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Four Regions Vote to Join Russia: What’s Next? By RT News The accession processes for Donbass and two regions of southern Ukraine to Russia will involve several steps. The Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (LPR and DPR) along with Kherson Region and part of Zaporozhye Region in southern Ukraine have voted to join Russia in referendums that were held between September 23 and 27. In Lugansk, over 98% of voters supported joining Russia, official figures show. Donetsk recorded similar results with more than 99% of voters supporting the proposal. Both Zaporozhye and Kherson regions had processed all ballots by late Tuesday, where respectively 93% and 87%…

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Washington Ponders Creating Digital Dollar By RT News The government has suggested that a US central bank cryptocurrency could be faster and more “inclusive”. US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has called for President Joe Biden’s administration to consider creating a central bank cryptocurrency and to start laying the technical groundwork for the so-called digital dollar right away. The new digital currency, as proposed by the Treasury Department, could “help preserve US global financial leadership and support the effectiveness of sanctions,” the White House said in a statement on Friday. It could also make the US payment system more “environmentally sustainable” and “promote financial inclusion and equity,” according to…

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Facebook Reported Users to FBI – Media By RT News Expressing ‘anti-authority’ beliefs in messages on Facebook can trigger an FBI investigation, DOJ sources told the New York Post. Facebook has been reporting users to the FBI’s domestic terrorism unit for nothing more than anti-authority sentiment, the New York Post reported on Wednesday, citing Justice Department (DOJ) sources. “Facebook provides the FBI with private conversations which are protected by the First Amendment without any subpoena,” the sources claimed, explaining this is done “outside the legal process and without probable cause.” Merely expressing concern about the legitimacy of the 2020 US…

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Germany Will Have ‘Best Equipped’ Army in Europe By RT News Germany Will Have ‘Best Equipped’ Army in Europe. The German military should assume a leading role in beefing up European security, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has said. He also pledged more funding for the country’s armed forces while naming Russia as the primary adversary for the foreseeable future. Speaking at a Bundeswehr conference in Berlin on Friday, Scholz said his government’s priority was to turn the country’s military into a “foundation pillar” of Europe’s defense. He cited Russia’s offensive against Ukraine as the turning point that prompted Berlin to reassess its…

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Push for Unipolar World ‘Turning Ugly’ – Putin By RT News The Russian president discussed key foreign policy issues with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. Current attempts to push for a unipolar world “have taken an absolutely ugly form lately, which the overwhelming majority of nations of the planet find unacceptable,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday. The remark came as he met his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Russia and China “stand together for a just, democratic, multipolar world order based on international law and the central…

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Zelensky Guard Appears to Wear Nazi Insignia By RT News A photo released by the presidential office showed him with a soldier apparently boasting an SS symbol. One of the armed guards of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has been spotted with insignia resembling a symbol of Nazi Germany unit used during World War II. The image shared by the office of the leader was made during his visit to the recently re-captured town of Izyum on Wednesday. The controversial skull-and-bones image was featured on the back of a heavily armed Ukrainian trooper, who appeared to be part of Zelensky’s security…

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US Impeded Independent Research Into Covid Origins – Lancet By RT News Washington barred scientists from its laboratories manipulating SARS-CoV-like viruses, the British medical journal claimed. The US has prevented independent research into the origins of the Covid-19 virus, a report by the Lancet Commission has asserted. Washington barred the researchers from accessing relevant laboratories and refused to disclose full information on American studies of the virus, the document, published in the British medical journal on Wednesday, outlined. “Independent researchers have not yet investigated the US laboratories engaged in the laboratory manipulation of SARS-CoV-like viruses,” the report said while discussing the potential origins…

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BRICS Growing Stronger and Challenging West By RT News The influence of the emerging economies is on the rise, says Wang Wen from the Chongyang Institute. Trade between BRICS partners, Russia and China, has been hitting record highs despite Western sanctions, Executive Dean of the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies (RDCY) Wang Wen told RT on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok. He pointed out that now is the best time to strengthen economic cooperation. Wang also indicated that more countries want to join BRICS, including Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Afghanistan. “So, I think that means a new civilization…

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Dmitry Trenin: This Russia-China Founded Bloc Represents Half the World’s Population and Will Help Forge the New World Order By RT News The international system is going through a deep crisis and the group is poised to achieve greater relevance Dmitry Trenin is a Research Professor at the Higher School of Economics and a Lead Research Fellow at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations. He is also a member of the Russian International Affairs Council.  Over 20 years after it began as an attempt at cooperation between five-Russian led post-Soviet states and an emerging China, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization…

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How Some Western ‘Fans’ of Ukraine are Turning the Conflict Into a Paid-for Blood Sport? By RT News From Zelensky bobbleheads to sponsoring painted bombs, people are being lured into the conflict as a form of perverse entertainment. For many Westerners, watching the conflict in Ukraine is a lot like watching a spectator sport. It’s a mindset exacerbated by the bombardment of pro-Ukrainian propaganda in the media, through the mythmaking of fictional Ukrainian superheroes and the dehumanization of Russians – including civilians. And now, that indulgence in violence has taken on a new level, becoming almost like an interactive video…

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