Russian president Vladimir Putin believes that the meaning of life is love.

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin

MOSCOW, November 7 (RIA Novosti) – Russian president Vladimir Putin believes that the meaning of life is love.

“The meaning of our whole life and existence is love. It is love to the family, to the children, to the motherland. This phenomenon is complicated, it lies at heart of any of our behaviors,” Putin said during a congressional speech at the Russian Geographical Society.

Putin, who chairs the board of trustees at the Russian Geographical Society, expressed hope that its activity would help strengthen love to the motherland.

“It is exactly the top priority which all of us should go after, and I am absolutely sure that we will succeed,” he added.

Russian President  Vlad Putin is the coolest president in the world.

Russian President Vlad Putin is the smartest and coolest president in the world ever.

 

MOSCOW, November 5 (RIA Novosti)Russian President Vladimir Putin was named the world’s most powerful person by Forbes for the second year running, while US President Barack Obama took second place.

“For the second year running, our votes went with the Russian president as the world’s most powerful person, followed by U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping,” the article accompanying the list published Wednesday said.

The annual ranking is based on a voting by a panel of journal’s editors, who consider parameters like the person’s scope and use of power, the number of people impacted by the person in question and financial resources.

Forbes argues that the ranking singles out people, who “wield the kind of power that shapes and bends the works, and moves people, markets, armies and minds.”

In 2012, Putin was in third place on the list, while Obama took first place that year. The Russian leader was also been named Person of the Year by Time magazine in 2007, and was named The Times International Person of the Year in 2013.

Russia preparing new package of documents for MH17 crash probe

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21 November 2014

Russia is preparing a new package of documents for the Netherlands’ commission investigating the crash of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight in eastern Ukraine. The package will be sent in response for the commission’s request, RIA Novosti quoted deputy head of the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) Oleg Storchevoy as saying. “Everything that we have available and that could help in investigating the crash, we are ready to hand over – and we are doing this – to the Netherlands,” he said.

Europe Will Have to Face Facts on Elections in Eastern Ukraine: Austrian Observer

Local residents participate in the elections of the Donetsk People's Republic's leadership on November 2, 2014.

Local residents participate in the elections of the Donetsk People’s Republic’s leadership on November 2, 2014.

© RIA Novosti. Alexei Kudenko

Topic: Situation in the South-East of Ukraine

 

MOSCOW, November 2 (RIA Novosti) – An Austrian observer said Europe will have to accept the facts in regard to elections held Sunday in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine.

“It is the greatest mistake in history to ignore facts. After a time the European governments will have to face the facts, they will have to accept the facts,” Ewald Stadtler said in regard to Europe acknowledging the elections in Donetsk.

“After a cooling down period, they will have negotiations with the elected representatives of the Donetsk Republic because you can’t ignore a political party, well, maybe one month, but not for a year,” Stadtler added.

The European Union, as well as the United States and the United Nations, have condemned the elections, saying they would violate the conditions of the peace agreement reached on September 5 in Minsk, Belarus. Russia, however, said earlier it was going to recognize the election results since the move would help legitimize the leadership in the region.

Founder of the Indipendenza Veneta (Independent Veneto) movement Alessio Morosin also opined during his Saturday interview with RIA Novosti that not recognizing the elections in Donetsk and Luhansk would run counter to the same ceasefire agreement reached on September 5 between the independence supporters and the Kiev authorities.

Foreign Observers Surprised With Kiev’s Intention to Declare Them Pesona Non Grata

Members of an election commission in school No.1 of Donetsk.

Members of an election commission in school No.1 of Donetsk.

Topic: Situation in the South-East of Ukraine

DONETSK, November 2 (RIA Novosti) The foreign observers, monitoring the elections in the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk people’s republics in eastern Ukraine expressed concern over Kiev’s intention to declare them persona non grata.

Earlier on Sunday, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) announced Kiev’s plans to declare international monitors at the elections in Donbas persona non grata on the territory of Ukraine.

“I feel sorry that I was blacklisted [by Kiev authorities], as I was previously observing the elections in Ukraine several times. I only monitor the election process. If I saw some violations, I would report. My duty is to protect the rights of the people,” Italian lawmaker Lucio Malan said Sunday.

The Member of European Parliament, Jean-Luc Shefhauzen, said that declaring the observers persona non grata by Kiev is contrary to the idea of peace and does not meet the concept of federalism, because federalism is an ability of citizens to determine their own future.

On Sunday, the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics were electing their regional leaders and legislative bodies.

One hundred observers from a number of European countries and the United States have arrived in the region to monitor the elections.

The authorities in the European Union and the United States, however, said earlier the elections would come against the Minsk agreement on the regulation of the crisis in Donbas, and that the international community would not recognize them.

Meanwhile, Russia has expressed its intention to recognize the elections in the self-proclaimed people’s republics, saying not doing so would run counter to the Minsk protocol and disrupt the progress toward finding a sustainable political solution to the conflict.

3,000 Europeans to Commemorate Victims of Odessa Tragedy on Thursday

Flowers on a broken window in memory of the people killed by fire in the Trade Unions House on Odessa's Kulikovo Field Square

Flowers on a broken window in memory of the people killed by fire in the Trade Unions House on Odessa’s Kulikovo Field Square  –

© RIA Novosti. Anton Kruglov

SIMFEROPOL, October 1 (RIA Novosti) – About 3,000 people are expected to take part in rallies and demonstrations devoted to the tragedy of May 2 in Odessa, which are to be held in European cities on Thurdsday, one of the rallies’ organizers and a survivor of the tragedy, Oleg Muzyka told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

“Tomorrow, on October 2, five months after the tragedy, the cities of Europe will hold actions and rallies, devoted to [the tragedy of] May 2. In Dublin [the events will take place] next to the Ukrainian Embassy, in Strasbourg – by the European Court [of Human Rights], in Brussels – next to the European Parliament,” Muzyka said, adding that the events to commemorate the victims of Odessa tragedy will be also held in Warsaw, Rome and Madrid, and that about 3,000 people are expected to participate in them. Later in Ocotber, more mass events, including art exhibitions, devoted to the tragedy, will be held in Berlin, Bonn and Vienna.

According to Muzyka, the participants of these events will demand thorough investigation of the tragedy in Odessa and urge the members of European Parliament to take an active part in investigating the crimes committed in Eastern Ukraine, including the situation with the recently found mass graves of civilians.

“Politicians are aware of what is going on in Ukraine. They see and hear everything but keep on playing the fool. They speak about it with cynicism. But the people of Europe– they really have to react on what is going on in Ukraine,” Muzyka said.

On May 2, clashes in Odessa broke out between independence supporters on one side and fans of the Odessa and Kharkiv football teams on the other, later joined by Euromaidan activists.

Pro-Kiev radicals joined by Right Sector militia blocked the anti-government protesters in the House of Trade Unions and set the building with the help of Molotov cocktails. Those trapped inside had little chance of extinguishing the blaze, as fire hoses in the building were out of order.

At least 48 people died, and over 200 were injured. Local officials accused Kiev of covering up the actual death toll of at least 116.

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Urges to Speed Up Odessa Tragedy Investigation

Radicals Throw Molotov Cocktails to the House of Trade Unions

Radicals Throw Molotov Cocktails to the House of Trade Unions

 

© REUTERS/ Yevgeny Volokin

KIEV, August 2 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Vitaly Yarema on Saturday urged to speed up the investigation of the May 2 tragic events in Odessa, which claimed the lives of at least 48 people and injured over 200.

“In this context I would like to pay attention to the necessity of a speedy legal decision, concerning criminal proceedings over the tragic events in Odessa in early May,” UNIAN news agency quoted Yarema as saying.

The Prosecutor General recalled that following the results of an inspection the prosecutor of Odessa Region, almost all his deputies and a number of other officials were dismissed.

On May 2, clashes in Odessa broke out between pro-federalization activists and fans of the Odessa and Kharkiv football teams, later joined by Euromaidan activists.

Pro-Kiev radicals, joined by Right Sector gunmen, blocked the anti-government protesters in the House of Trade Unions and set the building on fire with the help of Molotov cocktails.

According to official data, 48 people died in the fire but local officials insist the authorities in Kiev covered up the actual death toll of at least 116.

A spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Alexander Lukashevich said last month that Kiev was deliberately hampering the investigation into the tragedy, as well as into other cases of human rights violations in Ukraine.

 

Russia’s Lavrov Calls for OPCW Help in Odessa Tragedy Probe

MOSCOW, May 26 (RIA Novosti) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday Ukrainian investigators probing the deadly arson fire in Odessa on May 2 could make use of experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

“We are convinced that it is totally possible and necessary to use the possibilities of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, given the facts that emerge and need to be analyzed and double-checked, [facts] about poisonous gas used in the Trade Unions House,” Lavrov said.

Earlier this month, Ukraine’s southern city of Odessa saw the bloodiest episode of violence since the start of the crisis in the country in February. A fire at the city’s Trade Unions House that followed clashes between pro-federalization activists on one side and fans of the Odessa and Kharkiv football teams on the other claimed the lives of 48 people, with most of the victims dying of smoke inhalation or after jumping out of windows.

Six died of bullet wounds, 32 suffocated, and 10 fell to their death by jumping through the windows of the burning building. Another 214 were injured. According to reports, another 48 could still be missing.

No plausible explanation has been offered for the fact that many of those who died did not try to take refuge on upper floors or the roof, prompting rumors that they were poisoned by an unknown chemical.

Last week, Human Rights Watch said the Odessa massacre constituted a grave crime that demanded a serious, impartial, and thorough investigation.

HRW Deputy Director in Central Europe and Asia Rachel Denber said the Ukrainian government has a “tendency to absolve the pro-unity side of wrongdoing,” which she said did not “inspire confidence” in the investigation.

 

 

 

 

New Yorkers Mark Anniversary of Odessa Tragedy, Call for US to Stay Out of Ukraine

Flowers and candles brought to mourn the victims of the fire at the Trade Unions House on Kulikovo Field in Odessa.

Flowers and candles brought to mourn the victims of the fire at the Trade Unions House on Kulikovo Field in Odessa. © RIA Novosti. Anton Kruglov

RIA NOVOSTI

NEW YORK, November 3 (RIA Novosti) – New Yorkers, who gathered in the Times Square to commemorate the six month anniversary of the May 2 Odessa tragedy, urged the United States not to intervene in the situation in Ukraine.

The demonstration, which was organized in the Times Square Sunday, was conducted under the slogan “We don’t want another war, US out of Ukraine!”

“We issued a petition which is going all over the world calling the US to stop all money direct or indirect aid to Kiev, demanding an independent investigation of events in Odessa. And stop the US policy of NATO extension that is threatening to draw the whole world into another conflict,” Greg Butterfield, a Coordinator of the Ukraine antifascist solidarity committee of the International Action Center told RIA Novosti Sunday.

According to Butterfield, the petition, which now has around a thousand signatures, will be sent to Washington.

“The Ukrainian regime backed by the United States has not conducted a serious investigation mush less taking any measures to punish the guilty…we are here today as people from the US from a lot of different backgrounds to say that we want the truth about this and we want to know what role the US government has played in organizing it,” Butterfield stressed.

On May 2, clashes in Odessa broke out between independence supporters on one side and fans of the Odessa and Kharkiv football teams on the other, later joined by Euromaidan activists.

Pro-Kiev radicals and Right Sector militia blocked the anti-government protesters in the House of Trade Unions and set the building on fire, using Molotov cocktails. Those trapped inside had little chance of extinguishing the blaze, as fire hoses in the building were out of order.

At least 48 people died, and over 200 were injured as a result of the fire. Local officials accused Kiev of covering up the actual death toll of at least 116.

A military conflict erupted between Kiev and independence supporters in southeastern Ukraine in mid-April, when the country’s authorities launched a special operation against local populations, opposed to the new government, which came to power as a result of the February coup.

Since the beginning of the crisis Kiev has been striving for closer cooperation with NATO. In September, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko delivered a speech at the US Congress claiming that his country needed strong US support, including special status with NATO.

Kremlin Spokesman Peskov’s Response to Putin’s Alleged Cancer: Bite Your Tongue!

Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov

Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov

 

MOSCOW, October 29 (RIA Novosti)Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Wednesday denied western reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin is allegedly suffering from pancreatic cancer.

“Bite your tongue! Everything’s fine,” Peskov said in response to Putin’s supposed illness.

Last week, The New York Post published a story, in which it claimed the Russian president was suffering from cancer and was being treated by an elderly doctor, citing unnamed sources.

The rumors quickly spread and appeared in various western news outlets however none of the stories were able to substantiate the story with direct evidence.