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12.06.21 Russia Reports 13,510 New Coronavirus, Maximum Since February 15
TASS
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Russia increased by 13,510 per day to 5,193,964. This is the biggest increase since February 15, according to the data published on Saturday by the federal operational headquarters to combat coronavirus. In relative terms, the increase in the number of cases was 0.26%. The lowest growth rates were recorded in Russia’s Tuva Republic (0.04%), the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic (0.05%). In particular, during the day, 889 coronavirus cases were detected in St. Petersburg, 867 - in the Moscow region, 179 - in the Nizhny Novgorod region, 159 - in the Voronezh region, 157 - in the Rostov region. Read more 
11.06.21 Planes Evacuating Russians Fleeing Gaza Depart From Cairo
TASS
Two Russian emergencies ministry planes, carrying 112 people fleeing the Gaza Strip via Egypt, departed from Cairo early on Friday, a TASS correspondent reported from the airport. The Il-76 and An-148 planes departed one after the other at approximately 03:40 local time (04:40 Moscow time). They arrived to the Egyptian capital about five hours earlier. They have a total of 112 people on board, including 84 Russians, as well as citizens of Ukraine and Kazakhstan. The planes are expected to land at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport approximately four hours later. Read more 
11.06.21 Russia Fines Facebook, Telegram Over Banned Content
AP
Russian authorities on Thursday ordered Facebook and the messaging app Telegram to pay steep fines for failing to remove banned content, a move that could be part of growing government efforts to tighten control over social media platforms amid political dissent. A Moscow court fined Facebook a total of 17 million rubles (roughly $236,000) and Telegram 10 million rubles ($139,000). It wasn’t immediately clear what type of content the platforms failed to take down. It was the second time both companies have been fined in recent weeks. On May 25, Facebook was ordered to pay 26 million rubles ($362,000) for not taking down content deemed unlawful by the Russian authorities. A month ago, Telegram was also ordered to pay 5 million rubles ($69,000) for not taking down calls to protest. Read more 
11.06.21 Some Coronavirus Patients Do Not Respond To Existing Therapy
TASS
It is becoming increasingly hard for doctors to treat novel coronavirus patients, because some of them do not respond to the existing therapy, Denis Protsenko, chief physician of the Kommunarka hospital for coronavirus patients, told the EkhoMoskvy radio station on Thursday. "[The treatment] has become more difficult, because some patients with confirmed novel coronavirus infection do not respond to therapeutic strategies that have been developed during the [pandemic] period [in Russia]," Protsenko said. Read more 
11.06.21 Russia Spars With EU And US At Meeting On EU-UN Cooperation
AP
Russia sparred with the European Union and the United States at a U.N. meeting Thursday that highlighted the strained relations between Moscow, Brussels and Washington. Estonia, which holds the Security Council presidency this month, organized the meeting to focus on cooperation between the United Nations and the 27-nation European Union, inviting its foreign policy chief Josep Borrell to speak about the relationship and challenges to peace and security. The council meeting came just ahead of this weekend’s summit of the Group of Seven major industrialized nations — which Russia was ousted from in 2014 — and next week’s first meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, which comes as relations between Washington and Moscow have sunk to a post-Cold War low. Read more 
11.06.21 Japanese Vessel Detained By Russia Released After Paying Fine
TASS
The Eiho Maru 172 fishing trawler, detained by Russian border guards near the Sakhalin Island, returned to Japan after its crew paid a fine, the NHK TV channel reported on Friday. According to the report, the vessel is now moored in the city of Wakkanai in northern Japan. Its 14 crew members are in good health and will leave the ship once the quarantine period is over. The ship was detained by Russian border control officers in the Russian exclusive economic zone near the coast of Sakhalin on May 28. It did not respond to requests and attempted to flee, resorting to dangerous maneuvers in the process. An inspection revealed live crabs, crab products, and fishing equipment on board. The vessel was detained and taken to the Sakhalin port of Korsakov for inquiry. The Japanese government protested against the detention and demanded the ship’s release. Read more 
10.06.21 Putin-Biden Summit To Take Place At Villa La Grange On June 16
TASS
Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Joe Biden of the United States will hold a meeting at the Villa La Grange in Geneva on June 16, a Swiss foreign ministry spokesperson told TASS on Thursday. "The meeting will take place at the Villa La Grange in Geneva on June 16," she said. The Swiss Foreign Ministry said earlier on Twitter that "Switzerland thanks the two countries for the trust expressed by choosing Geneva." Read more 
10.06.21 Moscow Court Sentences Man Who Attacked Gay Men Near Kursky Railway Station To 9 Years
Interfax
The Basmanny District Court of Moscow has sentenced a man who attacked two homosexual men, killing one of them, to nine years in a high-security penal colony. "In accordance with the court judgement, Anton Berezhnoi has been sentenced to imprisonment for nine years in high-security penal colony," the court press service told Interfax on Wednesday. Berezhnoi was found guilty of battery and deliberately inflicting grievous bodily harm which led to involuntary manslaughter. The court handed down the judgement on the basis of the verdict of the jury, which found Berezhnoi guilty as charged, but deserving of leniency. The incident on which the case is based happened outside the Kursky railway station in Moscow in the summer of 2019. Berezhnoi attacked Roman Yedalov and Yevgeny Yefimov with a knife. As a result, Yedalov died on the spot, and Yefimov sustained a minor injury. Read more 
10.06.21 Russia Reports Over 11,600 Daily COVID-19 Cases, A New High Since Feb. 24
TASS
Russia confirmed 11,699 COVID-19 cases over the past day, a new high since February 24, the anti-coronavirus crisis center told reporters on Thursday. Since the start of the pandemic in the country the total case tally hit 5,167,949. The number of cases grew by 0.23% in relative terms. The lowest growth rates were registered over the past day in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Region, the Tuva Republic, the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic, the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania (0.05%), the Republic of Adygea, the Chechen Republic (0.06%), the Magadan Region and the Kamchatka Region (0.07%). Read more 
10.06.21 Sochi Resident Shoots And Kills 2 Bailiffs
Interfax
A man has used a hunting gun to shoot and kill two bailiffs who came to evict him in the Adlersky district of Sochi on court orders, the Sochi police department told Interfax on Wednesday. "Two bailiffs came to evict a family on the orders from the Adlersky District Court. The owner fired a hunting gun and shot and killed them," a police representative said. Police officers are working at the crime scene, he said. "The man reported the murder himself and surrendered to the police," he said. An informed source told Interfax that the bailiffs came to the house of Vartan Kochiyan, 61, in fulfillment of a court order to tear down an illegally built house. Read more 
10.06.21 Bus Crash In Russia Kills 6, Injures 15
AP
A bus crashed into a bus stop in Russia’s Sverdlovsk region on Thursday morning, killing six people and injuring 15 others, local officials said. The bus was carrying workers to a plant in the town of Lesnoy, about 1,350 kilometers (840 miles) east of Moscow. According to officials, the vehicle’s brakes failed and it rammed through the plant’s gate and ran into people at a bus stop nearby. A criminal probe has been launched into the crash. Read more 
09.06.21 Three Killed, Eight Injured In Central Russia Hospital Fire
TASS
At least three people were killed and eight required medical assistance after a fire broke out in an intensive care unit of a hospital in the Central Russian city of Ryazan early on Wednesday, the Russian emergencies ministry’s press service told TASS. "In a coordinated effort of the firemen and the [medical] facility’s personnel, 35 people were evacuated, eight rescued. Three people, regretfully, died," the press service said. Same figures were voiced by Ryazan’s emergency hotline. Read more 
09.06.21 Navalny Daughter Accepts Human Rights Award On His Behalf
AP
The daughter of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny accepted a human rights award on her father’s behalf on Tuesday for his courage in facing down President Vladimir Putin’s government. Daria Navalnaya, a 20-year-old student at Stanford University in California, said her father was dedicating the courage award given by the Geneva Summit for Human Rights to all political prisoners in Russia and Belarus. “You really should be looking at my father instead, but he’s in a Russian prison right now simply because of what he says, does and believes in — and because he didn’t die when the Russian government wanted him to,” Navalnaya said in a video message for the online event. Read more 
09.06.21 US Student Trevor Reed Jailed In Russia Hospitalized With Coronavirus
TASS
American student Trevor Reed, sentenced for assaulting police officers in Moscow, has been hospitalized to a prison hospital with coronavirus, his girlfriend Alina Tsybulnik told TASS on Tuesday. "As far as I know, Reed is in grave condition, he has coronavirus infection. We have no opportunity to pass medicines for him, and we also don’t know what kind of aid he receives there," she added. American student Trevor Reed was sentenced last year to 9 years in penal colony for violent assault of a police officer in Moscow. According to investigators, in August 2019 Reed attacked police officers who arrived after a phone call of Moscow residents. They complained about an intoxicated man who started an argument with several women. When the foreigner was taken to the police station, in the vehicle, he attacked the driver and his partner. Read more 
09.06.21 Russia Complains To UEFA Over Ukraine's 'Political' Euro 2020 Kit
The Moscow Times
Russia on Tuesday sent a letter of complaint to UEFA over Ukraine's "political" Euro 2020 kit that features the outline of Moscow-annexed Crimea and is emblazoned with popular patriotic chants. In the letter from the Russian football federation to UEFA just three days before the Euro starts, it said: "We draw attention to the use of political motives on the Ukrainian national team's jersey, which goes against the basic principles of the UEFA kit regulations." Kiev has provoked Moscow's ire after its football association unveiled Euro 2020 kits that show the outline of Ukraine including Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014. Read more 
09.06.21 Moscow Imposes 9mph Limit On E-scooters After String Of Accidents
The Guardian
Moscow is to impose speed limits on electric scooters in its city centre as calls for action grow following a string of accidents. Muscovites have hired the scooters more than 1.2m times since early April and are expected to continue flocking to rental services until the autumn. But this has worried city authorities as scooter accidents increase, including one in St Petersburg that left David Zaleyev, a dancer from the Mariinsky Ballet, temporarily in a coma. To control the scooters, which are tracked by GPS, Moscow has imposed a speed limit of 9mph (15kph) in the city centre. When rented scooters enter the area, they are programmed to slow down automatically. Read more 
09.06.21 Demand For Private Jets Surges As Rich Russians Skirt Pandemic Rules To Holiday In Europe
The Moscow Times
Luxury travel company director Yelena Stepnovaya knew she had to act fast when the coronavirus pandemic hit Russia, closing borders and bringing commercial air travel to a virtual standstill.
Along with her colleagues at private charter firm Sirius Aero, she decided to skirt restrictions by offering wealthy Russians individual, or “shuttle” seats on private jets to popular destinations, including Courchevel, Milan and the south of France, for between 2,000 and 10,000 euros a ticket. “The Shuttle Up service, as we called it, has really helped out a lot of customers, and in the process boosted our company,” said Stepnovaya. Read more 
08.06.21 Russia Reports Over 9,900 Daily COVID-19 Cases, A New High Since Mid-March
TASS
Russia confirmed 9,977 COVID-19 cases over the past day, a new high since March 14, bringing the total case tally to 5,145,843, the anti-coronavirus crisis center told reporters on Tuesday. The number of COVID-19 cases rose by 0.19% in relative terms. The lowest growth rates were registered over the past day in the Tuva Republic (0.04%), the Magadan Region, North Ossetia, the Republic of Adygea and the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic (0.05%). Some 846 COVID-19 cases were registered over the past day in St. Petersburg, 776 in the Moscow Region, 163 in the Nizhny Novgorod Region, 155 in the Rostov Region and 140 in the Voronezh Region. Read more 
08.06.21 MH17 Trial Moves To Crucial Merits Phase, Examining Evidence
AP
Nearly seven years after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine, the trial in a Dutch court of three Russians and a Ukrainian accused of involvement in the downing moved Monday to the crucial merits phase, when evidence will be discussed by lawyers and judges. Families of some of the victims were present in court to watch the latest hearing in the long-running case. “It’s a very difficult day for us. You know, it’s now the first day of the prosecution,” said Evert van Zijtveld, whose daughter Frederique and son Robert-Jan were among the 298 passengers and crew killed when the Boeing 777 was shot down on July 17, 2014. Read more 
08.06.21 Moscow Company Ships First Cargo Of Equipment For Nuclear Reactor To China
Interfax
Moscow-based producer of devices and apparatus for radiation measurement and control Doza has shipped its first cargo of equipment to China, head of the Moscow city department for investment and industry policy Mikhail Prokhorov said. "The company exports its products to more than 50 countries. Today, its automated systems already operate at seven foreign nuclear power plants. Now, they will also be controlling the operations of the CFR-600 sodium-cooled fast demonstration reactor - one of China's biggest national projects in the field of nuclear science and technology," Prokhorov was quoted as saying by the department's press service on Monday. The press service said the enterprise had sent to China several types of its units for continuous automatic control of the concentration of radioactive aerosols and gases in the air of working areas and ventilation systems. Read more 
08.06.21 Russian Trawler Captain’s Assistant May Face Up To 5 Years Behind Bars In Japan
TASS
A captain's assistant of Russia’s Amur trawler, who was arrested on Monday in Japan, may face up to five years behind bars or a fine up to 1 mln yen (about $10,000) for improper navigation of a vessel that led to the deaths of three people, the Russian Consulate General’s Office in Sapporo informed TASS on Tuesday. "He may face up to five years in prison or a fine up to 1 mln yen," the Russian diplomatic mission stated. The consulate informed that on Tuesday, the arrested Russian national Pavel Dobryansky was transported to a prosecutor’s office in the city of Asahikawa. The Coast Guard Service of the Japanese port city of Mombetsu confirmed to TASS on Monday that Russia’s 38-year-old Pavel Dobryansky was arrested. Japan has 72 hours after the arrest to press official charges. On Tuesday, an attorney hired by the ship owner should reach Dobryansky. Read more 
08.06.21 Russia Chafes At Ukrainian Team’s Shirt For Euro 2020
AP
A tense tug-of-war between Russia and Ukraine has spread to soccer, with Russian officials and lawmakers denouncing the design of the Ukrainian national team’s shirt for this month’s European Championship. The yellow-and-blue Ukrainian design features a map of the country including Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Russia annexed in 2014 following the ouster of its Moscow-friendly president. Most of the world hasn’t acknowledged the annexation and international law still recognizes Crimea as Ukrainian territory. Russia also has cast its support behind separatists in eastern Ukraine, where seven years of fighting has killed more than 14,000. Read more 
08.06.21 Twitter Users Sue Roskomnadzor For Illegality Of Slowing Traffic
Interfax
Head of Moscow's Krasnoselsky municipal district Ilya Yashin, opposition activist Yevgeny Domozhirov, photographer Yevgeny Feldman, and Moscow municipal deputy Vadim Korovin have filed a joint lawsuit against the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) due to the slowdown of Twitter. The claim was filed with Moscow's Tagansky District Court, senior partner for the Network Freedoms project and attorney Stanislav Seleznyov, who represents the plaintiffs, told Interfax. The plaintiffs ask the court to compel Roskomnadzor "to cease the use of centralized response measures in the form of slowing the speed and other restrictions on the operation of Twitter," and to oblige the telecoms regulator to "exclude the service from the list of threats to the stability, security, and integrity of the functioning of the Internet and public communication networks in Russia." Read more 
08.06.21 Russia Hits 9 Canadian Officials With Sanctions
AP
Russia on Monday targeted nine Canadian officials with sanctions in retaliation to Canada’s restrictions against Russian officials accused of involvement in the imprisonment of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the Canadian officials indefinitely barred from entering Russia include David Lametti, Canada’s justice minister and attorney general, Brenda Lucki, the Canadian police commissioner and Anne Kelly, the commissioner of the country’s Correctional Service. The Russian sanctions also targeted Dominic LeBlanc, minister for intergovernmental affairs, Marci Surkes, the policy director for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Jody Thomas, deputy minister of the national defense department. Also hit with Russian sanctions were Lt. Gen. Mike Rouleau of the Canadian armed forces and Rear Adm. Scott Bishop, the head of the military intelligence command, and Brian Brennan. a deputy police commissioner. Read more 
08.06.21 Claims Totaling $99 Bln Filed Against Russia
Interfax
Claims totaling $99 billion have been filed against Russia in arbitration courts, Russian presidential representative in the State Duma Garry Minkh said. "There are 37 ongoing arbitral proceedings, and claims totaling $99 billion have been filed against the Russian Federation within their framework," Minkh said at a Duma meeting on Tuesday. "The sum was smaller, $35 billion, a few years ago," he said. Currently, there is an upward trend related, in particular, to Crimea's reunification with Russia, Minkh said. Minkh made the statement as two presidential bills were undergoing first readings in the State Duma. One of the bills amends the Russian Law on the Prosecution Service to augment the service's duties with representing and protecting Russian interests in "interstate bodies, foreign and international (interstate) courts, and foreign and international arbitration courts (arbitral tribunals)," and the European Court of Human Rights. The prosecution service will establish a special foreign affairs division to that end. Read more 
08.06.21 Russia Scores Strong Showing At Cannes Film Festival With 6 Films
The Moscow Times
This year Russia will be represented by six films at the 74th Cannes Film Festival, “the first time in a long while that Russia is so widely represented,” said Yevgenia Markova, CEO of Roskino. Juries will see two Russian films in the main competition and two in the category called “Un Certain Regard.” Two other films have been selected for non-competitive categories. Expectations are high for Kirill Serebrennikov’s “Petrov’s Flu” in the main competition. A co-production with companies from four European countries, the film, which centers on a family struggling to cope during a flu epidemic, is described as a “hallucinatory romp through post-Soviet Russia.” It is based on Alexei Salnikov's novel called “The Petrovs In and Around the Flu.” Read more 
07.06.21 Putin Signs Law To Denounce Treaty On Open Skies
TASS
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law to officially withdraw Russia from the Treaty on Open Skies, the document was published on the official portal of legal information on Monday. On May 19, Russia’s lower house of parliament unanimously adopted the bill. The upper house followed suit on June 2 as the chamber unanimously approved the measure as well. On May 27, US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman notified her Russian counterpart Sergey Ryabkov about Washington’s decision not to rejoin the treaty. According to the senior Russian diplomat, Moscow is not planning to change its position regarding the Treaty on Open Skies in favor of Washington. Read more 
07.06.21 Russian Opposition Figure Leaves Country For Ukraine
AP
A well-known Russian opposition politician who was held in police custody for two days last week in a criminal investigation said Sunday that he has left the country for Ukraine. Dmitry Gudkov said in a Facebook post that sources in Kremlin circles had told him “that if I do not leave the country, the fake criminal case will continue until my arrest.” Gudkov said he believes the investigation was aimed at preventing him from running for the national parliament this year. He was a parliament member in 2011-16. Read more 
07.06.21 Japan Arrests Russian Trawler’s Captain Assistant After Collision With Local Fishing Boat
TASS
A captain assistant of the Russian trawler Amur, which collided with Japan’s Hokko Maru No. 8 fishing vessel on May 26, has been arrested, the Russian Consulate General’s Office in Sapporo reported on Monday. "We have just received information about the detention of the vessel’s 3rd captain assistant, who was on duty [during the incident]," the Russian Consulate General’s office stated. The Coast Guard Service of the Japanese port city of Mombetsu confirmed to TASS that Russia’s 38-year-old Pavel Dobryantsky was arrested at 9:46 am local time (3:46 am Moscow time). Read more 
07.06.21 Russia Reports 9,429 New Coronavirus Cases, 330 Deaths
Reuters
Russia on Monday reported 9,429 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the national infection tally to 5,135,866 since the pandemic began. The government coronavirus task force said that 330 people had died, pushing the national death toll to 124,117. The federal statistics agency has kept a separate toll and has said that Russia recorded around 270,000 deaths related to COVID-19 between April 2020 and April 2021. Read more 
07.06.21 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev Makes It To French Open Quarterfinals
TASS
Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev has beaten Chile’s Cristian Garin in their fourth-round match of the French Open. The Russian, 25, scored a fairly straightforward victory 6-2, 6-1, 7-5. Medvedev who is seeded as No. 2 at the tournament will face off with Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece (seeded No. 5) in the quarterfinals. Medvedev is world No. 2 and has won 10 ATP tournaments. The Russian reached two Grand Slam finals at the 2019 US Open and the 2021 Australian Open. This year’s edition of the French Open marks the first time Medvedev won a match at the tournament as he failed to clear the first-round hurdle at all four previous attempts. Read more 
06.06.21 NATO Chief Voices Concerns Over Closer Cooperation Between Moscow And Minsk
TASS
NATO countries are seriously concerned over closer cooperation between Russia and Belarus, the alliance’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview with German newspaper Welt Am Sonntag. "The allies are seriously concerned over closer cooperation between Moscow and Minsk over the past months," Stoltenberg said. According to him, Belarus "is becoming more dependent" on Russia. "NATO is a defensive alliance. I don’t want to speculate a lot but we are vigilant and are very carefully watching the events in Belarus," the NATO chief said. "Of course, we are ready in a serious case to protect each participant of the alliance and protect it from any threat posed by Minsk and Moscow," he stated. Read more 
06.06.21 Kudryashov Injured As Russia Beats Bulgaria In Euro Warm-up
AP
Russia defeated Bulgaria 1-0 on Saturday in its final warm-up for the European Championship but there are concerns over experienced defender Fyodor Kudryashov, who suffered a pre-game injury. Kudryashov was unable to play after clutching his right calf. The 34-year-old right back, who helped Russia reach the quarterfinals of the 2018 World Cup, was replaced by Andrei Semenov. Midfielder Dmitri Barinov also went off early in the second half due to a nose injury. Aleksandr Sobolev’s late penalty was enough for the home team to finish preparations with a win. But Stanislav Cherchesov’s team looked far from impressive against a side that hadn’t won in six games since a 3-0 win over Gibraltar last November. Read more 
06.06.21 RPT-Russia Reports 9,163 New COVID-19 Cases, 351 Deaths
Reuters
Russia reported 9,163 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, including 2,936 in Moscow, which brought the national case tally to 5,126,437. The Russian coronavirus task force said it had confirmed 351 deaths of coronavirus patients in the past 24 hours, taking the overall official case tally to 123,787. Rosstat, the Russian state statistics service, keeps its own records and said on Friday that around 270,000 people had died in Russia from COVID-19 and related causes as of April. Read more 
05.06.21 Putin Chafes At US, Criticizes Response To Capitol Attack
AP
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday set a tough tone for his upcoming summit with U.S. President Joe Biden, accusing Washington of trying to contain Russia and citing its response to the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol as a manifestation of the West’s double standards. Speaking at an economic forum in St. Petersburg, Putin said that arms control, global conflicts, the coronavirus pandemic and climate change are among the issues he and Biden would discuss at their June 16 summit in Geneva. “We need to find ways of looking for a settlement in our relations, which are at an extremely low level now,” Putin said. Read more 
05.06.21 Russia’s Pandemic Excess Deaths Climb To 475K
The Moscow Times
Russia recorded one of its lowest monthly jumps in fatalities since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in April, according to official statistics published Friday. Nationwide deaths from all causes during the month were 14,500 higher — or 9.6% — than during April 2019, data published by the Rosstat federal statistics service showed. That was the smallest monthly fatality spike Russia has recorded since last August — a month of temporary respite between the first and second waves of the virus — and also the second-lowest number of excess deaths Russia has recorded in any single month since the outbreak of the pandemic last spring. Read more 
05.06.21 Chess Legend Kasparov Speaks Out Against ‘dictator’ Putin
AP
Russian chess legend Garry Kasparov strongly criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday, calling him a “dictator” who heads a “false political system.” The former multiple world champion — arguably one of the all-time greats of the game — is a vocal critic of the Russian president and has been arrested in the past following activism against him. “I do not know what President Putin is doing, I know about the Russian dictator — if you call him president, you give him more credibility in the false political system used in Russia,” Kasparov said at the inauguration of a chess tournament in Bucharest. Read more 
04.06.21 Russia Aims For Leading Global Positions In Small-scale Nuclear Power
Interfax
Russia plans to take leading global positions in the field of small-scale nuclear power generation, Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Thursday. "I believe that the future is also in nuclear energy. Despite the fact that it has not yet entered the European taxonomy, nonetheless, about ten countries expressed disagreement with this, us included. Generation of electricity from nuclear sources at nuclear power plants has the lowest carbon footprint - 6 grams per 1 kWh of CO2 equivalent, while solar and wind, solar about 80, I think, and wind 14 grams. I won't give figures for coal and oil, they're higher, of course, and gas," Novak said. "New areas in nuclear energy that Russia will now work on are also a strategic area, the development of small-scale nuclear generation. We're the leaders in development of large-scale generation, large units of 1000-1200 MW, but now we're setting the goal of becoming the world leaders in production of nuclear energy with small units of 5 MW to 100 MW. And these are completely new possibilities for the use of nuclear energy in the world in general. These are fundamentally new prospects," Novak said. Read more 
04.06.21 Major Russian Fund To Ditch Dollar, Buy Euros, Yuan, Gold
AP
Russia said Thursday it will completely remove the U.S. dollar from its rainy day fund, a move intended to counter American pressure two weeks before a summit of the two countries’ leaders. Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told an economic forum in St. Petersburg that the National Wealth Fund will turn its dollar-denominated assets into euros, yuan and gold. He said the shift will take a month, and once it’s completed the fund will have 40% of its holdings in euros, 30% in yuan and 20% in gold, while the British pound and Japanese yen each will account for 5%. Siluanov said the fund currently has 35% of its assets in dollars and another 35% in euros. Read more 
04.06.21 Sputnik V Registration Abroad Was ‘true Battle’, RDIF Chief Said
TASS
The authorization process for Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in each of the 66 countries was a "true battle", CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) Kirill Dmitriev said in an interview with RBK. "The vaccine is currently registered in 66 countries and it is massive success. At the same time, the registration in practically any of these countries was a true battle. We faced active opposition from other players everywhere who did not want to let Russia in and resisted the registration of the Russian vaccine," he noted. According to Dmitriev, there were several breakthroughs with the Sputnik V authorization which helped to move the overall process forward. Read more 
04.06.21 Russia Lagging Dangerously On Climate Agenda, Greenhouse Gas Law Already Obsolete
Interfax
Russia is lagging dangerously behind on the climate agenda and the law on greenhouse gases that it is now passing is already obsolete, the Russian president's climate envoy, Ruslan Edelgeriyev said at the Low-carbon Development and Climate Policy session at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Thursday. Deputy Economic Development Minister Ilya Torosov said at the session that Russia has already prepared carbon regulation. "The law on restricting greenhouse gases was passed in the second and third readings this week, it is now in the Federation Council," he said. "It forms the architecture, conceptual framework, creates possibilities for the emergence of voluntary climate projects that businesses wanted. This bill is a compromise with businesses, the main beneficiary is business. Our job, as the government, is to create a toolbox and see how businesses use it," Torosov said. Read more 
04.06.21 Russian Police Release Opposition Figure Held For 2 Days
AP
Russian police on Thursday released a well-known opposition politician from custody after holding him for two days. Dmitry Gudkov was detained at his country house on Tuesday in connection with an investigation into money allegedly owed to the city for rental of an office space. Gudkov’s attorney, Mikhail Biryukov, said it was not clear whether his release meant the investigation was still active, according to Russian news reports. His detention had come as authorities continue to crack down on dissent ahead of September’s parliamentary election, in which Gudkov aspired to run; he was a parliament member in 2011-16. Read more 
04.06.21 Canada Defeats Russia In Quarterfinals Of World Hockey Championship
TASS
The Russian national team was defeated by Canada 1-2 in the quarterfinals of the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Latvia's capital Riga on Thursday. The goals were scored by Russian Yevgeny Timkin (35th minute), Canadians Adam Henrique (46th minute) and Andrew Mangiapane (63rd minute). Read more 
04.06.21 Tokyo Rejects Moscow’s Protest Over Fishing Boat Incident Near Sakhalin
TASS
Japan has rejected the protest which was sent to the Japanese Embassy in Russia earlier over the incident involving Japan’s Eiho Maru No. 172 fishing boat off Sakhalin’s coast, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi told a press conference in Tokyo on Friday. "As for the protest of the Russian side, we reject it and demand that the vessel and its crew be urgently released," he said. According to Motegi, Japan has information that the Japanese boat was in the country’s exclusive economic zone when it was detained by Russian border patrol services. On Thursday, the Russian Foreign Ministry informed that it had issued a resolute protest over the Eiho Maru No. 172 incident. The Russian diplomatic agency emphasized that the vessel "was found by Russian border control officers in the Russian exclusive economic zone near the coast of Sakhalin." It did not respond to requests and attempted to flee, resorting to dangerous maneuvres in the process. Read more 
03.06.21 Russian Upper House Votes To Exit From Overflight Treaty
AP
The Russian parliament’s upper house voted Wednesday to withdraw from an international treaty allowing surveillance flights over military facilities following the U.S. exit from the treaty. The vote comes after U.S. officials told Moscow last month that President Joe Biden’s administration had decided not to reenter the Open Skies Treaty, which had allowed surveillance flights over military facilities before President Donald Trump withdrew from the pact. As a presidential candidate, Biden had criticized Trump’s withdrawal as “short-sighted.” Moscow has signaled its readiness to reverse the withdrawal procedure and stay in the 1992 treaty if the United States returns to the agreement. Read more 
03.06.21 Aeroflot, S7 Received Permits For Flights To Germany
TASS
Aeroflot has received permits from the German aviation authorities to operate flights between Russia and Germany, Mikhail Poluboyarinov, CEO of the Aeroflot Group, told TASS on the sidelines of the SPIEF. "Everything is fine, we got the permits," Poluboyarinov told TASS adding that it concerns about 28 flights per week as part of the summer timetable. Meanwhile the press service of the S7 airline told TASS that the second largest carrier in Russia also received all the necessary permits. "S7 Airlines has received a permit from the German authorities to operate flights. Flights to Germany will be operated as planned," S7 told TASS. Read more 
03.06.21 Inflation Of 4.5%-5% Expected In Russia In 2021
Interfax
The Russian government is now expecting 4.5%-5.0% inflation in 2021. "My estimate right now is between 4.5% and 5.0%, which is roughly what the Economic Development Ministry expects, while the Central Bank's estimates are a little higher," First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov told reporters on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. The government's official forecast, made in April, is for 4.3%, while the Central Bank is predicting 4.7%-5.2%. Belousov himself said in May that he was expecting 4%-4.5% for the year but now his expectations have risen slightly. Read more 
03.06.21 Inflation Of 4.5%-5% Expected In Russia In 2021
Interfax
The Russian government is now expecting 4.5%-5.0% inflation in 2021. "My estimate right now is between 4.5% and 5.0%, which is roughly what the Economic Development Ministry expects, while the Central Bank's estimates are a little higher," First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov told reporters on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. The government's official forecast, made in April, is for 4.3%, while the Central Bank is predicting 4.7%-5.2%. Belousov himself said in May that he was expecting 4%-4.5% for the year but now his expectations have risen slightly. Read more 
02.06.21 Russia Registers Drug That Prevents Complications From COVID-19
TASS
The Russian Health Ministry has registered an inhalant drug Leitragin for treatment and prevention of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus, the Russian Federal Medical-Biological Agency informed on its website on Wednesday. "On May 25, the inhalant drug Leitragin developed by the Federal Medical-Biological Agency was registered by the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation. The new drug is meant to treat and prevent pneumonia, which is a complication from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19)," the message informs. Read more 
02.06.21 CoviVac Vaccine Efficacy Tentatively Estimated At Over 80%
Interfax
The efficacy of the CoviVac coronavirus vaccine developed by the Chumakov Center exceeds 80%, however, the final stage of clinical trials is still ongoing, the Chumakov Center said in a material presented at the stand of the Russian Ministry of Science and Higher Education at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Wednesday. "The vaccine efficacy exceeds 80%, and the final stage of trials is not over yet," the Center said. The Chumakov Center told Interfax in May that the third phase of clinical trials of the CoviVac coronavirus vaccine was due to begin in June. Read more 
02.06.21 AP Interview: Kremlin Cracking Down On Dissent Before Vote
AP
Russian authorities are cracking down on dissent before a crucial parliamentary election in September, in what a leading Kremlin critic on Tuesday described as an attempt to sideline opponents. Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a Russian tycoon who moved to London after spending a decade in prison in Russia on charges widely seen as political revenge for challenging President Vladimir Putin’s rule, said the latest moves against opposition activists reflected the authorities’ concern about the waning popularity of the main Kremlin-directed party, United Russia. Khodorkovsky told The Associated Press in an interview over Zoom that the upcoming election is a “theatrical performance, in which any candidates that the government isn’t happy with will simply not be allowed to run.” He said that the authorities are increasing repression to stifle any critical voices before the Sept. 19 parliamentary election, including activists of the Open Russian movement that he financed. Read more 
01.06.21 Russia To Resume Flights To And From Another Eight Countries On June 10
TASS
Russia will resume regular flights to and from Austria, Hungary, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Morocco and Croatia, as well as charter flights to Albania, on June 10, the anti-coronavirus crisis center said in a statement on Monday. "Following today’s discussions and taking into account the coronavirus situation in certain countries, the crisis center has decided to resume flights to and from the following countries on a mutual basis: Austria (Moscow-Vienna, two flights a week), Hungary (Moscow-Budapest, two flights a week), Lebanon (Moscow-Beirut, one flight a week), Luxembourg (Moscow-Luxembourg, one flight a week), Mauritius (Moscow-Port Louis, two flights a week), Morocco (Moscow-Rabat, two flights week), Croatia (Moscow-Zagreb, two flights a week)," the statement reads. Read more 
01.06.21 Russia To Resume Regular Flights To/from UK On June 2
Interfax
Russia will resume regular air travel with the United Kingdom on June 2, operating three Moscow-London flights a week on a mutual basis, the Russian headquarters on preventing the import and spread of the novel coronavirus infection said. "Due to an improvement of the epidemiological situation in the United Kingdom, the operative headquarters decided not to extend the suspension of flights. Regular air traffic will be resumed on June 2 with three Moscow-London flights a week on a mutual basis," the headquarters said on Monday. Read more 
01.06.21 EURO 2020: Russia Back On Home Soil After 2018 World Cup Run
AP
Russia’s run to the quarterfinals at its home World Cup three years ago was a breakthrough. Since then, momentum has stalled. Back on home soil for two of its three group games at this year’s European Championship, Russia wants to recapture the form which saw it beat Spain at the 2018 World Cup before a narrow loss to eventual finalist Croatia. Russia can count on the roar of a home crowd once again at Euro 2020, with organizers preparing to allow 50% capacity in the cavernous Gazprom Arena, which can normally fit about 68,000 fans. Read more 
01.06.21 Russia Registers 9,500 New Cases Of Covid-19, 372 Deaths In Past 24 Hours
Interfax
Russia has registered 9,500 new cases of Covid-19 and 372 related deaths in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement on Tuesday. "Over the past day, 9,500 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 83 regions of Russia, including 1,268 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (13.3%)," the headquarters said. The daily coronavirus morbidity has again topped 9,000 in Russia. There were 8,475 new cases on Monday, or 1,000 fewer than on Tuesday. In the past 24 hours, 8,994 patients were discharged from hospitals upon recovery, and 372 patients died from Covid-19 across Russia. Read more 
01.06.21 Russian Authorities Increase Pressure On Opposition
AP
Russian authorities have ramped up their pressure on dissent ahead of a parliamentary election, arresting one opposition activist and raiding several others’ homes. Andrei Pivovarov, the head of the Open Russia movement that dissolved itself last week, was pulled off a plane at St. Petersburg’s airport late Monday and was to be taken to Krasnodar in southern Russia Tuesday as part of a criminal probe against him. Also on Tuesday, police raided a country home of opposition politician Dmitry Gudkov, a former lawmaker who has aspired to run for parliament in September. At least two of his associates also had their homes searched. Read more 
01.06.21 Russia Bans Unauthorized ‘Foreign Influence’ Educational Activities
The Moscow Times
Russia has banned non-state-approved educational activities and cooperation with foreign academics, according to highly criticized changes to Russia’s education law that came into effect Tuesday. The law is based on the need cited by lawmakers for broad state power to permit or forbid activities outside formal academic settings. They said that the law was essential to counter “negative foreign influence in the educational process.” “Anti-Russian forces carry out propaganda under the guise of educational activities,” the bill’s authors wrote. Read more 
01.06.21 Oil Up, Near $70 A Barrel As Demand Outlook Improves
Reuters
Oil prices firmed on Monday, with Brent trading near $70 a barrel on growing optimism that fuel demand will grow in the next quarter, while investors looked ahead to see how producers will respond at this week's OPEC+ meeting. Trading was thin as U.S. and UK markets were closed on Monday due to public holidays. Brent crude futures settled up 60 cents, or 0.9%, at $69.32 a barrel, off the a session high of $69.82. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude rose 0.9% and last traded at $66.91 a barrel. Both contracts were set for a second monthly gain. Read more 
01.06.21 Navalny Asks Russian Court To End Nighttime Prison Security Checks
Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny asked a court on May 31 to halt the hourly nighttime checks he has been subjected to in his penal colony, saying the measure amounts to “torture.” Speaking to the court in a video link from prison, Navalny said that he has done nothing that would warrant the authorities' decision to designate him as a flight risk that has resulted in the checks. “I just want them to stop coming to me and waking me up at night,” he told the Petushinsky District Court in the Vladimir region. “What did I do? Did I climb the fence? Did I dig up an underpass? Or was I wringing a pistol from someone? Just explain why they named me a flight risk!" Read more 
31.05.21 Number Of Injured In Car Accident In Russia’s Altai Region Rises To 11
TASS
The number of people injured in an accident involving a minibus that transported workers and a car in Russia’s Altai Territory tose to 11. Six people have been hospitalized, press service of the regional Russian Emergencies Ministry department said. "There was a collision of a car and a small bus carrying workers of the Altaikhleb enterprise. As a result of the road accident, 14 people were injured, 3 people died," the report said. Three traffic police crews and six ambulance teams are working on the spot. The accident site was cordoned off. Altaikhleb enterprise confirmed to TASS that their minibus was involved in an accident, but declined to comment. Read more 
31.05.21 Russian Steelmakers Must Repay 100 Bln Rubles In Excess Profits Earned At State's Expense
Interfax
Russian steel companies face a new tax grab, as First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov said they will have to return to the government 100 billion rubles in excess profits earned on high prices for products supplies for state-financed projects. The government calculated that steelmakers overcharged it "by about 100 billion rubles in regard to state capital investments and government defense contracts," Belousov said in an interview on RBC TV. "I said to some of them, guys, I'm not even going to think right now about how to get [this amount] from you - some tax, through the mineral extraction tax. The only thing is that the price tag is [100 billion rubles]," Belousov said. Read more 
31.05.21 Sixteen Wildfires Break Out In Russia’s Tyumen Region Over 24 Hours
TASS
Fifteen forests and one landscape fire have broken out over the past 24 hours in the Tyumen Region, the regional crisis center reported on Monday. "The fires that have emerged over the past 24 hours: 15 forest fires on the total area of 323.2 hectares; 1 landscape fire on the total area of 0.5 hectares. Over the past 24 hours, 5 forest fires on the total area of 34.4 hectares, 1 landscape fire on the total area of 0.5 hectares have been extinguished," the statement said. The crisis center added that currently there are 23 forest fires, including the localized ones, underway and 2 landscape fires. Read more 
31.05.21 Russia Reports 8,475 COVID-19 Cases, 339 Deaths
Reuters
Russia on Monday reported 8,475 COVID-19 cases, including 2,614 in Moscow, pushing the national infection tally to 5,071,917 since the pandemic began. The government coronavirus task force said that 339 people had died of coronavirus-related causes in the last 24 hours. That pushed the death toll to 121,501. The federal statistics agency, which has kept a separate toll, has said that Russia recorded around 250,000 deaths related to COVID-19 from April 2020 to March 2021. Read more 
31.05.21 Three Russian Paramilitaries Killed In Central African Republic
Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
A military vehicle struck a land mine in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.), killing at least two police officers and three Russian paramilitaries helping government forces battle rebel groups in the war-torn country. "Three Russian allies and two Central African police officers were killed," government spokesman Ange Maxime Kazagui told AFP on May 30. Five members of the local security forces were also wounded in the attack, which occurred on May 28 in the west of the country on a road between Barberati and Bouar. Russia helps President Faustin Archange Touadera combat rebel groups in the resource-rich country’s ongoing civil war, including fielding Russian mercenaries and security details for government figures. Read more 
30.05.21 Russia Reports Over 9,600 Daily COVID-19 Cases, A New High Since March 19
TASS
Russia confirmed 9,694 COVID-19 cases over the past day, a new high since March 19, the anti-coronavirus crisis center told reporters on Sunday. In relative terms, the growth rate reached 0.19%. Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 5,063,442 people have been infected, according to the crisis center. The lowest growth rates were registered in the Jewish Autonomous Region (0.02%), the Tuva Republic (0.03%) and the Republic of Adygea (0.05%). Moscow confirmed 3,719 COVID-19 cases over the past day. Some 829 COVID-19 cases were recorded in St. Petersburg, 748 in the Moscow Region, 179 in the Rostov Region, 145 in the Voronezh Region and 143 in the Nizhny Novgorod Region. Currently, 264,410 people are undergoing treatment in Russia. Read more 
30.05.21 US Says Agencies Largely Fended Off Latest Russian Hack
AP
The White House says it believes U.S. government agencies largely fended off the latest cyberespionage onslaught blamed on Russian intelligence operatives, saying the spear-phishing campaign should not further damage relations with Moscow ahead of next month’s planned presidential summit. Officials downplayed the cyber assault as “basic phishing” in which hackers used malware-laden emails to target the computer systems of U.S. and foreign government agencies, think tanks and humanitarian groups. Microsoft, which disclosed the effort late Thursday, said it believed most of the emails were blocked by automated systems that marked them as spam. As of Friday afternoon, the company said it was “not seeing evidence of any significant number of compromised organizations at this time.” Read more 
30.05.21 European Parliament President Seeks To Tighten Sanctions Against Russian Officials
TASS
President of the European Union Parliament David Sassoli has called for tightening anti-Russian sanctions, he said in an interview published in the newspapers of Germany’s Funke media group on Sunday. "We have to tighten the sanctions against Russian officials, but also establish closer contacts with the population and civil society and support Russian dissidents, NGOs and independent media," Sassoli said. Read more 
30.05.21 Convicted Spy For Russia Moves To Withdraw Guilty Plea
AP
A former Army Green Beret sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for spying for Russia has filed paperwork seeking to withdraw his guilty plea. Peter Debbins of Gainesville, Virginia, filed the handwritten motion earlier this week from his jail cell in Alexandria. He gave no reason for doing so, but the filing came less than two weeks after he was sentenced to 188 months in prison for violating the federal Espionage Act. The sentence he received was significantly longer than the five-year term his lawyer had requested. At his sentencing hearing, Debbins said he was blackmailed by Russian intelligence agents who threatened to expose his same-sex attractions. Read more 
30.05.21 Over 230 Suspects Behind Bomb Hoaxes Caught In Russia This Year
TASS
Russia’s police tracked down over 230 people who made false bomb threats across the country over the past four months of this year, the Interior Ministry’s press service told TASS on Sunday. "From January to April 2021, the number of people who have committed crimes under Article 207 of the Russian Criminal Code (deliberate false report about an act of terrorism) reached 232," the press service stated. This count carries a maximum sentence of up to ten years behind bars. The Interior Ministry reported that this figure was 2.1% fewer than the same period in 2020. Such false bomb threats usually targeted schools, railway stations, courts and hospitals. Read more 
30.05.21 Putin-Lukashenko Talks Continue In Sochi On Saturday
TASS
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko are continuing talks on Saturday in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, where Lukashenko arrived on Friday, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told TASS. "Today the talks between the two presidents are ongoing," Peskov said. On Friday, Putin and Lukashenko held talks at the Russian president’s Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi. At the talks, Putin, in particular, invited his counterpart to have a swim in the sea, noting that the water was getting warmer and warmer. In his reply, Lukashenko thanked Putin for the invitation to come on Friday, "so that, indeed, [I] could take a dip in the sea at the weekend." Read more 
30.05.21 Russia Confirms Second Loan For Belarus, Raises Issue Of Detained Citizen
Reuters
Russia will move ahead with a second $500 million loan to Belarus next month, following talks between the two countries' leaders amid uproar in the West over the grounding of a passenger jet in Minsk and the arrest of a dissident blogger. President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko held a second day of talks, as well as a yacht tour, in the southern Russian city of Sochi on Saturday, as the Russian leader showed his longstanding ally support in this latest standoff with the West. Russia promised Belarus a $1.5 billion loan last year as part of Moscow's efforts to stabilise its neighbour. Minsk received a first instalment of $500 million in October. Read more 
30.05.21 Over 50 Russian Embassy Employees Leave Czech Republic
TASS
Fifty-four employees of the Russian Embassy in the Czech Republic laid off by the Czech government have left the country on Saturday, Russian Embassy Spokesperson Nikolai Bryakin told TASS. "The first group of 54 employees of the Russian Embassy in Prague laid off on the initiative of the Czech side, accompanied by their family members, left the territory of the Czech Republic," he said. The second group of embassy employees and their families is set to leave the Czech Republic on May 31. Read more 
30.05.21 Russia Issues Permit To Air France For New Flight Route To Moscow
TASS
Air France has been granted permission from Russia to operate flights from Paris to Moscow and back bypassing Belarus’ airspace starting this weekend, a source within the French air carrier informed TASS on Saturday. "Yes, we have the permit starting this weekend," the source said, answering a corresponding question by TASS. The company representative pointed out that the flights will be bypassing the airspace of Belarus. Air France cancelled flights from Paris to Moscow on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The company explained that the flights had been canceled due to technical reasons after Russia failed to approve a new flight route bypassing Belarus. Read more 
29.05.21 Russia Documents 9,289 Cases Of COVID-19 In 24 Hours
TASS
Russia has documented 9,289 cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total case count to 5,053,748, the federal anti-coronavirus crisis center informed reporters on Saturday. The relative daily increased rate reached 0.18%. In the past 24 hours, 3,241 COVID-19 cases were documented in Moscow, 846 in St. Petersburg, 750 in the Moscow Region, 180 in the Rostov Region, 149 in the Nizhny Novgorod Region, 148 in the Voronezh Region. Currently, there are 262,457 active cases of COVID-19 in Russia. Read more 
29.05.21 Putin Praises Closer Ties With Belarus In Lukashenko Talks
The Moscow Times
President Vladimir Putin praised Russia's closer ties with Belarus on Friday as he hosted strongman Alexander Lukashenko amid a global outcry following the forced diversion of a European plane. Observers will watch the negotiations to see how far Russia goes to support Lukashenko's regime after Belarus scrambled a Mig jet to divert a Ryanair jet and arrest an opposition journalist onboard last Sunday. Following the Ryanair plane's forced diversion, the European Union urged EU-based carriers to avoid Belarusian airspace and promised fresh sanctions against Lukashenko and regime officials. Read more 
29.05.21 Russian SolarWinds Hackers Target 150 Organizations In New Attack
The Moscow Times
The state-backed Russian group behind a massive hacking campaign revealed last year has re-emerged with a series of attacks on government agencies, think tanks, consultants and other organizations, according to officials and researchers. A security update from Microsoft late Thursday said the group known as Nobelium has stepped up attacks, notably targeting government agencies involved in foreign policy as part of intelligence gathering efforts. The U.S. government's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency posted a link to the Microsoft update and urged computer network administrators to "apply the necessary mitigations." Read more 
28.05.21 Deputy PM Novak Lauds Russian Gas Via Nord Stream As Being Four Times Cleaner
TASS
Russian gas supplied to Europe via the Nord Stream has a carbon footprint that is four times smaller than from the US gas, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak told reporters. "Russian gas supplied to Europe via the Nord Stream, according to various analytical and consulting agencies, has almost 4 times smaller carbon footprint per kWh than gas supplied to Europe from the United States. This is mainly due to the fact that in the United States, most of the gas is produced from shale rocks using hydraulic fracturing", Novak explained. According to him, Russia pays great attention to ensuring its environmental leadership. US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Thursday argued that natural gas produced in Russia is allegedly the "dirtiest" in the world. Read more 
28.05.21 Russia Registers 9,252 New Cases Of Covid-19, 404 Deaths In Past 24 Hours
Interfax
Russia has registered 9,252 new cases of Covid-19 and 404 related deaths in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement on Friday. "Over the past day, 9,252 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 83 regions of Russia, including 1,176 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (12.7%)," the headquarters said. In the past 24 hours, 9,385 patients were discharged from hospitals upon recovery, and 404 patients died from Covid-19 across Russia. According to the headquarters, Moscow reported 3,274 new cases of Covid-19, as well as 56 deaths and 2,998 recoveries on Friday. Since the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic in Russia on March 2, 2020, it has registered a total of 5,044,459 cases of Covid-19, including 120,406 deaths and 4,661,234 recoveries. Read more 
28.05.21 Russian Opposition Group Shuts Down Under Official Pressure
AP
An opposition group in Russia announced Thursday that it is shutting down after authorities listed the organization as “undesirable” as part of a multi-pronged crackdown on dissent. The leader of Open Russia, Andrei Pivovarov, said the group funded by a self-exiled Russian tycoon was ceasing operation to protect its members from prosecution. A 2015 Russian law made membership in “undesirable” organizations a criminal offense. The government has used the law to ban about 30 groups. “It’s awfully sad” to close Pivovarov tweeted, adding that “an increasing number of people in the country want changes” and “Russia will be free, and it will happen very soon.” Read more 
28.05.21 Russia Allows Austrian Airlines To Fly To Moscow Bypassing Belarus
TASS
Russia has issued a permit to Austrian Airlines to operate a passenger flight on May 28 from Vienna to Moscow on an alternative route that does not pass through the airspace of Belarus, the representative of the Austrian Airlines told TASS on Friday. "The Russian authorities have today issued permission to Austrian Airlines for an alternative flight route from Vienna to Moscow, which does not go through Belarusian airspace. Austrian Airlines can operate the flight OS 601/602 scheduled for today from Vienna to Moscow and back," the airline representative said. Read more 
28.05.21 US Tells Russia It Won’t Rejoin Open Skies Arms Control Pact
AP
The Biden administration informed Russia on Thursday that it will not rejoin a key arms control pact, even as the two sides prepare for a summit next month between their leaders, the State Department said. U.S. officials said Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman told the Russians that the administration had decided not to reenter the Open Skies Treaty, which had allowed surveillance flights over military facilities in both countries before President Donald Trump withdrew from the pact. As a presidential candidate, Biden had criticized Trump’s withdrawal as “short-sighted.” Thursday’s decision means only one major arms control treaty between the nuclear powers — the New START treaty — will remain in place. Trump had done nothing to extend New START, which would have expired earlier this year, but after taking office, the Biden administration moved quickly to extend it for five years and opened a review into Trump’s Open Skies Treaty withdrawal. Read more 
28.05.21 Ex-Policemen Jailed Over False Drug Arrest Of Russian Journalist
The Moscow Times
A court in Moscow on Friday sentenced five former policemen to several years in jail for planting drugs on a prominent investigative journalist, local media reported. The arrest of reporter Ivan Golunov in June 2019 on trumped-up drug charges sparked an outcry with activists and Kremlin critics calling for his release. Golunov, 38, was released days later after an unprecedented campaign in his support, and the five police officers who arrested him were dismissed and taken into custody in January 2020. Igor Lyakhovets, who investigators said directed the operation but denied his guilt, was sentenced to 12 years in a penal colony. Read more 
28.05.21 Belarus’ Leader Seeks Russia’s Support Amid Showdown With EU
AP
Belarus’ authoritarian leader will discuss closer economic ties with Russia on Friday, as he seeks support from his main backer amid a bruising showdown with the European Union over the forced diversion of a passenger jet to arrest a dissident journalist. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has found himself increasingly isolated after Belarusian flight controllers told the crew of a Ryanair plane to land because there was a bomb threat against it. No bomb was found once the place was on the ground, but 26-year-old journalist Raman Pratasevich was arrested along with his Russian girlfriend. EU leaders called it piracy and responded by barring Belarusian carriers from the bloc’s airspace and airports and advising European airlines to skirt Belarus. The bloc’s foreign ministers sketched out tougher sanctions Thursday to target the country’s lucrative potash industry and other sectors that are the main cash-earners for Lukashenko’s government. Read more 
28.05.21 Russia Hails Assad's 'Decisive' Poll Victory
The Moscow Times
Russia on Friday welcomed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's "decisive" victory after he claimed re-election with a landslide win in a vote criticized by the opposition and Western nations. "A decisive victory was won by the incumbent head of state," the foreign ministry said in a statement. "We view the elections as a sovereign affair of the Syrian Arab Republic and an important step towards strengthening its internal stability," it added. The controversial vote extending Assad's stranglehold on power was the second since the start of a decade-long civil conflict that has killed more than 388,000 people, displaced millions and battered the country's infrastructure. Read more 
27.05.21 Japan’s Coast Guard May Detain Russia’s Amur Vessel
TASS
Japan’s Coast Guard may detain Russian trawler Amur at the port of Mombetsu (Hokkaido) for the period of the investigation of the circumstances of the collision with Japanese fishing vessel Hokko-Maru 8, the Mombetsu coast guard department informed TASS on Thursday. "The Russian vessel Amur may be detained in the port of Mombetsu for an official investigation. The period will depend on the contents on the investigation, and we cannot say how long it will last. The captain of the vessel and its crew may be questioned in this regard as well," the coast guard stated. Earlier, the Russian Consulate General in Sapporo informed TASS that the captain of Amur is cooperating with the investigators of the ship's collision voluntarily, and that there is no information regarding his arrest. The consulate also stated that the Amur vessel is currently located at the Mombetsu port, but it has not been detained. Read more 
27.05.21 Over 60 Russians Willing To Leave Gaza Strip Return Home Aboard Emergencies Ministry Plane
Interfax
A Russian Emergency Situations Ministry plane at Cairo International Airport picked up Russian citizens evacuated from the Gaza Strip on their own volition, the Russian embassy to Egypt said on Facebook. "In accordance with Russian President Vladimir Putin's instruction on evacuating Russian citizens willing to leave the Gaza Strip, a large group of our fellow citizens (64 people) was transported across the Palestinian-Egyptian border. This step was prompted by the military confrontation with Israel and the humanitarian crisis caused by it," the embassy said. The evacuated Russian citizens arrived at Cairo International Airport where they boarded the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry's plane, which left for Moscow early on Thursday morning. Read more 
27.05.21 Mandatory Vaccination Against COVID-19 Should Not Be Introduced, Putin Says
TASS
Inoculation against the coronavirus infection should not be compulsory, yet people themselves should realize the necessity of these jabs, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a video conference on Wednesday. During the video conference on the economy, he noted that there are different opinions on this topic, including on introducing a mandatory vaccination for the entire population or for workers in certain sectors who come into contact with a large number of people due to their occupation, for example, those working in the retail industry, catering, transportation, medical, educational, social institutions and so on. "In my opinion, it is counterproductive and unnecessary to introduce mandatory vaccinations," the head of state said. Read more 
27.05.21 Russia Tags 3 German NGOs ‘undesirable,’ Drawing Criticism Yesterday
AP
Russia on Wednesday designated three German non-governmental organizations as “undesirable,” a move that drew sharp criticism from Berlin. The Prosecutor General’s office said that the organizations’ activities “threaten the foundations of the constitutional order and security of the Russian Federation.” Russian authorities have already designated more than 30 foreign groups as “undesirable” organizations in line with a law that has been widely seen as part of the Kremlin’s efforts to stifle criticism. Two of the affected organizations were involved in the St. Petersburg Dialogue, a German-Russian forum bringing together civil society groups, think tanks and decision-makers from the two countries. Read more 
27.05.21 Russia To Create Monitoring System Of Personal Data Violations Online
TASS
Russia will create a system for monitoring violations in the sphere of personal data protection of online users, head of the Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media Andrei Lipov told reporters. "There is a goal to create a monitoring system that would help detect violations in the sphere of personal data protection. We are talking about a system that we have just begun to develop," he informed. Lipov added that currently, the legislative base in the sphere of liability for the use of leaked personal data is not developed enough. "It turns out that the fines for data leaks are not serious enough, and then someone begins to use this data. We need to work with the demand here, I think. There needs to be a punishment for the use of illegally obtained personal data," he stressed. Read more 
27.05.21 Russia Allows Tourists With Hotel Bookings To Stay Up To 6 Months In Russia
The Moscow Times
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Wednesday easing restrictions on tourists coming to Russia by allowing them to stay in the country for up to 6 months if they have hotel bookings. “The law allows the issuance of ordinary tourist visas for up to six months for citizens of all countries, regardless of the ‘principle of reciprocity’ — the existence of a similar policy of these countries in relation to tourists from the Russian Federation,” it states. Current coronavirus restrictions limit travel to and from Russia to a handful of countries where daily case numbers are deemed safe. Previously, foreigners could obtain a tourist visa for up to one month, or up to six months on the basis of the principle of reciprocity. Read more 
27.05.21 Russia Launches Vaccination Of Animals Against COVID-19
TASS
Russia has launched vaccination of animals against COVID-19, Yulia Melano, advisor to the head of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision, told reporters. Russia has launched vaccination of animals against COVID-19, Yulia Melano, advisor to the head of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision, told reporters. Read more 
27.05.21 World Bank Urges Russia To Adopt Guaranteed Minimum Income To Slash Poverty
The Moscow Times
The World Bank has recommended Russia overhaul its welfare state if it wants to slash poverty as the economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S.-headquartered organization said Russia should adopt a “guaranteed minimum income” — a welfare program of financial assistance targeted solely at those living below the poverty line — in order to help lift almost ten million Russians out of poverty this decade. Should the country not change its approach and economic growth not accelerate, Russia will most likely fall short of President Vladimir Putin’s ambitious target to halve the share of Russians living in poverty to below 6.6% by 2030, the World Bank’s lead economist for Russia, Apurva Sanghi said Wednesday at a press conference to present a new report. Read more 
27.05.21 Paris-Moscow Flight Cancelled Over Russia’s Refusal To Approve Belarus Bypass
TASS
Air France has cancelled a Paris-Moscow flight after Russia did not approve the route avoiding Belarusian airspace, the French carrier told TASS on Wednesday. According to the spokesman, Flight AF1154 was scrapped "for operational reasons linked to the bypassing of Belarusian airspace, requiring a new authorization from the Russian authorities to enter their territory." The carrier added that Flight AF1155 from Moscow to Paris was cancelled as well. Air France also noted that they had offered passengers to choose a new travel date or to get a refund for the cancelled flight. Reuters reported that the airline still "planned to run its next scheduled Moscow flight on Friday, subject to Russian approval of a flight plan that would allow it to avoid overflying Belarus." Read more 
27.05.21 ‘Predictability And Stability’
Meduza
Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden are set to have their first meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on June 16. According to the Kremlin's announcement, Putin and Biden will discuss the prospects for bilateral relations, the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, and the settlement of regional conflicts, among other things. However, according to U.S. officials, Washington doesn’t expect much from the summit. Indeed, as leading American newspapers have reported, the U.S. side is simply hoping that the Geneva meeting will be an occasion for Biden to improve his tense personal relationship with Putin. Read more 
27.05.21 Russia Cruises Past Denmark 3-0 In Group Stage Match Of 2021 Ice Hockey World Championship
TASS
The Russian national ice hockey team defeated Denmark 3-0 on Wednesday in their group stage encounter of the 2021 IIHF (the International Ice Hockey Federation) World Championship in Latvia. The goals for the Russian team were scored by Ivan Morozov (40th minute), Alexander Barabanov (50th minute) and Dmitry Voronkov (57th minute). Russian team’s goaltender Alexander Samonov booked a clean sheet registering 18-save shootout. Read more 
26.05.21 3 Dead After Japanese Vessel, Russian Freighter Collide
AP
Three crew members of a Japanese crab fishing vessel died Wednesday after a collision with a Russian freighter in the Sea of Okhotsk, north of Japan’s Hokkaido island, officials said. The Japanese vessel overturned following the collision. The Russian cargo ship rescued all five crew members, but three were confirmed dead after arriving at the port of Mombetsu, Japan’s government spokesman Katsunobu Kato said. Japanese broadcaster NHK identified the Japanese vessel as the 9.7-ton Daihachi Hokko Maru, based in Mombetsu, and the freighter as the 662-ton Amur, registered in Nevelsk in Russia’s Sakhalin island. Read more 
26.05.21 Russia Reports 8,373 New Covid-19 Cases, 406 Related Deaths In Past 24 Hours
Interfax
Russia has registered 8,373 new cases of Covid-19 and 406 related deaths in the past 24 hours, the largest number of coronavirus-related fatalities per day since the beginning of April, the coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement on Wednesday. "Over the past day, 8,373 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 83 regions of Russia, including 1,014 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (12.1%)," the headquarters said. In the past 24 hours, 9,135 patients were discharged from hospitals upon recovery, and 409 patients died from Covid-19 across Russia, the largest number of coronavirus-related deaths since April 9-10, when 402 such fatalities were reported. Of all Russian regions, Moscow is continuing to record the highest daily rates of coronavirus, reporting 2,416 new cases of Covid-19, 62 deaths, and 2,520 recoveries on Wednesday. Read more 
26.05.21 Russian Bill Would Bar Navalny Allies From Seeking Office
AP
Russian lawmakers on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a bill that bars members of groups designated as extremist from running for public office, a measure intended to prevent allies of opposition leader Alexei Navalny from seeking parliament seats. The Kremlin-controlled lower house, the State Duma, quickly endorsed the bill in a crucial second reading. After three readings, it would need to be approved by the upper house and signed by President Vladimir Putin to become law. Lawmakers are considering the bill while Moscow prosecutors have moved to designate Navalny’s Foundation for Fighting Corruption and his regional offices as extremist groups. Navalny and his allies have denounced the proceedings as a move to stifle critical voices before September’s parliamentary election. Read more 
26.05.21 Putin-Biden Summit Set For June 16 In Geneva
The Moscow Times
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden will hold their first summit in Geneva on June 16, the Kremlin and the White House said Tuesday. The Kremlin said in a statement that Putin and Biden will discuss “the current state and prospects for further development of Russian-American relations, issues of strategic stability” in addition to cooperation in the fight against coronavirus and regional conflicts. A White House readout said the leaders plan to address a “full range of pressing issues, as we seek to restore predictability and stability to the U.S.-Russia relationship.” Read more 
26.05.21 Russian Court Fines Google Total Of $80,000 Over Failure To Delete Banned Content
Sputnik
A Moscow court ruled on Tuesday to fine IT giant Google a total of 6 million rubles (a bit over $80,000) on three counts of administrative violations involving failure to delete content banned in Russia from its platforms. "Google [under the third complaint] was found guilty of committing an administrative offense under Part 2 of Article 13.41 of the Russian code of administrative offenses, and was issued an administrative fine of 2 million rubles," the court's spokesperson said. Similar rulings were announced earlier in the day concerning two other complaints against Google under the same article. The total amount of fines reached 6 million rubles. The same day, the court fined another IT giant, Facebook, a total of 26 million rubles following eight complaints concerning violations of the same administrative code article — failure to delete content banned in Russia. Read more 
25.05.21 Wildfires Detected In 13 Russian Regions
TASS
The Russian Emergencies Ministry has documented wildfires on the territory of 13 Russian regions, the ministry’s press service informed TASS. "In the past week, over 3,000 thermal hotspots have been detected. As of today, wildfires have been documented in 13 regions. A special fire prevention mode is active in 44 regions and is partially active in 14 regions," the ministry said. Over 230 Russian emergency workers and 30 equipment units are working in the Tyumen Region, where the wildfire situation is the most difficult. Russian Emergencies Ministry aircrafts dumped over 1,000 tonnes of water on the affected area. "There is no threat to populated areas," the press service informed. Read more 
25.05.21 Russian Airlines Continue Flying To/via Belarus As Usual
Interfax
Russian airlines continue flying to and via Belarus as usual, the Federal Air Transport Service (Rosaviatsiya) press service said in a statement. "Russian airlines are performing flights to Belarus and via the Belarusian airspace as usual, as agreed on the basis of the bilateral air traffic document," the service said. A Ryanair flight en route from Athens to Vilnius was forced to land at Minsk airport on Sunday. Reportedly, the plane was forced to land because of a bomb threat. It became known later that the flight was carrying Roman Protasevich, former editor-in-chief of Telegram channels Nexta and Belarus Golovnogo Mozga (both branded as extremist in Belarus). He was taken into custody. The European External Action Service has called the forced landing of the Ryanair flight in Minsk inadmissible and demanded the immediate release of Protasevich. Read more 
25.05.21 Russian To Be Deported After Failed Tesla Ransomware Plot
AP
A Russian man was sentenced Monday to what amounted to time already served and will be deported after pleading guilty to trying to pay a Tesla employee $500,000 to install computer malware at the company’s Nevada electric battery plant in a bid to steal company secrets for ransom. Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov, appearing by videoconference from jail, apologized after U.S. District Judge Miranda Du in Reno acknowledged the attempted hack was not successful and the company network was not compromised. Read more 
24.05.21 Russia Records 8,406 New Daily COVID-19 Cases
TASS
Russia has registered 8,406 new confirmed COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, bringing the total count to 5,009,911 cases, the anti-coronavirus crisis center told journalists on Monday. According to the crisis center, the relative increase of new infections is at the level of 0.17%. The lowest daily growth rates were seen in the Republic of Tuva (0.03%) and the Kamchatka Region (0.04%). In the past 24-hour period, 851 new cases were uncovered in St. Petersburg, along with 766 new infections in the Moscow Region. Also, during this timeframe, 194 new cases were discovered in the Rostov Region, 142 new infections in the Voronezh Region, and 141 cases were detected in the Nizhny Novgorod Region. Read more 
24.05.21 Russia Defends Belarus Over Plane Diversion
The Moscow Times
Russian officials have defended Belarus’ use of a military jet to divert a passenger plane carrying a dissident, an act Western leaders have called "state terrorism" and that may spark tougher sanctions against Minsk. State Duma deputy Leonid Kalashnikov, who chairs the Duma’s committee on post-Soviet affairs, said Monday that Belarus has the right to choose “those methods that it considers feasible and necessary” to combat threats to its national security. “It’s an independent state. If they see a threat to their security, then they must fight this threat,” Russia’s state-run RIA Novosti news agency quoted Kalashnikov as saying. Read more 
24.05.21 Moscow’s Oldest Cinema Reopens After Seven-year Renovation
The Guardian
While many cinemas around the world are shut and face difficulties in the coronavirus pandemic, one is bucking the trend: Moscow’s Khudozhestvenny, a storied venue that hosted some of the first showings of Battleship Potemkin in 1926 and had Leo Tolstoy among in its audience. After a seven-year renovation, the imperial-era cinema, which first opened in 1909, is a testament to the refined tastes of urban Russian cinema buffs, though its grand opening last month came at an inauspicious moment for the film industry. “This strange illness will pass,” said Alexander Mamut, a billionaire businessman who held a stake in the theatre during its renovation and now manages it via his Pioner cinema operator. “People don’t want to live the reclusive life forced on them by the epidemic. They want to live an urban lifestyle … as soon as new releases come out and the restrictions end, audiences will come back to the cinema.” Read more 
23.05.21 World Athletics Approves 23 Russians To Compete As Neutrals
AP
World Athletics has declared 23 Russian track and field athletes eligible to compete under a neutral flag ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. With their national federation under a doping suspension, Russians must apply for individual exemptions to gain “authorized neutral athlete” status after their drug-testing records have been vetted. High jumper Mikhail Akimenko and race walker Vasiliy Mizinov — both silver medalists from the 2019 world championships — were among the names on the list released Saturday by track’s governing body. A total of 27 Russian athletes have so far been declared eligible to compete internationally in 2021 as neutrals. Read more 
23.05.21 Russia Crushes Great Britain 7-1 At 2021 Ice Hockey World Championship
TASS
The Russian men’s ice hockey team dominated on Saturday, defeating Team Great Britain 7-1 in the second match of the 2021 IIHF (the International Ice Hockey Federation) World Championship. Both teams are in Group A. The matches are played without spectators. Anton Burdasov (6th and 10th minutes), Mikhail Grigorenko (8th minute), Sergey Tolchinsky (11th minute), Pavel Karnaukhov (31th minute), Andrei Kuzmenko (50th minute) and Anton Slepyshev (54th minute) scored for the Russian national team. Liam Kirk (19th minute) scored for Team GB. The 2021 Ice Hockey Championship is hosted by the Latvian capital of Riga between May 21 and June 6. The championship’s matches are played at two venues in Riga. Read more 
23.05.21 Russian Euro 2020 Organizers 'Not Afraid' Of Coronavirus
The Moscow Times
Authorities in St. Petersburg said Saturday they have taken the necessary health and safety measures ahead of co-hosting Euro 2020 matches as virus cases in the city continue to climb. Russia's second city is set to host seven matches, including a quarter-final, in June and July after the tournament was postponed for a year due to the pandemic.
"We are sure that we can provide all safety measures, we are not afraid," head of the local organizing committee, Alexei Sorokin, told journalists during a press event on Saturday. Read more 
22.05.21 Russia’s COVID-19 Case Tally Rises By 8,709
TASS
Russia confirmed 8,709 COVID-19 cases over the past day, bringing the total caseload to 4,992,554, the anti-coronavirus crisis center told reporters on Saturday. The number of cases grew 0.17% in relative terms. Russia recorded 386 coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, against 389 the day before. The overall death toll has climbed to 118,125. According to data from the crisis center, 2.37% of coronavirus patients have died in Russia. Read more 
22.05.21 Scorer Of Best Euro 2020 Goal To Get Russian Digital Trophy
AP
A unique trophy will go to the scorer of the best European Championship goal — a piece of Russian crypto-art animating an original work that will be destroyed. The first soccer award at a major tournament taking the form of a non-fungible token (NFT) is being created with tournament sponsor Gazprom, UEFA said Friday. Mainstream interest in authenticated digital art peaked in March when a piece sold for $69.4 million at auction. The winning player will be invited to receive the award at UEFA headquarters in Switzerland after the June 11-July 11 tournament. Read more 
22.05.21 Death Toll In Water Treatment Plant Accident In Russia’s Rostov Region Rises To 11
TASS
The death toll in an accident at a water treatment plant outside the city of Taganrog, in Russia’s Rostov Region, has risen to 11, Taganrog administration head Andrei Lisitsky told TASS on Saturday. "One person has died in hospital," Lisitsky said. Earlier reports said that ten individuals had lost their lives due to the accident. Five more people were hospitalized. Read more 
22.05.21 Jailed Russian Gulag Historian Wins 2021 Sakharov Freedom Award
The Moscow Times
Jailed Russian gulag historian Yuri Dmitriyev, who is serving 13 years in prison, has won the Sakharov Freedom Award on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nobel laureate and human rights activist Andrei Sakharov. Dmitriyev was recognized for his work in identifying victims of Soviet repressions in Karelia by reassembling the bones from mass graves, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee human rights NGO said in a statement. “Dmitriyev’s work on so-called liquidations during the Stalin era are considered so threatening by the current Russian government that accusations of paedophilia and sexual abuse have been fabricated against him,” said Secretary General of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee Geir Hønneland. Read more 
22.05.21 US Imposes Sanctions On Russian Companies And Ships Related To Nord Stream 2
TASS
The United States has blacklisted 13 Russian ships involved in the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, the US Department of the Treasury said on Friday. The blacklisted ships are the Academic Chersky, the rtemis Offshore, the Bakhtemir, the Baltic Reseracher, the Finval, the Captain Beklemishev, the Murman, the Narval, the Sivuch, the Spasatel Karev, the Umka, the Vladislav Strizhov, and the Yuri Topchev. The US Department of the Treasury on Friday imposed sanctions against three Russian legal entities linked with the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project. Read more 
22.05.21 Kasparov's Next Move: Grandmaster Returns To Chess With Esports Platform
Forbes
Garry Kasparov has returned to chess, and not in the way you may expect–but it could lead to the next Garry Kasparov emerging in the years to come. The 58-year-old grandmaster, who retired at the height of his power as world number one in 2005, hasn’t lost any love for the game that turned him into the most recognizable name in modern chess history–and with his all-new esports platform Kasparovchess, he hopes to encourage and teach the champions of tomorrow. Kasparovchess aims to be a hub for everything about the game. Alongside the competitive basis of the website, which allows anyone to play live on desktop and mobile, Kasparovchess also teaches people through videos, articles, analyses, podcasts, and more, in a clear bid to become the world’s foremost resource for anyone who loves the pastime. Read more 
21.05.21 Russia Registers 8,937 New Covid-19 Cases, 389 Deaths In Past 24 Hours
Interfax
Russia has registered 8,937 new cases of Covid-19 and 389 related deaths in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said on Friday. "Over the past day, 8,937 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 85 regions of Russia, including 1,457 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (16.3%)," the headquarters said. Over 9,200 coronavirus infections were reported on Thursday. Epidemiologists say, however, that daily morbidity fluctuations are normal during the epidemiological stabilization stage that Russia is currently going through. In the past 24 hours, 9,350 patients have been discharged from hospitals upon recovery, and 389 patients have died from Covid-19 across Russia. Read more 
21.05.21 Putin To Would-be Aggressors: ‘Will Knock Their Teeth Out’
AP
Russian President Vladimir Putin alleged Thursday that some of the country’s foreign foes dream about biting off pieces of the country’s vast territory, warning that Moscow would “knock their teeth out” if they ever try. In strong remarks during a conference call with officials, the Russian president noted that foreign efforts to contain Russia date from centuries ago. “In all times, the same thing happened: once Russia grew stronger, they found pretexts to hamper its development,” Putin said, alleging that some critics of Russia who he didn’t name have argued that it’s unfair for it to keep its vast natural riches all to itself. Read more 
21.05.21 Criminal Case Opened After Student Attacks Teacher In Russia's Perm Territory
Interfax
A criminal case has been opened, and investigators are working to establish the circumstances of a student attacking a teacher in Berezniki, Perm Territory, the territorial branch of the Russian Investigative Committee said in a statement on its website on Friday. "A 16-year-old student stabbed a teacher with a knife at a school in Berezniki, Perm Territory on May 21, 2021. The injured woman has been admitted to the hospital," the statement said. A criminal case has been opened on counts of attempted murder. The attacker has been detained. Read more 
21.05.21 US, Russia At Odds Over Military Activity In The Arctic
AP
The Biden administration is leading a campaign against Russian attempts to assert authority over Arctic shipping and reintroduce a military dimension to discussions over international activity in the area. As Russia assumed the rotating chairmanship of the Arctic Council on Thursday, the U.S. rallied other members to oppose Moscow’s plans to set maritime rules in the Northern Sea Route, which runs from Norway to Alaska, and its desire to resume high-level military talks within the eight-nation bloc. Those talks were suspended in 2014 over Russia’s actions in Ukraine. The effort reflects growing concerns in Washington and among some NATO allies about a surge in Russian military and commercial activity in the region that is rapidly opening up due to the effects of climate change. Russia has expressed similar suspicion about NATO’s motives. Read more 
21.05.21 Moscow Welcomes Israel-Palestine Ceasefire
Interfax
Moscow welcomes the Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire and calls for direct dialogue between the parties to avoid new outbreaks of armed confrontation, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said. "Moscow notes with deep satisfaction that a ceasefire was implemented in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict zone at 2:00 a.m. on May 21," Zakharova said at a press briefing on Friday. "An important, but yet insufficient step has been taken to avoid a further escalation of violence. In order to avoid recurrences of armed confrontation, international and regional efforts should focus on creating the conditions for a relaunch of direct political negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians," she said. Russia is urging its partners to continue "their intensive collective work in order to resume a direct and constructive Palestinian-Israeli dialogue," Zakharova said. Read more 
21.05.21 Burst Pipeline Causes 2,000 Sq Metre Oil Spill On Russia's Yamal
Interfax
A burst pipeline on Russia’s Yamal peninsula caused oil products to be spilled across an area of up to 2,000 square metres, the RIA news agency cited the emergency services as saying on Friday. There was no threat of the oil products entering any water bodies and the area has been sealed off, the emergency services said. Read more 
21.05.21 Percentage Of Vaccinated Residents Smaller In Moscow Than In Any Other European City
Interfax
The percentage of residents vaccinated for Covid-19 is smaller in Moscow than it is in any other European city; it could be much higher, but Muscovites are unwilling to get vaccinated, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said. "The percentage of residents vaccinated [for Covid-19] is smaller in Moscow than in any other European city; it is way smaller compared with some cities. [...] Over the entire period, 1.3 million have been vaccinated [in Moscow] out of 12 million residents. On the one hand, this is a substantial number, but it could be at least twice as high," Sobyanin said in a video posted in his personal blog on Friday. The conditions for vaccination for Covid-19 have been created in Moscow, however, the population has not been enthusiastic about the vaccination process, he said. Read more 
21.05.21 Archeologists Find New Pits At Stalin-Era Moscow Mass Grave
The Moscow Times
Dozens of new pits have been discovered in a notorious Stalin-era execution site outside Moscow where more than 10,000 political dissidents are believed to be buried, the Kommersant business daily reported Thursday. The existence of the mass grave in southwestern Moscow’s district of Kommunarka became known when the KGB opened its archives, before abruptly closing them, in the last days of the Soviet Union. Its successor, Russia's FSB, estimates that up to 14,000 people were shot and thrown into mass graves at the Kommunarka firing range between 1937-1941. Searches that began in 2018 using ground-penetrating radar and an archival Nazi bomber pilot’s photograph of the area had uncovered 87 burial pits. Kommersant reported that archeologists have now discovered 47 additional pits, bringing the total to 134.
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21.05.21 Tesla May Consider Russia For One Of Future Factory Sites
Sputnik
Tesla will look at building more factories in new countries over time and Russia may be considered for one of the sites, Elon Musk, the CEO of the electric car company, said Friday. "Over time we will look to have factories in other parts of the world, and potentially Russia", Musk said at the Russian educational marathon "New Knowledge", which he was attending online. In terms of service centres for the cars, Tesla is "close to establishing a presence in Russia", Musk said, adding that the electric car company was thinking of doing the same for Kazakhstan and neighbouring countries. Read more 
20.05.21 Top US, Russia Diplomats Spar Firmly But Politely In Iceland
AP
Top diplomats from the United States and Russia sparred politely in Iceland during their first face-to-face encounter, which came as ties between the nations have deteriorated sharply in recent months. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russia’s longtime Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke frankly but calmly of their differences as they held talks on the sidelines of an Arctic Council meeting Wednesday in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, a city with deep history in U.S.-Russian relations. “We seek a predictable, stable relationship with Russia,” Blinken told Lavrov, echoing comments made by President Joe Biden, who has proposed a summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin next month. “We think that’s good for our people, good for Russian people and indeed good for the world.” Read more 
20.05.21 Russia Registers 9,232 New Cases Of Covid-19 And 396 Deaths In Past 24 Hours
Interfax
Russia has registered 9,232 new cases of Covid-19 and 396 related deaths in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement. "Over the past day, 9,232 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 84 regions of Russia, including 1,330 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (14.4%)," the headquarters said. The daily coronavirus morbidity is up 1,312 from 7,920 new cases of Covid-19 reported in Russia on Wednesday, the headquarters said. In the past 24 hours, 9,983 patients were discharged from hospitals upon recovery, and 396 patients died from Covid-19 across Russia. According to the headquarters, Moscow reported 3,312 new cases of Covid-19, along with 55 deaths and 2,877 recoveries on Thursday. Read more 
20.05.21 Navalny Regains Health, Has Opportunity To Communicate With Family
TASS
Alexey Navalny has regained his health after a hunger strike, and he has an opportunity to communicate with his family, Director of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service Alexander Kalashnikov has told reporters. "There are no special penalties, or violations now, and none are being imposed on him now. There is no goal to humiliate him in any way, or make his life more difficult, he is on general terms. I can say that he has regained his health more or less, he went on a hunger strike, and now he has given it up. <…> He eats regular meals and has an opportunity to communicate with his family," Kalashnikov said. Read more 
19.05.21 SWIFT To Continue Working In Russia As Usual
TASS
The SWIFT international payment system has confirmed to the Central Bank that it will work in Russia as usual and there is no risk that the country will be disconnected from the system, First Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank Olga Skorobogatova, speaking in the State Duma, the lower house of the parliament. "We are in constant and direct contact with SWIFT, both with the headquarters and the Moscow office. They confirmed it to us that SWIFT will work as usual, without any problems, and we do not see any risks at the moment," she said. Read more 
19.05.21 Moscow Beats Temperature Record Of Late 19th Century
Interfax
Outdoor temperatures climbed to 29.2 degrees Celsius in the area of Moscow's main weather station at the all-Russian Exhibition Center (VDNKh) on Tuesday noon, setting the absolute record for May 18, the city weather bureau told Interfax. "Today, Moscow has beaten the May 18 temperature record set in 1897 and 1898, which stood at 29.1 degrees," a bureau representative said. In his words, temperatures are still climbing in Moscow, and the new absolute temperature record in over 140 years of weather monitoring will become known at the end of the day. Read more 
19.05.21 US-Russia Showdown Looms As Top Diplomats Meet In Iceland
AP
Top diplomats from the United States and Russia are set to square off this week in Iceland for their first face-to-face encounter that comes as ties between the nations have deteriorated sharply in recent months. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russia’s longtime Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov plan to talk Wednesday on the sidelines of an Arctic Council meeting in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, a city with deep history in U.S.-Russian relations. Read more 
19.05.21 Russia’s Kolesnikov Sets Another WR In 50m Backstroke Taking Gold In Budapest
TASS
Russian swimmer Kliment Kolesnikov has set another World Record on Tuesday winning the gold medal in men’s 50-meter backstroke competition at the 2021 European Aquatics Championships, which takes place in the Hungarian capital of Budapest between May 10 and 23. The 20-year-old Russian cleared the distance in 23.80 seconds beating his previous World Record of 24.93 seconds, which he clocked a day earlier in the semifinals stage of the championship in Budapest. Read more 
19.05.21 Russia’s Northernmost Base Projects Its Power Across Arctic
AP
During the Cold War, Russia’s Nagurskoye airbase was little more than a runway, a weather station and a communications outpost in the Franz Josef Land archipelago. It was a remote and desolate home mostly for polar bears, where temperatures plunge in winter to minus-42 Celsius (43 degrees below zero Fahrenheit) and the snow only disappears from August to mid-September. Read more 
19.05.21 Russia Moves To Bar Navalny Allies From Parliamentary Race
Reuters
Russia's parliament approved a bill on Tuesday that would bar members of "extremist" organisations from serving as lawmakers, a move that allies of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny say aims to stop them running in September's parliamentary election. Read more 
19.05.21 Germany Arrests Businessman Over Dual-use Exports To Russia
AP
A businessman suspected of helping Russia purchase sophisticated machinery in breach of arms export rules has been detained in Germany, prosecutors said Tuesday. The man, identified only as Alexander S. because of privacy rules, was detained by German customs officials in the eastern city of Leipzig. Officers also searched premises in Leipzig and Berlin in connection with the case, the federal prosecutors office said. The suspect is accused of running a trading company that had ties to a business in Russia controlled by a Russian intelligence agency. Read more 
19.05.21 Soldier Crushed To Death At Moscow Training Ground
The Moscow Times
A conscript has been crushed to death by a military truck at a training ground outside Moscow, state media reported Tuesday. Security camera footage shared by the REN-TV broadcaster shows the young soldier being struck by the truck as he opened the gates to let it pass. A fellow soldier is then seen dragging the conscript from underneath the truck. Read more 
18.05.21 Russia Decides Not To Block Twitter After Company Deleted Over 91% Of Prohibited Content
TASS
The Russian authorities decided not to block Twitter after the social network had removed over 90% of the illegal content, the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media said on its website on Monday. The watchdog decided to stop decelerating Twitter’s loading speed for desktop traffic, but to keep the slowdown for mobile traffic. Read more 
18.05.21 Russia To Facilitate Soonest Possible Start Of Direct Talks Between Israel, Palestinians
Interfax
Russia will facilitate direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. "Everything depends on the parties' ability to negotiate and their goodwill. We'll be doing all we can to help them reach agreements, both on calming down the current very dangerous hot phase of the conflict and on starting direct negotiations as soon as possible," Lavrov said at a press conference on Monday. Russia signaled several years ago that it was willing to arrange direct talks between the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships in Moscow, he said. Read more 
18.05.21 Russia's Aeroflot Halts Most June Flights To Turkey, Awaits Call On Resumption
Reuters
Russia’s flagship airline Aeroflot said on Monday it was cancelling most flights to Turkey for June pending a decision from the Russian government to resume flights to and from the country. Russia last month restricted flights to and from Turkish cities until June 1, citing a growing number of COVID-19 cases in Turkey, which is a popular destination for millions of Russian tourists. Read more 
18.05.21 Russian Swimmer Kliment Kolesnikov Sets New WR In Men’s 50m Backstroke In Budapest
TASS
Russian swimmer Kliment Kolesnikov has set a new World Record on Monday in men’s 50-meter backstroke competitions in the semifinals stage of the 2021 European Aquatics Championships, which takes place in the Hungarian capital of Budapest between May 10 and 23. The 20-year-old Russian cleared the distance in 23.93 seconds beating his previous World Record of 24.00 seconds, which was registered at the 2018 European Aquatics Championship in Scotland’s Glasgow. Read more 
18.05.21 Security To Be Tightened In St. Petersburg Due To UEFA Euro 2020
Interfax
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to ensure security during events part of the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship in St. Petersburg. The text of the decree has been published on the official web portal for legal information. "Enhanced security measures shall be put in place from June 2 to July 12, 2021 in the territories of St. Petersburg and the Vyborg district of the Leningrad region, as well as in water areas adjacent to them, in light of the events of the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship," the decree says. Read more 
18.05.21 Oil Spill In Russia's Komi Region Estimated At 100 Tonnes, River Polluted
Reuters
A pipeline spill in Russia's northwestern region of Komi leaked 100 tonnes of oil last week, including nine tonnes that flowed into a local river, the head of state environment watchdog Rosprirodnadzor said on Monday. An oil slick was found flowing down the river Kolva, the official, Svetlana Radionova, said on social media. Lukoil (LKOH.MM) said a clean-up operation was under way following a leak at a pipeline leading from its Oshskoe field to facilities that serve the Kharyaga field in a neighbouring region. Read more 
18.05.21 Russia Registers 8,183 New Covid-19 Cases, 364 Deaths
Interfax
Russia has registered 8,183 new cases of Covid-19 and 364 related deaths in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement on Tuesday. "Over the past day, 8,183 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 84 regions of Russia, including 1,183 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (14.5%)," the headquarters said. Daily coronavirus morbidity was the highest in Moscow, which reported 2,430 new cases of Covid-19, along with 59 deaths, and 2,364 recoveries on Tuesday. Following Moscow are St. Petersburg with 772 new cases and the Moscow region with 709, the headquarters said. Read more 
18.05.21 Moscow Cancels Exhibition On Soviet Dissident Sakharov
The Moscow Times
Moscow authorities have canceled an exhibition dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of Soviet Nobel laureate and human rights activist Andrei Sakharov. The Sakharov Center had planned to exhibit photographs of the dissident nuclear physicist and quotes from his articles and speeches on central Moscow streets on May 17. “Sakharov's anniversary is a significant event that was planned and agreed upon with the authorities a year in advance, only to be canceled last minute,” Sergei Lukashevsky, the director of the Sakharov Center told The Moscow Times. Read more 
17.05.21 Three People Killed After Knife Attack In Urals
TASS
Three people were killed as a result of a knife attack near Yekaterinburg’s railway station, the press service of the Sverdlovsk Regional Investigative Directorate of Russia’s Investigative Committee reported. "Today, the investigative department of the Zheleznodorozhny District of Yekaterinburg of Russia’s Investigative Committee in the Sverdlovsk Region received information that at a park near Yekaterinburg’s railway station a conflict broke out following alcohol consumption, as a result, according to the preliminary data, three men were killed," the statement said. Read more 
17.05.21 Sputnik Light Vaccine Deployment Begins
Interfax
The government will be paying 342 rubles and 36 kopecks for a dose of the Sputnik Light coronavirus vaccine, consistent with the sale price registered by the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS). "The FAS has approved 342.36 rubles as the maximum sale price of Sputnik Light. The vaccine deployment will begin upon the sale price's registration," the service said in a statement on Monday. Sputnik Light is the fourth domestic vaccine approved in Russia for containing the novel coronavirus. Read more 
17.05.21 42% Of Russians Won’t Get Vaccinated Under Any Circumstances
The Moscow Times
Over one-third of Russians refuse to get vaccinated against the coronavirus under any circumstances, the SuperJob.ru job portal said in a survey published Sunday. Last week, Greece opened to Russian tourists vaccinated with Russia’s Sputnik V jab, prompting one in five Russians to say they are ready to get vaccinated so they can travel, Superjob said. Read more 
16.05.21 Russia Reports 8,554 COVID-19 Cases Over The Past Day
TASS
Russia confirmed 8,554 COVID-19 cases over the past day, bringing the total caseload to 4,940,245, the anti-coronavirus crisis center told reporters on Sunday. In relative terms the growth rate reached 0.17%. The lowest growth rates were registered over the past day in the Nenets Autonomous Region (0%), the Jewish Autonomous Region and the Republic of Tuva (0.02%), the Republic of Kalmykia, the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Region, the Kamchatka Region, the Karachay-Cherkess Republic as well as the Republics of Adygeya and the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania (0.05%). Read more 
15.05.21 Russian Government Approves List Of Unfriendly Countries
TASS
The Russian government has approved a list of unfriendly countries. There are two names on the list - the United States and the Czech Republic. The instruction was uploaded to the official portal of legal information on Friday. "… To approve the attached list of countries that commit unfriendly actions towards Russia, Russian citizens or Russian legal entities," the instruction says. There are two countries on the list (the United States and the Czech Republic) to which measures will be applied in accordance with President Vladimir Putin's decree of April 23 imposing restrictions on hiring people living in Russia by diplomatic missions of unfriendly countries. The Czech Republic will be allowed to hire no more than 19 Russian nationals to work for its embassy, and the United States, not a single one. Read more 
15.05.21 Ex-Army Green Beret Gets 15 Years For Russian Espionage
AP
A former Army Green Beret who admitted divulging military secrets to Russia over a 15-year period was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison Friday on espionage charges. The sentence of 15 years and 8 months imposed on Peter Dzibinski Debbins, 46, of Gainesville, Virginia, by U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton was largely in line with the 17-year term sought by prosecutors. Defense lawyers sought a 5-year term. Debbins’ lawyer, David Benowitz, argued that Debbins caused minimal damage and that Russian agents had blackmailed Debbins by threatening to expose his same-sex attractions in a military era in which “don’t ask, don’t tell” was still in force. Read more 
15.05.21 U.S. Embassy Deprived Of Right To Sign Employment Contracts With People Located In Russian Territory
Interfax
The U.S. embassy will no longer have the right to sign employment contracts with persons located in the territory of Russia. A decree approving a list of foreign states taking unfriendly actions against Russia has been published on the official legal information website. This list of countries includes the United States and the Czech Republic. The document, in particular, determines the number of individuals located in the territory of Russia with whom diplomatic missions and consular establishments may sign contracts for employment. In accordance with it, the U.S. embassy no longer has such a right. Read more 
15.05.21 Russian Authorities Battle To Contain New Arctic Oil Spill
The Moscow Times
Authorities in the northern Russian republic of Komi have declared an emergency this week after roughly seven tons of crude oil spilled into local soil and waterways, threatening the area’s ecosystems and populated areas. The spill was likely the result of an accident at a pipeline operated by Russian oil producer Lukoil, officials have determined. It comes nearly a year after a leak from a fuel storage facility operated by Russian mining giant Nornickel led to the worst Arctic oil spill in history. According to local media, the leak came from a pipeline that connects the Oshskoye oil field in the neighboring Nenets autonomous district to a nearby Lukoil storage facility. The oil reached the Kolva river and traveled downstream to Usinsk, a town of 45,000 people located 2,000 kilometers northeast of Moscow. Read more 
14.05.21 Russia Declares VTimes Media Outlet 'foreign Agent'
Reuters
Russia’s justice ministry on Friday declared online news outlet VTimes a “foreign agent” media organisation, a move that will require it to label itself as such and subject it to increased scrutiny by the authorities. VTimes was set up last year by a group of journalists who quit Vedomosti, a top Russian business newspaper, after accusing their new editor-in-chief of introducing pro-Kremlin censorship. Read more 
14.05.21 Russia Reports 9,462 Daily COVID-19 Cases
TASS
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Russia grew by 9,462 in the past 24 hours. This is the highest number since March 20, as follows from the data published by the anti-coronavirus crisis center on Friday. The relative growth rate stands at 0.19%. According to the crisis center, 4,922,901 people in Russia have been infected by now. The lowest daily growth rates were recorded in the Nenets Autonomous Region (0%), the Jewish Autonomous Region (0.02%) and Tuva (0.03%). Read more 
14.05.21 The World Today Resembles The Cold War Years
The Independent
For around two decades now, the great powers have seemed to be on a collision course. The United States pulled out of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2002 and from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in 2019, citing their violations by Russia in both cases as the reason. Russia first suspended its membership of the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty in 2007 and later completely abandoned it in 2015. Moscow invaded Ukraine in 2014 and followed Washington in denouncing the Open Skies Treaty. All three superpowers – the United States, Russia, and China – allocate more and more money to military purposes. In constant dollar terms, their defence budgets grew by 1.6, 2.6 and 5 times since 2001, respectively. Read more 
14.05.21 U.S. Embassy To Temporarily Resume Consular Services As Russia Pauses Hiring Ban
The Moscow Times
The U.S. Embassy in Moscow will temporarily resume routine U.S. citizen services and processing of immigrant visas in priority and urgent cases after Russia paused a ban on it hiring foreign nationals, the Embassy said Friday. On Wednesday, the Embassy halted most of its consular services to U.S. nationals and Russians seeking a visa after it said it was forced to cut 75% of its staff due to Russia’s hiring ban, which was imposed amid tit-for-tat sanctions. Read more 
14.05.21 Russia Declares VTimes Media Outlet 'foreign Agent'
Reuters
Russia’s justice ministry on Friday declared online news outlet VTimes a “foreign agent” media organisation, a move that will require it to label itself as such and subject it to increased scrutiny by the authorities. VTimes was set up last year by a group of journalists who quit Vedomosti, a top Russian business newspaper, after accusing their new editor-in-chief of introducing pro-Kremlin censorship. Read more 
14.05.21 Oil Leaks From Infield Pipeline At Gazprom Neft Field In Yamal-Nenets Region's Purovsky District
Interfax
Oil has leaked from an infield oil pipeline running between two well pads at a field in the Purovsky district of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District, a source at the Purovsky district administration told Interfax. A 5-mm hole was discovered in the pipeline, which has a diameter of 219 mm and wall thickness of 7 mm. It is thought at this stage that 3,000 cubic meters of oil have leaked from the pipeline but it is hard to gauge the exact volume due to melting snow. Sources in the emergency services and Purovsky administration told Interfax that the accident took place at the Karamovskoye field, which is developed by JSC Gazpromneft-Noyabrskneftegaz. The pipeline stretches from exploration well pad No. 155 to a booster compressor station. The pipeline is thought to have depressurized close to well pad No. 23 and the section has been closed off with valves. Read more 
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