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Ukraine News. Thursday 4 October. [Ukrainian sources]

on Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:27 am
THURSDAY HEADLINES:
The US Senate recognized the Holodomor 32-33 as a genocide of the Ukrainian people - the embassy.  The US has accused 7 Russians of hacking attacks. Four of them were previously caught in the Netherlands.  Conspiracy in Russian: In the deportation from the Netherlands, the staff of the GRU had passports with sequential numbers. They all pretended to be tourists. British ambassador pledged sanctions against RF in response to spy scandal in the Netherlands. The Netherlands summoned the ambassador of the Russian Federation. The European Union condemns Russia for a hacker attack on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The Netherlands accused the Russian Federation of attempting to steal the investigation into the MH17 disaster. Britain will continue to work with allies to isolate Russia. Ukraine declares Hungary's consul persona non grata. Hungary sends out the Ukrainian consul: this is a proportional response to the actions of Kyiv. Oleg Sentsov's lawsuit against Russia was passed by the European Court of Human Rights. The Council passed in the first reading a bill on the Ukrainian language. Russia will set Nord Stream 2 to bypass Denmark, which did not allow the construction of the gas pipeline. Putin's rating of trust fell to 2013. Putin signed a law on pension reform: the Russians will retire 5 years later. The US Justice Ministry began investigating money laundering by a Danish bank.

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The US Senate recognized the Holodomor 32-33 as a genocide of the Ukrainian people - the embassy

on Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:30 am
The US Senate recognized the Holodomor 32-33 as a genocide of the Ukrainian people - the embassy

The US Senate unanimously adopted a two-party resolution, which became the first ever legal act of the US Congress, where the Holodomor of 1932-1933 was recognized as a genocide of the Ukrainian people.

This is stated in the message of the embassy of Ukraine in the United States.

It is noted that the decree of the document includes the recognition by the Senate of the conclusions of the US Government Commission on Famine in Ukraine ( dated 22 April 1988 ) that "Stalin and his entourage committed genocide against Ukrainians in 1932-1933."

The resolution also condemns the systematic violations of human rights, including the right to self-determination and freedom of speech, committed by the Soviet government against the Ukrainian people.

"The deepest condolences to victims, survivors of the Holodomor and their families are expressed, and there is a call for the dissemination of information to raise awareness about the artificial nature of this tragedy in the world," the statement said.

Co-authors of the resolution were the co-chairmen of the Senate Ukrainian Coca-cola, as well as senators Robert Portman and Richard Durbin.

Recall that the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations supported a resolution on recognizing the Holodomor as a genocide of the Ukrainian people on September 26.

The US Congress introduced a resolution recognizing the Holodomor as a genocide of the Ukrainian people in June this year.

As it was reported, the Ohio State contributed to the recognition of the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as a genocide of the Ukrainian people. Along with Ohio, the Holodomor has been recognized as genocide in 12 states of the United States.

Earlier, the US state of Illinois declared 2018 a year of memory of the victims of the Holodomor in Ukraine in 1932-1933.

The legislative part included the recognition of the findings of the US Government Commission on Famine in Ukraine (dated 22 April 1988) that "Stalin and his entourage committed genocide against Ukrainians in 1932-1933".

To this, Missouri became 11 American states that recognized the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as a genocide of the Ukrainian people.

Kansas also joined the recognition of the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as a genocide of the Ukrainian people.

Holodomor in Ukraine recognized genocide, in particular, in New York, Washington, Wisconsin, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Oregon and Pennsylvania.

The US State Department condemned attempts to deny the Holodomor in Ukraine.

Recall that in 2016 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted an appeal to the states of the world to recognize the Holodomor of 1932-1933 in Ukraine as a genocide of the Ukrainian people.

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The US has accused 7 Russians of hacking attacks. Four of them were previously caught in the Netherlands

on Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:33 am
The US has accused 7 Russians of hacking attacks. Four of them were previously caught in the Netherlands



The United States has accused 7 Russians of organizing hacker attacks on anti-doping organizations. It is about 7 employees of the Main Intelligence Agency of Russia (GRU). Among them are four Russians who caught on suspicion of attempting a hacker attack in the Netherlands in April 2018.

This was announced at a press conference by the Department of National Security of the US Department of Justice.

"Our allegations concern the same Russian operatives who were caught in the Netherlands and their colleagues in Moscow as participants in a plot to violate the rights of people and organizations in the US, Canada and Europe by obtaining and disclosing personal data about the health of athletes and others. persons whose information is contained in a dossier of anti-doping agencies in different countries", - said Deputy Prosecutor General John Demers.

Earlier, on October 4, the Netherlands announced the deportation of 4 Russians who were preparing a cyberattack at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. These are Alexei Moronets, Yevhen Serebryakov, Oleg Sotnikov and Alexey Minin. In the United States , Morenets, Serebryakov, Sotnikov and Minin were also called . Also on the list are Ivan Ermakov, Artyom Malyshev, Dmitry Badin.

Russians are accused of hacking attacks on anti-doping and sports organizations and laboratories in the US, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.

"This was done to undermine the efforts of these agencies (anti-doping - ed.) In providing the Olympic Games. The other objectives of this conspiracy were the OPCW laboratory in The Hague and the nuclear power company in America. Three of the seven suspects in the case had previously been accused of trying to intervene in the 2016 presidential election in the United States. Both cases have joint suspects and concern the same methods of computer hacking and the same Russian strategic goals-to spread misinformation and change perceptions of the truth", - added the Deputy Prosecutor General.

Other accusations include the theft of personal data and user passwords, as well as money laundering with the help of cryptographic, in particular, bitcoin.

Pentagon County's Public Prosecutor, Scott Brady, added that around 250 athletes from 30 countries, as well as US and international anti-doping agents such as WADA, Arbitrage Sports Court, International Athletic Federation, FIFA, and at least 35 anti-doping agencies .

In addition, they carried out a hacking attack on the energy company Westinghouse, which supplied nuclear fuel to Ukraine.

"It's not spy games, but a criminal plot that is causing real harm to ordinary people, " he added.

According to representatives of the US Department of Justice, GRU agents interfered with the work of systems remotely, and when they could not do so, they traveled abroad with passports of the Russian Federation.

All suspects were identified, there is evidence of their ties with the Russian authorities, the Ministry of Justice noted. All of them, according to the US, are currently in Russia.

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Conspiracy in Russian: In the deportation from the Netherlands, the staff of the GRU had passports with sequential numbers. They all pretended to be tourists

on Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:58 am
Conspiracy in Russian: In the deportation from the Netherlands, the staff of the GRU had passports with sequential numbers. They all pretended to be tourists



Two of the four Russians who tried to organize a hacker attack against the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague discovered passports with sequential numbers. They all claimed they had arrived in the Netherlands for rest.

This was announced today during a press conference by the Ministry of Defense of the Netherlands, reports Censor.NET.

So, successive passport numbers were found in Aleksey Morenets, Yevhenia Serebryakova.




It was also learned that at the time of detention, the Russians had several handsets that they tried to destroy. When asked why they came to the country, they reported that they wanted to rest.




In addition, one of them was a taxi receipt, dated from the day of travel to the Netherlands, which indicates a trip from the headquarters of the GRU to the airport Sheremetyevo.

"How can you explain that the GRU makes such idiotic mistakes, such as serial numbers of passports and a receipt for paying a taxi?" - asked the representative of the ministry someone from the audience at the press conference, on which he advised to address such questions to the Russian side.

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British ambassador pledged sanctions against RF in response to spy scandal in the Netherlands

on Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:02 pm
British ambassador pledged sanctions against RF in response to spy scandal in the Netherlands

After the revelation of a group of Russian military intelligence in the Netherlands, the British Ambassador to this country, Peter Wilson, announced the introduction of new sanctions against Russia through its "enemy activities"

According to the British diplomat, an attempt by cyberattacks against the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) demonstrates Russia's complete neglect of an important mission to investigate the use of forbidden chemical weapons around the world, reports the CBS News.

The representative of London stressed that the United Kingdom and the Netherlands intend to counter the GRU together.

"We will throw light on their activities, we will disclose their methods, and we will share this with our allies," Wilson said, adding that the strengthening of sanctions against Russia would be considered as a response to "hostile activity" in Moscow.

Let's remind that on October 4 the special services of the Netherlands were told about the warning of a hacker attack against the OPCW in The Hague.

In April, the Netherlands sent four Russians suspected of preparing a hacker attack, the Dutch secret services believe that they were employees of the GRU.

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The Netherlands summoned the ambassador of the Russian Federation

on Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:16 pm
The Netherlands summoned the ambassador of the Russian Federation

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands called on the Russian Ambassador to attempt a cyber attack against the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague

This was stated by the Dutch defense minister Ans Bialleveld, according to NRC.nl.

"The government called the ambassador to provide appropriate explanations," she said.

In particular, the ambassador should explain the fact that the employee of the embassy met four Russians, sent subsequently for an attempt of a cyberattack, and the airport of Schiphol.

As reported, the Dutch intelligence agency prevented a Russian cyberattack against the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague on April 13 that four Russian officers were deported on the same day.

The Ministry of Defense of the Netherlands, said that the Russians arrived in the country on April 10 with one purpose - to implement a cyber attack. In particular, they tried to break the Wi-Fi-connection of the OPCW.

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The European Union condemns Russia for a hacker attack on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

on Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:19 pm
The European Union condemns Russia for a hacker attack on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons



The EU promises to strengthen cybersecurity through the Russian threat.

The European Union is seriously concerned about the situation surrounding the hacker's attack on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), in which the Dutch authorities have accused Russia. This is stated in a joint statement by the chairmen of the European Council and the European Commission Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker, as well as the head of EU diplomacy Federika Mogerini, according to Censor.NET, referring to TASS.

"We are gravely concerned at this attempt to undermine the integrity of the OPCW, a respectable international organization hosted by the Netherlands," they note.

The document emphasizes that "this aggressive act has demonstrated disrespect for the cherished goal of the OPCW, which is working to eradicate weapons around the world within the UN mandate." "We condemn such actions that undermine international law and international institutions. The EU will continue to strengthen the digital stability of its institutions, institutions of the countries of the community, international partners and organizations," Tusk, Juncker and Mogherini summed up.

The EU has also been assured that it will continue to strengthen the resilience of its institutions, institutions of member states and international partners and organizations in the digital sphere.

Meanwhile, the head of the British Foreign Office, Jeremy Hunt, suggested introducing new anti-Russian sanctions in connection with "credible evidence" of attempts to commit a cyber attack on the OPCW.

Recall that on October 4, the Dutch authorities reported that they sent four Russians who had attempted to organize an attack against the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague in April. According to the Dutch authorities, the group tried to organize the cyberattack. Kierratatsa prevented April 13, they were deported the same day.

Dutch Defense Minister Ank Bayleveld said that Russian intelligence officers wanted access to information about the death of Malaysian "Boeing" in the Donbas in 2014.

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The Netherlands accused the Russian Federation of attempting to steal the investigation into the MH17 disaster

on Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:41 pm
The Netherlands accused the Russian Federation of attempting to steal the investigation into the MH17 disaster



Defense Minister of the Netherlands, Ank Bayleveld, said that Russian intelligence was trying to steal documents of an investigation into the crash of the Boeing 777 aircraft carrier MH17 of the Malaysian Airlines company in the Donetsk region on July 17, 2014, which killed 298 people.

"We were aware of the interest of Russian intelligence services and took appropriate measures," she said during a press conference, reports Associated Press.

Baileveld added that the authorities of the Netherlands remain very attentive in this matter.

Earlier, on October 4, the Netherlands announced the deportation of 4 Russians who were preparing a cyberattack for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OCD) and named their names. The OPCW investigated a chemical attack on Russia's former intelligence officer Sergei Skripal in the UK. British investigation believes that Russia is involved in the poisoning of the Violinist. The Kremlin dismisses these allegations.



Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Netherlands, Russian Ambassador to Olexandr Shulgin was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.

On May 24, 2018, an official investigation confirmed that the Buk missile, which shot down an MH17 plane near the snowy Donetsk region on July 17, 2014, was brought to the occupied Donbas territory from Russia and belonged to the 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade of the Russian Defense Ministry, which located in the Kursk region.


On May 25, 2018, Bellingcat's independent researchers released a new MH17 disaster report .

Australia and the Netherlands officially accused Russia of knocking out MH17. Also, NATO and the EU responded to these inquiries .

On September 17, 2018, the Russian Ministry of Defense stated that the rocket, which was shot down by the MH17, was sent to Ukraine back in 1986, and then it was not returned to Russia. Also, Russia said that the video evidence of the international investigation team on the involvement of Russia in the downfall of the aircraft is a fake.

On June 29, 2018, the EU urged Russia to acknowledge responsibility for the MH17 disaster . The Dutch Parliament also called on the Russian Federation to take responsibility for the downfall of the MH17. At the same time, the Ministry of Transport of Malaysia stated that there is no conclusive evidence of blame for Russia in the downfall of MH17.

The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, said he had not had time to read the contents of the report of the official investigation, but could "immediately say" that Russia would recognize the findings of the investigation only if it would accept "full participation in the investigation". And the RF Ministry of Defense said that missiles, which destroyed MH17, are not in their arms.

On June 13, 2018, the Dutch Parliament announced that the judgments in the MH17 crash could be executed in Ukraine.

The Boeing 777 of Malaysia Airlines, which operated the Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur flight, was shot down on Donbass near Snow Field in Donetsk on July 17, 2014. There were 298 passengers and crew members on board, all of them were killed.

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Britain will continue to work with allies to isolate Russia - Defense Minister Williamson

on Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:44 pm
Britain will continue to work with allies to isolate Russia - Defense Minister Williamson



British defense minister Gavin Williamson repeated the allegations that Russia is involved in a series of cyberattacks and that Western countries should work on further isolation of Moscow.

As informs Censor.NET, informs Interfax-Ukraine.

"This (alleged cyberattacks of Russia - Ed.) Is not at all the steps that the great power is doing, it is the actions of the rogue states, and we will continue to cooperate with our allies in order to isolate Russia and make it understand that it can not behave so, "said Williamson, arriving Thursday in Brussels to meet with colleagues from NATO countries.

At the same time, the minister noted that cyberattacks, which, in his opinion, is involved in Moscow, are "irresponsible and indiscriminate" actions.

"We will expose Russia's actions," said G. Williamson.

In response to the question, does Britain not consider the possibility of cyber attacks in response to Russia, the minister said that disclosure of cyberattacks in Russia is precisely a measure of deterrence.

G. Williamson has already repeatedly accused Russia of hostile actions against Great Britain, in particular because of the poisoning in Salisbury of the ex-Colonel GRU Sergei Skrypal and his daughter Julia.

Earlier on Thursday, the head of the British Foreign Office, Jeremy Hunt, said that the GRU is behind a series of cyberattacks in the world, and promised to respond to Britain and its allies.

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Ukraine declares Hungary's consul persona non grata

on Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:48 pm
Ukraine declares Hungary's consul persona non grata



Consul of Hungary based in the town of Berehove, the Zakarpattia region, has been declared persona non grata.

"Ambassador of Hungary to Ukraine Erno Keskeny has been handed a note saying that the Hungarian consul in the town of Berehove in the Zakarpattia region was declared persona non grata pursuant to Article 23 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and in connection with the activities incompatible with the status of a consular officer and that he must leave Ukraine within 72 hours," the press service of the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine said, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.

Ukraine's Foreign Ministry expects the Hungarian side to refrain from any unfriendly steps towards Ukraine in the future and hopes its officials will not violate Ukrainian legislation.

"We regard Ukrainian citizens of Hungarian descent as a unifying factor in the relations between the two states and call on our Hungarian partners to share this view," Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry underscores.

Ukrainian media earlier reported about the issuance of Hungarian passports to Ukrainian citizens at the Hungarian consulate in the town of Berehove in Ukraine's Zakarpattia region. A video was posted showing Ukrainians getting Hungarian passports and taking an oath calling Hungary their homeland.

Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin said that the Hungarian Consul, who handed over Hungarian passports to Ukrainians, will not stay in Ukraine. In response, Budapest threatened to take further steps to slow down Ukraine's integration into the EU.

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Hungary sends out the Ukrainian consul: this is a proportional response to the actions of Kiev, - Siiyarto

on Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:55 pm
Hungary sends out the Ukrainian consul: this is a proportional response to the actions of Kiev, - Siiyarto



The Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs gave the Ukrainian consul the 72 hours in order to leave the Hungarian territory in response to a similar move by Kyiv.

This is reported by the local Internet resource HVG.hu, reports Censor.NET with reference to Interfax-Ukraine

"Ukraine continues to aggravate the conflict... The Ukrainian ambassador to Budapest was informed that one of the consuls who are working there should leave Hungary for 72 hours, this is a proportional answer", - citing the statement by the head of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry Peter Siiyarto at a press conference in Thursday in Budapest.

Earlier this day, the Hungarian Ambassador to Ukraine Erno Keshkeni was presented with a note that the Hungarian Consul in the Berehove Transcarpathian region was declared a non grata person and should leave the territory of Ukraine within 72 hours.

Recall that on September 19, a video appeared on the network , which allegedly recorded the process of issuing Hungarian passports to Ukrainians. People, in particular, make an oath and receive instructions from Hungarian diplomats: "Hide from the state structures of Ukraine the fact of obtaining Hungarian citizenship".

Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin said that he would require an explanation from his Hungarian counterpart. And if it turns out that the diplomats actually issued the passports of Hungary, the consul of this country will be sent to Berehove to their homeland.

Perhaps the expulsion of Hungarian consul Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Syyyarto called unfriendly step and threatened that his country could "slow down the integration of Ukraine into the EU".

On September 24, in Budapest, they promised that if Kiev decided to send a Hungarian consul, Hungary would respond to similar measures and send a Ukrainian diplomat.

On September 28, it became known that the prosecutor's office instituted a case of state betrayal on the issue of Hungarian passports.

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Oleg Sentsov's lawsuit against Russia was passed by the European Court of Human Rights

on Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:04 pm
Oleg Sentsov's lawsuit against Russia was passed by the European Court of Human Rights



Russia has until January 16, 2019, to provide the ECtL with an explanation of Sentsov's complaint in violation of the Convention on Human Rights.

The European Court of Human Rights communicated the complaint of Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, illegally sentenced to Russia, against Russia's actions. This was stated in a telegram by Pavlo Chikov, head of the international human rights group "Agora", reports TCensor.NET.

"Another supervisor: the ECHR communicated the case to Oleg Sentsov, the court linked his complaint to the case Ukraine vs Russia about the annexation of the Crimea," - wrote Chikov.

The process of communicating in the practice of the ECtHR means that now the Sentsov complaint will be officially notified to the authorized Commissioner of the European Court of Human Rights. Until this moment, the responding State is not formally notified of the complaint.

Russia has to provide its explanations on this case by January 16, 2019.

In a complaint filed with the ECtHR Sentsov claims that the Russian authorities had violated several articles of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms concerning him. Sentsov complains about the violation of Article 3 (prohibition of torture) and Article 5 (right to liberty and security) of the Convention.

At the same time, the trial of the sentsov's suit was postponed to the results of the case "Ukraine v. Russia" concerning the occupation of the Crimea.

On May 16, 2018, lawyer Oleg Sentsov said that his client May 14 declared an endless hunger strike. Thus, Sentsov demands the release of all Ukrainian political prisoners who are in Russian prisons.

On August 8, sister O. Sentsov, Natalia Kaplan, reported that he continues to starve in the Russian colony, almost does not get up. "Everything is not just bad, everything is disastrously bad. Oleg sent me a letter through a lawyer, he almost does not get up. He wrote that the end is close, and he is not about dismissal," - wrote N.Kaplan on his Facebook page.

After that, L. Denisova turned to Russian colleague Tetyana Moskalkova and chairman of the Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights under the Russian President Mikhail Fedotov asking them to discuss any conditions for the exchange of Ukrainian director for his salvation. The Ukrainian ombudsman emphasized that the situation with O. Sentsov calls for an immediate response in view of the deterioration in his health due to the prolonged hunger strike.

In early September 2018, Sentsov handed over his unfinished films and scripts from Crimea to his colleagues.

On September 18, the Verkhovna Rada appealed to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, offering a candidate for a Ukrainian filmmaker, a political prisoner, Oleg Sentsov to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. For the corresponding decree No. 9040 , 245 deputies voted.

On September 24, sister Oleg Sentsov, Natalia Kaplan, told her brother had lost hope.

September 3, the lawyer Sentsov Dmitry Dinze said that the director developed hypoxia. Police in the colony are going to be forced to be fed.

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The Council passed in the first reading a bill on the Ukrainian language

on Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:10 pm
The Council passed in the first reading a bill on the Ukrainian language

The Verkhovna Rada adopted in the first reading a bill (No. 5670-d) on ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as a state language.

According to the decision, 261 deputies voted, the parliamentary correspondent Censor.NET reports.



The bill was adopted with amendments, which the chairman of the committee voiced under the transcript.

The bill proposes to determine the procedure for the functioning and application of the Ukrainian language as a state in all spheres of social life in Ukraine, except for the sphere of personal communication and the implementation of religious rites.

The project proposes to resolve:

1) the use of the Ukrainian language as the language of citizenship of Ukraine;

2) the use of the Ukrainian language in the activities of state authorities, authorities of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, local self-government bodies in Ukraine, state and communal enterprises, institutions and organizations, and other entities of state and communal ownership;

3) application of the Ukrainian language in public spheres:

a) in education and science;

b) in the sphere of culture, on television and radio broadcasting, in print media, in book publishing and book distribution;

c) in the field of electronic information systems;

d) in the sphere of consumer services;

d) in the field of sports, telecommunications and postal services, legal services, health care, transport;

e) during the designation of toponyms, in advertising, in the manufacture of signboards and signs;

f) in the activities of public associations, political parties, private entities, in providing information about their goods and services;

4) the use of the state language in their own names and names;

5) definition of standards of the state language;

6) the procedure for the protection of the state language.

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Russia will set Nord Stream 2 to bypass Denmark, which did not allow the construction of the gas pipeline

on Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:12 pm
Russia will set Nord Stream 2 to bypass Denmark, which did not allow the construction of the gas pipeline

Nord Stream2, which builds a gas pipeline around Ukraine's North Stream 2, announced a tender for purchasing pipes for laying a gas pipeline bypassing the Danish water area, which did not give permission to build a gas pipeline.

This is reported by the Russian news agency TASS.

In particular, for the construction of a gas pipeline bypassing the territorial waters of Denmark, Russia must increase the length of the gas pipeline by about 70 kilometers and purchase the appropriate number of pipes.

At the same time, it is noted that the Russian side is continuing talks with Denmark in order to obtain a permit for laying a gas pipeline in the economic zone of this country.

It should be noted that Denmark is the only country whose waters the route of the North Stream 2 gas pipeline runs, which did not provide permission for its construction. Previously, construction permits were granted by Sweden, Germany, Finland and Russia.

On September 4, it became known that Gazprom began construction of the Finnish part of the "North Stream-2".

On July 25, work began on laying pipes of the North Stream 2 at the bottom of the Baltic Sea.

On July 2, Gazprom stated that they would lay a pipeline even without Denmark's permission .

On May 3, Germany began building a ground part of the North Stream-2 , despite the lack of all permits from the countries through which the pipeline would run.

It should be noted that the transit of Russian gas through the gas transit system of Ukraine is one of the largest items of Ukrainian services exports and brings several billion dollars to Ukraine each year. In particular, in 2018, revenues from Russian gas transit exceeded the $ 1.7 billion Ukrainian gas import expenditures .

Loss of transit by Ukraine will mean a loss of a significant part of currency earnings . In particular, Russia seeks to abandon transit of gas to Ukraine at the expense of construction of gas pipelines bypassing Ukraine, in particular, "North Stream 2".


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Putin's rating of trust fell to 2013

on Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:25 pm
Putin's rating of trust fell to 2013



In September, Vladimir Putin's rating of confidence in the Russian president was 58%.
It informs Cenzor.NET, reported by "Kommersant" referring to the survey, "Levada Center".

This indicator has fallen to 2013, the edition notes. Then it was 55%.

Compared to last year, Putin's rating of trust fell by 17 percentage points. In addition, from 4% to 13%, the proportion of those who believe that the president "does not deserve trust" has increased.

Sociologist Levada Center Denis Volkov said that "a marked fall in the presidential rating" sociologists have noted in early 2018. "The election mood (the presidential election was held in March - Ed.) Revived and tightened Vladimir Putin's rating," Mr. Volkov said. "After the election, however, the mobilization of its supporters was over, and people, instead of promised salaries, got an increase in retirement age."

According to the Levada Center, the highest level of trust in Putin reached in 2015. Then it was 80%. In 2016, 74% of the respondents stated their confidence in the president, 75% in 2017.

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Putin signed a law on pension reform: the Russians will retire 5 years later

on Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:44 pm
Putin signed a law on pension reform: the Russians will retire 5 years later

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on October 3 envisaging an increase in retirement age.

This was reported by the State Duma press service.

Before that, it was approved by the Federation Council of Russia.

Among the major changes in the pension reform:

raising the retirement age by 5 years: women will retire at 60, men - 65;
a woman who has three children can retire three years earlier than the prescribed period, with four children - four years, five or more - at age 50;
unemployment benefits increase from 4 thousand 900 rubles to 11 thousand 280 rubles.
September 27, the State Duma of Russia in the third, final reading, adopted a bill that envisages an increase in retirement age.

On August 29, Putin offered to mitigate the conditions of the pension reform for women in Russia and announced that the retirement age for women should be reduced from 63 to 60 years.

On July 28, rallies against pension reform took place in Russian cities . The Russians protested against raising the retirement age.

The bill on pension reform in was the first reading in the State Duma. It is expected that the reform will be implemented from January 2019.

On September 2, there were protests in Russia against raising the retirement age.

In 38 cities of Russia, on September 9, on election day in all regions of the federation, more than 1018 people were detained , who went out to protest against raising the retirement age. The protest of people was previously convened by oppositional Alexei Bulk. Mass media union announced the detention of 14 journalists .

The main requirements of the rallies are to send the government to resign, to stop the process of adopting the law on raising the retirement age and to hold a referendum on this issue. There were slogans about President Putin's resignation.

In Russia, on September 9, there were elections of governors, mayors and deputies. That is why the opposition has chosen this day for mass rallies. In most cities, where the shares were announced, the authorities did not agree, therefore they are "unauthorized". In particular, it was not possible to reconcile the protest actions in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

On September 10, after mass arrests in Moscow, they made a "perpetual action" against the pension reform and Putin.

On Sept. 16 in St. Petersburg, local residents resumed their campaign against raising the retirement age. On the square between the protesters and the police there were battles.

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The US Justice Ministry began investigating money laundering by a Danish bank

on Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:47 pm
The US Justice Ministry began investigating money laundering by a Danish bank

The US Department of Justice has launched an investigation into the cats' laundering with the Estonian branch of one of Denmark's largest banks, Danske Bank.

This was reported by Reuters.

In particular, there is a suspected bank of about $230 billion in laundering, which is the total cost of all transactions conducted by an Estonian branch of Danske Bank which has a dubious origin.

At the same time, Danske Bank itself announced that it received a request for information from the US Justice Ministry "in connection with criminal proceedings through an investigation into the activities of the Estonian branch of the bank and fully cooperated with the investigation".

We remind that Danske Bank suspects that Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and other post-Soviet countries have laundered money through its subsidiaries in Estonia.

At the beginning of the investigation against the bank, he was suspected of washing about $13 billion. After that, the amount has increased to around 28 billion euros .

At the same time, Danske Bank itself conducted an internal investigation and found that most of the non-resident transactions conducted by the Estonian branch of Danske Bank were suspicious. We are talking about at least 200 billion euros of operations conducted by the bank during 2007-2015.


Following a scandal of money laundering, the European Commission called for investigations into gaps in legislation. to prevent money laundering.

Recall that due to a money laundering scandal, Danske Bank resigned on the eve of its chair.

It was also reported that Danske Bank could be fined $630 million if it proves to be a guilty one for being involved in money laundering.

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The United States will begin testing a new hypersonic weapon before the deadline

on Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:50 pm
The United States will begin testing a new hypersonic weapon before the deadline



The United States will begin testing hypersonic weapons earlier than expected.

As informs Censor.NET with reference to the " Correspondent", the first deputy defense minister Patrick Shanakhan said.

"We are about to start flying (launching missiles - Ed.) Earlier and more often than people expected from us," he said, noting that the US Defense Ministry is currently assessing the level of spending.

The development of hypersonic weapons will be included in requests for future defense budgets.

Earlier, US Secretary of Defense James Mattheys said that the development of hypersonic weapons and means of protection against it is now a priority for the United States Army.

Recall also that the US is developing a missile ahead. In August, the US tried to fool an air defense missile.

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