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Destroyer. The last head of the KGB of the USSR Vadim Bakatin died

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On the politicians of the late 1980s — In the early 1990s, the term “traitors” was often used. But if “betrayal” Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin— this is a cumulative subjective assessment of the activities of the last president of the USSR and the first president of Russia, then in the case of the last head of the KGB of the Soviet Union, we are talking about a very specific act.

How Soviet secrets were handed over at the US Embassy

Employees of domestic intelligence agencies still cringe when it comes to transferring the eavesdropping circuitry in the new building of the US Embassy in Moscow.

In December 1991, the country flew into hell, but even for those days it was an amazing act : Vadim Bakatin, head of the Inter-Republican State Security Service, which was renamed the KGB, presented the US Ambassador to the USSR James Collins with technical documentation on the listening system installed in the building on Novinsky Boulevard.

Viktor Ivanenko, who headed the special service under the President of the RSFSR Boris Yeltsin in 1991, twenty years later recalled this as follows: “For the KGB, it was a blow. To hand over the holy of holies — eavesdropping technique in the embassy, ​​if not the enemy, then the competitor! Bakatin justified himself: they say, the Americans knew about it anyway. Nothing like this! There was applied a completely new technology. The elements of the sound-conducting system were immured in bricks. We received them from foreign suppliers. It was know-how».

American diplomats made no secret of the fact that they did not count on such a level of openness. And the United States did not even think of making such reciprocal steps. Bakatin himself explained — he secured the approval of both Yeltsin and Gorbachev, and did this “to increase trust between the two countries.”

In Washington, they rubbed their hands with pleasure when they saw that all Soviet secrets would come to them for nothing.

“Gorbachev's man”

Bakatin was not a regular member of the special services and first got into the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and then into the KGB as a person who was supposed to become a counterbalance to the generals who were disillusioned with Gorbachev .

A native of the Novosibirsk region, Bakatin, with a diploma in civil engineering, rose in a decade and a half from a foreman to the chief engineer of the Kemerovo house-building plant. It is quite possible that he could have been useful in the construction industry for many years to come, but his superior comrades decided to nominate him along the party line.

Bakatin can be considered another big mistake of the legendary Yegor Ligachev. It was the author of the phrase “Boris, you're wrong” attracted the secretary of the Kemerovo Regional Committee to work in the capital. Then, after graduating from the Academy of Social Sciences under the Central Committee of the CPSU, Bakatin became the head of the Kirov region, becoming the first appointee of the Gorbachev period.

As a “Gorbachev's man”, Bakatin came to the post of head of the USSR years later, Mikhail Sergeevich dismissed him, deciding that he could not cope. However, Bakatin did not lose Gorbachev's favor.

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In August 1991, during the period of the State Emergency Committee, Bakatin thanked the chief in full. He refused to join the leaders who removed Gorbachev and actually took the side of the opponents of the State Emergency Committee. Despite the fact that he personally announced his position to the head of the GKChP, Vice-President of the USSR Yanaev, no one began to arrest him. Such were the realities of this brief August “dictatorship.”

In gratitude for this, the winners appointed Bakatin head of the KGB of the USSR to replace the arrested General Kryuchkov. Russian leader Boris Yeltsin made no secret of the fact that Bakatin was given the task of dismantling the Committee, and he tried his best. The unified structure was divided, many highly qualified employees resigned themselves, someone from the “disloyal” Bakatin helped.

Someone was more lucky — foreign intelligence, separated into a separate structure, was headed by Yevgeny Primakov, who preserved the best personnel from defeat and betrayal. However, in general, the state security system was destroyed. And when on December 5, 1991, Bakatin handed over the wiretapping documents to the American ambassador, it became a clear demonstration of the bottom we had fallen into. Therefore, one should not be surprised that Bakatin's department, a few days later, calmly watched the signing of the Belovezhskaya Accords in Viskuli.

He had everything to meet his old age with dignity

On January 15, 1992, Yeltsin signed decree on the release of Bakatin from his post. As they say, the Moor has done his job, the Moor can leave. In fact, Bakatin stopped performing his duties at the end of December 1991.

Already in 1992, he published a book with the loud title “Getting rid of the KGB”. However, over time, Vadim Viktorovich began to evaluate his activities in 1991 much more modestly, because it became bad manners to brag about such things.

Leaving the field of public attention, Bakatin worked in various business structures and felt quite comfortable. After all, negative opinion — this is not a court verdict, so Vadim Viktorovich ended his days at large and with a clear conscience.

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Lukashenka appoints Krutoy Ambassador of Belarus to Russia

President of Belarus Lukashenko signed a decree appointing Krutoy as ambassador to Russia Krutoy will replace Semashko, who was examined in a hospital in January, as ambassador to Russia. In addition, he will take the post of Special Representative for Integration Cooperation within the Union State =”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/800xH/media/img/4/19/756593442362194.webp 800w" type="image/webp" media="(max-width: 400px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)" >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/1200xH/media/img/4/19/756593442362194.webp 1200w" type="image/webp" media="(min-resolution: 192dpi) " >

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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko appointed Dmitry Krutoy as the new ambassador of the republic to Russia, BelTA reported.

Krutoy was deputy head of the presidential administration and “directly engaged in the development of union programs to deepen integration.”

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Now, in addition to the post of ambassador, he will take the post of Plenipotentiary Representative of Belarus to the CIS Economic Council, Special Representative of the Republic for Integration Cooperation within the Union State, the Eurasian Economic Union, the CIS and the Collective Security Treaty Organization.

As BelTA reported, the presidents Russia and Belarus, Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko agreed on the candidacy of Krutoy during a telephone conversation on July 22.

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As Ambassador of Belarus to Russia, Krutoy will replace Vladimir Semashko. In January 2022, the Telegram channel Mash wrote that the ambassador was hospitalized in Moscow with a heart attack. The Embassy of Belarus, commenting on this information, said that Semashko is in the hospital for examination and his condition does not cause concern. The diplomatic mission then added that the ambassador would return to work in the “near future”.

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The post of deputy head of the presidential administration, which Semashko previously held, in turn, was received by the former Belarusian ambassador to the UK, Maxim Yermolovich. Minsk withdrew it on July 29 “due to a number of unfriendly steps” London, aimed “to cause maximum damage to Belarusian citizens and legal entities.” Belarus also downgraded the level of diplomatic mission in the UK to charge d'affaires.

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New Zealand imposes sanctions against Russian Railways and SOGAZ

New Zealand has also imposed sanctions against a number of defense companies that are engaged in the “production and testing of equipment for the Russian Armed Forces.” The Russian Foreign Ministry accused Wellington of following a “Russophobic course” webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/590xH/media/img/8/02/756593420372028.webp 590w" type="image/webp" >

New Zealand authorities have expanded sanctions against Russia, including the companies SOGAZ and Russian Railways, according to the government website.

In addition, sanctions have been imposed against a number of Russian defense enterprises that are engaged in the “development, production and testing of military equipment for the Russian Armed Forces.”

The New Zealand Foreign Ministry recalled that the law on anti-Russian sanctions adopted by the authorities in March allows for “a wide range of measures, including travel bans, asset freezes, financial bans, and bans on ships and aircraft.”

“These measures also prohibit New Zealand citizens and companies from providing goods and services to the Russian Armed Forces and its defense organizations that are subject to these sanctions,” Foreign Minister Nanaya Mahuta said.

Since the end of February, New Zealand, following the European Union and the United States, has repeatedly imposed sanctions against Russia. It banned the entry of President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Foreign and Defense Ministers Sergei Lavrov and Sergei Shoigu, as well as Defense Ministry representative Igor Konashenkov and Chief of the Main Directorate of the General Staff Igor Kostyukov. The sanctions also include freezing assets, but, as Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova emphasized, “neither Putin nor Lavrov” there are no accounts abroad.

In addition, Wellington imposed a 35% tariff on imports from Russia, and also imposed restrictions on 18 financial institutions, including the Central Bank and the Russian Direct Investment Fund.

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The Russian Foreign Ministry accused New Zealand of following the “Russophobic course” initiated by the “collective West”. As a response, Moscow added to the Russian “stop list” 132 New Zealand officials, including members of the government and parliament of the country, as well as a number of heads of municipal bodies, representatives of law enforcement agencies and journalists.

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The Kremlin wished recovery to the hospitalized Chubais

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The Kremlin does not have details about the hospitalization of the ex-head of Rosnano and the former special representative of the President of Russia Anatoly Chubais, but wants him to get better, said the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, RBC correspondent reports.

“Sad news, we wish you well, but we do not own the details. Naturally, we will help if he applies, he is a Russian citizen, — said Peskov.

The hospitalization of Chubais the day before, July 31, was reported by Ksenia Sobchak in the Telegram channel. She conveyed the words of the former head of Rosnano that he ended up “in one of the European clinics with a diagnosis of” Guillain-Barré syndrome “; and is in moderate but stable condition. According to his wife Avdotya Smirnova, Chubais was put in intensive care after his “arms and legs began to be taken away,” writes Sobchak.

Guillain-Barré syndrome— is a rare disease in which the human immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. The disease can affect the nerves that control muscle movement or transmit pain, temperature, and touch sensations, and lead to muscle weakness and loss of sensation in the limbs.

On March 23, Bloomberg reported that Chubais left the post of special representative and left Russia with his wife. According to RBC sources, he left for Turkey, but one of the interlocutors indicated that Chubais intended to return. Two days later, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree dismissing Chubais from office. In the future, the ex-head of Rosnano left the board of directors of AFK Sistema; and the post of head of the Renewable Energy Association.

In April, the current head of Rosnano Sergei Kulikov asked the Prosecutor General's Office to inspect the company's work for 2010–2020— at that time it was led by Chubais. In June, a TASS source in law enforcement agencies said that in relation to the former head of Rosnano, and his entourage are checking “information received about the commission of actions of a corrupt nature.”

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The Ministry of Defense announced the destruction of two HIMARS installations in Kharkov

In July, the Ministry of Defense reported the destruction of four HIMARS MLRS, the department also regularly reported on the destruction of ammunition for these systems

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The Russian Ministry of Defense announced the destruction of two launchers of the HIMARS multiple launch rocket system in Ukraine at once. According to the agency, systems supplied from the United States were destroyed during the attack on Kharkov.

In addition, the Ministry of Defense added that a launcher of the Harpoon complex was destroyed in the Odessa region.

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

Earlier, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that from July 5 to July 20, four HIMARS installations were destroyed by high-precision ground and air-based weapons in Ukraine. According to the agency, two launchers were eliminated near the village of Malotaranovka, another HIMARS and a transport-loading vehicle were destroyed near Krasnoarmeysk. The fourth launcher, according to the Russian military, was hit on the eastern outskirts of Konstantinovka in the DPR.

Also, the Russian military department has repeatedly reported the destruction of ammunition for these missile systems. So, on July 24, the Ministry of Defense announced that the military destroyed a warehouse in the Dnipropetrovsk region of Ukraine with more than 100 missiles for the American HIMARS multiple launch rocket system. The blow was delivered near the village of Lyubimovka. Up to 120 soldiers who guarded the warehouse were killed, as well as “foreign mercenaries and technicians,” the department said.

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The Chairman of the Committee of Chiefs of Staff (JSC) of the US Armed Forces, General Mark Milley, announced on July 20 that 12 of the more than 20 promised HIMARS systems were transferred to Kyiv.

“As of today, we have transferred 12 HIMARS systems to Ukraine. This is part of more than 20 [installations] that the US and our allies have pledged to deliver. We have also trained 200 Ukrainians in the use of HIMARS, and training for many more continues,— he said.

On July 22, Washington announced that the new, 16th military aid package to Ukraine includes the delivery of four more HIMARS installations and ammunition for them. However, Assistant to the President of the United States for National Security Jake Sullivan assured that the United States would not supply Ukraine with guided tactical ballistic missiles of the ATACMS series for HIMARS. Their firing range is 300 km.

On July 8, the Ministry of Defense announced the destruction of two Harpoon missile systems delivered from the UK. “Sea-based high-precision weapons in the area of ​​​​the settlement of Liman, Odessa region, destroyed two installations of the Harpoon coastal missile system delivered from the UK,” — Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense, said then.

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Kremlin calls Kosovo’s plans to ban Serbian documents absurd

According to Peskov, discussions of Serbia's possible entry into the CSTO or the signing of a friendship treaty between Belgrade and Moscow, as was the case with the DPR and LPR, are not on the agenda. /673xH/media/img/3/13/756593462241133.webp 673w” type=”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/800xH/media/img/3/13/756593462241133.webp 800w" type="image/webp" media="(max-width: 400px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)" >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/1200xH/media/img/3/13/756593462241133.webp 1200w" type="image/webp" media="(min-resolution: 192dpi) " >

Kosovo's plans to adopt a law on the termination of Serbian documents on the territory of the self-proclaimed republic and to require the re-registration of cars to Kosovo license plates are “absolutely absurd”, said presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, RBC correspondent reports.

“We absolutely support Serbia, we are close to the Kosovo Serbs. We believe that these are absolutely absurd requirements. Thank God, we managed to avoid some kind of exacerbation at night, but this situation was only postponed for one month, — he said.

According to Peskov, in the current situation, “it is very important to show prudence from all sides,” and in this context, the Kremlin supports the “calls for peace and constructivism” voiced by Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić .

“We believe that those countries that have recognized Kosovo are guarantors and should use all their influence to warn the Kosovo authorities against taking ill-considered steps that could lead to a further escalation of tension. Of course, we want all the rights of the Serbs to be respected, — Kremlin representative added.

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instructionsPeskov was also asked whether the Kremlin considered it possible for Serbia to join the Collective Security Treaty Organization or sign an agreement on friendship, cooperation and military assistance between Belgrade and Moscow, as was the case with the DPR and LPR.

“To be honest , such an issue was not on the agenda. You know that we have allied, very deep relations with Serbia. Of course, our relations will continue to develop, and the legal framework will develop, but whether there will be such elements, I can’t say now, — the spokesman replied.

At the end of July, the Kosovo authorities announced that Serbian documents would cease to operate in the territory under their control from August. Serbs who want to visit Kosovo will be issued a temporary certificate for up to 90 days at the entrance. In addition, mandatory re-registration of cars with Serbian plates to RKS (Republic of Kosovo) plates will begin in Kosovo.

On July 31, Vučić announced that the Kosovo police would begin a military operation at midnight on August 1 against Serbs living in the north of the partially recognized states. In the evening of the same day, air raid sirens went off in areas of Kosovo inhabited by Serbs. Residents of North Mitrovica (the northern part of the city is controlled by Serbian forces, the southern part by Kosovo) began to gather in the city center. Albanians took to the streets en masse in the southern part of the city. Serbs began to build barricades.

Amid the escalation, Kosovo postponed the adoption of the law on non-recognition of Serbian documents until September 1.

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Bulgaria’s President Dissolves Parliament and Calls Early Elections

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The President of Bulgaria Rumen Radev called early parliamentary elections and appointed a technical government. It was headed by Gylyb Donev, who served as secretary in the administration of the head of state.

Early parliamentary elections will be held on October 2.

Bulgaria is in a protracted political crisis. In 2021, parliamentary elections were held three times in the country. The main struggle unfolded between the party “Citizens for the European Development of Bulgaria”; (GERB), ruling the country intermittently since 2009, and parties declaring a course to fight corruption and strengthen ties with the European Union and NATO.

In November 2021, the Keeping Change coalition won the election. led by Kiril Petkov and Asen Vasilev, former ministers of economy and finance. This coalition included representatives of the eponymous party “Continue to change”; (Petkov & mdash; its leader, he eventually became prime minister), the Bulgarian Socialist Party, as well as the parties “There are such a people” (ETH) and “Democratic Bulgaria”.

However, in early June, ETN left the ruling coalition. The opposition GERB then submitted a motion of no confidence in the government to parliament, and on June 22 it was supported. One of the key reasons was the issue of lifting the veto on granting North Macedonia the status of a candidate member of the European Union— due to historical differences and respect for the rights of ethnic Bulgarians in this country. Another reason for the vote of no confidence was the controversy over the country's budget.

The prime minister, commenting on the decision of the parliament, said that the government was “overthrown”; Russian Ambassador Eleonora Mitrofanova, media tycoon Delyan Peevski, head of the GERB party Boyko Borisov and founder of the party “There are such a people”; Glory to Trifonov.

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Mitrofanova called these accusations “convenient” position for Petkov. “When the difficulties and anti-Russian hysteria began— and traditionally the people of Bulgaria have a very good attitude towards Russia,— the fact that Bulgaria stood in the forefront of support for sanctions caused at least bewilderment among many here,” — she noted. The Ambassador also pointed to high inflation (18.5%) and the issue of North Macedonia, whose accession to the European Union Bulgaria does not support for historical reasons. According to her, it was on these two issues that there was actually a “big disagreement”; in parliament.

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Putin said that the West “thrown in the trash” the principles of the WTO

President Putin accused the West of abandoning WTO principles for unfair competition In his opinion, this is how Western countries are trying to “restrain Russian business and redistribute markets in their favor”

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Western politicians, who imposed sanctions against Russia, “threw in the trash” principles of the World Trade Organization, said President Vladimir Putin at a meeting on the development of the metallurgical complex. The broadcast was hosted by RBC.

Putin recalled that Western countries have imposed restrictions on the work of Russian metallurgists in foreign markets and a ban on the purchase of certain components for the production of fittings, rolled metal and steel sheets in Russia. According to him, these measures were taken “for the sake of political interests, moreover, current, opportunistic ones and not reflecting the realities either in world politics or in the world economy.” Thus, when imposing sanctions in the West, “even the obvious consequences” were not taken into account, such as an increase in the cost of building materials on the world market and “spurring global inflation in general,” the president noted.

The same situation is developing in the energy sector, he continued. “The decline in well-being, the quality of life of ordinary citizens, primarily in Europe, is not of interest to [Western] politicians. Not to mention such things as adherence to the principles of the World Trade Organization,— they are just thrown in the trash,— Putin said.

According to him, a number of Western partners “don't even want to remember these principles, because it's just embarrassing to talk about it.” As for the sanctions on the work of Russian metallurgists, they are “a frank manifestation of unfair competition,” the president said. He believes that with the help of such measures, Western countries are trying to “restrain Russian business as one of the leaders in the world metallurgy and redistribute the markets in their favor.”

The fact that sanctions against Russian metallurgy do not comply with WTO standards, Putin spoke back in April. Against the backdrop of restrictive measures, the president instructed the government to prepare an updated strategy for Russia's actions in the World Trade Organization.

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At the same time, the country is not going to leave it, the Foreign Ministry said. Such a move will not bring “any dividends” the Russian economy and would be a bad signal for the world community and a “gift to enemies”, said Dmitry Birichevsky, director of the department's economic cooperation department.

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Biden announced his readiness to discuss with Russia an agreement to replace START-3

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The US administration is ready to discuss with Russia an arms control system that will replace the expiring in 2026 Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (START-3). This is stated in a statement by United States President Joe Biden on the White House website.

“Russia should show that it is ready to resume work on nuclear arms control with the United States,”— he emphasized.

The American president pointed out that even at the height of the Cold War, the US and the USSR worked together to fulfill the common responsibility of ensuring strategic stability. Biden announced the readiness of the White House to quickly negotiate a new arms control system that will replace START-3.

In early June, Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control Mallory Stewart said that Washington would like to maintain nuclear arms restrictions under START-3 beyond the expiration of the treaty. According to her, the new agreement should take into account not only intercontinental ballistic missiles, but also projectiles with a shorter range.

The need to negotiate START-3 was announced in the Kremlin in June. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that this was important not only for the peoples of the United States and Russia, but for the whole world, for global security. About the fact that “time does not wait” and negotiations should begin “now,” also said Russia's ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov.

In May, amid tense relations between Moscow and Washington over the situation in Ukraine, the Foreign Ministry announced that Russia and the United States were continuing dialogue on the implementation of the provisions of the START-3 treaty, and the necessary data and notifications were being exchanged.

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Russia and the United States signed the START-3 treaty in 2010, its duration was ten years and provided for the reduction of deployed nuclear warheads by the parties to 1500 units, and intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles and strategic missile-carrying bombers— up to 700. The agreement expired on February 5, 2021, shortly before that, Moscow and Washington extended it for five years— until February 5, 2026.

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Repubblica and Corriere della Sera provide details on Chubais’ illness

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Former special presidential envoy for sustainable development and ex-head of Rosnano Anatoly Chubais, who was hospitalized with a diagnosis of “Guillain's syndrome”; Barre, became ill during a holiday in Sardinia, according to La Repubblica and Corriere della Sera.

Guillain Syndrome— Barre— is a rare disease in which the human immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. The disease can affect the nerves that control muscle movement or transmit pain, temperature, and touch sensations, and lead to muscle weakness and loss of sensation in the limbs. Most people make a full recovery; severe cases are rare, but can lead to almost complete paralysis.

According to Corriere, Chubais felt unwell while in the Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast) resort. He was admitted to a hospital in the city of Olbia in the north-east of Sardinia, he is in serious condition, the article says.

Repubblica notes that Chubais did not complain about his state of health, he suddenly became ill; the police brought in their experts to find out if there was any talk of poisoning. A Reuters source close to the former presidential envoy said: “I don't think it's poisoning.” According to another interlocutor, Chubais is sure that he fell ill. The agency writes that he is still in intensive care. Agency sources claim that the ex-head of Rosnano cannot walk, but can talk.

According to Repubblica, Chubais spent the last few weeks on vacation on an Italian island. According to the newspaper, after leaving Russia, he went to Turkey, and then— to Israel, after which he arrived in Italy in May. In this country, he, in particular, visited Tuscany, where, according to the publication, he owns real estate. In May, a representative of Chubais denied this, noting that the former head of Rosnano he has not been to Italy for the last few months, and he has no real estate abroad.

On the eve of Chubais's hospitalization, journalist Ksenia Sobchak reported, referring to his wife Avdotya Smirnova. According to the wife of the former special representative of the president, Chubais was put in intensive care after his arms and legs began to be taken away. He himself said that he was in one of the European clinics, and his condition was assessed as moderate.

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The press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, said that the Kremlin did not know the details of what happened, wished Chubais a recovery and promised that if the ex-head of Rosnano asks for help, Russia will provide it.

Chubais left the post of special presidential envoy for sustainable development shortly after the start of the Russian military operation. Bloomberg wrote that his dismissal and departure are connected with the position on Ukraine. The Kremlin said that Chubais left the post of his own free will. In April, AFK Sistema reported that Chubais left the board of directors of the company; he also resigned as co-chairman of the Renewable Energy Development Association.

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politician, reform ideologist 1990- x, former head of the presidential administration, RAO “UES” and “Rosnano”

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Died former commander of “Alpha”, who participated in the storming of the TV tower in Vilnius

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The former commander of the Alpha special unit, retired colonel Mikhail Golovatov, who participated in the assault on the TV tower in Vilnius in 1991, died at the age of 72, according to the website of the council of the international association of veterans of this unit.

< p>Clashes between the Soviet military and supporters of Lithuanian independence took place in January 1991— Lithuania declared independence in 1990. The most famous were the clashes near the television center in Vilnius on January 11-13. Then the Soviet military, with the support of the Alpha group stormed the television center, during which 13 supporters of Lithuanian independence were killed and about 700 people were injured.

The Lithuanian prosecutor's office claims that the people who died at the Vilnius TV tower were killed by Soviet soldiers. Participants in the events from the Soviet side pointed out that it was a provocation, and fire was fired at the residents from the roofs of houses.

Golovatov in 1991-1992 commanded the group “A” FSB Special Purpose Center and participated in the assault on the TV tower.

In July 2011, Golovatov was arrested in Vienna. By that time, he was put on the European wanted list at the request of Lithuania as part of the case of the storming of the Vilnius TV tower. But less than a day later, the former military man was released. Austria then stated that it did not have enough data to transfer the suspect to Lithuania. Vienna's decision was criticized in Vilnius and the European Commission.

In March 2019, the Vilnius District Court found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the case of the January events of 1991, former USSR Minister of Defense Dmitry Yazov and Golovatov. The first was sentenced in absentia to ten years in prison, Golovatov— to 12. In February 2020, Yazov, the last surviving marshal of the Soviet Union, died after a long illness.

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Russian authorities declared that the trial in Vilnius was being conducted in violation of the norms of international and Lithuanian criminal law, and the defendants were accused under articles that did not exist during the events of 1991. In 2018, the Investigative Committee of Russia opened a case against Lithuanian prosecutors and judges in connection with the prosecution of innocent people in the case of the events in Vilnius in 1991.

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The Russian Foreign Ministry announced that it had expanded its stop list to include 39 British citizens. It is believed on Smolenskaya Square that these people “contribute to the hostile course of London, aimed at the demonization of our country and its international isolation.” Those who are on the list are denied entry to Russia.

First number on the list is former British Prime Minister David Cameron. In addition to him, a member of the House of Lords George Robertson, Scottish Cabinet Secretaries Angus Robertson and Fiona Hyslop, head of the British-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce Beit Thoms were also subject to restrictions. The list also includes 12 journalists from the Times, Guardian, Telegraph, Sky News, Economist, Sun and BBC.

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In Russia, a fund founded by a native of Leningrad was declared undesirable

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The activities of the British non-governmental organization Calvert 22 Foundation were declared undesirable in Russia, according to the Telegram channel of the Prosecutor General's Office .

"It has been established that its activities pose a threat to the foundations of the constitutional order and the security of the Russian Federation"— the message says.

The organization was founded in 2009 by Russian-born Nonna Materkova. This is an investment banker with a scholarship from the Yeltsin Foundation.

Until 2017, the fund sponsored the Russian VTB.

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Leonkov told who hit the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet

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Military expert of Arsenal of the Fatherland magazine Aleksey Leonkov suggested that the drone attack on the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol were not committed by representatives of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

As he noted in an interview with Ukraina.ru, judging by the incoming information, this drone was “assembled on its knees” and an explosive was tied to it.

< p>“Whether it was a VOG or a grenade, the investigation will establish. But the fact itself suggests that it was launched nearby,” the expert explained, adding that the drone was very small, so the air defense did not notice it.

< p>Leonkov suggested that behind this blow are not the Armed Forces of Ukraine, but sabotage groups operating in the territory of Crimea, sympathizing with Ukraine. He recalled that Russian FSB operatives had previously covered cells that were preparing terrorist attacks in Crimea.

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