Category: Society & Culture

New equipment within Runet law framework will not lead to traffic slowdown

New equipment within Runet law framework will not lead to traffic slowdown

MOSCOW, April 22. /TASS/. Application of the law on ensuring the stable operation of the Russian Internet segment (Runet) and relevant equipment commissioning will not lead to worsening of Internet quality for Russian users, Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building Andrey Klishas said on Monday at a plenary session of the upper house of the Russian parliament during consideration of the law. “Experts had concerns that installation of relevant equipment will lead to traffic slowdown. This matter was discussed specifically. Furthermore, the equipment was tested. Now significant slowdown of traffic took place,” Klishas said. Senators held meetings with Deputy…

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World’s first lung, liver transplantation in child performed in Russia

World’s first lung, liver transplantation in child performed in Russia

© Valeriy Sharifulin/TASS MOSCOW, April 22. /TASS/. The world’s first successful combined transplantation of the lungs and kidney in a child with cystic fibrosis has been performed at the V.I. Shumakov Medical Research Center in Moscow, the center’s chief, Sergei Gotie, told a news conference on Monday. “I am pleased to present a unique clinical observation, which is the first not only in Russia, but in the world, too – the first successful combined transplantation of three organs performed in a child,” Gotie said. The Shumakov Center’s press-service said the nine-year-old patient, Mikhail, from a village in Sakhalin, was diagnosed with the cystic fibrosis – a…

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Russian human rights activists hope Zelensky will cancel entry ban to Ukraine

Russian human rights activists hope Zelensky will cancel entry ban to Ukraine

MOSCOW, April 22. /TASS/. Member of Russia’s Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights Alexander Brod expects that Vladimir Zelensky, who has won Ukraine’s presidential election, will lift an entry ban on Russian human rights activists and public figures, who visited Crimea. “As a human rights activist, first of all, I want one of Zelensky’s first steps to be the cancellation of lists, which include my fellow human rights activists, members of the Civic Chamber and the Human Rights Council, who have been unable to visit the territory of the neighboring state for five years as they had earlier visited Crimea, the Donetsk and…

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Serebrennikov released from house arrest for good behavior, says court

Serebrennikov released from house arrest for good behavior, says court

MOSCOW, April 22. /TASS/. The Moscow City Court released theater director Kirill Serebrennikov and another two defendants in public funds embezzlement case from house arrest for good behavior, the court said in a statement. “The court of appeal found out that the defendants – Sofia Apfelbaum, Yuri Itin and Kirill Serebrennikov – had neither violated their house arrest nor obstructed the investigation,” the statement reads. In addition, investigators failed to provide solid reasons for extending house arrest. “While extending the house arrest of Sofia Apfelbaum, Yuri Itin and Kirill Serebrennikov, the court did not fully take into consideration the facts of the case, the trial’s…

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Russia ready to help Sri Lanka following series of terror attacks, says MP

Russia ready to help Sri Lanka following series of terror attacks, says MP

© AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena MOSCOW, April 21. /TASS/. Russia is ready to offer all necessary assistance to Sri Lanka following a series of eight blasts on Sunday, if it needs such help, a senior Russian lawmaker said on Sunday. “I am sure that once we have such a request, the Russian side will offer all necessary assistance to expose the criminals and help those injured,” Leonid Slutsky, chairman of the international committee at Russia’s State Duma lower parliament house, wrote on his Telegram account. “Terrorism has no religion, no nationality,” he stressed and extended his condolences of the situation. A series of eight explosions in the…

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Patriarch Kirill congratulates heterodox Christians upon Easter

Patriarch Kirill congratulates heterodox Christians upon Easter

MOSCOW, April 21. /TASS/. Patriarch Kirill, of Moscow and All Russia, has sent a message of congratulations to the heads of churches which celebrate Easter on April 21. His message was published on the official website of the Moscow Patriarchate on Sunday. “I cordially congratulate you upon the great and glorious feast of Easter and address you with the joyful greeting: Christ is Arisen! On this Bright Easter Day I wish you all joy and happiness, strength and God’s help in your ministry and your flock, peace and well-being,” the website of the Russian Orthodox Church quotes Patriarch Kirill as saying. In 2019, the Christian…

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Russian foreign minister sees US role behind autocephaly-for-Ukraine scheme

Russian foreign minister sees US role behind autocephaly-for-Ukraine scheme

VLADIVOSTOK, April 21. /TASS/. The adventurous scheme of creating an autocephalous Orthodox Church in Ukraine was initiated by Washington, which is now trying to force local Orthodox churches into recognizing this new entity, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview to the Zvezda TV channel’s host Olga Belova. He stressed that the “arsenal of US policy towards Russia was complemented with a frontal attack on Orthodoxy lately.” “Bearing in mind that the Russian Orthodox Church holds the leading positions in world Orthodoxy we have enough facts to assert that Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s plot of granting autocephaly to what has been called the Orthodox…

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Russian safety experts have completed inspection at Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada airports

Russian safety experts have completed inspection at Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada airports

CAIRO, April 20. /TASS/. Russian aviation safety experts completed another inspection of airports in the Egyptian resort towns of Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada on Friday, a source in aviation circles familiar with the matter told TASS. A delegation of Russian experts arrived in Cairo late last week for inspections in those two resort areas. “They completed inspections on Friday,” he said, adding that it unclear yet whether additional visits will be necessary. On April 6, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said following the talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov that the country is investing efforts to ensure security at domestic airports, trying to…

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Over 50 Russian children brought back to Russia from Syria and Iraq – ombudswoman

Over 50 Russian children brought back to Russia from Syria and Iraq – ombudswoman

MAGAS, April 20. /TASS/. More than 50 children of Russian nationals have been brought back to Russia from Iraq and Syria since December 2018, Russian children’s rights ombudswoman Anna Kuznetsova said on Saturday. “At the instruction from the president, comprehensive work has been established with all relevant agencies. Under this program, more than 50 children have been brought back to the homeland, in several stages. Now they are going to school. Medics are helping. We are keeping a close eye on their situation,” she said when asked by TASS about efforts to bring back children of Russian nationals from Iraq and Syria. According to Kuznetsova,…

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Filmmaker Polanski asks court to restore his Academy membership — magazine

Filmmaker Polanski asks court to restore his Academy membership — magazine

NEW YORK, April 20. /TASS/. French-Polish film director Roman Polanski has filed a lawsuit to reinstate his membership at the US-based Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Hollywood Reporter said. “Polanski’s attorney Harland Braun on Friday filed a petition for writ of administrative mandamus, asking an L.A. judge to force the Academy to reinstate him as a member in good standing,” it said. The report quotes the petition as saying that “The Academy committed a prejudicial abuse of discretion in that the Academy failed to proceed in a manner required by law, the Academy’s expulsion decision is not supported by the findings, and…

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US prosecutors recommend 18-month jail term for Butina

US prosecutors recommend 18-month jail term for Butina

Maria Butina © EPA-EFE/Press Service of Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation WASHINGTON, April 20. /TASS/. US prosecutors have recommended a judge in Washington to sentence Russian citizen Maria Butina to 18 months in prison, according to documents submitted to the court. “The government’s recommended sentence of 24 months (prior to factoring in cooperation), with a downward departure to 18 months, based on substantial assistance to law enforcement, is well within the range of sentences imposed by courts for similar conduct,” the document reads. Earlier on Friday, the Russian citizen’s defense team requested sentencing her to a prison term that does not exceed the time she…

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US court sentences Russian to 6.5 years in jail on cybercrime charges — lawyer

US court sentences Russian to 6.5 years in jail on cybercrime charges — lawyer

WASHINGTON, April 20. /TASS/. The US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Friday sentenced Russian citizen Yuri Martyshev, extradited from Latvia to US in 2017, to six and half years in prison on charges of cybercrime, his lawyer told TASS. “A verdict has been passed for Russian citizen Yuri Martyshev, who earlier pleaded guilty to two charges – complicity and unauthorized computer access. In total, those charges entail the punishment of up to 15 years in prison,” Alexei Tarasov said. “The judge sentenced him to 78 months behind bars, or 6.5 years. Considering the good behavior reward, which is 54 days every…

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Deripaska sets $600 mln prize fund for journalists to investigate US sanctions against him

Deripaska sets $600 mln prize fund for journalists to investigate US sanctions against him

MOSCOW, April 19. /TASS/. Russian businessman Oleg Deripaska has set up a prize fund worth $600,000 to finance journalistic investigations of real reasons behind the U.S. decision to impose sanctions against him and his companies. The website of the fund is available on the Internet. “A prize fund consisting of $300,000, $200,000 and $100,000 awards has now been made available to support investigative journalists seeking to discover the sources of these allegations and the real reasons for Oleg Deripaska’s inclusion in OFAC’s SDN list as well as for the imposition of sanctions on companies he founded,” according to a statement on the website. On the…

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Putin instructs emergencies minister to expand task force combating Trans-Baikal fires

Putin instructs emergencies minister to expand task force combating Trans-Baikal fires

MOSCOW, April 19. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has listened to the report of Russian Emergencies Minister Yevgeny Zinchev about the measures taken to combat the wildfires in the Trans-Baikal Region. The Russian leader instructed the minister to expand the task force sent to the region to combat the fire and to ensure that all residents of the affected area are evacuated, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “The minister has informed the president that a federal team of the Russian Emergencies Ministry is working at the scene,” Peskov said. “The minister added that at the present moment, the use of aviation is hampered by…

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Stable Runet law follows global information security trend, says expert

Stable Runet law follows global information security trend, says expert

MOSCOW, April 19. /TASS/. The law on ensuring the stable operation of the Russian Internet segment (Runet) follows the world trends of information security, Russian Internet Development Institute Director Sergey Petrov told TASS on Friday. On Friday, the Russian Federation Council (Parliament’s upper house) Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building supported the law on ensuring the stable operation of the Russian Internet segment in case the country is disconnected from the global Internet infrastructure and recommended the upper house of the Parliament to adopt it at a meeting on April 22. “The [stable Runet] law is completely modern and reasonable. Many countries have already…

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This week in photos: Notre Dame inferno, Medvedev’s address and superheroes at elections

This week in photos: Notre Dame inferno, Medvedev’s address and superheroes at elections

Flames and smoke are seen billowing from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, April 15. A fire broke out at Paris’ iconic Notre Dame Cathedral on April 15 at around 7 pm local time and quickly spread across the building, collapsing the spire © Veronique de Viguerie/Getty Images People cry and pray as they look at flames burning the roof of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, April 15 © EPA-EFE/YOAN VALAT Filipino penitents bearing crosses on their backs lie on the street as they perform a ritual on Maundy Thursday in Mabalacat City, Philippines, April 18 © REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez Sunbeams during sunset make a part of the…

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Terrorist emissaries keep trying to recruit North Caucasus youthr — Security Council chief

Terrorist emissaries keep trying to recruit North Caucasus youthr — Security Council chief

© Valeriy Sharifulin/TASS MAKHACHKALA, April 19. /TASS/. Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev has said that international terrorist emissaries continue to recruit North Caucasus youth. “Although they suffered serious setbacks lately, the emissaries of international terrorist organizations have been pushing ahead with attempts to conduct recruitment activity,” Patrushev said at a conference in Makhachkala. “Young people are number one target for the brainwashing attempts. So-called ‘individual jihad’ propaganda is underway. Alongside this the terrorists are looking for new likely routes of relocating to Russia their supporters who had obtained combat experience in Syria and Iraq,” he added. Patrushev briefed the conference on the detention of 452…

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China highlights importance of dialogue with Taliban

China highlights importance of dialogue with Taliban

BEIJING, April 18. /TASS/. Beijing believes it is essential to arrange contacts between major powers and the Taliban (outlawed in Russia) and supports the Moscow consultations on Afghanistan as a venue for negotiations with the group, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Hanhui told reporters on Thursday. “The fact that such a platform for negotiations, for dialogue between major powers and the Taliban was created in Moscow is very important,” he said answering a question from TASS. He noted, however, that it is too early to speak about the results of these talks, because they depend, to a large extent, on the situation on the ground.…

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Ukrainian presidential candidate Zelensky ignored invitation to Yalta forum

Ukrainian presidential candidate Zelensky ignored invitation to Yalta forum

YALTA, April 18. /TASS/. The organizers of the fifth Yalta International Economic Forum had invited Vladimir Zelensky, a Ukrainian presidential candidate, to attend the event, however, they received no response, member of the forum’s organizing committee Andrei Nazarov informed TASS on Thursday. “We have officially invited the Ukrainian delegation, we wanted them to come and have a conversation, but they decided not to risk it. We also invited Zelensky, so that he could participate in the discussion, he wanted to hold debates,” Nazarov said on the sidelines of the forum. “There was no response. Either he ignored it, or decided that his silence speaks for…

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Russia’s FSB chief urges to establish global Internet laws

Russia’s FSB chief urges to establish global Internet laws

MOSCOW, April 18. /TASS/. Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) chief Alexander Bortnikov has called to establish international rules of conduct on the Internet, namely, to make encrypted messages on various messenger applications available to special services, he said during the Conference on Countering International Terrorism, held under the aegis of the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly in St. Petersburg. “Today, the placement of terrorist sources on foreign servers basically guarantees their invulnerability. Propaganda, recruitment, financing, communication, management – these are just some of the possibilities that the terrorists would lose, if the international community manages to come to a consensus on this issue and to act in…

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Former French envoy to Russia will coordinate international projects to rebuild Notre-Dame

Former French envoy to Russia will coordinate international projects to rebuild Notre-Dame

PARIS, April 18. /TASS/. Former French Ambassador to Russia Stanislas de Laboulaye will coordinate international projects to rebuild Paris’ Notre-Dame Cathedral, Agence France-Presse reported on Thursday, citing diplomatic sources. According to the news agency, de Laboulaye, who served as French ambassador to Moscow in 2006-2008, will ensure communication between the French government and leading international organizations, and engage foreign experts. He will work in close contact with French presidential envoy for renovation matters Jean-Louis Georgelin and Culture Minister Franck Riester. A fire broke out at the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral on the evening of April 15. Due to fierce blaze, the building’s spire and most…

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Russian business ready to help in restoration of Notre-Dame Cathedral, says Putin

Russian business ready to help in restoration of Notre-Dame Cathedral, says Putin

MOSCOW, April 18. / TASS /. Russian companies are ready to take part in the restoration of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, said Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday at the meeting with French business representatives. “I know that the French business community is ready to help in restoring [the cathedral], I also know that the Russian companies that work together with you, who work in France, together with the French partners are also ready to join in,” said he. President Putin also added that he is confident that the plans of the French authorities to restore the Cathedral will be implemented. He also expressed…

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Elderly people make up one quarter of Russia’s population — official

Elderly people make up one quarter of Russia’s population — official

UN, April 18. /TASS/. The share of elderly people in Russia has reached 25% of the entire population, Russian Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova said during a session of a UN General Assembly’s working group on aging. “Forecasts say that by 2050, for the first time in the entire history of humankind, the number of people aged 60 years or older will exceed the number of children, reaching 2 billion people, which is over 20% of the global population,” she said. “Russia is no exception. The number of elderly people in our country has reached 25% of the population and now stands at 37 million…

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Russian pilot Yaroshenko starts receiving medical aid in US prison — wife

Russian pilot Yaroshenko starts receiving medical aid in US prison — wife

ROSTOV-ON-DON, April 17. /TASS/. Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, who is serving a 20-year-long prison sentence in a US prison, has started receiving medical assistance, his wife Viktoria Yaroshenko told TASS on Wednesday. In November 2018, Yaroshenko requested the prison authorities provide him with medical assistance for his toothache, which was also the cause of digestion problems as he was not able to eat normally. Earlier this year, Yaroshenko wrote a letter to Russian Ambassador in US Anatoly Antonov, asking to facilitate his transfer to another prison, because he was not receiving proper medical assistance in the Danbury prison in Connecticut. Antonov responded by saying that…

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Finland denies asylum to many Jehovah’s Witnesses from Russia — paper

Finland denies asylum to many Jehovah’s Witnesses from Russia — paper

The Jehovah’s Witnesses Administrative Center in Russia © Alexander Demyanchuk/TASS HELSINKI, April 17. /TASS/. Finland’s migration service has turned down the vast majority of asylum requests filed by Russian members of Jehovah’s Witnesses (outlawed in Russia), because it sees no real threat for the group’s members in their home country, the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper reported on Wednesday. According to the paper’s sources, in 2017-2019 the Finnish authorities have received about 250 asylum requests from members of the religious organization, which Russia outlawed in 2017. To date, 90 of those requests have already been considered and only 10% received a positive response. The requests were rejected, because…

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