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angelburst29

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Russia brands Kremlin critic's anti-corruption group "foreign agent"
FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny delivers a speech during a rally to demand the release of jailed protesters, who were detained during opposition demonstrations for fair elections, in Moscow, Russia September 29, 2019. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
Russia's Justice Ministry on Wednesday formally labeled opposition leader Alexei Navalny's anti-corruption group a "foreign agent", a move the Kremlin's critics said was part of a coordinated government attack on the group.

Kremlin critic Navalny says prosecutors want to seize his home
Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said on Friday that Russian prosecutors had asked a court to seize his Moscow apartment as collateral in a lawsuit over opposition protests he helped to organize.

Russian lawmakers look to ban e-mail users who share illegal content
FILE PHOTO: A man types on a computer keyboard in Warsaw in this February 28, 2013 illustration file picture. Kacper Pempel//File Photo
A group of pro-Kremlin lawmakers has drafted legislation that would allow authorities to block individual e-mail or online messenger users who circulate banned content.
 

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Putin spoke at the 16th Valdai International Discussion Club saying the situation has worsened after the US withdrew from the INF Treaty and began testing intermediate-ranged missiles. He believes the US were working on the missile long before withdrawing from the treaty. Putin has stated he will not deploy those systems unless the US deploy them first.

 

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Saudi crown prince holds official talks with Russia's Putin - SPA
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attend a meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, October 14, 2019.  Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS
Oct. 14, 2019 - Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held official talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin
on Monday, where they discussed the relationship between the two countries, Saudi state agency (SPA) said.

Putin says Russia has 'very friendly' relations with Saudi crown prince
FILE PHOTO: Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Russia's President Vladimir Putin speak during a meeting at the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 28, 2019.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo
President Vladimir Putin said Russia has "very friendly personal relations" with Saudi Crown Prince and de facto ruler Mohammed bin Salman.

Russia ready to work with U.S. to build Saudi nuclear power plant: Rosatom
FILE PHOTO: Alexei Likhachev, General Director of Russian state nuclear agency Rosatom, attends a farewell ceremony before the floating nuclear power plant Akademik Lomonosov leaves the service base of Rosatomflot company for a journey along the Northern Sea Route to Chukotka from Murmansk, Russia August 23, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Russia's state nuclear corporation Rosatom would be ready to cooperate with partners from the United States, Europe and Asia to build a nuclear power plant in Saudi Arabia Rosatom's CEO Alexey Likhachev said on Monday

I sense something is going on here but not sure what? On October 23-24th, a Russian-African Summit is to be held in Russia's Sochi. There are attempts by some media outlets in the U.S. running a smear campaign on Russia's involvement in Africa. A report surfaced 2 days ago, reporting a team of Russian investigators (Proekt ) receiving threats and being stalked after gathering info on a shadowy mercenary group - Wagner - with activities in Africa and the Middle East. (My opinion, from my own investigations - Proekt is a dis-info outlet?) Last Friday, October 11, an Antonov-72 cargo plane with 8 passengers crashed in the Congo - 59 minutes after take-off. Two Russian's are reported as being on board. One of the passengers was President Felix Tshisekedi’s driver.

The Russia–Africa Summit · Economic Forum | 23–24 October ...
The Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum will be held October 23-24, 2019 at the Sochi Olympic Park Main Media Centre and will be co-chaired by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President and African Union Chairman Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi.

US seeks to discredit Moscow’s policy in Africa, Russian diplomat says
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova © Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS

MOSCOW, October 17, 2019 - Ahead of the Russia-Africa Summit the United States has launched a smear campaign with the goal of discrediting Moscow’s policy in Africa, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters on Thursday.

"News agencies, mass media outlets and the so-called experts as usual blame Moscow for all sins, now [doing so] also in connection with the African continent — from backing "wrong regimes" by supplying weapons and military equipment to meddling in elections, corrupt ties and so on," Zakharova said.

They are also promoting the idea that Moscow is allegedly seeking to create an anti-Western front in order to cast a slur on a positive role of the US and its allies, the diplomat noted. The number of such publications ahead of the Russia-Africa Summit has been unprecedented, she stressed.

There is such an impression that representatives of certain agencies in Washington have been making desperate attempts, using mass media and NGOs, to discredit Russia’s policy in Africa," Zakharova stressed. This comes right in the run-up to the summit, she highlighted.

According to the diplomat, these gross attempts of manipulating public opinion clearly signal Washington’s fears that the Russia-Africa Summit would strengthen trade and economic, political and diplomatic ties between Moscow and these countries, including with those, which Washington considers as its "backyard" and does not think that they can choose partners themselves.

"It’s time to recognize that neo-colonial approaches and attempts to impose one’s will on sovereign states are rejected by the absolute majority of the world community’s members," Zakharova stressed. "African states call for a multipolar system of international relations and can define their future themselves," she noted.

Russia is convinced that such fake news cannot shatter the solid foundation of Russian-African cooperation, which is mutually beneficial and built on the basis of international law and with respect for each other, Zakharova underscored.
Russian reporters receive threats after investigating secret military group: editor
October 15, 2019 - MOSCOW - A group of Russian journalists who investigated the activities of a secretive group of Russian mercenaries in Africa and the Middle East have been subject to a campaign of physical threats and harassment, their editor-in-chief said.

“Proekt,” an independent Moscow-based online news outlet which specializes in investigations, began to publish a series of articles in March looking into the role of a shadowy group of mercenaries known as Wagner.

Around the same time editor-in-chief Roman Badanin said his journalists began to receive emailed threats of physical retribution for their work.

Unknown people tried to break into his staff’s personal accounts on Facebook, the Telegram messenger service and Google mail, he said, and one of his journalists was followed in the street by an unknown man who filmed her with a video camera.

This is all simply an attempt to make us nervous, to distract from our journalistic work, to make it clear that we’re under surveillance and that they’re watching us,” Badanin told Reuters in an interview.

Badanin said he could not prove who was behind the harassment campaign, which he said peaked last month when Proekt ran an investigation into Wagner’s apparent activities in Libya.

Proekt did not complain to the police over the incidents, he said, saying he had instead decided to speak out publicly to draw attention to the threats.

People with ties to the Wagner group have previously told Reuters that it has carried out clandestine combat missions on the Kremlin’s behalf in Ukraine and Syria. Russian authorities deny Wagner contractors carry out their orders. The Wagner group was thrust into the spotlight last year when three Russian journalists were killed in Central African Republic while investigating there.

Russian private military contractors use a defense ministry base in southern Russia containing barracks that were built by a company linked to businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, Reuters reported in April.

The United States imposed sanctions on Prigozhin after it accused him of trying meddle in its 2016 presidential election and the 2018 U.S. congressional elections.

Prigozhin has denied any links to Wagner and has declined to comment on the U.S. allegations, calling them a “private matter” for the U.S. Treasury. When asked if it was behind Proekt’s troubles, Concord Management and Consulting, Prigozhin’s main business, said by email:

“If journalists are being persecuted or threatened they should phone 02,” a reference to the police emergency number in Russia.

Russia is regularly criticized by media freedom watchdogs who say attacks on journalists often go unpunished. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists says 28 journalists have been killed in Russia since 2000.
There are several references to the Wagner group of mercenaries in the Forum:
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Leaked document says Russians are repairing Libyan National Army’s heavy equipment | Jane's 360
13 September 2019 - Russian technicians are supporting the Libyan National Army (LNA), the powerful faction led by former general Khalifa Haftar, by repairing its Soviet-supplied armoured fighting vehicles and artillery, according to a leaked document released by the Russian investigative news website Proekt on 12 September as part of a joint investigation with The Daily Beast and The Dossier.

[,,,] The document did not state whether the Russian technicians were serving military personnel or contractors, although Proekt said the metadata in the document showed it was written by an individual who is reportedly associated with the private military company known as the Wagner Group.


Mystery as plane carrying Russian arms smugglers crashes in Congo

Mystery as plane carrying Russian arms smugglers crashes in Congo
The personal chaffeur of president Felix Tshisekedi, pictured arriving at the UN General Assembly last month, and three of his bodyguards were on board - REUTERS

The personal chaffeur of president Felix Tshisekedi, pictured arriving at the UN General Assembly last month, and three of his bodyguards were on board - REUTERS

The TelegraphOctober 16, 2019 - The Democratic Republic of Congo has one of the world’s worst aviation safety records, so reports that an aircraft had tumbled into a remote forest last week caused few international ripples.

Since then, however, a deepening mystery over the nature of the cargo and the identity of those on board has left the Congolese government facing awkward questions.

The fate of the stricken plane, a mysterious Antonov-72 so far only identified by its former registration number, EK-72903, may also provide a glimpse into the murkier side of Russia’s attempts to reassert its influence in Africa.

The details remain scant. Last Thursday, the plane crashed 59 minutes after taking off from the eastern city of Goma bound for the capital Kinshasa. None of the eight people on board survived, officials said.

The passengers were identified as the personal chauffeur of Felix Tshisekedi, Congo’s president, and three of his bodyguards. An armoured vehicle used by the president was also on board.


A more troubling disclosure followed when two of the four-strong crew were identified. Vitaly Shumkov and Vladimir Sadovnichy, the plane’s pilots, were not only Russian nationals, they both appeared to have a background in gun running.

The plane, too, has a murky past. EK-72903 was once owned by an Armenian company whose proprietor has been linked to arms smuggling elsewhere in Africa.

Whether the crew were somehow furthering Kremlin interests remains unknown. However, there is no secret that Russia hopes to regain the influence the Soviet Union once wielded in Africa by wooing its leaders with arms sales, private security and “political technologists” adept at winning elections.

Such attempts have often been linked to Yevgeny Prigozhin, a close associate of Vladimir Putin who has been accused of masterminding attempts to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election.

Mr Prigozhin allegedly had Congo in his sights after Russia announced in May that it was sending a team of army specialists to the country.

Some Russia media outlets speculated that Mr Prigozhin, was on board the plane ahead of a meeting with President Tshisekedi. That is almost certainly untrue.

Slumming it on an Antonov is generally not Mr Progozhin’s style. “He wouldn’t get into a plane like that,” a Congolese government official said. “This gentleman is an oligarch and if he travels then he travels on his own plane.”

The official said that while Mr Prigozhin had not been scheduled to meet President Tshisekedi, other Russian government representatives had requested a meeting to discuss the upcoming summit.

It is unclear if any were on board. At least two people described as being “of eastern European origin” were also on the plane. They have not yet been identified, adding to the intrigue surrounding the flight.

For the moment, whoever else was on board the plane remains unknown. With some sources saying there may have been 11 people rather than eight on board, UN officials were attempting to identify the remains of the dead — some of whom had been hastily buried — last night.

Even that might not put an end to the intrigue of what happened aboard EK-72903. Congo rarely gives up its mysteries. In 1961, a plane departing the country with then UN secretary general Dag Hammarskjöld on board crashed.

Three inquiries failed to determined the cause of the crash and Hammarskjöld’s death remains a mystery to this day.
Four bodies pulled from Congo plane crash wreckage
Four unidentified bodies have been found in Congo amid the wreckage of a plane that had been carrying staff of Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi, the government said on Tuesday.

Cargo plane crashes in Congo with presidential staff on board
October 11, 2019 - A cargo plane carrying presidential staff crashed in eastern Congo
on Thursday, and all eight passengers and crew are feared dead, a presidential adviser told Reuters on Friday.

The plane, carrying President Felix Tshisekedi’s driver, a logistics manager and some soldiers, was headed from Goma to the capital Kinshasa and went off radar on Thursday afternoon, an hour after departing, a statement from the civil aviation authority said.

The Russian embassy in Democratic Republic of Congo said on its Facebook page that preliminary information indicated that Russians were among the crew members on the Antonov jet.

Debris of the plane has been found, but the people aboard are still missing, said adviser Vidiye Tshimanga. The cause of the accident was not yet clear.

Local media showed a crowd of hundreds of Tshisekedi supporters hitting the streets of Kinshasa after the news broke on Friday morning, fearing that the plane crash had been some kind of failed coup attempt against Tshisekedi. The president took over from long-standing former President Joseph Kabila this year.

No information immediately backed up such a claim. Kabila offered his condolences to Tshisekedi and all the victims, Kabila’s political coalition said in a Tweet.

Russia accuses U.S diplomats of regularly trying to access restricted military areas
FILE PHOTO: Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova listens during the annual news conference of the Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (not pictured) in Moscow, Russia January 16, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Oct. 17, 2019 - Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday that U.S. diplomats regularly tried to get into restricted military areas.

Russia protests after catching U.S. diplomats near military test site
Russia said on Thursday it would issue a formal note of protest to the United States after police caught three U.S. diplomats in what it said was a restricted area near a closed military testing site.

Russia removes U.S. diplomats from train near secret test site accident: Ifax
FILE PHOTO: Russian and U.S. state flags fly near a factory of Ford Sollers, a joint venture of U.S. carmaker Ford with Russian partners, in Vsevolozhsk, Leningrad Region, Russia March 27, 2019. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov/File Photo
Russia removed three U.S. diplomats from a train near the site of a mysterious military testing accident on Monday because they did not have special permits to be in the area, the Interfax news agency reported on Wednesday.
 

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The fighting in the city and the blocking of gangs was carried out by servicemen of six countries at the Mulino training ground in the Nizhny Novgorod Region during a joint exercise with the Collective Rapid Reaction Forces of the CSTO Interaction-2019

Newsletter of the Center for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties and the Control of the Movement of Refugees (October 17, 2019) https://s.mil.ru/2IXGrpA


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In the framework of preparation for the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Victory in World War II the Russian Embassy in the Netherlands hosted on October 15 last a presentation of the novel “One Hundred and One”, which was written by the Uzbek and Russian authors Anvar Irgashev and Yulia Medvedovskaya respectively.

The book tells a story of the tragic and, at the same time, heroic fate of more than a hundred Red Army soldiers from Uzbekistan who were captured by the Nazis and went through all the torments of hell in the dungeons of the Dutch concentration camp Amersfoort, where they were shot on April 9, 1942.

Among the participants of a joint reception organized by the diplomatic missions of Russia and Uzbekistan on the occasion of the presentation of the abovementioned book along with the Russian and Uzbek diplomats were representatives of compatriots of both countries, living in The Hague, the diplomatic corps and civil society. There was also Albert Gitelink, a member of the Dutch Resistance movement, who fought against the fascist occupation in 1940-1945.

In his address to the audience the Russian Ambassador to the Netherlands Alexander Shulgin emphasized the “necessity to restore the historical truth”, as well as “a decisive rebuff to those who, refusing the common sense, tries to impose equal responsibility on fascist Germany and the Soviet Union in unleashing of World War II".
 

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At 0636 Russian icebreaker has announced Mayday west of Ålesund. Machine Stans. 33 people on board. Full storm in the area. The rescue helicopter has hosted the ship. Tugs are on their way. The ship has now regained some engine power.

TASS, October 22. An unnamed Russian icebreaker gave an SOS signal off the west coast of Norway. This was announced on Tuesday by the Norwegian Central Rescue Services on Twitter.

"The Russian icebreaker gave a Mayday signal west of Aalesund. The engine stopped. 33 people are on board. There is a storm in this zone," the report said.

A rescue helicopter flew around the ship, now rescue boats are moving forward. The crew managed to partially start the engines.
ICE BREAKER UPDATE: They have now started on two of four main machines, and have maneuverability. No injuries or missed. We are waiting for a weather window this afternoon. Boa Heimdal, Far Sigma and K / V Bergen are on their way, should the situation change. Rescue helicopter returned to Florø.
 

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Putin completes a major chess move for the future of Russia, on many events coming!
Haters gonna hate!
How is “Putin's industrialization” of Russia different from “Stalinist”? The progress of the construction of one of the largest plants in the world, the Amur GPP, has overcome 50%. Before our eyes, a real giant is being erected, comparable to the titans of the Stalinist and ... http://ru-an.info/n/88078/welcom
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Vladimir Putin spoke at the plenary session of the Artificial Intelligence Journey conference.
Nov 10, 2019 / 13:17
Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke at the plenary session of the Artificial Intelligence Journey conference. Russian President says we shouldn't be developing technology "for the sake of technology"

Artificial Intelligence Journey, the largest forum in Eastern Europe, was held in Moscow for the first time on November 8–9, 2019.

It was attended by over 5,000 participants, including leading international and Russian experts in AI and data analysis, as well representatives of over 1,000 companies – leaders in developing and applying AI technologies in business processes.
 

Ocean

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has told widows of the five scientists who died in a nuclear explosion earlier this year that their husbands were working on 'the most advanced and unmatched technical' weaponry.


President Putin says five men killed in huge explosion in northern Russia that caused sudden radiation spike died trying to create a weapon that ‘has no equal in the world

 

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Russia has been handed a four-year ban from major sporting events, including the Olympics and football World Cup, after the Executive Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) approved sanctions on Monday.
This is absolutely shocking, what a bunch of moronic lunatics run this world!! :curse:

It's heartbreaking to think of all the hardworking people who have devoted their life to sports and whose dreams of representing their country at an international level have been shattered. 4 years in the field of sports is a very long time, careers don't last decades like in other fields. Sports people retire much quicker so 4 years means a death sentence careers of many Russian sports people.

What a disgusting move, especially given the news from the 5th of December that "the database of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory was tampered with during at least a six-month period by its former head, Grigory Rodchenkov, and his collages, who fled to the US".


The manipulations were made between November 2015 and June 2016 – when the database was switched off from the internet. They came from an account called olegmigachev, which had an IP-address registered in California, the report said.

According to the experts, the version of the LIMS stolen by Rodchenkov from the Moscow laboratory, wasn’t used in routine mode in the US, but kept on a data storage device, which opened it up for use by interested parties in attempts to back their “high-profile doping revelations.”

"Russian technical experts are unanimous in the opinion that even a shorter period of time is enough to alter any version of LIMS not used in routine fashion (as well as any other software) without leaving any evidence (traces of interference)."
 

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Three headlines that caught my attention. First there was two very large fires on the same day one in Moscow and one in St Petersburg. For chance little is impossible, but how likely is such a coincidence?
Today there was a fire in a factory that produces chemical products for cars, 4500 sqm and in Moscow a fire coved an area of 7000 sqm.
This is a video we received shortly before the broadcast from St. Petersburg. Burns a huge hangar. Inside parts and, most importantly, all chemicals. MOE in place to monitor the quality of air. They say everything is normal. It was reported that the area of the fire four and a half thousand square meters. Then that more than two thousands collapsed the roof. Extinguish 170 40 cars and a fire train.

And in Moscow it took two helicopters to strengthen to the burning warehouse. Fabric for furniture, other such materials — and in the fire of seven thousand square meters. A column of black smoke was visible from afar.

In both capitals, nobody has suffered.
Also five members of Islamic States were caught in Moscow along with weapons and explosives.
Now the footage published today by the Federal security service.Moscow street in the new year decoration and lightning capture.

Five militants of the banned ISIS was planning terrorist attacks in the capital. Pistol, rifle, ammunition and a pipe bomb. Everything according to instructions from abroad, which the operatives of the FSB and the interior Ministry also found.
On Stalker Zone there was
Navalny’s HQ in St. Petersburg Is Managed by an Employee of an NGO Supervised by the Israeli Authorities
On November 21st it became known that the head of the regional headquarters of A. Navalny in St. Petersburg was a former municipal deputy candidate for the Smolninsky municipality Irina Fatyanova. But special attention to Fatyanova is attracted not even because of her attempt to be elected as a deputy, but by the substantial experience of working for a foreign state structure – the Israeli Cultural Center at the Embassy of Israel in the Russian Federation. By the way, this organisation is structurally subordinate to the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel.
It is hard not to suspect some kind of a low level conflict going on. Probably it is unavoidable in todays world.
 

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President Putin's annual news conference - December 19, 2019 (Transcript)

Vladimir Putin’s annual news conference
The news conference was broadcast live by Rossiya-1, Rossiya-24, Channel One, NTV television channels, as well as radio stations Mayak, Vesti FM and Radio Rossii.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's end-of-year news conference

Putin says no plans for Russia-China military alliance

Russia's Putin says WADA four-year doping ban 'not justified'



Also on Thursday December `9, 2019, Vladimir Putin attended a gala evening hosted in the State Kremlin Palace to mark Security Agency Worker’s Day, celebrated in Russia on December 20. Also reported: A gunman opened fire on the headquarters of Russia's FSB security service in central Moscow on Thursday evening in a rare shooting incident that the FSB said had left at least one of its employees dead.

Gala evening marking Security Agency Worker’s Day

Gunman attacks Russian security service HQ in Moscow, kills employee

Five wounded in Moscow shooting, receiving treatment: Interfax cites health ministry

Russia's FSB says it 'neutralizes' shooter after attack in central Moscow: Ifax

Moscow shooting incident could be linked to Putin speech: FSB source



A Russian woman jailed in the United States for working as a foreign agent and deported to Moscow has been hired by Russia's state-funded RT television as a host for an online show that mocks the opposition, the station said on Tuesday.

Maria Butina, convicted in U.S. of being Russian agent, gets job as state TV host
 

youlik

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МОЛНИЯ: Владимир Путин открывает железнодорожную часть Крымского моста

От себя хочу добавить, что сделано огромное дело и по словам одного из крымских политиков, с которым я целиком согласен, с этого момента Крымский полуостров практически стал материковой частью России.

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LIGHTNING: Vladimir Putin opens the railway part of the Crimean bridge

23.12.2019-13: 41
At this moment, Russian President Vladimir Putin solemnly opens the movement of trains on the railway part of the Crimean bridge.

The President of Russia is in the driver's cab in the composition, following the railway track through the Kerch Strait from the station "Kerch South. New Park " in Taman.

Together with the President of Russia in the train are the Minister of transport of the Russian Federation Evgeny Dietrich, the head of the Crimea Sergey Aksenov, the acting Governor of Sevastopol Mikhail Razvozzhaev, the head of the Board of Directors "stroygazmontazh" Arkady Rotenberg (his company was engaged in the construction of the Crimean bridge) and the General Director of the Crimean railway Alexey Gladilin.

Recall, the first passenger train message St. Petersburg-Sevastopol will pass on the Crimean bridge at night on December 25.


МОЛНИЯ: Владимир Путин открывает железнодорожную часть Крымского моста (ПРЯМАЯ ТРАНСЛЯЦИЯ)

I would like to add that a great deal has been done, and according to one of the Crimean politicians, with whom I fully agree, from that moment the Crimean Peninsula practically became the mainland of Russia.
 
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LIGHTNING: Vladimir Putin opens the railway part of the Crimean bridge
23.12.2019-13: 41
At this moment, Russian President Vladimir Putin solemnly opens the movement of trains on the railway part of the Crimean bridge.
Putin opens Russian rail route to annexed Crimea
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the railway part of a bridge, which was constructed to connect the Russian mainland with the Crimean Peninsula across the Kerch Strait, in Taman, Russia December 23, 2019. Sputnik/Aleksey Nikolskyi/Kremlin via REUTERS
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the railway part of a bridge, which was constructed to connect the Russian mainland with the Crimean Peninsula across the Kerch Strait, in Taman, Russia December 23, 2019. Sputnik/Aleksey Nikolskyi/Kremlin

President Vladimir Putin on Monday opened a rail route linking Russia's two biggest cities to Crimea, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014, and said it proved that the country could deliver on giant infrastructure projects.

Putin takes rail ride from Kerch to Taman across Crimean Bridge (Photos)
https://tass.com/society/1102447

About 14 mlllion people will travel over Crimean Bridge in 2020, Putin says
https://tass.com/economy/1102501
 

youlik

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Дорогой angelburst29, приведенная Вами ссылка содержит абсолютно неверное, с моей точки зрения определение. Я ни в коем случае не хочу вступать в политический спор, просто по нашему говоря - режет ухо. Приведу формулировки, которые используем мы для описания этого события. Предварительно объявившая о независимости от Украины республика Крым, в результате референдума, вошла в состав Российской Федерации или попросту Крым, бывший частью России на протяжении 200 лет, вернулся на родину.

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Dear angelburst29, the link you gave contains absolutely incorrect, from my point of view definition. I in any case do not want to enter into a political dispute, just in our opinion - cuts the ear. Here are the formulations that we use to describe this event. Previously declared independence from Ukraine, the Republic of Crimea, as a result of a referendum, became part of the Russian Federation or simply Crimea, which was part of Russia for 200 years, returned home.
 
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