Russian State Media to Open ‘World’s First’ News Bureau in Space

Russia’s state-run TASS news agency will open the world’s first permanent news bureau on board the International Space Station (ISS), it reported Wednesday. Cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin will report on the orbital outpost’s daily routine and “share first-hand experience” of life on the ISS, Russia’s space chief told TASS. “A special enlightenment and educational project by Roscosmos and…

Russia Sees Second Day of Record Covid Deaths Despite Declining Cases

Russia reported a new record of 1,251 coronavirus deaths Thursday as case numbers continued declining following nationwide measures to curb the spread. Thursday’s death toll marked the second consecutive day of all-time high coronavirus fatalities, with the previous pandemic record of 1,247 deaths seen on Wednesday. That brings the country’s official Covid-19 death toll to…

Russia Fines Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Novaya Gazeta Over ‘Foreign Agent’ Tags

Russian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dmitry Muratov and his newspaper Novaya Gazeta have been fined for failing to properly label “foreign agents” mentioned in their news coverage, Russian media reported Wednesday. The fines are the latest step to enforce the country’s controversial “foreign agents” law amid what critics call an expanding crackdown on independent voices…