Category Archives: News

Russian Poverty Statistics

On June 29, 2017, the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) presented data of a poll on Russian consumers’ opportunities. VTsIOM is the state-owned and government-run institution that reports to the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. The poll was made on May 25-29, 2017 in 130 towns, cities and settlements of 52 Russian regions and included 1,600… Read More »

Russia Prepares to Fight Itself

On May 24, 2017 Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree stating that by the decision of the President, “military units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, other military formations and organs can be transferred to the operational subordination of the district commander of the National Guard [known also as Rosguards – V. B.] to carry out… Read More »

Fox News’ Julie Roginsky takes on the Russian Embassy

In the program ClapBack, aired by the American Fox News channel on May 18, 2017, the Russian-speaking host Julie Roginsky continued the squabble with the press secretary of the Russian Embassy in the United States, Nicolai (Nick) Lakhonin. Previously, on May 11, during her show Roginsky made several statements in Russian. Then she switched to English and ironically… Read More »

Fine Finally Paid in the Magnitsky Case

Denis Katsyv, the son of the vice-president of the company “Russian Railways” (RZhD) Pyotr Katsyv, will pay $ 5.9 million to the US Treasury in connection with the first case in the West linked to the Magnitsky Case on laundering 5.4 billion rubles (230 million dollars) stolen from Russian citizens. Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who uncovered the massive corruption… Read More »

New Victory of Boris Sokolov in the Court

On May 4, 2017, the Moscow City Court rejected the complaint by Aleksandr Khinstein, Adviser to Army General Viktor Zolotov, Director of the Rosguards (the Russian security army that reports directly to President Vladimir Putin), and a publicist, to the decision of Presnensky Regional Court of Moscow on the case of the memoir by the former KGB Chairman… Read More »

MVD Rezidenturas Abroad

On May 3, 2017, the Russian Internal Affairs Ministry (MVD) announced that the number of its officers assigned abroad will be increased from 41 to 100 representatives. These are not traditional SVR rezidenturas, intelligence officers involved in espionage at Russian embassies, but a type of MVD rezidentura. A draft of the Decree of Russian President Putin detailed the future changes.… Read More »

Vladimir Medinsky’s Dissertation Still Questioned

On April 21, 2017, the Presidium of the Higher Attestation Commission recommended transferring the discussion of the doctorate dissertation by Vladimir Medinsky, Russia’s Minister of Culture, to the Dissertational Council of the Belgorod State National Research University. Previously, Medinsky’s seriously criticized doctoral thesis “Problems of Objectivity in Descriptions of Russian History of the Second Part of the 15th-17th… Read More »

University Protests – Staged and Real

On March 18, 2017, an official rally on the anniversary of the annexation of the Crimea took place in front of the main building of Moscow State University. For this event in Moscow and similar rallies in other cities, students, teachers and university personnel were ordered to come with posters with such slogans like “Putin is the savior of… Read More »