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  • The first in Russia WNU School on Radiation Technologies finished at Obninsk

    The Vth International School on Radiation Technologies of the World Nuclear University was held at the Rosatom Technical Academy on 14-25 of October. The school is one of the key projects of the World Nuclear University and is held every two years in different countries. Rosatom Technical Academy accumulated experience of cooperation with the IAEA…

  • ROSATOM took part in the Russia-Africa Summit

    ROSATOM took part in the Russia-Africa Summit, which ended on October 24 in Sochi. ROSATOM’s Director General Alexey Likhachev took part in a series of bilateral meetings of the President of the Russian Federation V.V. Putin with the leaders of Egypt, Namibia, Ethiopia, South Africa and Algeria. In addition, during the Summit, ROSATOM signed a…

  • Russian Soldier Shoots 8 Dead After Nervous Breakdown

    Russian Soldier Shoots 8 Dead After Nervous Breakdown

    A Russian conscript serving in the Far East of the country shot dead eight other soldiers and badly injured two others on Friday after having a nervous breakdown, the Defense Ministry said, Interfax reported. The conscript has been detained, the ministry said, and the two injured troops are being treated in a military hospital. Their lives…

  • Mass Raids Target St. Petersburg Bus, Taxi Drivers During Rush Hour

    Mass Raids Target St. Petersburg Bus, Taxi Drivers During Rush Hour

    Traffic almost ground to a halt in Russia’s second-largest city of St. Petersburg following a series of police raids on bus and taxi drivers this week. Social media channels said that afternoon inspections created massive bottlenecks Thursday on a road leading to Pulkovo Airport. Passengers got out of their taxis and continued their journey on…

  • Russia’s Central Bank Cuts Interest Rates on Economic Fears

    Russia’s Central Bank Cuts Interest Rates on Economic Fears

    The Bank of Russia has cut interest rates to 6.5% on the back of low inflation, weak domestic growth and fears of a global slowdown. The central bank said further rate cuts could be on the horizon if inflation, which it expects to come in between 3.2-3.7% this year, does not pick-up. Announcing the cut…

  • Russia Considers Blocking Some Internet Traffic to Fight Bomb Hoaxes – RBC

    Russia Considers Blocking Some Internet Traffic to Fight Bomb Hoaxes – RBC

    Russian network operators could be forced to block internet traffic from countries they believe hoax bomb threats come from, the RBC news website reported Friday. A wave of hoax threats swept Russia in 2017, and during the football World Cup last year, causing disruptions for businesses and public buildings. The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB)…

  • Russian Restaurant Group Joins Meatless Monday Movement

    Russian Restaurant Group Joins Meatless Monday Movement

    Can Russia’s meat-loving population embrace Meatless Mondays? The country’s biggest restaurant group is counting on it. In mid-October, Rosinter restaurants in six major cities launched their Meatless Mondays initiative, which encourages diners to opt for a meatless meal by taking 20-25 % off the price of any non-meat home delivery order from their most popular…

  • Russia Sends Chechen Military Police Reinforcements to Syria

    Russia Sends Chechen Military Police Reinforcements to Syria

    Around 300 more Russian military police have arrived in Syria, the defense ministry said on Friday, under an accord between Ankara and Moscow which halted Turkey’s military incursion into northeast Syria. The deal, reached on Tuesday by Presidents Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin, requires that Russian military police and Syrian border guards remove all Kurdish YPG militia…

  • Moscow Dismisses Russian Reports Group Hijacked Iranian Spying Operation

    Moscow Dismisses Russian Reports Group Hijacked Iranian Spying Operation

    Moscow on Thursday dismissed media reports that Russian hackers piggy-backed on an Iranian cyber-espionage operation to attack government and industry organizations in dozens of countries as an “unsavory” interpretation of a security report. British security officials have said the Russian group, known as “Turla” and accused by Estonian and Czech authorities of operating on behalf…

  • Russian Operatives Sacrifice Followers to Stay Under Cover on Facebook

    Russian Operatives Sacrifice Followers to Stay Under Cover on Facebook

    Efforts by Russian influence campaigns to stay undetected on social media ahead of next year’s U.S. elections are undermining their ability to gain followers and spread divisive political messages, a senior Facebook executive told Reuters. Social media users need to stand out from the crowd to gain traction online, but that type of behavior also…

  • N. Korean Fishing Nets Are Killing Seals Off Russia’s Coast, Scientists Warn

    N. Korean Fishing Nets Are Killing Seals Off Russia’s Coast, Scientists Warn

    The discarded nets of North Korean fishermen are threatening the lives of spotted seals and other marine life in Far East Russia, scientists warn. Moscow has called on Pyongyang to crack down on its poachers in Russian waters after border guards detained hundreds of North Korean fishermen recently. Russian marine biologists estimate that North Korean…

  • Russian Nuclear Scientist Jailed for Mining Bitcoins at Secret Lab

    Russian Nuclear Scientist Jailed for Mining Bitcoins at Secret Lab

    An engineer accused of using one of Russia’s most powerful supercomputers at a secret nuclear laboratory to mine Bitcoins has been sentenced to three years and three months in prison. Andrei Rybkin is one of three scientists to be convicted of using a workplace supercomputer to mine the cryptocurrency in the closed city of Sarov.…

  • Russia and Rwanda agreed to construct the first Centre of Nuclear Science and Technologies in Rwanda

    24 October 1019, Sochi (Russia). Russia and Rwanda signed an agreement to construct the first Centre of Nuclear Science and Technologies in Rwanda with participation of ROSATOM.The signing ceremony took part at the Russia-Africa Economic Forum. The agreement to construct Rwanda’s first Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology (CNST) was signed by ROSATOM Director General…

  • Igor Sechin Gives a Keynote Speech at XII Eurasian Economic Forum in Verona

    The CEO of Rosneft Oil Company Igor Sechin gave a keynote speech “Pricing the Turbulence” at the XII Eurasian Economic Forum in Verona, Italy.

  • Moscow’s Restaurant Leftovers to Go On Sale With First Food Waste-Cutting Project

    Moscow’s Restaurant Leftovers to Go On Sale With First Food Waste-Cutting Project

    A new project aimed at cutting food waste by helping restaurants sell their leftovers has opened in Moscow, the Village news website reported, citing the project’s press service.  In Russia, 17 million tons of food worth more than 1.6 trillion rubles ($25 billion) are thrown out each year,  according to a study by the Russian…

  • PhosAgro and South Africa’s Kropz Sign Memorandum of Understanding at Russia–Africa Economic Forum

    PhosAgro and South Africa’s Kropz Sign Memorandum of Understanding at Russia–Africa Economic Forum

    Sochi – PhosAgro Group, one of the world’s leading producers of phosphate-based fertilizers, and Kropz plc., an emerging African phosphate producer, have signed a memorandum of understanding during the Russia–Africa Economic Forum in Sochi.  The two companies agreed to evaluate opportunities to exchange information and technical expertise in order to increase the capacity of the…

  • 2 Lone Billionaires Top Russia’s Richest Women List

    2 Lone Billionaires Top Russia’s Richest Women List

    Yelena Baturina and Tatyana Bakalchuk are household names in Russia’s billionaire circles. Months after cementing their status as Russia’s only women billionaires, Baturina and Bakalchuk have once again topped Forbes magazine’s ranking of the country’s 25 richest women. But while Baturina’s fortune stayed at $1.2 billion this year, Bakalchuk nearly doubled her net worth to…

  • Putin Urged to Pardon Norwegian Jailed for Spying Amid Hopes of Swap

    Putin Urged to Pardon Norwegian Jailed for Spying Amid Hopes of Swap

    A Russian commission on Thursday recommended President Vladimir Putin pardon a Norwegian man jailed for spying, spurring hopes in Norway that he may be released as part of a spy swap brokered behind closed doors. Frode Berg, a retired guard on the Norwegian-Russian border, was detained in December 2017 and jailed for 14 years after…

  • Russia Has Lost $1 Trillion in Capital Flight Since Fall of U.S.S.R., Says Putin’s Economist

    Russia Has Lost $1 Trillion in Capital Flight Since Fall of U.S.S.R., Says Putin’s Economist

    Around $1 trillion of capital has been pulled out of Russia since the fall of the U.S.S.R., a close aide to President Vladimir Putin has told world leaders at the Russia-Africa forum in Sochi. Sergei Glazyev, who was a long-time economic adviser to Putin and is now minister in charge of integration at the Eurasian…

  • Arms, Oil and Influence: What You Need to Know About Russia’s First-Ever Africa Summit

    Arms, Oil and Influence: What You Need to Know About Russia’s First-Ever Africa Summit

    President Vladimir Putin hosted the first-ever Russia-Africa summit Wednesday and Thursday in the latest display of Moscow’s efforts to restore its geopolitical foothold on the continent after the fall of the Soviet Union. Amid a deluge of memoranda of understanding and cooperation agreements, Russia clinched a series of trade agreements with some of the 54…

  • Contemporary Art Moves Out of Moscow

    Contemporary Art Moves Out of Moscow

    What if I were to tell you that the most exciting contemporary art in Moscow today lies an hour-and-a-half drive through the traffic-choked motorways towards Domodedevo airport? It gets worse. Those who brave the tailbacks and hold-ups will find themselves arriving not at a gallery, museum or even studio complex, but rather at a real-estate…

  • Renewables Drive Accelerates as Enel Russia Sells its Largest Coal Power Station

    Renewables Drive Accelerates as Enel Russia Sells its Largest Coal Power Station

    Russia’s biggest foreign-owned utilities company Enel Russia has finally sold its biggest coal-burning power station Reftinskaya for an undisclosed amount as part of its efforts to go green as well as become more profitable. The Italian-owned firm is already a leader in investing into renewable energy and has several large wind and solar power projects…

  • Memorandum of Cooperation signed between ROSATOM and RUDN during the Russia-Africa Summit

    23rd October, 2019, Sochi, Russia – A Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between ROSATOM and the People’s Friendship University of Russia (RUDN) during the Russia-Africa Summit.  The agreement allows ROSATOM, its partner universities and RUDN to work together in promoting Russian nuclear education abroad, mainly in African countries. Areas of cooperation include: developing international inter-university…

  • Russian Circus Bear Mauls Trainer During Show

    Russian Circus Bear Mauls Trainer During Show

    A performing bear has mauled its handler during a show in northern Russia, as animal rights activists step up their campaign to ban traveling circuses that use trained animals in the country. Audience members filmed dramatic scenes Wednesday of the brown bear slamming its trainer to the ground and an assistant kicking it in an…

  • PhosAgro announces growth in fertilizer output by more than 15% to 2.5 mln t in 3Q 2019

    PhosAgro announces growth in fertilizer output by more than 15% to 2.5 mln t in 3Q 2019

    Moscow – PhosAgro (MOEX/LSE ticker: PHOR), one of the world’s leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers, announces that its 3Q 2019 fertilizer production volumes increased by over 15% year-on-year to 2.5 million tonnes. Total fertilizer production in 3Q 2019 increased by 15.2% year-on-year to 2,460.4 kt. Fertilizer output for 9M 2019 grew by 7.2% year-on-year…

  • Russia Will Send a Further 276 Military Staff and 33 Units of Military Hardware to Syria

    Russia Will Send a Further 276 Military Staff and 33 Units of Military Hardware to Syria

    Russia will send a further 276 military policemen and 33 units of military hardware to Syria in a week, Russia‘s RIA news agency cited a defense ministry source as saying on Thursday. Earlier, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu spoke by video conference to the leader of Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday. Shoigu told the SDF head that Russia will increase the number of its military police near…

  • Russia Rises in World Bank’s Business Rating

    Russia Rises in World Bank’s Business Rating

    Russia has inched upward in the World Bank’s latest Doing Business report, rising three places but still missing President Vladimir Putin’s goal of breaking into the top 20. Putin set the challenge of leaping up the ease-of-business ratings by 2018 after the country placed a dismal 120th in 2011. The 2020 Doing Business report published…

  • Ex-U.S. Marine Accused of Spying in Russia Says Guard Threatened Him With Gun

    Ex-U.S. Marine Accused of Spying in Russia Says Guard Threatened Him With Gun

    A former U.S. Marine held in Russia on suspicion of spying said on Thursday that a prison guard had forced him to his knees in custody and that he had been threatened with a gun, the Interfax news agency reported. Paul Whelan, who holds U.S., British, Canadian and Irish passports, was detained in December and accused of…

  • Russia Sends S-400 Missile Defense Systems to Serbia for Drill

    Russia Sends S-400 Missile Defense Systems to Serbia for Drill

    Russia said on Thursday a division of its S-400 missile defense system would take part in a military drill in Serbia, underlining Moscow’s wish to keep a traditional ally on side even as Belgrade pursues links with NATO and the European Union. It will be the first time that the sophisticated S-400s, together with a…

  • Russian Priest Leads Campaign to Bar Pro-Kremlin Talk Show Host From Italian Citizenship

    Russian Priest Leads Campaign to Bar Pro-Kremlin Talk Show Host From Italian Citizenship

    A Russian priest who lives in Italy has whipped up a frenzy over a pro-Kremlin pundit’s citizenship status. Almost 195,000 people have signed Father Sergius’ online petition urging Italy to deny citizenship to political talk show host Vladimir Solovyov, even though Solovyov has not applied for citizenship and has had an Italian residence permit for…

  • On This Day in 1938 Writer Venedikt Yerofeyev Was Born

    On This Day in 1938 Writer Venedikt Yerofeyev Was Born

    Venedikt Yerofeyev was born near Murmansk on Oct. 24, 1938, the son of a former political prisoner. After graduating from grade school in Murmansk, he began language and literature studies at Moscow State University, but was soon expelled for failure to fulfill his military service requirements. For much of the rest of his life, Yerofeyev…

  • Russians Trust Putin Less Than Army – Poll

    Russians Trust Putin Less Than Army – Poll

    Russians trust President Vladimir Putin less than they do their armed forces, according to a new independent survey seen by the Vedomosti newspaper. The army emerged as Russia’s most trusted institution last year as a result of what sociologists called the Kremlin’s “saber-rattling.” This year’s institutional trust rating published by the independent Levada Center pollster placed…

  • Russia’s Yandex to Test Driverless Cars in U.S. Starting Next Summer

    Russia’s Yandex to Test Driverless Cars in U.S. Starting Next Summer

    Russian internet firm Yandex will begin testing its driverless cars in the United States next summer, the company said Wednesday. As part of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, to take place from June 6-21, Yandex will provide a driverless taxi service in the city’s business center. “The first 10 cars will take…

  • Russian Migrant Goes On Hunger Strike Against Latvian Residency Exam

    Russian Migrant Goes On Hunger Strike Against Latvian Residency Exam

    A Russian migrant in Latvia has launched a hunger strike to protest the country’s refusal to allow his elderly mother-in-law to obtain a residence permit there without taking the required language exam. Around one-third of Latvia’s population of 2 million are ethnic Russians, many of whom do not have Latvian citizenship and are thus unable…

  • Russia and Ethiopia sign an Intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the peaceful use of atomic energy

    23 October 2019, Sochi – Russia and Ethiopia signed an Intergovernmental framework agreement on cooperation in the peaceful use of atomic energy on the side lines of the Russia-Africa Economic Forum.  The parties were represented by ROSATOM’s Director General Alexey Likhachev and Ethiopia’s Innovation and Technology Minister Getahun Mecuria Kuma respectively, both of whom lent…

  • Russia Is Importing Toxic Nuclear Waste From Germany, Greenpeace Warns

    Russia Is Importing Toxic Nuclear Waste From Germany, Greenpeace Warns

    A European uranium enrichment firm has resumed shipments of a highly toxic and radioactive waste product from Germany to Russia, Greenpeace Russia warned Wednesday. The enrichment firm Urenco and Russia’s state nuclear company Rosatom halted the radioactive waste imports from Germany in 2009 over revelations that the waste was stored in the open. German media…

  • Russia Sends Nuclear-Bombers to South Africa in ‘Friendly’ Visit

    Russia Sends Nuclear-Bombers to South Africa in ‘Friendly’ Visit

    Russia will land two nuclear-capable strategic Tu-160 bombers in South Africa on Wednesday, Interfax news agency cited South Africa’s military as saying. Observers say it would be the first such deployment on the African continent. The Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bomber, nicknamed the White Swan in Russia, is a supersonic Soviet-era aircraft capable of carrying up…

  • Russia Tried to Influence Disputed Bolivia Elections – Proekt

    Russia Tried to Influence Disputed Bolivia Elections – Proekt

    Russian political consultants ran online campaigns supporting Bolivian President Evo Morales and criticising his election opponents in a bid to secure a fourth-term for the Kremlin-friendly leader, Russian news site Proekt has reported. The support, which focused on pumping out hostile social media campaigns against Morales’ critics, was orchestrated by political consultants close to Rosatom,…

  • Russia’s New High Speed Rail Route to Cost $36Bln

    Russia’s New High Speed Rail Route to Cost $36Bln

    Russia’s mega high-speed rail project to link Moscow, St. Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod is set to cost 2.3 trillion rubles ($36 billion), according to Russian media reports. Around 600 billion rubles ($9.4 billion) will come in the form of direct state grants or cheap government-backed loans, while the rest will be financed directly by Russian…

  • Czech Republic Uncovered Russian Cyber Warfare Ring — Intel Chief

    Czech Republic Uncovered Russian Cyber Warfare Ring — Intel Chief

    The Czech Republic’s chief of counterintelligence has said that his country’s security forces had dismantled a Russian espionage ring last year that had been planning cyberattacks against the European Union member state. The BIS counterintelligence service said last year that Russian intelligence services were behind cyber attacks targeting the Czech foreign ministry. The BIS warned…

  • RASU JSC and Framatome-Siemens consortium sign contract to supply automated process control systems for Paks-2 NPP (Hungary)

    MOSCOW, Oct. 22, 2019 –  Rusatom Automated Control Systems JSC (RASU JSC), a subsidiary of ROSATOM, and the Franco-German consortium Framatome – Siemens signed an agreement to manufacture, deliver and commission automated process control systems for the Paks Nuclear Power Plant  Units 5 and 6, located in central Hungary. This award was  based on the…

  • Kremlin Says U.S. Betrayed Kurds in Syria, Tells Kurds to Withdraw or Be Mauled

    Kremlin Says U.S. Betrayed Kurds in Syria, Tells Kurds to Withdraw or Be Mauled

    The Kremlin said on Wednesday that the United States had betrayed and abandoned the Syrian Kurds and advised the Kurds to withdraw from the Syrian border as per a deal between Moscow and Ankara or be mauled by the Turkish army. The comments by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov to Russian news agencies followed a deal…

  • Why Are Russian Cops Killing Themselves?

    Why Are Russian Cops Killing Themselves?

    The last picture police officer Nikolay Korokhov posted on the Russian social media site VKontakte shows him carrying his young daughter on his shoulders while his wife Yekaterina takes a photo of the three of them. They’re all wearing silly sunglasses and smiling. A week later Korokhov shot himself in his office. He left a…

  • PhosAgro Joins European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform

    PhosAgro Joins European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform

    Moscow – PhosAgro (“PhosAgro” or “the Company”) (Moscow Exchange, LSE: PHOR), one of the world’s leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers, has joined the European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform (ESPP). PhosAgro is the first fertilizer company with production sites outside the European Union to join ESPP. Membership in the not-for-profit association serves as confirmation of PhosAgro’s…

  • Turkey, Russia Strike Deal to Remove Syrian Kurdish YPG, Launch Joint Patrols

    Turkey, Russia Strike Deal to Remove Syrian Kurdish YPG, Launch Joint Patrols

    Turkey and Russia agreed on Tuesday to remove the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia to beyond 30 km (19 miles) from the Turkish border, after which their troops will jointly patrol a narrower strip of land in a “safe zone” Ankara has long sought in northern Syria. Beginning at noon on Wednesday, Russian military police and Syrian border guards…

  • 3 Dead in Underground Mine Accident at Russia’s Nornickel

    3 Dead in Underground Mine Accident at Russia’s Nornickel

    Three people were killed on Tuesday in an accident at Norilsk Nickel’s Taimyr underground mine in Siberia, the Russian mining giant said. The world’s largest palladium producer and second-largest nickel producer said the facility was still working after the incident. It is one of the company’s main mines in Siberia and contains mixed ores. At 16:30…

  • Gazprom Board of Directors reviews progress of Gas Infrastructure Expansion Program in Russian Regions

    Gazprom Board of Directors reviews progress of Gas Infrastructure Expansion Program in Russian Regions

    Release October 22, 2019, 18:50 The Gazprom Board of Directors took note of the information about the ongoing implementation of programs aimed at expanding gas infrastructure in Russian constituent entities, including the data on the economic model, synchronization with regional programs for converting housing and utilities to gas, and extension of gas grid coverage in the Krasnoyarsk Territory. It was stressed that consistent expansion of gas infrastructure in Russian regions…

  • St. Petersburg Police Round Up 800 Migrant Workers After Mass Brawl

    St. Petersburg Police Round Up 800 Migrant Workers After Mass Brawl

    Police in St. Petersburg rounded up more than 800 migrant workers in a market raid last week following a mass brawl, the local 47news.ru news website reported Monday. The raid is one of two launched by police this month in an attempt to find the instigators of a Sept. 14 violent altercation involving 50 migrants…

  • Russia Vows to Forgive Ethiopia’s Debts Amid Growing Push for Influence in Africa

    Russia Vows to Forgive Ethiopia’s Debts Amid Growing Push for Influence in Africa

    President Vladimir Putin announced Monday that Moscow will soon forgive Ethiopia its debts — the fourth African country to be forgiven in recent years as Russia moves to increase its influence on the continent. Putin made the announcement on the eve of the first-ever Russia Africa Summit, which will bring more than 50 African leaders…

  • ‘The Arctic Shelf Is Ours,’ Russian Defense Ministry Says

    ‘The Arctic Shelf Is Ours,’ Russian Defense Ministry Says

    Russia says it has obtained the data needed to support its claims in the Arctic region. The new information will be assessed by the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) during a meeting in February, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said. Last week, the high-ranking government official spoke in the Marine…

  • Kremlin: Preparations for Normandy Summit on Ukraine Have Ground to a Halt

    Kremlin: Preparations for Normandy Summit on Ukraine Have Ground to a Halt

    The Kremlin said Tuesday that preparations to organize a four-way summit aimed at finding a resolution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine had effectively ground to a halt. A breakthrough in talks last month appeared to open the way to a possible summit between Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany, known as the Normandy Four. But…

  • Russian Special Agents Raid Jehovah’s Witnesses Resort as Crackdown Intensifies

    Russian Special Agents Raid Jehovah’s Witnesses Resort as Crackdown Intensifies

    Special agents in northern Russia have raided a resort where dozens of Jehovah’s Witnesses had gathered, marking the latest instance in an ongoing campaign against the religious group that Russia considers extremist. Russia labeled the Jehovah’s Witnesses an extremist organization in 2017, leading to mass arrests and spurring hundreds of its estimated 175,000 Russian members…

  • The Kalinin NPP has made substantial progress with regard to facilitating technical support of the power blocks – an IAEA expert

    The Kalinin NPP’s activities with regard to facilitating technical support of the power blocks and managing system and equipment configuration and modification comply with the standards set forth by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). This was the conclusion presented by Tea Bilic Zabric, an IAEA expert from Slovenia, during the seminar held at the…

  • Gazprom and Fortum review cooperation-related issues

    Gazprom and Fortum review cooperation-related issues

    Background Fortum is a Finnish energy corporation. Fortum holds a 49.99 per cent stake in Uniper SE. On October 8, 2019, Fortum announced that it had entered into agreements with the Elliott and Knight Vinke investment funds to acquire a 20.5 per cent stake in Uniper for approximately EUR 2.3 billion. As a result of the deal, Fortum’s share in Uniper may increase to 70.5 per cent. Nord Stream 2 is the construction…

  • Russia Named World’s Most Unequal Economy

    Russia Named World’s Most Unequal Economy

    Russia has the world’s highest levels of wealth inequality, surpassing the United States and China, the Credit Suisse Research Institute’s annual review has said. An estimated 83% of Russia’s wealth is now owned by its richest decile despite the country’s modest average wealth, the financial services company said in its report published Monday. “This is…

  • Russia Is Importing Thousands of Cows From Europe

    Russia Is Importing Thousands of Cows From Europe

    President Vladimir Putin is on a mission to wean Russia off foreign food and modernize the dairy industry, where milking is still often done by hand. To do that, he’s getting help from Europe. Five years after the food embargo banning Dutch gouda and Italian parmesan, Russian companies are trucking in thousands of black-and-white holsteins…

  • Yasnaya Polyana Book Prizes for 2019 Announced

    Yasnaya Polyana Book Prizes for 2019 Announced

    This month the Yasnaya Polyana Literary Awards, a joint project of the Tolstoy Estate Museum and Samsung Electronics, announced the 2019 winners. Sergei Samsonov won the main award in Contemporary Russian Prose for his novel “Hold On To This Land” (“Держаться за землю”). The Foreign Literature Prize went to Hernán Rivera Letelier for his novel…

  • Russian Helicopters Land in Abandoned U.S. Base in Syria

    Russian Helicopters Land in Abandoned U.S. Base in Syria

    Three Russian military helicopters have landed in the Tabqa military airfield in Syria that the United States abandoned earlier this month, Russian state media reported Tuesday. Syrian government forces took control of the airfield last week when U.S.-led coalition forces left the base as part of the U.S. withdrawal of troops from northern Syria. The airfield had…

  • On This Day Legendary Goalkeeper Lev Yashin Would’ve Turned 90

    On This Day Legendary Goalkeeper Lev Yashin Would’ve Turned 90

    Lev Yashin was born in Moscow exactly 90 years ago. He would go on to become the most recognized goalkeeper in history and the most famous Russian athlete of the 20th century. Yashin started off from humble beginnings. Both of his parents worked in factories in Moscow when he was growing up. The family was evacuated…

  • Russia Is Trying to Meddle in 2020 U.S. Election via Facebook – Zuckerberg

    Russia Is Trying to Meddle in 2020 U.S. Election via Facebook – Zuckerberg

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has accused Russia, among other countries, of trying to interfere in the 2020 U.S. presidential election through the social network. In at least the third instance this year, Facebook announced Monday that it had shut down one Facebook and 50 Instagram accounts it linked to Russia’s infamous “troll farm.” The U.S.…

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