kasparov newspaper

May 25, 2022

Russia has a problem with payments on its securities in the United States

The US Treasury Department’s general license, which allows holders of Russian sovereign bonds to receive payments for the servicing and redemption of these securities, expired on May 25 at 7:00 Moscow time. The US Treasury announced that the license would not be renewed ( RBC statement ).

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned on May 18 that the license was unlikely to be renewed. She noted: “If Russia does not find a way to continue these payments and allow a technical default, I do not think that this will somehow significantly change its position, because it is already cut off from the global capital market.”

May 23, 2022

A court in Kyiv sentenced a Russian soldier who killed a civilian

In Kyiv, the Solomensky District Court sentenced 21-year-old Russian military Vadim Shishimarin to life imprisonment. He was found guilty of the murder of a civilian Alexander Shelipov. The meeting was broadcast on the YouTube channel of the courts of Ukraine. 

May 22, 2022

Ministry of Transport: “sanctions practically broke all logistics” in Russia

Sanctions against Russia “virtually broke all the logistics” in the country, Minister of Transport Vitaly Savelyev said during a visit to the Astrakhan region,   Interfax reports .

“Those sanctions that were imposed today on the Russian Federation practically broke all the logistics in our country. And we are forced to look for new logistics corridors,” he said.

May 21, 2022

Biden signed a law on the allocation of $ 40 billion in additional assistance to Ukraine

US President Joe Biden signed a bill to allocate $40 billion in additional assistance to Ukraine, according to the White House website.

Earlier, Biden asked the country’s Congress to approve assistance to Ukraine in the amount of $33 billion. The US House of Representatives passed a bill on additional assistance to Ukraine and increased the amount to $40 billion.

May 20, 2022

Canadian Foreign Ministry imposed personal sanctions against 14 Russians

The Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has included 14 more Russian citizens in its sanctions lists in response to “the ongoing flagrant and unjustified invasion of Ukraine by Russian President Vladimir Putin,” according to  a statement by the country’s foreign ministry.

The names of those sanctioned by Ottawa are not named, but the government website says that they are Russian oligarchs, members of their families and people involved in the “Putin regime”.

May 19, 2022

Schroeder stripped of part of privileges due to ties with Russia

The Bundestag has stripped former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder of some of the privileges enjoyed by heads of government after his resignation, writes Bild.

In particular, Schroeder will no longer have an office in parliament and employees paid from the budget.

May 18, 2022

Finland and Sweden officially apply to join NATO

Finland and Sweden have officially applied to NATO. The ambassadors of Sweden and Finland submitted applications for membership to the NATO Secretary General at the headquarters of the alliance.

An official response is expected in a few weeks.

May 16, 2022

The Russian Defense Ministry announced an agreement to evacuate the wounded soldiers from Azovstal

The Russian Ministry of Defense announced that it had agreed to start evacuating wounded Ukrainian soldiers from the Azovstal plant in Mariupol, where they remained blocked for several months.

May 15, 2022

Finland decides to join NATO

The Finnish government has officially decided to join the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO). This was announced by President Sauli Niiniste and Prime Minister Sanna Marin at a joint press conference.

“This is a historic day. A new era is beginning,” the president said.

May 13, 2022

Zelensky: Ukraine will never recognize Crimea for Russia

Ukraine will never recognize Crimea as Russia, President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview with RAI 1 television.

“We will never recognize Crimea as a part of the Russian Federation. We are ready to speak with the Russian Federation that there is no time for a decision on Crimea. There is a war, and human lives will be on time. Let’s put aside this issue if it is painful, complicates the negotiation process, the process of meeting the presidents of Ukraine and Russia,” Zelensky said.

May 12, 2022

CNN publishes new video evidence of Russian war crimes in Ukraine

The CNN television channel published footage testifying to the commission of crimes by the Russian military. Surveillance video at a car dealership near Kyiv showed the killing of two unarmed Ukrainians by Russian soldiers.

The car dealership was robbed by the Russian military on March 16 during the first attempt by the Russian army to capture the capital of Ukraine.

May 10, 2022

44 bodies found under the rubble of a residential building in Izyum

In the city of Izyum, Kharkiv region, the bodies of 44 dead civilians were found under the rubble of a five-story building, says Oleg Sinegubov, head of the regional administration.

“This is another terrible war crime of the Russian invaders against the civilian population. We fix each one, and they will pay for each one,” he wrote.

May 9, 2022

UK imposes new sanctions against Russia and Belarus

The UK has imposed new economic restrictions on Russia and Belarus totaling £1.7bn ($2.09bn). This was reported in a statement published on the UK government website.

The British authorities have decided to impose increased duties on the import of a number of goods, including platinum and palladium. The volume of trade in these goods before the war amounted to 1.4 billion pounds per year. The UK will impose an additional 35% import tariff.

May 8, 2022

UK to provide Ukraine with 1.3 billion pounds of aid

The UK will provide Ukraine with an additional £1.3bn ($1.6bn) in aid. This was stated by the head of the British Ministry of Finance Rishi Sunak, reports  LBC.

“The UK is at the forefront of providing economic, humanitarian and military support to Ukraine, and we are working tirelessly to end this conflict,” Sunak said.

May 7, 2022

Intelligence of Britain: the Russian army is losing advanced units

According to British intelligence, the most advanced units of the Russian army are suffering intractable damage in the war with Ukraine. The review was posted on Twitter.

“The conflict in Ukraine is causing serious damage to some of Russia’s most capable units and advanced capabilities. After this conflict, Russia will need significant time and expense to rebuild its armed forces,” British intelligence notes.

May 6, 2022

A single mother from Ufa was fined by a neighbor for a poster in the window “No to war”

On May 5, the Ordzhonikidzevsky District Court of Ufa found 29-year-old Regina Ibragimova guilty of discrediting the Russian Armed Forces (AF) and fined her 15,000 rubles, a Kasparov.Ru correspondent reported on May 6, citing the press service of the court.

May 5, 2022

Armed Forces of Ukraine launched a counteroffensive in the Izyum and Kharkiv directions

The Armed Forces of Ukraine launched a counteroffensive in the Kharkov and Izyum directions. This was announced by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny on Facebook following a conversation with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States, General Mark Milley.

May 4, 2022

Due to the war in Ukraine, 22% of congresses and exhibitions planned in the Russian Federation for the year have already been canceled

Due to the military operation of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine, 22% of congresses and exhibitions planned for 2022 have already been canceled in the first quarter. Major international events will not return in 2023, and the market as a whole will be shaped by state projects, Kommersant wrote on May 4, citing experts.

May 3, 2022

AP: Russia is going to annex eastern Ukraine and declare Kherson independent

The Russian Federation is going to annex most of eastern Ukraine and declare Kherson independent by the end of May. This was stated by US Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Michael Carpenter, Associated Press reports .

According to Carpenter, mayors and local legislators have been kidnapped in Kherson, the Internet and mobile communications have been cut off, and a Russian school curriculum will soon be introduced.

May 2, 2022

Russian Ambassador summoned to Israeli Foreign Ministry after Lavrov’s words about Jews

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Russian ambassador for an explanatory conversation after the words of Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that “the most ardent anti-Semites, as a rule, are Jews.” It is  reported by  Kan 11.

April 30, 2022

The White House may lift visa restrictions for Russian high-tech specialists

The United States is going to lift visa restrictions for specialists with Russian citizenship in high-tech industries, writes Bloomberg.

The Biden administration is proposing to Congress to remove the visa rule for highly skilled workers from Russia, which requires Russian workers applying for a work visa to have a current employer.

April 28, 2022

Ex-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine: “Putin wants to keep attacking”

“I don’t believe in the possibility of signing a peace agreement with Russia,” former Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said in an interview with Forbes .

According to him, we can only talk about a ceasefire.

April 27, 2022

The mourning list of the Novosibirsk region has been replenished with another dead in Ukraine

In the Novosibirsk region, three servicemen who died during a special operation of the Russian army in Ukraine were buried , the NGS wrote on April 27, citing the administrations of the districts where they said goodbye to the dead.

The funeral of 42-year-old corporal Andrey Shuvaev took place in Chulym. He was an experienced military man and in 2008 he went on a long business trip to Chechnya. 20-year-old Andrei Shuvaev died on April 6 on the territory of the “LNR”.

April 26, 2022

An unknown man fired at a kindergarten in the Ulyanovsk region

In the Ulyanovsk region, an unknown person opened fire in a kindergarten, Telegram channel 112 reports. 

According to the Telegram channel, the man came to the institution with a gun, shot the nanny, two children and shot himself. The police are now at the scene. 

April 25, 2022

Foreign Ministry announced the expulsion of 40 employees of the German diplomatic mission from Russia

German Ambassador Geza Andreas von Geyr was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry, he was told that 40 employees of the German diplomatic mission were being deported from the country, according to the website of the Russian ministry.

The German Ambassador was handed a note declaring 40 employees of German diplomatic institutions in Russia persona non grata as a symmetrical response.

April 24, 2022

Roskomnadzor blocked the largest chess site

Roskomnadzor has blocked one of the most popular chess websites chess.com. Data on the blocking appeared in the register of the department, said the former editor-in-chief of Ekho Moskvy, Alexei Venediktov.

“Chess.com is an online chess site, forum, chess social network, and the company of the same name that owns the site. According to Alexa.com, it is the most popular chess site in the world,” the Wikipedia article says .

April 23, 2022

The court arrested Kara-Murza in the case of “fakes” about the Russian army

The Basmanny District Court arrested politician Vladimir Kara-Murza in the case of “fakes” about the Russian army on the grounds of political hatred (paragraph “e” of part 2 of Article 207.3 of the Criminal Code). This was announced by the press secretary of the court.

“On April 22, 2022, the Basmanny District Court of Moscow granted the petition of the investigator to choose a measure of restraint in the form of detention in relation to Kara-Murza Vladimir Vladimirovich, suspected of committing a crime under paragraph “e” of Part 2 of Article 207.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation , until June 12, 2022,” the court said.

April 22, 2022

The Kremlin does not know how to end the war – Meduza

The Kremlin sees no way to end the war without losing the power rating. Meduza writes about this, citing three sources close to the presidential administration.

“Scenarios” to explain the way out of the war in the internal political bloc began to be worked out a few weeks ago. “We looked around, played around, and there was no clear scenario visible. Therefore, they decided not to prepare [public] opinion for a possible negotiation [and conclusion of peace], they let everything take its course,” explains one of Meduza’s interlocutors.

April 20, 2022

UN: At least 2,072 civilians killed in war in Ukraine

According to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, 2,072 civilians have died, 169 of them children, Voice of America reports .

2818 people were injured. Among them were 272 children.

April 19, 2022

Police of Ukraine: More than 1,000 people died in the Kiev region

More than 1,000 civilians have died in the Kiev region during the Russian invasion of the region, Ukrayinska Pravda reports , citing Andriy Nebitov , head of the Kiev region police .

“More than 1,000 civilians have already died in the Kiev region as a result of Russian aggression,” Nebitov said.

April 18, 2022

Irpin police completed investigative actions with exhumed bodies

The Ukrainian police have completed investigations with the exhumed bodies of 269 Irpin residents who died from military operations by Russian troops, Interfax-Ukraine reports with reference to the country’s police.

April 16, 2022

Zelensky: during the war, Ukraine lost 2500-3000 lives among the military

2,500-3,000 Ukrainian soldiers have died since the start of the war, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told CNN .

He compared this figure with the loss of Russian troops. Zelensky announced the figure of 19,000-20,000 dead soldiers of the Russian army. This differs from the figure recognized by the authorities of the Russian Federation – 1351 killed.

April 15, 2022

China announces military exercises in Taiwan area

China has decided to conduct comprehensive military exercises in the Taiwan area in response to “serious misinformation” the US is sending to “Taiwanese separatists,” Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said.

Destroyers, frigates, bombers, fighters and “other forces” will take part in the exercises to organize multi-purpose combat patrols and maneuvers in sea and air space.

April 14, 2022

Tyumen resident who shouted “Glory to Ukraine” was arrested for 14 days

The Central District Court of Tyumen arrested for 14 days under Part 1 of Art. 20.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses (public demonstration of Nazi symbols or symbols of banned organizations) of a local resident, the United Press Service of the Judicial System of the Tyumen Region reported on Telegram on April 13.

April 13, 2022

Sweden to apply for NATO membership in June

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson plans to apply to NATO in June this year. The leadership of the ruling Social Democratic Workers’ Party of Sweden (SDRPS) has decided to join the alliance. This was reported on April 13 by the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet , citing sources in the party.

April 12, 2022

Court orders two years of hard labor for editors of DOXA magazine

The Dorogomilovsky District Court of Moscow sentenced Vladimir Metelkin, Alla Gutnikova, Armen Aramyan and Natalya Tyshkevich, editors of the student magazine DOXA, to two years of hard labor in the case of involving teenagers in rallies. This was reported by the head of the human rights group “Agora” Pavel Chikov.

The editors were released in the back of the court. They were also banned from administering websites on the Internet for three years. Such a punishment for them was  requested by the  prosecutor’s office.

April 11, 2022

Zelensky announced tens of thousands of deaths in Mariupol

Tens of thousands of people have died in Mariupol, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said during his speech to the South Korean parliament. His words are reported by The Guardian.

“The worst situation is in Mariupol… Mariupol is destroyed. There are tens of thousands of dead. But even despite this, the Russians do not stop the offensive operation. They want to make Mariupol a demonstratively destroyed city,” Zelensky said.

April 10, 2022

Russia forcibly evacuated 674,000 Ukrainians

Russia forcibly removed 674,000 people from Ukrainian territories to its lands, said Lyudmila Denisova, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

113 thousand of the deported Ukrainians are children. In Mariupol, the Russian military authorities spread the word about the supposedly favorable and hospitable conditions that await the inhabitants of the region in Russia.

April 9, 2022

In Bucha, to the screams of people, the exhumation of bodies from a mass grave was completed

On April 8, Ukrainian authorities began to exhume 67 bodies from a mass grave in the city of Bucha, Kiev region, not far from the Church of St. Andrew the First-Called. Gunshot wounds were found on most of the bodies. The exhumation was carried out to the cries of local residents looking for missing relatives. Meduza summarized information about this from various sources in its material.

The bodies were removed using shovels and a forklift. After that, they were examined by criminologists who tried to establish the cause of death and looked for documents of the dead people. Then the bodies were hidden in black bags and numbered. Andrey Nebitov, the chief of police in the Kiev region, said that 40 people killed from the mass grave turned out to be civilians.

April 8, 2022

Shelling in Ukrainian Mariupol kills 5,000 civilians

In Mariupol, due to fighting and shelling, about 5,000 civilians were killed, Konstantin Ivashchenko, the mayor of the city, appointed by the pro-Russian authorities , said in an interview with TASS on April 7.

Mariupol is the largest city on the coast of the Sea of ​​Azov. It was not part of the so-called “DPR” (its territory was about a third of the Ukrainian Donetsk region). In 2012, it was recognized by the government of Ukraine as one of the most comfortable cities for living in the country.

April 7, 2022

Peskov confirmed that Katerina Tikhonova and Maria Vorontsova are Putin’s daughters

Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov at a briefing commented on US sanctions against two daughters of President Vladimir Putin – Maria Vorontsova and Katerina Tikhonova. His answer is given by radio  “Mayak”  and ” Medusa “.

“In any case, the ongoing line on the application of some kind of restrictions to family members, well, this speaks for itself. It is unlikely that such steps, such approaches need some kind of assessment,” Peskov said. “This is something that is difficult to understand and explanation. But, unfortunately, these are the opponents we have to deal with.”

April 6, 2022

Lithuanian documentary filmmaker did not die from a shell, but was killed in Russian captivity

The Lithuanian documentary maker Mantas Kvedaravichyus, who died in Mariupol, was shot dead in captivity by the Russian military, his girlfriend Albina Lvutina claims .

“The soulless Russian military took Mantas prisoner and killed him. And then they just left him.

April 2, 2022

Zelensky urged Russians to boycott conscription

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has sent a video message to the people of Russia to boycott the spring conscription, which began on April 1.

“Warn every such conscript, their parents: we don’t need new dead people here. Take care of your children so that they don’t become villains. Don’t send them to the army, do everything you can, as long as they live – at home. At home” , Zelensky said in Russian.

April 1, 2022

Kazakhstan: “We will comply with the sanctions”

Another knife in the back, now there will be a growing howl on the topic – why did we save them in early January. In fact, it is quite possible to understand the feelings of the inhabitants of the southern neighboring state, who are watching the latest events with awesomeness and invariably trying on what is happening for themselves, since a lot of statements have been made on the topic of Kazakh sovereignty and “donated territories”.

Timur Suleimenov, First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Kazakhstan, spoke about the sanctions and the situation in Ukraine. We publish excerpts from an interview with the Euractiv portal:

March 31, 2022

Mobile Internet slowed down in Russia

Analysts have reported a slowdown in mobile Internet in Russia, TelecomDaily reports.

Experts analyzed the data of MTS, MegaFon, Beeline and Tele2 and found out that the average Internet speed in LTE networks from November 2021 to February 2022 fell by 0.6 Mb / s – from 21.7 Mb / s to 21 .1 Mbps

March 30, 2022

Russia stopped pumping gas through the Yamal-Europe pipeline

Russia has stopped pumping gas through the Yamal-Europe pipeline through the Malnov compressor station on the Polish-German border, Reuters reports citing the German gas transport operator Gascade.

On the afternoon of March 29, gas flows eastward to Poland and Germany through this pipeline through the Malnov station amounted to more than 1.45 million kW, then dropped to zero. The reason for stopping the pumping of gas is not specified.

March 27, 2022

60 criminal cases against activists and journalists opened in 22 regions of Russia

In 22 regions of Russia, 60 criminal cases have been opened against activists and journalists who spoke out against the war. Pavel Chikov, head of the Agora human rights group, cited the calculations on his Telegram channel.

46 people were subjected to criminal prosecution. “Nine of them are in custody, three are under house arrest, two more courts have chosen a ban on certain actions. At least five of the accused are outside Russia,” he said.

March 26, 2022

Russia creates military-civilian administrations on the occupied lands of Ukraine

In the regions of Ukraine controlled by Russian troops, they began to create military-civilian administrations, said Russian Senator from Crimea Sergey Tsekov.

“Military-civilian administrations are being created, someone should govern these territories, especially in those settlements where the local authorities, the local leadership generally stepped aside from solving the problems of the citizens of these settlements. Moreover, some of them [Ukrainian authorities] are trying to actions, including force, against the Russian troops, and against their own population,” the senator said.

March 24, 2022

Russian businessman’s yachts arrested in France

The authorities of the French department of the Alpes-Maritimes have arrested two yachts that are associated with one of the founders of the Alfa Group financial and investment consortium, Alexei Kuzmichev. This is reported by the publication Le Figaro.

The 17-meter Petite Ourse and the 26-meter Grande Ourse were sanctioned. The total cost of yachts can be 70-90 million euros.

March 23, 2022

Human rights activists called Navalny’s sentence a cynical violation of human rights

Commenting on reports that Russian opposition leader and prisoner of conscience Alexei Navalny has been sentenced to nine years in prison for his open criticism of Vladimir Putin and peaceful political activities, Marie Struthers, director of Eastern Europe and Central Asia at Amnesty International, said:

March 16, 2022

US will allocate $13.6 billion to help Ukraine

US President Joe Biden signed a $1.5 trillion government funding budget for the current fiscal year, which also included about $13.6 billion in humanitarian, military and economic assistance to Ukraine. As RBC wrote on March 16, the signing ceremony was broadcast by YouTube- canal of the White House.

According to The Washington Post, $730 billion will go to state social spending, another $742 billion to military needs (out of $1.5 trillion allocated to the government).

March 15, 2022

EU and UK announce new sanctions against Russia

The European Union has agreed on the fourth package of sanctions against Russia because of the war in Ukraine, according to the website of the European Commission.

The new package of sanctions includes the following measures: