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  • Russia’a Coronavirus Cases Surpass 950K

    Russia’a Coronavirus Cases Surpass 950K

    The highest number of new cases were in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Russia’s fatality rate has remained low compared to other badly-hit countries, raising speculation that Moscow could be underreporting figures. Russian authorities began easing anti-virus measures in June ahead of a massive World War II military parade in Moscow and a nationwide vote on…

  • Russia Records Nearly 950K Coronavirus Cases

    Russia Records Nearly 950K Coronavirus Cases

    The highest number of new cases were in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Russia’s fatality rate has remained low compared to other badly-hit countries, raising speculation that Moscow could be underreporting figures. Russian authorities began easing anti-virus measures in June ahead of a massive World War II military parade in Moscow and a nationwide vote on…

  • Rosneft and Russian Arctic National Park Start Second Phase of Project to Restore Arctic Ecosystems

    Rosneft and the Russian Arctic National Park have started the second stage of a comprehensive project to study the impact of human economic activities on the ecosystems of the northernmost territories of Russia–the protected Franz Josef Archipelago.

  • Opposition Figure Navalny ‘Poisoned’: The Latest News

    Opposition Figure Navalny ‘Poisoned’: The Latest News

    Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is in a coma in a Siberian hospital after being poisoned by a toxic substance in his tea, his spokeswoman said Thursday.  Here are the latest updates: — Navalny’s lab results show no signs of heart attack, stroke or brain damage, the Omsk hospital’s deputy chief doctor told the RBC…

  • Rosneft Head Gifts Putin With Bottle of Arctic Oil

    Rosneft Head Gifts Putin With Bottle of Arctic Oil

    Rosneft head Igor Sechin has presented Vladimir Putin with a souvenir from the state oil giant’s latest Arctic drilling project: A small bottle of the oil itself. The oil extracted from the Zapadno-Irkinsky field contains only 0.02% of sulphur, Sechin said as he handed the bottle to Putin during their meeting Tuesday. It is the first…

  • 6 Prominent Russians Who Suffered Poisoning Attacks

    6 Prominent Russians Who Suffered Poisoning Attacks

    Leading Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny remained in a coma in a Siberian hospital several hours after falling ill due to what was likely a toxic substance slipped in his tea, his spokeswoman said Thursday. The incident echoed several other cases of poisoning or suspected poisoning attacks involving Russian activists, journalists and former spies stretching back…

  • Belarus Opens Criminal Case Into Opposition Bids to ‘Seize Power’

    Belarus Opens Criminal Case Into Opposition Bids to ‘Seize Power’

    Belarus has opened a criminal investigation into attempts by the opposition to “seize power” after President Alexander Lukashenko’s opponents created a Coordination Council to oversee a peaceful transition following disputed elections. Strongman Lukashenko, who has been in power for 26 years, claimed a sixth term in elections this month that sparked historic protests and a…

  • Stephen Fry ‘Stands With Belarus’

    Stephen Fry ‘Stands With Belarus’

    Popular British actor and writer Stephen Fry has joined a group of prominent foreign figures in speaking out in support of Belarusians protesting their country’s “rigged” presidential election. Tens of thousands of Belarusians have taken to the streets of Minsk and other cities to protest the Aug. 9 vote in which officials claimed President Alexander…

  • Take an Art Trip to Russian Provinces at St. Petersburg Manege

    Take an Art Trip to Russian Provinces at St. Petersburg Manege

    “Once again, nothing is happening.” This merciless slogan greets visitors from puffy white clouds as they enter the Manege Central Exhibition Hall in St. Petersburg. The installation by Mayana Nasybullova is just the first provocation from the curators of the exhibition called “Nemoskva [Not Moscow] Is Just Around the Corner.”  An imaginary elevator that never…

  • Celebrations dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the country’s nuclear industry will take place in Russia

    The anniversary of the nuclear industry is celebrated in Russia. Within 75 days, ROSATOM will hold more than 100 events across the nation dedicated to the country’s nuclear industry. The slogan of the celebration is “75 years: ahead of the times”. August 20, 1945 became the starting point in the history of Russian nuclear industry,…

  • Russian Opposition Leader Navalny in Critical Condition After ‘Poisoning’ as Aides Seek Evacuation to Europe

    Russian Opposition Leader Navalny in Critical Condition After ‘Poisoning’ as Aides Seek Evacuation to Europe

    Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who has been a thorn in the Kremlin’s side for years, is in a coma in a Siberian hospital after suffering an apparent poisoning. A hospital representative in the Siberian city of Omsk told journalists on Thursday that the Kremlin critic is connected to a ventilator and in critical condition.…

  • ROSATOM Moves to United Brand

    August 20, Moscow – ROSATOM has switched to using a united brand. While preserving their names and unique identity, organizations of the Russian nuclear industry will get unified logos based on the trademark of ROSATOM – the Mobius strip. Such approach to corporate branding is called “umbrella branding,” and many top-class global corporations are using…

  • Rosneft Starts Marketing Jet Fuel in Stuttgart Airport

    Rosneft Deutschland GmbH, a subsidiary of Rosneft Oil Company, has launched its into-plane fuelling service in the airport of Stuttgart.

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

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Aug. 20

    Russia has confirmed 942,106 cases of coronavirus and 16,099 deaths. Aug. 20: What you need to know today Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak has the coronavirus, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said. He is at least the fifth Russian cabinet member to contract the virus. Russia said Saturday that it has produced the first batch of its coronavirus vaccine, after…

  • Russia Records 940K Coronavirus Cases as Deaths Pass 16K

    Russia Records 940K Coronavirus Cases as Deaths Pass 16K

    The highest number of new cases were in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Russia’s fatality rate has remained low compared to other badly-hit countries, raising speculation that Moscow could be underreporting figures. Russian authorities began easing anti-virus measures in June ahead of a massive World War II military parade in Moscow and a nationwide vote on…

  • EU Rejects Belarus Vote Result as Lukashenko Orders Clampdown

    EU Rejects Belarus Vote Result as Lukashenko Orders Clampdown

    The European Union on Wednesday rejected the result of Belarus’s disputed presidential election as strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko ordered his security forces to prevent any further unrest. Following an emergency video conference on the elections, European Council chief Charles Michel said the EU would soon levy sanctions against a “substantial number” of people responsible for…

  • Russia Slams ‘Foreign Meddling’ in Belarus, Rules Out Immediate Military Aid

    Russia Slams ‘Foreign Meddling’ in Belarus, Rules Out Immediate Military Aid

    The Kremlin said Wednesday that events in Belarus did not yet warrant Russia’s military involvement, while Russia’s foreign minister admitted shortcomings in the disputed presidential elections.  Both, however, criticized alleged foreign interference in the post-Soviet country’s affairs following major protests against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s claim to victory on Aug. 9.  A collective military pact…

  • Norway Expels Russian Diplomat After Spying Arrest

    Norway Expels Russian Diplomat After Spying Arrest

    Norway said Wednesday it had expelled a Russian diplomat, just days after arresting a Norwegian man suspected of passing sensitive information to Moscow. The country’s PST intelligence agency on Monday said the Norwegian man was “formally suspected of providing information to a foreign country,” which it later confirmed was Russia. “We have informed the Russian…

  • Belarus Opposition Urges EU To Reject Vote as Leaders Hold Emergency Talks

    Belarus Opposition Urges EU To Reject Vote as Leaders Hold Emergency Talks

    The exiled head of Belarus’s opposition urged European leaders to reject President Alexander Lukashenko’s “fraudulent” re-election on Wednesday as the EU held an emergency summit on the country’s political crisis. The European Council convened to discuss the fallout from the vote that saw security services in ex-Soviet Belarus brutally disperse peaceful demonstrators demanding that their…

  • Belarus Resumes Dispersing Protests as Lukashenko Decries ‘Gestapo’ Opposition

    Belarus Resumes Dispersing Protests as Lukashenko Decries ‘Gestapo’ Opposition

    Belarusian authorities resumed breaking up protests and employees were denied entry into offices for joining the opposition in the second week of demonstrations against the country’s disputed election, Belarusian media reported Wednesday. Riot police dispersed a Minsk Tractor Works (MTZ) strike and a state-run media demonstration, according to the reports. Protesters were reportedly denied entry…

  • Russian YouTuber Accused of Taking Moscow ‘Metro-2’ Secrets to Ukraine – Reports

    Russian YouTuber Accused of Taking Moscow ‘Metro-2’ Secrets to Ukraine – Reports

    A popular urban exploration YouTuber from Russia is suspected of sending secret information about the Moscow metro to Ukraine, the state-run TASS news agency reported weeks after his arrest. Russian-Ukrainian citizen Andrei Pyzh was arrested on Aug. 6 on charges of obtaining and spreading state secrets. Pyzh has uploaded hundreds of videos showing his explorations…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Aug. 19

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Aug. 19

    Russia has confirmed 937,321 cases of coronavirus and 15,989 deaths. Aug. 19: What you need to know today Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak has the coronavirus, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said. He is at least the fifth Russian cabinet member to contract the virus. Russia said Saturday that it has produced the first batch of its coronavirus vaccine, after…

  • Russia Approaches 940K Coronavirus Cases as Deaths Near 16K

    Russia Approaches 940K Coronavirus Cases as Deaths Near 16K

    The highest number of new cases were in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Russia’s fatality rate has remained low compared to other badly-hit countries, raising speculation that Moscow could be underreporting figures. Russian authorities began easing anti-virus measures in June ahead of a massive World War II military parade in Moscow and a nationwide vote on…

  • EU Leaders Urge Putin to Push for Talks in Belarus Over Disputed Vote

    EU Leaders Urge Putin to Push for Talks in Belarus Over Disputed Vote

    European leaders urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to push for dialogue in neighbouring Belarus on Tuesday, as opposition supporters protested President Alexander Lukashenko’s disputed election win for a 10th day. Thousands of demonstrators gathered on Independence Square in central Minsk on Tuesday evening waving the red-and-white flags of the opposition and calling on Lukashenko to…

  • Tens of Thousands Rally in Minsk, Heckle Lukashenko as Protest Sentiment Grows

    Tens of Thousands Rally in Minsk, Heckle Lukashenko as Protest Sentiment Grows

    Belarus’s largest protest rally in recent history was held on Aug. 16 as tens of thousands of Belarusians rallied in the capital city of Minsk. Protests against the country’s disputed presidential election and a bloody crackdown on the opposition have taken place every day since the Aug. 9 vote.

  • Belarus Leader Accuses Opposition of Trying to ‘Seize Power’

    Belarus Leader Accuses Opposition of Trying to ‘Seize Power’

    Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday accused the opposition of attempting to seize power in the wake of mass protests against disputed presidential elections in which he claimed victory and a sixth term. During a meeting of his security council, Lukashenko said the opposition’s creation of a Coordination Council was “an attempt to seize power,”…

  • Council of Europe Urges Russia to Up Anti-Corruption Efforts

    Council of Europe Urges Russia to Up Anti-Corruption Efforts

    The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption council on Tuesday urged Russia to boost efforts against graft among members of its parliament, judges and prosecutors. The European rights watchdog’s GRECO anti-corruption body said there had been some progress, but “work is still needed.” “The transparency of the legislative process still needs strengthening, with public consultations on bills becoming the…

  • Russian General Killed by ‘Explosive Device’ in Syria: Agencies

    Russian General Killed by ‘Explosive Device’ in Syria: Agencies

    A Russian major general was killed and two servicemen wounded when an improvised explosive device went off near a Russian convoy in eastern Syria on Tuesday, news agencies quoted the defense ministry as saying. The ministry said the device went off while the convoy was returning from a humanitarian operation near the city of Deir…

  • Belarus State News Circulates Misleading Anti-Opposition Video

    Belarus State News Circulates Misleading Anti-Opposition Video

    Belarusian state-owned news agency Belta has circulated a video on social media slamming protests against President Alexander Lukashenko that uses a 2019 photograph from Spain to depict violence. The minute-long video set to sinister music calls protesters “bought-out and sold-out scum” and “animals,” and includes an image of demonstrators walking in front of street fires…

  • Protesters Rally at Jail Holding Belarus Vote Challenger’s Husband

    Protesters Rally at Jail Holding Belarus Vote Challenger’s Husband

    Protesters rallied outside a prison in Minsk on Tuesday where the husband of Belarus’s main opposition figure is being held, as protests against disputed presidential elections entered their 10th day. Several hundred people gathered outside the walls of the detention center to mark the 42nd birthday of Sergei Tikhanovsky, a popular blogger who was imprisoned…

  • Lukashenko Awards ‘Impeccable Service’ Medals to Security Forces Following Protest Crackdown

    Lukashenko Awards ‘Impeccable Service’ Medals to Security Forces Following Protest Crackdown

    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has handed out medals to more than 300 members of the security forces for “impeccable service” days after a violent crackdown on post-election protesters. Up to 7,000 people have been detained, hundreds injured and two have died in the days of protests against the Aug. 9 election results which showed an…

  • As Discontent Grows at Home, Russia’s Opposition Is Watching Belarus

    As Discontent Grows at Home, Russia’s Opposition Is Watching Belarus

    During his weekly YouTube talk show Thursday, Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny summed up how Russia’s opposition feels about the protests that are raging on either end of the post-Soviet space with one of the internet’s most popular memes: the distracted boyfriend.  In the version of the meme the de facto Russian opposition leader shared, the…

  • Russia Surpasses 930K Coronavirus Cases

    Russia Surpasses 930K Coronavirus Cases

    The highest number of new cases were in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Russia’s fatality rate has remained low compared to other badly-hit countries, raising speculation that Moscow could be underreporting figures. Russian authorities began easing anti-virus measures in June ahead of a massive World War II military parade in Moscow and a nationwide vote on…

  • Russian Energy Minister Contracts Coronavirus

    Russian Energy Minister Contracts Coronavirus

    Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak has tested positive for coronavirus, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said Tuesday. Novak is at least the fifth Russian cabinet member to contract Covid-19 since the outbreak hit the country in March. He had been set to accompany Mishustin on a working trip to Russia’s Far East this week when he…

  • Norway Arrests Man Suspected of Spying for Russia

    Norway Arrests Man Suspected of Spying for Russia

    Norway’s intelligence service said Monday its agents had arrested a Norwegian man suspected of passing sensitive information to Russia. “The man is formally suspected of providing information to a foreign country that could damage fundamental national interests,” the PST intelligence agency wrote on Twitter. A PST official later confirmed the country in question was Russia.…

  • Mexican President Says Will Get Russian Vaccine if Effective

    Mexican President Says Will Get Russian Vaccine if Effective

    Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Monday that he would be among the first to receive a Russian coronavirus vaccine if it is shown to be effective. Russia’s announcement last week that it was the first in the world to approve a coronavirus vaccine was met with caution from Western scientists who said it…

  • Meet the Rescued Animals at Moscow’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Shelter

    Meet the Rescued Animals at Moscow’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Shelter

    In a large park about two hours outside Moscow, hundreds of wild animals and birds live, rest and play — but this is no zoo. Covering four hectares of land, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center rehabilitates rescued animals in a calm, quiet environment with the goal of releasing them back into the wild or bringing them…

  • Rosneft Holds Second Hydrogeology Research to Practice Conference

    Rosneft has held the 2nd research to practice conference on water supply issues (hydrogeology) in Izhevsk.

  • Belarus Workers Chant ‘Leave’ at Lukashenko as Anger Mounts Over Vote

    Belarus Workers Chant ‘Leave’ at Lukashenko as Anger Mounts Over Vote

    Workers at a state-run factory confronted Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko with chants of “Leave!” on Monday as pressure built on the strongman to step down over a disputed election. Employees at several factories and state television walked off the job after a historic protest on Sunday brought tens of thousands to the streets. In footage…

  • Russia Outlaws Children’s Criminal Underground Movement

    Russia Outlaws Children’s Criminal Underground Movement

    Russia has blacklisted a popular informal movement that pushes youngsters into the criminal underground as an extremist organization, Interfax reported Monday. AUE (“Arestantsky. Uklad. Edin,” or “Prison. Order. Universal”) is based on prison culture and consists mostly of children and teenagers ruled indirectly by adult criminals. Authorities warn that AUE “poses a real threat to…

  • Russia Summons Netherlands Diplomat Over Spying Accusations

    Russia Summons Netherlands Diplomat Over Spying Accusations

    Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Monday said it had summoned the Dutch charge d’affaires in Moscow to protest over what it said was spying on Russia’s military attache in the Netherlands.  Russia “strongly protested” to the Dutch diplomat after the discovery of “spy equipment” in the official car of the Russian military attache in the Netherlands,…

  • Belarus: a Week of Post-Electoral Turmoil

    Belarus: a Week of Post-Electoral Turmoil

    A crushing re-election victory for Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko in disputed polls followed by anti-government protests seeking to oust him, here is a recap of a week of drama in the ex-Soviet country. Vote sparks violence On Aug. 9, 2020, Lukashenko, 65, who has ruled Belarus with an iron fist since 1994, runs for a…

  • Mining at ‘Sacred’ Russian Hill Halted After Protests, Clashes

    Mining at ‘Sacred’ Russian Hill Halted After Protests, Clashes

    The head of a central Russian region has suspended all works at a limestone production site on a “sacred” natural landmark after violent clashes broke out between environmental activists and security personnel over the weekend. Protests broke out at Kushtau hill in the republic of Bashkortostan earlier in August when the Bashkir Soda Company (BSK)…

  • Kazakhstan: Troubled Nazarbayev Grandson Dies Aged 29

    Kazakhstan: Troubled Nazarbayev Grandson Dies Aged 29

    Aisultan Nazarbayev, a grandson of Kazakhstan’s former president, has died in London after years of battling drug addiction. The 29-year-old’s struggle to regain mental health had played out in acutely public fashion in recent years as he repeatedly took to social media to level increasingly outrageous allegations against his own family and other elite figures.…

  • On and Off the Trans-Siberian Train: The Coin Collector

    On and Off the Trans-Siberian Train: The Coin Collector

    Vitaly, 42 years old I was born and live in Reutov, Moscow region. I collect coins. At five I found my first coin while playing in a sandbox in kindergarten. I remember seeing it for the first time: five zlotis with a hole inside, in a doughnut shape. Somebody must have worn it on a…

  • Belarus State TV Workers Join Anti-Lukashenko Strike

    Belarus State TV Workers Join Anti-Lukashenko Strike

    Belarusian state television and radio workers walked off the job Monday, becoming the latest public employees to support the opposition in calling for new elections after last week’s official results showed a landslide victory for strongman President Alexander Lukashenko. The unprecedented show of resistance comes after several state television presenters resigned last week in protest…

  • Russia Approaches 930K Coronavirus Cases

    Russia Approaches 930K Coronavirus Cases

    The highest number of new cases were in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Russia’s fatality rate has remained low compared to other badly-hit countries, raising speculation that Moscow could be underreporting figures. Russian authorities began easing anti-virus measures in June ahead of a massive World War II military parade in Moscow and a nationwide vote on…

  • Belarus Vote Challenger Tikhanovskaya Says Ready to Be ‘National Leader’

    Belarus Vote Challenger Tikhanovskaya Says Ready to Be ‘National Leader’

    The main challenger in Belarus’s disputed presidential election said Monday that she was ready to take over the country’s leadership after a wave of protests against President Alexander Lukashenko. “I did not want to be a politician. But fate decreed that I’d find myself on the frontline of a confrontation against arbitrary rule and injustice,” Svetlana…

  • Belarus Protesters Hold ‘Historic’ Rally as Lukashenko Vows to Stay

    Belarus Protesters Hold ‘Historic’ Rally as Lukashenko Vows to Stay

    Tens of thousands of Belarusian opposition supporters gathered for the largest protest rally in recent history in Minsk on Sunday as President Alexander Lukashenko rejected calls to step down in a defiant speech. Crowds of protesters marched through the streets to the central Independence Square, with an AFP journalist estimating the turnout at more than…

  • Lukashenko Urges Supporters to Defend Belarus Independence

    Lukashenko Urges Supporters to Defend Belarus Independence

    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Sunday spoke in front of a crowd of supporters at a rally in central Minsk asking them to defend the country and its independence. As mass protests continued against his rule, Lukashenko spoke on the capital’s Independence Square, telling supporters: “I called you here not to defend me… but for…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Aug. 16

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Aug. 16

    Russia has confirmed 922,853 cases of coronavirus and 15,685 deaths. Aug. 16: What you need to know today Vietnam’s health ministry is looking to buy a bulk order of Russia’s coronavirus vaccine, state media said on Friday, despite global skepticism over its effectiveness and safety. Russia said Saturday that it has produced the first batch of its coronavirus…

  • Russia’s Official Coronavirus Cases Rise by Less Than 5K

    Russia’s Official Coronavirus Cases Rise by Less Than 5K

    The highest number of new cases were in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Russia’s fatality rate has remained low compared to other badly-hit countries, raising speculation that Moscow could be underreporting figures. Russian authorities began easing anti-virus measures in June ahead of a massive World War II military parade in Moscow and a nationwide vote on…

  • Belarus Leader Says Putin Offers Help as Pressure Builds

    Belarus Leader Says Putin Offers Help as Pressure Builds

    Vladimir Putin has offered to help ensure Belarus’s security, according to its president Alexander Lukashenko, as pressure builds on the strongman leader and opposition protesters prepare for a show of force Sunday. Thousands demonstrated in the capital Minsk Saturday after main election challenger Svetlana Tikhanovskaya asked supporters to rally over the weekend and keep alive…

  • Belarus Strongman Says Putin Ready to ‘Help Ensure Security’

    Belarus Strongman Says Putin Ready to ‘Help Ensure Security’

    President Alexander Lukashenko said Saturday that his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin has offered full assistance to ensure security in Belarus as thousands held peaceful protests against his rule. “To talk about the military element, we have an agreement with Russia as part of the union state and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).  Such situations…

  • Kremlin Predicts Swift Resolution of Belarus Unrest

    Kremlin Predicts Swift Resolution of Belarus Unrest

    The Kremlin said Saturday that President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko agreed in a phone call that the “problems” in Belarus would be swiftly resolved. The phone call came after Belarus leader who claims to have won a disputed presidential election on Sunday said he needed to contact Moscow over growing protests…

  • Russia Produces First Batch of Virus Vaccine: Ministry

    Russia Produces First Batch of Virus Vaccine: Ministry

    Russia said Saturday that it has produced the first batch of its coronavirus vaccine, after President Vladimir Putin announced it had been first in the world to approve a vaccine. Putin’s announcement on Tuesday about the vaccine was met with caution from scientists and the World Health Organization who said it still needed a rigorous…

  • Belarus Leader Reaches Out to Russia as Pressure Grows

    Belarus Leader Reaches Out to Russia as Pressure Grows

    The opposition in Belarus kept up the pressure on President Alexander Lukashenko with a fresh demonstration in Minsk on Saturday, as the strongman reached out to Russia in an apparent plea for help. Some 5,000 opposition supporters gathered near a metro station in the capital where a demonstrator died during this week’s police crackdown on…

  • Draniki: Out of the Belarusian Frying Pan

    Draniki: Out of the Belarusian Frying Pan

    Belarus is almost never in the news, let alone above the fold, but this week, Russia’s near neighbor gave the coronavirus a run for its money in front-page column inches as frustrated voters took to the streets to protest fraudulent election results.  With the country’s internet blocked and very few foreign correspondents accredited, grainy footage…

  • Belarus Hands 32 Detained ‘Mercenaries’ Over to Russia

    Belarus Hands 32 Detained ‘Mercenaries’ Over to Russia

    Russia on Friday announced the safe return of 32 of its citizens after Belarus detained them saying they were mercenaries sent to destabilize the country ahead of Sunday’s presidential election. Russia’s Prosecutor-General’s Office said in a statement that “32 Russian citizens who were earlier detained in Belarus crossed the border and are now in Russia.” …

  • Russia’s Official Coronavirus Cases Continue to Slow

    Russia’s Official Coronavirus Cases Continue to Slow

    The highest number of new cases were in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Russia’s fatality rate has remained low compared to other badly-hit countries, raising speculation that Moscow could be underreporting figures. Russian authorities began easing anti-virus measures in June ahead of a massive World War II military parade in Moscow and a nationwide vote on…

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