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  • Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo, Gazpromneft Marine Bunker, and USC agree on strategic partnership

    Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo, Gazpromneft Marine Bunker, and USC agree on strategic partnership

    Release September 5, 2019, 10:25 Oleg Melekhin, Director General of Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo, Alexey Medvedev, Acting Director General of Gazpromneft Marine Bunker, and Alexey Rakhmanov, President of United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), today signed at the 5th Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok a Memorandum of Cooperation and Strategic Partnership. The document was signed in the presence of Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and…

  • As Discontent Simmers, Russia’s Ruling Party Dons Camouflage in Countrywide Elections

    As Discontent Simmers, Russia’s Ruling Party Dons Camouflage in Countrywide Elections

    Ahead of Sunday’s nationwide regional elections, Russia’s most prominent opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, is urging voters dissatisfied with the status quo to ignore their ideological beliefs and focus solely on casting the ruling United Russia party out of power. But in the Russian capital, voters heading to the polls to select deputies for the Moscow…

  • Gazprom to take part in work of digital development center at Far Eastern Federal University

    Gazprom to take part in work of digital development center at Far Eastern Federal University

    Release September 5, 2019, 10:20 An agreement of intent was concluded today at the 5th Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok to implement projects in the field of advanced information technologies at Far Eastern Federal University. The document was signed by Alexander Kozlov, Russian Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic, Konstantin Noskov, Russian Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media, Alexey Miller,…

  • Rosneft Holds Round Table with Japanese Business Representatives at the Eastern Economic Forum

    As part of the 5th Eastern Economic Forum, Rosneft has held a round table with leading representatives of the energy industry of Japan and heads of major Japanese corporations.

  • Gazprom and SIBUR sign documents for further cooperation in gas processing and chemistry

    Gazprom and SIBUR sign documents for further cooperation in gas processing and chemistry

    Release September 5, 2019, 10:00 Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Dmitry Konov, Chairman of the Management Board of SIBUR Holding (on behalf of the Amur Gas Chemical Complex), today signed at the 5th Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok a preliminary contract. The document outlines the basic terms of long-term supplies of liquefied petroleum gases (LPG) and additional volumes of ethane fraction from…

  • India’s Russian Arms Purchases Hit ‘Breakthrough’ $14.5Bln, Official Says

    India’s Russian Arms Purchases Hit ‘Breakthrough’ $14.5Bln, Official Says

    India has ordered a “breakthrough” $14.5 billion of Russian-made weapons since last year despite sanctions pressure from the United States, Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) has said. India is the largest buyer of Russian military hardware, having signed a $5 billion deal for Russian S-400 surface to air missile systems last…

  • ‘Stick, Then Carrot’: Why Are Moscow Protest Charges Being Dropped?

    ‘Stick, Then Carrot’: Why Are Moscow Protest Charges Being Dropped?

    Russian media have dubbed Tuesday “Judgment Day” for the number of court decisions related to this summer’s wave of Moscow anti-government protests that took place.  A blogger was sentenced to five years behind bars over a tweet that seemingly threatened the families of security officers accused of violently detaining protesters. The court’s seemingly contradictory move…

  • Mongolia Welcomes Putin With Military Pomp, Vivid Performances

    Mongolia Welcomes Putin With Military Pomp, Vivid Performances

    President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday referred to relations between Russia and Mongolia as “brotherly” during his visit to Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar. And just as brothers do, Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga welcomed his Russian counterpart with an elaborate ceremony before negotiations began. The country’s State Honor Guard and an orchestra lined up to welcome Putin at…

  • Powered by LNG, Russian Tanker Sails Arctic Route to China

    Powered by LNG, Russian Tanker Sails Arctic Route to China

    The 250-meter long Korolev Prospect tanker set out from Murmansk fully loaded with oil on August 28. Seven days into its eastbound course, it reached Cape Dezhnev in the Bering Strait. The tanker is expected to arrive in a Chinese port by Sept. 14. It is the first time that an LNG-powered tanker will transit across…

  • Russia Is Warming Disproportionately Fast, Environment Ministry Says

    Russia Is Warming Disproportionately Fast, Environment Ministry Says

    Climate change is heating Russia at a faster rate than the rest of the world, the country’s environment ministry has said in a draft report of environmental data for 2018. Earlier reports have predicted that climate change will bring epidemics, drought and mass hunger to Russia if left unchecked. Melting permafrost in the Russian Arctic…

  • Bolstered by Sanctions, Russia’s Fledgling Cheese Industry Takes First Steps

    Bolstered by Sanctions, Russia’s Fledgling Cheese Industry Takes First Steps

    When Russian President Vladimir Putin slapped a tit-for-tat embargo on Western dairy products five years ago, cheese lovers lamented the replacement of parmesan camembert and cheddar on store shelves with bland, Russian-made substitutes filled with palm oil and other cheap additives.  But for one man, the embargo was a dream come true.  “I’m very grateful…

  • Moscow to Re-Examine Soviet-Era Arctic Drill Site for Oil and Gas Potential

    Moscow to Re-Examine Soviet-Era Arctic Drill Site for Oil and Gas Potential

    The Russian government has commissioned a new analysis of well samples at a drill site in a Norwegian Arctic archipelago used by the Soviet Union nearly 50 years ago. The Grumantskaya-1 well proved to be an underwhelming gas resource and was soon abandoned by Soviet authorities. Half a century later, Moscow is again interested in the…

  • Russia Moves to Legalize Epilepsy Drug After Mothers Accused of Drug Smuggling

    Russia Moves to Legalize Epilepsy Drug After Mothers Accused of Drug Smuggling

    Russia is planning to legalize a prescription drug used to treat epilepsy which almost landed two mothers in jail this summer after they had ordered the unregulated pharmaceutical online for their epileptic children.  The drug smuggling accusations against the two mothers have sparked calls to re-register the epilepsy drug that Russia’s health minister said had no demand…

  • Russia, India Back Legitimate Trade Ties With Iran

    Russia, India Back Legitimate Trade Ties With Iran

    Russia and India said on Wednesday they planned to continue legitimate economic and trade cooperation with Iran, the state-run RIA news agency reported, citing a joint statement issued after talks between the two country’s leaders. The statement was released after Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks at an economic…

  • Vladimir Putin Introduces the Largest Shipyard in Russia to Narendra Modi

    President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi have visited the Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex located in Bolshoy Kamen, Primorsky Region.

  • Germany’s Deutsche Welle Snubs Russian Duma’s Foreign Meddling Panel

    Germany’s Deutsche Welle Snubs Russian Duma’s Foreign Meddling Panel

    German media outlet Deutsche Welle has turned down an invitation to attend Russian lawmakers’ hearings on alleged foreign interference over this summer’s anti-government protests, saying its journalism standards make such meddling impossible. Weeks of demonstrations over elections for the Moscow city legislature have become the biggest sustained protest movement in Russia since 2011-2013. The Foreign…

  • Moscow Protesters Sentenced in ‘New Bolotnaya’ Case

    Moscow Protesters Sentenced in ‘New Bolotnaya’ Case

    Russian authorities have begun handing jail sentences to activists on protest-related charges after they took to the streets in support of fair elections this summer. The Investigative Committee opened criminal proceedings following the July 27 opposition protest and placed 14 suspects of what it called mass civil unrest in pre-trial detention. Charges of mass civil unrest carry a…

  • Bulgaria Condemns Russian Exhibit Lauding WWII ‘Liberation’ of Eastern Europe

    Bulgaria Condemns Russian Exhibit Lauding WWII ‘Liberation’ of Eastern Europe

    Bulgaria lambasted a World War II exhibition organized by the Russian Embassy marking “the liberation of Eastern Europe from Nazism,” saying the region had instead been subjected to a half-century of repression by “Soviet army bayonets.” In a statement, the Foreign Ministry of Bulgaria — which for decades a Soviet satellite in Eastern Europe but now…

  • Rusatom Cargo, Korea Marine Equipment Research Institute KOMERI and South Korean shipping company Sinokor Merchant Marine Co Ltd develop cooperation

    On September 4, 2019, Director General of Rusatom Cargo Aleksandr Neklyudov, President of Korea Marine Equipment Research Institute KOMERI Kong Gil Young and Executive Managing Director of logistic company Sinokor Lim Sam Seob signed a multilateral Memorandum of Understanding on the development of Northern Transit Corridor (NTC). According to the Memorandum parties plan to exchange…

  • Russian Fighter Jet Crashes, Both Pilots Found Dead

    Russian Fighter Jet Crashes, Both Pilots Found Dead

    Two pilots’ bodies have been found a day after their Su-25 fighter jet had crashed during a training flight in southern Russia, rescue services told newswires Wednesday. Searches had been underway since Tuesday afternoon for the two pilots, who had ejected from the Sukhoi Su-25 ground attack jet in the Stavropol region, Interfax cited the…

  • The first working meeting of the Northern Sea Route Public Council was held at the Eastern Economic Forum 2019

    4th September 2019, Vladivostok – The first working meeting of the Northern Sea Route (NSR) Public Council took place at the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) at the Maritime State University (MSU) named after admiral G.I. Nevelskiy in Vladivostok. The meeting was attended by ROSATOM Director General Alexey Likhachev, Director for the NSR Directorate Vyacheslav Ruksha,…

  • Russian Nuclear Blast Debris Is Still Emitting Radiation, Reports Say

    Russian Nuclear Blast Debris Is Still Emitting Radiation, Reports Say

    Journalists in northern Russia have measured high levels of radiation near two abandoned boats that were brought ashore following last month’s mysterious accident during a test at a military site that has raised international concerns and safety fears. Five nuclear engineers and two Defense Ministry employees were killed after a liquid propulsion system exploded on…

  • Russia Open to Private Companies Developing Energy-Rich Arctic Shelf, Minister Says

    Russia Open to Private Companies Developing Energy-Rich Arctic Shelf, Minister Says

    Russia’s natural resources and environment minister said on Wednesday he supported allowing private oil and gas companies to work on the Arctic shelf. Speaking to reporters at an economic forum in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok, the minister, Dmitry Kobylkin, said he supported “any decision linked to an increase in investment in projects…

  • City Where Chernobyl Was Filmed Fears Real-Life Nuclear Disaster

    City Where Chernobyl Was Filmed Fears Real-Life Nuclear Disaster

    Its streets helped form the backdrop for this year’s hit TV show Chernobyl, which depicted a deadly explosion at the Soviet-era nuclear plant in 1986. Now, the Baltic city of Vilnius is preparing for its own potential real-life atomic catastrophe. The Lithuanian capital is on edge over the imminent opening of a nuclear-power facility just…

  • North Caucasus Brochure Tells Women to ‘Defer’ to Men

    North Caucasus Brochure Tells Women to ‘Defer’ to Men

    Authorities in Russia’s predominantly Muslim republic of Ingushetia have issued a brochure for the new school year instructing women to “defer” to men no matter their age. The brochure “promoting the Ingush people’s traditional values” includes visual depictions of the “Ingush code of conduct” and is printed in Russian and Ingush as well as English.…

  • Russia Charges U.S. Student With Drug Possession Over Medical Marijuana

    Russia Charges U.S. Student With Drug Possession Over Medical Marijuana

    A New York-based film student has been charged with drug possession in St. Petersburg for allegedly bringing medical marijuana into the country.  Russia bans the circulation of drugs including marijuana and other cannabinoids, whose use is legalized in certain U.S. states and European countries. U.S. citizen Audrey Elizabeth Lorber was allegedly found in possession of…

  • New climbing wall at earth’s end sponsored by Gazprom Dobycha Nadym

    New climbing wall at earth’s end sponsored by Gazprom Dobycha Nadym

    News from projects and regions September 3, 2019, 17:30 At the beginning of the new school year, a climbing wall was opened at the Seyakhinskaya Boarding School, the northernmost school in the Yamal Peninsula. The training module named Skalodrom was acquired through the grant funding of Gazprom Dobycha Nadym. The rock-climbing structure will allow the students of the boarding school to improve their…

  • Pressure test of primary circuit pipelines and equipment successfully completed at Belarus NPP Unit 1

    On 01.09.2019, hydraulic tests of primary circuit systems and equipment for strength and tightness under 24,5 MPa pressure were successfully completed at Belarus NPP Unit 1 (General Designer and General Contractor is ASE, Engineering Division of ROSATOM). High availability of the unit has given us the opportunity to perform the hot pressure test of pipelines…

  • Russian Fighter Jet Crashes, Pilots’ Fate Unknown

    Russian Fighter Jet Crashes, Pilots’ Fate Unknown

    A Su-25 fighter jet crashed during a training flight in southern Russia, news agencies reported Tuesday, citing the Defense Ministry. Searches are underway for the two pilots who had ejected from the Sukhoi Su-25 ground attack jet in the Stavropol region, Interfax cited the Defense Ministry as saying. The plane reportedly crashed in a deserted…

  • Russia Shuts Down Radioactive Kindergarten in Siberia

    Russia Shuts Down Radioactive Kindergarten in Siberia

    A kindergarten in a coal-mining region of Siberia has been temporarily shut down after an inspection uncovered high levels of the radioactive gas radon. Humans cannot see, smell or taste radon, a gas that causes cancer. It is created from the natural decay of uranium in soil and rocks and can seep into homes through…

  • Gazprom delegation visits China

    Gazprom delegation visits China

    Release September 3, 2019, 14:00 A Gazprom delegation headed by Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Company’s Management Committee, paid a visit to China today. Beijing hosted working meetings of Alexey Miller with Han Zheng, Vice Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, and Wang Yilin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of CNPC. The meetings were focused on the state and prospects of energy cooperation,…

  • Moscow Couples Keep Parental Rights After Bringing Children to Protests

    Moscow Couples Keep Parental Rights After Bringing Children to Protests

    Two Russian couples have gotten away with a warning after authorities had threatened to strip them of parental rights over their young children for taking them to unauthorized anti-Kremlin rallies in Moscow. The two couples faced losing custody after being filmed with their children at what the authorities said were unauthorized rallies in support of…

  • First Foreign Branch of National Research Nuclear University MEPhI opened in Tashkent

    September 3, 2019, a grand opening of the branch of the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (NRNU MEPhI) was held in Tashkent.  The ceremony was attended by Abdulla Aripov, Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Alexey Likhachev, Director General of ROSATOM, Alisher Sultanov, Advisor to the Prime Minister, Minister of Energy of the Republic…

  • Russian Blogger Jailed for 5 Years Over ‘Hateful’ Tweet

    Russian Blogger Jailed for 5 Years Over ‘Hateful’ Tweet

    A Russian blogger has been sentenced to five years in jail for a tweet that the authorities said advocated violence against the children of law enforcement officers at the height of this summer’s opposition protests in Moscow. Thousands took to the streets and hundreds were detained, sometimes violently, on July 27 during unauthorized demonstrations in…

  • Most Russians Don’t Believe ‘Western Meddling’ Is to Blame for Moscow Protests, Poll Says

    Most Russians Don’t Believe ‘Western Meddling’ Is to Blame for Moscow Protests, Poll Says

    A majority of Russians don’t believe in the authorities’ claim that Western powers are to blame for election protests in Moscow this summer, according to the independent Levada Center polling agency. Weeks of demonstrations over elections for the city legislature have turned into the biggest sustained protest movement in Russia since 2011-2013. Russia has accused the…

  • Jeans Retailer Becomes First Major Russian Brand to Feature Hijab-Wearing Model

    Jeans Retailer Becomes First Major Russian Brand to Feature Hijab-Wearing Model

    One of Russia’s 200 most successful private companies has become the first major brand to feature a model wearing a hijab, an Islamic headscarf, in one of its advertisements. Russia has had a conflicted relationship with allowing Muslim girls and women to wear headscarves. In 2017, a village school in Russia’s predominantly Muslim republic of…

  • Russian Opposition Activist Sobol Detained Following Moscow Protest

    Russian Opposition Activist Sobol Detained Following Moscow Protest

    Russian opposition activist Lyubov Sobol, an ally of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, was detained by police on Monday after a weekend protest in Moscow, Navalny’s spokeswoman said on Twitter. A few thousand Russians took to the streets of Moscow on Saturday to demand free elections to the capital’s city legislature on Sept. 8, defying a…

  • Surviving Moscow as a Refugee DJ From Zimbabwe

    Surviving Moscow as a Refugee DJ From Zimbabwe

    Moscow hosted a new dance party last week featuring a line-up composed exclusively of refugees who are DJs. The Civic Assistance Committee, a Russian NGO that helps migrants in Moscow, hosted the event. Meet Simba, a DJ from Zimbabwe, as he shares the difficulties and hopes of life in Russia’s capital.

  • Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Rips New Space Center

    Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Rips New Space Center

    A series of corruption scandals, cost overruns and mishaps at Russia’s new Vostochny Cosmodrome have brought long-simmering questions about the leadership of the country’s space agency into public view. “The situation is unacceptable for everyone, including the construction of the first stage and the second stage” of the space center, Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov…

  • ‘Create a New Society’: Russian Lawmakers Order Gene-Editing Tech

    ‘Create a New Society’: Russian Lawmakers Order Gene-Editing Tech

    Russian lawmakers have ordered a study on assisted human reproduction, including a cutting-edge and controversial gene-editing technology that would create a “new type of society.” New gene-editing tools such as CRISPR/Cas9 have made it possible to rearrange the genetic code much more precisely and at lower costs than before. A Chinese scientist caused outrage last…

  • Russia’s Young Innovators Build the Future at Rukami Festival

    Russia’s Young Innovators Build the Future at Rukami Festival

    More than 300 young inventors and innovators from across Russia put their ideas on display at the Rukami (“By hands”) Festival in Moscow this weekend. From smart lighting and parks for future cities to automatic systems for municipal solid waste, this event, centered around the theme of digital evolution, was full of new ideas for…

  • Alexey Miller and Moldova’s President Igor Dodon discuss prospects of cooperation in gas sector

    Alexey Miller and Moldova’s President Igor Dodon discuss prospects of cooperation in gas sector

    Background In 2018, Gazprom’s gas deliveries to the Republic of Moldova totaled 2.9 billion cubic meters of gas, an increase of 8.4 per cent against 2017 (2.7 billion cubic meters). According to preliminary data, about 1.9 billion cubic meters of gas was exported between January and August 2019, which is about the same level as last year. The contracts between Gazprom and Moldovagaz for gas supplies to and…

  • Kremlin Critic Khodorkovsky Wants Film to Open West’s Eyes About Putin’s Russia

    Kremlin Critic Khodorkovsky Wants Film to Open West’s Eyes About Putin’s Russia

    Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky hopes a new documentary film about his life chronicling his journey from being Russia’s richest man to an exiled dissident will open the West’s eyes to the nature of modern Russia. The film, “Citizen K,” was made by Oscar-winning U.S. filmmaker Alex Gibney and premiered at the Venice Film festival this…

  • Iran Says It Welcomes Russian Proposal For Security in Gulf

    Iran Says It Welcomes Russian Proposal For Security in Gulf

    Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said on Monday after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that Tehran welcomed a Russian proposal for ensuring security in the Gulf. Iran and Russia’s energy ministers were also holding talks in Moscow on Monday, Lavrov told reporters at a joint news conference with Zarif. 

  • Tensions Are Flaring Between Georgia and Russia-Backed South Ossetia. Here’s What’s Happened

    Tensions Are Flaring Between Georgia and Russia-Backed South Ossetia. Here’s What’s Happened

    The international community has called for restraint as Georgia warned of a “serious confrontation” with the Russian-backed breakaway territory of South Ossetia last week. Only Moscow and a handful of other states have recognized the independence of South Ossetia after Russia and Georgia fought a five-day war over the region in August 2008. Russian troops…

  • Crimea Invites Iran to Use Its Ports as a U.S. Sanctions Workaround – Official

    Crimea Invites Iran to Use Its Ports as a U.S. Sanctions Workaround – Official

    Crimea has offered Iran access to its ports as a way for Tehran to avoid Western sanctions on oil exports, a senior official in the annexed region’s Kremlin-backed administration told Russian media. Iran is increasingly looking for alternative trade routes to skirt tensions in the Persian Gulf brought on by U.S. sanctions. The OPEC member’s…

  • On This Day 15 Years Ago the Siege of Beslan Began

    On This Day 15 Years Ago the Siege of Beslan Began

    On Sept. 1 fifteen years ago, all across Russia families were beginning to celebrate the First Bell — the start of the new school year: children lined up in their school best, parents and grandparents beamed and took photographs, and school principals gave speeches to welcome the students. The scene was repeated in every city…

  • Trying to Maintain Momentum as Election Approaches, Moscow Protests Again

    Trying to Maintain Momentum as Election Approaches, Moscow Protests Again

    On the last official day of summer in Russia, several thousand people in Moscow turned out for what has become the flavor of the season: the Saturday protest.  But the turnout was lower and the mood subdued compared with previous demonstrations in this year’s summer of discontent, which saw as many as 50,000 people at…

  • Thousands of Russians Rally to Demand Free Elections

    Thousands of Russians Rally to Demand Free Elections

    Thousands of Russians took to the streets of central Moscow on Saturday to demand free elections to the capital’s city legislature on Sept. 8, defying a ban which has been enforced with violent detentions during previous protests. Weeks of demonstrations over elections for the city legislature have turned into the biggest sustained protest movement in…

  • On This Day in 1935 the ‘Stakhanovite’ Movement Was Born

    On This Day in 1935 the ‘Stakhanovite’ Movement Was Born

    The Soviet miner Alexei Stakhanov was born in the Oryol province on Jan. 3, 1906. After taking courses in mining and learning to operate a jackhammer, on Aug. 31, 1935, he reportedly mined a record 102 tons of coal in 5 hours and 45 minutes, which was 14 times his required quota. The Soviet government…

  • Reliving the News Highlights of Summer 2019 in Russia (in Pictures)

    Reliving the News Highlights of Summer 2019 in Russia (in Pictures)

    Sept. 1 in Russia marks the beginning of the school year for Russian students and the unofficial start of fall. But with summer barely behind us, we’re not ready to let the season go just yet. The past three months have been tumultuous ones for Russia. It seemed like the country was simultaneously burning, drowning…

  • Reliving the Highlights of Summer 2019 in Russia

    Reliving the Highlights of Summer 2019 in Russia

    Russian students are preparing for Sept. 1, which marks the beginning of the school year and the onset of fall. But with summer barely behind us, we’re not ready to let the season go just yet. The past three months have been tumultuous ones for Russia. It seemed like the country was simultaneously burning, drowning…

  • 98% of Moscow’s Shawarma Joints Are Unsanitary, Consumer Watchdog Says

    98% of Moscow’s Shawarma Joints Are Unsanitary, Consumer Watchdog Says

    Ninety-eight percent of Moscow’s popular shawarma restaurants do not comply with Russian food hygiene standards, according to the city consumer protection watchdog. Last year, a Federal Consumer Protection Service (Rospotrebnadzor) inspection uncovered foodborne bacterial pathogens in a majority of the 252 shawarma spots in Moscow.  This year, health violations were uncovered in 65 of 66…

  • Russia Buys Up Foreign Plastic Waste as Its Own Plastic Goes to Landfills

    Russia Buys Up Foreign Plastic Waste as Its Own Plastic Goes to Landfills

    Russia is ramping up its imports of plastic waste year after year as its lack of a national waste sorting system leaves recycling plants lacking enough raw materials, the RBC news website has reported. Russia generated over 7.2 billion tons of household and industrial waste in 2018, almost 315,000 tons of which were imported, according…

  • ‘Magical Rescue’: Drug Bust Marriage Proposals Take Russia by Storm

    ‘Magical Rescue’: Drug Bust Marriage Proposals Take Russia by Storm

    As far as marriage proposal pranks go, Russia is a torchbearer of the extreme and the unsparing. One such proposal — with armed men ambushing a couple and turning up fake drugs with an engagement ring inside — went viral and made international headlines this summer. The scenes of initial horror that turned into hysterical…

  • Russia Rebuffs International Concern Over Environment on Northern Sea Route

    Russia Rebuffs International Concern Over Environment on Northern Sea Route

    The development of the Northern Sea Route appeared on the agenda in the Foreign Ministry’s latest weekly press conference after several foreign leaders reportedly commented on the environment in the region. Among them was French President Emmanuel Macron, who was called upon to protect Arctic nature in a meeting with business leaders. According to Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, Macron had…

  • Russian ATMs Accept Fake Bills, Reports Say

    Russian ATMs Accept Fake Bills, Reports Say

    At least 40,000 ATMs in Russia operated by at least four major banks accept counterfeit bills, resulting in tens of thousands of dollars in theft, according to the Kommersant business daily. The issue reportedly affects 40,000 ATMs made by a single manufacturer, the U.S.-based NCR Corp, out of the 135,000 ATMs that accept cash in…

  • Russia’s Mystery Nuclear Explosion Occurred During Missile Recovery at Sea — Reports

    Russia’s Mystery Nuclear Explosion Occurred During Missile Recovery at Sea — Reports

    The mysterious explosion in northern Russia that caused a spike in radiation levels happened during a mission to salvage a nuclear-powered cruise missile from the bottom of the sea, media have cited a U.S. intelligence assessment as saying. Five nuclear engineers were killed in a liquid propulsion system blast at Russia’s naval missile test facility,…

  • Ukrainian President’s Office Says No Prisoner Swap With Russia Yet

    Ukrainian President’s Office Says No Prisoner Swap With Russia Yet

    Update: The prisoner exchange will not happen Friday and a final date hasn’t yet been determined, a spokeswoman for Ukraine’s security service (SBU) told Ukrainian media. She added that the process is going according to plan. The office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Friday said no prisoner swap had taken place with Russia yet and the process was ongoing,…

  • Russia Stages Large-Scale Military Exercises With Mongolia

    Russia Stages Large-Scale Military Exercises With Mongolia

    The Russian military has unveiled footage of large-scale exercises in Mongolia with a slick production value of shooting helicopters and firing rocket launchers. The 11th annual Russian-Mongolian drills, the Selenga-2019, took place from Aug. 15-24 and involved 1,400 troops from both countries this year.  Online viewers were treated to videos of GRAD truck-mounted multiple rocket…

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