Vishnevsky with the words “well, let’s sing” described the race with Bulanova to choose from

Aboutone of the candidates for deputies of the State Duma from the “Motherland” will be the singer Tatyana Bulanova, her candidacy will be nominated on June 26. The Communist Party decided to nominate the musician Viktor Saltykov to the Duma from St. Petersburg. Boris Vishnevsky intends to go from Yabloko

 Vishnevsky with the words

Tatyana Bulanova

Singer Tatyana Bulanova will be included in the federal list of the Rodina party in the September State Duma elections, the press service of the party told RIA Novosti.

The list will include, for example, singer Tatyana Bulanova and Hero of Russia Andrey Bogatov, known by the call sign “Tramp”. He was one of those who liberated Palmyra, ” the party said.

“Tatyana Bulanova will go to our 216th district (St. Petersburg, unites the Central, Admiralteysky, Vasileostrovsky and Petrogradsky districts of the city. & mdash; RBC) and the federal part of the list of the party “Homeland” in the top three. <...& gt; Tatiana— is a native of St. Petersburg, she has lived all her life on Vasilyevsky Island, where the specified electoral district is located, & mdash; said the head of the regional branch of the party is Andrey Petrov.

Another musician, singer Viktor Saltykov, will take part in the elections to the State Duma in district No. 216, he will be put up as a candidate by the Communist Party of the Russian Federation. « He now lives in Moscow, but a native of St. Petersburg», —informed« Fontanka & raquo; in the party.

Boris Vishnevsky, the deputy chairman of Yabloko, intends to run for this district, the party has not yet formally approved his candidacy. “Well, let’s sing,” he said when he learned about the competitors.

In 2017, Fontanka reported that Bogatov’s namesake was the commander of the 4th reconnaissance and assault company of the so-called private military company Wagner and published a photo of him together with President Vladimir Putin, taken at a reception in the Kremlin in 2016. Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov confirmed that the event was attended by the leadership of the PMCs.

According to the press service of the Motherland, the nomination of candidates for the elections of deputies of the State Duma of the eighth convocation will take place at the party congress, which is scheduled for June 26.

The elections to the State Duma of the eighth convocation will end on September 19. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the vote will be held in three days, from September 17 to 19. A total of 450 deputies will be elected, including 225 on party lists, and another 225 in single-mandate districts. Residents of Moscow, Sevastopol, Kursk, Murmansk, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov and Yaroslavl regions will be able to vote online.


The British general declared a miscalculation because of the case with the destroyer and Russia

Carter warned that such cases could lead to an armed conflict. He called the media coverage of the situation a classic “war of narratives” between Moscow and the West

 The British general announced a miscalculation due to the case with the destroyer and Russia

The situation with the British destroyer Defender, which violated the Russian maritime border in the Black Sea, could lead to an “inappropriate escalation” of relations between London and Moscow. This was stated by the Chief of the Defense Staff of the United Kingdom, Nicholas Carter, to the Times.

“What keeps me awake at night is a miscalculation caused by an unjustified escalation. It may happen because of what we saw in the Black Sea on Wednesday, ” Carter said. “This time it didn’t happen, but this is just a reason to think carefully,” he added.


According to the general, cases like what happened with Defender in the Black Sea can potentially escalate into an armed conflict. Carter called the coverage of this situation in the Russian and Western media a classic war of narratives. “And it is still unclear who won this battle,” the military commander stressed.

On June 23, the destroyer Defender, as reported by the FSB, violated the maritime border of Russia off the coast of Crimea. Patrol ships and Su-24M fighters were sent to intercept him. The ship did not respond to warnings and managed to go deep into Russian waters by 3 km. He left them only after a warning fire and four bombs dropped on the ship’s course.

The British Ministry of Defense stated that no one fired at the destroyer’s course, and the ship itself “carried out a peaceful passage in the territorial waters of Ukraine in accordance with the norms of international law”. However, later, the BBC journalist Jonathan Beale, who was on board, reported that the captain of the Defender deliberately decided to go deeper into the territorial waters of Russia, having put the weapons and crew on alert before that.

The ship’s captain, Vincent Owen, also admitted that there was shooting on the ship’s course, but the destroyer was out of reach of Russian guns. “This is the first time I have come so close to a Russian ship in my 21-year career. I suspect that the shooting was conducted from one of the Coast Guard ships, ” Owen said.

The Kremlin called the incident in the Black Sea a deliberate and prepared provocation. British Ambassador to Russia Deborah Bronnert was summoned to the Foreign Ministry and handed a note of protest.

The Telegraph reported that the final decision on the passage of Defender through Russian waters was made by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The route was proposed by Defense Minister Ben Wallace, but this was opposed by Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, who warned that Moscow would use the incident to its advantage.

Johnson himself, in response, said that the strike group of British ships was on a completely expected route through international waters. He recalled that London does not recognize Crimea as part of Russia.

A spokesman for the US Department of Defense, John Kirby, said in connection with the incident that Moscow’s reports about the shooting at the destroyer’s course are an example of disinformation. However, later the FSB published a video showing shots fired from a Russian patrol car. The Russian Embassy in the United States called Kirby’s statements unfounded, and Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stressed that the FSB data completely refute the attempts of London and Washington to distort the essence of what happened.

Ryabkov also said that Russia will defend the inviolability of its borders, and if foreign partners “do not understand” the warnings, then the armed forces can ” bomb not just on the course, but also on the target.”

On Friday, the official representative of the Ministry of Defense, Igor Konashenkov, called the attempt of provocation off the coast of Crimea “an epic fiasco” and ” a fragrant stain on the reputation of the Royal Navy of Great Britain. He stressed that the destroyer Defender is “just a fat target for the anti-ship complexes of the Black Sea Fleet,” adding that London is well aware of this.


Merkel proposed to develop a format for negotiations between the EU and Russia without Ties

The European Union still needs to find a format for dialogue with Russia — if not with the participation of Vladimir Putin, then without him, the German Chancellor believes

 Merkel proposed to develop a format for negotiations between the EU and Russia without Ties

Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that after the refusal of the EU Council to hold talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, the European Union can switch to a format of negotiations “without leaders”, reports Bloomberg.

Merkel made a proposal earlier to hold a meeting of Russia & mdash; EU with the participation of Vladimir Putin, later he was supported by French President Emmanuel Macron. But about ten leaders of the EU countries did not approve of this initiative, including representatives of Latvia, Romania and Estonia. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that he would refuse to participate in the meeting if the proposal was supported.


“I would like to take a bolder step. The formats and conditions of negotiations with Russia will be developed. But not at the level of leaders, ” Merkel told reporters after the summit in Brussels. She explained her proposal by saying that after the meeting of Biden and Putin in Geneva, the European Union should also establish a dialogue with Russia at the highest level. “It’s not enough for American President Joe Biden to talk to the president of Russia. I very much welcome this, but the European Union should also establish a format for negotiations, ” she explained.

Bloomberg assesses the refusal of the EU authorities to support the proposal to meet with Putin as “a rare public defeat for [Merkel] at her last EU summit as chancellor”. Angela Merkel is soon completing her last term as head of the German government. The agency notes that the EU has not held high-level talks with the Russian president since the annexation of Crimea.

Following the results of the EU summit, the leaders of European countries, although they refused to meet with Vladimir Putin, still agreed to “study the formats and conditions of dialogue with Russia”. According to Bloomberg, the European Union can compromise: the president of the European Council, Charles Michel, can hold personal talks with Putin together with Ursula von der Leyen, the head of the European Commission.

The press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the decision of the EU leaders to abandon the summit directly with the participation of Vladimir Putin, said that the Kremlin took this step with regret. “You know that President Putin was and remains interested in establishing working relations between Moscow and Brussels,” Peskov explained.

Russia— EU summits have been held since 1995. After the annexation of Crimea to Russia in 2014 and the subsequent sanctions, this communication channel was frozen.


The European Union has extended sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

Since 2015, the sanctions have been extended every six months. The head of the European Council, Charles Michel, said that Brussels will continue to demand that Moscow implement the Minsk agreements

 The European Union has extended sanctions against Russia because of Ukraine

The European Union has extended economic sanctions against Russia imposed in 2014 in connection with the annexation of the Crimea and the war in the Donbass. This was announced by the president of the European Council, Charles Michel, on Twitter.

“We have extended our economic sanctions against Russia: Moscow must make its contribution and ensure the full implementation of the Minsk agreements, ” Michel wrote.


He noted that the EU will adhere to a unified approach to Russia based on five principles, and in the near future will work out new formats and conditions for dialogue with Moscow.

We are talking about sectoral sanctions aimed at the Russian energy sector, the financial sector and the defense industry. They prohibit companies from accessing European capital markets, prohibit the export and import of weapons and dual-use goods, trade in technologies for oil production.

The sanctions were first introduced in July 2014, since then the EU authorities have been extending them every six months. Before that, they check how Russia is implementing the Minsk agreements, the purpose of which is to settle the war in eastern Ukraine.

Moscow has repeatedly stressed that it is not a party to the conflict, therefore it should not implement the Minsk agreements. Kiev considers Russia an aggressor country and claims that the authorities of the unrecognized DPR and LPR are supported by Moscow.

Russia and Ukraine regularly exchange accusations of unwillingness to implement the Minsk agreements. Kiev believes that this format for the settlement of the armed conflict is outdated and should be revised.

The Secretary of the National Security Council of Ukraine, Alexey Danilov, said in June that a sufficient reason for revising the agreements is the fact that Russian passports were issued to residents of the Donbass republics. He explained that holding elections in the region (which is one of the points of the Minsk agreements), when 630 thousand people have Russian passports,is a strange situation.

President Vladimir Putin previously stated that Kiev does not want to fulfill its part of the agreements. “The current Kiev authorities simply have no desire to fulfill the Minsk agreements,” the head of state said. He explained his words by the fact that the Ukrainian authorities, under the conditions of “Minsk”, should conduct a direct dialogue with the leaders of the LPR and DPR, but they do not want to make contact.


The Ministry of Defense called the British destroyer a “fat target” for Russian missiles

Igor Konashenkov called the incident in the Black Sea “an epic fiasco of the provocation of a British destroyer”

 The Ministry of Defense called the British destroyer a

The British destroyer Defender, for the interception of which the Russian military opened fire off the coast of Crimea and dropped bombs on the course, is “just a fat target for the anti-ship complexes of the Black Sea Fleet”. Such a statement (received by RBC) was made by the official representative of the military department Igor Konashenkov.

“The epic fiasco of the provocation of the British destroyer Defender in the Black Sea, which abruptly changed course from Russian territorial waters after the warning shots of the patrol ship, will remain a fragrant stain on the reputation of the Royal Navy for a long time,” he said.

“We call on the Pentagon and the command of the British naval forces, which are sending their warships to the Black Sea, not to test their fate in vain, following the lead of the Ukrainian admirals of the mosquito Fleet, to be guided by reason,” he added.

On June 23, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that Defender crossed the border of Russia and entered the territorial waters at 3 km near Cape Fiolent. The destroyer did not respond to the warnings of the Russian military. After the Russian patrol ship opened fire, and the Su-24M bomber dropped several bombs, Defender left Russian territorial waters.

Later, the British military department assured that there was no warning shooting, and suggested that the Russian military conducted exercises in the Black Sea. The US Defense Ministry also said that Washington considers “an example of disinformation” from Moscow reports of a warning shooting at the course of movement of a British destroyer.


The FSB of Russia has released a video of the negotiations of the crew of the Russian patrol ship, which confirms that the Russian military has repeatedly called on the British destroyer Defender to change course. The Russian Foreign Ministry considered that this information completely refutes the version of London and Washington.

The Telegraph newspaper reported on June 25 that the decision on the passage of a destroyer off the coast of Crimea was made by British Defense Minister Ben Wallace. The publication claimed that he was supported by the head of government Boris Johnson. The latter did not confirm this, but stated that the warship was entitled to “use international waters”.


The Belarusian IC explained the house arrest of Protasevich and Sapieha

The Investigative Committee of Belarus reported that the journalist and his girlfriend signed a pre-trial agreement with the investigation. Based on this, the UK considered that they can change the measure of restraint

 The Belarusian IC explained the house arrest of Protasevich and Sapieha

Roman Protasevich

Roman Protasevich, the ex-editor-in-chief of Nexta, who was detained on May 23, and his girlfriend Sofya Sapega concluded a pre-trial agreement with the investigation, so they were transferred to house arrest. This is reported by the press service of the Investigative Committee of Belarus.

“The accused give consistent confessions, and in accordance with the law, they previously applied for a pre-trial agreement on cooperation with the investigation. In the petition, they pledged to assist the preliminary investigation in investigating crimes, exposing accomplices, and doing everything possible to make amends for the harm caused by crimes, ” the report says.


Based on this, the investigation considered that the measure of restraint of Protasevich and Sapieha could be changed to house arrest. Earlier, on June 25, the journalist’s father Dmitry Protasevich said that his son was released from the pre-trial detention center and sent under house arrest.

According to him, the young people remain ” under the full control of the authorities, no one has dropped the charges against them.” Protasevich Sr. said that he had not seen his son and could not comment on the actions of the authorities.

Roman Protasevich and Sofia Sapega were detained on May 23 at the Minsk airport. They were removed from a Ryanair flight flying from Athens to Vilnius and urgently landed in Minsk after a report about a bomb on board. The information about the explosives was not confirmed, the Belarusian opposition stated that the turn of the plane and its landing were carried out by the authorities of the republic solely for the sake of detaining Protasevich.

In Belarus, Protasevich is listed as a terrorist, he is accused of organizing mass riots. In addition, a criminal case was opened against Protasevich in the LPR & mdash; the authorities of the unrecognized republic believe that the journalist in 2014–2015 participated in hostilities in the Donbass on the side of Ukraine as part of the Azov battalion.

At a press conference on June 14, Protasevich denied information that he was beaten in the Minsk pre-trial detention center after his arrest. “I feel fine, everything is fine with me, I have no complaints about anything, no one has hit me, no one has touched me,” the journalist said.

He noted that he understands why he was arrested and what he is accused of. Even before that, he reported that he had confessed to the case of organizing mass riots. Protasevich stressed that no one forced him to cooperate with the investigation, it was exclusively voluntary.


NATO warned about China’s” shocking ” military achievements

Paccording to the outgoing head of the NATO Military Committee, Stuart Peach, the rapid modernization of the Chinese Armed Forces is becoming a threat to NATO. But he is not afraid of the union of Russia and China: they have serious contradictions

 NATO warned about

Chairman of the NATO Military Committee (the highest military body of the alliance) Stuart Peach spoke about the “shocking” speed of China’s military modernization and noted that NATO should closely monitor this process. He expressed this opinion in an interview with the Financial Times on the last day of his work in this post.

“It is simply shocking how quickly China has built ships, modernized its air force, how much it has invested in cybernetics and other forms of information management, not least in facial recognition,” Peach stated.

Peach expressed the wish that all NATO members analyze the situation and decide what China’s military ambitions can mean for the alliance.

The head of the NATO Military Committee pointed out that in recent years, joint exercises of the Russian and Chinese military have turned from “relatively insignificant” into “large-scale exercises and training opportunities”. However, he refuted suggestions that the two countries are moving towards a strategic partnership. According to Peach, Russia and China may enter into a confrontation related tocompetition in the Arctic. Russia has already declared itself an “Arctic power”, at the same time Russia is expanding its military infrastructure in the northern regions. Increased competition may be associated with global warming and melting of ice-this gives greater opportunities for the operation of the Northern Sea Route and facilitates access to the rich mineral resources of the region.

“There will be no harmony between China and Russia in the Arctic in the long term,” Peach stated.

Peach headed the NATO Military Committee for three years, since 2018.

The Northern Sea Route is the shortest waterway between the European part of Russia and the Far East. In Russian legislation, it is fixed as the “historically formed national unified transport communication of Russia in the Arctic”. The route passes through the seas of the Arctic Ocean (Barents, Kara, Laptev Sea, East Siberian, Chukchi) and the Partial Pacific Ocean (Bering Sea).


The Kremlin appreciated Zelensky’s plans to break off relations with the Donbass

In fact, all ties between Ukraine and the Donbas have already been severed, but if Kiev wants to give the process a legal status, we can only express regret, Peskov said. Earlier, Zelensky allowed a break in relations with the region

 The Kremlin appreciated Zelensky's plans to break off relations with the Donbass

Vladimir Zelensky

The legal decision of Ukraine to sever relations with the Donbass caused great regret in Moscow. This was stated by the press secretary of the president Dmitry Peskov, Interfax reports.

“Actually, all de facto ties are already broken, and these regions are already rejected by the Ukrainian state. If we are talking about formalizing this process and giving it a de jure status, we can only express regret here. If there are any other ideas, then, probably, an explanation will follow, ” Peskov said.

Earlier, the President of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, allowed holding a referendum on the Donbass, if it is not possible to reach a settlement of the conflict. “The wall” is a complete termination of the relationship in one form or another. I believe that this plan can be, but the decision to launch this plan should be made by the people of Ukraine, ” he said.

Peskov also commented on the new sanctions of Ukraine against Russian companies and individuals. According to him, if we consider them in the context of the preparation of the meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Zelensky, they raise “a lot of questions”.

“If we consider these steps as cutting off the tails before the meeting in order to prevent it in any way, then we can understand these steps of Kiev,” Peskov said (quoted by TASS).

Zelensky approved new sanctions against Russia on the eve of June 24. A number of Russian banks were subject to restrictions, including Sberbank, VTB, Gazprombank, TV channels “Russia 24”, NTV, “Channel One”. The world network & raquo; and & laquo;RTR-planet », airlines & laquo;Aeroflot & raquo;, & laquo;Ural Airlines» and & laquo;Russia». From individuals, businessmen and officials were included in the sanctions list.”Rostec” Sergey Chemezov, the head of the Management Board of “Gazprom”Alexey Miller, Oleg Deripaska, Andrey Kostin, as well as Igor, Arkady and Roman Rotenberg.

The sanctions provide for various measures, including the blocking of assets; a ban on the withdrawal of capital outside Ukraine; a ban on participation in privatization, leasing of state property; refusal to grant and cancel visas; stopping financial transactions.


The Kremlin expressed regret over the EU’s refusal to hold a summit with Putin

The Kremlin noted that Putin remains interested in establishing working relations between Moscow and Brussels. Earlier, the EU countries did not support Merkel’s proposal to hold a summit with the participation of the Russian president

 The Kremlin expressed regret over the EU's refusal to hold a summit with Putin

Dmitry Peskov

The Kremlin took with regret the refusal of the European Union to hold a summit with the participation of President Vladimir Putin. This was stated by the press secretary of the Russian leader Dmitry Peskov, the correspondent of RBC reports.


“You know that President Putin has been and remains interested in establishing working relations between Moscow and Brussels,” Peskov said.

The Kremlin representative recalled that the president recently published an article in the German edition of Die Zeit dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War. In it, Putin “sent quite positive messages to the Europeans in terms of reanimating relations,” Peskov noted.

“We also know that the German Chancellor and the French president have taken the initiative [to hold a summit with Putin’s participation],” the press secretary added.

Russia— EU summits have been held since 1995. After the annexation of Crimea to Russia in 2014 and the subsequent sanctions, the holding of summits was frozen.

This year, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a proposal to resume meetings with the Russian president, the Financial Times reported. As stated in the article, Berlin believes that Putin’s meeting with US President Joe Biden in Geneva is a good reason to revive relations with Russia.

The proposal to hold a Russia-EU summit was also supported by French President Emmanuel Macron, Bloomberg reported. “We need a dialogue with Russia to protect our European interests. This dialogue is necessary for the stability of the European continent, ” he said.

However, about ten leaders of the EU countries did not support this initiative, Bloomberg learned. According to the source, at the talks in Brussels, they made it clear that they did not approve either of the idea itself or of the fact that it was put forward “at the last moment”.

Latvia, Romania and Estonia, in particular, opposed holding a summit with Putin. Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda called such a meeting “an attempt to secure a jar of honey by coming into contact with a bear”, and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that he would refuse to participate in the meeting if the proposal was supported. Unwillingness to participate in the summit heI connected it with the case of the crash of the Malaysian Airlines plane over the Donbass in 2014. Then, as a result of the disaster, 192 Dutch citizens were killed. According to the international investigation team, several people who are in Russia are involved in this case. In Moscow, the conclusions of the investigation are considered premature.

Authors Polina Himshiashvili, Victoria Polyakova