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  • ‘Torture Chamber’: Jailed Belarusians Reveal Prison Abuse

    ‘Torture Chamber’: Jailed Belarusians Reveal Prison Abuse

    Graphic content Emerging from a jail in Minsk with other Belarusians detained in a post-election crackdown, 27-year-old math teacher Yana Bobrovskaya said she never expected to make it out alive. “We thought we would be buried in here,” she said Friday, weeping as she recounted her experience to AFP.  “They can do anything while you…

  • Belarus Sees Walkouts, Protest Calls After ‘Bloody’ Vote Crackdown

    Belarus Sees Walkouts, Protest Calls After ‘Bloody’ Vote Crackdown

    The main challenger in Belarus’s disputed presidential election called for mass weekend rallies and workers were walking off the job on Friday as defiance mounted against strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko. In a video address to supporters, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya accused Lukashenko’s regime of a “bloody massacre” in a crackdown on post-election protests, as people detained during…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Aug. 14

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Aug. 14

    Russia has confirmed 912,823 cases of coronavirus and 15,498 deaths. Aug. 13: 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. More than half of Russian doctors aren’t ready to get the country’s highly touted…

  • 1 in 2 Russian Doctors Distrust New Coronavirus Vaccine – Poll

    1 in 2 Russian Doctors Distrust New Coronavirus Vaccine – Poll

    More than half of Russian doctors aren’t ready to get the country’s highly touted coronavirus vaccine, according to an online survey of more than 3,000 healthcare professionals obtained by the RBC news website Friday. President Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday that the newly approved Sputnik V inoculation conferred “sustainable immunity” to volunteers including one of his…

  • Russian Media Responds to Belarus Protest Crackdown

    Russian Media Responds to Belarus Protest Crackdown

    Tens of thousands of peaceful demonstrators in Belarus have gathered in recent days to protest President Alexander Lukashenko’s disputed victory and the violent police crackdown that followed. Belarusians formed human chains in cities including Minsk, many wearing white and holding flowers, to protest against police brutality during the four nights of unrest after Sunday’s vote.…

  • Belarus Vote Challenger Calls for ‘Peaceful’ Protests in All Cities

    Belarus Vote Challenger Calls for ‘Peaceful’ Protests in All Cities

    The main challenger in Belarus’s disputed presidential election called Friday for mass weekend rallies across the country in support of her claim to have defeated strongman Alexander Lukashenko. “Belarusians will never want to live with the previous government again. The majority do not believe in his victory,” Svetlana Tikhanovskaya said in a video address.  “I…

  • Rosneft Launches Studies of Red-Listed Arctic Animals

    Specialists from Arctic Research Centre LLC, an enterprise of Rosneft Oil Company’s corporate research and development complex, jointly with the Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Marine Research Centre of the Moscow State University have arranged a large-scale expedition to study the red-listed Atlantic walrus and polar…

  • Belarusian Artist Embroiders Her Country’s Historic Protests

    Belarusian Artist Embroiders Her Country’s Historic Protests

    Rufina Bazlova is a Belarusian artist who has lived in the Czech Republic for 12 years. She is an illustrator and theater scenographer who has responded to events in her homeland through the medium of embroidery. She said that the embroidery is a kind of “code” for the country’s history, with red as the symbol…

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Surpass 910K

    Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Surpass 910K

    The highest number of new cases were in Moscow 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 parade in Moscow and a nationwide…

  • Belarus: Symbols of the Opposition

    Belarus: Symbols of the Opposition

    White bracelets, flowers, a punched fist and a Soviet-era song: all have become symbols of opposition to the re-election of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to serve a sixth term. White The color white has become central in the protests sparked by Sunday’s vote, which have massed behind Lukashenko’s presidential challenger Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, a 37-year-old English teacher by…

  • Tens of Thousands Rally in Belarus Against Post-Vote Crackdown

    Tens of Thousands Rally in Belarus Against Post-Vote Crackdown

    Tens of thousands of Belarusians staged a wave of peaceful protests on Thursday against President Alexander Lukashenko’s disputed re-election and an ensuing brutal police crackdown. In apparent concessions, Belarus announced the release of more than 1,000 detained protesters and the interior minister apologized to injured bystanders. European countries condemned the police violence, with the European…

  • Spent Nuclear Fuel Removed From Abandoned Soviet-Era Ship in ‘Major Milestone’

    Spent Nuclear Fuel Removed From Abandoned Soviet-Era Ship in ‘Major Milestone’

    An international cleanup effort has helped remove spent nuclear fuel from a service ship abandoned after an accident in northwestern Russia, the Norwegian environmental organization Bellona announced Wednesday. The Lepse served the Soviet Union’s nuclear icebreaker fleet from 1934 until the 1980s, when it encountered rough seas and spilled highly radioactive waste inside its cargo…

  • Thousands Form Human Chains in Belarus After Post-Vote Crackdown

    Thousands Form Human Chains in Belarus After Post-Vote Crackdown

    Thousands of protesters  formed human chains in Belarus on Thursday in a growing wave of peaceful demonstrations over President Alexander Lukashenko’s disputed re-election and an ensuing brutal police crackdown. Russia claimed the protests were being orchestrated from abroad to destabilise its ex-Soviet neighbour while European countries condemned police violence and backed fresh sanctions against Lukashenko.…

  • Workers at Major Belarus Plants Strike in Growing Protest Against Police Violence

    Workers at Major Belarus Plants Strike in Growing Protest Against Police Violence

    Workers at two major automotive plants and several other companies in Belarus went on strike in protest against police violence following the country’s disputed election, local media reported Thursday. Thousands of Belarusians have taken to the streets in the five days since election officials declared strongman Alexander Lukashenko winner in Sunday’s polls. Authorities have detained…

  • Masked Men Raid Uber and Yandex’s Belarus Offices Amid Election Protests

    Masked Men Raid Uber and Yandex’s Belarus Offices Amid Election Protests

    Armed and masked men raided the Belarus offices of Uber and Russian tech giant Yandex on Thursday as authorities continued to crack down on protesters disputing the country’s presidential election results. The black-clad men blocked entrances to Uber and Yandex’s office in Minsk with some employees still stuck inside, early reports said and Yandex confirmed.…

  • MT’s Coronavirus Coverage Gets U.S. Journalism Nod

    MT’s Coronavirus Coverage Gets U.S. Journalism Nod

    The Moscow Times’ coverage of Russia’s student recruitment to help battle the coronavirus following years of healthcare cuts has received an honorable mention from the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA). ASJA’s 2020 healthcare crisis coverage award went to the Center for Public Integrity’s investigation on healthcare policies on rationing ventilators in 25 U.S.…

  • Russian Region Orders Mass Vaccination Against Bubonic Plague

    Russian Region Orders Mass Vaccination Against Bubonic Plague

    The head of a remote Russian region on Thursday said that herders and other residents of two districts on the border with Mongolia should be vaccinated against bubonic plague. The order was issued after Mongolia’s health ministry said Wednesday that bubonic plague killed a man in the country’s west. It was the latest in a…

  • Belarus Detains Hundreds More in Post-Election Crackdown

    Belarus Detains Hundreds More in Post-Election Crackdown

    Police in Belarus said Thursday they had detained hundreds more protesters as demonstrations continued against strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko’s disputed re-election. Four nights of unrest since Sunday’s vote have seen thousands arrested, dozens wounded and two people dead as police used stun grenades, tear gas, water cannon and, in at least one case, live fire…

  • Russian YouTuber Arrested for Obtaining State Secrets

    Russian YouTuber Arrested for Obtaining State Secrets

    A Russian YouTuber famous for exploring abandoned sites was arrested and charged with obtaining state secrets last week, authorities and activists said Wednesday. Andrei Pyzh has uploaded hundreds of videos showing his visits to industrial sites and abandoned bunkers to his YouTube channel, which has about 800,000 subscribers. He faces up to eight years in jail…

  • Duterte to Skip Philippine Trial of Russia Virus Vaccine

    Duterte to Skip Philippine Trial of Russia Virus Vaccine

    The Philippines will begin large-scale human testing of Russia’s coronavirus vaccine in October, but President Rodrigo Duterte will not receive the inoculation until regulators guarantee its safety, his spokesman said Thursday. Duterte had offered himself up as a guinea pig for the very first jab, expressing “huge trust” in the vaccine, despite growing skepticism about…

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Continue Rise Past 900K

    Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Continue Rise Past 900K

    The highest number of new cases were in Moscow 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 parade in Moscow and a nationwide…

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

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Aug. 13

    Russia has confirmed 907,758 cases of coronavirus and 15,384 deaths. Aug. 13: What you need to know today The Brazilian state of Parana signed a deal Wednesday to test and produce Russia’s new coronavirus vaccine, though officials stressed they would have to be sure of its safety and effectiveness first. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will be a guinea…

  • Brazil State Signs Deal to Make Russian Vaccine

    Brazil State Signs Deal to Make Russian Vaccine

    The Brazilian state of Parana signed a deal Wednesday to test and produce Russia’s new coronavirus vaccine, though officials stressed they would have to be sure of its safety and effectiveness first. The vaccine would have to receive Brazilian regulatory approval and complete Phase 3 clinical trials, or large-scale testing in humans, before being produced…

  • Belarus Nobel-Winner Alexievich Urges Lukashenko to Go

    Belarus Nobel-Winner Alexievich Urges Lukashenko to Go

    Belarusian Nobel Prize-winning writer Svetlana Alexievich condemned police violence against protesters in her country and urged strongman Alexander Lukashenko to go peacefully in an interview published Wednesday. The 72-year-old author won the 2015 Nobel Literature Prize for her work chronicling the horrors of war and life under the repressive Soviet regime including the 1986 Chernobyl…

  • Russian Violinist and Conductor Spivakov Rejects Lukashenko Award Over Belarus Crackdown

    Russian Violinist and Conductor Spivakov Rejects Lukashenko Award Over Belarus Crackdown

    Renowned Russian conductor and violinist Vladimir Spivakov will return an award from Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko due to police violence against protesters in the days since Belarus’ presidential election. Spivakov, 75, condemned the police crackdown in neighboring Belarus in an open letter published by the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper. More than 6,000 demonstrators have been…

  • Jailed Belarus Protester Dies During Crackdown

    Jailed Belarus Protester Dies During Crackdown

    Belarus on Wednesday confirmed the death of a jailed protester as demonstrators took to the streets for a fourth night of clashes with riot police over a disputed presidential election. Riot police have roughly detained thousands at street protests across the country after long-serving leader Alexander Lukashenko claimed a landslide victory in Sunday’s poll. The…

  • France ‘Very Worried’ Over Belarus Election Violence, Macron Tells Putin

    France ‘Very Worried’ Over Belarus Election Violence, Macron Tells Putin

    France is very worried by the violence in Belarus after the weekend’s elections in the ex-Soviet state, French President Emmanuel Macron said in telephone talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. Macron told Putin he is “very worried about the situation in Belarus and the violence that citizens have faced during the elections,”…

  • Belarus: Days of Post-Election Turmoil

    Belarus: Days of Post-Election Turmoil

    A crushing re-election victory for Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko followed by anti-government protests, violent police repression and the opposition challenger taking refuge in Lithuania — here is a recap of the dramatic events in the ex-Soviet country since Sunday. Vote sparks violence  On Aug. 9, 2020, Lukashenko, 65, who has ruled Belarus with an iron…

  • Hundreds Detained, Firearms Used in Third Night of Belarus Unrest

    Hundreds Detained, Firearms Used in Third Night of Belarus Unrest

    Police in Belarus said Wednesday they had detained hundreds and shot at protesters in a third night of violence over a disputed presidential election. Western governments have condemned the crackdown and the European Union said the bloc’s foreign ministers would discuss Belarus at an extraordinary meeting on Friday. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged…

  • ‘Angel Investor’ Detained in Belarus Election Unrest

    ‘Angel Investor’ Detained in Belarus Election Unrest

    A prominent IT investor has been detained under unclear circumstances amid a crackdown on post-election protests in Belarus this week, an international business club where he is a member announced Tuesday. Belarusian authorities said more than 6,000 people have been detained over three nights of protests after election officials declared strongman Alexander Lukashenko the winner of…

  • Dozens of Journalists Attacked or Detained Amid Violent Belarus Crackdown

    Dozens of Journalists Attacked or Detained Amid Violent Belarus Crackdown

    Scores of journalists have been assaulted or detained by security officers in Belarus while covering protests against the country’s contested election, the Belarusian Association of Journalists said Wednesday. The Belarusian interior ministry said more than 6,000 protesters have been detained during the three nights of post-election unrest and around 250 sought medical assistance. Here’s a…

  • Ryazan Oil Refining Company Launches Construction of Crude Distillation Unit

    Ryazan Oil Refining Company, an enterprise of the refining complex of Rosneft Oil Company, is implementing a project to upgrade the AVT-2 crude distillation unit as part of the production modernisation programme.

  • Popular Russian YouTuber to Belarus Officers: ‘Tell Your Bosses to Shove Off’

    Popular Russian YouTuber to Belarus Officers: ‘Tell Your Bosses to Shove Off’

    Popular Russian YouTuber Yury Dud has urged law enforcement officials in neighboring Belarus to stop violence against civilians following three violent nights of protests against the re-election of its longtime authoritarian leader. Nationwide demonstrations broke out in Belarus after election officials declared President Alexander Lukashenko the winner in Sunday’s vote. Authorities said they have detained…

  • Leningrad NPP-2 Unit 2 Successfully Passes WANO Pre-start-up Peer Review

    Experts of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) Moscow Centre have completed a pre-start-up peer review of the Leningrad NPP-2 Unit 2. The purpose of review was to assess the readiness of the unit for safe start-up and further operation. Peer reviews are conducted at operating nuclear power plants once every four years, including…

  • Leningrad NPP-2 Unit 2 Successfully Passes WANO Rre-start-up Peer Review

    Experts of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) Moscow Centre have completed a pre-start-up peer review of the Leningrad NPP-2 Unit 2. The purpose of review was to assess the readiness of the unit for safe start-up and further operation. Peer reviews are conducted at operating nuclear power plants once every four years, including…

  • Beleaguered Belarus Opposition Finds Baltic Refuge

    Beleaguered Belarus Opposition Finds Baltic Refuge

    Waves of repression in Belarus have turned its EU neighbors into places of refuge for pro-democracy Belarusians, with presidential challenger Svetlana Tikhanovskaya only the latest to shelter there. Tikhanovskaya said she had made the “difficult decision” to leave for Lithuania following a disputed election in which she has claimed victory against Alexander Lukashenko who has…

  • Philippines’ Duterte Says Will Be Russia Vaccine ‘Guinea Pig’ as Talks Begin

    Philippines’ Duterte Says Will Be Russia Vaccine ‘Guinea Pig’ as Talks Begin

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will be a guinea pig for a controversial Russian coronavirus vaccine, his spokesman said on Wednesday, as the Southeast Asian nation emerged as a frontrunner for overseas clinical trials. Moscow says it has developed the world’s first vaccine offering “sustainable immunity” against the virus and is in the final stage of tests involving…

  • Lukashenko Challenger’s Ally Calls for End to Belarus Protest Crackdown

    Lukashenko Challenger’s Ally Calls for End to Belarus Protest Crackdown

    A key ally of Belarus’ main opposition candidate in the country’s disputed presidential polls has urged the authorities to end violence against protesters after three nights of post-election unrest. Law enforcement officials were filmed beating and shooting rubber bullets at protesters in the days after official results declared strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko the winner. One…

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Surpass 900K

    Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Surpass 900K

    The highest number of new cases were in Moscow 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 parade in Moscow and a nationwide…

  • Arctic Warming Faster Than Previously Thought – Study

    Arctic Warming Faster Than Previously Thought – Study

    The Arctic is warming significantly faster than current climate models account for, fueling extreme heat and the abrupt disappearance of sea ice across the region, a new study by the University of Copenhagen has said. The latest study says that temperatures rose by 1 degree Celsius every decade over the past 40 years in the…

  • Severstal parters with Russia’s first evirometal startup accelerator

    Severstal parters with Russia’s first evirometal startup accelerator

    August 12, 2020 Severstal has become one of the partners of the GreenTech Startup Booster, an accelerator for environmental startups. The project was coordinated by the SKOLKOVO Foundation, with the support of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation and a number of Russian and international corporations. The GreenTech Startup Booster…

  • Lukashenko Challenger Makes ‘Difficult Decision’ to Leave Belarus

    Lukashenko Challenger Makes ‘Difficult Decision’ to Leave Belarus

    The main challenger in Belarus’s disputed presidential election said Tuesday she had left the country after two nights of clashes between police and opposition supporters left a protester dead. The European Union condemned the polls as “neither free nor fair” and threatened to impose sanctions on those responsible for “violence, unjustified arrests, and falsification of…

  • EU Says Belarus Vote Not Free, Threatens Sanctions

    EU Says Belarus Vote Not Free, Threatens Sanctions

    The European Union declared Tuesday that the Belarus presidential election that returned authoritarian president Alexander Lukashenko to office had been “neither free nor fair.” And, in a statement from EU chief diplomat Josep Borrell on behalf of EU members, the bloc threatened “measures on those responsible for the observed violence, unjustified arrests and falsification of…

  • ‘World’s First’ Coronavirus Vaccine: What We Know So Far About Russian Injection

    ‘World’s First’ Coronavirus Vaccine: What We Know So Far About Russian Injection

    Russia has become the first country to approve a vaccine against the coronavirus, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday despite widespread concerns about its safety. Russia, which has the world’s fourth-highest coronavirus caseload, is one of several countries racing to develop a vaccine to halt the disease that has killed more than 740,000 people and slammed…

  • Six Months into the Coronavirus Outbreak, Russia’s Statistics Still Provide More Questions than Answers

    Six Months into the Coronavirus Outbreak, Russia’s Statistics Still Provide More Questions than Answers

    The death toll from the coronavirus across many Russian regions could be many times higher than official statistics show, analysis of new data by The Moscow Times suggests. Experts pointed to systemic underreporting of deaths, and highlighted a complex incentive structure and political relationship between the Kremlin and Russia’s governors in the regions.  They believe…

  • WHO Wants to Review Russian Vaccine Safety Data

    WHO Wants to Review Russian Vaccine Safety Data

    The World Health Organization said any WHO stamp of approval on a Covid-19 vaccine candidate would require a rigorous safety data review, after Russia announced Tuesday it had approved a vaccine. President Vladimir Putin said Russia had become the first country to approve a vaccine offering “sustainable immunity” against the new coronavirus. “We are in…

  • Belarus Vote Results ‘Falsified,’ Lukashenko ‘Deranged’ — Russian Lawmaker

    Belarus Vote Results ‘Falsified,’ Lukashenko ‘Deranged’ — Russian Lawmaker

    Official election results in Belarus showing an overwhelming victory for its longtime ruler were likely falsified, a senior Russian lawmaker has said in a rare stinging rebuke from Alexander Lukashenko’s traditional ally Moscow. Belarusian election officials announced that Lukashenko won more than 80% of the vote Sunday, a result that triggered ongoing nationwide protests, strikes…

  • Photo Exhibition Showcases Scenes From Soviet Moscow

    Photo Exhibition Showcases Scenes From Soviet Moscow

    The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography and the Still Art Foundation have announced a new exhibition of works by Naum Granovsky, the Russian capital’s chief architectural photographer during the Soviet era, to mark the 110th anniversary of his birth. The retrospective exhibition combines Granovsky’s famous photographs of old Moscow in the 1920s and the Stalinist…

  • Putin Announces ‘World’s First’ Coronavirus Vaccine

    Putin Announces ‘World’s First’ Coronavirus Vaccine

    Russia has registered the world’s first coronavirus vaccine early Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin announced, adding that one of his daughters has already been inoculated amid ongoing concerns about the rapidly developed vaccine’s safety.  The state-run Gamaleya research institute last week launched Phase III trials of the Covid-19 vaccine involving thousands of volunteers. The Health Ministry…

  • Russia Presses on With Coronavirus Vaccine Registration Despite Safety Concerns

    Russia Presses on With Coronavirus Vaccine Registration Despite Safety Concerns

    Russia will move forward with registering its potential coronavirus vaccine, its state health watchdog said, defying calls to put off the process until the vaccine’s trials are complete. President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday announced that the vaccine was registered, with mass production expected to start in September and mass vaccination in October. On Monday, the Association…

  • Russia Registers Less Than 5K New Coronavirus Cases

    Russia Registers Less Than 5K New Coronavirus Cases

    The highest number of new cases were in Moscow 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 parade in Moscow and a nationwide…

  • One Killed in Second Night of Protests Against ‘Rigged’ Belarus Election

    One Killed in Second Night of Protests Against ‘Rigged’ Belarus Election

    One man has died in protests in Belarus as demonstrators clashed with police for a second night after a disputed election handed a sixth term to strongman Alexander Lukashenko.  Thousands took to the streets of the capital Minsk Monday night, saying Lukashenko had stolen the election from his surprise challenger, political novice Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. Police used rubber…

  • Belarus Police Fire Rubber Bullets, Tear Gas on Protesters

    Belarus Police Fire Rubber Bullets, Tear Gas on Protesters

    Belarus police on Monday used rubber bullets and tear gas to break up fresh protests challenging the result of a controversial weekend presidential election, witnesses and reports said. Several thousand protesters took to the streets of the capital Minsk for a second night of post-election rallies, with opposition supporters shouting and hundreds of cars honking…

  • How the World Has Reacted to Belarus Presidential Vote

    How the World Has Reacted to Belarus Presidential Vote

    Thousands of Belarusian demonstrators were met with a violent police response on Sunday night as they protested what they said was a fraudulent election, after long-serving incumbent Alexander Lukashenko claimed victory. Here is how the world has reacted to the disputed vote on Europe’s eastern frontier. EU: ‘count votes accurately’ From Brussels, European Commission President…

  • Belarus Poll Challenger Asks Strongman Lukashenko to Cede Power

    Belarus Poll Challenger Asks Strongman Lukashenko to Cede Power

    The main challenger in Belarus’s disputed election on Monday called on President Alexander Lukashenko to cede power but said she would not join demonstrations that have been brutally broken up by police, attracting widespread condemnation in Europe. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, whose surprise candidacy posed the biggest challenge to the veteran leader in years, said Sunday’s presidential…

  • Belarus Plant Workers Go on Strike After Contested Vote – Reports

    Belarus Plant Workers Go on Strike After Contested Vote – Reports

    Workers at a major steel plant in Belarus have gone on strike over the country’s contentious presidential election that they described as “unfair,” Belarusian media reported Monday. Belarus’ longtime leader Alexander Lukashenko claimed an overwhelming victory after Sunday’s vote, while his main challenger said it had been rigged and called on him to give up…

  • Russian Journalists Targeted, Missing in Belarus Crackdown

    Russian Journalists Targeted, Missing in Belarus Crackdown

    Several Russian journalists have been detained, deported or have gone missing in Belarus ahead of and during Sunday’s highly contested presidential election. Police detained 3,000 people for taking part in unauthorized post-election demonstrations in Minsk and other cities, the Belarusian interior ministry said in a statement Monday. Fifty civilians and 39 police officers were injured…

  • On and Off the Trans-Siberian: The Hitchhikers

    On and Off the Trans-Siberian: The Hitchhikers

    We are hitchhikers. In winter, spring and fall we have regular jobs in sales. We sell building materials and wood to save up for the upcoming travel and equipment. Then in summer we always quit our jobs and hit the road. Our employers hate this, as it is the biggest selling season. But in life…

  • Crimea Races to Recruit Doctors as Coronavirus Cases Double

    Crimea Races to Recruit Doctors as Coronavirus Cases Double

    Russian-annexed Crimea has stepped up efforts to hire more doctors to staff its overwhelmed hospitals amid a resurgence of new coronavirus cases in the popular Black Sea holiday destination. New daily cases in August, averaging 29.3 so far, are two to three times higher than the peninsula’s reported cases in June, the Kommersant business daily…

  • Installation of Reactor Pressure Vessel Dry Shielding Completed on Kudankulam NPP Unit 3 (India)

    On the site of Kudankulam NPP Unit 3 under construction, Indian contractor Larsen & Toubro (L&T, India), under technical support of Russian experts, completed the works on installation into position of the reactor pressure vessel Dry Shielding. Dry Shielding is a cylindrical shield in metal cladding filled with serpentine concrete and located around the reactor…

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