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  • Coronavirus Forces McDonald’s to Cancel Moscow Birthday Plans

    Coronavirus Forces McDonald’s to Cancel Moscow Birthday Plans

    McDonald’s has been forced to cancel plans for a bargain Big Mac promotion celebrating 30 years since the opening of its first restaurant in Russia due to coronavirus fears. The U.S. fast food chain had been planning to sell Big Macs for the symbolic price of 3 rubles ($0.05) all day Friday at its first…

  • Russia Seeks Fugitive Billionaire Boris Mints’ Arrest

    Russia Seeks Fugitive Billionaire Boris Mints’ Arrest

    Russian authorities have issued an arrest warrant on embezzlement charges for Boris Mints, the billionaire businessman who now lives in London, the state-run TASS news agency reported Thursday. Mints and his three sons left Russia for Britain in 2018 amid court disputes over bank dealings. In 2019, the High Court in London blocked $572 million…

  • Frozen: Capturing the Beauty of Siberia in Winter

    Frozen: Capturing the Beauty of Siberia in Winter

    While the European parts of Russia are enjoying milder temperatures this season, the winds of winter have fully arrived in eastern Siberia. In Russia’s republic of Sakha, for example, the daytime temperature reached a frigid minus 33 degrees Celsius. Undeterred by the bitter cold, residents have come up with their own unique ways to celebrate…

  • Russian LGBT Activist Receives Dutch Asylum After Police Threats

    Russian LGBT Activist Receives Dutch Asylum After Police Threats

    An LGBT activist fled southern Russia for the Netherlands after facing threats of prosecution from law enforcement and retribution from conservative vigilantes, she said in an interview Tuesday. Anna Dvornichenko has said that authorities in the city of Rostov-on-Don refused to investigate two attacks — one with pepper spray and another with a smoke bomb…

  • Russia Is Testing Air Passengers in Coronavirus Scare

    Russia Is Testing Air Passengers in Coronavirus Scare

    As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world. Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from…

  • Russia’s Share of European Human Rights Cases Hits 7-Year High

    Russia’s Share of European Human Rights Cases Hits 7-Year High

    The share of Russian cases in Europe’s top human rights court has reached a seven-year high in 2019, the Vedomosti business daily reported Wednesday, citing the court’s annual report. Russia remains the runaway leader in the number of pending cases among the 47 member states that fall under the court’s jurisdiction, according to European Court…

  • Russia Closes Far East Border Over Coronavirus

    Russia Closes Far East Border Over Coronavirus

    Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has ordered the closure of the country’s Far East border to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus, the state-run TASS news agency reported Thursday. “The order was signed today and has taken effect,” Mishustin said as quoted by TASS. How Is Russia Preparing for the Coronavirus? Read more “We’ll…

  • Students Charged With Terrorism for Anti-Putin Graffiti

    Students Charged With Terrorism for Anti-Putin Graffiti

    A St. Petersburg court has charged two students with inciting terrorism for painting stencil graffiti of President Vladimir Putin that calls for his murder. The two young men were detained after spray-painting portraits of Putin with the words “If you see him, kill him” in central St. Petersburg, a local court said. Anti-extremism police detained…

  • Russian Officers Charged With Framing Investigative Journalist Golunov

    Russian Officers Charged With Framing Investigative Journalist Golunov

    Five former Moscow police officers have been criminally charged with framing anti-corruption journalist Ivan Golunov, Russia’s Investigative Committee said Thursday. Golunov, an investigative journalist for Meduza, was arrested in June on fabricated drug charges and released days later after an unprecedented public outcry. Police dropped all charges against him, fired the officers involved in his arrest…

  • Hundreds of Fishermen Rescued From Sakhalin Region Ice Floe

    Hundreds of Fishermen Rescued From Sakhalin Region Ice Floe

    As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world. Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from…

  • U.S. Issues Fresh Sanctions Over Russian-Annexed Crimea

    U.S. Issues Fresh Sanctions Over Russian-Annexed Crimea

    The United States on Wednesday issued a fresh round of sanctions related to Russia’s annexation of Crimea, targeting eight individuals and a Moscow-based railway company, the U.S. Treasury Department said. The United States has imposed a series of sanctions in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. Moscow has since built up…

  • Russian Man Jailed for Praising New Zealand Mosque Shooter

    Russian Man Jailed for Praising New Zealand Mosque Shooter

    A Siberian taxi driver has been sentenced to prison on charges of justifying terrorism for praising last year’s deadly mosque shooting in New Zealand online, Interfax reported Wednesday. The March 2019 shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand left 51 worshippers dead and wounded dozens more. A suspected white supremacist now faces murder and…

  • Russia Frees U.S.-Israeli Woman From Jail After Putin Pardon

    Russia Frees U.S.-Israeli Woman From Jail After Putin Pardon

    Russia freed a U.S.-Israeli woman on Thursday who had been jailed on drugs charges, after President Vladimir Putin granted her a pardon following a high profile lobbying campaign championed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Naama Issachar was released ahead of talks in Moscow between Putin and Netanyahu, who had flown in from Washington to pass…

  • Putin Pardons U.S.-Israeli Woman Jailed in Russia on Drug Charges

    Putin Pardons U.S.-Israeli Woman Jailed in Russia on Drug Charges

    President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed a decree to pardon and free a U.S.-Israeli woman jailed in Russia on drug charges, receiving acknowledgement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the eve of their bilateral meeting. Naama Issachar, who was born in New Jersey, was arrested in April last year after police found nine grams…

  • Putin Sacks Russian Governor Over Key-Dangling Video

    Putin Sacks Russian Governor Over Key-Dangling Video

    Update: President Vladimir Putin has dismissed Ignatyev from office a day after the governor was expelled from United Russia, Interfax reported Wednesday. An interim governor has been appointed in his place. A Russian governor is facing expulsion from the country’s ruling party following two weeks of controversial actions and comments, the Kommersant business daily reported…

  • On This Day in 1860 Anton Chekhov Was Born

    On This Day in 1860 Anton Chekhov Was Born

    On an October night in 1896, a young playwright found himself living his worst nightmare. The audience was booing the first act of his new play, his leading lady had become so anxious that she lost her voice, and the critics were already penning vicious reviews. In the following days and weeks, the playwright denounced…

  • Turkey’s Erdogan Says Russia Not Abiding by Syria Agreements

    Turkey’s Erdogan Says Russia Not Abiding by Syria Agreements

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara is losing patience with the military assault in Syria’s Idlib region, adding that Russia is violating agreements aimed at stemming conflict there, the state-funded NTV broadcaster reported Wednesday. Renewed bombardments by Russia-backed Syrian government forces on Idlib have raised concern of a new refugee wave from the area…

  • Joseph Brodsky Museum Set to Open in St. Petersburg

    Joseph Brodsky Museum Set to Open in St. Petersburg

    ST. PETERSBURG — After years of negotiations and fundraising efforts, the Joseph Brodsky Museum is finally set to open in the poet’s hometown. The memorial museum will be housed in the kommunalka, or communal apartment, at 24 Liteiny Prospekt where the Nobel laureate lived with his parents before his forced emigration in 1972.  The museum’s…

  • Gazprom and Mytilineos discuss gas supplies

    Release January 29, 2020, 16:25 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Evangelos Mytilineos, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Mytilineos S.A., took place today in Moscow. The parties discussed issues related to natural gas supplies. Background Mytilineos S.A. is one of Greece’s leading industrial companies, with activities in such areas as metallurgy, energy, and EPC projects. In 2017, Gazprom Export started…

  • Russia Looks to Extend Tourist Visa Stay Period to 6 Months – Izvestia

    Russia Looks to Extend Tourist Visa Stay Period to 6 Months – Izvestia

    Russia is considering extending the maximum length of tourist visas from 30 days to six months to attract tourism, the pro-Kremlin Izvestia newspaper reported Wednesday, citing the Foreign Ministry. The relaxed visa rules would allow visitors from anywhere in the world to apply with a hotel reservation, the ministry was cited as saying. Current legislation…

  • Russia Blocks Encrypted Swiss Email Service ProtonMail

    Russia Blocks Encrypted Swiss Email Service ProtonMail

    Russia said on Wednesday it had blocked the Swiss email service ProtonMail, popular among journalists and activists for its focus on user privacy and high level of encryption. Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said ProtonMail, which uses end-to-end encryption to protect user data, had been used to send fake, anonymous bomb threats. Such threats have frequently…

  • Gazprom and Petrobangla sign Memorandum of Understanding

    Background Gazprom’s interests in Bangladesh are represented by Gazprom EP International B.V., a specialized company for implementing international projects, including those in the areas of hydrocarbon prospecting, exploration and production, as well as power generation and LNG. Gazprom’s main partner in Bangladesh is Petrobangla, a state-owned corporation engaged in oil, gas and mineral resource-related activities. In 2012 and 2015, Gazprom EP International and Petrobangla signed the contracts to build exploratory and…

  • Russia’s Advanced Su-35S Fighter Flight Shown on Video

    Russia’s Advanced Su-35S Fighter Flight Shown on Video

    As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world. Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from…

  • Former Officers Detained Over Investigative Journalist Golunov’s Framing

    Former Officers Detained Over Investigative Journalist Golunov’s Framing

    Update: The five detained officers will be indicted soon, Russia’s Investigative Committee said Wednesday. It added that the drugs planted on Golunov last June had been illegally acquired, stored and transported by the police. Moscow police have detained five former officers as part of a criminal case on falsification of evidence against journalist Ivan Golunov,…

  • How Is Russia Preparing for the Coronavirus?

    How Is Russia Preparing for the Coronavirus?

    As the coronavirus outbreak spreads around the world and the number of cases rises, Russia has stepped up measures to prevent the deadly virus from crossing its borders. Russia has not had any confirmed cases of the new virus, which has killed 132 people mostly in China and infected more than 6,000 worldwide. Here is…

  • Russian Bitcoin Suspect Extradited, Charged in France

    Russian Bitcoin Suspect Extradited, Charged in France

    Alexander Vinnik, a Russian citizen accused of having supervised a digital-currency exchange that helped criminals launder billions of dollars, will likely remain in France to face charges. Vinnik was arrested in Greece in 2017 and was held there while France, Russia, and the U.S. negotiated his extradition.  According to a Tuesday statement from his defense…

  • Vietnam Orders $350M Combat Training Jets From Russia – Vedomosti

    Vietnam Orders $350M Combat Training Jets From Russia – Vedomosti

    Vietnam has signed a $350 million deal last year to buy a dozen combat training aircraft from Russia, the Vedomosti business daily reported Wednesday. Russia is the biggest arms supplier to Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Vietnam’s fleet deploys Russian-made fighters jets, surface ships and submarines, according to the state-run TASS news agency.  The 2019 deal…

  • Russian PM Mishustin and Family Own $45M in Moscow Real Estate – Navalny

    Russian PM Mishustin and Family Own $45M in Moscow Real Estate – Navalny

    Russia’s new Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and his family own 2.8 billion rubles ($45 million) worth of real estate in and around Moscow, prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said Tuesday. Former tax chief Mishustin’s unexpected promotion to high office earlier this month has led to a series of media investigations into his family’s property ownership.…

  • EU Blacklists 7 More People in Russian-Annexed Crimea

    EU Blacklists 7 More People in Russian-Annexed Crimea

    As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world. Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from…

  • Gazprom and TMK hold another joint scientific and practical conference

    Gazprom and TMK hold another joint scientific and practical conference

    News from projects and regions January 28, 2020, 19:30 A joint scientific and practical conference of TMK and Gazprom took place today. The conference was focused on the use of innovative solutions in developing new hydrocarbon fields. The event was held at the recently opened R&D center of TMK in Skolkovo. The conference participants discussed the prospects of cooperation in designing new products and took part…

  • Alexey Miller and Vagit Alekperov discuss cooperation prospects of Gazprom and LUKOIL

    Background Gazprom and LUKOIL are bound by the 2014–2024 General Agreement on Strategic Partnership, pursuant to which, among other things, LUKOIL supplies gas into Gazprom’s gas transmission system. In 2015, Gazprom’s Sosnogorsk GPP started to receive associated petroleum gas from the northern group of fields developed by LUKOIL-Komi. In 2018, Gazprom and LUKOIL signed the Agreement stating the intention of the parties to jointly develop the Vaneyvisskoye and Layavozhskoye…

  • 25 Detained in Chechnya Over Photoshopped ‘Patriarch’ Kadyrov – Reports

    25 Detained in Chechnya Over Photoshopped ‘Patriarch’ Kadyrov – Reports

    Two dozen men have been detained in Russia’s republic of Chechnya for sharing a doctored image of the region’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov in Orthodox Christian garb, the Kavkaz.Realii news website reported Saturday. The detentions, which reportedly took place in three Chechen towns and districts, follow Kadyrov’s repeated threats of violence to online critics last year.…

  • ‘I’m Not Baggage’: Russian Pets Unite in Flashmob After Cats’ Airplane Death

    ‘I’m Not Baggage’: Russian Pets Unite in Flashmob After Cats’ Airplane Death

    As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world. Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from…

  • Russia and Poland’s Holocaust War of Words, in Quotes

    Russia and Poland’s Holocaust War of Words, in Quotes

    Russia and Poland are in the midst of a long-running spat over what caused World War II as Moscow prepares to mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany this spring.  Russian President Vladimir Putin in December blasted a European Parliament resolution blaming the 1939 Soviet-Nazi Molotov-Ribbentrop pact for the outbreak of…

  • Russian Governor Ousted From Ruling Party Over Key-Dangling Video

    Russian Governor Ousted From Ruling Party Over Key-Dangling Video

    Update: Ignatyev has been expelled from United Russia, Kommersant cited party secretary Andrei Turchak as saying Tuesday. A Russian governor is facing expulsion from the country’s ruling party following two weeks of controversial actions and comments, the Kommersant business daily reported Monday. Mikhail Ignatyev, who heads the republic of Chuvashia 680 kilometers east of Moscow, made…

  • The first serial batch of MOX fuel loaded into BN-800 fast reactor at Beloyarsk NPP

    BN-800, the world’s most powerful operational fast neutron reactor at Unit 4 of Beloyarsk NPP in Russia, has been loaded with the first serial batch of MOX fuel made of depleted uranium and plutonium oxides. After an overhaul, the power unit has successfully resumed operation. Distinct from traditional nuclear fuel with enriched uranium, MOX fuel…

  • Russians Mourn 500,000 Buried in Mass Grave After Siege of Leningrad

    Russians Mourn 500,000 Buried in Mass Grave After Siege of Leningrad

    As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world. Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from…

  • Russia Blocks Chinese Tour Groups, Closes Border Crossings as Coronavirus Spreads

    Russia Blocks Chinese Tour Groups, Closes Border Crossings as Coronavirus Spreads

    Russia is blocking organized tour groups from China over a coronavirus outbreak that has claimed more than 100 lives, the state-run TASS news agency cited Russia’s travel industry union as saying Tuesday. The coronavirus outbreak that began in the central city of Wuhan has killed 106 people in China and infected more than 4,520 globally,…

  • Russia Orders Review of Moscow Activist’s ‘Repeat Protest’ Conviction

    Russia Orders Review of Moscow Activist’s ‘Repeat Protest’ Conviction

    Russia’s Constitutional Court has ordered a review of Moscow protester Konstantin Kotov’s guilty verdict days after President Vladimir Putin ordered prosecutors to investigate whether his conviction was lawful. Kotov, a 34-year-old programmer, was sentenced to four years in prison in September for “repeated” participation in unauthorized rallies. The verdict made him the second person to…

  • Russian Journalists Wage Solidarity Campaign for Colleague Jailed on Terrorism Charges

    Russian Journalists Wage Solidarity Campaign for Colleague Jailed on Terrorism Charges

    Prominent journalists have made a video appeal in support of their colleague who is accused of financing terrorism in Russia’s republic of Dagestan. Abdulmumin Gadzhiyev, the religious affairs editor of the independent Chernovik news weekly, faces life in prison on charges of financing terrorism and participating in a terrorist organization. Gadzhiyev’s colleagues say the charges,…

  • First billion cubic meters of gas supplied via TurkStream

    First billion cubic meters of gas supplied via TurkStream

    Background TurkStream is an export gas pipeline stretching from Russia to Turkey across the Black Sea. Its design capacity is 31.5 billion cubic meters of gas per year. Commercial supplies via the gas pipeline commenced on January 1, 2020. On January 8, the presidents of Russia and Turkey held a grand opening ceremony for TurkStream in Istanbul.

  • Russian Governor Faces Axe for Key-Dangling Video – Reports

    Russian Governor Faces Axe for Key-Dangling Video – Reports

    A Russian governor is facing expulsion from the country’s ruling party following two weeks of controversial actions and comments, the Kommersant business daily reported Monday. Mikhail Ignatyev, who heads the republic of Chuvashia 680 kilometers east of Moscow, made national headlines for saying critical journalists should be “wiped out” on Jan. 18. Ignatyev sparked fresh…

  • China Surpasses Russia as World’s No. 2 Arms Producer – Think Tank

    China Surpasses Russia as World’s No. 2 Arms Producer – Think Tank

    China has leapfrogged Russia to become the world’s second-largest arms producer, according to revised research for the year 2017 published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) on Monday. SIPRI had previously excluded Chinese arms companies from its annual ranking over a lack of transparency, placing Russia second behind the United States in weapons…

  • Russia Detains Japanese Journalist in Espionage Row With Tokyo

    Russia Detains Japanese Journalist in Espionage Row With Tokyo

    Update: Russia has expelled a Japanese journalist for trying to obtain secret information related to Russian military capabilities, the state-run RIA news agency reported Monday, in a tit-for-tat move following Japan’s arrest of Araki on espionage suspicions. The journalist, whom it didn’t name, had been given 72 hours to leave Russia and had already left. Russia’s Foreign…

  • Aeroflot, Sheremetyevo Under Fire For Cat Passengers’ Deaths

    Aeroflot, Sheremetyevo Under Fire For Cat Passengers’ Deaths

    Russia’s flagship carrier Aeroflot and Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport have come under fire after two cats were killed and another injured during a New York-Moscow flight. Maxim Chumachenko and his three cats boarded Aeroflot flight SU10 in New York on Jan. 22, with a short layover in Moscow before reaching their final destination of Sofia. The…

  • How Mishustin Rose to the Top: Old Ties, Savvy and a Knack for Systems

    How Mishustin Rose to the Top: Old Ties, Savvy and a Knack for Systems

    Mikhail Mishustin was struggling. Drenched in sweat and tripping over himself, he wasn’t a natural ice hockey player.  “I don’t know whether he’d played before, but it was clearly very hard for him,” Dimitri Elkin, CEO of Twelve Seas Investment Company, said of the man just named Russia’s new prime minister. “He’s not the most…

  • Russian Church’s Controversial Ex-Spokesman Dies at 51

    Russian Church’s Controversial Ex-Spokesman Dies at 51

    Former Russian Orthodox Church spokesman Vsevolod Chaplin, one of the most controversial and well-known figures in the Church, has died at the age of 51 outside his church in Moscow, the state-run TASS news agency reported.  “Unfortunately, it is true, he died right in front of the church,” TASS quoted the press service of the…

  • At Least 140 Russians in China’s Virus-Stricken Province – Embassy

    At Least 140 Russians in China’s Virus-Stricken Province – Embassy

    At least 140 Russian citizens are currently in the virus-stricken province of Hubei in central China, the state-run TASS news agency cited Russia’s Embassy in China as saying Monday. The coronavirus outbreak that began in the city of Wuhan in late December has killed 81 people in China so far and infected more than 2,750…

  • Fresh Russian-U.S. ‘Skirmish’ Reported in Syria

    Fresh Russian-U.S. ‘Skirmish’ Reported in Syria

    Russian and U.S. forces have faced off for what could be the fourth time in less than two weeks in oil-rich northeastern Syria, the local Kurdish news outlet Anha reported Saturday. Video of the reported standoff in the Hasakah province showed a Russian-flagged armored vehicle and what appeared to be two U.S. Army armored vehicles…

  • Putin Decides Low-Growth Russia Could Use Some Help From Keynes

    Putin Decides Low-Growth Russia Could Use Some Help From Keynes

    With time running out on his final term as president, Vladimir Putin evidently wants to end it with a boom. Putin has been a cautious steward of Russia’s $1.7 trillion economy, partly to shield it against blowback from his more adventurous foreign policy. For the last five years, he’s imposed some of the world’s toughest…

  • Israeli Woman Jailed in Russia Asks for Pardon

    Israeli Woman Jailed in Russia Asks for Pardon

    As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world. Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from…

  • Russia in Talks With China to Help its Citizens Leave Wuhan

    Russia in Talks With China to Help its Citizens Leave Wuhan

    Russia is consulting with China about possibly evacuating Russian citizens from the Chinese city of Wuhan and Hubei province, the center of an outbreak of a new flu-like virus, the RIA news agency cited the Russian embassy as saying on Saturday. There are no Russians infected with the new coronavirus, RIA quoted the embassy’s press…

  • Putin Orders Prosecutor General to Review Moscow Protester’s Conviction

    Putin Orders Prosecutor General to Review Moscow Protester’s Conviction

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Prosecutor General to investigate if a guilty verdict for Moscow protester Konstantin Kotov was lawful, the Kremlin said. A Moscow court sentenced Kotov, a 34-year-old programmer, to four years in prison in September for “repeated” participation in unauthorized rallies, under a widely criticized law that has made non-violent…

  • The Beet Goes On

    The Beet Goes On

    Beets are a lot like Russia. From the outside, beets can appear distinctly unappealing, particularly if they are encrusted with globs of dirt, lolling about in vegetable crates looking misshapen and awkward. This is how I first encountered them in my neighborhood “Produkty” store in Moscow around 1994. Any flicker of interest I had in…

  • Bulgaria Set to Expel Two Russian Diplomats Over Espionage

    Bulgaria Set to Expel Two Russian Diplomats Over Espionage

    Bulgaria is likely to expel two Russian diplomats over spying allegations, Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said on Friday. “We have received the letters from the prosecutors with the allegations,” said Zaharieva. “We will undertake the actions that we are obliged to undertake and will most probably declare them ‘persona non grata’.” Zaharieva said she would…

  • Russia-North Korea Trade Up Despite Sanctions, Reports Say

    Russia-North Korea Trade Up Despite Sanctions, Reports Say

    Russia and North Korea ramped up trade in 2019 despite international sanctions, the South Korean news network Arirang reported, citing data from the Geneva-based International Trade Center. Pyongyang has been under UN sanctions since 2006 over its missile and nuclear programs, which the Security Council has unanimously strengthened over the years.  Despite that, North Korea…

  • Australian Wildlife Finds Sanctuary on Russian Migrant’s Farm

    Australian Wildlife Finds Sanctuary on Russian Migrant’s Farm

    A Russian migrant who has lived in Australia for 30 years is documenting how surviving animals find sanctuary on his property as bushfires continue to devastate their habitat. The death toll from southeastern Australia’s bushfires stood at 33 people Friday. The fires have also killed millions of creatures, razed thousands of homes and destroyed an…

  • Young People Take Back Soviet ‘Kommunalkas’

    Young People Take Back Soviet ‘Kommunalkas’

    Sergey, 24, removes a plate caked in sausage grease from an overflowing sink before he starts brushing his teeth. Bugs skitter over the forks and spoons left in the bottom. He rinses his well-used toothbrush and shoves it in the back pocket of his shorts.  There is no washbasin in this apartment — only one…

  • Russia to Install ‘Spiritual’ Domestic Apps – Vedomosti

    Russia to Install ‘Spiritual’ Domestic Apps – Vedomosti

    Russian authorities will give priority to “spiritual values” when deciding which Russian-made apps should come pre-installed under a controversial law banning smartphone sales without domestic software, the Vedomosti newspaper reported Thursday. From July 1, smartphones will be required to go on sale with pre-installed apps approved by the Russian government. Supporters defend the law, which…

  • Activists Urge Russians to Vote Against Putin’s ‘Constitutional Coup’

    Activists Urge Russians to Vote Against Putin’s ‘Constitutional Coup’

    A group of prominent activists and political figures has called on Russians to vote against President Vladimir Putin’s proposed constitutional changes, which they describe as a “coup.” “We’re convinced that the goal of this coup is to keep Vladimir Putin and his corrupt regime in power for life,” the activists wrote in an open letter…