What’s On in Moscow Sept. 24-26

Buy a book or two dozen The Moscow International Book Fair (Sept. 24-27) is one of Moscow’s biggest book fairs — in fact, it’s two book fairs: one on Red Square in the summer and another, bigger one at the Expo Center in the fall. A few hundred publishing houses, periodicals, bookstores, museums, and organizations…

EU Denounces Alleged Russian Hacking Ahead of German Vote

The European Union on Friday condemned alleged Russian cyberattacks that have targeted Germany in the run-up to this weekend’s election for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s successor.  “Some EU Member States have observed malicious cyber activities, collectively designated as ‘Ghostwriter,’ and associated these with the Russian state,” foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said.  “Such activities are unacceptable as…

Putin’s Party Keeps Parliament Supermajority in Controversial Election – Final Results

The ruling, pro-Putin United Russia party kept its supermajority in the lower house of parliament despite critics claiming mass fraud and tampering during the three-day election, according to final results announced by election officials Friday. Russia’s opposition has raised strong doubts over the results’ legitimacy after remote voting showed United Russia candidates taking every single-mandate district…

Russia Reports Record Covid Deaths

Russia posted an all-time record of 828 deaths from Covid-19 on Friday as hospitalizations shot up in Moscow and several regions reportedly began reimposing restrictions after nationwide elections last weekend. The government’s Covid-19 information center said the country recorded 21,379 new cases over the past 24 hours. The new high for deaths comes a day…

Five Climbers Die on Russia’s Mount Elbrus

Five climbers died after a blizzard on Mount Elbrus, Europe’s highest peak, Russia’s emergencies ministry said Friday.  Thursday’s incident struck when a group of 19 climbers was at an altitude of over 5,000 meters.  Elbrus, located in Russia’s North Caucasus, is the highest mountain in Europe at 5,642 meters.  “Unfortunately, five people died,” the emergencies…