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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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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Washington using Navalny situation as excuse to block Russian-German Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Russian intelligence chief says

The US is working hard to keep the spotlight on the case of Alexey Navalny as a way to help block construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, according to Sergey Naryshkin, head of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (the SVR). Naryshkin believes that Washington wants to block Nord Stream 2 so it can prevent Moscow from […]

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Pair of Russian military servicemen arrested after viral video shows them washing their shoes with holy water

A criminal case has been opened in the western Russian city of Kaliningrad after two servicemen from the Baltic fleet were filmed washing their shoes with holy water, after a clip of them caught in the act went viral. According to the Kaliningrad garrison’s military investigation department, both suspects are natives of Dagestan, a Caucasian […]

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OPCW should not be a ‘geopolitical tool,’ Russian envoy tells UN Security Council as Germany seeks to involve it in Navalny case

Russian ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya slammed Germany for withholding information about the health of opposition activist Alexey Navalny and condemned Western attempts to politicize the chemical weapons watchdog. “Russia is deeply concerned by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons becoming an instrument in the geopolitical struggle,” Nebenzya said Thursday at the […]

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Craig Murray: Opposition figure Navalny may possibly have been targeted by Russian state, but Western narrative doesn’t add up

Craig Murray is an author, broadcaster and human rights activist. He was British Ambassador to Uzbekistan from August 2002 to October 2004 and Rector of the University of Dundee from 2007 to 2010. Once Russian anti-corruption campaigner Alexey Navalny was in Berlin it was only a matter of time before it was declared that he […]

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American and Russian musicians come together to honor the heroes of World War II

Relations between the US and Russia may be at a low point right now, but a virtual concert organized by the American Center in Moscow hearkens back to a different time, when US and Soviet troops defeated Nazi Germany together. The concert aired on Wednesday, and featured an ensemble of celebrated Russian and American musicians. […]

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Extensive foreign interference in Belarus attempting to ‘destabilize’ country, but it’s not coming from Moscow – Russian MFA

The Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman said on Thursday that Moscow has seen evidence of outside meddling in the unrest currently engulfing neighboring Belarus. But Maria Zakharova said Russia is not one of the guilty parties. The diplomat told a briefing that “unprecedented pressure” is being exerted by individual foreign actors. She insisted that their goal […]

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Russian Region Orders Mass Vaccination Against Bubonic Plague – The Moscow Times

The head of a remote Russian region on Thursday said that herders and other residents of two districts on the border with Mongolia should be vaccinated against bubonic plague. The order was issued after Mongolia’s health ministry said Wednesday that bubonic plague killed a man in the country’s west. It was the latest in a […]

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