What’s On July 30 – Aug. 1

The Changing of the Kremlin Guards This Saturday at noon you can once again see the Changing of the Presidential Guards in the Kremlin after another coronavirus surge necessitated a temporary halt. Although it is not strictly a performance, the guards twirl and swing and shoot their rifles and march in perfect harmony and symmetry.…

Russia Demands YouTube Block Navalny Channel — Ally

Russian authorities have demanded that YouTube block jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s popular channel that has published viral investigations into corruption and fueled anti-government protests in recent years, his senior ally said Friday.  The request comes less than a week after Russia’s internet regulator Roskomnadzor blocked 49 Navalny-linked websites and sought to ban his associates’…

Russian scientists have completed a project to predict the properties of corium at the Fukushima Daiichi NPP (Japan)

TENEX in a consortium with specialists of V.G. Khlopin Radium Institute JSC, SSC NIIAR (part of the scientific division of the ROSATOM), FSUE A.P. Alexandrov NITI, as well as the St. Petersburg branch of the Institute of Geoecology of the Russian Academy of Sciences successfully completed work on a two-year project to study the impact…

Chief Editor of ‘Undesirable’ Investigative Outlet Will Not Return to Russia – Reuters

Chief editor of the independent investigative outlet Proekt, Roman Badanin, will not return to Russia amid what critics call a Kremlin crackdown on non-state news outlets, Reuters reported Thursday. Russia’s Justice Ministry added Badanin and three other Proekt journalists to its list of “foreign agents,” while the Prosecutor General’s Office outlawed the outlet itself as…

Russia’s Nauka Science Module Docks With ISS

Russia’s troubled laboratory module Nauka on Thursday successfully docked with the International Space Station, said the Russian space agency Roscosmos, after more than a decade of delays. “There is contact!!!” Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin said on Twitter. Images released by Roscosmos showed the new addition to the Russian segment of the ISS docking with the…

Oleg Baklanov, Last Soviet Coup Plotter, Dies

Oleg Baklanov, the last member of a failed coup against then U.S.S.R. leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991, has died aged 89, the head of the Russian space agency said on Wednesday. “Oleg Dmitriyevich Baklanov, who led our rocket and space industry and headed the ministry of general machine-building of the U.S.S.R., has passed away,” the head of…

Russia to Boost Tajikistan Army Amid Afghanistan ‘Deterioration’

Russia will bolster Central Asian ally Tajikistan’s military with weapons, equipment and training amid a “deteriorating” situation in neighboring Afghanistan, Moscow’s defense minister said Wednesday on a visit to the country.  Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will hold joint military drills next week near Tajikistan’s border with Afghanistan, where the Taliban has made huge military gains…

Russia Blocks Navalny Mirror Site Using ‘Internet Isolation’ Tools – NGO

Russian authorities have blocked jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s mirror website using the tools that help telecom providers “isolate” Russia’s section of the internet, the privacy NGO Roskomsvoboda said Tuesday. Navalny rolled out the website navalny.app after authorities blocked his main website navalny.com alongside nearly 50 sites linked to him Monday because of “banned extremist…

Guatemala Cancels Order for Russian Vaccines

President Alejandro Giammattei announced Tuesday that Guatemala has cancelled its order of a second batch of eight million Russian-made Covid-19 vaccines due to a delivery delay of a previous order. The president told reporters that his administration had renegotiated its contract with Moscow and would no longer buy the additional eight million Sputnik V doses…

Tally of Medals for Russian Athletes

Russian athletes are competing in the Tokyo Olympics under a neutral Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) flag due to a ban stemming from state-sponsored doping violations. Here’s a running list of medals they’ve won so far: July 27 Swimming  — Gold men’s 100 meters backstroke for Evgeny Rylov, 24.  — Silver men’s 100m backstroke for Kliment…

Russia Bans Navalny-Linked Candidate From St. Petersburg Assembly Elections

The St. Petersburg election commission has banned the former head of jailed Kremlin’s critic Alexei Navalny’s headquarters, Irina Fatyanova, from running in elections to the city’s legislative assembly, she said on Twitter Tuesday.  According to Fatyanova, the election commission accused her of leading an extremist organization, citing a Moscow court decision to outlaw all the…

Moscow Coffee Co-op Rallies Around LGBTQ+ Community

A popular Moscow coffee shop and an up-and-coming Russian photographer have teamed up to support the country’s LGBTQ+ community. Artyom Temirov, the founder of the Chernyi Co-operative, and his employees, wanted to support some of their customers and friends by donating the profits from sales of specially roasted coffee from the Brazilian grower Fernando Heringer…

Russia Blocks 49 Navalny-Linked Websites, Allies Say

Russia’s state internet watchdog on Monday blocked 49 websites linked to jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, including his personal website where he published investigations into alleged high-level corruption that have sparked nationwide protests in recent years. Roskomnadzor’s actions come one week after it blocked the website of a prominent legal group that represented Navalny’s Anti-Corruption…

Libya to Probe Delayed Sputnik V Deliveries – Reports

Libya has launched an official inquiry into delivery delays of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, according to local media reports. The war-torn country’s UN-backed government announced it will launch an investigation into the hold-ups, which are significantly undermining the country’s vaccination campaign, the Libyan Express reported. Libya received a first batch of Sputnik V vaccines in…

Comment on statement of Yury Vitrenko, CEO of Naftogaz of Ukraine

Message to the Media July 24, 2021, 19:49 “We have familiarized ourselves with the statement of Yury Vitrenko, CEO of Naftogaz of Ukraine. We would like to point out that no one was offering Ukraine to buy Russian gas. The comment of Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, was addressed to our partners from the EU, primarily German ones. The comment was about the volumes…

Karpin Takes Over as Russia Football Manager

The Russian Football Federation on Friday named former international midfielder Valery Karpin as manager of the national football team.  Karpin, who was coaching FK Rostov, will replace Stanislav Cherchesov, who was sacked after Russia was eliminated in the group stage of Euro 2020.  The federation said Karpin, who is 52, had agreed to a contract…

Blistered Beet Shashlik with Halloumi

Vegetarianism is on the rise in Russia, of that there can be no doubt. Once unthinkable, today young, urban Russians are eschewing meat like never before for reasons that range from ethics to health concerns. Meatless meals are no longer confined to the forty days that precede Easter, but are becoming integral parts of restaurant…

Russia Calls Taliban ‘Rational,’ Blames Afghan Gov’t for Blocking Talks

Russia’s top diplomat commended the Taliban for being “of sound mind” and criticized the Afghan government of stalling power-sharing talks on Friday. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov becomes the latest Russian political figure to praise the militant group this week, with the Kremlin calling it a “powerful force” and Russia’s envoy for Afghanistan calling its rapid…