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UK Statement On The Death Of Georgian Citizen Archil Tatunashvili

Her Majesty´s Ambassador, Justin McKenzie Smith, calls for a full investigation into the death of Archil Tatunashvili in South Ossetia, Georgia

Justin McKenzie Smith

Justin McKenzie Smith

We are deeply concerned by the death of Georgian citizen, Mr Archil Tatunashvili, while under detention in South Ossetia and express our condolences to his family.

We expect the de facto authorities to ensure that there is a full, open and transparent investigation into the death, and to allow the two Georgian citizens detained with Mr Tatunashvili to travel to Tbilisi-Administered Territory without delay.

This tragic incident highlights the dangers and human suffering caused by the conflicts in Georgia, and illustrates the need for those in de facto control of South Ossetia to allow full and unhindered access for international human rights and humanitarian institutions. This latest incident underlines the need for additional measures to ensure transparency and improve confidence.

We take this opportunity to reaffirm our support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognised borders.

Foreign Office Minister Condemns Russia For NotPetya Attacks

UK judges that the Russian government was responsible for the NotPetya cyber-attack of June 2017

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad has today attributed the NotPetya cyber-attack to the Russian Government. The decision to publicly attribute this incident underlines the fact that the UK and its allies will not tolerate malicious cyber activity.

The attack masqueraded as a criminal enterprise but its purpose was principally to disrupt. Primary targets were Ukrainian financial, energy and government sectors. Its indiscriminate design caused it to spread further, affecting other European and Russian business.

Foreign Office Minister for Cyber Security Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon said:

The UK Government judges that the Russian Government, specifically the Russian military, was responsible for the destructive NotPetya cyber-attack of June 2017.

The attack showed a continued disregard for Ukrainian sovereignty. Its reckless release disrupted organisations across Europe costing hundreds of millions of pounds.

The Kremlin has positioned Russia in direct opposition to the West yet it doesn’t have to be that way. We call upon Russia to be the responsible member of the international community it claims to be rather then secretly trying to undermine it.

The United Kingdom is identifying, pursuing and responding to malicious cyber activity regardless of where it originates, imposing costs on those who would seek to do us harm. We are committed to strengthening coordinated international efforts to uphold a free, open, peaceful and secure cyberspace.

The Detention Of Oyub Titiev Of Russian NGO “Memorial”

Oyub Titiev

Oyub Titiev

We are troubled by the news that the head of the local Chechen branch office of the Russian human rights NGO Memorial, Oyub Titiev, has been arrested.

This is the latest in a string of reports of alarming recent human rights violations in Chechnya. We call on Chechen authorities to immediately release Mr. Titiev and allow independent civil society to operate free from harassment and intimidation.

Given well-founded concerns about potential mistreatment of Mr. Titiev in custody, we urge Russian federal authorities to ensure that Mr. Titiev’s rights are protected in accordance with the Russian constitution and Russia’s human rights obligations.

Greetings To Channel One Team And Veteran Staff

Vladimir Putin congratulated the Channel One team and veteran staff on the 50th anniversary of the legendary Vremya programme

Vremya (Channel One)

Vremya (Channel One)

The message reads, in part:

“From its very launch, Vremya proved to be a striking addition to Russian television, laid down traditions of news broadcasting and became a landmark event in the life of the country.

Importantly, even despite the advent of new cutting-edge information technology and communications, the programme has not ceased to attract wide audiences just as it did 50 years ago.

I am certain that professional excellence, acquired skills, openness to new experiences and respect for the creative heritage of your predecessors will help you to continue working successfully and resolving the tasks at hand.”

Vremya is a Russian television programme broadcast by Channel One (since 1995), and earlier by the Central Television of the USSR (1968 – 1991), the All-Union State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (1991) and the Ostankino Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (1994–1996). The programme has been broadcast daily, except on December 31 and January 1, at 9 pm Moscow time since 1972. It was launched on January 1, 1968.

New Year Address To The Nation

Vladimir Putin's New Years' Message to Russia

Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Friends,

We are on the threshold of a New Year, year 2018. Although we celebrate this every year, we are always happy to usher the year in as something new, hoping that the wishes we make at the stroke of midnight do come true.

New Year’s Eve is above all a family celebration. We mark it just as we did when we were children, with presents and pleasant surprises, as well as with a special warmth and expectation for change.

Change will certainly come to our lives if each of us takes care of our parents and values every minute we spend with them, if we try to better understand our children and their aspirations and dreams, and if we support those nearest to us who need our help and our generosity.

The ability to help, to show concern and understanding for others and to do good deeds fills our lives with true human meaning. As we celebrate, be it with family and friends, or out in the streets, we all share the same festive mood, while modern technology allows us to share our feelings with our nearest and dearest who may be hundreds or even thousands of kilometres away.

As usual, my special words are extended to those who are working at the moment, who are doing their military or professional duty at hospitals or on board aircraft or trains.

We are all together on this wonderful New Year’s night. We are also together in our everyday life as well. Unity, friendship and selfless love for Russia multiply the strength we need for worthy deeds and high achievements.

I am sincerely grateful to all of you for believing in yourself and in our country, for your work and its results. I hope there will always be trust and mutual understanding in your life.


A New Year, year 2018 will begin in just a few seconds. This is the time when we should say the most important words to each other, forgive one another’s mistakes and forget old grudges.

Embrace, say words of love, and show that you really care. May the life of each family and individual improve for the better, may you all be healthy, may children be born that make us happy.

I wholeheartedly wish happiness and all the very best to all of you, as well as peace and prosperity to Great Russia, our one and only homeland.

Happy New Year!

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