Russia Denies It’s Researching Brain-Chip AI

Russia has denied reports that it is investing in AI technology that would allow humans to control cars, planes and nuclear power plants through microchips implanted into their brains. The Kommersant business daily reported Tuesday the government plans to spend 54 billion rubles ($740 million) on the brain-computer interface project as part of Russia’s massive…

Belarus Seeks 15 Years in Jail for Lukashenko Opponent

Prosecutors in Belarus on Tuesday requested 15 years in jail for a leading opposition figure, who was arrested last year ahead of presidential elections that sparked historic anti-government protests. The demonstrations swept the former Soviet country after strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko claimed a landslide victory in August polls that the opposition and many Western countries…

Сoncreting of the 4th tier of the inner containment has been completed at Rooppur NPP Unit 2 (Bangladesh)

Concreting of the inner containment cylindrical part has been completed at Rooppur NPP power unit 2 reactor building which is being constructed in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh (its General Contractor being JSC Atomstroyexport that is included in the Engineering Division of ROSATOM). The specialists of the Trest RossSEM LLC branch have laid 976 m3…

Rights Advocates Slam Russia Over Myanmar Junta Chief’s Moscow Visit

This week’s visit by Myanmar’s junta chief to Moscow “legitimizes” the country’s “brutal and unlawful attempted coup,” Justice for Myanmar, a leading human rights group that investigates the military’s business interests, told The Moscow Times. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing arrived in Moscow on Sunday for a three-day international security conference starting Tuesday that brings…

Russia Blacklists Bard College as ‘Undesirable’ Org

Russia has declared Bard College an “undesirable” organization in a move that risks significant jail time for anyone affiliated with the U.S. liberal arts college.  The Prosecutor General’s Office accused the institution Monday of “threatening Russia’s constitutional order and security.” Once blacklisted, any “undesirable” organization must cease all activities in Russia or anyone affiliated with…

Russia, Myanmar Agree to Bolster Ties

Junta leader Min Aung Hlaing has traveled to Moscow for a three-day international security conference kicking off Tuesday which brings together defense officials from across the globe. Russia’s Security Council said its chief Nikolai Patrushev had met with Min Aung Hlaing and discussed the “fight against terrorism, issues related to regional security” and foreign interference…

Argentina, Mexico Face Second-Dose Shortages of Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccine – Reports

Argentina and Mexico are facing a shortage of second doses of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine despite Moscow’s pledge to supply 10% of the world’s population, according to several media outlets. Argentina’s La Nacion daily reported Sunday that its government is in “intense talks” with Russia on new deliveries because many first-dose recipients between late…

An Apricot Cake for All Seasons

Expats develop oddly obsessive attitudes towards food. After a few months in a foreign country, spot something that screams “I’m from your home country!” on the shelves of a cash-and-carry and chances are you’ll scoop it up and carry it home regardless of whether you need it or even like it. In my Moscow flat,…

Ukraine Sanctions Tycoon Linked to Russian Defense Firms

Ukraine on Friday imposed sanctions on controversial tycoon Dmytro Firtash for selling titanium products to Russian military enterprises, the presidency said in a statement. The ex-Soviet country has been fighting pro-Russia separatists in its eastern Donetsk and Lugansk regions since 2014, following Moscow’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula. Kiev accuses Moscow of sending troops and…

Russia Sitting Out Armenian Elections

In Armenia’s upcoming elections, Russia’s choice would appear to be obvious. One of the two main contenders is a proudly pro-Russia friend of President Vladimir Putin. The other is a former journalist who came to power via street protests and then surrounded himself with figures from the liberal NGO world. And yet, the Kremlin appears…

Gazprom and Peterhof State Museum Reserve sign Agreement of Cooperation

Background The Oranienbaum park and palace ensemble, the one park and palace residence to have come out unscathed from the Great Patriotic War, is Russia’s only architectural ensemble in the rococo style. In the postwar period, the Chinese Palace was left unrestored and gradually fell into disrepair because conservation specialists focused their efforts on restoring major Peterhof assets that had…

What’s On in Moscow June 18-20

New coronavirus restrictions As Moscow experiences another surge in cases, the city has implemented a series of restrictions. Outdoor theaters, playgrounds, food courts, children’s playrooms in malls, and zoos will remain closed through June 29. Restaurants and bars must close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Theaters, movie theaters, museums and other cultural venues will…

Navalny Lawyers Dispute Putin’s ‘Molotov Cocktails’ Claims

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s networks were not accused of teaching supporters how to make Molotov cocktails contrary to President Vladimir Putin’s claims, the groups’ lawyers told the independent Dozhd broadcaster. A Moscow court last week declared Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) and the affiliated Citizens’ Rights Protection Organization as “extremist,” effectively dismantling Russia’s most effective opposition…

Start-up and commissioning underway at second train of Amur Gas Processing Plant

June 17, 2021, 20:20 The Gazprom Management Committee took note of the information about the progress of the Amur Gas Processing Plant (GPP) construction project. Particular attention was paid to the launch of the first production train, which took place on June 9, and to the ongoing start-up and commissioning operations at the second train, where the auxiliary and core equipment is now fully assembled. It was highlighted…

Alexey Miller and Dmitry Rogozin discuss setting up geotechnical monitoring system for industrial facilities

June 17, 2021, 20:05 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Dmitry Rogozin, Director General of State Space Corporation Roscosmos, took place in St. Petersburg. The parties reviewed the current issues of cooperation, including the creation of a unified system for geotechnical monitoring of hazardous industrial facilities in Russia. The relevant Cooperation Agreement was signed at the St. Petersburg International…

Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccine Maker Promises Delta Variant Boosters to Rivals

The makers of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine have vowed to offer rival manufacturers a “booster shot” against the more contagious and vaccine-resistant Delta variant first identified in India. Russian authorities have claimed that Sputnik V is effective against the Delta variant, whose spread amid an uneven global vaccination campaign is raising concerns about how…

6 in 10 Russians Against Compulsory Vaccination – Poll

A majority of Russian respondents (63%) disapprove of the idea of compulsory coronavirus vaccination, according to a poll by the SuperJob portal published Thursday.   Moscow and three other Russian regions announced mandatory vaccination for service-sector workers Wednesday, pointing to a “dramatic” rise in cases and dwindling vaccination rates. Under the decree, businesses operating in the…

‘Red Lines’ and Respect: Takeaways and Reactions from Biden-Putin Summit

Russian officials expressed cautious optimism following President Vladimir Putin’s first summit with U.S. President Joe Biden in Geneva on Wednesday while Kremlin critics derided the Russian leader’s remarks. Senior diplomats hailed the joint Putin-Biden statement that a “nuclear war cannot be won” — the only adopted document following the four-hour talks — as a “step…

Financial and economic policy Conference held

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