Shoigu discussed with the Minister of Defense of Turkey the export of grain from Ukraine

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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu held telephone conversations with his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar, they discussed the situation in Ukraine and Syria, according to the Telegram channel Russian department.

According to the Ministry of Defense, the conversation took place at the initiative of Ankara.

“The main attention was paid to the exchange of views and assessments of the situation in Ukraine and Syria. The Ministers of Defense discussed in detail the issues of safety of navigation in the Black Sea in connection with the solution of the problem of exporting grain from the territory of Ukraine,— the report said.

The parties also noted “the importance of continuing close cooperation in Syria aimed at maintaining long-term stability in the region.”

Against the backdrop of a Russian special operation, grain has accumulated in Ukrainian ports, ships cannot take it out. The UN urged Russia to unblock the ports, saying that refusal could lead to starvation. Moscow has repeatedly stated that it does not prevent ships from leaving, and they cannot leave the ports, since coastal waters are mined by Kyiv.

The Russian authorities also denied accusations of problems with food supplies. As President Vladimir Putin noted, the difficulties that have arisen are related, among other things, “to failures in the operation of production and logistics chains, as well as to the financial policy of Western countries during the pandemic.” In connection with the introduction of anti-Russian sanctions by the United States and the European Union, the situation worsened, he added.

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Turkey offered its assistance in resolving the issue of Ukrainian grain supplies. As Anadolu learned, Moscow, Kyiv and Ankara, with the assistance of the UN, have developed a “road map” that will allow the export of about 20 million tons of grain and sunflower seeds from Ukrainian ports. However, Ukraine has not yet approved the plan, as it fears that clearing the port would leave the port vulnerable to Russian troops, sources told Bloomberg. In the words of President Volodymyr Zelensky, “the best guarantee” unblocking ports will be the supply of anti-ship weapons to Kyiv and their deployment in the region.

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Communist Party submitted to the State Duma a project on the voluntary participation of universities in the Bologna process

A group of deputies from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation submitted to the State Duma a bill on the voluntary participation of higher educational institutions in the Bologna process.

Changes are expected to be made to Article 11 of the law “On Education in the Russian Federation”.

In particular, it is proposed to clarify that specialist programs can be implemented in all specialties and areas of study at universities, RIA Novosti reports.

The day before, Deputy Head of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Dmitry Afanasyev said that all Russian Universities are excluded from the Bologna educational process.

The department does not rule out that the transition to a new system of domestic education in case of abandoning the Bologna one can go very quickly. Moreover, leaving this system does not imply banning bachelor's and master's programs. 

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Manizha will not perform at the Stereooleto festival in St. Petersburg

Russian singer Manizha will not take part in the music festival «Stereoleto» in St. Petersburg, the artist herself and the organizers of the event announced this.

“I was removed from the Stereooleto festival. I want to say only one thing: my audience — this is what I'm sure of, — she wrote in her social networks.

On the official page of the festival on VKontakte, it is said about the cancellation of the singer’s performance: “We regret to inform you that the performance of the singer Manizha at STEREOLETO is canceled due to reasons beyond our control.”

Last week, the singer revealed that she was in France. She came there to support her sister, who got into an accident. She called herself a person of the world, but stated that she would continue to perform in Russia, including giving concerts for domestic charitable foundations.

Recall that Manizha represented Russia at Eurovision 2021 with the song Russian Woman and took ninth place.

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The work of specialists of the field point of repair and restoration of equipment

According to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, servicemen of repair units are carrying out routine maintenance to restore wheeled and tracked vehicles around the clock – in three shifts. Particular attention is paid to the maintenance and repair of weapons and military equipment of troops operating at a considerable distance from temporary deployment and deployment points. First of all, the weapons that are necessary to complete the combat mission and the weapons that can be repaired as soon as possible are repaired.

Carried out in all weather conditions, repair and replacement of power plants, clutches, transmissions and technical fluids help Russian military personnel return equipment to front-line units on time for further fulfillment of all assigned tasks.

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The State Duma adopted in the first reading a bill on a unified approach to the organization of prolongation

At the plenary meeting, the State Duma adopted in the first reading a draft law aimed at a systematic approach to organizing the work of after-school groups in Russian schools. This was reported on the website of the lower house of parliament.

The initiative will oblige schools to open after-school programs and establish a regime for children to stay in them, taking into account the opinion of parents. Along with the supervision and care of students in extended-day groups, they will be educated, prepared for training sessions, as well as sports, health and cultural events. If the law is passed, then extensions will become part of the educational process, said State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin.

It is also proposed to supplement the law on education with a provision that establishes the right of a subject of the Russian Federation to additional funding for supervision and care of students in extended day groups . This will reduce the costs of parents, Volodin believes.

Earlier, the Minister of Education of the Russian Federation Sergey Kravtsov said that Russia would not abandon the traditional system of teaching schoolchildren.

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The work of the calculations of self-propelled guns “Msta-S” during a special operation in Ukraine

Self-propelled artillery mounts 2S-19 “Msta-S” destroyed armored vehicles and fortified positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with 152-mm Krasnopol ammunition; during a special operation in Ukraine.

According to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, crews of unmanned aerial vehicles revealed the concentration of armored vehicles in the area of ​​​​the forest belt and the preparation of tankers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for a counterattack on previously lost positions.

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The number of fraudulent calls to Russians increased by 60% in April-May

Director of the Cybersecurity Department of the Ministry of Digital Development Vladimir Bengin said that after the start of a special military operation in Ukraine, fraudulent calls to Russians decreased, but in April-May their number increased by 60% compared to the same period in 2021.

He made such a statement at a field meeting of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP), dedicated to the security of Russian enterprises.

Bengin noted that 30 days after the start of the special military operation, calls began with threats and propaganda. However, according to him, over the next three weeks, “all propaganda activity, threats to the population and so on – everything was reduced to zero”, while telephone fraud resumed.

“Today this figure more than 60% compared to the same period last year,” said the director of the department.

Bengin linked the decrease in the activity of telephone scammers with the problems of withdrawing money abroad, as well as with the relocation of scammers from Ukraine to other countries.

Earlier it became known that the Ministry of Digital Development launched a system that will automatically detect fraudulent sites.

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The State Duma in the first reading approved the creation of the Big Change movement

Deputies of the State Duma adopted in the first reading the draft law on the creation  All-Russian public-state movement of children and youth “Big Change”, the press service of the parliament reports.

“The main goals of the movement will be participation in the upbringing of children, their career guidance and leisure activities, creating opportunities for comprehensive development and self-realization, preparation for a full life in society, », — the press release says.

The movement will shape the worldview of children on the basis of traditional values, develop their creative activity, high moral qualities, love and respect for the Fatherland, diligence, respect for nature, a sense of personal responsibility for their fate and fate of the Fatherland.

All children over the age of six will be able to participate in the movement. The Supervisory Board may be headed by the President of Russia.

Recall that on June 1, Vladimir Putin approved the creation of a unified children's movement “Big Change”. According to him, it will create an equal, accessible and interesting environment for development.

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The lawyer explained what type of death penalty can be sentenced to “Azov”

Lawyer, director of the Moscow Bar Association Liptser, Stavitskaya & Partners Dmitry Agranovsky explained to AiF.ru what type of death penalty the “Azovites” could be sentenced to.

Head of the Donetsk People's Republic Denis Pushilin said earlier that the first stage of the international tribunal over those who were captured during the special operation in Ukraine, may take place in Mariupol. The verdict of the tribunal may turn out to be capital punishment for war criminals – there is no moratorium on the death penalty on the territory of the DPR and LPR.

“In the vast majority of countries where there is the death penalty, it is carried out by firing squad. And in Russia, and in the Soviet Union, it was carried out in this way. True, there were cases of hanging. The latter – just in relation to Bandera in the Kharkov and Kiev trials of the Great Patriotic War,” Agranovsky explained.

Recall that the veneration of Stepan Bandera is typical for the fighters of the nationalist regiment “Azov” *, many of whom ended up in captivity after leaving Azovstal.

According to the expert, in the US there are many ways of the death penalty – from the electric chair to special injections. However, such practices are not common in Europe.

“Someone calls execution by injection humane, but I don’t see anything humane,” says the expert. – It is difficult to imagine what the convict feels at this moment. Execution can be called a humane procedure, if you do not take into account the way it is shown in films: a person is put against the wall and a platoon of soldiers shoots at him. As a rule, this happens in a certain separate cell, where a person is killed by a shot in the back of the head. Sometimes (there is such a practice) everything happens unexpectedly for him. The convict is called for another interrogation and a shot is fired so that he does not have time to be frightened.

At the same time, Dmitry Agranovsky emphasized that he considers the likelihood of the death penalty in this process unlikely: “Capital punishment is rarely used in those countries where it is officially permitted by law.

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Simonyan said that “in Moscow living rooms Medvedev is read aloud”

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RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan made a statement about the alleged popularity of the statements of the deputy head of the Security Council among the metropolitan beau monde . In Telegram, she said that “in Moscow living rooms they read Dmitry Medvedev aloud.”

Simonyan's subscribers were inspired by this news. In the comments to her post, Medvedev is called “handsome” and they say that he “said right.”

“Like a balm for the soul”, “He will show them all more to Kuzka's mother”, “I will support Dmitry, gave them a slap, respect”, ” “true patriot of Russia” – echo other users.

Since the beginning of the special operation, Medvedev has been publishing comments almost daily, which often become resonant and are perceived ambiguously. At the same time, the post in the Simonyan channel appeared after the statement of the former prime minister and ex-president about “bastards and geeks.” So, Medvedev wrote that he hates them because “they want death for us, Russia.” He also promised, while he was alive, “to do everything to make them disappear.” Medvedev did not specify who exactly he was talking about, but the Italian authorities took his words, including at their own expense. The Foreign Ministry of a European country said that Medvedev's words are “threats against those who persistently strive for peace.”

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Russian Ambassador: Russian-American dialogue is at an unprecedented low level

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Speaking on Channel One, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov stated that the level of Russian-American dialogue is extremely low .

All contacts between the countries, according to him, were reduced to episodic phone calls. However, even they are important for maintaining strategic stability.

“I will say very carefully: as long as episodic telephone conversations remain between defense ministers, chiefs of general staffs … This is extremely important to prevent direct military confrontation, fraught with escalation with unpredictable consequences “, – the diplomat said.

As for diplomatic contacts, Antonov confirmed that direct communication has also practically been reduced to zero, only e-mail and telephone conversations remain.

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The General Staff of the IDF approved the parameters of conscripts for service in special forces

The press service of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported that new military professions were opened for female soldiers. Thus, the Chief of the General Staff of the country approved recommendations for the selection of girls in the elite unit 669 of the Air Force and the special forces unit of the engineering troops “Yaalom”.

Conscripts must weigh at least 67 kg (78 kg for admission to special forces), be not lower than 164 cm (in special forces this figure is 166 cm). They must run 3 km in 15.44 (14.50 for selection to the special forces), and perform at least seven pull-ups without weights (10 for the special forces).

As the resource newsru.co.il clarifies , earlier in the High Court of Justice, lawsuits were filed by girls who complained that the authorities did not allow them to serve in the combat units of their choice.

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Ukrainian Foreign Ministry: cloud services have disappeared from the package of EU anti-Russian sanctions

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Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Oleg Nikolenko, in an interview with journalists from the Ukrinform agency, accused the European authorities of that the sixth package of sanctions against Russia lost some important points.

In particular, according to Nikolenko, the EU removed the ban on the provision of cloud Internet services to the Russian side from the sanctions list.

“European the party in public communications announced the inclusion in the sixth sanctions package of a ban on the provision of cloud services to the Russian Federation. At the same time, cloud computing was not included in the final decision. We turned to our European partners for clarification,” the press secretary of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said.

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Arestovich: a split began in the Ukrainian army

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An adviser to the Office of the President of Ukraine, on the air of the Feigin Live TV program, announced the beginning of a split in the Ukrainian army.

“The time for peppy slogans has passed. We can wait a long time for a counteroffensive. We can also wait a long time for the stabilization of the front. Now a split has begun in the army, more precisely, not a split, but a division of people into those who have fallen down morally and do not hold the situation, and those who are ready to fight to the end, ”he said.

He made such a statement , commenting on the possibility of a counter-offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and plans for the supply of Western weapons to Ukraine.

“We do not know the real pace, volume and nomenclature of supplies,” he said, referring to “interstate secrets.”

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Husband of party deputy Zelensky sent photos of corpses to Russians

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Ukrainian media reported on the scandal surrounding MP Galina Tretyakova, representing the presidential party Servant of the People. According to publications, the Security Service of Ukraine searched the house of the MP.

The media write that about Tretyakova there were suspicions of possible cooperation with the Russian special services. Thus, it was alleged that the analysis of the Internet traffic of her mobile phone showed regular contacts with subscribers of Russian telecom operators.

Information about the investigation against the people's deputy was confirmed by the head of the Servant of the People faction in the Verkhovna Rada, David Arakhamia. According to the politician, the alarm turned out to be false. He explained that the deputy's husband used her mobile phone to send mass messages to the Russians – “SMS with photos of murders and atrocities.”

“The SBU arrived, they were shown the phone, and they left,” Arakhamia said.

In 2019, Tretyakova and her husband were embarrassed when journalists from the parliamentary pool of the Rada filmed the screen of her mobile at a meeting. While the deputies were discussing the new bill, Tretyakova discussed with her husband the purchase of a new mattress and a love date on it. The MP later admitted that she really was distracted from work by family moments. She explained that her old mattress was very uncomfortable, so she was delighted when her husband bought a new bed for her.

The other day, another deputy from the Servant of the People aroused suspicion in her address due to increased interest in whereabouts of Ukrainian officials and interference in the affairs of the military. Local media wrote that officials complained about Maryana Bezugluya, who demanded that they post evidence on social networks that they had not fled their regions. Officials replied that the demands to reveal the exact location looked strange, as if the deputy wanted to “leak” information to Russian intelligence. The Ukrainian military, meanwhile, complained that the woman allegedly arrived at the headquarters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and tried to give instructions to the military leaders.

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Putin called the situation in Russia an “ambush”

For the first time since the beginning of the special operation, the President acknowledged the problems in the economy

Vladimir Putin called the situation with inflation in the Russian Federation an “ambush”. Since mid-May, according to him, the rise in prices in the country has generally stopped. It would seem that such a development of events should please the Kremlin, but in fact there is nothing good in deflation – it speaks of a decrease in demand, which in turn threatens to stop enterprises and increase unemployment. A similar scenario can be realized for other reasons: this is the worst dream of the Russian authorities.

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Vladimir Putin again gathered government members to exchange views on the situation in the Russian economy. The public part of the meeting was traditionally limited to the president's speech. However, his rhetoric differed markedly from previous speeches.

GDP acknowledged the existence of problems in specific sectors – in particular, in the automotive industry and oil refining, where the decline in production is most noticeable, as well as in ferrous metallurgy, which is on the verge of a systemic crisis. And at the same time, for the first time, he did not say anything about what a crushing blow the sanctions inflicted on the unfriendly countries themselves.

It should be noted that recently Vladimir Putin, in principle, has practically ceased to mention the special operation, its goals and consequences. “We will not go into details,” he said at the meeting, speaking about the causes of difficulties in certain sectors of the economy.

The positive characteristics of the current moment, according to the head of state, include good dynamics in agriculture and construction, which are the “backbone sectors” of the Russian economy, as well as stable macroeconomic indicators.

It seems that Vladimir Putin himself was surprised at the low unemployment rate, which, amid the mass exodus of foreign companies from the market, suddenly fell to 4%. And surprised, a little confused. “In April, the unemployment rate in Russia was at historically low levels, and in May the number of officially registered unemployed not only did not increase, but even slightly decreased,” the president said. It turns out that the historical record was set in May? Or is it still in April?

However, the key word in any case is “officially registered”. In Russia, as you know, “hidden unemployment” is flourishing, characterized by downtime, unpaid holidays, shortened weeks and community service. It does not affect the statistics of the labor market, but it does affect people very much. And this seems to be well understood in the Kremlin. “Risks in the labor market remain,” Putin stressed, demanding that the Cabinet of Ministers keep abreast.

The same dual situation develops with inflation. On the one hand, the gallop in prices that began after February 24 was stopped: at the end of May, inflation in annual terms amounted to 17.4%. And starting from the second half of May, the rise in prices, according to GDP, stopped altogether, and “now inflation is at zero.”

“There are pluses here, and a certain, as people say, ambush,” the president unexpectedly commented. What the ambush is connected with is well known to specialists. Deflation speaks of a reduction in demand, and if it drags on, then manufacturers are forced to cut production and investment, as well as lay off staff. On the wave of unemployment, demand falls even more and a deflationary spiral begins to twist – each time more and more suffocating for the economy.

However, Russia has never been in such a situation before. The fact that the citizens themselves have not noticed any deflation, at least in grocery stores, can also serve as consolation for officials. Almost half of the respondents surveyed by the FOM reported that sugar prices rose noticeably in May, 46% announced an increase in prices for meat and poultry, 43% for milk and dairy products, 39% for fish and vegetable oil, 37% for cereals and pasta, etc.

However, high prices against the backdrop of stagnating incomes can also be the reason for the decline in demand. According to Putin, the volume of retail trade in nominal terms increased by 5.4% in May compared to the same period last year. But this is only the effect of a rise in price. “In reality, taking into account inflation, it has declined,” the GDP admitted.

He recalled that the authorities had already decided to increase social benefits and give businesses additional liquidity. However, for some reason, only half of the companies took advantage of the possibility of deferring the payment of insurance premiums (it was assumed that free money would go into the economy, but this did not happen). In addition, the decrease in the key rate to 11% has not yet had the desired effect.

“The pace of business lending and mortgage issuance has also decreased at the moment,” Putin said, suggesting that the government separately discuss how to reverse the situation.

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US opens nuclear Pandora’s box

Asia is in danger of becoming the new “testing ground”

The sharp activation of the United States in the Asia-Pacific basin may soon increase the number of nuclear countries there and build up the existing arsenals. The ongoing discussion in the United States about the desirability of lowering the nuclear threshold and the acceptability of using tactical nuclear weapons can facilitate the acquisition of weapons of mass destruction by several countries in the region at once. Another factor is the building of the “Eastern Front of the Cold War” against China. In exchange for joining it, the Americans can stop holding back the nuclear ambitions of Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and Australia.

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A similar situation arose at the very beginning of the 1950s, when the creation of Red China (1949) and the Korean War (1950-1953) forced Washington to drastically change its policy towards Japan and Taiwan. The role of an underdeveloped agrarian appendage prepared for the occupied Land of the Rising Sun was replaced by a new one – an industrialized rear in the Korean War and the subsequent containment of the USSR, China, North Korea, and later Vietnam. Memories of a sharp Japanese blade haunted Americans after the end of the occupation in 1952. The kids weren't even allowed to make rubber-powered airplanes, though they hardly looked like the formidable Zero fighters of the Pearl Harbor days. The aviation industry has not revived, aircraft carriers are still disguised as helicopter carriers. Statements by right-wing nationalists, including prime ministers Nakasone and Abe, about the need to acquire their own atomic bomb were suppressed by the efforts of Japanese peacekeepers and American “curators” of a still not completely sovereign country.

A breakthrough becomes possible under the current premier Kishide. President Biden, who met with him in May, supported Tokyo's dream of regaining great power status and promised to promote Japan to the permanent membership of the UN Security Council. And it only has nuclear powers. Japan's entry into the KVAD military-diplomatic group, Kishida's upcoming trip to the NATO summit, and the promise of Taiwan's military support can help realize the cherished dream of a “made in Japan” nuclear bomb. The accumulated plutonium at Japanese nuclear power plants is enough to create three to four thousand warheads. Delivery vehicles are also ready – Japanese rockets have been putting satellites into space for many years.

After the defeat of the Kuomintang and the proclamation of the People's Republic of China on October 1, 1949, the Americans at first intended to leave Taiwan to its fate and write it off under the “irreplaceable losses” column. But the Korean War, which began on June 25, 1950, overnight gave the island the strategic importance of an “unsinkable aircraft carrier.” It was protected from the “peaceful reunification” that was already being prepared by the PLA forces, they began to pump it up with weapons, and create a modern industry. With the knowledge of the Americans, a nuclear program began in 1961, which, already in an advanced phase, the same Americans ordered to cover up in 1976, on the eve of the normalization of Washington-Beijing relations. Shortly after the final betrayal by the Americans of their Taiwanese ally in order to establish strategic relations with the PRC, the then “President” Chiang Ching-kuo in 1978 ordered the work to continue secretly. The impressive scientific and industrial potential of Taiwan made it possible to acquire its own nuclear weapons in the shortest possible time. Perhaps it is really in the hands of the military. Now the question of the need for official possession of the atomic bomb is already being raised. On the pages of the English-language official Taipei Times, a political scientist from the National University Chen Shi-min wrote about this in January 2022. As for delivery vehicles, in addition to the American-supplied aircraft, the island’s armed forces have had their own Yun Feng cruise missiles with a range of 1,500 km since August 2019. They are capable of hitting targets deep in Chinese territory. So the head of the Taiwanese administration, Tsai Ing-wen, can repeat the famous words of Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir: “Firstly, we do not have nuclear weapons, and secondly, if necessary, we will use them.”

< p>South Korea is also among the “threshold states” capable of quickly creating their own nuclear weapons and delivery vehicles. The first research there began in the 1960s with the help of the Americans. In 1973, the government developed a long-term plan for the development of nuclear weapons. However, in exchange for the promise of the American “nuclear umbrella”, Seoul signed the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in 1975. Work in the nuclear field continued – in 1978, the first nuclear power plant was launched in Busan. Secretly, independent development of technologies for the radiochemical processing of spent nuclear fuel and uranium enrichment took place. From time to time the secret became clear. In 2004, information about South Korea's work in the field of uranium enrichment and plutonium separation, in violation of its obligations, became the property of the IAEA.

Now only Washington's permission and its own political decision separate Seoul from acquiring nuclear weapons. The permission of the Americans could be the price for participation in the emerging “Eastern Front of the Cold War” against China. The new president Yoon Seok-yeol, despite South Korea's close economic ties with China and an impressive amount of trade, has already begun to make strong anti-Chinese statements.

A powerful incentive for Seoul could be the acquisition of nuclear weapons by Japan. Hoping for US security treaty guarantees, Seoul did not speed up its military nuclear program even in response to the atomic bomb explosions in North Korea. But the age-old distrust of the Land of the Rising Sun is so deeply embedded in the collective unconscious of Koreans that Seoul may respond in the most unpredictable way. The colonial period from 1910 to 1945 was a time of monstrous cruelty by the Japanese against the Koreans. They were forbidden to speak their native language, men were taken to the mines and mines of Japan and South Sakhalin, and women were taken to the field brothels of the imperial army. Hatred of Japan, along with a love of peppered kimchi cabbage, are almost the only common bonds of South and North Korea today. The nuclear status of hated Japan can not only stimulate the nuclear missile program of Pyongyang and Seoul, but also push the rapprochement of the two divided halves of the nation. It can begin with the creation of a joint nuclear-missile fist in one configuration or another.

Quite unexpectedly last fall, the topic of nuclear Australia arose. Back in the early 1950s, this country participated in the creation of nuclear weapons, but not its own, but English. On the island-continent, uranium was mined, a nuclear test site was created, charges were detonated on it, and delivery vehicles were tested. As a sign of gratitude, Canberra counted on the transfer of part of the British nuclear arsenal under its control. However, Her Majesty's Government carried the spoon past the mouth of an important member of the British Commonwealth of Nations. In the 1960s, discussions began on the advisability of financing their own nuclear program. But already in 1972, it was decided to abandon the acquisition of nuclear weapons and the necessary scientific and technical potential. Australia remained under the US “nuclear umbrella” under the Security Treaty.

But then, as they say, the card itself went into the hands. The new owner of the White House, in order to contain China, created the military bloc AUKUS (AUKUS) consisting of Australia, England and the United States. At the same time, Canberra was entrusted with a responsible task – to build submarines with nuclear power plants to counter the growing Navy of the Celestial Empire. Australia will receive technology from the allies to build nuclear submarines and become the seventh country in the world with such a fleet. The process of creating a nuclear fleet will inevitably provide a flow of information and skills that are critical in the work and development of nuclear weapons.

The new US anti-Chinese strategy in the Pacific is becoming a Pandora's box, from which terrible troubles are about to break out. In response to the emergence of new nuclear actors, China and Russia are guaranteed to build up or redistribute their nuclear arsenals. The acquisition of their own atomic bombs and missiles can be taken care of by large countries that have not yet thought about such a status – Indonesia and Vietnam. But most importantly, the Americans are again thirsty for war, thirsty for blood.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki happened in Asia and can happen again there!

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Russia has completed a hard divorce from the ECtHR

Even a communist deputy will not receive his 5 thousand euros now

The State Duma adopted in the third, final reading the laws that formalize Russia's refusal to comply with the decisions of the ECHR adopted after March 15, 2022 . According to decisions made before this date, payments will be made until January 1, 2023, but only in rubles. These laws, as it turned out, deprived some State Duma deputies of any hope of obtaining compensation.

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The authors of the package of two bills, senators Andrei Klishas and Vladimir Poletaev and United Russia deputies Pavel Krasheninnikov and Daniil Bessarabov, call their proposals supported by the State Duma, the government and the Kremlin a response to how the procedure for expelling Russia from the Council of Europe, which happened on March 16, 2022, was arranged . That is, we are talking about a kind of counter-sanctions.

The ECtHR works on the basis of the European Convention on Human Rights, and exclusion from the Council of Europe means the automatic withdrawal of the Russian Federation from this convention in six months. During these six months, Russians have the right to file lawsuits with Strasbourg, and decisions on these lawsuits must be enforced. Strasbourg thinks so. But the Russian authorities thought differently: since the Russian Federation was not allowed to leave the CE on its own initiative, which meant a softer procedure for parting, all the obligations assumed during the ratification of the convention in the 90s were declared invalid from the moment of exclusion.

And now what? All judgments of the ECtHR issued on claims against Russia after March 15 (at first, March 16 was listed as the cut-off point, but it was decided to move it back a day for the second reading) will not be executed. The Russians will not receive compensation, and the Russian authorities are freeing themselves from the need to take actions aimed at preventing such violations of the rights and freedoms of citizens in the future. According to the decisions made by the ECHR before March 15, the Prosecutor General's Office, which is in charge of relations with the Strasbourg Court, has the right to pay compensation. But only in Russian rubles and only by transfer to Russian banks, Daniil Bessarabov, First Deputy Head of the Committee on State Building and Legislation (ER), explained during the plenary session. Transfers to banks so-called. states “unfriendly” to Russia (there are currently 48 of them in the list approved by the Foreign Ministry) are prohibited. This means that non-Russians or Russians living in the United States, Japan, Australia or EU countries who won cases against the Russian Federation before March 15 will hardly be able to count on compensation. But the text of the adopted laws does not say anything about banks that are not on the list of the Foreign Ministry, and it can be assumed that the ban will not apply to ruble transfers to banks in Kazakhstan, Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan or China.

According to the information Court, not paid by Russia on the decisions already made at the moment about 74 million euros in compensation. Some of these funds, apparently, will still reach the addressees …

In addition, judgments rendered by the ECtHR will no longer be the basis for the annulment of sentences or decisions of criminal, civil, arbitration or administrative courts that have entered into force and the basis for the resumption of criminal proceedings due to new or newly discovered circumstances. The following mechanism is proposed as a kind of “compensation”: if the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation in its decision gave an interpretation of the norm of the law different from that on the basis of which the citizen who applied to the Constitutional Court was convicted, the Presidium of the Supreme Court must cancel or change the sentence within a month, having brought it in accordance with the position of the Constitutional Court.

And also, the norm that declared the appeals and complaints of “prisoners” to the ECHR to be uncensored was removed from the Penal Code. The right of convicts to a four-hour conversation with their representatives at the ECHR “in private, out of earshot of third parties and without the use of technical listening devices” is also canceled …

At the end of February 2022, about 18 thousand “Russian” cases were under consideration in Strasbourg. Among the Russians, on the claims of which decisions have not yet been taken, there are also State Duma deputies. Sergey Obukhov (KPRF) told MK that he applied to the ECHR after he was removed from the elections in 2016 due to the absence of a certificate for a child in the documents submitted for registration, which at that time was no longer a child, because reached the age of 18: “The ECHR suggested that the Prosecutor General's Office and I conclude a settlement agreement with the payment of compensation of 5,000 euros, I agreed, but the Prosecutor General's Office sent a refusal to the settlement agreement to Strasbourg. Because of this, there was a stupor in the consideration of the case, and then a special operation began, and the case remained unfinished.

“and the Liberal Democratic Party. The CPRF faction did not participate in the voting. Against was only one deputy – communist Mikhail Matveev. In a conversation with MK, he expressed surprise at being alone. And he explained his motives as follows: “We are talking about human rights, about the rights of Russians. Did the ECtHR make political decisions, as they say? Yes, but they were a small percentage compared to the rest, which dealt with violations of human rights in places of deprivation of liberty, the impossibility of obtaining justice in Russian courts. And don't our courts sometimes make political decisions? I understand when counter-sanctions are imposed against foreign hostile powers, but here, it turns out, they imposed sanctions against their own citizens. I think it would be right for those who have already filed claims with the ECtHR to be given a chance to resolve disputes with the state.”

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The expert appreciated Zelensky’s mutually exclusive statements about victory and negotiations

The Ukrainian leader is again confused about how he wants to get out of the crisis

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky once again made an extensive assessment of the Russian special operation, its consequences and prospects. In a video interview with the Financial Times, partially released on June 7, the Ukrainian leader said he remained open to direct talks to resolve the crisis with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Other theses of Zelensky, however, openly contradict this message. What does the Ukrainian president want — and does he want it?

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In the course of communication with the Financial Times, Zelensky did not bypass internal issues relevant to Western countries. For example, he congratulated British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the fact that the head of government was not removed from office, having received a vote of confidence in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The Ukrainian leader stressed that he considers the scandalous politician a “true friend and ally” of his country.

On this, however, curtsies towards the West ended. Zelenskiy said US and European sanctions are not having the desired effect on Russia, but that's not the only thing he's worried about. The President expressed indignation at the fact that Western countries are trying to decide the fate of Ukraine – in particular, to negotiate a ceasefire – without its direct participation; Kyiv, on the other hand, needs “permanent interest” from the United States and the European Union.

What exactly Zelensky had in mind is not entirely clear even in the context. Even if we assume that the West is striving for some kind of deals with Russia behind the backs of the Ukrainians, then Moscow has already made it clear that the special operation will continue exactly until the tasks set by the Russian Federation itself are achieved. Those negotiations that were conducted on humanitarian corridors and other “conciliatory” measures, again, took place precisely along the Moscow-Kyiv line, and even attempts by the UN to intervene in this sense did not play a significant role.

However, Zelensky spoke about the negotiation process. According to him, Ukraine is ready for a diplomatic way out of the crisis, and he personally is ready for direct negotiations with Vladimir Putin.

However, this approach has two problems.

On the one hand, the Kremlin has already stated that a meeting of the presidents is necessary and possible only if the final document is signed. That is, to agree on technical issues, the level of delegations that met on the territory of Belarus and online is sufficient, and in extreme cases, the negotiations of the foreign ministers, which have already taken place in Turkey with the mediation of Ankara.

The second problem is in the words of Zelensky that victory must be achieved “on the ground.” It is not clear how this correlates with the desire to find a diplomatic outlet, given that the Ukrainian leader then again contradicts himself, admitting that Kyiv does not have enough resources to take over the theater of operations. As a result, everything got completely confused in Zelensky's rhetoric – he cannot win with weapons, he wants to win, but he wants to get out of the crisis through diplomacy.

Deputy Director of the Institute of CIS Countries Vladimir Zharikhin, in a conversation with MK, put forward his version of why the Ukrainian authorities are shaking from side to side in public statements.

“Zelensky’s words are contradictory, at least for the reason that he does not and cannot have his own opinion. He is forced to voice only those positions, to transmit the signals that his foreign curators send him,” our interlocutor noted. “First of all, of course We are talking about the US In Washington, there is no unity of opinion on the Ukrainian issue: around President Joe Biden, who, apparently, is gradually plunging into dementia, several influential political groups have formed. They advocate mutually exclusive scenarios for the development of events in Ukraine. , for the sake of receiving help from the Americans, is forced to relay all these points of view.”

At the same time, the expert stressed, with regard to anti-Russian sanctions, we can already talk about the position of Zelensky himself: “Of course, this wishes of Kyiv, where they see very well that there is no effect from sanctions pressure on Russia.Will this be heard in the West?The big question is: they have almost exhausted the set of media stv, and the desired result is still not achieved. Of course, Zelensky would like more sanctions, and more powerful ones, but it is not clear what else it could be. – it is better to focus on success directly within the framework of the special operation, concluded Vladimir Zharikhin.

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NATO threatens Russia with deployment of nuclear weapons in Sweden and Finland

The North Atlantic Alliance is ready to give an atomic bomb to new members if they wish

NATO will not provide Russia with any guarantees that its nuclear weapons will not be in Finland and Sweden if these countries join into a block. This statement was made on the air by an official representative of the North Atlantic Alliance, and without any apparent reason: as you know, so far the Finnish and Swedish applications for membership in the military-political organization have been blocked. At the same time, according to the expert, NATO's statement was quite expected in the context of Russian rhetoric, and now Moscow's response will also follow.

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Deputy Secretary General of the Alliance Camille Grand, speaking on the air of a Swiss TV channel, noted that there are no guarantees for Russia regarding the absence of nuclear weapons in Sweden and Finland in the future.< /p>

“Every state has the freedom in the nuclear field to accept or not to accept (nuclear) weapons. We are not talking about setting limits,” the NATO representative emphasized.

So far, however, it is premature to touch upon such issues: neither Finland nor Sweden have officially entered the alliance, although, according to Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, they are welcomed there “with open arms.” The reason is Turkey's veto, which requires the Scandinavian states to reconsider their position on the Kurdish issue. So far, negotiations between Stockholm and Helsinki on the one hand and Ankara on the other are going neither shaky nor roll.

Back in May, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the likely expansion of the alliance with two new members essentially changes little. “Finland, Sweden and other neutral countries have been participating in NATO military exercises for many years now, and NATO takes their territory into account in military planning for moving to the east. Therefore, in this sense, there probably isn’t much difference,” the Russian Foreign Minister noted. However, even earlier, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia Dmitry Medvedev emphasized that Moscow's answer would follow: “We can no longer talk about any non-nuclear status of the Baltic – the balance must be restored,” in particular, he said.

In this regard, the expected reminder of the alliance about the failure to present any guarantees to Moscow (and it was difficult to give them even in calmer times) no longer sounds like an on-duty “hairpin”, but resembles a declaration of intent. However, according to the head of the Center for International Security of the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexei Arbatov, in reality, NATO will hardly decide to deploy nuclear weapons on the Finnish and Swedish territories.

“This is a gesture of deterrence on the part of the alliance. Probably, such weapons will not appear in Finland and Sweden, it is at least meaningless from a strategic point of view,” the expert noted in a conversation with MK. “Rather, we see a response to statements made by Russia, including the issue of depriving the Baltics of its “non-nuclear status”, although it has never been legally registered there and was not. These are issues that must be handled carefully, otherwise threats may follow from the other side.”

According to Aleksey Arbatov, Moscow's reaction is likely to be a mirror image – with the assumption of the deployment of its nuclear weapons in the region. In response, NATO may also re-warn of similar moves. “It is not clear why the current statement was made so belatedly, apparently, the fact that Stoltenberg had previously inadvertently talked about the possibility of transferring American nuclear weapons from Germany farther to the east of Europe played. This, as you know, caused a storm of indignation in Russia, and the West was also pleased not all. Therefore, now, apparently, it took longer to agree on a position, “concluded Alexei Arbatov.

As for the Finnish and Swedish population, the residents of potential NATO member countries, although they support joining the bloc, in issues of the transfer of weapons are much more restrained. According to opinion polls, one way or another, less than 40% of the citizens of Finland and Sweden are in favor of deploying nuclear weapons in their homeland. Even supporters of membership in the alliance believe that for their security, the operation of Article V of the North Atlantic Treaty (on collective defense), which regards a threat to one state of the bloc as a threat to the entire association, will be enough for them. The proportion of those who advocate the mandatory strengthening of the NATO military presence (manpower or weapons) on Finnish and Swedish lands is only about 10% -20%, while for the majority, the involvement of Stockholm and Helsinki in the regular joint exercises that Lavrov mentioned is enough.

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The Federation Council denied reports of a senator injured in an accident on Novy Arbat

Mohmad Akhmadov

Senator Mokhmad Akhmadov, who, according to media reports, was injured in an accident in Moscow on Novy Arbat, “alive and well”, did not have an accident, RIA Novosti reported. Head of the Social Committee of the Federation Council Inna Svyatenko, referring to Akhmadov's assistant.

“His assistant says that he is more alive than all the living, all right. <…> What are you wiser, he is alive and well. <…> He didn't get anywhere, — assures the head of the committee.

Zelensky said that Ukraine is inferior in technology and ruled out an offensive

Zelensky said that Ukraine needs the support of the West, since the army is weaker than the Russian one in terms of weapons

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, at a video conference organized by the Financial Times, said that his country's army is inferior to Russia's in technical terms, therefore, it needs the help of the West.

“We are inferior in equipment and therefore incapable of attacking. We will suffer even more losses, and people— my priority",— he said.

According to Zelensky, the “stalemate” in combat is not an option for Ukraine. If Kyiv succeeds in getting Russian troops to withdraw to positions held before February 24, this will be a “major temporary victory”; for Ukraine, but its ultimate goal— full sovereignty over its territory.

The Ukrainian leader believes that “victory must be achieved on the battlefield,” while insisting he is open to peace talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. At the end of May, Zelensky said that “in principle, he does not accept any meeting with anyone from the Russian Federation” other than Putin.

The Kremlin, in turn, said that Putin never refused a meeting with Zelensky and that it was “hypothetically possible.” However, it is necessary to prepare for the negotiations: it is necessary that the delegations of the two countries, as a result of joint work, formulate “not a set of ideas, but a specific written document,” insists the press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov. Since April, negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv have stalled.

Ukraine needs continued support from the West, but negotiations for a peace settlement behind Kyiv's back are out of the question, Zelensky said. This is how he reacted to reports that the US, Britain and the EU are discussing ways to resolve the situation in Ukraine without the participation of representatives of Kyiv (this, in particular, was reported by CNN). “How can a ceasefire be achieved on the territory of Ukraine without listening to the position of this country?” asked Zelensky.

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Poland to supply weapons to Ukraine for a record $470 million over the past 30 years

Poland will conclude a record contract for the supply of weapons to Ukraine over the past 30 years. As Dziennik found out, we can talk about selling another 60 self-propelled howitzers AHS Krab

Jacek Sasin and Mateusz Morawiecki (from left to right)

Poland will supply Ukraine with weapons worth almost $470 million, for the country this is one of largest contracts over the past 30 years, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of State Assets of Poland Jacek Sasin said at a briefing at the military plant Huta Stalowa Wola. A fragment of the speech was shown by TVP Info.

Together with Sasin, Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki visited the plant. “Now we are signing one of the largest, if not the largest, arms export contracts in the last 30 years,” he said (quote from the PAP agency).

The prime minister did not specify what kind of weapons would be supplied to Ukraine under the contract, but noted that the financing of the supplies would be partially covered by the European Union. “And Poland receives this money in order to improve its production potential,” — said Morawiecki.

According to Sasin, the amount of the contract will be “almost 3 billion, more than 2 billion 700 thousand zlotys.” At the current exchange rate, this is more than $467 million. “There has not been such a contract in the Polish defense industry over the past 30 years,” as did Morawiecki, he noted.

Last week, the Dziennik portal, without citing sources, reported that Ukraine would additionally purchase 60 AHS Krab self-propelled howitzers from Poland in addition to the 18 units that had already been delivered. According to him, the contract was signed on May 31, and deliveries should begin in the coming months. Howitzers will be produced at the Huta Stalowa Wola plant. The maximum firing range of the Krab— 40km.

According to Dziennik, the contract amounted to approximately 3 billion złoty (more than $700 million). However, the issue of ammunition still remains a problem, since Poland cannot yet produce them on its own, the newspaper writes. As the authors of the article suggested, the United States can supply ammunition to Ukraine.

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The Russian authorities have repeatedly criticized the decision of Western countries to supply Ukraine with weapons. According to presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov, despite the fact that Kyiv continues to be “stuffed with the most modern weapons,” the goals of the special operation “will be achieved in any case.” “[These deliveries] will simply cause more suffering to Ukraine, which is just a tool in the hands of those countries that supply [weapons] there,” — he said.

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The government of Ukraine supported the legalization of medical cannabis

Medical cannabis can be used in Israel, Canada, some US states, and other countries. The Ministry of Health of Ukraine indicated that its legalization will expand the list of drugs for the treatment of cancer and other diseases

The Government of Ukraine has supported the bill on the legalization of medical cannabis, the country's Ministry of Health reports.

The department expects that the measure will expand the possibilities of treating certain diseases, including cancer. According to the ministry, medical marijuana relieves the course of more than 50 pathological conditions, in particular, post-traumatic stress disorders resulting from military operations; neurological diseases; diseases of the digestive tract and chronic pain of neuropathic origin.

In addition, the Ministry of Health notes that cannabis-based drugs are used to relieve symptoms in cancer patients.

The ministry indicated that the bill implies the introduction of strict control in this area: from licensing the activity of growing cannabis for medical purposes to labeling each batch of products and dispensing medicines only on prescription.

The Ministry of Health expressed the hope that the Verkhovna Rada will support the document. In the summer of 2021, parliamentarians considered a bill to legalize medical cannabis, but it did not pass the first reading.

“We understand the negative effects of war on mental health. We understand the number of people who will need medical treatment as a result of this impact. And we understand that there is no time to wait, & mdash; Minister of Health Viktor Lyashko wrote on his Facebook (the parent company of the Meta social network is recognized as extremist in Russia and banned). He opined that medical cannabis— not a competitor to narcotic drugs and has no pronounced psychoactive effect.

Separate forms of medical cannabis are used for treatment in Israel, Canada, some US states and other countries.

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Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church called the decisions of the UOC a threat of split

How the actions of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the resignation of Metropolitan Hilarion are connected The synod of the Russian Orthodox Church warned of the dangerous consequences of decisions taken by the Ukrainian Church, resubordinated the Crimean dioceses and made a number of personnel changes. How all these events are connected, RBC analyzed called the decisions of the UOC a threat of schism” />

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Warning of a schism and resubordination of dioceses

A warning about the possibility of a split in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC) was issued at a regular meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, which was held on June 7 under the chairmanship of Patriarch Kirill in the Danilov Monastery in Moscow. “Unauthorized actions to change the status of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church may lead to the emergence of a new schism within it”, “the decision to change the status of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church can only be made within the framework of the canonical procedure, including the decision of the local council of the Russian Orthodox Church,” the report says. following the results of the cathedral.

On May 27, the UOC Council adopted additions and amendments to the charter of the church, “testifying to the complete independence and independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.” What kind of changes were adopted is still unknown, a complete list of decisions has not been published. At the same time, the council expressed “disagreement with the position of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia regarding the war in Ukraine.”

The Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church also expressed support to all parishioners and clergy of the UOC who observe the canonical system and strive to adhere to the order determined in 1990 by the letter of Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia, and the canonical norm of commemoration during the services of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. The head of the UOC, Metropolitan Onufry, deviated from this norm. As Pravoslavie i Mir reported, at the first liturgy after May 27, he commemorated Patriarch Kirill among other Orthodox patriarchs, omitting the wording about “our great lord and father.” As Archpriest Andrei Novikov explained to RBC at the time, this contradicts the 15th canon of the Double Council (held in Constantinople in 861) and is equated with schismatics. This rule is also recalled in the statement of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, issued on June 7.

The Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church did not mention the threat of a split between the Russian Orthodox Church and the entire UOC. However, the conflict between them will intensify, political analyst Alexei Makarkin predicts. “The decision of the Synod on the Ukrainian Church showed that there will be no decisive actions, except for natural ones, such as the acceptance of the dioceses of Crimea,” says Roman Lunkin, head of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The synod, referring to the impossibility of direct communication between the Crimean dioceses and the Kyiv metropolis of the UOC in the current conditions, decided to accept the Dzhankoy, Simferopol and Feodosia eparchies into direct canonical and administrative subordination to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia and the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church.

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Following the Crimean ones, the question of the fate of the Donetsk and Luhansk dioceses, and then, possibly, Kherson, will arise, so the conflict between the Russian Orthodox Church and the UOC will continue, Lunkin does not exclude. An indication of the need to commemorate Cyril according to all the rules creates an interesting precedent, Makarkin noted: Onufry did not commemorate Cyril in the approved way, but retained his membership in the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church. By pointing out the need to approve all changes in the organization of the UOC by the local council, the ROC excluded the possibility that the amendments to the charter adopted in Kyiv on May 27 would be approved.

Resignation against the backdrop of a special operation

Some personnel decisions were also made at the meeting of the Holy Synod. Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeev) was dismissed from the post of chairman of the department for external church relations (DECR). In the administrative structure of the church, the DECR is considered one of the key ones; Hilarion has headed it since 2009. During this time, he became known not only for his affairs at the head of the department (it was at the time of his leadership that the first ever meeting of the Moscow Patriarch and the Pope of Rome took place in Havana in 2016), but also for his educational activities. Metropolitan Hilarion— A fairly well-known media person, the author of numerous books on theology, in the ZhZL series he published books about Jesus Christ and Patriarch Kirill, recalls Lunkin. The metropolitan is also known as a composer: his oratorio “Passion according to Matthew” performed in Russia and the West, one of the first after the patriarch, he began to conduct a permanent program on television.

“This complements the image of Hilarion as a cultural figure, but at the same time this activity stood apart from the DECR. Perhaps, at some point, it might have seemed to the patriarch that he [Hilarion] was losing sight of important ecclesiastical and political problems in his social and cultural activities,— suggested Lunkin.— After the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, Metropolitan Hilarion got a little lost in the public space. The public did not hear anything from his lips, while international politics was seething, clouds were gathering over world Orthodoxy and the Moscow Patriarchate itself, which threatened a split in the church and, moreover, began to threaten Patriarch Kirill himself, his image outside of Russia, not only in unfriendly countries, but also in friendly ones.

The media, in particular Novaya Gazeta, wrote about the possible resignation of Hilarion back in 2018, when a new Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) was established in Ukraine, which received a blessing from the Patriarch of Constantinople. According to Lunkin, four years ago there was no serious threat to the metropolitan, since it was clear that it was impossible to influence the situation and actions of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, and the establishment of the OCU took place without the participation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and now it is the UOC that is at the center of events. Hilarion was chosen responsible for what is happening in the UOC, Makarkin noted. He was dismissed even without the usual expression of gratitude for such decisions, the expert draws attention.

According to the decision of the Synod, Metropolitan Hilarion was appointed to govern the Budapest-Hungarian diocese. From the post of head of the Vienna-Austrian and Hungarian dioceses, he was transferred to the post of head of the DECR. The leadership of the General Church postgraduate and doctoral studies was also removed from him, he ceased to be a permanent member of the Holy Synod.

The new head of the DECR

The post of head of the DECR will be taken by Metropolitan Anthony (Sevryuk) of Korsun and Western Europe. The 38-year-old hierarch is considered a person close to the patriarch. In 2007, he became an intern in the DECR Communications Service, when it was headed by Patriarch Kirill, and since February 2009 he has been the Patriarch's personal secretary. In monasticism, he was also tonsured by Cyril. In 2011, he was sent as a clergyman to Rome, after which almost all of Anthony's activities were connected with abroad.

The new head of the DECR has extensive experience in external church administration, including leadership of the Patriarchal Exarchate of Western Europe, the representative explained Russian Orthodox Church Vladimir Legoyda (quote from Interfax).

“He is a rather cautious person and a diplomat, not of radical views. I do not think that personnel changes— this is a sign that there will be a turn from the liberal Hilarion to a more aggressive stance. Perhaps it will be more decisive, but just as diplomatic, proceeding from the interests of the church, — suggests Lunkin and adds that the general policy of the DECR and external relations is determined by the patriarch. Anthony, the expert notes, has good connections in Italy and the Vatican.

Metropolitan Anthony has been repeatedly written about as a possible successor to the patriarch. According to Lunkin, such a development of events is unlikely both due to Anthony's age and due to the fact that until now he has mainly dealt with foreign parishes.

Curator of the military clergy

Another decision of the Synod restored the post of archpriest of the military and naval clergy, which existed before 1918, to be headed by the chairman of the synodal department for interaction with the armed forces and law enforcement agencies, Priest Oleg Ovcharov. He headed the department in May, his predecessor, Bishop Savvaty of Bronnitsky, was appointed Bishop of Bishkek and Kyrgyzstan.

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Dozens of people fired from S7 Space

Several dozen employees were fired from S7 Space, which manages Sea Launch. Earlier, the head of Roskosmos Dmitry Rogozin and Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov promised to preserve the unique spaceport on the water

What happened

52 people were fired from S7 Space (S7 Space Transport Systems, a subsidiary of S7 Group), the former CEO of this company Sergey Sopov said on social networks.

“Good evening, dear Sergey Alekseevich! Today, 52 employees from s7cts (“S7 Space Transport Systems”.— RBC) are fired, including myself, everything that you created is destroyed and broken, there is no more space direction. It's a pity S7 space as a direction»,— Sopov quoted a letter from one of the ex-employees of the company in his Facebook account (owned by Meta, which is recognized as extremist and banned in Russia) (the spelling and punctuation of the author are preserved).

RBC's source in S7 confirmed the information about the dismissal of employees. “This is due to the financial problems of the S7 company, when planes do not fly, there is nowhere to take money from for other projects,” — he explained.

The S7 press service told RBC that due to the inability to attract funding, the project to create a light-class launch vehicle has been suspended. “In this regard, since June 2022, S7 Space has been forced to partially reduce the staff. Of more than 100 people, the company, unfortunately, left about 30 employees,— reported in the company. At the same time, S7 Space continues its activities in a number of areas, in particular, work is underway on additive and welding technologies, they specified.

What is Sea Launch

A project to launch Zenit launch vehicles assembled in Ukraine from Russian components “Sea Launch” created in 1995. The launch pad was based in the Pacific Ocean near the coral island of Christmas. The founders were originally the American corporation Boeing (40%), Energiya; (25%), the Norwegian shipbuilding company Kvaerner (now — Aker Solutions, 20%), Ukrainian design bureau “Yuzhnoye” (5%) and PO “Yuzhmash” (10%).

The Sea Launch Rocket and Space Complex is in operation. located since 1998. During the period of the project, 36 launches were made from the cosmodrome, including 32 successful, one partially successful and three unsuccessful. In 2010, by a court decision, Energia Overseas Limited— subsidiary of Energia Corporation (part of Roskosmos)— received 95% of the shares. In 2014, amid the conflict with Ukraine, launches from the cosmodrome were suspended.

S7 tried to revive the project. In April 2018, S7 Space&mdash became the owner of the cosmodrome; “daughter” S7 Vladislav Filev. The current owner has put the project on hold. In March of this year, the assembly and command ship of the “Sea Launch” Sea Launch Commander without dismantled American and Ukrainian equipment arrived at the port of Slavyanka in Primorsky Krai.

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In April 2020, the command ship and platform without Ukrainian and American equipment crossed from the US coast and moored at the berth of the Slavyansk Shipyard in Primorye. A month later, the head of S7 Filev announced that the Sea Launch project frozen until better times. Around the same time, it became known that Roskosmos set the task for his enterprises to conduct a feasibility study for the resumption of the work of Sea Launch; to continue launches from 2024.

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In the summer of 2020, it became known that S7 was negotiating the sale of a floating spaceport with a subsidiary of Rosatom. “Rosatom” estimated the cost of “Sea Launch” at 11 billion rubles, and the cost of restoring the complex— in 84 billion rubles. At the same time, Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov, who oversees the defense industry and the space sector, at the Army-2020 forum promised that the Sea Launch cosmodrome transported to Russia will be restored. “The preliminary amount for the restoration of” Sea Launch ” is somewhere around 35 billion rubles.»,— he said. Then Borisov announced the creation of a specialized operator who was supposed to deal with launch services from Sea Launch. The company was supposed to have several founders. Among them— Roskosmos, Rosatom and S7.

In January 2022, the head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin said that the state corporation plans to find a foreign partner to resume the operation of Sea Launch. and upgrade its control system for Soyuz-5 rocket launches. “In any case, we must save Sea Launch,” & mdash; emphasized Rogozin.

In Borisov's apparatus and in the press service of Roskosmos declined to comment. “Rosatom” did not respond to a request.

Another RBC source who worked at RSC Energia, which owned Sea Launch; to S7, clarified that “in fact, the project was closed almost ten years ago.” “Even when the launch belonged to Energia, there was a task to sell the cosmodrome. And it was sold to S7»,— the interlocutor of RBC said, stating that “the company could not find opportunities for the development of the project.”

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Zelensky saw the West’s fatigue from the consequences of sanctions against Russia

Some Western countries are looking for ways to soften the effects of anti-Russian sanctions in order to protect their commercial interests, Zelensky said. The restrictions affected the Russian economy, but “didn’t have much of an impact” on Moscow jpg” alt=”Zelensky saw the West's fatigue from the consequences of sanctions against Russia” />

Volodymyr Zelensky

Western sanctions imposed in response to the Russian military operation in Ukraine have seriously affected the Russian economy, but “did not have much effect” on the position of Moscow, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview with the Financial Times.

Moscow constantly found ways to get around the restrictions, Zelensky said. In addition, he believes, the leadership of some Western countries is already tired of the economic consequences of sanctions. In his opinion, politicians are looking for ways to mitigate their impact in order to protect their commercial interests.

“They support Ukraine, but they are also checking what can be done to ease sanctions so that businesses do not suffer,” — considers the head of state.

In the same interview, Zelensky said that he was ready for direct negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin (the Kremlin insists that before that, the Ukrainian and Russian delegations should develop a “concrete written document” on the settlement of Ukraine). He expressed confidence that Western countries can help encourage the Russian side to meet by supplying Kyiv with weapons and tightening sanctions against Moscow.

At the end of March, Zelensky announced the creation of a group of experts under the office of the President of Ukraine who would monitor the effectiveness of the restrictions imposed against Russia, “so that it would not be possible to bypass them.”

On June 5, the head of the Swiss Ministry of Economy, Guy Parmelin, said that if the goal of the sanctions is to end the hostilities in Ukraine as soon as possible, it “has not been achieved so far.” The effectiveness of sanctions, according to the minister, largely depends on how they are implemented, as well as on other “political, diplomatic and legal means” used.

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Western countries began to impose sanctions against Russia after the country's authorities recognized the independence of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics and launched a military operation in Ukraine. On June 3, the European Union approved the sixth package of measures, which included, in particular, the gradual abandonment of the import of Russian oil and some oil products by sea.

Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, assessing the consequences of restrictions in mid-May, said that it would not be possible to quickly overcome them and the economy could not help but react to the situation, but in the end it would cope with them. According to the May forecast of the Ministry of Economic Development, in 2022 and 2023 Russia's GDP will fall by 7.8 and 0.7%, respectively, and only then will it return to growth: in 2024— by 3.2%, and in 2025— by 2.6%. Earlier, the agency expected the economy to grow by 1.3% next year.

According to economists interviewed by the National Research University Higher School of Economics, sanctions will take away from Russia's GDP growth in the long term— until 2030— 1–1.5% annually; at the same time, the dynamics of household income will be worse than the dynamics of GDP, since the total costs of the economy will grow, crowding out labor costs.

The European Commission (EC) expects that the EU economy will grow by 2.7% this year (in winter, Brussels allowed an increase of 4%). According to the EC, the main blow to the global economy is caused by rising energy prices and the consequences of Russia's actions in Ukraine.

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Foreign Minister of Montenegro explained the ban on the overflight of Lavrov’s plane

According to Ranko Krivokapic, the decision was inevitable for Montenegro and was due to the country's adherence to the obligations assumed. The minister also pointed out that Lavrov could have come to Serbia by train =”The Foreign Minister of Montenegro explained the ban on the overflight of Lavrov's plane” />

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Montenegro, by banning the flight over its territory of the aircraft of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who was heading to Serbia, showed commitment to the obligations assumed. Foreign Minister of Montenegro Ranko Krivokapic told RTCG about this.

According to Krivokapic, such a decision was inevitable for Podgorica, it was taken by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The minister added that he was surprised by Moscow's reaction. Krivokapić believes that Lavrov could have traveled to Belgrade by train, as there are no restrictions on rail links between Moscow and the Serbian capital.

On the refusal of the three countries— Montenegro, North Macedonia and Bulgaria— to give permission for the overflight of Lavrov's plane became known on the evening of June 5. The Minister's visit to Serbia was to take place on June 6–7.

On the same day, the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, confirmed the refusal of the countries surrounding Serbia to give permission for the overflight. «Countries— EU and NATO members closed the airspace, closed another communication channel, — she commented.

Lavrov called the incident “unthinkable”, and the actions of the three countries— outrageous. According to the head of the Foreign Ministry, Serbia, which is a sovereign state, was deprived of the right to conduct foreign policy towards Russia.

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As a result, Lavrov's visit to Serbia did not take place on the scheduled dates. President Aleksandar Vucic claimed that Belgrade was attacked because of the planned visit. “You cannot understand how many countless negotiations there were in which Serbia was asked to cancel the reception of the Russian Foreign Minister,” — he explained.

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NATO refuses to guarantee non-deployment of nuclear weapons in Finland

NATO Assistant Secretary General Camille Grand said that each member country decides for itself whether to deploy nuclear weapons on its territory. Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin said earlier that this issue is not on the agenda ” alt=”NATO refused to guarantee non-deployment of nuclear weapons in Finland” />

NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defense Investment Camille Grand said in an interview with RTS that he could not guarantee the non-deployment of nuclear weapons in Finland and Sweden if these countries join the alliance.

“In this context, I do not I am sure that it is worth giving some guarantees to Russia about our military strategy in this region,»,— he said. Grand added that this issue has not been discussed yet.

The NATO Assistant Secretary General also indicated that each country— a member of the bloc decides on its own whether or not to host nuclear weapons.

According to Grand, the North Atlantic Alliance is doing everything possible to speed up the entry of Sweden and Finland into the bloc. Both of these countries applied to join NATO on May 18, citing changes in the security sphere after the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. At the same time, Stockholm and Helsinki stressed that such a move is not directed against Moscow.

Applications from Sweden and Finland must be considered and approved by all 30 states— alliance members. Turkey does not support this move; it demands that these countries extradite members of the PKK to Ankara, close all organizations associated with structures that Turkey considers terrorist, and provide the Turkish side with appropriate guarantees. Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan chided Finland and Sweden for being “dishonest and insincere” and vowed that as long as he is president, Ankara will not approve of their joining the alliance.

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General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg, who supports the accession of Stockholm and Helsinki, urged to take into account Ankara's fears. Grand expressed the hope that the differences could be resolved by the next NATO summit, which will be held in Madrid from 28 to 30 June.

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said in May that the topic of deploying nuclear weapons in the country or opening bases of NATO countries is not discussed. According to her, the alliance is not interested in this. In addition, such a decision can only be made at the national level, no one is able to impose it on Helsinki, said Marin. Sweden is also against the deployment of nuclear weapons and permanent bases on its territory.

Three members of the North Atlantic Alliance have nuclear weapons— USA, France and Great Britain.

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