• Russia will lose the right to host the Biathlon World Championships in 2021

    The International Biathlon Union (IBU) urged the Russian Biathlon Union (RBU) to voluntarily forfeit the right to host the Biathlon World Championships in 2021 in Tyumen before February 24th. Otherwise, the IBU will unilaterally deprive the Russian Federation of this right. The decision was made at an Extraordinary Congress of the International Biathlon Union on Wednesday, February 8th, in Fieberbrunn, Austria. Also, a new venue for the World Championships 2021 will be determined in September 20 …

  • US refused to lift Crimea-related sanctions against Russia

    The US does not intend to lift the sanctions against Russia with respect to the Crimea, White House representative Sean Spicer stated on Wednesday the 8th of February. “There are two sets of sanctions that we are dealing with. One is the ones with respect to Crimea. And I think that US Ambassador Haley has addressed that very forcefully at the UN, that until Russia leaves Crimea, those sanctions are a non-starter,” Spicer stated in response to journalists’ questions during a traditional press …

  • Turchynov: Russia is preparing to escalate hostilities in the Donbas

    Russia has stepped up the movement of troops and arms into the Donbas, which indicates its readiness to further escalate hostilities, as stated by the Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov.

    According to him, military equipment, weapons, ammunition, outfits, fuel, and lubricants are being delivered "in an organized and systematic way, almost daily," both by road and by rail.

    Over the last three days, tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, MT-LBs, …

  • Russian newspaper has estimated the cost of the aircraft carrier campaign in Syria to be $170 million

    The trip of the Admiral Kuznetsov Russian aircraft carrier and a group of ships led by her to join the Russian Air Force in Syria cost Russia at least 7.5 billion rubles, as was reported by RBC.

    "The use in the military operation in Syria of a naval group led by the heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser Admiral Flota Sovetskovo Soyuza Kuznetsov cost Russia between 7.5 billion ($126.7 million) and 10 billion rubles ($168.9 million),” the message says.

    The estimated expenditures of the …

  • Putin signs law decriminalizing domestic violence in Russia

    On Tuesday, 7 February, the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, signed a law that decriminalizes domestic violence. The Federal law "on amendments to Article 116 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation" excludes criminal responsibility for "beatings or other violent acts causing physical pain, but without causing damage to health against family members," the website of the Administration of the Russian President says. Beatings of persons (spouses, parents, children, …