The 10th International School on Safety Culture Brings Together More Than a Hundred Participants

From July 5 through 9, the 10th International School on Safety Culture “Developing Leadership and Strong Culture for Safety in the Nuclear Industry” was held online by Rosatom Technical Academy. The professionals and management of leading international organizations – the nuclear industry representatives from Russia, Slovakia, France, Finland, Japan, Austria, Hungary, Turkey, and the USA…

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EU Approval of Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccine Faces More Delays Over ‘Incomplete’ Data – Reuters

The European Union’s review of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine could be delayed until after the summer over “major” data shortcomings and the vaccine maker’s perceived lack of experience with overseas regulators, Reuters reported Tuesday. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) launched a rolling review of Sputnik V, which Russia touts as the world’s first government-approved…

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Russia-Linked Hacking Groups Targeting the U.S.: What You Need to Know

Russia-based hacker groups have been accused of massive ransomware attacks on major U.S. businesses and government agencies in the past year.   The attacks, which have breached U.S. government agencies in addition to private enterprises, are now a major point of contention in already strained ties between Washington and Moscow, with U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration…

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Russia’s Sputnik V Produces Weaker Response Against Delta, Other Variants – Developers’ Study

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine produces a weaker immune response against aggressive new mutations of the coronavirus such as the Delta variant, the jabs’ developers announced Monday in a new peer-reviewed study. Sputnik V’s developers used blood samples from people who had completed a course of vaccination with the jab to investigate the so-called virus-neutralizing activity…

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Opposition Columnist Joins List of Self-Exiled Russians

Prominent Russian opposition-leaning columnist Fyodor Krasheninnikov has joined a growing list of activists and political figures to leave the country in recent months amid what Kremlin critics call an intensifying crackdown on dissent. Krasheninnikov fled Russia for neighboring Lithuania last August after being fined and then jailed for “disrespecting authorities” in his online posts criticizing…

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Roscosmos Chief Pokes Russian Billionaires After Branson Space Flight

Russia’s space chief Dmitry Rogozin has pressed his country’s oligarchs to take a page from their Western counterparts and invest into space after British billionaire Richard Branson’s journey to the frontier of space. Branson and five Virgin Galactic employees breached the U.S.-recognized boundary of space Sunday and experienced a few minutes of weightlessness at an altitude of…

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Siberian Wildfires Spread 17.5% in 24 Hours

Wildfires ravaging northeastern Siberia have spread by nearly 70,000 hectares in the past day, marking a 17.5% increase in a single day, the Kommersant business daily reported Friday, citing the regional emergencies ministry.  Some 400,000 hectares of forest are now burning in Russia’s republic of Sakha. Abnormally high temperatures and historic drought as well as strong winds…

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ROSATOM acts as an organizer of the International Conference on Quantum Technologies ICQT-2021

The International Conference on Quantum Technologies ICQT-2021 will be held on July 12-16. It is organized by the Russian Quantum Center, ROSATOM and National Quantum Laboratory; the event partners are the Russian Academy of Sciences, Sberbank, Gazprombank, and Roscongress Foundation. The conference is included in the program of “Year of Science and Technology in Russia”.…

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Russia’s Black Sea Resorts to Require Tourists to Vaccinate

Russia’s Black Sea coastal resorts including Sochi will require visiting tourists to vaccinate against the coronavirus within three days of arrival, regional authorities announced Friday as infections spiked and Russians canceled bookings en masse over the new rules and newly opened foreign destinations. The new rules revised previously announced requirements, which take effect Aug. 1,…

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What’s On July 9-11

Watch “The Seagull” where Chekhov wrote it Every year Melikhovo, the small holding about 80 kilometers south of Moscow when writer and playwright Anton Chekhov lived for many years, puts on a several productions on the property. The most interesting is “The Seagull,” which was written at Melikhovo and seems to have been inspired, in…

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Russians Sour on Navalny After ‘Extremist’ Ruling – Poll

Russians view jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny in an increasingly bad light and largely approve or remain indifferent toward the authorities’ decision to brand his political movement as “extremist,” according to an independent survey published Friday. The Levada Center polling agency said 14% of its respondents approve of Navalny’s activities, dropping from 20% last year…

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Atommash has manufactured the first steam generator for the second power unit of Akkuyu NPP (Turkey)

At the Volgodonsk branch of JSC “AEM-technology” “Atommash” (part of the ROSATOM machine-building division – Atomenergomash), the production of the first steam generator for the second power unit of Akkuyu NPP under construction in Turkey has been fully completed. The manufacturing cycle of a steam generator includes assembly-welding of vessels from separate shells and nozzles,…

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EU Invites Russia to Discuss Mutual Vaccine Certificate Recognition – TASS

The European Union has approached Russia for talks on recognizing each other’s coronavirus vaccination certificates, EU Ambassador to Russia Markus Ederer said Thursday.  The EU launched its own digital vaccination certificate on July 1, allowing vaccinated EU citizens to travel freely within the 27-member bloc. As the certificate only recognizes vaccines authorized by the EU,…

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Tajikistan Seeks Russia-Led Alliance’s Aid as Violence Builds on Afghan Border

Tajikistan has asked a Russia-led alliance for assistance in dealing with security challenges as the United States pulls out of its southern neighbor Afghanistan and Taliban forces advance. Tajikistan is part of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a loose military alliance of ex-Soviet states that also includes Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Belarus.  Speaking…

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Russian Health Worker Detained for Selling Fake Covid Vaccine Certificates – Police

A senior administrator at a western Russian clinic has been detained on suspicion of selling fake coronavirus vaccine certificates, police said Wednesday. The unnamed Kaliningrad region medical worker is the latest and most high-profile suspect in the authorities’ attempt to crack down on the black market sale of falsified Covid-19 jab certificates.  Demand for fake…

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Russian Court Bans ‘Happy Tree Friends,’ Anime Films

A Russian court has banned the distribution of adult cartoon “Happy Tree Friends” and several other animated films within the country, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported Thursday.  Court-appointed experts determined that “Happy Tree Friends,” which is about three cartoon forest animals that die in graphically violent ways every episode, “contains elements of cruelty”…

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Floods Kill 8 in Southern Russia Resorts

At least eight people have been killed by floods caused by torrential rain that have hit southern Russian resort towns over the past week, Interfax reported Wednesday. Authorities declared a state of emergency in six Krasnodar region towns near the Black Sea roughly 1,300 kilometers south of Moscow. Since heavy rainfall began Sunday, two people in…

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Famous Faces Join the Race in Russia’s High-Stakes Parliamentary Elections

Several well-known figures from Russian entertainment, media and sports are now eyeing a career change by seeking seats in the country’s September parliamentary elections. The high-stakes elections for Russia’s lower-house State Duma will see the ruling, pro-Kremlin United Russia party seek to hold onto its majority despite historically low approval ratings. Here’s a look at…

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MEPhI holds first graduation ceremony for students from Zambia

On July 6, 15 Zambian graduates from the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI) received their BS diplomas. The ceremony took place at the Obninsk Institute for Nuclear Power Engineering. The graduates in field of nuclear power and thermophysics were: Mabvuto Banda, Richard Vlahakis, Thandiwe Zulu, Chabala Kalenga, Machona Mbahwe, Nchimunya Mwiinga, Bertha Mumba, Morris Mungwalubilo, Mwenya…

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U.S. RNC Breach Traced to Russia-Linked Hacking Group – Bloomberg

Russian government-linked hackers were behind last week’s cyberattack targeting the U.S. Republican National Committee, Bloomberg reported Tuesday, citing two unnamed sources familiar with the matter.  The hack appears to have originated with APT29, also known as Cozy Bear, a hacker group that is widely believed to be linked to Russia’s intelligence agencies and was previously…

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Russia Says Ready to Activate Tajik Military Base Amid U.S. Pullout, Taliban Advance in Afghanistan

Russia is prepared to activate a military base in ex-Soviet Tajikistan against advancing Taliban forces on its southern border as U.S. troops finalize their pullout from neighboring Afghanistan, its top diplomat said Wednesday. Tajikistan is host to more than 6,000 Russian servicemen deployed to the Russian Ground Forces’ 201st military base, one of Russia’s few…

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American Lawyer Detained in Russia Alongside Veteran Belarus Opposition Leader – CNN

A U.S. passport holder was detained in Moscow alongside a veteran Belarusian opposition leader three months ago and spirited away to Minsk to face charges of attempting a coup, CNN reported Tuesday. Belarusian-American lawyer Yuras Zyankovich was detained by Russia’s FSB security agency in April while having lunch at a Moscow restaurant with Alexander Feduta,…

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