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Tourism body urges Goa government to allow chartered flights from 'safe' places(Photo by Sarang Pande on Unsplash)

Tourism body urges Goa government to allow chartered flights from 'safe' places

PTI
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2021 07:46 PM IST
While suspension of international commercial passenger flight services have been extended till March 31, tourism body in Goa suggests government to form travel bubbles with Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, other CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries, the UK, Poland and Finland
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Russian President Vladimir Putin(AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin(AP)

Moscow accuses US of 'anti-Russian lunge' after imposition of new sanctions

Reuters, Moscow
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 12:33 PM IST
The United States on Tuesday, in President Joe Biden's most direct challenge yet to the Kremlin, imposed sanctions to punish Russia for what it described as Moscow's attempt to poison opposition politician Alexei Navalny with a nerve agent last year.
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US President Joe Biden called the jailing of Navalny “politically motivated.”(Bloomberg)
US President Joe Biden called the jailing of Navalny “politically motivated.”(Bloomberg)

US announces sanctions on Russian officials, businesses for Navalny's poisoning

Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 07:42 PM IST
  • The sanctions are the first ordered by President Joe Biden against Russia and will help set the tone for his relations with Putin.
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Opposition leader Alexei Navalny stands in a cage in the Babuskinsky District Court in Moscow, Russia.(AP)
Opposition leader Alexei Navalny stands in a cage in the Babuskinsky District Court in Moscow, Russia.(AP)

US poised to sanction Russia over its treatment of Kremlin critic Navalny

Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 03:36 PM IST
The measures, if carried out, would be the first ordered by President Joe Biden against Russia and would set the tone for relations with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.
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A still image taken from video footage shows Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny inside a defendant dock during the announcement of a court verdict in Moscow, Russia.(Reuters/ File )
A still image taken from video footage shows Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny inside a defendant dock during the announcement of a court verdict in Moscow, Russia.(Reuters/ File )

Experts urge independent probe into Kremlin critic Navalny's poisoning

AP
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 08:41 PM IST
Navalny, the most prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, fell sick on Aug. 20 during a domestic flight in Russia and was flown while still in a coma to Berlin for treatment two days later.
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The Soyuz spacecraft with the Arktika-M satellite blasts off from the launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.(via REUTERS)
The Soyuz spacecraft with the Arktika-M satellite blasts off from the launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.(via REUTERS)

Russia launches space satellite Arktika-M to monitor climate in Arctic

Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Reuters
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2021 05:44 PM IST
The Arctic has warmed more than twice as fast as the global average over the last three decades and Moscow is seeking to develop the energy-rich region.
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Nine Congress activists, including the husband and son of the party candidate, have been booked for murder and criminal conspiracy. While the husband has been arrested, a search is on for the son. (Representative image)
Nine Congress activists, including the husband and son of the party candidate, have been booked for murder and criminal conspiracy. While the husband has been arrested, a search is on for the son. (Representative image)

Russian helicopter crash-lands in Syria, 1 crew member killed, several wounded

Posted by Prashasti Singh | AP, Beirut
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 04:22 PM IST
The Russian Defense Ministry said a Russian Mi-35 helicopter made an emergency landing for technical reasons while patrolling Hassakeh province.
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A medical specialist holds a vial of Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus in a department store in Moscow, Russia,(Reuters)
A medical specialist holds a vial of Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus in a department store in Moscow, Russia,(Reuters)

Russian scientists say Sputnik V performs well against Covid mutations

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 07:31 PM IST
Last month President Vladimir Putin ordered a review by March 15 of Russian-produced vaccines for their effectiveness against new variants spreading in different parts of the world.
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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov looks on as Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks via video call during a news conference in Moscow.(File Photo / AP)
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov looks on as Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks via video call during a news conference in Moscow.(File Photo / AP)

Kremlin says closely monitoring Syria situation after US air strikes

Reuters, Moscow
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 04:04 PM IST
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call that he could not say whether the United States had notified Russia of its plans in advance
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Russian diplomats and family members use a hand-pushed rail trolley to leave North Korea amid Covid-19 restrictions.(via REUTERS)
Russian diplomats and family members use a hand-pushed rail trolley to leave North Korea amid Covid-19 restrictions.(via REUTERS)

Russian diplomats leave North Korea on hand-pushed rail trolley

Posted by Kunal Gaurav | AP, Moscow
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 03:20 PM IST
  • North Korea has claimed to be coronavirus-free, but has sealed its borders and halted passenger traffic with other countries.
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Planes of Rossiya Airlines are seen parked at Sheremetyevo International Airport.(REUTERS/File photo)
Planes of Rossiya Airlines are seen parked at Sheremetyevo International Airport.(REUTERS/File photo)

Boeing 777 makes emergency landing in Moscow after engine sensor problem

Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Reuters, Moscow
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 02:54 PM IST
Rossiya Airlines, a unit of Russian state carrier Aeroflot, said the crew requested the landing at the airline's base airport in Moscow.
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Vasilyev gathered and handed over information that constituted a state secret to China's intelligence services, TASS cited a law enforcement source as saying.(REUTERS)
Vasilyev gathered and handed over information that constituted a state secret to China's intelligence services, TASS cited a law enforcement source as saying.(REUTERS)

Russia jails man for eight years for handing over secrets to China: TASS

Reuters, Moscow
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 03:10 PM IST
Vladimir Vasilyev, 52, was arrested in Russia's eastern Siberian Zabaykalsky region that borders Mongolia and China in August 2019. He pleaded guilty to the charge of treason, TASS said.
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Two senior officials involved with the country’s cyber security said such attacks are not new or uncommon. “No government data has been compromised since sensitive systems are sequestered,” said one of these officials. (via social media/ twitter )
Two senior officials involved with the country’s cyber security said such attacks are not new or uncommon. “No government data has been compromised since sensitive systems are sequestered,” said one of these officials. (via social media/ twitter )

Tech firms say there's little doubt Russia behind major hack

AP, Washington
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 06:35 AM IST
Forensic investigators have estimated that at least 1,000 highly skilled engineers would have been required to develop the code that hijacked widely used network software from Texas-based SolarWinds.
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The moves would be the first costs imposed on Russia by the Biden administration.(AP)
The moves would be the first costs imposed on Russia by the Biden administration.(AP)

Biden administration prepares to impose sanctions on Russia over Navalny stir

ANI, Washington
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 05:33 AM IST
The form the Navalny sanctions will take is being firmed up and they will likely be rolled out in coordination with the European Union.
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Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who is accused of slandering a Russian World War Two veteran, stands inside a defendant dock during a court hearing in Moscow, Russia.(Reuters)
Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who is accused of slandering a Russian World War Two veteran, stands inside a defendant dock during a court hearing in Moscow, Russia.(Reuters)

EU prepares sanctions on four Russians over Navalny, diplomats say

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 08:44 PM IST
Despite calls by Navalny's closest aides for the EU to target members of Russia's business elite close to Putin, EU governments have argued in favour of targeting senior officials because such sanctions can better withstand legal challenges.
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Anna Popova,praised "the important scientific discovery," saying "time will tell" if the virus can further mutate. (Dmitry Astakhov, Sputnik, Government Pool Photo via AP)(AP)
Anna Popova,praised "the important scientific discovery," saying "time will tell" if the virus can further mutate. (Dmitry Astakhov, Sputnik, Government Pool Photo via AP)(AP)

Russia says detected first case of H5N8 avian flu in humans

UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2021 08:05 PM IST
  • "Information about the world's first case of transmission of the avian flu (H5N8) to humans has already been sent to the World Health Organization," the head of Russia's health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, Anna Popova, said in televised remarks.
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State prosecutors have asked the court to fine Navalny 950,000 roubles ($12,800) for slander.(AP)
State prosecutors have asked the court to fine Navalny 950,000 roubles ($12,800) for slander.(AP)

Kremlin critic Navalny back in court for jail appeal, possible fine

Reuters, Moscow
PUBLISHED ON FEB 20, 2021 01:50 PM IST
Navalny, President Vladimir Putin's most prominent critic, was jailed earlier this month for parole violations he said were trumped up.
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FILE PHOTO: The logo of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project is seen on a pipe at Chelyabinsk pipe rolling plant owned by ChelPipe Group in Chelyabinsk, Russia, February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: The logo of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project is seen on a pipe at Chelyabinsk pipe rolling plant owned by ChelPipe Group in Chelyabinsk, Russia, February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo(REUTERS)

US sanctions over pipeline from Russia deemed lacking by GOP

PTI, Washington
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2021 10:12 AM IST
US officials have long said they fear Russia will use the pipeline as a political tool against its neighbours.
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Flights to the two popular tourist destinations were suspended after a Russian passenger plane crashed in Sinai in October 2015, killing 224 people.(Pixabay)
Flights to the two popular tourist destinations were suspended after a Russian passenger plane crashed in Sinai in October 2015, killing 224 people.(Pixabay)

Russian flights to Egyptian resorts to resume after five years

Reuters, Cairo
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2021 10:48 AM IST
Direct flights from Russia to the Egyptian Red Sea resorts of Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada will resume in March after more than five years.
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Non-energy revenue was higher than expected last year after Russia experienced one of the smallest contractions of major economies(Reuters file photo)
Non-energy revenue was higher than expected last year after Russia experienced one of the smallest contractions of major economies(Reuters file photo)

Oil rally may be just what Putin needs to keep Russians happy

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2021 10:07 AM IST
Amid growing tensions with the West and fears of new sanctions, Putin has been reluctant to spend heavily in recent years, even during the pandemic.
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Kalashnikov aims to produce 670,000 AK-203 rifles in the next decade together with the Indian defence ministry.(Reuters)
Kalashnikov aims to produce 670,000 AK-203 rifles in the next decade together with the Indian defence ministry.(Reuters)

Russia's arms manufacturer Kalashnikov eyes production in India

Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Reuters, Moscow
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 06:47 PM IST
Kalashnikov has been seeking new business and markets after being hit by US and EU sanctions over Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014.
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Foreign secretary Harsh Shringla. (File photo)
Foreign secretary Harsh Shringla. (File photo)

Shringla urges interaction among strategic affairs analysts of India, Russia

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 03:47 PM IST
Shringla arrived in Moscow on Tuesday on his first foreign trip this year and called on Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and held wide ranging talks with Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov on Wednesday.
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A woman walks in a snow-covered park with the St. Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin in the background in Moscow on February 17, 2021. (Photo by Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP)(AFP)
A woman walks in a snow-covered park with the St. Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin in the background in Moscow on February 17, 2021. (Photo by Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP)(AFP)

Russian court weighs jail term for anti-Kremlin activist under 'undesirable' law

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 02:03 PM IST
Shevchenko, 41, a mother of two in southern Russia's Rostov-on-Don, was put under house arrest in early 2019 in what her supporters say is a politically motivated case to stop her activism and punish her for showing dissent publicly.
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This handout picture released by the North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk on February 16, 2021, shows researchers extracting tissues from a prehistoric horse believed to be at least 4,500 years old.(AFP)
This handout picture released by the North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk on February 16, 2021, shows researchers extracting tissues from a prehistoric horse believed to be at least 4,500 years old.(AFP)

Russian scientists probe prehistoric viruses dug from permafrost

AFP
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2021 11:20 PM IST
Researchers said they would probe too the remains of mammoths, elk, dogs, partridges, rodents, hares and other prehistoric animals.
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The Security Council has two committees on counterterrorism — 1267 deals with the UNSC sanctions regime, and the Counter Terrorism Committee (CTC) on capacity-building. Given that India has been a major target of terrorism, chairing at least one of them was important for us politically, and our interest was made known to the other UNSC members in 2010 after we were elected.(AFP)
The Security Council has two committees on counterterrorism — 1267 deals with the UNSC sanctions regime, and the Counter Terrorism Committee (CTC) on capacity-building. Given that India has been a major target of terrorism, chairing at least one of them was important for us politically, and our interest was made known to the other UNSC members in 2010 after we were elected.(AFP)

India, Russia hold talks, agree to work closely on UNSC issues

ANI, Moscow
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2021 11:08 AM IST
Prakash Gupta, Joint Secretary (UNP and Summits) led the Indian delegation along with officials from the Embassy of India in Moscow.
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Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla.ramesh pathania(MINT_PRINT)
Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla.ramesh pathania(MINT_PRINT)

Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla to visit Russia from Wednesday

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 15, 2021 06:33 PM IST
The Ministry of External Affairs said this year's first visit abroad by the foreign secretary to Moscow signifies the importance India attaches to its close and friendly relations with Russia.
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Engineering troops from the Syrian armed forces demined 1.7 hectares (4.2 acres) of territory in the provinces of Damascus and Daraa over the past day, the ministry added. They discovered and defused 11 explosive devices. (Representative Image)(AFP)
Engineering troops from the Syrian armed forces demined 1.7 hectares (4.2 acres) of territory in the provinces of Damascus and Daraa over the past day, the ministry added. They discovered and defused 11 explosive devices. (Representative Image)(AFP)

Russia registers 35 ceasefire violations in Syria in 24 hours

ANI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 15, 2021 05:20 PM IST
The ministry added that the Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides and Refugee Migration Monitoring in Syria carried out the humanitarian action in the last 24 hours, delivering 1,125 food kits to the residents of the provinces of Aleppo, Quneitra and Al-Hasakah.
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Russian law enforcement agencies said on Thursday that people taking part in unsanctioned rallies could face criminal charges.(Reuters)
Russian law enforcement agencies said on Thursday that people taking part in unsanctioned rallies could face criminal charges.(Reuters)

Russians set for candle-lit Valentine's Day protests after Navalny jailing

Reuters, Moscow
PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2021 10:13 AM IST
Navalny's allies have declared a moratorium on street rallies until the spring after police detained thousands of people at protests in the past few weeks.
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A pedestrian walks near cars covered with snow in a street in Moscow, Russia February 13, 2021.(REUTERS)
A pedestrian walks near cars covered with snow in a street in Moscow, Russia February 13, 2021.(REUTERS)

'Snow apocalypse' blankets frozen Moscow

Reuters, Moscow
PUBLISHED ON FEB 13, 2021 07:38 PM IST
There have been multiple flight delays at the airports in Moscow, a city of more than 12 million people.
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Asked if Russia is heading toward a split with the European Union, Lavrov replied, “We proceed from the assumption that we are ready for that.”(AP)
Asked if Russia is heading toward a split with the European Union, Lavrov replied, “We proceed from the assumption that we are ready for that.”(AP)

Russia ready for split with EU if sanctions over Navalny arrest imposed

AP, Moscow
UPDATED ON FEB 12, 2021 06:48 PM IST
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in televised remarks that Russia doesn't want to be isolated but must increase its self-sufficiency to face potential EU sanctions.
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