There were no cards issued by Sberbank among the compromised Russian bank cards, data on which was transferred by Interpol to the Central Bank, Sberbank press service told Sputnik Friday.
Moscow won't exchange Crimea for Western sanctions removal, Russian upper house speaker Valentina Matvienko said amid foreign reports of a possible swap deal.
An angry Moscow petting zoo is suing an advertising agency for having rented a raccoon for a nude photoshoot. The zoo says the individual racoon was left traumatized and obsessed with women's breasts, and that the reputation of all raccoons is at stake.
Russian Deputy Defense Minister said that Three Karakurt-class (Project 22800) corvettes for the Russian Navy will be constructed at the More (Sea) Shipyard in the town of Feodosia in Russia’s Crimea in 2018-2020.
Crimea rejoined Russia in 2014 when about 97% of its citizens voted in favor of reunification in a referendum. Nevertheless, the West condemned the result, imposing several rounds of sanctions against Russia. Sputnik discussed the issue with Claudio D'Amico, foreign relations secretary for a regionalist political party in Italy, Lega Nord.
Romania is looking to significantly bolster its military arsenal, aiming to purchase 20 F16 aircraft, 8-wheeled armored personnel carriers and other equipment, in a bid to drag its defense spending to the NATO-mandated two percent of GDP - a move that makes little military sense, but will be a significant cash injection for US defense corporations.
Russia's Energia space corporation said that first Russian next-generation manned spacecraft called the Federation, which is 80 percent built of composite materials, will be manufactured by 2021.
Russia's decision to recognize the passports of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR) should not be canceled yet, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday.
The Kremlin spokesman expressed hopes the government in Kiev would one day recognize the will of Crimeans.
On Thursday, Crimea marked the anniversary of the 2014 referendum which saw the peninsula break off from Ukraine and rejoin Russia. In an exclusive interview for Sputnik, Natalya Poklonskaya, the lawmaker who bravely served as Crimea's prosecutor during the Crimean Spring, offered Kiev and Western officials some advice about Crimea's status.
The reunification with Russia prevented bloodshed in Crimea, a senior politician said.
Commenting on the recent results of a poll showing that many Europeans and Americans see Crimea as Russian, Spanish sociologist Javier Colomo Ugarte told Sputnik that it is a vivid illustration of the mainstream media's failure to persuade the public that Russia's reunification with Crimea was illegal.
According to Russia's state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, Turkey is interested in Russian-made protection systems for tanks, small arms and ammunition.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that any deal on Crimea in exchange for the cancellation of Western sanctions "is off the table."
Thursday marks the third anniversary of the March 2014 referendum, which resulted in the reunification of Crimea with Russia.
Visits to Crimea by foreign delegations will help "dispel terrible stories" that have been written about life in the peninsula, Crimea's Deputy Prime Minister Georgy Muradov told Sputnik on Thursday.
According to reports, three people died and up to 20 were injured when a sightseeing bus turned over near the Finnish border in northwestern Russia.
Crimea has significantly increased its number of business contacts with the world over the past three years, the deputy prime minister of the Russian region, Georgy Muradov, told Sputnik on Thursday.
Almost 80 percent of Russians are convinced that the reunification of Crimea with Russia was beneficial for their country, a new survey conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (WCIOM) showed.
Russia sent out its 62nd humanitarian aid convoy to southeastern Ukraine (Donbas) on Thursday with a total cargo load of over 500 tonnes (metric tons), the Russian Emergencies Ministry informs.
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