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7:40. Everything You Want To Know On January 21

​Today’s Highlights

  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Moscow today for a two-day visit. He is ready to sign a Peace Treaty with Russia on the condition of the transfer of two of the four disputed Kuril Islands to Japan. Different cities in Russia held rallies over the weekend against the transfer of the Kurils.
  • Moscow court has extended the judicial custody of Anastasia Vashukevich for three days, also known as Nastya Rybka, who was detained at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport on Thursday (January 17) on suspicion of "enticement into prostitution." Vashukevich, whose reported relationship with Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska put her at the center of a geopolitical scandal, spoke to reporters in the courtroom and apologized to Deripaska, pledging not to publish any audio recordings of him that she had previously said she possessed.

Full text here. (In Russian)

Current Time Special Projects: #10YearChallenge Of The Former USSR. How Have The Current Leaders Of The Post-Soviet Countries Changed And What Did They Do 10 Years Ago?

The famous fighter of UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) Jeff Monson has refused U.S. citizenship to become the Deputy in Krasnogorsk, Moscow Area, Russia. Now he meets with the citizens, supports Putin, promises to convey to him their problems, dreams of becoming a deputy of the State Duma, and teaches the Krasnogorsk children jiu-jitsu

7:40. Everything You Want To Know On January 19

Today’s Highlights:

  • In Belgrade, Putin was enthusiastically welcomed by a crowd of 130 thousand. The President of Serbia gave him a Balkan shepherd dog.
  • Escort with oligarch ties Anastasia Vashukevich (Nastya Rybka) and infamous sex coach Alexander Kirillov (Alex Leslie), who were sentenced to probation by court in Thailand and then deported, were detained in Sheremetyevo immediately upon arrival in Russia. They are accused of involvement in prostitution.
  • The court in Lviv overturned the decision of deputies of the regional Council to prohibit the “Russian cultural product” in the Lviv region.

Full text here. (In Russian)

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