Maria Vasilyeva

Beirut's accidental cargo: how an unscheduled port visit led to disaster

07 Aug 2020

MOSCOW The chemicals that went up in flames in Beirut's deadliest peace-time explosion arrived in the Lebanese capital seven years ago on a leaky Russian-leased cargo ship that, according to its captain, should never have stopped there. | Video

CORRECTED-Beirut's accidental cargo: how an unscheduled port visit led to disaster

06 Aug 2020

* Ammonium nitrate exploded at Beirut port, causing devastation

Russian LGBT activist fined for 'gay propaganda' family drawings

10 Jul 2020

MOSCOW A Russian LGBT activist said she was fined 75,000 roubles (838 pounds) on Friday on charges of spreading "gay propaganda" among minors by publishing drawings of same-sex couples with children online.

Toppling of statues in West prompts reflection in Russia, Ukraine over Soviet monuments

23 Jun 2020

MOSCOW/KYIV The targeting of colonial-era monuments in some Western nations has prompted activists in Russia and Ukraine to reflect on how their own countries dealt with Soviet-era statues and, in some cases, to ask whether it was good enough. | Video

Russian journalist charged with justifying terrorism calls her trial a sham

22 Jun 2020

PSKOV, Russia A Russian journalist charged with publicly justifying terrorism called the case against her "a sham" on Monday and said it was a sign of growing censorship.

Russian health workers' coronavirus compensation proves hard to get for some

11 Jun 2020

MOSCOW Yelena Nikonorova, a nurse in the Russian town of Belebey, took a new job on a hospital ward on April 1. Two days later, she went on sick leave. A month later, she was dead after contracting the coronavirus, her death certificate shows.

Citing virus, some Russian election officials shun vote to extend Putin rule

11 Jun 2020

MOSCOW Hundreds of Russian polling station officials, citing the risk of spreading the coronavirus, say they won't help organise a nationwide vote on reforms that could extend President Vladimir Putin's rule until 2036.

Moscow's annual book fair draws crowds despite coronavirus curbs

06 Jun 2020

MOSCOW Hundreds of Moscow residents flocked to an open-air book fair in Red Square on Saturday, though some publishing houses opted to stay away as city authorities keep most coronavirus restrictions in place.

Russians rush to public bath after lockdown without hot water

30 May 2020

TUTAYEV, Russia Russian women flocked to their small town's "banya" or public steam sauna when it reopened after the coronavirus lockdown, for the luxury of hot water after going without for six weeks.

Private jet demand rises as wealthy Russians spend lockdown in West

27 May 2020

MOSCOW Some private jet companies have seen a rise in demand from wealthy Russians who want to spend time in the West during the coronavirus crisis but who were unable to take commercial flights amid tight restrictions by airlines and governments.

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