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  • Russian Pro-Army Symbols Placed Outside U.S. Embassy in Moscow

    Russian Pro-Army Symbols Placed Outside U.S. Embassy in Moscow

    Giant letters in support of Moscow’s armed forces fighting in Ukraine have been installed in front of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, AFP saw Thursday. A huge Latin letter ‘Z’ and ‘V’ — symbols used by the Russian military which have been adopted by high-profile supporters of Russia’s offensive — were put up outside the…

  • 12 Russian Soldiers Killed in Explosion Accident at Training Facility – Reports

    12 Russian Soldiers Killed in Explosion Accident at Training Facility – Reports

    At least 12 Russian soldiers were killed and eight were injured by an explosion at a training facility in southern Russia, local media reported Thursday, citing three anonymous government sources.  The soldiers were reportedly killed in an accidental explosion on Nov. 3 at the Kuzmin military training ground in the Rostov region, the 161.ru news…

  • Estonia Warns Citizens Against Travel to Russia Amid Possible Border Closure

    Estonia Warns Citizens Against Travel to Russia Amid Possible Border Closure

    Estonia on Thursday warned its citizens against “any travel” to Russia, suggesting that it may temporarily close the border with its eastern neighbor amid an influx of asylum seekers on the Russian-Finnish border. Estonia shares a 333-kilometer-long border with Russia, along which six checkpoints are currently open. But the Baltic country’s foreign ministry said in…

  • Russian Lawmakers to Consider Nationwide Ban on Abortions in Private Clinics

    Russian Lawmakers to Consider Nationwide Ban on Abortions in Private Clinics

    Lawmakers in central Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod region said they will submit a draft amendment to the country’s parliament that would outlaw abortions at private clinics nationwide if passed, state media reported Thursday. The draft amendment to Russia’s federal law “On the Foundations of Preserving Citizens’ Health” was passed unanimously and without discussion in Nizhny Novgorod’s legislative…

  • Ukraine Accuses Russia of Halting Prisoner of War Exchanges

    Ukraine Accuses Russia of Halting Prisoner of War Exchanges

    Ukraine’s human rights ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets said Thursday that Moscow had stopped swapping prisoners of war with Kyiv. The two warring sides have carried out many rounds of prisoner exchanges during Moscow’s 21-month-long invasion, but in the latter half of this year the process stalled. “Exchanges are not taking place because Russia does not want them…

  • Russian Presidential Hopeful Condemns ‘Extremist’ Designation of LGBT Community  

    Russian Presidential Hopeful Condemns ‘Extremist’ Designation of LGBT Community  

    Yekaterina Duntsova, a Russian journalist who earlier this month announced her bid to run for president, condemned the Russian Supreme Court’s decision on Thursday to ban the so-called “international LGBT public movement.” “This is a dangerous decision, which has no clear guidelines for interpretation, and it can lead to the persecution of any Russian citizen,”…

  • ‘The Green Border’ Explores Desperate Migrants, Western Reception and Russia

    ‘The Green Border’ Explores Desperate Migrants, Western Reception and Russia

    Finland closed its borders to Russia this week in response to a surge of migrants across the country’s border with Russia. The men seeking asylum were not Russians but came through Russia from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other Middle Eastern and African countries. There was evidence that the Russian authorities organized these groups of migrants. Earlier…

  • Russia Labels LGBT Community ‘Extremist’ in Prelude to Sweeping Crackdown

    Russia Labels LGBT Community ‘Extremist’ in Prelude to Sweeping Crackdown

    Russia’s Supreme Court on Thursday designated the so-called “international LGBT public movement” as a banned “extremist” organization, setting the stage for a sweeping crackdown on LGBT rights not seen in the country since the Soviet era. The move is the latest episode in the sharp conservative turn by Russia’s leadership that has accelerated and permeated…

  • As COP28 Kicks Off, Russia Seeks to Assert Its Role in Global Climate Fight

    As COP28 Kicks Off, Russia Seeks to Assert Its Role in Global Climate Fight

    As tens of thousands of delegates gathered in Dubai for the UN’s COP28 climate conference Thursday, negotiators from around the world will once again struggle to agree on how to collectively address the climate crisis. For Russia, which remains under harsh Western sanctions and bogged down in its 21-month war on Ukraine, the conference will…

  • Russia Says ‘Grateful’ to Hamas for Gaza Hostage Release

    Russia Says ‘Grateful’ to Hamas for Gaza Hostage Release

    Moscow thanked the Hamas militant group on Thursday for freeing two Russian hostages from Gaza, which was organized separately from a truce deal with Israel. The statement came a day after Hamas released two Russian citizens, both women, in what it said was a move “in appreciation” of President Vladimir Putin. “We are grateful to…

  • Germany Shutters Consulate in Kaliningrad

    Germany Shutters Consulate in Kaliningrad

    Germany’s consulate in the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea will close starting Thursday, according to an official statement on its website, which did not give a reason for the closure. “From now on, the Consulate General in St. Petersburg is responsible for consular and passport matters in the district of the Consulate General…

  • Germany Shutters Consulates in Kaliningrad, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk

    Germany Shutters Consulates in Kaliningrad, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk

    Updated to include the closures of the German consulates in Yekaterinburg and Novosibirsk. Germany’s consulates in Kaliningrad, Yekaterinburg and Novosibirsk have closed, according to statements on the German Embassy in Russia’s website, which did not give a reason for the closures. On Thursday, the German consulate in the Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad said “from now on, the…

  • Putin to Hold End-of-Year Press Conference on Dec. 14 – Kremlin

    Putin to Hold End-of-Year Press Conference on Dec. 14 – Kremlin

    The Kremlin said Thursday that President Vladimir Putin will hold his annual press conference on Dec. 14, which this year will take place in a “combined format” together with his popular call-in show.  Set-piece political events involving Putin have been delayed or scrapped altogether in the tumultuous months following Moscow’s February 2022 invasion of Ukraine.…

  • Putin, Russian Officials React to Henry Kissinger’s Death

    Putin, Russian Officials React to Henry Kissinger’s Death

    Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger died Thursday at the age of 100, his geopolitical consulting firm said. As the prime architect of Washington’s detente with the Soviet Union during the Cold War, Kissinger left an indelible mark not just on U.S. foreign policy, but also on Russia’s.  Before his death, Kissinger expressed deep…

  • Russia Controversy Overshadows OSCE Security Summit

    Russia Controversy Overshadows OSCE Security Summit

    The world’s largest regional security group opened its Skopje summit Thursday with Russia and Ukraine’s allies in open conflict, rattling the organization that is intended as a forum for East-West blocs. The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has been struggling to survive with Russia blocking key decisions, including the group’s budget. Russian…

  • Russia Fails To Win Seat on Chemical Watchdog Board

    Russia Fails To Win Seat on Chemical Watchdog Board

    Russia lost out Wednesday in its bid for re-election to the decision-making body of the OPCW chemical watchdog, as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky cheered Moscow’s “isolation” on the world stage. Four eastern European countries were competing for three seats on the OPCW Executive Council, warring neighbors Russia and Ukraine, plus Poland and Lithuania. Russia received…

  • Russian Town Cuts Down Local Resident’s Tree for New Year Decoration

    Russian Town Cuts Down Local Resident’s Tree for New Year Decoration

    Russian authorities in the Ural Mountains region of Chelyabinsk cut down a spruce tree growing on a local resident’s property so that it could be installed in a town square as a New Year decoration, the Telegram news channel Podyem reported Wednesday. Authorities in the town of Minyar, which has a population of around 8,500…

  • Russian Woman Arrested on Red Square With 14Kg of Caviar

    Russian Woman Arrested on Red Square With 14Kg of Caviar

    A 41-year-old Russian woman was detained in Moscow’s Red Square while recording an Instagram video in which she eats an unusually large caviar sandwich, local media reported Tuesday.  Gulina Naumann and a friend recorded a video of her sitting in front of the Kremlin’s walls, wearing a large fur coat and eating a “huge sandwich” with…

  • Russian Rock Band Leningrad Praises State Defense Conglomerate in New Song

    Russian Rock Band Leningrad Praises State Defense Conglomerate in New Song

    The Russian ska-punk group Leningrad on Tuesday released a new song and music video praising the country’s state-owned defense conglomerate Rostec.  “It’s a f****** no brainer — Rostec has the best weapons,” the band’s eccentric frontman and founder Sergei Shnurov sings in the new song, which is simply called “Rostec.”  The music video accompanying the…

  • Russia Charges Ukrainian Eurovision Winner in Absentia

    Russia Charges Ukrainian Eurovision Winner in Absentia

    Russia on Wednesday leveled criminal charges against Jamala, the Ukrainian winner of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, arresting her in absentia for spreading “false information” about the Russian army. Shortly after launching its offensive in Ukraine last year, Moscow outlawed criticism of the conflict and has detained and charged thousands of people for speaking out and…

  • Kazakhstan Jails Citizen for Joining Wagner, Fighting in Ukraine

    Kazakhstan Jails Citizen for Joining Wagner, Fighting in Ukraine

    A man in Kazakhstan has been sentenced to six years and eight months in prison for fighting in Russia’s war against Ukraine, the Kazakhstan service for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported Tuesday. Alexei Shompolov, 34, was charged with “mercenarism” for joining the Wagner private military company, as well as with “committing a serious criminal offense against the…

  • Russia Claims Capture of Village in Ukraine’s Donetsk Region

    Russia Claims Capture of Village in Ukraine’s Donetsk Region

    Russia said on Wednesday its armed forces had taken control of Khromove, a small village on the outskirts of Bakhmut in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region. Moscow’s troops seized Bakhmut in May after one of the bloodiest battles of its 21-month military offensive. “Troops, supported by aviation and artillery fire, improved their positions along the front…

  • Moscow to Send Hundreds of Fish to Flood-Stricken Crimea Aquarium

    Moscow to Send Hundreds of Fish to Flood-Stricken Crimea Aquarium

    Moscow’s largest aquarium will send hundreds of fish to an aquarium in annexed Crimea that was badly damaged by flooding earlier this week, the Daily Storm news outlet reported Tuesday. Moskvarium, which is located at the VDNKh exposition center in the Russian capital, will send between 200 and 300 fish to the Sevastopol Aquarium, according…

  • Russia Ramping Up Attacks in Eastern Ukraine

    Russia Ramping Up Attacks in Eastern Ukraine

    Russian forces were ramping up attacks in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, Moscow and Kyiv said, as they vie to secure elusive territorial gains before the end of the year. Despite the frontlines having barely shifted in 2023, fighting has remained intense, with the nearly encircled industrial town of Avdiivka the latest major flashpoint. Russia launched…

  • Russian Interior Ministry Proposes Foreigners Sign ‘Agreement of Loyalty’

    Russian Interior Ministry Proposes Foreigners Sign ‘Agreement of Loyalty’

    Russia’s Interior Ministry has proposed requiring foreigners who visit Russia to adhere to an “agreement of loyalty,” the state-run TASS news agency reported Wednesday, citing a draft law prepared by the ministry.  According to the draft law, foreigners staying in Russia would be prohibited from “hindering the activities of public authorities of the Russian Federation…

  • Ex-U.S. Marine Paul Whelan Assaulted in Russian Prison – Family

    Ex-U.S. Marine Paul Whelan Assaulted in Russian Prison – Family

    Former active duty U.S. Marine Paul Whelan, imprisoned in Russia on espionage charges, was assaulted by a fellow inmate, his family said Tuesday, adding they fear he is a target because of his nationality. The 53-year-old has been behind bars since 2018 and is serving a 16-year sentence that the U.S. government argues is without…

  • Ukraine Suspects Russia Poisoned Spy Chief’s Wife

    Ukraine Suspects Russia Poisoned Spy Chief’s Wife

    Ukraine said Tuesday it believed Russia had poisoned the wife of its military intelligence chief in an apparent assassination attempt targeting the heart of Kyiv’s leadership. Marianna Budanova, who is an advisor to Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko, was hospitalized after a prolonged deterioration in her health, the Babel news outlet reported earlier. Ukrainian investigators’ “main…

  • Kyiv Says Russian Shelling Kills 3, Including Child

    Kyiv Says Russian Shelling Kills 3, Including Child

    Ukraine said Russian shelling of a border village in the northeastern Sumy region on Tuesday killed three people, including a seven-year-old child. The office of Ukraine’s Prosecutor General said Russia shelled civilian areas in Seredyna-Buda, a village on the border with Russia, at around 12:30 pm local time. “Two dead women and two wounded men…

  • As Russia Relations Sour, Armenians Prepare to Defend Themselves

    As Russia Relations Sour, Armenians Prepare to Defend Themselves

    SYUNIK PROVINCE, Armenia — “When I go to bed at night, I don’t think: ‘Is my phone on charge or have I brushed my teeth?’ I think: Do I know where my parents are and is my bag packed to evacuate?” These are the nightly thoughts of Mariam, a 22-year-old teacher living in southern Armenia’s…

  • Finland to Close Last Border Crossing With Russia

    Finland to Close Last Border Crossing With Russia

    Finland’s prime minister said Tuesday that the country will temporarily close its last border crossing with Russia following an influx of migrants that Helsinki claims is a “hybrid operation” orchestrated by Moscow. Interior Minister Mari Rantanen said the closure would come into effect overnight between Wednesday and Thursday and last until Dec. 13. The Nordic…

  • Relatives of Mobilized Russian Soldiers Launch Cross-Country Sticker Protest

    Relatives of Mobilized Russian Soldiers Launch Cross-Country Sticker Protest

    Relatives of mobilized Russian soldiers sent to fight in Ukraine have started placing anti-mobilization stickers on their cars as they continue to call for the return of their loved ones from the front.  Images shared by the Put’ Domoi (“Way Home”) Telegram channel, a group of relatives calling for an end to mobilization in Russia,…

  • Baltic States to Skip OSCE Meeting Over Lavrov Invite

    Baltic States to Skip OSCE Meeting Over Lavrov Invite

    Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania said Tuesday that their top diplomats will not take part in an upcoming OSCE meeting in the North Macedonian capital Skopje over the decision to invite Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. In a joint statement, the Baltic countries’ foreign ministers said Lavrov’s planned attendance “risks legitimizing aggressor Russia as a rightful member of…

  • Russia’s Parliament to Announce Presidential Race on Dec. 13 – Communist Leader

    Russia’s Parliament to Announce Presidential Race on Dec. 13 – Communist Leader

    Russia’s parliament will officially announce the start of the 2024 presidential race on Dec. 13, the head of Russia’s Communist Party  Gennady Zyuganov told reporters during a press briefing on Tuesday. Next year’s presidential election is scheduled to take place in March, with President Vladimir Putin widely expected to run for a fifth term in…

  • Russian Court Extends Detention of U.S. Journalist Gershkovich

    Russian Court Extends Detention of U.S. Journalist Gershkovich

    A Moscow court on Tuesday said it had extended the detention of U.S. reporter Evan Gershkovich, who was arrested in Russia earlier this year on spying charges. The court said Gershkovich’s “period of detention” was extended by two more months until January 30. The 32-year-old Wall Street Journal correspondent in Moscow, his employer and the…

  • Environmentalists supported by Vostsibneftegas assessed the ability of Evenkiya forest to restore

    Under the grant program of Vostsibneftegas (a member of Rosneft Oil Company), scientists of the Federal Research Center “Krasnoyarsk Scientific Center SB RAS” studied the ability of Evenkiya forest to restore.

  • Crimean Treasures Return to Kyiv After Years of Legal Battles

    Crimean Treasures Return to Kyiv After Years of Legal Battles

    Ancient Crimean gold treasures returned to Kyiv Monday after being held in a Dutch museum for nine years, where they were on show when Russia seized the Black Sea peninsula in 2014. The Scythian artifacts – some around 2,000 years old – were on loan to Amsterdam’s Allard Pierson museum when they were suddenly at…

  • Russian Central Bank To Resume Currency Trades in 2024

    Russian Central Bank To Resume Currency Trades in 2024

    Russia’s Central Bank said Monday it will resume buying and selling foreign currency through its sovereign wealth fund next year as the ruble continues to recover from a dramatic summer slide. The Russian currency has been extremely volatile since February 2022, when Russia launched its full-scale military offensive on Ukraine and the West hit Moscow…

  • Ex-Russian State TV Reporter Sent to ‘Punishment Pit’ in Occupied Ukraine

    Ex-Russian State TV Reporter Sent to ‘Punishment Pit’ in Occupied Ukraine

    A former Russian state television correspondent is being held in a so-called “punishment pit” in occupied Ukraine, the independent Novaya Gazeta Europe news website reported Monday. Ilya Andreyev, 42, resigned from the state-run Channel One broadcaster shortly after the February 2022 invasion of Ukraine. He later signed a military contract with the Russian Defense Ministry because, according…

  • Soaring Turkish Exports of Military-Linked Goods to Russia Raise Western Concerns – FT

    Soaring Turkish Exports of Military-Linked Goods to Russia Raise Western Concerns – FT

    Turkish exports of military-related goods to Russia have surged this year, raising concerns that the NATO member is acting as a conduit for sensitive Western goods, the Financial Times reported Monday. Forty-five categories of civilian goods useful to the Russian military, including microchips, communications equipment and parts including telescopic sights, are subject to United States, European Union,…

  • Three Killed In Methane Blast In Siberian Mine

    Three Killed In Methane Blast In Siberian Mine

    A methane blast at a diamond mine in Russia’s remote Sakha republic in Siberia killed three miners and injured two others, regional authorities said Monday. The accident occurred at the Udachny (“Lucky”) mine, owned by Russian state diamond giant Alrosa. The site – one of the deepest open-pit mines in the world – lies in…

  • Russia Intensely Attacking Avdiivka, Robotyne, Says Ukraine

    Russia Intensely Attacking Avdiivka, Robotyne, Says Ukraine

    Russia was intensely attacking the eastern town of Avdiivka and southern village of Robotyne, where fighting has centered in recent weeks, Ukraine said on Monday. Neither side has made significant breakthroughs on the battlefield for weeks, as Moscow’s invasion drags on for a 22nd month. In recent weeks, Russia has focused its efforts on the…

  • ‘Storm of the Century’ Kills 4, Cuts Power to 2Mln in Russia, Occupied Ukraine

    ‘Storm of the Century’ Kills 4, Cuts Power to 2Mln in Russia, Occupied Ukraine

    Updated with new death toll. A severe storm on the Black Sea hit parts of Ukraine and southern Russia on Sunday night, killing at least four people and knocking out power to nearly 2 million, with strong winds continuing into Monday.  “About 1.9 million people remained without power supply as of 10:00 Moscow time due to…

  • Russia Puts Meta Spokesman on Wanted List

    Russia Puts Meta Spokesman on Wanted List

    Russia on Sunday put Meta Platforms spokesperson Andy Stone on a wanted list on unspecified charges as the U.S. social media giant — which owns Facebook — is classed as “extremist” by Moscow. Russia has hugely cracked down on media and social media freedom since launching its Ukraine offensive last year and banning criticism of…

  • Russia Says Downed Ukrainian Drones Over 5 Regions

    Russia Says Downed Ukrainian Drones Over 5 Regions

    Russia said Sunday it had downed Ukrainian drones over five regions, including Moscow, as well as two Ukrainian missiles over the Azov Sea, a day after a large-scale Russian drone attack on Kyiv. Russia and Ukraine have hit each with drones for months, as Moscow’s offensive drags on for a 22nd month, with little significant…

  • Ukraine Says Kyiv Hit by ‘Most Massive’ Drone Attack Since War Began

    Ukraine Says Kyiv Hit by ‘Most Massive’ Drone Attack Since War Began

    Ukraine said on Saturday it had downed 71 Russian attack drones overnight, in what Kyiv authorities said was the biggest attack on the capital since the start of the invasion. The Ukrainian army said the majority of the Iranian-made Shahed drones were downed over the capital, Kyiv, causing power cuts in the center of the…

  • The Indescribable Deliciousness of a Wine-Poached Pear

    The Indescribable Deliciousness of a Wine-Poached Pear

    There is an old Russian joke that goes like this: Two friends are talking. One says, “Everyone is always sighing: ‘Caruso! Caruso!’ But I listened, and it was nothing special.” “You listened to Caruso?!” his friend asked. “Nah. Rabinovich sang it to me.” It’s actually more sad than funny. You might be able to describe…

  • Russia to Transport Dozens of Migrants to Last Open Finnish Border Checkpoint

    Russia to Transport Dozens of Migrants to Last Open Finnish Border Checkpoint

    Russian authorities will transport 55 asylum seekers who were waiting to cross the now-closed Salla border crossing with Finland to the last open crossing in the north of the Murmansk region, its governor announced Friday.  Another 200 foreign nationals who were unable to cross the border have decided to stay in Russia and will be provided…

  • Putin Says Russia Must Rival ‘Dangerous’ Western AI

    Putin Says Russia Must Rival ‘Dangerous’ Western AI

    President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that the West had a “dangerous” monopoly over artificial intelligence and Russia needed to rival “biased” Western chatbots with its own technology. The race to develop AI has heated up since the breakout launch of the ChatGPT generative chatbot last year, with Russia and China spending billions to rival…

  • Kyiv Says 13,500 Ukrainians Returned via Russia Route

    Kyiv Says 13,500 Ukrainians Returned via Russia Route

    Kyiv said on Friday more than 13,000 Ukrainians had returned to the country via the only working border crossing with Russia since it opened in the summer. Thousands of Ukrainians have fled almost two years of brutal fighting by traveling to Russian territory but have slowly begun returning since Moscow opened the crossing into Ukraine’s…

  • How to Be Obnoxious in One Easy Word

    How to Be Obnoxious in One Easy Word

    Лезть: climb, crawl, push, pester, butt in, hit on, get involved, etc. A couple of years ago I briefly mentioned the verb лезть in an article about another word, thinking at the time that I was doing a grave injustice to лезть. It’s a great little word. Its first literal meaning is to climb or…

  • Ukrainian Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Spying for Russia

    Ukrainian Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Spying for Russia

    A man from the occupied Donetsk region was found guilty of providing information to the Russian military and sentenced to 12 years in prison, the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) said in a Telegram post. An investigation found the man had sent voice messages to Russian forces in the area with information about the location of…

  • Armenia PM Criticizes Russia as Rift With Moscow Grows Wider

    Armenia PM Criticizes Russia as Rift With Moscow Grows Wider

    Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said on Friday that Russia had failed to deliver weapons Yerevan had already paid for and accused Russia’s media of destabilizing his country’s political situation. The remarks highlighted Armenia’s growing rift with its powerful ally after Russian peacekeepers failed to prevent Azerbaijan’s offensive to retake its Armenian-controlled separatist enclave of…

  • Russian Man Who Faked Death to Avoid Ukraine War Handed 5-Year Sentence

    Russian Man Who Faked Death to Avoid Ukraine War Handed 5-Year Sentence

    A man in Siberia who bought a fake death certificate to avoid military service in Ukraine has been sentenced to five years in a penal colony, the local news outlet Sibir.Realii reported Friday, citing public court records.  Zorigto Arabzhaev, from the republic of Buryatia, was mobilized to fight in Ukraine in November 2022 as part…

  • Dagestani Doctor Refused Russian State TV Appearance in Hijab

    Dagestani Doctor Refused Russian State TV Appearance in Hijab

    A female doctor from the Muslim-majority republic of Dagestan was not permitted to appear on Russian state television in a hijab, she said on social media Thursday.  Immunologist Ayshat Idarmacheva said that she had been asked to appear in a segment of flagship state-run broadcaster Channel One’s morning show.  But the show’s producer soon withdrew…

  • Russian and Chinese Business Leaders Discuss Undersea Crimea Tunnel

    Russian and Chinese Business Leaders Discuss Undersea Crimea Tunnel

    Russian and Chinese business executives with government connections have secretly discussed building an underwater tunnel connecting Crimea to Russia, according to communications obtained by the Ukrainian security services and corroborated and reported by the Washington Post.  The Russian-built bridge over the Kerch Strait is vulnerable to Ukrainian attacks, having been hit twice since Feb. 2022.…

  • Rosneft held the XVIII Interregional Scientific and Technical Conference of Young Specialists at the Russia exhibition

    Rosneft held the annual XVIII Interregional Scientific and Technical Conference (ISTC).

  • Russia Attacking Avdiivka ‘From All Directions,’ Says Kyiv

    Russia Attacking Avdiivka ‘From All Directions,’ Says Kyiv

    A third wave of Russian forces is attacking the eastern Ukrainian town of Avdiivka and systematically shelling the center of the industrial hub, its Ukrainian head said Friday. The nearly-encircled town near the Russian-held regional stronghold of Donetsk has faced a fierce onslaught for more than a month. “The third wave (of assaults) began. They…

  • 3 Flamingos Rescued in Altai Republic After Severe Storm

    3 Flamingos Rescued in Altai Republic After Severe Storm

    At least three exhausted flamingos were discovered by locals in southern Siberia’s republic of Altai following a severe storm that hit parts of Siberia over the weekend, the Saylyugem National Park said Thursday. In a series of events that the national park described as a “flamingo-fall,” local residents discovered the first two frozen and exhausted…

  • Rosneft’s pavilion at VDNKh hosts a lecture by a leading expert on walrus research

    On Friday, 24 November, Svetlana Artemyeva, a researcher at A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, delivered an informative lecture on amazing marine mammals – walruses for the guests of the Rosneft pavilion at the Russia Exhibition and Forum.

  • Russia Says Downed 16 Ukrainian Drones in South, Crimea

    Russia Says Downed 16 Ukrainian Drones in South, Crimea

    Russia said Friday it had destroyed 16 Ukrainian drones in the south of the country and over the annexed Crimean peninsula. On Thursday night, “an attempt by the Kyiv regime to carry out a terrorist attack using aerial drones against sites on the territory of the Russian Federation was thwarted,” Russia’s Defense Ministry said. “Air…

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