.

"What's wrong with our government?" In a few days, due to the history of the shutdown of MTS, or Vodafon, they became the object of mass denial and hatred, and they are cursed by thousands of people, "he wrote in social networks.

"Such damage, guys, you have never done anything yourself. No one, of course, believes in the statement of the Ministry of Communications (the so-called Ministry of Occupation - ed.) That the connection is not due to Ukraine. The whole republic, all the elderly are convinced that Phoenix took advantage of the situation in order to establish monopoly on the market", - the Russian propagandist writes.

"I just want to say that during the week the authorities became the subject of such a alienation, which was not the case in all four years. It's not all that is reasonable in the election year, and this is really a social collapse, a tragedy for hundreds of thousands of our elderly people. something", - he appeals to the occupation" authorities "of the occupied part of the Donetsk region.

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Volker has transferred to the Russian side a list of hostages in the Donbas

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Volker has transferred to the Russian side a list of hostages in the Donbas



The United States Special Representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volker, has handed over to Russia lists of those who are still hostage to militants in the Donbas.

He announced this during a telephone conference with journalists, telling about a meeting with Putin's assistant Vladislav Surkov, reports Tsensor. NET with reference to the " Public".

"I met several former hostages who are now in Kyiv, they gave me a list of names of those who are still in prison," Volker said.

In addition, he added that during the meeting with the Suriname Russian side recorded these names.

Also read: New date of consultations between Washington and Moscow on Ukraine is not yet known - Volker

Last Friday, January 26, aide to the Russian president, Vladislav Surkov and K. Wolker, met in Dubai. However, according to Interfax source, familiar with the course of negotiations, V. Surkov and K. Walker did not reach a meeting in Dubai for a single position on the law on the reintegration of the Donbas.

"The key issue was the law on the reintegration of the Donbas, but the sides still show different approaches in this matter. Unless we have achieved a single sight," the source said.

Concrete decisions based on the results of the meeting are not accepted.

"The parties have agreed to continue the dialogue," the source said.

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