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  • Putin Told Jailed French Banker to Buy a Home. It Didn’t Help

    Putin Told Jailed French Banker to Buy a Home. It Didn’t Help

    Cecile Delpal’s hopes of freeing her husband Philippe from a Russian prison briefly got a boost when President Vladimir Putin told a gathering of business leaders that house arrest may be more appropriate for the French investment banker. But a Moscow judge had other ideas, extending Delpal’s pre-trial detention until October at a hearing this…

  • On This Day in 1959 Science Fiction Was Revolutionized

    On This Day in 1959 Science Fiction Was Revolutionized

    On this day in 1959, the Strugatsky brothers, Arkady and Boris, published their first sci-fi novel, “The Land of Crimson Clouds.” The tale of a dangerous trip in the 1990s to Venus, covered in crimson clouds, was the first work the brothers wrote and the only work they each wrote parts of separately. Legend has…

  • Russian-Chinese Air Patrol in Asia-Pacific Draws Fire from S.Korean Jets

    Russian-Chinese Air Patrol in Asia-Pacific Draws Fire from S.Korean Jets

    Russia carried out what it said was its first long-range joint air patrol in the Asia-Pacific region with China on Tuesday, a mission that triggered hundreds of warning shots, according to South Korean officials, and a strong protest from Japan. The flight by two Russian Tu-95 strategic bombers and two Chinese H-6 bombers, backed up according to…

  • Russian LGBT Activist Killed After Being Listed on ‘Saw’-Inspired Gay Hunting Site

    Russian LGBT Activist Killed After Being Listed on ‘Saw’-Inspired Gay Hunting Site

    A prominent Russian LGBT activist who had been featured on a blocked website that encourages people to “hunt down” sexual minorities has been killed in St. Petersburg. The website, inspired by the “Saw” horror film franchise and which encourages visitors to track down and assault people believed to be LGBT, was blocked in Russia last…

  • The head of Rosatom A. Likhachov has sent his condolences to the members of the IAEA secretariat in connection with the death of Yu. Amano.

    Director Gerenal of Rosatom State Corporation A.E. Likhachev has sent his condolences to the members of the Secretariat of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in connection with the death of the Agency’s Director General Yu. Amano. It reads as follows: “On behalf of Rosatom State Corporation and personally, I offer deep condolences in connection…

  • Russia Establishes New Arctic Air Squadron to Protect Its Northern Sea Route

    Russia Establishes New Arctic Air Squadron to Protect Its Northern Sea Route

    Russia is boosting its military presence in the Arctic region in a bid to better protect its Northern Sea Route. Additional military infrastructure has been made operational along the country’s vast Arctic coast with the installation of radars, radio-electronic equipment, missile systems and other advanced weaponry. Russia’s Northern Fleet is taking a leading role in…

  • Putin Grants Russian Citizenship to Novatek’s Finance Chief, a U.S. National

    Putin Grants Russian Citizenship to Novatek’s Finance Chief, a U.S. National

    President Vladimir Putin handed Russian citizenship to gas producer Novatek’s veteran finance chief Mark Gyetvay on Monday, a move that could potentially help the U.S. national bypass some sanctions restrictions. U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia in 2014 ban U.S. nationals and companies from helping organize long-term funding for some major Russian firms, including Novatek. The sanctions were imposed following…

  • Rosatom Inks Fuel Contract for China’s Tianwan NPP New Power Units

    TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom has signed the contract for nuclear fuel supply to the future power units 7 and 8 of Tianwan NPP with Suneng Nuclear Power Corporation and China Nuclear Energy Industry Corporation acting as the customers (both companies are subsidiaries of China National Nuclear Corporation, CNNC). The Contract signing ceremony took place…

  • Russia Denies Its Planes Carried Out Airstrikes on Rebel-Held Syrian City

    Russia Denies Its Planes Carried Out Airstrikes on Rebel-Held Syrian City

    Russia‘s Defense Ministry denied on Monday its planes carried out airstrikes on the rebel-held Syrian city of Maarat al-Numan that hit a popular market and residential neighborhoods. The raids killed at least 20 people in the densely populated city in the south of Idlib province earlier on Monday and were believed to have been carried…

  • Russia Offers Simplified E-Visas to Visitors of St. Petersburg

    Russia Offers Simplified E-Visas to Visitors of St. Petersburg

    Tourists and businesspeople will be able to visit St. Petersburg on a simplified electronic visa starting this fall under President Vladimir Putin’s new orders. Putin has promised to offer e-visas to foreign visitors in 2021 as he vies to collect $15.5 billion in annual tourism revenue by the end of his presidential term in 2024.…

  • Venomous Vipers Infest Flood-Struck Siberian Region

    Venomous Vipers Infest Flood-Struck Siberian Region

    A southeast Siberian region recovering from weeks of deadly flooding has been hit by another plague: venomous vipers. Twenty-five people have died and seven people remain unaccounted for since the floods, described by scientists as the biggest in 180 years, hit the Irkutsk region in late June. Vipers were spotted almost immediately afterward and officials…

  • Russian Official Warns of Economic Downturn in 2021 Over Lending Cuts

    Russian Official Warns of Economic Downturn in 2021 Over Lending Cuts

    The Russian economy will fall into a recession in the next year and a half over a sharp drop in personal lending, the country’s economic minister has said. Russians have been racking up debt due to falling or stagnating real disposable incomes, an issue that President Vladimir Putin said risks creating an economic bubble. Economists…

  • On This Day in 1958 Mikhail Zoshchenko Died

    On This Day in 1958 Mikhail Zoshchenko Died

    Soviet satirical writer Mikhail Zoshchenko was born in Poltava, Ukraine to a Russian mother and a father descended from Ukrainian nobility. From a young age, he enjoyed writing poetry and prose. In school he was not a good student and attempted suicide after failing a composition class. At the age of 17, Zoshchenko began studying…

  • Hepatitis C Outbreak Infects Over 100 Russian Child Cancer Patients

    Hepatitis C Outbreak Infects Over 100 Russian Child Cancer Patients

    As many as 150 child cancer patients have been infected with hepatitis C in Russia’s Far East in an outbreak that parents and officials say is the result of unhygienic medical practices, BBC Russia has reported. Officials in the Amur region said parents had been ringing the alarm about a hepatitis С outbreak in the…

  • Ukraine’s Zelenskiy Headed for Commanding Win in Parliamentary Election

    Ukraine’s Zelenskiy Headed for Commanding Win in Parliamentary Election

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s party took a commanding lead in Sunday’s snap parliamentary election, consolidating the power of the novice politician whose stunning rise has upended traditional politics in the war-scarred nation. A former comedian who played a fictional schoolteacher-turned-president in a popular TV series, the 41-year-old Zelenskiy has tapped into widespread voter anger over…

  • Scottish Student Fined for Giving Feminism Lecture in Siberia

    Scottish Student Fined for Giving Feminism Lecture in Siberia

    A Scottish exchange student was fined and briefly detained for giving a lecture on feminism in Siberia in the latest incident targeting foreign students in Russia.  Last month, a German student was reported to have been expelled from a Russian university and ordered to leave the country after writing an article about environmental protests. Harriet…

  • ‘A Pre-Revolutionary Situation’: More Than 20,000 Rally in Moscow for Free Elections

    ‘A Pre-Revolutionary Situation’: More Than 20,000 Rally in Moscow for Free Elections

    Russian opposition leaders on Saturday led a protest in Moscow against the election commission’s decision to bar a host of candidates from the ballot for city council elections this fall that turned into the largest demonstration in Russia in recent years. Billed as the culmination of a week of daily protests that kicked off last…

  • Putin Says He ‘Sympathized’ With Trump Before U.S. Election

    Putin Says He ‘Sympathized’ With Trump Before U.S. Election

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had “sympathized” with Donald Trump before the 2016 presidential election that swept Trump to power because of his desire to restore normal relations with Russia. In an interview with U.S. filmmaker Oliver Stone dated June 19 and published on the Kremlin web site on Friday, Putin also said that…

  • ‘Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century’

    ‘Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century’

     The world is just beginning to come to terms with the scale of the previous century’s cruelty and carnage.  Indeed, it is almost impossible to grasp the macabre tally of two devastating world wars, famine – both natural and manufactured — the disturbing rise of nationalism and fascism, the specter of atomic and nuclear weapons,…

  • The 23rd Session of Chinese-Russian Nuclear Subcommittee took place

    The 23rd Session of Chinese-Russian Nuclear Subcommittee took place in Nizhny Novgorod on 19 July within the framework of the Committee on preparation of regular China-Russia summits. Zhang Kejian, Chairman of the China Atomic Energy Authority, and Aleksey Likhachev, ROSATOM Director General, are the Committee Cochairmen. The Session participants summarized the year outcomes of the…

  • Former Austrian Chancellor Lands Russian Job

    Former Austrian Chancellor Lands Russian Job

    Russia’s state railway company appointed the former chancellor of Austria to its management board this week, continuing a trend of retired European politicians landing lucrative posts in Russia. Christian Kern, 53, headed Austria’s national railway system before serving as chancellor of the central European nation from 2016-2017. Austria has been among a minority of EU…

  • Happy Birthday, Muzeon!

    Happy Birthday, Muzeon!

    On Saturday Muzeon is celebrating its 27th birthday. The park on the banks of the Moscow River has a short but fascinating history. It began as nothing more than a construction site where all the detritus from building the New Tretyakov Gallery and the (then) House of Artists’ structure was deposited. In the 1980s artists…

  • Russia to Phase Out Paper Passports by 2022

    Russia to Phase Out Paper Passports by 2022

    Russia is planning to phase out paper passports within three years as part of its national digitization program, drawing support as well as criticism over privacy concerns, according to the official government website. The government resumed discussions on issuing digital passports last fall, five years after it initially considered the idea. Cost estimates for the…

  • Russian Artist Takes to Apartment Wall to Highlight Country’s Social Issues

    Russian Artist Takes to Apartment Wall to Highlight Country’s Social Issues

    Arseniy, an artist from the Russian city of Samara, has recently made waves on social media with a series of photographs made against the backdrop of an abandoned five-story building. The project is called “1m²” and addresses social issues and experiences encountered by normal Russians. The performances include showing a simple factory worker’s dinner, dreams…

  • Half of Working Russians Earn Less Than $550 a Month

    Half of Working Russians Earn Less Than $550 a Month

    Half of Russian workers earn salaries of less than 35,000 rubles ($550) a month, despite a small increase in average monthly income over the past year, according to newly released official data. Stagnation in real disposable income has led to a slow deterioration in the quality of life for ordinary Russians and is feeding a…

  • Welcome to the Russian Dacha

    Welcome to the Russian Dacha

    At the dacha, a traditional Russian summer house, home appliances are pretty basic. You can cook on the woodstove, draw water from a well or even cross the garden to go to the toilet… But the dacha is also a safe haven for Russians who live in cities — they rush here after work every…

  • Suspect in Russian Tainted Oil Scandal Seeks Political Asylum in Lithuania

    Suspect in Russian Tainted Oil Scandal Seeks Political Asylum in Lithuania

    Roman Ruzhechko, a suspect in a Russian probe into a major oil pipeline contamination earlier this year, has asked for political asylum in Lithuania, a Vilnius district court spokesman told Reuters on Friday. Russian prosecutors have charged Ruzhechko, an executive at a small oil transport firm, and several other people in a criminal conspiracy to pollute…

  • Museum Courtyard 2019 art project with support from Gazprom Dobycha Astrakhan launched in Astrakhan

    Museum Courtyard 2019 art project with support from Gazprom Dobycha Astrakhan launched in Astrakhan

    News from projects and regions July 19, 2019, 13:15 Photos On July 18, the Astrakhan State Art Gallery named after Pavel Dogadin launched the anniversary season of the art project named ‘Museum Courtyard 2019’ in Astrakhan. Since its creation, the project, which unites admirers of music, painting, literature and art of declamation, has attracted about eight thousand Astrakhan citizens of all…

  • On This Day Vladimir Mayakovsky Was Born

    On This Day Vladimir Mayakovsky Was Born

    Vladimir Mayakovsky was born on July 19, 1893 in Georgia to ethnically Russian and Ukrainian parents. By the age of 14, Mayakovsky was already engaged in socialist activism. He lived in Georgia until his father died in 1906 and the family moved to Moscow. There Mayakovsky became interested in Marxist literature and joined the Russian…

  • Russia Tests New Arctic Anti-Aircraft Missiles at Novaya Zemlya

    Russia Tests New Arctic Anti-Aircraft Missiles at Novaya Zemlya

    First unveiled at the Victory Day Parade on Moscow’s Red Square in 2017, the Tor-M2DT vehicles with anti-aircraft missiles were specifically designed to be used in Russia’s Arctic regions. This week, two of the vehicles were brought to the southern shores of Novaya Zemlya on board the Northern Fleet’s Kondapoga amphibious ship sailing from the…

  • Russia Could Ground International Flights Under New Proposal

    Russia Could Ground International Flights Under New Proposal

    New rules could grant Russian authorities the power to ground international flights if Russian airlines fail to provide personal information about passengers or if they pose a “security threat.” Unnamed sources within Russia’s aviation industry told the Kommersant business daily that the Federal Security Service (FSB) has been seeking to tighten regulations governing international flights…

  • Hard Man Putin May Be Showing Softer Side to Russia’s Neighbors

    Hard Man Putin May Be Showing Softer Side to Russia’s Neighbors

    The stage was prepared last week for Russian President Vladimir Putin to hammer tiny Georgia with new economic sanctions after parliament called on him to punish anti-Kremlin protests. Instead, Putin refused “because I respect the Georgians.” The uncharacteristic reaction left some wondering if the Kremlin is beginning to rethink its traditionally tough approach to neighboring states by…

  • From Russia, No Love for EU’s New Chief and Her Hawkish Stance

    From Russia, No Love for EU’s New Chief and Her Hawkish Stance

    Ursula von der Leyen won’t be getting a bear hug from the Kremlin. Russia’s top diplomat was asked during a visit to Germany about the incoming president of the European Commission and her “strict” view of his country. His frosty response was that the decision by the European Union’s leaders and Parliament was one “we…

  • Moscow Officials Sued For Allowing Gay Couple to Adopt

    Moscow Officials Sued For Allowing Gay Couple to Adopt

    Russia’s Investigative Committee has accused social welfare officials in Moscow of criminal negligence for allowing a gay couple to raise children they adopted nearly a decade ago. Russia banned gay adoption, along with “homosexual propaganda among minorities,” in 2013. The Investigative Committee said this week that it has opened a criminal negligence case against officials in…

  • Severstal reports Q2 & H1 2019 fiacial results

    Severstal reports Q2 & H1 2019 fiacial results

    July 19, 2019 PAO Severstal (MICEX-RTS: CHMF; LSE: SVST), one of the world’s leading steel and steel-related mining companies, today announces its Q2 & H1 2019 financial results for the period ended 30 June 2019. CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR THE QUARTER ENDED 30 JUNE 2019 $ million, unless otherwise stated Q2 2019 Q1 2019 Change,…

  • Moscow, St. Petersburg Named Russia’s Most Polluted Cities – Greenpeace

    Moscow, St. Petersburg Named Russia’s Most Polluted Cities – Greenpeace

    Greenpeace Russia has named Moscow and St. Petersburg the most polluted cities in the country with the highest concentration of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a toxic particle released from diesel fumes. Environmental issues including air pollution, landfills and a proposed bottling plant have galvanized Russians to take to the streets over the past year. Public polling…

  • Ukraine Agrees Prisoner Swap With Pro-Russian Separatists

    Ukraine Agrees Prisoner Swap With Pro-Russian Separatists

    Ukraine and Russia have agreed a prisoner swap expected to involve a total of 277 people taken captive in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, a senior Ukrainian official said on Thursday. Roman Bezsmertny said Kiev expected to exchange 208 people serving jail sentences in Ukraine for 69 Ukrainians. “The most important — an agreement was reached…

  • On This Day in 1896 Russia Unveiled Its First Car

    On This Day in 1896 Russia Unveiled Its First Car

    In July 1896, Russia presented its first car — the Yakovlev-Freze — to the world at an exhibition in Nizhniy Novgorod. Designed by Russian engineers Yevgeny Yakovlev and Pyotr Freze in St. Petersburg, the car looked like an elegant open carriage with large wooden wheels. It seated two and had a top speed of 21 kilometers…

  • Russian Navy Comes Out in Force for St. Petersburg Parade Rehearsal

    Russian Navy Comes Out in Force for St. Petersburg Parade Rehearsal

    Early in the morning on July 16, residents and guests of St. Petersburg observed the spectacle of warships passing under the bridges of the Neva River. It was the first of five rehearsals of the main naval parade to be held on the Day of the Russian Navy on July 28. This year, 43 warships,…

  • Moscow Is Home to the World’s Third-Largest Number of Billionaires

    Moscow Is Home to the World’s Third-Largest Number of Billionaires

    Moscow ranks third among the world’s cities for its number of billionaire residents, after New York and Hong Kong, according to a recent study from real estate agency Savills.  Forbes’ real-time ranking currently lists 607 billionaires in the United States, 99 in Russia and 71 in Hong Kong. Savills said Moscow has 71 billionaires, New…

  • New Russian #MeToo Flashmob Takes Twitter by Storm

    New Russian #MeToo Flashmob Takes Twitter by Storm

    Russia’s female Twitter users have started a movement to share stories of everyday harassment and abuse in the country, generating widespread support and some backlash from male users. The #I_Need_Openness hashtag — #Mnye_Nuzhna _Glasnost in Russian in a nod to the reformation of the Communist Party in the 1980s — comes two years after the…

  • Russia, Ukraine Agree ‘Comprehensive’ Cease-Fire in Donbass

    Russia, Ukraine Agree ‘Comprehensive’ Cease-Fire in Donbass

    Russia, Ukraine and Europe’s top security body have announced an “indefinite” ceasefire in eastern Ukraine that analysts hail as a substantial step toward ending the five-year conflict. The war between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region has killed 13,000 people since it broke out in 2014. Sporadic fighting went on despite…

  • Young employees of Gazprom Transgaz Saratov organize tourist convention

    Young employees of Gazprom Transgaz Saratov organize tourist convention

    News from projects and regions July 18, 2019, 14:45 Photos On July 12–14, a tourist convention for the youth organized by the employees of Gazprom Transgaz Saratov on the occasion of the company’s 55th anniversary took place at the children’s summer camp named after Yuri Gagarin in the Engels District of the Saratov Region. The event brought together over 200 participants, including the company’s…

  • Ukraine Announces Fast-Track Passports After Putin’s Russian Citizenship Offer

    Ukraine Announces Fast-Track Passports After Putin’s Russian Citizenship Offer

    Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has ordered an overhaul of the process for granting Ukrainian citizenship, in response to a Russian decree expanding the number of Ukrainians who can apply for fast-track Russian passports. Zelenskiy’s office said early on Thursday, just a few hours after the Kremlin published Russian President Vladimir Putin’s order, that the foreign…

  • Russia Denies Its Troops Are Fighting in Northwest Syria

    Russia Denies Its Troops Are Fighting in Northwest Syria

    Russia on Thursday denied allegations by Syrian rebels that Russian special forces or ground troops were fighting in the campaign for the rebel-held region of Idlib, the state-run RIA news agency reported. Senior rebel commanders said on Wednesday that Russia has sent special forces in recent days to fight alongside Syrian army troops struggling to…

  • Rosneft Specialists together with Conservation Society and the Wildlife Research Develop Toys for Polar Bears

    Rosneft Specialists together with Conservation Society and the Wildlife Research Develop Toys for Polar Bears

    Rosneft specialists, together with the Conservation Society and the Wildlife Research, for the first time in Russia have developed special toys for polar bears under the Company’s care in all zoos of the country. In order to diversify the habitats of Arctic predators in their zoo houses, 64 toys were made of especially strong plastic…

  • Russian Cops Take Down Security Officials for Planting Drugs on Teen

    Russian Cops Take Down Security Officials for Planting Drugs on Teen

    Russian police have violently detained two National Guardsmen suspected of planting drugs on an underage victim in St. Petersburg and demanding a bribe, as seen in a video published by the Fontanka.ru news website. Footage of the sting operation Tuesday showed plainclothes officers handcuffing the two men in National Guard uniforms and pressing them face-forward…

  • Russia Has Deployed Ground Forces in Idlib, Syrian Rebels Say

    Russia Has Deployed Ground Forces in Idlib, Syrian Rebels Say

    Russia has sent special forces in recent days to fight alongside Syrian army troops struggling to make gains in a more than two month assault in northwestern Syria to seize the last opposition bastion, senior rebel commanders said. They said although Russian officers and troops had been behind front lines directing the operations, using snipers and firing…

  • Chinese and Russian Cyber Watchdogs Meet in Moscow

    Chinese and Russian Cyber Watchdogs Meet in Moscow

    A delegation from the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), which oversees national cyber policy, met officials at Russia’s state communications watchdog in Moscow on Wednesday, the Russian regulator said. Critics have accused Russia’s authorities of trying to implement creeping China-style Internet curbs. Cooperation in this area between the two regulators could alarm Russian proponents of Internet freedom. The presence of the Chinese delegation in Moscow has not previously…

  • Russia’s Putin Extends Passport Offer to Ukraine Citizens

    Russia’s Putin Extends Passport Offer to Ukraine Citizens

    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order on Wednesday further expanding the number of Ukrainian citizens who can apply for fast-track Russian passports. Moscow made the move ahead of a Ukrainian parliamentary election on Sunday, when a Russia-friendly party may become the strongest competitor of the more popular Servant of the People party, led by new president…

  • Second Russian Nuclear Plant Taken Down After Malfunction

    Second Russian Nuclear Plant Taken Down After Malfunction

    Three units have been unplugged at a nuclear power plant in Russia after a short circuit, less than a week after another nuclear plant unit was briefly taken down in the country over an unspecified malfunction. Russia operates 10 nuclear power plants, including the four-reactor Kalinin plant 350 kilometers northwest of Moscow, according to the…

  • U.S. Senator Asks FBI to Investigate Russia’s FaceApp Over Security Concerns

    U.S. Senator Asks FBI to Investigate Russia’s FaceApp Over Security Concerns

    U.S. Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer called on the FBI and the Federal Trade Commission to conduct a national security and privacy investigation into FaceApp, a face-editing photo app developed in Russia, in a letter sent on Wednesday. The viral smartphone application, which has seen a new surge of popularity due to a filter that…

  • First Bout With Putin Puts Ukraine’s New Leader Under Spotlight

    First Bout With Putin Puts Ukraine’s New Leader Under Spotlight

    President Volodymyr Zelenskiy rose to lead his nation as a political novice and questions still surround his plans, especially regarding Ukraine‘s relations with Russia. As he closes in on solidifying his control at home, some answers are starting to emerge. With less than a week to go until parliamentary elections and his upstart party firmly…

  • Kremlin Opens Door to Changing Constitution as Succession Looms

    Kremlin Opens Door to Changing Constitution as Succession Looms

    The Kremlin raised the possibility of changing Russia’s constitution after a top lawmaker proposed bolstering parliament’s powers, in a move that could help to extend President Vladimir Putin’s rule. The idea of constitutional amendments, including allowing parliament a say in forming the government, received “a widespread response” and are “a matter for discussion,” Putin’s spokesman,…

  • Russia Accuses the Netherlands of ‘Exploiting’ MH17 Tragedy

    Russia Accuses the Netherlands of ‘Exploiting’ MH17 Tragedy

    The Netherlands is “exploiting” the grief of victims’ families over the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on the fifth anniversary of the tragedy on Wednesday. Russia has denied any role in the July 17, 2014, downing of MH17 by a missile over territory in eastern Ukraine held by pro-Russian separatists.…

  • Russian Court Extends Arrest of Detained Ukrainian Sailors

    Russian Court Extends Arrest of Detained Ukrainian Sailors

    A court in Moscow on Wednesday ordered the first six of 24 Ukrainian sailors seized by Russia off the coast of Crimea last year to be held in pre-trial detention for another three months. The court is due to rule on the remaining sailors later on Wednesday. The Russian navy captured the Ukrainian sailors and…

  • Struggling Murmansk Shipping Company Loses Control of Sole Passenger Line

    Struggling Murmansk Shipping Company Loses Control of Sole Passenger Line

    The Klavdiya Yelanskaya motor vessel was built in Yugoslavia in 1977. Since then, it has sailed along the coast of the Kola Peninsula bringing passengers to and from remote towns and villages in the area. For many, it has been the only connection to the rest of the country. But sailings have been increasingly irregular…

  • Presentation of Britten-Shostakovich Festival Orchestra Takes Place in London

    Presentation of Britten-Shostakovich Festival Orchestra Takes Place in London

    A presentation of the unique Russian-British Britten-Shostakovich Festival Orchestra has taken place in London, the formation of which was inspired by the friendship of two great composers of the 20th century—Dmitry Shostakovich and Benjamin Britten. The initiative is supported by Rosneft Oil Company and BP as part of the UK-Russia Year of Music. The BSFO…

  • On This Day in 1918 the Romanov Family Was Killed

    On This Day in 1918 the Romanov Family Was Killed

    On July 17, 1918, Tsar Nicholas II, his family, and those who accompanied him in imprisonment were executed by Bolshevik agents with gunshots and bayonets at the Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg. By then Nicholas was no longer a monarch. He had abdicated his throne in favor of his brother, Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich, but his…

  • ‘Chernobyl’ Nominated for Emmys

    ‘Chernobyl’ Nominated for Emmys

    HOLLYWOOD—HBO’s runaway hit “Chernobyl” captured the nomination for the best television movie or limited series category in the 71st annual Emmy Awards. The series’ actor Jared Harris also scored a nomination in the lead actor category in a limited series or TV movie. Rounding up the total of four nominations for “Chernobyl” are Emily Watson…