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  • Russian Ballet’s Use of Blackface Ignites Online Controversy

    Russian Ballet’s Use of Blackface Ignites Online Controversy

    Prominent African-American ballet dancer Misty Copeland’s criticism of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow for its use of blackface has prompted a heated online debate and a strong rebuke from the world of Russian ballet. Copeland, who in 2015 became the American Ballet Theater’s first black female principal ballerina, highlighted “the reality of the ballet world”…

  • Russia Plans ‘Sovereign Internet’ Tests to Combat External Threats

    Russia Plans ‘Sovereign Internet’ Tests to Combat External Threats

    Russia will carry out tests on Monday on the reliability of its domestic internet infrastructure in the event that the country is disconnected from the worldwide web, the communications ministry said. The threat testing will take place in stages on Dec. 23 and will not affect regular internet users, the ministry said on Thursday. Russia enacted a…

  • Putin Dodges Question on Daughters’ Identity

    Putin Dodges Question on Daughters’ Identity

    Russian President Vladimir Putin sidestepped a question about the identities of his two daughters at his annual end-of-year news conference on Thursday. Named sources have told Reuters — but later retracted their statements — that one of Putin‘s adult daughters is Katerina Tikhonova, who runs publicly funded projects and takes part in competitive rock’n’roll dancing. Media have identified Putin‘s…

  • Russian Poachers Are Going After Musk, the ‘Gold of Siberia’

    Russian Poachers Are Going After Musk, the ‘Gold of Siberia’

    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…

  • The Moscow FSB Shooting: What We Know So Far

    The Moscow FSB Shooting: What We Know So Far

    A gunman opened fire at Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) headquarters in central Moscow on Thursday evening, killing one officer and wounding five others, including one civilian. An unverified video depicted officers exchanging gunfire and appearing to kill the alleged shooter behind a column. Other videos showed the FSB building being sprayed with gunfire and…

  • Son of Russian Spies Wins Case to Remain a Canadian Citizen

    Son of Russian Spies Wins Case to Remain a Canadian Citizen

    The son of Russian spies who was born in Canada and was stripped of his citizenship after his parents were arrested for espionage in the United States is a Canadian national, the country’s top court ruled on Thursday. Canada’s Supreme Court unanimously upheld an earlier federal court ruling that said a 2014 administrative decision to strip…

  • The molten core catcher has been installed at Kursk-2 under construction

    The molten core catcher or the so-called ‘melt trap’ has been installed at its design position under the reactor vault of the 2nd power block of Kursk NPP that is being constructed following the VVER-TOI project. ‘A molten core catcher is a unique development of the Russian nuclear power experts and one of the key…

  • Gunman Opens Fire in Central Moscow, Killing at Least 1 Near FSB Building

    Gunman Opens Fire in Central Moscow, Killing at Least 1 Near FSB Building

    At least one person has been killed in a shooting in downtown Moscow on Thursday evening, state media have reported.  An unidentified gunman opened fire near the entrance of the Federal Security Services (FSB) building before being killed in a shootout, RIA cited an FSB spokesperson as saying. One FSB officer was killed at the…

  • ROSATOM’s first of a kind floating power unit connects to isolated electricity grid in Pevek, Russia’s Far East

    19th December, 2019, Pevek, Russia – The floating power unit (FPU) Akademik Lomonosov has been connected to the grid, generating electricity for the first time in the isolated Chaun-Bilibino network in Pevek, Chukotka, Russia’s Far East. This happened after the Russian regulator Rostekhnadzor issued an operations permit, as well as permission to connect to the…

  • Putin’s End-of-Year Press Conference, in Photos

    Putin’s End-of-Year Press Conference, in Photos

    Russian President Vladimir Putin held his 15th annual end-of-year press conference at the World Trade Center in Moscow on Thursday. Almost 1,900 journalists, including reporters from the UK, Turkey, Ukraine and Estonia, were accredited to attend the event, meaning almost 2,000 questions had been prepared in advance. Of course, there wasn’t enough time for the…

  • Putin’s End-of-Year Press Conference, in Quotes

    Putin’s End-of-Year Press Conference, in Quotes

    President Vladimir Putin held his annual end-of-year press conference on Thursday, answering questions from state media and independent journalists on an array of topics related to Russia’s domestic and foreign policy. Here are the highlights from the marathon presser that lasted four hours and 19 minutes: On constitutional term limits for the presidency: — “One…

  • World’s First Floating Nuclear Plant Goes Online in Russia – Rosatom

    World’s First Floating Nuclear Plant Goes Online in Russia – Rosatom

    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’s People of the Year 2019

    Russia’s People of the Year 2019

    Citizen of the Year – Danila Beglets By Kirill Martynov Danila Beglets is a political prisoner in the so-called Moscow protest cases.  However, unlike most politicians, Beglets is not fighting for power. He is not interested in elections and he is neither an activist nor famous. He is an ordinary person who was walking along…

  • Putin Open to Changing Constitution Amid Succession Question

    Putin Open to Changing Constitution Amid Succession Question

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he was open to the possibility of altering Russia‘s constitution, including proposals to increase parliament’s power and to limit the number of presidential terms anyone can serve. The issue of constitutional change in Russia is watched closely amid speculation about Putin’s own political ambitions. In power as either president or prime…

  • Putin Calls Trump’s Impeachment Allegations ‘Dreamt Up’

    Putin Calls Trump’s Impeachment Allegations ‘Dreamt Up’

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that U.S. Democrats had impeached President Donald Trump for “fabricated” reasons in order to reverse his 2016 election victory. Putin, speaking at his annual year-end news conference, said he expected Trump to survive the proceedings and stay in office. The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to…

  • Putin Says WADA’s 4-Year Doping Ban ‘Not Justified’

    Putin Says WADA’s 4-Year Doping Ban ‘Not Justified’

    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…

  • Jailed Russian Banker Warns Businesspeople of Same Fate in Newspaper Ad

    Jailed Russian Banker Warns Businesspeople of Same Fate in Newspaper Ad

    A Russian banker awaiting trial on organized crime charges has taken out a full-page newspaper ad to give a New Year’s Eve warning to businesspeople that they too could face a similar fate. Alexander Popov’s message in the Vedomosti business daily Wednesday comes as Russian authorities consider limiting the use of organized-crime laws in corporate…

  • U.S. Senate Panel Advances Russia Sanctions Bill ‘From Hell’

    U.S. Senate Panel Advances Russia Sanctions Bill ‘From Hell’

    The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved legislation on Wednesday that would impose sanctions on Russia, but there was no indication of when the full Senate might vote on the measure that one sponsor called the sanctions bill “from hell.” The vote was 17-5 to advance the bill in the Republican-controlled committee. All five “no”…

  • 5-Year-Old Russian Girl Named World’s Third-Highest Earner on YouTube

    5-Year-Old Russian Girl Named World’s Third-Highest Earner on YouTube

    A five-year-old girl born in Russia is the world’s third-richest YouTube blogger, Forbes reported Wednesday. Anastasia Radzinskaya earned an estimated $18 million between June 2018-June 2019, according to the business magazine. The native of the southern Russian city of Krasnodar who moved to Florida last year has a combined 107 million subscribers across six YouTube…

  • Muscovites Wonder Where Winter Has Gone as Temperatures Hit 133-Year High

    Muscovites Wonder Where Winter Has Gone as Temperatures Hit 133-Year High

    Residents of Moscow are wondering where winter has gone as the highest December temperatures for 133 years deprive the Russian capital of its customary covering of snow. “This is not our winter,” said pensioner Ludmila Biryukova. “It came from somewhere else.” At a time when snow often blankets the streets and icicles hang from buildings, the temperature…

  • ‘There’s Nothing to Cry About’: Moscow Mayor’s Year-End Report, in Quotes

    ‘There’s Nothing to Cry About’: Moscow Mayor’s Year-End Report, in Quotes

    Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin gave an annual report to municipal lawmakers Wednesday. Sobyanin faced several challenges this year, including mass protests against the exclusion of opposition candidates from the Moscow City Duma election and against plans to ship waste to outlying regions. Here’s a selection of quotes from Sobyanin’s two-hour report, which included answers to…

  • Divided U.S. House Impeaches Trump in Historic Vote Over Ukraine Pressure

    Divided U.S. House Impeaches Trump in Historic Vote Over Ukraine Pressure

    Donald Trump on Wednesday became the third U.S. president to be impeached as the House of Representatives formally charged him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in a historic step that will inflame partisan tensions across a deeply divided America. The Democratic-led House’s passage of two articles of impeachment on a mostly party-line…

  • First practical session of Secrets of Beauty and Creativity museum workshop held with support from Gazprom Transgaz Saratov

    First practical session of Secrets of Beauty and Creativity museum workshop held with support from Gazprom Transgaz Saratov

    News from projects and regions December 18, 2019, 19:00 Photos On December 17, the first practical session of the Secrets of Beauty and Creativity museum workshop for children with disabilities was held in Saratov. The training course consisting of 10 classes was developed by the Radishchev State Art Museum with support from Gazprom Transgaz Saratov. The workshop group includes 10 pupils aged 9 to…

  • Theater piece premiered by Gazprom Dobycha Noyabrsk employees

    Theater piece premiered by Gazprom Dobycha Noyabrsk employees

    Background Gazprom Dobycha Noyabrsk, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom, develops seven fields, including four gas fields, two gas and condensate fields, and one oil, gas and condensate field. The company’s facilities, among them three gas production sites and three gas production directorates, are located in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area, Kamchatka, and Yakutia. Gazprom Dobycha Noyabrsk takes part in the state-run Eastern…

  • Russian Army Gen. Gerasimov, in Quotes

    Russian Army Gen. Gerasimov, in Quotes

    Russia’s Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov hosted 150 military attaches from the diplomatic missions of 70 countries Tuesday. During his speech, Gerasimov discussed Russia’s military arms and strategies. Here are some of his key quotes: Putin’s weapons — Peresvet laser system “Since the beginning of December, the Peresvet laser…

  • Rosneft Implements Unique Project on Injecting APG in Underground Gas Storage

    Verkhnechonskneftegaz, an enterprise of the upstream complex of Rosneft Oil Company, has implemented an associated petroleum gas (APG) efficient utilisation project.

  • Rosneft Increases Resource Base of Verkhnechonskoye Field

    Rosneft has increased the resource base of the Verkhnechonskoye oil and gas condensate field (within the Verkhnechonskoye licence area) by 51.8 million tonnes of oil and condensates in the AB1B2 category and by 66.4 bcm of gas in the B1B2 category.

  • Rosneft Commences Construction of Oil Pipeline between Danilovsky Cluster and Verkhnechonskoye Field

    Verkhnechonskneftegaz, an enterprise of the upstream complex of Rosneft Oil Company, has launched the construction of a 93 km oil pipeline designed to connect the first field of the Danilovsky cluster, the North-Danilovskoye field, with the Verkhnechonskoye field.

  • Russian Embassy Worker Expelled From Germany Identified as GRU Officer – Report

    Russian Embassy Worker Expelled From Germany Identified as GRU Officer – Report

    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…

  • Notable Deaths in Russia in 2019

    Notable Deaths in Russia in 2019

    This year Russians mourned the lost of many fellow citizens who played great roles in the public life of the country. The arts were particularly hard hit this year, beginning on Jan. 1 with the death of singer and songwriter Kris Kelmi at the age of 63. Kelmi was a well-known pop singer and performer…

  • Amazon’s Twitch Says Russian Firm Drops Suit Over Illegal Content

    Amazon’s Twitch Says Russian Firm Drops Suit Over Illegal Content

    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…

  • PhosAgro Board of Directors Takes Key Parameters for 2020 Budget under Advisement

    PhosAgro Board of Directors Takes Key Parameters for 2020 Budget under Advisement

    Moscow – The Board of Directors of PhosAgro (Moscow Exchange, LSE: PHOR), one of the world’s leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers, has taken under advisement the Company’s main budget parameters for 2020.  PhosAgro CEO Andrey Guryev said: “Given the current pricing environment in global fertilizer markets, it was recommended that the Management Board consider…

  • Russia Busts UN’s Anti-HIV Opioid Shipment Bound for Tajikistan

    Russia Busts UN’s Anti-HIV Opioid Shipment Bound for Tajikistan

    Russian officials have seized nearly $96 million worth of opioids at a Moscow airport this month that were bound for Tajikistan as part of a United Nations HIV response program. The 1.2 metric tons of mislabeled methadone with a black-market value of 6 billion rubles ($95.8 million) arrived at Vnukovo Airport from Germany in early…

  • Best New Band: Shortparis

    Best New Band: Shortparis

    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…

  • ‘The Sea Turned Into Jelly’: Jellyfish Invade Crimea’s Black Sea Coast

    ‘The Sea Turned Into Jelly’: Jellyfish Invade Crimea’s Black Sea Coast

    The shores of Balaklava Bay in Russian-annexed Crimea became unexpectedly swarmed with aurelia jellyfish this month, photos posted online show. News of the jelly invasion quickly spread across the internet, with photos gaining thousands of likes on Instagram. Social media users said that the bay has turned into a “kissel coast,” comparing the waters to…

  • Severstal aouces ew ivestmet i aolamiated alloy techology

    Severstal aouces ew ivestmet i aolamiated alloy techology

    December 18, 2019 PAO Severstal, one of the world’s leading vertically integrated steel and mining companies, announced that its venture capital arm, Severstal Ventures, has made a minority investment in Modumetal, Inc., the leader in the innovation and commercialization of a novel class of nanolaminated alloys.  Severstal Ventures joins existing Modumetal stakeholders, including Vulcan Ventures,…

  • Illegally Traded Chemical Halted Russian Oil Pipeline, Tests Show

    Illegally Traded Chemical Halted Russian Oil Pipeline, Tests Show

    The substance that brought one of Russia’s longest oil pipelines to a halt in April was carbon tetrachloride, a lethal chemical meant to be tightly controlled by an international agreement, according to the results of three separate, undisclosed tests seen by Reuters. A summary of the results of a test carried out for Russia’s Ministry…

  • 5 Russian-Syrian Projects Announced This Week

    5 Russian-Syrian Projects Announced This Week

    Russia and Syria have unveiled a series of commercial and relief projects in Syria as Moscow looks to solidify its foothold in the war-torn country. Russia has backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in an eight-year civil war and has waged an air campaign in his support in 2015. Here are five projects Russian Deputy Prime…

  • Amazon’s Twitch Has Deleted Illegal Content and Won’t Face Ban, Russia Says

    Amazon’s Twitch Has Deleted Illegal Content and Won’t Face Ban, Russia 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…

  • Russia Bans Fired FSB Agents From Traveling Abroad

    Russia Bans Fired FSB Agents From Traveling Abroad

    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…

  • Moscow’s Trash Reform Equates Incineration With Recycling

    Moscow’s Trash Reform Equates Incineration With Recycling

    Moscow city authorities will consider trash incineration to be a form of recycling, according to the city’s trash reform plan for 2020-2029 published Monday. Moscow’s practice of exporting its waste to surrounding regions has riled Russian citizens over the past year, while nationwide trash reforms threaten to shut down garbage collectors in several regions. The…

  • Russia’s Gender Equality Rating Drops – WEF Report

    Russia’s Gender Equality Rating Drops – WEF Report

    Russia’s gender equality has become worse compared to that of other countries since last year, according to the Global Gender Gap Index ranking published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Monday. Published annually since 2006, the Global Gender Gap Index tracks the equality of men and women in 153 countries in four categories: economic…

  • Maria Butina, Convicted in U.S. of Being Russian Agent, Gets Job as RT Host

    Maria Butina, Convicted in U.S. of Being Russian Agent, Gets Job as RT Host

    A Russian woman jailed in the United States for working as a foreign agent and deported to Moscow has been hired by Russia’s state-funded RT television as a host for an online show that mocks the opposition, the station said on Tuesday. Maria Butina, 31, pleaded guilty in a U.S. court last December to one…

  • ‘Erratic’ Russian Spy Ship Spotted Off Southeast U.S.

    ‘Erratic’ Russian Spy Ship Spotted Off Southeast U.S.

    A Russian spy ship is conducting “unsafe” and “erratic” maneuvers off the coast of the southeastern United States, CNN reported Tuesday. The Viktor Leonov SSV-175, part of the Vishnya class of intelligence ships, has reportedly patrolled international waters off the eastern coast of the U.S. every year since 2014.  The Viktor Leonov’s return this year…

  • U.S. Businessman Buys Russian-Language RTVI Broadcaster

    U.S. Businessman Buys Russian-Language RTVI Broadcaster

    U.S. businessman Mikayel Israyelyan has bought a majority stake in New York-based Russian-language television network RTVI from its Russian owner and plans to expand it in the United States, the channel said on Tuesday. The sale marks the first time the network, one of the biggest Russian-language broadcasters outside of Russia, will be majority owned…

  • 2019: Russia’s Year in Photos

    2019: Russia’s Year in Photos

    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…

  • Smolensk-3 has obtained a license from Rostekhnadzor for extended lifespan

    The Federal Service for Ecological, Technological and Nuclear Supervision (Rostekhnadzor) has issued a licens for an extended (outside of the designed one) lifespan for the operation of the Smolensk NPP 3rd power block for another 15 years. That said, the power block will be in service for 45 years instead of the original 30 years.…

  • Russians’ Positive View Toward U.S. Doubles – Poll

    Russians’ Positive View Toward U.S. Doubles – Poll

    The share of Russians who view the United States positively has more than doubled in the past year and a half, according to an independent Levada Center polling agency survey published Tuesday. Only 20% of Russians polled by Levada in May 2018 said they viewed the U.S. favorably. That year, they named the U.S. as…

  • Syria Hands Oil Exploration Contracts to Russian Firms

    Syria Hands Oil Exploration Contracts to Russian Firms

    Syria’s parliament has approved contracts for oil exploration with two Russian companies in an effort to boost production hit by more than eight years of war and Western sanctions. State news agency SANA said the deals cover exploration and production in three blocs, including an oilfield in northeast Syria and a gas field north of…

  • Sanctions Reduced Inequality in Russia – Study

    Sanctions Reduced Inequality in Russia – Study

    Sanctions have helped reduce income inequality in Russia, a new study looking into the effects of both Western sanctions against Russia and Russia’s own counter-sanctions has said. The U.S. and EU imposed sanctions against Russia in 2014 in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and support for pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine. In response, Russia…

  • Putin Still Uses Obsolete Windows XP, Report Says

    Putin Still Uses Obsolete Windows XP, Report Says

    Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to still use Microsoft’s discontinued Windows XP operating system, the Open Media news website reported Monday after examining photographs of his desktop. Microsoft stopped releasing security updates for Windows XP and Office 2003, with occasional exceptions, in April 2014. Russian officials are technically banned from using foreign software as Moscow…

  • China And Russia Propose Lifting Some UN Sanctions on N. Korea

    China And Russia Propose Lifting Some UN Sanctions on N. Korea

    China and Russia on Monday proposed the U.N. Security Council lift a ban on North Korean exporting statues, seafood and textiles, according to a draft resolution seen by Reuters, in a move Russia said is aimed at encouraging talks between Washington and Pyongyang. The draft also called for a ban to be lifted on North…

  • Russia, Syria Hold First Joint Naval Drills

    Russia, Syria Hold First Joint Naval Drills

    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…

  • Putin Increases Fines for ‘Foreign Agents’

    Putin Increases Fines for ‘Foreign Agents’

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that increases fines for news media or their employees designated as “foreign agents” Monday. The new fines come two weeks after Putin signed another piece of legislation allowing authorities to label individual journalists and bloggers “foreign agents.” Starting Feb. 1, 2020, any individual who distributes information online…

  • Rosneft Starts Selling Euro 6 Gasoline at Gas Stations in Moscow and Moscow Region

    Rosneft Oil Company expands the sales of high-octane gasoline with enhanced environmental properties RON-95-K5 Euro 6 and Pulsar 95 Euro 6.

  • 3 Things Russia Censored on TV in the Past Week

    3 Things Russia Censored on TV in the Past Week

    A series of censorship scandals rocked Russia’s television landscape in the past week. Here’s a look at the three high-profile cases where words, episodes or entire shows were taken down from Russian television screens: “Servant of the People” The Gazprom-owned TNT entertainment channel pulled Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s political satire “Servant of the People” off…

  • International Ded Moroz Convention Comes to Moscow’s VDNKh

    International Ded Moroz Convention Comes to Moscow’s VDNKh

    The New Year is one of the most popular holidays in the world — and the biggest celebration of the year in Russia. The closer it comes, the more events there are. Ded Moroz, the Slavic version of Santa Claus, is a character synonymous with the Russian New Year. Last weekend, Ded Morozes from around…

  • Russia and Belarus discuss gas cooperation from 2020 onward

    Russia and Belarus discuss gas cooperation from 2020 onward

    Release December 16, 2019, 15:05 A working meeting of Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, with Vladimir Semashko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Russian Federation, and Viktor Karankevich, Belarusian Minister of Energy, took place today in St. Petersburg. The parties discussed relevant matters of cooperation in the gas sector from 2020 onward. The main focus was on the…

  • The 5 Biggest Russian Headlines of 2019

    The 5 Biggest Russian Headlines of 2019

    A lot has happened in 2019 — nowhere moreso than in Russia, where geopolitical drama, civil unrest, natural disasters and more played out across the country. As we approach 2020, here’s a look at the stories and events that shaped the narrative across Russia this year: Summer of discontent This summer saw a nearly unprecedented…

  • Did Russia Register Its First Transgender Marriage?

    Did Russia Register Its First Transgender Marriage?

    Authorities in Russia have registered one of the first transgender marriages in a country that positions itself as a bastion of traditional family values. Erika Askarova and Viktor Manuilin’s otherwise ordinary wedding made national headlines after the two posted photographs from the registry office in the city of Kazan on Dec. 12. Askarova, 30, and…

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