Mindblown: a blog about philosophy.

  • UN Puts Russia on ‘List of Shame’ Over Deaths of Ukrainian Children

    UN Puts Russia on ‘List of Shame’ Over Deaths of Ukrainian Children

    The United Nations has put Russian military forces and proxy armed groups on its “list of shame” over the killing and maiming of hundreds of children in its war against Ukraine, according to a document seen by AFP Thursday. In an annual report on the treatment of children in conflict zones, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres…

  • ‘The World Must Hear the Sound of War,’ Russian Nobel Laureate Muratov Says After Sirens Disrupt Speech

    ‘The World Must Hear the Sound of War,’ Russian Nobel Laureate Muratov Says After Sirens Disrupt Speech

    Russian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dmitry Muratov said Thursday that “the world must hear this sound” of the Kremlin’s war on Kyiv following an incident where Ukrainian journalists played the sound of an air-raid warning during his speech earlier this week. Muratov, the chief editor of the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, was speaking earlier this…

  • Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to Share Data with Moscow on Anti-War Russians, Conscripts

    Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to Share Data with Moscow on Anti-War Russians, Conscripts

    Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia will share their citizen’s personal data with each other for law enforcement purposes, the press service of Kyrgyzstan’s presidential office announced Wednesday. Under the agreement, each country will share information on the residence status, citizenship, migration registration, visas, property, criminal records and identity documents of individuals living within their borders. “Today we received…

  • Wagner Group Recruits Military Police in Occupied Ukraine – Reports

    Wagner Group Recruits Military Police in Occupied Ukraine – Reports

    Russia’s Wagner mercenary group has started recruiting military police in occupied Ukraine, according to online job advertisements posted by the private army and reports by independent media outlets. In a post shared on the Russian social media website VKontakte, the private military company said it was looking to hire former law enforcement and special forces…

  • Georgia and Mongolia Light Up the Cinema Screen

    Georgia and Mongolia Light Up the Cinema Screen

    As the focus moves away from Russia in the arts, a space has opened for films from countries once considered the periphery of the Soviet Union. This year films from Georgia and Mongolia got accolades at the 76th International Cannes Film Festival. Both were directed by women and unveil the challenging and arduous daily routines…

  • Russian Gov’t Officials Banned From Bringing iPhones Into Cabinet Meetings – Report

    Russian Gov’t Officials Banned From Bringing iPhones Into Cabinet Meetings – Report

    Russian government officials have been banned from using their iPhones during cabinet meetings and for work purposes amid claims that the U.S.-made smartphones are equipped with spying technology, ​​independent journalist Farida Rustamova reported Thursday, citing sources. The ban on Apple devices, which applies to deputy prime ministers, ministers and other staff, came after a warning from…

  • Russia Says Ukraine Forces ‘Regrouping’ After Offensive Losses

    Russia Says Ukraine Forces ‘Regrouping’ After Offensive Losses

    Russia said Thursday that Ukrainian forces in eastern and southern Ukraine were temporarily limiting their efforts to reclaim Moscow-held territory, after Kyiv launched its highly anticipated counteroffensive. “After conducting active hostilities over the past 16 days and having suffered significant losses, the enemy has reduced its activity and is currently regrouping,” Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu…

  • Russia Opens First Xi Jinping Research Center Outside China

    Russia Opens First Xi Jinping Research Center Outside China

    Russia’s Academy of Sciences (RAS) has opened a research center specializing in the study of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s communist teachings, the first ever established outside China, Russian and Chinese media reported Thursday. Kirill Babayev, head of the RAS Institute of China and Contemporary Asia, linked the opening of the Xi Jinping Thought Research Laboratory…

  • Moscow Court Rejects U.S. Journalist Gershkovich’s Appeal

    Moscow Court Rejects U.S. Journalist Gershkovich’s Appeal

    A Moscow court has rejected Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich’s appeal against the three-month extension of his arrest on spying charges, state media reported Thursday. Gershkovich, 31, became the first Western journalist accused of espionage in modern Russia after the Foreign Ministry-accredited reporter was detained in late March during a reporting trip in central Russia.…

  • Zelensky Claims Russia Preparing Radiation Leak at Nuclear Plant

    Zelensky Claims Russia Preparing Radiation Leak at Nuclear Plant

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Thursday that Moscow’s forces were considering launching a “terror attack” at the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, a recurring flash point of concern throughout Russia’s invasion. “Intelligence services have received information that Russia is considering the scenario of a terrorist act at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant — a terrorist act with the release of…

  • 20 Russian Volunteer Units Sign Military Contracts – Defense Ministry

    20 Russian Volunteer Units Sign Military Contracts – Defense Ministry

    Updated with Shoigu’s 50,000 volunteer fighters figure. More than 20 Russian volunteer detachments fighting alongside regular soldiers in Ukraine have signed contracts with the military, Russia’s Defense Ministry said Thursday. “The signed contracts define the legal regulation and activities of the volunteer corps formations in the zone of the ‘special military operation’,” the military said,…

  • Soviet Hydrogen Bomb Creator Dies By Suicide

    Soviet Hydrogen Bomb Creator Dies By Suicide

    A Russian physicist and co-creator of the Soviet Union’s first two-stage hydrogen bomb committed suicide in his central Moscow apartment at the age of 92, Russian media reported late Wednesday, citing investigators.  Grigory Klinishov’s body was found by his 67-year-old daughter on Saturday alongside a death note, according to the Kommersant business daily.  He was…

  • Russia Accuses Kyiv of Striking Bridge Linking Crimea to Mainland Ukraine

    Russia Accuses Kyiv of Striking Bridge Linking Crimea to Mainland Ukraine

    Russian-installed authorities in occupied Ukraine accused Kyiv of striking a bridge linking the annexed Crimean peninsula to mainland Ukraine early Thursday. “The criminal Kyiv regime barbarically shelled civilian bridges on the administrative border between the Kherson region and Crimea near Chonhar,” Kherson’s Kremlin-installed leader Vladimir Saldo said, without specifying the number of bridges targeted in the…

  • Wagner Chief Accuses Moscow of ‘Misleading Russians’ Over Ukraine Offensive

    Wagner Chief Accuses Moscow of ‘Misleading Russians’ Over Ukraine Offensive

    The chief of mercenary group Wagner on Wednesday accused Moscow’s top brass of deceiving Russians about the course of Ukraine’s offensive and pointed to Kyiv’s progress on the battlefield. Early this month Kyiv’s military launched its counteroffensive in the east and south of the Western-backed country in an effort to claw back territory lost since…

  • Kyiv Puts Environmental Damage from Ukraine Dam Breach at $1.5Bln

    Kyiv Puts Environmental Damage from Ukraine Dam Breach at $1.5Bln

    Kyiv said Wednesday the destruction of the Russian-held Kakhovka dam in southern Ukraine earlier this month caused an estimated $1.5 billion in damages to the environment. The breach of the dam on June 6 caused devastating floods in the Kherson region under Russian and Ukrainian control, forcing thousands to flee and sparking fears of an…

  • Austria’s Raiffeisen Bank Suspends Euro Transfers in Russia and Neighboring Countries

    Austria’s Raiffeisen Bank Suspends Euro Transfers in Russia and Neighboring Countries

    Austrian banking group Raiffeisen, one of the last Western lenders remaining in Russia, announced Wednesday that it will suspend transfers of euros to banks in Russia and several other countries popular among Russian travelers. Starting July 3, Raiffeisen’s Russian subsidiary will block euro-denominated bank transfers to several former Soviet republics, including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Armenia,…

  • Russia Bans WWF Environmental Group

    Russia Bans WWF Environmental Group

    Russian authorities on Wednesday labeled the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) environmental advocacy NGO an “undesirable” organization, a designation that renders all of its activities illegal in Russia. The Prosecutor General’s Office accused the Switzerland-based WWF of “threatening” Russia’s economy and “interfering” with Russia’s internal affairs as well as “financing” the activities of Russian organizations designated as “foreign…

  • Russian Nuclear Scientist Jailed 9 Years for Treason

    Russian Nuclear Scientist Jailed 9 Years for Treason

    A scientist at a Russian nuclear research facility in the Nizhny Novgorod region has been sentenced to nine years in prison on charges of “high treason,” local media reported Wednesday, citing law enforcement officials.  Investigators accused Viktor Ilyin — an employee at the Federal Nuclear Center in the closed town of Serov — of attempting…

  • Kyiv’s Allies Vow to Make Russia Pay for Ukraine Invasion

    Kyiv’s Allies Vow to Make Russia Pay for Ukraine Invasion

    Western allies on Wednesday promised to make Russia pay for invading Ukraine as governments and private investors met to fund the country’s reconstruction from the ravages of war. The World Bank has put an estimate of $14 billion on Ukraine’s immediate needs to repair the damage caused by the bitter fighting. But a recent study by the…

  • War-Themed Indigenous Holiday Sparks Outrage in Russia’s Far East

    War-Themed Indigenous Holiday Sparks Outrage in Russia’s Far East

    Residents of Russia’s largest region in the Far East have slammed a move by local authorities to dedicate indigenous holiday celebrations to Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine. The Republic of Sakha celebrates the Yhyakh New Year annually during the summer solstice, with this year’s festivities falling on Wednesday, June 21. Just days before the celebrations…

  • Russia Buries General Suspected Killed in Ukraine – Reports

    Russia Buries General Suspected Killed in Ukraine – Reports

    A Russian general reportedly killed in Ukraine last week was buried with military honors in St. Petersburg, local media reported late Tuesday, publishing photos of a military funeral ceremony and gravesite.  Major General Sergei Goryachev’s funeral was said to have taken place on Sunday, reported the local Fontaka news outlet, noting a ceremony was held…

  • At Power Unit No. 7 of Tianwan NPS, the Inner Containment Dome’s Upper Part Has Been Installed in the Reactor Building

    In the reactor building of Tianwan NPS power unit No. 7, which is being built in China with involvement of the Rosatom Engineering Division, the upper part of the inner containment dome weighing 214 tons and being 36 meters in diameter has been installed in the design position. The works to install the inner containment…

  • Ukraine Dam Flood Toll Hits 41 in Russia-Controlled Area

    Ukraine Dam Flood Toll Hits 41 in Russia-Controlled Area

    The toll from flooding sparked by a breach of a huge Ukrainian dam has risen to 41 in areas under Russian control, an official said Wednesday. “Unfortunately the number of dead has risen to 41,” said Andrei Alekseyenko, a senior official with Russian occupation authorities.   In areas under Ukrainian control, at least 16 people…

  • 3 Drones Downed Outside Moscow Military Base

    3 Drones Downed Outside Moscow Military Base

    A group of drones is believed to have targeted a Russian army base outside Moscow early Wednesday, the latest in a string of attacks near the Russian capital in recent weeks, authorities and state media reported. “In the village of Kalininets today, two drones crashed at approximately 5:30 and 5:50 a.m. on approach to a…

  • Ukraine Rescue Worker Killed, 8 Injured by Russian Fire in Kherson – Minister

    Ukraine Rescue Worker Killed, 8 Injured by Russian Fire in Kherson – Minister

    Ukraine said Tuesday that one rescue worker was killed and several others were injured by Russian forces in the southern city of Kherson, which was recently flooded after the breach of a major dam nearby. Kyiv, which says Russia blew up the Kakhovka dam earlier this month, has repeatedly accused Moscow of shelling rescue efforts…

  • Russia Moves to Allow Convicts Join Army

    Russia Moves to Allow Convicts Join Army

    Russian lawmakers have approved legislation allowing convicts to clear their criminal records in exchange for joining the country’s depleted military nearly 16 months into Russia’s war on Ukraine. The move formalizes the recruitment of prisoners for the war in Ukraine, a practice spearheaded by the Wagner mercenary group last year before the Defense Ministry took over prison…

  • Russia Moves to Allow Convicts to Join Army

    Russia Moves to Allow Convicts to Join Army

    Russian lawmakers have approved legislation allowing convicts to clear their criminal records in exchange for joining the country’s depleted military nearly 16 months into Russia’s war on Ukraine. The move formalizes the recruitment of prisoners for the war in Ukraine, a practice spearheaded by the Wagner mercenary group last year before the Defense Ministry took over prison…

  • 5 Killed in Blast at Russian Explosives Plant

    5 Killed in Blast at Russian Explosives Plant

    Updated with revised death toll. Five people have been killed in a blast at an explosives factory in Russia’s central Tambov region, state-run media reported Tuesday, citing local authorities. “At the moment, there is information about four people killed, and two others were injured,” emergency services told the TASS news agency.  Officials later said one…

  • 4 Killed in Blast at Russian Explosives Plant

    4 Killed in Blast at Russian Explosives Plant

    Four people have been killed in a blast at an explosives factory in Russia’s central Tambov region, state-run media reported Tuesday, citing local authorities. “At the moment, there is information about four people killed, and two others were injured,” emergency services told the TASS news agency.  Tambov Governor Maxim Yegorov said the explosion was caused…

  • Georgia Overtakes Italy as Top Still Wine Importer to Russia – Kommersant

    Georgia Overtakes Italy as Top Still Wine Importer to Russia – Kommersant

    The South Caucasus nation of Georgia has become Russia’s top importer of still wine, the Kommersant business daily reported Tuesday, citing customs data.  Between January and May, still wine imports from Georgia rose by 63% year-on-year, helping it overtake Italy — which saw shipments rise by 31% year-on-year during the same period — as Russia’s…

  • Moscow Ally Kyrgyzstan Sours on Russian Anti-War Emigres

    Moscow Ally Kyrgyzstan Sours on Russian Anti-War Emigres

    Updated to clarify a quote. Authorities in Kyrgyzstan are increasingly at odds with the country’s newfound contingent of Russian emigres, with a spate of concert cancellations and the use of facial-recognition technology to track down Russians wanted by Moscow contributing to increased friction. On Monday the rapper Morgenshtern, who was labeled a “foreign agent” in…

  • Moscow Warns Kyiv Against Targeting Crimea with Western Arms

    Moscow Warns Kyiv Against Targeting Crimea with Western Arms

    Moscow claimed Tuesday that Ukrainian forces were planning to use Western-supplied missiles to strike targets inside Russia and the annexed peninsula of Crimea, threatening “immediate retaliation.” “The leadership of Ukraine’s armed forces plans to strike Russian territory, including Crimea, with HIMARS and Storm Shadow missiles,” Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said during a meeting with military officials. Shoigu…

  • In India, within the frames of the celebration of the Day of Russia, a presentation of ROSATOM’s contribution to achieving sustainable development goals was held

    On June 15, in the city of Trivandrum (Republic of India), the celebration of the Day of Russia was organized by Ratish Nair, the Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation, Director of the Russian House in Trivandrum. The event was attended by representatives of the government and the public of the state of Kerala, consular…

  • Russian Movie Portal Charged With ‘LGBT Propaganda’ – Reports

    Russian Movie Portal Charged With ‘LGBT Propaganda’ – Reports

    Russian authorities have charged a popular movie portal owned by the country’s largest tech company Yandex with distributing so-called “LGBT propaganda” to minors, independent media reported Tuesday. Moscow’s Zamoskvoretsky District Court registered an administrative case against Kinopoisk, a film database and streaming service with more than 150 million monthly visitors, according to the news website Mediazona. The plaintiff…

  • China’s Russian Oil Imports Highest Since Ukraine Invasion

    China’s Russian Oil Imports Highest Since Ukraine Invasion

    Chinese imports of Russian oil last month hit their highest level since Moscow’s February 2022 invasion of Ukraine, customs data showed Tuesday, as Beijing offers an economic lifeline to an increasingly isolated Kremlin. China is Russia’s largest economic partner, with trade between them reaching a record $190 billion last year. In May, China imported 9.71 million…

  • Russia Jails Dual National for Fighting for Ukraine

    Russia Jails Dual National for Fighting for Ukraine

    Russia jailed a dual Ukrainian and Russian national for 16 years on Tuesday on terrorism-linked charges for fighting alongside Kyiv’s forces in Ukraine. A judge in a military court in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don handed down the ruling to a man named Denis Muryga, accusing him of fighting as part of Ukraine’s Aidar battalion,…

  • Navalny Launches Anti-War Presidential Campaign From Jail

    Navalny Launches Anti-War Presidential Campaign From Jail

    Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said he has launched a “long, relentless and exhausting” online presidential campaign against Russia’s war in Ukraine. With his grassroots political network banned as “extremist” in Russia, Navalny vowed to deploy a targeted messaging strategy to win over pro-war or neutral Russians. “We’ll change many people’s minds. We’ll sow doubts…

  • Russian Companies Record Historic Quadrillion-Ruble Revenues in 2022 – RBC

    Russian Companies Record Historic Quadrillion-Ruble Revenues in 2022 – RBC

    Russian companies declared more than 1 quadrillion rubles ($15 trillion) in 2022 revenue for the first time in the country’s history, the RBC news website reported Tuesday, citing data from the country’s tax service.  Revenues totaled 1.26 quadrillion rubles last year, nearly double the 655 trillion rubles ($7.7 trillion) declared in 2021, according to Federal Tax…

  • Yeltsin Center Cannot Be Labeled a ‘Foreign Agent,’ Lawmaker Says

    Yeltsin Center Cannot Be Labeled a ‘Foreign Agent,’ Lawmaker Says

    Russia’s Justice Ministry lacks the legal authority to label the Yeltsin Center as a “foreign agent,” a lower-house lawmaker said Monday. Last week a senior Justice Ministry official said a preliminary investigation had been launched into the Yeltsin Center, a history museum and cultural center dedicated to the first Russian president Boris Yeltsin. According to…

  • Ukraine Says Hungary Barring Access to Returned POWs

    Ukraine Says Hungary Barring Access to Returned POWs

    Kyiv on Monday accused Hungary of barring access to 11 Ukrainian prisoners of war that Russia handed over to the EU country, which has maintained ties with the Kremlin during the invasion of Ukraine.  The Russian Orthodox Church said earlier this month that a group of Ukrainian prisoners of war from Transcarpathia — a region…

  • In Photos: Life Under Russian Occupation in Ukraine’s Mariupol

    In Photos: Life Under Russian Occupation in Ukraine’s Mariupol

    Russia has held the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol since May 2022, when its brutal three-month siege of the city ended. The port city on the Sea of Azov, which had a pre-war population of 480,000, was nearly completely destroyed by a brutal Russian siege in the spring of 2022. The United Nations said it…

  • Russia Opens Memorial to Unacknowledged Boat Attack Victims – Reports

    Russia Opens Memorial to Unacknowledged Boat Attack Victims – Reports

    Military authorities in Moscow-annexed Crimea have opened a monument to Russian sailors who perished in a boat attack in Ukrainian waters, but whose deaths were never officially acknowledged, according to crew members and family who spoke to investigative news outlet Agentstvo. Ukrainian forces claimed to have sunk the Russian tugboat Vasily Bekh in June 2022…

  • Will the Kakhovka Dam’s Destruction Hinder Ukraine’s Counteroffensive?

    Will the Kakhovka Dam’s Destruction Hinder Ukraine’s Counteroffensive?

    The destruction of the Kakhovka dam and subsequent flooding in Ukraine’s southern Kherson region narrows Kyiv’s options on the battlefield as it pushes to retake territories occupied by Russia during its 15-month invasion, experts told The Moscow Times.  Despite hindering the strategic plans of both sides, the Kakhovka dam disaster is ultimately believed to be more…

  • Russian Judge Orders to Hold Navalny ‘Extremist’ Trial Behind Closed Doors

    Russian Judge Orders to Hold Navalny ‘Extremist’ Trial Behind Closed Doors

    Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s trial on a new string of “extremism” charges was abruptly ordered to be held behind closed doors at its first hearing, the independent Mediazona news website reported.  Navalny, 47, faces up to 30 more years on the latest charges, which he and his allies have slammed as a politically motivated…

  • Russia Labels Rights Group Agora ‘Undesirable’

    Russia Labels Rights Group Agora ‘Undesirable’

    Russian authorities have labeled the prominent legal and human rights group Agora an “undesirable organization,” state media reported Monday amid an ongoing clampdown on independent activists and rights defenders since the invasion of Ukraine last year. Agora is an association of lawyers that has provided legal advocacy to journalists, opposition activists and other victims of suspected…

  • Russia Fines Tech Giant Yandex 2M Rubles

    Russia Fines Tech Giant Yandex 2M Rubles

    A Moscow court fined Russia’s largest tech company Yandex 2 million rubles ($24,000) for failing to turn over user data to domestic intelligence services, state media reported Monday. Yandex was found guilty of repeatedly refusing to provide the Federal Security Service (FSB) data on its users, which law enforcement officials said they needed in order…

  • Russia Targeted Infamous Double Agent in U.S. Assassination Attempt – NYT

    Russia Targeted Infamous Double Agent in U.S. Assassination Attempt – NYT

    Russia attempted to assassinate a former intelligence officer in the United States in a “brazen” failed bid that led in part to tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions, The New York Times reported Monday, citing three anonymous former senior U.S. officials. Alexander Poteyev was a former colonel in Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) who shared state secrets that helped…

  • 7 Wounded in Strikes on Russian Border Regions – Governors

    7 Wounded in Strikes on Russian Border Regions – Governors

    Russian regions bordering Ukraine came under fire early Monday morning, resulting in injuries to seven people, including a child, local authorities said. Strikes in Russia’s southwestern Belgorod region damaged multiple residential buildings in the Valuisk district, Belgorod Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov wrote on Telegram. “The Valuisk municipal district is under attack from Ukrainian forces. According to…

  • 32K Russian Ex-Convicts Return Home After Fighting – Wagner

    32K Russian Ex-Convicts Return Home After Fighting – Wagner

    Some 32,000 former prisoners recruited by the Wagner mercenary group have returned to Russia after fighting in Ukraine, the private military company’s founder Yevgeny Prigozhin said Sunday. “As of June 18, 2023, 32,000 persons previously convicted and who took part in the special military operation among the ranks of the Wagner PMC went home at…

  • Joint Russian-Turkish educational dual-diploma Master Program for training turkish engineers at Akkuyu NPP to be launched

    June 17, 2023, Büyükeceli, Türkiye – Implementation of the Akkuyu NPP Personnel Training Program continues in Türkiye. The list of students who will join Russian universities to major in nuclear engineering was announced at the coordination meeting in video conference format between representatives of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of the Republic of…

  • Why a Soviet-American Thinker Moderated Putin’s SPIEF Panel

    Why a Soviet-American Thinker Moderated Putin’s SPIEF Panel

    This year’s St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), called the “Russian Davos,” culminated Friday in a plenary session with President Vladimir Putin and Algerian counterpart Abdelmadjid Tebboune. Moderating the discussion was Dmitri Simes, a conservative U.S. political scientist and historian of Soviet origin, in another reflection of how far Russia’s standing has fallen on the…

  • On Father’s Day, Zelensky Praises ‘Brave’ Soldiers Fighting

    On Father’s Day, Zelensky Praises ‘Brave’ Soldiers Fighting

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday, Father’s Day, thanked all “strong and brave” soldiers fighting Russia’s invasion, and hoped all dads would eventually return from the front. “Thank you to every Ukrainian father, to every Ukrainian family for our strong and brave soldiers who defended Ukraine’s independence, and fight for the life of Ukraine!” Zelensky said…

  • South Africa’s Ramaphosa Tells Putin Ukraine ‘War Must Be Settled’

    South Africa’s Ramaphosa Tells Putin Ukraine ‘War Must Be Settled’

    South Africa’s president, in Russia as part of a delegation pushing for peace between Kyiv and Moscow, told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Saturday that the fighting had to stop. His delegation put forward a set of principles that the Kremlin deemed “very difficult to implement,” a day after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ruled out talks…

  • South African President Arrives in Russia as Part of Peace Mission

    South African President Arrives in Russia as Part of Peace Mission

    South Africa’s president arrived in Saint Petersburg, Russia on Saturday ahead of talks headed by an African delegation pushing for negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow even as doubts grow they will bear fruit.  The African leaders are attempting to make the continent’s issues heard after it has been buffeted by economic headwinds caused by the…

  • Russian Defense Minister Says More Tanks Needed in Ukraine

    Russian Defense Minister Says More Tanks Needed in Ukraine

    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Saturday called for more tanks to be manufactured “to meet the needs of Russian forces” in Ukraine after Kyiv launched a counteroffensive with Western arms. Shoigu, who visited a military factory in western Siberia, stressed the need “to maintain the increased production of tanks” and better security features in…

  • Russia Says Repelled Drones Targeting Oil Refinery

    Russia Says Repelled Drones Targeting Oil Refinery

    Russia on Saturday said it had destroyed three drones targeting an oil refinery in the southern border region of Bryansk, as Ukraine pursues its counteroffensive against Russian forces.    “Russian air defense systems repelled an overnight attack by the Ukrainian armed forces on the ‘Druzhba’ oil refinery in the district of Novozybkov,” the governor of the Bryansk region,…

  • Celebrate Summer with a Georgian Cherry Plum Stew

    Celebrate Summer with a Georgian Cherry Plum Stew

    Georgian food has been popular in Russia for a long time, but in the mid-1930s it was almost an official part of our cuisine. Shashlik, satsivi and kharcho were almost an obligatory attribute of Kremlin banquets, and they also appeared on menus in many restaurants. In the Soviet years, Georgian cuisine was fared better than…

  • Crimea’s Tourism Industry Faces Another Lost Summer as War Rages On

    Crimea’s Tourism Industry Faces Another Lost Summer as War Rages On

    Crimea’s tourism industry is braced for another lost summer as Kyiv’s accelerating counteroffensive raises fresh safety concerns on the annexed peninsula and millions of Russian vacationers are set to stay away from its Black Sea resorts for the second year running. Tourist flows to Crimea — already down by around a third in 2022 —…

  • Putin Says Zelensky a ‘Disgrace to Jewish People’

    Putin Says Zelensky a ‘Disgrace to Jewish People’

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky, who is Jewish, was a “disgrace” to people of his faith. “I have a lot of Jewish friends,” Putin told an annual economic forum in St. Petersburg. “They say that Zelensky is not Jewish, that he is a disgrace to the Jewish people.  “I’m…

  • Sberbank Sells Austrian Subsidiary, Completing Exit from European Market

    Sberbank Sells Austrian Subsidiary, Completing Exit from European Market

    Russia’s largest private lender Sberbank has completed its exit from the European market with the sale of its Austrian subsidiary, the bank said in a statement Friday. Sberbank’s sale of Sber Vermögensverwaltungs AG in Abwicklung (formerly known as Sberbank Europe AG) comes over 15 months since Sberbank was targeted by Western sanctions in response to…

Got any book recommendations?