• Kremlin demands Google display annexed Crimea and Kuril Islands as part of Russia

    The head of the State Duma Committee on Security and Anti-Corruption Vasily Piskarev demanded at a meeting with the representaives of Google Corporation that the company display annexed Sevastopol, Crimea and the Kuril Islands as part of Russia in the Google Maps service, TASS reports with reference to the press service of the committee.

    According to Piskarev, at a meeting with Google’s representatives in April, he pointed out "inconsistency with national legislation in identification of …

  • Kremlin will allow Russians to use messenger apps only after registering with their passports

    Russian citizens will be able to use Internet messengers only after passing identification, including providing their passport data, according to the government decree N 1801 which was signed by the Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

    The document, dated October 20, comes into force on March 1, 2022 and is valid for six years.

    It requires that the "organizer of the instant messaging service" when registering a user would conduct identification "by reliably establishing information about …

  • U.S. puts Russians applying for American visas into ‘homeless nationalities’ category

    The U.S. Department of State has categorized Russians who want to apply for a U.S. visa as belonging to "homeless nationalities.". The list of ‘homeless nationalities’, in addition to Russia, includes Cuba, Eritrea, Iran, Libya, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen.

    American officials usually include in “homeless nationalities” citizens from those countries where there is no U.S. consular mission. The document prescribes those wishing to obtain an American visa to apply to the …

  • Russian Defense Minister warns NATO against deploying troops near Russia’s borders

    NATO is pulling forces to Russia's borders amid calls for military deterrence, said Russian +Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said in response to German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.

    "The Defense Minister of Germany should know well wow this has already ended before for Germany and Europe. Security in Europe can only be common, without infringing on Russia's interests. But NATO is not ready for an equal dialogue on this issue today,” Shoygu said.

    In Afghanistan, according to …

  • Putin: visit of U.S. Secretary of Defense to Kyiv will open NATO’s doors for Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is confident that the visit of United States secretary of defense Lloyd Austin to Kyiv is intended to open doors for Ukraine to join NATO.

    According to the Russian president, the formal membership of Ukraine in the Alliance may not take place, but "the military development of Ukraine is already underway." Putin expressed concern that this poses a real threat to Russia.

    "Here comes the defense minister (of the United States), who in fact opens a door for …