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  • Chechen Official Apologizes for Torturing Detainees With Taser

    Chechen Official Apologizes for Torturing Detainees With Taser

    An official in the North Caucasus republic of Chechnya has apologized for using a taser on women detained under suspicion of fraud, Chechen media reported Monday. Video showing Islam Kadyrov, the former mayor of Chechnya’s capital Grozny, using a stun gun against detainees to obtain evidence from them aired on the Grozny television channel late…

  • Russia Marks National Unity Day as Nationalists Organize Marches

    Russia Marks National Unity Day as Nationalists Organize Marches

    Most Russians have a day off Monday as the country marks National Unity Day, a national holiday aimed to promote patriotism and tolerance between ethnic and religious groups in Russia. National Unity Day commemorates Russia’s defeat of Polish invaders in 1612, and is one of the country’s youngest national holidays as it was established in…

  • Turkey Says Delivery of Second Russian S-400 Batch Might Be Delayed

    Turkey Says Delivery of Second Russian S-400 Batch Might Be Delayed

    Delivery of a second batch of Russian S-400 missile defense systems to Turkey may be delayed beyond a planned 2020 timeline by talks on technology sharing and joint production, the head of Turkey’s Defence Industry Directorate said on Monday. NATO allies Turkey and the United States have been at loggerheads over the purchase of the S-400…

  • Russian Prosecutors Investigate LGBT Video Chats With Kids

    Russian Prosecutors Investigate LGBT Video Chats With Kids

    Russian prosecutors on Saturday opened a criminal investigation into “sexual violence” after a YouTube video series published online showed children talking with members of the LGBT community. The move comes six years after the Russian government banned “homosexual propaganda” aimed at minors. Authorities in Russia have used the law to block pride parades and rights…

  • Is China Exporting African Swine Fever to Russia?

    Is China Exporting African Swine Fever to Russia?

    More than a year after African swine fever began ravaging hogs in China, the virus may be escaping along the same route it’s believed to have entered — via Russia. While the swine contagion has been present in Russia for 12 years, it’s only been spreading actively in the country’s Far East for the past…

  • ‘A Brown Man in Russia: Lessons Learned on the Trans-Siberian’

    ‘A Brown Man in Russia: Lessons Learned on the Trans-Siberian’

    As a brown woman who has lived in Moscow for over three years now, I must admit that I approached “A Brown Man in Russia: Lessons Learned on the Trans-Siberian,” a book about a young American’s journey through Russia to Mongolia in the depths of winter, with some skepticism. And indeed, encounters were familiar and…

  • Key MH17 Suspect Tsemakh Says Netherlands Offered Him Citizenship

    Key MH17 Suspect Tsemakh Says Netherlands Offered Him Citizenship

    In his first interview since being released in a prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine, key MH17 witness Vladimir Tsemakh said Dutch and Australian officials offered him Dutch citizenship and a house in the Netherlands during interrogations. Tsemakh, a Ukrainian citizen, was kidnapped in the Donbass by Ukranian security services on June 27. He had…

  • 4 Russians Saved From Freezing Far North in Chance Encounter

    4 Russians Saved From Freezing Far North in Chance Encounter

    Four Russians have been rescued after being stranded in below-freezing temperatures in a remote Arctic region, The Siberian Times newspaper reported Friday. Three men and one woman had been traveling a 270-kilometer distance from the village of Berezovka to the town of Srednekolymsk in the republic of Sakha when their two snowmobiles broke down in…

  • Troubled Russian Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Engine Failure

    Troubled Russian Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Engine Failure

    A Russian plane was forced to make an emergency landing when its engine failed shortly after takeoff from the Siberian city of Tyumen, the state-run TASS news agency reported Friday. There were 80 passengers and six crew members on board the flight, Interfax reported. The Sukhoi Superjet 100 operated by Yamal Airlines was flying from…

  • Russia Disbands Prominent Activist’s Human Rights NGO

    Russia Disbands Prominent Activist’s Human Rights NGO

    Russia’s Supreme Court has disbanded veteran activist Lev Ponomaryov’s civil rights group months after authorities labeled it a “foreign agent,” Interfax reported Friday. Russia’s Justice Ministry blacklisted For Human Rights as a foreign agent alongside two of Ponomaryov’s other NGOs in February after an inspection into its political activity while receiving funding from abroad. Ponomaryov,…

  • ‘Putin’s Chef’ Ordered to Pay for Mass Child Poisonings

    ‘Putin’s Chef’ Ordered to Pay for Mass Child Poisonings

    A Moscow court has ordered catering magnate Yevgeny Prigozhin’s company to compensate the parents of schoolchildren who suffered food poisoning last year, Interfax reported Friday. The parents sued Prigozhin’s business alongside other companies, schools and officials this spring for the December 2018 dysentery outbreak in several state-run daycare centers and kindergartens. Officials confirmed 127 overall…

  • Rosenergoatom: Novovoronezh-2 NPP’s newest power unit enters commercial operation 30 days ahead of schedule

    November 1, 2019, Novovoronezh, Russia – Unit No.2 at the Novovoronezh Nuclear Power Plant II, containing ROSATOM’s flagship Generation III+ VVER-1200 reactor, was put into commercial operation 30 days ahead of schedule, after the green light from Russia’s regulator Rostechnadzor. The full commissioning marks a key event for the Russian nuclear industry.  “Hundreds of nuclear…

  • Planeloads of Cash From Russia Have Been Shipped to Venezuela

    Planeloads of Cash From Russia Have Been Shipped to Venezuela

    Hundreds of millions of dollars in cash has been shipped from Russia to Venezuela, providing a lifeline to the South American country as U.S. sanctions limit its access to the global financial system. A total of $315 million of U.S. dollar and euro notes were sent in six separate shipments from Moscow to Caracas from…

  • What’s Next for Russia’s Economy?

    What’s Next for Russia’s Economy?

    A fresh roster of forecasts and data on the Russian economy suggests slow growth and low inflation coupled with robust corporate performance will mark the final two months of the year. Meanwhile, economy-watchers remain fixed on a crucial Central Bank meeting in December and are divided over whether Bank of Russia governor Elvira Nabiullina will…

  • Israel Halts Russian Hacker’s Extradition to U.S. Amid Prisoner Swap Talks With Moscow

    Israel Halts Russian Hacker’s Extradition to U.S. Amid Prisoner Swap Talks With Moscow

    Israel has suspended the extradition to the U.S. of a Russian hacker after Russia proposed to swap him for an Israeli woman jailed in Russia over airport marijuana possession, The Jerusalem Post reported Thursday.  In mid-October, Russia asked Israel to swap Alexei Burkov, who is wanted in the U.S. on charges of credit card fraud,…

  • Russia Opens Genocide Case Into Nazi Killings

    Russia Opens Genocide Case Into Nazi Killings

    Russian investigators have opened a genocide case on the murder of more than 200 disabled children in southern Russia by Nazi Germany during World War II based on newly declassified documents. German death squads on Oct. 9-10, 1942, killed 214 disabled foster children who had fled Crimea for the coastal town of Yeysk, according to…

  • 3 Years in Penal Colony for Returned Rich Russian Exile

    3 Years in Penal Colony for Returned Rich Russian Exile

    The first business owner who returned to Russia after appearing on the so-called ‘Titov list’ has been sentenced to three years in a penal colony for fraud, Russian media reported Friday. Andrey Kokovin, who returned to Russia from the U.K. last year, was found guilty of stealing 10 million rubles from his Rostov-based company in…

  • Alexander Pushkin’s St. Petersburg Home Goes on Sale for $860K

    Alexander Pushkin’s St. Petersburg Home Goes on Sale for $860K

    A part of history just went on sale for less than $1 million in St. Petersburg, Russia’s second-biggest city and former capital. Two beautiful apartments rented by Russian literary classic Alexander Pushkin in the 19th century will only set you back 55 million rubles, or around $858,500. The celebrated poet moved there in 1834 to…

  • U.S. Says Russian Trolls Stoking Conflict in Chile

    U.S. Says Russian Trolls Stoking Conflict in Chile

    The U.S. State Department warned on Thursday that it had seen indications of Russian “influence” on recent unrest in Chile, where two weeks of protests and riots have rocked the administration of President Sebastian Pinera. A senior State Department official said there were “clear indications” people were taking advantage of the unrest in Chile —…

  • Turkey Hands Over 18 Syrian Soldiers After Coordination With Russian Authorities

    Turkey Hands Over 18 Syrian Soldiers After Coordination With Russian Authorities

    Turkey has handed over 18 men believed to be Syrian government soldiers who were seized in northeast Syria near the Turkish border earlier this week, the Turkish Defense Ministry said late on Thursday. The ministry did not say who they were handed over to, but said it came about “as a result of the coordination…

  • Rosneft will report its Q3 2019 consolidated IFRS financial results on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.

    Q3 2019 IFRS financial results and corresponding MD&A will be available on our website on November 6, 2019 at 10:00.

  • Russia’s Sovereign Internet Law Comes Into Force

    Russia’s Sovereign Internet Law Comes Into Force

    When the chairman of Russia’s Committee on Informational Policy, Leonid Levin, stepped on stage in Moscow’s Lomonosov building on Oct. 28  to give a speech during the second All-Russian Digital Forum he couldn’t have chosen a better place. The venue is not just the home of Russia’s fastest supercomputer, it’s also overshadowed by the iconic…

  • An Overview of the New Russian Laws Coming into Effect in November

    An Overview of the New Russian Laws Coming into Effect in November

    Starting this month, a slew of new laws and rules has entered into effect in Russia that will change different aspects of life in the country, including regulations of the internet, the ability to top up e-wallets and make religious pilgrimages. Here’s a look at three major laws that came into effect Nov. 1: Sovereign…

  • Russia, Serbia Follow ‘Slavic Shield’ With Second Joint Military Drill

    Russia, Serbia Follow ‘Slavic Shield’ With Second Joint Military Drill

    Russia and Serbia have carried out successive joint military exercises in the past week, including Russia’s first use of its advanced S-400 missile defense system abroad. Analysts argue that Serbia pursues close ties with fellow Orthodox Christian and majority-Slavic Russia to gain leverage for maneuvering with the West. Serbia is negotiating entry into the European…

  • Gazprom and BASF promote technology cooperation

    Release October 31, 2019, 18:40 Leading-edge technologies are serving to improve operational efficiency of Gazprom. Sochi hosted an expanded 5th conference on promoting the relationship in the area of gas processing held by the Coordinating Committee for Strategic Cooperation between Gazprom and BASF. The conference included a discussion of possible cooperation in technological innovation, digitalization of business processes, and localization of BASF chemical production in Russia. To that end,…

  • Russian Activists Organize Halloween Flashmob Against Domestic Violence

    Russian Activists Organize Halloween Flashmob Against Domestic Violence

    Russian activists from the Consortium of Women’s Non-Governmental Organizations launched a Halloween social media flashmob — #LawOrDeath — to push for a 2017 law that largely decriminalized domestic violence to be overturned. “This day has become an occasion for those who like to rattle other people’s nerves,” said Tatiana Belova, the originator of the idea…

  • 7 Kremlin-Linked Mercenaries Killed in Mozambique in October — Sources

    7 Kremlin-Linked Mercenaries Killed in Mozambique in October — Sources

    Seven Russian Wagner Group mercenaries have been killed in two separate shooting incidents involving Islamic State-linked insurgents in Mozambique’s northern Cabo Delgado province this month, two Mozambique army sources told The Moscow Times. In a previously unreported attack that took place on Oct. 10 in Cabo Delgado’s Macomia district, two Russian Wagner soldiers were shot…

  • What If Trump Calls Putin? Balts and Poles Worry After Syria

    What If Trump Calls Putin? Balts and Poles Worry After Syria

    Estonia is more than 2,000 miles from the Levant, yet ripples from President Donald Trump’s recent actions in Syria are reaching all the way to the Baltic Sea. Trump’s Oct. 6 decision to withdraw troops from parts of Northern Syria was made in a phone call with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that caught other…

  • 3 Quotes From Putin’s Trip to Hungary

    3 Quotes From Putin’s Trip to Hungary

    Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a one-day visit to Hungary, where he mourned the plight of Christians in the Middle East and analyzed his Ukrainian counterpart’s ideologies. The Moscow Times picked out three remarks Putin made alongside his right-wing conservative counterpart Viktor Orban and other officials Wednesday: On Christianity: “Although the Middle East is the…

  • Turkey Considers Handing 18 Captured Syrian Troops to Russia

    Turkey Considers Handing 18 Captured Syrian Troops to Russia

    Turkey is in talks with Russia to hand over 18 people believed to be members of the Syrian government forces, who were captured near the northern Syrian town of Ras Al Ain, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Thursday. Turkey’s Defense Ministry said on Tuesday that 18 people, had been captured near Ras al Ain,…

  • Hundreds of Muscovites Brave the First Snow for Yandex’s New Smart Speaker

    Hundreds of Muscovites Brave the First Snow for Yandex’s New Smart Speaker

    More than 1,000 people flocked to the Yandex tech company’s flagship store in Moscow on Wednesday with hopes of becoming one of the first to get their hands on the new mini version of its “smart” speaker. The Russian tech company had announced that anyone could exchange their old audio equipment for the new Yandex.Station…

  • Why Did a Russian Soldier Shoot and Kill 8 Fellow Recruits?

    Why Did a Russian Soldier Shoot and Kill 8 Fellow Recruits?

    A Russian conscript killed eight fellow soldiers in the country’s Far East last Friday in a mass shooting the Defense Ministry quickly attributed to the shooter’s nervous breakdown. The conscript has been detained at military unit 54160 in Russia’s Zabaikalsky region, where he and the victims served, and charged with murder. The Defense Ministry did…

  • How the Dogs of Chernobyl Found a Happy Ending

    How the Dogs of Chernobyl Found a Happy Ending

    CHERNOBYL, Ukraine — On a gray, overcast fall morning, a hound mix with copper-and-white fur sidles up to a group of foreign tourists taking photographs in front of the old Soviet sign welcoming visitors to Chernobyl. “Dude, don’t touch it, you’ll start throwing up,” a brash college-age American says to his friend, laughing. “We just…

  • Putin’s $400Bln National Projects Will Barely Boost Russian Economy, Study Finds

    Putin’s $400Bln National Projects Will Barely Boost Russian Economy, Study Finds

    Russia’s mammoth infrastructure spending spree over the next few years will do little to boost the slow pace of growth in the Russian economy, economists have warned. A new study from consultants at Oxford Economics has found that the country’s $400 billion six-year National Projects program will result in an increase in annual GDP growth…

  • Russian Kids Are Patriotic, Apolitical and Tolerant of LGBT People — Study

    Russian Kids Are Patriotic, Apolitical and Tolerant of LGBT People — Study

    Russian schoolchildren are largely unwilling to participate in political protests but are concerned about the environment and tolerant of LGBT people, according to a newly published sociological study on the views of youngsters in the country. The report follows the involvement of thousands of young activists in anti-government protests that gripped Moscow this summer. Russian…

  • ‘Prompt, Disciplined, Meticulous’: Putin’s KGB Profile Declassified

    ‘Prompt, Disciplined, Meticulous’: Putin’s KGB Profile Declassified

    President Vladimir Putin’s KGB profile is now being showcased at an exhibit of declassified documents at St. Petersburg’s central state archive. Putin, who served in the Soviet spy agency between 1975 and 1991, had credited his KGB past for preparing him for the presidency. He assumed the presidency in 2000 after a stint at the…

  • Russian gas imports further growing in Hungary

    Release October 30, 2019, 21:35 Demand is already 22 per cent more than 2018 total supplies. Activities to develop Hungary’s gas transmission system are underway. A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Peter Szijjarto, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, took place today in Budapest, Hungary. The parties discussed the current status and the prospects of their…

  • Facebook Suspends Accounts Tied to Putin Ally Over Alleged Africa Meddling

    Facebook Suspends Accounts Tied to Putin Ally Over Alleged Africa Meddling

    Facebook said on Wednesday it had suspended three networks of Russian accounts that attempted to interfere in the domestic politics of eight African countries, and were tied to a Russian businessman accused of meddling in past U.S. elections. The campaigns targeted people in Madagascar, Central African Republic, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Sudan and…

  • Russians Fear Arbitrary Authorities More Than Death, Poll Says

    Russians Fear Arbitrary Authorities More Than Death, Poll Says

    Russians fear arbitrary exercises of power more than death, according to an independent Levada Center poll that the Kremlin dismissed as superficial. Fear of arbitrary authorities and lawlessness placed third in the pollster’s hierarchy of fears for the second year in a row in 2019. The return of mass repressions and a tighter political regime…

  • Gargoyles and Griffins on Moscow Buildings

    Gargoyles and Griffins on Moscow Buildings

    Designed by Lev Kravetsky, the building was constructed in 1909. It has everything: griffins, dragons, firebirds, crowned swans, fire-breathing dogs, two-head birds, and a lion in its splendid solitude, with a human face and a luxurious mustache. mos.ru

  • Denmark Approves Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

    Denmark Approves Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

    Denmark has granted permission for Gazprom’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline to be built through Danish waters. After months of delays, the Danish Energy Agency today announced it is finally giving its approval for the natural gas pipeline project that will transport Russian gas directly to Germany. Denmark was the final country on the planned route…

  • Russian Submarines Hone Stealth Skills in Major North Atlantic Drill – Norwegian Intel

    Russian Submarines Hone Stealth Skills in Major North Atlantic Drill – Norwegian Intel

    At least eight Russian nuclear-powered submarines sailed out from their homeports on the Kola Peninsula last week, Norwegian military intelligence told the country’s National Public Broadcasting Organization (NRK). The aim of the massive operation is to get as far out to the North Atlantic as possible without being discovered by NATO, the intelligence service said. Such…

  • Leaked Emails Claim to Show Russia’s FIFA World Cup Bribery Scheme

    Leaked Emails Claim to Show Russia’s FIFA World Cup Bribery Scheme

    Emails claiming to show how to improve Russia’s bid to host the FIFA World Cup by bribing world football’s decision-makers have leaked, the investigative news website The Insider has reported. Russia won hosting rights for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in a 2010 vote, beating out fellow contenders England, Spain-Portugal and Belgium-Netherlands. Former FIFA boss…

  • Yekaterinburg Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art

    Yekaterinburg Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art

    The Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art is less than a decade old, but today it’s considered one of the largest international exhibition projects in Russian contemporary art. Every two years it transforms factories and non-typical cultural spaces of Yekaterinburg and the cities of the Sverdlovsk region into vibrant museums of cutting-edge art. For the…

  • On This Day Victims of Political Repressions Are Honored

    On This Day Victims of Political Repressions Are Honored

    On Oct. 30, 1974 a group of dissidents imprisoned in Soviet labor camps in Mordovia and Perm declared the date the Day of the Political Prisoners in the U.S.S.R. Led by Kronid Lyubarsky, the prisoners put forward a list of demands, which included recognition of political prisoner status; separation of political prisoners from criminal convicts…

  • U.S. House Recognizes Armenian Genocide, Calls for Turkey Sanctions

    U.S. House Recognizes Armenian Genocide, Calls for Turkey Sanctions

    The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to recognize the mass killings of Armenians a century ago as a genocide, a symbolic but historic vote instantly denounced by Turkey. The Democratic-controlled House voted 405-11 in favor of a resolution asserting that it is U.S. policy to commemorate as genocide the killing of 1.5…

  • Russia Prepares Largest-Ever ‘Satan-2’ Ballistic Missile Tests

    Russia Prepares Largest-Ever ‘Satan-2’ Ballistic Missile Tests

    Russia is preparing to conduct at least five tests next year of its new ballistic missile that has been called the largest missile in history, the Vedomosti newspaper reported Wednesday. President Vladimir Putin unveiled the Sarmat missile, also called Satan-2, at an annual address last year that reportedly riled U.S. President Donald Trump. Russia went…

  • Putin Faces Syria Money Crunch After U.S. Keeps Control of Oil

    Putin Faces Syria Money Crunch After U.S. Keeps Control of Oil

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is facing an unwelcome new financial challenge in Syria after the U.S. pullback enabled his ally Bashar al-Assad to reclaim the biggest chunk of territory in the country still outside his control. The U.S. decision to keep forces in northeastern Syria to guard oil fields denies Assad access to desperately needed funds to…

  • Russian Nuclear Sub Test-Fires New ICBM

    Russian Nuclear Sub Test-Fires New ICBM

    Russia’s newest nuclear-powered submarine has for the first time test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile ahead of the vessel’s delivery into service this year, the Defense Ministry announced Wednesday. The Knyaz Vladimir, which is expected to join the Russian Navy’s Northern Fleet in December 2019, was floated out in 2017 and embarked on its first sea…

  • Russian Scientists Reveal First Photos of Massive Arctic Methane Fountain

    Russian Scientists Reveal First Photos of Massive Arctic Methane Fountain

    A group of Russian scientists has revealed the first pictures of a massive fountain of methane gas bubbling from the sea floor in the eastern Siberian Sea. During the 35-day expedition that started Sept. 21, the scientific expedition expedition organized by Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU)  noticed a spot of emerald-colored water which turned out to…

  • 5 Russian Mercenaries Reportedly Killed in Mozambique Ambush

    5 Russian Mercenaries Reportedly Killed in Mozambique Ambush

    Five Russian mercenaries are believed to have been killed alongside 20 Mozambique servicemen during an ambush in the southeastern African nation, the independent Carta de Moçambique news outlet reported Tuesday. The unconfirmed report comes a month after the reported arrival of 200 Russian mercenaries and three helicopters to help Mozambique’s government forces fight jihadists amid Moscow’s wider…

  • German Role in Developing Soviet Nuclear Program Revealed in Newly Declassified Documents

    German Role in Developing Soviet Nuclear Program Revealed in Newly Declassified Documents

    Russia’s state nuclear firm Rosatom has declassified the personal files of German scientists involved in the Soviet nuclear program after World War II. The Soviet Union tested its first atomic bomb ahead of schedule in 1949, an achievement largely attributed to German experts and Soviet espionage on the U.S. Manhattan Project. Stalin had awarded prestigious state…

  • The Biggest Takeaways From Former Soviet Leader Gorbachev’s New Book

    The Biggest Takeaways From Former Soviet Leader Gorbachev’s New Book

    Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, on Monday published a new book titled “What is at stake: The future of the global world.” The 88-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s new book touches on a wide range of topics, including his thoughts on Russia’s bruised relations with the West, the rise of global…

  • Ukrainian Troops Start Withdrawing From Eastern Town

    Ukrainian Troops Start Withdrawing From Eastern Town

    Ukraine’s military said the withdrawal of government and Russian-backed rebel troops started at 12:00 p.m. local time on Tuesday in Zolote, a town in the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk. Ukrainian forces have fought rebels in the Donbass region in a conflict that has killed more than 13,000 people. Both sides have agreed to modest troop…

  • Supplies of Banknotes from Russia to East Libya Accelerated This Year

    Supplies of Banknotes from Russia to East Libya Accelerated This Year

    A parallel central bank in eastern Libya stepped up deliveries of new banknotes from Russia this year, before and after eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar launched a military offensive to capture Tripoli, Russian customs data show. The data obtained by Reuters shows nearly 4.5 billion Libyan dinars ($3.22 billion) were dispatched in four shipments from February to June. Haftar launched his campaign…

  • The Chief Inspector at the Rosenergoatom Nikolay Sorokin becomes the new president of the WANO

    The Chief Inspector at the Rosenergoatom Joint-Stock Company (a part of the Electric power division of ROSATOM), Nikolay Sorokin, becomes the new president of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO). The new president of the WANO was elected at the extraordinary general meeting convened as a part of the 15th General Assembly in London…

  • How Big Is Russia’s Shadow Economy and Why Does It Matter?

    How Big Is Russia’s Shadow Economy and Why Does It Matter?

    The black labor market in Russia is shrinking as fewer people try to keep their work off the books and their wages away from the taxman. So said a recent survey by the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), which found one in three Russians are currently engaged in the so-called…

  • Russian Metals Plant to Start Bitcoin Mining

    Russian Metals Plant to Start Bitcoin Mining

    A Russian aluminum plant closed as a result of U.S. sanctions is set to be transformed into a bitcoin mining hub. The Nadvoitsy Aluminum Plant in Russia’s northern Karelia region, owned by Russian metals giant Rusal, stopped production last summer after it lost access to American customers following the introduction of U.S. sanctions against Rusal…

  • Ivanovo: A City in Search of a New Identity

    Ivanovo: A City in Search of a New Identity

    Ivanovo, like many cities in Central Russia, is finding it hard to redefine itself to attract tourists. It used to be “the capital of textiles” and then “the city of brides,” — who worked in the textile factories — but today it’s just a stopover on the popular Golden Ring route. Some guidebooks on Russia…

  • Russia’s Sberbank to Buy Stake in Mail.Ru

    Russia’s Sberbank to Buy Stake in Mail.Ru

    Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank, is to purchase a $170 million stake in tech giant Mail.Ru. The deal will see Sberbank buy into a company called MF Technologies, which owns a majority of Mail.Ru’s voting rights, from Gazprombank — another state-owned Russian financial outfit. Sberbank’s 35% stake in MF Technologies would give it control of one-fifth…

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