Big boat in big trouble? UK beats ‘Russia threat’ drums as its new aircraft carrier heads for trials

The Royal Navy is sending its brand new £3 billion HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier to the US for trials. The ship will be well guarded, yet Navy bigwigs are still complaining about “frightening” Russians who might target it. Read more Top officers of the Navy have shared their concerns ahead of the first big […]

Russia is down to a single female cosmonaut, and she may never fly

Enlarge / Russia’s newest class of cosmonauts is all male. (credit: Roscosmos) The Russian space program gets a lot of credit for flying the first woman in space. In fact, the Soviet Union flew the first two women: Valentina Tereshkova in 1963 and Svetlana Savitskaya in 1982. NASA waited until the space shuttle era before […]

‘Russia hysteria’ an affront to American values, US congressman insists

The ongoing demonization of Russia distracts from far more serious issues facing the United States and undermines American values, including the concept of innocent until proven guilty, congressman Thomas Massie has argued. In an op-ed for Real Clear Politics, the Republican lawmaker took aim at “out-of-touch” politicians and journalists who “want us to believe that […]

Russia proposes deal with Turkey to ditch US dollar for lira-ruble trade amid currency crisis

Moscow is still interested in trading with Ankara using the Russian ruble and Turkish lira, according to the Kremlin. Both currencies have been falling against the greenback, with lira setting new record lows every day. “The issue of using national currencies in bilateral trade operations is a topic that has been raised by the Russian […]

South Korea seeks progress on denuclearization, proposes East Asian railroad community with China, Japan, Russia, and US

A third summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in is planned for September. While the subject of denuclearization remains at the center of the negotiation table, Moon said plans to build a railway across the peninsula will kick off this year. Moon proposed an East Asian railroad community […]

Teenage ‘devil worshipper’ suspected of burning down unique wooden church in Russia

A historic 18th century church has burned to the ground in Russia’s Republic of Karelia, after being deliberately set on fire. A teenager, referred to by some locals as a devil worshipper, is suspected of the arson. The Church of the Assumption of Our Lady, built in 1774 on a picturesque lakeshore in the town […]

Russia may ditch dollar in oil trade as it is too risky – finance minister

The US dollar is not a reliable tool for payments in international trade, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told Russian media. Payments in national currencies might be used instead, he said. In an interview to Rossiya 1 TV, the finance minister expressed doubt that the internationally recognized currency is reliable. Siluanov also said he does […]

Russia may introduce online voting as early as in 2021 – official

A member of Russia’s Central Elections Commission has told reporters that the country might introduce online voting, similar to systems used in Switzerland and Estonia, for the 2021 parliamentary elections. “Considering the scale of the Russian Federation’s territory we have to start using internet voting. I think that we will possibly do something already in […]

‘No surprise if Moscow recalls ambassador’: Russia will lash out against new sanctions, say experts

Washington’s latest sanctions have left no room for a constructive response from Moscow, analysts explain, but opinions differ widely on how much the measures will affect relations between the two countries. All interviewed by RT railed against the framing of the sanctions, nominally prompted by the alleged use of chemical weapons against the Skripals in […]

Russia riding high in Euro Champs medals table after victory for cyclists, synchronized swimmers

Russia’s cyclists and synchronized swimmers have continued the nation’s impressive performances at the European Championships, with the country sitting firmly atop the medals table as of Monday afternoon. Russian synchronized swimmer Svetlana Kolesnichenko claimed victory in the technical solo event in Glasgow on Monday, bringing her country an 11th gold and 22nd medal in total […]