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.


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.


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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Johnson: Ukraine must end conflict with Russia on its own terms


According to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Ukraine needs to strengthen enough to end the armed conflict with the Russian side on their own terms. This is reported by The Guardian.

Thus, speaking in the House of Commons, Johnson noted that London and the Western allies must do everything for Ukraine to win in the confrontation with Moscow. He added that the NATO summit in Madrid showed the unity and single-minded determination of all members of the alliance to support Ukraine for as long as necessary.

He added that Ukraine “should have the strength to end this war on the terms that the president described Zelensky”.

The head of the British government is also sure that Russian President Vladimir Putin will not stop at Ukraine. “We are not defending some abstract ideals, but the first principle of peace, which is that the dismemberment of large and strong countries should not be allowed. If this happens, then no country will be safe anywhere,” Johnson said.


The infamous Ovsyannikova returned to Russia without extorting Putin

No one needs it, they didn’t even arrest it

What an instructive story about illusions turned out with the ex-editor of Channel One Marina Ovsyannikova, also known as the “woman with a poster” in on the air of Ekaterina Andreeva. Ovsyannikova wrote on the social network that she was forced to return to Russia and was ready to be arrested immediately upon arrival. On Monday, she returned and again turned out to be of no use to anyone – neither you fighters in shiny black helmets, nor employees with unforgettable faces. I just got into the car at the airport and drove home.

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Literally dotted as events unfolded. Ovsyannikova appeared on the air with an anti-war poster, and at the same time, a call appeared on her social network to go to the rally. For the call (Article 20.2 of the Code of Administrative Offenses), and not at all for her “position” and art on the air, she was fined 30 thousand rubles. But who cares about the details if you can use the situation for anti-Russian propaganda. The “victim of the regime” went abroad, received the Vaclav Havel Journalism Award (which pissed off Ukrainians because there are no good Russians), was accepted for a trial period at Die Welt (which pissed off Ukrainians right up to a rally at the editorial office), tried to go to Ukraine, explaining that she is Ukrainian Tkachuk (which infuriated the Ukrainians, who listed her on the Peacemaker website as an enemy). And then the pink period ended – everything that could be squeezed out of the “bold journalist who was not afraid of Putin”. True, there was not much to squeeze out, and when the wave of interest and the trial period in the editorial office ended, Ovsyannikov was put out the door.

Marina Ovsyannikova is definitely a victim of the regime. But not at all in the sense that liberals put into this concept. It’s just that her conscious childhood and adolescence fell at a time when there was a seam with domestic education, the Western world of light reigned in the ideology of the 90s, and it was customary to declare everything Russian/Soviet as dense, bloody, obscurantist and interfere with shit. From a lack of critical thinking skills and a pro-Western picture of the world hammered into the head, a world of illusions was born.

To be convinced of this, it is enough to read what she wrote before arriving in Moscow. Here we have everything “saturated with hatred”. But Ovsyannikova herself was only fined, scolded, one might say. The husband refuses to communicate with her and does not give up his daughter (she flew in to sue her daughter), because “she works on a propaganda channel.” The first channel where she worked, in fact, she, apparently, is a model of the opposition. Only abroad will she be able to instill in her daughter “correct moral values.” Which? Here you can not instill ideas about 26 or how many genders there are now. The rest, please. “She must grow up in a free Western society, where every human life is priceless.” Free Western society has killed more people all over the planet in the last thirty years than the rest of the world. You already know about the imminent arrest at the airport.

Well, and so on – not even liberal, but demshiz clichés. Hang it in a frame at least as a model.

In theory, there should be such a moral here: look what the absence of an ideological policy of the state leads to, or, for example, something about Western Russophobia at the level of precisely nationality, when political views not important. But it will be like this: the case with Ovsyannikova is instructive in that sooner or later illusions begin to crumble. Already started. Everywhere, irrevocably. And that's good.


Secret code of Russia: the country’s foreign policy was filled with riddles

The closest example is Moscow's reaction to the events in Karakalpakstan

Any form, as you know, must correspond to the content, and any practice must correspond to theory. Well, ideally. And, looking at Russian foreign policy from this reference height, we have to state with chagrin that we are very far from perfection. The theory has lagged far behind the practice that has gone ahead, it is full of gaps and contradictions, which makes many things seem incomprehensible. The closest example is Moscow's reaction to the events in Karakalpakstan.

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“Everything that happens in Uzbekistan is the internal affair of this country,” the president's spokesman said on Monday. “An internal matter,” an unnamed RIA Novosti source at the Russian Foreign Ministry echoed Dmitry Peskov. “The situation is under control. The authorities are acting competently with respect for their people. There are enough forces to prevent provocations.”

This is the official reaction. The non-public, according to available information, is full of even greater sympathy towards the “competent” Uzbek authorities and, accordingly, antipathy towards the protesters. According to rumors, the issue of providing military assistance to Tashkent in suppressing the protests was seriously considered.

Reasons here on the surface: Russia is completely inopportune for a new hotbed of instability in its Central Asian “underbelly”. Enough, as agreed, and other concerns. On other fronts. But this understandable tactical calculation categorically contradicts the principles we proclaimed earlier.

The Karakalpak case can be called a classic. Once Karakalpakstan was an autonomy within Russia, but in December 1936, without any referenda and other tedious conciliation procedures, it was transferred to the Uzbek SSR. The transfer, as it turned out later, did not reflect the aspirations of the population. But it was not accepted then to openly argue with the Soviet authorities. The dispute about the status of the republic came out when the Soviet government entered the time of its agony. And since then it hasn't stopped.

The current aggravation of chronic confrontation is caused, as is known, by the attempt of the Uzbek authorities to deprive the Republic of Karakalpakstan of its gains achieved in the early 1990s: the draft of the new version of the Uzbek constitution lacked provisions on the autonomy's sovereignty and its right to secession. The protest against these innovations took mass forms in Karakalpakstan and poured into the streets. In response, the authorities used weapons against the protesters. According to official figures, 18 people died and 243 were injured during the riots.

“Separatists”, of course, calls these figures underestimated. But even if we start from them, Moscow's position still raises questions. I remember that there were cases when a significantly smaller number of victims forced the Russian authorities to accuse the authorities of the country of name of violating the norms of international law, of suppressing the legitimate right of the people to self-determination.

Then no one said that this was an “internal matter.” Moreover, the violent suppression of protests is a manifestation of respect for one's people. On the contrary, they talked about the need to help the people return “to their native harbor” or to acquire an independent, sovereign status. And then it seemed that this was precisely what our firm foreign policy line consisted of, not depending on any momentary conjuncture, or on any “turnover”. But as you can see, everything is much more complicated.

Another obvious problem is the more than calm reaction to Finland and Sweden joining NATO. Even the idea of ​​placing a NATO base in the Finnish city of Lappeenranta, expressed by its mayor Kimmo Järvu, did not raise its degree. For reference: Lappeenranta is located only 20 kilometers from the Russian-Finnish border. Distance to St. Petersburg in a straight line – 170.

However, according to State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, it is not Russia that should be worried about its security, but NATO recruits themselves: “The deployment of NATO bases will not protect either Finland or Sweden. On the contrary, it will endanger the inhabitants of cities where military infrastructure will be located.”< /p>

And a little earlier, the speaker ridiculed NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg, who said that Russia, they say, contrary to its expectations, will receive more NATO at its borders: “He rejoices early. Sweden in the NATO bloc will have more Russia near its borders.” But according to the same bravura logic, nothing bad would happen to us even if Ukraine joined the alliance: it would be worse for Ukraine and NATO.

In a word, there are contradictions. Some evil tongues even call it double standards. Let us, however, hope that these contradictions are imaginary, that there is some key to a common understanding of what is happening, some secret – so far secret – knowledge that brings under all these particular cases a single impeccable theoretical basis. You just need to find this treasured secret code.


How guest workers get second wives in Russia

AiF Browser talked in Uzbekistan with abandoned women — their spouses went to the Russian Federation to work, and then disappeared. It turned out — they married our citizens without even bothering with divorce at home.

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“He said – I’m already with the Russian.” How guest workers get second wives in Russia

Shakhzoda Mirodova (surname changed — Aut.) from Bukhara viloyat (region) 26 years old, and she already has three children — two girls and a boy. She was married for five years. Her husband Shavkat left for a construction site in Yekaterinburg and once a year appeared at home — make another baby. Then he stopped coming. 

“At first he just disappeared, — Shahzoda is angry. — Then he showed up, writes to me in votsap — I don't want to go back, I like Russia. And soon I look — I started posting photos on social networks: with a woman in a wedding dress, fifteen years older than him! I write him — Are you out of your mind? You haven't officially divorced me yet! And he — “leave me alone, fool, I'm already from Russian””. Shahzoda turned to the police of Uzbekistan — they made a request to Yekaterinburg, but they did not find Shavkat. He also retired from social media. “It seems that he received Russian citizenship and changed his name, — wipes Shahzod's tears. — I feel like an idiot. They don’t send money for children at all. I ask if she will file for divorce. “Oh, I don’t know, — woman waving. — Who needs me? Suddenly it will be back. 

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“There was a shout throughout the street”

I'm surprised — after all, in the passports of Uzbekistan, a note is made about marriage. How then do migrant workers become bigamists in Russia? It turns out there is a whole system. “A person allegedly loses his passport, takes a certificate, a temporary certificate, — explains lawyer Mirza Abdulkhodzhaev. — With her, he can work in Russia, his identity is confirmed. Then, without any problems, he marries a citizen of the Russian Federation and can apply for Russian documents … he receives a Russian passport and no stamps about a previous marriage will appear in Uzbekistan there. It happens that the Russian wives of Uzbek migrant workers find out about the existence of the “first family”; and fly to Uzbekistan to sort things out. “My neighbor’s husband — Karimbek, lives in St. Petersburg for five years, lays asphalt, — says housewife Onakhon Islamova (name changed — Aut.) from Andijan. Sends money properly. And suddenly a woman of forty years old appears on her doorstep, her name is Lyudmila. And immediately scandalize — Karimbek is my husband, you must divorce him! It turns out that they have been living together legally for four years, Luda accidentally found out about her first wife. There was a shout throughout the street, it almost came to a fight».

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“They find older women”

There are even more “civil marriages”, without registration: a person moves from Uzbekistan to Russia, has an affair with a new lady and breaks ties with the former family. «Dear, what do you want? — asks me a 55-year-old fruit vendor Gulyam Mukhammedov— two of his sons work as a taxi driver in Moscow. — A young guy from a distant village comes to Moscow and goes crazy. Skyscrapers, wealth, luxury restaurants. Beautiful women, affordable alcohol. And most importantly — there are no neighbors ready to judge you for “wrong behavior”. Without female attention, many are hard. So it begins … Often, young Uzbeks find older women in Russia who know how to cook and take care — well, “mommy”, you understand. Alas, some men are simple — whoever is near, he loves. Family, children are somewhere far away, as if they do not exist. They live on women's support, get used to not working. All this is difficult. They deceive Russian girls — I have not heard anyone admit that he has a family in Uzbekistan. Sometimes it's downright sad. My neighbor's son worked in Novosibirsk for three years, saving money for a wedding. The bride was chosen by her parents, from a good family. Married, went back to the construction site — and a month later I found myself another one. 640″ style=”display: block;” />

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“The husband takes and disappears”

Uzbek journalists told me — there are forums on the Internet where migrant workers in Russia openly post ads about finding a mate for themselves. In this case, a Muslim marriage is concluded in the presence of the mullah — nikah. 

«A man freely gets himself a second wife, — explains to an employee of a law firm in Tashkent Lyubov Aslanova. — For such “registration” sometimes Russian girls who grew up in dysfunctional families agree. They accept Islam thinking — the husband will not drink, will not be engaged in assault, the salary will be brought home. For a while this happens, and then the newly-minted spouse takes and disappears. He does not bear responsibility, because such a marriage is not considered “real”; in the absence of registration in the registry office in both Russia and Uzbekistan. Often, women from Kyrgyzstan working in the Russian Federation agree on nicknames — and also remain without a penny, with a child in their arms. Only one thing can be advised here — you should check the data about your future life partner more carefully.

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“I said it, but I'm shaking” 

I never found out the exact number of abandoned wives in Uzbekistan. The interviewed experts agreed on only one — there are tens of thousands of women. Last year there were 305,000 marriages and 40,000 divorces in the country. True, one should take into account — often women do not file a divorce: for them, this is at least some kind of guarantee that the ex-spouse's family will help financially. “Tajikistan has a state special program where girls get jobs, help them survive, — sighs Shahzoda Mirodov. — We don't have anything. Your man is happy with the other, and you get out with the children as you want — You can’t collect alimony from him, he is in a foreign state. Women tried to fight — gathered in groups, wrote appeals to the Federal Migration Service of Russia so that “traitors” deported back. Answered — this is impossible, because their documents are in order. The fact that the husbands who left us violated the laws in both Russia and Uzbekistan — nobody cares. I’ve just said everything, but I’m shaking myself so that my husband doesn’t read it. — «Why?» — ««And if it does not work out for him in Russia and he comes back? Honestly, I would forgive him.

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The Times: Britain will not have enough ammunition to defeat Russia


The British army does not have enough ammunition to defeat Russia, The Times analyst Edward Lucas said. According to him, Moscow is aware of the capabilities and understaffing of the army of the United Kingdom.

As an example, the article cites the words of retired General Ben Hodges, who commanded US troops in Europe. Hodges told Parliament that in the Warfighter exercise in 2021, the British ground forces have “all important munitions” ended on the eighth day.

The analyst believes that the overall picture is clear and very gloomy for Britain: the country does not have the forces and means in the right amount to complete the main combat mission.

Underlined , that at the last military conference on the topic of modern conflicts, it turned out that in the event of a real clash with the Russian Federation, the troops of the United Kingdom will have enough ammunition for no more than two days.


Russia allowed sanctions against Maxar, whose satellite filmed Belgorod before the APU hit

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Russia has the right to introduce sanctions against the American company Maxar in the event that it is confirmed that its satellite was used to film Belgorod before the APU hit it. The first deputy head of the international committee of the Federation Council, Vladimir Dzhabarov, shared such an accurate view with journalists

Before that, RIA Novosti previously discovered that Maxar's American commercial GeoEye1 satellite was filming Belgorod three days before the Ukrainian military attacked the Russian city.


At 3 am on July 3, Ukrainian troops attacked Belgorod, the governor of the region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, reported three dead and four wounded. Among the victims was a ten-year-old child. Social networks also reported on the shelling of Kursk and Melitopol, which is under the control of Russian troops. This action by the Kyiv authorities, among other things, answers the questions: will the special operation continue after the liberation of the LPR and DPR and are negotiations with the current authorities possible in Kyiv.


“Bavarian Lovers”. Who in Russia regrets the victory over Hitler?

Against the backdrop of a special military operation to protect the DPR and LPR, a wave of “defeatism” has risen again in Russian opposition circles. The meaning of such statements boils down to the fact that to return to the “path of civilization” the country can only as a result of a military defeat.

“If the USSR had once been occupied by Germany, now Russia would be more technologically advanced”

Surprisingly, theses also surfaced about the notorious “Bavarian beer” that the Russians would drink if the Great Patriotic War ended in the defeat of the Soviet Union in 1941.

The former editor-in-chief of the Kommersant publication Andrey Vasiliev in an interview with Radio Liberty, recognized in Russia as a foreign agent said: “As a matter of fact, Russia had a chance, I believe, the Soviet Union, to lose the war. Lose the war to Hitler. And then Hitler and Stalinall naturally combined forces won sooner or later. And if Russia had remained the loser in the war, then it would have lived like Germany or Japan now.

But if Vasiliev does not hold any posts today, then a similar statement by the candidate of economic sciences Elena Chirkova, which historian Alexander Dyukov cited in his Telegram channel, is much less harmless: “And I believe that if the USSR had once been occupied by Germany, then now Russia would be more technologically developed and with a large GDP per capita. So what? I always thought so.

For “contribution to scientific reputation”

Graduated in 1989 from Moscow State University with a degree in Political Economy; Mrs. Chirkova has been an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economic Sciences at the National Research University Higher School of Economics for the past 16 years. Twice she was recognized as the best teacher of the university, has a certificate from the Higher School of Economics, as well as an allowance for “contribution to scientific reputation”; “Towers”.

Of course, one can always say that Associate Professor Chirkova is an economist, not a historian. However, such a magnificent theory of benefits, which allegedly brought defeat from Hitler, casts doubt on the reputation of the specialist as a whole.

No one today knows for sure who was the first to put into use the expression “We would lose — would drink Bavarian”, however, its active broadcast in the liberal domestic press began at the end of perestroika.

“Slavery under Hitler would not have lasted longer than under Stalin”

In 1989, a journalist from the publication Moskovsky Komsomolets Alexander Minkin wrote the following: 

«No, we did not win.

Or so: we won, but lost.

What if it would be better if Stalin had not defeated Hitler, but Hitler — Stalin?

It was not Germany that perished in 1945. Fascism perished.

Similarly: not Russia would perish, but the regime. Stalinism.

Maybe it would be better if Nazi Germany defeated the USSR in 1945. And even better b — in 1941! We would not have lost our 22 or 30 million people. And this is not counting the post-war “Beria” million.

We liberated Germany. Maybe it would be better if they released us?

Before, such defeatist arguments (if they arose) were immediately interrupted by spiritual protest: no! Stalin is better than a thousand years of slavery under Hitler!

This — myth. This is a false choice, planted by propaganda. Hitler could not live 1000 years. Even a hundred. It is likely that slavery under Hitler would not have lasted longer than under Stalin, and perhaps there would have been fewer victims.

The material was published in 1990 in the journal Country and World, and then and in the Sotsium magazine.

But Minkin did not calm down on this, repeating the publication in MK June 22, 2005. Which ended in a huge scandal.

At the same time, the journalist himself tried to prove that he, they say, was not talking about “Bavarian”. But the essence does not change — apologists of this theory proceed from the fact that the defeat from Hitler was not fatal for the inhabitants of the USSR.

«The main idea — is precisely in the fight against "Muscovy" and Russians»

The example of Mrs. Chirkova shows that the bearers of liberalism continue to inspire this thesis to new generations. And from it, respectively, to throw a bridge to current events.

At the same time, not only all the ideological postulates of Hitler regarding the “conquest of living space in the East” are completely ignored, but also the practical steps within the framework of the so-called “General Plan Ost”.

“The idea that it was not an option for a Jew to survive in the event of a Nazi victory somehow subsided in the minds of our intelligentsia. But what would be a little better for a Russian in the world of the victorious Third Reich — it somehow does not fit in their heads. Russians are somehow not perceived as an object of the Nazi racial war of extermination — it is believed that it was not about extermination, but about enslavement, — writes historian Alexander Dyukov in his Telegram channel.< /strong> – Meanwhile, if we look at the developments of Rosenberg in the spring of 1941 (these plans were rewarded by the appointment of the Minister for the Occupied Territories), we will find that the main idea there — precisely in the fight against "Muscovy" and Russian:

– as many Russian territories as possible should be torn away and transferred to the puppet states of Ukraine, Weisrutenia and the Don region;

– Russians from these territories should be deported to the truncated “Muscovy”;

– European Jews were also planned to be deported there;

– in "Muscovy" the most brutal occupation regime, both politically and economically, must be established.

In general, the Russian "Muscovy" was supposed to be the last circle of Nazi hell: the place of extermination of Jews and “Slavs of Russian nationality”; (this definition of the enemy was given by Hitler in his “Second Book”).

“The Fuhrer's decision to raze Moscow and Leningrad to the ground is unshakable”

There are also statistics on the human losses of the Soviet Union during the Great Patriotic War, where 14 million victims were among the civilian population. Of these, 7.4 million — victims of deliberate extermination. These are the ones who were killed simply because they wanted to be killed. Because they are representatives of the “lower race”, preventing the establishment of the “new order”.

The tragedy of Leningrad — is a vivid example of this. At the same time, here, too, liberal-minded citizens managed to speculate on the need to surrender the city, ignoring the fact confirmed by German documents — the Nazis were not going to save either Leningrad or its population.

On July 8, 1941, the Chief of the German General Staff Franz Halder wrote in his diary: “The Fuhrer’s decision to raze Moscow and Leningrad to the ground is unshakable in order to completely get rid of the population of these cities, which otherwise we will then be forced to feed during the winter. The task of destroying these cities must be carried out by aviation. Tanks should not be used for this. It will be “a national disaster that will deprive the centers not only of Bolshevism, but also of the Muscovites (Russians) in general.”

“Lovers of Bavarian”

It would seem that everything is more than clear. But the domestic liberal thinks differently. He considers himself to be in a category that should not share the suffering of the people. The occupier, having appreciated the high intellectual level of the “elite”, will keep it for his own purposes. And, accordingly, pour “Bavarian”.

The experience of the Great Patriotic War shows that in our country there were many who believed in “civilized Germans”. Once in the occupation, such people behaved differently. Some, convinced of what the policy of the Third Reich was in reality, dreamed of the return of the Red Army. Others really went to the service of the Nazis, participating in the destruction of their compatriots. Many of the latter then managed to escape to the West, prophesying from there about a certain “Third Way”.

The struggle for the future of the country is going on not only on the front line, but also in the rear. And with «lovers of the Bavarian» it's time to finish in the most decisive way.

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Tymoshenko: peace talks with Russia are an illusion, we need a victory in battle

According to the ex-head of the government of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko, no peace agreements with Moscow are now acceptable for Kyiv, the country has the only way out – victory in battle.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, she also accused the Russian side of trying to prolong the conflict on the territory of Ukraine in order to make the contradictions between NATO members more obvious.

“For us this is unacceptable. A peace agreement is an illusion, and the only way out is victory in battle. Any peace agreements will again be only the first step towards another war,” she stressed.


Tymoshenko called unacceptable any peace agreement with Russia

The conclusion of any peace agreement with Moscow is unacceptable for Kyiv, said the People's Deputy of Ukraine, the leader of the Batkivshchyna party and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in an interview with The Daily Telegraph.

“This is unacceptable for Ukraine. Peace Agreement— illusion, and the only way out— victory in battle. Any peace agreement will be only the first step towards another war, — said the ex-premier.

The politician accused Russia and its President Vladimir Putin personally of trying to prolong the conflict. According to her, in this way the head of state wants to strengthen the contradictions between NATO members. She called on the West to increase arms supplies to Kyiv.

Russia and Ukraine began negotiations for a peace settlement on 28 February. The delegations of the countries met three times on the territory of Belarus, then the discussion continued online. On March 29, another face-to-face meeting between representatives of Kyiv and Moscow took place in Istanbul, as a result of which the Ukrainian representatives submitted a proposal for a peaceful settlement to Russia. The document provided for Ukraine's refusal to join NATO in exchange for security guarantees, as well as confirmation that Ukraine would no longer try to return control of Crimea and Donbas by force. Russia responded by saying that its President Vladimir Putin could meet with his Ukrainian counterpart Vladimir Zelensky, provided that a peace agreement was signed at the Foreign Ministry level at the same time.

However, in April the negotiations were suspended, a fact recognized by both sides. Moscow has repeatedly stated that their freezing was initiated by Ukraine. Putin, in turn, argued that Kyiv had departed from the Istanbul agreements and wanted to decide the fate of Crimea and Donbass at a bilateral summit. Moscow insists on resolving this issue even during the preparation of the draft peace agreement.

Then, at the end of May, Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, said that certain Western countries offered Kyiv to surrender territories in the south and east to Russia “for the sake of peace.” He refused to participate in such discussions, but said that the hostilities should end with negotiations.

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In mid-June, the head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, said that Kyiv still did not want to negotiate. In turn, a member of the Ukrainian delegation, head of the Servant of the People faction David Arakhamia said that his country's representatives would not resume the process until Ukraine could “turn the situation around”; and get out of the “weak position”.

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Syrian ambassador to Russia accuses West of sending IS fighters to Ukraine

Turkey and Western countries are transporting militants of the terrorist organization “Islamic State” banned in Russia to Ukraine (IG), Syrian Ambassador to Moscow Riad Haddad told TASS.

"We are not surprised that the US, the West and Turkey are transporting militants from ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations from Idlib to Ukraine (also designated terrorist and banned in Russia.— RBC), since these groups, although they are called differently, are tools used by the West against peaceful peoples, — he said.

WP learns about US concerns about Russia’s actions in the Middle East

Washington announced the “provocative” and “unsafe” actions of Russia and Iran in the Middle East. According to the newspaper, the United States is looking for a way to “restore containment” without escalating the conflict

Washington is concerned about “provocative” and “unsafe” actions of Russia and Iran in the Middle East, writes The Washington Post, citing representatives of the US administration.

Several such situations arose in June: Pentagon representatives recorded “provocative”, “escalatory” or “unsafe and unprofessional” actions by Russia and Iran,” the newspaper writes. As an example of such a case, the newspaper cited a strike, presumably by Russian aircraft, on a camp of armed groups of the Syrian opposition near the US military base in the city of Al-Tanf.

American military personnel were warned about this about 35 minutes before the strike, as a result, no one was injured. The head of US Central Command (CENTCOM), Michael Kurilla, called the incident “part of a broader attempt by US rivals to consolidate dominance in the region, while betting that the US will not respond militarily.”

Washington officials also documented several “cases where Russian aircraft posed a threat to US military aircraft in the skies over Syria with maneuvers that ran counter to long-established deconfliction protocols.” At the same time, the newspaper draws attention to the fact that CENTCOM refused to talk about the details of what happened in support of its arguments.

There has also been an “increase in provocations by Iran and the forces it backs,” the source added.

conflict”, the authors of the publication say. In June, Kurilla, speaking to the military at the al-Tanf base, said that the US does not want a conflict with Russia, but “will defend itself” and “will not hesitate” with the answer.

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At the end of June, The Washington Post, citing its sources in the Pentagon, wrote about the approach of three boats of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of the Iranian Navy to the US Navy ships Sirocco and Choctaw County at a distance of 50 yards (46 m) in the Persian Gulf. One of her interlocutors assessed the distance as unsafe and reported that the boats were moving at a “dangerously high speed.” They veered off course when the Sirocco crew fired a warning flare. The collision was avoided, the Iranian boats left the area an hour later. The ships were in international waters at the time of the incident.

CENTCOM spokesman Colonel Joseph Buccino after the incident accused the Iranian military of failing to comply with “international standards of professional or safe behavior at sea.” and stated that “CENTCOM forces will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere within the area of ​​responsibility permitted by international law, contributing to regional stability.”

CENTCOM's area of ​​responsibility includes the Middle East and regions such as South and Central Asia. The command website says that one of its priorities is “containment”; Iran.

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Kremlin says Ukraine will have to agree to Russia’s terms

The Ukrainian authorities know the conditions of Moscow, despite the efforts of Washington, Kyiv will have to “understand them again” and agree, Peskov said. He believes that the West is set to “continue the war”

Dmitry Peskov

The United States and other Western countries oppose initiatives to resolve the conflict in Ukraine, forbidding Kyiv to “think and speak”; about a peace agreement, but the time for negotiations will one day come, said on the air of Rossiya 1; Representative of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov.

“Sooner or later, common sense will prevail. And again the turn of negotiations will come, before which the Ukrainians will have to understand once again all our conditions. They know them very well. agree to them. Sit at the table. And just to fix the document, which in many respects has already been agreed upon,— he said.

Peskov believes that Western countries are betting on the continuation of hostilities, which is why the possibilities of “pacifying the situation” there is no former demand.

At the beginning of the week, on June 28, the Kremlin noted that in Kyiv they could “stop everything before the end of the current day.” subject to an order to the Ukrainian military to lay down their arms and agreement to the conditions of Russia.

Russia's special operation in Ukraine began more than four months ago— on the night of February 24, representatives of the two countries met several times in person after that and negotiated via video link. The greatest progress was made at the end of March at a meeting in Istanbul's Dolmabahce Palace. Representatives of Ukraine then conveyed their proposals to the Russian side, after which the Russian delegation sent its response to Kyiv's proposals. There was no reaction from Ukraine, this indicates the decision of the authorities of this country to “freeze” negotiations, noted the head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky.

In Kyiv, they explained that the negotiations were influenced by what happened in the Ukrainian city of Bucha, journalists from Reuters and other publications reported on the found bodies of dead civilians. The Ministry of Defense called these data a provocation with the aim of denigrating Russia, President Vladimir Putin holds a similar opinion.

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The Ukrainian authorities allowed the continuation of negotiations, subject to the strengthening of their own position in the dialogue. As the head of the delegation, David Arakhamia, said, this will be facilitated by the supply of Western weapons. “Our armed forces are already ready to use it. <…> And then, I think, we can initiate a new round of negotiations from a strengthened negotiating position, — he expects.

Announcing the start of a special operation in Ukraine, Putin said that Russia's goals were to carry out demilitarization and “denazification”; neighboring state. Moscow is also seeking to protect the people of Donbass from “the genocide by the Kyiv regime,” he argues. According to the President of Russia, the Ukrainian authorities for eight years “mocked” above them. In addition, Russia intends to achieve the salvation of the LPR and DPR and the “restoration of their statehood” within the borders of 2014.

Ukraine, in response, severed diplomatic relations with Russia, martial law was declared in the country and general mobilization was introduced. The Ukrainian authorities reject the presence of Nazi formations in the country, Medinsky said.

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Australia to ban gold imports from Russia

Sanctions against Russian gold were imposed by the United States, Canada and Japan. The European Union is working on similar restrictive measures, wrote Bloomberg

Australia will ban gold imports from Russia and impose sanctions against 16 Russian ministers, Prime Minister Anthony Albaniz said at a press conference in Kyiv, Reuters reports. The total number of Russians who are under the restrictive measures of Canberra will reach 843.

Visit of the Head of the Australian Government to Ukraine— the first in relations between the two countries, said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a press conference. He thanked Australia for “substantial assistance, including defense.” Albaniz announced the transfer of military equipment to Kyiv, including 20 Bushmaster armored personnel carriers. Zelensky asked for the supply of these armored personnel carriers, in April the Australian government agreed to their transfer.

At the end of June, sanctions against Russian gold were imposed by the United States. According to the US Treasury, the decision was made jointly with the UK, Canada and Japan. The ban does not apply to gold mined in Russian deposits, which was exported outside Russia before June 28, 2022, the department explained. Gold is a “major share of exports” that brings Russia “tens of billions of dollars”, and the US and its allies want to cut the income of the Russian authorities, US President Joe Biden explained the decision to impose sanctions.

According to Bloomberg, the European Union is working on sanctions against Russian gold. The head of the European Council, Charles Michel, had previously said that the EU authorities want to assess whether such a measure would harm the economy of the union itself.

The desire to reduce Russia's revenues, including from gold exports, was mentioned in a joint statement of the G7 countries in end of June. Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the threat of blocking the export of gold to the West, said that the precious metals market is large and if one of them loses its attractiveness due to illegal actions, there is a “reorientation” to another.

Russia— one of the largest gold exporters in the world. In 2021, Russian enterprises produced 346.4 tons of gold, most of the production (87%) was exported, which brought in $17.4 billion, follows from the data of the Ministry of Finance and the Federal Customs Service.

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Plenum of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation called for self-sufficiency of Russia: socialism will save us

Communists offered to follow the example of the USSR

A joint Plenum of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation and the Central Control and Audit Commission of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation was held in the Snegiri rest house near Moscow. “The course of events is developing rapidly and menacingly,” but Russia has a salvation from the current systemic world crisis of capitalism – socialism, said Gennady Zyuganov. He urged “not to drag into the authorities the bearers of White Guard patriotism” who “dug in around the president.”

Photo: Gennady Cherkasov < p>Opening the plenum, the leader of the Communist Party called the current time “very difficult and responsible.” From the first world systemic crisis, which ended with the First World War, “humanity was pulled out by the Great October and Lenin-Stalinist modernization”, from the second crisis, which ended with the Second World War, humanity was “pulled out by our great Victory”, the current crisis has already “grown into a hybrid war, and again we see the Nazis, Bandera and Americans as the main enemies,” explained Gennady Zyuganov.

Traditionally, at the beginning of such events, party cards are awarded to a group of young and not very communists. On July 2, from the hands of Mr. Zyuganov, among others, “a student and a young mother”, an engineer, an actor from one of the drama theaters near Moscow, a manager, a master of sports of the USSR in judo (he is also the general director of a construction company) and a consultant for the international department of the Central Committee received party membership certificates Communist Party.

The report, which was made by the chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, a few days before the plenum was published on the party's website – so that all communists could read it and take part in the discussion. From the podium, the main communist of the country delivered an abbreviated version of this document in more than an hour and a half.

About the sanctions against Russia, imposed after the start of the special operation, Mr. Zyuganov said: “They essentially declared war on us, but our country has spent 700 years of its thousand-year history in battles, and we will definitely win here.” As a result, the situation in the economy is difficult, he admitted: “the former format of interaction with the outside world has been destroyed”, “patching holes does not save”, “expert forecasts are alarming”, Russia depends on the supply of sophisticated equipment, while for a number of goods imports from countries that have joined to sanctions exceeds 90%…

The solution to the problem in the Communist Party is seen in the new industrialization and “getting rid of capitalism”, which “led the country to a dead end.” The speaker suggested taking an example from the USSR. “The authorities of the USSR had the freedom to make political decisions, because the country's economy was self-sufficient.” Mr. Zyuganov especially emphasized the last word, dividing it into syllables: “sa – mo – up to – a hundred – exact.”

The recipes for ensuring self-sufficiency in the current conditions were briefly listed both in the report and in the resolution adopted on the basis of its discussion entitled “The development budget is a guarantee of Russia's economic independence”: withdrawal from international economic organizations from which the Russian Federation has not yet withdrawn or is not excluded (WTO , the World Bank), the return of Russian business from foreign jurisdictions, the nationalization of production in strategic sectors – and the nationalization of property owned by “non-residents” (apparently, we are talking about both foreigners and Russians, most of the time living abroad). As well as the introduction of short-term and strategic planning, a progressive income tax on super incomes (from what amount they start was not specified), the abolition of insurance medicine and the restoration of state medicine, the return of the old retirement age (55 years for women and 60 years for men). Mr. Zyuganov called the pension reform of 2018 “an absolutely cannibalistic decision.”

“All the resources of the country, regardless of the form of ownership, should be directed” to achieving independence from the outside world, to new industrialization, the plenum resolution says. It emphasizes that “today is not the time to be divided into mine and the state”, but this topic was not developed either in the document or in the report of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation.

“The best prospect for Ukraine is our reunification,” according to Mr. Zyuganov, according to the Communist Party. “We have been helping Donbass and Lugansk all these years, the result of our political perseverance was the support of the appeal to the president to recognize the DPR and LPR,” the speaker recalled (that appeal was adopted by the State Duma on February 15, 2022). In Ukraine in the past, there were a lot of supporters of closer relations with Russia, it would be possible to use “soft power” more actively in foreign policy, but the Russian authorities did not accept and did not implement this program proposed by the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, “they didn’t listen, and now we pay a huge price,” he lamented…

While in the special operation zone “fighters and local residents raise red flags and restore monuments to the great commanders, Lenin and Stalin, and they do it on their own initiative,” the communist leader noted, in Russia “they are trying to cross out the glorious Soviet past,” “ they are slipping tales that it was Lenin who invented the Ukrainian people. (The fact that Vladimir Ilyich is the creator of the Ukrainian state in its current form, Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, spoke publicly more than once, but his last name was not mentioned in this context.)

In Russia, they continue to “blame Stalin”, “we see around the president a lot of bearers of White Guard patriotism, which at the beginning of the 20th century led to a civil war and which the working people did not support.” The carriers of alien imperial patriotism then brought foreign capital to Russia, the party leader continued, “during the civil war, the white separatists were on a short leash of their patrons, Kolchak served the USA and Britain, Krasnov served the Germans, part of this public later began to serve the interests of Hitler … So it was I would like to ask the patriots of note: who are you dragging us into the authorities? p>

Pulling on the sundress of Russian patriots, they act as Russophobes provocateurs!” – this question, the speaker specified, is asked to the Kremlin. And now the “liberal revanchists” are trying to bring down Russia through the economic crisis and the actions of the “fifth column”. Vladimir Putin spoke about her, but she sits next to him all the time!” – said Gennady Andreevich. And he asked: “Urals! When will you finally slam this viper – the Yeltsin Center?”.

Resolutions of the plenum entitled “In the fight against anti-Sovietism and Russophobia” and “With the heroic Donbass, the fraternal people of Ukraine – forever!” in general, they repeated the assessments and conclusions made in the report.

The chairman of the Central Committee did not dwell on the details of the election campaign, which is gaining momentum in many Russian regions, in which the Communist Party of the Russian Federation is trying to take an active part (15 heads of regions, 6 legislative assemblies and many municipalities should be elected on September 11). He only reminded that the main competitor of the Communist Party, United Russia, resorts to “more and more tricks” sometimes “beyond conscience”: three-day voting, electronic voting, voting outside the polling stations … Among the regions where special things are happening, according to the leadership of the Communist Party, ” disgrace”, Bryansk, Yaroslavl and Rostov regions were named. And in general, Gennady Zyuganov stated, “even the extremely difficult situation caused the authorities to strive not to strengthen the cohesion of society, but to strengthen the police force”: mass street events are increasingly banned, communist activists are increasingly subjected to “administrative repressions” such as arrests …

Immediately after Mr. Zyuganov's report, the head of the Sverdlovsk regional organization of the party, Alexander Ivachev, spoke. “Societal cohesion is somehow heterogeneous,” he complained: ordinary people are ready to sacrifice a lot, collect money for humanitarian aid to the Donbass and uniforms for volunteers, but “the richer part of the Ural society is not particularly in a hurry to take off their last shirt and help.” At Uralvagonzavod, a shortened working week has been introduced, somewhere people are being fired altogether: “a simple worker pays for difficulties, this is the same thing that is happening now in the decaying West,” Mr. Ivachev explained. And the authorities of the region also do not behave in a brotherly way: they did not congratulate the pioneer organization on the 100th anniversary, they continue to subsidize the Yeltsin Center …

Our governor (Evgeny Kuyvashev, – MK.) in general “insulted me worse nowhere – you, he says, are the same as Yeltsin – the first secretary of the regional committee, ”the main Ural communist said to the laughter of the audience.


Russian Thai. How does Thailand meet tourists from Russia?

From 1 July Thailand lifts a number of coronavirus restrictions on entry and abolishes the mandatory mask regime. Russian tour operators have begun offering package tours to the country. The resumption of direct flights is also expected.

An correspondent visited Thailand and tells what this country can now offer a Russian traveler.

Why Thailand?

< p>Thailand — one of those countries that has long been chosen by Russian tourists. In Phuket, the most popular resort in the country, a lot of service oriented our compatriots — Russian restaurants, tours to various sights in Russian and and much more.

An important point now — attitude towards Russians. Thailand is on the other end of Europe, so the Thais have heard little about the conflict in Ukraine and are indifferent to          Therefore, there is little chance of running into hostility from the side of the locals. No establishments with "Closed for Russians" can not be found here.

In addition, the country itself is very cheap. Here you can easily find decent budget vacation options from & nbsp; 20 & nbsp; thousand. rub. for accommodation for a week. The average bills in local restaurants are also quite comparable with Russian and even cheaper. You can have a tasty and satisfying lunch at a restaurant from the  Michelin list for a thousand rubles.

The downside can be called an expensive and & nbsp; long flight. After the start of the coronavirus pandemic and the imposition of Western sanctions against the Russian aviation industry, there are no direct flights left in Thailand. A flight from Moscow takes from 16 hours, prices start from 40 thousand. rub. However, this problem is now being solved. Plans have been announced to restore two-way air traffic.

Where and when is the best time to go?

In Thailand, you can find a resort according to your taste.

Bangkok — the country's capital with skyscrapers, Michelin-starred restaurants and bars, contemporary art centers and impressive Buddhist temples.

Pattaya — coastal metropolis with long sandy beaches and nightlife.

Phuket — the most famous beach resort.

Chiang Mai — this is the north of Thailand, the culinary capital of the country, located in the middle of tea plantations, jungles and mountains, in which local tribes preserve the ancient way of life.

Finally, Ko Most — an island in the Gulf of Thailand, an expensive detox resort with yoga, massages and magnificent sunrises and sunsets.

You can travel between resorts. Rail communication in the country is not very developed, so it is best to do it by plane. Reasonable prices — 2-3 thousand rub. per flight. Fly from any end of the country to the other close — an hour or two. There is an option to take a bus, it's cheaper, but longer.

The high season in Thailand is traditionally from November to March. It                    ‐ +30°C. This is the best time to visit Bangkok and Pattaya, Phuket, and also the north of Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai. From  April to June is the off season. At this time it is very hot and stuffy, but there are not so many tourists. The monsoon season usually comes in July and lasts late September-October.

On Ko Samui the tourist season lasts from January to August. Here it rains when the rest of the country is already bathing in the rays of the sun — in November and December.

How to arrive?

To enter the country, Russians need a passport. A visa is not required if you stay in Thai for less than 30 days.

Quite recently, there were covid restrictions on entry into the country, but since July 1, most of them have been lifted. Now you can enter the country either with a PCR test not older than 72 hours (or a professional antigen test), or with a vaccination certificate — fit «Sputnik V» and "Sputnik Light".

While there are no direct flights, you can transfer in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Istanbul or Doha.

How to book a hotel?

Package tours from & nbsp; Russian companies are just beginning to appear. They mainly offer bookings for December — start of the tourist season. If you want to fly to Thai on your own, you can use traditional hotel booking services like Contrary to rumors, Russian tourists can book places of residence through booking. The difficulty is that through the site you can not pay for the hotel with a card of a Russian bank — due to Western sanctions, they are not working almost anywhere abroad.

Many Thai hotels have already reoriented to Russian tourists and on websites you can look for options marked  Payment on on the spot» is possible. In this case, pay cash on onsite. You can use Russian hotel booking services, like ostrovok, where you can pay for the hotel in advance with a Mir card. Finally, some hotels can be paid with a Swift transfer. To do this, contact the hotel and request such an opportunity.

Where to exchange currency?

National currency of Thailand — Thai baht. Its exchange rate to ruble is now approximately 1 THB to 1.5-2 rubles. The problem is that due to the high volatility of the ruble, it is very difficult to find an exchanger where you could exchange rubles.

There are several options. First — take with you the required amount of dollars, which can be found in Russian banks. The rate will be higher than the official one (70-75 ruble for dollar).

Second — take a Russian UniPay card with you. You can pay with it in Thailand, including in some hotels, although not everywhere. However, now the cunning Russian banks that issue UniPay have begun to take a rather large commission for its issue — — from 9.5 thousand to 15 thousand rubles.

The third option — upon arrival, open an account in a Thai bank. To do this, you will need a passport and affidavit of residence and income. You can get it at the consular department at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Bangkok, where they are willing to meet their compatriots. The consular section is open weekdays from 9 to 12. It is better to pre-book an appointment through the embassy website (if the appointment does not work, you can write to the consulate's e-mail), but you can just come without an appointment at the reception time and defend a live queue.

After submitting the documents, you will need to wait an hour or two until it is signed, and go with it to the nearest large branch of Bangkok Bank. For opening an account and the first year of service, you will need to pay 699 baht. At least 500 baht more must be deposited into the account. The card is issued with a validity period of 5 years. Further maintenance will cost 599 baht per year. You can replenish this account with a Swift transfer from any non-sanctioned Russian bank. You will need to report on opening a foreign account to your native tax office.

The subtleties of communication with locals

Thailand — the country is touristic, therefore, they are very tolerant of foreigners and forgive them their ignorance of the intricacies of the local culture. However, there are a few important rules.

Thailand — this is a kingdom. The figure of the monarch is sacred, any insult to it is considered a criminal offense. The image of the king is also on money. Therefore, you can step on banknotes with your feet, for example, if it was torn out of hands by the wind and carried away.

During visits temples museums, dress code should be observed. For men — no shorts or T-shirts, women must also wear clothing that covers ankles and elbows. Before entering the temple, you should take off your shoes.

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Welt reported that the German authorities underestimated the data on oil imports from Russia

Welt: German Minister of Economics underestimated April data on oil imports from Russia The indicator of Russian oil imports to Germany, which, according to the Minister of Economics, amounted to 12% in April, is completely untrue. Habek's assessment was “rather spontaneous”

The Minister of Economy and Climate of Germany, Robert Habek, underestimated the data on oil imports from Russia for April, writes Die Welt.

< p>The publication recalled that Khabek said in April that the country imports only 12% of Russian oil. However, according to the German Ministry of Economy, provided in response to a request from the Deputy Chairman of the German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Jens Spahn, in March this figure was almost 37%, and in May the share of oil imported by Germany from Russia was 27.8%.

“The reduction in dependence on crude oil to 12%, announced by Economy Minister Habek a few weeks ago, seems to have been more of a spontaneous assessment,” Spahn suggested.

According to the expert, the data cited by the German Ministry of Economy indicate that dependence on Russia has practically not decreased.

When asked by Die Welt, how to explain the discrepancy between Habek's words and the actual level of imports, the ministry replied that at that time oil importing companies were talking about the possibility of withdrawing from contracts with Russia.

Earlier, on July 1, foreign policy adviser to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Jens Plötner, warned that with a sharp refusal to supply oil, as well as gas and coal from Russia to Germany and throughout Europe, a “very strong recession” would begin.

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“For the largest economy in Europe, making such a decision with far-reaching consequences represents an irresponsible policy,” — underlined.

It took the EU a month and a half to agree on a partial embargo on oil supplies from Russia. The decision was made on 30 May. The ban was introduced from June with a transition period (for oil — until December 2022 and for oil products — until February 2023) for contracts concluded before the embargo came into force and new one-time transactions on the spot market.

The embargo applies to offshore oil supplies, but not to pipeline exports, through which EU members, including Hungary, Germany and Poland, received about a third of the oil.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen noted that Germany and Poland independently decided to refuse any form of Russian oil supplies, so by the end of the year it will be sent to the EU only through the southern part of the Druzhba pipeline, which accounts for 10% of the total volume of Russian oil bought by the EU.

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Heroes without memory. How they forgot the exploits of people who glorified Russia

On 5 July 1701, an event occurred which, as is commonly believed, largely determined the course and even the outcome of the Northern War of 1700 — 1721 , which ended with an impressive Russian victory.

It was then, during the battle near the unfinished Novodvinsk fortress, that the Swedes' attempt to destroy Arkhangelsk on the fly, burn the shipyards of Solombala and cut off the Russians from the last sea that connected Russia with Europe was thwarted. By and large, all this was prevented by one person, whose name was unknown for a long time. In any case, in the capitals forgotten until XX century. The name is — Ivan Ryabov. Remembered the feat of the Dvina feeder only thanks to the novel Yury German“Young Russia” yes to the film of the same name by Ilya Guryin. Meanwhile, domestic history is rich in & nbsp; such stories. Ivan Ryabov was still lucky. Because many other heroes are still forgotten. Or almost forgotten. Some just oversight, and some by old order from above…

Ivan Ryabov. To stay in the song

The same Ivan Ryabov was lucky to a certain extent by chance. In & nbsp; 1943, a member of the Military Council of the Northern Fleet, Vice Admiral Alexander Nikolaev gave the military commissar TASS and an employee of the Political Directorate of the Northern Fleet Yuri German combat mission — tell the sailors about the glorious past of the Russian fleet in the North. And did a few tips. In particular, he led the correspondent to Captain Ivan Kotsov. He, like many other Arkhangelsk residents, was not only a captain, but also a connoisseur of antiquity. And by  right — in  his house, Herman saw the charter of the Tsar Ioann Vasilyevich, given to the “lodey feeder Ivashka Kotsovto  the right to go up into the Germans, and down ​​into Rus». And also a letter of Peter I, which the carpenter tsar bestowed Kuzma Kotsovawith the title of “ship leader”. In this family kept and honored the memory of the heroes — about  the feat of the feeder Ryabov to Ivan Kotsov, according to him, in childhood "old lady sang".

Can Is it possible to believe «grandmother's songs»? Herman decided that it was possible. And he built a novel around the plot “Ivan Ryabov saves the Novodvinsk fortress and” Arkhangelsk “. Anyone who has seen the film “Young Russia” must remember how it was. Feeder Ivan Ryabov with  assistant interpreter Mityaunder the guise of a fisherman accidentally captured by the Swedes, he becomes their pilot, promises to take them to Arkhangelsk, but instead, he puts the Swedish flagship and a couple more ships aground exactly in the zone of destruction of the Russian guns of the Novodvinsk fortress. The Swedes naturally get kaput, but they manage to kill Mitya. Ryabov, however, escapes and swims to  his own. The novel was published in & nbsp; 1952 & nbsp; And for almost a quarter of a century, the feat of Ivan Ryabov is brushed aside. Say, all this is cheers-patriotic fiction. But in 1975  historian Nikolai Konkovpublishes the  New Document on the Battle of Novodvinsk on June 25, 1701”, which he found in the archive. The document is called “Questioning Dvina bean Ivan Yermolinson of Sedunov. It clearly follows from this document that Ivashka Sedunov, nicknamed Ryab or Ryabov, and also his interpreter Mitka Popov really did what   , there was such an idea that to introduce thieves' ships into the mouth and & nbsp; run aground. And brought de on, Ivashko, those the above-mentioned thieves' Svei two frigates and a yacht with military people from the sea into the Dvina Estuary, where the builder of the fortress, and half a mile away, those frigates and a yacht stranded … Tolmach de Mitka Popov, who was full of with them, was killed by shotguns from fuses, and he de, Ivashka, was wounded by shot not to death, and he, Ivashka, with  ship, rushing into the water, swam to the shore … & raquo;

Ivan Moshkin. Hero of Europe

In the XVII century                        there was often written about Russians in the European press. It is even generally accepted that the first domestic media person was the “daring Cossack Stenka Razin”, whose uprising was trumpeted by German and Dutch newspapers for several years.

In fact, there was one person who, thirty years before Razin, got into the European media top. And how you got — nice to see! True, the name of the hero is traditionally misrepresented — in "sheets" and  brochures of the Italian Grignaniprinting house call him Simonović. Although in reality it is Ivan Semyonovich Moshkin, a Russian archer of the notch line.

In 1634 he, being in the steppe watch», gets captured by Crimean Tatars. They sell it to Turkey, where Ivan becomes a galley rower. Or rather, on Galeas — this is a class of rowing and sailing ships. Galleas — ships are spacious. The one on which slave Moshkin pulled his strap consisted of 250 people of the Turkish team and troops, and also 280 slaves on oars. Of these slaves, 210 came from Russian regions, and only 70 — from other European countries. This ratio gives some idea of ​​the Crimean misfortune that tormented Russia in those years…

Moshkin turned out to be a man not only persistent, but also adventurous. He manages to put together a conspiracy of slaves, and even involve several slaves close to the captain. In general, in one fine night, a Russian archer blows up part of the ship, and after a bloody battle, out of 250 people of the Turkish team, only 40 remain alive.

Next — some fantasy. A quick passage from the  Marmara to the Mediterranean, the capture of another Turkish ship and, finally, the arrival in the Sicilian port of Messina. Spain then owned Sicily, the Spanish king, informed of such a case, comes to & nbsp; delighted. The Ottoman fleet was such a scourge for the Mediterranean as the Crimean Tatars — for the southern Russian steppes. Capture a huge Turkish ship with 17 cannons, 250 muskets, 200 kg of silver, 20 banners and 500 sets of military uniforms — it's from the  series  it doesn't happen that way . And already if it was done by the slaves, then in general, the guard.

Moshkin and his comrades are offered to serve the Spanish king. The Russians refuse — they want to go home. Similar proposals were received twice more — from Austrian Emperor and Polish King. Moreover, the price of remuneration for service was constantly growing — the hype around the “Russian heroes”, raised by the European press, did its job. However, the Russians returned home. True, here a cool welcome awaited them. I had to forget about & nbsp; rich gifts and & nbsp; awards. The main character, Ivan Moshkin, was again accepted into the & nbsp; archers with a salary of & nbsp; two altyns. Yes and then not immediate — it turned out that the archer, after seven years of Muslim captivity, thirsting for communion, did this directly with the Pope. What followed the royal decree — before accepting him into the service again, “send him under the command to” the patriarch for correction, in order to receive the sacrament from the “pope.”

Alexander Osterman-Tolstoy. Tsarist pettiness

He began his service under Catherine the Great, under the banner of Suvorov — for assaulting Izmail Alexander Ivanovichreceived the Order of St. George of the fourth degree, and & nbsp; after all, he was then only 18 & nbsp; years old. Courage on the battlefield was very well combined with wit and causticity. So, when  he, retired from service, volunteered in the terrible year for Russia in 1812, the general of Italian origin Pauluccispoke in the meaning that Osterman had not donned a uniform for a long time and not  ; might be useful. To it he received the answer: «For you Russia — uniform, you put it on and take it off whenever you want. For me, Russia — my skin».

In the  terrible battle near Ostrovno, when it depended on the stamina of his corps, the armies of Barclayand Bagrationor not, then the fate of the entire war was at stake, Osterman, in response to a question about what to do, calmly said: "Nothing. Stand and die».

In the Battle of Kulm in 1813, his combined detachment decided the fate of the entire battle. However, the general's left arm was almost torn off by a cannonball. When he came to themselves then choosed the surgeon who will do the amputation: "I like your physiognomy, cut". When the operation was over, the count said: “It is very pleasant to be wounded for” the Fatherland, and “as for the left hand, then” I have the right one, which I need for the sign of the cross, a sign of faith in God, on which I rely all my hope.”

And in 1828, the count, dismissed on an indefinite leave, but listed in the service, will once again offer his services to the Russian Emperor. In that year, another war with Turkey will begin. But on this time he will be rejected.  what's the matter? In the pettiness of Nicholas I. Several participants in the Decembrist uprising fled from persecution in the count's house. Plus, he still had the audacity to ask for his relatives and friends. 

Alexander Osterman-Tolstoy will leave Russia. Forever and ever. He will refuse to come even to the anniversary of the Battle of Kulm. Nikolai's beautiful gesture — the emperor will award Osterman with the Order of St. Andrew the First-Called, the highest order of the empire…

The ribbon and star of this order, sent in a sealed package, will remain in         The Count will not touch this award until his death.

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Hard winter predicted in Italy when gas supplies from Russia are stopped

Thanks to the diversification of gas supplies, Italy is in a better position than other EU countries, the country's government said

Gas supplies from Russia to Italy have decreased by 15%, and if they are completely stopped, the republic will face a difficult winter, Italian Minister of Environmental Transformations Roberto Cingolani said in an interview with SkyTg24 TV channel.

«If Moscow cuts off gas, winter may difficult»,— he said.

Chingolani called the main task to ensure gas supplies for the winter, when there will be a peak of industrial and domestic consumption. According to him, due to the conflict in Ukraine, supplies from Russia have already decreased, and the temporary suspension of the Nord Stream may aggravate the situation.

Nord Stream will be closed for two weeks for maintenance: this will mean that there will be even less gas, and prices will rise, because the gas market is speculative and a further race of savings [gas] will begin, — Chingolani noted.

The Italian government has already allocated €30 billion to subsidize gas prices, he said. Gas storage facilities in the country are now 60% full and it is planned to reach the level of 90%, the minister said.

Cingolani said Italy is in a better position with respect to its gas supply than other EU countries, as Rome “in a matter of weeks” diversified sources of purchases.

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In April, Italy signed a contract with Algeria to increase gas supplies, Reuters wrote. Prime Minister Mario Draghi called it an important step to reduce dependence on gas from Russia.

The Italian newspaper Lifegate notes that deliveries via the Trans-Mediterranean gas pipeline from Algeria to Italy will increase by 9 billion cubic meters. m per year— up to 30 billion cubic meters Thus, the North African country will become the main supplier of gas to Italy.

The leader in supplies in 2021 was Russia, which provided Rome with 29 billion cubic meters. m., Algeria supplied 22.5 billion cubic meters. m., Azerbaijan— 7.2 bcm m., Qatar— 6.8 bcm m. Italy also buys gas from Libya, Norway, the USA and the Netherlands.

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Peskov responded to NATO statements about a possible victory over Russia


The Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Western countries “gravitate towards the apocalypse”. So he answered the question of journalist Pavel Zarubin, who asked to respond to the statements of the NATO countries that spoke about the military way to resolve the conflict in Ukraine.

According to Peskov, it is better to talk about something more constructive. He added that it was to be hoped that “some political will and some political reason still remained at least partially in the collective West.” The Kremlin speaker stressed that this mind is fully preserved in Russia.

NATO leaders at the summit in Madrid approved a new strategic concept for the alliance until 2030. It recognizes Russia as “the most significant and direct threat” security. Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo later noted that Russia could allegedly be defeated “only on the battlefield.” In this regard, he called on the leaders of the alliance states to support Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said that NATO was starting a new arms race. According to him, this process is an aggressive military construction. He demands “mandatory demonization of the enemy”, as Grushko said.


Ukraine is preparing a provocation in Odessa to accuse Russia of killing civilians

Kyiv is preparing a provocation in Odessa to accuse Russia of destroying civilian infrastructure and killing civilians. This was said by Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, head of the National Defense Control Center of the Russian Federation.

According to him, the Ukrainian authorities are preparing staging using cluster munitions prohibited by international agreements. A group of anti-Russian activists has been trained to take part in the provocation, who will play the role of victims. According to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, each of them will be paid $500.

Mizintsev specified that, according to the plan of the Kyiv regime, units of the RF Armed Forces will strike the places of deployment of formations of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and allegedly hit a social facility in Odessa.


In addition, he said that representatives of foreign media, as well as employees of the international organization UNICEF, were brought to Odessa from June 26 to June 28 to cover the provocation.

Earlier, the RF Ministry of Defense reported that from the Ukrainian side provocations are being prepared at the cemetery of those who died from the plague in the 19th century in Odessa.

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The head of Zelensky’s office called Kyiv’s conditions for lifting sanctions against Russia

Kyiv believes that sanctions against Russia should be in effect until “proper assurances” from her side, as well as compensation for damage. Moscow has repeatedly called the sanctions illegal and declared the “sanctions hysteria” of the West alt=”The head of Zelensky's office named Kyiv's conditions for lifting sanctions against Russia” />

Andriy Yermak

International security guarantees for Ukraine should include a bloc on sanctions against Russia, head of the office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak said. His words are quoted on the website of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

According to Yermak, the sanctions policy bloc should become an effective tool to prevent new conflicts. He believes that sanctions against Russia will continue until two conditions are met.

“Firstly, it [Russia] must give proper assurances and guarantees that aggression against Ukraine will not be repeated. Secondly, it must provide full compensation for the damage caused to our state and citizens,” — Yermak said.

According to him, guarantees should also include blocks on the further provision of weapons and military equipment to Ukraine “without any restrictions and politically conditioned obstacles”; building a system of agreements, “which will provide detailed mechanisms for the actions of guarantors in the event of aggression against Ukraine”; annual financial assistance for the development of the defense sector; a permanent security threat assessment mechanism.

“Ukraine has had a very negative experience with security assurances under the Budapest Memorandum. We categorically refuse to repeat it. “Budapest-2” won't,— concluded Yermak.

Kyiv created an expert group to develop international security guarantees for Ukraine, its first meeting was held on July 1. The group is led by Andriy Yermak and ex-NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who was an adviser to former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

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Ukraine demands international security guarantees in exchange for declaring a neutral status and refusing to aspire to join NATO. According to Kyiv, permanent members of the UN Security Council, including Russia, as well as Turkey, Germany, Italy, Israel, Poland and Canada could become guarantors.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in April that security guarantees should be provided not only to Ukraine, but to all European countries and Russia. He also drew attention to the fact that these guarantees cannot apply to Crimea and those regions whose independence was recognized by Russia.

The US State Department previously said that the easing of sanctions against Russia could be included in the Russian-Ukrainian agreement (negotiations on it stopped in mid-May). Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has indicated that Washington will keep an eye on what Kyiv wants, and if it decides that lifting restrictions will end hostilities, the US can do so. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz also said that anti-Russian restrictions would be lifted only in agreement with Ukraine.

Lavrov noted that the West had been preparing sanctions against Russia for a long time and they “will hardly be lifted.” According to the minister, the restrictions “look like hysteria, even somewhere like agony.”

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Russia ceased to participate in the agreements of the Council of Europe

Moscow ceases participation in eight agreements of the Council of Europe, in connection with this, 14 acts and provisions have become invalid. Russia left the Council of Europe in March

Russia ceases participation in eight partial and extended partial agreements of the Council of Europe (CE). The document, signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, dated June 28, was published on the legal information portal.

Thus, Russia withdraws from the Group for International Cooperation on Drugs and Addictions (Group Pompidou, formerly known as the Group for Cooperation in Combating Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking), the European Fund for Supporting Cooperative Film Production and Distribution of Cinematographic and Audiovisual Works. Evrimage» and the European Audiovisual Observatory.

Participation in the partial agreement of 1990 establishing the European Commission for Democracy through Law, and in the partial open agreement of the CE on forecasting, preventing and providing assistance in the event of natural disasters and technological disasters have also been terminated.

In addition, Russia withdrew from the expanded partial agreements on sports, on cultural routes and from the Observatory for the Teaching of History in Europe.

In this regard, 14 acts and provisions have become invalid.

Russia withdrew from the Council of Europe in March, after 26 years of membership. Prior to that, the day after the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe limited Russia's rights in this organization and in PACE. On March 14, the CE Parliamentary Assembly notified the Russian delegation of the suspension of its membership in the assembly, later voting for the exclusion of Russia from the CE.

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The Russian Foreign Ministry explained the decision to withdraw from the Council of Europe by the abuse of “their majority” in the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe by the states of the European Union and NATO, which becomes a continuation of the “line of destruction”; this organization.

Later, Vice Speaker of the Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev said that Russia intends to denounce the Charter of the Council of Europe, the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and four other conventions, as well as a number of documents that do not meet the interests states.

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The scientist explained the reason for the invasion of ladybugs in southern Russia

The invasion of ladybugs in the Krasnodar Territory is due to their origin. This was stated in an interview with RIA Novosti by the Deputy Director for Research of the Federal State Budgetary Institution “Sochi National Park” Boris Tuniev.

According to the expert, an invasive Asian species is now spreading in the south of Russia insects actively occupying territories. It was first recorded in Sochi in 2012, and before that in Europe in 2001. 

Presumably, this beetle came to the Kuban along with planting material, like many other species.

"This is an Asian species, it is called "harlequin", it is also called "harmony". And like all invasive species, invaders, it gives such a flashy abundance, – the scientist explained.

Tuniev also clarified that ladybugs can bite, or be somewhat dangerous for allergy sufferers, while they do not pose a big threat to plants and human health. However, the danger of Asian ladybugs lies in the fact that ladybugs crowd out local insects because they feed on the same food.

Previously, a disinfectologist named the most effective means of controlling mosquitoes.

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EU considers Russia’s threat to break off relations with Bulgaria unfounded

Due to the expulsion of diplomats, Russian Ambassador to Bulgaria Eleonora Mitrofanova will raise the question of closing the embassy in this country before the Russian leadership

Embassy of the Russian Federation in Bulgaria

Bulgaria's decision to expel 70 Russian diplomats and embassy staff is fully consistent with international law, and Moscow's potential severing of diplomatic relations with Sofia will only increase Russia's international isolation, the European External Action Service said in a statement.

“The European Union deplores the unfounded threat of the Russian Federation to break off diplomatic relations with Bulgaria in response to Bulgaria's decision, in full compliance with international law, to expel 70 employees of the Russian embassy who acted in violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations,” noted in the message.

The decision to expel 70 diplomats was announced on June 28 by the BNR agency, citing the acting prime minister of the republic, Kiril Petkov. He claimed that most of them worked undercover for the secret services. The plane with the Russians declared undesirable persons should fly to Moscow on July 3.

The Russian Embassy called Sophia's accusations and the decision to expel her “an unprecedented, slanderous, completely unfounded and provocative act.” If the decision is not reversed, Russia will face the issue of closing the embassy, ​​the statement said. Russian Ambassador to Bulgaria Eleonora Mitrofanova also did not rule out that Moscow could break off diplomatic relations with Sofia.

On July 1, Mitrofanova announced that she would raise the issue of closing the embassy with the Russian leadership. “Responsibility for the further grave consequences of this step lies entirely with the government of Kiril Petkov,” — says Mitrofanova's Facebook message (owned by Meta, which is recognized as extremist in Russia and banned).

Bulgaria has expelled Russian diplomats several times this year. On March 2, the two were declared persona non grata, as they were allegedly engaged in intelligence. On March 18, Sofia decided to send ten more diplomats, and in early April— the first secretary of the embassy, ​​against whom a case of espionage was initiated in Bulgaria. Russia expelled Bulgarian diplomats in response.

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Medvedev said that Russia can only rely on its own forces

Medvedev: in the near future, against the backdrop of sanctions, Russia can only rely on itself Russia, against the backdrop of sanctions, “has nowhere to go”, and it will have to do everything to replace foreign equipment with domestic counterparts that are not inferior to it in terms of characteristics, Medvedev said

Russia in the short term can only rely on itself, sanctions will not be lifted from it, so everything must be done to replace imported equipment with domestic counterparts, said Dmitry Medvedev, deputy head of the Security Council, at a meeting at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT). The broadcast was conducted on the page of the university on VKontakte.

“You all perfectly understand that this very blockade, these sanctions, whatever you want to call them, they are very long <…> And they [Western countries] will not remove it in the foreseeable future. That is, in the next foreseeable periods, we can rely only on our own strength, — said Medvedev.

According to him, in the current situation there is “a very big challenge, and a lot of minuses”, but “there are, probably, certain pluses”, since this situation can become “an impulse for new breakthrough solutions.”


The most important thing, as noted by the deputy head of the Security Council,— it is that “there is nowhere to go already.” “We will need to do everything to replace foreign equipment with domestic analogues that are not inferior to it in terms of technical characteristics,” — he declared.

As Medvedev noted, Russia “has a lot of things here,” and this is “not just copying imported samples” that are now unavailable due to sanctions, but “creating original developments.” “As a rule, it is always even better in level,” — he added.

Since the end of February, Western countries, including the European Union, the United States and Great Britain, have repeatedly tightened sanctions against Russia. Under restrictive measures, including the export of microelectronics and high-tech products. In particular, the United States began to refuse to issue licenses to exporters to supply “sensitive” products for the defense, aerospace and shipbuilding industries, including semiconductors, computers, telecommunications, information security equipment, lasers, sensors. Restrictions on exports to Russia also apply to semiconductors manufactured in Asia using American equipment.

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President Vladimir Putin called these sanctions “one of the difficult topics” and “one of the main areas of attack on Russia from the entire set of restrictive measures.” He noted that the Russian government “for several years has been trying to launch, recreate and create a microelectronic industry on a new basis.” in the country.

Russian authorities consider Western sanctions illegal. The Foreign Ministry promised to answer them. In particular, in early June, Russia restricted the export of noble (inert) gases, such as neon, which is a key component in the production of chips, Reuters reported citing the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade. And the Kremlin noted that Russia is able to “succeed” with the Western world, even though the USSR did not succeed in its time.

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The head of the Finnish Foreign Ministry said that an “iron curtain” appeared between Russia and the West


In the modern world, the architecture of European security has been destroyed, a new “iron curtain” has appeared between Russia and Western countries. This opinion was expressed by Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto.

“I think this is a new reality. I do believe that the architecture of European security has been destroyed. This is a new situation, a new type of iron curtain has appeared between Russia and other countries,” he said in an interview with CNN.

Havisto believes that this happened because of the conflict in Ukraine. This has changed the atmosphere of security, the minister is sure. He also expressed concern about “irresponsible talk about chemical and nuclear weapons.”