Putin’s Approval Rating Steadily Increases to 68%, Survey Says

President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating has grown in recent months but remains at pre-Crimean annexation lows, an independent Levada Center polling agency survey said on Friday. Putin’s approval ratings have hovered in the mid-to-low 60s since he enacted unpopular reforms gradually increasing Russians’ retirement ages last summer. Putin’s job approval has climbed to 68 percent…

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Russia Certifies European University at St. Petersburg’s Master’s Programs

Russia’s state education watchdog has issued accreditation to one of the country’s leading private universities’ master’s degree programs after a three-year lapse. The watchdog, Rosobrnadzor, stripped the European University at St. Petersburg (EUSP) of its accreditation and revoked its license over building code violations in 2016, taking over its main campus in early 2018. It restored…

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Floating Nuclear Power Plant Will Be Key Element on Northern Sea Route

The construction and testing of Russia’s first power plant are declared completed. On Thursday morning the installation was officially handed over from Baltic Yard to Rosatom. At the ceremony, representatives of two Russian state companies signed a document saying that the Akademik Lomonosov passed all necessary tests and successfully met requirements.  “It marks a significant…

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Top Russian Legislator Warns Against Return of Neocolonialism in Africa

Neocolonialism should never set foot on the African continent again, Russia’s leading legislator has said at a parliamentary forum ahead of President Vladimir Putin’s first Russia-Africa summit this fall. Russia has expanded its presence in Africa since 2014, with at least 20 military cooperation deals signed since Western nations sanctioned Russia for annexing Crimea. Yevgeny…

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Putin Signs Law Suspending INF Disarmament Treaty

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Rosneft and BP Support Britten-Shostakovich Festival Orchestra

Marking the UK-Russia Year of Music in 2019, Rosneft and BP have agreed to support the creation of a unique musical joint venture, the Russo-British Britten-Shostakovich Festival Orchestra (BSFO).

Top Russian Official Warns of ‘Catastrophic’ Population Loss

Russia’s population numbers are declining “catastrophically” with several regions vastly underestimating their death rates, a top government official has said. Russia has struggled with a demographic crisis in recent years, with population numbers falling for the first time in a decade to 146.8 million last year. Official data for 2019 places Russia’s population at 146.7…

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Russia Tests New Anti-Aircraft Missile

Russia successfully launched a new anti-aircraft missile, its Defense Ministry said on Tuesday. The test launch took place at Sary Shagan range in Kazakhstan, the ministry said. Video published by the Defense Ministry shows the missile soaring into the sky, leaving a pillar of fire and smoke in its wake. Russian military representatives did not…

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Russia Tests New Air Defense Missile

Russia has successfully launched a new air defense missile, its Defense Ministry said on Tuesday. The test launch took place at Sary Shagan range in Kazakhstan, the ministry said. Video published by the Defense Ministry shows the missile soaring into the sky, leaving a pillar of fire and smoke in its wake. Russian military representatives…

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Lawmaker Suggests Replacing ‘Gulag Archipelago’ With Bible Study in Russian Schools

A senior Russian lawmaker has backed an Orthodox Church proposal to teach the Bible in schools, suggesting it be included in curriculums instead of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s seminal “Gulag Archipelago.” A Church spokesman, spurred by President Vladimir Putin’s endorsement of the texts, had offered over the weekend to include the Bible, the Torah and the Quran…

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Russian Independent Media Publish Investigation Linked to Journalist’s Arrest

Russia’s leading independent media have coordinated to publish journalist Ivan Golunov’s investigation into Moscow’s funeral mafia that his colleagues say was tied to his shock arrest last month. Golunov had reported receiving threats after beginning the investigation into the funeral business in February 2018. He reportedly filed a draft of the piece to Alexey Kovalev,…

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