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  • Moldova Separatists Say Foil Ukraine-Backed ‘Terror’ Attack

    Moldova Separatists Say Foil Ukraine-Backed ‘Terror’ Attack

    The leader of Moldova’s breakaway region said on Thursday that his government would appeal to the UN Security Council to probe a “terror” attack and ensure the security of Transnistria. Pro-Russian authorities in the region earlier on Thursday accused Kyiv of planning such an attack, fueling fears of a spillover of the Ukraine conflict. “I…

  • Russia, UN Set for Ukraine Grain Deal Renewal Talks

    Russia, UN Set for Ukraine Grain Deal Renewal Talks

    Russia and the United Nations will hold talks in Geneva on Monday on renewing the Ukraine grain export deal, with the UN saying the fate of millions rested on its extension. Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February last year saw Ukraine’s Black Sea ports blocked by warships until a deal signed in July allowed…

  • Russia’s Biggest Bank Announces Huge 2022 Fall in Profits

    Russia’s Biggest Bank Announces Huge 2022 Fall in Profits

    Russia’s Sberbank on Thursday announced its net profit dropped nearly 80% in 2022, a year marked by unprecedented Western sanctions on Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine.  The group published a net profit of 270.5 billion rubles ($3.56 billion) last year, a 78.3% decrease compared to 2021. “2022 has been an extremely difficult year for…

  • Wagner Boss ‘Cut Off’ From Official Channels After Public Ammo Plea

    Wagner Boss ‘Cut Off’ From Official Channels After Public Ammo Plea

    The head of Russia’s notorious Wagner mercenary group Yevgeniy Prigozhin said on Thursday that he’d been cut off from all government communication channels following his recent public plea to the Ministry of Defense to supply his fighters in Ukraine with urgently needed ammunition. “In order to stop me from asking for ammunition, they turned off all…

  • Russia Pounds Ukraine with Deadly ‘Retaliation’ Strikes

    Russia Pounds Ukraine with Deadly ‘Retaliation’ Strikes

    Russia hit Ukraine with a barrage of missiles on Thursday, killing nine people and triggering a wave of power cuts, including at Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant. The UN nuclear agency’s chief warned next time “luck will run out” in reference to the danger of repeated electricity outages at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia facility. Russia said the…

  • Sanctions Loophole Closed as Turkey Blocks Parallel Imports to Russia

    Sanctions Loophole Closed as Turkey Blocks Parallel Imports to Russia

    Turkish customs officials have suddenly stopped permitting the transit of sanctioned goods bound for Russia through Turkish territory, Russia’s Kommersant FM radio station reported on Thursday citing Russian logistics operators.  Turkey has been a key hub for Russia’s sanction-busting efforts ever since President Vladimir Putin signed the country’s “parallel import” scheme into law in June. The…

  • Russian Newspaper Editor Has Property Seized Over ‘Foreign Agent’ Violation

    Russian Newspaper Editor Has Property Seized Over ‘Foreign Agent’ Violation

    Russian authorities have seized the assets of Pyotr Kanayev, the chief editor of the leading business daily RBC, over a delayed payment of a fine for violation of Russia’s foreign agent law, the publication confirmed Thursday.   Kanayev had been fined 5,000 rubles ($66) for failing to add a “foreign agent” label next to a mention…

  • Russian Opposition Split by Appeal to EU for Sanctioned Billionaire

    Russian Opposition Split by Appeal to EU for Sanctioned Billionaire

    Alexei Navalny’s top aide Leonid Volkov resigned from the board of the jailed Kremlin critic’s Anti-Corruption Foundation on Thursday, as the political fallout over a letter in defense of oligarch Mikhail Fridman continued to rock Russia’s fragmented political opposition.  The letter, which was signed by a group of Russian opposition politicians and activists and addressed to…

  • In Photos: Russia, Ukraine Celebrate International Women’s Day in Wartime

    In Photos: Russia, Ukraine Celebrate International Women’s Day in Wartime

    People in Russia and Ukraine celebrated International Women’s Day on Wednesday amid the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. International Women’s Day, which has been celebrated in both countries since the Soviet era, primarily involves women receiving flowers and congratulations on their contributions to society. Beyond the flowers and gifts, March 8 is also a day…

  • Vessel with the first large-size equipment for El-Dabaa NPP has set off for Egypt

    At the beginning of March, a vessel with three main components of the corium localization device – the core catcher – left the port of St. Petersburg for the construction site of El-Dabaa NPP Unit 1 (the general designer and the general construction is Rosatom State Corporation Engineering Division). The core catcher components have been…

  • Pro-Russian Separatists in Moldova Say Foiled Ukraine Attack

    Pro-Russian Separatists in Moldova Say Foiled Ukraine Attack

    Pro-Moscow authorities in Moldova’s separatist region of Transnistria, which borders Ukraine, said Thursday they had prevented an attack organized by Kyiv that targeted separatist officials. Transnistria is a narrow Kremlin-backed region in eastern Moldova that separated from the ex-Soviet republic after fighting in 1992. Russia has maintained a contingent of troops there since. Moldovan President…

  • The works on the outside containment concreting are completed ahead of schedule at Rooppur NPP Unit 1

    At the Rooppur NPP construction site in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh (the general designer and general contractor being the Rosatom Engineering Division), the outside containment concreting has been completed 45 days ahead of schedule. The total process took 110 days instead of 155. According to the RPS project “Optimization of 10UJA outer containment structures…

  • Deadly Russian Strikes Pound Ukraine

    Deadly Russian Strikes Pound Ukraine

    The largest Russian strikes on Ukraine in weeks killed at least six people and caused power outages across the war-battered nation on Thursday. Kyiv’s military downed nearly half of the missiles launched by Russia over at least 10 regions, as the fight raged on for control of the symbolic prize Bakhmut in Ukraine’s east.  The…

  • Georgian Lawmakers Pull ‘Foreign Agents’ Bill After Mass Protests

    Georgian Lawmakers Pull ‘Foreign Agents’ Bill After Mass Protests

    Georgian lawmakers have dropped a controversial “foreign agents” bill, which critics said resembled Russian legislation used to silence critics, following days of mass protests that saw clashes between police and protesters. “We, as an authority responsible to every member of society, have decided to unconditionally withdraw the bill we supported without any reservations,” the ruling Georgian…

  • Iran Delivered Ammunition to Russia on Caspian Sea Cargo Ships – Report

    Iran Delivered Ammunition to Russia on Caspian Sea Cargo Ships – Report

    Iran has supplied large quantities of bullets, rockets and mortar shells to Russia for use in Ukraine, Sky News reported Wednesday, citing a security source.  The deliveries were reportedly made by two Russian-flagged cargo ships that traveled from Iran to the Russian port of Astrakhan on the Caspian Sea earlier this year. Tehran has emerged…

  • Putin Celebrates Russian Women Who ‘Fulfill Their Duty’

    Putin Celebrates Russian Women Who ‘Fulfill Their Duty’

    President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday praised Russian women participating in Moscow’s military intervention in Ukraine at a Kremlin event marking International Women’s Day. “Now that Russia is facing direct threats to its security and sovereignty, we see many examples of bravery and determination,” Putin said during the ceremony.  “In this hall there are women who…

  • Russia Detains Activist for Railway ‘Sabotage’

    Russia Detains Activist for Railway ‘Sabotage’

    The Russian security services have detained a 19-year-old political activist on suspicion of involvement in the sabotage of railway lines, Oleg Filatchev, the head of a group called the Russian Citizen Alliance, told The Moscow Times on Wednesday.  Nikita Klunya, who is also a member of Russian Citizen Alliance, was reportedly detained in the Russian…

  • Nord Stream Sabotage ‘Not Our Activity’: Ukraine Defense Minister

    Nord Stream Sabotage ‘Not Our Activity’: Ukraine Defense Minister

    The Ukrainian government was not involved in the sabotage last year of the Nord Stream gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea, the country’s defense minister said Wednesday. “This is not our activity,” Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov told reporters in Stockholm ahead of a meeting with European Union defense ministers, in response to a report in…

  • Women’s Day Celebrations a Lightning Rod for a Divided Russia

    Women’s Day Celebrations a Lightning Rod for a Divided Russia

    Russia marked International Women’s Day on Wednesday amid the ongoing war in Ukraine that has caused significant suffering for women — and seen the Kremlin double-down on its promotion of “traditional” values.     “It’s beneficial for the authorities to promote rhetoric about male defenders and women as guardians of the hearth and fragile, vulnerable creatures,” the…

  • Russia’s Wagner Group Claims to Hold ‘Eastern Part’ of Bakhmut

    Russia’s Wagner Group Claims to Hold ‘Eastern Part’ of Bakhmut

    The head of Russia’s Wagner mercenary group said Wednesday that his forces had taken “all the eastern part” of Bakhmut, the east Ukrainian town where fierce fighting has raged for months. “Wagner units have taken all the eastern part of Bakhmut, all that’s east of the Bakhmutka river” that bisects the town, Wagner chief and Kremlin…

  • Hundreds Turn Out to Mourn Ukrainian Saboteurs Killed in Russia

    Hundreds Turn Out to Mourn Ukrainian Saboteurs Killed in Russia

    Hundreds of mourners packed a Kyiv church on Tuesday for the funeral of Ukrainian saboteurs killed on a mission in Russia, following a spate of attacks along Moscow’s frontier. Mourners, many in camouflage and covering their faces, attended a service in a central Kyiv church for four men — one still a teenager — who…

  • U.S. Intelligence Concludes ‘Pro-Ukraine Group’ Behind Nord Stream Attack                                            

    U.S. Intelligence Concludes ‘Pro-Ukraine Group’ Behind Nord Stream Attack                                            

    U.S. officials have seen new intelligence that indicates a “pro-Ukrainian group” was responsible for the sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines last year, the New York Times reported on Tuesday. In a cautious report that did not identify the source of the intelligence or the group involved, the Times said the U.S. officials had…

  • Belarus Says Detained More Than 20 Over Attack on Russian Plane

    Belarus Says Detained More Than 20 Over Attack on Russian Plane

    Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko said Tuesday that more than 20 people had been detained in connection with an attack on a Russian military plane, claimed by regime opponents late last month. “To date, more than 20 accomplices who are in Belarus have been detained. The rest are hiding,” said Lukashenko, a key Kremlin ally, according…

  • Kyiv Says Identified Alleged Ukrainian POW in Viral Video of Killing

    Kyiv Says Identified Alleged Ukrainian POW in Viral Video of Killing

    Ukraine said on Tuesday it had identified a soldier filmed being shot dead in a video that circulated widely on social media, sparking outrage and spurring officials to demand a probe. The footage shows what appears to be a captured Ukrainian fighter standing in a shallow trench, smoking, and being shot after saying “Glory to…

  • Russian Activist Sentenced to 8.5 Years for Anti-War Posts

    Russian Activist Sentenced to 8.5 Years for Anti-War Posts

    A Moscow court has sentenced activist and student Dmitry Ivanov to 8.5 years in prison on charges of “spreading false information” about the Russian Armed Forces, the independent Mediazona news website reported Tuesday. Ivanov, 23, the head of the Protesting MGU (Moscow State University) Telegram channel with over 9,000 subscribers, was arrested in June for…

  • Bakhmut’s Capture Key to ‘Further Offensive’ in Ukraine – Russia

    Bakhmut’s Capture Key to ‘Further Offensive’ in Ukraine – Russia

    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday the capture of the eastern Ukrainian town of Bakhmut was key to launching a further offensive in the wider region. “This city is an important defensive hub for Ukrainian troops in Donbas,” Shoigu said of the industrial east of the country. “Capturing it will allow for further…

  • Russia’s Losses in Bakhmut 5 Times Higher Than Ukraine’s, NATO Estimates

    Russia’s Losses in Bakhmut 5 Times Higher Than Ukraine’s, NATO Estimates

    Russia has lost approximately five soldiers for every Ukrainian soldier killed in the battle for the eastern city of Bakhmut, CNN reported late Monday, citing NATO estimates. Moscow’s forces, led by fighters from the Wagner mercenary group, have been waging brutal fighting for Bakhmut since August, taking severe casualties in pursuit of what would be…

  • Ukraine Urges Probe Over Footage of Alleged POW Killing

    Ukraine Urges Probe Over Footage of Alleged POW Killing

    Ukraine’s foreign minister on Monday urged the International Criminal Court to probe footage circulating on social media that he said showed Russian forces killing a Ukrainian prisoner of war. “Horrific video of an unarmed Ukrainian POW executed by Russian forces merely for saying ‘Glory to Ukraine.’ Another (piece of) proof this war is genocidal,” Foreign…

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Russia’s Fragmented Opposition

    A Beginner’s Guide to Russia’s Fragmented Opposition

    The political repression driven by the invasion of Ukraine has drastically altered the landscape of Russia’s disparate opposition. While some well-established movements such as Alexei Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation have been forced to shut down inside Russia entirely, other initiatives to unite those opposed to the war in Ukraine have sprung up in their place.   To…

  • Russia Deems Transparency International ‘Undesirable’ Organization

    Russia Deems Transparency International ‘Undesirable’ Organization

    updates with Transparency International Russia comment. Russia has added global anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International to its list of “undesirable” organizations, the Prosecutor General’s Office announced on Monday. “Formally declaring itself an organization that fights corruption around the globe, it interferes in the internal affairs of the Russian Federation, which threatens the constitutional order and the security…

  • ROSATOM delegation took part in the 12th International Symposium on Targeted Alpha Therapy in the RSA

    ROSATOM delegation took part in the 12th International Symposium on Targeted Alpha Therapy in the Republic of South Africa, ended on March 2, 2023 in Cape Town (South Africa). The symposium brought together more than 300 nuclear medicine professionals from medical and scientific organizations, educational institutions, pharmaceutical companies, and regulatory authorities from around the world.…

  • Belarus Hands Exiled Opposition Leader 15 Years in Jail

    Belarus Hands Exiled Opposition Leader 15 Years in Jail

    Belarus on Monday sentenced exiled opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya to 15 years in prison for spearheading historic protests against the former Soviet country’s authoritarian leader. Tikhanovskaya — who was forced to flee to neighboring EU member Lithuania after the protests sparked by a disputed presidential election in 2020 — was sentenced in absentia on charges…

  • Journalist Given 8 Months Community Service for Posting Mariupol Article

    Journalist Given 8 Months Community Service for Posting Mariupol Article

    Corrects “eight-month jail sentence” with “eight months of community service.” A Russian court on Monday sentenced independent journalist Andrei Novashov to eight months of community service for spreading “falsehoods” about the Russian army, independent Russian TV channel Dozhd reported citing sources close to the journalist.  Novashov, a freelance journalist from the Kemerovo region in southwestern…

  • Wagner Boss Says Bakhmut Fighters Lack Ammo

    Wagner Boss Says Bakhmut Fighters Lack Ammo

    The head of Russia’s Wagner mercenary group, which is spearheading the longest battle of Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine, has complained his forces still lack ammunition, blaming possible “betrayal.” Kremlin ally Yevgeny Prigozhin, whose recruits have been fighting for months to capture the battle-scarred city of Bakhmut, has been entangled in a power struggle with the Defense…

  • Russian Communists Mark 70-Year Anniversary of Stalin’s Death

    Russian Communists Mark 70-Year Anniversary of Stalin’s Death

    More than 1,000 people attended a ceremony on Red Square on Sunday to mark the 70th anniversary of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s death. Led by Russia’s Communist Party, the event drew people waving Soviet flags or holding portraits of Stalin at the site on the Kremlin wall where he is buried. Stalin’s image has been…

  • Russian Defense Minister Visits Destroyed Ukrainian City Mariupol

    Russian Defense Minister Visits Destroyed Ukrainian City Mariupol

    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has visited the war-battered city of Mariupol in southern Ukraine, his ministry announced Monday, one year after his forces besieged the city, leveling it to the ground. His visit comes as Russian forces are closing in on Bakhmut, a city in eastern Ukraine that has become the stage of the longest-running battle…

  • Zelensky Pays Tribute to Troops Amid Battle to Defend Bakhmut

    Zelensky Pays Tribute to Troops Amid Battle to Defend Bakhmut

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday paid tribute to his soldiers fighting in the “painful and difficult” battle for the country’s frontline eastern Donbas region. He was speaking after Ukraine’s general staff reported that its forces had fought off “more than 130 enemy attacks” the previous day, including in Kupiansk, Lyman, Bakhmut and Avdiivka. “The…

  • Kyiv Says Russia Pursuing ‘Attempts to Encircle’ Bakhmut

    Kyiv Says Russia Pursuing ‘Attempts to Encircle’ Bakhmut

    Kyiv said Sunday it was holding off attacks from Russian troops still attempting to surround Bakhmut, a now-destroyed eastern Ukrainian city that Moscow has been trying to capture for months. Ukraine has vowed to defend “fortress Bakhmut” but it has faced Russian troops determined to take the city that has turned into a political prize…

  • Russia Defense Chief Inspects Front Line as Bakhmut Battle Rages

    Russia Defense Chief Inspects Front Line as Bakhmut Battle Rages

    Russia’s defense minister has inspected the front line in eastern Ukraine, the defense ministry said Saturday, with the battle for Bakhmut raging and the US offering to pump more money into Kyiv’s survival. Sergei Shoigu had “inspected a command post on the front” in the direction of the southern Donetsk region, the defence ministry said,…

  • Porridge Fit For a Tsar

    Porridge Fit For a Tsar

    “When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?” “What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. Breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day. And although breakfast was different in different centuries, it has always — or almost always — played a great role…

  • Russian Boy Awarded Medal for ‘Bravery’ During Bryansk Attack

    Russian Boy Awarded Medal for ‘Bravery’ During Bryansk Attack

    A 10-year-old boy who was wounded in a deadly attack in Russia’s Bryansk region on Thursday has been awarded the Medal of Valor and Courage, according to an announcement on Telegram by Russia’s Investigative Committee on Friday.  According to Russian officials, two Ukrainian sabotage groups illegally crossed from Ukraine into the Bryansk region on Thursday,…

  • Conscripts Who Complained to Putin Wiped Out in Battle

    Conscripts Who Complained to Putin Wiped Out in Battle

    Nearly all the Irkutsk region conscripts whose video appeals to President Vladimir Putin decrying their lack of training made headlines last February are believed to have died in Ukraine’s Donetsk region on March 1, the Sibir.Realii website reported on Friday. The unit’s members came to prominence in February 2022, when its recently mobilized reservists made three…

  • Man Jailed for Treason After Attempted Swim to Odesa

    Man Jailed for Treason After Attempted Swim to Odesa

    The Supreme Court of Crimea has sentenced a St. Petersburg resident to six years in prison with hard labor after finding him guilty on charges of treason for illegally crossing the border when he attempted to swim from Russia-occupied Crimea to join the Ukrainian military, the RIA Novosti news agency reported on Friday. The man,…

  • Transport Lock Has Been Installed at Rooppur NPP Power Unit 1

    Installation of the transport lock has been completed in the Power Unit 1 reactor building at the Rooppur NPP construction site in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh (General Designer and General Contractor is Rosatom State Corporation Engineering Division). The transport lock is the largest piece of equipment at the NPP site, while its length is…

  • Russia’s Wagner Mercenary Group Launches Youth Club in St. Petersburg

    Russia’s Wagner Mercenary Group Launches Youth Club in St. Petersburg

    Russia’s Wagner mercenary group has launched a youth club aimed at fostering patriotism and preparing young Russians for military service. The club, called Wagneryonok (“Junior Wagnerite”), is based at the Wagner Center, the group’s glass-fronted headquarters and technology center that opened in St. Petersburg in November. Wagneryonok is headed by recent high-school graduate Alexander Tronin,…

  • Kremlin Says Will Take ‘Measures’ to Prevent Ukrainian Border Incursions

    Kremlin Says Will Take ‘Measures’ to Prevent Ukrainian Border Incursions

    Russia will take measures to prevent border incursions from Ukraine following an alleged deadly attack by Ukrainian “saboteurs,” the Kremlin said Friday. Russian officials claimed Thursday that two Ukrainian sabotage groups crossed into Russia’s Bryansk region, which borders Ukraine, killing two civilians, injuring a 10-year-old boy and wounding several Russian servicemen. Ukrainian officials dismissed the…

  • Kremlin Promises ‘Measures’ to Prevent Ukrainian Border Incursions

    Kremlin Promises ‘Measures’ to Prevent Ukrainian Border Incursions

    Russia will take measures to prevent border incursions from Ukraine following an alleged deadly attack by Ukrainian “saboteurs,” the Kremlin said Friday. Russian officials claimed Thursday that two Ukrainian sabotage groups crossed into Russia’s Bryansk region, which borders Ukraine, killing two civilians, injuring a 10-year-old boy and wounding several Russian servicemen. Ukrainian officials dismissed the…

  • Belarus Jails Nobel Winner Bialiatski for 10 Years

    Belarus Jails Nobel Winner Bialiatski for 10 Years

    Belarus on Friday handed a 10-year jail term to veteran activist Ales Bialiatski, a Nobel Prize winner and founder of the ex-Soviet authoritarian country’s most prominent rights group. Bialiatski was in the dock with two allies after they were jailed in the aftermath of historic demonstrations against the disputed 2020 re-election of Belarus’s strongman President…

  • A Pocketful of Somethings

    A Pocketful of Somethings

    Вещь: thing, something, really something The Russian language has lots of somethings, that is, lots of words that mean “something,” more or less. Что–то is an undefined something, что–нибудь is an unknown something, and кое–что is a something that the speaker knows but doesn’t want to say. Got that? But of course it’s not that clear-cut,…

  • Ukraine’s Bakhmut ‘Practically Surrounded,’ Wagner Leader Prigozhin Says

    Ukraine’s Bakhmut ‘Practically Surrounded,’ Wagner Leader Prigozhin Says

    Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of Russia’s Wagner mercenary group, said Friday that the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut was “practically surrounded” by Russian forces. In a video published by his press service, Prigozhin can be seen saying that Kyiv’s forces had access to only one road leading out of the city, which has been the site of…

  • Representatives of National Research University Moscow Energy Institute and AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC discuss the training program for Akkuyu NPP

    March 2, 2023, Moscow, Russia. – A working meeting on training specialists for Akkuyu NPP took place at the National Research University Moscow Energy Institute. The Target Training Program for Akkuyu NPP Personnel among citizens of the Republic of Turkey is being implemented on the basis of the Intergovernmental Agreement between the Government of the…

  • South Korea to Appeal Russian Men’s Right to Apply for Asylum

    South Korea to Appeal Russian Men’s Right to Apply for Asylum

    South Korea’s Justice Ministry is to appeal a court ruling that granted two Russian men fleeing military mobilization the right to apply for refugee status, The Korea Times reported Wednesday.  Three men, whose identities haven’t been disclosed to protect their family members in Russia arrived at Incheon International Airport late on various dates last year…

  • Russia Faces Looming Foreign Investment Crisis, Oligarch Warns

    Russia Faces Looming Foreign Investment Crisis, Oligarch Warns

    Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska has warned the country faces an impending financial crisis and used his appearance at an economic forum in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk on Thursday to urge the Kremlin to ease its rules on foreign investment in the country’s economy. “There will already be no money next year. We will need…

  • To Reach Russian Audiences, Emigre Activists and Media Forced to Innovate

    To Reach Russian Audiences, Emigre Activists and Media Forced to Innovate

    Like many other independent Russian journalists, the staff of the St. Petersburg-based news website Bumaga relocated to the Georgian capital of Tbilisi last year to avoid censorship, fines or imprisonment amid their country’s wartime crackdown on the free press. Once the dust settled from their relocation, they faced a new challenge: Staying connected with their…

  • ROSATOM signed the contracts for supply of medical isotopes to Armenia and Kazakhstan

    Isotope JSC (included into Rusatom Healthcare JSC Division) signed new contracts for supply of technetium-99m generators GT-5K to the Republic of Armenia and germanium-68/ gallium-68 generators to the Republic of Kazakhstan. The first lot of technetium-99m generators GT-5K with banks was delivered to Isotope Production Center CJSC in Yerevan at the end of February. This…

  • Russia Says U.S. Aided Alleged Ukraine Drone Attacks

    Russia Says U.S. Aided Alleged Ukraine Drone Attacks

    Russia’s deputy foreign minister said Thursday that drone attacks which Kyiv is alleged to have carried out on Russian military bases would only have been possible with U.S. assistance. Sergei Ryabkov, who is in Geneva to address the UN Human Rights Council and the Conference on Disarmament session, said Washington must have provided intelligence and…

  • Blinken Meets Lavrov at G20 Riven by Ukraine Divisions

    Blinken Meets Lavrov at G20 Riven by Ukraine Divisions

    The United States and Russia met in their highest face-to-face contact since the invasion of Ukraine last year on the sidelines of a G20 meeting that ended in disarray due to divisions over the conflict. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke briefly at the meeting of the world’s…

  • Duma Votes to Expand Russia’s Military Discreditation Law

    Duma Votes to Expand Russia’s Military Discreditation Law

    Russian lawmakers on Thursday voted in favor of a bill that would make it a criminal offense to “discredit” anyone fighting on Russia’s side in the war in Ukraine, not just the Russian military. The legislation aims to expand current laws criminalizing the discrediting of the Russian Armed Forces to include mercenaries serving in the…

  • In Photos: Moscow Metro Inaugurates ‘World’s Longest’ Circle Line

    In Photos: Moscow Metro Inaugurates ‘World’s Longest’ Circle Line

    First opened in 1935 with a single line and 13 stations, the Moscow metro has since expanded to encompass a sprawling underground network of over 250 stations. Its newest addition is the completion of the Big Circle Line, a 70-kilometer loop that links 31 stations and which opened Wednesday. Costing an estimated $6.6 billion to…

  • Explainer: What Is Russia’s PMC Ryodan Subculture?

    Explainer: What Is Russia’s PMC Ryodan Subculture?

    The viral popularity of a newly emerged Russian subculture has in little more than a week caught the Kremlin’s eye and unsettled the authorities to such a degree that shopping malls in several major Russian cities have seen mass arrests of teenagers in the past few days. In making the arrests, law enforcement officials are…

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