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russia’s un mission trolls us as syria chemical weapons resolution expires

a war of words between russia and the united states has spilled onto social media after russia vetoed a united nations resolution on chemical weapons in syria for the 10th time since the start of the war.russia on thursday blocked a un and dutch-based intergovernmental group tasked with finding those responsible for chemical attacks in syria. the mandate of the joint investigative mechanism (jim) expires on friday.the group recently blamed a sarin gas attack in the village of khan shaykhun, which killed nearly 100 civilians this year, on syria. moscow immediately rejected its findings as biased.shortly after thursday...




russian ministry urges heavy prison sentences for importing western produce

russia's finance ministry has proposed a law to make importing sanctioned products a criminal offense punishable by up to 12 years behind bars.russia imposed sanctions on products from the u.s., eu and other western countries in 2014 in response to their sanctions over moscow’s role in ukraine. sanctioned goods, however, continue to appear in the russian market.the proposed law would only apply to corporations and sole proprietors, not to individuals.the illegal import of goods would be punishable by a prison term of 3 to 7 years with a fine of up to a million rubles ($17,000). prison terms for organiz...




rosneft ceo says he will appear in court when his schedule allows

the head of the russian state oil giant rosneft says he will appear as a witness in the high-profile bribery case of a former minister when he can fit it into his schedule.former economic development minister alexei ulyukayev was arrested in november 2016 for allegedly soliciting a $2-million bribe from rosneft ceo igor sechin and faces up to 15 years of imprisonment. prosecutors say ulyukayev asked for the sum to sign off on rosneft’s acquisition of another oil firm last year.sechin was added to the witness list on day one of the trial but has already failed to appear in court twice.sechin on thursday told the rbc business portal that he would "try to fulfill all the requirements of russian law.”...




latest u.s.-russia effort on syria remains flawed

donald trump’s informal meetings with vladimir putinon the sidelines of the recent apec summit in vietnam produced a single concrete result: the nov. 11 u.s.-russiajoint statement on syria. the bilateral diplomatic effort has elicited optimism from officials, but what does it amount to really? does it represent a promising step forward to “save tremendous numbers of lives,” as trump told reporters on air force one?does the statement provide a workable roadmap for effective american-russian collaboration and coordination? is it — as putin's spokesman characterized it — so clear in its language that it "does not require comments" and is not open to multiple interpretations?is this latest statement — another in a lo...




the ioc will announce if russia is banned from winter games in early december

the international olympic committee (ioc) will announce dec. 5 if russia can compete at the next olympics in south korea.russia faces a ban from the february games in p...




kremlin backs media opt-out from broadcasting winter games if olympians are barred

the kremlin has says it would understand if russia’s state-run television opted out of broadcasting the winter olympics next february.russia faces an all-out ban from the 2018 games in pyeongchang, south korea, with the international international olympic committee set to rule on russia’s participation in early december. the global anti-doping body this week refused to reinstate russia’s anti-doping agency for the third year straight.the state-run media holding vgtrk told the interfax news agency that its channels will not broadcast the olympics if the russian national team is banned, confirming press reports that appeared earlier friday. gazprom-media, which owns the sports channel match tv, said russian viewers would “obviously”...




a billionaire is trying to ignite a revolution in russian education

an education revolution could be coming to russia. its stage: the fields and forests on the outskirts of the country’s capital.in 2012, the russian government incorporated large swaths of land into moscow, nearly doubling the city’s already vast area. dubbed new moscow, the new space was soon auctioned off under a mandate to develop it as an urbanist utopia of mixed housing, public transportation and recreational space.vadim moshkovich, a russian agriculture and real estate mogul, won the tender. two years earlier, he had conceived russia’s ideal private school to be set just outside the capital. new moscow would serve as the perfect playground for his vision.moshkovich, whose net worth was estimated at $1.3 billion in 2014, created a ...




russia’s un mission trolls us as syria chemical weapons resolution expires

a war of words between russia and the united states has spilled onto social media after russia vetoed a united nations resolution on chemical weapons in syria for the 10th time since the start of the war.russia on thursday blocked a un and dutch-based intergovernmental group to find those responsible for chemical attacks in syria. the mandate of the joint investigative mechanism (jim) expires on friday.the group recently blamed a sarin gas attack in the village of khan shaykhun, which killed nearly 100 civilians this year, on syria. moscow immediately rejected its findings as biased.shortly after thursday’s vot...




russia is the worst ranked squad at its own world cup

russia will be the worst ranked team when it hosts the world cup next summer, marking the first time in history when the host nation has the lowest ranking of all the tournament participants.the russian national squad is now ranked 65 in the fifa ranking. it qualified automatically as the tournament host.the next lowest ranked teams are saudi arabia in 63rd, south korea in 62nd, first-time world cup participant panama in 49th and morocco in 48th.as hosts, russia was automatically placed into the first seeding...




5 chechens on hooliganism charges slit wrists in moscow court

five chechen defendants standing trial in a 2-year hooliganism case have been reportedly hospitalized after slitting their wrists in court.one of the defendants’ lawyers told the interfax news agency on friday that they have been in custody since 2015.“i’m sure their nerves just snapped, this happened out of despair,” the lawyer, shamil yandarbayev, was cited by the interfax news agency as saying.according to a police report dated aug 2015, a dozen suspects were detained afte...




loss-making energy giant gazprom shells out on kremlin charity projects

russian energy giant gazprom will reportedly more than double its spending on charity as the company continues to post losses.the state-controlled firm ended the latest reporting period with a 9.2-billion-ruble loss ($166 million) for the first time in nearly two decades. its rivals saw major stock gains in 3 years while gazprom’s shares slid by 7 percent over that period.still, gazprom’s charitable spending will hit record highs in 2017, according to an internal document seen by the bloomberg news agency and confirmed by a unidentifed company official.continuing its 4-year upward trajectory, gazprom’s charitable donations will total 26.3 billion rubles ($438 million) in a 60-percent uptick, bloomberg reported thursday.that money will ...




’tis the season for giving

the end of the year is the traditional time to support charities for the coming months. this sunday from noon to 8 p.m. you can help one of russia’s most worthy organizations, the lighthouse children’s hospice, and get a good start on your holiday shopping. and you and your family can have a great time doing it — all at the third annual charity bazaar called “sharing kindness, moscow! fashion for charity!” at the hotel baltschug kempinski moscow. the bazaar has been given thousands of items of clothing, shoes and accessories from top russian and international designers and shops, such as bosco di ciliegi, louis vuitton, pe for girls, izbarouge, mos, victoria andrianova, milo, firdaws, olga buzova design,...




the steel heart of russia left behind by history

built from scratch in the southern urals as the centerpiece of stalin’s first five-year plan in 1931, magnitogorsk is colloquially known as the “steel heart of russia.”the city is dominated by the huge magnitogorsk iron and steel works (mmk) — a sprawling industri...




russia’s un mission trolls us as syria chemical weapons resolution expires

a war of words between russia and the united state has spilled onto social media after russia vetoed a united nations resolution on chemical weapons in syria for the 10th time since the start of the war.russia on thursday blocked a un and dutch-based intergovernmental group to find those responsible for chemical attacks in syria. the mandate of the joint investigative mechanism (jim) expires on friday.the group recently blamed a sarin gas attack in the village of khan shaykhun, which killed nearly 100 civilians this year, on syria. moscow immediately rejected its findings as biased.shortly after thursday’s vot...




a very russian mishmash

cуматоха: turmoil here’s a little known friday fun fact about the russian language: studies show that there is a direct correlation between level of turmoil and number of consonants in words used to describe it. okay, i made that up. but i am going to get a grant some day to study this, because the bigger the mess and mishmash, the greater the mouthful of consonants you have to spit out to describe it. let’s start with the relatively mild mess of суета (commotion, excitement, rush). this can be used to describe a train station — though maybe not at rush hour; or the hubbub of setting out on a journey — though maybe with only two kids and no pets; or all the distractions of life — though no...




foreign ministry wants to investigate buzzfeed for anti-russian propaganda

moscow wants to look into whether the u.s. news website buzzfeed published anti-russian “propaganda” in a story about an fbi probe into scores of money transfers to finance elections in 2016.buzzfeed reported on tuesday that the fbi is looking into more than 60 russian money transfers to embassies in nearly 60 countries to “finance” the 2016 election campaign. a russian government spokesman was cited as saying the transfers were made to facilitate russia’s parliamentary election on sept. 18, 2016.russia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman maria zakharova devoted a large portion of her weekly press briefing thursday on the article."i would like to ask experts whether yesterday’s article by buzzfeed was propaganda and misinformation,...




russian ministry urges heavy prison sentences for importing western produce

russia's finance ministry has proposed a law to make importing sanctioned products a criminal offense punishable by up to 12 years behind bars.russia imposed sanctions on products from the u.s., eu and other western countries in 2014 in response to their sanctions over moscow’s role in ukraine. sanctioned goods, however, continue to appear in the russian market.the proposed law would only apply to corporations and sole proprietors, not to individuals.the illegal import of goods would be punishable by a prison term of 3 to 7 years with a fine of up to a million rubles ($17). prison terms for organized...




rosneft ceo says he will appear in court when his schedule allows

the head of the russian state oil giant rosneft says he will appear as a witness in the high-profile bribery case of a former minister when he can fit it into his schedule.former economic development minister alexei ulyukayev was arrested in november 2016 for allegedly soliciting a $2-million bribe from rosneft ceo igor sechin and faces up to 15 years of imprisonment. prosecutors say ulyukayev asked for the sum to sign off on rosneft’s acquisition of another oil firm last year.sechin was added to the witness list on day one of the trial but has already failed to appear in court twice.sechin on thursday told the rbc business portal that he would "try to fulfill all the requirements of russian law.”...




a billionaire is trying to ignite a revolution in russian education

an education revolution could be coming to russia. its stage: the fields and forests on the outskirts of the country’s capital.in 2012, the russian government incorporated large swaths of land into moscow, nearly doubling the city’s already vast area. dubbed new moscow, the new space was soon auctioned off under a mandate to develop it as an urbanist utopia of mixed housing, public transportation and recreational space.vadim moshkovich, a russian agriculture and real estate mogul, won the tender. two years earlier, he had conceived russia’s ideal private school to be set just outside the capital. new moscow would serve as the perfect playground for his vision.moshkovich, whose net worth was estimated at $1.3 billion in 2014, created a ...




russian official slams wada as the 'nato of sports'

the world-anti doping agency (wada) on wednesday ruled for the third year running that russia’s anti-doping agency is not meeting international standards. the decision is a blow to russia’s hopes of participating in the winter olympics in february, especially since sports minister pavel kolobkov said this summer he wasn’t even entertaining the possibility russian athletes would be barred.“i would like to believe that the people who are responsible for these decisions will avoid being subjective in their assessments and will be guided by common sense, rely on irrefutable facts, and not give in to emotions,” kolobkov said.russian athletes and officials responded swiftly — and defensively — to wada’s decision thursday.  kolob...