Bloomberg called Rasputitsa a problem for “Russia’s invasion” of Ukraine

The agency cited an example of an expert who said that it would be problematic for tanks and vehicles to move through mud, and with the onset of frost they would be able to move “anywhere”

Bloomberg called Rasputitsa a problem for

Analysts interviewed by Bloomberg suggested that in the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, the operation would not begin until January due to weather conditions and poor road conditions.

For example, the agency refers to military expert Pavel Felgenhauer, who told reporters that “at this time of the year we have Rasputitsa (this is the word Bloomberg cites), that is, dirt.” In his opinion, in the event of an offensive, Russian units will need to outflank the Ukrainian grouping in the Donbass, and then gain a foothold in the occupied positions.

“To achieve this, tanks and other military equipment will have to move through the black soil, which is not possible now. But as soon as the frosts hit, they will be able to go wherever they want,” he said.

In addition, according to Felgenhauer, the Russian army will have to increase its grouping in order to achieve a significant numerical advantage (two to three times) over the enemy. In his opinion, not all the necessary parts have been transferred to the Ukrainian border yet.

In turn, former NATO adviser on Russia Andrew Monaghan suggested that the strengthening of the Russian military presence on the Ukrainian border may be due to Moscow’s dissatisfaction with how the terms of the Minsk agreement on the settlement in the Donbass are being observed. He pointed out that Russia disagrees with how Ukraine is implementing this agreement, and therefore believes that if diplomacy does not work, then the military should step in.

On November 21, the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Kirill Budanov, in an interview with Military Times, suggested that a possible offensive by Russian troops would begin in late January and early February. In his opinion, it will begin both from the border and from the landing near Odessa and Mariupol. Budanov was then asked if the weather would affect these plans, and he replied that “for Russians and Ukrainians, this is not a problem.”

On November 23, the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that the best guarantee of security for Ukraine is the implementation of the Minsk agreements. “The lack of progress in their implementation is a significant irritant and trigger that leads to an increase in the level of tension in Europe as a whole,” he said.

CBS News, citing unnamed US officials, reported on November 20 that US intelligence officials had warned European allies about a potential Russian military invasion of Ukraine.

Moscow has repeatedly rejected suggestions of plans to invade Ukraine, and all reports of troop movements on Russian territory were called an internal matter.

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The number of foreign media in Russia has grown to 99

Minust included Oleg Elanchik, the editor-in-chief of Sota, in the list, as well as the organization “Nobel Appeal” – it was created by nine journalists, whom the agency had previously included in the register of foreign media

The number of foreign media in Russia has grown to 99

On Friday evening, November 26, the Ministry of Justice included one legal entity and one journalist in the register of mass media performing the function of foreign agents. Now there are 99 entries in the registry.

The Ministry of Justice recognized Oleg Elanchik, the editor-in-chief of Sota, as a foreign media agent.Vision and activist of human rights movements.

The telegram channel of the publication published an appeal by Elanchik, in which he stated that his entry into the register of foreign media agents had nothing to do with Sota.Vision. According to Elanchik, the management of the publication intends to do everything to continue the work. He admitted that a new editor-in-chief could be appointed.

Sota.Vision is an informational and analytical publication, it received a certificate of registration of the media in December 2015.

Shortly before him, the organization “Nobel Appeal” was added to the register. It was created by journalists whom the Ministry of Justice had previously included in the list of foreign media agents, including Elizaveta Surnacheva (a former correspondent of RBC, an employee of the publication “Currently”, recognized as a foreign media agent). Under Russian law, individuals entering the register are required to register a legal entity for reporting to the authorities.

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The law on Media-foreign agents has existed in Russia since 2019, then edits to it were allowed to recognize individuals as such. According to it, media outlets that receive foreign funding must mark their materials with a special signature, and foreign ones are obliged to create Legal entities in Russia. A fine is provided for the absence of marking. In addition to labeling, foreign agents must also regularly provide the Ministry of Justice with reports on their activities, on how the money received from abroad was spent. Since the beginning of 2021, the register has been replenished by more than 80 positions.

Journalists have repeatedly called for the repeal of the law on foreign agents, the corresponding petition on the website Change.org more than 250 thousand people supported it. On October 21, the editor-in-chief of “Novaya Gazeta” Dmitry Muratov, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2021, addressing Russian President Vladimir Putin, stated the need to finalize the law on foreign agents and get rid of “blurred criteria”, Putin promised to consider the issue.

In mid-October, the Union of Journalists of Russia and the Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights (HRC) submitted their amendments to the law to the State Duma. The executive secretary of the HRC, Alexander Tochenov, clarified that they were in favor of recognizing the media as foreign agents only through the court.

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“I am the president, Misha”

InLadimir Zelensky noted the equator of the presidency with a skirmish with journalists For five hours of a press conference, the president of Ukraine announced the possibility of involving the richest Ukrainian in a coup attempt and freezing the bill criticized by Putin. What else did Zelensky talk about – in the RBC review

«I am the president, Misha»

Vladimir Zelensky

About the war with Russia

Vladimir Zelensky’s press conference this time took place at the Creative State Arsenal coworking in Kiev. One of the first questions was whether there would be a war with Russia. In November, the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR) of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Kirill stated that Russia was preparing a “large-scale invasion”.Budanov. And Bloomberg, citing a source in the US intelligence community, wrote that an attack was allegedly being prepared in 2022. “It seems to me that we have been at war for eight years. We fully control our borders and are ready for any escalation,” Zelensky replied, adding that there is “a lot of intimidation” in the Ukrainian media.

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Speaking about relations with Russia, Zelensky repeated several times that the leaders of the European Union and Germany are calling on Ukrainian representatives to start communicating with Russian ones. “There will definitely be a call [to the Russian side],” Zelensky noted. “They [the head of the European Council Charles Michel and Acting German Chancellor Angela Merkel] want our administration to contact the Russian administration. I think Ermak will be in contact with them in the near future. We are absolutely not against it,” he said.

Journalists also asked about the fate of the head of the office of Andrei Ermak several times, to which Zelensky replied that he was not going to dismiss him. The opposition parties to the president held a march on November 21, one of the demands of which was the resignation of the head of the presidential office. They accused him of sabotaging the operation to lure Russians to Ukraine, whom Kiev considers to be participants in hostilities in the Donbass.

Answering the question about the reasons for the lack of progress in the work of the Normandy format, Zelensky complained about the coronavirus pandemic, because of which the second meeting did not take place (after the Paris one in December 2019). He also said that he does not consider it necessary to adopt a law on transitional justice yet. This bill has been criticized by the President of Russia more than onceVladimir Putin, considering his wording a direct violation of the Minsk agreements. “There is no question that Russia is against it, we are an independent country. We believe that this is one of the principles that can lead to escalation. Therefore, our other allies are not responding very positively to the subject of transitional justice,” Zelensky explained his position.

This time, the tradition of choosing non-standard meeting places with media representatives for heads of state was continued. Zelensky’s first press conference was held at a food court in Kiev and lasted a record 14 hours. After that, he met with journalists outdoors in the Mariinsky Park and in the hangar of the Antonov Aircraft Factory. The procedure for inviting journalists this time was also unusual— the president’s office independently sent outinvitations without announcing the usual accreditation for such events. In total, 30 journalists took part in the conversation with Zelensky, who communicated with him in “fives”, each was supposed to take 30 minutes, but the conversation with each team of journalists dragged on, as a result, the entire press conference lasted more than five hours. Journalists who were not invited to the conference held a protest rally at the gathering place.

About the involvement of the richest Ukrainian in the coup

The main sensation of the press conference was also heard at the very beginning, in the response about the threat of a Russian invasion. Zelensky said that there are not only external, but also internal threats. “I have received information that there will be a coup d’etat in our country on the first of the month. We have not only intelligence information, we even have audio information where representatives from Ukraine with representatives of Russia, let’s say, discuss Rinat Akhmetov’s participation in the coup in Ukraine, that billions of dollars will be raised and so on,” he said.

Zelensky refused to provide further details about the conspiracy in which the country’s richest man Akhmetov may be trying to get involved (Ukrainian Forbes estimates his fortune at $7.6 billion, he is ranked 327th in the global ranking). He invited Akhmetov to give explanations.

“I am outraged by the spread of this lie, regardless of what motives the president is guided by. My position has been and will be unequivocal – an independent democratic and integral Ukraine with Crimea and my native Donbass,” Akhmetov’s press service reported his comment.

The words about Akhmetov are another escalation in the conflict between the president and his office with the oligarchs in general and Akhmetov in particular, draws the attention of Ukrainian political scientist Volodymyr Fesenko. According to him, the media owned by the businessman have been actively criticizing the president for the last two months.

At the suggestion of Zelensky, the parliament passed a law limiting the political influence of the oligarchs. In particular, they are prohibited from owning the media. “I am an investor, and the SCM Group is the largest taxpayer and employer in Ukraine. And if necessary, I am ready to defend my name in Ukrainian and international courts,” Akhmetov reacted to this law.

About journalists rocking the situation

Several times during the conversation, the President of Ukraine broke down and began to criticize journalists asking questions. One of the first victims of Zelensky’s anger was the famous TV presenter Savik Shuster, who since 2019 has been hosting the program “Freedom of Speech of Savik Shuster” on the TV channel “Ukraine”, owned by Akhmetov. The president accused Schuster of rocking the situation in the country.

Journalist and editor-in-chief «Censor.Zelensky accused Yuri Butusov of involvement in the death of the Ukrainian military, as his publication leaked information about the use of a drone “Bayraktar” in the Donbass and details of the operation during which they were detained in Belarus and then sent toRussia is the fighters of the Wagner PMCs. “How can you lie so terribly, you mock the country, you don’t need to lie so much,” Butusov said in response to Zelensky. Journalists returned to the topic of this operation several times, the head of the Ukrainian state said that he knew about the upcoming operation, but did not approve its conduct.

33 Wagner fighters

In July 2020, 33 Russians were detained in Minsk. The Belarusian KGB called them fighters of the Wagner PMCs and accused them of preparing a terrorist attack and mass riots before the elections. But a few weeks after their detention, they were extradited to Russia. Later it was reported that they were lured by the Ukrainian special services to arrest them as participants in hostilities in the Donbass.

The head of the presidential office and President Zelensky himself have been repeatedly accused of disrupting this operation. At the same time, the Ukrainian president in June 2021 said that other states were planning the operation, and they tried to drag Ukraine into it as much as possible.

To the journalist of “Ukrainian Truth” Mikhail Tkach, who was interested in the details of using state helicopters to fly to the celebration of Ermak’s birthday, Zelensky answered simply: “I am the president, Misha.” As the head of state, Zelensky explained, he could use the transport of the state emergency service, especially in a situation when the presidential helicopter was broken.

It was wrong to consider these statements as criticism of journalists in general, insists political scientist Vladimir Fesenko. In these situations, Zelensky showed himself as an ordinary person who is hurt not by criticism, but by an unfair assessment, interference in personal life. This is how Zelensky’s non-political nature manifested itself, although any political strategist would say,that politics should not interfere in the fight against journalists, Fesenko notes. Having attacked Akhmetov and journalists working in the media controlled by the oligarchs, Zelensky wants to show that he can fulfill his promises, is trying to restore the image of the people’s politician, suggested Oleg Ignatov, consultant of the International Crisis Group, in a conversation with RBC.

About the second term and the order of elections

The President of Ukraine did not say much about the current political and economic situation. He admitted that the parliamentary factions would appeal to the Constitutional Court so that the parliamentary elections would be held later than the presidential ones. Such a decision, as the Ukrainian publication “Left Bank” wrote, is being prepared and will allow the presidential party “Servant of the People” to benefit from the president’s rating, which is still higher than the party’s.

Speaking about his political future, Zelensky replied that he had not yet made a decision to participate in the next election. “It will be connected with the support of my personality by the people of Ukraine,” he said. According to the latest poll of the Razumkov Center, 25.2% of Ukrainians are ready to vote for him. The next elections should be held in Ukraine in 2024.

Zelensky spoke briefly about his achievements: land and banking reforms were launched, and infrastructure modernization, according to him, is celebrated not only in Ukraine, but also in the world.

“Zelensky had three main promises that he made at the beginning of his presidency: peace in the Donbass, improvement of the economic situation and the fight against corruption,” Oleg Ignatov recalled. By the middle of his presidential term, he was able to do little, there were objective reasons for this, he believes. The coronavirus pandemic excludes the solution of the problem of economic growth, it does not work with peace in the Donbass because of the unresolved contradictions betweenUkraine and Russia, the progress was only on the third topic – the fight against oligarchs: the relevant law was adopted and charges and sanctions were brought against Viktor Medvedchuk, the expert continues. The press conference did not go as planned by the president’s team, so Zelensky will probably present more specific plans for the development of the country during his December address to parliament, Fesenko believes.

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The head of the Kuzbass city was fired because of a banquet on the day of the explosion at the mine

MThe era of Prokopyevsk Vyacheslav Starchenko, who was appointed to this position the day before, was dismissed. The administration arranged a banquet in honor of the new head of the city, it was held on the day of the emergency at the Listvyazhnaya mine, where 51 people died

The head of the Kuzbass city was fired because of a banquet on the day of the mine explosion

Vyacheslav Starchenko

The head of the city of Prokopyevsk in the Kemerovo region Vyacheslav Starchenko was dismissed on the second day of work. This was announced by the governor of the region Sergey Tsivilev in his Telegram.

The reason was the banquet, which the staff of the city administration arranged in honor of the appointment of Starchenko. He took office as the head of Prokopyevsk on Thursday, November 25. On this day, an accident occurred at the Listvyaznaya mine in the Belovsky district of the Kemerovo region, the victims of which, according to the authorities, were 51 people.

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According to Tsivilev, the banquet was held “at a time when the whole Kuzbass and the whole country were following the news from Listvyazhnaya with pain in their hearts, at a time when every resident of the region was worried about miners and rescuers.” The governor said that those present at the event, “apparently, have no heart, since they could afford to celebrate and celebrate something at such a terrible and difficult moment for all of us.”

«Listvyazhnaya» belongs to the company «SDS-Coal», it ranks third in coal production and export in Russia. On the morning of November 25, smoke appeared at the enterprise, at that time there were 285 miners in the mine. 239 of them were brought to the surface. As a result, 46 miners and five rescuers were killed, 63 people were injured. According to the preliminary version of the prosecutor’s office, the cause was a methane explosion.

The Investigative Committee initiated two criminal cases: under Part 3 of Article 293 of the Criminal Code (negligence that caused the death of two or more persons by negligence) and under Part 2 of Article 217 of the Criminal Code (violation of industrial safety requirements of hazardous production facilities that caused the death of a person by negligence). The director of the mine, Sergei Makhrakov, his first deputy and the head of the site were detained. Three days of mourning have been declared in Kuzbass.

Until November 25, Starchenko was the deputy mayor of Prokopyevsk. Previously, he worked for several years in hospitals in Kuzbass, including as the chief physician and director of the Prokopiev sanatorium, was a deputy of the City Council.

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Aliyev expressed readiness to turn the “page of confrontation” with Armenia

Putin, Aliyev and Pashinyan agreed on the demarcation of the borders of Azerbaijan and Armenia Putin, Aliyev and Pashinyan agreed on the unblocking of transport corridors in the Nagorno-Karabakh region and mechanisms for the demarcation of borders between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Baku is ready for the “stage of normal interaction” with Yerevan

Aliyev expressed readiness to turn the page of confrontation with Armenia

Vladimir Putin, Nikol Pashinyan and Ilham Aliyev

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, following the results of trilateral talks with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Russian President Vladimir Putin, said that Baku seeks to establish relations with Yerevan.

“Azerbaijan is determined to turn the page of the long-standing confrontation with Armenia, to begin the stage of normal interaction,” he said (quoted by Sputnik Azerbaijan).

Aliyev and Pashinyan positively assessed the meeting. According to the Armenian Prime Minister, “positions were clarified on many issues and it turned out that there are no discrepancies on some issues.”

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In a joint statement of the three leaders, which was published by the Kremlin, it is said that Putin, Aliyev and Pashinyan agreed to create mechanisms for the delimitation and demarcation of borders between Armenia and Azerbaijan and to increase the level of stability and security on the Azerbaijani-Armenian border. The parties confirmed that they intend to follow the points of the agreements on Nagorno-Karabakh of November 9, 2020 and January 11 of this year “in the interests of ensuring stability, security and economic development of the South Caucasus”.

The participants of the meeting “made noticeable progress” on humanitarian issues and the topic of economic ties, Putin said. “As a first step, we talked about unblocking transport corridors,” he said (quoted by TASS). This applies to both the railway and automobile communication, the president said.

Putin also said that the deputy prime ministers of the three countries that are part of the trilateral working group on Nagorno-Karabakh will meet in Moscow next week. They will sum up the results of the talks between Putin, Aliyev and Pashinyan and announce agreed solutions.

At the beginning of the trilateral meeting, Aliyev said that almost all the points of the agreement on Karabakh from November 2020 have been fulfilled, except for unblocking communications. Pashinyan disagreed with this, noting that the problem of hostages and other detained persons remained unresolved.

The talks of the three leaders were held in Sochi. After their completion, Putin held a separate meeting with Pashinyan.

Despite the peace agreements concluded last year, armed clashes regularly broke out on the border of Armenia and Azerbaijan. On November 16, one of the shootings turned into full-fledged fighting, both sides suffered losses.

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Akhmetov called Zelensky’s words about his “involvement” in the coup a lie

ZYelensky had previously reported that Akhmetov’s entourage was “framing” the businessman, trying to drag him into the war against Ukraine. The entrepreneur said he was outraged by the “spread of this lie”

Akhmetov called Zelensky's words about his

Rinat Akhmetov

The information disclosed by the President of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, that the entourage of businessman Rinat Akhmetov is trying to drag him into a coup d’etat being prepared in the country does not correspond to reality, Akhmetov said. His words were conveyed to RBC by the press service of the company “System Capital Management”, which was founded by the businessman.

“I am outraged by the spread of this lie, regardless of what motives the president is guided by. My position has been and will be unequivocal – an independent democratic and integral Ukraine with Crimea and my native Donbass,” Akhmetov said.

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According to the businessman, he will continue to “defend democracy, economy and freedom of speech in Ukraine as a citizen of Ukraine, the largest investor, taxpayer and employer of the country.” “And I will do everything in my power so that there is no authoritarianism and censorship in Ukraine,” he promised.

Zelensky said at a press conference on November 26 that he had information about an upcoming coup attempt in the country with the participation of Russians. The Ukrainian leader referred to audio recordings in which representatives of Russia and Ukraine discuss Akhmetov’s participation in the conspiracy. The businessman himself is not on the tape. “I believe that this is a setup of businessman Rinat Akhmetov. I believe that this is an operation, he is being dragged into a war against the state of Ukraine,” the president said.

Zelensky invited Akhmetov to the office of the President of Ukraine to “listen to information that can be shared”. He refused to name the names of other people who may be involved in the coup.

Akhmetov is the richest Ukrainian according to Forbes (his fortune is estimated at $7.6 billion). The SCM Group controls the TV channels “Ukraine” and “Ukraine 24”. In the spring of 2021, Zelensky named the businessman’s last name, listing those who can get into the Ukrainian register of oligarchs. In June, he introduced a law to the Verkhovna Rada, which defined the concept of “oligarch” and regulated relationsofficials with similar faces. The definition of “oligarch” was received, among other things, by all private individuals who have a significant influence on Ukrainian politics and economy and control segments of the media space. The head of state signed the law in early November, this document obliged civil servants to submit declarations on contacts with oligarchs, and the latter banned contributions to political parties.

Zelensky did not answer the journalists’ question at the conference about whether the Kremlin was involved in a possible coup. “Russia had no plans to participate. Russia never does such things at all,” said Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of the Russian president.

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Pashinyan at talks with Putin argued with Aliyev about unresolved issues

Pashinyan disagreed with Aliyev, who stated that almost all the points of the Karabakh agreement of November 2020 have been fulfilled, except for unblocking communications. The issue of the detained persons remained unresolved, the Armenian Prime Minister noted

Pashinyan at talks with Putin argued with Aliyev about unresolved issues

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Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan did not support the point of view of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on the status of implementation of the points of the trilateral ceasefire agreement on the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. Moscow, Baku and Yerevan signed it in November 2020.

At a meeting with Pashinyan and President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Aliyev said that almost all the points of the statement were met, the issue of transport communications remained unresolved: “The topic of unblocking communications is one of the important ones that have not been fulfilled.”

Pashinyan replied that he did not agree with Aliyev’s wording. “You know, and we have repeatedly discussed this with you, that there is a problem of hostages and other detained persons. This is a very important humanitarian issue,” he said, addressing Putin.

“But today we have gathered not only to voice the problems, but to talk and discuss the issues of solving the problems that exist,” Pashinyan stressed. According to the Armenian Prime Minister, the sides have come to concrete solutions to stabilize the situation in the region.

Aliyev said that Azerbaijan is ready to begin the delimitation of the border with Armenia. “We also publicly offered the Armenian side to start working on a peace treaty to put an end to the confrontation, to recognize each other’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and to live in the future as neighbors and learn to live again as neighbors,” he added.

The initiator of the trilateral meeting of the leaders of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan was the Russian side, the Kremlin’s press service reported earlier. The agenda of the meeting includes discussion of the implementation of the agreements of November 9 last year and January 11 this year, as well as further steps to strengthen stability in the region.

The conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh escalated in the fall of 2020 and quickly escalated into hostilities. Both sides suffered losses in manpower and equipment, civilian buildings were destroyed. In November, an agreement was concluded with the mediation of Russia, according to which the fire ceased on the 10th of that month.Armenia was supposed to return part of the territories to Azerbaijan, keeping the Lachin corridor for communication with Nagorno-Karabakh. Russia has brought peacekeepers into the region. Baku and Yerevan have agreed on the principle of “all for all” when exchanging prisoners in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. The exchange of detained persons began in December 2020.

Despite the agreement, there have been repeated clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan. On November 16, fighting with the use of armored vehicles and artillery took place on the border of the Syunik region of Armenia and the Kelbajar region of Azerbaijan. This is the most serious incident between the two countries over the past year: both sides suffered losses, several Armenians were captured.

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Peskov did not see a direct connection between the resignation of the head of the FSIN and torture

PThe press secretary of the president said that Alexander Kalashnikov himself asked for his resignation. At the same time, according to Peskov, there are “problems” in the correctional system

Peskov did not see a direct connection between the resignation of the head of the FSIN and torture

Alexander Kalashnikov

The head of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) Alexander Kalashnikov himself asked to leave the post. This was stated by the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, writes TASS.

“I didn’t want to establish any direct connection. It was a personal appeal of the head of the FSIN, Peskov told reporters, answering the question whether Kalashnikov’s dismissal was connected with the publication of videos of torture of prisoners in the Saratov region.

Putin dismissed Kalashnikov on November 25, Colonel-General Arkady Gostev, previously Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Russia, was appointed the new head of the FSIN.

Peskov admitted that there really are problems in the correctional system. “Verification and investigative actions are being carried out by the relevant services. The FSIN is also dealing with this, the prosecutor’s office is dealing with it,”Interfax quotes the words of a Kremlin representative.

In October of this year, a human rights project Gulagu.net he released a video with the torture of prisoners in the Saratov regional tuberculosis hospital of the Federal Penitentiary Service. The website of the human rights center has been blocked since July by Roskomnadzor based on the decision of the Moscow City Court.

Founder Gulagu.net Vladimir Osechkin then said that he had a 40 GB archive of the Federal Penitentiary Service, in which about 1 thousand video files and documents. Osechkin claimed that the torture was recorded on 24 videos, they were carried out by other prisoners who collaborated with the administration of the colony. Torture was used in order to obtain the necessary testimony, to persuade to cooperate with employees of the Federal Penitentiary Service, for extortion or by order of third parties.

The recordings were handed over to human rights defenders by a former prisoner, programmer Sergey Savelyev, who collaborated with the administration of the colony. The Ministry of Internal Affairs has put Savelyev on the federal wanted list on suspicion of unlawful access to computer information. Saveliev left Russia.

On November 10, the Federal Penitentiary Service announced the dismissal of 18 employees of the Saratov department of the service, before that, the department conducted internal inspections initiated after the publication of the torture video.

After the publication, the Prosecutor General’s Office also began checking, and the Investigative Committee opened seven criminal cases on the facts of the use of violence against convicts.

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Putin’s talks with Pashinyan and Aliyev. Video

In Negotiations between Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan have begun in Sochi. The meeting will be devoted to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. RBC is broadcasting

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Lukashenko estimated Belarus’ spending on refugees at $12.6 million

BBelarus was transferred $260 thousand to the “unfortunate”, while it has already spent dozens of times more, Lukashenko said. He claims that the West does not pay, because they think through whom to transfer in order to “steal half”

Lukashenko estimated Belarus' spending on refugees at $12.6 million

Belarus spent $12.6 million on the needs of refugees and related activities, while the West allocated only $260 thousand. This was stated by the President of the Republic Alexander Lukashenko, BelTA reports.

«Unhappy $260 thousand. «pressed». We counted three days earlier: we spent $12.6 million on all these activities. They transferred $260 thousand to our Red Cross. You see, they are so vile,” Lukashenko said.

He suggested that “the money is not going” because someone wants to steal some of the funds. “Our fugitives are sitting there now,” these are those who received funding stepwise. Even on animals, nature protection, something else. And it went through Lithuania, Poland. And there were filters sitting there that laundered, sucked out this money. They are not there now,” the president said.

Now the money needs to be transferred directly to the Secretary General of the Belarusian Red Cross Dmitry Shevtsov, he continued. “And Shevtsov is a patriot, and this money will go only to people. And they won’t stick to your hands— there are no intermediaries. Therefore, they are thinking through whom to transfer the money to steal half,” Lukashenko said.

On the eve of November 25, Lukashenko offered the European Union to pay for flights that take migrants home from Belarus. «Also scoundrels: « We allocated money: both millions and thousands…» Not a single penny of money was received here. The Red Cross is there and others. While we feed and drink these people, not at their expense. This is very important to them,” he said.

The situation in the border areas worsened on November 8, when a large convoy of migrants arrived there from the Belarusian side, the refugees set up camp directly at the border with Poland. They stated that they wanted to go to Germany. On the same day, Warsaw closed the border crossing «Smithy—«Bruzgi», not far from where they were going. Later, the Polish authorities presented Belarus with an ultimatum, threatening to restrict rail traffic, which was done on November 19.

Poland and Lithuania have increased the presence of security forces at the border with Belarus. Migrants have repeatedly clashed with Polish border guards at the border when refugees tried to break through the cordon and enter the EU.

Western countries believe that the transfer of refugees to the border was organized by the Belarusian authorities, who pursue their own political goals. In Belarus, these accusations were rejected and reported that the migrants act independently. According to Lukashenko, they can be used for political purposes by Poland itself, which “staged a massacre on the border to distract from internal problems”.

On November 15 and 17, Lukashenko spoke by phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The parties agreed to resolve this issue between Belarus and the European Union, as well as appoint representatives from the two sides to start negotiations. The Belarusian side stated the need for the participation of international humanitarian organizations in the process of resolving the situation.

After that, the Polish side reported that most of the migrants had left the camp near the border. Migrants who had previously organized a camp on the Belarusian-Polish border in the area of the border crossing “Bruzgi”, left the camp and went in an unknown direction. The Belarusian authorities have placed them in a logistics center near the border. Minsk reported on several flights that sent migrants to their homeland.

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