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VKontakte, Odnoklassniki and My World will be blocked in Latvia

The decision was made due to EU sanctions imposed against Yuri Kovalchuk and Vladimir Kiriyenko, whom the Latvian authorities call the owners of social networks

The National Council for Electronic Media (NCEMS) has decided to block Russian social networks in Latvia, the head of the NCEMS, Ivars Abolins, said on Twitter.

“In accordance with the sanctions imposed by the European Union, the NSEMS decided to restrict activities of “VKontakte” (vk.com), “Odnoklassniki” (ok.ru) and “My world” (my.mail.ru) in Latvia»,— he wrote and specified that the platforms would be blocked next week.

According to him, the decision was made because of the evidence that the NSESM allegedly has that the platforms are owned and controlled by Yuri Kovalchuk and Vladimir Kiriyenko, who previously fell under Western sanctions.

Chairman Board of Directors of Bank Rossiya Yuri Kovalchuk fell under EU sanctions as a person from the “inner circle” President Vladimir Putin in mid-March. At the same time, the son of the first deputy head of the presidential administration Sergei Kiriyenko, VK CEO Vladimir Kiriyenko, was included in the sanctions list.

The press service of VK then clarified that the inclusion of the CEO in the EU sanctions list “will not affect the operational and financial activities of VK, as well as interaction with partners.”

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The Baltic countries, including Latvia, have supported the territorial integrity of Ukraine since the beginning of the conflict and joined the EU sanctions. The Latvian authorities also canceled the registration of the Yandex.Taxi service. and blocked the Yandex Go app since March 23. On April 21, the Latvian Seimas approved the law on the deprivation of citizenship for supporting the operation in Ukraine.

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Polyansky did not rule out that Finland and Sweden could become “the goal of Russia”

This will happen if NATO troops appear on the territory of these countries after they join the bloc, said the first deputy representative of Russia to the UN. According to him, NATO membership “would be the worst solution for them, but not for Russia”

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Sweden and Finland, who want to join NATO, could become Russia's target if NATO troops appear on the territory of these countries, Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN, said in an interview with the British online magazine UnHerd.

“They know that as soon as they become members of NATO, this will require certain mirror steps from the Russian side,” — he said. “If there are NATO units in these territories, these territories will become the target— or possible target— for hit»,— the diplomat added.

Polyansky called NATO an “unfriendly bloc”; and “enemy”. Finland and Sweden, becoming part of it, must take all the risks. “They lived with us normally, like good neighbors, for decades; if they suddenly decide to become part of this hostile bloc— it's their business, — he noted.

At the same time, the first deputy representative of Russia to the UN does not believe that the accession of these countries to NATO will be a blow to Russia's security. According to him, “this will be the worst decision for them, but not for Russia”, which is ready to confront threats from the alliance and has taken the necessary precautions for this.

Previously 12 May Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin announced the need to immediately apply for the country's accession to NATO.

Sweden, according to the newspaper Expressen, is going to do it on May 16th. Helsingin Sanomat reported that Finland and Sweden plan to submit applications at the same time, which will indicate agreement between the two countries and the desire to protect each other. Niinistö is scheduled to visit Sweden on May 17.

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Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, speaking about the desire of Helsinki to become a member of the alliance, he said that the Kremlin regards this as a threat. According to him, Moscow's actions will depend on how the “expansion process” will be expressed; and how the military infrastructure of the alliance will move.

Now Sweden and Finland have the status of states— NATO partners. 30 countries are members of the bloc, including Denmark and Norway.

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Foreign Ministry considers attempts to remove Russia from Middle East issues nonsense

This is how the department reacted to the decision of Western countries not to invite the Russian delegation to the meeting of the Interim Coordinating Committee (TCC) for assistance to the Palestinians, which was held in Brussels

Attempts to remove Russia from the process of resolving the crisis in the Middle East— this is political nonsense, according to a statement on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

This is how the department reacted to the decision not to invite the Russian side to the meeting of the Interim Coordinating Committee (TCC) for assistance to the Palestinians, which was held in Brussels on May 10–11 under the co-chairmanship of Norway and the EU.

“Any attempts to turn Russia off from the process of resolving the Palestinian-Israeli, Syrian or any other Middle East crisis— political nonsense»,— noted in the department.

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The Kremlin rejected the data on Ukraine’s ultimatums on Azovstal

You should not take information from sources that reported Ukraine's “ultimatum” to Russia on the military at Azovstal, Peskov advised. More than 1 thousand military Armed Forces of Ukraine remain on the territory of the industrial zone

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The Kremlin advises not to accept information from Telegram channels that disseminate information that Kyiv has put forward an ultimatum to Moscow regarding those at the Mariupol Azovstal plant. Ukrainian military. About this “RIA Novosti” said the representative of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov.

“Don't read these Telegram channels”,— he said.

The agency does not specify which Telegram channel is in question and what, according to its data, was contained in the conditions put forward by Ukraine. “RIA Novosti” at the same time, he writes that the channel is “Russian”, it talked about threats to Russian prisoners of war.

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

Mariupol has been in the war zone since the end of February— from the very beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. On April 21, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported on the capture of the city, noting that the Ukrainian military remained only on the territory of the Azovstal plant. President Vladimir Putin then instructed to cancel the assault on the plant, calling it inappropriate. “You don't need to climb into these catacombs,” — said the Russian president, ordering to block the industrial zone in such a way “so that the fly does not fly by.”

In Kyiv, it was reported that Azovstal more than a thousand Ukrainian soldiers remain. “There are those who have received serious injuries and need urgent evacuation,” — emphasized the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk. The same estimate of the number of military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was given in the DPR, the head of the republic, Denis Pushilin, announced that there were 1.2 thousand Ukrainian military at the plant. He noted that civilians on the territory of Azovstal not left, and therefore “the hands of our units are untied.”

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The Ukrainian side offers Moscow to exchange Russian prisoners of war for seriously wounded military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from Azovstal, insisting that it is impossible to unblock the territory of the plant, and the units occupying it do not want to surrender. Earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky warned that Kyiv would stop dialogue with Moscow to resolve the conflict in the event of the death of the military at the plant. According to him, Russia has refused several proposals for the evacuation of the Ukrainian military from the plant, including the exchange of prisoners or the participation of intermediaries.

The Russian Ministry of Defense announced several times that it would open a corridor for civilians to leave the plant. The Kremlin emphasized that they see no reason to negotiate with Kyiv on this issue, since the military may leave Azovstal. together with civilians, provided that they lay down their arms. “They will save their lives,” — stressed Peskov in early May.

The Russian Foreign Ministry believes that on the territory of Azovstal there are a large number of “characters” that will confirm the presence of mercenaries among the Ukrainian military. In mid-April, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said that those “mercenaries” and their “mentors from Bandera” who do not surrender will have to “be fully responsible for their actions.” “Of course, if they survive,” — he added.

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Austria threatens to take gas storage facility in Salzburg from Gazprom

Austria may transfer the Haidach UGS facility, operated by a subsidiary of Gazprom Germania, to other companies if Gazprom refuses to fill it, the chancellor said, proposing to act on the principle of “use it or lose it”

Federal Chancellor Austria Karl Nehammer threatened “Gazprom” transfer Haidach underground gas storage to other companies if he refuses to fill it. Nehammer stated this in an interview with the Kronen Zeitung newspaper.

“If the Russian” Gazprom ” will not fill our largest storage, we will take it for other suppliers,— he said.

The publication clarified that it was the Haidach UGS facility in Salzburg, which is currently de facto empty.

UGS facility Haidach is operated by Astora GmbH— a subsidiary of Gazprom Germania. At the end of March, Gazprom withdrew from the capital of the German Gazprom Germania (its sole founder is OOO Gazprom Export) and all its assets. Later, Gazprom Germania and Astora came under Russian sanctions, after which the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection Robert Habek said that the “daughters” Gazprom Germania stopped receiving gas.

The chancellor announced plans for the first time in the country to create a “state strategic reserve” gas in UGS facilities and proposed to act on the principle of “use it or lose it”. If Gazprom will not pump gas into the storage, other companies will do it, he explained in an interview with Kleine Zeitung.

RBC sent a request to a representative of Gazprom.

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Earlier, the Austrian authorities refused to switch to the gas payment scheme proposed by Russia— for rubles. At the same time, the head of the Austrian energy company OMV, Alfred Stern, pointed out that the country is not yet ready to impose a ban on the import of Russian fuel due to the inability to provide the necessary level of gas supply. “I don't think we're ready for an embargo today. Unless we're willing to accept the consequences. Because you need to clearly understand one thing: our gas supply is provided not by our own production in Europe, but by supplies from Russia,— he said.

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US Congress blocks vote on $40 billion aid to Ukraine

Senator Rand Paul blocked consideration of $40 billion in aid to Ukraine Total US aid to Ukraine in two years could reach $60 billion, which is higher than the State Department's budget, said Senator Rand Paul. He blocked the adoption of the relevant bill without adding his proposals to the document

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The US Senate has postponed the final vote on providing Ukraine with a $40 billion aid package due to the decision of Senator Rand Paul, who demanded amendments to the text of the document, writes Bloomberg.

Paul indicated that if the bill is passed, total US aid to Ukraine since last year will reach $60 billion, which is more than the State Department budget, such an amount could accelerate the rapid growth of inflation.

“Inflation does not appear out of nowhere. <…> This is due to deficit spending,»— the senator explained.

As Chuck Schumer, Senate Majority Leader and Democratic Party member, put it, Paul suggested “My way or the highway” (an American idiom meaning to fully demand full acceptance of the speaker's terms without a desire to discuss alternative options. — RBC).

The senator demands a change in the bill to oblige the Office of the Inspector General to control the costs associated with Ukraine. Reuters points out that without his consent, the Senate is required to follow a longer process to pass the bill.

According to Bloomberg, this plan includes:

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  • $6 billion in direct security assistance to Kyiv and $8.8 billion in economic support;
  • $9.05 billion to replenish the stockpiles of weapons supplied to Ukraine by the Pentagon;
  • $4 billion for other countries to help buy weapons they will supply to Ukraine;
  • $4.35 billion in global food and humanitarian assistance to be administered by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID);
  • $700 million in global food funding by the State Department;
  • funds to repair the US embassies in Kyiv and other expenses.

A number of representatives of the Republican Party expressed concern that measures related to the global food crisis should not be included in the bill, the agency points out. Republican Senator John Cornyn says the Senate will approve the relief package early next week.

The budget of the US State Department in 2022 amounted to $58.5 billion, for 2023 the presidential administration requested an increase in funding for the department by $1.9 billion (3%)— to $60.4 billion. This budget includes $1.6 billion, which is planned to be sent to Ukraine and other countries in Europe and Central Asia, which are “threatened by regional instability”; According to the State Department website.

Since February 24, total US assistance to Ukraine has amounted to $3 billion, Reuters wrote, and the volume of funds frozen under personal sanctions has amounted to $30 billion over the same period .

At the end of April, US President Joe Biden asked Congress to allocate another 33 billion to Kyiv to support “in its struggle for freedom.” “The cost of this struggle is not cheap, but yielding to aggression will be even more expensive,” — he explained. The US President also announced his intention to ask Congress for permission to use the frozen property of Russian oligarchs to finance aid to Kyiv.

The lower house of the US Congress, the House of Representatives, approved Biden's initiative on May 11, increasing the amount of aid to $40 billion. 368 people voted in favor congressmen, voted against 57.

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Bloomberg learned about the discussion in the EU of the postponement of the embargo on Russian oil

Several European Union countries have announced the need to consider postponing a ban on Russian oil imports, Bloomberg writes, citing EU diplomats.

According to the agency, the delay is due to the willingness of countries to continue working on the rest of the proposed package of sanctions in the event that Hungary does not support the embargo. However, there are also parties in the EU who believe that such actions can be perceived as a sign of weakness, Bloomberg notes.

It is planned that countries will reach an agreement on a full package of anti-Russian sanctions by the meeting EU Foreign Ministers, which will take place on May 16.

Reuters reported on May 4 that EU ambassadors were unable to reach an agreement on the embargo. Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic expressed concerns about oil restrictions, according to the agency's source. Bloomberg noted that the embargo was objected to by a representative of Hungary, while Greece, Malta and Cyprus raised the issue of a ban on oil transportation between third countries, saying that this move would help competitors from Europe.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto, in turn, said that Budapest would not vote for the sixth package in its current form, specifying that the country would like the ban not to apply to the import of crude oil through pipelines. At the same time, the lava of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, reported that she had made progress in negotiations with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on sanctions and energy security.

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Russia’s permanent representative admitted that “the operation may not go so fast”

Permanent representative Chizhov: special operation in Ukraine is not going so fast, but on schedule Russian forces are operating in Ukraine “on schedule”, despite the fact that some would like a faster pace, Chizhov said. He believes that they would “walk like a steamroller” in Ukraine if Moscow took an example from Washington

The Russian military special operation in Ukraine may not be going so fast, but according to the schedule, while the “seizure of territories” Russia is not in Moscow's plans, Russia's permanent representative to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov told Sky News.

“I can assure you that the special military operation is on schedule, it may not be going so fast , as some people in Russia would like, it continues at a certain speed, — said Chizhov.

He added that Moscow is attentive to the protection of the civilian population, Russian troops and units of the Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republics. Chizhov argues that “if the Russian army followed the example of the United States and other Western countries, we would have gone steamroller through Ukraine several times already.”

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

Two months ago, on March 13, the head of the National Guard, Viktor Zolotov, said that the special operation was “not going as fast as we would like.” He explained such rates by the fact that “the Nazis are hiding behind the backs of civilians, behind the backs of the elderly, women, children.” According to him, they are equipping positions for firing in residential buildings, schools and kindergartens, but the Russian military is moving “step by step” to the intended target. Then, in mid-March, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin that “everything is going according to plan.”

In early May, the “protracted” Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko named the special operation, while noting that this assessment is his personal feeling. “I’m not so immersed in this problem to say, according to the plan, they are going there, the Russians, as they say, or how I feel it,” — he explained. The Kremlin commented on Lukashenka's words with the phrase “the operation is going according to plan.”

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Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on the night of February 24. Putin justified his decision by the desire to carry out “denazification” and the demilitarization of a neighboring state, alleging that official Kyiv subjected the civilians of Donbass to bullying and pursued a policy of “genocide”. On the same day, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov clarified that the duration of the actions of the Russian forces would be determined by “effectiveness and conformity.”

Moscow has repeatedly stated that the goals of the special operation are being carried out according to plan, its tasks are being solved successfully. In April, the Russian president said that Russian troops could move faster, but that depends on the intensity of the fighting, which is associated with casualties. Moscow intends to achieve all goals, minimizing losses, and will act “rhythmically, calmly,” Putin noted at the time. article Authors Tags Subscribe to Telegram RBC Stay up to date with the latest news even in conditions of blocking

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The Finnish Foreign Ministry allowed the filing of an application to NATO in the middle of next week

Finnish Foreign Minister Haavisto: application to NATO can be submitted next week The application to NATO will be submitted next week if the parliament approves it, the minister said. According to him, Russia is an important neighbor. Earlier, Helsinki and London agreed on mutual military assistance in the attack “The Finnish Foreign Ministry has allowed the application to NATO in the middle of next week” />

Finland will apply for NATO membership in the middle of next week, if it is approved by the Parliament (eduskunta), Foreign Minister Pekko Haavisto said in an interview Japanese edition of NHK.

“Sweden is also considering [applying to NATO] within the same time frame,”— minister added.

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According to Haavisto, Finland wants peace near its borders, but is able to “answer everything that happens” and preparations are underway for this. “I don't think there will be chaos, but you have to be ready for it,” — he emphasized. Russia— an important neighbor for Finland, the minister added, but relations with it have recently become more complicated.

The head of the Finnish Foreign Ministry earlier explained the reasons for Helsinki's change in the policy of non-joining military blocs during a speech in the foreign affairs committee of the European Parliament. He said that the hostilities launched by Russia created a danger to the stability of the whole of Europe. According to Haavisto, Moscow does not respect UN rules.

At the end of March, the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat conducted a poll, according to which 61% of the inhabitants of Finland supported joining NATO, 16% were against it, and 23% found it difficult to answer. In the middle of May, the “for” option already chosen by 73% of the surveyed Finns.

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin earlier called for an immediate application to NATO. “We hope that the steps at the national level necessary to implement this decision will be quickly taken in the coming days,” according to their joint statement released on May 12.

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Against this background, Great Britain and Finland agreed to provide mutual assistance if one of the parties is attacked or suffers from a natural disaster. The assistance mechanism will be activated at the request of the affected party, the agreement also provides for the use of “military means”. Helsinki and London noted that this agreement would complement rather than replace existing cooperation.

The Kremlin assessed the likely entry of Finland into NATO as a threat to Russia. Moscow will make decisions on further actions based on what the “expansion process” will be expressed in, said Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the head of state. “NATO is moving in our direction. Therefore, of course, all this will become elements for a special analysis and the development of the necessary measures in order to balance the situation and ensure our security, — he said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry warned that Finland's accession to NATO would damage relations between the two countries. “Russia will be forced to take retaliatory steps, both of a military-technical and other nature,” — the ministry said in a statement. If NATO units are deployed on Swedish or Finnish territory, both will become “a target or a possible target for a strike,” Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Representative of Russia to the UN, admitted. He also added that Helsinki and Stockholm had been living with Moscow for decades “normally, like good neighbors.”

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Daily Mail learned about Johnson’s plans to cut 90 thousand officials

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The UK should cut the number of public officials by 90,000 due to “bloated” government officials. departments, the savings will be used to help the British in a crisis, the head of the government of the kingdom, Boris Johnson, said at an off-site cabinet meeting in Stoke-on-Trent, the Daily Mail writes, citing sources.

The interlocutors of the newspaper noted that the heads of ministries will first focus on reducing the number of civil servants by freezing the recruitment of new employees.

“We must cut government spending in order to reduce the cost of living. Every pound the government takes from taxpayers — it's money they can spend on their own priorities, on their own lives,” — Johnson said in an interview with the publication.

Now in the UK there are 475 thousand officials, the newspaper writes, their average salary— £28.1 thousand. The measure will affect almost one-fifth of their total number. According to the newspaper, by reducing the staff of officials, the UK will be able to save £ 3.5 billion (more than $ 4.36 billion).

Daily Mail writes that Johnson gave ministers a month to develop appropriate plans.

According to official UK statistics, the kingdom will lose about £6.2 billion from sanctions against Russia by 2030, it will lose more than $1.1 billion due to the suspension of sales of Aston Martin cars, Bentley and other goods. In addition, exporters of equipment for oil refining will lose $8.6 million, and the computer industry— about $5.2 million

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Johnson in mid-March warned Western countries of the onset of “difficult times”; due to “weaning” from Russian energy exports— oil and gas. “I have no doubt that difficult times lie ahead of us,” — he said. Then he assured that the government would be able to reduce the “exorbitant bills” that are forced to pay for production and households throughout the kingdom. These measures will allow “to put an end to bullying by the Kremlin,” the British prime minister believes. He assured that the UK would refuse to supply Russian oil before the end of the year.

Since the end of February, the UK has repeatedly provided significant financial and military support to Ukraine. So, in early May, Johnson announced the transfer of another $375 million (£300 million) military aid package to Kyiv. According to the prime minister, it will include night vision devices, heavy drones, an anti-battery radar system and electronic warfare equipment.

A few days later, the British Treasury announced the allocation of additional assistance to Kyiv in the amount of $1.6 billion (&pound ;1.3 billion). “The UK is at the forefront of providing economic, humanitarian and military support to Ukraine, and we are working tirelessly to end this conflict,” Minister Rishi Sunak explained.

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Japan to ban export of 3D printers to Russia

Japan will ban the export of 3D printers and high-tech equipment to Russia from May 20 From May 20, semiconductor and electrically conductive polymers, as well as 13 goods and technologies, will be banned from exporting from Japan to Russia, the country's authorities said. Earlier in Tokyo, they said that Moscow is to blame for the deterioration of relations “Japan will ban the export of 3D printers to Russia” />

Japan will ban the export to Russia of electronic and atomic force microscopes, quantum computers, 3D printers and powdered metals and their alloys and other high-tech equipment. The full list is published on the website of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

“Measures will be implemented from May 20,”— warned in Japan.

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The list also mentions catalysts for oil refining, devices related to quantum technology, equipment for the production of organic light emitting diodes and for the manufacture of microelectromechanical systems, semiconductor and electrically conductive polymers .

Cooling equipment capable of operating at extremely low temperatures, as well as their components, program control devices for machine tools and their parts, and other equipment will also be banned from export to Russia.

The Japanese government believes that the responsibility for the state of relations between Moscow and Tokyo lies entirely with the Russian side and retaliatory sanctions are “absolutely unacceptable.” “It was Russia that resorted to military means and caused this whole situation,” — explained Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in early May.

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Tokyo previously introduced several packages of restrictive measures against Moscow, which included sanctions against individuals, businesses and government institutions. Restrictions included, among others, President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, the Central Bank, politicians, businessmen, Sberbank, Alfa-Bank, Almaz-Antey, investments in Russia were prohibited and export restrictions were introduced.

Restrictive measures against Import of microelectronics into Russia was also introduced by the USA. At the end of February, the US Department of Commerce tightened the rules for obtaining permission to export to Russia marine, navigation, telecommunications equipment and aircraft components.

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The Russian Embassy announced a decrease in cases of discrimination against Russians in Germany

The flow of allegations of discrimination from Russian citizens living in Germany has decreased significantly since the start of the special operation in Ukraine, RBC was told at the Russian Embassy in Germany

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Potok statements from Russian citizens facing discrimination in Germany since the beginning of Russia's military special operation in Ukraine has decreased significantly, RBC was told in the press service of the Russian Embassy in Germany. Earlier, the diplomatic mission opened a special feedback channel in the form of a separate e-mail box, which received messages from citizens about incidents that happened to them.

“Currently, the flow of applications has decreased significantly. We associate this with the effectiveness of our efforts to attract the attention of the German authorities, law enforcement agencies of the FRG and the public to this problem, as well as statements by prominent German politicians about the inadmissibility of such manifestations, — said the press service of the embassy. As noted in the diplomatic mission, since February 24 “there has been a sharp surge in cases of discrimination against our compatriots in Germany.”

“It was, in particular, about assault and damage to property,“ mobbing ” (bullying — RBC) at workplaces and educational institutions, including children, insults and threats. The Federal Office of the Criminal Police of Germany recorded about 200 illegal acts against Russian-speaking citizens per week, — explained at the embassy.

The embassy added that they are also closely monitoring the situation with the desecration of Soviet memorials. “For all cases of vandalism and desecration of Soviet military memorials in Germany, the Russian Embassy sends notes of protest to the German Foreign Ministry, as well as letters to local authorities. The consequences are promptly eliminated. Memorial security has been strengthened. The police respond professionally,— told RBC in the diplomatic mission.

On April 28, the German sociological service Medien Dienst Integration published a study titled “Hostile Actions in Connection with the War in Ukraine”, in which it indicated that since February 24, according to the federal police, about 1,700 hostile actions have been recorded in Germany, according to the federal police. Among them were the most cases of damage to property, including broken shop windows, punctured car tires and graffiti on buildings. The crimes were directed against people or businesses, including individuals of Ukrainian and Russian origin and their businesses. In some cases, actions were directed against immigrants from Belarus. The study notes that since February 24, many messages about discrimination against the Russian-speaking population have been published on social networks, but a significant part of them turned out to be false.

In early April, the Federal Office for the Protection of the German Constitution warned against targeted disinformation campaigns exaggerating the scale of hostilities against people of Russian origin. The Tagesspiegel, in turn, reported 16 cases of vandalism against Soviet memorials in Berlin, including in Treptow Park.

In early April, German Interior Minister Nancy Feiser spoke out against discrimination against Russian-speaking people in Germany. “A terrible war of aggression against Ukraine” This is Putin's war. This is not a war of people with Russian roots who live in Germany. We strongly oppose hostility or discrimination against people because of their Russian origin or language, — she told the DPA agency. The minister stressed that the department “will protect every person in Germany and every object equally.”

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Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Secretary General Mario Chaia urged Germans with Russian roots to contact his office if they encounter discrimination. I see with alarm that there are attacks on Russian shops and a Russian-German school in Marzahn-Hellersdorf (administrative district of Berlin. — RBC). There are graffiti on the walls of the houses, such as “Russian shop”; and “military officials”. Russian-speakers are bullied in the subway. Together we must respond to this smoldering intra-German conflict at an early stage and take countermeasures before the child falls into the well. he said.

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In Latvia, criminal cases were opened against those who came to the Soviet monument in Riga

Two cases were opened under the article on justifying crimes against humanity, and another one for resisting a representative of the authorities. In addition, 20 administrative cases were filed against those who came to the memorial

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In Latvia, three criminal and 20 administrative cases were initiated against citizens who came to the monument to Soviet soldiers in Victory Park in Riga, LETA writes with reference to the police.

“In connection with the events of May 10 at the Soviet monument in Pardaugava, the state police opened three criminal cases and 20 cases of administrative offenses,” said in the statement (quote from RIA Novosti).

One of the cases was brought against a man who came to the monument with the Russian flag, the agency writes. Another filed under the article on resistance to a representative of the authorities.

We are talking about the events of May 9 and 10. Local residents twice organized commemorative actions near the memorial and brought flowers to it, which were harvested by local authorities with a tractor. In addition, writes LETA, some of those who gathered at the monument on May 10 (about 500 people) were noisy: they sang songs and shouted slogans “glorifying Russia and the Soviet army.”

The day before, the Latvian Seimas suspended Art. 13 of the agreement between the governments of Latvia and Russia on guarantees for the safety of military memorials and allowed the demolition of Soviet monuments not installed at burial sites, including the monument to Soviet soldiers— liberators of Soviet Latvia and Riga from the Nazi invaders.

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The Russian Embassy in Latvia pointed out the illegality of the actions of local authorities and referred to Art. 15 of the same agreement, which stated that the party that signed the document cannot make any decisions on the issues raised in the document without the consent of the other party. The diplomats noted that Russia was not consulted on this matter.

The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, in response to the decision of the Latvian Seimas, called the parliamentarians “ghouls”, and the speaker of the Federation Council, Valentina Matvienko, said that a bulldozer has become a symbol of European democracy. In turn, the President's Special Representative for International Cultural Cooperation, Mikhail Shvydkoi, called for the use of diplomacy to prevent the demolition of the monument.

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Kyiv announced Ankara’s consent to participate in negotiations on Azovstal

Ukraine announced Turkey's consent to participate in the negotiations on Azovstal Kyiv wants to sign a document that will spell out the procedure for the evacuation of the Ukrainian military from Azovstal, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk said

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Turkey agreed to mediate in negotiations on the evacuation of forces controlled by Kyiv with Azovstal in Mariupol, said the Deputy Prime Minister— Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories Irina Vereshchuk. Her words are quoted on Facebook (owned by Meta, which is recognized as extremist in Russia and banned) by the Ukrainian Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons.

She clarified that today a meeting will be held in Russia with representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to agree on the first stage of the evacuation of the Ukrainian military from the plant. It will include withdrawal from Azovstal seriously wounded. Vereshchuk added that Kyiv wants to sign a separate document on how exactly the evacuation will take place.

She claims that not only fighters of the Azov national battalion are now on the territory of the plant; (recognized as extremist in Russia and banned), but also soldiers and officers of the SBU, the national police and border guards.

May 5 at the Mariupol enterprise “Azovstal” The operation of the UN and the Red Cross to evacuate civilians began. This became possible after the talks between the head of the UN, António Guterres, and the presidents of Russia and Ukraine, Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky, at the end of April.

On May 6, the UN and the Donetsk People's Republic reported that during the first day of the operation with Azovstal 150 civilians were taken out. On May 7, Kyiv reported that all women, children and the elderly had left the enterprise. Later that day, the Ministry of Defense was told about the rescue of 51 people, including 11 children.

On May 10, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk told AFP that about a thousand Ukrainian soldiers remained at the plant, including “hundreds” ; the wounded. On May 11, she stated that Kyiv offered Moscow to exchange them for Russian prisoners. There are no agreements, negotiations on this issue are ongoing, she stressed.

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs Russia stated that Kyiv was seeking the evacuation of military personnel from Azovstal in order to hide the presence of Ukrainian military mercenaries among them. According to Sergey Lavrov, the head of the department, there are “characters at the enterprise who will confirm the presence of both mercenaries, and perhaps active officers of the Western armies on the side of the Ukrainian radicals.”

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The Polish Prime Minister called for the eradication of the “Russian world” as a “cancer”

The “Russian world” is dangerous for Europe – this concept is used by Moscow to justify fictitious rights, Morawiecki believes. Lavrov said that the Russian world reflects the culture of the country

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Russia uses the ideology of the “Russian world” to justify their fictitious rights and privileges, wrote the head of the Polish government Mateusz Morawiecki in an article for The Telegraph. This ideology formed the basis of the idea of ​​a “special historical role” for Russian people, he believes.

Morawiecki believes that the ideology of the “Russian world” has become the equivalent of communism in the 20th century and a “cancer” that poses a threat to Russians and all European countries. “It is not enough to support Ukraine in its military struggle with Russia. We must completely eradicate this monstrous new ideology,— urged Morawiecki.

The Prime Minister of Poland is sure that “Russia will not stop at Kyiv.” “She's gone on a long march to the West, and it's up to us where we stop her,” — wrote the prime minister.

In early April, Polish Vice Minister, Minister of Culture and National Heritage Piotr Glinski called for the “disappearance” of Russian culture from public space. According to him, now is not the season for performances based on Russian classics, not the time for Russian ballet. “We appreciate the achievements of this culture in music or literature. They are at the highest level, but we are dealing with a country that has gone crazy, — said Glinsky.

At the end of March, President Vladimir Putin said that discrimination against all Russians was developing in Western countries. “The proverbial cancel culture has become a cancel culture. Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff are excluded from concert posters. Russian writers and their books are prohibited,— he said, comparing what is happening with the policies of the Nazis in Germany.

In early February, Putin called the development and strengthening of the Russian world the mission of Moscow in the world. According to Putin, Russia should strive to increase its attractiveness among foreigners. "He is so many-faced— the Russian world is huge. We didn't create it,— added the president.

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Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in 2015 also spoke about the importance of the development of the Russian world for Russia. For Russia, providing support for the Russian world is “an unconditional foreign policy priority,” the minister is sure. Later, he expressed confidence that this concept was not connected with nationalism. The Russian world, Lavrov assured, reflects the country's multinational culture.

“We have a common language that unites us all— Russian language, all our citizens speak this language. Russian culture is, by definition, multinational,— stressed the head of the Foreign Ministry.

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