Russia, the world's largest country in terms of size and ninth in terms of population, spans across portions of eastern Europe and northern Asia. Its nominal gross domestic production (GDP), as per the 2021 estimates, stood at USD 1.710 trillion, making it the eleventh largest in the world. According to the World Economic Outlook released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Russia's economy generated services and goods of an estimated value of USD 1,647 billion. This was higher as compared to USD 1,610 billion generated by Australia. The Russian capital, Moscow, is a city of roughly 145.5 million inhabitants. It is the largest city in Europe. Other major cities of Russia are St Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk and Kazan. In terms of military strength, Russia is considered to be equipped with the world's second most powerful military, according to defence tracker Global Fire Power. As per the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Russia's military expenditure was USD 61.7 billion in 2020. The modern Russian state came into being in 1991, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union that encapsulated vast territories of eastern Europe and central Asia. Since the year 2000, Russia has been led by Vladimir Putin, a former intelligence officer who later rose to the helm of the country's political establishment. More
Although WhatsApp's parent company Meta Platforms Inc was last year banned in Russia as an "extremist" organisation, the messenger app - which is widely popular in Russia - has not previously faced penalties for failing to remove prohibited information.
The South Asian nation took 1.96 million barrels a day from Russia last month, 15% more than the previous high in April, according to data from Vortexa Ltd. Shipments from Saudi Arabia slipped to the lowest level since February 2021, figures from the shipping analytics company show.
Market appears to be stuck in a no-man’s land for now. Those sitting on paper profits are loathe to sell as the market is resisting efforts to drag it lower. At the same time, expensive valuations are holding back bulls from chasing prices
Ukrainian drones struck wealthy districts of Moscow, Russia said in what one politician called the most dangerous attack since World War Two. Meanwhile, Kyiv was also hit from the air for the third time in 24 hours.
Hvaldimir is moving swiftly away from the areas where beluga whales are commonly found, such as the Arctic Ocean and the frigid waters around Norway and Greenland.
Although the current environment for natural gas is bearish, all it would require is a light tailwind for the situation to change in the winter
The White House said it did not support attacks inside of Russia and that it was still gathering information on the incident, which Putin called an attempt to scare and provoke Moscow.
The attack came just weeks after the Kremlin was hit in a drone strike that Russia blamed on Ukraine.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said two people were injured, one of whom was hospitalised, in the early morning attack. The residents of several parts of two apartment blocks had been evacuated but later returned.
Calling it a "massive" attack launched in several waves, Serhiy Popko, the head of Kyiv's military administration, said on the Telegram messaging app that Russia conducted the assault using Iranian-made Shahed drones only.
"A massive attack!" Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on the Telegram messaging app. "Do not leave shelters."
Reuters witnesses said residents headed for shelters in metro stations as the sky above Kyiv filled with blast clouds and smoke trails.
Indian state oil firms have invested USD 5.46 billion in buying stakes in four different assets in Russia. These include a 49.9 per cent stake in the Vankorneft oil and gas field and another 29.9 per cent in the TAAS-Yuryakh Neftegazodobycha fields.
Valery Zaluzhny, commander-in-chief of Ukraine's armed forces, said on social media that a total of "up to 40 missiles" and "around 35 drones" had been launched, of which 37 and 29 were downed.
Ukrainian military said it had downed 58 of the 59 launched drones, described by the air force as a record assault with the Iranian-made "kamikaze" drones. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said all 36 drones targeting Kyiv had been destroyed.
Even as Putin refers to the fighting as distant “tragic events,” the war keeps hitting home — with growing fissures in the military leadership, unease among the Russian elite and worrying signs for the economy
Relations between Russia and Germany, which used to be the biggest buyer of Russian oil and gas, have broken down since Moscow launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022
A better approach than crossing over into Russia might be simply to cut Crimea, which Putin annexed in 2014, from Russian supply lines. With luck, Putin would at that point decide that he’s had enough and grudgingly enter peace negotiations. But if Putin came under military pressure in Russia proper, he could go to any extreme
Japan will freeze assets of 78 groups and 17 individuals in Russia and ban exports to 80 Russian entities such as military-affiliated research labs, according to the bulletin.
It said former President Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of Putin's powerful security council, had spoken during a visit to Vietnam. Medvedev often makes hard line comments and last month described Ukrainian authorities as an infection.
The deployment of the missiles was first announced by President Vladimir Putin in March.
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said it had been an "uneasy night" but commended the work of air defences.
"During the past night, six drones were shot down or blocked ... in different parts of Crimea," Sergei Aksyonov wrote on Telegram, adding "there were no victims or injured".
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Alexander Shiplyuk, head of Siberia's Khristianovich Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (ITAM), is suspected of handing over classified material at a scientific conference in China in 2017, the sources said.