Contents tagged with Moscow

  • Belarus limits export of petroleum products from Russia

    Belarus will temporarily limit deliveries of petroleum products for export due to the quality of Russian oil, said Deputy Chairman of the Belneftekhim concern Vladimir Sizov after an operational meeting of personnel monitoring the supply of oil, BelTA reported.

    It was explained that the need to limit exports comes from “the active risk of processing raw materials with degraded quality” and carrying out the planting season in Belarus. Sizov noted that deliveries will resume after the “the …

  • 'Putin’s chef' Prigozhin liquidates school catering company after food poisoning scandal

    LLC SP Concord, owned by the Russian businessman Yevgeny “Putin’s Chef” Prigozhin, went into liquidation on 10 April, The Bell reports, citing data from the Russian registry of legal entities. The company is responsible for supplying food to a large number of schools in the Moscow region.

    Equal portions of SP Concord are owned by two of Prigozhin’s well known companies, Concord M and Concord Management and Consulting. Prigozhin himself owns 100% of both legal entities directly or through other …

  • Russia declares trade war on Belarus

    Tensions between Russia and Belarus are heating up in the wake of a tax maneuver by Moscow that deprived Minsk of millions in oil resale profits. The situation has been further aggravated by  Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s refusal to allow Russia to deploy a military airbase in the country, refusal to transition to the Russian ruble, and apparent refusal to let his country become part of Russia, which would have enabled Vladimir Putin to remain in power after 2024.

    In response to …

  • Russia’s Interior Minister promises to expand cooperation with North Korea

    The Russian Minister of Internal Affairs,Lieutenant-General Vladimir Kolokoltsev, during his meeting with the President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea, Kim Yong-nam, in Pyongyang, announced Russia's intention to expand cooperation with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), reported  the spokesperson of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs , Irina Volk, on Tuesday.

    “The head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia stressed that Russia …

  • Ukrainian POWs made to undergo psychiatric examinations in Russia

    Second rank Captain Denys Hrytsenko, one of the Ukrainian sailors captured by Russia off the coast of Crimea, said that he and his fellow prisoners of war Mykhailo Vlasyuk, Andriy Drach and Vyacheslav Zynchenko were taken to the Serbsky Center in Moscow to undergo psychiatric examinations.

    Hrytsenko’s account reaches us through his Russian attorney, Nikolai Polozov.

    “During the examination, Denys Hrytsenko responded to the experts’ questions in accordance with Article 17 of the Third Geneva …

  • Ukrainian Security Service officer defects to Russia

    A self-professed “renegade from the Security Service of Ukraine” (SBU) named Vasyl Prozorov has shown up in Moscow, speaking at a press conference organized by the government news agency Rossiya Segodnya on Monday 25 March, the date on which Ukraine honors its security service.

    “My name is Prozorov Vasyl Nikolayevich. Between 1999 and 2018 I was an employee of the SBU. As of May 2014, I worked in the Central Apparatus, specifically in the headquarters of the SBU’s Anti-Terrorist Center. As of …

  • US Ambassador to Russia intends to boycott St. Petersburg Economic Forum due to Michael Calvey's arrest

    It is unlikely that US Ambassador to Moscow Jon Huntsman will attend the St. Petersburg Economic Forum while Michael Calvey, the head of the Baring Vostok investment fund, is under arrest in Russia, Andrea Callan, said the representative of the American diplomatic mission, as quoted by RBC.

    “Ambassador Huntsman told business circles that it would be hard for him to attend the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum due to the arrest of Michael Calvey, an American investor charged in a …

  • Kremlin loses $3 billion in 3 days to gold price drop

    The biggest drop in the international gold price in more than a year has had a drastic effect on the value of the Bank of Russia’s reserves.

    In just over three trading days, the price per troy ounce slipped by 3.4% from $1,330 to $1,285, and had fallen by 2.6% at the end of last week, the worst result since May 2017, finanz.ru reports.

    The price reached an intraday low of $1283.3 on Monday, the lowest price since 25 January.

    For the Bank of Russia, which is buying all the gold that is being …

  • Russia sets conditions for the continuation of gas transit through Ukraine

    Russia has linked the continuation of gas transit through Ukraine to EU countries with Kyiv implementing a number of conditions. Among other things, the signing of a new agreement depends on the stability of the political situation, said Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in an interview with Luxemburger Wort newspaper, published on Tuesday, March 5th, on the official page of the Russian government.

    According to Medvedev, it is also necessary to regulate relations between companies interested in …

  • German Defense Minister: Chinese missiles threaten Russia

    The German Minister of Defense, Ursula von der Leyen stated that Chinese missiles represent a threat to Russia, so Moscow should be interested in involving China in a new disarmament treaty, Focus reports.

    The head of the German Defense Ministry said that Chinese medium-range missiles could easily reach Russian territory.

    “Just as Russian missiles pose a threat to Europe, Chinese missiles pose a threat to Russia,” she emphasized.

    According to von der Leyen, the only way to maintain security …