Putin Slams Western ‘Economic Blitzkrieg’ at Muted Economic Showcase

Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed the West’s “economic blitzkrieg” and vowed that Russia would withstand sanctions levied over its invasion of Ukraine in his address at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) Friday. After starting nearly two hours late due to alleged cyberattacks, the Russian president delivered an impassioned speech that scorned the U.S.-led…

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Russian Gaffes, Goofs, and Assorted Blunders

Оплошность: misstep, misdeed, goof, gaffe Last week after taking a look at my column on various ways to fail in Russian, a reader suggested another word and form of failure: the noun оплошность and verb pair плошать/оплошать. These aren’t the words you’d use to describe a complete flop or disaster. Оплошность is a mistake, an…

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Russia Launches Tourist Route to Putin’s Vacation Spots

Russian tourism authorities have developed a new tourist route that will take travelers to some of President Vladimir Putin’s holiday destinations as the country’s invasion of Ukraine has limited Russians’ international travel options.  The Russian president is known for taking well-publicized vacations in the Siberian taiga, where he is photographed performing various outdoor exploits in…

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Hundreds of Ukrainians ‘in Limbo’ at Moscow Deportation Centers – Kommersant

Hundreds of Ukrainian citizens are stuck in limbo at detention centers in and around Moscow awaiting deportations that were halted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Kommersant business daily reported Friday. Members of Russia’s presidential human rights council and its prison watchdog say at least 358 Ukrainians have been held at Moscow detention centers as…

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Russian Senator Denies Automatic Citizenship for Babies in Occupied Ukraine

This story has been recast to add the denial from Moscow. A Russian senator has denied that children born in Moscow-occupied Ukraine will automatically receive Russian passports. Officials in the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions’ pro-Moscow military-civilian administrations had claimed earlier Thursday that babies born there after Moscow’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine would automatically be given Russian citizenship. “There…

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ROSATOM to Build Small Nuclear Power Plant in Yakutia Under Far Eastern Concession Program

On June 16, on the sidelines of the XXV St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, the Russian Ministry of Economic Development and Rosatom signed a cooperation agreement. The agreement was signed by the Russian Minister for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic Alexey Chekunkov and ROSATOM Director General Alexey Likhachev. The parties agreed…

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‘It’s Our Way to Protest’: Anti-War Russians Volunteer to Help Ukrainian Refugees

Networks of anti-war volunteers are among those helping more than a million Ukrainian refugees inside Russia despite difficulties with gaining access to temporary accommodation centers and a risk of criminal prosecution.  After leaving war-torn eastern Ukraine, many refugees are not only traumatized, but find themselves trapped in Russia without money, documents or even clothes.  “It’s…

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Russia Blacklists 121 Australians, Including Defense Officials and Journalists

Russia’s Foreign Ministry placed sanctions on 121 Australian citizens Thursday, accusing them of promoting a “Russophobic agenda.”  The list of sanctioned individuals include politicians and journalists, such as Defense Force Chief General Angus Campbell, Chief of Air Force Mel Hupfeld, and Chief of Navy Michael Noonan, as well as journalists from Australia’s ABC News and…

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Chechen Authorities Using Threats and Blackmail to Recruit Soldiers for Ukraine — Investigation

Authorities in the Russian republic of Chechnya are forcing local men to join “volunteer” battalions for Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, investigative news outlet The Insider reported Wednesday.  Soldiers have reported the use of intimidation, blackmail, or threats of torture and kidnapping against their loved ones, according to The Insider’s sources. While the exact number of…

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ROSATOM takes part in SPIEF-2022

ROSATOM Director General Alexey Likhachev, First Deputy Director General for Development and International Business Kirill Komarov, Deputy Director General for Human Resources Tatyana Terentyeva, and other ROSATOM executives take part in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF-2022) on June 15-18. On June 16, Alexey Likhachev will take part in the plenary session Northern Sea…

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Expert RA confirmed compliance of JSC Atomenergoprom’s bonds with “green” bonds issue principles

On June 14, 2022, the rating agency Expert RA confirmed that JSC Atomenergoprom’s (a part of ROSATOM) bonds comply with the “green” bonds issue principles and “green” financial instrument criteria. The agency’s release says: “Following the methodology of the second party opinion on compliance of bonds with the green bond principles, Expert RA confirms that…

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IKEA to Scale Down Operations in Russia, Sell Factories – RBC

Swedish furniture retailer IKEA will scale down its business operations in Russia and sell all four country-based factories, the RBC business daily reported Wednesday, citing the company’s press service.   IKEA, which employed some 15,000 people in Russia, temporarily closed its stores and suspended operations of its factories there in March amid the international fallout from…

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Taliban, Separatists and Lukashenko: Russia Kicks Off Diminished St. Petersburg Forum

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Russia’s annual showcase event for foreign investors, opened Wednesday amid a reduced participant list, increased secrecy and boycotts by some Western governments.  As the war in Ukraine has sent the Russian economy spinning toward recession and deepened Moscow’s international isolation, SPIEF – once dubbed “Russia’s Davos” – looked…

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NovaWind and Chukotka Government strike deal to cooperate on wind power projects

On June 15, 2022, NovaWind (ROSATOM’s wind power division) and the Chukotka Government signed a cooperation agreement for the construction of wind farms in the region within the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. The document was signed by NovaWind CEO Grigoriy Nazarov and Chukotka Governor Roman Kopin. The agreement is intended to study the possibility…

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Xi Tells Putin China Will Keep Backing Russia on ‘Sovereignty, Security’

Chinese President Xi Jinping told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in a call Wednesday that Beijing would keep backing Moscow on “sovereignty and security,” according to state media. China is “willing to continue to offer mutual support (to Russia) on issues concerning core interests and major concerns such as sovereignty and security,” Chinese state broadcaster…

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Aeroflot Executive Detained on Suspicion of Fraud

A senior executive in charge of aircraft purchases for Russia’s flagship airline Aeroflot has been arrested on suspicion of fraud, Russia’s state-run Interfax news agency reported Wednesday. Mikhail Minayev, director of Aeroflot’s fleet planning and aircraft procurement, was placed in pre-trial detention by Moscow’s Khoroshevsky court until Aug. 8. If found guilty, Minayev faces up…

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Russia Says Destroyed NATO Arms Depot in Western Ukraine

Russia said Wednesday its forces destroyed a depot containing NATO-supplied arms in western Ukraine as President Volodymyr Zelensky urged Western allies to speed up arms deliveries to his country. “Near the town of Zolochiv in Lviv region, high-precision long-range Kalibr missiles destroyed an ammunition depot of foreign weapons transferred to Ukraine by NATO countries, including 155-mm…

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Russian National Guard Spokesman Killed in Ukraine

A spokesman for Russia’s National Guard has been killed in battle in Ukraine, a veterans’ organization announced Tuesday. Col. Sergei Postnov served as a war correspondent in the National Guard’s so-called “information response group,” the Russian Interior Ministry’s veterans’ council said on its website. The group said that Postnov died “performing his military duty,” but…

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Captured Fighters ‘Deserve’ Death Penalty, Top Russian Lawmaker Says

Russia’s top lawmaker said Thursday that fighters sentenced to death in eastern Ukraine’s pro-Moscow separatist territories “deserve” to die. “The death penalty is the punishment these fascists deserve,” Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the lower-house State Duma, said, using terminology that President Vladimir Putin has invoked to justify Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Volodin spoke a week…

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Georgian Government Takes Over Borjomi Shares From Sanctioned Russian Owners

The Georgian government will become a co-owner of Borjomi, the country’s iconic mineral water brand, by taking over shares from its sanctioned Russian owners, the country’s Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said at a government meeting Monday. Borjomi, one of Georgia’s most recognizable brands, had been majority owned by Russia’s Alfa Group since 2013. Alfa was…

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