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Moscow, capital of oil-rich Russia, targets electric car growth
22 July 2021 - Moscow, capital of one of the world's biggest hydrocarbon exporters, plans to boost the use of electric cars by rolling out a raft of charging infrastructure in the coming years, the city's top transport official told Reuters. The use of electric cars in oil and gas giant Russia lags far behind other European capitals. But Moscow plans to install 200 electric charging stations annually starting this year, said Maxim Liksutov, head of the city's transport department. (more)

Saved by alert waste-sorting plant worker, Russian cat lands on its feet in minister's chair
24 December 2020 - When a worker at a Russian waste-sorting plant rescued a cat from imminent death, he had no idea it would end up with an honorary title and napping in a government official's chair. Surveillance footage at the plant in Ulyanovsk, a city located around 700 km (435 miles) southeast of Moscow, on Monday showed worker Mikhail Tukash scooping up a white plastic bag from a conveyor belt and slashing it open to discover a black and white male cat inside. ... The cat's rescue, broadcast on television and on social media, has made him a local celebrity. He has been adopted by the Ulyanovsk region's environment ministry and unofficially given the position of deputy environment minister. (more)

Russian government recommends banning Wi-Fi and cell phones in primary schools
20 July 2020 - On July 17, 2020, the Russian Ministry of Health published recommendations to schools to ban the use of Wi-Fi and cell phones in elementary schools. The Medical Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, prepared the recommendations together with the Russian Ministry of Health. Numerous studies show profound adverse effects from Wi-Fi. (more)

Food retailer feeds off Russia's appetite for healthy eating
2 April 2020 - In just over 10 years, upstart Russian organic food retailer VkusVill has gone from selling dairy products in a dingy market on Moscow's outskirts to aiming for omnipresence. The chain's main innovation has been its wide assortment of inexpensive organic food. VkusVill works with more than 800 suppliers -- owner Andrei Krivenko describes his company as a 'platform for local producers' -- to stock own-brand food without additives. (more)

Russian alcohol consumption down, life expectancy up, WHO report says
1 October 2019 - Russian alcohol consumption decreased by 43 per cent from 2003 to 2016, a World Health Organization (WHO) report says. It attributed the decline to a series of alcohol-control measures implemented by the state, and a push towards healthy lifestyles. The WHO said the drop in alcohol consumption was linked to a significant rise in life expectancy. It noted that Russia had previously been considered one of the heaviest-drinking countries in the world. (more)

Russians drinking less, living longer, WHO says
1 October 2019 - Russia remains a nation of heavy drinkers, but alcohol consumption has fallen 43 percent from 2003 to 2016, a key factor in the country's rapid rise in life expectancy, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday [1 October]. (more)

World Cup fans enjoy Tatar culture at Summer festival
23 June 2018 - Football fans from around the globe visiting Kazan for the World Cup got a taste of traditional Tatar culture at the Sabantuy Summer festival on Saturday (23 June). The holiday, which celebrates the planting of the crops, has origins going back more than a thousand years and the festival on the outskirts of Kazan attracts thousands of visitors every year. (more)

Giant snowballs appear on Russian beach in Siberia
5 November 2016 - A strange and beautiful sight greeted locals in the Gulf of Ob, in northwest Siberia, after thousands of natural snowballs formed on the beach. An 11-mile (18km) stretch of coast was covered in the icy spheres. The sculptural shapes range from the size of a tennis ball to almost 1m (3ft) across. They result from a rare environmental process where small pieces of ice form, are rolled by wind and water, and end up as giant snowballs. (more)

25 years on, Russians tell of how they defeated a coup
17 August 2016 - On August 19, 1991, a group of eight senior hard-line Communist leaders, including the KGB chairman, had seized power from Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, declaring that Gorbachev was unable to continue as head of the party due to illness. In fact, Gorbachev was under arrest and the 'Gang of Eight' intended to roll back his reformist policies of glasnost and perestroika, which they believed had set the Soviet Union on a path of disaster. For a few days, the fate of the superpower hung in the balance. As the 25th anniversary of the August Coup draws near this Friday, The Associated Press has talked to participants and witnesses of those critical days when Muscovites turned out to defend the spirit of democracy that Gorbachev had unleashed, and many Soviet officers defied their orders and sided with the people, ensuring that that the plotters failed. (more)

Russian State Duma passes total ban on GMO crops and animals
25 June 2016 - Russia's Agriculture Minister, Alexander Tkachev, stated Friday; 'The Ministry of Agriculture is strongly against GMOs, Russian products will remain clean.' In December 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin told the Russian Parliament that Russia should become the world's largest supplier of organic foods. (more)


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Russia: New websites increase interest in Transcendental Meditation
21 July 2013 - Transcendental Meditation has grown steadily in popularity in Russia since it was first introduced in the country over 20 years ago. In recent years the organization teaching the technique has expanded rapidly in bringing the programme to people throughout the nation. Several new websites have been created this year to make widely available the knowledge and technologies of consciousness developed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to improve the quality of life of individuals and the whole society. (more)

New centre in Fairfield, Iowa, USA supports programmes for peace, harmony, and progress in Russia
13 January 2011 - A new centre to support expansion of the programmes of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Russia has been established in Fairfield, Iowa, USA. The centre will create Russian translations of audio, video, and written materials relating to all of Maharishi's programmes for every area of society, and will also support Russian citizens wishing to join the Invincible America Assembly. (more)

Russia: Coherence-creating power of large groups of Yogic Flyers demonstrated
13 January 2011 - Two recent World Peace Assemblies in Russia demonstrated the power of large groups of practitioners of the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme to create harmony and coherence in collective consciousness. The Assemblies were held simultaneously last fall in two major Russian cities. In the past year, many people have been taking advantage of other courses and advanced programmes of Transcendental Meditation being made available across the country. Fifty Transcendental Meditation Teachers have attended recent Recertification Courses and are contributing to this expansion of programmes for development of consciousness and increased positivity in the nation. (more)

Drought, fires ease in Russia following extended practise of Maharishi's technologies of consciousness
14 August 2010 - Extended practice of Transcendental Meditation and the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme by groups of people in Russia contributed to alleviating the recent extreme heat, drought, and fires in Moscow, said a leader of the Global Country of World Peace: functioning from the level of their own Transcendental Consciousness, their group practice enlivened the field of total Natural Law, bringing the refreshing influence of rain to the whole area. (more)

Russia: Transcendental Meditation sparks unprecedented interest
16 June 2010 - An article in the Russian magazine Passport describes the great surge of interest in the Transcendental Meditation Programme following the 2009 visit of David Lynch to Russia. It also explores projects in business, agriculture, education, and health care that are flourishing in Russia in cooperation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's organizations in the country. (more)

Russia: Goals set to train more Maharishi Ayur-Veda health practitioners; new Transcendental Meditation Centres inaugurated
7 June 2010 - Four new Centres teaching the Transcendental Meditation Programme were recently inaugurated in Russia. Many other new plans and initiatives are being developed with the goal of creating an invincible state of good health, happiness, and prosperity for everyone in the nation through Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's programmes, by 12 January 2012. Plans include training more Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care technicians, as well as inviting Vaidyas (expert Ayurvedic physicians from India) to tour the country. (more)

Passport Magazine reports on Transcendental Meditation in Russia
4 April 2010 - Enthusiasm for the Transcendental Meditation Programme, which has been enjoyed by thousands in Russia over the past 20 years, was re-enlivened by the visit of renowned filmmaker David Lynch. (more)

Transcendental Meditation popularity increases 450 per cent in Russia
23 January 2010 - The programmes of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi expanded rapidly in Russia during the year 2009, and the establishment of a new Maharishi Invincibility Centre in the nation's capital will help accommodate rising numbers of people seeking to learn Transcendental Meditation in the new year. (more)

Visit to Russia by Global Country of World Peace leader inspires expansion of programmes
3 December 2009 - The first-time visit to Russia by the Administrator of Invincible Russia for the Global Country of World Peace gave great impetus to the expansion of programmes of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the nation, and included a celebration of the third-year anniversary of the coherence-creating Invincible Russia Assembly. (more)

Russia: Global Country of World Peace programmes expanding
15 November 2009 - Raja Bjarne Landsfeldt visited Russia, one of the countries in his domain, for the first time in mid-October, visiting a World Peace Assembly of Yogic Flyers, as well as connecting with many members of the Global Country of World Peace in the country. (more)


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Russia's remote permafrost thaws, threatening homes and infrastructure
19 October 2021 - The old airport in the Siberian settlement of Churapcha has been unusable for years, its runway transformed into a swampy field of puffed-up mounds and reliefs. Like cities and towns across northern and northeastern Russia, Churapcha is suffering the consequence of climate change thawing the permafrost on which everything is built. ... Homes are becoming separated from sinking earth. Pipelines and storage facilities are under threat. Roads are increasingly in need of repair. (more)

Vast wildfires in Siberia linked to warming Arctic
8 December 2020 - This year's vast wildfires in far northeastern Russia were linked to broader changes in a warming Arctic, according to a report Tuesday [8 December] by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. ... The recent wildfires were exacerbated by elevated air temperatures and decreased snow cover on the ground in the Arctic region, the report found. (more)

Siberian heat wave is a 'warning cry' from the Arctic, climate scientists say
24 June 2020 - Pine trees are bursting into flames. Boggy peatlands are tinderbox dry. And towns in northern Russia are sweltering under conditions more typical of the tropics. Reports of record-breaking Arctic heat – registered at more than 100 Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) in the Siberian town of Verkhoyansk on June 20 -- are still being verified by the World Meteorological Organization. But even without that confirmation, experts at the global weather agency are worried by satellite images showing that much of the Russian Arctic is in the red. That extreme heat is fanning the unusual extent of wildfires across the remote, boreal forest and tundra that blankets northern Russia. Those blazes have in turn ignited normally waterlogged peatlands. (more)

Vast Arctic oil spill prompts state of emergency
4 June 2020 - Russia's President Vladimir Putin has declared a state of emergency after 20,000 tonnes of diesel oil leaked into a river within the Arctic Circle. The spill happened when a fuel tank at a power plant near the Siberian city of Norilsk collapsed last Friday [29 May]. Ground subsidence beneath the fuel storage tanks is believed to have caused the spill. Arctic permafrost has been melting in exceptionally warm weather for this time of year. (more)

Russian air force planes land in Venezuela carrying troops: reports
24 March 2019 - Two Russian air force planes landed at Venezuela's main airport on Saturday (23 March) carrying a Russian defense official and nearly 100 troops, according to media reports, amid strengthening ties between Caracas and Moscow. ... That comes three months after the two nations held military exercises on Venezuelan soil that President Nicolas Maduro called a sign of strengthening relations, but which Washington criticized as Russian encroachment in the region. (more)

Ukraine leader warns of threat of full-scale confrontation with Russia
28 November 2018 - Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko warned that his country's simmering conflict with Russia could quickly spiral into full-scale confrontation following a maritime clash between the two countries over the weekend. The incident between the Kiev and Moscow ended with three Ukrainian ships in Russian custody. Ukraine and Russia have offered conflicting accounts of what happened, each accusing the other of violating the laws of the sea. Poroshenko says Sunday's (25 November) events were 'extraordinary,' accusing Russia of attacking his country's ships. (more)

Russia's Gulag museum: Prisoner data secretly destroyed
8 June 2018 - A museum studying Soviet prison camps said Friday (8 June) it has discovered a secret Russian order in 2014 instructing officials to destroy data on prisoners -- a move it said 'could have catastrophic consequences for studying the history of the camps.' Up to 17 million people were sent to the Gulag, the notorious Soviet prison camp system, in the 1930s and 1940s, and at least 5 million of them were convicted on false testimony. The prison population in the sprawling labor camps peaked at 2 million people. (more)

Thawing tundra in Siberia results in outbreaks of deadly anthrax and violent explosions
20 July 2017 - A recent heatwave in Siberia's frozen wastes has resulted in outbreaks of deadly anthrax and a series of violent explosions. Strange things have been happening in the frozen tundra of northern Siberia. Last August a boy died of anthrax in the remote Yamal Peninsula, and 20 other infected people were treated and survived. Anthrax hadn't been seen in the region for 75 years, and it's thought the recent outbreak followed an intense heatwave in Siberia, temperatures reaching over 30C that melted the frozen permafrost. Long dormant spores of the highly infectious anthrax bacteria frozen in the carcass of an infected reindeer rejuvenated themselves and infected herds of reindeer and eventually local people. More recently, a huge explosion was heard in June in the Yamal Peninsula. Reindeer herders camped nearby saw flames shooting up with pillars of smoke and found a large crater left in the ground. Melting permafrost was again suspected . . . Over the past three years, 14 other giant craters have been found in the region . . . (more)

Exclusive: Big data breaches found at major email services - expert
4 May 2016 - Hundreds of millions of hacked user names and passwords for email accounts and other websites are being traded in Russia's criminal underworld, a security expert told Reuters. It is one of the biggest stashes of stolen credentials to be uncovered since cyber attacks hit major U.S. banks and retailers two years ago. The latest discovery came after Hold Security researchers found a young Russian hacker bragging in an online forum that he had collected and was ready to give away a far larger number of stolen credentials that ended up totalling 1.17 billion records. Such large-scale data breaches can be used to engineer further break-ins or phishing attacks by reaching the universe of contacts tied to each compromised account, multiplying the risks of financial theft or reputational damage across the web. (more)

Russia's Mayak nuclear site has produced litany of disasters
29 April 2016 - The remote Mayak nuclear facility is Russia's oldest and biggest center for manufacturing radioactive isotopes and reprocessing spent nuclear fuel from several nations. Here are some key moments in its history: (more)

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