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  • Apple Under Investigation in Russia For Unfair Competition

    Apple Under Investigation in Russia For Unfair Competition

    Apple is under investigation in Russia following a complaint from cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab and may be abusing its dominant market position, Russia’s anti-monopoly watchdog said on Thursday. Watchdog FAS said it was investigating why a new version of Kaspersky Lab’s Safe Kids application had been declined by Apple’s operating system, resulting in a significant…

  • Russian Ally Kyrgyzstan’s Wanted Ex-Leader Evades Arrest After Dramatic Raid

    Russian Ally Kyrgyzstan’s Wanted Ex-Leader Evades Arrest After Dramatic Raid

    Kyrgyz elite security forces attempted to arrest former president Almazbek Atambayev at his house on Wednesday, but his supporters kept them at bay and killed at least one operative, local media and authorities reported. Parliament accused Atambayev of corruption and stripped him of immunity from prosecution in June after he fell out with current president…

  • Russian Military Unveils Stealth Drone’s Maiden Flight

    Russian Military Unveils Stealth Drone’s Maiden Flight

    A new Russian military drone equipped with stealth technologies has taken flight for the first time, according to footage published by Russia’s Defense Ministry. The military said over the weekend the Okhotnik (“Hunter”) combat drone made “several circles” for more than 20 minutes at an altitude of up to 600 meters before landing. [embedded content]…

  • Russian Designer Lebedev Announces Emigration in Video Address, Sparking ‘Trolling’ Suspicion

    Russian Designer Lebedev Announces Emigration in Video Address, Sparking ‘Trolling’ Suspicion

    Outspoken designer Artemy Lebedev has announced his emigration from Russia in an emotional video address that has left many viewers dubious about its sincerity. A well-known designer and popular blogger famous for his provocative views, Lebedev owns the design studio Art.Lebedev. The studio has developed the official logos of the Russian cities of Moscow, Yekaterinburg…

  • 1 in 4 Russian Children Live Below Poverty Line, Official Data Says

    1 in 4 Russian Children Live Below Poverty Line, Official Data Says

    More than a quarter of children in Russia live below the poverty line, double the national average across all age groups, according to official data. As the number of Russians living in poverty grows amid declining real incomes, researchers say children are significantly more likely to experience economic hardship than other population segments. The United…

  • Opposition Candidate Sobol Barred From Moscow Vote

    Opposition Candidate Sobol Barred From Moscow Vote

    Russian election officials have issued a final decision to block opposition candidate Lyubov Sobol from running for Moscow’s city council next month. Russia’s Central Election Commission (CEC) said it had received 19 appeals from various candidates including Sobol against the Moscow commission’s decision to disqualify them from the ballot on Sept. 8. That decision, based…

  • RN-Yuganskneftegaz Reaches New Daily Output Record

    RN-Yuganskneftegaz, part of the Rosneft Oil Company oil-producing complex, has reached a new absolute historic daily output record of 198,008 tonnes.

  • Tourism + Technology = New Moscow Attraction

    Tourism + Technology = New Moscow Attraction

    Moscow has a new tourist attraction. Called In.Visible Moscow, it is described on the company’s website as “an authentic cinema-walk through the streets of Moscow.” As it turns out, In.Visible Moscow is a walking tour reimagined. The technology is like any guided walking tour: a pair of headphones and a guide. The difference is that…

  • Russia’s Transgender Community Struggles for Acceptance

    Russia’s Transgender Community Struggles for Acceptance

    Harry, a slight 20-year-old man dressed in a classic white shirt, black trousers and a baseball cap that hides his hair, passes through the turnstiles in the reception area of the high-rise housing The Moscow Times office with a deadpan expression. Harry is not his given name and he is using someone else’s documents to…

  • Russian Man Faces 20 Years in U.S. Prison On Arms Smuggling Charges

    Russian Man Faces 20 Years in U.S. Prison On Arms Smuggling Charges

    U.S. authorities have arrested a Russian immigrant on suspicion of illegally smuggling restricted firearms parts inside packages of jeans and sneakers into Russia. Vladimir Kuznetsov, 58, is alleged to have exported parts to assemble sniper rifles and other firearms without licenses “by methodically mislabeling the packages” for two and a half years. U.S. law enforcement…

  • More than 40 students and teachers from Slovakia visited Novovoronezh NPP

    More than 40 students and teachers from Slovakia paid a familiarization visit to Novovoronezh NPP. The visit was supported by ROSATOM. The foreign guests visited the Atomic Energy Information Center in Voronezh and then headed to the viewing point of innovative power units of Novovoronezh NPP. A NRNU MEPhI senior lecturer gave a lecture to…

  • Authorities Jammed Moscow’s Mobile Internet During Opposition Protests – NGO

    Authorities Jammed Moscow’s Mobile Internet During Opposition Protests – NGO

    Russian authorities ordered mobile operators to cut access to mobile data services during last weekend’s opposition protests in Moscow, marking the first documented case in Moscow’s history, Russia’s Internet Protection Society NGO has said. Russia’s first documented instance of authorities ordering to stifle mobile internet access took place in the country’s republic of Ingushetia in October,…

  • The concrete works for the Unit No. 2 turbine hall foundation slab completed at the Rooppur NPP site (Bangladesh)

    August 6, 2019 saw the completion of concrete works for the Unit No. 2 of Rooppur NPP (Bangladesh) turbine hall foundation slab. The slab structure received 3 782 tonnes of rebars and 23 550 cubic meters of concrete.  As Sergey Lastochkin, the Vice-President of Rooppur NPP construction of ASE (Rosatom Engineering Division), project has pointed…

  • Resume Peace Talks, Ukraine’s Zelenskiy Urges Putin After 4 Soldiers Killed in Donbass

    Resume Peace Talks, Ukraine’s Zelenskiy Urges Putin After 4 Soldiers Killed in Donbass

    Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Wednesday pressed Russian leader Vladimir Putin for a resumption of peace talks after four Ukrainian soldiers were killed by shelling in the eastern Donbass border region. Conflict between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed forces has killed an estimated 13,000 people since 2014. A ceasefire deal brokered by France and Germany ended…

  • Crime Rates Up Among Russian Security Officials, Report Says

    Crime Rates Up Among Russian Security Officials, Report Says

    Russia’s law enforcement and security officials have committed more crimes in 2018 than they did the previous year, according to a media report citing official data. Authorities investigated 6,613 crimes committed by members of 10 key security and law enforcement agencies in 2018, according to data from the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office cited by the…

  • Russia Says Outgoing U.S. Envoy Failed to Repair Poor Ties

    Russia Says Outgoing U.S. Envoy Failed to Repair Poor Ties

    Russia called outgoing U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman a professional diplomat late on Tuesday, but said he had been unable to improve battered Russia-U.S. ties because he had been hamstrung by domestic U.S. politics, the state-run TASS news agency reported. Huntsman, who was appointed by U.S. President Donald Trump in 2017, said in a…

  • Russia Says Siberian Wildfires Started on Purpose by Illegal Loggers

    Russia Says Siberian Wildfires Started on Purpose by Illegal Loggers

    Russian prosecutors said on Tuesday that some of the vast Siberian wildfires that environmentalists have dubbed a climate emergency were started on purpose by arsonists trying to conceal illegal logging activity. President Vladimir Putin called in the army last week to help firefighters battle fires raging in remote Siberian forestland that had spread to an…

  • Muscovites More Likely to Support Opposition Protests Than Oppose Them – Poll

    Muscovites More Likely to Support Opposition Protests Than Oppose Them – Poll

    Moscow residents are more likely to support the recent wave of opposition protests in Russia’s capital than oppose them, according to the independent Levada Center polling agency. Thousands have taken to the streets of Russia’s capital for the past four weekends in support of the opposition candidates barred from running for the Moscow City Duma…

  • Russia Summons Japanese Envoy Over Disputed Islands Comments

    Russia Summons Japanese Envoy Over Disputed Islands Comments

    Russia‘s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday it had summoned the Japanese ambassador in Moscow to complain about what it said was criticism from Tokyo that bordered on “an attempt to interfere in Russia‘s domestic affairs.” Tokyo earlier this month called a visit by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to one of four islands claimed by both Japan…

  • U.S. Ambassador to Russia Huntsman Resigns After 2-Year Tenure

    U.S. Ambassador to Russia Huntsman Resigns After 2-Year Tenure

    The U.S. ambassador to Russia has resigned after two years as he considers a run for governor in his home state of Utah, the state’s Salt Lake Tribune newspaper reported Tuesday. Jon Huntsman served as the U.S. envoy to Moscow for two years during a fraught period in relations between the two countries. During his…

  • Fabergé and the Link of Times

    Fabergé and the Link of Times

    No object is as synonymous with Romanov Russia as a Fabergé imperial Easter egg. Each of the fifty eggs commissioned by the last Russian tsars is intricate, flawless, and unique. Gleaming and glittering behind bullet-proof glass in well-fortified museums, they are vibrant talismans of the lost sepia-colored world of the Romanovs. Of the fifty imperial…

  • Russia’s FSB Branch Authorized to Block Websites Without a Court Order

    Russia’s FSB Branch Authorized to Block Websites Without a Court Order

    A newly formed Federal Security Service (FSB) cybersecurity branch will gain the power to block websites without a court order, Russia’s national domain coordinator announced Tuesday. The FSB branch joins the ranks of several IT firms, as well as the state media watchdog Roskomnadzor, that hunt down websites that spread malware and are used for…

  • Norway Worried by Russian Sea, Air Maneuvers

    Norway Worried by Russian Sea, Air Maneuvers

    Russia has told Norway its navy and air force will hold exercises near the Nordic nation’s Arctic waters later this month, a worrying sign of greater assertiveness by its eastern neighbor, the Norwegian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday. NATO member Norway and neighboring Russia have both increased their military presence along NATO’s northern flank following…

  • Russian Parents Investigated for Bringing Toddler to Moscow Protest

    Russian Parents Investigated for Bringing Toddler to Moscow Protest

    Moscow prosecutors have asked a court to strip a couple of parental rights for “endangering” their toddler by bringing him to an opposition protest two weeks ago. Footage published shortly after the July 27 demonstration in support of opposition candidates barred from running in Moscow’s local elections claimed to have identified an “instigator” as a…

  • Russian Parents Risk Losing Custody Rights for Bringing Toddler to Moscow Protest

    Russian Parents Risk Losing Custody Rights for Bringing Toddler to Moscow Protest

    Moscow prosecutors have asked a court to strip a couple of parental rights for “endangering” their toddler by bringing him to an opposition protest two weeks ago. Footage published shortly after the July 27 demonstration in support of opposition candidates barred from running in Moscow’s local elections claimed to have identified an “instigator” as a…

  • Russia’s Workforce Shrinks for Third Year Straight, Research Says

    Russia’s Workforce Shrinks for Third Year Straight, Research Says

    Russia’s labor force has declined for the third year straight, totaling 75 million people of working age during the first three months of 2019, researchers say. Russia is attempting to increase labor productivity by the end of President Vladimir Putin’s current term in 2024, following a failed attempt to increase productivity by 2018. Unpopular pension…

  • Who Are the 10 Russians Risking Prison Time for Opposition Protests?

    Who Are the 10 Russians Risking Prison Time for Opposition Protests?

    Nine men have been placed in pre-trial detention while one is wanted on suspicion of taking part in “mass unrest” by protesting in support of opposition candidates barred from running in Moscow’s local elections. Police detained more than 2,000 people overall during protests on July 27 and Aug. 3 in central Moscow, using violence in…

  • Russia Delivers Weapons to New Arctic Garrison

    Russia Delivers Weapons to New Arctic Garrison

    As Russia’s Northern Fleet strives to complete its newest Arctic base on the coast of the remote Laptev Sea, construction works have been progressing at a hectic pace. The establishment of the garrison in Russia’s Far East town of Tiksi was first announced by the Northern Fleet’s then-Head Commander Nikolai Yevmenov in September 2018. In a meeting with regional…

  • TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom to supply nuclear fuel for Rooppur NPP in Bangladesh

    The solemn ceremony with regards to the Nuclear Fuel Supply Contract for Rooppur NPP was held between JSC TVEL and the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission in Dhaka on August 6, 2019. TVEL JSC is designated as the single source supplier of nuclear fuel for both units of Rooppur NPP during their entire lifecycle. “As a…

  • Rocket Attack Hits Russian Base in Syria, Injuring Civilians

    Rocket Attack Hits Russian Base in Syria, Injuring Civilians

    At least four civilians have been wounded in a rocket attack on Russia’s military base in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry has said. Rebel commanders and rights groups have said Russia and its Syrian ally stepped up aerial strikes last week in a new and bloodier phase of a three-month-old assault on the last opposition…

  • ‘Human Error’ Likely Caused Siberian Arms Depot Blast, Official Says

    ‘Human Error’ Likely Caused Siberian Arms Depot Blast, Official Says

    A series of blasts at a Russian military base in the Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk may have been caused by “human error,” a senior Defense Ministry official said Tuesday. Dramatic footage posted online Monday showed huge explosions on the horizon after an ammunition depot caught fire, with flames leaping into the sky followed by belching…

  • On This Day Ilya Repin Was Born

    On This Day Ilya Repin Was Born

    The most well-known and renowned Russian artist of the 19th century, Ilya Repin’s influence and significance in art has been likened to Leo Tolstoy in literature – a writer who was one of his best and most famous subjects.    Repin was born in Kharkhov – now Ukraine – where his father traded horses and…

  • LGBT Activists Detained at St. Petersburg Pride Event

    LGBT Activists Detained at St. Petersburg Pride Event

    Police in St. Petersburg have reportedly detained at least 11 LGBT activists, three of whom were taken away in an ambulance, at an unauthorized Pride event on Saturday. Local administrations in recent years have either banned gay pride parades outright or backtracked on earlier promises to allow them, often citing a 2013 law banning “homosexual…

  • FC Zenit St. Petersburg Fans Accused of Racism Over Reaction to Black Player’s Signing

    FC Zenit St. Petersburg Fans Accused of Racism Over Reaction to Black Player’s Signing

    Fans of FC Zenit St. Petersburg have been accused of racism following the signing of black Brazilian winger Malcom, an allegation that the club has since denied. FC Zenit signed Malcom from Spanish champions Barcelona for an initial fee of $44.39 million last week. Days later, a banner spotted in the fan section during Zenit’s…

  • Russia Will Develop New Nuclear Missiles if Washington Does, Putin Says

    Russia Will Develop New Nuclear Missiles if Washington Does, Putin Says

    Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Monday that Moscow would be forced to start developing short and intermediate-range land-based nuclear missiles if the United States started doing so after the demise of a landmark arms control treaty. The United States formally left the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia on Friday after determining that…

  • Gas production directorate celebrates anniversary with track-and-field race

    Gas production directorate celebrates anniversary with track-and-field race

    Background The key areas of activity of Gazprom Dobycha Orenburg are production, treatment, and transportation of hydrocarbons and a number of commercial products of partner companies. The main source of raw materials for the company is the Orenburgskoye oil, gas and condensate field that contains unique components including methane, ethane, propane, butanes, helium, mercaptans, etc. This is why the Orenburg Gas Processing and Helium Plants…

  • Moscow Student’s ‘Mass Unrest’ Detention Sparks Wave of Support

    Moscow Student’s ‘Mass Unrest’ Detention Sparks Wave of Support

    Yegor Zhukov, a student at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics, was detained on Aug. 2 on suspicion of “mass unrest,” a crime punishable with up to eight years in prison, after he took part in Moscow’s mass opposition protest on July 27.Zhukov’s classmates say he has been targeted for openly showing his opinion on the…

  • Iconic Photos From Moscow’s Aug. 3 Opposition Protests

    Iconic Photos From Moscow’s Aug. 3 Opposition Protests

    Thousands of people took to Moscow’s streets for the fourth weekend in a row to demand that city authorities allow opposition-minded candidates to be allowed on the ballot for the Sept. 8 City Duma elections. Opposition candidate Lyubov Sobol, virtually the only leading opposition figure who hadn’t yet been jailed ahead of Saturday’s protest, was…

  • Russia Unites Countries in Battle at Annual War Games

    Russia Unites Countries in Battle at Annual War Games

    The annual International Army Games takes place this month in Patriot Park on the outskirts of Moscow, giving various combat units from the military a chance to compete against one another and show off their skills. Teams from 25 countries have gathered to battle it out with a tank biathlon, military police firing lines, field…

  • Japan Protests Russian Military Drills on Disputed Island

    Japan Protests Russian Military Drills on Disputed Island

    Japan has rebuked Russia’s planned military exercises on a Pacific island claimed by both countries in the latest row over the territory that has kept the countries from signing a formal peace agreement marking the end of World War II. Tokyo said last week it regretted Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to one of…

  • Blast Rocks Siberian Arms Depot, Two Hospitalized

    Blast Rocks Siberian Arms Depot, Two Hospitalized

    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 life.

  • Gasmen coming to Russian Far East

    Gasmen coming to Russian Far East

    August 5, 2019 Sergey Pravosudov, Editor-in-Chief of Gazprom Magazine As part of the Eastern Gas Program, the Amur Gas Processing Plant (GPP) construction project is moving forward at a fast pace. The huge facility near the town of Svobodny in the Amur Region will be a crucial link in the future process chain for the supply of natural gas from the fields of Yakutia and the Irkutsk Region to China via the Power…

  • Moscow Police Detain Students Picketing Schoolmate’s ‘Mass Unrest’ Arrest

    Moscow Police Detain Students Picketing Schoolmate’s ‘Mass Unrest’ Arrest

    Moscow police have detained students picketing in support of a schoolmate who faces a maximum prison sentence of eight years after taking part in recent opposition demonstrations that have rocked the capital. Yegor Zhukov, a student at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics (HSE), is among 10 people detained on suspicion of “organizing and conducting mass…

  • Russia Says It Would Respond to U.S. Missile Deployments in Asia

    Russia Says It Would Respond to U.S. Missile Deployments in Asia

    Russia said on Monday it would take measures to defend itself if the United States stationed missiles in Asia following the collapse of a landmark arms control treaty and that it expected Japan to deploy a new U.S. missile launch system. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that he was in favor of…

  • ROSATOM International Fishing Tournament held in Russia for the first time

    On August 1-2 ROSATOM held International Fishing Tournament in the waters of the Gulf of Finland. The Tournament was held in the PRO ANGLERS LEAGUE format of the European boat spinning tournament. The event was held near the Leningrad nuclear power plant (NPP), which is Russia’s largest operating NPP.   20 competitors from Russia and…

  • Russian Opposition Plans New Protest Despite Over 1,000 Arrests

    Russian Opposition Plans New Protest Despite Over 1,000 Arrests

    Russia‘s anti-Kremlin opposition said it was planning a nationwide protest next weekend despite police forcibly detaining over 1,000 people on Saturday for attending what they said was an illegal march in Moscow to demand free elections. Saturday’s protest, conceived by opposition activists as a peaceful walk to protest against the exclusion of their candidates from…

  • Russian Police Detain Over 1,000 Opposition Protesters in Central Moscow

    Russian Police Detain Over 1,000 Opposition Protesters in Central Moscow

    Russian police forcibly detained 1001 people attending a protest in Moscow on Saturday to demand free elections, including prominent activist Lyubov Sobol, after authorities warned the demonstration was illegal. Police removed Sobol, an ally of jailed opposition politician Alexei Navalny, from a taxi and bundled her into a van minutes before the start of what…

  • Moscow Street Protests Are About More Than Elections

    Moscow Street Protests Are About More Than Elections

    For the past three weeks, thousands of protesters have been demonstrating against the exclusion of opposition candidates from the ballot for city elections in September. As the Kremlin ramps up the pressure on demonstrators, Muscovites who don’t usually attend protests, have been joining the movement. Meet Zhenya, a 25-year-old protester who has vowed to keep…

  • Russian Police Detain Over 800 Opposition Protesters in Central Moscow

    Russian Police Detain Over 800 Opposition Protesters in Central Moscow

    “They (the authorities) are wiping their feet on us,” said Elena, a student attending Saturday’s protest. Another attendee, Yevgeny Snetkov, a 61-year-old engineer, described as brazen the way the authorities had prevented opposition candidates from running. “I had no option left but to protest,” he said. Some protesters chanted “Putin is a thief” as they…

  • The Kremlin Turns Up the Pressure on Protesters Demanding Fair Vote

    The Kremlin Turns Up the Pressure on Protesters Demanding Fair Vote

    A helicopter circled overhead. Riot police clad in protective gear and balaclavas lined the sidewalks. Columns of police wagons sped past. There was a sense of foreboding in the air in central Moscow on Saturday afternoon as the authorities prepared for the latest demonstration to demand that opposition candidates be allowed to run in the…

  • Russia Investigates Alleged Money Laundering by Opposition Politician Navalny

    Russia Investigates Alleged Money Laundering by Opposition Politician Navalny

    Russian investigators said on Saturday they had opened a criminal investigation into the alleged laundering of 1 billion roubles ($15.3 million) by an anti-corruption foundation set up by jailed opposition politician Alexei Navalny. Russia‘s Investigative Committee made the announcement in a statement while an opposition protest organised by Navalny’s allies was taking place in Moscow.

  • Russian Police Detain Prominent Opposition Activist Sobol Before Protest

    Russian Police Detain Prominent Opposition Activist Sobol Before Protest

    Russian police on Saturday detained prominent opposition activist Lyubov Sobol ahead of a planned protest in Moscow to demand free elections. Thousands of Russian opposition protesters are expected to try and rally again in Moscow on Saturday despite a sweeping police crackdown and ban on the event. Sobol had called on people to attend the demonstration,…

  • On This Day Architect Konstantin Melnikov Was Born

    On This Day Architect Konstantin Melnikov Was Born

    An icon of Soviet avant-garde, Konstantin Melnikov was born on August 3, 1890. He was the fourth child of a poor family who occupied a room in a state-owned working-class barrack in Moscow. Eventually his family managed to make a living in farming, after which they were able to own a small house. Still, Melnikov…

  • ‘It’s Only a Joke, Comrade!’

    ‘It’s Only a Joke, Comrade!’

    Saturation There is no doubt that many Soviet citizens venerated Stalin, but in political humour we can hear many others sharing critical opinions about him and his Cult on a day-to-day basis that rapidly presents us with a very different, more complex image. Let’s consider two  anekdoty which turned up numerous times in the archival…

  • U.S. Imposes New Sanctions on Russia over Skripal Poisoning

    U.S. Imposes New Sanctions on Russia over Skripal Poisoning

    U.S. President Donald Trump has imposed another round of sanctions on Russia over the poisoning of a former spy in Britain, the White House said on Friday, a move Moscow said would hurt already strained U.S.-Russia ties. The move came hours before a landmark Cold War-era arms control treaty expired, after Washington withdrew, accusing Moscow of violating it, which Russia denies. Washington…

  • Moscow’s Opposition Protests, In Photos

    Moscow’s Opposition Protests, In Photos

    Nearly 1,400 demonstrators were detained, some violently, during last Saturday’s rally to demand that independent candidates be allowed onto the ballot in Moscow’s city council elections. While officials warned citizens not to attend the unauthorized protest, thousands of people took to the streets to voice their discontent. The ensuing scenes of riot police dispersing protesters soon became powerful…

  • Foxes Beg for Food in Wildfire-Hit Siberia, Sparking Social Media Outcry

    Foxes Beg for Food in Wildfire-Hit Siberia, Sparking Social Media Outcry

    Russian-speaking social media users fumed after a viral video showed red foxes begging drivers for food in an area of Siberia affected by widespread wildfires. The wildfires cover 3.1 million hectares — an area the size of Belgium — of mostly remote, uninhabited forest, the Federal Forestry Agency said on Friday in what environmentalists have…

  • Andrey Ivchenko’s Truly ‘Stranger Things’

    Andrey Ivchenko’s Truly ‘Stranger Things’

    After two seasons, fans of the hit Netflix series “Stranger Things” were used to things being pretty strange — whether it’s the threat of creatures from an alternate dimension or a young girl with psychokinetic powers.  But few expected that in the third season, released on July 4, a vast Russian conspiracy would descend upon…

  • Russian Paratroopers March Through Moscow on Their Special Day

    Russian Paratroopers March Through Moscow on Their Special Day

    Russia’s Paratroopers Day — an event that in previous years has been marked with street strolling, beer guzzling and general merrymaking — began as a quieter, more sober affair this year (at least while the sun was still up). Ahead of the raucous roaming through central Moscow and fun in the fountains still to come,…

  • 5 Moscow ‘Mass Riot’ Suspects to Stay in Custody Until September

    5 Moscow ‘Mass Riot’ Suspects to Stay in Custody Until September

    A Moscow court has ordered five suspects in the criminal case into “mass unrest” over last weekend’s opposition protests to be kept in custody until Sept. 27. Alexei Minyaylo, Ivan Podkopayev, Samariddin Radzhabov, Kirill Zhukov and Yegor Zhukov were among 10 people detained on suspicion of “organizing and conducting mass riots” last Saturday. Police had detained,…

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