Russia Swiftly Moves to Block Navalny Aides, Supporters From Ballot

Russia’s lower house of parliament on Tuesday approved draft legislation that would ban members of “extremist” organizations from being elected as lawmakers. The changes to Russia’s election law would shut out jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s supporters from critical lower-house polls in September. The move also comes ahead of a court ruling to add Navalny’s…

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Strategic development. Investment projects in Russia Press Conference held

Accreditation of journalists for the Press Conferences in the lead-up to the Shareholders Meeting Listen to audio For Gazprom’s Press Conferences audio broadcast please dial: +7 495 719-35-77 (Russian) +7 495 719-30-00 (English) May 18, 02:00 pm (Moscow time) Participants: Oleg Aksyutin, Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee – Head of Department at Gazprom; Andrey Fick, Head of Department; Kiril Polous, Deputy Head of Department – Head of Directorate.

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Belarus Raids Main Independent News Site

Authorities in Belarus raided the offices of the country’s largest independent news portal and took down its website on Tuesday, management said, signaling a widening crackdown after historic opposition protests last year. Journalists in the ex-Soviet nation are facing mounting pressure in the wake of the protests against contested elections won by strongman President Alexander…

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Moscow Voters Most Likely to Back Putin, United Russia Despite Tepid Numbers – Poll

Moscow residents are most likely to back President Vladimir Putin and the pro-Putin ruling party despite their tepid support for both, an independent poll published Tuesday has said. The Levada Center polling agency’s latest results come four months ahead of key parliamentary elections in which the United Russia party seeks to maintain a supermajority despite historically low approval ratings.…

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Russia Confirms Rare, Deadly ‘Black Fungus’ Infections Seen in India – Reports

Russia has registered cases of a rare and deadly fungal infection afflicting current and former coronavirus patients that has been on the rise in virus-stricken India, the pro-Kremlin Izvestia newspaper reported Monday. Experts interviewed by the publication stressed that mucormycosis, which Indian doctors have dubbed “black fungus” due to its dark pigmentation, does not spread…

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Poland Arrests Suspected Russian Spy

Polish authorities said they have arrested a man suspected of spying for Russia, the Polish internal security agency said in a statement Monday. The 43-year-old is accused of “providing the Russian special services with information and materials in the military field and about Polish entities and citizens.” The ISA said its officers detained him on…

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3 Killed in Yekaterinburg Knife Attack

Three people have been killed in a knife attack in Russia’s fourth-largest city of Yekaterinburg, state and local media reported Monday.  A man stabbed three passersby with a knife in a park near the Zheleznodorozhny railway station in the city of 1.3 million located 1,400 kilometers east of Moscow, the state-run TASS news agency reported,…

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Armenia and Azerbaijan in New Border Crisis

Azerbaijani forces advanced significantly into territory along the border with Armenia this week, sparking a security crisis in which Russia — Armenia’s treaty ally and the broker of the ceasefire agreement between the two sides — has taken a conspicuously passive role. The details of precisely what happened remain unclear, but Armenia says that Azerbaijani…

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Siberian Muckraker Who Investigated Oil Theft Jailed for Blackmail, Pornography

A Siberian muckraking journalist who investigated oil-theft schemes has been sentenced to eight years in prison on charges of blackmail and distributing pornography, authorities said Friday. Eduard Shmonin, 50, was arrested in 2017 after he released an investigative documentary alleging industrial-scale oil theft with Federal Security Service (FSB) and police involvement in the Khanty-Mansiisk autonomous…

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Moscow Bailiffs Visit RFE/RL Newsroom Over ‘Foreign Agent’ Fines

Moscow city bailiffs have visited the offices of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) to take inventory of the news outlet’s equipment, the independent Meduza news website reported Friday.  The U.S. government-funded news outlet has come under increasing pressure in Russia since being added to the country’s “foreign agents” registry in February 2020. By last month,…

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Russia Declares Independent VTimes News Site a ‘Foreign Agent’

Russia has declared The Moscow Times’ Russian-language partner VTimes a “foreign agent” on Friday amid what critics call the Kremlin’s ongoing crackdown on free speech and independent media. The designation puts the independent news site’s future in jeopardy as it risks cratering its advertising budget and levying steep fines for auditing violations. VTimes was launched…

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Atommash has started manufacturing the bends of the main circulation pump for the “Kudankulam” NPP in India

The Volgodonsk Branch of JSC “AEM-technology” (part of the machine-building division of ROSATOM – Atomenergomash) started stamping pipe blanks – the Bends of the main circulation pump (MCP) for Units 5 and 6 of the Kudankulam NPP (India). The work was carried out in two stages at the thermal press site of Atommash. At first,…

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Russian Troops Block U.S. Military Convoy in Syria

Russian troops have blocked and turned around a U.S. military convoy in northeast Syria, the Russian military said Thursday, accusing it of violating deconfliction arrangements in the country. The Russian Defense Ministry’s Syria reconciliation center said six American MRAP-type armored vehicles drove “along an uncoordinated route and without prior notice” in the Kurdish-held Syrian province…

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Gazprom Management Committee reviews prospects for gas supply and gas infrastructure expansion in Russian regions through 2030

May 13, 2021, 17:30 The Gazprom Management Committee took note of the information about the prospects for the expansion of the gas supply and gas infrastructure network in Russian regions through 2030. It was noted that Gazprom, being a socially-oriented company, pursues the creation of the conditions for connecting the residential and industrial consumers to gas as one of its key activities. Gazprom is actively developing the gas supply…

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Gazprom to ramp up capacities of UGS facilities in Russia to record-high levels by heating season of 2021/2022

May 13, 2021, 17:15 The Gazprom Management Committee reviewed the operating results of the Gazprom Group entities and organizations for the 2020–2021 autumn/winter period and discussed the measures to be taken for ensuring uninterrupted gas supplies to consumers in the upcoming 2021–2022 autumn/winter period. It was noted that the autumn/winter period of 2020–2021 was marked by lengthy cold spells in the area covered by Russia’s Unified Gas Supply System (UGSS).…

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In Letter to The Lancet, Scientists Question ‘Very Peculiar’ Sputnik V Results

An international group of scientists has reiterated “serious concerns” over what they call a lack of transparency, missing data and questionable findings in the clinical research behind Russia’s homemade Sputnik V vaccine. In an open letter to The Lancet — the leading medical journal which published Russia’s interim research showing an efficacy of 91.6% for…

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World’s Youngest Crypto Billionaire Vitalik Buterin Donates $1Bln to Virus-Hit India

Vitalik Buterin, the Russian-born co-founder of the Ethereum digital currency and the world’s youngest crypto billionaire, has donated more than $1 billion to coronavirus-stricken India’s relief fund. The Russian-Canadian programmer moved $1.2 billion worth of dog-themed SHIB meme tokens on Wednesday and about $600,000 in Ether and Maker tokens last month, Forbes reported, citing Buterin’s…

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Slovakia to Start Sputnik Jabs in June

Slovakia’s health minister said Wednesday that the EU member would start offering Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine in June, months after Bratislava’s purchase of the coronavirus jabs triggered a government crisis. The announcement comes a day after the health ministry said it would suspend first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine as it investigates a fatal blood…

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