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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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…

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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…

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Lysychansk Residents Pray in Basements After Churches Battered By Russian Strikes

Residents of the newly Russia-occupied city of Lysychansk in eastern Ukraine have resorted to holding church services in basements after Russia’s campaign to capture the city left its churches badly damaged. While Russia has maintained that its forces are not targeting civilian areas in Ukraine, there has been widespread evidence that apartment buildings, schools, theatres…

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Russia Recruits Prisoners En Masse for Ukraine Deployment – NGO

Prisoners with combat experience across Russia are being recruited en masse to fight in Ukraine, the Gulagu.net prisoner’s rights group has reported. Representatives from the Kremlin-linked Wagner private military contractor and Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) are reportedly offering convicts deployment or work on restoring and demining occupied Ukrainian territories. According to Gulagu.net, the recruitment…

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‘We Win Wimbledon,’ Says Russian Tennis Chief as Rybakina Shrugs Off Russia Questions

Newly crowned Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina broke down in tears on Saturday after she was again confronted by questions over her Russian roots. Rybakina, born in Moscow but representing Kazakhstan after switching allegiances in 2018, defeated Ons Jabeur in the women’s final. Her triumph came at a tournament where her Russian compatriots were banned following…

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Ukha: Not Your Average Fish Soup

Ukha is an enigma in Russian cuisine. It seems simple: fish, vegetables, and spices. But what about all the places where it’s not made with these ingredients? While some people argue about that, others get into  discussions — and sometimes heated arguments that turn into fights — about ukha not being fish soup at all.…

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U.K. Making Little Effort to Save Citizens Sentenced to Death in East Ukraine – Russian Envoy

British officials are making little effort to free two of its citizens sentenced to death by eastern Ukrainian separatists for fighting alongside Kyiv’s forces, Russia’s ambassador to Britain told Reuters on Friday. A court in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) last month sentenced British citizens Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner, as well as Moroccan…

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Mothers of Russian Soldiers Killed in Ukraine Blame Pro-Kremlin Reporters

The mothers of Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine last week have accused pro-Kremlin war correspondents of causing their deaths by revealing their positions, a BBC Russian service journalist said Thursday. The mothers said Ukrainian artillery shelling killed at least five soldiers and heavily wounded three others after the Izvestia daily published a field report on Russian…

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Russian Prosecutor Seeks 7 Years in Jail for Councillor Over Ukraine Criticism

A Russian prosecutor on Thursday requested a seven-year prison term for a Moscow city councillor accused of criticizing Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine. Alexei Gorinov, a 60-year-old lawyer by training, was arrested in late April for spreading “knowingly false information” about the Russian army and is now on trial. Gorinov is the first elected member…

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U.S., U.K. Embassies Ignore Forced Pro-War Change of Address

British and American diplomats in Moscow will refuse to adopt new addresses for their embassies after officials renamed streets in honor of eastern Ukraine’s pro-Kremlin separatist republics. City authorities renamed the area close to the British Embassy on Monday, effectively changing the building’s address to “1 Luhansk People’s Republic Square.” The move comes less than…

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