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kremlin defends putin’s bouquet for merkel against allegations of sexism
the kremlin has come to the defense of president vladimir putin’s decision to give flowers to german chancellor angela merkel as a russian tradition.germany’s bild tabloid criticized putin’s decision to give a bouquet to merkel when they met in russia’s sochi last week as a sexist “affront” to remind the german leader that she is a woman. the two leaders met to discuss issues including the nordstream 2 gas pipeline project and the iranian nuclear deal.
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poll names cursing capitals of russia
forget “gosh,” “darn” and “gollee” if you’re visiting these places. five cities in central russia have been named the most swear-happy in a recent poll of 30 russian cities. perm, voronezh and ivanovo nabbed the top three spots of the  zoom market agency’s ranking of cities most prone to cursing. residents of orenburg and tambov dropped enough f-bombs and double hockey sticks to place their cities in the top five. “we were somewhat surprised by the results,” zoom market’s commercial director andrei shtyrov said in a press release.rostov-on-don was the only world cup host city to crack the top-10 in the poll on cursing, with yekaterinburg ranking 12th, followed by saransk at 14th. despite its poor reputation among russians, moscow placed a rather polite 18th. st. petersburg, commonly known as russia’s cultural capital, ranked 23rd, with kazan grabbing the title as the least vulgar russian city.zoom market conducted the survey on cursing among 3,000 respondents in 30 russian cities.
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kremlin says u.k.'s 'dirty money' report is russophobic, unfair competition
the kremlin said on monday a report drawn up by british lawmakers about `dirty` russian money was evidence of russophobic hysteria in britain and unfair competition against russian business.britain is determined to tackle the problem of illicit money flows, a spokesman for prime minister theresa may said on monday, after a report by lawmakers said russian money laundered by british financial institutions harms national security.`this is nothing other than the latest step in line with unfriendly, unfair competition,` kremlin spokesman dmitry peskov told reporters on a conference call on monday.
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russia's rt faces three new investigations in britain
ofcom has said it saw a significant increase in the number of programmes on the rt service that required investigation following a nerve agent attack on former russian spy sergei skripal in march.`we have opened three further investigations into the due impartiality of news and current affairs programmes broadcast on rt,` an ofcom spokeswoman said.
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new terrorism suspect held after russian math lecturer’s acquittal
a court in russia has ordered the arrest of a new suspect in a terrorism case that initially implicated a math lecturer who administered an anonymous online network. math teacher dmitry bogatov was acquitted last week of incitement to terrorism charges over a year after he was arrested for allegedly calling for riots on moscow’s red square online. bogatov denied his guilt, saying that anyone could have surfed anonymously through his computer to write the online posts through a network he had set up.a moscow court has now ordered stavropol resident vladislav kuleshov to be held on the same charges that bogatov was acquitted of until june 30, court spokesman alexei chernikov told the state-run tass news agency. “he used one of five accounts registered under the alias ‘ayrat bashirov.’ the two posts bogatov had been charged with were written under the same alias but from a different account,” tass quoted an unnamed source as saying.kuleshov had admitted his guilt, his attorney marina yefimenko told the mediazona news website. she declined to elaborate, citing a non-disclosure agreement.the posts in question called for “rags, bottles, gas, turpentine, styrofoam and acetone” to be brought to an unsanctioned rally, with a music video link portraying protesters throwing molotov cocktails at police.
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russia's first sea-borne nuclear power plant arrives in arctic
russia's first floating nuclear power plant arrived in the arctic port of murmansk over the weekend in preparation for its maiden mission, providing electricity to an isolated russian town across the bering strait from alaska.the state company behind the plant, called the `akademik lomonosov,` says it could pioneer a new power source for remote regions of the planet, but green campaigners have expressed concern about the risk of nuclear accidents. greenpeace has called it the `nuclear titanic`.russian state nuclear company rosatom, which developed the floating power plant, said that it docked the unit in murmansk on saturday where it was towed from st. petersburg, the city where it was built.in murmansk, it will take on board a supply of nuclear fuel. it will then will be towed to the town of pevek in the far eastern region of chukotka, separated from the u.s. state of alaska by the 86-km (53 miles) wide bering strait. it will start operations there next year.the plant will replace a coal-fired power plant and an aging nuclear power plant supplying more than 50,000 people with electricity in chukotka, rosatom said.rosatom has long planned to launch the sea-borne power units, which, with their mobile, small capacity plants, are best suited to remote regions. it says they can help the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming.the small plants were designed to make it possible to supply electricity to hard-to-reach areas of russia. they...
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santa claus and a ninja turtle join moscow's bike parade, in photos
despite the bad weather, more than 30, 000 cyclists took to the streets.andrei nikerichev / moskva news agencysanta claus made a guest appearance, tree in tow.andrei nikerichev / moskva news agencyninja turtle michelangelo put crime fighting aside for the day.sergei vedyashkin / moskva news agencysome riders came prepared for pollution and ready to pose.sergei vedyashkin / moskva news agencyeven the chief needs a drink now and then.sergei vedyashkin / moskva news agencycreatures of all kinds came out to ride.sergei vedyashkin / moskva news agencya bit of rain couldn’t stop these elegantly dressed ladies.sergei vedyashkin / moskva news agencyautomobile traffic on the garden ring was limited to allow cyclists free reign on the roads.andrei nikerichev / moskva news agency
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russian military accuses u.s. of 'destroying' arms control pact
a senior russian military official has accused the united states of sabotaging a cold war-era arms control treaty by accusing moscow of violations and laying the groundwork for new sanctions.u.s. president donald trump ordered his administration last week to draw up new measures against russian state officials for deploying a cruise missile with a range that allegedly violates the 1987 inf treaty. russia has denied that the missile violates the pact, which bans testing and fielding missiles with ranges of 500-5,500 kilometers (310-3,417 miles).“a strident propaganda campaign has been launched surrounding the inf treaty,” sergei ryzhkov, the head of the defense ministry's national nuclear risk reduction center, wrote in the ministry-affiliated redstar.ru publication.“under this clamor, the u.s. is gearing up toward the destruction of the inf treaty, which seriously impedes the implementation of their plans,” ryzhkov wrote.the u.s. deploys ballistic missiles, combat drones and missile defense systems in eastern europe in violation of the inf treaty, he said.the official also claimed that trump is using claims of russian violations to pursue the development of a multimillion-dollar cruise missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.
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may faves: top five moscow restaurants
café pushkinone of the best in the citypushkin has been on the top of every moscow restaurant list since its opening in 1999 and is a compulsory stop for well-off tourists. the interior, the waiters and the dishes try to recreate an atmosphere of a 19th-century restaurant. try the original “olivier” salad (995 rubles) or beef stroganoff with potatoes “a la pushkin” (1570 rubles). 26a tverskoy bulvar. metro tverskaya. +7 (495) 739 0033. cafe-pushkin.ru volna all about fishvolna (“wave”) is a seafood restaurant by andrei dellos, the owner of pushkin. fish and seafood come from all over the country - from the black sea to the far east. try pike burger (550 rubles) or odessa's favorite fish – pan fried barabulka (680 rubles) or go all out for a seafood platter (5950 rubles).26 tverskoy bulvar, bldg. 2. metro tverskaya, pushkinskaya. +7 (495) 025 0015. rest-volna.ru vladivostok 3000 far eastern cuisine in moscowvladivostok 3000 restaurant is part of the mumy troll bar – a live music venue opened by the frontman of its namesake band, ilya lagutenko. listen to some of russia's best indie bands while trying out far east seafood specialties, like kamchatka crab, magadan shrimp or pacific whelk (from 550 rubles). don't miss the signature garnish – braised fiddlehead fern. 7 tverskaya ukitsa.  metro okhotny ryad. +7 (495) 510 5848. mumiytrollbar.comvoskhod food from the u.s.s.r. in a spaceshipvoskhod is a new restaurant by one of moscow's most prominent resta...
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vpn sales soar after russia bans telegram app, media reports
the sales of online privacy tools in russia have skyrocketed by up to 1,000 percent amid state efforts to ban the telegram messaging application in the country.russia’s telecom watchdog disrupted scores of online services in the past month in an attempt to enforce a court order banning the app for refusing to hand over private conversations to security services. telegram’s founder and executive pavel durov, who maintains that there are no encryption keys to give, has pledged to donate funds to developers of anonymous web surfing tools to keep telegram accessible in russia.“we’re seeing an increased interest from russian business since telegram began to be blocked,” the kommersant business daily quoted torguard ceo benjamin van pelt as saying monday.torguard, a provider of virtual privacy networks (vpn) that allow users to bypass filters, saw 1,000 percent more russian subscribers since april, van pelt was cited as saying. the telegram ban has propelled russia into its second-fastest growing market, he added.cyberghost and golden frog vyprvpn registered a 380 percent and 190 percent increase in new accounts each, kommersant reported.since russian media watchdog roskomnadzor began efforts to ban telegram last month, russian institutions including the national guard announced tenders for the purchase of vpn services.meanwhile, roskomnadzor said it has banned 80 vpns for being “specially created” to help users evade the telegram ban, kommersant reported.under new re...
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russian agency offers fake restaurant reviews ahead of world cup
a russian marketing agency has offered to help restaurants in cities hosting the football world cup use fake reviews to bump up ratings on review site tripadvisor, the agency's owner has confirmed.marketing company bacon agency says it can circumvent tripadvisor's algorithm for detecting fraudulent posts and publish reviews in foreign languages ahead of an influx of fans from abroad.`what can you do if no serbs and no swedes have ever been to your venue and left a review?` bacon agency asks, in a brochure received by a restaurant in yekaterinburg, which hosts egypt and uruguay in their first round matches.`you write it yourself!` the agency says.for 35,000 roubles ($570), the agency promises a spot in tripadvisor's top 10 list. `we are offering to help tourists find you, and to leave their money specifically with you,` it writes.`we oppose any attempt to manipulate a business' ranking,` tripadvisor said. `our dedicated investigations team is proactive and extremely effective at catching those trying to solicit fake reviews for money.`fake reviews are widespread, but it is unusual for a company involved in the practice to discuss it so openly, or to link it explicitly to a sports event.the world cup has created lucrative opportunities for businesses in the 11 host cities hoping to benefit from well-to-do foreign fans at a time when russians are feeling the pinch from a fragile economy and western sanctions.fake review industrybacon...
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russia to deploy anti-drone units at world cup stadiums, reports say
russian general staff chief general valery gerasimov ordered troops to field anti-drone defense capabilities at the world cup, a russian defense ministry source told the rbc business outlet monday.moscow will be outfitted with four land-based units with the potential to disrupt enemy drones, while st. petersburg and yekaterinburg will receive three each, the unnamed defense ministry source said.the source also told rbc that the federal security service (fsb) will deploy 60 of its own mobile drone-jamming units.
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what's on in moscow
citymay 18 2018 - 16:05by andrei muchnikit's the weekend! find a bale of hay!nikolindayfestjusticemay 18the french duo justice, titans of 2000s house music, is finally in moscow with a proper concert. they performed at the park live festival in 2013, but it was just a dj set. mixing house with disco, funk and even mainstream rock music, justice produced such hits as “we are your friends,” “d.a.n.c.e.,” and “civilization.” expect adrenaline stadium to be packed with fans wanting to dance to these and other tunes on friday night. 80 leningradsky prospekt, bldg. 17. metro sokol. +7 (916) 440 4750. adrenaline-stadium.ruobe dvemay 18obe dve is a critically acclaimed indie-pop band from yekaterinburg. the band is fronted by katya pavlova, who used to take part in several other music projects, but now focuses just on obe dve. obe dve’s music is mostly upbeat and danceable, with quirky lyrics and memorable tunes. obe dve recently released a new ep “malchik” (boy) and recorded a song for the hit comedy “ya khudeyu” (i am losing weight) and their concert at mumy troll bar will include both old and new material.  7 tverskaya ulitsa. metro okhotny ryad. mumiytrollbar.combig craft daymay 18-19at the craft beer festival in the enormous exhibition hall gostiny dvor visitors will be able to sample more than 200 types of beer, with some brews presented for the first time. there will also be several food trucks with the best food that goes well with beer. 4 ulitsa ily...
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what you missed over the weekend
visa woesan expired visa kept russian billionaire roman abramovich from attending his chelsea football club’s fa cup final match in london. relations between britain and russia hit a low after london accused moscow of poisoning former double-agent sergei skripal in britain in march.although the application is taking longer than usual, british authorities are expected to renew abramovich’s visa, one of two sources familiar with the matter told reuters.terror attackan attack on an orthodox church in russia’s chechen republic has left two policemen and a churchgoer dead, as well as four attackers.the islamic state terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack while chechen leader ramzan kadyrov suggested that the attackers had “received orders from one of the western countries.”paid billssanctions-hit russian tycoon viktor vekselber and his renova group have repaid loans totaling over $1 billion to three western banks, which had until early june to avoid being hit by sanctions themselves.the loans were repaid to jp morgan, credit suisse and ubs after renova received a credit line from russia’s promsvyazbank, a lender taken over by the central bank and earmarked to provide credit to sanctioned entities.anti-torture rallyseveral hundred activists gathered in st. petersburg to draw attention to “the use of torture by police and fsb members, which has become the norm.”“world cup of torture,” read one of the banners featured in the demonstration organized ...
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russian 'dirty money' in london undermines national security, u.k. lawmakers warn
russian money hidden in british assets and laundered through city of london financial institutions damages the government's efforts to take a tough stance against moscow's aggressive foreign policy, a committee of lawmakers said on monday.britain's financial centre has been a major beneficiary of the massive flight of russian cash since the 1991 fall of the soviet union, and london remains the western capital of choice for the oligarchs and russian officials who flaunt their wealth across europe's most luxurious destinations.but britain has led an international diplomatic backlash against russia following the poisoning of an ex-russian spy in an english city — an attack which the government blames on the kremlin. moscow has denied any involvement in the incident.a report by parliament's foreign affairs committee said russian money was undermining britain's criticism of the kremlin and supporting what it called a campaign by president vladimir putin `to subvert the international rules-based system`.`the scale of damage that this ‘dirty money’ can do to uk foreign policy interests dwarfs the benefit of russian transactions in the city,` said committee chairman tom tugendhat.`there is no excuse for the uk to turn a blind eye as president putin’s kleptocrats and human rights abusers use money laundered through london to corrupt our friends, weaken our alliances, and erode faith in our institutions.`among its recommendations, the committee said britain sh...
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visa trouble keeps russian billionaire abramovich from fa cup final — reports
british authorities, whose relations with moscow have been strained, are yet to renew russian billionaire roman abramovich's visa after it expired last month, two sources familiar with the matter say.abramovich, best known in britain as the owner of premier league football club chelsea, is in the process of renewing his visa as part of a standard procedure, one of the sources told reuters.russia's the bell outlet reported on sunday abramovich did not attend saturday's fa cup final in london, the showpiece end to the english football season when chelsea beat manchester united, because he did not have a visa. the visa application is taking longer than usual but there is no indication that the visa will not be renewed as there is no refusal or negative feedback, the source told reuters. millhouse, the company which manages abramovich's assets, declined to comment. britain's home office could not be reached for comment.relations between britain and russia hit a low after london accused moscow of poisoning former double-agent sergei skripal in britain in march, prompting countries around the world to expel scores of russian diplomats. russia has denied any involvement in the poisoning and retaliated in kind.abramovich made his fortune in the oil industry in the 1990s in russia and bought chelsea in 2003 since when he has helped to transform the club into one of the most successful in the premier league.
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visa trouble keeps russian billionaire abramovich from fa cup final — reports
british authorities, whose relations with moscow have been strained, are yet to renew russian billionaire roman abramovich's visa after it expired last month, two sources familiar with the matter say.abramovich, best known in britain as the owner of premier league soccer club chelsea, is in the process of renewing his visa as part of a standard procedure, one of the sources told reuters.russia's the bell outlet reported on sunday abramovich did not attend saturday's fa cup final in london, the showpiece end to the english soccer season when chelsea beat manchester united, because he did not have a visa. the visa application is taking longer than usual but there is no indication that the visa will not be renewed as there is no refusal or negative feedback, the source told reuters. millhouse, the company which manages abramovich's assets, declined to comment. britain's home office could not be reached for comment.relations between britain and russia hit a low after london accused moscow of poisoning former double-agent sergei skripal in britain in march, prompting countries around the world to expel scores of russian diplomats. russia has denied any involvement in the poisoning and retaliated in kind.abramovich made his fortune in the oil industry in the 1990s in russia and bought chelsea in 2003 since when he has helped to transform the club into one of the most successful in the premier league.
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what's on in moscow
citymay 18 2018 - 16:05by andrei muchnikit's the weekend! find a bale of hay!nikolindayfestjusticemay 18the french duo justice, titans of 2000s house music, is finally in moscow with a proper concert. they performed at the park live festival in 2013, but it was just a dj set. mixing house with disco, funk and even mainstream rock music, justice produced such hits as “we are your friends,” “d.a.n.c.e.,” and “civilization.” expect adrenaline stadium to be packed with fans wanting to dance to these and other tunes on friday night. 80 leningradsky prospekt, bldg. 17. metro sokol. +7 (916) 440 4750. adrenaline-stadium.ruobe dvemay 18obe dve is a critically acclaimed indie-pop band from yekaterinburg. the band is fronted by katya pavlova, who used to take part in several other music projects, but now focuses just on obe dve. obe dve’s music is mostly upbeat and danceable, with quirky lyrics and memorable tunes. obe dve recently released a new ep “malchik” (boy) and recorded a song for the hit comedy “ya khudeyu” (i am losing weight) and their concert at mumy troll bar will include both old and new material.  7 tverskaya ulitsa. metro okhotny ryad. mumiytrollbar.combig craft daymay 18-19at the craft beer festival in the enormous exhibition hall gostiny dvor visitors will be able to sample more than 200 types of beer, with some brews presented for the first time. there will also be several food trucks with the best food that goes well with beer. 4 ulitsa ily...
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russian journalist injured in shelling of separatists in eastern ukraine
a russian journalist has been hospitalized in war-torn eastern ukraine after coming under fire alongside a pro-russian separatist who was killed in the shelling.pro-russian separatists and the ukrainian government have been waging a war for over four years in the donetsk and luhansk regions. the kremlin denies that regular russian servicemen take part in the conflict.igor uklein, a sound engineer at russia’s vgtrk state-owned media company, was with local rebel commander oleg “mamai” mamiyev near the town of avdiivka when both were hit by shelling, the company reported friday.mamiyev died from injuries while uklein was diagnosed with partial hearing loss, the company said on its vesti.ru news website.a third crew member was also slightly injured, vgtrk war correspondent alexander sladkov was quoted as saying.“the guys are in normal condition,” sladkov said.mamiyev will be buried in his native north ossetia, vgtrk reported.
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don't miss moscow's night in the museum
on saturday evening (may 19) over 200 museums and galleries in moscow will keep their doors open well past the scheduled closing hours. held for the 12th time, moscow’s night in the museum annual citywide festival is expected to be the hit of spring season. here are five not-to-miss events of the night we picked for you.new tretyakov gallery new tretyakov gallery will present a special project “night in the naughts” that is linked to the current exhibition, “art of the 2000s.” some of the other exhibitions will also be open for free that evening, such as “new young artists at the new tretyakov gallery” and “igor shelkovsky. city of roads”, as well as the fabulous permanent collection. on saturday night, the gallery will open its second entrance from the embankment and introduce new public art by street artist pokraslampas, dedicated to the works of vasily vereshchagin, whose blockbuster exhibition is currently on (although closed during the night). the program starts at 6 p.m., and from 8 p.m. there will be a dj set by popular musicians deep fried friends in the courtyard. 10 krymsky val. metro oktyabrskaya. +7 (495) 957 0727. www.tretyakovgallery.ru museum of moscow the museum of moscow will open all of its current exhibitions for free, including self-explanatory “history of moscow for children and adults,” “enter into history” — the works of young moscow street artists — and “tragedy at the corner: an art guide to russia” representing c...
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the end of the annexation (op-ed)
at the opening of the kerch bridge this week, vladimir putin invoked religious terminology to describe the new construction. according to the russian president, the 19-kilometer connection between russia and the crimean peninsula was “a miracle.”russia’s annexation of crimea was given a historical and religious bent right from the start. in a speech in the spring of 2014 to both chambers of parliament after the disputed referendum on crimea joining russia, the president spoke of the peninsula as if it were a holy place for russians.in a way, the bridge is the culmination of russian authoritarianism and the pinnacle of the putin regime. it is a symbol of the historic reunification of the russian people.at its opening on tuesday, putin was presented as the common man: dressed in jeans, he hopped behind the wheel of a kamaz truck to make the very first crossing over the bridge. you could say he was earthly, just as people said about lenin in soviet times. at the same time, however, putin was synonymous with russia and its flag, the epicenter of all patriotic rituals.but the bridge is also a symbol of oligarchic capitalism. it was built by a construction company owned by one of putin’s closest cronies, his childhood judo partner arkady rotenberg. the truck that the president drove was made at an enterprise belonging to the empire of another oligarch crony, sergei chemezov.according to the famous idiom, russia's two eternal problems are fools and roads. with the opening ...
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remember when berezovsky floated prince harry as russia's next tsar?
once upon a time, back when he was a british helicopter pilot, some russians looked to prince harry to make russia great again.as britain’s sixth heir to the throne prepares to wed american actress meghan markle in a fairytale ceremony this weekend, the moscow times reminisces about the time when russian monarchists seriously considered the prince as a figure that could restore russia’s imperial might.prince harry is related to the romanov dynasty, russia’s last imperial family, through a convoluted family tree dating back to the xix century. he is the great great great grandson of queen victoria, whose descendants include both tsar nicholas ii and his wife, tsarina alexandra fyodorovna.in 2012, the late exiled tycoon boris berezovsky campaigned to reinstate a constitutional monarchy led by prince harry in russia. “he has more russian blood than the last russian emperor nicholas ii,” berezovsky wrote in a manifesto for his christian-democratic party on orthodox easter.“having learned russian, adopted orthodoxy and married a russian girl, he could and should become the long-awaited coveted russian tsar and change the entire geopolitical map of the world,” wrote columnist tatyana moskvina in 2010. “to a certain extent, it is england’s duty to russia to give us prince harry,” she wrote in the argumenti nedeli weekly, citing among other reasons london’s failure to save the romanovs from execution by the bolsheviks.alas, it was not to be, and millions around ...
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putin's bad russian conservatism
охранительство: traditionalism, but not in a good wayhaving just written at considerable length about how bland vladimir putin’s speeches have gotten, i did find a passage in his inaugural address that is very interesting. it’s not folksy or bawdy or slangy. but it involves one word i personally loathe — too many meanings to choose from; one word that doesn’t exist in any dictionary but that everyone seems to more or less understand — although each in his or her own way; a bit of ye olde russian, and three phrases that are almost synonyms but aren’t quite.that is: your basic translation nightmare.here it is: нам нужны прорывы во всех сферах жизни. глубоко убежден, что такой рывок способно обеспечить только свободное общество, которое воспринимает все новое и все передовое и отторгает несправедливость, косность, дремучее охранительство и бюрократическую мертвечину.the first part is a snap: we need breakthroughs in every sphere of life.then the second sentence starts out fine: “i am deeply convinced that such a leap forward can be provided only by a free society, a society that accepts everything new and advanced and rejects injustice…”and then in my first draft i finished the sentence like this: “… something or other crooke...
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sanctions-hit deripaska quits russia's en+ board
russian sanctions-hit businessman oleg deripaska has resigned from the board of directors of russia's en+, the company said on friday, in a move that could help alleviate sanctions pressure on the firm.washington imposed sweeping sanctions last month on some of russia's biggest companies and businessmen, including en+, striking at allies of president vladimir putin to punish moscow for alleged meddling in the 2016 u.s. presidential election and other so-called malign activities.en+, which manages deripaska's aluminum and hydropower businesses, said it would propose that philippe mailfait, an independent director at the group, replace deripaska on the board of directors of rusal, russia's largest aluminum producer.the group on friday reported first-quarter net profits of $667 million, with its revenue increasing 17 percent year-on-year to $3.4 billion.it said the long-term effects of the u.s. move and the threat of additional sanctions were difficult to determine.the group's chairman said this month it was working on a plan it hoped would lead the united states to lift the sanctions.deripaska has tried to distance himself from the companies. he agreed last month to lower his stake in en+ group to less than 50 percent after washington said it could lift the sanctions against the company if he relinquished control.but deripaska has yet to cede his stake in the group.the russian government has pledged to assist russian companies that experience financial troubles becaus...
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putin seeks common cause with merkel over trump
russian president vladimir putin said at a meeting with german chancellor angela merkel on friday that he would stand up to any attempts by u.s. president donald trump to block a russian-german gas pipeline project.berlin and moscow have been at loggerheads since russia's annexation of crimea four years ago, but they share a common interest in the nordstream 2 pipeline project, which will allow russia to export more natural gas to northern europe.a u.s. government official this week said washington had concerns about the project, and that companies involved in russian pipeline projects faced a higher risk of being hit with u.s. sanctions.`donald is not just the u.s. president, he's also a good, tough entrepreneur,` putin said at a news conference, alongside merkel, after the two leaders had talks in the russian black sea resort of sochi.`he's promoting the interests of his business, to ensure the sales of liquefied natural gas on the european market,` putin said.`i understand the u.s. president. he's defending the interests of his business, he wants to push his product on the european market. but it depends on us, how we build our relations with our partners, it will depend on our partners in europe.``we believe it (the pipeline) is beneficial for us, we will fight for it.`merkel, who earlier in the day received a bouquet of pink and white roses from putin as she arrived at his residence in sochi, also hinted at tensions between berlin and the trump administration...
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morgan stanley predicts russian recession in case of new u.s. sanctions
u.s. bank morgan stanley has predicted that the russian economy will hit a recession if the u.s. imposes new sanctions against state companies, despite a projected oil price of $90 per barrel by 2020 due to increased demand.goldman sachs and citi bank cut russia’s gdp growth forecast this week from 3.3 percent and 2.3 percent respectively to 2 percent. russia’s economy minister said this week that 2018 gdp forecasts will be revised downward from 2.1 percent over slow growth in january-march, the rbc business portal reported friday.morgan stanley said it expects the russian economy to shrink by 0.5 percent (from 2.3 percent to 1.8 percent) this year if the u.s. blacklists state-owned companies, rbc cited the investment bank as saying in a semi-annual report.washington imposed sweeping sanctions on some of russia's biggest companies and businessmen on april 6, striking at allies of president vladimir putin to punish moscow for its alleged meddling in the 2016 u.s. presidential election and other “malign” activities.this week, trump ordered his secretary of state to draft new measures against russia for violating a soviet-era arms control treaty, which moscow denies.moody's rating agency said last month that russia's strong public and external finances would shield its economy from the impact of the latest u.s. sanctions. but it also warned the sanctions would be credit-negative for some russian debt issuers, especially aluminum maker rusal.reuters contributed reporti...
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moscow mayor promises 100% shift to electric buses by 2021 in bid for re-election
moscow mayor sergei sobyanin has pledged a fleet of all-electric passenger buses by 2021 as he campaigns for re-election in september in what is predicted to be a one-sided vote.sobyanin is widely expected to win another term in office this fall after the leading opposition candidates, dmitry gudkov and ilya yashin, have locked horns over who is a worthier challenger to sobyanin. the moscow region leads the country in vehicle emissions, accounting for one-eighth of all pollutants released by vehicles, an environment ministry report said in 2017. “in 2021, we will stop buying regular buses entirely. we will purchase only electric buses,” sobyanin said in a live call-in show on the tvc television channel.the mayor touted his administration’s success in achieving a threefold decrease in municipal transportation emissions during his term. this week, sobyanin submitted a bill to local lawmakers seeking to expand the number of polling stations and drive up turnout, weeks after extending voting hours until 10 p.m.
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putin favors status quo with new government lineup
russian president vladimir putin endorsed a new government line-up on friday at the start of his new term in office, sticking in most cases with the incumbents but elevating two newcomers with ties to the intelligence services.dmitry medvedev, whom putin had already reappointed as prime minister, proposed the new cabinet at a meeting with putin in the black sea resort of sochi that was broadcast live on russian state television.`almost all the candidates are well-known people with experience and a good track record at their previous places of work,` putin said.`i give my approval,` he said.the big-hitters in putin's team kept their jobs: foreign minister sergei lavrov, defense minister sergei shoigu, and alexander novak, the country's energy minister who helped mastermind a global deal to prop up crude oil prices.maxim oreshkin, appointed economy minister in late 2016, will retain his job, as will trade and industry minister denis manturov, and sports minister pavel kolobkov.medvedev named yevgeny zinichev, who served as deputy director of federal security service (fsb), as the new emergency minister.medvedev put forward the son of fsb chief nikolai patrushev, dmitry, for the job of agriculture minister.there were no places in the cabinet for igor shuvalov and arkady dvorkovich, who were deputy prime ministers in the outgoing government. they had positioned themselves as champions of private business, though with limited practical effect.the currency market reacted neg...
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what's on in moscow
citymay 18 2018 - 16:05by andrei muchnikit's the weekend! find a bale of hay!nikolindayfestjusticemay 18the french duo justice, titans of 2000s house music, is finally in moscow with a proper concert. they performed at the park live festival in 2013, but it was just a dj set. mixing house with disco, funk and even mainstream rock music, justice produced such hits as “we are your friends,” “d.a.n.c.e.,” and “civilization.” expect adrenaline stadium to be packed with fans wanting to dance to these and other tunes on friday night. 80 leningradsky prospekt, bldg. 17. metro sokol. +7 (916) 440 4750. adrenaline-stadium.ruobe dvemay 18obe dve is a critically acclaimed indie-pop band from yekaterinburg. the band is fronted by katya pavlova, who used to take part in several other music projects, but now focuses just on obe dve. obe dve’s music is mostly upbeat and danceable, with quirky lyrics and memorable tunes. obe dve recently released a new ep “malchik” (boy) and recorded a song for the hit comedy “ya khudeyu” (i am losing weight) and their concert at mumy troll bar will include both old and new material.  7 tverskaya ulitsa. metro okhotny ryad. mumiytrollbar.combig craft daymay 18-19at the craft beer festival in the enormous exhibition hall gostiny dvor visitors will be able to sample more than 200 types of beer, with some brews presented for the first time. there will also be several food trucks with the best food that goes well with beer. 4 ulitsa ily...
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russian journalist injured in shelling of separatists in eastern ukraine
a russian journalist has been hospitalized in war-torn eastern ukraine after coming under fire alongside a pro-russian separatist who was killed in the shelling.pro-russian separatists and the ukrainian government have been waging a war for over four years in the donetsk and luhansk regions. the kremlin denies that regular russian servicemen take part in the conflict.igor uklein, a sound engineer at russia’s vgtrk state-owned media company, was with local rebel commander oleg “mamai” mamiyev near the town of avdiivka when both were hit by shelling, the company reported friday.mamiyev died from injuries while uklein was diagnosed with partial hearing loss, the company said on its vesti.ru news website.a third crew member was also slightly injured, vgtrk war correspondent alexander sladkov was quoted as saying.“the fellas are in normal condition,” sladkov said.mamiyev will be buried in his native north ossetia, vgtrk reported.
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