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  • Russian Director Serebrennikov Released on Bail After 1.5 Years of House Arrest

    Russian Director Serebrennikov Released on Bail After 1.5 Years of House Arrest

    A Moscow court has released theater director Kirill Serebrennikov on bail after a year and a half spent under house arrest on criminal fraud charges, Russian news agencies reported Monday. Serebrennikov was detained on Aug. 22, 2017, on charges of embezzling 68 million rubles ($1 million) in government funds as part of a theater project,…

  • Russia’s Prison Service Defends Yoga Against Homosexuality and Riot Claims

    Russia’s Prison Service Defends Yoga Against Homosexuality and Riot Claims

    Russian prisoners will continue doing yoga despite religious scholars’ claims that the practice could turn inmates gay, Russian prison authorities said on Sunday. Yoga classes were suspended last month after a conservative lawmaker forwarded to prosecutors a theologian’s complaint that yoga could cause prisoners to become gay and start prison riots as a result, according…

  • Thousands in Russia’s North Protest Moscow Landfill Plans, Demand Governor’s Resignation

    Thousands in Russia’s North Protest Moscow Landfill Plans, Demand Governor’s Resignation

    Thousands of demonstrators in northern Russia continued months of protests against Moscow’s plans to ship its garbage outside its city limits and demanded their governor to resign. Russians across 26 regions, including Arkhangelsk, have staged protests against Moscow’s plan to solve a trash crisis by sending waste to surrounding regions. Anti-trash reform sentiment has been…

  • Russia Decides to Free Captive Whales After Outcry – Governor

    Russia Decides to Free Captive Whales After Outcry – Governor

    Russia on Monday signed an agreement with a group of international scientists to free nearly 100 whales that have been held for months in cramped pens in Russia’s Far East, a scandal that has triggered a wave of criticism. Images of the 10 orcas and 87 beluga whales, kept in enclosures in a bay near…

  • Moscow Police Arrest Two British Citizens on Drug Charges – Reports

    Moscow Police Arrest Two British Citizens on Drug Charges – Reports

    Moscow police have detained two British citizens in central Moscow on suspicion of drug possession, the RBC news outlet reported. English teachers Domian Osborne and Ian Evans were arrested after attempting to discard two bags of unidentified powder upon spotting a police patrol near the Chistiye Prudy metro station Saturday evening, RBC quoted a Moscow…

  • All Would Have Died If Russia Was Behind Salisbury Attack, U.K. Novichok Victim Told

    All Would Have Died If Russia Was Behind Salisbury Attack, U.K. Novichok Victim Told

    A British man whose partner died after being exposed to nerve agent Novichok was told by Russia‘s ambassador that Moscow could not have been behind the attacks because they would have “killed everyone,” he told the Sunday Mirror newspaper. Charlie Rowley, who was also exposed to Novichok after coming across a perfume bottle contaminated with the…

  • All Too Human

    All Too Human

    Humans are embodied like all other animals, but according to Plato we are distinguished from the beasts through our possession of a sacred attribute: reason. This attribute is manifest in our ability to contemplate the nature of reality and reflect on how we ought to act. Thinkers from Plato to Steven Pinker have placed great…

  • Can Museums Be Friends When Their Countries Are Not?

    Can Museums Be Friends When Their Countries Are Not?

    In March, “Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, and the School of London” opened at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. Organized in cooperation with the Tate (London), the exhibition includes 80 artworks. The Moscow Times talked to Marina Loshak, director of the Pushkin Museum, about the exhibition and cooperation with Tate. When did you start…

  • Kremlin Says It Is Not Backing Libyan Haftar’s Westward Push

    Kremlin Says It Is Not Backing Libyan Haftar’s Westward Push

    The Kremlin said on Friday (April 5) it was not helping Libyan military forces loyal to eastern commander Khalifa Haftar push westward and that it supported a negotiated political settlement to Libya’s problems that ruled out any new bloodshed. The Kremlin was commenting after U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was flying to eastern Libya…

  • Russian Supermarket Leader Magnit Makes $1.78Bln Bid to Buy Rival Lenta

    Russian Supermarket Leader Magnit Makes $1.78Bln Bid to Buy Rival Lenta

    Russian supermarket chain and market leader Magnit has made a $1.78 billion bid to buy 100 percent of smaller rival Lenta, Russia Business Today reported on Friday. Lenta has been the focus of attention in recent weeks since the investment holding Severgroup of steel tycoon Alexei Mordashov paid $729 million to buy a 42 percent stake in the retailer,…

  • Ford Workers Call for Strike at St. Petersburg Factory Slated to Close

    Ford Workers Call for Strike at St. Petersburg Factory Slated to Close

    Workers at the Ford Sollers automobile plant outside St. Petersburg will begin a partial shutdown of production next week, a local Ford labor union leader said Friday, to protest hundreds of impending layoffs at the plant as it moves to shut down production. Ford Sollers, the American automotive giant’s joint venture in Russia, announced late…

  • Russian Court Finds Twitter Failed to Provide Information on Data – TASS

    Russian Court Finds Twitter Failed to Provide Information on Data – TASS

    A Russian court fined Twitter 3,000 rubles ($46) on Friday for failing to supply information to Russia’s authorities on where it stores its Russian users’ personal data, the state-run TASS news agency reported. Russian legislation requires social media companies to store user data on servers located in Russia. At the moment, the only tools Russia…

  • Video: Russia Stages Black Sea Missile Drills

    Video: Russia Stages Black Sea Missile Drills

    The Russian military released footage on Friday showing its naval forces shooting and launching missiles in the Black Sea. Earlier this week, NATO announced plans to expand its surveillance in the Black Sea in support of Ukraine. Two of the Black Sea Fleet’s guided missile corvettes launched “Moskit” (“Mosquito”) supersonic missiles at targets simulating enemy…

  • Russian Officials Snap Back at Ukrainian Threat to Bring Tanks to Moscow

    Russian Officials Snap Back at Ukrainian Threat to Bring Tanks to Moscow

    Russian officials took to social media with posts mocking a Ukrainian minister’s pledge to storm Moscow with tanks. Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan wrote on Facebook Thursday that Ukrainian tanks will “eventually” arrive in the Russian capital alongside its allies. His post was made in response to an invitation from Moscow to discuss Ukraine’s membership…

  • Russia Blocks 1,000 News Stories on Major Bank’s Leader

    Russia Blocks 1,000 News Stories on Major Bank’s Leader

    Russian regulators have blocked more than 1,000 online news stories ruled by a court as defamatory toward the head of a major bank, leading lawyers to decry the mass censorship as “legal nihilism.” The state-owned VTB Bank went to court last year seeking to stop the circulation of stories harmful to its business reputation, the…

  • Hundreds of Migrants Detained in Siberian Mass Raids, Reports Say

    Hundreds of Migrants Detained in Siberian Mass Raids, Reports Say

    Hundreds of labor migrants have been detained in the Siberian region of Irkutsk, rights activists told the sibreal.org news website on Friday. Authorities in Irkutsk, some 5,000 kilometers east of Moscow, carry out regular raids against undocumented migrants. Around 280 migrants were rounded up and “pushed en masse into police vans” by masked men and…

  • Run Out Winter’s Kinks

    Run Out Winter’s Kinks

    The passion to run has hit Russians hard. RunRepeat, a group that tracks marathon participation and times all around the world, reports that more Russians are running and more of them are running faster. In six years from 2009 to 2014, the number of Russian marathoners increased 300 percent. From 2008 to 2018, the average…

  • Family Of American Killed in Downed MH17 Jet Sues Russia Banks, Money-Transfer Firms

    Family Of American Killed in Downed MH17 Jet Sues Russia Banks, Money-Transfer Firms

    The family of an American killed when a Malaysian Airlines plane was shot down over Ukraine in 2014 filed a lawsuit on Thursday against U.S.-based money transfer companies and two Russian banks they accuse of providing services to the group they blame for striking Flight MH17. MH17 was brought down over territory held by pro-Russian…

  • Famil Sadygov appointed Deputy Chairman of Gazprom Management Committee

    Famil Sadygov appointed Deputy Chairman of Gazprom Management Committee

    Release April 4, 2019, 19:10 Famil Sadygov has been appointed Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee. He will oversee financial and economic activities. Famil Sadygov was born in 1968 in Nakhichevan. He graduated from the Sergo Ordzhonikidze State Academy of Management in Moscow. He has a PhD in Economics. 1999–2004: Deputy Minister of Taxation of the Russian Federation. 2005–2009: Deputy Head of the Federal Treasury. 2009–2019: Deputy…

  • WANO and Rosenergoatom to Hold Roundtable at ATOMEXPO 2019 on the Safe and Reliable Operation of Nuclear Power Plants

    The World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) and Rosenergoatom JSC (a part of the Electric Power Division of ROSATOM) will hold a roundtable discussion on “Creating a Safe Future Together” at ATOPMEXPO 2019.  The main topics for discussion at the roundtable will be the safe and reliable operation of nuclear power plants, professional leadership and…

  • Vox Pop: Russians React to Comedian Leading in Ukraine’s Presidential Elections

    Vox Pop: Russians React to Comedian Leading in Ukraine’s Presidential Elections

    The first round of Ukraine’s presidential elections last Sunday was met with widespread interest in Russia, thanks in part to extensive coverage on Russian state television. According to the official results published on Wednesday, actor and comedian Volodymyr Zelensky secured first place with 30.3 percent of the votes. Current Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko trailed in…

  • Director Georgy Daneliya Has Died

    Director Georgy Daneliya Has Died

    The film director Georgy Daneliya died in a Moscow hospital on Thursday. The cause of death was a heart attack, but he had been hospitalized since February with an acute respiratory ailment. He was 88 years old. Daneliya was one of the Soviet Union’s most popular screenwriters and directors, whose gently satirical films managed to…

  • Russia Used Gifts, Politics to Keep World Chess Dominance – FT

    Russia Used Gifts, Politics to Keep World Chess Dominance – FT

    Russia has wielded gifts and political office to maintain control of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) last year, according to a Financial Times investigation. FIDE elected former deputy prime minister Arkady Dvorkovich in October 2018 on his pledge to draw a line under years of scandal and internal feuding. Russia secured Dvorkovich’s victory “with promises…

  • Kids’ Camp on a Defense Base? How Russian Firms Masked Secret Military Work

    Kids’ Camp on a Defense Base? How Russian Firms Masked Secret Military Work

    Behind the perimeter of a Defense Ministry base in southern Russia stand three barrack buildings where two witnesses say they have seen private fighters being billeted before they are dispatched to fight in Syria for President Bashar Assad. Yet on paper, the barracks have nothing to do with the Russian defense ministry: court documents list…

  • Chikhirtma

    Chikhirtma

    Seriously, though, how do the Georgians do it?  The simplest dish on their stoves becomes a culinary tour de force.  Take, for example, chikhirtma, Georgia’s spicy, tangy, velvety version of Greek avgolemono or egg and lemon soup.    Like most Georgian recipes, the seemingly simple list of ingredients belies the complexity of the finished product.  The secret…

  • Record Number of Russians Want to Emigrate – Gallup

    Record Number of Russians Want to Emigrate – Gallup

    A record one-fifth of Russians would like to leave the country if they could, a threefold increase from five years ago, the Gallup pollster said Thursday. Public polling inside Russia has indicated in recent years that between 17 and 20 percent of Russians were willing to migrate. Official data, which has been criticized for downplaying…

  • Official Poll Shows Russians Too Poor to Afford Shoes, Puzzling Kremlin

    Official Poll Shows Russians Too Poor to Afford Shoes, Puzzling Kremlin

    An official survey on the extent of economic hardship that Russians currently face — including their inability to afford new shoes — has left the Kremlin scratching its head. An extensive State Statistics Service, or Rosstat, survey said that four-fifths of Russian families had a hard time making ends meet — and one-third of households…

  • Venezuelan Deputy Minister Says More Russian Troops Could Arrive — Interfax

    Venezuelan Deputy Minister Says More Russian Troops Could Arrive — Interfax

    Venezuela’s deputy foreign minister Ivan Gil said on Thursday he does not rule out that more Russian military personnel may arrive in Venezuela under agreements already concluded with Russia, Interfax news agency reported. The deputy minister also said Russian forces will stay in Venezuela as long as needed, and that there is no set period…

  • On This Day: Andrei Tarkovsky

    On This Day: Andrei Tarkovsky

    On this day in 1932, Andrei Tarkovsky was born in a village northeast of Moscow. His father was the poet and translator Arseny Tarkovsky, and his mother was a literary editor. He spent much of his childhood in the village before moving to Moscow after the war. At university Tarkovsky studied Arabic and then tried…

  • Putin Tells Netanyahu Russia Found Remains of Missing Israeli Soldier

    Putin Tells Netanyahu Russia Found Remains of Missing Israeli Soldier

    President Vladimir Putin told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday that Russian special forces troops in Syria had found the remains of a U.S.-born Israeli soldier missing since 1982, allowing him to be finally buried. The disappearance of Zachary Baumel, who was 21 when he fought in Israel’s invasion of Lebanon and was declared missing…

  • Russia Tricks GPS Signals to Hide Putin’s Location, Report Says

    Russia Tricks GPS Signals to Hide Putin’s Location, Report Says

    Russia has extensively deployed electronic warfare capabilities to hide President Vladimir Putin’s location, a U.S.-based research group said in a recent report. The report suggests that GPS spoofing extends far beyond previously recorded instances in Moscow and St. Petersburg, where drivers passing by the Kremlin or Putin’s known whereabouts have seen their navigation software “teleport”…

  • NATO Chief Warns Of Russia Threat, Urges Unity in U.S. Address

    NATO Chief Warns Of Russia Threat, Urges Unity in U.S. Address

    The head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization warned the U.S. Congress on Wednesday of the threat posed by “a more assertive Russia,” including a massive military buildup, threats to sovereign states, the use of nerve agents and cyberattacks. “We must overcome our differences now because we will need our alliance even more in the…

  • Japan Protests Russia’s Shooting Drills on Disputed Islands

    Japan Protests Russia’s Shooting Drills on Disputed Islands

    The Japanese government has voiced protest against planned Russian military shooting drills on a chain of disputed Pacific islands, its foreign ministry told Russian media Thursday. Both countries claim sovereignty over the island chain known in Russia as the Kuril Islands and in Japan as the Northern Territories, preventing the sides from signing a treaty…

  • Russia Says Crimea Lost $23Bln From Ukraine’s ‘Annexation’

    Russia Says Crimea Lost $23Bln From Ukraine’s ‘Annexation’

    Russian lawmakers have accused Ukraine of bringing 1.5 trillion rubles ($23 billion) in losses to the Crimean economy in the 23 years that the peninsula was part of independent Ukraine. The assessment comes from the State Duma’s newly established task force to measure damages under what it labels Ukraine’s “annexation” of Crimea between 1991 — the fall…

  • Alexey Miller briefs Dmitry Medvedev on Gazprom’s efforts in import substitution and digital technologies

    Alexey Miller briefs Dmitry Medvedev on Gazprom’s efforts in import substitution and digital technologies

    Message to the Media April 3, 2019, 19:30 A working meeting took place today between Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, and Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee. Alexey Miller briefed Dmitry Medvedev on the Company’s efforts in the field of import substitution and the implementation of digital technologies. Gazprom website Editorial Board   Shorthand record Dmitry Medvedev: Mr. Miller,…

  • Russian Military Deployed ‘Combat Telepathy’ in Chechnya, Report Claims

    Russian Military Deployed ‘Combat Telepathy’ in Chechnya, Report Claims

    The Russian military tested the telepathic effects of parapsychology in its wars in Chechnya in the 1990s and the early 2000s, a news magazine run by the Defense Ministry has claimed. The techniques reportedly allowed soldiers to wiretap conversations, disrupt software, identify potential terrorists and read foreign-language documents locked in a safe — all using…

  • Britain Scrambles Jets After Russian Bombers Approach U.K. Airspace

    Britain Scrambles Jets After Russian Bombers Approach U.K. Airspace

    Britain said on Wednesday it had scrambled Typhoon jets to monitor two Russian “Blackjack” bombers which approached the United Kingdom’s airspace. The two Russian Tupolev Tu-160 long-range bombers flew in international airspace off Britain’s northeastern coast. “We can confirm that RAF quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth scrambled to monitor two Blackjack bombers while they…

  • Activists Install Mock Putin Gravestone in St. Petersburg

    Activists Install Mock Putin Gravestone in St. Petersburg

    A mock gravestone for President Vladimir Putin appeared in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, in at least the third such display in the past two months. The headstone popped up near the iconic St. Isaac’s Cathedral shortly after an activist was sentenced to 15 days behind bars for placing a mock Putin tombstone in Kurgan region…

  • Two Alleged Islamic State Members Killed in Russian Police Shootout

    Two Alleged Islamic State Members Killed in Russian Police Shootout

    At least two suspected members of the banned Islamic State terrorist organization have been killed in a shootout with police in Russia’s North Caucasus that took place overnight Wednesday. The region, known for its instability, has seen frequent attacks on law enforcement officials, including in the republics of Ingushetia, Chechnya and Dagestan. The suspects opened fire…

  • ATOMEXPO-2019 will discuss global partnerships as the condition of sustainable development

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  • St. Petersburg Military School Explosion Was an Attack, Media Reports

    St. Petersburg Military School Explosion Was an Attack, Media Reports

    Russian authorities believe Tuesday’s explosion that injured four people at a St. Petersburg military and space academy was a deliberate attack, the Kommersant business daily has reported. The Investigative Committee opened a criminal investigation into attempted murder after the blast at the Mozhaysky Military Space Academy injured four officers midday Tuesday. The bomb, which was…

  • ATOMEXPO-2019 will discuss the role of innovations and education for shaping better future

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  • New Kazakh Leader Vows to Keep Friendly Ties With Russia

    New Kazakh Leader Vows to Keep Friendly Ties With Russia

    Kazakhstan’s new president has vowed to preserve a pro-Russian foreign policy as his arrival in Moscow signaled he does not plan to deviate from his predecessor’s course. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who arrived in Moscow for his first official visit on Wednesday, became the oil-rich country’s interim president after longtime leader Nursultan Nazarbayev stepped down two weeks…

  • Russia to Open Terrorist Rehab Center in Annexed Crimea

    Russia to Open Terrorist Rehab Center in Annexed Crimea

    Russia plans to open a treatment center to “rehabilitate” the adherents of a banned Islamic group in the annexed Crimean peninsula, a senior Russian lawmaker said Wednesday. Russian security agents detained dozens of people in Simferopol last week on suspicion of being members of Hizb ut-Tahrir, a pan-Islamist group banned within Russia. Russia’s human rights…

  • Russia and Ukraine Fight, But Their People Seek Reconciliation

    Russia and Ukraine Fight, But Their People Seek Reconciliation

    Ukraine is in the middle of a presidential election campaign in which its larger neighbor plays an outsize role. The war with Russia-backed separatists, which has lasted five years and claimed 13,000 lives, weighs heavily on the race, as do fears of Moscow’s interference. Three months ago, Ukraine’s Central Electoral Commission shut down polls at…

  • NATO to Deter Russia in Black Sea With Heightened Surveillance, U.S. Says

    NATO to Deter Russia in Black Sea With Heightened Surveillance, U.S. Says

    NATO plans to expand its surveillance in the Black Sea to ensure that Ukrainian ships travel safely through an area effectively controlled by Russia, a top U.S. official in the Western military alliance said Tuesday. The Kerch Strait, which connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Azov, has become a flashpoint between Moscow and…

  • Colombia Rejects Russia’s Warning Against Venezuelan Military Action

    Colombia Rejects Russia’s Warning Against Venezuelan Military Action

    Colombia on Tuesday rejected a Russian warning against foreign military intervention in Venezuela and said it supported a peaceful transition to democracy in the neighboring South American country. “Colombia reiterates that the transition to democracy must be conducted by the Venezuelans themselves peacefully and within the framework of the Constitution and international law, supported by political…

  • Gazprom Racing Team secures podium result

    Gazprom Racing Team secures podium result

    News from projects and regions April 2, 2019, 20:00 The traditional handing over of the trophy cups won in ice yacht tournaments by the Gazprom Racing Team to Georgy Fokin, Director General of Gazprom Transgaz Saint Petersburg, took place at the company’s head office on April 1, 2019. The Gazprom Racing Team, a St. Petersburg-based ice yacht crew consisting of Oleg Vasiliev, Ruslan Rudenko,…

  • ROSATOM and Kurchatov Institute took part in the European Research Reactor Conference

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  • Viktor Zubkov: broad lineup of natural gas-powered vehicles essential to developing NGV market

    Viktor Zubkov: broad lineup of natural gas-powered vehicles essential to developing NGV market

    Release April 2, 2019, 19:10 Photos Viktor Zubkov, Chairman of the Gazprom Board of Directors, held a meeting today at the premises of AVTOVAZ in Togliatti, Samara Region, on issues related to developing the domestic NGV market and stimulating supply and demand for natural gas-powered machinery. Taking part in the event were Anton Inyutsyn, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation, Alexander Morozov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade…

  • Vulgar Putin Graffiti ‘Censored’ From Internet – Reports

    Vulgar Putin Graffiti ‘Censored’ From Internet – Reports

    A handful of Russian news outlets have removed stories from their websites on graffiti calling President Vladimir Putin an anti-gay slur, in what one local publication called an act of censorship. Russian laws banning “blatant disrespect” toward the authorities online entered into force last Friday. Under the legislation, outlets have 24 hours to voluntarily delete…

  • Russia Says It Has Opened Helicopter Training Center in Venezuela

    Russia Says It Has Opened Helicopter Training Center in Venezuela

    Russia has opened a training center in Venezuela to help the country’s pilots fly Russian-made military helicopters, Russian state-owned industrial conglomerate Rostec said on Monday, Moscow’s latest gesture of support for President Nicolas Maduro. Rostec said the centre was inaugurated on Thursday last week, the same day as the White House warned Moscow and other countries backing Maduro…

  • Russian Ex-Military Official Jailed Over Islamic State Links

    Russian Ex-Military Official Jailed Over Islamic State Links

    A former Russian military officer has been sentenced to 19 years in prison on charges of participating in the banned Islamic State terrorist organization, the state-run TASS news agency reported Tuesday. Denis Khisamov was detained by the Federal Security Service (FSB) in Krasnodar and was sentenced by a district military court in Rostov-on-Don for participating…

  • 4 Injured in St. Petersburg Military Academy Explosion – Reports

    4 Injured in St. Petersburg Military Academy Explosion – Reports

    Up to four cadets have been injured in an explosion at a St. Petersburg military and space academy, Russian media outlets reported on Tuesday. The explosion at the Mozhaysky Military Space Academy occurred during an attempt to move an undetonated shell, an unnamed source in the emergency services told the St. Petersburg-based 78.ru news channel.…

  • Half of Russians Oppose Full-Fledged Union With Belarus, Poll Says

    Half of Russians Oppose Full-Fledged Union With Belarus, Poll Says

    Almost half of Russians oppose uniting with neighboring Belarus into a single country, according to a state-funded survey published on the 20th anniversary of the countries’ integration project. The potential merger between Minsk and Moscow became a widely discussed possibility in 2019 as a potential loophole for Russian President Vladimir Putin to stay in power…

  • Namaste: Russia Embraces the Yoga Lifestyle

    Namaste: Russia Embraces the Yoga Lifestyle

    By the time Los Angeles-based celebrity meditation guru Mahan Kirn had taken the stage and folded her legs into lotus position in Moscow’s Prana Yoga Center on Saturday the enormous main studio was bunged to capacity, with each yoga mat bunched up against the next. Wearing the white head covering and modest clothing that is…

  • Indoor Plumbing Still a Pipe Dream for 20% of Russian Households, Reports Say

    Indoor Plumbing Still a Pipe Dream for 20% of Russian Households, Reports Say

    More than one-fifth of Russian households do not have access to indoor plumbing, according to official statistics obtained by the RBC news website on Tuesday. Russia leads the developed world with the worst sanitation record, according to the London-based WaterAid NGO. A 2012 estimate citing official data placed the number of Russians whose households are…

  • Russian Billionaires Grew $20B Richer in 2019 – Bloomberg

    Russian Billionaires Grew $20B Richer in 2019 – Bloomberg

    Russia’s 23 richest billionaires grew richer by more than $20 billion in the first three months of 2019, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The number of billionaires in Russia has shrunk from 101 in 2018 to 98 this year, with Forbes estimating their combined wealth growing from $409.3 billion to $421 billion. An estimated…

  • Russian Cyber Expert Sentenced for Treason in FSB Scandal

    Russian Cyber Expert Sentenced for Treason in FSB Scandal

    A Russian internet entrepreneur has been sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of state treason in the interests of the United States. Georgy Fomchenkov’s verdict comes a month after cybersecurity expert Ruslan Stoyanov and ex-FSB security officer Sergei Mikhailov were sentenced to 14 and 22 years in prison on the…

  • Russia Revises Up 2018 Growth Data in Boost for Putin Target

    Russia Revises Up 2018 Growth Data in Boost for Putin Target

    Two months ago, Russia’s statistics agency put a dent in its own credibility, publishing a growth estimate for 2018 that far exceeded even the most optimistic forecasts. On Monday it had a chance to explain itself. The statistics agency confirmed the full-year result of 2.3 percent, the highest since 2012. It revised upward the figures…

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