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  • Notorious Russian Pranksters Foiled in Latest Hoax — Navalny Aide

    Notorious Russian Pranksters Foiled in Latest Hoax — Navalny Aide

    A pair of notorious Russian pranksters who regularly target Kremlin opponents and world leaders with prank calls have failed in their latest trick, a senior aide to jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Thursday. Vovan and Lexus, the moniker used by bloggers Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov, have made international headlines for duping figures…

  • Painter Robert Falk’s Triumphant Return to Moscow

    Painter Robert Falk’s Triumphant Return to Moscow

    The exhibition of painter Robert Falk (1886-1958) in the New Tretyakov Gallery begins with a comment about the leader of the U.S.S.R. “Nikita Khrushchev was not prepared for this kind of painting,” it reads. The painting in question was “Nude in an Armchair.” In 1962 the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist…

  • Russia Accuses Slovak Watchdog of Sputnik V ‘Sabotage,’ Demands Return of Vaccines

    Russia Accuses Slovak Watchdog of Sputnik V ‘Sabotage,’ Demands Return of Vaccines

    Sputnik V’s official Twitter account on Thursday accused the Slovak Drug agency SUKL of a “disinformation campaign” against the Russian vaccine after the watchdog said the batch of 200,000 vaccines the country received differed from those reviewed by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the medical journal The Lancet. On Wednesday, media reported that SUKL…

  • Donbass Escalation Would Be ‘Beginning of the End’ for Ukraine – Putin Aide

    Donbass Escalation Would Be ‘Beginning of the End’ for Ukraine – Putin Aide

    The outbreak of major hostilities in eastern Ukraine would mark “the beginning of the end” for Kiev, a top Kremlin official warned Thursday as alarm continues to grow over troop buildup in the region. “I support the assessments that also exist inside Ukraine that the beginning of hostilities is the beginning of the end of…

  • Ukraine’s Zelenskiy on Frontline as Merkel Urges Putin to Pull Back Troops

    Ukraine’s Zelenskiy on Frontline as Merkel Urges Putin to Pull Back Troops

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy traveled to the country’s eastern frontline on Thursday, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Vladimir Putin to reduce Russia’s troop buildup near Ukraine. Zelenskiy’s frontline visit came as fighting between the Ukrainian army and separatists has intensified in recent weeks and Russia has built up troops along the border, raising fears…

  • Virus-Driven Migrant Shortage Keeps Russia From ‘Ambitious Plans’ – Kremlin

    Virus-Driven Migrant Shortage Keeps Russia From ‘Ambitious Plans’ – Kremlin

    Russia’s acute migrant shortage linked to the coronavirus exodus is keeping the country from achieving its “ambitious” goals, the Kremlin said Thursday. “We’re very, very short of these migrants to implement our ambitious plans,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “We have to build more than we’re building now, but we need working hands to…

  • Putin, Merkel ‘Concerned’ Over East Ukraine Tensions – Kremlin

    Putin, Merkel ‘Concerned’ Over East Ukraine Tensions – Kremlin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel “expressed concern” over a spike in tensions in east Ukraine and discussed jailed opposition figure Alexei Navalny in a phone call on Thursday, the Kremlin said.  The call came as clashes between pro-Russia separatists and Ukrainian forces have increased in recent weeks and a Russian military…

  • Navalny Supporters Jailed For Penal Colony Protest

    Navalny Supporters Jailed For Penal Colony Protest

    A Russian court has handed week-long sentences to several supporters of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny after they traveled to his penal colony to demand he receives proper medical treatment. Police on Tuesday detained nine Navalny supporters outside his prison in the town of Pokrov around 100 kilometers east of Moscow for violating public order. …

  • ‘Uncultured’ Muscovites’ Parkour Statue Stunts Spark Outrage in St. Petersburg

    ‘Uncultured’ Muscovites’ Parkour Statue Stunts Spark Outrage in St. Petersburg

    The centuries-old rivalry between Russia’s two largest cities took a new turn when St. Petersburg residents found photos of Muscovites climbing on top of their city’s many statues.  St. Petersburg tour guide Violetta Vitovskaya on Tuesday shared a photo that shows Moscow parkour athlete Akmal Shakurov standing atop a 100-year-old statue on the historic Rosenstein…

  • Explainer: What You Need to Know About Navalny’s Health

    Explainer: What You Need to Know About Navalny’s Health

    Wednesday marked one week since Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny declared a hunger strike in prison to demand medical treatment for severe back pain and numbness in his legs. Since then, the Kremlin critic’s lawyers say his health has deteriorated even further, prompting Western leaders to urge Russia to take action. Navalny was jailed in January…

  • Management Committee proposes to hold annual General Shareholders Meeting of Gazprom via absentee voting

    Management Committee proposes to hold annual General Shareholders Meeting of Gazprom via absentee voting

    April 8, 2021, 13:45 The Gazprom Management Committee addressed issues associated with arranging and holding the Company’s annual General Shareholders Meeting. Endorsements were given to the proposals to hold the annual General Shareholders Meeting of Gazprom in the form of absentee voting and to set the deadline for ballot submission as June 25, 2021. In addition, the Management Committee approved the proposals on: the format and…

  • Far-Right Activists Disrupt Artdocfest Film Festival

    Far-Right Activists Disrupt Artdocfest Film Festival

    Ultranationalist supporters of separatists in eastern Ukraine disrupted a movie screening at the Artdocfest film festival in Moscow on Wednesday night, the organizers said on Instagram. This was the second major attack this year on Artdocfest, a popular Russian documentary film festival which has been the target of conservative and nationalist-oriented groups in recent years.…

  • Germany to Talk to Russia About Buying Sputnik Jabs

    Germany to Talk to Russia About Buying Sputnik Jabs

    Germany said Thursday it would talk to Russia about purchasing doses of its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine pending approval from European regulators, without waiting for coordinated EU action. Amid divisions in the bloc over Sputnik, Health Minister Jens Spahn said Germany was prepared to go it alone without the other 26 members if it meant…

  • Putin’s Syria Stance Left ‘Strong Impression,’ Former Japanese PM Abe Says

    Putin’s Syria Stance Left ‘Strong Impression,’ Former Japanese PM Abe Says

    Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has recalled the “strong impression” that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s stance on the Syrian civil war at the G8 summits left on him in a new interview.  Russia was one of the G8 group of leading economic powers until 2014, when its membership was suspended indefinitely over its annexation of Crimea…

  • Zoom to Directly Sell to Russian Gov’t Agencies After Controversy

    Zoom to Directly Sell to Russian Gov’t Agencies After Controversy

    Zoom will sell directly to Russian government agencies, the Kommersant business daily quoted the company as saying after controversy over reports that the video-conferencing platform had restricted premium access to state-affiliated entities. The Kremlin urged Russian companies Wednesday to switch to alternative virtual meeting platforms after Kommersant reported that Zoom had banned its distributors from…

  • Jailed Navalny Losing Sensation in Hands – Lawyer

    Jailed Navalny Losing Sensation in Hands – Lawyer

    The health of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is deteriorating as he keeps up his hunger strike in prison, his lawyers said Wednesday, with U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration saying it is “disturbed” by the reports. Last Wednesday President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent opponent, who is serving two and a half years on embezzlement charges, launched…

  • Mozdok – Grozny gas pipeline launched

    Mozdok – Grozny gas pipeline launched

    April 7, 2021, 20:30 The new gas pipeline will improve the reliability of power supplies in the Chechen Republic. The regional Program for gas supply and gas infrastructure expansion is run on schedule. An opening ceremony for the Mozdok – Grozny gas trunkline took place today in Grozny. Taking part in the event were Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, Ramzan Kadyrov,…

  • Russia Issues Deadline to U.S.-Funded Radio Over Fines

    Russia Issues Deadline to U.S.-Funded Radio Over Fines

    Russia’s media watchdog on Wednesday warned U.S.-funded Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe it had 60 days to pay more than $70,000 in fines over non-compliance with its “foreign agent” law. The statement came after U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday expressed support for Radio Liberty /Radio Free Europe (RFE/RL) and other U.S. international media.…

  • EU to Probe Russian Coronavirus Vaccine Trial Standards – FT

    EU to Probe Russian Coronavirus Vaccine Trial Standards – FT

    Updated at 6:44 p.m. on April 7 to add statement from Sputnik V’s official Twitter account. The European Union’s medicines regulator will investigate whether the developers of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine went against global ethical and scientific standards in clinical trials, the Financial Times reported Wednesday. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) last month launched…

  • Germany’s Bavaria Plans to Buy Sputnik V Vaccine

    Germany’s Bavaria Plans to Buy Sputnik V Vaccine

    Germany’s Bavaria region has signed a provisional agreement to buy doses of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine once it is approved by European regulators, state premier Markus Soeder said Wednesday. The southern state has “signed a memorandum of understanding today […] for the supply of Sputnik,” Soeder told reporters in Munich.  If the Sputnik vaccine is…

  • Russia Intercepts Norwegian Jet Near Arctic – Interfax

    Russia Intercepts Norwegian Jet Near Arctic – Interfax

    A Russian warplane has intercepted a Norwegian electronic warfare aircraft over the Barents Sea near the Arctic, state media cited the military as saying Wednesday. Citing Russia’s National Defense Management Center, Interfax said the Russian military detected an “air target” approaching the Russian border from Norway. “The [Russian Navy’s] Northern Fleet air defense forces’ MiG-31…

  • Slovakian Drug Institute Unable to Evaluate Sputnik V ‘Due to Lack of Data’

    Slovakian Drug Institute Unable to Evaluate Sputnik V ‘Due to Lack of Data’

    Slovakia’s State Institute for Drug Control has told the country’s Health Ministry it has been unable to evaluate the risks and benefits of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine due to a lack of data and inconsistencies in dosages, the watchdog’s spokeswoman Magdaléna Jurkemíková told The Moscow Times on Wednesday. Slovakia, one of Europe’s hardest-hit countries by…

  • Foreign Dignitaries Not Invited to Russia’s WWII Victory Parade – Kremlin

    Foreign Dignitaries Not Invited to Russia’s WWII Victory Parade – Kremlin

    Russia will not invite foreign dignitaries to its annual World War II victory parade on Red Square next month, the Kremlin announced Wednesday. “This year is not a [major] anniversary year, so we don’t intend to invite foreign participants,” President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “The rest will probably involve the usual invitations,…

  • Russia’s Central Bank Demands End to Food Price Caps

    Russia’s Central Bank Demands End to Food Price Caps

    Russia’s Central Bank chief has urged the government to “abandon” price caps on food products “as quickly as possible,” arguing the restrictions could do long-term damage to the Russian economy. Speaking at a Moscow Exchange forum on Tuesday, Elvira Nabiullina doubled down on her calls for the government to ditch its attempts to control surging…

  • Will Russia’s Belated Promotion of Sputnik V at Home Sway a Doubting Public?

    Will Russia’s Belated Promotion of Sputnik V at Home Sway a Doubting Public?

    In early March, with Russia’s domestic Covid-19 vaccination campaign stalling, prominent tech and publishing entrepreneur Ilya Krasilschik took to social media to urge his followers to get their coronavirus jabs. “We are living through a national catastrophe,” wrote Krasilschik in a widely publicized Facebook post. “Go and get vaccinated.” Krasilschik is one of few Russian…

  • Dubai to Deport Russian, Ukrainians Caught in Nude Balcony Photoshoot

    Dubai to Deport Russian, Ukrainians Caught in Nude Balcony Photoshoot

    Dubai announced Tuesday it will deport the Russian organizer of and 11 Ukrainian women involved in a salacious photoshoot on a high-rise balcony. The swift deportation is rare for the Muslim sheikhdom, where cases of public debauchery and producing pornography usually go to trial, according to the Associated Press. Those arrested had faced up to…

  • Russia Warns Could Block Zoom If It Prohibits Government Use

    Russia Warns Could Block Zoom If It Prohibits Government Use

    The Kremlin urged Russian companies Wednesday to develop alternatives to Zoom and a lawmaker warned it could be blocked in the country, after media said the service had restricted access to government agencies. The U.S. company has emerged as the global leader in video-conferencing applications, becoming ubiquitous as companies and schools moved online after the…

  • Ruble Slides on Ukraine Conflict Fears

    Ruble Slides on Ukraine Conflict Fears

    The Russian ruble has slid to its lowest level against the dollar in five months as fears of a possible escalation of conflict in eastern Ukraine grow. The ruble has lost 2% against the U.S. dollar since the start of the week and is now trading at 77.7 against the currency — its lowest level…

  • Russian Envoy Unlikely to Return to U.S. in Near Future, Deputy FM Says

    Russian Envoy Unlikely to Return to U.S. in Near Future, Deputy FM Says

    Russia’s Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov will likely not return to Washington in the near future, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported Wednesday, citing a top diplomatic official.  Antonov was recalled to Moscow last month following U.S. President Joe Biden’s televised remarks calling his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin a “killer” who would…

  • Master Berdymukhamedov Goes to Moscow

    Master Berdymukhamedov Goes to Moscow

    Serdar Berdymukhamedov, Turkmenistan’s president-in-waiting and son of the incumbent, on March 30 embarked on a four-day trip to Russia as part of an official government delegation. The outing looked like yet another dress rehearsal.  Official readouts of meetings in Moscow allude to mostly humdrum business, although there are hints of noteworthy developments.  The delegation was…

  • Russian Troop Buildup Near Ukraine Largest Since War Outbreak, Monitor Says

    Russian Troop Buildup Near Ukraine Largest Since War Outbreak, Monitor Says

    Russia has amassed the largest concentration of troops on its border with Ukraine since the eastern Ukraine conflict first erupted in 2014, The Insider investigative news website reported Wednesday, citing military analysts. Recent Russian military movements and an increase in clashes between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists have raised fears of an escalation in the long-simmering…

  • RN-Nyaganneftegaz Allocates 1.7 Billion Roubles to Environmental Projects in 2020

    RN-Nyaganneftegaz, an enterprise of Rosneft oil production complex, invested more than 1.7 billion roubles in environmental protection and remediation measures in 2020.

  • Zoom Bans Sales to Russian Government, State Firms – Kommersant

    Zoom Bans Sales to Russian Government, State Firms – Kommersant

    Updated at 11:00 a.m. on April 8 to add Zoom statement. Video conferencing platform Zoom has banned its distributors from selling services to government agencies and partly state-owned companies in Russia and neighboring countries, the Kommersant business daily reported Wednesday. Zoom has emerged as a leading virtual meeting platform since millions were forced into self-isolation…

  • Russian Director Pulls Film From Festival Over Navalny Nomination

    Russian Director Pulls Film From Festival Over Navalny Nomination

    Acclaimed Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky has pulled his latest film from the country’s prestigious White Elephants Awards in protest at plans to honor opposition leader Alexei Navalny at the event. In a message on Facebook, the 83-year-old said he had asked that “Dear Comrades!” — nominated for best film and also shortlisted for the 93rd…

  • Russia Hails ‘Successful’ Start to Talks to Save Iran Nuclear Deal

    Russia Hails ‘Successful’ Start to Talks to Save Iran Nuclear Deal

    Russia said talks aimed at salvaging an international agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme got off to a “successful” start on Tuesday, with the U.S. expected to join indirectly for the first time since President Joe Biden’s arrival in the White House. Biden has said he is ready to reverse the 2018 decision of his predecessor…

  • Russian Investigators to Probe Feminist Eurovision Pick for ‘Inciting Hatred’ – Reports

    Russian Investigators to Probe Feminist Eurovision Pick for ‘Inciting Hatred’ – Reports

    Moscow investigators have launched an inspection into “Russian Woman,” the country’s entry to this year’s Eurovision song contest, after a veteran’s newspaper accused it of inciting hatred, the state-run TASS news agency reported Tuesday.  Written and performed by Tajik-born artist Manizha, “Russian Woman” has sparked controversy among conservative groups for its lyrics promoting female empowerment…

  • Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccine Less Effective Against South African Variant – U.S. Study

    Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccine Less Effective Against South African Variant – U.S. Study

    Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine appears significantly less effective in combating the South African variant of the virus, a new laboratory study of 12 cases has shown. Scientists in the U.S. used blood samples from Argentinians who had been vaccinated with Sputnik V to investigate whether the antibodies they had produced would effectively fight various mutations…

  • Navalny Supporters Detained Outside His Russian Penal Colony

    Navalny Supporters Detained Outside His Russian Penal Colony

    A number of supporters of Alexei Navalny were detained Tuesday outside his penal colony east of Moscow after they were denied access to the jailed Kremlin critic, who is on hunger strike demanding proper medical treatment. Among those detained was Anastasia Vasilyeva, Navalny’s personal doctor and head of the Alliance of Doctors medical trade union…

  • Russia Fines TikTok for Leaving Up Navalny Protest Calls

    Russia Fines TikTok for Leaving Up Navalny Protest Calls

    A Russian court has fined TikTok 2.5 million rubles ($32,700) for failing to delete calls to attend protests in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, the state-run TASS news agency reported Tuesday. Russia has likened the non-deletions to attempted foreign interference, threatening steep fines against platforms in a move that critics call an escalation…

  • Ukraine Urges NATO to Speed Up Membership in ‘Signal’ to Moscow

    Ukraine Urges NATO to Speed Up Membership in ‘Signal’ to Moscow

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Tuesday urged NATO to speed up his country’s membership in the alliance, saying it was the only way to end fighting with pro-Russia separatists. Zelenskiy spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg after an increase in clashes and Russian military movements on the border raised fears of an escalation of…

  • Fabergé Unveils $2.2M ‘Game of Thrones’-Inspired Dragon Egg

    Fabergé Unveils $2.2M ‘Game of Thrones’-Inspired Dragon Egg

    Jewelry makers at the House of Fabergé are hatching an exclusive $2.2 million gift for fans of the iconic HBO series “Game of Thrones” on the 10th anniversary of its premiere: a one-of-a-kind egg inspired by the show. Fabergé’s lead designer Liisa Tallgren has partnered with the series’ award-winning costume designer Michele Clapton and Warner…

  • Sanctions Threat Pushes Foreign Share of Russian Debt to 6-Year Low

    Sanctions Threat Pushes Foreign Share of Russian Debt to 6-Year Low

    Foreign investors’ holdings of Russian government debt fell below 20% for the first time in six years at the end of March, official data from Russia’s National Settlement Depository shows. International investors have been selling their holdings in Russia’s state debt since the start of the year, fearful of being caught up in a possible…

  • Russia Conducts First Pacific Long-Range Cruise Missile Test

    Russia Conducts First Pacific Long-Range Cruise Missile Test

    The Russian Navy has for the first time fired long-range Kalibr cruise missiles on a ground target in the Sea of Japan, the Russian military announced Tuesday. The Pacific Fleet’s statement follows concerns voiced by U.S. defense officials that the Kalibr, which will for the first time allow Russian warships to conduct long-range strikes against…

  • Russia’s First Space Tourism Company Closes

    Russia’s First Space Tourism Company Closes

    A Russian company that planned to send tourists to space through the country’s first private cosmodrome has scrapped the project and will permanently close, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported Tuesday. Kosmokurs’ operations will cease due to “insurmountable difficulties” in coordinating with local authorities on the cosmodrome project as well as the company’s “inability…

  • The first heavy component of the turbine set for power unit 1 delivered to the Akkuyu NPP (Turkey) site

    April 6, 2021, Büyükeceli, Mersin province, Turkey – On March 20, 2021 the first heavy component of the steam turbine set – the rotor of the high and intermediate pressure cylinder (HP and IP cylinder), which weighs above 107 tons and is more than 12 meters long – was delivered to the Akkuyu NPP construction…

  • Moscow’s Oldest Cinema Reopens After 7-Year Reconstruction

    Moscow’s Oldest Cinema Reopens After 7-Year Reconstruction

    The Art Theater (Khudozhestvenny) on Arbat Square was for more than a century the site of openings, cinema festivals, and special events. Built in 1909 by Robert Albert Broksha, it was the third cinema in the city and the only theater especially designed to show movies. In 1912-1913 Broksha had Fyodor Shekhtel, Russia’s finest style…

  • Navalny Moved to Prison Medical Unit With High Fever – Izvestia

    Navalny Moved to Prison Medical Unit With High Fever – Izvestia

    Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has been transferred with a high fever to a medical unit for observation, the pro-Kremlin Izvestia daily reported Monday, citing prison authorities. The report, citing the regional branch of Russia’s Federal Prison Service that oversees Navalny’s prison colony, came hours after he said in an Instagram post that he has…

  • Russia Warns Myanmar Sanctions Could Spark ‘Full-Blown Civil Conflict’

    Russia said on Tuesday it opposed sanctions against the junta in Myanmar, warning that punitive measures could spark a large-scale civil war in the country. “A course towards threats and pressure including the use of sanctions against the current Myanmar authorities has no future and is extremely dangerous,” news agency Interfax quoted a Russian Foreign…

  • Navalny Says Continuing Hunger Strike Despite Cough, Fever

    Navalny Says Continuing Hunger Strike Despite Cough, Fever

    “I am quoting the official data from today’s temperature measurement: ‘Navalny A.A., strong cough, temperature 38.1’,” he wrote, referring to degrees Celsius, or 100.6 degrees Fahrenheit.  “P.S. I am continuing my hunger strike, of course,” Navalny said. The opposition politician is serving a two-and-a-half year sentence on old fraud charges in a penal colony some…

  • Elon Musk Advises Russia to Use ‘Fully Reusable’ Rockets

    Elon Musk Advises Russia to Use ‘Fully Reusable’ Rockets

    Elon Musk has advised Russia to work toward “full reusability” in its Amur rockets similar to that of his SpaceX corporation’s rockets.  Russia’s state space corporation Roscosmos last year announced the development of the Amur carrier rocket as a successor to its Soyuz rocket. According to Roscosmos, the first stage of the Amur launch vehicle…

  • Russian Detained for Organizing Dubai Nude Balcony Photoshoot – RIA

    Russian Detained for Organizing Dubai Nude Balcony Photoshoot – RIA

    Updated at 5:03 p.m. on April 5 to clarify that the women weren’t arrested. Eight Russian women were among dozens of people involved a widely shared nude photoshoot on a balcony in broad daylight, the Russian state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported Monday. Dubai police announced arrests on public debauchery charges after video and photos of…

  • ‘Imprint In Motion’ Creates a New Genre of Dance, Music, and Art

    ‘Imprint In Motion’ Creates a New Genre of Dance, Music, and Art

    Diana Vishneva dances through the history of art in the new film, “Imprint In Motion,” that brings together five Russian choreographers, five Russian composers and five halls of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. The one-hour film is a joint effort of the Pushkin Museum, the Aksenov Family Foundation and the international festival “Context. Diana…

  • Ukraine Denies Killing of Child in Attack on Separatists

    Ukraine Denies Killing of Child in Attack on Separatists

    Ukraine on Monday denied reports that its forces had killed a five-year-old child in an attack on pro-Moscow eastern separatists, after Russia said it would launch an investigation. “This is a gross, cynical, nasty and godless manipulation,” Ukraine’s defence ministry told AFP in a written comment on the claim, denouncing it as “fake news”. Moscow said Monday…

  • In Photos: Russia Celebrates Western Easter Sunday

    In Photos: Russia Celebrates Western Easter Sunday

    While most Russians, as followers of the Orthodox Christain traditions, will mark Easter on May 2, the country’s Protestant and Catholic parishes took part in the Western-style celebrations on Sunday. Marking the holiday amid the pandemic, Russia’s Christian believers had to forgo some Easter rituals such as foot washing and the ceremonial kissing of the…

  • Russia’s Top Documentary Fest Pulls Gay Chechen Film After Threats

    Russia’s premier documentary film festival has pulled a movie about a gay MMA fighter from Chechnya from its lineup after receiving threats over it. “Silent Voice” tells the story of Khawaj, a promising young MMA fighter who is forced to flee his home region to Belgium after his brother finds out he’s gay and promises…

  • 1 in 2 Russians Say Navalny Rightly Jailed – Poll

    1 in 2 Russians Say Navalny Rightly Jailed – Poll

    Nearly half of Russians say that Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was rightly imprisoned for violating parole while recovering abroad from a poisoning attack, according to an independent survey published Monday. The Levada Center polling agency said 48% of Russian respondents consider Navalny’s sentence of two and a half years in one of the country’s most…

  • Russia Extends Twitter Slowdown, Deadline to Remove Content

    Russia Extends Twitter Slowdown, Deadline to Remove Content

    Russia said Monday it was extending a deadline for Twitter to remove illegal content by a month to mid-May, after the social media giant started cooperating when Russia slowed down its operations. State telecommunications watchdog Roskomnadzor imposed slowdowns on Twitter’s services in mid-March, accusing it of failing to remove content related to child pornography, drug use and calls…

  • Russians Post More Profanities After Social Media Swearing Ban

    Russians Post More Profanities After Social Media Swearing Ban

    Russian-speaking social media users have posted 10% more profanity-laced content in the two months since a law requiring platforms to delete them came into force than before, the RBC news website reported Sunday. The Medialogia media monitor tallied 20.2 million posts containing swear words on Facebook, TikTok, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter, as well as three…

  • ‘Memories of Moscow’ Brings the Late Soviet Era to Life

    ‘Memories of Moscow’ Brings the Late Soviet Era to Life

    In 1983 Dr. Harald Lipman came to Moscow as the resident physician for the British Embassy. Yuri Andropov was General Secretary of the Communist Party of the U.S.S.R. and relations between the Soviet Union and the Western countries were particularly tense. After completing his first residency, Lipman returned in 1987 for another ‘tour of duty,’…

  • Russia’s Excess Death Toll Hits 422K

    Russia’s Excess Death Toll Hits 422K

    Russia recorded almost 30,000 excess deaths during February, the country’s statistics agency announced Friday — a figure which takes Russia’s total excess fatality count since the start of the coronavirus pandemic above 422,000. Excess deaths are calculated by comparing fatalities during the pandemic with mortality rates in the same months of previous years. It is…

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