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russians plunge into icy water to mark epiphany

epiphany, which is celebrated on jan. 19, is one of the most important holidays in the russian orthodox tradition. the holiday marks the baptism of christ by joh...




how russians marked the epiphany on instagram

with temperatures plummeting to -60 celsius in some parts of russia, who would volunteer to dive into icy water?these russians braved the cold to mark epiphany, celebrated every year on jan. 19 to celebrate the baptism of jesus in the jordan river, where we assume temperatures were balmy.president vladimir putin led the way with his own shirtless dip in moscow on friday and instagrammers...




russian censorship scandal forces ministry to reissue paddington 2 license

a british family comedy about a friendly bear has sparked an unlikely scandal over government discrimination against foreign films in russia this week. russian cinemas were left dumbfounded after the culture ministry delayed issuing a screening license for “paddington 2,” one day before it was scheduled to be released in theaters. the ministry said it delayed the jan. 18 screening until feb. 1 because of another film scheduled to premiere on the same day, the film's distributor told the kommersant business daily.russia's culture minister vladimir medinsky said the decision was made in the interests of russian films and "not in the interests of hollywood," the kommersant reported on thursday."they probably wanted to remove poten...




kremlin warns of the evils of the internet after school attacks

the kremlin has warned about the evils of the internet after dozens of children were wounded in two separate attacks in russian schools this week. on friday morning, a ninth-grader wounded a teacher and six students in an axe and firebomb attack in russia’s far east republic of buryatia. the attack came days after a similar incident in the city of perm, where 14 schoolchildren were injured by a classmate armed with a knife on monday.“the internet carries a lot of good, but we cannot turn a blind eye to the fact that the internet carries evil too,” the rbc business po...




russian censorship scandal forces ministry to reissue paddington 2 license

a british family comedy about a friendly bear has sparked an unlikely scandal over government discrimination against foreign films in russia this week. russian cinemas were left dumbfounded after the culture ministry delayed issuing a screening license for “paddington 2,” one day before it was scheduled to be released in theaters. the ministry said it delayed the jan. 18 screening until feb. 1 because of another film scheduled to premiere on the same day, the film's distributor told the kommersant business daily.russia's culture minister vladimir medinsky said the decision was made in the interests of russian films and "not in the interests of hollywood," the kommersant business portal reported on thursday."they probably wanted ...




kremlin warns of the evils of the internet after deadly school attacks

the kremlin has warned about the evils of the internet after dozens of children were wounded in two separate attacks in russian schools this week. on friday morning, a ninth-grader wounded a teacher and six students in an axe and firebomb attack in russia’s far east republic of buryatia. the attack came days after a similar incident in the city of perm, where 14 schoolchildren were injured by a classmate armed with a knife on monday.“the internet carries a lot of good, but we cannot turn a blind eye to the fact that the internet carries evil too,” the rbc business por...




russians plunge into icy water to mark epiphany

epiphany, which is celebrated on jan. 19, is one of the most important holidays in the russian orthodox tradition. the holiday marks the baptism of christ by joh...




half-naked videos swamp russian social media

russia has been consumed by half-naked dancing videos set to the club-hit “satisfaction” after a scandalous video was released earlier this week.the new fad began after an investigation into a video of ulyanovsk flight school cadets dancing in their underwear and flight caps to the song. aviation authori...




what did trump call them? what's the russian for that?

дыра: a hole; a place in the middle of nowhere; a lousy, dirty place i wish president trump would time his outrageous statements to better fit my publishing schedule. it would be most convenient for me if he’d shock the world with his potty mouth on a wednesday so i could do my research in a leisurely fashion on thursday and post on friday. but no! he has to go and shoot off his mouth on thursday in washington — eastern standard time — so i only found out about it on friday, too early for russian commentary and too late for my weekly column. and now i’m late to the party. but, lucky for me, the party seems to be still going strong. it all began with a meeting with lawmakers about emigration. in a di...




tanker with russian gas for boston makes mid-atlantic u-turn

(bloomberg) — three weeks after picking up a controversial cargo in the u.k., a liquefied natural gas tanker made a u-turn one day before it was due to deliver it in boston.the gaselys vessel that was due to arrive on the u.s. east coast on saturday is now heading back toward spain’s port of algeciras near gibraltar, and should get there next week, according to ship-tracking data compiled by bloomberg. the vessel is carrying a cargo from storage tanks at a terminal near london, which earlier received the first fuel from the $27 billion yamal lng plant in russia’s icy north.the cargo was sent to boston after the polar chill that gripped the u.s. northeast earlier this month, sending prices to records. the u.s. imposed sanctions aga...




navalny's offices raided across russia ahead of anti-election rally

a dozen campaign offices belonging to russian opposition leader alexei navalny’s have been vandalized or searched by police ahead of a nationwide protest later this month. navalny has called for a mass rally on jan. 28 to protest against russia’s upcoming presidential elections in march. the opposition leader said he would lead an election boycott after he was barred from running as a candidate due to a prior fraud conviction that his supporters dismiss as politically motivated. “eleven offices have sustained damage over the past two to three days,” navalny’s campaign spokesman ruslan shaveddinov told the novaya gazeta investigative newspaper on thursday. “we tie this directly to our voters’ boycott” on jan. 28, he said. l...




support grows for russian cadets over bawdy viral dance video

russian officials and fellow students have come to the defense of flight school cadets whose controversial half-naked viral dance video is threatening their careers. aviation authorities launched an investigation this week into the video which depicts cadets from the ulyanovsk institute of civil aviation dancing to the “satisfaction” club-hit while wearing nothing but their underwear and pilot caps. russia’s federal air transportation agency warned that it could expel students linked to “the immoral episode,” while regional prosecutors have said they see no grounds for dismissal.“i believe that expulsion will not exactly add patriotism or nurture [the cadets],” the ulyanovsk region’s governor sergei morozov wrote in a fa...




russia refuses to join deal banning nuclear weapons

russia will not join the world’s first nuclear disarmament deal, foreign minister sergei lavrov said at a un security council meeting on thursday. the nuclear weapon ban treaty has been signed by 56 un member states and ratified by four countries as of last fall. it will come into force after the ratification of at least 50 un members. “we embrace the goal of building a nuclear weapons-free world,” lavrov said at the un security council meeting on non-proliferation on thursday. “however, to achieve this, unilateral methods upon which this treaty is based should be avoided.”...




telegram raises target for biggest ico ever to $2 billion

(bloomberg) — encrypted messaging service telegram raised the target for the largest initial coin offering ever to $2 billion, defying a rout in traded cryptocurrencies, according to potential investors.telegram is seeking $850 million in a private sale of tokens to large investors this month and $1.15 billion in a subsequent public ico in march, said the people, who held negotiations with the company and asked not to be identified.the messaging service, used as a hub by the cryptocurrency market, previously sought to raise a total $1.2 billion, according to an investment proposal seen by bloomberg news.demand has been so high that a secondary market has already formed, according to gregory klumov, a managing partner of exante, which tra...




russia calls buzzfeed a ‘tool of u.s. intelligence’ after bank leaks

russia’s foreign ministry has accused buzzfeed of being a “tool of american intelligence services” after the news organization published an article about suspicious financial transactions involving russian diplomats. the media outlet reported this week that u.s. officials had flagged hundreds of suspicious russian embassy bank transfers over the past decade. last november, russia’s foreign ministry accused buzzfeed of falsely claiming that russian diplomatic transfers were part of an alleged campaign of interference in the u.s. presidential election.the ministry said that buzzfeed had accessed and leaked the private banking information of embassy employees to the public, in a strongly worded statement publ...




4 injured in axe attack on siberian school

preliminary reports say that a student armed with a knife and axe came to a school in the buryat village of sosnovy bor on friday morning, assaulted a 41-year-old woman teacher, then slashed three 7th grade students, the interfax news agency reported. the student then burned himself after setting off a molotov cocktail in what was reported to be an attempted suicide. the attacker and his four victims have been hospitalized. pol...




support grows for russian cadets over bawdy viral dance video

russian officials and fellow students have come to the defense of flight school cadets whose controversial half-naked viral dance video is threatening their careers. aviation authorities launched an investigation this week into the video which depicts cadets from the ulyanovsk institute of civil aviation dancing to the “satisfaction” club-hit while wearing nothing but their underwear and pilot caps. russia’s federal air transportation agency warned that it could expel students linked to “the immoral episode,” while regional prosecutors have said they see no grounds for dismissal, the interfax news agency reported. “i believe that expulsion will not exactly add patriotism or nurture [the cadets],” the ulyanovsk region’s...




following russian religious tradition, putin takes an icy dip on epiphany

following a russian orthodox christian tradition, president vladimir putin took a dip in freezing water at a monastery on the feast of the epiphany on thursday night. the epiphany bath, as it is known, is celebrated on january 19, the day when the infant jesus is believed to have been visited by the three wise men, thus revealing himself to humankind. the practice is said to relate to the symbolic baptism of jesus in the river jordan.putin wound up a working visit to st. petersburg and the leningrad region with a visit to the russian orthodox male monastery of nilo-stolobenskaya desert on seliger lake, the state-run tass news agency cited kremlin spokesman dmitry peskov as saying. although the popular annual ritual was not observed in c...




russia’s national guard promises ‘tough response’ to election disturbances

presidential election disturbances will receive a tough response from russia’s national guard, its senior security officer has warned two months ahead of the vote. president vladimir putin is widely expected to win re-election when voters go to the polls on march 18, according to recent polling data. opposition leader alexei navalny, who was barred last month from running as a presidential candidate, has called on supporters to participate in a mass boycott of the elections.“we always expect and prepare for contingencies. if this happens, we will be ready and will act strictly but within the...




man who stabbed ekho journalist diagnosed with schizophrenia

the man who stabbed ekho moskvy journalist tanya felgenhauer in her office last october has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and pronounced unfit to stand trial. felgenhauer, the deputy editor of the ekho moskvy radio station, was stabbed in the neck on oct. 23 by boris grits, 48, a dual russian-israeli citizen who had returned to russia after losing employment in israel.grits was wrestled to the ground by security guards after bursting into felgenhauer’s office to attack the journalist. he was subsequently arrested by police and sent for an evaluation at a psychiatric hospital. an initial psychological examination said that grits had become obsess...