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  • Russians Fear Arbitrary Authorities More Than Death, Poll Says

    Russians Fear Arbitrary Authorities More Than Death, Poll Says

    Russians fear arbitrary exercises of power more than death, according to an independent Levada Center poll that the Kremlin dismissed as superficial. Fear of arbitrary authorities and lawlessness placed third in the pollster’s hierarchy of fears for the second year in a row in 2019. The return of mass repressions and a tighter political regime…

  • Gargoyles and Griffins on Moscow Buildings

    Gargoyles and Griffins on Moscow Buildings

    Designed by Lev Kravetsky, the building was constructed in 1909. It has everything: griffins, dragons, firebirds, crowned swans, fire-breathing dogs, two-head birds, and a lion in its splendid solitude, with a human face and a luxurious mustache. mos.ru

  • Denmark Approves Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

    Denmark Approves Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

    Denmark has granted permission for Gazprom’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline to be built through Danish waters. After months of delays, the Danish Energy Agency today announced it is finally giving its approval for the natural gas pipeline project that will transport Russian gas directly to Germany. Denmark was the final country on the planned route…

  • Russian Submarines Hone Stealth Skills in Major North Atlantic Drill – Norwegian Intel

    Russian Submarines Hone Stealth Skills in Major North Atlantic Drill – Norwegian Intel

    At least eight Russian nuclear-powered submarines sailed out from their homeports on the Kola Peninsula last week, Norwegian military intelligence told the country’s National Public Broadcasting Organization (NRK). The aim of the massive operation is to get as far out to the North Atlantic as possible without being discovered by NATO, the intelligence service said. Such…

  • Leaked Emails Claim to Show Russia’s FIFA World Cup Bribery Scheme

    Leaked Emails Claim to Show Russia’s FIFA World Cup Bribery Scheme

    Emails claiming to show how to improve Russia’s bid to host the FIFA World Cup by bribing world football’s decision-makers have leaked, the investigative news website The Insider has reported. Russia won hosting rights for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in a 2010 vote, beating out fellow contenders England, Spain-Portugal and Belgium-Netherlands. Former FIFA boss…

  • Yekaterinburg Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art

    Yekaterinburg Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art

    The Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art is less than a decade old, but today it’s considered one of the largest international exhibition projects in Russian contemporary art. Every two years it transforms factories and non-typical cultural spaces of Yekaterinburg and the cities of the Sverdlovsk region into vibrant museums of cutting-edge art. For the…

  • On This Day Victims of Political Repressions Are Honored

    On This Day Victims of Political Repressions Are Honored

    On Oct. 30, 1974 a group of dissidents imprisoned in Soviet labor camps in Mordovia and Perm declared the date the Day of the Political Prisoners in the U.S.S.R. Led by Kronid Lyubarsky, the prisoners put forward a list of demands, which included recognition of political prisoner status; separation of political prisoners from criminal convicts…

  • U.S. House Recognizes Armenian Genocide, Calls for Turkey Sanctions

    U.S. House Recognizes Armenian Genocide, Calls for Turkey Sanctions

    The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to recognize the mass killings of Armenians a century ago as a genocide, a symbolic but historic vote instantly denounced by Turkey. The Democratic-controlled House voted 405-11 in favor of a resolution asserting that it is U.S. policy to commemorate as genocide the killing of 1.5…

  • Russia Prepares Largest-Ever ‘Satan-2’ Ballistic Missile Tests

    Russia Prepares Largest-Ever ‘Satan-2’ Ballistic Missile Tests

    Russia is preparing to conduct at least five tests next year of its new ballistic missile that has been called the largest missile in history, the Vedomosti newspaper reported Wednesday. President Vladimir Putin unveiled the Sarmat missile, also called Satan-2, at an annual address last year that reportedly riled U.S. President Donald Trump. Russia went…

  • Putin Faces Syria Money Crunch After U.S. Keeps Control of Oil

    Putin Faces Syria Money Crunch After U.S. Keeps Control of Oil

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is facing an unwelcome new financial challenge in Syria after the U.S. pullback enabled his ally Bashar al-Assad to reclaim the biggest chunk of territory in the country still outside his control. The U.S. decision to keep forces in northeastern Syria to guard oil fields denies Assad access to desperately needed funds to…

  • Russian Nuclear Sub Test-Fires New ICBM

    Russian Nuclear Sub Test-Fires New ICBM

    Russia’s newest nuclear-powered submarine has for the first time test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile ahead of the vessel’s delivery into service this year, the Defense Ministry announced Wednesday. The Knyaz Vladimir, which is expected to join the Russian Navy’s Northern Fleet in December 2019, was floated out in 2017 and embarked on its first sea…

  • Russian Scientists Reveal First Photos of Massive Arctic Methane Fountain

    Russian Scientists Reveal First Photos of Massive Arctic Methane Fountain

    A group of Russian scientists has revealed the first pictures of a massive fountain of methane gas bubbling from the sea floor in the eastern Siberian Sea. During the 35-day expedition that started Sept. 21, the scientific expedition expedition organized by Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU)  noticed a spot of emerald-colored water which turned out to…

  • 5 Russian Mercenaries Reportedly Killed in Mozambique Ambush

    5 Russian Mercenaries Reportedly Killed in Mozambique Ambush

    Five Russian mercenaries are believed to have been killed alongside 20 Mozambique servicemen during an ambush in the southeastern African nation, the independent Carta de Moçambique news outlet reported Tuesday. The unconfirmed report comes a month after the reported arrival of 200 Russian mercenaries and three helicopters to help Mozambique’s government forces fight jihadists amid Moscow’s wider…

  • German Role in Developing Soviet Nuclear Program Revealed in Newly Declassified Documents

    German Role in Developing Soviet Nuclear Program Revealed in Newly Declassified Documents

    Russia’s state nuclear firm Rosatom has declassified the personal files of German scientists involved in the Soviet nuclear program after World War II. The Soviet Union tested its first atomic bomb ahead of schedule in 1949, an achievement largely attributed to German experts and Soviet espionage on the U.S. Manhattan Project. Stalin had awarded prestigious state…

  • The Biggest Takeaways From Former Soviet Leader Gorbachev’s New Book

    The Biggest Takeaways From Former Soviet Leader Gorbachev’s New Book

    Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, on Monday published a new book titled “What is at stake: The future of the global world.” The 88-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s new book touches on a wide range of topics, including his thoughts on Russia’s bruised relations with the West, the rise of global…

  • Ukrainian Troops Start Withdrawing From Eastern Town

    Ukrainian Troops Start Withdrawing From Eastern Town

    Ukraine’s military said the withdrawal of government and Russian-backed rebel troops started at 12:00 p.m. local time on Tuesday in Zolote, a town in the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk. Ukrainian forces have fought rebels in the Donbass region in a conflict that has killed more than 13,000 people. Both sides have agreed to modest troop…

  • Supplies of Banknotes from Russia to East Libya Accelerated This Year

    Supplies of Banknotes from Russia to East Libya Accelerated This Year

    A parallel central bank in eastern Libya stepped up deliveries of new banknotes from Russia this year, before and after eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar launched a military offensive to capture Tripoli, Russian customs data show. The data obtained by Reuters shows nearly 4.5 billion Libyan dinars ($3.22 billion) were dispatched in four shipments from February to June. Haftar launched his campaign…

  • The Chief Inspector at the Rosenergoatom Nikolay Sorokin becomes the new president of the WANO

    The Chief Inspector at the Rosenergoatom Joint-Stock Company (a part of the Electric power division of ROSATOM), Nikolay Sorokin, becomes the new president of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO). The new president of the WANO was elected at the extraordinary general meeting convened as a part of the 15th General Assembly in London…

  • How Big Is Russia’s Shadow Economy and Why Does It Matter?

    How Big Is Russia’s Shadow Economy and Why Does It Matter?

    The black labor market in Russia is shrinking as fewer people try to keep their work off the books and their wages away from the taxman. So said a recent survey by the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), which found one in three Russians are currently engaged in the so-called…

  • Russian Metals Plant to Start Bitcoin Mining

    Russian Metals Plant to Start Bitcoin Mining

    A Russian aluminum plant closed as a result of U.S. sanctions is set to be transformed into a bitcoin mining hub. The Nadvoitsy Aluminum Plant in Russia’s northern Karelia region, owned by Russian metals giant Rusal, stopped production last summer after it lost access to American customers following the introduction of U.S. sanctions against Rusal…

  • Ivanovo: A City in Search of a New Identity

    Ivanovo: A City in Search of a New Identity

    Ivanovo, like many cities in Central Russia, is finding it hard to redefine itself to attract tourists. It used to be “the capital of textiles” and then “the city of brides,” — who worked in the textile factories — but today it’s just a stopover on the popular Golden Ring route. Some guidebooks on Russia…

  • Russia’s Sberbank to Buy Stake in Mail.Ru

    Russia’s Sberbank to Buy Stake in Mail.Ru

    Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank, is to purchase a $170 million stake in tech giant Mail.Ru. The deal will see Sberbank buy into a company called MF Technologies, which owns a majority of Mail.Ru’s voting rights, from Gazprombank — another state-owned Russian financial outfit. Sberbank’s 35% stake in MF Technologies would give it control of one-fifth…

  • Power of Siberia pipeline filled up with gas

    Power of Siberia pipeline filled up with gas

    Background Power of Siberia is the largest gas transmission system in Russia’s East. The trunkline will transport gas from the Irkutsk and Yakutia gas production centers to consumers in Russia’s Far East and China. Start-up and commissioning operations are now undergoing at the core facilities of the Chayandinskoye field, and drilling of gas production wells is progressing ahead of schedule. Production drilling is in full swing at the…

  • Putin Gives Russian Passports to Old Believers in U.S., Brazil

    Putin Gives Russian Passports to Old Believers in U.S., Brazil

    President Vladimir Putin has granted Russian citizenship to eight leaders of Old Believer communities in the United States and Brazil who are planning to move back to their motherland, authorities have said. Thousands of Old Believers — members of a traditionalist Christian denomination at odds with the Orthodox Church — fled Russia in the 19th…

  • Latest Russia-Ukraine Gas Talks Fail to Bring Breakthrough

    Latest Russia-Ukraine Gas Talks Fail to Bring Breakthrough

    Officials from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union met again on 28 October in Brussels to discuss terms for the transit of Russian gas via Ukraine next year, with still no breakthrough in negotiations in sight. Ukraine is the largest single transit route for Russian gas entering Europe, handling 86.8 billion cubic meters (bcm) of…

  • Putin’s Counter-Sanctions Cost Russians $70 Per Person Every Year

    Putin’s Counter-Sanctions Cost Russians $70 Per Person Every Year

    Russia’s counter-sanctions against western food imports cost its citizens $70 per person every year through higher prices. New research into the impact of Russia’s counter-sanctions and its import substitution policies found that the costs to Russian shoppers through higher prices for food, including fish, meat, cheese and vegetables far outweigh any of the program’s benefits.…

  • Stalin in Dress Caricature Pushes Russian Magazine Off the Shelves

    Stalin in Dress Caricature Pushes Russian Magazine Off the Shelves

    A Russian history magazine featuring a 1939 caricature of Stalin in a wedding gown holding hands with Hitler on its cover has sparked a backlash that led at least one Moscow bookstore to pull the issue from its shelves. The latest edition of the Diletant monthly featured a colorized U.S. cartoon criticizing the Soviet Union’s…

  • Indian National Faces Russian Jail for Drug Charges at Moscow Airport

    Indian National Faces Russian Jail for Drug Charges at Moscow Airport

    An Indian citizen has been held in Russia for more than three months after being caught in a Moscow airport transit zone with half a gram of marijuana while traveling, the Mediazona news website has reported. Aashish Bhadurya’s detention comes less than a month after the sentencing of a U.S.-Israeli citizen to 7.5 years in…

  • Microsoft Says Russia-Linked Hackers Target Sports Organizations

    Microsoft Says Russia-Linked Hackers Target Sports Organizations

    Microsoft Corp said it has tracked “significant” cyberattacks coming from a group it calls “Strontium” or “Fancy Bear,” targeting anti-doping authorities and global sporting organizations. The group, also called APT28, has been linked to the Russian government, Microsoft said in a blog post. At least 16 national and international sporting and anti-doping organizations across three continents…

  • Kremlin Critic Navalny and Allies Hit With $1.4M Lawsuit Payout

    Kremlin Critic Navalny and Allies Hit With $1.4M Lawsuit Payout

    A Russian court on Monday ordered opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his allies to pay $1.4 million in damages, a blow to the Kremlin critic’s group, whose bank accounts have been frozen amid what he says is a broad government crackdown. The Moscow Arbitration Court told Navalny, his Anti-Corruption Foundation and ally Lyubov Sobol each to…

  • Art Against Domestic Violence: Austrian YouAreNotAlone Show Opens in Moscow

    Art Against Domestic Violence: Austrian YouAreNotAlone Show Opens in Moscow

    On an early Sunday evening in central Moscow, journalists and members of the public gathered for a specially curated exhibition called “Polly’s Cracker” — a reference to a song by the group Nirvana “Polly” about a young girl who escapes her kidnapper and sexual abuser. “I’d like to stress how a loving relationship can turn…

  • Bulgaria Asks Russia to Recall Diplomat Over Spying Allegation

    Bulgaria Asks Russia to Recall Diplomat Over Spying Allegation

    A Russian diplomat who Bulgarian prosecutors suspect was involved in espionage has the left Bulgaria, the Bulgarian foreign ministry said on Monday. The ministry had asked for his recall in a meeting with the Russian ambassador on Friday. The exact circumstances of the diplomat’s departure were not clear. “A request has been made to the Russian institutions to…

  • Poland Captures Suspected Russian Spy, Media Reports

    Poland Captures Suspected Russian Spy, Media Reports

    Poland has detained and charged a man with spying for Russia, the country’s state broadcaster TVP reported Monday. The arrest is the latest in a string of espionage-related cases in Russia, which sentenced a Polish national to 14 years in prison in June, and Poland, which sentenced an ex-government employee to three years in July.…

  • Russian Soldiers Forced to Serve Motherland Through ‘Bribery, Blackmail and Extortion’ – Novaya Gazeta

    Russian Soldiers Forced to Serve Motherland Through ‘Bribery, Blackmail and Extortion’ – Novaya Gazeta

    Russia’s military top brass are forcing junior officers to serve in the armed services against their will, often long after they apply for dismissal, the investigative Novaya Gazeta newspaper reported Monday.  Russian law makes it “nearly impossible” to resign from the army without a compelling reason, lawyers say.   “This issue affects everyone [in the military],…

  • Admitted Russian Agent Maria Butina’s First Comments Following Release

    Admitted Russian Agent Maria Butina’s First Comments Following Release

    Russian national Maria Butina arrived in Moscow on Saturday after serving 18 months in American prison after admitting to working as a Russian agent.  Butina pleaded guilty in December last year to one count of conspiring to act as a foreign agent for Russia by infiltrating a gun rights group and influencing U.S. conservative activists…

  • Islamic State Leader’s Death a Boost for Trump if True, Kremlin Says

    Islamic State Leader’s Death a Boost for Trump if True, Kremlin Says

    The Kremlin said on Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump will have made a major contribution to the fight against international terrorism if a U.S. assertion that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead is true. Trump on Sunday announced that Baghdadi had killed himself during a daring overnight raid by elite U.S. special…

  • Young Russians Are Taking Care of Their Mental and Physical Health

    Young Russians Are Taking Care of Their Mental and Physical Health

    “What are your five reasons to live?” Moscow-based Instagrammer Natalya Krom asked her 116,000 followers last month in a post aimed at suicide prevention.  Krom was diagnosed with bipolar personality disorder at 15. Now 20, she has been sharing everything from her daily life, including time spent in a psychiatric facility and coping techniques, since…

  • Russia Deploys S-300 Missile System Near Afghanistan for First Time

    Russia Deploys S-300 Missile System Near Afghanistan for First Time

    The Russian military has for the first time deployed the S-300 surface-to-air missile system at its military base near Afghanistan, the Defense Ministry has announced. Russia maintains troops at its military base in the ex-Soviet republic of Tajikistan, near the Afghan border, as a bulwark against the threat of Islamist radicals and drug trafficking. The…

  • Dozens of Russian Women Vanish After Fleeing Syrian Camp – Reports

    Dozens of Russian Women Vanish After Fleeing Syrian Camp – Reports

    An estimated 50 Russian women have disappeared after fleeing from a prison camp for the wives and children of Islamic State fighters in northern Syria, BBC Russia has reported. Russian women held in the Ain Issa camp had sought Moscow’s help earlier this month amid Turkey’s mounting offensive to clear the region of Kurdish rebels.…

  • Writer and Human Rights Activist Vladimir Bukovsky, Dead at 76

    Writer and Human Rights Activist Vladimir Bukovsky, Dead at 76

    On Oct. 27 Vladimir Bukovsky, one of the most important figures in the human rights movement in the Soviet Union and the world, died of heart failure in a hospital in Cambridge, U.K. He was 76 years old. Bukovsky was born in what is now the Republic of Bashkortostan and soon moved to Moscow, where…

  • Trump Thanks Russia for Role in Operation to Kill Islamic State Leader Baghdadi

    Trump Thanks Russia for Role in Operation to Kill Islamic State Leader Baghdadi

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday thanked countries including Russia for their roles in an overnight raid led by U.S. military forces in Syria that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. “I want to thank the nations of Russia, Turkey, Syria and Iraq and I also want to thank the Syrian Kurds for certain…

  • Vyborg Restoration: How Russia’s Most Scandinavian Town Is Coming Back to Life

    Vyborg Restoration: How Russia’s Most Scandinavian Town Is Coming Back to Life

    The town of Vyborg in northwestern Russia boasts a historic heritage unlike any other in the country. Lying just 40 kilometers south of Russia’s border with Finland, it is full of medieval, Art Nouveau and constructivist architecture that reflects the towns’ many owners—the Swedes, Russians, Finns and Soviets. In recent years however, the town was…

  • Russia Says U.S. Presence in Syria Illegal, Protects Oil Smugglers

    Russia Says U.S. Presence in Syria Illegal, Protects Oil Smugglers

    Russia‘s Defense Ministry on Saturday attacked U.S. plans to maintain and boost the American military presence in eastern Syria as “international state banditry” motivated by a desire to protect oil smugglers and not by real security concerns. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday Washington would send armored vehicles and troops to the Syrian…

  • Maxim D. Shrayer’s ‘A Russian Immigrant: Three Novellas’

    Maxim D. Shrayer’s ‘A Russian Immigrant: Three Novellas’

    Before Maxim Shrayer became a professor of literature and Jewish Studies at Boston College, he spent over eight years as a refusenik in the Soviet Union. The son of Jewish-Russian intellectuals, Shrayer was born in 1967 and grew up in Moscow until he and his family emigrated in 1987. He arrived in the U.S. at…

  • Russian Woman Convicted by U.S. of Being Agent Returns Home

    Russian Woman Convicted by U.S. of Being Agent Returns Home

    Russian national Maria Butina, who was jailed in the United States in April after admitting to working as a Russian agent, arrived in Moscow on Saturday, greeted by her father and Russian journalists who handed her flowers. “Russians never surrender,” an emotional Butina told reporters at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, flanked by her father and the…

  • At Russia’s Inaugural Africa Summit, Moscow Sells Sovereignty

    At Russia’s Inaugural Africa Summit, Moscow Sells Sovereignty

    SOCHI — Last winter, the head of Ghana’s state news agency received a message: Russia’s ambassador to the West African country wanted the agency to discuss a partnership with TASS, its Russian counterpart.  For many years, Albert Kofi Owusu had thought negatively about Russia, a perception he attributes to the Western media and Hollywood films.…

  • Russia Launches New Battle Ship to ‘Defend National Interests’ in the Arctic

    Russia Launches New Battle Ship to ‘Defend National Interests’ in the Arctic

    Russia has unveiled a new combat icebreaker vessel in St. Petersburg on Friday which it says will help defend its national interests in the Arctic, the state-run TASS news agency reported. The launch of the Ivan Papanin comes amid Russia’s rapid military and economic development in its strategic Arctic region. Earlier this month, over 12,000 troops…

  • Russia Detains Suspected American Drug Smuggler

    Russia Detains Suspected American Drug Smuggler

    An American citizen whose Russian ex-wife is jailed in the United States could face up to 40 years in an American jail for drug smuggling after his arrest in Russia, the Fontanka news website reported Friday.  A court in St. Petersburg ordered Aleth Terada, 50, to leave Russia by Nov. 1 after finding that he…

  • Russia’s Yandex and Mail.Ru Report Strong Growth Despite Ownership Threats

    Russia’s Yandex and Mail.Ru Report Strong Growth Despite Ownership Threats

    Russia’s flagship tech companies, Mail.Ru and Yandex, both reported strong third-quarter results this week amid ongoing concerns over government proposals to limit foreign ownership in Russia’s largest technology companies. With revenues and earnings up at both companies, representatives confirmed they were lobbying the government to water down the potentially damaging legislation to the two publicly…

  • Admitted Russian Agent Butina Freed From U.S. Prison Ahead of Expected Deportation

    Admitted Russian Agent Butina Freed From U.S. Prison Ahead of Expected Deportation

    Convicted Russian agent Maria Butina has been released from a U.S. prison after more than 15 months behind bars, CNN reported Friday, citing the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons. Butina, 31, a former graduate student at American University who publicly advocated for gun rights, pleaded guilty in December 2018 to one count of conspiring to…

  • Russian Eagle Racks Up Hefty Phone Bills With Iran Flights

    Russian Eagle Racks Up Hefty Phone Bills With Iran Flights

    A steppe eagle from Russia’s republic of Khakasia has been sending hundreds of expensive SMS messages to scientists after she flew into Iran, effectively bankrupting their research. Siberian scientists had equipped Min the eagle with a tracking device that sends SMS messages to document her flight movements. Min, who spent the summer in Kazakhstan with…

  • The first in Russia WNU School on Radiation Technologies finished at Obninsk

    The Vth International School on Radiation Technologies of the World Nuclear University was held at the Rosatom Technical Academy on 14-25 of October. The school is one of the key projects of the World Nuclear University and is held every two years in different countries. Rosatom Technical Academy accumulated experience of cooperation with the IAEA…

  • ROSATOM took part in the Russia-Africa Summit

    ROSATOM took part in the Russia-Africa Summit, which ended on October 24 in Sochi. ROSATOM’s Director General Alexey Likhachev took part in a series of bilateral meetings of the President of the Russian Federation V.V. Putin with the leaders of Egypt, Namibia, Ethiopia, South Africa and Algeria. In addition, during the Summit, ROSATOM signed a…

  • Russian Soldier Shoots 8 Dead After Nervous Breakdown

    Russian Soldier Shoots 8 Dead After Nervous Breakdown

    A Russian conscript serving in the Far East of the country shot dead eight other soldiers and badly injured two others on Friday after having a nervous breakdown, the Defense Ministry said, Interfax reported. The conscript has been detained, the ministry said, and the two injured troops are being treated in a military hospital. Their lives…

  • Mass Raids Target St. Petersburg Bus, Taxi Drivers During Rush Hour

    Mass Raids Target St. Petersburg Bus, Taxi Drivers During Rush Hour

    Traffic almost ground to a halt in Russia’s second-largest city of St. Petersburg following a series of police raids on bus and taxi drivers this week. Social media channels said that afternoon inspections created massive bottlenecks Thursday on a road leading to Pulkovo Airport. Passengers got out of their taxis and continued their journey on…

  • Russia’s Central Bank Cuts Interest Rates on Economic Fears

    Russia’s Central Bank Cuts Interest Rates on Economic Fears

    The Bank of Russia has cut interest rates to 6.5% on the back of low inflation, weak domestic growth and fears of a global slowdown. The central bank said further rate cuts could be on the horizon if inflation, which it expects to come in between 3.2-3.7% this year, does not pick-up. Announcing the cut…

  • Russia Considers Blocking Some Internet Traffic to Fight Bomb Hoaxes – RBC

    Russia Considers Blocking Some Internet Traffic to Fight Bomb Hoaxes – RBC

    Russian network operators could be forced to block internet traffic from countries they believe hoax bomb threats come from, the RBC news website reported Friday. A wave of hoax threats swept Russia in 2017, and during the football World Cup last year, causing disruptions for businesses and public buildings. The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB)…

  • Russian Restaurant Group Joins Meatless Monday Movement

    Russian Restaurant Group Joins Meatless Monday Movement

    Can Russia’s meat-loving population embrace Meatless Mondays? The country’s biggest restaurant group is counting on it. In mid-October, Rosinter restaurants in six major cities launched their Meatless Mondays initiative, which encourages diners to opt for a meatless meal by taking 20-25 % off the price of any non-meat home delivery order from their most popular…

  • Russia Sends Chechen Military Police Reinforcements to Syria

    Russia Sends Chechen Military Police Reinforcements to Syria

    Around 300 more Russian military police have arrived in Syria, the defense ministry said on Friday, under an accord between Ankara and Moscow which halted Turkey’s military incursion into northeast Syria. The deal, reached on Tuesday by Presidents Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin, requires that Russian military police and Syrian border guards remove all Kurdish YPG militia…

  • Moscow Dismisses Russian Reports Group Hijacked Iranian Spying Operation

    Moscow Dismisses Russian Reports Group Hijacked Iranian Spying Operation

    Moscow on Thursday dismissed media reports that Russian hackers piggy-backed on an Iranian cyber-espionage operation to attack government and industry organizations in dozens of countries as an “unsavory” interpretation of a security report. British security officials have said the Russian group, known as “Turla” and accused by Estonian and Czech authorities of operating on behalf…