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  • PhosAgro Completes Reorganisation of Production and Logistics Assets

    PhosAgro Completes Reorganisation of Production and Logistics Assets

    Moscow – PhosAgro (Moscow Exchange, LSE: PHOR), one of the world’s leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers, has concluded its reorganisation of JSC Apatit (Cherepovets) by incorporating JSC Metachem (Volkhov) and JSC PhosAgro-TRANS (in Cherepovets). PhosAgro CEO Andrei Guryev said: “PhosAgro’s merger of production and logistics assets into one legal entity has now been concluded.…

  • Core catcher frame and embedded part are installed at Rooppur NPP (Bangladesh) construction site

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  • Indigenous Arctic Population Accuses Russian Authorities of Rights Violations

    Indigenous Arctic Population Accuses Russian Authorities of Rights Violations

    An indigenous population of Russia’s Far North has appealed to the United Nations with claims that Russian authorities violated their rights by giving their historic land to a hunting club. An estimated 80,000 Sami live in the northern lands of Sweden, Finland, Norway and Russia’s Murmansk region, where reindeer herding has been the cornerstone of…

  • Dead Russian Woman’s Family Brings Her Body to Protest, Claiming Legal Dispute Killed Her

    Dead Russian Woman’s Family Brings Her Body to Protest, Claiming Legal Dispute Killed Her

    A dead Russian woman’s relatives and former colleagues brought her body to a local administrative building to protest officials who they claim were responsible for her death, the state-run RIA Novosti news site reported. Irina Fokina, who died March 28 at age 51, had been accused of conducting business illegally with her transportation company in the…

  • Russian Scientists Ring the Alarm on Lake Baikal’s Pollutants

    Russian Scientists Ring the Alarm on Lake Baikal’s Pollutants

    More than 15,000 metric tons of toxic waste have flown into Russia’s Lake Baikal from its largest tributary in the last decade, the state-run TASS news agency reported Monday. Environmentalists have acknowledged pollution at Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest and oldest freshwater lake, since at least 1998. Scientists warned last week that proposals by the…

  • Russia’s Alrosa Raises $11.8 Million in New York Diamond Sale

    Russia’s Alrosa Raises $11.8 Million in New York Diamond Sale

    Russian state-controlled miner Alrosa, the world’s biggest producer of rough diamonds in carat terms, raised $11.8 million in its first New York diamond auction of the year, as it seeks to increase its activity in the United States. Rebecca Foerster, president of Alrosa, North America, said sanctions against some Russian companies did not diminish the…

  • Russian Newspaper’s Office Attacked, Editor Receives Death Threat

    Russian Newspaper’s Office Attacked, Editor Receives Death Threat

    A regional outpost of Russia’s Kommersant business newspaper received a written death threat in an attack on its Yekaterinburg office over the weekend, police said. The motive behind the break-in was not immediately clear, Sergei Plakhotin, general director of the Kommersant-Ural publishing house, told the local e1.ru news website. The outlet speculated that the attack…

  • Poroshenko’s Politics Have ‘Failed,’ Russian Lawmakers Say After Ukraine Election Results

    Poroshenko’s Politics Have ‘Failed,’ Russian Lawmakers Say After Ukraine Election Results

    A comedian’s double-digit lead over Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the first round of Ukraine’s presidential election signals that the incumbent’s politics have failed, Russian lawmakers have said. Russia has paid close attention to the vote in Ukraine, a country on the front line of the West’s standoff with Russia after the 2014 Maidan street…

  • Rosneft Participates in Earth Hour Environmental Campaign

    Rosneft Participates in Earth Hour Environmental Campaign

    Rosneft Oil Company has participated in the international environmental campaign called ‘Earth Hour’. The campaign has been held since 2007 with support by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Its goal is to draw public attention to environmental and resource-saving issues. Participants of the Earth Hour simultaneously switch off their lights and facade lighting…

  • Share of Russians Predicting Better Ties With the West Hits 5-Year High – Poll

    Share of Russians Predicting Better Ties With the West Hits 5-Year High – Poll

    The number of Russians forecasting improved relations between their country and the West has reached a five-year high, the independent Levada Center pollster said Monday. Public support for Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine has remained in the high 80s in the Levada poll since 2014, despite it leading to economic sanctions and strained Russia-West relations.…

  • Co-Owner of Russia’s S7 Airline Dies in Plane Crash Near Frankfurt

    Co-Owner of Russia’s S7 Airline Dies in Plane Crash Near Frankfurt

    Natalia Fileva, chairwoman and co-owner of Russia‘s second largest airline S7, died when a private jet she was in crashed near Frankfurt on Sunday, the company said. Fileva, 55, was the major shareholder in S7, a member of global Oneworld airlines alliance, and one of the richest women in Russia, whose wealth was estimated by Forbes at…

  • Treaty’s End Would Give U.S., Russia Impetus to Make More Nukes – Study

    Treaty’s End Would Give U.S., Russia Impetus to Make More Nukes – Study

    The demise of the only U.S.-Russia arms control pact limiting deployed nuclear weapons would make it harder for each to gauge the other’s intentions, giving both incentives to expand their arsenals, according to a study to be released on Monday. The expiration of the New START accord also may undermine faith in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty,…

  • Comedian Takes Early Lead in Ukraine Presidential Vote – Exit Polls

    Comedian Takes Early Lead in Ukraine Presidential Vote – Exit Polls

    A comedian with a popular anti-corruption message but no political experience took the lead in the first round of Ukraine’s presidential election on Sunday, early exit polls showed. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, 41, who plays a fictional president in a popular TV show, has consistently led opinion polls in a three-horse race against incumbent Petro Poroshenko and…

  • On This Day: Nikolai Gogol

    On This Day: Nikolai Gogol

    Nikolai Gogol was born in the Ukrainian town of Sorochintsy in 1809. His father, Vasily Gogol-Yanovsky, was himself a poet and a playwright, writing in both Ukrainian and Russian. Both languages were spoken in their home, and this would go on to have a significant influence on Gogol’s writing. In 1828 Gogol moved to St.…

  • Russia Dismisses Speculation About its “Specialists” in Venezuela

    Russia Dismisses Speculation About its “Specialists” in Venezuela

    Russia has clearly stated the purpose of the “specialists” it has sent to Venezuela under a military cooperation deal,Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Saturday, dismissing U.S. concerns about their presence. “The Russian side clearly stated the purpose of the arrival of its specialists to Caracas. This is not about any ‘military contingents’,” Zakharova said…

  • U.S. Warns Russia Over Troops in Venezuela, Threatens Sanctions

    U.S. Warns Russia Over Troops in Venezuela, Threatens Sanctions

    The White House on Friday warned Russia and other countries backing President Nicolas Maduro against sending troops and military equipment to Venezuela, saying the United States would view such actions as a “direct threat” to the region’s security. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been given a list of options to respond to Russia‘s growing presence in…

  • Trump Will ‘Probably’ Talk to Putin About Venezuela

    Trump Will ‘Probably’ Talk to Putin About Venezuela

    U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he will probably talk to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping about the crisis in Venezuela. “We will probably be talking at some point,” Trump told reporters after the White House warned Russia and other countries backing President Nicolas Maduro against sending troops and military equipment to Venezuela.…

  • Decision made to implement major gas processing and liquefaction project near Ust-Luga

    Decision made to implement major gas processing and liquefaction project near Ust-Luga

    Release March 29, 2019, 19:00 Today, Gazprom and RusGazDobycha made a decision on the final configuration of the project for a large-scale complex that will process ethane-containing gas and produce liquefied natural gas (LNG) near the settlement of Ust-Luga, Leningrad Region. The parties have thus moved to the implementation stage in the project. The project envisages the construction of capacities for the processing of 45 billion cubic…

  • Down By The River: Moscow’s Iconic Northern River Terminal

    Down By The River: Moscow’s Iconic Northern River Terminal

    The terminal stands dusted in snow in this photo from 1959. Because ships could depart for the White, Baltic, Black and Caspian seas, and the Sea of Azov, from here, the terminal is sometimes referred to as the Five Seas’ port. S.Preobrazhensky / mos.ru

  • Police Fired, Unit Disbanded for Siding With Protesters in Russia’s Ingushetia

    Police Fired, Unit Disbanded for Siding With Protesters in Russia’s Ingushetia

    More than a dozen patrol officers have been fired in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia for failing to disperse protesters rallying against a controversial land swap deal. The Ingush population took to the streets this week to demand their governor’s resignation and a public vote on the border agreement signed last fall with the…

  • Rock Opera to the Rescue

    Rock Opera to the Rescue

    How do you save a church? Call in a heavenly choir. That’s what St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Moscow decided to do. To raise funds for desperately needed repairs to their historic 135-year-old church, the church invited the Stas Namin Theater to perform their production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” on April 2.  And Stas Namin…

  • Russian Airplane Passenger Sets Seat on Fire, Sparking Anti-Lighter Push

    Russian Airplane Passenger Sets Seat on Fire, Sparking Anti-Lighter Push

    A Russian airline passenger risked burning down the plane he was on after inadvertently setting his own seat on fire this week. The Red Wings airline passenger learned his seat was on fire after complaining to flight attendants about a burning smell shortly after takeoff, the RBC news website reported. “The seat smoldered because the…

  • Dozens of Crimean Tatars Arrested on Terrorism Charges

    Dozens of Crimean Tatars Arrested on Terrorism Charges

    Russian authorities have detained at least 23 Crimean Tatars on suspicion of being members of a banned Islamic group this week. The Federal Security Service (FSB) raided the homes of 25 Crimean Tatars in Simferopol, detaining 20 on Wednesday and three more the next day. The predominantly Muslim ethnic minority has largely opposed Russia’s 2014…

  • Russia Enjoys the Show in Tight Ukrainian Election

    Russia Enjoys the Show in Tight Ukrainian Election

    A chocolate baron, a comedian who plays a president on television and a former prime minister hoping third time’s the charm. These are the leading candidates for the Ukrainian presidency as voters head to the polls on Sunday for the second time since the 2014 Maidan Revolution and Russia’s annexation of Crimea the same year.…

  • Russian Scientology Churches Raided in Fraud Investigation

    Russian Scientology Churches Raided in Fraud Investigation

    Russian security forces have raided the offices of the Church of Scientology in Moscow and St. Petersburg on Thursday in connection with an investigation into defrauded homebuyers. Investigators believe the church may have transferred around 3 billion rubles to its U.S. headquarters in recent years, according to the state-run TASS news agency. The funds were…

  • Russian Navy Escorts NATO Ships in Black Sea on Way to Ukraine

    Russian Navy Escorts NATO Ships in Black Sea on Way to Ukraine

    Two Russian naval vessels are closely escorting NATO warships in the Black Sea that are headed toward Ukraine, the Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday. The commander of a NATO maritime group said Dutch, Spanish, Canadian, Turkish, Romanian and Bulgarian frigates entered the Black Sea on Thursday. The warships are part of the alliance’s defense cooperation…

  • U.S-Hired Firm Audits Russia’s Rusal For Compliance With Sanctions Deal

    U.S-Hired Firm Audits Russia’s Rusal For Compliance With Sanctions Deal

    A firm hired by the U.S.Treasury Department is auditing Russian aluminum giant Rusal to check whether it is complying with the terms of a deal under which Washington agreed to lift sanctions on the company, Rusal said. The audit is the first glimpse of how Treasury is policing whether Rusal and its parent company En+…

  • Abramovich-Built Stadium in Russia Slated for Demolition Over Safety Concerns

    Abramovich-Built Stadium in Russia Slated for Demolition Over Safety Concerns

    An ice hockey stadium built in Siberia by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich for an estimated $150 million will now be demolished over safety concerns, 12 years after it was first opened to the public. First inaugurated in 2007 in the Siberian city of Omsk, the arena was donated by Abramovich to the local Avangard Hockey…

  • Russia Threatens to Block Popular VPN Services to Prevent Website Access

    Russia Threatens to Block Popular VPN Services to Prevent Website Access

    Russia’s communications watchdog threatened on Thursday to block access to popular VPN services which allow users to gain access to websites which have been outlawed by Moscow. Russia has introduced tougher internet laws, requiring search engines to delete some results, messaging services to share encryption keys with security services and social networks to store users’…

  • Ex-Russian Minister’s Shock Arrest. And Ukraine Heads to the Polls.

    Ex-Russian Minister’s Shock Arrest. And Ukraine Heads to the Polls.

    This week on From Russia With News, we discuss the dramatic arrest of former Russian minister Mikhail Abyzov who is suspected of embezzling 4 billion rubles ($62 million). We’ll speak with Nikolai Petrov, a political science professor at the Higher School of Economics about the broader implications of the arrest. Voters across Ukraine will go…

  • Siberian Region Bans Migrant Workers Amid Tensions Over Rape Case

    Siberian Region Bans Migrant Workers Amid Tensions Over Rape Case

    A Siberian region rocked by allegations that Central Asian migrants raped a local woman has banned foreign workers from being employed in 33 fields. Earlier this month, three suspects believed to be from Kyrgyzstan were detained on charges of kidnapping and raping a resident of Yakutsk, sparking rallies and raids against migrants. Sakha Governor Aysen…

  • Bears in Russian Zoo Predict Ukrainian Election

    Bears in Russian Zoo Predict Ukrainian Election

    “Anyone but Poroshenko!” cried the crowd in a Russian zoo on Thursday as a brown bear made its way toward a butternut squash bearing a picture of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Buyan, resident of a zoo on the outskirts of Russia’s Krasnoyarask city, was choosing among three squashes, each adorned with a flag depicting the…

  • Russian Tycoon in Divorce Battle Wins Back $400M Yacht in Dubai

    Russian Tycoon in Divorce Battle Wins Back $400M Yacht in Dubai

    A $436 million superyacht belonging to a Russian billionaire at the center of one of the world’s costliest divorce battles has been released by a Dubai court after being impounded last year. Oil and gas tycoon Farkhad Akhmedov was ordered to pay about 40 percent of his fortune to his former wife Tatiana Akhmedova by…

  • Roadmap signed on Gazprom’s participation in acquisition of Kyrgyzneftegaz property and assets

    Roadmap signed on Gazprom’s participation in acquisition of Kyrgyzneftegaz property and assets

    Release March 28, 2019, 17:40 Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Company’s Management Committee, and Kubatbek Boronov, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, signed today in Bishkek the Roadmap on the participation of Gazprom in the acquisition of the property and assets of Kyrgyzneftegaz. The signing ceremony was attended by Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, and Sooronbay Jeenbekov, President of the Kyrgyz Republic.…

  • Russia to Allocate Funds in 2021-2022 for an LNG Terminal

    Russia to Allocate Funds in 2021-2022 for an LNG Terminal

    Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an allocation of budget funds in 2021-2022 for the construction of the Utrenny liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the Russian port of Sabetta on the Northern Sea route, the Kremlin said on its website. LNG is a fuel that has been cooled to liquid form so it takes up less volume…

  • Russian Advisers Will Stay in Venezuela ‘as Long as Necessary,’ Moscow Vows

    Russian Advisers Will Stay in Venezuela ‘as Long as Necessary,’ Moscow Vows

    Russian military advisers will stay in Venezuela as long as needed, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said, a day after U.S. President Donald Trump called on Moscow to “get out” of the South American country. Moscow sent military advisers to Venezuela over the weekend amid the escalating political crisis in Venezuela. Trump on Wednesday called…

  • ATOMEXPO 2019 to Feature Discussion on the Possibilities of Nuclear Medicine around the World

    This year’s ATOMEXPO International Forum in Sochi will feature a roundtable discussion on “Nuclear Medicine: Trends, Innovations and Best Practices” organized by Rusatom Healthcare (a medical integrator that is part of the ROSATOM) in conjunction with the official supplier of isotope products to Rosatom, JSC Isotope. The roundtable will bring together experts from Russia and…

  • On This Day: Maxim Gorky

    On This Day: Maxim Gorky

    On March 28 in 1868, the writer Maxim Gorky was born as Alexei Peshkov in Nizhny Novgorod. Later he took the penname of “Gorky” as he told the “bitter truth” of life in Russia. During the Soviet period he was celebrated as an anti-tsarist, working-class supporter of the Soviet regime, and his books, short stories…

  • Ford Will Pay Out $200M to Laid-Off Russian Workers

    Ford Will Pay Out $200M to Laid-Off Russian Workers

    Ford will pay around $200 million in cash to workers and suppliers who lose their jobs when the company closes some of its plants in Russia in June, the company said in a statement. The U.S. automaker is closing two assembly plants and one engine factory because it says the passenger vehicle market in Russia…

  • Russia Invents Flying, Shooting Kalashnikov Rifle Drone

    Russia Invents Flying, Shooting Kalashnikov Rifle Drone

    Russia’s largest defense contractor has invented an assault rifle drone capable of flying and shooting at the same time. The state-owned Almaz-Antey company filed a patent for the armed drone with the Federal Service for Intellectual Property in 2018. Described as “a fully functioning [gun] inside a set of wings,” the 23-kilogram drone is capable of…

  • Treacherous Urban Avalanche as Snow Cascades Off Rooftop in Russia

    Treacherous Urban Avalanche as Snow Cascades Off Rooftop in Russia

    At that time of the year when the mercury starts to rise, Russia’s winter snowscape starts to melt away and citizens face the potentially deadly threat of the odd rooftop avalanche.  For the most part, municipal workers take care of cleaning the snow off rooftops in order to avoid these scenarios. Last Friday in the…

  • Russia Accuses Lithuania of ‘Provocative’ Act After Former Soviet Official Convicted

    Russia Accuses Lithuania of ‘Provocative’ Act After Former Soviet Official Convicted

    Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday accused Lithuania of an unfriendly and provocative act, a day after a Lithuanian court found a former Soviet Defense Minister guilty of war crimes for his role in a 1991 crackdown in Lithuania. A Vilnius court sentenced Dmitry Yazov, 94, in absentia to 10 years in prison. He was the…

  • Kremlin Rejects Trump’s Call for Russia to Pull out of Venezuela

    Kremlin Rejects Trump’s Call for Russia to Pull out of Venezuela

    The Kremlin on Thursday rejected a call from U.S. President Donald Trump for Russia to pull out of Venezuela and said its actions there were lawful and agreed with the Latin American country’s legitimate government, the RIA news agency reported. Trump on Wednesday called on Russia to pull its troops out of Venezuela and said “all options” were open…

  • Rosatom Reaches a Significant Milestone in Bolivian CNTRD Construction

    The Bolivian Nuclear Energy Agency (ABEN) has signed detailed design documentation approval and acceptance acts for the construction of administrative and residential area facilities within the contract to build the Center for Nuclear Technology Research and Development on the territory of Bolivia, including the administrative building, training center, utility infrastructure and other facilities. Earlier, in…

  • Ex-Putin Aide Detained in Rosneft Fraud Case

    Ex-Putin Aide Detained in Rosneft Fraud Case

    The longtime head of Russia’s Far East region of Khabarovsk has been detained in Moscow on suspicion of embezzling money from the Rosneft oil giant, Russian investigators said Thursday. Viktor Ishayev, 70, led the Khabarovsk region from 1991 to 2009, and oversaw development in the Far East as a presidential envoy and minister between 2009…

  • Ex-Putin Aide Detained in $15.5M Russian Timber Fraud Case, Reports Say

    Ex-Putin Aide Detained in $15.5M Russian Timber Fraud Case, Reports Say

    The first and longtime head of Russia’s Far East region of Khabarovsk has been detained in Moscow for suspected timber-industry fraud, Russian media reported. Viktor Ishayev, 70, led the Khabarovsk region from 1991 to 2009, and oversaw development in the Far East as a presidential envoy and minister between 2009 and 2013. Observers have said that…

  • Russia Gives Kyrgyzstan $30M Grant as Putin Visits Key Regional Ally

    Russia Gives Kyrgyzstan $30M Grant as Putin Visits Key Regional Ally

    Russia has announced a $30 million gift to Kyrgyzstan ahead of President Vladimir Putin’s visit to the Central Asian country, one of Moscow’s key military and economic allies in the region. As a member of the Eurasian Economic Union, Kyrgyzstan enjoys close relations with Moscow. Russia, which has maintained a military airbase near Kyrgyzstan’s capital of…

  • Russia Stages Large-Scale Military Drills in Annexed Crimea

    Russia Stages Large-Scale Military Drills in Annexed Crimea

    Russia staged large-scale land, air and sea drills in the annexed Crimean peninsula on Wednesday.  The drills which lasted three days involved around 1,500 paratroopers and around 300 military hardware units including large naval ships and aircraft. The drills happened less than a week before the presidential election in Ukraine. Russia annexed Crimea in 2014.…

  • Russia to Keep Former Minister Abyzov in Jail on Fraud Charges

    Russia to Keep Former Minister Abyzov in Jail on Fraud Charges

    A court in Russia on Wednesday ruled that former government minister Mikhail Abyzov, an ally of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, be held in pre-trial detention for two months ahead of his trial for fraud and organizing a criminal group. Abyzov, 46, who was minister for open government affairs in Medvedev’s cabinet until last year, was detained at…

  • Trump Says Russian Military Must Leave Venezuela

    Trump Says Russian Military Must Leave Venezuela

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday called on Russia to pull its troops from Venezuela and said that “all options” were open to make that happen. The arrival of two Russian air force planes outside Caracas on Saturday believed to be carrying nearly 100 Russian special forces and cybersecurity personnel has escalated the political crisis in Venezuela. Russia and China…

  • Gazprom providing uninterrupted gas supplies to Kyrgyz consumers

    Gazprom providing uninterrupted gas supplies to Kyrgyz consumers

    Release March 27, 2019, 18:30 A Gazprom delegation headed by Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Company’s Management Committee, paid a working visit to Kyrgyzstan today. During the visit to Bishkek, Alexey Miller had a working meeting with Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev, Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic. The parties discussed issues related to cooperation in the gas sector, including the upgrading and renovation of the Kyrgyz gas transmission and…

  • Russian Ballet Moves Like Jagger in Stones-Inspired Show

    Russian Ballet Moves Like Jagger in Stones-Inspired Show

    A ballet set to music by The Rolling Stones and choreographed by Mick Jagger’s ballerina girlfriend has premiered in Russia. The eight-minute “Porte Rouge” (Red Door) show, inspired by the veteran British singer’s zany dance style, delighted a packed crowd at St. Petersburg’s famous Mariinsky Theatre on Tuesday night. Jagger’s partner Melanie Hamrick, a U.S.…

  • Moscow Mayor Accused of Reviving ‘Europe’s Biggest Landfill’ After Promising to Close It

    Moscow Mayor Accused of Reviving ‘Europe’s Biggest Landfill’ After Promising to Close It

    Russian opposition politician and Moscow municipal deputy Ilya Yashin has accused the city’s mayor of budgetary waste in connection with plans to seal off one of several controversial landfills outside Moscow. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin pledged in 2017 to close the Malinki landfill 40 kilometers north of Moscow near the town of Troitsk. Activists believe…

  • Russian Lawmakers Pass Bill to Punish Organized Crime Bosses

    Russian Lawmakers Pass Bill to Punish Organized Crime Bosses

    Russian lawmakers have passed legislation that extends punishments for those holding senior positions in organized crime groups. Lawmakers estimate that members of organized crime groups in Russia committed more than 15,000 felonies in 2018. Russia’s upper-house Federation Council voted in favor of the organized-crime bill on Wednesday, sending it to President Vladimir Putin’s desk to be…

  • Ex-Soviet Defense Minister Found Guilty of War Crimes, Lithuanian Court Rules

    Ex-Soviet Defense Minister Found Guilty of War Crimes, Lithuanian Court Rules

    A Lithuanian court found former Soviet Defense Minister Dmitry Yazov guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity on Wednesday for his role in a 1991 crackdown against the Baltic state’s pro-independence movement. The Vilnius court sentenced Yazov, 94, in absentia to 10 years in prison. He was the highest-ranking person on a list of…

  • Ford To Close Two Assembly Plants in Russia, Spokeswoman Reveals

    Ford To Close Two Assembly Plants in Russia, Spokeswoman Reveals

    Ford will close two of its assembly plants in Russia, a spokeswoman for the company’s joint venture in the country told The Moscow Times on Wednesday. The Vsevolozhsk assembly plant near St. Petersburg and the Naberezhnye Chelny assembly plant in Tatarstan will both close, while the plant in the city of Yelabuga in Tatarstan will…

  • Artist Transforms Soviet Illustrations Into Nostalgia-Provoking Collages

    Artist Transforms Soviet Illustrations Into Nostalgia-Provoking Collages

    Using images from U.S.S.R.-era books, postcards and newspapers, Dutch artist Tamara Stoffers delves into the Soviet past to create surreal collages, playing with the old and ordinary to make it experimental and new. Her distinctive style inspires nostalgia for a time and place to which not all have been — including the young artist herself.…

  • Ex-Minister Mikhail Abyzov’s Shock $62M Fraud Detention, Explained

    Ex-Minister Mikhail Abyzov’s Shock $62M Fraud Detention, Explained

    Former Russian minister Mikhail Abyzov was detained by security forces Tuesday on suspicion of embezzling 4 billion rubles ($62 million). Abyzov, 46, faces up to 20 years behind bars if convicted. The ex-minister has denied the charges. He is the second government minister to be detained and face criminal prosecution in the past two years,…

  • Violent Clashes Erupt Between Protesters and Security Forces in Russia’s Ingushetia

    Violent Clashes Erupt Between Protesters and Security Forces in Russia’s Ingushetia

    Protesters clashed with security forces in Russia’s republic of Ingushetia early on Wednesday during a protest against a controversial land swap deal. More than 10,000 protesters rallied in Ingushetia’s capital of Magas on Tuesday against legislation that would bar residents from voting on border-related issues. Protest leaders said the rally would continue “indefinitely” to demand…

  • Lining Up for the Repin Retrospective

    Lining Up for the Repin Retrospective

    The Tretyakov Gallery continues its series of retrospectives of prominent turn-of-the-century painters with an enormous exhibition of works by Ilya Repin. Devoted to the 175th anniversary of the artist’s birth, the retrospective at the Tretyakov Gallery is only the first of three shows. After Moscow it will travel to the State Russian Museum in St.…