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 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

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…

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…

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

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 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…

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…

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

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…

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…

Moscow Hit By Swarm of Drones in Wartime First

Updated to add more details on the attacks, eyewitness accounts and context.  Moscow was targeted by a swarm of drones early Tuesday morning, marking the first time that unmanned aerial vehicles have struck residential areas of the Russian capital since the country’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine last year.  The attack on Moscow, located more than…

Artist Ilya Kabakov Dies at Age 89

On Saturday the artist Ilya Kabakov passed away, “surrounded by his loved ones, just shy of his 90th year,” his wife and collaborator Emilia announced online. Kabakov is considered one of the most important artists of the former Soviet Union. Born in what was called Dnipropetrovsk (then Ukrainian SSR, now Dnipro, Ukraine), he was evacuated…

Meat Pockets Filled With Mushrooms

General Mikhail Skobelev was a hero of the Russian-Turkish war (1877-78) and liberator of Bulgaria. But in addition to his military exploits, he left his mark on our cuisine. That was quite a feat considering that he was not a gourmand and, in fact, never ever guessed that he’d go down in history for his…

Rostekhnadzor has issued a license for nuclear facilities construction to Atomenergoproekt JSC

At the beginning of May, Federal Service for Environmental, Technological and Nuclear Supervision (Rostekhnadzor) issued a new license to Atomenergoproekt JSC (Engineering Division of Rosatom) granting the right to nuclear facilities construction. The license will be valid for 5 years.  The current license will expire in July. Thus, there will be no idle period due…

Russia’s Lavrov Tells China Envoy ‘Serious Obstacles’ to Ukraine Peace

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told China’s special envoy Li Hui on Friday that there were “serious obstacles” to resuming peace talks, blaming Ukraine and Western countries. “The Russian foreign minister reaffirmed Moscow’s commitment to a political-diplomatic resolution of the conflict, noting the serious obstacles to the resumption of peace talks created by the Ukrainian…

Writing Music and Paintings

Пишущая машинка: typewriter Here’s an easy word that everyone knows: писать. To write, right? Right. For the most part. There are always what one of my friends calls нюансики — from the word нюанс (nuance), нюансики are small details, almost inconsequential differences, minor distinctions that of course in the end turn out to be major.…

WSJ Reporter Appeals Extended Detention: Moscow Court

Lawyers representing Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, detained in Russia on spying charges, have appealed the latest extension of his arrest, Russian news agencies reported Friday.  Gershkovich, who continued reporting from Russia after the Kremlin launched its large-scale offensive in Ukraine, became the first Western journalist to be arrested and accused of spying since…