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  • Hungarian delegation visiting Belarus NPP

    The Hungarian delegation headed by Mr. János Süli, Minister without Portfolio for maintaining the capacity of the Paks NPP paid a working visit to the Belarus NPP on June 24, 2019. Hungarian experts take interest in construction of the NPP in Belarus due to the fact that the Paks-2 NPP units are expected to be…

  • Baptized Russian Soldiers Won WWII While Atheists Died, Orthodox Bishop Says

    Baptized Russian Soldiers Won WWII While Atheists Died, Orthodox Bishop Says

    Baptized Russian soldiers won World War II while most of the country’s atheist soldiers died in battle, according to an Orthodox Church bishop. Metropolitan Ioann of Belgorod and Stary Oskol’s remarks were caught on video during a service honoring the anniversary of the beginning of the war. Although ultimately victorious, the Soviet Union lost over 27…

  • Police Catch Drugging, Robbing Spree Suspect in Central Moscow

    Police Catch Drugging, Robbing Spree Suspect in Central Moscow

    Russian police have detained a man suspected of being behind a string of druggings and robberies at popular hangout spots in central Moscow, media reported Tuesday. Russia’s The Village news website said Monday that at least 24 victims, including its photo editor, had been drugged and robbed by a single suspect in the past month. The…

  • Two Russian Biathletes Get Four-Year Bans for Doping

    Two Russian Biathletes Get Four-Year Bans for Doping

    Two Russian biathletes have been suspended for four years for doping violations detected in data from Russia‘s former anti-doping agency laboratory, the International Biathlon Union (IBU) said on Tuesday. Alexander Pechenkin and Alexander Chernyshov were among the four Russian biathletes who were charged with doping violations by the IBU and provisionally suspended last November. In addition to a…

  • Gazprom and Fortum discuss bilateral cooperation

    Gazprom and Fortum discuss bilateral cooperation

    Release June 25, 2019, 14:45 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Pekka Lundmark, President and CEO of Fortum, took place in St. Petersburg today. The parties discussed the issues related to their bilateral cooperation, including joint efforts in the field of power generation. Background Fortum is a Finnish energy concern that owns 29.5 per cent of TGC-1 (part of the Gazprom Energoholding…

  • NATO Calls on Russia to Destroy New Missile, Warns of Response

    NATO Calls on Russia to Destroy New Missile, Warns of Response

    NATO urged Russia on Tuesday to destroy a new missile before an August deadline and save a treaty that keeps land-based nuclear warheads out of Europe or face a more determined alliance response in the region. NATO defense ministers will discuss on Wednesday their next steps if Moscow keeps the missile system that the United States says…

  • Russia Sentences Polish National to 14 Years for Espionage

    Russia Sentences Polish National to 14 Years for Espionage

    A court in Moscow has sentenced a Polish national to 14 years behind bars on charges of espionage, Russian media have reported. Marian Radzajewski, 42, has reportedly been held in custody in Russia since April 2018. Security officials said they had caught him “in the attempt of making a deal” to allegedly smuggle secret parts…

  • Downed U.S. Drone Was in Iranian Airspace, Putin’s Aide Says

    Downed U.S. Drone Was in Iranian Airspace, Putin’s Aide Says

    Russia has military intelligence that shows that a U.S. drone was in Iranian air space when it was shot down by Iran last week, Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of Russia’s Security Council, said on Tuesday. Speaking at a briefing for journalists in Jerusalem, Patrushev said evidence presented by the United States alleging Iran was behind attacks…

  • ‘Dead Souls’: Gogol, Chagall, Zverev and Kosmatschof

    ‘Dead Souls’: Gogol, Chagall, Zverev and Kosmatschof

    This summer the Anatoly Zverev Museum is celebrating the work of four geniuses — one literary and three artistic. In the exhibition entitled, “The Flying Troika and Its Passengers,” Nikolai Gogol’s novel “Dead Souls” is interpreted by Marc Chagall, Anatoly Zverev and Vadim Kosmatschof. The non-conformist artist Anatoly Zverev (1931-1986) loved Nikolai Gogol, and over…

  • Russia Plans to Simplify Citizenship for Foreign Students, Official Says

    Russia Plans to Simplify Citizenship for Foreign Students, Official Says

    Foreign students who graduate from Russian universities may find it easier to get a Russian passport as soon as this year as the country grapples with a shrinking population, a cabinet official has said. The Russian government has enacted a number of financial programs in recent years to reverse its declining population and record-low migration…

  • Russia Cleared to Return to Europe’s Top Rights Body, Ukraine Walks Out

    Russia Cleared to Return to Europe’s Top Rights Body, Ukraine Walks Out

    Europe’s top human rights body has voted to allow Russia to return as a member of its parliamentary assembly, dividing the 70-year-old watchdog tasked with monitoring civil liberties among its 47 member states. Russia was suspended from the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) in 2014 over Moscow’s behavior toward Ukraine, including the annexation of…

  • Russia Says Military Plane Landed in Venezuela to Service Equipment

    Russia Says Military Plane Landed in Venezuela to Service Equipment

    A Russian Air Force plane that landed in Venezuela is there to service Russian military equipment already in the country, Russia‘s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Tuesday, according to Interfax. The plane landed on Monday in Venezuela’s main airport, according to a Reuters witness and a website that tracks plane movements, three months after a similar arrival…

  • Russia’s Middle Class Is Shrinking – Bank Report

    Russia’s Middle Class Is Shrinking – Bank Report

    Russia’s middle class has fallen by nearly one-fifth since the start of the country’s economic crisis in 2014, an analysis by the Moscow-based Alfa Bank has said. Low oil prices and Western sanctions have reduced Russians’ real incomes for five years in a row. Economists forecast that the population’s purchasing power will keep falling in…

  • Head of Russia’s Ingushetia Resigns Following Months of Border Deal Unrest

    Head of Russia’s Ingushetia Resigns Following Months of Border Deal Unrest

    The head of Russia’s smallest region has resigned following months of controversy over a land-swap deal with the neighboring republic of Chechnya, Russian media have reported. Residents of the North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia first took to the streets against the border-swap agreement signed with Chechnya in fall 2018. Violent protests reignited in March as…

  • Russian Flight Ban Could Cost Georgia $300M, Experts Say

    Russian Flight Ban Could Cost Georgia $300M, Experts Say

    Georgia’s economy could lose up to $300 million annually from the absence of Russian tourists amid tensions between the ex-Soviet neighbors, Georgian analysts estimate. Angry protests erupted in Tbilisi after a Russian lawmaker’s visit last week, prompting Russian President Vladimir Putin to suspend flights to Georgia, a popular vacation destination for Russians, as of July…

  • Sunday in Radishchev State Art Museum event held with support from Gazprom Transgaz Saratov

    Sunday in Radishchev State Art Museum event held with support from Gazprom Transgaz Saratov

    News from projects and regions June 24, 2019, 17:00 Photos On June 23, a cultural and educational event named Sunday in the Radishchev State Art Museum took place in Saratov. During the event organized by Gazprom Transgaz Saratov, over 1,200 residents and guests of the city of Saratov took the opportunity to visit one of the main points of interest in the region. The entrance to the museum’s…

  • The City That Doesn’t Slow Down for Summer

    The City That Doesn’t Slow Down for Summer

    Bolshoi and Moscow ballet Cultural life in the Russian capital usually begins to slow down a bit in the summer, as theater troupes head out on tour, museums start gearing up for the autumn openings, and movie theaters are filled with Hollywood blockbusters. You wouldn’t know it by the premieres and openings at the end…

  • Hot Culture Weekend in Moscow

    Hot Culture Weekend in Moscow

    Cultural life in the Russian capital usually begins to slow down a bit in the summer, as theater troupes head out on tour, museums start gearing up for the autumn openings, and movie theaters are filled with Hollywood blockbusters. You wouldn’t know it by the premieres and openings at the end of last week. On…

  • Nearly Half of Russians Oppose 4-Day Work Week, Poll Says

    Nearly Half of Russians Oppose 4-Day Work Week, Poll Says

    Nearly half of Russians say they wouldn’t support a switch to a four-day work week over fears that it would reduce their earnings, a new poll has said. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that a shift to a four-day work week is “very likely” to happen as a way to help workers…

  • Gazprom Dobycha Nadym hosts second extreme cross-country run

    Gazprom Dobycha Nadym hosts second extreme cross-country run

    News from projects and regions June 24, 2019, 16:30 Photos On June 22, the second extreme cross-country run named At the Limit took place in the Pangody settlement (Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area), gathering 140 athletes in 35 teams from seven subsidiaries of Gazprom: Gazprom Dobycha Nadym, Gazprom Dobycha Urengoy, Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg, Gazprom Transgaz Yugorsk, Gazprom Pererabotka, Gazprom Energo, and Novy Urengoy…

  • The Night of Ivan Kupala, in Photos

    The Night of Ivan Kupala, in Photos

    While the summer solstice is more commonly marked with parties, fireworks and picnics in today’s Russia, there’s plenty of history behind the rituals that preceded modern-day celebrations. Ancient tribes that inhabited this part of the world celebrated with fire, water, song, dance and rituals. Called the Night of Ivan Kupala (from the word “to bathe”),…

  • Businessman Yakobashvili Doesn’t Plan to Return to Russia After Gallery Searched

    Businessman Yakobashvili Doesn’t Plan to Return to Russia After Gallery Searched

    Prominent businessman David Yakobashvili told Interfax news agency on Monday he did not plan to return to Russia after security services searched his art gallery, though he later denied this was the reason for his staying away. Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) searched a Moscow art gallery owned by Yakobashvili earlier this month as part…

  • Putin Extends Ban on EU Food Imports Until End of 2020

    Putin Extends Ban on EU Food Imports Until End of 2020

    President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Monday extending a Russian ban on food imports from the European Union until the end of 2020, according to a government database. Russia imposed an embargo on a wide range of imports from the EU and other countries in 2014 in retaliation for international sanctions over Moscow’s role…

  • IS Claims Gun Attack on Police Near Chechen Leader’s Residence

    IS Claims Gun Attack on Police Near Chechen Leader’s Residence

    The Islamic State (IS) terror group has claimed responsibility for a gun attack on security officials in Russia’s republic of Chechnya, the online monitor Site Intelligence Group reported on Sunday. IS has claimed a series of attacks over the past year in Chechnya, a predominately Muslim republic in Russia’s North Caucasus. An estimated 3,400 Russians fought…

  • Russia Warns of Repeat of Cuban Missile Crisis – Reports

    Russia Warns of Repeat of Cuban Missile Crisis – Reports

    The U.S. deployment of land-based missile systems near Russia’s borders could lead to a stand-off comparable to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying on Monday. Russia has been fiercely critical of U.S. plans to deploy missile systems in eastern Europe, and of Washington’s withdrawal from the…

  • Most Russians Say Soviet Union ‘Took Care of Ordinary People’ – Poll

    Most Russians Say Soviet Union ‘Took Care of Ordinary People’ – Poll

    A majority of Russians believe that the Soviet system took care of the common man and woman, according to a recent poll by the independent Levada Center pollster. Russia has seen an upward trend in positive opinions about the Soviet Union in recent years, with nostalgia toward it hitting a 14-year high in December. Public…

  • Kremlin Says Georgia in Grip of Russophobic Hysteria

    Kremlin Says Georgia in Grip of Russophobic Hysteria

    Ex-Soviet Georgia is in the grip of a wave of Russophobic hysteria which is being artificially whipped up and is getting worse, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday. He said Russia was not imposing sanctions on Tbilisi, but had been forced to halt Russian airline flights to Georgia to protect its citizens after violent…

  • Russia Will Counter New U.S. Sanctions on Iran – Reports

    Russia Will Counter New U.S. Sanctions on Iran – Reports

    Russia and its partners will take steps to counter new sanctions that Washington has said it will impose on Iran, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies on Monday. In the comments reported by the state-run TASS and RIA news agencies, Ryabkov did not specify what those steps would…

  • St. Petersburg Revels Among Scarlet Sails and White Nights

    St. Petersburg Revels Among Scarlet Sails and White Nights

    St. Petersburg is famous for its midsummer celebrations when the night skies never reach complete darkness due to the city’s northern location. The most spectacular celebration of them all took place this weekend: “Aliye Parusa,” or Scarlet Sails. Officially a celebration for high school graduates, the event has evolved into a celebration for the whole…

  • On This Day: Anna Akhmatova

    On This Day: Anna Akhmatova

    Anna Akhmatova is one of Russia’s most brilliant poets. Born in Odessa, Ukraine, Akhmatova’s parents were both descended from Russian nobility. Her family moved to St. Petersburg before she was a year old, and she started writing poetry at age 11. Her father didn’t want any of her work published under his “respectable” name (Gorenko),…

  • Russian TV Reporters Attacked in Georgia Amid Heightened Tensions – Reports

    Russian TV Reporters Attacked in Georgia Amid Heightened Tensions – Reports

    The film crew of a Russian state-run television channel was attacked in Georgia’s capital on Saturday amid a flare-up in tensions between the two countries, Russian media have reported. Tensions between Russia and Georgia were ignited after a Russian lawmaker’s speech in the Georgian parliament set off mass protests in Tbilisi on Thursday. Demonstrators violently…

  • How Did the World Cup Change Russia, One Year On?

    How Did the World Cup Change Russia, One Year On?

    Moscow transformed itself to host hundreds of thousands of fans for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. One year after, what’s the legacy of the event in Russia… and how did Russia change? We headed to two popular places for fans, Nikolskaya Street and Luzhniki Stadium to ask Muscovites about their memories of the World Cup.

  • Putin Suspends Passenger Flights From Russia to Georgia

    Putin Suspends Passenger Flights From Russia to Georgia

    President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to suspend passenger flights carrying Russian citizens from Russia to Georgia. The move comes amid a brewing political crisis between the two countries after mass anti-Russian protests sparked by a Russian lawmaker’s visit rocked Georgia’s capital on Thursday. In a decree signed Friday, Putin also instructed the Russian…

  • Russia Will Help Iran With Oil If Payment Channel Not Launched, Official Says

    Russia Will Help Iran With Oil If Payment Channel Not Launched, Official Says

    Russia is ready to help Iran with oil exports and its banking sector if the Instex European payment system is not launched, Interfax cited Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying on Friday. The Instex mechanism was created by European countries in an attempt to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal with six global…

  • Soviet Russia Seen Through an American Photographer’s Lens

    Soviet Russia Seen Through an American Photographer’s Lens

    Thomas Hammond, a professor at the University of Virginia and a specialist in Russian and Soviet history, made several trips to the Soviet Union before its collapse in 1991. During his travels, he visited many Soviet cities, taking more than 3,000 photos along the way. A newly presented series of his photographs taken from 1956…

  • The Night of Ivan Kupala

    The Night of Ivan Kupala

    The summer solstice is here! Get out your sleep masks and blackout curtains. In Moscow the sun rose on June 21 at 3:44 a.m. and will set at 9:18 p.m., giving the city 17 hours and 33 minutes of sunlight — a whopping 10 hours and 33 minutes longer than the amount of sunlight we…

  • Rosneft Takes Part in Rescue of the Polar Bear in Norilsk

    Rosneft Takes Part in Rescue of the Polar Bear in Norilsk

    A two-year female polar bear that came out to people in search of food was rescued in Norilsk with help of Rosneft Oil Company and the Wildlife Conservation and Research Society. Due to the severe physical exhaustion of the animal, the specialists had to perform an operation to save her as fast as possible. Under…

  • Rosneft Aero Wins Tender to Fuel Turkish Airlines Airplanes in Russian Airports

    Rosneft Aero, the operator of the jet-fuelling business of Rosneft Oil Company, has been awarded a tender for fuelling the aircraft fleet of the largest Turkish air carrier Turkish Airlines in Russian airports until 2020.

  • Russians Are Losing Interest in Foreign Policy, Poll Says

    Russians Are Losing Interest in Foreign Policy, Poll Says

    Less than half of Russians pay attention to foreign policy issues, according to a new poll by the state-run Foundation of Public Opinion (FOM) pollster. Polling in recent years has suggested Russians are becoming less focused on endeavors abroad as the economy stagnates and living standards fall. In the FOM poll published Friday, 49 percent…

  • Gazprom’s Financial and Economic Policy Press Conference held

    Gazprom’s Financial and Economic Policy Press Conference held

    Accreditation of journalists for the Press Conferences in the lead-up to the Shareholders Meeting Listen to audio For Gazprom’s Press Conferences audio broadcast please dial: +7 495 719-35-77 (Russian) +7 495 719-30-00 (English) June 21, 2019, 02:30 pm (Moscow time) [embedded content] Participants: Famil Sadygov, Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee, Gazprom; Elena Vasilieva, Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee, Chief Accountant, Gazprom; Alexander Ivannikov, Head of Department, Gazprom;…

  • Russian Hermit Seeks Peace in Remote Siberia

    Russian Hermit Seeks Peace in Remote Siberia

    Viktor, 62, turned his back on society 16 years ago and moved to the remote forest wilderness of Russian Siberia where he lives in seclusion in a wooden hut, studying the Bible and foraging for food. Gray-bearded, enigmatic and with a huge tattoo of Christ across his back, the former barge operator refuses to disclose…

  • Georgian Parliament Leader Resigns Over Mass Anti-Russian Protests

    Georgian Parliament Leader Resigns Over Mass Anti-Russian Protests

    The head of Georgia’s parliament has resigned after mass anti-Russian protests rocked the capital this week. Thousands of protesters on Thursday tried to storm the Georgian parliament in Tbilisi after Russian lawmaker Sergei Gavrilov addressed an event for Orthodox Christian leaders in his native Russian from the parliamentary speaker’s seat. Demonstrators violently clashed with police,…

  • Russia Accuses U.S. of Pushing Iran Situation to Brink of War

    Russia Accuses U.S. of Pushing Iran Situation to Brink of War

    Russia accused the United States on Friday of deliberately stoking dangerous tensions around Iran and pushing the situation to the brink of war, the state-run RIA news agency reported. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov called on Washington to weigh the possible consequences of conflict with Iran and said a report in the New York Times…

  • Chechen Human Rights Leader Titiyev Released From Prison, 18 Months After Arrest

    Chechen Human Rights Leader Titiyev Released From Prison, 18 Months After Arrest

    Oyub Titiyev, a prominent human rights leader in Russia’s republic of Chechnya, was released from Russian prison on Friday morning, more than 18 months after first being detained on drug charges his supporters say were fabricated. Titiyev, who runs the office of the Memorial Human Rights Center in the southern Russian region, was detained in…

  • ‘Russia Is Our Enemy’: The Reactions to Anti-Russian Protests in Georgia

    ‘Russia Is Our Enemy’: The Reactions to Anti-Russian Protests in Georgia

    Officials in Russia and Georgia have spoken out following Thursday night’s mass protest in Tbilisi which broke out over anti-Russian sentiment and led to dozens of injuries. Crowds angry over the visit of a Russian lawmaker tried to storm Georgia’s parliament building on Thursday evening, pushing against lines of riot police, throwing bottles and grabbing…

  • EU Extends Economic Sanctions on Russia Until 2020

    EU Extends Economic Sanctions on Russia Until 2020

    European Union leaders agreed on Thursday to prolong until the end of January 2020 economic sanctions against Russia over the turmoil in Ukraine, a spokesman for the bloc said. The EU first slapped sanctions on Russia after Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014 and supported rebels fighting Kiev troops in the east of…

  • Georgians Angry Over Russian Lawmaker’s Visit Try to Storm Parliament

    Georgians Angry Over Russian Lawmaker’s Visit Try to Storm Parliament

    Crowds angry over the visit of a Russian lawmaker tried to storm Georgia’s parliament building on Thursday evening, pushing against lines of riot police, throwing bottles and grabbing riot shields from some officers and tearing off their helmets. The scenes in Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, flared up suddenly after public anger over the visit and speech…

  • ‘Like Pre-Revolutionary Pogroms’: Ethnic Conflicts on the Rise in Russia

    ‘Like Pre-Revolutionary Pogroms’: Ethnic Conflicts on the Rise in Russia

    Dmitry, his wife, their five children and his elderly mother spent last weekend hiding in the woods just outside Penza, a city 650 kilometers southeast of Moscow. Whenever they needed food or water, Dmitry drove to the nearest store, bought rations and, after briefly charging his phone, hurried back to his family. “I didn’t sleep…

  • Georgians Protest Outside Parliament Over Russian Delegation’s Visit

    Georgians Protest Outside Parliament Over Russian Delegation’s Visit

    Tens of thousands of Georgians gathered outside the parliament building in the capital Tbilisi on Thursday to protest against a speech made in the country’s parliament by a Russian lawmaker in his own language. Protesters chanted slogans against Russian President Vladimir Putin and dozens broke through police lines to try to storm the parliament building. Sergei Gavrilov…

  • The first construction and installation work launches at the construction base of the Paks-2 NPP (Hungary)

    On June 20, a solemn ceremony was held at the construction base of hungarian Paks-2 NPP (General Contractor JSC ASE, Engineering division of ROSATOM) dedicated to the beginning of the erecting first buildings of the construction base. The ceremony was attended by the Minister without portfolio Responsible for the Planning, Construction and Commissioning of the…

  • Crowds of Protesters Set Up Camp Against Landfill in Russia’s North

    Crowds of Protesters Set Up Camp Against Landfill in Russia’s North

    Hundreds of protesters opposing a controversial landfill in Russia’s north have set up camp near its construction site in a rare tent-based demonstration for the country. Protests against the $162-million landfill in Shiyes, Arkhangelsk region, have become a symbol of Russia’s growing trend toward issues-based local activism. Almost a year of demonstrations in the abandoned…

  • Russia Starts Freeing Captive Belugas From ‘Whale Prison,’ Reports Say

    Russia Starts Freeing Captive Belugas From ‘Whale Prison,’ Reports Say

    Russia has started releasing a group of captive whales whose detention in Russia’s Far East has caused an international outcry, state media said on Thursday. Nearly 100 whales reportedly bound for export to China have been held for months in cramped pens near the Sea of Japan port of Nakhodka, triggering a wave of international…

  • The Key Quotes of Putin’s Annual Question and Answer Session

    The Key Quotes of Putin’s Annual Question and Answer Session

    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s is holding his annual question and answer session broadcast live on Thursday on state television.  The marathon Q&A session has become a yearly tradition during Putin’s nearly two decades in power, giving the Russian president a chance to shape narratives around pressing issues.  Here are the highlights: On whether he has…

  • Protesters Support Teenage Sisters Charged With Murder for Killing Abusive Father

    Protesters Support Teenage Sisters Charged With Murder for Killing Abusive Father

    As many as 350 people gathered in central Moscow on Wednesday evening to protest murder charges brought last week against three teenage sisters who stabbed their father to death after he had abused them for years. Krestina, Angelina and Maria Khachaturyan had been under house arrest waiting to hear what the charges against them would…

  • Fate of Captured Ukrainian Sailors Must be Tied to Jailed Russians, Putin Says

    Fate of Captured Ukrainian Sailors Must be Tied to Jailed Russians, Putin Says

    President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that the fate of 24 Ukrainian sailors held in Russia since last year must be linked to the release of Russian citizens held in Ukraine whom Moscow wants to see freed. Putin’s comments marked a departure from the Kremlin’s insistence that the sailors must be put on trial and…

  • EU Lost 5 Times More From Sanctions Than Russia, Putin Says

    EU Lost 5 Times More From Sanctions Than Russia, Putin Says

    Russia has lost $50 billion due to Western sanctions in the past five years, compared to $240 billion that the European Union has lost from Russian sanctions, President Vladimir Putin has claimed. Russia has been hit with several rounds of Western sanctions since 2014 after its annexation of Crimea and aggression in Ukraine, as well…

  • New Oil Contamination Found in Druzhba Pipeline, Russia’s Transneft Says

    New Oil Contamination Found in Druzhba Pipeline, Russia’s Transneft Says

    Russian pipeline monopoly Transneft said on Thursday that more contaminated oil had been found at a section of the Druzhba pipeline from Belarus to Poland, the RBC media portal said. Pumping was suspended on Wednesday evening but resumed on Thursday, the report cited Transneft as saying. Russia suspended west-bound flows through the pipeline in April…

  • Putin, Hit by Ratings Drop, Tells Russians a Better Life Awaits

    Putin, Hit by Ratings Drop, Tells Russians a Better Life Awaits

    President Vladimir Putin told Russians on Thursday there were signs that years of falling real wages, which have dented his popularity, were drawing to an end and that a government programme would deliver higher living standards. Putin, 66, in power as president or prime minister since 1999, was re-elected by a landslide last year but…

  • Putin Tells Russians: Increase Productivity to Raise Standard of Living

    Putin Tells Russians: Increase Productivity to Raise Standard of Living

    Russians will see a boost in their living standards if they raise their labor productivity, President Vladimir Putin has said during his annual phone-in with the public. The productivity of the Russian workforce is among the lowest of the world’s major economies, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Living standards have declined as…

  • Ex-U.S. Marine Held by Russia in Spy Case Urges Trump to Help Him

    Ex-U.S. Marine Held by Russia in Spy Case Urges Trump to Help Him

    A former U.S. Marine held in Russia on suspicion of spying called on U.S. President Donald Trump and the leaders of Britain, Canada and Ireland to help him as he appeared in court at an appeal hearing on Thursday. Paul Whelan, who holds U.S., British, Canadian and Irish passports, was detained in a Moscow hotel…

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