What’s On in Moscow May 21-24

A walk in a lilac park This weekend is the first peak of lilac season in Moscow’s most famous park for lovers of these sweet-smelling and beautiful bushes. Founded in 1954 by Leonid Kolesnikov, the country’s most accomplished lilac breeder, the Lilac Garden began with 2,000 bushes of 32 sorts of lilacs. Today you can…

Kremlin Critic Navalny Says Found ‘Recipe for Happiness’ in Prison

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said Thursday he successfully eased out of his hunger strike and has discovered the recipe for being “happy” in prison. Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s best known domestic critic, is serving two-and-a-half years in a penal colony outside Moscow on old fraud charges he says are politically motivated.  Russia’s top opposition politician…

Russia Jails Navalny Protester for 4 Years

A Moscow court sentenced a Russian businessman to four years in jail Thursday for attacking a riot police officer during a rally in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny this winter. Yevgeny Yesenov was among the 10,000 people detained across 100 Russian cities in January and February when they took to the streets demanding…

Russian Arctic Temps Now Hotter Than in Mediterranean

Parts of Russia’s Arctic are currently experiencing warmer temperatures than the Mediterranean Sea as the region faces a ferocious heatwave. Temperatures in the Arctic Circle village of Nizhnaya Pesha hit 30 degrees Celsius (86.5 degrees Fahrenheit) Wednesday, a measurement Scottish meteorologist Scott Duncan called “truly exceptional for any time of the year but mind-boggling for…

Chief Editor Leaves Russia’s Vedomosti Year After Censorship Row

The Vedomosti business daily announced Wednesday that its editor-in-chief Andrei Shmarov will step down one year after his controversial appointment sparked a mass exodus of senior editors and journalists.  The decision came a week after VTimes, The Moscow Times’ Russian-language partner founded by the editors and journalists who had left Vedomosti, was declared a “foreign agent” in…

Russia’s Ex-PM Medvedev Backs Mandatory Vaccination

Russia’s former Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has expressed support for compulsory vaccinations Wednesday as the country grapples with slower-than-hoped-for coronavirus vaccine uptake. Medvedev, who was demoted to deputy chief of Russia’s Security Council in a major cabinet reshuffle last year, described mandating vaccinations as a tradeoff between individual choice and protecting the population from disease.…

Moscow Breaks 100-Year May Heat Records

Moscow has beaten temperature records over 100 years old for the second day in a row Tuesday. “It hasn’t been as warm as today on this date in the entire history of weather observations,” said the Fobos weather center. The mercury in the Russian capital rose to 29.2 degrees Celsius, beating the previous record set…

Strategic development. Investment projects in Russia Press Conference held

Accreditation of journalists for the Press Conferences in the lead-up to the Shareholders Meeting Listen to audio For Gazprom’s Press Conferences audio broadcast please dial: +7 495 719-35-77 (Russian) +7 495 719-30-00 (English) May 18, 02:00 pm (Moscow time) Participants: Oleg Aksyutin, Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee – Head of Department at Gazprom; Andrey Fick, Head of Department; Kiril Polous, Deputy Head of Department – Head of Directorate.

Belarus Raids Main Independent News Site

Authorities in Belarus raided the offices of the country’s largest independent news portal and took down its website on Tuesday, management said, signaling a widening crackdown after historic opposition protests last year. Journalists in the ex-Soviet nation are facing mounting pressure in the wake of the protests against contested elections won by strongman President Alexander…

Moscow Voters Most Likely to Back Putin, United Russia Despite Tepid Numbers – Poll

Moscow residents are most likely to back President Vladimir Putin and the pro-Putin ruling party despite their tepid support for both, an independent poll published Tuesday has said. The Levada Center polling agency’s latest results come four months ahead of key parliamentary elections in which the United Russia party seeks to maintain a supermajority despite historically low approval ratings.…

Russia Confirms Rare, Deadly ‘Black Fungus’ Infections Seen in India – Reports

Russia has registered cases of a rare and deadly fungal infection afflicting current and former coronavirus patients that has been on the rise in virus-stricken India, the pro-Kremlin Izvestia newspaper reported Monday. Experts interviewed by the publication stressed that mucormycosis, which Indian doctors have dubbed “black fungus” due to its dark pigmentation, does not spread…

Poland Arrests Suspected Russian Spy

Polish authorities said they have arrested a man suspected of spying for Russia, the Polish internal security agency said in a statement Monday. The 43-year-old is accused of “providing the Russian special services with information and materials in the military field and about Polish entities and citizens.” The ISA said its officers detained him on…

Moscow Metro Fires 100 Navalny Supporters – Dozhd

Around 100 Moscow metro employees have been dismissed after they appeared in an email database leak exposing half a million supporters of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, the independent Dozhd broadcaster reported Saturday. Vasily Shelyakov, the deputy head of the Moscow metro trade union, told Dozhd that the ex-staffers directly link their termination to last month’s…