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  • Nagorno-Karabakh Briefing | Oct. 30

    Nagorno-Karabakh Briefing | Oct. 30

    Azerbaijani forces were closing in on the key town of Shusha on Thursday evening — the capture of which could transform the conflict at a time when analysts fear a “war of attrition” could be about to set in as winter approaches the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh region. Meanwhile talks in Geneva will attempt to move towards…

  • Angarsk Petrochemical Company Becomes Laureate of Russian ‘Reliable Partner in Ecology’ Contest

    Angarsk Petrochemical Company, an enterprise of Rosneft Oil Company’s refining complex, has become a laureate of the 2nd Russian Contest ‘Reliable Partner in Ecology’.

  • Turbine Idle Run at Unit 1 of Belarusian NPP

    On October 30, 2020 at the Belarusian NPP (General Designer and General Contractor: Engineering Division of ROSATOM), specialists brought the turbo aggregate rotors to the nominal idle speed (without grid connection), which is one of the most important and crucial operations at the stage of the unit preparation for electricity generation. The rotation start  is…

  • Sergei Medvedev’s “The Return of the Russian Leviathan” Wins 2020 Pushkin House Book Prize

    Sergei Medvedev’s “The Return of the Russian Leviathan” Wins 2020 Pushkin House Book Prize

    On Thursday evening Pushkin House announced that Sergei Medvedev is this year’s winner of the 2020 Pushkin House Book Prize for his collection of essays called in English “The Return of the Russian Leviathan.”  The book was translated by Stephen Dalziel. The prize, which carries a monetary award of £10,000, is given every year for…

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Vaccine Faces Production Problems, Putin Says

    Russia’s Coronavirus Vaccine Faces Production Problems, Putin Says

    Russia’s coronavirus vaccine faces equipment shortages that could delay it from entering mass production, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday as reports suggested that developers have paused clinical trials due to the shortages. Staff at eight of the 25 trial clinics in Moscow said that they temporarily halted the vaccination of new volunteers with Sputnik V,…

  • Russia’s Daily Coronavirus Cases Cross 18K in New Record

    Russia’s Daily Coronavirus Cases Cross 18K in New Record

    Russia confirmed a record daily increase in coronavirus infections for the second consecutive day Friday, reporting more than 18,000 new cases for the first time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The 18,283 new coronavirus cases pushes the overall number of Covid-19 cases in Russia to 1,599,976, the world’s fourth-highest number. The new milestone…

  • Russia ‘Open’ to Return of Armenia-Held Land to Azerbaijan – Putin

    Russia ‘Open’ to Return of Armenia-Held Land to Azerbaijan – Putin

    Russia is open to Azerbaijan reclaiming seven areas surrounding the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh that Armenia has controlled for 26 years, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday. Azerbaijani forces have been making gains against Armenian separatist fighters since the heaviest fighting since a 1994 ceasefire over the South Caucasus region erupted last month. The Armenia-controlled districts surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh,…

  • Nagorno-Karabakh Briefing | Oct. 29

    Nagorno-Karabakh Briefing | Oct. 29

    Fighting continued Thursday in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region after the third attempt at a ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan — a U.S. brokered deal — fell apart within minutes of coming into effect earlier in the week. Oct. 29: What you need to know today The leader of Armenian separatists in Nagorno-Karabakh said Azerbaijani forces…

  • Experts Fear Calvey Settlement Rewards Strong-Arm Tactics

    Experts Fear Calvey Settlement Rewards Strong-Arm Tactics

    The multimillion dollar settlement reached in the Baring Vostok civil case shows strong-arm tactics and criminalization of business disputes are still an effective ways to settle corporate conflicts in Russia, analysts told The Moscow Times. Warring parties in the most high-profile business dispute of recent years — between U.S. investor Michael Calvey’s Baring Vostok investment…

  • Grand Orthodox Cathedral Planned for Moscow State University Campus

    Grand Orthodox Cathedral Planned for Moscow State University Campus

    A multi-domed Russian Orthodox cathedral will be constructed at Moscow State University for students and staff, the Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church announced Tuesday.  The new Saints Cyril and Methodius cathedral, designed by architect Dmitry Pshenichnikov, will be crowned by a 46-meter (150 feet) bell tower surrounded by more than a dozen domes. The…

  • Belarus Briefing | Oct. 29

    Belarus Briefing | Oct. 29

    Belarus has seen weekly mass protests against the disputed presidential re-election of Alexander Lukashenko for nearly three months. On Monday, exiled Belarusian opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya called for a national strike after the deadline she set for Lukashenko to resign and free all political prisoners expired the previous day. Here’s more of the latest news…

  • Gazprom to increase efficiency of its activities through introduction of digital technologies

    Gazprom to increase efficiency of its activities through introduction of digital technologies

    October 29, 2020, 16:40 The Gazprom Management Committee took note of the information on the projects being designed and implemented for the widespread adoption of digital technologies and other technological solutions. It was highlighted that the introduction of digital technologies is an important tool to improve the effectiveness of the corporate governance and achieve the strategic goals of the Gazprom Group. Today, the Company is at the final stage…

  • Charlie Hebdo ‘Could Not Exist’ in Russia – Kremlin

    Charlie Hebdo ‘Could Not Exist’ in Russia – Kremlin

    A satirical magazine that mocks religion, politics and culture like France’s Charlie Hebdo would not be able to exist in Russia, the Kremlin said Thursday after France saw its second deadly terror attack in two weeks.  Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called Thursday’s killing of three people in a Nice church — which came after a Chechen…

  • Required amount of gas totaling 72.3 billion cubic meters injected into Russian UGS facilities in preparations for winter

    Required amount of gas totaling 72.3 billion cubic meters injected into Russian UGS facilities in preparations for winter

    October 29, 2020, 16:30 Daily deliverability of the UGS facilities has been maintained at the record level of 843.3 million cubic meters. All 13 sets of planned preventive maintenance and repair operations were performed. The Gazprom Management Committee reviewed the operational readiness of the Unified Gas Supply System (UGSS) facilities for peak loads expected in late 2020 – early 2021, as well as the measures necessary to ensure uninterrupted gas…

  • Russian Photo Colorist Brings New Life to Historic Photographs

    Russian Photo Colorist Brings New Life to Historic Photographs

    A former German language professor, Olga Shirnina is best known worldwide by her online alias, klimbim, with which she signs her unique artwork. Shirnina colors historical photographs using Photoshop, offering a new take on history and the figures that shaped her world. Behind this seemingly straightforward coloring exercise are hours of meticulous research — after…

  • Russian Agents Offered 10K Soldiers to Aid Catalan Separatists – Reports

    Russian Agents Offered 10K Soldiers to Aid Catalan Separatists – Reports

    Alleged Russian agents offered to send 10,000 soldiers to Catalonia during its failed bid for independence from Spain in 2017, Spanish and European media reported Wednesday. The claims are based on audio recordings from one of the 21 Catalan businessmen detained this week on suspicion of corruption and incitement of public disorder, according to Politico…

  • Yale Russian Chorus Joins Singers Around the World

    Yale Russian Chorus Joins Singers Around the World

    Like virtually every other international symposium, congress or conference this year, the 10th Anniversary Symposium of Traditional Polyphony that was to be held in Tibilisi, Georgia, could not welcome singers in person. So the Yale Russian Chorus gave up their travel plans but joined with their Alumni Association and the Kartuli Ensemble to sing for…

  • Stalin Victims Commemoration Moves Online Due to Coronavirus

    Stalin Victims Commemoration Moves Online Due to Coronavirus

    An annual commemoration held in honor of victims of Stalinist repressions has moved online Thursday due to the coronavirus pandemic, its organizers said. Participants of the “Returning the Names” ceremony traditionally gather outside the former KGB headquarters in central Moscow every Oct. 29 to read the names, ages and professions of those who died in Stalin’s…

  • Binational Couples Separated by Russia’s Coronavirus Travel Bans Push for Change

    Binational Couples Separated by Russia’s Coronavirus Travel Bans Push for Change

    Alexander, a German citizen, first met Anna on Valentine’s Day during a break from his studies in Russia’s grand imperial capital St. Petersburg. She had offered to show him around her home city during his two-week course after they connected on the Couchsurfing platform. As they ate dinner at a Soviet-style restaurant with rugs decorating…

  • As Russia Eases Its Border Restrictions, Who Is Able to Enter?

    As Russia Eases Its Border Restrictions, Who Is Able to Enter?

    Russia has gradually moved to re-open its borders after grounding nearly all international flights this spring due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Aug. 1, Russia resumed direct flights to Tanzania, Turkey, and the U.K. Nearly four months later, regular international flights now connect Russia with more than 10 countries and additional air links with Cuba,…

  • Russia Sets Single-Day Records for Coronavirus Deaths and Infections

    Russia Sets Single-Day Records for Coronavirus Deaths and Infections

    Russia confirmed a new record of 17,717 coronavirus cases and 366 deaths Thursday as the second wave of the disease overwhelms the country’s regions outside Moscow. The latest record increase in infections smashes the previous single-day highs set last Friday and this Monday by at least 370 cases.  Russia’s overall Covid-19 caseload now stands at…

  • Disgruntled Russian PR Exec Behind Key Steele Dossier Claims – WSJ

    Disgruntled Russian PR Exec Behind Key Steele Dossier Claims – WSJ

    A disgruntled Russian PR executive had provided some of the key unverified allegations for a controversial report at the heart of 2016 U.S. election meddling claims known as the Steele dossier, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. British counterintelligence specialist Christopher Steele’s report that leaked in 2017 alleged, among other things, that Russian security services…

  • Severstal issues the Audit ad Assurace Policy

    Severstal issues the Audit ad Assurace Policy

    October 29, 2020 PAO Severstal, one of the world’s largest vertically integrated steel and mining companies, announces that the Company’s Audit Committee has issued its Audit and Assurance Policy for the three years ending 31 December 2022 which includes the directors’ Risk Report and the directors’ view of its Material Matters. This follows a public…

  • Political Consultant Detained in Belarus Returns to U.S.

    Political Consultant Detained in Belarus Returns to U.S.

    Prominent American political strategist Vitali Shkliarov has returned to the United States from Belarus where he was detained in late July and accused of mobilising protesters, his lawyer and officials said Wednesday. Shkliarov was among several prominent figures seized in Belarus amid a crackdown on opponents of strongman president Alexander Lukashenko, whose victory in the…

  • Small Outpost is Russia’s First Visible Aid to Armenia

    Small Outpost is Russia’s First Visible Aid to Armenia

    Russia has reportedly set up a small military outpost on the border of Armenia in an apparent attempt to keep Azerbaijan’s offensive from spilling over into Armenian territory. Foreign journalists have documented the small post, consisting of a few tents and with a Russian flag flying above it. It is located next to Tegh, the…

  • Russian Regions Face Looming Debt Crisis

    Russian Regions Face Looming Debt Crisis

    Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, many of Russia’s regions have been rocked by the shock of the extra spending needed to combat the virus — and a new debt crisis is looming. Regional debt has always been a major headache for the Kremlin. While the federal government earns buckets of money from the…

  • Russia’s Tu-154 Jet Completes Final Passenger Voyage

    Russia’s Tu-154 Jet Completes Final Passenger Voyage

    The Tupolev Tu-154 aircraft, a flagship model of Soviet aviation, flew its final passenger flight on Wednesday, Russian airline Alrosa said.  The three-engine medium-haul aircraft carried out its first commercial flight in 1972, and was the workhorse of the Soviet and then Russian domestic aviation from the 1980s to the mid-2000s. “We are saddened to…

  • Libyan Government Agrees to Release Russians Accused of Meddling – Bloomberg

    Libyan Government Agrees to Release Russians Accused of Meddling – Bloomberg

    The Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) has agreed to release Russian political operatives accused of vote meddling, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.  The agreement between Libya’s internationally recognized government and Moscow was made last week and the prisoners are expected to return to Russia in the coming days, Bloomberg cited unnamed sources close to the negotiations…

  • Roman Liberov Debuts New Film on Writer Andrei Platonov

    Roman Liberov Debuts New Film on Writer Andrei Platonov

    Filmmaker Roman Liberov, renowned for his whimsical and moving literary-cinematic works, is releasing a new film on November 5. “The Innermost Man” is inspired by the life and prose of Andrei Platonov, one of Russia’s most paradoxical writers. It is a captivating new addition to Liberov’s series about 20th century Russian writers, who each found…

  • Roma Liberov Debuts New Film on Writer Andrei Platonov

    Roma Liberov Debuts New Film on Writer Andrei Platonov

    Filmmaker Roma Liberov, renowned for his whimsical and moving literary-cinematic works, is releasing a new film on November 5. “The Innermost Man” is inspired by the life and prose of Andrei Platonov, one of Russia’s most paradoxical writers. It is a captivating new addition to Liberov’s series about 20th century Russian writers, who each found…

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

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Oct. 28

    Russia has confirmed 1,563,976 cases of coronavirus and 26,935 deaths. Oct. 28: What you need to know today Russia confirmed 16,202 Covid-19 cases Wednesday, bringing its official number of cases to 1,563,976. A record 346 people have died in the past 24 hours. Moscow has extended its requirement for 30% of all businesses’ employees to work remotely through Nov. 28, while…

  • Ryazan Oil Refining Company and Russian Ecological Society Hold Round Table

    Ryazan Oil Refining Company and Russian Ecological Society (RES) have held a round table in the video conference format.

  • Oxygen Shortage Deaths Lead to Dismissals, Resignations in Southern Russia

    Oxygen Shortage Deaths Lead to Dismissals, Resignations in Southern Russia

    Two senior health officials in southern Russia have left their positions after the start of investigations into the deaths of several coronavirus patients due to an oxygen shortage in a hospital, authorities said Tuesday. Russia’s health watchdog said last week it was investigating claims by hospital workers and officials in the city of Rostov-on-Don that…

  • Nagorno-Karabakh Briefing | Oct. 28

    Nagorno-Karabakh Briefing | Oct. 28

    Fighting continued Wednesday in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region after the third attempt at a ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan — a U.S. brokered deal — fell apart within minutes of coming into effect earlier in the week. Oct. 28: What you need to know today Azerbaijan said Wednesday an Armenian missile strike on its Barda…

  • Russia Sets New Single-Day Coronavirus Deaths Record

    Russia Sets New Single-Day Coronavirus Deaths Record

    Russia reported 346 deaths from Covid-19 Wednesday, the highest single-day death toll amid a record surge in cases as authorities strive to promote prevention methods while avoiding a total lockdown. The new figure smashes the previous record of 320 Covid-19 deaths set only 24 hours ago. Wednesday’s increase brings Russia’s overall Covid-19 death toll, as…

  • New Methane Discharge Discovered in Russia’s Arctic – Guardian

    New Methane Discharge Discovered in Russia’s Arctic – Guardian

    A new source of methane discharge has been discovered in the Arctic Ocean near eastern Siberia, raising concerns of a “new tipping point” that could speed up the pace of global warming, The Guardian reported Tuesday.  Scientists found the potent greenhouse gas bubbling from a depth of 350 meters in the Laptev Sea, with surface-level…

  • Russian enterprises expanding capabilities for manufacturing of offshore production equipment

    Russian enterprises expanding capabilities for manufacturing of offshore production equipment

    October 28, 2020, 09:55 The Gazprom Board of Directors took note of the information on expanding the agreement of cooperation in import substitution of equipment, components, and spare parts for subsea production complexes, entered into by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and Gazprom in order to ensure the preferential use of domestic equipment in the projects for the pre-development of the Kirinskoye and Yuzhno-Kirinskoye gas and…

  • Gazprom facilitating development of gas exchange trading in Russia

    Gazprom facilitating development of gas exchange trading in Russia

    October 28, 2020, 09:50 The Gazprom Board of Directors took note of the information on the development of the natural gas exchange trading system. It was noted that the participation of the Gazprom Group entities has been systemically important for the organized gas exchange trading activities at the St. Petersburg International Mercantile Exchange (SPIMEX) since the launch of said trading in 2014. The Group offers the bulk…

  • Gazprom stepping up cooperation with Russian manufacturers of gas-powered equipment

    Gazprom stepping up cooperation with Russian manufacturers of gas-powered equipment

    October 28, 2020, 09:45 The Gazprom Board of Directors took note of the information on the ongoing import substitution of products, equipment and technologies meant for the NGV market development. It was noted that the production and sale of natural gas as a vehicle fuel is among strategic activities of Gazprom in Russia. The Company is rapidly developing the CNG filling station network, consistently expands its own fleet of vehicles fueled by natural…

  • Amur GPP construction project is 67.1 per cent complete

    Amur GPP construction project is 67.1 per cent complete

    October 28, 2020, 09:40 The Gazprom Board of Directors expressed its approval of the Company’s ongoing work on its major investment projects. In the east of Russia, the systematic expansion of production capacities continues at the Chayandinskoye field in Yakutia. In 2020, it is planned to bring onstream 103 gas wells, a gas pre-treatment unit (GPTU-2), and a membrane unit for helium concentrate extraction. Moreover, capacity increase will be finished at the operating comprehensive gas treatment…

  • Gazprom Board of Directors approves revised investment program and budget for 2020

    Gazprom Board of Directors approves revised investment program and budget for 2020

    October 28, 2020, 09:35 Gazprom’s overall amount of investments for 2020: RUB 922.489 billion. Gazprom’s borrowings for 2020: RUB 501.287 billion. The Gazprom Board of Directors endorsed the revised investment program and budget (financial plan) for 2020. As per the revised investment program for 2020, the overall amount of investments will stand at RUB 922.489 billion, which is RUB 182.235 billion less than was envisaged in the investment…

  • Anti-Lukashenko Strike ‘Just the Beginning,’ Belarus Opposition Leader Says

    Anti-Lukashenko Strike ‘Just the Beginning,’ Belarus Opposition Leader Says

    Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has called Monday’s general strike aimed at putting pressure on President Alexander Lukashenko a “collective success” and vowed to continue calling for his resignation.  Tikhanovskaya had given Lukashenko until Sunday to quit, halt violence against protesters and release political prisoners, warning he would otherwise face a general strike from Monday.…

  • Russia Foreign Minister Self-Isolates After Covid Contact

    Russia Foreign Minister Self-Isolates After Covid Contact

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will self-isolate after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19, his ministry said Tuesday. Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on Facebook that the minister, 70, “feels well” but that planned visits and meetings will be postponed to a later date. On Monday, Lavrov was on a working…

  • Azerbaijan Accuses Armenia of Deadly Missile Strike on Civilians

    Azerbaijan Accuses Armenia of Deadly Missile Strike on Civilians

    Azerbaijan accused Armenia of a missile attack that killed four civilians Tuesday, as Washington urged the two sides to abide by a ceasefire aimed at halting weeks of fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh. With clashes over the disputed Caucasus region entering a second month, international mediators are pushing to bring a stop to frontline clashes and shelling…

  • ‘Very Nice’: Kazakhstan Adopts Borat’s Catchphrase for Tourism Drive

    ‘Very Nice’: Kazakhstan Adopts Borat’s Catchphrase for Tourism Drive

    “Very nice!” Kazakhstan is adopting its fictional resident Borat Sagdiyev’s famous catchphrase as its new tourism slogan alongside the release of the comedy-slash-mockumentary’s sequel. The lean-in attitude marks a reversal from the confrontational stance the Central Asian country adopted upon the release of the first Borat movie in 2006.  Back then, Kazakh authorities banned the…

  • Russia Seeks Accelerated WHO Registration for Virus Vaccine

    Russia Seeks Accelerated WHO Registration for Virus Vaccine

    Russia has applied to the World Health Organization for accelerated registration and prequalification of its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the country’s sovereign wealth fund said on Tuesday. Russia announced in August it had registered the world’s first coronavirus vaccine, named Sputnik V after the Soviet-era satellite. On Tuesday, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which…

  • Putin Orders Government to Improve Abortion Prevention Efforts

    Putin Orders Government to Improve Abortion Prevention Efforts

    President Vladimir Putin has urged the government to improve abortion prevention strategies in an effort to reduce the number of terminated pregnancies and offset Russia’s population decline. Putin’s order was made public days after Poland’s top court deemed abortions performed in cases of fetal defects to be unconstitutional. For Poland, which already had some of…

  • Beyond Moscow: People With Disabilities Are Stepping Out

    Beyond Moscow: People With Disabilities Are Stepping Out

    With the baby carriage I can go to the store but not to the pharmacy, because there is no ramp. That was part of my daily planning when I became a mother. Life with a baby carriage was sometimes complicated, but the lives of many disabled people, especially in smaller Russian cities and towns, often shrinks…

  • Russian State TV Anchor Ignites Backlash With Anti-Mask Social Media Post

    Russian State TV Anchor Ignites Backlash With Anti-Mask Social Media Post

    A prominent Russian news anchor has sparked backlash after publicly backing the anti-mask movement and questioning the dangers of Covid-19 in a viral Instagram comment published just hours before the Russian government reinstated a countrywide mask mandate.    In his original post, businessman Yan Yanovsky complained that most spectators at Spanish opera singer Plácido Domingo’s recent performance at…

  • France’s Macron ‘the No. 1 Terrorist in the World,’ Chechen Mufti Says

    France’s Macron ‘the No. 1 Terrorist in the World,’ Chechen Mufti Says

    The grand mufti of Russia’s southern republic of Chechnya has joined a growing chorus of Muslim figures and countries condemning France over its assertion of the right to mock religion following the murder of a French schoolteacher. The Islamic world’s backlash came after French President Emmanuel Macron, reacting to the Oct. 16 beheading of teacher…

  • Rosneft Subsidiaries Release Over 700,000 Fries of Valuable Fish into Volga River

    The subsidiaries of Rosneft Oil Company operating in the Volga Region have finished the seasonal works of replenishment of aquatic biological resources by releasing more than 700,000 fries of sterlet, common carp, and silver carp into the Kuibyshev, Saratov, Volgograd and Sorochinsk reservoirs.

  • New natural gas filling stations opened in Moscow

    New natural gas filling stations opened in Moscow

    October 27, 2020, 11:30 Gazprom’s gas refueling network in the region has been expanded to seven facilities. Two stations of the network are the largest in Europe. Two more CNG filling stations will be opened this year. A ceremonial event celebrating the commissioning of two new infrastructure facilities for refueling motor vehicles with natural gas, eco-friendly vehicle fuel has taken place today in Moscow via…

  • Russia Reports Record Daily Coronavirus Deaths

    Russia Reports Record Daily Coronavirus Deaths

    Russia has confirmed a record daily coronavirus death toll at 320 fatalities Tuesday as the country seeks to slow a record-breaking surge in cases with new restrictions.  The previous record death toll of 317 Covid-19 deaths was recorded less than a week ago last Wednesday. Tuesday’s increase brings Russia’s overall Covid-19 death toll, as reported…

  • ‘We’re in Hell’: Russia’s Second Wave of Covid-19 Is Catching the Regions Off Guard

    ‘We’re in Hell’: Russia’s Second Wave of Covid-19 Is Catching the Regions Off Guard

    In a video widely shared across Russian social media last week, dozens of bodies wrapped in black plastic bags line the walls of a decrepit basement in a hospital in Barnaul, the capital city of the Altai region in Siberia.  “The deceased Covid-19 patients were being stored in the basement of the hospital due to…

  • Russia Reinstates Mask Mandate, Restricts Nightlife to Stop Virus Spread

    Russia Reinstates Mask Mandate, Restricts Nightlife to Stop Virus Spread

    Russia has reinstated a nationwide mask mandate starting Wednesday amid a record-setting second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, consumer safety watchdog Rospotrebnadzor has announced. Russians will be required to wear masks in all crowded places, including public transport, taxis, parking lots and elevators, Rospotrebnadzor said Tuesday. Russia imposed a national mask mandate and other quarantine…

  • Urals Doctors Appeal for Russian Army Medics as Coronavirus Surges – BBC

    Urals Doctors Appeal for Russian Army Medics as Coronavirus Surges – BBC

    Medics in the Ural Mountains city of Kurgan have appealed for the Russian government to send in army medics to help the local health care system stretched thin by the coronavirus pandemic, BBC Russia reported Monday.  The national Covid-19 information center ranks the Kurgan region, with a population below 830,000, Russia’s eighth least-affected subject with…

  • Third Attempt at Nagorno-Karabakh Ceasefire Collapses Within Minutes

    Third Attempt at Nagorno-Karabakh Ceasefire Collapses Within Minutes

    A third attempt at halting weeks of fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh collapsed quickly on Monday with Armenia and Azerbaijan trading accusations of violating the U.S.-brokered ceasefire within minutes. As fighting over the disputed region enters its second month, international mediators are scrambling to bring a stop to frontline clashes and shelling of civilian areas that have…

  • Igor Sechin Makes Welcoming Address at CERAWeek International Conference of Energy Industry Leaders

    Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin made an online welcoming address at the 39th annual CERAWeek Energy Industry Leaders Conference.

  • Russia Quotes Law of Sea to Calm Greek-Turkey Tension

    Russia Quotes Law of Sea to Calm Greek-Turkey Tension

    The dispute between Turkey and Greece over energy-rich waters in the Mediterranean should be settled on the “basis of international law”, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday. The discovery of huge natural gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean has exacerbated tensions between Ankara and Athens following Turkish exploration operations in waters claimed by Greece…

  • 85% of Russian Coronavirus Vaccine Volunteers See No Side Effects – Developer

    85% of Russian Coronavirus Vaccine Volunteers See No Side Effects – Developer

    Around 85% of Russian volunteers who receive the country’s highly touted coronavirus Sputnik V vaccine report no side effects, according to the developer of the adenovirus-based shot.  The state-run Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology became the first in the world to register a Covid-19 vaccine in August before final clinical trials began the…

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