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  • Clashes Erupt at New Garbage Protests in Moscow Suburb

    Clashes Erupt at New Garbage Protests in Moscow Suburb

    Violent clashes have erupted at a protest against plans for a new garbage processing facility in a Moscow suburb, with local activists saying that it has led to a spike in deforestation in the area. Over the past year, Moscow’s plans to ship waste outside its city limits have sparked widespread protests in parts of…

  • U.S. Teen Accused of Raping Woman in Russian Beach Town

    U.S. Teen Accused of Raping Woman in Russian Beach Town

    An American teenager has been accused of raping a woman at a beach town in southern Russia, authorities have said. Investigators say the unnamed 19-year-old U.S. citizen invited the woman to his hotel room in the Black Sea town of Divnomorskoye Friday night, where he proceeded to rape her. A 16-year-old Russian was also allegedly involved…

  • Putin’s Huge Military Buildup Leaves Industry With Debt Hangover

    Putin’s Huge Military Buildup Leaves Industry With Debt Hangover

    Vladimir Putin’s 20-trillion-ruble ($300 billion) weapons-buying binge over the last decade has brought advanced hypersonic warheads and drone submarines. It’s also left the country’s defense industry with a massive hangover of debt that officials now say is suffocating the strategic sector. The industry “is living from hand to mouth” and doesn’t have enough money to…

  • Russia Hints At Swap of Jailed Sailors as Ukraine Nears Key Poll

    Russia Hints At Swap of Jailed Sailors as Ukraine Nears Key Poll

    “It’s being discussed — we’re thinking about it,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said Monday, the Interfax news service reported. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Zelenskiy, a former TV comic who won a landslide election victory in April, discussed the 24 imprisoned sailors during the first phone call between the two leaders last week. Zelenskiy, a…

  • International Children’s Games held in Ufa

    International Children’s Games held in Ufa

    Background Gazprom Transgaz Ufa is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom. It performs gas transmission within the Republic of Bashkortostan. The company operates some 5,000 kilometers of gas trunklines. Gazprom Transgaz Ufa’s 16 branches include 9 gas pipeline operation centers, 12 compressor workshops, 82 gas compressor units, and 146 gas distribution stations. An environmental management system certified to ISO 14001:2015 is adopted at the company. Gazprom Transgaz Ufa has about 5,000 employees…

  • Moscow Opposition Rallies for Fair Elections, 39 Detained

    Moscow Opposition Rallies for Fair Elections, 39 Detained

    Police in Moscow detained 39 protesters at a rally calling for opposition candidates to be allowed to run in September’s elections to the Russian capital’s parliament. Opposition leaders cried foul after Moscow’s election commission said most of their candidates failed to secure the required number of signatures to participate in the election.

  • Orthodox Pilgrims Flock to Moscow to See Holy Relics

    Orthodox Pilgrims Flock to Moscow to See Holy Relics

    Relics of Saint Peter and Fevronia, the patrons of family and marriage in Orthodoxy, were transported to Moscow from the town of Murom on July 14. Pilgrims will be able to see the shrine and pray to the relics in Christ the Savior Cathedral from July 14 to July 21. Huge queues formed when St.…

  • Night Race and Bike Parade Light Up Moscow

    Night Race and Bike Parade Light Up Moscow

    When the sun goes down, Moscow appears in a new light. But last weekend it changed in a special way when more than 22,500 people gathered for a great double event — the night run race and the bike parade. A column of more than 15,000 cyclists traveled about 11 kilometers through the main streets,…

  • Same-Sex Adoptions Will Lead to Human Extinction, Russian Speaker Says

    Same-Sex Adoptions Will Lead to Human Extinction, Russian Speaker Says

    Humanity will die out if same-sex couples are granted the right to adopt children, the head of Russia’s upper house of parliament has claimed. Russia banned the adoption of children by same-sex couples and “propaganda of homosexuality among minors” in 2013. While some independent polls say Russians have largely negative views of LGBT people, other…

  • Nixon Fan Detained in Russia for Installing Plaque to U.S. President

    Nixon Fan Detained in Russia for Installing Plaque to U.S. President

    A senior citizen has been detained in Russia for attempting to install a plaque commemorating Richard Nixon’s visit to a small mining town dating back 70 years. Vice President Richard Nixon traveled to Degtyarsk in 1959 as part of his visit to the Soviet Union, which culminated in his so-called “Kitchen Debate” with Nikita Khrushchev.…

  • On This Day Anton Chekhov Died

    On This Day Anton Chekhov Died

    On January 29, 1860 in the Russian city of Taganrog on the coast of the Azov Sea, one of the world’s most famous playwrights and short story writers, was born.  Chekhov had a difficult childhood shaped by his physically abusive father and his family’s precarious financial situation. From his school days, Chekhov supported his family…

  • Severstal publishes 2018 Corporate Social Resposibility ad Sustaiable Developmet Report

    Severstal publishes 2018 Corporate Social Resposibility ad Sustaiable Developmet Report

    July 15, 2019 PAO Severstal (MICEX-RTS: CHMF; LSE: SVST), one of the world’s leading steel and steel-related mining companies, has published its Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development Report for the year ended 31 December 2018 on the Company’s corporate website. The full report is available at: https://www.severstal.com/files/28593/CSR_SD_Report_2018_EN.pdf

  • Rosneft Wants Massive Tax Break for Arctic Investment, Media Reports

    Rosneft Wants Massive Tax Break for Arctic Investment, Media Reports

    The head of Russia’s Rosneft oil giant has asked the government for a 2.6 trillion ruble ($41.3 billion) tax break in exchange for large-scale investment in the Arctic, the Vedomosti business daily reported Monday. President Vladimir Putin has promised tax incentives and other benefits to encourage companies to develop the Arctic region and the Northern…

  • Moscow Police Detain Opposition Politicians Rallying for Inclusion on City Legislature Ballot

    Moscow Police Detain Opposition Politicians Rallying for Inclusion on City Legislature Ballot

    One by one, opposition politicians who say the authorities are trying to remove them from the ballot for elections to Moscow’s city legislature this September climbed onto a ledge on City Hall Sunday afternoon and addressed around 2,000 protestors who had gathered to support them. The protest was the latest in a rising tide of…

  • Russian Rocket Launched Carrying Space Observatory

    Russian Rocket Launched Carrying Space Observatory

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  • On This Day Writer Isaac Babel Was Born

    On This Day Writer Isaac Babel Was Born

    On this day in 1894, the writer, journalist and playwright Isaac Babel was born in Odessa, present-day Ukraine, to a middle-class Jewish family. Called “the greatest prose writer of Russian Jewry” and considered one of the luminaries of 20th-century Soviet literature, Babel is best-known for the semi-autobiographical short story collections “Red Cavalry” and “Story of…

  • Julia’s Phillips’ ‘Disappearing Earth’

    Julia’s Phillips’ ‘Disappearing Earth’

    Set on the Kamchatka Peninsula, “Disappearing Earth” by Julia Phillips explores questions of gender and race ignited by the mysterious disappearance of two ethnically Slavic young girls, Alyona and Sophia. The novel follows different but interrelated female characters wrestling with these questions in their daily lives. A New Jersey native and graduate of Barnard College,…

  • Russia Delivers More Air Defense Equipment to Turkey

    Russia Delivers More Air Defense Equipment to Turkey

    Russia flew a fresh shipment of advanced air defense equipment to Turkey on Saturday, the Turkish Defense Ministry said, continuing to implement a deal that is likely to trigger U.S. sanctions against a NATO ally. The ministry said a fourth Russian cargo plane landed at the Murted air base near the Turkish capital Ankara, a day after…

  • Russia Among 37 States Backing China’s Policy in Xinjiang

    Russia Among 37 States Backing China’s Policy in Xinjiang

    Saudi Arabia, Russia and 35 other states have written to the United Nations supporting China’s policies in its western region of Xinjiang, according to a copy of the letter seen by Reuters on Friday, in contrast to strong Western criticism. China has been accused of detaining a million Muslims and persecuting ethnic Uighurs in Xinjiang, and 22…

  • Russian Buddhists Celebrate Kalachakra Religious Festival in Siberia

    Russian Buddhists Celebrate Kalachakra Religious Festival in Siberia

    Thousands of Buddhist pilgrims are travelling to Russia’s republic of Buryatia for the Kalachakra festival, celebrating world peace and harmony. An estimated 1 million Buddhists live in Russia, many in the republics of Kalmykia, Tuva and Buryatia — where the religion is traditionally practiced.

  • 7 IS Suspects Jailed for Plot Against Russian High-Speed Train

    7 IS Suspects Jailed for Plot Against Russian High-Speed Train

    Seven men believed to be supporters of the Islamic State terror group have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms in Russia on Friday for attempting to stage a collision on a high-speed railway between Moscow and St. Petersburg. The suspects, hailing from post-Soviet Tajikistan, placed a metal object on the tracks in an attempt to…

  • ROSATOM and CEA strengthen cooperation in the field of atomic energy

    Paris, July 10, 2019 – ROSATOM and the Commissariat for Atomic Energy and Alternative Energy Sources (CEA) signed the Implementation Plan for the Strategic Document on Russian-French Partnership in the Field of Peaceful Use of Atomic Energy.  On the Russian side, the document was signed by Alexey Likhachev, the Director General of ROSATOM, from the…

  • Albanian Police Arrest Russian ‘Islamic State Fighter’

    Albanian Police Arrest Russian ‘Islamic State Fighter’

    A Russian national accused of fighting for the Islamic State militant group against Syrian government forces was arrested in Albania and will be extradited to Russia, Albanian police said on Friday. Police said the 34-year-old man, identified as R.M., who was born in and a resident of Norilsk in Russia, entered Albania illegally after a…

  • Concerts, Night Runs and Cucumbers

    Concerts, Night Runs and Cucumbers

    The weather isn’t ideal, but cultural life, broadly defined, is hot this weekend in and around the Russian capital. Here is a troika of truly wonderful, unusual, and fun events you could join on Saturday. For love and peace On Saturday the 18th-century Apothecary Garden will be rocking a multi-format festival or electronic music, performances,…

  • Russian Cop Jailed for Ignoring Murdered Domestic Violence Victim’s Pleas

    Russian Cop Jailed for Ignoring Murdered Domestic Violence Victim’s Pleas

    A Russian police officer has been convicted of negligence after telling a domestic violence victim to “come back when you’re dead” minutes before she was murdered. Police inspector Natalya Bashkatova received a domestic abuse call in the city of Oryol in late 2016 but refused to investigate the victim’s claims, telling her, “If he kills…

  • A Talk with ‘Chernobyl’ Producer Craig Mazin

    A Talk with ‘Chernobyl’ Producer Craig Mazin

    HOLLYWOOD—With awards season around the corner, the mini-series “Chernobyl” continues to gain momentum in the entertainment world. Distributor HBO, now a unit of the AT&T telecom giant, is putting its muscle behind the series, giving it a competitive edge in the Emmy competition. Nominations will be announced on July 16. Jared Harris, who plays scientist…

  • Russia Eyes Own Arctic Cruise Liners

    Russia Eyes Own Arctic Cruise Liners

    “The expedition cruises, including the Arctic, will become a trend. And we have already seen that this segment shows growth, faster than the rest of the cruise market, the tickets are commonly sold out six months ahead of the cruise departures,” Alexei Rakhmanov, president of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, Russia’s largest state-own shipbuilding company, said. Rakhmanov…

  • Visa and Mastercard May Soon Exit Russia Under Draft Law — Reports

    Visa and Mastercard May Soon Exit Russia Under Draft Law — Reports

    New Russian payment system laws could lead the world’s largest credit and debit card companies Visa and Mastercard to exit the country’s market, the Kommersant business daily reported on Friday. U.S.-based Visa and Mastercard stopped servicing bank cards in annexed Crimea after the United States imposed sanctions on Russia in 2014. Russia created its own…

  • On This Day in 1783 a Decree Founded the Mariinsky Theater

    On This Day in 1783 a Decree Founded the Mariinsky Theater

    The history of the Mariinsky Theater began on July 12, 1783, when Empress Catherine II approved the establishment of an Imperial drama, opera, and ballet troupe in St. Petersburg. This decree led to the construction of the Bolshoi Stone Theater, the Mariinsky Theater’s predecessor, and placed the first stone in what would become St. Peterbsurg’s…

  • Putin Seeks to Lock in Parliament Control

    Putin Seeks to Lock in Parliament Control

    With public support for President Vladimir Putin wilting, the Kremlin is considering changing election rules in an effort to secure its lock on parliament ahead of potentially vital decisions that could extend his rule. Putin faces the end of what under the constitution must be his final presidential term in 2024. Though he’s given no…

  • First S-400 Missile System Parts Land in Turkey, Russia Confirms

    First S-400 Missile System Parts Land in Turkey, Russia Confirms

    The first parts of a Russian S-400 missile defense system were delivered to NATO member Turkey on Friday, Russia has confirmed. Turkey’s acquisition of the Russian system is a source of tension between Turkey and NATO ally United States. The U.S. has demanded that Ankara abandon its deal with Moscow and purchase American-made Patriot systems…

  • Russia Started Large-Scale Air Drills in Annexed Crimea

    Russia Started Large-Scale Air Drills in Annexed Crimea

    Over two thousand paratroopers landed at Naimanskaya military site near Black Sea on Thursday, July 11, as Russia staged large-scale aviation drills at the annexed Crimea peninsula. Russian paratroopers were dropped from Il-76 transport planes 100 meters apart and landed on this site for the first time, according to Russian Military Transport Aviation Commander, Lieutenant…

  • Top Russian Pension Fund Official Pleads Guilty to Bribery Charges, Resigns

    Top Russian Pension Fund Official Pleads Guilty to Bribery Charges, Resigns

    A top official at the Russian national pension fund has pleaded guilty to charges of accepting a bribe and submitted his resignation, Russian media reported. Law enforcement authorities detained deputy chairman of the pension fund Alexei Ivanov on Wednesday, the TAdviser business news website had reported. Ivanov was taken into custody ahead of the fund’s key…

  • Gazprom Dobycha Astrakhan wins award in Reliable Partner – Ecology national competition

    Gazprom Dobycha Astrakhan wins award in Reliable Partner – Ecology national competition

    Background Gazprom Dobycha Astrakhan is a subsidiary of Gazprom focused on prospecting, exploration and development of hydrocarbon fields. The Levoberezhnaya part of the Astrakhanskoye gas and condensate field with an area of 1,360 square kilometers has been in operation since 1986. The field produces formation fluid with a high content of sulfur (25 per cent) and carbon dioxide (15 per cent). The company has around 300 wells of various use, hundreds…

  • Moscow’s Climate to Resemble Detroit’s by 2050 – Study

    Moscow’s Climate to Resemble Detroit’s by 2050 – Study

    Moscow’s weather will feel like that of present-day Detroit while St. Petersburg’s will more closely resemble that of Sofia three decades from now, researchers warned. A fifth of the world’s major cities will face “unknown” climate conditions by 2050 as rising temperatures heighten the risks of drought and flooding, according to climate scientists at The…

  • Severstal reports Q2 2019 operatioal results

    Severstal reports Q2 2019 operatioal results

    July 12, 2019 PAO Severstal (MICEX-RTS: CHMF; LSE: SVST), one of the world’s leading vertically integrated steel and steel-related mining companies, today announces its operational results for Q2 2019. Q2 2019 GROUP HIGHLIGHTS Hot metal output declined q/q in Q2 2019 to 2.30 mln tonnes (Q1 2019: 2.36 mln tonnes) due to short-term maintenance works…

  • Putin and Ukraine’s Zelenskiy Discuss Ending Conflict in Eastern Ukraine

    Putin and Ukraine’s Zelenskiy Discuss Ending Conflict in Eastern Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s leader Volodymyr Zelenskiy held their first telephone conversation on Thursday and discussed settling the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the return of prisoners, the Kremlin said. Zelenskiy, a former comic actor with no previous political experience, won Ukraine’s presidential election in April and he has declared the settlement of…

  • PhosAgro CEO Andrey Guryev Takes Part in Meeting of World Chemistry Leaders in Paris

    PhosAgro CEO Andrey Guryev Takes Part in Meeting of World Chemistry Leaders in Paris

    Paris – PhosAgro CEO and head of the Russian Fertilizer Producers Association Andrey Guryev took part in a meeting of world chemistry leaders organised on the sidelines of the 47th World Chemistry Congress hosted by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). In addition to Guryev, the heads of other industry leaders also…

  • ROSATOM and the Ministry of Energies of Bolivia signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the field of developing the lithium industry

    Moscow, 11 July – ROSATOM and the Ministry of Energies of the Plurinational State of Bolivia signed a Memorandum of cooperation in the field of developing industrial projects and research in the lithium industry. The document was signed by Alexey Likhachev, Director General of ROSATOM, from the Russian side, and Rafael Alarcón Orihuela, Minister of…

  • Tyumenneftegaz Increases Reserves of Russkoye Field by Russian Classification by 8%

    Tyumenneftegaz Increases Reserves of Russkoye Field by Russian Classification by 8%

    The AB1 recoverable oil reserves of the Russkoye field have increased 8% following exploration work carried out by Tyumenneftegaz, a petroleum production company belonging to Rosneft. The increase in the hydrocarbon potential of the project became possible thanks to the performance of 3D seismic and the drilling of three prospecting and exploration wells and 164…

  • Former Russian Sports Minister Mutko’s Olympic Privileges Restored

    Former Russian Sports Minister Mutko’s Olympic Privileges Restored

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has overturned a decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to exclude former Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko from taking part in the Olympic Games, court documents published on Thursday showed. The IOC in 2017 excluded Mutko from “any participation in all future Olympic Games” as part of…

  • Russia Sees Outpouring of Support for Sisters Who Killed Abusive Father

    Russia Sees Outpouring of Support for Sisters Who Killed Abusive Father

    One summer night last year, sisters Krestina, Angelina and Maria Khachaturyan went into the room where their 57-year-old father Mikhail was sleeping and attacked him with pepper spray, a knife and a hammer. The sisters are now on trial for his murder, but thousands of people have come out in support of them, saying the…

  • Russian Activists Barred From Observing Captive Whales’ Release – Greenpeace

    Russian Activists Barred From Observing Captive Whales’ Release – Greenpeace

    Russian authorities have violated an agreement to allow animal rights activists to oversee the release of captive whales back into the wild on Thursday, Greenpeace Russia has said. Russia began last month the release of almost 100 captive whales, caught last year for commercial sale, with the return of two killer and six beluga whales…

  • Russia’s Georgia Flight Ban ‘Unjustified,’ EU’s Tusk Says

    Russia’s Georgia Flight Ban ‘Unjustified,’ EU’s Tusk Says

    European Council President Donald Tusk said on Thursday that Russia’s decision to ban flights to Georgia was “unjustified and disproportional.” Relations between Russia and Georgia came under strain three weeks ago when protests erupted in Tbilisi over a visit by a Russian lawmaker with many demonstrators saying they were angry about the continued presence of…

  • Russian Police Detain Crimean Tatar Protesters Outside Supreme Court

    Russian Police Detain Crimean Tatar Protesters Outside Supreme Court

    Russian police on Thursday detained over 40 Crimean Tatars who were protesting outside the Supreme Court in Moscow over what they said was the wrongful conviction of four compatriots on terrorism-related charges, a monitoring group said. OVD-Info, the monitor, said in a statement that police had detained 44 Crimean Tatars who had gathered outside the…

  • On This Day in 1844 Poet Yevgeny Baratynsky Died

    On This Day in 1844 Poet Yevgeny Baratynsky Died

    Russian poet and translator Yevgeny Baratynsky was born on March 2, 1800 and spent his childhood on his family’s estate in the Tambov region of southwest Russia. The son of a retired lieutenant general, Baratnysky attended the Page Corps, an elite military academy which prepared sons of noble families for military leadership. At age 15,…

  • Top Pension Fund Official Detained in Russia for Bribery – Reports

    Top Pension Fund Official Detained in Russia for Bribery – Reports

    A top official at the Russian national pension fund has been detained on suspicion of accepting a bribe, Russian media outlets reported on Thursday. Ivanov was allegedly taken into custody ahead of the fund’s key $23.8 million data system tender announcement. Law enforcement authorities detained deputy chairman of the pension fund Alexei Ivanov on Wednesday,…

  • Major Fire Kills 1 and Injures 13 at Power Plant Near Moscow

    Major Fire Kills 1 and Injures 13 at Power Plant Near Moscow

    A woman was killed and 13 people were injured in a major fire at a power station in the Moscow region on Thursday that was put out by firefighters, the emergencies ministry and Russian media said. “The open flames have been extinguished,” Interfax cited the emergencies ministry as saying. Earlier, huge flames could be seen…

  • ‘We Want to Change the Course of History,’ Northern Sea Route Operator Says

    ‘We Want to Change the Course of History,’ Northern Sea Route Operator Says

    The building of the Lider nuclear-powered icebreaker fleet could radically alter international shipping and trade routes, Alexei Likhachev, general director of the Rosatom nuclear power company, has said in an interview with Reuters. With the 120-megawatt icebreakers, the most powerful Arctic vessels ever built by far, Russia will be able to open up major shipping lanes…

  • Russians Detained in Uruguay Over Mafia Boss Escape

    Russians Detained in Uruguay Over Mafia Boss Escape

    Two to three Russians have been arrested in Uruguay on suspicion of aiding the escape of a notorious Italian mob boss in the South American country, according to media reports. Rocco Morabito, dubbed the “cocaine king of Milan,” escaped from a Montevideo jail last month as he was waiting to be extradited back to Italy…

  • Italy’s Salvini Says His League Party Didn’t Take Money From Russia

    Italy’s Salvini Says His League Party Didn’t Take Money From Russia

    Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini on Wednesday denied a media report that his far-right League party had sought millions of euros from Russian investors via a secret oil deal. The U.S. website BuzzFeed said it had received an audio recording of talks in Moscow in October among three Italians including a close aide of…

  • Russians Gripped By Distrust Toward Politicians – Study

    Russians Gripped By Distrust Toward Politicians – Study

    Russians don’t trust the politicians in power and trust the political opposition even less, according to focus-group research by analysts who correctly predicted mass anti-government rallies in 2012. The study’s authors had detailed plummeting support for the ruling elite and growing public discontent in March 2011, less than a year before a wave of anti-Kremlin…

  • U.S., Russian Diplomats Meet in Helsinki to Discuss Relations

    U.S., Russian Diplomats Meet in Helsinki to Discuss Relations

    Senior U.S. diplomat David Hale met with Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, in Helsinki on Wednesday to discuss U.S.-Russian relations, the State Department said, amid tensions between the two countries over a range of issues. The meeting between Hale, who is undersecretary for political affairs, and Ryabkov followed June 28 talks between President Donald…

  • Russians Work More Nights, Weekends Than Other Europeans – Research

    Russians Work More Nights, Weekends Than Other Europeans – Research

    Russia is among the leading countries in Europe where employees regularly work night or weekend shifts, recent research published by the Moscow-based Higher School of Economics (HSE) has said. Nearly half of Russians polled last month said they don’t support the idea of a four-day work week over fears that it would reduce their income.…

  • 5 Moscow Police Officials Fired Over Investigative Journalist’s Arrest

    5 Moscow Police Officials Fired Over Investigative Journalist’s Arrest

    Five officials in Moscow’s police department have been dismissed over last month’s arrest and subsequent release of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov, a letter by the head of Moscow’s Interior Ministry said. Police detained Golunov, an anti-corruption reporter for the Meduza news website, last month on drug trafficking charges, which his supporters said were fabricated as…

  • Russia’s Torture Complaints Doubled Since 2018, Rights Official Says

    Russia’s Torture Complaints Doubled Since 2018, Rights Official Says

    Complaints of torture in Russia’s penal system have doubled over the past year, the country’s top human rights official has said. Russian law enforcement has been rocked by several torture scandals in recent years, with reported victims including LGBT people in Chechnya, Jehovah’s Witnesses and prisoners. Recent polling has said that one in 10 Russians…

  • Obama Didn’t Keep His Promises, Putin Says

    Obama Didn’t Keep His Promises, Putin Says

    Former U.S. President Barack Obama did not keep his promises made while he was in office, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said in an interview with American filmmaker Oliver Stone. The interview appears in a Ukrainian-American director’s documentary scheduled to premiere on Russian state television next week. “You know, Obama is no longer president, but…

  • Russia Negotiated $65M Payment to Help Italian Far-Right in Elections – BuzzFeed

    Russia Negotiated $65M Payment to Help Italian Far-Right in Elections – BuzzFeed

    Russian operatives sought to funnel $65 million into the European election campaign of a far-right Italian politician they described as the “European Trump,” BuzzFeed News has reported, citing leaked recordings of negotiations. Italy’s media have repeatedly suggested that the League, the country’s most popular party, has received financial backing from Moscow. Party leader Matteo Salvini,…

  • Moscow Tracks Commuters’ Movements in ‘China-Style’ Surveillance Scheme

    Moscow Tracks Commuters’ Movements in ‘China-Style’ Surveillance Scheme

    Moscow City Hall is tracking people’s movements based on their taxi and metro rides, as well as cellphone data and CCTV footage, a city official has told BBC Russia, in a scheme that has alarmed critics and drawn comparisons to China. The city government has spent $8 million since 2015 on acquiring commuters’ location data…

  • Crimean Tatar Protesters Detained on Moscow’s Red Square

    Crimean Tatar Protesters Detained on Moscow’s Red Square

    Russian police detained seven Crimean Tatars on Moscow’s Red Square on Wednesday after dispersing a demonstration that had aimed to draw attention to alleged rights abuses on the Black Sea peninsula which Russia annexed from Ukraine five years ago. The Tatars, a mainly Muslim community that makes up about 15% of Crimea’s population, have largely…

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