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  • Euro 6 Gasoline Produced by Saratov Refinery Awarded Russian Quality Label

    The Euro 6 motor gasoline produced by the Saratov Refinery, an enterprise of Rosneft Oil Company refining complex, has been awarded the Russian Quality label.

  • World Reacts to Navalny Protests

    World Reacts to Navalny Protests

    Western powers were quick to condemn Russia’s use of force during Saturday’s nationwide rallies in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, with European leaders calling for tighter sanctions on Moscow. While some leaders criticized what they called harsh tactics by Russian police, others backed economic measures to target Russian corporations and officials. Russian officials,…

  • Kremlin Accuses U.S. of Meddling After 3,500 Protesters Detained

    Kremlin Accuses U.S. of Meddling After 3,500 Protesters Detained

    The Kremlin on Sunday accused the United States of interfering in Russia’s domestic affairs and downplayed the scale of the weekend’s protests, when tens of thousands rallied in support of jailed opposition politician Alexei Navalny. More than 3,500 demonstrators were detained in protests across the country on Saturday, with several injured in clashes with police in…

  • Copycat IKEA Meatballs

    Copycat IKEA Meatballs

    In 1703, Tsar Peter I captured in the Swedish fortress of Nyen, which guarded access to the River Neva. It was one of the ambitious Russian tsar’s early successes in the Great Northern War (1702 – 1721) in which Russia ultimately smashed Swedish hegemony. On the banks of the Neva, Peter began construction of a…

  • Russia Police Violence Under Review After 3,300 Protesters Held: Monitor

    Russia Police Violence Under Review After 3,300 Protesters Held: Monitor

    More than 3,300 protesters were arrested at demonstrations in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, a monitor reported Sunday, as prosecutors probed possible violence “on the part of law enforcement.” Police clashed with demonstrators in Moscow as tens of thousands took to the streets across the country on Saturday following Navalny’s call to protest…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Jan. 24

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Jan. 24

    Russia has confirmed 3,719,400 cases of coronavirus and 69,462 deaths. Jan. 24: What you need to know today Russia confirmed 21,127 new coronavirus cases and 491 deaths. Hungary said on Friday it had reached a deal to buy large quantities of Russia’s Sputnik V virus vaccine, even though it has not been approved by the European Union. The…

  • Protests for Jailed Kremlin Critic Navalny Sweep Russia

    Protests for Jailed Kremlin Critic Navalny Sweep Russia

    Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in over 100 towns and cities across Russia on Saturday to demand the release of jailed Putin critic Alexei Navalny in one of the broadest waves of nationwide protest the country has seen in recent years. The anti-corruption campaigner, 44, called for demonstrations after being jailed…

  • As It Happened: Tens of Thousands Rally for Navalny’s Release Across Russia

    As It Happened: Tens of Thousands Rally for Navalny’s Release Across Russia

    Russians nationwide are taking to the streets of at least 85 cities in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was jailed this week upon his defiant return to Russia. Navalny, who had been recovering in Germany from what Western scientists determined to be poisoning by the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok, asked his supporters to…

  • McKinsey Bans Moscow Staff From Attending Pro-Navalny Protest

    McKinsey Bans Moscow Staff From Attending Pro-Navalny Protest

    The Moscow office of leading U.S. consultancy McKinsey & Company banned its staff from attending an unauthorized protest in the capital in support of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on Saturday and warned them against voicing online support, according to an email sent to McKinsey personnel seen by The Moscow Times. Russians nationwide took to the…

  • As It’s Happening: Thousands Rally for Navalny’s Release Across Russia

    As It’s Happening: Thousands Rally for Navalny’s Release Across Russia

    Russians nationwide are set to take to the streets in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was jailed this week upon his defiant return to Russia. Navalny, who had been recovering in Germany from what Western scientists determined to be poisoning by the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok, asked his supporters to protest against his…

  • Gazprom and Hungary expanding cooperation in gas sector

    Gazprom and Hungary expanding cooperation in gas sector

    January 22, 2021, 19:10 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Peter Szijjarto, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, took place today via a video call. The parties discussed the state and prospects of their cooperation in the gas sector. Specifically, attention was paid to Russian gas supplies. In 2020, Hungary imported 8.6 billion cubic meters of gas.…

  • Navalny Rules Out Suicide in First Message From Jail

    Navalny Rules Out Suicide in First Message From Jail

    Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has said he does not plan to commit suicide and thanked his supporters in his first statement since being jailed in one of Moscow’s most notorious prisons upon his return to Russia. Navalny was sentenced to a month in jail this week after returning from Germany, where he had been recovering…

  • Kremlin Welcomes U.S. Offer to Extend Nuclear Pact, Seeks ‘Details’

    Kremlin Welcomes U.S. Offer to Extend Nuclear Pact, Seeks ‘Details’

    Russia and the United States drew closer Friday to extending a nuclear pact ahead of the fast approaching expiry date of the last arms control accord between the former Cold War rivals. The New START treaty, which is due to expire on Feb. 5, is seen as a rare opportunity for compromise between Moscow and…

  • Russia Drops Children’s Hepatitis C Outbreak Case – Reports

    Russia Drops Children’s Hepatitis C Outbreak Case – Reports

    A Far East Russian court has dismissed a criminal case against children’s hospital staff blamed for a mass hepatitis C outbreak, the Kommersant business daily reported Friday. Investigators alleged that 169 children had been infected through unsterile gloves and catheters at the pediatric hospital in the Amur region city of Blagoveshchensk between 2009-2018. Three doctors…

  • Russia Among World’s Most Coronavirus Vaccine-Skeptic Countries – Gallup

    Russia Among World’s Most Coronavirus Vaccine-Skeptic Countries – Gallup

    Russians are among the most skeptical in the world toward coronavirus vaccines, according to Gallup International poll results cited by the Kommersant business daily Friday. Just 30% of Russian respondents said they believe that most of their compatriots would receive the Covid-19 vaccine if it was widely available and proven to be safe and effective.…

  • Social Media Platforms Delete Russian Posts Promoting Navalny Protests – State Censor

    Social Media Platforms Delete Russian Posts Promoting Navalny Protests – State Censor

    Social media platforms are taking down Russians’ calls to protest in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny over the government’s claims that they illegally incite minors to attend unauthorized rallies. Navalny was detained and jailed for a month shortly after returning to Russia from Germany, where he had been hospitalized with what Western scientists…

  • Alexei Navalny’s Turbulent Return to Russia

    Alexei Navalny’s Turbulent Return to Russia

    Russia’s top opposition leader Alexei Navalny has dominated the headlines this week following his defiant return to Russia from Germany. The anti-corruption campaigner arrived in Moscow on Sunday from Germany, where he had spent the last six months recovering from a Novichok poisoning. Upon his arrival, Navalny was swiftly detained and taken to a police…

  • Rosneft Starts Sales of RON-100 High-Octane Gasoline from Yaroslavl Refinery

    Rosneft retail network has started selling the RON-100 high-octane gasoline produced by the Yaroslavl Refinery.

  • Gazprom and LUKOIL discuss ongoing efforts to create joint venture

    Gazprom and LUKOIL discuss ongoing efforts to create joint venture

    Background Gazprom and LUKOIL are bound by the 2014–2024 General Agreement on Strategic Partnership, pursuant to which, among other things, LUKOIL supplies gas into Gazprom’s gas transmission system. The Vaneyvisskoye and Layavozhskoye fields are located to the east of Naryan-Mar in the Nenets Autonomous Area. The two fields have the aggregate recoverable reserves of 27.4 million tons of liquid hydrocarbons and 225.3 billion…

  • Gazoprovod Soyuz Vostok company registered in Mongolia

    Gazoprovod Soyuz Vostok company registered in Mongolia

    January 22, 2021, 15:25 A special-purpose vehicle named Gazoprovod Soyuz Vostok was registered in Mongolia. The company was established with the purpose of performing design and survey works and conducting a feasibility study regarding the construction project for a gas trunkline to supply Russian gas across Mongolia to China. “With the Soyuz Vostok gas pipeline, Russia’s Power of Siberia 2 gas pipeline will extend…

  • In Call, EU Chief Urges Putin to Release Navalny

    In Call, EU Chief Urges Putin to Release Navalny

    European Council chief Charles Michel demanded the “immediate release” of Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny in a call with President Vladimir Putin on Friday. The EU had already condemned an attempt to assassinate Navalny and his arrest on his return to Russia after treatment, but Michel has now expressed “grave concerns” directly to Putin. And Michel told…

  • Navalny Allies Jailed, Fined as Russia Vows Protest Crackdown

    Navalny Allies Jailed, Fined as Russia Vows Protest Crackdown

    Several allies of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny have been imprisoned or fined on the eve of nationwide protests in his support this Saturday. At least 150,000 people have signed up for the rallies in Navalny’s support across 70 Russian cities, marking “going” or “interested” on Facebook and Vkontakte event pages. Organizers also aimed the…

  • A Social Project supported by ROSATOM becomes a finalist in the BRICS Solutions Awards

    The Children’s Foresight Social Project supported by TVEL Fuel Company of ROSATOM is ranked among the finalists in the Education nomination of the BRICS Solutions Awards. BRICS is a group of five rapidly developing countries: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South African Republic. BRICS Solutions Awards was initiated in October last year by the Agency…

  • 3 Dead in Russian Mine Blast

    3 Dead in Russian Mine Blast

    Three people were killed Friday in a gas explosion at a mine in the Russian region of Siberia, prosecutors said. “During operations, there was a sudden release of gas, which resulted in three people being buried under rubble,” the Kemerovo region prosecutor’s office said. They said in a statement said that 44 people were working…

  • ‘A Step Into the Unknown’: Russians’ Relationship With Jailed Navalny Is Complicated

    ‘A Step Into the Unknown’: Russians’ Relationship With Jailed Navalny Is Complicated

    Putin critic Alexei Navalny is banking on his popularity to bring thousands to the streets on Saturday to protest his incarceration on his dramatic return to Russia after months in Germany recovering from a poisoning attack.  In a country that has excluded him from its political system for almost a decade it’s almost impossible to…

  • Kremlin Seeks 13.5-Year Jail Term for Navalny – Bloomberg

    Kremlin Seeks 13.5-Year Jail Term for Navalny – Bloomberg

    The Kremlin seeks to imprison poisoned and jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny for 13 and a half years in an attempt to derail his movement, Bloomberg reported Friday. The new threat of lengthy incarceration marks a departure from the Kremlin’s previous strategy of jailing him for no more than a few weeks at a time.…

  • Kremlin Seeks Lengthy Jail Term for Navalny – Bloomberg

    Kremlin Seeks Lengthy Jail Term for Navalny – Bloomberg

    The Kremlin seeks to imprison poisoned and jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny for as much as 13 and a half years in an attempt to derail his movement, Bloomberg reported Friday. The new threat of lengthy incarceration marks a departure from the Kremlin’s previous strategy of jailing him for no more than a few weeks…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Jan. 22

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Jan. 22

    Russia has confirmed 3,677,352 cases of coronavirus and 68,412 deaths. Jan. 22: What you need to know today Russia confirmed 21,513 new coronavirus cases and 580 deaths. The UAE’s Health Ministry has given emergency authorization to Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the shot’s developers confirmed Thursday. The UAE is the first Middle East nation to use Russia’s jab…

  • Albania Expels Russian Diplomat Over Covid Breaches

    Albania Expels Russian Diplomat Over Covid Breaches

    Albania’s foreign ministry said Thursday it had expelled a Russian diplomat over repeated failures to respect coronavirus infection control measures that “cannot be tolerated.” Declared “persona non grata,” the man named as Alexey Krivosheev “is required to leave the country within 72 hours,” Tirana said in a statement. Officials from the ministry had repeatedly asked…

  • Russia Seeks to Squeeze Out U.S.-Funded Media – NYT

    Russia Seeks to Squeeze Out U.S.-Funded Media – NYT

    Russia plans to squeeze Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty out of the country with steep fines in an escalating conflict between the Kremlin and the United States, which funds the news organization, the New York Times reported Thursday. Russia’s media regulator reportedly signaled its intention to issue 130 notices of violations against RFE/RL for failing to…

  • Biden Proposes New START Extension, Navalny Investigation

    Biden Proposes New START Extension, Navalny Investigation

    New U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday proposed a five-year extension with Russia of New START, the last remaining nuclear reduction treaty between the powers, but vowed to pressure Moscow on other fronts. The treaty, which has limited the United States and Russia to 1,550 nuclear warheads each, expires on February 5 after negotiations stagnated…

  • Navalny Allies Detained Ahead of Nationwide Protests

    Navalny Allies Detained Ahead of Nationwide Protests

    Russian authorities rounded up leading opposition activists and key Alexei Navalny allies Thursday evening, ahead of nationwide protests the Kremlin critic’s operation is organizing for Saturday. Activist Lyubov Sobol — who became the face of Moscow’s Summer 2019 protests in Moscow after she was blocked from running for city council — was detained for inciting…

  • MEPs: Sanction Oligarchs, Stop Nord Stream 2 After Navalny Detention

    MEPs: Sanction Oligarchs, Stop Nord Stream 2 After Navalny Detention

    The EU Parliament on Thursday called for an end to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project over the arrest of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny. MEPs also called for sanctions against “Russian oligarchs” and allies of President Vladimir Putin, in response to the arrest of Navalny upon his return to Russia on Sunday. The EU…

  • NASA Eyes Reducing Russia Presence – Reports

    NASA Eyes Reducing Russia Presence – Reports

    NASA is considering reducing its presence in Russia under new U.S. President Joe Biden, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported Thursday. In addition to its liaison office in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, NASA reportedly has around 90 employees and Russian service staff in Russia’s space agency Roscosmos and other spaceflight offices around Moscow.…

  • Court Condemns Russia for Violating Human Rights After 2008 Georgia War

    Court Condemns Russia for Violating Human Rights After 2008 Georgia War

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ruled that Russia committed a series of rights violations, including torture and preventing people returning to their homes, in the wake of its 2008 war against Georgia. The five-day conflict in August 2008 between Russia and the pro-Western Georgian government ended with Russian troops stationed in…

  • Germany Offers Russia Support in Sputnik Vaccine Development – Merkel

    Germany Offers Russia Support in Sputnik Vaccine Development – Merkel

    Germany has offered Russia support in Moscow’s development of its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday. Russian authorities said Wednesday they have applied for registration of Sputnik V in the European Union. “Beyond all the political differences that are currently large, we can nevertheless work together in a pandemic, in a humanitarian area,” Merkel…

  • Russian Region Becomes First to Introduce Covid-19 ‘Passports’

    Russian Region Becomes First to Introduce Covid-19 ‘Passports’

    Russia’s republic of Bashkortostan will introduce Covid-19 passports from Feb. 5, becoming the first region of the country to do so, Governor Radiy Khabirov announced. The electronic document and an associated QR code will be automatically issued to residents with Covid-19 antibodies through the Gosuslugi.ru government portal.  “A person who received the vaccine would be…

  • Russia Threatens Arrests, Prosecutions for Promoting Navalny Protests

    Russia Threatens Arrests, Prosecutions for Promoting Navalny Protests

    Russian police threatened to prosecute those who spread calls to join nationwide protests in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny amid the authorities’ campaign to discourage attendance, Interfax reported Thursday. Unauthorized rallies are scheduled in at least 50 Russian cities this Saturday, galvanized by Navalny’s arrest upon his return from treatment in Germany for…

  • Rosneft Increases Level of Associated Petroleum Gas Efficient Use

    Rosneft increases the level of associated petroleum gas efficient use at the new oil-producing projects.

  • Russia Cuts Funding for Domestic Violence Initiatives – Reports

    Russia Cuts Funding for Domestic Violence Initiatives – Reports

    Russia has drastically cut funding for anti-domestic violence initiatives following years of dwindling financing in favor of non-government organizations that promote conservative values, the Open Media investigative outlet reported Thursday. The outlet found that all but one out of an estimated dozen domestic violence crisis centers and legal aid organizations were rejected in 2021 as…

  • Moscow Announces ‘Significant’ Easing of Virus Restrictions

    Moscow Announces ‘Significant’ Easing of Virus Restrictions

    The mayor of Russia’s capital Moscow on Thursday announced a “significant” easing of coronavirus restrictions citing the success of the vaccination campaign. Starting Friday, Moscow will reopen its museums and libraries, while theaters and cinemas will be allowed to accommodate more visitors, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said. He said colleges, sports schools and children’s clubs will resume…

  • A Glimpse at ‘Putin’s Palace,’ 10 Years Ago

    A Glimpse at ‘Putin’s Palace,’ 10 Years Ago

    An extravagant Black Sea mansion alleged to belong to President Vladimir Putin got renewed attention this week after a viral investigation by opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The Praskoveyevka estate in southern Russia cost 100 billion rubles ($1.35 billion) to construct and is 39 times the size of Monaco, Navalny said in the video released after…

  • ROSATOM develops the nuclear fuel elements for the nuclear icebreaker Leader

    Bochvar Institute (VNIINM, a research facility of TVEL Fuel Company of ROSATOM) has developed hardware components for the reactor core of the ultra-large nuclear icebreaker Project 10510 also known as the Leader. Under the contract with Afrikantov OKB Mechanical Engineering (Rosatom company, developer of nuclear reactors), the institute team has developed technical designs of a…

  • Russian Soldier Given Lengthy Prison Term for Mass Shooting of Fellow Conscripts

    Russian Soldier Given Lengthy Prison Term for Mass Shooting of Fellow Conscripts

    A young Russian conscript has been sentenced to 24 and a half years in prison Thursday for gunning down eight fellow soldiers in what he said was retaliation to hazing, Russian media reported. Ramil Shamsutdinov, 22, was arrested in the fall of 2019 on murder charges at a military base where he had served in…

  • Young Russians Flood TikTok With Navalny Protest Cries

    Young Russians Flood TikTok With Navalny Protest Cries

    Young Russians have flooded TikTok with calls to rally in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny this weekend, prompting the state censor to urge the popular short-video app’s administrators to take them down. Navalny called for nationwide street protests this Saturday after his arrest and a viral investigative video into an opulent $1.35 billion Black…

  • Severstal reports Q4 & FY2020 operatioal results

    Severstal reports Q4 & FY2020 operatioal results

    January 21, 2021 PAO Severstal (MOEX: CHMF; LSE: SVST), one of the world’s leading vertically integrated steel and steel-related mining companies, today announces its operational results for Q4 and FY2020.PAO Severstal (MOEX: CHMF; LSE: SVST), one of the world’s leading vertically integrated steel and steel-related mining companies, today announces its operational results for Q4 and…

  • Russia Urges Biden to Be ‘More Constructive’ Over Arms Treaty

    Russia Urges Biden to Be ‘More Constructive’ Over Arms Treaty

    Russia on Wednesday urged U.S. President Joe Biden’s new administration to take a “more constructive” approach in talks over the extension of the New START treaty, Washington’s last arms reduction pact with Moscow. “We expect that the new U.S. administration will take a more constructive approach in its dialogue with us,” the Russian Foreign Ministry…

  • Russia Bans ‘Death Note,’ ‘Inuyashiki,’ ‘Tokyo Ghoul’ Animes

    Russia Bans ‘Death Note,’ ‘Inuyashiki,’ ‘Tokyo Ghoul’ Animes

    A Russian court has banned several popular animes including “Death Note,” “Tokyo Ghoul” and “Inuyashiki” Wednesday over claims that Russian teens reenact violent scenes depicted in the cartoons. State prosecutors had also asked the court in St. Petersburg to ban “Naruto,” “Elfen Lied” and “Interspecies Reviewers” in December. “Every episode contains cruelty, murder, violence,” said the…

  • Russia Files for Sputnik Vaccine Registration in EU

    Russia Files for Sputnik Vaccine Registration in EU

    Russian authorities have applied for registration of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in the European Union, the country’s sovereign wealth fund financing the jab said Wednesday. A spokesperson for the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) said the application with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) was lodged on Tuesday. “It is an important milestone,” he added.…

  • Russia Considers Banning Surrogacy for Unmarried People, Foreigners – RBC

    Russia Considers Banning Surrogacy for Unmarried People, Foreigners – RBC

    Foreigners and unmarried Russians could be banned from having children with the help of a surrogate under a new draft bill, the RBC news website reported Wednesday. Russia is one of the few countries worldwide where commercial surrogacy is allowed, but a backlash against foreign surrogacy has been growing with warnings that women and children…

  • Chechnya Kills Militant Tied to IS, Deadly Moscow Attacks

    Chechnya Kills Militant Tied to IS, Deadly Moscow Attacks

    Chechnya’s strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov said Wednesday that police had killed Aslan Byutukayev, alleged leader of the Islamic State group in the volatile republic and mastermind of deadly attacks in Moscow. Byutukayev, also known as Amir Khamzat, was designated in 2016 as a “global terrorist” by the U.S. State Department, which said he had become…

  • Russia Says Better Ties With U.S. Up to Biden

    Russia Says Better Ties With U.S. Up to Biden

    The Kremlin said Wednesday that any improvement in Moscow’s tense relationship with Washington would depend on Joe Biden when he enters the White House. The United States recently blamed Kremlin-backed hackers for a massive cyberattack that breached government institutions, adding to a long list of grievances plaguing ties between the former Cold War rivals. “Russia…

  • Kremlin Calls Navalny’s Viral Putin Palace Report ‘Nonsense’

    Kremlin Calls Navalny’s Viral Putin Palace Report ‘Nonsense’

    Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s viral video investigation into President Vladimir Putin’s alleged palace is “a bunch of nonsense,” the Kremlin said Wednesday. Navalny released an extensive exposé into a lavish $1.35 billion Black Sea estate Tuesday after Russian authorities jailed him upon his return from Germany, where he was hospitalized for what Western scientists…

  • Russia Sees Lowest Foreign Investment Since 1994

    Russia Sees Lowest Foreign Investment Since 1994

    Russia received its lowest level of foreign investment last year since the mid-1990s, data released by the Central Bank on Tuesday showed. Net inflows of foreign direct investment (FDI) came in at just $1.4 billion in 2020, as the economic fallout from the pandemic, travel restrictions and a slump in global energy prices heaped pressure…

  • Rosneft Introduces Methane Leak Detection Complex

    Subsidiaries of Rosneft Oil Company are actively introducing special technology to detect methane leaks.

  • Rosneft Enterprises Recognised as Leading Socially Oriented Companies of Russia’s Fuel and Energy Sector

    Rosneft Oil Company subsidiaries have once again become winners of a competition launched by the Ministry of Energy of Russia to determine the leading socially oriented company in the oil and gas industry of Russia in 2020.

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Jan. 20

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Jan. 20

    Russia has confirmed 3,633,952 cases of coronavirus and 67,220 deaths. Jan. 20: What you need to know today Russia confirmed 21,152 new coronavirus cases and 597 deaths. The Russian Direct Investment Fund has applied for authorization of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in the European Union, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported Wednesday. The European Medicines Agency (EMA)…

  • 2020 Was Warmest Year in Russia’s History – Weather Service

    2020 Was Warmest Year in Russia’s History – Weather Service

    Last year was the warmest in Russia’s recorded history, the national weather service said this month as global temperatures reached record highs. Russia’s weather service said 2020 was among the country’s 14 hottest years, all of which were recorded in the 21st century. Average temperatures across the country’s 11 time zones were 2 degrees Celsius…

  • Gorbachev Urges Biden to Improve Relations With Russia, Extend Key Nuclear Pact

    Gorbachev Urges Biden to Improve Relations With Russia, Extend Key Nuclear Pact

    Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, has urged Joe Biden’s administration to improve U.S.-Russia ties and extend a key nuclear pact ahead of the U.S. President-elect’s inauguration.  “The current condition of relations between Russia and the United States is of great concern,” Gorbachev said in an interview with the state-run TASS news agency published Wednesday,…

  • Navalny Due in Court Wednesday on Charges of Defaming War Veteran

    Navalny Due in Court Wednesday on Charges of Defaming War Veteran

    Update: The hearing has been postponed to 10:00 a.m. on Feb. 5 because Navalny was unable to attend the original hearing date while in detention, the independent Mediazona and Dozhd news outlets reported. Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who was detained on his return to Russia for violating a suspended sentence, is due in court Wednesday on separate…

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