Kapustniak: The Hangover Soup

It’s that happy time of year when we can all go a little (or a lot) overboard on the festive beverages. A cautious return to in-person office parties seems imminent in many places, and with that in mind, I added various hangover remedies to my weekly shopping list, knowing that as November morphs into December,…

Kremlin Slams U.S. Congress Bid to ‘Not Recognize’ Putin Presidency Past 2024

The Kremlin slammed Friday a proposal by the U.S. Congress not to recognize Vladimir Putin’s presidency beyond 2024. Congressmen Steve Cohen and Joe Wilson introduced a resolution Thursday to end the recognition of Putin as Russian president “if the autocrat remains in power” after his current term. Constitutional amendments passed last year grant Putin the ability to…

Russian Police Probe Cheeky Church Photo

Russian police have launched a probe into a photograph of a woman flashing her buttocks in front of a church, the latest in a string of racy photos snapped outside religious landmarks, state media reported Thursday. Authorities have launched at least four cases in recent weeks against young people, mostly women, for posting sexually suggestive…

Russian State Media to Open ‘World’s First’ News Bureau in Space

Russia’s state-run TASS news agency will open the world’s first permanent news bureau on board the International Space Station (ISS), it reported Wednesday. Cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin will report on the orbital outpost’s daily routine and “share first-hand experience” of life on the ISS, Russia’s space chief told TASS. “A special enlightenment and educational project by Roscosmos and…

Russia Sees Second Day of Record Covid Deaths Despite Declining Cases

Russia reported a new record of 1,251 coronavirus deaths Thursday as case numbers continued declining following nationwide measures to curb the spread. Thursday’s death toll marked the second consecutive day of all-time high coronavirus fatalities, with the previous pandemic record of 1,247 deaths seen on Wednesday. That brings the country’s official Covid-19 death toll to…

Russia Fines Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Novaya Gazeta Over ‘Foreign Agent’ Tags

Russian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dmitry Muratov and his newspaper Novaya Gazeta have been fined for failing to properly label “foreign agents” mentioned in their news coverage, Russian media reported Wednesday. The fines are the latest step to enforce the country’s controversial “foreign agents” law amid what critics call an expanding crackdown on independent voices…

Belarus Reduces Poland’s Oil Supplies for Unscheduled Maintenance

Belarus’ oil pipeline operator has temporarily restricted oil flows to Poland for unscheduled maintenance, Warsaw said Wednesday amid an unfolding migrant crisis on the Belarus-Poland border. Poland’s pipeline operator PERN Group said Russia’s Transneft pipeline monopoly had informed it that “oil pumping to Poland and Germany will be slightly reduced.” “The monthly volume of raw material will…

Russian Music Channel Fined for ‘Gay Propaganda’ at Awards Show

A Moscow court has fined a music video channel for “gay propaganda” after its awards show featured gender-flipping stars and what viewers said resembled a same-sex wedding, Russia’s independent Dozhd TV broadcaster reported Wednesday. Russia’s media watchdog launched a probe over the June 2021 Muz-TV music awards where TikTokers and beauty bloggers walked the red carpet…

TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom’s subsidiary starts regular supplies of low-enriched uranium to Kazakhstan for fuel fabrication

The Uranium Enrichment Center (UEC; a joint venture of ROSATOM’s TVEL Fuel company and Kazatomprom) has carried out the first supply of enriched uranium product to Kazakhstan for the Ulba Fuel Assembly Plant, a joint Kazakh-Chinese enterprise in Ust-Kamenogorsk, established for fabrication of nuclear fuel for NPPs in China. Commercial supplies of low-enriched uranium, produced…

Strategic cooperation between Gazprom and ENGIE underpinned by long-term contracts

November 16, 2021, 15:55 A working meeting of Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, with Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, Chairman of the Board of Directors of ENGIE, and Catherine MacGregor, Chief Executive Officer of ENGIE, took place today via a conference call. It was noted that Russia has been a reliable supplier of gas to France for as many as 45 years, with exports over this period surpassing 427 billion cubic…

Russia Confirms Space Weapon Test, Dismisses ‘Hypocritical’ U.S. Concerns

The Russian military confirmed Tuesday that it tested a space weapon and brushed off U.S. concerns of endangering astronauts at the International Space Station as “hypocritical.” Russia’s Defense Ministry said it “successfully conducted a test on Nov. 15, hitting the non-operating Russian spacecraft ‘Tselina-D,’ which had been in orbit since 1982,” the state-run TASS news agency reported. …

Germany Suspends Nord Stream 2 Certification

Germany’s energy regulator on Tuesday suspended the certification process for Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the latest setback for the controversial project. The pipeline, which was completed earlier this year after months of delays and setbacks amid U.S. sanctions designed to thwart it, needs approval from German authorities before it can be put…

Russia Calls for Joint Space Safety Efforts After Space Missile Test Threatens ISS

Russia’s space agency on Tuesday called for the world’s space powers to work together after the United States denounced Russia’s “dangerous and irresponsible” missile strike that blew up one of its own satellites and created a debris cloud. The International Space Station’s crew was forced to take shelter in their return ships from an unidentified satellite’s…

What Did Russia Achieve at COP26?

Now that the United Nations’ COP26 climate summit has ended, opinions are split over whether world leaders made the commitments needed to keep global warming from passing a catastrophic threshold. Here’s a look at things Russia did — and did not do — at the landmark summit in Glasgow: Deforestation pledge Russia, which is home…

EU Readying New Sanctions for Kremlin-Linked Wagner Mercenary Group

The European Union is readying new sanctions for Wagner, the Russian mercenary group with alleged links to the Kremlin, France’s foreign minister said Monday. “There’s a common desire to draft a legal framework for sanctions against Wagner,” Russia’s Interfax news agency quoted Jean-Yves Le Drian as telling reporters in Brussels. Wagner has been reported to be involved…

Putin Tells Macron U.S. Leading ‘Provocative’ Exercises in Black Sea

Russian President Vladimir Putin told French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Monday that “provocative” U.S.-led exercises in the Black Sea were “increasing tensions” between Moscow and NATO, the Kremlin said.  Both leaders expressed “dissatisfaction” with what Moscow called a “worsening” situation in eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin statement said.  Putin “drew attention to the provocative nature of…

Gazprom’s gas supplies to Germany and Italy already exceeding last year’s totals

November 15, 2021, 15:05 According to preliminary data, Gazprom produced 445 billion cubic meters of gas in the period from January 1 through November 15 of 2021. This is 15.2 per cent (or 58.8 billion cubic meters) more than in the same period of last year. The Company ramped up its domestic supplies from the gas transmission system by 16.5 per cent (or by 29.6 billion cubic meters) over said…

M4: Moscow’s New Museum Cluster

This fall four of Moscow’s leading museums — the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, the State Tretyakov Gallery, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and the soon-to-open GES-2 House of Culture — have joined together to form a new kind of association called M4. M4 is, in the words of Pushkin Museum director Marina Loshak,…

Poland Charges Russians, Ukrainian with Human Trafficking Amid Migrant Crisis

Poland has charged two Russian nationals and one Ukrainian citizen on accusations of ferrying undocumented migrants from the Middle East to Germany, prosecutors said Monday. The announcement comes amid a tense standoff over thousands of migrants from war-torn countries who are stranded on Belarus’ border with EU member Poland.  According to the Russian state-run TASS news…