Tag Archives: Russia

Russia | Nostalgia for the Soviet mud cure won’t stop the cull of Russian pensioners

by John Helmer

Early this month (June. – edit.) a Chinese reporter asked President Vladimir Putin for an intimate detail of his life noone had requested (or been given) before. Asked how much time he spends on exercise each day, Putin replied: “Every day I spend about 2–2.5 hours doing sports. I go to the gym, I swim, sometimes I get out on the mat, if I have sparring partners, and sometimes I play hockey.”

Russia | Russia: First Victory Against the Outlawing of the MPRA Union

The International workers committee against war and exploitation has good news to announce. The Supreme Court of the Federation of Russia has nullified the absurd decision taken by the Saint Petersburg tribunal, which last January delegalized the Inter-Regional Workers Association (MPRA) union, an independent trade union that organizes several thousands of members, especially in the car-making factories of multinational corporations.

Russia | Blocking of Telegram and legal restrictions on social networks will limit freedom of expression in Russia, says OSCE Representative Désir

VIENNA, 13 April 2018 – The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir expressed his concern about a court’s decision to block the Telegram messaging and social networking application in the Russian Federation.

“The decision to block Telegram is deeply worrying as it hampers the important role of internet intermediaries in facilitating the exercise of the right to freedom of expression. In recent years, Telegram has also become an important channel for the dissemination of information by various media outlets,” Désir said. “I call on the Russian authorities to reconsider this restrictive measure and to promote a free, independent and diverse communications environment.”

Russia | Broken fire alarm in likely faulty building: Investigators share first Kemerovo tragedy findings

The preliminary results of the investigation into the fire that claimed 64 lives indicate that not only did the staff do nothing to fix the broken firefighting system, but the building might not have been suitable for a mall.

Russia | Calls for authorities to resign as hundreds rally in Kemerovo, Russia after deadly mall inferno

Traumatized locals have taken to the streets in the Siberian city of Kemerovo. Many are calling for the resignation of authorities after a fire in a shopping mall left dozens dead, including many children.