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  • Americans’ Views of Russia Hit Record Lows – Gallup

    Americans’ Views of Russia Hit Record Lows – Gallup

    Americans’ negative views of Russia have reached levels not seen since the fall of the Soviet Union, according to a new survey released by the Gallup pollster Wednesday. Relations between the two countries have plummeted to Cold War-era levels after Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 and was accused of interfering in…

  • U.S. Lawmakers Submit Bill to Investigate Putin’s Finances

    U.S. Lawmakers Submit Bill to Investigate Putin’s Finances

    Two U.S. congresswomen have introduced legislation seeking to instruct the American intelligence community to disclose Russian President Vladimir Putin’s finances and report on Kremlin-linked corruption. Critics have accused the Russian leader of amassing a fortune during his 18 years in power as either president or prime minister. Official figures say Putin’s income between 2011 and 2016…

  • Gazprom’s 14th Investor Day held in Hong Kong and Singapore

    Gazprom’s 14th Investor Day held in Hong Kong and Singapore

    Release February 28, 2019, 10:40 Photos Gazprom held its 14th annual Investor Day in Hong Kong (February 26) and Singapore (February 28). Taking part in the events were Andrey Kruglov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, Oleg Aksyutin, Member of the Management Committee and Head of Department at Gazprom, Elena Burmistrova, Director General of Gazprom Export, and representatives of the Company’s relevant subdivisions and…

  • Kazakh Teens Enslaved in Russia as Sisters, Leave as Mothers

    Kazakh Teens Enslaved in Russia as Sisters, Leave as Mothers

    The story of 30-year-old Fatima Musabayeva, a Kazakh survivor of modern-day slavery, appears to have a happy ending. Of sorts. Eight years after escaping years of exploitation, Fatima lives in her own freshly remodelled apartment, raises a son and runs a small business. She went a long way to get where she is now. In…

  • RN-Vankor Produces 10-Millionth Tonne of Oil on Suzunskoe Field

    RN-Vankor Produces 10-Millionth Tonne of Oil on Suzunskoe Field

    RN-Vankor LLC, a subsidiary of Rosneft Oil Company, has produced the 10-millionth tonne of oil on the Suzunskoe oil and gas field since 2016. Suzunskoe field is located on the territory of Taimyr Dolgano-Nenets municipal district of the Krasnoyarsk Territory and is part of Vankor cluster. In 2013, Rosneft launched implementation of three business projects…

  • Zvezda Shipyard Launches Construction of 3rd Aframax Tanker

    Zvezda Shipyard Launches Construction of 3rd Aframax Tanker

    Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex launched metal cutting for the third Aframax tanker with deadweight of 114,000 tonnes. The construction was started on the state-of-the-art flame unit in the hull production facility. The metal-cutting ceremony was attended by representatives of the customers, Rosnefteflot and State Transport Leasing Company, as well as Russian Maritime Register of Shipping, and…

  • Gazprom Winter Spartakiada Games open in Yekaterinburg

    Gazprom Winter Spartakiada Games open in Yekaterinburg

    Release February 27, 2019, 19:30 The opening ceremony of the Gazprom Winter Spartakiada Games took place today at the Uralochka competitive sports center in Yekaterinburg. The gala event was attended by Vladimir Markov, Member of the Management Committee and Head of Department at Gazprom, Alexey Kryukov, Director General of Gazprom Transgaz Yekaterinburg, Leonid Rapoport, Minister for Culture and Sports of the Sverdlovsk Region, and…

  • CCTV Cameras Are Tracking Down Debtors in Moscow, Official Says

    CCTV Cameras Are Tracking Down Debtors in Moscow, Official Says

    Moscow’s facial-recognition surveillance cameras are now being deployed by collectors to track down debtors, the city’s chief bailiff told state media on Wednesday. The Russian capital claims one of the world’s largest facial-recognition systems, with 174,000 closed-circuit TV (CCTV) cameras expected to be in operation this year. In 2018, personal loans in Russia grew by…

  • Venezuelan Vice President to Fly Into Moscow for Talks on Friday — Media

    Venezuelan Vice President to Fly Into Moscow for Talks on Friday — Media

    Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez will hold talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Friday, the state-run RIA news agency reported, the latest in a flurry of visits by Venezuelan politicians to staunch ally Russia. Moscow has backed socialist President Nicolas Maduro in the face of a challenge from opposition leader Juan Guaido who…

  • Gazprom and Roscosmos sign updated roadmap for cooperation

    Gazprom and Roscosmos sign updated roadmap for cooperation

    Release February 27, 2019, 17:10 Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Dmitry Rogozin, Director General of State Space Corporation Roscosmos, held today in Moscow a joint meeting on the prospects for further cooperation. The event was attended by heads of relevant subdivisions and subsidiaries of the Company and the state corporation. The cooperation between Gazprom and Roscosmos is strategic in nature. Specifically,…

  • The Battle for Moscow

    The Battle for Moscow

    On a cold but sunny afternoon rare for Moscow in mid-winter, a dozen activists stand shivering but resolute on Ulitsa Bolshaya Nikitskaya. They hold up large banners: “Stop tearing down our city!” and “Vandals are at work here!” prepared by the volunteer architecture preservation group Arkhnadzor. Passersby continually stop to read the banners and ask…

  • Russia Diverts Flights From India-Pakistan Airspace After Planes Shot Down

    Russia Diverts Flights From India-Pakistan Airspace After Planes Shot Down

    Russia’s aviation authority has told airlines to avoid flying over India and Pakistan after at least two military planes were shot down in the area, Russian media have reported. India and Pakistan shot down each other’s fighter jets on Wednesday, a day after Indian warplanes struck inside Pakistan for the first time since a war…

  • The Alleged Links Between the Trump Campaign and Russia, Explained

    The Alleged Links Between the Trump Campaign and Russia, Explained

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller and other U.S. prosecutors have been investigating whether President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign conspired with Russia. Trump and Moscow have denied any collusion. U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded Russia interfered in the presidential election with a campaign of hacking and propaganda to sow discord in the United States and damage the…

  • Russia to Bolster Flanks With New Military Units in 2019

    Russia to Bolster Flanks With New Military Units in 2019

    Russia will reinforce its western, eastern and southern flanks this year in response to increased Western military exercises near its border, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced on Wednesday. Moscow has bolstered its military capabilities since its relations with the United States and the NATO military alliance deteriorated over Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Speaking at…

  • Plane Spirals out of Control on Icy Airport Runway in Moscow

    Plane Spirals out of Control on Icy Airport Runway in Moscow

    A business class jet cascaded off a runway at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported Tuesday. Surveillance footage posted online shows the plane skidding off the runway’s asphalt and onto the surrounding airfield after landing. The three passengers and three members of crew on board the flight traveling from Baku were…

  • Kremlin Says Cohen Email Did Not Mention Trump’s Interest in Tower Project

    Kremlin Says Cohen Email Did Not Mention Trump’s Interest in Tower Project

    The Kremlin said on Wednesday that an email it had received from an adviser to then U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump in January 2016 about a Moscow real estate project had made no mention of Trump’s personal interest in the project. The Kremlin was speaking before Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, testifies before a House…

  • Kremlin Says Cyber Attacks on Russia Often Launched From U.S. Territory

    Kremlin Says Cyber Attacks on Russia Often Launched From U.S. Territory

    The Kremlin on Wednesday said that U.S. territory was constantly being used to launch cyber attacks against Russia, but said it was unable to confirm a U.S. media report that the U.S. military had disrupted the internet access of a Russian troll farm. The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that the U.S. military had disrupted the internet…

  • Evidence in NTV Co-Founder Malashenko’s Death Points to Suicide, Spanish Court Says

    Evidence in NTV Co-Founder Malashenko’s Death Points to Suicide, Spanish Court Says

    Renowned Russian media executive and political consultant Igor Malashenko is believed to have committed suicide in Spain, Russian state media cited a Spanish court as saying. Malashenko’s former colleagues and family said he had taken his own life at age 64 on Monday, but no official sources have yet confirmed the reports. “Everything shows” that…

  • Hollywood Celebrities Call on Russia to Free Captive Whales

    Hollywood Celebrities Call on Russia to Free Captive Whales

    Leonardo DiCaprio has joined Pamela Anderson this week in calling on Russia to release dozens of orcas and belugas held in a so-called “whale jail” in the country’s Far East. Novaya Gazeta reported in late 2018 that about 100 Orcas and Belugas are being held in small temporary enclosures in a bay near the city of…

  • Swedish Security Police Says Suspected Russian Spy Was Arrested

    Swedish Security Police Says Suspected Russian Spy Was Arrested

    A suspected Russian spy has been arrested in Stockholm, the Swedish Security Police said on Wednesday. The suspect, who was arrested late Tuesday, is believed to have been engaged in criminal activity since at least 2017, the Security Police said. They declined to provide either a name or a gender for the suspect. “It is a…

  • Russia and Syria Tell U.S. Forces to Leave Syria

    Russia and Syria Tell U.S. Forces to Leave Syria

    Russia and Syria issued a joint statement on Wednesday calling on U.S. forces to leave Syria and to allow people inside a refugee camp in the southeast of the country to be evacuated by Russian and Syrian forces. The statement, released by Russia’s Defense Ministry, said Russian and Syrian forces had prepared buses to relocate…

  • Russia Welcomed 10% More Tourists in 2018, FSB Says

    Russia Welcomed 10% More Tourists in 2018, FSB Says

    Russia saw a 10 percent surge in international tourist arrivals last year, dominated by visitors from China, Germany and South Korea, state media cited the authorities as saying. Russia has introduced visa-free travel for Chinese tour groups and hired Chinese-speaking staff at airports and train stations to accommodate growing tourist numbers from the country of…

  • 8 People Killed in Siberia House Fire, 1 Year After Mall Tragedy

    8 People Killed in Siberia House Fire, 1 Year After Mall Tragedy

    At least eight people, including three children, have been killed in a house fire in the Siberian region of Kemerovo, one year after a deadly fire there claimed scores of lives and sparked mass safety inspections. Sixty people, many of them children, died in the Siberian city of Kemerovo in March 2018 after the Winter…

  • Rosneft Continues Research of Polar Bear Population

    Rosneft Continues Research of Polar Bear Population

    On February 27th International Polar Bear Day is celebrated. The aim of the event is to draw extra attention to conservation of the largest predator in the planet. Rosneft considers the preservation and protection of polar bears as one of its priorities in activity in the field of ecology and environmental protection. Since 2014 Arctic…

  • U.S. Disrupted Russian Trolls on Day of November Election

    U.S. Disrupted Russian Trolls on Day of November Election

    The U.S. military disrupted the internet access of a Russian troll farm accused of trying to influence American voters on Nov. 6, 2018, the day of the congressional elections, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday. The U.S. Cyber Command strike targeted the Internet Research Agency in the Russian port city of St. Petersburg, the Post…

  • U.S. Army Estimates Russian Military Capability Will Peak in 2028

    U.S. Army Estimates Russian Military Capability Will Peak in 2028

    The U.S. Army estimates the Russian army’s military capabilities will peak in 2028, closely followed by the Chinese around 2030, giving the United States almost a decade to prepare for those threats, a senior Pentagon official said in an interview on Monday. The top civilian at the U.S. Army, Secretary Mark Esper, said the Army…

  • Gazprom improving its industrial and environmental safety efforts

    Gazprom improving its industrial and environmental safety efforts

    Release February 27, 2019, 09:45 The Gazprom Board of Directors expressed approval of the Company’s ongoing occupational, industrial and fire safety efforts and environmental protection measures. It was noted that the Company traditionally places great emphasis on these areas of work. Gazprom has an Occupational, Industrial and Fire Safety Policy. The Policy is based on the vertically-organized Integrated System of Industrial Safety Management, which applies to Gazprom and its 112 subsidiaries.…

  • U.S. Judge Delays Sentencing of Admitted Russian Agent Butina

    U.S. Judge Delays Sentencing of Admitted Russian Agent Butina

    A federal judge on Tuesday agreed to delay the sentencing of Maria Butina, who has admitted to working as a Russian agent to infiltrate a gun rights group and make inroads with U.S. conservative activists and Republicans, at the request of a prosecutor who cited her ongoing cooperation. Butina, 30, has been in custody since…

  • Gazprom actively engaging domestic producers to achieve Company’s strategic goals

    Gazprom actively engaging domestic producers to achieve Company’s strategic goals

    Release February 27, 2019, 09:40 The Gazprom Board of Directors took note of the information on the Company’s procurement policies with regard to working with domestic producers to meet Gazprom’s strategic goals for 2019. It was stressed that Gazprom’s procurement policies are in full accord with the current Russian legislation and internal regulatory documents. All things being equal, Gazprom prioritizes goods and services of Russian…

  • Gas grid coverage in rural areas grows 1.7-fold in 2005–2018, rising from 34.8 to 59.4 per cent

    Gas grid coverage in rural areas grows 1.7-fold in 2005–2018, rising from 34.8 to 59.4 per cent

    Release February 27, 2019, 09:35 The Gazprom Board of Directors reviewed and took note of the information on the Company’s efforts to expand gas infrastructure in rural areas. It was highlighted that gas infrastructure expansion in Russian regions is a priority for Gazprom. This ambitious and socially significant project aims to improve the quality of life in Russian regions and make them more attractive to investors. Gazprom’s activities in this regard are focused…

  • Sustaialytics raises Severstal’s ESG ratig

    February 27, 2019 Sustainalytics, a leading independent global provider of ESG and corporate governance research and ratings to investors, has increased Severstal’s rating from 54 to 70 points (out of a possible 100) in 2018, placing the Company in 8th position out of 42 metallurgical companies from around the world. Sustainalytics also placed “Severstal” in…

  • ‘No Idea,’ Says Russian Vodka Boss Whose Supply Was Bound for North Korea

    ‘No Idea,’ Says Russian Vodka Boss Whose Supply Was Bound for North Korea

    The head of a Russian vodka manufacturer has told The Moscow Times he was shocked to hear Dutch customs had intercepted a shipment of his goods on suspicion of it being bound for North Korea’s top brass. Early on Tuesday, the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad (AD) reported that customs officials in the Dutch port city…

  • Russia Sentences Cyber Experts to Long Jail Terms for Treason

    Russia Sentences Cyber Experts to Long Jail Terms for Treason

    A Russian court on Tuesday sentenced a former state security officer and a cybersecurity expert to long jail terms after finding the two men guilty of committing state treason in the interests of the United States. The two were arrested in December 2016 shortly after the United States accused Russia of trying to influence its…

  • Putin Won’t Intervene Over Detained U.S. Investor, Kremlin Says

    Putin Won’t Intervene Over Detained U.S. Investor, Kremlin Says

    Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will not intervene in the case of a prominent U.S. investor arrested over embezzlement accusations, the Kremlin said on Tuesday, playing down pressure to release him before trial. The detention of Michael Calvey, a founder of Baring Vostok Capital Partners, has rattled foreign investors in Moscow and is likely to further…

  • Ukraine Drops Eurovision Singer Over Russia Row

    Ukraine Drops Eurovision Singer Over Russia Row

    Ukraine’s national broadcaster has dropped the singer who was meant to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest due to apparent political differences over Russia. Anna Korsun, 27, who goes by the stage name Maruv, was selected by a public vote on Saturday to sing at the contest in Israel in May. But she…

  • Enter Solzhenitsyn’s World

    Enter Solzhenitsyn’s World

    When you step into a courtyard just off Tverskaya Ulitsa, you will probably look puzzledly at your phone, thinking that Google Maps has led you astray.  But despite its unassuming character, this quiet residential enclave is home to the Apartment-Museum of the Soviet era’s most iconic dissident writer: Alexander Solzhenitsyn. At the very end of…

  • Russian Official Accuses U.S. of Preparing Military Intervention in Venezuela

    Russian Official Accuses U.S. of Preparing Military Intervention in Venezuela

    A top Russian security official on Tuesday accused the United States of deploying forces in Puerto Rico and Colombia in preparation for a military intervention in Venezuela to topple Moscow’s ally, President Nicolas Maduro. Venezuela has been plunged into political turmoil and was rocked by violent clashes at the weekend. The United States and a…

  • Russia Delivers High-Speed Internet to Islands Disputed by Japan

    Russia Delivers High-Speed Internet to Islands Disputed by Japan

    Russia has established high-speed internet service on a chain of Pacific islands off its far eastern coast, state-run telecoms operator Rostelecom said on Tuesday, despite a decades-old dispute with Japan over the territory. Rostelecom said an 815-kilometer fibre optic cable line had been laid between Russia’s offshore Sakhalin island and the island chain to introduce…

  • Putin Spokesman Downplays Daughter’s Internship at EU Parliament

    Putin Spokesman Downplays Daughter’s Internship at EU Parliament

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Tuesday said that his daughter interns at the European Parliament as a regular student, after several EU lawmakers expressed security concerns. Yelizaveta Peskova, 21, is listed as a trainee for French far-right EU parliamentarian Aymeric Chauprade, who had backed Russia’s 2014 annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine. Several of…

  • Russian Mormons Search for Identity and Acceptance in an American Church

    Russian Mormons Search for Identity and Acceptance in an American Church

    SARATOV — Olga Trunova has no secrets from her neighbor: they talk about everything. But there is one topic which is off-limits. Their faith. “She goes to the Orthodox Church,” Trunova, 77, said as she laid out homemade pies in her apartment, where paintings of a blond-haired, blue-eyed Jesus decorate the walls. “I told her…

  • Russia Ranks 95th in Rating of World’s Healthiest Countries

    Russia Ranks 95th in Rating of World’s Healthiest Countries

    Russia has been ranked the world’s 95th healthiest country in a new index released by Bloomberg, behind most other nations in Eastern Europe. Although alcohol consumption has sharply plummeted in recent years, obesity rates in Russia have been on the rise due to deteriorating eating habits and measles cases skyrocketed in the past year. Russia has…

  • Despite Sanctions, Russian Tanker Supplied Fuel to North Korean Ship-Crew Members

    Despite Sanctions, Russian Tanker Supplied Fuel to North Korean Ship-Crew Members

     A Russian tanker violated international trade sanctions by transferring fuel to a North Korean vessel at sea at least four times between October 2017 and May 2018, two crew members who witnessed the transfers said. Such transactions could have helped provide North Korea with an economic lifeline and eased the isolation of the secretive communist…

  • FSB Thwarted Twin Islamic State Bombings in Moscow — Reports

    FSB Thwarted Twin Islamic State Bombings in Moscow — Reports

    Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) thwarted an Islamic State plot to bomb a train in central Moscow, a shopping mall in a Moscow suburb and the headquarters of the GRU military intelligence service, the Kommersant business daily reported Tuesday, citing sources close to the investigation. Tajik national Tojiddin Nazarov, who uses the nom de guerre…

  • Verkhnechonskneftegaz Explores New Licence Areas

    Verkhnechonskneftegaz Explores New Licence Areas

    As an operator, Verkhnechonskneftegaz Joint-Stock Company launched field seismic exploration works at the Markhayansky licence area of Rosneft Oil Company, the resources of which is estimated at 50 million tonnes of oil. The area is located on the territory of Katangsky District of Irkutsk Region, 200 km from the Verkhnechonsk field. There are 200 square…

  • Standard & Poor’s raises Outlook on PhosAgro to Stable, confirms ratings at investment-grade BBB-

    Standard & Poor’s raises Outlook on PhosAgro to Stable, confirms ratings at investment-grade BBB-

    Moscow – PhosAgro (Moscow Exchange, LSE: PHOR), one of the world’s leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers, announces that international credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has confirmed PhosAgro’s rating at an investment-grade BBB- and raised its Outlook on the rating to Stable from Negative. In its report S&P notes that it expects recovering…

  • Igor Malashenko, Co-Founder of Russia’s NTV, Reported Dead in Spain

    Igor Malashenko, Co-Founder of Russia’s NTV, Reported Dead in Spain

    The renowned Russian media executive and political consultant Igor Malashenko has died in Spain at the age of 64, the Kommersant business daily reported on Monday. Some Russian media reported the death as having been a suicide, citing sources close to Malashenko. No official sources have yet confirmed the reports. Malashenko was the co-founder and…

  • Russian Nationalist Ex-MMA Fighter Freed After Jail Time for Brothel Raid

    Russian Nationalist Ex-MMA Fighter Freed After Jail Time for Brothel Raid

    A former mixed-martial-arts fighter and Russian ultranationalist serving time for attacking a brothel was released from prison early on Monday. Vyacheslav Datsik, who fought under the nickname “Red-Haired Tarzan” and has a long criminal history, was sentenced in March 2018 to 3.5 years in maximum-security prison for unlawful intrusion, battery and disorderly conduct. He was…

  • After Putin’s Warning, Russian TV Lists Nuclear Targets in U.S.

    After Putin’s Warning, Russian TV Lists Nuclear Targets in U.S.

    Russian state television has listed U.S. military facilities that Moscow would target in the event of a nuclear strike, and said that a hypersonic missile Russia is developing would be able to hit them in less than five minutes. The targets included the Pentagon and the presidential retreat in Camp David, Maryland. The report, unusual even by…

  • Black Snow Buries Russian Coal Region, Sparks Criminal Case

    Black Snow Buries Russian Coal Region, Sparks Criminal Case

    Russian police have opened a criminal case into air pollution in the Siberian coal-mining region of Kemerovo, weeks after black snow first covered towns in the area. Dark snow descended on the cities of Prokopyevsk, Kiselyovsk and Leninsk-Kuznetsky in mid-February, a phenomenon that has been attributed to rising coal output. Authorities in another Kemerovo town were…

  • Putin Is Said to Have Defended Prosecution of U.S. Investor Calvey

    Putin Is Said to Have Defended Prosecution of U.S. Investor Calvey

    Russian President Vladimir Putin defended the decision to prosecute U.S. fund manager Michael Calvey on fraud charges in a case that’s shaken investors and drawn criticism from top Kremlin insiders. At a closed-door meeting last week, Putin was asked about attacks on the handling of the case and the damage it might do to the…

  • ‘Abrupt Regime Change’ Poses Risk to Russian Economy, Moody’s Says

    ‘Abrupt Regime Change’ Poses Risk to Russian Economy, Moody’s Says

    Moody’s Investors Service has for the first time named “abrupt regime change” as a risk factor for the Russian economy. Analysts have forecast increasing competition within the Kremlin and growing popular discontent over social issues as Vladimir Putin’s fourth presidential term approaches its end in 2024. Moody’s named regime change as one of several “distant…

  • Baring Vostok Asks Putin to Intervene in Case Against Top U.S. Investor

    Baring Vostok Asks Putin to Intervene in Case Against Top U.S. Investor

    Russia-based private equity group Baring Vostok appealed on Monday for President Vladimir Putin to take a criminal investigation into its U.S. founder Michael Calvey and other executives under his personal control. It made the request in an open letter to Putin posted on its website. There was no immediate comment from the Kremlin. Prosecutors last…

  • Corruption of Top Officials Signals Government’s Overall Decay, Majority of Russians Say

    Corruption of Top Officials Signals Government’s Overall Decay, Majority of Russians Say

    A majority of Russians view corruption cases against top officials as evidence of the government’s overall decay, according to a new independent survey. Levada carried out the survey in the wake of the high-profile detention of Russian senator Rauf Arashukov on murder, organized crime and witness tampering charges. His father, the high-ranking gas official Raul…

  • A Soviet Oscar Winner Restored

    A Soviet Oscar Winner Restored

    There wasn’t a Russian film up for the Oscar this year, but a newly restored 1969 Oscar winner is an apt reminder of Soviet cinema’s impact on the sweeping Hollywood epic.  “War and Peace,” director Sergei Bondarchuk’s adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic, expanded the scope, scale and aesthetic ambition of what could play on the…

  • U.S. Had Asked Russia for Advice Before Trump-Kim Summit, Lavrov Says

    U.S. Had Asked Russia for Advice Before Trump-Kim Summit, Lavrov Says

    The United States asked Russia for advice before the U.S. and North Korean leaders meet in Vietnam later this week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday, Interfax news agency reported. Lavrov also said there was no quick solution to the Korean Peninsula issue, adding that the United Nations could have lifted some sanctions against North Korea…

  • Rosneft Increases Exchange Small-Scale Wholesale of Motor Fuels by 74% in 2018

    Rosneft Increases Exchange Small-Scale Wholesale of Motor Fuels by 74% in 2018

    In 2018, Rosneft sold over 180,000 tonnes of motor fuels in open exchange small-scale wholesale. This is a 74% increase compared to the level of 2017. The increase in the exchange small-scale wholesale segment was made possible with the active policy of the Company aimed at development of the segment, as well as at creation…

  • Russians March in Memory of Boris Nemtsov Four Years After His Murder

    Russians March in Memory of Boris Nemtsov Four Years After His Murder

    Thousands gathered in central Moscow on Sunday to mark the fourth anniversary of slain opposition politician Boris Nemtsov’s murder. Nemtsov, aged 55 at the time, was gunned down on Feb. 27, 2015 while crossing a bridge close to the Kremlin. A vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin, he had been working on a report examining…

  • Russia Starts Countrywide Parade of Syrian War Trophies, in Photos

    Russia Starts Countrywide Parade of Syrian War Trophies, in Photos

    Russia’s Defense Ministry on Saturday kicked off a countrywide tour of war trophies from the Syrian civil war. They included vehicles, firearms and equipment that the Russian military collected in Syria since entering the conflict in 2015. The tour kicked off on Defender of the Fatherland Day, an annual celebration on Feb. 23 of Russia’s…

  • Putin Orders Government to Support Pop Music

    Putin Orders Government to Support Pop Music

    President Vladimir Putin has instructed the government to draw up a plan to support popular music months after young independent artists were pressured to cancel shows in Russian cities. A number of young Russian artists said the authorities had forced them to cancel concerts over allegations of offensive lyrics or extremism. After the brief arrest of…

  • Siberian Shamans Revive Ancient Camel-Burning Rite ‘to Help Russia’

    Siberian Shamans Revive Ancient Camel-Burning Rite ‘to Help Russia’

    A recent video showing Siberian shamans performing a sacrificial burning of camels “for the consolidation of Russia and its peoples” has outraged online users and drawn the prosecutors’ attention. Footage dated Feb. 1 showed shamans in the Irkutsk region dragging two-humped camels, lighting a bonfire and beating traditional tambourines in a circle. In the video,…

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