British Prime Minister Johnson puts an end to his second term

Controversial politician manages to keep his post, but it won't make him any less trouble

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a vote of confidence in the House of Commons and kept his post. Even at the end of last week, the prospect of dismissal of the head of government, against whom a heap of claims had accumulated, seemed quite real. But, as many analysts admitted, Johnson nevertheless escaped an unenviable fate, which does not at all save him from further problems in office. We looked into the nature and consequences of the prime minister's “pyrrhic victory”.

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Even before the parliamentary vote on a vote of confidence, British experts, discussing the possible success of Boris Johnson in the fight for the post, noted that the prime minister could only win “by the skin of his teeth”. This difficult-to-translate English idiom, which goes back to an excerpt from the Bible (“I was left with only skin and bones, I was left with only skin around my teeth”, Job 19:20), in a general sense, means that the necessary goal is achieved to the limit of possibilities and &mdash ; no tangible acquisitions.

That's exactly what happened.

Boris Johnson was able to stay in the post — 211 parliamentarians voted for a vote of confidence in the prime minister and the cabinet headed by him, with the required minimum of 180 votes out of 359; the remaining 148 deputies voted against.

The head of government himself called the outcome of the procedure “a very good result for politics and for the country,” promising to focus on “really important things.” What Johnson meant by these and why it was impossible to concentrate on them before, he did not explain.

He also found the support of the prime ministers among prominent conservative party members. For example, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss also said that “it's time to get back to work”, and about the person of the Prime Minister was categorical: “I'm glad that colleagues supported the Prime Minister. I support him 100%, — she wrote on the social network.

On the opposition flank, the enthusiasm for the outcome of the vote, as expected, was not shared. Thus, the leader of the Labor Party, Cyrus Starmer, reproached his Tory opponents for ignoring the aspirations of British society, preferring to consolidate around the prime minister. However, according to the leader of the Labor Party, nothing good awaits the Conservatives, and the very fact of voting on a vote of confidence is “the beginning of the end.” And in this case, Starmer's reasoning, despite the biting wording characteristic of Johnson's opponents, is quite logical.

Firstly, indeed, even the fact that the fate of the prime minister was decided through the procedure of a vote of confidence initiated by the Conservatives speaks of a deep crisis among the Tories. It would be much more logical to assume that the Laborites would come out against Johnson with a vote of no confidence (the essence of the procedure is the same, and the mechanics depend on who proposed the idea: the opposition or the ruling circles. — "MK") . They were in no hurry with such a step, realizing that it was doomed to failure, but the Tories did everything for them.

Second, the quantitative outcome of the vote confirmed that Johnson was under real threat. As early as the beginning of spring, analysts believed that the Tory Fronde would barely get the 54 applications from deputies needed to launch the vote procedure. As a result, there were more than 60 statements. According to preliminary estimates, only about a hundred parliamentarians should have voted against the prime minister, but there were much more of them, but the “reserve” supporters — 31 votes over the required 180, — doesn't look that impressive.

Thirdly, according to sources, some Tory MPs were trivially afraid of going against the majority and being accused of joining Labor rivals. Now the results of the vote can inspire them. And in this case, thirty parliamentarians who suddenly decided to take openly anti-Johnson positions do not look like something unrealistic.

Fourthly, the current situation obviously strengthens the positions of the Laborites. Those who chose the tactics of waiting — largely due to the lack of a bright figure, since Starmer, in terms of social significance, even falls short of his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn, — they were able to fully highlight the underlying problems in the Tory environment. This is not only internal party opposition to Johnson, but also the absence of a “bench” in case he leaves. In this sense, Liz Truss's statement of “100% support” is more than indicative: it was the head of the Foreign Office who was predicted to be the possible successor to the disgraced prime minister, but her words confirmed that she hardly saw herself in this role. And even if she did, now her path to the premier post is ordered — after such a vivid solidarity with the toxic Johnson.

Fifthly, by-elections scheduled for June 23 in Wakefield, Tiverton and Honiton, where the Conservatives' chances of winning are ambiguous, are still playing against the premier. After losing the local vote in May, the Tories have already stepped up their criticism of Johnson, and the June fiasco could be the proverbial “final straw.” In fact, even before the vote was considered, the Conservatives, according to sources, wanted to postpone the procedure until the end of the month. Their haste, on the one hand, can be regarded as a gross tactical error. On the other hand, the expectation to play ahead of the curve is also understandable. If Johnson lost now, even a positive outcome on June 23 theoretically could no longer save him: to “restore confidence”; the prime minister is given 14 days, it is impossible to miss the election date.

Finally, all these factors give Labor hope that they themselves will now be able to initiate a vote of no confidence: if they are sure that there is an adequate number of disgruntled conservatives . And the hesitant Tories will now examine every step of the head of government under a microscope.

Johnson, even if he holds on until the end of his formal premier term, the second clearly does not shine — and after all, the politician planned to put forward his candidacy in the elections in two years. The Conservatives, with their battered reputation, will have to work hard to find a worthy competitor to Labor, who, apparently, intends to end more than a decade of Tory dominance. In any case, the same Starmer has enough time until 2024 to gain the necessary political weight.



European unity around Ukraine cracked: sanctions hurt the EU

Estonian PM sounds alarm over leaders' stance on Russia

It's getting harder for European unity around Ukraine, the Estonian PM worries. Kaya Kallas warns that anti-Russian sanctions will be a test for Europe, criticizes the position of French President Macron towards Russia, and also gives Germany strange advice on paying for Russian gas.

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European unity in the response to Russia's actions in Ukraine is proving difficult to maintain in the face of the conflict's impact on inflation and living standards on the continent, according to the Estonian Prime Minister.


According to The Guardian, Kaya Callas also criticized French President Emmanuel Macron for his attempt to provide Vladimir Putin with a diplomatic way out of the conflict.

“We have come to a point where sanctions are starting to hurt our side,” Prime Minister Kallas said. “At first the sanctions were hard only for Russia, but now we have come to a point where sanctions are painful for our own countries, and now the question is how much pain we are willing to endure. It is different for different countries. Unity is very difficult to maintain. This is becoming increasingly difficult due to high inflation and energy prices.”

The head of the Estonian government added: “Gas may be expensive, but freedom is priceless. People living in the free world don't really get it.”

Estonia is experiencing the highest inflation in the EU, and Kallas' coalition government collapsed last Friday, forcing her to fight to form a new government in the union with the Social Democrats, writes The Guardian.

Kallas has criticized Macron for negotiating with Putin, saying she sees no point in talking to Russian leaders. According to her, she is very worried about “premature calls for a ceasefire or peace”: “We have already made this mistake three times, in Georgia, in the Donbas and in Crimea, and we cannot repeat this mistake again.” In this regard, The Guardian recalls that Emmanuel Macron recently repeated his opinion that Russia cannot be humiliated.

The Estonian Prime Minister also said that she fears that an EU embargo on Russian gas, but she offered Germany a surprisingly simple alternative – to stop paying Moscow for Russian gas purchases, and instead deposit money into an account that goes to reparations and the restoration of Ukraine.

These are, to put it mildly, strange Kaya Kallas outlined her ideas on the eve of a meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, when she was going to tell Berlin that the European Union, although making the right decisions, is doing it too slowly for Ukraine.



Zelensky announced readiness for peace talks with Putin

The Ukrainian leader confirmed the opportunity to enter into dialogue with his Russian counterpart

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in an interview with the Financial Times, expressed his readiness for peace talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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According to the publication, the Ukrainian leader said that “victory must be achieved on the battlefield”, but he is also open to peace talks with his Russian counterpart.

Zelensky also pointed out that a stalemate in the conflict with Moscow is “not an option.” Any armed confrontation, as the President of Ukraine stressed, should end at the negotiating table.

The head of the Ukrainian state said that he saw the attempts of Western states to clarify the terms of a ceasefire without the participation of Kyiv. “We need continued interest from the West, Western support for Ukraine's sovereignty. There can never be negotiations behind Ukraine's back,” Zelensky concluded.

The Russian Federation launched a special military operation in Ukraine on February 24. Russian President Vladimir Putin called its goal the demilitarization and denazification of the republic, as well as the protection of the people of Donbass. For this, according to the Russian leader, it is planned to bring to justice all war criminals responsible for “bloody crimes against civilians” in the region. According to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, the Russian army strikes only at the military infrastructure and units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU).



Kyiv Demands Much More “Game-Changing” Weapons from the West

Ukrainian authorities insist on increasing the supply of rocket launchers

The Kyiv authorities demand more supplies of rocket launchers from the West. According to Zelensky's aide Oleksiy Arestovich, Ukraine needs 60 multiple rocket launchers, much more than the UK and US have promised.


Oleksiy Arestovich, a military adviser to the head of the Ukrainian presidential administration, told The Guardian that while he considers Western-supplied rocket launchers to be “game-changing weapons,” not enough has been done to turn the tide of the conflict.

“The smaller we we get, the worse our situation will be. Our troops will continue to die, and we will continue to lose ground,” Arestovich said, actually accusing the Western countries, which have dozens of missile systems, of donating only four or five to Ukraine.

On Monday, the UK said it would provide Ukraine with several M270 tracked rocket launchers carrying missiles with a range of around 50 miles (80 km), days after the US said it would send four similar truck-based highly mobile artillery missile systems to Ukraine ( HIMARS).

As The Guardian writes, Arestovich said that Ukraine needs many times more multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS), which have a range far greater than anything in the country's existing arsenal.

According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the US Army has 363 HIMARS and 225 M270 rocket launchers, and the US Marines have another 47 rocket launchers, while the UK has 35 of its M270 versions, indicating the possibility of supplying more to Ukraine. .

Russia has repeatedly said it would step up its offensive in Ukraine if longer-range missiles are delivered, recalls The Guardian.

Meanwhile, China's Global Times commented on Russian President Vladimir Putin's warnings that Russia would strike new targets if modern missile systems were supplied to Ukraine, adding that the new arms shipments to Kyiv are aimed at “prolonging the conflict.”

Song Zhongping, a Beijing-based military expert, told the Global Times that the targets the Russian president spoke about could be both inside and outside Ukraine.

The Chinese edition notes that the United States from the very beginning sent more modern and heavy weapons to Ukraine and escalated the situation. The United States is well aware that the protracted conflict between Russia and Ukraine serves their interests.

At the same time, Xu Liang, an associate professor at the School of International Relations at Peking University of International Studies, told Global Times that the nature of US military assistance to Ukraine has changed: “US military assistance has far exceeded its original goal of helping Ukraine win the conflict with Russia. The United States has taken into account its national interests, and its military assistance to Ukraine is in line with its strategic goal of the struggle for world domination.”

Egoism has always been a hallmark of American foreign policy, and the ongoing Ukrainian conflict is the best evidence of this, emphasizes Global Times. With its own interests in mind, the US will not take any responsibility for the development of the countries it calls “allies” or “partners” and does not care about the welfare of the people in these countries. As the Ukrainian crisis drags on, the United States, despite having the key to resolving the crisis, continues to escalate tensions between Russia and Ukraine and create more and more obstacles to a peaceful settlement.

In other words, states the Chinese publication, the United States is trying to take advantage of the Ukrainian crisis to maintain its hegemony in the world: “The global leadership of the United States has already been shaken. From the US withdrawal from Syria, its debacle in Afghanistan, to its current settling in Ukraine, the United States has always wanted to control the situation behind the scenes and reap the rewards.”



Political scientist predicted that most regions of Ukraine will become part of Russia

An exception may be a number of western regions of the country

The head of the military-civilian administration, Kirill Stremousov, announced on June 7 that a referendum on joining Russia would be held on the territory of the Kherson region. Political scientist and head of the analytical department of the International Eurasian Movement Vladimir Kireev believes that during the special operation Russia can annex most of Ukraine.

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In an interview with FederalPress, Kireev explained that the number of regions that can become part of Russia will depend on the situation at the front, the international situation around the conflict, as well as the consensus among the elites regarding Ukraine, which will form in the Russian Federation during the current year. The expert believes that the configuration may differ significantly depending on this.

According to Kireev, in a negative scenario, the situation will worsen, and Russia will not be up to integration, but in a positive combination of circumstances, most Ukrainian territories may join the Russian Federation. The political scientist suggested that several western regions could be an exception, including Transcarpathia, Galicia, Volyn and Bukovina.

The expert believes that the need for this is determined, first of all, by ensuring the security of the Russian Federation, since Ukraine in its current form poses a threat to Russia that can be used by outside forces. The political scientist specified that Ukraine would be used to the detriment of Russian interests, and any forces of political influence would do everything to tear this space away from the contours of Russian security and turn the population against Russia. According to Kireev, reunification with Ukraine is extremely important both from a military and geopolitical point of view.

The political scientist also noted that Russia will be able to effectively apply and introduce new technologies only if there is a significant market for products. According to the expert, this requires the accession of the regions of Ukraine to Russia. Kireev added that the country's entry into the economic associations of the Russian Federation or the annexation of regions to the Russian Federation is a vital necessity to ensure not only the economic security of Russia, but also the restoration of economic chains that have not been lost since the days of the USSR.

In conclusion, Kireev noted that Ukraine has a highly skilled population, which is necessary for the Russian economy. And the country itself, despite political differences, which, according to the political scientist, are superficial, is a culturally heterogeneous territory with the Russian Federation.

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The Ambassador of the LPR in Russia allowed the tribunal over Zelensky

“I think the leaders of Ukraine will fall under jurisdiction”

The trial of foreign mercenaries – British citizens Sean Pinner, Aiden Aislin, and Moroccan Saadoun Brahim – has begun in Donetsk. The Prosecutor General's Office of the DPR accuses them of mercenarism, terrorism and a violent seizure of power. Punishment under these articles in the republic provides for the death penalty. The process takes place in the Supreme Court of the DPR. The defendants have lawyers and translators.


As emphasized in the People's Republics, the trial of foreign mercenaries will be held separately from the International Tribunal for Ukrainian Nazi criminals, preparations for which are also underway. The head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, said that the first “intermediate” tribunal would be held in Mariupol. Earlier, Elena Shishkina, chairman of the committee on criminal and administrative legislation of the People's Council of the DPR, said: the first “intermediate” meeting of the tribunal could be held at the end of summer. This process already has a name – “Mariupol Tribunal”. Obviously, by analogy with the Nuremberg Tribunal after the end of World War II.

Details in an interview with the MK were told by the Ambassador of the Luhansk People’s Republic in Russia, Rodion Miroshnik.

– Now in the DPR, three people are being tried for mercenarism. the diplomat said. – In this case, we are not talking about a tribunal, but about an ordinary court.

– Why are they tried separately from the rest?

– Because the Criminal Code of the DPR has an article on mercenarism. And they did exactly that. They came to fight on our territory, to kill our people. There is a proven corpus delicti, the investigation worked out on them. Therefore, the case was taken to court. And the tribunal will deal with war criminals who are among the Ukrainian servicemen who surrendered at Azovstal or other facilities.

– Now, as far as we know, the Charter of this tribunal is being prepared. Will the charter of the Nuremberg Tribunal be taken as a model?

– Now all procedural issues are being worked out. Let's wait until all the documents are ready. Professionals work on them. Now the work is not finished yet, so it's too early to talk about something else.

– They say that this tribunal will not judge everyone, but only a few people from the “top”. Is that right?

– Not. Everyone will be judged, according to whom the corpus delicti will be proven. First, there will be investigations. A survey of local residents, witnesses who have suffered from the actions of the Ukrainian regime in general and directly from the actions of the militants is currently being conducted. I think that both the leaders of Ukraine and the executors of their illegal orders, who are guilty of the death of people, will fall under the jurisdiction of the tribunal. Including those who are guilty of violations of the laws of humanitarian law. All these norms exist, they are recognized all over the world.

– How many prisoners from Azovstal are there in the people's republics now?

– Two and a half thousand. These are those who were taken to Azovstal, and their total number has already approached 8 thousand people. I'm talking about those who were taken on the territory of the LNR and DNR. Every day this figure changes.

– Are we talking only about members of the Nazi formations? Ordinary members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, apparently, will not fall under the tribunal?

– The presence or absence of a swastika on the shoulder does not change anything if a person committed war crimes, mocked civilians or shot prisoners in the knees. There will be no indulgence for such a figure. We are not inclined to separate the criminals who were part of neo-Nazi formations from the same Nazis who served in ordinary units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

– We have them. Donbass, unfortunately, as part of Ukraine, for quite a long time was a territory with a large number of colonies, to which citizens who committed crimes were sent. We have enough of this stuff.

– Only those for which there will be no proven corpus delicti. Those who are at least innocent of war crimes. Now the process of exchange between the republics of Donbass and Ukraine is not going on. Exchanges are conducted only between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. The tribunal will judge those responsible for the crimes against the inhabitants of the republics.

– There is a group of lawyers in the DNR and LNR. It develops procedural rules and tries to adapt existing documents as much as possible to the current situation. The main task is for the tribunal to really demonstrate the committed crimes to the whole world, to present evidence. So that no one has any questions. All necessary investigative actions will be carried out and all evidence, facts and evidence will be presented during the trial.

– I don't think he'll be alone. Today we have a sufficient number of people who are in captivity and must be held accountable for their crimes. We are not yet ready to say how many of these tribunals there will be, because neither the military operation nor the liberation of our territories has yet ended. We do not yet know how many people we will end up with who will have to go through the tribunal. There is logic in the fact that it is necessary to judge by the place where the crimes were committed. So that people who suffered from the actions of the Nazis could see that the principle of inevitability of punishment for crimes is in effect.

– It's hard to say. Now all our efforts are focused on the liberation of our territories. When the same criminals who should receive punishment are beaten daily in Donetsk. They are in Avdiivka. We'll wait until they get to the places of detention, too. Because now every day and hour crimes against humanity are committed. They shoot at peaceful quarters, every day dozens of civilians die and are injured and maimed. So with the holding of the tribunal, we will suffer a little. But when all the conditions are ripe for this, we will definitely appoint him.



Attack of monopoly retailers: they wanted to deceive deputies with a “mass grave”

Amendments on retail chains “sneaked” into the law on shelters for homeless animals

The plenary session of the State Duma on June 7 turned into an action-packed psychological thriller. An innocuous animal shelter bill put to a vote was suddenly replaced by trade law amendments designed to loosen caps on the maximum market share that retailers can hold. Not only that, such a measure can kill competition. Also, dangerous amendments appeared like a devil from a snuffbox: suddenly, the day before the vote and immediately to the second reading.

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If you open the electronic database of the bills of the State Duma and compare the original version of the document with the current version, on which the deputies had to vote, it seems that these are generally two different projects.

In its original form, the bill contained only one amendment to the law “On Public-Private Partnership” and had nothing to do with trade at all.

The document spoke about … shelters for homeless animals. In this form, the document submitted to the lower house in February of this year, passed the first reading. But after that, an amazing transformation happened to him.

By the second reading, the bill had swelled up like an airship. Instead of one modest amendment on dog shelters, it contained seven major changes to the laws “On Public-Private Partnership”, “On Concession Agreements”, “On Education” and “On the Fundamentals of State Regulation of Trade Activities”.

In the expert community, such documents are jokingly called “mass graves” – when several amendments are dumped into one bill at once, sometimes unrelated to each other. Moreover, initially one amendment is introduced, and the rest are “buried” closer to it closer to the second reading.

It was the amendments to the law on trade that caused the most questions among the expert community. They suggest easing the current restrictions on the maximum market share that a retailer can occupy in each region of the country. Now it is 25%. Parliamentarians propose to raise the ceiling to 35%. Simply put, if now there can be four large retail chains in the region, then with the new quotas there will be only three of them. Legislators explain this measure by the need to stabilize the Russian market in connection with the withdrawal of Western trading companies from the country. Domestic chains will be able to buy out the areas abandoned by foreigners in stores without fear.

The amendments are good in words, but they caused serious concerns among agricultural producers. Farmers predict that such a decision threatens to monopolize the market, which was extremely difficult for small regional food producers to break into even before Western sanctions.

In the spring, the Ministry of Industry and Trade was already working on a similar initiative. True, the department proposed increasing the quota only as a temporary measure until the end of this year. But even this option met with strong resistance from agricultural producers. Eleven associations and unions of producers of meat, dairy products and bread sent a collective letter to the department in May of this year, in which they criticized such a maneuver and predicted the redistribution of income along the chain “from field to counter” in favor of the largest retail chains, as well as a drop in the investment attractiveness of food and the processing industry due to reduced competition.

The criticism worked: officials decided to slow down the draft law and not submit it to the State Duma, when suddenly the 25/35 scheme loomed up again. Only now the controversial initiative came out from the pen of the deputies of the Duma committee on property issues. Moreover, if in the ministerial version the “ceiling” for retailers was raised only temporarily, then in the deputy version there are no time limits for the measure at all. The redistribution of the market towards monopolization is expected forever.

The very fact of the bill's transformation to the second reading aroused the dissatisfaction of the Duma members.

At the plenary session on May 7, Vladimir Gutenev, head of the Committee for Industry and Trade, demanded to postpone the vote on the amendments by at least one day.

– The bill included amendments regarding labeling and amendments to the law on trade, – Vladimir Gutenev explained his request for a delay, – Especially since today we received a letter from Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Shpak. The amendments were not submitted to the Ministry of Industry and Trade for approval, the department believes that they are damp.

The co-author of the amendments, deputy from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Sergei Gavrilov, retorted that everything was in order with the project. Say, the amendments are agreed with the Government. The speaker of the lower house, Vyacheslav Volodin, ultimately decided not to remove the bill from the agenda.

On the sidelines of the Duma, they complain that such a way to “slip through” the necessary amendments is a violation of the rules of the lower house. But the regulation is not a law, but only an internal procedure for the work of a government body. The parliamentarians themselves characterize such maneuvers not as “illegal”, but rather as “indecent”.

According to experts, such a scheme for making amendments is periodically practiced. This is usually done towards the end of a session, or when circumstances require a bill to be passed as soon as possible. A targeted injection of an amendment that is not related to the original document allows you to shorten the time for consideration as much as possible. Most often, for this, a document is taken as a basis, which passed the first reading God knows when and was lying around in the depths of the committees. If necessary, it can be revived and supplemented with new amendments. In this case, you do not need to start the procedure again. The bill in an updated form starts from the point where it stopped.

For example, according to this scheme, amendments to the Criminal Code were adopted with penalties for fakes about the armed forces. They were implanted in a bill criminalizing deal blocking aimed at facilitating 2014-style Western sanctions. The original version of the document was developed and submitted to the lower house back in 2018 and contained one single amendment to the Criminal Code. In this form, the bill passed the first reading, after which it was forgotten for more than two years. However, in March 2022, the document was resurrected. True, in a completely different way. Several articles of the Criminal Code were added to it with penalties for discrediting the activities of the Russian military. In this form, it was submitted to the second reading and subsequently promptly adopted.

True, the focus was not successful with the amendment to the law on trade. At the vote on May 7, the deputies excluded it from the final package. However, opponents of the monopolization of the trade market urge not to relax. A quota softening of just 10% is too much of a tidbit for big retailers to throw at least one big player overboard. This means that there are no guarantees that the amendment will not appear in another bill in the very near future.



Peskov called the data on the refusal to discuss Kherson and Zaporozhye incorrect

Izvestia wrote that in the event of resumption of negotiations with Kyiv, Moscow would not discuss the status of Kherson and Zaporizhzhya. Peskov said that “everything is wrong”


Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov called incorrect information the message that the Russian side will not discuss the status of Kherson and Zaporozhye regions with Ukraine, RBC correspondent reports.

“No, it's not like that,”— said Peskov.

Previously, Izvestia with reference to “a high-ranking source in Russia”; reported that the negotiations on the agreement between Russia and Ukraine, if they resume, will not discuss the status of the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions. The source noted that these regions will not be included in the discussions, since “the vast majority of the inhabitants of the region support Russia.”

A significant part of the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions is controlled by the Russian military. In a number of cities in the region there is a military commandant's office, the Russian ruble has been put into circulation.

Vladimir Saldo, head of the military-civilian administration of the Kherson region, said earlier that the region would become part of Russia. His deputy, Kirill Stremousov, did not rule out that a referendum on self-determination would be held in the region, as was the case in Crimea. A similar statement was made by Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the military-civilian administration of the Zaporozhye region.

At the end of May, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree allowing residents of these regions to obtain Russian citizenship in a simplified manner. Three years ago, residents of the DPR and LPR received such a right.

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The ROC warned of a new split within the UOC

The decision on the status of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church can only be made within the framework of the canonical procedure, the Moscow Patriarchate stressed. On May 27, the participants of the UOC Cathedral announced its “complete independence and independence” ” alt=”The ROC warned of a new split within the UOC” />

The Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) did not rule out a new split within the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) due to “unauthorized actions” on changing its charter, according to the website of the Russian Orthodox Church.

The decision on the status of the church can only be made within the canonical procedure, the press service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia noted.

“The synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church also drew attention to this, indicating in its statement of May 12, 2022, that any discussions regarding the life of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church should take place within the canonical field and should not lead to new divisions in the Church,” & mdash ; the message says.

On May 27, the participants in the council of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church declared its “complete independence and autonomy”; from the Moscow Patriarchate. They condemned the military actions in Ukraine as a violation of God's commandment “Thou shalt not kill!” and expressed disagreement with the position of Patriarch Kirill.

In addition, the UOC seeks to resume dialogue with the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. However, for this, representatives of the OCU need to “stop the seizure of churches and forced transfers of parishes.” The OCU was established in December 2018. In January 2019, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew handed over to its primate, Metropolitan Epiphanius, a tomos on granting autocephaly. The ROC, like the UOC, did not recognize it.

At the same time, the chairman of the Synodal Information and Education Department of the UOC, Metropolitan Kliment, specified that there was no talk of breaking off relations with the ROC. According to him, the status of an independent and self-governing church has been for almost 30 years. “It’s just that the council once again emphasized [this status], and we continue to maintain spiritual unity not only with the Russian Orthodox Church, but also with other Orthodox churches,” — he pointed out.

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UOC— self-governing church within the Moscow Patriarchate. It is headed by Metropolitan Onufry.

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Synod removed Hilarion from office and appointed Metropolitan of Hungary

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Metropolitan Hilarion

Metropolitan Hilarion was relieved of his post as Chairman of the Foreign Relations Department of the Russian Orthodox Church, permanent member of the Synod and Rector of the All-Church Graduate and Doctoral Studies named after Saints Cyril and Methodius.

According to the results of the meeting of the Synod, Hilarion was appointed administrator of the Budapest-Hungarian diocese, Metropolitan of Budapest and Hungary, according to the results of the meeting of the Synod. In turn, Metropolitan Mark of Budapest and Hungary was released from the administration of the diocese “with gratitude for the work done.”

“Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations and a permanent member of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church with the title of Volokolamsk to be His Grace Anthony, Metropolitan of Korsun,” — noted in the message.

Anthony temporarily retained the authority to manage the exarchate of Western Europe and the position of head of the Moscow Patriarchate's department for foreign institutions. He was released from the administration of the Korsun diocese.

In July 2021, on the 55th anniversary of Hilarion, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia awarded him the Order of St. Sergius of Radonezh, second degree, “for diligent service.” The patriarch also noted Hilarion's contribution to the development of various aspects of the modern life of the Russian Orthodox Church as rector of the General Church postgraduate and doctoral studies, head of the editorial board of the journal of the Moscow Patriarchate, as well as his scientific and theological work, participation in international meetings and speeches in the media.

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Metropolitan Hilarion is the author of several musical works, and hosts the TV show “The Church and the World” ; and made several films on religious themes. In May 2021, Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded him the Order of Alexander Nevsky.

In 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic, Hilarion became known as one of the strongest supporters of vaccination. The Metropolitan urged believers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, explained that the side effects are incomparable in severity with the consequences of infection, and also convinced that the vaccine is not a human chip.

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Peskov did not confirm the agreement with Turkey on the export of grain from Ukraine

He recalled the demand of the Russian authorities to Ukraine to clear the approaches to the ports and said that there were no “clear outlines” yet. Earlier, Bloomberg wrote about Kyiv's distrust of the agreement between Moscow and Ankara on the export of grain ” alt=” Peskov did not confirm the agreement with Turkey on the export of grain from Ukraine” />

The plan to export grain from Ukraine is not yet ready, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, RBC correspondent reports. “There are statements by our President [Vladimir] Putin, who said that Ukraine should clear the approaches to the ports, which will allow the ships, after checking by our military <…> go in there, load up with grain, and then follow, & mdash; he added, noting that “there are no clearer outlines yet.”

The day before, Bloomberg reported that Turkey and Russia reached a preliminary agreement to resume supplies of Ukrainian grain from the port of Odessa, but Ukraine, according to agency sources, was skeptical of the proposed scheme. In Kyiv, they fear that as a result the port will be vulnerable to Russian troops. Ankara expects that the situation will change after the plan is approved by the UN.

According to Peskov, in Moscow “they heard words of distrust from the Ukrainian side.” “Putin said that the Russian side would not use the corridors for the offensive,” — assured the Kremlin representative.

On June 2, the Turkish Anadolu agency reported that Russia, Ukraine and Turkey, with the assistance of the UN, have developed a “road map” that will allow the export and supply to the international market of about 20 million tons of grain and sunflower seeds that have been there since the beginning of the military operation. It was assumed that the details of the parties will be discussed at a meeting in Turkey.

On June 6, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced the dispatch of a Russian delegation to Turkey to negotiate the export of grain from Ukrainian ports. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that Kyiv was not invited to the meeting.

Putin had previously assured that Russia was ready to facilitate the unhindered passage of ships with grain. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba spoke about the need for international security guarantees.

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Fiji court orders US to seize yacht linked to Russian businessman

A court in Fiji has allowed the United States to seize the Amadea yacht, which the FBI believes is related to sanctioned Suleiman Kerimov. The defense insists that the owner of the ship is businessman Eduard Khudainatov, who is not on the sanctions list .jpg” alt=”Fiji court orders US to seize yacht linked to Russian businessman” />

Amadea superyacht in Lautoka, Fiji

The Fiji Supreme Court has ruled that the Russian-linked superyacht Amadea must be removed by the United States, as it is a “waste” for the island nation. funds needed to maintain the vessel during fission legal disputes, according to Reuters.

The Amadea yacht was detained by the Fiji police on April 14, after the 106-meter vessel entered the state's exclusive economic zone after an 18-day passage from Mexico, which it did under the flag of the Cayman Islands. The United States linked the yacht to the Russian billionaire and senator Suleiman Kerimov and sought its confiscation as part of the sanctions imposed against him.

The FBI said operating costs for a $300+ million vessel are between $25 million and $30 million a year, and the United States will pay for the upkeep of the vessel after it is confiscated. Fiji's Supreme Court allowed Amadea to be seized on a US warrant on May 3.

At the same time, Millemarin Investment Limited stated that it is the real owner of the superyacht, and Faisal Haniff, the defense lawyer representing her, asked the court to stay the decision pending an appeal against this decision. He also stated in court that the yacht is not related to Kerimov, but belongs to another Russian businessman— to the owner of «NNK-Oil» Eduard Khudainatov.

The Fiji government paid for the maintenance of the yacht while the appeal was pending in court.

On Tuesday, June 7, the Supreme Court ruled that the public interest requires that the yacht “sail out of Fiji waters” because its parking “is costly to the government of Fiji.” The court also indicated that the yacht entered the waters of the state without proper permission, in the hope, probably, of avoiding criminal prosecution by the United States.

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“Issues relating to money laundering and property rights” must be resolved in the US court that initiated the proceedings, the Fiji Supreme Court indicated. Faisal Haniff, a lawyer for Millemarin Investment Limited, declined to comment on the verdict to Reuters.

RBC sent a request to Khudainatov's representative.

Since February 24, when President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a military special operation in Ukraine, Western countries have imposed numerous sanctions against Russia. Already on March 2, the US Department of Justice announced the creation of a multi-agency task force, KleptoCapture, tasked with enforcing sanctions and export restrictions against Russia, as well as combating “corrupt Russian oligarchs.” The group will explore ways to circumvent US anti-money laundering and anti-money laundering laws and search for their assets.

German shipbuilder Lürssen's website reports that Amadea's yacht was built at a shipyard in Hamburg. Its length— 106 m, there are eight cabins on board, 36 people are engaged in the maintenance of the vessel. The Superyacht Fan portal estimates the cost of the yacht at $ 325 million, and calls it an “unknown billionaire” as its owner.

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The Ministry of Internal Affairs put Glukhovsky and Milov on the wanted list

Both the writer and the oppositionist left Russia. The Ministry of Internal Affairs does not name the exact reasons for the decision, but their cards in the database indicate that they are wanted under the article of the Criminal Code

Dmitry Glukhovsky

The Ministry of Internal Affairs accused the writer Dmitry Glukhovsky and oppositionist Vladimir Milov of being wanted (recognized as a foreign agent), follows from the database departments. Both of them are wanted under the article of the Criminal Code.

The exact reasons are not specified, the criminal cases against Glukhovsky and Milov were not officially reported. After the outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine, both publicly opposed the Russian special operation.

Glukhovsky said in Telegram: “I am accused of discrediting the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation for a post on Insta. Article 207.3, part 2″ (the article, the number of which he names, — on the spread of fakes about the army, the article on discrediting— 280.3). Glukhovsky attached to the post a scan of the title page of a copy of the materials of the criminal case, which says that a preventive measure in the form of detention was chosen against him. The press service of the court confirmed to RIA Novosti that the writer was arrested in absentia under an article about fakes.

According to part 2 of Art. 207.3 Glukhovsky could face up to ten years in prison. As for the article on defamation, criminal liability for it is brought within one year after administrative punishment for similar actions (except for cases when defamation caused death or harm to the health of citizens, destruction or mass violations of public order).

Milov— colleague of Alexei Navalny, in the past— Deputy Minister of Energy (2002), head of the Democratic Choice Party; (2012–2015). In 2021, he left Russia. On May 6 this year, the Ministry of Justice entered the politician into the register of foreign media agents.

After the rallies in 2021, many of Navalny's associates became defendants in the “sanitary business”, but Milov was not among them.

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Glukhovsky— author of the novels “Metro 2033”, “Metro 2034” and “Metro 2035”, “Post”, “Text”, the author of the film script for the latter (for this work the writer received the Nika award). He also left the country.

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Putin awarded general ranks to 17 employees of the Ministry of Emergency Situations and the Russian Guard

Seven employees of the Ministry of Emergency Situations and several leaders of the Russian Guard received the highest military and special ranks. In addition, Putin awarded the rank of lieutenant general to Defense Ministry representative Konashenkov =”Putin awarded the ranks of generals to 17 employees of the Ministry of Emergency Situations and the National Guard” />

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President Vladimir Putin awarded the highest military and special ranks to seven employees of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the press service of the department reports.

Military the rank of Colonel General was awarded to the Deputy Head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations Nikolai Grechushkin, Major General— Director of the Department of Information Technology and Communications Sergey Efimenko.

Special ranks of Lieutenant General of the Internal Service were received by:

  • Director of the Department of Supervisory Activities and Preventive Work Rinat Enikeev;
  • < li>Chief of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations for the Rostov Region Sergey Filippov;

  • Head of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations for the Primorsky Territory Roman Chursin.

The title of Major General of the Internal Service was awarded to:

  • Head of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations for the Republic of Komi Aleksey Parkhomovich;
  • Head of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations for the Irkutsk Region Vyacheslav Fedoseenko.

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According to Alexander Khinshteishn, chairman of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy, Information Technologies and Communications, in his Telegram, in accordance with the same decree, the highest ranks were awarded to the leaders of the National Guard.

The rank of Colonel General:

  • Deputy Director Igor Ilyash;
  • Commander of the North Caucasian District Sergei Zakharov;
  • Commander of the Southern District Igor Turchenyuk.

Rank of Lieutenant General:< /p>

  • To First Deputy Commander of the Siberian District, Eduard Zhivaev;
  • Deputy Chief of the Main Staff Alexander Kovtun;
  • Commander of the Joint Group of Troops (Forces) Vladimir Makeev;
  • Chief of the Main Directorate of Internal Security Ivan Shmelev.

Rank of Major General:

  • Deputy Commander of the Urals District Vladimir Kornev;
  • Deputy Commander of the Southern District Mirza Mirzaev;
  • Head of the Department for Media Relations and civil society institutions to Sergei Shevchuk.

Khinshtein said that six more heads of the territorial departments of the Russian Guard were awarded the rank of police major general.

The documents have not yet been published on the legal information portal and on the Kremlin website.

In April, Ilyash, together with Viktor Bondarev, Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, visited the Main Military Clinical Hospital of the Russian Guard and presented awards to participants in the military operation in Ukraine. On April 7, Zakharov presented the epaulettes of lieutenant general to the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov (the Chechen authorities announced that he had been awarded this title on March 28).

In addition, TASS reports, Putin signed a decree on conferring the rank of general -lieutenant to the official representative of the Ministry of Defense Igor Konashenkov. He previously served with the rank of Major General, which he was awarded in 2013. Konashenkov has been covering the military operation in Syria since 2015, and since the beginning of the operation in Ukraine he has been holding daily briefings on the course of hostilities.

On June 2, Putin awarded the rank of lieutenant general to Alexander Kurenkov, who a few days earlier headed the Ministry of Emergency Situations . According to RBC sources, before his appointment, Kurenkov participated in the military operation in Ukraine as part of the National Guard. In December 2021, he received the rank of major general.

The head of the National Guard, Viktor Zolotov, speaking about the participation of the department’s employees in the hostilities in Ukraine, stated that they were fulfilling “all assigned tasks” together with the armed forces.

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Italian Foreign Minister called Medvedev’s words about bastards and geeks threats

The sharp words of the deputy chairman of the Security Council about those who “wish the death of Russia” are unacceptable, they contradict dialogue, the desire for a ceasefire and attempts to restore peace, said Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio

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The statements of Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia Dmitry Medvedev about “bastards and geeks” who “want the death of Russia” cause concern, they are unacceptable, says Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio.

“These are unacceptable words that we are also very worried because they come from the Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia, — explained the diplomat (quote from Ansa).

According to Di Maio, Medvedev's words do not indicate a signal for dialogue, a desire for a ceasefire, or attempts to restore peace. “These are unequivocal words of threat to those who are persistently striving for peace,” — considers the Italian Foreign Minister.

On the morning of June 7, Medvedev wrote a post on Telegram, in which he stated that his publications were “so harsh” because of the “bastards” who “want death to us, Russia.” He did not explain who exactly the deputy chairman of the Security Council had in mind, but he promised that he would do everything to make “they disappear.” , the sanctions against Russia that followed, the supply of weapons to Ukraine and the “cancellation” of Russian culture in the West. The Deputy Chairman of the Security Council has more than 415 thousand subscribers.

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Medvedev claimed in an interview with Al Jazeera that he writes the posts himself. He admitted that sometimes “things are not presented there in a completely diplomatic language”, but, according to the deputy chairman of the Security Council, information from politicians should come “without ambiguities, diplomatic tricks, but in an understandable simple language, intelligibly and at the same time directly.” /p> Authors Tags Subscribe to RuTube RBC Live broadcasts, videos and recordings of programs on our RuTube channel