Armenian President says border demarcation is impossible without Russia

WithArkisyan believes that it is necessary to establish borders between his country and Azerbaijan according to old Soviet maps, but Baku uses virtual maps on which, according to him, it is possible to “draw” the border

The President of Armenia declared the impossibility of demarcation of the border without Russia

Armen Sargsyan

The issue of defining the state border between Armenia and Azerbaijan cannot be resolved without Russia’s participation, Armenian President Armen Sarkissian said in an interview with RBC TV channel.

He explained that “from the first day” after the war in Nagorno-Karabakh stopped, there were problems with establishing the border between the two countries and with determining exactly where it passes. Sargsyan stressed that the Azerbaijani side uses virtual maps, whereas, in his opinion, the true border should be set according to Soviet maps.

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“Then [after the cessation of hostilities], I also wrote a letter to Vladimir Vladimirovich [Putin], in this letter I expressed the idea that it was [Soviet] maps that store [a possible solution to the problem]. Otherwise, in different places, the parties, primarily the Azerbaijani side, use some maps from Google, from something else,” Sargsyan said.

The President noted that in this case, anyone with programming skills can “draw” a border anywhere. “In general, these are virtual cards. And real maps, “after all, we also have a history, after all, a common history in the Russian Empire, in the Soviet Union,” he stressed.

According to Sargsyan, difficulties in determining the border arose, in particular, with villages that were on the border, as well as with territories owned by companies. For example, in relation to one of the mining enterprises, it is unclear where the mine part is now, on the left or on the right.

Last week, President Vladimir Putin, speaking at a meeting of the Valdai discussion club, also said that Russia could play a key role in determining the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan. “We probably don’t need anyone here, except for the two sides and Russia. There are very simple and pragmatic things: yes, maps because there are maps in the General Staff of the Russian army that show how the borders of the Union republics passed during the Soviet period,” he noted.

According to the Russian president, it is necessary to “calmly sit down on both sides” and, using the data of Soviet maps, “align something somewhere, exchange something somewhere”.

The parties concluded a trilateral agreement on the cessation of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh with the mediation of Russia in November 2020. As a result, the Kelbajar, Aghdam and Lachin districts were transferred to Azerbaijan, Armenia retained the Lachin corridor, which provides communication with Nagorno-Karabakh. It was also decidedto introduce almost 2 thousand Russian peacekeepers along the line of contact of the parties.

A year later, the delimitation of territories and the demarcation of borders are still not completed. On October 2, Yerevan announced that they were ready to delimit the borders with Azerbaijan with the mediation of Russia.

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The President of Armenia refused to consider it a failed state

Armenia managed to overcome the crisis that developed after the Karabakh war, and it cannot be considered a failed state, President Armen Sarkissian believes

The President of Armenia refused to consider it a failed state

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In the first months after the war, there was “confusion” in Armenia, but it is impossible to agree that Armenia as a result became a “failed state”. Armenian President Armen Sarkissian stated this in an interview with RBC TV channel.

“It’s clear that in the first months [confusion] began. It got to the point that our General Staff began to express certain ideas. It got to the point that for the first time in all three years [in power], I entered this building for the first time as president. I don’t run an army anymore, but I had to go there and have a serious talk with all these generals… That is, it was necessary to overcome such crises,” Sarkisyan said.

At the end of February, there was a political crisis in Armenia related to the confrontation between the General Staff and Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. The Prime Minister dismissed the deputy head, and then the head of the General Staff. After the dismissals in the General Staff, the military demanded Pashinyan’s resignation. He, in turn, proposed early parliamentary elections, but the opposition opposed their holding while Pashinyan was in power. The Armenian President has blocked Pashinyan’s appointment of a new head of the General Staff several times.

The result was the holding of early parliamentary elections, shortly before which Pashinyan resigned and became acting head of government. As a result of the elections, Pashinyan’s supporters regained a majority in the country’s parliament, and the politician again headed the Cabinet of Ministers.

“From the first day, I supported and expressed that the solution to this difficult moment should be a choice. We are also trying to be a democratic country. If we try, we need to play this game… And my suggestion was simple. First, you need to have a professional government so that no one says that the government supports someone. Secondly, it seems to me, it seemed then and it seems now that we should definitely do, think and work on changing the Constitution,” Sarkissian said about finding ways out of the political crisis.

The result of this year’s political crisis and early elections, Sargsyan called the transfer of “tension” from the streets to the parliament, where the political struggle fits into a civilized framework. “The important thing for me was the fact that we went through the elections this way. And here is the answer to your question. Failed state [failed state] is where there is no management. On the contrary, we have shown our vitality as a state, as a nation. They have shown that even in such a difficult time we can find a solution,” Sarkisyan says.

Last autumn, another escalation of the conflict in Karabakh took place, following a month and a half of fighting, Azerbaijan took control of a significant part of the disputed territories, including the city of Shusha (Shushi). The parties managed to conclude a truce with the mediation of Russia and on the condition of the deployment of Russian peacekeepers in Karabakh. Tension remains in the region, the sides accuse each other of shelling and border violations. One of the main problematic issues remains the demarcation of the borders between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

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FSB announced the elimination of the terrorist of the IG in Kandalaksha

A local resident who was preparing a terrorist attack was killed during detention when he resisted FSB officers

The FSB announced the elimination of the ISIS terrorist in Kandalaksha

In Kandalaksha, Murmansk Region, a supporter of the “Islamic State” (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) was liquidated while providing armed resistance, the FSB Public Relations Center reports.

“The Federal Security Service on the territory of the Murmansk Region suppressed the activities of an active supporter of the international terrorist organization Islamic State, a local resident who planned, on the instructions of foreign emissaries, to commit terrorist acts at military facilities in the region,” the report says.

When trying to extract an improvised explosive device from a hiding place on the outskirts of the city of Kandalaksha, they tried to detain him, but the terrorist offered armed resistance, the FSB said. There are no casualties among the civilian population and law enforcement officers,” the FSB clarified.

During the searches, the operatives found an improvised explosive device ready for use and components for its manufacture, cold and firearms, ammunition of various calibers, as well as means of secret communication. “This confirms the intentions of the neutralized terrorist to commit terrorist acts,” concluded the FSB.

On October 22, the FSB detained an IG member in Stavropol who was preparing an explosion at transport facilities in the region. During searches at the place of residence of the detainee, special service officers found and seized explosives and destructive elements intended for the manufacture of an improvised explosive device.

In early October, FSB officers prevented a terrorist attack in the city of Cherkessk by detaining an ISIS accomplice. It turned out to be a resident of Karachay-Cherkessia, born in 2001. The terrorist attack was supposed to be directed against law enforcement officers. The components and tools necessary for the manufacture of an improvised explosive device were seized from the man. They also found correspondence with members of terrorist groups in his phone.

In addition, the Deputy secretary of the Russian Security Council, Yuri Kokov, said that the special services of some countries of the world have already noted cases when terrorist organizations use sick citizens to deliberately increase the number of infected with coronavirus infection.

“Yes, indeed, attempts have already been noted to use coronavirus-infected individuals to infect the civilian population. Such actions, for example, were revealed by the Indian special services. In turn, local extremists have been arrested in Tunisia, who illegally entered the barracks of law enforcement personnel in order to infect personnel,” he said.

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Kommersant learned about the “restart” of the state campaign in support of vaccination

Efforts to encourage people to get vaccinated against coronavirus have been found to be insufficiently effective. Now it is planned to change the accents of the campaign, to connect volunteers and sociologists

«Kommersant» found out about «restart» of the state campaign in support of vaccination

The information state campaign to promote vaccination against COVID-19 is planned to be restarted, since the previous one did not achieve its goals, Kommersant reports, citing sources close to the presidential administration. This was also confirmed by a source of the publication and in the administration itself.

According to the newspaper, the Kremlin’s internal political bloc will be actively involved in the information work. The instruction to closely address the issues of the effectiveness of the information campaign came from the first deputy head of the presidential administration Sergey Kiriyenko. Now the administration regularly holds meetings and briefings on this topic, writes Kommersant.

“So far, the unified concept of managing this agenda has not been definitively formulated. Which department of the AP [presidential administration] will be responsible for it has not yet been determined. But the concern about this topic is high,” explained one of the sources of the publication.

Initially, the campaign to promote vaccination against coronavirus was mainly led by the ANO “National Priorities”, but the authorities concluded that the work was not carried out effectively enough. One of the interlocutors of “Kommersant” explained that the campaign was carried out too aggressively and negatively, since the main focus was on the threat of death in case of refusal of vaccination. Now it is planned to change the vector and emphasize that vaccination will allow a person to live a full life, including going to the cinema and studying.

Another source believes that during the previous campaign, too much emphasis was placed on Moscow and too little on the regions. In addition to correcting this imbalance, it is planned to strengthen the fight against vaccination opponents.

The presidential administration plans to involve volunteers in convincing the population of the need for vaccinations, in particular, to resume the work of the headquarters of the action “We are together”.

In addition, the Expert Institute of Social Research (EIS) was involved in determining the right direction of the new company. Gleb Kuznetsov, the Institute’s main expert on the pandemic, drew attention to the experience of countries where vaccination is proceeding at the fastest pace. According to him, there the authorities were able to build in the minds of citizens a direct link between the lifting of restrictions and vaccination. He also believes that it is necessary to create a separate institute that deals exclusively with vaccination issues, as well as to send out personalized invitations to citizens for vaccination with a specific time.

In mid-October, the deputy speaker of the State Duma, Pyotr Tolstoy, said that the information vaccination campaign in Russia was “conducted incorrectly and completely lost”. “There is no trust of people to go and get vaccinated, this is a fact,” he stressed.

Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov also explained the low rates of vaccination by an insufficiently active campaign to explain the lack of alternatives to vaccination.

Denis Protsenko, the head physician of Hospital No. 40 in Kommunarka, in turn, addressing his fellow doctors, urged them to “speak frankly and without embellishment” with the population. “I feel that in the explanatory plan, we are all very under-working with you,” he noted.

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The US saw the risk of reducing the work of the embassy in Russia to the protection of the building

In The State Department is concerned that the US Embassy in Russia will not be able to carry out diplomatic work due to staff shortages. The staff of the diplomatic mission in Moscow decreased from 1200 people in 2017 to 120

The US saw the risk of reducing the work of the embassy in Russia to the protection of the building

The building of the US Embassy in Moscow

The US Embassy in Russia will have to reduce its work to performing technical functions due to staff shortages. This was stated at a briefing by the official representative of the State Department, according to Reuters and AFP.

“We will face a situation, not next month, but sometime next year, when it will be difficult for us to do anything other than look after the embassy building,” he said.

According to the representative of the State Department, the staff of the US Embassy in Moscow decreased from 1,200 people in 2017 to 120. The diplomatic mission has enough staff to perform basic tasks – opening and closing gates, ensuring the security of telephone calls or controlling elevators, he continued, noting that diplomatic work in such conditions is unlikely to be possible.

“We need to make progress faster [in the current situation],” the official added.

A new round of aggravation of relations between Russia and the United States occurred in April, when the White House expelled ten Russian diplomats from Washington as part of a new round of sanctions against Russia. The US said that representatives of the Russian special services were allegedly among the staff.

Moscow rejected these accusations and responded in a mirror manner. In addition, Russia has added the United States to the list of unfriendly countries.Now American representative offices will not be able to hire Russians and other foreigners. In this regard, the United States will be forced to cut more than 180 employees at diplomatic missions in Moscow, Vladivostok and Yekaterinburg, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said.

U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan, in turn, warned that due to a shortage of staff, consular services will be unable to process at least some visa applications. In this regard, the US Embassy advised Russians to apply for visas in other countries.

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Khabensky and Bekmambetov asked Putin to change the law on foreign agents

Aboutan appeal to the president with a request to withdraw charitable foundations from the law on foreign agents was signed by 40 people, including Khamatova and Khabensky. Earlier, Putin agreed that some provisions of this law need to be clarified

The heads of Russian charitable foundations have asked President Vladimir Putin to include such organizations in the list of institutions that are not covered by the law on foreign agents. The founder of the foundation “Needs help” Dmitry Aleshkovsky told about this to the publication “Such things”.

The appeal to the president was signed by 40 people, including the founder of the “Give Life” Foundation, Chulpan Khamatova, artistic director of the Chekhov Moscow Art Theater and founder of the charitable foundation Konstantin Khabensky, trustee of the “Butterfly Children” foundation, Ksenia Rappoport, co-founder of the Sunflower TimurBekmambetov, founder of the foundation “I’m helping” actor Nikita Kukushkin, founder of the foundation “House with a lighthouse” Lydia Moniava, President of the Rusfond Lev Ambinder and chairman of the organization “Nochlezhka” Grigory Sverdlin. The Konstantin Khabensky Foundation confirmed to RBC that he signed the corresponding letter.

The signatories called for allowing NGOs included in the register of foreign agents to withdraw from it if the law changes. In their appeal, they indicated that charitable organizations are already controlled by the Ministry of Justice, their activities are not political and, therefore, they are excluded from the scope of application of the norm of the above federal law.

The authors of the appeal also emphasize that the law on foreign agents does not apply to religious organizations, state corporations and NGOs created by them, state and municipal institutions, international foundations, chambers of commerce and industry and employers’ associations.

Khabensky and Bekmambetov asked Putin to change the law on foreign agents

The law on NGOs-Foreign Agents was adopted in Russia in 2012. Organizations engaged in political activities and receiving funding from abroad must register as foreign agents with the Ministry of Justice. In 2014, a law was signed on compulsory inclusion in the register of NGOs-foreign agents, which is handled by the Ministry of Justice. Organizations included in this list must report on what they spend funds on, including those received from foreign sources.

In recent years, several dozen NGOs have been recognized as foreign agents, in particular “Dynasty”, “Memorial”, “Committee against Torture” and others.

In October, the law on NGOs-foreign agents was tightened. Now the reason for inclusion in the list may be the receipt of money or property from Russian legal entities, the beneficial owners of which are foreigners or stateless persons. In addition, NGOs-foreign agents were required to provide documents on the basis of which they conduct events, or information that planned events were not held.

Public figures have repeatedly raised the issue of the need to finalize the law on NGOs-foreign agents. Thus, even the participation of NGO employees in the work of councils under government agencies as experts can be considered a political activity, and all the largest “key funds that everyone knows”…> certainly indirectly haveforeign funding,” said the founder of the hospice charity foundation Vera Nyuta Federmesser. The chairman of the commission of the Public Chamber for the development of the non-profit sector, Elena Topoleva-Soldunova, in turn, advocated that the decision to assign the status of an NGO-foreign agent should be taken by the court, and the Ministry of Justice.

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President Vladimir Putin also said last week that some provisions of the law on foreign agents need to be clarified. “I promise you, we will look at these vague criteria again. Even my friends said: we are engaged in such and such charitable activities, and we are being led to the fact that we are foreign agents,” he said, answering a question from the editor-in-chief of the Novaya Gazeta Dmitry Muratov during a discussion in Sochi at the annual meeting of the Valdai discussion club.

“I constantly give such instructions to both the presidential administration and the State Duma deputies to return and return to this topic, improve this tool and in no case abuse it,” Putin said.

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The court appointed 10 months to the accused of blocking roads for actions in Moscow

The first person involved in the case of road closures in Moscow at a protest on January 23 received a real term of imprisonment

The court has appointed 10 months to the accused of blocking roads for actions in Moscow

Gleb Maryasov

The World Judicial Precinct No. 370 of the Tverskoy district of Moscow appointed Gleb Maryasov, secretary of the Krasnoyarsk branch of the Libertarian Party of Russia (LPR), ten months of imprisonment with serving his sentence in a correctional colony of general regime. This was reported to RBC in the press service of the court. Maryasov was found guilty of blocking roads during an unauthorized protest in Moscow on January 23.

The punishment was imposed on him under Part 1 of Article 267 of the Criminal Code. “Gleb Maryasov intentionally blocked transport communications, transport infrastructure facilities and obstructed the movement of vehicles and pedestrians on the road network, endangering the life, health and safety of citizens, the threat of destruction and damage to the property of individuals and legal entities,” the judge ruled.

In addition, the court granted the claims of the Moscow Metro and Mosgortrans to Maryasov for damages in the amount of 2.7 million rubles, TASS reports with reference to the lawyer of the convict. The plaintiff’s representatives in court claimed that Mosgortrans, at the request of the capital’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, provided 67 LiAZ buses for the transportation of personnel on January 23, during the protest action. Mosgortrans claimed that he allegedly suffered losses in the form of delays in the movement of vehicles.

The defense intends to appeal the verdict.

The uncoordinated rallies that took place on January 23 across Russia were connected with the detention of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who returned from Germany, where he was being treated after poisoning. According to human rights activists, more than 4 thousand people were detained at the rallies on January 23 throughout the country, on January 31 – 5 thousand, and on February 2 – 1.5The Ministry of Internal Affairs did not disclose the official number of detainees. More than 90 criminal cases were opened against the participants and organizers of the actions, the Ministry of Internal Affairs reported, including articles on the use of violence against law enforcement officers, hooliganism, intentional damage or destruction of property.

One of the criminal cases was related to the closure of roads and sidewalks in the Pushkin Square area in Moscow. Lawyer Dmitry Grabatov, defending Maryasov, said earlier that the Metro and Mosgortrans, recognized as victims in this case, claimed their losses, calculating their amount from the wages of employees of the enterprise who were called to work on a day off.

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The European Court ordered Poland to pay €1 million a day

Poland is obliged to pay €1 million fine per day in favor of the European Commission until it brings national legislation into line with EU standards. The relevant decision was made by the Court of the European Union on Wednesday

The Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg on Wednesday published a decision obliging the Polish government to pay a fine. “Due to the refusal to suspend the operation of national legislation, which, in particular, relates to the jurisdiction of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court, Poland is ordered to pay the European CommissionA daily fine of 1 million euros,” says the order of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). In July, this court demanded that the disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court of Poland immediately cease its work, referring to the fact that this chamber had received the right to dismiss judges, which could threaten their impartiality and independence.

The trial in Luxembourg has become another phase of the crisis in relations between Warsaw and Brussels caused by the earlier decision of the conservative Polish government to reform the judicial system.

The European Court ordered Poland to pay €1 million per day

On October 19, the Polish problem was discussed in the European Parliament at a debate on the rule of law of the European Union in Poland. The main speakers were European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. The reason for the debate was the decision of the Constitutional Court of Poland that in some cases national legislation should prevail over the laws of the European Union. The Court ruled thatThe four provisions of the Treaty on the European Union – on respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, on the rule of law and equality, as well as on the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice – contradict the Polish Constitution.

The topic of Poland also became one of the main topics at the European Union summit that ended on October 22.

The material is being supplemented.

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The security forces came to the Kerch administration with a check

This is a planned check of the efficiency of spending budget funds, the head of the Crimea specified. At the same time, the media, citing sources, reported that the issue of initiating a criminal case is being resolved

The security forces came to the Kerch administration with a check

Kerch Administration

Law enforcement officers are checking the effectiveness of budget spending in the Kerch administration, the head of the Crimea Sergey Aksenov said in his Telegram channel.

According to him, this is a planned inspection, which “can be carried out in the administration of any municipality”.

Earlier, sources of RIA Novosti and TASS reported that the Kerch administration is undergoing investigative actions. The interlocutor of “RIA Novosti” clarified that the security forces are withdrawing documents, but no one has been detained yet. “The issue of initiating a criminal case is being resolved,” he added.

This summer, the head of the administration was replaced in Kerch. In July, Sergei Borozdin, who had held this position since 2017, resigned amid the flooding of the city due to heavy tropical downpours. Svyatoslav Brusakov is now the head of the Kerch administration.

Resignations in the leadership of the Crimea and major cities of the peninsula began in September. So, at the end of the month, Deputy Prime Minister of Crimea Yevgeny Kabanov left the post amid the investigation of a criminal case against him. After his resignation, he was arrested on suspicion of fraud. At that time, the Minister of Construction and Architecture of the Crimea, Mikhail Khramov, who is on the same case, also resigned.

In early October, the head of Yevpatoria Olesya Kharitonenko and the head of the administration Roman Tikhonchuk were detained. “RIA Novosti Crimea” linked the detention of Kharitonenko with the Kabanov case.

In addition, on September 25, Transport Minister Yevgeny Isakov left the Crimean administration, and on September 29, Health Minister Alexander Ostapenko left. On October 11, Igor Stepikov, the mayor of Sudak, submitted his resignation, and on October 26, Sergey Bovtunenko, the mayor of Feodosia, wrote his resignation.

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FT learned that Gazprom offered Moldova in exchange for a discount on gas

AndThe newspaper’s sources reported that Gazprom wanted to get Chisinau to change its agreement with the EU, as well as delay the reform of the energy market in exchange for a discount on gas

FT found out that Gazprom offered Moldova in exchange for a discount on gas

Gazprom offered Moldova a discount on Russian gas, in exchange Chisinau had to agree to postpone the implementation of agreements with the EU concerning the reform of the energy market, the Financial Times reports, citing sources.

According to the newspaper, the Russian state-owned company wanted Moldova to amend its free trade agreement with the EU, as well as delay the implementation of agreements that should make gas markets freer and more competitive.

The interlocutors of the Financial Times noted that after the victory of Maya Sandu in the presidential election and a greater turn in the direction of the Kremlin considers the negotiations on gas as a way of political settlement. The newspaper also cites the opinion of analysts who believe that Russia used the position of Gazprom as the only gas supplier to put pressure on Moldova, which intends to leave Moscow’s orbit.

In October, Moldova put on high alert due to rising prices on the gas market, and later declared a state of emergency. Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilitsa stated that Moldova was facing a “serious crisis” because of the gas situation.

According to her, the country has been negotiating with Gazprom for two months about gas supplies, but Chisinau has no confidence that it will be able to conclude an agreement with the Russian company.

The last negotiations with the deputy head of the presidential administration of Russia Dmitry Kozak ended to no avail, a source told RBC. He explained that the Russian side offered Moldova a “fair market price” for gas, as well as an additional discount of 25%. The only condition was the return of the accumulated Moldovan debt of $700 million.

Later, a representative of Gazprom, Sergey Kupriyanov, clarified that Chisinau’s debt is $709 million, and stressed that Moldova does not want to recognize this amount. Gazprom has threatened to stop supplies to the country if a new contract is not signed from December 1.

Chisinau, in turn, reported that they are ready to continue discussing debt issues, but first it is necessary to conduct an independent audit of the amount of debt.

Against this background, Chisinau decided to purchase gas from Poland (while a contract for the trial purchase of 1 million cubic meters of gas has been signed) and from the Netherlands (also in the amount of 1 million cubic meters). According to the International Energy Agency, Moldova consumes about 3 billion cubic meters. m per year.

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