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Former Russian Deputy Culture Minister Charged In Hermitage Fraud Case

April 7, 2019           |                                       

A former deputy culture minister of Russia has been charged with organizing a criminal network in the embezzlement of money designated for St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum. The Russian Investigative Committee said on April 7 that it had served Grigory Pirumov the previous day with criminal charges related to fraud of some 450 million rubles ($6.9 […]

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Kremlin Spokesman Peskov Defends Daughter's Internship At European Parliament

February 26, 2019           |                                       

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has defended his daughter’s internship with a lawmaker at the European Parliament (EP) in Brussels after an RFE/RL report revealing that she works there prompted concerns among lawmakers. “We are talking about an ordinary student and an ordinary internship,” Peskov, who has been President Vladimir Putin’s main spokesman for many years, […]

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Floors Collapse At Russian University, No Casualties Reported

February 16, 2019           |                                       

Several floors of a university building in the Russian city of St. Petersburg have collapsed. Russian news agencies quoted emergency services officials as saying there were no casualties. They said 81 students, reportedly in the building for elective weekend instruction, had been evacuated safely. The cause of the collapse in the afternoon on February 16 […]

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Moscow Student Sent To Pretrial Detention Following Torture Claims

February 12, 2019           |                                       

Azat Miftakhov, a mathematics student at Moscow State University who says he was tortured while being detained on suspicion of being a bomb maker, has been remanded in pretrial custody on hooliganism charges. A Moscow court on February 12 ruled that Miftakhov must remain in pretrial detention until March 7. Miftakhov’s lawyer, Svetlana Sidorkina, says […]

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Russia’s Oldest Woman Dies At Age 128 Or 129: State Media

January 31, 2019           |                                       

Russia’s oldest woman has died at the age of 128 or 129 in the North Caucasian republic of Chechnya, her grandson has told state-run TASS news agency. Koka Istambulova, who was born in 1889, was “basically…in good health, having only some blood pressure problems,” her grandson, Ilyas Abubakarov, told TASS on January 31. “But suddenly […]

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One Dead, 11 Hospitalized In Cafe Explosions In Russia’s Saratov Oblast

January 27, 2019           |                                       

At least one person has been killed and 11 were hospitalized after two explosions at a cafe in Russia’s Saratov Oblast, local media report. State-run TASS news agency said the blasts occurred late on January 26 in the village of Lysye Gory, near the city of Saratov, some 775 kilometers southeast of Moscow. “According to […]

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Putin To Visit Kyrgyzstan This Year

January 23, 2019           |                                       

The Kremlin has confirmed that Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to visit Kyrgyzstan, but no clear date has been set. “The state visit to Bishkek is indeed on the [president’s] agenda,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on January 23, adding that the visit was being coordinated via diplomatic channels. Peskov’s comments came in response […]

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Escort, 'Sex Trainer' Known As Nastya Rybka Released By Police, Remains Suspect, Lawyer Says

January 22, 2019           |                                       

A Belarusian escort and self-described sex trainer who claimed to have evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election has been released from police custody, according to a lawyer. Anastasia Vashukevich, who is also known as Nastya Rybka, was freed on January 22 along with her mentor, Aleksandr Kirillov, state-run news agency TASS […]

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One Dead, Three Injured In Fire At Publishing House In Russia

January 17, 2019           |                                       

At least one person died and three were injured in a fire that hit a publishing house in the Russian city of St. Petersburg, on January 17. The Emergency Ministry said that the fire started on the second level of the publishing house’s four-story building and expanded to the third floor. Altogether the fire spread […]

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Blast Destroys Building At Russian Chemical Plant; Four Hospitalized

January 16, 2019           |                                       

Four people were hospitalized with cuts and other injuries after a powerful explosion ripped through a chemical factory in the northwestern Russian city of Kingisepp. The blast destroyed a two-story building at the Polyplast plant in the city, 140 kilometers southwest of St. Petersburg, Leningrad Oblast Governor Aleksandr Drozdenko said. Drozdenko said the explosion was […]

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Blast Reported At Apartment Building In Russia's Rostov Region

January 13, 2019           |                                       

An explosion at an apartment building in Russia’s Rostov region on January 14 triggered the collapse of two floors, Russia’s Emergencies Ministry said. The state-run TASS news agency quoted a ministry source as saying seven people were feared trapped under the rubble after the blast in the city of Shakhty. Earlier, TASS said five people […]

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Russian Space Agency Hopeful Despite Failed Attempt To Control Satellite

January 13, 2019           |                                       

Russia’s space agency says it has again failed to restore communications with an orbiting radio telescope but remains hopeful it will regain control of the satellite soon. “It was not possible to restore communication with the radio telescope as a result of the work carried out today,” the Roskosmos space agency said on January 13 […]

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Baby Found Alive In Magnitogorsk Apartment Collapse Regains Consciousness

January 7, 2019           |                                       

An infant who was found alive by rescuers in the rubble of a collapsed apartment building in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk has regained consciousness. The baby boy had spent some 35 hours in the rubble after a suspected gas explosion took down a section of the high-rise building. Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova told […]

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Officials Say Most Of Magnitogorsk Apartment Block Where Collapse Occurred Remains Habitable

January 6, 2019           |                                       

Authorities in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk plan to tear down two portions of the residential complex where 39 people were killed when one section collapsed on December 31. Officials said on January 6 that the remaining nine sections of the structure remain habitable. The seventh entrance of the building collapsed early on New Year’s […]

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Pirates Seize Six Hostages Aboard Ship Carrying Russians, Ukrainians, Georgians

January 4, 2019           |                                       

Pirates seized a cargo ship off the coast of the West African country of Benin, robbing crew members and sailors and abducting six hostages before fleeing, Russia’s Interfax and marine news websites report. Interfax on January 5 said the assault took place in the early hours of January 2 and that Russian diplomats were informed […]

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