Articles by Anna Dolgov



Growing Number of Russians Think State Has Failed in Duties to Citizens - Poll

The number of Russians who believe the state is failing in its duties to citizens has increased to 39 percent from 28 percent a year ago.

Russian Election Watchdog Fined as Part of 'Intimidation Campaign'

A Moscow city court has fined election monitoring group Golos 1.2 million rubles ($18,000) for failing to identify itself as a foreign agent on its website.

Kremlin Apologises to German Newspaper, Goldman Sachs for Putins Statement

The Kremlin on Friday issued an apology to German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs for false comments made by Russian President Putin regarding the ownership of the newspaper.

Miss Russia Contestant From Dagestan Slammed for Swimsuit Photos

The head of the State Duma's ethnic affairs committee has denounced a Miss Russia beauty pageant contestant from the predominantly Muslim region of Dagestan for posing for photographs in a bathing suit, and suggested she should stop disclosing her Dagestan origin, media reports said Wednesday.

New Report Slams 'Authoritarian' Russia and Former Soviet Nations

Seven of the 15 former Soviet countries have become consolidated authoritarian regimes, with Russian President Putin's naked embrace of autocracy driving the decline, the Freedom House monitoring group said.

60% of Russians Think Their Country Is World Leader in Space Exploration

As Russia marks Cosmonautics Day on Tuesday, six out of 10 Russians believe their country is the world's leader in space exploration a sharp increase over the past three years, polls by the independent Levada Center indicated.

Yatsenyuks Resignation to Be Presented to Parliament on Tuesday

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Sunday announced his resignation, blaming an “artificially created” political crisis and politicians' failure to enact “real changes.”

Putin: Obama 'Personally' Invited Russian President to Nuclear Summit

Vladimir Putin said U.S. President Barack Obama had personally invited him to attend the nuclear summit held in Washington last week, but he declined over insufficient prominence offered to Russia at the event.

Russian School Introduces Single-Sex Education to 'Combat Female Emancipation'

A public school in Russia's southern Siberian Altai region has introduced separate education for boys and girls in an attempt to combat female emancipation and to instill proper gender roles in students, the regional AltaiPress news portal reported Wednesday.

Erdogan: Russia Backing Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

Turkish President Recep Erdogan on Wednesday accused Russia of siding with Armenia in the conflict with Azerbaijan over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Russian Prime Minister: Ukraine Has 'No Industry, or State'

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev denounced Ukraine as having “neither industry, nor a state,” according to remarks published Monday on the Cabinet website.

Russia Increases Nuclear Warheads While U.S. Decreases Its Arsenal

Russia has continued to increase its arsenal of strategic warheads, although their number will have to be reduced to meet a 5-year-old arms reduction treaty with the United States that comes into effect in 2018.

Stressed Circus Elephant Makes Mad Dash to Ukrainian Border

A circus elephant being trucked from Hungary to Belarus has escaped and fled into Ukraine, in what the driver said was an attempt to avoid the stressful ride along potholed roads, a Belarussian transportation and logistics portal reported Thursday.

U.S. Military Boosts European Presence in Light of 'Aggressive Russia'

The United States will boost its military presence in Eastern Europe early next year in an attempt to reassure allies that feel threatened by an aggressive Russia, the U.S. military said in a statement Wednesday.

Northern Russias Lake Ladoga Islands Emit Dangerous Radiation Levels

Patches of the picturesque islands on Lake Ladoga in northwestern Russia emit radiation at hundreds of times above the normal levels, military-news portal Voyennoye reported Tuesday, citing measurements by its journalists.

Amnesty Proposed to Celebrate Russian State Duma Anniversary

Lawmakers from the Liberal Democratic Party have proposed amnestying 70,000 convicts to celebrate the 110th anniversary of Russia's legislature, independent Dozhd television reported Monday night.

Russian Karjakin to Compete in Chess World Championship Title Match

Grandmaster Sergei Karjakin will become the first Russian since 2008 to compete in a title match of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) championship, after he defeated Fabiano Caruana of the United States in Moscow on Monday.

Russia's Patriarch Kirill: Some Human Rights Are 'Heresy'

Head of the Russian Orthodox Church denounced as "heresy" those human rights that he said contradicted the Bible, and proclaimed fighting them the goal of his church.

Police in Southern Russia Link Crime Increase to Ukraine Crisis

Police in southern Russia have raised concerns about an alleged increase in crime, including the smuggling of weapons and explosives from eastern Ukraine, the RIA Novosti news agency reported Thursday.

Russians Urged to Rally Behind Crimea Annexation

As Russian authorities gear up to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the inevitable annexation of Crimea, participants in commemoration rallies are being hired and, according to some accounts, coerced to attend.

Dissernet Ranks Russian Universities According to Plagiarism

Russia's prominent Dissernet online group dedicated to exposing intellectual fraud has published a ranking of the nation's universities based on the frequency of their involvement in alleged academic plagiarism.

Kerry to Discuss Syria With Putin, Lavrov in Moscow

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in official statements Tuesday that he would travel to Moscow next week to discuss the Syrian crisis with President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Obama: Putin is Not Completely Stupid

Vladimir Putin wants to be seen as the peer of U.S. leaders and remains businesslike during top-level meetings, Barack Obama said in an interview published in the April issue of U.S. magazine The Atlantic.

Russians Sending Significant Sums to Terrorist Groups Financial Watchdog

Russian citizens are wiring substantial sums of money to terrorist groups that seek donations online to fight "infidels," the head of Russia's state financial watchdog told President Putin Wednesday.

Russian-Iranian S-300 Missile-Deal Reportedly Delayed

Russian officials conceded some problems with supplying S-300 missiles to Iran but maintained the deal was still in place, the Kommersant newspaper reported Wednesday.

Five Detained in Moscow for Protesting Trial of Ukrainian Pilot Savchenko

Police detained five demonstrators who gathered near the Federal Security Service (FSB) headquarters in Moscow to protest Russia's trial against Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko.

Russian Tennis Champion Sharapova Fails Drug Test

Russian tennis champion Maria Sharapova said Monday she had tested positive at Australian Open for a recently banned drug that she had been taking for a decade for health reasons.

Russian Communists Pay Homage to Stalin in Moscow

Russian Communists paid homage to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin to mark the anniversary of his death this weekend.

Russian Communist Party Removes Controversial Anti-Immigration Drawing From Website

Russia's Communist Party has removed from its website a drawing of a woman wearing a Muslim head covering and veil and holding a severed human head, after the illustration prompted widespread criticism.

Child Murder Sparks Calls for Stricter Russian Immigration Rules

Russia's Communist Party has called for a curtailment of illegal migration to the country and illustrated its appeal by a drawing of a woman wearing a Muslim head covering and veil and holding a severed human head.