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…

ROSATOM and Aeon Corporation agree to Arctic shipping cooperation

Saint-Petersburg, Russia, 23 July 2021 – ROSATOM and Aeon Corporation plan to create a strategic partnership in the field of Arctic shipping. ROSATOM-subsidiary JSC Atomenergoprom and Aeon Infrastructure Corporation LLC have concluded a corresponding preliminary agreement. The document was signed by JSC Atomenergoprom Director Kirill Komarov and Aeon Infrastructure Corporation LLC’s Chairman of the Board…

What’s On in Moscow July 23-25

MAKS Air show For a lot of folks, one of the great traditional events of the summer in Moscow is the MAKS (International Aviation and Space Show) held at the Zhukovsky Airport, located 40 kilometers (about 25 miles) of bumper-to-bumper traffic southeast of Moscow. It opened on Tuesday, but the weekday hours are mostly for…

FSUE Atomflot and Murmansk Marine Biological Institute sign cooperation agreement

Saint-Petersburg, Russia, 23 July 2021 – FSUE Atomflot, ROSATOM subsidiary in charge of operation and maintenance of the Russian nuclear icebreaker fleet, and the Murmansk Marine Biological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences have signed a cooperation agreement. The agreement was signed by FSUE Atomflot Director General Mustafa Kashka and the Murmansk Marine Biological…

ROSATOM and Moscow State University’s Marine Research Centre sign cooperation agreement on environmental impact assessment in Arctic

Saint-Petersburg, Russia, 23 July 2021 – ROSATOM and Moscow State University’s Marine Research Centre signed a cooperation agreement in St. Petersburg in the framework of the ROSATOM-organised event “Arctic Day.” The agreement was signed by ROSATOM’s special representative for Arctic development Vladimir Panov and the Director General of Moscow State University’s Marine Research Centre Dmitry…

ROSATOM and Nornickel sign supplementary agreement on icebreaker accompaniment

Saint-Petersburg, Russia, 23 July 2021 – ROSATOM and Nornickel have signed a supplementary agreement to complement their 2018 cooperation agreement. The additional agreement will last through 2030 – a testament to the strategic partnership between the two companies. In light of mutual interests, the parties intend to cooperate in ensuring uninterrupted and environmentally friendly integrated…

Divorce in Russia Reaches 7-Year High – MBKh Media

Divorces in Russia have reached a seven-year high so far in 2021 with the country’s conservative, Muslim-majority regions unexpectedly seeing the biggest increases, the MBKh Media news website reported Wednesday. The 251,000 divorces filed between January-May accounted for a 44% increase over the same period in 2020, the outlet said, citing the FinExpertiza consultancy. The…