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On January 19, Orthodox believers in Russia celebrate the Epiphany. This day is associated with the gospel event — baptism by John the Forerunner of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River. Baptism in Russia is traditionally accompanied by Epiphany bathing in ice holes (Jordan). Epiphany celebration in Russian cities — in the AiF.ru photo feed. … Continue reading The celebration of Epiphany in the regions of Russia

Bloomberg: UK FM to go into crisis mode amid Ukraine tensions Switching to this mode means diplomats and other FM officials will focus on policy towards Ukraine and Russia, as well as Britain's work on a response in the event of an escalation, including sanctions < p> The UK authorities have instructed UK Foreign Office … Continue reading Bloomberg learned about the transfer of the British Foreign Office to a crisis mode because of Russia

WSJ: US prepares sanctions against four “pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine” Restrictions, which include an asset freeze, will be imposed against four “pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine”, Washington will announce them on Thursday, January 20th. The United States does not yet want to introduce measures directly against Russia, writes WSJ =”WSJ learned what the next US sanctions … Continue reading WSJ learned what the next US sanctions over Russia and Ukraine will be

US State Department: Russia may use exercises in Belarus to attack Ukraine According to a State Department official, Russia may use troops sent to Belarus to conduct exercises to invade. The Ministry of Defense of Belarus called the purpose of the exercises an assessment of the readiness of the forces of the Union State to … Continue reading The United States announced the possibility of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine through Belarus

Assistant to the President of the United States Sullivan: the number of cyber attacks on the United States has decreased after contacts with the Russian Federation According to the adviser to the President of the United States, the number of ransomware attacks on infrastructure has decreased in recent months. He thanked Russia for detaining the … Continue reading Sullivan said the number of cyberattacks decreased after contacts between the United States and Russia

FT: Russia is better prepared than the EU for the consequences of possible sanctions Russia is quite prepared for the consequences of possible sanctions, writes the Financial Times. The European Union, in turn, was unable to reduce dependence on Russian gas, oil and other raw materials Russia has prepared for the sanctions that Western countries … Continue reading FT praised Russia’s preparations for new US and EU sanctions

Bloomberg: US discusses whether Germany is ready to impose tough sanctions on Russia Washington is concerned about whether Germany will be ready to impose tough sanctions on Russia if necessary, including restrictions on Nord Stream 2 The situation around Nord Stream 2 and the expanding influence of Russia could become a reason for disagreement between … Continue reading Bloomberg learned that in the US they are discussing the “problem of Germany” because of Russia

Germany and NATO warned Russia about a “tough reaction” in case of aggression against Ukraine Western countries will prepare a tough response in case of growing tension around Ukraine, any aggression against the country “will have a high economic price”, Scholz and Stoltenberg warned Russia will face a “tough reaction” Western countries in the event … Continue reading Germany and NATO threatened Russia with a “tough reaction” because of Ukraine

Photo: ru.wikipedia.org The US administration does not rule out that Russian banks will be disconnected from the SWIFT system. This may happen in the event of a further escalation of the crisis around Ukraine, said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. According to her, Washington continues to consult with partners on this matter. Psaki added … Continue reading US authorities allowed Russia to disconnect from SWIFT

A third of municipal employees may be left without work Russian officials risk losing their jobs en masse due to the implementation of the new draft law on local self-government (LSG). Photo: Yevgeny Semenov Deputy Minister of Justice Andrey Loginov told Kommersant that by 2028 a third of municipal employees, more than 100, may lose … Continue reading Mass layoffs of officials predicted in Russia

Western partners do not give Zelensky offensive weapons After a tense – and, in fact, inconclusive – last week of negotiations between Russia and the collective West, European countries are again increasing their activity in the Ukrainian direction . And if such states as Sweden use the conflict in Donbass to justify strengthening their defense, … Continue reading Europe is preparing Ukraine for a conflict with Russia: but Kiev will fight alone

Borrell: everyone could benefit from the revision of the European security architecture The EU is ready to take measures in case of “aggression” against Ukraine, but there is no talk of preventive restrictions, the diplomat said. He also did not rule out a revision of the European security architecture, which would be beneficial for everyone … Continue reading Borrell rules out preventive sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace made a statement in Parliament on January 17. According to him, on Today, there are allegedly tens of thousands of Russian servicemen near the border with Ukraine. “Their deployment is not routine, and they are equipped with tanks, armored fighting vehicles, rocket artillery and short-range ballistic missiles,” the representative of … Continue reading In Britain, they announced the threatening behavior of Russia and gave Ukraine tanks

The press service of Rospotrebnadzor reported that the epidemic thresholds for the incidence of acute respiratory viral infections (ARVI) and influenza viruses have been exceeded in 46 regions of the country, Interfax reports. “On the territory of the Russian Federation, compared with the previous two weeks, an increase in the incidence of influenza and acute … Continue reading Epidemic thresholds for influenza and SARS exceeded in 46 regions of Russia

Weekly “Arguments and Facts” No. 01-02. Why did Kazakhstan burst into flames? 12/01/2022 Relatives from the USA are surprised by our fences every time, because they don't build fences in front of their houses across the ocean. Why such a difference? Expert answer 0 + – “In our country, this is a consequence of the … Continue reading Why are there no fences in the USA like in Russia?

EU Ambassador: Russia must send letter for recognition of COVID certificates Russia has not sent a letter to the European Union asking for recognition of COVID certificates, said EU Ambassador Ederer. Brussels proposed to start the procedure of mutual recognition of documents last summer In order for the EU to recognize Russian COVID-certificates, Russia needs … Continue reading The EU did not receive a letter from Russia for the recognition of COVID-certificates

“Bathing in the hole, building shelters, killing and boiling a chicken” British soldiers based in Estonia to “contain Russia” continue to master “military science” in harsh climatic conditions . Well, as “science”… It's more like a Boy Scout survival course: navigating the terrain, swimming in ice-cold water, cooking chicken killed by one's own hands. Representatives … Continue reading British soldiers in Estonia master the winter conditions of a possible conflict with Russia

NYT: Russian diplomats in talks 'hint' about deploying missiles off US coast According to the NYT, in Geneva, Russian officials hinted at a readiness to deploy “certain weapons systems in unspecified locations” off US coasts in case of failure to comply with security guarantees Intercontinental ballistic missile of strategic missile system “Avangard” Russia's representatives, in … Continue reading NYT learned of Russia’s “hints” to deploy nuclear weapons closer to the United States

Stoltenberg: NATO will not withdraw troops from countries that joined the alliance after 1997 At the same time, the bloc is ready to discuss arms reduction with Russia NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the alliance is ready to discuss arms reduction issues with Russia, despite the fact that the parties disagree on key … Continue reading Secretary General announced NATO’s readiness to discuss arms reduction with Russia

Ministry of Digital Development of Ukraine announced evidence of Russia's involvement in a large-scale cyber attack The department claims that the purpose of cyberattacks is to destabilize the situation in Ukraine and undermine confidence in the authorities 756423317366127.jpg” alt=”Ukraine has accused Russia of involvement in a cyber attack on the websites of ministries” /> Russia … Continue reading Ukraine accuses Russia of involvement in cyberattack on ministries’ websites

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba spoke about working with allies to “contain” Russia The package of containment measures for Russia, which “has set a course for escalation”, includes diplomatic efforts, the development of sanctions and increased defense cooperation between Western countries and Ukraine, the minister said Dmitry Kuleba Last fall, Russia “took a dangerous new course … Continue reading The head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry revealed a plan to “contain” Russia

WSJ: US allies concerned about ideas Washington put forward in talks with Moscow US allies are concerned that Washington has not discussed with them the ideas it put forward in talks with Moscow. In particular, according to the WSJ, we are talking about exercises in Europe and the missile treaty Some countries— US allies remained … Continue reading WSJ learned about the discontent in NATO because of the negotiations between the US and Russia

The future head of the CDU: disconnecting Russia from SWIFT will lead to consequences for world trade =”aligncenter” src=”https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/media/img/4/14/756423400553144.jpg” alt=”The FRG compared Russia's disconnection from SWIFT with an 'atomic bomb' for the market” /> Friedrich Merz Russia's disconnection from the interbank system for transmitting information about payments SWIFT will have negative consequences for the economy— … Continue reading In Germany, Russia’s disconnection from SWIFT was compared with an “atomic bomb” for the market

Pre-War News of the Week The question is whether Russia and the United States will divide Ukraine or not (Europe is assigned the role of a noisy observer here, who will receive exactly the share of the pie that the elders agree on, and Nobody asks Ukraine at all), last week he stopped standing. Will. … Continue reading Time to dig trenches: prepared 18 scenarios for Russia’s attack on Ukraine

What is behind the attack on the secret US biolab in Kazakhstan At the height of the Kazakh rebellion, on January 9, the American military biological laboratory in Alma-Ata was seized by unknown persons. This information almost drowned in an avalanche of reports of robberies and pogroms in different cities of Kazakhstan. However, it was … Continue reading Viruses from Almaty threaten China and Russia

Ambassador Antonov: Russia and the United States did not discuss the situation in Ukraine at the talks in Geneva It was only mentioned during the Russia-NATO Council meeting in Brussels as a secondary issue, Ambassador said Russia and the United States did not discuss the situation in Ukraine during the talks in Geneva, Ambassador to … Continue reading Antonov said the situation in Ukraine is not on the agenda of Russia and the United States

Photo: Natalia Gubernatorova Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with CNN that Russia is not involved in cyber attacks on Ukrainian state websites . Peskov added that the Kremlin is aware of the accusations against Russia, but there are no grounds for them. Earlier, law enforcement agencies of Ukraine stated that … Continue reading Peskov denied Russia’s involvement in cyberattacks on Ukrainian sites