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  • Kyiv Attacked as African Peace Mission Visits Ukraine

    Kyiv Attacked as African Peace Mission Visits Ukraine

    A barrage of Russian missiles greeted a delegation of African leaders arriving in Kyiv on Friday as part of a mission aiming to broker peace between Russia and Ukraine.  The high-level diplomatic team hopes to bring to the table the voice of a continent that has badly suffered from repercussion of the Ukraine war, including by rising…

  • ROSATOM Discusses Russia’s Progress in Renewable Energy at SPIEF 2023

    Grigoriy Nazarov, Chief Executive Officer at NovaWind (ROSATOM’s wind power division), took part in the Renewable Energy: Low Electricity Prices or Technological Sovereignty session held on June 15 at the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).  The session brought together industry experts from the government authorities, renewable energy market players, renewable energy equipment manufacturers, and…

  • Czech Leader Waters Down Remark on Keeping Tabs on Russians

    Czech Leader Waters Down Remark on Keeping Tabs on Russians

    The Czech president’s office on Friday watered down his claim that Russians living in the West should be monitored, likening them to Japanese Americans who were interned in the United States during World War II. President Petr Pavel told U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Thursday that Russians living in Western countries should be closely…

  • A plenary session devoted to the nuclear industry role in technological sovereignty assurance was held at SPIEF-2023 with the support of ROSATOM

    The plenary session Role of Nuclear Industry in Technological Sovereignty Assurance and Future Technologies was held on June, 16, 2023 at the XXVI St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF-2023) with the support of ROSATOM. The event was attended by: Thaung Han, Minister of Electric Power of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar; Mikhail Chudakov,…

  • Russian General ‘Almost Certainly’ Killed in Ukraine Attack – U.K. Intel

    Russian General ‘Almost Certainly’ Killed in Ukraine Attack – U.K. Intel

    A Russian general was “almost certainly” killed in a strike on a command post in southern Ukraine this week, the British Defense Ministry said Friday. Major General Sergei Goryachev would be “the first Russian general confirmed killed in Ukraine since the start of 2023,” the British military said in an intelligence update on Twitter. Goryachev is…

  • Mobile Web Access Blocked at Business Forum Ahead of Putin Speech

    Mobile Web Access Blocked at Business Forum Ahead of Putin Speech

    Updated with Peskov’s comments. Mobile internet access will be disrupted at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) ahead of President Vladimir Putin’s keynote speech, organizers said Friday, just hours before the Russian leader is expected to arrive at the event grounds.  “Internet access for mobile devices will be temporarily unavailable at the SPIEF venue……

  • Pushkin House Prize Awarded to Owen Matthews for ‘Overreach: The Inside Story of Putin’s War Against Ukraine’

    Pushkin House Prize Awarded to Owen Matthews for ‘Overreach: The Inside Story of Putin’s War Against Ukraine’

    The 2023 Pushkin House Book Prize was awarded on Thursday evening to Owen Matthews for his book “Overreach: The Inside Story of Putin’s War Against Ukraine.” Using accounts from current and former Kremlin insiders, testimony of captured Russian soldiers and on-the-ground reporting from Russia and Ukraine, Matthews — a journalist who has been covering Russia…

  • Chechen Prosecutors Seek 5.5-Year Sentence for Kadyrov Critic’s Mother

    Chechen Prosecutors Seek 5.5-Year Sentence for Kadyrov Critic’s Mother

    Prosecutors in Russia’s republic of Chechnya have requested a 5.5-year prison sentence for the mother of a prominent Chechen rights lawyer and activist, the Committee Against Torture rights group reported Thursday. Zarema Musaeva, the mother of lawyer and activist Abubakar Yangulbaev, has been charged with assaulting the authorities and fraud — accusations she strongly denies. Musaeva was violently detained…

  • ROSATOM will establish a joint venture for the construction of energy fleet based on nuclear floating power units for overseas markets

    On June 15, 2023, within the scope of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, an agreement was signed between ROSATOM and TSS Group on the basic conditions for developing an energy fleet based on floating power units (FPU) with RITM-200M reactors for overseas markets. TSS Group is Russia’s largest developer and manufacturer of integrated well…

  • Russian Authorities Maintain Secret List of People ‘Affiliated’ with ‘Foreign Agents’

    Russian Authorities Maintain Secret List of People ‘Affiliated’ with ‘Foreign Agents’

    Russian authorities maintain a secret registry of nearly 900 individuals deemed to be “affiliated” with people and organizations labeled “foreign agents.” The size of the registry, which is legally closed to the public, was disclosed in a report by the State Duma’s Committee on Foreign Interference published Thursday. The committee’s report states that 861 people…

  • ROSATOM and Rostechnadzor signed a supplementary agreement on development of nuclear infrastructure in the “newcomer” countries

    ROSATOM and the Federal Service for Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision (Rostechnadzor) signed a supplementary agreement on interaction for support of the nuclear infrastructure development in the “newcomer” foreign countries on June, 15, 2023 in St.Petersburg on the sidelines of St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Alexey Likhachev, Director General, signed the document on behalf of…

  • ROSATOM and DP World agree to jointly develop the eurasian logistics

    June 15 in Saint-Petersburg ROSATOM and DP World today signed an agreement to jointly develop the Eurasian logistics and container shipping along the Northern Sea Route (NSR), a potential new trade route connecting Asia and Europe, which would add much-needed resilience to the global trade landscape. The signing ceremony was attended by ROSATOM Director General…

  • Situation ‘Serious’ at Ukraine Plant – UN Nuclear Chief

    Situation ‘Serious’ at Ukraine Plant – UN Nuclear Chief

    UN nuclear chief Rafael Grossi on Thursday said the situation at the Moscow-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine was “serious,” but was being stabilized. Grossi arrived at Europe’s biggest nuclear plant to assess potential safety risks after the destruction of the Kakhovka dam, which caused huge floods and exacerbated fears for the facility’s safety.…

  • SPIEF 2023: Russian and Mongolian companies signed an agreement on strategic cooperation

    On June 15, on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, the Rusatom International Network, and the Mongolian company Dayan Deerkh Energy Ltd. signed an agreement on strategic cooperation. From the Russian side, the document was signed by the President of Rusatom International Network Vadim Titov, and from the Mongolian side the document…

  • Czech Leader Says Russians Abroad Should Be Monitored

    Czech Leader Says Russians Abroad Should Be Monitored

    Czech President Petr Pavel said Thursday that Russians living abroad in Western countries should be closely monitored by security services, given Moscow’s “aggressive war” in Ukraine.  The pro-Western Czech leader said he had sympathy for Russians outside the country finding it hard to cope with the invasion. But “when there is an ongoing war, the…

  • Russia Risks Return to Planned Economy – Central Bank

    Russia Risks Return to Planned Economy – Central Bank

    Russian Central Bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina warned Thursday that Russia is at risk of reverting to a planned economic system as it grapples with restructuring challenges driven by soaring war expenses and unprecedented Western sanctions.  “The temptation to manage economic restructuring can lead to [a situation] where we suppress private initiative [by businesses], not to…

  • Russian Far-Right Party Unveils AI Chatbot of Deceased Leader

    Russian Far-Right Party Unveils AI Chatbot of Deceased Leader

    Russia’s far-right Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) has unveiled an AI chatbot featuring the voice and personality of its longtime firebrand leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who died last year after contracting Covid-19.  Zhirinovksy — known for his brash ultra-nationalist views and support of the war in Ukraine — reappeared in the form of a ghostly neural network…

  • Putin Applauds ‘Dear Friend’ Xi on His 70th Birthday

    Putin Applauds ‘Dear Friend’ Xi on His 70th Birthday

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday lauded his “dear friend” Xi Jinping in a message for the Chinese leader’s 70th birthday.  Putin told Xi “it is difficult to overestimate the efforts you have been making to foster the comprehensive partnership” between Russia and China, which have ramped up cooperation in recent years.  The two leaders have grown…

  • Ukraine Reports Gains Despite ‘Powerful Resistance’

    Ukraine Reports Gains Despite ‘Powerful Resistance’

    Kyiv on Thursday reported progress in its counteroffensive on the eastern and southern fronts, despite contending with strong resistance from Russian troops.  The chief of the UN’s atomic watchdog arrived in the southeastern region of Zaporizhzia — home to Europe’s largest nuclear plant and one of the current fronts — to assess risks to the…

  • ROSATOM plans to construct the world’s first nuclear power plant with a capacity of up to 10 MW in Chukotka

    ROSATOM and the Government of Chukotka have signed an agreement to collaborate on the implementation of a small nuclear power plant project in the region based on the latest Russian SHELF-M reactor plant. The agreement was signed during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Alexei Likhachev, Director General of ROSATOM, and Vladislav Kuznetsov, Acting Governor…

  • War and SPIEF: Russia’s Flagship Economic Forum Flatlines

    War and SPIEF: Russia’s Flagship Economic Forum Flatlines

    The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), often called the “Russian Davos,” opened Wednesday in what is predicted to be the least impressive showing in the event’s 25-year history. Russia’s annual four-day economic showcase, which had once drawn crowds of foreign investors to President Vladimir Putin’s hometown, has been boycotted by Western countries for a…

  • Alexei Likhachev took part in the Northern Sea Route: New Challenges session at SPIEF 2023

    Director General of ROSATOM Alexei Likhachev took part in the Northern Sea Route: New Challenges session at SPIEF 2023. The session highlighted the new significance of the Northern Sea Route as the most important transport route connecting the vast Arctic territories of Russia, as well as the North-West and the Far East of the country.…

  • ROSATOM, Ministry of Electric Power of Myanmar, Primus Advanced Technologies Ltd. Signed Memorandum of Understanding on Feasibility Study of 172 MW Wind Farms Construction

    June 15th, within the framework of the XXVI St. Petersburg International Economic Forum ROSATOM’s wind power division NovaWind, Ministry of Electric Power of Myanmar, and Myanmar’s company Primus Advanced Technologies Ltd. signed a memorandum to launch feasibility study for wind farms construction. The document was signed by NovaWind CEO Grigoriy Nazarov, Deputy Director General of…

  • Kremlin Says Australia Blocking New Embassy ‘Russophobic’

    Kremlin Says Australia Blocking New Embassy ‘Russophobic’

    Russia on Thursday blasted Australia’s decision to prohibit Russia from building a new embassy after intelligence officials warned it posed a security threat. “To our regret, Australia diligently continues to follow the path created by the authors of the Russophobic hysteria, which is now active in the countries of the collective West,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. “Australia…

  • ROSATOM and Zeya & Associates Co. have agreed to develop non-energy nuclear technologies in Myanmar

    On June 15, a memorandum of understanding was signed in St. Petersburg between JSC «Rusatom Healthcare» (part of ROSATOM) and Zeya & Associates Co., Ltd (Myanmar). The memorandum was signed during the second day of the 26th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum by Igor Obrubov, Director General of JSC «Rusatom Healthcare» and Zeya Mon, Chairman…

  • Russian Anti-War Activist Dies in Police Custody, Lawyer Says

    Russian Anti-War Activist Dies in Police Custody, Lawyer Says

    An anti-war activist has died in police custody in southern Russia after receiving death threats from law enforcement officials, his lawyer told the OVD-Info human rights monitor late Wednesday. Anatoly Berezikov, 40, was detained last month on suspicion of hanging pro-Ukrainian leaflets in the city of Rostov-on-Don, some 60 kilometers south of eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region.…

  • ROSATOM, Ministry of Electric Power of Myanmar, Zeya & Associates Signed Memorandum of Understanding on Feasibility Study of 200 MW Wind Farm Construction

    June 15th, within the framework of the XXVI St. Petersburg International Economic Forum ROSATOM’s wind power division NovaWind, Ministry of Electric Power of Myanmar, and Myanmar’s Zeya & Associates signed a memorandum to launch feasibility study for a wind farm construction. The document was signed by NovaWind CEO Grigoriy Nazarov, Deputy Director General of the…

  • Russia Claims to Down 9 Drones Over Crimea

    Russia Claims to Down 9 Drones Over Crimea

    Russian forces have downed nine drones over the Crimean peninsula, which it annexed from Ukraine in 2014, its Moscow-installed Governor Sergei Aksyonov said Thursday. “Last night and this morning, nine drones were detected above republic of Crimea territory,” Aksyonov said on Telegram. “Six devices were shot down by air-defense forces” while three others were “deactivated”…

  • Putin Signs Secret Decree to Buy Discounted Western Companies – FT

    Putin Signs Secret Decree to Buy Discounted Western Companies – FT

    President Vladimir Putin has signed a confidential decree giving the Russian government powers to buy Western companies at a “significant discount,” the Financial Times reported Thursday, a move likely to make it harder for them to exit the country. The Russian government would be given priority rights to buy any Western asset for sale at…

  • ROSATOM presented its healthcare products at Africa Health ExCon 2023 in Cairo

    The second Pan-African exhibition and conference, Africa Health ExCon 2023, took place in Cairo, Egypt. A key event in healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors brought together some 60,000 delegates and participants from over 90 countries. The exhibition took place annually under the auspices of H.E. Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. Representatives from ROSATOM enterprises actively participated…

  • Rosatom Engineering Division signs an agreement on strategic partnership with Rostelecom at the SPIEF

    Within the framework of the XXVI St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Atomstroyexport JSC (ASE) and Rostelecom PJSC have signed an agreement on strategic partnership in the field of implementation of digital transformation projects. The document was signed by Olga Tolstunova, Vice President for Digitalization and IT of ASE JSC, and Valery Ermakov, Senior Vice…

  • ROSATOM’s Engineering Division presented its experience in digitalization of El-Dabaa NPP project at the International Project Management Forum

    Olga Tolstunova, Vice President for Digitalization and IT of ASE JSC, and Dr. Mohammed Saad Dwiddar, Project Manager of El-Dabaa NPP (Arab Republic of Egypt, General Designer and General Contractor is ROSATOM Engineering Division), have taken part in the International Forum “Project Management. Response to New Challenges” that is being held on June 14 in…

  • Russian Lawmakers Vote to Ban Gender Reassignment

    Russian Lawmakers Vote to Ban Gender Reassignment

    Russian lawmakers voted on Wednesday to ban legal or surgical sex changes, the latest in a series of conservative proposals put forward since Russia invaded neighboring Ukraine last year.  Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, approved in its first reading the bill that bans “medical interventions aimed at changing the sex of a…

  • Russian Theater Escapes Repression at Home for Revival in Israel

    Russian Theater Escapes Repression at Home for Revival in Israel

    Nikolai Dreiden, a theater and film director, strolls along the beaches of Tel-Aviv, Israel, speaking with passion about his work and the influence of his family. He comes from a well-known lineage in the Russian theater and cinematographic world: his grandfather, Simon, was a theater critic imprisoned under Stalin, and his father, Sergei, was a…

  • Fire Engulfs Russian Power Plant Near Ukraine Border

    Fire Engulfs Russian Power Plant Near Ukraine Border

    A fire broke out Wednesday at a power plant in Russia’s southern Rostov region, with authorities denying local media reports suggesting an explosion may have been the cause. Video shared online showed large flames and plumes of black smoke rising from the Novocherkasskaya power station, located some 50 kilometers southeast of Ukraine’s partially Russian-occupied Donetsk…

  • Mali Junta Leader Discusses Security, Economy with Putin

    Mali Junta Leader Discusses Security, Economy with Putin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and the head of Mali’s junta, Colonel Assimi Goita, discussed security and economic relations between their two countries, both sides reported on Wednesday. During the phone talks, “at the initiative of the Malian side,” the two leaders paid “particular attention” to trade and economic relations, including the delivery of cereals, fertilizers…

  • UN Visit to Ukraine Nuke Plant Delayed – Russia

    UN Visit to Ukraine Nuke Plant Delayed – Russia

    A visit by UN nuclear chief Rafael Grossi to the Moscow-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine was delayed to Thursday, Russian officials said.  Grossi was expected at Europe’s largest atomic plant on Wednesday to assess any impacts to the site’s safety after the destruction of the Kakhovka dam. The breach of the dam, which formed…

  • Kadyrov Says Close Ally Delimkhanov Alive, Denies Injury Reports

    Kadyrov Says Close Ally Delimkhanov Alive, Denies Injury Reports

    Updated with Kremlin’s comments and Kadyrov’s denial. Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov denied media reports Wednesday claiming one of his close allies had been wounded in Ukraine. “Thanks to everyone who was worried! Adam [Delimkhanov] is alive and well and not even injured,” Kadyrov said on the Telegram messaging app. Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry-run Zvezda TV…

  • Deadly Russian Missile Strikes Hit Ukraine

    Deadly Russian Missile Strikes Hit Ukraine

    Deadly Russian missile strikes hit southern and eastern Ukraine on Wednesday as the Western-backed country’s air defenses fought back against Moscow’s intensified attacks.  Russia fired four Kalibr missiles on the southern port city of Odesa from a warship in the Black Sea, Ukraine’s air force said, with air defenses shooting down three of them. One of…

  • Navalny Ally Chanysheva Jailed 7.5 Years for ‘Extremism’

    Navalny Ally Chanysheva Jailed 7.5 Years for ‘Extremism’

    A Russian court on Wednesday sentenced a former regional coordinator of jailed Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny to seven-and-a-half years in prison on charges of creating an extremist group.  Lilia Chanysheva, 41, headed Navalny’s political office in the central Russian city of Ufa until it was forced to dissolve in 2021, when the authorities blacklisted…

  • Russia’s Quantum Patent Applications Decline Amid Sanctions

    Russia’s Quantum Patent Applications Decline Amid Sanctions

    Fewer patent applications in the field of quantum technologies were filed in Russia last year due to sanctions over its invasion of Ukraine, the Kommersant business daily reported Wednesday. Quantum computing is an emerging technology that seeks to solve problems too complex for conventional computers.  The number of patent applications related to quantum technologies in…

  • Putin Says Russia Could Have Been ‘Better Prepared’ for Border Attacks

    Putin Says Russia Could Have Been ‘Better Prepared’ for Border Attacks

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday admitted that Moscow could have more successfully readied the country’s southern regions bordering Ukraine for cross-border attacks from Ukrainian territory. His comments, made at a meeting with pro-Kremlin war bloggers and reporters, follow weeks of intensifying strikes on the Belgorod region that included an unprecedented incursion claimed by an…

  • In Photos: Ukraine’s Dnipro River Dries Up in Zaporizhzhia Following Kakhovka Dam Collapse

    In Photos: Ukraine’s Dnipro River Dries Up in Zaporizhzhia Following Kakhovka Dam Collapse

    The Kakhovka dam, a critical dam holding back a major water reservoir on the Dnipro River, was destroyed last Tuesday, sparking an environmental and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine’s Kherson region. Russia and Ukraine have blamed each other for causing the collapse of the dam. In areas upriver from the dam in the Zaporizhzhia region, the…

  • Russian Shelling Kills Ukraine Priest in Churchyard

    Russian Shelling Kills Ukraine Priest in Churchyard

    Russian forces on Tuesday killed an elderly priest in a churchyard when they shelled the town of Bilozerka in southern Ukraine, authorities said. Andriy Yermak, the head of Ukraine’s presidential office, said on social media that the priest was 72, adding that a 76-year-old woman was wounded. Four residential buildings, a post office, a central…

  • In ‘The Dmitriev Affair,’ Gulag Historian’s Persecution Is a Microcosm of Putin’s Russia

    In ‘The Dmitriev Affair,’ Gulag Historian’s Persecution Is a Microcosm of Putin’s Russia

    AMSTERDAM — In the opening shots of “The Dmitriev Affair,” the viewer walks alongside Yury Dmitriev, the gulag historian who uncovered and documented Stalin-era mass graves in his home region, the northern republic of Karelia. Dressed in camouflage, with long, white hair and goatee framing his angular face, Dmitriyev silently treads through the mossy taiga…

  • Siberian Region Stops Publishing Ukraine War Deaths Over Media Tallies – Reports

    Siberian Region Stops Publishing Ukraine War Deaths Over Media Tallies – Reports

    Authorities in the southern Siberian republic of Khakasia have stopped publishing the obituaries of local soldiers killed fighting in Ukraine to avoid their inclusion in independent media tallies of Russia’s war dead, the local RFE/RL affiliate Sibir.Realii reported Tuesday. Citing an anonymous source close to the Khakasia regional government, Sibir.Realii wrote that the move was directly linked…

  • Anti-War Russian Pensioner Resumes Pickets After Stroke

    Anti-War Russian Pensioner Resumes Pickets After Stroke

    Yelena Osipova, a St. Petersburg-based artist and famous voice of protest against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, has resumed her anti-war pickets shortly after suffering a stroke. Osipova, 77, was a fixture at anti-war rallies in Russia’s second city of St. Petersburg following the outbreak of the war, with footage of her frequent detentions by police going viral. …

  • Ideology, Money or Freedom? Why Fighters from the Global South Join Russia’s Army in Ukraine

    Ideology, Money or Freedom? Why Fighters from the Global South Join Russia’s Army in Ukraine

    The family of Tanzanian-born Nemes Raymond Taremo first heard rumors that their beloved relative had been killed on the frontlines in faraway Ukraine in December last year.  They received their last message from Taremo, 37, two months earlier — on Oct. 17 — shortly after he joined Russia’s Wagner mercenary group from a Russian prison…

  • Russia Says German Leopard Tanks, U.S. Bradleys Captured in Ukraine

    Russia Says German Leopard Tanks, U.S. Bradleys Captured in Ukraine

    Moscow said Tuesday that it had captured several German Leopard tanks and U.S. Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, releasing footage showing Russian troops surveying the equipment supplied to Ukraine by Western countries. “Leopard tanks and Bradley infantry fighting vehicles. These are our trophies. Equipment of the Ukrainian armed forces in the Zaporizhzhia region,” the Russian Defense…

  • Ukraine Says 7 Villages Retaken in ‘Tough’ Offensive

    Ukraine Says 7 Villages Retaken in ‘Tough’ Offensive

    Ukraine on Monday said it had retaken seven villages and made small gains in a “tough” counter-offensive against Russian forces that France said could last months. “The fighting is tough, but we are moving forward, this is very important,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a daily evening address. “I thank our guys for every…

  • ‘Another Day Off’: Little Patriotic Fervor as Moscow Puts on Russia Day Festivities

    ‘Another Day Off’: Little Patriotic Fervor as Moscow Puts on Russia Day Festivities

    MOSCOW — Russia marked its Russia Day holiday on Monday with widespread state-organized celebrations — but for many, the holiday is just another day off rather than a patriotic event, Muscovites who spoke with The Moscow Times said. Observed every year on June 12, Russia Day commemorates when the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic first…

  • Russian Police Detain Chechen Woman Fleeing Domestic Violence

    Russian Police Detain Chechen Woman Fleeing Domestic Violence

    A young Chechen woman has been detained at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport after attempting to flee from her abusive family in Russia, the human rights project Marem reported on Monday. Selima Ismailova, 19, fled her home region of Chechnya, a majority-Muslim republic in Russia’s North Caucasus, in March to escape regular beatings and death threats from…

  • Russia Says Beat Back Ukraine Near Villages Claimed By Kyiv

    Russia Says Beat Back Ukraine Near Villages Claimed By Kyiv

    Russia said Monday it had repelled Ukrainian attacks around several villages in the war-battered southeast of the country, contradicting earlier claims from Kyiv’s forces that they had retaken the settlements. The contradictory reports from Kyiv and Moscow come as analysts have said that Ukraine has launched a long-awaited counteroffensive with Western weapons in an aim to…

  • Pro-Kremlin Reporter Claims to Block Anti-War Telethon’s Donations

    Pro-Kremlin Reporter Claims to Block Anti-War Telethon’s Donations

    A reporter for the Kremlin-funded broadcaster RT claimed Monday to have blocked ruble-denominated donations for an anti-war telethon organized by exiled Russian independent media. The outlets joined forces on the national holiday Russia Day for a day-long fundraiser in support of the 20,000 activists fined or detained for opposing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. RT correspondent…

  • ‘They Forgot About Us’: Fear and Uncertainty Reign in Heavily Shelled Russian Border Town

    ‘They Forgot About Us’: Fear and Uncertainty Reign in Heavily Shelled Russian Border Town

    SHEBEKINO, Russia — Weeks of relentless shelling have turned this once-thriving district center near the Ukrainian border with a pre-war population of about 40,000 into a ghost town.  Rubble and broken glass litter the empty streets, and in the town’s central square, signs of shelling are visible on the building facades.  Not far from there,…

  • Putin Mourns ‘Dear Friend’ Berlusconi’s Death

    Putin Mourns ‘Dear Friend’ Berlusconi’s Death

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday he was saddened by the death of his “dear friend” former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Berlusconi, who dominated Italian public life for decades as a billionaire media mogul, businessman and prime minister, was confirmed to have died at a Milan hospital at age 86. He had been suffering…

  • Wagner Chief Defies Russian Military’s Orders to Formalize Hierarchy

    Wagner Chief Defies Russian Military’s Orders to Formalize Hierarchy

    The head of Russia’s Wagner mercenary group has said he will not sign contracts with the military that seek to formalize the hierarchy of forces fighting in Ukraine. The defiance is the latest episode in the public feud between Wagner, which has been at the forefront of Russia’s offensive in Ukraine for several months, and…

  • North Korea’s Kim Offers ‘Full Support’ to Putin on Russia Day

    North Korea’s Kim Offers ‘Full Support’ to Putin on Russia Day

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un offered his country’s “full support and solidarity” to Moscow in a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, state media reported. Kim sent the message of congratulations on the national day of Russia, one of a handful of nations that maintain friendly relations with Pyongyang. His message, published…

  • Ukraine Says 2 Villages Retaken in Fresh Offensive

    Ukraine Says 2 Villages Retaken in Fresh Offensive

    Kyiv announced on Sunday that Ukrainian forces had retaken two villages in the eastern region of Donetsk, the first reported gains of their new offensive. After months of building expectations, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Saturday that a counteroffensive against Russian forces was underway, but refused to provide any details.  “Neskuchne of the Donetsk region…

  • Russia Says Repels Ukraine Attack on Black Sea Warship

    Russia Says Repels Ukraine Attack on Black Sea Warship

    Moscow said on Sunday its forces repelled a Ukrainian attack on a Russian warship guarding gas pipelines in the Black Sea. “Ukraine’s armed forces made an unsuccessful attempt to attack the Black Sea Fleet’s Priazovye ship,” the Russian Defense Ministry said, adding Kyiv’s forces used six unmanned boats.  “All the boats have been destroyed,” the…