Moscow’s Best Swimming Holes

Moscow has a surprising number of beaches for swimming in lakes, canals and streams, which are just opening up after the long period of self-isolation and cool, rainy weather.  In Moscow city, the swimming zones are not officially open: the city is still on high alert mode in response to the coronavirus pandemic. So wait…

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Mongolia Quarantines Russian Border Region Over Bubonic Plague Suspicion

Mongolia has quarantined its western region near the border with Russia after identifying two suspected cases of the black plague linked to the consumption of marmot meat, health officials said Wednesday. Lab tests confirmed that two unidentified individuals had contracted the “marmot plague” in the region of Khovd, Mongolia’s National Center for Zoonotic Disease (NCZD)…

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Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Pass 660K

Moscow lifted restrictions including compulsory travel passes on June 8, a move welcomed by residents who rushed out to enjoy the streets and parks. Many other regions lifted lockdown restrictions ahead of a July 1 national vote despite the pandemic.    Critics have cast doubt on Russia’s low official mortality rate and accused authorities of under-reporting…

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Putin Slams New U.S. Sanctions Aimed at ‘Suffocating’ Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday denounced the United States for imposing new sanctions on Syria’s regime during the coronavirus pandemic. “Despite the call from the UN secretary general for easing the pressure of sanctions under pandemic conditions, Washington like Brussels decided to prolong measures against Syria,” Putin said during a televised meeting with his…

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First Results Show Overwhelming Support for Russia’s Constitutional Reforms

Nearly three-quarters of Russian voters have backed constitutional changes that pave the way for extending President Vladimir Putin’s rule until 2036, according to the Russian election commission’s preliminary results released Wednesday afternoon. Polling stations have closed in the Russian Far East as the rest of the country continues voting for or against the package of…

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Bank Transfers Bolstered U.S. Suspicions of Russia-Taliban Bounty – NYT

U.S. officials have intercepted data showing financial transfers between a Russian military spy unit and Taliban-linked accounts, The New York Times reported Tuesday, citing three unnamed officials familiar with the intelligence. The alleged intercepts bolstered U.S. intelligence conclusions, also reported by the NYT, that Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill American troops in…

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Second Tier of Internal Containment Installed at Power Unit 1 of Akkuyu NPP (Turkey)

July 1, 2020, Büyükeceli, Mersin Province, Turkey. – The installation of the second tier of the reactor building’s internal containment has been completed at the Power Unit 1 of Akkuyu NPP. Internal containment is one of the critical components of power unit’s safety systems, which prevent release of radioactive materials to the environment. “The installation…

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Where Can I Travel in Russia This Summer?

Russia opened its domestic tourist season Wednesday as it continues to grapple with the deadly coronavirus pandemic that has seen it record the world’s third-highest number of infections. The country closed its borders and grounded most international flights in late March to slow the spread of the outbreak, allowing only special evacuations of its own…

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Latvia Bans Russia’s RT ‘Propaganda’ Channels

Latvia on Tuesday banned a number of Russia’s RT television channels from being distributed in the Baltic state because of international sanctions against the head of the Russian state television network. Latvia’s media watchdog, the National Electronic Media Council (NEPLP), notably banned RT’s main English-language broadcast service, its Spanish and Arabic counterparts, the RT Documentary channel,…

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The full package of documents for obtaining a license for the construction of Paks-2 NPP has been submitted to the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority

In line with the schedule, on 30 June 2020 the customer of the Paks II Nuclear Power Plant, Paks II. Ltd. submitted the implementation license application for the two new VVER-1200 3+ generation nuclear power plant units in Paks to the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority (HAEA). “Submission of the 283 000 pages license documentation is…

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Gazprom Dobycha Urengoy buys required medical equipment for Novy Urengoy’s infectious diseases hospital

Background Gazprom Dobycha Urengoy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom, was set up to develop the Urengoyskoye oil, gas and condensate field. Its production infrastructure consists of 22 comprehensive gas treatment units, two oil production sites, 20 booster compressor stations, five gas cooling stations, more than 2,800 production wells, two compressor stations for the utilization of associated petroleum gas, and a pump station for condensate delivery.…

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Companies of Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Group in Ulyanovsk strengthen measures to prevent coronavirus spread

News from projects and regions June 30, 2020, 15:45 The specialists of Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Ulyanovsk and Gazprom Gazoraspredeleniye Ulyanovsk have increased the preventive measures aimed at combating the coronavirus infection. In the three months of 2020 since the introduction of restrictive measures, over 400 employees of the gas companies in the region have been tested for COVID-19. These are mainly the specialists…

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‘100% Bullsh*t’: Russia Blasts Reports of Taliban Bounties for Killed U.S. Troops

Russian officials have blasted a New York Times report on alleged Russian bounties offered to Taliban-linked militants in exchange for killing American troops in Afghanistan. Since the story first broke Friday, several American and British media outlets have reported on the U.S. intelligence conclusion that Russia offered cash incentives for dead U.S. troops in Afghanistan.…

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Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Approach 650K as Country Votes on Putin Reforms

Moscow lifted restrictions including compulsory travel passes on June 8, a move welcomed by residents who rushed out to enjoy the streets and parks. Many other regions are lifting lockdown restrictions as Russia prepares to hold a July 1 national vote despite the pandemic.    President Vladimir Putin is seeking public backing for constitutional amendments that would…

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Russia to Offer Simplified E-Visas to Tourists From 53 Countries in 2021

Russian lawmakers have passed legislation that will allow foreign tourists from 53 countries to visit Russia with an electronic visa starting next year, the Kommersant business daily reported Monday. Russia has previously introduced simplified e-visas for visitors to St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad and the Far East. While Russia closed its borders and stopped issuing visas to…

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Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Surpass 640K

Moscow lifted restrictions including compulsory travel passes on June 8, a move welcomed by residents who rushed out to enjoy the streets and parks. Many other regions are lifting lockdown restrictions as Russia prepares to hold a July 1 national vote despite the pandemic.    President Vladimir Putin is seeking public backing for constitutional amendments that would…

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