Russian Anastasia Stepanova is through to the second round of applicant selection for the Mars One program. Anastasia, a Moscow resident, could end up among the 20 finalists that will embark on a one-way trip to the Red Planet. Igor Mitrofanov of the Space Research Institute at the Russian Academy of Sciences told the Voice of Russia that the largest risk comes from a "very big radiation doze which will be accumulated during this trip."
There is no evidence that former NSA contractor Edward Snowden was working with any foreign intelligence. The wistleblower did it by himself, "he then contacted Laura Poitras and then Greenwald, all the story that we already know," Pepe Escobar, Asia Times roving correspondent told the VoR, commenting on the claims that Snowden had help from Russia in stealing and revealing US government secrets.