Quotation for today
The nuclear arms race is like two enemies standing waste deep in gasoline, one with three matches, the other with five”. Carl Sagan
Russia Federation and the question is WHY?
‘There will be no World War III. This is not a trilogy. Ukraine will stop Russian aggression on our land” – Zelenskyy during online speech at the 80th Golden Globe Awards
began 2023 jailed for speaking out against Putin’s tyranny. He must be immediately and unconditionally released –
Estonia plans to introduce a legal blueprint for seizing Russian assets by the end of January. Estonia’s AML authority estimates that frozen funds amount to almost €20 million. Not a lot, but setting the precedent in the EU is more important here.
bloomberg.com Estonia to Move Ahead of EU With Plans to Seize Russian Assets Estonia plans to introduce a legal blueprint for seizing Russian assets this month as the Baltic nation moves ahead with a bid to deliver funds
Russia’s Orthodox Church has been a loud cheerleader of Russia’s genocide/war crimes in Ukraine. My latest for
on the historical alignment of the church w intelligence/state to conduct intel ops & their new mercenary group to send fighters to Ukraine
“Just Show Me The Evidence” painting by
Putin’s American cheerleaders. Good to see Western enablers being called out by the Wall Street Journal
The worldwide campaign to demand medical care for Georgia’s ex-president Mikhail Saakashvili, who was poisoned while in Georgian prison, continues. So far there is no meaningful action from Georgian authorities to provide Saakashvili with adequate health care.
The economic situation in Russia will worsen even further over time, especially if India joins the price cap measures. Saving Saakashvili
Russians have just shelled a maternity hospital in Kherson. (46.6337355, 32.6154041)
Finland’s wind power capacity increased by 75% last year
Finland is testing new ways to teach students about fake news. Media literacy is part of the national core curriculum starting in preschool. Here’s what other countries can learn from its success.
nytimes.com How Finland Is Teaching a Generation to Spot Misinformation The Nordic country is testing new ways to teach students about propaganda. Here’s what other countries can learn from its success. ============
Hours after Prigozhin’s claim, the Kremlin said it was important not to “rush” to declare victory in Soledar.
themoscowtimes.com Wagner Boss Claims Control of Eastern Ukraine’s Soledar Amid Ongoing Battles The leader of Russia’s Wagner mercenary group claimed the capture of the eastern Ukrainian town of Soledar early Wednesday, with heavy
The eastern town of Bakhmut is now known across the world as the focus of Russia’s months-long assault and probably the most dangerous place in Ukraine. But here are some facts you may not know: for example, before the war it was famous for champagne!
Look and learn. Wait and see. Sanctions against oil, Russia’s main export, only started in December. Next phase will be in February including secondary sanctions. This will have a devastating effect Rouble already lost much of its value. Inflation will rise and productivity fall
Putin’s own goals keep coming: The price cap on Russian oil is said to be costing the Kremlin $172 million a day. Lost revenues estimated to rise to $280 million a day when the cap is extended to refined products from Feb. 5.
When Andy Kent went to #Ukraine last year he witnessed the brutal effect of war on civilian populations. “We were seeing #WWI-type injuries I never thought I’d see in my career,” the NHS Highland surgeon said as he prepared to make his 3rd trip to .
Overnight, Wagner PMC founder Evgeny Prigozhin claimed that his forces had taken full control of Soledar. On Wednesday morning, Serhiy Cherevatyi, spokesman for Ukraine’s eastern grouping, said that the allegations were not true.
meduza.io Prigozhin claims full control of Soledar. Ukrainian officials disagree. — Meduza Overnight, RIA Novosti published a photo on Telegeram which purports to show Wagner PMC founder Evgeny Prigozhin in the salt mines
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky interrupts the #GoldenGlobes with a powerful message: “The war in Ukraine is not over yet, but the tide is turning, and it is already clear who will win”
rollingstone.com ‘There Will Be No Third World War’: Zelensky Interrupts Golden Globes With Powerful Message Volodymyr Zelensky assured viewers of the Golden Globes that there “will not be a third world war” and that Ukraine would be victorious over Russia.
What is the current situation on the frontline? UkraineWorld spoke to Oleh Zhdanov, military expert. Key points – in our brief, #UkraineWorldAnalysis 1/10
How Russia conducted its centuries-long destruction of the Ukrainian identity in the east of Ukraine. A short explainer on the 5 methods used by Russia during its Ukrainian identity-erasure campaign by
Good thread explaining why China may wish to be seen as distancing itself from Russia while not necessarily doing so
Alexander Gabuev 陳寒士
Does China distance itself from Russia because of war against Ukraine? A terrific @FT piece helps to understand how Beijing wants its policy towards Moscow to be seen in Western capitals. Spoiler alert: the real policy might be very different. Let me help to unpack it. 1/
Investigative journalists from the Corruption and Organized Crime Investigative Project (OCCRP) have discovered that Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich secretly owns at least 10 yachts and vessels through offshore companies and trusts.
babel.ua About ten vessels were found in Roman Abramovichʼs possession, which had not been known before Journalists discovered previously unknown yachts and vessels belonging to Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich
The Ukrainian Ministry of Justice is asking the High Anti-Corruption Court to confiscate the assets of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska in Ukraine. The agency filed a corresponding lawsuit.