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The Pentagon did not confirm the transfer of data on the cruiser Moskva to Kyiv

Ukraine has its own intelligence capabilities, which it has taken advantage of, the Pentagon said. Earlier, CNN reported that Washington was transmitting to Kyiv the location of the Moskva cruiser

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Pentagon spokesman John Kirby did not confirm the information that the United States gave Ukraine intelligence about the location of the Moskva cruiser. shortly before it started a fire, writes the New York Times.

“Ukrainians have their own intelligence capabilities to track and target Russian warships, which they did in this case,” said Kirby.

Earlier, sources told CNN that the United States had given Ukraine the coordinates of the Moskva cruiser. According to them, Washington did not know exactly how Kyiv would use this information. And the Ukrainian military, having noticed the ship in the Black Sea, checked with the coordinates received from the United States, after some time on the “Moscow” a fire started and the ship sank, the TV channel reported.

On the serious damage to the cruiser “Moskva” The Russian Defense Ministry reported on the night of April 14. According to the agency, a fire broke out on the ship, as a result of which the ammunition detonated.

Toward the night of April 15, the Ministry of Defense reported that the cruiser sank while being towed to the port. As stated in the department, there was a storm, and the ship lost its balance on the water due to damage to the hull.

At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.

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According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, from the crew of the “Moscow” one person was killed and 27 others are missing. 396 crew members were evacuated, the department reported.

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Volodin invited countries to leave the EU in order to maintain sovereignty

If the EU countries want to preserve their sovereignty, they need to leave the union, the speaker of the State Duma said. This is how he reacted to the proposal of the European Parliament to make decisions not by unanimity, but by a qualified majority ” alt=” Volodin suggested that countries leave the EU in order to maintain sovereignty” />

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State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, commenting in his Telegram on the decision of the European Parliament to reform the European Union, said that “European unity is collapsing.”

“If the states that are part of the EU today want to preserve sovereignty and defend the interests of their citizens, they have only one way left— exit from the European Union»,— he thinks.

According to Volodin, the European Parliament approved, among other things, the initiative to abolish the principle of joint decision-making, “in other words, it is proposed to abandon the right of veto of EU members.” The speaker of the State Duma believes that the opinions of individual states and their citizens will not be taken into account, and this will lead to the fact that “millions of Europeans will be deprived of the right to vote.”

Resolution on deep reform of the EU in question, the European Parliament adopted on 4 May. The document was adopted as a result of public consultations with residents of European countries during the year as part of the conference “The Future of Europe”.

In the document following the results of this conference, in particular, it is proposed to abolish the principle of unanimous adoption of the most important decisions. “All issues decided by unanimity must be decided by a qualified majority of votes (two-thirds or three-quarters of those present. — RBC). The exceptions will be the issues of admission of new members to the EU and changes in the fundamental principles of the EU, — says the document.

According to MEPs, the unanimous decision-making mechanism “makes it difficult to reach an agreement.” At the same time, they proposed to ensure a “fair calculation of the weight of votes” in order to protect the interests of small countries.

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Tokayev reprimanded Kazakhstan’s ambassador for “de-Russification” proposal

The diplomat proposed to pass through a referendum a proposal not to use borrowings from the Russian language in Kazakh, and also to rename Kazakhstan and its capital

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President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev reprimanded the country's ambassador to Egypt Kairat Lama Sharif for non-compliance with the ethical code of civil servants. This was reported by InformBuro.kz with reference to the press service of the head of state.

“President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev reprimanded Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Arab Republic of Egypt Kairat Kairbekuly Lama Sharif for non-compliance with the requirements of paragraph 9 of the Code of Ethics for Civil Servants of the Republic of Kazakhstan,” the press service said.

According to this paragraph of the Code of Ethics of civil servants of the republic, they should not publicly express their opinion on issues of state policy, “if it does not correspond to the main directions of state policy, discloses official information that is not allowed to be made public and contains unethical statements addressed to state officials, government bodies, other government officials».

As KazTag clarifies, on March 3, the diplomat published on his Facebook page (its owner, the Meta company, was recognized as extremist and banned in Russia ) a post where he proposed to “get rid of the controversial names of the times of the USSR and colonial Russia.” Now the publication is not available on the ambassador's page on the social network, and the content at the link that previously led to the message is not available.

“First of all, it must be recognized that the “region” ("bald")— the key word in the Kazakh language is from the Russian language, and in order to preserve the purity of our state language, the administrative-territorial structure must be written as “өңір”; (region, krai. — RBC)»,— quotes from KazTag Ambassador's post.

Sharif also suggested changing the names for some of the regions and cities of Kazakhstan. So, for example, he intends to return the name of Astana to the capital of the republic, the city of Nur-Sultan, and the former capital— the name of Alma-Ata (now in Kazakh it is Almaty). The name of the republic should also be changed instead of Kazakhstan “Kazakh State”, Sharif believes.

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Tokayev has repeatedly stated that Kazakhstan— a multilingual state, despite the fact that the state language is Kazakh. He also criticized the so-called language patrols, which stage raids to check whether employees of shops or catering facilities can serve customers in Kazakh. “All these actions are organized by professional provocateurs acting on behalf of the special services . All these actions in the language of these services are called active measures, — said the president.

The status of the Russian language is regulated by the Constitution of Kazakhstan, as well as a separate law “On Languages ​​in the Republic of Kazakhstan”.

Article 7 of the Constitution of the Republic states that in state organizations and bodies local government, along with the Kazakh language, the Russian language is officially used and a separate law regulates its use for office work in state authorities, registration of transactions, education, defense of scientific works, etc.

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Kyrgyzstan declares dead in shelling from Uzbekistan

In Bishkek, they said that Uzbek border guards shot dead three citizens of Kyrgyzstan. Representatives of the two countries held a meeting, an investigation was launched. Tashkent has not yet commented on the situation

Uzbek border guards shot dead three citizens of Kyrgyzstan, 24.kg reported citing the Kyrgyz border service.

According to the agency, the incident occurred on May 5 at the border of the two countries— in the Jalal-Abad region of Kyrgyzstan in the area of ​​Dobo-Korgon. “Three Kyrgyzstanis received gunshot wounds, they were taken to the hospital in Ala-Buka district. There they died without regaining consciousness, — the service said.

Border representatives of the two countries held a meeting to clarify the circumstances of the incident and agreed to continue contacts. The agency announced the start of investigative measures and did not provide other details.

The Uzbek side has not yet commented on the situation.

A similar incident at the border occurred a month ago— in the village of Deyres, Jalal-Abad region. According to the Kyrgyz border service, several citizens of Kyrgyzstan tried to illegally smuggle cargo into Uzbekistan on horseback, the total cost of smuggling was $20,000. They did not obey the orders to stop, and the Uzbek border guards opened fire. As a result, two people died.

In 2017, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan signed an agreement on the delimitation of 85% of the state border line, its total length is 1378 km. In March 2021, the Kyrgyz side stated that Tashkent and Bishkek “resolved all border issues 100%”.

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Since the beginning of 2022, several shooting incidents have occurred between the border guards of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The parties agreed to withdraw the border guards and began negotiations.

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Orban says EU has crossed a red line over oil embargo

The Hungarian prime minister compared the ban on the supply of Russian oil to “an atomic bomb that they want to drop on the Hungarian economy”, and demanded a five-year delay from Brussels embargo

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Speaking about the EU's intention to impose an embargo on Russian oil, he said that Brussels had crossed a red line. He said this in an interview with radio Kossuth, his words are quoted by the portal 24.hu.

The head of government compared the ban on the supply of Russian raw materials to “an atomic bomb that they want to drop on the Hungarian economy.” It will take “years” to rebuild the country's energy sector, he pointed out.

Orban, in his own words, was still ready to agree to the first five packages of sanctions against Russia, but restrictive measures affecting energy , considers already a “red line” for Hungary.

“They [the EU countries] have crossed that red line, [the ban on the supply of] coal may not affect Hungary. But they continue. You must stop here, — said the prime minister.

Orban demands from the EU a five-year delay in the embargo, and not the year that the EU is ready to grant, Bloomberg reports, citing him.

Earlier Orban, speaking about his country's dependence on the supply of Russian energy resources, pointed out that, for example, Germany, Austria and Bulgaria are “in the same shoes with Hungary.” If oil and gas do not come from Russia, the question arises of the existence of the Hungarian economy, he noted.

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A gradual ban on the import of Russian oil is expected to be included in the sixth package of EU sanctions against Russia. They want to make an exception for Hungary and Slovakia, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic are counting on the same.

As the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen reported, the EU intends to refuse the supply of Russian crude oil within six months, and the import of petroleum products— by the end of the year.

The press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, speaking about the possible refusal of the EU from Russian oil, warned that this decision would “hit everyone”. At the same time, the United States, which had previously refused supplies, according to him, will remain on its own and “will feel much better than the Europeans.”

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The Ministry of Defense announced strikes on Energomashspetsstal in Kramatorsk

There was a large ammunition depot of Ukrainian troops at the Energomashspetsstal plant in Kramatorsk, it was destroyed by the Russian Aerospace Forces, the Ministry of Defense reported

The Russian military launched rocket attacks on the ammunition depot of the Ukrainian group of troops located on the territory of the Energomashspetsstal plant. in Kramatorsk, the Ministry of Defense reported on Telegram.

The strikes were delivered by high-precision air-launched missiles of the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS). The forces of the Aerospace Forces destroyed the Tochka-U tactical missile system in the area of ​​​​the settlement of Novotavrichesky in the Zaporozhye region. Ukrainian troops. The military also hit ten strongholds, areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment of Ukrainian troops.

At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.

Operational-tactical, army and unmanned aircraft hit 24 Ukrainian military facilities overnight, including two missile and artillery depots weapons in the Krasnopolye region in the DPR. Artillery hit six command posts, three ammunition depots and 28 artillery batteries. Up to 280 people and 41 units of military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were destroyed, the agency reported.

The missile forces also destroyed an S-300 launcher near the village of Nikiforovka in the Donetsk region and hit five areas where Ukrainian manpower and military equipment were concentrated.

In the Preobrazhensky area in the LPR, air defense systems shot down one Su-25 and one MiG-29, and also intercepted four Tochka-U ballistic missiles.

In addition, 13 Ukrainian drones were destroyed over Barvenkovo ​​and Balakleya in the Kharkiv region, Staromikhaylovka and Yasinovataya in the DPR, Pervomaisky in the LPR and Chernobaevka in the Kherson region.

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In total, since the beginning of the special military operation, the Russian military has destroyed 151 aircraft, 112 helicopters, 742 drones, 290 anti-aircraft missile systems, 2,854 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 329 multiple rocket launchers, 1,338 field artillery guns and mortars, as well as 2,683 units of special military vehicles.

Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on 24 February. President Vladimir Putin has designated as its goal the protection of the inhabitants of Donbass, the “demilitarization” of and “denazification”. According to him, Moscow is not going to occupy a neighboring state. The Russian Ministry of Defense claims that they strike only at military targets.

After the start of the special operation, Ukraine severed diplomatic relations with Russia, declared martial law and announced mobilization.

A day earlier, on May 5, the Ministry of Defense reported that Russian air defense systems shot down a Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) near Zmeiny Island in the Black Sea. The agency also reported on the destruction of ammunition depots, artillery batteries and multiple launch rocket systems, areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment.

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Medvedev called Orban’s refusal from the oil embargo a courageous step

According to the deputy head of the Security Council, apparently, the “most reasonable” leaders of the EU countries “are tired of quietly moving to the cliff along with the entire sterilized European herd” sent for slaughter by the “American shepherd”

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UN Secretary General and DPR authorities announced the evacuation of 500 people from Azovstal

During the joint operation of the UN and the Red Cross, up to 518 people, including 67 children, were taken out of the blocked plant and adjacent territories. The UN expressed hope for continued coordination between Moscow and Kyiv The UN Secretary General and the DPR authorities announced the evacuation of 500 people from Azovstal” />

About 500 people were evacuated from the territory of the Azovstal plant blocked by Russian troops. in Mariupol. This was announced on Twitter by UN Secretary General António Guterres and confirmed in Telegram by the headquarters of the territorial defense of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR).

“In the course of a joint operation by the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross, two columns evacuated about 500 people from the Azovstal plant while ensuring security. in Mariupol and adjacent territories»,— wrote Guterres.

The head of the UN expressed the hope that continued coordination between Moscow and Kyiv would increase the number of “humanitarian pauses” for the safe exit of civilians from the blocked zone.

The headquarters of the territorial defense of the DPR specified that 518 people were evacuated from Mariupol in a day. “518 people, including 67 children, were evacuated to [settlement] Bezymennoye in the Novoazovsky district [Donetsk region]. Currently, they are at the point of assistance to the evacuated population, which is deployed by the forces of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the DPR», — the message says.

The headquarters noted that in total, from March 5 to the present, 28,336 people were transported to the aid point in Bezymyanny.

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The third operation under the auspices of the UN to evacuate the civilian population from Mariupol began on May 5. The deputy head of the organization for humanitarian affairs, Martin Griffiths, who announced the start of this operation, declined to voice its details. He thanked the Ukrainian and Russian authorities for the “constructive and important cooperation that makes it possible to bring the [evacuation] operation to life.”

Evacuation of civilians from the territory of the Azovstal plant became one of the main topics of the meeting of the UN Secretary General with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on April 26. The Ukrainian authorities asked Guterres to become the initiator and guarantor of the withdrawal of civilians from the plant, and he offered Putin the mediation of the UN and the Red Cross. After the consent of the Russian president, the UN began to form a group whose purpose was to coordinate the evacuation.

The fighting in the Mariupol region has been going on almost since the beginning of the operation on February 24th. In early March, the city was surrounded, on March 18, the Ministry of Defense already reported on the fighting in the central regions. On April 16, a spokesman for the ministry, Igor Konashenkov, said that the urban area of ​​Mariupol had been “cleansed”; from Ukrainian troops.

Putin ordered to cancel the assault on the territory of the Azovstal plant as impractical April 21st. At a meeting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, he stated that he had made this decision to “preserve the lives and health of our soldiers and officers,” but ordered to block the industrial zone “so that a fly would not fly by.” Then Shoigu said that more than 2,000 Ukrainian military personnel were blocked on the territory of the plant.

On May 4, the Interdepartmental Coordination Headquarters of Russia for Humanitarian Response announced that on May 5, 6 and 7, the Russian military would open humanitarian corridors from the territory of “Azovstal” in the direction of both Russia and Ukraine.

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Court in Belarus gives Russian woman Sofya Sapega six years in prison

The girl was charged under seven articles of the Criminal Code of Belarus, including inciting hatred and organizing threats to the security forces. She will serve her sentence in a penal colony

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A Belarusian court has sentenced Russian Sofya Sapega to six years in a penal colony, BelTA informs. The girl was detained in May 2021 in Minsk together with the former editor-in-chief of the opposition Telegram channel Nexta (Belarusian authorities recognized him as extremist) Roman Protasevich after the forced landing of a Ryanair passenger plane.

The verdict has not entered into force and can be appealed , clarified in court.

According to Zerkalo.io, the girl was taken into custody in the courtroom.

Sapega was charged under seven articles of the Criminal Code of Belarus, including inciting hatred, organizing threats to security officials and judges, obstruction of the work of a journalist, illegal collection of personal data.

The trial against the Russian woman was held behind closed doors, this was explained by the fact that during the process personal data of a large number of citizens, including judges and employees of internal affairs bodies, were announced.

The maximum punishment for the toughest article— about inciting social enmity and discord (part 3 of article 130)— 12 years in prison. As stated in the Prosecutor General's Office of Belarus, during the preliminary investigation, Sapieha fulfilled the obligations stipulated by the pre-trial cooperation agreement, in connection with this, the punishment provided for by law can be reduced by half. In December, Sapieha's relatives reported that she had written a petition for clemency addressed to the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko.

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A Ryanair plane flying from Athens to Vilnius was forced to land in Minsk on May 23, 2021 due to a bomb report. Information about the mining was not confirmed. Protasevich and Sapega were removed from the flight and detained, later they were arrested.

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They spent a month in a pre-trial detention center, then both were transferred to house arrest. As stated in the Investigative Committee of the Republic, Protasevich and Sapega entered into a pre-trial agreement with the investigation. Belarusian state channels showed several interviews with Protasevich, in which he stated that he admits his guilt and no longer wants to engage in politics.

In August last year, Sapieha admitted that someone from entourage of the ex-editor-in-chief of Nexta, and the Belarusian special services have nothing to do with this (the New York Times wrote about the role of the KGB officers of Belarus in the forced landing of the flight). Protasevich later claimed that employees of the headquarters of the leader of the Belarusian opposition Svetlana Tikhanovskaya were involved in sending a false message about the bombing of the Ryanair aircraft.

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Bloomberg learned about the order to state institutions of China to replace foreign PCs

The Chinese central state institutions were given two years to switch from foreign-made computer equipment to local counterparts. Subsequently, the requirement will be extended to regional departments

The Chinese authorities have ordered central government agencies and state-owned corporations to replace foreign-brand computers with domestic counterparts within two years, Bloomberg sources said. system. In total, we can talk about at least 50 million devices, the interlocutors of the agency noted. Subsequently, the authorities intend to extend the requirement to regional state institutions.

According to Bloomberg, the decision advances China's decade-long campaign to replace imported technology in an attempt to reduce the country's dependence on “geopolitical rivals like the US.” The new requirement is expected to directly impact sales of HP and Dell Technologies, the country's largest PC brands after Lenovo Group, the authors of the article noted. HP and Dell Technologies— American corporations, and Lenovo Group— Chinese.

China's desire to replace imported technology has intensified after the US imposed sanctions on Huawei, writes Bloomberg. In 2019, a Chinese company was suspected of industrial espionage, and as a result, American companies were forbidden to cooperate with it. Last year, US President Joe Biden also prohibited Huawei from issuing licenses to use its network equipment in the country.

In addition, sources told the Guardian that China is preparing for the possible imposition of new US sanctions. According to the publication, since the end of February— At the beginning of March, the country is testing the stability of the economy in case of restrictions. This stress test was launched after Western countries began to impose anti-Russian sanctions in connection with the events in Ukraine. The US authorities have repeatedly admitted that if China supports Russia, they will impose restrictions against it as well.

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The Foreign Ministry announced stagnation in the negotiations between Russia and Ukraine

Kyiv and its “Western mentors” are not interested in finding a peaceful settlement, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. The department noted that the negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv are in a state of stagnation alt=”The Foreign Ministry announced stagnation in the negotiations between Russia and Ukraine” />

Negotiations between Russia and Ukraine on a political settlement are not developing, Deputy Director of the Information and Press Department (DIP) of the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexei Zaitsev said at a briefing.

“Russian-Ukrainian negotiations are in a state of stagnation”,— he said.

According to Zaitsev, this is also indicated by the statements of the Ukrainian authorities. As an example, he cited a statement by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on May 4. Then the president said that he “sees no prospects for negotiations.” Another statement was made by the head of the National Security and Defense Council, Aleksey Danilov, who “generally rejected any possibility of a peace treaty with Russia,” continued the deputy director of the DIP Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“All this confirms the importance of implementing the tasks of a special military operation,”— he concluded.

Zelensky’s words, which Zaitsev spoke about, were heard during a speech at the summit of the board of directors of the Wall Street Journal. “Our negotiation teams interact at the level of their members. They are discussing preparations for the leaders' meeting. I don't really believe in such negotiations,” — Zelensky said then (quote from TASS). He noted that he considers it important to continue the dialogue with the Russian side, but does not see “any prospect for these negotiations” until the President of Russia “signs or makes any official appeal.”

The last time the Russian and Ukrainian delegations met in person in Istanbul at the end of March. Then Kyiv handed over to Moscow proposals for a peaceful settlement. After the meeting in Istanbul, the negotiations continued in video format.

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According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Russia later sent several retaliatory proposals, but there was no reaction from Kyiv, which stalled the negotiations. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukraine has also dramatically changed its position and moved away from the Istanbul agreements. Now Kyiv wants to discuss Crimea and Donbass at the summit of the leaders of the two countries, while Moscow insists on resolving this issue at the stage of drafting a settlement agreement, he noted.

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HRC pointed to the risk of unlimited application of the new law on foreign agents

The new draft law on foreign agents contains a number of shortcomings, the Human Rights Council said in a review. Chief among them are the risks of unrestricted application of the law and potential violations of the rights of many citizens ” alt=”HRC pointed out the risk of unrestricted application of the new law on foreign agents” />

The Human Rights Council under the President of Russia sent an expert opinion to the State Duma on the draft law “On Control over the Activities of Persons Under Foreign Influence”. The text of the opinion of the Permanent Commission on the Development of Civil Society Institutions and the Permanent Commission on Economic and Labor Rights of the Human Rights Council is published on the website of the council.

This bill “in fact unreasonably expands the possibility of recognition by foreign agents” citizens and organizations in Russia, the HRC believes.

If earlier, in order to become a foreign agent, only two facts were needed— receiving foreign material assistance and engaging in political activities, then now it will be enough to be under “foreign influence”. This concept itself is spelled out in such a way that it actually allows as such “any method of influence that the administrative body, at its discretion, deems sufficient.” This “creates space” for unlimited expansion of corruption, says the response to the bill.

In addition, the draft law does not require that a causal relationship be established between “potentially dangerous” for the Russian Federation “elements of the activities of organizations”; and the activities of organizations as such, and also does not require that a “social danger” be confirmed; actions of persons who are under “foreign influence”, notes the HRC.

“Thus, from a literal interpretation of the bill, it follows that any activity, including advertising activity, which is related to the distribution of materials among an unlimited circle of faces»,— indicates the Human Rights Council.

To remove these claims, human rights activists propose to exclude commercial organizations from the list of recipients of the status of “foreign agent”, as well as to establish an “exhaustive list of specific verifiable characteristics forms of foreign influence and forms of activity leading to inclusion in the register.

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The HRC points out other shortcomings of the bill, among them:

  • insufficient regulation of the criteria for the political activity of potential foreign agents in other areas— in science, culture, art, healthcare, social protection and support, sports, charity, etc. This may lead to misinterpretation of these provisions and their subjective enforcement, the HRC believes. The parameters should be specified in the law, or it should be directly stated that the work of organizations from these areas cannot be classified as political activity, human rights activists point out;
  • the draft law actually restricts persons recognized as foreign agents in the rights to freedom of expression of thought and speech, guaranteed by Art. 29 of the Constitution, and also entails a defeat in social and labor rights. Thus, for example, a foreign agent worker “becomes potentially dangerous for any employer, since the employer can also be recognized as a foreign agent who has fallen under the influence of the worker”; foreign agent,” the HRO points out;
  • the draft law implies a complete ban for persons having the status of foreign agents to engage in educational and educational activities for children, including tutoring. According to HRC experts, this means a ban for an individual foreign agent on access to professions in the field of education, even if they have the necessary qualifications;
  • the document entails risks of being included in the register of foreign agents for trade unions, which “contradicts the content of this institution as a whole. This affects the rights of foreign citizens who are members of trade unions, and creates risks for the trade unions themselves, which are members of international trade union organizations.

These shortcomings should be eliminated, the HRC points out. The council also proposed to exclude the application of the law to persons who depend on the activities of a foreign agent (including employees who did not know about foreign funding of the organization, or relatives of those who were included in the register of foreign agents— individuals), and not to apply it to relations between citizens and organizations that arose before the entry into force of the law.

The opinion on the bill was prepared by two commissions of the HRC— on the development of civil society institutions; and on economic and labor rights. In a cover letter to him, the chairman of the HRC, Valery Fadeev, asked to “take into account the position” members of the council “in the course of further work on the said bill.”

The bill, which was intended to consolidate the disparate current legislation in this area, was submitted to the State Duma on April 25. Among other things, the document formulated the concepts of “foreign agent”; and “foreign influence”.

The authors of the documents suggested that a foreign agent be considered a person “who has received support and (or) is under foreign influence in other forms.”

Foreign influence means the provision of support to a person by a foreign source (for example, a foreign state, its authorities , international organizations), as well as exerting influence on this person, “including by coercion, persuasion” or otherwise.

At the same time, support from a “foreign source” can be expressed not only in money, but also in the provision of organizational, methodological, scientific and technical assistance, assistance in other forms. Such a person can be engaged in a variety of activities— from “targeted collection of information in the field of military and military-technical activities”; to the creation and distribution of “messages and materials intended for the general public.”

The bill also provides for the creation of a unified register for all types of foreign agents (NPOs, media, individuals and unregistered organizations), which will be maintained by the Ministry of Justice.

The head of the commission to investigate the facts of interference of foreign states in the internal affairs of Russia, Vasily Piskarev, told RBC, that the development of the project was dictated by the law enforcement practice of several years: firstly, it became clear that it would be more correct to combine all the requirements for foreign agents in one law, and secondly, it is necessary to “define the concepts”, describing in detail what the status of a foreign agent means, “foreign influence” etc.

“The main goal of introducing our legislation on foreign agents is not prohibitive, not repressive, but rather informational, aimed at ensuring the transparency of their activities. If this activity does not contradict Russian legislation, but relies on outside support, our society has the right to know about the sources of foreign interference, — Piskarev said.

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Zelensky returned to the Rada with amendments the law on confiscation of Russian assets

The President of Ukraine noted that the law in terms of provisions does not comply with the country's constitution and instructed parliamentarians to consider it again, taking into account the amendments made

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Vladimir Zelensky returned the law on the confiscation of Russian assets to the Verkhovna Rada, introducing him edits. This was reported on the website of the Ukrainian President.

The law introduces a new type of sanctions— collection of assets belonging to an individual or legal entity, as well as assets that it can directly or indirectly dispose of, to the state's income.

“The law does not establish clear criteria by which a person can be classified as one of those who are subject to such a sanction. This does not meet the requirements of the Constitution of Ukraine»,— The message says.

Zelensky also drew attention to the fact that the provisions of this law contradict the norm “On the Prevention of Corruption”. In particular, the new law requires the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption to search for and identify assets subject to blocking, which goes beyond its powers described in the anti-corruption law.

The President also pointed out the need to eliminate the inconsistency of the document with the law “On the High Anti-Corruption Court” by making appropriate changes to it regulating the work of such a court.

The law “On Amendments to Certain Laws of Ukraine on Improving the Effectiveness of Sanctions associated with the assets of individuals” was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on April 21. It simplifies the procedure for seizing the property of individuals and legal entities, including Russians, if they support the Russian special operation in Ukraine.

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In Ukraine, early in March, a law was passed on the forced confiscation of Russian property “without any compensation for its value.” Before that, on March 1, Polish authorities began to confiscate Russian real estate. The Ukrainian law was submitted to parliament on March 2, among its co-authors were former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and the head of the Servant of the People faction and a member of the country's delegation to the Russian-Ukrainian settlement talks, David Arakhamia. The document concerned only the property of legal entities.

Then in early April, parliamentarians extended the law to individuals. It separately mentioned, in particular:

  • citizens of Russia,
  • persons closely associated with Russia (for example, having a place of residence in the country or engaged in the main activity there),
  • companies that operate in Ukraine and whose beneficiary is Russia, or in which Russia directly or indirectly owns a share in the capital.

On April 21, the Verkhovna Rada simplified the procedure for confiscation of property Zelensky returned the law to parliament.

Decisions on the confiscation of property are made by the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine on the proposal of the government.

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Zelensky offered the EU to restore Ukraine by dividing it into regions

The President of Ukraine assessed the country's losses during the hostilities.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, during a speech at an international donor conference for Ukraine, made a loud statement about assistance.

According to the Ukrainian leader, he proposes that the EU countries divide countries into regions and provide assistance to the victims and the economy according to this principle.

Zelensky explained that Kyiv is preparing a large-scale plan to restore Ukraine and needs patronage from the international community.

The head of Ukraine said that such a decision by the EU countries could be of historical significance.

“Such a patronage project can create a new and historic example of interaction and partnership between countries”, he said.

According to “MK”, Zelensky believes that Western investments in Ukraine can lead to the stability of the entire region, as well as the center and east of Europe. Because in this way they will help the return to the country of refugees who have flooded neighboring states.

The second thing the president said is the need for Kyiv to quickly move Ukraine into the EU, which can take advantage of the status of an EU candidate.

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According to TASS, at a summit of executive directors hosted by The Wall Street Journal, Zelensky announced Ukraine's need for $600 billion to restore “infrastructural facilities, residential areas, enterprises.”

Thus, according to him, the country can restore everything that was destroyed.

“Start companies in Ukraine and you will gain access to a market of more than 40 million, the largest in Europe”, &#8211 ; he said.

Meanwhile, a week earlier, Zelensky estimated the country's losses at $550 billion, of which up to $7 billion would have to be invested monthly in the ruined economy.< /p>

At the same time, according to “MK”, VEB of Ukraine announced that 6 wagons with Belarusian fertilizers would be alienated in favor of the state. The cost of the goods is $6.8 million.

Earlier, Topnews wrote that Zelensky's office threatened a counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which is scheduled for July this year.

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France did not invite Russia to mark the end of World War II

France became the second country that did not invite the Russian delegation to events marking the end of World War II. At the same time, the Immortal Regiment action is allowed in Paris and other cities of the country

The French authorities did not invite Russian representatives to the May 8th celebration of the end of World War II. This was stated by the Ambassador in Paris, Alexei Meshkov, after laying wreaths at the monument to Russian members of the Resistance movement at the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris, RIA Novosti reports.

“Always send military attaches” first the Soviet Union, then Russia, Belarus as countries that made a decisive contribution to the victory over fascism were invited. This year we did not find a place on the podium. Although the ambassadors of those countries that fought on the side of Nazi Germany will sit there, — said the diplomat.

He urged to remember those who really won the war. At the same time, the ambassador noted that the main “roll of Russophobia” begins to deflate.

The day before, Meshkov, together with the heads of the diplomatic departments of the CIS countries in France, attended a flower-laying ceremony at the Flowers of Freedom memorial; at the Soviet military cemetery in Noyers-Saint-Martin. The Russian Embassy reported this on Telegram. The event was also attended by the mayor of the French city. Then Meshkov announced the holding of the action “Immortal Regiment” in Paris and other French cities.

On May 3, the Russian Embassy in Austria received a notification from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country that Russian representatives were not invited to events on May 8 in memory of the liberation of Austria from Nazi occupation and the end of World War II in Europe. At the same time, the Austrian Foreign Ministry promised to honor the memory of thousands of fallen Soviet soldiers.

Ambassador Dmitry Lyubinsky stressed that the Austrian authorities do not understand the significance of the terrible lessons of history and their consequences, which is becoming a problem for bilateral relations.

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At the end of March, the administration of the Buchenwald memorial complexes and “Dora-Mittelbau” did not allow Russian and Belarusian officials to attend a memorial ceremony in honor of the 77th anniversary of the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp. The management of the complexes called their presence unacceptable against the background of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. At the same time, the administration assured the diplomats that the ceremony would honor the memory of Russians, Belarusians and Ukrainians who died in concentration camps, and lay wreaths in the colors of the national flags of Russia and Belarus at the memorial sign.

Russia also did not invite foreign leaders to the celebration Victory Day in Moscow. Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov explained this by saying that the date is not an anniversary.

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