“Damascus is the “Stalingrad” of Russian diplomacy. After years of geopolitical withdrawal, Moscow has chosen Syria as a way to revive its image of power in the world. “Not one step back” is the Kremlin’s new strategy, as it was for the Red Army along the banks of the Volga river during World War II. To be more convincing, the Kremlin has simultaneously flexed its muscles by supplying sophisticated […]


 Триумфатором парламентских выборов на Украине стала партия “Слуга народа”: это случилось не в последнюю очередь благодаря тому, что она показала лучший результат среди всех 22 участников выборов почти во всех регионах Украины. Явка избирателей: 49,84.

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Партия Голоса % По окр. Маж. В итоге
1 Слуга народа 6 307 097 43,16 124 130 254
2 Оппозиционная платформа — За жизнь 1 908 087 13,05 37 6 43
3 Батькивщина 1 196 256 8,18 24 2 26
4 Европейская солидарность 1 184 515 8,10 23 2 25
5 Голос 851 699 5,82 17 3 20
6 Оппозиционный блок 443 200 3,03 0 6 6
7 Свобода 315 530 2,15 0 1 1
8 «Самопомощь» 91 700 0,62 0 1 1
9 Единый центр 1 1
10 «Белая Церковь вместе» 1 1
Самовыдвиженцы 46
Всего избрано 225 199

 

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 Cinque anni sono già passati da quel terribile pomeriggio del 17 luglio 2014, quando un missile terra-aria abbatté il Boeing della Malaysia Airlines, diretto da Amsterdam a Melbourne, nei cieli del Donbass in guerra. 298 civili inermi perirono in quella tragedia, che oggi viene attivamente ricordata con cerimonie soprattutto in Ucraina, Malesia (43 morti), Olanda (193) ed Australia (27).

 Il 19 giugno scorso il Gruppo unito internazionale di inchiesta (GUI) ha reso pubblici i primi quattro nomi dei sospettati nell’abbattimento dell’MH-17, tre russi ed un ucraino. Igor Girkin (conosciuto come Strelkov) è il più famoso di tutti essendo stato il “ministro della Difesa” della repubblica popolare di Donetsk. Gli altri sono il vice di Strelkov, Serghej Dubinskij (nome di battaglia Khmury); Oleg Pulatov (Giurza) ex militare del GRU, il servizio segreto militare di Mosca. E l’ucraino Leonid Kharchenko, capo di una unità di combattimento all’Est.

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 Профессор Российского государственного гуманитарного университета (РГГУ), историк Наталия Басовская умерла в возрасте 78 лет после продолжительной болезни.
По словам ректора РГГУ Александр Безбородов, Басовская была выдающимся ученым и блестящим педагогом. “Речь идет о человеке, который в 1972-1973 годах обучал меня всеобщей истории, студента первого курса, принимал у меня зачет, экзамен. Потом мы вместе шли всю жизнь. Она мне помогала максимально, я старался помогать ей – и в научном плане, и в любом другом. Это была выдающаяся ученый, известный в мире, не говоря уже о нашей стране, медиевист, великолепный педагог”, – отметил Безбородов.

“У нее, конечно, целая школа – десятки учеников, которые унаследовали умение работать с архивными источниками, умение работать с персоналиями историческими, умение проводить репрезентацию этих персонажей. Воспитание любви к всеобщей истории – это тоже ее фантастическое умение. И ее ученики, мне кажется, в полной мере овладевали этим знанием и умением. Конечно, Наталия Ивановна – фигура исторического плана, если говорить о высшей школе. Это, безусловно, одна из ученых, которая составляла гордость Российского государственного гуманитарного университета”, – добавил ректор РГГУ. Basovskaya

Наталия Басовская

Наталия Ивановна Басовская родилась 21 мая 1941 года в Москве. В 1963 году с отличием окончила исторический факультет Московского государственного университета, специальность – зарубежная история. В университете Басовская стала сначала кандидатом, а затем и доктором исторических наук, защитив диссертации по темам: “Английская политика в Гаскони в конце XIII – начале XIV вв.” и “Англо-французские противоречия в международных отношениях Западной Европы второй половины XII – середины XV вв.”.

 В 1971 года стала преподавателем кафедры всеобщей истории Московского государственного историко-архивного института, ныне – Историко-архивного института Российского государственного гуманитарного университета. Позднее стала заведующей кафедрой всеобщей истории Историко-архивного института РГГУ, а также директором учебно-научного Центра визуальной антропологии и эгоистории и содиректором Российско-американского центра библеистики и иудаики, в 2006 году стала заслуженным профессором РГГУ.

Начиная с 1970-х годов как историк выступала в теле- и радиоэфире. Автор более 150 работ, среди которых “Экономические интересы английской короны в Гаскони в конце XIII – начале XIV вв.”, “Проблемы Столетней войны в современной английской и французской историографии”, “Политическая борьба в Англии и Франции первой половины XV в. и Столетняя война”, “Французский средневековый город и рождение национального самосознания” и другие.

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Dear Ukrainians!

After my election victory, my six-year-old son said: «Dad, they say on TV that Zelensky is the President … So, it means that…I am… the President too?!» At the time, it sounded funny, but later I realized that it was true. Because each of us is the President. Not just the 73 percent who voted for me, but all 100 percent of Ukrainians. This is not just mine, this is our common victory. And this is our common chance that we are responsible for together.

It hasn’t been only me who has just taken the oath. Each of us has just put his hand on the Constitution and swore allegiance to Ukraine. Zelenskij3

Now, imagine the headlines: «The President Does Not Pay Taxes,» «The Intoxicated President Ran the Red Light» or « The President Is Quietly Stealing Because Everyone Does.» Would you agree that it’s shameful? This is what I mean when I say that each of us is the President. From now on, each of us is responsible for the country that we leave to our children. Each of us, in his place, can do everything for the prosperity of Ukraine.

Our European country begins with each one of us. We have chosen a path to Europe, but Europe is not somewhere out there. Europe is here (in the head — Ed.) And after it appears here, it will be everywhere, all over Ukraine.

This is our common dream. But we also share a common pain. Each of us has died in the Donbas. Every day we lose each one of us. And each of us is a refugee — the one who has lost his own home and the one who has opened the door of his home, sharing the pain. And each of us is a migrant worker — the one who could’t find himself at home, but has found income in a foreign country, and the one who struggling with poverty, is forced to lose his own dignity.

But we will overcome all of this! Because each of us is a Ukrainian.

We are all Ukrainians: there are no bigger or lesser, or correct or incorrect Ukrainians. From Uzhgorod to Luhansk, from Chernigiv to Simferopol, in Lviv, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Dnipro and Odesa — we are Ukrainians. And we have to be one.  After all, only then we are strong.

Today I appeal to all Ukrainians in the world. There are 65 millions of us. Yes, don’t be surprised: there are 65 million of us — those born on the Ukrainian soil. Ukrainians in Europe and Asia, in North and South America, Australia and Africa — I appeal to all Ukrainians on the planet!

We really need you. To all who are ready to build a new, strong and successful Ukraine, I will gladly grant Ukrainian citizenship. You must come to Ukraine not to visit, but to return home. We are waiting for you. There is no need to bring souvenirs from abroad, but please, bring your knowledge, experience and values.

That will help us start a new era. Skeptics will say that it is impossible, a fantasy. But what if this is, in fact, our national idea — to unite and make the impossible against all odds? UkrainianFlag

Remember the Iceland soccer team at the European Championship — when a dentist, a director, a pilot, a student and a cleaner defended their country’s honor? No one believed they could do it, but the did it!

And this should be precisely our path. We must become the Icelanders in soccer, the Israelis — in the defense of their native land, the Japanese — in technology and the Swiss — in the ability to live with each other in harmony, despite all the differences.

However, our first task is ceasefire in the Donbas. I have been often asked: What price are you ready to pay for the ceasefire? It’s a strange question. What price are you ready to pay for the lives of you loved ones? I can assure you that I’m ready to pay any price to stop the deaths of our heroes. I’m definitely not afraid to make difficult decisions and I’m ready to lose my fame, my ratings, and if need be — without any hesitation, my position to bring peace, as long as we do not give up our territories.

History is unfair. We are not the ones who have started this war. But we are the ones who have to finish it. And we are ready for dialogue. I believe that the perfect first step in this dialogue will be the return of all Ukrainian prisoners.

Our next challenge is returning the lost territories. In all honesty, this wording does not seem entirely correct to me because it is impossible to return what has always been ours. Both Crimea and Donbas have been our Ukrainian land, but the land where we have lost the most important thing — the people.

Today we have to return their minds — that’s what we have lost. Over the years, the authorities have not done anything to make them feel Ukrainians and understand that they are not strangers, but they are our people, they are Ukrainians.  And even if they are granted 10 different passports, it won’t change anything. For being Ukrainian is not a line in the passport — being Ukrainian is here (in the heart — Ed.)

I know that for sure. I know that from the soldiers who are now defending Ukraine, our heroes, some of whom are Ukrainian-speakers, while others — Russian-speakers. There, in the frontline, there is no strife and discord, there is only courage and honor. So, I want to appeal to our defenders now:

There can be no strong army in a place where the authorities do not respect the people who every day sacrifice their life for the country. I will do everything I can to make you feel respect. This means decent, and most importantly, secure salaries, living conditions, vocation leaves after the combat missions and your and your families’ holidays. We must not just talk about NATO standards — we must create those standards.

Of course, besides the war, there are many other problems that trouble Ukrainians. Among them are the shocking utility tariffs, humiliating wages and pensions, painful prices and non-existent jobs. There is also the health care that is seen as improving mostly by those who have never been to a regular hospital with their child. And then, there are also the mythical Ukrainian roads that are being built and repaired only in someone’s prolific imagination.

Allow me to quote one American actor who has become a great American president: «The government does not solve our problems. The government is our problem.» USreagan

I do not understand our government that only shrugs and says: «There is nothing we can do.»  Not true. You can. You can take a sheet of paper and a pen and free your seats for those who think about the next generations and not about the next election! Do it and people will appreciate that.

Your applause is pretty light…I guess not everyone likes what I’m saying? Too bad, since it’s not me, but the Ukrainian people who is saying that.

My election proves that our citizens are tired of the experienced, pompous system politicians who over the 28 years, have created a country of opportunities — the opportunities to bribe, steal and pluck the resources.

We will build the country of other opportunities — the one where all are equal before the law and where all the rules are honest and transparent, the same for everyone. And for that, we need people in power who will serve the people. This is why I really do not want my pictures in your offices, for the President is not an icon, an idol or a portrait. Hang your kids’ photos instead, and look at them each time you are making a decision.

I can go on, but Ukrainians wants actions, not words. So, dear deputies! You have appointed the inauguration on Monday, a work day, which has one benefit -— it means you are ready to work.

Therefore, I ask that you approve:

  1. The law on removing parliamentary immunity.
    2. The law establishing criminal liability for illegal enrichment.
    3. The long-awaited Electoral Code and open-lists.

Also, please dismiss:

  1. Head of the Security Service of Ukraine.
  2. Prosecutor General of Ukraine.
    3. Minister of Defense of Ukraine.

This is certainly not all that you could do, but for now, it will suffice.
You will have two months to do that. Do it. And take all the medals for it — not a bad move before the snap parliamentary election. I am dissolving the Verkhovna Rada of the eighth convocation

Glory to Ukraine!

And finally:

Dear Nation!
All my life I tried to do all I could so that Ukrainians laughed. That was my mission. Now I will do all I can so that Ukrainians at least do not cry any more.

 Mr Zelensky has taken more than 73% with incumbent Petro Poroshenko trailing far behind on 24%, the Electoral Commission reported. ZE
“I will never let you down,” the new president told celebrating supporters.
Mr Poroshenko, who admitted defeat after the first exit polls were published, has said he will not be leaving politics. He told voters that Mr Zelensky, 41, was too inexperienced to stand up to Russia effectively.

 Mr Zelensky, a political novice, is best known for starring in a satirical television series Servant of the People, in which his character accidentally becomes Ukrainian president. He plays a teacher who is elected after his expletive-laden rant about corruption goes viral on social media.

He ran under a political party with the same name as his show. With no previous political experience, Mr Zelensky’s campaign focused on his difference to the other candidates rather than on any concrete policy ideas.

 Experts say his supporters, frustrated with establishment politicians and cronyism, have been energised by his charisma and anti-corruption message.

SHORT BIOGRAPHY

Volodymyr Zelensky was born in 1978 in Kryvyi Rih (Dnipropetrovsk region) into a family of the Russian-speaking Jewish intelligentsia, the only son of Oleksandr and Rimma. His father is a trained mathematician in cybernetics (his doctorate comes from the Moscow State Mining University), and head of the Department of Computer Science and Applied Programming in the Kryvyi Rih Economic Institute (a branch of the Vadym Hetman National Economic University in Kyiv). His mother is an engineer by training, now retired. Zelenskyi2

Zelenskiy studied Law at the Kryvyi Rih Economics Institute, but never entered the profession. According to available information he has never served in the army. He married Olena Kiyashko (b. 1978), a friend from high school who graduated in architecture from the Kryvyi Rih Economics Institute. They have two children, Oleksandr (b. 2004) and Kyryl (b. 2013). His wife is his artistic collaborator, a co-owner of part of his property, and a screenwriter for television and cabaret.
In 1997, he and his friends founded their own cabaret Kvartal-95, in which he still performs today. Two years later the group was invited to perform on KVN’s Premier League, a very popular cabaret programme on Russian television, and began performing in many post-Soviet countries. During this time Zelenskiy lived in Russia for six years. After 2006 he expanded his business in the entertainment industry, and together with his friends from college Boris and Serhiy Shefir, they founded the Studio Kvartal-95 company. In 2013, the Ukrainian edition of Forbes put him top of the 25 richest celebrities and sports stars in Ukraine, and in 2010 the weekly Focus placed him fifth on the list of the most bankable showbusiness stars, He officially announced he was running for presidency on 31 December 2018.

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Ukraine’s Central Election Commission (CEC) has announced the final voter turnout figure on the March 31 Election Day, saying 63.48% of voters went to the polls. As many as 17,000,599 voters of the 26,770,419 citizens eligible to vote took part in the March 31 voting, CEC head Tetiana Slipachuk said. UKRAINIANelections
This figure is higher than at the 2014 presidential elections when 60.29% went to the polls. The highest voter turnout figures were recorded in Lviv region (68.88%), Volyn region (68.33%) and the city of Kyiv (67.99%). The lowest turnout was registered in Zakarpattia (46.99%), followed by Chernivtsi (56.07%) and Ukrainian-controlled districts in Luhansk region (56.77%).
National Exit Poll 2019 on March 31 show that 30.6% of Ukrainians voted for presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky and 15.95% supported incumbent President Petro Poroshenko in the first round of the presidential election on March 31. Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko had 14.2% of the vote.
Source: Unian

 Il nodo tanto temuto è arrivato inesorabilmente al pettine. Il 78enne Nusurtan Nazarbayev, garante da tre decenni degli equilibri in Asia centrale, ha iniziato il passaggio dei poteri, dimettendosi dalla carica di presidente, ma mantenendo alcuni incarichi cruciali insieme ai titoli onorifici di “padre fondatore” del Paese o “leader nazionale”.
Abitato da circa 18 milioni di persone (un terzo russofoni), il Kazakhstan, Paese di passaggio sulla “via della Seta”, è esteso come l’Europa occidentale e corrisponde grosso modo alla Siberia meridionale, da secoli parte integrante dell’impero russo.
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 Russia has suspended the Cold War-era Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF)  after a similar move by the United States. President Vladimir Putin said Russia will start work on creating new missiles, including hypersonic ones, and told ministers not to initiate disarmament talks with Washington. INF1987a
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of violating the INF and other arms deals, such as the non-proliferation treaty.
The Americans say they have evidence that a new Russian missile falls within the 500-5,500 km range banned by the treaty. Some US officials have said that a number of 9M729 missiles – known to Nato as SSC-8 – have already been deployed.

 President Putin said Moscow would not get dragged into an expensive arms race, and would not deploy short- and medium-range missiles unless US weapons were deployed there first.

Such an arms race would be a major concern for European countries.

 The price tag to recapitalize and sustain aging U.S. missiles, subs and bombers is already well in excess of $1 trillion over the next three decades.

  Signed in 1987 by the US and USSR, it banned the use of short and medium-range missiles except sea-launched weapons by both countries. China and other countries are outside the INF treaty.
Last January the Chinese Global Times newspaper wrote that the Army had carried out an exercise with an intermediate-range ‘ship killer’ missile called DF-26. According to the Pentagon Beijing has 16 to 30 intermediate-range ballistic missiles, capable of controlling the South China Sea and of targeting US large ships and US naval bases in the western Pacific region.

 Нефть уже не поможет погасить недовольство. Резкого роста добычи её уже не будет. А народ испытывает тотальное разочарование политикой государства. Нарастающая нестабильность приведет к кардинальным переменам в 2019 году, уверен известный экономист Никита Кричевский.

К недовольству экономического плана может присоединиться протест против передачи Курильских островов Японии. Для русских людей их земля, пусть даже самая непригодная для жизни, священна. Власти следовало бы учесть это мнение, считает экономист.

В любом случае, говорит Кричевский, поворот в общественном мнении уже определен, все это будет сопровождаться саботажем власти. Любая, даже хорошая инициатива власти, будет вызывать апатию или даже встречаться в штыки.

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