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У Німеччині 96-річна екссекретарка нацистського концтабору постала перед судом

Фурхнер – перша жінка за останні десятиліття, яку притягнули до кримінальної відповідальності за злочини, сконі під час нацистського правління

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FBI Raids Washington, New York Homes Linked to Russian Oligarch Oleg Deripaska

FBI agents raided homes Thursday in Washington and New York City linked to Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire with ties to the Kremlin and to Paul Manafort, the onetime chairman of Donald Trump’s 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.

The agents carried boxes out of a mansion in one of Washington’s wealthiest neighborhoods, with yellow “CRIME SCENE DO NOT ENTER” tape across the front yard, and towed away a vehicle. 

A spokesperson for the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed the agency was conducting a court-authorized law enforcement activity at the home, which The Washington Post has previously reported was linked to the Russian oligarch.

The specific reason for sealing off and searching the Washington mansion was not immediately clear, and the FBI spokesperson did not provide details. 

A representative for Deripaska said the home, as well as the one in New York, belong to relatives of the oligarch. Reuters could not immediately determine Deripaska’s whereabouts. 

A spokesperson for the FBI’s New York field office confirmed “law enforcement activity” at the home in New York City’s Greenwich Village neighborhood but declined further comment.

Deripaska, 53, has been under U.S. sanctions since 2018. Washington imposed sanctions on him and other influential Russians because of their ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin after alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. 

Deripaska once employed Manafort, who was convicted in 2018 on tax evasion and bank fraud charges and was among the central figures scrutinized under investigations of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, which Moscow denies.

Russia used Manafort and the WikiLeaks website to try to help Trump win that election, a Republican-led Senate committee said in its final review of the matter released last year. While still president last December, Trump pardoned Manafort.

The Senate report found Putin personally directed the Russian efforts to hack computer networks and accounts affiliated with the Democratic Party and leak information damaging to Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton. 

The report also alleged Manafort collaborated with Russians, including Deripaska and a Russian intelligence officer, before, during and after the election. 

Deripaska owns part of Rusal via his stake in the giant aluminum producer’s parent company En+ Group. 

Washington previously dropped sanctions against both companies but kept them on Deripaska. Rusal’s Moscow-listed shares extended losses after the report of the raid on the Washington home, falling 6%. 

The representative for Deripaska, who declined to give their name because of company policy, confirmed the raid on both homes and said they belong to Deripaska’s family rather than the executive himself.

The representative said the searches were carried out on the basis of two court warrants related to the U.S. sanctions but provided no further details. 

 

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Поліція назвала причину смерті брата загиблого раніше мера Кривого Рогу

Смерть настала внаслідок токсичної дії спиртів, випадкового отруєння алкоголем, заявили правоохоронці

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Російський актор заявив, що готовий був «в’їхати у Крим на танку» під час анексії півострова

2 липня у українському єдиному реєстрі досудових розслідувань зареєстрували кримінальне провадження щодо російських 60 артистів, які виступали в окупованому Криму, серед яких був і Угольников

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Pentagon Chief: No Country Has ‘Veto’ on Ukraine’s NATO Aspirations

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says no third country has a veto on Ukraine’s aspirations to join the NATO military alliance. 

“Ukraine…has a right to decide its own future foreign policy, and we expect that they will be able to do that without any outside interference,” Austin said during a visit to Kyiv on Tuesday, when asked about Russian objections to Ukraine’s entry into NATO.

Tensions have risen between Russia and the U.S.-led alliance, with Moscow announcing on Monday it is suspending its permanent mission to NATO in response to the alliance’s expulsion of eight Russians diplomats earlier this month.

Austin also called Russia an “obstacle” to any peaceful resolution to the war raging in Ukraine’s east.

“We again call on Russia to end its occupation of Crimea, to stop perpetuating the war in eastern Ukraine, to end its destabilizing activities in the Black Sea and along Ukraine’s borders,” Austin said.

“We will continue to do everything we can to support Ukraine’s efforts to develop the capability to defend itself,” he added.

Earlier this year, Russia massed the largest concentration of its troops near the Ukrainian border since it annexed Crimea in 2014. The troops pulled back after conducting exercises near Ukraine’s border.

Austin’s visit to Ukraine is his second stop in Europe this week. He visited Georgia on Monday. 

Bradley Bowman, a defense expert with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, called the stops in Georgia and Ukraine “an important and positive signal.”

“They’re important partners, and they’re partners that are literally, not metaphorically, literally on the front line against Russian aggression and invasion and continued occupation,” Bowman told VOA.

Russia still occupies about one-fifth of Georgia.

During his press conference Tuesday with his Ukrainian counterpart, Austin also urged Moscow to stop its “persistent cyberattacks and other malign activities” against the United States and its partners.

A White House official said last week Russia had taken “some steps” against ransomware groups operating from the country after President Joe Biden urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to tackle the groups in June.

Russian hackers were accused of being behind last year’s massive breach of several U.S. federal agencies through exploiting SolarWinds software and a string of ransomware attacks on U.S. infrastructure and businesses, including the Colonial Pipeline attack in May.

On Wednesday, Austin plans to visit Romania ahead of his participation at a NATO defense ministerial in Brussels. 

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Russia Sets Another Daily COVID Death Record

Russian government officials Tuesday recommended closing workplaces after the nation again set a daily record for COVID-19 deaths and nearly 34,000 new infections. 

Russia’s government coronavirus task force reported 1,015 deaths over the past 24 hours, the highest number since the pandemic began. That brought the total death toll to 225,325 — by far the highest in Europe. It also registered 33,740 new infections in the past day.

Speaking Tuesday at a government coronavirus meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova proposed closing workplaces from October 30 to November 7. She proposed that those days be deemed non-working days to combat rising coronavirus infections. 

Russia took similar steps early the pandemic, notably locking down for about a month, when COVID-19 first struck in March of last year. But the Kremlin has been resisting a new nationwide lockdown because the first one dealt a heavy blow to the economy and hurt President Vladimir Putin’s popularity.

Golikova recommends that all Russian regions immediately make decisions about whether unvaccinated pensioners should be told to self-isolate at home and go out only for emergencies.

She also suggested incentives to get people vaccinated, such as special codes for those who have received shots, allowing them access to public events or places.

Some in formation for this report came from the Associated Press and Reuters.

 

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Venezuela Looms Large as Blinken Heads to Ecuador, Colombia

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits Latin America this week to discuss ways to tackle irregular migration, as Colombia hosts nearly 2 million Venezuelan migrants and Ecuador also hosts a large number.

U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement Tuesday that Blinken spoke Tuesday with Chile’s foreign minister and Colombia’s vice president and thanked them for co-hosting Wednesday’s “Migration Ministerial” in Bogota and for “granting Temporary Protective Status to nearly 2 million Venezuelan migrants.”

In a separate statement, Price said Blinken spoke with Chile’s foreign minister and expressed his appreciation for participating in Wednesday’s meeting and for “Chile’s ongoing support for refugees and migrants from the region, particularly from Venezuela and Haiti.”

“They touched on shared goals in the bilateral relationship, including immediate actions to collaboratively support orderly, safe, and humane migration in the region, and halt the uncontrolled flow of irregular migrants through the hemisphere,” the statement added.

Venezuela is said to be high on the agenda as Blinken visits Ecuador and Colombia this week, his first visit to South America as the top U.S. diplomat.

On Tuesday, Blinken meets in Quito with Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso and Foreign Minister Mauricio Montalvo to continue discussions on democratic governance and issues such as counternarcotics and migration.

The U.S. called for political talks to resume between Venezuela’s government and the country’s opposition, saying the extradition of a close ally of President Nicolás Maduro to the U.S. is a matter separate from the negotiations.

Maduro’s government announced last weekend it would halt the talks after Alex Saab, a Colombian businessman accused of money laundering on behalf of Venezuela’s government, had been extradited to the United States from Cape Verde to face charges.

On Monday, a senior State Department official said the Maduro regime could demonstrate its seriousness about forging a better future for the Venezuelan people and alleviating the humanitarian crisis “by returning to the table” to continue talks with the Unitary Platform, an opposition political alliance.

“If [the] Maduro regime was serious about its stated concerns of the Venezuelan people, they would actually sit down with their fellow countrymen and work toward solutions. And if they make progress in that regard, the United States will welcome it,” Brian Nichols, assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, said during a call briefing.

On Wednesday, Blinken will deliver a speech on the importance of democracy. The State Department said he will showcase “how inclusive and responsive democratic institutions” can implement economic policies that emphasize “inclusive growth and environmental protection.”

In Bogota, Blinken will meet with Colombian President Iván Duque and Vice President and Foreign Minister Marta Lucía Ramírez to advocate for “strong democratic governments” in the region. Later this week, he will open the U.S.-Colombia High-Level Dialogue.

 

“The secretary’s visit to both Colombia and Ecuador sends a clear signal that we support a vibrant and inclusive democracy that respects the rights of their citizens,” Nichols told reporters during the telephone briefing.

Saab’s extradition to the U.S. is seen to further complicate relations between Washington and Caracas, as Maduro’s government fiercely rejected prosecution against Saab, claiming it was a concealed attempt by the U.S. to oust the regime in Venezuela.

“The criminal charges against Alex Saab long predate and have no relation to the political negotiations between the Unitary Platform and the Maduro regime. These operate on a second track,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said during a briefing on Monday.

“It is often difficult for undemocratic, autocratic, repressive governments to understand a simple and fundamental truth about how we operate in this country, and that is that our law enforcement is independent of politics, of policy,” Price added.

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Суд оголосив вирок одному з фігурантів справи про обстріл будівлі каналу «112 Україна»

Одним з фігурантів справи про обстріл каналу «112 Україна» є ексдепутат Семен Семенченко