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Ukraine News in brief. Wednesday 31 January. [Ukrainian sources]

on Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:19 pm
WEDNESDAY HEADLINES:
US Treasury: new sanctions to follow "Kremlin report". Russian oligarchs after the publication of the "Kremlin list report" lost $1.06 billion a day.  Putin reviewed the "Kremlin report": the document contains "conflicting word".  Sanctions against Russia will act to eliminate the reasons for their introduction - the German government.  In the United States, in fact, confirmed the connection between a Russian, Girkin and Russia on the MH17 downing.  Yanukovych's cronies Azarov and Arbuzov put on wanted list.  "Ukraine’s legendary spaceman Leonid Kadenyuk passed away,". "Russia is a country with no moral, no shame. Unfortunately I am Russian,".  US Naval Forces show their aircraft interception by Russian jet over the Black Sea.  

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US Treasury: new sanctions to follow "Kremlin list report"

on Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:45 pm
US Treasury: new sanctions to follow "Kremlin list report"



New U.S. sanctions will follow the publication of a list of Russian oligarchs and senior officials.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Tuesday in testimony before the Senate Banking Committee, Censor.NET reports citing Bloomberg.

Mnuchin said the “oligarchs list” wasn’t delayed by the Trump administration after it was published late Monday, just as a congressionally-mandated deadline was set to expire. While Treasury emphasized that people on the list are not necessarily subject to U.S. sanctions, the report has been denounced by the Russian government, which says it will further hurt relations with the U.S.

“There will be sanctions that come out of this report,” Mnuchin said.

Some Democrats in Congress are upset that the report was not immediately accompanied by fresh U.S. sanctions to punish Russia for its alleged meddling in the 2016 election. Senator Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat, accused Mnuchin of “slow-walking” the report.

“We will take the basis of that report and look at, as we do in the normal course, where it’s appropriate to put sanctions. This should in no way be interpreted as we’re not putting sanctions on any of the people in that report,” Mnuchin said. “I don’t think in anyway we are slow-walking the report delivered last night and we look forward to discussing with you in a classified setting.”

The 96 tycoons named in the U.S. list match the list of billionaires published by the Russian edition of Forbes magazine last year. A Treasury spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the unclassified portion of the report that was submitted to Congress was derived from publicly available sources, including Forbes.

Along with 114 Russian government officials and state-company chiefs, the names were compiled based on “objective criteria drawn from publicly available sources,” Treasury said in the report.

An accompanying report on the effect on Russia’s sovereign debt from possible U.S. sanctions was classified, Senator Bob Corker confirmed in a statement on Tuesday. Congress had requested an unclassified version of the report.

The State Department told Congress Monday that provisions of the law affecting the defense and intelligence sector are having a deterrent effect, making new sanctions on dealing with them mandated by the law unnecessary.

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Russian oligarchs after the publication of the "Kremlin report" lost $ 1.06 billion a day

on Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:54 pm
Russian oligarchs after the publication of the "Kremlin report" lost $ 1.06 billion a day



The assets of Russian billionaires who fell on the US "Kremlin list" fell by $ 1.1 billion a day, according to calculations from the Russian edition of RBC.

According to Cenzor.NET, the Russian edition of RBC has calculated how the wealth of nearly a hundred Russian billionaires changed in the day, which was included in the "Kremlin report" to the US Department of the Treasury. The basis for the online ranking of Forbes, which is updated in real time, was taken.

"After the publication of the report, in which 96 Russian businessmen appeared, their aggregate stock decreased by $1.06 billion at 21:00 Moscow time. At the moment, the Moscow and London exchanges, where the Russian billionaires' main assets are traded, are already closed. The report itself was published close 08:00 Moscow time, and the online counter Forbes takes a valuation of assets as of 17:00 on the North American East day of the previous trading day (01:00 Moscow time), "the publication reads.

Most of all, in absolute terms, the assets of Vagit Alekperov (LUKOIL) fell by $ 226 million, Volodymyr Lisin (NLMK) - by $ 205 million, Suleiman Kerimov ("Polyus") - by $102 million. In percentage terms, Russian billionaires from the US list " fell by only 0.3%, according to Forbes (their total wealth is now estimated at $420 billion). It's hard to say how the US report directly affected it, but the overall loss of Russian oligarchs after the publication of the resonance document can be considered too small.

List of oligarchs prepared by the US Treasury Department to comply with Art. 241 CAATSA law, fully coincided with last year's rating of Russians - dollar Forbes billionaires. The market has taken such a breadth of the list as a sign that the administration of Donald Trump has approached this issue formally, without the desire to impose additional sanctions against Russian business. The US Treasury Department said that the list is just a list, not sanctions, even potentially. The public version of the report does not contain any negative information about the list of persons involved.

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Putin reviewed the "Kremlin report": the document contains "conflicting word"

on Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:57 pm
Putin reviewed the "Kremlin report": the document contains "conflicting word"



Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov says US authorities unpredictable and unstable because of conflicting data regarding the recently published "The Kremlin list".
Reported Tsenzor.NET citing TASS.

"We are dealing with unexpected partners and, of course, against such unpredictability need to maintain composure, at least to act in accordance with the understanding of what we want" - said Peskov.

According to the policy document available "conflicting words."

"In the text of the document says that this does not sanction or restriction, then heard official statements that this is the beginning of sanctions, then - mutually exclusive words and so on and so forth," - he explained.

In addition, Peskov commented on reports that the list could be replaced at the last moment someone from the senior officials.

"It does not matter who's there and tried to change that list and generally probably not the case of the Russian side to engage in such assumptions", - said the spokesman.

Recall that the US Treasury gave Congress a list of Russians against whom it is recommended to impose sanctions. "The Kremlin statement" as the media dubbed a document consisting of 114 top Russian officials and oligarchs 96 close to the head of the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin. The document itself does not impose sanctions and had no legal effect.

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Sanctions against Russia will act to eliminate the reasons for their introduction - the German government

on Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:00 pm
Sanctions against Russia will act to eliminate the reasons for their introduction - the German government



The Federal Government of Germany believes that lifting European sanctions against Russia is possible only after eliminating the causes of their occurrence.

This was announced on Wednesday at a government briefing by Cabinet spokeswoman Ulrika Demmer, according to Tsensor.NET with reference to Ukrinform.

"Sanctions are not an end in themselves, they are a reaction, on the one hand, to the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula belonging to Ukraine, on the other hand, Russia's destabilization of eastern Ukraine by separatist forces supported by Moscow. Therefore, EU sanctions imposed by the EU will remain until the causes remain. from which they were introduced, "said Demmer.

Asked if the sanction issue would be discussed during the Chancellor Angela Merkel's meeting this week with representatives of a number of federal states, Demmer replied that she could not talk specifically about what the head of the federal government and land governments would say.

Earlier this week, the prime ministers of five East German federal states said they would demand a relaxation of sanctions against Russia as ineffective, but which harmed German agrarians. The initiator was Saxony-Anhalt Rainer Gazelope, prime minister of the land. He said he intends to talk about it with the Chancellor on Thursday.

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In the United States, in fact, confirmed the connection between a Russian, Girkin and Russia on the MH17 downing

on Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:06 pm
In the United States, in fact, confirmed the connection between a Russian, Girkin and Russia on the MH17 downing



In a lawsuit relatives of the victims of the Malaysian "Boeing" catastrophe, which was completely satisfied with the American court, clearly indicates that Girkin was an employee of the Russian intelligence.

According to Tsensor.NET, the lawyer and national expert of the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine and the Council of Europe's Representative Office in Ukraine, Nazar Kulchytsky, reported on the broadcast of "Public Radio".

"The lawsuit, which was completely satisfied, clearly indicates that Girkin was actually an employee of the Russian intelligence and that all this activity was carried out in fact under the control of the Russian Federation, in particular, the transport of" Buka", from which the aircraft was shot down, as in the territory of Ukraine, and export it then to the territory of Russia, "he said.

"That is, this judgment has in fact established this fact. Therefore, I think it will be much more interesting if it will find its further reflection, in particular, whether the victims of this crime can be liable, for example, to American courts no longer on Girkin, but on Russia, in whose interests, according to this decision, acted directly on Girkin,"- added Kulchytsky.

In addition, he said, there are real mechanisms for implementing this court decision.

"The decision of the American court can be enforced on the territory of almost any country in the world. I think that the question here is that it is unlikely that Gorkin has such means, especially outside the territory of Russia, while it is clear that in Russia this is The decision will not be taken seriously by anyone and will not be implemented, "Nazar Kulchytsky explained.

Recall, relatives of victims of the disaster of the flight MH17 won the court against Russian militant Igor Gorkin . The court found it responsible for destroying the MH17 flight by the "Buk" rocket of the then-leader of the "Dni" fighters Igor Gorkin. It is he who, according to the court's decision, must pay compensation for the total amount of $400 million.

Igor Girkin, a former so-called "defense minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk national republic", said he was "neither warm nor cold" from the court's decision to sue relatives of the victims of the Malaysian "Boeing" catastrophe.

The Saudi Airline Boeing 777, which traveled from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur,  was shot down  July 17, 2014 in the Toreza area (Donetsk Oblast). As a result, 298 people were killed.

Censor.NET  repeatedly reported on the investigation of the causes of the Boeing disaster of the MH17 flight, and also unveiled  exclusive hangar photos and photographs of the elements of "Buk-M1-2", which appear in the materials of the criminal case. The prosecutor's offices in the Netherlands and Australia have prepared a very convincing evidence base. In particular, it was found that the elements that struck "Boeing" exactly coincide with the filling of the combat part of the most recent Russian anti-aircraft missile "Buk-M1-2". The "Buk-M-1-2" complex was developed in 1997, put into service by the RF Armed Forces in 1998 and never delivered to Ukraine. Also, independent experts from Germany, England and Poland, studied fragment fragments and made their point: it is part of the Russian missile "Buk". The modern chemical examination absolutely accurately established the composition of the metal, discovered the particles of the material of the sheath and the glass of the very destroyed liner, which pierced these elements before striking people.

In November 2015, President Petro Poroshenko stated during a visit to the Netherlands that Ukraine was using membership in the UN Security Council to investigate the Boeing tragedy of the MH17 flight.

In May 2016, the Australian law firm LHD filed a lawsuit against Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on behalf of the relatives of the Boeing victims of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, shot down on July 17, 2014 over uncontrolled territories of eastern Ukraine parts of the country. The lawsuit, in which RF and V. Putin are identified as defendants and who claim compensation of $10 million for each passenger, was filed on May 9.

Last autumn, the International Investigation Team (JIT*) presented the findings that Malaysian "Boeing" was shot down by the "ground-air" missile from the "Beech" installation, which fired from the area of ​​the Donbas town of Snizhne (which at that time was under the control of the DPR") The investigation team is represented by five countries: Malaysia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, Ukraine. Russia refused to participate in the joint investigation of the group.  

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Yanukovych's cronies Azarov and Arbuzov put on wanted list, prosecutor general says

on Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:09 pm
Yanukovych's cronies Azarov and Arbuzov put on wanted list, prosecutor general says



Ukraine’s Former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and former National Bank Chief Serhii Arbuzov were put on the national wanted list almost four years after they fled the country.

Censor.NET reports citing the statement by Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko.

"The following individuals were indicted and put on the national wanted list under the probe into crime ring led by Viktor Yanukovych:

- former Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov charged with complicity in misappropriation of liquefied propane gas worth 2.2 billion hryvnia which was produced by Ukrhazvydobuvannia and Ukrnafta;

- former Chairman of the National Bank of Ukraine Serhii Arbuzov charged with complicity in embezzlement of funds in the amount of 3.2 billion hryvnia allocated by Chornomornaftohaz State Oil Company for the purchase of two jack-up drilling rigs (В312 and В319).

The law enforcers also detained Mr. Ihnatchenko and Mrs. Frolova charged with using non-resident companies they owned to launder money stolen by the crime ring members. They face pre-trial custody with the option to post 1 billion hryvnia in bail," he wrote on social media.

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"Ukraine’s legendary spaceman Leonid Kadenyuk passed away,"

on Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:11 pm
"Ukraine’s legendary spaceman Leonid Kadenyuk passed away,"



Leonid Kadenyuk, who was Ukraine’s first astronaut after its independence, died at the age of 68.

Head of the Ukrainian government Volodymyr Hroisman wrote on social media, Censor.NET reports.

Hroisman called Kadenyuk "a true legend" and offered condolences to the family and friends of the deceased spaceman.

Leonid Kadenyuk was born on Jan. 28, 1951 in Klishkivtsi village in the Chernivtsi region of the Soviet Ukrainian. He made his flight on NASA's Columbia in 1997 as part of the international mission STS-87. Kadeniuk holds the rank of Ukrainian Air Force Major General.

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"Russia is a country with no moral, no shame. Unfortunately I am Russian," - WADA whistleblower Rodchenkov

on Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:16 pm
"Russia is a country with no moral, no shame. Unfortunately I am Russian," - WADA whistleblower Rodchenkov

Grigory Rodchenkov, former head of the Moscow-based anti-doping laboratory who fled to the USA and contributed to the probe into the Russian government sponsored doping system was interviewed by English version of the Deutschlandfunk-Sportgespräch.

As reported by Censor.NET, the interview with Rodchenkov took place in Manhattan office of his lawyer Jim Walden over the phone for security considerations. The former head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory told his story to Andrea Schültke and Hajo Seppelt, correspondents for Dlf-Sportgespräch.

Schültke: Do you see any change in mentality nowadays in Russia regarding doping?

Rodchenkov: No, mentality is the same. The mentality of cheating and lying and denying. They still, you know they are "truth" for outside especially for Sebastian Coe (president of the International Association of Athletics Federations, editor’s note) or Craig Reedie (president of the World Anti-Doping Agency, editor’s note) or to Thomas Bach (president of the International Olympic Committee, editor’s note) that Russia make the big steps further, that now Russian athletes are the most clean in the world. It’s of course just subterfuge and some sort of propaganda. Because all sports officials who were involved and knew about dopings are untouchable, they still keep their positions. There is no retaliation for athletes. Do you know why athletes could tell truth about themselves, because they give gold medal back and then you have and then there is no retaliation.

You remain in your car, you remain in your apartment. Life is good. And then Russian people prepare another fake gold medal and you keep gold medal in your place in your home. So there are no changes at all. Russia is still remaining doping country. No changes at all.

Schültke: What does it mean for Russia and it's soul to compete under the neutral flag and without the national anthem and with neutral uniforms?

Rodchenkov: Nobody cares about this symbol, it is a symbolic thing and Russia, there is no choice, they are uniform and so in general neutral uniform will be easily accept without any, you know it's just a first wave of emotion and then everybody forget about - anthem, flag, neutral uniform. It is okay.

Schültke: So you don't think that this will hurt the Russians soul?

Rodchenkov: Absolutely not. The Russians soul is not hurt at all. It hurts only the Russian propaganda and weird political atmosphere.

Schültke: After telling us your whole story and after telling us that you knew that you have to a your story sometimes, do you feel kind of shame having been part of this system in Sochi or in Russia of this doping system?

Rodchenkov: Why I should be all with shame? You know, it was two different men, one man that was in Sochi who was proud of such things. And now me talking to you after killing of my friend Nikita, after killing of Boris Nemtsov, after the Sochi Olympic Games it was invasion of Ukraine and downtake of MH 17.

I am not let's say ashamed. I am telling people the truth, because all such things in sport are so much in line in the political and even historical things which may happen after success of the Olympic Games. Success in Sochi made Putin aggressive. There is no… any talks about moral or shame. Russia is a country where there is no moral, no shame. Unfortunately I am Russian. Is it clear?

Grigory Rodchenkov, former head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, was the central figure in connection with the state-sponsored doping program in Russia - especially with the sophisticated cover-up system at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014. Grigory Rodschenkow changed sides, cooperated with investigators and fled to the USA. At the moment he lives in an unknown place under the witness protection program.

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US President Trump places Russia, China on par with rogue regimes, terrorist groups

on Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:20 pm
US President Trump places Russia, China on par with rogue regimes, terrorist groups



In his first State of the Union address, U.S. President Donald Trump has described China and Russia as rivals that must be confronted with "unmatched power."

As reported by Censor.NET citing Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Trump made the remarks on Jan. 30 in the State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress.

The speech dwelt overwhelmingly on domestic U.S. issues, like rebuilding the country's crumbling infrastructure, an opioid epidemic ravaging some regions, and reforming immigration policies.

But Trump also took time to focus on major foreign-policy challenges faced by the United States.

He referred to "rogue regimes, terrorist groups, and rivals like China and Russia that challenge our interests, our economy, and our values."

"In confronting these dangers, we know that weakness is the surest path to conflict, and unmatched power is the surest means of our defense," he said.

"For this reason, I am asking the Congress to end the dangerous defense sequester and fully fund our great military," he said, referring to a budget deal several years ago that sought to rein in defense spending.

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US Naval Forces show their aircraft interception by Russian jet over the Black Sea. VIDEO

on Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:22 pm
US Naval Forces show their aircraft interception by Russian jet over the Black Sea. VIDEO

On Jan. 29, 2018, a U.S. EP-3 Aries aircraft flying in international airspace over the Black Sea was intercepted by a Russian Su-27.

As reported by Censor.NET citing the statement by U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Public Affairs, this interaction was determined to be unsafe due to the Su-27 closing to within five feet and crossing directly through the EP-3’s flight path, causing the EP-3 to fly through the Su-27’s jet wash. The duration of the intercept lasted two hours and 40 minutes.

"The Russian military is within its right to operate within international airspace, but they must behave within international standards set to ensure safety and prevent incidents, including the 1972 Agreement for the Prevention of Incidents on and Over the High Seas (INCSEA). Unsafe actions‎ increase the risk of miscalculation and midair collisions.

"The U.S. aircraft was operating in accordance with international law and did not provoke this Russian activity," the statement reads.



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In Russia, the FIFA World Cup is threatened through locusts and cause a global scandal

on Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:28 pm
In Russia, the FIFA World Cup is threatened through locusts and cause a global scandal

In Russia, swarms of locusts can attack football fields and cause a "global scandal" at the world championship this summer.

This was stated by the Director of the Department of Plant Production of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, Petro Chekmarev, the BBC reports .

According to an official, in southern Russia, locusts infect about one million hectares of land.

Volgograd, where England and Tunisia are playing on June 18, is one of the affected districts.

"We have learned to fight locusts, but how can we not get into the world scandal with locusts this year?" - expressed concern Chekmaryov.

"The whole world is coming here. Football fields are green. Sarana loves places where there are many greenery. How would she not fly to where they play football,"- he said.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will begin on June 14th. Matches will be held at 12 stadiums in 11 cities of Russia.

Earlier in London, under the Russian embassy, ​​they were protesting against the World Cup in Russia.

European Parliament, they called for ignoring the World Cup in the Russian Federation.

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