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  • Lining Up for the Repin Retrospective

    Lining Up for the Repin Retrospective

    The Tretyakov Gallery continues its series of retrospectives of prominent turn-of-the-century painters with an enormous exhibition of works by Ilya Repin. Devoted to the 175th anniversary of the artist’s birth, the retrospective at the Tretyakov Gallery is only the first of three shows. After Moscow it will travel to the State Russian Museum in St.…

  • Russian Defense Ministry to Create Film Studio for Military Movies

    Russian Defense Ministry to Create Film Studio for Military Movies

    Russia’s Defense Ministry plans to establish a film studio to produce movies about the modern Russian army, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced Tuesday. The announcement was made at an annual awards ceremony that celebrates art and culture about the Russian military. During his awards speech, Shoigu said that despite there being plenty of quality films…

  • More Than 1,300 Russian Officials Fired for Corruption in 2018 – Prosecutors

    More Than 1,300 Russian Officials Fired for Corruption in 2018 – Prosecutors

    More than 1,300 Russian state officials suspected of violating corruption rules were fired for loss of trust last year, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. Russia ranks among the world’s most corrupt countries. Observers have criticized anti-graft campaigns under President Vladimir Putin’s rule as ineffective. The Prosecutor General’s Office said its intervention has led to the dismissal…

  • Former Russian Minister Arrested, Accused of Embezzling $62 Million

    Former Russian Minister Arrested, Accused of Embezzling $62 Million

    Former Russian minister Mikhail Abyzov was arrested Tuesday evening on suspicion of embezzling $62 million, Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a press release. In May 2012, Abyzov was appointed as Minister for Open Government Affairs in former President Dmitry Medvedev’s cabinet, a post he held for six years. He is suspected of creating and running a…

  • Russia Says Presence of ‘Russian Specialists’ in Venezuela Is Governed by Mutual Accord

    Russia Says Presence of ‘Russian Specialists’ in Venezuela Is Governed by Mutual Accord

    The presence of “Russian specialists” in Venezuela is governed by a military-technical cooperation agreement between the two countries, Russia‘s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. The ministry did not provide any further details in its statement about the specialists. Two Russian Air Force planes landed at Venezuela’s main airport on Saturday carrying a Russian defense official and nearly 100…

  • Divisive Chechnya Deal Sparks Protest Calling for Ingush Leader’s Resignation

    Divisive Chechnya Deal Sparks Protest Calling for Ingush Leader’s Resignation

    Thousands of residents in Russia’s smallest region protested for the right to hold a referendum on a divisive border-change deal after local leaders sought to remove such proposals from the ballot box. In October 2018, the republic of Ingushetia’s leaders signed the land swap deal with neighboring Chechnya, sparking mass protests. According to proposed rules,…

  • Russian Footballer Punished Over ‘Racist’ Comments, Issues Apology

    Russian Footballer Punished Over ‘Racist’ Comments, Issues Apology

    Football striker Pavel Pogrebnyak has been disciplined by Russia’s Football Union (RFU) over controversial comments he made against naturalized players on Russia’s international team. In an interview with the Komsomolskaya Pravda tabloid earlier this month, the footballer stated: “it’s weird when a black player plays for the Russian national team,” adding that he is “against” the…

  • Russia’s Deployment of Military Planes to Venezuela Sparks U.S. Backlash

    Russia’s Deployment of Military Planes to Venezuela Sparks U.S. Backlash

    The United States on Monday accused Russia of “reckless escalation” of the situation in Venezuela by deploying military planes and personnel to the crisis-stricken South American nation that Washington has hit with crippling sanctions. The Russian planes and military personnel arrived outside the Venezuelan capital Caracas on Saturday, according to local media reports, two months after the Trump…

  • Russian Passport Holders Enjoy 47th-Highest Ease of Travel – Ranking

    Russian Passport Holders Enjoy 47th-Highest Ease of Travel – Ranking

    Russia ranks in the top 25 percent of countries whose citizens can enjoy the most freedom of travel abroad, according to an annual rating of passport “strength.” The Henley & Partners residence and citizenship planning firm ranks the strength of 199 different passports based on the availability of visa-free or visa on arrival travel to…

  • Autonomous Power Generation Centre Set at North-Komsomolskoye Field

    Autonomous Power Generation Centre Set at North-Komsomolskoye Field

    An autonomous power generation centre has been created at North-Komsomolskoye field to ensure failure-free power supply to drilling units and processing facilities. The centre comprises mobile smart gas-turbine units with a capacity of 2,500 kW each. Their main advantage is associated with low-cost power generation at drilling horizontal wells of up to 3.5 km –…

  • PhosAgro Starts Implementation of new Fertilizer Production and Energy Plant Project at Metachem

    PhosAgro Starts Implementation of new Fertilizer Production and Energy Plant Project at Metachem

    Volkhov, Leningrad region – PhosAgro (Moscow Exchange, LSE: PHOR), one of the world’s leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers has launched a project to build a new, modern phosphate-based fertilizer production facility and energy plant at its Metachem production site.  Alexander Drozdenko, Governor of the Leningrad region, Viktor Evtukhov, State Secretary and Deputy Minister of…

  • Facebook Removes Accounts From Russia and Iran For ‘Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior’

    Facebook Removes Accounts From Russia and Iran For ‘Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior’

    Facebook said on Tuesday it has removed more accounts from Iran, Russia, Macedonia and Kosovo, citing what it described as “coordinated inauthentic behavior.” A total of 2,632 pages, groups and accounts were removed from Facebook and Instagram for operations linked to the above-mentioned countries, the social media platform said. Facebook said 1,907 of those accounts…

  • London Court Rules in Favor of Calvey’s Baring Vostok in Bank Battle – FT

    London Court Rules in Favor of Calvey’s Baring Vostok in Bank Battle – FT

    A London court has ruled against Artem Avetisyan, a businessman who is embroiled in a legal battle with detained U.S. investor Michael Calvey’s Baring Vostok over control of Russia’s Vostochny Bank, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday. Calvey, the founder of the Baring Vostok private equity group who was detained on Feb. 14 for fraud,…

  • Militants Kill 3 Russian Soldiers in Syria Ambush, Defense Ministry Says

    Militants Kill 3 Russian Soldiers in Syria Ambush, Defense Ministry Says

    The Russian military has confirmed that three of its soldiers were killed in an ambush in Syria late last month. A total of 112 Russian soldiers were killed in the three years since Moscow intervened in the Syrian civil war in support of government forces, a Russian lawmaker estimated in September 2018. Media reports place the…

  • First Russian Found Guilty of Encouraging Children to Protest

    First Russian Found Guilty of Encouraging Children to Protest

    The first Russian to be prosecuted under a new law that bans encouraging young people to attend unauthorized rallies was found guilty on Monday. Under the law that President Vladimir Putin signed in December, adults face fines and up to 15 days in jail for involving minors in protests. The law was introduced after opposition…

  • Russia’s Youth Agency Granted Right to Block Websites

    Russia’s Youth Agency Granted Right to Block Websites

    Russia’s youth affairs agency has become the sixth national agency with the authority to block websites deemed harmful to young people. To date, Russia’s Interior Ministry, consumer protection agency, tax service, alcohol regulator and media watchdog Roskomnadzor have had the right to block websites without a court order. A Russian government decree has added the Federal…

  • Russia Tells UN It Sent Home Over Half of North Korean Workers in 2018

    Russia Tells UN It Sent Home Over Half of North Korean Workers in 2018

    Russia sent home nearly two-thirds of some 30,000 North Koreans working there during 2018, according to unpublished reports by Moscow to the United Nations Security Council. The one-page report, seen by Reuters on Tuesday, was submitted to the council’s North Korea sanctions committee in compliance with a 2017 resolution that demanded the repatriation of all North…

  • Gazprom supports ski jumping competition

    Gazprom supports ski jumping competition

    News from projects and regions March 25, 2019, 18:30 On March 23–24, the finals of the Ski Jumping World Cup for ladies were held in Tchaikovsky, Perm Territory, with Gazprom as a general sponsor. Based on qualification round results, 42 female athletes, including eight Russians, made it to the starting line. Norway’s Maren Lundby won a clear lead on the HS140 hill. She secured her victory…

  • 94% of Russians Are Concerned About the Environment, Poll Says

    94% of Russians Are Concerned About the Environment, Poll Says

    Most Russians are concerned about environmental pollution, according to a recent survey conducted by Moscow’s Higher School of Economics (HSE). Environmental issues have taken center stage at protest rallies in Russia over the past year, with citizens drawing attention to concerns including landfills, air pollution and a proposed water bottling plant at Lake Baikal. The HSE survey…

  • Kemerovo Mourns, One Year After Fire Tragedy That Killed 60 People

    Kemerovo Mourns, One Year After Fire Tragedy That Killed 60 People

    Monday marked the first anniversary of the deadly Winter Cherry mall fire in Russia’s Siberian city of Kemerovo. The March 25, 2018, tragedy claimed the lives of 37 children and 23 adults. Hundreds of people paid tribute to the victims of the fire over the weekend, with many unable to hold back tears.

  • Russian Teacher Forced to Step Down Over ‘Prostitute’ Dress

    Russian Teacher Forced to Step Down Over ‘Prostitute’ Dress

    A fifth-grade teacher in the city of Barnaul in western Siberia has been forced to abandon her post over photos showing her in a New Year’s dress, the sibreal.org news website reported Monday. Language and literature teacher Tatyana Kuvshinnikova uploaded photos of herself in the dress to social media in December. She was pressured by…

  • Russian Space Firm to Scrap Rocket Deal With Ukraine

    Russian Space Firm to Scrap Rocket Deal With Ukraine

    Russia’s private S7 Space corporation plans to scrap a deal with a Ukrainian rocket maker on the construction of carrier rockets for its Sea Launch floating launch platform, Russian media reported. S7, Russia’s largest private airline, promised to resurrect Sea Launch when it purchased the suspended project in 2016. Ukraine’s Yuzhmash manufacturer was to build…

  • ‘An Inescapable Phase of Life’: Fighting Loneliness Among Russia’s Elderly

    ‘An Inescapable Phase of Life’: Fighting Loneliness Among Russia’s Elderly

    When Lydia Kondrashova’s husband died in 1994, her pension wasn’t enough to keep her afloat. So she left her longtime home in southern Russia to move in with her youngest daughter in Mytishchi, a Moscow suburb. Two decades later, however, the arrangement had run its course. The elderly woman needed more attention with each passing…

  • We Told You So: Russian Officials React to Mueller Report on Collusion

    We Told You So: Russian Officials React to Mueller Report on Collusion

    Russian officials have claimed vindication in reacting to the news that a U.S. probe into Russian election meddling had found no evidence of collusion between U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign and Moscow. Trump was accused of coordinating with the Kremlin to win the 2016 U.S. presidential election after members of his team reportedly met with Russians who offered compromising…

  • Pet Puma Prowls Through Snowy Moscow Park

    Pet Puma Prowls Through Snowy Moscow Park

    As the world’s fourth-largest wild cat and a native of the Americas, the sight of a leashed puma in a coat on a snowy Moscow weekend would surprise even the most open-minded park-goer. Irma the puma, however, is as domesticated and well-behaved as any house cat, according to her owners, Marina and Sergey. Retired from…

  • Russian Troops, Advisers Arrive in Venezuela – Reports

    Russian Troops, Advisers Arrive in Venezuela – Reports

    Russia sent two planes with dozens of soldiers and military advisers to Venezuela’s capital of Caracas over the weekend amid growing tensions in the South American country, an anonymous Venezuelan official has said. Venezuela’s political crisis escalated on Sunday when opposition leader Juan Guaido, who declared himself interim president in January, called on his supporters…

  • No Evidence of Trump-Russia Collusion, Mueller Report Says

    No Evidence of Trump-Russia Collusion, Mueller Report Says

    U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election did not find that President Donald Trump committed a crime but also does not exonerate him, according to a summary of Mueller’s findings released on Sunday. Mueller, who spent nearly two years investigating allegations that Russia meddled in the 2016 election to help Trump defeat…

  • Russian Detained Smuggling Drugged Orangutan out of Bali

    Russian Detained Smuggling Drugged Orangutan out of Bali

    A Russian national has been detained in Indonesia after attempting to smuggle a drugged orangutan out of the country in his suitcase, local media reported Saturday. The animal was found sleeping in a basket in the man’s luggage as he passed through security at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport on Friday night. “The Russian deliberately used…

  • Rosenergoatom: final stage of the physical start-up is underway at unit No. 2, Novovoronezh-2

    22th March 2019 22:01 p.m. Novovoronezh – Unit No. 2 at the Novovoronezh Nuclear Power Plant II, equipped with the VVER-1200 reactor has been brought to minimum control power (MCP).  Minimum control power level is reached when neutron flux is recorded in a reactor working at a level sufficient to sustain a fission chain reaction. …

  • Gazprom Transgaz Nizhny Novgorod equips classroom for children with special needs

    Gazprom Transgaz Nizhny Novgorod equips classroom for children with special needs

    Background Gazprom Transgaz Nizhny Novgorod is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom that delivers natural gas to 15 regions in the Volga and Central Federal Districts of the Russian Federation. The company’s gas transmission system is composed of trunklines stretching for over 13,000 kilometers. Gazprom Transgaz Nizhny Novgorod operates 54 compressor workshops, 284 gas compressor units, 375 gas distribution stations, and 15 CNG filling stations. The company’s efficiency is achieved through…

  • Russia ‘Bewildered’ by Poland’s World War II Commemoration Snub

    Russia ‘Bewildered’ by Poland’s World War II Commemoration Snub

    Russia’s Foreign Ministry said it was baffled by Poland’s refusal to invite a Russian delegation to a commemoration ceremony marking 80 years since the start of World War II. An aide to the Polish president said this week that Russia has not been invited to the September ceremony because of its annexation of Crimea and…

  • Russian Police Question Activist for ‘Pornographic’ Body-Positivity Project

    Russian Police Question Activist for ‘Pornographic’ Body-Positivity Project

    A feminist activist in Russia’s Far East was questioned by police over her art project on body positivity which they deemed “pornographic,” the sibreal.org news website reported Friday. Activist Yulia Tsvetkova’s illustrations were part of a project called “Women are Not Dolls,” which aims to promote body positivity among young women. The images show women…

  • Russian Media Ordered to Delete News Linking Lawmaker to Crime Boss

    Russian Media Ordered to Delete News Linking Lawmaker to Crime Boss

    A Russian court has ordered several publications to remove news linking a lawmaker to a convicted mafia boss, Russian media have reported. State Duma deputy Andrei Skoch sued five outlets in December demanding they delete allegations that he had raised funds for the release of criminal boss Young Shakro and his associate. Forbes Russia named Skoch…

  • Ombudsman Titov Appeals to Russian Authorities Over Detained Businessmen

    Ombudsman Titov Appeals to Russian Authorities Over Detained Businessmen

    Business ombudsman Boris Titov has appealed to federal prosecutors over a group of Russian businessmen currently being held in pre-trial detention. Russia’s business community has expressed growing concern over the pre-trial detention of U.S. investor Michael Calvey, who has been held on embezzlement charges since Feb. 14. President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called on prosecutors to stop the…

  • Athletics-Russian Race Walker to Be Stripped of Medals Over Doping

    Athletics-Russian Race Walker to Be Stripped of Medals Over Doping

    Russian race walker Alexandr Ivanov has been disqualified for three years for doping and is set to be stripped of his gold medal at the 2013 world championships in Moscow, the Russian athletics federation said on Friday. Ivanov will lose all the medals he won between June 2012 and August 2014, the federation said. He…

  • Russian Race Walker to Be Stripped of Medals Over Doping

    Russian Race Walker to Be Stripped of Medals Over Doping

    Russian race walker Alexandr Ivanov has been disqualified for three years for doping and is set to be stripped of his gold medal at the 2013 world championships in Moscow, the Russian athletics federation said on Friday. Ivanov will lose all the medals he won between June 2012 and August 2014, the federation said. He…

  • Back In Moscow, Pyotr Verzilov Continues to Search for Answers

    Back In Moscow, Pyotr Verzilov Continues to Search for Answers

    Pyotr Verzilov looks tanned and energized as he orders a pot of green tea in a central Moscow cafe.   “The irony is, I feel much better now than before the poisoning,” says the Pussy Riot activist and publisher of the online investigative news site Mediazona. Verzilov was rushed to a Moscow hospital on Sept.…

  • Ex-Putin Aide’s Death in U.S. May Have Been Murder, Reports Say

    Ex-Putin Aide’s Death in U.S. May Have Been Murder, Reports Say

    The mysterious death of former Russian presidential aide and media tycoon Mikhail Lesin in Washington may have been a murder, the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) news outlet has reported. Lesin was found dead in a Washington hotel room in November 2015, from what was ruled to be accidental blunt-force trauma. Before losing favor with…

  • Attackers Throw Explosive at Russian Consulate in Athens

    Attackers Throw Explosive at Russian Consulate in Athens

    Attackers on a motorcycle threw a hand grenade at the Russian consulate in Athens early on Friday, causing no injuries and slight damage, police said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the early morning attack on the consulate in the Athens suburb of Chalandri. Police had cordoned off the area. The device exploded…

  • Catch the Russian Muse

    Catch the Russian Muse

    March is not a good month in Moscow. The skiing and skating seasons are over, but the running and biking seasons are but a dream of the distant future. You’ve explored every mall and binge-watched every television series produced within the last decade. You’ve mastered several complex, day-long French recipes and gotten loopy trying to…

  • Russia Agrees To Ensure Gas Supplies to Hungary, Bypassing Ukraine

    Russia Agrees To Ensure Gas Supplies to Hungary, Bypassing Ukraine

    Russia will supply gas to Hungary in 2020, regardless of agreements on gas transit between Moscow and Kiev, the RBC news website reported on Friday.   The transit agreement between Russia and Ukraine expires at the end of this year and a new agreement has not yet been negotiated. “Today, the CEO of Gazprom and…

  • Russia: Golan Heights Status Change Would Violate UN Decisions – RIA

    Russia: Golan Heights Status Change Would Violate UN Decisions – RIA

    Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday that a change in the status of the Golan Heights would be a direct violation of United Nations decisions, RIA news agency said in a report citing ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. She was commenting on a statement by U.S. President Donald Trump, who tweeted on Thursday it was time…

  • Anti-Women Blogger’s Hate Speech Sentence Overturned in Russia

    Anti-Women Blogger’s Hate Speech Sentence Overturned in Russia

    The creator of an anti-women community on Russian social media has had his hate speech conviction overturned, media reported Thursday. Blogger Vladislav Pozdnyakov received a two-year suspended sentence last December for inciting hatred toward women. His “Male State” page on the Vkontakte social network that espouses nationalism and patriarchy boasted more than 150,000 members before…

  • Air Liquide ad Severstal further stregthe their partership with a ew log-term cotract

    Air Liquide ad Severstal further stregthe their partership with a ew log-term cotract

    March 22, 2019 PAO Severstal and Air Liquide have signed a new long-term contract for the supply of oxygen, nitrogen and argon in Cherepovets. Air Liquide will invest around 50 million euros in the construction of a state-of-the-art Air Separation Unit (ASU) which will improve the energy efficiency and the overall environmental footprint of the…

  • Last Soviet Leader Steps Down. And the Story of an American Teacher Detained for ‘Drug Smuggling’

    Last Soviet Leader Steps Down. And the Story of an American Teacher Detained for ‘Drug Smuggling’

    This week on From Russia With News, we discuss the shock resignation of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev with Joanna Lillis, a journalist in Kazakhstan and author of the acclaimed book on the country: “Dark Shadows: Inside the Secret World of Kazakhstan.” We’ll also talk to journalist Marc Bennetts about the trial of Gaylen Grandstaff, an…

  • Cooperation in Field of Back-End is Subject of German-Russian Dialogue

    On March 18, 2019, in Berlin, Germany, a seminar “Perspectives for German-Russian Nuclear Safety Science Cooperation” took place.  The seminar was organized under the auspices of German Eastern Business Association with participation of TENEX. The Russian delegation comprising representatives of ROSATOM State Corporation, TENEX, JSC “Science and Innovations”, FSUE “National Operator for Radioactive Waste Management”,…

  • Nowruz Spring Equinox Holiday Celebrated With Color Across Russia

    Nowruz Spring Equinox Holiday Celebrated With Color Across Russia

    As nature says goodbye to winter and marks the start of spring, many in Russia welcome the change in seasons by wearing their finest traditional clothes and cooking their best food. Nowruz, an ancient Persian new year festival, sometimes spelled Navruz or Navroz, is widely celebrated across Central Asia and Russia’s Muslim-majority republics of Tatarstan,…

  • Gazprom and Lukoil discuss implementation of General Agreement on Strategic Partnership

    Gazprom and Lukoil discuss implementation of General Agreement on Strategic Partnership

    Background Gazprom and LUKOIL are bound by the 2014–2024 General Agreement on Strategic Partnership, pursuant to which, among other things, LUKOIL supplies gas into Gazprom’s gas transmission system. In October 2015, Gazprom’s Sosnogorsk GPP started to receive associated petroleum gas from the northern group of fields developed by LUKOIL-Komi. Prior to the start of those deliveries, Gazprom and LUKOIL implemented a joint project for rearranging…

  • Russian LNG Projects Are Competitive — Shell Executive

    Russian LNG Projects Are Competitive — Shell Executive

    Russian liquified natural gas (LNG) is well positioned to compete with North American projects to reach new markets in Asia and the Atlantic Basin, global commodities information provider S&P Global Platts quoted a Shell executive as saying. LNG is a fuel that has been cooled to liquid form so it takes up less volume and…

  • Russia’s Lumber, Wildlife, Water Resources Valued at $94Bln

    Russia’s Lumber, Wildlife, Water Resources Valued at $94Bln

    Russia’s lumber, wildlife and water resources have a combined worth of 6 trillion rubles ($94.2 billion), the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry has estimated. The Russian economy is heavily reliant on exports of its resources. Last week, the ministry said that the combined worth of its oil, gas and other natural resources as of 2017…

  • Corruption in Russia’s Military Quadrupled in 2018, Prosecutors Say

    Corruption in Russia’s Military Quadrupled in 2018, Prosecutors Say

    Corruption in Russia’s military has quadrupled to 7 billion rubles ($109.8 million) last year, the top federal military prosecutor said on Thursday. Russia ranks among the world’s most corrupt countries in international ratings, with corruption-related crimes costing an estimated $2.5 billion in damages between 2014 and 2017. Observers have said that anti-graft campaigns under President Vladimir Putin’s rule have brought little progress. “The crimes in…

  • A New Look at the Last Tsar

    A New Look at the Last Tsar

    Last year, the 100th anniversary of the execution of the last members of the Romanov dynasty passed in Russia without much official attention. The exception was in Yekaterinburg, where the family was killed and where thousands of pilgrims gathered to mark the day of their murder. But in Moscow the State Historical Museum has been…

  • Kremlin Accuses U.S. of Stoking Tensions by Flying Bombers Near Its Borders

    Kremlin Accuses U.S. of Stoking Tensions by Flying Bombers Near Its Borders

    The Kremlin on Thursday said that flights by U.S. nuclear-capable B-52 strategic bombers across the Baltic Sea’s neutral waters near Russia‘s borders created tension in the region. Russia‘s Defense Ministry said earlier on Thursday that it had scrambled fighter jets to intercept a U.S. B-52 strategic bomber after it began flying toward Russia‘s borders. “In general, I…

  • Life Expectancy in Russia Inches Upward to 73 – Health Ministry Official

    Life Expectancy in Russia Inches Upward to 73 – Health Ministry Official

    Average life expectancy in Russia has reached 73 years, a top health official said on Thursday. Russia plans to spend 1.7 trillion rubles ($26.68 billion) on dramatically improving health care to accomplish President Vladimir Putin’s goal of raising life expectancy to 78 years by the time his term ends in 2024. Average life expectancy rose…

  • Life Expectancy in Russia Inches Upward to 73

    Life Expectancy in Russia Inches Upward to 73

    Average life expectancy in Russia has reached 73 years, a top health official said on Thursday. Russia plans to spend 1.7 trillion rubles ($26.68 billion) on dramatically improving health care to accomplish President Vladimir Putin’s goal of raising life expectancy to 78 years by the time his term ends in 2024. Average life expectancy rose…

  • Rosneft Group Companies Planted 1 Million Seedlings for Forest Conservation in 2018

    Rosneft Group Companies Planted 1 Million Seedlings for Forest Conservation in 2018

    In 2018, Rosneft Group Companies planted about 1 million seedlings as part of forest conservation measures. Rosneft Oil Company established the main task among its environmental protection efforts, which is to minimise the impact of its production activities on the environment, and to preserve it for the benefit of the present and future generations. The…

  • Most Russians Believe New Law Will Curb ‘Fake News’ – Poll

    Most Russians Believe New Law Will Curb ‘Fake News’ – Poll

    A majority of Russians think a controversial new set of laws will effectively reduce the spread of false information online, according to a state-run survey published on Wednesday. This week, President Vladimir Putin signed into law legislation that will fine online media for spreading “fake news” and punish those who exhibit “blatant disrespect” to the…

  • Projects from 25 Countries to Take Part in ATOMEXPO AWARDS

    The call for applications has now closed for the ATOMEXPO AWARDS. This international professional award is presented to companies/organizations for their contribution to the development and use of nuclear energy for the benefit of humankind. The competition is held as part of the 11th ATOMEXPO International Forum, which will take place at the Main Media…

  • Kremlin Wonders If Putin May Follow Kazakh Model to Keep Power

    Kremlin Wonders If Putin May Follow Kazakh Model to Keep Power

    An aging leader steps down as president but keeps a firm grip on the reins of power. For many in the Kremlin, the choreographed events unfolding in neighboring Kazakhstan are a model for Russian President Vladimir Putin to consider. Unlike his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev, however, nobody’s certain Putin could pull off a transfer of…

  • Russia Completes Construction of First-Ever Rail Bridge to China

    Russia Completes Construction of First-Ever Rail Bridge to China

    Russia has wrapped up construction of its first rail bridge to China, connecting the two countries across the Amur River, Russian media reported on Thursday. Construction of the 2,200-meter bridge between Nizhneleninskoye in Russia and Tongjiang city in China began in 2014, underscoring Russia’s Eastern pivot amid deteriorating ties with the West. China completed construction…

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