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  • ‘Dirty as Hell’: Coal Dust Chokes Murmansk as Moscow Ramps Up Asia Exports

    ‘Dirty as Hell’: Coal Dust Chokes Murmansk as Moscow Ramps Up Asia Exports

    Near the shores of the Barents Sea in Russia’s far northwest lies Murmansk, the world’s largest city beyond the Arctic Circle and a popular destination for tourists hoping to witness the Northern Lights. In the heart of the city, Murmansk Commercial Seaport carries out coal transshipment out in the open — sending coal dust into…

  • Putin Calls To Protect Flood-Hit Areas From Looting

    Putin Calls To Protect Flood-Hit Areas From Looting

    Russian President Vladimir Putin called Wednesday on local leaders in Siberia and the Urals to make sure flood-hit homes are safe from looting, as authorities in the Kurgan region evacuated 14,000 people from the rising Tobol River. Russia and neighboring Kazakhstan have fought devastating floods for almost two weeks. Putin — who unlike his Kazakh…

  • Russia Labels 3 More Human Rights Groups ‘Undesirable’

    Russia Labels 3 More Human Rights Groups ‘Undesirable’

    Russia has banned the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and Ukraine’s Center for Civil Liberties as “undesirable” organizations, the Justice Ministry said on Wednesday. Organizations labeled “undesirable” must cease all operations inside Russia, and it is illegal for individuals and media outlets in Russia to republish or share their content.…

  • Record Number of Russian Soldiers Convicted of Murder in 2023 – Data

    Record Number of Russian Soldiers Convicted of Murder in 2023 – Data

    A record number of Russian soldiers were convicted of murder in 2023, the independent Mediazona news website reported Wednesday, citing Supreme Court data. Russian courts sentenced 116 contract soldiers and conscripts for premeditated murder last year, a dramatic increase from the 13 soldiers convicted in 2022 and 21 in 2021, according to the data. Mediazona noted that…

  • Russia Arrests Four Accused of Helping Ukraine Army

    Russia Arrests Four Accused of Helping Ukraine Army

    Russia arrested four people Wednesday, accusing them of sending money to Ukrainian armed forces and planning to join Kyiv’s ranks, and separately placed an exiled feminist on its wanted list. The FSB detained two 19-year-olds in the city of Saransk in the republic of Mordovia, saying they had been planning to fight for Ukraine. Russian…

  • Yulia Navalnaya Appears on Time’s ‘100 Most Influential People’ List

    Yulia Navalnaya Appears on Time’s ‘100 Most Influential People’ List

    Yulia Navalnaya, the widow of late Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny, has been included on Time magazine’s annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people. In an interview with Time — her first since Navalny’s Feb. 16 death in an Arctic penal colony — Navalnaya, 47, said she chose to enter politics to give hope to…

  • Russian Court Orders Review of Verdict Against Scientist

    Russian Court Orders Review of Verdict Against Scientist

    A Russian court has overturned the verdict of an aerospace scientist who was sentenced to 12 years in prison on charges of treason linked to his participation in a multinational high-speed flight project, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported on Wednesday. Valery Golubkin, 72,  a professor at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, was…

  • Sakha Rights Official Calls on Russia To Criminalize Domestic Abuse

    Sakha Rights Official Calls on Russia To Criminalize Domestic Abuse

    The top human rights official in Russia’s Far East republic of Sakha (Yakutia) has called on federal authorities to pass a law criminalizing domestic abuse after a similar law was passed in Kazakhstan. “One cannot remain indifferent to tragic cases of domestic violence,” Sakha’s human rights ombudswoman Sardana Guryeva wrote in a VKontakte post. “The…

  • Russian Peacekeepers Withdrawing From Nagorno-Karabakh, Kremlin Confirms

    Russian Peacekeepers Withdrawing From Nagorno-Karabakh, Kremlin Confirms

    The Kremlin confirmed Azerbaijani media reports on Wednesday that Russian peacekeepers have started withdrawing from Nagorno-Karabakh after Baku’s forces seized the disputed region from Armenian separatists last year.  “Yes, that’s really true,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters after the Azerbaijani news website Musavat reported on the Russian pullout Tuesday.  Unverified footage shared on Azeri-language…

  • 50K Russian Soldiers Confirmed Killed in Ukraine – Independent Tally

    50K Russian Soldiers Confirmed Killed in Ukraine – Independent Tally

    Over 50,000 Russian soldiers have been confirmed killed in Ukraine since the start of the Kremlin’s invasion over two years ago, according to an independent tally conducted by the BBC’s Russian service and the independent Mediazona news website. The two outlets have been verifying the number of Russian troops killed through open-source information including official…

  • Airports in Russia’s Volga Region Halt Flights Over Drone Threat

    Airports in Russia’s Volga Region Halt Flights Over Drone Threat

    Four airports in Russia’s Volga region have suspended flights due to the threat of drone strikes, local media reported, citing state civil aviation agency Rosaviatsia and the airports’ press services.  Airports in Nizhny Novgorod, as well as Kazan, Nizhnekamsk and Naberezhnye Chelny in the republic of Tatarstan, have halted airline departures and arrivals as of…

  • Telegram’s Durov Tells Tucker Carlson That Kremlin Pressure Forced Him Out of Russia

    Telegram’s Durov Tells Tucker Carlson That Kremlin Pressure Forced Him Out of Russia

    Telegram founder Pavel Durov said he fled Russia over Kremlin pressure to share Ukrainian pro-democracy protesters’ personal data in 2013 in a rare interview with U.S. right-wing journalist Tucker Carlson. The eccentric tech CEO told Carlson that he and Telegram — one of the world’s fastest-growing messaging apps — relocated to Dubai in 2017 to avoid being…

  • 11 Killed in Russian Strike on Ukraine City

    11 Killed in Russian Strike on Ukraine City

    A Russian strike on the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv Wednesday killed 11 people and 20 wounded more, as Kyiv again sounded the alarm over shortages in its air defense capabilities. First responders searched for survivors in the rubble, carrying away the wounded on stretchers as a pool of blood formed on the ground near…

  • ROSATOM participates in World Nuclear Spotlight Kazakhstan

    The event was dedicated to the development of nuclear power industry in Kazakhstan ROSATOM took part in the international conference World Nuclear Spotlight Kazakhstan in Almaty, organized by the World Nuclear Association and the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The event brought together authorities involved in the development of the nuclear power…

  • Russian-Backed Official Survives Assassination Attempt in Occupied Ukraine, Colleague Says

    Russian-Backed Official Survives Assassination Attempt in Occupied Ukraine, Colleague Says

    A Russian-installed official in Ukraine’s occupied Zaporizhzhia region has survived an assassination attempt at his workplace, his colleague said Tuesday. Anton Yakimenko sits on Zaporizhzhia’s Moscow-backed Yakimivka district council and is a member of the pro-Kremlin United Russia party. He also heads a local affiliate of the Russian state-run grain operator GUP GZO Akimovskoye. According to…

  • Russia’s Orenburg Holds WWII Victory Parade Rehearsals Amid Flood Crisis

    Russia’s Orenburg Holds WWII Victory Parade Rehearsals Amid Flood Crisis

    Authorities in the southern Russian city of Orenburg announced that rehearsals for the annual Victory Day parade had started on Tuesday despite unprecedented floods submerging thousands of homes and forcing scores of residents to evacuate. “Starting today, Orenburg garrison troops began training for the ceremonial passing of the parade troops dedicated to the 79th anniversary of the…

  • Russia But Not Putin Invited To French D-Day Anniversary – Organizers

    Russia But Not Putin Invited To French D-Day Anniversary – Organizers

    Russia but not President Vladimir Putin will be invited to the French ceremony in June to mark 80 years since the World War II D-Day landings, organizers said Tuesday. In February 2022, Putin sent troops to Ukraine, shredding ties with the West. And in 2023, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Putin…

  • Putin Urges Restraint in Call With Iran’s Raisi

    Putin Urges Restraint in Call With Iran’s Raisi

    Russian President Vladimir Putin warned during a phone call with his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi on Tuesday that any further escalation in the Middle East could have “catastrophic consequences.” “Vladimir Putin expressed the hope that all sides would show reasonable restraint and prevent a new round of confrontation [that could be] fraught with catastrophic consequences for the…

  • She Photographed Russian Political Prisoners. Now She’s Charged With ‘Extremism.’

    She Photographed Russian Political Prisoners. Now She’s Charged With ‘Extremism.’

    MOSCOW – “I plan to do interviews, reports and avoid going to jail.” With these words, actress Antonina Favorskaya landed her first job in Russian media in 2022. She soon became a court photographer. Driven by her activism, she took photos of Russian political prisoners in court for the independent SOTAvision news outlet. Two years later,…

  • IMF Raises Russia’s Growth Forecast for 2024

    IMF Raises Russia’s Growth Forecast for 2024

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has upgraded its forecast for Russia’s economic growth in 2024, as surging military spending helps shield the sanctions-battered country from an economic downturn. Russia’s economy is expected to grow 3.2% this year, up from the previous forecast of 2.6% issued in January, the IMF said in its World Economic Outlook…

  • Russian Ballet Show in South Korea Canceled Amid Ukraine Tensions

    Russian Ballet Show in South Korea Canceled Amid Ukraine Tensions

    A ballet performance in South Korea featuring dancers from Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet was canceled abruptly, the organizers confirmed to AFP Tuesday, amid growing tensions between Seoul and Moscow over Ukraine and North Korea. The Russian Embassy in Seoul expressed its “deep regret” over the cancelation of the show — scheduled to open April 16 —…

  • Talks for New Black Sea Shipping Deal Collapsed in March – Reuters

    Talks for New Black Sea Shipping Deal Collapsed in March – Reuters

    A possible deal between Russia and Ukraine that would have ensured the safe movement of cargo ships in the Black Sea fell through at the last moment in March after Kyiv abruptly withdrew from negotiations, Reuters reported Monday, citing four anonymous sources familiar with the matter. The talks, which Turkey mediated after “nudging” from the…

  • Moscow Court Arrests in Absentia Exiled Journalist Zygar 

    Moscow Court Arrests in Absentia Exiled Journalist Zygar 

    A Moscow court has ordered the arrest in absentia of exiled journalist Mikhail Zygar for spreading “false information” about the Russian military, state media reported Tuesday.  Russian authorities pressed criminal charges against Zygar in March, with unconfirmed reports later saying that he was accused of spreading “fakes” on social media about atrocities committed by the…

  • More Evacuations in Russia’s Urals, Western Siberia as Water Levels Rise

    More Evacuations in Russia’s Urals, Western Siberia as Water Levels Rise

    Authorities in Russia’s Kurgan and Tyumen regions have urged residents to flee as the nearby Tobol and Ishim rivers swelled to dangerous levels. Officials previously forecast that the Ishim and Tobol rivers would reach peak levels around April 23-25. But the Kremlin said flood water levels were now expected to increase in the Kurgan and…

  • Russia Adds Theater Director Berkovich, Playwright Petriychuk to ‘Terrorists and Extremists’ List

    Russia Adds Theater Director Berkovich, Playwright Petriychuk to ‘Terrorists and Extremists’ List

    Russia’s state financial watchdog Rosfinmonitoring on Monday added theater director Yevgenia (Zhenya) Berkovich and playwright Svetlana Petriychuk to its list of “terrorists and extremists.” Berkovich and Petriychuk were arrested in May 2023 over their award-winning play “Finist the Brave Falcon,” which tells the story of Russian women who correspond with Islamist militants, fall in love with them and…

  • TikTok Users Turn Russian Pro-War Song Into ‘LGBT Anthem’

    TikTok Users Turn Russian Pro-War Song Into ‘LGBT Anthem’

    A song by the Russian pro-war pop star Shaman is being used in TikTok videos showing same-sex couples embracing, a trend that appears aimed at ironically juxtaposing “extremist” LGBTQ+ lifestyles with the song’s militaristic overtones. “Moy Boy,” whose title translates into English as “My Fight,” features the lyrics “I’m Russian, I go to the end,” while…

  • Russia’s Novosibirsk Bans Migrants From Working as Taxi Drivers

    Russia’s Novosibirsk Bans Migrants From Working as Taxi Drivers

    Russia’s Novosibirsk region has banned migrants from working as taxi drivers and selling beverages and tobacco, according to a decree signed by Governor Andrei Travnikov on Monday. The measure comes amid mounting pressure on foreign workers — mostly from Central Asian countries  —across Russia in the aftermath of last month’s deadly concert hall attack outside Moscow. The four…

  • Veteran Rights Activist Orlov Transferred Before Prison Sentence Begins

    Veteran Rights Activist Orlov Transferred Before Prison Sentence Begins

    The Russian human rights group Memorial said Monday that its co-founder Oleg Orlov was transferred to a detention center in southwestern Russia before his prison sentence was set to enter into force. A Moscow court in February found Orlov, 71, guilty of “discrediting” the Russian army after he openly criticized the invasion of Ukraine, sentencing…

  • Partial Dam Collapse in Siberia’s Tomsk Region as River Swells

    Partial Dam Collapse in Siberia’s Tomsk Region as River Swells

    The swelling Tom River in southwestern Siberia has led to a partial dam collapse in the city of Tomsk, authorities said Monday.  “The water has partially destroyed the protective dam,” Tomsk Mayor Dmitry Makhinya said in a video posted on social media that shows him surveying the damage. Spring flooding caused by melting ice is…

  • Russian Shelling Kills 4 in Ukraine’s Donetsk Region

    Russian Shelling Kills 4 in Ukraine’s Donetsk Region

    Russian shelling killed four people in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region, authorities said Monday, as Moscow’s forces aim to push deeper into the war-battered region. Donetsk region Governor Vadym Filashkin said attacks late Sunday against the mining town of Siversk, which is flanked by Russian forces, had led to the deaths. “The city was shelled yesterday…

  • China Disguising Imported Russian Copper as Scrap to Avoid Sanctions – Reuters

    China Disguising Imported Russian Copper as Scrap to Avoid Sanctions – Reuters

    China has begun disguising imported Russian copper wire as scrap metal to avoid taxes and the impacts of Western sanctions, Reuters reported Monday, citing customs data and anonymous sources familiar with the matter. Copper wire rod is mainly used for making power cables, while copper scrap is a mix of used products chopped into grain-sized…

  • ‘Everything’s Lost’: Russians Mourn Flooded Homes

    ‘Everything’s Lost’: Russians Mourn Flooded Homes

    Tightly clutching her ginger cat, Oksana Altynchurina sat in an inflatable dinghy, after rescuing only her pet and a few documents from her flooded flat. In the southern Russian city of Orenburg, the River Ural has burst its banks, inundating thousands of homes, after heavy rain and melting ice swelled rivers across the region and…

  • Russian Regional Governor Predicts ‘Very Difficult’ Flood Situation

    Russian Regional Governor Predicts ‘Very Difficult’ Flood Situation

    Floodwaters in southern Russia on Sunday threatened to submerge thousands more homes in the Kurgan region, where the governor predicted a “very difficult situation” in the coming hours. There is widespread flooding in the Russian Urals regions and neighboring Kazakhstan, caused by melting ice swelling rivers, exacerbated by heavy rainfall. In Kazakhstan, more than 107,000…

  • ‘I Will Never Trust These People’: Poems About Russia’s Social Rift

    ‘I Will Never Trust These People’: Poems About Russia’s Social Rift

    The three poetry texts below explore the behavior of ordinary Russians in the context of war. All of them are based on real events. But the authors look at the situation in Russia from very different geographical locations and through different metaphysical lenses. Jamil Nilov is right in the thick of things: He lives in…

  • Ukraine Says Strengthening Defenses in Battered Frontline Town

    Ukraine Says Strengthening Defenses in Battered Frontline Town

    Ukrainian troops defending the frontline town of Chasiv Yar under relentless Russian attack have received additional drones and weaponry, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Oleksandr Syrskyi said Sunday. Syrskyi wrote on Facebook after visiting troops defending the battered town that “measures were taken to significantly strengthen the brigades with ammunition, drones and electronic…

  • Russia Urges ‘Restraint’ After Iranian Attack on Israel

    Russia Urges ‘Restraint’ After Iranian Attack on Israel

    Russia on Sunday urged all sides to “show restraint” after Iran launched an unprecedented missile and drone attack on Israel. “We are counting on the regional states to solve the existing problems with political and diplomatic means,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Moscow expressed “extreme concern over the latest dangerous escalation in…

  • Russia Halts Flights to Israel, Jordan, Iran Following Attack on Israel

    Russia Halts Flights to Israel, Jordan, Iran Following Attack on Israel

    Russia has suspended flights to Israel, Jordan and Iraq after Tehran launched an unprecedented attack against Israel overnight. Late Saturday, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps announced that they had launched “dozens of drones and missiles” toward military sites on Israeli territory. Tehran the attack as a justified response to a strike that destroyed its consulate building in…

  • Kyiv Says Eastern Front ‘Deteriorated’ as Russia Claims Village

    Kyiv Says Eastern Front ‘Deteriorated’ as Russia Claims Village

    Ukraine’s commander-in-chief Oleksandr Syrsky said Saturday the situation on the eastern front had worsened significantly as Russia claimed the capture of a village near the occupied industrial town of Avdiivka. “The situation on the eastern front has deteriorated significantly in recent days,” said Syrsky, who took over as commander-in-chief in February after Ukrainian President Volodymyr…

  • ‘There Will Be No Beautiful Russia of the Future Unless We Take Responsibility’: Activist Anastasia Shevchenko

    ‘There Will Be No Beautiful Russia of the Future Unless We Take Responsibility’: Activist Anastasia Shevchenko

    AMSTERDAM — “My point is to talk to everyone,” says Anastasia Shevchenko. After losing a child while under house arrest in Russia and witnessing the atrocities of the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine, the exiled civil activist sees it as her mission to speak to Russians across the political spectrum and win over as many minds…

  • U.S., U.K. Widen Ban on Russian Metals in Bid to Disrupt Revenues

    U.S., U.K. Widen Ban on Russian Metals in Bid to Disrupt Revenues

    The United States and Britain took joint action on Friday to widen a ban on Russian metals imports in a bid to target the important Russian revenue source following its 2022 invasion of Ukraine. “This new action prohibits the import of Russian-origin aluminum, copper, and nickel into the United States,” the U.S. Treasury Department said…

  • Bake a Cake That is Out of This World

    Bake a Cake That is Out of This World

    Space flights are definitely important and certainly exciting. But even cosmonauts (and astronauts) flying in space need to have lunch. Of course, when Yuri Gagarin and Gherman Titov blasted off the launchpads as the first and second Soviet citizens in space, they weren’t thinking about food. But later space nutrition became very important in longer…

  • Ukraine Says Situation in East Has ‘Deteriorated Significantly’

    Ukraine Says Situation in East Has ‘Deteriorated Significantly’

    Ukraine’s commander-in-chief Oleksandr Syrsky said Saturday that the situation on the eastern front has “deteriorated significantly” in recent days amid mounting Russian attacks. Syrsky, who took over as commander-in-chief in February after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky relieved his popular predecessor, Valery Zaluzhny, also said that Russian forces had superior weapons. He spoke of “a significant…

  • Russian Military Boosts Call-Ups for Annual Reservist Training Exercises

    Russian Military Boosts Call-Ups for Annual Reservist Training Exercises

    The Russian military is calling up a higher-than-normal number of reservists for its annual training exercises in at least one region of the country, The Moscow Times has learned from senior managers of several companies in the Moscow region.   Experts say the mass training call-ups could be an effort to make up for lagging volunteer…

  • Tajikistan Condemns Alleged Torture of Crocus Attack Suspects

    Tajikistan Condemns Alleged Torture of Crocus Attack Suspects

    Tajikistan’s Foreign Minister condemned the alleged torture of four suspected gunmen behind last month’s deadly attack on a Moscow region concert hall, media in the Central Asian country reported Friday. “The open display of detaining suspected terrorists with the use of torture, by inflicting bodily harm against them, is unacceptable,” Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin told the Tajik…

  • Murmansk Governor Discharged From Hospital After Knife Attack

    Murmansk Governor Discharged From Hospital After Knife Attack

    Murmansk region Governor Andrei Chibis said Friday that he was discharged from the hospital after undergoing surgery for wounds he received from a knife attack last week. Chibis was hospitalized on April 4 after being stabbed in the stomach in the Arctic town of Apatity following a meeting with residents. A local man, who admitted…

  • Car Bomb Reportedly Injures Former Ukrainian Agent in Moscow

    Car Bomb Reportedly Injures Former Ukrainian Agent in Moscow

    A former Ukrainian intelligence officer who defected to Russia before the full-scale invasion of Ukraine was injured in a car bomb attack in northwestern Moscow on Friday afternoon, state media reported. Vasily Prozorov was injured after an explosive device detonated under his Toyota Land Cruiser, the state-run TASS news agency reported, citing anonymous law enforcement sources and people…

  • Belgium Probing Russian ‘Interference’ in European Parliament, PM Says

    Belgium Probing Russian ‘Interference’ in European Parliament, PM Says

    Belgian prosecutors have opened an investigation into Russian “interference” in the European Parliament following allegations that lawmakers were paid to spread Kremlin propaganda, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said Friday. “Our judicial authorities have now confirmed this interference is subject to prosecution,” De Croo said. “The cash payments did not take place in Belgium,…

  • Russia, Ukraine Swap 122 Fallen Soldiers’ Bodies

    Russia, Ukraine Swap 122 Fallen Soldiers’ Bodies

    Russia and Ukraine announced Friday that they exchanged the bodies of 122 fallen soldiers, the fourth publicly known swap between the two warring sides since the start of this year. Moscow received the remains of 23 soldiers, the RBC news website reported, citing Russian lawmaker Shamsayil Saraliyev.  Kyiv, meanwhile, repatriated 99 bodies, according to Ukraine’s Coordination Headquarters…

  • Russian Priests Fight River Flooding With Prayer From Above

    Russian Priests Fight River Flooding With Prayer From Above

    A group of Russian Orthodox priests flew over a swelling river on Friday, taking with them a religious icon as they prayed for an end to unprecedented flooding that has gripped several regions over the past week. Rising rivers in Russia’s southern Urals and western Siberia, as well as northern Kazakhstan, have inundated scores of…

  • Rosneft supports fish studies in the Yenisey Gulf of the Kara Sea

    The research looked at fish species diversity, population dynamics, habitats and factors affecting them

  • ‘Nobody Will Ever Find You’: An FSB Torture Survivor Tells His Story

    ‘Nobody Will Ever Find You’: An FSB Torture Survivor Tells His Story

    “They brought me to a dimly lit room filled with a heavy stench,” Denis, 34, said of his arrest in southern Russia by Federal Security Service (FSB) officers. “There was a big table, eerie concrete walls, floor and ceiling, and — this was imprinted in my memory — a portrait of Putin. It looked like a…

  • Russian Official Accused of Same-Sex Relationship Resigns

    Russian Official Accused of Same-Sex Relationship Resigns

    A Russian official in the Samara region has resigned after a federal lawmaker accused him of being in a relationship with a man. State Duma deputy Alexander Khinshtein singled out Sergei Burtsev, the Samara region’s Minister of Youth Policy, accusing him of being in a long-term relationship with one of his male assistants. In a…

  • Russia Sends Instructors, Air Defense System to Niger

    Russia Sends Instructors, Air Defense System to Niger

    Russian military instructors have arrived in Niger with an air defense system and other equipment as part of the West African nation’s deepening security ties with Moscow, state television announced late Thursday. Niger’s military government agreed in January to step up military cooperation with Russia after expelling French forces that were helping to fight jihadist…

  • Russia’s Orenburg Orders Mass Evacuation as City Braces for Flood Peak

    Russia’s Orenburg Orders Mass Evacuation as City Braces for Flood Peak

    The mayor of the southern Russian city of Orenburg urged residents to evacuate immediately on Friday as water in the nearby Ural River reached critically dangerous levels and was not expected to recede until next week. “The sound of sirens is heard in the city. This is not a drill. A mass evacuation is underway,” Orenburg Mayor…

  • More Homes Inundated as Russia’s Orenburg Braces for Two-Day Flood Peak

    More Homes Inundated as Russia’s Orenburg Braces for Two-Day Flood Peak

    Scores of homes and properties in the southern Russian city of Orenburg were submerged underwater on Friday as authorities warned that water levels in the nearby Ural River would remain “critical” over the weekend before gradually receding early next week. The Ural River, the third-longest in Europe, reached 11.29 meters in Orenburg, or two meters above…

  • The Kremlin’s Creeping Nationalizations Hit Chelyabinsk Businesses

    The Kremlin’s Creeping Nationalizations Hit Chelyabinsk Businesses

    The Kremlin’s wartime campaign of forced nationalization has hit the Ural Mountains region of Chelyabinsk, a major industrial center, harder than most.  Since the February 2022 invasion of Ukraine, Russian prosecutors have targeted 55 enterprises — metals, chemicals, agribusiness and even a major car dealership — for compulsory state takeover, according to figures from the…

  • Navalny’s Posthumous Memoir ‘Patriot’ to Be Published This Fall

    Navalny’s Posthumous Memoir ‘Patriot’ to Be Published This Fall

    A memoir written by the late Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny will be published posthumously this fall, his wife and allies announced Thursday. Navalny died at an Arctic penal colony on Feb. 16 while serving a 19-year sentence on “extremism” charges widely seen as politically motivated. As one of President Vladimir Putin’s most vocal political opponents, the…

  • Russia Seizes Country’s Largest Winemaker Amid Re-Nationalization Wave – RBC

    Russia Seizes Country’s Largest Winemaker Amid Re-Nationalization Wave – RBC

    Russia has nationalized the country’s largest winemaker linked to an arrested billionaire whose business assets were confiscated earlier this year, the RBC news website reported Thursday, citing the tax service’s corporate database. Kuban Vino, which produced 95.5 million bottles of wine in 2023, was reportedly one of four nationalized wine and food companies that were…

  • Pushkin House Announces Short List for 2024 Book Prize

    Pushkin House Announces Short List for 2024 Book Prize

    The Pushkin House has announced six books shortlisted for its 2024 Book Prize. The books cover a broad range of topics, time periods and places, from the mountain ranges of the Caucasus in the south to the Arctic snowfields in the north, from Stalin’s labor camps to the war Russia is waging in Ukraine today,…

  • Russia’s FSB Says Foiled Ukrainian Landing Attempt in Kherson Region

    Russia’s FSB Says Foiled Ukrainian Landing Attempt in Kherson Region

    Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said Thursday that it thwarted an attempted landing in southern Ukraine’s partially occupied Kherson region carried out by Ukrainian special forces who received training from British commandos. A video published by the Russian Defense Ministry broadcaster Zvezda showed what was said to be the Ukrainian special forces’ landing boat being…