• Kremlin considers helping companies that have been hit by US sanctions

    The Press Secretary of the Russian President, Dmitry Peskov commented on the proposal of the Head of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Alexander Shokhin to temporarily nationalize Rusal, a Russian company that fell under US sanctions.

    Peskov noted that the Cabinet of Ministers, on behalf of Chairman of the Government Dmitry Medvedev, is engaged in providing possible support to companies who are faced with the pressure of the sanctions. He noted that this topic is " …

  • Russian oligarchs hire US lobbyists to protect themselves from sanctions

    Russian billionaires Alexander Skorobogatko and Alexander Ponomarenko have hired professional lobbyists in the US after they were included in the US Department of Treasury’s “Kremlin list” this past January. A corresponding notice from the lobby firm Qorvis MSLGROUP appeared last week in a special US Senate database.

    The services that the company will provide to the Russian businessmen are rather abstract: "business interests [on behalf of Skorobogatko and Ponomarenko] and relations with the …

  • Human rights activists: four suspicious deaths occurred in the Simferopol pre-trial detention center in April

    At least four people died an unnatural death in the Simferopol pre-trial detention center (SIZO-1) controlled by Russian authorities. Two were Crimean Tatars, reported the Crimean Human Rights Group.

    "The Crimean Human Rights Group has information that on April 6, Server Bilyalov, 69 years old, and Oleg Goncharov, 46 years old were allegedly found hanged. On April 12, 23-year-old Dmitry Shipovnik was also found hanged in the punishment cell," human rights activists said. On April 13, in cell …

  • Russia to analyze undetonated US missiles found in Syria to improve own systems

    Russian specialists are studying two cruise missiles which failed to detonate during the missile strike on Syria on April 14,RIA Novosti reported with reference to Viktor Murakhovsky, a member of the expert council of the Military and Industrial Commission.

    According to Murakhovsky, specialists will be able to learn about the latest developments in the missiles, and improve the Russian anti-missile defense and electronic warfare systems accordingly.

    “These findings could be very helpful for …

  • Russia threatens Ukraine with a 'strong response' over the detention of the Nord vessel crew

    Russia demands that Ukrainian border guards allow the crew members of the detained fishing vessel "Nord" to go to the annexed Crimea via Russia.

    A statement released by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: "We demand that the bullying of Russian citizens be stopped and demand that they are given an opportunity, finally, to return freely to their homes, their families. Our patience has limits. We reserve the right to respond strongly.”

    "Coercing people to take Ukrainian nationality …