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  • Mikhail Who? Weary Russians Welcome Change of Prime Minister

    Mikhail Who? Weary Russians Welcome Change of Prime Minister

    Few people on the streets of Moscow on Thursday had heard of Mikhail Mishustin, the former Federal Tax Service chief plucked from relative obscurity by President Vladimir Putin this week to serve as new prime minister. But many welcomed the abrupt exit of his long-time predecessor and said sweeping changes at the top had been…

  • 350K Syrians Have Fled Russian-Led Assault in Idlib, UN Says

    350K Syrians Have Fled Russian-Led Assault in Idlib, UN Says

    Around 350,000 Syrians, mostly women and children, have fled a renewed Russian-backed offensive in the opposition-held Idlib province since early December, and have sought shelter in border areas near Turkey, the United Nations said on Thursday. Conditions for people were deteriorating because of the increased hostilities, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs…

  • Severstal reports Q4 & FY2019 operatioal results

    Severstal reports Q4 & FY2019 operatioal results

    January 17, 2020 PAO Severstal (MICEX-RTS: CHMF; LSE: SVST), one of the world’s leading vertically integrated steel and steel-related mining companies, today announces its operational results for Q4 and FY2019. Q4 2019 GROUP HIGHLIGHTS Hot metal output declined 4% q/q in Q4 2019 to 2.36 mln tonnes (Q3 2019: 2.46 mln tonnes) due to short-term…

  • Moscow Sees 8 Hours of Sunlight in December

    Moscow Sees 8 Hours of Sunlight in December

    The Russian capital experienced a total of eight hours of sunlight in December, the head of Russia’s meteorological center said Thursday. While less than 4% of the city’s possible sunlight hours without cloud coverage, the eight hours still surpassed the six minutes of clear skies that Moscow saw in December 2017.  “Muscovites saw only eight…

  • Immersive Pushkin-Themed Park to Open in St. Petersburg in 2023

    Immersive Pushkin-Themed Park to Open in St. Petersburg in 2023

    St. Petersburg is set to open a sprawling, immersive theme park that will bring iconic Russian writer Alexander Pushkin’s fairy tales and poems to life in 2023. Considered the founder of modern Russian literature, Pushkin wrote some of Russia’s most famous fairy tales and epic poems and remained popular through Soviet times and into the…

  • Rosneft Begins Production of New Generation of Innovative Catalyst

    Specialists of Rosneft United Research and Development Centre have developed the Ht-100RN diesel fractions hydrotreating catalyst, which provides the production of Euro-5 diesel fuel and has operational properties that are significantly superior to foreign counterparts.

  • Putin’s New PM Hiding Elite Moscow Property – Proekt

    Putin’s New PM Hiding Elite Moscow Property – Proekt

    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s new prime minister appears to own elite real estate in a prestigious suburb outside Moscow, the Proekt investigative news website reported Thursday. Russia’s parliament voted to approve Mikhail Mishustin, head of the country’s tax service, into office Thursday. Putin’s surprise choice is part of the president’s shake-up of the political system,…

  • Rosatomflot summed up 2019 operations results

    FSUE Atomflot (an enterprise of ROSATOM) summed up results of its operations in 2019. Over this time, nuclear icebreakers steered 510 vessels of a total gross tonnage of 30.28 million tons (for comparison, in 2018, 331 vessels of a total gross tonnage of 12.7 million tons were steered). “Large increase in total gross tonnage of…

  • Putin Confirms Mishustin as New Prime Minister

    Putin Confirms Mishustin as New Prime Minister

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday signed a decree appointing Mikhail Mishustin as prime minister, shortly after the former head of the tax service won the backing of parliament. Mishustin received 383 votes of 424 cast by Russia’s lower house of parliament, with no votes against and 41 abstentions — a victory that had been…

  • ‘Not Everything Works Out’: Medvedev’s Career, in Photos

    ‘Not Everything Works Out’: Medvedev’s Career, in Photos

    Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced his and his cabinet’s resignation on Wednesday just hours after President Vladimir Putin delivered his state of the nation speech. The resignation of longtime Putin ally Medvedev, 54, came as an unexpected move to many. It is widely seen as a move that will give Putin room to reshape…

  • Russian Economic Officials Cancel Keynote Speeches Amid Reshuffle

    Russian Economic Officials Cancel Keynote Speeches Amid Reshuffle

    Russia‘s top economic officials have canceled keynote speeches they were due to make at the country’s first economic forum of 2020, an updated schedule showed on Thursday, a day after the government quit amid plans for a constitutional shakeup. President Vladimir Putin proposed changes on Wednesday that would give him scope to extend his grip…

  • What Changes Is Putin Planning for Russia’s Constitution?

    What Changes Is Putin Planning for Russia’s Constitution?

    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…

  • Bailiff Killed, Witness Injured in Siberian Courthouse Shooting

    Bailiff Killed, Witness Injured in Siberian Courthouse Shooting

    An unnamed shooter has opened fire inside a courthouse in the Siberian mining city of Novokuznetsk, killing a bailiff and injuring a witness, authorities said Thursday. The 45-year-old shooter armed with a rifle critically wounded a 45-year-old bailiff and a 43-year-old female witness inside a Novokuznetsk magistrates’ court, regional investigators said in a statement. The…

  • Russia’s Ruling Party Approves Mishustin as PM

    Russia’s Ruling Party Approves Mishustin as PM

    Russia‘s ruling party on Thursday unanimously backed President Vladimir Putin’s surprise choice for prime minister, Mikhail Mishustin, a man with almost no political profile. Mishustin’s elevation is part of a sweeping shake-up of the political system announced by Putin on Wednesday, which led to the resignation of Dmitry Medvedev as prime minister along with his…

  • Chechnya’s Kadyrov ‘Temporarily Incapacitated’

    Chechnya’s Kadyrov ‘Temporarily Incapacitated’

    Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has ceded power as head of the southern Russian region due to a “temporary disability,” according to a decree on the regional government’s website dated Monday. Kadyrov, 43, announced a similar brief transfer of power in February 2019, later explaining that he was recovering from a common cold.  “I entrust the…

  • Will Putin Stay Or Will He Go? Bombshell Address and Shock Medvedev Resignation Offer Big Hint

    Will Putin Stay Or Will He Go? Bombshell Address and Shock Medvedev Resignation Offer Big Hint

    For over an hour, President Vladimir Putin’s annual state-of-the-nation speech on Wednesday sounded just like those that had come before it.  As in previous years, Putin proposed measures for encouraging Russians to have more children, tackling poverty levels and stimulating economic growth.  And, not for the first time, Prime Minister Dmitry Medevev had trouble staying…

  • ‘Technocratic Placeholder’? Putin Picks Little-Known Tax Chief as Russian PM

    ‘Technocratic Placeholder’? Putin Picks Little-Known Tax Chief as Russian PM

    Mikhail Mishustin, President Vladimir Putin’s surprise choice to become Russia‘s prime minister, is a tax chief with almost no political profile who analysts say could be a “technocratic placeholder.” The Kremlin-dominated lower house of parliament, which rarely opposes Putin on important issues, is due to decide whether to approve Mishustin on Thursday. Mishustin, 53, has been…

  • Putin Puts Forward Little-Known Tax Chief as New Russian PM

    Putin Puts Forward Little-Known Tax Chief as New Russian PM

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday formally put forward Mikhail Mishustin, the little-known head of Russia‘s Federal Tax Service, to be Russia‘s new prime minister, the Kremlin said. Putin submitted his candidacy to the Russian parliament for approval after Mishustin agreed to be put forward for the role, the Kremlin said. Russia‘s government resigned unexpectedly earlier on Wednesday…

  • Putin Shake-Up Could Keep Him in Power Past 2024 as PM, Cabinet Step Aside

    Putin Shake-Up Could Keep Him in Power Past 2024 as PM, Cabinet Step Aside

    Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed constitutional changes on Wednesday that would give him scope to extend his grip on power after leaving the presidency, and picked a new prime minister after Dmitry Medvedev and his cabinet stepped down. Most importantly, Putin suggested diminishing the powers of the presidency and beefing up those of the prime…

  • Russia Seizes Japanese Fishing Boat Near Disputed Islands

    Russia Seizes Japanese Fishing Boat Near Disputed Islands

    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…

  • 6 Highlights From Putin’s State of the Nation Address

    6 Highlights From Putin’s State of the Nation Address

    President Vladimir Putin turned an eye toward Russia’s domestic affairs in his annual state-of-the-nation speech Wednesday, outlining proposals for fixing the country’s political, economic and social problems. Addressing both houses of parliament, the Federal Assembly, at the Manezh Central Exhibition Hall, Putin discussed Russia’s demographic crisis, the poverty level and Russia’s defense. In addition to…

  • Putin Proposes Power Shift to Parliament and PM, in Possible Hint at Own Future

    Putin Proposes Power Shift to Parliament and PM, in Possible Hint at Own Future

    President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday proposed a nationwide vote on sweeping constitutional changes that would shift power from the presidency to parliament and the prime minister, a move that could allow him to extend his rule after leaving the Kremlin. In power as either president or prime minister since 1999, Putin, 67, is due to…

  • U.S. ‘Climate Weapon’ Caused Russia’s Warm Winter, Lawmaker Says

    U.S. ‘Climate Weapon’ Caused Russia’s Warm Winter, Lawmaker Says

    The United States may be using a “climate weapon” to cause an unseasonably warm winter in Russia, a lawmaker has claimed in an interview with the Govorit Moskva radio station Tuesday. Weather experts say the anomaly in Moscow and parts of Russia this winter was caused by an atmospheric front from the Atlantic Ocean. “I’m…

  • Russian Auto Market Stalls

    Russian Auto Market Stalls

    The Russian car market is braced for a turbulent year ahead, as a leading business association warns sales are likely to drop and more manufacturers could give up on Russia altogether. Sales of new cars dropped by 2.3% in 2019 to around 1.76 million units, and will fall by a further 2.1% in 2020, the…

  • Russia Rules Out Prisoner Swap With Israel Ahead of Putin’s Visit

    Russia Rules Out Prisoner Swap With Israel Ahead of Putin’s Visit

    Russia does not plan to exchange a U.S.-Israeli backpacker jailed on drug charges ahead of President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Israel this month, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. Naama Issachar, 27, was sentenced to seven and a half years for drug smuggling after airport authorities found less than 10 grams of hashish in her…

  • Russia Urges Gulf Nations to Consider a Joint Security Mechanism

    Russia Urges Gulf Nations to Consider a Joint Security Mechanism

    Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday Moscow has been urging Gulf countries to consider a common security mechanism for the region and it was time the world got rid of unilateral measures such as sanctions. “We have been suggesting to the Gulf countries to think about collective security mechanisms … starting with confidence-building…

  • How Putin Was Thrown Off Course by a Furious Libyan General

    How Putin Was Thrown Off Course by a Furious Libyan General

    Khalifa Haftar was expecting the Kremlin red carpet. Instead he was cooped up in a Russian Foreign Ministry reception building hoping for an audience with Vladimir Putin. In the end, the Libyan military commander lost patience and stormed out. Hours later, he left Moscow in his Dassault Falcon corporate jet bound for the Jordanian capital, Amman. When the…

  • No Fat Cats in the Plane Cabin, Russia Says

    No Fat Cats in the Plane Cabin, Russia Says

    Russia will not set uniform size and weight rules for flying pets after an overweight cat snuck into a plane’s cabin captured the nation’s heart, the Transportation Ministry has said in a letter cited by the pro-Kremlin Izvestia newspaper Tuesday. Russia’s union of passengers asked the ministry to set the rules after national flag carrier…

  • Russia Readies Sweeping Amnesty Bill for 75th WWII Anniversary

    Russia Readies Sweeping Amnesty Bill for 75th WWII Anniversary

    Russia’s lower house of parliament has prepared a wide-reaching amnesty bill intended to mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. The end of the Great Patriotic War, as World War II is known in Russia, is still celebrated as the country’s most important public holiday every May…

  • Brain Freeze: Russian Firm Offers Path to Immortality for a Fee

    Brain Freeze: Russian Firm Offers Path to Immortality for a Fee

    When Alexei Voronenkov’s 70-year-old mother passed away, he paid to have her brain frozen and stored in the hope breakthroughs in science will one day be able to bring her back to life. It is one of 71 brains and human cadavers — which Russian company KrioRus calls its “patients” — floating in liquid nitrogen…

  • Russia Investigates World Cup Nigerian Prostitution Ring – TASS

    Russia Investigates World Cup Nigerian Prostitution Ring – TASS

    Authorities in Russia are investigating a Nigerian criminal network that allegedly forced women into prostitution after they arrived visa-free during Russia’s football World Cup in 2018, the state-run TASS news agency reported Monday. Two Nigerians were arrested in October 2018 and charged with human trafficking after selling one victim to a police officer posing as…

  • Khodorkovsky Was Denied Right to Fair Russian Trial, Court Says

    Khodorkovsky Was Denied Right to Fair Russian Trial, Court Says

    Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the Russian businessman who spent nearly a decade in prison in Russia on what he said were politically motivated charges by the Kremlin, won a second victory at Europe’s top human rights court. The Russian trial judge’s refusal to “allow the defense to examine prosecution and defense witnesses and to submit important expert…

  • Belarussian Writer Alexievich Starts All-Women Publishing House

    Belarussian Writer Alexievich Starts All-Women Publishing House

    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…

  • Siberian Shaman Seeks Global Allies in Latest Quest to ‘Expel’ Putin

    Siberian Shaman Seeks Global Allies in Latest Quest to ‘Expel’ Putin

    A Siberian shaman has called on supporters from around the world to join his third attempt to cast President Vladimir Putin out of power this spring. Alexander Gabyshev was detained twice last year while hiking toward Moscow to expel Putin from the Kremlin. Activists say authorities suspect Gabyshev of inciting extremism, a criminal charge that…

  • Moscow’s Record Wave of Bomb Hoaxes Continues Into 2020

    Moscow’s Record Wave of Bomb Hoaxes Continues Into 2020

    More than 50,000 Muscovites have been evacuated in 2020 so far in the latest wave of bomb threats after more than 1 million evacuations last year, Interfax reported Tuesday. The New Year’s holidays provided a brief respite from the bomb hoaxes which have intermittently plagued Russia since late 2017. A record 1.1 million have been…

  • Russian Hackers Targeted Ukrainian Company at Center of Trump’s Impeachment Storm

    Russian Hackers Targeted Ukrainian Company at Center of Trump’s Impeachment Storm

    Russian military hackers tried to steal emails from the Ukrainian energy firm where Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic U.S. presidential contender Joe Biden, had a seat on the board, an American cybersecurity firm said on Monday. Energy company Burisma Holdings was at the center of attempts by President Donald Trump last July to pressure…

  • Criminal Case Opened Against Cops Who Arrested Russian Journalist Golunov

    Criminal Case Opened Against Cops Who Arrested Russian Journalist Golunov

    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…

  • Libya Peace Talks in Moscow Fall Short of Ceasefire

    Libya Peace Talks in Moscow Fall Short of Ceasefire

    Libya’s warring leaders made some progress at indirect peace talks in Moscow on Monday but failed to agree on an unconditional and open-ended ceasefire. In talks that lasted about eight hours, mediators Russia and Turkey urged the rivals to sign a binding truce to end a nine-month-old war and pave the way for a settlement that would…

  • Russia Advises Aeroflot to Avoid Tehran at Night After Ukraine Airliner Crash

    Russia Advises Aeroflot to Avoid Tehran at Night After Ukraine Airliner Crash

    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…

  • Rosneft Starts Bunkering Vessels with Green Fuel in Russian River Ports

    RN-Bunker, operator of the bunkering business of Rosneft Oil Company, has started bunkering vessels with environmentally-friendly TMS-A fuel (low-viscosity bunkering fuel) produced at the Novokuibyshevsk Refinery.

  • Russian Journalists in Africa Were Killed in ‘Robbery,’ Investigators Say

    Russian Journalists in Africa Were Killed in ‘Robbery,’ Investigators Say

    Three Russian journalists investigating a secretive Kremlin-linked military group in the Central African Republic (CAR) were killed in a robbery attempt, a senior Russian investigator said in an interview with the Kommersant business daily Monday. Kirill Radchenko, Alexander Rastorguyev and Orkhan Dzhemal were shot and killed on July 30, 2018, while investigating the activities of…

  • Finnish Court Rejects Russian Businessman Rotenberg’s Suit Against Nordic Banks

    Finnish Court Rejects Russian Businessman Rotenberg’s Suit Against Nordic Banks

    Boris Rotenberg, a Russian businessman under U.S. sanctions over the Ukraine conflict due to his close ties with President Vladimir Putin, on Monday lost a discrimination lawsuit he filed in a Finnish court against four Nordic banks. “Helsinki District Court has rejected Boris Rotenberg’s complaint over the right to banking services and damages for discrimination,” the…

  • Activist Arrested Over Putin Spokesman ‘Execution’ Video

    Activist Arrested Over Putin Spokesman ‘Execution’ Video

    An opposition activist in Russia’s republic of Tatarstan has been placed under arrest for a YouTube video showing a mock trial and “execution” of senior Russian figures, the Mediazona news website reported. Karim Yamadayev’s controversial video depicts him playing a judge and sentencing two stand-ins, who wear signs reading the names of Kremlin spokesman Dmitry…

  • Gazprom Dobycha Nadym takes stock of its New Year’s charity events

    Gazprom Dobycha Nadym takes stock of its New Year’s charity events

    News from projects and regions January 13, 2020, 14:30 Photos On January 10, Nadym (Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area) once again hosted a charity concert entitled Christmas Evenings. The concert concluded the series of the charity actions held by Gazprom Dobycha Nadym on New Year’s Eve. The first of those actions was named “A Gift for a Child” and was launched in late December. Gazprom Dobycha…

  • Soviet Film Director Konstantin Bromberg Dies at 80

    Soviet Film Director Konstantin Bromberg Dies at 80

    Soviet and Russian filmmaker Konstantin Bromberg — director of the children’s cult movies “The Adventures of the Robot Electronic” and “Wizards” — died in the United States at the age of 80 on Jan. 10. This was announced by Mikhail Idov, Russian director and screenwriter, on his Facebook page. Bromberg spent his last years in…

  • Russia and France Want to Safeguard Iran Nuclear Deal, Macron Says

    Russia and France Want to Safeguard Iran Nuclear Deal, Macron Says

    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…

  • Breakaway Georgian Region’s Leader Resigns Amid Election Protests

    Breakaway Georgian Region’s Leader Resigns Amid Election Protests

    The leader of Georgia’s breakaway province of Abkhazia has resigned following days of protests contesting his victory in an election held last fall. After protesters stormed the government headquarters Thursday, Abkhazia’s lawmakers voted for President Raul Khadzhimba’s ouster and its supreme court reversed its earlier decision that upheld his re-election in September. Khadzhimba had led…

  • Russia in Talks to Open Top University Branch in Syria

    Russia in Talks to Open Top University Branch in Syria

    Moscow State University is in discussions with Syria to open a branch in Damascus, the state-run TASS news agency reported Sunday, citing the university’s rector. Viktor Sadovnichy’s remarks confirm reports last week that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has allocated land in the Syrian capital to build a Russian university. As Syrian government forces reclaimed the…

  • Russian-Led Air Strikes Suspended in Idlib After Ceasefire

    Russian-Led Air Strikes Suspended in Idlib After Ceasefire

    Russia and its allies halted air strikes in Syria’s Idlib region on Sunday as a ceasefire agreed with Turkey came into force, residents, rebels and respondents said, although few were optimistic the truce would hold. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled Idlib province in recent weeks as Russian jets and Syrian artillery pounded towns and villages…

  • Russians Fighting in Libya Do Not Represent the State, Putin Says

    Russians Fighting in Libya Do Not Represent the State, Putin Says

    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…

  • Court in Breakaway Georgian Region Annuls Contested Presidential Vote

    Court in Breakaway Georgian Region Annuls Contested Presidential Vote

    The Supreme Court of breakaway Georgian region Abkhazia on Friday overturned a presidential election that had returned the incumbent but triggered rowdy protests. The isolated region, which broke away from Georgia after the Soviet Union collapsed, saw protesters on Thursday break into government headquarters to demand the exit of local president Raul Khajimba, who was…

  • Iran Says Military Shot Down Ukraine Plane in Error, After Denial Drew Scrutiny Abroad

    Iran Says Military Shot Down Ukraine Plane in Error, After Denial Drew Scrutiny Abroad

    Iran said on Saturday its military had shot down a Ukrainian plane killing all 176 aboard in a “disastrous mistake”, saying air defenses were fired in error while on alert after Iranian missile strikes on U.S. targets in Iraq. Iran had denied for days after Wednesday’s crash that it had brought down the airliner, although…

  • Crimea Plans First Direct International Flights, Lawmaker Says

    Crimea Plans First Direct International Flights, Lawmaker Says

    Annexed Crimea plans to open first direct international flights to Armenia this spring, a senior lawmaker in the region’s Moscow-backed parliament told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency Friday. The Simferopol-Yerevan route will launch in March, marking the first international flight to the Crimean peninsula since Moscow seized it from Ukraine in 2014, said the…

  • Russia ‘Escalating’ Jehovah’s Witnesses Crackdown – HRW

    Russia ‘Escalating’ Jehovah’s Witnesses Crackdown – HRW

    Russian authorities have ramped up the persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the country in the past 12 months, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday. The religious group estimates that 313 people have been charged or convicted since Russia’s Supreme Court banned the Jehovah’s Witnesses as an “extremist” organization in 2017.  Eighteen worshippers were convicted in…

  • Russia’s Leading Human Rights Group Fined 21 Times for ‘Foreign Agent’ Violations

    Russia’s Leading Human Rights Group Fined 21 Times for ‘Foreign Agent’ Violations

    Since the late 1980s, Memorial has engaged in investigations of Soviet political repression. That work is becoming increasingly complicated. The organization has been repeatedly fined by Russian authorities for violations of the country’s so-called foreign agent law. The latest fine was issued on Dec. 9 as Memorial lost a case in Moscow’s Tverskoy District Court.…

  • Rostov-1 received a life extension license from Rostechnadzor

    January 1, 2020, the Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service (Rostechnadzor) issued a new license for the right to operate Unit 1 of Rostov NPP. The license was received as planned due to expiry of the preceding license and will be valid until the end of 2031. As of January 9, 2020, Unit 1…

  • Slow Climate Action May See Warming Do Russia More Harm Than Good

    Slow Climate Action May See Warming Do Russia More Harm Than Good

    Russia‘s first plan to adapt to climate change is a tardy but much-needed acknowledgement of the risks and opportunities presented by global warming, although it lacks concrete action to address the increasingly evident threats, analysts said. The document, published this month on a government website, said climate change would have a significant and growing influence…

  • Germany Jails Russian for Exporting Embargoed Military Tech

    Germany Jails Russian for Exporting Embargoed Military Tech

    A Russian national has been sentenced to seven years in German prison for selling sensitive military technology and chemicals to Russia, the Deutsche Welle broadcaster reported Thursday. Authorities detained the man, identified as Vladimir D., in December 2018 and his trial began in November 2019. German prosecutors accused the defendant, who reportedly lived in Germany…

  • Russia Reacts to Claims of Iranian Missile Downing Ukrainian Plane

    Russia Reacts to Claims of Iranian Missile Downing Ukrainian Plane

    An Iranian missile likely accidentally brought down a Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed near Tehran, killing all 176 aboard, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday. The Ukraine International Airlines flight to Kiev from Tehran crashed Wednesday, hours after Iran fired ballistic missiles at two U.S. military bases in Iraq. The U.S. government believes Iran…

  • Iraq in Talks to Buy Russian Missile Systems – Lawmaker

    Iraq in Talks to Buy Russian Missile Systems – Lawmaker

    Iraq has resumed talks with Russia to buy its S-300 surface-to-air missile systems, a senior Iraqi lawmaker told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency following the U.S. killing of a top Iranian commander and Iran’s retaliatory missile strikes there.  Meanwhile, firebrand lawmaker Vladimir Zhirinovsky urged Iran to buy Russia’s advanced S-400 missile systems in the…

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