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  • Kremlin confirms meeting of Putin and Zelensky in Paris

    An Aide to the Russian President Yuri Ushakov  said during the “Moscow.Kremlin.Putin” TV program that Russian and Ukrainian presidents Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky plan to meet during the Normandy Four Summit in Paris, but much will depend on the schedule.

    "It all depends on how the situation will develop," said Ushakov, as quoted by Interfax.

    Ushakov also added that the presidents "can step aside and talk for 30 minutes, or an hour and a half."

    The Press Secretary of the Russian …

  • It’s a miracle: Relatives of Putin’s former bodyguards, appointed as governors, are suddenly rich

    Relatives of Putin’s former bodyguards have suddenly become rich and successful businessmen after the Russian president decided to appoint his bodyguards as governors, according to a study published by the Russian news outlet Proyekt.

    Four members of the Federal Protective Service (FSO) became governors, although only two have retained the position to this day. Their relatives have apparently had better luck, because, as the article points out, they have been making good money by collaborating …

  • Value of property owned by Putin’s wife’s family reaches $20 million

    The value of the property owned by the family of Alina Kabaeva, chairwoman of the board of directors at the National Media Group and a former gymnast, described by the mass media as “Putin’s wife”, has reached 1.25 billion rubles (around $20 million), Open Media reports, citing its own investigation.

    The news outlet discovered that Kabaeva and her relatives are the registered owners of six apartments, two houses and 7000 m2 of land in four regions. In July 2018, the former athlete became the …

  • Kremlin confirms Putin’s plans to visit China in 2020

    Russian President Vladimir Putin does intend to visit China in 2020, Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov confirmed to RIA Novosti, commenting on a statement by China’s Vice Foreign Minister.

    The fact that China is expecting a visit from Putin next year was mentioned previously by Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng in a statement published by the Chinese Foreign Ministry. He noted that the Russian and Chinese leaders have met on several occasions in recent times, the most recent being an …

  • Russian mercenary involved in Syrian soldier execution now inspiring patriotism in children in Bryansk

    Various Russian news outlets have identified three people from the video of a Syrian soldier being executed that was recently published by Novaya Gazeta.

    Novaya itself tentatively identified one of the mercenaries as Stanislav D., a former police officer from Stavropol Krai, who filmed the incident. After the publication of the article, the man’s wife closed her account on the Russian social network VKontakte and changed her surname to her maiden name.

    The second participant in the reprisal …

  • Kremlin is ‘shocked’ by the video of Syrian soldier's execution by Russian mercenaries

    The Press Secretary for the Russian President Dmitry Peskov commented on the video of the Syrian soldier's execution, which was published on the Internet, reports Interfax news agency. Syrian soldier was tortured to death allegedly by the soldiers of the private military company (PMC) Wagner.

    Peskov said that the published video was "truly shocking." Peskov emphasized that he is not sure whether attempts to find out who is seen on the record are justified. According to him, the Russian …

  • Yet another Russian billionaire asks Putin for government assistance

    Following the billionaires Vladimir Potanin (worth $18.1 billion), Oleg Deripaska ($3.6 billion), Leonid Mikhelson ($24 billion) and Alexey Mordashov ($20.5 billion), yet another Forbes’ list member has turned to the Russian government for assistance, reports

    Musa Bazhaev, President of the the Alliance Group, holder of a 40% stake in Russian Platinum and co-owner of the Forte Village Resort in Sardinia, met with President Vladimir Putin on Monday in the Kremlin.

    After reporting to …

  • Rate of theft by Russian officials reaches more than $7 million per day

    The total damage in the corruption cases concluded in the first eight months of 2019 in Russia is approximately 102 billion rubles, around $1.6 billion at current exchange rates.

    These figures were cited on Monday by Dmitry Sevastyanov, deputy head of the division for combating the misuse of budget funds at Russia’s Chief Directorate for Economic Security and Opposing Corruption, Kommersant reports.

    The average rate at which money leaked from the budget on various levels was thus around $200 …

  • Kremlin admits: Billions stolen in construction of Vostochny Cosmodrome

    More than 10% of the funds allocated to the construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome were stolen, said Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov on Monday, November 11. “A total of 11 billion rubles (around $172 million) was stolen, 3.5 billion rubles ($55 million) has been recovered,” Peskov said, noting that, overall, the equivalent of $1.4 billion was allocated to the construction of the spaceport.

    Putin’s press secretary noted that, at first, 128 court cases were initiated, although these were …

  • Kremlin praises Macron for 'thoughtfulness'

    The Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov called French President Emmanuel Macron's approach to assess Russia's development options as "thoughtful," reports RIA Novosti news agency. According to Peskov, the options proposed by Macron "favorably differ" from the superficial Russophobic and apocalyptic scenarios that are often discussed between different "experts."

    Peskov also said that Russian President Vladimir Putin favors Macron's approach and "highly appreciates" their …