Category: Society & Culture

Russian pilots jailed in US to be moved to another cell, wife says

Russian pilots jailed in US to be moved to another cell, wife says

ROSTOV-ON-DON, February 21. /TASS/. Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, who is serving a 20-year sentence in the in the Danbury prison in Connecticut, USA, will be moved to another cell, his wife Viktoria told TASS. The media said earlier the Russian Consulate in New York was verifying reports that the Russian pilot was not getting medical treatment. According to Viktoria Yaroshenko, Konstantin “will not request to be transferred [to another prison] just now.” “He said they would move him to another cell,” she noted, adding that incarceration conditions were expected to be better there. Yaroshenko case Yaroshenko was arrested in Liberia in May 2010, and was…

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Putin offers mortgage benefits and tax incentives to support large families in Russia

Putin offers mortgage benefits and tax incentives to support large families in Russia

MOSCOW, February 20. / TASS /. Large families in Russia will receive various tax incentives, said Russian President Vladimir Putin in his State of the Nation Address to the Federal Assembly on Wednesday. The new discount mortgage program for families with children can affect 600,000 families, according to President Putin. “Yes, it will require additional money. In 2019, 7.6 billion rubles ($115.8 mln), in 2020 – 21.7 billion rubles ($330.5 mln), in 2021 – 30.6 billion rubles ($446.1 mln), but based on estimates, the program can cover 600,000 families. Certainly, “We need to find this money, and we know where to get it,” the head…

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US sales of Russian ‘T-34’ film surpass expectations

US sales of Russian ‘T-34’ film surpass expectations

NEW YORK, February 20. /TASS/. US sales of Russian military drama “T-34” surpass expectations, head of the company distributing the film on North American territory Alexander Belyakov told TASS. On Wednesday, the film will be shown in ten US cities, with some showings being sold out and some theaters offering additional showings, he added. “On Wednesday, the film will be shown in 12 cinema theaters in 10 cities – Miami (Florida), New York, Chicago (Illinois), Seattle (Washington), Denver (Colorado), Houston (Texas), Boston (Massachusetts), Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), Los Angeles (California) and Washington DC. In Chicago, we had to quickly organize an additional showing due to high demand,…

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Putin says Russia may be cut off from Internet

Putin says Russia may be cut off from Internet

© Alexei Nikolskly/Russian president’s press service/TASS MOSCOW, February 20. /TASS/. In theory, Russia may be cut off from the Internet, President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with journalists from Russian media outlets. “I cannot speak for our counterparts for I don’t know what’s on their minds but I think it will cause huge damage to them as well,” Putin said. “I believe they will think a hundred times before doing something but in theory, everything is possible so we need to create sectors that won’t depend on anyone,” he pointed out. In other media

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Russia delivers medicines, medical equipment to Venezuela, says source

Russia delivers medicines, medical equipment to Venezuela, says source

CARACAS, February 20. /TASS/. A shipment of Russian medicines and medical equipment has arrived in Venezuela, a source familiar with the delivery process told TASS on Wednesday. “The shipment has arrived and will soon be handed over to the Venezuelans. The time of the handover is being determined,” the source said. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said earlier that 300 tonnes of humanitarian aid from Russia would be delivered to the country. Crisis in Venezuela On January 23, Juan Guaido, Venezuelan opposition leader and parliament speaker, whose appointment to that position had been cancelled by the country’s Supreme Court, declared himself interim president at a rally…

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Human rights ombudsperson to ask for handover of two Russians convicted in Ukraine

Human rights ombudsperson to ask for handover of two Russians convicted in Ukraine

Russian Human Rights Ombudsperson Tatyana Moskalkova © Sergei Bobylev/TASS MOSCOW, February 20. /TASS/. Once the presidential election takes place in Ukraine, Russian Human Rights Ombudsperson Tatyana Moskalkova intends to ask the country’s president to hand two Russian nationals convicted in Ukraine over to Moscow, as she herself told TASS on Wednesday. “After the election, I plan to request the president hand inmates Odintsov and Baranov over to Russia so that they continue to serve their sentences here,” she said. Moskalkova stressed she believed the two had been convicted wrongfully. The human rights ombudsperson added that she considered journalist Kirill Vyshinsky, who is being prosecuted in Ukraine,…

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Two Russian TV film crews refused entry to Moldova

Two Russian TV film crews refused entry to Moldova

CHISINAU/MOSCOW, February 19. /TASS/. Moldova’s border police have denied entry to film crews of Russian NTV and Rossiya-1TV channels on an assignment to interview President Igor Dodon, the press service of the presidential administration said on Tuesday. “The authorities have once again denied entry into the Republic of Moldova to two shooting teams from NTV and Rossiya-1 TV channels that planned to interview President Igor Dodon. We resolutely condemn these actions and deem them as a new provocation against our partner, the Russian Federation, as a clear restriction of journalists’ access to information,” the report said. The press service of the All-Russia State Television and…

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US audiences must have an opportunity to watch Russian war drama “T-34”, says producer

US audiences must have an opportunity to watch Russian war drama “T-34”, says producer

MOSCOW, February 19. /TASS/. The US audiences must have a right to decide for themselves whether to see the Russian military drama “T-34” by Alexey Sidorov and to form their own opinion on the picture currently distributed in the US, the film’s producer Ruben Dishdishyan told TASS on Tuesday. Earlier, TASS informed that the showing of the film was cancelled in the US city of San Francisco due to a radical reaction by a group of individuals who allegedly detected propagandistic content in the film. The showing was set to take place on February 21. “I have a high opinion of the audience,” the producer…

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Russian T-34 film showing cancelled in San Francisco over propaganda claims — distributor

Russian T-34 film showing cancelled in San Francisco over propaganda claims — distributor

NEW YORK, February 19. /TASS corr. Natalya Slavina/. The showing of a military war drama by director Alexey Sidorov “T-34” was cancelled in the US city of San Francisco due to a radical reaction by a group of individuals who allegedly detected propagandistic content in the film, head of the company distributing the film on North American territory Alexander Belyakov told TASS. “The showing, which was set to take place on February 21 at a San Francisco movie theater, was cancelled due to an unhealthy reaction of separate radicals, who detected propaganda in the film,” he noted. “At the same time, the activists state that…

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Top security official warns transport remains highly vulnerable to terrorist attacks

Top security official warns transport remains highly vulnerable to terrorist attacks

Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolay Patrushev © Mikhail Metzel/TASS TYUMEN, February 19. /TASS/. Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolay Patrushev said that transportation facilities’ vulnerability to terrorist threats remains high. “Given the ongoing terror threats and the high level of vulnerability that transportation infrastructure and vehicles face, ensuring the public’s transportation safety is a key priority not only for security and law enforcement agencies, but also for the owners of transport infrastructure and vehicles,” he said in a meeting in Tyumen. Speaking about the problems the Ural Region has confronted on this matter, Patrushev pointed to the failure to comply with the legal…

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LP opens up on emotional connection with Russian audience

LP opens up on emotional connection with Russian audience

MOSCOW, February 19. /TASS/. Laura Pergolizzi, a.k.a. LP, a popular American singer of Italian origin, believes that her Russian audience feels “emotionally connected” to her music. In an interview with TASS ahead of her concerts in Russia, the singer explained the popularity of her songs among Russian listeners as follows: “I hope it is because they feel commented emotionally,” she said. “A couple of Russian friends of mine told me that my music reminds them of old Russian music from back and back a long time ago. I don’t know that’s the truth. But I think that they are connected. It is genuine. I hope…

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Smartphones and social networks not allowed in the Russian Army

Smartphones and social networks not allowed in the Russian Army

The State Duma of Russia has given the third reading to the law that prohibits Russian army servicemen and conscripts from using mobile phones and other portable electronic devices that allow them to connect to global networks and transmit information.408 MPs supported the bill, no one voted against. The measure is deemed necessary because of difficulties in organizing control for informational restrictions. In other words, draftees and military personnel may open public access to undesirable information, such as their location. The right of Russian servicemen to use social networks is going to be limited as well. For example, they will not be able to post…

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Renowned Russian fashion designer highlights Lagerfeld’s role for Chanel fashion house

Renowned Russian fashion designer highlights Lagerfeld’s role for Chanel fashion house

MOSCOW, February 19. /TASS/. The fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld steered the Chanel fashion house out of a crisis, Russia’s renowned fashion designer Vyacheslav Zaitsev has told TASS, paying homage to the iconic couturier, who died on Tuesday. “He was a very talented and remarkable person,” Zaitsev said, crediting Lagerfeld as the person who “steered Chanel out of a crisis”. The Russian couturier said he had met with Lagerfeld when he was in Germany to visit his photography exhibition. “Lagerfeld was not only a remarkable couturier, but also a photographer,” he stressed. The fashion designer was born into a German family in Hamburg. His mother was…

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Lagerfeld left ‘huge imprint’ on fashion history, says top Russian designer

Lagerfeld left ‘huge imprint’ on fashion history, says top Russian designer

Karl Lagerfeld © AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File MOSCOW, February 19. /TASS/. Renowned German designer Karl Lagerfeld left a ‘huge imprint’ on the ‘encyclopedia of fashion,’ and he was a formidable person, Russian designer Valentin Yudashkin said in an interview with TASS on Tuesday. France’s Le Figaro reports that Lagerfeld died Tuesday morning at the age of 85. “This is a person who created sporty elements in the luxury industry. His clothes were in vogue, even up until the latest collections which were touched by French chic,” said Yudashkin. “He had a precise vision of the street, he knew for whom he was creating clothes. A formidable…

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State of emergency over polar bear ‘invasion’ lifted from Russian Arctic settlement

State of emergency over polar bear ‘invasion’ lifted from Russian Arctic settlement

© Lev Fedoseyev/TASS ARKHANGELSK, February 19./TASS/. A state of emergency imposed on Russia’s Novaya Zemlya archipelago after dozens of polar bears had besieged it, was lifted on Tuesday, head of the Novaya Zemlya administration Zhigansha Musin told TASS. On February 9, the Novaya Zemlya Archipelago, located in the Arctic Ocean in the Arkhangelsk Region in Russia’s North, declared a state of emergency after dozens of polar bears had ‘invaded’ local settlements. At least 52 polar bears were spotted near the settlement of Belushya Guba, some of them acting aggressively or breaking into homes and offices. Experts site climate changes, seasonal migration and open dumps as the…

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Famous fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld dies at the age of 85

Famous fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld dies at the age of 85

PARIS, February 19. /TASS/. German haute-couture designer and creative director of French fashion house Chanel Karl Lagerfeld died on Tuesday morning at the age of 85, Le Figaro newspaper reported. Lagerfeld passed away after several weeks of ill health, the newspaper wrote. According to BFM TV channel, the fashion icon had been ill for several months and was urgently sent to hospital on Monday evening. Lagerfeld missed the latest Chanel fashion show a month ago, saying he was “tired.” The fashion designer was born to a German family in Hamburg. His mother was German and his father had Swedish roots. In 1952, he moved to France…

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Lavrov opposes tit-for-tat steps on restricting media amid Facebook’s blocking of RT page

Lavrov opposes tit-for-tat steps on restricting media amid Facebook’s blocking of RT page

MOSCOW, February 19. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov absolutely opposes the idea of slapping tit-for-tat measures on restricting media amid Facebook’s blocking of RT accounts. RT Chief Editor Margarita Simonyan said earlier that Facebook had blocked a page related to one of the TV channel’s projects dubbed In the Now. The project and several of its affiliates have collected more than 2.5bln views. The pages could have been shut down at CNN’s request, which accused RT of concealing its links to the Kremlin. Facebook explained the blocking by the need for RT’s project to disclose data on their parent company. “I think there is…

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Most citizens oppose handover of Kuril Islands to Japan, opinion poll says

Most citizens oppose handover of Kuril Islands to Japan, opinion poll says

YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK, February 19. /TASS/. The majority of citizens of the Kuril Islands (96%) unanimously expressed their position against handing over the territory to Japan, a survey carried out by the All-Russia Public Opinion Research Center showed on Tuesday. The opinion poll was conducted on February 11-17 among residents of the Kuril Islands. A total of 7,695 of Russians above 18 inhabiting the islands or two thirds of the adult population were questioned. The survey was carried out by more than 50 interviewers from the Kuril Islands and other Russian regions. The key question was: “Do you believe Russia should or should not hand over to…

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Mads Mikkelsen plans to return to Moscow as a tourist

Mads Mikkelsen plans to return to Moscow as a tourist

© Artyom Geodakyan/TASS MOSCOW, February 18. /TASS/. Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen who came to Moscow to attend the premiere of his new movie “Arctic” has told TASS that he would want to visit Moscow as a tourist in the future. He said that this is his third visit to Russia. “Russia is the biggest country in the world, so there is so much I want to see,” Mikkelsen said. “I plan to come back and be a tourist one day, and maybe visit St. Petersburg,” he added. The actor said he is familiar with Russian and Soviet cinema. He particularly noted Elem Klimov’s 1985 film “Come…

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Venice carnival kicks off with spectacular water parade

Venice carnival kicks off with spectacular water parade

The Carnival in Venice kicked off on February 16 and will last until March 5. The carnival is thought to have started in 1162, when Venetians spontaneously gathered to celebrate a military victory in Saint Mark’s Square. Now it is now one of the most famous carnival celebrations in the world. See the carnival’s water parade in this photo gallery by TASS. In other media

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Russian MP condemns Facebook’s block on RT project as restricting freedom of speech

Russian MP condemns Facebook’s block on RT project as restricting freedom of speech

MOSCOW, February 18. /TASS/. Facebook’s move to block RT’s video project is an example of wrong attitude to the global journalist community, Chairman of the Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) Committee for Information Policy, Information Technologies and Communications Leonid Levin told reporters on Thursday. “The move to block the account of the RT project In the Now looks like an example of Facebook’s incorrect policy not only towards the Russian media but also towards the entire global journalist community. The lack of a clear explanation on the part of the social network makes one think that the step was paid for and is…

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Out of the woods: Six-year-old lost in Moscow suburban forest able to find way out unhurt

Out of the woods: Six-year-old lost in Moscow suburban forest able to find way out unhurt

MOSCOW, February 18. /TASS/. A six-year boy who had spent the whole night in Moscow’s Elk Island National Park eventually turned up alive and unharmed, a law enforcement source informed TASS. “The boy got lost the day before near Elk Island National Park. His parents tried to find the child on their own, but to no avail. At about 6am Moscow time, the boy’s mother came to a police station to file a written note about his disappearance. However, at around 9am the child got out of the forest all by himself and headed to a gasoline filling station in Moscow’s eastern Golyanovo district. The…

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World Charity Forum to take place in Moscow for first time

World Charity Forum to take place in Moscow for first time

MOSCOW, February 18. /TASS/. The opening ceremony of the World Charity Forum will take place in Moscow on Monday for the first time. “The main goal is, basically, unity for the sake of a better world. The second one is to gather the best world practices of charity and philanthropy, to exchange experience, knowledge and technology. This has been the forum’s goal: to gather representatives from this sector in order to establish dialogue, because it is in dialogue that decisions are born. Our motto is “Together we can do so much more”. This is the main aim: to unite for a better world,” founder and…

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Temporary accommodation centers for refugees from Rukban camp to open on February 19

Temporary accommodation centers for refugees from Rukban camp to open on February 19

MOSCOW, February 15. /TASS/. The Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Sides in Syria and the Syrian government will set up temporary accommodation centers for refugees from the Rukban camp, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov told reporters on Friday. “In order to save refugees coming from Rukban camp, the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Sides and the Syrian government will open temporary accommodation centers in the Jleb and Jabal al-Ghurab areas on February 19,” he said, adding that warm accommodation, hot meals, basic necessities and medical assistance would be available there. According to Konashenkov, motor vehicles will be allocated…

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Seven Moscow residents over the age of 100 continue to work

Seven Moscow residents over the age of 100 continue to work

SOCHI, February 15. /TASS/. Seven citizens over the age of 100 continue to work in Moscow, head of the Russian Pension Fund Anton Drozdov said on Friday in an interview with TASS on the sidelines of the Russian Investment Forum. “There are seven working pensioners over the age of 100 in Moscow. These are the people involved in science, journalism that are still in demand,” Drozdov said. “We have some information that there is also a woman over the age of 120, but I would double-check this data,” he added jokingly. The Russian Investment Forum takes place in Sochi on February 14-15. The main topic…

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Russia’s security chief praises Soviet Afghan war veterans’ experience

Russia’s security chief praises Soviet Afghan war veterans’ experience

MOSCOW, February 15. /TASS/. The experience of Soviet Afghan war veterans remains in demand, Secretary of Russia’s Security Council Nikolai Patrushev said on Friday. Russia’s security chief spoke before participants of an official ceremony held in the Kremlin on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Soviet troops’ pullout from Afghanistan. “The invaluable experience gained in fulfilling combat assignments and rendering economic and humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan is in demand today as well,” the security chief said. ‘We honor the memory of those who gave their lives for the benefit of the Motherland, displaying courage, endurance and heroism,” he stressed. “They…

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