Russia Summons U.S. Ambassador Over ‘Meddling’ in Domestic Affairs

Moscow summoned the U.S. Ambassador to Russia on Thursday and threatened to expel American diplomats in protest against what it said was American interference in the country’s domestic affairs. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Washington was funding “anti-Russian” non-profit groups and “spreading disinformation” about the March 15-17 presidential election, as well as Moscow’s so-called “special military…

FSB Officers Kill Belarusian Activist Accused of Plotting ‘Terrorist Attack’ for Ukraine

A Belarusian opposition activist was shot and killed by Federal Security Service (FSB) officers in northern Russia’s republic of Karelia, media reported Thursday.  The FSB claimed that the unidentified Belarusian citizen born in 1974 was recruited by the Ukrainian special services to carry out a terrorist attack in the city of Olonets, Interfax cited the law…

Germany ‘Strongly’ Discourages Citizens From Traveling to Russia

Germany has revised its travel advice for Russia to “strongly” discourage its citizens from traveling there, German media reported Thursday.  Previously, Germany had only advised citizens against visiting Russia. The updated travel recommendation now includes the word “strongly.” Germany’s Foreign Ministry, which issued the travel advice, said the change was “due to the continuing deterioration…

15 participants of the World Youth Festival will go on an expedition to the North Pole aboard the ROSATOM’s nuclear icebreaker

Representatives from eight countries became the selection winners. Within the framework of the World Youth Festival (WYF) program ROSATOM selected 15 participants to join the scientific and educational expedition to the North Pole. The selection started on February, 28 – the Arctic Day – and was arranged in several stages. In total more than 2,000…

Another round of interdepartmental consultations between Russia and the IAEA takes place in Sochi

ROSATOM Director General Alexey Likhachev and IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi head the Delegations. On 6 March, another round of interdepartmental consultations of the Russian delegation with the IAEA delegation led by Director General Mr. Rafael Grossi took place in Sochi. The Russian delegation was headed by Director General of ROSATOM Mr. Alexey Likhachev. The…

Kidnap, Lies, and Propaganda: Documentary Film ‘Ukraine’s Stolen Children’ Comes to London

A special screening of Shahida Tulaganova’s film “Ukraine’s Stolen Children” drew large audiences in London. The film is an exploration of one of the most insidious practices of Russia’s war: the mass abduction of children from occupied territory for adoption by Russian families. Veteran war correspondent Tulaganova has won multiple awards for her films, including…

ROSATOM holds a session on developing the international eco-community

Experts and young eco-leaders decided to create an international ecological club following the session. On March 3, a session titled “International Eco-Community – Creating the Future Together” was held within the framework of the World Youth Festival with the support of ROSATOM. During the session, participants discussed which areas of international cooperation in the field…

Alexey Likhachev addressed the participants of the World Youth Festival 2024

His lecture “Nuclear Technologies for Sustainable Development” opened the marathon of the Russian Knowledge Society. The lecture by Alexey Likhachev, the Director General of ROSATOM, “Nuclear Technologies for Sustainable Development” opened the program of the first day of the educational marathon of the Russian Knowledge Society. The event is taking place within the World Youth…

Heavy Police Presence Ahead of Navalny’s Funeral

Mourners of late opposition activist Alexei Navalny gathered under heavy police presence as they waited outside the Russian Orthodox church in southeastern Moscow where his memorial service will take place later Friday.  Authorities have installed metal detectors, security cameras and metal fencing around the perimeter of the church, as well as the nearby cemetery where Navalny…

All Roads Lead to Chechnya: How Chechen Authorities Return Escapees With Impunity

Seda Suleimanova, a young woman from Russia’s republic of Chechnya, was detained in St. Petersburg and returned to her home region last summer. She had fled Chechnya, a conservative, majority Muslim region of the North Caucasus, after her family threatened to kill her for being “insufficiently religious.” This month, rights activists announced that she may have been…

Disgraced ‘Nearly Naked’ Party Organizer Says Planning to Vote for Putin

Russian TV personality and blogger Anastasia Ivleeva said Thursday that she will vote for Vladimir Putin in next month’s presidential election after facing a conservative backlash for organizing her “nearly naked” party in December. Ivleeva and several other celebrities issued public apologies after pictures from the private event at a Moscow nightclub were leaked online,…

Russian Court Fines Novaya Gazeta Chief Editor for ‘Discrediting’ Army

Updated with court ruling. A Moscow court has fined the editor-in-chief of the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta for breaking wartime censorship laws, the publication reported Thursday. Sergei Sokolov, who replaced Nobel Peace Prize winner Dmitry Muratov as Novaya Gazeta’s head editor last year, was found guilty of “discrediting” the Russian military in an article published…

Russian Officials Secretly Assigned Patriotism ‘Instructors’ – Report

President Vladimir Putin has secretly assigned “political instructors” to Russian government ministries and state agencies to ensure loyalty among officials, the independent news outlets Meduza and IStories reported Thursday, citing leaked Kremlin files obtained by an international team of journalists. The political instructors — called “deputy heads for social and political work” — are tasked with instructing…

Who Is Left to Lead Russia’s Opposition After Navalny?

Russia’s most prominent opposition figure Alexei Navalny died on Feb. 16 in the Arctic penal colony where he was serving a 19-year prison sentence, dealing a major blow to the country’s beleaguered opposition.  Ahead of next month’s presidential election, which President Vladimir Putin is expected to easily win, Russia’s opposition is divided more than ever before — both physically,…

Criminal Cases Against ‘Foreign Agents’ Doubled in 2023 – Vyorstka

The number of criminal cases against “foreign agents” in Russia more than doubled last year compared to the preceding two years, the investigative news outlet Vyorstka reported Wednesday. Hundreds of journalists, activists and civil society figures have been branded “foreign agents” in recent years amid the Kremlin’s widening crackdown on independent media and the opposition. …

Moscow Vows Response to Sweden’s NATO Accession

Russia will take measures against Sweden following its accession to NATO, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Wednesday. Sweden on Monday cleared the final hurdle to become the 32nd member of the U.S.-led military alliance after Hungary, the last holdout in accession talks, ratified the Nordic country’s membership. Stockholm dropped years of military non-alignment when it applied for…

Navalnaya Urges EU Politicians to Target Western Assets of Putin’s Inner Circle

Yulia Navalnaya, the widow of late Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny, urged European politicians to “investigate” the Western assets of President Vladimir Putin and his inner circle on Wednesday. “You cannot hurt Putin with another resolution or another set of sanctions,” Navalnaya told the European Parliament in Strasbourg. “The most important thing is people who…

Russia’s Nuclear Strike Threshold Lower Than Publicly Stated – FT

Russia’s threshold for using tactical nuclear weapons in an armed conflict is lower than previously made public, the Financial Times reported Wednesday, citing leaked military documents. In 2020, President Vladimir Putin approved a new nuclear deterrence policy that permits the use of nuclear first strikes in several scenarios, such as those where Russia’s existence as a state…