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Russian senator says Macron’s Frexit idea is attempt to attract voters
Monday, 01 May 2017 07:47

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron’s statement that France could leave the EU is an attempt to bring voters on his side, Russian senator Franz Klintsevich told reporters on May 1.

"Certainly, the EU has problems and they are very serious. But in this case, by admitting the possibility of France’s exit from the EU if it fails to carry out ...

 
Biting the bullet: How military service was avoided in Imperial Russia
Monday, 01 May 2017 07:00

Read more...'A recruit' by Ivan Repin (1879). / Source: Russian Museum

Conscription of young Russian men for lifetime service began in 1699 during the rule of Peter the Great. The goal was to establish a standing army and increase its size for the emperor's many military campaigns. During the reign of Nicholas I, in the second quarter of the 19th century, the p...

 
17 people remain in Bangkok hospital after Aeroflot plane’s incident
Monday, 01 May 2017 05:16

Some 17 people, including 15 Russians, remain in hospital in Thailand’s capital Bangkok after an incident with a plane of Russia’s flagship air carrier Aeroflot that hit an air pocket, a Russian diplomat said.

The plane, on flight SU 270 from Moscow to Bangkok, was struck with turbulence some 40 minutes before landing.

"Currently, 17 people remain...

 
Smart Moscow: How technology transforms urban living
Monday, 01 May 2017 04:00

1. Free Wi-Fi for all passengers

Read more...The Soyuzmultfilm train. / Photo: Kirill Zykov / Moskva Agency

Muscovites can no longer imagine urban life without free wireless Internet on the metro. In fact, Wi-Fi has been available on the city's underground transportation system since 2013, but now it has merged into a single network with a similar system on publ...

 
Informal economy in Russia grows to record levels
Monday, 01 May 2017 03:00

Twenty-six-year-old Muscovite Maxim Krylov used to earn extra money driving a taxi at night. But with the rise of the Uber and Yandex.taxi apps two years ago he started working as a taxi driver full-time. "Before, I would wait around for hours for an order, but now there's no dead time – the orders are coming in non-stop. I can drive around my n...

 
Far too dangerous: Why Russians weren't invited to hack the U.S. Air Force
Monday, 01 May 2017 02:33

An unwillingness to expose its systems to additional risks probably convinced the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) not to invite Russian cybersecurity specialists to participate in its “bug bounty” program to hack the Air Force.

On April 26, the DoD announced the "Hack the Air Force" challenge for cybersecurity specialists from the U.S., U.K., C...

 
Planes on duty around Moscow to ensure good weather during May holiday
Monday, 01 May 2017 01:25

A total of ten planes are ready to take off from Moscow airfields to ensure good weather during the May 1 celebrations in the Russian capital, Moscow’s traffic control center told media.

"The weather is expected to be sunny today, although clouds may emerge and short periods of rain have not been ruled out. Specialists have began meteorological...

 
Russian servicemen distribute 3 tonnes of aid among Syrians
Monday, 01 May 2017 00:18

Russian servicemen conducted six humanitarian missions in Syria in the past 24 hours to distribute 3 tonnes of humanitarian aid, the Russian Center for the reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria said in its daily bulletin May 1.

"In the past 24 hours, the Russian center for the reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria conducted six...

 
After the U.S. attack on Syria: 3 possible scenarios
Friday, 07 April 2017 14:07

Russian experts propose three possible scenarios for U.S.-Russian relations in Syria after the U.S. missile strike on Syrian President Bashar Assad's troops.

Scenario 1. Armed conflict between Russia and the U.S.

Russian experts do not exclude the possibility that Moscow's response to Washington's attack on its Syrian ally will be a show of its own...

 
Aeroflot makes new contract with England's Manchester United FC
Friday, 07 April 2017 09:38

Russian air carrier Aeroflot signed a new contract with England's Manchester United football club and will continue acting as an official carrier of the club, Chief Executive Officer of the airline Vitaliy Savelyev told TASS on April 7.

The first agreement was signed in 2013 for five years. "We have recently resigned the contract with Manchester...

 
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