Obama Blackface Skit on Kremlin-Funded TV Sparks Outrage
A Russian late-night television sketch featuring a racist impersonation of former U.S. President Barack Obama by an actress in blackface has sparked controversy after airing on a Kremlin-funded network over the weekend.After lampooning Obama’s recently published memoir during his Saturday evening political satire show Mezhdunarodnaya Pilorama (“International Saw-Panorama”), host Tigran Keosayan segues to an interview with the fake former president.Не могу пройти мимо очередного шедевра Боброедов. Автор и сценарист программы - Маргарита Симоньян. Вместе с мужем ведущим они получают за каждый вы...
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Putin 'awaiting official US result' to congratulate winner: Kremlin
Russian President Vladimir Putin is waiting for official results from the US presidential election before congratulating a winner, the Kremlin said on Monday."We consider it correct to wait for the official results to be finalised. I want to remind you that President Putin repeatedly said he will respect the choice of the American people," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.Many world leaders congratulated President-elect Joe Biden after he took an insurmountable lead over Donald Trump in the vote count.When Trump won the 2016 presidential election over Hillary Clinton, Putin congr...
Kremlin denies rumour that Putin to resign as 'complete nonsense'
The Kremlin on Friday denied a rumour that Russian President Vladimir Putin would resign within the coming months due to a health issue as "complete nonsense."British tabloid The Sun reported that Putin would quit the presidency early next year because, it claimed, he has Parkinson's disease, as evidenced by him appearing to shake weirdly in a recent video.The Kremlin's spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, rejected such claims and attested that Putin is in excellent health."This is complete nonsense. Everything is fine with the president," Peskov said in comments carried by state news agency TASS.The ...
Kremlin-linked “propaganda factory” eyes Central Asia, China
Vladimir Yakunin being received in Kazakhstan last year (doc-research.org)A Berlin-based outfit with close links to a Russian oligarch under Western sanctions is expanding its activities in Central Asia and China.The Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC) styles itself as “a think tank that researches and develops proposals that address key challenges faced by the international community.” Its sources of funding, however, are opaque. An investigation by the German news outlet Deutsche Welle found that the institute’s primary funding sources were close to the Kremlin, in particular...
The Kremlin Takes On a Resurrected Navalny
In his first press interview after being poisoned, the Russian opposition activist Alexey Navalny told Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine that President Vladimir Putin was personally behind the attempt on his life, and that the Russian leadership won’t stop poisoning people any time soon.Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov’s response to Navalny’s comments on Oct. 1 was unexpectedly blunt and expansive. “We consider some of the assertions made in the aforementioned publication extremely offensive and also unacceptable,” he told journalists.Peskov also repeated State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodi...
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Perspectives | New Armenian-Azerbaijani war forces Russia to make tough choices
(photo: Armenia MOD)A striking feature of the new Armenian-Azerbaijani war is Russia’s apparent passivity. By day four of the last major fighting, in April 2016, the Kremlin had already convened a meeting between the countries’ security chiefs and brokered a ceasefire.Four years later, while President Vladimir Putin was quick to call for restraint and joined presidents Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump in calling for de-escalation on 1 October, the Kremlin has been conspicuous by its low visibility, if not absence.To be sure, the scale of the fighting and Turkey’s support have given Baku greate...
Kremlin: Putin, Armenian PM discuss Nagorno-Karabakh in third phone call in six days
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan held a third phone call in six days since fighting broke out between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenians over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, the Kremlin said on Friday, Reuters reported.Putin and Pashinyan expressed serious concern about the involvement of what the Kremlin termed illegal armed groups from the Middle East in the fighting.Putin reiterated the need for an immediate ceasefire, the Kremlin added.© The Middle East Monitor 2009-2020. All Rights ReservedProvided by SyndiGate Media Inc.
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Poisoned Kremlin critic Navalny says Russia’s Putin ‘behind the crime’
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny told a German magazine that Russia's President Vladimir Putin was behind his suspected poisoning and stressed that he was not afraid.Navalny was flown from Russia to Berlin in August after falling ill on a domestic flight. He received treatment in the Charite hospital for what Germany said was poisoning by a potentially deadly nerve agent before being discharged in September."I claim that Putin is behind the crime and I don't have any other versions of what happened," Navalny told Der Spiegel, according to an extract of an interview due to be published ...
Kremlin Orders 2-Week Virus Quarantine for All Putin Visitors – Reports
The Kremlin has imposed a mandatory two-week quarantine for anyone scheduled to meet President Vladimir Putin in person, the Proekt investigative website reported Wednesday.Putin, 67, has held most of his meetings via videoconference since the start of the pandemic, which has affected several high-ranking government officials including his spokesman and prime minister. As restrictions have been gradually lifted this summer, Putin met a growing number of officials in person and has at least once ventured out of his residence near Moscow.“Everyone, regardless of regalia or age, has to serve a ve...
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Trudy Rubin: Kremlin's murder of opponents can't be accepted as new global norm
On Friday, President Donald Trump said the United States had no proof yet that the most prominent Russian opposition leader had been poisoned by the Kremlin.Never mind that German military scientists had confirmed earlier in the week “100%” that Alexei Navalny was poisoned by one of the world’s deadliest — and internationally banned — chemical agents developed by the Soviet Union. (Having fallen ill while he campaigned in Siberia, Navalny had been medevaced to a Berlin hospital.)On Sept. 2, Western governments condemned Russia. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the Navalny case an “attemp...
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