A Flurry of Prosecutions for Racy Photos Reflects Russia’s Intensifying Embrace of ‘Traditional Values’

Russians are increasingly facing prosecution for posting provocative photos of themselves in front of religious landmarks in what analysts say reflects the Kremlin’s intensifying focus on defending conservative values. At least four cases have been launched in recent weeks against young people, mostly women, for posting sexually suggestive content on social media near places of…

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Russia Considers Banning ‘Perverted’ TV Shows and Movies Online – Vedomosti

Russia’s internet watchdog is considering sweeping bans of “perverted” TV shows and movies on streaming platforms in a proposal criticized by industry players as vague and punitive, the Vedomosti business daily reported Tuesday. Roskomnadzor, the state media and communications regulator, has reportedly proposed simultaneous changes to three Russian laws regulating media, protection of children from harmful content…

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Russia Considers Banning ‘Perverted’ TV Shows and Movies – Vedomosti

Russia’s internet watchdog is considering sweeping bans of “perverted” TV shows and movies on streaming platforms in a proposal criticized by industry players as vague and punitive, the Vedomosti business daily reported Tuesday. Roskomnadzor, the state media and communications regulator, has reportedly proposed simultaneous changes to three Russian laws regulating media, protection of children from harmful content…

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Technical audit confirmed the readiness of SCC JSC to implement long-term contracts for the management of EDF’s reprocessed uranium

The French company Électricité de France (EDF) selected ROSATOM-subsidiary TENEX as one of the winners of an international tender for converting and enriching EDF’s reprocessed uranium (RepU) and the technical maintenance of EDF’s RepU containers in 2018. TENEX’s application met EDF’s technical, environmental, and commercial requirements. The parties signed contracts on the provision of corresponding…

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Russian Diplomat With FSB Links Found Dead Outside Berlin Embassy – Reports

A Russian diplomat linked to the Federal Security Service (FSB) was found dead outside Russia’s Embassy in Berlin after apparently falling from an upper-floor window, Germany’s Der Spiegel news website reported Friday. Berlin police reportedly found the unnamed 35-year-old man’s lifeless body on the sidewalk in front of the embassy building on the morning of…

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What’s On in Moscow Nov. 5-7

A trio of treats for this lockdown holiday weekend and week. Anna Karenina on Ice Ilya Auerbakh, Olympic-medal-winning figure skater, choreographer and producer has just premiered his new ice ballet, “Anna Karenenia on Ice.” Running at the Luzhniki sport stadium for just 10 days from Nov. 4 to 14, the almost three-hour production has beautiful…

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Russian Ambulance Workers Stage Mass Walkout Against Mandatory Vaccination – Reports

Dozens of ambulance workers in Russia’s Far East have staged a mass walkout in opposition to coronavirus vaccine mandates, media reported this week. Residents of the town of Obluchye 6,000 kilometers east of Moscow risk being left without emergency care after all 15 ambulance workers submitted resignations in protest of the vaccine requirements. “They say they…

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Putin Vows to Back Lukashenko Against ‘Interference’

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday vowed to back Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko against foreign “interference,”  as the two signed a series of agreements on closer integration. Speaking during a televised video meeting with Lukashenko, Putin hailed the bilateral ties between Russia and Belarus and promised Moscow’s continued backing for the increasingly isolated Lukashenko. “We…

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ROSATOM delegation to attend COP26

ROSATOM, a global technological leader, will attend the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) being held in Glasgow, United Kingdom, between 31 October and 12 November 2021. COP26 will bring together political and business leaders from around the world to discuss how to accelerate progress towards achieving the Paris Agreement goals. Securing global net zero…

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Russian Inflation Jumps to 8.1% 

Inflation in Russia climbed to its highest level in almost six years in October as the government and Central Bank struggle to rein in rapid price rises which threaten to undermine economic recovery. Inflation hit 8.1% last month, the Rosstat national statistics service said Wednesday — the fastest rate of price increases since February 2016,…

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Russia Expels Second Foreign Reporter in 2 Months

Russia has expelled a second foreign correspondent in two months over past minor infractions, a move that his publication called unusual. The deportation of Tom Vennink, Dutch daily de Volkskrant’s Russia correspondent, follows BBC correspondent Sarah Rainsford’s expulsion in August.  Russian authorities revoked Vennink’s residence permit on Monday and gave him three days to leave the…

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Gazprom and RusGazDobycha create joint venture to develop Tambeyskoye field in Yamal

Background The Tambeyskoye field in the Yamal Peninsula is located within three licensed blocks that are currently owned by Gazprom Nedra: Severo-Tambeysky, Zapadno-Tambeysky, and Tasiysky. In May 2021, Gazprom and RusGazDobycha signed the Master Agreement on the implementation of a joint project for the development of the Tambeyskoye field. On November 1, 2021, the general meeting of the founding members of Gazprom Dobycha Tambey took place. During the…

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CIA Head Meets Russian Security Council Chief in Moscow

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency director William Burns met the head of Russia’s powerful Security Council for talks in Moscow on Tuesday, the council’s press service said. Burns and Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev discussed “Russian-American relations,” it said in a terse statement. Burns’ visit to Moscow was not previously announced and the Security Council released…

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Jailed Russian Ex-Journalist Safronov Faces New Treason Charges – Lawyer

Prominent Russian ex-journalist Ivan Safronov faces new charges of treason, his former lawyer said Tuesday as reports indicated that authorities were wrapping up their investigation into his case. Though case materials are classified, investigators allege that NATO recruited Safronov in 2012 and that he passed secret information on Russia’s military activities in the Middle East…

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Foreigners Cancel Trips to Russia Over Covid Pass Uncertainty

Foreign tourists are canceling trips to Russia in droves over confusion surrounding digital coronavirus passes after current nationwide restrictions are lifted, the Russian Association of Tour Operators (ATOR) said Tuesday. ATOR head Maya Lomidze said foreign visitors vaccinated with non-Russian jabs are not allowed to visit popular tourist destinations like museums and theaters in certain…

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