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  • Exit Poll Shows Russians Strongly Backing Constitution Reforms

    Exit Poll Shows Russians Strongly Backing Constitution Reforms

    Russian state pollster VTsIOM on Monday published an exit poll showing a vast majority of Russians backing proposed constitutional reforms, days before the end of voting. Some 76% of respondents voted for the package of amendments, which range from better pensions and minimum wages to a reset of term limits that would allow President Vladimir…

  • On and Off the Trans-Siberian: The General’s Wife

    On and Off the Trans-Siberian: The General’s Wife

    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. My husband was a…

  • Siberian Wildfires Swell Amid Historic Heatwave

    Siberian Wildfires Swell Amid Historic Heatwave

    Forest fires in Siberia have grown at least threefold amid a record-breaking heatwave in the region, according to Russia’s agency for aerial forest fire management Aviales. The figures state that 1.37 million hectares (3.4 million acres) were burning in areas unreachable to firefighters as of midnight Monday.  This is mighty river Kolyma covered with smoke…

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Surpass 640K

    Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Surpass 640K

    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 prepares to hold a July 1 national vote despite the pandemic.    President Vladimir Putin is seeking public backing for constitutional amendments that would…

  • Russian Mining Giant Admits Waste ‘Violations’ at Arctic Plant

    Russian Mining Giant Admits Waste ‘Violations’ at Arctic Plant

    A Russian mining giant behind an enormous Arctic fuel spill last month said Sunday it had suspended workers at a metals plant who were responsible for pumping wastewater into nearby tundra. Norilsk Nickel cited a “flagrant violation of operating rules” in a statement announcing it had suspended employees responsible for dumping wastewater from a dangerously…

  • Trump Denies He Was Briefed on Russia-Taliban Bounty Intelligence

    Trump Denies He Was Briefed on Russia-Taliban Bounty Intelligence

    U.S. President Donald Trump denied Sunday he had been briefed on intelligence that reportedly showed Russia had offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. In a pair of early morning tweets, Trump angrily slammed the report by The New York Times as “Probably just another phony Times hit job, just like their failed Russia Hoax.”…

  • Russia Mining Giant Reports Waste Spill at Arctic Plant

    Russia Mining Giant Reports Waste Spill at Arctic Plant

    Russian mining giant Norilsk Nickel said on Sunday it had stopped the discharge of wastewater from one of its Arctic facilities, one month after an unprecedented fuel leak nearby sparked a state of emergency. The incident occurred at the Talnakh enrichment plant near the Arctic city of Norilsk, the company said, when liquids used to…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | June 28

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | June 28

    There have been 634,437 cases of coronavirus infection reported in Russia so far and 9,073 deaths. June 28: 3 things you need to know today About 20% of Moscow residents have coronavirus immunity, deputy mayor Anastasia Rakova said Friday, citing a new study. Russia’s flagship carrier Aeroflot has been secretly flying passengers abroad for nearly a month despite state-mandated grounded flights…

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Rise to 634K as Deaths Surpass 9K

    Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Rise to 634K as Deaths Surpass 9K

    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…

  • U.S. Intercepts Russian Warplanes off Alaska

    U.S. Intercepts Russian Warplanes off Alaska

    U.S. warplanes intercepted four Russian reconnaissance aircraft near Alaska on Saturday, U.S. commanders said. The Russian Tu-142’s came within 65 nautical miles south of Alaska’s Aleutian island chain and “loitered” in the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) for eight hours. But they stayed in international airspace and did not enter U.S. or Canadian airspace,…

  • Russia Spies Aided Taliban Attacks, U.S. Intel Says – NYT

    Russia Spies Aided Taliban Attacks, U.S. Intel Says – NYT

    US intelligence has concluded that a Russian unit offered rewards to Taliban-linked militants to kill troops of the US-led coalition in Afghanistan, The New York Times reported Friday. The purported bounties gave incentives to the guerrillas to target US forces, just as President Donald Trump tries to withdraw troops and end America’s longest war. The…

  • Taming Morkovcha — Russia’s Beloved Korean Carrot Salad

    Taming Morkovcha — Russia’s Beloved Korean Carrot Salad

    It’s a rare thing for me to advocate toning down spice notes or flavor accents in a Russian dish — I am the gal who puts sumac, ginger, and horseradish in borscht — but with Morkovcha, it was beyond time for an intervention.   Morkovcha is a spicy carrot salad better known in Russia as “Korean…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | June 27

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | June 27

    There have been 627,646 cases of coronavirus infection reported in Russia so far and 8,969 deaths. June 27: 3 things you need to know today About 20% of Moscow residents have coronavirus immunity, deputy mayor Anastasia Rakova said Friday, citing a new study. Russia’s flagship carrier Aeroflot has been secretly flying passengers abroad for nearly a month despite state-mandated grounded flights…

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Rise to 627K

    Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Rise to 627K

    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…

  • S&P, Moody’s and Fitch affirm Gazprom’s long-term investment-grade ratings

    June 26, 2020, 21:15 In May-June 2020, international ratings agencies S&P Global Ratings, Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings affirmed Gazprom’s long-term credit ratings as part of their annual reviews. As before, all these ratings are investment-grade with a stable outlook. The S&P (ВВВ-) and Fitch (BBB) ratings correspond to the sovereign credit rating of the Russian Federation, while the rating assigned by Moody’s (Baa2) is a notch…

  • Macron ‘Confident’ of Progress in Russia Ties

    Macron ‘Confident’ of Progress in Russia Ties

    French President Emmanuel Macron is confident of progress in key areas with Russia, including notably the crisis in Libya, his office said on Friday after a video conference summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. Macron is “confident that we can make progress with Russia on a number of subjects,” a senior French presidential official told reporters,…

  • Oil Firm Says Russian Mercenaries Enter Key Libya Field

    Oil Firm Says Russian Mercenaries Enter Key Libya Field

    Russian and other foreign mercenaries have entered a key oil field in southern Libya, the conflict-hit country’s National Oil Corporation said Friday. The mercenaries drove into Al-Sharara oilfield in a convoy of vehicles late Thursday, the NOC said in a statement on its website, expressing “great concern.” After a months-long suspension, Al-Sharara — under the…

  • Gazprom Dobycha Irkutsk helps northern regional healthcare and educational institutions

    Gazprom Dobycha Irkutsk helps northern regional healthcare and educational institutions

    Background Gazprom Dobycha Irkutsk, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom, is the development operator of the Kovyktinskoye gas and condensate field which, along with the Chayandinskoye oil, gas and condensate field in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), serves as the resource base for the Power of Siberia project. The Kovyktinskoye gas and condensate field is the basis for creating the Irkutsk gas production center as part of the Eastern Gas Program. The company’s production…

  • Wanted Russian Cybercrime Group Resurfaces With Work-From-Home Attacks – NYT

    Wanted Russian Cybercrime Group Resurfaces With Work-From-Home Attacks – NYT

    A Russian cybercriminal group known as Evil Corp has resurfaced in the United States with attempts to hack into major corporations through employees who are working from home due to the coronavirus, The New York Times reported Thursday. U.S. authorities indicted Evil Corp leader Maxim Yakubets and his associate in December on suspicion of stealing…

  • Serebrennikov Trial: Russia Gives Suspended Sentence to Prominent Director in Fraud Case

    Serebrennikov Trial: Russia Gives Suspended Sentence to Prominent Director in Fraud Case

    A Moscow court has handed a suspended sentence to prominent theater director Kirill Serebrennikov, a surprise legal victory in a fraud case his supporters say was politically motivated and a test of artistic freedom in Russia. Suspended sentences are widely seen as the lightest punishment in Russia’s legal system, which rarely issues not-guilty verdicts. The sentencing…

  • 1 in 5 Moscow Residents Have Coronavirus Antibodies – Official

    1 in 5 Moscow Residents Have Coronavirus Antibodies – Official

    One in five healthy Moscow residents has coronavirus antibodies, suggesting they have been infected and could be immune for a period of time, the Russian capital’s deputy mayor said Friday. Anastasia Rakova said that more than 90,000 Muscovites had been tested from June 5-18 as part of the citywide testing program’s third stage. “We can…

  • Interview with Alexey Miller, Chairman of Gazprom Management Committee, on outcomes of Shareholders Meeting

    Interview with Alexey Miller, Chairman of Gazprom Management Committee, on outcomes of Shareholders Meeting

    Gazprom has a clearly outlined goal-setting system. Among our goals is the annual replenishment of the resource base. Thanks to geological exploration activities, our reserve replacement ratio consistently exceeds 1. It has been like this for the past 15 years, and it will remain so in 2020. Yamal accounts for the bulk of the new reserves. This year has already seen a discovery of another major field in the…

  • Investor Breathes New Life Into Major Arctic Coal Project

    Investor Breathes New Life Into Major Arctic Coal Project

    Roman Trotsenko, one of Russia’s richest businessmen, plans to invest 33 billion rubles ($476 million) into a major Arctic coal extraction project, Forbes Russia reported. Trotsenko on June 18 formalized the acquisition of 75% of shares in the Arctic Mining Company and intends to forge ahead with big plans for coal production on the tundra. Troubled project The…

  • Viktor Zubkov reelected as Chairman and Alexey Miller as Deputy Chairman of Gazprom Board of Directors

    June 26, 2020, 14:10 A meeting of the Company’s newly elected Board of Directors was held in absentia. The meeting resolved to elect Viktor Zubkov as Chairman of the Gazprom Board of Directors. Alexey Miller Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee was named as Deputy Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors. The Board of Directors formed the Audit Committee. The Committee is made up of Mikhail Sereda, Member of the Company’s Board of Directors, and two independent directors Viktor Martynov and Vladimir Mau,…

  • Russia to Speed Up S-400 Delivery to India Amid China Standoff

    Russia to Speed Up S-400 Delivery to India Amid China Standoff

    Russia will accelerate S-400 air defense system deliveries to India by a year following tense standoffs with China and Pakistan in contested border regions, the Kommersant business daily reported Friday. New Delhi and Beijing have blamed each other for a June 15 battle in the Ladakh region in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed while…

  • Gazprom Gazoraspredeleniye Belgorod accepting online applications for utility connections

    Gazprom Gazoraspredeleniye Belgorod accepting online applications for utility connections

    News from projects and regions June 26, 2020, 12:30 Gazprom Gazoraspredeleniye Belgorod is providing an opportunity for Belgorod residents to file an online application for a utility connection. To save time and ensure safety amid the pandemic, customers can submit applications via the corporate website of Gazprom Gazoraspredeleniye Belgorod. The procedure for filing an application is simple and intuitive. The list of required documents can…

  • Gazprom’s annual General Shareholders Meeting elects new Board of Directors

    Based on the voting results, the annual General Shareholders Meeting of Gazprom formed the Company’s Board of Directors composed as follows: 1. Akimov, Andrey Igorevich Chairman of the Management Board, Gazprombank (Joint Stock Company) 2. Kulibaev, Timur Askarovich Chairman of the Legal Entities Association “Kazakhstan Association of Oil, Gas and Energy Sector Organizations (KAZENERGY),” Chairman of the Presidium of the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs, Republic of Kazakhstan (Atameken) 3.…

  • Gazprom’s annual General Shareholders Meeting makes decisions on all agenda items

    June 26, 2020, 12:10 The annual General Shareholders Meeting of Gazprom was held in the form of absentee voting. The Shareholders Meeting made decisions on all agenda items. The Meeting approved the Company’s 2019 Annual Report and Accounting (Financial) Statements. It was resolved to allocate the Company’s profit based on the results of 2019. The Meeting approved the dividend amount: RUB 15.24 per share based on Gazprom’s operating results in 2019. The dividend…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | June 26

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | June 26

    There have been 620,794 cases of coronavirus infection reported in Russia so far and 8,781 deaths. June 26: 3 things you need to know today About 20% of Moscow residents have coronavirus immunity, deputy mayor Anastasia Rakova said Friday, citing a new study. Russia’s flagship carrier Aeroflot has been secretly flying passengers abroad for nearly a month despite state-mandated grounded flights…

  • Orenburg Become Fourth Russian Football Club With Positive Virus Tests

    Orenburg Become Fourth Russian Football Club With Positive Virus Tests

    Russian football club Orenburg became the fourth team hit by coronavirus cases since the Russian league resumed last weekend, announcing on Thursday that eight staff had tested positive. Orenburg, who are scheduled to play high-flying Krasnodar on Saturday, said six players and two backroom staff returned positive tests. Coach Konstantin Paramonov said Thursday’s training had…

  • Russia Passes 620K Coronavirus Cases

    Russia Passes 620K Coronavirus Cases

    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…

  • Yuganskneftegaz to Allocate about 10 Billion Roubles for Land Recultivation until 2024

    Yuganskneftegaz, Rosneft’s largest oil-producing enterprise, will allocate about 10 billion roubles for land recultivation until 2024.

  • Anti-Putin Shaman Recognized as Political Prisoner

    Anti-Putin Shaman Recognized as Political Prisoner

    A self-described Siberian shaman critical of President Vladimir Putin is a political prisoner being persecuted for his beliefs, the Memorial human rights organization said Thursday. Authorities committed Alexander Gabyshev to a mental asylum earlier in June following his three attempts to trek 8,000 kilometers from his hometown of Yakutsk to “banish” Putin from the Kremlin.…

  • Rosneft Invests more than 36 Billion Roubles in Natural Rehabilitation Activities in Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District–Yugra over the Past Two Years

    Rosneft has invested more than 36 billion roubles in environmental protection and renovation in Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District–Yugra over the past two years.

  • Rosneft Finalizes the Results of the Pipeline Reliability Improvement Programme (2015-2019) and Launches Another (2020-2025)

    Rosneft completed the 2015-2019 Pipeline Reliability Programme in 2019.

  • Quorum present for all items on Shareholders Meeting agenda

    June 26, 2020, 09:00 The Counting Board finished counting the votes on the agenda of Gazprom’s annual General Shareholders Meeting. A quorum is present with regard to all agenda items. Shareholders from Russia and a number of foreign countries took part in the Shareholders Meeting. As of June 1, 2020, the list of persons eligible to take part in the Meeting included 706,727 accounts with a total of 23,673,512,900 shares.…

  • Russia Plans Tourist Space Walks in 2023

    Russia Plans Tourist Space Walks in 2023

    Russia’s Energia space corporation said Thursday it will take the first tourist on a space walk in 2023, under the terms of a new contract with a U.S. partner. Energia has inked a contract with Space Adventures, which promises to take two space tourists to the International Space Station that year.  “We plan that one…

  • Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg donates oxygen concentrators to Novy Urengoy hospital

    Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg donates oxygen concentrators to Novy Urengoy hospital

    Background Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom. It operates in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area. The company is focused on gas and gas condensate production Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg holds licenses for the development and production of hydrocarbons from the Yamburgskoye and Zapolyarnoye fields and is preparing for commercial production the Severo-Kamennomyssky, Kamennomysskoye-Sea, Obsky, Chugoryakhinsky, Tazovsko-Zapolyarny and Yuzhno-Parusovy subsurface areas, and, as part of joint ventures, the Parusovy, Severo-Parusovy…

  • Russian Artists Call for Justice in “Theater Trial”

    Russian Artists Call for Justice in “Theater Trial”

    A verdict will be reached on June 26 in the so-called “theater trial.” Four people, including director Kirill Serebrennikov, have been accused of embezzlement. The case has drawn controversy as critics say the case is a political set-up. Several prominent Russian cultural figures have released videos criticizing the case and defending those accused.

  • Activists Allege Cover-Up as Toxic Siberian Fuel Spill Reaches Arctic Ocean

    Activists Allege Cover-Up as Toxic Siberian Fuel Spill Reaches Arctic Ocean

    Toxic fuel from a massive leak in Siberia may have already reached the Arctic Ocean despite officials’ claims of successful cleanup efforts, a Russian environmental activist said as he called on the international community to declare the accident a global disaster. More than 21,000 metric tons of diesel leaked into soil and rivers near the…

  • Russians Rushing Back to Work as Pre-Virus Life Returns

    Russians Rushing Back to Work as Pre-Virus Life Returns

    The majority of Russians have stopped working from home and almost immediately returned to offices and workplaces across the country following the relaxation of quarantine measures. Three in four workers who had switched to working from home have now returned, a survey by Work.Ru, cited by business daily RBC, reported Thursday. Some 68% are back…

  • Gas companies of Mari El taking additional measures for coronavirus prevention

    Gas companies of Mari El taking additional measures for coronavirus prevention

    News from projects and regions June 25, 2020, 16:00 Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Yoshkar-Ola and Gazprom Gazoraspredeleniye Yoshkar-Ola have expanded the set of measures undertaken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus infection. Testing for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 is being carried out in all cities and districts of the Republic of Mari El. The top-priority groups of specialists to have their samples taken include professionals who have frequent contacts…

  • Belarus President Accuses Russia, Poland of Election Interference

    Belarus President Accuses Russia, Poland of Election Interference

    Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on Thursday accused Russia and Poland of interfering in the upcoming presidential election, claims that were quickly denied by the Kremlin. The interference is coming from “those who live in Poland and those who incite from Russia,” Lukashenko said at a meeting with newly appointed government officials. Lukashenko said he would…

  • Russian Communist Unveils Stalin Statue on WWII Anniversary

    Russian Communist Unveils Stalin Statue on WWII Anniversary

    A Russian communist businessman has unveiled a monument of Josef Stalin that local authorities dubbed illegal on the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory in World War II. The statue is being unveiled as Russia grapples with how to treat the Soviet leader’s legacy and amid a contentious worldwide debate over which historical figures deserve to…

  • Construction of ice-resistant platform for Gazprom’s field on Arctic shelf begins in Astrakhan

    June 25, 2020, 13:50 Platform to be operated in extreme climate conditions. Several Russian shipbuilding centers engaged in construction process. Cutting-edge solutions for industrial and environmental safety. A foundation-laying ceremony for an ice-resistant platform (ICP) of Gazprom, which will be used in the development of the Kamennomysskoye-Sea field, took place today at the shipyard of Southern Shipbuilding and Repair Center (part of United Shipbuilding Corporation) in the Astrakhan Region.…

  • Aeroflot Still Flying Abroad Despite Russia’s International Travel Ban – Vedomosti

    Aeroflot Still Flying Abroad Despite Russia’s International Travel Ban – Vedomosti

    Russia’s flagship carrier Aeroflot has been secretly flying passengers abroad for nearly a month despite state-mandated grounded flights due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Vedomosti business daily reported Wednesday. Russia grounded nearly all international flights in late March to slow the coronavirus, allowing only special flights evacuating Russians from abroad and other government-authorized flights. Aeroflot…

  • Russia Peddles Putin’s WWII Essay to German Historians – DW

    Russia Peddles Putin’s WWII Essay to German Historians – DW

    Russian diplomats have been accused of attempting to influence academic freedom by sending President Vladimir Putin’s recent essay on World War II to German historians for future research, the Deutsche Welle broadcaster reported Wednesday. Putin’s 9,000-word screed, published last week in a U.S. magazine, defends the Soviet non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany and blames Western powers for appeasing…

  • As Russia’s Constitution Reform Vote Kicks Off, Election Watchdog Decries ‘Manipulative’ Process

    As Russia’s Constitution Reform Vote Kicks Off, Election Watchdog Decries ‘Manipulative’ Process

    During a company-wide meeting this month at Moscow-region state-run television station Yegoryevsk Today, the chief editor issued a directive. Staffers were to de-register from the polling stations where they usually vote and re-register at the one in the town of Yegoryevsk. “There you can do what you wish, but tomorrow you need to be on…

  • Celebrate with a Chinese Take-Away Feast

    Celebrate with a Chinese Take-Away Feast

    This Saturday and Sunday our friends and neighbors at the Hyatt Regency Petrovsky Park are celebrating the end of lock-down — or almost the end of lock-down — with a fabulous Chinese dinner for two — or many more! (The portions are generous, to say the least!) The dinner includes Guan Tang bao with prawns…

  • U.S. Embassy in Moscow Flies Gay Pride Flag

    U.S. Embassy in Moscow Flies Gay Pride Flag

    The U.S. Embassy in Moscow has hung a rainbow flag on its front facade, photos posted on social media Thursday show. Starting Thursday, Russians will vote on a set of constitutional amendments that would add language defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman to Russia’s basic law. The provision has been…

  • Deadline approaching to submit voting ballots for annual General Shareholders Meeting

    June 25, 2020, 10:45 The voting on the agenda of Gazprom’s annual General Shareholders Meeting closes today at 06:00 pm (Moscow time). The Meeting quorum and the voting results will be determined on the basis of votes represented by the voting ballots and declarations of intention received before the closing time. Starting from June 5, 2020, the shareholders were given an opportunity to send their filled-out ballots by mail…

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Pass 613K as Constitutional Vote Begins

    Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Pass 613K as Constitutional Vote Begins

    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…

  • Explainer: What Are Russians Voting for in Putin’s Constitution Poll?

    Explainer: What Are Russians Voting for in Putin’s Constitution Poll?

    Millions of Russians are set to go to the polls starting Thursday to vote on a package of constitutional amendments proposed by President Vladimir Putin earlier this year. Putin unleashed a political storm in January with the plan to overhaul the Russian Constitution for the first time since 1993. His proposal triggered the cabinet’s resignation…

  • Severstal uses Artificial Itelligece to further boost productivity at Cherepovets Steel Mill

    Severstal uses Artificial Itelligece to further boost productivity at Cherepovets Steel Mill

    June 25, 2020 A team of specialists from Severstal Digital, part of PAO Severstal, one of the world’s largest steel and steel-related mining businesses, working with experts in flat rolled products from the Cherepovets Steel Mill have successfully increased the productivity of a machine learning model that controls the speed of the Mill’s continuous pickling…

  • 150K East Ukraine Residents to Vote on Putin’s Constitutional Reforms – Official

    150K East Ukraine Residents to Vote on Putin’s Constitutional Reforms – Official

    Nearly 150,000 residents of separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine with Russian passports will join Russians in voting on a set of constitutional reforms that would allow President Vladimir Putin to extend his rule, a Russian official has said. From June 25 to July 1, Russians will vote on the constitutional amendments, which contain a controversial clause to…

  • Fugitive Oligarch Posts Unseen Photos of Putin’s Daughters

    Fugitive Oligarch Posts Unseen Photos of Putin’s Daughters

    Previously unseen photographs of President Vladimir Putin’s rumored daughters have emerged in the archives of the fugitive tycoon once dubbed “Putin’s banker.” Sergei Pugachev, 57, is credited with helping Putin ascend to the presidency in 1999. He became a French citizen a decade later and left Russia in 2011 after falling out with some of…

  • The City That Builds Russia’s Nuclear Submarines Now Has Over 2,000 Covid-19 Cases

    The City That Builds Russia’s Nuclear Submarines Now Has Over 2,000 Covid-19 Cases

    Two naval construction yards in a northern Russian city near the site of last year’s mysterious nuclear testing accident have become new hotbeds for the coronavirus. Severodvinsk is near the Nyonoksa testing site where an August 2019 explosion during a rocket engine test killed five nuclear workers and led to a radiation spike. The building of nuclear…

  • Gazprom Gazoraspredeleniye Leningrad Region resuming maintenance services for gas equipment in households and apartments

    Gazprom Gazoraspredeleniye Leningrad Region resuming maintenance services for gas equipment in households and apartments

    News from projects and regions June 24, 2020, 15:00 Gazprom Gazoraspredeleniye Leningrad Region is resuming routine operations pertaining to the provision of maintenance services for gas equipment in households and apartments.<o:p> Inspections will be performed according to the schedule, which was updated after the temporary suspension of services due to anti-epidemic restrictions. Residents of the region will be notified of the upcoming inspections within the timeframes…

  • Chinese Expats Fake Coronavirus Tests to Leave Russia – Reports

    Chinese Expats Fake Coronavirus Tests to Leave Russia – Reports

    The Chinese Embassy in Moscow has issued a warning after some of its citizens forged negative coronavirus test results to fly back home from Russia, the South China Morning Post reported Tuesday. Russia temporarily banned Chinese nationals from entry in February in an effort to prevent the Covid-19 outbreak which originated in China from spreading.…

  • In Photos: Russia’s Post-Coronavirus WWII Parade Marks 75 Years Since Soviet Victory

    In Photos: Russia’s Post-Coronavirus WWII Parade Marks 75 Years Since Soviet Victory

    Russia staged a grand military parade Wednesday to mark 75 years since the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. “It is impossible even to imagine what the world would be if the Red Army hadn’t come to defend it,” President Vladimir Putin said at the event. Russia was forced to postpone the…

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