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  • Israeli Woman Jailed in Russia Asks for Pardon

    Israeli Woman Jailed in Russia Asks for Pardon

    As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world. Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from…

  • Russia in Talks With China to Help its Citizens Leave Wuhan

    Russia in Talks With China to Help its Citizens Leave Wuhan

    Russia is consulting with China about possibly evacuating Russian citizens from the Chinese city of Wuhan and Hubei province, the center of an outbreak of a new flu-like virus, the RIA news agency cited the Russian embassy as saying on Saturday. There are no Russians infected with the new coronavirus, RIA quoted the embassy’s press…

  • Putin Orders Prosecutor General to Review Moscow Protester’s Conviction

    Putin Orders Prosecutor General to Review Moscow Protester’s Conviction

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Prosecutor General to investigate if a guilty verdict for Moscow protester Konstantin Kotov was lawful, the Kremlin said. A Moscow court sentenced Kotov, a 34-year-old programmer, to four years in prison in September for “repeated” participation in unauthorized rallies, under a widely criticized law that has made non-violent…

  • The Beet Goes On

    The Beet Goes On

    Beets are a lot like Russia. From the outside, beets can appear distinctly unappealing, particularly if they are encrusted with globs of dirt, lolling about in vegetable crates looking misshapen and awkward. This is how I first encountered them in my neighborhood “Produkty” store in Moscow around 1994. Any flicker of interest I had in…

  • Bulgaria Set to Expel Two Russian Diplomats Over Espionage

    Bulgaria Set to Expel Two Russian Diplomats Over Espionage

    Bulgaria is likely to expel two Russian diplomats over spying allegations, Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said on Friday. “We have received the letters from the prosecutors with the allegations,” said Zaharieva. “We will undertake the actions that we are obliged to undertake and will most probably declare them ‘persona non grata’.” Zaharieva said she would…

  • Russia-North Korea Trade Up Despite Sanctions, Reports Say

    Russia-North Korea Trade Up Despite Sanctions, Reports Say

    Russia and North Korea ramped up trade in 2019 despite international sanctions, the South Korean news network Arirang reported, citing data from the Geneva-based International Trade Center. Pyongyang has been under UN sanctions since 2006 over its missile and nuclear programs, which the Security Council has unanimously strengthened over the years.  Despite that, North Korea…

  • Australian Wildlife Finds Sanctuary on Russian Migrant’s Farm

    Australian Wildlife Finds Sanctuary on Russian Migrant’s Farm

    A Russian migrant who has lived in Australia for 30 years is documenting how surviving animals find sanctuary on his property as bushfires continue to devastate their habitat. The death toll from southeastern Australia’s bushfires stood at 33 people Friday. The fires have also killed millions of creatures, razed thousands of homes and destroyed an…

  • Young People Take Back Soviet ‘Kommunalkas’

    Young People Take Back Soviet ‘Kommunalkas’

    Sergey, 24, removes a plate caked in sausage grease from an overflowing sink before he starts brushing his teeth. Bugs skitter over the forks and spoons left in the bottom. He rinses his well-used toothbrush and shoves it in the back pocket of his shorts.  There is no washbasin in this apartment — only one…

  • Russia to Install ‘Spiritual’ Domestic Apps – Vedomosti

    Russia to Install ‘Spiritual’ Domestic Apps – Vedomosti

    Russian authorities will give priority to “spiritual values” when deciding which Russian-made apps should come pre-installed under a controversial law banning smartphone sales without domestic software, the Vedomosti newspaper reported Thursday. From July 1, smartphones will be required to go on sale with pre-installed apps approved by the Russian government. Supporters defend the law, which…

  • Activists Urge Russians to Vote Against Putin’s ‘Constitutional Coup’

    Activists Urge Russians to Vote Against Putin’s ‘Constitutional Coup’

    A group of prominent activists and political figures has called on Russians to vote against President Vladimir Putin’s proposed constitutional changes, which they describe as a “coup.” “We’re convinced that the goal of this coup is to keep Vladimir Putin and his corrupt regime in power for life,” the activists wrote in an open letter…

  • Flights to Moscow from China’s Wuhan Suspended Over Coronavirus Fears

    Flights to Moscow from China’s Wuhan Suspended Over Coronavirus Fears

    As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world. Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from…

  • U.S. ‘Intercepted’ Russian General in Syria – State Dept

    U.S. ‘Intercepted’ Russian General in Syria – State Dept

    U.S. forces intercepted an unidentified Russian major general in northern Syria during deconfliction operations, the U.S. State Department’s special envoy for Syrian engagement and the anti-Islamic State coalition said Thursday. James Jeffrey’s remarks follow news of U.S. troops “blocking” a Russian military patrol from accessing an oilfield in northeastern Syria’s province of Hasakah on Saturday.…

  • Russia Says It Missed UN Deadline to Repatriate North Korean Workers

    Russia Says It Missed UN Deadline to Repatriate North Korean Workers

    Russia said on Thursday it had missed a United Nations deadline to repatriate North Korean workers due to what it called objective difficulties, but said it was scrupulously complying with UN sanctions on Pyongyang. A 2017 UN Security Council resolution demanded that all countries send home all North Korean workers by Dec. 22 last year…

  • Putin Appoints Former Economy Minister Maxim Oreshkin as Adviser

    Putin Appoints Former Economy Minister Maxim Oreshkin as Adviser

    As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world. Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from…

  • Bulgaria Charges 3 Russians Over Poisoning Possibly Linked to Skripal Case

    Bulgaria Charges 3 Russians Over Poisoning Possibly Linked to Skripal Case

    Bulgarian prosecutors have charged three Russians with the attempted murder of three men whose poisoning is being investigated by Sofia for possible links with the 2018 nerve-agent attack on ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal. The prosecutors did not name the three Russians, but said European arrest warrants had been issued and that they would seek their extradition to…

  • LGBT Israelis Barred from Adopting Russian Children

    LGBT Israelis Barred from Adopting Russian Children

    Israel and Russia have signed a new adoption agreement that will effectively block LGBT Israelis from adopting Russian children, Israel’s Channel 12 news outlet reported Wednesday.  Russia banned adoption by LGBT couples and individuals from countries that allow gay marriage in 2013. Israel has been complying with this law through a de facto arrangement in the…

  • Syrian Army Retreats After Idlib Attack, Russia Says

    Syrian Army Retreats After Idlib Attack, Russia Says

    Syrian state media said militants launched a major attack on government forces in Idlib on Thursday that Russia‘s Defense Ministry said killed up to 40 Syrian soldiers, though the account was disputed by a rebel official and war monitor. Idlib is the last rebel-held swathe of territory in the country and hundreds of thousands of people…

  • Putin Opens Leningrad Siege Memorial in Jerusalem

    Putin Opens Leningrad Siege Memorial in Jerusalem

    Russian President Vladimir Putin inaugurated a new monument in Jerusalem dedicated to the defenders and victims of the Siege of Leningrad on Thursday. More than 800,000 people died during the Nazi encirclement of Leningrad — now called St. Petersburg — from starvation, disease and bombardment, making it one of the most devastating episodes of World…

  • Putin to Revive Russia’s ‘Great Wall’

    Putin to Revive Russia’s ‘Great Wall’

    President Vladimir Putin has hinted that he could help reconstruct Russia’s version of the Great Wall of China during a stopover in the country’s central Lipetsk region, the Znak.com news website reported Wednesday. A local archeologist had urged Putin to spearhead reconstruction of the Belgorod fortified line, which was built in the 17th century to…

  • The Poet and the Lady: Voznesensky and Kennedy

    The Poet and the Lady: Voznesensky and Kennedy

    “The Poet and the Lady” is an exhibition devoted to the unlikely friendship between the Russian poet Andrei Voznesensky and American First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. The exhibition is at the Voznesensky Center, a relatively new addition to the Moscow museum scene, which has the mission of not just telling the story of Andrei Voznesensky, but…

  • The floating NPP has delivered its first 10 mln kWh of electric power to the Chukotka grid

    The floating nuclear heat and power plant (FNHPP, a project by the Rosenergoatom Joint-Stock Company, a part of ROSATOM) has delivered its first 10 mln kWh of electric power into the isolated network of the Chauny-Bilibino hub (the Chukotka Autonomous Region) since its connection to the grid on December 19, 2019. As of now, the…

  • New Russian PM’s Sister Owns $14M in Hidden Real Estate – BBC

    New Russian PM’s Sister Owns $14M in Hidden Real Estate – BBC

    Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin’s sister owns luxury real estate in and outside Moscow currently valued at 900 million rubles ($14.3 million), BBC Russia reported Thursday, citing a classified tax database. Mishustin and his family were thrust into the spotlight after the former tax chief’s surprise appointment as head of Russia’s government last week. Critics…

  • Russians See Pollution as a Greater Threat Than Terrorism – Poll

    Russians See Pollution as a Greater Threat Than Terrorism – Poll

    Russians believe that environmental pollution poses a greater threat to humanity than terrorism, according to the results of an independent Levada Center survey published Thursday. Russia’s government says that climate change is heating the country faster than the rest of the world, predicting epidemics, drought and mass hunger if it’s left unchecked. Levada conducted its…

  • Popular Russian Stand-Up Comic Flees Russia After Police Probe

    Popular Russian Stand-Up Comic Flees Russia After Police Probe

    Update: Dolgopolov has fled Russia pending further information about the police probe, human rights lawyer Leonid Solovyov told the MBKh news website Thursday. “We can’t say where he went yet,” Solovyov said, citing security reasons. Dolgopolov warned his Instagram followers that his late Wednesday performance in Moscow was canceled. Police near Moscow have put out a…

  • Russia’s Sports Minister Assumes Office Despite Criminal Past

    Russia’s Sports Minister Assumes Office Despite Criminal Past

    Russia’s new Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin was convicted for abuse of office as the head of a university a decade ago, according to past media reports that resurfaced following his appointment this week. Matytsin, 55, was one of several new faces named to Russia’s cabinet Tuesday following President Vladimir Putin’s shake-up of the political system…

  • WADA Provisionally Suspends Moscow Anti-Doping Lab for ‘Serious Violation’

    WADA Provisionally Suspends Moscow Anti-Doping Lab for ‘Serious Violation’

    The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Wednesday it had provisionally suspended the status of Moscow’s anti-doping laboratory that had allowed it to analyze athlete biological passports (ABP) as Russia’s doping scandal continues. The move comes little more than a month after WADA barred Russians from competing under their country’s flag at major international events…

  • Putin Says Russia Has to be Strong Presidential Republic

    Putin Says Russia Has to be Strong Presidential Republic

    Russia must remain a strong presidential republic, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday when asked about a possible transitional period once he steps down in 2024. Last week Putin, who under the constitution cannot run for another presidential term, proposed constitutional changes that would give him scope to extend his grip on power after leaving…

  • Who Is Olga Lyubimova, Russia’s New Culture Minister?

    Who Is Olga Lyubimova, Russia’s New Culture Minister?

    On Tuesday evening, Russia’s new Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced the members of his cabinet. Vladimir Medinsky, who served as the culture minister for the past eight years, was let go and Olga Lyubimova appointed in his place. She had served as deputy minister and was the head of the cinematography department. Today it was…

  • Russia Rules Out Coronavirus After Medical Scare

    Russia Rules Out Coronavirus After Medical Scare

    As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world. Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from…

  • Russia Suspects First Coronavirus Case – Reports

    Russia Suspects First Coronavirus Case – Reports

    As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world. Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from…

  • Young Russian Tries to Sue Over Violent Lesbian ‘Exorcism’ in Chechnya

    Young Russian Tries to Sue Over Violent Lesbian ‘Exorcism’ in Chechnya

    A young woman from Russia’s conservative republic of Chechnya is seeking criminal charges against her parents, one of their acquaintances and a psychiatric clinic for allegedly torturing her based on her sexual orientation, a Russian LGBT support group said Tuesday. The latest incident comes after widespread reports of anti-gay abuse, including torture and killings, in the…

  • Who Made It Into Russia’s New Cabinet?

    Who Made It Into Russia’s New Cabinet?

    President Vladimir Putin confirmed a new government Tuesday following last week’s shake-up of the political system which led to Dmitry Medvedev’s resignation as prime minister. Despite Putin describing the new government as a break with the past, many senior ministers held on to their positions.  Here’s a look at the main figures in Russia’s new…

  • Russian Tourists Undeterred From China Despite Coronavirus Outbreak

    Russian Tourists Undeterred From China Despite Coronavirus Outbreak

    Russian tourists appear to be undeterred by a new flu-like coronavirus in China, Russian travel agencies told the state-run TASS news agency as the country’s Health Ministry called it a “biological threat.” The virus has killed nine people and infected more than 400 in an outbreak originating from the central city of Wuhan, spreading fear…

  • Russia’s Tumultuous Week: The Main Events

    Russia’s Tumultuous Week: The Main Events

    President Vladimir Putin proposed to make several amendments to the Russian Constitution last week in what has been seen by many observers as an move to secure his executive power beyond 2024.  The proposals, made during his annual state of the nation address, set off a chain of events including the prime minister’s resignation, a…

  • Mishustin Gives Gazprom the Go-Ahead

    Mishustin Gives Gazprom the Go-Ahead

    Three days after being announced as Russia’s new prime minister, Mikhail Mishustin has granted Gazprom Oil the development rights to the Khambateyskoye gas and oil field on the Yamal Peninsula.  According to the federal government, the oil company will pay about 2 billion rubles ($32 million) for the production licenses. The field is located both…

  • Russian Police Probe Popular Stand-Up Comic After Religion, Putin Jokes

    Russian Police Probe Popular Stand-Up Comic After Religion, Putin Jokes

    Police near Moscow have put out a request for information about a popular comic’s stand-up performance from a year ago, the comic said Tuesday, prompting speculation that he could be targeted for jokes he made about religion and the authorities. It was not immediately clear what prompted the Orekhovo-Zuevo police department to send the request…

  • Russian, Syrian Troops Hold Joint Drills

    Russian, Syrian Troops Hold Joint Drills

    Russia and Syria have conducted joint exercises aimed at protecting economic interests in Moscow’s key naval foothold in the Mediterranean, the Defense Ministry’s Zvezda news channel reported. These are at least the second joint Russian-Syrian naval drills to take place in the port of Tartus in a month. Russia seeks to invest $500 million in…

  • Trump Administration Planning to Add Belarus to Travel Ban List – Reports

    Trump Administration Planning to Add Belarus to Travel Ban List – Reports

    The Trump administration is planning to add seven countries — Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania — to its controversial travel ban list, according to media reports on Tuesday. Some countries will face bans only on some visa categories, the Wall Street Journal reported. The list of countries was not final and could yet…

  • Russia Gets New Government in What Putin Calls ‘Major Renewal’

    Russia Gets New Government in What Putin Calls ‘Major Renewal’

    Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a new government on Tuesday which he described as a break with the past, bringing in some fresh faces but retaining many senior ministers. The new government included a new economy minister and a new first deputy prime minister, but the finance, foreign, defense, energy and agriculture ministers all kept…

  • Foreign, Defense and Energy Ministers Keep Their Position in New Russian Cabinet

    Foreign, Defense and Energy Ministers Keep Their Position in New Russian Cabinet

    President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday approved a new Russian government that kept many veteran and senior ministers in place, but brought in a new economy minister and a new first deputy prime minister. The new government was formed less than a week after Putin unveiled a sweeping shake-up of the political system, which led to the…

  • Rosneft Implements AI System on Drilling Rigs

    Rosneft is implementing an artificial intelligence (AI) system on its drilling rigs operating on the fields in Orenburg Region.

  • U.S. Troops ‘Block’ Russian Soldiers in Syria

    U.S. Troops ‘Block’ Russian Soldiers in Syria

    U.S. troops have “blocked” Russian soldiers from accessing an oilfield in northeast Syria, Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News outlet has reported, citing the state news agency Anadolu. News of the standoff appeared two years after an incident in which anywhere from five to 200 Russian mercenaries were killed by U.S. airstrikes while attempting to take over…

  • Russian ‘Plumbers’ Questioned at Davos Over Espionage Suspicions – Report

    Russian ‘Plumbers’ Questioned at Davos Over Espionage Suspicions – Report

    Two Russians who identified themselves as plumbers despite carrying diplomatic passports were checked in Switzerland on suspicion of espionage ahead of this week’s World Economic Forum (WEF), the Tagez Anzeiger newspaper reported Monday.  Held annually in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, the WEF gathers world leaders such as U.S. President Donald Trump and German…

  • New China Coronavirus Poses ‘Biological Threat’ to Russia – Official

    New China Coronavirus Poses ‘Biological Threat’ to Russia – Official

    Russian airports have stepped up screening of travelers arriving from China to try to identify people infected with the new coronavirus, airport officials said Tuesday. The World Health Organization has said that the coronavirus outbreak, which the mayor of the Chinese city of Wuhan says has killed six people, was likely to spread. The virus…

  • New China Coronavirus Poses ‘Biological Threat’ to Russia – Minister

    New China Coronavirus Poses ‘Biological Threat’ to Russia – Minister

    Russian airports have stepped up screening of travelers arriving from China to try to identify people infected with the new coronavirus, airport officials said Tuesday. The World Health Organization has said that the coronavirus outbreak, which the mayor of the Chinese city of Wuhan says has killed six people, was likely to spread. The virus…

  • Decembrist Blockbuster Splits Film Critics

    Decembrist Blockbuster Splits Film Critics

    Just before the New Year’s holidays Russian filmmakers released their best bets for vacation blockbusters. One of the most promising films was “The Union of Salvation,” a lush, cast-of-thousands, historical saga that tells the story of the Decembrists, young Russian noblemen who organized a revolt against the monarchy in December 1825. Directed by Andrei Kravchuk…

  • Iran Confirms Russian-Made Missiles Downed Ukraine Plane

    Iran Confirms Russian-Made Missiles Downed Ukraine Plane

    Iran has confirmed that it used two Russian-made missiles in the downing of a Ukrainian airliner earlier this month, according to the country’s latest investigation report cited by Bloomberg. All 176 people died onboard the Kiev-bound Ukrainian International Airlines flight when it crashed six minutes after taking off from Tehran on Jan. 8. Iran has…

  • ‘Men Only’: Largest Pool in Russia’s North Caucasus Bans Women

    ‘Men Only’: Largest Pool in Russia’s North Caucasus Bans Women

    A swimming pool in southern Russia has banned women without explanation, according to its announcement published by the popular listings magazine Afisha on Monday. The Anzhi Arena spa in Russia’s republic of Dagestan did not say what prompted the abrupt rule change. Afisha reported that a different public pool in the Dagestani city of Makhachkala…

  • Fire Kills Uzbek Laborers in Siberian Village

    Fire Kills Uzbek Laborers in Siberian Village

    A fire killed 11 people, most of them laborers from Uzbekistan, in a wooden building in Siberia early on Tuesday, according to emergency services and Russian news agencies. Officials say that two people managed to escape the flames that destroyed the single-story building in a village in the region of Tomsk. Many of the dead…

  • Russian Jehovah’s Witness Gets Suspended Sentence for ‘Extremist Activity’

    Russian Jehovah’s Witness Gets Suspended Sentence for ‘Extremist Activity’

    A court in the Russian Far East on Tuesday handed a six-year suspended jail sentence to a Jehovah’s Witness, Grigoriy Bubnov, after finding him guilty of extremist activity, a spokesman for the religious group said. Jehovah’s Witnesses have been under pressure for years in Russia, where the dominant Orthodox Church is championed by President Vladimir…

  • Russia Plans ‘World’s Biggest’ Orthodox Church – Reports

    Russia Plans ‘World’s Biggest’ Orthodox Church – Reports

    An influential spiritual leader plans to build the world’s largest Orthodox Christian Church in central Russia, the Znak.com news website reported Monday. Once completed, the 25-story structure on the site of a women’s monastery in the Sverdlovsk region will reportedly hold up to 37,000 worshippers. “The Saint Sophia Church will become an outpost and the…

  • Putin Outlines Sweeping Powers for State Council in Shakeup

    Putin Outlines Sweeping Powers for State Council in Shakeup

    President Vladimir Putin proposed giving broad new authority to set the direction of foreign, domestic and economic policy to the State Council as part of the constitutional overhaul he announced last week. Putin laid out the details of the plan — widely seen as the Kremlin’s effort to lay the groundwork for Putin extending his…

  • All-Russian Tennis Tournament held with support from Gazprom Transgaz Ufa

    All-Russian Tennis Tournament held with support from Gazprom Transgaz Ufa

    News from projects and regions January 21, 2020, 09:30 On January 11–18, Ufa hosted the All-Russian Tennis Tournament held with support from Gazprom Transgaz Ufa. The tournament brought together over 60 participants up to 15 years old from across the Republic of Bashkortostan, as well as from Moscow, Sochi, Izhevsk, Chelyabinsk, Magnitogorsk, and Samara. The children competed on one of the best tennis courts in Ufa,…

  • Severstal ivests i robotics to automate advaced composites maufacturig

    Severstal ivests i robotics to automate advaced composites maufacturig

    January 21, 2020 PAO Severstal (MICEX-RTS: CHMF; LSE: SVST), one of the world’s largest vertically integrated steel and mining companies, announces that it has invested in Dutch company Airborne, a global leader in developing digital automation platforms for the production of composite parts, and products with integrated composites. Severstal joins other investors in this investment…

  • Putin Sends Sweeping Constitutional Amendments to Lawmakers

    Putin Sends Sweeping Constitutional Amendments to Lawmakers

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has submitted a draft bill on sweeping constitutional amendments to Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, on Monday, less than a week after first proposing the changes. Among the nearly dozen changes he pledged during last Wednesday’s state of the nation speech, Putin vowed to limit the presidency to…

  • 2 in 3 Russians Believe Russia Has Political Prisoners – Poll

    2 in 3 Russians Believe Russia Has Political Prisoners – Poll

    More than half of Russians believe that their country imprisons people for political reasons, an all-time high since the independent Levada Center polling agency first conducted the survey in 2004. Last summer saw the brief arrest of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov on falsified charges, a move that his supporters said was punishment for his work.…

  • Russian Official Walks Back Call to ‘Wipe Out’ Critical Journalists

    Russian Official Walks Back Call to ‘Wipe Out’ Critical Journalists

    A Russian official has apologized Monday for remarks suggesting that journalists should be “wiped out” for criticizing the authorities. Mikhail Ignatyev, who heads Russia’s republic of Chuvashia 680 kilometers east of Moscow, made the controversial remarks Saturday at an event commemorating the local press. “They need to be wiped out, as the people say,” Ignatyev…

  • In Wake of Putin’s ‘Coup,’ Russia’s Top Opposition Leader Refrains From Action

    In Wake of Putin’s ‘Coup,’ Russia’s Top Opposition Leader Refrains From Action

    There was deathly silence from Russia’s most prominent opposition politician for days after President Vladimir Putin sent shockwaves through the establishment last Wednesday by proposing a clutch of constitutional amendments that could allow him to stay in power beyond the end of his term in 2024.  Just hours later the silence became even more deafening…

  • Freak Warm Weather Threatens Birth of Baby Seals in Northern Russia – NGO

    Freak Warm Weather Threatens Birth of Baby Seals in Northern Russia – NGO

    Record high temperatures in northern Russia this winter have prevented sea ice from forming, threatening the birth of baby seals as the pupping period approaches, a local NGO has warned. Thousands of ringed and grey seals live in the waters of the Gulf of Finland and Lake Ladoga near the city of St. Petersburg, which…

  • New Russian PM Transferred His Wealth to Wife – Kommersant

    New Russian PM Transferred His Wealth to Wife – Kommersant

    Russia’s new Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin transferred his wealth to his wife before returning to public office from the private sector a decade ago, the Kommersant business daily reported Sunday following questions about the origins of her declared income. Amid President Vladimir Putin’s power shake-up last week that saw Mishustin’s surprise appointment, critics questioned how…

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