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  • Russia’s Central Bank Steps Up To Support Ruble

    Russia’s Central Bank Steps Up To Support Ruble

    Russia’s Central Bank has swept in to help support the Russian ruble and push the currency up from its four-year low against the U.S. dollar. The bank started selling foreign currency reserves — in other words, buying rubles — Tuesday, adding that it was “ready to use additional tools to maintain financial stability.” The ruble…

  • Hundreds of ‘Rabid’ Dogs and Cats Killed at Russian Shelter

    Hundreds of ‘Rabid’ Dogs and Cats Killed at Russian Shelter

    Veterinarians in Far East Russia have put down around 200 stray animals who they said had come into contact with a rabid dog, authorities announced Monday. The news came after an animal rights group found empty dog and cat cages at the facility in the city of Yakutsk. They later discovered the carcasses of what…

  • Russian Stock Market Plunges, Oil Shares Hit Hard

    Russian Stock Market Plunges, Oil Shares Hit Hard

    The Russian stock market plunged 10% on opening Tuesday morning, following the rout on global financial markets Monday. Russia’s oil companies were hit hardest, with giants Rosneft and Lukoil leading the loserboard with falls of more than 10%. The fall appeared softer than traders had been anticipating, however, as the MOEX Index of leading Russian…

  • Russia Hires Britons for ‘Intelligence Operations’ – Guardian

    Russia Hires Britons for ‘Intelligence Operations’ – Guardian

    The Russian government has allegedly hired British politicians, former intelligence officers and PR firms to advance its interests in Britain’s politics and form a “western buffer network,” The Guardian reported Monday. The claims are based on U.S.-born financier Bill Browder’s Sept. 2018 testimony submitted to the British parliament for its report on alleged Russian interference…

  • MH17 Trial Begins With Emotion and Legal Technicalities

    MH17 Trial Begins With Emotion and Legal Technicalities

    SCHIPHOL, The Netherlands — In a crowded and heavily guarded court near Schiphol, the airport MH17 took off from six years ago, a murder trial opened against four men charged with the killing of 298 victims on the ill-fated flight. The first day of proceedings saw the head judge, the prosecutors and defense team present their…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | March 9

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | March 9

    As the new coronavirus that has killed more than 3,000 people continues to spread around the world, Russia has stepped up measures to tackle the health risk, including closing most entry points along its 4,200-kilometer border with China, ordering people returning from high-risk areas to self-quarantine and temporarily banning Chinese citizens from entering the country. …

  • MH17 Trial Live Updates: March 9

    MH17 Trial Live Updates: March 9

    SCHIPHOL, The Netherlands — A court in the Netherlands is conducting a landmark hearing to try to determine criminal responsibility for the downing of Flight MH17 six years ago. The Moscow Times is covering the MH17 trial live from the courtroom in The Netherlands. Follow along here: March 9 14.45: Oleg Pulatov’s defense team gives…

  • Russian Share Prices Collapse, Ruble and Oil Tumble

    Russian Share Prices Collapse, Ruble and Oil Tumble

    Leading Russian firms saw their share prices collapse Monday, as the fallout from Moscow rejecting an oil production pact with Saudi Arabia rocks global financial markets. Among the biggest losers were state-backed lenders Sberbank and VTB, which both plunged by more than 20% when European markets opened.  Oil major Rosneft, also state-owned, recorded a 20%…

  • Russian Ruble Plummets Amid Oil Market Chaos

    Russian Ruble Plummets Amid Oil Market Chaos

    The Russian ruble plummeted almost 10% Monday, falling to its lowest level in more than four years, as oil prices crashed following the breakdown of the Russia-Saudi Arabia pact to limit production. The ruble was trading at 75 to $1 on Monday evening in Moscow — a 9.5% drop — after another wild start to…

  • Muscovites Ignoring Coronavirus Self-Isolation Rules Could Face Prison

    Muscovites Ignoring Coronavirus Self-Isolation Rules Could Face Prison

    Moscow city authorities threatened prison terms of up to five years on Sunday for people failing to self-isolate in their homes for two weeks after visiting countries hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak. The city government had announced a “high alert regime” and imposed extra measures on Thursday to prevent a spread of the illness…

  • Everything You Need to Know About the MH17 Trial

    Everything You Need to Know About the MH17 Trial

    Tomorrow, a court in the Netherlands will start a landmark hearing to try to determine criminal responsibility for the downing of Flight MH17 six years ago, although it’s unlikely the suspects will appear in the dock. The war in eastern Ukraine between Kiev’s forces and pro-Russian separatists has claimed more than 13,000 casualties according to…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | March 8

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | March 8

    As the new coronavirus that has killed more than 3,000 people continues to spread around the world, Russia has stepped up measures to tackle the health risk, including closing most entry points along its 4,200-kilometer border with China and temporarily banning Chinese citizens from entering the country.  There have been 15 cases of coronavirus infections…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | March 7

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | March 7

    As the new coronavirus that has killed more than 3,000 people continues to spread around the world, Russia has stepped up measures to tackle the health risk, including closing most entry points along its 4,200-kilometer border with China and temporarily banning Chinese citizens from entering the country.  Russia has a total of 17 confirmed coronavirus…

  • Russia Confirms Four New Coronavirus Cases

    Russia Confirms Four New Coronavirus Cases

    Four new cases of coronavirus have been identified in Russia, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported Saturday. The new cases take the total number of people who have been infected with coronavirus in Russia to 17, three of whom have since recovered. Three of the four live in Lipetsk, a city 250 miles south of…

  • Russia Confirms 4 New Coronavirus Cases

    Russia Confirms 4 New Coronavirus Cases

    Four new cases of coronavirus have been identified in Russia, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported Saturday. The new cases take the total number of people who have been infected with coronavirus in Russia to 17, three of whom have since recovered. Three of the four live in Lipetsk, a city 460 kilometers south…

  • Women’s Day: 5 Russian Women You Haven’t Heard of But Should Have

    Women’s Day: 5 Russian Women You Haven’t Heard of But Should Have

    Everyone knows Maria Sharapova and Catherine the Great, but what about some of the singers,  scientists, artists, and other brilliant women who have left an indelible mark on Russian and Soviet history? This Women’s Day, we bring you five lesser-known Russian women whose legacies continue to inspire. Anna German, 1970s TASS Anna German (1937-1982) One…

  • Two Russians Arrested for Assassination Attempt on Chechen Dissident Blogger

    Two Russians Arrested for Assassination Attempt on Chechen Dissident Blogger

    Two Russian citizens have been arrested in Sweden suspected of a hammer attack last month on a  blogger critical of Chechen strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov, media reported Saturday. A district court in the central Swedish town of Gavle on Friday ordered a Russian woman in her thirties held in custody, suspected of being an accessory…

  • ‘The Shadow in the East’

    ‘The Shadow in the East’

    Restive Russian-speaking minorities, contentious memory politics, and turbulent Europeanization.  No, we are not talking about Ukraine, but the Baltic states: Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia, and these are just some of the themes that Aliide Naylor covers in “The Shadow in the East: Vladimir Putin and the New Baltic Front.”  In this riveting debut, Naylor combines…

  • Russia-Saudi Oil Alliance Under Pressure as Moscow Rejects Production Cuts

    Russia-Saudi Oil Alliance Under Pressure as Moscow Rejects Production Cuts

    OPEC and its allies failed to reach a deal on oil production cuts on Friday, after Moscow refused to tighten supply to counter the effects of the coronavirus outbreak. The day before, OPEC ministers had recommended reducing output by 1.5 million barrels per day in face of the global slowdown caused by the epidemic and…

  • Putin Says Will Not Bend Law to Extend Grip on Power

    Putin Says Will Not Bend Law to Extend Grip on Power

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday he would not bend the law to extend his term in power and is seeking to amend the constitution to secure the country’s future for decades to come. Speculation has swirled over the 67-year-old president’s future after he unleashed a political storm in January by proposing major constitutional changes.…

  • Russia’s Tinkoff Bank Shares Fall as Founder Indicted in U.S.

    Russia’s Tinkoff Bank Shares Fall as Founder Indicted in U.S.

    Shares of Russian businessman Oleg Tinkov’s credit card supplier TCS plummeted Friday after the U.S. Department of Justice charged its founder with fraud and demanded his extradition from Britain. Shares of TCS (Tinkoff Credit Systems) group were showing a loss of more than 17%t on the London Stock Exchange and 24% on the Moscow Exchange…

  • Putin Critic Navalny Takes Russia to European Court Over Money Laundering Case

    Putin Critic Navalny Takes Russia to European Court Over Money Laundering Case

    Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny lodged a complaint against Russia at the European Court of Human Rights on Friday to contest a money-laundering investigation he says authorities have opened to thwart his political activities. Russian investigators opened the case against Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation last August after he called on people to attend rallies that grew…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | March 6

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | March 6

    As the new coronavirus that has killed more than 3,000 people continues to spread around the world, Russia has stepped up measures to tackle the health risk, including closing most entry points along its 4,200-kilometer border with China and temporarily banning Chinese citizens from entering the country.  Russia has a total of seven confirmed coronavirus…

  • Gazprom and OMV introducing amendments to asset sale deal

    Background OMV AG is Gazprom’s main partner in Austria. The companies cooperate in gas production, transportation and supplies. On October 3, 2018, Gazprom and OMV signed the Basic Agreement on Asset Sale. In accordance with the document, OMV will obtain a 24.98 per cent stake in the project for developing Blocks 4A and 5A in the Achimov formations of the Urengoyskoye field. As a result, the Gazprom Group’s stake in the project will…

  • Alcohol Deaths Plummet as ‘Warmest Winter’ Hits Russia

    Alcohol Deaths Plummet as ‘Warmest Winter’ Hits Russia

    Experts are attributing a sharp drop in the number of deaths from alcohol poisoning in Russia to the unseasonably warm winter. Some 619 people died from alcohol poisoning in January 2020, down 37.3% from January 2019, Russia’s National Center for Alcohol Policy Development said Thursday. The past winter was the warmest since records began in…

  • On This Day Valentina Tereshkova, the First Woman in Space, Was Born

    On This Day Valentina Tereshkova, the First Woman in Space, Was Born

    Today marks the 83rd birthday of Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space. She remains the youngest woman to ever venture into space (at age 26) and the only woman to embark upon a solo mission. Tereshkova was born in 1937 in the Yaroslavl region. Her parents were collective farmers, although her father would die…

  • Russian Women Are Ready to Reclaim Once-Forbidden Jobs

    Russian Women Are Ready to Reclaim Once-Forbidden Jobs

    Yevgenia Markova dreamed of being a truck driver all her life. There was just one problem — working as one would have been against the law. “I’ve loved everything that can be driven since childhood — cars, river boats, trains. But these were all forbidden,” she told The Moscow Times. For decades, women in Russia…

  • Russian Game Designer Launches Political Party

    Russian Game Designer Launches Political Party

    Before Vyacheslav Makarov announced in January he was leaving gaming, few could have expected the man who helped create the mega-hit World of Tanks wanted a career in Russian politics. Yet on the sidelines of a digital technologies conference in Moscow on Thursday, the 40-year-old online gaming legend launched his latest creation: the Direct Democracy…

  • 2 Out of 3 Russians Opposed to Female President – Poll

    2 Out of 3 Russians Opposed to Female President – Poll

    Two-thirds of Russians would not be happy to have a woman as president, the state-funded VTsIOM polling agency said Friday ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8. Some 68% of people surveyed said they opposed a female president, up from 61% in an identical VTsIOM’s poll in 2016. The pollster noted that both male…

  • Russia Unveils Arctic Ambitions With 2035 Strategy

    Russia Unveils Arctic Ambitions With 2035 Strategy

    Russia is hoping to lure more people to live in the Arctic with promises of payouts and infrastructure development in the environmentally vulnerable territory, according to its 15-year strategy published Thursday. The Kremlin document on the “foundations of state policy in the Arctic to 2035”, signed by President Vladimir Putin, set out its policy plans for…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | March 5

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | March 5

    As the new coronavirus that has killed more than 3,000 people continues to spread around the world, Russia has stepped up measures to tackle the health risk, including closing most entry points along its 4,200-kilometer border with China and temporarily banning Chinese citizens from entering the country.  Russia has a total of seven confirmed coronavirus…

  • Turkey, Russia Agree Ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib

    Turkey, Russia Agree Ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib

    Turkey and Russia announced a ceasefire in northern Syria on Thursday, agreeing to end weeks of heavy fighting that sparked a humanitarian disaster and raised fears of their armies clashing. After more than six hours of talks in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed on the ceasefire to take…

  • Coronavirus Hits Russian Tourism for $400M Loss

    Coronavirus Hits Russian Tourism for $400M Loss

    Russia’s tourism sector has already taken a 27 billion ruble  ($406 million) hit from the impact of coronavirus, the head of the Russian Association of Tour Operators said on Thursday in a plea for government support. The coronavirus outbreak has caused havoc across the global travel industry as companies restrict employee trips, airlines axe flights,…

  • OPEC Backs Biggest Oil Cut Since 2008 Crisis, Awaits Russia

    OPEC Backs Biggest Oil Cut Since 2008 Crisis, Awaits Russia

    OPEC agreed on Thursday to cut oil output by an extra 1.5 million barrels per day (BPD) in the second quarter of 2020 to support prices that have been hit by the coronavirus outbreak but made its action conditional on Russia and others joining in. The oil demand outlook has been pummelled by global measures…

  • ROSATOM presents new type of SMR during Africa Energy Indaba Forum

    On March 3d, 2020, ROSATOM participated in Africa Energy Indaba Forum, which was hosted in Cape Town, South Africa. Ryan Collyer, acting CEO of Rosatom Central and Southern Africa highlighted the global shift towards nuclear, not only in the energy sector but also to address a myriad of other issues.  His speech was focused on…

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger Sues Russian Robot Maker Over Lookalike

    Arnold Schwarzenegger Sues Russian Robot Maker Over Lookalike

    Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger is suing Russia’s robot maker Promobot for using his likeness without permission, the TMZ tabloid reported Wednesday. Schwarzenegger’s company is demanding $10 million in damages, as well as profits made off the lookalike robot and other expenses, according to TMZ. It also reportedly wants an injunction blocking Promobot from using the…

  • Russia and Turkey Scramble to Avoid Conflict. And What do U.S. Democratic Primaries Mean for Moscow?

    Russia and Turkey Scramble to Avoid Conflict. And What do U.S. Democratic Primaries Mean for Moscow?

    This week on the podcast: — The leaders of Russia and Turkey meet in Moscow on Thursday in a bid to de-escalate fighting in Syria which has brought the two countries to the brink of direct military confrontation. It is the latest episode in a fraught nine-year civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands,…

  • Atommash manufactured the first set of steam generator vessels for Unit 1 of Rooppur NPP (Bangladesh)

    Volgodonsk Branch  of AEM-technology’s Atommash (belongs to the engineering division of ROSATOM –  Atomenergomash) performed the fit up and welding of set of steam generators for Unit 1 of Rooppur NPP (Bangladesh).  Steam Generator is a heat exchanger, it is part of a reactor plant and belongs to products of the first safety class. The…

  • Russian Planes Targeted in Wave of Bomb Threats

    Russian Planes Targeted in Wave of Bomb Threats

    Three Russian passenger planes flying domestic routes on Thursday were targeted with anonymous bomb threats while airborne, local media said. Anonymous messages were passed to emergency services and a Moscow airport warning that the planes had a bomb on board, Russian news agencies said. One plane was flying from Saint Petersburg to the Crimean city…

  • First Moscow Coronavirus Patient Tests ‘Negative’

    First Moscow Coronavirus Patient Tests ‘Negative’

    The first Russian national to test positive for the coronavirus while in the country has received a test result indicating he no longer has the virus, he told The Moscow Times on Thursday. David Berov, 29, was quarantined in Moscow on Feb. 27, less than a week after returning from a ski trip in northern…

  • ‘Extremist’ Jehovah’s Witness Jailed in Crimea

    ‘Extremist’ Jehovah’s Witness Jailed in Crimea

    A court in annexed Crimea sentenced a Jehovah’s Witness to six years in prison on charges of extremism Thursday in the ongoing crackdown on the religious group in Russia. Sergei Filatov, the local branch leader, was among several worshippers swept up in raids in the Crimean town of Dzhankoy in 2018. Russia, which seized the…

  • Atelier E.B. Passerby at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

    Atelier E.B. Passerby at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

    Passerby, a new exhibition at Garage museum, presents a visual and social history of the humble shop mannequin. This mass-produced everyday object is revealed to be a surprisingly rich social phenomenon; the clothes mannequin is, on one hand, a disposable life-sized coat hanger, but in Passerby it is reimagined as an art object, a human…

  • Moscow to ‘Shut Down’ in Case of Coronavirus Outbreak

    Moscow to ‘Shut Down’ in Case of Coronavirus Outbreak

    Moscow authorities have drafted an emergency plan that envisions a shutdown of the Russian capital in case of a coronavirus outbreak, BBC Russia and the Vedomosti business daily reported Wednesday. Russia has confirmed seven coronavirus cases, two of whom have recovered last month, with the latest case reported Thursday. Temperature checks in arrivals for international…

  • Rosneft Joins ‘Methane Guiding Principles’ Round Table

    Eric Liron, Rosneft’s Vice President for In-House Services, joined the annual round-table meeting of members of the international initiative the Methane Guiding Principles.

  • Warm Winter Wakes Moscow’s Bears Early

    Warm Winter Wakes Moscow’s Bears Early

    This unseasonably mild winter has caused the in Moscow Zoo bears to wake up earlier than usual, the city’s mayor’s office said Wednesday. Last year, the two Himalayan bears and one Kamchatka brown bear began coming out of hibernation in April. “Our zoologists were preparing for the bears to wake up earlier due to the…

  • Putin, Erdogan Seek to Ease Syria Tensions at High-Stakes Talks

    Putin, Erdogan Seek to Ease Syria Tensions at High-Stakes Talks

    The leaders of Russia and Turkey meet in Moscow on Thursday in a bid to ease tensions that have threatened to bring their two countries into direct conflict in Syria. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would be looking for Russia’s Vladimir Putin to agree to a rapid ceasefire in Idlib, the northwestern province…

  • Rosneft Joins Russia’s Gene-Editing Tech Program

    Rosneft Joins Russia’s Gene-Editing Tech Program

    Russia’s oil giant Rosneft and the Russian government will join forces to develop gene-editing technology, according to a government decree published Wednesday. The deal, which President Vladimir Putin ordered in December, aims to accelerate Russia’s $1.6 billion program to create 30 new varieties of genetically modified crops and animals by 2027.  Rosneft is tasked with…

  • Putin Says Fake Coronavirus Rumors ‘Organized From Abroad’

    Putin Says Fake Coronavirus Rumors ‘Organized From Abroad’

    False rumors about the new coronavirus circulating in Russia are being directed from abroad, President Vladimir Putin claimed Wednesday at a government meeting. He told ministers the country’s FSB security service had reported to him that false information was being planted to create panic, while in reality the situation is not critical. “As for these provocative fake…

  • U.S. Witness to Implicate ‘Putin’s Chef’ Prigozhin in Election Meddling – Politico

    U.S. Witness to Implicate ‘Putin’s Chef’ Prigozhin in Election Meddling – Politico

    A secret witness will implicate Kremlin-linked catering magnate Yevgeny Prigozhin in plans to influence elections abroad at a trial next month, Politico reported Wednesday, citing a U.S. prosecutor. The St. Petersburg-based Concord Management and Consulting firm goes on trial in the United States in April after it was charged with conspiracy to defraud the U.S.…

  • Celebrating Women: 5 Soviet and Russian Stars on the Ice

    Celebrating Women: 5 Soviet and Russian Stars on the Ice

    Although competitive figure skating is a relatively young sport, Russia is already well-established as a powerhouse of the icy stage. In the lead-up to International Women’s Day and as skater Adelina Sotnikova has just announced her retirement, we look back on some of the women who have defined Russian and Soviet skating in the past…

  • Dozens of Moscow Football Fans Detained After Mass Brawl

    Dozens of Moscow Football Fans Detained After Mass Brawl

    At least 20 football fans have been detained in Moscow after mass brawls broke out over the weekend, the state-run TASS news agency reported Wednesday. Several clashes took place between fans of FC Spartak and FC Dynamo on the day of the Moscow derby Saturday. Footage showed scenes of violence on the Moscow metro and…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | March 4

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | March 4

    As the new coronavirus that has killed more than 3,000 people continues to spread around the world, Russia has stepped up measures to tackle the health risk, including closing most entry points along its 4,200-kilometer border with China and temporarily banning Chinese citizens from entering the country.  Russia reported its first two cases of coronavirus…

  • Putin’s Spending Boost Won’t Be Enough To Lift Russians Out of Poverty, Audit Chamber Warns

    Putin’s Spending Boost Won’t Be Enough To Lift Russians Out of Poverty, Audit Chamber Warns

    President Vladimir Putin’s new package of social spending initiatives will not be enough to hit the country’s ambitious poverty-reduction targets, a government watchdog has said. In its assessment of the government’s spending plans for the next few years, the Audit Chamber said the package of new measures, such as higher allowances for new mothers to…

  • Is Russia Finally Waking Up to Climate Change?

    Is Russia Finally Waking Up to Climate Change?

    Even skeptics can no longer ignore the effects of climate change in Russia. First, there’s the weather. Last year was the hottest on record; the ice in the Arctic is melting at a dramatic pace, as is the permafrost; while forest fires and flash floods have ravaged swathes of Siberia, and methane is spewing from…

  • Deadly Russian Plane Crash ‘Not Terrorism,’ Egypt Says

    Deadly Russian Plane Crash ‘Not Terrorism,’ Egypt Says

    A Russian passenger plane crash in Egypt was not an act of terrorism and the identities of its victims are unknown, an Egyptian appeals court ruled recently, according to the Kommersant business daily. Metrojet Flight 9268 crashed minutes after takeoff from the Egyptian resort Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg on Oct. 31, 2015, killing all…

  • Russia Bans Export of Masks, Hazmat Suits to Fight Coronavirus

    Russia Bans Export of Masks, Hazmat Suits to Fight Coronavirus

    Russia has banned the export of masks, respirators and hazmat suits to ensure access to the items for medics treating coronavirus patients and the public, under a decree published Wednesday. The ban covers 17 types of equipment including face masks, plastic shoe covers, gloves, surgical scrubs, gas masks, hazmat suits and “reusable anti-plague” suits. The ban…

  • ‘We Treasure Our Lucid Dreams’ at Garage Museum

    ‘We Treasure Our Lucid Dreams’ at Garage Museum

    Garage Museum of Contemporary Art is almost just as famous for its architecture as its art; first housed in a disused public bus garage from the 1920s, now it is in a former Soviet café in the middle of Gorky Park, an iconic cuboid of steel, glass and sharp corners. This famously austere space, however,…

  • New Research Projects Receives Support from Vostsibneftegaz

    East Siberian Oil and Gas Company (Vostsibneftegaz), Rosneft’s subsidiary, started new grant scheme for the realization of the most important scientific projects in the Krasnoyarsk Region.

  • Russian Court Rules in Favor of Facial Recognition Over Privacy Claims

    Russian Court Rules in Favor of Facial Recognition Over Privacy Claims

    A Moscow court ruled on Tuesday that the city’s facial recognition system does not violate the privacy of its citizens, a lawyer for one of the plaintiffs told Reuters — a blow to activists who had hoped to ban the technology’s use. Lawyer and activist Alena Popova and opposition politician Vladimir Milov of the Solidarnost…

  • Russia’s Yandex.Taxi Admits to Sharing Riders’ Location With Police

    Russia’s Yandex.Taxi Admits to Sharing Riders’ Location With Police

    Russian tech giant Yandex’s taxi service shares passengers’ ride history with law enforcement authorities, according to the testimony of an ex-policeman on trial for wrongfully detaining an investigative journalist. Igor Lyakhovets was among the several police officers who had arrested journalist Ivan Golunov on drug charges in June 2019. An unprecedented public outcry led to…