Bye, bye Bill! Russia’s nuclear officials abandon America’s Microsoft Office software & switch to home-designed tech — reports

Moscow officials are set to pull the plug on a multimillion-dollar deal with US computing giant Microsoft, and instead buy the rights to a Russian-made suite of programs for employees of the country’s nuclear safety regulator. On Wednesday, the Vedomosti newspaper reported that a source from the state atomic energy corporation, Rosatom, confirmed it had […]

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Russia’s Asian path may benefit stability in Europe by forcing declining EU to deal with Moscow as it is not as it wants it to be

After the fall of communism, the NATO powers expected Russia to fall into line and Westernize, but without the prospect of Western integration. But that plan has blown up in their faces. It has pushed Moscow towards Asia, just as the global balance of power flipped. The historical shift of economic power from the West […]

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‘It will be a challenging year’: Russia’s minister of justice talks to RT about legal battle with ‘Yukos oligarchs’ & 2021 outlook

With the Yukos case set to grab international headlines, early next year, Russian Minister of Justice Konstantin Chuychenko explained to RT the country’s stance on this issue, which is subject to a $50 billion claim. It’s now expected that Russia’s cassation appeal against the ruling of the The Hague Court of Appeals, which has denied […]

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‘Covid test isn’t a Geiger counter’ says Russia’s ex-health czar after Elon Musk brings up PCR false positive rates

As SpaceX and Tesla mogul Elon Musk struggled to figure out false positive rates of rapid Covid-19 tests, Russia’s former chief health inspector said that declaring people infected after a single positive result was poor practice. Musk, 49, embarked on a quest to sort out the possible false positive rates of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) […]

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Keep your cash in the country: New law means Russia’s most important officials will be banned from having foreign bank accounts

Members of Russia’s Security Council will be forbidden from keeping their money and valuables in banks outside of Russia, after the country’s parliament passed a law restricting financial freedoms for the most powerful officials. The bill, which passed through parliament on Tuesday, will bring the law in line with the new constitutional reforms. In July, […]

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Russia’s Putin says he believes nearly 5,000 people killed in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict – Times of India

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Moscow believed that nearly 5,000 people had been killed in fighting between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. “There are a lot of casualties from both sides, more than 2,000 from each side,” Putin told a meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club. Nagorno-Karabakh said […]

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Activists Fear ‘Ecological Catastrophe’ in Russia’s Far East Kamchatka – The Moscow Times

Fears are mounting over an environmental disaster in Russia’s Far East after locals reported finding dozens of dead sea animals washed onto a beach from the Pacific Ocean. Greenpeace said tests conducted on water samples taken from around Khalaktyrsky beach in Russia’s Kamchatka region showed petroleum levels four times higher than usual, and phenol levels […]

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Russia’s Communist Party rejects results of some gubernatorial elections after its candidates were barred from running

Russia’s Communists said on Monday that they were refusing to accept the results of the country’s local elections in regions where their candidates were not allowed to run. The Communists are Russia’s largest opposition party. “We do not recognize the elections that took place in the regions where our candidates were removed,” said Gennady Zyuganov, […]

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Money for ‘dead souls’: In echoes of Gogol-era, Russia’s pension fund pays out millions of dollars to deceased citizens every year

What would Nikolai Gogol make of this? The Pension Fund of Russia is paying out billions of rubles in pensions to the dead, enabling their relatives to withdraw and use the funds, according to the National Accounting Chamber. In the famous 19th century novel, chronicling the wanderings of Pavel Ivanovich Chichikov, the plot relies on “dead […]

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Russia’s once-heaviest woman at 350kg reported dead after shedding half her body weight in stunning makeover

Lubov Nurdinova, who was Russia’s heaviest woman before turning her life around and losing 200 kg (440 pounds), has died at 57, local media said. Nurdinova hoped her dramatic weight loss would inspire others. The  woman, a resident of Tuymen, a city in Siberia some 2,143 kilometers (1,332 mi) east of Moscow, had become a […]

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