Top stories of the morning: USA again denied visas to Russian diplomats, lawyer of families of Heroes of Heaven hundreds stopped her hunger strike, document on impeachment of Trump was published
The United States refused to issue visas to the delegation of the Federal Treasury of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as to the director of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Department for Work with Compatriots Abroad Oleg Malginov, according to the information on the website of the Russian Embassy in the United States. The delegation was to arrive in Washington on December 3 to attend the conference. Malginov, in turn, was to take part in the youth forum in New York, which was held from November 28 to 29.
The Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine for Human Rights Lyudmila Denisova visited the national guard serviceman convicted in Italy Vitaliy Markiv, and called on the Ukrainian authorities to determine his status. The Ombudsperson noted that for Markiv, “this meeting was expected and extremely important.” Denisova recalled that the case in which he is serving a sentence is based on the testimony of a single witness, and the investigation did not conduct any expert examinations. In the documents of the prosecution, Markiv was part of paramilitary structures. Although in fact he was a member of the National Guard. Denisova noted that the National Guard was thus recognized as a temporary formation, which Russia can use in the future.
Yevhenia Zakrevska, lawyer for the family of Heroes of Heavenly Hundred, ends a hunger strike because parliament passed an amendment to the law on the State Bureau of Investigation, which allows the investigation of Maidan cases to be resumed: “We stop the hunger strike, but do not stop monitoring the government’s implementation of the action plan to resume the Maidan investigation and do not lose public attention over these matters. As soon as the attention of society vanishes, the priority for the authorities disappears and the collapse begins,” she wrote on social networks.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted in second reading Presidential Bill No. 2300 on the abolition of the state monopoly on the production of alcohol from January 1, 2020. The decision was supported by 284 MPs. The bill provides for the possibility for business entities of any form to produce alcohol subject to the receipt of an appropriate license, as well as full liberalization of alcohol exports from Ukraine. At the same time, to protect the domestic commodity producer, the bill provides that only state-authorized enterprises authorized by the Cabinet can import alcohol before January 1, 2022.
The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has released an impeachment report accusing President Donald Trump of abuse of power, according to The New York Times. The document says that Trump put pressure on Ukraine, which was supposed to help him win the 2020 presidential election, and subsequently obstructed Congress’s attempts to investigate. According to the publication, the approval of the report will initiate the next stage of impeachment – debate at the House Committee on the Judiciary. If most members of the House of Representatives vote in favor of articles on impeachment, Trump will lose his presidency.
“Then the final formula will be modelled [for exchange of prisoners – Ed.]. However, as long as the verification of the majority of the exchange participants has not been carried out, it can be assumed that will be possible to exchange a little more than 200 people in total,” the message says.