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    Chernobyl: Fact and Legacy
    Apr18

    Chernobyl: Fact and Legacy

    Photo credit: Nigel Roberts April 26 this year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear explosion, when tests at the power plant there went calamitously wrong. Then in the Soviet Union and now in Ukraine, the consequences for Belarus have been disastrous. The accident occurred a generation ago, yet it continues to blight lives...

    Latvian MFA: EU must do more to counter illegal migration
    Apr18

    Latvian MFA: EU must do more to counter illegal migration

    On 15 April, the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics took part in the Kyiv Security Forum and delivered remarks at the plenary session entitled “European Unity: New Breath or Last Call” speaking about challenges posed by migration at the European and global scale, as well as about the upcoming British referendum on the future of its EU...

    Delo: UN sec-gen selection process far from democratic
    Apr18

    Delo: UN sec-gen selection process far from democratic

    Given the state of the global economy and conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East, nominations for the new UN secretary general have been a prime diplomatic topic for quite some time and the selection process seems to be more interesting then before, Delo notes on Monday in The Big Race. …read more Source:...

    Ukraine-Russia Rivalry Intensifies Over Indian Defence Market
    Apr17

    Ukraine-Russia Rivalry Intensifies Over Indian Defence Market

    Ukraine, the first formerly Soviet republic to experience a peaceful transfer of power via the ballot box, plans to break the ‘Russian monopoly’ in India. Kiev recently launched a serious effort to export defence equipment to the South Asian country. Perto Fedoruk, the Chief Adviser of Ukroboronprom – Ukraine’s largest defence...

    Stanimira Petrova qualifies for Olympics in Rio de Janeiro
    Apr16

    Stanimira Petrova qualifies for Olympics in Rio de Janeiro

    Stanimira Petrova qualified for the forthcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after winning the semifinal boxing match against Tetyana Kob from Ukraine at the Olympic qualifier in Samsun (Turkey). Petrova won a convincing victory by points against Kob at the 51 kilogram category contest. All three side referees gave the same result 40:36;...

    The political fallout of Chernobyl is still toxic | Natalie Nougayrède
    Apr16

    The political fallout of Chernobyl is still toxic | Natalie Nougayrède

    Thirty years on, the legacy of the disaster, and of the Soviet Union, continue to blight the regionAt 1.23am on 26 April 1986, reactor no 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear plant blew up, spewing immense amounts of radioactive material into the air. A major event of the 20th century had occurred. The Chernobyl explosion, 30 years ago this month, arguably...

    Chernobyl and the ghosts of a nuclear past
    Apr16

    Chernobyl and the ghosts of a nuclear past

    A Nobel laureate captures the beginning of the “age of disasters”. “This is not a book on Chernobyl,” writes Svetlana Alexievich, “but on the world of Chernobyl.” It is not about what happened on 26 April 1986, when a nuclear reactor exploded near the border between Ukraine and Belarus. It is about an epoch that will last, like the radioactive...

    Bulgaria Seeks Inclusion into Visegrad Group’s Energy Projects
    Apr16

    Bulgaria Seeks Inclusion into Visegrad Group’s Energy Projects

    Bulgaria’s President Rosen Plevneliev has said his country is looking for Slovakia’s support for its involvement in energy projects currently developed by the Visegrad Group. Plevneliev has made the comment after a meeting with Slovakian counterpart Andrej Kiska in Bratislava. The Visegrad Group, also known as V4, includes Poland,...

    Russia: NATO Build-Up In Baltic ‘Unjustified’
    Apr16

    Russia: NATO Build-Up In Baltic ‘Unjustified’

    Moscow’s ambassador suggests relations between Russia and the alliance were “very bad” in the wake of the annexation of Crimea. …read more Source: Sky...

    Vladimir Putin’s official 2015 income: About €120,000
    Apr15

    Vladimir Putin’s official 2015 income: About €120,000

    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s declared income rose by 1 million rubles (€13,000) in 2015 to 8.9 million rubles, or about €120,000, Interfax reported Friday. The leader’s property and earnings declaration included 1500 square meters of land and a 77 square meter apartment, as well as a garage he can use to store his Soviet...

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