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Russia expels longtime US diplomat


Russia asked the US diplomatic staff in Moscow to leave for more than three years before January 31, 2022, in response to Washington’s move.

“US embassy staff who have been in Moscow for more than three years must leave Russia before January 31, 2022,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said yesterday.

This is Russia’s latest move in diplomatic tension with the US. The Russian Embassy last week said that 27 Russian diplomats and their families were expelled from the US and must leave before January 30, 2022. Zakharova said Washington’s new rule means that Russian diplomats are barred from staying in the US for more than three years.

“We want to respond in the same way,” Zakharova said, adding that more US personnel would have to leave Russia unless Washington scrapped the three-year rule and compromised by July 1 next year.

The US Embassy in Moscow has not commented on this information.

The US Embassy in Moscow, Russia in August 2017. Photo: Reuters.

The US embassy is Washington’s last representation in Russia after the closures of consulates in Vladivostok and Yekaterinburg, reducing the number of US diplomatic staff in the country from 1,200 in early 2017 to 120.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said it was not too late for Washington to get Moscow to stop new expulsions if the US abandoned its plan to expel Russian diplomats.

Relations between Washington and Moscow, at their lowest point since the Cold War, are continuing to be strained over Ukraine.

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Russia exercises warning against US warships in the Black Sea


The Russian warship drills to attack surface ships and aircraft, a day after the US destroyer arrived in the Black Sea.

The Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet yesterday released a statement saying that the Shuya missile ship had practiced attacking simulated enemy naval and air targets. The crew also practiced a variety of content, including dealing with mines and defending ships in real combat conditions.

“The crew conducted a live fire at the sea training range on November 26, using the AK-176 gunboat and the Pantsir-M anti-aircraft missile and artillery system to destroy targets on the water and in the sky. “, the statement reads.

Missile ship Shuya on a mission in the Black Sea in 2019. Photo: KCHF.

The exercise is considered a warning move by the Russian navy, in the context of the US sending the destroyer USS Arleigh Burke to the Black Sea on November 25.

The USS Arleigh Burke appeared in the area after the flagship USS Mount Whitney and the destroyer USS Porter completed their mission, leaving the Black Sea. “The warship will operate alongside NATO forces and regional partners to ensure security and stability in this important international shipping lane,” the US Navy’s 6th Fleet said in a statement.

Russia’s National Defense Command Center later announced that “the forces of the Black Sea Fleet have begun monitoring the USS Arleigh Burke,” while the Russian Defense Ministry accused the US warship’s activity of becoming unresponsive. destabilizing factor in the region.

Black Sea Area.  Graphics: Washington Post.

Black Sea Area. Graphics: Washington Post.

The United States periodically sends warships to the Black Sea to show support for Ukraine, an activity often opposed by Russia.

Russia-Ukraine relations plunged after Moscow’s 2014 annexation of the Crimean peninsula and the outbreak of secessionist movements in eastern Crimea. Ukraine recently accused Russia of concentrating its forces close to its border, while Belarus, a close ally of Moscow, is trying to push migrants across the border.

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Invite people to post vaccines to see the consequences of Covid-19


RussiaTop doctors have written to invite celebrities and anti-vaccination politicians to visit the hospital to see the consequences of Covid-19.

“We’re all busy and you probably know that. But because so many people read and listen to you, we’ll take the time to get you to the red zone, the intensive care unit. speciality and pathology department of our hospital,” Tass today posted an open letter from 11 Russian doctors, including Denis Protsenko, who is in charge of the main Covid-19 treatment hospital in Moscow.

“Maybe later, you will change your mind and help fewer people die,” read the letter to more than a dozen singers, actors, presenters and politicians.

Medical staff transfer Covid-19 patients hospitalized on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia in July. Photo: Reuters.

One of the guests was popular host Oskar Kuchera, who is skeptical of the vaccine’s safety and has nearly 300,000 followers on Instagram.

“We live in an era where the opinion of an expert in any field can easily be overshadowed by the voice of a celebrity,” Dr. Protsenko wrote on his personal Telegram page, explaining why. invitations written by doctors.

The Kremlin welcomed the letter as a “positive” move for the fight against Covid-19. “Hopefully the authority of these doctors will help at least one of them change his mind,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said today.

Russia has recorded more than 9.4 million infections and more than 266,000 deaths from Covid-19 since the beginning of the epidemic. However, many fear the actual number is much higher. Russia’s state statistics agency Rosstat once estimated the death toll from the pandemic in Russia by the end of September at nearly 450,000 people.

Despite the severe outbreak of the pandemic and the call from Russian President Vladimir Putin, only 37% of the population is fully vaccinated.

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Russian paratrooper dies trying to save comrade


A Russian soldier tried to deploy a backup parachute to save himself and his comrades, but failed, both of them were killed.

The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed today that a tragic incident occurred during a parachute drill between the country’s army and Belarus on a training ground near the city of Grodno, western Belarus on November 12, killing two servicemen. problem.

“Strong gusts of wind near the ground flattened the parachutes of two soldiers participating in the exercise, causing them to fall into free fall. One tried to open the backup parachute to slow down the two’s falling speed, but failed. Both servicemen died from his injuries, despite efforts to save him,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The Russian military said it was investigating the incident, adding that both servicemen killed were highly qualified parachute instructors.

Russian paratroopers landed from aircraft carriers during Zapad 2021 exercises in Belarus in September. Photo: Russian Defense Forces.

The Belarusian Defense Ministry announced on November 12 that a joint battalion-level combat group consisting of Russian and Russian airborne troops participated in the drills at the Gozhsky range, saying the event was organized due to “current increased activity.” military presence” of Poland near the border with Belarus.

Poland this week deployed 15,000 troops to its border with Belarus to prevent thousands of migrants from the Middle East trying to enter Poland to seek asylum. The European Union (EU) accused Belarus of encouraging migrants to cross the border into the bloc through Poland in retaliation for sanctions imposed by the West on Minsk.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has repeatedly denied accusations of creating a migrant crisis with Poland, blaming the West for border crossings and the treatment of migrants.

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Russia, Belarus scatter paratroopers near Poland


The Russian and Belarusian airborne troops conduct a parachute drill near the border with Poland, where a migration crisis is taking place.

The Belarusian Defense Ministry announced on Telegram on November 12 that the joint battalion-level combat group consisting of the country’s paratroopers and Russia is holding drills at the Gozhsky training range in western Belarus. The parachute drills were held in the area “due to increased military presence” of Poland near the border with Belarus.

Russia’s Il-76 transport and Belarusian military helicopters took part in the exercise. Photos released by the Belarusian Defense Ministry show soldiers of the two countries parachuting into the gathering area.

The Russian Defense Ministry announced that it is sending paratroopers to Belarus for joint drills to “test readiness for unexpected combat”.

Russian and Belarusian paratroopers take part in drills in the Gozhsky Mountains on November 12. Photo: National Defense of Belarus.

Before that, Belarusian Su-30SM fighters flew to escort Russian T-160 bombers to patrol the airspace. The Russian military affirmed that the flight was not aimed at a third country, but to ensure the security of the Union State, the mechanism for unifying the laws of Russia and Belarus in the economic, transport and military fields. .

However, Russia’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Dmitry Polyanskiy, said the patrol was “a response to the growing military presence on the Polish-Belarusian border”, adding that the treaty between Moscow and Minsk comes with many commitments and obligations.

Location of the Gozhsky range (marked in red) in Grodno province, Belarus.  Graphics: Google.

Location of the Gozhsky range (marked in red) in Grodno province, Belarus. Graphics: Google.

Poland this week deployed 15,000 troops to its border with Belarus to prevent thousands of migrants from the Middle East trying to enter Poland to seek asylum. The European Union (EU) accused Belarus of encouraging migrants to cross the border into the bloc through Poland in retaliation for sanctions imposed by the West on Minsk.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has repeatedly denied accusations of creating a migrant crisis with Poland, blaming the West for border crossings and the treatment of migrants.

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Bonucci: ‘Ronaldo left, Juventus played more collectively’


RussiaAccording to center-back Leonardo Bonucci, the 1-0 victory at Zenit Stadium on October 20 shows that Juventus has regained its spirit and built a collective play.

“It was a difficult game, especially when Zenit was deep in defense every time he lost the ball. Every victory after a difficult start is important. Juventus will have another important game – against Inter on Sunday, and we’ll see that. I need to stay that way,” Bonucci told Sky Sports Italy after the match in Saint Petersburg.

Bonucci in a situation to save striker Zenit at Krestovsky field on October 20. Photo: EPA

When asked if Juventus have built up a more collective style of play than in previous seasons, the Euro 2021 champions agreed. He also believes that Ronaldo’s departure contributed to that change. Bonucci said: “It’s true. Over the past seasons, Juventus has lost its character. We play with Ronaldo, a great champion, and want him to play well. Perhaps, we have lost the decision. “He was focused on enduring each game, thinking that Ronaldo would solve everything. Coach Max Allegri did a good job to bring spirit and humility back to Juventus.”

Juventus experienced a difficult match at Krestovsky Stadium. They did not create an overwhelming game, even sometimes being overwhelmed by the host in both halves, but still left with three points. Kulusevski played the hero of Juventus with a dangerous header to drive the ball to the top corner of the far post in the 86th minute.

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This result helps Juventus maintain a winning streak after the first three rounds of the Champions League group stage. Before defeating Zenit, Juventus beat Malmo 3-0 and Chelsea 1-0. This is the first time “Old Lady” has won the opening three matches of the Champions League since the 2018-2019 season, also under Allegri.

Allegri was pleased with the result, emphasizing that this victory will add excitement to Juventus before the great battle with Inter in the 9th round of Serie A on October 24. He said: “The most important is the three points. It is not easy when Zenit actively defends. We also had many incorrect decisions in the opponent’s half. The players played slowly, and many times lost the ball. and let the opponent counterattack. Juventus also did not control the game well after going ahead. We played badly but still won. It was the perfect combination for Juventus to look forward to the weekend.”

Kulusevski boasts his first Champions League goal. “I will never forget this goal. It was the first goal in the Champions League, the first goal of this season, and it came from a header. I saw the ball go to the far corner, and was afraid to go out. . This is an important victory for Juventus, and an important goal for me personally. I come on the pitch and try to make the difference. I didn’t play well, but I was in the right place at the right time.” , Kulusevski said to Juventus TV.

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Dress up as a ‘dead man’ to help the police catch the culprit


RussiaWith the “direction” of the police, a woman is dressed as “dead” with a cut in the neck. The photo was sent to the person who hired her to kill her so he could believe it was real.

Alexander Krasavin, 54, was caught paying £13,000 to someone hired to kill his ex-wife on October 11.

Alexander Krasavin was arrested by the police. Video: East2West

Alexander works as a bus maintenance technician and part-time taxi driver in St Petersburg. He allegedly asked a colleague to kill his ex-wife to get custody of his daughter and not pay alimony.

The colleague at first thought it was a joke, but when Alexander repeatedly suggested it, he believed it to be true. From his information, the police planned to trap Alexander.

After taking out a £15,000 bank loan, Alexander gave his colleague £3,000 in advance and agreed to pay another £10,000 when the job was done.

In the recordings, Alexander said he would work as a taxi driver on the day of the crime (October 11) to have an alibi.

Alexander Krasavin and his ex-wife Nina in the hot days.  Photo: East2West

Alexander Krasavin and his ex-wife Nina in the hot days. Photo: East2West

Nina, 46, Alexander’s ex-wife, said police went to her home without warning, using force to a film studio to disguise themselves. “I spent the whole day in the criminal investigation room thinking this was a joke,” she said.

The process was so secret that Nina was forbidden to contact her children. A makeup artist helped her look dead with a cut on her neck. Then the police took a picture and sent it to Alexander.

Seeing “the ex-wife is dead”, Alexander texted an appointment to meet a colleague to pay the salary. At that moment, the police stopped the car and handcuffed him.

The ex-wife was disguised, pretending to be dead.  Photo: East2West

The ex-wife was disguised, pretending to be dead. Photo: East2West

said she was shocked by the plot of her ex-husband. She thinks they still have a good relationship as they take care of their 9-year-old daughter together. The two used to be very romantic before breaking up due to tensions with her two children. After the divorce, the two still live close to each other.

Alexander disagreed when she asked for an increase in child support. He switched jobs from bus driver to technician with lower salary to reduce alimony.

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Russian self-propelled artillery stuck under the bridge


The 2S7 Pion self-propelled artillery vehicle tried to pass under an overpass, but got stuck and caused a traffic jam in Novosibirsk.

Video shared on Russian social networks on August 2 shows a traffic incident with a 2S7 Pion self-propelled artillery system that occurred on Stroiteley Avenue in the city of Novosibirsk, southern Russia.

In the video, a specialized military truck carrying a 2S7 self-propelled artillery system is stuck under a low bridge. The roof of the 2S7 was caught on the bridge, making the trailer unable to continue moving. The incident caused a prolonged traffic jam on Stroiteley Avenue.

The 2S7 Pion complex was stuck under a bridge in Novosibirsk on August 2. Video: Breaking Mash.

Witnesses said traffic rescuers were deployed to assist. The truck was then deflated to reduce the height and cross the bridge safely. The extent of damage to the 2S7 Pion system in the incident is unknown.

The 2S7 Pion is a large self-propelled howitzer developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War. This complex includes a 203 mm caliber 2A44 cannon mounted on the chassis of the main battle tank T-80.

When commissioned in 1976, the Pion became the most powerful conventional cannon in the world. In addition to nuclear warheads, the 2S7 can fire ZFO-35 fragmentation shells to destroy targets such as infantry and unarmored enemy weapons.

2S7 has a range of 37.5 km if using conventional ammunition, this number will increase to 55.5 km if equipped with rocket increased range (RAP). Thanks to the large range, the crew can fire one or two shots, then maneuver out of position before the bullets land on the target. This makes 2S7 difficult to hit back, even when the enemy is equipped with a counter-reaction detection and positioning system.

The upgraded 2S7M Malka appeared in 1983 with improvements in the fire control system to increase accuracy. The rate of fire is increased to 2.5 rounds per minute and the ammunition reserve is more than twice that of the original 2S7 model. The Russian military currently has 300 2S7 and 2S7M guns in sealed condition, ready to use when required.

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Putin claims Russia can strike ‘unstoppable’


Putin said the Russian navy is capable of detecting and launching an unstoppable attack on any adversary if necessary.

“We have the ability to detect all enemies under the sea, on the water and in the air, and deliver an unstoppable strike against them if necessary,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the ceremony. Soldiers celebrate the 325th anniversary of the Russian Navy in Saint Petersburg today.

President Putin during a naval parade in Saint Petersburg on July 25. Photo: AFP.

The Kremlin boss said Russia is constantly improving its naval weapons systems and is capable of responding to any attack against the country. “We already have a powerful naval air force, along with coastal defense systems and hypersonic guided missiles that no other country has,” Putin said.

Russia has recently developed a variety of advanced weapons, including the Zircon hypersonic missile, with the aim of gaining an advantage in arms races or conflicts with the US and the West. The Zircon missile, which is in the final stages of testing, is said to be able to hit sea and land targets at a distance of 1,000 km at 9 times the speed of sound, expected to equip a series of surface ships. water and submarines.

The military parade commemorating the founding of the Russian Navy is held on the last Sunday of July at various locations throughout Russia. This year, the Vietnam People’s Navy sent a fleet of missile defense ships 015 Tran Hung Dao and 016 Quang Trung to participate in the military parade in the port city of Vladivostok.

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Russians rush to inject Covid-19 vaccine


Many Russians have flocked to vaccination sites after authorities tightened restrictions on people who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19.

At an emergency vaccination site in the Metropolis shopping center in Moscow, dozens of Russians lined the entrance to wait to receive the Sputnik V vaccine.

One person in line said he waited 3-4 hours here, before rushing to the crowd to fill out a medical information form. When asked if people rush to get vaccinated like this often happens, he said “only from this Monday”.

One of the main reasons is probably the authorities in Moscow and many other cities tightening new restrictions on unvaccinated people. From the beginning of next week, cafes and restaurants in Moscow will require customers to provide QR codes to check vaccination status before booking. Hospitals will refuse patients who wish to perform non-urgent surgeries. Public venues, including outdoor playgrounds, remain closed. Government agencies and service industries aim to immunize 60% of employees.

A woman receives a Covid-19 vaccine in Talovka, Kamyshin district, Russia. Image: Tass.

“I don’t fully trust vaccines, but at this point I don’t think I have any other choice,” said Anastasia Lavrentyeva, who works in human resources. “Either get vaccinated or I won’t be able to continue working.”

She hopes the strict restrictions are temporary for now and outdoor events will be allowed later this summer.

The tightening measure comes as Russia sees a new outbreak, with more than 20,000 infections per day in the past few days. The country has reported more than 5.4 million infections and more than 132,000 deaths since the outbreak. But now only 11% of Russia’s 146 million people are fully immunized.

“In general, vaccination is still voluntary,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. “If a Moscow person works in the service industry, they should get vaccinated. If they decide not to get vaccinated, they should stop working in this industry.”

The tightening of restrictions on vaccination also indirectly makes the “black market” of fake vaccination certificates active. Ads for fake vaccination certificates are rampant on messaging apps. Last week, police investigated 24 criminal cases involving the sale of fake vaccination certificates.

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