Expelled Russian Diplomats Linked to Military Intelligence – German Media

Two Russian diplomats that Germany expelled over the assassination of a Chechen rebel in Berlin worked for the GRU military intelligence agency, Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung daily reported Wednesday. Germany sent the two unnamed Russian Embassy employees home because it said Moscow did not sufficiently cooperate with Berlin in its investigation into the August murder of…

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‘The Darker My Future, The Wider My Smile’: Student Protester Zhukov’s Closing Statement

Popular YouTube blogger and political science student Yegor Zhukov faces up to five years in prison on charges of calling for extremism online, a case that critics say is politically motivated. Authorities initially charged Zhukov, 21, with mass unrest in connection with anti-government protests that swept Moscow this summer. After fellow students and activists campaigned…

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ROSATOM subsidiary awards contract for construction of BREST-OD-300 fast reactor facility and power unit

Siberian Chemical Plant (a subsidiary of TVEL Fuel Company of ROSATOM in Seversk, Tomsk region, West Siberia) has signed the contract with Concern Titan-2 engineering company for construction and installation works within the project of BREST-OD-300 lead-cooled fast neutron reactor facility. The total contract value is 26.3 billion rubles. The contractor will accomplish construction of…

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Russian Parliament Demands Apology From Norway as Tensions Escalate

Senator Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the Federation Council’s foreign affairs committee, and Rune Resaland, the Norwegian Ambassador to Russia, had a tense meeting Wednesday as they discussed the countries’ relations and the 2018 arrest of a Russian parliamentary aide.  Kosachev told the Norwegian ambassador that there could be no normal cooperation between the two countries’…

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Russian Judges Eye Punishments for ‘Biased’ Media Coverage

Russian judges are considering punishing journalists and media outlets for “biased coverage” of the national court system, the Vedomosti business daily reported Thursday, a move that observers say would harm free speech in the country. The Russian judicial system’s 2020-2030 draft information policy obtained by Vedomosti aims to penalize the publication of “negative materials” about…

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Navalny Links $50M Jet to Russian PM Medvedev’s Wife

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s wife jetsets on the government’s dime, prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has said in a new video published ahead of Medvedev’s annual end-of-year press conference with reporters from 20 television channels. Medvedev, the subject of Navalny’s viral 2017 investigation into corruption that has been viewed 32.7 million times, is scheduled…

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TVEL and Kozloduy NPP (Bulgaria) have contracted supplies of nuclear fuel through 2025

TVEL JSC and Kozloduy NPP have signed contractual documents for supplies of Russian nuclear fuel to the Bulgarian nuclear power plant for the period up to and including 2025.  TVEL will continue to provide complete nuclear fuel supplies, which include not only fuel assemblies fabrication services, but also all antecedent stages of the production chain…

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Moscow Tears Down Historic Soviet Cinema

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RASU JSC and Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University Sign Partnership Agreement

December 04, 2019 – Rusatom Automated Control Systems JSC (RASU JSC) and the Federal State Autonomous Educational Institution for Higher Education “Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University” (FSAEI HE SPbPU) signed an agreement on strategic partnership and cooperation in science and technology on the sidelines of Power Grids International Forum in Moscow. The document…

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‘We Don’t Call It Annexation,’ Kazakh Leader Says of Crimea

Kazakhstan doesn’t believe that Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, its new leader said in an interview with Germany’s Deutsche Welle news outlet published Wednesday. Kazakh President Kassym Jomart-Tokayev appeared to tamp down concerns that, given northern Kazakhstan’s sizable ethnic Russian minority similar to Crimea’s, the Kremlin could seize parts of its…

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Defected Pro-Kremlin Lawmaker Resettles in Germany

A former pro-Kremlin lawmaker who voted for a law banning U.S. citizens from adopting Russian children has resettled in Germany, the country’s Süddeutsche Zeitung daily reported Monday. Robert Schlegel supported the adoption ban, tried to push through a “fake news” bill, co-authored Russia’s “Google tax” and boasted about a 2007 cyberattack that crippled neighboring Estonia’s…

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U.S. Charges Russian Companies for Attempt to Evade Trade Sanctions

U.S. federal prosecutors have charged Russian, Italian and U.S. companies and several employees for allegedly trying to evade U.S. sanctions by providing a U.S.-manufactured power turbine to a Russian state-controlled business, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday. The unidentified Russian company was barred from acquiring the turbine under U.S. sanctions imposed after Russia’s annexation…

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Russia Accuses Alleged U.S. Spy Whelan of Lying About Ill-Treatment in Jail

Russia on Tuesday accused a former U.S. Marine it has held for almost a year on spying charges of faking health problems in custody and lying about his ill-treatment, comments the U.S. Embassy rejected as factually inaccurate “pulp fiction.” Paul Whelan, who holds U.S., British, Canadian and Irish passports, was accused of espionage after agents from Russia‘s…

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5 Things to Know About Russia’s Alleged Banker-TV Anchor Couple

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s latest investigation claims that state-owned bank CEO Andrei Kostin gifted millions of dollars worth of elite property, a private jet and a yacht to his alleged partner, state television journalist Nailya Asker-Zade. News outlets have previously covered the real estate transfers from VTB Bank CEO Kostin to Rossia state broadcaster…

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Chairman of Gazprom Management Committee and Mongolia’s Prime Minister discuss cooperation prospects

Release December 3, 2019, 16:20 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh, Prime Minister of Mongolia, took place today in Moscow. The parties discussed the prospects of energy cooperation. It was also noted that in November 2019 Gazprom Export carried out the first small-scale delivery of Russian liquefied natural gas to Mongolia. Background On November 4, 2019, Gazprom Export delivered…

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Rosatom Signs Deal to Boost Russia’s Arctic Infrastructure

State nuclear agency Rosatom has confirmed it will take a stake in transport conglomerate Delo Group as part of Russia’s plans to capitalize on Arctic shipping routes. In a statement published on Rosatom’s website Tuesday, the organization said the deal would “launch a global international transport and logistics business” to develop Russia’s infrastructure and capacity…

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German Prosecutors Suspect Russia Connection to Georgian Killing in Berlin

German federal prosecutors believe Russian intelligence was involved in the August killing of a Georgian citizen in Berlin and want to take over the investigation, a legal source told Reuters on Tuesday, confirming a report by public broadcaster ARD. The measure could raise tensions between Germany  — and other western countries — and Russia, after strains over…

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Kremlin Laughs Off Allegations of Possible U.K. Election Meddling

The Kremlin said on Tuesday it viewed suggestions from Western researchers that Russian hackers may have leaked British-U.S. trade documents before Britain’s election with derision, saying such allegations were often a ploy to deflect attention. Moscow was reacting after experts said the leak and distribution of the classified documents online resembled a disinformation campaign uncovered…

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RASU JSC concluded a memorandum of understanding with Assystem company in the field of design and implementation of automated process control systems

On December 3, within the framework of the International Forum “Electric Networks” (IFES), held in Moscow, Rusatom Automated Control Systems JSC (RASU JSC), part of ROSATOM, concluded a memorandum of understanding with Assystem French company in the field of consulting services for the design and implementation of industrial control systems. On the part of RASU…

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Russia Will Charge Sisters Who Killed Abusive Father With Premeditated Murder

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Russian Mobile Operators Flag Security Loopholes in Sovereign Internet Law

Russia’s internet providers have asked the Kremlin to introduce changes to the new sovereign internet law to better protect user data, the RBC news website reported Tuesday. At a meeting with government officials last week, the country’s top telecoms firms highlighted loopholes in the controversial legislation which could give third parties access to swathes of…

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Russia Blocks U.S. Stock Photo Site’s Domain Over ‘Objectionable’ Content

Russia has blocked one of U.S. stock photography and footage provider Shutterstock’s domains over content it said constituted an insult to state symbols. The website of communications watchdog Roskomnadzor showed that one of the firm’s domains had been blocked in Russia as a result of a decision by the country’s Attorney General on Nov. 13. It did not…

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Russian Trans Woman Jailed for ‘Manga Porn’ Faces Life-Threatening Sentence

A Russian transgender woman with cancer who has been jailed for three years for sharing manga illustrations online faces a potentially life-threatening sentence, the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper reported. A court in the city of Bryansk southwest of Moscow reportedly found Michele, 53, guilty of “circulating pornography depicting minors” in the Japanese-style illustrations. An expert…

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Are Russia and Belarus Creating a Unified Cabinet and Parliament?

Russian-language media was abuzz after Belarus’ top diplomat in Moscow said the countries are working toward creating a single parliament and cabinet of ministers. Talks to deepen Russian-Belarussian integration have taken on greater significance amid discussions that President Vladimir Putin could extend his rule past his current term limit by taking on the leadership of…

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Russia to Upgrade Homegrown Encyclopedia to Replace ‘Unreliable’ Wikipedia

Russia is to set up a new online site for its national encyclopedia after President Vladimir Putin said Wikipedia was unreliable and should be replaced. The move will ensure people can find “reliable information that is constantly updated on the basis of scientifically verified sources of knowledge,” a government resolution said. Putin last month proposed…

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Russians Embrace Black Friday Sales

Russian shoppers spent 30% more in Black Friday online sales this year than they did in 2018, the head of Russia’s internet retail association said Monday. Despite not celebrating Thanksgiving, Russian retailers and consumers still embraced the shopping bonanza that kicks off the day after the U.S. holiday. In total, Russians spent 22.3 billion rubles…

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Turkey Says Purchase Date for New S-400 Russian Missiles Is Just a ‘Technicality’

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Gazprom commences pipeline supplies of Russian gas to China

Release December 2, 2019, 13:05 Power of Siberia gas pipeline has come onstream. Gas production center has been set up in Yakutia. Conditions for further gas grid expansion have been created in eastern Russia. A ceremonial event marking the start of first-ever pipeline supplies of Russian gas to China via the eastern route – the Power of Siberia gas trunkline – took place today. Taking part in the event…

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Art Exhibition of 18th Century British Artist Thomas Gainsborough Opens in the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts with Support by Rosneft

Rosneft has been the general sponsor of the art exhibition of Thomas Gainsborough, a brilliant portraitist and painter, the brightest and most original representative of his era, one of the founders of the British arts school of 18th century.

Gazprom completes construction of gas pipeline branch to town of Tsiolkovsky

Release December 2, 2019, 09:40 Power of Siberia is facilitating gas grid expansion in Amur Region. About 3,000 permanent jobs will be created at Amur GPP. A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Vasily Orlov, Governor of the Amur Region, took place today in Blagoveshchensk. The parties discussed issues related to enhancing their strategic cooperation in light of the start-up of the Power of Siberia gas…

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