Russian Investigative Paper Novaya Gazeta Says Targeted in ‘Chemical Attack’

The prominent Russian investigative newspaper Novaya Gazeta said Monday that its offices in Moscow had been targeted with a “chemical attack.” “In the morning a chemical attack was carried out on the building where our editorial office is located,” the independent media outlet’s editor-in-chief Dmitry Muratov said in a statement. He added that law enforcement…

Ex-Chechen Policeman Testifies to ‘Worst Crime of Post-War Chechnya’ – Novaya Gazeta

The investigative Novaya Gazeta newspaper on Monday has published a former Chechen police officer’s testimony to the extrajudicial killings of dozens of detainees four years ago. The account of Suleiman Gezmakhmayev, a former staff sergeant of the Akhmad Kadyrov Police Patrol Service Regiment, adds damning evidence to Novaya’s investigations claiming that Chechen security officials executed 27…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | March 15

Russia has confirmed 4,400,045 cases of coronavirus and 92,494 deaths, according to the national coronavirus information center. According to figures published by state statistics agency Rosstat, Russia’s real coronavirus death toll stands at 131,118, with the virus present in another 69,314 deaths. March 15: What you need to know today Russia on Monday confirmed 9,437 new coronavirus cases…

Gazprom, RusGazDobycha and NIPIGAZ make decision to terminate EPC contract for Ust-Luga Gas Processing Complex

Background Gazprom and RusGazDobycha are implementing the project for a natural gas processing and liquefaction complex near the settlement of Ust-Luga, with the RusKhimAlyans special-purpose company as the project operator. It is the anchor project of the major gas processing and chemical cluster that is being established in the region. The complex will have the largest capacity in Russia in terms of gas processing and will…

EU Considers Launching Sputnik V Purchase Negotiations – Reuters

European Union officials are considering launching negotiations to purchase Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, Reuters reported Monday, citing EU diplomatic and official sources. The move would mark a major turnaround for Brussels, which has publicly dismissed Russia’s global vaccine supply campaign as a propaganda effort while facing criticism for its own sluggish vaccine rollout. Faced…

Dozens Arrested at Russian Opposition Forum

Russian police on Saturday arrested dozens of opposition politicians and municipal deputies at a conference in Moscow, organizers and participants said.  Participants from more than 50 of Russia’s regions had gathered to discuss parliamentary and local elections in September at a forum organized by a project backed by prominent Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Forty minutes…

Countries Slam Russia at UN Over Navalny Case

Dozens of countries took Russia to task at the UN on Friday over its imprisonment of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, and slammed numerous “arbitrary arrests” of his supporters. In a historic joint statement delivered to the United Nations Human Rights Council, 45 countries voiced alarm at “the deteriorating situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms”…

Austria Convicts Chechen ‘Moral Guardians’ for Harassing Women – Reports

Five Chechen men went on trial in Austria for outing and harassing female compatriots for exhibiting “Western behavior,” Austrian media reported Thursday. The defendants were accused of running an online chat where they threatened, intimidated and occasionally abused Chechen women for allegedly not adhering to strict Islamic rules, according to the Die Presse daily. “The…

Slovakia Health Minister Resigns Over Sputnik V Dispute

Slovakia’s health minister has announced his resignation after coming under pressure from the country’s four-party ruling coalition for ordering Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, Reuters reported Thursday.  Slovakia became the second EU country after Hungary to purchase Sputnik V for national use, bypassing EU authorization of the jab. Prime Minister Igor Matovic ignited backlash from…

Russia Warns of H5N8 Bird Flu Transmission

The mutating H5N8 strain of avian flu has a high risk of human-to-human transmission, Russian authorities warned Friday. Anna Popova, who heads Russia’s health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, made the prediction nearly a month after scientists detected the first case of H5N8 transmission to humans at a southern Russia poultry farm. “There’s a fairly high degree of…

Rostechnadzor issued the statement of conformance of Unit 6 of Leningrad NPP to requirements of technical regulations and project documentation

On March 10, Head of the North European Interregional Department for Supervision over Nuclear and Radiation Safety of Rostechnadzor Sergey Perevoshchikov delivered the statement of conformance of Unit 6 to requirements of technical regulations and project documentation to Director of Leningrad NPP Vladimir Pereguda. The day before, the final 15-day integrated tests of the new…

Gazprom delegation’s working visit to Mongolia

March 11, 2021, 11:55 Flight made along the proposed route of the Soyuz Vostok gas pipeline. Action plan of the Joint Working Group for 2021–2022 signed. A Gazprom delegation headed by Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Company’s Management Committee, paid a working visit to Mongolia. The visit involved a flight along the proposed route of the Soyuz Vostok gas pipeline, which will become…

Poland Accuses Deported Russian Diplomat of Spreading Coronavirus – Reports

Polish officials have accused a deported Russian diplomat of endangering others by failing to self-isolate when he got infected with coronavirus earlier this year, Polish media reported Wednesday. Poznan consul Igor Oshchepkov was among the Russian diplomats that Poland, Germany and Sweden expelled in February in retaliation to Moscow’s identical steps for the European diplomats’…

Construction of Akkuyu NPP Unit 3 (Turkey) Begins

10 March, 2021, Büyükeceli (Mersin Province, Turkey) – A ceremony commemorating the start of Unit 3 construction was held at the site of the first Turkish nuclear power plant Akkuyu. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan joined the ceremony via videoconference. Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Dönmez, ROSATOM Director General…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | March 10

Russia has confirmed 4,351,553 cases of coronavirus and 90,275 deaths. March 10: What you need to know today Russia on Wednesday confirmed 9,079 new coronavirus cases and 466 deaths. Morocco and Kenya have authorized Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, The Russian Direct Investment Fund announced Wednesday.  Tunisia on Tuesday received a shipment of 30,000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik…

Russia Says ‘Equipment Failure’ Behind Government Website Outages, Not Twitter Slowdown

Russia blamed “equipment failure” at the state internet provider for mass government website outages after authorities said they will slow down Twitter for Russian users Wednesday. The websites of the Kremlin and Russian government as well as both chambers of parliament briefly went down after Russia announced it will slow Twitter’s loading speed within the country…

In Photos: Eurasia’s Highest Volcano Erupts in Russia’s Kamchatka

Eurasia’s highest active volcano, Kluchevskaya Sopka, erupted in Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula earlier this month.  Luckily for those who are not able (or too scared) to witness the equally dangerous and spectacular natural phenomenon with their own eyes, the continuous explosive activity is being documented on camera and widely shared on social media.  Kluchevskaya Sopka was…

Russia Disrupts Twitter Access in Banned Content Row

Russia’s media watchdog announced Wednesday that it will disrupt Twitter’s loading speeds within the country for failing to remove banned content, a move that experts say represents a new crackdown on foreign social media. “Starting March 10, 2021, centralized response measures have been taken against Twitter to protect Russian citizens and force the internet service to…

Putin Greenlights Prison Phone Jamming to Combat Scams

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed legislation Wednesday allowing phone companies to jam communication in prisons in order to prevent scams. The legislation’s authors say that convicts use contraband cellphones to commit fraud and witness intimidation as well as control the actions of fugitive members of criminal organizations. Under the newly signed amendments to Russia’s criminal…

Russia to Work With U.S. on Climate Change, Envoy Says

Russia and the United States will work together to tackle climate change-related issues in a rare moment of cooperation between the two powers with increasingly frayed ties, President Vladimir Putin’s representative on climate issues said Tuesday. Ruslan Edelgeriyev identified protection of the rapidly warming Arctic, forest sector projects and nuclear energy as key priorities in Russian-U.S.…