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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 »

Moscow Digs Out From Record-Breaking Snowfall

Kids were given the first snow day in memory

(Newser) - The residents of Moscow aren't exactly strangers to snow—but the latest snowstorm was so big that authorities gave schoolchildren the first snow day anyone can remember. The recent snowfall was the heaviest on record, with Saturday's 15 inches breaking a record set in 1957, the BBC reports.... More »

Moscow Saw the Sun a Grand Total of 6 Minutes Last Month

Meanwhile, other parts of Russia are in a deep freeze so cold people's eyelashes are freezing

(Newser) - If Russian winters weren't miserable and dreary, we wouldn't have Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. In fact, the month of December 2000 saw just three hours of sunlight in Moscow, the New York Times reports. That benchmark was just shattered, however, with Moscow experiencing its "darkest December" ever, the... More »

Former Candy Factory Owner Kills Guard, Injures 3 Others

Moscow man said plant was 'seized with the use of fake documents'

(Newser) - The former owner of a Russian candy factory has been ordered to remain in jail while the slaying of a plant security guard is under investigation. Investigators said Ilya Averyanov argued with the factory's new owner and opened fire with a hunting rifle on Wednesday, killing the guard and... More »

Creator of One of World's Deadliest Weapons Gets Huge Statue

Monument to Mikhail Kalashnikov and his AK-47 unveiled in Moscow

(Newser) - The AK-47 has been called "the Coca-Cola of small arms." It's said to be responsible for 250,000 deaths every year and believed to have killed more people than all other modern weapons combined. On Tuesday, a 30-foot monument dedicated to its designer, Lt. Gen. Mikhail T.... More »

Report: Moscow Trump Tower Was Discussed Amid Campaign

Real estate deal apparently fell through, per 'WaPo' report

(Newser) - "Can you believe two guys from Brooklyn are going to elect a president?" That's a paraphrased remark in a November 2015 email from a Russian-born real estate developer to Trump Organization exec Michael Cohen, which the Washington Post reports was part of the business' effort to develop a... More »

US Embassy: Russia Won't Let Us Get Our Stuff From Retreat

Russia says US didn't have permits to bring cargo trucks in to recreational compound

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin is paying back the US for what he says is its "insolence" in approving new sanctions against Russia, kicking American diplomats out of the country by September and shuttering the US Embassy's recreational compound (aka "dacha") just outside Moscow. That payback apparently includes not... More »

Young Chess Grandmaster Dies in Extreme Sport Fall

Yuri Eliseev, 20, was apparently practicing parkour, fell from balcony

(Newser) - Russian news reports say a prominent young chess grandmaster has died after falling from a Moscow balcony apparently while undertaking the extreme sport of parkour. The reports cited police as saying 20-year-old Yuri Eliseev died late Saturday after falling from the 12th story of his apartment building in Moscow, reports... More »

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