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article thumbnailGrave development: Russia slashes budget for official funerals

The economic crisis in Russia is forcing not only civilians but also entire ministries to reduce their expenses. This has even affected specific areas such as funerals: The Russian Defense Ministry has reduced its anticipated budget for burying top g [ ... ]

article thumbnailPutin describes the smell in Russia's relations with the West

AP photoVladimir Putin believes that the complicated dialogue with Washington can be explained with the fact that it resembles an attempt of the US to impose its own terms on Russia. "You know, it's very difficult to have a dialogue with the incumbe [ ... ]

article thumbnailDefense Ministry to set up training range in western Russia

A new training range measuring more than 50 square kilometers will be set up in the Bryansk Region in west Russia by the yearend, Russian Western Military District spokesman Igor Muginov said.The training range will be used to train up to 1,000 servi [ ... ]

article thumbnailRussia and Armenia to set up joint air defense system in the Caucasus

The Armenian parliament has ratified an agreement between Moscow and Yerevan on the establishment of a single air defense system in the Caucasus region. On Oct. 7 Russian President Vladimir Putin asked the Russian State Duma to also approve the agree [ ... ]

article thumbnailPutin cancels visit to Paris as France made it clear 'It's not the time'

Russian President Vladimir Putin has cancelled his visit to Paris on October 19 as France had send a signal "It is not the time for visits."Speaking at the Russian Calling forum on Oct. 12, Putin said that he had "a very good relationship" with Frenc [ ... ]

article thumbnailMoscow to give Netherlands primary radiolocation data on Flight MH17

Russia is to hand over to the Netherlands primary radiolocation data that it says disproves the conclusions on the possible location from where the rocket was launched that struck Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman I [ ... ]

article thumbnailRussia and Tunisia sign nuclear energy cooperation agreement

Russia and Tunisia have signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the nuclear energy field on the sidelines of the 60th session of the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna on Sept. 26, TASS corre [ ... ]

article thumbnailMy life in Russia: Justin Varilek from Red Oak, Iowa, USA

Justin Varilek has been living in Russia for around 5½ years. He first came to Russia after college and started working as a journalist at The Moscow Times.Arriving in Moscow, he found his language skills weren’t up to the mark, despite having stu [ ... ]

article thumbnailFour Russian companies listed in top 10 of world’s biggest energy firms

For the first time since 2011, Russian state-owned gas monopoly Gazprom has been named one of the world’s top three biggest energy companies, according to the latest rating from S&P Global Platts.The first two places in that rating belong to U. [ ... ]

article thumbnailRosatom: Iran supplied 38 tons of heavy water to Russia in September

Iran supplied 38 tons of heavy water to Russia in September, head of the Russian nuclear corporation Rosatom Sergey Kirienko said at the 60th Annual Regular Session of the IAEA General Conference in Vienna."I can inform my dear colleagues that from S [ ... ]

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article thumbnailThe Investigator: Murder and paranoia mix in Stalinist Ukraine

Mikhail Tsupkoy is a retired police investigator recalling a murder case from the early 1950s. Through his methodical narrative he pieces together fragments of his own life and the community’s traumatic shared history. Khemlin’s work, rendered ex [ ... ]

article thumbnailCentral Bank revokes license from Defense Industrial Bank

Russia’s Central Bank revoked license for banking transactions from the Defense Industrial Bank (VPB, Voenno-Promyshlenny bank), a member of the Deposit Insurance System, the regulator reported on Sept. 26.According to the bank’s financial report [ ... ]

article thumbnailIt’s 1 step forward, 1 step back for Russia in global education rankings

Most Russian universities (9 out of 13) have seen their standings slip in comparison to last year. Photo: ITMO University in Saint Petersburg. Source: Press photo Despite the introduction of the Bologna model of higher  [ ... ]

article thumbnailMoscow gathers ‘fifth column’ for Washington

Leaders of movements and parties which stand for independence of their regions will gather in Moscow at a conference 'The dialogue of nations. The right of people to self-determination and building a multipolar world.' Why have only Western separatis [ ... ]

article thumbnailNew Russia’s weapons leave US behind

Source: Pravda.Ru photo archivePolitical barometer is falling down. That is why more and more attention is paid to weapons. The military journalist Jacques Borde told Pravda.Ru about the newest weapons of Russia - from laser to electromagnetic ones,  [ ... ]

article thumbnailRussia, India plan to sign contract for Mi-26 helicopter repair

Russian Helicopters Group is planning to sign a contract with India before the yearend to overhaul three Mil Mi-26 (NATO reporting name: Halo) heavy military transport rotorcraft, Group Deputy CEO for After-Sale Maintenance Igor Chechikov said.  [ ... ]

article thumbnailRussia, Iran and Azerbaijan to develop North-South transportation corridor

Russia, Iran and Azerbaijan will exert efforts to develop the North-South transportation corridor, the presidents of Russia, Iran and Azerbaijan - Vladimir Putin, Hassan Rouhani and Ilham Aliev - said in a declaration, which they signed after the tri [ ... ]

article thumbnailWorld’s first Arctic Buddhist stupa opens in Russia

The world’s northernmost Buddhist stupa has opened in the town of Apatity, located about 1,050 miles north of Moscow. Tibetan Monk Tangerang Lama Pema Lhundrup Gyatso Rinpoche came to the town to consecrate the “Enlightenment Stupa” on August 4 [ ... ]

article thumbnailRussia to deploy new-generation space reconnaissance system in 2019

The Russian Aerospace Forces and the Samara-based Progress missile and space center are working jointly on a project involving new-generation Razdan satellites, the Kommersant business daily reports (in Russian), citing a source at the Ministry of D [ ... ]

article thumbnailFrom Olympics to Paralympics: Western Russophobia 2.0 project

AP photoPrint versionFont SizeOn the basis of the report from the independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) under the direction of Richard McLaren, Russian Paralympic athletes were excluded from the Paralympic Games in Rio de Jane [ ... ]

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