German Role in Developing Soviet Nuclear Program Revealed in Newly Declassified Documents

Russia’s state nuclear firm Rosatom has declassified the personal files of German scientists involved in the Soviet nuclear program after World War II. The Soviet Union tested its first atomic bomb ahead of schedule in 1949, an achievement largely attributed to German experts and Soviet espionage on the U.S. Manhattan Project. Stalin had awarded prestigious state…

Supplies of Banknotes from Russia to East Libya Accelerated This Year

A parallel central bank in eastern Libya stepped up deliveries of new banknotes from Russia this year, before and after eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar launched a military offensive to capture Tripoli, Russian customs data show. The data obtained by Reuters shows nearly 4.5 billion Libyan dinars ($3.22 billion) were dispatched in four shipments from February to June. Haftar launched his campaign…

Russia’s Sberbank to Buy Stake in Mail.Ru

Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank, is to purchase a $170 million stake in tech giant Mail.Ru. The deal will see Sberbank buy into a company called MF Technologies, which owns a majority of Mail.Ru’s voting rights, from Gazprombank — another state-owned Russian financial outfit. Sberbank’s 35% stake in MF Technologies would give it control of one-fifth…

Power of Siberia pipeline filled up with gas

Background Power of Siberia is the largest gas transmission system in Russia’s East. The trunkline will transport gas from the Irkutsk and Yakutia gas production centers to consumers in Russia’s Far East and China. Start-up and commissioning operations are now undergoing at the core facilities of the Chayandinskoye field, and drilling of gas production wells is progressing ahead of schedule. Production drilling is in full swing at the…

Putin’s Counter-Sanctions Cost Russians $70 Per Person Every Year

Russia’s counter-sanctions against western food imports cost its citizens $70 per person every year through higher prices. New research into the impact of Russia’s counter-sanctions and its import substitution policies found that the costs to Russian shoppers through higher prices for food, including fish, meat, cheese and vegetables far outweigh any of the program’s benefits.…

Microsoft Says Russia-Linked Hackers Target Sports Organizations

Microsoft Corp said it has tracked “significant” cyberattacks coming from a group it calls “Strontium” or “Fancy Bear,” targeting anti-doping authorities and global sporting organizations. The group, also called APT28, has been linked to the Russian government, Microsoft said in a blog post. At least 16 national and international sporting and anti-doping organizations across three continents…

Russian Soldiers Forced to Serve Motherland Through ‘Bribery, Blackmail and Extortion’ – Novaya Gazeta

Russia’s military top brass are forcing junior officers to serve in the armed services against their will, often long after they apply for dismissal, the investigative Novaya Gazeta newspaper reported Monday.  Russian law makes it “nearly impossible” to resign from the army without a compelling reason, lawyers say.   “This issue affects everyone [in the military],…

Russia’s Yandex and Mail.Ru Report Strong Growth Despite Ownership Threats

Russia’s flagship tech companies, Mail.Ru and Yandex, both reported strong third-quarter results this week amid ongoing concerns over government proposals to limit foreign ownership in Russia’s largest technology companies. With revenues and earnings up at both companies, representatives confirmed they were lobbying the government to water down the potentially damaging legislation to the two publicly…

Moscow Dismisses Russian Reports Group Hijacked Iranian Spying Operation

Moscow on Thursday dismissed media reports that Russian hackers piggy-backed on an Iranian cyber-espionage operation to attack government and industry organizations in dozens of countries as an “unsavory” interpretation of a security report. British security officials have said the Russian group, known as “Turla” and accused by Estonian and Czech authorities of operating on behalf…

Russia and Rwanda agreed to construct the first Centre of Nuclear Science and Technologies in Rwanda

24 October 1019, Sochi (Russia). Russia and Rwanda signed an agreement to construct the first Centre of Nuclear Science and Technologies in Rwanda with participation of ROSATOM.The signing ceremony took part at the Russia-Africa Economic Forum. The agreement to construct Rwanda’s first Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology (CNST) was signed by ROSATOM Director General…

PhosAgro and South Africa’s Kropz Sign Memorandum of Understanding at Russia–Africa Economic Forum

Sochi – PhosAgro Group, one of the world’s leading producers of phosphate-based fertilizers, and Kropz plc., an emerging African phosphate producer, have signed a memorandum of understanding during the Russia–Africa Economic Forum in Sochi.  The two companies agreed to evaluate opportunities to exchange information and technical expertise in order to increase the capacity of the…

Arms, Oil and Influence: What You Need to Know About Russia’s First-Ever Africa Summit

President Vladimir Putin hosted the first-ever Russia-Africa summit Wednesday and Thursday in the latest display of Moscow’s efforts to restore its geopolitical foothold on the continent after the fall of the Soviet Union. Amid a deluge of memoranda of understanding and cooperation agreements, Russia clinched a series of trade agreements with some of the 54…

Contemporary Art Moves Out of Moscow

What if I were to tell you that the most exciting contemporary art in Moscow today lies an hour-and-a-half drive through the traffic-choked motorways towards Domodedevo airport? It gets worse. Those who brave the tailbacks and hold-ups will find themselves arriving not at a gallery, museum or even studio complex, but rather at a real-estate…