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[l] at 6/2/20 12:49pm
Gennady Timchenko, a Russian oligarch, the founder of the Volga Group investment company, who is considered to be one of the richest people in the country, together with his wife donated 2.9 billion rubles to fight against coronavirus, Forbes reports with reference to entrepreneur's representative. According to the magazine, the donation was used to purchase 17 million items of medical goods for health care institutions and social protection funds. In addition, a part of the donation was used to support organizations that work with citizens who are vulnerable to the infection most. It goes about elderly individuals, families in difficult situations and people with disabilities.

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[l] at 6/2/20 11:47am
President Vladimir Putin signed a decree approving the foundations of Russia's state policy in the field of nuclear deterrence. The document lists primary dangers and military threats to Russia: potential enemy military build-up on the territories adjacent to Russia, which include means for delivering nuclear weapons; the deployment of ballistic missiles and hypersonic weapons by the countries, which consider Russia a potential adversary creation and deployment of anti-ballistic missile defense systems and strike systems in space; availability of nuclear weapons or other types of weapons of mass destruction that can be used against Russia and its allies; uncontrolled proliferation of nuclear weapons, delivery vehicles and equipment for their manufacture; deployment of nuclear weapons on the territories of non-nuclear states. The document states that Russia's state-run policy in the field of nuclear deterrence is defensive in its nature.

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[l] at 6/2/20 11:42am
When Donald J. Trump was elevated to the White House by the same anachronistic institution he once condemned-the Electoral College-I knew that America was going to suffer one of the worst-if not the worst-periods in its history.  What many ignored in the divide between Trump supporters and detractors was that his so-called "election" went far beyond traditional party politics.  Trump represented, and represents, an unadulterated evil that not only transcends politics, but even the rudiments of human decency.  Underneath all his puerile rantings the media so love to dissect resides a sociopath who, if not for his money, would have been incarcerated, instead of idolized, long ago. Now, in the wake of the protests over the killing of George Floyd, Trump is again threatening to declare a loose collection of left-wing groups, collectively called Antifa, a "terrorist" organization.  And, as usual, his lawless enabler, the equally sociopathic William Barr, is along for the ride, blaming "outside radicals and agitators" for exploiting Mr. Floyd's death for "their own separate and violent agenda."

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[l] at 6/2/20 6:43am
The Ministry of Defense of Russia selected volunteers for clinical trials of the unique domestic vaccine against coronavirus. Fifty military personnel were selected to test the vaccine, including five women, all of whom were examined and tested. The first group of volunteers is supposed to come to a special institution at the 48th Central Research Institute of the Russian Ministry of Defense on June 3 to undergo a preliminary in-depth medical examination and prepare for the experiment. Earlier, scientists at the 48th Central Research Institute studied vaccines against Ebola and MERS virus.

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[l] at 6/2/20 5:26am
Chinese state-owned companies have suspended the purchases of American food in response to Washington's decision to strip Hong Kong of its privileged bilateral trade status. The development of this conflict may disrupt the first part of the trade deal between the United States and China, which was concluded in January of this year after a period of complex and lengthy negotiations. The new aggravation of bilateral relations between China and the USA is taking place against the backdrop of recession in world trade. Chinese state-owned companies received instructions from the PRC authorities to stop purchasing pork and soybeans products from the United States as part of the first phase of the deal between the two countries. The decision was made after Washington took certain steps following the approval of the resolution on the development of the national security in Hong Kong (the resolution was approved by the All-China People's Congress (the highest legislative body of the PRC)). On May 29, Donald Trump announced that the United States would deprive Hong Kong of its privileged status and economic benefits, because, due to Beijing's actions, Hong Kong ceased to be a separate part of the PRC. It goes about export control, the use of dual-use technologies, as well as the customs clearance of goods. Until recently, Washington viewed Hong Kong as a customs territory unrelated to mainland China). Donald Trump also announced sanctions against Chinese and Hong Kong officials, who, according to Washington, were directly or indirectly involved in infringing on the autonomy of Hong Kong as a Special Administrative Region of the PRC.

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[l] at 6/2/20 2:35am
More than two centuries of lies are now getting exposed. Bizarre tales about freedom and democracy are collapsing like houses of cards. One man's death triggers an avalanche of rage in those who for years, decades and centuries, have been humiliated, ruined, and exterminated. It always happens just like this throughout the history of humankind - one single death, one single "last drop", an occurrence that triggers an entire chain of events, and suddenly nothing is the same, anymore. Nothing can be the same. What seemed to be unimaginable just yesterday, becomes "the new normal" literally overnight.

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[l] at 6/1/20 4:40am
"Without trampling through all the historical details, we can designate the entire history of [Americans]-the glorious past so eulogized by our fathers-as the history of shame, for in that history there is more betrayal, apostasy, perfidious intrigue, ignominious defeat, well-deserved failure, base vengeance, merciless retaliation and brutality that no hypocrisy can mask...So let's forget about the past and old glories, namely let's leave it be, let's no longer bring up those shames of the past and the jumbled mendacities considered worthy of praise, it's more than enough for us just to remain on the surface of that swamp if at all possible, the swamp denoting the state of moral values today...Whoever is [American] continually postpones his present, exchanging it for a future that will never arrive." Baron Wenkheim's Homecoming, Laszlo Krasznahorkai What subcategory of human being takes a knee on a handcuffed man, mashed face down on the pavement and, ultimately, forces him to die? Such was the action of a psychopathic white Minneapolis, Minnesota, police-paramilitary officer named Derek Chauvin, that resulted in the death of a black man, George Floyd. Right there, on the street, recorded live by a bystander. Chauvin continued his personal application of the death penalty even as he knew he was being filmed. Idiot or no? Did he think he'd be exonerated by his superiors. Now the world can watch a uniformed member of the Minnesota State paramilitary apparatus snuff the life out of a human being. For what? An allegedly forged $20 bill?

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[l] at 5/30/20 12:03pm
The Covid Conundrum Covid. Confinement. Economic necessity. Social unrest. End of confinement. Covid. Confinement. Economic necessity. Social unrest. End of confinement. Covid... It reminds me of that meme which goes "You bomb people. People get angry. People bomb you. You get angry. You bomb people..."

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[l] at 5/29/20 11:54am
The USA has ceased to be a free market country - the market is being regulated depending on political considerations. Shale oil companies serve a vivid example to that. Shale oil investment cut in half In 2020, global investment in energy will be cut by $400 billion, which will be the largest annual decline in history, a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) says. American shale companies will be affected more than others, capital investment in US-based shale oil makers will be decreased twice, the report says. Hundreds of oil rigs have stopped their work, and since March, oil production in the United States has fallen by nearly two million barrels per day.

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[l] at 5/29/20 11:22am
Last month, Russia's gross domestic product (GDP) dropped  by 12 percent in annual terms, the Ministry of Economy reported. The economic decline for January-February was estimated at 1.9 percent. According to the Ministry of Economy, the non-working period was introduced in Russia to combat the spread of the coronavirus infection in March 30. The lockdown regime was thus implemented against the backdrop of the generally negative external economic situation and lockdown measures in the countries that usually act as trade partners of the Russian Federation. The demand fell most in the sectors that are primarily focused on consumer demand: The volume of paid services that were provided to the population fell by 37.9 percent%; In March, the same indicator was reported on the level of -5.4 percent; The fall is due to restrictions in the work of companies operating in the field of entertainment and leisure, culture, sports and domestic services, the department noted. According to preliminary estimates, in the first quarter, Russia's GDP grew by 1.6 percent. According to the Ministry of Economy, economic growth made up 1.8 percent. In the second quarter, the department expects a decline of at least 9.5 percent. The Central Bank predicted a decline of eight percent in GDP in the second quarter of 2020, and by 4-6 percent - by the end of the year. International rating agency Fitch expects Russia's GDP to fall by five percent in 2020. Russian economy may not be able to restart after pandemic On Thursday, business ombudsman Boris Titov presented a report to Russian President Vladimir Putin saying that the decline in Russia's GDP may reach 5.5 percent in 2020 compared to last year. "Russia has faced a double blow to its economy, in addition to the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and restrictive measures. The sharp drop in oil prices and other resources has affected the economy considerably too. As a result of the negative consequences that the spread of the coronavirus infection COVID-19 has shown on the economy, the fall in oil prices, as well as due to the absence of active and large-scale stimulating policies, it is expected that the decline in Russia's GDP in 2020 (-5.5%) will be greater than the global average indicator (-3%)," the report says. The results of Russia's economic development over the past ten years have led to insignificant growth in GDP and investment in fixed assets, while the real disposable income of the population before the coronavirus crisis was on a low level. "Therefore, despite the fact that the projected decline in GDP to -5.5 percent does not seem so significant, it will be a dramatic decline for the Russian economy," the report from the business ombudsman said. The Russian economy faced the current crisis after a decade of stagnation, in contrast to the crisis of 2008-2009. Since 2008, Russia's GDP has grown by eleven percent, while the world average cumulatively increased by 45 percent (70 percent - in developing countries).

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[l] at 5/29/20 9:49am
The development of the short-haul transport aircraft Antonov An-178 began in 2010. It should have replaced the legendary An-12, which has been in operation for almost 70 years. The aircraft is being created on the basis of the passenger An-158 airplane. The An-178 has a length of almost 33 meters and a wingspan of about 29 meters. This is the high-winged aircraft with a T-shaped tail. Its maximum payload is 18 tons (one hundred soldiers, three trucks, or two sea containers). The aircraft is capable of flying at a speed of 825 km/h over distances of up to 5,500 kilometers; flight altitude can reach up to 12 kilometers.

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[l] at 5/29/20 9:44am
The development of the multi-purpose stealth fighter MiG LMFS began in 2015. This is going to be the fifth-generation fighter that will execute the functions of MiG-29 and MiG-35 aircraft. The aircraft will be based on the technology used for the development of the Soviet MiG-1.44, which was far ahead of its time. "MiG-LMFS" is designed with front horizontal stabilizers. They will be placed just above the wing to stabilize air flow in front of it. As it is believed, the aircraft should have a triangular wing and a V-tail. With a takeoff mass of about 15 tons, it will be able to take up to 5 tons of payload, for example, medium-range K-77M missiles. The airplane will be armed with a 30 mm caliber cannon. The fighter is to be equipped with two VK-10M turbojet units with a total thrust of 20 tons. In the future, a single Product-30 engine with the afterburner power of 18 tons can be used. This engine was developed for the Sukhoi Su-57 fighter and currently undergoes flight tests. The MiG-LMFS will be able to overcome up to 4,000 kilometers at a speed of 2,500 km/h. All the delivered ordnance will be placed inside the aircraft, which will positively affect its stealthiness.

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[l] at 5/29/20 9:30am
For hundreds of years, we've seen more information as a strictly good thing; educated people make better decisions, live longer, and can feasibly be happier. But is there such a thing as too much information? In some ways, the distribution of information defines our society. These days, there are many ways of distributing information, from sending out booklets to individuals by mail, to reading news online. In areas of the world with free and uncensored access to information, individuals can get access to as much information as they'd like, instantly learning about world events, delving into esoteric history, or even having a conversation with someone who doesn't speak their language.  Journalism of assertion  One unintended side effect is "journalism of assertion," a term coined by Tom Rosenstiel in the book Blur. In conventional journalism, or "journalism of verification," a journalist's primary obligation is to report the truth. Accuracy and context are extremely important, and stories cannot or should not be published without careful vetting. 

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[l] at 5/29/20 9:23am
Russia proceeded to the construction of the first prototype of strategic stealth bomber aircraft as part of the Advanced Long-Range Aviation Complex. The new aircraft is known for the Russian initials as PAK DA, or Product 80). Engineers already work on the cockpit of the new aircraft. The works are to be completed in 2021. In December 2019, Russian Deputy Minister of Defense Alexei Krivoruchko announced that the Tupolev Design Bureau started working on design documentation, as well as parts and components for the prototypes of the PAK DA bomber. In February 2020, the official said that the first engine for the PAK DA would undergo block tests already this year.

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[l] at 5/28/20 1:07pm
It was reported that the USA intends to continue its long-range missions of strategic nuclear bombers. Defense News publication makes a reference to a source in the United States Strategic Command of the US Armed Forces (USSTRATCOM). First and foremost, it goes about training flights to the borders of Russia and China, as well as "nuclear bombing exercises," to conduct a nuclear attack on the Crimea and Kaliningrad, Murmansk and several territories of the Southern Federal District of the Russian Federation. Officially, the US command conducts such events as part of activities to ensure the protection of NATO allies and contain potential adversaries. Noteworthy, the USA has been increasing the number of such flights lately.

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[l] at 5/28/20 12:34pm
The former head of Chuvashia, Mikhail Ignatiev, filed a lawsuit at the Supreme Court of Russia, in which he disputed the decree, which Vladimir Putin had signed to dismiss Ignatiev from his post. The news became a bombshell, because Ignatiev became the first ex-governor, who disputed Putin's decree on his dismissal by filing a lawsuit at the Supreme Court. There was a time, when governors sued president, but that was a very long time ago. Putin's decree on Ignatiev's resignation due to the loss of trust was made public on January 29, 2020. It is not very often, when Putin uses the 'loss of trust' formulation in his decrees that dismiss regional heads from power.

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[l] at 5/28/20 4:31am
'Trump's One Saving Grace is That He Makes People Laugh': Kuznick     "People look at the U.S. as a failed state led by a clown, and either laugh at American citizens or pity them," regrets the American Historian Peter Kuznick, in another exclusive conversation with Pravda.ru, as the new coronavirus is spreading more and more in the United States, leaving a death toll not seen even in times of US wars. "At least the notion of 'American exceptionalism' has finally been put to rest," points out the director of the Institute for Nuclear Studies at American University, in Washington D.C., as he scares the fact that his country leads the number of infections and deaths due to COVID-19, the worldwide epicenter of the pandemic since March 26. "That's not the kind of exceptionalism anyone wanted or imagined possible." Up to May 21, the number of those infected in the US were 1,601,393, and now over 100,000 deaths since the first case of infection was found in the North American country, last 20 January. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump pressures for lifting the lockdown instead of focusing on increasing tests, which are dramatically insufficient, and providing more medical supplies like respirators and ventilators which are scarce at the center of global capitalism, as well as even face masks and tests. According to Doctor Kuznick, the scarcity is due to the fact that capitalists profit exactly from it, not having surplus products or capacities. "They don't plan for crises or disasters when, if necessary, they have extra stocks and supplies." Nothing could best illustrate the capitalist system, like recent Ricardo Barros's words, former Brazil's Minister of Health: "Hospitals are almost breaking [in Brazil]. They have lost their normal movement, from elective surgery, traffic accidents fell a lot, which was a reason for hospital billing. We're breaking our entire hospital system financially because they can't do their normal work, and also have no COVID clients to occupy the beds."

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[l] at 5/27/20 12:47pm
If it wasn't so tragic, it would be laughable: the political brigands in North America and Europe are fuming, spitting and rolling their eyes upwards towards the ceiling. They are pointing fingers in all directions, shouting incoherently "China!", "Russia!", "Venezuela and Cuba!", "Iran!"; "You, You, YOU!". China and Russia are quietly building a new world, which includes brand new infrastructure, factories and entire neighborhoods for the people. Hospitals are being constructed, and so are universities, parks, concert halls and public transportation networks. Both countries are doing all this quickly and noiselessly, and with great determination. And despite sanctions and embargos, they never shout back at the salivating, angry mouths of the Western gurus of brainwashing. The difference between the West and the two mighty allies in the East, is enormous. In fact, it is not a difference, but an outright contrast.

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[l] at 5/27/20 12:31pm
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin signed a decree on the extension of the self-isolation mode, system of pass control and other restrictive measures until June 14. At the same time, parks are going to open for citizens, while stadiums are opening for athletes. Starting from June 1, 2020, the Moscow authorities will proceed to the second stage of easing lockdown restrictions, within which many trade and service enterprises will resume work, while residents of the city will be allowed to go out for walks, albeit with restrictions. "Starting from Monday, city residents, including older people over 65 and citizens with chronic diseases, can leave their homes for walks and sports activities," the mayor said. Earlier on Wednesday, at a meeting with the President of the Russian Federation, Moscow Mayor Sobyanin proposed to ease a number of restrictions from June 1. The Moscow authorities plan to resume the sales of non-food products, as well as to reopen part of household services that do not require long-term contact between people: laundries, dry cleaning, repair shops.

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[l] at 5/27/20 11:56am
In 2010 Chris Hedges declared the liberal class as dead as a doornail. He was late. Liberalism had died decades earlier. All that remains now is the separate components of the body of liberalism. The stinking compounds have decomposed into identity politics. The cause of death for the liberal class, as Chris Hedges tells us, was gullibility. Liberals were foolish enough to believe that they could moderate capitalism. They thought that they could change corporatism by elections, mass movements, whining and begging for incrementalism.  The liberal class started their negotiations by compromising all of their ethics, beliefs, and powers. All they got in return were table-scraps to identity politics. The power elite did not give up anything it really cares about.  The corporatists raped, pillaged and burned with abandon, while liberals wallowed in political correctness. 

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[l] at 5/27/20 9:28am
Brazil: Domestic Growing Crisis, Accumulating Humiliation from Abroad   The United States has banned flights from Brazil as coronavirus cases and deaths have exploded in the South American nation, Latin America's most populous country with more than 212 million inhabitants. 

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