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  • Ukraine Accuses Russia of Shelling from Captured Nuclear Plant

    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…

  • Gazprom Asks Siemens for Turbine Repaired in Canada

    Gazprom Asks Siemens for Turbine Repaired in Canada

    Russian energy giant Gazprom said Saturday it had asked German group Siemens to return a turbine it has repaired in Canada to ensure the Nord Stream pipeline delivering gas to Europe works. Gazprom started 10 days of maintenance on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline on Monday, with the European Union — particularly gas-reliant Germany —…

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

    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…

  • U.S. To Resume International Space Station Flights With Russia

    U.S. To Resume International Space Station Flights With Russia

    The United States said Friday it would resume flights to the International Space Station with Russia, despite its attempts to isolate Moscow over the invasion of Ukraine. “To ensure continued safe operations of the International Space Station, protect the lives of astronauts and ensure continuous U.S. presence in space, NASA will resume integrated crews on U.S.…

  • Russian Space Chief Rogozin To Get New Job – Kremlin

    Russian Space Chief Rogozin To Get New Job – Kremlin

    The head of Russia’s space agency, who has made headlines with his bombastic statements and support for Moscow’s Ukraine offensive, has been relieved of his duties and will get a new job, the Kremlin said Friday. Dmitry Rogozin, a firebrand nationalist politician and one of the most ardent supporters of Moscow’s offensive in Ukraine, was…

  • The Art of Russian Mumbling, Grumbling, and Babbling

    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…

  • Russia Says Vinnytsia Strike Targeted Ukraine Military Meeting

    Russia Says Vinnytsia Strike Targeted Ukraine Military Meeting

    Russia said its strikes on the central Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia targeted a Ukrainian military meeting, as rescuers on the ground continued to search for survivors from the attack that killed at least 23 civilians. The Russian Defense Ministry said Friday that it was targeting a meeting between Ukrainian air force officials and foreign arms…

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

    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…

  • Rosneft Sums Up Results of the Clean Arctic Project

    Rosneft and Russian Arctic National Park summed up the results of a comprehensive project called Clean Arctic.

  • Bashneft Supports Construction of Kindergarten in Bashkiria

    A new kindergarten for 220 children has been commissioned in the village of Kushnarenkovo in the Republic of Bashkortostan.

  • Rescuers Search for Missing After Russian Missiles Devastate Vinnytsia

    Rescuers Search for Missing After Russian Missiles Devastate Vinnytsia

    Rescue workers were digging through debris Friday, a day after Russian missiles tore through Vinnytsia in central Ukraine, killing nearly two dozen people, including children, in an attack President Volodymyr Zelensky said was an act of terrorism. Russia claimed Friday the strikes — hundreds of the kilometres from the front lines — had targeted a…

  • Russia Bans Bellingcat, Insider as ‘Undesirable’ Orgs

    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…

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

    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…

  • Russian Feminist Activist Acquitted of ‘Porn’ Charges

    Russian Feminist Activist Acquitted of ‘Porn’ Charges

    A court in Far East Russia has acquitted feminist and LGBT activist Yulia Tsvetkova of “pornography” charges for what supporters call body-positive images posted on social media, her mother said Friday. Tsvetkova, 29, spent several months under house arrest after authorities in the remote city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur launched a criminal case into the “spread of…

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

    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…

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

    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…

  • ‘Where Are You Taking Me?’: Illegal Detentions of Mothers on the Rise in Russia

    ‘Where Are You Taking Me?’: Illegal Detentions of Mothers on the Rise in Russia

    Natalia Tikhonova was at an anti-war rally in Moscow’s Zaryadye Park, ​​a few hundred meters from the Kremlin, when police detained her.  “Where are you taking me?” the 30-year-old mother with a young son asked as she was put inside a police van.  “To improve the gene pool of the nation,” a police officer replied.…

  • Germany to Halt Russian Coal Imports ‘In a Few Weeks’ – Official

    Germany to Halt Russian Coal Imports ‘In a Few Weeks’ – Official

    Germany will halt imports of Russian coal from next month and Russian oil by the end of the year, a top economic aide to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced amid pressure on European countries to end their dependence on Russian energy following its invasion of Ukraine. “We will be off Russian coal in a few weeks,”…

  • Russian Strikes Kill 20 as Zelensky Urges ‘Special Tribunal’ for Moscow

    Russian Strikes Kill 20 as Zelensky Urges ‘Special Tribunal’ for Moscow

    Russian missiles struck Vinnytsia in central Ukraine Thursday, killing at least 20 people including three children, in what President Volodymyr Zelensky called “an open act of terrorism.” The midday attack on the city hundreds of kilometers from the frontlines and invading Russian troops came as EU officials convened in The Hague to discuss war crimes…

  • ‘Super Moon’ Lights Up Night Sky Over Russia

    ‘Super Moon’ Lights Up Night Sky Over Russia

    Anyone who looked up at the sky on Wednesday night was greeted by a rare sight: a super moon. The phenomenon, which happens when a full moon coincides with the point in the moon’s orbit when it is closest to earth, could be seen around the world. Here’s a glimpse at how the super moon…

  • Putin Signs Expanded ‘Foreign Agents’ Law

    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.…

  • Pro-Russian Separatists Capture American Civilian in Ukraine – Reports

    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…

  • Kazakhstan Seeks to Attract Foreign Brands Exiting Russia

    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…

  • Ukraine War: As It’s Happening

    Ukraine War: As It’s Happening

    News Analysis Rewriting History, Putin Pitches Russia as Defender of an Expanding Motherland In an emotional and angry speech, the president justified his decision to recognize breakaway states in Eastern Ukraine as independent.

  • Russian Lawmakers Hold Snap Summer Session as War, Economic Issues Loom

    Russian Lawmakers Hold Snap Summer Session as War, Economic Issues Loom

    Russia’s lower house of parliament will gather for an “extraordinary” meeting Friday amid speculation that deputies could sign off on a major policy announcement or government reshuffle. The meeting comes as Russia faces mounting domestic and foreign policy problems, from the dragging war in Ukraine to the economic fallout of sanctions.   But the suddenness of…

  • EU Says Lithuania Must Allow Rail Transit of Russian Goods to Kaliningrad

    EU Says Lithuania Must Allow Rail Transit of Russian Goods to Kaliningrad

    The European Union on Wednesday said Lithuania had an obligation to allow the passage of sanctioned goods, with the exception of weapons, between Russia and its exclave of Kaliningrad. While transit by road was not allowed, legal guidance released by the EU executive said that “no such prohibition exists for rail transport” from Russia to…

  • Russia Arrests Anti-War Opposition Activist Ilya Yashin

    Russia Arrests Anti-War Opposition Activist Ilya Yashin

    A court in Moscow arrested opposition activist and former municipal deputy Ilya Yashin on Wednesday after he was charged with spreading false information about the Russian Armed Forces.  Yashin, 39, will stay in prison until at least Sept. 12.  “This case is politically motivated from first to last,” Yashin, who denies the charges, said in…

  • Russia and Ukraine Address Grain Crisis in First Talks Since March

    Russia and Ukraine Address Grain Crisis in First Talks Since March

    Russia and Ukraine on Wednesday held their first direct negotiations since March in a bid to break an impasse over grain exports that has seen food prices soar and millions face hunger. The high-stakes meeting involving UN and Turkish officials in Istanbul broke up after slightly more than three hours without any immediate signs of…

  • 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…

  • U.S. Blasts Moscow for ‘Forced Deportations’ of Ukrainians to Russia

    U.S. Blasts Moscow for ‘Forced Deportations’ of Ukrainians to Russia

    U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused Russia Wednesday of forcibly deporting up to 1.6 million Ukrainians to Russia, accusing Moscow of a deliberate criminal operation to depopulate parts of Ukraine. In a statement a day before the Ukraine Accountability Conference in the Hague on alleged war crimes in Ukraine, Blinken said Moscow is conducting…

  • Number of Russian Financial Fraud Schemes Triple – Central Bank

    Number of Russian Financial Fraud Schemes Triple – Central Bank

    The number of financial fraud schemes in Russia tripled in the first half of 2022 compared to the same period last year, the Russian Central Bank said Wednesday.  Many of the illegal projects included pyramid schemes, according to the regulator. “Worried about the possibility of economic difficulties, people have been searching for new methods of…

  • Belarus Journalist Given Extra 8 Years for ‘State Treason’

    Belarus Journalist Given Extra 8 Years for ‘State Treason’

    Belarus on Wednesday sentenced a young journalist who covered protests against President Alexander Lukashenko to an additional eight years in prison for “state treason,” the channel she worked for said. Katerina Bakhvalova — who uses the pen name Katerina Andreyeva — was already serving a two-year sentence for “violating public order” and was due to…

  • Russia Reports First Female Military Death in Ukraine

    Russia Reports First Female Military Death in Ukraine

    The first Russian female soldier has died in Ukraine four and a half months into Russia’s war against its pro-Western neighbor, local media reported Tuesday. Anastasia Savitskaya was a corporal from the southwestern Russian city of Volgograd, according to the v1.ru news website. It was not clear where in Ukraine, or under what circumstances, she had…

  • In Photos: Severe Flooding Washes Out Siberian Villages

    In Photos: Severe Flooding Washes Out Siberian Villages

    Several towns and villages are in deep water and dozens of locals have been forced to evacuate after heavy rains broke a dam in Siberia’s republic of Sakha earlier this week. Russia’s largest and coldest region located in remote northeastern Siberia, the republic of Sakha is also witnessing the creeping advance of climate change firsthand.…

  • Samotlorneftegaz Releases 1.3 Million Fry of High Value Species into Siberian Rivers

    Samotlorneftegaz, an enterprise of Rosneft Oil Company, is implementing a unique project for the artificial reproduction of high value fish species for northern rivers.

  • Europe Aborts Joint Mars Mission With Russia

    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…

  • Putin’s Daughter Takes Top ‘Import Substitution’ Role

    Putin’s Daughter Takes Top ‘Import Substitution’ Role

    President Vladimir Putin’s youngest daughter Katerina Tikhonova has been appointed to oversee Russia’s struggling import substitution program at a leading business lobby group, the RBC news website reported Wednesday.  Western sanctions and the exit of Western companies following the invasion of Ukraine mean Russia has seen a collapse in imports and is facing shortages of key…

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

    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.…

  • ROSATOM and Myanmar Discuss Cooperation in Nuclear Energy in Myanmar

    On July 11, Monday, ROSATOM Director General Alexey Likhachev met with the Chairman of the Myanmar State Administration Council, Prime Minister, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. The meeting resulted in the signing of the Memorandums of Understanding between ROSATOM and the Ministry of Science and Technology of Myanmar on cooperation in training and skills development…

  • Russia Opens Criminal Case Against Activist Yashin – Lawyer

    Russia Opens Criminal Case Against Activist Yashin – Lawyer

    Russian authorities have launched a criminal case against Ilya Yashin, one of the last opposition figures remaining in the country, for allegedly spreading false information about the Russian army, his lawyer said Tuesday. “I got a call from an investigator – they are beginning to search his home,” lawyer Vadim Prokhorov said on Facebook. In…

  • Heavy Floods Hit Russia’s Far East

    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…

  • ‘We Save Everyone’: The Lawyers Helping Russian Soldiers Evade Service in Ukraine

    ‘We Save Everyone’: The Lawyers Helping Russian Soldiers Evade Service in Ukraine

    For legal adviser Andrei Rinchino, each day begins by sorting through dozens of new messages from Russian soldiers and their families.  Each message is different but all are looking for the same thing: Rinchino’s guidance on how to quit the Russian army or avoid being sent to fight in Ukraine.  “A couple of weeks ago…

  • Lego to Cease Russian Operations ‘Indefinitely,’ 81 Stores Impacted

    Lego to Cease Russian Operations ‘Indefinitely,’ 81 Stores Impacted

    The world’s largest toymaker, Denmark’s Lego, said Tuesday it would stop all its Russian operations, ending the employment of its Moscow staff and a partnership with a company operating 81 stores in Russia. A Lego spokeswoman said the company had decided to “indefinitely cease commercial operations in Russia given the continued extensive disruption in the…

  • Russian Court Fines Apple for Breaching Data Storage Rules

    Russian Court Fines Apple for Breaching Data Storage Rules

    Russia has fined American tech giant Apple for failing to store Russian citizens’ personal data on Russia-based servers, Interfax reported Tuesday.  The fine comes amid Russia’s wider crackdown on Western tech companies in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine that has seen Facebook and Instagram banned as “extremist” organizations and Twitter blocked. Moscow’s Tagansky…

  • In Memory of Francesca Mereu

    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…

  • Moscow Sees Rise in Covid Cases, Recommends Mask Wearing

    Moscow Sees Rise in Covid Cases, Recommends Mask Wearing

    Coronavirus cases have risen steeply in Russia’s capital Moscow over the past week, the city’s health authorities said. Many of the infections are of the Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5. “Over the course of the past week, there has been a 57% rise in new cases of Covid-19 compared to the previous week,” Moscow social…

  • Zvezda Shipyard Hands Over New Residential Buildings in New Residential Area in Bolshoi Kamen

    The Zvezda shipyard has commissioned the first two houses in the new Parkovy residential area in Bolshoi Kamen.

  • Lush Cosmetics Forced Out of Russia by Supply Crunch – Kommersant

    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…

  • Myanmar Junta Chief Visits Moscow

    Myanmar Junta Chief Visits Moscow

    Myanmar junta chief Min Aung Hlaing visited Moscow Tuesday, Russian media reported, as the U.S. vowed to put pressure on his military regime over a 2021 coup.  Russia’s Embassy in Myanmar told the Interfax news agency that Hlaing was in Moscow on a “private” visit.  “He plans to take part in the opening of a…

  • Russia Confirms First Monkeypox Case

    Russia Confirms First Monkeypox Case

    Russia has registered its first case of monkeypox, federal health authorities confirmed Tuesday. “The infection was found in a young man who came back from a trip through European countries and went to a medical facility with a characteristic rash,” state consumer protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said in a statement.  Rospotrebnadzor said the patient, whose symptoms…

  • 7 Killed in Ukrainian Shelling of Occupied Kherson, Pro-Russian Forces Say

    7 Killed in Ukrainian Shelling of Occupied Kherson, Pro-Russian Forces Say

    Authorities in the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson occupied by pro-Russia forces said Tuesday that Ukrainian shelling on a city there had killed seven people.  “There are already seven dead and around 60 wounded” following artillery fire on the city of Nova Kakhovka, the head of the Moscow-backed administration, Vladimir Leontiev, said on Telegram. It…

  • 150 Siberian Soldiers Refuse Ukraine Deployment, Activist Says

    150 Siberian Soldiers Refuse Ukraine Deployment, Activist Says

    Around 150 soldiers from a Siberian region with one of the highest military death tolls in the Ukraine war have refused deployment, a prominent activist has said. The men returned home to the republic of Buryatia over the weekend after their wives pleaded for their return in a rare video appeal last month, according to…

  • Iran to Supply Russians With Drones for Ukraine – White House

    Iran to Supply Russians With Drones for Ukraine – White House

    Iran is planning to supply hundreds of drones with combat weapon capabilities to Russia for use in Ukraine, a top U.S. official said Monday. Jake Sullivan, the White House national security adviser, said the information received by the United States supported views that the Russian military is facing challenges sustaining its weaponry after significant losses…

  • Effectiveness of Ukraine’s HIMARS Fuels Concern in Russia

    Effectiveness of Ukraine’s HIMARS Fuels Concern in Russia

    Pro-Kremlin figures have expressed rare public concern after Western-supplied weapons allowed Ukraine to carry out a series of successful attacks on Russian targets far behind the frontlines. The M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), which the United States started sending to Ukraine last month, appear to have been most effective at damaging Russian military…

  • Kyiv Warns Russia To Intensify Donbas Fight, 6 Killed in Kharkiv

    Kyiv Warns Russia To Intensify Donbas Fight, 6 Killed in Kharkiv

    Ukraine warned Monday that Russian forces were preparing to intensify their fight for key cities in the Donbas, where the death toll from a weekend attack rose to 26 as rocket strikes killed six in the country’s second city. The attacks in Kharkiv in northeastern Ukraine came as Europe braced for deeper cuts in gas…

  • Moscow-Backed Authorities Say Foiled Attack in Southern Ukraine

    Moscow-Backed Authorities Say Foiled Attack in Southern Ukraine

    Moscow-backed authorities of the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson said Monday they had foiled an attack against their local leader. In recent weeks, attacks against pro-Russian representatives have increased in the occupied southern Ukrainian regions of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia. On Monday, the Moscow-backed administration claimed that its leader, Vladimir Saldo, narrowly escaped an attack. An…

  • Russia Expands Fast-Tracked Citizenship Scheme to All Ukrainians

    Russia Expands Fast-Tracked Citizenship Scheme to All Ukrainians

    Russia will extend its fast-tracked citizenship scheme to all Ukrainian citizens, not just those living in separatist or Russian-occupied areas, according to a decree signed by President Vladimir Putin on Monday.  Putin’s decree orders that “all citizens of Ukraine” be given “the right to apply for admission to the citizenship of the Russian Federation in…

  • Ritz-Carlton Moscow Changes Name After Marriott Exits Russia

    Ritz-Carlton Moscow Changes Name After Marriott Exits Russia

    The Ritz-Carlton Moscow is changing its name after its parent company, U.S. hospitality group Marriott International, pulled out of the Russian market over the invasion of Ukraine, the five-star hotel announced Monday. The luxury hotel, located steps away from Red Square on Tverskaya Ulitsa, will now be known as The Carlton Moscow, it said in…

  • Ufa’s ZAMAN Museum Explores Post-2/24 Reality (In a Whisper)

    Ufa’s ZAMAN Museum Explores Post-2/24 Reality (In a Whisper)

    Carefully threading a path through state-enforced censorship, an art exhibition called (In a Whisper) in Ufa, the capital of Russia’s republic of Bashkortostan, presents an artistic exploration of life in the country following the start of the invasion of Ukraine in February.   “Speaking very carefully, this exhibition invites us to explore the situation that we…

  • Russian Court Overturns Ban on Kazakh Oil Exports

    Russian Court Overturns Ban on Kazakh Oil Exports

    A Russian court on Monday overturned a ruling for a 30-day ban on the unloading of oil deliveries from Kazakhstan, a source of tensions between the two countries. Last week, Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev ordered officials to find oil export routes bypassing Russia in a move that risked deepening tensions that have emerged between the…

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