For mothers at work. EP proposes to increase benefits for female soldiers

“United Russia” proposes increased childcare allowances for female military personnel. This year alone, it will affect 32,000 women. The party submitted the appropriate amendments to the State Duma. 

The President of Russia instructed to regulate this issue by law. 

“Now female military personnel are not included in the system of compulsory social insurance, so the payment for care for a child under one and a half years old for them is 40% of the salary, but not more than 15 thousand rubles. At the same time, for women who are included in the insurance system, the upper limit of benefits is almost twice as high and amounts to just over 30 thousand. Our amendments will correct this injustice,” — said Secretary of the Party General Council Andrei Turchak. 

as members of the rank and file and commanding staff of the internal affairs bodies, the National Guard troops, the State Fire Service, employees of institutions and bodies of the penitentiary system, compulsory enforcement bodies of the Russian Federation, customs authorities and those on parental leave.

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The expert told why mobilization is not announced in Russia

Currently, the Russian military solve combat missions within the framework of a special military operation in Ukraine quickly and efficiently, which does not require mobilization. This was announced in an interview with aif.ru by the editor-in-chief of the National Defense magazine. Igor Korotchenko.

He noted that there are losses in the ranks of the Russian army, but now they are minimal. In addition, they are replenished by trained contract soldiers who know how to fight effectively, unlike reservists.

“Only professionals can fight effectively in modern warfare, and not those reservists who were taught to shoot in the army many years ago from a machine gun, issuing 10 rounds at the shooting range,” Korotchenko said.

He added that the inefficiency of the unprepared military is noticeable in the territorial defense forces of Ukraine. The expert urged not to repeat the mistakes of the enemy.

Information about the allegedly impending mobilization in Russia periodically appears in the media. Last week, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied such rumors.

Earlier, the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, said that there was no need to mobilize in the Russian Federation against the backdrop of a special operation.

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In Russia, the medal “Participant of a special military operation” was established

In Russia, a commemorative medal of the National Guard of the Russian Federation “Participant of a special military operation” was established. The corresponding order was posted on the portal of legal information.

“Establish an official heraldic sign agreed with the Chairman of the Heraldic Council under the President of the Russian Federation – the State Heraldry Master – a commemorative medal of the Federal Service of the National Guard Troops of the Russian Federation “To a Participant in a Special Military Operation”, – the document says.

The medal can be awarded to the military serving in the Russian Guard, as well as to those who have a special police rank, civil servants and employees of the department who took part in a special operation in Ukraine. The awards can be awarded to people who distinguished themselves in assisting in the performance of tasks during a special operation.

On the front side of the medal, a military man with a machine gun is depicted against the background of a ribbon in the form of the letter Z. The document was signed by the head of the National Guard, Viktor Zolotov.

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Earlier it was reported that Colonel General Mikhail Teplinskiy presented the Order of Courage, medals of the Order “For Services to the Fatherland”; I degree, as well as “For Courage”, “Suvorov” and “Zhukov” military of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

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Flooding in settlements of Crimea

The Commission for the Prevention and Elimination of Emergencies in Crimea has introduced an inter-municipal emergency in Simferopol and the Simferopol region due to bad weather. Heavy rains caused flooding of several settlements in the Simferopol and Belogorsk regions of Crimea. In total, more than 200 adjacent territories and 100 private houses were flooded. 348 people and 89 pieces of equipment are involved in the elimination of the consequences.

Employees of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation transport local residents in an inflatable boat through a street flooded after heavy rains in the Simferopol region © Main Directorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations for the Republic of Crimea

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In Simferopol, the lower embankment of Salgir was flooded near Gagarin Park © Official website of the administration of Simferopol

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Flooding in the village of Komsomolskoye in the Simferopol region Official Telegram channel of the Head of the Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov

Work continues to eliminate the consequences of flooding © Main Directorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations for the Republic of Crimea

Work to eliminate the consequences of heavy rainfall continues in Simferopol © Official website of the administration of Simferopol

Part of the road surface collapsed on the bridge over the Salgir in Simferopol Official Telegram channel of the Head of the Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksenov

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Flooding in the village of Komsomolskoye in the Simferopol region Official Telegram channel of the Head of the Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov

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Morocco sent a request to communicate with a mercenary convicted in the DPR

Representatives of Morocco sent a request on the case of a mercenary from this state convicted in the Donetsk People's Republic, he was granted. This was announced by DPR Foreign Minister Natalya Nikonorova, RIA Novosti reports.

According to her, relatives contacted lawyers who were provided to the mercenary.

“There was a request for communication, they also expressed the desire to provide my own lawyer, as far as I know, this request was granted, in terms of the fact that there was an opportunity to communicate with relatives and a lawyer,” the minister said. and Aiden Aslin, as well as the Moroccan Saadoun Brahim, who participated as mercenaries from Ukraine in the hostilities, to death. According to the head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, the convicts did not apply for pardon. They have less than two weeks to complete this procedure. Later, Aslin's lawyer said that the mercenary wants to appeal the court's decision on the death penalty in the DPR.

Earlier it was reported that the People's Council of the DPR allowed the abolition of the death penalty after the end of hostilities in the territory of the republic and the completion of the tribunal for war criminals .

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Deripaska advised graduates not to rush to leave Russia

At the presentation of diplomas of the Graduate School of Business of Moscow State University, Russian entrepreneur Oleg Deripaska advised graduates not to rush to leave the Russian Federation, the Telegram channel “Earlier than all. Well, almost.

According to Deripaska, there is a high level of uncertainty in the country, but now there are new opportunities. He advised immersing himself in new realities, occupying niches in the Russian and world markets.

Leaving Russia now – mistake, says the entrepreneur. He suggested that those citizens who hurried to leave would return later.

Earlier, Deripaska said that rumors about his participation in “some kind of conspiracy” do not correspond to reality.

In April, the entrepreneur proposed to halve the state apparatus and law enforcement agencies in Russia, leaving the army and navy as the only stronghold of the state.

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Bailiffs demand 5 million rubles from Razin from Tender May

Bailiffs demand from the ex-director of “Tender May” Andrey Razin 5 million rubles. Information about this is available in the database of the Federal Bailiffs.

From the information published on the portal, it follows that enforcement proceedings were initiated last year. 

The decision on which Andrei Razin must pay 5,228,306 rubles in favor of individuals and legal entities, which was ruled in a Vladikavkaz court.

Recently, Andrei Razin has often sued the group's soloist Yuri Shatunov. Last year, Razin filed a lawsuit against Shatunov for the protection of honor and dignity (the court refused to compensate).

After the death of the group leader on June 23, it became known that Andrei Razin also lost a trial to Shatunov for the rights to the songs of Laskovoy May».

Earlier, the director of the deceased singer Yuri Shatunov, Arkady Kudryashov, said that Andrei Razin intends to continue the trials for the group's songs.

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Kyiv called the criteria for the inclusion of Russian artists in the white list

The music of the participants of the white list of Russian musicians can be broadcast in public places in Ukraine. To get into it, the artists will have to sign a special declaration against the Russian special operation

The Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine has formed the criteria by which Russian musicians will be included in the white list: to allow the broadcast of their works in the country. To do this, the artists need to officially speak out against the Russian military operation, writes “Strana.ua” in their Telegram channel.

In order to enter the white list, the musicians will need to submit a “declaration in support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within internationally recognized borders.” It should contain:

  • a call on the Russian authorities to “immediately stop the aggression against Ukraine”;
  • the obligation to “refrain from any action or steps that could indicate support for aggression against Ukraine.”

Artists claiming to be included in the white list should not be included in the list of persons posing a threat to the national security of the republic, which is maintained by the Ministry of Culture.

The decision on inclusion in the white list is made by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) together with Ministry of Culture.

On June 19, the Verkhovna Rada approved a ban on the public performance of Russian music, including tours by Russian performers. Within the framework of the law, the reproduction of phonograms, videos, music videos of Russian citizens is not allowed.

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The list of Russian citizens threatening the national security of Ukraine (created in 2014) now contains 209 names. Among others, the list includes actors Leonid Yarmolnik, Dmitry Kharatyan and Mikhail Porechenkov, actresses Alisa Freindlikh, Lyudmila Chursina and Valentina Talyzina, director Karen Shakhnazarov, singer Yulia Chicherina, producer Maxim Fadeev, TV presenter Vladimir Solovyov and singer Lev Leshchenko.

< p> In 2015, a white list of Russian cultural figures was also created, who, according to Kyiv, support the territorial integrity of Ukraine. The Ministry of Culture of the Republic claimed that the creation of the list & mdash; “a sign of gratitude and respect for those citizens of foreign countries who were not afraid to take the side of truth, justice and simple human conscience.” From Russians, the first edition included musicians Andrei Makarevich, Zemfira, Yuri Shevchuk, actors Oleg Basilashvili and Valentin Gaft (died in 2020), Andrei Myagkov (died in 2021), actress Liya Akhedzhakova, writer Boris Akunin and others.

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After the Alps, Western leaders will continue discussing Russia in Madrid

What decisions were made at the G7 summit and what to expect from the NATO summit At a meeting in Germany, the G7 leaders discussed Vladimir Putin's torso, the possibility of a ban on the sale of Russian gold and other measures of pressure on Moscow. Now the Russian theme will be picked up by the NATO summit, already called the historical one Western leaders after the Alps will continue discussing Russia in Madrid” />

What the G7 agreed on

On Monday, June 27, in the Bavarian Alps, the leaders of France, the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Japan, Italy and Canada during the G7 summit discussed assistance to Ukraine in confronting Russia and new sanctions against Moscow. In addition to heads of state, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel attended the meetings at Elmau Castle. Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the G7 via video link.

According to Reuters, the President of Ukraine said that he expects the military conflict to end before the end of 2022 and that Western leaders need to make a “big push” for this. Zelensky also stressed that now is not the time for negotiations with Russia, and called for continued economic pressure on Moscow. “The consistent position of the G7 countries on sanctions is also important to us. They must continue to intensify, in particular by limiting the price of oil exported by the aggressor,— The AFP agency quoted him as saying.

The G7 countries promised Ukraine $2.8 billion in humanitarian aid, including for the needs of refugees. In addition, the country will continue to receive military support and assistance in the reconstruction of the destroyed territories.

Russian President Vladimir Putin was also mentioned. On the first day of negotiations, June 26, before taking their seats at the table, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson jokingly asked if he could undress. “We all have to show that we are cooler than Putin,” — he said, alluding to photographs of the Russian leader posing on horseback bare-chested. Canadian leader Justin Trudeau chuckled, “We're going to have a bare-chested riding demonstration.” Von der Leyen backed him up with “Riding is best.” Johnson added: “We have to show them our chest muscles.”

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As part of the discussion of actions against Russia, the leaders of the G7 discussed the possibility of imposing a ban on the import of Russian gold, as well as setting tariffs for oil imported from Russia. However, these measures were not mentioned in the final document. “We will agree on and expand targeted sanctions to further restrict Russia's access to key industrial resources, services and technologies produced by our economies,” stated in the final statement of the summit. The US administration said it would impose higher tariffs on a wide range of imports from Russia and “use the revenue generated from the new tariffs on Russian goods to help Ukraine and ensure Russia pays its military costs.”

They also discussed a possible boycott of the G20 summit (it will be held in November in Bali), if Putin decides to attend it. Von der Leyen opposed such an initiative, noting that a boycott of the event could paralyze his work. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz supported her, noting that the decision to participate in the summit is likely to be made at the last moment. The Kremlin has already received an invitation to participate in the G20 summit, the answer is yes, said Yuri Ushakov, an aide to the Russian president, on June 27.

In addition to Russia, the G7 leaders touched upon opposition to China and its One Belt, One Road economic initiative. “Seven” announced the creation of a global infrastructure initiative that can compete with the Chinese project. $600 billion will be allocated for this. In China, they reacted by stating that Beijing opposes actions and statements that, under the pretext of building global infrastructure, “slander and denigrate” the One Belt, One Road initiative. This was announced by the official representative of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Zhao Lijian.

What to expect from the NATO summit

The Alliance's three-day biennial summit, opening Tuesday in Madrid, will focus on two main themes: the deployment of additional forces against the backdrop of Russia's entry into Ukraine, and the expansion of the alliance by joining Finland and Sweden.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at a press conference on the eve of the summit that NATO intends to approve a strategic concept that “will reflect the new reality.” “I expect the Allies to indicate in the concept that they consider Russia the most serious direct threat to our security,” — he said, noting that the document would also outline the threat posed by China. Stoltenberg stressed that “Russia itself has closed the way for dialogue <…> and chose the path of confrontation. He ruled out a dialogue with Moscow, but stated the need to maintain a communication channel to prevent incidents. He already called the decisions of the future meeting, as well as the meeting itself, historical.

Stoltenberg also announced a significant strengthening of the eastern flank and the transformation of NATO response forces. “We will increase the size of the rapid reaction force to more than 300,000, as well as expand our ability to reinforce in the event of a conflict,” he said. Currently, the number of NATO rapid reaction forces is about 40 thousand people. Stoltenberg also announced the intention of the alliance to agree on a new package of military assistance to Ukraine and ensure its transition from Soviet weapons to the use of NATO-style weapons.

In addition, the Secretary General announced a meeting of the leaders of Turkey, Finland and Sweden “on the sidelines” summit in Madrid. Ankara has refused to support the entry of the two northern European countries into the alliance, since they, in its opinion, support the Kurdish groups, which are considered terrorist in Turkey. Ankara has put forward a list of conditions after which it will be able to lift the veto on the expansion of the alliance. Stoltenberg expressed hope for progress in the negotiations between the three countries, but did not name the timing of the possible accession of Helsinki and Stockholm to the alliance.

At the same time, Turkish National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on June 27 that the country could not yet support the desire Finland and Sweden join NATO. However, Finnish President Sauli Niiniste on the same day announced an improvement in the negotiation situation with Turkey and said that his main goal during the NATO summit would be further progress in resolving differences with Ankara.

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Canada imposed sanctions against individuals and companies in the Russian defense sector

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Canada announced new restrictions that will affect the defense sector, the media and high-tech production, a message about this is posted on the website of the country's prime minister.

List of new restrictions:

  • sanctions against six individuals and 46 legal entities associated with the Russian defense sector. The government did not specify the names of sanctioned organizations and the names of people;
  • sanctions against “state-sponsored disinformation and propaganda agencies and organizations controlled by high-ranking Russian government officials”;
  • banning the export to Russia of a number of advanced technologies “that could improve Russia's domestic production capabilities in the defense sector.” Such technologies will include quantum computers and advanced manufacturing equipment, related materials, software and technology.

Thirteen members of the government and employees of the defense sector of Belarus and two organizations were also subject to Canadian sanctions. In addition, the export of advanced technologies and goods that can be used in the production of weapons is now prohibited to Belarus. In addition, Ottawa has decided to stop exports and imports of the “broad list” of luxury goods between the two countries.

The third category of citizens against which Canada has imposed new sanctions— Ukrainians supporting the Russian operation. As stated in the message, the list will include 15 such people.

“Finally, in agreement with the United States, Britain and Japan, the Prime Minister announced Canada's intention to impose a ban on the import of certain gold items from Russia, excluding these goods from the system of international markets and further isolating Russia from the international financial system, — noted in the government.

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After the start of the Russian operation in Ukraine, Canada imposed several packages of sanctions against Russia. The restrictions affected the oil and gas and chemical industries, including coal mining, metal ores, the production of chemicals, as well as banks, in particular, Sberbank, VTB, Gazprombank, Alfa-Bank, Russian Agricultural Bank and other large companies, including Russian Railways, Gazprom, ALROSA , USC.

Canada also imposed personal sanctions, including against Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko, Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev, head of Norilsk Nickel Vladimir Potanin, CEO of NOVATEK Leonid Mikhelson, founder of Renova Viktor Vekselberg, TV presenter Vladimir Solovyov, as well as 160 members of the Federation Council.

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SBU detained the ex-deputy for the concept of the Nikolaev People’s Republic

The deputy of the City Council was preparing a concept that would justify the creation of the Mykolaiv People's Republic, the SBU said. The department claims that the detainee carried out the task of the Russian special services SBU detained an ex-deputy for the concept of the Nikolaev People's Republic on the SBU website.

According to the department, the man, at the direction of the Russian special services, allegedly prepared a documentary, legal and socio-political justification for the creation and functioning of the republic within the Mykolaiv region of Ukraine. The documents seized from him during the search stated that this region was supposed to declare its secession from Ukraine and proclaim itself the Nikolaev People's Republic (NPR), and then switch to Russian within a month, receive its own coat of arms, flag and anthem. After the completion of the special operation, the republic, according to the concept of the detainee, should have asked to be included in Russia.

The man also planned, according to the SBU, that the Russian ruble would be introduced into the NPR, the education and healthcare systems would be reorganized according to the Russian model, and the cultural industry would function within the framework of the concept of the Russian world.

Mykolaiv region is located in southern Ukraine. In the west, it borders on Odessa, in the north— from Kirovogradskaya, and in the east— with Dnepropetrovsk and Kherson regions. Kherson region is under the control of the Russian military.

As stated in the Ministry of Defense, the establishment of control over the south of Ukraine, as well as over the Donbas— this is one of the tasks of the second phase of the special operation. Control over the south of Ukraine will make it possible to provide a corridor to Transnistria, where “there are facts of oppression of the Russian-speaking population,” the department noted.

According to the SBU, in the event of a successful capture of the Nikolaev region, the Russian special services promised the man one of the leading positions in the NPR. “Therefore, the defendant not only prepared the“ concepts ”, but also provided information about the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the territory of the regional center,” — reported in the Security Service of Ukraine.

Its employees conducted a search at the former deputy. During it, in addition to “correspondence with representatives of the Russian special services” found “Russian and Soviet symbols”, as well as “personal notes on the creation” and the work of the so-called NNR.

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The man was detained, a criminal case was initiated against him under Part 2 of Art. 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (treason). Part 2 of this article states that a citizen of Ukraine is released from criminal liability if he “did not perform any actions in pursuance of the criminal task of a foreign state, foreign organization or their representatives and voluntarily declared to state authorities about his connection with them and about the assignment received. Part 1 of the article on treason provides for punishment in the form of imprisonment for a term of 12 to 15 years.

From February 24, Russia has been conducting a special military operation in Ukraine. Its goals, President Vladimir Putin called the protection of the inhabitants of Donbass from genocide, as well as the “denazification” and “demilitarization” neighboring state. He also stressed that Russia is not going to occupy Ukrainian territories. “We are not going to impose anything on anyone by force,” — said the president.

After the start of the special operation, the military administrations of Kherson and Zaporozhye (the Russian military controls most of it) regions announced their intention to hold a referendum on joining Russia. The authorities of the DPR and LPR also announced their desire to join the Russian Federation. The Kremlin noted that before talking about holding referenda, security should be ensured in the regions, after which the freedom of choice should be given to the local population.

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Medvedev warned Lithuania about Russia’s “capable of shutting off oxygen” response

The deputy head of the Security Council called the actions of the Lithuanian side “part of the very “war by proxy” that the West unleashed against Russia,” and promised very tough measures

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Russia's response to the restriction of the transit of goods to the Kaliningrad region by Lithuania “is able to shut off the oxygen to the Baltic neighbors who have taken hostile actions,” said Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev in an interview with Argumenty i Fakty.

“By the way, the EU did not even insist on these steps (implementation of sanctions. — RBC), realizing possible problems. But Lithuania obsequiously bowed in front of American benefactors, once again demonstrating its moronic Russophobic attitudes, — considers Medvedev.

He called the actions of the Lithuanian side “part of the same” war by proxy “that the West unleashed against Russia.” “Naturally, the Russian Federation will take retaliatory measures, and they will be very tough,” — warned the deputy head of the Security Council.

First of all, ordinary Lithuanians will suffer from this, “whose standard of living by European standards”; just beggarly,” he noted. Citizens are trying to “somehow survive in this theater of the absurd”, while Lithuanian politicians are “curated”. At the same time, both sides are getting worse and worse, Medvedev added.

On June 22, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that Moscow, in response, was preparing not diplomatic, but practical measures, they were already being worked out at the interdepartmental level. On Monday, June 27, presidential aide Yuri Ushakov specified that the Russian side would make a decision on retaliatory measures in a few days. According to him, now “certain signals” are coming from the EC, the Russian side will see “what the situation will be in the coming days.”

Since June 18, the Lithuanian authorities have refused to allow transit trains with goods subject to EU sanctions to pass. The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry explained that the republic complies with the sanctions of Brussels and does not apply any unilateral and additional restrictive measures. Lithuania was guided by EU sanctions, there is no talk of a blockade of the Kaliningrad region, later EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell assured.

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Kaliningrad Governor Anton Alikhanov called the transit situation a gross violation of international obligations by Lithuania and the EU. “Violation of everything and everyone” the actions of the Lithuanian authorities were also considered in the Kremlin. Moscow protested to Vilnius and demanded that the restrictions be lifted immediately.

On June 27, Lithuanian presidential adviser Kestutis Budrys said that Vilnius had agreed on the basic principles and provisions of transit with the EC. The head of the republic, Gitanas Nauseda himself, ruled out concessions to Russia. In response, the Kremlin stated that they were waiting for a reaction from the Lithuanian authorities.

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Khusnullin announced an increase in throughput on the border of Crimea

The Deputy Prime Minister said that a special procedure for passing vehicles is being introduced at the border, which will speed up the delivery of building materials for the restoration of Donbass

The throughput of the border from the Crimean side has been increased for the delivery of building materials to Donbass, said Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin in Telegram.

Work is underway to expand checkpoints for the delivery of builders and building materials.

“A special procedure has already been developed and is being implemented, which allows us to speed up this process. For example, we have already increased the capacity of border crossings from the Crimean side, — wrote the Deputy Prime Minister in Telegram.

At the end of May, the head of the Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, announced that a decision had been made to expand the checkpoints to the Crimea from the Kherson region due to additional traffic lanes, which will reduce the waiting time at the border. The head of the military-civilian administration of the Kherson region, Volodymyr Saldo, said that many kilometers of queues had formed on the border between Crimea and the Kherson region.

In early June, Aksyonov admitted that every day he receives calls from residents of Kherson, Zaporozhye and other regions, who complain that they have to stand at the border until 25:00. Then he promised to complete the restructuring of the border crossings within 10-12 days: “Four lanes in each direction will be asphalted, concreted, there will be several lanes for freight transport, one for public transport and one for cars separately.”

The head of Crimea also proposed to install screening complexes at the border in order to “shine through” trucks, which, according to him, will speed up customs clearance by trucks by up to five to seven minutes.

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Medvedev called the author of words about readiness to take Kaliningrad a moron

The ex-head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Latvia, speaking about restrictions on transit from Lithuania, said that the EU and NATO have taken the first steps to “separate” Kaliningrad from Russia. “Looks like he drank or ate something bad,” reacted the deputy head of the Security Council .jpg” alt=”Medvedev called the author of words about readiness to take Kaliningrad a moron” />

Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev called “some kind of another jerk” ex-Minister of the Interior of Latvia Maris Gulbis, who “sent a signal that NATO and the EU are taking Kaliningrad from us.”

“Looks like he drank or ate something bad. Proposes to start a third world war. Will come to himself— will be afraid of every rustle at the door. And rightly so. We have a good memory…»— wrote Medvedev in Telegram.

Gulbis, speaking of Lithuanian restrictions on transit to the Kaliningrad region, told TV24 that the EU and NATO had taken the first steps “to separate Kaliningrad, the former capital of East Prussia, from Russia”, noting that a “clear signal” had been sent to the Russian side. , his words are quoted by the newspaper Latvijas Avīze.

Since June 18, the Lithuanian authorities have refused to allow transit trains to the Kaliningrad region with goods that fell under EU sanctions, citing compliance with Brussels restrictions. The European Union denies the blockade of the region.

According to the Kaliningrad authorities, the restrictions affected gas liquefaction plants, iron and steel products, thoroughbred horses, truffles, perfumes, household appliances more expensive than €750 and other goods.

Moscow protested to Vilnius and demanded that the restrictions be lifted immediately . The Kremlin considered the actions of Lithuania “a violation of everything and everything.”

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On June 25, Lithuanian MEP Petras Auštrevičius announced that the European Commission (EC) had prepared a draft document allowing the transportation of goods subject to sanctions from “Russia to Russia”— to the Kaliningrad region through the territory of the EU, recalling the right of veto. Later, an adviser to the Lithuanian president, Kestutis Budrys, said that Vilnius agreed with the EC on the basic principles and provisions of transit. The head of the republic, Gitanas Nauseda himself, ruled out concessions to Russia.

Russia's response to Lithuania's actions “is capable of cutting off the oxygen to the Baltic neighbors who have taken hostile actions,” Medvedev said on June 27.

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Zelensky promised to respond with a “strike” in case of an attack from Transnistria

Zelensky said that if such steps are taken by Pridnestrovie, they will become a “slap in the face” to Kyiv and a “global mistake”

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Ukraine will respond with a “strike” to such actions by the unrecognized Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR), President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said after a meeting with Moldovan leader Maia Sandu. His words are quoted by the office of the head of state.

“These people who are in Transnistria should know that this is not a blow for us, but a slap in the face. And we will definitely answer with a blow, — Zelensky said when asked if he had information about a possible strike from Transnistria.

The head of state said that such actions would be a “global mistake”, and Kyiv receives “unpleasant” signals in this regard.

Transnistria borders on Ukraine, where a Russian military operation is taking place . Russian peacekeeping forces have been stationed in the unrecognized republic since the end of the active phase of the Transnistrian conflict.

At the end of April, the situation escalated there, there were explosions on the territory of the radio and television center, and the building of the Ministry of State Security was shelled. The authorities introduced a red level of terrorist threat, at the end of May the threat level was lowered to yellow, it is still in effect. In early June, the Pridnestrovian Investigative Committee reported that a drone dropped two grenades on the territory of the peacekeepers' reserve unit, no one was injured.

The head of Zelensky's office, Aleksey Arestovich, said earlier that Moldova could ask Ukraine to help “take control of Pridnestrovie” ;, APU will help. The Moldovan government then noted that the settlement of the Transnistrian issue is possible only through the negotiation process.

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Iran and Argentina apply to join BRICS

Moscow does not object to the expansion of the association, but proposes to define procedures and requirements for candidates

Iran has applied to join the BRICS group (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), Tasnim reports citing Said Khatibzadeh, official representative of the country's Foreign Ministry.

He expressed hope that Iran's BRICS membership would bring “additional benefits” both sides. Khatibzadeh noted that the share of the BRICS countries in world GDP is 30%, and the total population of the states included in the group, — 40% of the world's population.

Last week, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi spoke at the BRICS+ online summit at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping. He stated that “Iran's geopolitical and geo-economic position can make it a stable and reliable partner for the BRICS.”

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez also announced the country's desire to join the association. “We aspire to be full members of this group of nations <…> We— a safe and responsible food supplier and a recognized player in biotechnology and applied logistics,— he said on June 24.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed that Iran and Argentina have applied to join the BRICS. “While the White House was thinking about turning off, banning and spoiling it in the world, Argentina and Iran applied to join the BRICS,” — she wrote on Telegram.

Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said that Moscow is positive about the possible expansion of the BRICS, but “this problem must be approached very carefully, carefully.” The Russian side proposes to define procedures and requirements for accession candidates, he said. According to Ushakov, first you need to find some formats that at the initial stage will allow you to cooperate with the association as observers.

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BRICS was founded in June 2006, as part of the St. Petersburg Economic Forum with the participation of the ministers of economy of Brazil, Russia, India , China. In 2010, South Africa joined it.

The BRICS Summit was held on June 23–24 in an online format. President Vladimir Putin said at it that Russia, together with the countries of the group, is working on the issue of creating a new international currency, which can become a reserve. The Ministry of Economic Development believes that the creation of an alternative currency based on the BRICS basket should be preceded by an increase in the share of settlements in national currencies. According to the deputy director of the Department of Multilateral Economic Cooperation and Special Projects of the department, Nikita Kondratiev, “it is not necessary to set an end in itself” creation of an alternative currency, “it should be beneficial for the BRICS countries.”

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The Ministry of Internal Affairs will replace the driver’s license of the DPR and LPR with Russian ones without exams

The Ministry of Internal Affairs will begin to exchange driving licenses of the DPR, LPR and Ukraine for Russian ones without exams. This procedure will be valid until March 1, 2023 will replace DPR and LPR driving licenses with Russian ones without exams” />

Citizens of the DPR and LPR will be able to exchange driving licenses for Russian-style driving licenses without exams. This was reported by the departmental publication “Ministry of Internal Affairs Media” with reference to the decision of the government.

Citizens of Ukraine who entered the territory of Russia after February 21, 2022 will also receive a similar right. This opportunity will also be given to stateless persons, people with a temporary residence permit in Russia, a residence permit, a refugee certificate, a certificate of temporary asylum or participation in the program for the resettlement of compatriots.

In addition, the exchange of rights without exams, citizens who have received Russian citizenship in a simplified manner by presidential decree will be able to produce, & mdash; that is, residents of the DPR, LPR, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions of Ukraine.

According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, a special procedure for the exchange of rights “will help to avoid the complication of the humanitarian situation associated with the forced stay of a certain category of persons in Russia.” It will be valid until March 1, 2023.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the simplified acceptance of residents of the DPR and LPR into Russian citizenship in April 2019. In July of the same year, he extended the decree to Ukrainians who previously lived in any area of ​​the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine then called this process “sabotage passportization.”

On February 21, 2022, Russia recognized the independence of the DPR and LPR, and also signed treaties of friendship and mutual assistance with them. President Volodymyr Zelensky then said that, despite Russia's statements, Ukraine's borders would remain as recognized by the international community.

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After Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine, occupied by troops regions, for example, in the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, military-civilian administrations appeared. Their heads, whom Kyiv called collaborators, began to declare the desire of the regions to become part of Russia. The leaders of the DPR and LPR, who had previously declared the independence of the regions, also considered it possible to join Russia. Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov noted that the fate of the regions should be decided by their residents.

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In Kaliningrad, the ex-minister of Latvia answered the words about the “secession”

The former head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Latvia, speaking about restrictions on transit to the Kaliningrad region by Lithuania, said that the EU and NATO have taken the first steps “to separate Kaliningrad, the former capital of East Prussia, from Russia”

Press Secretary of the Kaliningrad Region Governor Dmitry Lyskov in response to the statement of the former head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Latvia, Maris Gulbis, about the signal sent by the EU and NATO to Russia about the readiness to take Kaliningrad, he asked to share the official position of the authorities of Lithuania and the European Union and the “Lithuanian travelers”.

“This is a private opinion of which something of an individual Lithuanian, and nothing more, & mdash; he said.

Speaking about the restrictions on transit from the Lithuanian side, Lyskov noted that, most likely, we are talking about “a banal legal error”; in Brussels sanctions packages. The European Union, introducing the fifth package of sanctions against Russia, made an exception for the road transit of goods, the transportation of which is not prohibited by the EU, between the Kaliningrad region and the rest of Russia, which was noted by the governor of the region Anton Alikhanov. Alikhanov’s press secretary then clarified to TASS that these were clarifications, according to which the restrictions do not imply a ban on the transportation of goods by rail and road to the Kaliningrad region from Russia, since, in their understanding, we are talking about domestic transportation from Russia to Russia. After Lithuania restricted transit, citing compliance with EU sanctions, Alikhanov opined that the EU had forgotten about its obligations regarding transit to the Kaliningrad region. The Russian side expects that “either amendments will be made to the first four packages [of sanctions], or the amendment in the fifth package will be extended to the previous four,” or the EU will give Lithuania clarifications about transit.

As Lyskov told RBC, Russia is seeking to restore transit from Lithuania, on which the republic “makes good money”, and is increasing sea transportation. “Today, the fifth ship will go to sea, will embark on the route St. Petersburg— Kaliningrad. Next, we must work on subsidizing the transportation route so that the sea tariff coincides with the railway tariff, — he added.

Former US presidential candidate considered inevitable concessions to Ukraine on land

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Any option to resolve the military conflict in Ukraine will be associated with territorial concessions and the country's neutral status. This was written by former US presidential candidate, US Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel Tulsi Gabbard, along with Defense Priorities Senior Fellow, former US Army Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Davis, in Foreign Policy magazine.

«However unpleasant the options may be , they become harder to swallow as Russia wins on the battlefield, which will almost certainly happen in the battle for the Donbass, — said in the article.

The authors of the article felt that Kyiv and Washington were ignoring the realities of the battlefield, while the United States and other Western countries were “recklessly striving for an unattainable result.” They remembered the words of US Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks that equipping the Pentagon will allow us to support Ukraine for five, 10 or 20 years.

“While there is still time, and Kyiv still controls 80 percent of its territory, a change in US policy will give a chance to save Ukrainian lives and prevent further territorial losses,” — the article says.

Gabbard and Davis called on the administration of President Joe Biden to stop proclaiming goals to weaken Russia and help Kyiv and Moscow reach a negotiated cessation of hostilities.

Tulsi Gabbard— former member of the US House of Representatives, former vice chairman of the governing body of the US Democratic Party, veteran of the Iraq war.

She announced plans to participate in the presidential elections in January 2019, she went to them with an anti-war agenda. In October of the same year, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused Gabbard of being “the Kremlin's favorite” and suggested that Russia would support her candidacy.

In response, the politician filed a libel suit against Clinton in January 2020, but withdrew it in May. Meanwhile, in March, she withdrew from the election and supported Biden's candidacy.

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Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24th. Kyiv imposed martial law and severed diplomatic relations with Moscow. Representatives of 141 countries in the UN General Assembly condemned the actions of the Russian authorities, demanded a ceasefire and the withdrawal of troops. Western countries began to actively allocate military assistance to Ukraine, including the supply of weapons.

The last face-to-face talks between Russia and Ukraine took place on March 29 in Istanbul, then the parties communicated via video link, however later, the negotiation process was completely interrupted. At the end of May, President Volodymyr Zelensky admitted that Kyiv would resume negotiations with Moscow if Russia returned the territories it had taken under control. The head of the negotiating group of Ukraine, David Arakhamia, said that the condition for the resumption of negotiations could be the voluntary return of Russian troops to their positions before February 24.

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Medvedev saw the risk of a Third World War if Ukraine joins NATO

If Ukraine, being a member of NATO, tries to return Crimea, this will turn into a conflict between Russia and the entire alliance, lead to the Third World War and “total catastrophe,” Medvedev believes

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The accession of Ukraine to NATO is much more dangerous for Russia than the entry into the alliance of Sweden and Finland, said in an interview with “Arguments and Facts” Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev.

According to Medvedev, this is due to the “presence of unresolved territorial disputes”; between Moscow and Kyiv, including the ownership of Crimea, and “different understanding of the status of the regions.”

«For us Crimea— part of Russia. And this— forever and ever. Any attempt to encroach on the Crimea— This is a declaration of war on our country. And if a country that is a member of NATO does it,— it is a conflict with the entire North Atlantic alliance. Third World War. Total catastrophe»,— he declared.

Unlike Ukraine, joining NATO of Sweden and Finland does not threaten Russia with “nothing particularly new,” Medvedev said. “If they feel better and safer by joining an alliance,— on health»,— he said, stating at the same time that the Russian side would be ready for retaliatory steps. He noted that in this case, the length of NATO's land borders with Russia would more than double, and the country would have to strengthen its borders. According to the politician, no one is delighted with this, including the citizens of Sweden and Finland: “Not the best prospect” to have our Iskanders, hypersonic missiles, warships with nuclear weapons at the threshold of your own home.

In 2019, the Ukrainian authorities amended the Constitution of the country, defining accession to the EU and NATO as a strategic goal of the state. The changes oblige the government to pursue a policy of joining both blocs, and the president is assigned the status of a guarantor of this course. Last April, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called NATO membership the only way to end the conflict in Donbass.

Shortly after the start of the Russian military operation, Zelensky said that Kyiv had “cooled” question of Ukraine's accession to NATO. He considered that the alliance is afraid of contradictions and confrontation with Russia. On June 25, deputy head of the Ukrainian president's office, Ihor Zhovkva, said that Kyiv would not take steps to join the bloc because members of the alliance had rejected the country's aspirations. According to him, the Ukrainian authorities want the alliance to reaffirm its partnership with Kyiv and recognize the country's central role in European security during the June 28-30 summit in Madrid.

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The Kremlin has repeatedly said that the possible entry of Ukraine into the alliance threatens Russia's security. In early February, even before the start of the military operation, President Vladimir Putin said that Ukraine's accession to NATO would lead to a military confrontation. In his opinion, Kyiv, having joined the alliance, will try to return Crimea by force. On the desire of Ukraine to return the peninsula “by military means” he spoke before.

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Zhdanov announced the detention of the municipal deputy Ilya Yashin in Moscow

The police in Moscow detained the municipal deputy Ilya Yashin

The police detained the deputy of the Krasnoselsky district of Moscow, the opposition politician Ilya Yashin. This was reported to RBC by the director of the Anti-Corruption Fund. Ivan Zhdanov (the court recognized the FBK as a foreign agent and an extremist organization, it was liquidated).

“Walked with my friend Ilya Yashin in the park, in Khamovniki. The police came up and took Ilya away. It’s not clear where, & mdash; wrote in Telegram journalist “Echo of Moscow” Irina Babloyan.

According to her, Yashin should be brought to the Khamovniki police station. Lawyer Vadim Prokhorov went to see him.

Since the beginning of Russia's military operation in Ukraine, the politician has repeatedly made anti-war statements. He condemned the actions of the Russian authorities and personally President Vladimir Putin. In May, the police filed four administrative cases against him for discrediting the Armed Forces. Only three of them reached the court.

On June 16, Yashin gave an interview to Yuri Dudyu (recognized as a foreign agent). “It seems to me that they generally do not really want to multiply the number of problematic political prisoners. <…> I think they understand perfectly well that if they put me in jail tomorrow, I will not be silent, — Yashin then said when asked why he had not yet ended up in prison. The politician suggested that it was much more interesting for the authorities to make him decide to leave the country.

In an interview, Yashin said that there are neo-Nazis in any country, but “this is not a reason to send tanks there.” He noted that they are not the ruling force in Ukraine.

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Medvedev announced a “very tough” response to Lithuania

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Russia will take measures in response to Lithuania's ban on transporting goods to the Kaliningrad region from Russia through its territory. This was stated by Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev in an interview with the Arguments and Facts newspaper.

“Naturally, Russia will take retaliatory measures, and they will be very tough,” he said.

According to he said, Russia has the opportunity to “cut off the oxygen to the Baltic neighbors who have taken hostile actions.” In addition, Russia can apply asymmetric measures. Which will lead to a critical escalation of the conflict. But escalation is a bad way, ordinary citizens of Lithuania will suffer from it, whose standard of living, according to Medvedev, “is not the highest.”

He also called the transit ban a boorish decision and stressed that for the Baltic countries will have negative consequences.

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Azot employees in Severodonetsk are ready to start restoring the enterprise

Employees of the Azot chemical plant in Severodonetsk are ready to begin the restoration of the enterprise, RIA Novosti reports citing a statement by chief mechanic Eduard Aliev.

“We are checking for restoration work (“Azota” – ed.). First of all, we want to try to make water, there is a well there. This will allow water to be supplied to the city. First we need to decide on the situation. we saw the plant for three weeks,” he said.

Earlier it was reported that Chechen units cleared the industrial zone of Severodonetsk and the airport from nationalists. Now this territory is completely controlled by the troops of the LPR.

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Medvedev: Ukraine in NATO is more dangerous for Russia than Finland and Sweden

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According to the Arguments and Facts newspaper, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev compared the danger of entering NATO of Ukraine, Finland and Sweden for our country.

According to him, for the Russian Federation, Ukraine in NATO is an order of magnitude more dangerous due to the presence of unresolved territorial disputes and different understanding of the status of regions.

&quot ;For us Crimea — part of Russia. And this — forever,” Medvedev stressed.

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Kyiv asked to hold an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council

Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN Serhiy Kyslytsya said that it was the Ukrainian side that requested an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on the situation in the country.

"I have the honor to request an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council… under the agenda item “Maintaining the peace and security of Ukraine,” he said in a statement.

According to the Ukrainian diplomat, UN head António Guterres will make a report at the meeting. Kyiv accuses the Russian side of launching missile strikes that allegedly hit civilian targets.

The meeting on Ukraine is to be held on Tuesday at 15.00 (22.00 Moscow time).

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Medvedev: any encroachment on the Crimea will be regarded as a declaration of war on Russia

Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council. Photo: Global Look Press

Any attempt to encroach on Crimea will be regarded as a declaration of war on Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, said in an interview with Argumenty i Fakty.

“If a country does this, part of NATO, it is a conflict with the entire North Atlantic Alliance. Third World War. A total catastrophe,” he described the possible consequences of such actions.

In an interview, Medvedev once again repeated that Russia is fighting not with the Ukrainian people, but with “disgusting Nazis”. “The purpose of the special operation is to repulse the neo-Nazi, fascist forces that came to power in Ukraine and terrorized the population of the Donbass republics for many years,” he explained.

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Medvedev clarified who should not be spared in Ukraine

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According to Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev, Ukrainian Nazis should not be shown mercy during the special operation, because they hide behind the civilian population as a human shield. These nationalists do not represent the people of Ukraine, they should not be spared, he stressed in an interview with the Argumenty i Fakty newspaper.

“The Russian army delivers precision strikes against military infrastructure, not civilian targets. Unlike from Ukrainian Nazis who hide behind civilians as a human shield, we saw this in Mariupol at Azovstal, a similar situation at Azot. This is just mocking scum that the Ukrainian people do not represent. they should not be spared,” Medvedev explained.

At the same time, Medvedev stressed that the Russians have deep respect for the Ukrainian people. “We are connected with Ukraine by the closest ties – kindred, historical, cultural,” he concluded.

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NATO has prepared a new crusade to the East

Against Russia and Against China

For several generations of Russian people, the abbreviation NATO was a symbol of the mortal danger of a new world war. We perceived the enmity of the military bloc of Western countries with the Soviet Union as an irreconcilable contradiction of our communist faith and their liberal democratic principles.

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After the collapse of the Communist Party and the disintegration of a power based on the ideas of socialism, they began to expect a weakening of enmity and the establishment of interaction. But this did not happen. The NATO bloc not only survived, but also recently drew into its ranks the military allies of the USSR and even some of its constituent parts. It became clear that it was not about ideology. The roots of the ensuing 30-year rise in tension on Russia's borders and the current NATO-backed clash with Ukraine are to be found in geopolitics and history.

In the 1,500 years of Russia's presence on the world political stage, it has many times had to repulse the onslaught of coalitions of Western countries. It all started with the Crusades in the 13th century. Part of the crusaders plundered Orthodox Byzantium and fought with Muslims in Palestine. Another part tried with fire and sword to convert Orthodox Russians to the Catholic faith. Novgorod Prince Alexander in 1240 defeated the knights, whose ships entered the Neva River. Therefore, he entered his name in history as Alexander Nevsky. This great warrior was ranked among the main Russian saints not only for military victories. He was able to preserve the Orthodox faith by turning to the East for help. Prince Alexander made a trip to the headquarters of the Mongol Great Khan in Karakorum in 1247-1249 and received a “label”, a mandate to rule Kyiv and all other Russian lands. Russia paid a considerable tribute to the Mongols, but they did not demand to change their faith, to change the civilizational codes of the Russian nation.

Another big trouble came from the West in 1609-1618, when the combined Polish-Lithuanian troops took advantage of the internal strife of the Time of Troubles on Russian soil and captured Moscow. The Russian tsar and his troops were unable to resist the interventionists, who were assisted by the Crimean Tatars and Zaporozhye Cossacks. The Russian people themselves rebelled against them. The merchant Minin from Nizhny Novgorod gathered a militia, headed by the experienced Prince Pozharsky. The invaders were expelled to their lands. Until now, there is a monument to Minin and Pozharsky on Red Square in Moscow as a symbol of the love of freedom and masculinity of the peoples of Russia.

Once again, the combined forces of the West conquered Moscow in 1812. The army under the command of the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte included troops from almost all of Europe. Among them were Italians and Spaniards, Bavarians, Saxons and Westphalians, Swiss, Austrians, Croats, Poles, Lithuanians and Portuguese. As a result, the number of French troops proper amounted to slightly more than half of the Big Army of 600 thousand bayonets and cavalry. Napoleon's numerous and experienced army took Moscow. However, the invaders were soon forced to leave the devastated and burned city and retreat back to the West. The cold doomed the French army to torment and hunger, it was melting under the constant blows of Russian troops and partisan detachments of peasants. A little more than 30 thousand people managed to leave Russia. In 1814, Russian troops triumphantly entered Paris.

The strengthening of Russia did not suit the other victorious power – England. She created a coalition to fight a recent ally from the troops of England, France, the Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom of Sardinia (part of present-day Italy). The main success of the Crimean War (1853-1856) for the troops of the West was the capture of the port of Sevastopol after a 349-day heroic defense. It is characteristic that the coalition of the countries of the West already in those years carried out aggressive actions also in the East. The ships of the Anglo-French squadron tried during the Crimean War to capture Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, an important port of the Pacific possessions of Russia. The unsuccessful assault on the city in 1854 was undertaken by the same ships and the same interventionist landings that participated in the Second Opium War against China (1856–1860).

Traditions of collective aggression against Russia have been developing in Europe for centuries. But its most striking manifestation was the German campaign against the Soviet Union in 1941-1945. The Fuhrer of Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, simultaneously hated the Soviet Union both as a stronghold of the communist idea and as a traditional geopolitical enemy. The same hatred was displayed by the anti-communist elites in other European countries. They considered fascism a lesser evil than Bolshevism, and it was not by chance that they quickly capitulated at first, and then began to supply the Wehrmacht (Germany's army) with modern weapons from their factories. This is exactly what France, Czechoslovakia and Belgium did. Italy, Spain, France, Hungary, Romania, Albania, Croatia, Finland and others sent military formations or volunteers to the front of the fight against Bolshevism. The detachments of “Galicians”, the inhabitants of Western Ukraine, have become sadly famous for their atrocities.

The Allies faithfully served Hitler until the first major defeats. Already during the battle for Stalingrad (July 1942 – February 1943), Romanian soldiers and officers began to surrender en masse. Of these, two Soviet infantry divisions were even formed, which already in 1944 entered into battle with German troops. After the arrest of Mussolini (July 1943), the Italian troops refused to fight the Soviet soldiers, the Germans shot the former allies in whole units. In September 1944, allied Finland turned its weapons against Germany. The fate of other national formations was sad. They were first used as cannon fodder in dangerous sectors of the front, and after the loss of confidence, they were disarmed and left to fend for themselves.

The strengthening of the Soviet Union as a result of the defeat of Nazi Germany and its allies frightened Russia's traditional opponents – the British, as well as the Americans, who became leaders of the Anglo-Saxon geostrategic alliance. Already in March 1946, Winston Churchill delivered the famous Fulton speech, which was directed against a recent ally – the Soviet Union and is considered the official beginning of the Cold War. The word was followed by action – on April 4, 1949, the United States created the North Atlantic Treaty Organization – NATO. Initially, it included 12 states. The main task of this organization was the unification of military and economic resources under the command of the United States in order to prepare for a total war against the countries of another military bloc – the Warsaw Pact Organization (OVD), led by the USSR. It was created only 6 years after NATO – in July 1955.

The confrontation between NATO and the Warsaw Pact lasted three and a half decades, it was sometimes very tense, but there was no war. The ATS was dissolved on July 1, 1991, shortly before the collapse of the Soviet Union. Almost immediately, the question arose of the advisability of NATO's continued existence. But the United States, which actually controlled the bloc, set a new task for NATO – to involve the former member countries of the Warsaw Treaty Organization and the post-Soviet countries of Europe in their structures. Now NATO, as well as the troops of Napoleon and Hitler, includes most of the countries of Europe. Geopolitical priorities have continued and continue to dictate the logic of the behavior of the military organization of NATO and its actual twin in the field of economics and politics – the European Union. The desire to expand NATO's geopolitical space at the expense of Russia's traditional sphere of influence has been at the center of the current Ukrainian crisis.

Caught on the brink of war with Russia, NATO leaders decided to reflect the new reality in the bloc's current founding document, the Strategic Concept. This will happen at the NATO summit, which will be held in Madrid on June 29-30. Two major changes are expected in the action plan for the coming years (the current Strategic Concept was adopted in 2010). First, Russia will be declared a security threat to NATO, not a partner. Secondly, China will be declared the same strategic adversary of NATO. Delegations from Australia, South Korea, Japan and New Zealand have been invited to the Madrid summit to plan anti-Chinese actions. These countries are not members of NATO, but they are essential elements of the system of containment of China, which Washington is persistently building. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg did not remain silent about the fact that China will be mentioned in the Strategic Concept. In an interview with the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, he called the rise of China “a challenge to our interests, values ​​and security.”

Washington urgently needs NATO to reinforce China's containment policy as soon as possible. To this end, the Indo-Pacific Strategy has been developed and is being implemented. Its practical content is both the already existing military alliances with Japan, South Korea and Australia, as well as the new military bloc AUKUS, and the military-diplomatic structure of the KVAD. US efforts are aimed at uniting all allies and their resources into the IPTO Indo-Pacific Treaty Organization (IPTO) along the lines of the Euro-Atlantic Treaty Organization. The new military bloc of the West will threaten Russia's security interests as a Pacific power. To an even greater extent, it will be directed against China. The traditions of the opium war and the collective robbery of Western countries are being revived in the 21st century. As for Russia throughout its history, the West is becoming the main source of threats for China.

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Officials will be tied to the Motherland by a criminal article

Calling for the smuggling of cash can be imprisoned

The bill on amending the Criminal Code “in order to protect the national interests of the Russian Federation, the rights and freedoms of citizens” from new threats is ready for the second, critical reading. For uncoordinated travel abroad, Russians admitted to state secrets are offered to be imprisoned, and for calls for the destruction of border pillars – to be imprisoned for a period longer than for the destruction itself.

Photo: Alexey Merinov

The bill was introduced by a group of United Russia members headed by the chairmen of the Duma Committees on Security and Anti-Corruption (Vasily Piskarev) and Defense (Andrey Kartapolov). In order to properly respond to “new forms of criminal activity and new threats to state security”, they proposed to tighten the five existing articles of the Criminal Code and add two new articles to it. The government then made a number of comments on the initiative: “certain provisions” contain “evaluative and formally undefined terms”, which “does not meet the constitutional requirements for clarity, certainty and unambiguity of legal norms,” the official review said.

The specialized Committee on State Construction and Legislation promised to finalize the text by the second reading, and take into account the comments. The result of the revision became known on June 27: changes are already being made to eight existing articles, and there will be five new ones.

Let's dwell on some innovations that may lead to the initiation of new criminal cases already in early July, because the bill should become law next week, and most of it will take effect immediately after publication.

The transfer of a Russian serviceman or National Guard officer “to the side of the enemy in the context of an armed conflict, hostilities or other actions involving the use of weapons and military equipment in which the Russian Federation takes part” will be considered treason (from 12 to 20 years in a colony under Article 275 of the Criminal Code). “Switching to the side of the enemy,” the note clarifies, is the participation of a Russian in an armed conflict or hostilities as part of “forces (troops) of a foreign state, international or foreign organization directly opposing the Russian Federation.” Those who “voluntarily and in a timely manner” informed the authorities about their crime were promised exemption from criminal liability – as well as those who tried to seize power by force in Russia or to hold power by force (Article 278 of the Criminal Code, in the first reading in the draft law on it there was not a word).

At the same time, the Criminal Code is supplemented by a new article that promises from 3 to 8 years in prison with a fine of up to 1 million rubles for “establishment and maintenance” by a Russian of “cooperative relations on a confidential basis with a representative of a foreign state, international or foreign organization in order to assist them in their activities, deliberately directed against the security of the Russian Federation. But here, too, there is a caveat: those who voluntarily and timely surrendered and “did not have time to take any action to complete the task received” are exempted from liability. What is the difference between this new type of crime and treason? One of the authors of the bill, Ernest Valeev (ER), explained to MK that “in the article on confidential cooperation, it is only about preparing for treason – for example, they agreed to transfer secret information or provide some kind of assistance, but have not yet they managed to do nothing, only there is a collusion “… This article, according to him, was written in order to “emphasize the danger of such contacts” and “not immediately judge” by the article on treason.

How it will go in practice , the Russians will be able to check it only empirically.

Another innovation is the criminal liability for “public calls for the implementation of activities directed against the security of the state.” In the worst case – no alternative from 5 to 7 years in a colony. It is worth recalling that we also consider a corresponding post on social networks to be a “public appeal”, even if it was read by one or two people, and the punishment for “using the Internet” in this article of the Criminal Code is a fine from 300 thousand to 1 million rubles or imprisonment for term from 3 to 6 years.

At first it was not at all clear what calls for what it is better to forget forever. For the second reading, the text listed 30 other articles of the Criminal Code, calls for the actions listed in which will be punishable. The list was compiled based on the wishes of law enforcement agencies, and it turned out to be very colorful. It includes smuggling of cash, and smuggling of poisonous, narcotic substances and nuclear weapons, and the illegal acquisition, or storage, or sale of weapons and explosives, and the same treason, and a bribe, and illegal crossing of the border of the Russian Federation, and genocide, and mercenarism etc.

By the way, for some acts included in the clarifying list, the punishment will be less than for calls for these acts. For example, for illegally changing the border of the Russian Federation, that is, for the seizure, movement or destruction of border signs in order to change borders, Article 323 promises a maximum of 4 years in prison. For non-execution of the order of the chief, which caused significant harm to the interests of military service, Article 332 threatens with a maximum of five years in prison. And for calls for all this, as mentioned above, up to 8 years in prison!

Mr. Valeev said that “there is nothing illogical here, the instigators should receive more.” Although he agreed that “the question of the ratio of penalties for various crimes in the Criminal Code is unbalanced in our country.”

A clear example of “strange” articles in the Criminal Code is one of those that suddenly appeared for the second reading. For “repeated” propaganda or public demonstration of Nazi symbols, paraphernalia, as well as symbols and paraphernalia of organizations recognized in Russia as extremist and banned organizations like the FBK (recognized as extremist and banned in Russia), they will be sentenced to a fine of 600 thousand – 1 million rubles, or even to imprisonment for up to 4 years. The same punishment is introduced for those who made products with prohibited symbols.

“Repeatedly” means that once they were administratively punished under Article 20.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses for the same thing, the second time during the year you got caught – get a criminal case … But the Code of Administrative Offenses for demonstrating (at least on a T-shirt, at least on a poster, at least on an avatar in social networks) prohibited symbolism promises citizens only from 1 to 3 thousand rubles in fines! Few articles with such humane punishments remain in our Code of Administrative Offenses… Although this article is not easy: those punished under it cannot participate in elections for a year and fall under the “cap” of the Center “E” of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Another innovation is especially for officials and officials who, on duty, had before their resignation or have access to state secrets. If they left Russia, although their right to travel was restricted and they knew about it, a fine of 200-500 thousand rubles, or even up to three years in prison. Moving outside of Russia or sending “carriers of classified information”, whatever that means (if it “does not pull” on treason), promises up to 4 years in prison. The heaviest punishment under this article (a fine of 500 to 700 thousand rubles, or even imprisonment for a period of 3 to 7 years) is for all of the above, “committed by an organized group.” Only from judicial practice do we learn what an “organized group” of illegally traveling abroad looks like…

Information “for official use” does not apply to state secrets. Members of the government, State Duma deputies, and senators are officials who have access to state secrets.

Irina Pankina, First Deputy Head of the Committee on State Building and Legislation abroad, the new article of the Criminal Code has nothing to do.

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Sweden and Norway revived secret underground naval bases

Shelters in the rocks can withstand a nuclear strike

Sweden, which has applied to NATO, as well as Norway, which is a member of the Alliance, are secretly working to restore the underground bases of their naval forces . The bases created during the Cold War in the rocks were closed after the collapse of the USSR, but now they are rapidly reanimating them. This was written by the electronic edition “Army Standard”.

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Underground shelters are amazing. Thus, Europe's largest underground naval base Muske (Musköbasen) is being restored in Sweden, three dozen kilometers from Stockholm. This is a whole underground city in the rocky ground under the island of Muske.

The total length of the tunnels is over 20 km. In the space carved into the rock, there are berths, three dock tunnels (two for surface ships, one for submarines), a shipyard, barracks for a thousand people.

The official name is the military base of the East Coast (Ostkustens Örlogsbas, abbreviated as ÖrlB O, since 2005 – Marin B). After the Cold War, the base was mothballed. But now they are actively restoring it. They plan to transfer the command of the Navy to it.

At the same time, since 2019, all information about Muska has been classified. In May 2022, the District Court in Stockholm sentenced a British citizen and a Belgian citizen to prison for a year and four months for excessive curiosity about the underground base.

Similar structures exist in other countries. For example, Norway. This is the underground base of the Olavsvern submarines, 15 km from Tromso. In 2020, the Norwegian Ministry of Defense agreed with the Pentagon on the joint use of Olavsvern. That is, this facility can be used by US Navy nuclear submarines that carry out combat patrols near the Russian Northern Fleet.

Olavsvern is carved inside the mountain. The total area is 950 thousand square meters.

According to the electronic media, such structures have remained since the times of the USSR and the Russian Navy. In the 70s of the last century, underground bases were built in all fleets, in all garrisons. In the Northern Fleet, such a facility was built for nuclear submarines in Ara-Guba. They say that the size of the tunnel-adit was 30 by 30 meters, and was about 400 meters long.

The entrance to the underground shelter from the sea was closed by a batoport – a huge gate. They tightly “plugged” the entrance to the tunnel, through which the nuclear submarine entered the underground base. So it is possible that these Soviet underground structures will also have to be restored, looking at the naval activity of NATO countries, as well as those states that want to join this bloc.

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