Famous Faces Join the Race in Russia’s High-Stakes Parliamentary Elections

Several well-known figures from Russian entertainment, media and sports are now eyeing a career change by seeking seats in the country’s September parliamentary elections. The high-stakes elections for Russia’s lower-house State Duma will see the ruling, pro-Kremlin United Russia party seek to hold onto its majority despite historically low approval ratings. Here’s a look at…

MEPhI holds first graduation ceremony for students from Zambia

On July 6, 15 Zambian graduates from the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI) received their BS diplomas. The ceremony took place at the Obninsk Institute for Nuclear Power Engineering. The graduates in field of nuclear power and thermophysics were: Mabvuto Banda, Richard Vlahakis, Thandiwe Zulu, Chabala Kalenga, Machona Mbahwe, Nchimunya Mwiinga, Bertha Mumba, Morris Mungwalubilo, Mwenya…

Russia Says Ready to Activate Tajik Military Base Amid U.S. Pullout, Taliban Advance in Afghanistan

Russia is prepared to activate a military base in ex-Soviet Tajikistan against advancing Taliban forces on its southern border as U.S. troops finalize their pullout from neighboring Afghanistan, its top diplomat said Wednesday. Tajikistan is host to more than 6,000 Russian servicemen deployed to the Russian Ground Forces’ 201st military base, one of Russia’s few…