Trump-Linked Contractor Offered Military Services to Russia’s Wagner in Africa – Intercept

Erik Prince, a security contractor with close ties to U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration, offered military services to Russia’s Wagner mercenary group in Libya and Mozambique earlier this year, investigative website The Intercept reported Monday. The Wagner Group, a sanctioned outfit with links to the Kremlin through a sanctioned catering magnate, has been reported to…

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Chechen Leader Threatens Journalist Who Investigated Region’s Harsh Virus Quarantine

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has threatened an investigative journalist Monday for a “provocative” story on the Russian region’s strict anti-coronavirus measures, the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper reported. The story, authored by Novaya Gazeta journalist Yelena Milashina, cited quarantined Chechens as saying Sunday that they stopped reporting coronavirus symptoms for fear of being labeled “terrorists.” Kadyrov…

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‘There Will Be Mass Starvation,’ Moscow Opposition Warns Mayor as Coronavirus Slams Economy

A lack of aid for Moscow’s small and medium businesses hit by the coronavirus lockdown will lead to mass starvation and widespread protests, opposition lawmakers have reportedly warned Mayor Sergei Sobyanin. Moscow and its 12.7 million residents have been under lockdown since March 30, with all nonessential businesses and activities suspended until at least May…

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Italians Offered Cash to Film ‘Thank You Russia’ Videos for Coronavirus Aid – Reports

Russian nationals in Italy are offering Italians money to film themselves thanking Russia and President Vladimir Putin for recent coronavirus aid, Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper reported Sunday. Russia dispatched army medics in March to help disinfect hospitals and care facilities in a northern Italian region that has been hit hardest by the country’s coronavirus outbreak.…

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Kiev Says Huge Forest Fire ‘No Threat’ to Chernobyl Nuclear Zone

Hundreds of firefighters on Monday battled a forest blaze in Ukraine’s Chernobyl exclusion zone while officials insisted there was no risk to the ruined reactor and nearby storage facilities for nuclear waste. “There is no threat to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and the storage facilities,” Volodymyr Demchuk, a senior official from Ukraine’s emergency service, said…

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Coronavirus Hits Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater

Dozens of employees at Moscow’s famous Bolshoi Theater have tested positive for coronavirus and have been quarantined at home, the theater’s director Vladimir Urin said Monday. The 34 infected Bolshoi staffers were asymptomatic but were banned from working on a star-studded live concert in an empty theater that aired on state television Saturday, Urin said.…

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Russia’s Coronavirus Outbreak Is ‘Changing for the Worse,’ Putin Warns

Russia’s coronavirus outbreak is deteriorating and its new cases are getting more severe, President Vladimir Putin warned Monday as the country reported its highest day-to-day spike in infections to date. Russia has reported 18,328 overall coronavirus cases and 148 total deaths, making it the world’s 15th most-affected country as of Monday.  “We see that the…

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China Tightens Security at Russian Border, Fearing New Coronavirus Wave

China’s northernmost province has tightened its border controls to prevent new coronavirus infections from neighboring Russia, Bloomberg reported Monday.  A growing number of Chinese nationals have returned from Russia with the virus, threatening a second wave after the country where the pandemic originated has largely brought its domestic outbreak under control. The estimated 250 coronavirus…

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ROSATOM facility awarded to design the new Russian megascience installation that would be used for anti-virus research

The Central Design and Technological Institute, an enterprise of ROSATOM’s TVEL Fuel Company, has signed the government awarded contract for design of the Center of Common Use – the Siberian Circular Photon Source (the SKIF project). SKIF, a megascience class project, refers to the latest generation of synchrotron radiation sources 4+ with an energy of…

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Leading Russian Paper’s New Editor Deletes Column Criticizing Rosneft Head

The chief editor of Russia’s leading business newspaper Vedomosti has deleted a column critical of Igor Sechin, the head of the state-controlled oil giant Rosneft, three weeks after his controversial hiring at the outlet. The move is acting editor-in-chief Andrei Shmarov’s second decision to alter or delete an article related to Rosneft since Vedomosti’s new…

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Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Rise By 2,558 in New Record Increase, Bringing Total to 18,328

As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world. Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from…

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Putin, Trump Hail OPEC+ Oil Deal: Kremlin

As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world. Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from…

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Riot, Fire Break Out at Siberian Prison

A prison in Siberia reported disturbances at a high-security penal colony Friday, while local campaigners called the incident a full-blown riot and posted images of fire on the premises. Russia’s penal service said inmates at the No 15 penal colony in Angarsk “attacked a guard” while others cut themselves with glass from broken surveillance cameras.…

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Maximum daily deliverability of Russian UGS facilities to exceed 1 billion cubic meters

April 10, 2020, 14:55 Construction of UGS facility in Kurgan Region slated to start in near future. Exploration underway for construction of new UGS facilities in three federal districts. The Gazprom Management Committee took note of the information about the program for underground gas storage (UGS) facility development in Russia for 2020–2030. It was highlighted that the Company ensures a high level of reliability of its gas supplies to consumers. Consistent increases…

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Gazprom carrying on with major investment projects

April 10, 2020, 14:25 The Gazprom Management Committee took note of the information about the status of the Company’s major investment projects. Within the Eastern Gas Program, Gazprom continues to ramp up its production and gas transmission capacities. At the Chayandinskoye field in Yakutia, the Company is setting up the facilities required to bring the field to its design annual output of 25 billion cubic meters of gas. Specifically, efforts are underway to expand the…

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Moscow’s Coronavirus Lockdown Leaves the Homeless Out in the Cold

Moscow’s indefinite coronavirus lockdown has left the city’s vulnerable homeless population with an impossible choice — find shelter or risk paying steep fines, while facing the danger of becoming infected with a potentially deadly disease.   In many European countries, where the coronavirus has hit hard, spaces including hotels, office buildings and gymnasiums have been converted…

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Russian Jail on Coronavirus Lockdown After Inspector’s Death – Reports

A detention center east of Moscow has been placed under lockdown after the alleged death of one of its inspectors, the Mash Telegram channel reported Friday. The republic of Marii-El, some 700 kilometers east of Moscow, is Russia’s 12th most-affected region with 63 confirmed coronavirus cases. Authorities reported Marii-El’s first death Thursday, identifying the patient…

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Management Committee proposing to hold annual General Shareholders Meeting via absentee voting

April 10, 2020, 13:50 The Gazprom Management Committee addressed issues associated with arranging and holding the Company’s annual General Shareholders Meeting. The Management Committee endorsed the proposals to hold the annual General Shareholders Meeting of Gazprom in the form of absentee voting and to set the deadline for ballot submission as June 26, 2020. In addition, the Management Committee approved the proposals on: the format…

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ISS Crew Docks From Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome After Virus-Hit Build Up

A three-man crew docked successfully at the International Space Station Thursday, leaving behind a planet overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic. Russian space agency Roscosmos said the Soyuz MS-16 capsule “docked successfully” in a statement on its website. Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner of Roscosmos and NASA’s Chris Cassidy reached the ISS at 1413 GMT, just over…

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Russian City Launches Online Funeral Broadcasts to Prevent Coronavirus Spread

A funeral home in central Russia is offering to stream funerals online for free to help clients maintain social distancing during the deadly coronavirus pandemic, local media reported Wednesday. Russia’s republic of Bashkortostan, located 1,400 kilometers east of Moscow, has confirmed 22 of the country’s more than 10,000 coronavirus cases as of Thursday. Like many…

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