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Reuters: US scales back Russian visa operations after Putin cuts embassy staff

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The United States began to sharply scale back its visa services in Russia on August 21, drawing an angry reaction from Moscow, three weeks after President Vladimir Putin ordered Washington to more than halve its embassy and consular staff. The move, which will hit business travelers, tourists and...

Putin appoints Anatoly Antonov Russia’s new ambassador to U.S.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed a new ambassador to the U.S. Deputy Anatoly Antonov, 62, a hard-line critic of U.S. foreign policy, who was Russia’s deputy foreign minister.

Associated Press: Putin appoints new Russian ambassador to US

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President Vladimir Putin has appointed a former deputy defense minister as Russia’s new ambassador to the United States. The Kremlin said on August 21 Putin has replaced Sergei Kislyak, whose tenure ended in July, with Anatoly Antonov, a deputy foreign minister and former deputy defense minister ...

POLITICO: Angela Merkel distances herself from Schröder’s Russia ties

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel on August 21 criticized her predecessor Gerhard Schröder for accepting a lucrative high-level position at Russian oil company Rosneft. “I do not find what Mr. Schröder is doing appropriate,” Merkel told German daily BILD in a muted but rare criticism of her predece...

Reuters: Russia names replacement for Sergei Kislyak as envoy in Washington

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed a replacement for Sergei Kislyak as Russian ambassador to the United States, the Kremlin said on August 21. Read more here.  The post Reuters: Russia names replacement for Sergei Kislyak as envoy in Washington appeared first on KyivPost.

U.S. suspends nonimmigrant visa operations across Russia

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The U.S. Embassy in Russia has announced the suspension of the issuance of nonimmigrant visas across the entire territory of the Russian Federation.

Washington Post: Many Russians aren’t protesting against Putin – they want his help

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The widespread Russian protests against corruption, inspired by opposition leader Alexei Navalny, made global headlines earlier this year. The roots of dissatisfaction often are more personal than political, however, as many Russian citizens have been protesting to defend the ownership and use of...

Crimean Tatar activist Karametov freed

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On August 19 evening, a Crimean Tatar activist, Server Karametov, detained for a single picket, was released, Krim. Realii (Crimea. Realities) Radio station has reported. “In Crimea, the 76-year-old Server Karametov, who was arrested for ten days for a single picket in support of one of the...

Moscow Times: Kremlin advisor Surkov and US envoy Volker to discuss Ukraine

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Kremlin advisor Vladislav Surkov and U.S. special representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker are set to meet in Minsk on August 21 to discuss the conflict in Ukraine, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry said. The meeting will be held behind closed doors and press will not be allowed to attend, the Interfa...

Reuters: Merkel hits out at predecessor in Russia row ahead of election

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized her predecessor, Gerhard Schroeder, on August 21 for taking a new job at Russian oil producer Rosneft and said she did not intend to take any posts in industry once she leaves politics. The nomination of Social Democrat Schroeder to the board of Rosneft,...

Bloomberg: US cuts visa service after Russia orders staff reduced

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The U.S. said it’s slashing visa services in Russia after the Kremlin ordered it to cut two-thirds of staff at its embassy and consulates as relations between the former Cold War rivals spiraled. All non-immigrant visa operations will be halted from Aug. 23 and will resume “on a greatly reduced s...

Poroshenko says Russia may provoke hot phase of war

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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko believes that the Kremlin could provoke a hot phase of the war, president’s speaker Sviatoslav Tsegolko quoted the head of state as saying Monday.

Financial Times: US to curb issuance of non-immigrant visas in Russia

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The US is suspending processing and issuance of non-immigrant visas in Russia from this August 23 and will resume it on a much reduced scale a week later, in a fallout of tit-for-tat sanctions. The US embassy in Moscow on August 21 blamed the planned changes on the Russian government’s move to fo...

Reuters: Rosneft says India’s Essar Oil refinery to double throughput

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India’s Essar Oil plans to double the throughput of its refinery and create a petrochemical facility in the long-term, a Rosneft’s spokesman told Reuters in emailed comments on August 21. Spokesman for Rosneft, which bought a 49 percent stake in Essar Oil, also said that Essar will in...

RFE/RL: US diplomatic missions in Russia suspend nonimmigrant visa operations

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The United States says that “all nonimmigrant visa operations” at U.S. missions across Russia will be suspended as of August 23 due to the Russian-imposed cap on U.S. diplomatic staff. The U.S. Embassy in Russia made the announcement on August 21, saying that operations will resume in...

At least 2,500 civilians killed, from 7,000 to 9,000 injured during Donbas war

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Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine has led to the deaths of at least 2,500 civilians and injuries from 7,000 to 9,000 people, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said with reference to the UN figures. “This day [World Humanitarian Day] takes on special significance for Ukraine due to the huma...

Bloomberg: US houses are using more Russian lumber, thanks to Canada spat

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Russia has emerged as one of the winners from the trade dispute between Canada and the U.S over lumber. The U.S. is importing more softwood lumber from overseas after it slapped tariffs on Canadian supplies, making them more expensive. Russian shipments are 42 percent higher so far in 2017, accor...

Reuters: Russian jets kill over 200 Islamic State militants near Syria’s Deir al-Zor

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Russia’s air force has destroyed a large column of Islamic State fighters on their way to the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor, killing over 200 militants, Russian news agencies cited Russia’s Defence Ministry as saying on August 21. Islamic State is concentrating its forces around Deir al-...

RFE/RL: US envoy on Ukraine conflict to meet with Russian counterpart in Minsk

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The new U.S. special envoy for efforts to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Kurt Volker, is expected to meet with a Russian representative on August 21 in the Belarusian capital, Minsk. The U.S. State Department announced on August 18 that Volker and the Russian representative would discuss &#...

Bloomberg: Big data convert channels big brother to monitor Russia’s pulse

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Raw numbers no longer cut it for Russia’s central bank in its effort to keep up with the economy. Instead, the man running its research and forecasting wants to know how Russians really feel by mining “big data,” gathered from social media and online stores. The Bank of Russia has already develop...