The Ecumenical Patriarch has accused clerics of the ROC of inciting the war
On Wednesday, the Ecumenical Patriarch accused the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) clergy of inciting the war. The Patriarch believes the Russian government is "using the church as an instrument to achieve its political goals". He specified in his speech, that he is ready to participate in what he cal...
Russia is vigorously discussing the prospects of Ukraine being supplied with depleted uranium weapons
The Russian Foreign Ministry has commented that London's supply of such weapons to Kyiv "demonstrates their intention to raise the level of confrontation in Ukraine". The diplomatic department warned that such a decision would not stay without a response. Aside from numerous Kremlin "military expe...
Russian propaganda manipulates over the tragedy in Katyn
Simultaneous events took place in Russia and Belarus, supposedly dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the tragedy in Katyn. Lukashenko visited a memorial complex in Katyn under the gaze of television cameras and declared that the Belarusian government would do everything to preserve the memory of th...
Kremlin sociologists have referred to the pacifism of the Russian youth as a problem
Valery Fedorov, General Director of the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTSIOM), stated: “Today, in the 18-24 generation, a confrontation is taking place between a cosmopolitan-pacifist orientation and a patriotic-defense orientation. Individualism in young people is much more hi...
The Plenum of the Supreme Court of Russia clarified the application of the Criminal Code article on criminal liability for voluntary surrendering to captivity
The Plenum of the Supreme Court of Russia has clarified the application of the Criminal Code article on criminal liability for voluntary surrendering to captivity. “The courts must take into account that according to Article 23 of the Statute of the Internal Service of the Armed Forces of Russia, a ...
The Kremlin is exaggerating the significance of gas supplies to China
Against the backdrop of Xi Jinping’s visit to Moscow, Russian media reported a new daily record in gas supplies to China. Supplies are undertaken within a bilateral long-term gas purchase and sales contract between Gazprom and Chinese CNPC. As reported by Gazprom on March 20th, the Chinese side’s de...
The Kremlin continues to pursue dissidents
Raids at more than ten addresses are taking place among the employees of the liquidated and recognized as an alien “Memorial” in the case of rehabilitating Nazism, SK said. “Right now, searches have come to several addresses of Memorial employees in Moscow. Attorneys have been called in”, - states a...
A criminal case has been brought against the Prosecutor and Judges of the International Criminal Court in Russia
In Russia, a criminal case was opened against the prosecutor and judges of the International Criminal Court in The Hague (Netherlands), who issued an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova, authorized with parental rights in Russia. The case is brought against the Prosecutor of ICC...
Sanctions have caused a drop in timber exports from Russia
Russia exported only 2.6 million cubic meters of lumber from January to February this year, 23.5 percent less than last year’s two months. For the previous year, timber exports from Russia abroad decreased by 22 percent to 23.4 million cubic meters.
The drop in exports is linked to sanctions im...
Russia continues to fall in global happiness rankings
Based on economic indicators, the United Nations published its World Happiness Report, with Russia continuing to fall in it this year, taking 70th place between Bolivia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In the World Happiness Report ranking, a group of experts on behalf of the UN considers not only s...
The Chinese government has called on the International Court in Hague to respect the immunity of heads of state after issuing an arrest order for Russian President Putin
The International Criminal Court (ICC) should "respect the immunity of Heads of State," said the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin, referring to the ICC's arrest order for Russian President Vladimir Putin. The diplomat also called on the court in The Hague to "take an objective and i...
A life imprisonment warrant has been issued to Putin
The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Karim Khan, stated that "People, wherever they may be, should understand that there is a law and that power comes with responsibility. There is no statute of limitations for military crimes". He also clarified that the arrest ord...
To reduce the resonance of the International Criminal Court’s decision, Vladimir Putin sent his doppelganger to Mariupol
A person resembling Vladimir Putin arrived in Mariupol by helicopter, then drove through several city districts in a car, making a few stops. Deputy Prime Minister Khusnullin accompanied him. The trip concerned constructing micro-districts, social and educational objects and medical institutions. He...
The International Criminal Court in The Hague issued an arrest warrant for Putin
The Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court in The Hague has issued an arrest warrant for the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian Children's Ombudsman, Maria Lvova-Belova. The press release was published on the website of the International Criminal Court.
The court believ...
The owner of the ZARA brand will finally close nearly 270 stores in Russia
Inditex (brands Zara, Massimo Dutti, Pull and Bear, Oysho, Zara Home, Uterqüe, Stradivarius, Lefties and Bershka) expects to complete the operation of withdrawing from the Russian market, which was announced in October last year. At Inditex counted up the amount of impairment of the value of investm...
The Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church declared a break with the new head of the Cypriot Church
The Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church announced its inability to eucharistically communicate with the new Archbishop of Cyprus, George, due to his recognition of “Ukrainian schismatics”. The Synod's decision was announced on the ROC website after a meeting of hierarchs.
The former head of the...
The Kremlin officially announced the visit of Xi Jinping
Xi Jinping is set to visit Russia from March 20 to 22 at the invitation of Putin. It is reported that during the negotiations with the leader of China, issues of developing comprehensive partnership and strategic interaction between Russia and China will be discussed, the Kremlin informed. A number ...
In 2022 Gazprom's profit dropped by more than 3.6 times
At the end of 2022 the clean profit of Russian "Gazprom" fell to 747.25 billion rubles compared to 2.68 trillion rubles in 2021. Over the year the indicator fell more than 3.6 times. This is evidenced by the company's financial report data.
In 2022 gas extraction in Russia decreased by 11.8% to ...
Vladimir Putin assured the business community at a conference of Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs that the economy is doing well
He claimed that the economy has taken on a fundamentally different quality, Russia managed to compensate for the closure of western markets, and positive trends are gaining strength with high crop yields as evidence.
His optimistic statements are a striking contrast to the assessments of indepe...
Former mayor of Yekaterinburg Evgeny Royzman, recognized by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia as an inactive agent, was detained by police and may be charged with a demonstration of extremist symbolism
This was reported by his lawyer Vladislav Idamzhapov. "It is about the fact that Evgeny Vadimovich once, according to the police, made a repost on “VKontakte” - he said. What article the protocol will be drawn up for or what kind of repost it was is unknown yet, the lawyer added. The lawyer also emp...
The production of vehicles and equipment in Russia decreased almost by 45% in 2022
Data from the Institute of Comprehensive Strategic Studies (IKSD) indicates a drop in transportation and equipment production in Russia last year by 44.7%. This was the driver of the decrease in industrial production in regions with a high share of car industry such as Kaluga, Kaliningrad, Tver and ...
Russia plans to recruit an additional 400,000 contractors
The recruitment across all of Russia will begin on April 1. The Ministry of Defence has already sent orders to regions with the number of persons corresponding documents must be signed with. Most of the work lies upon the shoulders of military commissariats, and ultimately the governors of regions w...
Russians across all industries, except for those employed in the oil and gas, coal, and small business (SME) sectors
Russians are expected to pay an additional one-time windfall tax collected from excess profits of 2021-2022 over 2018-2019.
This initiative proposed by the Kremlin was caused by the catastrophic deficit in the federal budget for the first months of 2023. Initially it was discussed that the levy ...
The Russian military who admitted killing a peaceful inhabitant of Ukraine, is being tried for up to six years in prison for spreading "fakes" about the army
The Russian Prosecutor's Office is demanding for serviceman Danil Frolkin, who confessed to killing a peaceful inhabitant of Ukraine, to be sentenced up to 6 years in a colony for spreading “fakes” about the army. The 21-year-old Frolkin became a defendant in the “Important Stories” journalistic inv...
Against the background of a high level of mobilization, the Kremlin is allowing the postponement of bonus payments for OPK employees
While talking to workers at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, Vladimir Putin said that many enterprises in the OPK lacked highly qualified specialists. According to him, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation has prepared a list of professions for which it may be possible to give a ...
Russia will spend 300 billion rubles to purchase back the planes from foreign lessors
The Russian government has allocated about 300 billion rubles for the purchase of aircraft from foreign lessors, said Transport Minister Savyolov. "Aeroflot" has already purchased 10 long-haul aircraft, he noted.
In May 2022, "Aeroflot" purchased eight Airbus A330 aircraft from foreign lessors ...
The Kremlin is trying to show the termination of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra rental agreement with the Moscow Patriarchate who denounces contract terms as a "violation of religious rights"
Sergei Lavrov sent a letter to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and current OSCE head Burhan Osmang, in connection with "violations of universally recognized and constitutional rights of Orthodox believers in Ukraine". The head of Russia's Foreign Ministry called on the UN Secretary-General...
Russia has announced a platform for circumventing sanctions
The Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) is developing a digital platform for confidential international payments. The prototype launch is scheduled for the end of March and will be tested on a group of nearly 30 organizations. A decision on further scaling up the project is plan...
Russia has lost almost a third of its arms exports over the past five years
Arms exports from Russia have declined by nearly a third (31%) between 2018-2022, and the country's share in the global arms market has fallen from 22% to 16%, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) report.
In 2018-2022, Russia supplied arms to 47 countries. Out o...
The draft law submitted to the State Duma proposes to increase the conscription age in Russia to 30 years
From 2024, men aged 18 to 30 will be called up for service in the military, and from 2025 - from 20 to 30. Starting from 2025, men aged 21-30 will be called up for service.
Increasing the recruitment age for conscripts is a sign that they lack personnel in regular army units of the Russian Feder...
Russia is in the process of ‘ideologizing’ schools
Ministry of Education supported the idea of introducing "patriotic" school badges as an element of school uniform. The design of these badges will be developed jointly with the Russian children and youth movement "Frontiers First". Earlier, first Deputy Chairperson of the State Duma Committee on Ed...
Through sanctions, the Russian government encourages counterfeiting
Russia's Ministry of Industry and Trade has expanded the list of goods allowed for parallel imports, including IKEA products that have left Russia, as well as home Zanussi appliances,Hasbro and Mattel (USA) toys, clothing brands, cosmetics, perfumes and other types of products. Among them are Lancom...
Britain is reviewing its defence strategy in the context of Russian threats
Britain has updated its defence strategy, with countering Russia's threat to Europe being named as its main priority. The document provides for, among other things, earmarking 5 billion pounds for replenishing ammunition reserves and modernising the nuclear arsenal.
Britain's defence strategy w...
Strelkov noted the similarity of Wagner's logo and the insignia of the SS “Totenkopf" Division
“Eugeny Prigozhin, based in Wagner, created his own personal "black circus" and implements his ambitions while playing against the skulls (very reminiscent to the insignia of the SS “Totenkopf") and other accessories of his own gloomy (criminal) Death Cult ", - Strelkov wrote in his Telegram channel...
The Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation continues to threaten Russians with dangerous organisms
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation notes that in January the Ukrainian government approved new requirements for the accounting, storage and transportation of microorganisms, toxins and antigens with an emphasis on their international air transportation. “This can talk about planned pr...
In Italy, a Russian spy was sentenced to 30 years in jail
A military court in Rome sentenced Italian Navy officer Walter Biota to 30 years in prison for espionage on behalf of Russia. He had passed the secret documents of NATO to Russians in exchange for a reward. The prosecution side sought life imprisonment for him.
The Italian approach towards Russi...
In its annual intelligence report, the United States called Russia as a significant and unexpected challenge
The US intelligence released its annual report dedicated to the main threats facing the United States this year. Russia was named a “significant and less predictable challenge for the United States in key areas”. It is noted that the Russian Federation does not want a direct military conflict with t...
The Russian mass media ignore the subject of the exchange of prisoners of war.
According to IKAR mass media monitoring, even in the presence of multiple information reasons in the form of exchanges of 50 or more people from both sides, RosZMI paid significantly less attention to them than to other war-related topics. For example, the subject of the exchange of prisoners of war...
More than 17 million Russians live below the poverty line. These are the data for nine months of 2022
According to Rosstat, the number of residents of the country whose income is below 13.6 thousand rubles is 17 million 200 thousand people.
So, the level of poverty in Russia according to the results of January - September is 11.8% of the population.
Vladimir Putin signed a law banning rallies near the buildings of state bodies, universities, schools and hospitals
In addition, such activities are now prohibited in airports, ports, railway stations, in areas where churches are located and near life support facilities.
Until now, it was forbidden to hold rallies only near presidential residence buildings, courts, emergency response services and Federal Correct...
Russia has entered the top 5 countries in terms of the spread of HIV
These are the data of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). According to the results of last year, Russia entered the top five countries with the highest rate of spread of HIV infection, while overtaking Tanzania and Uganda. A...
The birth rate in the Russian Federation decreased by almost 11%.
According to Rosstat, the decline in the birth rate has become the strongest since 2020. In 10 months, 1.092 million children were born in the Russian Federation, or 77.8 thousand less than in the same period of 2021. According to the relative birth rate - 9 children per 100,000 population - the dem...