• Russia threatens to break ties with Dutch museums over Holland’s intention to return the Scythian gold to Ukraine

    The Minister of Culture of Russia, Vladimir Medinsky, argues that the continuation of inter-museum relations with Holland is impossible if the court decides not to return the collection of Scythian gold to the Crimean museums, as he stated during an interview with the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

    “This concerns an unprecedented alienation of museum values. It can only be compared with museum thefts of the times of the Italian campaigns of Napoleon or fascist aggression. I believe that the …

  • Former Russian Finance Minister: There is a shortage of money for pension payments in Russia

    In an interview with newspaper Argumenty i Fakty, Former Russian Minister of Finance and Chairman of the Center for Strategic Research (CSR) Alexei Kudrin has spoken about a funding shortage in the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation.

    Kudrin replied to a question of whether Russia retained enough financial resources "for a modest pension for seniors”, Kudrin responded: "I will tell you straight: yes, there is none left." He stressed that in 2016 "the state violated its obligations for the …

  • Kremlin: Putin has influence over the separatist republics in eastern Ukraine

    The Russian President Press Secretary has said that Vladimir Putin has influence on the leaders of the LPR and DPR separatist republics.

    Commenting on Putin's recent talks with militants over the exchange of prisoners, Dmitry Peskov said that the influence is "not unlimited."

    "The president has never concealed that he has the opportunity to handle appeals, the ability to exert a certain influence - not unlimited, but definite," the spokesman said.

    Peskov said that the Kremlin "does not have …

  • US State Department: Russia does not understand law on foreign agents

    Russia is misinterpreting the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), which creates transparency but does not restrict freedom of speech or prevent the spread of information, an official US State Department representative told TASS.

    The State Department spokesperson was commenting on the amendments adopted in Russia which make it possible to recognize overseas media as foreign agents.

    According to the representative, in official Russian statements this bill is connected to the demand to “ …

  • Russia prepares to recognize Radio Liberty project Krym.Realii as a foreign agent

    The Russian Ministry of Justice of Russia has sent a notice to the Radio Liberty project Krym.Realii as well as Radio Liberty’s Tatar-Bashkir service that the two publications may be recognized as foreign agents, reported RIA Novosti, citing a source in the department.

    The projects Idel.Realii and Kavkaz.Realii, Voice of America, and Current Time, a joint project between Radio Liberty and Voice of America, as well as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty were also warned earlier.

    The day prior, the …