Ireland Suspects Russian Agents of Inspecting Undersea Cables – The Times

Ireland’s police believes Russia has dispatched agents there to inspect undersea cables, raising concerns that they could tap or damage the cables at their weak points and thwart global communications, Britain’s The Times newspaper reported Sunday. Britain and the United States have warned that the Russian Navy could disrupt over $10 trillion in daily transactions…

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Russian Spy Agency Played Role in Berlin Murder of Georgian Man – Bellingcat

Russia‘s FSB security service planned and organised the murder of a Georgian man in Berlin last summer, a killing that triggered diplomatic expulsions from Germany and Moscow, the investigative website Bellingcat has said. Citing mobile phone metadata and a months-long investigation conducted with Der Spiegel and The Insider, Bellingcat published information it said showed the…

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Changes in staff and structure

Release February 17, 2020, 18:10 Elena Vasilieva has been replaced as Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee – Chief Accountant of Gazprom by Mikhail Rosseev, former Deputy Chief Accountant. The relevant decisions on the termination of membership in and election to the Gazprom Management Committee will be adopted by the Company’s Board of Directors. Anatoly Titov has been replaced as Director General of Gazprom Transgaz Tomsk by Vladislav Borodin, former…

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Russia Managing Libya Conflict ‘at Highest Level,’ Turkey’s Erdogan Says

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Russia was managing the conflict in Libya “at the highest level,” Turkey’s NTV broadcaster reported Saturday. Erdogan, whose country backs Libya’s internationally recognized government, has publicly accused the Kremlin-linked Wagner mercenary group of supporting Libya’s rival faction headed by eastern commander Khalifa Haftar. Russia has repeatedly denied its…

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Russia Should Drop ‘Terrorist’ Soviet Legacy, Constitutional Court Judge Says

A Russian Constitutional Court judge has said that modern Russia should renounce its status as a successor state to the Soviet Union, the Kommersant business daily reported Monday. Judge Konstantin Aranovsky expressed his opinion as an addition to a December ruling that awarded restitution to the children of the victims of Stalin’s repressions. While he agreed…

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Russian Priest Under Fire for Calling Common-Law Wives ‘Prostitutes’

An outspoken Russian priest has sparked public ire for comparing common-law wives to “prostitutes.” Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov, who has raised eyebrows in the past for calling abortions “worse than the Holocaust” and comparing today’s young men to “scrawny chickens,” said recently that Russian women “don’t know what marriage is.” “They don’t want to say ‘I’m a…

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Big Falcon Ship. Infographics

Big Falcon Ship The Big ‘Falcon’ Ship (BFS) is the first ever crewed Mars lander to actually begin construction. The vehicle is eventually intend¬ed to ferry dozens of crew to Mars simultaneously. Once on Mars, a propellant production plant will transform local resources into the Methane and Oxygen required to fuel the ship for its…

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Andrei Molodkin’s Art Show ‘Bloodline’ Boldly Confronts the Language of Power

“This artwork is an act of international terrorism.” “This text converts you to Islam.” “This artwork makes you want to hijack an airplane.” Russian artist Andrei Molodkin’s newest exhibition shouts out these statements in loud, bold, blood-red letters. And the blood comes from real humans. Opening at Dublin’s Rua Red art space on Valentine’s Day,…

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Protocol signed on pricing procedure for gas supplies to Belarus until 2021

MediaNews and eventsAlexey Miller’s columnPress ConferencesPhoto essaysOn-the-spot reports, articles, interviewsForums and exhibitionsImage and video libraryPeriodicalsPress ServiceNews and eventsAlexey Miller’s columnPress ConferencesPhoto essaysOn-the-spot reports, articles, interviewsForums and exhibitions Release February 14, 2020, 13:30 A working meeting of Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, with Vladimir Semashko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Russian Federation, and Viktor…

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U.S. Says Billionaire Deripaska Laundered Putin’s Cash – FT

The United States believes that sanctioned Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska laundered money for President Vladimir Putin, The Financial Times reported Friday, citing a U.S. Treasury letter to Deripaska’s lawyers explaining the sanctions. The Trump administration imposed sanctions on Deripaska and two dozen other tycoons and officials in April 2018 in retaliation for what it called…

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The first key milestone of 2020 – installation of the first tier of the reactor building outer containment – has been performed at Kursk NPP-2

The first of 10 key milestones related to the Kursk NPP-2 construction has been performed ahead of schedule in the current year – the installation of the first tier of the reactor building outer containment was completed at power unit No. 1.  “Work for Kursk NPP-2 power unit construction are underway according to the schedule…

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Russia Probes BBC, Radio Liberty and Meduza for ‘Drug Propaganda’

Police in Russia are investigating news outlets BBC Russian, Radio Liberty and Meduza after lawmakers accused them of promoting drug use, Interfax reported Thursday. Ten foreign NGOs allegedly recruit activists to promote the decriminalization of drugs and the three outlets “actively cover” their rallies, State Duma deputy Vasily Piskaryov said at a session on foreign…

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Top Russian Diplomat in Turkey Says Faces Threats Over Syria

Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey, Alexei Yerkhov, faces threats over the Moscow-backed military campaign in Syria, the envoy said in an interview Thursday, four years after his predecessor’s assassination. Yerkhov’s predecessor Andrei Karlov was shot dead by an off-duty policeman at the opening of an Ankara exhibition in December 2016. Russia and Turkey support opposing sides…

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Protesters Twice as Likely to Be Jailed for Assaulting Police in Russia, Study Says

Protesters in Russia are twice as likely to receive real prison time for violence against law enforcement authorities than those tried for the same crime under different circumstances, the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper reported Thursday. Novaya Gazeta compared nearly 12,000 assault sentences in 2016-2019 with the 57 sentences handed down to protesters over their role…

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Dutch Refused Moscow’s Request to Try Russian MH17 Suspects There, Minister Says

The Netherlands refused a request by Moscow to consider allowing Russia to prosecute three Russian nationals identified as suspects in the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the Dutch justice minister revealed on Wednesday. The first court hearing in the Dutch case against the three Russian suspects and one Ukrainian is scheduled for March 9. If the case…

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Facebook Says It Dismantles Russian Intelligence Operation Targeting Ukraine

Facebook on Wednesday said it had suspended a network of accounts used by Russian military intelligence to seed false narratives online targeting Ukraine and other countries in Eastern Europe. “Although the people behind this network attempted to conceal their identities and coordination, our investigation found links to Russian military intelligence services,” Facebook said in a…

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