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  • Russia Stages Black Sea Warship Drills Amid U.S. Destroyer Presence

    Russia Stages Black Sea Warship Drills Amid U.S. Destroyer Presence

    A Russian warship has sailed out of its home berth in the Black Sea to confront a U.S. destroyer navigating the area, the Russian Navy announced Friday. The Admiral Makarov performed air defense and combat-readiness exercises “under combat training plans,” Interfax cited the Navy’s Black Sea Fleet as saying. “The frigate’s crew will next conduct…

  • Gazprom Group and Overgas Group reach settlement

    Gazprom Group and Overgas Group reach settlement

    January 29, 2021, 11:05 In Sofia, the Overgas Group and the Gazprom Group reached a mutually satisfactory final agreement on the settlement of all existing disputes and claims, as well as the sale of the Gazprom Group’s share in Overgas Inc. AD. As a result of the agreement, the Gazprom Group will receive over EUR 100 million. Information Directorate, Gazprom +7 812 609-34-21 +7 812 609-34-05+7 812 609-34-31+7 812 609-34-27 Investment Community…

  • North Caucasus Man Detained for Barbecue at WWII Eternal Flame

    North Caucasus Man Detained for Barbecue at WWII Eternal Flame

    A local resident has been detained for cooking a barbecue over an eternal flame monument to fallen World War II soldiers in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, state media reported Friday. Footage shared by the Baza Telegram channel showed the elderly man crouching over the flames with two slabs of meat attached to a…

  • Study Sheds New Light on Russia’s Dyatlov Pass Mountain Mystery

    Study Sheds New Light on Russia’s Dyatlov Pass Mountain Mystery

    The mysterious deaths of nine young hikers in the winter of 1959 at a remote pass in the Ural mountains has fascinated Russia for decades and spawned countless theories from aliens to a botched nuclear test. Now research published Thursday in the journal Communications Earth and Environment has added weight to a natural explanation for…

  • Moscow Police Warn Against Second Pro-Navalny Protest

    Moscow Police Warn Against Second Pro-Navalny Protest

    Moscow police Thursday warned Russians supporting jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny against staging protests this weekend, saying demonstrators could face criminal responsibility. Tens of thousands of people across Russia rallied last weekend in support of the 44-year-old opposition leader, who urged supporters to protest against President Vladimir Putin’s 20-year rule. The opposition plans to hold…

  • Russia’s Population Decline Hits 15-Year High – Preliminary Data

    Russia’s Population Decline Hits 15-Year High – Preliminary Data

    Russia’s population decline has set a 15-year record amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to preliminary government data cited by the RBC news website Thursday. Russia’s population totaled 146.24 million as of Jan. 1, 2021, down from 146.75 million the previous year. The 510,000-person decline is the largest since 2005, when Russia’s population dropped by 564,500…

  • Russian Parties Merge Ahead of Highly Anticipated State Duma Race

    Russian Parties Merge Ahead of Highly Anticipated State Duma Race

    Three Russian political parties have merged into a single party ahead of this year’s State Duma elections in September, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported Thursday. The leaders of the A Just Russia, For Truth and Patriots of Russia parties signed a unification manifesto to form the new A Just Russia — For Truth…

  • Navalny Kept in Custody Ahead of Sunday Protests

    Navalny Kept in Custody Ahead of Sunday Protests

    A Moscow court has upheld opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s 30-day pretrial detention on charges of violating probation terms from a previous conviction he says was politically motivated, the Mediazona news website reported Thursday. Navalny was placed in custody until Feb. 15 upon his return from Germany, where he spent months recovering from Novichok nerve agent…

  • Management Committee reviews information on gas supplies to Khabarovsk Territory

    Management Committee reviews information on gas supplies to Khabarovsk Territory

    Background In September 2020, Gazprom and the Khabarovsk Territory approved the program for gas supply and gas infrastructure expansion in the region for a new five-year period, i.e. 2021–2025. The Company’s investments in the program will total RUB 5.49 billion – a 3.2-fold increase against the investments made in 2016–2020. Gazprom is planning to build 14 inter-settlement gas pipelines, 9.3 kilometers of gas pipeline branches, and six gas distribution…

  • ROSATOM has obtained the permit for the Medvezhenskaya wind farm construction in the Stavropol Krai

    VetroSGC-2 (a part of NovaWind JSC, ROSATOM’s company) obtained the permit for the construction of the Medvezhenskaya wind farm with a total capacity of 60 MW in the territory of Trunovskiy urban district, the Stavropol Krai. The receipt of the permit was preceded by a positive opinion of design document expert examination issued by the…

  • Soldiers Practice Military Drills Across Russia

    Soldiers Practice Military Drills Across Russia

    Over 3500 military personnel have started martial exercises across six regions in Russia, the state-run TASS news agency reported Thursday.  “The exercise involves army control structures, communications brigades, tank, infantry, artillery, missile, air defense units,” TASS quoted the Western Military District press service as saying, adding that nuclear, chemical and biological protection troops; reconnaissance and…

  • Russia Fines RFE/RL for ‘Foreign Agent’ Breaches

    Russia Fines RFE/RL for ‘Foreign Agent’ Breaches

    A Russian court has fined Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and its Russian-language services for violating the country’s “foreign agent” law, the U.S.-funded news organization said Wednesday. Russia labeled RFE/RL and its regional affiliates as “foreign agents” in 2017 in retaliation to the U.S. requiring Kremlin-funded media to register under anti-propaganda laws. This year, RFE/RL said it…

  • Navalny’s Family Members, Allies Detained for Virus Violations at Protests

    Navalny’s Family Members, Allies Detained for Virus Violations at Protests

    Jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s family members and allies have been detained on charges of violating coronavirus restrictions following widespread raids on their homes and offices, the head of Navalny’s anti-corruption outfit Ivan Zhdanov said early Thursday. The raids and detentions in more than 30 Moscow locations follow last weekend’s nationwide rallies demanding Navalny’s release…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Jan. 28

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Jan. 28

    Russia has confirmed 3,793,810 cases of coronavirus and 71,651 deaths. Jan. 28: What you need to know today Russia confirmed 19,138 new coronavirus cases and 575 deaths. Moscow has lifted some measures aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus as cases continued to recede over the past week, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced Wednesday. The measures include the…

  • Once-Jailed Populist Japarov Sworn in as Kyrgyz President

    Once-Jailed Populist Japarov Sworn in as Kyrgyz President

    Populist Sadyr Japarov was sworn in as president of ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan Thursday, completing a remarkable transformation from prisoner to president in just a few months.   Japarov, 52, was serving jail time on hostage-taking charges before being freed during a political crisis over a parliamentary vote in October, beginning a dizzying rise to the top…

  • Anti-Putin Shaman Re-Committed to Mental Hospital

    Anti-Putin Shaman Re-Committed to Mental Hospital

    A Siberian shaman has once again been committed to a mental hospital on the eve of his planned cross-country journey to expel Russian President Vladimir Putin from power, the hospital and activists said Wednesday. Alexander Gabyshev, who has been placed in a psychiatric hospital twice in the past two years, announced in January plans to…

  • Russia Opposed to Widening Scope of Iran Nuclear Deal

    Russia Opposed to Widening Scope of Iran Nuclear Deal

    Russia does not support expanding the Iran nuclear deal to other issues like Tehran’s regional influence should the United States decide to rejoin, Moscow’s deputy envoy to the UN said Wednesday. Known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the deal was agreed between Iran, the United States, China, Russian, Britain, France and Germany…

  • Navalny’s Alleged FSB Poisoners Linked to Deaths of Journalists, Activists – Investigation

    Navalny’s Alleged FSB Poisoners Linked to Deaths of Journalists, Activists – Investigation

    An elite Russian chemical weapons squad that tailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny for years before allegedly poisoning him with Novichok was involved with at least three other killings, according to a joint investigation published Wednesday. In December, CNN, the Bellingcat investigative outlet, Russia’s The Insider and Germany’s Der Spiegel used phone records, flight logs and…

  • After renovation and rebranding Chelyabinsk International Airport opened under the name of “Igor Kurchatov”

    On January 26, 2021 the function was carried out to open Chelyabinsk International Airport after renovation and rebranding. The airport acquired its name from Igor Vasilievich Kurchatov who was a prominent native of the region and one of the founders of the domestic nuclear industry.  The opening of the renovated airport was confined to the…

  • Russia to Fine Social Media Giants For Keeping Up Pro-Navalny Videos

    Russia to Fine Social Media Giants For Keeping Up Pro-Navalny Videos

    Russia will fine seven social media companies for not removing pro-Navalny videos ahead of last Saturday’s nationwide protests, the country’s communications regulator said Wednesday. “Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, VKontakte, Odnoklassniki and YouTube will be fined for non-compliance with requirements to prevent the dissemination of calls to minors to participate in unauthorized rallies,” Roskomnadzor said in…

  • Russian Police Search Navalny’s Apartment, HQ – Aides

    Russian Police Search Navalny’s Apartment, HQ – Aides

    Russian law enforcement officers have searched Alexei Navalny’s Moscow apartment, his team’s headquarters and the apartments of his allies, the jailed opposition leader’s aides said Wednesday. The searches come ahead of a second round of nationwide unauthorized rallies calling for Navalny’s release planned for Jan. 31. Last Saturday, tens of thousands of Russians in over 120 towns…

  • Geopolitics, Sanctions and Social Media Giants: Putin’s Davos Speech, in Quotes

    Geopolitics, Sanctions and Social Media Giants: Putin’s Davos Speech, in Quotes

    Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the World Economic Forum in Davos for the first time in more than a decade Wednesday. Speaking amid outcry in the West over the jailing of poisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Putin addressed geopolitical tensions, sanctions and economic inequality, the growing power of tech giants and more. Here are the…

  • Twitter, Facebook Block ‘Putin’s Chef’ Over Transphobic Comments

    Twitter, Facebook Block ‘Putin’s Chef’ Over Transphobic Comments

    Twitter and Facebook have blocked the accounts of powerful Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, his Concord catering company said Wednesday. The accounts belonging to Prigozhin, who is known as “Putin’s chef” because of his close ties to the Russian president, were blocked “without explanation,” Concord’s press service wrote on VKontakte. The company said it believed Prigozhin’s…

  • Peat Fires Smolder in Siberia Despite Bone-Chilling Temperatures

    Peat Fires Smolder in Siberia Despite Bone-Chilling Temperatures

    Siberian peat fires have continued to burn after a year of record-setting wildfires in and around the Arctic Circle despite temperatures below minus 50 degrees Celsius, The Siberian Times reported Wednesday. Footage showing smoke rising from the snow in January and November offers physical evidence of the “zombie fire” phenomenon, which describes summertime blazes that…

  • Protester Kicked by Russian Police Re-Hospitalized

    Protester Kicked by Russian Police Re-Hospitalized

    A protester kicked by police during a weekend rally in support of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny in St. Petersburg was hospitalized for a second time after her condition worsened, her lawyer said Wednesday. Margarita Yudina, a 54-year-old mother of three, was initially hospitalized Saturday evening after the rally before being released the next day. Her…

  • ROSATOM and Gazprombank expand cooperation in wind energy up to 1 GW

    Gazprombank and VetroSGC-2 JSC, which is a part of ROSATOM, announced the final closure of a complex bank financing deal for a wind power plant project in Russia with a total installed capacity of 340 MW. The commissioning date for the last wind power plant is scheduled for December 2022. As part of the deal,…

  • Anti-Putin Snowman Protest Leads to Russian Activist’s Detention

    Anti-Putin Snowman Protest Leads to Russian Activist’s Detention

    An activist in northern Russia has been detained for organizing a “mass rally” against President Vladimir Putin using snowmen she built, a fellow activist said Wednesday. A photo shared by Arkhangelsk activist Andrei Borovikov shows four snowmen holding up anti-Putin placards. One of them references the billion-dollar palace that jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny claimed belongs…

  • Navalny Supporters Abroad Urge West to Get Serious About Sanctions

    Navalny Supporters Abroad Urge West to Get Serious About Sanctions

    Hours after Russia had completed its annexation of Crimea in 2014, while he was sitting under house arrest facing a criminal trial on charges European courts would later brand politically motivated, Alexei Navalny wrote an article for the New York Times titled “How to Punish Putin.” It was the anti-Kremlin campaigner’s manifesto for the West…

  • Putin Hails Extension of New START Treaty

    Putin Hails Extension of New START Treaty

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday the extension of a key nuclear pact was a positive development in reducing global tensions, as lawmakers unanimously voted to ratify the agreement to prolong New START in a rare moment of cooperation between Moscow and Washington. “No doubt it is a step in the right direction,” Putin said…

  • Russian Parliament’s Lower House Ratifies New START Extension

    Russian Parliament’s Lower House Ratifies New START Extension

    The Russian parliament’s lower house on Wednesday unanimously voted to ratify an agreement to extend by five years a key nuclear pact with the United States that was set to expire next week. A total of 399 lawmakers voted in favor of extending the agreement, with no votes against or abstentions. The upper house is…

  • Employees of RN-Nyaganneftegaz Plant Over 280,000 Conifer Seedlings in 2020

    In 2020, employees of RN-Nyaganneftegaz (an enterprise of Rosneft Oil Company) planted over 280,000 seedlings of Siberian pine and Baltic pine as part of the reforestation programme.

  • Russia’s FSB Says Protects ‘Putin’s Palace’ From NATO Intelligence

    Russia’s FSB Says Protects ‘Putin’s Palace’ From NATO Intelligence

    Russia’s security forces only established a no-fly zone around President Vladimir Putin’s alleged palace due to increased intelligence collection activity by NATO members, the security services told the RBC news website Wednesday. Jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s recent viral investigative video alleges that the high-security Black Sea estate enjoys presidential-level protection from the Federal Security Service…

  • ROSATOM Participated in Animal Release Action in Brazil

    On January 22, 2021, a unique action aimed at maintaining biodiversity and improving the environmental culture in Brazil was carried out by ROSATOM and Instituto Vida Livre (Brazilian Non-Governmental Organization) under the Cooperation Agreement between these organizations. Rosatom Latin America took part in the release of rehabilitated animals as part of the sponsorship program for…

  • Russian TikTokers Detained for Attacking FSB Car at Navalny Protests

    Russian TikTokers Detained for Attacking FSB Car at Navalny Protests

    A popular TikToker and his friends have been detained for allegedly vandalizing a Russian security services car during mass rallies in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Moscow, media reported Wednesday. Konstantin Lakeyev, 18, is suspected of attacking the car appearing to belong to Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) in a widely shared…

  • Putin Submits Bill to Extend New START by 5 Years

    Putin Submits Bill to Extend New START by 5 Years

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday submitted a bill to parliament that would extend by five years a key nuclear pact with the United States that was set to expire next week. The New START treaty, signed in 2010, caps to 1,550 the number of nuclear warheads that can be deployed by Moscow and Washington,…

  • Moscow Lifts Restrictions as Coronavirus Cases Recede

    Moscow Lifts Restrictions as Coronavirus Cases Recede

    Moscow has lifted work-from-home measures and restaurant curfews as coronavirus cases continued to recede over the past week, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced Wednesday. Since the fall, the Russian capital had required that employers transfer 30% of their staff to remote work and bars, restaurants, clubs and other nighttime establishments to close between 11 p.m. and…

  • Russian Education Panel Hosts Holocaust-Denying Webinar

    Russian Education Panel Hosts Holocaust-Denying Webinar

    A guest speaker at a St. Petersburg teachers’ webinar has been filmed giving a lecture on what he called the “Zionist lie” of the Holocaust, the Ekho Moskvy radio station reported Tuesday. Professor Vladimir Matveyev put forward debunked theories that no gas chambers had been found in Germany after World War II and that it…

  • Biden Signals Tougher U.S. Stance Against Russia in First Call With Putin

    Biden Signals Tougher U.S. Stance Against Russia in First Call With Putin

    President Joe Biden signaled a tougher U.S. stance on Russia on Tuesday in his first phone call with President Vladimir Putin, raising concerns over human rights and “aggression” against Ukraine, but welcoming cooperation on a new nuclear weapons accord. The call was initiated by the White House to discuss progress on extending the New START…

  • G7 Foreign Ministers Condemn Navalny Arrest

    G7 Foreign Ministers Condemn Navalny Arrest

    The G7 group of nations Tuesday condemned the arrest of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, calling his detention “politically motivated” in a statement. The foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the U.S. said Navalny’s detention was “deplorable” and called for his “immediate and unconditional release.”  “Russia is bound by its…

  • Russia Suggests Middle East Peace Conference

    Russia Suggests Middle East Peace Conference

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday backed a Palestinian proposal for a Middle East peace conference, saying at the UN that it could be held at ministerial level in spring or summer. Recalling that Moscow had backed Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas’ idea for international talks in early 2021 when he first proposed it in…

  • Gazprom and TMK discuss innovative pipe solutions for field development

    Gazprom and TMK discuss innovative pipe solutions for field development

    January 26, 2021, 19:30 A working meeting took place between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Dmitry Pumpyansky, Chairman of the Board of Directors of TMK. The parties discussed the state and prospects of their cooperation. It was noted that over the course of 2020, amid the restrictions imposed to fight the spread of the coronavirus, pipes for Gazprom were produced and shipped…

  • Navalny’s Team Plans Weekend Protests Outside FSB

    Navalny’s Team Plans Weekend Protests Outside FSB

    Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s aides called Tuesday for new anti-government rallies this weekend outside the Moscow headquarters of the FSB security agency and the offices of Vladimir Putin’s presidential administration. The 44-year-old opposition figure’s team posted an event on Facebook calling for his supporters in Moscow to gather at noon on Sunday at Lubyanka…

  • 98 kilometers built within Power of Siberia gas pipeline’s section between Kovyktinskoye and Chayandinskoye fields

    98 kilometers built within Power of Siberia gas pipeline’s section between Kovyktinskoye and Chayandinskoye fields

    January 26, 2021, 17:00 Oleg Aksyutin, Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee – Head of Department at Gazprom, and Igor Kobzev, Governor of the Irkutsk Region, had an extended meeting in Irkutsk today. The meeting reviewed, among other things, the ongoing efforts for creating the Irkutsk gas production center. It was noted that the work to prepare the Kovyktinskoye field – the basis for the Irkutsk center –…

  • Real Life Meets Screen Life in Upcoming Russia-Based Thriller

    Real Life Meets Screen Life in Upcoming Russia-Based Thriller

    HOLLYWOOD—If the last few months haven’t given you enough excitement in the U.S. and Russia, soon you can see them again on the big screen — only fictionalized with lots of action and a big dose of conspiracy. Unlike most moviemakers sidelined by the pandemic work stoppage, Russian actor-writer-producer Alexander Nevsky has been putting finishing touches…

  • Iran Approves Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccine

    Iran Approves Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccine

    Iran has approved Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday, in a win for Moscow as it aims to bolster its geopolitical clout. Iran, which is fighting the Middle East’s deadliest outbreak, has said it will only rely on vaccines made by Russia, India or China, while also working to produce…

  • From Skepticism to Relief: Why I Got the Russian Vaccine

    From Skepticism to Relief: Why I Got the Russian Vaccine

    When I decided to take advantage of Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin’s widening of the list of professions eligible for the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine to include journalists, reactions from my Russian friends ranged from shock to concern. “You’re more of a patriot than I am,” said one. Despite Russia’s proven track record of scientific breakthrough…

  • Moscow, Tehran Call for ‘Rescue’ of Iran Nuclear Deal

    Moscow, Tehran Call for ‘Rescue’ of Iran Nuclear Deal

    Moscow and Tehran called for the rescue of the Iran nuclear deal Tuesday, as their top diplomats held their first talks since Joe Biden’s election raised hopes of Washington returning to the agreement. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said ahead of the talks in Moscow that “one of the most pressing topics is the task…

  • Russian Ex-Deputy Prime Minister Prikhodko Dies at 64

    Russian Ex-Deputy Prime Minister Prikhodko Dies at 64

    Former Russian Deputy Prime Minister and First Deputy Chief of Staff Sergei Prikhodko has died aged 64 after a long illness, Russian media reported and the government confirmed Tuesday. Prikhodko had been a trusted foreign policy adviser to Russia’s leaders for more than two decades before he became embroiled in a scandal seen as evidence…

  • U.S. Jails Woman 11 Years for Attempted Secret Info Sale to Russia

    U.S. Jails Woman 11 Years for Attempted Secret Info Sale to Russia

    The United States has sentenced a West Virginia woman to 11 years in federal prison for trying to sell classified information to Russia while attempting to kidnap her daughter from the girl’s custodial father to Mexico.   Elizabeth Jo Shirley, 47, was accused “of breaching trust of the American people” by attempting to sell classified information…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Jan. 26

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Jan. 26

    Russia has confirmed 3,756,931 cases of coronavirus and 70,482 deaths. Jan. 26: What you need to know today Russia confirmed 18,241 new coronavirus cases and 564 deaths. The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) will supply Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine to Malaysia, the state-run TASS news agency reported Tuesday citing Russian ambassador to Malaysia Nail Latypov.  Mexico agreed…

  • Putin Seeks to Legally Ban Nazi-Soviet Comparisons

    Putin Seeks to Legally Ban Nazi-Soviet Comparisons

    President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russia’s lower-house speaker to draft a legal ban on comparisons between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, according to a Kremlin statement published Saturday. Putin instructed State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin to draft by July 1 amendments to Russia’s law cementing Soviet victory over Nazi Germany that would “prohibit publicly…

  • Putin Seeks to Ban Nazi-Soviet Comparisons

    Putin Seeks to Ban Nazi-Soviet Comparisons

    President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russia’s lower-house speaker to draft a legal ban on comparisons between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, according to a Kremlin statement published Saturday. Putin instructed State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin to draft by July 1 amendments to Russia’s law cementing Soviet victory over Nazi Germany that would “prohibit publicly…

  • St. Petersburg Woman Kicked by Police at Navalny Protests Pursues Charges

    St. Petersburg Woman Kicked by Police at Navalny Protests Pursues Charges

    A St. Petersburg woman who was kicked in the stomach by police during protests demanding opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s release from jail will press charges against the officer, she told the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper. A viral video from Saturday’s nationwide rallies showed Margarita Yudina, 54, collapsing on the pavement after being kicked by a…

  • Biden Says ‘Mutual Self-Interest’ With Russia Key Despite Navalny Arrest

    Biden Says ‘Mutual Self-Interest’ With Russia Key Despite Navalny Arrest

    President Joe Biden said Monday he is “very concerned” by Moscow’s crackdown on opposition leader Alexei Navalny and other actions, but said the United States and Russia need to cooperate on nuclear arms control. Speaking after mass arrests of people demonstrating across Russia this weekend against President Vladimir Putin and the jailing of Navalny, Biden said he was “very…

  • Japan Seeks Arctic Shipping, Agricultural Partnerships in Russia’s Far East

    Japan Seeks Arctic Shipping, Agricultural Partnerships in Russia’s Far East

    Japan has offered to cooperate on Arctic shipments and agricultural imports from the sparsely populated Russian Far East, the state-run news agency RIA Novosti reported Monday. The “new concept of cooperation” comes amid Tokyo’s years-long efforts to return a disputed Pacific island chain that Moscow has held since the end of World War II. According…

  • EU Holds Off Navalny Sanctions, Envoy to Visit Moscow Next Month

    EU Holds Off Navalny Sanctions, Envoy to Visit Moscow Next Month

    Brussels foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Monday he will press for the release of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny during a visit to Moscow next month — but EU members steered clear of seeking fresh sanctions. “This will be a good opportunity to discuss with my Russian counterpart all relevant issues, to pass clear messages…

  • McKinsey Chief Admits Email Banning Staff From Navalny Rally Incorrectly Reflected Policy

    McKinsey Chief Admits Email Banning Staff From Navalny Rally Incorrectly Reflected Policy

    The managing partner of U.S consultancy McKinsey & Company’s Moscow office has messaged his staff “clarifying” an earlier email banning them from attending an unsanctioned protest for jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.  “Some of you have raised concerns about my email to the office yesterday. I admit that the Firm’s policy was incorrectly reflected in…

  • Bali Boots Russian Influencer for Party That Broke Virus Rules

    Bali Boots Russian Influencer for Party That Broke Virus Rules

    A Russian social media star with millions of followers has been kicked out of Bali for holding a party on the Indonesian holiday island that broke virus rules, authorities said Monday. Sergey Kosenko’s deportation comes days after Bali officials sent a gay American couple home after the women called the island “queer friendly” in tweets…

  • Navalny Allies Announce Second Nationwide Protest Sunday

    Navalny Allies Announce Second Nationwide Protest Sunday

    Nationwide protests in support of Alexei Navalny will continue next Sunday, the jailed opposition leader’s top aide Leonid Volkov said Monday. “On Jan. 31 at 12:00 p.m. All Russian cities. For Navalny’s freedom. For freedom for all. For justice. More details to come,” Volkov tweeted. Protests swept across more than 100 Russian cities on Saturday,…

  • Billion-Dollar Palace in Navalny Investigation ‘Doesn’t Belong to Me,’ Putin Says

    Billion-Dollar Palace in Navalny Investigation ‘Doesn’t Belong to Me,’ Putin Says

    President Vladimir Putin denied ownership of a $1.3 billion seaside palace in his first public reaction to jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s viral video investigation that helped spark nationwide protests. Navalny’s feature-length video, which alleges that Putin’s inner circle had funded the lavish property through an elaborate corruption scheme, has racked up 86 million views…

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