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article thumbnailRussian senator says Macron’s Frexit idea is attempt to attract voters

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron’s statement that France could leave the EU is an attempt to bring voters on his side, Russian senator Franz Klintsevich told reporters on May 1."Certainly, the EU has problems and they are very serious. [ ... ]


article thumbnailBiting the bullet: How military service was avoided in Imperial Russia

'A recruit' by Ivan Repin (1879). / Source: Russian MuseumConscription of young Russian men for lifetime service began in 1699 during the rule of Peter the Great. The goal was to establish a standing army and increase its size for the emperor's man [ ... ]


article thumbnail17 people remain in Bangkok hospital after Aeroflot plane’s incident

Some 17 people, including 15 Russians, remain in hospital in Thailand’s capital Bangkok after an incident with a plane of Russia’s flagship air carrier Aeroflot that hit an air pocket, a Russian diplomat said.The plane, on flight SU 270 from Mosc [ ... ]


article thumbnailSmart Moscow: How technology transforms urban living

1. Free Wi-Fi for all passengersThe Soyuzmultfilm train. / Photo: Kirill Zykov / Moskva AgencyMuscovites can no longer imagine urban life without free wireless Internet on the metro. In fact, Wi-Fi has been available on the city's undergroun [ ... ]


article thumbnailInformal economy in Russia grows to record levels

Twenty-six-year-old Muscovite Maxim Krylov used to earn extra money driving a taxi at night. But with the rise of the Uber and Yandex.taxi apps two years ago he started working as a taxi driver full-time. "Before, I would wait around for hours for an [ ... ]


article thumbnailFar too dangerous: Why Russians weren't invited to hack the U.S. Air Force

An unwillingness to expose its systems to additional risks probably convinced the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) not to invite Russian cybersecurity specialists to participate in its “bug bounty” program to hack the Air Force.On April 26, the [ ... ]


article thumbnailPlanes on duty around Moscow to ensure good weather during May holiday

A total of ten planes are ready to take off from Moscow airfields to ensure good weather during the May 1 celebrations in the Russian capital, Moscow’s traffic control center told media."The weather is expected to be sunny today, although clouds ma [ ... ]


article thumbnailRussian servicemen distribute 3 tonnes of aid among Syrians

Russian servicemen conducted six humanitarian missions in Syria in the past 24 hours to distribute 3 tonnes of humanitarian aid, the Russian Center for the reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria said in its daily bulletin May 1."In the past 2 [ ... ]


article thumbnailAfter the U.S. attack on Syria: 3 possible scenarios

Russian experts propose three possible scenarios for U.S.-Russian relations in Syria after the U.S. missile strike on Syrian President Bashar Assad's troops.Scenario 1. Armed conflict between Russia and the U.S.Russian experts do not exclude the poss [ ... ]


article thumbnailAeroflot makes new contract with England's Manchester United FC

Russian air carrier Aeroflot signed a new contract with England's Manchester United football club and will continue acting as an official carrier of the club, Chief Executive Officer of the airline Vitaliy Savelyev told TASS on April 7.The first agre [ ... ]


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article thumbnailUp to 8,000 people take part in unauthorized opposition rally in Moscow

Up to 8,000 people are taking part in an unauthorized opposition rally in central Moscow, a police spokesman told TASS on March 26."About 7,000-8,000 people are at the site of the unsanctioned public rally in Moscow’s Tverskaya Street and adjacent  [ ... ]


article thumbnailPolice warns Muscovites against unauthorized rallies

The police are asking Muscovites and guests of the city to refrain from taking part in the unauthorized rallies planned for March 26.Participants in the opposition’s protest in central Moscow may face fines up to 20,000 rubles (about $333) and arr [ ... ]


article thumbnailRussia's Foreign Ministry surprised by new U.S. sanctions

Russia’s Foreign Ministry expresses disappointment over the U.S. authorities’ decision to introduce sanctions against 8 more Russian companies, the ministry’s official spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on her Facebook page."The U.S. administra [ ... ]


article thumbnailRussia cuts oil production by 185,000 barrels per day

Russia has cut oil production by 185,000 barrels per day, as of today, under the agreement with OPEC, Energy Minister Alexander Novak told reporters on March 25. "Now by 185,000," he said, answering a reporter’s question.Earlier, Russia was reporte [ ... ]


article thumbnailEruption of Kamchatka's volcano surprises scientists

The eruption of the Kambalny volcano in southern Kamchatka on Saturday has surprised scientists of the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT) of the Russian Academy of Scientists. "KVERT’s specialists since 1993 have been monitoring both [ ... ]


article thumbnailUS-Russian relations worst in over half-century - Kissinger

U.S. veteran diplomat and political expert Henry Kissinger believes the U.S.-Russian relations are in the worst shape in half-a-century now, Russian diplomat and scholar Vladimir Lukin, who is a member of the upper house of Russian parliament, told T [ ... ]


article thumbnailRussia suggests setting up international coalition for demining Syria

Russia suggests that an international coalition should be set up for demining operations in Syria, Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Yevgeny Zagainov said at a meeting of the UN Security Council."Syria is the only place [ ... ]


article thumbnailIslamic State claims responsibility for attack on Russians in Chechnya

The Islamic State terrorist grouping has claimed responsibility for an attack on a base of the Federal National Guard Troops Service (Russian Guards) in the township of Naurskaya in Chechnya, a spokesperson for the Russian Guards public relations sec [ ... ]


article thumbnailAttack on Russian Guard in Chechnya unit might be coordinated from Syria

Actions of the armed gang that attacked a Russian Guard unit in Chechnya might have been coordinated from Syria, said on March 24."Last night’s incident once again demonstrates that they were not petty hooligans. We are fighting against bandits, ag [ ... ]


article thumbnailFrom Peter the Great to Gagarin: 7 streets honoring famous Russians

Peter the Great Street, Paris (France)Rue Pierre le Grand, Paris. / Photo: Legion MediaTsar Peter the Great, who founded St. Petersburg and pivoted Russia toward Europe, spent more than a month in Paris in 1717, from May 7 to June 20. Peter requested [ ... ]


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