Because of dissatisfaction with the prime minister quit a total of 44 employees of the UK government – they are not happy that Boris Johnson is constantly lying. Against this background, Johnson decided that the time had come to tell the truth, and acknowledged at hearings in parliament, that he repeatedly met without the presence of third parties with the Russian oligarch Lebedev, whose son he made a peer. In what all this will result, we will soon find out, for now the news is as follows:
- The Russian army is preparing an attack on Slavyansk, the head of the Donetsk region calls on the inhabitants of the region to evacuate.
- As a result of the attack on Kharkov, the building of the National Pedagogical University was destroyed, the guard of the university was killed.
- The Russian State Duma went on vacation, approving amendments to the criminal code, a law on the creation of a new pioneer, and allowing the government to “special measures in the economy.”
- Three Interior Ministry generals were arrested on suspicion that they recommended businesses to donate money to help the police and spent it on personal needs.
- A resident of Cherepovets was fined 30 thousand rubles for anti-war inscriptions in the snow.
After the capture of Lisichansk, the Russian army took an operational pause and is preparing for an attack on Slavyansk – this is stated by the British Ministry of Defense, the American Institute for the Study of War and Ukrainian General Staff. Probably the next key battle will be the battle for this city. According to Mayor Vadim Lyakh, 23 thousand people remain in Slavyansk (out of the pre-war hundred thousand), the evacuation continues. Head of Donetsk region Pavel Kirilenko urged to the evacuation of residents of all settlements remaining under the control of Ukraine. It is expected that the Russian army will try to capture them by completely destroying them.
On Wednesday, as a result of the shelling of Kharkov was destroyed the building of the National Pedagogical University, the watchman of the university died.
Ministry of Defense of Russia declared about the destruction of two American HIMARS installations, Ukraine denies this. President Zelensky in an evening address to the citizens of Ukraine separately notedthat Western artillery “worked powerfully.” Wednesday evening reported about a fire in Kherson – presumably, Russian warehouses near the station were on fire. In the last ten days there have been at least 11 messages about explosions at military facilities deep in the Russian rear.
General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine canceled prohibition for persons liable for military service to leave their place of residence without the permission of the military registration and enlistment office – here is explainedWhy was all this. At the disposal of the Ukrainian army handed over airplane and helicopter of Putin’s godfather Viktor Medvedchuk. The first group of Ukrainian military arrived to the UK for special military training.
Russian editions of “Important Stories” and “Vot Tak” write citing his sources that more than 50 prisoners were taken from two colonies in St. Petersburg to the Rostov region for further transfer to the east of Ukraine. Earlier, it was reported that Wagner PMC recruiters appeared in these colonies: they are promised amnesty for agreeing to fight, and monetary compensation to relatives for death. About total mobilization in the so-called “DPR” and “LPR”, as well as about the risks associated with it, read here.
In the Kherson region occupied by the Russian army blocked Instagram and YouTube. Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine Oleksandr Tkachenko He speaks in an interview with Present Time, that the main remedy for Russian propaganda is Western weapons, which will allow the liberation of the occupied territories. Volodymyr Zelensky in the evening address carefully noted some advancement of the Ukrainian army in the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions.
International echo of the war
According to Bloomberg, the United States and its allies are discussing setting a ceiling price for Russian oil at $40-60. The United States is concerned that EU sanctions, which will come into force at the end of the year, will lead to a sharp jump in oil prices, and is trying to prevent this. On Wednesday, oil prices fell below $100 for the first time since April amid expectations of a global economic recession. Russia, as best it can, is trying to maintain rush demand: court in Novorossiysk suspended the operation of the offshore oil terminal of the Caspian Pipeline Consortium for 30 days, citing violations in the documents. More than 80% of the oil produced in Kazakhstan is exported through this terminal. OPEC head Mohammed Barkindo, who previously warned the European Union that OPEC would not be able to reimburse oil exports from Russia, died at the age of 63 years. His powers were to expire on July 31, the representative of Kuwait, Haytham al-Gais, has already been elected as the new secretary general of the cartel.
Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine asked Turkish authorities to check three more ships under the Russian flag that could transport grain from the occupied Ukrainian territories – these are dry cargo ships “Mikhail Nenashev”, “Matros Pozynych” and “Matros Koshka”, owned by a subsidiary of the Russian “United Shipbuilding Corporation”.
Norway and Russia agreed about the method of delivering goods to Svalbard: containers will be transported not by Russian, but by Norwegian transport.
In Bulgaria due to EU sanctions blocked transfer of 890 thousand dollars to the Russian embassy – the issue of lifting the blocking will be decided at the level of the European Commission. About the current cooling in relations between Russia and Bulgaria in detail described here.
There seems to be nowhere for Russian-American relations to cool down, but State Duma Chairman Volodin clearly believes that it is still possible to freeze, and requires from the United States to compensate for losses due to the pandemic (because, in his opinion, it was the Americans who engineered the coronavirus) and at the same time recallswho once owned Alaska.
State Duma went on vacation
But I managed to approve everything that is needed:
- Created an all-Russian movement of children and youth for “shaping the worldview of children on the basis of traditional Russian spiritual and moral values”. There is no name of the movement in the approved document, it has not yet been invented, but it has already been decided that it will have three age echelons, and they will accept new octobers from the age of six.
- Tightened articles of the Criminal Code on treason (here explainer).
- Allowed the government to introduce special measures in the economy to provide for the Russian army during “counter-terrorist and other operations” outside the country.
- Approved a ban on the dissemination of information about transactions in the field of foreign trade, which may lead to the imposition of sanctions by “unfriendly” countries and companies.
- As well as accepted in the first reading, a bill banning rallies near government buildings, life-support facilities, railway stations, schools, universities, hospitals, airports, religious buildings, and other buildings related to civilian infrastructure: in total, the document contains more than twenty such points.
Here is a brief overview all the achievements of the State Duma for the last session.
Arrests, terms, sentences
- Three generals of the Ministry of Internal Affairs arrested on suspicion that they recommended businesses to donate money to the “Fund for Assistance to the Programs of the Central Internal Affairs Directorate of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region” and spent it on their own needs. All three generals – Sergei Umnov, Alexei Semenov, Ivan Abakumov – are from St. Petersburg. Persecution of former city police chiefs – old Petersburg tradition. In this case, there is also such a shade: the “Assistance Fund” was established by structures associated with entrepreneur Dmitry Mikhalchenko, who a week ago sentenced to 20 years in prison for embezzlement during the reconstruction of Putin’s residence in Novo-Ogaryovo.
- Former Deputy Minister of Culture Pirumov received 8.5 years in prison for embezzlement during the construction of objects for the Hermitage. In 2017, he was already convicted of fraud during restoration work in the Hermitage, the Novodevichy Convent and other sites.
- European Court of Human Rights ruled on the recovery of 377 thousand euros from Russia in favor of 12 citizens who complained of torture by the police. The Russians will no longer receive this money (or they will receive it in some other Russia of the future).
- “New Newspaper” told biographies of Nikolai Trifonov and Ilya Markovets, whom journalists consider to be the people who doused the editor-in-chief of the publication Dmitry Muratov with a strong-smelling dye: both are associated with the police and special services, as well as with officer structures actively cooperating with the pro-Russian separatists of Donbass. The criminal case on the attack on Muratov has not yet been initiated.
- But Novaya Gazeta fined 300,000 rubles under an article about spreading “fake news” about the Russian army for Muratov’s long-deleted video message about the start of the war with Ukraine.
- Court in Moscow arrested in absentia former head of INION Academician Yuri Pivovarov. A criminal case against him was opened in 2017. After that, he was diagnosed with cancer, and he went abroad for treatment with the permission of the investigator. At the end of February, Pivovarov joined the anti-war committee of Russia.
- A resident of Cherepovets fined for 30 thousand rubles for the inscriptions on the snow “No to war”, “Peace” and “Thou shalt not kill” (“discrediting” the Russian army).
- In Belarus, everything is much tougher: in Mogilev, a 20-year-old student sentenced to 6.5 years in prison for an anti-war repost, and a photographer who was supposed to shoot a holiday for the children of Ukrainian refugees, arrested for 15 days (the holiday itself was simply not given).
- The goalkeeper of the Russian hockey team Ivan Fedotov, who was detained in St. Petersburg in early July and drafted into the army, hit to the hospital of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.
Russian economic miracle
- In outskirts of Moscow stopped the largest lead production plant in Russia: the Ministry of Industry and Trade did not issue an export license to the enterprise, and from July 10, the European Union stops purchasing Russian lead under the fifth package of sanctions.
- Company “Polymetal” refused from plans to build a gold production plant in the Far East, and it’s not even about the upcoming embargo on Russian gold, but about problems with the supply of imported equipment.
- On the functioning of the space industry under sanctions described here.
- Here is the report about the closure of Russian IKEA enterprises and the final sale in stores that brought down the company’s website.
- According to Bloomberg, British bank HSBC sells its Russian subsidiary and leaves the country. Recently, the Russian “daughter” of the bank dealt mainly with payroll accounts of international companies operating in Russia.
- The history of Russian non-freedom. excerpt from the book by Svetlana Voloshina “Power and journalism. Nicholas I, Andrey Kraevsky and others” (published by “Delo” RANEPA) – about how in the middle of the 19th century the Russian authorities communicated with editors-in-chief. Or conversation Alexander Genis with historian Yevgeny Dobrenko, author of the monumental two-volume book “Late Stalinism” – about the birth of Putin’s war ideologies in the 1950s and Putin’s resemblance to Nicholas I.
- Old cinema. Guide Dmitry Volchek at the film festival “Returned Cinema”, which takes place every summer in Bologna – this time the return was “Sheep’s Cheese” by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Or excerpt from the book “Leonid Shvartsman. Master of the Image”, in which the artist talks about the creation of Cheburashka.
- Music. Stories Russian composers, told through their works – Glinka’s lorgnette, Chaliapin’s wedding candles, Rachmaninov’s electric kettle. Or story about the search for mathematical musical universals, which are still not found.