Russian Runner Suspended for Working With Banned Coach – Reports

Russian runner Artyom Denmukhametov has been provisionally suspended for working with banned coach Vladimir Kazarin, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said on Friday. Athletes are not allowed to receive training, strategy, nutritional or medical advice from coaches or medical staff serving doping bans, according to World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules — and they face sanctions if…

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The flagship project of the Russian VVER-TOI NPP was found to comply with the EUR requirements

European power generation companies agreed that the most advanced Russian project of the VVER-TOI NPP complies with the European Utility Requirement (EUR). The ceremony of handing of the corresponding certificate was held in St. Petersburg on June 13.  Atomenergoproekt JSC (a company of Rosatom engineering division) is the general designer of VVER-TOI, Hydropress Design Bureau…

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Putin Sacks High-Ranking Police Generals Over Golunov Case

Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed two high-ranking police generals involved in the case against investigative journalist Ivan Golunov. Major General Yuri Devyatkin, the head of the Interior Ministry’s drug trafficking department, and Major General Andrei Puchkov, head of the Interior Ministry’s Moscow department, were dismissed Thursday, according to a Kremlin decree. Interior Minister Vladimir…

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Giant Russian Passport Carried in Eastern Ukraine on Russia Day

Activists in eastern Ukraine’s separatist republic of Luhansk marked Russia Day by carrying a gigantic Russian passport through the streets. Russian President Vladimir Putin in April signed a decree to expedite the process of naturalization for residents of separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine. The Kremlin said Putin enacted the measures to protect the rights of the area’s…

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Moscow: The City That Never Sleeps

Nightlife in Moscow is about more than just its nightclubs.

The city’s potpourri of activities, people, landmarks and cultures is what it’s already famous for during the day, but when the sun goes down, everything shines in a new light.

Here’s a look at what the city does in the shadows:

Putin Vows to Back Moldovan President in Fight Against ‘Usurpers’

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has vowed to support embattled Moldovan President Igor Dodon against “usurpers” in the country’s ongoing constitutional crisis. On Sunday, Moldova’s constitutional court suspended Dodon’s powers and appointed former Prime Minister Pavel Filip as the country’s acting president. Dodon’s ministers have refused to resign, resulting in two separate governments claiming power in…

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Trump Considers Sanctions on European Firms Over Russia’s Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he was considering sanctions over Russia’s Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project — which the United States has told European companies to avoid — and warned Germany against being dependent on Russia for the fuel. “We’re protecting Germany from Russia and Russia is getting billions and billions of dollars…

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Accreditation of journalists for Gazprom’s General Shareholders Meeting

Message to the Media June 13, 2019, 10:15 Dear members of the media and representatives of investment and finance companies, Gazprom’s annual General Shareholders Meeting will take place at the EXPOFORUM Convention and Exhibition Centre in St. Petersburg (64/1 Peterburgskoye Shosse) on June 28, 2019, starting at 10:00 am (Moscow time). A press center for the accredited members of the media and representatives of investment and finance companies will…

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Russia and Turkey Broker Ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib, Russian Media Reports

Russia and Turkey have brokered a complete ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib province between Syrian government forces and rebels, Russian news agencies cited the Russian military as saying on Wednesday. The Russian military said the ceasefire applied to the so-called Idlib de-escalation zone and had led to a significant reduction in violence on Wednesday, Russian news…

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Putin Was Personally Involved in Decision to Free Detained Journalist, Publisher Says

Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally involved in the decision to free investigative journalist Ivan Golunov, one of the men who reportedly negotiated Golunov’s release told the Bell business outlet on Tuesday.  Late last week, Golunov was detained and charged with drug trafficking in what critics said was a set-up punishing him for his anti-corruption investigations.…

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$70M Worth of Cocaine Seized at Russian Port

Russian customs officials have seized 400 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a shipping container transporting canned fish from Ecuador, the Federal Customs Service (FTS) said in a statement Tuesday. The contraband was seized in coordination with federal anti-drug officials and local police on Monday, the FTS said. When the shipping container was opened, officers reportedly…

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4-Day Work Week ‘Likely in Future,’ Russia’s Prime Minister Says

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has suggested that a four-day work week will likely be adopted in the future to help workers overcome burnout syndrome and chronic fatigue. Last month, the World Health Organization classified burnout syndrome as an occupational phenomenon resulting from workplace stress that leads to exhaustion and mental distance. According to a report…

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Russian Police Drop Case Against Investigative Journalist After Public Outcry

Russia’s Interior Ministry has ruled to end the drug trafficking case against investigative journalist Ivan Golunov, Russian media reported Tuesday. The anti-corruption reporter’s detention and charging last week led to a national outcry among Russian journalists and human rights activists, who described it as a case against media freedom. His colleagues at the Meduza news website…

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PhosAgro CEO Andrey Guryev Joins Panel Session on “Identifying the Future Industrial Leaders” at SPIEF’19

St. Petersburg – PhosAgro CEO Andrey Guryev took part in a panel session on “Identifying the Future Industrial Leaders” during which he set forth his vision of PhosAgro’s digital transformation as a way to retain the company’s leadership on the global fertiliser market.   According to Guryev, awareness of the need to digitalise key production and…

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Rosatom opens a branch in Saudi Arabia

June 10, 2019, Moscow – During the 6th session of the Russian-Saudi Arabian intergovernmental commission on trade, economic, scientific and technological cooperation, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak confirmed Russia’s plans to develop active partnership with Saudi Arabia in the peaceful use of nuclear technologies and announced the opening of a Rusatom Overseas branch in Riyadh.…

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Russia Says It Intercepted U.S., Swedish Spy Jets Over Baltic Sea

Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Tuesday its Su-27 jet intercepted U.S. and Swedish reconnaissance planes over the Baltic Sea where NATO is holding Baltops 2019 naval drills. “On June 10, Russia airspace control means over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea detected two air targets approaching Russia‘s state border,” the ministry said in a statement. It also said…

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Why Russia’s Leading Papers Joined Forces In Solidarity With Arrested Journalist

Three of Russia’s leading newspapers coordinated with each other to publish almost identical front pages Monday in solidarity with arrested investigative journalist Ivan Golunov. The move is unprecedented in Russia. Vedomosti, RBC and Kommersant’s front page headlines all read “I/We Are Ivan Golunov,” and the accompanying stories asked for a detailed investigation into the actions…

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Kremlin Says ‘Errors Are Possible’ in Golunov Case

It’s possible that mistakes were made during last week’s arrest of prominent investigative reporter Ivan Golunov on large-scale drug trafficking charges, the Kremlin has said. Anti-corruption journalist Golunov was detained and formally charged in a case that has drawn international attention to Russia’s media climate. The Interior Ministry on Friday published nine photos that it…

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Russian Ally Kazakhstan Elects Longtime Leader’s Successor

Kazakhstan‘s interim president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the chosen successor of veteran ruler Nursultan Nazarbayev who retains sweeping powers, has won a snap presidential election with nearly 71 percent of the vote, according to early results on Monday. Nazarbayev, who ruled oil producer Kazakhstan for almost three decades, handpicked the 66-year-old career diplomat as his successor when…

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3 Russian Papers Publish Identical Front Pages in Support of Arrested Journalist

Three of Russia’s leading newspapers published identical front pages Monday in solidarity with investigative journalist Ivan Golunov. The move by the Kommersant, RBC and Vedomosti newspapers is unprecedented in Russia. The newspapers, whose front pages read “I/We Are Ivan Golunov,” asked for a detailed investigation into the actions of the police officers involved in Golunov’s…

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