Russia Controls Most of Eastern Ukraine’s Severodonetsk – Governor

Russian forces have seized 70% of the industrial city of Severodonetsk in a push to control eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region, the regional governor said Wednesday. “The Russians control 70% of Severodonetsk,” Luhansk governor Sergiy Gaiday wrote on Telegram. He said that some Ukrainian troops had retreated to “more favorable” positions while others continued fighting inside…

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Explainer: What Does Being Cut Off From SWIFT Mean For Sberbank?

European Union leaders have agreed to cut off Sberbank, Russia’s largest financial institution, from international payment system SWIFT.  This measure will be included as part of the EU’s sixth package of sanctions against Moscow, as Western countries seek to further isolate the Kremlin from global financial markets following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “Sberbank is the…

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Russian Banks to Share Clients’ Biometric Data With the State – Kommersant

The Russian government requires banks to share client biometric data with the state, the Kommersant business daily reported Tuesday. Russia’s Unified Biometric System (UBS), which is accessible to the police and intelligence services, was created in 2018 to allow the use of facial recognition for online banking.  Kommersant reported that authorities sent a directive to…

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Russia Reports 147M Population in 2021

Russia’s population in 2021 hit147.2 million, the state-owned Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily reported Monday, citing census data. The Rosstat statistics agency said Russia’s population increased 1.4% since the previous census conducted in 2010. The growth came as a result of migration – without migrants moving to Russia, the population would have recorded a significant decline.  Former…

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Russia’s Lavrov Denies Putin Is Ill

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Sunday denied speculation that President Vladimir Putin was ill, saying there were no signs pointing to any ailment. Putin’s health and private life are taboo subjects in Russia, and are almost never discussed in public. Answering a question from France’s broadcaster TF1, Russia’s top diplomat said: “I don’t think…

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Ukraine Says ‘Everything’ Being Done to Defend Donbas From Russian Onslaught

Ukraine has said it is doing “everything” to defend Donbas, where an intensifying Russian offensive is prompting Kyiv’s forces to consider a strategic retreat from some key areas to avoid being surrounded. Russia is waging all-out war for the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions that make up Donbas – Ukraine’s industrial heartland where President Volodymyr…

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ROSATOM gets permission for groundwater cut-off construction for Paks II NPP project (Hungary)

On May 26, 2022, Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority (HAEA) issued the license for groundwater cut-off construction for the Paks II NPP project. Groundwater cut-off will protect the construction site as well as operating Paks NPP from groundwater penetration. Following the construction of the groundwater cut-off, excavation works on the Paks II site will commence. Currently,…

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Leonid Slutsky Elected Leader of Russia’s Nationalist LDPR Party

Russian parliamentary deputy Leonid Slutsky was unanimously elected Friday the head of Russia’s nationalist Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR).  “I could never have guessed that I would be elected the chairman of my native party,” Slutsky told party delegates after the vote, Vedomosti newspaper reported.  Slutsky also promised to “modify” the party’s political strategy ahead of…

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Bolivia’s Foreign Minister visited the site of the Center for Nuclear Technology Research and Development (CNTRD) in El Alto

On May 25, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Plurinational State of Bolivia Rogelio Mayta Mayta and Deputy Foreign Minister Benjamin Blanco, accompanied by representatives of the Russian Federation Embassy in Bolivia, ROSATOM and the Bolivian Agency for Nuclear Energy (ABEN), visited the site of the Center for Nuclear Technology Research and Development (CNTRD) under…

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Russia Ready to Help Overcome Food Crisis if West Lifts Sanctions — Putin

Moscow is ready to make a “significant contribution” to averting a looming food crisis if the West lifts sanctions imposed on Russia over Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin said in a telephone call with Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi. “Vladimir Putin emphasizes that the Russian Federation is ready to make a significant contribution to overcoming the food crisis through the…

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Russia Confirms Sacking 100 Servicemen for Refusing to Fight in Ukraine

A Russian court confirmed the dismissal of 115 national guardsmen who challenged their sacking after refusing to take part in Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine.  The case appears to be the first official confirmation of soldiers refusing to join Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine that was launched on February 24.  A military court in Russia’s southern republic…

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Google Disconnects From Russian Servers Boosting Local Internet Speeds

Google has disconnected its services from Russian servers designed to boost internet speeds, the RBC news website reported Thursday. Google Global Cache (GGC) allows local providers to offer Google content, including YouTube videos, from their own networks, lowering waiting times for customers. Without GGC, Russian users would experience slower access to Google content directly from…

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Russia-Backed Separatists Claim to Hold 8,000 Ukrainian POWs

A separatist official in eastern Ukraine has claimed there are 8,000 Ukrainian prisoners of war in the parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions that are under the control of Russian forces. Rodion Miroshnik, the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic’s ambassador to Russia, told pro-Kremlin television host Vladimir Solovyov on Thursday that “literally hundreds” of prisoners…

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Russia Simplifies Citizenship for Ukrainians in Captured Territories

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree Wednesday simplifying the process of obtaining Russian citizenship for Ukrainians living in territories seized by Russian troops in southern and eastern Ukraine. The fast-track citizenship option comes amid speculation that Moscow could establish permanent control over areas it has captured in its three-month invasion of Ukraine.  Russia first…

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