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  • Russians Shrug Off New U.S. Sanctions

    Russians Shrug Off New U.S. Sanctions

    Russians on the streets of Moscow are shrugging off a fresh round of U.S. sanctions that forced the country’s largest exchange to halt dollar and euro trade on Thursday, with some arguing that they have no need for Western currencies. “Given that we [already] have sanctions and there are basically no trips abroad, we don’t…

  • Kyrgyz Banks Suspend Money Transfers With Russia

    Kyrgyz Banks Suspend Money Transfers With Russia

    Major banks in the Central Asia republic of Kyrgyzstan have suspended money transfers to and from Russia amid exchange rate volatility and issues with payment systems, state-run media reported on Thursday. RSK Bank, Kyrgyzstan’s second-largest lender, said the Astrasend, Contact, Zolotaya Korona and Sberbank Online money transfer systems were temporarily down due to technical problems.…

  • Russia Sends U.S. Reporter Gershkovich’s Case to Trial

    Russia Sends U.S. Reporter Gershkovich’s Case to Trial

    Russian prosecutors sent U.S. journalist Evan Gershkovich’s case to court on Thursday, paving the way for him to be tried on espionage charges denied by his employer and the White House. The Wall Street Journal reporter was arrested in March 2023 while on a reporting trip to the Urals city of Yekaterinburg and has been…

  • U.K. Follows U.S. With Sanctions on Moscow Stock Exchange

    U.K. Follows U.S. With Sanctions on Moscow Stock Exchange

    The United Kingdom on Thursday revealed dozens of new sanctions aimed at impeding Russia’s ability to wage war against Ukraine, including targeting Moscow’s main stock exchange, a day after Washington announced similar measures. London said the 50 new restrictions, which are part of “coordinated action with G7 partners,” would hit the Russian financial system and…

  • Trial of Russian Playwright and Director Moves Behind Closed Doors

    Trial of Russian Playwright and Director Moves Behind Closed Doors

    A judge in Moscow ruled Thursday that the trial of a director and writer charged with “justifying terrorism” in an award-winning play will continue behind closed doors after the prosecution said witnesses were being threatened on social media. Director Yevgeniya Berkovich and writer Svetlana Petriychuk are standing trial at a military court over their 2021…

  • Top Russian Universities Raise Tuition Fees

    Top Russian Universities Raise Tuition Fees

    Leading Russian universities are raising the cost of study ahead of the 2024-25 academic year, the business daily Vedomosti reported on Thursday, citing higher education ranking data. Tuition fees at the Moscow State Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) saw the largest increase, according to data from RAEX Analytics, with the average cost of study…

  • Collaborators and Russian-Installed Officials Attacked Since the Invasion of Ukraine

    Collaborators and Russian-Installed Officials Attacked Since the Invasion of Ukraine

    The former mayor of Kupyansk, Ukraine, who surrendered his city to invading Russian forces in February 2022, died Tuesday night after being shot near his safe house in western Russia over the weekend. Gennady Matsegora is the latest of over a dozen collaborationist or Kremlin-installed officials in occupied Ukraine to have been killed or injured…

  • NATO Eyes Crackdown on Russian Agents Over Alleged Hybrid Attacks

    NATO Eyes Crackdown on Russian Agents Over Alleged Hybrid Attacks

    NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that the bloc’s member countries could impose “tighter restrictions” on Russian intelligence operatives after a recent string of sabotage attacks. Stoltenberg said NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels would discuss plans to counter a “Russian campaign of hostile activities against NATO allies.” “We have seen several examples of sabotage,…

  • Russian Police Arrest Reported Army Deserter Who Shot at Motorists

    Russian Police Arrest Reported Army Deserter Who Shot at Motorists

    Russian police have arrested an alleged army deserter who fired at motorists with an assault rifle in central Russia’s Kaluga region late Wednesday. “On the Kozelsk-Optina Pustyn highway, an unidentified man in a state of aggression stopped a car and opened fire in the air and the ground,” law enforcement officials said in a statement,…

  • U.S. Slams Russia Over Alleged Abduction of Ukrainian Children

    U.S. Slams Russia Over Alleged Abduction of Ukrainian Children

    The United States on Wednesday again accused Russia of taking Ukrainian children, some of whom were put up for adoption, after fresh media accounts detailed alleged abductions. “This is despicable and appalling. These Ukrainian children belong with their families inside Ukraine,” White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said. “Russia is waging a war not…

  • Moscow Exchange Halts Dollar, Euro Trade After New U.S. Sanctions

    Moscow Exchange Halts Dollar, Euro Trade After New U.S. Sanctions

    The Moscow Exchange on Thursday suspended trading in dollars and euros after it was sanctioned by the United States in a new raft of restrictions aimed at hindering Russia’s ability to wage war in Ukraine. “Due to the introduction of restrictive measures by the United States against the Moscow Exchange Group…  from June 13, 2024,…

  • U.S. Widens Sanctions Against Russia Over Ukraine Invasion

    U.S. Widens Sanctions Against Russia Over Ukraine Invasion

    The United States on Wednesday announced a raft of new sanctions aimed at constraining Moscow’s ability to wage war on Ukraine while raising the stakes for foreign banks that still do business with Russia. The Treasury Department and State Department’s sanctions impacted more than 300 targets, including entities in Russia and countries like China, Turkey…

  • Russian Nuclear-Powered Submarine Arrives in Cuba

    Russian Nuclear-Powered Submarine Arrives in Cuba

    A Russian nuclear-powered submarine and other naval vessels arrived in Cuba on Wednesday for a five-day visit to the island in a show of force amid spiraling U.S.-Russian tensions. The submarine Kazan, which Cuba says is not carrying nuclear weapons, was accompanied by the frigate Admiral Gorshkov, as well as an oil tanker and a…

  • Julie A. Cassiday’s ‘Russian Style: Performing Gender, Power and Putinism’ Shortlisted for Pushkin House Book Prize

    Julie A. Cassiday’s ‘Russian Style: Performing Gender, Power and Putinism’ Shortlisted for Pushkin House Book Prize

    At the end of the Soviet era and dawn of Russia’s emergence as a state, the Russian media, and later social media, got very interesting very quickly. It wasn’t only raw politics, revelations about the present and past — it was also sexuality, both “traditional and untraditional,” gay parades and performers, and even a prime…

  • Russian Exiled Media Raise Funds for Political Prisoners

    Russian Exiled Media Raise Funds for Political Prisoners

    Russian exiled media and activists held a telethon on Wednesday in support of the growing number of political prisoners inside Russia, raising tens of thousands of euros for those currently held behind bars. Moscow has waged a sweeping crackdown against domestic dissent since the full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Leading rights group Memorial…

  • Russian Peacekeepers Complete Withdrawal from Nagorno-Karabakh

    Russian Peacekeepers Complete Withdrawal from Nagorno-Karabakh

    Russian peacekeepers on Wednesday completed their withdrawal from the Nagorno-Karabakh region, which Baku recaptured last year from Armenian separatists, officials in Baku said. Azerbaijan and Armenia had fought two wars — first from 1988 to 1994 and then again in 2020 — for control of the then-breakaway enclave. “The process of the full withdrawal of the manpower,…

  • ‘Another Attempt to Marginalize Us’: Experts and Activists Weigh In on ‘Anti-Russian Separatist’ Ban

    ‘Another Attempt to Marginalize Us’: Experts and Activists Weigh In on ‘Anti-Russian Separatist’ Ban

    Russia’s Supreme Court last week ruled to ban the so-called “Anti-Russian Separatist Movement” and “its structural divisions” as an extremist organization.  Though no organization with this name formally exists in Russia or elsewhere, the country’s Justice Ministry defined the group as an “international public movement to destroy the multinational unity and territorial integrity of Russia.” …

  • Moscow Demands Release of Russian Woman Accused of Spying in Denmark

    Moscow Demands Release of Russian Woman Accused of Spying in Denmark

    Moscow has called for the immediate release of a Russian woman arrested in Denmark on suspicion of espionage, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday, accusing Copenhagen of “persecution.” Danish authorities announced Tuesday that a Russian citizen had been arrested on suspicion of “enabling a foreign intelligence service to operate in Denmark.” They did not…

  • Germany’s Uniper Awarded 13 Bln Euros for Lost Russian Gas

    Germany’s Uniper Awarded 13 Bln Euros for Lost Russian Gas

    German energy giant Uniper said Wednesday a tribunal had awarded it over 13 billion euros ($14 billion) in damages from Russian state energy company Gazprom for its failure to deliver gas. The ruling gave Uniper “the right to terminate the contracts and awarded it an amount of more than 13 billion euros in damages for…

  • North Korea’s Kim Hails Ties With Russia Ahead of Reported Putin Visit

    North Korea’s Kim Hails Ties With Russia Ahead of Reported Putin Visit

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday hailed his country’s ties with Russia, saying the two nations were “invincible comrades-in-arms” amid reports President Vladimir Putin will visit Pyongyang this summer. Kim made a rare overseas trip to meet the Kremlin leader in Russia’s far east last year, with Seoul and Washington subsequently accusing Pyongyang…

  • Serbia Praises Security Cooperation With Moscow

    Serbia Praises Security Cooperation With Moscow

    Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vulin praised security cooperation with Russia, emphasizing continued mutual support on the international stage, in a statement on Tuesday. Vulin, the former head of intelligence services, made the comments following a meeting with Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev in Moscow, said a government statement. Kolokoltsev informed Vulin of “attempts to…

  • Moscow’s Relentless Urban Beautification Takes Aim at Historic Kolomenskoye Park

    Moscow’s Relentless Urban Beautification Takes Aim at Historic Kolomenskoye Park

    MOSCOW — On a hot early summer afternoon, city dwellers take refuge in the shade of the capital’s historic Kolomenskoye Museum-Reserve, playing sports, having picnics and painting en plein air, all to the tune of lively birdsong. This picturesque atmosphere vanishes as one approaches the park’s Moskva River embankment, a once-popular spot for walkers and…

  • Exiled Kremlin Critics Urge EU to Welcome Skilled Russians to ‘Bleed’ Putin Regime

    Exiled Kremlin Critics Urge EU to Welcome Skilled Russians to ‘Bleed’ Putin Regime

    A group of exiled Kremlin critics on Tuesday urged EU countries to do more to welcome Russians fleeing Vladimir Putin’s regime, arguing that a shortage of skilled workers would deal a blow to the country’s wartime economy. According to some estimates, up to one million people have fled Russia since Moscow invaded Ukraine in 2022.…

  • Baltic States to Disconnect From Russian Electric Grid in Early 2025

    Baltic States to Disconnect From Russian Electric Grid in Early 2025

    Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will disconnect their electrical grids from the Russian and Belarussian system (BRELL) in February next year, officials from the Baltic nations have confirmed. “The desynchronization process, which has lasted for almost 20 years, will come to an end in early August when the Baltics inform Russia and Belarus that they do…

  • Far East Russia’s Sakha Declares Wildfire Emergency

    Far East Russia’s Sakha Declares Wildfire Emergency

    Authorities in Far East Russia’s republic of Sakha (Yakutia) on Tuesday declared a state of emergency due to ongoing wildfires across the region. More than 40 wildfires were burning in Sakha as of Tuesday morning, according to regional authorities, engulfing a total area of some 830 square kilometers — roughly the size of Berlin or…

  • Moscow Says Captured 2 Villages in Eastern Ukraine

    Moscow Says Captured 2 Villages in Eastern Ukraine

    Russia’s Defense Ministry said Tuesday that its forces captured two villages in eastern Ukraine, the latest in a string of gains for Moscow since launching a surprise ground offensive against the northeastern Kharkiv region last month. Russian forces took control of Tymkivka in the Kharkiv region and Miasozharivka in the partially occupied Luhansk region, the…

  • New Russian Defense Minister Meets Pro-War Bloggers

    New Russian Defense Minister Meets Pro-War Bloggers

    Russia’s newly appointed Defense Minister Andrei Belousov met with a group of military bloggers on Monday, a gesture that observers said showed that the Kremlin seeks to use his appointment to boost support from military commentators. Belousov, who replaced longtime Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, met with leading correspondents covering the Kremlin’s war against Ukraine, including…

  • Denmark Arrests Suspected Russian Spy

    Denmark Arrests Suspected Russian Spy

    Danish authorities announced Tuesday that they arrested a Russian citizen for suspected espionage, with media reports saying it was a woman well-known in the Russian diaspora. The Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) said the Russian national was arrested south of Copenhagen and suspected of “enabling a foreign intelligence service to operate in Denmark.” The agency said…

  • Zelensky Says Russia Destroyed Half of Ukraine’s Energy Capacity

    Zelensky Says Russia Destroyed Half of Ukraine’s Energy Capacity

    Russian attacks on Ukraine’s energy grid have destroyed half of its electricity generation capacity since the winter, leading to scheduled power outages and regular blackouts, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Tuesday. “As a result of the strikes of Russian missiles and drones, nine gigawatts of capacity have already been destroyed. The peak of electricity…

  • Jailed Navalny Ally Fadeyeva Stripped of Mandate in Tomsk City Government

    Jailed Navalny Ally Fadeyeva Stripped of Mandate in Tomsk City Government

    Officials in the Siberian city of Tomsk have revoked the mandate of the jailed former regional head of Alexei Navalny’s headquarters, removing her from her position as a city council member, local media reported Tuesday. Ksenia Fadeyeva, who was elected to the Tomsk city council in 2020, was one of the few Navalny allies to…

  • Russia, Belarus Begin Joint Tactical Nuclear Drills

    Russia, Belarus Begin Joint Tactical Nuclear Drills

    Russian and Belarusian armed forces have begun joint non-strategic nuclear weapon exercises, Russia’s Defense Ministry said Tuesday, marking the “second stage” of wider drills announced by Moscow early last month. Moscow’s Defense Ministry said the latest stage of “the exercises are aimed at maintaining the readiness of personnel and equipment of units for the combat…

  • Russian Military Jet Crash Kills 2 Pilots

    Russian Military Jet Crash Kills 2 Pilots

    A Russian military jet crashed during a training flight in the North Caucasus region of North Ossetia, killing two people on board, the Defense Ministry said Tuesday. A statement said the Su-34 jet crashed “in a mountainous zone” and added that there was “no damage on the ground.” It did not specify when the accident…

  • An Exiled Komi Journalist Strives to Make His Community’s Voices Heard Over Russian Censorship

    An Exiled Komi Journalist Strives to Make His Community’s Voices Heard Over Russian Censorship

    “I miss Komi, I miss Syktyvkar. I even thought about coming back, but I realized that I would be coming back to jail,” said Valera Ilyinov, an exiled native of Russia’s republic of Komi, located about 1,000 kilometers northeast of Moscow. His reservations about returning home are not unwarranted.   Last month, the 24-year-old founder of…

  • Bulgarian Nuclear Plant Starts to Replace Russian Fuel

    Bulgarian Nuclear Plant Starts to Replace Russian Fuel

    Bulgaria’s sole nuclear power plant on Monday began using atomic fuel produced by the U.S.-based Westinghouse Electric Corporation, a key step as the country shifts away from its reliance on Russian energy. The state-owned Kozloduy plant on the Danube River supplies more than a third of the country’s electricity and has so far relied on…

  • Russian State TV Cameraman Wounded in Mine Explosion

    Russian State TV Cameraman Wounded in Mine Explosion

    A Russian state television cameraman was injured in a mine explosion in the western Belgorod region, local authorities said Monday. “In the city of Shebekino, four people were blown up by a mine, three of them regional defense fighters and one employee of the Rossiya 24 TV channel,” Belgorod region Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov wrote on…

  • Moscow Says Captured Village in Southeastern Ukraine

    Moscow Says Captured Village in Southeastern Ukraine

    Russia’s Defense Ministry said Monday its forces seized control of a village in the southern part of eastern Ukraine’s partially occupied Donetsk region. Russian troops “continued to advance into the depths of the enemy’s defense and liberated the settlement of Staromaiorske,” located southwest of the Russian-held city of Donetsk. Ukrainian troops had retaken the village…

  • Putin to Visit North Korea, Vietnam – Report

    Putin to Visit North Korea, Vietnam – Report

    President Vladimir Putin will travel to North Korea and Vietnam in the coming weeks, the business newspaper Vedomosti reported Monday, citing Russian diplomats familiar with the matter. Russia’s Ambassador to North Korea Alexander Matsegora told the newspaper that he is “actively preparing” for the Kremlin leader’s visit to Pyongyang but otherwise did not specify an…

  • Kremlin Says ‘Attentively Observing’ Far-Right Gains in Europe

    Kremlin Says ‘Attentively Observing’ Far-Right Gains in Europe

    The Kremlin said Monday it is “attentively observing” the gains of far-right parties in the EU elections, which prompted French French President Emmanuel Macron to announce a snap general election. “As far as we can see, the majority will be pro-European and pro-Ukrainian… but we see the trend of rising popularity of right-wing parties,” Kremlin spokesman…

  • Zelensky Denies Russian Foothold in Ukraine’s Sumy Region

    Zelensky Denies Russian Foothold in Ukraine’s Sumy Region

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday denied Russian troops had captured a village in the northeastern Sumy region, where the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov previously claimed Moscow’s forces had advanced. Kadyrov said on Sunday that Russian forces had seized the border village of Ryzhivka. There was no immediate comment from Russia’s Defense Ministry and a…

  • Russian Court Jails Man 3 Years For Criticizing Child’s Pro-War Hat

    Russian Court Jails Man 3 Years For Criticizing Child’s Pro-War Hat

    A court in Russia’s Urals region has sentenced a man to three years in prison for insulting a child who wore a pro-war hat, regional prosecutors announced Monday.  The Oktyabrsky District Court in Yekaterinburg found Alexander Neustroev guilty of “hooliganism committed with the threat of violence, motivated by hatred against a social group,” according to the…

  • U.S. Says Russian Offensive Against Kharkiv ‘Stalled’

    U.S. Says Russian Offensive Against Kharkiv ‘Stalled’

    U.S. President Joe Biden’s national security advisor said on Sunday that Russia’s advance on northeastern Ukraine’s Kharkiv region “has stalled.” “The momentum of that operation in Kharkiv has stalled out,” Jake Sullivan told CBS. “Kharkiv is still under threat but Russians have not been able to make material progress on the ground in recent days…

  • Ukraine Says Hit Su-57 Fighter Jet Inside Russia

    Ukraine Says Hit Su-57 Fighter Jet Inside Russia

    Ukraine said Sunday it had hit an Su-57 fighter jet parked at an airfield in southern Russia, its first ever attack on Moscow’s latest generation stealth aircraft. The flagship Su-57 entered into service with Russia’s aerospace forces in December 2020 and was designed to replace ageing Soviet-designed fighter aircraft such as the Su-27 and MiG-29.…

  • Laur Vallikivi’s “Words and Silences” is Shortlisted for the Pushkin House Book Prize

    Laur Vallikivi’s “Words and Silences” is Shortlisted for the Pushkin House Book Prize

    “Words and Silences – Nenets Reindeer Herders and Evangelical Missionaries in the Post-Soviet Arctic” is the first book by Estonian ethnologist Laur Vallikivi, and draws on twenty years of fieldwork amongst indigenous communities in the Russian Far East. Vallikivi acknowledges that the Soviets and their predecessors committed many atrocities against such communities – conscripting them,…

  • Igor Sechin delivers a keynote speech on the Energy Panel of SPIEF-2024

    The Energy Panel organized with the support of Rosneft was held as part of the 27th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum

  • Russian Attacks Kill 2 in South, Northeast Ukraine

    Russian Attacks Kill 2 in South, Northeast Ukraine

    Russian shelling and aerial attacks killed two people in southern and northeastern Ukraine Saturday, authorities said, a day after the United Nations warned monthly civilian casualties had reached near-year highs. At least 174 civilians were killed in Ukraine in May, the deadliest month since June 2023 as Russian forces pushed into the northeastern Kharkiv region,…

  • Biden Says Putin ‘Not Going to Stop at Ukraine’

    Biden Says Putin ‘Not Going to Stop at Ukraine’

    U.S. President Joe Biden on Saturday pledged Washington’s support for Kyiv in its battle against the Russian invasion, warning that Vladimir Putin would “not stop” at Ukraine. “Putin is not going to stop at Ukraine,” Biden said alongside French President Emmanuel Macron after talks in Paris. “All of Europe will be threatened, we are not…

  • In First, Ukraine Fires Drones at Airfield in South Russia’s North Ossetia Region

    In First, Ukraine Fires Drones at Airfield in South Russia’s North Ossetia Region

    Ukraine targeted the south Russian region of North Ossetia with drones for the first time ever on Saturday, causing minor damage, local authorities said. The drones were aimed at a military airfield near the town of Mozdok, more than 700 kilometers (430 miles) from the frontline, according to North Ossetia governor Sergei Menyailo. “The attack…

  • Eat Like an Ancient Boyar – Healthfully

    Eat Like an Ancient Boyar – Healthfully

    The cuisine of the Middle Ages is not a cuisine of pleasure or enjoyment. It is primarily a cuisine of satiation — simply getting enough to eat. That’s why the efforts of modern nutritionists to find a role model in our ancient cuisine seem a bit strange. Of course, a long time ago people realized…

  • Sechin states that the price of oil should take into account the interests of both consumers and producers

    Igor Sechin, Chief Executive Officer of Rosneft, assessed the potential price of oil in the medium term during the Energy Panel at the 27th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum

  • Heads of major energy companies and leading market experts took part in the Energy Panel at SPIEF

    Leading experts and representatives of major energy businesses presented their views on the current state of the energy market at the Energy Panel as part of the 27th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum

  • Igor Sechin speaks about the challenges facing the Russian oil industry

    Heavy tax burden and prohibitive interest rates have an impact on the oil industry of the Russian Federation, said Rosneft Chief Executive Officer Igor Sechin speaking on an Energy Panel at the 27th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum

  • Head of Rosneft states the need for developing a new strategy for reliable and secure energy supply

    A new energy supply strategy shall be developed with account for the needs of developing countries, stated Rosneft Chief Executive Officer Igor Sechin speaking on an Energy Panel at the 27th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum

  • Strikes on Russian-Held Ukraine Kill 26, Occupation Authorities Say

    Strikes on Russian-Held Ukraine Kill 26, Occupation Authorities Say

    Updates throughout. Ukrainian strikes on parts of the Russian-held Luhansk and Kherson regions killed 26 people and injured dozens more on Friday, occupation authorities said. Both Ukrainian regions were among four Russia claimed to have annexed in September 2022 despite not fully controlling any of them following the full-scale military campaign launched that February. A…

  • Russia Remands French NGO Worker in ‘Foreign Agent’ Case

    Russia Remands French NGO Worker in ‘Foreign Agent’ Case

    Updates throughout. A Moscow court on Friday ordered a French citizen accused of gathering Russian military information to be held in pre-trial detention, in the latest case of a Western citizen being detained in Russia. Laurent Vinatier, a 47-year-old who works for a Swiss conflict mediation NGO, was arrested on Thursday and officially charged with…

  • Igor Sechin will deliver a keynote speech at the Energy Panel as part of the SPIEF

    On June 8 Chief Executive Officer of Rosneft Igor Sechin will deliver a speech at the Energy Panel of the 27th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum titled “Energy transition and phantom barrels: Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.  Not everyone will be taken to the bright future of the global energy industry!”

  • Russia Says Its Forests Can Absorb Its Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Climate Change and Poor Forestry Standards Make This Unlikely.

    Russia Says Its Forests Can Absorb Its Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Climate Change and Poor Forestry Standards Make This Unlikely.

    As the climate crisis intensifies, Russia is pinning its hopes on its vast forests to make up for its carbon emissions — the world’s fourth-highest — and even help the country become a global leader in carbon absorption. But the country’s substandard conservation and ineffective forestry practices, combined with the impacts of climate change itself,…

  • Russia Bans Nonexistent ‘Anti-Russian Separatist Movement’

    Russia Bans Nonexistent ‘Anti-Russian Separatist Movement’

    Russia’s Supreme Court has banned the vaguely defined “Anti-Russian Separatist Movement” as an “extremist” organization, the independent news website Mediazona reported Friday. Rights groups say they have not been able to find a formal organization called the “Anti-Russian Separatist Movement,” leading to speculation that the authorities could use the designation as a pretext for wider…

  • Putin Touts BRICS, Rebukes ‘Hegemon’ West in Economic Forum Speech

    Putin Touts BRICS, Rebukes ‘Hegemon’ West in Economic Forum Speech

    Countries across the globe are racing to “strengthen their sovereignty” amid Western nations’ efforts to “maintain their elusive role as hegemons,” President Vladimir Putin said in his plenary address at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) Friday.  Moscow has sought to broaden its support from countries in Africa, South America and Asia and cast itself as…

  • ROSATOM participates in SPIEF-2024 Plenary Session “Technological Ecosystem of the Future: For the Benefit of Humanity and the Planet”

    Alexey Likhachev, Director General of ROSATOM, outlined three key components of the technological landscape for the next hundred years. On June 7, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF-2024) featured a plenary session titled “Technological Ecosystem of the Future: For the Benefit of Humanity and the Planet.” Participants included Alexey Likhachev, Director General of ROSATOM,…

  • Four Killed by Strike on Russian-Held Ukrainian City

    Four Killed by Strike on Russian-Held Ukrainian City

    Updates with new death toll. A missile attack on the Russian-controlled city of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine on Friday killed four people and injured over 40, Russian officials said. The eastern Luhansk region is almost entirely under Russian control. Moscow claimed to have annexed it in 2022. The main city, also called Luhansk, came under…

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