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  • Russia Says U.S. Must End ‘Hostility’ for Nuclear Talks

    Russia Says U.S. Must End ‘Hostility’ for Nuclear Talks

    Russia said Wednesday it would study U.S. proposals to resume dialogue on nuclear arms control, but that it would not accept them unless Washington dropped its “hostile” stance towards Moscow. The U.S. and Russia used to regularly inspect each other’s nuclear facilities and limit warheads under the New START treaty, but Moscow suspended the treaty…

  • Volga River Drops to 37-Year Low in Southern Russia

    Volga River Drops to 37-Year Low in Southern Russia

    Volga River water levels have plummeted to a 37-year low in Russia’s southern Saratov region, media reported Tuesday, citing data from the regional hydrometeorological agency. The water level around the city of Saratov, which lies on the eastern bank of the 3,500-kilometer-long Volga River, fell to 13.69 meters on Oct. 20, just slightly above the…

  • Russian Defense Minister Orders Winter Readiness in Visit to Frontline

    Russian Defense Minister Orders Winter Readiness in Visit to Frontline

    Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu ordered senior officers to prepare soldiers for the winter during a visit to a command post in eastern Ukraine, the military said Wednesday. In a video posted online, Shoigu was shown visiting the Vostok command post, where he was said to have been briefed about the situation on the front line. …

  • Putin Raises Concerns of ‘Catastrophic Deterioration’ in Gaza With Erdogan

    Putin Raises Concerns of ‘Catastrophic Deterioration’ in Gaza With Erdogan

    Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed fears of a sharp deterioration of the situation in besieged Gaza during a call with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Kremlin said Tuesday. The leaders expressed “deep concern over the growing number of civilian casualties and the catastrophic deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip,” the…

  • Russia Upholds 7-Year Sentence for Opposition Activist

    Russia Upholds 7-Year Sentence for Opposition Activist

    A Russian court on Tuesday rejected an appeal by an opposition activist who was sentenced to seven years in prison over social media posts that prosecutors said “justified terrorism.” Russia has banned criticism of its military campaign and has orchestrated a huge crackdown on dissent as troops fight in Ukraine. The activist, 63-year-old Mikhail Krieger,…

  • U.S. Offered Russia ‘Serious Proposal’ to Release Jailed American Paul Whelan – CNN

    U.S. Offered Russia ‘Serious Proposal’ to Release Jailed American Paul Whelan – CNN

    The United States has made a “serious proposal” to Moscow for the release of ex-Marine Paul Whelan as his imprisonment in a Russian nears five years, CNN reported Tuesday. Whelan was accused of spying after agents from Russia‘s Federal Security Service (FSB) detained him in a Moscow hotel room on Dec. 28, 2018.  He was sentenced to…

  • Ukrainian Deliveryman Accused of Mass Poisoning Attempt – Kommersant

    Ukrainian Deliveryman Accused of Mass Poisoning Attempt – Kommersant

    A Ukrainian-born deliveryman has been accused of attempting to poison the graduates of a Russian military aviation academy during their reunion, Russia’s Kommersant business daily reported Tuesday, citing anonymous law enforcement sources. Around 77 alumni of the Armavir Higher Military Aviation School for Pilots in southern Russia’s Krasnodar region were attending a 20-year reunion party…

  • Russian Propaganda Seizes on West’s ‘Double Standards’ as Israeli Strikes Pound Gaza

    Russian Propaganda Seizes on West’s ‘Double Standards’ as Israeli Strikes Pound Gaza

    Footage of apartment buildings in the Gaza Strip crumbling under Israeli airstrikes and suffering Palestinian civilians has filled Russian political talk shows and newscasts for weeks.  “They are razing Gaza to the ground,” state television anchor and propagandist Vladimir Solovyov said during a recent show. “We [the Russian army] don’t fight like that, not even close.”…

  • Kremlin Says No Success in Freeing Russian Hostages From Hamas

    Kremlin Says No Success in Freeing Russian Hostages From Hamas

    The Kremlin said Tuesday that it has so far been unsuccessful in freeing Russian hostages held by Hamas and still does not know how many of its citizens had been captured since the militant group’s attack on Israel earlier this month.  “Indeed, we have not succeeded so far, but we will continue,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry…

  • Navalny Back in Solitary Confinement After Writing Materials Taken Away

    Navalny Back in Solitary Confinement After Writing Materials Taken Away

    Jailed Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny was returned to solitary confinement on Tuesday, a day after his allies said he was deprived of writing materials, his only means of communication with the outside world. “They put Alexei in an isolation cell for the 21st time,” Navalny’s exiled spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said on social media, noting…

  • Telegram Messaging App Restricts Access to Hamas Channels

    Telegram Messaging App Restricts Access to Hamas Channels

    The popular messaging app Telegram, founded by Russian-born tech entrepreneur Pavel Durov, has partially restricted access to the accounts of Hamas militants and their affiliates, Russian media reported Tuesday. Android users have been notified that they are no longer able to access the channels of Hamas and its military wing, the al-Qassam Brigades, in line…

  • Russia’s Newest National Park Met With Skepticism from Experts

    Russia’s Newest National Park Met With Skepticism from Experts

    Russia has established a new national park in the northern republic of Karelia, a designation that gives its lands federally protected status. The move has drawn skepticism from conservationists, who suspect that officials may be creating new protected areas for the sake of appearances without due consideration of their environmental value. Vottovaara National Park spans…

  • Chechen Court Postpones Quran-Burning Trial

    Chechen Court Postpones Quran-Burning Trial

    A court in Russia’s majority-Muslim republic of Chechnya has postponed the hearing against a teenager accused of burning the Quran and who was beaten while in custody by the son of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, media outlets reported Tuesday. Nikita Zhuravel, 19, was detained in May on suspicion of publicly burning a Quran in the…

  • Russia Says Detected Sea Drones in Crimea

    Russia Says Detected Sea Drones in Crimea

    Russia’s military said Tuesday it had detected three Ukrainian seaborne drones off the coast of annexed Crimea. “Around 4:00 a.m. Moscow time, technical surveillance systems detected three unmanned Ukrainian Navy boats in the northern Black Sea,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement. Russia’s Defense Ministry said the seaborne drones were fired on but it…

  • Ex-NSA Employee Pleads Guilty to Trying to Spy for Russia

    Ex-NSA Employee Pleads Guilty to Trying to Spy for Russia

    A cyber specialist who briefly worked at the top-secret U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) pleaded guilty on Monday to attempting to spy for Russia, the U.S. Justice Department said. Jareh Sebastian Dalke, 31, spent less than four weeks working at the NSA, the United States government’s intelligence gathering agency, before he suddenly quit at the…

  • Fleeing Russian Persecution, Yakutian Anti-War Punk Now Awaits Deportation in Kazakh Jail

    Fleeing Russian Persecution, Yakutian Anti-War Punk Now Awaits Deportation in Kazakh Jail

    Kazakh authorities this month arrested anti-war activist and musician Ayhal Ammosov, a Russian national hailing from the Far East republic of Sakha (Yakutia).  Though Ammosov’s name might be known to few abroad and elsewhere in Russia, he is something of a local celebrity in his native Sakha, first rising to prominence as an eccentric punk…

  • Putin Urges ‘Unhindered Access’ for Humanitarian Aid Into Gaza

    Putin Urges ‘Unhindered Access’ for Humanitarian Aid Into Gaza

    Russian President Vladimir Putin called Monday for “unhindered access” for humanitarian aid to enter Gaza, in a telephone call with his Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the Kremlin said. According to a readout of the call from the Kremlin, the two leaders “expressed serious concern about the growing number of civilian casualties and…

  • Russia Handing Out More Jail Sentences Under War Censorship Laws in 2023 – Kommersant

    Russia Handing Out More Jail Sentences Under War Censorship Laws in 2023 – Kommersant

    Russian courts have imprisoned more people under wartime censorship laws so far in 2023 than in all of 2022, the Kommersant business daily reported Monday, citing Supreme Court data. Russia outlawed “discrediting” and spreading “deliberately false” information about the Russian military shortly after it invaded Ukraine 21 months ago.  According to Kommersant, eight out of 21…

  • Ukraine’s Shakhtar FC Cuts Ties With U19 Player Who Fled to Russia

    Ukraine’s Shakhtar FC Cuts Ties With U19 Player Who Fled to Russia

    Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk FC has terminated the contract of its player who fled to Russia following a UEFA Youth League match in Belgium this month, the team announced Monday. Instead of returning to Ukraine following his team’s Oct. 4 victory against Antwerp (2-1), U19 midfielder Oleksandr Rosputko, 19, reportedly changed his clothes in an airport…

  • Ukraine’s CIA-Trained Intelligence Operators Assassinated Dozens of Russians, Collaborators – WaPo

    Ukraine’s CIA-Trained Intelligence Operators Assassinated Dozens of Russians, Collaborators – WaPo

    Ukraine’s CIA-trained intelligence agencies have assassinated “dozens” of Russians and Ukrainian collaborators since the start of Moscow’s invasion, The Washington Post reported Monday, citing more than two dozen anonymous current and former Ukrainian, U.S. and Western intelligence and security officials. The missions involved elite teams that were formed, trained and equipped in “close partnership” with the…

  • ‘Not Our Problem,’ Russian Police Said as Gabonese Student Murdered – Video

    ‘Not Our Problem,’ Russian Police Said as Gabonese Student Murdered – Video

    Russian police were present but did not intervene in the fight that ended with the fatal stabbing of a Gabonese graduate student this summer, according to a video published by local media on Monday.  François Ndjelassili, 32, an economics student at Ural Federal University, was killed outside of a Burger King restaurant in Russia’s fourth-largest…

  • Navalny Refuses to Attend Court Hearing Over Maltreatment, Aides Say

    Navalny Refuses to Attend Court Hearing Over Maltreatment, Aides Say

    Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has refused to attend his latest court hearing after prison authorities confiscated his writing tools, his aides said Monday. “Alexei @navalny usually attends his court hearings via video link, but today he was not there,” Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) said on X (formerly Twitter). “We don’t know the reason. The hearing has…

  • Kremlin Says Biden Right on New World Order, Wrong on U.S. Role in Building It

    Kremlin Says Biden Right on New World Order, Wrong on U.S. Role in Building It

    U.S. President Joe Biden was correct to call for a new world order but was wrong to assume it would be built by the United States, the Kremlin said Monday. Biden said Friday that the 50-year post-war period had “run out of steam” following the outbreak of war between Israel and Hamas and Russia and Ukraine. “A…

  • Russian Artist Fined for ‘Extremist’ Toy Doll With Prison Tattoos

    Russian Artist Fined for ‘Extremist’ Toy Doll With Prison Tattoos

    A controversial Russian artist has been fined for his art piece of a toy doll covered in criminal tattoos. Vasily Slonov was charged with “public demonstration of prohibited symbols” over the art piece, a round-bottomed doll modeled on the traditional Russian nevalyashka. The Central District Court of Krasnoyarsk in Siberia ordered Slonov to pay a…

  • Russian Court Extends U.S. Journalist’s Pre-Trial Detention Until December

    Russian Court Extends U.S. Journalist’s Pre-Trial Detention Until December

    A Russian-American journalist for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has been ordered to stay in pre-trial detention until December on charges of failing to register as a foreign agent, her employer said Monday. Alsu Kurmasheva, an editor with the U.S.-funded outlet’s Tatar-Bashkir service who was detained last Wednesday, faces up to five years in prison if found…

  • Police Raid Moscow Mosque for War Recruits – Reports

    Police Raid Moscow Mosque for War Recruits – Reports

    Russian police rounded up Muslim worshippers exiting a Moscow region mosque after Friday prayers and brought them to a military enlistment office for the war in Ukraine, media have reported. Videos shared on social media over the weekend showed young men inside a moving bus, outside a military recruitment office and in a barracks with bunk beds. …

  • Russia Says It Downed 3 Ukraine Missiles Targeting Crimea

    Russia Says It Downed 3 Ukraine Missiles Targeting Crimea

    Russian forces shot down three missiles on Sunday targeting the Crimean peninsula, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014, a Russian official said. The peninsula is crucial to Russia’s military offensive, both for supplying troops in southern Ukraine and for carrying out missile strikes from the sea. It is a regular target for Kyiv, and…

  • Russia’s Lavrov to Visit Iran for Talks Monday

    Russia’s Lavrov to Visit Iran for Talks Monday

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit the Iranian capital Tehran on Monday for talks with regional counterparts, his ministry’s spokeswoman has confirmed. Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported earlier that the foreign ministers of Russia, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Armenia had been invited to meet for the talks. “We confirm Lavrov’s planned talks in Tehran…

  • Russian Strike on Ukraine Mail Depot Kills 6

    Russian Strike on Ukraine Mail Depot Kills 6

    Sergiy Nozhka, who works for Nova Poshta, described the condition of some his colleagues as “mild to moderate severity,” adding that “there are some people in a very serious condition.” He said that a rocket “flew into the neighboring depot, but at ours too — the windows and shutters flew out. This is not the…

  • Turkey to take part in new Ukraine peace talks – Zelensky

    Turkey to take part in new Ukraine peace talks – Zelensky

    Turkey will take part in peace talks next week to discuss ways to end the Ukraine conflict, President Volodymyr Zelensky said Saturday, after speaking with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Mediterranean island of Malta announced Friday it would host a round of Ukraine peace talks on October 28-29, after similar meetings in Jeddah and…

  • Russian Strikes Kill Three, Wound Four in Ukraine

    Russian Strikes Kill Three, Wound Four in Ukraine

    Russia struck areas of eastern and southern Ukraine with artillery and missiles on Friday and Saturday, killing at least three people and wounding four others, officials said. The strikes come as both sides prepare for a grueling winter of fighting and as Russia tries to suppress a Ukrainian counteroffensive to regain occupied territory. Russia fired…

  • The Fifth Russian-Chinese Energy Business Forum comes to an end in Beijing

    The fifth Russian-Chinese Energy Business Forum attended by around 400 people comes to an end in Beijing

  • 1.5 Years Into War, Clubs, Festivals and Nightlife Offer an Escape for Russians

    1.5 Years Into War, Clubs, Festivals and Nightlife Offer an Escape for Russians

    MOSCOW — Loud music, people dancing and faces covered with glitter — today, parties in Russia’s capital look like parties anywhere. “As long as there is an opportunity to enjoy life, then you need to do it,” Daria, a Russian in her 20s, told The Moscow Times at a techno music festival in the Moscow region.…

  • Russia, the Land That Never Knew the Earl of Sandwich

    Russia, the Land That Never Knew the Earl of Sandwich

    The phrase “Russian sandwich” doesn’t sound entirely natural, especially since the Russian word for sandwich — бутерброд — is so clearly borrowed from German (Butterbrot, which means bread and butter). On the other hand, we’ve gotten used to the terms “Russian mayonnaise” and “Russian champagne” — the names of favorite products that have been around…

  • Roundtable discussions and visits to process facilities take place in Beijing during the fifth Russian-Chinese Energy Business Forum

    China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) presented to the participants of the fifth Russian-Chinese Energy Business Forum (RCEBF) its in-house developments in equipment manufacturing, as well as products and solutions for production processes digitalization

  • Russian Mercenary Convicted for Murder Speaks at School – Reports

    Russian Mercenary Convicted for Murder Speaks at School – Reports

    A Russian mercenary twice convicted of homicide before he fought in Ukraine was invited to speak with young teenagers at a public school this month, media reported Thursday. Wagner fighter and assault machine gunner Alexander Raspravin was welcomed as a local hero with war stories from Russia’s nearly 20-month invasion of Ukraine. Raspravin was photographed in full…

  • Russia to Slash Funding for Air Quality, Environment Projects in 2024 Budget

    Russia to Slash Funding for Air Quality, Environment Projects in 2024 Budget

    Russia plans to cut funding for several state environmental programs in its 2024 budget, the Vedomosti business daily has reported. According to the draft federal budget for 2024-2026, the Clean Air Federal Project, which aims to reduce air pollution in dozens of industrial cities, will see its funding nearly halved, with cuts of 6 billion rubles…

  • Russia Advises Against Travel to Israel and Lebanon

    Russia Advises Against Travel to Israel and Lebanon

    Russia on Friday advised its citizens against traveling to Israel, Lebanon, Jordan and the Palestinian territories amid flaring tensions over Israel’s war with Hamas. “The situation in the Middle East is heating up,” Moscow’s Foreign Ministry said. “The number of casualties and injuries is rising. Mass protests are taking place around the world.” “We strongly…

  • Hate Speech Part Two: Russian Leaders Speak

    Hate Speech Part Two: Russian Leaders Speak

    Стая наркоманов: a pack of junkies Some day when I have a lot of time and patience I will create a word map of Russian leaders’ accusations about Ukraine and the stated goal(s) of their “special military operation.” You’d think you’d have a solid idea of what the problem was and what was wrong with…

  • Russia Charges Nazi Applauded by Canadian Parliament

    Russia Charges Nazi Applauded by Canadian Parliament

    Russian investigators said on Friday they had leveled genocide charges against Nazi war veteran Yaroslav Hunka, who was inadvertently applauded by Canadian lawmakers last month. The incident took place during Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s visit to the Canadian parliament, and prompted its speaker to resign following global condemnation. In a statement, Russia’s Investigative Committee said…

  • Kremlin Says Biden’s Address on Putin ‘Unacceptable’

    Kremlin Says Biden’s Address on Putin ‘Unacceptable’

    The Kremlin denounced Friday an address by U.S. President Joe Biden in which he compared Russia to Hamas and called Vladimir Putin a “tyrant.” “We do not accept such a tone in relation to the Russian Federation, in relation to our president,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. Biden, in an address to the nation…

  • Kremlin Says ‘Not Following’ Criminal Case Against U.S. Journalist

    Kremlin Says ‘Not Following’ Criminal Case Against U.S. Journalist

    The Kremlin said Friday it is not aware of the criminal case against the Russian-American journalist for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty who was arrested Wednesday on charges of failing to register as a foreign agent. Alsu Kurmasheva was temporarily detained at an airport in central Russia on June 2, where both her U.S. and Russian…

  • Newspaper in Russia’s Jewish Region Stirs Outrage for Pro-Palestine Message

    Newspaper in Russia’s Jewish Region Stirs Outrage for Pro-Palestine Message

    An online news outlet in the Russian Far East’s Jewish autonomous district has stirred controversy for speaking out in support of Palestine following the deadly Hamas militant attack on Israel and Israel’s retaliatory strikes on the Gaza Strip. A banner on Nabat’s homepage reads “No to the aggression of the Israeli military against the Gaza Strip!…

  • Kazakhstan Denies Ban on Exports to Russia

    Kazakhstan Denies Ban on Exports to Russia

    Kazakhstan’s trade ministry has denied banning the exports of goods to Russia as part of Western sanctions after an official said more than 100 items including drones were prohibited. On Thursday, Deputy Trade Minister Kairat Torebayev was quoted by local media as saying that the ex-Soviet state has banned the export to Russia of 106…

  • Putin Visits Military HQ for Ukraine Offensive – Kremlin

    Putin Visits Military HQ for Ukraine Offensive – Kremlin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has visited the military headquarters in Rostov-on-Don that is overseeing the Ukraine offensive, the Kremlin said on Friday. Putin “has visited the Russian armed forces headquarters in Rostov-on-Don on his way back from Perm,” a city in the Urals where he spent Thursday, the Kremlin said in a statement. Army chief…

  • U.S. to Reroute Ukrainian Arms for Israel – Axios

    U.S. to Reroute Ukrainian Arms for Israel – Axios

    The United States will send ammunition initially intended for Ukraine to Israel to aid in its war against Hamas militants, Axios reported Thursday, citing three anonymous Israeli officials with knowledge of the matter. Washington will reportedly send tens of thousands of 155mm artillery shells “in the coming weeks” to fill the depleted U.S. emergency stocks in…

  • N. Korea’s Kim Wants ‘Forward-Looking’ Ties With Russia

    N. Korea’s Kim Wants ‘Forward-Looking’ Ties With Russia

    In the face of a record-breaking series of weapons tests by Pyongyang this year, Seoul has moved to strengthen its security relationship with traditional ally the United States while entering a trilateral defense arrangement that also includes Japan. Seoul and Washington have staged joint military exercises with advanced stealth jets and U.S. strategic assets, while…

  • Rosatom commissions polar crane at Akkuyu NPP power unit No. 1 (Türkiye)

    October 19, 2023, Büyükeceli, Mersin Province, Türkiye – The first 390-ton overhead polar crane has been commissioned at Akkuyu NPP. It will be used at all lifecycle stages of the Unit No. 1 of the first Turkish nuclear power plan. Polar crane or, as it is also known, overhead polar crane is one of the…

  • Rosatom and African Commission on Nuclear Energy announce cooperative Action Plan for peaceful use of nuclear energy

    Rosatom and the African Commission on Nuclear Energy (AFCONE) approved an Action Plan for Cooperation in the field of the peaceful use of nuclear energy for 2023-2025.  Building upon the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Rosatom and AFCONE on September 22, 2020, the Parties have reaffirmed their commitment to promote the use of nuclear…

  • Arrest of Tatar-American Journalist ‘A Terrible Tragedy,’ Friends Say

    Arrest of Tatar-American Journalist ‘A Terrible Tragedy,’ Friends Say

    The arrest of journalist Alsu Kurmasheva, an editor with the U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Tatar-Bashkir service, in Russia came as shocking and devastating news to those who knew her.  Kurmasheva, a dual Russian-U.S. citizen of Tatar origin, was detained in Kazan, the capital of the republic of Tatarstan, on Wednesday and charged with…

  • Russian-Israeli Families Mourn Victims Of Hamas Attack

    Russian-Israeli Families Mourn Victims Of Hamas Attack

    Dmitry Reshetnikov moved from the Russian city of Volgograd to Israel to study when he was a teenager. Serving as a second lieutenant in a prestigious Israeli infantry unit, which he specifically worked to get into, he was killed during this month’s shocking attack by Hamas militants. Upon learning of her son’s death, his mother…

  • Notorious Russian Veteran of 2014 Separatist Conflict Killed in Ukraine – Reports

    Notorious Russian Veteran of 2014 Separatist Conflict Killed in Ukraine – Reports

    A Russian fighter who took part in the 2014 separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine has been killed on the battlefield, the independent news website The Insider reported Thursday, citing the Ukrainian military and pro-war Russian bloggers. Alexander Mozhayev was killed in southern Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia region, parts of which were captured by Russian forces during their 2022 invasion and…

  • As Putin Leaves China Empty-Handed, Russian Propaganda Hails ‘Triumph Over the West’

    As Putin Leaves China Empty-Handed, Russian Propaganda Hails ‘Triumph Over the West’

    Russian state media has painted President Vladimir Putin’s visit to China this week as a symbolic triumph over the West by the Russian leader who they say enjoys global prestige and respect despite attempts to isolate him. This coverage was a strategic effort to rally the Russian public behind him, independent experts, a political consultant…

  • Putin Decries ‘Ethnic Discrimination’ of Russian Athletes

    Putin Decries ‘Ethnic Discrimination’ of Russian Athletes

    Banning Russian athletes from international competitions amounts to ethnic discrimination, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday after Russia’s national Olympic body was suspended from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for violating Ukraine’s territorial integrity. “Thanks to some leaders of the modern International Olympic Committee we’ve learned that an invitation to the Games is not an unconditional right…

  • Putin Praises ‘Unprecedented’ Energy Ties with China

    Putin Praises ‘Unprecedented’ Energy Ties with China

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday praised the “unprecedented” energy cooperation between Moscow and Beijing, as the Kremlin seeks to strengthen its Asian partnerships to make up for the loss of the European market. Russia has been hit by massive Western sanctions over its Ukraine offensive, with Europe trying to end its energy links with…

  • Dmitry Glukhovsky’s ‘The White Factory’ Explores Compromise With Evil on London Stage

    Dmitry Glukhovsky’s ‘The White Factory’ Explores Compromise With Evil on London Stage

    A new play has opened in London’s Marylebone Theatre on a theme that might seem jarring in these times: coerced Jewish collaboration in the Holocaust. Yet “The White Factory” remains one of the year’s most compelling plays. First-time playwright Dmitry Glukhovsky is better known for his futuristic dystopian novels about survivors of a nuclear holocaust…

  • Kazakhstan Says Blocked Export of 106 Military Goods to Russia

    Kazakhstan Says Blocked Export of 106 Military Goods to Russia

    Kazakhstan has restricted the export of more than 100 military products to neighboring Russia, a senior trade official told local media Thursday.  Kazakhstan has faced repeated accusations of helping its ally Russia obtain sanctioned goods that can be used to aid Moscow’s war effort in Ukraine despite Astana’s vows to avoid helping Moscow circumvent Western economic penalties.…

  • The fifth Russian-Chinese Energy Business Forum begins in Beijing

    The fifth Russian-Chinese Energy Business Forum (RCEBF) was opened on Tuesday in Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China

  • Russia Says Sending 27 Tons of Humanitarian Aid to Gaza

    Russia Says Sending 27 Tons of Humanitarian Aid to Gaza

    Russia on Thursday sent 27 tons of humanitarian aid for civilians in the Gaza Strip to be transported from Egypt, Moscow’s Emergency Situations Ministry said. “A special plane has taken off from the airport at Ramenskoye near Moscow for El-Arish in Egypt. The Russian humanitarian aid will be handed over to the Egyptian Red Crescent…

  • U.S. Journalist Working for Radio Free Europe Detained in Russia

    U.S. Journalist Working for Radio Free Europe Detained in Russia

    A Russian-American journalist working for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has been detained in Russia and charged with failing to register as a foreign agent, her employer and a journalist watchdog group said Wednesday. Alsu Kurmasheva, an editor with the U.S. Congress-funded outlet’s Tatar-Bashkir service, “needs to be released so she can return to her family…

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