Russian Constitution Proposed Amendments and Article 67 – Is Ukraine Going to Loose Donbass and Luhansk Regions?

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the scheduled vote on amendments to the Russian Constitution will run from June 25 to July 1. According to the Kremlin, the ballot will not contain separate items for each amendment; voters can only vote for the entire package at once by answering just one question: “Do you Approve of changes to the Constitution of the Russian Federation?” Yes or No?

Is This Lukashenko’s Last Year? What Awaits Belarus with a Kremlin Backed Opposition Candidate?

This week Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the vote on the proposed Russian constitution amendments will take place on July 1. The amendments include the removal of term limits so Putin can remain in power until 2036 and beyond. On August 9 there will be a presidential election in Belarus; current president Alexander Lukashenko is running for a sixth term.

Ukraine Now Has Fast Discounted Growing Freelance Gig Opportunities and Free News in 9 of Their Languages

Ukraine ranks fifth amongst the fastest growing freelance markets at over 35% of world growth in the Global Gig Economy Index. This is likely due to Ukraine’s special tax regulation for freelancers and digital product companies that exempt them from the value-added tax, which has accelerate their growth far ahead of most countries.

Russian President Putin Signs Nuclear Decree

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the Nuclear Weapons decree on June 2. The decree titled “On The Basis Of  The State Policy Of The Russian Federation In The Field of Nuclear Deterrence” is a document regulating the conditions under which Russia has the right to launch a nuclear strike against an aggressor (or a pack of aggressors). The main goal is to legalize the use of nuclear weapons in limited local conflicts.

Putin and Erdogan Plays “Syria Game” in Libya

The recent crackdown on rebel leader General Khalifa Haftar’s forces in Libya has made it increasingly clear that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan are set to take over covert control of the country’s future. Turkey provides military assistance to support of the government in Tripoli, while Gen. Haftar’s army has several thousand Russian “mercenaries.”

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Proposes Budapest Style Negotiations Without Russia – Is It Viable?

Consultations on the settlement of the situation in the Donbas area should begin with the participation of Ukraine, the US and the UK according to the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Olexii Reznikov. On March 4 the Ukrainian Parliament approved the country’s new Cabinet of Ministers. Due to his appointment as Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine – Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories, Reznikov has ceased his partnership in Asters law firm.

Details: The Vote to Proposed Russian Constitution Amendments is July 1

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the date of the all-Russian vote on amendments to the Constitution. The vote will be held on July 1 the President said at a meeting with the working group on preparing amendments. Putin said that there are 30 days needed from that date in order to work out the mechanisms for protecting citizens from the coronavirus pandemic. Russia has the third highest number of cases in the world.

Beware of Future Travel to Russia – Tracking and Intelligence Gathering of Foreigner Data

Russian experts suggested that the Russian Interior Ministry create a digital profile of a foreigner entering Russia as well as foreign nationals who are already working in Russia. It will be a special app that all foreigners will have to install on their electronic devices. Russian law enforcement will monitor all the person’s whereabouts and communication.

Russia Expanding Military Bases in Syria – Is Africa Next?

Russian President Vladimir Putin gave an order to the Russian Defense and Foreign ministries to discuss with Syria the transfer of additional real estate and water areas to the Russian military. The Russian government approved the draft Protocol No. 1 to the agreement on the deployment of the Russian aviation group in Syria on August 26, 2015. After reaching an agreement with the Syrian side, the agencies must sign it on behalf of Russia. Changes are allowed to the document that do not have a fundamental character.

New Info on Russia’s New Private Spacecraft ARGO – Is It Better?

The Russian private company International Commercial Space announced a concept of ARGO in the Fall of 2019. The majority of the staff is from the S7 Space company, which is the first Russian commercial company providing a full service launching of spacecrafts with the use of the launch vehicles Zenit. Only now is new information pertaining to the ARGO project becaming available. ARGO will be a conjoined project between Roscosmos, Rosatom and Rostec.

US Democrats, Biden, Ukraine and the Kremlin Proxy Battle – Details Revealed

Last week, there was a press conference in Ukraine pertaining to “New facts of the international corruption and external governance.” The event organizers were the non-factional Deputy Andrey Derkach and ex-head of the special group of prosecutors Konstantin Kulik. At the press conference, seven fragments of conversations were released between President Petro Poroshenko, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry.

Russian Prosecutor Asking 18 Years Maxim Security Prison Term for Paul Whelan, Was He a Spy or Black Market Contractor?

A Prosecutor investigating the case of a former US Navy officer accused of spying in Russia has requested 18 years in a maximum-security prison for the defendant, Paul Whelan. The trial wrapped up on May 25, 2020. It is expected that the verdict of the marine, who was detained in Moscow 17 months ago, will be announced by the court in June after final submissions.

BREAKING: Another “Suicide” of a Former Oligarch in Ukraine – Peculiar Parallel to Russian Oligarch “Suicide” Last Month

This Saturday the body of Ukrainian MP Valery Davydenko was found by the toilet. The cleaning lady who found his body stated that he appeared to have a gunshot wound to the head. The location was the office of the European Solidarity party, a political party in Ukraine. It has its roots in a parliamentary group called Solidarity dating from 2000 and has existed since in various forms as a political outlet for Petro Poroshenko.

How to Set Up Good Relations with Russia

Russia treated Ukraine like an aggressor who occupied Crimea and a part of East Ukraine, infringing on the international laws and agreements. Agreements that there signed by Russia itself.

This was possible because of former president Barrak Obama.

What should be done now? Should Ukraine under support of NATO take actions to reclaim the territories? This means war. Such a war can leap into a nuclear war as Russia was hinted repeatedly. Obviously this path is unacceptable. Much more desirable is to find a solution by utilizing peaceful means.

Decorated SVR Intelligence Officer Found Dead in Moscow Apartment – Natural Cause or Perhaps Something Else?

A decorated SVR intelligence agent has been found dead in Moscow. SVR is the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service focusing mostly on civilian affairs. The SVR RF succeeded the First Chief Directorate of the KGB in December 1991. It is also engaged in intelligence to provide the state with information that can influence Russian policy and decisions made by its leadership. The range of power is extremely wide including intelligence in the military-strategic,  economic, political, scientific and technical fields. The SVR headquarters are located in the Yasenevo District of Moscow.

US Withdraws from the Open Sky Treaty and New Sanctions

The US officially notified the parties to the Open  Skies Treaty of its withdrawal, after which they will be released from their obligations under this document six months later. The announcement came on May 22. The US government cited Russia’s alleged non-compliance with the terms of the agreement as the reason. At the same time, US President Donald Trump did not rule out that the decision may be changed if Moscow begins to follow the document. Russia has denied US accusations of violating the Treaty.

Global Nuclear Spending Report – Largest Spending Since Cold War Era

A new report by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons states that global spending on nuclear weapons development set a record not seen since the end of the cold war. The ICANW is a global civil society coalition working to promote adherence to and full implementation of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The headquarters are located in Geneva, Switzerland.

How to Ship Perishables and Keep Them Fresh During Transport

Shipping perishable foods is an emerging market. Those working from home are ordering more frozen foods because they are easier to handle and cook. Here’s how to ship perishables if you’re thinking about starting this business.

Before you ship a perishable product, you have to ensure that the packaging is well-insulated. The package has to keep heat away from the product to prevent it from going bad. Here are a few shipping solutions for temperature-sensitive products:

Drone Food Delivery Launched in Russia – Is It Coming to US?

Drone food delivery has been launched in Russia. The residents of the city of Izhevsk are the first in Russia to have such service. ZALA AERO, which is Russia’s leading manufacturer of drones received certification to start selling the service. The ZALA AERO Drone Service launch is perfectly timed, given the coronavirus social distancing measures in place.

Strange Fires in Russian Hospitals Treating Patients with Coronavirus

In the past month, there are series of strange hospital events resulting in deaths reported in Russia. The epicenter seems to be Moscow, St. Petersburg and surrounding areas. On May 9th in Moscow Hospital #50, a fire broke out in the ICU treating coronavirus patients. One woman on a ventilator died and over 300 people had to be evacuated. At the time, the cause of fire was suspected to be a Russian Made Aventa-M ventilator.

Is There a Race Between US and Russia to Upgrade the Afterburner Engine in Jets?

The Rockwell B-1 Lancer is one of the three strategic bombers in the  U.S. Air Force fleet as of 2020. The additional two are the B-2 Spirit and the B-52 Stratofortress. Nicknamed “The Bone,” the B-1B Lancer is a long-range, multi-mission, supersonic conventional bomber, which has served the United States Air Force since 1985. The Russian equivalent of the B-1 Lancer is the TU-160.

Russian Autonomous Uninhabited Underwater Vehicle Vityaz Takes Historic Dive

The Russian autonomous uninhabited underwater vehicle Vityaz installed a historic pennant at the bottom of the Mariana Trench in honor of the 75th anniversary of the “Victory in the Great Patriotic War” (WWII).  The information was released by the press service of the Foundation for Advanced Research. The statement claimed this was the first time Vityaz sank to the bottom of the world’s deepest trench. The depth reached was recorded at 10,228 meters.

Fire Breaks Out at Polish National Center for Nuclear Research – Is It Accident or Kremlin’s Strategic Move?

There are reports of the fire that started inside the ventilation system in the Polish National Center of the Nuclear Research in the city of Svierk, 30 km  from Warsaw. Th Center has been Poland’s top location for nuclear research since 1955. Over the decades several Swierk institutes formed the core of Poland nuclear ambitions, creating four of Poland’s five nuclear research reactors and critical assemblies, all but one of which is still at service.

South Korea Successfully Tested Hyunmoo-4 Missile – Why Does It Resemble Russian Iskander-M?

South Korea successfully tested the Hyunmoo-4 missile. The information became available via the Yonhap News Agency. According to a South Korean government official, the testing took place at the Anheung test site, which is located in Taeang County on the west coast of the country. The name of the site if translated means ironically “the guardian angel of the Northern Sky.”

Does SMART Nuclear Arms Reduction Treaty Between US and Russia Have a Future?

US President Donald Trump’s special envoy for arms control, Marshall Billingslea, stated that the strategic treaty with Russia should include new weapons systems. Trump appointed Billingslea on April 10 as Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control. In this role, Billingslea will lead arms control negotiations on behalf of the US government. Previously, he served as the Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing in the United States Department of the Treasury.

Russia Deployed Rezonans-NE Radar Systems Near Israeli Border

Concern is rising over reports of Russian Armed Forces deployment of Resonans-NE radar systems near the Israeli border. The Resonans-NE radar system is designed for long-range detection, tracking, determination of coordinates and movement parameters of a wide class of modern and promising targets, including cruise and ballistic missiles, hypersonic aircraft, even those manufactured using stealth technology.

Russia’s Hidden Silicon Valley

The US Silicon Valley is known around the world. However “Silicon Valley” as such does not exist on the map. This is the name of a conglomerate of cities on the peninsula between the cities of San Francisco and San Jose, where the offices of leading global and IT firms are located. The cities are Menlo Park (Facebook), Palo Alto (Quora), Mountain View (Google, Microsoft), and Sunnyvale (Yahoo, Motorola, Microsoft, Juniper, HP, Amazon, LinkedIn). There are many universities in the area as well.

BREAKING: Two Suicides of Russian Oligarchs Within Weeks – What is the Kremlin Hiding?

Dmitry Bosov, the largest shareholder and head of the Board of Directors of Alltek group, committed suicide at his home in the village of Usovo near Moscow on May 6. The geographical location is dubbed Rublevka, which is an unofficial name of a prestigious residential area in the western suburbs of Moscow, located along the Rublyovo-Uspenskoye Highway. The name derives from the name of the highway: Rublyovskoye shosse. 

Is China Contemplating Military Action Against the US? Have They Lost Kremlin Support for Good?

On Monday May 4, Reuters published leaked information pertaining to a classified report compiled by the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, a think tank affiliated with the Ministry of State Security, China’s top intelligence body and key intelligence structure of the PRC. The report was told to Reuters by sources familiar with the contents of the document.

Is Russia Now Killing Doctors Who Complain While Treating Coronavirus Patients?

Coronavirus continues to be on the forefront of the news around the world. Currently, there are over 3.6 million infected and over 250,000 deaths around the globe. As many nations start to reopen their economies and adjust to the new normal, Russia is experiencing a spike in coronavirus cases. Russian bravado pertaining to the efficient management of COVID-19 is dwindling.