Russia Destroys More Than 700 Tons of Food in Less Than 2 Months


Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance in Belgorod region / Reuters A total of 738 tons of illegally imported food has been destroyed since the introduction of a decree in August ordering the disposal of banned Western imports, Russia’s agricultural watchdog said Monday. In an online statement, Rosselkhoznadzor said 676 tons of contraband agricultural produce had been confiscated and destroyed. Another 318 tons of products of animalContinue reading “Russia Destroys More Than 700 Tons of Food in Less Than 2 Months”

Russia Plans $3.6 Billion Food Stamp Program as Poverty Rises


State statistics agency Rosstat said in July that 22.9 million people — about 16 percent of the population — were below the poverty line at the end of March. Moscow Times The Russian government may spend 240 billion rubles ($3.6 billion) on a national food stamp program to support an estimated 15-16 million Russian citizens whose poverty has deepenedContinue reading “Russia Plans $3.6 Billion Food Stamp Program as Poverty Rises”

The Very Idea!


О́чень: very, really, incredibly Очень (very) is one of those handy little words you learn in Russian 101 and then use every day. Add it to any verb to jack up the intensity and emotion. For example: Я тебя люблю (I love you) is a summer fling; я тебя очень люблю (I love you very much) is maybe we should think about a mortgage. SayContinue reading “The Very Idea!”

Twerking Scandal in Russia


By:Peter Spinella/Moscow Times In the second twerking scandal to rock Russia in recent weeks, several women who were filmed dancing in front of a World War II monument in southern Russia have been put in jail for up to 15 days, local authorities said Saturday. A video of the performance posted on YouTube shows six women shaking their butts near the city of Novorossiisk’s Minor Land monument, dedicated to aContinue reading “Twerking Scandal in Russia”

Raising the Right Professionals: An Uphill Battle for Russia


‘Educators must better adapt programs to the demands of the work force By Alexey Eremenko/Moscow Times For a split second in December, it looked like 77 percent of Russians would be forced out of their current jobs. This is the estimated percentage of people working in a field outside of the scope of their university studies — a practice the government wanted to broadly prohibit beginning in 2020. OfficialsContinue reading “Raising the Right Professionals: An Uphill Battle for Russia”

McDonald’s Celebrates 25 Years in Russia


One of the world’s biggest chains of fast-food restaurants marked its 25th anniversary of business in Russia Saturday, Jan. 31. The first McDonald’s was opened in 1990 on Pushkin Square in Moscow, one year before the collapse of the Soviet Union, and became a pioneer for the many foreign food chains that flooded Russia afterward. The restaurant was temporarily closed by the state food safety watchdog in August last year, and reopenedContinue reading “McDonald’s Celebrates 25 Years in Russia”

Russian Watchdog Shuts Down 5,000 Websites That Promote Suicide


Jiri Hodan / Wikicommons A recent survey by the World Health Organization shows Russia continues to experience particularly high levels of suicide. Moscow Times Russia’s consumer protection watchdog said Monday it has shut down almost 5,000 websites found to promote suicide since the introduction of a law allowing the agency to do so without a court order. Speaking ahead of World Suicide PreventionContinue reading “Russian Watchdog Shuts Down 5,000 Websites That Promote Suicide”

Russian Sitcom Star Says Gay People Should Be Burned Alive


Ivan Okhlobystin (left) with co-star Svetlana Kamynina in the sitcom “Interny.”  Moscow Times A star in Russia’s popular answer to U.S. medical sitcom “Scrubs” has added to mounting mood of homophobia in the country by saying he wants to burn gay people alive as they pose a danger to his children. “I’d put them all alive in the oven … it’s a living danger to my children,” IvanContinue reading “Russian Sitcom Star Says Gay People Should Be Burned Alive”

Russia Sends Three More Warships to the Syrian Coast


The missile cruiser Moskva, part of the Black Sea fleet. Russia is strengthening its naval presence off the coast of Syria by deploying three more warships to the region, bringing its total fleet in the eastern Mediterranean to 10 vessels. Admiral Viktor Chirkov said Russia is beefing up its military presence in order to protect against the “slightest threat to national security,” BBC Russia reported.Continue reading “Russia Sends Three More Warships to the Syrian Coast”

Edward Snowden: A view from Moscow


Snowden Hits Hurdles in Search for Asylum American fugitive Edward Snowden’s best chance of finding refuge outside the United States may hinge on the president of Venezuela, who was in Moscow on Tuesday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela told reporters in Russia on Tuesday that his country had not received an application for asylum from Snowden and dodged the question of whether he would takeContinue reading “Edward Snowden: A view from Moscow”