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  • Russia Says Repelled ‘Large-Scale’ Ukraine Offensive in Donetsk

    Russia Says Repelled ‘Large-Scale’ Ukraine Offensive in Donetsk

    Russia’s military said Monday it had repelled “a large-scale offensive” by Ukrainian forces in Moscow-annexed Donetsk, as fighting intensified along their border. Kyiv has for months said it is preparing a major counteroffensive, hoping to reclaim territory lost since Russia launched its military operation in February 2022.  Its army said recently there would be no…

  • Navalny Supporters Rally in Russia, Worldwide on Jailed Kremlin Critic’s Birthday

    Navalny Supporters Rally in Russia, Worldwide on Jailed Kremlin Critic’s Birthday

    AMSTERDAM – Thousands of Russians in more than 100 cities — from Tokyo and Milan to Tel Aviv and Sydney — took part in Sunday demonstrations in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny as he celebrated his third birthday since being imprisoned. In Amsterdam, hundreds gathered at the Museumplein park in the city center, with activists…

  • Kremlin Critic Navalny in ‘Good Mood’ on Third Birthday Behind Bars

    Kremlin Critic Navalny in ‘Good Mood’ on Third Birthday Behind Bars

    Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said Sunday he was in good spirits on his third birthday behind bars, despite tougher prison conditions and yet another spell in solitary confinement. It came as police arrested at least 45 people taking part in pro-Navalny demonstrations in Russian cities — including Moscow and St. Petersburg — on Sunday,…

  • Author Ryan Tucker Jones Takes On the ‘Red Leviathan: The Secret History of Soviet Whaling’

    Author Ryan Tucker Jones Takes On the ‘Red Leviathan: The Secret History of Soviet Whaling’

    When Moby Dick smashes his head into Captain Ahab’s ship, concluding Herman Melville’s timeless classic, the ship, along with its crew, is sunk to the bottom of the ocean. The destruction, wrought in self-defence by the monstruous whale, becomes a sign of the terrible consequences of the human pursuit of power and dominance. When the…

  • Putin Gifts Historic Treasures to Church Amid Ukraine Campaign

    Putin Gifts Historic Treasures to Church Amid Ukraine Campaign

    For nearly a century, visitors came to Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery to admire the perfect harmony of Russia’s most famous icon: the “Trinity,” painted by Andrei Rublev in the Middle Ages. The almost 600-year-old artwork depicting three angels is one of the most recognizable Russian masterpieces in the world. Last month, however, President Vladimir Putin handed…

  • Russia Urges Border District To Evacuate Amid Ukraine Shelling

    Russia Urges Border District To Evacuate Amid Ukraine Shelling

    Russian authorities on Sunday called on residents of an area on the Ukraine border to leave their homes as Ukrainian shelling intensified this week.  The district of Shebekino in the southwestern Belgorod region on the Ukraine border has been hit by daily shelling, killing several civilians and forcing villagers to flee.  The governor of the…

  • Strike Kills Girl, Injures 22 in Dnipro – Ukraine Officials

    Strike Kills Girl, Injures 22 in Dnipro – Ukraine Officials

    An airstrike hit a residential district in the central Ukrainian city of Dnipro, killing a two-year-old girl and injuring 22 others, officials said Sunday. The attack, which President Volodymyr Zelensky blamed on Russia, partially destroyed a pair of two-storey buildings as well as 10 private homes, a shop and a gas pipeline, according to the region’s…

  • Okroshka for all Seasons and Tastes

    Okroshka for all Seasons and Tastes

    In Russia people have been arguing about what to use in okroshka — kvas or kefir — for a hundred years. But before that they were arguing about something else. Should salted plums be added? Is it better to add bits of shredded grouse or pork? What about adding sprat in tomato sauce? The word…

  • Two Killed in Shelling of Russian Region on Ukraine Border

    Two Killed in Shelling of Russian Region on Ukraine Border

    Ukrainian shelling killed two people on Saturday in Russia’s Belgorod, a border region that has been hit by repeated attacks this week, the local governor said.  Belgorod border villages have been hit by unprecedented shelling, and the latest deaths bring the overall toll to seven this week.  “Since this morning, the district of Shebekino has…

  • Wagner Says Ready to Defend Russia’s Border Region

    Wagner Says Ready to Defend Russia’s Border Region

    The head of Russia’s Wagner mercenary group said Saturday that he was ready to send fighters to the Russian Belgorod region, which borders Ukraine and has come under intense shelling.  Thousands have fled villages in southwestern Belgorod after days of attacks that came after an armed incursion from Ukraine.  Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin has been…

  • Branded ‘Foreign Agents,’ Russian NGOs Still Work to Achieve Change

    Branded ‘Foreign Agents,’ Russian NGOs Still Work to Achieve Change

    In 2012, the status of “foreign agent” was introduced into Russian legislation for non-governmental organizations (NGO) that received foreign financial support and engaged in what the authorities considered political activities in the Russian Federation. On Dec. 1, 2022, a new law was enacted that required them to identify themselves as foreign agents in any media…

  • Moldova Looks Westward Amid Pressures of Ukraine War

    Moldova Looks Westward Amid Pressures of Ukraine War

    CHISINAU — An estimated 80,000 people packed into the center of the Moldovan capital last month for the largest pro-European Union gathering in years as the ties binding this tiny eastern European country  to Russia fray amid the war in Ukraine.  EU, NATO and Moldovan flags were visible all over Chisinau’s Great National Assembly Square…

  • Russian Border Region Residents Flee as Shelling Kills 4

    Russian Border Region Residents Flee as Shelling Kills 4

    Four civilians were killed on Friday in shelling on Russia’s Belgorod region bordering Ukraine, a local official said, while Moscow’s forces attacked Kyiv for a sixth day in a row. Over the past few days, thousands of residents have fled villages near Russia’s southwestern border as shelling has intensified.  Residents from the town of Shebekino,…

  • France to Sell Late Putin Opponent’s Riviera Chateau

    France to Sell Late Putin Opponent’s Riviera Chateau

    French authorities have put up for sale a luxurious multi-million-euro chateau seized from the Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky who died in 2013 and was a sworn opponent of President Vladimir Putin, the agency handling confiscated assets said Friday. Berezovsky acquired the Chateau de la Garoupe on the Cote d’Azur in the 1990s while post-Soviet Russia’s…

  • Russia To Suspend LPG Exports From Southern Port Over Drone Attacks

    Russia To Suspend LPG Exports From Southern Port Over Drone Attacks

    A port in southern Russia will suspend exports of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) — a highly explosive substance — due to an increased number of attacks on areas bordering Ukraine, Reuters reported Friday, citing insider sources.  Taman, a port in Russia’s southern Krasnodar region, is located near the annexed Crimean peninsula. Its transshipment complex has a…

  • In Photos: Russia’s War in Ukraine Takes Exacting Toll on Children

    In Photos: Russia’s War in Ukraine Takes Exacting Toll on Children

    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has had an especially devastating impact on children. Thousands have been displaced from their homes and impoverished, education has been disrupted, and many families have been torn apart. For children especially, the impacts of the war will likely be long-lasting, including a greater risk of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress and other…

  • Despair and Uncertainty for Russian Refugees Fleeing Attacked Border Regions

    Despair and Uncertainty for Russian Refugees Fleeing Attacked Border Regions

    Refugees from Russian border regions fleeing intensifying cross-border shelling and Ukrainian-backed incursions in recent days expressed despair at their future and anger toward officials in interviews with The Moscow Times. “We have nowhere to go, we have nothing to live for, we don’t know what is waiting for us. People are running away in panic,”…

  • Buy a Brilliant and Applaud an Artist

    Buy a Brilliant and Applaud an Artist

    Артист: an actor, a performer A couple of years ago I was flummoxed by a Russian word I’d never heard before and couldn’t understand: тред. People were writing things like “тред набрал 30 тысяч лайков за несколько часов” (The “tred” picked up 30,000 likes in a few hours) or “зашёл в этот тред только сказать…

  • Russian Border Region Spends Big on Mass Entertainment Amid Shelling Attacks 

    Russian Border Region Spends Big on Mass Entertainment Amid Shelling Attacks 

    Authorities in Russia’s Belgorod region — a target of frequent shelling attacks — spent nearly four times as much on public entertainment this year than on civil defense, the Mozhem Obyasnit’ Telegram news channel reported Friday.  Ukraine-bordering districts of the Belgorod region experienced repeated shelling and drone attacks since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last year,…

  • Kremlin to Build Bomb Shelter in Elite Moscow Hospital

    Kremlin to Build Bomb Shelter in Elite Moscow Hospital

    The Kremlin has signed a deal to build a bomb shelter on the grounds of Moscow’s most elite hospital days after unprecedented drone strikes on the Russian capital, according to a procurement contract cited by The Moscow Times’ Russian-language service. The 800-person bunker for VIP patients and personnel is expected to be constructed at the…

  • Russia Fines Streaming Platform Under ‘LGBT Propaganda’ Law

    Russia Fines Streaming Platform Under ‘LGBT Propaganda’ Law

    Russian authorities have for the first time fined a streaming platform under its law prohibiting so-called “LGBT propaganda,” the RBC news website reported Friday, citing the federal media regulator. St. Petersburg’s Magistrate Court fined Trikolor Kino i TV 1.2 million rubles ($15,000) during a trial held Tuesday, according to the outlet. An unnamed manager at…

  • 2 Killed in Shelling on Russia’s Belgorod Region – Governor

    2 Killed in Shelling on Russia’s Belgorod Region – Governor

    Two women were killed and two others seriously wounded in a shelling attack on the Russian border region of Belgorod, the region’s governor said. “The Armed Forces of Ukraine fired at a road in the village of Maslova Pristan in the Shebekino district. Shell fragments hit cars passing by. Two women traveling in one of…

  • Ukraine Says Downed All Missiles, Drones in New Attacks on Kyiv

    Ukraine Says Downed All Missiles, Drones in New Attacks on Kyiv

    Ukraine said Friday it destroyed all 15 missiles and 21 drones from a new wave of overnight attacks that left two people wounded in Kyiv. “The occupiers don’t stop trying to terrorize the capital of Ukraine with attack drones and missiles,” the air force said. “All 15 cruise missiles and 21 attack drones were destroyed,”…

  • Drones Strike Russian Oil and Gas Facilities, Ukraine Border Regions

    Drones Strike Russian Oil and Gas Facilities, Ukraine Border Regions

    At least two oil and gas facilities were targeted in overnight drone strikes in western Russia, officials said Friday amid intensifying drone attacks across Russian regions near the border with Ukraine. “Two long-range drones attacked fuel and energy complex objects at about 3 a.m.,” said Vasily Anohin, the acting governor of the Smolensk region near…

  • Russian Oilfield Service Sees Record Revenue in 2022 – Vedomosti

    Russian Oilfield Service Sees Record Revenue in 2022 – Vedomosti

    Russian oilfield service companies earned record revenues in 2022 after major foreign players exited the market due to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, Vedomosti newspaper reported Friday. According to data from Kasaktin Consulting cited by Vedomosti, Russian oilfield services earned 1.79 trillion rubles ($22.2 billion) in 2022, the highest figure since at least 2018. The international presence…

  • War Disrupts Ukrainian-Russian Mafia Bond

    War Disrupts Ukrainian-Russian Mafia Bond

    Sitting at a cafe in the Ukrainian port of Odesa, a local smuggler drew on his cigarette as he explained how the war has disrupted long-established underworld ties between Russia and Ukraine. “The vast majority of Ukrainian criminals took the side of Ukraine,” said 59-year-old Kirim, who spoke on condition that he be given a…

  • Faroe Islands Restrict Russian Access to Its Ports

    Faroe Islands Restrict Russian Access to Its Ports

    Denmark’s autonomous Faroe Islands said Thursday Russian access to its North Atlantic ports would be restricted to vessels dedicated exclusively to fishing, in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “Only fishing vessels exclusively conducting fisheries under the bilateral agreement between the Faroe Islands and Russia will be allowed to enter Faroese ports,” the government said. “The activities of…

  • Russia Says Former Bolshevik Party Leader Behind Pro-War Blogger’s Murder

    Russia Says Former Bolshevik Party Leader Behind Pro-War Blogger’s Murder

    Russian investigative authorities on Thursday named Roman Popkov, a journalist and former leader of the radical leftist National Bolshevik Party, as the organizer of a prominent pro-war blogger’s assassination.  Vladlen Tatarsky, a vocal supporter of the invasion of Ukraine, was killed in a bomb blast after being gifted a golden figurine containing an explosive device…

  • Russia Fines WhatsApp for Failing to Delete Content

    Russia Fines WhatsApp for Failing to Delete Content

    A Russian court imposed a fine on U.S. messenger service WhatsApp on Thursday for failing to delete banned content. The 3-million-ruble ($37,000) fine was the first imposed on WhatsApp for such an offense. WhatsApp’s parent company, Meta, was banned and branded “extremist” by Russian authorities last year. Meta’s other platforms, Facebook and Instagram, were blocked…

  • Kremlin Officials Continue to Use iPhones Despite U.S. Espionage Fears

    Kremlin Officials Continue to Use iPhones Despite U.S. Espionage Fears

    As many as 30% of employees in the Russian presidential administration continue to use iPhones for personal communication, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday. Peskov’s comments came after Russia’s Federal Security Services (FSB) announced that it had detected “anomalies” in some iPhones in Russia caused by “malicious software” that it linked to “surveillance operations by American…

  • Wagner Head Prigozhin’s Past Life as a Children’s Author and Illustrator

    Wagner Head Prigozhin’s Past Life as a Children’s Author and Illustrator

    The leader of Russia’s notorious Wagner mercenary group who served nine years in prison for theft, interfered in U.S. elections and has been accused of war crimes in Ukraine is not someone usually associated with children’s literature. Yet almost 20 years ago, Yevgeny Prigozhin — commonly known as “Putin’s chef” because he rose to prominence…

  • Putin’s Daughters, Ex-Wife Own Property via Offshore Firms – Investigation

    Putin’s Daughters, Ex-Wife Own Property via Offshore Firms – Investigation

    President Vladimir Putin had used a web of offshore companies to hand out homes near his residence outside Moscow to his ex-wife and daughters, the investigative outlet Proekt reported Thursday. The media investigation is based on the emails of Putin’s former son-in-law Krill Shamalov that had been obtained through a massive data breach by other investigative outlets…

  • Nintendo Ends Online Sales of Games in Russia

    Nintendo Ends Online Sales of Games in Russia

    Nintendo has said it will no longer sell games in Russia through its online store as the Japanese giant winds down operations in the increasingly isolated country. The changes, which were announced and came into effect on Wednesday, follow Nintendo’s suspension of product shipments to Russia in March 2022 after the invasion of Ukraine. Russian customers can still re-download…

  • Russia Says Repelled ‘Incursion Attempt’ Into Border Region

    Russia Says Repelled ‘Incursion Attempt’ Into Border Region

    Updated to recast with Defense Ministry and Kremlin statements and add other updates. Russia’s Defense Ministry said Thursday it had repelled an attempted incursion by “Ukrainian terrorist formations” as two anti-Kremlin militias made up of Russians claimed to have made it over the border.  “Russia’s Armed Forces together with units of the border service…foiled a…

  • ‘Endless’ Shelling Injures 8 in Russian Border Region

    ‘Endless’ Shelling Injures 8 in Russian Border Region

    At least eight people were injured in what the governor of a southwestern Russian region on the border with Ukraine described as “endless” shelling early Thursday. Belgorod region Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov accused Ukrainian forces of firing Grad missiles at the border town of Shebekino from midnight to sunrise. Ukraine adheres to a policy of neither…

  • Three Killed in Russian Strike on Kyiv

    Three Killed in Russian Strike on Kyiv

    Russia launched an air attack on Kyiv early Thursday, killing at least three people including a child and bringing fresh terror to the city after a week of strikes. Moscow’s forces have recently launched a series of aerial assaults on the Ukrainian capital, including an unusual daytime attack on Monday that sent residents running for…

  • Russia Lays Mines at ‘Industrial Level’ Ahead of Ukrainian Counteroffensive

    Russia Lays Mines at ‘Industrial Level’ Ahead of Ukrainian Counteroffensive

    When Ukrainian forces launch their long-awaited counteroffensive this summer, they will be up against multiple lines of Russian fortifications stretching hundreds of miles from the Black Sea to Ukraine’s northern border. The military hazards include trenches and anti-tank obstacles, but Russian soldiers have also been busy laying thousands of landmines.  “What we’re seeing is just…

  • Russia’s Tank Losses in Ukraine Surpass 2,000 – OSINT Report

    Russia’s Tank Losses in Ukraine Surpass 2,000 – OSINT Report

    Russia’s tank losses during its invasion of neighboring Ukraine surpassed 2,000 this week, according to the latest data from Oryx, an open-source intelligence analysis website.  According to Oryx’s report, 1,238 of these tanks were destroyed in combat, 106 damaged, 113 abandoned on the battlefield and 544 captured by Ukraine.  However, the real number of Russia’s…

  • Woman Who Accused Biden of Assault Asks for Russian Citizenship

    Woman Who Accused Biden of Assault Asks for Russian Citizenship

    A woman who accused Joe Biden during the 2020 presidential race of sexual assault appeared Tuesday in Moscow, where she said she was asking President Vladimir Putin for Russian citizenship. Tara Reade, who worked in Biden’s congressional office for a short period in 1993, said she wanted to stay in Russia after a Republican lawmaker…

  • Russia Jails FSB Office Arsonist for 8.5 Years

    Russia Jails FSB Office Arsonist for 8.5 Years

    A Russian man has been sentenced to 8.5 years in prison for throwing a Molotov cocktail at Federal Security Service (FSB) office, the civil rights organization Solidarity Zone reported Wednesday. Igor Paskar, 46, was arrested in June 2022 after he set fire to the front entrance of an FSB building in the southern Russian city…

  • Russian Lawmakers Introduce Bill Banning Sex Reassignment

    Russian Lawmakers Introduce Bill Banning Sex Reassignment

    Russian lawmakers on Tuesday submitted a bill to parliament that would ban legal or surgical sex changes, the latest in a series of conservative proposals put forward since the Kremlin invaded Ukraine last year.  The bill would prohibit “medical interventions aimed at changing the sex of a person,” according to the website of the State…

  • Germany Tells Moscow to Close 4 Consulates in Russia

    Germany Tells Moscow to Close 4 Consulates in Russia

    Berlin will drastically reduce Moscow’s diplomatic presence on its soil after Russia slashed the number of people Berlin can employ in its embassies and institutions in Russia, a foreign ministry spokesman said Wednesday. “We have decided to withdraw consent for the operation of four of the five Russian consulates operating in Germany,” the spokesman told…

  • Kremlin Says Kosovo Serbs’ Rights ‘Must Be Respected’

    Kremlin Says Kosovo Serbs’ Rights ‘Must Be Respected’

    The Kremlin on Wednesday called for the rights of ethnic Serbs living in Kosovo to be respected, following clashes this week over local election results that left more than 80 people injured.  “We believe that all the lawful rights and interests of the Kosovo Serbs must be respected,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. “We support…

  • Russia Says Destroyed Ukraine’s ‘Last Warship’

    Russia Says Destroyed Ukraine’s ‘Last Warship’

    Russia’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday it had “destroyed” what it claimed was Ukraine’s last warship. The landing ship Yuri Olefirenko was struck by “high-precision” Russian Aerospace Forces weaponry in the Black Sea port of Odesa on Monday, the Defense Ministry said in a daily briefing.  It was not immediately possible to verify Moscow’s assertion and…

  • Serbian Criminals Helped Son of Russian Governor Flee Italy Arrest – WSJ

    Serbian Criminals Helped Son of Russian Governor Flee Italy Arrest – WSJ

    A Kremlin-linked entrepreneur accused of smuggling U.S. military technology to Russia had fled house arrest in Italy with the help of a Serbian criminal gang, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, citing unnamed sources familiar with the events. Artyom Uss, 41, the son of the ex-governor of Siberia’s Krasnoyarsk region, escaped in March the day after…

  • Russia Evacuates Children from Border Villages as Situation ‘Alarming’

    Russia Evacuates Children from Border Villages as Situation ‘Alarming’

    Russia said it was evacuating hundreds of children from villages due to intensifying shelling in the border region of Belgorod, where the situation was deemed “alarming” by the Kremlin.  Russia has seen stepped-up attacks on its soil over a year into its Ukraine campaign, with an unprecedented incursion last week in the southern region of…

  • Russia Aims to Sap Kyiv’s Defenses Ahead of Counteroffensive – Experts

    Russia Aims to Sap Kyiv’s Defenses Ahead of Counteroffensive – Experts

    Russia has focused near-daily attacks on the Ukrainian capital recently, sending missiles and drones overhead in the early hours and even broad daylight. While Ukraine says it has mostly managed to intercept the barrages and has reported only two deaths from falling debris, the strikes raise questions about the motives for such disruptive tactics in…

  • Russia Deports Ukrainian Woman Seeking to Retrieve Godson – Reports

    Russia Deports Ukrainian Woman Seeking to Retrieve Godson – Reports

    A Ukrainian woman seeking to return her forcibly transferred godson and his brother from Russia has been detained and deported from Moscow, state media reported Tuesday. Olga Hurulia said she was instructed to retrieve the two boys, who had been taken from southern Ukraine’s Moscow-occupied Kherson region, according to a video of her interrogation at…

  • Drones Target Southern Russia Oil Refineries

    Drones Target Southern Russia Oil Refineries

    A fire erupted at an oil refinery in southern Russia’s Krasnodar region on Wednesday after a likely drone attack, its governor said as local officials reported a downed drone near another refinery. Governor Venyamin Kondratyev wrote on Telegram that there were no casualties and the blaze at the Afipsky oil refinery had been put out after…

  • Concreting of internal containment dome completed at Akkuyu NPP Unit NO. 1

    May 31, 2023, Büyükeceli, Mersin Province, Türkiye. – One of construction milestones at Akkuyu NPP Power Unit No.1, namely concreting of the dome of the internal containment (IC), which ensures the air-tightness of the reactor building, has been completed. 422 tons of rebars were installed and more than 3200 m3 of concrete were poured to…

  • One Killed, Several Wounded in Shelling on Belgorod Evacuee Shelter – Governor

    One Killed, Several Wounded in Shelling on Belgorod Evacuee Shelter – Governor

    At least one person has been killed and a number of others injured after a shelling attack on a Russian region bordering Ukraine, the region’s governor said Tuesday.  Belgorod Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said the shelling struck a temporary shelter for evacuees from the region’s Shebekino district, which lies on the Ukrainian border and has reported…

  • Russia Sentences 8 Mobilized Soldiers to Prison for Deserting in Ukraine

    Russia Sentences 8 Mobilized Soldiers to Prison for Deserting in Ukraine

    A Russian military court has sentenced eight mobilized soldiers to prison terms of up to seven years for deserting their unit in eastern Ukraine, the independent Mediazona news website reported Tuesday, citing their lawyer. The soldiers had been sent to a field camp in the Moscow-occupied region of Luhansk after being drafted in September as…

  • Russian Officials, Pro-Kremlin Figures Offer Mixed Response to Moscow Drone Attack

    Russian Officials, Pro-Kremlin Figures Offer Mixed Response to Moscow Drone Attack

    Russian officials and pro-Kremlin voices were split over Tuesday’s unprecedented drone attack on Moscow and its surrounding areas, with some downplaying the attack and others sharply criticizing the country’s defense capabilities. President Vladimir Putin called the incident a provocation by Kyiv but appeared calm in televised comments, saying that Moscow’s air defense systems “worked fine”…

  • Putin Says Ukrainian ‘Terrorist Activity’ Behind Moscow Drone Attack

    Putin Says Ukrainian ‘Terrorist Activity’ Behind Moscow Drone Attack

    Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed Tuesday’s drone attack on Moscow and the surrounding region on “terrorist activity” and called it an attempt to “intimidate” ordinary Russians. “The Kyiv regime has chosen… the path of attempting to intimidate Russian citizens and striking residential buildings,” the state-run TASS news agency quoted Putin as saying.  “We do not…

  • Downed Drones Near Putin’s Residence Rattle Russia’s Elite

    Downed Drones Near Putin’s Residence Rattle Russia’s Elite

    Luxury houses owned by the Russian elite and President Vladimir Putin’s main out-of-town residence were just a few kilometers from where drones were shot down Tuesday during a major attack on the Russian capital, according to a crash site list published by a Russian parliamentary deputy. Since the Soviet era, Moscow’s western suburbs — where…

  • Moscow Says 1.5Mln Russian Passports Issued in Occupied Ukraine

    Moscow Says 1.5Mln Russian Passports Issued in Occupied Ukraine

    Russia has issued 1.5 million passports in occupied Ukrainian territories, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said Tuesday. Residents of the occupied regions told AFP this month that they had been pressured into taking up a Russian passport, necessary for using basic public services. Kyiv has described the passport handouts as an effort to suppress Ukrainian identity.…

  • Navalny Describes Prison ‘Re-Education’ Including Pro-War, Anti-Semitic Songs

    Navalny Describes Prison ‘Re-Education’ Including Pro-War, Anti-Semitic Songs

    Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said Tuesday that he and other inmates in his prison colony are forced to listen to pro-war and anti-Semitic songs several times a day as part of the prison’s “re-education” efforts. Navalny is serving his jail term in the IK-6 prison in the Vladimir region east of Moscow, a facility…

  • ROSATOM takes part in the Meeting of the Committee on Non-Power Applications of Nuclear Technologies under the IRC MBIR Advisory Board

    May 26, 2023, Tashkent, Institute of Nuclear Physics (INP, under the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan) hosted a meeting of the Committee on Non-power Applications of Nuclear Technologies under the Advisory Board of the International Research Center Based on the MBIR Reactor (IRC MBIR). The event was attended, both face-to-face and online, by over 40…

  • Russian Court Rejects Appeal of Jailed Theatre Director

    Russian Court Rejects Appeal of Jailed Theatre Director

    A Moscow court on Tuesday refused to release a theatre director and a playwright detained over their award-winning play about Russian women recruited online to marry radical Islamists in Syria. Director Yevgeniya Berkovich and author Svetlana Petriychuk are accused of “justifying terrorism” and face up to seven years in prison over their play “Finist, the…

  • Russia Tells West to Stop ‘Propaganda’ Over Kosovo Clashes

    Russia Tells West to Stop ‘Propaganda’ Over Kosovo Clashes

    Russia on Tuesday told the West to stop its “deceitful propaganda” after more than 30 peacekeepers deployed in a NATO-led mission in Kosovo were injured in clashes with ethnic Serbs. Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in 2008, but Belgrade and Moscow have refused to recognize it. Russia, Serbia’s traditional ally, also effectively barred Kosovo…