Petrescu stays in Krasnodar till 2015

Russian Premier League side Kuban Krasnodar have extended their contract with Romanian head coach Dan Petrescu until June 2015. The signing ceremony took place on Tuesday in the headquarters of the Krasnodar Region’s administration. “Since the start of the season Kuban has shown self-sacrificing and passionate performance, and fully deserved to be in the top-eight […]

Moscow court awards ex-spy Anna Chapman $3k

A court partially satisfied a lawsuit filed by Russian sleeper agent Anna Chapman to prohibit Life News from using and distributing a video depicting Chapman and recovered 100,000 rubles ($3,190), Life News spokesperson Natalya Yanchuk told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI) on Thursday. According to Chapman’s representative, the video shot at the Baltschug Kempinski […]

Arshavin to return to Russia after Arsenal

Arsenal playmaker Andrey Arshavin says despite his liking for several European leagues, he only wants to play in Russia if he leaves the English Premier League. ­Arshavin was having a QA session with fans on his official website, and one of them wrote that he’d like to see the 30-year-old in the colors of Italian […]

Lukashenko says ‘Hush!’ to flash-mobs

Belarusian leader Aleksandr Lukashenko has ratified a new law targeting public gatherings, including flash-mobs organized through the Internet. The latest move is viewed by many as a hardening of the regime’s stance on freedom of assembly. Under the new legislation, a protest or political rally can be held only with thepermission of the local authorities. […]

FBI Releases Videotape Showing Russian Spy Ring

FBI Releases Videotape Showing Russian Spy Ring The Associated Press Published: November 2, 2011 (Issue # 1681) IVAN BURNYASHEV / AP Former real estate agent Anna Chapman attending Volvo Fashion Week in Moscow on Sunday. WASHINGTON — FBI surveillance tapes, photos and documents released Monday show members of a ring of Russian sleeper spies secretly […]

‘Eternal’ summer deprives Russians of extra sleep

For the first time in years, Russians will not be setting their clocks back on the last Sunday of October. Russia is sticking with summer time after President Dmitry Medvedev scrapped daylight-saving time in June. Following massive studies, the authorities decided that switching clocks twice a year is harmful to people’s health and triggers stress. […]

Recession only worsened since officially ending

A new report reveals that not only have the after effects of the recession been more severe than thought, but offers perhaps the best revelation yet that the crisis has only continued even after we were told it was over. Although the United States government has placed June 2009 as the official end of the […]

Four Scenarios For Putin 2.0

So we know the who. But we still don’t know the what. Vladimir Putin will return to the Kremlin for at least one, and most likely two, six-year terms starting in 2012. Dmitry Medvedev, it appears, is destined to become an interesting historical footnote — a curiosity who occupied the Kremlin in the short interlude […]

Russian activist’s case in Moldova deliberately stalled

The investigation into the case of a Russian activist, detained in Moldova on charges of instigating riots, is being deliberately stalled, Russia’s ambassador to Chisinau said. Eduard Bagirov was detained on June 16 on suspicion of organizing mass riots in Moldova in spring 2009. A court ruled that Bagirov must remain in custody pending trial. […]

Budget Airline Avianova Files for Bankruptcy

Budget Airline Avianova Files for Bankruptcy By Roland Oliphant The St. Petersburg Times Published: October 5, 2011 (Issue # 1677) PAVEL ADZHIGILDAEV Popular with students and budget travelers, Avianova carried 866,000 passengers between January and August of this year. MOSCOW — Budget airline Avianova, which has been embroiled in a bitter shareholder dispute between its U.S. […]

Russia considers measures to improve regional air safety

The government is examining ways to boost air safety in the regions, Russia’s deputy transport minister said on Tuesday. Four plane crashes since June mean Russia has the highest number of air-related fatalities in the world for 2011. Ageing aircraft and poor maintenance, as well as a lack of properly-trained crews have been blamed for […]

Fatal cocktail

Pilot error and bad weather conditions are being blamed as the main causes of June’s air crash in north-western Russia. The investigation report revealed one of the crew members was slightly intoxicated. ­The Interstate Aviation Committee concluded that the crew failed to go around and attempt a second landing. They had descended below a minimum […]

Russia plane crash navigator was ‘lightly intoxicated’

The navigator of a Russian airliner that crashed in June killing 47 people was “in a light level of alcoholic intoxication”, an official report said on Monday. A Tu-134 jet belonging to the airline RusAir hit a road a mile short of the runway at Petrozavodsk airport in north-west Russia on 20 June. Five people […]

Official: Navigator In Petrozavodsk Plane Crash Was Drunk

A spokesman for Russia’s top investigative body says the navigator of a passenger plane that crashed into a highway in June, killing 47 people, was drunk. The Tu-134 crashed just minutes before it was to land at the airport in Petrozavodsk, in the northwest of the country, on June 20. Five people survived with serious […]

Russia to press for release of activist held in Moldova

Moscow will continue to press for the release of Eduard Bagirov, a Russian activist, blogger and writer detained in Moldova in June on charges of instigating riots, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Thursday. “The Russian side is seriously concerned by the Moldovan judicial authorities’ decision to extend Bagirov’s custody for another 30 days,” Russian […]

Prokhorov backers say Right Cause congress overtaken

Representatives of tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov, head of the Right Cause party, said on Wednesday that outsiders had been registered for the party congress to vote to expel the party leader. Congress participants, however, said this information was unsubstantiated and expressed surprise that Prokhorov, who has been leading the party since June, had not turned up […]

Prokhorov says not quitting as Right Cause leader

Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov said on Wednesday he would not quit as the leader of the Right Cause party despite speculation. Prokhorov’s spokesman accused other party members earlier in the day of registering irrelevant people for mandates to vote against Prokhorov’s leadership on Thursday. Congress participants dismissed the allegations. In an interview with the Ekho […]