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  • As Russia’s Constitution Reform Vote Kicks Off, Election Watchdog Decries ‘Manipulative’ Process

    As Russia’s Constitution Reform Vote Kicks Off, Election Watchdog Decries ‘Manipulative’ Process

    During a company-wide meeting this month at Moscow-region state-run television station Yegoryevsk Today, the chief editor issued a directive. Staffers were to de-register from the polling stations where they usually vote and re-register at the one in the town of Yegoryevsk. “There you can do what you wish, but tomorrow you need to be on…

  • Celebrate with a Chinese Take-Away Feast

    Celebrate with a Chinese Take-Away Feast

    This Saturday and Sunday our friends and neighbors at the Hyatt Regency Petrovsky Park are celebrating the end of lock-down — or almost the end of lock-down — with a fabulous Chinese dinner for two — or many more! (The portions are generous, to say the least!) The dinner includes Guan Tang bao with prawns…

  • U.S. Embassy in Moscow Flies Gay Pride Flag

    U.S. Embassy in Moscow Flies Gay Pride Flag

    The U.S. Embassy in Moscow has hung a rainbow flag on its front facade, photos posted on social media Thursday show. Starting Thursday, Russians will vote on a set of constitutional amendments that would add language defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman to Russia’s basic law. The provision has been…

  • Deadline approaching to submit voting ballots for annual General Shareholders Meeting

    June 25, 2020, 10:45 The voting on the agenda of Gazprom’s annual General Shareholders Meeting closes today at 06:00 pm (Moscow time). The Meeting quorum and the voting results will be determined on the basis of votes represented by the voting ballots and declarations of intention received before the closing time. Starting from June 5, 2020, the shareholders were given an opportunity to send their filled-out ballots by mail…

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Pass 613K as Constitutional Vote Begins

    Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Pass 613K as Constitutional Vote Begins

    Moscow lifted restrictions including compulsory travel passes on June 8, a move welcomed by residents who rushed out to enjoy the streets and parks. Many other regions are lifting lockdown restrictions as Russia is preparing to hold a July 1 national vote despite the pandemic.    President Vladimir Putin is seeking public backing for constitutional amendments that…

  • Explainer: What Are Russians Voting for in Putin’s Constitution Poll?

    Explainer: What Are Russians Voting for in Putin’s Constitution Poll?

    Millions of Russians are set to go to the polls starting Thursday to vote on a package of constitutional amendments proposed by President Vladimir Putin earlier this year. Putin unleashed a political storm in January with the plan to overhaul the Russian Constitution for the first time since 1993. His proposal triggered the cabinet’s resignation…

  • Severstal uses Artificial Itelligece to further boost productivity at Cherepovets Steel Mill

    Severstal uses Artificial Itelligece to further boost productivity at Cherepovets Steel Mill

    June 25, 2020 A team of specialists from Severstal Digital, part of PAO Severstal, one of the world’s largest steel and steel-related mining businesses, working with experts in flat rolled products from the Cherepovets Steel Mill have successfully increased the productivity of a machine learning model that controls the speed of the Mill’s continuous pickling…

  • 150K East Ukraine Residents to Vote on Putin’s Constitutional Reforms – Official

    150K East Ukraine Residents to Vote on Putin’s Constitutional Reforms – Official

    Nearly 150,000 residents of separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine with Russian passports will join Russians in voting on a set of constitutional reforms that would allow President Vladimir Putin to extend his rule, a Russian official has said. From June 25 to July 1, Russians will vote on the constitutional amendments, which contain a controversial clause to…

  • Fugitive Oligarch Posts Unseen Photos of Putin’s Daughters

    Fugitive Oligarch Posts Unseen Photos of Putin’s Daughters

    Previously unseen photographs of President Vladimir Putin’s rumored daughters have emerged in the archives of the fugitive tycoon once dubbed “Putin’s banker.” Sergei Pugachev, 57, is credited with helping Putin ascend to the presidency in 1999. He became a French citizen a decade later and left Russia in 2011 after falling out with some of…

  • The City That Builds Russia’s Nuclear Submarines Now Has Over 2,000 Covid-19 Cases

    The City That Builds Russia’s Nuclear Submarines Now Has Over 2,000 Covid-19 Cases

    Two naval construction yards in a northern Russian city near the site of last year’s mysterious nuclear testing accident have become new hotbeds for the coronavirus. Severodvinsk is near the Nyonoksa testing site where an August 2019 explosion during a rocket engine test killed five nuclear workers and led to a radiation spike. The building of nuclear…

  • Gazprom Gazoraspredeleniye Leningrad Region resuming maintenance services for gas equipment in households and apartments

    Gazprom Gazoraspredeleniye Leningrad Region resuming maintenance services for gas equipment in households and apartments

    News from projects and regions June 24, 2020, 15:00 Gazprom Gazoraspredeleniye Leningrad Region is resuming routine operations pertaining to the provision of maintenance services for gas equipment in households and apartments.<o:p> Inspections will be performed according to the schedule, which was updated after the temporary suspension of services due to anti-epidemic restrictions. Residents of the region will be notified of the upcoming inspections within the timeframes…

  • Chinese Expats Fake Coronavirus Tests to Leave Russia – Reports

    Chinese Expats Fake Coronavirus Tests to Leave Russia – Reports

    The Chinese Embassy in Moscow has issued a warning after some of its citizens forged negative coronavirus test results to fly back home from Russia, the South China Morning Post reported Tuesday. Russia temporarily banned Chinese nationals from entry in February in an effort to prevent the Covid-19 outbreak which originated in China from spreading.…

  • In Photos: Russia’s Post-Coronavirus WWII Parade Marks 75 Years Since Soviet Victory

    In Photos: Russia’s Post-Coronavirus WWII Parade Marks 75 Years Since Soviet Victory

    Russia staged a grand military parade Wednesday to mark 75 years since the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. “It is impossible even to imagine what the world would be if the Red Army hadn’t come to defend it,” President Vladimir Putin said at the event. Russia was forced to postpone the…

  • Russia Grants Early Release to Jailed Danish Jehovah’s Witness

    Russia Grants Early Release to Jailed Danish Jehovah’s Witness

    A court in western Russia has granted early release to the first Jehovah’s Witness to be convicted on extremism charges in the country, the religious group said Tuesday. Danish national Dennis Christensen was arrested in May 2017 at a prayer meeting in the town of Oryol south of Moscow and sentenced in 2019 for six…

  • Kyrgyz President Sits Out Moscow WWII Parade After Staffers Test Positive for Virus

    Kyrgyz President Sits Out Moscow WWII Parade After Staffers Test Positive for Virus

    Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Zheenbekov pulled out of attending Russia’s Victory Day parade after two members of his delegation tested positive for coronavirus upon arriving in Moscow, his press service said Wednesday. Zheenbekov was one of several leaders set to attend the parade on Red Square marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over the…

  • Russia Stages Grand WWII Parade Ahead of Vote on Putin Reforms

    Russia Stages Grand WWII Parade Ahead of Vote on Putin Reforms

    Columns of tanks and troops paraded through Moscow on Wednesday as Russian President Vladimir Putin presided over grand World War II commemorations to stir up patriotic fervor ahead of a vote on extending his rule. Putin was flanked on Red Square by elderly war veterans in uniforms laden with medals as thousands of troops carrying…

  • EU Considers Blocking Russians Upon Reopening Borders – NYT

    EU Considers Blocking Russians Upon Reopening Borders – NYT

    The European Union is considering barring Russian travelers from entering when it reopens its borders next week, The New York Times reported Tuesday. American and Brazilian visitors could also face the EU ban over the countries’ failures to control their Covid-19 outbreaks. The U.S., Brazil and Russia have the world’s highest Covid-19 caseloads with more…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | June 24

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | June 24

    There have been 606,881 cases of coronavirus infection reported in Russia so far and 8,513 deaths. June 24: 3 things you need to know today Starting Tuesday, Moscow’s indoor dining, fitness clubs, swimming pools and public sports and recreation facilities will reopen after being closed for months due to the coronavirus. Russia held its landmark Victory Day parade on…

  • Putin’s Grand Plan for Arctic Shipping Might Wreck in Barents Sea

    Putin’s Grand Plan for Arctic Shipping Might Wreck in Barents Sea

    The Northern Sea Route (NSR) was again on the agenda as Russia’s Arctic Commission convened last week to discuss key developments in the country’s north. The Northern Sea Route covers the waters between the Novaya Zemlya archipelago and the Bering Strait. The shipping route’s development has been a top priority ever since President Vladimir Putin included…

  • Cubans Lured to Russia Through Old Alliances Left Stranded by Virus

    Cubans Lured to Russia Through Old Alliances Left Stranded by Virus

    Idalmis Moreno, a nurse with 15 years of clinical experience in her native Cuba, has spent two years trying to gain the migration status in Russia that would allow her to work.  Historical ties and visa-free travel between the countries have made Russia a popular destination for Cuban migrants. Some, like Moreno, arrive seeking employment…

  • Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Yoshkar-Ola offering new online service for making contracts

    Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Yoshkar-Ola offering new online service for making contracts

    News from projects and regions June 23, 2020, 20:00 Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Yoshkar-Ola, which supplies natural gas in the Republic of Mari El, is offering a new service on the company’s corporate website: applications for gas appliance maintenance contracts and gas supply contracts can now be submitted online. Gas appliance maintenance contracts and gas supply contracts are essential for every homeowner receiving…

  • Russia Will Raise Taxes on Top Earners, Putin Announces

    Russia Will Raise Taxes on Top Earners, Putin Announces

    Russia will hike taxes for the country’s top earners from next year, President Vladimir Putin announced in a speech to the nation Tuesday afternoon. In a lengthy address in which Putin discussed Russia’s fight with the coronavirus and hailed the success of the country’s health system in mobilizing for the epidemic, Putin announced the surprise…

  • Putin Declares Coronavirus Under Control Ahead of Constitutional Vote

    Putin Declares Coronavirus Under Control Ahead of Constitutional Vote

    President Vladimir Putin hailed Russia’s progress on fighting the coronavirus pandemic and announced new economic and social support measures ahead of a vote on constitutional reforms that would allow him to extend his rule until 2036. Starting Thursday, Russians will begin to go to the polls to approve or reject the package of constitutional amendments…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | June 23

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | June 23

    There have been 599,075 cases of coronavirus infection reported in Russia so far and 8,359 deaths. June 23: 3 things you need to know today Starting Tuesday, Moscow’s indoor dining, fitness clubs, swimming pools and public sports and recreation facilities will reopen after being closed for months due to the coronavirus. More than one-quarter of Russians know at least…

  • Russia Keeps U.S. Investor Calvey Under House Arrest Despite Cancer Revelation

    Russia Keeps U.S. Investor Calvey Under House Arrest Despite Cancer Revelation

    A court in Moscow on Tuesday upheld U.S. investor Michael Calvey’s house arrest on fraud charges despite the revelation that he has a malignant tumor. Calvey faces embezzlement charges that he says are being used to pressure him in a business dispute. A Moscow court had ruled last month to extend the house arrest of…

  • Voronezh gas workers help 49 veterans of WWII

    Voronezh gas workers help 49 veterans of WWII

    News from projects and regions June 23, 2020, 15:00 Employees of Gazprom Gazoraspredeleniye Voronezh are completing the process of replacing gas-based equipment in the homes of 49 veterans of the Great Patriotic War residing in Voronezh and the Voronezh Region. The company has a permanent program for free-of-charge gas connections, replacement of gas stoves, instantaneous water heaters, boilers and gas meters, and technical maintenance at households…

  • Russia Investigates Toy Protests Against Vote on Putin’s Term Limits

    Russia Investigates Toy Protests Against Vote on Putin’s Term Limits

    Criminal investigators in St. Petersburg have attempted to question an activist who used children’s toys to protest against a vote on constitutional amendments that would allow President Vladimir Putin to extend his rule into 2036. Sonya Ulyasheva, a spokeswoman for the Vesna democratic movement, had posted photographs of the toy protests as on offshoot of the #MiniProtest…

  • Coronavirus Frontline Doctors Ordered to Vote on Changes Allowing Putin to Stay in Power

    Coronavirus Frontline Doctors Ordered to Vote on Changes Allowing Putin to Stay in Power

    Russian health workers treating coronavirus patients across the country say they are being pressured by their superiors to vote on constitutional amendments that would allow President Vladimir Putin to stay in power through 2036. “We simply don’t have a choice,” a doctor at the Syktivkar Republic Infectious Diseases hospital in Russia’s remote northern republic of…

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Death Spike Explained by Methodology, Statistics Chief Says

    Russia’s Coronavirus Death Spike Explained by Methodology, Statistics Chief Says

    Russia’s state statistics agency published higher coronavirus death figures for April than previously reported because it receives more complete data than the national coronavirus crisis center, its chief has said. The Federal Statistics Service, or Rosstat, more than doubled April’s death toll to 2,712 earlier this month after including cases where Covid-19 may not have directly…

  • Moscow Cultural Life Is Slowly Reawakening

    Moscow Cultural Life Is Slowly Reawakening

    Finally, summer cafes, libraries and museums are expected to reopen in Moscow. Starting from June 16, exhibition halls and museums are gradually opening all over Moscow. In almost every museum, visitors will only be able to buy electronic tickets, and everyone, including guests and exhibition staffers, are required to wear masks and practice social distancing.…

  • U.S. Ex-Marine Whelan Will Not Appeal Russian Espionage Verdict: Agencies

    U.S. Ex-Marine Whelan Will Not Appeal Russian Espionage Verdict: Agencies

    A former U.S. marine convicted of espionage in Russia this month will not appeal, his lawyer told news agencies Tuesday, and hopes instead to be exchanged in a prisoner swap. “(Paul) Whelan will not appeal. He does not believe in Russian justice,” his lawyer Vladimir Zherebenkov told Interfax.  “He hopes that in the near future…

  • Russia ‘Accidentally’ Recognizes Gay Marriage

    Russia ‘Accidentally’ Recognizes Gay Marriage

    Russia appears to have recognized a gay marriage by sending a tax return to a prominent LGBT rights activist who had married his husband in the United States, the activist said Monday. This is at least the second time Russian officials have unintentionally recognized a gay marriage due to a legal loophole in the country’s…

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Approach 600K Ahead of Victory Day Parade, Constitutional Vote

    Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Approach 600K Ahead of Victory Day Parade, Constitutional Vote

    Moscow lifted restrictions including compulsory travel passes on June 8, a move welcomed by residents who rushed out to enjoy the streets and parks. Many other regions are lifting lockdown restrictions as Russia is preparing to hold a July 1 national vote despite the pandemic.    President Vladimir Putin is seeking public backing for constitutional amendments that…

  • Russia to Replace Helicopters With Drones in Inhospitable Arctic

    Russia to Replace Helicopters With Drones in Inhospitable Arctic

    Russian companies are racing to send drones into the Arctic as the country expands its foothold in the forbidding region and climate change gradually opens shipping lanes, experts told Forbes magazine. Manned crews in the Arctic face aircraft icing, volatile sea ice and extreme temperatures without support or communications infrastructure, the U.S. defense think tank…

  • Defense Lawyers Want Wider Probe of MH17 Theories

    Defense Lawyers Want Wider Probe of MH17 Theories

    Defense lawyers for a Russian suspect on trial over the downing of flight MH17 called Monday for more investigation of alternative theories including that a Ukrainian fighter jet was to blame. Prosecutors in the trial in the Netherlands say the Malaysia Airlines plane, which was shot down in 2014 and all 298 people on board…

  • Anti-Kremlin Activist, Pussy Riot Member Jailed for 15 Days for ‘Public Swearing’

    Anti-Kremlin Activist, Pussy Riot Member Jailed for 15 Days for ‘Public Swearing’

    Anti-Kremlin activist and Pussy Riot member Pyotr Verzilov has been sentenced to 15 days in jail on charges of public swearing after he was attacked outside a Moscow police station, the Mediazona news website, which he publishes, reported Monday. Verzilov disappeared early Sunday after unidentified men broke down his apartment door and arrested him. He reappeared…

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Recovery Plan Has No Space for Renewables

    Russia’s Coronavirus Recovery Plan Has No Space for Renewables

    One of the first wind power stations in Russia sits on the Commander Islands — a group of scrubby, sparsely inhabited mountainous rocks 100 miles off the country’s eastern coast in the Bering Sea. Started with a donation of two turbines from Denmark in the 1990s, the mini wind farm was designed to halve the…

  • Moscow Braves a Summertime Flood

    Moscow Braves a Summertime Flood

    As if a global pandemic and months of quarantine weren’t enough to drown our spirits, Moscow was hit with heavy rains and hail over the weekend, leading to flash floods that flooded streets and passageways. While two people are reported to have been hit by lightning during the storm, Muscovites nonetheless trudged through the weather…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | June 22

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | June 22

    There have been 592,280 cases of coronavirus infection reported in Russia so far and 8,206 deaths. June 22: 3 things you need to know today Dozens of Russian World War II veterans who plan to attend the rescheduled Victory Day parade on Red Square on June 24 are self-isolating outside Moscow in order to protect President Vladimir Putin from…

  • Wizz Air Opens First Russian Base With 5 European Routes

    Wizz Air Opens First Russian Base With 5 European Routes

    One of Europe’s largest low-cost carriers Wizz Air said it plans to open its first base in Russia with five European routes from St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport starting this September. Pulkovo this year became Russia’s first airport to permit “seventh freedom flights,” which allow international carriers to operate flights outside their country of registration. Russia…

  • Putin Hails Russian War Dead at Giant New Army Cathedral

    Putin Hails Russian War Dead at Giant New Army Cathedral

    President Vladimir Putin paid homage to Russia’s World War II dead on Monday as he visited an enormous new Orthodox cathedral built to honor the military. Nearly 100 meters (330 feet) high and crowned by six golden domes, the Cathedral of the Armed Forces in a military theme park outside Moscow is now Russia’s third-largest…

  • Prosecutors Seek 6-Year Jail Term for Russian Director

    Prosecutors Seek 6-Year Jail Term for Russian Director

    Russian prosecutors on Monday called for a six-year prison sentence for acclaimed director Kirill Serebrennikov, accused of embezzling public funds in a case that has stirred criticism at home and abroad. Serebrennikov is charged with creating an organized criminal group with his colleagues and embezzling more than $2 million of state funding for a theatre…

  • On and Off the Trans-Siberian: The Homeowners of Kazan

    On and Off the Trans-Siberian: The Homeowners of Kazan

    Have you ever looked at the lit windows of random homes and wondered, who is living inside and what their life is like? Kazan’s hospitality had no borders, so here’s a twist to our usual approach: we didn’t meet people in the street or the train this time, we were invited into their homes. Meet…

  • Russia Jails 2 Anti-Fascists, Ending Terror Case Plagued by Torture Claims

    Russia Jails 2 Anti-Fascists, Ending Terror Case Plagued by Torture Claims

    A court in St. Petersburg has sentenced two members of an anti-fascist activist group on terrorism charges, the final verdicts in a case the authorities say has prevented high-profile attacks and rights groups condemn as fabricated, the Mediazona news website reported Monday. Eight members of the Set activist group — Russian for “Network” — were…

  • Arctic Temperatures Hit Record High in Russia Amid Heat Wave

    Arctic Temperatures Hit Record High in Russia Amid Heat Wave

    Russia recorded an all-time heat record above the Arctic Circle on Saturday as Siberia continues to swelter under a historic heatwave, according to Russian weather data. The extreme weather in the town of Verkhoyansk comes as Siberia has seen a prolonged heatwave linked to wildfires, a massive oil spill thought to have been caused by…

  • N.Zealand Freezes Assets of Alleged Russian Cyber Criminal

    N.Zealand Freezes Assets of Alleged Russian Cyber Criminal

    New Zealand police revealed Monday they had frozen NZ$140 million (US$90 million) in assets linked to a Russian man accused of laundering money for organized crime using cyber currency. Police said they acted after discovering funds belonging to Alexander Vinnik, who is in custody in France facing fraud charges, were being held in a New…

  • ‘We’ll See’: Putin Says He’s Open to Seeking Fifth Term

    ‘We’ll See’: Putin Says He’s Open to Seeking Fifth Term

    President Vladimir Putin could seek another term in office if Russians vote next week in favor of constitutional amendments that would “zero out” his previous four terms, he said in a new interview ahead of the vote.  Putin’s changes to the country’s basic law, which he and Russia’s Constitutional Court approved in March, contain a…

  • Russia Passes 580K Coronavirus Cases as Death Toll Tops 8K

    Russia Passes 580K Coronavirus Cases as Death Toll Tops 8K

    Moscow lifted restrictions including compulsory travel passes on June 8, a move welcomed by residents who rushed out to enjoy the streets and parks. Many other regions are lifting lockdown restrictions as Russia is preparing to hold a July 1 national vote despite the pandemic.    President Vladimir Putin is seeking public backing for constitutional amendments that…

  • 4 Suspects Face Charges in Dijon Ethnic Unrest Blamed on Chechens

    4 Suspects Face Charges in Dijon Ethnic Unrest Blamed on Chechens

    Prosecutors said Saturday they would charge four men in connection with violence blamed on Chechens in the eastern French city of Dijon, as local people marched calling for the resignation of the top local official. Three of the four suspects are Russians, while the fourth is French of Russian origin, prosecutor Eric Mathais told journalists.…

  • Putin Hails Russian ‘Hero Doctors’ Who Died From Virus

    Putin Hails Russian ‘Hero Doctors’ Who Died From Virus

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday hailed “hero” doctors who died during the coronavirus epidemic, comparing them to battlefield medics from past wars. Putin, who spoke ahead of next month’s controversial vote that is expected to extend his hold on power until 2036, also promised awards and more bonuses for health personnel. This week the…

  • Waste-Not-Want-Not Sour Cream Scallion Dip and Sukhariki

    Waste-Not-Want-Not Sour Cream Scallion Dip and Sukhariki

    One thing the Covid-19 lockdown has reinforced for me is that venerable adage, “Waste not want not.” When you write about food and develop recipes for a living, there is always a certain amount of food waste involved — rather more than your already very obliging family can consume. Though regrettable, you learn to live with…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | June 21

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | June 21

    There have been 584,680 cases of coronavirus infection reported in Russia so far and 8,111 deaths. June 21: 3 things you need to know today Dozens of Russian World War II veterans who plan to attend the rescheduled Victory Day parade on Red Square on June 24 are self-isolating outside Moscow in order to protect President Vladimir Putin from…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | June 20

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | June 20

    There have been 576,952 cases of coronavirus infection reported in Russia so far and 8,002 deaths. June 20: 3 things you need to know today Dozens of Russian World War II veterans who plan to attend the rescheduled Victory Day parade on Red Square on June 24 are self-isolating outside Moscow in order to protect President Vladimir Putin from…

  • Russia Passes 575K Coronavirus Cases as Death Toll Tops 8K

    Russia Passes 575K Coronavirus Cases as Death Toll Tops 8K

    Moscow lifted restrictions including compulsory travel passes on June 8, a move welcomed by residents who rushed out to enjoy the streets and parks. Many other regions are lifting lockdown restrictions as Russia is preparing to hold a July 1 national vote despite the pandemic.    President Vladimir Putin is seeking public backing for constitutional amendments that…

  • Opening Nuclear Talks With Russia, U.S. May Also Be Ending Them

    Opening Nuclear Talks With Russia, U.S. May Also Be Ending Them

    The United States and Russia on Monday open talks on their last major nuclear agreement — but for some observers, it may simply be the beginning of the end. President Donald Trump’s administration has insisted, to no avail, that China join the discussions in Vienna on New START, the treaty that caps U.S. and Russian…

  • Kadyrov Backs Chechens Involved in Unrest in France

    Kadyrov Backs Chechens Involved in Unrest in France

    Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov on Friday backed compatriots involved in clashes in French city Dijon this month, saying they were protecting one of their own because police failed to act. Kadyrov’s message came as French police carried out raids and made several arrests of Chechens after several nights of violence blamed on members of the…

  • Russia Accuses ‘Aggressive’ U.S. of Starting Arms Race in Space

    Russia Accuses ‘Aggressive’ U.S. of Starting Arms Race in Space

    Russia on Friday said the new space strategy unveiled by the U.S. this week was “aggressive,” accusing Washington of seeing space as a place to wage war.  “The document confirms the agressive course by Washington in the space sphere,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “Space is seen by the U.S. side as an…

  • Quarantined Rostov Field Youngsters as Russian League Resumes

    Quarantined Rostov Field Youngsters as Russian League Resumes

    The Russian Premier League emerges from its coronavirus lockdown Friday with Rostov forced to field a team of inexperienced youngsters at Sochi with their main side in quarantine. Rostov had tried to get the game postponed after six players tested positive for Covid-19. But hosts Sochi pushed for the fixture to go ahead as they…

  • Russia to Clean Up Arctic Oil Spill With ‘Flexible Pipeline’

    Russia to Clean Up Arctic Oil Spill With ‘Flexible Pipeline’

    Russian authorities plan to build a “flexible pipeline” to pump out toxic fuel collected from the site of the largest-ever oil spill in the Arctic. More than 21,000 metric tons of diesel leaked into soil and rivers after a fuel tank collapsed on May 29 at a power plant near the Siberian city of Norilsk.…

  • EU Extends Russian Sanctions Over Ukraine: Merkel

    EU Extends Russian Sanctions Over Ukraine: Merkel

    The European Union has agreed to extend punishing sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine by six months, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday. The sanctions, which target whole sectors of the Russian economy including its valuable oil businesses, were due to expire this month but “would be extended by six months,” said Merkel…