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  • ‘Explosive Cocktail’: The Russian Regions Recruiting Units for Ukraine War

    ‘Explosive Cocktail’: The Russian Regions Recruiting Units for Ukraine War

    Few people in Russia’s republic of Bashkortostan had heard of Alik Kamaletdinov before May, when he wrote a viral VKontakte post calling on locals to sign up for a Bashkir battalion to take part in Russia’s offensive in Ukraine.  More than 800 Bashkirs aged between 18 and 50 expressed interest in joining in just two…

  • Chowing Down the Russian Way

    Chowing Down the Russian Way

    Хавать хочу: I wanna eat When you are on a diet — сидеть на диете — it’s best not to flip through cookbooks, click on Instagram recipes, or read anything that makes you salivate like one of Pavlov’s dogs. You must not, for example, read about много пельмешек, маленьких, ладненьких, кругленьких (many little meat dumplings…

  • Ex-Navalny Activist Jailed for Mock ‘Putin Aides Execution’ Video

    Ex-Navalny Activist Jailed for Mock ‘Putin Aides Execution’ Video

    A former regional activist for jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has been imprisoned for 6.5 years for sharing a video of a mock execution of top Putin lieutenants. Opposition blogger Sergei Komandirov, 26, was detained in October 2021 on criminal charges of justifying terrorism for sharing a controversial video depicting a mock trial of “Vladimir…

  • Ukraine Reduces Russian Soldier’s Life Sentence to 15 Years

    Ukraine Reduces Russian Soldier’s Life Sentence to 15 Years

    A Ukrainian court on Friday reduced to 15 years a life sentence handed down to a Russian soldier for pre-meditated murder in the country’s first war crimes trial. Vadim Shishimarin, 21, was sentenced to life in prison in May after being found guilty of fatally shooting a 62-year-old civilian in northeastern Ukraine in the early…

  • Kremlin Expresses Solidarity With China Over Taiwan

    Kremlin Expresses Solidarity With China Over Taiwan

    The Kremlin expressed “solidarity” on Friday with China’s stance on Taiwan after Chinese President Xi Jinping warned U.S. leader Joe Biden not to “play with fire” over the self-ruled island. “Certainly we are in solidarity,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “We respect China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and believe that no country in the…

  • Graphic Footage Appears to Show Russian Fighter Castrating Ukrainian Prisoner of War

    Graphic Footage Appears to Show Russian Fighter Castrating Ukrainian Prisoner of War

    Footage that emerged on social media late Thursday appears to show a Ukrainian prisoner of war being castrated by Russian fighters, igniting shock and outrage in Ukraine. The Moscow Times is unable to independently verify the authenticity of the video. The minute-and-a-half-long video, which The Moscow Times has chosen not to republish, shows what appears…

  • Zelensky Oversees Loading of First Grain Export Ship in Ukraine

    Zelensky Oversees Loading of First Grain Export Ship in Ukraine

    President Volodymyr Zelensky has visited a port in southern Ukraine to oversee grain being loaded for export onto a Turkish ship, the presidency said on Friday, following a deal with Russia brokered by the UN and Turkey. “The first vessel, the first ship is being loaded since the beginning of the war. This is a Turkish vessel,”…

  • Russia and Ukraine Trade Blame in Deadly POW Jail Strike

    Russia and Ukraine Trade Blame in Deadly POW Jail Strike

    Russia and Ukraine accused one another over the shelling of a prison in separatist-held eastern Ukraine that killed at least 40 Ukrainian prisoners of war.   “Ukrainian security forces fired [U.S.-supplied long-range missile systems] HIMARS rockets at a pre-trial detention center near Olenivka tonight,” Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement carried by state news agencies. …

  • Russia’s Population Decline Hits Record Rate

    Russia’s Population Decline Hits Record Rate

    Russia’s population shrank by a record average of 86,000 people a month between January and May, state statistics agency Rosstat has said.   The decline surpasses the previous record contraction of 57,000 people a month in 2002, when Russia’s population shrank to 145.3 million from nearly 146 million the previous year.  Russia’s population has fallen to…

  • 8 Foreigners Dead in Moscow Hostel Fire

    8 Foreigners Dead in Moscow Hostel Fire

    Eight foreigners have been killed and four injured in a fire at a Moscow hostel, news agencies reported early Friday. The flames broke out on the first floor of the building in southwestern Moscow due to likely equipment failure or a power grid emergency, the state-run TASS news agency cited an unnamed emergency services source…

  • Moscow’s Ex-Chief Rabbi Warns of ‘Dark Clouds’ for Russian Jews

    Moscow’s Ex-Chief Rabbi Warns of ‘Dark Clouds’ for Russian Jews

    Moscow’s former chief rabbi now living in exile in Israel warned Thursday of “dark clouds on the horizon” for Russian Jews, as ties between the two countries deteriorate over the Ukraine war. Pinchas Goldschmidt, who left Russia in March over opposition to the conflict, told reporters that “the Jewish community was pressured…to openly support the war. Our…

  • Estonia Blocks Russian Student Visas

    Estonia Blocks Russian Student Visas

    Estonia said Thursday it would block Russian nationals from obtaining temporary residence permits or visas to study in Estonia. “The continuation of sanctions against Russia is essential to ensuring relentless pressure on the country,” Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said in a statement. “If the sanctions help in stopping Russian aggression, a positive effect on our own security…

  • Deadly Russian Strikes Target Military Bases in Central Ukraine

    Deadly Russian Strikes Target Military Bases in Central Ukraine

    Russian strikes on military facilities and residential buildings across war-scarred Ukraine Thursday left several dead in attacks President Volodymyr Zelensky described as “missile terrorism.” The deadliest attacks, which struck the central Kirovohrad region, came as the country was marking its first Day Of Ukraine Statehood that was announced by Zelensky earlier. Russia’s invasion has morphed…

  • Russia Fines Ex-State TV Producer for ‘Discrediting’ the Army

    Russia Fines Ex-State TV Producer for ‘Discrediting’ the Army

    A former Russian state television producer has been fined on charges of “discrediting” the Russian military, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported Thursday.   Marina Ovsyannikova, 44, became famous for protesting the war in Ukraine on a live newscast by her former employer, Channel One, in March.  Prosecutors say the journalist “discredited” the Russian Armed…

  • Russia Fines WhatsApp, Snapchat, Tinder for Data Law Violations

    Russia Fines WhatsApp, Snapchat, Tinder for Data Law Violations

    A Russian court fined U.S. tech giants WhatsApp, Snapchat and Tinder on Thursday for refusing to store the personal data of Russian users inside the country, Interfax news agency reported.  U.S. company Meta, the owner of messaging service Whatsapp, was ordered by Moscow’s Tagansky District Court to pay 18 million rubles ($298,136), according to Interfax,…

  • In Photos: Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine, 5 Months On

    In Photos: Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine, 5 Months On

    Ukrainians have been living with the reality of war for nearly half a year as Russia’s offensive shows no sign of letting up. Five months after the Kremlin first sent troops into its western neighbor on Feb. 24, Russia now occupies swathes of Ukraine’s south and east and continues to press forward in the country’s…

  • Kremlin Says Holding Prisoner Exchange Talks With U.S. 

    Kremlin Says Holding Prisoner Exchange Talks With U.S. 

    The Kremlin confirmed that Russia is in talks with the United States to exchange prisoners held by each country after the U.S. state secretary disclosed a “substantial proposal” for a possible swap.  Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday that Washington made the proposal “weeks ago” to facilitate the release of basketball star Brittney Griner…

  • Syzran Refinery Introduces Innovative Water Treatment Technology

    The Syzran Refinery (part of Rosneft’s refining complex) has begun installing equipment for the aeration system of the biological treatment unit as part of the reconstruction of the treatment facilities.

  • Samsung Smartphones Disappear From Russian Stores

    Samsung Smartphones Disappear From Russian Stores

    Samsung smartphones have disappeared from store shelves in some areas of Russia, media outlet RBC reported Thursday, as overall smartphone sales reached a decade low.  Customers in some major Russian cities are being asked to wait up to five days for deliveries, according to RBC.  Western electronics manufacturers Samsung and Apple suspended shipments to Russia…

  • Israeli Delegation Heads to Moscow as Jewish Agency Faces Closure

    Israeli Delegation Heads to Moscow as Jewish Agency Faces Closure

    An Israeli delegation will sit down with talks with Russian officials Thursday as tensions simmer over Russian threats to close a veteran Jewish immigration agency, according to Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz. The Kremlin initially did not approve the meeting on Sunday and the delegation’s trip was delayed, Haaretz reported. The Israeli-Russian negotiations will take place…

  • U.S. Teacher’s Letters Censored in Russian Prison, Family Says

    U.S. Teacher’s Letters Censored in Russian Prison, Family Says

    An American teacher jailed on drug charges in Russia is being kept from communicating with family freely, his sister told CNN on Wednesday. Marc Fogel, 61, was last month found guilty of drug acquisition, manufacture, smuggling and possession and sentenced to 14 years in a maximum-security prison. Fogel’s family says he was carrying cannabis for…

  • Resuming Talks With Russia, U.S. Offers ‘Substantial’ Deal on Prisoners

    Resuming Talks With Russia, U.S. Offers ‘Substantial’ Deal on Prisoners

    The United States has made a “substantial proposal” to Russia to free Americans including basketball star Brittney Griner, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday, as he announced he will speak to his Moscow counterpart for the first time since the Ukraine war. Blinken said he expected a telephone call “in the coming days” with…

  • Jailed Kremlin Critic Kara-Murza Facing New Criminal Charges – Lawyers

    Jailed Kremlin Critic Kara-Murza Facing New Criminal Charges – Lawyers

    Jailed Kremlin critic Vladimir Kara-Murza faces a second criminal case, Novaya Gazeta Europe reported Wednesday.   Kara-Murza, 40, has been in pre-trial detention since his April 12 return to Russia on charges of spreading “false” information about the Russian military and faces 10 years in prison.  Authorities now accuse him of cooperating with an “undesirable” foreign…

  • U.S. Basketball Star Griner Says Didn’t Intend to Smuggle Drugs Into Russia

    U.S. Basketball Star Griner Says Didn’t Intend to Smuggle Drugs Into Russia

    US basketball star Brittney Griner said at her trial Wednesday she had no intention of smuggling drugs into Russia and that she came to the country despite U.S. warnings so as not to let down her Russian team. Griner, a two-time Olympic basketball gold medalist and Women’s NBA champion who had played in Russia, was detained…

  • Russia Hands Down First Jail Sentence to Surrogate Mother

    Russia Hands Down First Jail Sentence to Surrogate Mother

    Russia has handed down its first-ever sentence against a surrogate mother on human trafficking charges, Russian media reported Wednesday. A court in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk found Kazakh citizen Tamara Yandieva, 29, guilty of human trafficking and sentenced her to three years in prison, the state-run TASS news agency reported.   Although surrogacy is legal…

  • Russia Braces as Kherson Bridge Strikes Hint at Imminent Ukrainian Offensive

    Russia Braces as Kherson Bridge Strikes Hint at Imminent Ukrainian Offensive

    A barrage of Ukrainian rocket fire on the Russian-controlled Antonovskiy Bridge in the occupied Kherson region late Tuesday appeared to signal intensifying military preparations for Ukraine’s first major counteroffensive of the war.  Video footage Wednesday showed huge craters in the strategic bridge over the Dnipro River that is part of a major highway connecting the…

  • Philippines Scraps Russian Helicopter Deal Over Potential Sanctions – AP

    Philippines Scraps Russian Helicopter Deal Over Potential Sanctions – AP

    The Philippines has scrapped a deal to buy 16 Russian military-transport helicopters over fears of U.S. sanctions, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. The $227 million deal to acquire Mi-17s from Moscow was approved in November and canceled in June, before the end of then-President Rodrigo Duterte’s term in office.  “We could face sanctions,” Former Defense…

  • Russian Prisons Say Can Replace IKEA With ‘Better, Cheaper’ Inmate-Made Furniture

    Russian Prisons Say Can Replace IKEA With ‘Better, Cheaper’ Inmate-Made Furniture

    Russia’s prisons hope to replace Western brands like IKEA with products made by inmates as the government races to carry out its import substitution program, reports said Wednesday.  State and municipal companies have signed 600 million rubles ($10 million) of contracts with penal colonies from the Middle Urals region so far this year, the local…

  • Russia Vows to Hinder Work of Western Media After RT France Ban

    Russia Vows to Hinder Work of Western Media After RT France Ban

    The Kremlin on Wednesday vowed to hinder work of Western media in Russia after a European court upheld a broadcast ban imposed on Russian news channel RT France. “Of course, we will take similar measures of pressure on Western media that operate in our country,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.  “We will also not…

  • Supplies of Russia’s Sputnik Light Covid Booster Run Dry

    Supplies of Russia’s Sputnik Light Covid Booster Run Dry

    Supplies of Russia’s Sputnik Light Covid-19 booster shot have run out in most regions as the country sees a new resurgence in the virus, the Kommersant business daily reported Wednesday. Russia on Wednesday recorded over 9,000 new coronavirus infections, an increase of nearly 3,000 compared to Tuesday. Sputnik Light consists of the first dose of…

  • Fighter Jets and Warships: Russians Get a Taste of Crimea Summer Vacation

    Fighter Jets and Warships: Russians Get a Taste of Crimea Summer Vacation

    Russian tourist Alexandra Rumyantseva is tanning on a beach in Moscow-annexed Crimea, not far away from the front lines of Ukraine’s eastern and southern territories. Sitting on a rock in a white bikini by clear Black Sea waters on the outskirts of Sevastopol, Rumyantseva looks up as a Russian fighter jet whizzes through the perfectly…

  • EU to Cut Russian Gas Use as Missiles Strike Ukraine

    EU to Cut Russian Gas Use as Missiles Strike Ukraine

    The European Union agreed to reduce gas consumption to break its dependence on Russia on Tuesday, as missile strikes on Ukraine’s Black Sea coast cast doubt on a grain export deal. The effort to help Germany wean itself off Russian gas for the winter came as Turkey announced a meeting in Russia next week between…

  • Russia Doing Better Than Expected Despite Sanctions – IMF

    Russia Doing Better Than Expected Despite Sanctions – IMF

    Despite damaging Western sanctions imposed on Moscow in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine, Russia’s economy appears to be weathering the storm better than expected as it benefits from high energy prices, the IMF said Tuesday. The sanctions were meant to sever Russia from the global financial system and choke off funds available to…

  • Russia to Exit International Space Station ‘After 2024,’ Space Chief Confirms

    Russia to Exit International Space Station ‘After 2024,’ Space Chief Confirms

    Russia will withdraw from the International Space Station (ISS) “after 2024” and build its own orbiting space outpost, the newly appointed chief of state space agency Roscosmos said Tuesday. “I think that by that time we will start putting together a Russian orbital station,” Roscosmos chief Yury Borisov said at a meeting with Russian President…

  • Darknet Marketplace Shutdown Upends Russia’s Illegal Drug Market

    Darknet Marketplace Shutdown Upends Russia’s Illegal Drug Market

    U.S. and German authorities’ decision to block Russian darknet drug marketplace Hydra following the invasion of Ukraine has made life more dangerous for some illegal drug users, according to Russian charities. Hydra, which was estimated to be worth over $1.3 billion at the time of its closure, had dominated Russia’s economic underworld, enabling the purchase…

  • Kremlin Says Move Against Jewish Agency Should Not Be ‘Politicized’

    Kremlin Says Move Against Jewish Agency Should Not Be ‘Politicized’

    The Kremlin said Tuesday that a move to close in Russia the agency that processes Jewish immigration to Israel should not be “politicized,” calling it a purely legal matter.  In a surprise move, a Moscow court said last week that the Justice Ministry had requested the “dissolution” of the Jewish Agency because of unspecified legal violations. Tens…

  • Fugitive Ex-Wirecard Exec Obtains Russian Passport – Reports

    Fugitive Ex-Wirecard Exec Obtains Russian Passport – Reports

    A former top executive of disgraced payments company Wirecard believed to be under the protection of Russia’s security services near Moscow has at least two fake Russian passports, investigative reports said Monday.  Austrian national Jan Marsalek is on Europol’s most-wanted list for alleged fraud after Wirecard — where he served as chief operating officer —…

  • Kyiv Says Russian Strikes Pummel Ukraine’s Black Sea Coast

    Kyiv Says Russian Strikes Pummel Ukraine’s Black Sea Coast

    Ukraine said on Tuesday that Russian forces had launched multiple missile strikes at targets on the Black Sea coast near the southern port city of Odesa and in Mykolaiv.  The attacks come days after Russian strikes hit the port of Odesa, calling into question a breakthrough deal to resume exports of grain from Ukraine, that…

  • Prison Torture Victim Dies From Pneumonia – Reports

    Prison Torture Victim Dies From Pneumonia – Reports

    A convict whose violent beating by prison guards was caught on video and led to a mass outcry over prison torture in Russia has died from double pneumonia, his mother told independent media Monday.  Video of Yevgeny Makarov’s torture northeast of Moscow was leaked in 2018, prompting a series of investigations across Russian correctional facilities and…

  • Ukraine Calls Europe to Action as Russia Slashes Gas

    Ukraine Calls Europe to Action as Russia Slashes Gas

    Russia’s state-owned gas company on Monday announced an unexpected, drastic cut in supply to Europe, leading Ukraine to call the West to action over the “gas war.” The gas cuts came amid guarded hope of resuming exports this week of another key commodity — Ukraine’s grain — under a breakthrough deal that was called into…

  • French Prosecutors Open Probe into Russian Oligarchs: Legal Source

    French Prosecutors Open Probe into Russian Oligarchs: Legal Source

    French prosecutors have opened an investigation into the assets owned by Russian oligarchs, a legal source said on Monday. The probe is expected to look into possible money laundering and corruption. The investigation, first reported by the Parisien newspaper, comes after anti-graft group Transparency International filed a legal complaint against oligarchs in France in May. …

  • Gazprom Says to Cut Nord Stream Gas Deliveries Drastically From Wednesday

    Gazprom Says to Cut Nord Stream Gas Deliveries Drastically From Wednesday

    Gazprom said it was cutting daily gas deliveries via the Nord Stream pipeline to 33 million cubic meters a day — about 20% of the pipeline’s capacity — from Wednesday. The company said in a statement on Monday that it was halting the operation of one of the last two operating turbines due to the…

  • Intense Flooding Hits Russia’s Black Sea Resort Sochi

    Intense Flooding Hits Russia’s Black Sea Resort Sochi

    Russia’s largest resort city Sochi experienced major flooding over the weekend as record rainfall washed out the city on the Black Sea coast. Local power supplies were cut off, apartment buildings were flooded, cars were seen being washed away and a river overflowed, leading to one civilian death and several injuries. Russian climate activist Arshak…

  • Limited Off-Road Lada Hits the Russian Market as Sanctions Limit Modern Features

    Limited Off-Road Lada Hits the Russian Market as Sanctions Limit Modern Features

    Russia’s Avtovaz automaker will revive the classic three-door Lada Niva Legend, the sanctions-hit company announced Monday. Known for its simplicity and durability since the Soviet period, the Niva Legend’s Classic 2022 configuration is hitting the market with a limited number of 1,800 vehicles and a price tag of 800,000 rubles ($13,600). “We’re glad to expand…

  • U.K. to Host 2023 Eurovision as Ukraine Bows Out

    U.K. to Host 2023 Eurovision as Ukraine Bows Out

    Britain said Monday it had reluctantly agreed to host next year’s Eurovision song contest, after organizers said there was no prospect of the event going ahead in war-torn Ukraine. The BBC will instead produce the world’s biggest live music event, taking in performers from across Europe and Central Asia as well as Israel and Australia,…

  • Kazakhstan Boosts Defense Spending Amid Ukraine Invasion – WSJ

    Kazakhstan Boosts Defense Spending Amid Ukraine Invasion – WSJ

    Kazakhstan is significantly increasing its defense spending and seeking closer ties with China and NATO countries amid fears of Moscow’s geopolitical ambitions spreading beyond Ukraine, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing a Kazakh official.  The Central Asian country will commit an extra 441 billion tenge ($918 million) to its defense budget, a nearly 1.5-fold increase…

  • Kremlin Says Odesa Strikes Should Not Hamper Grain Exports

    Kremlin Says Odesa Strikes Should Not Hamper Grain Exports

    The Kremlin said Monday that Russian strikes on Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odesa “should not affect” a UN-brokered deal between Moscow and Kyiv to unblock grain exports.  “This cannot and should not affect the start of shipment,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, two days after Moscow hit the port.  He said Russia’s strikes…

  • EU Targets Pro-Putin Biker Gang in New Russia Sanctions – FT

    EU Targets Pro-Putin Biker Gang in New Russia Sanctions – FT

    The European Union has agreed to impose sanctions on the “Night Wolves,” a notorious pro-Kremlin biker gang, as part of the bloc’s latest penalties over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Financial Times reported Friday. The Night Wolves are famous for their nationalist leanings, provocative pro-Kremlin trips to Europe and ties with President Vladimir Putin. The…

  • Siberian Opposition Deputy Flees Criminal ‘War Fakes’ Prosecution

    Siberian Opposition Deputy Flees Criminal ‘War Fakes’ Prosecution

    A Siberian regional opposition deputy has fled to Georgia shortly after Russian authorities launched a criminal investigation against her on allegations of spreading “fake” information about the Russian army. Helga Pirogova, 33, was arrested last week and charged days later over a since-deleted tweet that criticized the mother of a deceased volunteer soldier who praised…

  • Russian Chess-Playing Robot Breaks Child Prodigy’s Finger

    Russian Chess-Playing Robot Breaks Child Prodigy’s Finger

    A Russian chess robot latched onto and broke a child prodigy’s finger during a tournament in Moscow, news outlets have reported. Video shared by the Baza Telegram channel Thursday showed the robot arm squeezing the boy’s finger and adults rushing to his help. The news outlet identified the victim as 7-year-old Kristofer, one of Moscow’s…

  • Parallel Imports Cut Russian Keyboard Supplies – Kommersant

    Parallel Imports Cut Russian Keyboard Supplies – Kommersant

    Laptops and computer keyboards with Russian-language layouts are increasingly reaching Russia under a government scheme to maintain imports despite Western sanctions and an exodus of international businesses over the war in Ukraine, the Kommersant business daily reported Monday. Russia’s “parallel import” scheme allows the supply of keyboards and laptops originally intended for foreign markets without approval…

  • Russia FM Reassures Egypt on Grain Deliveries

    Russia FM Reassures Egypt on Grain Deliveries

    Russia’s top diplomat reassured Egyptian leaders Sunday that their orders for Russian grain would be met as he began a tour of African countries dependent on imports for their food supply. “We confirmed the commitment of Russian exporters of cereal products to meet their orders in full,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a news conference…

  • New Novaya Gazeta Site Blocked in Russia

    New Novaya Gazeta Site Blocked in Russia

    Russia on Sunday blocked the website of a new editorial project by independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, which was forced to suspend publication in March amid repression of critics of the offensive in Ukraine. On July 15, its staff launched a paper magazine that can be seen online via a new website called “Novaya Rasskaz-Gazeta.” This…

  • Ukraine’s Kherson to Be ‘Liberated’ From Russia By September – Official

    Ukraine’s Kherson to Be ‘Liberated’ From Russia By September – Official

    A Ukrainian official said Sunday that the country’s southern region of Kherson, which fell to Russian troops early in their February invasion, would be recaptured by Kyiv’s forces by September. “We can say that the Kherson region will definitely be liberated by September, and all the occupiers’ plans will fail,” Serhiy Khlan, an aide to…

  • Russia Says Odesa Strikes Hit Western Arms

    Russia Says Odesa Strikes Hit Western Arms

    Russia said Sunday that its missile barrage on a Ukrainian port central to a freshly-inked grain export deal had destroyed Western-supplied weapons, after the attack sparked an outcry from Ukraine’s allies. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denounced Saturday’s strike on the Odesa port — which came just one day after the warring sides struck a deal…

  • Russian Missiles Hit Ukraine’s Odesa Port, Key to Grain Deal

    Russian Missiles Hit Ukraine’s Odesa Port, Key to Grain Deal

    Russian missiles struck Ukraine’s key Black Sea port of Odesa Saturday, officials said, in an attack Kyiv described as a “spit in the face” of a deal signed by the warring neighbors a day earlier to resume grain exports blocked by the conflict. Two cruise missiles hit terminal infrastructure, regional authorities said on social media,…

  • ‘Panama Papers’ Whistleblower Says Russia ‘Wants Me Dead’

    ‘Panama Papers’ Whistleblower Says Russia ‘Wants Me Dead’

    The whistleblower behind the “Panama Papers” which revealed major tax evasion and fraud worldwide said he feared Russian retribution, in an interview published Saturday by Germany’s Der Spiegel. The magazine quoted him under his pseudonym John Doe as saying he had evidence of financial wrongdoing by top Russian officials and their allies which helped fund…

  • Medovik: Russia’s Famous and Mysterious Honey Cake

    Medovik: Russia’s Famous and Mysterious Honey Cake

    What is Russia’s most famous dessert? Most people would answer without a moment’s hesitation: medovik (honey cake). It brings us back to our childhood — it’s comforting and homey. Why do we love it so much? What is the secret to its appeal? Of course, it’s the main ingredient that gives it flavor and aroma…

  • In Photos: Ukraine Saves Wheat Fields Endangered by Russian Offensive

    In Photos: Ukraine Saves Wheat Fields Endangered by Russian Offensive

    Russia’s ongoing attack on Ukraine has left up to 25 million tons of wheat and other grain stranded in the country’s Black Sea ports. While the blockade — which the UN said risked exacerbating the threat of a global food crisis — is due to end in weeks thanks to a landmark deal signed Friday,…

  • Ukraine, Russia Sign Grain Export Deal With UN, Turkey

    Ukraine, Russia Sign Grain Export Deal With UN, Turkey

    Russia and Ukraine on Friday signed a landmark deal with the United Nations and Turkey on resuming grain shipments that could ease a global food crisis in which millions face hunger. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov each signed separate but identical agreements with UN and Turkish officials on reopening…