• Kremlin will allow Russians to use messenger apps only after registering with their passports

    Russian citizens will be able to use Internet messengers only after passing identification, including providing their passport data, according to the government decree N 1801 which was signed by the Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

    The document, dated October 20, comes into force on March 1, 2022 and is valid for six years.

    It requires that the "organizer of the instant messaging service" when registering a user would conduct identification "by reliably establishing information about …

  • U.S. puts Russians applying for American visas into ‘homeless nationalities’ category

    The U.S. Department of State has categorized Russians who want to apply for a U.S. visa as belonging to "homeless nationalities.". The list of ‘homeless nationalities’, in addition to Russia, includes Cuba, Eritrea, Iran, Libya, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen.

    American officials usually include in “homeless nationalities” citizens from those countries where there is no U.S. consular mission. The document prescribes those wishing to obtain an American visa to apply to the …

  • Russian Defense Minister warns NATO against deploying troops near Russia’s borders

    NATO is pulling forces to Russia's borders amid calls for military deterrence, said Russian +Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said in response to German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.

    "The Defense Minister of Germany should know well wow this has already ended before for Germany and Europe. Security in Europe can only be common, without infringing on Russia's interests. But NATO is not ready for an equal dialogue on this issue today,” Shoygu said.

    In Afghanistan, according to …

  • Putin: visit of U.S. Secretary of Defense to Kyiv will open NATO’s doors for Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is confident that the visit of United States secretary of defense Lloyd Austin to Kyiv is intended to open doors for Ukraine to join NATO.

    According to the Russian president, the formal membership of Ukraine in the Alliance may not take place, but "the military development of Ukraine is already underway." Putin expressed concern that this poses a real threat to Russia.

    "Here comes the defense minister (of the United States), who in fact opens a door for …

  • Ukraine submits application to take part in Nord Stream 2 certification

    The Ukrainian national gas pipelines operator Transmission System Operator of Ukraine (Gas TSO of Ukraine) filed an application for participation in the certification of Nord stream – 2, said the company’s general director Sergiy Makogon, stressing that the Russian gas pipeline threatens Ukraine’s national security.

    The company said in a press release that Nord Stream 2 is not aimed at diversifying gas transportation routes. Moreover, the new pipe threatens the security of the gas supply to …

  • German Government: Belarus is creating migrant crisis in Europe with Russia’s approval

    German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said that Russia was to blame for the migrant crisis in the European Union which was created by Belarus. He noted that this is not only his opinion but of the entire German government, reports Bild.

    Noting that "organized and, at least, supported at the state level activities for the transportation of illegal migrants" are taking place through the territory of Belarus, Seehofer added: "We are all convinced that the key to solving the problem lies in …

  • Russian oligarch Deripaska accuses FBI of stealing two bottles of vodka after search warrants executed in his American mansions

    Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska resorted to foul language on his telegram channel after the FBI raided American houses belonging to the businessman's relatives.

    The "law enforcement actions", according to Deripaska’s representative, were carried out on the basis of search warrants related to sanctions.

    Deripaska said, using an obscene synonym for the verb "steal", that two bottles of vodka were stolen.

    He added that the searches were carried out "in the best traditions of the Bolshevik …

  • Kremlin: Putin and Biden may meet before the end of the year

    The meeting of the presidents of the United States and Russia Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin may take place before the end of this year, said Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov, reports RIA Novosti.

    "During the recent meeting between Ushakov (Putin’s assistant) and Nuland various options were discussed, and certain understandings were reached, "Peskov said, answering a question about the prospects for a meeting between Putin and Biden.

    "After the format and timing are determined, we will …

  • Russian oil companies want to offer electricity produced at their oil fields to mine crypto currency

    Russian oil companies want to offer Chinese crypto currency miners to mine crypto currency at their oil fields

    Russian oil companies have proposed to use Russian equipment in their fields for crypto currency mining. The proposal was sent for consideration to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Statistics and the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, the newspaper Kommersant reports with reference to the letter of the deputy head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Vasily …

  • US Department of Treasury plans to punish Russia’s Gazprom for circumventing sanctions

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury is set to work with the Congress to punish Russia's Gazprom for activities that violate U.S. sanctions, said Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo during a speech in the Senate Banking Committee.

    One of the senators criticized the U.S. Department of the Treasury for not imposing sanctions on the operator of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, Nord Stream 2 AG.

    "We are committed to working with you on this committee to hold Gazprom accountable for …