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Italy: two Russian diplomats expelled

Italy expelled two Russian officials on Wednesday,March 31,2021, after an Italian navy captain was arrested for allegedly selling confidential documents for cash to a Russian military officer, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said.

According to Corriere della Sera newspaper the navy officer sold “top secret” NATO files, and some other sensitive Italian military dossiers to a Russian official.

Italian authorities became suspicious a few months ago, after Italy’s intelligence, began monitoring contact between the Italian navy captain and the Russian military officer. After close surveillance and assembled evidence, the police intervened last night, and moved in “during a clandestine meeting” between the Italian captain and Russian military official.

According to police, “The Italian official was taken into custody, while the position of the foreign national is still under consideration in relation to his diplomatic status.”

“We regret the expulsion from Rome of two employees of the Russian embassy. We are investigating the circumstances of the decision. We will make a further announcement on our possible next steps in relation to this measure, which does not correspond to the level of bilateral relations” Russia’s foreign ministry reacted.

“We do not currently have information about the reasons and circumstances of this detention. But in any case, we hope that the very positive and constructive nature of Russian-Italian relations will continue and will continue,” Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov has underlined.

Following the arrests, this morning Italy’s foreign ministry summoned Russia’s ambassador, Sergey Razov.

This comes weeks after Russian military intelligence GRU operation was uncovered in Bulgaria leading to expulsion of Russian diplomats and arrest of six officers.

Putin’s spokesperson daughter hired by Europarliament

Daughter of President Putin spokesperson Dmitry PeskovElizaveta (21) has been recruited to the European Parliament for a  traineeship with MEP  Aymeric Chauprade (France) at present a vice-chair of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group (EFDD), and a former adviser to Marin Le Pen. Chauprade left Front National (2015) for “moral and political” principles,  and founded his own party  short-lived “Le Francais Libres” (LFL). Image: Elizaveta Peskova.

At present there is a variety of form of traineeships in the EU institutions: yearly more than a thousand young people are offered a chance to increase their professional skills, develop their personal qualities, and enhance their EU knowledge through the EU trainee programmes. Most of the EU institutions organise traineeships for young university graduates, each lasting usually between 3 and 5 months.

Traineeships are available in a wide range of fields and offer a great insight into the work of the European institutions. The content of the job largely depends on the service  one is assigned to. Opportunities are available in the fields of competition law, human resources, environmental policy, communication and many others.

The Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) select trainees freely from the list of the applicants: there is no formal procedure required. The monthly fee is determined by the MEP, amounting to €1,500, plus the package of benefits as healthcare and travel insurances, and the coverage of the other related to parliamentary activity costs as monthly trips to Strasbourg, in some cases language lessons, or contributions to rent.

However traineeships at MEPs offices in the European Parliament are limited to two terms of six month within five years, in the other words to one year within one political cycle. The positions of a trainees, or how they are usually called in Brussels “stagiares” are highly sought after by the universities graduates, seen as a chance to come closer to jobs in the EU institutions, but there is no obligation to hire a graduate, trainee can also be a student in a relevant field.

At this point in time there is no information available about the plans of Ms.Peskova for the future engagement with the EP.  MEP Chauprade has confirmed that the contract was validated by the Human resources department. It is unclear if Ms.Peskova has French nationality, or dual. According to Russian media Ms.Peskova was raised in a boarding school in Normandy, and lives with her mother in Paris, from time to time visiting her high-profile father in Moscow.

Ms.Peskova cooperation with the major EU political body promoting anti-Russian sanctions caused frown brows not only among  Mr.Chauprade fellow MEPs, but by Russians, who did not approve of her choice of work place:

“…The daughter of the press secretary Peskov undertakes an internship at the European Parliament, which imposed sanctions for Crimea. It would be logical to have the next internship on the American missile cruiser Donald Cook, which entered the port of Odessa today”, Russian politician Mark Feygin wrote in his Twitter micro blog.








Japan considers visa-free for Russians

Moscow has welcomed the deliberations in Tokyo for ending the visa system for Russians travelling to Japan, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Such discussions are undoubtedly welcomed and this fits into the general course towards further developing [bilateral] relations,” the Kremlin spokesman said.

Although the visa issue was not discussed at the latest talks between President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the spokesman added.

The Japanese newspaper Sankei earlier reported that Tokyo was looking into cancelling short-term entry visas for Russian citizens, which means that they would be able to enter Japan visa-free for 90 days, if they register data of their passports in any Japanese consulate in advance, the newspaper writes.
Earlier Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said there can be a pilot visa-free prjoect between  Sakhalin and Hokkaido.

The visa  issue might be discussed between the Russian and Japanese foreign ministers, at during Munich Security Conference set for February 16, the newspaper writes.

Tourism to Japan is booming: last year 31 travelers enjoyed visit to the Land of the Rising Sun.


Media attention to Putin at rise

A record number of journalists – 1,702 – have been accredited to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s traditional annual news conference due to take place on December 20, according to the Kremlin website which posted the final list of accredited journalists.

Press secretary Dmitry Peskov said earlier this year’s news conference had attracted increased interest, with the number of applications for accreditation at rise.

Applications were received from Russian journalists registered with the national mass media watchdog Roscomnadzor and from foreign press with the Russian foreign ministry (MFA) accreditation.

Putin on TV



Vučić victim to charlatans of Russian defence industry

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić has fallen victim to charlatans drowning a life Teckel dog during his visit to Centre of perspective research of Russian defence industries. Guided by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, Serbian guest was confronted with a demonstration, claiming a scientific breakthrough of Russian researches.

While forcefully drowning the Teckel in a glass tank, a commentator explained that a ‘special liquid fills the lungs and the dog starts to breath’. After a few minutes a tortured animal was taken out of the tank still alive, dried and taken away. The vice-prime minister Rogozin concluded it was an example of ‘liquid breathing’,  a science of tomorrow, ‘the very same future, where we are aiming at”.

The dog abusers were dismantled swiftly and publicly during RainTV programme by Russian journalists Pavel Lobkov and military expert Alexander Nevzorov, who described a show, presented to Serbian President as senseless “torture of an animal”, and the innovation of ‘liquid breathing’ as a forgotten American technology of the mid last century, which did not produce a desired effect and was abandoned, and forgotten. They added that nobody could survive drowning in liquid so far, and presumed the Teckel passed away some hours later.

Rogozin made a show to fool people, – Alexander Nevzorov said , commenting on liquid breathing. – .. All previous experiments failed, so will they in future”. He also accused minister in breaking laws of ethics, sacrificing an animal to impress the foreign guest. ‘Who needs this knackers theatre? It has nothing to do with research and science!” – Nevzorov concluded.

Russian social media reacted with an uproar dabbing experiment lauded by Rogozin as “fascist” and “hellish”, and Alliance of Animal Defenders chair Yuri Koretsky addressed a complaint to Russian minister of interior, demanding investigation in this case of public torture of an animal by a group of people, violating Criminal Code article 245.

The scandal broke out the same day President Vladimir Putin signed a law enforcing protection of animals against human cruelty, and it has been in center of public attention in Russia since. One of the candidates for next year presidential race, Ksenia Sobchak, promised to her indignant electorate to fail a complaint to prosecutors about Rogozin animal cruelty show to Vučić.

Spokesperson of Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov tried to quell the public indignation, suggesting to Kremlin press corps that the dog has survived the experiment.

“The dog is alive? Alive! So what’s the question” – Peskov said, advising to address further inquiries about the animal to Rogozin, who supervised the experiment.

Russian Orthodox bishop Grigory Mikhnov-Vaitenko condemned the torture of the Teckel to impress Serbian President as a “Stone Age”.

“This ambivalent experiment is not acceptable neither from humanistic, nor from a religious point of view”, – the Bishop said, reflecting upon an experiment to impress Serbian President. “Cynical attitude towards animals is inadmissible.”

The sources close to Rogozin team said it was a “serious mistake” of minister’s protocol service to allow the cruel experiment to happen publicly.

The incident causing wave of public outrage added one more stain to the period of Rogozin leadership of defence industry marked by chronic failures of  launches of a record number of rockets with sputniks:  Zenit-3SL (Feb 2013), rocket Proton-M (July 2013), rocket Proton M (May 2014), rocket Soyuz-2.1a (April 2015), rocket Proton-M (May 2015), rocket Soyuz-2.1b (Dec.2015), rocket Soyuz Y (Dec.2016), 28 November 2017 – rocket Soyuz-2.16 with 19 sputniks aboard fell into the ocean.

However none of Rogozin rocket launches failures were accompanied by such a public uproar and indignation as a show of cruel drowning of a little frightened dog in a glass tank to impress the foreign guest.

Image: a screenshot from a Russian TV transmission, last image of Teckel alive taken away by assistants.

Takkel head


Kremlin calls for ‘respect’ of Turkish referendum

Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has called to respect the choice made by Turkey at Sunday’s referendum on expanding presidential powers, according to ITAR-TASS news agency.

“The referendum is absolutely a sovereign affair of the Turkish Republic,” – Peskov underlined. “We believe that everyone should respect the expression of will of the Turkish people.”

According to the preliminary data 51.3% of voters supported the constitutional amendments replacing the country’s parliamentary system, and shifting powers to president. Another 48.7% of voters opposed the proposed amendments. The final results will be announced within 11-12 days.


Minsk Process endangered


luganskMoscow: Today Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, accused the Ukrainian government of provoking the crisis. The Kremlin has “reliable information” that Ukrainian volunteer battalions crossed the front line Monday  30/1/2017 night and tried to capture rebel territory, Peskov told press.

Salvos of heavy-caliber artillery were heard throughout the night and late morning in Avdeevka, where several thousand people have been without electricity for days. Fighting has cut water supplies for most of the town and it was left without heating in the dead of winter. Temperatures plunged to minus 18 Centigrade (0 Fahrenheit) on Tuesday morning.

Peskov also said that Kremlin is “profoundly saddened” receiving news of casualties from both sides.

“They crossed the line of contact with the support of artillery. Militia of Donbass had to fight back in Avdeevka area, it had to repulse an occupied territory. This invasion was thwarted, “- Peskov said.

He also added that Kiev’s “aggression” undermines the Minsk agreement and signifies the reluctance of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko to fulfill them.

Photo: illustration – a village in Donbass region