‘The People Captured Power Themselves’: Kyrgyzstan Cleans Up After Night of Chaos

BISHKEK — Store owners in Kyrgyzstan’s capital spent Monday emptying their premises of stock and boarding up the facades. The day after disputed parliamentary elections triggered widespread protests, they wanted to avoid the looting they’d seen in previous revolutions in 2005 and 2010.      By Tuesday the Central Asian nation’s Central Electoral Commission had canceled the…

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Russian Activists Demand End to Intimidation at Funeral of Journalist Who Set Herself on Fire

Hundreds of Russians on Tuesday held a memorial procession for a journalist who died after setting herself on fire while rights groups demanded an end to the police intimidation that is believed to have triggered her self-immolation. Irina Slavina, the editor-in-chief of the independent KozaPress news outlet, died Friday after setting herself on fire in…

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Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Oct. 6

Russia has confirmed 1,237,504 cases of coronavirus and 21,663 deaths. Oct. 6: What you need to know today Russia confirmed 11,615 new Covid-19 cases Tuesday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 1,237,504. Tuesday’s increase is just 41 fewer than the country’s highest daily total of 11,656 which was recorded on May 11. The Russian capital re-opened two temporary…

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Russia Expands Second Virus Vaccine’s Volunteer Pool Sixfold

Russia’s second candidate vaccine against the coronavirus will be tested on six times the original number of volunteers as part of final clinical trials for safety and effectiveness, health authorities said Monday. The government is expected to approve the peptide-based EpiVacCorona vaccine developed by a Siberian-based biotechnology company on or around Oct. 15. It completed…

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Kyrgyz Protesters Take Government House, Free Ex-Leader After Post-Vote Clashes

Protesters seized Kyrgyzstan’s seat of government and freed a jailed former president on Tuesday after demonstrations against an election marred by vote-buying accusations spiralled into violent clashes with police. Opposition supporters hit the streets of the capital Bishkek the previous evening to demand the resignation of pro-Russian President Sooronbay Jeenbekov and a re-run of Sunday’s…

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Russia Sees Warmest September in Recorded History

Russia experienced the warmest September in its 130-year recorded history last month, the state weather service said Monday as climate change continues to reshape the country’s weather patterns.  Nearly every geographical region except southeast Russia experienced temperatures several degrees above their September averages, according to the Russian Hydrometeorology Center’s chief specialist Marina Makarova. “The largest…

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Striking Dockers in Far East Russia Pelt New Management With Helmets

Striking dockers in Russia’s Far East capital of Vladivostok tossed their helmets at upper management in protest during an attempted negotiation Monday, the local VL.ru news website reported.   Video shows the Far East Shipping Company (FESCO) President Arkady Korostelev and Roman Kukharuk, the newly appointed manager of its subsidiary the Commercial Port of Vladivostok, attempting…

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Russia’s Coronavirus Deaths Are Double Reported Figures – Statistics Agency

Official government statistics suggest that more than 45,000 Russians with coronavirus have died since the start of the pandemic, double the number of deaths estimated by Russia’s coronavirus task force. According to state statistics agency Rosstat, 45,663 people diagnosed with Covid-19 have died between April and August in Russia. The national task force, which collates…

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Severstal supplied large-diameter pipes for the costructio of the Olympic stadium i Egypt

October 5, 2020 PAO Severstal, one of the world’s largest vertically integrated steel and mining companies, has supplied the large-diameter pipes (LSAW) for the development of the Olympic stadium in Egypt’s new administrative capital. The products were manufactured for Orascom Construction PLC. That is a leading global engineering and construction contractor primarily focused on infrastructure,…

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Belarus Police Use Water Cannon in Minsk, Detain Protesters

Belarusian police on Sunday used water cannon to disperse a rally in Minsk as tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in the latest weekend protest against strongman Alexander Lukashenko’s disputed re-election. Demonstrators dedicated their march — which came after Brussels and Washington introduced sanctions against a number of Belarusian officials — to the plight of…

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Armenia Says Facing ‘Decisive Moment’ as Karabakh Fighting Intensifies

Armenian and Azerbaijani forces were engaged in fierce clashes Saturday as fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region intensified, with Armenia reporting heavy losses and its leader saying it was facing a historic threat. Armenia’s defense ministry said separatist forces had repelled a massive attack by Azerbaijan, seven days after new fighting erupted in the decades-old…

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Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Oct. 3

Russia has confirmed 1,204,502 cases of coronavirus and 21,251 deaths. Oct. 3: What you need to know today Russia confirmed 9,859 new Covid-19 cases Saturday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 1,204,502 as the number of new infections across the country continues to rise.  Ukraine’s former President Petro Poroshenko has been hospitalized with double pneumonia, his wife said…

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Karabakh Tests ‘Competitive Cooperation’ of Putin, Erdogan

The marriage of convenience between Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan has confounded sceptics by withstanding Russian and Turkish rivalries in Syria and Libya. Now, with the deadliest fighting in decades returning to Azerbaijan’s Armenian separatist region of Nagorno Karabakh, the bond between the two strong-willed leaders is being tested in Russia’s own backyard, analysts said.…

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China Restricts Russian Seafood Imports After Coronavirus Found on Packaging

Chinese authorities have restricted seafood imports from Russia after finding traces of the coronavirus on the seafood’s outer packaging, the Vedomosti business daily reported Thursday.  China, the destination for 60% of Russia’s seafood exports, has so far placed restrictions on four Russian companies, Russian Fishery Industries Association president German Zverev told Vedomosti.  China previously sent…

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Russia Says Ready for ‘Close Coordination’ With Turkey on Karabakh

Russia said on Thursday its foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu had confirmed in a phone call they were ready for “close coordination” to stabilize the situation in Nagorny Karabakh. Fighting over the breakaway region between majority-Muslim Azerbaijan and Christian Armenia has raised fears of a wider conflict involving regional powers Turkey and Russia.…

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Gazprom and LUKOIL continuing preparations for developing two fields in Nenets Autonomous Area

October 1, 2020, 21:00 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Vagit Alekperov, President of LUKOIL, took place today in St. Petersburg. The parties discussed current issues related to cooperation, including further steps in the preparations for the development of the Vaneyvisskoye and Layavozhskoye fields. Background Gazprom and LUKOIL are bound by the 2014–2024 General Agreement on Strategic Partnership, pursuant to which,…

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The Moscow International Film Festival Begins Quietly But Packs a Cinematic Punch

Staggered seating, social distancing, masks and gloves – so begins the 42nd Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF). The organizers couldn’t invite Hollywood and international celebrities to the opening ceremony, but this didn’t stop MIFF from coming up with a new and extremely rich movie program. Many of the films presented at the festival, unfortunately, will…

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Belarus Opposition Leader Takes Risky Diplomatic Path

Once a political novice, Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya is joining Europe’s diplomatic big leagues but risks undermining her own cause in the process, experts said. After meeting French President Emmanuel Macron this week, the self-proclaimed victor of Belarus’s presidential election in August is set to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The high-profile meetings are…

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Russia Finds Wiretaps in Foreign-Made Clothing Irons – Trade Official

Russian authorities have discovered pre-installed wiretap devices inside imported clothing irons, the Industry and Trade Ministry’s top radioelectronics industry official said Wednesday.  Vasily Shpak warned that bugged appliances and electronic devices are a commonplace reality but did not specify the countries in which the irons were allegedly manufactured nor the potential motives for wiretapping. “They…

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Far East Russian Region Fights the Blues With ‘Happiness Ministry’

Russia’s easternmost territory of Kamchatka will establish a so-called “ministry of happiness” to improve its residents’ well-being, the region’s recently elected governor Vladimir Solodov announced Thursday. The Kremlin-backed governor said the new agency, officially called the “ministry of social welfare and family policy,” is part of ongoing administrative reforms. “In short, it’s about happiness,” Solodov…

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