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  • 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…

  • Engineering Division of ROSATOM and JNPC signed the acceptance statement confirming the transfer of the nuclear island of Tianwan-3

    On January 20, Director General of ROSATOM Alexey Likhachev paid a working visit to the operating Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant (Jiangsu Province, China). Tianwan NPP is a result of Russia China joint efforts. Today, all four power units with Russian-designed VVER-1000 operate efficiently at the station.  Alexey Likhachev met with the head of the Atomic…

  • Russian Prosecutor General Chaika to Leave Post

    Russian Prosecutor General Chaika to Leave Post

    Russia‘s Prosecutor General Yury Chaika is leaving his post, Interfax reported Monday, citing the Kremlin.  President Vladimir Putin proposed that the Federation Council appoint Igor Krasnov, deputy head of the Investigative Committee, as the new prosecutor general, the Vedomosti business daily reported.  According to officials, Chaika, 68, will leave the post he has occupied since 2006…

  • Russians Take a Frozen Dip to Celebrate Epiphany

    Russians Take a Frozen Dip to Celebrate Epiphany

    Every year on Jan. 19, Russians across the country briefly submerge themselves in ice-cold lakes and rivers to celebrate the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, or the feast of the Epiphany. The Orthodox Christian tradition has become popular among non-believers too, as it’s commonly believed that a quick ice bath can be good…

  • Russian Oil Deals in Syria Linked to ‘Putin’s Chef’ – Novaya Gazeta

    Russian Oil Deals in Syria Linked to ‘Putin’s Chef’ – Novaya Gazeta

    Two little-known Russian companies that signed oil and gas deals with Syria last year have links to a secretive businessman believed to be running a private military contractor, the investigative Novaya Gazeta newspaper reported Sunday. Syria’s parliament in December approved contracts for oil exploration with two Russian companies, Mercury and Velada. Syria’s oil minister had…

  • No Normalization in Relations Yet, UK PM Johnson Tells Russia’s Putin

    No Normalization in Relations Yet, UK PM Johnson Tells Russia’s Putin

    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…

  • Helsinki Eyes New 6-Hour Bullet Train to Moscow

    Helsinki Eyes New 6-Hour Bullet Train to Moscow

    Finland has expressed interest in a new high-speed train that would connect its capital Helsinki to Moscow in just six hours and boost tourist traffic between the cities, the RBC news website reported Monday. The project would be an extension to a new high-speed railway between Moscow and St. Petersburg that is expected to be…

  • 5 Killed in Russian Hotel After Boiling Water Floods Basement

    5 Killed in Russian Hotel After Boiling Water Floods Basement

    Five people, including one child, were killed in the Russian city of Perm on Monday when a hot water pipe exploded in the night and flooded a basement hotel room with boiling water. At least three other people were taken to hospital with burns after the incident in the Mini Hotel Caramel, which is located in…

  • Putin Rejects ‘President For Life’ Model

    Putin Rejects ‘President For Life’ Model

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday he did not want Russia to return to the late Soviet-era practice of having lifelong rulers who died in office without a proper succession strategy. His comments, made to World War Two veterans in St. Petersburg, came days after he unveiled a sweeping shake-up of the political system which…

  • ‘We Are Building Capitalism!’

    ‘We Are Building Capitalism!’

    “Do you want to go to Russia?” When Robert Stephenson, a senior civil servant in the U.K. was asked this question in February 1992, he had no idea how it would change his life. But he immediately said, “Yes” and only after a moment asked the more important question: “Why?” The “why” turned out to…

  • Ukraine President Gives Prime Minister Second Chance After Tape Leak

    Ukraine President Gives Prime Minister Second Chance After Tape Leak

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Friday allowed Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk to keep his job after the leak of an embarrassing audio recording prompted Honcharuk to submit his resignation. In a carefully choreographed video of the two men sitting at a desk that was released on Friday evening, in which Honcharuk was mostly silent, Zelenskiy…

  • Russia’s Largest Airport Opens New $500M International Terminal

    Russia’s Largest Airport Opens New $500M International Terminal

    Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport opened the first phase of its newest international terminal Friday.  Sheremetyevo is the eighth-busiest airport in Europe, with more than 49.9 million travelers using its terminals last year.  Terminal C, the airport’s fifth terminal, covers 127,000 square meters and has an annual capacity of 20 million passengers. With the opening of Terminal…

  • From the Archive: A Real Russian Winter From the 90s

    From the Archive: A Real Russian Winter From the 90s

    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…

  • Gazprom supports launch of Pristine Russia Festival

    Gazprom supports launch of Pristine Russia Festival

    Background The Vernadsky Nongovernmental Ecological Foundation was established in 1995 at the initiative of Gazprom. For more than 20 years, the Foundation has been pursuing its main goal of achieving sustainable environmentally-oriented social and economic development of society based on the scientific heritage of the academician Vladimir Vernadsky. The Foundation comprises over 30 member organizations headed by its founding company, Gazprom. The Foundation serves as a consulting…

  • Ukrainian PM Offers to Quit After Tape Suggests He Criticized President

    Ukrainian PM Offers to Quit After Tape Suggests He Criticized President

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk submitted his resignation on Friday after an audio recording suggested he had criticized the president, but then appeared to suggest that he might stay in his job. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy would consider the resignation letter later on Friday, the president’s office said. Speculation over Honcharuk’s position has grown this week…

  • Russia’s Northern Fleet to Get New Anti-Submarine Aircraft

    Russia’s Northern Fleet to Get New Anti-Submarine Aircraft

    Russia’s Northern Fleet is set to acquire new anti-submarine aircraft that will be modeled on a late-Soviet passenger plane. A modified version of the Tupolev-204/214 passenger plane will be the equivalent of U.S. built Boeing P-8 Poseidon that Norway, among other countries, will deploy for surveillance flights over the Barents and Norwegian Seas. The revamped…

  • Top Russian University Moves to Ban Political Speech

    Top Russian University Moves to Ban Political Speech

    One of Russia’s elite universities is considering banning its students and faculty from exercising political speech in the wake of high-profile scandals involving free speech last year, according to its newly proposed rules. Moscow’s Higher School of Economics (HSE) became embroiled in several controversies in 2019, including the cancellation of its student talk show after…

  • Russia’s Nuclear-Powered Icebreaker Escorts Up 54% in 2019

    Russia’s Nuclear-Powered Icebreaker Escorts Up 54% in 2019

    The number of ships escorted by Russian icebreakers along the Northern Sea Route increased by 54% between 2018 and 2019. The increase in ship escorting is caused by an increase in LNG production on the Yamal Peninsula, Rosatomflot, the company managing Russia’s fleet of nuclear-powered icebreakers, said. The 510 vessels that were escorted through the…

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