The Kremlin explained the appointment of deputy prime ministers as district curators

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Russian President's spokeswoman Dmitry Peskov explained, why each federal prime minister was assigned a federal district. According to him, they will only supervise economic aspects. There is no talk of replacing presidential ambassadors, a Kremlin spokesman said.

“This is a separation of functions. The government speaks purely about the economy, the implementation of economic development plans, while the plenipotentiaries ensure the overall coordination of the work of other bodies, “Peskov emphasized.

He noted that Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin had informed Putin in advance of plans to appoint prime ministers to the prime ministers.

It was previously known that the Prime Minister assigned a federal district to each deputy prime minister. Siberia will be supervised by Victoria Abramchenko, Urals – Yuri Borisov, Northwestern District – Tatyana Golikova, Central Federal District – Dmitry Grigorenko, Northern Caucasus – Alexander Novak, Far East – Yuri Trutnev, Southern Federal District – Marat Khusnullin and Volga Region – Dmitry Chernychenko.


A member of the Council predicted difficult times for Ukraine after Putin's article


Ukraine will be after the article will appear President Russia's Vladimir Putin, I'm sure Deputy Verkhovna Rada Renat Kuzmin. According to him, Kiev did not accept the right response.

A Ukrainian MP wrote on his Facebook page that there were three “most important legal aspects” in the article by the Russian leader. However, pro-government Ukrainian politicians have chosen not to notice them.

The first thing Kuzmin pointed out was the question of the annexation of territory in the southeast and west of the country to Ukraine during the Soviet era. According to him, this means that Ukraine could leave the USSR only by returning these countries to the successors of the Soviet Union or Russia. In reality, however, Ukraine withdrew from the USSR and retained the territory of Donbas, as well as Crimea, Odessa, Kherson, Nikolaev and the western regions.

“For this reason, Putin believes that Russia, I quote, has been 'robbed,'” Kuzmin said.

The second thing the Member pointed out was Putin's thesis about Ukraine's transformation into an “anti-Russian” project after the 2014 coup. He also recalled the repression against the opposition.

The third aspect was Putin's claim that “Russia will not allow the Ukrainian authorities to use the territories that once belonged to Russia and the people who live there against Russia.” He also warned the Ukrainian leadership that it would otherwise “destroy its country.”

According to Kuzminova, Putin's article suggests that such actions, as well as the violent Ukrainianization of the Russian-speaking population, could lead to the loss of Ukrainian statehood. However, as a member of the Council emphasized, “neither the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, nor the President's Office, nor the NSDC understood anything.” In this regard, he felt that his country was “facing difficult times.”

Article by Vladimir Putin “On historical unity Russians and Ukrainians “was published on July 12 in Russian and Ukrainian.


Riots in Cyprus over measures to combat coronaviruses


In Nicosia about 2.5 thousand Opponents of measures to combat coronaviruses took part in riots near the building of the Cypriot television channel Sigma TV. The media described the incident as a “cowardly attack”.

It should be noted that the incident took place on the evening of 18 July. The protesters waited for several cars and began to crash into the windows. Vandals destroyed furniture in the hall on the first floor of the editorial office. However, none of the journalists were injured.

Earlier, protesters gathered near the presidential palace to express opposition to the introduction of so-called security certificates containing COVID-19 and mandatory vaccinations.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 91,000 cases of infection have been identified in Cyprus. Of these, 384 people died.


Prilepin suggested to Zyuganov to unite the Communist Party of the Russian Federation and “Just Russia”


Co-Chairman of the Fair Party Russia – for the truth “Zakhar Prilepin suggested to the head of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Gennady Zyuganov, that he form a coalition at the next convening of the State Duma. He then plans to begin the process of merging the two parties into one. Prilepin proposed an official declaration of integration on August 19, 2021 – exactly 30 years after the creation of the State Emergency Committee and the destruction of the USSR. At the same time, the politician emphasized that the two sides had virtually no ideological differences and had nothing to share. In particular, both political forces are left-wing and patriotic, both in favor of “returning the people,” raising the retirement age and promoting “Stalin's political legacy.” only after the parliamentary elections.


The first results of the election race to the State Duma: new figures, old requests

Voters will demand that the state increase its economy and health care

The period of nominating candidates and candidate lists for the State Duma elections is over. 15 pages will be included in the pre-election race. The upcoming elections to the lower house of parliament promise to be interesting – new players have appeared on the political scene.

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What are the trends in the development of party systems in modern Russia and what needs of society the newly elected deputies will meet, experts replied at a round table of the Expert Institute for Social Research, which took place on July 15 in the press center MIA Rossiya Segodnya.

The current election race is fundamentally different from what voters have been accustomed to since the 1990s, said Pavel Danilin, director of the Center for Political Analysis and Social Research. The history of elections in post-Soviet Russia began with the struggle for personal brands – specific clear political figures.

– Speaking of history, since 1993, party elections have been based on the struggle for a brand, for a specific character. For example, for Zyuganov, not for the Communists. I call this phenomenon “the noise of worms in a closed fishing vessel.” Although at that time there were 120 organizations registered in the country that had the right to participate in the elections, – said Pavel Danilin, – in the next elections, 259 organizations could participate in the elections, 68 associations expressed such wishes and took part in the race.

As Mr Danilin pointed out, in addition to the usual communists and liberals, there were much more prominent figures among the political players of the mid-1990s. In particular Bloc Dzhuna and the Party of Beer Lovers.

– Then there was no monopoly and monolithic systems, – stressed Danilin, – But in the late 90's personal brands receded into the background, the struggle for the legacy of the Boris Yeltsin era began. Coalitions began to form. This means that the fight for this legacy is over, we know how.

At the same time, political scientists are currently experiencing a serious shift from consolidated political players to an increase in the number of parties seeking to vote.

– We have started to have new parties: New People, Green Alternative, – remarked Ekaterina Sokolova, Head of Strategic Research and Forecasting at EISS.

At the same time, experience from abroad, as the expert emphasized, shows that voters most often perceive a maximum of four to five political objects. In Italy, for example, 13 parties are registered, but all have merged into three coalitions, leaving only two newcomers.

However, experts have noted that this or that face strength is important to our political culture.

– If it is “United Russia”, then it is Putin's party and the people are electing Putin, not the party. It is a very important story for us: there are several parties represented by important politicians and others play in halftones, “said Alexei Martynov, director of the Institute of Contemporary States.

Boris Makarenko, Chairman of the Board of the Center for Political Technologies, emphasized that the main subject of the fight in the forthcoming elections will be the public's demand for a state:

– The main thing now is: “state, help, state , give. “The rest of the competition is secondary. At the same time, political parties will behave differently. Loyal – United Russia, disappointed – Spravedlivorossy, angry – Communists.


The British Minister of Defense planted a woman in Leningrad

An English clue was found during the reunification of Crimea with Russia

In the refrain of Western voices, who have been protesting against the reunification of Crimea with Russia for many years, the voice of Great Britain is particularly loud and hoarse. No one else thought of sending a warship into the territorial waters of the Russian Federation in the Crimea, but the British, longing for times of “sea domination,” did. So imagine your shock when, while reading the memoirs of the British Minister of Defense Tom King during the collapse of the USSR, I came across an episode that was completely scandalous by today's conditions.

Although no. At least three scandalous memories are associated with our country in the book of the retired head of the military department. But those about women and espionage are much less spicy than the Crimean episode.

Thomas Jeremy King Photo: < p>Tom King, who held a number of ministerial positions during Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and John Major, wrote his memoirs on the principle that “brevity is the sister of talent.” The book has only 200 pages and almost the clearest of them are associated with our country.

For example, what the then UK Secretary of Defense remembered in particular when he came to Moscow to visit his then Soviet counterpart Marshal Dmitry Yazov: “The original plan for our visit to Moscow was to stay at the British Embassy. However, our hosts strongly insisted that we remain at their government headquarters for guests.

When we were escorted to our extremely comfortable apartment, Jane (the minister's wife – MK ) decided to explore them quickly. When she came out of the bathroom, she said she didn't find any towels there. Less than a minute later, she knocked on the door. A maid stood on the doorstep with a pile of towels. We realized that … this place has the best room service than anywhere else. You don't even have to press a button to do that! “

However, room service in Leningrad, which was also visited by Tom King during his visit, proved to be even more luxurious. In the city of Neva, the British minister was accommodated not in a government residence, but in an ordinary (naturally not quite ordinary, but this is not the case) hotel. And it was here that the Soviet room service of the Gorbachev era showed in all its generosity: “The door to our bedroom opened quietly and an extremely attractive lady entered.” But unfortunately a ah. The “room service organizers” could not calculate the right time when their proposed services could theoretically be requested: “I was at an external meeting and there was only one Jane in the bedroom. The stranger found her, not me, hurried away. “

Did the bobble come out? Definitely. But King still liked it so much – he liked it so much that he soon decided to accept his colleague from Moscow for a return visit and also decided to show wonders of hospitality. It is true that Dmitry Yazov did not enjoy this hospitality (until then he had been detained in the GKChP case), but, as Tom King said, “the de facto Minister of Defense of the new Russian Federation” Yevgeny Shaposhnikov (after the collapse of the USSR official title of Commander-in-Chief of the United CIS Forces). And here is exactly what this hospitality was expressed in.

“It so happened that a great friend of my son was connected to the wine department of the Sotheby's auction house.” I knew that at that moment they had sold old Russian wine from the cellars of Grand Duke Vorontsov in the Crimea. I thought it would be a nice moment if we could share a glass of this good old wine at the end of our meeting … The door flew open and a cart with bottles and glasses squeezed into it. The Russian team did not initially focus on what was in the bottles. But suddenly Shaposhnikov's deputy turned to him and said, “Look at this bottle!” It was a Russian wine from 1933 that tasted like Madeira. “

But that's not the end of the story. Shaposhnikov was not alone in London, but as part of President Yeltsin's entourage. After a few toasts “in a much friendlier mood,” the two military leaders went to their superiors together: “We entered the cabinet meeting room, where a gloomy Yeltsin sat across from John Major – each with a cup of coffee. As we sat around the table, Shaposhnikov said something to Yeltsin. Our translator was able to hear exactly what: “It never occurs to you what Mr. King gave us to drink at the Ministry of Defense!”

What exactly Yeltsin was dissatisfied with, Tom King wisely did. Although it is clear from the context he is aware of – treating the minister with rare wine and at the same time not treating him directly with the head of this minister (especially with such a direct boss as President Yeltsin), there is nothing foul. Of course, this is not the main “political inaccuracy” of the British Minister. The Russian minister's treatment with Crimean wine means an indirect admission that Russia has a direct connection with Crimea.

Now the current British Minister of Skins would be in favor of such a crime. But in the most innocent ones (solely in the sense of the absence of disputes over the territorial jurisdiction of Crimea) in the times of the “glaring political mistakes” of the head of the British Ministry of Defense, no one noticed. Funny, of course – funny and a little sad. But Tom King is definitely our man. Unfortunately, in the current British Cabinet of Ministers, Prime Minister Boris Johnson does not hold such ministers.


MEP said on the “era of hunger and poverty” in Ukraine


Council representative from ” Opposition Platform – for Life ”Ilya Kiva assessed UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) data on the number of hungry citizens in the country.

“The era of poverty is over, the era of hunger and poverty has begun. According to UNICEF, 1.1 million people are experiencing hunger in Ukraine! We are the most malnourished country in Europe, “he wrote in his telegram.

According to UNICEF, about 9.8 million citizens of Ukraine have no food and more than 1 million people are forced to eat. In addition, Ukraine ranks first in Europe in terms of the total number of people who lack food.


Tikhanovskaya has ruled out her participation in the presidential election in Belarus


Opposition leader in Belarus and former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who told the Belarusian diaspora in central Washington that she no longer planned to run for president.

“Because I promised the Belarusians this in my election campaign. And I'm sure there are relatively few professional managers in our country who can handle it much better. I can be somewhere with the new president. It does not matter. The main thing is because the Belarusians need me, maybe I will definitely be a moral authority, “she said.

Speaking about the new presidential elections in Belarus, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya said that it was possible to hold them in about two months.

“We can organize elections in 40 days. You don't even have to wait six months. 40-60 days for this transit period to reduce the maximum amount to bring the new president to power, “explained the former presidential candidate of Belarus.

On 9. August 2020, Belarus held presidential elections, which were won by the acting office of Head of State Alexander Lukashenko. According to the Central Election Commission, the country won 80.1% of the vote, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya won 10.1%.


Tikhanovskaya decided to meet Biden and Blinken in the USA

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Leader of the opposition in Belarus Svetlana Tikhanovskaya expects to meet with US President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken during his trip to Washington. However, they cannot be confirmed with certainty.

Previously, the US Department of Transportation eventually banned the sale of tickets for flights to and from Belarus. The ban is linked to an incident with a Ryanair plane that was forced to land in Minsk on May 23.

The sale of all tickets for passengers from the United States to Belarus, including transfers, is now prohibited. Exceptions are possible only in the interest of US national security.


Afghanistan is recalling diplomats from Pakistan after the abduction of the ambassador's daughter


Afghan authorities have withdrew the Republic's ambassador to Pakistan after the abduction of the diplomat's daughter in Islamabad. According to a statement on the website of the local Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Afghan leadership called the ambassador and high-ranking Afghan diplomats based in Islamabad to Kabul. They will remain there until they remove security threats. In addition, Afghanistan is demanding the arrest of the kidnappers and the trial of them.

It is also emphasized that the Afghan delegation plans to resolve the problem in Pakistan in the future.

The Afghan Foreign Ministry previously announced that on July 16, unknown people abducted the daughter of the Afghan ambassador to the country. The girl was tortured and released a few hours later.

Meanwhile, the Pakistani authorities have threatened Kabul with an air strike if the Afghan army continues the operation of expelling Taliban militants (banned in Russia) from the Spin Boldak area on the border with the neighboring republic. This was stated on Twitter by the first vice president of Afghanistan, Amrullah Saleh.

At present, most of Afghanistan is controlled by the Taliban. Some Afghan soldiers admitted that they had deliberately retreated and tried to provoke the return of American troops to the country.