Who Was Russian General Roman Kutuzov?

Major General Roman Kutuzov was reportedly leading an operation around the village of Mykolaiv on Sunday as Ukrainian artillery slammed into Russian positions across eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region.  Hours later, he was reported dead by Russian state television reporter Alexander Sladkov in a Telegram post that hailed the general’s bravery.  “The general led the soldiers…

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Latvia Grants Broadcast License to Russia’s Liberal TV Dozhd

Latvian officials have granted a broadcasting license to Russian TV channel Dozhd, regional news platform DELFI reported Monday.  Dozhd, previously Russia’s only independent television channel, suspended operations in March after being ordered ​​by authorities to stop broadcasting over its coverage of Moscow’s war in Ukraine.  Dozhd is expected to shortly resume operations from the Latvian…

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Rusatom Healthcare has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Pharco Pharmaceuticals in Egypt

June 5, 2022, Cairo, Egypt – Rusatom Healthcare Joint Stock Company (integrator in the field of radiation technologies for medicine and other industries of ROSATOM) and the leading Egyptian pharmaceutical company Pharco Pharmaceuticals signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The Memorandum was signed within the framework of the first Pan-African exhibition and conference Africa Health ExCon…

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Russia’s Top Diplomat Scraps Serbia Visit After Neighbors Close Airspace

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s visit to Serbia has been scrapped after neighboring countries closed their airspace, his spokeswoman confirmed late Sunday. Serbian media reported earlier that Bulgaria, Montenegro and North Macedonia had not granted clearance to Lavrov’s flight over their territories. “Just an hour ago the countries surrounding Serbia closed the natural air channel…

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China Seeks Ways to Help Russia While Avoiding Sanctions – Washington Post

China is searching for ways to help Russia financially amid tightening Western sanctions without violating the restrictions itself, The Washington Post reported Thursday. Moscow has requested greater trade, financial and technological support from its largest trading partner Beijing in at least two “tense” exchanges in recent weeks, unnamed Chinese officials told the newspaper.  Weapons and ammunition…

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Proton VPN Says ‘Likely’ Blocked in Russia

Russian users are encountering issues accessing the Proton VPN service due to likely interference by Russian authorities and internet providers, the Swiss-based company said late Wednesday. VPN use in Russia has soared by 5,300% since authorities blocked independent media and popular U.S. social networks Instagram and Facebook in the early days of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Observers…

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Russia Controls Most of Eastern Ukraine’s Severodonetsk – Governor

Russian forces have seized 70% of the industrial city of Severodonetsk in a push to control eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region, the regional governor said Wednesday. “The Russians control 70% of Severodonetsk,” Luhansk governor Sergiy Gaiday wrote on Telegram. He said that some Ukrainian troops had retreated to “more favorable” positions while others continued fighting inside…

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Explainer: What Does Being Cut Off From SWIFT Mean For Sberbank?

European Union leaders have agreed to cut off Sberbank, Russia’s largest financial institution, from international payment system SWIFT.  This measure will be included as part of the EU’s sixth package of sanctions against Moscow, as Western countries seek to further isolate the Kremlin from global financial markets following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “Sberbank is the…

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Russian Banks to Share Clients’ Biometric Data With the State – Kommersant

The Russian government requires banks to share client biometric data with the state, the Kommersant business daily reported Tuesday. Russia’s Unified Biometric System (UBS), which is accessible to the police and intelligence services, was created in 2018 to allow the use of facial recognition for online banking.  Kommersant reported that authorities sent a directive to…

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