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  • More People Worldwide Trust Putin Than Trump – Pew

    More People Worldwide Trust Putin Than Trump – Pew

    Russian President Vladimir Putin maintains a higher level of global trust than U.S. President Donald Trump, according to the latest Pew Research Center poll published Tuesday. Respondents in 13 mainly European countries voiced the highest confidence in German Chancellor Angela Merkel (76%), French President Emmanuel Macron (64%) and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (48%). Putin…

  • Well-Preserved Cave Bear Discovered in Russia’s Melting Arctic Permafrost

    Well-Preserved Cave Bear Discovered in Russia’s Melting Arctic Permafrost

    Reindeer herders in Russia’s Arctic have discovered what scientists say is the first-ever cave bear carcass with soft tissues intact in the region’s rapidly thawing permafrost.  The Ice Age-era animal is believed to have lived between 22,000 and 39,500 years ago, Russia’s North-Eastern Federal University (NEFU) said in a statement Monday. Previously, the university said…

  • Moscow Police Disrupt Vulva Documentary Screening in Support of LGBT Activist

    Moscow Police Disrupt Vulva Documentary Screening in Support of LGBT Activist

    Moscow law enforcement authorities shut down a Tuesday night “Vulva 3.0” documentary screening in support of Yulia Tsvetkova, an LGBT activist who is being prosecuted for her drawings of female genitals. Tsvetkova, 27, faces up to six years in jail on charges of distributing pornography for posting drawings of vaginas on her social media page…

  • TVEL has supplied nuclear fuel for Budapest research reactor in Hungary

    TVEL JSC has supplied nuclear fuel for Budapest research reactor (BRR) in compliance with the contract with the Centre for Energy Research of Hungarian Academy of Sciences, signed in 2019. The supplied batch of VVR-M2 fuel assemblies, manufactured by Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant (an enterprise of TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom), will cover the needs…

  • Venus Is a ‘Russian Planet,’ Roscosmos Chief Says

    Venus Is a ‘Russian Planet,’ Roscosmos Chief Says

    Venus is a “Russian planet,” the head of Russia’s state space agency said Tuesday following new research that suggests there could be life on the second planet from the sun.  The research, published in the journal Nature Astronomy on Monday, details British and American scientists’ discovery of phosphine gas in Venus’ clouds and puts forward…

  • Ex-Russia Football Captain Shirokov Charged With Punching Ref

    Ex-Russia Football Captain Shirokov Charged With Punching Ref

    Roman Shirokov, the former captain of Russia’s national football team, has been charged for violently attacking an amateur referee during a game.   Cameras last month captured Shirokov, 39, punching the referee in the face and kicking him after he fell to the ground curled over for not being awarded a penalty and getting a red…

  • Trump Ad Supporting U.S. Troops Shows Russian Fighter Jets, Rifles

    Trump Ad Supporting U.S. Troops Shows Russian Fighter Jets, Rifles

    A campaign fundraising ad for U.S. President Donald Trump aimed at rallying support for the country’s troops actually displays Russian-made military equipment, Politico reported Monday.  The digital “Support Our Troops” campaign that ran between Sept. 8-12 shows the silhouettes of three soldiers as fighter jets fly overhead.  “That’s definitely a [Russian] MiG-29,” defense analyst Pierre…

  • Russia Has ‘Questions’ for Germany Over Navalny

    Russia Has ‘Questions’ for Germany Over Navalny

    The head of Russia’s foreign intelligence service said Tuesday opposition leader Alexei Navalny showed no signs of poisoning before he was flown to Berlin for treatment and that Moscow had “questions” for Germany.  The 44-year-old lawyer and outspoken Kremlin critic last month fell severely ill on a flight from the Siberian city of Tomsk to…

  • 1 in 7 Russian Coronavirus Vaccine Volunteers Report Side Effects

    1 in 7 Russian Coronavirus Vaccine Volunteers Report Side Effects

    One in seven volunteers have complained of side effects including weakness and muscle pain after taking Russia’s highly touted coronavirus vaccine, Russia’s health minister said Tuesday. Final clinical trials of the Sputnik V vaccine began in Moscow earlier this month amid questions over its long-term safety and effectiveness.  Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said more than…

  • First Aframax Tanker Starts Sea Trials

    Sea trials of the Vladimir Monomakh tanker have begun at Zvezda Shipbuilding complex.

  • Russian Racer Is a First at Irish Cookstown 100

    Russian Racer Is a First at Irish Cookstown 100

    On Saturday the Russian motorcycle racer Danila Krasniuk entered motorsports history. He became the first ever Russian to compete in an Irish motorcycle race, the Cookstown 100. The Cookstown 100 has been held on public roads in Northern Ireland since 1922 and traditionally opens the Irish road racing season in late April. However, this year…

  • Russia Withdraws Security ‘Reserve’ From Belarus Border

    Russia Withdraws Security ‘Reserve’ From Belarus Border

    Russia has withdrawn a rapidly formed unit of “law enforcement reserves” that had been standing by to intervene in Belarus if the country’s post-election unrest got out of hand, the Kremlin said Monday. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Aug. 27 that he has formed the unit of law enforcement officers at the request of Belarusian…

  • ‘Hi, It’s Navalny’: Kremlin Critic Says He Can Breathe Unaided in First Statement After Poisoning

    ‘Hi, It’s Navalny’: Kremlin Critic Says He Can Breathe Unaided in First Statement After Poisoning

    Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said Tuesday that he is able to breathe on his own, his first public message since he fell into a coma after being poisoned by Novichok last month.  Navalny’s Instagram post shows him sitting hunched over on a hospital bed surrounded by his wife and two children. The Russian opposition leader has been…

  • Soviet Classic Turns 50 at GUM AutoRally

    Soviet Classic Turns 50 at GUM AutoRally

    This weekend, Muscovites got the chance to witness the best of the Soviet Union’s automobile legacy as 100 Zhiguli sedans raced in the annual GUM AutoRally on Saturday. This year’s event marked 50 years since the release of Zhiguli’s first model, VAZ-2101, commonly known as ‘Kopeyka’ (named after the smallest ruble coin, the kopek). Here’s…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Sept. 15

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Sept. 15

    Russia has confirmed 1,073,849 cases of coronavirus and 18,785 deaths. Sept 15: What you need to know today Russia confirmed 5,529 new coronavirus infections Tuesday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 1,073,849. Russian health officials have proposed depriving medics of promised coronavirus payouts if they refuse to vaccinate against the infection, the Medvestnik medical news website has reported. …

  • Navalny Plans Return Home as Russian Doctors’ Coma Claims Challenged – Reports

    Navalny Plans Return Home as Russian Doctors’ Coma Claims Challenged – Reports

    Prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny plans to return to Russia as soon as he recovers from being poisoned, The New York Times reported Monday, citing a German security official.  News of the opposition leader’s plans follows accounts by Russian paramedics, reported by Reuters, that contradict Moscow’s theory that Navalny fell into a coma because of…

  • ‘Not in This Lifetime’: Lenin Mausoleum Renovation Contest Called Off

    ‘Not in This Lifetime’: Lenin Mausoleum Renovation Contest Called Off

    A competition for ideas to redevelop Lenin’s mausoleum on Red Square has been canceled less than 24 hours after its launch due to overwhelming criticism, its organizers told the Moskva news agency Monday. The Russian Union of Architects faced a barrage of criticism, mainly from the Communist Party, for calling on contestants to reimagine what…

  • Russia to Field 3 New Parties in 2021 State Duma Race

    Russia to Field 3 New Parties in 2021 State Duma Race

    Three newly registered political parties will be able to take part in Russia’s State Duma elections next year without collecting the required voter signatures, Central Election Commission chief Ella Pamfilova said Monday.  While the For Truth, New People and Green Alternative parties have varying ideological platforms, some analysts have linked their appearance to a Kremlin strategy…

  • Russia Considers Stripping Coronavirus Bonuses From Medics Who Refuse Vaccine – Reports

    Russia Considers Stripping Coronavirus Bonuses From Medics Who Refuse Vaccine – Reports

    Russian health officials have proposed depriving medics of promised coronavirus payouts if they refuse to vaccinate against the infection, the Medvestnik medical news website has reported.  President Vladimir Putin this spring promised monthly bonuses ranging from $300 to $1,000 for doctors and other medical professionals treating Covid-19 patients. Russian doctors have since reported being underpaid…

  • Navalny Taken Off Ventilator as Novichok Recovery Continues – German Hospital

    Navalny Taken Off Ventilator as Novichok Recovery Continues – German Hospital

    Alexei Navalny has been removed from his ventilator and is able to get out of bed, Berlin’s Charité hospital said Monday as the prominent Kremlin critic’s condition continues to improve after what Germany said was a poisoning by the Novichok nerve agent. Last week, Charité announced that Navalny had been taken out of his medically induced…

  • On and Off the Trans-Siberian Train: The Drag Racer

    On and Off the Trans-Siberian Train: The Drag Racer

    Vladivostok, Far East Sergei, 28 years old I was born on Sakhalin. I’m a drag racer. The culture of drag racing came to us from the USA. It’s simple: two cars line up, then race for a quarter mile (402 meters). The faster car wins. A time under 10 seconds is considered to be fast,…

  • Macron Urges Putin To Shed Light on ‘Attempted Murder’ of Navalny – Presidency

    Macron Urges Putin To Shed Light on ‘Attempted Murder’ of Navalny – Presidency

    French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to urgently shed light on the “attempted murder” of opposition figure Alexei Navalny, after French tests confirmed the use of the Novichok nerve agent, the Elysee said. Macron told Putin in telephone talks that it is “imperative that all light be shed, without…

  • Belarus Opposition Leader Criticizes Putin’s Talks With ‘Usurper’ Lukashenko

    Belarus Opposition Leader Criticizes Putin’s Talks With ‘Usurper’ Lukashenko

    Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskya has criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to hold talks with “usurper” Alexander Lukashenko rather than the Belarusian people. Tikhanovskaya’s statement comes ahead of one-on-one talks between Putin and Lukashenko in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi on Monday. The talks follow a month of mass protests that broke out…

  • Remote Learning Takes Toll on Russian Schoolkids’ Mental Health – Poll

    Remote Learning Takes Toll on Russian Schoolkids’ Mental Health – Poll

    Online learning in the coronavirus era has affected the mental health of an overwhelming majority of Russian schoolchildren, according to a survey cited by the RBC news website Monday.  Russian schools went on a three-week holiday in mid-March at the start of the pandemic, switching to distance learning entirely as the number of cases spiked…

  • French, Swedish Labs Confirm Navalny’s Novichok Poisoning, Germany Says

    French, Swedish Labs Confirm Navalny’s Novichok Poisoning, Germany Says

    Three labs have independently confirmed that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with the Novichok nerve agent, Germany said Monday, renewing calls for Russia to explain the incident. Germany said earlier this month it had “unquestionable proof” that Navalny, 44, was poisoned with Novichok when he fell ill after boarding a flight in Siberia on…

  • Putin Backs Lukashenko as Belarus Leader Vows Closer Ties

    Putin Backs Lukashenko as Belarus Leader Vows Closer Ties

    President Vladimir Putin on Monday backed embattled Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko and promised a $1.5 billion loan as the Belarusian strongman vowed to strengthen ties with Moscow. Lukashenko thanked Putin and vowed to stick closer to “elder brother” Moscow during one-to-one talks at the Russian president’s residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi that…

  • Putin Backs Lukashenko’s ‘Eventual Succession’ in Belarus – Bloomberg

    Putin Backs Lukashenko’s ‘Eventual Succession’ in Belarus – Bloomberg

    Russian President Vladimir Putin will encourage steps toward an “eventual succession” in Belarus but will not accept the opposition coming to power through street protests, Bloomberg reported Sunday. Moscow doesn’t trust embattled Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko but is “determined” not to see protesters topple his rule, Bloomberg cited five unnamed sources close to the Kremlin…

  • Navalny’s Allies Claim Symbolic Council Seat Wins in Regional Polls

    Navalny’s Allies Claim Symbolic Council Seat Wins in Regional Polls

    Allies of poisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Sunday they had secured city council seats in Siberia as independent monitors condemned a reported “stream” of voting irregularities in regional polls. In several dozen of the country’s 85 regions, Russians voted for regional governors and lawmakers in regional and city legislatures as well as in…

  • Tens of Thousands Rally in Belarus Despite Mass Arrests

    Tens of Thousands Rally in Belarus Despite Mass Arrests

    Riot police harshly detained more than 400 demonstrators in Belarus on Sunday as tens of thousands of people took to the streets, on the eve of crunch talks between strongman Alexander Lukashenko and his main ally, Russia’s Vladimir Putin. More than 100,000 people are estimated to have marched in Minsk on each of the past…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Sept. 13

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Sept. 13

    Russia has confirmed 1,062,811 cases of coronavirus and 18,578 deaths. Sept 13: What you need to know today Russia confirmed 5,449 new coronavirus infections Sunday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 1,062,811. Nearly half of Russians say they will never vaccinate against the coronavirus regardless of its country of production, according to a survey cited by the RBC…

  • ‘The Girl From the Hermitage’

    ‘The Girl From the Hermitage’

    Tens of thousands of nameless older women inhabit St. Petersburg, picking their way amongst the pockmarked sidewalks and treacherous cobblestones, dressed in clean but shabby clothes, their shoulders stooped with decades of carrying heavy burdens.  They are as integral to the city as the elaborate facades and the noonday gun from Peter and Paul Fortress,…

  • Gazprom ramping up capacities of Chayandinskoye field

    Gazprom ramping up capacities of Chayandinskoye field

    September 11, 2020, 19:20 The Gazprom Management Committee took note of the information about the implementation of 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 unit…

  • Gazprom Management Committee endorses revised investment program and budget for 2020

    Gazprom Management Committee endorses revised investment program and budget for 2020

    September 11, 2020, 18:55 Gazprom’s overall amount of investments for 2020: RUB 922.489 billion. Gazprom’s borrowings for 2020: RUB 501.287 billion. Final investment program and budget to be approved by Gazprom Board of Directors. The Gazprom Management Committee endorsed the revised drafts of the investment program and budget (financial plan) for 2020. As per the revised investment program for 2020, the overall amount of investments will stand…

  • Russia Plans Fingerprinting, eCards for Foreigners in Latest Immigration Reforms

    Russia Plans Fingerprinting, eCards for Foreigners in Latest Immigration Reforms

    Russia plans to require long-staying foreigners to submit fingerprints and carry electronic migration cards as part of the country’s wide-ranging immigration reforms, the Kommersant business daily reported Friday. The Interior Ministry has drafted legislation requiring foreigners who intend to stay in Russia for more than 30 days to submit their fingerprints and other personal data,…

  • Putin, Lukashenko To Talk ‘Integration’ Amid Belarus Protests

    Putin, Lukashenko To Talk ‘Integration’ Amid Belarus Protests

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko, who is facing the largest protests of his rule, will discuss plans to further integrate their countries on Monday, the Kremlin said. Lukashenko’s visit will be the first to Russia by the Belarusian leader since protests broke out over his disputed election win last month. In…

  • Steven Seagal Vows to Get Tough on Lake Baikal Pollution

    Steven Seagal Vows to Get Tough on Lake Baikal Pollution

    Hollywood actor and naturalized Russian citizen Steven Seagal is spearheading a campaign to protect Lake Baikal from pollution amid regional elections currently taking place in many regions. Seagal, 68, is known to support nationalist author Zakhar Prilepin’s For Truth party, whose platform includes criminalizing pollution. Seagal announced plans Friday to push for a law that would…

  • Ukrainian Captain’s Ship Stranded in Mediterranean After Migrant Rescue

    Ukrainian Captain’s Ship Stranded in Mediterranean After Migrant Rescue

    A Ukrainian captain’s tanker has been stranded in the Mediterranean for more than a month since rescuing 27 migrants off the coast of Libya. Volodymyr Yeroshkin’s vessel has been unable to dock in any European ports after picking up 25 men, a pregnant woman and a 15-year-old in an Aug. 4 rescue operation coordinated by…

  • Russia and Belarus discuss cooperation in gas sector

    Russia and Belarus discuss cooperation in gas sector

    September 11, 2020, 14:20 A working meeting of Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, with Vladimir Semashko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Russian Federation, and Viktor Karankevich, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Belarus, took place today in St. Petersburg. The parties reviewed current and prospective issues related to cooperation in the gas sector. Background The contracts between…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Sept. 11

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Sept. 11

    Russia has confirmed 1,051,874 cases of coronavirus and 18,365 deaths. Sept. 11: What you need to know today Nearly half of Russians say they will never vaccinate against the coronavirus regardless of its country of production, according to a survey cited by the RBC news website Friday. Moscow authorities will no longer require a two-week home quarantine period for…

  • Nearly Half of Russians to ‘Never’ Vaccinate Against Coronavirus – Poll

    Nearly Half of Russians to ‘Never’ Vaccinate Against Coronavirus – Poll

    Nearly half of Russians say they will never vaccinate against the coronavirus regardless of its country of production, according to a survey cited by the RBC news website Friday. The current share of coronavirus skeptics (45.6%) has increased from the last time Moscow’s Higher School of Economics (HSE) polled Russians at the height of the…

  • Russia’s Regional Elections, Explained

    Russia’s Regional Elections, Explained

    Russians are heading to the polls through Sunday to elect new regional and city leadership.  In a year that has seen a global pandemic, weeks of anti-Kremlin protests in the Far East and historically low approval ratings for President Vladimir Putin, the vote is set to be a key test for the country’s pro-Putin ruling…

  • North River Terminal Opens in Moscow After More Than A Decade

    North River Terminal Opens in Moscow After More Than A Decade

    The North River Terminal in Moscow was begun in 1933 and opened in 1937. Designed by architects Alexei Rukhlyadev and Valdimr Krinsky, the terminal was on a waterway leading to the Moscow-Volga Canal. It was the 12th river terminal to appear in the city but by far the most impressive, with an enormous terminal building…

  • Russian Police Seek To Question Navalny in Germany

    Russian Police Seek To Question Navalny in Germany

    Russian police said Friday they were seeking to question opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Berlin after Moscow rubbished Germany’s declaration that he was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok.  The 44-year-old Kremlin critic and anti-corruption campaigner fell ill after boarding a plane in Siberia and was hospitalized there before being flown to Berlin. Germany reported…

  • Putin Apologizes to Serbian Leader for ‘Basic Instinct’ Post

    Putin Apologizes to Serbian Leader for ‘Basic Instinct’ Post

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have apologized to Serbia’s president for a social media post by Russia’s diplomatic spokeswoman that appeared to mock him. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova sparked a rare spat between the allies when she posted a photo of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in the White House…

  • 10th Energy of Victories national sports journalism festival contest launched

    10th Energy of Victories national sports journalism festival contest launched

    September 11, 2020, 10:00 Gazprom, the Russian Olympic Committee, and the Federation of Sports Journalists of Russia announce the start of the 10th anniversary edition of the Energy of Victories national sports journalism festival contest for Russian-language mass media based in Russia and abroad. The primary goals of the contest are to promote the Olympic movement, sports, and healthy living, as well as to improve the quality of sports…

  • Microsoft Thwarts Russian, Chinese Hackers Targeting US Presidential Campaigns

    Microsoft Thwarts Russian, Chinese Hackers Targeting US Presidential Campaigns

    Microsoft said Thursday it detected and thwarted cyberattacks in recent weeks from China and Russia targeting US presidential campaign staff. The attackers have been targeting staff from the campaigns of President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, Microsoft said in a security blog. “In recent weeks, Microsoft has detected cyberattacks targeting people and organizations involved in…

  • US Sanctions ‘Russian Agent’ for Trying to Damage Biden

    US Sanctions ‘Russian Agent’ for Trying to Damage Biden

    The US Treasury slapped sanctions Thursday on Ukrainian politician Andrii Derkach, an alleged Russian intelligence operative who has stoked conspiracy theories advanced by the White House that purport to implicate Democrat Joe Biden in corruption. Derkach, who met with President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani several times over the past year as he searched for…

  • Russia Denies Claims of ‘Highly Improbable’ Coronavirus Vaccine Results

    Russia Denies Claims of ‘Highly Improbable’ Coronavirus Vaccine Results

    Russia has pushed back against claims its published research into a Covid-19 vaccine included “highly improbable” and “statistically unlikely” results. A group of scientists and doctors published an open letter to Russia’s Gamaleya research center, which is leading the Sputnik V vaccine’s development, and renowned British medical journal The Lancet on Wednesday outlining a number…

  • St. Petersburg Schoolchildren Screened for LGBT ‘Propaganda’

    St. Petersburg Schoolchildren Screened for LGBT ‘Propaganda’

    Teachers in Russia’s second-largest city of St. Petersburg have been instructed to monitor their students’ social media profiles for the presence of “LGBT symbols,” the LGBT Network rights group said. Any such symbols would be considered violations of Russia’s 2013 law that bans the display of “gay propaganda” toward minors. This spring, teachers of grades…

  • Russian War Historian Jailed 12 Years for Treason

    Russian War Historian Jailed 12 Years for Treason

    An amateur Russian military historian was sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison for treason this week, the latest in a string of treason and espionage convictions targeting a wide range of Russians. Andrei Zhukov was arrested in June 2018 on suspicions linked to “the history of the Russian Armed Forces and his…

  • Italy Probes Russian Glamour Model’s Death Near NATO Base

    Italy Probes Russian Glamour Model’s Death Near NATO Base

    Italian prosecutors are probing the mysterious drowning of a Russian glamour model while on a photo shoot near a major NATO base on Sardinia over the weekend. Coast guards found the naked body of Galina Fedorova, 35, on Saturday after she and a photographer reportedly went for a swim off the Italian island’s southern coastline…

  • Honoring British Righteous Among the Nations in Moscow

    Honoring British Righteous Among the Nations in Moscow

    On Thursday Oct. 10 at 5 p.m. MSK (3 p.m. in London, 10 a.m. in New York) the Russian Jewish Congress together with the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Moscow and the British Holocaust Educational Trust are holding an online event dedicated to British citizens who have been given the title Righteous Among the…

  • Detained Belarus Opposition Leader Says She Was Threatened With ‘Dismemberment’

    Detained Belarus Opposition Leader Says She Was Threatened With ‘Dismemberment’

    Maria Kolesnikova, the last member of a trio of women opposition leaders remaining in Belarus, alleged Thursday that security forces threatened her life as she was being detained on charges of attempting to seize power. Kolesnikova went missing Monday after witnesses described seeing masked men forcing her into a minibus in central Minsk. Investigators confirmed…

  • Campaigner for Kremlin Critic Navalny Beaten Up

    Campaigner for Kremlin Critic Navalny Beaten Up

    Unidentified attackers beat up an activist campaigning for hospitalized Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk, his colleagues said Thursday. Alexei Baraboshkin, the local coordinator for Navalny, was “assaulted by unknown attackers” late Wednesday after receiving threats for several weeks, his campaign office wrote on Telegram. It posted a picture of…

  • Putin Vows to Open Inquiry Into Navalny Poisoning, Italian PM Says

    Putin Vows to Open Inquiry Into Navalny Poisoning, Italian PM Says

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised to set up a panel of inquiry into the suspected nerve-agent poisoning of prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in an interview published Thursday. Germany said last week it has “unequivocal evidence” that Navalny, 44, was poisoned with a nerve agent from the Novichok…

  • Rosneft introduces the use of neural networks in monitoring occupational safety and health

    The experts at АО Novokuybyshev Refinery (a part of Rosneft’s Samara group of enterprises) have developed and introduced an innovative programme for monitoring occupational safety and health with the use of a learning neural network.

  • Navalny Recovering From ‘Deadlier, Slower-Acting’ Novichok Variant – Reports

    Navalny Recovering From ‘Deadlier, Slower-Acting’ Novichok Variant – Reports

    Leading Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a new, deadlier variant of military-grade nerve agent Novichok, the German weekly Die Zeit reported Wednesday. Hours after the Die Zeit report, The Insider news website reported, citing anonymous sources, that Navalny, 44, has almost completely recovered after falling violently ill on a flight in Siberia on Aug.…

  • Whistleblower: White House Stifled Reporting on Russian Election Interference

    Whistleblower: White House Stifled Reporting on Russian Election Interference

    A senior US intelligence official said the White House ordered him to stop reporting on Russian election interference and highlight Chinese and Iran meddling instead, according to a whistleblower complaint revealed Wednesday. Offering explosive evidence to support Democratic allegations that President Donald Trump has manipulated intelligence to support his reelection effort, Department of Homeland Security…

  • Serbia Drops Out of War Games With Russia in Belarus

    Serbia Drops Out of War Games With Russia in Belarus

    Serbia has dropped out of planned military drills in Belarus with Russia after pressure from the EU, the Balkan state’s defense minister said Wednesday. Serbia — an EU candidate country that also maintains close ties with Moscow — was due to participate in the ‘Slavic Brotherhood 2020’ exercise with Russian and Belarusian troops this month. “We are…

  • Belarus Jails Opposition Figure Kolesnikova as Nobel Winner Intimidated

    Belarus Jails Opposition Figure Kolesnikova as Nobel Winner Intimidated

    Belarus investigators said Wednesday prominent opposition figures Maria Kolesnikova and Maxim Znak had been detained in a national security probe as Minsk ramped up a crackdown on a protest movement. The country’s Investigative Committee, which probes major crime, said in a statement the two were being held as an investigation continued into “calls urging action…

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