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The Vozhd seems curiously convinced that the best way to improve relations with Americans is to poke them in the eye, and the more often, the better relations must get. DO questions the Vozhd’s expectation of Russian leadership in AI. Turkey update – Erdogan evidently like the Vozhd also shares the conviction that doing things Americans do not like will improve relations. Euro dives on POTUS’s suggestion of sanctions against Nordstream 2. Poland to get another 1,000 US troops. Some very good reading on the blowback from the Golunov frame – Aksyonov is right, the RNG and FSB brass will not appreciate having two of their peers fired for following orders. Four fascinating reports on Russia’s fear of the Internet, and a few more on Russia’s descent.

Moldova update – Muscovy simply cannot help itself.

Extensive Ukraine IR update – Petraeus meets with Danylyuk, Crimea and Kerch updates.

Donbas update – attacks continue, AFU advances to Donetsk City suburbs. Vilkha-R GMLRS OPEVAL completed, comments by Poltorak and Danylyuk. Pivdenmash RD-815 proposed to replace Russian RD-180s used in Atlas V ELVs.

Politics update.

An extensive update on the HBO Chernobyl mini-series that is reported to be challenging other leading HBO products in viewing impact. A catastrophic self-inflicted propaganda loss for Muscovy – producing a domestic series blaming it on Langley will not undo the damage produced by HBO telling the truth on the global stage, and doing it well enough to captivate immense audiences, something Rossiya-1 TV can never match.


Putin says U.S.-Russia relations are getting ‘worse and worse’ – Reuters

President Vladimir Putin said relations between Moscow and Washington were getting worse and worse, noting in an interview published on Thursday that the current U.S. administration had imposed dozens of sanctions on Russia.

US-Russia relationship getting ‘worse and worse,’ Putin says | Fox News

The U.S.’ relationship with Russia keeps getting “worse and worse,” said Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview published Thursday.

Russia’s Quest to Lead the World in AI Is Doomed – Defense One

Innovation in the former Soviet Union is still in shackles.

 

Erdogan Says Hopes To Persuade Trump To Back Off S-400 Punishment

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he hopes to persuade the United States to back off its threat to exclude his country from the F-35 fighter jet program as punishment for Ankara’s decis…

Erdogan: Purchase of Russian S-400 air defence systems complete | Turkey News | Al Jazeera

The Turkish leader says he will speak to President Trump, as Washington threatens to cut Ankara from F-35 programme.

Restraining the Impulse to Expel Turkey from NATO | The National Interest

Tension between Washington and Ankara stems from America’s frustration with Erdogan.

Russia plans to deliver S-400 missiles to Turkey within weeks

The United States says Turkey’s acquisition of Russia’s S-400 air defenses poses a threat to Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 stealth fighters.

U.S. Air Force deploys F-15E Strike Eagle fighters to Turkey – Defence Blog

The U.S. Air Force has deployed F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jets assigned to 494th Fighter Squadron to Turkey. U.S. Airmen, F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft, and support equipment from the 494th Fighter Squadron, 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, England, already arrived at Turkish Third Main Jet Base, Konya, Turkey. According to a news release put out by U.S. Air Force, Strike Eagle aircraft were deployed to Turkey for participating in exercise Anatolian Eagle 19 alongside Turkish and other allied and partner air forces. The training will focus on improving readiness and interoperability among participating units. Exercises like Anatolian Eagle enhance allies and partners ability to respond more effectively to regional crises and meet their own security needs. Multinational training also demonstrates U.S. commitment to collective defense and regional security. Anatolian Eagle is taking place at an air base in Konya, Turkey, and includes other partner air forces, though the specific participants have not been announced. The exercise focuses on “improving readiness and interoperability among participating units,” according to US Air Forces in Europe. It is worth noting that the relocation of the combat aircraft is taking place against the background of deteriorating relations between Turkey and the United States after the acquisition of the S-400 in Russia.

 

Euro Slides After Trump Threatens Sanctions To Stop NordStream 2 (Again!) | Zero Hedge

“We’re protecting Germany from Russia and Russia is getting billions and billions of dollars in money from Germany” for its gas…

Trump Says He’s Considering Sanctions Against Nord Stream 2 – Sputnik International

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he is considering a plan to impose sanctions on the Nord Stream-2 pipeline project.

Trump considering sanctions against Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to ‘protect Germany from Russia’ — RT Business News

US president Donald Trump says he is considering slapping sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project, insisting that the US has a much “better” alternative for Europe.

Trump considering sanctions over Russia’s Nord Stream 2 natgas pipeline – Reuters

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he was considering sanctions over Russia’s Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project — which the United States has told European companies

Trump is threatening sanctions on Germany over its Russian gas pipeline, opening a new front in the trade war that the Kremlin calls ‘blackmail’ | Markets Insider

President Donald Trump has ramped up pressure on Germany to scrap the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia and boost its defence spending. Trump threatened …

Trump is threatening sanctions on Germany over its Russian gas pipeline, opening a new front in the trade war that the Kremlin calls ‘blackmail’ | Business Insider

President Donald Trump has ramped up pressure on Germany to scrap the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia and boost its defence spending. Trump threatened …

Trump Threatens Merkel With Pipeline Sanctions, U.S. Troop Cut – Bloomberg

Donald Trump upped his criticism of Germany on Wednesday as he threatened sanctions over Angela Merkel’s continued support for a gas pipeline from Russia and warned that he could shift troops away from the NATO ally over its defense spending.

Trump says he’s still considering slapping sanctions on Nord Stream 2

The U.S. opposes Nord Stream 2, arguing the pipeline would allow Moscow to bypass Ukraine and use energy as a weapon against its neighbors.

Trump threatens Merkel with pipeline sanctions, U.S. troop cut – BNN Bloomberg

 

Trump warns Germany of pipeline sanctions, troop shift to Poland

Trump upped his criticism of Germany on Wednesday as he threatened sanctions over Angela Merkel’s continued support for a gas pipeline from Russia

U.S. Congress expanding work on sanctions against Nord Stream 2 construction: Naftogaz CEO – news economics | UNIAN

The United States Congress is expanding work on introducing economic sanctions aimed at opposing the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline bypassing Ukraine. The bill imposing sanctions on companies involved in the project has been submitted to the House of Representatives. The United States Congress is expanding work on introducing economic sanctions aimed at opposing the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline bypassing Ukraine. In particular, the House of Representatives received for consideration another bill against companies involved in the project, Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolyev wrote on Facebook. “The U.S. Congress is expanding work on sanctions against Nord Stream 2. A few weeks ago, U.S. legislators registered a bill on sanctions against persons involved in the construction of this pipeline in the upper house of Congress. Yesterday, a bill similar in content, No.HR3206, also went to the lower chamber,” he wrote. Kobolyev stressed that these documents are seeing wide bipartisan support in both houses. Kobolyev noted that Naftogaz was also making ultimate diplomatic efforts in countering the Kremlin project. “We cooperate with both American and European legislators and government officials, developing joint ways to counter the construction of Nord Stream 2, which represents a significant threat to international energy security,” he wrote.

Russia’s Nord Stream 2 is almost finished. Slovakia could lose millions – spectator.sme.sk

The parastatal Eustream gas carrier is not worried, though. It is expanding its transmission capacities in all cardinal directions.

 

Trump: US to send 1,000 troops to Poland in new deal – BBC News

The US vows to send 1,000 extra troops to Poland, along with new military hardware including drones.

U.S. Agrees To Station ‘About 1,000’ More Military Personnel in Poland

The United States has agreed to station “about 1,000” more military personnel in Poland as the government of the East European nation seeks to counter what it perceives as a growing Russian thr…

White House planning F-35 flyover for Polish President – CNNPolitics

The White House is planning a flyover of two F-35 fighter jets during Wednesday’s visit from Polish President Andrzej Duda, according to three US government officials.

Poland’s visiting president faces little pressure from Trump over democratic backsliding – Los Angeles Times

Poland’s nationalist government has irked the EU with its anti-democratic moves, but its president can expect a warm reception at the White House.

Duda wants Russia to be Poland’s friend, yet it is unlikely for now

President of Poland would like his country to be friends with Russia

 

Russia Day at the Kremlin Journalist wearing Ivan Golunov T-shirt sits directly across from Putin during hour-long awards ceremony — Meduza

Russian Police Arrest Hundreds at Protest, Including Navalny, After Reporter’s Release – The New York Times

Riot police dragged demonstrators from the crowd and arrested news photographers and reporters at a protest called to support the journalist Ivan Golunov, who had been detained and abruptly freed.

Why Do So Many Russian Opposition Activists And Journalists Have ‘Drug’ Problems?

Although the drug charges against journalist Ivan Golunov have been dropped, critics allege that the practice of planting drugs on activists and journalists and imposing stiff prison terms is endem…

Putin fires two Moscow police generals over Ivan Golunov’s arrest — Meduza

Vladimir Putin has signed an executive order firing two police generals, Moscow Counter-Narcotics Police Department head Yuri Devyatkin and Moscow Western Administrative Okrug Police Chief Andrey Puchkov.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Golunov Case Outcome Could Cost Putin Support among Siloviki

Paul Goble Staunton, June 12 – The mass arrests in Moscow today show that the Kremlin still controls the siloviki sufficiently to defend itself, but some Russian analysts are suggesting that the way in which Vladimir Putin resolved the Ivan Golunov case, while it clearly worked to his benefit in terms of public relations may cost him support among some in the force structures. In response to widespread complaints about the way in which interior ministry officials created a fake case against Golunov, Vladimir Putin has sacked two senior MVD generals, Andrey Puchkov and Yury Levyatkin, an indication, Sergey Aksyonov says, that the Kremlin decided to save face by sacrificing two siloviki (svpressa.ru/society/article/235349/). While that may be the normal and even accepted tactic, the Svobodnaya pressa journalist continues, it can’t have pleased those in the organs who remain convinced that they were doing what those above them wanted and even ordered and that they are being thrown to the wolves because of complaints from people below whom they defend the powers that be against Such attitudes are likely to be intensified by the public comments about the case in which analysts, politicians and commentators have sought to blame the interior ministry for everything that has happened, ignoring the role of others above it. Aksyonov cites five examples of such attacks. They include those by Dmitry Muratov (thebell.io/po-nashej-prosbe-na-vstrechu-byl-priglashen-general-baranov-kak-prinimalos-reshenie-ob-osvobozhdenii-golunova/), Konstantin Kosachev (rg.ru/2019/06/11/kosachev-nazval-ishod-dela-golunova-pobedoj-grazhdanskogo-obshchestva.html), Valentina Matviyenko (rbc.ru/politics/11/06/2019/5cff8d519a7947e45735fbd6?utm_source=tw_rbc), and Ivan Urgant (russian.rt.com/russia/article/640193-delo-golunova-policiya). The siloviki are not happy about this turn of events, but so far, Aksyonov says, they have limited themselves to “snarling” back and complaining that they did not violate any laws or rules and are being blamed unfairly, as MVD Colonel Andrey Shirov has after concluding that the Golunov case had been “politicized” (russian.rt.com/russia/article/640193-delo-golunova-policiya). “It’s possible,” the Svobodnaya pressa correspondent says, “that Shirov in this case is expressing not only his own opinion but that of part of the corporation of law enforcement officers who have run up against politicians who are ready to ‘sacrifice’ them” to save themselves. Apparently, he continues, “the Kremlin already has recognized the danger.” Nikolay Patrushev, the head of the Russian Security Council, stated publicly that he “did not have any evidence that in the Golunov affair, officers of eth special services could be guilty” of any violation of the law (lenta.ru/news/2019/06/12/patrush/). Ilya Remeslo, a lawyer with whom Aksyonov spoke, doesn’t think that this will be a turning point in the attitude of the siloviki toward their bosses. The sacrifice of senior officers when their subordinates do something that has to be denied is unfortunately standard practice, especially in the narcotics area, and everyone knows what the rules of the big game are. Moreover, everyone knows that planting drugs to make a case stick is something that happens all the time. Many of the 130,000 people convicted on drug charges are victims of this, Remeslo continues. The siloviki count on not being exposed, but when they are, someone has to take the fall. In the lawyer’s view, “now all of the cases of those 130,000 citizens should be reviewed. If there is no DNA or fingerprints found, they must be released. And if the powers that be are based on the people, they will do so. But if they are anti-people, then they won’t.”

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Golunov’s Release Highlights Arbitrariness of Putin Regime, Not Its Weakness or Opposition’s Strength

Paul Goble Staunton, June 11 – Not surprisingly, the Russian opposition claimed its protests had forced the weakening Putin regime to release Ivan Golunov and the Kremlin suggested that what had happened simply showed once again that there is a good tsar (Vladimir Putin) but unfortunately bad boyars (lower-ranking officials) and that justice had triumphed. Neither of these suggestions is true. Instead, as any number of commentators suggested today, Golunov’s release was just as arbitrary as his arrest, did not reflect any strengthening of the opposition or weakening of the regime, but instead was a reprise of past Kremlin efforts to escape a bad situation of its own making (e.g., kasparov.ru/material.php?id=5D00127B17F7C). Consequently, there is no reason to conclude that the regime is on its last legs or the opposition is in a position to force change. Instead, as other commentators pointed out, this is a one-off action, the regime will continue as it has repressing those it wants do and retreating only if it thinks that is its interests so it can take undeserved credit and repress others more easily. (For some commentaries making these points, see ura.news/articles/1036278267, rosbalt.ru/posts/2019/06/11/1786434.html,rosbalt.ru/blogs/2019/06/11/1786401.html, rosbalt.ru/posts/2019/06/11/1786460.html,echo.msk.ru/blog/karina_orlova/2443591-echo/and kasparov.ru/material.php?id=5CFFF1AA2895C.) Perhaps the most thoughtful comment came from Olga Romanova who pointed out that the Golunov case represented the Putin regime at its most typical and showed that no one is going to be able to change his system. The only worthwhile goal is to destroy it completely and put a different one in its place (ehorussia.com/new/node/18658).

 

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Moscow Wants to Fine Those who Go Online via Foreign Satellites

Paul Goble Staunton, June 12 – The Russian government ministry which oversees Moscow’s policies on the Internet has called for imposing fines on anyone in Russia who uses a foreign satellite link to go online, the latest Moscow response to technological changes that make the center’s control over access to the web more problematic (zona.media/news/2019/06/11/internet). Earlier this year, Moscow issued a directive which requires that any Russian Internet provide making use of foreign satellites must not only ensure that traffic carried on them pass through an IP on Russian soil but also coordinate their activities with the FSB. Now, the government simply wants to extend this principle to all concerned. Moscow also proposes to issue analogous restrictions on the use of satellite telephones, apparently concerned that new satellite networks being developed by OneWest, StarLink and TeleSat have the potential to bypass all ground IPs and thus destroy the ability of the Russian powers that be to regulate the Internet and satellite phones. Experts say Moscow won’t try to jam the satellites. In their view, that would be “useless.” Instead, they are issuing these threats as part of a negotiating strategy designed to force foreign operators to adapt to Russian conditions. In the near term, Moscow will continue to charge Russians under a law that is typically used against those who illegally keep guns. That law carries penalties of up to three years in prison. The FSB has called the OneWeb project “a threat to national security” and proposed creating a Russian alternative. But such a plan is estimated to cost some 230 billion rubles (nearly four billion US dollars) and so may be too expensive at this time of financial stringency in Moscow. Independent Russian analysts are skeptical that the authorities will be any more successful in this segment of Internet users than they have been in others, with one saying that “in trying to control the Internet, the powers are only barking at a train that has already left the station,” an ineffective “inconvenience” to users (ehorussia.com/new/node/18661).

UAWire – Russia to impose fines for using foreign satellite internet

Russian officials are continuing their attempts to block all the ways to connect to the internet that cannot be monitored by the state. The Ministry of Digital Development and Communications has drafted a bill to impose fines for connecting to satellite internet in circumvention of the federal censorship agency’s blocking mechanisms. According to the bill, which was published on the official legal information portal, the use of “satellite communication networks under the jurisdiction of foreign states” will be punishable by fines equivalent to around $300 for officials, $3,000 for sole proprietors, and $15,500 for legal entities. The fines will be imposed on both users and on Russian communications operators if they use satellite internet to bypass the rules imposed by the government in February. All traffic originating from the satellite devices of subscribers in Russia, even foreign subscribers who are “roaming” in the country, must pass through a Russian communication operator’s interface station – a ground station that acts as an intermediary between the satellite and the subscriber’s device when picking up a signal from space. This station must also be located within Russia. Whereas previously this rule only applied to the operators of satellite mobile communications, it now applies to all operators. In order to prevent the American OneWeb satellite communication system, which is expected to provide the entire planet with high-speed internet by 2027, from being accessible in Russia, the State Duma (Russia’s parliament) introduced a bill last year that prohibits the importing of satellite communication terminals without a license. Without waiting for the bill to be passed, the State Commission for Radio Frequencies introduced a corresponding ban in January this year. The OneWeb global satellite internet poses a threat to Russia’s national security, because it can be used for intelligence purposes, explained Vladimir Sadovnikov, a spokesperson for the Russian Security Service, to Reuters last year. “The guarantees that the satellite communication system is not intelligence-related and cannot harm the interests of Russia’s identity and community are largely declarative in nature, and cannot be reliably verified by Russia,” he observed.

Russian lawmakers want to raise the fines on Twitter and Facebook more than 1,000-fold — Meduza

A bill has been submitted to Russia’s State Duma that would impose multi-million-ruble fines on Internet companies that refuse to store Russian users’ personal data on servers located in Russia, and on tech companies that repeatedly fail to surrender encryption keys to Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB).

Elderly Russian scientist jailed on treason charges is denied house arrest over an email the U.S. embassy says is spam — Meduza

A court has refused to grant house arrest to Viktor Kudryavtsev (the 75-year-old Russian scientist charged with treason for allegedly sharing secret information with a Belgian institute), citing an email he received that claims he’s been pre-approved for a green card in the United States. Ivan Pavlov, the scientist’s attorney, told Meduza that this message was only spam.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Cossackia Lives and Will be Free, Dyomin Says

Paul Goble Staunton, June 12 – Few ideas are so often belittled and dismissed by Moscow and Western Russian specialists as that the Cossacks are a nation and that they can reasonably aspire to an independent state as the 1959 US Captive Nations Resolution suggests. But the Cossacks are not only increasingly active but certain they are a nation and will be free. (For a discussion of both Cossack aspirations and the dismissive attitudes of others, see the current author’s “Cossack: No Longer an Impossible Dream?” Jamestown Eurasia Daily Monitor, February 21, 2019 at jamestown.org/program/cossackia-no-longer-an-impossible-dream/and the sources cited therein.) A new article by Vyacheslav Dyomin, a Cossack who now lives in the United States, on the Tallinn-based regionalist portal Region.Expert provides perhaps the most comprehensive statement of where the Cossacks are today and what they expect “after the demise of the evil empire” (region.expert/new_cossackia/). Everyone, Dyomin begins, is interested in what will happen after the empire, “which some call Russia, others the post-Soviet space, and still others the Muscovite Horde, Bolshevizia or Chekiststan falls apart.” He says he cannot predict what will happen to all its various parts but is certain that our Cossack lands sooner or later will be freed from the Kremlin yoke.” “For many years,” Dyomin acknowledges, he was himself “a prisoner of imperial illusions and loyal to messianic ideas, Rusism, the notion of a god-bearing people and the Third Rome, sincerely supposing that any division of ‘Rus’ would be death to a millennium old holy Russian ideal.” He continues: “Before the annexation of Crimea and the beginning of the Russian-Crimean war, it was still possible to believe in this chimera as an ideal model of the past; but after March 2014 only degenerates or in the best case very naïve national idealists have remained supporters of ‘the Russian world,’ ‘the Russian spring,’ and ‘the ingathering of Russian lands.’” “Now, before our eyes is occurring a slow but clear process of the degradation and disintegration of the Soviet-Bolshevik power which is the last empire on the Eurasian space and the last stronghold of world imperialism and colonialism” at a time when other empires have fallen apart and many new countries have emerged or re-emerged. According to Dyomin, “the present-day RF state is not Russian, not a federative state, not a constitutional one and in general not a republic either. It isn’t even an empire in the classic European sense of the term but rather a certain great-power Asiatic hybrid” that has arisen out of a mixture of the Golden Horde, the Muscovite principality, the Russian Empire and the USSR. It is “an eclectically false ‘Russia,’ dressed in bast shoes, an embroidered shift, a Soviet hat from civil war times, and a fashionable tie from Versace which for simplicity and with accuracy we will call the Muscovite empire or Mosovia,” Dyomin continues. Moscow has become a gigantic metropolis separate from “the colony regions” it exploits. But even its oil and gas reserves will not save it, the Cossack writer says. And “the de-imperialization begun in the early 1990s by a revolution from above to all appearances will be completed in the coming years by a revolution from below,” one that will not begin in well-fed Moscow but in the regions the capital exploits. The Cossacks are very much part of this, Dyomin says. Their experience of “unsuccessful attempts to free themselves from colonial dependence has shown them that while the Muscovite empire is alive … separating from it is practically impossible” but that when it weakens and begins to fall apart, the Cossacks like other nations have a chance. First of all, the old imperial edifice needs to be dismantled and the territory “cleansed from centuries of slavery.” Only then, he continues, will it be possible to “build in its place bright new republic houses.” The Americans are among the leaders in understanding this, and the still enslaved peoples of Muscovia are inspired by the Captive Nations Week ideals. Those ideals include the recognition of Cossackia. That term, Dyomin says, includes all the territories of the former Russian Empire “from Ukraine to Siberia” and was popularized by Cossack emigres in Prague and elsewhere in the 1920s and 1930s in journals like Volnoye Kazachestvo, Kazakiya, and Kazak. Indeed, Dyomin says, “free Cossacks” became “the common name of a number of Ukrainian-Cossack groups which arose in emigration and whose members called themselves that and their effoorts the Free Cossack movement.” They opposed and were opposed by Cossack imperialists who continued to view themselves as a social stratum serving the empire. The Free Cossacks then and now seek recognition of the Cossacks “as a people who have suffered genocide.” Their numbers are growing, and they have formed various organizations and groups not only in the emigration but as possible within the current borders of the Russian Federation. What kind of a state will the Cossacks form? “A federation like the United States or a confederation like the European Union?” Dyomin says that the latter is more likely at least in the first stages of the collapse of the Muscovite empire given the diversity and dispersal of the Cossack nation.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Free Russia Forum Passes Over Appeal from Idel-Ural Exile Government in Silence

Paul Goble Staunton, June 11 – Last week, the Tatar government in exile issued an appeal to the Free Russia Forum meeting in Lithuania for recognition and support of their aspirations (windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/06/idel-ural-movement-seeks-backing-of.html). The meeting passed over their appeal in silence. That has prompted the Tatar government in exile to issue the following statement expressing its surprise and regret at this non-action by those who advertise themselves as liberals committed to rights and freedoms of individuals and groups (facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2110688949224550&id=2090818191211626):“Many peoples in an heroic struggle have won freedom for themselves and not allowed their country to be transformed in the periphery of the Kremlin dictatorship. The peoples enslaved by Russia continue the struggle for their freedom from the Kremlin yoke. The peoples of Idel-Ural, the Caucasus, Siberia and other regions of Eurasia demand from Russia the end of this occupation. “The representatives of the Tatar political emigration turned to the participants of the seventh Forum with a call to recognize the independence of the republics of the Urals. But there was only silence … That reaction cannot elicit anything except surprise. “This fact shows the indifference of the representatives of the Russian opposition to the defense of the rights of the peoples of Idel-Ual and other colonized nations enslaved by the Kremlin regime, and it is regrettable that they missed their historic chance. Such a position is both immoral and politically without prospects: It is impossible to achieve freedom for one’s own people by denying the right of other peoples to freedom of their own.” This declaration was signed by Rafis Kashapov and Nafis Kashapov, two deputy prime ministers of the Tatarstan government in exile, and Rosa Kurban, a scholar who lives in Ankara and works closely with that organization.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Dying Siberian Village Hopes GULAG Tourism Can Save It

Paul Goble Staunton, June 11 – The small settlement of Tugach in the Eastern Sayan mountains of Siberia aren’t Stalinists and don’t want a repetition of the Great Terror, but they hope that they can exploit the fact that their village was once at the center of a GULAG camp system to attract visitors and save their homes, Denis Bevz says. Tugach has a history like many Siberian villages, the Sibreal journalist says. It arose when people moved into the region as a result of the Stolypin affairs and then grew with the establishment of Kraslag, a section of the GULAG in Stalin’s times. Many residents today are descendants of guards and prisoners (sibreal.org/a/29804134.html). After the camps were shut down in the 1950s, Kraslag’s wood harvesting and processing operation was transformed into a collective farm. Then in the 1990s, it was privatized and went bankrupt. As a result, there were no jobs and almost all the younger people moved away. Those who couldn’t are now dying out. Tugach has no jobs for its people, no Internet connectivity. And its residents say they have been forgotten by everyone. And so some of them have come up with an idea that might retire for all time any award given to those who, given lemons, make lemonade. They have decided to turn their town into a tourist attraction by establishing a GULAG museum. A year ago, some Tugach residents decided to crate a memorial complex under the name, “Top Secret—the Tugach Kraslag.” Many are enthusiastic about the project, but some object that it is an effort to make money off of a tragedy. But its defenders are numerous and they have a ready answer. “We want the preservation of history,” they say. We want people who come out of our museum to understand that personal choices matter and could at various times lead to horrible consequences. We want people to reflect on how they should live their lives now. In short, we want our museum to force people to turn on the brains” rather than live like zombies.

Russian Scientist Wants to Use CRISPR to Genetically Edit Infants

“I think I’m crazy enough to do it,” says Denis Rebrikov. Last year, a Chinese scientist earned global condemnation for genetically editing two infant girls. Now a Russian molecular biologist named Denis Rebrikov wants to try it again. Speaking to the scientific journal Nature, Rebrikov says he will use CRISPR techniques to target CCR5, which affects HIV, the same gene that He Jiankui focused on during his now-infamous efforts. He’s work ostensibly wanted to make the children, now known as Lulu and Nana, HIV-resistant. Rebrikov’s work looks like it will focus on the same challenge. Russia has the largest HIV epidemic in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, according to advocacy group Avert. Unlike the majority of the world, AIDS is on the rise on Russia, with the rate of new infections rising between 10 and 15 percent annually. A “continued shift away from progressive policies towards socially conservative legislation is a barrier to implementing HIV prevention and treatment,” the group says. Michel Kazatchkine, a special adviser to UNAIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, estimated last year that as many as 2 million people in Russia may be infected. While He was able to successfully edit CCR5, his work failed to address the complexity of what’s known as a genetic mosaic, where even the slightest changes can affect other aspects of the genetic code. His work may have shortened the children’s lives and made them more vulnerable to other diseases like the West Nile virus. There’s a consensus in the scientific community that He’s work violated nearly every one of its principles—both in thoroughness and in disclosure, considering how he misled the parents of the infants on what he was doing to their children and the risks involved. Rebrikov, who leads a genome-editing laboratory at Russia’s largest fertility clinic, tells Nature that he will be able to avoid He’s mistakes.

UAWire – Flight of Russian elites to Cyprus accelerates

The demand from wealthy Russians for real estate in Cyprus surged by 40.4% in the first quarter of 2019, according to a study by the Prian.ru service, the results of which were published by Kommersant. The spike in interest was triggered by an announcement in winter that the Cypriot program of granting citizenship in exchange for investment in property would be made stricter. The amendments to Cyprus’s citizenship program came into force on 15 May, observes Prian.ru expert Filipp Brezin. A baseline investment of €2 million is needed to qualify, and now an additional €75,000 contribution to the Research and Innovation Fund and the Cypriot Land Development Organization is also required. The amendments now obligate applicants to maintain the said investments for a period of five years after obtaining citizenship. Initially, the investors who had considered participating in the program, but delayed for some reason, were afraid that it would be discontinued, Berezin explains. Although the new additions are purely cosmetic, many have rushed to acquire an EU passport under the existing conditions, he notes. Among the most popular locations for Russians are Limassol and Paphos, followed by Larnaca, Ayia Napa and Protaras. In Larnaca, the demand is focused primarily on commercial property, whereas in Limasol and Paphos, Russians are purchasing facilities for personal use, observes Marina Shalaeva, director of the foreign property and private investments department at Knight Frank. According to Cyprus’s Department of Land and Surveys, 1,060 contracts were registered in April 2019, which is 61% more than before, and the highest monthly figure since September 2008. In 2017, Cypriot citizenship through investment was obtained by 5,520 people. According to the Central Bank of Cyprus, 23.8% of them were Russians, 9.1% Brits, and 8.7% Ukrainians. The stable growth in demand for residential investments has been a key factor behind the increasing property prices in Cyprus, Prian.ru notes. According to the central bank, the price index for residential property in Cyprus grew by 1.6% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2018. The number of construction permits being issued in Cyprus has been growing in parallel, with a 15% year-on-year increase in January 2019. The property market in Cyprus has “seriously overheated”, and the offer prices are determined exclusively by the possibility of purchasing citizenship, Berezin warns: If the rules for granting citizenship change, the property prices in Cyprus could collapse. Prian.ru does not consider it impossible that the local government’s policies on this matter will be adjusted, since Cypriots themselves are actively expressing dissatisfaction with the current rules, which have resulted in it becoming virtually impossible for locals to buy property on the island.

UAWire – Russia offers China operating system for Huawei

Russian officials have suggested that the Chinese cellphone company Huawei replace Google’s Android OS with the Aurora OS developed in Russia, reports the Bell citing two informed sources. The idea was brought up shortly before the start of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in a meeting between Huawei Chief Executive Director Guo Ping and Russian Minister of Digital Development and Communications Konstantin Noskov, and was later discussed at meetings between Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping. The Russian OS, based on the Finnish Sailfish OS, could be installed on Huawei devices instead of Google’s Android, which the Chinese company lost access to after it was blacklisted by the US Department of Commerce. “China is already testing devices with preinstalled Aurora,” claimed one of The Bell’s sources. In addition, Huawei has been invited to localize part of its production in Russia, including the production of chips and software. This is about more than just installing a Russian OS, it is about the entire ecosystem based on Aurora, said a source familiar with the details of the meeting between Noskov and Guo Ping. It includes social networks, search engines and antivirus programs, he noted. The Russian Ministry of Digital Development and Communications could neither confirm nor deny this information, noting only that effort is constantly being made to promote Russian producers on foreign markets. Huawei also declined to comment. Rostelecom, which owns Aurora, had not heard about the Huawei initiative, but said that it is “willing to collaborate with all developers of mobile solutions”.

Putin Says Moscow Won’t Drop Support For Moldovan President Amid Dispute

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he will not give up support for Moldova’s pro-Russian president, Igor Dodon, amid a complicated political dispute in which two rival governments in Chisinau ar…

Q&A: Moldovans Have Nowhere Left To Fall, And Maybe That’s A Good Thing

Chisinau-based political analyst Vladislav Kulminski explains why the path to resolving the current political standoff may lead through Venice.

Putin says relations between Russia and Ukraine to be “inevitably rebuilt” – news politics | UNIAN

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the relations between the Russian Federation and Ukraine will be “inevitably rebuilt,” regardless of how relations with the Ukrainian elites develop. Putin hopes Zelensky’s team “will be able to act energetically.” “It is inevitable that we will rebuild our relations. What we have today is not a normal situation between parts of one people or between two fraternal peoples, regardless of our relations with the elites,” he said in an interview to the Russian MIR (World) TV channel, according to the Moscow-based Interfax news agency. “Even the political elites of the past, let’s say, with the people who gave priority in their entire work and in their entire life to, above all, their personal success, personal profit and preserving their capital made at the expense of the Ukrainian people but kept somewhere abroad. I think this is the reason for their special love for the West,” Putin said. “But, hopefully, the new leadership does not have such restrictions and feels free, relying on the trust vested in it by the people of Ukraine,” he added. In his opinion, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s team “will be able to act energetically.”

U.S. To Change International Database Spelling To Kyiv, Not Kiev

Ukraine says the U.S. officials in charge of an international database on geographic names have agreed to change the official spelling of the Ukrainian capital from the commonly used Russian variant, Kiev, to Kyiv.

Trump has ‘clear signals’ to Zelensky – Ukrainian ambassador

The visit by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to the United States and his meeting with Donald Trump are possible after early parliamentary elections in Ukraine on July 21. — Ukrinform.

U.S. politicians get awards for supporting democracy in Ukraine

Co-Chair of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus Brian Fitzpatrick, as well as Senator John Barrasso, have received honorary awards for promoting democracy in Ukraine. — Ukrinform.

Ukraine plans to replenish Navy fleet with four more Island-type boats – news ukraine | UNIAN

The Ukrainian Navy recently inspected more naval vessels stored in the United States, having selected four more Island-type boats that will replenish Ukraine’s naval fleet. At the moment, two boats of said type are expected to be shipped to Ukraine. The Ukrainian Navy recently inspected more naval vessels stored in the United States, having selected four more Island-type boats that will replenish Ukraine’s naval fleet. At the moment, two boats of said typr are expected to be shipped to Ukraine, Information Resistance reports, adding that they have been named Slaviansk and Starobelsk. Now, it appears, Ukrainian Navy officials are considering to increase their number to six. Thus, Ukraine will become the first country with its own division of the Island-type boats. The vessels will be based in Odesa, which is now home to the country’s main naval base. Island-type boats have a full displacement of 165 tonnes and are able to reach speeds of up to 30 knots, with a cruising range exceeding 5,300 km. They are able to operate autonomously for up to five days.

NSDC Secretary Danylyuk, Atlantic Council’s Representative Petraeus hold meeting

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Oleksandr Danylyuk held a meeting with Member of the Supervisory Board of Atlantic Council David Petraeus as NSDC reported. “The sides discussed the pace of the reform of the bodies of the security and defense sector, first of all, of the Security Service of Ukraine and the set of activities on the reforming of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other military formation established in accordance with the laws of Ukraine,” the message said.

NSDC secretary, Atlantic Council’s representative discuss reform of Ukrainian Armed Forces

Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleksandr Danyliuk held a meeting with member of the Atlantic Council’s Board of Directors David Petraeus, the NSDC press service has reported. — Ukrinform.

Danyliuk, Atlantic Council’s representative discuss security and defense sector reform – news politics | UNIAN

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksandr Danyliuk held a meeting with member of the Atlantic Council’s Board of Directors David Petraeus, during which the parties discussed the progress of reforming the security and defense sector. Petraeus expresses support for Ukraine in its further advancement through democratic development.

Berlin considers it premature to talk about lifting of sanctions against Russia

The German diplomats see no reasons to begin discussions on the lifting of sanctions against the Russian Federation. — Ukrinform.

Council of Europe praises judicial reform in Ukraine – news politics | UNIAN

The Council of Europe has praised the judicial reform in Ukraine. The Council of Europe notes a positive trend in improving the efficiency and quality of the judiciary and in reducing the widespread corruption.

Klimkin on CoE human rights commissioner’s possible Crimea visit: “Another Russian con” – news politics | UNIAN

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin believes the possible ad hoc visit to the Russian-occupied Crimea by Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović will not change the situation with human rights violations there. Ukraine has long been calling for a permanent presence in Crimea of international organizations, in particular, humanitarian ones.

Zelensky to visit France and Germany on June 17-18

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will make an official visit to France on June 17 and to Germany on June 18, the Presidential Administration of Ukraine has reported on its Facebook page. — Ukrinform.

Text of EU summit declaration regarding Ukraine, Russia still under discussion, much depends on Zelensky’s visit to Paris, Berlin

The final declaration of the EU summit is now being discussed and much depends on the results of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s visit to Paris and Berlin, a diplomatic source told Interfax-Ukraine in Brussels on Thursday.

New Finnish ambassador begins diplomatic mission in Ukraine

The newly appointed ambassador of the Republic of Finland to Ukraine, Päivi Maarit Laine, has begun a diplomatic mission in Ukraine, the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine reports on Twitter. — Ukrinform.

Relatives of MH17 tragedy victims hold protest near Russian Embassy in the Hague

Protest over MH17 tragedy held in the Hague

Zelensky invites Tokayev to Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has congratulated Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on his victory in the Kazakh presidential election and invited him to visit Kyiv.

UAWire – Spanish consul swims across Kerch Strait in violation of Ukraine’s ban

Spain’s Honorary Consul in Uzbekistan Alfonso Lopez Pandiella participated in the Russian X-Waters competition on June 1, swimming across the Kerch Strait from the Chushka Spit, in the Krasnodar Territory of Russia, to the Yeni-Kale fortress in Kerch, reported Radio Svoboda. Pandiella confirmed this fact to journalists but declined to comment on whether the organizers had warned him about the consequences of visiting the annexed Crimea. “I don’t know. No comment,” he said. The diplomat also confirmed that he is an honorary consul and is not a civil servant in Spain. The State Border Service of Ukraine issued a reminder that visiting Russian annexed Crimea violated entry rules for crossing the Ukrainian state border. “Such foreigners would be prohibited from entering Ukraine for at least three years. The fine is upwards of 5,100 hryvnias and if this violation was committed by a group of persons, anywhere from 5,100 hryvnias,” said Andrei Demchenko, head of the SBGS department for media relations. After the annexation, Ukraine closed all international checkpoints on the peninsula. It is legal to get to the peninsula only through the entry and exit points on the administrative border with the Kherson region. Violators face deportation and a fine.

No plans to send Ukraine’s Navy ships through Kerch Strait, – Khomchak

‘We do not have that many Ukrainians so we could endanger them like this,’ the Chief of General Staff said

UAWire – Russia allows companies to classify data on work in Crimea

The Russian government has allowed to classify the information about legal entities working in the occupied Crimea. The corresponding resolution …

 

Russian-led forces launched 28 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas in last day

The armed formations of the Russian Federation violated ceasefire 28 times, using weapons banned under the Minsk agreements three times, in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas over the past day. — Ukrinform.

Ukrainian troops now right up close to Donetsk – JFO HQ – LB.ua news portal

Ukrainian troops now right up close to Donetsk – JFO HQ. The distance between the Joint Forces and separatists near Maryinka is several hundred metres. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Ukrainian troops get close to Donetsk – JFO HQ – news war | UNIAN

“King’s Infantry” are equipping previously gained positions in Maryinka near Donetsk, as reported on Facebook by the press center of the Joint Forces Operation Staff. The distance between Joint Forces’ positions and those of Russian occupation forces in certain areas is only a few hundred meters.

OSCE to hand over equipment to support mine action in Ukraine – news war | UNIAN

Representatives of the Slovak OSCE Chairmanship and the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine will hand over demining and other equipment to Ukrainian governmental ministries during a joint presentation entitled “Humanitarian Mine Action: OSCE’s Help to Mitigate Conflict Effects for People,” on Friday, June 14, 2019 in Kyiv. Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense and State Emergency service will receive metal detectors and protective equipment.

No escalation which would make people panic in Donbas, – General Staff Head

Head of General Staff Ruslan Khomchak stated there were no reports on escalation in Donbas zone

“Zelensky at the first meeting immediately asked me about Ilovaysk” – Khomchak | BBC Ukraine

New Head of the General Staff Ruslan Khomchak told News Ukraine about his first meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky before his appointment, recalled his version of the events in Ilovaysk, familiarity with Igor Kolomoisky, and also answered the question whether there is an order not to respond to shelling in the Donbass. President Vladimir Zelensky replaced the Chief of the Ukrainian General Staff immediately after his inauguration. Ruslan Khomchak during the battles in the Donbass led the operation to capture Ilovaysk, which ended in great sacrifices among the Ukrainian military. Regarding those events there is a lot of controversy about the actions of the command. The General Prosecutor’s Office is investigating a criminal case. Mr Khomchak told BBC News in a statement that Ukraine remembered every detail of those events, because they directly participated in them. At the meeting before his appointment, Volodymyr Zelensky first asked him about Ilovaysk. Homochak instead of Muzhenka. What is known about the new head of the General Staff? General Staff of Zelensky. How will the Army change the Commander? “With Poltorakom – normal service relations” BBC News Ukraine: You have recently headed the General Staff. How do you assess the combat readiness of the Armed Forces? What are the main problems? Ruslan Khomchak: Three weeks ago I was appointed to this position, but before that, I was the Chief Inspector of the Ministry of Defense. The previous post provided for a permanent inspection of the Armed Forces, that is, those questions that you put to me. If you evaluate the state of the forces, of course, they are ready for the tasks. There are issues on which to work, but today the Armed Forces of Ukraine is in a state in which the tasks that will be addressed to them will be fulfilled. BBC News Ukraine: If we talk about military support, is it at an adequate level? Ruslan Khomchak: If we talk about the budget that is allocated to the Armed Forces, it will never be enough. I have been meeting in the last few weeks and negotiating with our partners from the United States, Great Britain. Experienced generals on the other side say they never had a budget. Although we understand that we have quite different budgets. Of course, today’s budget of the Armed Forces can not be compared with the budgets of 2014 and before. Today, he is significantly different, as well as military support for military personnel. However, of course, we would like the budget to be bigger. We understand that this is the means of our people, the means of our state, and it can not grow at the speed with which we would like. We want new equipment, as well as modernize what is, modern weapons, and we would like to be provided at the level of the advanced countries of the world. But for this we must have an economy at the level of those states that can provide such a budget. BBC News Ukraine: The General Staff has already prepared funding proposals for the next year? Ruslan Khomchak: Right now we are in the process. When I came to this post I determined the task of commanding line to study the needs of the troops. Do not form this need in the offices and corridors of the types of troops, but to hear the guys who are on the line. What they need in the first place, what problems they have. BBC News Ukraine: How do you work with Stepan Poltorak, since this is the person of the previous president of Petro Poroshenko? Ruslan Khomchak: We have a young state, but for those incomplete 28 years of our independence we have for some reason the previous government – always criminal and bad. Although each government contributes to the development of the country, better or worse. Copywriting of the UNIAN image Image caption Stepan Poltorak is still the Minister of Defense of Ukraine. I have normal service relations with the Minister of Defense Stepan Poltorak. I respect this manager, I have been working under his leadership for the last two years. This is a person who hears, who understands who knows what she is doing. In the new post I have no problems, on the contrary – only support. “Teams did not shoot in response was not” BBC News Ukraine: Last week, a meeting was held in Minsk. Initially, the president announced that you would go there, then that you would not go. What was the situation and whether it was expedient for the Chief of Staff to go for these talks? Ruslan Khomchak: The day before the group went to Minsk, the president of Ukraine gathered us. We discussed all the issues that were to be resolved by the group that traveled to Minsk. The president then drove just to the western partners. He had the idea that I would be there, but then the situation changed. “There is no blockade.” Kuchma and the spokesman Zelensky explained what was being discussed in Minsk Getty Images image copyright Image caption Volodymyr Zelensky returned Leonid Kuchma to a trilateral contact group. On June 5, a meeting was held in Minsk, the results of which led to loud discussions. BBC News Ukraine: What is the current situation in the Donbass? Last week there were reports of three deaths per day. Is this exacerbation, is it connected with the Minsk negotiations? Ruslan Khomchak: Everything that has been going on for the past few years. There are always fire clashes, periodicity of bombardments increases over time, sometimes it goes down a little. There are losses, there are days when there are no losses, there are days when there are wounded and sad occasions when our servicemen are killed. To say that there is some kind of exacerbation that can bring panic to the people of our state, there is no such exacerbation. There are fighting weekdays in the territory where there is a clash of two warring parties. There are constantly provocations and attempts to discredit the Ukrainian army to show that the authorities in Ukraine can not manage the situation. All this is then broadcast in the Russian Federation, in the territories of the occupied territories and adjacent to it. BBC News Ukraine: So there are no sharp changes in the behavior of the enemy at the moment? Ruslan Khomchak: There are no sharp changes. We get information about the shelling that may be caused, sometimes even with the fear, that something has not happened on our part. After all, there is a constant pressure in the press that some Ukrainian columns move towards the enemy that somebody wants to attack. Therefore, the responses on the other side are different, but in the main, it has a provocative character. Our military learned the enemy completely, have a complete picture of what is happening there and where the enemy is. We try not to provoke. BBC News Ukraine: There was information that Minsk was talking about the principle of “not responding” to the bombardment of the enemy. Was there such a team? Ruslan Khomchak: No teams have been given. There is a war, and all the commanders are there in their places. The commander of the division commanded the division, the platoon commander – platoon, company commander – company. There are no commands in them. Well, how can you say in the war: you’re beaten, and you do not answer. This is one of the elements of the information-psychological warfare that launches on the air that someone allegedly came and gave the command not to respond to shelling. Full video interviews can be found here: Skip Youtube post by BBC News Ukraine Warning: Other sites may contain ads End of Youtube post, by BBC News Ukraine In the war, this does not happen. No one who understands anything at all in the war will not give such a team. And there were no such teams, I did not receive such commands from our military-political leadership, and I did not give such commands. And I know for sure that the commanders there did not give and will not give such commands to the OOS. Do not provoke – they all understand that it is not necessary to do this. After all, how many times a high-level decision was made to stop the fire so as not to fire first. But if we are being fired, then of course, as a man who fights for five years, will not answer? BBC News Ukraine: Minsk is discussing the possibility of lifting the blockade of the Donbas. Is it closer to the world? Ruslan Khomchak: I am a military man and ready to answer security questions. And the question of the activity of the economic subgroup – it is better to ask economists about this. Zelensky roadmap: will they lift the blockade of the Donbas? BBC News Ukraine: What is the situation with the breeding of forces in Stanitsa-Luhansk? Ruslan Khomchak: It did not start. On June 8, about midnight was firing from that side for 20 minutes. I understand that he was provocative, because that party is not ready for breeding. The 9th was a subsequent bombing, the OSCE mission even captured the place of hostile balls hit. Another bombardment was last night (the interview was recorded on June 12. – Ed .). According to the Minsk agreements, there should be five days of silence, on the sixth day we give a note that we are ready to breed, and on the seventh day we will be bred. Therefore, we are ready, there is a president’s decision that this must be done, our military are ready for this. But this should be really breeding. “We do not prepare passage through the Kerch Strait” BBC News Ukraine: What is the situation in the Azov direction? Ruslan Khomchak: The level of threat has not diminished, because Russia does not leave its intentions and constantly adjusts them depending on the situation. You see that in the Black Sea there is a blockage of merchant ships that go through the Kerch Strait. Regarding our readiness to resist, then all decisions are made, the OS leadership is ready to respond to all threats. Image caption The new chief of the General Staff says that while the passage of Ukrainian warships through the Kerch Strait is not being prepared. BBC News Ukraine: Former Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Alexander Turchinov in an interview with BBC News Ukraine told that Ukraine is preparing a regular passage through the Kerch Strait. Are these plans relevant? Ruslan Khomchak: All decisions will be made with due weight. I can not say that we will go straight through tomorrow through the Kerch Strait. First you need to understand what happened, because the process is not completed. Our sailors, unfortunately, are in the cells of the Russian Federation. But of course, we are not going to take our positions in the Sea of Azov. As for the passage, today this question is not worth it either. We do not have so many Ukrainians that we could risk them so much. BBC News Ukraine: Is there any sense in the work of the Joint Monitoring and Coordination Center in the Donbass, since Russia has come out of it for a long time? Ruslan Khomchak: This center is working. Indeed, Russia came out of it, because it then set a condition for us to legitimize the presence of Russian military personnel on the territory of Ukraine. How can one legitimize the enemy’s stay on his territory, which the law on national security is recognized as an aggressor. This center is constantly cooperating with the mission of the OSCE’s SMM. It will continue to function. BBC News Ukraine: Mr. Daniluk recently announced a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council on Donbass. It is known when it will be? Ruslan Khomchak: Date is not defined yet, but we are ready for this. BBC News Ukraine: Recently, society’s outrage caused the president’s phrase “Russia’s loss of control over mercenaries.” Russia controls militants in Donbass? Ruslan Khomchak: Of course, it controls. Where did the adventurers from Donbass come from? This is the Russian project. “President interested in Ilovaysk” BBC News Ukraine: In a debate on April 19, Vladimir Zelensky asked Petro Poroshenko about why no one was punished for Ilovaysk. You, as a person involved in those events, what do you think, why? Ruslan Khomchak: I’m not involved in those events, I took an active part in them. I was right there until the last minute. You understand, we have one-sided question: who should answer? But I would ask the first question: What conclusions would we draw from what happened in Ilovaysk? Are the correct conclusions from these events made? Why did it happen that the situation in Ilovaysk was such a situation? I, as a person who directly took part there and who risked life and could also sit before you today, would like to hear all the answers are not one-sided. And I would like to hear clear answers to all those questions. The only thing I can state is that those guys – and there were both military servicemen of the Armed Forces and units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, volunteers – they behaved themselves heroically. They behaved dignity, as it belongs to Ukrainian soldiers, Ukrainian patriots. I’m sure if they behaved not worthy of themselves, they deliberately did not go to that battle, then probably today the line of collision would not be where it is, but far in the West. When the enemy realized that nobody seems to be fighting for the latter, it forces him to refuse further action. All who came from Ilovaysk and were captured, they were captured after the battles, wounds, the situation that developed during that battle. We were offered Russians to surrender. There were suggestions to me from the intelligence chief who led the negotiations that the military would be released, but we should leave the volunteer battalions that were under the auspices of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Of course, this simply could not have happened. Then we all offered to leave without weapons, leave the equipment. But you understand, it means to surrender. We did not accept this option. We went out with a gun. As was the case in the divisions – the commanders of the units that run inside could answer this question. But I emphasize that all who came from there, went out worthy of warriors. And the dead and wounded, and those who survived – are the heroes of our state. I do not say that everyone should be given the Hero of Ukraine, but these are the heroes that Ukraine should be proud of. BBC News Ukraine: Who should answer the question why Ilovaysk happened? Ruslan Khomchak: The criminal case is under investigation. In the five years since those events, I have never given an interview to anyone. And therefore, today, too, I will not detail this issue for one reason – all within the framework of a criminal case, which is secret. Investigation is under way. BBC News Ukraine: Do you give evidence? Ruslan Khomchak: I testified on the second day, having left Ilovaysk. A group of investigators from the SBU and the military prosecutor’s office led by Anatoly Matios arrived, who, for several days, seized documents from us, questioned. It was fresh when nobody else invented anything, and it was not even time to fully comprehend what had happened. Therefore, I testified immediately, told everything as it is. The second time I spoke at the Temporary Investigative Commission of the Verkhovna Rada. There, I also told everything I knew. After all, probably, I know about this operation more than anyone else. I was the leader and I saw the situation not at the level of the soldier, company commander or platoon, but at the level of the general who fully possesses the situation, kept the connection with Kiev, communicated with the units and made a decision. BBC News Ukraine: Did you talk about Ilovaysk with the president? Ruslan Khomchak: With what? BBC News Ukraine: With Volodymyr Zelensky. Ruslan Khomchak: Say. BBC News Ukraine: He was interested in details about Ilovajsk? Ruslan Khomchak: I was interested. At the first meeting with us, the president asked about Ilovaysk in the first question. Because there are many different versions. We had a sincere conversation. BBC News Ukraine: When was it? Ruslan Khomchak: Before appointment. I think that he had to make a decision, and in my mind, probably, something did not evolve. After all, for five years there was a lot of different information, lies, fabrications. Therefore, probably, in the normal person in the head all this does not develop. And I had a talk with the president about this. BBC News Ukraine: Has he changed his mind about these events? Ruslan Khomchak: I did not ask for his impression. But I think if the president appointed me to this position, then probably, in his head, the course of those events was systematized. BBC News Ukraine: In one of the previous interviews with the media, you said that you are familiar with Igor Kolomoisky. How long have you been familiar and how often do you communicate? Ruslan Khomchak: I met Igor Kolomoisky when I was commander of the operational command “South” in the spring of 2014 when he was appointed head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration. Since then, we started working with him, because my headquarters was in Dnipropetrovsk (now Dnipro – Ed. ), Just started Russian aggression, the army in 2014, you know what was in a state. Therefore, we have developed a normal service relationship, built on mutual trust. That is, our relationship began in the spring, and ended when, at the end of February 2015, I was assigned to continue my service in the city of Kiev. Since then we have not met him and have not seen. Copywriting of the UNIAN image Image caption By then, deputy head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration Borys Filatov, commander of the operational command “South”, Lieutenant-General Ruslan Khomchak, and chairman of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Administration Igor Kolomoisky communicate in the “Pivdenmash” in Dnipro, October 21, 2014. BBC News Ukraine: Do not you talk now? Ruslan Khomchak: We are not talking now. BBC News Ukraine: And he did not congratulate you with the appointment? Ruslan Khomchak: Not welcomed.

Nobody ordered Ukrainian military in Donbas not to return fire – Khomchak

Chief of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Ruslan Khomchak has said that nobody ordered Ukrainian military in Donbas not to return fire. — Ukrinform.

In a separate battalion of the Marine Corps were scheduled parachuting from a helicopter. Photo report

In a separate battalion of the marines, in accordance with the combat training plan, there were jumps of personnel from the air assault company and reconnaissance platoon. This is reported by Censor. NO with reference to the press service of the Ministry of Defense. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3132042

Information Digest on June 13

Joint Forces Operation: For the past day, armed formations of the Russian Federation 28 times violated the regime of ceasefire. Of these, three times – with the use of the Minsk-prohibited mortgage agreements 120 and 82 mm. The enemy also fired our defenders with grenade launchers of various systems, large-caliber machine guns and small arms. One Ukrainian defender was injured as a result of hostile shelling. For each shell the enemy received an adequate response from the armament, which does not contradict the Minsk accords. According to intelligence on June 12, one occupant was destroyed and 3 wounded. The situation around Ukraine:

Klimkin proposes carrying out comprehensive audit in occupied Donbas – news politics | UNIAN

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin believes that an international audit is needed in the occupied territory of Donbas. It is necessary to establish the current state of the assets located in the occupied areas, the foreign minister says. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin believes that an international audit is needed in the occupied territory of Donbas. “You remember what happened? All those enterprises, all companies were stolen from us. Therefore, we need, and I’ve long been saying that, an international administration, we need an international audit, [to see] what they did there, what they burned down for scrap, or smashed to pieces,” Klimkin said in an interview with TSN.

Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority to invest about UAH 1 bln in Azov Sea ports development

The Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA) will invest about UAH 1 billion in the development of Azov Sea ports in 2018-2020, according to a report posted on the USPA website. — Ukrinform.

NSDC secretary, acting SBU chief discuss fight against smuggling

Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleksandr Danyliuk has held a working meeting with Ivan Bakanov, acting head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), the NSDC press service has reported. — Ukrinform.

Danyliuk, Poltorak participate in tests of modernized missiles of Vilkha multiple launch rocket system

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksandr Danyliuk and Defense Minister of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak took part in the tests of modernized missiles of the Vilkha multiple launch rocket system, the NSDC press service has reported. The state tests of modernized Vilkha-R missiles, which took place in the south of Odesa region, confirmed the compliance of the product characteristics with those set in the performance specification. Secretary Danyliuk stressed that the issue of increasing the combat capability of the Armed Forces was one of the top priorities for the NSDC of Ukraine. In this context, he reminded that the Council had adopted a range of decisions to ensure the early adoption and delivery of modern and effective missile weapons to the army. The Vilkha missiles were developed by designers of the state enterprise “State Kyiv Design Bureau “Luch” in cooperation with other state and private Ukrainian defense enterprises. This unique powerful high-precision weapon, with its combat capabilities surpassing similar Russian weapons, will be produced in the closed cycle.

State tests of the “Vilkha-R” completed

Today, at the landfill in Odessa oblast, state tests of the Ville-R missile were completed in the interests of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This is reported by the Ukrainian Military Portal According to Stepan Poltor, Defense Minister, the relevant information was announced today on the results of the shooting. Video: Upon completion of all aspects, the complex is expected to be supplied to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Rockets “Vielha” – development of designers of the state enterprise “State Design Bureau” Luch “in cooperation with other state and private enterprises of the Defense Industry of Ukraine.

Testing of the upgraded “Vilkha-R” VIDEO

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Daniluk named the nation’s priority in the defense industry

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Danylyuk and Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak took part in the tests of the Vilkha firing rocket system during which Danyliuk noted that raising the combat capabilities of the Armed Forces is one of the most important for the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine. “Together with the Minister of Defense Stepan Poltorak participate in the tests of the missile complex” Vilkha “: it strikes, in all senses. The development and adoption of modern missile technology is a state priority. Strength is respected, “Danylyuk wrote on Facebook. The Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine recalled that the Council had adopted a series of decisions to ensure the early adoption and delivery of modern and effective missile weapons to the Army as soon as possible and this should be implemented. The operational headquarters of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine in turn said that the state tests of modernized missiles “Vilkha-R” were conducted in the south of the Odessa region. During the tests, the missiles confirmed the conformity of the characteristics of the product, which are specified in the tactical and technical task. As it was reported, on May 23, successful tests of missiles with increased range of “Vilkha-M” and modernized rockets from the “Ville-R” cassette combat unit were successfully tested in the Odesa region. At the same time, the Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said that the Ministry of Defense plans to enter the state test of these missiles from August to October 2019. The serial production of the volleyball rocket launch complex “Vilkha” began in late December 2018, and the upgraded “Villemah” is capable of striking the target at a distance almost twice that of the available weapons currently in use by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Guided missiles “Vilkha” hit the target at a distance of 70 km, modernized MLRS “Vilkha-M” – at a distance of 130 km. It should be noted that the MLRS “Vilkha” was created on the basis of the modernized Soviet RSZV 9K58 “Smerch”; it is a new generation of “Smerch”. The system is located on the KrAZ chassis and is equipped with a five-seater cabin. The weight is almost 20 tons, the maximum speed is up to 85 km / h. dt.ua

Danyliuk: Modern missile technology a priority for Ukraine

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Oleksandr Danyliuk and Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak have participated in the test-firing of the Vilkha multiple launch rocket systems. “Together with Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak, I am participating in the trials of the Vilkha missile system. It is striking in every sense. The development and passing into service of modern rocket technology is a state priority. Strength is respected,” Danyliuk wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday. The Vilkha multiple launch rocket system with a 300mm guided missile is a modernization of the Soviet-style Smerch multiple launch rocket system. The new system was developed by the Luch Design Bureau, one of the leading Ukrainian developers of a wide range of weapons, primarily aviation and anti-tank weapons. Since 2011, the Luch Design Bureau has been part of the Ukroboronprom State Concern. According to the developer, the delivery of Vilkha missile systems, in service with the Ukrainian Armed Forces from October 2018, is scheduled for mid-2019. State funding for the Vilkha project in 2018, according to the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, amounted to over UAH 130 million.

NEW UKRAINIAN ROCKET ENGINES COULD SOON REPLACE RUSSIAN EQUIVALENTS IN AMERICAN ROCKETS

The new Ukrainian rocket engine, RD-815, can replace Russian RD-180s used in Atlas V American missiles. On this, during a press conference on Tuesday, June 11, 2009, in Dnipro, assessing at the request of journalists the current state of a new geopolitical situation begun in Ukraine , a dialogue with the USA on the revision of the filling of the bilateral partnership in the space industry, said the Director General CB “Pivdenne” them. Yangel Oleksandr Degtyarev , reports Defense Express with reference to Interfax-Ukraine . According to him, the aggravation of relations between the United States and Russia has caused the political “unacceptability of Russian presence in American space.” First of all, it is about Russian engines RD-180, he specified, noting that this situation opens up additional opportunities for the development of cooperation between Ukraine and the United States in the field of missile engine construction. ” We have both ambitions and experience to replace the RD-180 on the RD-815 ” (a new Ukrainian march engine with a draft of 250 tons – for example, DE), “he said. Recall, not the first year the US is looking for ways to abandon missile systems “production of non-union states”, including Russian RD-180. So, in 2015 with its new RD-815 KB Yuzhnoye took part in the announced US Air Force tender for the development of engines instead of Russian RD-180, which are equipped with the Atlas-5 Atlas of the United States United Launch Alliance (ULA). In connection with the introduction by the US Congress of restrictions on the PTS with the Russian Federation in 2014, as a result of the annexation of the Crimea, the US plans to completely abandon the Russian RD-180. Supplies RD-181, equipped with new Antares for the ISS, are limited to civilian spheres. It is also known that at the beginning of this year in the United States a tender for the replacement of Russian missile engines was announced. And in April this year John Raymond, head of the United States Air Force Space Command, during a hearing at the United States Armed Forces Committee of the House of Representatives, announced plans for Washington to abandon Russian missile engines RD-180 by 2022. ” I do not rule out that the RD-815 will be in demand ,” Degtyarev said, clarifying: ” When it’s profitable, nobody refuses … We have additional opportunities and they need to be used .” According to the general director of the CBP , in addition to the marching RD-815, a new Ukrainian march RD-870 with a traction of up to 100 tons is also of great interest to potential customers. ” We plan to create an engine for the Ukrainian development in the US ,” said Degtyarev , adding: ” We see this in perspective because it gives many political privileges and many opportunities.”

LSARP was fined for delaying the upgrade of the MIG-29

The Economic Court of Kyiv, June 11, on the suit of the military prosecutor’s office, decided to charge a fine of 2.9 million UAH to the Lviv State Aircraft Repair Plant. In March 2018, an agreement was signed between the Defense Ministry and the LSAPR on the modernization of two military MiG-29s. The Executor violated the terms of performance and was required to pay penalties. However, these obligations have not been met by the plant voluntarily. In response to the violations found and acting in the interests of the Ministry of Defense, the military prosecutor’s office of the Western region of Ukraine has filed a lawsuit regarding the recovery of these funds for delaying the terms of modernization of military equipment. The court sued the claim of the military prosecutor in part and the decision was made to collect 2.9 million UAH from the state enterprise to the state budget of Ukraine.

The 410th Civil Aviation Plant is expanding production

SE “Plant 410 CA” expands production and develops new markets, in particular, the accelerated pace of renewal of the military transport aviation of the Armed Forces, as well as the production of external contracts. This allowed the work of almost a thousand professionals and guaranteed them decent wages, the press service of “Ukroboronprom” reports. The main priority is the renovation of the aviation fleet of the air transport of the Air Forces and other security structures of Ukraine. In 2019, the 410th plant has already transferred two modernized An-26s to the military. On the queue – there are several more boards. During the modernization of the An-26 there is a full range of works on the restoration of all aircraft systems, and a new electronic equipment of Ukrainian and European manufacturers, including communication, navigation, instrumentation and other on-board equipment, is being installed. Such an update allows An-26 to fly on international air routes and participate in joint operations with NATO forces. At present, the enterprise, in conjunction with the State Enterprise “Antonov”, is carrying out preparatory work for the implementation of the project for the supply of An-32P aircraft for the needs of the DSNC with the capital repairs and upgrading to the State Plant Plant 410 CA. Among the important activities of the plant is the modernization of An-32 aircraft for the Ministry of Defense of India, which is being implemented jointly with the DP DSPP “Spetstechnoexport”. As part of this contract, a foreign partner, from the beginning of 2019, delivered components totaling $ 27 million. And the total cost of a multi-year contract is about $ 400 million. Thanks to this work, the Indian Air Force is updating its fleet of aircraft, which has about 100 Antonov aircraft.

“Grigory Kuropyatnikov” raised for refit (PHOTO)

The ship of marine protection BG50 “Hryhoriy Kuropyatnikov”, which June 6 went to the repairs on “USC Service”, raised to an asphalt board for dock repair. This is reported by Nikolayev – the city of ships . During the preparatory work ultrasonic diagnostics of the outer sheaths of the body was performed. In the future, the repair of the steel case and the aluminum alloy superstructure will be completed.

UAWire – Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense refuses to accept Oplot tanks because of Russian components

This year, Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense did not enter into a contract to manufacture Oplot tanks, repots Radio Svoboda. The publication learned that the reason for this is the Russian parts in the tank. Currently, they have not been replaced by Ukrainian or foreign analogues. “This decision was motivated by the information sent to us by state owned Ukroboronprom that it was unwilling to conclude a state contract because it had to carry out work to import substitutions for certain components for the tank produced in the Russian Federation,” the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine said. In addition, the Ministry of Defense reported that research work had already begun so that Russian parts could be replaced with Ukrainian or foreign parts. At the moment the process is still ongoing. The Ukrainian main battle tank BM Oplot will no longer be supplied to the Armed Forces of Ukraine as the Ukroboronprom group of companies had no choice but to buy components from the aggressor country.

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You can return a country to its glorious past only if the past was great in the first place.

HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ Makes A Powerful Argument Against Relative Truth 

As the far left rises, ‘Chernobyl’ provides viewers with a surprisingly rare, honest, and raw look at the reality of socialism. “It is always there, whether we see it or not, whether we choose to or not. The truth doesn’t care about our needs or wants. It doesn’t care about our governments, our ideologies, our religions. It will lie in wait for all time.” These words from nuclear scientist Valery Legasov, uttered in the final episode of “Chernobyl,” are a significant thread throughout the HBO miniseries. Perhaps surprisingly, at a time many cultural producers have bought into the left’s call for socialist policies, “Chernobyl” provides viewers a rare, honest, and raw look at the reality of socialism and, especially in the case of Chernobyl, the significant flaws of a system where The Truth is whatever serves the needs of the Central Committee. The damage caused by a state that reigns supreme over any truth or fact is foreshadowed in the series’ opening scene. There again, we hear Legasov’s thoughts: “What is the cost of lies? It’s not that we’ll mistake them for truth. The real danger is that if we hear enough lies, then we no longer recognize the truth at all. What can we do then? What else is left but to abandon even the hope of truth.” These costly lies are told throughout the series, by everyone. Even the characters who seem to be heroes-in-the-making become complicit.

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Belarusian Nobel Laureate Says HBO Series Has ‘Completely Changed Perception’ Of Chernobyl

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Chornobyl, Railway and Missile Complexes: On the Efficiency of Use of State Property and Relationship to History.

The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the ProZorro system put up a few units of rail transport for a total amount of UAH 5.67 million. Among them there is one interesting lot, the main locomotive DM62-1877. I will continue to speak about it. This is a representative of the special modification of the locomotive of the M62 series, which was produced by Luhanskteplovoz from 1970 and is still operated by the UZ, mainly on the Lviv railway. In particular, one of the locomotives of the first year is used there. And since 1982, the production of small batches of DM62 began, the purpose of which was the work of the military railway rocket complexes (BZRK) developed in the CB “Pivdenne” . This is the famous “Ghost Train” with three missiles RT-23 (SS-24). According to this locomotive, significant quality requirements were introduced and appropriate design changes were introduced in comparison with the serial M62 to provide reliable work within the complex, which consisted of as many as three units. From the factory locomotives were transferred to the Ministry of Defense and came to the disposal of rocket regiments. All three divisions equipped with BZRK were in Russia, but the arrival of locomotives did not stop until 1994. And from the last made diesel locomotive was our hero DM-1877, which for some reason did not get into the RCS, remained at the factory and was purchased for work at the ChNPP. This locomotive was not only the last representative of the military modification of the DM62, but also the entire multi-series M62. Diesel locomotive TM-62 Chornobyl NPP Photo: Prozorro This is the only “pure military” locomotive on the territory of Ukraine, and one of the most recent in general. (Up to the acquisition of American TE33AC, the unit price of which was $ 4.6 million, the average age of diesel locomotives was 31 years). The most desirable place would be a deserved place for this diesel locomotive in the Museum of the RVSB (in 2018, there appeared a small railroad exposition only with a shunting locomotive that can be seen more often on elevators), where it would become another decoration, or at least in the museum of rail transport, taking into account his unique history. This is the only “pure military” locomotive on the territory of Ukraine, and one of the most recent in general. (Up to the acquisition of American TE33AC, the unit price of which was $ 4.6 million, the average age of diesel locomotives was 31 years). The most desirable place would be a deserved place for this diesel locomotive in the Museum of the RVSB (in 2018, there appeared a small railroad exposition only with a shunting locomotive that can be seen more often on elevators), where it would become another decoration, or at least in the museum of rail transport, taking into account his unique history. Diesel locomotive TM-62 Chornobyl NPP Photo: Prozorro It seems to me that neither the UZ, having an infrastructure for repair and maintenance of this type of equipment, and in which there is a constant shortage of rolling stock, for this reason and began to purchase foreign equipment, or museum workers, this time “for some reason” will not notice this tender. The story of Tu-95 on eBay has already been forgotten. Where does the locomotive fall into the hands of private traders, as part of his older colleagues, or metal altogether? What is waiting for him? Diesel locomotive TM-62 Chornobyl NPP Photo: Prozorro It should be noted that one former DM-ka, namely the diesel locomotive DM62-1868, operated in the 223rd missile regiment (Perm region), acquired the Mariupol Metallurgical Plant, but was immediately sent to repair at the Poltava Diesel Locomotive Repair Plant, where the modernization was underway with the change of the series and numbering, becoming M62UK-0029. Most locomotives of the M62 series were exported to the countries of the social camp. In total from 1965-1990 two and a half thousand copies of this diesel locomotive were delivered. Often, the total number of manufactured M62 locomotives is estimated at 3,273 units. TTX DM62 Years of release 1982-1994 Built 154 Axial formula 3 – 3 Construction speed 100 km / h Diesel 14D40 Rated power 2000 (hp) Working weight 116 t Load on the axle 19.3 t Type of towless cars Transmission Type Electric DC Material prepared by: Vitaliy Vovk

Diesel locomotive TM-62 Chornobyl NPP Photo: Prozorro

Diesel locomotive TM-62 Chornobyl NPP Photo: Prozorro

2019 Pushkin House Book Prize goes to Serhii Plokhy’s ‘Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy’ — Meduza

Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy by Harvard historian Serhii Plokhy has been named the winner of the 2019 Pushkin House Book Prize, which honors English-language nonfiction about the Russian-speaking world. Plokhy previously won the Pushkin Prize for The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union, making him the first author to win the award twice. A £5,000 ($6,343) prize was awarded to Plokhy today in a London ceremony. The following titles were also shortlisted for the award: 1983: The World at The Brink by Taylor Downing The Vory: Russia’s Super Mafia by Mark Galeotti To See Paris and Die: The Soviet Lives of Western Culture by Eleonory Gilburd The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre Maybe Esther by Katja Petrowskaja, translated from German by Shelley Frisch The Pushkin Prize jury’s recognition of Chernobyl, which undertakes a wide-ranging investigation into the 1986 nuclear disaster’s origin, containment, and consequences, coincides with a wave of public interest in the disaster sparked by a commercially unrelated HBO series also titled Chernobyl.

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