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  • 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…

  • Russian Election Watchdog Chief Charged With Running ‘Undesirable’ Group

    Russian Election Watchdog Chief Charged With Running ‘Undesirable’ Group

    An earlier version of this article, citing a report by Kommersant, incorrectly stated that Melkonyants was outside of Russia on Thursday. He is currently in Russia.  Russian authorities have charged the co-chair of the independent election monitor Golos for running an “undesirable” organization, state media reported Thursday, citing an anonymous source. Law enforcement carried out searches…

  • Russia Says ‘Eliminated’ Ukrainian Fighters in Border Region

    Russia Says ‘Eliminated’ Ukrainian Fighters in Border Region

    Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said Wednesday it had “eliminated” a group of four Ukrainian fighters who tried to cross into Russia’s western Bryansk region from northern Ukraine, news agencies reported. The announcement came a day after Moscow said it had prevented Ukrainian militants from infiltrating the Bryansk region, which has regularly seen similar attacks.…

  • Russians Issued Military Summonses for ‘Data Verification’ – Reports

    Russians Issued Military Summonses for ‘Data Verification’ – Reports

    Military enlistment offices across Russia have begun sending out summonses, sparking fears that the Kremlin may be preparing for a new wave of mobilization, media outlets have reported. The summonses were sent to residents in central Russia’s Ulyanovsk and Perm regions, as well as in Siberia’s Krasnoyarsk, Kemerovo and Chelyabinsk, according to the independent news outlets…

  • Russia Expels Politico Reporter, Ex-Moscow Times Editor Eva Hartog

    Russia Expels Politico Reporter, Ex-Moscow Times Editor Eva Hartog

    Russia has expelled Politico Europe correspondent and former Moscow Times editor-in-chief Eva Hartog, Politico Europe reported Wednesday. Russia’s Foreign Ministry had reportedly informed Hartog last Monday that her visa would not be extended and gave her six days to leave Russia. Moscow provided no information as to the reason for Hartog’s expulsion, saying only that the…

  • Russia’s Luna-25 Probe Reaches Moon Orbit

    Russia’s Luna-25 Probe Reaches Moon Orbit

    Moscow’s Luna-25 lander is due to reach the Moon’s orbit Wednesday, in the first such Russian mission in almost 50 years, according to Roscosmos space agency. With the lunar launch, Moscow’s first since 1976, Russia hopes to provide renewed momentum to its space industry, which has been struggling for years and has become increasingly isolated amid…

  • Ex-Russian Official Seeks Asylum in U.S. After Receiving Draft Notice

    Ex-Russian Official Seeks Asylum in U.S. After Receiving Draft Notice

    A former official in northwestern Russia’s republic of Komi has sought asylum in the United States after fleeing Russia to avoid being drafted into the war in Ukraine, according to the Russian-language broadcaster RTVI. Denis Sharonov, 48, served as the republic of Komi’s agriculture minister between 2020 and January 2022, a month before Russia invaded…

  • Siberian Carbon ‘Sink’ May Soon Become Net Source of Emissions – Study

    Siberian Carbon ‘Sink’ May Soon Become Net Source of Emissions – Study

    Siberia’s boreal forests, long considered to be a carbon “sink,” may soon become a net source of carbon emissions, as wildfires causing forest loss and degradation have grown increasingly more intense over the past decade, researchers at the Russian Academy of Sciences said Thursday. Citing a recent study, the researchers said carbon emissions from high-intensity…

  • Russia Declares Polish-Based Anti-War Group ‘Undesirable’

    Russia Declares Polish-Based Anti-War Group ‘Undesirable’

    Russian authorities on Wednesday designated the Polish-based anti-war group For a Free Russia an “undesirable organization,” making any work for or with the collective a criminal offense. “From abroad, they involve Russians in volunteer battalions within the Ukrainian armed forces and train so-called ‘resistance groups’,” the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office said in a statement.  For…

  • Three Drones Downed in Central Russia’s Kaluga Region

    Three Drones Downed in Central Russia’s Kaluga Region

    Russia’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday it shot down three Ukrainian drones in the central Kaluga region, the latest in a surge of air attacks deep inside Russia.  Ukraine launched the attack at 5:00 am using “three unmanned aerial vehicles against buildings in the Kaluga region,” the ministry said on the Telegram messaging app.  “All of…

  • Russian Forces Repel Ukrainian Incursion Into Border Region – Governor

    Russian Forces Repel Ukrainian Incursion Into Border Region – Governor

    Russian military and security forces prevented a Ukrainian sabotage group from infiltrating western Russia’s Bryansk region, the regional governor said Tuesday. Russia’s armed forces, together with Federal Security Service (FSB) border agents and National Guard special units, thwarted “an attempt by a Ukrainian diversionary reconnaissance group to infiltrate” the Bryansk region, Governor Alexander Bogomaz said. After initially…

  • Russia Fines Pro-War Ex-Military Intelligence Officer for ‘Descrediting’ Army

    Russia Fines Pro-War Ex-Military Intelligence Officer for ‘Descrediting’ Army

    A former Russian military intelligence officer known for publically endorsing Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine has been fined for “discrediting” the country’s armed forces, the independent news website Mediazona reported Tuesday. The case against ex-GRU colonel Vladimir Kvachkov, 74, stands out as a rare example of Russia’s justice system targeting pro-war figures instead of dissenters who…

  • Russian Defense Minister Threatens Use of Cluster Munitions in Ukraine

    Russian Defense Minister Threatens Use of Cluster Munitions in Ukraine

    Russia reserves the right to use cluster munitions in Ukraine in response to U.S. supplies of the banned weapons to Kyiv, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday.  Though Russia and Ukraine have accused each other of using cluster bombs in the 17-month conflict, Shoigu claimed Moscow has refrained from doing so out of “humanitarian”…

  • Flood-Hit Region in Russia’s Far East Declares Emergency to Expand Disaster Relief

    Flood-Hit Region in Russia’s Far East Declares Emergency to Expand Disaster Relief

    Authorities in the flood-stricken Primorye region of Russia’s Far East on Tuesday declared a state of emergency to expand relief efforts following an outcry by local residents in affected areas. Governor Oleg Kozhemyako promised higher payouts to families whose homes were damaged by tropical storm Khanun, which pummeled the Primorye region last week, triggering evacuations…

  • Russia Raises Interest Rates to 12% After Ruble Plummets

    Russia Raises Interest Rates to 12% After Ruble Plummets

    Russia’s Central Bank hiked interest rates from 8.5% to 12% on Tuesday in an emergency meeting after the ruble slid past 100 against the U.S. dollar the day before. “The decision is aimed at limiting price stability risks,” the Bank said in a statement. The ruble gained strongly ahead of the decision, rising by more…

  • 35 Killed in Gas Station Fire in Russia’s Dagestan

    35 Killed in Gas Station Fire in Russia’s Dagestan

    Updated with new death toll.  At least 35 people were killed and dozens injured in an explosion and fire at a petrol station in Russia’s Caucasus republic of Dagestan, the Emergency Situations Ministry said Tuesday. A total of 102 people were injured and killed as a result of the incident, the ministry said on the Telegram…

  • Russia Scrambles Fighter Jet to Intercept Norwegian Aircraft

    Russia Scrambles Fighter Jet to Intercept Norwegian Aircraft

    Russia said Monday that it had dispatched a MiG-29 fighter jet to “prevent a violation” of its border by a Norwegian military patrol aircraft over the Barents Sea. “As the Russian fighter approached, the foreign military plane made a U-turn away from the borders of the Russian Federation,” the Russian Defense Ministry said. “There was…

  • Kremlin Unfazed as Ruble Crashes Through 100 vs. Dollar

    Kremlin Unfazed as Ruble Crashes Through 100 vs. Dollar

    The Russian ruble’s slide past 100 against the dollar has exposed a multi-billion dollar dilemma at the heart of the Russian economy: how can the Kremlin carry on funding its war against Ukraine without triggering a surge in inflation and fresh fears of an economic crisis at home? The ruble dipped below the crucial level…

  • Hundreds of Russian Tourists Stranded in Turkey After Planes Break Down

    Hundreds of Russian Tourists Stranded in Turkey After Planes Break Down

    At least 400 Russian tourists have been stranded in Turkey for two consecutive days after a series of plane breakdowns, Russia’s Red Wings Airlines said Monday. “Two Boeing 777 aircraft out of the three available in the airline’s fleet were simultaneously out of service due to technical reasons,” Red Wings said in a statement. The…

  • Villagers in Russia’s Dagestan Protest Summer-Long Water Outage

    Villagers in Russia’s Dagestan Protest Summer-Long Water Outage

    Residents of southern Russia’s republic of Dagestan blocked traffic on a federal highway in protest of water outages that are said to have lasted most of the summer, Russian authorities and media reported late Sunday. Traffic was brought to a standstill in the village of Karaman 2, which lies along the highway that connects the…

  • Ruble Slips Past 100 Against Dollar

    Ruble Slips Past 100 Against Dollar

    The Russian ruble slid past 100 against the dollar Monday, its lowest level since late March 2022, just weeks after Moscow launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine.  The ruble has shed around 30% of its value against the dollar since the beginning of the year, as Russia imports more and exports less.  Data from the…

  • Former Gubernatorial Candidate in Russia’s Far East Jailed on Fraud Charges

    Former Gubernatorial Candidate in Russia’s Far East Jailed on Fraud Charges

    A former candidate for governor who nearly unseated a Kremlin-backed incumbent in Russia’s Far East has been sentenced to six years in jail, Russian media reported Monday. Andrei Ishchenko ran in 2018 as a Communist Party challenger for the governor’s post in the Primorye region, where election authorities annulled results after reports of vote-rigging, a rare…

  • Poland Detains Russians Distributing Wagner Group ‘Propaganda’

    Poland Detains Russians Distributing Wagner Group ‘Propaganda’

    Poland has detained two Russian citizens for “distributing propaganda materials of the Wagner Group” in the cities of Warsaw and Krakow, the Polish interior minister said Monday. “Both were charged with… espionage and arrested,” Mariusz Kaminski said on social media without providing further details about the detained men. Poland has recently warned of possible provocations…

  • Trial Opens for Navalny Ally Facing ‘Extremism’ Charges

    Trial Opens for Navalny Ally Facing ‘Extremism’ Charges

    An ally of jailed Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny went on trial in Siberia Monday on charges of creating an “extremist organization,” a court spokesperson told AFP, as authorities continue to crack down on dissent.  Ksenia Fadeyeva, 31, is a former municipal deputy in the Siberian city of Tomsk and was added to Russia’s “terrorist”…

  • Flooding in Russia’s Far East Triggers Evacuations

    Flooding in Russia’s Far East Triggers Evacuations

    More than 2,500 people have been evacuated due to flooding in parts of the Primorye region in Russia’s Far East, emergency officials said Monday. At least three people are believed to have drowned after heavy rains brought by tropical storm Khanun pummeled Russia’s Primorye region late last week.  More than 4,600 homes were flooded and 28 towns…

  • Ukraine Says Downed Waves of Missiles, Drones Over Odesa

    Ukraine Says Downed Waves of Missiles, Drones Over Odesa

    Ukraine downed three waves of Russian missiles and drones targeting Odesa, its army said early on Monday, the latest in a string of attacks in the southern region on the Black Sea coast. “The enemy attacked the Odesa region three times during the night, using two waves of attack drones, a total of 15, and…

  • Russia Says Fired Warning Shots at Cargo Vessel Heading Towards Ukraine Port

    Russia Says Fired Warning Shots at Cargo Vessel Heading Towards Ukraine Port

    Moscow said Sunday that warning shots were fired from a Russian warship at a cargo vessel heading towards the Ukrainian port of Izmail. The Russian Defense Ministry said the Vasily Bykov patrol ship spotted a cargo vessel sailing under the flag of Palau “en route to the Ukrainian port of Izmail.” The captain of the…

  • Russian Forces Kill Six Including Baby in Southern Ukraine – Official

    Russian Forces Kill Six Including Baby in Southern Ukraine – Official

    Six people, including a baby girl and her parents, were killed on Sunday by Russian shelling in southern Ukraine, officials said. “Russia killed six people in the region of Kherson,” Interior Minister Igor Klymenko said on messaging app Telegram, releasing pictures showing the aftermath of the attack. One photo showed a column of black smoke…

  • Russia Evacuates 2,000 in Far East Over Floods

    Russia Evacuates 2,000 in Far East Over Floods

    Russia has evacuated more than 2,000 people from flooded areas in its Far East, emergency officials said Sunday, after Tropical Storm Khanun brought heavy rains to the region. “More than 2,000 people, including 405 children, have been evacuated in Primorye,” the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said on Telegram. The ministry said nearly 5,000 buildings had…

  • Russian Defense Minister Inspects Arctic Military Installations

    Russian Defense Minister Inspects Arctic Military Installations

    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has inspected troops deployed in the Arctic as well as preparations “to defend specially important installations” in this strategic zone, his ministry said Saturday. Shoigu was accompanied by Alexey Likhachev, head of the state nuclear company Rosatom, and visited Novaya Zemlya, in Russia’s extreme north, a statement said. They also…

  • Ukraine Missiles Shot Down Over Crimea Bridge – Pro-Russia Official

    Ukraine Missiles Shot Down Over Crimea Bridge – Pro-Russia Official

    Russia air defense forces shot down two Ukrainian missiles over a bridge connecting Moscow-annexed Crimea to the Russian mainland, an official said on Saturday. “Air defence forces shot down two enemy missiles over the Kerch Strait. The Crimean bridge was not damaged,” Sergei Aksyonov, the Russian-installed governor of the Crimean peninsula, said on social media.…

  • Russia’s Budget Revenue from Prisoner Labor Doubles from 2016-2022

    Russia’s Budget Revenue from Prisoner Labor Doubles from 2016-2022

    Russia’s federal budget revenue from convict labor has more than doubled from 2016-2022, The Moscow Times’ Russian service reported Friday, citing Finance Ministry data. In 2022, the federal budget received 19.1 billion rubles ($192.4 million) from forced labor performed by convicts for state and private companies, compared to 8.8 billion rubles ($89.4 million) in 2016, according…

  • 30K Russian Soldiers Confirmed Killed in Ukraine – Independent Tally

    30K Russian Soldiers Confirmed Killed in Ukraine – Independent Tally

    Over 30,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in Ukraine since the start of the Kremlin’s invasion a year and a half ago, according to an independent tally conducted by the independent Mediazona news website and the BBC’s Russian service. The two outlets have been verifying the number of Russian troops killed in Ukraine using publicly…

  • Russian Ecologists Raise Alarm Over Unexplained Seal Die-Off in Far East

    Russian Ecologists Raise Alarm Over Unexplained Seal Die-Off in Far East

    A mass die-off of northern fur seals and Steller sea lions was discovered by a group of conservations in Russia’s Far East, local media reported Thursday.  Photos published online showed the animals’ carcasses scattered across the shore of Tyuleniy Island, located around 17 kilometers off the coast of Sakhalin. Conservationists from the Friends of the…