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  • Record Number of Russians Want to Emigrate – Gallup

    Record Number of Russians Want to Emigrate – Gallup

    A record one-fifth of Russians would like to leave the country if they could, a threefold increase from five years ago, the Gallup pollster said Thursday. Public polling inside Russia has indicated in recent years that between 17 and 20 percent of Russians were willing to migrate. Official data, which has been criticized for downplaying…

  • Official Poll Shows Russians Too Poor to Afford Shoes, Puzzling Kremlin

    Official Poll Shows Russians Too Poor to Afford Shoes, Puzzling Kremlin

    An official survey on the extent of economic hardship that Russians currently face — including their inability to afford new shoes — has left the Kremlin scratching its head. An extensive State Statistics Service, or Rosstat, survey said that four-fifths of Russian families had a hard time making ends meet — and one-third of households…

  • Venezuelan Deputy Minister Says More Russian Troops Could Arrive — Interfax

    Venezuelan Deputy Minister Says More Russian Troops Could Arrive — Interfax

    Venezuela’s deputy foreign minister Ivan Gil said on Thursday he does not rule out that more Russian military personnel may arrive in Venezuela under agreements already concluded with Russia, Interfax news agency reported. The deputy minister also said Russian forces will stay in Venezuela as long as needed, and that there is no set period…

  • On This Day: Andrei Tarkovsky

    On This Day: Andrei Tarkovsky

    On this day in 1932, Andrei Tarkovsky was born in a village northeast of Moscow. His father was the poet and translator Arseny Tarkovsky, and his mother was a literary editor. He spent much of his childhood in the village before moving to Moscow after the war. At university Tarkovsky studied Arabic and then tried…

  • Putin Tells Netanyahu Russia Found Remains of Missing Israeli Soldier

    Putin Tells Netanyahu Russia Found Remains of Missing Israeli Soldier

    President Vladimir Putin told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday that Russian special forces troops in Syria had found the remains of a U.S.-born Israeli soldier missing since 1982, allowing him to be finally buried. The disappearance of Zachary Baumel, who was 21 when he fought in Israel’s invasion of Lebanon and was declared missing…

  • Russia Tricks GPS Signals to Hide Putin’s Location, Report Says

    Russia Tricks GPS Signals to Hide Putin’s Location, Report Says

    Russia has extensively deployed electronic warfare capabilities to hide President Vladimir Putin’s location, a U.S.-based research group said in a recent report. The report suggests that GPS spoofing extends far beyond previously recorded instances in Moscow and St. Petersburg, where drivers passing by the Kremlin or Putin’s known whereabouts have seen their navigation software “teleport”…

  • NATO Chief Warns Of Russia Threat, Urges Unity in U.S. Address

    NATO Chief Warns Of Russia Threat, Urges Unity in U.S. Address

    The head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization warned the U.S. Congress on Wednesday of the threat posed by “a more assertive Russia,” including a massive military buildup, threats to sovereign states, the use of nerve agents and cyberattacks. “We must overcome our differences now because we will need our alliance even more in the…

  • Japan Protests Russia’s Shooting Drills on Disputed Islands

    Japan Protests Russia’s Shooting Drills on Disputed Islands

    The Japanese government has voiced protest against planned Russian military shooting drills on a chain of disputed Pacific islands, its foreign ministry told Russian media Thursday. Both countries claim sovereignty over the island chain known in Russia as the Kuril Islands and in Japan as the Northern Territories, preventing the sides from signing a treaty…

  • Russia Says Crimea Lost $23Bln From Ukraine’s ‘Annexation’

    Russia Says Crimea Lost $23Bln From Ukraine’s ‘Annexation’

    Russian lawmakers have accused Ukraine of bringing 1.5 trillion rubles ($23 billion) in losses to the Crimean economy in the 23 years that the peninsula was part of independent Ukraine. The assessment comes from the State Duma’s newly established task force to measure damages under what it labels Ukraine’s “annexation” of Crimea between 1991 — the fall…

  • Alexey Miller briefs Dmitry Medvedev on Gazprom’s efforts in import substitution and digital technologies

    Alexey Miller briefs Dmitry Medvedev on Gazprom’s efforts in import substitution and digital technologies

    Message to the Media April 3, 2019, 19:30 A working meeting took place today between Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, and Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee. Alexey Miller briefed Dmitry Medvedev on the Company’s efforts in the field of import substitution and the implementation of digital technologies. Gazprom website Editorial Board   Shorthand record Dmitry Medvedev: Mr. Miller,…

  • Russian Military Deployed ‘Combat Telepathy’ in Chechnya, Report Claims

    Russian Military Deployed ‘Combat Telepathy’ in Chechnya, Report Claims

    The Russian military tested the telepathic effects of parapsychology in its wars in Chechnya in the 1990s and the early 2000s, a news magazine run by the Defense Ministry has claimed. The techniques reportedly allowed soldiers to wiretap conversations, disrupt software, identify potential terrorists and read foreign-language documents locked in a safe — all using…

  • Britain Scrambles Jets After Russian Bombers Approach U.K. Airspace

    Britain Scrambles Jets After Russian Bombers Approach U.K. Airspace

    Britain said on Wednesday it had scrambled Typhoon jets to monitor two Russian “Blackjack” bombers which approached the United Kingdom’s airspace. The two Russian Tupolev Tu-160 long-range bombers flew in international airspace off Britain’s northeastern coast. “We can confirm that RAF quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth scrambled to monitor two Blackjack bombers while they…

  • Activists Install Mock Putin Gravestone in St. Petersburg

    Activists Install Mock Putin Gravestone in St. Petersburg

    A mock gravestone for President Vladimir Putin appeared in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, in at least the third such display in the past two months. The headstone popped up near the iconic St. Isaac’s Cathedral shortly after an activist was sentenced to 15 days behind bars for placing a mock Putin tombstone in Kurgan region…

  • Two Alleged Islamic State Members Killed in Russian Police Shootout

    Two Alleged Islamic State Members Killed in Russian Police Shootout

    At least two suspected members of the banned Islamic State terrorist organization have been killed in a shootout with police in Russia’s North Caucasus that took place overnight Wednesday. The region, known for its instability, has seen frequent attacks on law enforcement officials, including in the republics of Ingushetia, Chechnya and Dagestan. The suspects opened fire…

  • ATOMEXPO-2019 will discuss global partnerships as the condition of sustainable development

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  • St. Petersburg Military School Explosion Was an Attack, Media Reports

    St. Petersburg Military School Explosion Was an Attack, Media Reports

    Russian authorities believe Tuesday’s explosion that injured four people at a St. Petersburg military and space academy was a deliberate attack, the Kommersant business daily has reported. The Investigative Committee opened a criminal investigation into attempted murder after the blast at the Mozhaysky Military Space Academy injured four officers midday Tuesday. The bomb, which was…

  • ATOMEXPO-2019 will discuss the role of innovations and education for shaping better future

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  • New Kazakh Leader Vows to Keep Friendly Ties With Russia

    New Kazakh Leader Vows to Keep Friendly Ties With Russia

    Kazakhstan’s new president has vowed to preserve a pro-Russian foreign policy as his arrival in Moscow signaled he does not plan to deviate from his predecessor’s course. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who arrived in Moscow for his first official visit on Wednesday, became the oil-rich country’s interim president after longtime leader Nursultan Nazarbayev stepped down two weeks…

  • Russia to Open Terrorist Rehab Center in Annexed Crimea

    Russia to Open Terrorist Rehab Center in Annexed Crimea

    Russia plans to open a treatment center to “rehabilitate” the adherents of a banned Islamic group in the annexed Crimean peninsula, a senior Russian lawmaker said Wednesday. Russian security agents detained dozens of people in Simferopol last week on suspicion of being members of Hizb ut-Tahrir, a pan-Islamist group banned within Russia. Russia’s human rights…

  • Russia and Ukraine Fight, But Their People Seek Reconciliation

    Russia and Ukraine Fight, But Their People Seek Reconciliation

    Ukraine is in the middle of a presidential election campaign in which its larger neighbor plays an outsize role. The war with Russia-backed separatists, which has lasted five years and claimed 13,000 lives, weighs heavily on the race, as do fears of Moscow’s interference. Three months ago, Ukraine’s Central Electoral Commission shut down polls at…

  • NATO to Deter Russia in Black Sea With Heightened Surveillance, U.S. Says

    NATO to Deter Russia in Black Sea With Heightened Surveillance, U.S. Says

    NATO plans to expand its surveillance in the Black Sea to ensure that Ukrainian ships travel safely through an area effectively controlled by Russia, a top U.S. official in the Western military alliance said Tuesday. The Kerch Strait, which connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Azov, has become a flashpoint between Moscow and…

  • Colombia Rejects Russia’s Warning Against Venezuelan Military Action

    Colombia Rejects Russia’s Warning Against Venezuelan Military Action

    Colombia on Tuesday rejected a Russian warning against foreign military intervention in Venezuela and said it supported a peaceful transition to democracy in the neighboring South American country. “Colombia reiterates that the transition to democracy must be conducted by the Venezuelans themselves peacefully and within the framework of the Constitution and international law, supported by political…

  • Gazprom Racing Team secures podium result

    Gazprom Racing Team secures podium result

    News from projects and regions April 2, 2019, 20:00 The traditional handing over of the trophy cups won in ice yacht tournaments by the Gazprom Racing Team to Georgy Fokin, Director General of Gazprom Transgaz Saint Petersburg, took place at the company’s head office on April 1, 2019. The Gazprom Racing Team, a St. Petersburg-based ice yacht crew consisting of Oleg Vasiliev, Ruslan Rudenko,…

  • ROSATOM and Kurchatov Institute took part in the European Research Reactor Conference

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  • Viktor Zubkov: broad lineup of natural gas-powered vehicles essential to developing NGV market

    Viktor Zubkov: broad lineup of natural gas-powered vehicles essential to developing NGV market

    Release April 2, 2019, 19:10 Photos Viktor Zubkov, Chairman of the Gazprom Board of Directors, held a meeting today at the premises of AVTOVAZ in Togliatti, Samara Region, on issues related to developing the domestic NGV market and stimulating supply and demand for natural gas-powered machinery. Taking part in the event were Anton Inyutsyn, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation, Alexander Morozov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade…

  • Vulgar Putin Graffiti ‘Censored’ From Internet – Reports

    Vulgar Putin Graffiti ‘Censored’ From Internet – Reports

    A handful of Russian news outlets have removed stories from their websites on graffiti calling President Vladimir Putin an anti-gay slur, in what one local publication called an act of censorship. Russian laws banning “blatant disrespect” toward the authorities online entered into force last Friday. Under the legislation, outlets have 24 hours to voluntarily delete…

  • Russia Says It Has Opened Helicopter Training Center in Venezuela

    Russia Says It Has Opened Helicopter Training Center in Venezuela

    Russia has opened a training center in Venezuela to help the country’s pilots fly Russian-made military helicopters, Russian state-owned industrial conglomerate Rostec said on Monday, Moscow’s latest gesture of support for President Nicolas Maduro. Rostec said the centre was inaugurated on Thursday last week, the same day as the White House warned Moscow and other countries backing Maduro…

  • Russian Ex-Military Official Jailed Over Islamic State Links

    Russian Ex-Military Official Jailed Over Islamic State Links

    A former Russian military officer has been sentenced to 19 years in prison on charges of participating in the banned Islamic State terrorist organization, the state-run TASS news agency reported Tuesday. Denis Khisamov was detained by the Federal Security Service (FSB) in Krasnodar and was sentenced by a district military court in Rostov-on-Don for participating…

  • 4 Injured in St. Petersburg Military Academy Explosion – Reports

    4 Injured in St. Petersburg Military Academy Explosion – Reports

    Up to four cadets have been injured in an explosion at a St. Petersburg military and space academy, Russian media outlets reported on Tuesday. The explosion at the Mozhaysky Military Space Academy occurred during an attempt to move an undetonated shell, an unnamed source in the emergency services told the St. Petersburg-based 78.ru news channel.…

  • Half of Russians Oppose Full-Fledged Union With Belarus, Poll Says

    Half of Russians Oppose Full-Fledged Union With Belarus, Poll Says

    Almost half of Russians oppose uniting with neighboring Belarus into a single country, according to a state-funded survey published on the 20th anniversary of the countries’ integration project. The potential merger between Minsk and Moscow became a widely discussed possibility in 2019 as a potential loophole for Russian President Vladimir Putin to stay in power…

  • Namaste: Russia Embraces the Yoga Lifestyle

    Namaste: Russia Embraces the Yoga Lifestyle

    By the time Los Angeles-based celebrity meditation guru Mahan Kirn had taken the stage and folded her legs into lotus position in Moscow’s Prana Yoga Center on Saturday the enormous main studio was bunged to capacity, with each yoga mat bunched up against the next. Wearing the white head covering and modest clothing that is…

  • Indoor Plumbing Still a Pipe Dream for 20% of Russian Households, Reports Say

    Indoor Plumbing Still a Pipe Dream for 20% of Russian Households, Reports Say

    More than one-fifth of Russian households do not have access to indoor plumbing, according to official statistics obtained by the RBC news website on Tuesday. Russia leads the developed world with the worst sanitation record, according to the London-based WaterAid NGO. A 2012 estimate citing official data placed the number of Russians whose households are…

  • Russian Billionaires Grew $20B Richer in 2019 – Bloomberg

    Russian Billionaires Grew $20B Richer in 2019 – Bloomberg

    Russia’s 23 richest billionaires grew richer by more than $20 billion in the first three months of 2019, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The number of billionaires in Russia has shrunk from 101 in 2018 to 98 this year, with Forbes estimating their combined wealth growing from $409.3 billion to $421 billion. An estimated…

  • Russian Cyber Expert Sentenced for Treason in FSB Scandal

    Russian Cyber Expert Sentenced for Treason in FSB Scandal

    A Russian internet entrepreneur has been sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of state treason in the interests of the United States. Georgy Fomchenkov’s verdict comes a month after cybersecurity expert Ruslan Stoyanov and ex-FSB security officer Sergei Mikhailov were sentenced to 14 and 22 years in prison on the…

  • Russia Revises Up 2018 Growth Data in Boost for Putin Target

    Russia Revises Up 2018 Growth Data in Boost for Putin Target

    Two months ago, Russia’s statistics agency put a dent in its own credibility, publishing a growth estimate for 2018 that far exceeded even the most optimistic forecasts. On Monday it had a chance to explain itself. The statistics agency confirmed the full-year result of 2.3 percent, the highest since 2012. It revised upward the figures…

  • U.S. Halts F-35 Deal With Turkey, Protesting Its Plans to Buy From Russia

    U.S. Halts F-35 Deal With Turkey, Protesting Its Plans to Buy From Russia

    The United States has halted delivery of equipment related to the stealthy F-35 fighter aircraft to Turkey, marking the first concrete U.S. step to block delivery of the jet to the NATO ally in light of Ankara’s planned purchase of a Russian missile defense system. U.S. officials told their Turkish counterparts they will not receive further…

  • 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.…