Russian press

Vkontakte Announces Privacy Reforms After Spate of Extremism Prosecutions

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Russia’s Vkontakte social media network has announced new privacy measures in the wake of criminal cases targeting its users for comments, images and memes posted on the popular platform. Russia’s Supreme Court estimated in 2017 that convictions under extremism charges have more than tripled since 2012. Activists have accused Vkontakte of cooperating with the authorities Read More

Tolstoy’s Great-Granddaughter Discovers Her Family History

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Provided by Tolstoy Museum The annual meeting of descendants of Lev Tolstoy recently took place at the writer’s familial estate, Yasnaya Polyana. More than 100 people came from all over the world to participate in this traditional gathering of one of the world’s most illustrious literary families. The descendants meet every summer to ride horses, Read More

UN Tells Russia to Rein in Torture, Report on Efforts

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Russia must halt frequent torture of detainees and prosecute perpetrators, including prison guards caught on video beating an inmate that led to a public outcry, United Nations human rights investigators said on Friday. The UN Committee Against Torture, in a rare move, told Russian authorities to report back in a year on the emblematic case Read More

Hundreds of Fake Rubik’s Cubes Seized at Russian Border

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Customs officers in Siberia have stopped 1,500 counterfeit Rubik’s Cubes at the the Russian border. Russian border authorities said that the “three-dimensional puzzles in the form of a cube” are trademarked under the World Intellectual Property Organization. Patents over Rubik’s cubes have been at the center of several large-scale legal battles since the toy was Read More

License Restored for European University in St. Petersburg

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A state education watchdog has restored the license of one of Russia’s leading private universities two years after revoking it over building code violations. Founded in 1994, the European University in St. Petersburg offered courses to Russian and international students in the social sciences and humanities. The state education watchdog Rosobrnadzor stripped the school of Read More

Fire Destroys Historic Wooden Church Built in 1774

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A historic,wooden 18th century church has been burned to the ground in northwestern Russia. The Dormition Church of Kondopoga was built in Russia’s republic of Karelia in 1774 and was given protective status in 1960. A photo posted on the local community board on Russia’s Vkontakte social network showed the church’s steeple engulfed in flames. Read More

Moscow’s Best Open-Air Pools

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This is the perfect weekend for serious pool time Chaika is right in the city center. Hannah McCarthy / MT Chaika Sports Complex The pool at the Chaika Sports Complex was the first outdoor pool built in Moscow, and the 1950s-era leisure space is centrally located on the river bank just opposite Muzeon.  There are Read More

Classic Italian Film Fest Opens in Moscow

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Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti, Franco Zeffirelli… Whether you’ve been watching their movies your whole life or have only heard their names before and want to know what all the fuss is about, don’t miss out on this fall’s Festival of Italian Cinema at the AZ Museum in Moscow. Here is your chance to watch some Read More

Medvedev: More U.S. Sanctions are Economic War

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Russia would consider any U.S. move to curb the operations of Russian banks or their foreign currency dealings a declaration of economic war, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday. The United States announced a new round of sanctions on Wednesday targeting Russia that pushed the rouble to two-year lows and sparked a wider sell-off Read More