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  • Russia to Build Nuclear Reactors in Uzbekistan

    Russia to Build Nuclear Reactors in Uzbekistan

    Russia will help Uzbekistan build small-scale nuclear reactors as part of an agreement signed during President Vladimir Putin’s visit to the Central Asian country, the state-run TASS news agency reported Monday. Since 2018, Moscow and Tashkent have been in talks on building the first-ever nuclear power plant in Uzbekistan, which is the world’s fifth top…

  • In Photos: National Folklore Festival Gets Underway in Tatarstan

    In Photos: National Folklore Festival Gets Underway in Tatarstan

    Russia’s Karavon Folklore Festival took place in the republic of Tatarstan’s village of Russkoye Nikolskoye on Sunday. The festival aims to promote “traditional Russian culture,” popularize folklore and award the best folk performances. Over 170 musical groups, dance troupes and other performers from across Russia were scheduled to appear at the festival. The event also…

  • Russian Army General Popov Kept in Pre-Trial Detention on Fraud Charges

    Russian Army General Popov Kept in Pre-Trial Detention on Fraud Charges

    A Russian military court has rejected a request to transfer Major General Ivan Popov to house arrest and ruled to keep him in pre-trial detention for two months, the independent news website Mediazona reported Monday. Popov, whose May 17 arrest was first reported last week, is accused of misappropriating more than 130 million rubles ($1.5…

  • German Ex-Soldier Found Guilty of Spying for Moscow

    German Ex-Soldier Found Guilty of Spying for Moscow

    A German ex-soldier was sentenced to three and a half years in prison on Monday for sharing secret military information with Russia following the outbreak of war in Ukraine. A court in Duesseldorf found the defendant, identified only as Thomas H., guilty of passing information from his job at a military procurement office to the…

  • Russian Police Probe Mass Street Brawl, Shootout in Chelyabinsk

    Russian Police Probe Mass Street Brawl, Shootout in Chelyabinsk

    Russian law enforcement authorities have launched a criminal investigation into a mass street brawl and shootout in the city of Chelyabinsk over the weekend that reportedly involved Ukraine war veterans. In a video of the fight published by local media, a group of men could be seen beating a man lying face down on the ground…

  • Ukraine Strikes Russian Early-Warning System in Orenburg – Report

    Ukraine Strikes Russian Early-Warning System in Orenburg – Report

    Ukraine has carried out an attack on a Russian early-warning radar system in the southern Orenburg region, the news website Ukrainska Pravda reported Monday, citing an anonymous Ukrainian military intelligence source. “A Ukrainian drone has covered a distance of more than 1,800 kilometers to the enemy’s facility, setting a new record for the range of…

  • 1 Killed, 3 Injured in Ukrainian Drone Attack on Russian Gas Station

    1 Killed, 3 Injured in Ukrainian Drone Attack on Russian Gas Station

    One person was killed and three others were injured Monday in a Ukrainian drone attack on a gas station in Russia’s Oryol region, local officials said Monday. “A drone fell this morning on the territory of a gas station in the town of Livny,” said Oryol region Governor Andrei Klychkov, adding that the facade of…

  • Pushkin House Shortlists Elena Kostyuchenko’s ‘I Love Russia’ for 2024 Book Prize

    Pushkin House Shortlists Elena Kostyuchenko’s ‘I Love Russia’ for 2024 Book Prize

    After living for two weeks in a psycho-neurological internat, a facility where Russia confines those with psychiatric illnesses who have no relatives willing to care for them, journalist Elena Kostyuchenko believed she had seen the “real face of my state.” She spoke to women who were forcibly sterilized, showed a doctor poetry written by a…

  • Ukraine Shelling of Russian Border Town Kills 2 – Governor

    Ukraine Shelling of Russian Border Town Kills 2 – Governor

    Ukrainian shelling of a Russian town close to the border killed two people on Saturday, Belgorod region governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said. “Ukrainian armed forces fired on the settlement of Oktyabrsky from a rocket launcher. To my great sorrow, two people were killed: a man and a woman had numerous shrapnel wounds incompatible with life,” Gladkov…

  • Russian Strike on Kharkiv Hardware Store Kills Two – Official

    Russian Strike on Kharkiv Hardware Store Kills Two – Official

    A Russian strike on Saturday hit a store selling building materials in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, killing at least two people, its mayor said. “We know for sure about two dead,” Kharkiv mayor Ihor Terekhov wrote on Telegram, saying that according to preliminary information the strike hit a hypermarket for construction materials in…

  • Toll From Russian Strike On Kharkiv Hardware Store Rises to 14

    Toll From Russian Strike On Kharkiv Hardware Store Rises to 14

    The death toll from Russian strikes on a hardware store in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv rose to 14 Sunday, the regional governor said as rescuers searched the charred debris for bodies. Interior minister Igor Klymenko said earlier that 43 were injured and “16 people are considered missing”, after Russian strikes hit the Epitsentr…

  • Russia Says Captured Another Village in East Ukraine

    Russia Says Captured Another Village in East Ukraine

    Russia said on Saturday it had captured another village in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region, while Kyiv said Moscow was intensifying attacks away from the northeastern Kharkiv region. Russia’s Defense Ministry said that troops had “taken control of the village of Arkhanhelske,” located to the north of the city of Donetsk. The small frontline village is…

  • How to Ward Off Vampires and Foreigners: Garlic

    How to Ward Off Vampires and Foreigners: Garlic

    Garlic is the best way to keep vampires away, as everyone knows. Russia has never had much trouble with vampires, although it has plenty evil of its own kind. But garlic is a welcome ingredient in our historical cuisine. Many foreigners who visit Russia are perplexed by certain aspects of our traditional cuisine, such as…

  • Kadyrov Says Ally Khuchiyev Appointed Mishustin Aide

    Kadyrov Says Ally Khuchiyev Appointed Mishustin Aide

    The former head of the republic of Chechnya’s regional government, Muslim Khuchiyev, has been appointed as one of Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin’s aides, Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov said Friday. Khuchiyev stepped down on Tuesday as head of the Chechen government after nearly six years in office, making him the second Kadyrov ally to resign…

  • In Russia’s Coal-Mining Heartland, Opponents of Plan to Revive a Soviet Hydropower Plant Are Being Silenced

    In Russia’s Coal-Mining Heartland, Opponents of Plan to Revive a Soviet Hydropower Plant Are Being Silenced

    Like other infrastructure projects in the U.S.S.R., the Krapivinskaya hydropower plant was born at a time when the Soviets dreamt of bending the natural world to its will to fuel industrial growth.  Decades later, this rusting hulk of concrete and iron still looms above the Tom River in Siberia’s coal-rich Kemerovo region, half-finished and half-forgotten.…

  • At Least 6 Yekaterinburg Law Enforcement Officials Arrested on Various Charges – Reports

    At Least 6 Yekaterinburg Law Enforcement Officials Arrested on Various Charges – Reports

    At least six former and current law enforcement officials have been arrested on various charges in Russia’s third-largest city of Yekaterinburg over the past week, the independent news website Govorit NeMoskva reported Friday. Andrei Dyakov, who heads the anti-corruption department at the Sverdlovsk region branch of Russia’s Interior Ministry, was charged with abuse of power…

  • Romania Detains Man Suspected of Spying for Russia

    Romania Detains Man Suspected of Spying for Russia

    Romanian prosecutors announced Friday that they had ordered the arrest of a man suspected of spying for Moscow, while the government declared a Russian diplomat persona non grata. The arrest of a person suspected of spying marks the first of its kind in Romania since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine more than two years ago.…

  • Putin Ready to Freeze War on Current Battlefield Lines – Reuters

    Putin Ready to Freeze War on Current Battlefield Lines – Reuters

    President Vladimir Putin is seeking to negotiate a ceasefire deal with Ukraine that recognizes the current battlefield lines, Reuters reported Friday, citing several anonymous sources familiar with the matter. Reports about Putin’s alleged interest in seeking some kind of truce agreement have circulated for months, but the latest comes as Moscow wages a new offensive…

  • Russian Troops ‘Bogged Down’ in Battle for Vovchansk, Ukraine Says

    Russian Troops ‘Bogged Down’ in Battle for Vovchansk, Ukraine Says

    Russian forces have become “bogged down” trying to capture the Ukrainian border town of Vovchansk, Ukraine’s top general Oleksandr Syrsky said Friday, though fighting on the eastern front remains intense. Kyiv has been trying to push back against a Russian ground assault in the northeastern Kharkiv region since May 10, when thousands of Russian troops punched…

  • FSB Launches Sweeping Purge of Military Elites With Kremlin’s Approval

    FSB Launches Sweeping Purge of Military Elites With Kremlin’s Approval

    The recent arrests of five top Russian military officers are likely just the first of dozens of military figures who will be jailed in a sweeping purge by the security services, Russian government officials and sources close to the Kremlin and the Defense Ministry told The Moscow Times. Ostensibly an effort to stamp out military…

  • Putin Arrives in Belarus to Talk Security, Tactical Nuclear Weapons Drills

    Putin Arrives in Belarus to Talk Security, Tactical Nuclear Weapons Drills

    Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Belarus late Thursday for talks with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko expected to focus on security and joint tactical nuclear weapons exercises. Earlier this month, Putin ordered the Russian military to conduct tactical nuclear weapons exercises in response to Western “threats and provocations.” Belarus, which last year agreed to…

  • Senior Russian Defense Ministry Official Arrested for ‘Abuse of Power’

    Senior Russian Defense Ministry Official Arrested for ‘Abuse of Power’

    A senior procurement officer in Russia’s Defense Ministry has been charged with abuse of power, Russian law enforcement authorities announced late Thursday. Investigators accuse Vladimir Verteletsky of taking a bribe in relation to “work that was not carried out” under a government contract in 2022, according to Russia’s Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes. The law…

  • Kremlin Condemns Calls for Kyiv To Use U.S. Arms in Russia

    Kremlin Condemns Calls for Kyiv To Use U.S. Arms in Russia

    Moscow on Thursday attacked “hothead” U.S. lawmakers after mounting calls, including from House Speaker Mike Johnson, for Ukraine to be allowed to fire donated American weaponry into Russia. Johnson, the Republican Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, on Wednesday told journalists that it was “not a good policy” that U.S. weapons donated to Ukraine…

  • Putin Signs Decree Allowing for Seizure of U.S. Property in Russia 

    Putin Signs Decree Allowing for Seizure of U.S. Property in Russia 

    President Vladimir Putin on Thursday signed a decree that allows Moscow to take control of U.S. property as compensation for any seizure of frozen Russian assets in the United States. Washington and its European allies seized or blocked around $300 billion of Russian financial assets shortly after the full-scale invasion of Ukraine. In response to…

  • Ukraine War Disrupts Eagle Migration Patterns – Study

    Ukraine War Disrupts Eagle Migration Patterns – Study

    Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has led to significant disruptions in the migratory patterns of a vulnerable species of eagles, according to a new study, forcing the birds to travel increasingly longer distances as they fly to reach their breeding grounds. Greater spotted eagles, whose breeding grounds stretch from most of Eastern Europe to as…

  • Ukraine War Disruptes Eagle Migration Patterns – Study

    Ukraine War Disruptes Eagle Migration Patterns – Study

    Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has led to significant disruptions in the migratory patterns of a vulnerable species of eagles, according to a new study, forcing the birds to travel increasingly longer distances as they fly to reach their breeding grounds. Greater spotted eagles, whose breeding grounds stretch from most of Eastern Europe to as…

  • Estonia Says Russia Removed Buoys From Narva River Amid Border Dispute

    Estonia Says Russia Removed Buoys From Narva River Amid Border Dispute

    Estonia’s border guards on Thursday said their Russian counterparts had removed buoys overnight from the Narva River, which separates the two neighboring countries, amid a dispute over the shared border. Tallinn said it was only since the full-scale invasion of Ukraine that Moscow has contested the placement of the floating markers used to prevent boats…

  • Russia Downs Ukrainian Drone in Republic of Tatarstan

    Russia Downs Ukrainian Drone in Republic of Tatarstan

    Russian air defense systems on Thursday shot down a Ukrainian drone flying over the republic of Tatarstan, more than 1,000 kilometers northeast of the country’s border with Ukraine. Russia’s Defense Ministry said its anti-aircraft systems destroyed the drone at around 2:00 p.m. Moscow time, shortly after airports in the capital Kazan and the city of…

  • At Least 8 Killed in Moscow Region Hostel Fire

    At Least 8 Killed in Moscow Region Hostel Fire

    At least eight people were killed and one other was injured in a hostel fire in the Moscow region town of Istra, emergency officials said Friday. The fire broke out at 4:00 a.m. local time and was extinguished around five hours later, the Emergency Situations Ministry’s local branch said, according to the news agency Moskva. …

  • Alexey Likhachev and Ajit Kumar Mohanty visited the construction site of the world’s first IV generation energy complex

    The meeting was held in Seversk, Tomsk region. On May 23, 2024 a regular meeting was held between Alexey Likhachev, Director General of Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation, and Ajit Kumar Mohanty, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India. Leaders of Russia and India nuclear…

  • Woman Killed in Drone Strike on Russia’s Belgorod Region

    Woman Killed in Drone Strike on Russia’s Belgorod Region

    A woman was killed in a Ukrainian drone strike on southwestern Russia’s Belgorod region, local authorities said Thursday. Photos shared by Belgorod region Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov showed the second floor of a house that partially collapsed as a result of the attack. “Unfortunately, there was a victim — the body of a woman was found…

  • Norway Bans Entry to Russian Tourists

    Norway Bans Entry to Russian Tourists

    Norway on Thursday announced that it would restrict entry to Russian tourists, shutting their last direct access to Europe’s border-free Schengen area. “Russian citizens whose purpose is tourism and other non-essential travel will be rejected upon entry across the external border,” the Norwegian government said in a statement, adding that the new restrictions will take…

  • Deputy Chief of Russia’s General Staff Arrested for Bribery

    Deputy Chief of Russia’s General Staff Arrested for Bribery

    Updated with Peskov’s remarks. Russia has arrested a general on corruption allegations, state media reported Thursday, making him the third senior-ranking officer to face fraud-related criminal charges over the past month. A military court placed Lieutenant-General Vadim Shamarin in pre-trial detention until late July, the state-run TASS news agency reported, citing the court. “On May 22, the…

  • Memorial Designates Bashkir Activist Alsynov ‘Political Prisoner’

    Memorial Designates Bashkir Activist Alsynov ‘Political Prisoner’

    A prominent Bashkir activist whose imprisonment earlier this year sparked mass protests was designated a political prisoner by the Russian rights group Memorial on Wednesday. Fayil Alsynov was sentenced to four years in a penal colony in January on charges of “inciting interethnic hatred.” However, many observers believe he was targeted for campaigning against illegal…

  • Russian Woman Who Filmed Troops Sentenced to 12 Years for Treason

    Russian Woman Who Filmed Troops Sentenced to 12 Years for Treason

    A woman from Russia’s Far East has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for allegedly sharing footage of Russian troop movements with Ukraine, state media reported Wednesday, citing the local Federal Security Service (FSB) branch. The woman, identified as Chita resident A.Yu. Sulimova, was detained at age 21 on treason charges last July. Authorities accused her of…

  • Russia’s Proposal to Redraw Baltic Sea Borders Sparks Concern From Neighbors

    Russia’s Proposal to Redraw Baltic Sea Borders Sparks Concern From Neighbors

    A Russian Defense Ministry proposal to redraw Russia’s maritime borders in the Baltic Sea has sparked concern from Moscow’s neighbors in the region, with officials from Finland to Lithuania decrying what they describe as an attempt to sow confusion and destabilize regional security. While the Kremlin insisted Wednesday that the government draft resolution was not…

  • U.K. Says China Supplying Russia With ‘Lethal Aid’

    U.K. Says China Supplying Russia With ‘Lethal Aid’

    Beijing is sending or preparing to send “lethal aid” to Russia for use in the war against Ukraine, British Defense Secretary Grant Shapps said Wednesday, a claim that comes just days after President Vladimir Putin visited China to meet with his counterpart Xi Jinping. “Today I can reveal that we have evidence that Russia and…

  • Russia Jails Man 3.5 Years for Urging Friend to Surrender to Ukrainian Army

    Russia Jails Man 3.5 Years for Urging Friend to Surrender to Ukrainian Army

    A court in southern Russia’s Saratov region has sentenced a man to three and a half years in prison for trying to persuade his friend to surrender to the Ukrainian army, Russian media reported Wednesday. Federal Security Service (FSB) agents detained 31-year-old farmer Ilya Usoyan in the fall of 2023 on accusations of “repeatedly persuading” a Russian…

  • Russian Army Says Recaptured Village in Ukraine’s Luhansk

    Russian Army Says Recaptured Village in Ukraine’s Luhansk

    Russia said Wednesday that its forces retook Klishchiivka, one of only a handful of villages on the eastern front that Ukraine regained during its counteroffensive last summer. “Units of the Southern grouping of troops liberated the village of Klishchiivka” in the eastern Donetsk region, the Russian Defense Ministry said. Russian troops previously captured Klishchiivka in January…

  • Russia Returns 6 Children to Ukraine With Qatar’s Mediation 

    Russia Returns 6 Children to Ukraine With Qatar’s Mediation 

    Russia has returned six children to Ukraine with the help of Qatari mediators, Russian state media reported Wednesday. A video shared by the state-run TASS news agency showed the Qatari Ambassador in Moscow Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani shaking hands with the children, ages six to 17, at Qatar’s embassy. According to TASS, representatives from Russia’s presidential…

  • Man Killed in Cross-Border Shelling of Russia’s Belgorod

    Man Killed in Cross-Border Shelling of Russia’s Belgorod

    A man was killed and one other person was wounded in an attack on southwestern Russia’s Belgorod region, local authorities said Wednesday. Russia’s Defense Ministry said air defense systems had shot down six Ukrainian missiles early Wednesday morning. It said earlier that three Ukrainian drones were shot down over the Belgorod region overnight. Belgorod region…

  • U.S. Accuses Russia of Launching Space Weapon in American Satellite’s Orbit

    U.S. Accuses Russia of Launching Space Weapon in American Satellite’s Orbit

    Russia has launched a “counter-space weapon” into Earth’s orbit that may be able to attack an American government satellite, the Pentagon said Tuesday, coming amid recent accusations from both Washington and Moscow that each side is seeking to weaponize space. A Russian satellite that was launched into low Earth orbit on May 16 is likely…

  • Despite Putin’s Boasts, U.S. Sanctions Threat Cuts Vital Chinese Exports to Russia

    Despite Putin’s Boasts, U.S. Sanctions Threat Cuts Vital Chinese Exports to Russia

    President Vladimir Putin hailed Russia and China’s growing trade ties last week on his first foreign visit since winning re-election. According to the Russian leader, while a turnover of $100 billion in bilateral trade between Moscow and Beijing was considered a major success a few years ago, this figure now exceeds $200 billion. “Chinese data…

  • Russia Starts Tactical Nuclear Drills Near Ukraine

    Russia Starts Tactical Nuclear Drills Near Ukraine

    Russia on Tuesday announced the start of tactical nuclear weapons drills close to Ukraine, in what it said was a response to Western “threats.” Throughout its two-year offensive on Ukraine, Moscow has repeatedly talked up its arsenal of nuclear weapons and its readiness to deploy them if it senses an existential threat. The West has…

  • Russian Court Blocks Probe Into Kara-Murza Poisonings

    Russian Court Blocks Probe Into Kara-Murza Poisonings

    A Moscow court ruled Tuesday that investigators acted lawfully when they refused to look into two alleged murder attempts against the jailed Kremlin critic Vladimir Kara-Murza. Kara-Murza, 42, fell severely ill in 2015 and 2017 with symptoms that he said indicated he was poisoned, but Russia’s Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes, did not open…

  • Second Kadyrov Ally Steps Down as Chechnya’s Head of Government

    Second Kadyrov Ally Steps Down as Chechnya’s Head of Government

    Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov announced Tuesday that the head of the North Caucasus region’s government has stepped down, becoming the second high-ranking regional official to resign over the past week. “My dear brother Muslim Khuchiyev resigned as chairman of the government of the republic of Chechnya in connection with his transfer to another job,” Kadyrov…

  • Finland Moves to Restrict Asylum Seekers on Russian Border

    Finland Moves to Restrict Asylum Seekers on Russian Border

    The Finnish government on Tuesday introduced a bill into parliament that would allow authorities to turn away asylum seekers at the country’s border with Russia, an announcement that comes months after Helsinki first shuttered its eastern frontier over an influx of asylum seekers it says was organized by Moscow. Finland closed its border with Russia in…

  • How Russia’s ‘Covert Mobilization’ Finds Manpower for the War in Ukraine

    How Russia’s ‘Covert Mobilization’ Finds Manpower for the War in Ukraine

    Russia is likely to keep banking on various coercion tactics to bolster its military manpower in Ukraine, experts say, a strategy that has proven effective at ensuring a continuous supply of fresh recruits to the front lines for the past two years.  The Russian military has been pushing to capture more Ukrainian territory this month…

  • Russian Army General Arrested on Fraud Charges – Reports

    Russian Army General Arrested on Fraud Charges – Reports

    A Russian army general who previously oversaw the defense of occupied Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia region has been arrested on fraud charges, the state-run TASS news agency reported Tuesday, citing an anonymous source. “The ex-commander of the 58th Guards Combined Arms Army, Ivan Ivanovich Popov, was arrested on suspicion of fraud,” an unnamed law enforcement official was…

  • Russia Jails Hypersonic Missile Scientist 14 Years for Treason

    Russia Jails Hypersonic Missile Scientist 14 Years for Treason

    A Russian court on Tuesday sentenced a 77-year-old scientist to 14 years in prison on treason charges after he was accused of sharing top secret information related to Russia’s hypersonic missile program with Germany. The St. Petersburg City Court found Anatoly Maslov guilty of state treason and ordered him to serve 14 years in a…

  • Flooding Emergency Declared in Far East Russia’s Sakha

    Flooding Emergency Declared in Far East Russia’s Sakha

    Authorities in Far East Russia’s republic of Sakha (Yakutia) have declared a state of emergency after seasonal flooding submerged hundreds of homes and forced residents to move to temporary shelters. Nearly 450 homes and more than 550 land plots have been flooded since the Lena River, with a length of 4,294 kilometers, started overflowing last week…

  • Woman Killed in Ukrainian Drone Strike on Russia’s Belgorod

    Woman Killed in Ukrainian Drone Strike on Russia’s Belgorod

    A woman was killed and three others were wounded in a drone strike on western Russia’s Belgorod region, local authorities said Tuesday. “A kamikaze drone attacked a moving car where a driver and three passengers were sitting,” Belgorod region Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov wrote on Telegram, characterizing the strike as a “targeted attack on civilians.” “Sadly,…

  • Poland Arrests 9 Over Alleged Russian Sabotage Plots

    Poland Arrests 9 Over Alleged Russian Sabotage Plots

    Polish authorities have arrested nine members of an alleged Russian spy ring who are suspected of planning acts of sabotage throughout Europe, Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Monday. “We currently have nine suspects detained and indicted, who have been directly implicated in the name of Russian [intelligence] services in acts of sabotage in Poland,” Tusk…

  • Russia Fines Man Who Dyed Hair in Ukraine Flag Colors

    Russia Fines Man Who Dyed Hair in Ukraine Flag Colors

    A Moscow resident who dyed his hair in the colors of the Ukrainian flag has been found guilty of “discrediting the army” and fined, court documents showed. Stanislav Netesov visited a police station in April to report a crime after he was attacked at a bus stop, but after seeing his hair the officers decided…

  • Russian Director at Cannes Denounces Moscow Theater Trial

    Russian Director at Cannes Denounces Moscow Theater Trial

    Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov, competing for the Palme d’Or at Cannes, brandished a picture of two theater artists who went on trial in Moscow on Monday. “They did absolutely nothing wrong, they just put on a show and they have already been in prison for a year,” Serebrennikov told reporters at the film festival. The…

  • YouTube Blocks Anti-War Videos at Russia’s Request – Agentstvo

    YouTube Blocks Anti-War Videos at Russia’s Request – Agentstvo

    YouTube has blocked at least three videos that show viewers how to evade military service after it received a request from the Russian authorities, the investigative news outlet Agentstvo reported Monday. Russia’s state media watchdog Roskomnadzor notified YouTube between December and February that the three videos violated Russia’s law on information technology and information protection,…

  • Russian Court Upholds 27-Year Jail Term of Pro-War Blogger’s Killer

    Russian Court Upholds 27-Year Jail Term of Pro-War Blogger’s Killer

    A Moscow court on Monday upheld the 27-year jail sentence for Daria Trepova over the killing of prominent pro-war blogger and propagandist Maxim Fomin, better known as Vladlen Tatarsky. Trepova, 26, gifted Tatarsky a golden bust of himself at an April 2023 event in a St. Petersburg cafe popular among ultranationalists and pro-war figures. An explosive…

  • The first tier of the inner containment has been installed in the reactor building at Unit No. 1 of El-Dabaa NPP (Egypt)

    Board Chairman of the Nuclear Power Plants Authority of Egypt and First Deputy Director General for Nuclear Energy of ROSATOM checked the progress of the project work. On Thursday, May 16, 2024, the senior management of the El-Dabaa NPP construction project led by Dr. Amged El-Wakeel, Board Chairman of the Nuclear Power Plants Authority of…

  • The first tier of the inner containment has been installed into the design position in the reactor building at the first power unit of the El-Dabaa NPP (Egypt)

    Board Chairman of the Nuclear Power Plants Authority of Egypt and First Deputy Director General for Nuclear Energy of ROSATOM checked the progress of the project work. On Thursday, May 16, 2024, the senior management of the El-Dabaa NPP construction project led by Dr. Amged El-Wakeel, Board Chairman of the Nuclear Power Plants Authority of…

  • Russia’s Communist Party Leads Red Square Induction for Youth Movement

    Russia’s Communist Party Leads Red Square Induction for Youth Movement

    Russia’s Communist Party on Sunday marked Pioneer Day, a holiday dedicated to the Soviet Union’s Young Pioneers movement, with an induction ceremony for its modern-day youth organization on Red Square. While the Young Pioneers was dissolved when the U.S.S.R. collapsed, Russian lawmakers in 2022 approved the creation of a new youth movement in the style…

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