EU Readying New Sanctions for Kremlin-Linked Wagner Mercenary Group

The European Union is readying new sanctions for Wagner, the Russian mercenary group with alleged links to the Kremlin, France’s foreign minister said Monday. “There’s a common desire to draft a legal framework for sanctions against Wagner,” Russia’s Interfax news agency quoted Jean-Yves Le Drian as telling reporters in Brussels. Wagner has been reported to be involved…

Putin Tells Macron U.S. Leading ‘Provocative’ Exercises in Black Sea

Russian President Vladimir Putin told French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Monday that “provocative” U.S.-led exercises in the Black Sea were “increasing tensions” between Moscow and NATO, the Kremlin said.  Both leaders expressed “dissatisfaction” with what Moscow called a “worsening” situation in eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin statement said.  Putin “drew attention to the provocative nature of…

Gazprom’s gas supplies to Germany and Italy already exceeding last year’s totals

November 15, 2021, 15:05 According to preliminary data, Gazprom produced 445 billion cubic meters of gas in the period from January 1 through November 15 of 2021. This is 15.2 per cent (or 58.8 billion cubic meters) more than in the same period of last year. The Company ramped up its domestic supplies from the gas transmission system by 16.5 per cent (or by 29.6 billion cubic meters) over said…

M4: Moscow’s New Museum Cluster

This fall four of Moscow’s leading museums — the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, the State Tretyakov Gallery, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and the soon-to-open GES-2 House of Culture — have joined together to form a new kind of association called M4. M4 is, in the words of Pushkin Museum director Marina Loshak,…

Poland Charges Russians, Ukrainian with Human Trafficking Amid Migrant Crisis

Poland has charged two Russian nationals and one Ukrainian citizen on accusations of ferrying undocumented migrants from the Middle East to Germany, prosecutors said Monday. The announcement comes amid a tense standoff over thousands of migrants from war-torn countries who are stranded on Belarus’ border with EU member Poland.  According to the Russian state-run TASS news…