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Russian women to be allowed to work as train drivers and pilots
Russia's Ministry for Labor will revise the list of 456 professions that were "forbidden" for women in Russia. Officials with the Ministry for Labor believe that women should be allowed to work on heavyweight and specialised vehicles. Maxim Topilin, the Minister for Labour, said during the Eurasian Women's Forum that the government would revise the list of jobs that exclude the use of women's labour. The minister said that the relevant document should be signed in the near future. The minister explained the need to revise the list with the ongoing robotisation of many technological processes and the use of modern equipment in production. In particular, the government may allow women to work at bakery production, as well as at air, sea, river, rail and road transport. Russian women will also be able to work as drivers of heavy trucks and specialised vehicles. Topilin stressed that the initiative will expand opportunities for women in employment and provide fair working conditions.In addition, the minister said that the gender gap in the salaries of men and women reduced in Russia. According to him, in 2001 the indicator measured 36.8%, and in 2017 - 28.3%.The head of the Ministry for Economic Development, Maxim Oreshkin, believes that in case the level of women's economic activity in Russia reaches that of Norway, the country will be able to  automatically solve one of the tasks of Putin's May decrees, which envisages entry into top five GDP countries in terms of purchasing power parity. In Norway, the minister said, the indicator of women's economic activity makes up about 61 percent and in Russia - 56.6%. Also read: 35 facts about phenomenon of Russian women
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 16:52:00 +0300)

Russia considers pulling out from Council of Europe
Valentina Matviyenko, the speaker of Russia's Council of Federation, announced during a meeting with PACE President Lillian Mori Pasquier that Russia was considering a possibility to pull out from the Council of Europe against the background of tensions between Russia and the West. "We have an internal decision brewing to pull out from the Council of Europe, I am telling you this sincerely," she said. According to her, a number of PACE decisions, including the election of judges, and the Commissioner of the Council of Europe, were illegitimate without Russia's participation. She added that she assesses the situation in the PACE as critical and contrary to the "principle of parliamentarism."
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:06:00 +0300)

53 million Russians may lose their jobs within a few years
Three quarters of the able-bodied population may lose their jobs within the next two years because of active robotisation of work processes, a report by the Eurasian Institute for Competitiveness and Strategy Partners consulting company said. In Russia, 65% of the population, or 53 million people, run the risk of losing their jobs too, Leonid Byzov, a sociologist at the Russian Academy of Sciences said. The list of "disappearing" professions includes accountants, security guards, lawyers, postmen, journalists and traffic police officers.Accountants with the function of "calculators" are already being replaced with computer programs. Companies replace security guards with security systems. Lawyers unable to work with neural networks lose their jobs too, because such programs file lawsuits a lot better. Delivery robots will replace postmen, while journalists may lose the struggle for their jobs to text programs, although this may take many more years as journalism is a creative profession. To crown it all, traffic police officers are already being replaced with surveillance systems that make reports of traffic violations and accidents. Also read: Every fifth Russian has employment problems
(Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:39:00 +0300)

Israel's Netanyahu calls Putin, blames Syria for Il-20 crash
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, Sept 18, to express regret over the death of 15 Russian military men, who were killed as a result of the crash of the Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft in Syria. "Netanyahu had a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The head of the government of Israel expressed his sympathy about the death of Russian servicemen and said that  Syria was responsible for the crash of the plane," the press service of the Israeli prime minister said. "Israel considers the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, whose military shot down the Russian plane, completely responsible for this incident. Israel also considers Iran and terrorist organisation Hezbollah responsible," the official statement from Israel said. The Israeli side acknowledged that the country's air force struck objects of Syrian army infrastructure, which allegedly produced weapons of mass destruction for Hezbollah. At the same time, Israeli officials said that at the time when the Syrian army fired the missiles, one of which struck the IL-20, the aircraft of the Israeli Air Force were already flying in Israeli airspace. Israeli officials also said that Syrian air defence forces were throwing up fire chaotically and did not  bother to make sure that there were no Russian planes in the area.Israel also promised to provide the Russian government with all necessary information for the  investigation of the incident.Earlier, Putin urged not to compare the crash of the Il-20 in Syria with the shootdown of the Russian Sukhoi Su-24 incident by a Turkish fighter jet in northern Syria in November 2015. "This is a different situation, because the Turkish fighter deliberately shot down our aircraft. Here, it looks like a chain of tragic accidental circumstances, because an Israeli plane did not shoot down our plane," Putin said, adding that one needs to look into the matter in detail. The Russian Il-20, returning to Hmeymim, was shot down by Syrian air defense systems in the evening of September 17, 35 kilometres from the Mediterranean coast. Fifteen Russian servicemen on board the aircraft were killed. Also read:
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:42:00 +0300)

Putin: Ilyushin shootdown is incidental
President Vladimir Putin, speaking at a press conference after a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, said that the shootdown of the Ilyushin Il-20 military aircraft in Syria was incidental. Putin expressed his condolences to relatives of the victims. "When people die, especially in such tragic circumstances, it is always a disaster. It is a disaster for all of us, for the country and for the loved ones of our fallen comrades," Putin said. At the same time, Putin urged not to compare the crash of the Il-20 in Syria with the shootdown of the Russian Sukhoi Su-24 incident by a Turkish fighter jet in northern Syria in November 2015. "This is a different situation, because the Turkish fighter deliberately shot down our aircraft. Here, it looks like a chain of tragic accidental circumstances, because an Israeli plane did not shoot down our plane," Putin said, adding that one needs to look into the matter in detail. Also read: Russia sees Israel as enemy after Ilyushin shootdown
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:04:00 +0300)

Former GRU officer exposes two Russian Salisbury spies
The interview that two Russian nationals Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov gave to RT last week following their international exposure as "two Russian military intelligence officers, who poisoned former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury," has left even more questions about what really happened in the British town. A former Russian GRU officer, who wished to remain anonymous, says that it still remains unknown who those two people (Boshirov and Petrov) are. According to him, the two men, who appeared on the screens during the interview, may not be the ones whom they pretend to be. The former GRU officer believes that the Russian authorities could use them simply as those who look like the two men, whom the British special services suspect of arranging the incident in Salisbury.If one assumes that the two people who gave the interview indeed work for Russian special services, then they acted very unprofessionally and risky. The anonymous expert believes that they did not even try to change their appearance when wandering around Salisbury, even though the majority of public places in the UK are under CCTV surveillance. In addition, it was a huge mistake for the two spies to always stay together when executing such a complicated mission. The former GRU officer assumed that the interview of Petrov and Boshirov to RT's Margarita Simonyan raises a lot of questions. The former intelligence officer dubbed this conversation as "nonsense" that neither proved nor refuted anything at all. Also read: Russian spies who poisoned Sergei Skripal say they work in the fitness industry
(Mon, 17 Sep 2018 15:28:00 +0300)

Russia exposes audio recording proving Ukraine's implication in MH17 disaster
The Russian Defence Ministry exposed the audio recording of a conversation between Ukrainian military men. The recording proves Kiev's involvement in the Malaysian Airlines Boeing disaster (Flight MH17) over the Donbass in 2014, representatives of the Russian Defence Ministry told reporters at a news briefing on September 17. According to Russia, the voice in the recording belongs to Ruslan Grinchak, a Colonel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Grinchak was responsible for controlling airspace in the zone of the military conflict in the Donbass. The man in the recording says that "we" can make another airplane disaster to repeat. The conversation took place in 2016 in the Odessa region of Ukraine during the preparation of the Malachite radar station used to detect and escort air objects. The man's voice that supposedly  belongs to Colonel Grinchak, says: "Take this supervisor, take Levchuk and say: "Boys, if this is going to be like this, then we will ***** another Malaysian Boeing." Also read: Ukraine owned the missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines Boeing
(Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:13:00 +0300)

Ukraine owned the missile that shot down Flight MH17 Boeing
Representatives of the Russian Defence Ministry said that the missile that shot down the passenger Boeing 777 aircraft over the Donbass on July 17, 2014, was manufactured in 1986. A year later, the missile was delivered to the military unit on the territory of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. Lieutenant-General Nikolai Parshin, the head of the Main Missile and Artillery Directorate of the Ministry of Defence told reporters on September 17 that the missile that shot down the Boeing 777 in the sky over the east of Ukraine in the summer of 2014 was produced in 1986 for Buk missile systems. The information was obtained from the analysis of the serial number of the missile, the official said adding that the company the produced the missile still have documents for it in its archives. The serial number of the missile is 8720, Parshin said.On December 29, 1986, the missile was sent to military unit 20152, where it was received. The brigade was part of the Carpathian Military District in the Ternopil region of the Ukrainian SSR. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the missile never left the territory of Ukraine, Parshin said.Flight MH17 passenger jetliner crashed on July 17, 2014 in eastern Ukraine killing all 298 people on board, mostly Dutch citizens. In 2014, the Netherlands formed the Joint Investigation Team, which included representatives of the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, Ukraine, Malaysia. Also read:
(Mon, 17 Sep 2018 12:43:00 +0300)

Russia tests unique invisible missiles during Vostok 2018 war games
Russia tested unique invisible missiles during Vostok 2018 military drills, the head of the 76th Air Defense Division, Sergei Tikhonov said. According to him, the military did not limit the test to conventional training missiles. The command made a decision to destroy training analogues of real cruise missiles of various types during a conventional massive attack. To raise the complexity of the operation, the military chose second-to-none target missiles. It became possible to repel all the attacks in the operation, the official said. Russia conducts Vostok 2018 war games in cooperation with China and Mongolia. Russian Defence minister Sergei Shoigu leads the manoeuvres.
(Fri, 14 Sep 2018 16:01:00 +0300)

Putin offers Japan to conclude peace treaty in 2018
President Vladimir Putin accepts with the proposal from the Japanese Prime Minister to change the approach to negotiations on the peace treaty. The Russian president invited him to conclude the treaty before the end of the year. "Such a simple thought has occurred to me right now," Putin said at the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum.Putin reminded that Russia and Japan have been trying to conclude the peace treaty for 70 years already. He referred to the Soviet-Japanese declaration from 1956, which ended the state of war between the two countries. The Parliament of Japan and the Supreme Council of the USSR ratified the declaration that stipulated for the conclusion of the peace treaty within a short period of time. "So, we have been negotiating for 70 years. Shinzo said: let's change the approach. OK, Let's do it. Let's conclude the peace treaty, well not now, but before the end of the year, without any preconditions. And then, on the basis of the peace treaty, we will continue to resolve all the controversial issues as friends. This would make it easier for us to resolve all problems," Putin said.Putin's remarks came in response to So Putin reacted to the words of the Japanese prime minister, who once again called for a peace treaty. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that there were  still obstacles to implement the peace treaty. "Mr. President Putin, let us once again confirm our determination, our intentions before numerous witnesses, before our entire audience. If we don't do it now, then when? If we don't do it, then who will do it for us?" the Prime Minister of Japan asked Putin.Russia and Japan have not been able to conclude the peace treaty because of territorial disputes. Japan claims its rights to the Kuril islands of Kunashir, Shikotan, Iturup and Habomai, referring to the Treatise on Trade and the Borders from 1855. Russia insists that the islands became the territory of the USSR as a result of the Second World War.
(Wed, 12 Sep 2018 11:12:00 +0300)

Putin: We know who Skripal poisoners are
President Vladimir Putin said that Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, whom the British intelligence named as suspects in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the UK, are civilian people. Putin appealed to Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, whom London suspected of poisoning former intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter. The president invited them to address the media and make a public statement."In principle, we have, of course, looked into what kind of people they are. We know who they are already, we found them. I hope that they will appear and tell everyone about themselves. It will be better for everyone. There is nothing special and criminal there. We'll see in the near future. They are civilians, of course," Putin said."I want to address them, so that they hear us today, let them come to you, to media representatives," Putin added.
(Wed, 12 Sep 2018 10:46:00 +0300)

Russia considers possibility to terminate diplomatic relations with UK
Russia should recall its ambassador from the UK and terminate all diplomatic relations with Great Britain, Sergei Mironov, the leader of Just Russia Party believes. "We should stop hoping for the prudence of our so-called Western partners. We shouldn't wait for all this to pass. The actions that the British authorities have taken recently speak in favour of this - they directly accuse the Russian administration of plotting terrorist attacks. In such cases, it deems reasonable to terminate diplomatic relations. The prime minister of one country accuses the administration of another country of plotting terrorist attacks - there's nowhere to go from this," Mironov said. On September 5, British Prime Minister Theresa May stated that Sergei and Yulia Skripal were poisoned by officers of the Russian military intelligence (GRU). It is worthy of note that the relevant special service department at the Russian General Staff changed its title several years ago, but the British prime minister may have not been informed on that.
(Tue, 11 Sep 2018 19:17:00 +0300)

Russian fishermen destroy tons of salmon fish and caviar
The Russian fishing industry has set a new record in salmon fish capture. As of August 28, the catch made up 538,000 tons, which was 88% more than on the same date in 2016 (salmon fish capture is compared between even and odd years). According to the results of the salmon fishing season, the catch may near the record amount of 520,000 tons, representatives of the Russian Federal Fisheries said. The 2018 salmon fishing season in Russia became the most prolific one in 110 years. The catch of Pacific salmon (mainly pink salmon) this year in Kamchatka made up a record 450,000 tons. Fishermen produce up to 15,000 tons of salmon per day and say that this is the most successful fishing season in a century.During the salmon fishing season, salmon fish (chinook salmon, sockeye salmon, pink salmon, keta, coho salmon) is caught during summer and in early autumn, when salmon come to spawn to rivers. At this time of the year, fishermen catch salmon fish near river mouths when they prepare to enter estuaries. They also catch fish in rivers, when salmon fish go upstream to spawning places.The selling price on salmon fish has reached a minimum in Russia - 80-90 rubles per kilogram. Not to let the price go down further, fisheries simply throw excessive fish away. Tons of valuable fish can often be found in unexpected locations, such as forests, roadsides, etc. Local fishermen intend to inform President Putin of the record catch during the Eastern Economic Forum. They also want to explain why Russians will not see this record catch of salmon fish in stores. Fisheries discard tons of salmon fish together with caviar. Fish factories were not ready for such a record catch, and tons of salmon fish stuffed with caviar rot out in the open. It is easier for companies to dispose of excessive volumes rather than to process them to their own detriment.
(Mon, 10 Sep 2018 19:48:00 +0300)

Who gets highest salaries in Russia?
Summing up the results for the six months of 2018, the Russian Federal Statistics Agency, Rosstat,  obtained information on highest salaries that common Russians receive. It turns out that the salaries of pilots and cosmonauts are the highest. The average salary of those working in the field of air and space transport is 161,700 rubles a month ($2,300 given that $1 is currently traded for 70 rubles), the Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports.Those working in the production of crude oil and natural gas earn the average of 123,100 rubles. Employees of the tobacco industry - 111,200 rubles.Salaries are lowest for those working in the clothing industry: 20,800 rubles a month ($300). Furniture makers earn 23,400, and those who produce leather and leather products get paid 24,500 rubles.As for regions, residents of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District receive highest salaries (about 100,617 rubles). The list continues with the Chukotka Autonomous Territory (98,291 rubles), Moscow (82,729 rubles), and the Magadan Region (82 471).The lowest salaries in the Altai Territory - an average of 24,402 rubles per month, in Karachaevo-Cherkessia - 24,481 rubles, in Chechnya - 24,873 rubles, and in the Ivanovo region - 24,874 rubles.As for Moscow, a middle class employee has to make 121,000 rubles ($1,700) to be able to fit in the category. The number is twice as low for regions of Russia.
(Mon, 10 Sep 2018 19:12:00 +0300)

Russia buys gold from China
Russia buys gold from China. Most likely, Russia spent $80 billion of profit received from the sale of US Treasuries to purchase gold from China, Chinese news agencies report. The Russian government has been taking measures to decrease the dependence of the Russian economy on the United States by disposing of US debt obligations and accumulating gold reserves. At the same time, Russia has become the largest buyer of gold from the Central Bank of China, the Phoenix newspaper wrote. "The yuan share in gold and foreign exchange reserves of the Central Bank of Russia has nearly tripled and neared the Canadian dollar, while gold and currency of the PRC constitute one-fifth of all reserve assets of the Central Bank," the newspaper said.
(Thu, 06 Sep 2018 14:11:00 +0300)

Tensions and discontent in Russia grow, but mass protests still not likely
An opinion poll conducted by Levada Center showed a sharp rise in tensions among the Russian population. Researchers compared the results of the poll with indicators from 1998, when Russia experienced a default. General anxiety and discontent has been growing in Russia recently. The Russians are particularly concerned about growing prices (72 percent of respondents), and the impoverishment of the population (52 percent). Almost every other respondent expressed their concerns about unemployment (48 percent). As many as thirty percent of respondents complained of the crisis in the Russian economy and the unfair distribution of revenues. Twenty-one percent spoke in favor of the crisis of morality and culture.
(Thu, 06 Sep 2018 13:15:00 +0300)

Russian FM Lavrov warns of possible war between Russia and USA
The confrontation between Russia and the United States is mounting, and this is evidenced by the Russophobic rhetoric and the build-up of NATO military infrastructure near Russian borders, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said during "The Big Game" TV show on Channel One. According to him, "the rhetoric has gone beyond diplomatic decency."Washington has been moving towards Russian borders by admitting Russian neighbours to NATO. In addition, NATO has been deploying its military infrastructure near Russia. "We already respond with pinpoint reactions to those engaged in Russophobic rhetoric and Russophobic actions," Sergei Lavrov said. However, the minister added, the Russian administration remains opposed to "harsh reactions." "Andrei Gromyko, an outstanding foreign minister of the USSr, said once that ten years of negotiations are better than one day of war. And he was right,  at least I think so," Lavrov said. Most likely, Sergei Lavrov spoke about the sanctions that Russia imposed on dozens of foreign individuals having barred them from entering the territory of the Russian Federation. It goes about 28 former and current members of the European Parliament, 26 politicians (including former Vice Prime Minister and Defense Secretary of Great Britain Nick Clegg and Andrew Robotan, former Lithuanian President Vytautas Landsbergis and former Prime Minister of Lithuania Andrius Kubilius), 15 employees of military and law enforcement agencies (including Polish military representative to NATO Andrzej Falkowski, commander of the Estonian Defense Union Meelis Kiili and MI5 chief Andrew Parker).
(Wed, 05 Sep 2018 14:22:00 +0300)

Putin classifies all foreign intelligence officers
External employees of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service involved in intelligence assignments for the Russian Federation have been declared strictly classified personas, and any information about them shall be treated as Russia's state secret in accordance with a decree signed by President Putin. The relevant document under the headline "About introducing changes to the list of data categorised as state secret" was published on the official website of legal information.Putin's decree supplements paragraph 90 of the list. Earlier, state secret embraced "information revealing the affiliation of certain individuals to external intelligence." From now on, in accordance with paragraph 90.1, the notion of state secret shall also include "information about employees of external intelligence agencies of the Russian Federation involved in intelligence assignments and not included in the structure of personnel of the said bodies." It goes about such agencies and departments as the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation, the Federal Security Service (FSB) and the Foreign Intelligence Service (FIS).Thus, the decree affects both civilians involved in intelligence missions and enlisted individuals.
(Tue, 04 Sep 2018 19:40:00 +0300)

FSB conducts special operation to destroy sanctioned apples
Employees of the Federal Security Bureau, trained to eliminate terrorists, conducted a special operation to destroy a batch of embargoed apples. The "special operation" was conducted in the Sverdlovsk region of Russia, where officers of the Russian federal agency for agricultural and consumer rights control requested assistance from the FSB to withdraw and subsequently destroy nearly 80 kilos of sanctioned apples. The batch of apples weighing approximately 77 kilograms was seized at a vegetable store in the city of Yekaterinburg. The apples were immediately withdrawn from sale, according to instructions. Afterwards, the apples were taken out of town, where they were bulldozed and buried. The "special operation" was carried out in accordance with Putin's decree "About special economic measures to ensure the security of the Russian Federation", as well as in accordance with the decree from the Russian government prohibiting the importation of food products from the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia, Norway, Ukraine, Albania, Montenegro, Iceland and Liechtenstein. Russia took those measures several years ago in response to anti-Russian sanctions.News reports about the Russian authorities taking most stringent measures to destroy food raised many eyebrows in Russia a while back. For example, regional authorities would order to burn high quality European cheeses in furnaces, whereas meat, fruit and vegetables would be bulldozed. In the republic of Tatarstan, local authorities hired a big construction machine to destroy three sanctioned geese that were incidentally found in a food store.
(Tue, 04 Sep 2018 18:41:00 +0300)

Russian government strangles people by raising prices and taxes endlessly
Many in Russia already find it commonplace, when the government raises prices on public utilities once a year. Usually, it happens in the middle of July, when most people are busy on their dachas or are away on holidays. In 2019, however, it appears that the government will try to make Russian people's wallets thinner twice. First off, in 2019, the Russian government will raise value added tax from 18 to 20 percent. At the same time, the government is not going to compensate people for higher taxes, but the approach to state-run monopolies will apparently be different. Officials with the Russian government says that the 20-percent VAT will cause serious damage to resource-supply companies. Compensating companies at taxpayers' expense seems to be the best way out for the Russian government. Therefore, public utility tariffs are to be raised twice in Russia in 2019: at first on January 1 and then on July 1, 2019. The year 2019 is expected to become a tough one for many Russians who still refuse to accept the idea of the "murderous" pension reform. A higher VAT will trigger a surge in prices on petrol, essential commodities and food. Prices on bread are expected to raise in Russia by ten percent already this fall. Interestingly, Russian liberals criticise Putin for his efforts to restore the Soviet Union. However, prices on essential commodities in the Soviet Union would mostly decline rather than grow. To crown it all, Soviet citizens did not have the feeling that their government was trying to strangle the population by rising prices and taxes endlessly.
(Mon, 03 Sep 2018 16:24:00 +0300)