Monthly Archives: August 2019

Reuters: Russian opposition activists picket for free elections

Earlier on Saturday some 4,000 people attended a Communist rally in Moscow that had been authorized by the authorities to call for “clear and honest elections” in Moscow, police said. REUTERS Russian opposition activists staged a string of pickets in central Moscow on Saturday to call for free elections and for charges against protesters detained at recent rallies to be

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The right stuff How the Russian authorities forced the country’s top news aggregator to purge unwanted stories

8:21 pm, August 16, 2019Source: Meduza On August 15, 2019, top lawmakers in Russia’s State Duma said they will consider new legislation that would restrict foreign citizens’ right to own major Russian websites. The announcement came after an inaccurate story (about Russia possibly banning the sale of some older cars) reached the top of Yandex’s news aggregator. Several hours after the

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Ukrainian startup wins EU grant for innovative wireless chargers

By Diana Kravets. Published Aug. 17. Updated Aug. 17 at 2:24 pm Meredot displays its MeOutlet no-contact electrical outlet at Ukraine’s iForum IT conference in April 2018. In July 2019, Meredot won a 50,000-euro grant for its MePower wireless charger. (Meredot Facebook)Popular on social media A Ukrainian startup that produces wireless chargers has won a major grant from the European Commission. The company

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Russian Prison Authority Ordered Hospitalization of About 200 Inmates

April 29, 2019    Around 200 prisoners in 2018 were so badly injured during questioning by investigators in Moscow region pre-detention facilities that they required hospitalization, a senior Federal Prison Service (FSIN) official has claimed. Russia’s federal penitentiary system was rocked by a scandal last year after bodycam footage showed guards violently beating prisoners in a notorious prison outside Moscow. The leaks have led

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Russia sees no reason in holding Normandy format meeting without its thorough preparation

On August 19, negotiations with the French president are planned to discuss the Donbas issue The Kremlin is not against holding a Normandy format meeting to resolve the situation in Donbas, but such a meeting requires careful preparation, which will guarantee a political result. This was announced by Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation Yuri Ushakov, reports TASS.

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Exclusive: Russian Doctors Say They Weren’t Warned Patients Were Nuclear Accident Victims

By Evan Gershkovich and Pjotr Sauer Five hospital staff workers, including senior doctors, told The Moscow Times that FSB agents had their colleagues sign non-disclosure agreements. The three injured men arrived at the hospital around 4:30 pm, naked and wrapped in translucent plastic bags. The state of the patients made staff suspect they were dealing with something very serious. But

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Russian ecologist points to illegal dump as likely source of seagulls that forced Moscow plane to land in cornfield

12:37 pm, August 16, 2019· On August 15, two Ural Airlines pilots landed their Airbus A321 liner in a cornfield when both of its engines failed shortly after takeoff. The airplane’s crew indicated that birds fell into both engines during a collision with a flock of seagulls. Following the emergency landing, multiple sources argued that the birds may have been

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