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RIP, Hitler's Alligator

Saturn was 84, lived at the Moscow Zoo

(Newser) - An alligator that many people believe once belonged to Adolf Hitler has died in the Moscow Zoo, reports the AP . The zoo said the alligator, named Saturn, was about 84 years old when he died on Friday. According to the zoo, Saturn was born in the United States and later... More »

NASA Wants You for a 'Unique Adventure'

You can get paid to live for 8 months in social isolation as study for future moon, Mars missions

(Newser) - When astronauts venture to the International Space Station, they may be socially isolated from everyone else on Earth for months on end, but they're able to spread out and take part in activities that can keep them occupied during downtime. But, as BGR.com notes, with a manned mission... More »

Slammed by Virus, Russia Earns Dubious New Distinction

With more than 221K cases, it's now No. 3 in the world, behind only Spain and the United States

(Newser) - Russia has jumped past Italy and the United Kingdom in its struggle with the coronavirus, now making it the country with the third largest number of cases. Per Reuters , the number of confirmed cases there shot to 221,344 as of Monday. It lags only behind Spain, which has just... More »

Dad's Killing Fuels Vicious Culture War

Mikhail Khachaturyan's murder is a hot topic in Russia

(Newser) - Bloody and hobbled, Mikhail Khachaturyan stumbled onto the landing of his Moscow apartment—where one of his teenage daughters stabbed him fatally in the heart. At least that's how prosecutors describe the final moments of a man whose murder has refocused attention on domestic violence and sparked a culture-war... More »

Cooling Off Pool With Dry Ice Results in 3 Deaths at Party

Husband of Russian Instagram influencer is among the victims

(Newser) - Guests at a birthday party Friday for an Instagram influencer said the sauna was too hot and wanted to jump into the swimming pool to cool off. So dry ice was dumped into the Moscow pool to make the water colder. Immediately after jumping in, the people in the water... More »

Moscow Forced to Use Fake Snow in Holiday Display

Residents used to harsh winters can expect more like this one

(Newser) - With Russia having its warmest winter on record, an executive decision was made: The government is trucking in artificial snow to Moscow in time for the city's New Year's celebration. The shipments are being added to a holiday display in the city center, the Guardian reports. An Instagram... More »

Gunman Kills 1, Wounds 5 at Moscow Intelligence HQ

Russia says attacker was 'neutralized'

(Newser) - An unidentified gunman opened fire Thursday outside the Moscow headquarters of Russia's top security agency, killing one officer and wounding five others, officials said. The Federal Security Service, or FSB, said the assailant was acting alone and didn't enter its building. Earlier, it said the assailant had been... More »

Yes, This Is a Cow in a VR Headset

Russian initiative says VR headsets reduce bovine anxiety, may boost milk production

(Newser) - We imagine when cows dream, they must dream of lazily idling in sunny green pastures. On one Russian farm, a virtual reality experiment is being conducted in the hopes that such visions can help cows pump out more milk. The Moscow Times reports that a regional agricultural administration has fitted... More »

Airport Smuggler Used a Body Double for a Cat

And it worked, until cat owner bragged on social media

(Newser) - A Russian cat owner is out hundreds of thousands of air miles—the price for smuggling his fat feline aboard a flight in an elaborate scheme using a body double. Mikhail Galin might have gotten away with the ruse had he not bragged about it after the fact on Facebook,... More »

More than 20K Call for Release of Moscow Protesters

Arrests were made during July demonstration

(Newser) - More than 20,000 people rallied in Moscow on Sunday to demand the release of those who were arrested during a wave of opposition demonstrations this summer, the AP reports. Those at the rally in downtown Moscow, which was sanctioned by Russian authorities, chanted "Free them all!" Some... More »

Putin Critic Hospitalized After 4 Days in Jail

Alexei Navalny developed 'severe allergy'

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin's most prominent critic was taken from his jail cell to a hospital Sunday after what a spokeswoman says was a severe allergic reaction—something he has never experienced before. Alexei Navalny was sentenced to 30 days in jail last week for calling for unauthorized protests against the... More »

Mass Arrests Stun Moscow

Demonstrators face police crackdown

(Newser) - Russian police cracked down hard Saturday on demonstrators in central Moscow, beating some people and arresting hundreds of others protesting the exclusion of opposition candidates from the ballot for Moscow city council, the AP reports. Police also stormed into a TV station broadcasting the protest. Police wrestled with protesters around... More »

Poker Star Likely Electrocuted in Bath: Reports

Russia's Lilya Novikova was big on the Twitch streaming platform

(Newser) - A young poker star is dead in Russia, apparently after accidentally electrocuting herself while using a hair dryer in the bathtub. Local media report the body of Lilya Novikova was found by an elderly neighbor in the bathroom of her family's Moscow apartment days before her 27th birthday after... More »

Fatal Blaze Erupts in Passenger Plane

At least 40 are dead in plane run by Aeroflot

(Newser) - At least 40 people died when an Aeroflot airliner burst into flames while making an emergency landing at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport Sunday evening, officials said. The Sukhoi SSJ100 operated by national airline Aeroflot had 73 passengers and five crew members on board when it touched down and sped down... More »

Cohen: These Documents Will Lead You to Trump's Lawyer

The president's former lawyer hands over his false statement to Congress

(Newser) - Michael Cohen turned over documents to the House intelligence committee on Wednesday that show edits to a false written statement he gave to the panel in 2017 about a Trump real estate project in Moscow, the AP reports. Cohen provided the documents in a closed-door interview with the panel, according... More »

Trump Responds to New Michael Cohen Plea

'He's a weak person,' president says of his former personal attorney

(Newser) - After Michael Cohen made a surprise appearance in court Thursday to cop a guilty plea, President Trump took some shots at his former personal attorney. "Michael Cohen is lying and he's trying to get a reduced sentence for things that have nothing to do with me," Trump... More »

Trump Letter to Putin Gets Special Delivery

Sen. Rand Paul hands it over to Putin's reps while visiting Russia

(Newser) - A rep for Vladimir Putin says visiting GOP Sen. Rand Paul has presented a letter from President Trump to the Russian leader, though he added that the letter has not yet been examined by the Kremlin, reports the AP . "We expect that in the nearest time it will come... More »

Odds of a Trump-Putin Meeting Just Got Better

National security adviser John Bolton is headed to Moscow to help prep

(Newser) - President Trump may have another high-profile summit to attend in the near future. National security adviser John Bolton will travel to Moscow next week to discuss a possible meeting between Trump and Vladimir Putin, reports Politico . A National Security Council spokesperson tweeted that Bolton will first meet with US allies... More »

Moscow Residents Use Piles of Snow to Troll Putin

City workers weren't clearing snow, so residents painted name of opposition leader on the piles

(Newser) - It's been a particularly brutal winter in Moscow, complete with record-breaking amounts of snow , and municipal workers haven't exactly been on top of removing the piles of white stuff. So city residents had to get creative—and political—in their efforts to clear the streets, per the BBC... More »

He Says He Was Nurturing Relations With Russia. Now, Spy Charges

Frode Berg first Norwegian arrested for espionage in Russia since Russian Revolution

(Newser) - For 25 years, Norwegian border agent Frode Berg fostered relations with Russia from his post in the town of Kirkenes, just minutes from the border. That is, until the 62-year was arrested in December in Moscow on espionage charges, shocking those who knew him in Kirkenes, as Anton Troianovski explains... More »

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