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  • The installation of the outer containment dome is completed at Rooppur NPP Unit 2 in record time

    At the Rooppur NPP construction site in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh (with the Rosatom State Corporation Engineering Division being the general designer and general contractor), installation of steel structures of the outer containment dome has been completed in the reactor building of Unit 2. Specialists of the Engineering Division have set a record –…

  • The installation of the outer containment dome is completed at Rooppur NPP Unit 2 in record rime

    At the Rooppur NPP construction site in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh (with the Rosatom State Corporation Engineering Division being the general designer and general contractor), installation of steel structures of the outer containment dome has been completed in the reactor building of Unit 2. Specialists of the Engineering Division have set a record –…

  • Russian Media Regulator Slammed After Yakut Film Ban

    Russian Media Regulator Slammed After Yakut Film Ban

    A public row has erupted over the Russian government’s decision to ban an ethnic Yakut film from online streaming platforms over claims of nationalism.  “Ayta” became the highest-grossing film ever in the Far East republic of Sakha (Yakutia), raking in more than 26 million rubles ($275,000) at the box office after its premiere in March. The award-winning…

  • Russia’s Oscar Committee Suspends Operations

    Russia’s Oscar Committee Suspends Operations

    Russia’s Oscar committee has suspended its operations and will not nominate a film to compete in next year’s Academy Awards, state media reported Friday. Last year, the head of the committee resigned after Russia’s film academy opted out of nominating a movie for the 95th Oscars. At the time there was disagreement among the Russian…

  • Obninsk NEW International Youth Nuclear Forum brought together more than 500 experts from 70 countries

    Obninsk NEW International Youth Nuclear Forum arranged with the support of ROSATOM was opened in Obninsk on September, 21. More than 500 experts, young scientists and specialists from more than 70 countries gathered at the venue. They will discuss global challenges faced by the industry on the path to creation of the future based on…

  • Russian Officials Fighting in Ukraine Seek Profile Boost, Career Advancement

    Russian Officials Fighting in Ukraine Seek Profile Boost, Career Advancement

    Scores of Russian officials have signed up to fight in the Ukraine war since Moscow launched its full-scale invasion nearly 19 months ago.  Coming from all corners of the country and holding various positions, these officials harbor a range of motivations for going into military service. While some believe donning army fatigues may help advance…

  • Russia Curbs Gas, Diesel Exports to Stabilize Fuel Prices

    Russia Curbs Gas, Diesel Exports to Stabilize Fuel Prices

    Russia has imposed “temporary restrictions” on the export of gasoline and diesel in order to stabilize domestic fuel prices, the government said Thursday. “Temporary restrictions will help saturate the fuel market, which will in turn reduce prices for consumers,” Russia’s cabinet of ministers said in a statement. A decree signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin…

  • Belarus Free Theatre’s ‘King Stakh’s Wild Hunt’ Trots on the London Stage

    Belarus Free Theatre’s ‘King Stakh’s Wild Hunt’ Trots on the London Stage

    Expectations were high for the new staging of Uladzimir Karatkievich’s classic 20th century Belarusian novel, “King Stakh’s Wild Hunt,” brought to London’s Barbican by the Belarus Free Theatre. The directors, Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin, fled persecution in Belarus, and the performers hail from Belarus and occupied Ukraine. Tom Stoppard and Cate Blanchett are both…

  • Azerbaijan’s Aliyev Apologizes for Russian Peacekeeper Deaths in Karabakh

    Azerbaijan’s Aliyev Apologizes for Russian Peacekeeper Deaths in Karabakh

    Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev has apologized for the deaths of Russian peacekeepers killed during Baku’s military campaign this week to regain control of the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, the Kremlin said Thursday. “[Aliyev] emphasized that the most thorough investigation into the incident will be carried out and all those responsible will be duly punished,” the…

  • Mobilized Russian Troops Endure Quick Losses in Ukraine War – Report

    Mobilized Russian Troops Endure Quick Losses in Ukraine War – Report

    One in five mobilized Russian soldiers who died in the Ukraine war were killed less than two months after being enlisted, the independent investigative outlet IStories and the war monitoring project Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT) reported Thursday, citing publicly available data. IStories and CIT said their figures are based on data related to the deaths of…

  • Scores of Ukrainian Drones Downed Over Annexed Crimea, Western Russia

    Scores of Ukrainian Drones Downed Over Annexed Crimea, Western Russia

    Moscow said Thursday it had downed multiple Ukrainian drones overnight in annexed Crimea and the Black Sea, as well as in parts of western Russia. “Air defense systems destroyed 19 Ukrainian drones over the Black Sea and the territory of the Republic of Crimea,” the Russian Defense Ministry said on the messaging app Telegram. Mikhail…

  • Kremlin Orders Media, Lawmakers to Blame Armenia for Karabakh Conflict – Reports

    Kremlin Orders Media, Lawmakers to Blame Armenia for Karabakh Conflict – Reports

    The Kremlin has ordered media and lawmakers to blame Armenia for Azerbaijan’s latest attack on the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, Russia’s independent news outlets Meduza and Vyorstka reported Wednesday, citing anonymous sources. The circulated instructions to media and officials follow Armenia’s frustration over what it sees as Russia’s failure to guarantee its security amid escalating…

  • Moscow Mayor’s Urban Forest ‘Improvement’ Sparks Grassroots Resistance

    Moscow Mayor’s Urban Forest ‘Improvement’ Sparks Grassroots Resistance

    When lawyer Olga Slastunina chose Troitsk as her new home back in 2006, the presence of the vast Troitsky Forest on her doorstep was one of the main draws.  This green expanse, which she describes as “an absolute marvel,” created a special atmosphere in Troitsk, an academic town of 60,000 inhabitants that became a part…

  • Azerbaijan Halts ‘Anti-Terrorist Operation’ as Karabakh Vows to Disarm

    Azerbaijan Halts ‘Anti-Terrorist Operation’ as Karabakh Vows to Disarm

    Azerbaijan on Wednesday announced it had halted its military operation in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh after separatist Armenian forces agreed to lay down their arms and hold reintegration talks. Baku and the ethnic-Armenian authorities in Karabakh said a ceasefire deal had been brokered by Russian peacekeepers to stop the fighting a day after Azerbaijan…

  • Moscow’s Last European Neighbor to Ban Russian Cars

    Moscow’s Last European Neighbor to Ban Russian Cars

    Norway will be the last European nation that borders Russia to ban Russian-registered vehicles amid an uproar over an EU directive on import restrictions. Over the past week, Finland, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Poland have implemented bans on passenger vehicles with Russian license plates. “Norway will introduce restrictions on importing and using Russian-registered cars in…

  • Residents, Rescuers Killed in Gas Blast Outside Moscow

    Residents, Rescuers Killed in Gas Blast Outside Moscow

    Several residents and rescue workers were killed when a gas explosion ripped through a late Soviet-era apartment building outside Moscow, authorities and state media reported Wednesday. Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry said first responders arrived soon after being alerted in the early morning of an incident in the suburb of Balashikha, northeast of Moscow. Footage shared by…

  • Ukrainian Drones ‘Likely’ Hit Wagner-Backed Sudan Paramilitary – CNN

    Ukrainian Drones ‘Likely’ Hit Wagner-Backed Sudan Paramilitary – CNN

    Ukrainian drones likely attacked Wagner-backed paramilitary forces in Sudan, CNN reported Tuesday, citing anonymous Ukrainian and Sudanese military sources as well as footage of the aerial strikes.  Videos shared by CNN show 14 separate drone attacks on the stronghold of Sudan’s paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in the city of Omdurman, located across the Nile River…

  • Russia Says 4 Ukrainian Drones Destroyed

    Russia Says 4 Ukrainian Drones Destroyed

    Russia said early Wednesday it had destroyed four Ukrainian drones overnight in two western regions. In the Belgorod region, which borders Ukraine, an attack at around 9:00 pm by two drones had been “thwarted,” the Russian Defense said on the messaging app Telegram.  Another attack was reported in the Oryol region, which is located further…

  • As Nagorno-Karabakh Fighting Flares, Moscow’s Role as Security Guarantor Questioned

    As Nagorno-Karabakh Fighting Flares, Moscow’s Role as Security Guarantor Questioned

    The outbreak of fresh hostilities between South Caucasus foes Azerbaijan and Armenia over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh marks the latest example of Moscow’s diminished sway in the region, experts have said. Azerbaijan on Tuesday launched a military operation in the majority-Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh nearly three years after fighting a brutal war with Yerevan…

  • Russia and Allies Warn UN That SDGs in Jeopardy Without Sanctions Relief

    Russia and Allies Warn UN That SDGs in Jeopardy Without Sanctions Relief

    Russia has threatened to block the adoption of a new political declaration at the UN Sustainable Development Goals Summit in New York, arguing that sanctions undermine its own progress toward achieving them, the Coalition for Sustainable Development of Russia (CSDR) said Monday. In a joint letter to the UN General Assembly, Russia — along with…

  • Russia Defense Chief Shoigu Makes Iran Visit

    Russia Defense Chief Shoigu Makes Iran Visit

    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu arrived in Iran Tuesday for meetings to deepen Moscow’s defense ties with Tehran, Russian news agencies reported. Moscow has sought to strengthen its alliances with other countries ostracised by the West, including Iran, which has supplied Moscow with attack drones for its offensive in Ukraine. “During the visit, the Russian…

  • EU’s Russian Car Ban Set to Hinder Fleeing Russian Dissidents, Ukrainian Refugees

    EU’s Russian Car Ban Set to Hinder Fleeing Russian Dissidents, Ukrainian Refugees

    A ban on Russian-registered vehicles by Moscow’s European Union neighbors appears set to hurt not only ordinary Russians but also political dissidents and Ukrainian refugees fleeing Russia. Finland, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Poland have implemented bans on passenger vehicles with Russian license plates in recent days amid intense debate over the enforcement of an EU directive…

  • Explainer: Reports of Kadyrov’s Death May Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

    Explainer: Reports of Kadyrov’s Death May Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

    Speculation over Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov’s health condition has mounted in recent days following claims in Ukrainian media that he is in a coma or even dead.  Kadyrov, 46, has ruled the North Caucasus republic of Chechnya for 15 years, earning a reputation for brutality both within his region and towards civilians in Ukraine. In…

  • Seoul Summons Russian Ambassador After Kim-Putin Summit

    Seoul Summons Russian Ambassador After Kim-Putin Summit

    South Korea summoned the Russian ambassador on Tuesday, the foreign ministry said, to warn Moscow over military cooperation with North Korea the country’s leader Kim Jong Un met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Russia. Kim spent nearly a week touring Russia’s Far East before returning home Monday, visiting a space centre and weapons factories. The…

  • Russian Court Rejects U.S. Reporter Gershkovich’s Appeal of Extended Detention

    Russian Court Rejects U.S. Reporter Gershkovich’s Appeal of Extended Detention

    A Moscow court on Tuesday rejected U.S. reporter Evan Gershkovich’s appeal against the three-month extension of his pre-trial detention on spying charges, media reported Tuesday.  Gershkovich, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and former Moscow Times journalist, had challenged the judge’s August decision to extend his custody until Nov. 30.  The Moscow City Court…

  • Turkey Imports, Resells Coal from Russia-Annexed Ukrainian Regions – Reuters

    Turkey Imports, Resells Coal from Russia-Annexed Ukrainian Regions – Reuters

    Turkey has become a leading destination for exports of coal from Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Donetsk and Luhansk regions this year, according to an investigation by Reuters published Tuesday.  About 160,400 tons of coal — or 95% of all shipments — from the regions were delivered to the NATO member state between February and July this year,…

  • Azerbaijan Launches Military Operation Against Karabakh

    Azerbaijan Launches Military Operation Against Karabakh

    Azerbaijan on Tuesday launched a military operation against the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region and demanded the total withdrawal of Armenian forces from the disputed mountainous territory as a precondition for peace. Fears of a fresh war have been growing in recent months, with Armenia accusing Azerbaijan of a troop build-up and decrying a blockade of its…

  • Blasts in Karabakh as Azerbaijan Launches Military Operation

    Blasts in Karabakh as Azerbaijan Launches Military Operation

    Azerbaijan on Tuesday launched a military operation in the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region and demanded the total withdrawal of Armenian forces from the disputed mountainous territory as a precondition for peace. Fears of a fresh war have been building in recent months, with Armenia accusing Azerbaijan of a troop build-up and decrying a blockade of its…

  • Kremlin Eyes Liberal Venediktov as Putin’s 2024 Rival – Vedomosti

    Kremlin Eyes Liberal Venediktov as Putin’s 2024 Rival – Vedomosti

    The Kremlin is considering running media personality Alexei Venediktov as Vladimir Putin’s “liberal” rival in the 2024 presidential elections, the Vedomosti business daily reported Tuesday, citing four anonymous sources close to the presidential administration. Venediktov is the former editor-in-chief of Ekho Moskvy, a liberal-leaning radio station that was blocked by authorities days after Russia invaded Ukraine…

  • Kremlin Orders State Media to Stop Calling Zelensky ‘President’ – Holod

    Kremlin Orders State Media to Stop Calling Zelensky ‘President’ – Holod

    The Kremlin has instructed Russian state-run media outlets to stop referring to Volodymyr Zelensky as “president” of Ukraine, the independent news website Holod reported Monday, citing the recipients of the presidential administration’s directive.  Television broadcasters and online publications are instead advised to use the phrase “the Zelensky regime” or call the Ukrainian president by name…

  • Russia Hails ‘Similarity’ of China’s Position on U.S., Ukraine

    Russia Hails ‘Similarity’ of China’s Position on U.S., Ukraine

    Moscow and Beijing are closely aligned in their positions on the United States and resolving the Ukraine conflict, the Russian Foreign Ministry said following talks between their top diplomats on Monday. The statement came after China’s Wang Yi kicked off a four-day visit to Moscow with a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the…

  • At Georgia’s Border With South Ossetia, Deepening Anxieties of Russian Aggression

    At Georgia’s Border With South Ossetia, Deepening Anxieties of Russian Aggression

    MTSKHETA-MTIANETI, Georgia — In the mountain village of Zemo Mleta, locals’ memories of Georgia’s 2008 war with Russia run deep. “Some of my friends fled their homes in South Ossetia after the horror that happened in 2008,” said Tamar, a woman selling souvenirs at a roadside market. The five-day conflict ended with the region of…

  • Installation of the dome part of the outer containment has started at Rooppur NPP Unit 2

    Installation of the dome part of the outer containment of Unit 2 reactor building has started at the construction site of Rooppur NPP in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh (General Designer and General Contractor is Rosatom Engineering Division). Installation of the lower tier of the outer containment dome has been completed. The installation of the…

  • Russian Independent Legal News Outlet Closes Over ‘Foreign Agent’ Status

    Russian Independent Legal News Outlet Closes Over ‘Foreign Agent’ Status

    Russian legal news website Advokatskaya Ulitsa announced Monday it will close at the end of this month over its “foreign agent” status. “After Ultisa was added to the [foreign agent] registry, I as a publisher was left with few options for organizing the project’s further work,” the website’s editor-in-chief Katerina Gorbunova said. “I’m not satisfied…

  • Rosneft Team Participates in Moscow Marathon

    Rosneft employees took part in the Moscow Marathon.

  • Russia Hit by China’s Drone Export Curbs – Kommersant

    Russia Hit by China’s Drone Export Curbs – Kommersant

    Chinese curbs on the export of drones and their components have caused supply disruptions and shortages in Russia, the Kommersant business daily reported Monday. Beijing this summer announced the drone export restrictions, which came into effect on Sept. 1, after Washington accused it of aiding Moscow’s war efforts in Ukraine.  Chinese authorities said the restrictions…

  • Pregnant Russian Soldier Jailed for Desertion

    Pregnant Russian Soldier Jailed for Desertion

    A pregnant Russian soldier has been sentenced to six years in prison for desertion in a precedent-setting case, the newspaper Kommersant reported Monday. Lance Corporal Madina Kabaloyeva was found guilty of failing to report for duty during Russia’s “partial” mobilization, which started in September 2022, a wartime crime punishable by up to 10 years in…

  • Russia Lashes Ukraine at Top UN Court in ‘Genocide’ Case

    Russia Lashes Ukraine at Top UN Court in ‘Genocide’ Case

    Russia hit out at Ukraine at the International Court of Justice on Monday, as the two warring countries squared off in a legal case over Moscow’s claim that “genocide” in eastern Ukraine was a pretext for last year’s invasion. Moscow’s representative, Gennady Kuzmin, said Ukraine’s case that Russia “abused” the United Nations Genocide Convention as…

  • Chinese Foreign Minister to Visit Russia for Security Talks

    Chinese Foreign Minister to Visit Russia for Security Talks

    China’s top diplomat Wang Yi will begin a four-day trip to Russia for security talks on Monday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said, the latest in a series of high-level visits and phone calls between the two sides. Wang will hold security consultations at the invitation of Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of Russia’s security council, with China’s…

  • Commander of Elite Russian Airborne Unit Killed in Ukraine

    Commander of Elite Russian Airborne Unit Killed in Ukraine

    The commander of an elite Russian airborne unit has been killed in Ukraine, a Kremlin-backed military official in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region said Sunday. Alexander Khodakovsky, who serves as deputy national guard commander of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, announced the death of Russian Colonel Andrei Kondrashkin on the messaging app Telegram, adding that the killed colonel headed the 31st…

  • U.S.-Russia Trade Hits Two-Decade Low

    U.S.-Russia Trade Hits Two-Decade Low

    Trade between Russia and the United States has hit a two-decade low, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, as Moscow faces unprecedented isolation from the West due to its invasion of Ukraine. Russian-U.S. trade turnover totaled $277.3 million in July 2023, the latest available month, marking an 11-fold drop from February 2022, according to analysis…

  • N. Korea’s Kim Wraps Up Russia Trip With ‘Heartfelt Thanks’ to Putin

    N. Korea’s Kim Wraps Up Russia Trip With ‘Heartfelt Thanks’ to Putin

    North Korea’s Kim Jong Un expressed his “heartfelt thanks” to President Vladimir Putin, state media said Monday, as he headed home after nearly a week in Russia. Kim’s tour of Russia’s Far East, which began Tuesday, has sparked concern in the West that Pyongyang could provide Moscow with weapons for its war in Ukraine. During…

  • Russia Claims 13 Ukrainian Drones Destroyed Over Crimea, Moscow

    Russia Claims 13 Ukrainian Drones Destroyed Over Crimea, Moscow

    Russia said it repelled Ukrainian drone attacks over several parts of Crimea, outer Moscow and two border regions on Sunday. Crimea has been targeted by Ukraine throughout Russia’s offensive but attacks there have recently intensified as Kyiv vows to recapture the Black Sea peninsula, which Moscow annexed in 2014. And since Ukraine launched its counter-offensive…

  • Chechen Strongman Appears in New Video Amid Speculation of Ill Health

    Chechen Strongman Appears in New Video Amid Speculation of Ill Health

    Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov on Sunday released new video footage in which he smiled and recommended everyone practise sport, in an apparent move to quash speculation about his ill health. Speculation has swirled for months that the hugely influential 46-year-old head of Chechnya accused by rights groups of running a “totalitarian regime” might be ill.…

  • Russia Sends Doctors, Aid to Flood-Stricken Libya

    Russia Sends Doctors, Aid to Flood-Stricken Libya

    Russia said it has sent 35 emergency doctors and humanitarian aid to eastern Libya, after the country was hit by unprecedented flooding a week ago. “The ministry’s third plane with specialists…has landed in Libya. Around 35 employees of Russia’s Ministry of Emergency Situations will provide medical assistance to the population affected by the floods,” said…

  • In ‘Memory Makers’ Author Jade McGlynn Investigates the Politics of the Russian Past

    In ‘Memory Makers’ Author Jade McGlynn Investigates the Politics of the Russian Past

    This year Jade McGlynn, a researcher in the war studies department at King’s College London, published two groundbreaking books on the use and misuse of memory in today’s Russia. The first book released, “Russia’s War,” a finalist for the Pushkin House Book Prize, considered how the Russian population came to support, or at least not…

  • North Korea’s Kim Leaves Russia, Given Drones as Gift

    North Korea’s Kim Leaves Russia, Given Drones as Gift

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un left Russia on Sunday on his armoured train, Russian news agencies reported, wrapping up a six-day trip which has focused largely on military matters. Kim’s first official visit abroad since the coronavirus pandemic has fanned Western fears that Moscow and Pyongyang will defy sanctions and strike an arms deal.…

  • Russia Claims Seven Ukrainian Drones Destroyed Over Moscow, Crimea

    Russia Claims Seven Ukrainian Drones Destroyed Over Moscow, Crimea

    Russia shot down one Ukrainian drone over the outskirts of Moscow and six others over the annexed Crimean peninsula on Sunday, according to the Ministry of Defense. At around 1:45 am one drone was intercepted over Moscow’s Istrinsky district, the Defense Ministry said in a Telegram post. “According to preliminary data, there was no damage…

  • Ukrainian Strike Kills 1 in Russian Village: Authorities

    Ukrainian Strike Kills 1 in Russian Village: Authorities

    One person died in a Russian village near the border with Ukraine in a Ukrainian strike, the regional governor of Kursk said Saturday. Governor Roman Starovoit said on Telegram the village of Plekhovo “was bombarded from Ukraine,” adding that “a man of 30 was killed after receiving injuries from shell shrapnel.” Starovoit said several houses…

  • North Macedonia Expels 3 Russian Diplomats

    North Macedonia Expels 3 Russian Diplomats

    North Macedonia has ordered expulsion of three more Russian diplomats in the third such move since the start of the Russian invasion on Ukraine last year, the foreign ministry confirmed on Saturday. The ambassador of the Russian Federation in Skopje, Sergey Bazdnikin was summoned on Sept. 12 and was informed that three of his colleagues…

  • Russia Denies Losing Frontline Village to Ukraine Forces

    Russia Denies Losing Frontline Village to Ukraine Forces

    Russia said Saturday that its forces had not been pushed out of Andriivka, a village near the key frontline town of Bakhmut, a day after Ukraine said it had “liberated” the site and inflicted heavy losses on enemy troops. Andriivka is around 14 kilometers (nine miles) south of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region, where Kyiv…

  • How Tatar Pastries Became a Favorite Russian Street Food

    How Tatar Pastries Became a Favorite Russian Street Food

    All over the world people have their own version of meat wrapped in dough and fried in fat or oil. In Russia the favorite versions are chebureki (singular – cheburek) and belyashi (singular – belyash). But although people love them, they get their origins and even names wrong.  The word “cheburek” was barely known in…

  • Two Russians, American Reach Space Station

    Two Russians, American Reach Space Station

    Two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut docked with the International Space Station on Friday after blasting off amid raging tensions between Moscow and Washington over Ukraine. Earlier Friday Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Nikolai Chub and NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara lifted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard the Soyuz MS-24 spacecraft. The…

  • North Korea’s Kim Inspects Key Weapons, Warship With Russian Defense Chief

    North Korea’s Kim Inspects Key Weapons, Warship With Russian Defense Chief

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met Saturday with the Russian defense minister in Vladivostok, where he inspected state-of-the-art weapons including a hypersonic missile system on the latest leg of a rare visit outside his country. Upon arriving in Vladivostok, a Pacific port city near the Chinese and North Korean borders, Kim was greeted by…

  • Gazprom Delivers LNG to China in Arctic Sea Route First

    Gazprom Delivers LNG to China in Arctic Sea Route First

    Russian energy giant Gazprom said Friday it has made the first delivery of liquefied natural gas to China via the Arctic Northern Sea Route as receding ice sheets render the route more viable. Moscow hopes the route will help increase oil and gas deliveries to Asia at a time when its traditional European clients are…

  • It’s Not Surprising That It’s Not Simple

    It’s Not Surprising That It’s Not Simple

    Мудрый: wise In the pantheon of “hard things to get right in Russian” if you are not a native speaker — and sometimes if you are — right up there are “words that are almost, but not quite, alike.” Sometimes one has an extra syllable, or they have different suffixes. You think you have them…

  • Shopping Malls in Central Russia Converted Into Drone Plants

    Shopping Malls in Central Russia Converted Into Drone Plants

    A shopping mall in the Russian city of Izhevsk is set to be converted into a drone production facility, the third such repurposing in the city over the past year, local activists said Friday. The Russian drone manufacturer Aeroscan recently purchased Izhevsk’s Stolitsa shopping mall and notified its tenants that their leases would be terminated…

  • Finland Follows Baltics, Bans Entry to Russian Vehicles

    Finland Follows Baltics, Bans Entry to Russian Vehicles

    Finland will ban entry to passenger vehicles registered in Russia starting Saturday, the Nordic country’s top diplomat announced Friday afternoon. “Our decision is for the ban to come into force after midnight,” Finnish Foreign Minister Elina Valtonen was quoted as saying by the state broadcaster Yle. “We estimate the new rules will significantly reduce traffic on the…

  • Kremlin Denies Prigozhin Plane Crash Probe Is Too Slow

    Kremlin Denies Prigozhin Plane Crash Probe Is Too Slow

    The Kremlin on Friday denied a Russian investigation into a mysterious plane crash that killed Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin has been too slow, despite no update on what may have caused the crash in more than three weeks. Western countries suspected foul play and pointed to the Kremlin when Prigozhin’s plane crashed between Moscow and…

  • Russia Raises Interest Rates to 13% Amid Inflation Concerns

    Russia Raises Interest Rates to 13% Amid Inflation Concerns

    Russia’s Central Bank raised interest rates from 12% to 13% on Friday as it said it remains concerned about an inflationary spiral taking hold across the Russian economy.  The move is the second rate hike in two months following an emergency meeting in August held after the Russian ruble fell below 100 against the U.S.…

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