Libyan Warlord Vows To Continue Fight Amid Cease-Fire Call By Russia, Turkey

Forces loyal to Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar said they would not halt their campaign to drive the UN-backed government from Tripoli amid calls from Russia and Turkey for a cease-fire in the war-torn North Africa nation. Ahmad al-Mesmari, a spokesman for Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), said the group welcomed moves to bring peace to the country but that it would continue its war to “eradicate” what it described as "terrorist grou..

Plagiarism Rife In Russian Science? Hundreds Of Academic Articles Retracted In Unprecedented Move

Ghostwritten papers. Research reprinted elsewhere under a different name. Plagiarism. For years it's been an open secret that all is not well in the world of academic writing in Russia. A committee appointed by the Russian Academy of Sciences last year tried to tackle what many said was a huge task. Its report, released on January 6, confirmed what a gargantuan effort it may turn out to be The committee said more than 800 scientific pap..

Moscow House Arrest Of American Investor Calvey Extended Into Mid-February

A Russian court has extended the house arrest of U.S. investor Michael Calvey and his partner, French national Philippe Delpal, until February 13. Moscow's Basmanny district court announced the ruling on January 9, four days before the previous extension of the two men's house arrest was set to expire. The court also prolonged the house arrest of two Russian citizens -- former Vostochny Bank CEO Aleksei Kordichev and former Vostochny ..

Belarus, Russia Officials Reach Deal To Reopen Oil Deliveries

Oil executives say they have reached agreement to restart Russian crude-oil supplies to Belarus following a cutoff over transit fees on January 1. Belarus agreed to abandon a supplier's premium on the oil that it imports from its much larger neighbor, Belarus's Belneftekhim said in a statement on January 4. The deal should allow for continuous operation of Belarusian refineries in January, they said. "Documents are being drawn up today ..

Russian Prosecutors Probe Detention Center After Video Shows Purported Abuse

Russian prosecutors have opened an investigation after video emerged that appeared to show prison guards mistreating inmates at a pretrial detention facility in Siberia. In the footage, which prosecutors say appears to have occurred at Detention Center-4 in Kemerovo in 2017, guards are seen lining up and beating detainees after they are led out of a cell that is being searched. The gulagu.net human rights portal originally published the video aft..

Analysis: A Beneficiary Of The U.S.-Iran Crisis Could Well Be Russia

Senior Russian officials have publicly condemned the U.S. killing of Iran’s most powerful military commander, joining foreign leaders in warning that it will lead to an escalation of tensions in the already unstable Middle East region. However, the Kremlin may be able to capitalize on the controversial attack against its ally Tehran if it drives a deeper wedge in Washington’s strategic relationship with European allies, analysts said. An escalati..

Russian Priest Sidelined For 5 Years After Signing Open Letter In Defense Of Moscow...

A Russian Orthodox Church court in the Yaroslavl eparchy has issued a five-year work suspension for a priest who in September signed an open letter with dozens of other clergymen urging the authorities to reduce their clampdown and free activists sentenced to prison for attending protests. The eparchy said the ban’s aim is to care for Father Aleksandr Parfyonov, describing it as a “therapeutic church measure, which should bring a person back in t..

Russia, Ukraine Reach Five-Year Gas-Transit Deal

Russia and Ukraine have signed a five-year, $7 billion deal on the transit of Russian natural gas to Europe following intense negotiations ahead of a year-end deadline. The deal was confirmed by the respective Russian and Ukrainian state gas companies, as well as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a social-media post on December 30. The current agreement was set to expire on December 31, risking Europe's vital link to billions of cub..

Pompeo To Make First Ukraine Visit As Impeachment In U.S. Buffets Relations

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Ukraine this week for the first time as the United States' top diplomat with an acrimonious impeachment process under way in Washington that revolves in part around White House actions toward Kyiv. Pompeo will arrive in the Ukrainian capital on January 3 to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Foreign Minister Vadym Prystayko, Defense Minister Andriy Zahorodnyuk, and business and c..

Three Russian Police Officers Fired For ‘Training’ With Students Acting As Protesters

Three police officers in Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan were dismissed on December 25 for reenacting a clash between protesters and security forces with the direct participation of 12 ninth graders on school grounds in the town of Novotroyitsk. During the so-called training session, a group of police officers equipped with riot gear had the underage students attack them and behave like combative protesters. A video published by a local resident o..

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