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05.07.14 / 15.07.14

Il Lago dei Cigni

Uno dei più famosi e suggestivi spettacoli di ballo classico Russo. Si svolgerà a Roma con una serie di repliche dal 5 a 15 Luglio al teatro dell'Opera di Roma [...]

10.07.14 / 20.07.14

Verbano - Baveno Festival

Dieci giorni di concerti, con artisti di fama internazionale, provenienti da tutto il mondo che si esibiranno nelle performance multimediali più esclusive accompagnate dalle [...]

18.06.14 / 21.06.14

Mirabilia

Giunto alla sua ottava edizione, Mirabilia riconferma il suo ritorno in due location in cui il teatro si affianca a grandi opere architettoniche ed artistiche contemporanee: d [...]

05.06.14 / 08.06.14

Rimini - Artisti in Piazza 2014

Il festival dove partecipano tantissimi artisti di strada provenienti da tutto il mondo e che si esibiscono nei piu emozionanti spettacoli. Sono circa venti gli show c [...]

29.05.14 / 01.06.14

Ravenna - Sposalizio del Mare

Tutti a Cervia conoscono l’antica leggenda dello Sposalizio del Mare. Il rito nasce dalla vicenda accaduta quando Pietro Barbo, Vescovo di Cervia, al suo ritorno da Venezia f [...]

21.03.14 / 21.06.14

Cagliari - Echi lontani 2014

Il festival della musica d'epoca 2014 inizierà a Cagliari venerdì 21 marzo con la Giornata Europea della Musica Antica e ci accompagnerà sino al 21 giugno [...]

16.05.14 / 18.05.14

Siracusa - L'Infiorata di Noto

La manifestazione clou della primavera barocca: l'Infiorata di Via Nicolaci. Un mosaico di fiori, colori e profumi che dona alla splendida città un aspetto che lascia co [...]

16.05.14 / 17.05.14

Sassari - La Cavalcata Sarda 2014

I riti, le tradizioni, i colori offerti da questa splendida terra regalano l’emozione di una cultura affascinante, complessa e misteriosa. Questo è il vero caratt [...]

30.05.14 / 02.06.14

Carbonia - Il Girotonno

Una tradizione culturale, artisticha ed enogastronomicha. Il Girotonno sarà un evento pieno di musica e spettacolo, convegni e dibattiti per celebrare l’antica tradizi [...]

08.05.14 / 12.05.14

XXVII Salone internazionale del Libro di Torino

Il  XXVII Salone Internazionale del Libro di Torino si rinnova quest'anno da giovedì 8 a lunedì 12 maggio 2014 al Lingotto Fiere. L'evento è un [...]

17.05.14 / 21.05.14

Bari - VIII Festival dell’Arte Russa a Bari

Dal 16 al 22 maggio 2014 , nel quadro degli eventi ufficiali Russi in Italia organizzati dalla società civile si svolgerà l'Art Festival "Giardino Estivo del [...]

Venezia - Missione culturale Russa a Venezia

Si ripresenta per il periodo del carnevale di Venezia , uno degli eventi più colorati e indimenticabili. Il progetto "missione culturale russa a Venezia" , organiz [...]

13.02.14 / 16.02.14

Ragusa - KAMO’ fiera dell'abitare e vestire di tendenza

KAMO’ da oltre 25 anni è la vetrina privilegiata per oltre cento aziende che operano nel mondo nella moda e dell'arredamento. Un punto di incontro irrinunciabile, [...]

11.01.14

Roma - Gran Ballo Russo a Roma

Nei suggestivi saloni dell'Hotel St. Regis di Roma, l'11 gennaio 2014 la Compagnia Nazionale di Danza Storica, diretta da Nino Graziano Luca, in collaborazione con Pao [...]

16.01.14 / 20.01.14

Roma - Roma Sposa

RomaSposa è l'evento più atteso da tutti i futuri sposi e non solo: una vetrina sulla tradzione abbinata a tutti i nuovi trend; un mondo magico attorniato da sugg [...]

12.09.13

Venezia - Tokidoki & Peggy Guggenheim

A Venezia con Tokidoki: toy in edizione limitata ispirata a uno dei cuccioli di Peggy Guggenheim.

Venezia - Bellini

Il Bellini è un cocktail ufficiale IBA (International Bartenders Association). E’ un gradevolissimo long drink a base di vino bianco frizzante, usualmente Prosecco Ven [...]

Sicilia - D&G e la Sicilia

La nuova collezione del 2013 di Dolce e Gabbana si ispira alla Sicilia, una terra meravigliosa raccontata, stavolta, attraverso la creatività eccezionale di questi due stili [...]

16.02.14 / 09.03.14

Lucca - Carnevale di Viareggio

Il Carnevale di Viareggio da 139 anni è la più spettacolare festa italiana, testimonianza delle capacità artistiche ed organizzative degli italiani nel mondo. [...]

07.01.14 / 10.01.14

Firenze - Pitti Immagine Uomo

Buyers selezionati, insieme ad espositori provenienti da tutto il mondo, fanno di Pitti Immagine Uomo una manifestazione di riferimento per l’intero comparto della moda masch [...]

15.02.14 / 04.03.14

Venezia - Carnevale Veneziano

Il Carnevale di Venezia è uno dei più conosciuti ed apprezzati carnevali del mondo. E' il più importante festival veneziano caratterizzato da una fusione d [...]

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Russian PM Medvedev speaks about sanctions against Ukraine

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev unveiled the plans of the Russian government regarding sanctions against Ukrainian citizens. Russia's sanctions will affect hundreds of Ukrainian natural persons, Medvedev said.   "It goes about hundreds of people who have harmed Russia with their actions. There will business representatives and other people there," Medvedev said.  According to him, the sanctions will block Ukrainian assets on the territory of the Russian Federation and prohibit the withdrawal of financial assets from the Russian Federation to Ukraine.

Tue, 23 Oct 2018 15:59:00 +0300

Russia and Italy annoy European Union

Diplomatic relations between Russia and Italy have been improving lately even though the EU has been unhappy with Italy's behaviour.   The lack of understanding between Italy and other EU countries has been growing. Representatives of other EU member states say that Italy spends too much. Spokespeople for the Italian government made it clear that they heard the claims, but added that the budget for the next year had been formed and Italy was not going to change anything in it.  It appears that Italy is unwilling to tolerate endless claims from the EU. Italy has lost tens of billions of euros because of Western sanctions against Russia. At the same time, it is obvious to everyone that a country that spends a lot should earn a lot too. 

Tue, 23 Oct 2018 13:29:00 +0300

Putin signs decree to impose economic sanctions against Ukraine

Russia will introduce special economic measures against Ukraine because of unfriendly actions that the Ukrainian government has taken against the Russian Federation. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree introducing new "special economic measures" against Ukraine. In accordance with the document, the sanctions are being imposed in order to protect national interests of the Russian Federation. Putin instructed the government to determine the lists of individuals and legal entities in respect of which the sanctions are to be imposed, as well as to decide what restrictions should be introduced against them. The decree has come into force from the moment of signing. However, all government bodies and local governments, as well as Russian citizens and companies were instructed to proceed from the assumption that the yet unspecified sanctions are to be imposed against the yet unspecified entities. The decree was adopted in accordance with the Law No.127 "On Measures of Counteraction (Resistance) on Unfriendly Actions of the United States of America and Other Foreign States." According to this law, in order to protect the sovereignty and interests of Russia, as well as the rights and freedoms of its citizens, the Russian authorities have the right to use countermeasures to respond to "unfriendly actions" taken by other states. Such measures include the termination or suspension of cooperation, imposition of restrictions or prohibition on the import of certain goods into Russia, as well as export of goods of Russian origin to the sanctioned country. The list of goods in both cases shall be determined by the government, but imports of vital goods, analogues of which are not produced in Russia, shall not be restricted.

Mon, 22 Oct 2018 20:04:00 +0300

Russian military men were paid before Russia reunited with Crimea

Prior to the operation to annex the Crimea, the Russian military on the peninsula had received a cash allowance.The financial of the Russian Defence Ministry had made such a decision over the fear of the blockage of financial assets on the accounts of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Ukrainian banks, Deputy Defence Minister Tatyana Shevtsova said.According to her, since the end of February, military financiers had been closely watching the development of the situation in the Crimea and, together with large Russian banks, they had been looking for ways that would save budget money."Already in early March, Russian servicemen in the Crimea received an early monetary allowance, and a couple of weeks later all the Russian budget money in cash was collected at military pay offices and subsequently transferred to the treasury under enhanced security," the deputy minister said.The financial service organised cash support for the Black Sea Fleet through field institutions of the Bank of Russia and interrupted the financing of the Black Sea Fleet through a foreign bank. The moves ensured the timely financial support for military units stationed in the Crimea and Sevastopol, Shevtsova concluded.

Mon, 22 Oct 2018 14:42:00 +0300

Russia to use all of her might to defend Belarus if need be

Russia's Ambassador to Belarus, Mikhail Babich, said that Moscow would treat any military intervention in the affairs of Belarus as an attack on Russia.The statement from Babich came as a reaction to an announcement from US officials to deploy an army base in Poland. The ambassador believes that this is "a disturbing factor that must not be neglected."He also noted that Russia and Belarus reached absolute mutual understanding on these issues. "We have a regional grouping of troops and forces, we also have all the components that are necessary both for defence and for retaliatory attack."President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko commented on the plans of US authorities to deploy an army base in Poland by saying that they are "a mirror reflection of the border with Kaliningrad.""I won't say that they like us very much - neither you nor us, Russia and Belarus," added Lukashenko.Lukashenko said that the citizens of the two countries have no one else to count on except for each other, and assured that Russia can always rely on Belarus.

Mon, 22 Oct 2018 14:03:00 +0300

Putin ready to discuss INF Treaty issues with John Bolton

The United States is going to pull out from the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF).The news did not come as a surprise as Trump's national security adviser John Bolton had earlier insisted on such a move. Bolton also hampers the talks on the extension of the Strategic Offensive Arms Treaty (START-3).In Russia, the emergence of this information is associated with Bolton's upcoming visit to Moscow on October 22-23. According to the Kremlin, Putin is ready for the meeting. Many US politicians do not share Bolton's point of view, and military experts are confident that Russia and the USA can still settle the issue.Retired Major General Vladimir Dvorkin believes that the USA is unlikely to exit the START-3. "This agreement is beneficial for the Americans because it allows them to control Russia's nuclear triad. A recent nuclear report says that the US is ready to discuss the extension of the treaty until 2026. Trump's statement comes as another act of blackmail on the part of the United States to force Russia to recognise some of its actions related to ground tests of cruise missiles with a range of over 500 km."Dvorkin, who earlier headed the Research Institute of the Russian Ministry of Defence that studies problems of nuclear deterrence, believes that USA's claims to the Russian Federation regarding the INF Treaty "are technical in nature." According to the expert, the Americans believe that Russia has conducted tests on the launchers that look like the launchers of the Iskander complex. The Americans also believe that Russia has a missile in service that violates the INF Treaty.

Mon, 22 Oct 2018 13:21:00 +0300

Is Putin guilty of the Kerch school massacre?

Vladimir Putin said at a meeting of Valdai Discussion Club that the tragedy at the Polytechnic College in the city of Kerch was "a result of globalisation." However, he did not say who has drawn us into this globalisation."In social networks, on the Internet, we can see that whole communities being created. Everything started with well-known tragic events at schools in the United States," the President of the Russian Federation said. Well, it is easy to blame abstract "globalisation" for what happened. In fact, one may come to a completely different conclusion, and one needs to look for it in the policy of the elite, to which Mr. Putin belongs. Russia lacks youth organisations, like the ones we used to have during the Soviet times - Pioneer or Komsomol organisations. In the Soviet Union, there were no such tragedies, nor were there any security guards and metal detectors at schools - there were teachers and students instead. Sergei Komkov, President of the All-Russian Education Fund, Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences, told Pravda.Ru that the Kerch massacre came as a consequence of the educational reform which Russia had been conducting on the advice of American specialists. "We warned 15-20 years ago that a tragedy like the one that happened in Kerch would be possible in Russia by analogy with what was happening in America," the expert said. The expert referred to the book by Bel Kaufman, "Up The Down Staircase," in which the author talks about the morale at American school in the 60-70s. "I flew to the USA in the 1990s. I was observing how things were working there, and they deported me in 1997 after I told them what it would all end up with," the expert told Pravda.Ru. During the 1990s, in accordance with recommendations from Soros advisors, Russia started reforming its educational system on the American template. "They had eradicated the ideological component, the system of upbringing, and switched to the mere transfer of knowledge and skills," Sergei Komkov told Pravda.Ru.All school youth organisations were taken out of schools. In addition, on the advice of Westerners, all additional education could be received for money. The reform sharply divided the youth based on the income of their parents, Sergey Komkov said in an interview with Pravda.Ru. According to the expert, an army of hopeless children had appeared in Russia already in the late 1990s. Children did not know what to do as their parents were doing their best to try to survive during the time of the crisis," the expert told Pravda.Ru. The system of upbringing should be restored at Russian schools as well. "The first thing we need to do is to kick all Western advisers right out. One needs to close the Higher School of Economics, because this school is a nest of American and British advisers. It was them who introduced the Unified State Exam system, the testing system, the system of sex education - they are trying to prove it to us that the most important thing is the system of education, rather than upbringing.""Security guards cannot protect children. They can be protected if they get engaged in creative work, hiking trips, including to sites of military glory, if they sing in the choir, learn how to dance, how to draw, if they are busy with research activities and history studies. In this case, an idea to grab a rifle and go to school to kill other kids will not occur to them," the expert told Pravda.Ru. "We must have our own brains to do everything the Russian way and avoid the American template," Sergei Komkov told Pravda.Ru.

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 20:13:00 +0300

Chief of Russian National Guards declines Navalny's TV debate offer

Viktor Zolotov, the head of the Russian National Guards, refused to take part in the television debate with opposition activist Alexei Navalny. "A debate? I invited him to something else," Zolotov said when asked whether he would accept Navalny's invitation to take part in a debate on television. "So, we do not agree with him," Zolotov said adding that he would answer Navalny's question later. According to the head of the Russian National Guards, he asked Navalny to a duel - "a sports event, nothing more." Zolotov also said that after the publication of Navalny's investigation, the supplier of food products for the Russian National Guards sued Navalny. "After the court's decision we will see whether he was right or not," said Zolotov.Alexei Navalny, the founder of the Anti-Corruption Fund, tweeted later that he wanted to accept Zolotov's challenge. "There was a duel, I remember it very clearly, there was the word 'duel' there," Navalny tweeted. The conflict between Zolotov and Navalny sparked after the publication of Navalny's investigation into procurement for the Russian National Guards in late August. Navalny said in the report that after the right to supply products to the Russian National Guards was assigned to only one supplier -  the Crimean meat-packing plant "Friendship of Peoples." The deal doubled and even tripled the cost of products purchased for the service. After the publication of the investigation, the meat packing plant filed a lawsuit against Alexei Navalny. Also read: Chief of Russian National Guards threatens to make juicy meat chop out of Alexei Navalny

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 17:46:00 +0300

Russia builds her first-ever turbojet engine for civil aviation

Russia's PD-14 aviation engine has received the certificate of readiness signed by the head of the Federal Air Transport Agency Alexander Neradko."The receipt of the certificate confirms the readiness of the PD-14 for operation. We can say that Russia has created its first turbojet engine for civil aviation," Denis Manturov, Minister for Industry and Trade said. By the end of 2018, Irkut Corporation is to receive three PD-14 serial engines.As the Minister noted, the certificate of the PD-14 engine is to be validated at the European Aviation Safety Agency in 2019. At the same time, Russia will conduct the tests of the MS-21 aircraft outfitted with the PD-14 engine. The short-medium-haul MC-21 airplane can carry up to 211 people at a distance of 6,400 kilometers. The aircraft made its maiden flight in May 2017.At present, the MC-21 flies with US-made PW1000G engines.

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 16:10:00 +0300

Edward Snowden does not feel safe in Russia

Edward Snowden, formerly an employee of the US National Security Agency, who was granted political asylum in Russia, said he did not feel safe in the country.During a video conference with the University of Innsbruck, Snowden said that he had doubts whether he would be safe in Russia. "As for my future in Russia, I cannot say that I am safe. But does it matter? If I wanted to live in safety, I would be in Hawaii making a lot of money and keeping track of everyone," he said.Snowden also assured the audience that he had never worked for the Russian government. "I have criticised them, I have criticised the president [of Russia], and their elections process, and I will continue doing it," he added, adding that his priority is to take care of US citizens, because he is an American in the first place.

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 15:41:00 +0300

Putin: Russians will go to heaven in case of nuclear war

Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club that Russia will never initiate military actions, including with the use of nuclear weapons. At the same time, Putin noted, Russia would respond to a nuclear strike. "The aggressor must know that retaliation will be inevitable. We, victims of the aggression, we will go to heaven as martyrs. They will just die, because they won't even have time to repent," the president said.Putin also said that Russia was not afraid of anything. "We are not afraid of anything at all. [When your] country with such a territory, with people ready to give their lives for the Fatherland - nobody can do anything about it," he said.Earlier, during his speech, Putin said that the tragedy in the city of Kerch came as a consequence of globalisation.

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 17:37:00 +0300

Putin blames globalisation for Kerch school shooting that claimed 21 lives

Young people "grab surrogate of heroism instead of genuine heroism," Russian President Putin said noting that the Internet lacks content for the younger generation.Putin believes that the massacre in the Polytechnic College in the city of Kerch, where 21 people were killed during a mass shooting and an explosion, came as a result of globalisation," including social networks.""This, apparently, is a result of globalisation, strange as it may seem. We can see whole communities being created in social networks, on the Internet," Putin said speaking at an annual meeting of Valdai discussion club. Putin also believes that the young man who killed so many people at the Polytechnic College in Kerch was inspired by similar tragedies in the United States. "Young people with unstable psyche create some fake heroes for themselves. All of us, in Russia in particular and in the world, show a bad reaction to the changing environment," he said. "It means that we do not create necessary, interesting and useful content for young people. They grab this surrogate of heroism, and it all leads to tragedies like this one," Putin said. One of the most notorious cases of mass shooting in an educational institution was the massacre in Columbine High School in Colorado, USA, in April 1999, when 13 people were killed and 36 were wounded. The massacre triggered the phenomenon of mass school shootings, when others wanted to be like Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the perpetrators of the attack. Also read: Kerch shooter grew up in dysfunctional family

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 16:38:00 +0300

Russia receives super long range missile for S-400 anti-aircraft systems

The Russian army receives the missile that has the longest range. A source at the Russian military-industrial complex said that the S-400 Triumf SAM system would be armed with a 40N6 long-range anti-aircraft missile."The long-range missile 40N6 [40N6E is the export version] was put into service, all necessary documents were signed in September, after which the Ministry of Defence proceeded to purchasing these missiles," the source said.Within the scope of the state armament program before 2027, over 1,000 40N6 missiles are to be purchased for  S-400 regiments of the Aerospace Forces. The program stipulates for the establishment of 56 divisions of S-400. In July of this year, a source close to the Russian defence industry said that the state trials of the 40N6 missile were successful.The 40N6 is an anti-aircraft guided missile (SAM) of super-long range of over 400 km. The missile can intercept targets in near space for S-400/S-500 air defence systems. The 40N6 is designed to destroy air command posts, strategic bombers, hypersonic cruise and ballistic missiles with a maximum speed of more than 4800 m/s. The missile is capable of destroying targets beyond the visibility of ground radars.According to official information, the destruction range of the missile makes up nearly 380 km for aerodynamic purposes and up to 15 km for ballistic ones with an altitude from ten meters to 35 kilometres. The average flight speed is 1190 m/s. Owing to the new homing head, the missile can destroy aircraft outside radio visibility of ground-based radars.In addition, the 40N6 missile is capable of finding and striking targets on its own, after losing communication with ground systems.Previous anti-aircraft missiles of the S-400 complex (9M96, 48N6, 48N6DM) that were in service with the army of the Russian Federation, ensured the destruction of targets at a distance of up to 250 km.The US anti-aircraft missile system Patriot PAC-3 is capable of hitting targets at a maximum distance of up to 80-100 km.

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 16:01:00 +0300

Russia will not let NATO warships into Sea of Azov

Representatives of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation commented on the state of affairs in the Sea of Azov.Member-countries of the North Atlantic Alliance intend to hold naval drills in the Sea of Azov. Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, excluded such a possibility and said that NATO countries would need to obtain Russia's consent for such an event. Needless of say that Moscow will never give its permission for NATO drills near Russian borders. Lavrov said that it was Ukraine that was trying to invite Western countries to the Sea of Azov. However, Russia keeps her eye on the ball. According to Lavrov, Russia is well aware of Ukraine's efforts to build up its military presence on the border with Russia. It is also obvious, Lavrov added, that Europe was remaking its transport system so that Western countries could approach Russia's borders as quickly as possible.

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 15:10:00 +0300

Deputy head of the Crimea arrested in Moscow

Deputy head of the Crimea, ex-chairman of the committee on economic, fiscal and tax policies, Vitaly Nakhlupin, was arrested in Moscow on charges of bribery. It was said that Nakhlupin was in charge of road construction, where he was responsible for the implementation of a federal road construction program. On Wednesday, October 17, officers of the Federal Security Bureau withdrew documents from the Competition Policy Committee of the Crimea, and the service supervising the construction of roads in the Crimea.Sergei Aksyonov, the head of the Crimea, who returned to the peninsula after a visit to Syria, confirmed the arrest of his deputy and ensuing searches in the above-mentioned departments. According to him, the authorities of the Crimea provide all necessary assistance to law enforcement agencies in the investigation.

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 13:52:00 +0300

Russia will not be de-dollarized

The Russian economy will not be de-dollarized, because those responsible for the process are not happy with it, expert Valentin Katasonov told Pravda.Ru. Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Moiseev said that the Russian government developed a plan to de-dollarize the economy. The plan is to be approved by the end of the year, the official said. However, the project causes technical disagreements between the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Economic Development and the Central Bank and will not be published after approval as the document is for official use only. The plan does not prohibit the use of the US dollar in the Russian federation, but includes measures to expand the use of the national currency, the Russian ruble, in foreign trade settlements.Valentin Katasonov, the chief of the Russian Economic Community, said that sometimes documents can be classified to conceal the stupidity of those officials who wrote them. "There is no de-dollarization and one does not have to expect it to happen. By and large, this is a political, rather than an economic question. The Russian government expresses the interests of Russian oligarchs, who are not interested in de-dollarization. Russian oligarchs get increasingly wealthy due to exports, but exports want the ruble to be weak. If the ruble is weak, how can you make others use the ruble?" the economist said."Legal entities and individuals tend to use a strong currency, but the Ministry of Finance is interested in the weak currency, because it is easier to implement the budget. The main beneficiary of the dollar's circulation is the master, because if the ruble is strong, then everyone will abandon it.""We follow the ruble rate every day, because we are zombified by the media. In order to change this trend, one requires a politician, who can think about real, rather than speculative economy. Those in power in Russia will not do it," Valentin Katasonov told Pravda.Ru.

Tue, 16 Oct 2018 17:34:00 +0300

World Cup brings one trillion rubles to Russian economy

The Russian economy has received 952 billion rubles during five years of preparations for the World Cup that Russia hosted in the summer of 2018. In the next five years, the positive influence of the championship is expected to bring another trillion rubles. The total effect that the World Cup 2018 has shown on Russia's GDP for 2013-2018 was evaluated at 952 billion rubles (about 1% of GDP), a study conducted by the organising committee of the 2018 World Cup said. More than half of the total profit fell for 2017-2018, while GDP growth reached 0.4%.The report indicates that Russia spent 688 billion rubles to organise and conduct the tournament. At the same time, 79% of the total effect (751 billion rubles) was received owing to the influence of investments and operating expenses.The increase in GDP due to preparations for the World Cup in 2013-2018 created up to 315,000 jobs and increased tax revenues of the budget by 164 billion rubles.Experts indicate that the aftermath of the 2018 World Cup is to bring about 150-200 billion rubles. annually during the period of five years. The 2018 World Cup was held in Russia from June 14 to July 15, 2018. France won the tournament in the match vs. Croatia with the score 4:2. After the end of the championship, the Russian national team climbed 24 positions up in FIFA rankings and took the 46th position.

Tue, 16 Oct 2018 14:32:00 +0300

Russia shows top secret X-101 cruise missile

Russia's Defence Ministry uploaded on the net several videos of the drills of strategic nuclear forces.One of the videos shows the installation of the X-101 missile on the external suspension of the Tu-95MS strategic bomber, as well as in the inner compartment of the Tu-160.One X-101 cruise missile weighs 2,500 kilos, of which the warhead weighs 400 kilos. The length of the missile is about 8 meters; it can develop the speed about 1,000 kilometers per hour. The expected error of the X-101 target impact is accounts for tens of meters.It was said that the Tu-95 is capable of carrying eight X-101 missiles on the external suspension, while the Tu-160 can carry 12 missiles housed in the internal compartment. This cruise missile became known for its use during operations of the Russian Air Force in Syria.

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 13:30:00 +0300

The Iron Curtain is falling on Russia again

Foreign companies get rid of their assets in the Russian Federation, while Russian businesses cut their investment in foreign countries.Experts analysed the data of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation and concluded that the Russian economy is standing on the verge of the isolation crisis. The crisis may develop further, and many socio-economic projects in Russia are likely to be shelved. There is a different point of view to the problem: new regional centres have started forming in the world, and the process will cause a redistribution of investment flows. For example, certain US funds have increased their investments in Russian bonds despite sanctions. Nevertheless, foreign businesses prefer not to keep assets in Russia and tend to sell them. "The net incurrence of liabilities in the non-financial sector in direct investments in the third quarter was negative: minus $6 billion. This suggests that non-residents sell real assets and leave Russia," Kirill Tremasov, formerly a chief representative of the Ministry of Economic Development said."Russian companies have practically ended direct investments abroad too. The net acquisition of assets by the non-financial sector under "direct investments"  in the third quarter was minus $100 million, the economist said.Tremasov sees these processes as "a clear illustration of the fact that the Russian economy has embarked on the way of isolationism." "Nothing like this has been observed in Russia's modern history before," he added. Tamara Kasyanova, first vice-president of the Russian Club of Financial Directors, believes that Russia has secluded itself and can seclude itself even more. Yet, the expert does not think that the Russian authorities are pursuing the policy of "isolationism." It would be more appropriate to say that sanctions and growing external pressure scare investors away from Russia, the financier said.According to Alexei Antonov, an analyst at Alor Broker, "the Iron Curtain" sounds too dramatic. "At the same time, isolationism, even insignificant, does not bring good to anyone. This is just a waste of time and resources, a technological lag, which becomes insurmountable over time," he said. According to the expert, the Russian leadership understands this. Russia has been building its foreign policy in a way to maintain ties with Asian countries in the first place, the analyst said. Ekaterina Novikova, an associate professor of the Russian University of Economics, said that markets are being redistributed now. "The international market has its limits - the supplies of additional products to existing markets is limited. Therefore, a question arises as to how existing markets should be divided. For this reason, Western countries are pursuing the policy of sanctions against Russia, Iran, China, Turkey in order to get access to additional markets for their products. In this situation, the Russian economy has to defend itself by pursuing the policy of import substitution, de-dollarization, restrictions on foreign investment, and so on," the expert said. Many experts also believe that foreign investors are concerned with Russia's internal problems, such as low GDP growth. International capital thus leaves Russia behind to avoid significant risks and low dollar returns.Surprisingly, the State of California has entered the top 10 of foreign holders of Russian debt obligations. The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) invested about $450 million in Russian securities. Investments have grown by an average of eight percent since the end of 2017.

Thu, 11 Oct 2018 15:09:00 +0300

Russia develops special strategy in Africa

While the attention of the United States of America and the European Union is focused on the Middle East, the Russian Federation is developing cooperation with North Africa, Swiss publication Neue Zürcher Zeitung wrote. The authors of the article believe that Russian President Putin is expanding Russia's influence in Africa. Not that long ago, the article says, Russia handed over another submarine to Algeria. The publication also said that the Russian government actively supports Libyan military leader Khalifa Haftar. Tunisia has recently announced plans for "nuclear cooperation" with Russia.It is not the first submarine that Russia has delivered to Algeria over time, the newspaper wrote. The  Kilo submarine that Russia delivered to Algeria is known in NATO member states as "black hole" as it hardly makes any noise during navigation. Russia has a strategy in Africa, the goal of which is to gain more allies, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung newspaper concludes. Also read: Russia's African comeback - better late than never

Thu, 11 Oct 2018 14:32:00 +0300

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