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NATO pleads for Russia to comply with INF. More condescending rhetoric from the Vozhd. More posturing by Muscovy, including the deployment of a new Project 22350 frigate to Cuba. More reports on Russia’s descent. Ukrainian media on Mahatir’s MH17 motives.
Georgia update – the conflagration persists and Russian pours kerosene on it. Turkey update – S-400 bluster continues, while media speculate on Erdogan’s uncertain future.
Russia scores its biggest political win in the West since 2014 – Western European nations push through the PACE vote to unconditionally readmit Russia, while the French PM lobbies for sanctions removal. Anger and despair in the Baltic States, Ukraine and Georgia – Russia was able to easily buy the votes needed. Russia gloats and publicly discusses sending MPs from occupied Crimea just to show their opponents in Eastern Europe that they have Western Europe politically bought again.
In DC, Congress approves 700M of aid for Ukraine. More on US and Swedish engagement with Kyiv. In Israel NATSECADV Bolton discusses Ukraine with Patrushev. Crimea update.
Donbas update – Russia escalates to 44 attacks in a day, highest for a long time. AFU bags a Russian sniper. Industry update – PSU to get 50 overhauled engines to get grounded L-39, Su-25, Su-27, MiG-29, An-26, Il-76 and Mi-8 aircraft flying again.
A poll on EU and NATO yields much like previous results, majority preference for admission. Media inflate results of poll on whether Ukraine should ditch its independent foreign policy and agree to Russian interpretations of Minsk – demographics show Ukraine has a 17% ethnic Russian minority who persistently produce with local supporters a 20% pro-Russian minority bias in various polls.
Politics update. A sad OCU update, and a bizarre ROC update.
NATO urged Russia on Tuesday to destroy a new missile before an August deadline and save a treaty that keeps land-based nuclear warheads out of Europe or face a more determined alliance response in the region.
NATO urged Russia on Tuesday to destroy a new missile before an August deadline and save a treaty that keeps land-based nuclear warheads out of Europe or face a more determined alliance response in the region. Defense ministers will consider more flights over Europe by U.S. warplanes capable of carrying nuclear warheads, more military training and the repositioning U.S. sea-based missiles.
Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview with NTV TV channel said that Russia is ready to develop relations with the United States as soon as they are ready for the dialogue. According to the Russian President, the US understands that it wouldn’t be possible to “push” Russia on any international issues like the situation in Iran or Venezuela, so the dialogue is necessary. “I don’t think that someone is trying to push us in resolving any issues. It seems that everyone understands that this is almost impossible. However, dialogue is needed. They have their idea of how to solve these or other issues, but we have our ideas. However, there can be no resolution without dialogue. Therefore, as soon as they are ready, we would be happy to develop these relations” — said the President. Speaking about the US President Donald Trump, Putin noted that he makes decisions himself, but the current US system hampers him. “We see that the current system in the United States limits him from doing many things that he would like to do. Though, many of his decisions depend on the political determination,” he added. According to President Putin, further development of relations of Russia with the United States depends on their side. “I don’t know what will happen next, but they will have to decide whether they need to develop relations with Russia or not. Therefore, if they need a dialogue, we are ready for it. If they don’t need the dialogue, then we will wait until they are ready,” he added.
RUSSIAN Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that US plans to deploy missile systems near the Russian border risks a nuclear standoff on a par with the height of the Cold War. The Cuban missile crisis erupted in 1962 when the USSR responded to a US missile deployment in Turkey by sending ballistic missiles to Cuba.
Officially, Russia wants “to ensure military security in the Central Asian region” and “to determine the readiness of the troops for the upcoming Tsentr 2019 command post exercise.”
One of the Russian navy’s most advanced warships entered Havana’s harbor Monday and docked at the port used until this month by U.S. cruise lines.
Here are some questions and answers about the Admiral Gorshkov’s travels through the Caribbean.
The Admiral Gorshkov-class, Russian designation Project 22350, is the newest class of frigates being built by the Severnaya Verf in Saint Petersburg for the Russian Navy. The class was designed by the Severnoye Design Bureau and incorporates use of stealth technology. So far, six vessels of the class have been ordered and scheduled for delivery by 2025. The lead ship of the class, Admiral Gorshkov, was commissioned on 28 July 2018. Displacement: Standard: 4,500 tons Full: 5,400 tons Length: up to 120 m (394 ft)
Paul Goble Staunton, June 22 – The clashes between Roma and ethnic Russians in Chemodanovka highlight a sad reality: Russia is not the multi-national society the Kremlin likes to claim but rather a collection of tribes who often have the most negative views of others and whose ethnic sensitivities are exacerbated by poverty, the editors of Nezavisimaya gazeta say. This is not something the powers that be want to admit, the paper continues. They prefer to assert what they know isn’t true and to blame problems on “outside agitators,” most commonly the Americans, and to act as if denying the problem or moving one side of the conflict as in Penza oblast is enough (ng.ru/editorial/2019-06-20/2_7603_red.html). Tensions arise out of everyday life and then made worse by the clan way of life of the ethnic communities, social problems like poverty and the indifference and lack of attention of the authorities, the paper says. Since 1991, Russia “has not been able to create a single community, a single Russian people consolidated not just in words but in fact on how people feel.” “There must be a profound collective feeling comparable to the strength of such instincts as alienation from anything different such as xenophobia, the feeling of tribal solidarity, irrational aggression and other unconscious impulses to unite the peoples in the country,” Nezavisimaya gazeta says. But that does not now exist. In some countries, the paper points out, the ability of people from any group to rise to positions of power and success helps to restrain “tribal instincts.” But “within the limits of ‘the Russian world,’ this stimulus is ridiculed and in its place is offered the surrogate of ‘traditional values.’” They may spring from various religious and national customs, but they do not form “a strong ‘unifying fabric’ because they are construed artificially; and in conflict situations, they give way to the energy of differences that remain powerfully present in the same traditions of faiths and ethnic groups.” “The official rhetoric of the Russian powers that be seeks to convince us that the best model of inter-ethnic relations exists in the country. But practice shows that claim to be untrue. In situations of social tension is revealed not the multi-national but the tribal character of our society.” And the paper concludes, “between these two terms is a large, even dramatic difference.”
Paul Goble Staunton, June 22 – The Center for Social-Labor Rights, an NGO that has been the recipient of numerous presidential grants, says that in the first quarter of this year, as compared to the same period in 2018, the number of protests on social issues went up while the number of those with political agendas went down, Kommersant reports (kommersant.ru/doc/4010399). The Center analyzed 429 actions, both sanctioned and unsanctioned, and reports that what it calls social protests rose from 86 to 157 while the number of protests it classified as political fell from 149 to 108, a trend that the Kremlin certainly welcomes but one that may be more an artifact of the classification system than of reality. That is because the line between social and political protests is thin. If people complain about a social issue, they may be raising political issues because only those in power can solve them. Nonetheless, the division exists in the minds of many Russians and has since Soviet times, Lev Gudkov of the Levada Center told the paper. Russians “more willingly participate in social protests than in political ones,” he says, both because they think they may achieve more if they don’t label their protests political and because “from their point of view, political actions are the prerogative of the opposition” rather than of ordinary people. According to Gudkov, “this is the customary conformism of the Russian population which has been inherited from Soviet times.” But precisely because of this, it is far more difficult that the Center suggests to divide protests neatly into these categories. Self-designations clearly don’t help, and those who do the classifying have their own interests. A more objective finding from the Center is this: in the first quarter of 2019, there were demonstrations and protests in places which had never or only rarely had them in the past, a trend that undercuts the Kommersant-trumped finding in two ways. It suggests the Kremlin faces a bigger problem than it did. And, more important, it is an indication that Russians in places many in the capital and the West write off as hopelessly backward are in fact becoming more willing to speak up for themselves – something that in turn means that they are becoming less Soviet in this way than many, including the Kremlin, assume.
A bitter dispute playing out at a haunting mass grave site 1,000 kilometers north of Moscow and in the courtrooms of Russia’s north is part of a broader, intensifying struggle over interpretations …
Paul Goble Staunton, June 23 – Vladimir Putin’s declaration that “today, the issue about the unification into one state of Russia and Belarus is not on the agenda” but that work toward “realizing the agreement which was signed many years ago about the establishment of the so-called union state” will continue is nothing more than “a word game,” Arseny Sivitsky says. The director of the Minsk Center for Strategic and Foreign Policy Studies says in fact Putin views the creation of “in some way of a new state with a single center a decision already taken. Undoubtedly, this center will be in Moscow” and it will have “the attributes of this state” (gazetaby.com/post/siviczkij-o-rossijskoj-ugroze-belarus-dlya-kremlya/154278/). The Kremlin views Belarus as “easy pickings” and plans will “de facto” mean that Belarus will “lose its sovereignty” perhaps according to “that model which Russia has arranged for South Ossetia and Abkhazia. That is, formally, these territories are considered independent but in reality, they are in ‘a union state’ with Russia’ [and] all main decisions, of course, are taken in Moscow.” “Approximately this very model is the one Russia would like to achieve in Belarus,” thereby transforming Belarus “into ‘a gray zone’ on the map of Europe.” Belarusians both in the regime and in civil society “must now think about how to unite their efforts in order not to allow this bad scenario to happen.” According to Sivitsky, “the creation of a Union state is one of the priorities for the leadership of Russia” both because it solves Putin’s 2024 problem by creating a new post for the current Kremlin ruler to occupy after that date and because it is the only thing he can do to boost his popularity given that Russia’s economy will continue to stagnate or deteriorate. Consequently, the Belarusian analyst says, “Russia’s aggressive behavior in foreign affairs will continue right up to 2024” with “Belarus being viewed by Kremlin strategists as easy pickings.” Any suggestion otherwise is either outright denial of the facts or “nothing more than word play.”
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The Moscow City Court has sentenced a Polish national to 14 years in prison after finding him guilty of espionage. Judge Andrei Suvorov on June 25 found Marian Radzajewski guilty of spying and sentenced him the same day. The trial was held behind closed doors as the case’s materials were considered classified. Radzajewski was detained in April 2018. Investigators say he was trying to reach a deal on the illegal purchase of parts for a S-300 missile system, which he planned to transport to Poland.
Moscow City Court sentenced citizen of Poland Marian Radzajewski to 14 years in hard labor colony for the espionage on the territory of Russia as press service of the court reported. The court decided that Radzajewski could gather information, which is the state secret of the Russian Federation and pass it abroad. This information could be used against the state security of Russia. The FSB reported that Radzajewski tried to get the access to the information about the composition of S-300 missile complex. Marian Radzajewski was convicted due to the espionage and it provides 14 years of the imprisonment. The trial was closed as the materials of the case contained the elements of the state secret. According to Interax, Radzajewski did not plead guilty. His lawyer Yulia Sorina stated that she does not agree on the qualification of the accusation and the verdict will be appealed. The case against Radzajewski started in April 2018. Then the court of Moscow arrested the Polish citizen. Paul Whelan was detained in Moscow on December 28, 2018. He is accused of espionage but he denies all charges. However, if the court finds him guilty, he will face up to 20 years in the prison. Later Russian authorities rejected Britain’s suggestion that it might use the ex-U.S. Marine detained in Moscow on espionage charges as a pawn in the diplomatic game. Besides, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia stated that the news on discussions about a possible spy swap with former U.S. marine Paul Whelan is fake.
Czech oil refiner Unipetrol has stopped taking oil from the Druzhba pipeline due to chloride contamination detected at the Ukraine-Slovakia border, Czech officials said on Monday, but the Slovak pipeline operator denied contamination had been found. A new contamination was reported in the northern branch of Druzhba between Belarus and Poland last Wednesday, but pumping was resumed on Thursday.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says he does not believe Russia is co-responsible for the MH17 downing. The fact that the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) held three Russians, and one Ukrainian, responsible for the MH17 disaster on Wednesday, made him “very unhappy.” Plane crash Malaysia is part of the team investigating the downing MH17. Yet the prime minister is openly critical of this.
Georgians have taken to the streets of Tbilisi for a fifth day after their country’s ruling party failed to meet all their demands.
Hundreds of people were injured when anti-government protesters clashed with riot police in Tbilisi on June 20, including at least two who lost an eye as security forces fired rubber bullets into the crowd. As the protests continue, activists are demanding that those responsible for firing on protesters be held accountable.
Dozens of motorists honked their horns and waved flags in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, on June 24 to show their support for ongoing anti-government protests. Motorist blew their horns and waved Georgian flags from their vehicles on June 24 as they drove through the streets of Tbilisi.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a decree suspending all direct flights between Russia and Georgia from July 8. The ban follows nights of protests in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, after a Russian lawmaker gave a speech from the speaker’s chair of the Georgian parliament.
Critics say it’s a tactic commonly applied by Russia to discipline its backyard. Russia insists politics has nothing to do with it. But as protests over Russian influence continue to rock Georgia, Moscow is hinting at a form of punishment its former Soviet dependencies know all too well: a ban on their most popular staples. Russia’s consumer protection agency announced on June 24 that Georgian wine exports to Russia, which by some estimates reached 50 million bottles in 2018, have markedly deteriorated. Promising to step up quality control, it revealed that batches from eight Georgian wine producers had already been stopped at customs. Over 200,000 liters of wine imported in 2018 fell below “necessary standards,” the agency said, noting also a threefold increase in the ratio of subpar wines since 2014. It gave no indication that growing political tensions had played a role in the decision to increase scrutiny. Neither did Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, who was asked to chime in on the issue the same day.
Despite US pressure, Turkish leader reiterates delivery of Russian S-400 air defence system will go ahead next month.
Turkey has purchased Russian missile defenses and is discussing a delivery date irrespective of any U.S. sanctions, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday, adding the United States is isolated as it also squeezes Turkey on F-35 jets.
A mockup of the Turkish Aerospace Industries TF-X is unveiled on the first day of the 2019 Paris Air Show.
America’s relationship with Turkey deteriorated sharply early this month, when Washington gave Ankara a deadline of 31 July to cancel its purchase of the Russian S-400 air defence system or face having its participation in the F-35 fighter jet project discontinued. The US also threatened Turkey with sanctions under the Countering American Adversaries Through Sanctions Act if it decided to go through with the S-400 purchase. Washington has stated that it opposes the purchase because it ‘does not want to have the F-35 in close proximity to the S-400 over a period of time because of the ability to understand the profile of the F-35 on that particular piece of equipment’. It has also noted that the S-400 procurement would hinder Turkey’s ability to enhance or maintain cooperation with the US and within NATO and would lead to ‘Turkey’s strategic and economic over-dependence on Russia’. Ankara has since doubled down on its commitment to buy the S-400. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan maintains that it is a ‘done deal’ and that he hopes that the system will be delivered to Turkey in July. Erdoğan also indicated that he would seek answers on Turkey’s exclusion from the F-35 project for ‘reasons that have no rational or legitimate basis’.
But pro-government and opposition Turks say democracy won.
The city’s newest mayor promises something unthinkable under the president: coexistence.
Ukraine’s delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has walked out in protest and President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has voiced his “disappointment” over Russia having its…
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says that sanctions against Russia can be lifted “at any time.” French companies are interested in the Russian market.
The Council of Europe, a human rights watchdog, has lifted its sanctions on Russia in a moral victory for the Kremlin. It meant Russia can take part in the assembly’s votes again after its rights were suspended over its invasion of Ukraine in 2014. Moscow believes that PACE’s decision greenlighting the return of the Russian delegation testifies to the fact that the organization has “recognized its mistakes.”
The Vice-Speaker of the State Duma, the head of the Russian delegation to PACE, Peter Tolstoy, allowed the participation of the so-called “deputies” of the temporarily occupied Crimea in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. He reported this to the Russian service RFI , reports Tsenzor.NET . Answering the question whether Crimean officials will take part in the PACE, Tolstoy said: “ Listen, we have a big country. If the Crimea issue is discussed at the PACE, of course, both the deputies elected from the Crimea and senators can become members of the delegation and present the point Crimean view on what is happening. ” Источник:https://censor.net.ua/n3134160
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has allowed the delegation of the Russian Federation to return to the Assembly session hall with all reinstated rights without fulfilling any conditions relating to the restoration of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, including the end of the occupation of Crimea and parts of Donbas. Members of the permanent delegation of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada attempted to push for amendments to the draft resolution, but they did not find support.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution that returns the right of the Russian Federation to vote at the …
Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid has criticized a decision approved by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to approve a resolution allowing the Russian Federation to return to the organization. — Ukrinform.
Ukraine and Georgia submitted appeals against Russia’s return to PACE
Last week I personally discussed this issue with the President of France and with the Federal Chancellor of Germany. I tried to convince Mr. Macron and Mrs Merkel that the return of the Russian delegation to PACE would be possible only after Russia fulfilled the principled requirements of the Assembly. It is a pity that our European partners did not hear us and did not do anything else. I am grateful to the Ukrainian parliamentary delegation and friendly national delegations who bravely fought to the end. The main argument for return was the need to protect human rights and citizens as the highest democratic values. I hope that in the matter of the protection of democratic values, nobody thought about material values. I also want to see how supporters of the return of the Russian delegation to the Assembly – an organization that has protected the rule of law in Europe for 70 years – will defend and demand another return – the return of the captured Ukrainian sailors. I remind you that today, on June 25, the deadline for the execution of the relevant order of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea expires. We are looking forward to seeing the declared principles of rule of law be implemented in real life.
Zelenskyy “disappointed” by PACE’s vote to return Russia. He hinted that the return had to do with financial contributions. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is disappointed with the decision of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to reinstate the voting rights of the Russian delegation. — Ukrinform.
The Permanent Delegation of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has decided to suspend work in the PACE summer session. — Ukrinform.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says he is disappointed by the decision of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to reinstate the voting rights of the Russian Federation’s delegation. He thanked the Ukrainian parliamentary delegation and friendly national delegations for their efforts.
25.06.19 12:36 – Zelenskyi disappointed with PACE decision on Russia Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi has expressed disappointment with the decision of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to confirm the rights of the Russian delegation. View news.
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky urged German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron to prevent the Russians from returning to PACE. But by that time they had already decided to support the return of the delegation of the Russian Federation. This was written on his Facebook page by the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe, Dmitry Kuleba, who was recalled on Tuesday for consultations, Censor reports . NO. “I have a lot of stories about PACE … And about how to diplomatically lead a conversation in which you are told with a smile: you don’t need to be sharp, you better come to terms with the Russian return and just live with it. And you have the same friendly smile you answer: no, my dear, you have to live with it. And about how we wrote out the theses that Zelensky voiced at recent meetings with Makron and Merkel, although both leaders have already decided to return the Russians and have given all the teams, “wrote Kuleba. According to him, “last night, in the empty corridor of the PACE, the assistant of one member of the PACE was crying, stubbornly drowned the Russians, because she was ashamed of the boss.” Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3134174
25.06.19 17:07 – Ukraine recalls Permanent Ukraine’s rep to CoE for consultations in connection with PACE’s decision on Russian delegation (обновлено) Министерство иностранных дел Украины отзывает посла из Страсбурга для консультаций из-за решения о возвращении России в ПАСЕ. View news.
The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine has said that the resolution passed by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on strengthening the decision-making process of the Parliamentary Assembly concerning credentials and voting is an admissible cession to the Russian Federation, which has been engaged in military aggression against Ukraine since 2014, grossly violating the principles of the international law, including the rules of the Council of Europe, the press service of the ministry has reported.
Ukraine’s delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has demanded PACE President Liliane Maury Pasquier not be allowed to conduct plenary sessions over the violation of the rules, Ukraine’s PACE Chairman Volodymyr Ariev has said.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has rejected proposals to hold debates on violations by Russia of the principles of the Council of Europe, in particular, Russia’s blackmail and its responsibility for the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. Both motions failed to make it to the Assembly’s agenda.
The Ukrainian delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has asked Ukrainian authorities to urgently consider the issue of suspending Ukraine’s participation in the work of the PACE, and the issue of further participation of Ukraine in the bodies of the Council of Europe, a member of the Ukrainian delegation, MP from the People’s Front parliamentary faction, Leonid Yemets has said.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has given Russia an opportunity to return to the Assembly, the head of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada’s delegation to the PACE Volodymyr Ariev has said.
25.06.19 11:53 – PM Hroisman: Russia’s return to PACE creates great threats for PACE itself Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman has said that the return of the Russian Federation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will create great threats for the PACE itself. View news.
The Ukrainian delegation has decided to suspend work in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in protest against the decision to abolish the sanction mechanism. The Ukrainian delegates may also not take part in the election of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.
The amendment offered to restore the rights of the Russian delegation if each member publicly states that he/she respects fundamental values of the Council of Europe and recognizes Crimea as the territory of Ukraine
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Ukraine says that the return of the Russian Federation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will weaken the organization and undermine its rules. This draft resolution should finally be approved by the Assembly.
The U.S. House of Representatives has approved bills that provide nearly $700 million in support to Ukraine, the press service of the Ukrainian Embassy to the U.S. said on Facebook.
The interdepartmental delegation of the U.S. consisting of the representatives of the Energy Department, Commerce Department and Trade and Development Agency arrived in Kyiv to meet the representatives of the Ukrainian authority, as U.S. Embassy to Ukraine reported on Facebook. “We welcome in Kyiv the interdepartmental delegation consisting of Representative on Global Markets of International Commerce Administration of the Commerce Department Yan Steffi, Representative of Energy Department Joseph Uddo and Representative of Trade and Development Agency Todd Abrajano,” the message said.
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources Kent Logsdon has said at a meeting with representatives of the World Bank and the European Union that Washington is ready to support Ukraine’s energy reform programs together with international partners.
Ukraine and Sweden will intensify cooperation on combating hybrid threats from Russia, including in partnership with NATO. — Ukrinform.
John Bolton on Twitter: “Met w/ my Russian counterpart Nikolay Patrushev in Jerusalem today. We and our teams covered Ukraine, arms control, Venezuela, and other issues. Looking forward to historic trilateral meeting tomorrow on Middle East regional security with our Israeli counterpart Meir Ben-Shabbat.… https://t.co/5YHZ1EDoZm”
U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton met with Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev to discuss, in particular, the situation in Ukraine. — Ukrinform.
The representatives of the U.S. and Russia discussed Ukraine and Venezuela
US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will discuss the issue of Ukraine, and the release of detained Ukrainian sailors …
25.06.19 13:26 – Trump’s administration confirms discussion of Ukraine with Putin at G20 Ukraine will be one of the issues planned for the discussion between the US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin during G20 summit View news.
A spokesman for the president of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Peskov, said that Moscow continues to consider the incident with the Ukrainian ships near the Kerch Strait to be a non-judicial UN tribunal. According Tsenzor.NET, reported this ” Radio Liberty “. Asked whether the Kremlin would provide a report at the request of the Peskov Tribunal, said that Russia did not consider the incident of the seizure of Ukrainian ships and military near the Kerch Strait in November 2018 as a defendant to the UN International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. “This case near the Kerch Strait is not a jurisdiction for this court, this is Russia’s position. Of course, the powers of the court simply do not apply to this incident,” he said. Recall, the Naval Forces of Ukraine on November 25 reported that the border ships of the Russian Federation carried out aggressive actions against the Ukrainian ships that made the planned transfer from the port of Odessa to the port of Mariupol. In particular, the Russian border ship “Don” rammed the Ukrainian raid tug, as a result of which the main engine of the ship, the hull and the guard rails were damaged, and the life raft was lost. At the same time, the Naval Forces of the Supreme Court of Ukraine stress that they warned about their intention to make the transition in advance and acted within the framework of international law. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/n3134156
15 companies involved in the construction of the Crimean Bridge are complaining that they have not been paid their contractual dues. …
25.06.19 10:29 – 44 attacks against JFO positions yesterday: four Ukrainian soldiers wounded The armed formations of the Russian Federation violated ceasefire 44 times, using weapons banned under the Minsk agreements 15 times, in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas over the past day. View news.
Russia’s hybrid military forces in the past 24 hours mounted 44 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas, including 15 times using 152 mm artillery systems, 120 mm and 82 mm mortars banned by Minsk agreements, with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as wounded in action, and two had battlefield injuries, the press center of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) has reported.
The armed formations of the Russian Federation violated ceasefire 44 times, using weapons banned under the Minsk agreements 15 times, in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas over the past day. — Ukrinform.
Four Ukrainian soldiers were injured as Russia-led forces mounted 44 attacks in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, on Monday, June 24. Ukrainian troops destroyed an enemy drone and damaged a radar complex for reconnaissance and fire control.
In response to the constant shelling of the Russians near Donetsk, the Kortrsniper group discovered and destroyed one of the Russian snipers who cynically violated the terms of the cease-fire. According Tsenzor.NET , Ukrainian sniper of one of the units made a masterful shot from a distance of about 1000 meters and now the shelling on this site has temporarily subsided. Источник: https://censor.net.ua/v3134173
At Dokuchaevsk direction, the units of the United Nations have destroyed three enemy fire points. This is reported by the Ukrainian Military Portal The aforementioned positions were destroyed by Ukrainian anti-Tankists with striking shots from PTRK. The corresponding video has been published on its Twitter page by Anatoly Stirlitz:
Ukrainian Joint Forces Commander Oleksandr Syrsky has informed Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Yaşar Halit Çevik about security situation along the contact line in Donbas, the JFO press center has reported. — Ukrinform.
Border guards near the village of Markovka detained a citizen of Russia, who was about to enter the lions of the so-called “LNR” fighters and fight for them in the Donbass. This is reported by the press service of the OEC The man illegally crossed the border with the Russian Federation in Ukraine and had a military ticket with him. 40-year-old Russian born from Voronezh, repeatedly convicted. According to the offender, recently he had a conflict with local criminal authority, so he decided to get into the territory of the so-called “LNR”. In the future, a citizen of was going to join illegal armed groups and “fight for Russia against the United States.” Regarding the detained citizen of the Russian Federation, administrative materials were prepared for the attempt to violate the state border. Measures are taken to make a further legal decision.
A group of young people threw raid paint at memorial marking installed in honor of deceased soldiers of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army
This year more than fifty fully repaired engines for aircraft and helicopters will come to the Armed Forces from Ukrainian aircraft repair factories. This is reported by Defense Express with reference to the press service of the Air Force Command of the Armed Forces. ” If in the past years more attention was paid to the overhaul of planes and helicopters, now the emphasis is on the restoration of aircraft engines. This is primarily due to an increase in the intensity of military aircraft flights , “- emphasized in the Air Force Command. News on the topic: SE “LDARZ” FULL REPAIR MIG-29UB ” The Commander of the Air Forces for this year defined the task – to restore the aviation technology, which has the life of the airframe, but no proper engines ,” said the Chief of the Aircraft, Helicopters and Engines Operations Department, Colonel Boris Bondarchuk, Deputy Chief Engineer of the Air Force Command. News on the theme: MOTOR SICH AFFILIATES THE MAXIMUM HERITOGRAPHIC REDUCER FOR MI-8T HELICOPTER NMU ” Starting in 2013, about three hundred aviation engines of various modifications have already been repaired for airplane needs. In the same year, we plan to accept more than fifty fully repaired engines for the aircraft L-39, Su-25, Su-27, MiG-29, An-26, Il-76 and Mi-8 helicopters , “he added. In the management of the Chief Engineer of Aircraft, they noted that this is the largest number in recent years. News on the subject: “LUTSK REPAIR MACHINE” MOTOR “REDUCES AIRLINES FOR THE AFS 18 MLN As Col. Boris Bondarchuk told us, the task of aviation engineers is changing every year. Currently, the aircraft technique of each of the brigades does not fly from one, as before, but from two or three airfields. Therefore, each engineer controls the work of technicians and specialists simultaneously in several places. It is noteworthy that in recent years, besides the pilots of the crews, flights on combat aircraft are performed by cadets.
This year from aircraft repair plants to the army will receive more than fifty fully repaired engines for airplanes and helicopters. It is reported by the Air Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine It is planned to accept more than fifty fully repaired engines for aircraft L-39, Su-25, Su-27, MiG-29, An-26, Il-76 and Mi-8 helicopters from aircraft repair factories. The specified number is the highest in the last time. In general, since 2013, about three hundred aviation engines have already been repaired for airplane needs. – The Commander of the Air Forces this year has set the task – to restore the aviation equipment in which there is remaining airframe life, but there are no available engines, – says the chief of the operation of aircraft, helicopters and engines – the Deputy Chief Engineer of aviation Command FS Colonel Boris Bondarchuk In the past years, more attention was paid to the overhaul of planes and helicopters, but now the emphasis is on the overhaul of aircraft engines. Several companies are involved in the repair of aviation engines in Ukraine, including the State Enterprise “LRZ” Motor “in Lutsk and Motor Sich PJSC in Zaporozhye, which, in addition to repairing, makes engines for helicopters.
The 198th Naval Training Center announced a tender for the purchase of a special automated complex for the training class of hydroacoustic operators This is reported by the Ukrainian Military Portal The relevant tender was promulgated in Prozorro Public Procurement. “Special automated complex for the training class of the operators of hydroacoustic devices” provides for the training of operators of the shuttle hydrographic station MGK-345 “Bronze” and hydro-acoustic station MG-335 “Platinum”. Both of these stations belong to the third generation, which began to enter the arsenal in the 60’s and 70’s and installed the “Hetman Sagaidachny” frigate (F130) on the flagship of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Frigate Hetman Sagaidachny (F130) Photo by Pavel Parthenyuk MGK-345 “Bronze” was manufactured at the Krasny Luch Factory in the city of Khrustalny (formerly Krasny Luch) in the occupied part of the Luhansk Oblast and during its Independence period its domestic modernization – “Bronze-ME-LUGAN” – was developed. The development of MG-335 “Platinum” began in 1967 with the Central Scientific Research Institute “Morphispribor”, adopted in 1975 and installed on anti-submarine ships.
Ukraine’s state enterprise Kyiv Tank Factory denied the information about using the obsolete spare parts for combat vehicles, posing them as new ones. The company’s press office reported this June 25. Investigation reporters from NashiGroshi program found out that the parts did not match the technical requirements and were soled by raised prices; the defense industry company rebuked this information. Kyiv Tank Factory stressed that all purchased spare parts are actually new, never used before. The equipment was tested and approved by the examination commission of the Defense Ministry; some of the parts have been set on the vehicles already. Recently, Ukraine’s State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) suspected Kyiv Tank Factory in embezzling and pocketing costs during the purchase of spare parts and repair works on these parts. The amount of money embezzled is claimed to be about 350,000 U.S. dollars. Pechersk district court issued the respective decision. In 2018, the Defense Ministry of Ukraine made an order for Kyiv Tank Factory, requesting new BTR-3DA infantry fighting vehicles for the Armed Forces.
KYIV. June 25 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Some 48.9% of Ukrainians would vote for Ukraine’s accession to NATO in a referendum if it was held in the near future, while 23.2% would vote for legislatively securing the country’s non-aligned status.
Almost half of Ukrainians would support a decision to grant autonomy within Ukraine to the territory of Russia-occupied Donbas for the sake of a ceasefire. Some 30.7% say they would not back the autonomy.
Almost half of Ukrainians support autonomy for separatist Donbas – survey. They are ready to vote in favour of autonomy to have the conflict settled peacefully. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today
Almost a half of Ukrainians are ready to support the autonomy status for uncontrolled districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions for ceasefire, as the results of the survey conducted by Ukraine’s Institute of Social Research of Oleksandr Yaremenko and “Social monitoring “Ukraine today: Challenges and prospects” show. 20,4% of the respondents are sure they would support the autonomy of ORDLO (Separate Districts of Luhansk and Donetsk regions, – ed.), 29,1% might support this idea.
Almost half of Ukrainians are ready to support the decision on granting autonomy within Ukraine to Russia-occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions for the cessation of hostilities and the peaceful settlement of the conflict in Donbasю Censor.NET reports citing Interfax. Survey was conducted from June 13 to June 21 by the Oleksandr Yaremenko Ukrainian Institute for Social Research and the Social Monitoring Center. Some 49.5% of respondents said they would support autonomy (29.1% said they could support autonomy and 20.4% saying they definitely would support autonomy). Some 30.7% of respondents said they would not support autonomy (definitely not – 17.5%, probably not – 13.2%, with 19.8% having trouble answering the question. Source: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3134103
KYIV. June 25 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Almost half of Ukrainians are ready to support the decision on granting autonomy within Ukraine to Russia-occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions for the cessation of hostilities and the peaceful settlement of the conflict in Donbas, according to a survey conducted from June 13 to June 21 by the Oleksandr Yaremenko Ukrainian Institute for Social Research and the Social Monitoring Center.
Employees of Ukraine’s Institute of National Remembrance are waiting for the decision of their own fate, that is, the completion of early parliamentary elections and forming of the Cabinet. The government will appoint the new head of the institute. Our sources say: Volodymyr Viatrovych, the current head of Institute of National Remembrance, will leave his post, and, obviously, most of his team will go. President Zelensky (most likely) will not interfere in the institute as such, but will willingly part with its current leader, replacing Vyatrovych with a more neutral figure. That is exactly what Viktor Yanukovych did during his presidency – he appointed historian Valeriy Soldatenko, who led the institute in 2010 -2014. Under Yanukovych, however, the entire institute changed its status, “central executive body” became the “research institution”. After Maidan, Institute of National Remembrance again became the “power” with a 4,88 million USD annual budget.
The confrontation between Groysman’s government and Naftogaz keeps getting stronger. The crisis in their relations, which has been simmering for years, has now escalated against the background of Naftogaz unbundling – separation from its structure of an independent gas transmission system operator. This must be done in accordance with the gas market law that came into force in 2015, which was adopted for the implementation of European energy regulations, in line with the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement. A long-lasting conflict between Volodymyr Groysman’s government and Naftogaz has moved to a new stage of aggravation. Now it is spinning against the Cabinet’s decision on Naftogaz restructuring. The spat is being fueled by the lack of funds for pumping gas into underground storage facilities in excess of the usual volume, which is necessary to remove the risk of Russia’s halting gas transit via Ukraine from January 1, 2020.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has amended his decree to allow transit transportation of Ukrainian goods by road and by rail via Russia only with seals on vehicles and goods, using the GLONASS (Global Navigation Satellite System) technology (a GPS analogue). Seals are required for tracking goods to avoid their shipment to Russia.
25.06.19 17:32 – Zelenskyi approves regulations on Presidential Office President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi has approved the regulations on the Presidential Office of Ukraine and changed relevant positions. View news.
On June 24, the Central Election Commission (CEC) registered 722 more parliamentary candidates running in single-member constituencies, the CEC wrote on its website. — Ukrinform.
About 400 illegal attacks to seize assets are reported in Ukraine annually. The city of Kyiv and Kyiv region are in the lead by the number of the illegal seizure of assets.
Austria’s Supreme Court has ruled that Ukrainian tycoon Dmytro Firtash can be extradited to the United States to face bribery charges.
Austria’s Supreme Court has upheld a decision to extradite one of Ukraine’s wealthiest men, Dmytro Firtash, to the United States. The decision brings Firtash a step closer to facing trial in the United States over bribery allegations.
Austria’s Supreme Court has given the green light to the extradition of Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash to the United States. If found guilty, he is facing 50 years in prison.
The National Bank of Ukraine will introduce a new 1,000-hryvnya banknote featuring the portrait of a prominent 20th century Ukrainian scientist, Volodymyr Vernadskiy.
June 24, 2019 On June 24, 2019, a regular meeting of the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Orthodox Church of Ukraine) took place in the historic Metropolitan’s House on the territory of St. Sophia of Kyiv. All the members of the Synod, in addition to the Honorable Patriarch Filaret (without a valid reason) and the Archbishop of Donetsk and Mariupol Sergei (for a valid reason) took part in the meeting. The Holy Synod had thoughts about the meetings of the three bishops, a small number of convened clergy and laity, which took place on June 20, 2019 in the Vladimir Cathedral of Kyiv. As a result of the discussion, the following decisions were taken: In connection with the failure of the Honorable Patriarch Filaret to give the Holy Synod the lunar term of the previous Synod decision regarding the filing of the documents of the Kyiv diocese, taking into account the numerous requests of the parishes and monasteries of Kyiv to the Primate, the Blessed Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine, Epiphany, regarding their acceptance in direct subordination, as it is under the canonical rules – to repeal Clause 4 of Magazine No. 1 of the meeting of the Holy Synod on February 5, 2019 and subordinate the Metropolitan of Kiev and all as their direct diocesan bishop, all parishes and monasteries in Kyiv, which until December 15, 2018 were part of the UOC of the Kyiv Patriarchate, and according to the decision of the Local Council of the UOC of Kyiv Patriarchate (December 15, 2018) and the Unity Council (December 15, 2018) is part of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. For active participation in actions aimed at disturbing the confrontation in the church environment, conscious opposition to the decisions of the council, violation of the 34 Apostolic rule, participation in the execution of ordinances in a foreign eparchy in contravention of the Statute and canonical rules – Reverend Ioasaf (Shibaev), Metropolitan of Belgorod and Oboyansky, and Reverend Peter (Moscalev), bishop of Valuysk, vicar of the diocese of Belgorod, expelled from the bishopric of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine from June 24, 2019. Archimandrite Andrew (Marusak) and Hieromonk Elijah (Zelensky), who are forbidden to serve in the ministry of religion, can appeal to the Holy Synod within one month by submitting a petition to the Primate, the Blessed Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine, Epiphany, to consider their affairs. Determine that the acceptance by clerics of ordination in the episcopal sanction without the election of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine is the basis for a categorical refusal to satisfy their possible future requests to be accepted into the bishops of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. Determine that the individually convened and held by the Honorable Patriarch Filaret on June 20, 2019, at the Vladimir Cathedral in Kyiv, the meeting of the invited persons did not have any authority to make decisions, in particular concerning the decisions of the Local Council of the UOC of Kyiv Patriarchate (December 15, 2018), which in accordance with the Charter of the UOC-KP immediately after the signing by the Presidium of the Council, headed by the Patriarch of Kyiv and All Russia-Ukraine, Filaret entered into force. Taking into account the above, but also taking into account the special merits in the past before the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, it is noted that the Honorable Patriarch Filaret remains in the bishopric of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, however, having lost his canonical rights and duties related to the administration of the diocese. Honorable Patriarch Filaret may, through a letter addressed to the Primate, the Blessed Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine Epiphany, turn to the Holy Synod for a joint consideration of his future position in the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. To testify that the entire completeness of the UOC-Kyivan Patriarchate, as well as the entire completeness of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church in accordance with the decisions of their Local Councils on December 15, 2018 and the Unity Council (December 15, 2018), united into a single Local Orthodox Church of Ukraine, which is the only historical, canonical and legal heir and successor to their activities. No decisions, orders or other documents issued on behalf of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate or under the name of its statutory bodies after the legal registration of the Kievan Metropolitanate of the UOC (PCU) on January 30, 2019, have no canonical and legal force and are, from the beginning, ineffective and non-existent. to be executed. A number of decisions were also made: To create Synodal management of Sunday schools and catechesis, headed by Archimandrite Makarios (Papis), governor of the Feodosiya Stavropigiani monastery in Kiev. Implementing the decision of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church (Crete, 2016) to actively support environmental initiatives and establish a day of prayer for the protection of the environment on September 1, the Orthodox Church of Ukraine is scheduled to come to the nearest Sunday after September 1 as the Day of Prayer for the Protection of the Natural Environment the environment. To hold July 27-28, 2019, the universal celebration of the 1031st anniversary of the Baptism of Rus-Ukraine: – July 27th in the evening – Vseenicheskoe vigil in the Michael’s Golden-domed cathedral of Kiev; – July 28th in the morning – Divine Liturgy in Malia (Teplyi) of Sophia, the procession to the monument of St. equally apostolic kn. Volodymyr and the prayer service. A message was also heard about the visit of His Beatitude Metropolitan Epiphany to the Ecumenical Patriarchate on June 10-12, 2019, as well as changes to the status and names of the monastery in the Volodymyr-Volyn diocese. Press service of the Kyiv Metropolitanate of the UOC (PCU)
The Holy Synod of the new Church of Ukraine on Monday made a decision according to which honorary Patriarch Filaret remains a bishop of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, but has no right to run the Kyiv Diocese.
Orthodox Church of Ukraine keeps Filaret as members of the Episcopate of the church
Paul Goble Staunton, June 24 – One of the most outrageous actions of the Russian Orthodox Church in recent years has been the blessings of Russian nuclear weapons by priests. But now voices are being raised in the Moscow Patriarchate against this violation of Christian doctrine and good sense and it may stop (ahilla.ru/rpts-mozhet-zapretit-osvyashhat-oruzhie-massovogo-porazheniya/). That is very much positive news, but not all the stories coming out of Russia are equally positive. In recent days, there have many numerous reports that are anything but good. Below is a selection of eight that seem particularly instructive about where Russia is now and where it may be heading:
- Poverty can be cured by not talking about it, Putin spokesman says. Poverty exists in Russia, Dmitry Peskov acknowledges; but he says that it is best for people not to talk so much about it but rather simply get down to work. To help them, those who talk about poverty should be fined. In that way, he says, “poverty in Russia can be defeated” (1prime.ru/state_regulation/20190618/830082171.html).
- Rising prices force Russians to buy more vodka in smaller bottles. Rising prices and falling incomes are changing the vodka market in Russia: people are purchasing more vodka in smaller bottles (vedomosti.ru/business/articles/2019/06/19/804494-rossiyane-vodku). The Russian government wants to change the alcohol market in another way. It has proposed requiring Russian restaurants to list Russian wines ahead of imports (meduza.io/news/2019/06/20/v-pravitelstve-predlozhili-obyazat-restorany-ukazyvat-v-menyu-snachala-rossiyskie-vina).
- Daghestani journalist’s arrest leads to media campaign like one for Golunov in Moscow. One of the most powerful efforts on behalf of Moscow journalist Ivan Golunov was the decision by leading newspapers to run a common first page in support of him. Daghestani media outlets have decided on the same tactic in response to the arrest there of journalist Abdulmumin Gadzhiyev. So far, it hasn’t worked, however (ndelo.ru/novosti/vedushie-dagestanskie-ezhenedelniki-vyjdut-s-odinakovoj-pervoj-polosoj-yamy-abdulmumin-gadzhiev).
- Roma being attacked across Russia. Penza oblast is far from the only place where Roma are being subject to public attacks and official indifference. Among the many places where they are openly discriminated against, the Roma are suffering in particular in Irkutsk (mk.ru/social/2019/06/18/novaya-tragediya-s-uchastiem-cygan-razygralas-v-irkutske.html).
- Circassian returnee from Jordan tortured by FSB for more than a year on trumped up charges. Orkhan Berseiko, an Ubykh who returned to the North Caucasus eight years ago, was arrested and then tortured by the FSB for more than a year because he had made a video calling on his fellow Circassians to return home. He was kept incommunicado but his family finally secured his release by paying off officials involved (http://circassiancenter.org/permalink/92274.html).
- Petrozavodsk Friendship Tree to be cut down to make room for War Memorial. Residents and architects in the Karelian capital are outraged that officials plan to cut down a Friendship Tree in honor of the city’s sister city relationships abroad in order to have room to erect yet another memorial celebrating Russia’s military glory. They are circulating a petition demanding that the authorities cease and desist making military prowess more important than friendship (region.expert/friendship_tree/).
- Putin further restricts sale of foreign print media in Russia. The Kremlin’s plans to cut off the Russian segment of the Internet from the world wide web have attracted considerable attention, but its actual moves to restrict the sale of print media from abroad have not. Vladimir Putin has now issued new rules requiring additional registration of and thus imposing more restrictions on the sale of anything printed abroad (kremlin.ru/acts/news/60773).
- Environmental Crimes in Krasnoyarsk Kray Alone Inflicting 50 billion rubles in damages every year. While Moscow says that Russia is losing only 12 billion rubles (200 million US dollars) from economic crimes, activists in Krasnoyarsk say that the actual figure is many times that. In there region alone, they put the annual losses from such violations, many by Chinese firms working with Russian oligarchs, at more than four times that amount (afterempire.info/2019/06/19/ecologic_robbery/).
Paul Goble Staunton, June 22 – The Yekaterinburg city commission on land use yesterday approved plans to build three new Russian Orthodox Churches in various urban districts at its first meeting following the massive protests against the possible construction of a cathedral in the central square of that Urals city. That decision reverses an earlier holding by the commission and has become possible both church leaders and opponents say because the mayor revamped the commission’s membership in favor of the ROC MP, something likely to spark concerns that the cathedral on the square is still on the table even though officials say it isn’t (ura.news/articles/1036278305). But this obvious tilt toward the Orthodox Church is having another consequence: it is enraging the city’s large Muslim community which was promised a mosque in the center of the city by Sverdlovsk Governor Eduard Rossel in the 1990s but never given the land on which such a structure could be erected (business-gazeta.ru/article/428466). Officials say that the Muslims were never able to come up with the money, a claim Muslims both in Yekaterinburg and across the Middle Volga dispute; but most Muslims ascribe it to anti-Islamic prejudices among the Russian Orthodox Church and city and regional officials – and they can point to numerous Islamophobic remarks by both. Muslim leaders in Yekaterinburg and in Kazan have denounced the failure of the city to agree to a place for a mosque and say that neither religious nor civil authorities should talk about Muslims in the language that both all too often use apparently with complete impunity despite Russian laws on insulting religious faiths (business-gazeta.ru/article/428466). Some of the most offensive Russian comments came during the struggle over the building of a cathedral in Yekaterinburg’s main square. At that time, one prominent city official suggested that it must be built because “if there’s no church, then there’ll be a mosque instead (.ng.ru/ng_religii/2019-06-18/11_466_rpc.html). Faced with this united front against them in Yekaterinburg, Muslims there have now produced and are circulating an open letter to Vladimir Putin demanding that he intervene to ensure that they will get the land for a mosque they seek and thus not have their rights violated as they are now (eanews.ru/news/yesli-nashi-muzhchiny-vyydut-na-miting-ikh-polozhat-na-asfal-t-v-bor-be-za-mechet-musul-mane-yekaterinburga-doshli-do-putina_17-06-2019). Given Putin’s own attitudes, it is unlikely that he will respond in a positive way; but if as likely he doesn’t, it is entirely possible that soon there will be not one protest but two involving religion and power: the first a new fight against the cathedral and the second a fight by Muslims to have the religious center they were promised and that the constitution say is their right.