Over Half of Russian Military Police Have Syrian War Experience — Official

Around 60 percent of Russian military police officers have received wartime experience in Syria in fewer than three years of deployment, a Russian Defense Ministry official said Monday. Officers began patrolling the Golan Heights frontier between Syria and Israel in 2016 and installed observation posts in the area. “Currently around 60 percent of the military…

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See Death and Life in Dzerzhinsk

In a famous essay written shortly after the Second World War, Martin Heidegger draws a distinction between ancient and modern technology. Ancient technology is “gentle” insofar as it exemplifies a certain harmony with the environment. Modern technology is “violent” to the extent that it exhibits little regard for life-sustaining ecosystems. And in his “Industrial Zone”…

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Russian Journalist and Activist Briefly Detained in Amsterdam

Dutch police briefly detained a Russian journalist and a Russian human rights activist at Amsterdam airport on unknown charges, Novaya Gazeta reported Monday. Yelena Milashina, a journalist with the investigative Novaya Gazeta newspaper, and Milana Bakhayeva, an activist with the Memorial human rights NGO, reportedly arrived in Amsterdam to meet with activists investigating the plight…

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ATOMEXPO-2019 to Feature Discussion on the Contribution of Nuclear Technologies to Sustainable Development

On April 15–16, 2019, Russia’s southern city of Sochi will host the 11th International Forum ATOMEXPO, dedicated to the advanced nuclear technologies’ contribution to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Within a decade, the forum has transformed itself from a Russian nuclear industry event with occasional participation of foreign partners into a global…

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A delegation of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Nuclear Energy Agency visited Russia

On February 15, 2019 a delegation of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD/NEA) visited Russia. It was headed by the Agency’s Director General William Magwood IV. During the visit a framework agreement was signed on the Joint Initiative of OECD/NEA on nuclear education and staff training (NEST). From the Russian party…

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A delegation of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Nuclear Energy Agency visited Russia

On February 15, 2019 a delegation of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD/NEA) visited Russia. It was headed by the Agency’s Director General William Magwood IV.  During the visit a framework agreement was signed on the Joint Initiative of OECD/NEA on nuclear education and staff training (NEST). From the Russian…

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Gazprom Transgaz Ufa summarizes results of Breaking Barriers social project

News from projects and regions February 15, 2019, 17:15 Gazprom Transgaz Ufa, the Ministry of Family Affairs, Labor and Social Welfare of the Republic of Bashkortostan, and the Breaking Barriers Social Technologies Center looked back at the results of the eponymous inter-regional social project in 201 8. It was the sixth consecutive year that this noble endeavor gathered together thousands of children with…

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Belgian Intel Officer is a Suspected Russian Spy, Reports Say

An officer in Belgium’s military intelligence service is reportedly under investigation for spying for Russia. The unnamed officer was accused of providing a Serbian national, who is suspected of being a Russian agent, access to classified information, Belgium’s De Morgen newspaper reported. Read More Two Estonians Convicted of Spying for Russia The case reportedly reflects internal…

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Deputy Director General of ROSATOM Nikolai Spasskiy held negotiations in the Kyrgyz Republic

Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Kyrgyz Republic Andrei Krutko and Deputy Director General for International Relations of ROSATOM Nikolai Spasskiy February 13, 2019 held negotiations with Minister of Emergency Situations of the Kyrgyz Republic Nurbolot Mirzahmedov and met First Vice Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic Kubatbek Boronov. Director for…

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Gazprom and CNPC discuss planned supplies of Russian gas to China

Release February 15, 2019, 13:45 A Gazprom delegation headed by Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Company’s Management Committee, paid a working visit to China today . As part of the visit, a meeting between Alexey Miller and Wang Yilin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of CNPC, took place in Beijing. The parties reviewed a wide range of issues related to cooperation between the companies, focusing on the ongoing preparations for…

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We Won’t Allow a Color Revolution in Venezuela, Moscow Says

Russia’s position on Venezuela is to prevent American-backed regime change, the country’s Foreign Ministry has announced, amid a jostle for power among rival political factions in the crisis-struck Latin American country. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has accused the United States of backing a coup in his country after Washington recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as…

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Get Out of Town! Go to Tula

The biggest change in Russia these days? Cool provincial cities. Wikicommons If you need a break from Moscow, hop on a high-speed train and find yourself in the newly cool-ified provincial city of Tula in just two hours.  Founded in late 14th century, Tula first belonged to the principality of Ryazan. But Tula’s famous kremlin…

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Russia’s Military Vows to ‘Prevent Invasion’ of Polar Bears in Arctic Town

Russia’s Defense Ministry has pledged to address the polar bear invasion that has struck panic in a remote Arctic settlement in recent weeks. Polar bears began to descend on Russia’s Novaya Zemlya archipelago, population 3,000, driven from their habitat by food scarcity fueled by climate change, according to WWF experts. The authorities in the Arkhangelsk…

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Bellingcat Names Third Russian GRU Agent Suspected of Skripal Poisoning

A third man suspected of involvement in the nerve agent poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in England last year is a high-ranking Russian military intelligence agent, the investigative website Bellingcat said on Thursday. “Bellingcat can now reveal the true identity and background of this GRU officer, who operated internationally under the cover persona…

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The Great Firewall of Russia. Why Polar Bears Pillaged a Siberian Village. Julia Ioffe on Putin and Trump.

This week on From Russia With News, investigative journalist and security services expert Andrei Soldatov tells us why Russia is moving closer to give the authorities the power to unplug the country’s internet network from the outside world. And Greenpeace Energy Head Vladimir Chuprov has the latest on the polar bear invasion in Russia’s Far…

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Rusatom Healthcare and GE Healthcare approved the plan for localization of advanced technologies for nuclear medicine in Russia

Sochi, Russia, February 14, 2019 – On the sidelines of the Russian Investment Forum ROSATOM’s company – JSC Rusatom Healthcare (an integrator in the field of radiation technologies in medicine and industry) – and GE Healthcare signed a roadmap to create local productions of high-technology medical equipment to cater growing need of residents of Russia’s…

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NovaWind JSC will invest 955 million rubles in the construction of a wind turbine manufacturing plant in Volgodonsk (Russia)

Today, at the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi, the Ministry for Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, NovaWind JSC (the ROSATOM division responsible for renewable energy industry projects) and Red Wind B.V., a Russian-Dutch joint venture, have signed a Special Investment Contract (the SPIC) to implement the investment pro-ject for creating a manufacturing facility…

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Contract signed with Almaz-Antey Corporation for batch manufacturing of subsea production equipment

Release February 14, 2019, 17:35 Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Yan Novikov, Chairman of the Management Board, Director General of the Almaz-Antey Corporation, today at the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi signed a long-term contract for the supply of import-substituting products in the amount equal to guaranteed future purch ases. According to the document, the Corporation will set up the batch manufacturing…

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Russian Lawmakers Propose Fining Government Officials for Insulting Citizens

Communist lawmakers in Russia have submitted a bill that would introduce fines for officials who disrespect their voters, Interfax reported on Thursday. Public officials across Russia have increasingly made national headlines for being caught on record insulting regular citizens. The mayor of a smog-hit mining town landed in hot water on Wednesday for calling his…

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A Valentine’s Day Ski Date for Two: Putin and Lukashenko Hit the Slopes

In southern Russia’s resort city of Sochi, President Vladimir Putin shows once again that he’s always ready to demonstrate his physical fitness as he hits the slopes with Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko. Their ski date comes a day after Lukashenko promised that despite strained ties between the two neighbors Belarus would “never deliver bad vodka or bad…

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Celebrate Russia On Stage

Every spring Russia celebrates the best of theater with a three-month festival called the Golden Mask. This year theater-lovers are looking forward to a particularly vibrant festival, since it is celebrating its 25th year while the country celebrates its Year of Theater. The best productions of drama and comedy, opera, ballet, contemporary dance, operetta and…

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‘Insane, Ridiculous’: Russian Lawmakers React to New U.S. Sanctions Bill

U.S. senators introduced a bill on Wednesday that would impose stiff new sanctions on Russia over suspected meddling in U.S. elections and aggression against Ukraine. Targets of the sanctions would include: Russian banks that support efforts to interfere in foreign elections; the country’s cyber sector; new sovereign debt; and individuals deemed to “facilitate illicit and…

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Gazprom and Uniper discuss gas supplies and Nord Stream 2

Release February 13, 2019, 19:25 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Bernhard Reutersberg, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Uniper, took place in Moscow toda y. The parties discussed ongoing and future cooperation, including Russian gas supplies to Germany. It was noted that the amount of gas exports to the country was maintained at the level of the previous year…

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