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  • Opening Nuclear Talks With Russia, U.S. May Also Be Ending Them

    Opening Nuclear Talks With Russia, U.S. May Also Be Ending Them

    The United States and Russia on Monday open talks on their last major nuclear agreement — but for some observers, it may simply be the beginning of the end. President Donald Trump’s administration has insisted, to no avail, that China join the discussions in Vienna on New START, the treaty that caps U.S. and Russian…

  • Kadyrov Backs Chechens Involved in Unrest in France

    Kadyrov Backs Chechens Involved in Unrest in France

    Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov on Friday backed compatriots involved in clashes in French city Dijon this month, saying they were protecting one of their own because police failed to act. Kadyrov’s message came as French police carried out raids and made several arrests of Chechens after several nights of violence blamed on members of the…

  • Russia Accuses ‘Aggressive’ U.S. of Starting Arms Race in Space

    Russia Accuses ‘Aggressive’ U.S. of Starting Arms Race in Space

    Russia on Friday said the new space strategy unveiled by the U.S. this week was “aggressive,” accusing Washington of seeing space as a place to wage war.  “The document confirms the agressive course by Washington in the space sphere,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “Space is seen by the U.S. side as an…

  • Quarantined Rostov Field Youngsters as Russian League Resumes

    Quarantined Rostov Field Youngsters as Russian League Resumes

    The Russian Premier League emerges from its coronavirus lockdown Friday with Rostov forced to field a team of inexperienced youngsters at Sochi with their main side in quarantine. Rostov had tried to get the game postponed after six players tested positive for Covid-19. But hosts Sochi pushed for the fixture to go ahead as they…

  • Russia to Clean Up Arctic Oil Spill With ‘Flexible Pipeline’

    Russia to Clean Up Arctic Oil Spill With ‘Flexible Pipeline’

    Russian authorities plan to build a “flexible pipeline” to pump out toxic fuel collected from the site of the largest-ever oil spill in the Arctic. More than 21,000 metric tons of diesel leaked into soil and rivers after a fuel tank collapsed on May 29 at a power plant near the Siberian city of Norilsk.…

  • EU Extends Russian Sanctions Over Ukraine: Merkel

    EU Extends Russian Sanctions Over Ukraine: Merkel

    The European Union has agreed to extend punishing sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine by six months, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday. The sanctions, which target whole sectors of the Russian economy including its valuable oil businesses, were due to expire this month but “would be extended by six months,” said Merkel…

  • Tanks Roll Through Moscow for Victory Day Rehearsal

    Tanks Roll Through Moscow for Victory Day Rehearsal

    Moscow’s main streets were hit with some unusually heavy traffic — literally — Thursday evening as military vehicles and tanks rolled toward Red Square in a rehearsal for next week’s Victory Day parade. The parade, which will take place June 24, was postponed from its original date of May 9 due to the coronavirus. Muscovites…

  • Russian Health Official Warns of Virus Risk at Vote for Putin’s Reforms

    Russian Health Official Warns of Virus Risk at Vote for Putin’s Reforms

    Russians voting on constitutional amendments that would allow President Vladimir Putin to extend his rule are putting their lives at risk because the coronavirus pandemic is still widespread, a regional health official has warned. The vote for Putin’s reforms, which he already signed into law in March, was postponed from its original date in April…

  • Belarus Accuses West, Russia of Destabilization Ahead of Polls

    Belarus Accuses West, Russia of Destabilization Ahead of Polls

    President Alexander Lukashenko on Friday accused foreign powers of seeking to destabilize Belarus as he intensifies a crackdown on the opposition ahead of August’s election. In power since 1994, Lukashenko is seeking a sixth term in the Aug. 9 presidential election.  Several of his critics including former banker Viktor Babaryko, seen as Lukashenko’s leading election…

  • Ex-Governor Who Sued Putin Dies From Coronavirus – Reports

    Ex-Governor Who Sued Putin Dies From Coronavirus – Reports

    A former Russian governor who sued President Vladimir Putin over his dismissal has died at age 58 from coronavirus complications, Interfax reported Thursday. Mikhail Ignatyev was hospitalized in critical condition with pneumonia in both lungs and placed on oxygen support last month. He became the first ex-governor to sue Putin over what he said was…

  • Vote on Putin’s Reforms Will ‘Wrest Soviet Rule From Uncle Sam’ – Official

    Vote on Putin’s Reforms Will ‘Wrest Soviet Rule From Uncle Sam’ – Official

    Russia’s constitutional amendments will bring back the Soviet era and end Russia being “ruled by Uncle Sam,” the governor of a southern Siberian region has said in support of the reforms. The amendments, which President Vladimir Putin signed into law in March and Russian voters are expected to back in a July 1 vote, reset…

  • French Police Stage Raids in City Marked by Chechen Unrest

    French Police Stage Raids in City Marked by Chechen Unrest

    French police carried out raids in the eastern city of Dijon on Friday after several nights of violence blamed on members of its Chechen community, officials said. “The police operations are aimed at finding weapons, ammunition and narcotics,” said Bernard Schmeltz, the government’s top official for the region. Around 140 officers took part in the…

  • Russia Takes on ALS With a Marathon

    Russia Takes on ALS With a Marathon

    On Friday the non-governmental organization Zhivi Seichas (Live Now) is holding a 10-hour marathon to gather 2 million rubles for Russian patients with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). All day on their YouTube channel or VKontakte page some of Russia’s finest athletes, actors, singers, dancers and many others will be working hard to entertain, enlighten, and even hold some dance…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | June 19

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | June 19

    There have been 569,063 cases of coronavirus infection reported in Russia so far and 7,841 deaths. June 19: 3 things you need to know today Dozens of Russian World War II veterans who plan to attend the rescheduled Victory Day parade on Red Square on June 24 are self-isolating outside Moscow in order to protect President Vladimir Putin from…

  • Khrushchev’s Son Dies in U.S.

    Khrushchev’s Son Dies in U.S.

    Sergei Khrushchev, the son of former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, has died in the United States at age 84, his granddaughter told the RBC news website Thursday. Sergei Khrushchev has held both U.S. and Russian citizenships since 1999, eight years after moving to Providence, Rhode Island, and resided permanently in the U.S.  His granddaughter Nina…

  • Putin’s Inner Circle Corners $30Bln Garbage Reform Market – Report

    Putin’s Inner Circle Corners $30Bln Garbage Reform Market – Report

    President Vladimir Putin’s close associates are the biggest beneficiaries of the country’s 2 trillion ruble ($28.7 billion) waste disposal reforms, according to an analysis of contracts by Russia’s Important Stories investigative website published Thursday. Companies linked to close Putin associates Sergei Chemezov, Arkady Rotenberg and Yury Kovalchuk, as well as former prosecutor general Igor Chaika,…

  • Belarus Leader’s Election Rival Detained as Crackdown Intensifies

    Belarus Leader’s Election Rival Detained as Crackdown Intensifies

    Belarussian authorities on Thursday detained President Alexander Lukashenko’s rival ahead of August’s election as Minsk intensified a crackdown on the opposition. The detention of Viktor Babaryko, a 56-year-old former banker, on suspicion of financial crimes came after authorities jailed other critics including prominent opposition politician Mikola Statkevich ahead of an election in which Lukashenko is…

  • Putin Publishes Essay on ‘Real Lessons’ of WWII 

    Putin Publishes Essay on ‘Real Lessons’ of WWII 

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has attacked European leaders for failing to understand the “real lessons” of World War II and said the United Nations system is the only way for the world’s nuclear powers to avoid direct military confrontation. In an essay published Thursday evening in U.S. magazine The National Interest, Putin blames the Western…

  • Russian Soccer Restart Jeopardized After Positive Coronavirus Tests

    Russian Soccer Restart Jeopardized After Positive Coronavirus Tests

    The Russian Premier League is due to return this weekend after three months in cold storage, but the perils of trying to restart in the midst of a pandemic have been highlighted as the entire FK Rostov squad has been placed in quarantine after six players tested positive for coronavirus. The announcement of the positive…

  • The vessel with equipment for power units No. 3 and No. 4 of Kudankulam NPP (India) has left the port of Saint-Petersburg

    The vessel with the equipment for power units No. 3 and No. 4 of Kudankulam NPP left the port of Saint-Petersburg and made its way towards the Republic of India. This is the 17th shipload during the project implementation and the first one – after the restrictive measures related to prevention further spread of COVID-19.…

  • Belarus Opposition Candidate ‘Disappears’ As Presidential Election Nears

    Belarus Opposition Candidate ‘Disappears’ As Presidential Election Nears

    Update: Belarussian authorities on Thursday detained Babaryko on suspicion of financial crimes, the head of the state control committee said. “Babaryko is detained because he was the organiser and leader of illegal activities, (and) tried to influence witness testimony,” committee chief Ivan Tertel told reporters.  A former banker vying to unseat the longtime leader of Belarus…

  • EU Extends Crimea Sanctions by 12 Months

    EU Extends Crimea Sanctions by 12 Months

    The European Union on Thursday rolled over for another year tough sanctions imposed over Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.  The measures prohibit certain exports and imports from Crimea, and ban EU-based companies from investment and tourism services in the strategic Black Sea peninsula. “The Council today decided to renew the sanctions introduced in…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | June 18

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | June 18

    There have been 561,091 cases of coronavirus infection reported in Russia so far and 7,660 deaths. June 18: 3 things you need to know today Dozens of Russian World War II veterans who plan to attend the rescheduled Victory Day parade on Red Square on June 24 are self-isolating outside Moscow in order to protect President Vladimir Putin from…

  • Russia ‘Unblocks’ Telegram Messenger in Surprise Reversal

    Russia ‘Unblocks’ Telegram Messenger in Surprise Reversal

    Russia has halted its largely unsuccessful two-year efforts to block the popular messaging service Telegram. Russia’s federal media watchdog Roskomnadzor made the surprise announcement Thursday, citing Telegram founder Pavel Durov’s “stated readiness to counter terrorism and extremism.” “In agreement with the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office, Roskomnadzor is lifting demands to restrict access to Telegram,” Roskomnadzor…

  • Russian Church Issues Ultimatum to Virus-Denying Priest Over Monastery Capture

    Russian Church Issues Ultimatum to Virus-Denying Priest Over Monastery Capture

    An Orthodox diocese in central Russia has warned an ultraconservative priest who denies the existence of the coronavirus to give up his siege of the women’s monastery where he is a spiritual leader. Father Sergei was reported to have enlisted Cossack fighters as guards — an assertion that they deny — after capturing the Sredneuralsk…

  • Everything for a Peruvian Feast But the Llamas

    Everything for a Peruvian Feast But the Llamas

    For everyone who has become addicted to a weekend feast delivered to your door, June 19-21 our friends at the Hyatt Regency Petrovsky Park are offering a Peruvian dinner. Peruvian cuisine combines local traditions with Spanish, African, Japanese, Chinese, and Italian influences to create fresh, brightly flavored dishes. The set menu for two (or more,…

  • German Prosecutors Accuse Russia Over ‘Contract Killing’ of Georgian Man

    German Prosecutors Accuse Russia Over ‘Contract Killing’ of Georgian Man

    “At an unknown date before 18 July 2019, the accused received the order from authorities at the central government of the Russian Federation to liquidate the Georgian national of Chechen origin, Tornike K.,” said federal prosecutors in a statement that named the killer as Vadim K., alias Vadim S. The victim, a former Chechen commander,…

  • Russian Official Says 489 Medics Died From Coronavirus

    Russian Official Says 489 Medics Died From Coronavirus

    Nearly 500 Russian medics who tested positive for the coronavirus have died, the head of the state health watchdog said Thursday, a far higher figure than given before. “489 — that is medics, unfortunately we have lost almost 500 of our colleagues,” Roszdravnadzor watchdog chief Alla Samoilova said at an online conference on safety for…

  • France Arrests 6 Chechens in Raids After Unrest

    France Arrests 6 Chechens in Raids After Unrest

    French police on Thursday detained six members of the Chechen community on suspicion of taking part in successive nights of violence that rocked the eastern city of Dijon, prosecutors said. From Friday to Monday, Dijon was rocked by clashes and vehicle burnings after an assault this month on a 16-year-old Chechen boy that prompted other…

  • Yemen Separatists Seize $225M in Russian-Printed Cash

    Yemen Separatists Seize $225M in Russian-Printed Cash

    Separatists in southern Yemen have seized 64 billion riyals ($255 million) in banknotes that Russia had printed for the country’s central bank, Moscow confirmed Wednesday. Forces loyal to a council that declared self-rule in southern Yemen’s port of Aden in April commandeered the cash convoy leaving the port, Reuters cited Yemen’s central bank as saying…

  • Employees of Gazprom Transgaz Surgut tested for COVID-19

    Employees of Gazprom Transgaz Surgut tested for COVID-19

    Background Gazprom Transgaz Surgut is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom. The company has 26 branches, including 14 gas pipeline operation centers with 38 compressor shops and 273 gas compressor units. Gazprom Transgaz Surgut operates over 6,500 kilometers of gas trunklines running from the Zapolyarny town to the borders of the Omsk and Kurgan Regions, and transmits nearly 200 billion cubic meters of pipeline gas per year. The…

  • Gazprom Transgaz Saratov supports healthcare institutions

    Gazprom Transgaz Saratov supports healthcare institutions

    Background Gazprom Transgaz Saratov, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom, is responsible for natural gas transmission from Western Siberia, Central Asia, the Orenburg Region, and three UGS facilities located in the Saratov Region. The company is in charge of over 7,000 kilometers of gas trunklines and branches, 29 compressor shops, 165 gas compressor units with a total capacity of 1.3 million kW, and 216 gas distribution stations providing gas for about…

  • Kazakh Ex-President Tests Positive for Coronavirus

    Kazakh Ex-President Tests Positive for Coronavirus

    Kazakhstan’s ex-president Nursultan Nazarbayev has tested positive for coronavirus, his press service announced Thursday. Nazarbayev, 79, stepped down last year after almost 30 years in power in the oil-rich Central Asian nation, retaining key security council and party leader positions while handpicking a loyalist as his successor. As a former Soviet republic, Kazakhstan maintains close ties…

  • Massive Vote-Buying Campaign Claimed Ahead of Vote on Putin’s Term Limits – Report

    Massive Vote-Buying Campaign Claimed Ahead of Vote on Putin’s Term Limits – Report

    A potentially massive online vote-buying campaign is unfolding ahead of Russia’s vote on constitutional amendments that would allow President Vladimir Putin to rule until 2036, the independent Dozhd news channel reported Wednesday. Russians will begin voting next Thursday, ahead of the July 1 nationwide vote, on a set of constitutional amendments that include social guarantees…

  • ROSATOM signed Memoranda of Understanding with Framatome SAS and GE Steam Power on the Belene NPP (Bulgaria)

    ROSATOM signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with Framatome SAS (France) and GE Steam Power in the framework of the strategic investor selection procedure for the Belene Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in Bulgaria. Kirill Komarov, First Deputy Director General of Corporate Development and International Business of ROSATOM, Frédéric Lelièvre, Senior Executive Vice President in charge of…

  • Moscow Breaks 128-Year Heat Record

    Moscow Breaks 128-Year Heat Record

    Moscow experienced its hottest June 17 in more than a century after temperatures hit 31.1 degrees Celsius Wednesday. Russia’s Hydrometeorology Center said that beat the previous record of 30.8 C set on the same day in 1892, Interfax reported. The scorching temperature hit at 4 p.m. in the capital. Temperatures in Moscow will drop below…

  • Russia Says Has Removed Fuel From River Hit by Arctic Spill

    Russia Says Has Removed Fuel From River Hit by Arctic Spill

    Russia has finished clearing fuel from the surface of a river hit by a massive diesel spill in the Arctic region, but the full clean-up could take years, officials said Wednesday. After more than 700 people were deployed to clear the pollution, officials said the operation had removed the main spill from the surface of…

  • Flushing of systems with the open reactor has commenced at Belarus NPP Unit 2

    The experts have started flushing of active and passive safety systems with the open reactor at Unit 2 of Belarus NPP (the general designer and general contractor is ROSATOM Engineering Division). This is one of the most important, strictly regulated process operations, in the course of which the equipment installed and pipelines of safety systems…

  • Moscow Breaks 70-Year Heat Record

    Moscow Breaks 70-Year Heat Record

    Moscow experienced its hottest June 17 in more than half a century after temperatures hit 29.6 degrees Celsius Wednesday. Russia’s Hydrometeorology Center said that beat the previous record of 29.4 C set on the same day in 1956, Interfax reported. It added that Wednesday’s temperatures were still on track to break a 128-year record of…

  • U.S. Escorts Russian Nuclear-Capable Bombers Near Alaska, Moscow Says

    U.S. Escorts Russian Nuclear-Capable Bombers Near Alaska, Moscow Says

    U.S. fighter jets intercepted four Russian nuclear-capable bombers off the coast of Alaska for the second time in a week, the Russian military said Wednesday. The U.S. scrambled F-22 Raptors to escort the four Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic bombers during their flight near the Bering Strait, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported. The Tu-95MS bombers…

  • Moscow Flocks to Reopened Restaurant Patios After Virus Lockdown

    Moscow Flocks to Reopened Restaurant Patios After Virus Lockdown

    Moscow’s outdoor restaurant verandas opened to diners Tuesday as the Russian capital continues to gradually reopen following a two-and-a-half-month coronavirus lockdown. While the patios packed with people dining in the sunshine might look like a sign that the coronavirus pandemic is grinding to a halt in Russia, cases have continued to rise in the thousands…

  • Russia Welcomes China-India Contacts Aimed at De-Escalation

    Russia Welcomes China-India Contacts Aimed at De-Escalation

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday Moscow welcomed contacts between its close allies India and China after a deadly border confrontation. President Vladimir Putin has close ties with both Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian premier Narendra Modi, who has talked of a “special chemistry” with the Russian strongman.  Lavrov said at a press…

  • ‘Disinfection Tunnel’ Protects Putin From Coronavirus

    ‘Disinfection Tunnel’ Protects Putin From Coronavirus

    Special disinfection tunnels have been installed at President Vladimir Putin’s residence outside Moscow and at the Kremlin to protect him from the coronavirus, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed Wednesday. A number of figures in Putin’s circle of contacts have been diagnosed with Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, including Peskov and the chief doctor…

  • Coronavirus Is Just Getting Started in Some Russian Regions. Their WWII Parades Are Going Ahead.

    Coronavirus Is Just Getting Started in Some Russian Regions. Their WWII Parades Are Going Ahead.

    During a Monday morning meeting, Alexander Ostrov, the governor of the Zabaykalsky Krai region in Russia’s Far East, gave a grim forecast for the coronavirus pandemic. “The situation is getting worse,” he said. “The number of infected people is growing.” On Sunday, Zabaykalsky Krai had reached a high for new daily infections of 89. Then,…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | June 17

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | June 17

    There have been 553,301 cases of coronavirus infection reported in Russia so far and 7,478 deaths. June 17: 3 things you need to know today Russia’s second-largest city St. Petersburg had the highest coronavirus mortality rate among all Russian cities in the month of April, according to a new analysis of official data. As of Wednesday, 20 cities had canceled…

  • Family of American ‘Spy’ Imprisoned in Russia Expects Trade

    Family of American ‘Spy’ Imprisoned in Russia Expects Trade

    The brother of the American sentenced by a Russian court to 16 years in prison for espionage said Tuesday he believes Moscow wants to exchange him for a notorious arms dealer or Russian diplomatic properties shuttered by Washington. David Whelan, the brother of Paul Whelan, the ex-Marine given the stiff prison sentence on Monday, said…

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Pass 550K as Putin Eyes Victory Parade, Constitution Vote

    Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Pass 550K as Putin Eyes Victory Parade, Constitution Vote

    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 are lifting lockdown restrictions as Russia is preparing to hold a July 1 national vote despite the pandemic.    President Vladimir Putin is seeking public backing for constitutional amendments that…

  • Coronavirus-Denying Russian Priest Captures Church With Cossack Fighters

    Coronavirus-Denying Russian Priest Captures Church With Cossack Fighters

    A prominent Russian Orthodox priest who was barred from preaching for his anti-coronavirus views has laid siege to a women’s monastery, the 66.ru news website reported Tuesday.  Religious authorities barred Father Sergei, the ultraconservative spiritual leader of the Sredneuralsk women’s monastery in central Russia, from public ministry in April for disobeying orders to follow health…

  • Russian Bookstores Sell New Constitution Ahead of Vote on Putin’s Reforms

    Russian Bookstores Sell New Constitution Ahead of Vote on Putin’s Reforms

    Russian bookstores have already started selling copies of the country’s amended Constitution even though a public vote to approve it won’t happen until July 1, the RBC news website reported Tuesday. The constitutional amendments, in addition to adding social guarantees to Russia’s basic law, reset Putin’s four previous terms as president, allowing him two additional…

  • Key Witness in Serebrennikov’s Fraud Trial Claims ‘Severe Pressure’ From Investigators

    Key Witness in Serebrennikov’s Fraud Trial Claims ‘Severe Pressure’ From Investigators

    A key witness in a multimillion-dollar criminal fraud case involving prominent theater director Kirill Serebrennikov has claimed that investigators obtained her testimony under duress, the Kommersant business daily reported Monday. Serebrennikov is suspected of embezzling 133 million rubles ($1.9 million) in a case that his supporters have criticized as politically motivated. The artistic director of…

  • Azerbaijanis Blocked in Russia After Virus Clash With Police

    Azerbaijanis Blocked in Russia After Virus Clash With Police

    Hundreds of Azerbaijanis who have been unable to cross the Russian border to go home because of the coronavirus have blocked a highway and clashed with police, investigators said Tuesday. Russia’s Investigative Committee said about 400 people “used violence” against police and border guards as they were “displeased with the organization of their crossing” into…

  • Russia to Install ‘Orwell’ Facial Recognition Tech in Every School – Vedomosti

    Russia to Install ‘Orwell’ Facial Recognition Tech in Every School – Vedomosti

    More than 43,000 Russian schools will be equipped with facial recognition cameras ominously named “Orwell,” the Vedomosti business daily reported Tuesday. The state technology firm Rusnano’s Orwell platform is described as a image-recognition monitoring system that uses computer vision algorithms. It will be integrated with face recognition developed by NTechLab, a subsidiary of Russian President…

  • Changeover of shift workers underway at Chayandinskoye field

    Changeover of shift workers underway at Chayandinskoye field

    News from projects and regions June 16, 2020, 16:00 On June 15 and 16, 169 shift workers of Gazprom Dobycha Noyabrsk arrived at the Chayandinskoye field in Yakutia. Most of the duty staff at the production site who have completed their three-month shift will be changed over. The shift period was extended in line with the measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus infection. Another 150 employees…

  • ROSATOM starts life tests of third-generation VVER-440 nuclear fuel

    OKB Gidropress research and experiment facility, an enterprise of ROSATOM machinery division Atomenergomash, has started life tests of a mock-up of the third-generation nuclear fuel RK3+ for VVER-440 reactors. The work is carried out within the contract between TVEL Fuel Company of ROSATOM and Czech power company ČEZ a.s., which includes design and introduction of…

  • Russia Vows to Stand Firm by Iran on Nuclear Deal

    Russia Vows to Stand Firm by Iran on Nuclear Deal

    Russia on Tuesday vowed to stand by its ally Iran and resist attempts to promote an anti-Iranian agenda amid tensions over Tehran’s nuclear program. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made the comments during a visit to Moscow by his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif, as Iran sought to fend off criticism over granting access to sites where…

  • Kadyrov Accused of Masterminding Murder Plot Against Georgian TV Host Who Insulted Putin

    Kadyrov Accused of Masterminding Murder Plot Against Georgian TV Host Who Insulted Putin

    Georgia has arrested a Russian national suspected of being hired to kill a journalist who insulted President Vladimir Putin live on air, with the would-be victim’s boss claiming that Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov ordered the killing. Television host Giorgi Gabunia ignited backlash last summer when he opened his broadcast with a minute of graphic vulgarity…

  • Kremlin Calls for ‘Restraint’ Amid N. Korea Escalation

    Kremlin Calls for ‘Restraint’ Amid N. Korea Escalation

    The Kremlin on Tuesday called for restraint following a sharp escalation in tensions after North Korea blew up a liaison office near its border with South Korea.   “This is a concern, we urge all parties to show restraint,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, adding that Russia would be closely monitoring the situation.  The…

  • Russian Cultural Luminaries Read Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ in Marathon Broadcast

    Russian Cultural Luminaries Read Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ in Marathon Broadcast

    If you’ve ever wanted to put your Russian to the test by listening to one of the world’s most difficult novels in Russian, today is your lucky day. Prominent Russian cultural figures are reading Irish writer James Joyce’s famous novel “Ulysses” in a marathon broadcast Tuesday to help raise money for Russian doctors who are…

  • Chechen Violence in France, Explained

    Chechen Violence in France, Explained

    Violence involving young Chechens rocked France’s eastern city of Dijon over the weekend. French police were deployed late Monday to restore order following the unrest, which was blamed on the local Chechen community seeking vengeance for an assault on a teenager. Here is a brief look at the origins of the conflict as well as…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | June 16

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | June 16

    There have been 545,458 cases of coronavirus infection reported in Russia so far and 7,284 deaths. June 16: 3 things you need to know today Russia’s second-largest city St. Petersburg had the highest coronavirus mortality rate among all Russian cities in the month of April, according to a new analysis of official data. Three more Russian cities, Penza, Chelyabinsk…

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