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  • Explosive Fertilizer Confiscated From Russian Businessman’s Ship Linked to Beirut Blast – Mediazona

    Explosive Fertilizer Confiscated From Russian Businessman’s Ship Linked to Beirut Blast – Mediazona

    Nearly 3,000 tons of a highly explosive fertilizer that caused Tuesday’s devastating blast in Beirut came from a ship owned by a Russian businessman, the Mediazona news website reported Wednesday, citing Lebanese television and members of the ship’s crew. Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab said in a statement Tuesday that 2,750 metric tons of ammonium…

  • Rosneft will report its Q2 and 6M 2020 IFRS financial results on Friday, August 14, 2020

    Q2 and 6M 2020 IFRS financial results and corresponding MD&A will be available on our website on Friday, August 14, 2020 at 10:00 Moscow time

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Surpass 866K

    Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Surpass 866K

    The highest number of new cases were in Moscow, the western Siberian region of Khanty-Mansiysk and Sverdlovsk in the Urals. 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…

  • Russia Resumes Visa-Free Entry for Some Foreigners on Official Visits

    Russia Resumes Visa-Free Entry for Some Foreigners on Official Visits

    Foreigners whose countries have visa-free travel agreements with Russia will once again be able to come to the country for short business trips, according to a decree signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on Wednesday. Russia sealed its borders to nearly all foreigners in late March in an effort to contain the spread of the…

  • Siberia’s ‘Gateway to the Underworld’ Expands Amid Record-Smashing Heat Wave

    Siberia’s ‘Gateway to the Underworld’ Expands Amid Record-Smashing Heat Wave

    Record-setting summer temperatures across Siberia are opening up the Batagaika megaslump, which locals call the “gateway to the underworld,” at an unprecedented pace, scientists say. The Batagaika crater in the eastern Siberian republic of Sakha appeared in the 1960s after forest in the area was cleared, causing the land to sink. Currently the world’s largest…

  • NovaWind has launched the construction of Marchenkovskaya wind farm in the Rostov region

    August 3, 2020 – NovaWind JSC has launched the construction of Marchenkovskaya wind farm in the Rostov region. The total capacity of the planned wind farm will be 120 MW. The site will be equipped with 48 wind turbines (WT) with a capacity of 2.5 MW each, and their planned annual average energy output will…

  • WHO Urges Russia to Follow Guidelines on Virus Vaccine

    WHO Urges Russia to Follow Guidelines on Virus Vaccine

    The World Health Organization on Tuesday urged Russia to follow the established guidelines for producing safe and effective vaccines after Moscow announced plans to start swiftly producing COVID-19 jabs. Russia said Monday it aims to launch mass production of a coronavirus vaccine in September and turn out “several million” doses per month by next year.…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Aug. 4

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Aug. 4

    Russia has confirmed 861,423 cases of coronavirus and 14,351 deaths. Aug. 4: What you need to know today The World Health Organization on Tuesday urged Russia to follow the established guidelines for producing safe and effective vaccines after Moscow announced plans to start swiftly producing COVID-19 jabs.  Moscow authorities have issued 5,000-ruble fines ($68) to more than 40,000 people…

  • Belarus Leader Claims Opposition ‘Massacre’ Plot Before Vote

    Belarus Leader Claims Opposition ‘Massacre’ Plot Before Vote

    Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday vowed to protect his country from the opposition and Russia which he said were coordinating violent protests ahead of presidential elections this week. The 65-year-old has ruled over the ex-Soviet country wedged between Russia and Europe with an authoritarian grip for 26 years and has cracked down on the…

  • NovaWind JSC has launched the Karmalinovskaya wind power plant construction in Stavropol Krai

    NovaWind JSC has launched the Karmalinovskaya wind power plant construction in Stavropol Krai. WPP’s total generating capacity will reach 60 MW with annual energy production – 147 GWh. The power plant will consist of 24 wind turbines with a capacity of 2.5 MW each. The company is going to invest more than 8 billion rubles…

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Rise By 5,100 Overnight

    Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Rise By 5,100 Overnight

    The highest number of new cases were in Moscow, the western Siberian region of Khanty-Mansiysk and Sverdlovsk in the Urals. 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…

  • Belarus Opposition Rallies Voters With Promise of Change

    Belarus Opposition Rallies Voters With Promise of Change

    At a small-town campaign rally held by the rising star of Belarus’s political opposition, Elena stood among the unusually large crowd, wrapped in a red and white flag — the colors of the ex-Soviet country’s emboldened opposition. Like many others at the gathering for opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, she preferred to give her first name…

  • French Trial Ordered for Alleged Russian Bitcoin Fraudster

    French Trial Ordered for Alleged Russian Bitcoin Fraudster

    A judge in Paris has ordered a French trial for Alexander Vinnik, a Russian suspected of money laundering on the bitcoin exchange BTC-e, also wanted by Washington and Moscow, his lawyer and other sources told AFP. Vinnik was extradited to France in January from Greece, where he had been arrested on an American warrant in…

  • 8 Arrested in Russia’s First Surrogacy Probe

    8 Arrested in Russia’s First Surrogacy Probe

    Eight Russians have been arrested and charged with human trafficking in the country’s first surrogacy probe, and a court on Monday was to consider extending the arrests. Surrogacy is legal in Russia and has been a lucrative business for many years. However, a criminal probe was made possible due to “ambiguities” in legislation, defense lawyer Igor Trunov…

  • Russia Sparks Backlash for Allowing Deforestation, Construction Along Lake Baikal

    Russia Sparks Backlash for Allowing Deforestation, Construction Along Lake Baikal

    A new Russian law that allows deforestation and construction near the shores of Siberia’s Lake Baikal has sparked backlash among environmental activists who say the law threatens protected natural areas. Lake Baikal, the world’s largest freshwater lake, has been plagued with environmental problems caused by industrial pollution, mining and agricultural run-off. Plans to construct a…

  • On and Off the Trans-Siberian Train: The Rapper

    On and Off the Trans-Siberian Train: The Rapper

    Last summer journalist Marina Dmukhovskaya and photographer Georg Wallner took a trip on the Trans-Siberian from Moscow to Vladivostok. For 28 days and almost 10,000 kilometers, they talked to dozens of people in “Seat 47” (Mesto 47) riding next to them. When they returned, they turned 38 conversations into first-person stories. Here is one of…

  • The Mischief and Mayhem of Russian Paratroopers’ Day

    The Mischief and Mayhem of Russian Paratroopers’ Day

    Each year on Aug. 2, current and former members of Russia’s Airborne Troops meet up to raise a drink (or, more likely, many drinks) to each other’s achievements and remember fallen comrades. The holiday falls on the anniversary of the Soviet military’s first parachute flight, which was held during exercises near the southern Russian city…

  • Trump Сalls for New Death Sentence for Boston Marathon Bomber Tsarnaev

    Trump Сalls for New Death Sentence for Boston Marathon Bomber Tsarnaev

    U.S. President Donald Trump called Sunday for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to be re-sentenced to death after an appeals court overturned the death penalty. “Rarely has anybody deserved the death penalty more than the Boston Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,” Trump tweeted. “So many lives lost and ruined. The Federal Government must again seek the Death…

  • Russia Aims to Produce ‘Millions’ of Virus Doses by 2021

    Russia Aims to Produce ‘Millions’ of Virus Doses by 2021

    Russia said Monday it aims to launch mass production of a coronavirus vaccine next month and turn out “several million” doses per month by next year. The country is pushing ahead with several vaccine prototypes and one trialled by the Gamaleya institute in Moscow has reached advanced stages of development and is about to pass…

  • Which Countries Are Open to Russians – and Vice Versa?

    Which Countries Are Open to Russians – and Vice Versa?

    Russian authorities could resume all international flights with countries that grant reciprocity as early as Aug. 11, the state-run TASS news agency cited aviation industry sources as saying Saturday. Most flights to and from Russia have been grounded since March 27 in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Russia also closed…

  • Russian Mercenaries in Belarus Say They Were ‘On Their Way to See Hagia Sophia’ – Investigators

    Russian Mercenaries in Belarus Say They Were ‘On Their Way to See Hagia Sophia’ – Investigators

    Some of the 33 Russian mercenaries detained in Belarus told investigators they were on their way to Istanbul to see the Hagia Sophia, the head of Belarus’ Investigative Committee told President Alexander Lukashenko. Belarus authorities detained the men last week for allegedly plotting to destabilize the country ahead of the country’s Aug. 9 presidential election.…

  • Russia Records Almost 5,400 New Coronavirus Cases

    Russia Records Almost 5,400 New Coronavirus Cases

    The highest number of new cases were in Moscow, the western Siberian region of Khanty-Mansiysk and Sverdlovsk in the Urals. 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…

  • Russia Records Over 5,400 Coronavirus Cases as Cases Pass 850K

    Russia Records Over 5,400 Coronavirus Cases as Cases Pass 850K

    The highest number of new cases were in Moscow, the western Siberian region of Khanty-Mansiysk and Sverdlovsk in the Urals. 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…

  • Russian Far East Protesters Turn Out by the Thousands as Crackdown Intensifies

    Russian Far East Protesters Turn Out by the Thousands as Crackdown Intensifies

    KHABAROVSK — As the rain beat down, a sea of umbrellas filled the valley that has become part of the well-trodden path protesters take on their daily march around the city of Khabarovsk in Russia’s Far East. Despite a torrential summer downpour, thousands took to the streets for the fourth straight massive Saturday protest, the…

  • Ksenia Buksha’s ‘The Freedom Factory’

    Ksenia Buksha’s ‘The Freedom Factory’

    An economist by education, Ksenia Buksha has worked in finance, marketing, and advertising. She is a mother of three, plays the guitar, draws, and paints. She is also, writer Dmitry Bykov asserts, one of the best poets of her generation, although she is better known for her prose. The 37-year-old St. Petersburg native has published…

  • Russia Records Over 5,400 Coronavirus Cases as Deaths Surpass 14K

    Russia Records Over 5,400 Coronavirus Cases as Deaths Surpass 14K

    The highest number of new cases were in Moscow, the western Siberian region of Khanty-Mansiysk and Sverdlovsk in the Urals. 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…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Aug. 2

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Aug. 2

    Russia has confirmed 850,870 cases of coronavirus and 14,128 deaths. Aug. 2: 3 things you need to know today Authorities in Moscow have issued sweeping fines for violating face mask and glove requirements in recent weeks as the city looks to enforce coronavirus safety rules, the state-run TASS news agency reported Friday. Russia confirmed 5,427 new coronavirus infections Sunday, bringing the country’s…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Aug. 1

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Aug. 1

    Russia has confirmed 845,443 cases of coronavirus and 14,058 deaths. Aug. 1: 3 things you need to know today Authorities in Moscow have issued sweeping fines for violating face mask and glove requirements in recent weeks as the city looks to enforce coronavirus safety rules, the state-run TASS news agency reported Friday. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said the Russian capital has…

  • Watch Three Free Films About Russian and Soviet Life

    Watch Three Free Films About Russian and Soviet Life

    This weekend Stage Russia has joined up with Russian Life magazine, Russian and Georgian filmmakers, plus libararies and universities around the world to offer three films for free livestreaming this weekend. One is available to everyone; two are available free to people with library cards or student/teacher IDs at participating institutions.  “Resilience” In 1917, Russia…

  • Russia Charges Rapper’s Widow With Murder After Finding Dismembered Body

    Russia Charges Rapper’s Widow With Murder After Finding Dismembered Body

    Russian investigators on Friday charged a rapper’s widow with his murder after discovering his dismembered body. Investigators said they found fragments of the body of Ukrainian rapper Alexander Yushko, who performed under the stage name Andy Cartwright, in a flat in the northwestern city of St. Petersburg on Wednesday. The Investigative Committee, which probes major…

  • Moscow Cinemas Prepare to Open on Aug. 1

    Moscow Cinemas Prepare to Open on Aug. 1

    At the end of March Moscow’s movie theaters were all closed due to the coronavirus and everyone switched to watching films online. But finally, earlier this month Mayor Sergei Sobyanin signed a decree allowing cinemas to open on Aug. 1. The number of visitors in the hall, however, must be 50% of the number of seats. Although…

  • UK Names Media Mogul Yevgeny Lebedev to House of Lords

    UK Names Media Mogul Yevgeny Lebedev to House of Lords

    Russian-British media owner Yevgeny Lebedev has been appointed to the House of Lords in Britain. Queen Elizabeth II conferred Lebedev’s lifetime peerage on Friday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office said. Lebedev owns Britain’s Independent and Evening Standard newspapers. His father, Russian oligarch Alexander Lebedev, is co-owner of the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper in Russia. In…

  • Rosneft publishes 2019 Sustainable Development Report

    Rosneft published Sustainable Development Report following 2019 performance.

  • Kremlin Demands Release of Russians Held in Belarus

    Kremlin Demands Release of Russians Held in Belarus

    The Kremlin on Friday asked ex-Soviet ally Belarus to release 33 Russian men detained in Minsk over an alleged plot to organize riots ahead of next month’s presidential elections. Belarussian security services on Wednesday arrested the group of Russians, saying they were mercenaries on a mission to destabilise the country in the run-up to the…

  • Moscow Cracks Down on Mask and Glove Violations

    Moscow Cracks Down on Mask and Glove Violations

    Authorities in Moscow have issued sweeping fines for violating face mask and glove requirements in recent weeks as the city looks to enforce coronavirus safety rules, the state-run TASS news agency reported Friday. The Russian capital has required masks and gloves to be worn at all times indoors and on public transportation since May 12.…

  • Belarus Strengthens Border Security Amid Search for 170 Russian Mercenaries

    Belarus Strengthens Border Security Amid Search for 170 Russian Mercenaries

    Belarus is cracking down on its border with Russia as it searches for 170 mercenaries it says are from the Kremlin-linked Wagner Group military contractor. Belarussian authorities on Wednesday detained 33 people it said were Russian mercenaries sent to “destabilize” the country ahead of its election. They had received information about the arrival of about…

  • Russia Records Over 5,400 Coronavirus Cases Amid Vaccine Race, Lifted Lockdown

    Russia Records Over 5,400 Coronavirus Cases Amid Vaccine Race, Lifted Lockdown

    The highest number of new cases were in Moscow, the western Siberian region of Khanty-Mansiysk and Sverdlovsk in the Urals. 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…

  • The third layer of the reactor building inner containment has been erected at power unit No.1 of Rooppur NPP

    The works on erection and concreting of the reactor building inner containment third layer sections of Rooppur NPP power unit No.1 being constructed in Bangladesh (the General Contractor – JSC Atomstroyexport is included in the Engineering Division of ROSATOM) have been completed. All works on the third layer were performed by TrestRosSEM LLC specialists for…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 31

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 31

    Russia has confirmed 839,981 cases of coronavirus and 13,963 deaths. July 31: 3 things you need to know today Authorities in Moscow have issued sweeping fines for violating face mask and glove requirements in recent weeks as the city looks to enforce coronavirus safety rules, the state-run TASS news agency reported Friday. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said the Russian capital has…

  • Tens of Thousands Rally in Belarus Despite Pre-Election Crackdown

    Tens of Thousands Rally in Belarus Despite Pre-Election Crackdown

    Tens of thousands of supporters of President Alexander Lukashenko’s top election rival on Thursday rallied in the Belarussian capital Minsk despite an increasing crackdown on the opposition. The rally came as Belarus authorities accused top members of the opposition of collaborating with Russian fighters to destabilize the ex-Soviet country. Backers of political novice Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, a…

  • Thousands Rally in Belarus Capital Minsk Despite Crackdown

    Thousands Rally in Belarus Capital Minsk Despite Crackdown

    Thousands of supporters of President Alexander Lukashenko’s election rival on Thursday rallied in the Belarussian capital Minsk despite an increasing crackdown on the opposition. Backers of political novice Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, 37, packed a Minsk square in what appeared to be the largest opposition protest in the ex-Soviet country in a decade, an AFP journalist said.…

  • EU Sanctions Russian, Chinese ‘Cyber Attackers’

    EU Sanctions Russian, Chinese ‘Cyber Attackers’

    The European Union imposed its first ever sanctions against alleged cyber attackers on Thursday, targeting Russian and Chinese individuals and a specialist unit of Moscow’s GRU military intelligence agency. An export firm based in North Korea and technology company from Tiajin, China, were also listed. The member states said measures would be taken against six…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 30

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 30

    Russia has confirmed 834,499 cases of coronavirus and 13,802 deaths. July 30: 3 things you need to know today Russia’s coronavirus vaccine could be administered to civilians as soon as Aug. 15, Interfax cited a source at the state-run Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology as saying. The source said the Health Ministry will likely register the…

  • Russian Mercenaries in Belarus: All You Need to Know

    Russian Mercenaries in Belarus: All You Need to Know

    Belarus has arrested 33 Russian mercenaries allegedly plotting to destabilize the country ahead of next month’s presidential election. Belarus’ KGB security service said the detained men were members of the Wagner group, a shadowy private military firm reportedly controlled by an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin which promotes Moscow’s interests in Ukraine, Syria, Libya…

  • ‘The Master and Margarita’ Named Most Popular Russian Prison Read

    ‘The Master and Margarita’ Named Most Popular Russian Prison Read

    “The Master and Margarita,” Mikhail Bulgakov’s classic Soviet tale of when the Devil went down to Moscow, has been ranked the most popular book among Russian prisoners, the state-run TASS news agency reported Thursday. Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” ranked second, followed by “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas in third, TASS cited…

  • Supported by Rosneft, Expedition Starts on Taimyr to Study Reindeer

    Researchers from the Siberian Federal University are observing the migration process of the Taimyr-Evenki reindeer population

  • Ukrainian Rapper Found Dismembered After Overdose Death in St. Petersburg

    Ukrainian Rapper Found Dismembered After Overdose Death in St. Petersburg

    A Ukrainian rapper was dismembered by his wife after he died of a drug overdose because she “didn’t want him to have an inglorious death,” the St. Petersburg-based Fontanka.ru news website reported Thursday, citing anonymous law enforcement sources. Andy Cartwright, who was born Alexander Yushko in Ukraine, died at age 30. He is best-known for…

  • Russian Court Sentences U.S. Ex-Marine to 9 Years for Police Assault

    Russian Court Sentences U.S. Ex-Marine to 9 Years for Police Assault

    A Russian court on Thursday sentenced former U.S. marine Trevor Reed to nine years in prison for assaulting police officers while drunk. His conviction follows the high-profile trial of another former U.S. marine, Paul Whelan, last month on espionage charges in a case that has fueled speculation of a prisoner exchange with the United States.…

  • Russia Coronavirus Cases Pass 830K Amid Vaccine Race, Lifted Lockdown

    Russia Coronavirus Cases Pass 830K Amid Vaccine Race, Lifted Lockdown

    The highest number of new cases were in Moscow, the western Siberian region of Khanty-Mansiysk and Sverdlovsk in the Urals. 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…

  • Russia’s Transgender People in Their Own Words

    Russia’s Transgender People in Their Own Words

    Russian lawmakers recently introduced legislation that will have major implications for the country’s transgender population. If passed, the draft law — which also seeks to ban LGBT marriage and adoption — will make it impossible for transgender people to change their gender on official documents after they have transitioned. Activists and rights groups say the…

  • Severstal commits to cuttig its carbo emissios by 3% by 2023 ad almost doubles its target for reducig total atmospheric emissios

    Severstal commits to cuttig its carbo emissios by 3% by 2023 ad almost doubles its target for reducig total atmospheric emissios

    July 30, 2020 PAO Severstal (“Severstal”; “the Company”), one of the world’s leading vertically integrated steel and steel-related mining companies, today announces a public target to cut its greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 3% over the next three years compared with 2020 . It is the first stage of a longer-term strategy to reduce its…

  • High-Profile Washington Analyst Detained in Belarus

    High-Profile Washington Analyst Detained in Belarus

    A high-profile political analyst and strategist who has advised presidential candidates in the U.S., Russia and Ukraine has been detained in Belarus ahead of a tense election. “I have been arrested,” Vitali Shkliarov, a Harvard University fellow, said on Telegram without providing further details. The 44-year-old was born in the Belarussian city of Gomel but…

  • Russian Prosecutors Demand Nearly 10 Years’ Jail for U.S. Ex-Marine

    Russian Prosecutors Demand Nearly 10 Years’ Jail for U.S. Ex-Marine

    Russian prosecutors on Wednesday asked for a sentence of nearly 10 years in a penal colony for a former U.S. marine accused of attacking police officers. Trevor Reed, a 28-year-old student and former Marine from Texas, allegedly attacked police while drunk after attending a party last year. He is accused of grabbing one policeman while…

  • Belarus Leader Demands Russia Provide Explanation Over ‘Militants’

    Belarus Leader Demands Russia Provide Explanation Over ‘Militants’

    Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko on Wednesday demanded an explanation from Moscow after Minsk arrested more than 30 allegedly Russian fighters ahead of next month’s tense presidential election. “It is necessary to immediately turn to appropriate Russian structures so that they explain what is going on,” Lukashenko said at an emergency meeting.  Earlier in the day…

  • Russia Vows ‘Promising’ Virus Vaccines in September

    Russia Vows ‘Promising’ Virus Vaccines in September

    Russia said Wednesday that it plans to begin production of two “promising” coronavirus vaccines in September and October as Moscow races to develop a formula before Western countries. At a meeting chaired by President Vladimir Putin, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova singled out two vaccines under development by a research institute in Moscow and a lab in Siberia. “Today…

  • Belarus Detains 33 Russian Wagner Mercenaries Ahead of Presidential Election – Report

    Belarus Detains 33 Russian Wagner Mercenaries Ahead of Presidential Election – Report

    Belarussian law enforcement has detained 33 mercenaries from the private Russian military contractor Wagner Group less than two weeks before the country’s presidential election, the Belarus state-run Belta news agency reported Wednesday. The surprise announcement is the latest twist in an extraordinary election campaign that has seen strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko jail his key would-be…

  • Krasnodar: Come for the Sea, Stay for the Champagne

    Krasnodar: Come for the Sea, Stay for the Champagne

    This summer, when international travel is difficult or impossible, tourists are flocking south to the resort towns on the Black Sea or Sea of Azov. But after a few days of lying on the beach, you and your family might want to see what else the Krasnodrar region has to offer. You’re in luck! If…

  • Putin’s Trust Rating Falls to New Low Amid Far East Protests

    Putin’s Trust Rating Falls to New Low Amid Far East Protests

    Russians’ trust in President Vladimir Putin fell to a new low in July as tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in anti-Kremlin protests in the Far East, according to newly published results from the independent Levada Center pollster. Only 23% of respondents named Putin when asked to identify which politicians they trust…

  • ROSATOM approved the sectoral sustainable development policy

    On July 27, 2020 ROSATOM approved the Unified Sectoral Sustainable Development Policy. The main purpose of the document is the structuring and alignment of activities in the field of sustainable development of the nuclear sector. The document secures the position of the state-owned corporation regarding sustainable development issues, including goals, objectives and main principles of…

  • Russia to Help Syria Build Replica Hagia Sophia Following Turkish Mosque Conversion

    Russia to Help Syria Build Replica Hagia Sophia Following Turkish Mosque Conversion

    Russia will help Syria construct a replica of the Hagia Sophia that will operate as an Orthodox cathedral, a Russian lawmaker has said after Turkey converted the iconic Istanbul museum into a mosque this month.  The UNESCO World Heritage site’s conversion has sparked outcry worldwide, with political and religious leaders saying the structure had been…

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