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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Majority of Russians Still Not Ready to Get Sputnik Vaccine – Poll

The majority of Russians (62%) are still not ready to be vaccinated with their country’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, according to a poll by the independent Levada Center published Wednesday.   The results are the latest sign that Russians are largely still skeptical of the domestically-produced vaccine amid Russia’s attempts to boost its slower-than-hoped vaccination campaign. …

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Ukraine Accuses Pro-Russian MPs Medvedchuk, Kozak of Treason

Ukraine has formally accused two leading pro-Russian lawmakers, including one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s close allies, of high treason, the country’s top prosecutor said Tuesday. Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venedyktova announced that she authorized suspicion against two members of parliament, whom she identified only as “M and K,” of attempted theft of natural resources…

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Ukraine Accuses Pro-Russian MPs Medvedchuk, Kozak With Treason

Ukraine has formally accused two leading pro-Russian lawmakers, including one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s close allies, of high treason, the country’s top prosecutor said Tuesday. Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venedyktova announced that she authorized suspicion against two members of parliament, whom she identified only as “M and K,” of attempted theft of natural resources…

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Gazprom Group’s Sustainable Development Policy approved

May 11, 2021, 16:30 The Gazprom Board of Directors approved the Sustainable Development Policy of the Gazprom Group. The document enshrines the Group’s sustainable development mission, which is to make a positive contribution to the social and economic development of the Russian Federation and other regions of the Company’s operation in line with environmental and social responsibility standards. The Policy outlines the goals and responsibilities of the…

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9 Dead in Russia School Shooting

Nine people, most of whom were children, have been killed after a lone teenage gunman opened fire at a school in the Russian city of Kazan, regional officials said Tuesday. The victims at Kazan’s School No. 175 some 820 kilometers east of Moscow include one teacher, one female school employee and seven eighth-grade students — four…

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Moscow Rejects U.S. Ransomware Attack Claims

Russia on Tuesday rejected U.S. accusations that a Russia-based group was behind a ransomware attack that forced the shutdown of the largest oil pipeline in the eastern United States. “We categorically reject the baseless fabrications of individual journalists and reiterate that Russia does not conduct ‘malicious’ activity in the virtual space,” the Russian Embassy in the United States said…

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