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join a parade!

on saturday perspektiva, an organization that supports and advocates for people with physical and developmental disabilities, is holding their annual parade in gorky park. called “move for change!” the parade will start about noon and move along the river embankment. anyone and everyone is welcome to join in and move along the riverside however you want – in wheelchairs, on bicycles and three-wheelers, on scooters, skateboards, rollerblades or on foot. the parade is a way of drawing attention to the importance and success of inclusion of people with disabilities in every aspect of daily life. to participate, you don’t have to have a dis...




'sex is a gift from god'

a russian orthodox archbishop in charge of family affairs has sided with pope francis in his assessment that sexuality is not a taboo but a gift from god — as long as it is practiced within the family.the pope reportedly told young worshippers in france this week that “passionate” love “leads you to give your life forever.” “sexuality, sex, is a gift of god. not taboo,” he was quoted as telling youn...




politicians blast ukrainian law banning ‘russian cultural products’ in public spaces

russian politicians have criticized a new law passed in ukraine’s western city of lviv that bans “russian-language culture products” in public places amid tense bilateral relations between the two neighboring countries.on tuesday evening, deputies of lviv’s regional council passed a law banning the public use of "russian-language cultural products" in the region. a copy of the law published on the council’s website says that it aims to “overcome the consequences of prolonged linguistic russification” and will stay in place “until the occupation of ukrainian territories comes to an end.”in russia, the law was met with derision and alarm, with some state media reporting it would be illegal to read russian books, sing russia...




putin hands state oil company to chechnya

president vladimir putin has awarded chechnya ownership of a state-owned company that controls the republic’s oil-refining and petrochemical industry that chechen leader ramzan kadyrov has long sought to acquire.putin first agreed to transfer property belonging to the chechenneftekhimprom oil company to the cauca...




russia's development fund to spend $24bln on new highways, airports — media

the russian government reportedly plans to invest 1.6 trillion rubles ($24 billion) on infrastructure including new airports and highways over the next three years.president vladimir putin set ambitious domestic policy goals for his new six-year term following his inauguration in may, with an estimated price tag of 8 trillion rubles ($120 billion). a 3.5 trillion ruble ($52.3 billion) development fund was created in the summer to cover infrastructure spending by 2024 as outlined in putin’s may decrees.according to a 2019-2021 draft budget bill reviewed by the rbc news website on wednesday, the fund will finance around 170 construction and other projects. these include renovating and building new sections of road...




russian company to award salisbury poisoning suspects with trademark for chemicals production

a pair of russian men suspected of poisoning a former double agent and his daughter in britain will reportedly be awarded a trademark for the production of chemical compounds and perfume.british prosecutors accused two russians they said were operating under aliases — alexander petrov and ruslan boshirov — of attempting to poison sergei and yulia skripal with a military-grade nerve agent in march. two russians resembling the men said on television last week that they were innocent tourists who had flown to london for fun and visited the city of salisbury to see its cathedral at the time of the attack.russia’s golden brand company has applied to trademark the phrase “petroff & boshiroff,” its spokesperson told the moscow times on...




russia’s new commanding role in the arctic (op-ed)

while russia’s economy is increasingly burdened by western sanctions, moscow has recently made crucial headway with a new arctic transport corridor, which could have far-reaching economic and geopolitical consequences.last month, maersk, which is the world’s largest shipping firm, made headlines by sending its first cargo ship through russia’s northern sea route. the nsr links asia to europe, utilizing russian waters in the arctic ocean.moscow’s case for promoting the nsr is obvious. the route between asia and europe is about two weeks shorter than its suez canal competition. fewer days at sea means faster delivery times and lower fuel and personnel costs. there are also fewer vessels using the nsr and with russian policing the route...




election chief calls for new elections in primorye region after reports of mass violations

russia’s top elections official has called for new elections in the primorye region after investigating allegations that local precincts had rigged the vote in favor of a kremlin-backed incumbent.during a second round of gubernatorial elections in the region on sunday, andrei tarasenko of the ruling united russia party surged in the polls after having consistently trailed his challenger from the communist party, andrei ishchenko. supporters of ishchenko accused local officials of manipulating the vote count to force a tarasenko victory and launched protests in the central square of vladivostok, the administrative center of the region.a central electio...




russia summons swiss and dutch envoys over spying allegations

russia’s foreign ministry has summoned the ambassadors of switzerland and the netherlands in moscow over what it said were "unsubstantiated accusations" that russian spies had attempted to hack a swiss laboratory.dutch and swiss media reported late last week that two russians had been detained earlier this year over a plot to spy on a swiss laboratory analyzing chemical and biological weapons, including the novichok nerve agent. following the reports, which were confirmed by the swiss federal intelligence service, bern demanded on tuesday that...




russia is only 3 years away from peak oil, energy minister warns

russia is only three years away from maximizing oil extraction output before costs and taxes drive down production, russia’s energy minister has warned.the russian economy has relied on its key export oil in the face of western sanctions that drove down prices and weakened the ruble. “we expect about 553 million [metric] tons of oil production in 2018. we will reach a peak of 570 million tons in 2021,” interfax quoted energy minister alexander novak as saying tuesday.almost half of current capacity could be lost in less than two decades, novak said, with levels expected to drop to 310 million tons by 2035. curren...




russian military aircraft vanishes near syria, rescue operation launched

a u.s. official said washington believed the aircraft was inadvertently...




russia and turkey agree to create buffer zone in syria's idlib

russian and turkish troops are to enforce a n...




russia must own up to stalin-hitler romance (op-ed)

an unconditional admission of stalin’s guilt in carving up eastern eur...




anti-kremlin activist was likely poisoned according to berlin doctor

an anti-kremlin activist affiliated with the anti-kremlin band p...




activist in animal cage detained at moscow anti-torture protest

last week, nenasheva locked herself inside an animal ...




miss hitler pageant pulled from russian social media after complaints

contestants submitted photographs of themselves giving nazi salute...




russia’s uphill struggle with innovation (op-ed)

at a recent event in moscow, a ceo of a major fortune 100 company lamented that there is not a single full-time mba school in russia that the global company could tap into – even the famed skolkovo does not offer such a program. sure enough, the conversation then lapsed into a discussion of the state of russia’s innovation capabilities as a driver of productivity and growth. but what do we know about innovation in russia?for starters, russia currently devotes just over 1 percent of its gdp to research and development (r&d), with 70 percent of the funding coming from public sources and much of it being utilized by public research institutes. relatively little research is conducted by large corporations, and university involvement is ...




a film festival for russia lovers

do you love film? do you love russia? if the answers are “yes” and “yes” — a film festival opening today may be right up your alley.the “echo of the unicorns” festival is the russian edition of russian film week held in london, where every year the best films made about russia or on russia-related themes receive the golden unicorn award. this year 13 foreign films — seven feature films, five documentary and one animated documentary — that were nominated or won a golden unicorn are being shown from tuesday through sunday at the oktyabr theater in moscow and the okhta theater in st. petersburg.the films include “polina,” about the trials and triumphs of a russian dancer i...




toxic industrial waste threatens st. petersburg, officials warn

russia’s security chief has warned that 2 million metric tons of industrial waste outside st. petersburg threaten the health of the city’s 5 million residents.some 30 kilometers from the city, the krasny bor landfill, which was dug as a temporary site for hazardous waste produced by the city’s industrial giants, has been described as a “time bomb.” the toxic waste storage facility has been closed since 2014 and russia enlisted neighboring finland and sweden to help in cleaning the site.the head of russia’s security council, nikolai patrushev, chastised the northwest region’s waste treatment industry as a criminal ente...




putin says chance circumstances were behind downing of russian aircraft

president vladimir putin said on tuesday that the shooting down of a russian military plane near syria's sea coast was the result of a chain of tragic and chance circumstances.russia's defence ministry said earlier that the aircraft was shot down by syrian anti-aircraft systems, but accused israel of indirectly causing the incident, saying israeli jets operating nearby had put the russian plane in the path of danger. the ministry threatened to retaliate over what it called a hostile act.putin's comments, made after talks with hungary's prime minister in moscow, appeared to somewhat defuse the situation though he said russia needed to look further into what happened."it looks most likely in this case that it was a chain of tragic chance ...