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  • Photographer Captures Everyday Russia

    Photographer Captures Everyday Russia

    Dmitry Markov is a Russian photographer who has been capturing images of everyday life in his home country since 2005.  He has also worked as a volunteer in an orphanage and as an assistant tutor at a charitable organization that works with people with disabilities. Today, Markov is based in Pskov, a western Russian city…

  • Pushkin, Lomonosov, Tupolev: Russian Airports Get a Name Change

    Pushkin, Lomonosov, Tupolev: Russian Airports Get a Name Change

    Out with the old, in with the new. Airports in dozens of Russian cities will now bear the names of their famous residents after President Vladimir Putin issued a decree on the name change Friday. Here’s a look at some of the newly minted names of some of Russia’s most popular airports. Hopefully, this will help…

  • 4 in 10 Russians Say Country on the Wrong Track – Survey

    4 in 10 Russians Say Country on the Wrong Track – Survey

    Four out of 10 Russians believe their country is going in the wrong direction, a poll by the independent Levada Center polling agency said. Approval for Russia’s direction peaked at 61 percent in 2008 – the tail end of the economic boom – and at 60 percent shortly after the Crimean annexation in 2014. It…

  • New Ukraine President Hopes EU Sanctions on Russia Remain

    New Ukraine President Hopes EU Sanctions on Russia Remain

    Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Friday he hopes that European Union sanctions on Russia will remain in place until Ukrainian territories are returned, according to a statement released on the presidential website. The West imposed sanctions on Russia following Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and support for separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine. “Thank…

  • ‘A Corner of Heaven’ in Moscow: Krutitskoe Podvorye

    ‘A Corner of Heaven’ in Moscow: Krutitskoe Podvorye

    This medieval church residence is a window into the distant past and an island of peace in a bustling metropolis. May 31, 2019 – 15:03 According to legend, Krutitskoe Podvorye was founded in 1261, when the Muscovy lands were under the rule of the Golden Horde. Initially, the residence was a monastery. It then became…

  • Russia Says It’s Turkey’s Duty to Stop Fighting in Syria’s Idlib

    Russia Says It’s Turkey’s Duty to Stop Fighting in Syria’s Idlib

    The Kremlin said on Friday it was Turkey’s responsibility to stop rebels in Syria’s Idlib province from firing on civilian and Russian targets, signaling it would continue to back a Syrian government offensive there despite Ankara’s protests. The month-long offensive, the biggest escalation of the war between President Bashar al-Assad and his enemies since last summer,…

  • Kosovo Declares Russian UN Staffer Persona Non Grata

    Kosovo Declares Russian UN Staffer Persona Non Grata

    The Kosovo government said on Friday that a Russian national working for the UN mission would not be allowed back into the country after his expulsion. It said the UN staffer, Mikhail Krasnoshchenkov, had been declared persona non grata. The UN mission, UNMIK, said on Thursday the Russian had sustained injuries when he was arrested during a…

  • Notice on holding the extraordinary general meeting of shareholders of PJSC PhosAgro

    Notice on holding the extraordinary general meeting of shareholders of PJSC PhosAgro

    PJSC PhosAgro (Moscow Exchange, LSE: PHOR) (“PhosAgro”, the “Company”), one of the world’s leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers, hereby informs / notifies its shareholders that the Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders is to be held on 24 June 2019, Form of the Extraordinary General Meeting: absentee voting. One can inform himself about the data…

  • Trust in Putin Doubles After Kremlin Criticizes Poll

    Trust in Putin Doubles After Kremlin Criticizes Poll

    Public trust in President Vladimir Putin has more than doubled hours after the Kremlin asked sociologists to explain why his trust and approval ratings differ. A state-funded survey published May 24 said that trust in Putin slipped to a 13-year low of 31.7 percent. The Kremlin on Thursday asked the VTsIOM pollster to explain how…

  • Russia Launches Its Most Powerful Telecom Satellite

    Russia Launches Its Most Powerful Telecom Satellite

    Russia has launched a powerful European-made communications satellite for the state energy giant Gazprom from Kazakhstan. Gazprom’s space subsidiary, Gazprom Space Systems, runs Yamal satellites to broadcast to customers in Russia, western and central Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. France’s Thales Alenia Space company manufactures the satellites for Gazprom. The Yamal-601 satellite launched…

  • IAEA Safety Mission Sees Strengthened Operational Safety at Russia’s Leningrad NPP, Encourages Continued Improvement

    An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts said the operator of Russia’s Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant has strengthened operational safety in response to the findings of an IAEA review in 2017. The team also encouraged the operator to pursue continuous improvement. The Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) concluded a five-day follow-up mission on…

  • IAEA Safety Mission Sees Strengthened Operational Safety at Russia’s Leningrad NPP, Encourages Continued Improvement

    An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts said the operator of Russia’s Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant has strengthened operational safety in response to the findings of an IAEA review in 2017. The team also encouraged the operator to pursue continuous improvement. The Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) concluded a five-day follow-up mission on…

  • Moscow Cries Foul as U.S. Bans Use of Russian Rockets

    Moscow Cries Foul as U.S. Bans Use of Russian Rockets

    The U.S. Department of Defense will ban space launch and satellite cooperation with Russia in 2023, the Pentagon said, drawing ire from Russia’s space agency. The U.S. has been trying to cut reliance on Russian-made rocket engines, eyeing 2022 as the latest deadline, amid strained relations. Last year, Russia’s top defense and space industry official…

  • Russian Version of Elton John Biopic Censors Gay Sex Scenes

    Russian Version of Elton John Biopic Censors Gay Sex Scenes

    Russia has deleted gay sex and drug scenes from the Russian-language version of a newly released Elton John biopic, the Dozhd TV news channel reported Friday. “Rocketman” premiers throughout Russia on June 6, but viewers in Moscow were treated to a prescreening on Thursday. A racy 40-second scene featuring two nude actors playing John and…

  • Russia Rejected Iran S-400 Missile Request Amid Gulf Tension, Officials Say

    Russia Rejected Iran S-400 Missile Request Amid Gulf Tension, Officials Say

    Russia has rejected an Iranian request to buy S-400 missile defense systems, concerned that the sale would stoke more tension in the Middle East, according to two people with knowledge of the matter, including a senior Russian official. The request was rebuffed by President Vladimir Putin, the people said on condition of anonymity because they’re…

  • Musical Moscow: A Summer of Festivals

    Musical Moscow: A Summer of Festivals

    In 2013, Moscow suddenly became a major festival hub. Every year there seem to be more festivals in more places — from rooftops to riverboats — with foreign and local musicians performing music of all kinds, from mellow jazz to good ole rock ‘n roll. If you live in Moscow, this might be a good…

  • PhosAgro Receives Shareholding Notices from Igor Antoshin and Vladimir Litvinenko

    PhosAgro Receives Shareholding Notices from Igor Antoshin and Vladimir Litvinenko

    Moscow – PhosAgro (Moscow Exchange, LSE: PHOR), one of the world’s leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers, has been informed by its shareholders Igor Antoshin and Vladimir Litvinenko about a 1.64% change in their stakes in the Company’s authorised capital. According to the information provided by the shareholders the share ownership of Mr. Antoshin reduced to 4.51%,…

  • Yandex.Taxi Eyes On-Demand Helicopter Service – Reports

    Yandex.Taxi Eyes On-Demand Helicopter Service – Reports

    The Yandex.Taxi ride-hailing service is in talks to add helicopters to its fleet of vehicles in Moscow, Russia’s Kommersant business daily reported Thursday. Several companies offer air taxi services in the Russian capital, one of which offers hour-long helicopter rides for the ruble equivalent of $708. Yandex.Taxi is in four-way discussions with Moscow City Hall,…

  • FSB Makes Arrests at Norwegian Border

    FSB Makes Arrests at Norwegian Border

    Russian border guards have detained two individuals who allegedly tried to make it illegally across the border to Norway. The two people, both of them citizens of Iraq, were detained as they were making an attempt to cross into the neighboring country. Neither of the detainees had needed travel documents and both were caught in…

  • Kremlin Asks Specialists to Explain Putin’s Falling Trust Ratings

    Kremlin Asks Specialists to Explain Putin’s Falling Trust Ratings

    Russian sociologists should explain President Vladimir Putin’s record-low trust levels amid his growing approval ratings, the Kremlin said on Thursday. A recent state-funded survey said that public trust in Putin has dropped to its lowest level since 2006. The same survey showed Putin’s approval rating grow from 61 percent in January to 65 percent this…

  • Rosneft Expands Production and Geography of Euro 6 Gasoline Sales in Central Federal District

    Rosneft Expands Production and Geography of Euro 6 Gasoline Sales in Central Federal District

    Ryazan Oil Refining Company (a part of Rosneft Group) has started production of RON-95-K5 Euro 6 high-octane gasoline with improved environmental and performance characteristics. Sales of the improved-quality gasoline began at Rosneft fuel filling stations in the Ryazan region. In the nearest future, residents of the Tula and Kaluga regions will also be able to…

  • Russian Activists Fear Authorities Will Tear Down Their Camp As Landfill Clashes Reignite

    Russian Activists Fear Authorities Will Tear Down Their Camp As Landfill Clashes Reignite

    Protesters rallying against plans to build a landfill in northern Russia for Moscow’s waste have said they expect the authorities to tear down their camp amid the latest escalations this week, Russian media reported. Residents of Arkhangelsk region have for months demonstrated against the controversial $162 million landfill designed to take in Moscow’s garbage. Moscow…

  • Russia Rebuffs Japan’s Military Expansion Warning

    Russia Rebuffs Japan’s Military Expansion Warning

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday that Russia was only operating on its own territory after Japan accused Moscow of a military buildup on a chain of islands in the Pacific, the state-run RIA news agency reported. Russia has held the islands — known as the Northern Territories in Japan and the Southern Kurils…

  • Drinking Up in Russia, Survey Says

    Drinking Up in Russia, Survey Says

    More Russians drank alcohol so far this year than they did in 2018, a survey by the state-funded VTsIOM agency has said. Sixty-seven percent of respondents said they had consumed alcohol between several times a week and less than once a month in 2019, the pollster said Thursday. Last year’s results said 57 percent of…

  • Russia Calls U.S. Nuclear Accusation an Attack on Global Arms Control

    Russia Calls U.S. Nuclear Accusation an Attack on Global Arms Control

    Russia’s ambassador to the United States on Thursday said a U.S. allegation that Moscow may be conducting banned nuclear tests was a calculated attempt to undermine nuclear arms control, Russian state television reported. The head of the U.S.’s Defense Intelligence Agency said on Wednesday that Russia may be conducting low-level nuclear testing that flouts the…

  • Police Violence at Moscow Hip-Hop Fest Was ‘Appropriate,’ Russian National Guard Says

    Police Violence at Moscow Hip-Hop Fest Was ‘Appropriate,’ Russian National Guard Says

    Riot police responded “appropriately” when its officers were filmed using force against young fans at a Moscow hip-hop festival earlier this month, the Russian National Guard said. At least 20 people were detained and charged during the Hip-Hop Mayday festival at Luzhniki Stadium on May 1. Authorities had reportedly said the violence erupted due to…

  • Putin Signs Law Allowing HIV Patients to Adopt Children in Their Care

    Putin Signs Law Allowing HIV Patients to Adopt Children in Their Care

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill that allows Russians living with HIV and other diseases to legally adopt children in their care. The changes were anticipated as part of Russia’s broader state strategy to combat the epidemic that has led to the deaths of 318,000 Russians in three decades. Russia’s 2016 strategy to…

  • Russians Stand Side by Side at LGBT Festival

    Russians Stand Side by Side at LGBT Festival

    Last week, the annual Side by Side (Bok o Bok in Russian) LGBT International Film Festival was held in Moscow. Amid screenings of films, gatherings within the community and providing a safe space for the LGBT community, the presence of anti-LGBT protestors and bomb threats tainted an otherwise peaceful event in the capital. “The first festival…

  • Russians Stand Side by Side at LGBT Film Festival

    Russians Stand Side by Side at LGBT Film Festival

    Last week, the annual Side by Side (Bok o Bok in Russian) LGBT International Film Festival was held in Moscow. Amid screenings of films, gatherings within the community and providing a safe space for the LGBT community, the presence of anti-LGBT protestors and bomb threats tainted an otherwise peaceful event in the capital. “The first festival…

  • Happy Birthday, St. Petersburg

    Happy Birthday, St. Petersburg

    Despite an unrelenting downpour and cool temperatures, St. Petersburg marked its 316th birthday last weekend with plenty of pomp and splendor, as befitting the Venice of the North. Celebrations kicked off on Saturday with an ice cream festival and retro transport parade consisting of more than 200 buses, trams and trucks from private collections, museums…

  • Moscow Blames EU and NATO for Latest Balkan Tensions

    Moscow Blames EU and NATO for Latest Balkan Tensions

    Rising tensions between the Balkan countries of Serbia and Kosovo are the result of the European Union and NATO “appeasing” Kosovo, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday. The Russian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday accused Kosovo of provocation after its police detained more than two dozen people, including one Russian national, during an armed raid…

  • ‘Disappointed’ Russian Communists Demand Apology and Reshoot of ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale

    ‘Disappointed’ Russian Communists Demand Apology and Reshoot of ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale

    Now that the final episode of HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones” has aired, a spectre may be haunting Westeros: The spectre of communism. Unsatisfied with the fate of the show’s heroes and villains, a branch of the Communists of Russia Party has penned an open letter to HBO and the show’s producers demanding a…

  • U.S. Accusations of Russian Nuclear Tests ‘Irresponsible,’ Official Says

    U.S. Accusations of Russian Nuclear Tests ‘Irresponsible,’ Official Says

    The United States believes Russia may be conducting low-level nuclear tests, a U.S. intelligence official on Wednesday, while the head of a body monitoring a global nuclear treaty said there was no sign of such violations by Moscow. Negotiated in the 1990s, the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) enjoys wide global support but must be ratified…

  • U.S. Believes Russia Is Conducting Low-Level Nuclear Tests, Official Says

    U.S. Believes Russia Is Conducting Low-Level Nuclear Tests, Official Says

    The United States believes Russia may be conducting low-level nuclear testing in violation of a moratorium on such tests, the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency said on Wednesday. “The United States believes that Russia probably is not adhering to its nuclear testing moratorium in a manner consistent with the ‘zero-yield’ standard,” Lieutenant General Robert P. Ashley said at…

  • Economists Forecast 6th Year of Falling Incomes for Russians

    Economists Forecast 6th Year of Falling Incomes for Russians

    Russians’ incomes will fall for a sixth consecutive year in 2019, experts from Moscow’s Higher School of Economics (HSE) and Russia’s Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) said. Russia’s Economic Development Ministry has projected real incomes to reverse the five-year slump and grow by 1 percent in 2019, based on a methodology…

  • Former UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova Elected Chair of PhosAgro’s Sustainable Development Committee

    Former UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova Elected Chair of PhosAgro’s Sustainable Development Committee

    Moscow – The Board of Directors of PhosAgro PJSC (“the Company”; Moscow Exchange, LSE ticker: PHOR) approved the leadership and composition of its committees at a meeting held on 24 May.  The Strategy Committee and Risk Management Committee will be chaired by Independent Director Sven Ombudstvedt. Independent Director Marcus Rhodes was once again elected Chairman…

  • Less Than Half of Russians Would Vote for Putin Today – State Poll

    Less Than Half of Russians Would Vote for Putin Today – State Poll

    Less than half of Russians would vote for President Vladimir Putin in a new presidential election, according to a closed state-run survey obtained by the RBC news website. Putin won reelection with nearly 77 percent of the vote in March 2018, extending his presidency for another six-year term. If the elections were held this Sunday,…

  • Russian Media Ordered to Delete Protest Videos Over ‘Extremist’ YouTube Comments

    Russian Media Ordered to Delete Protest Videos Over ‘Extremist’ YouTube Comments

    A news website in Russia’s fourth-largest city of Yekaterinburg has been ordered to remove videos of protests against plans to build a church due to “extremist” comments. Mass protests against a controversial plan to build a new cathedral in a popular riverside park gained national attention this month as protesters clashed with vigilantes and riot…

  • Moscow Summons Spanish Envoy Over ‘Old Enemy’ Comment

    Moscow Summons Spanish Envoy Over ‘Old Enemy’ Comment

    Russia summoned Spain’s ambassador to Moscow on Tuesday after acting Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell referred to the country as an “old enemy,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. Borrell told Spanish newspaper El Periodico last week: “Russia, our old enemy, is once again saying, ‘here I am,’ and has returned as a threat,…

  • Global Automakers Accuse Russian Courts of Graft

    Global Automakers Accuse Russian Courts of Graft

    Major automakers are accusing courts in southern Russia of using consumer protection claims to scam them out of 200 million rubles ($3 million) in 2016-2018, the RBC news website reported Tuesday. Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes and Jaguar Land Rover filed a complaint with Russian authorities alleging that Krasnodar judges abuse the consumer protection system to seek…

  • Russia’s Gran Fondo Shows Growing Popularity of Cycling

    Russia’s Gran Fondo Shows Growing Popularity of Cycling

    Think of road bike racing and your mind turns to French Alps and Italian lakes rather than onion domes and birch forests. But the Gran Fondo Russia event, now in its fourth year, is establishing cycling in the country as a sport for both elite athletes and enthusiastic amateurs. The format was born in 1970…

  • Severstal uveils ew cliet-cetric corporate structure

    Severstal uveils ew cliet-cetric corporate structure

    May 29, 2019 PAO Severstal announces that the Company’s organizational structure has been reconfigured to support its updated strategy and ensure it consistently delivers an excellent customer experience. Based on agile business principles, all of the Company’s production and “selling” divisions now fall under two streams – upstream and downstream, for which common business goals…

  • Gazprom in Eastern Russia, Entry into Asia-Pacific Markets Press Conference held

    Gazprom in Eastern Russia, Entry into Asia-Pacific Markets Press Conference held

    Listen to audio For Gazprom’s Press Conferences audio broadcast please dial: +7 495 719-35-77 (Russian) +7 495 719-30-00 (English) Materials May 28, 2019, 02:30 pm (Moscow time) [embedded content] Participants: Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee, Gazprom; Elena Burmistrova, Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee, Gazprom; Director General, Gazprom Export; Sergey Menshikov, Member of the Management Committee, Head of Department, Gazprom; Vyacheslav Mikhalenko, Member…

  • Russians Are Cutting Spending on Basic Goods, Survey Says

    Russians Are Cutting Spending on Basic Goods, Survey Says

    Russians said they spent less on food, travel, clothes and other goods and services in 2019 than last year, a survey by Russia’s Romir researcher said Tuesday. Among those who said they had to cut spending, 24 percent said they saved on food, 29 percent on travel and 23 percent on clothes. Another 13 percent…

  • BDSM-Style Graduation Video Divides Russians

    BDSM-Style Graduation Video Divides Russians

    A controversial high school celebration in which students dressed in revealing outfits has divided Russian society over questions of morality and freedom of expression. Police issued fines and a headmistress submitted her resignation in the Far East city of Vladivostok after video of the would-be graduates celebrating the last days of school in leather shorts,…

  • Report on the results of voting at the Annual general meeting of shareholders of PJSC PhosAgro

    Report on the results of voting at the Annual general meeting of shareholders of PJSC PhosAgro

    Information on cookies This website is using cookies and other web-technologies to help provide you with the best browsing experience that would suit your preferences. Cookies also help us gather statistics that show how the website is being used and how it can be improved in terms of content and structure.By continuing to browse www.phosagro.com,…

  • Kosovo Releases Russian UN Worker After Moscow Demand

    Kosovo Releases Russian UN Worker After Moscow Demand

    Kosovo released a Russian national working for the United Nations on Tuesday, the United Nations mission in Kosovo said, after Moscow demanded that Pristina release him. The Russian was detained in a Serb-populated municipality in Kosovo’s north during a police operation there. The UN mission said the Russian and another UN staff member who was…

  • Chinese Officials Are Searching Russian Travelers’ Phones at Border, Consulate Warns

    Chinese Officials Are Searching Russian Travelers’ Phones at Border, Consulate Warns

    Russia has requested an official explanation from China over a reported new policy in which Russian citizens’ phones are randomly seized and searched by Chinese border guards. The Russian Consulate General in Guangzhou issued an advisory last week, warning that border guards at China’s Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport had begun to randomly select Russian travellers to…

  • Kokoshnik: Not Just For Fairy Tales

    Kokoshnik: Not Just For Fairy Tales

    Pick up a book of Russian fairy tales, and you’ll notice something very distinctive in the costume of the female characters.  Spend Christmas in Russia, and you’ll see the same distinctive circlet on the head of every incarnation of Snegurochka – the Snow Maiden. We refer, of course, to that most iconic Russian headdress: the…

  • Sibneftegaz Celebrates 25th Anniversary

    Sibneftegaz Celebrates 25th Anniversary

    Sibneftegaz JSC celebrates the 25th anniversary of its operation. This is one of the key gas-producing subsidiaries of Rosneft Oil Company with the accumulated output exceeding 118 billion cubic metres. At the moment, the entity produces approximately 12 bcm annually. In order to expand its production, Sibneftegaz carries out the construction of major production facilities:…

  • Russian Teenager Attacks Classmate With Axe, Cites Past School Shootings – Reports

    Russian Teenager Attacks Classmate With Axe, Cites Past School Shootings – Reports

    A seventh-grade student attacked a classmate with an axe in central Russia on Tuesday in what appeared to be an act inspired by past school shootings. Authorities detained the 15-year-old in the Saratov region town of Volsk after he hit a 12-year-old girl in the head with an axe at school, Interfax reported. The teenager…

  • Deputy Director General of ROSATOM Nikolai Spasskiy held a meeting with Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan Ramin Guluzade

    On the 23rd of May 2019 in Moscow Deputy Director General for International Relations of ROSATOM Nikolai Spasskiy held a meeting with Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ramin Guluzade. President of Rusatom – International Network A.A. Merten, President of JSC Rusatom Overseas E.M. Pakermanov and Chairman of CJSC…

  • Russia Demands Kosovo Release Detained Russian UN Worker

    Russia Demands Kosovo Release Detained Russian UN Worker

    Russia‘s embassy in Serbia on Tuesday demanded that Kosovo immediately release a detained Russian national working at a United Nations mission in Kosovo, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported. The Russian national was detained in a Serb-populated municipality in Kosovo’s north during a police operation there, RIA said. “We demand the immediate release of the Russian and…

  • Arrested U.S. Investor Calvey Wants to Go to Putin’s Economic Forum

    Arrested U.S. Investor Calvey Wants to Go to Putin’s Economic Forum

    U.S. private equity manager Michael Calvey, whose February arrest on fraud charges shook Russia’s foreign-investment community, still wants to go to the Kremlin’s premier economic showcase in St. Petersburg next week. But he needs the permission of the country’s Investigative Committee to leave his Moscow apartment, where he’s being held under house arrest in a…

  • Two More Russians Charged for ‘Disrespecting’ Putin Under New Law

    Two More Russians Charged for ‘Disrespecting’ Putin Under New Law

    An associate of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and a blogger from western Russia have become the latest individuals to be charged for online posts insulting President Vladimir Putin under a new law that bans “disrespect” toward authorities. People who show “blatant disrespect” online for the state, the authorities, the public, the Russian flag or the…

  • Russian Orthodox Official Compares Anti-Church Protests to Romanov Executions

    Russian Orthodox Official Compares Anti-Church Protests to Romanov Executions

    Recent mass protests against plans to replace a city park in central Russia with an Orthodox cathedral are akin to the execution of the country’s last royal family, the head of Yekaterinburg’s diocese said. Protests erupted in Russia’s fourth-largest city this month after fencing went up around a riverside park ahead of the church’s construction,…

  • Bike Riding in Moscow: Not For the Faint-Hearted

    Bike Riding in Moscow: Not For the Faint-Hearted

    This year, the annual bike parade advocating for better conditions for bike riders in Moscow was not allowed by the authorities. Instead, the city government organized a festival that was more of a party than a demonstration for bike rights. We took a ride with Valery Larionov, a bike activist, to see how safe and…

  • On This Day: Alexander Solzhenitsyn

    On This Day: Alexander Solzhenitsyn

    Alexander Solzhenitsyn was born in the southern Russian city of Kislovodsk in 1918. He studied both mathematics and philosophy, literature and history before serving in the Great Patriotic War (the Soviet part of World War II) as an officer, later decorated for personal heroism. But despite his record, his criticism of Josef Stalin’s conduct of…

  • Russia Rejects New ‘Monroe Doctrine’ of U.S. in Latin America – Lavrov

    Russia Rejects New ‘Monroe Doctrine’ of U.S. in Latin America – Lavrov

    The United States’ new foreign policy approach in Latin America goes against international law, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said after talks with his Cuban counterpart. U.S. national security advisor John Bolton has invoked the 1823 policy established by then-President James Monroe to warn other countries, including Russia and Cuba, against interfering in Venezuela.…

  • Russia Builds 3 New Churches a Day, Orthodox Leader Says

    Russia Builds 3 New Churches a Day, Orthodox Leader Says

    Russian Orthodox Church leader Patriarch Kirill has claimed that Russia constructs three new churches per day less than two weeks after mass protests erupted over the construction of a new cathedral in Yekaterinburg. The Orthodox Church’s influence has grown in recent years as it has received increased support from the Kremlin. Last year, Patriarch Kirill announced…

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