Russian Bookstores Sell New Constitution Ahead of Vote on Putin’s Reforms

Russian bookstores have already started selling copies of the country’s amended Constitution even though a public vote to approve it won’t happen until July 1, the RBC news website reported Tuesday. The constitutional amendments, in addition to adding social guarantees to Russia’s basic law, reset Putin’s four previous terms as president, allowing him two additional…


Key Witness in Serebrennikov’s Fraud Trial Claims ‘Severe Pressure’ From Investigators

A key witness in a multimillion-dollar criminal fraud case involving prominent theater director Kirill Serebrennikov has claimed that investigators obtained her testimony under duress, the Kommersant business daily reported Monday. Serebrennikov is suspected of embezzling 133 million rubles ($1.9 million) in a case that his supporters have criticized as politically motivated. The artistic director of…


Russia to Install ‘Orwell’ Facial Recognition Tech in Every School – Vedomosti

More than 43,000 Russian schools will be equipped with facial recognition cameras ominously named “Orwell,” the Vedomosti business daily reported Tuesday. The state technology firm Rusnano’s Orwell platform is described as a image-recognition monitoring system that uses computer vision algorithms. It will be integrated with face recognition developed by NTechLab, a subsidiary of Russian President…


Changeover of shift workers underway at Chayandinskoye field

News from projects and regions June 16, 2020, 16:00 On June 15 and 16, 169 shift workers of Gazprom Dobycha Noyabrsk arrived at the Chayandinskoye field in Yakutia. Most of the duty staff at the production site who have completed their three-month shift will be changed over. The shift period was extended in line with the measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus infection. Another 150 employees…


Kadyrov Accused of Masterminding Murder Plot Against Georgian TV Host Who Insulted Putin

Georgia has arrested a Russian national suspected of being hired to kill a journalist who insulted President Vladimir Putin live on air, with the would-be victim’s boss claiming that Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov ordered the killing. Television host Giorgi Gabunia ignited backlash last summer when he opened his broadcast with a minute of graphic vulgarity…


Samotlorneftegaz Increases Associated Petroleum Gas Utilization Rate to over 98%

Samotlorneftegaz, an enterprise of Rosneft Oil Company’s oil and gas production complex, raised the level of the associated petroleum gas (APG) utilization to 98.4% in 2019.

Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Rise Past 545K

Moscow lifted restrictions including compulsory travel passes on Tuesday, a move welcomed by residents who rushed out to enjoy the streets and parks. Many other regions are lifting lockdown restrictions as Russia is preparing to hold a July 1 national vote despite the pandemic.    President Vladimir Putin is seeking public backing for constitutional amendments that would…