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  • Russia’s First Floating Nuclear Power Plant Sets Sail in Arctic Amid Environmental Fears

    Russia’s first floating nuclear power plant set sail Friday from the Arctic port of Murmansk to provide power to one of the country’s most remote regions, sparking environmental concerns. Developed by the Russian state nuclear company Rosatom, the plant, known as “Akademik Lomonosov,” set off on a 5,000 kilometer (3,100 mile) journey through Arctic waters…

  • Russian Court Extends Detention of Ex-U.S. Marine Whelan

    A former U.S. Marine held in Russia on suspicion of spying said on Friday that prison authorities in Moscow had injured him, as a court ruled to extend his detention by two months. Paul Whelan, who holds U.S., British, Canadian and Irish passports, was detained in a Moscow hotel room on Dec. 28 and accused of espionage,…

  • Putin Orders Reciprocal Russian Response to U.S. Missile Test

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday ordered a like-for-like response to a recent U.S. missile test, which he said showed that Washington aimed to deploy previously banned missiles around the world. The Pentagon said on Monday it had tested a conventionally-configured cruise missile that hit its target after more than 500 kilometers of flight, its…

  • Arkhangelsk Doctors Weren’t Warned About Radiation, Surgeon Confirms in First Public Account

    In a previously unreported social media post, a Russian doctor has publicly confirmed that his colleagues were forced to treat radiation victims after a deadly nuclear explosion earlier this month without basic equipment or knowledge of the accident.  A blast at a military base in northern Russia killed seven people and injured six on Aug. 8,…

  • Ukraine, EU Oppose Trump’s Suggestion of Readmitting Russia to G7

    Ukraine’s president backed leading European powers on Thursday in opposing the readmission of Russia to the Group of Seven advanced economies, saying Moscow still occupied Crimea and was frustrating peace in eastern Ukraine. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday it would be “appropriate” to have Russia rejoin what used to be the G8. France…

  • Academics Accuse Kremlin of Repressing Political Protesters

    Over 550 Russian academics and scientists accused the Kremlin on Thursday of waging a campaign of repression against activists who have staged some of Russia’s biggest anti-government protests in years. In an open letter, they demanded that criminal cases be dropped against more than a dozen people who face up to eight years in jail…

  • Russia, Ukraine Near Prisoner Swap Including Jailed Sailors – Reports

    Russia and Ukraine have agreed to exchange as many as 66 prisoners held in both countries as soon as next week, including 24 Ukrainian sailors captured off the coast of Crimea last year, media outlets have reported. Russia holds dozens of Ukrainian captives following five years of conflict in eastern Ukraine, but it is unclear…

  • Russia Says U.S. Missile Test Will Lead To ‘Uncontrolled Arms Race’

    Russia has accused the United States of provoking an “uncontrolled” arms race during a United Nations Security Council meeting, the latest in an exchange of barbs between Moscow and Washington over the demise of a Cold War-era arms control treaty. Russia and China on Thursday asked the UN Security Council to meet over U.S. officials’…

  • Russian Opposition Politician Navalny Released From Jail

    Russian Opposition Politician Navalny Released From Jail

    Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was released on Friday after 30 days in prison, his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said on Twitter. Navalny, a prominent Kremlin critic, was jailed on charges of violating Russia’s protest laws after he called for people to demonstrate in central Moscow over the exclusion of opposition candidates from a local election…

  • He knew Gazprom inside out. Celebrating 85th anniversary of Rem Vyakhirev

    August 23, 2019 Excerpts from the book “Rem Ivanovich Vyakhirev.” Published by Real Modern Pictures, 2014. Oil rig operator. Kilometers traveled with tools on shoulder After graduation, Rem Vyakhirev was an oil field operator on patrol for several years. I can give a brief explanation to those who have no idea what it is: in the 1950s, a worker with a gas mask and a set of tools on his…

  • Zohr Gas Output Reaches 76 MCMD

    The consortium of Eni, Rosneft, BP, and Mubadala Petroleum continues the successful implementation of the Zohr gas project on the Mediterranean shelf together with Egyptian oil and gas companies

  • Kremlin Jabs at Trump’s Greenland Purchase Idea

    Kremlin Jabs at Trump’s Greenland Purchase Idea

    Russia doesn’t “shop” for foreign territories, the Kremlin has said in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s idea to buy the resource-rich Danish territory of Greenland. Trump, who built his career as a real estate mogul, has mused openly in recent days about a U.S. purchase of Greenland, raising eyebrows in Europe and the U.S.…

  • Wildfires Have Cost Russia $100M in 2019, Forestry Authority Says

    Wildfires Have Cost Russia $100M in 2019, Forestry Authority Says

    Russia’s forest authority estimates that forest fires across Siberia and other regions have cost approximately 7 billion rubles ($106 million) so far this year, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency has reported. More than 200 fires are burning across an area of 1.1 million hectares of the country, almost 1 million of which cover remote…

  • Optimists of Northern Capital. Gazprom Cup regatta series concludes at St. Petersburg Yacht Club

    Optimists of Northern Capital. Gazprom Cup regatta series concludes at St. Petersburg Yacht Club

    News from projects and regions August 22, 2019, 17:00 On August 21, the St. Petersburg Yacht Club held the award ceremony for the winners and participants of the Optimists of the Northern Capital. Gazprom Cup regatta – Russia’s largest national children’s sports tournament, which has been held since 2012 by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and the Sailing Academy with…

  • Pro-Kremlin Activists Storm NGO Protest Forum, Saying: ‘We Don’t Want Maidan in Russia’

    Pro-Kremlin Activists Storm NGO Protest Forum, Saying: ‘We Don’t Want Maidan in Russia’

    Members of two infamous pro-Kremlin groups have stormed a human rights NGO’s seminar on how to deal with law enforcement at protests, saying they don’t want a repeat of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution in Russia.  Two fringe nationalist groups called the National Liberation Movement (NOD) and SERB are known for attacks on opposition activists and…

  • Art Patron Mikhail Abramov, Dead at 55

    Art Patron Mikhail Abramov, Dead at 55

    On Aug. 20 collector and art patron Mikhail Abramov was killed in an accident near Peloponnes, Greece on his way to the international airport and a flight to Moscow. The helicopter he was in crashed into the sea, killing Abramov, another passenger and the pilot. Abramov was a businessman and collector of ancient Christian art…

  • Russian Doctors Rattled by Radiation Exposure Told to ‘Get to Work’ After Explosion

    Russian Doctors Rattled by Radiation Exposure Told to ‘Get to Work’ After Explosion

    Doctors who treated victims of radiation after a deadly explosion in northern Russia were told to “get to work” after raising concerns of exposure, Russian media have reported, citing medical personnel involved in treating the victims. A rocket engine blast killed at least five people and injured six on a platform off the coast of the…

  • Russia Says U.S. Missile Deployments in Asia Would Be a Threat

    Russia Says U.S. Missile Deployments in Asia Would Be a Threat

    Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that a possible U.S. deployment of missiles in the Asia-Pacific region would pose a threat to international security. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said earlier this month that he was in favor of placing ground-launched, intermediate-range missiles in Asia relatively soon. “U.S. actions are creating a threat for international…

  • European Union Is Against Russia’s Return to G7 Talks, Official Says

    European Union Is Against Russia’s Return to G7 Talks, Official Says

    The European Union is against making any unconditional invitation to Russia to let it rejoin talks among the G7 world leaders, a senior official with the bloc said of an idea floated by U.S. President Donald Trump. The seven leaders of the world’s advanced industrialized countries are due to meet in the French resort of…

  • Putin Plays Down Moscow Protests, Blames Opposition for ‘Falsification’

    Putin Plays Down Moscow Protests, Blames Opposition for ‘Falsification’

    Russian opposition members were banned from running for Moscow’s legislature because they had submitted “falsified” signatures, President Vladimir Putin has said, playing down the election protests that rocked the capital this summer. Tens of thousands of people have demonstrated in central Moscow since mid-July in support of the opposition candidates. Authorities barred the candidates from…

  • 1 in 5 Russians Believe They Can Influence the Government, Poll Says

    1 in 5 Russians Believe They Can Influence the Government, Poll Says

    One in five Russians believe that they can affect their government’s decision-making processes, according to a new poll that sociologists link to growing public discontent with the authorities in Russia. Over the past year, Russia has seen protests against unpopular moves by the authorities, including President Vladimir Putin’s pension reforms that will delay many workers’…

  • Russian Chess Legend Karpov Unable to Get U.S. Visa, His Friend Says

    Russian Chess Legend Karpov Unable to Get U.S. Visa, His Friend Says

    Russian chess grandmaster Anatoly Karpov has been unable for several months to obtain a visa to travel to the United States, his friend, the owner of a chess academy in New York who invited him to teach a summer camp there, said on Wednesday. Karpov, 68, considered one of the greatest chess players of the…

  • Russia, China Call for UN Security Council Meeting On U.S. Missile Developments

    Russia and China have asked the United Nations Security Council to meet on Thursday over “statements by U.S. officials on their plans to develop and deploy medium-range missiles,” according to the request seen by Reuters. Moscow and Beijing want to convene the 15-member council under the agenda item “threats to international peace and security” and…

  • Jailed Danish Jehovah’s Witness Accuses Russian Guards of Planting Knife

    A Danish Jehovah’s Witness jailed in Russia on extremism charges has accused prison guards of “planting” a knife and then filming its discovery in his cell, the religious organization said. Dennis Christensen was the first Jehovah’s Witness to be convicted in Russia this year after the country declared the group “extremist” in 2017. Christensen, whose…

  • Russia’s Street Art Festival Unveils Sky-High Spray-Painting

    Russia’s Street Art Festival Unveils Sky-High Spray-Painting

    As part of Russia’s Urban Morphogenesis Street Art Festival, spectacular displays of graffiti will be put on display in the Moscow region district of Odintsovo. The murals will be painted over 35,000 square meters in 30 days. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Trash Discovery Shows Turkey Eyes Putin’s Anti-Sanctions Network

    Trash Discovery Shows Turkey Eyes Putin’s Anti-Sanctions Network

    Russia and Turkey held urgent talks in July on connecting Turkish companies and lenders to the Russian central bank’s alternative to the SWIFT financial messaging system. The two sides met soon after Turkey risked the threat of U.S. sanctions by taking delivery of a Russian S-400 air-defense missile system, snubbing demands by the Trump administration to cancel…

  • Russian Officials Condemn Police Violence During Moscow Protests

    Russian Officials Condemn Police Violence During Moscow Protests

    A senior Russian official and an industrial magnate with close Kremlin ties have spoken out this week against police violence in Moscow’s largest protests in years. Critics have said the authorities used excessive force while detaining hundreds of people who rallied this summer in support of fair local elections. The Kremlin said individual cases of…

  • Gazprom Transgaz Moscow hosts Constellation Festival

    Gazprom Transgaz Moscow hosts Constellation Festival

    News from projects and regions August 21, 2019, 17:30 On August 11–16, the Constellation Festival, Gazprom Transgaz Moscow’s corporate event for creators and performers, took place in the Kursk Region. The festival participants included over 400 representatives of the company’s branches from 14 Russian regions. The jury, which consisted of famous Russian artists and trainers, selected winners in three age groups…

  • On This Day: Leon Trotsky Was Assassinated With an Ice Pick

    On This Day: Leon Trotsky Was Assassinated With an Ice Pick

    Born Lev Davidovich Bronshtein in 1879, Leon Trotsky was the fifth child in a Ukrainian-Jewish family. His family had a successful farm in what is now Bereslavka, Ukraine, which was home to a large Jewish community.  At home, Trotsky spoke a mix of Russian and Ukrainian, though he was also fluent in French, English and…

  • Tens of Thousands Flee Russian-Led Attack on Syrian Opposition Enclave

    Tens of Thousands Flee Russian-Led Attack on Syrian Opposition Enclave

    Ten of thousands of people have fled to Syria’s border with Turkey in the last few days as a Syrian army advance pushed further into the opposition’s last major stronghold, residents, rights groups and opposition sources said on Wednesday. They left Maarat al-Numan, a city in Idlib province that has been a sanctuary for families…

  • Trump Calls to Allow Russia to Join G7, Moscow Responds With Skepticism

    Trump Calls to Allow Russia to Join G7, Moscow Responds With Skepticism

    U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday it would be appropriate to let Russia join the G7 group of advanced industrialized countries. Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump noted his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, had wanted Russia out of what used to be the G8 “because Putin outsmarted him.” “But I think it’s much more appropriate to have Russia in.…

  • Russian Police Face Prison Time for Refusing to Break Up Ingushetia Protests

    Russian Police Face Prison Time for Refusing to Break Up Ingushetia Protests

    Thirteen police officers in Russia’s republic of Ingushetia will stand trial for refusing to disperse protesters during clashes over a contentious land-swap deal, the MBKh Media news website has reported. Protests held this spring to demand a public vote on the border agreement with neighboring Chechnya turned violent when armed security forces tried to disperse them.…

  • Russia Reports New Case of African Swine Fever in Its Far East

    Russia Reports New Case of African Swine Fever in Its Far East

    Russia has detected new cases of African swine fever (AFS) in the Amur region near its border with China, local authorities said on Wednesday. ASF-infected pigs were found at two private farms in the village of Volkovo near Blagoveshchensk, the local administration said on its website. The ASF virus is a highly contagious fever among…

  • Russian Official Calls Siberian Flood Victims ‘Bums,’ Sparking Backlash – Reports

    Russian Official Calls Siberian Flood Victims ‘Bums,’ Sparking Backlash – Reports

    A Russian regional official has caused controversy for allegedly comparing victims of this summer’s historic Siberian floods to animals in a leaked audio file she claims was faked. The comments allegedly made by Irina Alashkevich, the Irkutsk regional administration’s spokeswoman, come a month after another regional official ignited backlash for insulting the victims of flood-hit areas. Over…

  • Russian Tycoons Forsake Western Sports Teams as Asians Step Up

    Russian Tycoons Forsake Western Sports Teams as Asians Step Up

    Another year, and another Russian billionaire relinquishes ownership of a professional sports club. The latest to do so is Mikhail Prokhorov, who’s selling his stake in the Brooklyn Nets and its arena for a record $3.5 billion to Joe Tsai, the Taiwan-born executive vice chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Last August, Alisher Usmanov sold his 30%…

  • Russian Oil Exports to U.S. Soar to 6-Year High

    Russian Oil Exports to U.S. Soar to 6-Year High

    Russia’s oil and petroleum sales to the United States have reached six-year highs, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data analyzed by the RBC news website. The U.S. imported 61.75 million barrels of crude oil and petroleum products from Russia in January-May 2019, up from 56 million barrels in January-May 2018. Russia’s Federal Customs Service,…

  • Russia Is ‘Deeply European,’ France’s Macron Says in Russian

    Russia Is ‘Deeply European,’ France’s Macron Says in Russian

    Russia is a European country, French President Emmanuel Macron has said following talks with President Vladimir Putin. Macron hosted Putin in France on Monday, where the French leader played up efforts “to tie Russia and Europe back together” and underscored his belief that “Europe stretches from Lisbon to Vladivostok.”  “Russia is a very deeply European…

  • Keeping the Khachaturyan Sisters’ Case Alive

    Keeping the Khachaturyan Sisters’ Case Alive

    On a dreary Sunday afternoon in northeast Moscow, over 800 people came out to support three young sisters who have been charged with the murder of their father.   Among an audience of varied genders and ages, some came to support the sisters, others for the bands scheduled to perform. The audience brought in 176,600 rubles…

  • Russia’s Recon Drone Takes Off as Military Touts 24-Hour Flight Time

    Russia’s Recon Drone Takes Off as Military Touts 24-Hour Flight Time

    The Russian military has unveiled footage of a reconnaissance drone, which it claims can fly for over 24 hours, performing its first flight. Previous reporting has suggested that Russia’s long-endurance armed drone project had been beset by cost overruns and delays. Russia’s Altius-U boasts an “entire spectrum of reconnaissance tasks using optical, radio and radar…

  • Most Russians Don’t Believe in a Better Future – State Poll

    Most Russians Don’t Believe in a Better Future – State Poll

    A majority of Russians believe that conditions in their country make it hard to plan for the long-term future, according to a state-funded survey published on Tuesday. Russians have been affected by five years of Western sanctions and dropping oil prices, with real incomes shrinking and almost 21 million people in the country living below the poverty line.…

  • Russia Fines CNN Broadcaster for Volume Violations

    Russia Fines CNN Broadcaster for Volume Violations

    Russia’s federal anti-monopoly service FAS said on Tuesday it fined a media group that broadcasts CNN International in Russia 200,000 rubles ($3,000) for breaking volume regulations in its programming. The fine was imposed on Monday, FAS said on its website.

  • Russia’s Last Cold War-Era Reactor Lifted Onshore in the Arctic

    Russia’s Last Cold War-Era Reactor Lifted Onshore in the Arctic

    On the night of Aug. 8, the last of 120 reactor compartments from Cold War-era submarines were docked and brought safely into the storage pad in Saida Bay on the Kola Peninsula. Bringing the last reactors onshore improves the environmental situation in the Barents Sea, said SevRAO, the northern branch of Russia’s state radioactive waste management company.…

  • Some Russian Radiation Sensors Back Online After Rocket Explosion, Monitor Says

    Some Russian Radiation Sensors Back Online After Rocket Explosion, Monitor Says

    The radioactive-particle sensors of at least one of the stations in Russia that went offline after a mysterious blast in the country’s far north are transmitting again, the operator of the global network to which they belong said on Tuesday. Four of the stations that scan for so-called radionuclide particles wafting through the air for…

  • Russia Says It Won’t Share Rocket Explosion Data as Suspicions Swirl

    Russia Says It Won’t Share Rocket Explosion Data as Suspicions Swirl

    Russia told an international organization set up to verify a ban on nuclear tests that a military testing accident in northern Russia earlier this month was none of its business and that handing it radiation data was entirely voluntary. Russia has acknowledged that five nuclear workers were killed in the explosion on Aug. 8, which…

  • 130K Troops to Hold Mass Military Drills at War Games, Russia Announces

    130K Troops to Hold Mass Military Drills at War Games, Russia Announces

    Russia and seven of its allies, including China and India, will send 128,000 soldiers to train in mass anti-terrorism drills next month, the country’s Defense Ministry has announced. The upcoming maneuvers will take place a year after Russia and China staged 300,000-strong anti-missile exercises near the Chinese border. Those exercises, which were Russia’s largest war…

  • Sailing Into the Past in Lipetsk

    Sailing Into the Past in Lipetsk

    Flags flutter above linen tents, musicians play ancient melodies on old musical instruments, craftsmen peddle their wares… This might look like the film set for the latest television series, but it’s actually a historical reenactment festival called Ladeinoye Pole that has been held every year since 2007 in the Lipetsk region, about 500 kilometers to…

  • Russia Accuses U.S. of Stoking Tensions With Post-INF Missile Test

    Russia Accuses U.S. of Stoking Tensions With Post-INF Missile Test

    Russia said on Tuesday that the U.S. test of a ground-launched cruise missile was regrettable and showed that Washington had long been preparing for the demise of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The Pentagon said Monday that it tested a ground-launched cruise missile with a range of more than 500 kilometers, the first such…

  • Russia’s Norilsk Tops Global List of SO2 Emissions Hot Spots – NASA

    Russia’s Norilsk Tops Global List of SO2 Emissions Hot Spots – NASA

    Russia’s Norilsk smelter complex and a town in South Africa’s eastern coal mining province have the highest sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions in the world, according to satellite data from U.S. space agency NASA. The NASA-compiled data published on Monday was commissioned by environmental group Greenpeace India and used the space authority’s satellites to track anthropogenic…

  • Putin Tells Macron: ‘I Don’t Want Yellow Vests in Russia’

    Putin Tells Macron: ‘I Don’t Want Yellow Vests in Russia’

    President Vladimir Putin rebuked his French counterpart on Monday, saying he did not want “yellow vest” protests to spring up like in France, after Emmanuel Macron urged the Russian leader to abide by democratic principles following weeks of protests in Moscow. Macron, who was meeting Putin at his summer residence in southern France five days before…

  • 1 in 5 Russians Are Gamers, Poll Says

    1 in 5 Russians Are Gamers, Poll Says

    Nearly one in five Russians plays video games, according to a new state-funded survey. Research says that Russia has the world’s sixth-largest video game market, with 66.1 million gamers counted in 2018. Previous polling has said that most Russians prefer to spend their free time watching movies and television. Nineteen percent of Russian respondents said they…

  • Sergey Diaghilev, Remembered 90 Years After His Death

    Sergey Diaghilev, Remembered 90 Years After His Death

    The need for honest and objective information on Russia is more relevant now than ever before! To keep our newsroom in Moscow running, we need your support. With your help, we can continue with our mission to keep you informed with breaking news, business analysis, thought-provoking opinions, the best of culture and insights into everyday…

  • Pro-Moscow Rebels Reject Evidence of Russian Tanks in Eastern Ukraine

    Pro-Moscow Rebels Reject Evidence of Russian Tanks in Eastern Ukraine

    Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine have rejected newly published evidence of Russia’s military involvement in one of the deadliest battles of Ukraine’s five-year conflict. The battle of Ilovaysk, which pitted Ukrainian forces against Russian-backed rebels in August 2014, resulted in hundreds of deaths on both sides. Russia has consistently denied that it has provided arms or…

  • Moscow Protest Leaders Sued for $190K Over Blocked Traffic Claims

    Moscow Protest Leaders Sued for $190K Over Blocked Traffic Claims

    Two of Moscow’s transportation authorities and a restaurant owner are seeking nearly $200,000 in damages from opposition figures over alleged traffic disruptions and lost revenue during protests they organized last month, Moscow City Court said Friday. Thousands took to the streets and hundreds were detained on July 27 during unauthorized demonstrations in support of candidates…

  • Russia’s Nuclear Monitors ‘Went Silent’ Following Rocket Explosion – WSJ

    Russia’s Nuclear Monitors ‘Went Silent’ Following Rocket Explosion – WSJ

    Two of Russia’s nuclear radiation monitoring stations went silent two days after a mysterious explosion that led to a radiation spike in northern Russia earlier this month, The Wall Street Journal reported. Russian officials say at least five nuclear engineers were killed during a rocket test involving “isotope power sources” on a platform in the…

  • On This Day in 1991 a Coup Was Attempted in Moscow

    On This Day in 1991 a Coup Was Attempted in Moscow

    On Aug. 19, 1991 the Soviet Union woke up to “Swan Lake” being broadcast on television interspersed with newscasters reading an announcement. The “State Emergency Committee” (Russian acronym GKChP) had taken control in the country from a supposedly ailing Mikhail Gorbachev, who was at a state residence in Crimea. The country would be headed by…

  • 17 Countries Owe Russia $27Bln – Reports

    17 Countries Owe Russia $27Bln – Reports

    Seventeen countries owe Russia a total of $27 billion, with most of the country’s lending made through arms deals or unreported political loans, according to a tally by Russia’s RBC news website. The Finance Ministry estimated this year that 25 countries and other legal entities owe Russia $39.4 billion, including through government bonds. Russia classifies…

  • ROSATOM files an application for the participation in the procedure for selection a strategic investor for the Belene NPP (Bulgaria) construction

    ROSATOM files an application for the participation in the procedure for selection a strategic investor for the Belene nuclear power plant construction  Under the procedure for selection of a strategic investor for Belene NPP project (Bulgaria), announced on May 22, 2019, ROSATOM filed an application for the participation in the procedure in a timely manner.…

  • Russia to Open Tourism Center in Remote Arctic Archipelago

    Russia to Open Tourism Center in Remote Arctic Archipelago

    Russia is set to open a new tourism center in Franz Josef Land, a remote Arctic archipelago, in response to heightened interest in traveling above the Arctic Circle. The visitor center is located on Guker Island, one of the largest in the archipelago. On this site in 1929, Soviet explorers established the very first research…

  • Dmitri Shostakovich, Football Fanatic

    Dmitri Shostakovich, Football Fanatic

    Dmitri Shostakovich was one of the 20th century’s most celebrated and prolific composers, whose symphonies, concerti, string quartets and dozens of other works became the musical backdrop for several generations of Soviet citizens. A slim man in thick glasses, Shostakovich was fastidious, diffident, and orderly, the very image of an intellectual composer. But Dmitri Shostakovich…

  • Macron’s Meeting Putin. Just Don’t Call Him Trump’s Messenger

    Macron’s Meeting Putin. Just Don’t Call Him Trump’s Messenger

    French President Emmanuel Macron hosts Russian leader Vladimir Putin at his summer residence on Monday and his office is adamant about what the get-together is not. France isn’t playing the role of go-between with Russia and other world powers, Macron’s office says, after being stung by a tweet from President Donald Trump earlier in August that suggested…

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