Russia News

12 Nov 2023


Russia to block VPN services deemed 'threat' to national security

Russia will block specific virtual private network (VPN) services and protocols deemed as "threats" by an expert panel, per state news agency RIA.

05 Nov 2022


15 die after fire engulfs popular Russian cafe

A massive fire incident in a popular cafe in Russia on Saturday resulted in the death of 15 people while 250 were evacuated.

15 Sep 2022

Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Ukraine: President Zelenskyy meets with car accident, addresses nation later

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday met with an accident when his car collided with another vehicle in the capital city of Kyiv.

26 Jun 2022


5 beautiful lakes of Europe you may not know of

Lakes have a calm and beautiful connotation to them.

14 Jun 2022


#NewsBytesExplainer: Why Russia-Ukraine war is hitting Gujarat's diamond industry hard?

The Russia-Ukraine war, which started with Russia's invasion of Ukraine on February 24, has had several adverse effects on the livelihoods of people worldwide.

11 Jun 2022


5 tallest statues in the world every traveler must visit

If visiting all the famous spots in the world is on your bucket list, this might help you plan well.

03 Jun 2022

Vladimir Putin

Putin losing eyesight, has 3 years to live: Russian Spy

Russian President Vladimir Putin has only three years left to live as he has a "rapidly progressing cancer," The Independent reported, attributing the information to a Russian intelligence officer.

16 May 2022


Coup to overthrow Putin underway: Ukraine amid 'ill health' reports

A top Ukrainian defense official has stated that a coup to depose Russian President Vladimir Putin is currently underway and cannot be stopped.

16 May 2022

Vladimir Putin

Putin 'seriously ill,' claims ex-spy; oligarch says it's blood cancer

Russian President Vladimir Putin is "seriously ill," claimed former British spy Christopher Steele, adding his illness is an "element" of everything that is happening in Ukraine.

08 Mar 2022


18 dead after 500-kg bombs hit residential buildings in Ukraine

Despite Moscow's announcement of a ceasefire in several Ukrainian cities, at least 18 civilians, including two children, were killed after Russia allegedly dropped 500-kilogram bombs on residential buildings in Sumy city.

05 Mar 2022


"NATO gave green light to bombing Ukraine": President Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has criticized NATO for rejecting his proposal for a no-fly zone above Ukraine.

02 Mar 2022


Ukraine: Indian man's restaurant turns shelter home, provides free meals

A man of Gujarati origin became a savior for many people in Ukraine's capital Kyiv after converting his restaurant into a shelter home for them.

01 Mar 2022


Ukrainian guards turn away Indian students at border checkpoints

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine entered the sixth day on Tuesday even as international condemnation and economic sanctions against Moscow continue to rise.

27 Feb 2022


Ukraine ready for talks but not in Belarus: President Zelenskyy

As Russia's invasion of Ukraine entered Day 4, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has expressed willingness for peace talks with Moscow.

22 Oct 2021


More contagious Delta subvariant in Russia; what does it mean?

A new "more contagious" subvariant of the Delta coronavirus strain has been detected in Russia, the state consumer watchdog's senior researcher said on Thursday.

10 Oct 2021

Plane Crash

16 killed as plane carrying parachutists crashes in Russia

A plane carrying parachutists crashed in the Tatarstan region of Russia on Sunday.

08 Oct 2021


Philippines' Ressa, Russia's Muratov; journalists win Nobel Peace Prize

Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov have won the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize for 2021 for "their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression."

05 Oct 2021


Russia: Hundreds of dead ravens fall from sky; experts baffled

Hundreds of dead ravens have been seen falling from the sky in apocalyptic scenes in the Ust-Tarka village of Novosibirsk Oblast in Russia.

20 Sep 2021

Vladimir Putin

8 killed as gunman opens fire at Russian university

At least eight people have reportedly been killed as a shooter opened fire at the Perm State University (PSU) in Russia's Perm Krai region on Monday morning.

02 Aug 2021

Sanjana Sanghi

Aditya Roy Kapur, Sanjana Sanghi jetting off to Russia soon

Aditya Roy Kapur is set to jet off to Russia soon, along with budding actress Sanjana Sanghi.

07 Jul 2021

Plane Crash

Russia plane crash: None of the passengers, crew members survived

Rescuers on Wednesday found bodies of victims a day after a plane carrying 28 people crashed in a remote area in Russia's Far East.

16 Jun 2021


US President Joe Biden meets Russia's Vladimir Putin in Geneva

United States President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin reached Geneva on Wednesday for a key diplomatic summit.

21 May 2021


Trouble getting vaccine slot? Take a 'vaccine vacation' to Russia!

The unprecedented second wave of COVID-19 has brought India's health infrastructure to its knees.

17 May 2021


India to produce 850 million doses of Sputnik V annually

Production of Sputnik V in India is expected to gradually increase to 850 million doses per year, Russian Ambassador to India, N Kudashev said on Sunday.

14 May 2021


Sputnik Light may be India's first single-dose COVID-19 vaccine: Report

The Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik Light may reportedly be the first single-dose shot approved in India.

11 May 2021

Vladimir Putin

School shooting in Russia leaves at least 9 dead

At least nine people, most of them students, were killed in a school shooting in central Russia on Tuesday, the local news media reported.

06 May 2021


Russia authorizes single-shot Sputnik Light; to be produced in India

Health officials in Russia have authorized a single-shot COVID-19 vaccine, Sputnik Light, the developers of the shot said on Thursday.

14 Apr 2021


Sputnik V: How does Russia's COVID-19 vaccine work?

Earlier this week, India's drug regulator approved Russia's COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V for restricted use in emergency situations.

12 Apr 2021


Russia's Sputnik V vaccine recommended for approval in India

Sputnik V, the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Russia, was reportedly recommended for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) in India on Monday.

24 Mar 2021


Three Russian bomber pilots killed after ejection seats activate accidentally

Three members of a Russian bomber's aircrew died on Tuesday when their ejection seats accidentally activated during pre-flight checks, the military said.

16 Mar 2021

Space News

Russia submerges giant telescope in Lake Baikal to study universe

Russia has kicked its neutrino research endeavor into high gear by introducing a series of sophisticated sensors deep into Lake Baikal over the weekend. These sensors have been submerged between 2,500 and 4,300 feet within the lake and collectively form the Baikal-Gigaton Volume Detector (GVD).

11 Mar 2021


NewsBytes Briefing: Hackers expose massive surveillance oversight, and more

Hackers broke into the secure networks of Verkada Inc., which provides video surveillance and facial recognition solutions to Tesla, Cloudflare, and several government organizations. By "broke in," we mean it used the publicly exposed master password to simply log into their network.

10 Mar 2021

Space News

Russia snubs US, joins China to establish Moon base

Russia has snubbed the US to join forces with China to build a joint Moon base. The heads of Russian and Chinese space agencies signed an agreement to that effect yesterday.

03 Feb 2021

Vladimir Putin

Moscow court orders Kremlin's foe Navalny to prison

A Moscow court on Tuesday ordered Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to prison for more than two-and-a-half years, finding that he violated the terms of his probation while recuperating in Germany from nerve-agent poisoning. The ruling ignited protests in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

18 Jan 2021


Russian influencer, who married stepson, gives birth to their daughter

A Russian influencer, who had stirred controversy online for marrying her stepson last year, has announced the birth of their first baby.

18 Jan 2021


Russian Opposition leader detained after landing in Moscow

Russian Opposition leader Alexei Navalny was arrested on Sunday at a Moscow airport as he tried to enter the country from Germany, where he had spent five months recovering from nerve agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin.

18 Dec 2020


COVID-19 vaccine: India to produce 300 million Sputnik V doses

India will reportedly produce around 300 million doses of the Russian COVID-19 vaccine called Sputnik V.

India rejects large scale trial of Russia's COVID-19 vaccine

India's drug regulator has refused to allow a large scale clinical trial of Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine.

18 Sep 2020


One in seven volunteers for Sputnik V report side effects

Sputnik V, the COVID-19 vaccine developed and approved by Russia, has shown side effects in some trial volunteers.

16 Sep 2020

NITI Aayog

Dr. Reddy's bringing coronavirus vaccine to India by 2020-end

In a major development, Hyderabad-based pharma company Dr. Reddy's Laboratories has partnered with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to source their Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine for India.

11 Sep 2020


Honor 30i, with Kirin 710F chipset and triple cameras, launched

Expanding its range of affordable smartphones, Honor has launched a Honor 30i model in Russia. It comes as a rebranded version of the Honor 20 Lite that was launched in China last year.

08 Sep 2020

Vladimir Putin

Sputnik V: Russia starts public distribution of COVID-19 vaccine

In a major move, Russia has started the public distribution process of its 'Sputnik V' COVID-19 vaccine.

07 Sep 2020

Saudi Arabia

Sputnik V phase 3 trials could be conducted in India

The Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Russia has reportedly submitted "comprehensive data" on its COVID-19 vaccine candidate to Indian authorities.

30 Aug 2020


FIDE Online Chess Olympiad: India-Russia declared joint winners

India and Russia were declared as the joint winners of the 2020 FIDE Online Chess Olympiad.

21 Aug 2020


Russia looking to partner with India for COVID-19 vaccine production

Russia has been in the headlines for its two-month-tested 'Sputnik V' COVID-19 vaccine.

20 Aug 2020

Vladimir Putin

Putin critic Alexei Navalny hospitalized after suspected poisoning

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been hospitalized after a suspected poisoning, his spokesperson Kira Yarmysh said on Thursday morning.

Sputnik V: Russia's COVID-19 vaccine goes into production

Despite all the questions over safety and efficacy, Russia is moving ahead with what it claims is the first officially registered vaccine for COVID-19.

12 Aug 2020


Coronavirus: How soon could Russian vaccine be available in India?

On Tuesday, Russia announced what it claims is the first COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow.

Russian COVID-19 vaccine needs to be assessed, says AIIMS Director

Russia is taking long strides in, what it claims to be, the world's first officially-approved vaccine to prevent COVID-19.

11 Aug 2020


Russia announces world's first COVID-19 vaccine; Putin's daughter gets vaccinated

In a major (but questionable) development, Russia has announced the world's first COVID-19 vaccine.

Russia's COVID-19 vaccine candidate to be registered this week

Russian health officials are set to register a vaccine candidate for the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, as early as this week.

16 Jul 2020


Russian hackers tried stealing COVID-19 vaccine research: Details here

Security agencies in the UK, US, and Canada have warned that Russian hackers are targeting their COVID-19 vaccine research.

13 Jul 2020


Russian University successfully finishes trials of world's first COVID-19 vaccine

In what qualifies as a major breakthrough, meant to help the world battered by the novel coronavirus, a Russian University has claimed to have successfully completed trials of the first COVID-19 vaccine.

15 Jun 2020


Russia: Ex-US marine sentenced to 16 year's imprisonment for spying

A former United States marine, Paul Whelan (50), has been sentenced to 16 years in jail by a Russian court.

22 Apr 2020


Viswanathan Anand to represent India in online Nations Cup chess

Former world champion Viswanathan Anand will lead India's contingent in the upcoming online Nations Cup.

13 Apr 2020


China fears second coronavirus wave; new cases reach six-week high

Since witnessing a peak of the coronavirus outbreak in February, the daily new infections had dropped to double digits in China.

25 Mar 2020


7.5 magnitude earthquake jolts Russia, tsunami alert sounded, then canceled

On Wednesday afternoon (local time), Russia's far east region was jolted by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake, but no casualties were reported at the time of the press.

09 Mar 2020

Saudi Arabia

Petrol, diesel prices fall; check new rates here

The prices of petrol and diesel fell for the fifth consecutive day on Monday as the global coronavirus outbreak had a ripple effect on crude oil rates.

09 Mar 2020


Oil plunges 30% as Saudis begin price war with Russia

Oil prices crashed by 30% on Monday after Saudi Arabia slashed prices launching a price war against Russia.

12 Feb 2020


Russian man who pulled coronavirus prank faces five-year jail sentence

Moscow Police have arrested a man who pranked commuters on a metro train by pretending to be infected with coronavirus.

15 Jan 2020

Vladimir Putin

Russian government resigns after President Putin proposes changes to Constitution

The entire Russian government has resigned after President Vladimir Putin's State-of-the-Nation address on Wednesday, reported the country's state news agency TASS.

26 Dec 2019

Saudi Arabia

Russia just tested its own internet: Here's what this means

In a major move, Russia has tested its own alternative to the global internet.

Two Indians fail dope tests ahead of Olympics: Details here

The world is still in shock over the four-year ban of Russia by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) over multiple violations.

10 Dec 2019

FIFA World Cup

FIFA seek clarity from WADA over Russia's ban: Details here

The sporting world received a shocker when the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) banned Russia from participating in global competitive events for four years.

09 Dec 2019


Russia banned from Olympics for four years

On Monday, Russia was banned from the Olympics and all other major sporting events for four years by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) over doping charges.

09 Dec 2019

Vivo Mobiles

Vivo V17, featuring 48MP quad cameras, launched at Rs. 23,000

After several leaks and teasers, Chinese tech giant Vivo has finally launched the V17 smartphone in India today at Rs. 22,990.

02 Dec 2019


5 countries you can visit under Rs. 1 lakh

Given the way gadgets are priced these days, one can't buy a lot of high-tech devices in a Rs. 1 lakh budget.

25 Nov 2019

Vivo Mobiles

Vivo V17 to be launched in India next month: Report

Vivo V17, the global version of the Vivo S1 Pro, which went official in Russia today, is likely to be launched in India in December, according to 91Mobiles.

23 Nov 2019

Winter Olympics

Russia could be banned form Tokyo Olympics 2020: Here's why

The Russian contingent might lose its spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics if the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) declares the country's drug-testing authority non-compliant with the international rules.

13 Nov 2019


Russian man sneaks fat cat on flight; loses airline miles

For a Russian man, sneaking an overweight pet on a flight has caused trouble.