Spain Reopens Criminal Case Against Russian Tycoon Mikhail Fridman

Spain has reopened a criminal case against Kremlin-linked billionaire Mikhail Fridman over his alleged role in the deliberate bankruptcy of a Spanish tech firm, Deutsche Welle reported Wednesday.  Spain’s National Court first opened a case against the tycoon in 2019, with prosecutors accusing Fridman of market manipulation, fraudulent insolvency, business corruption and misuse of company…

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Lukashenko Rival in Court as Belarus Sees New Crackdown

A leading opposition figure went on trial Wednesday in Belarus, where authorities are pursuing a series of criminal cases against activists and journalists following months of anti-government protests last year. Viktor Babaryko had planned to run against strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko but was arrested in June ahead of elections and charged with bribery and money laundering. …

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Russia Arrests 19 Suspected Islamist Terrorists

Russian security forces have detained 19 suspected radical Islamists accused of plotting attacks across southern Russia, Interfax reported Wednesday, citing the Federal Security Service (FSB). The security operation took place in the Black Sea regions of Krasnodar, Crimea, Rostov and Karachayevo-Cherkessia. Authorities identified the suspects as members of Takfir wal-Hijra, a group that Russia banned…

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Russian Scientists Probe Prehistoric Viruses Dug From Permafrost

Russian state laboratory Vektor on Tuesday announced it was launching research into prehistoric viruses by analyzing the remains of animals recovered from melted permafrost. The Siberia-based lab said in a statement that the aim of the project was to identify paleoviruses and conduct advanced research into virus evolution.  The research in collaboration with the University of…

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Russia Backs Myanmar Military After China Raises Concerns

Russia remains supportive of Myanmar’s military after China’s ambassador expressed concern with the crisis in its neighboring country and denied rumors of its involvement. Ambassador Chen Hai said Beijing maintained “friendly” ties with both the Burmese army and its former ruling civilian government, noting that the current political situation was “absolutely not what China wants…

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Gazprom strengthening its gas processing business

February 17, 2021, 10:00 High-capacity facilities are under construction in eastern and western Russia. Amur GPP construction project is 72 per cent complete. The Gazprom Board of Directors expressed its approval of the Company’s ongoing efforts on expanding gas processing facilities and promoting cutting-edge technologies in the segment. It was noted that Gazprom is actively strengthening its gas processing business, primarily due to the growing share of multi-component…

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Gazprom continues to expand Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas pipeline

February 17, 2021, 09:55 The Gazprom Board of Directors took note of the information about gas supplies to the Khabarovsk Territory. It was highlighted that, in compliance with the Directives of the Government of the Russian Federation “On gas supplies to the Khabarovsk Territory from 2025,” the Company is expanding the Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas trunkline at the section between Komsomolsk-on-Amur and Khabarovsk. Over 315 kilometers of the linear part – more than 3/4 of…

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Russia Re-Opens to Foreign Students, Easing Coronavirus Travel Ban

Russia is re-opening its borders to foreign students who show two negative coronavirus tests and arrive from countries with flight resumption agreements in place, authorities said Tuesday. More than 300,000 international students are estimated to have been unable to enter Russia due to the pandemic. Russian universities resumed in-person courses earlier in February after nearly…

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ROSATOM topped the rating of the best employers of Russia according to the skilled staff platform of HeadHunter

ROSATOM topped the Rating of the Best Employers of Russia of the country’s largest platform HeadHunter by results of 2020. The rating is compiled for the tenth time. The numbers of rating participants exceed 500. ROSATOM took the first place among the largest employers of the country who employ more than 5,000 people. The second…

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Kazakhstan To Roll Out First Locally Produced Sputnik Vaccine

Kazakhstan will be the first country in the world to locally produce Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine after a pharmaceutical company received government authorization to make the jab, the company said Tuesday.    The company, called the Karaganda Pharmaceutical Complex (KPC), “was granted certification” to produce the vaccine by Kazakhstan’s health ministry on Monday, KPC…

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Russian Activists Face Death Threats Over Women’s ‘Solidarity Chain’ Protest

Russian women activists have received hundreds of death threats after their Valentine’s Day “chain of solidarity” for female victims of political repression, the Mediazona news website reported Tuesday. Around 300 participants formed human chains in central Moscow and St. Petersburg on Sunday following weeks of harsh police crackdowns at pro-Navalny protests. The event’s organizer, activist…

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Russian Academics Protest State Permits for Public Outreach

Russian academics are warning that lawmakers seek to curb their freedoms with a new law that would require state permission for public outreach, the weekly journal Nature reported Monday. Amendments to Russia’s education law advancing through the lower house of parliament, the State Duma, seek to stamp out “anti-Russian” influence in educational activities outside formal settings.…

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Pro-Navalny Flashlight Flashmob a Success Despite Lack of Crowds, Allies Say

Courtyard protests across Russia in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny were a success despite lacking the massive crowds of previous rallies, his team said Monday. The Valentine’s Day demonstrations saw Navalny supporters hold up flashlights and candles in residential courtyards rather than stage traditional street protests. Photos from the event flooded social media…

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Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Feb. 15

Russia has confirmed 4,086,090 cases of coronavirus and 80,520 deaths. Feb. 15: What you need to know today Russia confirmed 14,207 new coronavirus cases and 394 deaths. Health workers in Bosnia received the first dose of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, Reuters reported Friday.  Montenegro, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Kazakhstan have authorized Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine,…

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Russian Women Form Human Chain Following Navalny Protest Crackdown

Hundreds of women formed a “chain of solidarity” in central Moscow Sunday to support jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s wife Yulia and female victims of political repression. The Valentine’s Day demonstration follows weeks of harsh police crackdowns at pro-Navalny protests and was inspired by last summer’s protests in neighboring Belarus, where women formed human chains…

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When Andy Warhol Came to Moscow

In 2020 and 2021, Moscow held its first truly comprehensive exhibition of works by Andy Warhol, the king of American pop-art. Paradoxically, the most comprehensive exhibition of the most famous 20th century, tradition-challenging American artist was held in Moscow at the time of the greatest decline in Russian-American relations. The exhibition, entitled “I, Andy Warhol”…

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ROSATOM started manufacturing equipment for Xudapu NPP (China)

Volgodonsk branch of AEM-technology (a part of ROSATOM machine-building division) have started manufacturing essential equipment for Xudapu NPP Unit 3.   AEM-technology will manufacture and deliver two Generation III+ VVER-1200 reactor facilities, two sets of steam generators, reactor coolant pump set, main circulation piping bodies and two pressurizers.  The total weight of the items will…

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Rostechnadzor issued the license to build BREST-OD-300 reactor

The Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service (Rostechnadzor) gave JSC SCC the license for building of the world’s first pilot demonstration power unit with a lead-cooled fast neutron reactor BREST-OD-300 which uses mixed uranium-plutonium nitride fuel and integrated design. The license was signed by Head of Rostechnadzor Aleksei Aleshin on February 10.  “First of…

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Issues of cooperation with Republic of Belarus reviewed

February 12, 2021, 16:18 A working meeting between Alexey Miller Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Vladimir Semashko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Russian Federation, took place today in St. Petersburg. It was noted at the meeting that Gazprom, as usual, is reliably providing Belarusian consumers with the required amounts of gas amid peak winter demand. The parties discussed issues of cooperation…

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