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Russia’s most aggressive ransomware group disappeared. It’s unclear who made that happen.

New York Times
Just days after President Biden called President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and demanded that he act to shut down ransomware groups that are attacking American targets, the most aggressive of the groups suddenly went off-line early Tuesday morning, terminating negotiations over ransom payments and even bringing down the page......

EXCLUSIVE European efforts to assess Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine stymied by data gaps

Reuters
PARIS, July 13 (Reuters) – The developers of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine have repeatedly failed to provide data that regulators deem to be standard requirements of the drug approval process, according to five people with knowledge of European efforts to assess the drug, providing new insight into the country’s......

Russia’s Transneft restarts oil pipelines suspended due to contamination

Reuters
MOSCOW, June 28 (Reuters) – Russia’s Transneft (TRNF_p.MM) on Monday announced it has restarted two domestic oil pipelines that it suspended last week due to contamination, but it is still halting oil intake from Samaraneftegaz, a unit of the state oil company Rosneft (ROSN.MM), while it investigates the incident. Some......

S.Korean consortium to produce Russia’s Sputnik Light vaccine

Reuters
A student of the Russian University of Transport receives a dose of Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the university clinic in Moscow, Russia June 25, 2021. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva SEOUL, June 28 (Reuters) – Huons Global Co Ltd (084110.KQ) said on Monday its South Korean consortium......

EU approval of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine delayed, sources say

Reuters
Doses of the Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are seen at a vaccination centre in Zilina, Slovakia June 7, 2021. REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa/File Photo BERLIN, June 16 (Reuters) – European Union approval of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine will be delayed because a June 10 deadline to submit......

Ahead of Biden-Putin summit, Ukraine leader warns Americans about Russia’s intentions

CBS News
CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Ahead of Biden-Putin summit, Ukraine leader warns Americans about Russia’s intentions – CBS News Watch CBSN Live Ahead of President Biden’s landmark summit with Vladimir Putin, Ukraine’s president invites CBS News to the front line to explain why his......

Russia’s ruble backs away from 11-month highs as eyes turn to Biden-Putin summit

CNBC
CNBC – For more and to sign up click here The ruble has been on a steady incline since mid-April, supported by rising oil prices and a hawkish Central Bank of Russia, but a geopolitical cloud is forming as President Vladimir Putin prepares to meet with U.S. President Joe Biden......

Biden warns Putin ahead of summit: Navalny’s death would hurt Russia’s standing

CNBC
CNBC – For more and to sign up click here WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden issued a warning to Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of their Wednesday summit that the death of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny would hurt Russia’s relationships with the rest of the world. “Navalny’s death......

Russia’s new COVID-19 cases rise to highest since Feb. 13

Reuters
A medical specialist holds a vial of Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus in a department store in Moscow, Russia, January 18, 2021 REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov/File Photo Russia on Sunday reported 14,723 new COVID-19 cases, including 7,704 in Moscow, the largest one-day national caseload since Feb. 13. The number of new......

Russia’s Putin: Biden will be less impulsive than Trump

BBC
The White House has previously indicated that Mr Biden intends to cover a “full range of pressing issues” during the Geneva summit – including arms control, climate change, Russian military involvement in Ukraine, cyber-hacking and the jailing of Mr Navalny. BBC – For more and to sign up click here......

Ransomware hackers remain largely out of reach behind Russia’s cybercurtain

LA_Times
USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Del Quentin Wilber U.S. authorities are running into a major obstacle in holding hackers responsible for an onslaught of ransomware attacks: The extortionists remain out of reach in Russia, safely ensconced behind a cybercurtain as difficult to penetrate as......

Russia’s space chief threatens to leave International Space Station program unless U.S. lifts sanctions

CNBC
CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Since last decade, NASA has turned repeatedly to Colorado companies to produce the technology it needs to not only send astronauts on new lunar missions but also to Mars and into the depths of space. Above, the International Space Station.......

Venezuela to purchase and manufacture Russia’s EpiVacCorona vaccine

Reuters
A medical worker fills a syringe with a dose of the EpiVacCorona vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), developed by the Vector Institute in Siberia, at a local clinic in Saint Petersburg, Russia April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov Venezuela has reached a deal to purchase doses of Russia’s EpiVacCorona vaccine,......

Russia’s Sechin warns of oil shortage amid drive for green energy

Reuters
Chief Executive of oil producer Rosneft Igor Sechin attends a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia February 15, 2021. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS Igor Sechin, the head of Russian oil major Rosneft (ROSN.MM), said on Saturday the world was facing an acute......

Russia’s Sizikova released from police custody after match-fixing allegations

Reuters
A general view during a match at the French Open in Paris, June 3, 2021. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes Russian player Yana Sizikova has been released from police custody a day after being arrested at the French Open over match-fixing allegations related to last year’s tournament, her lawyer said on Friday. “She......

Digital currencies are the future for Russia’s financial system, central bank governor says

CNBC
CNBC – For more and to sign up click here A man on the phone walks past the Russian Central Bank headquarters as the Russian flag flies, in downtown Moscow, on March 19, 2021. KIRILL Kudryavtsev | AFP | Getty Images As the economy moves online, digital currencies will be......

Russia’s Sakhalin Energy shuts biggest production platform for maintenance

Reuters
Russian liquefied natural gas producer (LNG) Sakhalin Energy said on Tuesday it would halt the Piltun-Astokhskaya-B (PA-B) offshore oil and gas production platform for planned annual maintenance for a month. The PA-B platform is the first this year to shut for planned maintenance among the production assets of LNG plant......

Russia’s power over Belarus is in the spotlight after plane ‘hijacking’ incident

CNBC
CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko during their meeting in Sochi on February 22, 2021. ALEXEI DRUZHININ | AFP | Getty Images As global leaders expressed outrage at Belarus’ “hijacking” of a Ryanair plane......

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