Russian Artist Mixes Renaissance Beauty With Moscow’s Gritty Reality

Moscow-based artist Yevgeniy Naumuv aims to breathe new life into the city’s gloomy urban landscape by turning them into Renaissance-inspired artworks.  A resident of the Vykhino neighborhood located in Moscow’s outskirts, Naumov defines his art style as “Vykhino Renaissance,” saying it reveals the romantic side of life in gray residential apartment blocks.  The young artist…

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Russia’s Washington Envoy to Return to Moscow Saturday – Embassy

Russia’s ambassador in the United States will depart Washington Saturday for urgent consultations in Moscow, the embassy said, warning that bilateral ties were on the brink of “collapse.” Moscow’s strained relationship with Washington hit a new low Wednesday when Russia called back its ambassador over comments made by U.S. President Joe Biden who likened his Russian counterpart…

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Austrian Leader Calls for Russian Vaccine’s Swift Approval in EU

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on Wednesday appealed to European regulatory authorities to approve Russia’s Sputnik V and other safe coronavirus vaccines as soon as possible. With Sputnik V under review by the EU’s medicines regulator, reports suggested this week that EU officials are considering launching negotiations to buy doses from Russia. The vaccine’s developers announced…

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Biden Agrees Putin Is a ‘Killer’

U.S. President Joe Biden has agreed that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a “killer,” adding that he will “pay” for interfering in the 2020 presidential election in an ABC News interview that aired Wednesday. His pre-taped remarks aired after the U.S. intelligence community’s first assessment of foreign interference in the campaign. The report said Putin likely…

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Russian Passport Holders in East Ukraine May Vote in Duma Elections – Deputy

Russian passport holders from separatist-held eastern Ukraine could be allowed to vote in this September’s legislative elections, a lawmaker told Interfax on Tuesday.  “They are citizens of the Russian Federation who have gained all the rights and, accordingly, [can] participate in elections. That’s why Russia is obliged to give them the opportunity to express their…

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Russia considers qualifying nuclear energy as “green” source of energy

On March 16, 2021, at the site of the Russian Ministry of Economic Development, representatives of VEB.RF (state development corporation), the Bank of Russia (Russian Central Bank), the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ministry of Energy, and representatives of banking and business community discussed the draft national Taxonomy of…

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Russia Orders Closure of Independent News Site’s Twitter Account

Russia has demanded that Twitter delete the independent news website MBKh Media’s account for allegedly publishing an “undesirable” organization’s materials, the outlet said Wednesday. The reported demand comes a day after Russia’s state communications regulator Roskomnadzor threatened to block Twitter itself for failing to delete tweets containing child pornography, suicide and drug use.  MBKh said…

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Putin Likely Authorized Anti-Biden Influence in 2020 Campaign, U.S. Intelligence Says

Russian President Vladimir Putin likely authorized influence operations against then-President Donald Trump’s Democratic opponent Joe Biden during the 2020 election campaign, the U.S. intelligence community said in its first assessment on the matter Tuesday. Biden defeated Republican Trump in November, and Putin was one of the only world leaders to wait until the Electoral College certified his…

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Gazprom and Shell expanding cooperation

March 16, 2021, 17:30 Today, Gazprom and Shell signed an Agreement of Strategic Cooperation for a five-year period. The signing ceremony was held via a video link in the presence of Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Ben van Beurden, Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell. The newly signed document expands the interaction between the two companies. Particular attention…

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Apple Allows Russia to Pre-Install Domestic Apps on Devices

Apple has agreed to pre-install Russian apps on all its devices activated within the country starting April 1, the Vedomosti business daily reported Tuesday.  The Russian-developed software will include messengers, internet browsers, antivirus software, email, food delivery and taxi-hailing apps, Vedomosti reported.  According to the agreement, all users who turn on an Apple device purchased…

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Subsidiary of TVEL Fuel Company of ROSATOM contracts supplies of nuclear fuel components for research reactor in Egypt

Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant (NCCP, an enterprise of TVEL Fuel Company of ROSATOM) and the Egyptian Atomic Energy Agency (EAEA) signed the contractual documents for supplies of another batch of the low-enriched fuel components to Egypt in 2021. The supplies are carried out under the long-term frame contract for exports of Russian-made nuclear fuel components…

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Russian Journalists Air ‘Silent Broadcasts’ to Dodge Prosecution

Russian journalists in the Far Eastern city of Khabarovsk have started airing “silent broadcasts” as a way to avoid prosecution, the U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty news outlet reported Monday. The live-streams of protests without commentary follow the detentions of several journalists in recent months for “participation in unsanctioned rallies,” RFE/RL’s Siberian affiliate Sibir.Realii reported. …

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Severstal completes first delivery of large-diameter pipes to South America

March 16, 2021 PAO Severstal, one of the world’s leading vertically integrated steel and steel-related mining companies, has delivered an order of large-diameter pipes (LDP) to Peru, in the Company’s first ever shipment to South America. The products were produced at Severstal’s Izhora Pipe Plant, located in St. Petersburg, Russia. Pipes were manufactured in line…

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The Engineering Division starts vaccination of employees at overseas construction sites against COVID-19

The Engineering Division of ROSATOM has started vaccination of employees at overseas construction sites against coronavirus infection. The first to receive a batch of Sputnik V medication were the employees of Rooppur NPP construction site (the People’s Republic of Bangladesh). A team of medical workers from Federal Medical and Biological Agency arrived in Bangladesh the…

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Russian Investigative Paper Novaya Gazeta Says Targeted in ‘Chemical Attack’

The prominent Russian investigative newspaper Novaya Gazeta said Monday that its offices in Moscow had been targeted with a “chemical attack.” “In the morning a chemical attack was carried out on the building where our editorial office is located,” the independent media outlet’s editor-in-chief Dmitry Muratov said in a statement. He added that law enforcement…

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Ex-Chechen Policeman Testifies to ‘Worst Crime of Post-War Chechnya’ – Novaya Gazeta

The investigative Novaya Gazeta newspaper on Monday has published a former Chechen police officer’s testimony to the extrajudicial killings of dozens of detainees four years ago. The account of Suleiman Gezmakhmayev, a former staff sergeant of the Akhmad Kadyrov Police Patrol Service Regiment, adds damning evidence to Novaya’s investigations claiming that Chechen security officials executed 27…

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Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | March 15

Russia has confirmed 4,400,045 cases of coronavirus and 92,494 deaths, according to the national coronavirus information center. According to figures published by state statistics agency Rosstat, Russia’s real coronavirus death toll stands at 131,118, with the virus present in another 69,314 deaths. March 15: What you need to know today Russia on Monday confirmed 9,437 new coronavirus cases…

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Russia Says Sputnik V Production Deals Reached in Key EU States

The developers of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine said Monday they had reached production agreements in key European countries as the EU’s medical agency deliberates official approval for the Russian jab. The head of Russia’s Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) Kirill Dmitriev said in a statement that his organization had secured “agreements with companies from Italy, Spain,…

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Gazprom, RusGazDobycha and NIPIGAZ make decision to terminate EPC contract for Ust-Luga Gas Processing Complex

Background Gazprom and RusGazDobycha are implementing the project for a natural gas processing and liquefaction complex near the settlement of Ust-Luga, with the RusKhimAlyans special-purpose company as the project operator. It is the anchor project of the major gas processing and chemical cluster that is being established in the region. The complex will have the largest capacity in Russia in terms of gas processing and will…

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EU Considers Launching Sputnik V Purchase Negotiations – Reuters

European Union officials are considering launching negotiations to purchase Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, Reuters reported Monday, citing EU diplomatic and official sources. The move would mark a major turnaround for Brussels, which has publicly dismissed Russia’s global vaccine supply campaign as a propaganda effort while facing criticism for its own sluggish vaccine rollout. Faced…

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Dozens Arrested at Russian Opposition Forum

Russian police on Saturday arrested dozens of opposition politicians and municipal deputies at a conference in Moscow, organizers and participants said.  Participants from more than 50 of Russia’s regions had gathered to discuss parliamentary and local elections in September at a forum organized by a project backed by prominent Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Forty minutes…

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Thousands of Russian Surveillance Cameras Vulnerable to Cyberattack – Reports

Over 6,300 surveillance cameras in Russia are not secure, making them vulnerable to cybercriminals, experts told the Kommersant business daily Friday. Dark web users can easily access footage and private data from the CCTV cameras installed at places like industrial plants, businesses and smart home systems as they have public IP addresses, Kommersant cited experts…

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Austria Convicts Chechen ‘Moral Guardians’ for Harassing Women – Reports

Five Chechen men went on trial in Austria for outing and harassing female compatriots for exhibiting “Western behavior,” Austrian media reported Thursday. The defendants were accused of running an online chat where they threatened, intimidated and occasionally abused Chechen women for allegedly not adhering to strict Islamic rules, according to the Die Presse daily. “The…

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