Communist Party announced Putin’s meeting with the leadership of the Duma factions

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Secretary of the Communist Party Central Committee Alexander Yushchenko said that the leadership of the State Duma factions expects a meeting with President Vladimir Putin in the near future. According to the secretary, the information was received from party leader Gennady Zyuganov.

“A meeting may take place in the near future,” Yushchenko said.

He added that this was a planned event, traditionally held at the end of the Duma session.

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British mercenaries sentenced to death in Donbass file an appeal

Aiden Eslin, who fought on the side of Ukraine, appealed against the harsh sentence

British mercenary Aiden Eslin, captured in Ukraine, has filed an appeal against the death sentence imposed on him in the Donetsk People's Republic. Earlier, two other foreign fighters convicted with him were also appealed against.

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Captured captured in Ukraine, Briton Aiden Eslin, who fought in the ranks of the Marine Corps of the Ukrainian army, was convicted along with another British citizen Sean Pinner by a court in Donetsk, writes The Guardian.

According to the publication, the Briton sentenced to death filed appeal against the sentence.

As The Guardian recalls, Aiden Eslin, 28, of British and Ukrainian citizenship, a former care worker from Nottinghamshire, was a Ukrainian marine who was captured by Russian forces in Mariupol in April.

Eslin was captured along with 48-year-old Briton Sean Pinner, who was also sentenced to death for “mercenarism” and “terrorism” by the DNR court.

They both received their sentence along with Moroccan citizen Saaudoun Brahim after a trial in the Donetsk People's Republic Republic (DNR).

“A cassation appeal against the verdict was filed today,” his lawyer Pavel Kosovan told the Interfax news agency.

Earlier, the TASS news agency reported that the Supreme Court of the Russian-controlled territory received complaints from lawyers Brahim and Pinner.< /p>

Eslyn's grandmother Pamela Hall told the BBC earlier this month: “There are no words, just no words. It must be everyone's worst nightmare when a member of your family is threatened in this way. Aiden was very upset when he called his mother this morning. The bottom line is that Aiden said that the DPR told him that no one from the UK made contact and that he would be executed. I have to believe what Aiden told us, that if the DPR doesn't get any response, they will execute him. Obviously, I hope this is not true.”

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, calling the British citizens captured in Ukraine “prisoners of war”, said: “I strongly condemn the sentencing of Aiden Aslin and Sean Pinner, held by Russian proxies persons in eastern Ukraine.”

”We continue to do everything we can to support them,” the head of the British Foreign Office said.

Last month, Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK, Vadym Prystaiko, suggested that that British prisoners could be released as a result of a prisoner exchange with Russia.

“An important question is what will be the price for this, because the Russians said that some Ukrainian deputies would be exchanged for them,” said he is BBC News.

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Chechen general revealed the details of the liberation of Lisichansk: “The enemy rushed to the run”

“This flywheel could no longer be stopped”

The last stronghold of Ukrainian armed formations on the territory of the Lugansk People's Republic – the city of Lysichansk – was liberated on July 2. The city is gradually returning to civilian life with the help of the Russian Federation. On the third day after the release, humanitarian aid arrived in Lisichansk on behalf of the head of the Chechen Republic – 26 Kamaz trucks, which brought 50 tons of food, water and medicines. The MK correspondent visited the city and talked with the commander of the Chechen special forces Akhmat, General Apti Alaudinov, who told how they managed to liberate Lisichansk in a short time.

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According to the general, all the forces that performed the task of blocking the city worked at the highest level.

– It turned out that all units simultaneously entered the city from all sides, – Alaudinov explained. – In three days, we liberated a total of three cities. In addition to Lisichansk, the cities of Zolote and Gorskoe fell into the ring. Our unit entered from the side of Staraya Krasnyanka. The second corps of the People's Militia of the LPR and the grouping of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation advanced in other directions. This flywheel was unstoppable. Under our pressure, the enemy rushed to the run. Unfortunately, by the time we blocked the last section for a possible retreat of the enemy, most of them had already managed to jump out. But I will note that all the equipment and weapons remained here.

– About twenty kilometers from Lisichansk, to the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic.

– The reason is that at first Ukraine flattered itself with hopes for help America and NATO countries. They were waiting for Western weapons and believed that they would help them. In the end, when the Ukrainian military realized that they could not resist us physically, their morale dropped noticeably. And now it is at zero. We all know from the stories of prisoners of war from the other side that their units are already fighting only at the gunpoint of detachments from among the Nazis, who shoot those who retreat. But whenever possible, Ukrainian soldiers try to avoid battle, retreat, or surrender. And they do it right.

Lysichansk, LPR.

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Russian and Chinese ships sent a signal to Japan off the disputed islands

Chinese media saw Moscow's “warning” against Tokyo

Chinese and Russian warships approached the islands that China and Japan dispute among themselves, and Russia “sends a warning” to Tokyo on against the background of anti-Russian sanctions, which the Land of the Rising Sun actively joined due to the Ukrainian conflict.

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Japan's Defense Ministry said on Monday that Chinese and Russian warships had been sighted near the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea at almost the same time earlier in the day.

As the Beijing-based Global Times notes, Chinese and Russian vessels have the right, albeit differently, to freely navigate in China's contiguous Diaoyu Islands, experts said, saying the Russian Navy's recent military activity in the western Pacific serves as a warning to Tokyo amid Japanese sanctions against Russia due to the Ukrainian crisis.

The Russian frigate entered the adjacent area of ​​the Diaoyu Islands from 7:05 am to 8:16 am Monday, while the Chinese frigate stayed in the same area for about six minutes from 7:44 am, Kyodo News reported on Monday, citing the Japanese Ministry of Defense.

According to a press release from the Japanese Ministry of Defense, the Chinese frigate involved is a Type 053H3 frigate equipped with YJ-83 anti-ship missiles, HHQ-7 anti-aircraft missiles and 37mm guns.

Zhao Lijian, spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said at a regular press conference on Monday that the Diaoyu Islands and adjacent islands are China's inalienable territories. According to him, the maritime activity of Chinese ships in the waters off the islands is completely legal, and Japan has no right to make irresponsible accusations.

Tian Shichen, founder of the Institute of Global Management and director of the International Center for the Law of Military Operations, told the Global Times on Monday that the contiguous zone overlaps with the exclusive economic zone, which means that foreign warships have the right to freely move to the adjacent zones of any country, as long as they comply with domestic laws established by the coastal country in accordance with international law.

According to the expert, Chinese and Russian warships can freely navigate in the contiguous zone of the Diaoyu Islands, but on different legal grounds, writes Global Times.< /p>

The Chinese vessel sailed in the contiguous zone of China, over which China has sovereign rights and jurisdiction, while the Russian vessel sailed freely in this area due to the right to free navigation in any contiguous zone in accordance with international law, Tian Shichen explained.

The patrolling and surveillance of the Diaoyu Islands by Chinese warships is an act of protecting national sovereignty, Zhou Yongsheng, a professor at the Institute of International Relations at the China University of Foreign Affairs, told the Global Times on Monday.

According to press releases from the Ministry's Joint Headquarters defense of Japan, in June, several Russian warships circled Japan.

Zhou Yongsheng, in his commentary to Global Times, recalled that Russia, which is conducting a military operation against Ukraine, has island disputes with Japan, and actions of the Russian fleet in the Western Pacific are aimed at keeping Tokyo from reckless actions .

According to Chinese analysts, Moscow's recent actions serve as a warning to Japan against the backdrop of Japanese sanctions against the Russian Federation and are aimed at easing Western pressure on Russia due to the Ukrainian crisis.

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The accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO brought Russia serious risks

The Finns would very much like to return Vyborg

The process of Sweden and Finland joining NATO has continued. On July 4, negotiations between these countries and the Alliance were completed in Brussels. On July 5, the Foreign Ministers of Sweden and Finland signed the Accession Protocol at NATO Headquarters. Ruslan Pukhov, a military analyst and director of the Moscow Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST), spoke about the military significance of NATO expansion in the northwest.

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– Of course, this means the deterioration of our strategic position. And not because these countries suddenly became anti-Russian overnight – even before that they loved us like a dog with a stick. However, they were not at least formally integrated into NATO structures, and accordingly, they behaved cautiously and correctly towards us.

Now, their joining the Alliance may lead to the fact that their leadership – especially in conditions when governments are changing from more sane to less sane – is able to start provoking us, which will increase the risk of starting a war. In any case, such a move by Stockholm and Helsinki does not lead to anything good. And the one who says that their entry into NATO means practically nothing to us, he, I think, is disingenuous.

Everything is pretty serious. For example, the Finns decided to buy the American F-35 aircraft. With modern weapons on board, this is a formidable military force that poses a danger, including even to our 5th generation aircraft, which we also currently have in very limited numbers.

I think that the Finns probably have largely worked out protocols for suppressing our air defense systems. So it is not surprising that the possibility of using tactical nuclear weapons in this area is becoming more and more relevant for us.

– The Finnish army is a very powerful combat structure. Not because she fought a lot, but because all her life she was well prepared to fight with us. And in which case their army will be very motivated. The Finns have good tank units. Excellent infantry. This is generally a very serious opponent.

– The Swedes have a smaller army than the Finns. Their army, relatively speaking, can be called less militant. And then, unlike Finland, we have no land border with the Swedes. Let me remind you that the border with Finland is more than a thousand kilometers.

However, the Swedes have the deepest, centuries-old Russophobic traditions. And this fact also makes them very unpleasant opponents. If they have to fight with us, they will also be very motivated to do it.

– Yes, they have their own military-industrial complex. The Swedes, for example, make aircraft, including early warning aircraft – air command posts. In general, their military-industrial complex is very developed. The Swedes have historically emphasized significant self-sufficiency.

– Yes, but in addition to aircraft, they also have their own beautiful corvettes, submarines, missiles… In general, both Sweden and Finland are rich countries. Everything that they lack for their own army, they can buy either in other European countries or in the USA, as the Finns do, buying F-35s there.

Now, against the backdrop of our special operation, the military budgets of these countries will be increased, and in the field of defense they will begin to integrate more closely with the rest of the European countries of NATO.

Previously, they mainly developed these ties with their neighbors – Norway, Denmark. Now military cooperation will spread more widely to Europe and the USA, which, of course, is bad for us.

This will force us to invest more financially in the arms race. We've already gotten into it. And now it doesn’t matter at all whether we did it ourselves or were dragged into it. The score is on the scoreboard. We will have to spend more on defense than before February this year. This means that less money will be spent on infrastructure projects, healthcare, and education. There is no need to have any illusions here.

– Yes, it is observed correctly. The Baltic has been largely demilitarized since the 1990s. Most countries, including Russia, kept symbolic contingents of their navies there. A naval and missile arms race will now begin in the Baltic. And the worst thing is that with the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO, St. Petersburg is turning into a front-line city. This puts it at risk, as the Alliance's modern weaponry gives them the ability to strike devastatingly at the city. To prevent this, we will have to seriously strengthen the air and missile defense system there.

– I agree. But there are two main components of the NATO structure. One is a military organization. The other is political, through which the Americans conduct their policy in Europe. A kind of seatbelt to Washington.

In this second component, by and large, with the entry of these two countries, nothing changes. As Washington dictated its own will through NATO, so it will continue to dictate it. It's just that two more countries are added to the European list that refuse to pursue a policy independent of the United States.

On the other hand, the military component of NATO at the expense of Sweden and Finland will experience a noticeable increase. The entry of many newcomers into the Bloc did not give the Alliance anything, since these countries were not security donors. They became consumers of security and could not give anything to the military organization of NATO.

At one time there was even such a joke: in order to destroy this organization, it is necessary either for everyone to leave it, or for everyone to join at once. NATO, as a military organization, simply swelled from accepting such members, turning into something shapeless and poorly controlled.

– After Poland joined NATO in 1997, all other countries were basically ballast for the alliance. In some cases, a completely frank ballast, like, say, Montenegro, Croatia or Albania. In some cases, partial – like Slovakia or the Czech Republic.

It is quite obvious that in the 25 years since the first wave of NATO expansion, this structure has been growing for the first time not as a liability, but as an asset. In this sense, this is, of course, a valuable acquisition for the alliance.

– How to say … The Swedes say that they have not forgotten how the troops of Peter I ruled their territory 300 years ago. They remind us of some burned church.

But we also have a good memory, and we remember how in 1706 in Poland the Swedes treated captured Russian soldiers who fought as part of the Saxon army. After the battle, the Swedes then methodically separated the Russians from the Saxons, after which all our soldiers were stabbed with bayonets right on the spot, thereby committing a war crime.

During World War II, Sweden de facto, although not de jure, was ally of Hitler. Being formally neutral, she took a position hostile to us, helping the Nazis.

– If we talk about the everyday side of the issue, then, of course, the Finns are civilized, rich people. And any xenophobia is most often born out of poverty, when everyone is offended by everyone. But it's about politics. Everything is different there.

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Despite the fact that Finland formally did not have any territorial claims against Russia, recognized the results of World War II, nevertheless, the Finnish political establishment, and many Finnish citizens, did not forget that the city of Vyborg was once the second largest Finnish city after Helsinki Viipuri. The Finns lost it in 1940, then left in 1944. And at any slightest opportunity, of course, they will try to return it.

– I am sure that if there is the slightest opportunity to return their former territories, they will, of course, use such a moment. I have no doubt that Vyborg and half of Karelia will try to “squeeze” us.

– It all depends on the situation. And it will worsen with the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO. True, we had no illusions about these countries before. Therefore, now we will simply have to competently maneuver the available opportunities, restrain the unjustified or provocative impulses of these countries.

Both the Swedes and the Finns have already experienced the power of Russian weapons. bad memories for them. They still remember very well how they got hit in the teeth from us. And if you suddenly forgot, so we can remind you. So they can cling to us again only if we turn out to be frankly weak. So we can't be weak.

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Unexpected details of the detention of a Russian cargo ship with grain in Turkey revealed

Turkish media claims that the information about the arrest of the vessel is not true

Turkey did not detain the cargo ship Zhibek Zholy sailing under the Russian flag, the Aydınlık newspaper reports. According to her, the cargo ship is currently in the roadstead near the Black Sea port of Karasu. The publication also accused the Ukrainian ambassador in Ankara of “provocation” and laying “political mines”. Earlier, the diplomat said that the Turkish authorities arrested the ship, which allegedly contained from 4.5 to 7 tons of Ukrainian grain.

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On Monday, July 4, the Ukrainian ambassador to Ankara, Vasily Bondar, informed that the Turkish authorities had detained and confiscated the cargo ship Zhibek Zholy, owned by the Kazakh state company KTZ (Kazakhstan Temir Zholy – Kazakhstan Railways), but sailing under the Russian flag. According to him, the ship, which allegedly carries Ukrainian grain, is being held at the entrance to the port of Karasu.

Bondar also said that the fate of the cargo ship would be finally decided at a special meeting of investigators, which, presumably, would take place already at This week.

At the same time, Turkish customs officials, contacted by the Aydınlık newspaper, argue that the information about the “detention” of the vessel – and even more so about its “arrest” – is not true.

“Ambassador Bondar wanted to lay a political mine in the grain corridor, opened thanks to the Turkish-Russian agreements and appreciated all over the world,” the publication notes.

The day before, Reuters, citing a high-ranking Turkish official, said that at the request of the Ukrainian authorities, the cargo ship Zhibek Zholy was stopped in the port of Karasu. The interlocutor of the agency added that Kyiv's allegations are being thoroughly investigated. Moreover, he stressed that Ankara is in constant contact with Moscow, the United Nations (UN) and third parties on this issue.

“The grain does not say who it belongs to,” the source said. .

The Russian media have also addressed representatives of the Turkish customs services earlier. Customs officials told them that as of Monday afternoon, July 4, Ankara had not yet made a decision about the bulk carrier. Therefore, the ship continued to wait at the entrance to the territorial port.

Earlier it was reported that after unloading the dry cargo ship in the port of Karasu, the grain was to be delivered to the city of Konya in Central Turkey.

Meanwhile, Kazakhstan's KZT joined the solution of the situation with the dry cargo ship. In the autumn of 2021, she entered into an agreement on chartering the ship Zhibek Zholy without a crew with the Russian company Green Line for a period up to November 30, 2022.

According to Kyiv, on board the dry-cargo ship may be from 4.5 to 7 thousand tons of Ukrainian grain exported from Berdyansk. At the same time, the state company KZT assured that the deal for the sale of grain was concluded between the Estonian company and the Turkish side. The seller is registered in Europe, which shows the legality of the transaction.

In addition, in order to clarify the situation and avoid violating international law, KZT obliged the Estonian company to provide all documents (contracts, certificates, etc.). Its representatives also confirmed that the agreement and the shipment of grain are absolutely legal.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development of Kazakhstan, Kairbek Uskenbaev, indicated that the authorities of the republic could terminate the contract with the company that rented the Zhibek Zholy vessel in case of violation of legal norms.

“If he (the lessee) was engaged in any activity that does not comply with the legal norms that are accepted in Kazakhstan and in international law, then, of course, this agreement will be terminated and this ship will be recalled,” the head of the department explained to reporters.

Uskenbaev believes that the Turkish side can give a legal assessment of this situation. Only after that it will be clear whether there are legal consequences for the termination and return of this ship or not.

Meanwhile, Russia is waiting for clarification of the situation from the Turkish side. The Russian Embassy in Ankara reported that they had not yet received notification from Turkey on this issue. Earlier, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow has no information that a ship flying the Russian flag was detained in Turkey.

“If there is a detention or confiscation, the Turkish side should inform us about this through our channel embassies or consulates,” said the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation.

The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergei Lavrov, also spoke about the need to sort out the situation with the detention of the Russian dry cargo ship off the coast of Turkey.

“We must deal with this situation,” the minister said during a press conference. “The ship seems to be really Russian – under the flag of Russia, belongs, in my opinion, to Kazakhstan, and the cargo was under a contract between Estonia and Turkey.”

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The expert told why Shoigu discussed missiles for close combat

UAVs are becoming the most important target

On July 5, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu held a conference call with the generals. One of the topics is the development of medium and short-range air-to-air missiles for the Russian Air Force. MK asked a specialist why our fighters might need such missiles.

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Air missiles are being developed for the Russian Aerospace Forces by Vympel Design Bureau. As Shoigu said, the new missiles will be used by the 5th generation Su-57 aircraft and other fighters. According to him, this will increase the effectiveness of military aviation in air confrontation and increase the range of air targets hit, including small ones and those made using stealth technology.

Aircraft manufactured using stealth technology have low radar visibility. These are, for example, the American F-35 aircraft, which are more and more near the Russian borders.

As for the “small-sized” targets, there is no need to guess – these are drones, which have become an indispensable attribute of the armed struggle.

As the minister said, already in 2022 the first serial batches of new short-range and medium-range missiles will go to aviation units. Here is what an expert in the field of aviation weapons, who wished to remain anonymous, told MK about the new missiles:

– The concepts of air combat between us and the Americans are fundamentally different. We have always prepared our pilots for all types of air combat, including combat at short and medium distances. And the Americans have always had this attitude – to hit the Russians with long-range missiles, without approaching, in a long-range air battle.

That is, they systematically solved the problem: to detect our aircraft as far as possible and shoot it down at a long range, preferably a hundred kilometers away. Hence, by the way, they have a trend towards low radar visibility of their aircraft – so that the airborne radars of our aircraft do not see the enemy for as long as possible. They rely on air combat at long distances. In a word, no noble duels, but beat the enemy like a blind kitten.

And we have the opposite. Pilots were taught how to start a fight, how to fight it at any distance. That is why we still have guns on planes. Including the Su-57. In the event that the missiles are used up, you finish off the enemy with a cannon. And this can certainly be done only in close maneuvering combat.

In recent years, we have seriously advanced in the creation of long-range aircraft missiles. And now it has been recognized as expedient to develop the segment of medium and short-range aviation missiles. Why? I think there are several reasons for this.

One of them is the need to effectively destroy small, weakly maneuvering targets in the air, that is, drones. Although, of course, we have other means to fight drones – the same anti-aircraft systems, electronic warfare stations.

– These drones, as a rule, do not approach the borders. They also need to be hit with a long-range air-to-air missile.

– They are successfully hit by anti-aircraft gunners. “Bayraktars” do not go at low altitude. They are “seen” by our radars far away. Anti-aircraft missiles normally get them. But, apparently, the task of combating drones is becoming so urgent that aviation is also aimed at solving it.

In addition, there is one more argument – economic. A mass-produced drone, as a rule, is an inexpensive device, and we have to spend an expensive missile to destroy it. We need cheap air-to-air guided missiles so that there is an optimal ratio between the cost of an air target and a means of destruction. Hence, I think, the question arose at a meeting with Shoigu.

Medium and small missiles are also needed to fight Ukrainian Air Force planes and helicopters. Or rather, with what is left of these Air Forces.

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What will result in the Ukrainianization of Western diplomacy: the leaders of the “Big Seven” are degrading

Why Politicians Ignore Privacy Rules

The disdain of our former Western partners for good manners and diplomatic etiquette has long been a byword. Far in the past are the times when the grand masters of world politics, ranging from Churchill to Kissinger, acted as the guardians of not only political, but also ethical traditions in international affairs. Today, professionals and heavyweights have given way to opportunists, for whom the skills of showmen and demagogues are much more important than a well-developed political program or intellectual maturity in order to succeed in elections in the countries of “progressive democracy”.

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At the recent G7 summit we could personally observe the signs of degradation of the leaders of its member states. Concerned about their precarious domestic political situation, they spent more energy not on finding a way out of the impasse into which they had driven themselves, but on shaking the air with expressive slogans designed for the townsfolk who succumbed to anti-Russian hysteria.

Diplomacy, which from time immemorial was a subtle art, accessible only to selected virtuosos, has been turned into a round-the-clock reality show for the amusement of a bored public. Random figures, who, thanks to the whims of voters and the efforts of sponsors, replace each other at the head of Western governments with enviable regularity, use the platform provided to them not to contribute to strengthening international security, but for the sake of quick self-promotion with an eye to subsequent employment in large corporations.

Of course, in this brave new world, whose apologists boast of their imaginary openness and democracy, ideas of confidentiality and trust have finally given way to following the laws of the entertainment genre.

We saw a typical example just the other day, when a transcript of a conversation between the Russian and French leaders got into the press. As it turned out, in order to gain access to a private conversation between the heads of the two leading world powers, journalists did not have to resort to tricks and bribing sources surrounded by Emmanuel Macron. The President of France, the formal heir of de Gaulle and Mitterrand, himself invited them to his residence and, working on camera, called Vladimir Putin at an extremely difficult moment in the current crisis. At this time, he was clearly thinking not about the desired results of negotiations with Moscow, but about his rating and heroic image in the eyes of voters. It is even surprising that the corresponding conversation became public only now – probably, the French leader considered that she would be of little help to him in the election campaign, since in the published passage, against the background of the interlocutor, he looks like a nervous and fussing amateur. But the precedent has been set.

In the past, we observed such provocations either from individual odious figures like ex-NATO Secretary General A. Fogh Rasmussen (his trip with a voice recorder to a meeting with the Russian leader is memorable), or – most politicians in post-Soviet Ukraine, for whom the concept of confidentiality does not exist in principle.

But now it looks like it's time to talk about the Ukrainization of European and American political life, where the pursuit of sensations and scandals has replaced a constructive approach to global problems. In this context, we can also recall the recent Washington incident, when a journalist from the publication Politico, close to the Democratic Party, “unexpectedly” happened to be near the Russian ambassador during a private meeting of the latter, after which he circulated, as a kind of revelation, excerpts from a conversation he heard out of the corner of his ear. Given the close cooperation between the Biden administration and the mainstream media in waging an information war and generating anti-Russian fakes, one cannot help but assume that the “lucky” in this case, the journalist acted as an instrument of much more influential curators behind the campaign of harassment against diplomats from our country.

At the same time, the Russian leadership has traditionally stood with two hands for increasing the transparency of international dialogue. One can recall how, last year, our Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the spirit of the times, first presented to the public the arguments on the “Ukrainian issue”, which appeared in correspondence with the German Foreign Ministry, and then the draft security guarantee treaties proposed by the United States and NATO.

But every time it tries to add openness to diplomatic contacts, Moscow has faced criticism from Western capitals. The publication of our proposals was perceived extremely painfully, as it prevented the West from continuing to pursue the previous line with an eye to emasculating a meaningful dialogue and disorienting public opinion on the question of the true tasks and demands of Russia. It can be confidently asserted that neither the United States nor Europe were ready for a true, constructive democratization of foreign policy processes.

The latest scandals, in a series of which the story of the unsightly behavior of the French leader turned out to be just one of the episodes, show us that the leaders of the Western countries today are, in principle, not ready for meaningful interaction, just as they were not ready on the eve of the start of a special military operation (when the mentioned conversation had place). Being “temporaries” in their psychology, they look at the crisis around Ukraine as another opportunity to increase their personal and party political capital. The continuing calls for Kyiv to resist Russia, in fact, “to the last Ukrainian,” are nothing more than an effective way to shift the attention of a mass audience from internal difficulties to an artificially provoked conflict with a demonized Moscow.

Of course, over time, American and European voters will have to tire of this political theater, in which the civilians of Ukraine, Russia and the Western countries themselves act as extras. But until the local electorate realizes the harmfulness of the path taken by the “people's representatives”, Moscow will have to patiently ignore the excesses of Macron-style PR diplomacy. We will proceed from the fact that the main negotiators in this direction are the heroic participants in the special operation – and it is their successes that will stimulate the accelerated political maturation of Western leaders.

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Europe urged to abandon refrigerators to fight Putin

Bloomberg reported that dependence on Russian supplies could be reduced in this way.

The author of the international publication Bloomberg Javier Blas believes that the Europeans in the fight against Russian President Vladimir Putin should upgrade their household appliances.

According to him, the products consume a lot of energy and can be considered “friends& #8221; Russian leader, increasing the continent's dependence on Russian fuel supplies.

In an article for Bloomberg, Blas clarifies that electricity in Europe is obtained by burning gas, and it will be needed in the winter when it will be necessary to heat housing. By reducing the cost of electricity, you can cope with the gas deficit.

New equipment, the author believes, is more environmentally friendly, so its purchase will not only support manufacturers and plant employees, but also reduce fuel consumption.

The state, he believes, should help citizens in this, because this will reduce the size of a serious problem. And this, in any case, will be cheaper than subsidizing electricity consumption.

Bias cited Greece as an example, which offers compensation of 30 – 50% of the price of new air conditioners.

Same Saudi Arabia made the most, that is, a bet on high-quality and efficient new devices. All this helps to save money.

In the Kremlin at “energy saving plan” Blas responded with irony. According to Kremlin speaker Dmitry Peskov, Vladimir Putin's old household appliances are not “friends”, they are friends with “Americans”.

“Because now more expensive American liquefied gas than Russian piped gas,” he explained his answer.

According to Peskov, the same “friend” equipment is for the heads of European states, who preferred to buy cheap and predictable Russian gas supplies.

Earlier, Topnews wrote that Germany predicted a collapse of the industry due to the rejection of Russian oil and gas.

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The court refused to satisfy the claim of a Muscovite who challenged the closure of McDonald’s

The Butyrsky Court of Moscow rejected the claim of a resident of the capital, who asked to declare illegal the refusal of McDonald's to sell him food after the company left Russia, writes RIA Novosti.

As follows from case materials, the plaintiff often used the services of the network and accumulated bonus points in the application, but in March he could not place an order on the website and sued McDonald’s.

In the lawsuit, the Muscovite indicated that he had been suffering due to the termination of service, and requested recognition of the actions of McDonald's LLC; violating the rights of the consumer.

However, the court rejected the claim, explaining that the defendant had notified consumers in advance about the impossibility of providing services. Moreover, information on the sale of products posted on the site cannot be considered an offer.

Recall that McDonald’s restaurants stopped working in Russia in mid-March. Then the network announced its withdrawal from the Russian Federation. The business was transferred to the entrepreneur  Alexander Govor, who opened restaurants under the new name “Tasty – and that's it”.

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The State Duma adopted a law on tax incentives to support the IT industry

The State Duma adopted a law that contains tax support measures to stimulate the development of the IT industry in Russia. The document is published on the website of the Parliament.

The law establishes an investment tax deduction for the costs of installing, testing, adapting and modifying software and databases that are included in the unified software registry of the Russian Federation, as well as fixed assets included in the unified register of radio electronic products. This measure will also be provided for the costs of training people involved in maintaining this software, databases and objects.

In addition, the law will establish a coefficient of 1.5 for the costs of acquiring radio-electronic equipment, software and databases related to to the field of artificial intelligence.

The law will take effect from the day of its official publication. In this case, the document has retroactive legal force. Thus, the norms listed in the law will apply to legal relations that have arisen since January 2022.

Earlier it was reported that Russian leader Vladimir Putin signed a law granting foreign IT specialists and their family members the right to a simplified residence (permit).

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Composers will get legal status

For the first time in the history of the profession of a composer, its professional standard has been developed, and composing music is included in the All-Russian Classification of Economic Activities (OKVED 2).

The project was developed by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and a professional community. Members of the Union of Composers, heads of leading music universities and concert organizations in Russia took an active part in this.

The work to improve the legal framework for authors of musical works is being carried out by the relevant ministry to provide comprehensive support to composers of music. The inclusion of composers in OKVED 2 and the approval of the professional standard will allow regulating issues related to the legal status of representatives of this creative profession, which means they will provide them with social guarantees provided for by labor legislation. The prospects for developing new state support measures will also open up.

The project has already been submitted to the Ministry of Labor for approval. Having received legal status, composers will be able to count on employment in their specialty for the first time.

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59-year-old Quentin Tarantino became a father for the second time

American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino and Israeli singer Daniela Pick have welcomed their second child. Two years ago they had a son, Leo, and now — daughter, reports Starhit.

According to the publication, the birth took place in one of the perinatal clinics in Israel last Saturday, July 2. The young mother and baby are doing well and are still in the hospital.

59-year-old Quentin Tarantino and 38-year-old Daniela Pick also raise their son Leo, who was born two years ago, on February 22, 2020. They have been married since November 2018, although they met and started dating back in 2009. After that, they separated and got back together in 2016.

This is the first marriage for the American director. Previously, he had no children.

Recall that last month, the daughter of coach Eteri Tutberidze, figure skater Diana Davis and her partner Gleb Smolkin secretly got married in the USA.

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The State Duma approved a one-time increase in the mineral extraction tax for Gazprom by 1.248 trillion rubles

The State Duma adopted in the third reading an amendment to Article 343 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation on a one-time increase in the mineral extraction tax (MET) for Gazprom; by 416 billion rubles per month or by 1.248 trillion rubles in total for the tax period from September 1 to November 30, 2022. The document is published on the website of the Parliament.

One-time increase in the severance tax on gas production for Gazprom during September – November 2022 assumes an increase in payments by 416 billion rubles in each of these months. The company's total expenses due to the increase in the mineral extraction tax in the fall are estimated at 1.248 trillion rubles.

The day before, the deputy head of the Gazprom department Kirill Polous said that he considers it expedient to consider the issue of introducing a mechanism for coordinating the export of pipeline gas and LNG from the Russian Federation. According to him, against the backdrop of sanctions, the corresponding mechanism is acquiring strategic importance for Russia.

Formerly Executive Secretary of the Committee for Energy strategy and development of the fuel and energy complex of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) of the Russian Federation Dmitry Polokhin said that gas prices in Europe could increase to 3.5 thousand dollars per thousand cubic meters.

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The State Duma in the second reading approved the removal of the bureaucratic burden from teachers

The State Duma in the second reading approved the draft law on removing excessive bureaucratic burden from teachers. This is evidenced by data from the electronic database of the lower house of parliament.

Recall that the initiative involves the transition of schools to electronic document management. This will remove some of the paperwork from teachers.

Also, the regions will have the right to determine separate lists of documentation for schools. This decision must be coordinated with the Ministry of Education. The initiative introduces a direct ban on imposing on teachers the work of preparing documents outside the approved list. 

Earlier, the head of the Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, suggested conducting psychological testing of students in educational institutions in order to prevent crime.

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Militants of the neo-Nazi group “SS Bears” face the death penalty

A group of Ukrainian militants from the armed group “SS Bears”, who surrendered captive from the territory of the Azovstal plant in Mariupol, threatens capital punishment in the form of the death penalty. This was reported by TASS with reference to the Prosecutor General's Office of the DPR.

The report of the Prosecutor General's Office of the republic says that the judicial authorities of the DPR will establish a penalty for participants of the sabotage and assault Nazi group "SS Bears". It is noted that  the accused are charged with articles providing for capital punishment.

The press service of the Prosecutor General DNR reported that the participants of the   "SS Bears" sabotage, reconnaissance and military-terrorist actions on the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic.

Earlier it was reported that members DShG became the first group of militants from Azovstal, whose cases will be transferred to court. It should be noted that among the accused there are eight “Azov” (representatives of the Azov battalion banned in Russia).

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The State Duma adopted a law on a special legal regime for foreign students

The State Duma adopted in the second and third readings a bill that establishes a special legal regime for foreigners and stateless persons studying in state universities in Russia, TASS reports.

Currently foreigners who come to study in Russia receive a temporary residence permit on a general basis within the established quota. Now it is proposed to establish that this category of people will be able to obtain a temporary residence permit for the purpose of obtaining education (RVPO). Foreigners will receive such permission for the period of study and the next 180 days if they have a document confirming admission to the university. If a person is transferred to another university, the period of stay in Russia may be extended.

In addition, foreigners with RVPO will be exempted from the obligation to confirm the fact of proficiency in Russian, knowledge of the country's history and the fundamentals of the legislation of the Russian Federation and submit a notice of residence each year. They will also receive the right to obtain a residence permit in Russia in a simplified manner within 3 years after graduation.

Earlier it was reported that Vladimir Putin signed a law giving foreign IT specialists and their family members the right to a simplified procedure for obtaining residence permit (permit).

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Will I have to change my smartphone after turning off 3G in Moscow and the Moscow region?

Russian telecom operators are gradually switching from 3G to LTE. «VympelCom» (provides services under the Beeline brand) will be the first of the major operators to practically abandon the third generation of communications in Moscow and the Moscow region. It is reported by “Kommersant” with reference to sources in the company.

 What is known about the transition of “Beeline” from 3G to LTE?

The press service of the company noted that “Beeline” was the first in Russia to transfer 3G networks in the 2.1 GHz band to LTE (4G) technology in Moscow. The operator plans to complete this process by September 2022 in the Moscow region. Until the end of 2023, VimpelCom will intends to abandon 3G in more than 25 regions of the country, Kommersant notes.

 What does this mean for users?

VympelCom will keep the lowest and shortest band for 3G in the Moscow region – in the 900 MHz band. According to the publication's experts, it can only provide voice communication.

 Therefore, owners of smartphones that support only 3G will have to change devices in order to maintain Internet access. Access to the mobile Internet will be provided by smartphones with LTE support. At the same time, the SIM card must also be connected to 4G.

 Meanwhile, according to experts, only about 3% of smartphones that support only 3G remain in the capital region. In other subjects of such gadgets, no more than 5%. At the same time, no more than 1% of mobile subscribers constantly use smartphones without LTE support.

 And if a person uses ordinary phones only for calls?

If a person uses a conventional, push-button, mobile phone only for calls, there is no need to change the device. The 2G frequencies they support continue to work.

 Why does the operator switch from 3G to LTE?

In VimpelCom, explain that users are phasing out the 3G standard. Third generation traffic from this operator is steadily falling: from 16% in 2019 to 4% in 2022 in Moscow and the Moscow region. At the same time, the consumption of LTE and the number of devices supporting this communication standard is growing.

 The company's press service also noted that LTE base stations have the ability to launch 5G when the necessary frequencies are allocated. Most of the operator's investments are allocated for the construction of such stations.

 "VympelCom" consciously transfers the 3G frequency resource to LTE in order to continue to provide high quality communications. The company believes that this will increase the capacity of the data transmission network by 50%.

 At the same time, the 3G standard will continue to provide communication where it is needed, but to a lesser extent.

 Are other operators switching from 3G to LTE?

In 2021, MTS transferred 3G networks in the 2.1 GHz band to 4G and plans to do this in Moscow “by as the network is being upgraded. There are also transfer plans in other regions of the country.

 Tele2 donated the 2.1 GHz band in Moscow for LTE in 2021. The company said that they plan to “continue this work to maintain the required network capacity in accordance with the rate of traffic growth.”

  noted that “the current resources on the network in Moscow and the region are sufficient to provide high quality services” and the operator is transitioning from 3G to 4G “as needed”.

 Analysts believe that all operators will soon begin to accelerate the transition from 3G to modern communication standards. 

Sources: https://www.kommersant.ru/, https://tass.ru/
 

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The State Duma adopted in the first reading a bill on regulating the operation of taxis

Deputies of the State Duma adopted in the first reading a bill aimed at regulating the transportation of passengers and luggage by passenger taxis, RIA Novosti reports.

According to the new law, a taxi register will be created. Carriers will be required to keep an order log and store all data for at least six months. In addition, taxi services will have to provide the FSB with automated remote access to databases for processing and transmitting orders.

Self-employed citizens will be able to provide transportation services. Currently, they are deprived of such an opportunity.

Federal cities (Moscow, St. Petersburg and Sevastopol) will be able to install the maximum number of taxi cars. In addition, cars will have to be equipped with devices for monitoring the attention and fatigue of drivers.

The bill was submitted to the State Duma by the Russian government on May 11. It is designed to comprehensively regulate the operation of taxis.

Recall that last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law that prohibits drivers with a criminal record from working in taxis and public transport. It will come into force on March 1, 2023.

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Putin awarded the rank of guards to the 80th tank regiment from Chebarkul

The 80th Red Banner Tank Regiment, stationed in the Chelyabinsk region, received the title of Guards “for mass heroism, courage, steadfastness and courage” shown in battle *

Vladimir Putin 80th Red Banner Tank Regiment. The decree was published in the Telegram channel of the Ministry of Defense.

The regiment received this title “for mass heroism and courage, steadfastness and courage shown by the personnel.” in battles “for the protection of the Fatherland and state interests in armed conflicts.”

He traces his history from the 80th Tank Brigade of the 20th Tank Zvenigorod Corps of the Red Army. The brigade was created in January 1942 and during the Great Patriotic War it was included in the active army several times.

After the end of the war, the 80th brigade was reorganized into the 80th tank regiment. In it, in particular, served as the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia— First Deputy Minister of Defense Valery Gerasimov.

Since the end of February, Putin has awarded the title of Guards to a number of units. This status is given to military formations that distinguished themselves on the battlefield.

In particular, on June 10, the 28th pontoon-bridge brigade of engineering troops received the title of guards. This brigade is stationed in Murom and is engaged in the equipment of high-capacity crossings on large water barriers. In peacetime, it performs tasks related to the transport of equipment and materiel, including during emergency response.

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Ex-Foreign Minister of Austria Kneisl left the country due to threats

Kneissl said she emigrated from Austria after receiving “threats to kill”. In May, after the call of the European Parliament to include her in the EU sanctions list, the former minister left the board of directors of Rosneft

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Former Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl, who left the board of directors of Rosneft in May, left her native country because of death threats. She told the Washington Post about this.

“In messages addressed to a Washington Post reporter, Kneissl stated that she “does not give interviews.” and that she emigrated from Austria because of “threats to kill,” — the publication says.

Kneisl headed the Austrian Foreign Ministry in 2017-2019 under Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. In 2018, she married Wolfgang Meilinger. Russian President Vladimir Putin was invited to the wedding. He stayed at the event for about an hour. In particular, during this time he danced with the bride.

In June 2021, Kneissl joined the board of directors of Rosneft. as an independent director. She was nominated by the Russian government. But a little less than a year later, the ex-minister left this post.

Kneissl left the board of directors following the former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and the executive director of the Nord Stream 2 operator company. Nord Stream 2 AG by Matthias Warnig. Their departure was preceded by a resolution adopted by the deputies of the European Parliament. They called for Schröder and Kneisl, as well as other “European board members of large Russian companies and politicians who continue to receive money from Russia,” to be included in the EU sanctions list if they do not leave their posts.

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Zelensky announced “minor provocations” from Pridnestrovie

According to the Ukrainian leader, provocations from the unrecognized republic are noted in Kyiv, but small ones. In Ukraine, they believe that Russia is behind them

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President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky announced provocations from Pridnestrovie without specifying their essence. The Ukrainian leader spoke at a round table organized by the Economist, a recording of Zelensky’s speech was published on his Telegram channel.

“There are provocations, there were provocations. To be honest <…> there are provocations from Transnistria. They are small, but they are there. They are carried out by Russia, specially»,— Zelensky said, referring to information from Moldovan President Maia Sandu.

At the end of July, the head of the unrecognized Transnistrian Republic, Vadim Krasnoselsky, said at a press conference that an attack by Transnistria on Ukraine was impossible. According to him, Tiraspol remains neutral in relation to the conflict on the territory of the neighboring country.

“Even those who say this <…> understand the impossibility of an attack by Transnistria on Ukraine. These statements of theirs are intended for the domestic Ukrainian consumer, so that the Ukrainian society feels the danger allegedly emanating from Pridnestrovie,— then the head of Transnistria said.

Krasnoselsky called what is happening in Ukraine a tragedy and pointed out that its roots should be sought in the distant past.

At the end of April, a number of incidents and attacks occurred in Transnistria — in particular , unknown people fired at the headquarters of the Ministry of State Security of the Republic in Tiraspol. The authorities said that the shooters arrived from the territory of Ukraine and returned after the shelling.

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After the attack, the authorities introduced in the region red level of terrorist danger and called the incident terrorist attacks.

Moldovan President Maia Sandu said that the explosions are connected with “various forces inside Transnistria” that are interested in destabilizing the situation. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, in turn, said that the situation in the region “is trying to destabilize” Russia.

In Moscow, these incidents were regarded as terrorism and an attempt to involve the region in what is happening in Ukraine, which, as the Russian Foreign Ministry said, “we would like to avoid.”

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In Switzerland called the risks of using Russian assets in favor of Kyiv

At the conference, Kyiv suggested using the confiscated assets to restore Ukraine. The President of Switzerland recalled the right to property and indicated that later a similar mechanism could be used for other purposes

Ignazio Cassis actions require legal grounds, Swiss President Ignazio Cassis said at a conference in Lugano.

A conference on the restoration of Ukraine is being held in the Swiss city of Lugano on July 4 & 5.

«The right to property— fundamental right, human right,— said the head of state.— It is necessary to ensure the protection of citizens before the state power. It's called liberal democracy.

Cassis noted that in some cases fundamental rights can be violated— as, for example, the authorities of many countries did during the coronavirus pandemic. “But you need a legal basis,” — emphasized the President of Switzerland. Now, according to him, in Europe, you can only freeze assets in order to find out “where they came from”; and linked to a Russian sting operation in Ukraine.

The decision to use Russian assets in favor of Kyiv “was ideal for the situation in Ukraine,” but it sets a precedent for “many other situations,” Cassis said.

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Kyiv in Lugano presented a plan for restoration worth $750 billion. Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmygal, who spoke together with Kassis, said that Russian property worth $300-500 billion has been frozen in the world due to sanctions. These assets, in his opinion, should be used in the restoration of Ukraine, since Russia launched a special operation and “should be held responsible for this.”

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In late June, the Canadian Senate approved a measure that allows the confiscation and sale of Russian assets, which can then be used to “restore a foreign state that has suffered as a result of a gross violation of international peace and security,” to “restore international peace and security.” and payment of compensation to the victims.

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss generally supported this idea and admitted that London would follow the example of Ottawa. The US Department of Justice expressed the hope that Congress would take steps that would allow the transfer of assets seized from Russian entrepreneurs to Ukraine.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that the use of Russian assets in favor of Ukraine would be “in fact, outright theft.” “Such a decision would be illegal, egregious,” — he said and added that such actions would require a response from Moscow.

Violation of international norms and “theft of other people's assets”; will only lead to problems for those who do it, President Vladimir Putin warned. “Violation of the rules, norms in the field of international finance, trade does not lead to anything good. And to put it in simple terms, it will only lead to problems for those who do it. Theft of other people's assets has never brought anyone to good, especially those who are engaged in this unseemly business, — he said at the end of May.

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Poland allows forced management in companies under sanctions

Such management will be introduced to prepare companies for further sale, which will be possible by court order. More than 30 Russian companies are under Polish sanctions

Poland has adopted amendments to the law on sanctions: now the country will have an institution of compulsory management of companies that have fallen under restrictions in order to prepare them for further sale, Gazeta Olsztynska reports.

According to the document, a temporary administration will be created in sub-sanctioned companies, in addition, measures will be developed to provide financial support to workers. The administration will prepare the companies for sale. Under Polish law, the sale can be carried out with the consent of the owners, but in this case, the decision on the sale can be made by the court.

If the company being sold is owned or founded by employees, they will have an advantage over other buyers. In addition, if employees own the company by more than 50%, then they will have the right to purchase it from the administration by force.

The law also provides for the possibility of expropriating the company for compensation if this is necessary in interests of the state.

Poland imposed sanctions against Russia in April this year. The list included Russian businessmen and companies: among them — founder of UC Rusal, Oleg Deripaska; co-owner of Alfa Group Mikhail Fridman; owner of Severstal Alexey Mordashov and 11 other people; Gazprom, NOVATEK, KAMAZ, Kaspersky Lab, PhosAgro— only three dozen companies.

According to Gazeta Olsztynska, the restrictions imply the freezing of financial and economic resources, the deprivation of the opportunity to receive government orders in Poland, and the undesirability of people to stay in the country.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called the sanctions imposed by Western countries against Russia, thoughtless and insane. He pointed out that in this way foreign states tried to “crush the Russian economy”, but they “failed.”

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The State Duma approved the recognition of materials of foreign agents as harmful to children

Dissemination among minors of information harmful to their health or development is prohibited by law. Such information now includes justification of violence, LGBT propaganda and calls for suicide

The State Duma in the first reading approved a bill equating the information products of foreign agents to information that is harmful to the health or development of children. The dissemination of such information is prohibited by law. The plenary session was broadcast on the website of the lower house.

On June 9, the bill was introduced by a group of legislators: senators Andrey Klimov, Vladimir Dzhabarov and Elena Afanasyeva and deputies Vasily Piskarev, Ernest Valeev, Rakhim Azimov, Anatoly Vyborny, Andrey Alshevsky, Mikhail Delyagin, Andrey Lugovoi, Roza Chemeris and Maria Butina. They proposed to supplement the law “On the protection of children from information harmful to their health and development” with an appropriate article.

The explanatory note to the document states that it “is part of a package of federal laws aimed at improving the regulation of the status of a foreign agent.”

Now information that can harm children includes materials:

  • that incite children to harm their own or others' health or commit suicide, to use drugs and alcohol, engage in prostitution or begging;
  • justify violence against people or animals, illegal behavior;
  • denying family values, “promoting non-traditional sexual relations” and forming disrespect for parents;
  • containing an image or description of sexual violence, “information of a pornographic nature”, obscene language.

In addition, you cannot distribute personal data to children minors affected “as a result of unlawful acts.”

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On June 29, the State Duma adopted the law “On Control over the Activities of Persons Under Foreign Influence”, which includes, in particular, a ban on the educational and teaching work of foreign agents with children in state and municipal institutions. The law also prohibits foreign agents from producing information products for children.

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The authorities of Kaliningrad announced the “extreme response” to the Lithuanian ban

Kaliningrad Governor Alikhanov Allowed Ban on Imports and Exports of Goods Through the Baltic States Governor Anton Alikhanov warned that the most radical scenario would cost both Lithuania and the Kaliningrad region. Previously, he spoke about the chance for a positive resolution of the transit situation

The authorities of the Kaliningrad region as the “extreme” In response to the ban on the transit of goods through Lithuania, it was proposed to ban the import and export of any goods to and from Russia through the Baltic countries. Governor Anton Alikhanov announced this on the air of Rossiya 24.

“That is, in this way we, in fact, prohibit the movement of goods towards the Baltic states through the territory of the Russian Federation, with the exception of Kaliningrad. I mean transit cargo that followed, for example, from Asia through the Russian Federation to the Baltic ports or, conversely, some other international cargo that arrived at the Baltic ports and then moved either to Russia or through our country to other states in transit»,— explained the head of the Kaliningrad region.

According to him, the measure is “serious” and “the most extreme”, because the work of the ports is very important for the Lithuanian economy and “indirect measures that may follow” behind the Russian decision will probably have “a much more serious effect.” Other response steps are being studied in the region, there are “quite a lot of options,” Alikhanov noted.

He expressed hope that a decision on this matter would be made in the European Union in the near future. If Lithuania does not make concessions and the Kaliningrad region nevertheless resorts to a radical option, it will have to transfer its traffic flow, connected with the rest of the territory of Russia, to the sea. Alikhanov admitted that this would require “certain costs”; from the regional and federal budgets. “Just as EU sanctions have a cost to the European Union, our response is also likely to have some counter-cost,” said the head of the region.

Since June 18, Lithuania has banned rail transit of goods subject to EU sanctions to the Kaliningrad region. The Kremlin called the decision unprecedented and illegal. EU Ambassador to Russia Markus Ederer, summoned to the Foreign Ministry, stressed that there was no talk of a blockade and the transit of goods that were not under sanctions “works normally.”

The German magazine Spiegel wrote in early July that the European Commission could On July 10, allow Moscow to use transit for all goods to Kaliningrad, as the ban, in its opinion, can lead to an escalation of the conflict. Lithuania, according to the publication, reacted negatively to this decision.

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The Pentagon will protect the United States from missiles from Russia and China with balloons

The Politico edition learned about the US plans to create a system to protect against hypersonic missiles based on balloons. In 2023, Washington plans to spend seven times more on it than in the last two years

The Pentagon is developing an addition to the missile defense system based on aircraft in the form of balloons to protect the United States from hypersonic weapons, According to Politico, citing documents from the US Defense Department. Aerostats— vehicles that use encapsulated gas to take off, such as hot air balloons, airships, meteorological probes.

“The new plan should allow [the US] to outperform the competition: Russia and China. High-altitude inflatable aircraft capable of moving at an altitude of 18 to 27 km can become an integral part of a wide surveillance network and, in the future, can be used to track hypersonic weapons,— writes the newspaper.

In confirmation of the reality of such plans, which, according to Politico, may look like science fiction, the publication cites data from Pentagon documents, according to which $ 27.1 million will be allocated for development under this program in 2023, while over the past two $ 3.8 million was allocated for these purposes.

“High-altitude or ultra-high-altitude systems have many advantages due to stability, maneuverability and the ability to carry several types of payload at once,” & mdash; The newspaper quotes Tom Karako, head of missile defense programs at the International Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The Pentagon is interested in balloons because they can be used for different purposes: in particular, they can “track and deter hypersonic weapons being developed by Russia and China,” according to Politico. “One of the ways to use balloons” in addition to expensive satellites when tracking missiles. Made in the form of a drop, the devices collect complex data and navigate in space with the help of artificial intelligence, — writes the publication.

The newspaper recalls that the Pentagon has been testing high-altitude inflatable aircraft and drones powered by solar energy for several years in the field of data collection, providing ground forces with communications and communications, as well as for “safety net” satellites in case of problems. Politico also reports, citing Defense Department budget documents, that the Pentagon has already begun secretly transferring such technology to the military to power the Air Force.

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In 2019, the United States reported on the existence of a program called “Hidden long-term stratospheric architecture”; (Covert Long-Dwell Stratospheric Architecture, COLD STAR), which was originally created to trace drug supply chains. At the same time, the Pentagon Politico confirmed that this program was transferred to the military, but refused to provide any details about its development for reasons of secrecy. It is only known that the US Department of Defense has since made 25 test launches of special balloons from sites in the state of South Dakota.

“They [aerostats] can be used for any number of systems, whether they be communication and data transmission nodes, intelligence, surveillance and target acquisition (ISR) systems, air and missile threat tracking networks, and even various types of weapons. And all this without the use of satellites that move in predictable orbits, — notes Karako.

Politico quotes the words of Russell van der Werff, director of development at the company— manufacturer of such aircraft Raven Aerostar, which is a division of Raven Industries. According to him, the devices are equipped with a flight control unit, which is powered by solar panels, as well as a module responsible for flight safety, navigation and communications. Raven Aerostar also said that the modules of the devices use a patented machine learning algorithm that predicts the direction of the wind and combines sensor data in real time.

Tests of hypersonic weapons have been reported in both Russia and the United States. The last major Russian test was the May 28 launch of the Zirkon hypersonic missile. from the frigate “Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov” in the Barents Sea. The Ministry of Defense reported that the missile successfully hit a sea target located at a distance of about 1 thousand km in the White Sea.

«Zirkon»— Russian-made anti-ship hypersonic missile. It is being developed in the NPO of Mechanical Engineering near Moscow. The rocket can reach speeds of more than 9.5 thousand km/h. Last November, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the missiles would enter service in 2022.

The first salvo launch of “Zircon” took place on December 24, 2021. At the end of the month, the Northern Fleet reported on 12 successful launches of the Zirkon rocket. About ten launches were carried out by the crew of the frigate “Admiral Gorshkov”, two more — the crew of the nuclear submarine “Severodvinsk” (project «Ash»). The Kremlin noted that the successful tests of “Zircon” will be a convincing note for the West.

President Vladimir Putin said in June 2020 that Russia would be ready for the emergence of hypersonic weapons in other countries. According to him, by this time she “with a high degree of probability will have a means of combating these weapons.”

The latest tests in the United States, which took place on June 30 in Hawaii, on the contrary, ended in failure. When turning on the engine on the prototype rocket, a failure occurred, Bloomberg reported, citing US Navy spokesman Tim Gorman. No other details were given.

In April, a source told CNN that the United States had successfully tested a hypersonic missile in mid-March. However, they decided to keep them secret due to unwillingness to allow tensions in relations with Russia to grow, the source said.

The tests in China of a hypersonic missile capable of carrying nuclear weapons became known in October 2021. According to the Financial Times, citing sources, during the tests, the device flew through low-orbit space, but could not reach the target, passing several tens of kilometers away.

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The State Duma approved a ban on rallies near schools and government buildings

The list of places where, after the final adoption of the project, it will not be possible to hold rallies, for objective reasons, the authorities of the regions will be able to expand. The bill also prohibits foreign agents from organizing demonstrations

The State Duma passed a bill in the first reading banning rallies and demonstrations in some places. The meeting was broadcast on the website of the lower house.

The places where, in accordance with the initiative, it will be prohibited to hold rallies include the territories of railway stations, airports, schools, hospitals; children's and sports grounds; places of worship and territories of public authorities. The authorities of the constituent entities will be able to additionally determine other categories of objects near which it is forbidden to hold meetings, if this is due to the historical and other objective features of the region.

The same document prohibits foreign agents from organizing rallies.

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One of the authors of the bill Andrey Klimov explained that the initiative is aimed at “strengthening the protection of society and the state from the threats caused by the all-out hybrid war unleashed by the West with Russia.” The document also contains other amendments, it develops the provisions of the draft law “On Control over the Activities of Persons Under Foreign Influence” already adopted by the State Duma. and amends the laws “On Education”, “On Military Service”, “On Public Service” and others.

Now it is forbidden to hold rallies at hazardous production facilities, on overpasses, railways, areas near presidential residences, court buildings and emergency services, as well as near places of detention.

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Erdogan vows to complete grain talks within 10 days

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Negotiations on the opening of a grain corridor in the Black Sea continue, the achievement of a result is possible within seven—ten days, said following negotiations with the Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey, which mediates the process, says Hurriyet.

“The Black Sea corridor is very important. The approaches of [Presidents of Russia and Ukraine Vladimir] Putin and [Vladimir] Zelensky are important. <…> We will continue to be a mediator, we will try to intensify our negotiations and complete them within a week— ten days»,— said the Turkish president.

Kyiv and Western countries accuse Moscow of blocking ships with grain and other agricultural products in the Ukrainian ports of the country. Russia insists that Ukraine itself is to blame for the situation, having mined the ports.

The parties estimate the volume of agricultural products in the ports differently: Putin spoke at the end of June about 5 million tons of grain, the UN at the beginning of May— about 4.5 million tons, Zelensky in early June— about 20–25 million tons of agricultural products, including grain, corn, barley, sunflower oil.

Ankara decided to take on a mediating role in solving problems with grain supplies from Ukraine in mid-June. At the end of the month, the Turkish presidential administration reported that “as a result of contacts, a consensus was reached”; to establish a Grain Operations Center in Istanbul.

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Erdogan said in early July, that he intends to discuss grain exports with Putin and Zelensky by phone, preparations are underway to organize negotiations.

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Vladimir Zelensky

politician, president of Ukraine

January 25, 1978

Vladimir Putin

politician, president of Russia

October 7, 1952

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