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  • Concerns Raised for Detained Gulag Historian Yury Dmitriyev

    Concerns Raised for Detained Gulag Historian Yury Dmitriyev

    The U.K. has reiterated calls for the release of Yury Dmitriyev, a Russian historian who discovered Stalin-era mass graves and is currently being held in pre-trial detention on charges many say are politically motivated. Dmitriyev, 64, is the head of the Karelian branch of Memorial, an independent NGO that researches Soviet political repression and human…

  • Explainer: What Is the Open Skies Treaty and Why Is U.S. Quitting?

    Explainer: What Is the Open Skies Treaty and Why Is U.S. Quitting?

    The Open Skies Treaty, which the United States plans to quit, was agreed just after the Cold War to allow signatories to avoid nasty surprises by monitoring rival militaries. It was signed in 1992 and came into force in 2002, allowing 35 countries — including the United States and Russia — to fly unarmed surveillance…

  • Putin Warns of Second Coronavirus Wave for Russia This Fall

    Putin Warns of Second Coronavirus Wave for Russia This Fall

    President Vladimir Putin warned Friday that a second wave of the coronavirus epidemic could hit Russia this fall as he noted that the country’s current outbreak is stabilizing. Russia appears to have flattened the curve with fewer than 10,000 new Covid-19 cases reported each day for the past week, totaling 326,448 infections since the first…

  • Russia Expects ‘Significant Increase’ in May Deaths – Minister

    Russia Expects ‘Significant Increase’ in May Deaths – Minister

    Russia is expected to register a spike in mortality for the month of May, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said on Friday, as the country battles a coronavirus outbreak. “There will be a significant mortality increase in May” despite doctors trying to “save the maximum number of patients,” Golikova said, without referring specifically to deaths…

  • 14% of Healthy Russians Have Coronavirus Antibodies, Private Lab Says

    14% of Healthy Russians Have Coronavirus Antibodies, Private Lab Says

    One out of seven healthy Russians may have been infected with the coronavirus, according to a Moscow-based private lab analysis of voluntary testing published Friday. Out of more than 40,000 people tested between Monday and Thursday in most Russian regions, the Invitro lab said 14% had antibodies. Nearly half of Invitro’s tests were submitted in…

  • ROSATOM: world’s only floating nuclear power plant enters full commercial exploitation

    May 22, 2020 – One-of-a-kind floating nuclear power plant (FNPP) “Akademic Lomonosov” has been fully commissioned in Pevek, Chukotka region in the Russian Far East. Andrei Petrov, Director of Rosenergoatom (Electric Energy Division of ROSATOM), the subsidiary responsible for the FNPP project implementation, signed the relevant decree. “Today we can consider the floating nuclear power…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | May 22

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | May 22

    As the deadly coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, Russia has gradually become the world’s second most-infected country. There have been 326,448 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 3,249 deaths. May 22: 3 things you need to know today 1. Russia confirmed 8,894 new coronavirus infections Friday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 326,448. Russia has the…

  • Putin Adds Patriotism, War History to School Curriculum

    Putin Adds Patriotism, War History to School Curriculum

    President Vladimir Putin submitted legislation Thursday adding patriotism and war history to Russia’s education law. Putin’s amendments seek to add “a sense of patriotism and citizenship, respect for the memory of the defenders of the Fatherland and the achievements of the Fatherland’s heroes” to the law’s current definition of upbringing. His proposals, which need votes…

  • Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories Flourish in Russia’s Republic of North Ossetia

    Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories Flourish in Russia’s Republic of North Ossetia

    On April 20, around 2,000 protesters gathered in Freedom Square in the heart of Vladikavkaz, the sleepy capital of Russia’s mountainous North Caucasus republic of North Ossetia.  Flouting the self-isolation regime imposed weeks before to combat the tiny autonomous region’s escalating coronavirus outbreak, demonstrators reeled off their demands: an end to lockdown, emergency financial support,…

  • Rosneft Reduces Fugitive Methane Emissions in Exploration and Production by 73% in 2019

    Rosneft reduced fugitive methane emissions in the Upstream sector by 73% in 2019 as a result of a comprehensive programme of process improvements and methane emission reduction initiatives.

  • Developers Hail Self-Administered Russian Vaccine’s Success

    Developers Hail Self-Administered Russian Vaccine’s Success

    The Russian developers of a coronavirus vaccine have developed immunity to the infection after self-administering it, Interfax reported Friday. Scientists at the Gamalei Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology “aren’t so much testing as protecting themselves to continue working,” its head Alexander Ginzburg told the news agency. “Everyone’s alive, healthy and happy,” Ginzburg said when…

  • Listen to Writer Maxim Osipov Read His Works

    Listen to Writer Maxim Osipov Read His Works

    This evening, Fri. May 22, the writer Maxim Osipov is giving a reading at Corpus Online. He’ll be reading an essay and two short stories in Russian: “Свента”, “Добрые люди” and “Фантазия”. Maxim Osipov is a doctor living in Tarusa and the author of five collections of short stories in Russian published by Corpus. His…

  • Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes to Dark Spots of Russian History

    Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes to Dark Spots of Russian History

    “Four million people were dispossessed. Two and a half million kulaks [rich peasants] were sent into exile…” These grim historical facts from the Stalinist period began the 8-part television series “Zuleikha,” aired by one of Russia’s main channels and watched by a record number of viewers. But even though the series was shown last month,…

  • 1 in 3 Russian Medics Told to Doctor Coronavirus Data – Poll

    1 in 3 Russian Medics Told to Doctor Coronavirus Data – Poll

    One in three Russian doctors who treat coronavirus patients have been told to change how they report cases, according to a survey cited by the Meduza news website Thursday amid questions over Russia’s low Covid-19 death toll. The survey on the Russian app “Doctor’s Handbook” involved 509 medics, Meduza reported. More than one-third of the…

  • Ramzan Kadyrov: Putin’s Feared Chechen Strongman

    Ramzan Kadyrov: Putin’s Feared Chechen Strongman

    Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who was on Thursday reportedly being treated for coronavirus in Moscow, went from rebel fighter to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s fearsome enforcer, bringing his war-scarred region to heel with an iron-fisted rule. He has taken a characteristically high-handed approach to the coronavirus, calling doctors in the region who complained of a…

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Surpass 325K as Curve Flattens

    Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Surpass 325K as Curve Flattens

    The strongman leader of Russia’s southern Chechnya region, Ramzan Kadyrov, was receiving treatment for a suspected coronavirus infection, news agencies reported Thursday citing sources, though his aides did not confirm it. One of Russia’s most high-profile virus cases, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, returned to work this week after receiving treatment for the illness in hospital. Overall, 99,825…

  • Russia Calls U.S. Leaving Open Skies Treaty a ‘Blow’ to European Security

    Russia Calls U.S. Leaving Open Skies Treaty a ‘Blow’ to European Security

    Washington’s departure from the Open Skies arms control treaty would be a blow to European security, a Russian deputy foreign minister said Thursday, after President Donald Trump announced the United States will withdraw. “The withdrawal by the U.S. from this treaty would be not only a blow to the foundation of European security … but…

  • Changeover of shift workers at Gazprom Dobycha Urengoy

    Changeover of shift workers at Gazprom Dobycha Urengoy

    News from projects and regions May 21, 2020, 20:30 From May 21 to 23, Gazprom Dobycha Urengoy is conducting a phased changeover of shift personnel for the first time since the introduction of a 90-day shift period aimed at preventing cases of coronavirus at the company’s production facilities. Today, the first group of workers arrived in Novy Urengoy by a charter flight. The workers will take over the…

  • Core barrel of the reactor pressure vessel for Rooppur NPP (Bangladesh) has been produced at Atommash

    Core barrel of the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) for Rooppur NPP (Bangladesh) has been produced at the Volgodonsk branch of JSC “AEM-technology” (a part of machine building subdivision of ROSATOM – Atomenergomash) Core barrel is one of the three main elements of the RPV internals. Core barrel vessel consists of six shells and elliptic bottom.…

  • Dividends of RUB 15.24 per share recommended by Board of Directors for 2019

    May 21, 2020, 19:10 The Gazprom Board of Directors addressed issues associated with arranging and holding the Company’s annual General Shareholders Meeting. At the meeting of the Board of Directors, it was resolved to hold the annual General Shareholders Meeting of Gazprom in the form of absentee voting and to set the deadline for ballot submission as June 26, 2020. The Meeting quorum and the voting results will be determined…

  • Valery Guryanov put in charge of Gazprom Dobycha Shelf Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

    May 21, 2020, 19:00 Valery Guryanov has been appointed Director General of Gazprom Dobycha Shelf Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Valery Guryanov was born in 1974. He graduated from Samara State Aerospace University named after Academician Korolyov, majoring in Metal Treatment under Pressure, and received a degree in Oil and Gas Field Development and Operation from Tyumen State Oil and Gas University. He has an MBA degree.…

  • U.S. Plane With Donated Ventilators Lands in Russia

    U.S. Plane With Donated Ventilators Lands in Russia

    A U.S. military plane carrying dozens of donated American ventilators touched down in Moscow Thursday, with the precious cargo ready to be sent to a hospital treating coronavirus patients. The 50 ventilators are “the first part of a humanitarian donation of a total of 200 much-needed U.S.-manufactured ventilators to Russia,” valued at $5.6 million, the U.S.…

  • Rosneft Launches $610M Defamation Lawsuit Against Russian Media Outlet

    Rosneft Launches $610M Defamation Lawsuit Against Russian Media Outlet

    Russian oil giant Rosneft has launched a 43 billion ruble ($610 million) lawsuit against Russian business website RBC over the outlet’s coverage of the company’s disposal of its Venezeulean assets. The dispute concerns an article RBC published on May 14 detailing the mechanism by which Rosneft, which is majority owned by the Russian government, transferred…

  • Chechen Leader Kadyrov Hospitalized With Coronavirus in Moscow – Reports

    Chechen Leader Kadyrov Hospitalized With Coronavirus in Moscow – Reports

    Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has been hospitalized in Moscow with a suspected coronavirus infection, Interfax reported Thursday, citing an anonymous source in Moscow’s medical services. Kadyrov, 43, was reportedly flown to the Russian capital Wednesday, a few days after reporting flu-like symptoms, the Baza Telegram channel reported earlier Thursday. Chechen doctors recommended that Kadyrov seek treatment…

  • Putin Bestows Birthday Medal on Loyal Defense Chief

    Putin Bestows Birthday Medal on Loyal Defense Chief

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday bestowed a 65th birthday honor on Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, his loyal ally in the Syria conflict and companion on wilderness trips. Putin sent Shoigu birthday greetings and signed a decree awarding him one of Russia’s highest decorations, the “For Merit to the Fatherland” medal in the first degree. Previous…

  • Coronavirus Lockdown Prompts Russian Company to Open Drive-Ins

    Coronavirus Lockdown Prompts Russian Company to Open Drive-Ins

    The Russian movie theater company Karo plans to open at least six drive-in cinemas across Russia, the RBC broadcaster reported Wednesday. “We plan to open about six drive-in theaters in the near future. We want people to have chance to watch movies on the big screen, so we are now at the final stage [of…

  • Russian Movie Theater to Offer Drive-In Movies Amid Pandemic

    Russian Movie Theater to Offer Drive-In Movies Amid Pandemic

    The Russian movie theater company Karo plans to open at least six drive-in cinemas across Russia, the RBC broadcaster reported Wednesday. “We plan to open about six drive-in theaters in the near future. We want people to have chance to watch movies on the big screen, so we are now at the final stage [of…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | May 21

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | May 21

    As the deadly coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, Russia has gradually become the world’s second most-infected country. There have been 317,554 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 3,099 deaths. May 21: 3 things you need to know today 1. Russia confirmed 8,849 new coronavirus infections Thursday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 317,554. Russia now has…

  • HBO Airs Trailer for Oscar-Nominated Director’s Chechnya Gay Purge Doc

    HBO Airs Trailer for Oscar-Nominated Director’s Chechnya Gay Purge Doc

    HBO has aired a trailer for its upcoming documentary on the anti-gay crackdown in Russia’s republic of Chechnya that was produced using groundbreaking face-swapping technology to protect the safety of its subjects. Oscar-nominated American director David France’s documentary “Welcome to Chechnya” traces attempts by a Moscow-based LGBT association to exfiltrate gay Chechens to safety. Russian…

  • A Singaporean Street Food Weekend

    A Singaporean Street Food Weekend

    Hyatt Regency Petrovsky Park is continuing its weekend gastronomic world tour with a stop in Singapore. This weekend’s set menu is Singaporean street food, but you don’t have to go outside to get it. It will be delivered to your apartment May 22-24. The set includes Popiah (something like spring rolls) with chicken, beef and…

  • Putin Wants Russia to Get Back to Normal. New Outbreaks Show It May Be Too Early.

    Putin Wants Russia to Get Back to Normal. New Outbreaks Show It May Be Too Early.

    Before 136 employees of the distribution center for the popular Krasnoe & Beloe discount liquor chain in central Russia’s Sverdlovsk region tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday, the region was set to relax its quarantine restrictions. The region had taken its cue from President Vladimir Putin, who last week announced a plan for Russia…

  • Rosneft reduces fugitive methane emissions from its Upstream operations by 73% in 2019

    Rosneft reduces fugitive methane emissions in its Upstream segment by 73% in 2019.

  • Syzran Refinery Commences Production of Green Marine Fuel

    The Syzran Refinery, a part of Rosneft Oil Company’s refining complex, has commenced the production of the environmentally-friendly low-sulphur marine fuel RMLS 40, which is compliant with the IMO requirements effective since the early 2020.

  • Moscow to Quarantine People With Coronavirus Immunity: Kommersant

    Moscow to Quarantine People With Coronavirus Immunity: Kommersant

    Update: The Moscow health department has denied plans to quarantine Muscovites with positive antibody test results. The proposal has been rejected and appeared online by mistake, an unnamed participant at the May 12 clinical council told the Business FM radio station. Moscow authorities could place people who test positive for coronavirus antibodies into a two-week quarantine as part…

  • $50M in Fabergé Antiquities Shipped to Panama After Oligarch Hit With Sanctions: Reports

    $50M in Fabergé Antiquities Shipped to Panama After Oligarch Hit With Sanctions: Reports

    A Russian Culture Ministry-linked organization sent a $47 million package labeled “Fabergé Russia” to Panama three weeks after the United States placed sanctions on known Fabergé enthusiast Viktor Vekselberg, the investigative outlet The Intercept reported Wednesday. Russia’s State Museum and Exhibition Center ROSIZO shipped the package on April 28, 2018, to a Vekselberg-owned company in…

  • For This Russian Messianic Cult, Coronavirus Isolation Is a ‘Blessing’

    For This Russian Messianic Cult, Coronavirus Isolation Is a ‘Blessing’

    In the depths of the Siberian taiga a group of around a hundred people in white robes stand around a statue of an angel topped with a cross inside a circle. They sing and clasp each other’s hands, an unnerving scene in a world where millions are being forced to practice social distancing and self-isolation…

  • Russian Activists Urge Probe Over Young Girl’s Genital Cutting

    Russian Activists Urge Probe Over Young Girl’s Genital Cutting

    Russian rights campaigners are urging the prosecution of relatives of a nine-year-old girl who was subjected to a genital cutting operation as well as management of the clinic which performed the procedure. Russia does not have a specific law banning female genital mutilation (FGM) and a fully fledged probe into the case would be a…

  • U.S. Blocks Russia’s UN Text on Mercenaries in Venezuela

    U.S. Blocks Russia’s UN Text on Mercenaries in Venezuela

    The United States refused to adopt a UN text written by Russia Wednesday denouncing the use of mercenaries in a supposed plot to overthrow the Venezuelan government. The U.S. rejected the document during a Security Council meeting organized at the request of Moscow, which backs Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The leftist Venezuelan leader announced earlier…

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Rise By 8K, Bringing Total Over 317K

    Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Rise By 8K, Bringing Total Over 317K

    Russia has recorded far fewer deaths than other countries with large outbreaks, but critics have cast doubt on the low official mortality rate and accused authorities of under-reporting in order to play down the scale of the crisis. Russian health officials say one of the reasons the count is lower than in the United States…

  • Coronavirus Patients Line Siberian Hospital Hallways – Reports

    Coronavirus Patients Line Siberian Hospital Hallways – Reports

    At least two hospitals in Russia’s Novosibirsk region have been keeping coronavirus patients in the hallways after reaching capacity, local media reported this week. Footage shared by medics and residents showed gurneys in hallways at the state hospitals refitted to treat Covid-19 patients. The Novosibirsk-based Ngs.ru news website said Wednesday that it had been receiving…

  • MH17 Suspect Admits ‘Moral Responsibility’ for Downing Jet

    MH17 Suspect Admits ‘Moral Responsibility’ for Downing Jet

    A Russian suspect in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 has said he feels “a moral responsibility” for the deaths of 298 people but refused to admit to downing the passenger jet, Britain’s The Times newspaper reported Wednesday. Igor Girkin, 49, is one of three Russian suspects who, along with one Ukrainian suspect, are…

  • Russian Coronavirus Nurse Scolded for Wearing Bikini Under See-Through Gown

    Russian Coronavirus Nurse Scolded for Wearing Bikini Under See-Through Gown

    A Russian coronavirus nurse has been verbally reprimanded for wearing a bikini beneath a see-through protective gown while tending to patients, local press reported Tuesday. The nurse from the Tula region south of Moscow gained instant internet fame after a photo showing her making the rounds in the provocative garb with an elderly patient looking…

  • Russia’s Top University Ignores ‘Commonplace’ Sexual Harassment Amid Controversy

    Russia’s Top University Ignores ‘Commonplace’ Sexual Harassment Amid Controversy

    Officials at the prestigious Moscow State University are refusing to investigate widespread claims of sexual harassment by faculty members while some students face veiled threats of academic retribution for speaking out, the Meduza news website reported Tuesday. Current and former students and professors last week urged MSU to take steps to protect students in an…

  • Gazprom Pererabotka provides financial assistance to nine hospitals for combating coronavirus

    Gazprom Pererabotka provides financial assistance to nine hospitals for combating coronavirus

    Background Gazprom Pererabotka, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom, is focused on transmission and processing of hydrocarbons. The company comprises five processing plants, a helium plant, and a liquid hydrocarbon transportation directorate. Gazprom Pererabotka owns a stake in Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat, which encompasses major industrial refining complexes, such as the Monomer refining, gas chemical and petrochemical plant, and also in Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk, which is the investor and customer for the Amur…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | May 20

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | May 20

    As the deadly coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, Russia has gradually become the world’s second most-infected country. There have been 308,705 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 2,972 deaths. May 20: 3 things you need to know today 1. Russia confirmed 8,764 new coronavirus infections Wednesday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 308,705 and marking…

  • Watch Great Performers for a Good Cause

    Watch Great Performers for a Good Cause

    If there is a good side to this pandemic, it’s charitable efforts: the generosity of performers, arts figures and organizers who give their time to raise funds for the neediest, and the generosity of people at home who tap into their bank accounts to support these projects. Today from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Moscow…

  • ‘Those Meant to Die Will Die,’ Russia’s Coronavirus Info Chief Says

    ‘Those Meant to Die Will Die,’ Russia’s Coronavirus Info Chief Says

    Russia’s coronavirus information chief has predicted that the infection will kill as many people in the country that it needs to, appearing to backtrack on his previous prediction that it would be “impossible” for the virus to spread to Russia. Doctor and television presenter Alexander Myasnikov was in mid-April appointed to the post whose duties…

  • Russia Cordons Virus-Hit Gold Mine in Siberia

    Russia Cordons Virus-Hit Gold Mine in Siberia

    Authorities have cordoned off Russia’s largest gold mine after nearly 900 workers there became infected with coronavirus, miners have told the Sibir.Realii news outlet. The Olimpiada mine in Siberia with nearly 6,000 employees has emerged among the biggest incubators of Russia’s Covid-19 outbreak since early May. Its owner Polyus said the outbreak has not affected…

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Surpass 300K as New Infections Plateau

    Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Surpass 300K as New Infections Plateau

    Russia has recorded far fewer deaths than other countries with large outbreaks, but critics have cast doubt on the low official mortality rate and accused authorities of under-reporting in order to play down the scale of the crisis. Russian health officials say one of the reasons the count is lower than in the United States…

  • Russian Military Helicopter Crashes, Killing Crew

    Russian Military Helicopter Crashes, Killing Crew

    A Russian military helicopter crashed Tuesday evening, killing its three crew members, news agency RIA Novosti reported. The MI-8 helicopter belonging to the Russian Air Force crashed near the town of Klin, 50 miles outside Moscow, during training exercises. “On May 19, around 20:00, while performing a training flight 20 kilometers from the village of Klin,…

  • Britain, U.S. Denounce Russia’s Role in Libya Conflict

    Britain, U.S. Denounce Russia’s Role in Libya Conflict

    Britain and the United States on Tuesday urged Russia to stop sending mercenaries to the conflict in Libya, after a recent UN report confirmed the presence of Russian and Syrian fighters in the country.  Russia dismissed the demands at a Security Council video conference, however, denying again that Moscow has any role in the presence…

  • Russians Give More to Charity During Coronavirus Lockdown: Study

    Russians Give More to Charity During Coronavirus Lockdown: Study

    Russians have significantly increased their charitable donations in the weeks since most of the country entered coronavirus lockdown, the Kommersant business daily reported Tuesday, citing an analysis of charitable giving data. The latest statistics follow warnings from NGOs that only 5% of the country’s foundations and charities have enough resources to cover a lengthy disruption…

  • Rosneft Aero Introduces Digital Into-Plane Fuel Accounting Technology

    Rosneft Aero is adopting digital jet fuel accounting for into-wing refuelling as part of the Rosneft-2022 Strategy.

  • Russian Province Reinstates Lockdown After Renewed Coronavirus Spike

    Russian Province Reinstates Lockdown After Renewed Coronavirus Spike

    The Saratov region in southern Russia has reinstated its ban on outdoor walks and activities, a top regional official said Monday after a nearly weeklong spike in new coronavirus cases. Local authorities had eased the restrictions last Tuesday, the day Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted a nationwide “non-working” period that was intended to slow the…

  • Rosneft Improves Ice Navigation Routes

    Specialists of RN-SakhalinNIPImorneft LLC (part of the Rosneft Research and Development Complex) have performed monitoring of the ice situation of the Aniva Bay and the northeast shelf of Sakhalin Island.

  • Russian Medics 16x More Likely to Die From Coronavirus Than Foreign Colleagues: Analysis

    Russian Medics 16x More Likely to Die From Coronavirus Than Foreign Colleagues: Analysis

    Russian medics are 16 times more likely to die from the coronavirus than healthcare professionals in countries with similarly high Covid-19 numbers, the Mediazona news website reported Tuesday. Russia does not officially publish a separate count of medical professionals who have died from the virus. Since last month, the country’s doctors have been reporting their…

  • Russia Doubles Naturalizations Amid Relaxed Migration Rules

    Russia Doubles Naturalizations Amid Relaxed Migration Rules

    Russia has granted citizenship to more than twice as many foreigners in early 2020 than it did in the same period last year as the country moves to ease citizenship laws and boost its flagging population numbers. Authorities issued 161,170 Russian passports to foreigners between January and March compared with 63,249 in January-March 2019, the…

  • A Dream Hotel Comes to the (Small) Screen

    The life of a St. Petersburg five star hotel, beloved to readers from a blog by the general manager and owner, is coming out online on Okko multimedia service on Tuesday.  The series, titled “Diary of a Hotelier #Helvetia” is loosely based on Yunis Teimurhanly’s bestselling collection of short stories “Do Not Disturb. The Diary…

  • ‘Kinky Russia’ Throws Zoom Orgies to Overcome Coronavirus Quarantine

    ‘Kinky Russia’ Throws Zoom Orgies to Overcome Coronavirus Quarantine

    Hundreds of people have gathered to watch a live performance online on a Saturday night in Moscow. That’s become normal under the city’s strict coronavirus lockdown rules, but this is no Swan Lake.  Four women have tied a man to a plastic-covered mattress in a sparsely decorated room. He wears nothing but a black face…

  • Russian MMA Star Khabib Urges ‘Discipline’ Amid Dagestan Virus Outbreak

    Russian MMA Star Khabib Urges ‘Discipline’ Amid Dagestan Virus Outbreak

    Russian Mixed Martial Arts fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov has appealed to residents of his native Dagestan to follow containment rules as his father was put on a ventilator after catching the novel coronavirus. The undefeated UFC lightweight champion took to Instagram late Monday to urge people in the southern Russian region to be “disciplined” and to…

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