Category: Society & Culture

Putin instructs State Duma to adopt law on quoting of emissions into atmosphere

Putin instructs State Duma to adopt law on quoting of emissions into atmosphere

MOSCOW, February 27. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the government and deputies of the State Duma to adopt a law on quoting emissions to the atmosphere during the spring session. “To ensure adoption of a federal law in the spring session of 2019 providing the use of a quota system for emissions of pollutants into the air in large industrial centers,” according to the list of instructions published on Wednesday on the Kremlin’s official website following Putin’s State of the Nation Address to the Federal Assembly. According to the text of the document, it primarily includes Bratsk, Krasnoyarsk, Lipetsk, Magnitogorsk, Mednogorsk, Nizhny Tagil, Novokuznetsk,…

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Ukraine’s election to change nothing in bilateral relations, 59% of Russians tell pollster

Ukraine’s election to change nothing in bilateral relations, 59% of Russians tell pollster

© EPA-EFE/SERGEY DOLZHENKO MOSCOW, February 27. /TASS/. More than half of Russians (59%) believe that after the forthcoming presidential election in Ukraine bilateral relations will see no change, as follows from an opinion poll by the national public opinion studies center VTsIOM. “More than half of those polled (59%) believe that after the presidential election in Ukraine bilateral relations between the two countries will not change. A tiny 13% of respondents are positive about the situation. They expect that Russian-Ukrainian elections will get better after the election. And eight percent suspect the relations will get still worse. Seventy nine percent of the polled are informed about…

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Suspected US spy Whelan not allowed phone calls, mail in Russian jail — brother

Suspected US spy Whelan not allowed phone calls, mail in Russian jail — brother

NEW YORK, February 27. /TASS/. Paul Whelan, a US citizen detained in Russia on espionage charges, is not allowed to communicate by phone or mail while in Russia’s Lefortovo jail, his brother David Whelan has emailed to TASS. According to David Whelan, no phone calls are permitted for his brother, even though other Lefortovo prisoners have phone access. Besides, “no personal letters are being given to Paul and “no mail is being allowed from Paul,” he said. In addition, a house arrest was also not allowed, despite a space being offered by Paul’s lawyer. “US consular officials are restricted in what and how they can…

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Russia’s Kaspersky Lab employee convicted of high treason to appeal sentence

Russia’s Kaspersky Lab employee convicted of high treason to appeal sentence

Ruslan Stoyanov and Sergei Mikhailov, background, in the courtroom © Alexander Avilov/Agency of city news “Moscow” MOSCOW, February 26. /TASS/. Former employee of Russia’s Kaspersky Lab Ruslan Stoyanov, sentenced to 14 years of imprisonment for high treason, plans to appeal his sentence, Stoyanov’s attorney Inga Lebedeva informed TASS. “We will appeal the sentence. The guys think that they have stepped on some toes during their counter-hacking activity,” she said. It is expected that former head of operational control of the Information Security Center of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) Sergei Mikhailov, sentenced for 22 years behind bars, will also appeal the court’s verdict. The Moscow District…

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Poroshenko regime seeking destruction of canonical Ukrainian church, says Russian clergy

Poroshenko regime seeking destruction of canonical Ukrainian church, says Russian clergy

MOSCOW, February 26. /TASS/. The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church says that Kiev is pushing for the obliteration of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC), while the country’s law enforcement agencies are tasked with expropriating the maximum number of its parishes to the jurisdiction of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), the press service of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Synodal Department for the Church’s Relations with Society and Mass Media reported. “Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada (parliament – TASS) has passed discriminatory laws, which came into force. They are aimed at stripping the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of its name and legalizing the seizure of its churches…

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No foul play in Russian NTV founder Malashenko’s death, preliminary autopsy shows

No foul play in Russian NTV founder Malashenko’s death, preliminary autopsy shows

Igor Malashenko © EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV MADRID, February 26. /TASS/. There are no signs that a crime was committed in the death of Igor Malashenko, one of the founders of Russia’s NTV television channel, the High Court of Justice of Andalusia told TASS on Tuesday. “This morning a preliminary autopsy report was received, which says that the death was as a result of hanging, so according to preliminary data, there are no signs of a crime,” the court said. The final autopsy report will be ready within a month. On Monday, the Russian Embassy in Madrid said that Spain’s Civil Guard confirmed that Malashenko suddenly passed away…

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No signs of crime in Russian NTV founder Malashenko’s death, preliminary autopsy shows

No signs of crime in Russian NTV founder Malashenko’s death, preliminary autopsy shows

Igor Malashenko © EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV MADRID, February 26. /TASS/. There are no signs that a crime was committed in the death of Igor Malashenko, one of the founders of Russia’s NTV television channel, the High Court of Justice of Andalusia told TASS on Tuesday. “This morning a preliminary autopsy report was received, which says that the death was as a result of hanging, so according to preliminary data, there are no signs of a crime,” the court said. The final autopsy report will be ready within a month. On Monday, the Russian Embassy in Madrid said that Spain’s Civil Guard confirmed that Malashenko suddenly passed away…

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Russia to submit statement on inadmissibility of language discrimination to UN HRC

Russia to submit statement on inadmissibility of language discrimination to UN HRC

GENEVA, February 25. /TASS/. Russia will come up with a statement on the inadmissibility of language discrimination at the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin said at the council’s session on Monday. “Language is an integral part of the cultural and social self-identification of each individual,” he noted.” “Discriminatory restrictions on the use of one’s mother tongue are unacceptable.” The diplomat drew attention to the work to preserve linguistic diversity by various UN bodies and specialized agencies, first and foremost UNESCO. “The time has come for the UN Security Council to deliver a resounding no to…

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Russian maestro Gergiev to conduct premiere of Khovanshchina in Milan’s La Scala

Russian maestro Gergiev to conduct premiere of Khovanshchina in Milan’s La Scala

Valery Gergiev © Mikhail Tereshchenko/TASS ST. PETERSBURG, February 25. /TASS/. Acclaimed Russian conductor Valery Gergiev has been invited to Italy to conduct six premiere performances of the Khovanshchina opera at La Scala Theater in Milan, Mariinsky Theater Press Attache Anna Yakovleva told TASS on Monday. “On February 27, Valery Gergiev will conduct the premiere of Modest Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina opera at La Scala Opera House. Performances under the baton of the St. Petersburg maestro will also be held in La Scala on March 3, 6, 13, 24, and 29,” she said, pointing to the active involvement of Mariinsky soloists in that production. The main parts will be…

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Russia’s NTV television channel founder Malashenko dies in Spain

Russia’s NTV television channel founder Malashenko dies in Spain

MOSCOW, February 25. /TASS/. Igor Malashenko, one of the founders of Russia’s NTV television channel, has suddenly passed away in Spain at the age of 64, journalist Timur Valeyev told TASS on Monday. Valeyev worked with Malashenko in the election headquarters of Russian presidential contender Kseniya Sobchak last year. “He has died in Spain where he had been living lately,” the journalist said, without specifying the circumstances surrounding the NTV founder’s death. Kseniya Sobchak also confirmed the death of Malashenko who had run her election campaign. In a talk with TASS, Sobchak said she “received the information from her friends.” As Editor-in-Chief of Echo of…

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Oscars 2019: Highlights from the 91st Academy Award

Oscars 2019: Highlights from the 91st Academy Award

Billy Porter arrives at the 91st Academy Awards, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles © Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP Peter Farrelly and the cast and crew of “Green Book” accept the award for best picture at the 91st Academy Awards © Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP An image of Freddie Mercury appears on screen as Brian May and Adam Lambert of Queen perform at the Oscars on at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles © Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Melissa McCarthy and Brian Tyree Henry present the award for best costume design © Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Rami Malek accepts the award for best performance by an actor in a leading role for “Bohemian Rhapsody” © Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP…

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Bohemian Rhapsody leads Oscars 2019 with four wins

Bohemian Rhapsody leads Oscars 2019 with four wins

© Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP NEW YORK, February 25. /TASS/. Bohemian Rhapsody, directed by Brian Singer, lead the 91st Academy Awards in the number of awards, winning in four categories. Bohemian Rhapsody won for Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing and Best Actor – the latter for Rami Malek’s portrayal of Freddie Mercury. Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, Peter Farrell’s Green Book won three Oscars each, while Green Book secured a win in the Best Picture category, as well as Best Original Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali. Alfonso Cuaron took the best director award for Roma, as well…

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Pamela Anderson asks Putin to help free orcas and beluga whales from ‘captivity’

Pamela Anderson asks Putin to help free orcas and beluga whales from ‘captivity’

© Sergei Fadeichev/TASS VLADIVOSTOK, February 25. /TASS/. Hollywood actress, member of the Advisory Board of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Pamela Anderson wrote an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin with a request to release orcas and beluga whales held in captivity near Nakhodka. The letter was published on the official website of the Pamela Anderson Foundation. According to the letter, “I am writing to you about the 11 orcas and 87 beluga whales currently in captivity near Nakhodka, Russia. I want to thank the Government of the Russian Federation for taking important steps to stop the international sale of these whales.” “According to the letter,…

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Green Book wins best picture at the 91st Academy Awards

Green Book wins best picture at the 91st Academy Awards

© Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP NEW YORK, February 25. /TASS/. Peter Farrell’s Green Book won the Oscar for best picture at the 91st Academy Awards. ABC broadcasted the ceremony live from the Dolby Theater. The movie is based on a real-life road trip through the deep south in the early 1960s. Other nominations in the category included Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favorite, Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, Bryan Singer’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born, Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, Adam Mckay’s Vice, and Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther. Alfonso Cuaron took the best director award for Roma, as well as a victory in the best foreign language film and…

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Oscars 2019 ceremony begins in Los Angeles

Oscars 2019 ceremony begins in Los Angeles

© Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP NEW YORK, February 25. /TASS/. The 91st Academy Awards ceremony began on Sunday in Los Angeles (California). ABC broadcasts live from the Dolby Theater. Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma and Yorgos Lantimos’s The Favorite lead in the number of nominations with 10 categories. Bradley Cooper’s drama A Star is Born and the film Adam Adam Mckay’s Vice are presented in eight categories, and Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther – in seven. The 1st Academy Awards ceremony honored films of 1927 and 1928 and took place on May 16, 1929, at a private dinner held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California. In…

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Russian defense ministry officials lay wreath at Tomb of Unknown Soldier

Russian defense ministry officials lay wreath at Tomb of Unknown Soldier

MOSCOW, February 23. /TASS/. Employees of the Russian Defense Ministry and Chief of Russia’s General Staff Valery Gerasimov have laid a wreath at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier in Moscow in honor of the fallen defenders of the Fatherland, the ministry informed on Saturday. “Today, officials of the Russian Defense Ministry have laid flowers and wreaths to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier near the Kremlin Wall in the Alexander Garden. The leadership of the Russian Armed Forces took part in the ceremony, including members of the Russian Defense Ministry leadership and veterans,” the ministry informed. The participants of the ceremony held a minute of…

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Trump receives Golden Raspberry award for worst actor

Trump receives Golden Raspberry award for worst actor

TASS, February 23. US President Donald Trump has received the Golden Raspberry award for worst actor and worst screen combo. The award ceremony was transmitted on YouTube on Saturday. The US leader received the in-jest Worst Actor Award for his “roles” in the documentaries “Death of a Nation” and “Fahrenheit 11/9”. He also received the award for Worst Screen Combo for the duo with his “self-perpetuating pettiness”, the organizers said. Director Ethan Cohen snatched the Worst Director Award, with his film “Holmes & Watson” taking home the Worst Picture honor. The Golden Raspberry award was established by US publicist John Wilson in 1980 as a…

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Putin lays wreath at Tomb of Unknown Soldier to mark Defender of Fatherland Day

Putin lays wreath at Tomb of Unknown Soldier to mark Defender of Fatherland Day

© Mikhail Metzel/TASS MOSCOW, February 23. /TASS/. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier near the Kremlin wall on Saturday morning. The traditional ceremony is dedicated to Defender of the Fatherland Day, which Russia celebrates on February 23. The ceremony also featured Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, speakers of the Federation Council and the State Duma Valentina Matviyenko and Vyacheslav Volodin, as well as Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. Members of veteran organizations, government officials, politicians and members of parliament also laid flowers at the tomb. The Russian president and other participants of the ceremony honored the memory of all…

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Butina’s passport handed over to US immigration to speed up deportation

Butina’s passport handed over to US immigration to speed up deportation

WASHINGTON, February 22. /TASS/. Russian citizen Maria Butina’s passport has been handed over to the US immigration authorities to speed up the process of her expected deportation from the US to Russia, Butina’s attorney Robert Driscoll said in an interview with TASS. The attorney expects that during the upcoming court hearing in Washington, the judge will appoint the date of Butina’s sentencing. Driscoll hopes that the judge will deliver the verdict in “2 weeks to 6 weeks” after the hearing set for February 26. “Our hope would be that she’ll receive a sentence that will be equivalent to the time already served and that she…

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This week in photos: Putin’s annual address, snow in Vegas and supermoon overlooks London

This week in photos: Putin’s annual address, snow in Vegas and supermoon overlooks London

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin delivers an annual address to the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Moscow, February 20 © Alexei Nikolsky/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS A man takes a picture of a small snowman at the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign along the Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, February 21. Las Vegas is getting a rare taste of real winter weather, with significant snowfall across the metro area in the first event of its kind since record keeping started back in 1937 © AP Photo/John Locher Participants in the Dyulin sled dog race for children held as part of the 2019 Beringia international sled…

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Probe launched into reports that Jehovah’s Witnesses followers were tortured in Siberia

Probe launched into reports that Jehovah’s Witnesses followers were tortured in Siberia

© Alexander Demianchuk/TASS KHANTY-MANSIYSK, February 22. /TASS/. Investigators in the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Region – Yugra have launched a probe into media rumors several detained followers of Jehovah’s Witnesses (recognized extremist in Russia) had been tortured, the press-service of the Investigative Committee’s regional office told TASS on Friday. Earlier, Jehovah’s Witnesses said on their website that after searches on February 15 its followers were brought to the Investigative Committee building, where they allegedly had their hands bound with duct tape, beaten up, stripped naked and tortured with electric shock. Several people were reportedly injured and complained to watchdog officials. “We’ve received no messages from Jehovah’s Witnesses, but…

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Shamans burn five camels in sacrifice ritual to make Russia stronger

Shamans burn five camels in sacrifice ritual to make Russia stronger

The Office of the Public Prosecutor of the city of Angarsk in the Irkutsk region of Russia is looking into reports about the ritual of sacrifice, conducted by shamans on Lake Baikal. During the ritual,  representatives of religious organization Huhe Munhe Tengeri (which translates as “Eternally Blue Sky”) burned five camels and uploaded a video about their ceremony on the Internet.”Among the Buryats, the camel is considered the top animal for sacrifice. We chose to sacrifice five, because this is the best mark that schoolchildren can get for their studies, the top mark for knowledge, for abilities. So if we want to achieve something big,…

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Many Russian women wish they were born as men

Many Russian women wish they were born as men

A research conducted on the eve of the Day of Defender of the Fatherland, which Russia celebrates on February 23, showed that a third of Russian women would like to be born as men.Thus, 28% of female respondents over 18 years old are sure that their life would be much easier if they were born as men. As the women say, the biggest advantage that men have over women is related to physiology and lifestyle in general. Men do not have to give birth to children. In addition, men do not have to start every day with applying makeup and doing their hair before going…

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Putin orders to increase amount of subsidies to support national film industry

Putin orders to increase amount of subsidies to support national film industry

© Sergei Fadeichev/TASS MOSCOW, February 22. / TASS /. Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed to endow the Cinema Foundation with functions to support the production of domestic children’s and animated films, providing for an annual increase of 1 billion rubles in subsidies to support Russian film-makers. The corresponding item is contained in the list of instructions of the head of state following the meeting with the Council for Culture and Arts on December 15, 2018. “Russian Government presentation of the Council of the Federal Fund for social and economic support of national cinematography and the Ministry of Culture of Russia, to endow the Foundation with the…

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Maduro thanks Putin for sending medicines to Venezuela

Maduro thanks Putin for sending medicines to Venezuela

CARACAS, February 22. /TASS/. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday expressed gratitude to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and the Pan American Health Organization for providing the South American country with medicines. “I’m very thankful to the Pan American Health Organization and Russian President Vladimir Putin for their resolve in delivering medicines,” Maduro said in a speech broadcast by Periscope app. Earlier, Russia handed over to Venezuela a cargo with medicines and medical equipment in the framework of the World Health Organization. The ceremony was held at the Caracas International Airport and attended by Russian Ambassador to Venezuela Vladimir Zaemsky and high-ranking officials from the…

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Russia to send humanitarian aid to Venezuela through World Health Organization channels

Russia to send humanitarian aid to Venezuela through World Health Organization channels

MOSCOW, February 21. /TASS/. Moscow will send medicine and medical equipment to Venezuela through the channels of the World Health Organization (WHO), a diplomatic source informed TASS. “The cargo with medicine and medical equipment will be delivered through WHO channels as part of Russia’s contribution to the organization,” the source said. “The ceremony will take place at the Caracas international airport.” “On Thursday, 7.5 tonnes will be delivered, a second delivery is planned, but the timeframe is unclear. First aid kits with medicine, medical equipment and consumable items will be delivered to Venezuela,” he continued. “This would help supply four hospitals with emergency units.”. In…

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