On This Day in 1877 Felix Yusupov Was Born

Today marks what would be the 143rd birthday of Prince Felix Yusupov. Although the aristocrat is most often remembered as the assassin of Grigory Rasputin, his hedonistic yet charitable nature made him a notable character among his royal contemporaries.  Yusupov was born in Saint Petersburg to a princess and a count. The family was wealthier…

With Temperature Checks and Face Masks, Russians Protest Putin Despite Coronavirus

Small-scale protests against Vladimir Putin’s plans to amend the Russian Constitution so he can run for president again in 2024 took place in several medium-sized Russian cities on Sunday, local media reported. Protests against the changes, which would overturn a constitutional ban on Putin running for another term, were called off in Moscow and St. Petersburg due…

Got Grechka? Make a Grain Bowl!

So, you’ve cornered the grechka market.  Well done. Now what? You picked an excellent grain to stockpile. Buckwheat packs an incredible nutritional punch: it promotes heart health and is a superb source of many key vitamins and minerals (including thiamin, niacin, and folate) as well as protein and fiber.  Buckwheat is one of those foods…

Prominent Russians Urge Government to Take Swift Action Against Coronavirus

Russian public figures, doctors and citizens have launched a petition urging the government to take urgent action against the coronavirus as the country’s number of confirmed cases continues to climb. The petition’s authors include acclaimed novelist Lyudmila Ulitskaya, economist Sergei Guriev, publisher Irina Prokhorova, musician Alexei Kortnev and journalists Leonid Parfyonov, Katerina Gordeeva and Ilya…

Russian News Outlets Ordered to Take Down ‘Fake’ Coronavirus News

Russia has ordered several news outlets to take down information about the coronavirus outbreak that it says is “fake.” Russia’s communications watchdog Roskomnadzor on Friday said that the Ekho Moskvy radio station, the Govorit Magadan news website and several other outlets had published “false information that is socially significant” about the coronavirus that “threatens to…

On This Day in 1922 Irina Antonova Was Born

Today marks the 98th birthday of art historian Irina Antonova, former director of the Pushkin Museum and the longest-serving director of any major museum to date. In her directorial stint from 1961 to 2013, Antonova was responsible for bringing the works of major artists to Soviet and Russian audiences.  A native Muscovite, Antonova graduated from…

5 Russian Ballets

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Putin’s Relative Launches Political Party

One of President Vladimir Putin’s relatives has launched a political party and said he wants to contest parliamentary elections next year, the Kommersant daily reported on Friday. Roman Putin, son of President Putin’s cousin Igor, told Kommersant in an interview that his People of Business party was a right-wing conservative project aimed at supporting small…

Update set of measures regardig COVID-19

March 20, 2020 PAO Severstal, one of the world’s leading steel and steel-related mining companies, provides the following update set of measures in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. While Severstal’s operations are functioning as usual, the continued health and safety of all our employees is our absolute priority. Severstal is strictly following recommendations issued…

Russia Prepares for a Surge in Coronavirus Cases

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Watch a Concert at Garage Museum

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art is launching a series of online events and activities today with an unusual concert. The St. Petersburg group Verevka Ensemble will give an online concert of microtonal improvisation. The 90-minute concert, which begins at 7 p.m. Moscow time, will be performed on acoustic guitars with bows. It’s part of the…

Russia Props Up Ruble, Oil Producers

Russia announced Thursday new measures to prop up the ruble and its oil producers, both of which have been suffering from sinking oil prices and the global panic over the coronavirus. “The government and the Central Bank will continue to take the necessary actions to ensure financial stability,” Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said. He announced…

Russia Confirms First Coronavirus Death

Russia has confirmed its coronavirus-related death, a 79-year-old woman with pre-existing health conditions, Moscow’s coronavirus response headquarters said Thursday. Russia has registered 147 cases of coronavirus but has reported no other deaths. The unnamed 79-year-old woman was first hospitalized last week and was later moved to an isolated room in an infectious diseases hospital after testing…

‘Putin’s Chef’ Wins $190K Catering Contract for Coronavirus Patients

Yevgeny Prigozhin, a catering magnate with close ties to President Vladimir Putin, has won a $190,000 contract to provide hospital food for Moscow’s coronavirus patients, according to information posted on the government’s online public procurement portal. The government portal says that AVK, a company owned by Prigozhin, will supply ready-made meals to the city hospital…

Take a Hermitage Tour

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Remembering Writer Eduard Limonov

On March 17, writer and political activist Eduard Limonov died in Moscow of cancer at age 77. It was reported on the site of the political party, The Other Russia, that Limonov headed. Limonov was born Eduard Veniaminovich Savenko in 1943 in Dzerzhinsk. He began to write poetry in 1958 and took part in his…

Russia Deploying Coronavirus Disinformation to Sow Panic in West – EU Document

Russian media have deployed a “significant disinformation campaign” against the West to worsen the impact of the coronavirus, generate panic and sow distrust, according to a European Union document seen by Reuters. Pushing fake news online in English, Spanish, Italian, German and French, the Russian campaign uses contradictory, confusing and malicious reports to make it harder…

Vedomosti Owner Kudryavtsev Agrees on Sale Deal

The owners of Vedomosti, one of Russia’s largest newspapers, have agreed on a deal to sell the business daily, the publication has confirmed. Demyan Kudryavtsev and his partners Vladimir Voronov and Martin Pompadour will sell 100% of the assets in BNM, their joint-stock company that owns both Vedomosti and Russia’s Harvard Business Review magazine, Kudryavtsev…