Voting Monitor Slams Russia’s Election Livestream Restrictions

Russian officials’ plans to restrict live streams from polling stations in upcoming parliamentary elections have been met with accusations of pre-emptive attempts to conceal voter fraud, including ballot stuffing. Russia’s Central Election Committee (CEC) said Wednesday that only members, candidates and political parties will have access to the live feeds when voters go to the…

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Russia Holds Military Drills in Tajikistan Amid Taliban Offensive

Russia on Wednesday launched military exercises in Tajikistan as the Taliban continue their blistering offensive in neighboring Afghanistan. The militants in recent weeks have brought huge swathes of the country under their control as foreign troops withdraw, including Afghanistan’s main Shir Khan Bandar border crossing with Tajikistan. Moscow is closely watching the offensive, concerned about…

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FBI Suspects U.S. Firm of Bypassing Sanctions to Ship WMD Tech to Russia – Reports

The FBI and U.S. federal prosecutors are investigating an American company for allegedly bypassing sanctions to supply lab equipment for Russia’s weapons of mass destruction programs, The Daily Beast reported Tuesday, citing newly unsealed documents it said it obtained.  According to the federal court documents, Intertech Corporation allegedly “intentionally falsified shipping documents, avoided and circumvented…

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Neutral Olympic Athletes From Russia Told to Deflect ‘Provocative’ Questions

Russian athletes competing under a neutral flag have been instructed to avoid answering “provocative” political questions at the Tokyo Olympics that will open to mostly empty stands next week, the Vedomosti business daily reported Wednesday. “No comment” is the most commonly recommended response on issues ranging from Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the Russian doping…

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ROSATOM and NPPA (Egypt) discussed the Role of Nuclear Energy in Sustainable Development at the media webinar

Cairo, 12th of July, 2021 – ROSATOM, a global technological leader , organized a focused media roundtable with the honorable presence of the Egyptian Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA).  The event assembled journalists representing the leading Egyptian media. It was attended by  Alexander Voronkov, director and regional vice-president of the Rosatom Regional Center in Middle…

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Gazprom Board of Directors forms Sustainable Development Committee

July 13, 2021, 17:15 The Gazprom Board of Directors resolved to form the Sustainable Development Committee of the Board of Directors and to approve the regulation on the Committee. Viktor Zubkov, Chairman of the Gazprom Board of Directors, was elected as Chairman of the Committee, while Alexey Miller, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Andrey Akimov, Member of Board of Directors, were elected as members of the Committee. Background The matters falling within…

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The 10th International School on Safety Culture Brings Together More Than a Hundred Participants

From July 5 through 9, the 10th International School on Safety Culture “Developing Leadership and Strong Culture for Safety in the Nuclear Industry” was held online by Rosatom Technical Academy. The professionals and management of leading international organizations – the nuclear industry representatives from Russia, Slovakia, France, Finland, Japan, Austria, Hungary, Turkey, and the USA…

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EU Approval of Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccine Faces More Delays Over ‘Incomplete’ Data – Reuters

The European Union’s review of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine could be delayed until after the summer over “major” data shortcomings and the vaccine maker’s perceived lack of experience with overseas regulators, Reuters reported Tuesday. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) launched a rolling review of Sputnik V, which Russia touts as the world’s first government-approved…

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Russia-Linked Hacking Groups Targeting the U.S.: What You Need to Know

Russia-based hacker groups have been accused of massive ransomware attacks on major U.S. businesses and government agencies in the past year.   The attacks, which have breached U.S. government agencies in addition to private enterprises, are now a major point of contention in already strained ties between Washington and Moscow, with U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration…

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Russia’s Sputnik V Produces Weaker Response Against Delta, Other Variants – Developers’ Study

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine produces a weaker immune response against aggressive new mutations of the coronavirus such as the Delta variant, the jabs’ developers announced Monday in a new peer-reviewed study. Sputnik V’s developers used blood samples from people who had completed a course of vaccination with the jab to investigate the so-called virus-neutralizing activity…

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Opposition Columnist Joins List of Self-Exiled Russians

Prominent Russian opposition-leaning columnist Fyodor Krasheninnikov has joined a growing list of activists and political figures to leave the country in recent months amid what Kremlin critics call an intensifying crackdown on dissent. Krasheninnikov fled Russia for neighboring Lithuania last August after being fined and then jailed for “disrespecting authorities” in his online posts criticizing…

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Roscosmos Chief Pokes Russian Billionaires After Branson Space Flight

Russia’s space chief Dmitry Rogozin has pressed his country’s oligarchs to take a page from their Western counterparts and invest into space after British billionaire Richard Branson’s journey to the frontier of space. Branson and five Virgin Galactic employees breached the U.S.-recognized boundary of space Sunday and experienced a few minutes of weightlessness at an altitude of…

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Siberian Wildfires Spread 17.5% in 24 Hours

Wildfires ravaging northeastern Siberia have spread by nearly 70,000 hectares in the past day, marking a 17.5% increase in a single day, the Kommersant business daily reported Friday, citing the regional emergencies ministry.  Some 400,000 hectares of forest are now burning in Russia’s republic of Sakha. Abnormally high temperatures and historic drought as well as strong winds…

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ROSATOM acts as an organizer of the International Conference on Quantum Technologies ICQT-2021

The International Conference on Quantum Technologies ICQT-2021 will be held on July 12-16. It is organized by the Russian Quantum Center, ROSATOM and National Quantum Laboratory; the event partners are the Russian Academy of Sciences, Sberbank, Gazprombank, and Roscongress Foundation. The conference is included in the program of “Year of Science and Technology in Russia”.…

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Russia’s Black Sea Resorts to Require Tourists to Vaccinate

Russia’s Black Sea coastal resorts including Sochi will require visiting tourists to vaccinate against the coronavirus within three days of arrival, regional authorities announced Friday as infections spiked and Russians canceled bookings en masse over the new rules and newly opened foreign destinations. The new rules revised previously announced requirements, which take effect Aug. 1,…

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What’s On July 9-11

Watch “The Seagull” where Chekhov wrote it Every year Melikhovo, the small holding about 80 kilometers south of Moscow when writer and playwright Anton Chekhov lived for many years, puts on a several productions on the property. The most interesting is “The Seagull,” which was written at Melikhovo and seems to have been inspired, in…

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Russians Sour on Navalny After ‘Extremist’ Ruling – Poll

Russians view jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny in an increasingly bad light and largely approve or remain indifferent toward the authorities’ decision to brand his political movement as “extremist,” according to an independent survey published Friday. The Levada Center polling agency said 14% of its respondents approve of Navalny’s activities, dropping from 20% last year…

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Atommash has manufactured the first steam generator for the second power unit of Akkuyu NPP (Turkey)

At the Volgodonsk branch of JSC “AEM-technology” “Atommash” (part of the ROSATOM machine-building division – Atomenergomash), the production of the first steam generator for the second power unit of Akkuyu NPP under construction in Turkey has been fully completed. The manufacturing cycle of a steam generator includes assembly-welding of vessels from separate shells and nozzles,…

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EU Invites Russia to Discuss Mutual Vaccine Certificate Recognition – TASS

The European Union has approached Russia for talks on recognizing each other’s coronavirus vaccination certificates, EU Ambassador to Russia Markus Ederer said Thursday.  The EU launched its own digital vaccination certificate on July 1, allowing vaccinated EU citizens to travel freely within the 27-member bloc. As the certificate only recognizes vaccines authorized by the EU,…

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