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Russia can complete Nord Stream 2 pipeline by itself: Kremlin
Russia's energy minister says despite US sanctions, Moscow will proceed to finish the Baltic Sea pipeline. Germany is dependent on imports for 92% of its gas needs; Washington wants a slice of the lucrative supply trade.
Russia: Shooting near FSB intelligence offices in Moscow
A shooting took place near the headquarters of Russia's FSB security agency in Moscow. Russian media have identified the gunman who shot dead at least one FSB officer as a 39-year-old former private security guard.
Court fines Russia for forcing asylum-seekers to live in airport
Four men spent months sleeping on the floor in a busy transit area of Moscow's international airport, surviving on emergency food rations. Europe's rights court says Russia must now pay them compensation.
Russian court rejects call to ban facial recognition technology
Science & Tech
Moscow plans to vastly expand its facial recognition program. Activist Alena Popova tried to push back against authorities, arguing the technology violates privacy laws — but a Russian court disagreed.
Russia's lone climate protester pushes for Fridays for Future movement
An estimated four million people took to the streets for the Global Climate Strike this week. But in Moscow, one demonstrator has been protesting alone for months, pushing for climate awareness and to create a movement.
Moscow's forgotten periphery
Moscow's Chertanovo district is a social flashpoint: Residents are poor, the area decrepit and the rich city center far away. And city planners warn that this inequality will only get worse if things don't change.
Musicians caught up in politics during Moscow free election protests
As local bands recently performed at an opposition rally in Moscow, other pop stars were simultaneously invited by the government to play at 'spoiler' festivals that some say aim to distract the public from politics.
Russian opposition figure detained upon release from jail
No sooner had he walked out of a Moscow jail than activist Ilya Yashin was detained for a third time, accused of urging mass protests. Several opposition politicians are barred from next month's Moscow city elections.
Moscow protests pressuring Vladimir Putin find female standard-bearer
Moscow's wave of protests has no leader, but 31-year-old Lyubov Sobol has emerged as one of its most visible protagonists. Instead of participating in a weekend protest, she was detained by police in the Russian capital.
Moscow: Thousands protest local election
Tens of thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of central Moscow to protest the upcoming city council ballot. Independent and opposition candidates have been barred from running.
Russia: Protesters defy ban on opposition rally in Moscow
Thousands of demonstrators are expected to turn out in support of opposition candidates for Moscow's city council election. The rally follows the arrest of opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Wednesday.
Russia launches German space telescope to map cosmos
20 Jul 2019
Roskosmos has launched a German-Russian space telescope to replace Moscow's Hubble-like Spektr-R. The telescope will allow scientists to observe more than 100,000 galaxy clusters, marking "the beginning of a new era."