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  • Putin Expresses ‘Condolences’ Over Prigozhin Plane Crash

    Putin Expresses ‘Condolences’ Over Prigozhin Plane Crash

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday expressed his “condolences” over a plane crash that killed Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin, describing him as a man who made mistakes but “achieved results.” An investigation is currently underway into what caused Wednesday’s crash, which came exactly two months after Wagner’s short-lived rebellion against Moscow’s military leadership. “First of…

  • Norway Upgrades Border Fence With Russia to Stop Reindeer Crossings

    Norway Upgrades Border Fence With Russia to Stop Reindeer Crossings

    Norwegian authorities said Thursday they will upgrade a fence near Norway’s border with Russia in the far north to stop its reindeer from making crossings over the international boundary. A fence spanning some 150 kilometers along the Russia-Norway border is already in place, constructed to prevent cross-border movement by the animals.  However, some sections have…

  • Prigozhin Plane Crash: What Do We Know?

    Prigozhin Plane Crash: What Do We Know?

    Updated with Putin’s remarks. A plane carrying Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin crashed northwest of Moscow on Wednesday, exactly two months after he and his mercenary outfit launched a failed coup against Russia’s military leadership. Here’s everything we know about the crash, reactions from world leaders and analysis of what it could mean for Russia:…

  • Russian TV Airs Empty Stage as Election Candidates Skip Debate

    Russian TV Airs Empty Stage as Election Candidates Skip Debate

    Russian television aired what is perhaps one of the world’s shortest political debates after none of the candidates for next month’s regional elections showed up for the event. The state broadcaster Rossia’s regional affiliate in the Siberian region of Kemerovo went ahead with the debate program on Wednesday evening despite the no-shows. “Hello, we’re broadcasting joint…

  • Russian Political Activist Katz Jailed 8 Years in Absentia for Spreading ‘War Fakes’

    Russian Political Activist Katz Jailed 8 Years in Absentia for Spreading ‘War Fakes’

    Exiled Russian political activist Maxim Katz has been sentenced to eight years in prison in absentia for spreading “fake news” about the Russian military’s actions in Ukraine, the independent news website Mediazona reported Thursday. Katz, 38, is well-known for his YouTube channel, where he discusses and criticizes Russia’s military actions in Ukraine to his more…

  • Orenburgneft recognised as the best organisation to work with young personnel in the Orenburg region

    Orenburgneft, part of the Rosneft oil production complex, won the 12th regional competition “Best Young Personnel Management Organisation”.

  • Prigozhin Supporters Mourn Wagner Boss After Apparent Death

    Prigozhin Supporters Mourn Wagner Boss After Apparent Death

    Supporters of Wagner Group leader Yevegny Prigozhin, who is believed to have been killed in a dramatic plane crash, have started laying flowers outside the former headquarters of the mercenary outfit in St. Petersburg.  Russian officials said Prigozhin and several of his close aides were on board the Embraer executive jet that crashed in northwestern…

  • Russian Court Extends American Journalist’s Pre-Trial Detention

    Russian Court Extends American Journalist’s Pre-Trial Detention

    A Moscow court has extended the pre-trial detention of jailed Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich by three months, the state-run Interfax news agency reported Thursday. The Lefortovo District Court granted the Federal Security Service’s (FSB) request to extend Gershkovich’s pre-trial detention until Nov. 30 in a closed-door hearing, Interfax wrote. Gershkovich, a United States…

  • Plane Carrying Yevgeny Prigozhin Crashes in Russia

    Plane Carrying Yevgeny Prigozhin Crashes in Russia

    A plane carrying Wagner mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin has crashed northwest of Moscow, Russia’s emergencies ministry said Wednesday. The apparent death of the Kremlin-linked businessman, whose mercenary forces had taken on a leading role in the war on Ukraine, comes nearly two months after his aborted revolt against Russia’s military leadership. Authorities initially said that…

  • Putin Congratulates India on Moon Landing After Own Probe Crashed

    Putin Congratulates India on Moon Landing After Own Probe Crashed

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday hailed an “impressive” achievement from India, which was the first nation to land a spacecraft on the Moon’s south pole, days after Moscow’s own mission crashed. Putin sent his “heartfelt congratulations” to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi according to the Kremlin’s website. “This is a big step forward in…

  • Flurry of Drone Attacks on Moscow Disrupts Russians’ Summer Travel

    Flurry of Drone Attacks on Moscow Disrupts Russians’ Summer Travel

    Russians have faced increasing disruptions to their summer travel plans as near-daily drone attacks on Moscow have prompted airports in the surrounding area to introduce temporary closures and flight restrictions.  The closures prompted by the drone incidents, which authorities blame on Kyiv, are the latest impact of Moscow’s 18-month war on Ukraine on ordinary Russians.…

  • Ukraine Says Destroyed Russian Missile Defense System in Crimea

    Ukraine Says Destroyed Russian Missile Defense System in Crimea

    Ukrainian forces have destroyed a Russian S-400 missile defense system in annexed Crimea, Kyiv said Wednesday. “The explosion completely destroyed the system, its missiles and personnel,” Ukraine’s GUR military intelligence agency said in a statement, which was accompanied by a video of the blast.  Without identifying the weapon that destroyed Russia’s S-400, the intelligence agency…

  • Bashneft builds a new building for the Orlyonok children’s health camp

    Bashneft supported the construction of a building of the Orlyonok children’s health camp in the Ilishevsky district of Bashkortostan.

  • 3 Killed in Ukrainian Drone Strike on Russian Border Region – Governor

    3 Killed in Ukrainian Drone Strike on Russian Border Region – Governor

    A Ukrainian drone strike has killed three people in the Russian border region of Belgorod, its governor said Wednesday. “Three civilians have been killed,” Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said in a social media post. “The Ukrainian forces launched an explosive device through a drone when people were on the street.” He later identified two of the…

  • Russian Journalist Charged With ‘Discrediting’ Army After Receiving Patriotism Medal

    Russian Journalist Charged With ‘Discrediting’ Army After Receiving Patriotism Medal

    The pro-war chief editor of a news publication in southern Russia has been charged with “discrediting” the country’s Armed Forces just a day after receiving an award for “patriotism,” local media reported Tuesday. Rostov-on-Don’s 1RND news website said its editor-in-chief Yelena Dorovskikh is accused of publishing news last fall about anti-mobilization leaflets that contained instructions…

  • Russian Airlines Import $1.2Bln Worth of Western Parts Despite Sanctions – Reuters

    Russian Airlines Import $1.2Bln Worth of Western Parts Despite Sanctions – Reuters

    Russian airlines have continued to import spare parts for Western aircraft despite sanctions designed to cut off the flow of key equipment, Reuters reported Wednesday, citing customs data. Ural Airlines, Norwdind Airlines, S7, Aeroflot and others have imported $1.2 billion worth of spare parts from third parties between May 2022 and June 2023, according to…

  • Russian Deputy Expelled From Ruling Party Over Putin ‘Dirty Schmuck’ Barb

    Russian Deputy Expelled From Ruling Party Over Putin ‘Dirty Schmuck’ Barb

    Russia’s ruling United Russia party announced it will expel one of its members running for local office over insulting remarks she made about President Vladimir Putin. Yulia Trukhmanova, a member of the Marx city council in the southern Saratov region, was recorded on audio ridiculing Putin as a “nobody” and “dirty schmuck” before he came to…

  • Putin Sacks Aerospace Forces General – State Media

    Putin Sacks Aerospace Forces General – State Media

    President Vladimir Putin has dismissed General Sergei Surovikin as head of Russia’s Aerospace Forces, two months after a failed mutiny by the head of the Wagner mercenary outfit, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported Wednesday, citing an anonymous source. Surovikin was last seen on video urging Wagner fighters to stand down during their march toward Moscow…

  • Drone Crashes Into Building in Central Moscow

    Drone Crashes Into Building in Central Moscow

    A Ukrainian drone attack on Moscow damaged a building in a central business district, Russian authorities said on Wednesday, in the sixth consecutive night of aerial attacks on Russia’s capital and its surrounding areas. The latest strike on Moscow just comes hours after Ukrainian authorities said Russian artillery hit two villages near the eastern Ukraine…

  • Russian Army Officials Visit Libya After Haftar Invite

    Russian Army Officials Visit Libya After Haftar Invite

    Russian military officials including Moscow’s deputy defense minister arrived in Libya on Tuesday after receiving an invite from pro-Moscow military strongman Khalifa Haftar. Haftar, who backs the country’s eastern administration, is close to Russia’s private Wagner mercenary group, whose troops guard military and oil infrastructure in the country. “This is the first official visit of…

  • Leaked Audio Reveals Governor’s Predetermined Election Victory – Novaya Gazeta Europe

    Leaked Audio Reveals Governor’s Predetermined Election Victory – Novaya Gazeta Europe

    The governor of the Moscow region is expected to secure an overwhelming majority during his re-election bid in next month’s gubernatorial elections by manipulating voter turnout, the independent news website Novaya Gazeta Europe reported Tuesday, citing leaked audio. Moscow region Governor Andrei Vorobyov, a member of the ruling United Russia party, is among over a…

  • Russian Forces Repel Ukrainian Attack on Border Region – Governor

    Russian Forces Repel Ukrainian Attack on Border Region – Governor

    Russian forces repelled an attempt by Ukrainian “saboteurs” to break into the western border region of Bryansk, the region’s local governor said Tuesday. “Today, Ukrainian saboteurs attempted to break through the [Russian] state border in the Klimovsky district,” Bryansk region Governor Alexander Bogomaz said on the Telegram messaging app. He said the attack was repelled by multiple…

  • Russia Says It Destroyed Second Ukrainian Boat in Black Sea in Hours

    Russia Says It Destroyed Second Ukrainian Boat in Black Sea in Hours

    Russia said on Tuesday its forces destroyed a Ukrainian military boat in the Black Sea, the second vessel it claims to have attacked in the space of a few hours. “On Aug. 22 at about 11:00 Moscow time (08:00 GMT) east of Snake Island, a U.S.-made Willard Sea Force speedboat with a Ukrainian landing group was…

  • Russia Says It Destroys Second Ukrainian Boat in Black Sea in Hours

    Russia Says It Destroys Second Ukrainian Boat in Black Sea in Hours

    Russia said on Tuesday its forces destroyed a Ukrainian military boat in the Black Sea, the second vessel it claims to have attacked in the space of a few hours. “On Aug. 22 at about 11:00 Moscow time (08:00 GMT) east of Snake Island, a U.S.-made Willard Sea Force speedboat with a Ukrainian landing group was…

  • Russian Pop-Rock Star Visits Soldiers in Occupied Ukraine, Deletes Past Anti-War Posts

    Russian Pop-Rock Star Visits Soldiers in Occupied Ukraine, Deletes Past Anti-War Posts

    The frontman of a popular Russian rock band that had previously condemned the war in Ukraine has made a surprise visit to occupied eastern Ukraine to meet with Russian troops, as shown in a video published Monday by pro-war military bloggers. Roman Bilyk, whose stage name is Roma Zver, is the lead singer of the…

  • Russia’s Lavrov Arrives in South Africa for BRICS Summit

    Russia’s Lavrov Arrives in South Africa for BRICS Summit

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday arrived in South Africa, where he will head Russia’s delegation at the annual BRICS summit this week. Lavrov was greeted by a group of dancers and musicians upon disembarking his plane in Johannesburg on Tuesday morning and was seen briefly dancing along with the performers. The Kremlin confirmed last…

  • Prigozhin Reappears With Africa Recruitment Video

    Prigozhin Reappears With Africa Recruitment Video

    Wagner mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin has appeared on video recruiting new fighters for deployment in Africa, just two months after launching a failed mutiny in Russia. “PMC Wagner… makes Russia even greater on all continents, and Africa more free,” Prigozhin said in the video published late Monday by the Wagner-affiliated Telegram channel Razgruzka Vagnera. “We’re…

  • Russia Downs 2 Drones Near Moscow

    Russia Downs 2 Drones Near Moscow

    Russian air defense systems downed two attack drones near Moscow, the city’s mayor said on Tuesday. “Air defense shot down two attack drones. One in the Krasnogorsk area, the other in the Chastsy area,” Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on the Telegram messaging app, adding that emergency services were responding to the scene. He did not…

  • Russian Fighter Jet Destroys Ukrainian Boat in Black Sea, Says Moscow

    Russian Fighter Jet Destroys Ukrainian Boat in Black Sea, Says Moscow

    Moscow said Tuesday it had destroyed a Ukrainian military “reconnaissance boat” near Russian gas infrastructure in the Black Sea. A Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jet destroyed a “reconnaissance boat” belonging to Ukraine’s armed forces “in the area of Russian gas production facilities in the Black Sea,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.  It did…

  • Russian-Installed Court Hands Heavy Jail Terms to 5 Ukrainian Soldiers

    Russian-Installed Court Hands Heavy Jail Terms to 5 Ukrainian Soldiers

    Russian-installed courts in Ukraine’s eastern regions sentenced five Ukrainian soldiers to lengthy prison terms, Russia’s Investigative Committee said Monday. “The court sentenced (Andrey) Klementovich, (Artur) Sivitsky and (Ivan) Melnikovich to 20 years’ imprisonment each, to be served in a strict-regime penal colony,” the Investigative Committee said in a statement. It published footage of three men…

  • Russia’s Space Agency Head Vows to Continue Moon Race

    Russia’s Space Agency Head Vows to Continue Moon Race

    The chief of the Russian space agency Roscosmos on Monday advocated for Russia to stay in the lunar race, a day after announcing its mission had crashed. “In no case should the lunar program be interrupted, that would be the worst decision,” Yuri Borisov said in an interview on television. The Luna-25 mission was meant…

  • 8 Dead After ‘Tour’ of Moscow Sewer Hit by Rain

    8 Dead After ‘Tour’ of Moscow Sewer Hit by Rain

    Updated with revised death toll, end of search operations. Search operations have been called off after all eight members of a guided tour of Moscow’s sewer system were found dead following heavy rain over the weekend, emergency services told state media on Tuesday. According to the TASS news agency, water levels in the sewer rose quickly…

  • Raiffeisen’s Russian Division Imposes 50% Commission on Incoming Dollar Transfers 

    Raiffeisen’s Russian Division Imposes 50% Commission on Incoming Dollar Transfers 

    The Russian division of Austria’s Raiffeisen Bank will start charging 50% commission on all incoming U.S. dollar transfers, the bank announced Monday in a statement, citing unspecified “market conditions.” “The bank is forced to limit the number of incoming transfers in U.S. dollars due to changing market conditions. We encourage customers to use other payment…

  • Domino’s Pizza Files for Bankruptcy in Russia

    Domino’s Pizza Files for Bankruptcy in Russia

    The franchise operator of Domino’s Pizza in Russia said Monday that its Russian business will file for bankruptcy after reportedly failing to sell off its assets.  “A bankruptcy petition of DPRussia will be filed in accordance with the relevant statutory requirements in due course,” DP Eurasia said in a statement. The process “will bring about…

  • Russia Files Lawsuit Against Country’s Wealthiest Businessman

    Russia Files Lawsuit Against Country’s Wealthiest Businessman

    The Russian government is suing the country’s wealthiest businessman for alleged “corrupt collusion” in a deal to buy a Siberian power plant operator from an ex-minister, according to media reports. The Prosecutor General’s Office seeks to seize the operator, Sibeco, that industrialist Andrei Melnichenko had purchased from ex-minister Mikhail Abyzov in 2018, Forbes Russia reported…

  • Navalny Urges Russians to Vote Out Kremlin Candidates

    Navalny Urges Russians to Vote Out Kremlin Candidates

    Navalny, who recently had his jail term extended, warned he expected high levels of fraud in the upcoming elections and that the Moscow mayoral elections had “no meaning” at all. “Strategically, we see Smart Voting and its participants as the opposition’s greatest asset and best opportunity,” he said. Smart Voting was a strategy devised by…

  • Transgender Ex-FSB Officer Fined for Trying to Flee Russia – Mediazona

    Transgender Ex-FSB Officer Fined for Trying to Flee Russia – Mediazona

    A transgender former Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) agent has been fined for attempting to flee the country, the independent news website Mediazona reported Monday, citing her lawyer. Katerina Meyers was pressured to leave a 12-year career as an FSB counterintelligence officer after she started her gender transition in 2020. Authorities launched a criminal case against…

  • Russian Region Partially Sealed Off Over Anthrax Outbreak

    Russian Region Partially Sealed Off Over Anthrax Outbreak

    Authorities in southwestern Russia on Sunday sealed off an area of roughly 1,400 square kilometers for at least three months over an anthrax outbreak.  Voronezh region Governor Alexander Gusev declared a local state of emergency, banning unauthorized persons from entering the region’s Paninsky district until Nov. 16. Gusev also banned the movement and slaughter of…

  • Russia Says Thwarted Ukrainian Drone Attack Near Moscow

    Russia Says Thwarted Ukrainian Drone Attack Near Moscow

    Updates with injuries, Simonyan comment.  Russia said Monday it had thwarted two Ukrainian drone attacks in the Moscow region, with at least two people injured due to falling debris.  “An attempt by Kyiv to carry out an attack with an aircraft-type unmanned aerial vehicle was foiled” around 6:50 am local time, the Russian Defense Ministry said…

  • Navalny Allies Stage Global Anti-Putin Protests on Poisoning Anniversary

    Navalny Allies Stage Global Anti-Putin Protests on Poisoning Anniversary

    Hundreds of people around the world took part in protests Sunday against Russian President Vladimir Putin and his violent actions in Russia and abroad. The protests, titled “Putin Is a Killer,” were organized by jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s associates on the three-year anniversary of his near-fatal poisoning that he blames on Putin, and took…

  • Russia Showcases New Weaponry, Captured Western Arms at Flagship Military Forum

    Russia Showcases New Weaponry, Captured Western Arms at Flagship Military Forum

    KUBINKA, Moscow region — Two children could be seen playing inside a military personnel carrier emblazoned with the letter Z — a symbol of the invasion of Ukraine — and the words “NATO won’t pass.” The vehicle was one of thousands of pieces of hardware on display at the Army-2023 international military-technical forum, Russia’s largest…

  • Zelensky Hails ‘Historic’ Decision to Hand F-16 Fighter Jets to Ukraine

    Zelensky Hails ‘Historic’ Decision to Hand F-16 Fighter Jets to Ukraine

    Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed Sunday a “historic” decision by the Netherlands and Denmark to provide American F-16 fighter jets, the latest move by Western allies to bolster his country’s efforts to fend off Russia’s invasion. Zelensky had sought the advanced jets for months to strengthen Ukraine’s Soviet-era air force as it pursues a grinding…

  • Russia’s Luna-25 Probe Crashes on the Moon – Roscosmos

    Russia’s Luna-25 Probe Crashes on the Moon – Roscosmos

    The Luna-25 probe, Russia’s first Moon mission in almost 50 years, has crashed on the Moon after an incident during pre-landing maneuvers, Russian space agency Roscosmos said on Sunday. Communication with Luna-25 was lost at 2:57 p.m. (11:57 GMT) on Saturday, Roscosmos said. According to preliminary findings, the lander “has ceased to exist following a…

  • Russia ‘Thwarts’ Ukraine Drone Attack on Moscow Region

    Russia ‘Thwarts’ Ukraine Drone Attack on Moscow Region

    Russia said it had thwarted Ukrainian drone attacks on Moscow and its region on Sunday, the second such incident in two days as Kyiv presses ahead with a counteroffensive. Both sides have reported regular drone incursions during the conflict, with strikes on Russian territory becoming increasingly regular. “At around 4:00 a.m. (01:00 GMT), an attempt…

  • Drone Attacks Military Airfield in Northwestern Russia

    Drone Attacks Military Airfield in Northwestern Russia

    Russia on Saturday said it had thwarted a Ukrainian drone attack on a military airfield in the northwestern Novgorod region, the first time the region has been targeted since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. “Today, at around 10:00 am Moscow time, the Kyiv regime carried out a terrorist attack using a copter-type drone on a military…

  • Putin Meets With Top General at Southern Military HQ

    Putin Meets With Top General at Southern Military HQ

    Russian President Vladimir Putin held a meeting with the top military commanders at an army headquarters in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don, the Kremlin said early Saturday. Moscow gave no details on when the meeting took place but footage released by state media indicated it was at night. “Vladimir Putin held a meeting at the…

  • Murders, Drugs and Brawls: Russia’s Pardoned Ex-Convicts Return Home After Fighting in Ukraine

    Murders, Drugs and Brawls: Russia’s Pardoned Ex-Convicts Return Home After Fighting in Ukraine

    Igor Sofonov, who was recruited to fight in Ukraine from a Russian penal colony where he was serving a sentence on drug charges, returned to civilian life this spring after he was pardoned as part of a deal with the Russian military. Sofonov’s acquaintances told The Moscow Times that his military service had “changed him…

  • Russia ‘Does Not Need’ Western Democracy, Elections Chief Says

    Russia ‘Does Not Need’ Western Democracy, Elections Chief Says

    Russia’s elections chief said Friday that Russia has no use for Western-style democracy, just weeks before regional elections are set to take place across the country. Central Election Commission head Ella Pamfilova — who is known for overseeing the widespread implementation of controversial online voting, the “resetting” of presidential term limits, and sham referendums in occupied…

  • Moscow Сourt Orders Sakharov Center’s Dissolution

    Moscow Сourt Orders Sakharov Center’s Dissolution

    A Russian court has ordered the closure of the Sakharov Center, one of the country’s oldest human rights groups, Interfax reported Friday. The center, which was founded to honor the memory of Soviet dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner Andrei Sakharov, had been an iconic place for exhibitions and discussions about human rights since its…

  • Russian Orthodox Church Probes Priest Who Blessed Stalin Statue

    Russian Orthodox Church Probes Priest Who Blessed Stalin Statue

    Russia’s Orthodox Church announced late Thursday it had launched an internal investigation into a priest who blessed a recently erected monument to Soviet leader Josef Stalin. Father Anatolyi was filmed dousing holy water on the eight-meter Stalin statue earlier this week during an unveiling ceremony in Velikiye Luki, located in northwestern Russia’s Pskov region. While he admitted that…

  • Rosneft Volunteers Clean Volga Banks in an Environmental Campaign

    Employees of the Saratov Oil Refinery (an enterprise of Rosneft Oil Company’s refining complex) cleaned the Volga flows and banks from garbage as part of an environmental campaign.

  • Exiled Kadyrov Critic Charged With ‘Calls for Terrorism’ – Report

    Exiled Kadyrov Critic Charged With ‘Calls for Terrorism’ – Report

    Russian authorities have charged prominent Chechen human rights lawyer and activist Abubakar Yangulbaev with “calls for terrorism,”  the Ostorozhno Novosti news outlet reported Friday. Chechen law enforcement officials opened the charges in response to a post made by Yangulbaev on the Telegram messaging app last year, according to unnamed sources cited by the outlet.  The post,…

  • Chechen Officials Praise Kadyrov’s Son for Beating Teenager Accused of Burning Koran

    Chechen Officials Praise Kadyrov’s Son for Beating Teenager Accused of Burning Koran

    Senior Chechen officials applauded the son of Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov for allegedly beating up a teenager who was detained earlier this year on charges of burning the Koran. Nikita Zhuravel, 19, was detained in May on suspicion of publicly burning a Koran in the southwestern region of Volgograd. The criminal case against him was…

  • Moscow Arrests Dual U.S.-Russian National for Spying

    Moscow Arrests Dual U.S.-Russian National for Spying

    A Moscow court has placed a dual U.S.-Russian citizen, who is serving a prison sentence for bribery, in pre-trial detention on charges of espionage, according to court data published Thursday. Russian-born American Gene Spector faces 20 years in prison if convicted. Few details outside the court ruling have been made public, as espionage cases are held…

  • Ukrainian Drone Crashes in Moscow, Says Russia

    Ukrainian Drone Crashes in Moscow, Says Russia

    Russian forces have destroyed a Ukrainian drone targeting Moscow, officials said, the latest in a series of attacks on the capital. Russia’s Defense Ministry said its air force downed a Ukrainian drone over the Russian capital at around 04:00 am on Friday. “The unmanned drone, after being exposed to air defense weapons, changed its flight…

  • Mass Survellience in Russia Expands Rapidly Since Ukraine Invasion – MT Russian

    Mass Survellience in Russia Expands Rapidly Since Ukraine Invasion – MT Russian

    Russia has steadily expanded its sprawling facial recognition surveillance system since invading Ukraine last year, The Moscow Times’ Russian service reported Thursday, citing thousands of state procurement documents. While formally designed to fight crime, Russia’s facial recognition system has been more effective in identifying anti-war activists and draft dodgers, surveillance experts told the outlet, adding…

  • Russia-Installed Court Jails 3 Ukrainian Soldiers

    Russia-Installed Court Jails 3 Ukrainian Soldiers

    A Russia-installed court in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region has jailed three Ukrainian soldiers, Russia’s Investigative Committee said Thursday, accusing them of a range of crimes including murder. The verdicts came a day after the same court sentenced three other Ukrainian soldiers, all of whom were charged with inflicting “cruel treatment on the civilian population.” The…

  • Moscow Opens Rosneft-Sponsored Flight over the Ice Photo Exhibition

    Rosneft in cooperation with Innopraktika, a non-governmental development institute, presented the atlas «Seabirds of the Russian Arctic».

  • Putin Opts Against Stricter Capital Controls Amid Ruble’s Slide – Vedomosti

    Putin Opts Against Stricter Capital Controls Amid Ruble’s Slide – Vedomosti

    Russia will not tighten capital controls in response to a weakening ruble, the Vedomosti business daily reported Thursday, citing two anonymous sources close to the Russian government. President Vladimir Putin met with cabinet members and Central Bank governor Elvira Nabiullina on Wednesday to hear proposals on converting foreign currency earnings held by exporters into rubles.…

  • 45K Muscovites Fighting in Ukraine, Mayor Says

    45K Muscovites Fighting in Ukraine, Mayor Says

    Around 45,000 residents of Moscow have been deployed on the frontline in Ukraine, the Russian capital’s mayor said late Wednesday. Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said some 20,000 Muscovites are serving in the war as mobilized soldiers, while another 20,000 are either contract or volunteer fighters. The remaining 5,000 are professional soldiers, he added. Sobyanin’s figures suggest that…