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09.12.2019 Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokolzew announced that since April 2019 around 160,000 applications for Russian citizenship have been made by residents of the self-proclaimed People's Republics of Donetsk (DNR) and Luhansk (LNR) in eastern Ukraine. 125,000 people have already received Russian citizenship. At the end of April 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree to facilitate the granting of Russian citizenship to residents of the DNR and LNR. 09.12.2019 The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced that it will deprive Russian athletes of the right to participate in international sports competitions for four years. Russian athletes who are not guilty of doping are still allowed to start under a neutral flag. 09.12.2019 The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced that the exclusion of Russia from international sporting events in the next four years will also affect the Russian national football team. This may only start under a neutral flag at the World Cup in Qatar in 2022. 09.12.2019 In Paris, Russian President Vladimir Putin, his counterparts from France, Emmanuel Macron, and Ukraine, Volodymyr Selensky, and Chancellor Angela Merkel are meeting for the first time in three years in what is known as the "Normandy format" to discuss the situation in eastern Ukraine . It is the first personal meeting of Putin and Selensky since his election in April 2019. At the press conference that followed, Putin was satisfied with the talks. 09.12.2019 Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signs an ordinance dismissing Irina Golosnaja as head of the Federal Service for the Regulation of the Alcohol Market. Golosnaya was arrested in November on suspicion of abuse of office, but has since been released for procedural errors. 10.12.2019 In Munich, the former mayor of Moscow Yuriy Lushkov dies at the age of 84 after a heart operation. Lushkov was Moscow's mayor from 1992 to 2010. During his term of office, the Moscow building boom fell at the turn of the millennium. At the same time, he was accused of corruption and the destruction of the historic centers. In 2010 he was dismissed from his post by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. The dismissal was justified with a loss of confidence. 10.12.2019 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his American counterpart Michael Pompeo meet in Washington. Among other things, questions of interference in the internal affairs of both countries by the respective opposing side are discussed. At the same time, Russia expressed its willingness to extend the START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty), which expires in 2021 and aims to reduce the nuclear arsenals of Russia and the USA. The US had announced that an extension of the contract in its current form beyond 2021 was unlikely. 11.12.2019 After a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Trump warned Lavrov of Russia's interference in the US presidential elections in 2020. Lavrov, on the other hand, was astonished that this topic was not discussed at the meeting. 12.12.2019 In response to the expulsion of two Russian diplomats from Germany in connection with the so-called "Tiergarten murder" in August 2019, Russia expelled two German embassy employees from the country. This reaction is justified with the principle of reciprocity laid down in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961. 12.12.2019 According to official information, 14 people were injured in a fire on the Russian aircraft carrier "Admiral Kuznetsov", one person died and two others are missing. The fire broke out in the hold as a result of welding work. 12.12.2019 Russian President Vladimir Putin is releasing the governor of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, Aleksandr Levintal, into retirement by decree. At the same time, Putin appoints Rostislav Goldstejn as Levintal's successor. Goldsteyn has been a member of the Federation Council for the region since 2015. 13.12.2019 In Murmansk, an officer missing after a fire on the aircraft carrier "Admiral Kuznetsov" is found dead. This increases the death toll to two. The fire broke out on December 12, 2019 during repair work. 16.12.2019 The Basmannyj District Court in Moscow sentenced former Finance Minister of Moscow Oblast Alexei Kuznetsov to 14 years in prison for embezzlement. The court found Kuznetsov guilty of embezzlement, money laundering and fraud in 22 cases. He and his accomplices are said to have embezzled a total of 14 billion rubles (around 202 million euros) between 2005 and 2008. 17.12.2019 According to a recent survey by "Levada-Zentr", the attitude of Russians towards the USA and the EU has changed positively since 2018. According to this, 47% have a positive attitude towards the USA, 52% towards the EU. In May 2018, 20% said they saw the relationship with the USA as positive, 28% said this about the EU. 19.12.2019 The 15th annual press conference of Russian President Vladimir Putin will take place in Moscow in front of 1,895 accredited journalists. Putin criticizes, among other things, the exclusion of Russia from international sporting events as a political decision. He also announced countermeasures against the sanctions imposed by the USA for the construction of the "Nord Stream 2" gas pipeline and expressed hope for an agreement in the Donbass war. 19.12.2019 In an exchange of fire in front of the main building of the Federal Security Service (FSB) on the Lubyanskaya Ploshchad in Moscow, an FSB employee is killed and five people are injured, including a civilian. The assassin is killed. The investigative committee initiates an investigation. 19.12.2019 Russia and Ukraine will reach an agreement in principle on gas transit through Ukraine to the European Union from January 1, 2020. However, according to the negotiators, the negotiating partners still have to agree to the protocol that has been drawn up. 20.12.2019 The shooter who opened fire in front of the main building of the Federal Security Service (FSB) on December 19, 2019 is identified as Yevgeny Manjurov. The 39-year-old Manjurow had been trained on the weapon at the DOSAAF ("Dobrowolnoje obschtschestwo sodejstwija armii, awiazii i flotu"). He was killed in the incident. The DOSAAF was founded in 1951 and continued to exist as an independent organization after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. 20.12.2019 The spokeswoman for the Investigation Committee, Svetlana Petrenko, announced that the second FSB officer who was injured in the shooting on December 19, 2019 on the Lubyanskaya Ploshchad, also died from his injuries. 20.12.2019 Russia and Ukraine sign the protocol agreed on December 19 on the continuation of gas transit through Ukraine from January 1, 2020. 24.12.2019 Ruslan Schaweddinow, an employee of the "Fond borby s korrupzijej" (German: "Anti-Corruption Fund") founded by opposition politician Aleksej Navalnyj, is said to have been forced to do military service, according to Navalnyj. According to a decision by the Moscow City Court, Shaweddinov was picked up from his apartment on December 23 and taken to a military base in the Arctic. He had found himself in a legal battle about his unfit for military service. 25.12.2019 The human rights organization "Memorial" announced that with today's ruling by the Tverskoy District Court in Moscow on the payment of a fine totaling 400,000 rubles (about 5,700 euros), the total amount of the fines imposed for violating the so-called "Agent Law" 3, 5 million rubles (about 50,000 euros). "Memorial" was added to the list in 2014, the international organization of "Memorial" has been in the register since 2016. 26.12.2019 In Moscow, the office and studio of the "Youtube" channel of the foundation "Fond borby s korrupzijej" founded by opposition politician Aleksej Navalnyj are searched. According to Navalnyj, the search was based on a legal dispute over the removal of a video published in 2017 about charitable foundations of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, through which he is said to have personally enriched himself. 27.12.2019 The Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA officially files a complaint with the world anti-doping agency WADA against the suspension of Russia from all international sporting events for the next four years on December 9, 2019. Russian athletes who have not been proven doping should still have the opportunity to start under a neutral flag. 28.12.2019 Russian President Vladimir Putin signs a law that sets the minimum wage at 12,130 rubles (about 175 euros) a month from January 1, 2020. This corresponds exactly to the subsistence level of the 2nd quarter of 2019. Compared to the previous year, the minimum wage increases by 7.5%. The minimum subsistence level set by the state since 1997 corresponds to the poverty line. 07.01.2020 Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in Damascus for talks with Syrian head of state Bashar al-Assad. The content of the talks is the military situation in the different regions of the country. 08.01.2020 Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in the celebrations for the commissioning of the Turkstream gas pipeline in the capital, Istanbul. The pipeline will connect the southern Russian coastal city of Anapa with Turkey. In addition, Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan meet for a one-on-one conversation. The topic of the conversation is the situation in Syria and Libya.09.01.2020 The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) appeals to the international sports court in the dispute over the ban of Russian athletes in international competitions in the next four years. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) had officially filed a complaint against the decision of WADA. 11.01.2020 German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Moscow to discuss tensions in the Middle East following the killing of senior Iranian General Kassem Soleimani in a US missile attack on January 3, 2020, as well as the situation in Syria and Libya . Both parties emphasized that they are still interested in the implementation of the nuclear agreement with Iran. Merkel also assured that the "Nord Stream 2" gas pipeline would be completed despite US sanctions. The project is crucial for diversifying the pipeline infrastructure.