Amnesty International Restores Navalny ‘Prisoner of Conscience’ Status After Controversy

Amnesty International has re-designated jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny as a “prisoner of conscience” Friday months after its controversial move to strip him of the label over his past nationalist and anti-immigrant rhetoric. The human rights organization said it has launched a review of its designation practices after it withdrew Navalny’s “prisoner of conscience” status…

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Siberian Schoolchildren Celebrate ‘Putin Era’ With Portrait Procession

Siberian schoolchildren marched with portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin to celebrate his “era” during their town’s processions dedicated to Victory Day, media reported Thursday. The Irkutsk region children were photographed holding photos of Putin and wearing signature military-style uniforms and red berets of the “Youth Army” movement that the president formed in 2015. Critics…

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Belarus Opposition Leader Calls on U.S. to Isolate Lukashenko

Belarus’ exiled opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya called on the U.S. Thursday to impose more sanctions so as to isolate President Alexander Lukashenko, whose election win Washington considers fraudulent. “I urge you, the elected representatives of American people, to continue acting decisively. We call on the U.S. to engage in international mediation jointly with European partners,”…

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Severstal icreases its free float

May 7, 2021 PAO Severstal (MOEX: CHMF; LSE: SVST), one of the world’s leading steel and steel-related mining companies, is pleased to inform that it has completed the last transaction for the alienation of global depositary receipts (GDR’s) as part of the conversion of the $250 million Zero Coupon Convertible Bonds due 2022 issued in…

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Putin Questions Moderna’s ‘Best’ Coronavirus Vaccine Recognition

Russian scientists and President Vladimir Putin raised objections Thursday after an annual vaccine conference named Moderna’s coronavirus jab the best in the world. The U.S. pharmaceutical giant’s jab was recognized as the world’s best Covid-19 vaccine at the annual World Vaccine Congress earlier in the day, edging out competitors including Pfizer-BioNTech and Russia’s Sputnik V.…

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Russian Scientists Say Polio Vaccine Protects Against Coronavirus

The makers of Russia’s third coronavirus vaccine CoviVak said their tests of a live polio vaccine for preventing Covid-19 have proven effective. Aydar Ishmukhametov, the director of the state-run Chumakov Research Center which developed CoviVak, told state television that the results “prove” the polio vaccine’s short-term effectiveness.  “We gave some 60 volunteers a live polio…

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Russian Astrologer, Yoga Teacher Charged for Promoting Popular Hindu Festival

A Russian astrologer and yoga instructor said she has been accused of illegal missionary work for organizing celebrations of a major Hindu festival. Yekaterina Kalinkina, 47, faces a fine of 50,000 rubles ($650) for organizing and promoting events marking the festival of Maha Shivratri on social media in March, according to documents she posted Friday. Maha Shivratri,…

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Russia’s Last Stalin Avenue Removes Dictator’s Bust Days After Installation

A monument to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin has been dismantled days after local communists in the North Caucasus republic of Dagestan erected it on Russia’s last remaining Stalin Avenue, media reported Monday. The Communist Party chapter in the town of Dagestanskiye Ogni 2,000 kilometers south of Moscow ignited deep-seated divisions when its members placed Stalin’s…

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Film Award Season Comes to Moscow

The NIKA Awards The Russian film community holds their big awards ceremony every spring, except in 2020 when Moscow was on lockdown during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, this year’s ceremony gave out awards for two years: 2019 and 2020.  The best film of 2019 was “The Frenchman,” the story…

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Russian Billionaires, Rosneft Sue Over Book on Putin’s Rise – FT

Three Russian tycoons and the Rosneft oil giant have filed libel and data protection lawsuits in Britain against the publisher of journalist Catherine Belton’s acclaimed 2020 book “Putin’s People,” the Financial Times has reported. The billionaires — Mikhail Fridman, his longtime business partner Peter Aven and real estate tycoon Shalva Chigirinsky — and Rosneft filed…

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The ‘Other Worlds’ of Teffi

This Translation by Robert Chandler Teffi is difficult to translate. I have said a little in the foreword about her Pushkinian grace and deft use of repetition. She also makes the most of two freedoms—the freedom to omit words and an extreme freedom of word order—that are available only in a highly inflected language like…

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Thousands Join Launch of ROSATOM’s Atoms for Humanity Nuclear Awareness Campaign

On April 30, over 3 200 people from some 40 countries watched ROSATOM’s Atoms for Humanity new nuclear awareness campaign launch event. The project is aimed at demonstrating the importance of nuclear technologies in achieving the UN Sustainable Goals through human-centered stories. The project launch event Why Humanity Needs Nuclear brought together Polina Lion, Chief…

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Notice of Press Conferences to be held in lead-up to Shareholders Meeting

April 30, 2021, 18:35 Dear members of the media and representatives of investment and finance companies, We are pleased to invite you to the traditional Press Conferences of Gazprom’s top management to be held in the lead-up to the Company’s annual General Shareholders Meeting The Press Conferences will take place online from May 14 through June 16 as follows: May 14 (02:00 pm, Moscow time) – “Power generation: development prospects” with Denis Fyodorov, Head…

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Russian Navy Conducts First Black Sea Supersonic Cruise Missile Test

The Russian Navy for the first time test-fired a supersonic anti-ship cruise missile in the Black Sea, the military announced Friday with tensions still high following Russia’s troop buildup near Ukraine. The Moskva guided missile cruiser launched one turbojet missile toward the “opposite end” of the Black Sea, according to the Defense Ministry-run Zvezda broadcaster’s…

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‘End of an Era’: Russia Adds Navalny Political Network to ‘Terrorist and Extremist’ List

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s political network has been blacklisted as a “terrorist-linked” organization, Russia’s state financial watchdog Rosfinmonitoring said Friday. “Navalny Networks” now appears on Rosfinmonitoring’s searchable database of groups and persons with links to terrorist activities, which includes al-Qaeda, the Taliban and the Islamic State. The designation means that authorities can block the…

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U.S. Embassy to Cut Staff, Most Visas for Russians as Moscow Bans ‘Unfriendly’ Hiring

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow said Friday it will cut most visa services for Russians and eliminate non-emergency consular services for Americans from next month following Moscow’s hiring ban on “unfriendly” countries. The move means 75% of consular staff will lose their jobs. Russian President Vladimir Putin last week capped the number of Russians allowed…

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