Russian gas giant Gazprom asks Moscow to end plans to force use of domestic software as company faces $2.3 billion bill – reports

The head of Gazprom, Russia’s largest company, has allegedly asked the government to reconsider new rules that would force the corporation to use domestic software, claiming changing from current programs would be too costly. According to a presidential decree, businesses that form Russia’s critical information infrastructure, such as banks and energy companies, must transition to […]

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Kremlin Critic Navalny Says Prison Like Being a ‘Stormtrooper’ – The Moscow Times

“At this moment, I imagine that I’m filming a Russian remake of Star Wars, where instead of imperial stormtroopers there are prisoners in pea jackets and hats with earflaps,” Navalny said.  “Defending the interests of the Emperor, space prisoners travel from planet to planet, suppressing the rebels. But wherever they are, at exactly 6:05 am […]

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Western intelligence agencies directing Russian opposition to turn tide of opinion on Crimea, Moscow’s Ministry of Defense claims

Seven years after the Crimean Peninsula returned to Moscow’s control, Western state spooks are running a campaign to influence how Russians view the event, using unelected opposition groups as proxies, security officials warn. At a Senate roundtable marking the anniversary of Crimea’s reabsorption on Thursday, Andrey Kartapolov, Russia’s deputy defense minister, told colleagues that “there […]

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Putin Invites Biden to Virtual Talks – The Moscow Times

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called on U.S. President Joe Biden to hold virtual talks after the American leader described him as a “killer.” Speaking on the sidelines of an event marking seven years since Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Putin invited Biden to hold a “live-broadcast” or “online” discussion in the coming days.  “I […]

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Biden White House resorting to ‘siege of Russia’ by sending troops to NATO borders & ships to Black Sea – leading Moscow senator

With little prospect of scoring a decisive military victory over Russia, Washington is increasingly locked into a strategy of surrounding the world’s largest country with its forces, one of Moscow’s top politicians has claimed. Aleksey Pushkov, a senator and former head of the parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee, argued in comments on Telegram on Friday that […]

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Russia Deploys Giant Space Telescope in Lake Baikal – The Moscow Times

Russian scientists on Saturday launched one of the world’s biggest underwater space telescopes to peer deep into the universe from the pristine waters of Lake Baikal. The deep underwater telescope, which has been under construction since 2015, is designed to observe neutrinos, the smallest particles currently known. Dubbed Baikal-GVD, the telescope was submerged to a […]

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Throwing in the trowel: As construction demand booms, Russia short 1.2mn builders after migrants left during Covid pandemic

By Gabriel Gavin, a writer and journalist covering Russia and Eastern Europe from Moscow With record numbers of skyscrapers built in Moscow last year, Russia is breaking ground on a vast number of construction projects. But officials warn pandemic restrictions on migrant workers are creating a crisis for the industry. At least 1.2 million employees […]

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Putin, Erdogan Launch New Phase of Turkish Nuclear Power Plant – The Moscow Times

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Wednesday to improve cooperation as they launched the construction of a new reactor at Turkey’s first nuclear power plant. The two leaders each pressed a button on their office desks in Moscow and Ankara in a video link ceremony unveiling the third phase of Akkuyu […]

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Telegram deletes ‘Skin Market’: Popular & scandalous channel specializing in exposing & extorting Russian ‘escorts’ is taken down

For years, Telegram channel Skin Market has been terrorizing Russian sex workers by posting public information to an audience of 240,000 people. Now, it has finally been removed, providing relief to many whose lives were impacted. In recent months, the Russia-made messaging app has grown as a source of alternative media. For those seeking to […]

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Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | March 6 – The Moscow Times

Russia has confirmed 4,312,181 cases of coronavirus and 88,726 deaths. March 6: What you need to know today Russia on Saturday confirmed 11,385 new coronavirus cases and 475 deaths. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin ended mandatory stay-at-home orders for over-65s and people with chronic illnesses Friday, lifting one of the Russian capital’s last remaining coronavirus restrictions. Russia’s Sputnik V […]

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