On This Day in 1931 Mikhail Gorbachev Was Born

Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the U.S.S.R., celebrates his 89th birthday today. He is best-known for his policy of reforming the Soviet political and economic system (“perestroika”), as well as for his expansions of freedom of speech and press (“glasnost”). Abroad, he is remembered for his efforts to withdraw the Soviet Union from its…

March Art and Culture in the Russian Capitals

The two capitals, Moscow and St. Petersburg, are hosting some must-see events in March that should appeal to every taste, be it a predeliction for contemporary feminist body decoration or fin de siècle sensibilities. Here are our picks for Moscow. Golden Mask: Feb.-April Golden Mask is Russia’s largest festival devoted to theater, which plays an…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | March 2

As the new coronavirus that has killed more than 3,000 people continues to spread around the world, Russia has stepped up measures to tackle the health risk, including closing most entry points along its 4,200-kilometer border with China and temporarily banning Chinese citizens from entering the country.  Russia reported its first two cases of coronavirus…

Russian, Turkish Foreign Ministers Discuss Improving Working Relations

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Chavushoglu agreed on the need to create a “favorable atmosphere” to improve working relations between their countries, the Russian foreign ministry said on Sunday. “The ministers have declared in favour of the adoption of measures to create a favourable atmosphere that will facilitate the effectiveness of…

Fires Blaze Across Russia for Maslenitsa

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Russia Opens Fairy-Tale Theme Park

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Gazprom stepping up cost optimization measures for Group’s companies

Release February 28, 2020, 18:10 Cost reduction is ensured in planning Gazprom’s budget for 2020. Budget preparation and implementation procedures continue to be enhanced in the Group’s companies. Management of the Group’s financial resources has been consistently improved. The Gazprom Board of Directors took note of the information about the Gazprom Group’s cost optimization (reduction) efforts in 2019 and its priorities in this area for 2020. Gazprom is taking…

Board of Directors reviews ongoing implementation of digital technologies within Gazprom

Release February 28, 2020, 18:05 The Gazprom Board of Directors took note of the information about the ongoing implementation of advanced digital technologies within the Gazprom Group. It was highlighted at the Board Meeting that the use of digital technologies within Gazprom is aimed at further improving the flexibility and effectiveness of the Company’s corporate governance and contributes to achieving its strategic goals. Work continues on the integration…

Russia Reports Dramatic Rise in Rape Cases

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Putin’s Daughter Heads Elite University’s New AI Institute – Vedomosti

President Vladimir Putin’s alleged daughter will head a prestigious Moscow university’s artificial intelligence institute slated to open later in 2020, the Vedomosti business daily reported Friday. Katerina Tikhonova, 33, who is widely believed to be Putin’s younger daughter, runs the Innopraktika foundation near Moscow State University (MSU). Founded in 2012, Innopraktika is a conglomerate of…

Russia Censors Disney’s First Openly Gay Character From ‘Onward’

Russian distributors appear to have censored Disney and Pixar’s first LGBT character from their animated film “Onward,” the Kinopoisk.ru movie website reported Wednesday. “Onward,” a fantasy-adventure that hits the big screens in Russia on March 5, introduces a cyclops police officer named Specter as the studios’ first-self identified lesbian character. Officer Specter appears in one…

Activists Evoke Stalin’s Terror in Perfume

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Russia’s first LNG-powered passenger ship to be built in Tatarstan

Release February 27, 2020, 19:15 Gas-powered waterborne transport represents new segment of NGV market. Sales of gas as vehicle fuel in Tatarstan went up by 39 per cent in 2019. In 2020, Gazprom will build two new CNG stations in this region. A Gazprom delegation headed by Vyacheslav Mikhalenko, Member of the Management Committee, Head of Department, took part in the keel-laying ceremony for Chaika LNG, the first passenger ship…

Moscow Targets Chinese Nationals Amid Coronavirus Fears. And the Arctic Heats Up in Record Speed

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Chechen Dissident Blogger Survives Assassination Attempt in Europe

A popular Chechen opposition blogger has been hospitalized after an assassination attempt in Europe, the Chechen human rights group Vayfond and multiple news outlets reported Thursday. Tumso Abdurakhmanov fled Russia in 2015 and has attempted, so far unsuccessfully, to gain political asylum in Poland. His YouTube channel where he regularly criticizes Chechen officials, including the…

Russia Stages First Ship-Launched ‘Tsirkon’ Hypersonic Missile Test

Russia has conducted the first ship-launched firing of its new hypersonic missile called Tsirkon and plans further tests from nuclear submarines, two unnamed military sources told the state-run TASS news agency Thursday. President Vladimir Putin, who confirmed the Tsirkon’s development last year, has warned that Russia would be forced to place hypersonic nuclear missiles on…

Putin Agrees to Hold Nationwide Vote on Constitutional Changes on April 22 – Interfax

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China to Russia: End Discriminatory Coronavirus Measures Against Chinese

China’s Embassy in Russia has demanded authorities in Moscow end what it said are discriminatory anti-coronavirus measures against Chinese nationals, saying they are damaging relations and alarming Chinese residents of the Russian capital. The complaint, detailed in an embassy letter to the city’s authorities and published by the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper late on Tuesday, deplored what it called “ubiquitous monitoring”…