• Russian billionaire warns of economic collapse caused by Russia’s isolation

    Russia is critically dependent on exports and imports, and economic isolation will be a "disaster", said the chairman of the board of directors of the Russian conglomerate Severstal, the 4th richest man of Russia, Alexei Mordashov during Gaidar Forum.

    "We are a country that is very dependent on exports and imports. If it stops tomorrow, the national economy will shrink twofold. We will simply physically stop, just because almost half of the budget depends on oil and gas export revenues," …

  • In a leaked wiretap, Belarusian Interior Minister reveals Lukashenko’s orders to shoot at protesters and create special detention camps

    Belarusian opposition initiative By_Pol, the union of the security forces of Belarus,  posted on the Internet an audio recording, where a man, with a voice similar to the Belarusian Interior Minister Nikolai Karpenkov’s, discussing the use of weapons against protesters and the creation of special detention camps.

    In the released recording, one can hear Karpenkov talking about a meeting with the self-proclaimed president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, where Lukashenko directly approves the …

  • U.S. delivers additional military aid to Ukraine

    The United States has delivered to the Ukrainian Armed Forces another shipment of military assistance as part of Ukrainian Security Assistance Initiative, reported the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.

    As part of the initiative, Ukraine received 20 Humvee trucks and 84 boats.

    "Nothing could stop the delivery of 20 Humvees to the Ukrainian Land Forces and Special Operations Forces along with 84 boats for Ukrainian Navy as part of the Ukrainian Security Assistance Initiative," the Embassy said on …

  • Kremlin promises to detain Navalny on his return to Russia

    The Office of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) in Moscow confirmed the intention to detain Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny after his return from Germany, where he was recovering from severe poisoning.

    Navalny has been in Germany since August 2020, where he was undergoing treatment and recovery after he was poisoned on a plane flying from Tomsk to Moscow.

    An examination carried out in Berlin showed that Navalny was poisoned with a substance belonging to Novichok nerve agents. …

  • Russia withdraws from Open Skies Treaty

    The system of Russian-American agreements on mutual arms control and military activity, created at the end of the Cold War, continues to fall apart.

    Moscow is beginning the process to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced on Friday.

    “On November 22, the United States withdrew from the treaty. As a result, the balance of interests of the signatories was "substantially disrupted, its effectiveness was seriously damaged, and the role of the Open Skies Treaty …

  • Russia’s Gazprom postpones construction of Nord Stream-2 pipeline

    Construction of the last section of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline in Danish territorial waters has been postponed.

    Switzerland's Nord Stream 2 AG, Gazprom's 100 percent subsidiary, has no plans to start work on January 15, the day when Denmark’s permit for the beginning of the construction takes effect, Handelsblatt reported.

    The reason for the delay is the necessity to "check the equipment," the company spokesman said, adding that the exact date when the construction could begin can not be …

  • Russia prepares for escalation in Syria after Biden comes to power

    Russia is preparing for worsening of the situation in Syria after the Democrats come to power in the United States. Russian officials believe that the Democrats plan to change the policy of Donald Trump on non-interference in the Syrian conflict.

    On Monday, January 11, a large landing ship Saratov passed through the Bosphorus Strait in the direction of the Russian base in Tartus.

    According to Interfax, the ship entered the Mediterranean Sea, where the Russian flotilla of more than ten …

  • Another European company withdraws from Nord Stream 2 project

    European companies continue to flee the Nord Stream 2 project under the threat of US sanctions.

    After the U.S. State Department began sending out warnings demanding leaving the construction, "until it was too late", the Danish engineering corporation Ramboll decided to abandon cooperation with Russian gas giant Gazprom.

    According to Politiken, the company with a 70-year history, the largest in Denmark in the engineering and architecture sector, decided to stop participating in the …

  • Number of Russia’s space launches falls to lowest level in 12 years

    Russian Space Agency’s ambitious plans to "raise the Russian space industry from its knees” are back on paper.

    For the second year in a row, the Roscosmos State Corporation has failed the government's plan on the number of space launches.

    By the end of 2020, Russia conducted 16 launches. 7 of them were from the Baikonur and Plesetsk cosmodromes, one from Vostochny and one from Kura, RIA Novosti reported.

    The final result was three times lower than the plan announced by Roscosmos in December 2 …

  • Ukrainian icon presented to Russian Foreign Minister in Bosnia and Herzegovina is worth 12.5 million euros

    The cost of the 300-year-old gilded icon from Luhansk, which the co-chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodik gave to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, can be as mach as 12.5 million euros.

    According to Bosnian TV channel BN TV, the icon was kept in the bank Bank of Srpska, which went bankrupt and was taken over by UKIO.

    According to sources close to Dodik's cabinet, the politician believed that, presenting this gift, he would only return to Russia what …