Passenger Union Eyes BlaBlaCar Ban in Russia – Reports

The popular ride-sharing service BlaBlaCar risks being banned in Russia as a passenger association seeks legislative help in cracking down on illegal buses, the pro-Kremlin Izvestia newspaper reported Tuesday. About one-third of 900,000 bus carriers in Russia are uninsured and operate without undergoing checkups, obtaining the required permits or paying taxes, according to the All-Russian…

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PhosAgro 2Q 2019 Fertilizer and MCP Output up 5.8% y-o-y to 2.4 mln t

Moscow – PhosAgro (MOEX/LSE ticker: PHOR), one of the world’s leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers, announces its operating results for 2Q and 1H 2019. Overall output of phosphate-based and nitrogen-based fertilizers in 2Q increased by 6.4% and 3.9% year-on-year respectively, while sales declined by 3.9% year-on-year to 2.2 million tonnes. PhosAgro’s production and sales…

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An Overview of Russian Opposition Figures Sentenced Over Mass Election Rally

All of the opposition candidates running in Moscow’s local elections have been placed under arrest or sentenced to jail over a mass protest that rocked Moscow on Saturday in an unprecedented act.  Nearly 1,400 demonstrators were detained, some violently, during Saturday’s rally to demand that opposition-minded candidates be allowed onto the ballot in Moscow’s city…

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Vladimir Kara-Murza Dies at 59

On Sunday morning July 28, the journalist Vladimir Kara-Murza (senior) passed away after a long illness. His son, Vladimir, who is also a prominent journalist and an opposition politician, announced that his father had died at “8 o’clock in the morning on his name-day.” He was 59 years old. Kara-Murza was a historian who became…

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Siberian Wildfires Swell to Crimea-Sized Area, Authorities Say Extinguishing Them Is ‘Pointless’

Massive wildfires sweeping through Russia have spread to an area the size of annexed Crimea as regional authorities have been slow to declare emergencies and firefighting efforts have been scaled back. Scientists have observed an “unprecedented” number of wildfires in Siberia and the Russian Arctic since June. Russian authorities have said a combination of lightning…

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‘The Political Regime Against the People’: The Reactions to Moscow’s Election Protest and Crackdown

A mass protest that rocked Moscow on Saturday was marked by one of the biggest crackdowns in recent years against an increasingly defiant opposition decrying President Vladimir Putin’s tight grip on power.  The protest, which demanded that the authorities allow opposition-minded candidates onto the ballot in Moscow’s city council elections, has drawn international attention to…

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Moscow Warns U.K. Media of Consequences After London Fines RT News Channel

Russia‘s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday warned British media operating in Russia that they should be ready to face the consequences after a British regulator fined Russia‘s RT state-financed TV channel. Moscow was responding after Ofcom, Britain’s media regulator, earlier on Friday fined RT £200,000 ($248,740) for breaching broadcasting impartiality rules in its coverage of the poisoning…

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PhosAgro’s Domestic Fertilizer Sales Rise by 14.3% year-on-year to 1.65 million tons in 1H 2019

Moscow – Russia’s largest mineral fertilizer distribution network PhosAgro-Region (a PhosAgro subsidiary) increased the total volume of mineral fertilizer sales to Russian agricultural producers by 14.3% year-on-year to 1.65 million tonnes in 1H 2019. Sales of PhosAgro mineral fertilizers to the domestic market increased by 17.4% year-on-year to 1.4 million tonnes in 1H 2019, while…

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RT Fined by British Regulator for Breaking Broadcast Rules over Skripal and Syria

Britain’s media regulator fined Russia‘s RT £200,000 ($248,740) for breaching broadcasting impartiality rules in its coverage of the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal, the policies of Ukraine and the conflict in Syria. Relations between London and Moscow sank to a post-Cold War low over the 2018 poisoning of Skripal, a mole who betrayed hundreds of Russian…

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Russia to Ban Atlantic Council Think Tank Over ‘Security Threat’

Russia said Thursday it was preparing to ban the Atlantic Council, a think-tank formerly run by the U.S. ambassador to Moscow, which Russia‘s prosecutor general described as a security threat. “It has been established that the activities of this organization present a threat to the fundamentals of the constitutional order and security of the Russian Federation,” the prosecutor…

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Don’t Discriminate Against Russia’s Rich, Top Senator Says

Rich Russians should not be discriminated against, the country’s senate speaker has said days after Forbes published a ranking of the 100 wealthiest civil servants.  Regional deputies, governors and federal executive and legislative officials collectively earned 71 billion rubles ($1.1 billion) in 2018, Forbes Russia said earlier this month. The business magazine used the incomes…

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TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom supplied equipment for VVER fuel fabrication at Yibin plant in China

TVEL JSC has supplied to China a batch of Russian-made equipment for VVER fuel fabrication at Yibin plant (Sichuan province), an enterprise of China National Nuclear Corporation’s nuclear fuel division. The consignment includes three installations for production of fuel rods, in particular, a welding complex, a rod geometry control system and VVER fuel rod lacquering…

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Completio of Mii-Mill Balakovo Sale

July 25, 2019 PAO Severstal, one of the world’s leading steel and steel-related mining companies, announces that it has completed the sale transaction of Mini-Mill Balakovo to Abinsk Electric Steel Works LTD. The consideration of the transaction is $215 million. The sale of Mini-Mill Balakovo will enable Severstal to focus fully on steel production at…

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Russia Moves to Legalize Bowhunting

Russian lawmakers have passed legislation to allow bow-and-arrow hunting. Possession of bows for purposes other than sport and research is currently prohibited in Russia. Around 1 million unlicensed bows, crossbows and similar ranged weapons are owned by “hundreds of thousands” of Russians, lawmakers cite official data as saying. A newly passed bill distinguishes throwing weapons…

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Putin Loyalists Clash in Public Oil Feud

The blame game over a contamination scandal in Russia’s oil industry has breached President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. Igor Sechin, head of Rosneft, the world’s biggest publicly-traded oil company, and Nikolai Tokarev, the boss of Transneft, the world’s largest pipeline network, are embroiled in an unusually public and rancorous dispute over their companies’ responses to…

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