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  • 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…

  • On This Day: Folklorist Agrafena Kryukova Was Born

    On This Day: Folklorist Agrafena Kryukova Was Born

    Russian folklore performer Agrafena Matveevna Kryukova was born on July 10, 1855 in a small village northwestern Russian on the coast of the White Sea. Throughout childhood, her mother and uncle taught her Russian folktales known as byliny and stariny, which the storyteller chants to an audience already familiar with their plots. She stored the…

  • UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and PhosAgro CEO Andrey Guryev Discuss Cooperation

    UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and PhosAgro CEO Andrey Guryev Discuss Cooperation

    Paris – UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay together with PhosAgro CEO and member of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO Andrey Guryev discussed prospects for continuing successful cooperation. During the meeting at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, which is the venue for events marking the centennial of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry…

  • Russia and Lao People’s Democratic Republic to develop cooperation in the field of peaceful use of atomic energy

    Moscow, 9 July – Yesterday, at the 15th session of the Lao-Russian Intergovernmental Panel on cooperation in trade, economy, science and technology, the Ministry of Energy and Mines of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) and ROSATOM signed two memorandum of understanding. The first document defines the areas of cooperation in education and personnel…

  • Russia’s Political Prisoner Population Grew Sixfold in 4 Years – NGO

    Russia’s Political Prisoner Population Grew Sixfold in 4 Years – NGO

    The number of political prisoners in Russia has grown sixfold since 2015, a prominent member of the pro-democracy movement Open Russia has said. Russia’s Memorial human rights group currently estimates there are 297 political prisoners in Russia, up from 50 four years ago. It lists 77 of the most high-profile cases on its website, including Crimean filmmaker…

  • Wind Turbines Ignore Birds’ Interests, Putin Says

    Wind Turbines Ignore Birds’ Interests, Putin Says

    Russian President Vladimir Putin questioned on Tuesday the use of wind power, saying wind turbines were harmful to birds and worms. Russia, a world-leading producer of fossil fuel, is lagging other countries in its development of renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind-powered energy. Wind power is rarely used in the country to generate…

  • Russian Nuclear Sub Wreck’s Radiation 100K Higher Than Normal, Scientists Say

    Russian Nuclear Sub Wreck’s Radiation 100K Higher Than Normal, Scientists Say

    Norwegian scientists have discovered radiation levels 100,000 times higher than normal near a Soviet-era nuclear submarine that sank 30 years ago in the Arctic, Norway’s TV2 broadcaster reported Tuesday. The Komsomolets sank in a section of the Barents Sea considered to be one of the world’s largest fishing areas in 1989, killing 42 of its…

  • Russia Failed to Protect Woman Who Suffered Years of Domestic Abuse, European Court Says

    Russia Failed to Protect Woman Who Suffered Years of Domestic Abuse, European Court Says

    Russia failed to protect a woman from repeated acts of violence by her former partner, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday, saying her case showed that Moscow was not facing up to its domestic abuse problem. Valeriya Volodina, who now uses a different name for security reasons, was assaulted, kidnapped and stalked…

  • Moscow Ranks 3rd Worldwide for Free Wi-Fi

    Moscow Ranks 3rd Worldwide for Free Wi-Fi

    Russia’s capital ranks third among major cities worldwide for its availability of free public Wi-Fi hotspots, according to a recent report published by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Moscow surpassed New York, Tokyo and London in the ranking, published ahead of the Moscow Urban Forum. The Russian capital fell behind South Korea’s tech-savvy capital of Seoul in second…

  • Moscow Ranks 3rd Worldwide for Number of Public Wi-Fi Spots – Study

    Moscow Ranks 3rd Worldwide for Number of Public Wi-Fi Spots – Study

    Russia’s capital ranks third among major cities worldwide for its availability of free public Wi-Fi hotspots, according to a recent report published by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Moscow surpassed New York, Tokyo and London in the ranking, published ahead of the Moscow Urban Forum. The Russian capital fell behind South Korea’s tech-savvy capital of Seoul in second…

  • Russia Goes to WTO With Complaint About U.S. Steel Dumping Duties

    Russia Goes to WTO With Complaint About U.S. Steel Dumping Duties

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  • Russia’s 100 Richest Officials Earned $1.1Bln Last Year – Forbes

    Russia’s 100 Richest Officials Earned $1.1Bln Last Year – Forbes

    The 100 wealthiest civil servants and lawmakers in Russia earned a collective 71 billion rubles ($1.1 billion) last year, Forbes Russia has said. The last time Forbes Russia published the ranking in 2017, only 50 government officials were ranked, earning a combined windfall of 35 billion rubles. The highest earner in the latest ranking was…

  • Crime, Torture and Punishment in a Moscow Suburb

    Crime, Torture and Punishment in a Moscow Suburb

    On a Wednesday morning late last May in Barybino, a drab town in the Moscow suburbs, a passerby spotted a body wrapped in black garbage bags floating in a pond by the main street.  Police soon determined it was the corpse of a 38-year-old man named Dmitry Serbinov. Although he wasn’t a resident of Barybino,…

  • Putin Opposes Georgian Sanctions, Saying He Does Not Want to Complicate Relations

    Putin Opposes Georgian Sanctions, Saying He Does Not Want to Complicate Relations

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said in televised comments on Tuesday that he did not support a parliamentary call to impose tough economic sanctions on Georgia. The Russian parliament unanimously backed a resolution earlier on Tuesday urging the government to draw up sanctions against Georgia, a move that would sharply escalate a political crisis between the…

  • Putin Aide’s Assistant Sent Classified Info Abroad Before Treason Arrest – Reports

    Putin Aide’s Assistant Sent Classified Info Abroad Before Treason Arrest – Reports

    A Russian presidential aide’s assistant who was arrested last week allegedly passed sensitive details abroad from security meetings chaired by President Vladimir Putin, the Znak.com news website has reported. Alexander Vorobyov, an assistant to Nikolai Tsukanov, Putin’s envoy to the Urals Federal District, was detained on charges of state treason on Thursday. Tsukanov is listed…

  • RN-Purneftegaz Implements Technology to Increase Well Productivity

    RN-Purneftegaz Implements Technology to Increase Well Productivity

    Specialists from RN-Purneftegaz, a subsidiary of Rosneft, have implemented modern technology that improves well productivity and extends production period. The development is based on the use of directed gas-dynamic effects on the bottomhole formation zone. As a result of pilot tests, the volume of additional oil production at four inclined injection wells amounted to 1,500 tons since…

  • Russian Journalist Charged for ‘Controlling Minds’ With ‘1984’ Reference

    Russian Journalist Charged for ‘Controlling Minds’ With ‘1984’ Reference

    A journalist in Siberia has been accused of “controlling minds” with a reference to George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984” in a milestone case in Russia’s legal system, the Kommersant business daily reported on Tuesday. Police in Russia’s republic of Sakha had accused Mikhail Romanov, a reporter for the Yakutsk Vecherniy weekly, of “affecting the human…

  • Arctic’s Biggest Air Polluter Distributes $3.7Bln Cash Dividends to Owners

    Arctic’s Biggest Air Polluter Distributes $3.7Bln Cash Dividends to Owners

    The annual general shareholders meeting of Norilsk Nickel, the world’s largest producer of palladium and one of the largest producers of nickel, platinum and copper, approved the final dividends for 2018 at a rate of 792 rubles ($12.25) per ordinary share, or about $1.9 billion in total.  In addition to the interim dividends of $1.8…

  • Russian Parliament Calls for Sanctions on ‘Unfriendly’ Georgia

    Russian Parliament Calls for Sanctions on ‘Unfriendly’ Georgia

    The Russian parliament on Tuesday unanimously backed a resolution urging the government to draw up tough economic sanctions against Georgia, a move that would sharply escalate a political crisis between the neighbors. The proposed sanctions would ban imports of Georgian wine and mineral water and halt financial remittances back home by Georgians working in Russia…

  • Ukraine’s Ex-Leader Wanted to Cling to Power, Putin Tells Oliver Stone

    Ukraine’s Ex-Leader Wanted to Cling to Power, Putin Tells Oliver Stone

    Ukraine’s former president sought to maintain his grip on power by stoking a diplomatic crisis ahead of this spring’s elections, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said in a new interview with Hollywood director Oliver Stone. The Russian Navy captured 24 Ukrainian sailors and their three vessels in the Kerch Strait in November 2018, straining already…

  • TVEL Fuel Company of ROSATOM Supplied Fuel for China Experimental Fast Reactor

    TVEL JSC has supplied a batch of nuclear fuel for the China Experimental Fast Reactor (CEFR). The fuel assemblies were manufactured at Machine-building Plant in Elekrostal, Moscow region, which is the only one uranium fuel manufacturer for fast neutron reactors in the world. The fuel has been supplied under the contract between TVEL JSC, China…

  • Russian Court Rules to Keep U.S. Investor Calvey Under House Arrest

    Russian Court Rules to Keep U.S. Investor Calvey Under House Arrest

    A court in Moscow ruled on Monday to keep U.S. investor Michael Calvey under house arrest until Oct. 13, Interfax reported. Calvey, the founder of the Baring Vostok private equity group, was detained in February pending a trial on embezzlement charges. He denies wrongdoing and says the case is a way of pressuring him in…

  • Drug Charges Are ‘Routinely’ Falsified in Russia, Most Russians Say

    Drug Charges Are ‘Routinely’ Falsified in Russia, Most Russians Say

    A majority of Russians believe that police routinely fabricate drug charges, according to results published by the independent Levada Center polling agency Tuesday. The survey was conducted in the wake of the high-profile drug trafficking arrest — and subsequent release over insufficient evidence — of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov last month. Critics said the charges…

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