Belarus Leader’s Ex-Spokesman, Veteran Opposition Leader Detained – State Media

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko’s former spokesman-turned-critic who was reported missing in Russia has been detained alongside a veteran opposition leader on unspecified charges, state media said Tuesday. Political analyst Alexander Feduta, 56, served as Lukashenko’s first press secretary in 1994 before falling out with him the next year and defecting to the opposition. Amnesty International…

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Navalny’s Wife ‘Worried’ For Kremlin Critic After Prison Visit

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s wife, Yulia Navalnaya, said on Tuesday she was increasingly concerned for her hunger-striking husband’s health after visiting him at his penal colony outside Moscow. Navalny, who is serving a two-and-a-half year sentence on old embezzlement charges, was jailed in February after returning to Russia from Germany where he was receiving…

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Russia Arrests Physicist for Sharing Secrets With West – Reports

A Russian academic who worked in aviation has been arrested for allegedly passing secrets to NATO, state media reported Tuesday, citing an unnamed source. A Moscow court placed Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) professor and Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) employee Valery Golubkin until June 12, according to Interfax.  “This criminal case is not…

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Delo Group and ROSATOM switch port terminals in Novorossiysk to green wind power

On April 13, 2021, during International exhibition TransRussia-2021, Delo Group, the largest transport and logistics holding in Russia, and JSC Atomenergoprom, a company consolidating ROSATOM civil assets, signed an agreement for joint actions to promote switching of logistics terminals to low-carbon green energy sources. The agreement was signed by CEO of Delo Management Company (parent…

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Severstal becomes worldsteel Steel Sustaiability Champio

April 13, 2021 PAO Severstal, one of the world’s leading vertically integrated steel and steel-related mining companies, has been recognised as a Steel Sustainability Champion by The World Steel Association (worldsteel). Every year, the Steel Sustainability Champions Programme commends those steel companies that are most clearly demonstrating their commitment to sustainable development. This is the…

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Feasibility analysis approved for Soyuz Vostok gas pipeline construction project

April 12, 2021, 15:55 The feasibility analysis regarding the construction project for the Soyuz Vostok gas trunkline was approved today. The analysis was performed by Gazprom within the framework of the comprehensive feasibility analysis regarding the project for pipeline supplies of Russian gas across Mongolia to China. The Soyuz Vostok gas pipeline will become an extension of Russia’s Power of Siberia 2 gas…

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In Leaked Tapes, MH17 Suspects Discussed Buk Transfer Hours Before and After Plane Downing

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine frequently discussed the movements of the Buk missile system that investigators believe was used to down Flight MH17 in July 2014, the Dutch Nieuwsuur current affairs program reported Sunday, citing leaked recordings of their phone calls. Nieuwsuur obtained tapes of thousands of phone calls made by MH17 suspect Sergei Dubinsky…

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Severstal lauches ew techical facility to stregthe waste processig ad recyclig capabilities

April 12, 2021 PAO Severstal, one of the world’s largest vertically integrated steel and mining companies, announces the opening of a full-cycle testing and piloting facility at the Cherepovets Steel Mill (CherMK, part of PAO Severstal) to test and pilot new waste processing technologies and associated by-products. The aim of the research laboratory is to…

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Kremlin Says Not Moving Toward War With Ukraine

The Kremlin on Sunday said it was not moving toward war with Ukraine as Russia increased its military presence on the border with Ukraine’s eastern breakaway territories.  In recent weeks fighting has intensified between Ukraine’s army and pro-Russian separatists controlling two regions in the country’s east, raising concerns of major escalation in the long-running conflict. …

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Russia Moves Ground Troops, Ballistic Missile Systems Near Ukraine Border – British Analysts

British defense analysts said Thursday they have identified Russian ballistic missile systems deployed alongside over a dozen tank and rocket launcher units on the Ukrainian border amid concerns of renewed hostilities. Military monitors and the White House say Russia has amassed the largest concentration of forces near eastern Ukraine since the conflict between Ukrainian forces…

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Sputnik V Developer Confirms Jab Is Less Effective Against South African Variant

The developer of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine has confirmed the jab is less effective against the South African variant of the virus, but claimed that the Russian-made vaccine still offers better protection against virus mutations than its rivals. In an interview with state-run news agency Interfax, Alexander Gintsburg, head of the Gamaleya Institute which…

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Russia Accuses Slovak Watchdog of Sputnik V ‘Sabotage,’ Demands Return of Vaccines

Sputnik V’s official Twitter account on Thursday accused the Slovak Drug agency SUKL of a “disinformation campaign” against the Russian vaccine after the watchdog said the batch of 200,000 vaccines the country received differed from those reviewed by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the medical journal The Lancet. On Wednesday, media reported that SUKL…

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Ukraine’s Zelenskiy on Frontline as Merkel Urges Putin to Pull Back Troops

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy traveled to the country’s eastern frontline on Thursday, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Vladimir Putin to reduce Russia’s troop buildup near Ukraine. Zelenskiy’s frontline visit came as fighting between the Ukrainian army and separatists has intensified in recent weeks and Russia has built up troops along the border, raising fears…

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Virus-Driven Migrant Shortage Keeps Russia From ‘Ambitious Plans’ – Kremlin

Russia’s acute migrant shortage linked to the coronavirus exodus is keeping the country from achieving its “ambitious” goals, the Kremlin said Thursday. “We’re very, very short of these migrants to implement our ambitious plans,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “We have to build more than we’re building now, but we need working hands to…

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‘Uncultured’ Muscovites’ Parkour Statue Stunts Spark Outrage in St. Petersburg

The centuries-old rivalry between Russia’s two largest cities took a new turn when St. Petersburg residents found photos of Muscovites climbing on top of their city’s many statues.  St. Petersburg tour guide Violetta Vitovskaya on Tuesday shared a photo that shows Moscow parkour athlete Akmal Shakurov standing atop a 100-year-old statue on the historic Rosenstein…

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Management Committee proposes to hold annual General Shareholders Meeting of Gazprom via absentee voting

April 8, 2021, 13:45 The Gazprom Management Committee addressed issues associated with arranging and holding the Company’s annual General Shareholders Meeting. Endorsements were given to the proposals to hold the annual General Shareholders Meeting of Gazprom in the form of absentee voting and to set the deadline for ballot submission as June 25, 2021. In addition, the Management Committee approved the proposals on: the format and…

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Zoom to Directly Sell to Russian Gov’t Agencies After Controversy

Zoom will sell directly to Russian government agencies, the Kommersant business daily quoted the company as saying after controversy over reports that the video-conferencing platform had restricted premium access to state-affiliated entities. The Kremlin urged Russian companies Wednesday to switch to alternative virtual meeting platforms after Kommersant reported that Zoom had banned its distributors from…

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