CEO of new Russian cosmodrome’s operator arrested on charges of abuse of office & forgery

A high-ranking official at the helm of the new state-of-the-art Vostochny spaceport has been arrested on charges of fraud in a high-profile scandal. The scheme reportedly cost the state over $6.5 million. Roman Bobkov, the head of the space center, a state entity operating the cosmodrome, has been placed in pre-trial detention for two months […]

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Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Oct. 24 – The Moscow Times

Russia has confirmed 1,497,167 cases of coronavirus and 25,821 deaths. Oct. 24: What you need to know today Russia confirmed 16,521 Covid-19 cases Saturday, bringing its official number of cases to 1,497,167. A total of 296 people have died in the past 24 hours. A device that tests for the coronavirus based on the sound of a cough could appear at […]

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Russian Cabinet strikes down proposed law to ban transgender people from amending sex assigned at birth on official documents

Russian authorities have rejected amendments to the country’s family code, which would have enshrined in law a ban on marriage and adoption by same-sex couples, and restricted transgender people from officially changing gender. The proposed laws, written by Senator Elena Mizulina, were focused on the rights to be the parent of a child, including changing […]

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Russia Offers U.S. One-Year Freeze on Nuclear Warhead Numbers – The Moscow Times

Russia said on Tuesday it was ready to offer the United States a mutual one-year freeze on the number of nuclear warheads held by both countries in order to extend a landmark arms reduction deal due to expire next year. “Russia offers to extend the New START by one year and is ready to take […]

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Russian population to fall by 1.2 million by 2024, wiping around 1% off the country’s total, says latest government estimates

The population of Russia is predicted to drop by 352,500 people this year, and could be reduced by a total of 1.2 million come 2024. The latest figures are a major revision of the 2020 dip of only 158,000 projected in August. According to Moscow daily Izvestia, which obtained a government forecast, the reduction in Russian residents will be […]

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Russia Projected to Lose 11X More Population Than in 2019 – RBC – The Moscow Times

Russia’s population decline in 2020 will be 1,100% greater than that of 2019 amid the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, according to government projections cited by the RBC news website Thursday.  The government forecasts a 352,500 drop in Russia’s population this year, according to the report, leading to a population of 146.4 million by the end […]

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‘We should not forget who started this stage of war’: Armenian president on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in exclusive RT interview

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian told RT that Azerbaijan has initiated the latest round of clashes over Nagorno-Karabakh and expressed hope that the Moscow-mediated ceasefire will hold despite problems on the ground. “We should not forget… who started this stage of war. It was the Azeri side, not the people of Nagorno-Karabakh,” Sarkissian told RT’s Ilya […]

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Russian Military Attempts to Disperse Syria Protesters With Helicopter Fly-Over – The Moscow Times

A Russian military transport helicopter has been filmed dispersing protesters rallying against Russia’s expansion into northeast Syria on Sunday, local independent media reported.  Dozens of residents of Ayn Diwar village near the Turkish border took to the streets to oppose the Russian forces’ fifth attempt to establish a military outpost there, according to the North […]

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Two Russian journalists & guide injured in shelling of iconic 19th century cathedral in Nagorno-Karabakh (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Two Russian journalists and their Russian fixer have been injured in the shelling of a historic Armenian church in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, the second attack on the Ghazanchetsots cathedral in one day. Russian military correspondents Yury Kotenok and Levon Arzanov suffered injuries during a Thursday strike on the cathedral, located in the town of […]

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Could a Lethal Algae Bloom Have Killed Kamchatka’s Sea Creatures? Some Marine Biologists Think So. – The Moscow Times

Around the same time as an unexplained event wiped out 95% of sea-dwelling life off the coast of Russia’s Far Eastern Kamchatka peninsula earlier this month, a yellow foam covered an area of water so large it could be seen from space.  That’s the clue prompting some of Russia’s leading marine biologists to blame the […]

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