Critics have accused authorities of focusing mobilisation efforts in remote parts of Russia — like Siberia and the North Caucasus — to avoid sparking opposition in major urban centres and especially Moscow.
As Russia faces unprecedented sanctions, the oil and gas sector continues to provide the country with stable income. But few people know of the man who discovered the largest deposits of black gold in Siberia in 1961.
Fire at Listvyazhnaya mine in Kemerovo region kills at least 52 miners and rescuers, Russian media say.
In Russia’s coldest region of Yakutia, fires have burned through an area larger than Portugal, with 50 forest fires currently ablaze.
This year’s fires have torn through 4.2 million hectares of Yakutia’s swampy coniferous taiga, sending enormous plumes of smoke as far as the North Pole.
Local weather monitoring institute Rosgidromet predicts the country will see above-average temperatures in the spring, with dry weather in Siberia leading to more forest fires this year.
Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny returned to Russia for the first time since he was poisoned last summer.
Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny received treatment at the Charite hospital for just over a month, of which 24 days were spent in intensive care, after tests determined he was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent.
Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny unconscious in intensive care after being hospitalised in Siberian city of Omsk, media reports and his spokesperson says.
Wildfires have spread to around three million hectares of mostly remote forest, an area almost the size of Belgium.
The incident occurred when a Russian-made Mi-8 aircraft knocked into the cargo of an adjacent helicopter as both were completing take-off in the Krasnoyarsk region, watchdog Rosaviatsia says.
In Russia, whilst the already wealthy venues in the west received expensive infrastructure upgrades due to the World Cup, those such as the Spartak Stadium in Novosibirsk are literally left to rot.
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