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  • Russia Violates Women’s Rights During Childbirth Amid Coronavirus – Report

    Russia Violates Women’s Rights During Childbirth Amid Coronavirus – Report

    Russia is among dozens of countries that have violated women’s rights during childbirth amid restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Open Democracy advocacy group said Thursday. Women in at least 45 countries faced treatment that defied World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines this spring and summer, Open Democracy’s investigation said. These include forcibly separating…

  • Russian Wildfire Smoke Choking Siberian Cities

    Russian Wildfire Smoke Choking Siberian Cities

    Smoke from raging forest fires in Siberia was filling cities Thursday as officials scrambled to prevent the flames from reaching homes. More than 100 firefighters and volunteers were trying to douse the flames of a fire outside the city of Yugorsk in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District, just one of several areas affected. “A fire line…

  • Russian Police Major Falls From Window After Testifying Against Boss — Reports

    Russian Police Major Falls From Window After Testifying Against Boss — Reports

    A police major in Far Eastern Russia has fallen to her death from a window after testifying against her boss in a criminal extortion case, news outlets reported Thursday. Security cameras reportedly captured the lifeless body of criminal investigation officer Yekaterina Mishkina, 37, near a nine-floor apartment building in the city of Khabarovsk more than…

  • Fighting Between Armenia and Azerbaijan Widens

    Fighting Between Armenia and Azerbaijan Widens

    Fierce fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan continued for a fifth day on Thursday, with at least 16 soldiers on both sides killed. Both sides also reported the other attacking civilian settlements in what appears to be a widening conflict. The Azerbaijani authorities said that Armenian artillery fire killed one civilian, Aziz Azizov of the village Aghdam in…

  • ROSATOM will conduct trainings for Hanhikivi-1 NPP personnel

    St. Petersburg – Moscow, July 16, 2020 – RAOS Project Oy, the general supplier of the Hanhikivi-1 NPP and Rusatom Service JSC, the supplier of engineering and maintenance services at all stages of NPP lifetime, signed the contract for a basic training course on the VVER-1200 design for the staff of Fennovoima, the customer and…

  • Can I Travel to Russia Now That Quarantine Is Over?

    Can I Travel to Russia Now That Quarantine Is Over?

    As Russia has begun reporting fewer coronavirus infections in the past month, its authorities have made several announcements that appeared to suggest it was reopening its borders to foreigners. This week, authorities said they will lift self-quarantine requirements for arriving citizens and foreigners alike. Starting Wednesday, Russia has also started negotiations with other countries to…

  • U.S. Targets Russia Group Over Libya Mines, Sudan Suppression

    U.S. Targets Russia Group Over Libya Mines, Sudan Suppression

    The United States on Wednesday accused a Russian mercenary group of laying landmines in and around Tripoli and imposed sanctions over its alleged cooperation with Sudan’s ousted dictator. The Pentagon’s Africa Command said it had “verified photographic evidence” that the Wagner Group, a private security operation allegedly sponsored by the Russian government, planted mines “indiscriminately”…

  • Russian Pranksters Trick Newly Re-Elected Polish President

    Russian Pranksters Trick Newly Re-Elected Polish President

    A pair of notorious Russian pranksters known for posing as foreign officials in prank calls with European politicians have hoodwinked Poland’s newly re-elected president this week. Vladimir Kuznetsov, one half of the duo known as Vovan and Lexus, poses as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in the English-language call, where he congratulates Polish President Andrzej Duda…

  • Siberia Heat ‘Almost Impossible’ Without Climate Change

    Siberia Heat ‘Almost Impossible’ Without Climate Change

    A recent heatwave in Siberia that saw temperature records tumble as the region sweltered in 38-degrees-Celsius highs was “almost impossible” without the influence of manmade climate change, leading scientists said Wednesday. An international team of researchers found that the record-breaking warm period was more than 2 C hotter than it would have been if humans had…

  • Over 140 Detained After Anti-Putin Protest in Moscow

    Over 140 Detained After Anti-Putin Protest in Moscow

    Russian police detained over 140 people including a high-profile Moscow deputy after Kremlin critics protested Wednesday against changes to the constitution, the OVD-Info monitor said. The group, which tracks arrests at political protests, said 142 people were detained Wednesday evening. Many people including journalists were put in police vehicles, AFP correspondents said from the scene.…

  • U.S. Opens Way for Tougher Sanctions on Russia-Germany Gas Pipeline

    U.S. Opens Way for Tougher Sanctions on Russia-Germany Gas Pipeline

    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday opened the way for tougher sanctions to stop the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline that Russia is building to U.S. ally Germany. “Our expectation is that those who participate in the continued project will be subject to review for potential consequences,” Pompeo told a news conference. President…

  • Belarus Protests Turn Violent as Opposition Candidates Barred from Elections

    Belarus Protests Turn Violent as Opposition Candidates Barred from Elections

    Hundreds of protesters rallied and scuffled with police in Belarus on Tuesday with more than 100 people detained after officials barred President Alexander Lukashenko’s main rivals from running in an election in August. Hundreds of people took to the streets of the capital Minsk on Tuesday evening, walking peacefully and clapping as passing drivers honked…

  • Russian MPs Back Bill to Hold Polls Over 3 Days

    Russian MPs Back Bill to Hold Polls Over 3 Days

    Russia’s parliament on Wednesday approved legislation that allows elections to be held over three days, in a move the opposition said was aimed at hollowing out democratic polls. A bill that allows elections to be held over “several but no more than three days” was adopted by parliament’s lower house, the State Duma, in a…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 15

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 15

    Russia has confirmed 746,369 cases of coronavirus and 11,770 deaths. July 15: 3 things you need to know today Russia will no longer require foreigners without coronavirus to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival as the country looks to begin reopening to international travelers in the midst of the pandemic, according to a decree published Monday.  The Russian Defense…

  • Russia Military Says Virus Vaccine Is Tested and Safe

    Russia Military Says Virus Vaccine Is Tested and Safe

    The Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday it had developed a “safe” coronavirus vaccine following clinical trials on a group of volunteers.  The ministry said 18 people had participated in the research and were discharged without “serious adverse events, health complaints, complications or side effects.” The results of the trials “allow us to speak with…

  • Alaskan Town to Relocate Russian Founder’s Statue Over ‘Racial Division’

    Alaskan Town to Relocate Russian Founder’s Statue Over ‘Racial Division’

    The remote Alaskan town of Sitka has voted to relocate the statue of its Russian founder as anti-racism protests worldwide seek to topple statues of historical figures linked to racism and colonialism. A petition calling for the removal of Russian America governor Alexander Baranov’s monument cites the “armed assault” he led on the local Tinglit people…

  • Russia Pays Tribute to Coronavirus Doctors With Murals

    Russia Pays Tribute to Coronavirus Doctors With Murals

    As Russia has battled the coronavirus pandemic, its doctors have been among the hardest-hit groups. Many Russian hospitals have become hotspots for coronavirus outbreaks. Russian doctors estimate that nearly 600 of their colleagues have died from the virus across the country. While Russians haven’t followed fellow virus epicenters like New York and Italy in applauding…

  • Russian Public Figures to Join Online Talk on ‘War of Monuments’

    Russian Public Figures to Join Online Talk on ‘War of Monuments’

    Protests against racial and other discrimination have engulfed half of the globe. In their quest for justice, demonstrators have targetted monuments of people associated with slavery, racial and other forms of discrimination. Authorities across the world have put demonstrators on a par with ordinary vandals, imposing enormous fines and even criminal penalties for destroying or…

  • Russia Arrests Disabled ‘Soviet Citizen’ Suspected of Plotting Coup

    Russia Arrests Disabled ‘Soviet Citizen’ Suspected of Plotting Coup

    A disabled Russian pensioner who denies the collapse of the Soviet Union is suspected by the authorities of plotting to overthrow the government, according to the local chapter of the organization that believes the U.S.S.R. still legally exists. Vladimir Beskhlebnyi, 72, was placed under house arrest in the Omsk region Saturday on charges of creating…

  • Russia’s Khabarovsk Region Tasted Democracy. Now Voters Feel It Was Ripped Away.

    Russia’s Khabarovsk Region Tasted Democracy. Now Voters Feel It Was Ripped Away.

    For as long as Valery Nechayev could remember, the ruling United Russia party had been in charge of his home region of Khabarovsk in Russia’s Far East. And, for a while, that was just fine.  But as the years went by, the 23-year-old chef’s trust in the party’s officials waned. Investigations into their finances by…

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Infections Near 750K

    Russia’s Coronavirus Infections Near 750K

    Starting July 13, Moscow will no longer require people to wear masks outdoors as the number of new coronavirus cases has dwindled in the Russian capital in recent weeks. Moscow lifted restrictions including compulsory travel passes on June 8, a move welcomed by residents who rushed out to enjoy the streets and parks. Many other regions…

  • Russia Moves to Ban Gay Marriage

    Russia Moves to Ban Gay Marriage

    Russian lawmakers have swiftly moved to ban same-sex marriage in line with President Vladimir Putin’s recent changes to the Constitution. Seven senators submitted a draft bill late Tuesday to amend Russia’s Family Code and legally ban gay marriage and adoptions, including, according to its authors, by transgender people. The move comes two weeks after voters…

  • Spotify Expands to Russia and Eastern Europe

    Spotify Expands to Russia and Eastern Europe

    Music streaming giant Spotify announced Tuesday it was launching its service in Russia and 12 other countries around Eastern Europe. Spotify would become available to users immediately, according to a statement, which added that the Swedish streaming service was now accessible in 92 markets. In addition to Russia, Spotify was rolling out in Albania, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kazakhstan,…

  • Russia Seeks Hefty Jail Terms For Activists in ‘New Greatness’ Case

    Russia Seeks Hefty Jail Terms For Activists in ‘New Greatness’ Case

    A Russian prosecutor Tuesday requested that three young men receive between six and seven and a half years in prison for allegedly plotting to overthrow Vladimir Putin’s government, lawyers said. In 2018, authorities detained 10 people accusing them of belonging to an anarchist cell that had plotted an uprising against the government in what has…

  • Raids Target Dozens of Jehovah’s Families in Single Russian Region

    Raids Target Dozens of Jehovah’s Families in Single Russian Region

    Russian authorities said they’ve carried out more than 100 raids in the homes of dozens of Jehovah’s Witnesses in a region that borders Ukraine. The joint searches by investigators, police and National Guard troops led to two criminal cases being opened against 10 worshippers aged between 24-56, investigators in the Voronezh region south of Moscow…

  • A Long Weekend In Lipetsk

    A Long Weekend In Lipetsk

    Sometimes the most interesting places in Russia are a bit off the beaten path. Case in point: Lipetsk region. Lipetsk is 465 km from Moscow — almost six hours by car. Although the region is associated with Peter the Great, the writer Ivan Bunin, and other famous historical figures, it is not on the standard…

  • Teenage Boy Dies of Plague in Mongolia

    Teenage Boy Dies of Plague in Mongolia

    A 15-year-old boy has died from the bubonic plague in Mongolia, health authorities said Tuesday, one of a handful of cases that recently emerged in the country and neighboring China. The boy, who lived in the remote southwest province of Gobi-Altai, caught the rare bacterial illness after hunting and eating a marmot, according to the…

  • Bike Lanes to Encircle Central Moscow in ‘New Habits’ Campaign

    Bike Lanes to Encircle Central Moscow in ‘New Habits’ Campaign

    Transportation authorities plan to install bike lanes along the roadway that encircles central Moscow, deputy mayor Maxim Liksutov said Monday as the Russian capital looks to use the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to drastically reshape its transportation system. The Mayor’s Office announced plans last month to “help residents form new habits” like walking and…

  • Kremlin Urges ‘Restraint’ After Armenia-Azerbaijan Clashes

    Kremlin Urges ‘Restraint’ After Armenia-Azerbaijan Clashes

    Russia on Tuesday urged Armenia and Azerbaijan to show restraint after a deadly escalation in fighting along their shared border. “We are deeply concerned about the exchange of fire on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, adding that Moscow was calling on “both sides to show restraint.” The ex-Soviet Caucasus nations have…

  • Sakhalin Energy helps Sakhalin Regional Clinical Hospital

    Sakhalin Energy helps Sakhalin Regional Clinical Hospital

    News from projects and regions July 14, 2020, 14:10 Today, Sakhalin Energy provided forty oxygen concentrators to the Sakhalin Regional Clinical Hospital. The apparatuses were purchased in the framework of cooperation with the Sakhalin Region Ministry of Health. Oxygen concentrators are now needed most for treating severe respiratory diseases, including pneumonia caused by COVID-19, a new type of coronavirus. These apparatuses use…

  • Russian Opposition Media Editor Quits Amid Wave of Harassment Claims

    Russian Opposition Media Editor Quits Amid Wave of Harassment Claims

    The editor-in-chief of the MBKh Media news website announced his resignation Monday amid the latest spate of sexual harassment allegations to hit Russia’s independent media sector.  Sergei Prostakov was among several high-ranking media and banking executives to face claims of sexual assault, harassment and rape posted on Twitter by former employees and interns this week. …

  • Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta reviews outcomes of its participation in all-Russian campaign #WeAreTogether

    Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta reviews outcomes of its participation in all-Russian campaign #WeAreTogether

    News from projects and regions July 14, 2020, 13:30 In the beginning of July, the Administration and the Council of Young Professionals of Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta assessed the outcome of the company’s participation in the #WeAreTogether campaign, where 85 volunteers from the company took part in the nationwide charity event aimed at supporting persons with limited mobility, people staying in mandatory quarantine under instructions from…

  • Belarus Bars Jailed Lukashenko Rival From Contesting Vote

    Belarus Bars Jailed Lukashenko Rival From Contesting Vote

    The Belarussian central electoral commission on Tuesday refused to register the imprisoned main rival to President Alexander Lukashenko as a candidate for the country’s presidential election in August. A new wave of opposition candidates are seeking to unseat the 65-year-old strongman leader of the authoritarian ex-Soviet state that borders the European Union. Lukashenko, a former…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 14

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 14

    Russia has confirmed 739,947 cases of coronavirus and 11,614 deaths. July 14: 3 things you need to know today Russia will no longer require foreigners without coronavirus to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival as the country looks to begin reopening to international travelers in the midst of the pandemic, according to a decree published Monday.  More than 200…

  • Russian Soldiers Injured in Syrian Patrol Blast

    Russian Soldiers Injured in Syrian Patrol Blast

    At least three Russian soldiers on a joint Russian-Turkish patrol in northwest Syria have been injured in a car bomb explosion, media reported and the Russian military confirmed Tuesday. Footage shared by local reporters showed the blast on a single-lane road as military vehicles passed nearby in the insurgent region of Idlib. “Three Russian soldiers…

  • Arctic Spill Fuels Calls for Shakeup at Russian Mining Giant

    Arctic Spill Fuels Calls for Shakeup at Russian Mining Giant

    Russian mining giant Norilsk Nickel faced pressure from a key shareholder on Tuesday to overhaul management after disasters including a massive Arctic fuel spill that sparked a state of emergency. Aluminum producer Rusal, which owns 28% in Norilsk Nickel, said it was “seriously concerned” over recent environmental accidents in the Russian Arctic and called for…

  • Disappearing Ink Sparks Corruption Allegations Against Moscow Officials

    Disappearing Ink Sparks Corruption Allegations Against Moscow Officials

    A Moscow municipal lawmaker has accused officials of corruption after discovering a contract price written in disappearing ink.  Cheryomushki District councillor Yelena Selkova posted a video of herself holding a lighter next to the contract. Within seconds, the 2.6 million ruble ($37,500) figure can be seen vanishing from the paper. “Let’s check the price,” Communist…

  • Gazprom’s financial information under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for the three months ended March 31, 2020

    Gazprom’s financial information under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for the three months ended March 31, 2020

    July 14, 2020, 10:00 1Q2020 IFRS Results Comment by Famil Sadygov, Deputy Chairman of Gazprom Management Committee, on financial statements under IFRS for three months of 2020 Today PJSC Gazprom issued its unaudited consolidated interim condensed financial information prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 Interim Financial Reporting (IAS 34) for the three months ended March 31, 2020. The table…

  • Russia Lifts Quarantine for Arriving Foreigners Ahead of Reopening

    Russia Lifts Quarantine for Arriving Foreigners Ahead of Reopening

    Russia will no longer require foreigners without coronavirus to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival as the country looks to begin reopening to international travel in the midst of the pandemic, according to a decree published Monday.  Starting Wednesday, those arriving in Russia will need to present English or Russian-language proof that they have tested…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 13

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 13

    Russia has confirmed 733,699 cases of coronavirus and 11,439 deaths. July 13: 3 things you need to know today Turkish Airlines will resume flights between Turkey and six Russian cities starting Aug. 1, the airline said on its website Wednesday. According to its website, Turkish Airlines will fly to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Krasnodar, Sochi and Rostov-on-Don. Russian authorities…

  • Atommash has successfully performed the hydraulic tests of the reactor pressure vessel for Unit 1 of the “Akkuyu” NPP (Turkey)

    The Volgodonsk Branch of JSC “AEM-technology” “Atommash” (part of the ROSATOM Engineering Division – Atomenergomash) successfully completed the hydraulic tests of the first reactor for the first power unit of the “Akkuyu” NPP under construction in Turkey. To carry out the final stage in the manufacturing process of the reactor pressure vessel, a special underground…

  • Kremlin Pool Journalists Defend Ex-Colleague Indicted for Treason

    Kremlin Pool Journalists Defend Ex-Colleague Indicted for Treason

    Kremlin pool reporters have recorded a rare video address in support of a colleague who was indicted on charges of treason Monday. Ivan Safronov, 30, was arrested last week, two months after he left his decade-long journalism career and became a media adviser to Russia’s space chief. He faces up to 20 years in prison…

  • Kremlin Envoy in Far East as More Protest Governor’s Arrest

    Kremlin Envoy in Far East as More Protest Governor’s Arrest

    Protesters in Russia’s Far East rallied again Monday in support of a popular regional governor arrested on murder charges, as a Kremlin envoy looked to ease tensions. Several hundred supporters of governor Sergei Furgal demonstrated in the center of the city of Khabarovsk, chanting “Furgal!” and “Freedom!” as passing cars honked their horns in support.…

  • Employees of Gazprom Transgaz Kazan hold charity event

    Employees of Gazprom Transgaz Kazan hold charity event

    Background Gazprom Transgaz Kazan is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom transmitting over 220 billion cubic meters of natural gas to central Russia, former Soviet Union, and Europe, as well as supplying up to 15 billion cubic meters of gas to consumers in the Republic of Tatarstan and a number of areas in the Orenburg, Samara, Ulyanovsk and Kirov Regions and the Republics of Bashkortostan, Udmurtia and Chuvashia. The company currently operates over 5,700 kilometers of gas…

  • Moscow Says Turkey’s Hagia Sophia Move an ‘Internal Affair’

    Moscow Says Turkey’s Hagia Sophia Move an ‘Internal Affair’

    Russia said Monday that Turkey’s decision to turn the iconic Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque was the country’s own business. Turkey’s move followed a court decision last week revoking the museum status of the UNESCO World Heritage site, and has triggered a global outcry. “We proceed from the fact that this is a…

  • Russia Eyes First Coronavirus Vaccine Launch in Mid-August

    Russia Eyes First Coronavirus Vaccine Launch in Mid-August

    Russian scientists said Monday they hope the world’s first coronavirus vaccine will be distributed to patients as soon as next month after a medical university in Moscow said it completed clinical trials using human volunteers. The Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University launched clinical trials of the potential Covid-19 vaccine on 38 paid volunteers in…

  • Russian Prosecutors Uphold Khachaturyan Sisters’ Murder Charges

    Russian Prosecutors Uphold Khachaturyan Sisters’ Murder Charges

    Russian prosecutors have backtracked on their position to drop murder charges against three teenage sisters accused of killing their abusive father, lawyers told news agencies Sunday. Prosecutors late last year ordered investigators to drop the charges against Krestina, Angelina and Maria Khachaturyan, who admitted to killing their father in July 2018 after he subjected them…

  • Mesto 47: On the Trans-Siberian Train Out of Khabarovsk

    Mesto 47: On the Trans-Siberian Train Out of Khabarovsk

    Night train Blagoveschensk – Khabarovsk. The Mesto47 team is heading to the dining car. We take a table across a group of miners with an empty bottle of vodka. From their conversation we figure that they are travelling from a corporate event on lake Baikal, a soccer competition commemorating Steel Miners’ Day. They are having…

  • Defrocked Coronavirus-Denying Priest Tells Putin to Step Down

    Defrocked Coronavirus-Denying Priest Tells Putin to Step Down

    An ultraconservative, coronavirus-denying priest who was defrocked after capturing a convent in central Russia has called on President Vladimir Putin to give up his powers or face a “spiritual war.” Father Sergei was found guilty of breaking his monastic vows by an ecclesiastical court earlier in July. He seized the Sredneuralsk women’s monastery near Yekaterinburg after…

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Pass 730K as Moscow Lifts Mask Requirement

    Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Pass 730K as Moscow Lifts Mask Requirement

    Starting July 13, Moscow will no longer require people to wear masks outdoors as the number of new coronavirus cases has dwindled in the Russian capital in recent weeks. Moscow lifted restrictions including compulsory travel passes on June 8, a move welcomed by residents who rushed out to enjoy the streets and parks. Many other regions…

  • New Fuel Leak Hits Russia’s Arctic Weeks After Disastrous Diesel Spill

    New Fuel Leak Hits Russia’s Arctic Weeks After Disastrous Diesel Spill

    Around 45 metric tons of aviation fuel have leaked from a depressurized pipeline operated by Russian mining giant Norilsk Nickel’s Norilsktransgaz, the latest leak to hit the fast-warming Arctic region since 21,000 tons of diesel leaked from a Nornickel plant in late May. According to Norilsktransgaz, the July 12 leak near the village of Tukhard…

  • Severstal reports Q2 & H1 2020 operatioal results

    Severstal reports Q2 & H1 2020 operatioal results

    July 13, 2020 PAO Severstal (MICEX-RTS: CHMF; LSE: SVST), one of the world’s leading vertically integrated steel and steel-related mining companies, today announces its operational results for Q2 & H1 2020. Q2 2020 GROUP HIGHLIGHTS Hot metal output decreased 3% q/q to 2.33 mln tonnes in Q2 2020 (Q1 2020: 2.41 mln tonnes) due to…

  • New Russia Protest Over Governor’s Arrest

    New Russia Protest Over Governor’s Arrest

    Hundreds of people joined a second day of protest on Sunday in the Russian Far East city of Khabarovsk over the arrest of a popular governor accused of ordering the murders of several businessmen.  Sergei Furgal, 50, was detained Thursday and has been ordered to remain in pre-trial custody for two months over the crimes…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 12

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 12

    Russia has confirmed 727,162 cases of coronavirus and 11,335 deaths. July 12: 3 things you need to know today Russia will begin negotiations with other countries to restart international flights from July 15, deputy prime minister Tatiana Golikova said Friday. Flights will be permitted to a specific list of countries where cases of the coronavirus do not exceed 40 per…

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Near 730K as Restrictions Ease

    Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Near 730K as Restrictions Ease

    Moscow lifted restrictions including compulsory travel passes on June 8, a move welcomed by residents who rushed out to enjoy the streets and parks. Many other regions lifted lockdown restrictions ahead of a July 1 national vote despite the pandemic.    Critics have cast doubt on Russia’s low official mortality rate and accused authorities of under-reporting…

  • Nearly 300 Wildfires in Siberia Amid Record Warm Weather

    Nearly 300 Wildfires in Siberia Amid Record Warm Weather

    Russia’s forest service said there were nearly 300 wildfires blazing across the vast country’s northern wilderness on Saturday, as it attempted to contain them with methods including explosives and cloud seeding. Freakishly warm weather across large swathes of Siberia since January, combined with low soil moisture, have contributed to a resurgence of wildfires that devastated…

  • Giant Protests in Russia’s Far East After Popular Governor’s Arrest

    Giant Protests in Russia’s Far East After Popular Governor’s Arrest

    Tens of thousands of protesters marched through the eastern Russian city of Khabarovsk on Saturday in support of a popular local governor arrested this week for allegedly ordering several murders. A court in Moscow on Friday ruled to hold 50-year-old Sergei Furgal for two months pending trial for the murders of several businessmen 15 years…

  • Mustard & Horseradish: Russia’s Homegrown Condiments

    Mustard & Horseradish: Russia’s Homegrown Condiments

    Russian cuisine’s reputation as bland is infamous: from the beloved tongue-twister, which proclaims that “buckwheat kasha and cabbage soup are all we eat,” to the horror stories of Soviet-era stodge and deprivation. There are those (and, once upon a long time ago, I counted myself among their number) who maintain that only the imported flavors…

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Surpass 720K

    Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Surpass 720K

    Moscow lifted restrictions including compulsory travel passes on June 8, a move welcomed by residents who rushed out to enjoy the streets and parks. Many other regions lifted lockdown restrictions ahead of a July 1 national vote despite the pandemic.    Critics have cast doubt on Russia’s low official mortality rate and accused authorities of under-reporting…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 11

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 11

    Russia has confirmed 720,547 cases of coronavirus and 11,205 deaths. July 11: 3 things you need to know today Russia will begin negotiations with other countries to restart international flights from July 15, deputy prime minister Tatiana Golikova said Friday. Flights will be permitted to a specific list of countries where cases of the coronavirus do not exceed…

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