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15.09.19 Russia's First Sea-borne Nuclear Power Plant Arrives To Its Base
Reuters
Russia’s first-floating nuclear power plant has arrived to its permanent base near an isolated Russian town across the Bering Strait from Alaska, Russian state nuclear energy company Rosatom said on Saturday. Developed by Rosatom, the plant, known as “Akademik Lomonosov”, set off on a 5,000 km (3,100 mile) journey on Aug. 23 through Arctic waters to reach the Chukotka region. Rosatom said it aims to make the floating station operational by the year-end. It would become the world’s northernmost nuclear power station. Read more 
15.09.19 Oleg Smolenkov: Alleged US Spy Who Gave Russia The Slip
The Guardian
In June 2017, the Kremlin aide Oleg Smolenkov and his family flew from Moscow to Tivat, a coastal resort in Montenegro favoured by Russian tourists. He never came back, and his colleagues never heard from him again. A murder inquiry was launched and soon dropped for lack of leads. That was the last anyone heard of Smolenkov until this week, when Russian media named him as a CIA spy spirited out of Russia by the agency for his own safety. CNN first revealed the existence of a US source inside the Kremlin earlier this week. It reported that the source had provided Washington with information for years and was instrumental in US intelligence agencies’ conclusion that Russia had interfered in the 2016 presidential election. CNN did not name the agent, citing fears for his life, but Russian media quickly outed Smolenkov as the likely culprit. Read more 
15.09.19 Afghan Taliban Send Team To Russia After U.S. Talks Collapse
Reuters
The Taliban have sent a delegation to Russia to discuss prospects for a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan following the collapse of talks with the United States this month, officials from the insurgent group said. The move, days after U.S. President Donald Trump canceled a planned meeting with Taliban leaders at his Camp David retreat, came as the movement looks to bolster regional support, with visits also planned for China, Iran and Central Asian states. Read more 
15.09.19 I Left Russia To Escape Putin’s Assault On Reason. Now I Fear The UK Is On The Same Path
The Guardian
Nothing is true and everything is possible. That was my one-line attempt to sum up the politics and propaganda that enveloped Russia at the start of the 21st century. It was a world where politicians no longer cared whether they were caught lying; where old ideologies were dead and conspiracy thinking had become the new way to explain the world; where all the old political categories (socialist and liberal, conservative and communist) seemed utterly meaningless and it was unclear what political parties stood for; where warped nostalgia and vague emotive calls to “Raise Russia From Its Knees” had taken over from any rational idea of the future. Read more 
15.09.19 Russia's Airborne Priests Wage War On Sin
BBC News
Priests in an aircraft have "love-bombed" the Russian city of Tver with holy water, in an effort to purge its citizens of drunkenness and casual sex. Father Alexander Goryachev has boarded a plane every September since 2006 to mark the Russian Orthodox Church's Day of Sobriety, and flown over Tver armed with icons in the hope of tutoring his flock in the waves of righteousness, the Tver News site reports. But this year he and the local Bishop Savva decided extra measures were needed, and poured 70 litres of specially-sanctified water over the city from their creaky light aircraft - accompanied by the 19th century icon of the Inexhaustible Chalice that Orthodox believers maintain can heal alcoholics and drug addicts. Read more 
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