Russia Blocks 49 Navalny-Linked Websites, Allies Say

Russia’s state internet watchdog on Monday blocked 49 websites linked to jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, including his personal website where he published investigations into alleged high-level corruption that have sparked nationwide protests in recent years. Roskomnadzor’s actions come one week after it blocked the website of a prominent legal group that represented Navalny’s Anti-Corruption…

Libya to Probe Delayed Sputnik V Deliveries – Reports

Libya has launched an official inquiry into delivery delays of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, according to local media reports. The war-torn country’s UN-backed government announced it will launch an investigation into the hold-ups, which are significantly undermining the country’s vaccination campaign, the Libyan Express reported. Libya received a first batch of Sputnik V vaccines in…

Comment on statement of Yury Vitrenko, CEO of Naftogaz of Ukraine

Message to the Media July 24, 2021, 19:49 “We have familiarized ourselves with the statement of Yury Vitrenko, CEO of Naftogaz of Ukraine. We would like to point out that no one was offering Ukraine to buy Russian gas. The comment of Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, was addressed to our partners from the EU, primarily German ones. The comment was about the volumes…

Karpin Takes Over as Russia Football Manager

The Russian Football Federation on Friday named former international midfielder Valery Karpin as manager of the national football team.  Karpin, who was coaching FK Rostov, will replace Stanislav Cherchesov, who was sacked after Russia was eliminated in the group stage of Euro 2020.  The federation said Karpin, who is 52, had agreed to a contract…

Blistered Beet Shashlik with Halloumi

Vegetarianism is on the rise in Russia, of that there can be no doubt. Once unthinkable, today young, urban Russians are eschewing meat like never before for reasons that range from ethics to health concerns. Meatless meals are no longer confined to the forty days that precede Easter, but are becoming integral parts of restaurant…

Russia Calls Taliban ‘Rational,’ Blames Afghan Gov’t for Blocking Talks

Russia’s top diplomat commended the Taliban for being “of sound mind” and criticized the Afghan government of stalling power-sharing talks on Friday. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov becomes the latest Russian political figure to praise the militant group this week, with the Kremlin calling it a “powerful force” and Russia’s envoy for Afghanistan calling its rapid…

ROSATOM and Aeon Corporation agree to Arctic shipping cooperation

Saint-Petersburg, Russia, 23 July 2021 – ROSATOM and Aeon Corporation plan to create a strategic partnership in the field of Arctic shipping. ROSATOM-subsidiary JSC Atomenergoprom and Aeon Infrastructure Corporation LLC have concluded a corresponding preliminary agreement. The document was signed by JSC Atomenergoprom Director Kirill Komarov and Aeon Infrastructure Corporation LLC’s Chairman of the Board…

What’s On in Moscow July 23-25

MAKS Air show For a lot of folks, one of the great traditional events of the summer in Moscow is the MAKS (International Aviation and Space Show) held at the Zhukovsky Airport, located 40 kilometers (about 25 miles) of bumper-to-bumper traffic southeast of Moscow. It opened on Tuesday, but the weekday hours are mostly for…

FSUE Atomflot and Murmansk Marine Biological Institute sign cooperation agreement

Saint-Petersburg, Russia, 23 July 2021 – FSUE Atomflot, ROSATOM subsidiary in charge of operation and maintenance of the Russian nuclear icebreaker fleet, and the Murmansk Marine Biological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences have signed a cooperation agreement. The agreement was signed by FSUE Atomflot Director General Mustafa Kashka and the Murmansk Marine Biological…

ROSATOM and Moscow State University’s Marine Research Centre sign cooperation agreement on environmental impact assessment in Arctic

Saint-Petersburg, Russia, 23 July 2021 – ROSATOM and Moscow State University’s Marine Research Centre signed a cooperation agreement in St. Petersburg in the framework of the ROSATOM-organised event “Arctic Day.” The agreement was signed by ROSATOM’s special representative for Arctic development Vladimir Panov and the Director General of Moscow State University’s Marine Research Centre Dmitry…

ROSATOM and Nornickel sign supplementary agreement on icebreaker accompaniment

Saint-Petersburg, Russia, 23 July 2021 – ROSATOM and Nornickel have signed a supplementary agreement to complement their 2018 cooperation agreement. The additional agreement will last through 2030 – a testament to the strategic partnership between the two companies. In light of mutual interests, the parties intend to cooperate in ensuring uninterrupted and environmentally friendly integrated…

Divorce in Russia Reaches 7-Year High – MBKh Media

Divorces in Russia have reached a seven-year high so far in 2021 with the country’s conservative, Muslim-majority regions unexpectedly seeing the biggest increases, the MBKh Media news website reported Wednesday. The 251,000 divorces filed between January-May accounted for a 44% increase over the same period in 2020, the outlet said, citing the FinExpertiza consultancy. The…

Alexey Miller: “Gazprom has always approached Nord Stream 2 as an economic project”

Message to the Media July 22, 2021, 18:30 “Gazprom has always approached Nord Stream 2 as an economic project. Its goal is to provide reliable, stable and diversified supplies of gas to the market of the European Union. It also aims to reduce the cost of gas for end consumers via a shorter transportation route that reaches Germany almost 2,000 kilometers ahead of the route traversing the gas transmission…

Why Is Russia Arresting Pussy Riot Members?

Russian authorities on Thursday jailed Pussy Riot member Rita Flores for 15 days on charges of disobeying police, an arrest the group said was for “no damn reason.” Flores’ arrest is the most recent in a growing string of detentions, self-imposed exiles and jail sentences against members of the collective in 2021.  Here’s what you…

Gazprom and Russian Helicopters sign agreement to cooperate on supplies of first Russian offshore helicopters

July 22, 2021, 13:00 Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Andrey Boginsky, Director General of Russian Helicopters (part of the Rostec State Corporation), signed the Agreement of Strategic Cooperation for the supply of domestically-produced certified naval helicopters of the type Mi-171A3. The Mi-171A3 is the first Russian helicopter designed primarily for offshore operations (overseas transportation of passengers and cargo).…

Russia ‘Successfully Disconnected’ From World Wide Web in Tests – RBC

Russia has “successfully disconnected” from the world wide web during tests of its “sovereign internet” technology, the RBC news website reported Wednesday. Authorities have long flirted with tightening control over the internet on Russian territory, with past attempts to unplug from the global internet having mixed success. The June 15-July 15 test run “tested the…

Russia Extends Navalny Spokeswoman’s House Arrest

A Moscow court on Wednesday extended by six months the house arrest of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s spokeswoman, a top ally said. Russia will hold parliamentary elections in September, and ahead of the polls authorities declared Navalny’s organizations extremist and barred his allies from running. Navalny’s 31-year-old spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, has been under house…

Russian Tech Billionaire Durov Among Potential Pegasus Spyware Targets – Guardian

Russian-born, Dubai-based tech billionaire Pavel Durov’s phone number is listed among the 50,000 numbers believed to have been chosen for global surveillance through military-grade spyware, The Guardian reported Wednesday.  Investigative reports said politicians, journalists and activists from dozens of countries were the potential targets of the Pegasus spyware, which was developed by Israeli firm NSO…

Which Kremlin Critics Have Fled Russia?

A growing number of Kremlin critics have fled Russia in recent weeks, citing fears of prosecution in the wake of nationwide protests in support of jailed Kremlin opponent Alexei Navalny and ahead of high-stakes parliamentary elections. While many of those who have left are allies of Navalny, others are longtime opposition politicians or intellectuals not…

Russian Traffic Cop’s Golden Toilet Steals the Show in Uncovered Police Bribe Scheme

Russian investigators said Tuesday they have uncovered a multi-million ruble bribery scheme run by dozens of senior traffic police officers, with the top cop’s golden toilet bowl stealing the show. In what looked more like a luxury real estate ad, the Investigative Committee published footage of police colonel Alexei Safonov’s opulent residence in southern Russia’s…

Russia Shows Advanced S-500 Live Fire Test

Russia’s military has for the first time released footage of a live fire test of its advanced S-500 Prometheus missile system on Tuesday. The footage showed the vehicle elevating into the launch-ready position, releasing the radar and firing a missile into the air. The Defense Ministry said in a statement that the launch took place…

Russian Season at the Cannes Film Festival

This year Russia sent six films to the Cannes Film Festival, four in competitions and two in non-competitive categories. And the filmmakers brought home three awards: the Grand Prix for the film “Hytti Nro. 6” by Juho Kuosmanen co-produced with Russia — shared with the film “Ghahreman” (Hero) by the Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi; the…