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  • ROSATOM started manufacturing equipment for Xudapu NPP (China)

    Volgodonsk branch of AEM-technology (a part of ROSATOM machine-building division) have started manufacturing essential equipment for Xudapu NPP Unit 3.   AEM-technology will manufacture and deliver two Generation III+ VVER-1200 reactor facilities, two sets of steam generators, reactor coolant pump set, main circulation piping bodies and two pressurizers.  The total weight of the items will…

  • Rostechnadzor issued the license to build BREST-OD-300 reactor

    The Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service (Rostechnadzor) gave JSC SCC the license for building of the world’s first pilot demonstration power unit with a lead-cooled fast neutron reactor BREST-OD-300 which uses mixed uranium-plutonium nitride fuel and integrated design. The license was signed by Head of Rostechnadzor Aleksei Aleshin on February 10.  “First of…

  • Issues of cooperation with Republic of Belarus reviewed

    Issues of cooperation with Republic of Belarus reviewed

    February 12, 2021, 16:18 A working meeting between Alexey Miller Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Vladimir Semashko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Russian Federation, took place today in St. Petersburg. It was noted at the meeting that Gazprom, as usual, is reliably providing Belarusian consumers with the required amounts of gas amid peak winter demand. The parties discussed issues of cooperation…

  • Iranian Speaker’s Moscow Visit Signals Closer Ties to Come, Experts Say

    Iranian Speaker’s Moscow Visit Signals Closer Ties to Come, Experts Say

    Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad-Bager Galibaf paid a visit to Russia this week, marking his first foreign trip since assuming the post in May of last year.  Though the visit is unlikely to bring an immediate breakthrough despite Iran’s plans for fast-track membership in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), it will certainly make a long-term imprint…

  • Russian-Born ‘Fake Heiress’ Anna Sorokin Released From U.S. Prison – Reports

    Russian-Born ‘Fake Heiress’ Anna Sorokin Released From U.S. Prison – Reports

    A Russian-born socialite has been released from U.S. prison after completing a nearly four-year sentence for theft and larceny, the Insider reported Thursday. A New York City court in 2019 sentenced Anna Sorokin to at least four years in prison for posing as a German heiress named Anna Delvey and scamming banks and friends into…

  • 2 Ukrainian Soldiers Killed in Clashes with Separatists

    2 Ukrainian Soldiers Killed in Clashes with Separatists

    The conflict was at the center of diplomatic spat the UN Thursday when Western countries claimed Russia was blocking efforts to bring about an end to the fighting. Kiev has repeatedly accused Moscow and the separatists of undermining a ceasefire that brought relative calm when it took effect in July last year. Ukraine’s defense ministry reported that…

  • Russia Ready to Cut Ties With Europe – Foreign Minister

    Russia Ready to Cut Ties With Europe – Foreign Minister

    Russia is ready to cut ties with the European Union if it imposes further sanctions on the Russian economy, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday. The heated rhetoric comes 10 days before top EU diplomats are scheduled to discuss new travel bans and asset freezes on President Vladimir Putin’s allies in response to the jailing…

  • Navalny Back in Moscow Court on Defamation Charges

    Navalny Back in Moscow Court on Defamation Charges

    Russia’s main Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was back in court Friday for allegedly defaming a World War II veteran, after being ordered to prison in another case that sparked global outrage and mass protests in his country. The hearing came a little over one week after the 44-year-old opposition leader, a persistent thorn in President…

  • Russia’s Communists Are Split Over Support for Navalny

    Russia’s Communists Are Split Over Support for Navalny

    When Nikolai Bondarenko stepped outside his apartment building in the Volga River city of Saratov on the morning of Feb. 8, the police were waiting for him. The city council communist deputy and video blogger was arrested and fined 20,000 rubles ($270) for attending an unsanctioned protest in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny.…

  • Russian Jehovah’s Witness Handed Longest ‘Extremism’ Prison Sentence

    A court in southern Russia has handed the country’s longest prison sentence yet to an elderly Jehovah’s Witness leader for organizing an “extremist” group, the religious organization said Wednesday. Authorities accused Alexander Ivshin, 63, of organizing the activities of a banned organization, including hosting Bible discussions with friends via video link, until his April 2020…

  • Putin Open to Getting Coronavirus Vaccine in 2021 – Kommersant

    Putin Open to Getting Coronavirus Vaccine in 2021 – Kommersant

    President Vladimir Putin has floated the possibility of getting vaccinated against the coronavirus later in 2021, the Kommersant business daily reported Thursday, citing his closed-door meeting with journalists. Putin, 68, has held off on receiving Russia’s domestically manufactured Covid-19 vaccine despite touting it as the world’s “best” jab and boasting of its first-in-the-world approval. His…

  • Russia to Pay Damages for 2012 Navalny Arrest

    Russia to Pay Damages for 2012 Navalny Arrest

    Russia has agreed to pay jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny damages for his 2012 detention during mass anti-government demonstrations that Europe’s human rights court ruled degrading, Interfax reported Thursday. Russia’s Justice Ministry said it will not appeal the European Court of Human Rights’ (ECHR) November ruling because the ruling did not hold that Navalny’s rights…

  • Russia Warns Will Respond if EU Imposes New Sanctions

    Russia Warns Will Respond if EU Imposes New Sanctions

    Russia said Thursday it would respond in kind if the EU imposes sanctions on Moscow over the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and a crackdown on protests by his supporters. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell earlier this week said he would propose the bloc impose new sanctions on Russia, as he blasted the…

  • Navalny, Kara-Murza Tailed by Same FSB Squad Before Alleged Poisonings — Investigation

    Navalny, Kara-Murza Tailed by Same FSB Squad Before Alleged Poisonings — Investigation

    Vladimir Kara-Murza, a prominent Kremlin critic who survived two suspected poisonings, was likely tailed by the same chemical weapons squad that allegedly poisoned Alexei Navalny, the Bellingcat investigative outlet reported in a joint investigation with The Insider and Der Spiegel.  Bellingcat analyzed travel data which showed that in both cases, in 2015 and 2017, Kara-Murza…

  • Russian Authorities Warn Against Navalny Courtyard Protests

    Russian Authorities Warn Against Navalny Courtyard Protests

    Law enforcement authorities warned Russians Thursday not to take part in Valentine’s Day courtyard protests in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Navalny’s team has called on supporters to hold up their cellphone flashlights in their residential courtyards for short intervals to avoid the kind of crackdown that followed a wave of mass nationwide…

  • Russian Opposition Finds Refuge in Bitcoin

    Russian Opposition Finds Refuge in Bitcoin

    As the value of Bitcoin soared this year, bringing cryptocurrencies back into the global spotlight, Russia’s opposition leader Alexei Navalny saw his team’s crypto wallet fatten.   Public blockchain data shows that a Bitcoin address tied to Navalny received 3.5 Bitcoin ($120,000) at the end of January as supporters rushed to donate to the Kremlin critic…

  • ‘The Treasure of William Brumfield’ Premieres in Moscow

    ‘The Treasure of William Brumfield’ Premieres in Moscow

    On Sunday the Shchusev State Museum of Architecture in Moscow will host the premiere of a documentary film about one of the world’s foremost specialists in ancient Russian architecture, the American professor at Tulane University, William Craft Brumfield. The film, “The Treasure of William Brumfield,” was written and directed by Irma Komladze, a renowned photographer,…

  • Ukraine Bans Coronavirus Vaccines From ‘Aggressor’ Russia

    Ukraine Bans Coronavirus Vaccines From ‘Aggressor’ Russia

    Ukraine has banned coronavirus vaccines produced in bitter rival Russia despite struggles to launch its vaccination campaign. A resolution passed by the government on Feb. 8 and posted on its website Wednesday banned the registration of vaccines from “aggressor states,” a designation Ukraine has applied to Russia since 2015. Ukraine’s pro-Western leadership has repeatedly rejected…

  • Lifting Mask Mandates in Chechnya, Udmurtia ‘Premature,’ Health Expert Warns

    Lifting Mask Mandates in Chechnya, Udmurtia ‘Premature,’ Health Expert Warns

    Two Russian regions’ move to lift their face mask mandates is premature, a leading health expert told The Moscow Times on Thursday.  Officials in the republic of Chechnya and the republic of Udmurtia on Wednesday announced that residents would no longer be required to wear face masks in public, becoming the first two regions of…

  • Russian University Administrator Steps Down After Trick Pro-Putin Flashmob

    Russian University Administrator Steps Down After Trick Pro-Putin Flashmob

    A senior Russian university administrator has resigned after tricking students into filming a flashmob in support of President Vladimir Putin following mass nationwide protests that criticized his rule, local media reported Wednesday. The students were shocked to learn that their participation in a coordinated hand- and flag-waving performance for a state holiday had been repackaged…

  • France Rejected Russia’s Request for Navalny Lab Results, Putin Tells Closed Meeting

    France Rejected Russia’s Request for Navalny Lab Results, Putin Tells Closed Meeting

    France had allegedly rejected Russia’s offer to examine its scientists’ findings that opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned, President Vladimir Putin was reported to have said at a closed meeting Wednesday. Putin told chief editors of Russian news outlets that he had promised French President Emmanuel Macron that Moscow would “immediately” open a criminal investigation…

  • In Russia’s Regions, Navalny Has Ignited Long-Simmering Discontent

    In Russia’s Regions, Navalny Has Ignited Long-Simmering Discontent

    Protests sparked by the jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny have spread beyond the traditional Russian activist hubs of Moscow and St. Petersburg as discontent with the authorities and frustration over low standards of living rise. Tens of thousands took to the streets in over 120 cities after the opposition leader was arrested on his…

  • Russian Rapper Jailed for Navalny Protest ‘Profanity’

    A St. Petersburg court has jailed Russian rapper Vyacheslav Mashnov, known as “Gnoyny” (“Rotten”), for using profanity at demonstrations in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Mashnov, who also goes by “Slava KPSS” (“Glory to the Communist Party of the Soviet Union”), was among the 1,500 people detained in Russia following Navalny’s Feb. 2…

  • Russian Protesters Released From Custody Vow to Fight On

    Russian Protesters Released From Custody Vow to Fight On

    The time in prison has done little to quench Ruslan Krasnikov’s thirst for change at the helm of Russian government — and to fight for it through street protests.  “The protests will continue. People have suffered injustice,” he said Wednesday outside a detention center where he had just spent 10 days in Russia’s second-largest city…

  • Yulia Navalnaya Leaves Russia for Germany – Reports

    Yulia Navalnaya Leaves Russia for Germany – Reports

    Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s wife Yulia Navalnaya has left Russia for Germany, Russian state-run news agency Interfax and German newspaper Der Spiegel reported Wednesday, both citing unnamed sources. Navalnaya flew to Frankfurt from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport, Interfax cited its source as saying. Lawyers for both Navalny and Navalnaya told the state-run TASS news agency that they…

  • Russia Fines Radio Free Europe $150K Under ‘Foreign Agent’ Law

    Russia Fines Radio Free Europe $150K Under ‘Foreign Agent’ Law

    Russia’s media watchdog said Wednesday it had fined the Russian-language service of U.S.-funded Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe nearly $150,000 over non-compliance with its controversial “foreign agent” law, in a penalty that could increase. Groups or individuals identified as “foreign agents” in Russia must disclose their sources of funding and label publications with the relevant tag…

  • Russian Independent News Site Shuts Down After Editor’s Self-Immolation Death

    Russian Independent News Site Shuts Down After Editor’s Self-Immolation Death

    An independent Russian news website has shut down four months after its editor died from setting herself on fire outside the city of Nizhny Novgorod’s police headquarters. Irina Slavina, editor-in-chief of Koza Press, died on Oct. 2, the day after security forces raided her home in search of evidence of her ties to the opposition.…

  • Moscow Court Orders Psych Exam for Former U.S. Marine

    Moscow Court Orders Psych Exam for Former U.S. Marine

    A Russian court on Wednesday ordered a psychological examination of former U.S. Marine Trevor Reed, who was convicted of assaulting a police officer in a case condemned by President Joe Biden’s administration. Reed, 29, was found guilty and sentenced to nine years behind bars in July last year for allegedly hitting a Moscow law enforcement…

  • ‘Snow Apocalypse’ Coming to Moscow Amid Decade-Low February Temps

    ‘Snow Apocalypse’ Coming to Moscow Amid Decade-Low February Temps

    A major winter storm is expected to descend on Moscow this week with massive snowdrifts and unusually cold air temperatures even by the Russian capital’s standards, forecasters said Wednesday. Snow is expected to blanket Moscow beginning Thursday afternoon and lasting into the weekend, Russian weather service chief Roman Vilfand told the state-run TASS news agency.…

  • Visitors To Karabakh To Require Russian Permission

    Visitors To Karabakh To Require Russian Permission

    Visitors to Armenian-controlled Nagorno-Karabakh now have to get Russian permission ahead of time. The territory’s de facto ministry of foreign affairs announced new entry regulations for foreigners on Feb. 8, and one of the provisions was that Russian peacekeeping forces will examine applications “for security purposes” before they are approved. It’s not clear what prompted the new…

  • Russia Eyes Measures to Tackle Migrant Labor Shortage

    Russia Eyes Measures to Tackle Migrant Labor Shortage

    Russia said Wednesday it was looking to simplify entry requirements for migrant workers, to aid industries like construction and agriculture that are facing labor shortages due to the pandemic. Moscow announced border closures in spring last year to curb the spread of the coronavirus, prompting thousands of migrant workers, mostly from ex-Soviet countries in Central…

  • Russia’s Excess Death Spike a ‘Harsh Reality’ of Coronavirus, Kremlin Says

    Russia’s Excess Death Spike a ‘Harsh Reality’ of Coronavirus, Kremlin Says

    Russia’s surge in deaths last year is the “harsh reality” of the global coronavirus pandemic, the Kremlin said Wednesday after official data showed a much higher Covid-19 death toll than initially reported. The state statistics service on Monday attributed 162,429 of deaths in 2020 to the coronavirus, three times more than the 57,555 deaths first…

  • Despite Early Start, Russia Says Only 1.5% Population Vaccinated

    Despite Early Start, Russia Says Only 1.5% Population Vaccinated

    Around 2.2 million Russians have been partially vaccinated against the coronavirus so far — or 1.5% of the country’s population —  the lead scientist behind the development of Russia’s homemade Sputnik V vaccine said Wednesday. The progress update was announced by Denis Logunov, deputy director of research at the state-run Gamaleya Institute, at a meeting…

  • Russia’s Virus Caseload Passes 4 Million

    Russia’s Virus Caseload Passes 4 Million

    But Russia has come under fire for its official virus statistics and the government’s stated death toll of 78,134 in particular has been undermined by recent mortality data. Figures published by statistics agency Rosstat on Monday showed more than 162,000 virus-related deaths last year, more than double the number reported by the government’s task force so far.…

  • Moscow Activists Plan ‘Chain of Solidarity’ for Yulia Navalnaya, Women ‘Political Prisoners’

    Moscow Activists Plan ‘Chain of Solidarity’ for Yulia Navalnaya, Women ‘Political Prisoners’

    Russian activists have announced a “Chain of Solidarity and Love” in central Moscow on Valentine’s Day in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s wife Yulia as well as Russian women prosecuted for political reasons.  The event was inspired by last summer’s women-led actions in neighboring Belarus, where people formed long human chains to protest police…

  • ROSATOM held a formal meeting “Science in the RTTN Complex Program”

    On February 9, 2021, in Moscow a formal meeting “Science in the RTTN Complex Program” (“Development of Engineering, Technology and Research in the Use of Atomic Energy until 2024”) was held in the ROSATOM’s Headquarters. The meeting was dedicated to the Russian Science Day. Representatives of ROSATOM, NRC Kurchatov Institute, institutes of the Russian Academy…

  • Moscow Coronavirus Patients Die After Oxygen Outage

    Moscow Coronavirus Patients Die After Oxygen Outage

    Two coronavirus patients hospitalized outside Moscow have died following an oxygen outage in at least the fourth such incident in recent months, regional health officials confirmed to Russian media Wednesday. A malfunction is believed to have caused the oxygen supply interruption at the coronavirus wing of the hospital in the western Moscow region district of Odintsovo, emergency…

  • Moscow Security Forces Raid Jehovah’s Witnesses

    Moscow Security Forces Raid Jehovah’s Witnesses

    Security forces detained several Moscow-based Jehovah’s Witnesses during raids in connection with a new extremism investigation into the religious group’s members, authorities announced Wednesday. Russia’s Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes, said Federal Security Service (FSB) agents, National Guardsmen and police officers assisted in the raids at 16 addresses in and around Moscow. The investigative…

  • Russia Places Top Navalny Aide on Interstate Wanted List

    Russia Places Top Navalny Aide on Interstate Wanted List

    Russia has issued an interstate arrest warrant for Leonid Volkov, the regional network coordinator for jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Interfax reported on Wednesday, citing the court press service.  Volkov, who is currently based in Lithuania, faces criminal charges in Russia for allegedly inciting minors online to participate in unsanctioned protests last month. Several of…

  • Russians’ Protest Expectations Hit 20-Year High, Willingness to Attend Falls – Poll

    Russians’ Protest Expectations Hit 20-Year High, Willingness to Attend Falls – Poll

    More Russians expect to see new protests than at any other point in the past 23 years while their own willingness to protest continues to decline, according to a survey by the independent Levada Center published Wednesday. The widening gap follows widespread footage of police violence against peaceful demonstrators at recent nationwide rallies in support…

  • Syzran Refinery Wins “Leader of Environmental Protection in Russia – 2020” Contest

    The Syzran Oil Refinery, an enterprise of Rosneft Oil Company’s refining complex, has been given the most significant award of the 16th Russian Contest “Leader of Environmental Protection in Russia – 2020” in the Best Environmental Policy in Refining nomination.

  • Russia Snubs European Security Panel in 30-Year First

    Russia Snubs European Security Panel in 30-Year First

    The Russian military has turned down an invitation to attend a European security seminar for the first time in 30 years amid deteriorating ties with the West, Moscow’s arms control delegation in Vienna said Tuesday. The delegation’s Twitter account said Russian Defense Ministry officials opted out of the European Security and Cooperation Organization’s (OSCE) Military…

  • EU Will Propose ‘Concrete’ Sanctions Against Russia

    EU Will Propose ‘Concrete’ Sanctions Against Russia

    EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Tuesday he will propose the bloc’s 27 member states impose sanctions on Russia after Moscow rebuffed his attempts to renew a dialogue.   “It will be for the member states to decide the next step, but yes this could include sanctions and I will put forward concrete proposals,” Borrell…

  • Russia Brands Navalny Team ‘Traitors’ for EU Sanctions Push

    Russia Brands Navalny Team ‘Traitors’ for EU Sanctions Push

    Russia on Tuesday accused allies of jailed opposition figure Alexei Navalny of treasonous behavior for urging the EU to sanction members of President Vladimir Putin’s circle, including oligarchs and bankers. Navalny’s right-hand man piled fresh pressure on the Kremlin by calling on supporters to stage courtyard protests on Valentine’s Day this Sunday, lighting their phone…

  • Russia Floats Pre-Emptive ‘Intimidation’ Strike to Counter U.S. Strategy

    Russia Floats Pre-Emptive ‘Intimidation’ Strike to Counter U.S. Strategy

    Russian military scientists have proposed a pre-emptive strike using manned and unmanned aircraft to counter the United States’ multidomain war-fighting strategy against adversaries, according to excerpts cited in an Armed Forces academic journal. The Russian Aerospace Force academics describe the Pentagon’s air, land, sea, cyber and space integration strategy to paralyze an enemy — known…

  • PIK reactor is put into energy operation mode

    On February 8, 2021, on the Day of Russian Science, PIK neutron reactor was put into power operation at the National Research Center Kurchatov Institute in St Petersburg Institute of Nuclear Physics (PNPI) with president of the Kurchatov Institute Mikhail Kovalchuk and ROSATOM Director General Alexey Likhachev attending the launch. The unique features of neutron…

  • Valentine’s Day at the Hyatt Regency

    Valentine’s Day at the Hyatt Regency

    The romantic months of February and March begin with Valentine’s Day this coming Sunday (Feb. 14). Even though Russians traditionally celebrate men on Feb. 23 (Defender of the Homeland Day) and women on March 8 (International Women’s Day), they have happily joined their foreign friends and added this celebration of couples in honor of St.…

  • In Photos: Record-Breaking Cold Grips Moscow

    In Photos: Record-Breaking Cold Grips Moscow

    Much of Russia has been invaded by a blast of bitter winter weather this week — in the country’s northern regions, temperatures as low as minus 40 Celsius were recorded. Moscow, too, is experiencing some of the decade’s coldest weather, with temperatures plummeting to the low twenties. Here is a closer look at how Muscovites…

  • Rosneft will report its Q4 and 12M 2020 IFRS financial results on Friday, February 12, 2021.

    Rosneft will report its Q4 and 12M 2020 IFRS financial results on Friday, February 12, 2021.

  • Navalny Allies Announce New Courtyard Protests

    Navalny Allies Announce New Courtyard Protests

    Jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s team has announced fresh protests for this Sunday, shifting their strategy from street demonstrations to neighborhood gatherings in an effort to avoid direct confrontations with riot police. Russian authorities clamped down on two weekend rallies held in Navalny’s support late last month. Videos showed riot police using force against those…

  • EU Accepts Russia’s Application for Sputnik V Approval

    EU Accepts Russia’s Application for Sputnik V Approval

    The European Union has approved Russia’s application to register its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in the bloc, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported Tuesday.  The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which is funding and marketing Sputnik V, filed for EU registration of the jab on Jan. 29. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) had concluded its…

  • Pro-Putin Corporate Culture Behind Viral ‘Flashmob’ Videos

    Pro-Putin Corporate Culture Behind Viral ‘Flashmob’ Videos

    In a recent video that quickly went viral on Russian social media, thousands of employees can be seen cheering, waving Russian flags and lining up to form letters that spell “Putin is our president” when viewed from above. The video, filmed in the parking lot at the Sima Land e-commerce company’s Yekaterinburg headquarters, ends with…

  • Russia Annoyed by EU Inclusion of Navalny Allies in Sanctions Talks

    Russia Annoyed by EU Inclusion of Navalny Allies in Sanctions Talks

    Russia has admonished the European Union for discussing potential sanctions with jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s close associates. On Monday, Navalny’s regional network coordinator Leonid Volkov and his Anti-Corruption Foundation executive director Vladimir Ashurkov joined a video call on the EU’s Russia policy, Volkov said on social media. Diplomats from Britain, the United States, Canada…

  • 2 Gay Men Sent Back to Chechnya Were ‘Kidnapped’ – Rights Group

    2 Gay Men Sent Back to Chechnya Were ‘Kidnapped’ – Rights Group

    A rights group on Monday described as “kidnapping” the plight of two gay men who were seized near Moscow last week and sent back to their native Chechnya, a Russian region accused of persecution against homosexuality. The LGBT Network rights group helped the two Chechen men, Salekh Magamadov and Ismail Isayev, flee Muslim-majority Chechnya for…

  • Germany, Poland, Sweden to Expel Russian Diplomats in Tit-for-Tat Move

    Germany, Poland, Sweden to Expel Russian Diplomats in Tit-for-Tat Move

    Germany, Sweden and Poland on Monday said they were each expelling a Russian diplomat, in retaliation for Moscow’s expulsion last week of their diplomats for allegedly taking part in protests in support of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. The three EU countries announced the tit-for-tat moves in coordinated statements, which come against a backdrop of mounting…

  • Joseph Brodsky’s ‘Room and a Half’ Now a Museum

    Joseph Brodsky’s ‘Room and a Half’ Now a Museum

    After many years in the making, the Joseph Brodsky Museum has finally opened in the apartment he shared with his parents on Liteiny Prospekt in St. Petersburg, 25 years after his death at the age of 56. The museum is divided into a modern section in a former flat that was adjacent to the one…

  • Russia’s Yearly Mortality Surges 20% in 2020

    Russia’s Yearly Mortality Surges 20% in 2020

    Russia recorded a 19.6% year-on-year increase in deaths last year, figures published by the federal statistics service showed Monday. Rosstat said a total of 2.12 million people died in 2020 — an increase of 323,000 compared to 2019, and the highest annual fatality count for at least 16 years. Speaking earlier Monday, Deputy Prime Minister…

  • Barbed-Wire Police Protest Lands Russian Performance Artist in Jail

    Barbed-Wire Police Protest Lands Russian Performance Artist in Jail

    A Russian performance artist has been jailed a second time for attempting to stage a barbed-wire stunt in protest of police overreach in central Moscow last month, the OVD-Info police-monitoring website reported Monday. Authorities detained Pavel Krisevich on Sunday immediately after he finished serving a two-week administrative arrest on charges of disobeying police orders with the stunt…

  • Russia Defends Expulsion of European Diplomats

    Russia Defends Expulsion of European Diplomats

    The Kremlin defended Monday Russia’s shock expulsion of EU diplomats during the high-profile visit of the European Union’s top diplomat but insisted it remained interested in reviving relations with Brussels. Russia on Friday announced the expulsion of diplomats from Germany, Poland and Sweden during the rare meeting in Moscow between EU foreign policy chief Josep…

  • 1 in 4 Russians Watched Navalny’s ‘Putin Palace’ Investigation – Poll

    1 in 4 Russians Watched Navalny’s ‘Putin Palace’ Investigation – Poll

    More than one out of every four Russians, or 26%, have watched opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s recent investigation into President Vladimir Putin’s alleged $1.3 billion palace, according to a poll by the independent Levada Center published Monday. Navalny’s team released the in-depth YouTube investigation — which alleges that Putin and his close associates laundered money…

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