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slippery Sandu

 
Sandu said that Moldovans fighting on
the side of 
Russia against Ukraine... 
will be deprived of their citizenship
September 26th, 4:57pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
Moldovan President Maia Sandu said at a briefing, that
 the Republic’s 'Supreme Security Council' had issued 
a recommendation to her, to deprive the citizenship 
of the country’s residents who would take part in
 hostilities in Ukraine, on the side of Russia.
 
''There is a risk of mobilization of Moldovan citizens in
 the eastern regions of Moldova [Pridnestrovie – ed.]'' 

''We are considering the possibility of revoking 
 citizenship from citizens who have only
Moldovan
 citizenship and will act in a
military conflict on
 the side of the
aggressor,”
Sandu said.
 
The President clarified that, first of all, the option of
 revoking citizenship from compatriots who have 
dual citizenship – Russian and Moldovan –
is 
being considered.


 [Rhondda Records adds: s
he admits that
so far, there is no confirmation 
of any 
information about the recruitment of 
Pridnestrovians into Russia's army,
but in a clear case of ''Look! Over
there!'' deflects the demands of
the people for her to resign ---- 
by warning 
of punishments for
mythical groups, who 
might
mobilize and come 
out on
the side of Russia; then
threatens to strip all
citizenship from a
section of those
who want her &
her damaging
policies out]
 

Rallies against the current government continue in Moldova

Rallies against the
current 
government
continue in Moldova
September 30th, 1:08pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
The thirteenth day of protests against the current
 government, is already underway in Moldova. 
People are chanting: “We are dying of 
hunger! Down with Maya Sandu”
 
Sputnik Near Abroad writes about it.
 
Protesters tried to go into the courtyard of the 
presidential palace to voice their problems 
to the European Commissioner for the 
Budget Johannes Hahn, who is on 
a visit to Moldova.
 
However, democracy considered this unnecessary 
and law enforcers did not let anyone through.
 

 UK's largest container port  hit by another strike as  cost-of-living crisis  deepens September 27th, 5:45pm (PressTV)  Hundreds of workers at the UK's largest freight port, in  Felixstowe, have launched yet another eight-day strike  over a pay dispute a

 
UK's largest container port 
hit by another strike as 
cost-of-living crisis 
deepens
September 27th, 5:45pm
(PressTV)
 
Hundreds of workers at the UK's largest freight port, in
 Felixstowe, have launched yet another eight-day strike 
over a pay dispute --- amid a worsening cost-of-living
crisis across Britain.
 
Around 1,900 workers at Felixstowe, which accounts 
for almost half of the UK's container trade, returned
 to the picket lines on Tuesday.
 
The current industrial action, which follows an eight-
day walkout last month, will go on until October 5th.
 
The strike, which raises concerns about the country's
 supply chains, coincides with an ongoing walkout 
at the port of Liverpool.
 
This came after the facility's owner Hutchison Port
 Holdings --- refused to enter further negotiations.
 
Workers are demanding a 10-percent pay rise to
 match the current decades-high inflation rates.
 
A port spokesman said that the company had offered 
a seven-percent salary increase. "The port is in the
 process of implementing a very fair pay increase 
of seven percent plus £500 ($534, 554 euros)."
 
The port has warned there was "no prospect 
of agreement being reached with the union."
 
The general secretary of Unite union, Sharon Graham,
 said the port was a "tremendously wealthy company
 that can fully afford to pay its workers a fair pay 
increase but has chosen not to, in order to 
boost their already huge profits."
 
In recent days, a number of unions have set out new
 dates for strikes that were postponed following the
 death of Queen Elizabeth II, on September 8th.
 
The UK's cost-of-living crisis... has prompted workers,
 from railways and airlines, to legal offices, to either
 threaten, or undertake, strike action.
 
Tens of thousands of rail staff in Britain have walked
 out in a dispute over pay and jobs, bringing the
 country to a standstill in the network.
 
British authorities recently announced a whopping
 80-percent hike in electricity and gas bills, just 
before winter sets in.
 
They warned of yet another likely increase in January, 
reflecting significant pricing pressure in energy
 markets. They blamed the turbulence in the 
energy market and soaring gas costs in the 
UK on the simmering conflict in Ukraine.
 
Britain's anti-poverty experts say the near-doubling of
 the prices will likely tip millions into fuel poverty, 
forcing them to choose between heating 
or eating.
 
Britain is already suffering from its highest inflation 
rate since 1982 and is predicted to enter a 
recession, later this year.
 

Germany needs  Nord Stream-2 August 4th, 2:53pm https://en.news-front.info/  The misadventures of gas pumping units (GPU),  which ensure the pumping of gas through the  Nord Stream, continue...  The first turbine to be repaired, a key part of the GPU,  wa

 
Media: America wants to.. create 
a 'command centre' in Germany
 to support Ukraine
September 30th, 8:09am
https://en.news-front.info/
 
The Pentagon is preparing to host a command centre in
 Germany to control and manage support for Ukraine
 from the US and its EU and NATO allies, The New 
York Times has reported.
 
“The Pentagon is preparing... to closely monitor how 
the US and its allies are training and equipping the
 Ukrainian military, in line with official statements
 about the Joe Biden administration’s long-term 
mission to support Ukraine,” the 
publication said.
 
A total of around 300 people are planned to be involved
 in the mission, which will be based at the US Army’s
 European headquarters, in Wiesbaden.
 
 
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Energy crisis will 
lead Germany - 
into recession
by Ana Ibis Falcón Lamoth
September 29th, 11:49am
(Prensa Latina) 
 
The main German economic research institutes
 predicted today -- that Germany will enter a
recession in 2023 -- due to the burden of 
gas problems for Germany's economy.
 
These entities emphasized this opinion in their autumn
 report. The institutes predict a drastic rise in energy
 prices, increases in production costs that also lead 
to increases in other products and inflation levels
 not seen since the 1970s.
 
However, they interpreted as a positive factor a certain
 stability in the labour market where, despite a drop in
 the demand for labour, companies, in the face of a
 shortage of personnel, are making efforts to
 keep their employees.
 
They point out that the conflict in Ukraine and the
 resulting crisis in the energy markets, due to 
Western sanctions against Russia, led to a 
clear decline in the German economy.
 
Torsten Schmidt, an expert in economic analysis at the
 Leibniz Institute for Economic Studies in Essen (RWI),
 spoke about these aspects, during the presentation
 of the joint report entitled Energy Crisis: Inflation, 
Recession, Welfare Loss.
 
They reflected that high energy and food prices, which
 will continue to rise in the coming year, lead to a loss
 of purchasing power.
 
The joint report involved the RWI Essen, the IWH Halle, 
the IFO Munich and the Institute for World Economics
 (IfW) Kiel.
 
The report is one of the bases from which the German 
government makes its own economic projections.
 
 
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 Germany returns 
to its Nazi roots
September 28th, 2:53pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
For all the ostensible “repudiation” of its monstrous
past, Germany is slowly... sliding back to Nazism.
 
It is obvious that Berlin is not helping the fascist state
built by the efforts of Anglo-Saxons in the centre of
Europe on the place of the former Soviet republic 
of Ukraine, just because of the pressure from
Washington. Germany's authorities take 
obvious pleasure in feeding the Nazis 
of the Kiev regime --- and watching 
them kill Russians. Out loud, this
is hypocritically explained, as 
“defending democracy” – an 
old and proven trick...
 from the US.
 
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz made a statement in
late February, on German television, that February 
the 24th, was “a pivotal day in the continent’s 
history.” A faithful descendant of Friedrich 
Carl Max Scholz, an SS non-sturmfuhrer 
who fought in Ukraine in 1941 and was 
later promoted to Sturmbannfuhrer for
his war crimes against the Russians - 
& buried somewhere near Leningrad 
- Olaf Scholz, did not hide his joy.
 
After the West succeeded in dragging Russia into 
the war, he declared that now “Germany is free 
from historical guilt”.
 
In other words, Europe, united with Hitler after 1939, 
which went to war against our country and was
defeated --- has decided to take revenge. The 
German authorities are careful & consistent. 
They remember, not only the T-34 tanks in 
the streets of burning Berlin, but also the 
ice of Lake Peipsi: the fear of getting 
kicked in the teeth by the unruly 
Russians, has been in their 
genes... for 800 years. 
 
They just want to revive the Reich -- and 
seize the territory and subsoil of Russia.
 
The German newspaper Der Spiegel reported to decent
burghers that nobody actually abandoned the old Nazi 
slogans. The motto of the German military police:
“Jedem das Seine” - inscribed over the gates of
the Buchenwald death camp, during the 2nd 
World War, remains. Only... it is written in 
Latin: “suum cuique”.
 
“There is something about what they say: look, this 
is new, but it was already in the ages before us”. 
The truth is said in Scripture. Apparently, some 
westerners are not at all good at learning the 
lessons. It may happen, so that there will be 
no more field kitchens and strange bearded 
soldiers in claddies, who distribute free 
porridge to Europeans crawling out 
of the ruins. 
 
Because there will be no more ruins – the war that the
US and Britain are pushing the world towards, will be
different. They’d better stop…
 
Russtrate
 
 
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Die Welt readers noticed
 Zelensky’s change of tone
 after Putin’s words
September 26th, 11:11am
https://en.news-front.info/
 
Readers of the German newspaper Die Welt noted a
 sharp change in the behaviour of Vladimir Zelensky 
after Vladimir Putin’s words on the nuclear threat.
 
“The showman received enough warnings to stop 
his games in the interests of the United States 
and NATO,” said one user. In his opinion, now 
Zelensky must either begin to negotiate, or 
begin to act independently. According to 
another reader, Zelensky finally took 
Putin’s words seriously.
 
“Putin is not bluffing with nuclear weapons,” says 
Zelensky. Until yesterday, he claimed otherwise.
 So who’s the comedian here?” — wrote the 
third user.
 
“Until now, Ukraine has said that the nuclear threat 
is just a bluff, and the Germans allow Russia to
 intimidate them too easily! Now we have to
hear, again, about the new conclusions
of 
Volodymyr Zelensky?” asked the 
readers of the newspaper.
 
Recall that last week Vladimir Putin, in his address to
 the nation, announced nuclear blackmail by the West.

 The President stressed that, in the event of a real 
threat to the territorial integrity of Russia, all 
available means would be used.
 
 
___________________________________
 
 
After referendums, Russia will
 include an area the size of a 
third of Germany – Welt
September 26th, 9:35am
https://en.news-front.info/
 
The German TV channel Welt explained to viewers that 
...after the referendums in the DPR, LPR, Kherson and 
Zaporozhye regions, Russia will include a territory 
equal to a third of Germany.
 
Christoph Wanner, correspondent for the German
 television channel Welt, said that voting in 
referendums on joining Russia is carried 
out wherever it is more or less safe. In 
his opinion --- all four regions will be 
included in the Russian Federation
 as soon as possible, after the 
counting of votes.
 
“To imagine the scale, these are not some small areas – 
this is an area of about 1,200 square kilometres. And
 this corresponds to approximately one third of the 
area of the Federal Republic of Germany”, the
 journalist explained to German viewers.


 
__________________________________________


Germany holds new protests 
amid energy crisis
September 24th, 11:27am
https://en.news-front.info/
 
Protests against the federal government’s ineffective
energy policy -- as well as for the commissioning of 
Nord Stream 2 -- have started in Germany, amid
anti-
Russian sanctions, writes the
NDR edition.
 
Thousands of German citizens, along with the Mayor,
 Alexander Badrov, came to protest in the German
city
 of Stralsund, the newspaper reported.

About 300 
people initially registered for the rally, but
the 
authorities soon counted more than four 
thousand protesters, for a population of 
59,000 in the city. Stralsund Mayor 
Alexander Bodrov, for his part, 
spoke at the rally “as a 
private citizen”.
 
Demonstrators demanded the abolition of additional 
charges for gas --- and also called on the German
 authorities to lift anti-Russian sanctions --- 
and launch the Nord Stream 2 
gas pipeline.
 
At the same time, the Interior Ministry of Mecklenburg-
Vorpommern, is investigating... whether the mayor 
of Badrow has violated the official neutrality 
requirement -- by participating in the 
demonstration and posting about 
it on social media.
 
 
______________________________________



Germany refuses to supply Ukraine
with tanks for counter-offensive
September 24th, 11:11am
https://en.news-front.info/
 
The German parliament has failed to approve a
resolution on an immediate deliveries of tanks 
and other armoured vehicles to Ukraine.
 
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s office
 announced that it had received heavy armoured
 vehicles from the German government -- for a 
counter-offensive against the allied forces. 
However, in reality, Germany has refused 
to supply weapons to Ukraine,
 Avia.pro writes.
 
It is reported that the Bundeswehr, for a majority, did 
not support the resolution on immediate deliveries 
to Ukraine of tanks and other armoured vehicles 
produced by German companies. One of the 
reasons for such a decision, was the fact 
that the FRG itself has a relatively small
 number of such armaments in service.
 Accordingly, if Berlin sends its
 equipment to Kiev, it will be
 left without protection.
 
The German MPs also believed that sending German
 equipment to the EDF zone would considerably
 increase the already high level of tension in 
the region and also, worsen relations 
between Germany and Russia.
 
 
_________________________________


 
Two-thirds of East Germans 
are dissatisfied with 
the policies of the 
federal authorities
September 23rd, 1:40pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
The Federal Government Commissioner for East
Germany, initiated the development of an 
annual report on the state of national 
harmony in the country.
 
According to him, only one in three East Germans are
satisfied with their lives – a sharp drop compared to
2020. The data of the report are published on
the portal, The Pioneer, according to 
Der Spiegel.
 
According to published data, in the summer of 2022,
only 31% of East Germans were satisfied with the
political situation in Germany, which is 9% less
than in 2020 (42%). In the western federal 
regions, the newspaper notes, 44% of 
residents agree with the current 
political course of the federal 
authorities. This, in turn, is 
10% less than two 
years earlier.
 
About 4,000 German citizens from East and West
Germany, took part in The Pioneer’s survey, 
conducted in July and August 2022. It is 
noted that only 43% of East Germans 
and 58% of West Germans... believe 
that in the country “you can always 
freely express your opinion without 
getting into trouble”, compared
 with 50% and 63% two years 
earlier, respectively.
 
Soren Pelman, a spokesman for the Left Party
 parliamentary faction, said he was not 
surprised by the results.
 
“This is just the beginning. Disappointment 
and dissatisfaction can take on historic 
proportions -- especially in the east in 
winter due to a sharp rise in prices,”
Pelman warned, adding that 
political unrest is possible,


_________________________________



German TV COMPANY
shows equipment of Ukrainian 
Armed Forces ----- with a 
swastika applied to it
September 22nd, 2:07pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
The German television channel NTV showed an 
interview with the Ukrainian military, where it 
accidentally filmed an armoured personnel 
carrier with a Nazi swastika painted on 
board in the background. One of the 
Telegram channels drew attention
 to this.
 
The footage shown.. greatly angered the German
society. Many began to write on social networks 
that “now you see - there are Nazis in Ukraine. 

Some even suggested that “these are probably 
Hindus.” Social media users turned to German
 politicians with a question: do they “really 
want the tanks provided to Ukraine by 
Germany, to drive around Ukraine
with
 painted swastikas?”
 
“Ms. Strack-Zimmermann [FDP party], would you like to
 take the risk that German tanks, decorated as in the
 video, will soon drive around Ukraine again? Can 
you really take responsibility for this?..” wrote
 one Twitter user. “When even NTV can no 
longer hide the truth. Why does Scholz 
support German Nazis and fascists
 in Ukraine?..,” another user noted.
 
The original video was posted directly to 
NTV’s Twitter homepage and even
aired
 on TV.
 
 
_________________________________________________
 

Germany will impose an 
electricity levy from 
October the 1st
July 28th, 11:13am
https://en.news-front.info/
 
German authorities will start levying an electricity levy
 on consumers from October 1st, the DPA news agency 
reported, citing sources in the German Ministry of
 Economic Affairs and Climate Protection.
 
According to its information, customers will have to
 pay the fee, for a year and a half, i.e. until the end 
of March 2024. Exactly how much the gas price
 for consumers will increase, is still unclear.
 
The introduction of the fee should allow gas suppliers 
to pass on to consumers the sharply increased
 purchase price of the blue fuel (up to 90%)
 in the face of reduced supplies from 
Russia. About half of all flats in 
Germany are heated with gas.
 
 
_________________________________
 
 
A number of biological projects 
in Ukraine were implemented
 in Bundeswehr’s interests
July 7th, 2:52pm (TASS)
 
 A number of projects on trials of biological weapons
 in Ukraine, were carried out in the interest of
 Bundeswehr’s Medical Service, Russian 
Nuclear, Chemical and Biological 
Protection Troops commander 
Lieutenant General Igor 
Kirillov said Thursday.
 
"We have already pointed out: that Ukraine and other
 post-Soviet states have become proving grounds for
 trials of biological weapons - not only for the US,
but
 for their NATO allies as well - first and fore-
most, 
Germany. A number of projects were 
implemented... in the interest of the
German Armed Forces’ Medical 
Service," he said during a 
briefing on US military 
biological operations
 in Ukraine.
 
According to Kirillov, German specialists paid special 
attention to the Crimean-Congo fever pathogen.
A large-scale screening of the population’s 
susceptibility to this pathogen, was 
carried out... with a summation of 
the demographic, epidemiologic 
and clinical data.
 
"Such an approach makes it possible to discover new
 regional viral genotypes and pick strains that
cause
 latent clinical forms,"
Kirillov explained.
 
According to Kirillov, natural hotbeds of this disease
 were studied... under the pretext of an improvement 
of Ukrainian epidemiological supervision systems; 
the operations involved the Kiev Institute of 
Veterinary Medicine and the Odessa 
Mechnikov Plague Institute.
 
Bundeswehr’s interest in the Crimean-Congo fever 
is explained by its high lethality: up to 30%. Its
 outbreaks require prolonged and expensive 
measures on treatment, prevention and
 decontamination.
 
Kirillov quoted a memo for Bundeswehr specialists:
 "Pay special attention to the lethal cases of the 
Crimean-Congo [hemorrhagic] fever, because 
it will make it possible to extract the strains
 from the deceased, that have the highest 
lethality and virulence for humans.".
 
 

France: Thousands protest  calling for raising wages  and pensions

France: Thousands protest
 calling for raising wages 
and pensions
by Pavel López Lazo
September 29th, 11:40am
(Prensa Latina) 
 
Thousands of people on Thursday took to the streets
in France in protest calling for wage increases and
champion the pension system ahead of a pension 
''overhaul'' by President Emmanuel macron.
 
According to French unions, marches and rallies, will
be conducted in over 200 cities nationwide, in a first 
day of interprofessional mobilization also supported 
by strikes on education, railroad, energy sectors,
as
 well as public transport in Paris.
 
The strike was particularly notable among nuclear 
plant workers, where a power drop was seen 
during the morning, as five reactors were 
affected by the stoppage.
 
The famous Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles, were
 also shut down, as workers made up their mind to join
 the protest calling for increased wages and pensions
 in order to face up to the unprecedented inflation.
 
Thousands of people took to the streets of Marseilles, 
the country’s second city, where the France Insoumise
 Leader, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, and a large group of
 dockworkers were present, holding a banner
 ‘Retirement at 60s’ --- in opposition to 
Macron´s decision of extending
the retirement age to 65.
 
All French trade unions are planning to hold a meeting
 on October the 3rd, in order to envisage carrying out
 common actions against Macron´s pension reform, 
and at the end of which ‘there could be an
 announcement of demonstrations’, 
trade union sources pointed out.
 
 
______________________________________


French expert: referendums 
in Donbas --- were lawful
September 27th,  12:13pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
A French expert says he is sure that the
referendums in the Donetsk, Luhansk, 
Kherson and Zaporizhzhya regions,
 were legitimate.
 
French geopolitical expert Fabrice Beor has 
said that he is absolutely sure that the
referendums on the incorporation of 
the Donetsk and Luhansk people’s
republics and Zaporizhzhya and 
Kherson regions, into the 
Russian Federation,
were legitimate 
and legal.
 
“There is no doubt that the referendum was legitimate, 
absolutely legitimate historically, and in accordance
with international law,” the French political analyst
said during a roundtable organized by the Russia 
Today media group.
 
“The referendums that just took place in the Donetsk
 and Luhansk republics and regions are, for me, the
 truest example of the people’s will,” he added.
 
The referendum on the LPR, DPR, Zaporizhzhya and
 Kherson regions joining Russia... as part of the 
Russian Federation, started on 23 September. 
 
Voting at polling stations took place only on the last 
day of 27 September, while on the other days it was 
possible to vote in specially organized places,
 including on house adjacent areas.
 
 
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Increased gas tariffs -
forcing 
the French to
turn off heating 
at home
September 26th, 8:26pm
(Izvestia.ru)
 
France TV: high gas tariffs force the French 
to disconnect homes from heating.
 
Housing associations in France are raising the issue 
of abandoning central heating of homes due to high 
gas tariffs. This was reported on September 26th
 by France TV.
 
According to it, the owners of one of the partnerships
 in Nice, responsible for accounting, appealed to
 residents to discuss the heating of the house 
next winter because of the new gas prices. 
Residents refuse to buy gas at increased 
prices, realizing that they will not be 
able to pay for it.
 
According to one of the owners, the payment for a 
year of heating is €7,669, an exorbitant amount.
 
"At first, I hoped that the authorities would definitely
 take some measures — but time passes, and
 nothing happens," he added.
 
The annual gas tariff increased from € 684,000 to just
 over a million. Therefore, owners are beginning to 
think about buying individual electric heaters.
 
On September 5th, it became known that the European
 population... is forced to prepare for power outages in 
the winter period amid the crisis. So, in France, one 
of the utility companies has already turned off a 
number of large industrial enterprises and 
lowered the voltage in the network.
 
Currently, the European Commission aims to reduce
total electricity consumption by 10% and, during 
peak hours - by 5%. The corresponding 
resolution was proposed on 
Wednesday, September 
the 14th.
 
On the same day, the French national grid operator 
RTE did not rule out the risks of power outages 
in winter.
 
On August 25th, the price of electricity on the "day
 ahead" market with delivery on August 26th in a
 number of EU countries rose above €700 per 
1 MWh, thereby updating historical highs.
 
Back in April, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated
 that the refusal of normal cooperation with Russia, 
as well as from part of Russian energy resources, 
has already hit Western countries. According to 
him, for these states, inflation is absolutely
 unprecedented.
 
 
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The referendum in the DPR 
is held in compliance with 
all the rules ------ French
Referendum observer
September 26th, 6:02pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
France’s international observer, Moreau Xavier, 
said he had no doubts about the result of 
the referendum.
 
Xavier Bernard, an independent political analyst, 
founder of the Stratpol website – Moro Centre
for Political and Strategic Analysis, spoke 
about the course of the referendum
 in Yenakiyevo.
 
“I was in Donbass in 2015, when people here were
 mostly sad...  and did not understand what to 
expect from the future, and today I saw a 
significant difference – people are 
really happy,” he said.
 
He also noted the high level of preparation
for holding 
a referendum in such
difficult conditions:
 
“Everything necessary has been done so that everyone
 can vote freely. I myself checked the lists for voting, 
ballots – everything is organized flawlessly. I have 
no doubts about the outcome of the referendum,” 
summed up the French observer.
 
 
________________________________________



France will continue to issue 
short-term visas to Russians
September 13th, 10:46am
https://en.news-front.info/
 
In France, they decided to continue issuing short-
term visas to Russian citizens, but at the same
 time increasing the fees and terms for 
processing requests. This was 
reported on the website of
 the French Embassy
 in Moscow.
 
The message notes that official Paris is acting with
 reference to the instructions of the Council of the
 European Union. According to the new rules, the 
visa fee will more than double - from 35 euros to 
80. In addition, consideration of a request for a 
Schengen visa.... can now take up to 45 days.
 
“Those who wish to obtain a visa are advised to take 
this period into account when planning a trip,” the
 message says.
 
The embassy stressed that these changes 
will not affect long-term visas.
 
Recall that at the end of August, the Foreign Ministers
 of the EU countries at an informal meeting in Prague
 decided to suspend the agreement with Russia on 
visa facilitation. The measures taken will make
 obtaining visas longer, more difficult and 
more expensive.
 

 ________________________________________________________


 
A volunteer from France told
how he witnessed 
staged
fake dramatizations
 in Bucha
July 30th, 1:50pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
A French volunteer and writer, former military man
 Adrian Boke, who visited Ukraine, said that he
 witnessed the preparation of a provocation 
in the Kiev suburb of Bucha, RIA 
Novosti reports.
 
In April, Andrian Boke visited Ukraine twice on a
mission to deliver humanitarian aid, medical
 equipment and medicines. He visited both
 the Polish-Ukrainian border... and Bucha, 
and saw how Russian prisoners of war 
were being tortured and killed as well 
as how the Ukrainian militants were
engaged in a staged massacre 
of civilians.
 
'''When I talk about murders and torture, I am talking
about the murder and torture of the Russian 
military. First of all, the officers were 
executed.'' 
 
''I heard screams when the Azov people asked 
who the officer was here. As soon as the 
answer sounded --- this person was 
immediately shot in the head. The 
worst thing is, that I did not see 
any human attitude, there were
 no emotions, because in front 
of my eyes -- people were 
executed -- people were 
hurt, people were shot,
shot in limbs, in the 
head,'' said Boke.
 
According to his story, he witnessed the torture 
and murder of Russian prisoners of war in a 
hangar... in the northern part of Bucha. 
It was in early April, that is, when the 
Ukrainian military had regained 
control of the city, for several 
days, RIA Novosti specifies.
 
Boke said that he often talked with the fighters of 
the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the “Azov”, 
who impressed him with their inhuman 
treatment of Russians, Jews and 
people of other races.
 
''I had to pretend a lot, so as not to show my opinion
and emotions and - in the first place - not to show
any disagreement with their opinions. Disagree-
ment with their Nazi ideology, especially 
when they expressed their attitude 
towards Jews.. and people with a
dark skin, because these were 
very cruel statements.''
 
''And first of all, I am talking about hatred for Russians,
because they call you “Russian dogs”. And for all
these soldiers --- for the soldiers from the Azov 
Battalion, the main task, as they always told 
me, is to torture and kill “Russian dogs”. As 
a former military man, this surprised me. 
Because it was evident in everything 
that their main goal was to torture 
and kill “Russian dogs”, while 
they did not even talk about 
...the liberation of their 
population,'' recalls 
the volunteer.
 
In addition, he talks about how a provocation was 
being prepared in Bucha, to accuse the Russian
 military of massacres of civilians.
 
''When we entered Bucha, by car, I was in the
passenger seat and when we drove through 
the city... I saw the bodies of people on the 
sides of the streets and at the same time, 
in front of my eyes, the bodies of people 
were taken out of the trucks, which 
were laid out next to the bodies 
lying on the ground, to give the 
effect of mass deaths,'' 
Boke said.
 
He clarified that there were journalists 
nearby who immediately began filming 
as soon as a group of bodies formed.
 
''One of the volunteers, who was at this place 
the day before, I emphasize that it was not I 
who saw it, but one of the volunteers told 
me this. He told me that he had seen the 
day before, refrigerated trucks from 
other cities of Ukraine arriving in 
Bucha, from which, the bodies 
of people were unloaded and 
laid out in rows. From this, I 
realized....  that there were 
dramatizations & extras,'' 
the agency quotes the 
interlocutor.
 
Volunteers and local residents were pressured – to 
avoid publicity, the militants threatened them with
 imprisonment and reprisals, the volunteer noted.
 
“We distributed medicines, including those containing
 narcotic substances, painkillers containing morphine.
 We were told in plain text: if you don’t share with us,
 you won’t get where you need to go. I clearly
 remember that we had to deliver these pain
 medications to the children’s hospital and 
we were told that if we did not share, we 
would not get there. Moreover, when we 
were not far from Bucha, we were 
accompanied by military guards - 
they were “Azov”. They escorted
 us to one of the hangars - and 
told us to prepare a separate 
box with drugs containing 
morphine, so that we 
could move on,'' 
Boke said.
 
In addition, volunteers were forbidden 
to take photos and videos.
 
“We were warned that, otherwise, we would face a 
ten-year sentence or more severe consequences. 
This ban also extended to the local population. 
This pressure was exerted by the military, 
primarily by the Azov people. Europe 
today does not understand... how 
much the population of Ukraine, 
is under strong pressure,''
said 
the Frenchman.
 
 

Dollar round-a-bout an illusion

 
Nicaragua breaks off 
relations with the 
Netherlands
by Martin Hacthoun
October 1st, 8:22am
 (Prensa Latina) 
 
The government of Nicaragua broke off bilateral 
relations with the Kingdom of the Netherlands 
due to its repeated interventionist and 
neocolonialist position, a diplomatic 
note informed today.
 
According to the text, the Netherlands 
offended Nicaraguan families: with
threats and suspension of works
for the common good, such as
 hospitals for native and Afro
-descendant communities.
 
“We repudiate and condemn the offenses and crimes 
of that colonialist and neocolonialist Europe, against
 coveted and attacked countries like ours,” the 
document underlines.
 
Likewise, the document called the Dutch government
 neocolonial and pro-imperial and affirmed that the
 continued offensive of its representation, 
undiplomatic and in violation of the 
Vienna Convention, “obliges us 
to take this measure: that we 
defend with honour, dignity 
& the spirit of sovereignty.”
 
The Dutch authorities regretted Nicaragua’s decision
 after the European country announced it would not 
fund the construction of a hospital... due to the
''human rights situation''.''
 
 
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West failed to defeat Russia in 
UN Security Council vote on 
referendums — UN envoy
September 30th, 9:20pm (TASS)
 
 The West failed to defeat Russia in Friday's UN Security
 Council vote on an American resolution condemning
the referendums in the Donetsk and the Lugansk 
People's Republics, as well as in the Kherson 
and Zaporozhye Regions, Russia's First 
Deputy Permanent Representative
to the United Nations, Dmitry
Polyansky, said, in a
message...  on his 
Telegram channel.
 
"The Westerners, can hardly appreciate the result of the
 vote on the anti-Russian draft resolution of the Security
 Council. China, Brazil, India, and Gabon didn't give in to
 the pressure and abstained. We, of course, vetoed the
 draft. So.. there was no ‘defeat’ --- and the statement 
about the isolation of Russia in the speeches of our 
former Western partners...  is clearly shrinking," 
he pointed out.
 

 
______________________________________________



Russia will do everything: to 
bring hotheads in the West
 to their senses — Putin
September 30th, 4:52pm (TASS)
 
 Russia will do everything possible to bring to their 
senses the hotheads in the Western countries 
who are trying to "patch up their holes" - by 
plundering other states, Russian President
 Vladimir Putin said ---  at the ceremony of 
admitting four new territories to Russia.
 
He stressed that in its attempts to get out of the web 
of contradictions, the West "needs to break Russia
--- and other states that choose the path of 
sovereign development."
 
"They (Western countries) are determined to do this at
 all costs, to be able to rob other people's wealth, even
 more, and, at their expense, to patch up their holes,"
 Putin warned.
 
"Russia understands its responsibility to the world 
community and it will do everything to bring such
 hotheads -- to their senses. It is obvious that the 
current neo-colonial model, is hopelessly 
doomed," he said.
 
Putin recalled that the contradictions in Western 
countries at the beginning of the 20th century 
sent them into the First World War.
 
"The dividends from the Second World War enabled the 
United States to finally overcome the consequences 
of the Great Depression, to become the largest 
economy in the world and impose the dollar 
on the globe ---- as the reserve currency.
The 
imminent crisis of the 1980s also 
...worsened. The West largely over-
came it, by misappropriating the 
heritage and resources of the 
declining Soviet Union that 
eventually collapsed. 
These are the hard
facts," Putin said.
 
He also added that the Western countries had 
"nothing to offer" to the world, other than 
"robbery and racketeering."
 
"In fact, they deny, the natural right of billions of
people, a majority of humanity, to freedom and 
justice, that would let them determine their 
own future," Putin added.
 
 
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Putin says: US essentially still 
occupies: Germany, Japan, 
South Korea
September 30th, 4:31pm (TASS)
 
Russian President Vladimir Putin, on Friday, said the US 
cynically calls Germany, Japan, South Korea and some
 other countries, its allies, although it still, 
essentially, occupies them.
 
"The US has left a terrible imprint on the memory of 
the people in Korea and Vietnam. Barbaric carpet
 bombings, use of napalm and chemical weapons. 
It still, essentially, occupies Germany, Japan, 
South Korea and some other countries, but 
cynically, calls them equal allies," Putin 
said at a ceremony for accepting four 
new territories into Russia.
 
He said "the entire world" knows.. that the leaders
 of these countries are spied on, including in their
living quarters. He said it’s a shame, how the 
leaders of some countries "silently and 
resignedly swallow that rudeness."
 
"What kind of an alliance is that, I wonder? The whole
 world knows, that the leaders of these countries are
spied upon, the top officials of these countries are
 wiretapped, not only in their offices, but also in 
their living quarters. That’s really a shame. 
Shame on those who do it... and on those 
who, like slaves, silently and resignedly 
swallow that rudeness," the 
president said.
 
 
________________________________



 Treaties on accession of Donbass 
and other liberated territories 
to Russia signed
September 30th, 2:26pm (TASS)
 
 Russian President Vladimir Putin and the heads of the
 Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics and the
 Zaporozhye and Kherson Regions have signed 
treaties on the accession of these regions 
to Russia.
 
The ceremony took place on Friday, in the St. George's 
Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace. Before signing the 
documents, Putin delivered a speech about the 
accesion of these territories to Russia.
 
 
___________________________________________
 
 
 
Russia - to make residents of
 new regions feel its support 
— Putin
September 30th, 2:24pm (TASS)
 
 Russia will make sure that the residents of Donbass and 
the other liberated territories, feel the support of the 
entire country, Russian President Vladimir Putin 
said on Friday --- speaking at the ceremony of 
accession of four new territories to Russia:
 ...the Donetsk and the Lugansk People's 
Republics, as well as the Zaporozhye 
and 
Kherson Regions.
 
"We will definitely rebuild destroyed cities and towns, 
houses, schools, hospitals, theatres and museums. 
We will restore and develop industrial enterprises,
 factories, infrastructure, social and pension 
systems, health care and education," the 
president said.
 
 "Of course, we will work to increase the level of
 security; together, we will make sure that the
 citizens in the new regions feel the support
 of the entire population of Russia, of all 
the republics, of all the territories and 
regions of our enormous Motherland."
 
 
 
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Restrictions on West-run NGOs
 crucial to resisting US colour 
revolutions — Security Council
September 30th, 1:19pm (TASS)
 
To effectively resist the export of colour revolutions, 
the activity of the West-controlled non-governmental
organizations, media, and Internet resources should 
be limited, Secretary of Russia’s Security Council 
Nikolay Patrushev, said at a meeting of the 
heads of CIS security agencies and
 intelligence services, on Friday.
 
"To effectively fight against the export of colour
 revolutions, we believe, in particular -- that it is 
necessary to develop a regulatory legal frame
work at the national level --- for enhancing 
control and limiting the activities of the 
West-controlled NGOs, media and 
their Internet resources," 
Patrushev said.
 
 "Russia has such experience, 
and we are ready to share it."
 
The Russian Security Council’s secretary believes 
that "the US's ability to maintain its hegemony in 
the political, military, economic, and ideological 
spheres... is becoming increasingly limited."
 
"In a situation like this, the American authorities
 proceed from the premise that any action to 
strengthen their own influence should 
proceed, without tapping large 
resources - and yield both 
political and economic 
dividends," he noted.
 
According to Patrushev, the United States uses the
 same approach "to organizing colour revolutions
 to overthrow undesirable regimes."
 
"Washington-controlled non-governmental 
organizations, the media and opposition
 leaders, continue to spearhead this 
campaign.'' 
 
The United States has been trying hard, to escalate
 interfaith and ethnic conflicts, incite ethnic hatred
 and separatist sentiment, to form pro-American 
lobbies, train new generations of managers 
...according to Western standards, and to
finance the non-systemic opposition,"
 Patrushev said.
 
"This should be remembered: by all the states
 that - today - obediently follow Washington’s 
instructions, but tomorrow --- may be under 
attack themselves," he warned.
 
 
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Lavrov: EU Lost Its Autonomy, 
Suffers Enormous Losses 
From What US Dragged It Into
September 30th, 12:42pm
(al Manar)
 
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the 
European Union has lost its autonomy and is
suffering enormous losses from what the 
United States has dragged it into.
 
“By pursuing their thoughtless course on the ‘abolition
 of Russia’, the Anglo-Saxons have achieved the
 unconditional subordination of the entire 
collective West, NATO, as well as the 
European Union, which has finally 
lost its course on strategic 
autonomy,” Lavrov said.
 
Lavrov added that no CIS state is immune to
 interference from the West led by the US, 
Sputnik news agency reported on Friday.
 
“But it is obvious that no CIS state is immune from such
 interventions. This is clearly seen in the impudent
 actions of the United States, NATO, and the 
European Union in Central Asia and the 
South Caucasus,” Lavrov said.
 
The goal of the West is to further fragment the post-
Soviet space, to divide the peoples; the most 
striking example is the creation of an 
“anti-Russia” in Ukraine, Sergei 
Lavrov said.
 
“It’s no secret that the philosophy of ‘divide and rule’ is
 actively used by the West - in relation to the states of 
the former Soviet Union. The goal is absolutely clear 
– to further fragment the post-Soviet space, to divide 
our countries and peoples, to impose unprofitable 
schemes of interaction, to push them to the 
margins of global processes,” Lavrov said.
 
For several months, European countries have been
 facing an acute economic crisis, partially caused 
by supply chain disruptions & sanctions imposed 
by the West against Russia, in response to its 
military operation in Ukraine. With prices on 
energy, food skyrocketing and household 
and business asking for more financing
 assistance, some of the EU countries 
have adopted ''relief packages'' to 
boost the economy.. and mitigate 
the consequences of the crisis. 
 
The EU has already approved seven 
packages of sanctions against 
Moscow.
 
In February, Russia began a military operation in 
Ukraine responding to calls for help from the
 republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Western 
countries responded --- by imposing 
comprehensive sanctions against
 Moscow, while also ramping up 
their military support for Kiev.
 
Source: Agencies
 
 
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ERR: Estonia’s recklessness 
will give Russia a billion euros
September 30th, 10:56am
https://en.news-front.info/
 
Tallinn demands new sanctions from the EU bloc, which 
would be extremely “beneficial” to Moscow, expert Mait
 Ots has come to this conclusion in the newspaper ERR.
 The PolitRussia daily writes about it.
 
There are active discussions in the euro bloc about the 
next Russian sanctions package: Tallinn will initiate
 punitive measures against Russian Railways. The 
idea, as it turns out, is extremely advantageous 
to Russia, as this kind of punishment would 
bring down Estonia’s economy.
 
“The Estonian Foreign Ministry has proposed direct
 sanctions against Russian railways which would
 lead to a complete standstill in business 
between Estonian railway companies 
and Russian Railways,” said
 the author.
 
''Representatives of the Estonian railway industry do not
 share the optimism of official Tallinn either, rightly
 pointing out, that the country will lose a billion 
euros, while Moscow will only gain from this 
situation by increasing its own profits. Anti-
Russian restrictions will lead to a total 
paralysis of freight traffic between 
Estonia and Russia,'' warns the
 “knowledgeable” community. 
 
Despite all the warnings, the initiative has already
 been sent to the EU for consideration.
 
“From a practical and economic point of view -- the 
introduction of such sanctions threatens Estonian 
operators with billions in losses. In addition, this
 step would further strengthen the position of 
Russian Railways and allow it to dominate 
in Central Asia”, the expert notes.
 
At the same time, Estonian experts predict a desperate
 “trap” for the authorities, emphasizing that the Russian
 side will be left with assets, belonging to Estonian
 companies, worth at least one billion euros. The
 restrained trains, analysts fear, may well be 
used by Moscow to carry out its own 
projects, particularly in Central 
Asian countries.
 
“In essence, the assets of Estonian businessmen worth 
about a billion euros will be transferred to Russia, and 
will help increase its income influence in Central 
Asia,” the industry expert, Andres 
Valgerist, opined.
 
As foreign analyst Marko Raimondi said earlier, Tallinn
 is already calculating losses... due to the collapse of
 cargo traffic caused by the anti-Russian sanctions. 
For example, the national operator Eesti Raudtee 
has managed to lose two dozen million euros. 
 
The situation in the other Baltic states is similar: a 
sharp drop in freight traffic is actively reducing
 the economy of the whole Baltic troika.
 
 
____________________________________
 
 
 
Russia forges pipeline 
route to India
September 30th, 10:10am
https://en.news-front.info/
 
The recent summit of the Shanghai Cooperation
 Organization in Samarkand has triggered 
tectonic processes in the sphere of 
energy security in Eurasia.
 
Fragmentary statements of individual speakers on this
 subject, in fact, conceal a huge mass of unspoken
 words. However, the energy sector and gigantic
 infrastructure projects... accompanying its 
development... may become not only the 
core of the forming union of developing 
countries, but also the main measure
 of its sustainability in the long term.
 
It is the SCO that allows Russia, while implementing the
 “pivot to the East” project --- to think about developing 
economic relations not only with China, but also with
 the whole of Eurasia, and above all --- with the main
 alternative to China, India. Due to its development 
dynamics and logistical proximity, China remains
a
 key buyer of Russian energy resources.

It is worth 
recognising that these purchases are
somewhat 
of an emergency, and their build-up
is not 
possible... indefinitely. 

Russia has sharply reduced gas sales to Europe, and
 China.. is taking advantage of the situation to stock
pile oil and gas for its own benefit – resources are 
being purchased at a still tangible discount.
 
It seems only a matter of time before Russian gas
supplies to the EU are cut off completely. Mean-
while, the lack of transport infrastructure has 
so far prevented Russia from realising its full 
energy potential to the east and south. 
 
An important project will be the Power of Siberia-2
 pipeline, the approval of which, was announced 
shortly in Samarkand by Russian Deputy Prime 
Minister, Alexander Novak. The pipe, with a 
capacity of 50 billion cubic metres of gas 
a year.. will take in the volume that was 
meant to be pumped by Nord Stream-2. 
 
And the continuation of Siberia’s Power 2, the Soyuz
 Vostok gas pipeline, which will run through 
Mongolia to China, will make Ulaanbaatar 
part of the common energy space.
 
The North-South route is just as, if not more, important
 in terms of infrastructure construction. The narrow 
neck of the Caucasus, and the permanent political
 instability in the region prevents the construction 
of major gas pipelines from being initiated. 
 
Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran are developing cooperation
through substitute supplies, which have significant
limitations. This, however, has not prevented the
 development of transport infrastructure in the 
region. In early September.. the 3 countries 
signed an agreement to develop the North-
South Transport Corridor, which claims to 
be Russia’s most important import route 
from South Asia, amid the sanctions 
restrictions.
 
Still, access to South Asian energy markets remains
 highly relevant to Moscow. Yes, it is possible to
 supply LNG there. But, firstly, the logistics of 
LNG delivery are still inferior to pipeline gas
 in terms of costs. And, secondly, it is also 
threatened by sanctions, starting with the 
problem of building enough gas carriers 
and ending with restrictions on the
insurance of ships and of
entering ports.
 
The geopolitical aspect of the pipe.. is also important, 
with its unique property of monumentally cementing
 the economic interests of very different states, 
including antagonist states.   The “Turkish” 
and “Blue” streams, for all the complexity 
of relations between Moscow & Ankara, 
do not allow the two countries, to shift 
into open confrontation, which would 
cause irreparable damage to the 
economic interests of 
both countries.
 
In this sense, the pipeline acts as a fuse that prevents
 uncontrolled confrontation and forces the parties to
 seek compromises. After all... the countries are 
literally shackled by an iron bar. In this sense, 
pipelines add the sobriety that the European 
Union currently lacks. It is not for nothing 
that the biggest pipelines are named 
Druzhba, Mir, Soyuz and the like. 
 
An alternative route through the Caucasus remains the 
route through Central Asia. In Samarkand - during talks
 with Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, President 
Vladimir Putin casually mentioned the Pakistan Stream
 project. It would seem, that the latter has little to do
 with Russian interests. 
 
The pipeline would run from the south, to the north of
 Pakistan, from Karachi to Lahore, carrying LNG from
 the regasification terminal, to the northern, colder 
parts of the country. However, the significance of
 the pipeline, originally named North-South, is that
 it could eventually, become part of a major gas 
pipeline system in southern Asia, connecting 
major producing countries.. such as Russia, 
Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan with major 
consumers in Pakistan and, most 
importantly, India.
 
So far, all major projects that would allow Delhi to get 
piped gas on an industrial scale, have been blocked 
by the West. The most famous of these projects is 
the Mir gas pipeline from Iran through Pakistan to
 India. The Iranian section of the pipe, which was 
supposed to be operational as early as 2014,
was
 built. But there have been problems
with the 
Pakistani one.
 
 The US has intervened, stating that it does not
 support projects that “do not meet the 
conditions of transparency and 
sustainable development”. In 
other words – not in the 
interests of the US. 
 
And in 2020, under pressure from Washington, India
 announced its withdrawal from the project, under 
the pretext of an unwillingness to cooperate 
with hostile Pakistan.
 
The long-delayed TAPI project, a gas pipeline from
 Turkmenistan through Afghanistan with terminals 
in Pakistan and India, is also going nowhere. This 
pipe could be a continuation of the Gazprom-
controlled Central Asia-Centre pipeline 
system (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan), but 
the instability in Afghanistan, has 
already become a problem here.
 
 This, incidentally, was also mentioned by Putin at his 
meeting with the prime minister of Pakistan, which 
is known to have influence on the Taliban.
 
The SCO platform, in which all the above-mentioned 
countries participate, is capable if not to resolve
 centuries-old contradictions between major 
Asian players – China and India, India and 
Pakistan – then at least not to let those 
contradictions get in the way of the
 infrastructural development of 
South Asia.
 
The acute conflict between Russia and the West --
focuses the latter’s efforts -- at one point. It is no 
longer possible for the collective West to put as 
much pressure on India and Pakistan under 
these conditions, as it did before. But the 
collective countries of the East could
take on a kind of patronage over 
Afghanistan - guaranteeing the 
stability there ---- without
actively 
interfering in
its internal 
affairs.
 
Step by step, Russia, and with it other countries, are 
looking for a new pipeline route to India. When the
 search is successful, the Asian continent will 
enter a new era of economic power to 
counterbalance the waning 
“hegemons of the sea” –
 the US and UK.
 
Gleb Prostakov, VZGLYAD 
 
 
_______________________________
 
 
 
Bolivia endorses Mexico’s 
proposal for the Inter-
American Bank
by Alina Ramos Martin
September 30th, 9am
(Prensa Latina) 
 
The president of Bolivia, Luis Arce, confirmed in a 
tweet his support for the candidacy of Mexican 
Alicia Bárcena to head the Inter-American 
Development Bank (IDB).
 
‘We support the position of the brother president of
 #Mexico, @lopezobrador, who proposed
 @aliciabarcena to head the Inter-
American Development Bank
 #IDB’, the president wrote 
on his Twitter account.
 
Arce assured that he knows the ‘capacity, integrity, 
trajectory and commitment to the progress of the
 region’ of Bárcena, who headed the Economic
 Commission for Latin America and the 
Caribbean from 2008 to March of 
this year.
 
The head of the regional financial institution was left 
vacant after the recent dismissal of the American 
Mauricio Claver-Carone for giving two salary 
increases to a subordinate with whom he
 was romantically involved.
 
An assembly of 48 Governors representing an equal
 number of member countries elects the president 
of the IDB, who must obtain a majority of the 
voting power of the member nations.
 
In addition, the winner must have the support of at least
15 of the continent’s 28 countries (26 Latin American 
and Caribbean countries plus Canada and the US).
 
The bank’s three main shareholders, Argentina, Brazil 
and the United States, the largest shareholders, 
together hold almost 53% of the voting rights. 
Bárcena currently serves as Mexico’s
 ambassador to Chile.
 
 
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Lula's Victory in First Round to 
Bring Peace to Brazil: Alckmin
September 29th, teleSUR
 
Right-wing militias and Bolsonaristas could try to
 discourage citizen participation in the elections 
in order to prevent the victory of the Workers' 
Party leader.
 
On Thursday, Geraldo Alckmin expressed that the
 Brazilian post-election environment will probably 
be calmer ---- if the far-right President Jair
Bolsonaro 
is defeated in the first round.
 
"it's better for Brazil, because we will get out of the 
confusion and fights, which can suddenly turn into 
deaths. Accidents and tragedies ...can happen,"
 said Alckmin, the vice-presidential candidate 
running alongside Workers' Party candidate 
Lula da Silva.
 
So far, all voting intention polls show that the Lula-
Alckmin binomial, will emerge victorious, in the 
elections on Sunday. Some polls even forecast
 that Lula will win in a single round with over 
50 percent of the valid votes, that is, 
excluding blank and invalid votes 
from the count.
 
Over past weeks, democratic politicians, intelectuals, 
opinion leaders have expressed concern about the
 possibility of violent actions by Bolsonaro's 
supporters on election day, especially in 
rural areas and in the poorest 
neighborhoods.
 
Right-wing militias and Bolsonaristas could try to
 discourage citizen participation in the elections
 in order to prevent the victory of the Workers' 
Party leader. This scenario is not remote, 
considering that the Brazilian president 
himself -- has threatened to ignore the 
elections, and, last week ----- he even 
dared to affirm that it's "impossible" 
for Lula to win in the first round.
 
Recently, the Bolsonaristas have been associated with
 violent armed actions against citizens who have
 expressed their support for Lula da Silva. 
 
Among the most reported incidents are the attack on a
 pregnant woman and the murder of two Workers' Party
 supporters. Federal and subnational authorities are
 investigating these facts.
 
On Friday, the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) prohibited
 the carrying of weapons, by citizens, from Saturday, 
October 1st to Monday, October 4th. This decision 
was approved with the favorable vote of all the
 judges and at the suggestion of the police 
chiefs of the 27 states of the country.
 
This ban even covers shooting clubs, which have
 multiplied exponentially in Brazil thanks to the
 arms policies -- promoted by Bolsonaro, a far-
right former Captain whose electoral hopes
 are focused on capturing the vote of the
 most conservative Christians.
 
 
 
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US Debt Vultures ---------- Prey on 
Countries in Economic Distress
September 29th, 5:22pm (teleSUR)
 
"Vulture funds" have overcome developing countries
--- holding countries such as Ecuador and Argentina
hostage, while nabbing astronomical amounts
of 
money.
 
The Federal Reserve's latest 75-basis-point interest rate
 hike has triggered high concern in the global financial 
markets ---- since the effects of consecutive U.S. 
interest hikes, may ripple through the world.
 
In previous Fed rate hikes, U.S. interest groups and
 financial institutions teamed up to create debt 
crises in several emerging markets, so as to 
fill up their own money bags.
 
As one of the tools the United States uses for its
 financial hegemony, such vulture funds, have 
over the past decades... held Ecuador, 
Argentina, Peru, Vietnam and many 
developing countries hostage... 
while nabbing astronomical
amounts
 of money.
 
PREDATORY BUYING
 
The term "vulture funds" is a metaphor that compares
 distressed debt investors' obsession with now-cheap
 yet highly risky debts ---- to a vultures' predilection
for
 carrion.
 
These activist hedge funds usually buy sovereign debt 
of countries near or in default at deep discounts from
 secondary markets, then fiercely litigate with the
 debtors to claim full payments and employ all 
possible tactics to bring them to heel, no 
matter how long such a fight goes;
that's 
why they are also dubbed
as 
"doomsday investors."
 
Speaking before the UN General Assembly in 2014, 
then Argentine President Cristina Fernandez 
accused the vulture funds of practicing 
"economic and financial terrorism"...
 referring to the strife, between her 
country and rogue debt collectors
 that caused "hunger, misery 
and poverty."
 
Back in the 1990s, the optimism and opportunism
 emanating from Wall Street --- combined with a 
heavy inflow of money into Argentina.. made 
Buenos Aires comfortable issuing more and 
more bonds, driving its debt to levels that
 later proved ruinous.
 
Meanwhile, as part of its neoliberal reform supported by
 Washington, Argentina pegged its peso one for one to
 the U.S. dollar, an idiosyncratic fixed exchange rate
 that rendered its economy uncompetitive... as the
 appreciation of the currency, sparked a massive 
loss of exports and employment, as well as the
 1998-2002 Argentine great depression.
 
In 2001, Argentina defaulted on US$100 billion of
 sovereign bonds. The insolvent country, offered 
debt revamps twice in 2005 and 2010, accepted
 by about 92 percent of the creditors. In contrast
 a handful of vulture funds that had snapped up 
the defaulted bonds at bargain prices shunned 
the settlement process. In 2005, the funds
 hauled Argentina to U.S. courts, which 
had jurisdiction over the bonds, to 
collect both the principal and 
interest payments.
 
Martin M. Guzman, an economist at Columbia Business
 School --- who once served as Argentina's economic
 minister, estimated that NML Capital, a subsidiary 
of Elliott Management headed by Paul Singer, paid 
US$48 million in 2008 for such bonds with a total 
face value of approximately US$620 million.
 
From the perspective of Buenos Aires, the vulture funds
 were virtually blackmailing it over the debt issue
 because they had provided no loans and 
knowingly bought defaulted bonds
at 
a low cost.
 
However, the U.S. federal court, in 2014, barred
 Argentina from repaying any other bondholders 
until it paid the holdout creditors, based on 
the equal treatment clause in contract law 
and managed to force the country into an 
agreement, in 2016, with vulture funds 
involved, paying them US$4.65 billion, 
a sum equivalent to 0.83 percent of 
Argentina's GDP that year, putting 
an end to the 15-year scuffle.
 
BACKED BY U.S. JUDICIAL POWER
 
Although Wall Street vultures were laying debt traps
 around the globe over the past decades, the 
"original sin" arose from the U.S. 
establishment, which created 
prey and squeezed poor 
countries dry.
 
In the case of Argentina, its 2001 default and financial 
crisis stemmed from the above-mentioned neoliberal
 reform taken by President Carlos Menem's 
government from 1989 to 1999 and based 
on the "Washington Consensus," a set
of
 economic policies promoted by 
Washington-based institutions 
that opened the door to 
Argentina's economic 
catastrophe.
 
 When left-wing politicians took office and attempted 
to restructure the debt, the vulture investors set off 
to profiteer from defaulted debt under the aegis of 
U.S. jurisdiction.
 
After the holdout bondholders led by NML Captial filed
 lawsuits, then Judge Thomas Griesa of the U.S. 
District Court for the Southern District of New 
York, ruled, in 2012, that Argentina had to pay 
them back at full value. The debtor appealed
 the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, but the 
Court finally decided to uphold the lower 
court ruling.
 
In June 2014, Argentina deposited US$539 million in the 
indentured trustee Bank of New York Mellon's account 
at the Argentine Central Bank to repay those who had 
accepted the debt swaps, while Griesa's order 
blocked the transfer of the money, citing 
Argentina's failure to pay 
the holdouts.
 
Standard & Poor's soon threw another punch at 
Argentina by cutting its rating to B-minus from 
B, suggesting a negative outlook on the 
rating, already deep in junk bond 
territory. 
 
"It was the first time in history that a country was
 willing and able to pay its creditors, but was 
blocked by a judge from doing so," wrote 
Nobel economist, Joseph Stiglitz, a full 
professor at Columbia University, in an 
article... criticizing Griesa's order. The 
ruling "encourages usurious behavior"
 and "threatens the functioning of 
international financial markets,"
 he said.
 
Clearly, international litigations by U.S. vulture funds 
are useful for U.S. financial hegemony and long-arm
 jurisdiction. Given their close ties to U.S. Congress 
and the White House, Wall Street financiers have 
the incentive & ability to intervene in legislation 
and policymaking to secure their own interests, 
said Zhang Yuewen, a researcher at the 
Institute of Finance and Banking at 
the Chinese Academy of 
Social Sciences.
 
In U.S. media reports, Singer, Elliott's boss, is always
 described as a mega-donor for the Republican Party. 
The New Yorker called him a "donor activist," 
referring to his deep involvement with GOP 
candidates and campaigns.
 
DEEPENING "DEVELOPMENT TRAP"
 
In the wake of Argentina's settlement with the holdouts
 in 2016, Griesa lifted the injunction that had barred
 Argentina from raising new money in the bond 
market or paying its creditors, allowing the 
country to be removed from the category 
of "selective default" ...and return to
 international capital markets for 
the first time after 15 years.
 
Nonetheless, for indebted countries like Argentina, 
such a long delay in debt restructuring was a 
significant drain on national wealth and 
resulted in... missed opportunities for 
its growth and development. With its 
international credit report seriously 
damaged and financing channels 
obstructed, Argentina's road to 
economic recovery was long
 and painful.
 
Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, former UN independent expert
 on foreign debt and human rights, said, "vulture fund
 litigation has come at a significant cost for some
 States, diverting public funds into questionable
 forms of debt service, which should better be 
used for fighting poverty, improving public 
health care or education, and boost the 
debtors' economies."
 
Former Secretary General of the Organization of the
 American States Jose Miguel Insulza said that 
national bankruptcy would deal a blow to the
 impoverished ----- but that is never a "big 
problem" for international speculators,
 for whom, other's debt woes... are 
their fortune.
 
From 2012 to 2016, Argentina's growth rate hovered 
between -2.5 and 2.7 percent, while inflation soared 
between 22.3 and 41.1 percent. Even now, Argentina 
remains the Latin American country with the highest 
government debt, in relation to its gross domestic 
product. 
 
Sadly, Argentina is never the only victim that has fallen 
into traps set by vulture funds, which have repeatedly
 preyed on distressed countries from Latin America 
to Asia, Africa, and Europe.
 
Pierre Jacquemot, who once served as the French
 ambassador to Kenya and Ghana, said at least 32
 African countries encountered legal battles with 
vulture funds over distressed debt issues. The
 funds have a win rate of around 75 percent.
 Recently, restructuring guru Lee Buchheit 
has warned that Sri Lanka might be the 
next in the crosshairs of vulture
 investors.
 
Data from Sri Lanka's Department of External 
Resources showed that as of April 2021, the 
plurality of its foreign debt... is owned by 
Western, particularly American, vulture 
funds and banks, which hold nearly 
half, at 47 percent.
 
In early June, wielding life-size vulture puppets, a group
 of activists stormed the venues of Elliott Management
 and GoldenTree Asset Management, two notorious
 distressed-debt funds in New York, in protest 
against the financial predators 
they represent.
 
Repulsed by the greed and brazenness of the vultures
 profiting from suffering nations, the activists' chants
 were clear: "Not a penny more."
 
 
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Replacement for Lego
 launched in Russia
September 29th, 3:49pm (TASS) 
 
The Inventive Retail Group is launching a multi-brand 
retail project dubbed Mir kubikov (The World of 
Cubes) on the retail premises, where Lego 
previously operated, the company said 
in a statement.
 
"The Inventive Retail Group, a group of companies that 
manages specialized retail and online stores, as well 
as corporate sales and the distribution of consumer 
goods of the world's leading brands, announces
 the launch of a new multi-brand retail project 
called Mir Kubikov. The new chain will
appear 
in place of certified Lego
stores," the 
statement says.
 
The new project will consist of 65 stores in more than
 20 cities across Russia, as well as an online store 
www.mir-kubikov.ru, with orders to be delivered 
nationwide. The outlet will have a multi-brand
 assortment. Lego will remain on its list and 
will be purchased through parallel imports
 from other suppliers, since Lego has 
stopped working in Russia.
 
The Inventive Retail Group -- will start replenishing 
store shelves with new brands in November 2022. 
The company does not exclude rolling out its 
own name-brand range of products in the 
future, the statement says.
 
The first chain stores have already changed signboards
 and the retailer plans to update them completely by the
 end of October. In 2022, the company does not plan to 
open new stores, but later on it is ready to return to 
opening new outlets and developing the format,
 the statement adds.
 
The Inventive Retail Group is a group of companies that
 operates retail and online stores, as well as corporate 
sales and distribution of consumer products from the
 world's leading brands, including re:Store, which
 specializes in Apple products.
 
 
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Kalashnikov increases production 
of small arms by 40% this year 
— company
September 29th, 3:25pm (TASS)
 
 The Kalashnikov group of companies has increased
 the production of small arms by 40% this year, the
 company’s press service reported on Thursday.
 
"The Kalashnikov Concern increased the production 
of small arms by 40%. A significant increase in the
 production of small arms in 2022 was achieved 
through export contracts for the supply of 
military products and an increase in the 
export of civilian weapons. Already, in 
September, actual exports of civilian 
weapons were equal to the total
 figure for 2021," the 
statement said.
 
The press service noted that the current plan 
--- for the production of small arms at the 
enterprise has become a record high
 for the past 20 years.
 
"This year, we see an increase in demand on the
 market for civilian small arms compared to last 
year. That's why our production capacities are 
quite intensively loaded, this year. We manage
 to maintain a high pace of work thanks to the 
responsibility of the team and the effective 
organization of processes at all levels," 
Alan Lushnikov, the President of the 
Concern said as quoted by the 
press service.
 
Earlier, Lushnikov told TASS that 79% of the
 Kalashnikov Concern's revenue comes
 from military products, and 21% 
from civilian products.
 
Kalashnikov is the flagship of the Russian weapon
 industry, producing about 95% of all small arms 
in the country. Kalashnikov Group companies 
produce not only small arms, but also 
specialized military and civilian 
transport and equipment, such 
as unmanned aerial vehicles, 
high-speed transport and 
assault boats for special 
operations forces, high-
precision missile 
weapons. 
 
Kalashnikov Group exports its products to
more than 27 countries around the world.
 
 
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Bolivia and Venezuela 
strengthen diplomatic ties
by Ana Ibis Falcón Lamoth
September 29th, 3:13pm 
(Prensa Latina) 
 
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, and the
Bolivian
 Foreign Minister, Rogelio Mayta,
agreed to 
strengthen diplomatic ties at
the highest 
level, during talks held in
Caracas ---- the 
Bolivian Foreign
Ministry's web 
portal reported.
 
During his stay in Venezuela, Mayta met with the
 Executive Vice President, Delcy Rodríguez, 
with whom he evaluated the strategic 
cooperation agenda with issues of 
common interest.
 
The two countries have strategic alliances in the 
commercial, energy, agri-food and science and 
technology spheres.
 
The Bolivian minister also spoke with Carlos Faría, 
with whom he signed a Joint Declaration in which
 the parties reaffirmed their bonds of solidarity, 
complementarity and brotherhood, that unite 
these member nations of the Bolivarian 
Alliance... for the Peoples of Our 
America-People’s Trade Treaty.
 
Mayta also spoke in Venezuela with the authorities of 
the Ministry of Culture about bilateral cooperation
and 
paid tribute to the Liberator, Simón Bolívar,
with a 
floral offering.
 
 
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Haiti: Dozens of inmates 
starve to death in prisons
by Pavel López Lazo
September 29th, 1:50pm
(Prensa Latina) 
 
The Office for the Protection of the Citizen (OPC) on
Thursday, condemned: that at least 12 inmates 
died in prison in just one month, a situation 
described as catastrophic, in Haiti's 
prison conditions.
 
The OPC deplored that the civilian prisons of Les
 Cayes, Saint Marc, Jeremie, Fort Liberté, Jacmel, 
Petit-Goâve and Port-au-Prince have been facing 
severe food shortages for several weeks. As a 
result of such conditions, some 12 deaths 
from malnutrition and lack of adequate 
medical care were reported --- from 
August 23rd to September 27th.
 
The last three deaths were reported at the Petit-Goâve
 police station, where footage depicted serious
 violations of human rights, in particular the 
right to life, the right to health and the 
right to food, the OPC said in 
a statement.
 
OPC strongly believes that overcrowding is one of the
major causes of this ‘chaotic’ situation, in addition to
 the use of lengthy pretrial detention, associated 
with the inability of the judicial authorities 
to take on their responsibilities and 
meet deadlines.
 
Faced with an over 90% rate of prolonged pre-trial 
detention, OPC warned that if pressing steps are 
not taken, they could be facing a ‘humanitarian
 catastrophe’ -- and also encouraged prisoners´ 
relatives to condemn human rights violations.
 
In August, the UN Office in Haiti (BINUH) condemned
 that 97 inmates passed away during the first eight 
months, 20 of them, in the month of June alone.
 
BINUH noted that Haitian prisons ''current conditions
 are unacceptable and pose serious human rights
 plights, while the occupancy rate of the four 
main prisons is 401%, showing a serious 
food and medical supply crisis.''
 
 
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Conflict in Ukraine ------- is the 
result of the USSR's collapse
by Ana Ibis Falcón Lamoth
September 29th, 1:36pm
 (Prensa Latina) 
 
The West elaborates scenarios to foment new conflicts
 in the space of the disappeared Soviet Union and the
 already existing ones are the result of its collapse, 
the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, 
affirmed today.
 
It is enough to look at what is happening now between
Russia and Ukraine, and on the borders of some other 
countries of the Commonwealth of Independent 
States (CIS), where the risks of destabilization 
are increasing, including in the entire Asia-
Pacific region, Putin said.
 
 
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Nord Stream repair may take 
at least six months, says 
lawmaker
September 29th, 12:07pm (TASS) 
 
Repairing the ruptures that occurred on the lines of the 
Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines may
 take more than six months, Pavel Zavalny, who 
heads the State Duma’s (lower house) 
Committee on Energy, believes.
 
In his opinion, there are two ways to fix the damage: 
making a caisson (a watertight chamber used in 
underwater construction work or as a 
foundation - TASS), or hoisting the
 gas pipelines to the surface.
 
"One way is to manufacture a caisson, that will be 
brought to the pipe. Work will be carried out in 
the caisson to either replace the pipe or fix it. 
The depths allow this. Of course, a complex 
engineering underwater structure, would 
have to be created. That being said, the 
timeframe - the design, manufacturing 
and the works - all this would take 
not just months - but even longer. 
The second option.. is lifting [the 
pipes]," he told reporters on the 
sidelines of the Sakhalin Oil 
and Gas forum on Thursday.
 
According to him, raising the gas pipeline to
 the surface would require cranes with a 
lifting capacity of 3,000 tons.
 
"As part of the design of these gas pipelines, the 
risks of its work being disrupted were factored 
in, and, accordingly, the possibility of repairs 
was taken into account. Therefore, the pipe 
was laid, in such a way that would make it 
possible to hoist it up. This will, also, take 
time, technical equipment, cranes, ships, 
and so on. But, in my opinion, technically
 it's possible. It may take a long time, it's
 not a month or two, it's six months or a 
year, at least," Zavalny explained.
 
He noted that the decisive factor in choosing 
options is the availability of ship equipment 
to carry out repairs.
 
"Probably, these pipe-laying vessels are under 
sanctions, so they simply won't be allowed to
 be used to repair the gas pipeline," the 
legislator admitted.
 
Nord Stream pipeline ruptures
 
Four Nord Stream gas pipeline leaks have been 
uncovered, with the most recent one being 
pinpointed by Sweden’s coast guard.
 
Earlier, the Nord Stream AG company reported that
 three threads of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 offshore
 gas pipelines, had suffered unprecedented 
damage, on Monday. 
 
Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that Moscow
 was "deeply concerned about the news" and did not
 rule out that the pipelines’ operation... could have 
been disrupted by an act of sabotage. Swedish 
seismologists later reported --- that two 
explosions had been recorded along 
the Nord Stream pipelines,
 on Monday.
 
The UN Security Council will discuss the situation 
with the pipelines at a meeting on September
the 
30th, convened at Russia’s request.


 
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Dollar down to 57 rubles 
on Moscow Exchange
Euro down to 54.58 rubles
September 29th, 5:51am (TASS)
 
 The dollar fell by 54 kopecks to 57 rubles in early
 trading on the Moscow Exchange on Thursday.
 
The euro was down by 90 kopecks,
 to 54.575 rubles, the exchange 
reported.
 
 
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 Hungary urges oversight of 
Turkish Stream after Baltic
 Sea incident
September 28th, 6:11pm (TASS)
 
Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto on
Wednesday said the security of the Turkish 
Stream natural gas pipeline requires close 
attention, in the wake of the incident that 
befell the Nord Stream lines.
 
"The Turkish Stream -- today -- remains the only gas
pipeline through which Russian gas is transported 
to Europe --- without interruption. Even if transit 
through Ukraine, is disrupted, we, will still be 
able to guarantee gas supply to our country. 
However, the recent developments show... 
that countries along the [pipeline’s] route,
need to pay close attention to its security"
he said on Facebook (banned in Russia as 
it’s owned by Meta Corporation, which is 
designated as extremist in Russia).
 
He also said "the gas leak at the Nord Streams
puts Europe in an even more dangerous and 
vulnerable position, than before."
 
"If we had succumbed to pressure, threats of 
sanctions and had not built the Turkish 
Stream, we would now have huge 
problems," Szijjarto said.
 
The Hungarian minister on Wednesday attended a 
meeting of energy ministers of the Organization 
of Turkic States, in Almaty.
 
"Central Asia holds more than 10% of the world’s
 natural gas reserves, and Azerbaijan is ready to
 double its supplies to Europe. Therefore, the 
meeting of energy ministers is now very 
useful," the minister said.
 
In early August, Russian President, Vladimir Putin, told
Turkish leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that the Turkish 
Stream is one of the most important routes to supply
Russian gas to Europe. The Russian president said 
that the Turkish Stream --- unlike all other lines of 
Russian hydrocarbon supplies, "works properly, 
in a regular manner, without any disruptions."
 
The Turkish Stream pipeline.. starts at a compressor 
station near Anapa, goes under the Black Sea... and 
makes landfall in northwestern Turkey. The second 
line ends near the Turkish-Bulgarian border. 
 
That line, which formally is an extension of the Turkish
 Stream and is known as the Balkan Stream, crosses
 Bulgaria and Serbia, before terminating in Hungary.
 
 
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“Hoped for Russia”: expert 
explains EU gas hysteria
September 28th, 2:22pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
Tens of millions of dollars and at least a year and a half
 to two years, will “delay” the repair of the gas arteries
of “Nord Stream,” because the world’s history has 
never seen such an accident, said the deputy 
head of the Institute of Energy and Finance 
Sergei Kondratyev, reports 
“Economy Today”.
 
The analyst is convinced: that deliberate external
 damage to pipeline strings is evident. ''Restoring 
the strings will bring big trouble to the European
 market,'' the speaker said, without a doubt.
 
''And, if there is any more damage to other pipelines to
 Europe, it could create a near-hysterical situation for 
the European market.''
 
''Filling the NSP2 pipeline with technical gas alone
 requires nearly 180 million cubic metres of gas, 
which is why the damage caused by the 
accident cannot be assessed with any 
precision, especially considering that 
similar precedents --- have never 
existed,'' the analyst 
emphasized.
 
At the same time, Alexander Frolov, deputy director
 general of the Institute of National Energy - noted 
that the hysteria of the European gas market has
 exposed the EU’s unconditional hopes ---- for 
Russia and its gas, in a critical situation.
 
“There is no problem, there is no change, in the balance
 of supply and demand. So what scared them so much?
 There was no gas – there will be no gas. And the scare
 was this: everybody understood, that if any absolutely 
critical situation arises there's always Nord Stream-2,
 which is operational, and it can be launched, at the
 very least, by putting pressure on the leadership of
 the countries. Even if this had not happened – and 
I think it would not have happened, in any case, 
because for the current EU leadership it would 
be a political capitulation – there was such 
hope, such a chance,” Frolov said.
 
As for Germany, the expert considers it the main victim
 in this story and at the same time recommends looking
 for the culprits in the ranks of those countries that are
 looking forward to the collapse of German economic
 energy independence.
 
“Some unknown people who have struck at the gas
 pipelines between Russia and Germany, have not 
just struck at the supply of gas and its reliability
 in the coming heating season. The blow was 
dealt to Germany’s attempts to strengthen 
its subjectivity, its energy and economic 
security,” Frolov said on the air of 
Solovyov LIVE.
 
Just a month ago, the Germans, outraged by the Scholz
 government’s failed policy, called on the government
 to stop being led by Washington, apologize to 
Russian leader Vladimir Putin, and launch 
Nord Stream-2 immediately. 
 
Tensions have long been running high in the German
 establishment, where they fear a major crisis that 
will hit the country in the coming winter and an 
extreme gas shortage.. Not only the well-being 
of countries will be affected, the situation may 
well result in a skyrocketing gas price that, 
according to experts, will at least triple. 
The efforts of bureaucrats, to stabilise 
the difficult energy situation, will not
 be enough.
 
 
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Czech Protesters Rally
 in Prague: Demanding 
Negotiations --- Over 
Russian Gas Imports
September 28th, 1:55pm
(Sputnik)
 
Earlier this month, the East European country faced
major rallies, with up to 100,000 people demanding
that the authorities engage in direct talks with 
Moscow, regarding gas deliveries.
 
Sputnik is live from Prague, where protesters gather 
on the streets to demonstrate against the EU and 
government policies, urging neutrality amid the 
special operation in Ukraine and demanding a
 resumption of gas imports from Russia ------ 
amid a major energy crisis.
 
 
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Slovak Economy on Verge of 
Collapse: as Energy Prices 
Soar, Prime Minister Says
September 28th, 1pm
 (Sputnik) 
 
 Slovak Prime Minister, Eduard Heger, said on
 Wednesday that the energy crisis and rising 
electricity prices could put the country's 
economy on the verge of collapse 
---- unless the European Union, 
provides more financial help.
 
Heger said that money allocated from an EU windfall
 tax --- which is put on "abnormally high profits" of 
energy companies, should be equally distributed 
and Slovakia should receive 1.5 billion euros 
($1.5 billion).
 
 The prime minister also hopes for additional help from
 Brussels, that could provide Slovakia with 5 billion
 euros more.. from unused regional development 
funds.. to reduce energy bills for businesses.
 
"Otherwise [Slovakian businesses] will be closing and
 could actually collapse the whole economy," Heger
 was quoted by the Financial Times as saying, 
adding that Slovak companies providing 
energy supplies, would have to be 
nationalized, if Brussels did 
not help.
 
Since 2021 the energy prices in EU countries have been
surging, as part of a global trend. After the beginning 
of Russia's military operation in Ukraine in February 
2022 --- and the adoption of several packages of
sanctions against Moscow, by the EU, energy 
prices have accelerated the growth, placing 
energy security high both on the global and 
national agenda --- and pushing many 
European governments to resort 
to contingency measures.
 
 
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EU plans..... to lift part of 
sanctions against Russia
September 28th, 1pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
Ambassadors of the European Union will propose to the
European Commission on September 28th, to impose a
cap on oil prices and other sanctions against Russia, 
while at the same time.. lifting some of the others, 
reports Politico.
 
Simultaneously with the decision on new sanctions, the
EU will propose easing a number of previous sanctions
on other goods, effectively lifting a ban on the union’s
vital supplies... of fertiliser and cement from Russia, 
officials told Politico. One official described it with 
the phrase “do ut des”, a Roman law formula that 
effectively means “you to me, I to you”.
 
The new EU sanctions would mean that shipping 
and insurance companies would be barred from
transporting or insuring Russian oil if the price 
at which Moscow sells it... is above a certain 
limit. The limit, is the price at which Russian 
oil is currently sold in Asia, some 30% 
cheaper than current European 
oil prices.
 
 
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Residents in Kiev-controlled part 
of Zaporizhzhya region: protest
 against Zelensky’s policies
September 28th, 12:44pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
Residents of the Kiev-controlled part 
of Zaporizhzhya Region, blocked a 
highway, in protest.
 
Vladimir Rogov, a member of the Zaporizhzhya region’s
main administration council, said that people in the
Kiev-controlled part of Zaporizhzhya region 
staged a protest against the policies of
the Kiev authorities and blocked 
the highway.
 
“In protest against the actions of the Zelensky regime, 
Zaporizhzhya people blocked the Orekhovskaya
highway. People, who are still not allowed to 
enter the liberated territory, blocked the 
road in protest and demanded to be 
let out,” Rogov wrote in his 
Telegram channel.
 
Rogov also said that the Kiev authorities intentionally
create additional difficulties for local residents and
block the exit to the liberated part of 
Zaporizhzhya Region.
 
 
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US citizens continue to call for 
government common sense 
on Russia – polls
September 28th, 12:06pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
Ordinary US citizens, do not have the power to decide
the fate of the world order - but they are less and less 
inclined to support the acts of Biden's administration. 
 
The results of the poll, this time released by the 
centre-left (!) think tank Data for Progress, 
show this.
 
The number of sober-minded US citizens is
 encouraging: almost 60% --- call for swift 
diplomatic action by the US to resolve 
the Ukrainian conflict --- even if it 
means making concessions 
to Russia. 
 
The Biden administration’s diplomatic efforts may be
 the only justification for sending military aid to 
Ukraine, according to those surveyed.
 
By the way, US citizens are not impressed with the work
 of Biden’s team: 49% are convinced... of its extremely
 low efficiency. At the same time the situation around
 Ukraine itself is not in the top three problems that 
are topical for the US population: they are much 
more concerned about the economic crisis, 
which itself is a consequence of Biden’s 
wrong actions.
 
Responsible Statecraft
 
 
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Kherson regional governor to 
ask Putin: to admit region 
to Russia
September 28th, 11:56am
https://en.news-front.info/
 
The head of the Kherson regional administration, 
Vladimir Saldo, has asked Russian President 
Vladimir Putin to accept the region as part 
of the Russian Federation as a new 
constituent entity.
 
''I, as the head of Kherson region, based on the will of
the residents of our region, address the President of
the Russian Federation, Vladimir Vladimirovich
Putin, 
with a proposal to admit the Kherson
region to the 
Russian Federation,
as a 
new subject.''

''Our 
residents, have made their historic choice 
and decided.... to become part of the multi-
national people of the Russian Federation,
in which all people are equal before each 
other and before the law'', reads the 
statement by the head of Kherson's
regional state administration,
published in his Telegram
channel.
 
 
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Nebenzia tells UN about 
the transparency of the
referendums held
September 28th, 11:30am
https://en.news-front.info/
 
The referendums in the DPR, LPR, Kherson and
 Zaporozhye regions were held in a transparent 
manner, 'though it will not be written about, in 
the Western media, Russian representative to
 the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, said, at a meeting
of
 the organization’s Security Council.
 
“I know --- that our former Western partners will not hear
us, or, rather, pretend... that they have not heard us, but 
I will say: that the referendums were held in conditions
 of exceptional transparency, with the full observance
of
 all electoral norms,” Nebenzia said.
 
The ambassador urged that this be acknowledged as a
 fait accompli, despite the fact that “the Kiev regime
 and its patrons” are trying to say the opposite.
 
“More than 100 independent international observers 
from 40 countries watched them [the referendums]. 
They are.. actively sharing their impressions in the 
media and on social networks, including that they 
were surprised by how enthusiastic the residents 
of the DNR and LNR, Kherson and Zaporizhzhya 
regions were about these referendums and how 
long they had been waiting for this,” he said.
 
 
________________________________
 
 
 
The US has changed its mind... 
about imposing new sanctions
 on Russian oil
September 28th, 10:34am
https://en.news-front.info/
 
The White House opposes the introduction of
secondary sanctions, for oil supplies from 
Russia – the world’s largest exporters 
have come out against limiting its 
price, writes the US publication 
The Wall Street Journal.
 
The newspaper notes that according to its information,
none of the major international importers has agreed 
to the introduction of a ''ceiling'' on the price of 
Russian oil, which was previously proposed
 by the finance ministers of the 
G7 countries.
 
The Wall Street Journal writes of fears in the West that
 Russia could completely cut off energy supplies to
 countries that risk imposing price caps -- which 
would inevitably cause record shortages and
 subsequent catastrophic global energy
 price hikes.
 
 
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Referendums will destroy 
powers in Ukraine,
 Crimea says
September 28th, 10:07am
https://en.news-front.info/
 
Crimean parliament speaker Konstantinov: 
referendums - have launched the process 
of destroying Western power in Ukraine.
 
The head of Crimea's parliament, Vladimir Konstantinov,
has said that the past 
referendums in Kherson and 
Zaporizhzhya regions, will be a reason for the
residents 
of other regions... to think 
about their future as part of
Russia, RIA 
Novosti
reported.
 
“The examples of Kherson and Zaporizhzhya, will ruin
 Ukraine... and push residents of Mykolayiv, Odessa 
and other regions, to think that they too, want to 
return to Russia,” the agency quoted 
Konstantinov as saying.
 
According to Konstantinov, Ukraine has launched the
process of destroying the government nurtured by 
the West.
 
 
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Britain’s main gas regulator 
cuts staff because of 
energy prices
September 27th, 2:30pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
The Financial Times (FT) reports that Ofgem, Britain’s 
gas and electricity regulator, has been forced to cut
 staff, in the face of sanctions against Russia, due 
to rising electricity prices.
 
According to several FT sources close to Ofgem, the
 forced reorganisation of staff amid rising electricity
 prices has led to a massive demoralisation and the
 sacking of several experienced staff. This came..
at 
a time when the regulator was under severe 
pressure, due to the collapse of 29 retailers 
as a result of poor capitalisation, 
inadequate hedging and rising 
wholesale gas prices.
 
“Who would subject employees to major restructuring
 in the midst of an energy crisis? This is madness,”
 said an Ogfem employee close to 
the reorganisation.
 
 
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Nazi Zelensky tries to
blackmail Germany
September 27th, 2:09pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
Turks have openly accused comedian Zelensky, 
supplied by the US to run the fascist state they 
have created, of trying to blackmail Germany.
 
“We have repeatedly raised the issue of the uncertainty
of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s public
statements, using blackmail and scandals, to get 
what he needs, from his European partners. But 
Zelensky’s recent statements about Germany’s 
Nazi past, show that the Ukrainian authorities 
have exhausted almost all military resources
 and are now resting,” the article 
says ironically.
 
The authors of the material quote the claim of the
Ukraine head: “There are some psychological 
barriers to arms deliveries to Ukraine due to 
their Nazi past in Germany. For any German,
 the reminder that his ancestors were 
involved in Hitler’s crimes, is the 
worst insult.”
 
Zelensky lusts after German Leopard 2 tanks, and, at
 the same time, is in a no-win situation. At the same
 time, the paper warns, if Germany becomes the
 first country to send such equipment to the 
Armed Forces, it could be held responsible 
for escalating the conflict.
 
Journalists draw an analogy between the rhetoric of 
the president of the demanding country and former
Ukrainian ambassador... Melnyk. While holding a
diplomatic post, Melnyk had also been publicly 
boorish... and even allowed public insults to 
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
 
 After the outrage of the people of Germany, Melnyk 
had to be recalled --- but... the unwise citizens of 
Ukraine --- proclaimed the discredited diplomat 
a “hero”. Zelensky, has chosen the same path.
 
Meanwhile, Zelensky’s hysterics, show that, at an
informal meeting of EU defence ministers in late
August, an agreement was reached to reduce 
military aid to Ukraine.
 
Russtrat
 
 
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Energy Minister: Bulgaria is not 
giving up gas from Russia
September 27th, 1:53pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
Bulgaria continues to work on diversification, Energy 
Minister Hristov has announced a tender for pipeline 
gas, according to the Bulgarian newspaper, Trud.
 
Bulgaria has not given up on Russian gas, Energy
 Minister Rosen Hristov said. “So far, Gazprom 
has no news in response to our demands to 
them. Their answer has been ‘wait until we 
think and respond’ with no time limit, but 
in parallel we are going with all other 
negotiations in order to have safe 
quantities,” the newspaper 
quoted the politician
 as saying.
 
“Negotiations with Gazprom are inevitable – there is 
no need to reject a potential supplier the more gas 
we can get at an optimal price, the better for us. 
We take into account the risks, so... we also 
negotiate with other suppliers. If everyone 
we negotiate with, delivers gas, we have 
somewhere to sell it – countries like 
Romania are ready to buy surplus
 gas. We continue to fulfil our 
obligations, we are waiting 
for their response,” 
he added.
 
 
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US and Europe, have backed
 themselves into a corner ---- 
with anti-Russian sanctions 
– Newsweek
September 27th,  11:58am
https://en.news-front.info/
 
The US and Europe have backed themselves
 into a corner by imposing sanctions against 
Russia, Newsweek America reports.
 
The anti-Russian sanctions have hit the West itself
hard --- according to Newsweek. This includes 
attempts to limit Russia’s profits from energy
supplies. However, according to Newsweek, 
Russia can easily divert some of its oil to 
other buyers.
 
Alternative producers would not be able to help the
 West make up for the loss of Russian exports. 
Even the world’s largest oil producer, Saudi 
Arabia, does not have the capacity in 
reserve, to keep supplies
 from plummeting.
 
Analysts predict that for these reasons oil prices 
will rise to $200 a barrel -- once the EU decides
to
 ban oil transport insurance from Russia.
 
“The US and its European allies have 
backed themselves into a corner,” 
Newsweek concludes.
 
 
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Results of the referendum can 
be summed up by the end of 
the day – LPR Central 
Electoral Commission
September 27th,  10:36am
https://en.news-front.info/
 
Kravchenko, head of the LPR CEC, is confident that
 it will be possible to sum up the results of the LNR
 referendum on becoming part of Russia before 
the end of the final day of voting.
 
The results of the referendum on the Luhansk People’s
 Republic joining the Russian Federation will be 
summed up by the end of the day on Tuesday, 
September 27, the LPR Central Election 
Commission head Elena Kravchenko 
expressed confidence, 
TASS reported.
 
“I think we will have time to count...  that is why we have
 shortened the working day of the polling stations, today,
in order to have time to sum up the results, 
to have time
to collect the protocols, not to 
expose our commissions
--- which will take 
the protocols at night,” Kravchenko
was 
quoted by the agency as saying.
 
 
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Russia may create Crimean 
constituency --- following 
referendum – mass media
September 27th, 11:32
https://en.news-front.info/
 
“Vedomosti”: the Russian Federation may create
 a Crimean district, following the referendum.
 
Russia may create a Crimean district following a
 referendum in the DPR, LPR, Zaporozhye and 
Kherson regions, with former Roscosmos 
CEO, Dmitry Rogozin, as the region’s 
envoy, the Vedomosti newspaper 
said on Tuesday, September 27, 
citing a source at a defense
 industry company and two 
sources... close to the 
Russian presidential
 administration.
 
“Russia may create a new federal district – the Crimean
 district – which will include the peninsula itself and 
the LPR and DPR, which were annexed as a result 
of referendums, as well as the Zaporizhzhya and 
Kherson regions….   “The former Roskosmos 
director-general may head the new regiment.
A source close to Staraya Square says that 
a decision on Rogozin will be taken in the
 near future, and it is very likely to be
 positive,” the newspaper said, 
citing sources.
 
According to the newspaper’s source close to the
 presidential administration, Rogozin has not yet
 been appointed to a federal post, so there is a 
chance that he “will find a job there”, since 
there is a large front of work.
 
Dmitry Rogozin held the post of Roscosmos general 
director from 2018 to 2022, Russian President 
Vladimir Putin relieved Rogozin of his post
 as Roscosmos head, on 15 July,
 by decree.
 
 
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Lula with real possibilities 
of victory in Brazil
by Ileana Ferrer Fonte
September 27th, 7:12am 
(Prensa Latina) 
 
Former President and candidate Luiz Inácio Lula da
 Silva on Tuesday appears with real possibilities of
 victory in the first round of the October 2nd 
elections in Brazil, according to an 
opinion poll.
 
The study reveals that Lula has moved up one
 percentage point and now has 48 percent of 
the total vote intentions in the poll (with the
 presentation of the candidates’ names).
 
The total of votes of the other candidates is 44 percent
 and in the valid, discounting blank, and null votes, the
 presidential candidate of the Workers’ Party (PT) has
 52 percent.
 
Meanwhile, ultra-right President Jair Bolsonaro, a
 candidate for reelection for the Liberal Party, 
appears with 31 percent of vote intentions.
 
Bolsonaro is followed by former Minister Ciro Gomes, 
of the Labour Democratic Party, with six percent, 
and Senator Simone Tebet, of the Brazilian 
Democratic Movement, with five percent.
 
In the previous poll, published on September 19th, 
Lula got 47 percent, followed by Bolsonaro (31), 
Ciro (seven), and Tebet (four).
 
The former president’s campaign insists on 
stimulating citizens to vote on Sunday, 
October 2nd, to define victory in the
 first round.
 
 
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About 15 countries expressed 
their interest in joining BRICS 
— Deputy Foreign Minister
September 26th, 3:14pm (TASS)
 
 About 15 states... have already expressed their desire 
to join BRICS, Russia Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey
 Ryabkov said, on Russian TV, on Monday.
 
"About a dozen and a half have already expressed 
their interest to join this group, in one form or 
another," he said.
 
According to Ryabkov, BRICS countries have already
 commenced work on expansion of the organization.
 
"We must look into the criteria that new members
 could be invited by," the senior diplomat said.
 
He noted that BRICS is a
viable alternative,
 to
the unipolar world.
 
 
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Putin made
personnel changes
September 26th, 2:23pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
Russian President Vladimir Putin removed from 
his post, the permanent representative of the 
Russian Federation to the EU and appointed 
the head of the Russian Academy of 
Sciences and the deputy director of 
the Federal Penitentiary Service.
 
This is freported by Readovka.
 
Vladimir Putin, signed several decrees, on the 
appointment of new managers to high posts 
in a day. At the same time, Russia’s 
permanent representative to the 
EU left his post.

The main things:
 
Gennady Krasnikov was approved for the post of
 President of the Russian Academy of Sciences –
 he will hold the position for the next five years. 
He was elected a week ago, he promised his 
colleagues --- to raise the authority of the 
academy and “build a closer connection 
between its research and the priorities 
of the scientific and technological 
development of the country”;
 
Alexander Matveenko, who previously acted as deputy
head of the service, was appointed to the post 
of deputy director of the Federal 
Penitentiary Service;
 
Russia’s Permanent Representative to the European 
Union Vladimir Chizhov has been relieved of his post. 
 
There is no talk of a successor, it is likely, that there 
will not be one at all – the permanent representative
 has worked with the EU since 2005. He didn't name
 the reasons for his departure from Brussels --- but 
said that at the present time it's uncomfortable 
to act as a living monument to the strategic 
partnership between Russia and the EU.
 
 
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West should treat Russia 
with respect – Putin
September 26th, 11:45am
https://en.news-front.info/
 
Russian President Vladimir Putin, at a meeting with his 
Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko, said 
that the West should treat Russia with respect.
 
“We [Russia] should be treated with respect,” Putin 
said, in response to Lukashenko’s words, that 
Belarus would not speak to the West 
without respect from it.
 
Recall that the presidents of Russia and Belarus met 
in Sochi to discuss problems in the global market, 
pressure from the West, as well as cooperation 
between Moscow and Minsk. It is reported 
that major projects, including those in 
the economic sphere, were also in
 the spotlight.
 
 
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LPR Foreign Ministry comments 
on the refusal of the West to 
recognize the referendum
September 26th, 10:45am
https://en.news-front.info/
 
Foreign Minister of the LPR Vladislav Dainego
 commented.... on the statement of Western 
countries on the refusal to recognize the 
referendum on the entry of the LPR 
into the Russian Federation.
 
“They do not recognize the aggression of Ukraine, they 
don't recognize the right of the population of Donbass 
to their own identity. They don’t acknowledge a lot. 
They do not recognize reality,” the minister says.
 
As the head of the Foreign Ministry notes, the global
 influence of the United States has already ended 
and now - the world order is moving into a new 
phase of multipolar interaction - taking into 
account the interests of all participants in 
international relations, and not just the 
positions of individual players... that
 they impose on everyone around.
 
 
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Berlusconi elected to Italian 
Senate — Interior Ministry
September 26th, 7:25am (TASS)
 
Ex-Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been
elected to the country’s Senate according to final 
data of the Interior Ministry published on Monday.
 
85-year-old Berlusconi won in Monza, a single mandate
electoral district in the Lombardy region. It's possible
 that he might chair the Senate, becoming the second
 person in Italy’s power hierarchy, after the president.
 
Berlusconi was expelled from the Senate in 2013 over
 his conviction for tax fraud. For several years.... he
has
 not been able to hold public offices or run in 
elections. In 2019, the former prime minister 
became a member of the European 
Parliament, a post he will 
now leave.
 
The politician will turn 86
 on September the 29th.
 
 
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Centre-right coalition ----- wins 
Italian parliamentary election
 — official data
September 26th, 5:54am (TASS)
 
 A centre-right coalition consisting of the Brothers of 
Italy, League and Forza Italia parties gained 44.53%
 of the vote in the Senate election in Italy with more
 than 90% of the ballots counted, according to data
 on the Interior Ministry’s website.
 
As for the lower house elections, 
the center-right garnered 44.34%.
 
Leader of the Brothers of Italy party, 
Giorgia Meloni, is highly likely to be 
nominated to be prime minister.
 
 
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The West is predicted to have
 the worst crisis since 1949
by Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters
September 25th, 9:29pm
(Lenta.ru)
 
Bloomberg: Global Sovereign bond markets 
on edge for worst performance since 1949.
 
Central banks in Western countries are raising interest
 rates in an attempt to stop high inflation, which 
causes a collapse in government bonds. 
This is reported by Bloomberg.
 
"Sovereign bond markets around the world are on the
 verge of their worst performance, since 1949, when
 Europe was in ruins recovering from World War II," 
said experts from the Bank of America.
 
It is noted.. that the US Federal Reserve (FRS) and other
Western central banks - have stopped keeping the base
interest rate near zero to support the economy, as they
did during the coronavirus pandemic. According to the
publication, it is this reversal, that had a major impact.
 
The author of the article writes that the latest blow
 to the global economy was the decision of the US
 regulator to raise the base interest rate, 
announced this week.
 
Earlier, Europe was predicted an unimaginable crisis
 due to fuel prices. According to Kazuhiko Fuji, a 
Japanese economist, the EU will have to spend 
$1.5 trillion to help power companies in debt. 
 
The expert believes that all this 
can develop into a global 
economic shock.
 
 
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International observer 
from South Africa
called 
sanctions
against Russia  
a weapon of war
September 25th, 2:48pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
An international observer from South Africa, Chairman
 of the Subcommittee on Foreign Relations of the 
Youth League of the African National Congress 
party, Kulekani Mondly Skosana, called 
sanctions against Russia a weapon
 of war.
 
He also noted that the residents of the republics of
 Donbass and the liberated regions of Ukraine 
have the right to hold a referendum.
 
“People should have the right to self-determination.
 They have the right to vote. This applies not only 
to the regions in which we are located, but also
 to the whole world. We support legitimate 
elections - and condemn any attempt to 
sabotage such democratic processes.
 Democracy is first of all, the right of 
people to vote, to choose their own 
path and this must be done for the 
people and done by the people,” 
he told reporters in Simferopol.
 
 
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Italy Votes: as Far-right 
Meloni Looks for Victory
September 25th, 2022
September 5th, 11:21am
(al Manar)
 
Italians are deciding whether to choose their most 
right-wing government since World War Two, in an
 election being followed closely across Europe.
 
Giorgia Meloni leads the far-right Brothers of Italy 
party and is aiming to become the country’s first 
female prime minister, allied with two other 
parties on the right.
 
She has softened her image and resents 
being linked to Italy’s fascist past.
 
She backs Western sanctions on Russia 
and has toned down rhetoric on Europe.
 
But she still embraces an old slogan adopted by 
the fascists – “God, fatherland and family” – 
she has spoken out against the “LGBT 
lobby” and called for a naval 
blockade of Libya...
 to halt migration.
 
Almost 51 million Italians have the right to vote 
until 9pm GMT); 2.6 million are first-time voters 
and another 4.7 million are abroad. President 
Sergio Mattarella, cast his ballot early, in 
the Sicilian capital, Palermo.
 
An hour south of Rome, in the town of Latina, 
observers believe the far right can seize the
 town from the left. Founded in 1932, by the
fascist leader Benito Mussolini, Latina
still 
bears traces of the dictator... 
but has 
suffered from years
of underfunding.
 
“Take a look, it’s a disaster” - says one passer by. 
The town... has had a left-wing mayor, in recent 
years, but the far right has Latina in its sights. 
Meloni-ally Matteo Salvini came here last 
week, to round off his League party’s 
campaign. Centre-right Forza Italia,
under ex-prime minister Silvio 
Berlusconi, 85, is also part 
of her coalition.
 
Source: Websites
 
 
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Hungary says: EU unable to 
convince the world to 
impose sanctions 
on Russia
September 24th, 4:47pm
(Izvestia.ru)
 
Hungarian Foreign Minister Szijjarto: The EU 
will not be able to convince the world of the 
correctness of sanctions against Russia
 
The European Union has failed to convince the world
 that sanctions against Russia are the right thing to 
do. This was announced on September the 22nd,
 by Hungarian Foreign Minister, Peter Szijjarto.
 
"The situation in African states, is getting worse, 
due to sanctions against the Russian Federation"
 
Russian Ambassador to Angola Vladimir Tararov - 
on the food crisis and the consequences of the 
conflict on the border of Rwanda and the DRC.
 
"I really put a lot of effort into communicating with
colleagues... outside of Europe. They don't care 
about the European position. They don't care 
if the conflict in Ukraine, or the sanctions, 
created their problems. The global 
community, is not just Europe and 
North America. The vast majority 
of the world does not believe our 
words," he said... in an interview 
with The American Conservative.
 
Szijjarto noted that, at the same time, the European
Union does not want to admit its mistake and 
correct it, despite the consequences 
that have befallen Europe.
 
"Europe is like a car, the driver of which understands
 that he is going to a dead end, but refuses to admit 
that he made a mistake by turning into this street. 
Instead, he puts even more pressure on the gas 
pedal in the absolutely irrational hope that the 
street does not actually end in a dead end," 
the minister said.
 
Earlier, on September 23rd, Szijjarto said that Europe is
 harming itself by introducing large-scale restrictions 
on Russia. In his opinion, such sanctions pressure...
 is meaningless.
 
A similar position was expressed on September 21st by
 the Hungarian Foreign Ministry's Secretary of State for
 Bilateral Relations Tamas Mentzer. He pointed out 
that the EU seems to be trying to "out-suffer" 
Russia, by introducing new restrictions, 
including... leading to an energy crisis 
in Europe. According to the politician, 
in the current situation... it is worth 
considering whether the sanctions 
policy... is effective.
 
On the same day, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej
 Plenkovic, announced the EU's readiness to 
continue economic pressure on Russia, by 
extending sanctions or introducing a new 
package of restrictions. Plenkovic 
stressed the unity of Europe,
on the issue of economic 
pressure on Russia.
 
Western countries began to tighten sanctions against
 Russia in response to Moscow's special operation to
 protect the Donbass, which Russian President 
Vladimir Putin announced, on February 24th.
 
 
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US strategic oil reserve
 hits historic low in 
six months – WSJ
September 24th, 11:55am
https://en.news-front.info/
 
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports on the loss of 
the US oil buffer – the strategic oil reserve – due to 
the reaction to the fall in Russian oil exports.
 
The US strategic oil reserve is at 
an all-time low, the WSJ reports.
 
“Prepare to be hit: the US is running out of its safety
 cushion, reserved for oil shocks,” the paper writes.
 
They recall that on March 31st, Joe Biden ordered the
 release of some 180 million barrels – for six months 
at the rate of one million a day. Since then, the
US reserve has decreased to about 427 
million barrels – the lowest level 
since 1984.
 
Experts note that the decision to reduce the strategic
 reserve in Washington was made in response to an
 expected decline in Russian oil exports to the 
global market. However, the volume of its 
supplies decreased --- not by 3 million 
barrels per day --- as predicted by 
the International Energy Agency,
 but only by 400-450 thousand 
barrels.... compared to the 
period before the start of 
the Russian operation
in Ukraine.
 
 
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Observers from Africa, Europe, South 
America on hand at Zaporozhye 
referendum — official
September 23rd, 3:53pm (TASS)
 
Observers from Africa, Europe and South America are 
present at the referendum in the Zaporozhye Region, 
Galina Katyushchenko, chairwoman of the region’s 
election commission, told reporters on Friday.
 
"The referendum in the Zaporozhye Region is
 generating a strong interest among the 
media and observers. To date, 823 
observers from a variety of public 
organizations from Zaporozhye 
Region have been registered.''
 
 ''In addition, delegations of international observers, 
which include representatives from a wide range 
of European, African and South American 
countries, are already working within 
the region," she noted.
 
According to the official, "observers are carefully
 keeping an eye on strict compliance with the 
voting procedure on the ground, asking 
questions to members of the 
commissions, reading 
documents, quizzing
 local observers, on
 details and talking
 to the referendum 
participants."
 
"International observers’ accreditation applications are
 still coming in. All electoral procedures are open and
 public, but at the same time protecting personal 
data.... along with the security of voters and 
members of election commissions, must 
be ensured," Katyushchenko 
pointed out.
 
In addition, she said that 55 journalists from 18 
media outlets were accredited for 
the referendum.
 
The vote on joining Russia is taking place in the
 Zaporozhye Region on September 23-27. 
 
The Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics as well
 as the liberated Kherson Region are holding similar
 referendums. For security reasons, voters will cast 
their ballots next to their homes and in door-to-
door voting, during the first four days of the 
referendum in the four regions. Voting
is 
also organized in Russia.
 
 
___________________________________
 
 
 
Observers from France, US
 arrived in Kherson Region
 for accession referendum 
— official
September 23rd, 3:28pm (TASS)
 
 Observers... from France and the US arrived in the
 Kherson Region Friday to monitor the referendum 
on accession to Russia, regional election 
commission chairwoman, Marina
 Zakharova, told reporters.
 
"Foreign observers, have already arrived; these are
 representatives of two states - France and the US. 
They expressed their wish to go to remote parts 
of the Kherson Region. We’ve provided them 
with such an opportunity," 
Zakharova said.
 
According to Zakharova, the foreign observers currently
 work with members of district electoral commissions
 and the voters.
 
Authorities of Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics
 and administrations of Zaporozhye and Kherson Region
 decided to hold referendum on accession to Russia as
 regions of the Russian Federation. The vote in these 
entities will take place between September 23rd 
and the 27th
 
 
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Referendums in territories 
liberated by Russia: 
information for 
September 23rd 
(updated 2:30pm)
https://en.news-front.info/
 
2:17pm Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan
 Kadyrov: “This is a long-awaited event!”
 
“We remember how the inhabitants of the Chechen 
Republic at the beginning of the 2000s were just
 waiting for a referendum in order to put an end
 to the bloodshed and become full-fledged 
citizens of Russia. I am sure that the 
residents of Donbass, Zaporozhye 
and Kherson will make the same 
right choice for their future. 
Russia does not abandon 
its own people and will 
do everything possible 
to make its citizens 
feel safe.”
 
2:05pm On the 1st day of the referendum, the Wargonzo
 project team visited the legendary Donbass battalion
 “Somalia”. The fighters in full strength participate in 
the voting, combat work is not a release, the mobile 
polling station will reach all positions today.
 
2:04pm Voting at distant borders. Right on the front
 lines. Instead of the classic tick, the fighters put 
Z. The military can do this.
 
1:47pm Thousands of people took to Manezhnaya
 Square in Moscow for the all-Russian rally “We 
do not leave our people” in support of 
the referendum.
 
1:38pm SMOTRI: Kherson is in a festive mood at 
the polling stations. To cheer up people in line,
 local music groups sing songs, and dance.
 
1:30pm Konstantin Knyrik, head of News Front: 
I experience the same feelings and sensations 
as in the Crimea, in 2014.
 
“These huge queues of people, their desire to show
 their position and return home, cause a storm of
 emotions. The first day of voting, despite the
 intimidation by terrorists, despite the 
shelling and provocations, is simply 
unbelievable. Our people are 
returning home, how we all 
waited for this” (quote from 
the FRONT Notes on 
Telegram channel).
 
1:09pm Zaporozhye region, if its inhabitants vote 
in a referendum for joining Russia, will declare
 independence within the boundaries of the 
liberated territories, since only after that is
it possible, to join, Vladimir Rogov, chair
man of the We Are Together with 
Russia movement, told TASS.
 
“Yes, conditionally for some time, until Russia accepts
 us, we will be independent. We do not change any
thing, we leave the name Zaporozhye region so 
that there is no confusion. Everything is being 
done according to federal constitutional law 
No. 6 “On the admission of the Republic of 
Crimea to the Russian Federation and the 
formation of new subjects within the 
Russian Federation – the Republic of 
Crimea and the federal city of 
Sevastopol,” he said.
 
1:08pm Transition of Zaporozhye and Kherson regions
 tothe Russian legal field, in case of a positive result
 in the referendum may take place within a year – 
the head of the international committee of the 
State Duma, Slutsky.
 
1:07pm Foreign observers have already arrived in the
 Lugansk People’s Republic to participate in the
 referendum on joining Russia, now they are
 being accredited, said Elena Kravchenko,
 chairman of the LPR CEC.
 
1:05pm Luhansk Electorate Comission has published
data from a survey by the All-Russian Public Opinion
Centre, according to which, 97% of the inhabitants 
of the Lugansk People’s Republic intend to vote
 for the region’s entry into the Russian 
Federation.
 
1:02pm The head of Energodar, Alexander Volga, said
 that the referendum on joining Russia is taking 
place in the city, without failures. According
to 
him, the city is not being shelled now.
 
12:59pm Peskov: security at referendums
 is provided at the proper level.
 
“So far, we proceed from the fact that security 
is provided for the proper level of holding 
referendums. Everything else related
 to the operational situation – you 
need to ask questions to the 
Ministry of Defense”, 
Peskov said.
 
12:56pm Chairman of the Public Chamber of the 
DPR, Alexander Kofman, told RIA Novosti that 
observers did not record any violations 
at the referendum.
 
12:51pm Bad weather will not prevent residents of 
the LPR from voting for the republic’s entry into 
the Russian Federation.
 
Residents of the LPR demonstrate crazy activity in 
the referendum on the republic’s entry into the 
Russian Federation. Footage of News Front 
military correspondent, Oleksandr Reka.
 
12:36pm News Front: Head of the Kherson Regional 
State Administration Vladimir Saldo voted in 
a referendum on joining Russia
 
“Today is a day that happens in history once every few
 centuries. I personally knew it would happen, always. 
I have always felt... that I am part of a huge family 
called Russia. Dreams come true. I am sure that 
our Kherson region and, most importantly, 
people, will be protected as part of the 
Russian Federation. Protected in all
 respects: in all domestic matters, 
in any matters related to the 
possibility of disrupting
 their normal life.”
 
 “Dignity, honour, glory of a great country – now it is an
 integral part for us as well,” Vladimir Saldo evaluated
 the significance of the referendum.
 
12:29pm RT: a queue lined up at the polling station in 
the city of Skadovsk, Kherson region – there are a 
lot of people who want to vote in the referendum 
on joining the Russian Federation.
 
“I want to cast my vote for us to join the Russian 
Federation. I’ve been waiting for this for a 
very long time.”
 
12:28pm As of 2pm, the turnout in the 
referendum in the LPR was 13.8% 
(179,340 people) – Chairman of
 the CEC of the LPR,
 Elena Kravchenko.
 
12:19pm In Lugansk, near the monument to
 Dzerzhinsky, people stand in line for the 
referendum in the downpour.
 
12:15pm In the Zaporozhye region there will be 
noconscription and mobilization during the 
transition period, – “head of the military
 and civil administration” Balitsky.
 
11:56am A rally has begun in Yekaterinburg
in support of a referendum on the 
reunification of the Donbass, 
Zaporozhye and Kherson
 regions, with Russia.
 
11:36am News Front: “The soul rejoices.” 
Employees and patients of the Lugansk 
Republican Clinical Hospital, took an 
active part in the referendum.
 
“I am immensely happy that this day has come. 
We are returning to our historical homeland,” 
a resident of the LPR.
 
11:14am Kremlin: in case of a possible attack by Kyiv 
on the territory where referendums are held: in case 
of accession, the Constitution of the Russian 
Federation will apply to them.
 
10:59am NewsFront: in Kherson they continue to vote 
in the referendum for joining the Russian Federation. 
A foreign journalist asked a representative of the 
election commission, the question of what 
percentage of people would vote for 
Ukraine in the referendum.
 
“That’s exactly why we are holding a referendum… I 
think when Serbia was divided into parts, you didn’t
 have any questions about this, why did they arise
 now?” The representative answered the 
journalist’s question.
 
10:57am “For me, the Nazis have never been any heroes
 and never will be,” residents of the Kherson region
said that they were tired of living in fear of terror,
 in fear of Ukrainian nationalists. Therefore, 
they favour joining their region to Russia.
 
“Now there is a sense of danger, but I chose to live
 freely, it’s worth voting for, making your free 
choice,” says a resident of Kherson with
 wonderful words.
 
10:49am From SMOTRI: a resident of Skadovsky 
district --- in Ukrainian --- thanked the Russian
 authorities for their responsiveness 
and resilience:
 
“Thanks to Vladimir Vladimirovich for liberating us and
protecting us. Most of my years I lived in the Soviet
Union, studied and worked. Now... we hope that a
new government will come. We are abandoning 
the Ukrainian regime, which has put pressure 
on us for so many years”, Lubov said.
 
10:35am RT: Evgeny, a guy who served in the Russian
 army (VDV) and volunteered for the front in the 
Luhansk People’s Republic, shared his 
emotions about the referendum.
 
“I felt pride and joy for the brotherly people. We are not