20:32 [TASS] (E)
A plane delivering medical equipment from China to Cyprus, which had to land for refueling in Moscow after Turkey refused to allow it to fly through its airspace, has successfully arrived to Larnaca on Wednesday night, Cyprus’s Minister of Transport, Communications and Works Yiannis Karousos said in a Twitter post. "36 tonnes of medical items for protection against the coronavirus have been delivered to Cyprus from China.
11:01 [The Saker] (E)
By Matthew Ehret - As today’s world teeters on the brink of a financial collapse greater than anything the world experienced in either 1923 Weimar or the 1929 Great depression, a serious discussion has been initiated by leaders of Russia and China regarding the terms of the new system which must inevitably replace the currently dying neo-liberal order. Most recently, Vladimir Putin re-initiated his January 16, 2020 call for a new emergency economic conference to deal with the looming disaster based upon a live session with representatives of the five nuclear powers of the UN Security Council. While Putin’s commitment for this new system is premised upon multi-polar principles of cooperation and respect of national sovereignty, the financial oligarchy and broader deep state structures infesting the western nations who have initiated this crisis over the course of decades of globalization have called for their own version of a new system.
15:15 [TASS] (E)
Coronavirus infection may decline when hot and sunny summer weather sets in, but Russian consumer watchdog Rospotrebnadzor warns of a high probability of a second wave of the spread of the disease this fall, the organization said on Friday. "There is a high probability that in hot weather and a large amount of solar ultraviolet radiation, the frequency of coronavirus infection will decline, like all other respiratory infections. When the weather is cool and rainy, when our citizens return to their places of study or work, there is a high probability of a second wave of incidence in the autumn period," the report said.
17:17 [The Saker] (E)
For those of us who followed the Russian Internet there is a highly visible phenomenon taking place which is quite startling: there are a lot of anti-Putin videos posted on YouTube or its Russian equivalents. Not only that, but a flurry of channels has recently appeared which seem to have made bashing Putin or Mishustin their full-time job. Of course, there have always been anti-Putin and anti-Medvedev videos in the past, but what makes this new wave so different from the old one is that they attack Putin and Mishustin not from pro-Western positions, but from putatively Russian patriotic positions. Even the supposed (not true) “personal advisor” to Putin and national-Bolshevik (true), Alexander Dugin has joined that movement (see here if you understand Russian). This is a new, interesting and complex phenomenon, and I will try to unpack it here.
13:59 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
Although the redoubtable New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared that the Covid-19 virus “has been ahead of us from Day One. We’ve underestimated the enemy, and that is always dangerous, my friends. We should not do that again” it is too much to expect of most political figures that they should ever admit they were wrong about something. President Trump, for example, flatly refuses to acknowledge that in January 2020 he declared that “we have [the virus outbreak] totally under control”, and there are countless similar instances of denial of realities by other leaders, not only about the pandemic, but about very many facets of international affairs. This reluctance extends to the media, although sometimes, it has to be said, some of the media are forced to recognise facts that to them are unpalatable, and to adjust their position accordingly. One recent instance of non-adjustment, however, is the Western media’s continuing public relations and propaganda campaign against Russia.
13:01 [Gold Goats`n Guns] (E)
Tom Luongo - Russia is going to be a destination for safe-haven flows in the post-COVID-19 world. It will be due to its vast savings, prudent fiscal policy and maneuver room available in monetary policy. The biggest reason, however, for why I think Russia looks attractive to foreign investors is simply because of its political stability. Putin deftly proposed to devolve power out of the presidency and reorganize both his cabinet and the current government before the outbreak. And while the final vote on these changes has been delayed because of COVID-19 they will very likely pass without incident when the worst of the crisis in Russia is over.
8:16 [TASS] (E)
On debts, charity, high school currency, student years, motor racing, hunting and motivation - Do you lend money to other people? Sberbank does. Loans are an important element of our daily routine. I don’t. I stopped lending to others a long time ago.-Even to friends? Especially to friends. I don’t lend money because I don’t want to spoil relations with them. In the past, I did lend my money to other people, and several times, I shared literally everything I could afford only to never get my money back. In the meantime, those people kept contacting me as if nothing had happened. Of course, that was unpleasant. Not that I regretted the money I’d lost very much. I rather felt upset at the thought that some people could behave in such a way that just does not add up with my notion of what is right and wrong.
17:07 [Tass] (E)
155,000 Russians returned from abroad by now, Transport Minister Evgeny Ditrikh told reporters on Monday. "155,000 Russian nationals returned to the territory of Russia over the last ten days - from March 20 to date. Specifically, 15,000 flew from countries with terminated or limited air service with them as a result of undertaken measures to control the coronavirus infection spread," the Minister said. 66 charter flights were made on March 29 and more than 8,000 Russian citizens were managed to be returned back home, Ditrikh said.
6:46 [Tass] (E)
Introducing tax on interest on deposits exceeding 1 mln rubles ($12,772) is restoration of justice, Russian presidential spokesman, Dmitry Peskov told reporters. He recalled that so far, interest on deposits has not been taxed, which, according to him, is unfair. "Given the assistance programs that have already been announced and which will be announced for business, for those who face a difficult life situation, and so on, the president considered it necessary to restore this justice and tax these bank dividends at 13%," Peskov said. He noted that the number of deposit holders in the amount of over 1 mln rubles ($12,772) is estimated at several percent. "And they received interest from their deposits, which, by the way, still, despite all the crisis manifestations in Russia, are very attractive for ruble deposits — much more attractive than negative rates, which are already present in European banks," he said. The initiative will affect less than 10% of depositors,...
23:12 [Tass] (E)
Starting March 16, Russia will partly suspend regular air service with all EU states excluding flights between Moscow and EU capitals. Flights to Switzerland and Norway, except the ones to Geneva and Oslo, have also been suspended, Russia’s task force for combating and preventing the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) told reporters on Friday. "In order to ensure the security of the state, to protect the citizens’ health and to avoid the spread of the novel coronavirus infection on Russian territory, the task force has decided to suspend passenger flights starting 00:00 March 16, 2020 Moscow time from the territory of the Russian Federation to the territory of EU member states and back, excluding regular flights between Moscow and EU capitals arriving and departing from Sheremetyevo Terminal F," the message said.
18:52 [zero hedge] (E)
Though Russia thus far hasn`t been as hard hit as other large countries, with 17 now confirmed out of a population of 145 million — among those likely are some initially evacuated from the epicenter in Wuhan province, China — authorities are not taking any chances, enacting extreme measures to prevent the spread.
12:33 [Tass] (E)
All protestors who take part in street rallies must obey the rules of public demonstrations, or else the situation may deteriorate into riots and violence in the streets, Russian President Vladimir Putin told TASS in an interview for the project entitled "20 Questions with Vladimir Putin". "There are certain rules for everybody to adhere to," he said, adding that he was referring to both the supporters and opponents of the authorities. "This is the law. And it must be obeyed. Otherwise, the country’s stability will break down. Do we want to see cars torched in our streets? If there is no response, arson is bound to occur. Shop windows will be smashed to pieces and people will be harmed." He stressed that the law allowed critics to express their point of view by means of public demonstrations, for which permission had to be obtained first.
12:23 [Tass] (E)
Russian President Vladimir Putin has supported the proposal to ban high ranking officials, including ministers, senators and governors, from having foreign assets and bank accounts abroad and suggested expanding the list of such individuals to include the head of state. "I fully agree. However, all officials need to be mentioned, including the head of state, the country’s president. Therefore, I suggest that this official be added to it as well," Putin said at a meeting with the working group to draft amendments to the Constitution.
12:21 [Tass] (E)
Russian President Vladimir Putin has supported the idea of organizing a nationwide vote on the constitutional amendments on April 22, which will be declared a day-off, Pavel Krasheninnikov, a co-chair of the working group for drafting amendments to the Russian constitution, said on Wednesday. "Vladimir Vladimirovich has just agreed with it. So we proceed from it," he said, adding that it will be committed to paper in the law that the day of the nationwide voting on April 22 will not be a working day.
8:22 [TASS] (E)
Russian President Vladimir Putin has advised the opposition to address potential voters with a positive program, and not just endlessly play the blame game by nitpicking the current authorities. "It is not enough to just blame the authorities in order to convince the electorate that those who do the blaming are exactly those people needed. It is necessary to provide a positive program," Putin told TASS in an interview for the project entitled "20 Questions with Vladimir Putin." The Russian leader said criticism was necessary, but it was not enough to develop the country effectively. Today’s means of communication has made it possible to let any point of view be known to the public, so it is utterly unnecessary to stage unauthorized demonstrations, Putin said.
13:47 [TASS] (E)
Ukraine’s anti-Russian police strips it of the competitive edge it might have should it opt to cooperate with Russia, Leonid Slutsky, chairman of the international committee of the Russian State Duma lower parliament house, said on Saturday....Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with TASS on Friday that "any integration of Russia and Ukraine, along with their capacities and competitive advantages would spell the emergence of a rival, a global rival for both Europe and the world.".
8:19 [Tass] (E)
Russian-Ukrainian cooperation irks numerous countries because it creates a global competitor to challenge them, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. "Any integration of Russia and Ukraine, along with their capacities and competitive advantages would spell the emergence of a rival, a global rival for both Europe and the world. No one wants this. That`s why they`ll do anything to tear us apart,"
19:36 [Tass] (E)
German companies in Russia have enhanced efficiency of their operations and investments despite the decreasing total number of firms working in the country and hope with new cabinet business climate will further improve, Chairman of the board of the Russian-German Foreign Trade Chamber Matthias Schepp told TASS...."No firms from any other country in the world invest more in Russia’s real economy, production, plants than German ones. In the past and present, and well into the future Germany remains the leader in terms of localization," he said. "Regardless of that, we hope that investment climate will further improve, particularly with new government, which has many pragmatic young ministers," Schepp noted.
14:46 [Tass] (E)
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed an executive order to release Vladislav Surkov from the position of his aide, the Kremlin’s press service said. "To relieve Vladislav Surkov from the position of the aide to the Russian president," the order reads. The order also notes that it is effective on the day of signing. Surkov was appointed Putin’s aide in September 2013. He headed the Russian Presidential Directorate for Social and Economic Cooperation with the Commonwealth of Independent States Member Countries, the Republic of Abkhazia, and the Republic of South Ossetia.
7:38 [Stalker Zone] (E)
A wide range of issues were discussed at the meeting of the working group on amendments to the Constitution....“As the specialists will formulate, so I will write it,” said the president. “For me, it is not what will be written down in what articles that is important, but that the law on amendments to the Constitution come into force only after summing up the results of the All-Russian vote, and that it is the citizens of Russia who are precisely the authors of these amendments.”
17:08 [Tass] (E)
Russia will react to the US military exercise in Europe Defender 2020 due in March, but it will do so in a way that will rule out unnecessary risks, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a meeting with the staff of the government-run daily Rossiiskaya Gazeta. A transcript of the conversation was published by the Russian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday. "Naturally, we will react," Lavrov said. "We cannot ignore processes that arouse very great concerns. But we will react in a way that will not create unnecessary risks." Those who provoke such utterly unreasonable exercises "wish to see retaliatory measures that would allow for building up tensions further on," he stated.
17:02 [Asia Times] (E)
US Secretary of State pushes against China, Russia during visits to former-Soviet Central Asian countries. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Uzbekistan on Sunday for the final stop of a five-country tour in which he is maneuvering to undercut Chinese and Russian influence. Pompeo’s visit to the Central Asian country of 33 million will see him hold talks Monday with President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who has embarked on ambitious reforms, welcoming tourism and investment in the once-isolated republic while keeping the authoritarian system intact.
14:53 [Tass] (E)
Delegates from 58 Russian regions have voted to form a new party For the Truth and elected the writer Zakhar Prilepin as its leader, TASS reported on Saturday. "There is nothing surprising, much less inappropriate, in the fact that, of course, the Movement for the Truth needs an organization that will implement the things related to the constitution, to social, political and cultural life, as all these will be brought to life. For this purpose, we are setting up the party For the Truth," Prilepin said.
12:17 [TASS] (E)
Ice hockey might help "break the ice" between the United States and Russia to start a conversation about shared interests and values, US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan told reporters on Saturday, while visiting an ice hockey match between Moscow’s clubs Spartak and Dinamo at the Arena CSKA stadium. "I use this as an opportunity just upon my arrival to say, ‘Look, Americans and Russians have a lot in common, including the love of this game and what is going on on the ice," Sullivan said when asked about "hockey diplomacy" which he had promised earlier to promote in Russia.
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