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  • Soviet Rock Star Prosecuted for ‘Putin’s Ass’ Anti-War Speech

    Soviet Rock Star Prosecuted for ‘Putin’s Ass’ Anti-War Speech

    A Russian rock legend has been charged with “discrediting” the Russian military after making an anti-war speech at a show in central Russia. Yury Shevchuk, the frontman of 1980s rock band DDT, is already known for his direct confrontations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, support for anti-Kremlin activist collective Pussy Riot and opposition to Russia’s…

  • Investigation Links German Ex-Ballet Director Zelensky with Putin’s Daughter

    Investigation Links German Ex-Ballet Director Zelensky with Putin’s Daughter

    A new investigation has named the former director of the Bavarian State Ballet as the partner of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s second-eldest daughter.  Igor Zelensky, 52, is reportedly in a serious, long-term relationship with Katerina Tikhonova, 35, widely believed to be Putin’s daughter, Russian news outlet iStories and German news site Der Spiegel reported Thursday.…

  • ROSATOM starts irradiation of the new ATF fuel matrix

    The Research Institute of Atomic Reactors in Dimitrovgrad, Ulyanovsk Region, has started the fourth irradiation cycle of fuel assemblies with VVER type fuel rods in the MIR research reactor, the reactor tests have been lasting since early 2019. These rods have four various combinations of cladding and fuel matrix materials. The fuel pellets were made…

  • Russian Ballet Star ‘Followed Conscience’ to Leave Bolshoi

    Russian Ballet Star ‘Followed Conscience’ to Leave Bolshoi

    Russian superstar ballerina Olga Smirnova quit the Bolshoi Ballet over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine but says the famed dance company will outlive the vagaries of war. “History changes, but the Bolshoi stays,” Smirnova told AFP as she rehearsed in Amsterdam, where she joined the Dutch National Ballet in March. Smirnova, who made headlines when she…

  • 1,730 Ukrainian Soldiers Surrendered at Azovstal Since Monday – Russia

    1,730 Ukrainian Soldiers Surrendered at Azovstal Since Monday – Russia

    Russia’s defense ministry said Thursday that 1,730 Ukrainian soldiers had surrendered this week at the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Ukraine’s port city of Mariupol.  “Over the past 24 hours, 771 militants of the Azov nationalist regiment surrendered,” the ministry said in its daily briefing on the conflict.  “In total, since May 16, 1,730 militants…

  • First Concrete laid at Xudapu NPP Power Unit 4 in China

    First concrete ceremony has taken place at Xudapu NPP Unit 4 constructed under the Russian VVER-1200 design. The construction has reached its active phase. “The project for construction of two new units of generation III+ at Xudapu NPP is being implemented according to the schedule, even ahead of schedule. The Russian party performs its obligations…

  • Second Russian Civilian Death of Ukraine War After Cross-Border Fire

    Second Russian Civilian Death of Ukraine War After Cross-Border Fire

    Russia reported Thursday its second civilian death since the start of the invasion of Ukraine as fighting near Russia’s border with Ukraine intensified. “Another enemy attack that took place at dawn unfortunately ended in tragedy,” Roman Starovoit, the governor of western Russia’s Kursk region, wrote on Telegram.   A truck driver making a delivery to a…

  • Russia, Ukraine Trade Barbs Over Europe’s Largest Nuclear Plant 

    Russia, Ukraine Trade Barbs Over Europe’s Largest Nuclear Plant 

    A top Russian official claimed Wednesday that Europe’s largest nuclear power station – that was captured by Russian forces in Ukraine – will provide electricity to Russia . Ukraine’s energy providers dismissed the comments on the seized Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant as a technical impossibility. Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin, on a visit to the…

  • Russia to Shutter Moscow Offices of Canada’s CBC Broadcaster

    Russia to Shutter Moscow Offices of Canada’s CBC Broadcaster

    Russia is shutting down the Moscow offices of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in retaliation to Ottawa banning Russia’s state-run RT and RT France networks, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova announced Wednesday. The Foreign Ministry is also withdrawing the press accreditations and canceling the visas of CBC’s journalists in Russia, Zakharova told reporters. “A decision…

  • Russian Soldier Pleads Guilty at Kyiv War Crimes Trial

    Russian Soldier Pleads Guilty at Kyiv War Crimes Trial

    The first Russian soldier on trial in Ukraine for war crimes during Moscow’s invasion pleaded guilty on Wednesday, facing possible life imprisonment in Kyiv. Asked in court if he was guilty of the allegations, including war crimes and premeditated murder, 21-year-old sergeant Vadim Shishimarin responded “yes.” The captured soldier is accused of killing a 62-year-old…

  • Producer Alexander Rodnyansky to Make TV Series About Putin

    Producer Alexander Rodnyansky to Make TV Series About Putin

    Ukrainian film director, producer, and media mogul Alexander Rodnyansky is developing a TV series based on the book “All the Kremlin’s Men” by acclaimed Russian journalist Mikhail Zygar, Rodnyansky told Variety magazine.  The series, Rodnyansky said, charted the rise of Vladimir Putin from a minor KGB officer to president. Rodnyansky described the series as a…

  • Producer Alexander Rodnyansky to Make ‘House of Cards’-Style Series About Putin’s Rise

    Producer Alexander Rodnyansky to Make ‘House of Cards’-Style Series About Putin’s Rise

    Ukrainian film director, producer and media mogul Alexander Rodnyansky is developing a television series based on the book “All the Kremlin’s Men” by acclaimed Russian journalist Mikhail Zygar, Rodnyansky told Variety magazine.  The series, which Rodnyansky described as a Russian “House of Cards,” will chart the rise of Vladimir Putin from a minor KGB officer…

  • Google Russia Prepares Bankruptcy Procedure

    Google Russia Prepares Bankruptcy Procedure

    Google’s Russian branch has initiated a bankruptcy procedure over its inability to pay a $100-million fine for keeping up content Moscow deems illegal, media reported Wednesday as Russia continues to intensify its pressure on Big Tech following its invasion of Ukraine. A Moscow court fined Google 7.2 billion rubles ($113.5 million) in December 2021 for…

  • Google Russia to File for Bankruptcy

    Google Russia to File for Bankruptcy

    Google’s Russian branch has initiated a bankruptcy procedure over its inability to pay a $100-million fine for keeping up content Moscow deems illegal, media reported Wednesday as Russia continues to intensify its pressure on Big Tech following its invasion of Ukraine. Google confirmed the reports the next day. “Google Russia has published a notice of…

  • ROSATOM’s Engineering Division expedites import substitution in NPP design and construction processes

    A meeting on digitalization of NPP construction processes has been held in Moscow office of ASE JSC (a part of ROSATOM’s Engineering Division). Its main topic was import substitution and use of own digital developments for NPP design and construction, as well as for optimization of internal processes in the Engineering Division. The meeting was…

  • Kremlin Accuses Kyiv of ‘Lacking Will’ to Continue Peace Talks

    Kremlin Accuses Kyiv of ‘Lacking Will’ to Continue Peace Talks

    Talks aimed at ending hostilities in Russia’s nearly three-month attack on Ukraine have come to a standstill because of a “lack of willingness” on Kyiv’s part, the Kremlin said Wednesday. Russian and Ukrainian negotiators have held several rounds of peace talks since the start of the invasion in February. But the talks have lost momentum…

  • ROSATOM finished the first RITM-200 reactor for the Yakutia icebreaker

    The first RITM-200 reactor for the serial new-generation Yakutia icebreaker has been manufactured and prepared for shipment at the production site of JSC ZiO-Podolsk (a unit of Atomenergomash, ROSATOM’s mechanical engineering division). The reactor weighs 147.5 tons, its height is 7.3 meters, diameter is 3.3 meters. The out-of-gauge cargo will be delivered on a special…

  • Russia Expels 34 French Diplomats: Foreign Ministry

    Russia Expels 34 French Diplomats: Foreign Ministry

    Moscow said Wednesday it was expelling 34 “employees of French diplomatic missions” in a tit-for-tat move following the expulsion of Russian diplomats from France as part of joint European action over Russia’s campaign in Ukraine. “Thirty-four employees of French diplomatic missions in Russia have been declared persona non grata,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a…

  • Russia Expels Dozens of European Diplomats

    Russia Expels Dozens of European Diplomats

    Moscow on Wednesday kicked out diplomats from France, Italy and Spain in retaliation for the expulsion of Russian diplomats from European countries as part of a joint action against Russia’s campaign in Ukraine. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement it was expelling 34 “employees of French diplomatic missions” in Russia and gave them two…

  • Doubts Raised Over South Ossetian Referendum on Joining Russia

    Doubts Raised Over South Ossetian Referendum on Joining Russia

    The de factor leader of Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia has announced that the territory will hold a referendum on joining Russia on July 17. But can the vote actually go ahead and would the outcome change anything? Holding the vote will be complicated by the fact that the South Ossetian leader, Anatoliy Bibilov,…

  • Belarus Introduces Death Penalty for ‘Attempted’ Terrorism

    Belarus Introduces Death Penalty for ‘Attempted’ Terrorism

    Belarus has introduced the death penalty for attempts to carry out acts of terrorism, Russian news agencies reported Wednesday, charges that several opposition activists face in the ex-Soviet country. Belarus — a close ally of Russia that has supported its military offensive in Ukraine — is the only country in Europe that continues to carry…

  • Russia Says 1,000 Azovstal Defenders Have Surrendered This Week

    Russia Says 1,000 Azovstal Defenders Have Surrendered This Week

    Russia said Wednesday that another 694 Ukrainian soldiers defending Mariupol’s Azovstal steel plant have surrendered over the past 24 hours as Kyiv’s effort to retain its last holdout in the devastated southern port comes to a close. They join the 265 soldiers that Russia’s Defense Ministry said had surrendered earlier, bringing the total to 959 in…

  • Russian Gymnast Banned for 1 Year for Pro-War ‘Z’ Symbol

    Russian Gymnast Banned for 1 Year for Pro-War ‘Z’ Symbol

    A Russian gymnast who sported an insignia linked to his country’s invasion of Ukraine on a medal podium has been banned for one year, a disciplinary panel said. Ivan Kuliak’s singlet had the letter ‘Z’ prominently placed as he stood next to Ukraine’s Kovtun Illia, the gold medalist at a World Cup event in Doha in March. The ‘Z’ has been…

  • Russian Defense Spending Surges to $300M Per Day Amid Ukraine War

    Russian Defense Spending Surges to $300M Per Day Amid Ukraine War

    Russia spent more than $300 million per day on defense last month as its invasion of Ukraine continued to drag on, according to Finance Ministry data, more than doubling its pre-war defense spending. Defense spending has increased every month since President Vladimir Putin sent troops into Ukraine in late February as Russia’s Armed Forces failed…

  • Shelling Hits Russian Border Village, Sugar Refinery

    Shelling Hits Russian Border Village, Sugar Refinery

    A village and a sugar refinery near Russia’s border with Ukraine were shelled late Tuesday, according to officials.   Belgorod region Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said the village of Bezymeno 50 kilometers northwest of Ukraine’s second-largest city of Kharkiv was damaged in an attack that wounded at least one person. “There is some damage. A door-to-door assessment…

  • Russia Vows to ‘Relaunch’ Economy of Ukraine’s Occupied Kherson

    Russia Vows to ‘Relaunch’ Economy of Ukraine’s Occupied Kherson

    This article was corrected with the date of Russia’s occupation of Kherson and updated with details about Russian confiscations of agricultural goods and equipment in the surrounding region.   A top Russian official has promised to revive the occupied southern Ukrainian region of Kherson by rebuilding roads, bridges and buildings destroyed as a result of the…

  • Explainer: Is Russia Running Low on Missiles?

    Explainer: Is Russia Running Low on Missiles?

    Precision-guided missiles have been one of the weapons of choice for the Russian Armed Forces since invading Ukraine in late February.  These domestically-produced missiles have been responsible for some of Russia’s most deadly attacks in Ukraine, including  on the Ukrainian port city of Odesa and on a train station in the eastern Ukrainian city of…

  • Mortgage Loans Suffer ‘Largest Fall’ in Russia’s History – RBC

    Mortgage Loans Suffer ‘Largest Fall’ in Russia’s History – RBC

    Mortgage loans in Russia fell by their largest margin ever in April despite government measures to avert the economic fallout from war-related Western sanctions, the RBC news website reported Tuesday. Russian banks approved 37,200 mortgage loans totaling 130.5 billion rubles ($2 billion) in April 2022. That marked a 75% drop from March, when banks issued 529.3…

  • Russia Expels 2 Finnish Embassy Staff

    Russia Expels 2 Finnish Embassy Staff

    Moscow said on Tuesday that two employees of Finland’s embassy in Russia will have to leave the country in response to a similar move by Helsinki. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it summoned Finland’s ambassador to Moscow and expressed its “strong protest” against the expulsion of two Russian diplomats from neighboring Finland…

  • Russia Says 265 Azovstal Defenders Surrendered

    Russia Says 265 Azovstal Defenders Surrendered

    Russia said Tuesday that 265 Ukrainian soldiers holed up in Mariupol’s besieged Azovstal steel plant had “surrendered,” contradicting Kyiv’s account that the evacuated soldiers would be exchanged later. “The surrender of fighters from the Azov nationalist unit and Ukrainian servicemen blocked in the Azovstal plant in Mariupol began yesterday,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a…

  • Kremlin Critic Navalny Appeals Jail Sentence

    Kremlin Critic Navalny Appeals Jail Sentence

    Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on Tuesday opened an appeal process for a nine-year prison sentence he was handed in March on charges that he and his allies say are politically motivated. After a brief start to the hearing on Tuesday morning, the court said it would resume the process on May 24 following a…

  • Putin Involved in Tactical Decision Making in East Ukraine – Reports

    Putin Involved in Tactical Decision Making in East Ukraine – Reports

    President Vladimir Putin is involved in Russia’s push to capture eastern Ukraine on a tactical level, British media reported Monday, citing unnamed western military sources. Russian forces are currently attempting to encircle cities under Kyiv’s control in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions after abandoning their initial plan to seize the Ukrainian capital in late February.…

  • Rescue Mission Under Way at Azovstal as Hundreds Evacuated

    Rescue Mission Under Way at Azovstal as Hundreds Evacuated

    Ukrainian authorities said a rescue mission to extract the last defenders of the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol was under way on Tuesday, after hundreds of soldiers were evacuated in an earlier operation. The factory complex had become a symbol of resistance, with around 600 soldiers holed up in underground tunnels and bunkers fighting a rear-guard…

  • Shelling Destroys Property in Russian Village Bordering Ukraine

    Shelling Destroys Property in Russian Village Bordering Ukraine

    A Russian village on the Ukrainian border was shelled early Tuesday, according to the the governor of Russia’s Kursk region, a day after his counterpart on Ukrainian side reported an attempted Russian incursion. “Today at around 5 a.m., large-caliber weapons were fired at the border village of Alekseevka in the Glushkov district,” Kursk region Governor…

  • In Photos: Mariupol Under Russian Occupation

    In Photos: Mariupol Under Russian Occupation

    The southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol has been under near-constant Russian bombardment since Moscow launched its invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24. Securing the strategic port on the Sea of Azov would allow Russia to establish a broad “land bridge” connecting the annexed Crimean peninsula with eastern Ukraine’s separatist-held Donbas region. But the city’s Ukrainian…

  • ROSATOM Engineering Division Cleaned Up Shoreline of Kursk Water Reservoir

    Kursk Branch of NIKIMT-Atomstroy JSC (part of the ROSATOM Engineering Division, which is general designer and general contractor of Kursk NPP-2) has organized a subbotnik (a day of volunteer unpaid work) at the shoreline of Kursk water reservoir within the framework of All-Russia Environmental Project “Green Spring 2022.” Over a hundred people from NIKIMT-Atomstroy JSC,…

  • CoolCola: Russia Launches Coca-Cola, Fanta and Sprite Alternatives After Soda Exodus

    CoolCola: Russia Launches Coca-Cola, Fanta and Sprite Alternatives After Soda Exodus

    A Russian beverage maker has unveiled a new range of soft drinks to replace the iconic brands that have left the Russian market in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine. In lieu of Coca-Cola, Fanta and Sprite, Russians will be able to choose from CoolCola, Fancy and Street, Russian drink producer Ochakovo announced Monday.…

  • New Biopic on Anna Politkovskaya in Pre-Production

    New Biopic on Anna Politkovskaya in Pre-Production

    Australian Luminosity Entertainment will produce a new film that will shed light on the life and tragic death of acclaimed Russian journalist and human rights activist Anna Politkovskaya, according to information published by Deadline.  The film titled “Mother Russia” will be directed by British director James Strong best known for his work on the crime…

  • McDonald’s to Sell Russian Business, Ending 32-Year Presence

    McDonald’s to Sell Russian Business, Ending 32-Year Presence

    American fast-food giant McDonald’s will sell its Russian business and exit the market completely, The New York Times reported Monday, citing an internal corporate message it obtained. The company aims to sell its business to a Russia-based buyer but the restaurants will no longer be able to use the McDonald’s arch logo or brand name. …

  • Medvedev Criticizes ‘Unfair’ Wimbledon Ban on Russian Players

    Medvedev Criticizes ‘Unfair’ Wimbledon Ban on Russian Players

    Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev has criticized the banning of Russian and Belarusian athletes from this summer’s Wimbledon tournament as “unfair.”  The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), which runs the prestigious tournament, indefinitely barred Russian and Belarusian tennis players from competing last month in response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Speaking ahead of this…

  • Russian Governor Says Region Attacked as Ukraine Troops Reach Border

    Russian Governor Says Region Attacked as Ukraine Troops Reach Border

    The Russian border region of Belgorod reportedly came under three separate artillery attacks on Sunday, as Ukrainian troops defending the city of Kharkiv said they have reached the Russian border. Belgorod regional Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov acknowledged one attack on the border village of Sereda early Sunday, announcing that one person had been injured in the…

  • 3 Russian Military Recruitment Offices Attacked

    3 Russian Military Recruitment Offices Attacked

    Three Russian military recruitment offices were attacked over the weekend amid an uptick of violence against the facilities following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. The first attack took place in the early hours of Friday morning, when a man dressed in black hurled a Molotov cocktail into an enlistment building in the town of Gukovo in…

  • Sweden, Finland NATO Bids Are ‘Grave Mistake’ – Russia

    Sweden, Finland NATO Bids Are ‘Grave Mistake’ – Russia

    Russia warned Monday that decisions by Finland and Sweden to join the NATO military alliance were serious mistakes and Moscow would take measures. “This is another grave mistake with far-reaching consequences,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters.  “The general level of military tensions will increase,” he was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.…

  • Russia to Nationalize Renault Plant, Revive Soviet-Era Moskvitch Car After Handover

    Russia to Nationalize Renault Plant, Revive Soviet-Era Moskvitch Car After Handover

    Russia has nationalized a major factory that belonged to Renault and intends to use it to revive the famous Soviet-era Moskvitch car in what the French automaker categorized as a “responsible choice” for its thousands of employees in Russia. The move appears to be the first major transfer of private assets into state hands after Russian officials…

  • NATO Assures Ukraine of Open-Ended Military Support Against Russia

    NATO Assures Ukraine of Open-Ended Military Support Against Russia

    NATO on Sunday pledged open-ended military support for Ukraine, as Finland hailed its “historic” bid to join the alliance and Sweden’s ruling party said it backed a joint membership application. The promise came after Finland jettisoned decades of military non-alignment, redrawing the balance of power in Europe and angering the Kremlin. On the ground in…

  • A Short List of New Ukrainian Film Hits

    A Short List of New Ukrainian Film Hits

    At the beginning of 20th century, Ukraine’s cinema was world famous, largely thanks to its revered filmmaker Oleksandr Dovzhenko. Considered to be the father of Ukrainian cinema and one of the key figures of Soviet avant-garde, Dovzhenko made films that have inspired generations of Ukrainian filmmakers to create films of great poetic symbolism that were…

  • Fierce Fighting in Ukraine’s East but Eurovision Win Lifts Spirits

    Fierce Fighting in Ukraine’s East but Eurovision Win Lifts Spirits

    Ukraine’s forces were fighting off a fierce Russian onslaught on the east of the country Sunday after a Eurovision victory gave the country a much-needed boost of morale. President Volodymyr Zelensky warned on Saturday that the war in his country risked triggering global food shortages, adding that the situation in Ukraine’s Donbas is “very difficult.”…

  • Summer Wildfires Ravage Forest-Rich Siberia, in Photos

    Summer Wildfires Ravage Forest-Rich Siberia, in Photos

    Large swathes of Siberia are in flames as what looks to be another record-breaking wildfire season sets in. Environmental group Greenpeace said last month that this year’s wildfires are already twice as large as those of the same time last year. Acting Emergencies Minister Alexander Chupryan said this week that Russia has seen over 4,000…

  • Finland’s End of Military Neutrality a ‘Mistake,’ Putin Tells Finnish President

    Finland’s End of Military Neutrality a ‘Mistake,’ Putin Tells Finnish President

    Finnish President Sauli Niinisto spoke with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Saturday about the Nordic country’s application for NATO membership, expected to be announced this weekend, his office said. The phone call, which was “initiated by Finland… was direct and straightforward and it was conducted without aggravations. Avoiding tensions was considered important,” Niinisto was…

  • Intense Fighting in East Ukraine as Europe Pledges More Military Aid

    Intense Fighting in East Ukraine as Europe Pledges More Military Aid

    Intense fighting raged in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region where Russia has been concentrating its forces without making significant progress, while “very difficult negotiations” were under way over the fate of the last besieged defenders in the city of Mariupol. Europe on Friday pledged another $500 million in military support for Ukraine as it resists the…

  • Georgia’s Breakaway Region to Hold Referendum on Joining Russia in July: Leader

    Georgia’s Breakaway Region to Hold Referendum on Joining Russia in July: Leader

    The leader of Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia on Friday set July 17 as a date for a referendum on joining Russia. “Anatoly Bibilov signed a decree on holding a referendum in the Republic of South Ossetia,” his office said in a statement, citing his people’s “historic aspiration” to join Russia. South Ossetia was…

  • Pentagon Chief Urges ‘Immediate’ Ukraine Ceasefire in Call With Russian Counterpart

    Pentagon Chief Urges ‘Immediate’ Ukraine Ceasefire in Call With Russian Counterpart

    U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin urged Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Friday to move immediately to implement a ceasefire in Ukraine, in their first conversation since before the war began, the Pentagon said. “Secretary Austin urged an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and emphasized the importance of maintaining lines of communication,” the Pentagon said in a statement. The Pentagon…

  • Russia Says to Cut Electricity to Finland From Saturday

    Russia Says to Cut Electricity to Finland From Saturday

    Russia will suspend electricity supplies to Finland this weekend, a supplier said on Friday as tensions rise over Helsinki’s NATO bid following the conflict in Ukraine. “We are forced to suspend the electricity import starting from May 14,” said RAO Nordic, a subsidiary of Russian state energy holding Inter RAO that sells its electricity on…

  • Russia Extends Drug Detention of U.S. Basketball Star Griner

    Russia Extends Drug Detention of U.S. Basketball Star Griner

    A Russian court on Friday extended the pre-trial detention on drug charges of U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner, state media reported. Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and WNBA champion, was detained at Moscow airport in February on charges of carrying in her luggage vape cartridges with cannabis oil, which could carry a 10-year prison…

  • Anti-War Artist Flees Russia After Thwarted Victory Day Protest

    Anti-War Artist Flees Russia After Thwarted Victory Day Protest

    An award-winning artist said Friday that he fled Russia after security forces uncovered his plan to disrupt the country’s annual Victory Day parade with a peaceful protest against the war in Ukraine. Danila Tkachenko said he purchased 140 blue-and-yellow smoke grenades and installed them in air conditioners that he placed outside an apartment building near…

  • European News Agencies Alliance Suspends Russia’s TASS

    European News Agencies Alliance Suspends Russia’s TASS

    The European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA) on Friday confirmed the suspension of Russia’s TASS agency for not respecting its standards. The decision came during the EANA’s general assembly in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, the alliance’s president Clemens Pig told reporters. In February, three days after Russia invaded Ukraine, EANA’s executive body composed of five…

  • Russia Advises Citizens to Avoid Travel to U.K.

    Russia Advises Citizens to Avoid Travel to U.K.

    Russia has advised its citizens to “refrain” from traveling to the United Kingdom and from trying to obtain a British visa, citing what it called London’s “unfriendly” stance toward Moscow and long delays for visa applications. In a statement Friday, the Russian Foreign Ministry accused the British Embassy in Moscow of prioritizing applications from Ukrainian…

  • Crimea Tourism Industry Hit by Ukraine War Disruption

    Crimea Tourism Industry Hit by Ukraine War Disruption

    The tourism business in Russian-controlled Crimea is bracing for a difficult summer season as large numbers of Russians cancel planned trips due to flight suspensions and security concerns caused by the war in Ukraine.  “About 50% of our [prospective] guests have chosen to cancel bookings with us,” a hotel representative in Crimea’s resort city of…

  • Russia’s Sovcomflot Sells Tankers as Sanctions Loom – WSJ

    Russia’s Sovcomflot Sells Tankers as Sanctions Loom – WSJ

    Russia’s state-controlled shipping giant Sovcomflot has sold roughly a dozen of its ships ahead of this week’s EU deadline for sanctions imposed over the invasion of Ukraine, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Sovcomflot, one of the world’s largest tanker operators, was looking to sell at least 40 of its 121 vessels at short notice as…

  • UK Sanctions Putin Circle Including Alleged Girlfriend

    UK Sanctions Putin Circle Including Alleged Girlfriend

    Britain on Friday sanctioned 12 members of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “inner circle” accused of hiding corrupt riches in return for influential state positions. They included his ex-wife Lyudmila Ocheretnaya and Alina Kabaeva, a former Olympic gymnast who the U.K. government said was “alleged to have a close personal relationship with Putin.” “We are exposing…

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