• Bank that gave loan to French National Front went bankrupt in Russia

    The Central Bank of the Russian Federation has established an interim administration for the first Czech-Russian bank, which is known for providing loans to the National Front political party (France), headed by Marine Le Pen. “The interim administration will quickly prepare proposals regarding the future activities of the bank,” as reported on the bank’s website.

    Russian media had previously reported on problems at the bank. In particular, on the 13th of March, the daily newspaper Vedomosti …

  • Igor Strelkov: Pro-Russian separatists have brought poverty and ruin to the Donbas

    The former Minister of Defense of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Igor Strelkov (aka Igor Girkin), stated that the separatists have brought ruin to the Donbas, built "simulacrums of republics", and created "a pigsty and a mess". Before the separatists came to power, the quality of life in Donetsk was higher, Strelkov stated, as reported by Chetvertaya Vlast.

    Strelkov made these comments during an interview with representatives of the NOD (National Liberation Movement), a Russian …

  • Moscow calls Karadžić's conviction 'politicized'

    Moscow believes that the genocide conviction of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić is politicized, Interfax reported.

    The Hague found Karadžić guilty of 10 of 11 charges on Thursday, including one count of genocide in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, in which 7,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed by Bosnian Serbs.

    Karadžić, however, was found not guilty of the first case of genocide, relating to killing and ethnic cleansing in several Bosnian municipalities.

    The former …

  • Aksyonov: Kerch Strait Bridge cannot be built without Ukraine's consent

    The head of Russian Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, said that Ukraine will have to agree on the construction of the Kerch Strait Bridge, the Kommersant newspaper wrote.

    According to Aksyonov, this is due to "international legal norms according to which the Sea of Azov is a joint area of navigation.”

    "It is 'unlikely' that we'll get Ukraine's consent,” the official noted, adding that construction of an underwater tunnel would be cheaper and would not require consent from Kiev.

    Russia and Ukraine …

  • Consumer prices in Russia have risen by 2% this year

    Since the beginning of the year, consumer prices in Russia have increased by 2%, as indicated by the Federal State Statistics Service (FSSS) of Russia.

    According to the FSSS, inflation reached 1.2% in March, and 7.4% since the beginning of the year.

    The agency pointed out that during the period under review, buckwheat has risen most of all, by 1.2%. The prices of tea have gone up by 0.7%, frozen fish by 0.5% and sunflower oil and biscuits by 0.4%.

    The prices of fruit and vegetables averaged …