Khodorkovsky Says Ready to Relocate His Russia-Based Journalists Facing ‘Next Purge’

Exiled former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has said he plans to relocate the employees of his media projects out of Russia or close them altogether over state pressure on dissent. Khodorkovsky launched the Open Media and MBKh Media outlets in 2017 after Russian authorities blacklisted as “undesirable” his pro-democracy NGO Open Russia, banning its activities within…

11th Energy of Victories national sports journalism festival contest launched

July 2, 2021, 19:00 Gazprom, the Russian Olympic Committee, and the Federation of Sports Journalists of Russia announce the start of the 11th edition of the Energy of Victories national sports journalism festival contest for Russian-language mass media based in Russia and abroad. The primary goals of the contest are to promote the Olympic movement, sports, and healthy living, as well as to improve the quality of sports journalism…

Russian Food Retailer Defies ‘Gay Propaganda’ Law With LGBT Family-Featuring Ad

Russian organic food retailer VkusVill has featured an LGBT family in its new promotional material this week, defying the country’s law against “gay propaganda toward minors.” As part of a series of health-conscious families, VkusVill spotlights a “matriarch” Yuma, her partner Zhenya and two daughters Mila and Alina, who practice ethical veganism, support fair trade…

What’s On in Moscow July 2-4

Red Garden on Red Square After decades of being a vast empty space during the Soviet period, Red Square is beginning to reassume its historical appearance and function as a busy space filled with people, trade, celebrations, official proclamations, activities, food, and drink. Two weeks ago it was covered with books, authors, readings, music, and…

Russia Points Finger Back at U.S. Over Latest Cyberattack Accusations

Russia’s Embassy in the United States pointed the finger back at the U.S. Friday after its cybersecurity agencies blamed Kremlin-backed hackers for a massive hacking campaign on Western private and government entities. U.S. and U.K. national security agencies on Thursday said a cyber-unit within Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency has conducted “brute force” attacks on predominantly…

Nuclear Power Plants Authority of Egypt handed over the licensing documentation for El Dabaa NPP construction to ENRRA

June 30, 2021, Cairo, Egypt – Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA) of Egypt handed over the licensing documentation for Units 1 and 2 of El Dabaa NPP construction to Egyptian Nuclear and Radiological Regulation Authority (ENRRA). This marked an important milestone in the implementation of El Dabaa NPP Project in the path forward to issue…

Russia Says Foiled IS Attacks in Moscow, South

Russia said Thursday it had killed an alleged member of the Islamic State jihadist group and arrested another, accusing them of planning simultaneous attacks in Moscow and the southern region of Astrakhan. “Acting on the instructions of the leaders of the terrorist structure, two citizens of Russia planned a simultaneous attack on residents of Moscow…

Electric power and capacity from the ROSATOM’s Marchenkovskaya wind farm have entered the wholesale market

The Marchenkovskaya wind farm began supplying electric power and capacity to the wholesale electric power and capacity market from July 1, 2021. The Marchenkovskaya wind farm located in Zimovniki, Rostov Oblast, with an installed capacity of 120 MW, consists of 48 wind turbine generators. Local content of facility equipment, as confirmed by the Ministry of…

Russia Tags 4 Khodorkovsky-Linked NGOs ‘Undesirable’

Russia on Thursday designated four European civil society and educational groups associated with exiled former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky as “undesirable,” a move that risks significant jail time for those affiliated with them. The four NGOs blacklisted by Russian prosecutors are the Britain-registered Khodorkovsky Foundation and its subsidiary Oxford Russia Fund, the Future of Russia Trust…

Putin’s Phone-In Hit by ‘Cyberattacks’

A televised phone-in with Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday was targeted by “powerful” cyberattacks, the state-run Rossiya 24 network which broadcast the event said. Shown on Kremlin-friendly media, the annual session with Putin sees the president field in real time queries submitted by Russians throughout the country. This year’s phone-in on Wednesday, which lasted nearly…

Russian Band Releases Pro-LGBT Video

Russian band Sansara on Tuesday released a pro-LGBT video for their single “We Will Become Better.”  The video is about “two people who love each other but forbid themselves because of societal judgment around their relationship, and so unfortunately it cannot happen,” its writer Evgeny Primachenko told The Moscow Times. The clip has so far…

Putin Says Ukraine Is Controlled by Western Leaders

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday questioned the point of meeting with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskiy, claiming his country was effectively run by leaders in Washington and European capitals. “What’s the use of meeting with Zelenskiy when he has given full control of his country to outside management?” Putin said during an annual televised phone-in…

Russia Launches Cargo Ship to Space Station

Russia on Wednesday successfully launched an unmanned space freighter carrying supplies to the International Space Station from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Soyuz rocket carrying the Progress spacecraft launched at 02:27 am Moscow time (2327 GMT) from the Kazakh steppes and reached its target orbit, the Roscosmos space agency said in a statement. Docking…

Russia Confirms First Delta Plus Variant Cases

Russia has confirmed the first Delta Plus coronavirus variant infections within its borders days after media sounded the alarm about the presence of the potentially more dangerous new strain. Consumer protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said Friday it was looking into an influenza research expert’s remarks to a St. Petersburg-based newspaper that the first case of infection…

Russia Won’t Hit 60% Vaccination Target By Autumn, Kremlin Says as Virus Surges

Russia will not meet its widely publicized goal of reaching herd immunity against coronavirus through vaccination by this fall, the Kremlin said Tuesday as the country struggles against the highly infectious Delta variant, record-breaking deaths and a lagging vaccine uptake. President Vladimir Putin’s office made the admission after the independent Dozhd broadcaster reported that the…

ROSATOM presented RW management solutions to African companies

ROSATOM presented the NORM (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material) management principles at a product webinar held for companies of Central and South Africa. The event brought together representatives of analytical agencies, investment and energy companies, scientific and research organizations, municipalities, as well as the oil industry of the region. TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom was appointed…

Russia Breaks Daily Coronavirus Fatality Record

Russia has reported the highest number of coronavirus deaths in a single day since the start of the pandemic amid the country’s Delta variant-driven third wave and introduction of mandatory vaccination to prop up sluggish take-up. Russia’s Covid-19 task force which tallies deaths nationwide recorded 652 Covid deaths on Tuesday, beating the previous mortality record…

Western Schools Teach Children That Jesus Was Bisexual, Russian Foreign Minister Says

Updated at 4:12 p.m. on June 29 to add Zakharova’s statement. Some western schoolchildren are taught that Jesus Christ was bisexual and non-binary, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov wrote in a sweeping critique of liberal democracies Monday. Lavrov made the unsupported claim as an example of the “boundlessly permissive” United States and Europe imposing a…

Czech Republic Asks Russia to Pay for 2014 Arms Blast

Authorities in the Czech Republic have asked Russia to pay compensation for damages caused by a deadly 2014 arms depot explosion, the Czech Foreign Ministry said Monday.  Czech Deputy Foreign Minister Martin Smolek delivered the compensation claim to Russia’s Ambassador to Prague Alexander Zmeyevskiy, the Czech Foreign Ministry said.   The ministry’s statement did not specify…

Russia, China Extend Treaty, Hail Ties

The leaders of China and Russia on Monday announced the extension of a 20-year-old friendship treaty, hailing increasingly close ties and the “stabilizing role” of their relationship. The Kremlin published a joint statement from Russia and China to mark two decades since the treaty was signed, as Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping held a televised meeting by video link.…

Joint volunteer action with the participation of representatives of Paks NPP and ROSATOM companies took place in the city of Kalocsa (Hungary)

On June 24-25, 2021, the first joint volunteer action with the participation of representatives of Paks NPP, Paks-2 NPP, ASE EC JSC (Russian General Contractor) and Rosatom Central Europe took place in the city of Kalocsa (Hungary). Over 20 volunteers from Hungarian and Russian nuclear companies repaired and painted benches on the nursing home premises,…