Moscow Orders Mandatory Vaccinations for Service Workers as Covid-19 Cases Surge

Moscow will introduce mandatory vaccinations for service sector workers, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced Wednesday as the capital faces a surge in coronavirus cases. Businesses operating in the hospitality, education, healthcare and entertainment sectors will be required to ensure 60% of their workforces are vaccinated, according to the decree signed by Moscow’s chief sanitary doctor. Similar requirements…

ROSATOM’s superconductors successfully tested in CERN

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN, Switzerland) has successfully completed the acceptance testing of Russian-made niobium-tin superconductors made in the framework of the Future Circular Collider (FCC) CERN Conductor Development Program. The design of superconducting strands and their manufacturing technology were developed at the Bochvar Institute in Moscow, while the 50 km long qualification…

Russia Issues Last-Minute Extension to Foreigner Visas

Russia has extended its moratorium on deportations of foreigners with expired visas for another three months due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a last-minute decree President Vladimir Putin signed Tuesday. Foreign nationals with expired visas had been beset with uncertainty over whether they should leave the country before Putin’s latest extension of foreign citizens’…

Has a ‘Moscow Strain’ of Coronavirus Emerged?

The developers of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine are studying the jab’s effectiveness against the so-called “Moscow strain” of the virus, they told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency Tuesday.  Gamaleya Center head Alexander Gintsburg’s comments come as Moscow officials have sounded the alarm over the Russian capital’s surge in new infections, with reported daily…

Navalny Ally Lyubov Sobol Drops Out of Duma Race After Russia’s ‘Extremist’ Ban

Lyubov Sobol, a top ally of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, announced her withdrawal from this fall’s parliamentary elections Monday after lawmakers banned his associates from running for office. Sobol, 33, linked her decision to a recent court ruling that branded Navalny’s network “extremist” that came alongside a newly passed law that bars anyone affiliated…

Global Trust in Putin Drops to 22% – Pew

Russian President Vladimir Putin maintains a much lower level of global trust than his Western counterparts, according to a Pew Research Center poll published Monday. A median of 22% of respondents in 17 advanced economies including the United States said they have confidence in Putin “to do the right thing regarding world affairs,” Pew said.…

21 Injured in Russian Gas Station Explosion

A fuel tank explosion at a gas station in Russia’s third-largest city Novosibirsk has injured 21 people, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported Monday.  Four people have been hospitalized in a burn unit, RIA Novosti reported. Eyewitnesses posted video to social media showing the moment of the explosion, with a huge plume of flames…

Putin’s NBC News Interview, In Quotes

Russian President Vladimir Putin brushed off allegations of hacking and involvement in jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s poisoning in his first interview with U.S. media in three years. During the NBC News interview, which aired ahead of his bilateral summit with U.S. President Joe Biden, Putin spoke with interviewer Keir Simmons for 90 minutes on…

Kremlin Bars Independent Broadcaster From Pool Over Navalny Protest Coverage

The Kremlin has barred the independent Dozhd broadcaster from the presidential press pool over its coverage of protests in support of jailed opposition politician Alexei Navalny, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the independent Meduza news website. Dozhd’s Kremlin pool reporter has been unable to attend Peskov’s press briefings since May 13, Meduza reported, and will…

Russia Places Exiled Navalny Aide on Wanted List

An exiled top associate of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said Friday that Russian authorities have put him on a wanted list on suspicion of committing an unspecified crime. Ivan Zhdanov, the former director of Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) which a Russian court declared “extremist” earlier this week, has been living in Lithuania to avoid…

What’s On in Moscow June 12-15

Russia Day A holiday since 1992, Russia Day marks the day in 1990 that Russia ratified the Declaration of State Sovereignty, which provided certain freedoms to Russia within the Soviet Union. In recent years it is usually celebrated most vibrantly at the city’s historical museums, where key moments in the country’s past are acted out…

Pokras Lampas presents artwork for global football’s first-ever NFT trophy to be awarded for best goal of UEFA EURO 2020 Championship

June 11, 2021, 14:45 Today, the work on the creation of a unique art installation that will be digitized and transformed into an NFT trophy started in the UEFA EURO 2020 Football Village in St. Petersburg. The idea to create a completely new award for the best goal of the UEFA EURO 2020 Championship was put forward by Gazprom, an official sponsor of the tournament. Russian futuristic calligraphy…

Chechen Domestic Violence Victim Faces ‘Killing’ After Police Raid Women’s Shelter – Reports

A Chechen domestic violence victim’s life is at risk after police returned her to her home region after raiding the women’s shelter in neighboring Dagestan where she had fled, media reported Friday. Khalimat Taramova said divulging her whereabouts would “endanger” her life after she escaped “regular beatings and threats” by her family, according to a video…

Navalny Team Vows to Fight on After ‘Extremism’ Ruling

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s anti-corruption group vowed Thursday to fight on after a court branded it an “extremist” organization and ordered its closure. Western countries and the European Union were quick to condemn Wednesday’s late-night ruling, but Russian officials doubled down, describing Navalny as an agent collaborating with Washington. The court decision, which came…

Kremlin ‘Persecutes’ Historians to Toe Soviet-Era Line – NGO

Russian authorities are ramping up pressure on researchers and activists who oppose Moscow’s historical narrative, especially concerning Stalin-era purges and collaboration with Nazi Germany, an international rights group charged Thursday. The report published by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) “comprehensively catalogues repressive acts related to historical memory” targeting historians, activists and journalists for…

What Now for Navalny’s Groups After Russia’s ‘Extremist’ Ban?

A Moscow court has outlawed the political and activist networks of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny as “extremist” in a closed-door hearing Wednesday. Here’s what it means for Russia’s most potent opposition force moving forward: Why did the court declare Navalny’s groups “extremist”? The Moscow Prosecutor’s Office, the plaintiff, had argued that Navalny’s organizations “aim…

Russia Blacklists Navalny’s Political and Activist Movements as ‘Extremist’

A Russian court has outlawed the political and activist networks of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny as “extremist” in a closed-door hearing Wednesday, effectively dismantling one of Russia’s most potent opposition forces amid a wider crackdown in the lead-up to parliamentary elections. The designation bars opposition groups affiliated with Navalny from crowdfunded operations and puts…