Russia Fines Google $360Mln Over Ukraine Content

A Moscow court has fined Google 21 billion rubles ($360 million) for failing to remove content concerning Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine, the nation’s telecommunications regulator said Monday. Roskomnadzor said the Google-owned video platform YouTube had failed to block “false information” on the offensive in Ukraine, “extremist and terrorist propaganda” and content “calling on minors to participate…

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Putin Says Russia Will Overcome ‘Colossal’ High-Tech Problems Sparked By Sanctions

Russia must work to overcome “colossal” high-tech problems caused by Western sanctions imposed on Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin said Monday. “This is a huge challenge for our country,” Putin said, accusing Western countries of deliberately blocking access to high-tech products for Russia. “Realizing the colossal amount of difficulties we are…

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Russians Face Long Wait Times for Schengen Visas Following Diplomatic Expulsions

Russians are facing longer-than-normal waiting times for Schengen visas as tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions have left European embassies in Moscow short-staffed and demand for summer travel surges.  Limited appointment slots are available at most embassies’ visa centers, with all slots at the visa centers of France, Greece and Spain fully booked for July, according to travel…

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Russian Shelling Kills 6 in Donbas as Zelensky Replaces Security Chief

Russian shelling in battle-scarred east Ukraine on Monday left six dead, Kyiv said, as the country was reeling from President Volodymyr Zelensky’s decision to sack two senior law enforcement officials. EU foreign ministers were convening meanwhile to discuss toughening sanctions against Moscow and the bloc’s foreign policy chief warned of the “life and death” consequences…

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The Taste of Russia: Pickles with Honey

What’s the dominant taste of Russian cuisine? Surely it’s the sour taste of fermentation — sour cabbage (sauerkraut), sourdough rye bread, soused apples and, of course, sour (pickled) cucumbers. Real barrel-fermented pickles are delicious as appetizers and as ingredients for many dishes. Soups like rassolnik and solyanka and the classic salad “vinaigrette” wouldn’t be possible…

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Ukraine Accuses Russia of Shelling from Captured Nuclear Plant

Ukraine’s atomic energy agency accused Russia of using Europe’s largest nuclear power plant to store weapons and shell the surrounding regions of Nikopol and Dnipro that were hit Saturday. Petro Kotin, president of Ukrainian nuclear agency Energoatom, called the situation at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant “extremely tense” with up to 500 Russian soldiers controlling the plant. The…

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Kremlin Critic Pivovarov Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison for ‘Undesirable’ Activity

Kremlin critic Andrei Pivovarov, the former head of pro-democracy group Open Russia, has been sentenced to four years in prison on charges of “undesirable” activities, his team said Friday.  Pivovarov, 40, has been in detention since May 2021, when he was removed from a Warsaw-bound plane by security services amid the country’s wide-reaching crackdown on…

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The Art of Russian Mumbling, Grumbling, and Babbling

Под нос: under your breath Russian – I suppose like all languages — has a bit of fun with various words for speaking outside the normal range of шептать–говорить–орать (whisper-talk-shout). Here we get into onomatopoeia, which in Russian is the more immediately understandable звукоподражание (literally “sound imitation”). This kind of colorful speech might be divided…

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British Aid Worker Dies in Captivity in Separatist East Ukraine – Official

Paul Urey, a British aid worker captured in Ukraine by pro-Russian forces, has died in captivity, an official in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) said Friday. Urey, 45, was captured near the occupied southern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia in April. He and fellow British aid volunteer Dylan Healy were charged with “mercenary” activity, an offense…

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Russia Bans Bellingcat, Insider as ‘Undesirable’ Orgs

Russia has designated the Bellingcat investigative outlet as an “undesirable” organization on Friday, outlawing its operations inside the country. Russia’s Prosecutor General’s Office accused Bellingcat and its Russian partner The Insider of “posing a threat to the security of the Russian Federation.”  Any Russian who cooperates with the outlets or cites their work now faces…

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Russia Steps Up Missile Attacks Amid ‘Operational Pause’ in Eastern Ukraine

Russian forces are believed to have paused their grueling offensive in eastern Ukraine to rest soldiers and re-position for their next assaults while simultaneously stepping up rocket attacks on Ukrainian cities, military analysts told The Moscow Times. In the latest strike on a Ukrainian city, at least 23 civilians, including three children, were killed Thursday…

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Russian Team Praises U.S. Basketball Star Griner in Court

U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner’s Russian team praised her contribution to the country’s sport on Thursday as they shared testimony during her high-profile trial. Griner, a two-time Olympic basketball gold medalist and WNBA champion who had played in Russia, was detained in February, just days before Moscow launched its offensive in Ukraine. The 31-year-old was charged with…

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Russia’s 5G Expansion Thwarted By Sanctions, Domestic Constraints

Russia’s development of 5G cellular network coverage is on hold due to the exit of major global telecom providers and constraints posed by government regulations, the Business St. Petersburg news outlet reported Wednesday, citing industry experts.  Russia’s digital developments ministry earlier this month said it aims to facilitate the 5G network’s expansion in Russia, including…

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Putin Signs Expanded ‘Foreign Agents’ Law

President Vladimir Putin signed into law Thursday legislation expanding the “foreign agent” label to encompass anyone deemed to have fallen under “foreign influence.” Russia’s registry of “foreign agents,” a name with Soviet-era connotations, lists “politically active” people and organizations that Russian authorities determine to have received foreign funding and subjects them to strict auditing requirements.…

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Pro-Russian Separatists Capture American Civilian in Ukraine – Reports

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have captured a U.S. citizen for allegedly taking part in pro-Ukrainian rallies, accusations that his friends and family deny, The Guardian reported Wednesday. Suedi Murekezi, 35, is the third American national known to be held by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine’s separatist-controlled city of Donetsk. He had moved to Ukraine…

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Kazakhstan Seeks to Attract Foreign Brands Exiting Russia

Kazakhstan must work to accommodate the hundreds of international businesses that have left Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, the ex-Soviet republic’s president said Thursday. Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has walked a diplomatic tightrope since the start of the war in February, maintaining close ties with Moscow while refusing to recognize the independence of Kremlin-backed separatists in eastern…

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Rosatom Technical Academy, Rosenergoatom and Uzatom Agency signed the Memorandum of Understanding in the area of nuclear infrastructure development

The Memorandum of Understanding between Rosenergoatom JSC, Rosatom Technical Academy Independent Non-Profit Organization for Continuing Professional Education (INO CPE) and the Agency for Nuclear Power Engineering Development at the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Uzbekistan (Uzatom Agency) was signed on July 13. Zhurabek Mirzamakhmudov, Chief Executive Officer of Uzatom Agency, signed the Memorandum…

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Europe Aborts Joint Mars Mission With Russia

The European Space Agency (ESA) pulled the plug Tuesday on a joint Russian-European rover mission to Mars in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. ESA chief Josef Aschbacher tweeted that the agency’s council of ministers had determined the circumstances surrounding the March suspension of cooperation with Russia over ExoMars “continue to prevail” and that the official partnership…

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No Phone Charging, Filming at Russia’s Rebranded McDonald’s

The Russian company that took over McDonald’s restaurants has banned visitors from charging phones and taking photographs inside some of its locations, Russian media reported Tuesday. The brand known as “Vkusno i Tochka” (“Delicious. Full Stop”) has posted written instructions about the restrictions, visitors at one location in central Moscow told the Podyom news website.…

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Heavy Floods Hit Russia’s Far East

Several villages in Russia’s Far East republic of Sakha are facing severe flooding following heavy rainfall, local authorities said, prompting a state of emergency in the country’s coldest and largest region. The government of Sakha said the rains had broken structures around a dam and left a remote village in Siberia “almost entirely” flooded. “Due…

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In Memory of Francesca Mereu

We are deeply saddened to write that Francesca Mereu, an author, playwright, tireless advocate of blues music and former Moscow Times reporter who split her time until recently between Moscow and Alabama, died June 24 in Tijuana, Mexico. Since 2011, Francesca published three books in her native Italian—one on Putin, one on Russia’s transition to capitalism…

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Lush Cosmetics Forced Out of Russia by Supply Crunch – Kommersant

The Russian owner of British ethical cosmetics retailer Lush is being forced to close its stores in the country due to supply chain disruptions stemming from wartime sanctions, the Kommersant business daily reported Tuesday.  Lush was among the hundreds of international brands that suspended operations in Russia in response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Lush Russia is…

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