• 97% of Russian population earns less than minimum wage at McDonald's

    McDonald's Corp. will raise the wages of workers at its U.S. locations, CNBC reported.

    Non-administrative staff at about 660 McDonald's restaurants in the U.S. will receive $11-17 an hour, and supervisors will receive $15-20 per hour.

    About 36,000 people will get the 10% pay raise.

    As a result, even the lowest-paid full-time McDonald's employee will receive $1,760 a month.

    At the current exchange rate, it is about 130,000 rubles, which is more than the monthly income of 97.3% of the Russian …

  • Kremlin: Russia has ‘no plans to absorb Donbas’

    Russia has no plans to absorb anyone, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, RBC reports.

    "Russia has no plans to absorb anyone. It has never done that," he said.

    Bloomberg news agency wrote the European Union fears that Moscow is preparing to annex the Donbas. The agency referred to an internal EU memo saying that organizing elections in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics and issuing passports to local residents "are aimed at actual integration of these …

  • Russia sees itself as a mediator in the Middle East conflict

    Russia sees itself among the mediators in resolving the escalating Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A number of countries, including Russia, are making efforts and using their contacts to encourage the parties to the conflict to act with restraint, said Russian presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, without giving any details. According to him, the sides should recognize that there is no alternative to a diplomatic solution.

    Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the conflict in …

  • Ukrainian court places Putin’s friend Medvedchuk under house arrest

    The Pechersky District Court in Kyiv placed under house arrest Ukrainian politician and leader of the Opposition Platform for Life party Viktor Medvedchuk, reported the news website Graty.

    The prosecution demanded Medvedchuk's arrest. The Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine was ready to release Medvedchuk on a 300-million-hryvnia bail (about $10 million). The politician said that he does not have such money.

    "I will not be able to pay this money, because me and my wife were subjected to …

  • Kremlin: Russia is closely watching prosecution of Medvedchuk in Ukraine

    Russia is not going to interfere in the internal affairs of Ukraine, said the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the charges brought against the head of the political party Opposition Platform for Life, Viktor Medvedchuk.

    "Of course, we are watching this very thoroughly," Peskov said, adding that Moscow would like to make sure that it is not about persecution for political reasons, about "some kind of campaign" associated with the desire to get rid of competitors.

    "This would …

  • Kremlin dissociates itself from Kadyrov's words about ‘disorder’ in Jerusalem

    The statement of the head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov that the Israeli authorities should apologize to the Arab population for the situation in East Jerusalem does not reflect the official position of Russia, said the press secretary of the Russian President, Dmitry Peskov.

    "You know that the foreign policy position of the Russian Federation is formulated by the President," Peskov said.

    According to him, Kadyrov's statement cannot be considered an official position of Moscow.

    "We …

  • Kyiv: Ukraine is ahead of many countries in preparation for NATO membership

    The Ukrainian army is ahead of the armed forces of all the NATO membership contenders in the tasks required to join NATO, said the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Colonel-General Ruslan Khomchak, during the forum “Ukraine 30. Security of the country”.

    "I am proud to say that we, the military, are probably in the first place today in fulfilling the tasks required for Ukraine's accession to NATO," he said.

    In addition, as Khomchak noted, talking with the Commanders-in-Chief …

  • Kyiv: 100,000 Russian troops deployed to Ukrainian borders

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) estimates the number of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine and in occupied Crimea at 100,000 people, said SBU’s head Ivan Bakanov at the forum "Ukraine 30. Security of the country".

    "The number of combat-ready and conventional troops of the Russian Federation, deployed along the border of Ukraine and in the occupied territory of Crimea is about 100,000 people. That's as of right now. Tanks, planes, warships, helicopters, battalion tactical groups, …

  • Russia expels US embassy spokesperson

    Russia expels Rebecca Ross, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. According to the Russian newspaper Kommersant, she was one of ten American diplomats whom the Kremlin declared persona non grata in response to a similar move by the US authorities.

    Ross was included in the list because the U.S. authorities have been preventing Moscow from filling the vacant position of Russian press secretary at the embassy in Washington for six months. Kommersant claims that the U.S. sent back the visa …

  • Putin remains in self-isolation despite being vaccinated

    Russian President Vladimir Putin remains in self-isolation despite being vaccinated against coronavirus in April, reported Proekt Meria, citing sources close to the Kremlin.

    According to the publication, Putin has not changed and does not plan to change the the procedure established since the beginning of the pandemic, requiring that people meeting with him quarantine and meetings take place over video.

    Although Putin, in his own words, passed an antibody test that showed a "positivity ratio …