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  • ‘We’re All Hostages Here’: Wanted Russian Activists, Draft Dodgers Stuck in Legal Limbo in Kazakhstan

    ‘We’re All Hostages Here’: Wanted Russian Activists, Draft Dodgers Stuck in Legal Limbo in Kazakhstan

    When journalist Yevgeniya Baltatarova arrived in Kazakhstan in March 2022, she had no plans to stay in the country long-term.  Just days before, the Federal Security Service (FSB) raided her apartment in Ulan-Ude, the capital of the Siberian republic of Buryatia. According to Baltatarova, the officers were searching for evidence proving that she violated a then-unpassed “army…

  • Moldova Deports Local Bureau Chief of Russia’s Sputnik News Agency

    Moldova Deports Local Bureau Chief of Russia’s Sputnik News Agency

    Moldova has deported the local bureau chief of Russia’s state-run Sputnik news agency, Russian media reported Wednesday. “I was issued a 10-year ban on entering Moldova,” Vitaly Denisov, head of Sputnik Moldova, told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency. Denisov said Moldovan migration officers had informed him that he posed a threat to national security…

  • ROSATOM completed the concreting of the turbine unit foundation at power unit 2 of Akkuyu NPP

    September 13, 2023, Büyükeceli, Mersin Province, Türkiye. – Concrete pouring of the turbine plant foundation has been completed in the turbine hall building of Akkuyu NPP Power Unit  No. 2. The milestone of the Unit No. 2 will enable builders of the first nuclear power plant in Türkiye to start installing elements of the turbine…

  • Tech Billionaire Volozh to Remain Under EU Sanctions – Bloomberg

    Tech Billionaire Volozh to Remain Under EU Sanctions – Bloomberg

    The EU will keep Russian tech billionaire Arkady Volozh under sanctions despite his recent condemnation of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, Bloomberg reported late Tuesday, citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter.  Volozh co-founded Russia’s internet giant Yandex and announced his resignation in mid-2022 after being targeted by EU sanctions.  His lawyers last month petitioned the…

  • Falling Ruble Dents Russia’s Image Among Central Asian Migrant Workers

    Falling Ruble Dents Russia’s Image Among Central Asian Migrant Workers

    As the Russian ruble has slumped to post-invasion lows in recent months, talk of a possible exodus among millions of Central Asian labor migrants has bubbled to the surface. Federal and local news channels have been awash with stories about how hundreds of thousands could leave Russia altogether, as the value of their salary has…

  • Moscow Dismisses ‘Speculation’ About Navalny’s Inclusion in Prisoner Swap

    Moscow Dismisses ‘Speculation’ About Navalny’s Inclusion in Prisoner Swap

    Moscow will not discuss “speculation” about the inclusion of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny in a list of candidates for a prisoner swap with the West, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday. “This is speculation that requires neither official commentary nor informal discussion,” Zakharova said at a briefing on the sidelines of the…

  • Estonia Bans Entry to Russian Vehicles

    Estonia Bans Entry to Russian Vehicles

    Updated to clarify that the ban applies to passenger vehicles.  Estonia has banned passenger vehicles with Russian license plates from entering the country, authorities in the Baltic nation announced Wednesday amid heated debates over an EU directive on sanctions enforcement. “Starting from today… Estonia will deny entry to all Russian registered vehicles,” Estonian Foreign Minister Margus Tsahkna…

  • Russian Warplane Crashes During Training Flight

    Russian Warplane Crashes During Training Flight

    A Russian Su-24 bomber on Tuesday crashed in southern Russia during a training flight, state-run media reported, citing Russia’s Defense Ministry. The two-man crew’s fate remains unknown more than 12 hours after the incident, which occurred in the Volgograd region. The Su-24 was not equipped with weapons and crashed in an uninhabited area, Interfax reported,…

  • Rosatom develops a promising project for power supply of Sovinoye gold deposit based on the advanced small nuclear reactor technology Shelf-M

    The mining division of ROSATOM – Atomredmetzoloto JSC (ARMZ JSC) and RAOS JSC (ROSATOM’s organization acting as the sectoral integrator for small nuclear power plants (SNPPs)) are developing cooperation on the small nuclear power plant project based on the advanced reactor technology Shelf-M. The SNPP will provide environmentally friendly and stable power generation for Sovinoye…

  • Kim Jong Un Says Russia Will Win ‘Great Victory’ Over Enemies

    Kim Jong Un Says Russia Will Win ‘Great Victory’ Over Enemies

    “We will always be with Russia,” Kim said, according to footage broadcast on Russian TV. “An old friend is better than two new ones,” Putin said, quoting a Russian proverb and referencing the Soviet Union’s role in the Korean War. Their talks as well as discussions with delegations lasted around two hours before the leaders…

  • Rosatom and Chinese corporation LS Group Co. consider cooperation on the hydrogen plant project on Sakhalin Island

    The State Specialized Design Institute (GSPI JSC, part of Rosatom) and Chinese corporation LS Group Co., one of the largest equipment manufacturers for the oil, gas and chemical industries, will explore opportunities for cooperation on the hydrogen plant project on Sakhalin Island. The parties signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the sidelines of the 8th…

  • Alexey Likhachev: “We are ready to offer the most advanced technologies for the Far East”

    The session “Advanced Russian Technologies for Technological Sovereignty and Development of the Russian Far East and the Arctic” took place within the framework of the VIII Eastern Economic Forum being held in Vladivostok. It was arranged with the support of Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation. Alexey Likhachev, Director General of Rosatom, Anatoly Bobrakov, Deputy Minister…

  • Russian Ships Damaged in Ukrainian Strike on Annexed Crimea

    Russian Ships Damaged in Ukrainian Strike on Annexed Crimea

    Updated with confirmation by the Ukrainian military. A Ukrainian cruise missile and seaborne drone attack on a shipyard in annexed Crimea damaged two Russian warships that had been undergoing repairs, Russian and Ukrainian military officials said Wednesday. The overnight attack targeted a shipyard in the port city of Sevastopol, home to Russia’s Black Sea fleet,…

  • Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic, Yakutia, Rosatom, and Seligdar PJSC intend to develop cooperation on projects in the Kyuchus cluster of deposits

    The Ministry of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic, the Government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom , and Seligdar PJSC signed an agreement of intent for cooperation in the implementation of projects of the Kyuchus cluster of deposits of tin, gold, and…

  • Chechen Court Reduces Sentence for Jailed Mother of Kadyrov Critic

    Chechen Court Reduces Sentence for Jailed Mother of Kadyrov Critic

    A court in Russia’s republic of Chechnya has reduced the prison sentence for the mother of prominent Chechen activist Abubakar Yangulbaev, a civil rights group said Tuesday. Zarema Musaeva in July was sentenced to 5.5 years in prison on charges of assaulting the authorities and fraud. She denies the accusations. Rights groups criticized Musaeva’s conviction, describing it…

  • Ex-Austrian Minister Who Waltzed With Putin Moves to St. Petersburg With Ponies

    Ex-Austrian Minister Who Waltzed With Putin Moves to St. Petersburg With Ponies

    A former Austrian foreign minister who danced with Russian President Vladimir Putin at her wedding has moved to St. Petersburg along with her two ponies, according to the independent news outlet The Insider. Karin Kneissl will head the Geopolitical Observatory for Russia’s Key Issues (GORKI), a research center at St. Petersburg State University that was established in…

  • Putin Touts ‘Futuristic’ Weapons, Chides Exiled Elites in Far East Forum Address

    Putin Touts ‘Futuristic’ Weapons, Chides Exiled Elites in Far East Forum Address

    Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a wide-ranging address on Tuesday at the annual Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, touching upon Moscow’s protracted war against Ukraine and anti-war elites in exile, while also playing up Russia’s development of “weapons based on new physical principles.” Putin’s remarks come ahead of a rare and closely watched summit with North Korean…

  • Russian Journalist Jailed 17.5 Years for ‘Financing Terrorism’

    Russian Journalist Jailed 17.5 Years for ‘Financing Terrorism’

    A Russian court on Tuesday sentenced independent journalist Abdulmumin Gadzhiev to 17.5 years in prison on charges of participating in and financing a terrorist organization, Mediazona reported Tuesday.  The former editor of Chernovik, a leading independent news outlet in the North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, was arrested in June 2019 and has since remained in…

  • Azerbaijan Allows Russian Aid Delivery Into Nagorno-Karabakh

    Azerbaijan Allows Russian Aid Delivery Into Nagorno-Karabakh

    Russian humanitarian aid arrived Tuesday in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh via territory controlled by Azerbaijan, separatist authorities in the Armenian-populated enclave said. Armenia has accused Azerbaijan of spurring a humanitarian crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh by closing the single road linking the mountainous territory with Armenia. That roadway, known as the Lachin corridor, is policed by…

  • N. Korea’s Kim Arrives in Russia for Putin Talks

    N. Korea’s Kim Arrives in Russia for Putin Talks

    Updated with Peskov’s remarks about Sergei Shoigu. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s armored train has crossed into Russia ahead of a rare and closely watched summit with President Vladimir Putin, Russian media reported Tuesday. Kim left Pyongyang accompanied by military, government and ruling party officials on Sunday afternoon, according to North Korean state media, his first…

  • Ukrainian Drones Target Western Russia’s Kursk Region

    Ukrainian Drones Target Western Russia’s Kursk Region

    Two Ukrainian drones attacked a town in western Russia’s Kursk region overnight, the regional governor said early Tuesday. “An explosive device was dropped from a Ukrainian drone in Rylsk,” Kursk region Governor Roman Starovoit had initially reported late Monday. Two buildings had their facades damaged and windows were blown out as a result of the…

  • Russian Passenger Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Siberian Field

    Russian Passenger Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Siberian Field

    A Russian passenger plane flying from the Black Sea resort of Sochi to the Siberian city of Omsk with 167 people on board made an emergency landing in a Siberian field on Tuesday, officials said. Authorities released footage of the Ural Airlines Airbus A320 in a field next to a forest in the Novosibirsk region, saying…

  • Moscow Slams ‘Racist’ EU Ban on Russians’ Private Cars

    Moscow Slams ‘Racist’ EU Ban on Russians’ Private Cars

    Moscow’s Foreign Ministry has slammed a European Union ban on Russian citizens from bringing their personal vehicles and other belongings across EU borders as a “racist” move. In a Sept. 8 explanatory note to its rules on sanctions against Russia over the invasion of Ukraine, the European Commission said that the regulation “prohibits the purchase, import,…

  • UNESCO Plans to Add Volcanoes of Kamchatka to ‘World Heritage in Danger’ List

    UNESCO Plans to Add Volcanoes of Kamchatka to ‘World Heritage in Danger’ List

    At the northeastern edge of Eurasia lies Kamchatka, a remote peninsula in Russia’s Far East which is home to the Volcanoes of Kamchatka, a natural site inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1996 as one of the world’s most remarkable volcanic regions. Spanning almost 4 million hectares, the Volcanoes of Kamchatka is a…

  • Vladimir Putin visits Zvezda Shipyard

    Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Zvezda Shipyard in the town of Bolshoi Kamen in Primorsky Territory

  • EU Condemns Russian Elections in Occupied Ukraine

    EU Condemns Russian Elections in Occupied Ukraine

    The European Union on Monday slammed elections in Russian-occupied Ukraine, warning Kremlin-backed officials and vote organizers that they would face “consequences.” Russia’s Central Election Commission claimed that the pro-Kremlin ruling United Russia party secured overwhelming majorities in the legislative votes in Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions, as well as in annexed Crimea.  “The European Union…

  • Armenia Kicks Off Drills with U.S. Amid Strained Russia Ties

    Armenia Kicks Off Drills with U.S. Amid Strained Russia Ties

    Joint military exercises between Armenian and U.S. forces began on Monday, the latest sign of Yerevan’s drift from its longtime ally Moscow. The drills come amid mounting frustration in Armenia over what it sees as Russia’s failure to act as a security guarantor as tensions escalate with neighboring Azerbaijan. “Exercise Eagle Partner’s opening ceremony has…

  • Belarus Says Poland Forcing Back Migrants from Border

    Belarus Says Poland Forcing Back Migrants from Border

    Belarus on Monday accused Poland of firing warning shots and using tear gas and physical force to push back migrants trying to enter the European Union through their volatile border. Ties between Minsk and Warsaw, frozen for years, hit new lows after Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko allowed Russia to use his country to attack Ukraine,…

  • Ukraine Says Regained Control of Black Sea Oil Platform

    Ukraine Says Regained Control of Black Sea Oil Platform

    Kyiv said Monday its forces had recaptured an oil and gas drilling platform in the Black Sea that had been controlled by Moscow since 2015. The platform is roughly halfway between the Moscow-annexed Crimean peninsula and the coast of Ukraine’s southwestern Odesa region. “Ukraine regains control of the so-called Boyka Towers (platform),” Kyiv’s military intelligence…

  • N. Korea’s Kim to Meet with Putin in Russia, Kremlin Confirms

    N. Korea’s Kim to Meet with Putin in Russia, Kremlin Confirms

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will visit Russia “in the coming days” after receiving an invite from Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin confirmed Monday. Speculation had been mounting that Kim, who rarely leaves his country and had not travelled since the coronavirus pandemic, would meet Putin to discuss potential arms deals. “At the…

  • Moscow Mayor Sobyanin Wins Re-Election

    Moscow Mayor Sobyanin Wins Re-Election

    Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has won his third term in office by a sweeping margin following a relatively muted wartime campaign, poll results showed Monday. With 100% of the ballots counted as of early Monday, Russia’s Central Election Commission (CEC) website showed Sobyanin securing 76.39%, or 2.5 million, of the votes. Moscow’s electoral commission said…

  • Russia Says 2 Ukrainian Drones Downed Over Belgorod

    Russia Says 2 Ukrainian Drones Downed Over Belgorod

    Russia said Monday it destroyed two Ukrainian drones in the western Belgorod region, with no casualties being reported. The Russian Ministry of Defense said the incident involved two unmanned aerial vehicles and took place around 1:20 a.m. local time. “Air defense systems on duty destroyed two drones over the territory of Belgorod region,” the ministry…

  • FEDC and ROSATOM logistics integrator agree to cooperate in construction of the Western Transportation and Logistics Hub in the Murmansk Region

    11 of September, Vladivostok. – Far East and Arctic Development Corporation (FEDC) and ROSATOM logistics integrator (Rusatom Cargo LLC) signed an agreement on cooperation in construction of the Western Transportation and Logistics Hub (WHUB). Nikolay Zapryagaev, Director General of FEDC, and Alexey Levitsky, Director General of ZTLU LLC (a subsidiary of Rusatom Cargo LLC) in…

  • Moscow Claims Putin’s Party Leading Votes in Annexed Ukraine Regions

    Moscow Claims Putin’s Party Leading Votes in Annexed Ukraine Regions

    Russia’s Central Elections Commission claimed on Sunday that the United Russia party, which staunchly backs President Vladimir Putin, was leading local ballots in four Ukrainian regions occupied by Russian forces. The Kremlin claimed to have annexed the eastern and southern territories late last year despite not having full military control over them, and the so-called…

  • Pro-Kremlin Pop Star’s Concert a Microcosm of Russia’s Wartime ‘Patriotism’

    Pro-Kremlin Pop Star’s Concert a Microcosm of Russia’s Wartime ‘Patriotism’

    ST. PETERSBURG — A mixed crowd of families, youngsters and pensioners filed into Gazprom Arena, St. Petersburg’s main stadium, waiting for Shaman to arrive.  Some had the Russian flag painted on their cheeks, while others wore the yellow, black and white flag of the Russian Empire and the words “Ya Russky” (“I Am Russian”), the…

  • Russia’s Lavrov Says G20 Summit a ‘Success’

    Russia’s Lavrov Says G20 Summit a ‘Success’

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov claimed diplomatic victory on Sunday, declaring a G20 summit in India a “success” after the bloc shied away from direct criticism of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. “We were able to prevent the West’s attempts to ‘Ukrainize’ the summit agenda,” Lavrov said as the two-day meeting of leaders closed. “The text…

  • Moscow Says Destroyed 3 Ukrainian Speedboats in Black Sea

    Moscow Says Destroyed 3 Ukrainian Speedboats in Black Sea

    Russia said Sunday that it destroyed three military speedboats carrying Ukrainian soldiers in the Black Sea which Moscow claims were headed toward annexed Crimea. “In the western part of the Black Sea… naval aviation of the Black Sea Fleet destroyed three military Willard Sea Force speedboats,” which are U.S.-made and were carrying Ukrainian troops, the…

  • Lecho: Autumn’s Bounty for Winter’s Table

    Lecho: Autumn’s Bounty for Winter’s Table

    The abundance of appetizers on the Russian table has always amazed foreign guests. The custom of drinking a shot or two of vodka before dinner was unusual in Europe, although once foreigners got used to Russian cuisine, they didn’t turn down the vodka. And once they got used to the vodka, the understood the necessity…

  • Longtime Moscow Mayor, Putin Ally Expected to Soundly Win Re-Election

    Longtime Moscow Mayor, Putin Ally Expected to Soundly Win Re-Election

    Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin is expected to win re-election by an overwhelming margin in this weekend’s mayoral elections following the elimination of virtually all other opposition and independent candidates. Sobyanin has led Russia’s capital, a city of 12 million people, through waves of mass protests, the Covid-19 pandemic and, today, regular drone attacks amid the…

  • Russia Summons Armenian Ambassador Over ‘Unfriendly Steps’

    Russia Summons Armenian Ambassador Over ‘Unfriendly Steps’

    Russia on Friday summoned the ambassador of Armenia over “unfriendly steps,” as Yerevan announced drills with the U.S. military and has grown increasingly critical of Moscow’s role in the Nagorno-Karabakh standoff. The move followed warnings by the Kremlin against conducting drills with the U.S. and mounting tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed territory. …

  • Public hearing was held in Ostrovets in advance of issuing a license for operation of Belarus NPP Unit 2

    Public hearing was held in Ostrovets in advance of making a decision to issue the operation license for Unit 2 of Belarus NPP. The event under the auspices of Belarus regulatory authority in the field of nuclear and radiation safety (Gosatomnadzor) was attended by representatives of the public, Belarus state authorities and organizations involved in…

  • Kremlin Seeks to ‘Legitimize’ Authority With Elections in Occupied Ukraine

    Kremlin Seeks to ‘Legitimize’ Authority With Elections in Occupied Ukraine

    The Kremlin is working to solidify its control — both militarily and politically — over the four Moscow-occupied regions of Ukraine with this month’s regional elections there, experts and officials told The Moscow Times. Nearly a year after Moscow staged widely disputed referendums to annex Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions, Russian authorities now aim…

  • Russia Withdraws Military Contingent From Allied Belarus

    Russia Withdraws Military Contingent From Allied Belarus

    The Russian military has withdrawn a regional task force from neighboring Belarus, Ukrainian border authorities and independent Belarusian war monitors have said. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko announced in October 2022 the deployment of a joint regional group of military forces after accusing Ukraine of preparing an attack on his country. On Thursday, the State Border…

  • Russia Detains Man Accused of Plotting Crimea Bombing

    Russia Detains Man Accused of Plotting Crimea Bombing

    Russia’s FSB security services said Friday it had detained a man for plotting a rail bombing in annexed Crimea. The FSB said the suspect — a Russian citizen in his mid-40s — had been “collecting information on the deployment of Russian Defense Ministry facilities and units” and was preparing a railway bombing. “In а hiding…

  • Russia FM Lavrov Arrives in India for G20 Summit – Broadcast

    Russia FM Lavrov Arrives in India for G20 Summit – Broadcast

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived Friday to head Moscow’s G20 summit delegation in President Vladimir Putin’s absence, television broadcasts showed. Putin is not attending — or even planning to make a video address at — the G20 in India, with relations between Moscow and many members of the bloc fraught over the Ukraine war.…

  • Vote Fraud Reported as Russian Local, Regional Elections Get Underway

    Vote Fraud Reported as Russian Local, Regional Elections Get Underway

    Reports of widespread voting irregularities have marred the first day of Russia’s local and regional elections, the independent election watchdog Golos reported Friday. Elections are taking place on Sept. 8-10 in 49 Russian regions, as well as annexed Crimea and the four Ukrainian regions that Moscow claims to have annexed, with Kremlin-backed candidates mostly expected to clinch easy…

  • Russians in Pyongyang in Fresh Signs of Border Opening

    Russians in Pyongyang in Fresh Signs of Border Opening

    A Russian military song and dance ensemble has arrived in North Korea, state media said Friday, with a Chinese delegation also due for a key anniversary, in fresh signs of border reopening. North Korea has been largely closed off from the outside world since early 2020, when it shut its borders in response to the…

  • Russian Airlines Bear Costs of Flights Rerouted By Drone Strikes – RBC

    Russian Airlines Bear Costs of Flights Rerouted By Drone Strikes – RBC

    Russian airlines have suffered thousands in additional costs due to regular airport closures prompted by drone strikes inside Russia, the RBC news website reported Friday, citing aviation industry experts.  Moscow’s four international airports have repeatedly restricted access to their runways amid an increasing number of drone attacks on the Russian capital. “If a plane was flying…

  • ROSATOM and AKKUYU NUCLEAR took part in largest tech event in TÜRKİYE

    September 8, 2023, Ankara, Türkiye. – Rosatom State Corporation and AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC (a company of Rosatom) were among the main partners of the 6th International Aviation, Aerospace and Technology Festival TEKNOFEST. Türkiye’s largest technology exhibition took place from August 30 till September 3 in Ankara under the auspices of the Ministry of Industry and…

  • Drones Target Russian Microchip Plant – Reports

    Drones Target Russian Microchip Plant – Reports

    Overnight drone strikes targeted a major Russian microchip plant near the Ukraine border for the second time in just over a week, according to media reports late Thursday.  Bryansk region Governor Alexander Bogomaz said a brief fire erupted at an “administrative building” of an “industrial site” in the city of Bryansk, some 100 kilometers north…

  • Cuba Arrests 17 Over ‘Trafficking’ for Russia’s War in Ukraine

    Cuba Arrests 17 Over ‘Trafficking’ for Russia’s War in Ukraine

    Seventeen people have been arrested in Cuba over suspected links to an alleged Russian trafficking network recruiting men for Moscow’s war effort, the interior ministry said Thursday. The Cuban government said Monday it was working to dismantle a “trafficking network that operates from Russia to incorporate Cuban citizens living there, and even some from Cuba,…

  • U.S. Court Jails Russian Hacker 9 Years for Stock Cheating Scam

    U.S. Court Jails Russian Hacker 9 Years for Stock Cheating Scam

    A Russian man who made tens of millions of dollars trading U.S. stocks using hacked, unreleased company earnings reports was sentenced Thursday to nine years in prison. Businessman Vladislav Klyushin, 42, was convicted by a federal court in February for hacking and securities fraud. He was tried in Boston after being extradited from Switzerland in…

  • Russia Pressures Migrant Workers with Raids, Military Summons

    Russia Pressures Migrant Workers with Raids, Military Summons

    Hundreds of migrant workers hailing predominantly from Central Asia have been rounded up in a wave of police raids that has swept several Russian cities in recent weeks.  The round-ups appear to primarily target male migrants who recently received Russian citizenship but failed to complete their compulsory military registration. Some are handed military summons on…

  • U.S. Indicts 9 Russians Behind ‘Trickbot’ Malware

    U.S. Indicts 9 Russians Behind ‘Trickbot’ Malware

    The United States announced indictments Thursday of nine Russians allegedly part of the Trickbot cybercrime group which plied ransomware schemes to extort businesses including hospitals during the Covid-19 pandemic. The nine, some of whom were alleged to have links to Russian intelligence services, were named in a series of indictments across multiple U.S. states where…

  • Putin Orders State Support for AI as Race Heats Up

    Putin Orders State Support for AI as Race Heats Up

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his government to fund research into artificial intelligence as competition with the West to develop such technology heats up, according to a Kremlin document published Thursday. Generative AI bots burst into the spotlight late in 2022 after U.S.-made ChatGPT demonstrated its ability to engage in human-like conversations, prompting Russia…

  • Russian Air Defense Downs Drone in Southern Volgograd Region

    Russian Air Defense Downs Drone in Southern Volgograd Region

    Russian air defense systems in the southern Volgograd region downed a drone Thursday afternoon, local authorities and media said, the first such reported incident in the region since the start of the war in Ukraine. Russia’s Defense Ministry “intercepted and neutralized the drone,” Volgograd region Governor Andrei Bocharov said on the Telegram messaging app Thursday…

  • ‘Advocating for War is Wrong’: Russian Teachers Resign Over Refusal to Allow Ukraine Veterans in Class

    ‘Advocating for War is Wrong’: Russian Teachers Resign Over Refusal to Allow Ukraine Veterans in Class

    A group of Russian teachers has quit their jobs after refusing to allow Ukraine war veterans to teach required lessons that they believe promote war to children. The incident reflects the dilemma facing Russian teachers who wish to keep politics out of the classroom. At least 10 teachers and the principal of School No. 12 in…

  • Russian Border Towns Postpone Local Elections Amid Shelling, Drone Attacks

    Russian Border Towns Postpone Local Elections Amid Shelling, Drone Attacks

    Russian authorities said Thursday they will “postpone” local elections in two municipalities near the border with Ukraine amid ongoing threats from drone and artillery strikes. Local elections scheduled in the western Belgorod region’s town of Shebekino and the village of Zhuravlyovka were just two of the 4,270 regional and municipal races set to take place across Russia,…

  • Putin Not Planning Video Address to G20 – Kremlin

    Putin Not Planning Video Address to G20 – Kremlin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is not planning to make a video address at the upcoming G20 summit in New Delhi this weekend, the Kremlin said Thursday. The meeting comes amid fraught relations between Moscow and the West over the conflict in Ukraine, which caused deep tensions at last year’s summit in Bali. Asked whether Putin…

  • ‘Patriots’ in London, or How Not to Put on a Play in Wartime

    ‘Patriots’ in London, or How Not to Put on a Play in Wartime

    On the day I went to see “Patriots,” a play about the Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, a Russian missile struck the Chernihiv Drama Theater, killing seven and injuring 156 more. The attack could not help but inform my perception of “Patriots” that day, but on any day Russia’s war against Ukraine has been the elephant…

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