Blame Climate Change for Historically Warm Fall in Russia’s Biggest Cities, Experts Say

Global climate change is behind this year’s extraordinarily warm autumn in Moscow and St. Petersburg, experts interviewed by The Moscow Times said.  Russia’s two largest cities experienced the warmest autumn temperatures of their recorded histories in 2020, official weather services reported Tuesday.  And it’s only the beginning, experts say.  Over the next 10 years, Russia…


Authorities Probe Navalny’s Coronavirus Interview for ‘Extremism’

Russian authorities are probing opposition figure Alexei Navalny’s comments during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic for inciting extremism, news agencies quoted law enforcement sources as saying Tuesday. Moscow investigators are reportedly examining whether Navalny’s April 27 interview with the liberal Ekho Moskvy radio station contained calls for a violent overthrow of the Russian…


Turkey, Russia Seal Deal for Karabakh ‘Peacekeeping Center’

Turkey and Russia have agreed to monitor a truce over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region from a joint peacekeeping center, Ankara’s defense ministry said on Tuesday. The deal comes after days of talks between Turkish and Russian officials about how the two regional powers would jointly implement a Moscow-brokered ceasefire signed this month between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Technical…


Siberian Jehovah’s Witnesses Jailed for ‘Extremism’

Four Jehovah’s Witnesses have been convicted and sentenced on extremism charges in southwestern Siberia, the religious organization banned in Russia said Monday. A court in the city of Omsk found husband and wife Sergei and Anastasia Polyakov guilty of recruiting others to join an “extremist” group. Two other Jehovah’s Witnesses, Dinara Dyusekeyeva and Gaukhar Bektemirova,…


Russia’s Sputnik V Coronavirus Vaccine ‘Reasonably Effective’ – British Experts

Russia’s highly touted Sputnik V vaccine is “reasonably effective” at preventing the coronavirus based on preliminary results from its mass trials but questions over its data still remain, British vaccine experts told Canada’s CBC News broadcaster Saturday. Sputnik V’s developers announced the vaccine’s 95% efficacy last week, citing data obtained 21 days after volunteers received the second…


Pull Russian Troops Out of Moldova, New President Says

Russia should withdraw its peacekeeping force from the self-proclaimed Transnistria republic, Moldova’s pro-European president-elect said Monday. Maia Sandu, who defeated Moldova’s pro-Russian incumbent earlier in November on a platform of balancing the ex-Soviet country’s ties between Moscow and the West, said the Russian troops should be replaced by civilian observers from Europe. Russia deploys around…


Russia, Syria Under Pressure at Chemical Weapons Watchdog

Syria and Russia faced renewed pressure over allegations of chemical weapons use as member countries of the global toxic arms watchdog met on Monday. Moscow was urged by Western nations to “transparently” reveal the circumstances of the Novichok nerve agent poisoning of opposition figure Alexei Navalny. Damascus meanwhile faced calls for sanctions at the Organization for the…


Moscow, St. Petersburg Universities Go Remote as Virus Surges

Universities in Moscow and St. Petersburg will switch students to remote learning for two months to prevent the spread of coronavirus during the pandemic’s record-setting second wave, Science and Higher Education Minister Valery Falkov said Monday. “I signed an order yesterday switching the universities under the ministry’s jurisdiction in Moscow and St. Petersburg to the…


St. Petersburg Developer’s Stepson Run Over by Military Vehicle at Birthday Party

The stepson of a St. Petersburg construction mogul was run over and killed by an armored vehicle at a military re-enactment celebrating his stepbrother’s birthday, media reported Sunday. The armored personnel carrier allegedly started moving with Andrei Kozhevin, 38, lying in its path after the driver “thought” he received a takeoff signal, according to the Life Shot tabloid. Kozhevin…


QAnon Gains Traction in Russia

Ever since the U.S. presidential election was called for Joe Biden, Tatiana Abdullina has been watching the twists and turns of outgoing President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the results from her home in Volchansk, a town of 10,000 in Russia’s Ural Mountains. The mother of four is convinced the legal manoeuvres will be successful,…


Obama Blackface Skit on Kremlin-Funded TV Sparks Outrage

A Russian late-night television sketch featuring a racist impersonation of former U.S. President Barack Obama by an actress in blackface has sparked controversy after airing on a Kremlin-funded network over the weekend. After lampooning Obama’s recently published memoir during his Saturday evening political satire show Mezhdunarodnaya Pilorama (“International Saw-Panorama”), host Tigran Keosayan segues to an…


Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Nov. 28

Russia has confirmed 2,215,533 cases of coronavirus and 38,558 deaths. Nov. 28: What you need to know today Russia confirmed 27,100 coronavirus cases and 510 deaths on Saturday Indian pharmaceutical company Hetero will produce 100 million doses of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine as part of the agreement with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), its developers announced Friday.…


Russia to Pay Med Students $260 for Treating Coronavirus Patients

Medical students on the front lines of Russia’s coronavirus response will receive $260 in payouts before the end of the year, news agencies quoted a senior cabinet official overseeing Russia’s virus response as saying Friday. Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said 60,296 students “not in full-time positions but in practical training at medical organizations” will…


Russia Says India to Produce 100M Doses of Sputnik Coronavirus Vaccine

One of the developers of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine announced Friday that India-based drugmaker Hetero will produce over 100 million doses of the jab. “Hetero, one of India’s leading generic pharmaceutical companies, have agreed to produce in India over 100 million doses per year of the world’s first registered vaccine against the novel coronavirus…


Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Nov. 26

Russia has confirmed 2,187,990 cases of coronavirus and 38,062 deaths. Nov. 26: What you need to know today Russia confirmed record-breaking numbers of 25,487 coronavirus cases and 524 deaths. Moscow has further extended measures aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus until Jan. 15, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced Thursday. The measures include a self-isolation order for residents aged…


Arctic Oil Spill: Nornickel Failures, Tank Flaws Caused Catastrophe – Report

A cocktail of design flaws, management failures and rising temperatures made the worst oil spill in Russia’s modern history — and the most damaging ever inside the Arctic circle — “inevitable,” a report commissioned by Russian metals giant Nornickel has said. The report is the work of consulting group Environmental Resources Management (ERM), which Nornickel…


Russia Sees Record Virus Infections, Deaths

Russia on Thursday registered record numbers for daily infections and deaths from the coronavirus for the second time in less than a week. Health officials reported 25,487 new infections, bringing the national total to 2,187,990 cases since the beginning of the pandemic — the fifth-highest caseload in the world. Health authorities also reported 524 deaths, raising Russia’s…


Rosneft and Agency for Natural Resources and Energy of Japan Develop Cooperation

Rosneft Oil Company and the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy of Japan have held the second meeting of the Joint Coordination Committee via a video conference.

China-Bound Flight From Moscow Canceled Over 200 Identical Coronavirus Tests

A Russian airline has canceled a China-bound flight from Moscow after nearly 200 passengers provided identical negative coronavirus test results, the Chinese Embassy in Moscow said Thursday. Pegas Fly grounded the Moscow-Zhengzhou flight Wednesday when the embassy uncovered more than 190 “completely identical” serology tests, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency quoted the embassy as…


Russia to Upgrade Flamethrower Systems – Izvestia

Russia plans dramatic upgrades of its TOS-1 heavy flamethrower systems with longer-range “scorching” rockets and real-time targeting capabilities, the pro-Kremlin Izvestia newspaper reported Wednesday. Up to 100 TOS-1 “Buratino” and TOS-1A “Solntsepyok” models of the Russian Armed Forces’ Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Protection Troops will reportedly receive the upgrades “due to the growing range and…


Rosneft Conducts Stratigraphic Drilling on Arctic Shelf

Rosneft Oil Company has been the first in the history of Arctic surveys to drill shallow stratigraphic wells in the north of the Kara Sea.

Komsomolsk Refinery Performs Technical Upgrade of Crude Distillation Unit

RN-Komsomolsk refinery, an enterprise of Rosneft Oil Company’s refining complex, has completed a technical upgrade of one of its major crude distillation units, CDU/VDU-2.

Igor Sechin Reports to President on Implementation of Promising Projects Vostok Oil and Zvezda Shipyard

Vladimir Putin has held a working meeting with Rosneft Oil Company Chief Executive Officer Igor Sechin.

Investigation Claims to Uncover Putin’s Extramarital Daughter

Russian President Vladimir Putin may be the father of a secretive St. Petersburg millionaire’s 17-year-old daughter, the Proekt investigative website reported Wednesday. Yelizaveta Vladimirovna Krivonogikh “bears a phenomenal resemblance to the Russian president,” Proekt reported, citing photographs it said it had obtained.  Her mother Svetlana Krivonogikh is the beneficiary of a company that owns a…


Rosneft Develops Production of Arctic and Winter Grades of Diesel Fuel

Scientists from Rosneft Oil Company have developed unique catalysts for the production of diesel fuel of the Arctic and winter grades.

In 2020, Bashneft Releases 1.2 Million Small Fry of Valuable Fish Species into Water

During the summer and autumn of 2020, Bashneft, a subsidiary of Rosneft, replenished the water bodies of the Republic of Bashkortostan, the Nenets Autonomous District, and the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District with small fry of valuable fish species.

Key Belarus Opposition Figure Charged With Graft and Fraud

Belarus authorities said Tuesday that opposition politician Viktor Babaryko — who until his arrest had intended to run against President Alexander Lukashenko in the August election — was charged with corruption and money laundering. For over three months Belarus has been gripped by historic protests against the re-election of strongman leader Lukashenko, 66, who secured a sixth term…


Ozon Shares Jump 40% on U.S. IPO

Shares in Russian online retail giant Ozon surged by more than 40% in the first minutes of trading after the most eagerly anticipated Russian initial public offering (IPO) in years. Ozon is the country’s second-largest e-commerce player and is placing itself to become Russia’s answer to Amazon with a plan to consolidate and dominate the…


Is the WHO Too Soft on Russia?

In May, as Russia was tentatively emerging from a nationwide lockdown and clocking up near-record numbers of new infections, Russian officials began mounting an aggressive public campaign to present Moscow’s handling of the coronavirus as faultless.  Central to that was boasting about the country’s low number of fatalities compared with Europe, the U.S. and elsewhere. …


Russian Jehovah’s Witnesses Targeted in Fresh Raids

Russian authorities have arrested Jehovah’s Witnesses in Moscow and across 20 other regions as part of their latest investigation into the religious group that is officially banned as “extremist,” investigators said Tuesday. Video released by the Moscow branch of the federal Investigative Committee, which investigates major crimes, showed masked men prying open an apartment door…