Ukraine and Russia exchange prisoners in landmark deal (BBC)

A long-awaited exchange of prisoners being held by Russia and Ukraine appears to be under way. Buses from a Russian jail headed towards a Moscow airport “within the framework of preparations”, Russian TV said, and planes flew to Kiev and…

Russia floating nuclear power station to set sail across Arctic (BBC)

Russia is set to launch the world’s first floating nuclear power station, which will sail 5,000km (3,000 miles) from the Arctic port of Murmansk to Chukotka in the far east. The nuclear agency Rosenergoatom says the Akademik Lomonosov’s mobility will…

INF nuclear treaty: US tests medium-range cruise missile (BBC)

The US has tested a medium-range cruise missile weeks after pulling out of a key treaty with Russia that banned such nuclear-capable weapons. The Pentagon said it successfully launched the missile off the coast of California on Sunday. Moscow accused…

US pulls out of nuclear treaty with Russia (BBC)

The US has formally withdrawn from a nuclear treaty with Russia, raising fears of a new arms race. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) was signed by US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987. It banned…

Russia denies OneWeb’s satellite internet request (BBC)

A firm that plans to launch hundreds of satellites into orbit to provide worldwide internet coverage has failed in its latest attempt to get approval in Russia. OneWeb, whose headquarters are in the UK, was seeking to use a certain…

Russia submersible fire ‘was in battery compartment’ (BBC)

Russia says the main cause of the deadly incident on board a submersible which killed 14 crew on Monday was a fire in the battery compartment. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu also said the top-secret military craft was nuclear-powered but the…

Russia expects Nigerians to apply for scholarship, says attaché (Guardian)

The Embassy of Russia in Nigeria has urged Nigerians to explore opportunity through application for the ongoing Russian Government Scholarship programme, to improve themselves educationally. Press Attaché of the Embassy, Mr. Ivan Lydkin, made the call on Wednesday in Abuja…

India signs $3 bn submarine deal with Russia (Guardian)

India has signed a $3 billion deal to lease a third Russian nuclear-powered submarine for 10 years, giving Delhi a boost in the Indian Ocean against arch-rivals Pakistan and China, media reports said. The deal — which according to the…

Two killed and 40 arrested in ‘gay purge’ in Russian republic (Metro)

Two people have been killed and 40 arrested in a ‘crackdown’ on gay people in a Russian republic where gay people have been tortured and held in concentration camps. The predominantly Muslim region of Chechnya launched a new ‘purge’ on…

Russia demands explanation over US snub to space chief (Guardian)

Russia’s space agency on Saturday demanded an explanation after NASA put off a planned visit to the United States by Russia’s controversial space chief. Dmitry Rogozin, a firebrand nationalist politician known for his anti-Western rhetoric, was set to visit the…

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