Russia Threatens Facebook with Massive Fine

Russia on Tuesday stepped up the pressure on Facebook, threatening to hit the company with its largest fine yet for repeatedly ignoring requests to remove banned content. The country’s media regulator Roskomnadzor said that it had drawn up a new protocol to penalize the U.S. social media giant for repeatedly failing “to remove information dangerous…

ROSATOM launches the first expedition of its kind to study Northern Sea Route ecology

October 5 marked the start of a comprehensive, ecological expedition to study the western part of the Northern Sea Route (NSR); the expedition is overseen by Moscow State University’s Marine Research Centre. Commissioned by ROSATOM, the study will take place aboard the research vessel “Aleksey Maryshev,” which was provided by ROSATOM-subsidiary, The Hydrographic Enterprise. The…

Russia Touts ‘Sovereign’ Social Media After Major Facebook Outage

Russian officials highlighted the need to develop the country’s own “sovereign” social media platforms after a massive outage at Facebook’s vast family of apps affected billions of users worldwide late Monday. Facebook and its Instagram and WhatsApp platforms essentially “disappeared” from the internet for several hours after a traffic routing problem left the sites unreachable for…