MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian cosmonaut Nikolay Tikhonov may be excluded from the crew of Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft, expected to be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on 9 April, and Sergey Ryzhikov may replace him as the chief of the crew, three sources in the rocket and space industry said on Wednesday.
Russian contemporary political artist Petr Pavlensky is currently facing two charges in France over violence with weapons and transmission of sexual videos depicting French politician Benjamin Griveaux. The artist, who has just been released from court, declared that the latter act was a part of his “political-porn project”.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Seven members of the international extremist organisation Tablighi Jamaat, banned in Russia, have been detained in Moscow and the Moscow Region, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Wednesday.
Rosneft Trading SA, a Swiss-based brokerage, was accused by Washington of handling over 70 per cent of Venezuela's oil exports bypassing US sanctions against the Latin American country.
KIRKENES (Sputnik) - Norwegian national Frode Berg, who was released by Russia in November 2019 as part of a spy swap, said in an interview that he had been framed by Norway's security services.
The vessel with 3,700 passengers on board was put into quarantine off the port of Yokohama in early February after several people had been confirmed to be infected with the new coronavirus.
Ambassador the United Nations Vasiliy Nebenzya, also requested the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, to take part in the urgent meeting to discuss the matter.
A French court earlier brought charges against Pavlensky for distributing porn as part of a probe into a sex tape scandal involving prominent politician Benjamin Griveaux. The Russian artist was granted asylum in France in 2017.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A Sukhoi Superjet aircraft has landed safely at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport after a warning of landing gear malfunction, a representative of the emergency service said on Tuesday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia will temporarily suspend the entry of Chinese citizens to the country amid the threat of the spread of deadly coronavirus infection, anti-coronavirus operative headquarters announced on Tuesday.
Last week Russian media reported citing an anonymous source in the Defence Ministry, that the strategic bombers could be equipped with state of the art hypersonic Kinzhal missiles, which are able to manoeuver mid-flight to penetrate enemy defences.
Vinnik's defence is going to lodge an appeal against the decision by the French court to keep him in custody, according to Vinnik's lawyer.
Moscow earlier called on the US to avoid deploying the missiles near Russia's borders, after Washington left the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, stressing it would lead to the "degradation" of the global arms control system.
This year, the conference was dedicated to the situation in Ukraine, Syria, and Libya, as well as to the lack of common ground among Western countries, with Washington and Brussels divided over security issues.
Russian police in the town of Dedovsk, Moscow Region have reportedly responded to a case of serial vandalism. Eyewitnesses claim that a suspect behaving strangely attacked parked cars in a residential area.
Certain phrases used by Russian President Vladimir Putin can be considered to be, to some extent, almost impossible to interpret, Putin's translators admitted during the Rossiya 1 TV show "Moscow.Kremlin.Putin".
The Russian president’s intent to retain the "mother" and "father" terminology in the country’s constitution instead of adopting their "politically correct" analogues elicited a mixed response globally, with him being praised as a champion of traditional values by some and labeled as "outdated in his way of thinking" by others.
A stabbing incident occurred in Moscow on Sunday, as churchgoers gathered in one of the city's churches for the morning worship service.
The things they do for love: fight, suffer, and get buried alive in sub-zero temperatures. Next up: taking a bath in liquid nitrogen vapour.
TORONTO (Sputnik) - Nazi criminals should be prosecuted regardless of circumstances including those who have found safe haven in Canada, a Russian Embassy spokesman said.