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  • 2020 Arctic Wildfires Emissions So Far Surpass All of 2019

    2020 Arctic Wildfires Emissions So Far Surpass All of 2019

    Wildfires in the Arctic have emitted more carbon dioxide so far in 2020 than in all of 2019, according to European atmospheric composition data cited by The Guardian newspaper on Monday. As much as 245 megatons of CO2 have been released from Arctic wildfires up to Aug. 24 this year, compared with 181 megatons in…

  • Kremlin Rules Out Deploying Security ‘Reserve’ in Belarus, for Now

    Kremlin Rules Out Deploying Security ‘Reserve’ in Belarus, for Now

    Belarus has no need for Russia’s troops for the time being, the Kremlin said Monday after President Vladimir Putin announced the creation of a Russian “reserve” ready for deployment in case of mass unrest in the neighboring state. “The use of this reserve is out of the question at the moment,” Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov…

  • India Pulls Out of Russian Military Drills With China, Pakistan

    India Pulls Out of Russian Military Drills With China, Pakistan

    The Indian military has said it will not participate in Russia’s multinational exercises next month amid border standoffs with China and Pakistan. India has informed Russia that it will not be sending a contingent for the Kavkaz-2020 (Caucasus-2020) exercises, its Defense Ministry spokesperson said via Twitter on Saturday. India was one of several countries due…

  • Russia Prepares for Return to School Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

    Russia Prepares for Return to School Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

    Russian children go back to school on Sept. 1 — known as Day of Knowledge — despite coronavirus infections in the country rising by about 5,000 cases a day. The Education Ministry and consumer protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor have issued a set of guidelines aimed at minimising the spread the virus. The new rules include regular…

  • Russia Expels 3 Slovak Diplomats in Tit-For-Tat Move

    Russia Expels 3 Slovak Diplomats in Tit-For-Tat Move

    Russia said on Monday it was expelling three diplomats from the Slovak embassy in Moscow in a tit-for-tat move after Bratislava forced out three Russians amid a growing diplomatic spat with Europe. “The Russian side, guided by the principle of reciprocity, decided to expel… three diplomatic staff of the Slovak Embassy in Moscow,” the Russian foreign…

  • Belarus Leader Proposes Vote on Constitution Reforms

    Belarus Leader Proposes Vote on Constitution Reforms

    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Monday discussed plans for a referendum on constitutional reforms as discontent with his 26-year rule has fuelled huge protests. The 66-year-old is facing his greatest challenge yet following three weekends of giant protests in Minsk over a disputed August 9 presidential poll where he claimed victory over a popular opposition…

  • Russia to Start Mass Deliveries of Coronavirus Vaccine Next Month

    Russia to Start Mass Deliveries of Coronavirus Vaccine Next Month

    Russia plans to begin the first mass deliveries of its coronavirus vaccine in September, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said Monday. Russia has registered the Sputnik V adenoviral vector-based vaccine and is touting it as the world’s first despite it not having undergone large-scale trials to prove its safety and effectiveness. Russia is one of several…

  • Germany Urges More From Moscow to Probe Navalny Poisoning

    Germany Urges More From Moscow to Probe Navalny Poisoning

    Germany on Monday urged Moscow to step up its efforts to investigate the apparent poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny who is currently being treated at a Berlin hospital in a coma. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a special address to French ambassadors in Paris that Europe needed “constructive” relations with Russia for the…

  • On and Off the Trans-Siberian Train: The Mother

    On and Off the Trans-Siberian Train: The Mother

    Galina, 25 Blagoveshchensk My mom had me when she was very young, just 18. She did not need kids, she loved going out and having fun. She would often abandon me to go to some party in some shady place. I still have a deep fear of drunk men. I just hate them. My father…

  • Navalny Had ‘Alarming’ Hypothermia in Russia – Airlift Charity

    Navalny Had ‘Alarming’ Hypothermia in Russia – Airlift Charity

    Prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny had “alarming” hypothermia while he was undergoing treatment in Siberia, according to the NGO that organized his evacuation to Germany. Navalny, 44, a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin and the de facto leader of Russia’s opposition, remains in a coma after falling suddenly ill on a flight to Moscow…

  • Gazprom’s financial information under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for the six months ended June 30, 2020

    Gazprom’s financial information under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for the six months ended June 30, 2020

    August 31, 2020, 10:00 IFRS results 2020 Comment by Famil Sadygov, Deputy Chairman of Gazprom Management Committee, on financial statements under IFRS for six months of 2020 Today PJSC Gazprom issued its unaudited consolidated interim condensed financial information prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 Interim Financial Reporting (IAS 34) for the six months ended June 30, 2020. The table…

  • France Detains Senior Military Officer Suspected of Spying for Russia

    France Detains Senior Military Officer Suspected of Spying for Russia

    A senior French military officer stationed at a NATO base has been indicted and jailed on suspicion of spying for Russia, local media and sources said on Sunday. The French army officer was stationed abroad, a judicial source said confirming details from Europe 1 radio. According to the report, the soldier was stationed on a…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Aug. 30

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Aug. 30

    Russia has confirmed 990,326 cases of coronavirus and 17,093 deaths. Aug. 30: What you need to know today The head of a remote Siberian region has contracted the coronavirus a second time in what may be Russia’s first documented case of reinfection.  President Vladimir Putin has promised Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko the first export batch of Russia’s candidate…

  • Tens of Thousands March in Belarus Capital Despite Massive Police Presence

    Tens of Thousands March in Belarus Capital Despite Massive Police Presence

    Tens of thousands of opposition supporters marched through the Belarusian capital of Minsk on Sunday calling for an end to strongman Alexander Lukashenko’s rule, despite heavily armed police and troops blocking streets and detaining dozens of demonstrators. Protests have now entered a third week since the disputed presidential election on August 9 in which Lukashenko…

  • Belarus Pulls Several Foreign Media Reporters’ Accreditation

    Belarus Pulls Several Foreign Media Reporters’ Accreditation

    Belarusian authorities on Saturday withdrew the accreditation of journalists working for several foreign media, including AFP, ahead of the latest demonstration challenging the results of the presidential election. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1994, is facing unprecedented protests since the disputed August 9 election in which he claimed a landslide…

  • ‘Citizen Countess’: Sofia Panina Led the Fight for Women’s Rights

    ‘Citizen Countess’: Sofia Panina Led the Fight for Women’s Rights

    As an advocate for the working class, the world’s first female cabinet minister and an unapologetic feminist in revolutionary Russia, Countess Sofia Panina was a trailblazing figure in a time of dramatic social upheaval. Now, 100 years after her adopted home of the United States gave women the right to vote, the fascinating life story…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Aug. 29

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Aug. 29

    Russia has confirmed 985,346 cases of coronavirus and 17,025 deaths. Aug. 29: What you need to know today The head of a remote Siberian region has contracted the coronavirus a second time in what may be Russia’s first documented case of reinfection.  President Vladimir Putin has promised Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko the first export batch of Russia’s candidate…

  • Russian Teen ‘Insults Religious Feelings’ With Church Candle TikTok

    Russian Teen ‘Insults Religious Feelings’ With Church Candle TikTok

    Authorities in Russia’s Far East have opened a criminal case against a local teen over a TikTok video that shows him lighting a cigarette with a candle inside a church, a move they qualified as a violation of Russia’s law against insulting religious feelings. Investigators in the Zabaikalsky region said Friday that the unnamed 18-year-old…

  • Navalny Still in Coma, Poisoning Symptoms Receding – Spokeswoman

    Navalny Still in Coma, Poisoning Symptoms Receding – Spokeswoman

    Prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny remains in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator more than a week after falling ill from an apparent poisoning but his symptoms appear to be receding, his spokeswoman said Friday as doctors race to identify the substance with which he may have been poisoned. Navalny, 44, has been…

  • Russia Fires Outspoken Head of Embattled Anti-Doping Body

    Russia Fires Outspoken Head of Embattled Anti-Doping Body

    The outspoken head of Russia’s Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) Yury Ganus was fired from his position on Friday after accusing the country’s sporting leadership of failing to fight widespread drug use. The decision to remove the director general “was taken unanimously,” the president of Russia’s Olympic Committee Stanislav Pozdnyakov said at a press conference, according to…

  • Russian Troops Take Part in Belarus War Games

    Russian Troops Take Part in Belarus War Games

    Russian and Belarusian recon troops conducted joint assault exercises Thursday, the day that Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the formation of a “law enforcement reserve” standing by in case anti-government protests escalate in Belarus. The exercises are part of the 10-day international army games that Belarus hosts at an army base in Brest on the…

  • Forbes Russia Editor Resigns Over Deleted Article

    Forbes Russia Editor Resigns Over Deleted Article

    The website editor of the Russian edition of Forbes magazine has resigned after his publication deleted an article about the daughter of a state development corporation head receiving student financial aid despite not qualifying for it. Forbes reported earlier this week that Anastasia Shuvalova, the daughter of VEB.RF chairman Igor Shuvalov, was accepted into Moscow…

  • Kremlin Hails Abe’s ‘Invaluable Contribution’ To Relations

    Kremlin Hails Abe’s ‘Invaluable Contribution’ To Relations

    The Kremlin on Friday hailed Shinzo Abe’s contribution to bilateral ties between Moscow and Tokyo after the Japanese Prime Minister announced his resignation for health reasons. Russia’s relationship with Japan has been overshadowed by a decades-long territorial dispute over Tokyo’s claim to a chain of islands seized by the Soviet Union in the final days…

  • Russia Expels Norwegian Diplomat in Spy Affair

    Russia Expels Norwegian Diplomat in Spy Affair

    The Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday said it had expelled a senior Norwegian diplomat in retaliation after Oslo expelled a Russian diplomat following the arrest of a suspected spy. The Russian ministry said that “as a retaliatory measure” a senior diplomat at the Norwegian embassy was declared persona non grata and must leave within three…

  • Belarus Detains 300 Protesters and Journalists Amid Ongoing Protests

    Belarus Detains 300 Protesters and Journalists Amid Ongoing Protests

    Authorities in Belarus detained at least 260 protesters and 17 journalists Thursday evening, human rights activists said as opposition rallies continued more than two weeks after the country’s disputed election. Belarusians have taken to the streets every day since the Aug. 9 vote in which President Alexander Lukashenko claimed a landslide victory. The days immediately…

  • Port at Padma river became fully operational on Rooppur NPP construction site (Bangladesh)

    Freight water terminal located at Padma river became fully operational on Rooppur NPP construction site in Bangladesh (General Contractor — JSC “Atomstroyexport”, a company of Rosatom Engineering Division). The port is intended for receiving various process equipment for the construction and further operation of Nuclear Power Plant, including the delivery of fresh fuel and removal…

  • Russian Nuclear Sub Surfaces Off Alaska During War Games

    Russian Nuclear Sub Surfaces Off Alaska During War Games

    A Russian nuclear submarine has surfaced near Alaska during navy exercises, spooking American commercial fishing vessels in the area, the U.S. military said early Friday. Russia’s Defense Ministry announced Thursday that its nuclear-powered cruise missile submarine Omsk and missile cruiser Varyag fired at targets in the Bering Sea as part of its “Ocean Shield 2020”…

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Pass 980K

    Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Pass 980K

    The highest number of new cases were in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Russia’s fatality rate has remained low compared to other badly-hit countries, raising speculation that Moscow could be underreporting figures. Russian authorities began easing anti-virus measures in June ahead of a massive World War II military parade in Moscow and a nationwide vote on…

  • Russia Seeks Proof of Navalny’s Poisoning From Germany

    Russia Seeks Proof of Navalny’s Poisoning From Germany

    Russian prosecutors have asked their German colleagues to provide their evidence that allowed doctors in Berlin to diagnose prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny with poisoning. The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office said in a statement Thursday that Russia had opened a preliminary inquiry on the day of Navalny’s sudden illness last week. The de facto Russian…

  • Rosneft Awarded for Developing Unique Biological Product

    Rosneft has been awarded by the Rospatent in the category “100 Best Inventions of Russia for 2019 and the H1 2020” for the development of a unique biological product for cleaning the northern seas of oil pollution.

  • Core Catcher for Unit 2 Delivered to Akkuyu NPP Site (Turkey)

    26th August 2020, Mersin Province, Turkey – Core Melt Localization Device (CMLD) or “core catcher”, a crucial component of Unit 2 passive nuclear safety system, has been delivered to Akkuyu NPP construction site. The core catcher body is 5.8 meters high and 6.1 meters in diameter. It is a 169-ton steel cone-shaped container, which will…

  • U.S.-Ukrainian Spies Lured Russian ‘Mercenaries’ to Belarus, Putin Says

    U.S.-Ukrainian Spies Lured Russian ‘Mercenaries’ to Belarus, Putin Says

    The detention of 33 Russians described as members of the Wagner mercenary group on the eve of a disputed presidential election in Belarus was a joint U.S.-Ukrainian operation, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday. Belarus has accused the men of seeking to destabilize the country by colluding with opposition leaders to orchestrate mass disorder. Belarus returned…

  • In Wake of Suspected Poisoning, Navalny’s Allies Vow to Soldier On

    In Wake of Suspected Poisoning, Navalny’s Allies Vow to Soldier On

    While Russia’s most prominent opposition politician Alexei Navalny lies in a coma in a Berlin hospital after suffering an apparent poisoning last week, the pressure on his activities continues back home.  On Wednesday, Yevgeny Prigozhin, a catering magnate nicknamed “Putin’s chef,” bought the 88 million rubles ($1.2 million) in debt Navalny, his ally Lyubov Sobol…

  • Putin Forms Law Enforcement ‘Reserve’ on Standby for Belarus

    Putin Forms Law Enforcement ‘Reserve’ on Standby for Belarus

    President Vladimir Putin has formed a reserve of Russian law enforcement officers standing by to be sent to Belarus, he said in a new interview that aired Thursday. Putin said he created the reserve at the request of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who faces mass demonstrations in his country weeks after a disputed election he claims…

  • Russian Police Launch Initial Inquiry Into Navalny’s Illness

    Russian Police Launch Initial Inquiry Into Navalny’s Illness

    Police in Siberia said Thursday they have launched a preliminary inquiry into the suspected poisoning of prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny last week. The Siberian transport police said it inspected Navalny’s hotel room, inspected security footage and scouted out his entire itinerary while he was in the city of Tomsk. They also seized more than…

  • Putin’s Approval Rating Returns to Pre-Coronavirus Levels – Poll

    Putin’s Approval Rating Returns to Pre-Coronavirus Levels – Poll

    President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating has jumped to one of its highest levels since the start of the year as Russia continues its steady recovery from the coronavirus outbreak, the independent Levada Center polling agency said Wednesday. At 66% in August, Putin’s approval rating went up by six percentage points in a month and almost…

  • Navalny’s Doctors Contact Bulgarian Medics Over Possible Link to 2015 Poisoning – Der Spiegel

    Navalny’s Doctors Contact Bulgarian Medics Over Possible Link to 2015 Poisoning – Der Spiegel

    Alexei Navalny’s doctors in Germany have made contact with Bulgarian colleagues on suspicion that the prominent Kremlin critic may have been poisoned with a similar substance as a local arms dealer in 2015, the Der Spiegel news magazine reported. Doctors at Berlin’s Charité hospital said they believe Navalny was poisoned with an unknown substance belonging…

  • Russia Blames U.S. for Syria Confrontation

    Russia Blames U.S. for Syria Confrontation

    Russia on Thursday blamed the United States for a tense confrontation in Syria in which Russian military vehicles and helicopters surrounded U.S. armored vehicles, leaving U.S. troops injured. The White House National Security Council (NSC) said in a statement that a Russian vehicle struck a U.S. mine-resistant all-terrain vehicle, “causing injuries to the vehicle’s crew.”…

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Pass 975K

    Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Pass 975K

    The highest number of new cases were in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Russia’s fatality rate has remained low compared to other badly-hit countries, raising speculation that Moscow could be underreporting figures. Russian authorities began easing anti-virus measures in June ahead of a massive World War II military parade in Moscow and a nationwide vote on…

  • Siberian Farmer Unearths Neolithic Burial

    Siberian Farmer Unearths Neolithic Burial

    A resident of Siberia has unearthed an ancient grave that could be part of a burial ground dating back 7,000 years, Russia’s Academy of Sciences (RAS) said Wednesday. The unnamed man stumbled on the finding in May while digging his garden on the outskirts of Ulan-Ude, the capital of Russia’s republic of Buryatia some 5,600…

  • 30 Babies Born to Surrogates Stranded in Russia

    30 Babies Born to Surrogates Stranded in Russia

    Thirty babies born to surrogate mothers are stranded in St. Petersburg, an official said on Wednesday, with foreign parents unable to travel to Russia’s second city due to coronavirus restrictions. The children’s rights ombudswoman in the city Anna Mitianina said on her website that the authorities had received calls from several medical facilities caring for children…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Aug. 26

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Aug. 26

    Russia has confirmed 970,865 cases of coronavirus and 16,683 deaths. Aug. 26: What you need to know today The head of a remote Siberian region has contracted the coronavirus a second time in what may be Russia’s first documented case of reinfection.  President Vladimir Putin has promised Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko the first export batch of Russia’s candidate coronavirus…

  • Siberian Governor ‘Reinfected’ With Coronavirus

    Siberian Governor ‘Reinfected’ With Coronavirus

    The head of a remote Siberian region has contracted the coronavirus a second time in what may be Russia’s first documented case of reinfection.  Sholban Kara-Ool, the governor of the republic of Tyva on the Mongolian border, was admitted to the hospital again this week three months after his first hospitalization. He said doctors diagnosed…

  • Nobel Laureate Alexievich Refuses to Answer Belarus Investigators

    Nobel Laureate Alexievich Refuses to Answer Belarus Investigators

    Belarusian Nobel Prize-winning author Svetlana Alexievich said Wednesday she refused to answer investigators’ questions after she was summoned as a witness in a criminal probe into the opposition. Opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko formed a Coordination Council to oversee a peaceful transition of power after they rejected his claim to have won a sixth term…

  • Russia’s Per-Capita Pollution Hits 155 Kilograms – Analysis

    Russia’s Per-Capita Pollution Hits 155 Kilograms – Analysis

    Russia’s per-capita pollution emissions hit 155 kilograms in 2019 due to transportation and industrial activity, according to an analysis cited by the RBC news website Wednesday. In total, the two sources of emissions released 22.7 million tons of pollutants into the atmosphere last year, RBC cited the Finexpertiza consulting firm as saying. Transportation including personal…

  • ROSATOM will develop REMIX fuel fabrication at the site of the Siberian Chemical Plant in Seversk

    The Investment Committee of ROSATOM has approved the project of modernization of the experimental shop-floor for nuclear fuel fabrication at the site of the Siberian Chemical Combine (SCC), an enterprise of TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom in Seversk, Tomsk region (West Siberia). This will enable SCC to manufacture fuel assemblies with uranium-plutonium REMIX fuel matrix…

  • Which Countries Have Signed Up for Russia’s Coronavirus Vaccine?

    Which Countries Have Signed Up for Russia’s Coronavirus Vaccine?

    More than 20 countries have made requests to purchase over 1 billion doses of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus candidate vaccine despite safety concerns, according to Russia’s sovereign wealth fund which is bankrolling the project. Presidents of several countries, including Moldova, Mexico, the Philippines and Serbia, have volunteered to receive the shots themselves. Here’s a look…

  • Sweden Bolsters Baltic Military Presence in Show of Force Toward Russia

    Sweden Bolsters Baltic Military Presence in Show of Force Toward Russia

    Sweden has strengthened its military presence in the Baltic Sea, marking an unprecedented show of force directed at Russia over Moscow’s maneuvers in the region. Sweden said Tuesday that it lifted its military readiness for the first time since 1991 in reaction to levels of Russian and Western activity not seen in the Baltic Sea since…

  • Kremlin-Linked Businessman Prigozhin Vows to Ruin Navalny

    Kremlin-Linked Businessman Prigozhin Vows to Ruin Navalny

    The Kremlin-linked businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin has vowed to ruin Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is in a coma in a Berlin hospital, with a court-ordered penalty of around $1.2 million. Prigozhin is nicknamed “President Vladimir Putin’s chef” because his company Concord has done catering for the Kremlin. Media reports have said he funds Wagner,…

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Pass 970K

    Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Pass 970K

    The highest number of new cases were in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Russia’s fatality rate has remained low compared to other badly-hit countries, raising speculation that Moscow could be underreporting figures. Russian authorities began easing anti-virus measures in June ahead of a massive World War II military parade in Moscow and a nationwide vote on…

  • Rosneft Launches Course of Lectures in Black and Azov Seas Biology

    Scientists of the Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, the Lomonosov Moscow State University, the RAS Marine Hydrophysical Institute, the Azov–Black Sea branch of the Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography, and the Marine Research Centre of the Moscow State University developed a unique Biology of the Black and Azov Seas online course with the…

  • Russian State Duma to Probe Navalny’s Poisoning for Foreign Interference

    Russian State Duma to Probe Navalny’s Poisoning for Foreign Interference

    A top Russian lawmaker has ordered a probe into whether prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s suspected poisoning was a “provocation” by foreign countries aimed at fueling tensions inside Russia. State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said Monday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell’s statements urging investigations into the apparent poisoning…

  • In Memoriam: Moscow’s Trolleybus System 1933-2020

    In Memoriam: Moscow’s Trolleybus System 1933-2020

    Moscow’s trolleybuses, a staple of city-dwellers’ commutes for nearly a century, have taken their final journey into the sunset. The Russian capital announced Tuesday that it will be retiring all its trolleybuses and replacing them with regular buses and electric buses. “The decision to gradually abandon the trolleybus service was not easy for us, but…

  • Oil Workers Stumble Upon Mammoth Remains in Russia’s Arctic

    Oil Workers Stumble Upon Mammoth Remains in Russia’s Arctic

    Mammoth remains have been accidentally discovered near the Arctic Circle in Russia, the latest surprise archaeological find as climate change accelerates permafrost melt and exposes the long-buried skeletons of ancient animals. Gazprom Neft workers stumbled upon the elephant-sized animal’s skull and tusk earlier in August while working at its northernmost oil field on the remote…

  • It’s a Long Way to Tipperary for Belarus Opposition Leader Tikhanovskaya

    It’s a Long Way to Tipperary for Belarus Opposition Leader Tikhanovskaya

    It’s a long way to Tipperary from Belarus for opposition leader Svetlana Tikhonavskaya, who cultivated an independent streak and a flair for leadership during almost a decade of visits to rural Ireland. Tikhonavskaya, 37, was one of the “Chernobyl children,” whose health was directly or indirectly affected by the radioactive fallout of the 1986 nuclear disaster in neighboring Ukraine. She was…

  • Belarus’ ‘Peaceful Revolution’ Is Neither Pro-Russian Nor Anti-Russian, Opposition Leader Says

    Belarus’ ‘Peaceful Revolution’ Is Neither Pro-Russian Nor Anti-Russian, Opposition Leader Says

    Exiled opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya told the EU parliament on Tuesday that a “peaceful revolution” was under way in Belarus after huge protests broke out over disputed presidential elections. The strongman leader of ex-Soviet Belarus Alexander Lukashenko claimed a sixth term in Aug. 9 elections that sparked historic street rallies and a violent police crackdown…

  • No Need to Investigate Navalny’s ‘Poisoning,’ Kremlin Says

    No Need to Investigate Navalny’s ‘Poisoning,’ Kremlin Says

    Russia sees no grounds to launch a criminal investigation into the circumstances of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s sudden illness that German doctors attribute to poisoning, the Kremlin said Tuesday. Navalny’s allies have criticized the Russian authorities for failing to open criminal proceedings after the anti-corruption campaigner and de facto Russian opposition leader fell into a…

  • Yandex Pulls Employees Out of Minsk After Office Raid – Reports

    Yandex Pulls Employees Out of Minsk After Office Raid – Reports

    Russian internet giant Yandex has pulled some of its employees out of its local office in Minsk after the Belarusian security services raided its premises amid the ongoing unrest in the country. Some of the company’s Minsk-based staff were moved to Russia last week, and others who could not leave Belarus were relocated to country…

  • 5 Things We Know About the Navalny ‘Poisoning’ So Far

    5 Things We Know About the Navalny ‘Poisoning’ So Far

    Prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny remains in a medically induced coma in a German hospital almost a week after falling suddenly ill on a flight in Siberia due to what his aides said was poisoning. The anti-corruption campaigner was flown to Berlin after a standoff with the hospital treating him in the city of Omsk,…

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Approach 970K

    Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Approach 970K

    The highest number of new cases were in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Russia’s fatality rate has remained low compared to other badly-hit countries, raising speculation that Moscow could be underreporting figures. Russian authorities began easing anti-virus measures in June ahead of a massive World War II military parade in Moscow and a nationwide vote on…