A spacecraft will “conduct a demonstrative manned circumlunar test flight with the subsequent landing of cosmonauts on [the Moon’s] surface and their return to Earth” by 2030, according to a leaked strategy document from Russia’s space agency, Roskosmos.
Moscow has periodically announced ambitious plans for space exploration in recent years, but this is the first time a firm deadline has been set for a manned lunar mission.
Russia won the first round of the [...]
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An official in Stavropol showing what a webcam feed from a polling station will look like during the March 4 vote.
VELIKY NOVGOROD — In this historic city that was once the cradle of Russian democracy, an unprecedented new campaign kicked off over the weekend to install web cameras in every polling station around the country in an effort to prevent voting fraud.
The ambitious program — costing billions of rubles — was ordered by Prime MinisterVladimir Putinfollowing the largest public protests [...]
The leaders of Russia’s opposition protest movement were embroiled in a scandal on Monday night after recordings of private phone conversations in which they labelled each other “scoundrels”, “bitches” and “prostitutes” were posted on a Kremlin-friendly website.
The recordings could further divide the fractious protest movement – whose leadership tends to spend as much time fighting each other as they do the Kremlin – ahead of a large demonstration planned [...]
Former Russian army colonel Yury Budanov had been convicted of killing 18-year-old Elza Kungayeva.
June 10, 2011
A Russian ex-army officer jailed for the murder of an 18-year-old girl in Chechnya in 2000 has been shot dead in Moscow.
Former army colonel Yury Budanov was convicted in 2003 of strangling Elza Kungayeva in a case that shocked Russia.
He was one of only a handful of Russian officers to be prosecuted over what [...]