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the kremlin’s lack of control has made me flee russia (op-ed)

in july, someone released some sort of gas into our family home.for about a week, russian police held watch near our house. when they left i felt at ease, thinking the attackers had considered it a signal. but apparently they didn’t.in august they set alight my car, which was parked near the house. my father doused the flames so that the house wouldn’t catch fire. had the car exploded it would have cost him his life. so we left. i cannot risk my parents’ lives.i don’t think the goal was to kill me or my parents, but once the ball starts rolling such attacks can have unforeseeable consequences. i left because i was horrified by people’s lack of responsibility.my departure from russia comes as a surprise — even to me. i always laug...




council of europe says navalny should be allowed to run for president

the council of europe has called on moscow to allow opposition leader alexei navalny to run in presidential elections next year, the outlet rbc reported thursday. citing information obtained from the council of europe’s press service. navalny is barred from running in the march 18 elections because of criminal convictions which his supporters say are politically motivated.the opposition leader has been actively campaigning for the 2018 presidential elections, when vladimir putin is likely to seek his fourth term in office.navalny was first found guilty of embezzling funds from the kirovles timber company in july 2013. the european court for human rights (echr) ruled against the conviction in 2016, saying the defendants’ rights to a fair...




the bomb hoaxes and mass evacuations plaguing russia

up to half a million people have been evacuated from 1,000 buildings across 80 russian cities after a spate of bomb hoaxes that began earlier this month, a source within security agencies told the state-run tass news agency on friday. previous estimates put the number of evacuations from malls, schools and transport hubs following a wave of anonymous bomb threats that started on sept. 10 at 200,000 people.the bomb scares culminated on thursday with the evacuation of the russian tech giant yandex’s moscow headquarters shortly after president vladimir putin’s visit.the unnamed source told tass that the bomb threats that show no signs of lettin...




russian woman loses custody of children after breast surgery

a mother in the city of yekaterinburg has lost custody of two children on suspicion she was planning a sex change after undergoing breast reduction surgery.social workers took away yulia savinovskikh’s two foster sons in late august, she wrote on facebook this week. they cited her “illegal surgery” and pointed to her social media posts as evidence she was planning to undergo the surgery. in a facebook post published on wednesday, savinovskikh defended having her breast size reduced, saying it would make it easier for her to do physical exercise with her children and dog. she said child protection services had seized the two boys despite her showing them a note from the hospital where the surgery was performed. “i thought until the...




two russian babushkas battle for swing-set sovereignty

exhibition cai guo-qiang: october leading international contemporary artist cai guo-qiang’s exhibition october is a reflection on the centenary of the russian revolution. pushkin museum of fine arts to nov. 12 artworks include large-scale outdoor and indoor installations, gunpowder paintings, a multi-media video installation, and small-scale sculptures and sketches. upon entering the courtyard, visitors are greeted by a grandiose outdoor installation on the central staircase leading to the entrance of the museum, titled autumn. a man-made mountain composed of birch trees and hundreds of baby cradles donated by moscow residents towers over the visitors and offers an astounding visual impression. for some, it will e...




russian tech giant yandex hq evacuated after putin visit

dance danceinversion 2017: teac damsa (ireland). swan lake international contemporary dance festival at the theater of nations oct. 10 and 11. fri. sep. 22wed. oct. 11 theater of nations 07:00 p.m. in the reinvented swan lake by michael keegan’s teac damsa dance company, there is neither white tutus nor tchaikovsky. this swan lake is set in the raw solitude of rural ireland. the depressive prince is supposed to leave his house and wants to commit suicide, the pri...




here's what you missed from putin's visit to yandex

president vladimir putin’s highly-anticipated visit to the headquarters of russia’s tech giant yandex was timed to coincide with the company’s upcoming 20th anniversary on sept. 23.even though the yandex headquarters were evacuated shortly after the visit following an anonymous bomb threat, putin's jaunt into the belly of russian tech went off with only minor hitches.here's what happened:no bathroom breaksthe news website meduza cited a yandex source as saying that, half an hour before putin’s arrival, employees were banned from getting up from their seats, even to go to the bathroom.employees were also allowed not to show up to work on thursday at all, the unnamed source said.disgruntled staff member shown the doorat least one e...




two russian babushkas battle for swing-set sovereignty

exhibition cai guo-qiang: october leading international contemporary artist cai guo-qiang’s exhibition october is a reflection on the centenary of the russian revolution. pushkin museum of fine arts to nov. 12 artworks include large-scale outdoor and indoor installations, gunpowder paintings, a multi-media video installation, and small-scale sculptures and sketches. upon entering the courtyard, visitors are greeted by a grandiose outdoor installation on the central staircase leading to the entrance of the museum, titled autumn. a man-made mountain composed of birch trees and hundreds of baby cradles donated by moscow residents towers over the visitors and offers an astounding visual impression. for some, it wi...




more than 16 mln russians are breathing polluted air

gig sting: 57th & 9th tour following sold out concerts across north america, europe, south america and mexico, sting’s 57th & 9th world tour comes to russia. tue. oct. 03tue. oct. 03 olimpiisky sports complex 07:00 p.m. for his moscow performance sting will be accompanied by a 3-piece band including his longtime guitarist, dominic miller, josh freese (drums) and rufus miller (guitar) with special guest joe sumner, as well as accordion player, percy cardona, who regularly performs with the last bandoleros. the program includes roxanne, next to you, e...




human rights official moskalkova says chechnya investigating 18 kidnapping cases

opera prince igor yury lyubimov’s staging of borodin’s opera fri. sep. 22fri. sep. 29 bolshoi theater 06:00 p.m. alexander borodin’s opera, based on the medieval epic “the lay of igor’...




the russia investigation: all the latest updates

there are new developments on the trump campaign's alleged links to russia. here are the latest:russian foreign ministry reacts to news of fbi surveillance of manafortin a sept. 20 facebook post, russia’s foreign ministry spokesperson maria zakharova referenced scoops in the u.s. media this week revealing that the fbi wiretapped trump’s former election campaign manager paul  manafort.“do you get why russia is drawn into this? zakharova wrote. “right - to legitimize pre-electoral lawlessness.”“without the external factor, it would have been a banal new watergate,” she said. “but with the element of ‘foreign interference’ the story is being played out under the guise of national security.”zakharova failed to mention th...




moscow officials tally racist football attacks ahead of world cup

nearly 100 cases of racism have been recorded between 2014 and 2016 at football stadiums across moscow, the russian capital’s chief human rights ombudswoman said thursday.international football and un officials have voiced concerns over russia’s efforts to combat racism as the country prepares to host the 2018 world cup. moscow-based racism-monitoring group sova center recorded more than 200 acts of racism committed by russian fans between 2012 and 2014.moscow human rights ombudswoman tatyana potyayeva told reporters on thursday that 21 of the recorded 99 acts of racism, discrimination and xenophobia constituted a “real attack."“this applies to russian fans and teams,” potyayeva said as quoted by the interfax news agency.she sugge...




more than 16 mln russians are breathing polluted air

more than 16 million residents of russia’s largest cities are breathing polluted air, an annual natural resources and environment ministry report cited by the kommersant daily on thursday suggests.russia’s fledgling post-soviet environmental protection movement has been hampered in recent years by corruption, lax enforcement of laws and a crackdown on advocacy groups. russia ranked 32 out of 180 countries in the 2016 environmental performance index compiled by yale university.the environment ministry’s report estimates that 16.4 million people, or 15 percent of russia’s urban population, are exposed to air pollution.more than three-quarters of city dwellers in the siberian regions of buryatia, khabarovsk and taimyr are vulnerable to ...




russian tech giant yandex hq evacuated after putin visit

the moscow headquarters of russian tech giant yandex were evacuated shortly after president vladimir putin’s visit, the bell news outlet reported thursday.the online news outlet cited an unnamed source as saying that the evacuation took place following a bomb scare.the outlet published a photograph of what appears to be an office parking lot with people standing outside.an emergency services source told the state-run tass news agency th...




human rights official moskalkova says chechnya investigating 18 kidnapping cases

gig sting: 57th & 9th tour following sold out concerts across north america, europe, south america and mexico, sting’s 57th & 9th world tour comes to russia. thu. sep. 21tue. oct. 03 olimpiisky sports complex 07:00 p.m. for his moscow performance sting will be accompanied by a 3-piece band including his longtime guitarist, dominic miller, josh freese (drums) and rufus miller (guitar) with special guest joe sumner, as well as accordion player, percy cardona, who regularly performs with the last bandoleros. the program includes roxanne, next to you, every ...




arson suspects detained over 'mathilde' biopic attacks

three people have been detained on suspicion of setting cars on fire to protest a controversial film about a tsar’s affair with a polish ballerina, the interior ministry said wednesday.konstantin dobrynin, a lawyer employed by the director of “mathilde,” posted photographs last week of two burnt cars outside his office near moscow’s central arbat district with leaflets scattered at the site reading “burn for mathilde.”the arson was seen as an act of intimidation ahead of the release next month of director alexei uchitel’s “mathilde,” a biopic on tsar nicholas ii’s affair.one suspect in the sept. 11 arson attacks was detained in moscow and two were detained in lipetsk region, the interior ministry said on its website.state...




two russian babushkas battle for swing-set sovereignty

an expletive-ridden video of two russian grandmothers confronting each other at a playground in sepurkhov south of moscow went viral sept. 20 on the russian internet.the conflict, captured on a nearby phone camera, arose over a swing.in the video, one of the senior citizens approaches the other wanting to put an end to the swing’s “squeaking.”“stop squeaking it, this swing wasn’t hung here for you!” yells the approaching elderly woman, seconds before grabbing...




the russia investigation: latest updates

there are new developments on the trump campaign's alleged links to russia. here are the latest:russian foreign ministry reacts to news of fbi surveillance of manafortin a sept. 20 facebook post, russia’s foreign ministry spokesperson maria zakharova referenced scoops in the u.s. media this week revealing that the fbi wiretapped trump’s former election campaign manager paul  manafort.“do you get why russia is drawn into this? zakharova wrote. “right - to legitimize pre-electoral lawlessness.”“without the external factor, it would have been a banal new watergate,” she said. “but with the element of ‘foreign interference’ the story is being played out under the guise of national security.”zakharova failed to mention th...




moscow officials tally racist football attacks ahead of world cup

nearly 100 cases of racism have been recorded between 2014 and 2016 at football stadiums across moscow, the russian capital’s chief human rights ombudswoman said thursday.international football and un officials have voiced concerns over russia’s efforts to combat racism as the country prepares to host the 2018 world cup. moscow-based racism-monitoring group sova center recorded more than 200 acts of racism committed by russian fans between 2012 and 2014.moscow human rights ombudswoman tatyana potyayeva told reporters on thursday that 21 of the recorded 99 acts of racism, discrimination and xenophobia constituted a “real attack."“this applies to russian fans and teams,” potyayeva said as quoted by the interfax news agency.she sugge...




russian state tv claims journalists mocked trump during un speech

journalists covering the un general assembly mocked president donald trump during his speech on tuesday, russian state television said.rossia-1’s news program “60 minut” opened its tuesday evening broadcast with a question for its reporter in new york whether rumors that trump’s speech was mocked were exaggerated.“no, nothing was exaggerated,” co-host evgeny popov said via video conference from new york. “i didn’t see anyone clutching at their sides, but they did laugh inside the press center and twisted fingers at their temple.”popov said that the ridicule in the press center peaked when trump threatened to “totally destroy” north korea if it endangered the u.s. or its al...