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  • Ryazan Oil Refining Company Supports Environmental Expedition of Schoolchildren to the Oka Nature Reserve

    Supported by the Ryazan Oil Refining Company (part of Rosneft’s refining complex), students from the Master of Meshchera children’s public environmental organisation took part in a research expedition to the protected areas of the Oka Biosphere State Reserve.

  • RN-Nyaganneftegaz Presents Unique Artwork Exhibition

    As part of a project to promote and preserve red-listed species, the corporate museum of RN-Nyaganneftegaz (production enterprise of Rosneft Oil Company) has opened an exhibition dedicated to the flora and fauna of the Kamennoye field.

  • First Student Internship Begins at MSU’s Belomorskaya Biological Station’s Building Upgraded by Rosneft

    With the support of Rosneft Oil Company, a building for flow-through aquarium systems has been commissioned at the Moscow State University’s Pertsov Belomorskaya Biological Station.

  • In Graphs: Russia Hits 5,000 Independently Confirmed Military Deaths in Ukraine

    In Graphs: Russia Hits 5,000 Independently Confirmed Military Deaths in Ukraine

    More than 5,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in Ukraine since the start of the invasion, according to a tally of confirmed deaths updated this week by independent Russian media outlet iStories. The figure is over three times higher than the official death toll of 1,351 which was last updated by the Russian Defense Ministry in…

  • Karabakh Residents Question Russian Peacekeepers’ Effectiveness

    Karabakh Residents Question Russian Peacekeepers’ Effectiveness

    All along the road connecting Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia, there are billboards erected by the Russian peacekeeping mission there: “Where there are Russians, there is peace.” “The Russian peacekeeping contingent is guarding the peace.” But after recent escalations in tensions here, many Karabakh Armenians are doubting those promises. An outbreak of violence in early August saw two Armenian…

  • Russian Court Places TV Protester Ovsyannikova Under House Arrest

    Russian Court Places TV Protester Ovsyannikova Under House Arrest

    A Russian court on Thursday placed former state TV journalist Marina Ovsyannikova, who denounced President Vladimir Putin’s attack on Ukraine live on air, under house arrest until October. On Wednesday, investigators detained Ovsyannikova, 44, and charged her with spreading information about the Russian armed forces deemed false by the government.  The mother of two faces…

  • Russia, Ukraine Trade Blame in Fresh Strike on Nuclear Plant

    Russia, Ukraine Trade Blame in Fresh Strike on Nuclear Plant

    Russia and Ukraine accused each other on Thursday of shelling the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Russian-controlled southern Ukraine ahead of an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to address global concerns over the facility. Ukrainian forces “once again struck the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant,” Vladimir Rogov, a member of the Moscow-installed regional administration, said…

  • Latvian Parliament Declares Russia ‘State Sponsor of Terrorism’

    Latvian Parliament Declares Russia ‘State Sponsor of Terrorism’

    Latvian MPs on Thursday declared Russia a “state sponsor of terrorism” whose actions in Ukraine constitute “targeted genocide against the Ukrainian people”. The statement MPs adopted said the parliament “recognizes Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, and calls on other like-minded countries to express the same view”. Voting by 67 in favor and none…

  • NGO Helps Women Fleeing Ukraine War, Political Repression

    NGO Helps Women Fleeing Ukraine War, Political Repression

    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February plunged many liberal-minded Russians into a state of shock and apathy. But for Anna Rivina, the country’s leading expert on domestic and gender-based violence, the path forward amid wartime chaos was clear.  “When the entire world seems to be falling apart, it is difficult to decide what to do,…

  • Jailed Kremlin Critic Navalny Sues Prison Over Working Conditions

    Jailed Kremlin Critic Navalny Sues Prison Over Working Conditions

    Jailed Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny has filed a lawsuit against the penal colony where he is currently serving a nine-year prison service. Navalny said the IK-6 prison in the Vladimir region hadn’t disclosed information about the purchaser of the products that he manufactures in the colony. The regional court press service claimed the purchaser…

  • Belarus Dismisses Reported Explosions at Airfield Near Ukraine

    Belarus Dismisses Reported Explosions at Airfield Near Ukraine

    Moscow’s ally Belarus on Thursday played down reports of overnight explosions at a military airbase near the border with Ukraine that is said to be used by Russian troops. “On Aug. 10, at around 23:00 (20:00 GMT), during a test run, a piece of equipment that had its engine replaced caught fire,” the Belarusian defense…

  • Jewish Agency Readies for Possible Shutdown in Russia – Israeli Media

    Jewish Agency Readies for Possible Shutdown in Russia – Israeli Media

    The agency that processes immigration of Jews to Israel has started making preparations for its possible closure in Russia, The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday. In a move that drew swift blowback from Israel, Russia’s Justice Ministry last month requested the “dissolution” of the Jewish Agency, citing unspecified legal violations. “The Jewish Agency will operate all…

  • Russian Strikes Near Ukraine Nuclear Plant Kill 14

    Russian Strikes Near Ukraine Nuclear Plant Kill 14

    Ukraine on Wednesday accused Russia of carrying out rocket strikes that killed 14 civilians in areas near a nuclear power plant, as the G7 warned that Russian control of the facility “endangers the region.” Overnight strikes in the Dnipropetrovsk region in central Ukraine killed 13 people and injured 11, with five reported to be in…

  • ‘We Need to Get Out of Here’: Fear Grips Annexed Crimea After Airbase Attack

    ‘We Need to Get Out of Here’: Fear Grips Annexed Crimea After Airbase Attack

    An apparent Ukrainian attack on a military air base in Russia-controlled Crimea sent people running for cover from a series of powerful blasts, causing shock among locals and tourists at the height of the holiday season.  Towering plumes of black smoke were seen rising from the Saki air base in western Crimea on Tuesday afternoon,…

  • Russian Scientists, Artists Ask Putin to Halt Death Penalty in Separatist Donetsk

    Russian Scientists, Artists Ask Putin to Halt Death Penalty in Separatist Donetsk

    Russian scientists and human rights activists have called on President Vladimir Putin to extend Russia’s moratorium on the death penalty to the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR).  A DNR court in June sentenced British citizens Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner and Moroccan national Saadun Brahim — who fought alongside Kyiv’s forces — to death on…

  • Russian Police Detain, Raid House of State TV Protester Ovsyannikova

    Russian Police Detain, Raid House of State TV Protester Ovsyannikova

    Russian police have detained and raided the house of Marina Ovsyannikova, the former state television producer who protested the war in Ukraine in a live news broadcast, her lawyer said Wednesday.  Ovsyannikova, who has two young children, faces 10 years in prison on charges spreading “fakes” about the Russian army and will remain in custody until Thursday,…

  • 13 Killed in Russian Strikes Near Nuclear Plant

    13 Killed in Russian Strikes Near Nuclear Plant

    Ukraine on Wednesday accused Russia of rocket strikes that killed 13 civilians in areas near a Russian-held power plant, where renewed fighting has raised fears of a nuclear disaster. The overnight strikes in the Dnipropetrovsk region in central Ukraine also injured 11 people, with five reported to be in a serious condition. “It was a terrible night,…

  • Samotlorneftegaz Quadruples the Number of Pipelines Upgraded

    Over the first half of 2022, Samotlorneftegaz, an enterprise of Rosneft Oil Company’s production complex, commissioned 174 km of new and upgraded pipelines, four times more year-on-year.

  • Steven Seagal Visits Donbas to ‘Change Perception’ About Ukraine War

    Steven Seagal Visits Donbas to ‘Change Perception’ About Ukraine War

    Steven Seagal, a Hollywood actor turned vocal Kremlin supporter, is visiting eastern Ukraine to film a documentary aimed at “changing the perception” of the war there, the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) announced Tuesday.   “Steven said that 98% of people who are talking about the conflict in media have never been here [in…

  • One Dead, Several Injured in Explosions Near Russian Air Base in Crimea – Officials

    One Dead, Several Injured in Explosions Near Russian Air Base in Crimea – Officials

    Multiple explosions near a Russian naval air base on the western coast of annexed Crimea killed one person and injured several more Tuesday, according to eyewitness accounts and local pro-Kremlin officials. Videos filmed by eyewitnesses show a huge plume of black smoke rising from the direction of the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s Saki air base…

  • In Photos: Life in Occupied Ukraine

    In Photos: Life in Occupied Ukraine

    Since Russia invaded Ukraine at the end of February, it has seized tens of thousands of square kilometers of Ukrainian territory including major cities like Kherson, Melitopol and Mariupol. While many civilians have fled, those who remain in Russian occupied territory are trying to continue with their lives despite the ongoing conflict. The Kremlin appears…

  • France Reverses Russia Ban After Chateau Turns Away Visitors

    France Reverses Russia Ban After Chateau Turns Away Visitors

    France said Tuesday that a ban on Russian nationals entering military installations had been applied too rigidly when two Russian visitors were turned away at the Chateau de Vincennes, a medieval fortress and tourist attraction on the edge of Paris. Once the residence of French kings and among Europe’s best-preserved monuments of its kind, the…

  • The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, with the support of Rosneft, to play Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony “Leningrad” again after 80 years

    Rosneft will support the concert of the Academic Symphony Orchestra at the St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia as part of the unique history and music project “Seventh Symphony.

  • Spy’s Confession Sheds Light on Russian Espionage in Georgia

    Spy’s Confession Sheds Light on Russian Espionage in Georgia

    Last month, Vsevolod Osipov was unmasked as an informant for Russia’s security services. He had been sent to Tbilisi to monitor the many Russian dissidents who have flooded the Georgian capital recently. But he says his new notoriety hasn’t much affected his life here, and done little to scare away patrons – primarily Russians themselves…

  • Russia Blasts Zelensky’s Call to Shut Russians Out of the West

    Russia Blasts Zelensky’s Call to Shut Russians Out of the West

    Russia has slammed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s proposal to ban all Russian travelers from going to the West, saying the measure would be unfeasible and counterproductive. In a Washington Post interview published Monday, Zelensky called on Western countries to shut their borders to all Russian nationals — regardless of their stance on their country’s invasion of Ukraine…

  • Sanctions-Hit Russia Starts Stripping Aircraft for Parts – Reuters

    Sanctions-Hit Russia Starts Stripping Aircraft for Parts – Reuters

    Russia’s flagship airline Aeroflot has started stripping its passenger aircraft for parts after Western sanctions over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine it off from foreign equipment and servicing it heavily relies on, Reuters reported Tuesday, citing four unnamed aviation industry sources. Russia’s 2030 aviation industry strategy envisions the “partial dismantling” of a portion of foreign-made aircraft…

  • Rosneft Helps to Preserve Way of Life and Cultural Traditions of Indigenous Peoples

    Rosneft celebrates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

  • Russia Launches Iranian Satellite Amid Ukraine War Concerns

    Russia Launches Iranian Satellite Amid Ukraine War Concerns

    An Iranian satellite launched by Russia blasted off from Kazakhstan early Tuesday and went into orbit amid controversy that Moscow might use it to improve its surveillance of military targets in Ukraine. A live feed from Russian space agency Roscosmos showed the launch of the Soyuz-2.1b rocket carrying the Khayyam satellite from the Russia-controlled Baikonur…

  • Russia Suspends Arms Inspections Under Treaty With U.S.

    Russia Suspends Arms Inspections Under Treaty With U.S.

    Russia said Monday it was suspending U.S. on-site inspections under a strategic arms reduction treaty with Washington, pointing to Western sanctions and coronavirus infections. The Russian foreign ministry said facilities that are subject to inspections under the New START treaty will be “temporarily” exempt from such inspections. The announcement comes as ties between Russia and…

  • Kremlin Accuses Kyiv of Shelling Nuclear Plant

    Kremlin Accuses Kyiv of Shelling Nuclear Plant

    The Kremlin accused Ukrainian forces Monday of firing on Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in occupied Ukraine and warned the alleged attacks could have “catastrophic consequences.” Kyiv said Moscow was responsible and called for the area to be demilitarized, adding that two employees had been wounded in recent attacks. Fighting continued meanwhile along battle lines…

  • Russia Has Blocked 138K Websites Since Ukraine Invasion, Prosecutor Says

    Russia Has Blocked 138K Websites Since Ukraine Invasion, Prosecutor Says

    Russian authorities have blocked or deleted some 138,000 websites since Moscow launched its invasion of neighboring Ukraine in February, the country’s prosecutor general said Monday.  Following over 300 requests from prosecutors, Russia’s communications watchdog Roskomnadzor has censored thousands of websites in a bid to combat “fake news,” according to prosecutor general Igor Krasnov.  “After the…

  • Switching Sides: The Elusive ‘Russian Legion’ Fighting With Ukraine

    Switching Sides: The Elusive ‘Russian Legion’ Fighting With Ukraine

    The Kremlin’s war against Ukraine is one many Russians don’t want to fight.  And some are so vehemently opposed that they are apparently prepared to take up arms against their country and fight alongside the Ukrainian army.  The Freedom of Russia Legion claims it was formed in March, when over 100 Russian soldiers gave themselves up to…

  • Bashneft Releases 570,000 Fry into Water Bodies

    In July 2022, Bashneft (part of Rosneft) released over 570,000 fry of valuable fish species into water bodies of Bashkortostan, Tatarstan and the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District.

  • Russian Regions Form 40 Volunteer Battalions – Kommersant

    Russian Regions Form 40 Volunteer Battalions – Kommersant

    At least two dozen Russian regions have formed 40 volunteer units made up of thousands of their residents in efforts to ease Moscow’s manpower shortage in Ukraine, the Kommersant business daily reported Monday. The Kremlin’s recruitment drive aims to generate a battalion of about 400 contract soldiers in each of Russia’s 85 regions for a…

  • Ukraine Bombs Key Bridge at Russian-Held Kherson

    Ukraine Bombs Key Bridge at Russian-Held Kherson

    Ukrainian forces bombed a strategic bridge over the Dnipro river overnight in the Russian-held city of Kherson, the army announced Monday. “What a night for the occupiers in the Kherson region. Strikes in the area of the Antonovskiy bridge,” regional deputy Sergei Khlan wrote on Facebook. Southern army command spokeswoman Natalia Gumeniuk confirmed the attack.…

  • More Ukraine Grain Sets Sail as New Strike Hits Nuclear Site

    More Ukraine Grain Sets Sail as New Strike Hits Nuclear Site

    Four more ships loaded with grain set off from Ukrainian ports on Sunday, as Moscow and Kyiv blamed each other for a new strike at a Russian-occupied nuclear plant.  Amnesty International, meanwhile, said it deeply regretted the “distress and anger” caused after it alleged Ukrainian forces were flouting international law by exposing civilians to Russian…

  • Russia Hails Reelection of Ex-Deputy PM to Chess Body

    Russia Hails Reelection of Ex-Deputy PM to Chess Body

    The reelection of a Russian former deputy premier as head of the international chess federation was a “victory” for Moscow, the Kremlin said on Sunday. The reelection of Arkady Dvorkovich as FIDE president was “clearly very good news and a very significant victory,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted by the TASS news agency as…

  • Zelensky Condemns Russian ‘Terror’ After Damage to Nuclear Plant

    Zelensky Condemns Russian ‘Terror’ After Damage to Nuclear Plant

    Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday accused Russia of using the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant “for terror” after the operator of the facility reported major damage at the site. Energoatom, the operator of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in the south of the country, said Saturday that parts of the facility had been “seriously damaged” by military…

  • Which Came First: Vareniki or Pelmeni?

    Which Came First: Vareniki or Pelmeni?

    What’s the difference between vareniki and pelmeni? Both are dumplings. Is it a question of who invented them? Even that is hard to decide. It’s amazing that passions are not raging over vareniki the way they are over borscht. Almost every nation has its own kind of dumplings: Italian ravioli, Japanese gyoza, Georgian khinkali, Asian…

  • Explainer: What’s Next for U.S. Basketball Star Griner After Russia Conviction?

    Explainer: What’s Next for U.S. Basketball Star Griner After Russia Conviction?

    A Russian court sentenced U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner to nine years in prison and fined her 1 million rubles ($16,590) on drug charges on Thursday. Griner, 31, was arrested on Feb. 17 after officers at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport found cannabis vape cartridges in her luggage. The two-time Olympic champion was on her way to…

  • Warning: Do Not Say This in Russian

    Warning: Do Not Say This in Russian

    Асап: (ASAP, aka as soon as possible) Languages change. We know this. Of course, we do. We are reminded of it every time we pick up a Jane Austen novel and marvel at the quaint phrases. And certainly when we see a Shakespeare play and chuckle over every “forsooth.” And definitely when we pick up…

  • The Fall and Rise of Crimean Tatar Arts

    The Fall and Rise of Crimean Tatar Arts

    Crimean Tatar art has a long and rich history dating back to ancient times, and it is a pride and glory of the indigenous people of the Crimean peninsula.  While much of Crimean Tatar art and culture was lost following the 1944 deportation of Crimean Tatars from their homeland, traditional art has entered a hopeful…

  • Putin Tells Erdogan Hopes for Deal to Boost Economic Cooperation

    Putin Tells Erdogan Hopes for Deal to Boost Economic Cooperation

    President Vladimir Putin told Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday he was hoping to sign an agreement to boost trade and economic ties, as Russia’s isolation grows following its intervention in Ukraine. Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine and the possible launch of a new operation in Syria were expected to dominate the talks in the…

  • Pro-Moscow Figures Hail Controversial Amnesty Report on Kyiv War Tactics

    Pro-Moscow Figures Hail Controversial Amnesty Report on Kyiv War Tactics

    Russia has reacted with praise and vindication over Amnesty International’s controversial report accusing Ukraine’s military of endangering civilians during Moscow’s invasion. The U.K.-based rights body drew swift outrage from Ukrainian and Western observers with its report Thursday, which asserted that Kyiv was violating the laws of war by setting up military bases in and carrying…

  • Russia Expels 14 Bulgarian Diplomats

    Russia Expels 14 Bulgarian Diplomats

    Russia said Friday it was expelling 14 Bulgarian consular and embassy staff in response to Sofia’s “unmotivated” decision to expel Russian diplomatic personnel as tensions rage over Moscow’s offensive in Ukraine. Multiple European countries have expelled Russian diplomats after Moscow sent troops to Ukraine on Feb. 24, with Russia responding in kind. Bulgaria in June…

  • Russian Bitcoin Suspect Extradited to U.S. from France

    Russian Bitcoin Suspect Extradited to U.S. from France

    Alexander Vinnik, a Russian citizen accused of supervising a cryptocurrency exchange that allegedly helped criminals launder billions of dollars, has been extradited to the United States following a years-long extradition battle between Russia, the U.S. and France. He now faces up to 50 years in American prison. Vinnik was in December 2020 sentenced to five…

  • Russia ‘Ready’ to Discuss Prisoner Swap After Griner Jailed

    Russia ‘Ready’ to Discuss Prisoner Swap After Griner Jailed

    Russia said Friday it was ready to discuss a prisoner swap with Washington at the presidential level, a day after the drug conviction of U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner.  Despite tensions soaring between Russia and the U.S. since the launch of Moscow’s military intervention in Ukraine, the former Cold War rivals appeared to be edging closer to a…

  • Finland Preparing to Limit Russian Tourist Visas

    Finland Preparing to Limit Russian Tourist Visas

    Finland’s Foreign Minister on Thursday presented a plan for limiting tourist visas issued to Russians after increasing tourism from its eastern neighbor spurred discontent due to the war in Ukraine. As flights from Russia to the EU have been halted, Finland has become a transit country for many Russians seeking to travel further into Europe. “Many saw…

  • Russian Court Sentences U.S. Basketball Star Griner to 9 Years in Jail

    Russian Court Sentences U.S. Basketball Star Griner to 9 Years in Jail

    A Russian court on Thursday found U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner guilty of smuggling and storing drugs and sentenced her to nine years in prison. Griner will spend a “total of nine years in a Russian penal colony,” judge Anna Sotnikova told the court, adding that the 31-year-old athlete will also have to pay a…

  • Russia’s Tatar Minority Mourns Loss of Regional Presidency

    Russia’s Tatar Minority Mourns Loss of Regional Presidency

    It was just two lines on an otherwise minor bureaucratic document.  But President Vladimir Putin’s designation of the leader of Russia’s republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov last month as “head” of the region in an executive order was a symbolic moment for the erosion of regional autonomy.  It was the first time the leader of…

  • Russia Calls for ‘Restraint’ in Restive Karabakh

    Russia Calls for ‘Restraint’ in Restive Karabakh

    Moscow on Thursday called for “restraint” following a new escalation in fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region that has left three people dead.  Earlier in the day Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan voiced rare criticism of ally Moscow, questioning the work of Russian peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh. “We express our extreme concern…

  • Russia to Revive Soviet-Era Shops Selling Western Goods to Foreign Diplomats

    Russia to Revive Soviet-Era Shops Selling Western Goods to Foreign Diplomats

    Russia will revive the Soviet-era practice of duty-free shops for foreign diplomats, allowing them to buy goods no longer imported to Russia due to Western sanctions, according to a government order issued last week.  The stores could open in the capital Moscow and St. Petersburg shortly after the order takes effect on Aug. 27.  “The…

  • Norway Consul Shown the Door After ‘I Hate Russians’ Outburst

    Norway Consul Shown the Door After ‘I Hate Russians’ Outburst

    Moscow said on Thursday that a Norwegian consul can no longer stay in Russia after she was filmed declaring “I hate Russians” during an angry outburst at a hotel reception. “After what happened, Elisabeth Ellingsen’s presence in Russia is impossible,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Earlier in the day the Foreign Ministry summoned Norwegian…

  • Italian Doctors Confirm Ex-Putin Aide’s Rare Disease as Poisoning Not Ruled Out

    Italian Doctors Confirm Ex-Putin Aide’s Rare Disease as Poisoning Not Ruled Out

    Italian doctors have confirmed the rare neurological disorder that debilitated President Vladimir Putin’s former senior aide as authorities continue to await in-depth test results to rule out poisoning, according to a family friend and Italian media.  Veteran reformer and former Kremlin climate envoy Anatoly Chubais, 67, was hospitalized with what he said was Guillain-Barré syndrome…

  • Putin Recognizes Border Guards as War Veterans

    Putin Recognizes Border Guards as War Veterans

    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law Thursday recognizing border guards who repel cross-border attacks from Ukraine as war veterans.  The legislation confers war veteran status to active and retired members of the security forces who “repel an armed invasion and provocations on the border and in territories adjacent to war areas in Ukraine since…

  • Komsomolsk Refinery Implements Unique Stream Conservation Project in Komsomolsk-on-Amur

    The Komsomolsk Refinery (part of Rosneft’s oil refining complex) has completed the first stage of a project unique to the Far East for the construction of a closed reservoir of the Klyukvenny stream

  • Gazprom Says Sanctions Make Gas Turbine Delivery ‘Impossible’

    Gazprom Says Sanctions Make Gas Turbine Delivery ‘Impossible’

    Russian energy giant Gazprom said Wednesday that delivery of a turbine needed to keep gas flowing to Europe via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline was “impossible” due to sanctions on Moscow. “Sanctions regimes in Canada, in the European Union and in Britain, as well as the inconsistencies in the current situation concerning the contractual obligations…

  • Russia Accuses Azerbaijan of Breaking Karabakh Ceasefire

    Russia Accuses Azerbaijan of Breaking Karabakh Ceasefire

    Russia on Wednesday accused Azerbaijan of breaking a ceasefire over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh after three soldiers died in clashes with what Baku called “illegal Armenian armed groups.” Six weeks of fighting over the region in the autumn of 2020 claimed more than 6,500 lives and ended with a Russian-brokered ceasefire agreement. The Russian…

  • Landmark Moscow Cathedral to Host ‘U.S.S.R. Hit Parade’ Concert

    Landmark Moscow Cathedral to Host ‘U.S.S.R. Hit Parade’ Concert

    Moscow’s largest and most famous cathedral will bring guests back to the U.S.S.R. this fall when it plays host to a concert of popular Soviet songs. The “Hit Parade of the U.S.S.R.” concert at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral appeared on top ticketing services Afisha, Yandex.Afisha, Redkassa and Ticketland, the independent Meduza news website reported…

  • First Ukrainian Grain Shipment Sails Through Istanbul

    First Ukrainian Grain Shipment Sails Through Istanbul

    The first shipment of grain from Ukraine since the Kremlin’s invasion five months ago sailed through Istanbul on Wednesday under a landmark deal designed to help alleviate a global food crisis sparked by the war. The Sierra Leone-flagged Razoni’s voyage from the Black Sea port of Odessa to Lebanon is being watched closely for signs…