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  • 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.…

  • Cherepovets Steel Mill reduces eergy cosumptio levels

    Cherepovets Steel Mill reduces eergy cosumptio levels

    October 22, 2019 Cherepovets Steel Mill, one of the largest steel plants in the world (part of the Russian Steel division of PAO Severstal), reduced its overall consumption of almost all energy sources per product ton in the first nine months of 2019, compared to the same period of 2018. This resulted in a total…

  • Moscow Rolls Out the Runway for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

    Moscow Rolls Out the Runway for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

    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…

  • Footballers from Gazprom Transgaz Stavropol win world football championship as part of Russian team

    Footballers from Gazprom Transgaz Stavropol win world football championship as part of Russian team

    Background Gazprom Transgaz Stavropol is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom. The company operates linear gas trunklines that pass through 10 constituent entities of the North Caucasus and Southern Federal Districts of the Russian Federation. It also ensures that gas is supplied to Georgia, Armenia, Turkey, and the Republic of South Ossetia. Gazprom Transgaz Stavropol consists of 18 branches, including 10 gas pipeline operation centers. The company’s annual gas transmission volumes…

  • Greenpeace Finds High Radiation Along Planned Moscow Highway Route

    Greenpeace Finds High Radiation Along Planned Moscow Highway Route

    Soil samples taken along the route of a planned highway in Moscow are emitting radiation levels that pose cancer risks to residents, Greenpeace Russia said Monday. Activists have warned that the eight-lane highway, which authorities hope to start building next year and finish by 2024, will release buried radioactive dust into the air and the…

  • Putin Appoints TV Presenter as Human Rights Head, Pushes Out Liberals

    Putin Appoints TV Presenter as Human Rights Head, Pushes Out Liberals

    President Vladimir Putin has appointed state television presenter Valery Fadeyev as the new head of the presidential human rights council and expelled several prominent liberals from the consultative body. Mikhail Fedotov, the council’s current head, has been dismissed from his position because of his age, Putin’s decree signed Monday said. Fadeyev, who hosted a Channel…

  • Russian Journalist-Turned-Mercenary Killed in Libya – Reports

    Russian Journalist-Turned-Mercenary Killed in Libya – Reports

    A former journalist may be among the dozens of Russian mercenaries believed to have died while fighting in Libya’s civil war last month, the Znak.com news website reported Monday. Previous reporting said that more than 100 Russian mercenaries arrived at a base in Libya in early September and up to 35 may have died in…

  • Russia Has More New Malls Than Anywhere Else in Europe

    Russia Has More New Malls Than Anywhere Else in Europe

    Russia is opening more new floor space in shopping malls than any other country in Europe, real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield has found. In the first half of 2019, around 200,000 square meters of new mall space was opened in Russia — equivalent to 27 football fields and accounting for nearly one-quarter of all…

  • Cancer Deaths Up 679% Among St. Petersburg Teens – Official Report

    Cancer Deaths Up 679% Among St. Petersburg Teens – Official Report

    Children and teenagers in St. Petersburg are dying from cancer almost 680% more than they were 10 years ago, according to a new report by the region’s anti-cancer program. Dozens of Russian regions have cut spending on cancer treatments in recent years amid rising costs. Advocacy groups have long campaigned for easier access to cancer…

  • ‘The Worker and Kolkhoz Woman’ Dance Off Their Pedestal

    ‘The Worker and Kolkhoz Woman’ Dance Off Their Pedestal

    On Saturday evening the Zaryadye Concert Hall was filled with blue and red hair: on stage, one singer was blue and another was red; in the audience, blue rinses and bifocals mingled with hipster multi-colored streaks. The occasion for all this color was “The Worker and Kolkhoz Woman” —  not the monumental sculpture created by…

  • Russia Plans to Lure Shippers From Suez to the Arctic With Payments

    Russia Plans to Lure Shippers From Suez to the Arctic With Payments

    Russia wants to make its Arctic waters more attractive to shippers than the Suez Canal and could be willing to compensate for potential risks to make that happen. President Vladimir Putin has made development of the Arctic one of Russia’s top long-term priorities and huge projects to export liquefied natural gas via the Northern Sea…

  • Yandex Shares Bounce Back as Russia Softens Foreign Ownership Rules

    Yandex Shares Bounce Back as Russia Softens Foreign Ownership Rules

    Shares in Russian tech giant Yandex have jumped higher on reports Russia will soften proposals to limit foreign ownership of strategically important tech firms. The government is now considering placing a 50%-minus-one cap on the number of shares that can be held by non-Russian investors — up from the 20% limit proposed in a draft…

  • Tech Giant Elon Musk Appears at Small Russia Business Forum

    Tech Giant Elon Musk Appears at Small Russia Business Forum

    Billionaire Elon Musk appeared at a government-run small-business forum in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar, making good on a promise after its organizers invited him by billboard. “What is the point of any company? To produce any product or service that is useful to other people,” Musk told delegates via video. “Starting a company…

  • 12 Prisons With Militants Left Unguarded in Syria After Turkey Assault, Russia Warns

    12 Prisons With Militants Left Unguarded in Syria After Turkey Assault, Russia Warns

    Turkey’s offensive in Syria has left at least 12 prisons for foreign fighters unguarded, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Monday, warning that hundreds of escaped fighters could return to their home countries. Turkey launched an operation against Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria earlier this month after President Donald Trump announced he was withdrawing U.S.…

  • Chechen Policeman Kills Russian Colleague in North Caucasus

    Chechen Policeman Kills Russian Colleague in North Caucasus

    A member of an elite Chechen police unit has killed a Russian special-forces police officer after an altercation at a training course in the North Caucasus region, Interfax reported Saturday. The two servicemen reportedly got into a fight during advanced training courses at an Interior Ministry university in the republic of Kabardino-Balkaria. The Chechen policeman is…

  • Russia and Serbia Sign an Agreement on Cooperation in Construction of the Center for Nuclear Science, Technology and Innovations

    On October 19, 2019, during the visit of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to Belgrade, Russia and Serbia signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the construction of the Center for Nuclear Science, Technology and Innovations in the Republic of Serbia. On the Russian side, the document was signed by Alexey Likhachev, General Director of…

  • Dam Collapse Kills at Least 15 Gold Miners in Siberia

    Dam Collapse Kills at Least 15 Gold Miners in Siberia

    At least 15 gold miners were killed on Saturday when a dam collapsed, flooding an artisanal mining encampment in a remote part of Siberia, officials said. Heavy rains had weakened the dam and water broke through, sweeping away several cabins where the artisan miners lived, about 160 kilometers south of the city of Krasnoyarsk. President…

  • DIRECTOR GENERAL OF ROSATOM ALEXEY LIKHACHEV HAS VISITED THE ITER CONSTRUCTION SITE

    On October 17, Director General of ROSATOM Alexey Likhachev visited the construction site of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in France. The project aims to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of industrial use of thermonuclear energy, as well as develop the required technological processes. During his visit, the head of ROSATOM conducted a…

  • Russian Lawmakers Accuse BBC, Meduza, RFE/RL of Violating Election Law

    Russian Lawmakers Accuse BBC, Meduza, RFE/RL of Violating Election Law

    A State Duma commission on foreign interference says it has found violations of election law by six foreign and independent outlets operating in Russia, Interfax reported Friday. Russian lawmakers created the commission after this summer’s wave of opposition protests in Moscow. At the time, Russia had accused Germany’s Deutsche Welle news outlet, the U.S. Embassy…

  • Putin Oversees Nuclear Submarine Drills Across Russia

    Putin Oversees Nuclear Submarine Drills Across Russia

    President Vladimir Putin supervised major test launches of ballistic and cruise missiles on land, air and sea Thursday. The three-day Grom (Thunder)-2019 exercises involved five submarines, more than 100 aircraft, 200 missile launchers and 12,000 Russian troops. They aimed to test the readiness of Russia’s command structure and how efficiently its orders are carried out…

  • Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace’ Left Russia for the First Time

    Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace’ Left Russia for the First Time

    For the first time  in history, the original manuscript of Leo Tolstoy’s novel “War and Peace” has left Russia and the Tolstoy Museum in Moscow for a stay at the Martin Bodmer Foundation museum in Geneva. Three pages of one of the most famous Russian novels, written between 1864 and 1869, became part of an exposition devoted…

  • Kolomenskoye: Moscow’s Hidden Gem

    Kolomenskoye: Moscow’s Hidden Gem

    Lesser-known than the Kremlin and the Hermitage, the vast Kolomenskoye estate in southern Moscow is still a true gem well worth a visit. The estate, which was a favorite country estate for Russia’s grand princes and tsars, is full of historic constructions and natural beauty. Here’s a bit more about what it has in store:

  • Russian Spies Are Recruiting MGIMO Students – Proekt

    Russian Spies Are Recruiting MGIMO Students – Proekt

    Russian intelligence services are actively recruiting students from the prestigious Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), the independent Proekt online outlet reported in an investigation Thursday. MGIMO is considered one of Russia’s elite academic institutions, training future government leaders and diplomats, as well as businesspeople, journalists and thinkers. Its alleged ties to Russia’s secret services came…

  • Russia’s Thawing Permafrost May Cost Economy $2.3Bln a Year

    Russia’s Thawing Permafrost May Cost Economy $2.3Bln a Year

    Russia plans to pay more attention to the impact climate change is having on its vast permafrost area. Thawing of once permanently-frozen ground covering more than half of Russia is putting buildings, pipelines and other infrastructure at risk of damage.  With the Arctic warming twice as fast as the rest of the world, that’s a…

  • Last Soviet Leader Gorbachev Urges Russia, U.S. to Hold Nuclear Talks

    Last Soviet Leader Gorbachev Urges Russia, U.S. to Hold Nuclear Talks

    Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, warned on Friday that the world was drifting into a dangerous era of militarized politics and appealed to Moscow and Washington to sit down for urgent nuclear arms control talks. Gorbachev, whose 1980s arms control push and democracy-oriented reforms helped end the Cold War, made the comments to the…

  • Working meeting held between Dmitry Medvedev and Alexey Miller

    Working meeting held between Dmitry Medvedev and Alexey Miller

    Message to the Media October 18, 2019, 14:00 A working meeting took place today between Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, and Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee. Alexey Miller briefed Dmitry Medvedev on the main accomplishments of the Company since the start of 2019, including the preparations for the autumn/winter period. Particular attention was paid to interactions with Ukraine…

  • History Is Not on Putin’s Side, Says Former U.S. Ambassador

    History Is Not on Putin’s Side, Says Former U.S. Ambassador

    Former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul believes President Vladimir Putin is fighting against the tide of history and that Russian society will not “tolerate disenfranchisement and oppression forever.” In an interview with The Moscow Times touching on topics from Putin through sanctions to arms treaties, Barack Obama’s former man in Moscow said it would…

  • Experts Raise Questions Over Strong Russian Official Economic Statistics

    Experts Raise Questions Over Strong Russian Official Economic Statistics

    Economists have raised questions over a surprisingly healthy batch of economic data released by the Russian statistics agency Rosstat. Statistics published Thursday evening showed an unexpected and significant jump in real disposable incomes of an annual rate of 3% in the third quarter of the year, off the back of a 0.1% fall in the…

  • Russia Moves to Phase Out Plastic Bags in New Draft Law

    Russia Moves to Phase Out Plastic Bags in New Draft Law

    Russia’s consumer-protection watchdog has drafted a bill to phase out production of single-use plastic bags, the pro-Kremlin Izvestia tabloid reported Friday. Greenpeace estimates that more than 26 billion plastic bags are handed out annually in shops across Russia. State polling has shown this year that almost one in four Russians are willing to give up…

  • Russia Was Involved in Online Attacks During Protests, Ecuador Official Says

    Russia Was Involved in Online Attacks During Protests, Ecuador Official Says

    Ecuador’s interior minister has said that Russian IP addresses were used in online attacks against the South American country’s government amid weeks of protests against austerity measures. Ecuador‘s President Lenin Moreno declared a state of emergency Oct. 4 as massive nationwide protests broke out against the elimination of four-decade-old fuel subsidies. On Monday, Moreno officially…

  • Severstal reports Q3 & 9M 2019 fiacial results

    Severstal reports Q3 & 9M 2019 fiacial results

    October 18, 2019 – Exceptional margins supported by vertical integration- PAO Severstal (MICEX-RTS: CHMF; LSE: SVST), one of the world’s leading steel and steel-related mining companies, today announces its Q3 & 9M 2019 financial results for the period ended 30 September 2019. CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR THE THIRD QUARTER ENDED 30 SEPTEMBER 2019 Notes: EBITDA…

  • Defendants in Russian Extremism Case Slit Wrists in Court

    Defendants in Russian Extremism Case Slit Wrists in Court

    Two defendants standing trial in an extremism case slit their wrists in court on Thursday, local media reported. In March 2018, Russian prosecutors accused 10 members of the Novoye Velichiye (New Greatness) group, most of whom are in their late teens, with extremist activities. Prosecutors say the defendants were part of a Telegram chat group…

  • Russia’s Natural Resources Ministry Calls for Urgent Action to Save Wild Reindeer

    Russia’s Natural Resources Ministry Calls for Urgent Action to Save Wild Reindeer

    Russia’s Natural Resources and Ecology Ministry has called for action to protect wild reindeer on the Taymyr Peninsula in the country’s Far North because the population has halved over the past two decades.    There are now 400,000-450,000 of the animals in the region, down from 1 million in 2000, the ministry said in a statement…

  • U.S. Helped Moscow Foil Recent Terror Plot With Intel, FSB Says

    U.S. Helped Moscow Foil Recent Terror Plot With Intel, FSB Says

    The United States has recently shared intelligence with Russia about a terrorist plot, the head of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) intelligence agency said Thursday. FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov’s remarks come almost two years after news that the CIA helped Russia foil a terror attack in St. Petersburg. The FSB said it detained seven Islamic…

  • Alleged Rape of Russian Journalist Sparks Criminal Case After Outcry

    Alleged Rape of Russian Journalist Sparks Criminal Case After Outcry

    Investigators in the city of Novgorod have launched a criminal case into the alleged rape of a local female journalist by a chief editor, more than two weeks after she had first filed a report about the incident. It is the latest case in Russia in which a woman has alleged sexual assault by a…

  • ‘They Tried to Break Me, Then Offered Me a Deal,’ Sentsov Says of Russian Imprisonment

    ‘They Tried to Break Me, Then Offered Me a Deal,’ Sentsov Says of Russian Imprisonment

    Oleg Sentsov was the most high-profile prisoner among the 35 Ukrainian detainees who returned home last month in exchange for 35 prisoners wanted by Russia. The 43-year-old filmmaker was detained in Crimea in 2014 and sentenced to 20 years in a Russian maximum security prison on terrorism charges he says were trumped up. The European…

  • Russia Rejects Climate Change Plan After Business Uproar

    Russia Rejects Climate Change Plan After Business Uproar

    The Russian government has drastically watered-down its new package of climate change legislation after push-back from the country’s leading businesses, Russian daily Kommersant reported. Plans for quotas on carbon emissions at Russia’s largest companies, a new national carbon trading system and penalties for the biggest polluters have now been scrapped. Instead, Russia will only go…

  • Putin Seeks to Abandon Geneva Conventions’ Victim-Protection Clause

    Putin Seeks to Abandon Geneva Conventions’ Victim-Protection Clause

    President Vladimir Putin is seeking to withdraw Russia’s recognition of a Geneva Conventions provision on protecting victims of war. Spurred by Russian lawmakers, Putin issued a decree Wednesday revoking the Soviet Union’s statement accompanying its 1989 adoption of the additional protocol to the conventions. Adopted in 1977, Protocol I to the 1949 Geneva Conventions aims…

  • Kremlin Questions Language of ‘Unusual’ Trump Letter to Erdogan

    Kremlin Questions Language of ‘Unusual’ Trump Letter to Erdogan

    The Kremlin on Thursday questioned the tone of a letter sent by U.S. President Donald Trump to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which it called highly unusual for correspondence between heads of state. The White House on Wednesday released the Oct. 9 letter, in which Trump urged Erdogan: “Don’t be a tough guy” and…

  • Rosneft Sets Drilling Data Monitoring Stations with Artificial Intelligence Elements at Heavy Drilling Rigs

    Rosneft has set drilling data monitoring stations with artificial intelligence elements at heavy drilling rigs.

  • Rosneft Gives More Than 120 Licenses for Unique Russian digital Complex for Modelling Hydraulic Fracturing

    Rosneft Oil Company has given more than 30 commercial and more than 40 test licenses for the right to use RN-GRID, Eurasia’s first industrial simulator of hydraulic fracturing, to twenty-five oilfield servicing and oil and gas companies.

  • Economic Benefits of Introduction of Digital Planning Complex in Upstream Area Amounted to More Than 2 Billion Rubles

    Rosneft gained economic benefits from the introduction of a digital complex for planning, accounting and monitoring of the well intervention programme efficiency in the amount of more than 2 billion rubles.

  • Putin Orders Monitoring of Youth Behavior Online

    Putin Orders Monitoring of Youth Behavior Online

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the government to monitor the online behavior of young Russians and to produce “moral and spiritual education” content for them. Young Russians have been targeted by several government initiatives in recent years, including a ban on minors attending protests and efforts to provide them with a military and patriotic…

  • Russia Protests After U.S. Diplomats Found Near Secret Test Site

    Russia Protests After U.S. Diplomats Found Near Secret Test Site

    Russia said on Thursday it would issue a formal note of protest to the United States after police caught three U.S. diplomats in what it said was a restricted area near a closed military testing site. The diplomats were stopped by police after they arrived by train on Monday and were sent back, the Russian…

  • Kadyrov Denies ‘Purging’ Chechen Elite

    Kadyrov Denies ‘Purging’ Chechen Elite

    Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has denied reports that senior officials and their relatives have been tortured in secret prisons in his republic for showing disrespect and disloyalty to him and his family. The independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper reported this week that members of Kadyrov’s inner circle have been tortured since August and forced to confess…

  • Russia Moves to Require Visitors to Submit Fingerprints

    Russia Moves to Require Visitors to Submit Fingerprints

    Russian authorities are drawing up plans to require all visiting foreigners to submit fingerprints upon arrival, the country’s deputy police chief has said, as experts warned that the move would hurt tourism. Russia has prosecuted more than 30,000 foreigners so far in 2019 for violating migration law, Russia’s Deputy Interior Minister Alexander Gorovoy said at…

  • Russia Removed U.S. Diplomats From Train Near Secret Nuclear Accident Site – Reports

    Russia Removed U.S. Diplomats From Train Near Secret Nuclear Accident Site – Reports

    Russia removed three U.S. diplomats from a train near the site of a mysterious military testing accident on Monday because they did not have special permits to be in the area, Interfax reported Wednesday. Russia’s state nuclear agency, Rosatom, has acknowledged that five of its nuclear workers were killed in an Aug. 8 explosion during…

  • Alexey Miller and German Ambassador Geza Andreas von Geyr discuss current areas of cooperation

    Alexey Miller and German Ambassador Geza Andreas von Geyr discuss current areas of cooperation

    Release October 16, 2019, 18:35 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Geza Andreas von Geyr, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Russian Federation, took place today in Moscow. The parties discussed current areas of cooperation, including the Company’s gas exports to Germany. The meeting participants expressed great appreciation for Nord Stream’s contribution to the…

  • Sweden Spent $2M Hunting for Nonexistent ‘Russian Sub’ – Reports

    Sweden Spent $2M Hunting for Nonexistent ‘Russian Sub’ – Reports

    The Swedish navy spent almost $2 million hunting for a Russian submarine off the coast of Stockholm that turned out to be a broken buoy, Sweden’s Svenska Dagbladet newspaper has reported. Sweden said in 2014 it had proof that a foreign submarine had been operating illegally in the Stockholm archipelago after suspicions sparked the country’s…

  • Trump Officials Rush to Turkey as Russia Advances to Fill Syria Void From U.S. Retreat

    Trump Officials Rush to Turkey as Russia Advances to Fill Syria Void From U.S. Retreat

    The Trump administration dispatched its top officials to Turkey on Wednesday for emergency talks to try to persuade Ankara to halt an assault on northern Syria, while Russian troops swept into territory abandoned by Washington in a sudden retreat. Robert O’Brien, White House national security adviser since last month, arrived in Turkey aiming to meet Foreign…

  • Russia Arrests 5 More Opposition Protesters in ‘Moscow Case’ Prosecutions

    Russia Arrests 5 More Opposition Protesters in ‘Moscow Case’ Prosecutions

    Russian police have arrested five more people on suspicion of assaulting police officers at opposition protests this summer, marking a new wave of trials in the so-called “Moscow case.” Russians took to the streets nearly every weekend this summer after a slew of opposition politicians were barred from taking part in Moscow’s local election. The…

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