Russian Military Helicopter Crash Kills 3

A Russian military helicopter on a training flight crashed on Thursday evening near St. Petersburg, killing three people, local authorities said. The Mi-8, which belonged to the Russian National Guard (Rosgvardia), was carrying three crew members who were all killed in the crash, according to a spokesperson quoted by the local online news site Fontanka.…

Russia’s Southern Resorts to Close to Unvaccinated Tourists

Russia’s Black Sea coastal resorts including popular holiday destination Sochi will no longer accept tourists who haven’t been vaccinated against the coronavirus starting later this summer, Krasnodar region Governor Veniamin Kondratyev announced Thursday.  The restrictions come as Moscow and St. Petersburg battle surging Covid-19 infections and deaths driven by the highly infectious Delta variant and…

EU Imposes New Sanctions on Belarus

The European Union on Thursday imposed sanctions on key sectors of the Belarus economy, ratcheting up pressure on the regime of President Alexander Lukashenko after the forced landing of an airliner. The new package looks to hit key sources of revenue for the authorities in Minsk by restricting trade in potash fertilizer, petroleum and tobacco…

Rights Activists Dispute Russia’s UN Report on Navalny Protests

Russian human rights activists have criticized the country’s official report to the United Nations regarding its detentions of protesters at this winter’s nationwide pro-Navalny protests, the Kommersant business daily reported Wednesday.  Tens of thousands of Russians protested nationwide in January and February to call for Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s release after he was detained upon…

Russia Warns of ‘Explosive’ Virus Surge

Russia warned on Wednesday of an “explosive” spread of the Delta coronavirus variant in the country that was made worse by a sluggish vaccination campaign leading to rapidly rising infections and deaths. Citing increases in cases of coronavirus in all Russian regions, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova called for stronger restrictive measures and speeding up…

Good results. Feature from Gazprom Magazine

June 23, 2021 Published in corporate Gazprom Magazine Issue 6, written by Sergey Pravosudov Last year was dominated by the pandemic of the new coronavirus infection. Quarantine and epidemiological response measures caused a decline in economic activity and consumption, including energy consumption. According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the global economy shrank by 3.4 per cent in 2020. Preliminary estimates show that natural…

France Adds Russia to Covid Red List

France on Wednesday added Russia to its list of countries from which non-essential travel is banned, as concern grows over a spike of cases in Moscow due to the Delta variant. Namibia and the Seychelles are also being added to the “red” list, government spokesman Gabriel Attal told reporters. Russia, and especially Moscow, have been…

4 Pussy Riot Members Detained in Moscow

At least four members of the activist group Pussy Riot have been detained in Moscow less than a week after a fellow member was jailed on suspicion of planning to disrupt the ongoing Euro 2020 football championship, media reported Tuesday. The detentions began in the early hours of Tuesday with Alexander Sofeyev and his photographer…

Moscow Eases Registration for Foreigners to Dine at ‘Covid-Free’ Restaurants – Reports

Moscow authorities have eased online registration rules to allow vaccinated or negative-tested foreigners to obtain QR codes needed to dine at “Covid-free” restaurants, Russian state media reported Tuesday. Starting Monday, June 28, Moscow restaurants will only accept diners who present an official QR code proving their vaccination, recovery from Covid-19 over the past six months…

Russia Denies It’s Researching Brain-Chip AI

Russia has denied reports that it is investing in AI technology that would allow humans to control cars, planes and nuclear power plants through microchips implanted into their brains. The Kommersant business daily reported Tuesday the government plans to spend 54 billion rubles ($740 million) on the brain-computer interface project as part of Russia’s massive…

Belarus Seeks 15 Years in Jail for Lukashenko Opponent

Prosecutors in Belarus on Tuesday requested 15 years in jail for a leading opposition figure, who was arrested last year ahead of presidential elections that sparked historic anti-government protests. The demonstrations swept the former Soviet country after strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko claimed a landslide victory in August polls that the opposition and many Western countries…

Сoncreting of the 4th tier of the inner containment has been completed at Rooppur NPP Unit 2 (Bangladesh)

Concreting of the inner containment cylindrical part has been completed at Rooppur NPP power unit 2 reactor building which is being constructed in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh (its General Contractor being JSC Atomstroyexport that is included in the Engineering Division of ROSATOM). The specialists of the Trest RossSEM LLC branch have laid 976 m3…

Rights Advocates Slam Russia Over Myanmar Junta Chief’s Moscow Visit

This week’s visit by Myanmar’s junta chief to Moscow “legitimizes” the country’s “brutal and unlawful attempted coup,” Justice for Myanmar, a leading human rights group that investigates the military’s business interests, told The Moscow Times. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing arrived in Moscow on Sunday for a three-day international security conference starting Tuesday that brings…

Russia Blacklists Bard College as ‘Undesirable’ Org

Russia has declared Bard College an “undesirable” organization in a move that risks significant jail time for anyone affiliated with the U.S. liberal arts college.  The Prosecutor General’s Office accused the institution Monday of “threatening Russia’s constitutional order and security.” Once blacklisted, any “undesirable” organization must cease all activities in Russia or anyone affiliated with…

Russia, Myanmar Agree to Bolster Ties

Junta leader Min Aung Hlaing has traveled to Moscow for a three-day international security conference kicking off Tuesday which brings together defense officials from across the globe. Russia’s Security Council said its chief Nikolai Patrushev had met with Min Aung Hlaing and discussed the “fight against terrorism, issues related to regional security” and foreign interference…

Argentina, Mexico Face Second-Dose Shortages of Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccine – Reports

Argentina and Mexico are facing a shortage of second doses of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine despite Moscow’s pledge to supply 10% of the world’s population, according to several media outlets. Argentina’s La Nacion daily reported Sunday that its government is in “intense talks” with Russia on new deliveries because many first-dose recipients between late…