From Soap Opera to Art: Why a Moscow Museum Is Re-Enacting ‘Santa Barbara’

A new contemporary art space is probing how Russia engages with the West by reviving an unlikely 1990s TV hit.

#art, #cold-war-era, #ges-2-moscow-russia, #kjartansson-ragnar, #moscow-russia, #santa-barbara-tv-program, #television

Companies Linked to Russian Ransomware Hide in Plain Sight

Cybersecurity experts tracing money paid by American businesses to Russian ransomware gangs found it led to one of Moscow’s most prestigious addresses.

#computer-security, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #darkside-hacking-group, #evil-corp-russian-hacking-group, #extortion-and-blackmail, #federation-towers-moscow-russia, #moscow-russia, #politics-and-government, #recorded-future-inc, #virtual-currency

Putin Won’t Go to Glasgow for Climate Conference

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia may make a speech by video at the United Nations summit, which is seen as pivotal in efforts to stem climate change.

#glasgow-scotland, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #international-relations, #moscow-russia, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #united-nations

Russia’s Low Vaccination Rates Leads to Record-Breaking Toll

The country hit 1,000 deaths in a 24-hour period for the first time since the pandemic began, reflecting the risks of having a low vaccination rate.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #moscow-russia, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #vaccination-and-immunization

Russia Breaks Diplomatic Ties with NATO

Moscow’s decision to end its diplomatic mission to the alliance will end a long post-Cold War experiment in building trust between militaries.

#belgium, #brussels-belgium, #cold-war-era, #defense-and-military-forces, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #moscow-russia, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #russia, #warsaw-pact

Bolshoi Performer Is Killed in Onstage Accident

The man, in his late 30s, was crushed during a scene change as the opera “Sadko” was performed before an audience, the theater said.

#accidents-and-safety, #bolshoi-theater, #classical-music, #deaths-fatalities, #moscow-russia, #music, #theater

Navalny to the Russian Opposition: ‘Be Discouraged, a Little Bit’

Emblematic of the beleaguered state of the opposition, a forlorn group of volunteers maintains a 24-hour vigil at the spot where a prominent democracy advocate was killed in 2015.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #nemtsov-boris-y, #putin-vladimir-v, #red-square-moscow, #russia, #united-russia

In Russia Election Results, Online Votes Sweep Putin Opponents Aside

The official tally gave a strong parliamentary majority to President Vladimir V. Putin’s United Russia party. Opposition leaders cried foul, pointing to earlier signs of gains.

#communist-party-of-the-russian-federation, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #united-russia, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Human Most of All: In Moscow, a Theater Stages ‘Gorbachev’

The Latvian director Alvis Hermanis’s bioplay is an ode to the love story of Mikhail and Raisa Gorbachev, and portrays the former leader in all his humanity.

#gorbachev-play, #gorbachev-mikhail-s, #hermanis-alvis-1965, #moscow-russia, #politics-and-government, #state-theater-of-nations, #theater

Russian Journalists Meet a Crackdown With Dark Humor, and Subscribers

Meduza, a leading independent news site, fights back with jokes and a stunning donation campaign. But can it stand up to the Russian state?

#latvia, #meduza-medusa-project-sia, #moscow-russia, #news-and-news-media, #putin-vladimir-v

Russia Scoffs at Tokyo Olympics Ban: ‘Let Them Listen to Classical Music’

Sports fans and officials in the country have no trouble seeing through the thin fiction of a doping-related ban on their national symbols at the Tokyo Olympics.

#athletics-and-sports, #moscow-russia, #olympic-games-2014, #olympic-games-2020, #russia, #russian-olympic-committee, #tokyo-japan

Covid Cases Surge Again in Russia, Many From Delta Variant

An outbreak centered in Moscow led to some vaccine mandates and the closing of some public spaces.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #moscow-russia, #politics-and-government, #russia, #vaccination-and-immunization

In Shadow of Navalny Case, What’s Left of the Russian Opposition?

Russian domestic politics took a flint-hard turn this year and much of the opposition leadership is now in exile or prison.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

‘State Funeral’ Review: Saying Goodbye to Stalin

Sergei Loznitsa’s new found-footage documentary illuminates Soviet life in the immediate aftermath of the dictator’s death.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #funerals-and-memorials, #loznitsa-sergei, #moscow-russia, #politics-and-government, #stalin-joseph, #state-funeral-movie, #ussr-former-soviet-union

Lawyer for Navalny Is Arrested in Moscow

Ivan Pavlov was defending the opposition leader’s organizations from accusations of extremism.

#anti-corruption-foundation, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

The Arms Merchant in the Sights of Russia’s Elite Assassination Squad

Russian spies have twice tried to poison Emilian Gebrev. Now, revelations in the Czech Republic show they also destroyed shipments of his military supplies.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #babis-andrej, #czech-republic, #defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #european-union, #moscow-russia, #poisoning-and-poisons, #putin-vladimir-v, #salisbury-england, #skripal-sergei-v

Boeing 777 Makes an Emergency Landing in Moscow After Engine Warning

Pilots diverted to an airport in Moscow after an indicator warned of a possible engine failure on the airplane, a week after engines failed on two other Boeing jets.

#aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #boeing-company, #colorado, #general-electric-company, #moscow-russia, #prattwhitney, #russia

How Investigative Journalism Flourished in Hostile Russia

A new wave of news outlets has used conventional, and unconventional, methods to pierce the veil of Putin’s power.

#anti-corruption-foundation, #corruption-institutional, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #meduza-medusa-project-sia, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #news-and-news-media, #poisoning-and-poisons, #putin-vladimir-v, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates

‘I Am Not Afraid’: With Her Husband in Prison, Eyes Turn to Yulia Navalnaya

After Aleksei Navalny’s sentencing, his wife, Yulia Navalnaya, has been reluctantly thrust into a public spotlight, winning admirers but making her a target of Kremlin propaganda.

#moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #poisoning-and-poisons, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #yulia-navalnaya

Putin Isn’t as Strong as He Looks

For the first time in a long while, the Russian president isn’t holding all the cards.

#democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #united-russia

Pictures From Russia Protests

More than 4,000 people were detained, but allies of the opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny called Sunday’s demonstrations a success.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

Navalny Allies and Offices Targeted in Raids as Kremlin Turns Up Pressure

The authorities appeared to gear up for a new legal strike against the opposition leader after demonstrations last weekend drew tens of thousands to the streets.

#alburov-georgy, #corruption-institutional, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #search-and-seizure, #sobol-lyubov, #zhdanov-ivan-y

Aleksei Navalny Protests in Russia Are Something Special

Crackdown and coercion are no longer enough to stop people protesting.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

Mass Rallies Sweep Russia in Protests Over Navalny’s Arrest

The protests moved across time zones and more than 3,000 people were arrested in at least 109 cities, signaling widespread fatigue with the corruption-plagued political order presided over by President Vladimir V. Putin.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #irkutsk-russia, #khabarovsk-russia, #levada-center, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #novosibirsk-russia, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

In Washington Riot, Echoes of Post-Soviet Uprisings

In Moscow in 1993, Eastern Ukraine in 2014, and now the U.S. Capitol, there have been a similar dress code and display of banners backing seemingly lost causes.

#donetsk-ukraine, #moscow-russia, #peoples-militia-donetsk-peoples-republic, #putin-vladimir-v, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #yeltsin-boris-n

Russian Police Arrest a Top Navalny Ally, Lyubov Sobol

The police detained Lyubov Sobol amid a crackdown on activists seeking to draw attention to the nerve-agent poisoning of the opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #federal-security-service, #moscow-russia, #poisoning-and-poisons, #russia

Big Push Into Helium Could Have the World on Russia’s String

It’s not just party balloons. A huge Siberian production plant is expected to reshape the market for a gas that’s essential to many critical industries.

#bureau-of-land-management, #factories-and-manufacturing, #gazprom, #helium, #moscow-russia, #natural-gas, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #refineries, #russia, #siberia

Russia’s Coronavirus Vaccine Rollout Hobbled by Public Distrust

Distrust of the government is so widespread that 59 percent of Russians say they have no intention of getting a shot.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #moscow-russia, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #vaccination-and-immunization

Irina Antonova, Grande Dame of Russian Museum World, Dies at 98

During her decades-long reign at Moscow’s main fine arts museum, she provided a window on the outside world for the Soviet people. She died of complications of the coronavirus.

#antonova-irina-a, #art, #deaths-obituaries, #moscow-russia, #museums, #pushkin-museum-of-fine-arts, #russia

Putin Is Mum on Biden’s Victory, Foreshadowing Tense Years Ahead

Early signs indicate that Russia’s leader is preparing for a deeply adversarial relationship with the next U.S. president.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #moscow-russia, #presidential-election-of-2020, #putin-vladimir-v, #united-states-international-relations

Edward Snowden, in Russia Since 2013, Is Granted Permanent Residency

The former intelligence contractor still hopes to return to the United States. But the Russian authorities have given him the right to stay in Russia indefinitely.

#moscow-russia, #national-security-agency, #navalny-aleksei-a, #putin-vladimir-v, #snowden-edward-j, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states

Analyst Who Reported the Infamous Trump Tape Rumor Wants to Clear His Name

The Steele dossier’s main source explained where its most notorious claim came from — and called Republicans’ accusations that he is a Russian agent “slander.”

#danchenko-igor, #extortion-and-blackmail, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #graham-lindsey, #moscow-russia, #presidential-election-of-2016, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #steele-christopher-1964, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Warring Sides in Nagorno-Karabakh Agree to Cease-Fire Talks

The foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan are coming to Moscow for a Russian-brokered negotiation on a limited truce to exchange prisoners and casualties.

#armenia, #azerbaijan, #caucasus-russia, #defense-and-military-forces, #moscow-russia, #nagorno-karabakh, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v

Russians Were Urged to Return to Normal Life. Except for Putin.

The Russian leader claims to be conquering the pandemic, but he inhabits a virus-free bubble, rarely leaving home. The few people he meets must quarantine first.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #moscow-russia, #peskov-dmitri-s, #putin-vladimir-v, #quarantines, #russia

Will Navalny’s Poisoning Force Germany to Get Tough on Russia?

The poisoning of Aleksei A. Navalny could be a chance for Berlin to take a tougher stance against Moscow. But experts remain skeptical.

#europe, #germany, #merkel-angela, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #poisoning-and-poisons, #russia

Putin Wants a Truce in Cyberspace — While Denying Russian Interference

With an eye to a possible Biden presidency, the Russian leader called for a “reboot” on information security but offered no concessions.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #moscow-russia, #presidential-election-of-2020, #prigozhin-yevgeny-v, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

Opera Star Anna Netrebko Is Hospitalized With Covid-19

“Everything will be fine!” she said on Instagram, but the news is the latest sign of the challenges singers face returning to work.

#bolshoi-theater, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #moscow-russia, #netrebko-anna, #opera

As Both Sides Dig In, What’s the Endgame for Belarus?

President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko seems set on relentless repression, while protesters think peaceful defiance will win in the end.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #european-union, #kolesnikova-maria, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #moscow-russia, #putin-vladimir-v, #tikhanovskaya-svetlana, #united-nations

A High-Stakes Standoff in Belarus

How the leader frequently called “Europe’s last dictator” won power — and how he plans to hold on to it in the face of mounting protests.

#belarus, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #moscow-russia, #tikhanovskaya-svetlana

Don’t Drink the Tea: Poison Is a Favored Weapon in Russia

Poison has been a preferred tool of the Russian security service for more than a century, and critics of the Kremlin say it remains in the arsenal today.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #kara-murza-vladimir-v, #moscow-russia, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #navalny-aleksei-a, #poisoning-and-poisons, #targeted-killings

Russian Ballet Returned to the Stage. Then a Covid Outbreak Hit.

The Mariinsky Ballet has been ordered to stay home to avoid further spread of the coronavirus. What does this mean for other companies?

#berlin-germany, #bolshoi-ballet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dancing, #mariinsky-ballet, #moscow-russia, #st-petersburg-russia, #vaziev-makhar, #xander-parish

‘Cocktails and Masks Don’t Really Go Together’

Young Russians are partying again, seeking a return to normal life and willing to risk a coronavirus surge. “We are people, not robots, and want to have a life,” said a bar patron (and doctor).

#bars-and-nightclubs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #masks, #moscow-russia, #russia

Former Marine Sentenced to 9 Years in Russia in Case Criticized as Political

Trevor R. Reed was charged with assaulting and endangering the lives of two police officers in a case that some have likened to that of another former U.S. Marine in Russia.

#federal-security-service, #moscow-russia, #politics-and-government, #russia, #united-states, #whelan-paul-n

Senate Report: Opaque Art Market Helped Oligarchs Evade Sanctions

Congressional investigators said companies tied to two Russians under sanctions were able to buy art using shell companies and an intermediary.

#art, #auctions, #baltser-grigory, #baltzer-llc, #christies, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #highland-ventures-ltd, #money-laundering, #moscow-russia, #new-york-state, #portman-rob, #putin-vladimir-v, #rotenberg-arkady-r-1951, #rotenberg-boris-1957, #senate, #senate-permanent-subcommittee-on-investigations, #sothebys, #steamort-ltd, #united-states-politics-and-government

That Almost Apology for the 1980 Olympic Boycott Helps. A Little.

In the past 40 years, the would-be Olympians of the summer of 1980 have heard a lot of words, but not a full-throated mea culpa for a boycott that accomplished very little.

#carter-jimmy, #hirshland-sarah, #international-olympic-committee, #moscow-russia, #olympic-games-1980, #united-states-olympic-and-paralympic-committee

Protests Rock Russian Far East With Calls for Putin to Resign

Tens of thousands took to the streets in Russia’s usually somnolent hinterland after the arrest of a popular regional governor.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #furgal-sergei-i, #khabarovsk-krai-russia, #liberal-democratic-party-russia, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #term-limits-political-office, #zhirinovsky-vladimir-v

In Russia, They Tore Down Lots of Statues, but Little Changed

“Waging war on bronze men doesn’t make your life any more moral or just,” one observer noted. “It does nothing really.”

#columbus-christopher, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #donetsk-ukraine, #dzerzhinsky-felix-eduardovich, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #georgia-georgian-republic, #kalashnikov-mikhail-t, #kgb, #khrushchev-nikita-s, #kyiv-ukraine, #lenin-vladimir, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #moscow-russia, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #stalin-joseph

Russia Denies Paying Bounties, but Some Say the U.S. Had It Coming

Russia’s grievances against what it sees as American bullying and expansion into its own zones of influence have been stacking up for decades.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #central-intelligence-agency, #gru-russia, #kabul-afghanistan, #kgb, #moscow-russia, #obama-barack, #putin-vladimir-v, #trump-donald-j, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #ussr-former-soviet-union

Decades-Old Soviet Studies Hint at Coronavirus Strategy

A married pair of virologists in Moscow tested a vaccine on their own children in the 1950s. Now, a side effect they found is sparking new hope for a defense against the coronavirus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-and-drug-administration, #gallo-robert-c, #immune-system, #institute-of-human-virology, #moscow-russia, #poliomyelitis, #russian-academy-of-sciences, #science-journal, #vaccination-and-immunization

Hit Hard by Coronavirus, Russia Holds a Mostly Mask-Free Victory Parade

Tens of thousands turned out for the delayed annual celebration of Russia’s defeat of Nazi Germany but few, including veterans in their 80s and 90s, took precautions.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hitler-adolf, #kaliningrad-russia, #kamchatka-peninsula-russia, #moscow-russia, #parades, #putin-vladimir-v, #red-army-soviet-union, #red-square-moscow, #world-war-ii-1939-45