U.S. Urges Airlines to Exercise ‘Extreme Caution’ Near Russia-Ukraine Border

The United States’ aviation authority has warned airlines to exercise “extreme caution” when flying over areas near the Russia-Ukraine border as tensions surge over Russia’s military buildup and renewed clashes in eastern Ukraine. Tensions between Moscow and Kiev have escalated in recent weeks following an uptick in fighting between Ukraine’s army and pro-Russia separatists in…

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Beslan School Siege Survivors Launch Navalny Solidarity Hunger Strike

Parents of victims of the deadly Beslan school siege have started a hunger strike in solidarity with jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny amid increasing concern among supporters that his life is in danger, the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper reported Monday.  Ella Kesaeyva, who co-chairs Russia’s Voice of Beslan grassroots organization, likened Navalny’s plight to the…

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Russia Says Expulsion of Diplomats from Prague ‘Provocative’

The Kremlin on Monday denounced the “provocative and unfriendly” expulsion of 18 Russian diplomats from the Czech Republic who were accused by authorities in Prague of spying. “We categorically do not agree with these conclusions,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, describing the Czech move as “provocative and unfriendly.” Czech authorities on Saturday said they…

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2 Coronavirus Mutations Forming in Russia – Official

Russian epidemiologists have detected two mutated strains of the coronavirus within the country but said they aren’t necessarily deadlier or more contagious, the head of state consumer protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor announced Monday.  “We are seeing the formation of a Siberian version and the formation of a northwestern version” of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes coronavirus…

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Moscow Summons Czech Envoy After ‘Unprecedented’ Expulsions

Russia on Sunday said it would retaliate against the Czech government’s “unprecedented” decision to expel 18 Russian diplomats identified as secret agents and summoned the Czech ambassador. “We will take retaliatory measures that will force the authors of this provocation to understand their full responsibility for destroying the basis of normal relations between our countries,”…

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U.S. Warns of ‘Consequences’ if Putin Critic Navalny Dies

U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan warned Sunday that Russia will face “consequences” if hunger-striking Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny dies. Jailed opposition leader Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent opponent, was arrested in January upon returning to Russia after recovering from a near-fatal poisoning attack he says was orchestrated by Moscow. “In terms of the…

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Let Pkhali Steal the Show

I am an inveterate hoarder of dark leafy greens. I consume baby spinach nearly every day, and the hardier winter spinach invariably finds itself in some cooking project or other, be it soup, smoothie, or spanakopita. I am helpless to resist the vibrant jewel tones of rainbow chard, kale, and my beloved beet greens. But…

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Russian Prosecutors Seek to Label Navalny Groups as ‘Extremist’

Russian prosecutors on Friday asked a Moscow court to designate the network of regional offices of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and his Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) as “extremist organizations.” “Under the disguise of liberal slogans, these organizations are engaged in creating conditions for the destabilization of the social and socio-political situation,” the Moscow prosecutor’s office…

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‘More Hollywood Than Hollywood’: Critics Slam Russian ‘Chernobyl’

The success of HBO’s 2019 miniseries “Chernobyl” left Russian filmmakers inspired to shoot their own version of the tragic events that took place in Soviet Ukraine in 1986.   But Russian director Danila Koslovsky’s “Chernobyl,” which premiered Thursday, has so far failed to generate the same critical acclaim as Craig Mazin’s miniseries. Instead of offering a…

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U.S. Intel Has ‘Low to Moderate’ Confidence in Reports of Russia-Taliban Bounties

The U.S. intelligence community cannot conclusively say that Russian spies offered Taliban militants bounties to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan, the White House said Thursday. Spokesperson Jen Psaki spoke of “low to moderate confidence” in the 2020 reports of the cash incentives based on anonymous sources as Washington widened sanctions on Russia for election interference…

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Prominent Academics, Media Figures Show Support for Raided Russian Journalists

Nearly 300 international academics and a popular Russian YouTuber have expressed solidarity with Russian journalists recently subjected to police raids amid widening pressure on independent media. The letters of support and calls for donations came after four editors of independent student news site DOXA were charged with criminal incitement of youth and investigative journalist Roman Anin…

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ROSATOM took part in the XIV China International Exhibition on nuclear power industry (CIENPI)

On April 14-16, the XIV China International Atomic Energy Exhibition was held in Beijing. Rosatom traditionally took part in the event, presenting the latest developments of the Russian nuclear industry. ROSATOM’s booth became a platform for active interaction between company’s delegates and representatives of the Chinese nuclear industry and was visited by Zhang Kejian, Director…

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The Board Recommeds Q1 2021 Divided Paymet ad omiates Aa Lvova, Head of HR at Severgroup, to Board of Directors

April 16, 2021 The Board of Directors of Severstal (“Severstal”, “the Company”) (LSE: SVST; MOEX: CHMF), one of the world’s leading vertically integrated steel and steel-related mining companies, is recommending a dividend of 46.77 roubles per share for the three months ended 31 March 2021. Approval of the dividend is expected to take place at…

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Ukraine Slams Russia’s ‘Open’ Threats Ahead of France, Germany Meeting

Kiev on Thursday accused Russia of flagrantly threatening Ukraine with destruction ahead of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s meeting with the leaders of Germany and France. The concern is mounting that the long-simmering conflict in east Ukraine could spiral back into wider fighting after reports of major Russian troop movements and intensification of clashes with Moscow-backed separatists.…

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ROSATOM and Ethiopia will develop human resources and shape positive public opinion on nuclear energy

April 15, 2021 in Moscow ROSATOM and the Ministry of Innovation and Technology of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia signed two Memorandums of Understanding on cooperation in training and skills development in the field of nuclear energy and in the field of shaping positive public opinion on nuclear energy in the Federal Democratic Republic…

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Russians Form Long Queues at Turkish Airlines’ Moscow Office as Flight Restrictions Begin

Long lines of would-be tourists have formed outside Turkish Airlines’ Moscow office on Thursday as people seek refunds for canceled bookings, local media reported.  Russia suspended most flights with Turkey from April 15-June 1 earlier this week, shutting over 500,000 Russian tourists out of the popular holiday destination.  Videos posted to social media showed dozens…

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Alexey Miller and Leonid Mikhelson review issues of cooperation between Gazprom and NOVATEK

April 15, 2021, 17:00 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Leonid Mikhelson, Chairman of the Management Board of NOVATEK, took place today in St. Petersburg. The parties reviewed issues pertaining to cooperation between the companies. Background In January 2015, Gazprom Marketing & Trading Singapore (part of the Gazprom Group) and Yamal Trade signed a long-term sales and purchase…

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Russia Summons U.S. Envoy for ‘Harsh Talks’ on New Sanctions

Russia has summoned U.S. Ambassador to Moscow John Sullivan for “harsh talks” after Washington widened economic sanctions and ordered diplomatic expulsions in retaliation to what it calls Moscow’s malign behavior, Russia’s Foreign Ministry announced Thursday. Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the ministry would like to speak with Sullivan less than an hour after President Joe Biden…

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Argentina Says Russia’s Covid-19 Vaccine More Effective Than Chinese, Indian Competitors

Argentina’s health ministry has said Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine is more effective at preventing coronavirus infections than its Chinese and Indian competitors, the South American country’s media reported Wednesday. Argentina has so far distributed the first doses of Sputnik V among 2.6 million recipients, China’s Sinopharm among 1.2 million and India’s Covishield among more than…

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AKKUYU NUCLEAR Obtains Sustainable Loan of up to $US 500 Million from Otkritie Bank

Moscow, 14 April 2021 – AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC, ROSATOM subsidiary, and Otkritie Bank signed an agreement on a non-revolving 7-year credit line with an available amount of $US 500 million. The funds are to finance the Akkuyu NPP (Turkey) construction project on special conditions requiring for the project company’s compliance with sustainable development obligations (covenants).…

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Navalny Ally Sobol Sentenced for Visiting Alleged FSB Poisoner’s Apartment

Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s close associate Lyubov Sobol was sentenced to a year of community service Thursday for visiting the apartment of an alleged security agent implicated in his poisoning. Sobol was detained in December when she appeared outside the home of alleged Federal Security Service (FSB) chemical weapons expert Konstantin Kudryavtsev. Navalny and the…

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U.S.-Funded RFE/RL to Move Staff Out of Russia Over Crippling ‘Foreign Agent’ Fines – BBC

The U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) news outlet has offered some of its staff the opportunity to leave Russia as it faces crippling “foreign agent” fines, BBC Russia reported Wednesday. The move comes after Russia fined RFE/RL nearly $1 million for violating tagging requirements related to its “foreign agent” designation. Russia’s newly tightened “foreign…

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