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RFE/RL: Siemens cuts some Russia ties over Crimea turbines scandal.

The German industrial conglomerate Siemens says it is cutting some of its ties to Russia after receiving information that four gas turbines it sold to for use at a Russian power plant had been “illegally” diverted to the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea. Siemens said in a July 21 statement that it will halt ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

UNIAN: Ukraine asks Russia to extradite Donetsk militant who killed pro-Ukrainian teenager.

Ukrainian Deputy Prosecutor General Yevhen Enin has announced that the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine has sent a request to Russian prosecutors for the extradition of Vadim Pogodin, one of the leaders of the Russia-backed separatists, who violently murdered a male teenager in Donbas three years ago. The post UNIAN: ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

BBC: Five Ukrainian soldiers die in fierce clash with Russia-backed separatists.

The Ukrainian military says five of its soldiers died in heavy separatist shelling of Ukrainian army positions at Avdiivka just north of separatist-held Donetsk. Three Ukrainian militaries died earlier when a mine blew up, the military said. The post BBC: Five Ukrainian soldiers die in fierce clash with Russia-backed ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

The Telegraph: Russia wants to see your salary and social media accounts before letting you visit.

Russia has added a number of intrusive new questions to its already lengthy visa application forms, including requiring details of applicants’ Facebook and Twitter accounts, raising concerns that Britons will be deterred from visiting. As well as any social media accounts, the embassy now asks for information about ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

'Late Show:' Stephen Colbert searches for alleged Trump 'pee-pee tape'.

As part of 'Russia Week,' 'The Late Show' host took viewers inside the Moscow Ritz-Carlton Presidential Suite.        


Trump lawyer denies Russia probe pardons being discussed.

Jay Sekulow tells CBS News, "Pardons are not being discussed and are not on the table,' after report president's power to grant them being looked at


2 members of Trump's legal team out amid growing Russia probe.

Just a day after President Trump lashed out at Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a New York Times interview, he lost two members of his legal team. Mr. Trump stridently criticized Sessions and raised questions about how comfortable he was with an independent Justice Department and Sessions' recusal from the Russia ...


Need to Know: Avoid health-care stocks as D.C. spins its wheels? No, here's a case for buying them.

The S&P is staying on track for its third up week in a row, largely shrugging off Russia-related shuffles in Washington and the big strikeout on health care. Today's call says buy health-care stocks despite the uncertainty.

- Marketwatch - US

Schlumberger takes control of Russian driller.

U.S. oilfield services company Schlumberger announced a deal that establishes it as the majority owner in Russia's largest drilling and services provider.

- UPI - US

Russian Orthodox Believers Flock To Cathedral To See Saint's Remains.

More than a million pilgrims have visited Moscow's main cathedral to see the remains of Saint Nicholas, a bishop from Asia Minor who's said to be the inspiration behind the story of Santa Claus.

- NPR - US

The Russia Probe Is Headed Toward Places Trump Doesn’t Want It To Go.

President Donald Trump seems to be headed for a rude awakening. Though he has dismissed the special counsel investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election as a partisan “political witch hunt,” new reports on the probe’s progress indicate it could dig into what Trump told the New York ...

- TPM News - US

Reports: Trump Aides Looking For Ways To Delegitimize Mueller's Russia Probe

Aides to President Donald Trump are looking for ways to hamstring and delegitimize special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, according to Thursday night reports in the New York Times and Washington Post. Trump's aides have been looking into the backgrounds of Mueller's team, looking for conflicts of interest they ...

- TPM News - US

Protesters Call For Resignation Of Kremlin-Appointed Head Of Bashkortostan

Hundreds of people have protested in the Republic of Bashkortostan, demanding the resignation of the Kremlin-appointed official who has led the Russian region on the Volga River since 2010.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Putin Sparks Controversy With Remarks On Russian, Minority Languages

Russian President Vladimir Putin is receiving both criticism and praise online over remarks he made about the languages of ethnic minorities in the diverse country.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Trump lashes out as presidency hits six-month mark

Washington, United States, Jul 20 - Donald Trump hit the six-month point of his turbulent presidency Thursday in combative style , lashing out at his own attorney general over the probe into Russia's alleged election meddling that has dogged him from day one. Since taking office on January 20, Trump has been on a roller

- CapitalFM Kenya - KE

Siemens sells stake in Russian firm after Crimea turbine scandal

German engineering giant Siemens will sell its 46-percent stake in Interautomatika after receiving "credible information" that the Russian company moved gas turbines to Crimea in breach of EU sanctions.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Social scientists reveal structure of AIDS denialist online communities

HSE researchers examined the structure of online communities of Russian AIDS denialists—people who deny the reality of HIV and AIDS—and the manner in which they spread their ideas. The findings are published in American Behavioral Scientist.

- PhysOrg - NL

Siemens scales back Russian ops over Crimea turbines

Siemens scales back Russian ops over Crimea turbines...


Pensioners in Norway have the Highest Standard of Living

Norway, Switzerland and Iceland top the list of countries where it is best to get a retirement. This is shown by the Global Pension Index, compiled by the Natixis financial corporation. Reports BGNES.  The top ten also include Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The ranking ...

- Novinite - BG

Chinese men break into ex-Soviet aircraft carrier to take selfies

Eight men broke into a former Russian aircraft carrier after swimming in the Yangtze River because they wanted to take a look inside before it opens as a tourist attraction in eastern China, according to a news website report. The authorities were only alerted to what the men had done after they shared selfies of themselves ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Oil rises on weak dollar, Gulf tensions as producers set to meet

By Karolin Schaps LONDON - Oil prices edged higher on a weaker dollar and diplomatic tensions in the Gulf, but Brent held below the $50 per barrel level that was breached for the first time in six weeks on Thursday. Investors were also taking positions ahead of a meeting between OPEC and non-OPEC members in Russia on ...

- Sify - IN

Lasitskene poised to defend world title as a 'neutral'

MOSCOW - Barred from international competition for nearly 17 months because of the Russian doping scandal, high jumper Maria Lasitskene could threaten the world record at the world championships next month.

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Moscow in talks with US to create cyber working group

But is it a "pipe dream"?

- iTnews - AU

'Very disturbing if Trump considering Russia pardons'

The highest-ranking Democrat on the US Senate intelligence committee said it was "extremely disturbing" if President Donald Trump was contemplating a pardon for aides that could be implicated in a probe on Russian meddling in last year's presidential election.

- Times Of India - IN

Siemens retreats from Russian energy after Crimea scandal

FRANKFURT, July 21 — Germany's Siemens moved to distance itself from a Crimean sanctions scandal, saying it would halt deliveries of power equipment to Russian state-controlled customers and review supplies to Russian subsidiaries. The...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Siemens retreats from Russian energy after Crimea scandal

FRANKFURT - Germany's Siemens moved to distance itself from a Crimean sanctions scandal, saying it would halt deliveries of power equipment to Russian state-controlled customers and review supplies to Russian subsidiaries.

- Reuters - US

Washington Post: Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller’s Russia investigation

Some of President Trump’s lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation, building a case against what they allege are his conflicts of interest and discussing the president’s authority to grant pardons, according to people familiar with the ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Reuters: Russia, Venezuela discuss Citgo collateral deal to avoid U.S. sanctions

Russia's top oil producer Rosneft is negotiating to swap its collateral in Venezuelan-owned, U.S.-based refiner Citgo for oilfield stakes and a fuel supply deal - a move to avoid complications from U.S. sanctions, two sources with knowledge of the negotiations told Reuters. State-owned Rosneft holds a 49.9 percent stake in ...

- Kyiv Post - UA Russian athletes reprimanded for wearing Soviet symbols in Budapest

Russian sport delegation violated the Hungarian law by showing up at a sport competition wearing clothes with the banned Soviet symbols. RIA Novosti news agency reported that on July 21. The incident took place during the world championship in water sports held in Budapest. The post Russian athletes reprimanded for ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Poltorak: Zapad-2017 exercise could be used to start aggression against Ukraine

Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak has reiterated his concerns over the Zapad -2017 Russian-Belarusian military exercise, due to be held in Belarus in September. “Ukraine and the world have a common vision on the possible prospects of the Russian Armed Forces' exercises. The upcoming Zapad-2017 drills are ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Commodities Corner: How OPEC committee's coming meeting could make or break oil prices

A joint OPEC and non-OPEC ministerial monitoring committee will meet Monday in Russia as the global oil market continues to struggle to reach balance in the face rising crude output from the U.S. and wavering commitment to pledged production curbs.

- Marketwatch - US

WikiLeaks: CIA analyzed Russian and Chinese malware to inspire its own hacking and surveillance tools

Some four months after the first Vault 7 leak, WikiLeaks continues to publish revealing CIA documents that detail the agency's ability to hack, infiltrate and surveil targets. The latest batch goes under the banner "UCL / Raytheon", and comprises documents from CIA contractor Raytheon Blackbird Technologies. Dating from ...

- BetaNews.Com - US

Trump has been exploring his pardon-granting powers with his legal team

As President Trump becomes increasingly concerned and angry about the Russia investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which has reportedly expanded into Trump's financial transactions, he has been talking with aides and his legal team about the president's power to pardon aides, family members, and even himself, ...

- The Week - US

Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah gawk their way through Trump's incriminating interview with The New York Times

With his dreams of repealing ObamaCare on the rocks and his firstborn son keeping Russia in the headlines, President Trump on Wednesday "decided that it was time to do some damage control, by talking to Public Enemy No. 1," The New York Times, Trevor Noah said on Thursday's Daily Show. He played, then made jokes about, the ...

- The Week - US

The U.S. fined Exxon over Russia sanctions, Exxon sued back, and 2 Trump Cabinet secretaries are on opposite sides

On Thursday morning, the U.S. Treasury Department fined ExxonMobil $2 million for allegedly violating U.S. sanctions against Russia in a series of eight business deals in 2014 with Russian state oil giant Rosneft and its CEO, Igor Sechin. At the time of the deals, Rex Tilllerson, now secretary of state, was Exxon's ...

- The Week - US

Stephen Colbert visits the Moscow hotel suite from the infamous Trump dossier, looking for answers

Thursday night was the penultimate night of The Late Show's Russia week, and "my favorite night," Stephen Colbert said. He has been showing reports from his Russia trip all week, but "the piece we're showing tonight is really the whole damn reason why we went," he said. Colbert explained that when his executive producer ...

- The Week - US

Cleanup Time: Russia Launches Satellite to Remove Space Junk from Orbit

Moscow Jul 21, 2017 A new satellite developed by a group of students at the Moscow State University of Mechanical Engineering has been fitted with metallic reflectors and will be able to remove space junk circling the Earth. Radio Sputnik talked to the head of high technology developing at 12-Digital, Nikita Yershov. The ...

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Russia, China to Set Up Pilot Zone to Test National Navigation Systems

Moscow Jul 21, 2017 Russia and China are set to establish a pilot zone to test the Russian GLONASS and Chinese BeiDou satellite navigation systems on passenger and freight transportation routes going through Kraskino - Hunchun and Poltavka - Dongning checkpoints on the border in Russia's Primorsky Territory, the Russian ...

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Russia to Supply Largest Ever Number of Space Rocket Engines to US This Year

Zhukovskiy Jul 21, 2017 Russia will supply the largest ever number of space rocket engines to the United States in 2017 within the framework of the previous agreements, head of the Russia's NPO Energomash corporation Igor Arbuzov said on Wednesday. In 2014, the US Congress strictly limited future purchases of Russian RD-180 ...

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Airbus built Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite ready for launch

Stevenage UK Jul 21, 2017 Europe's pollution monitoring satellite Sentinel-5 Precursor is ready to leave Airbus' Stevenage site for launch on a Rokot rocket from Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia. Sentinel-5 Precursor is part of the global monitoring programme "Copernicus", a joint European Commission-ESA undertaking which aims ...

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Space Tourist From Asian Country to Travel to ISS in 2019

Zhukovskiy Jul 21, 2017 A yet unidentified space tourist from an Asian country will be sent to the International Space Station as a member of the crew in 2019, Russia's Rocket and Space Corporation Energia Director General Vladimir Solntsev said Tuesday. "The new space tourist, who is set to travel to the ISS in 2019, is ...

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Russia, Iran, North Korea Among CIA Chief's Topics at Forum

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday that Russia has no plans to leave Syria and will continue to try to meddle in U.S. affairs to “stick it to America.”   He reiterated his belief that Russia interfered in the U.S. presidential election and described the U.S.-Russia relationship as “complicated.”   ...

- Voice of America - US

U.S. Sanctions Against Russia Never Go Away — They Just Evolve

When it comes to sanctions, the Cold War never really ended. Even as President Obama lifted Soviet-era sanctions, he imposed new ones. President Trump could soon find a sanctions bill on his desk.

- NPR - US

Italy Loans Relics Thought To Be That Of Saint Nicholas To Russia

More than a million pilgrims have so far visited Moscow's main cathedral to see the relics of Saint Nicholas, a bishop from Asia Minor who's said to be the inspiration behind the story of Santa Claus.

- NPR - US

Putting the North Atlantic Back on NATO's Agenda

As Russia builds up its maritime capabilities in the North Atlantic, NATO should take concrete and visible steps to enhance its presence in the area.

- Carnegie Endowment - US

Outside the Box: Russian stocks look cheap, but that's not the whole picture

Investors in Russia deal with uncertainty and shadowy companies, writes John Coumarianos.

- Marketwatch - US

Exxon Fined $2M for Sanctions Breach Under Tillerson

Exxon Mobil Corp. must pay a $2 million fine for showing "reckless disregard" for US sanctions on Russia while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the oil giant's CEO, the Treasury Department said Thursday. Exxon sued the US government to stop the fine. The Treasury said that Exxon violated sanctions...

- Newser - US

Trump legal team looking to investigate Mueller aides

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's legal team is evaluating potential conflicts of interest among members of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team, according to three people with knowledge of the matter. The revelation comes as Mueller's probe into Russia's…

- Billings Gazette - US

Trump's Recently Disclosed Putin Conversation Is 'Nixon All Over Again'

Two interpreters who served a number of U.S. presidents, say a secrecy-obsessed Richard Nixon was the only president to routinely dispense with interpreters.

- NPR - US

Schlumberger snaps up 51% stake in Russia's Eurasia Drilling

- Financial Times - US