Far Eastern Russia
US Russia envoy cancels trip saying Russian officials won't meet him
Russia Expands Tax Breaks to Boost Far East Gold Mining
Now, GCC nationals can visit Russian Far East without visas
Research reveals Koreans' genetic roots
Shadowy North Korean IT group believed hiding out in Russian Far East: sources
2018-02-18 16:08:58 VLADIVOSTOK – A group of North Korean information technology experts has moved its base from Hong Kong to Vladivostok in Russia and is likely engaged in collecting foreign currencies there, sources familiar with the matter said Sunday. Since allowing such activities in the Russian Far East could violate the U.N. Security Council’s resolution prohibiting nations from authorizing new permits for North Koreans working abroad, Russia’s security authorities have been on alert, the sources said   Read More ...
N. Korean IT workers based in Russia's Far East: sources
2018-02-18 11:00:27 VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (Kyodo) -- A group of North Korean information technology experts has moved its base from Hong Kong to Vladivostok in Russia and is likely engaged in earning foreign currencies there, sources familiar with the matter said Sunday. Since allowing their activities in the Russian Far East is a potential violation of the U.N. Security Council's resolution that prohibits nations from authorizing new permits to North Korean workers to work abroad, Russia's security authorities have been on alert, the sources said   Read More ...
6.0 quake strikes Russian far east region
2018-01-25 06:01:35 KUALA LUMPUR: An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter Scale struck the Komandorskiye Ostrova region of Russia at 10.10 am today, according to the Meteorological Department. It said in a statement that the epicentre of the quake was 573 km north-east of Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky, Russia, and 6,937 km north-east of Kudat, Sabah. The quake did not set off any tsunami, it added   Read More ...
U.S. Russia envoy cancels trip saying Russian officials won't meet him
2017-12-01 16:49:18 MOSCOW (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman has been forced to cancel a planned trip to Russia's Far East next week because senior regional officials could not find time to meet him, the U.S. Embassy to Russia said in a statement on Friday. The United States has a consulate in Vladivostok in the Russian Far East and the embassy said his planned visit was part of a series of trips to places where the U   Read More ...
US Russia envoy cancels trip saying Russian officials won't meet him
2017-12-01 16:10:04 MOSCOW - US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman has been forced to cancel a planned trip to Russia's Far East next week because senior regional officials could not find time to meet him, the US Embassy to Russia said in a statement on Friday. The United States has a consulate in Vladivostok in the Russian Far East and the embassy said his planned visit was part of a series of trips to places where the US hoped to resume consular operations which were suspended earlier this year amid a diplomatic dispute   Read More ...
Russia launches second rocket from new cosmodrome
2017-11-28 09:03:49 Russia launched a second rocket from its new Vostochny cosmodrome in the far east on Tuesday, as Moscow seeks to ease dependence on Baikonur in Kazakhstan.Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Monday that such contracts would help Russia modernize its space industry.The first launch from Vostochny spaceport in far eastern Russia took place in April 2016, with President Vladimir Putin overseeing the take-off   Read More ...
Plane crash in Russia's far east kills six: report
2017-11-15 06:39:58 MOSCOW (Reuters) - Six people were killed when a small plane crashed in Russia's far eastern region of Khabarovsk early on Wednesday, Russian news agencies said.   Read More ...
Russia Expands Tax Breaks to Boost Far East Gold Mining
2017-11-01 08:32:14 Russia’s government plans to expand a special economic zone in the Far East of the country to secure an initial investment of US$38 million into a gold and silver mining project. The Ministry for the Development of the Far East of Russia is backing an amendment to the legislation that will allow for an expansion of the Nikolaevsk Advanced Special Economic Zone (ASEZ)   Read More ...
Melee breaks out at soccer match on Far East Side; player kicked, punched by opposing team
2017-09-25 19:03:15 A player on a local soccer team suffered fractures to his face and nose Sunday night during a melee between two teams on a Far East Side soccer field. A teammate of the victim said the fight broke out when someone from the opposing team, which was losing with a couple of minutes to play, committed a hard foul. "The victim had not noticed the initial skirmish, and was playing on when he was punched in the head from behind," said police spokesman Joel DeSpain   Read More ...
Totti will join Tokyo Verdy or return to Roma, says club chief
2017-07-10 02:02:17 The 40-year-old has not yet announced his retirement despite leaving Stadio Olimpico and could continue his career in the far east. Francesco Totti will either join Tokyo Verdy or return to Roma, according to the J2 League club's president. Totti, 40, left boyhood club Roma at the end of the season, but the veteran forward's future remains unclear. Speaking on Sunday, the president of Tokyo Verdy, Hideyuki Hanyu, said he had been told MLS was no longer an option for Totti   Read More ...
95,000 Russians Have Already Applied for Free Land in Far East Under Russia's Homesteading Act
2017-07-07 12:10:07 A little over a year ago, Russia started a program called “A Hectare in the Far East,” which offered citizens free land in the sparsely populated areas of the Far East to encourage migration. The project was met with much skepticism, but it has so far exceeded expectations, with more than 95,000 applications lodged and more than 21,600 plots of land registered to new users   Read More ...
North Korea launches ferry service to Russia's far east
2017-05-19 01:21:55 North Korea launched a ferry service to the Russian city of Vladivostok on Wednesday to develop links and boost economic cooperation, the North's state media said, as it faces increasing isolation over its weapons development. Experts have said North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, may be hoping closer ties with Russia would help if China, the North's main economic benefactor, steps up sanctions against it over its weapons programs, in defiance of U   Read More ...
North Korea launches ferry service to Russia's far east
2017-05-17 16:03:14 SEOUL: North Korea launched a ferry service to the Russian city of Vladivostok on Wednesday (May 17) to develop links and boost economic cooperation, the North's state media said, as it faces increasing isolation over its weapons development. Experts have said North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, may be hoping closer ties with Russia would help if China, the North's main economic benefactor, steps up sanctions against it over its weapons programmes, in defiance of UN resolutions   Read More ...
Beijing and Moscow to Pour $15 Billion Into Developing the Far East
2017-05-17 10:29:18 China and Russia are planning to set up a joint regional development and cooperation investment fund with a total amount of 100 bln renminbi (around $14.5 bln) to bolster the development of Russia’s Far East and Northeast China. According to the materials released at the Belt and Road forum, its initial amount totals 10 bln renminbi (about $1.45 bln). "The State Committee for Development and Reform of China will establish a 100 billion yuan Russian-Chinese investment fund for regional development and cooperation with an initial capital of 10 billion yuan to promote cooperation between Northeast China and the Far East," the document said   Read More ...
Gazprom hopes to agree in 2017 main terms of gas exports to China from Russian Far East
2017-05-14 08:12:59 Gazprom hopes to agree in 2017 the main terms of natural gas exports to China from the Russian Far East, the CEO of Russia's state gas giant Alexei Miller said on Sunday. The gas supplies from the Russian Far East are considered to be an extension of an already signed 30-year contract on exporting of 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas to China from Siberian deposits, Miller told reporters in Beijing   Read More ...
The Travel Adviser: The East, the Far East and nothing but the East
2017-04-22 23:00:55 It was back in 2001 that a leading economist at Goldman Sachs coined the acronym BRIC, for Brazil, Russia, India and China as the largest emerging markets economies. His assertion was that he expected them to grow faster than the developed countries and to play an increasingly important role in the world – and so they have.Fast forward to 2017. Both India and China have become the darlings of the Israel government, its economy and the tourism industry   Read More ...
Now, GCC nationals can visit Russian Far East without visas
2017-04-18 09:16:58 Manama: Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nationals can visit the Russian Far East without the need for visas, Russian Prime Minister has said. Beside the citizens from the GCC member states — Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — the nationals of 12 other countries have been allowed to arrive in Vladivostok, the major Pacific port city, without a visa   Read More ...
No visa for Kuwaitis to visit Russian Far East
2017-04-18 02:26:17 GORKI: Kuwait is one of 18 countries whose citizens can now visit the Russian Far East without visas, the Russian media reported yesterday. “I have recently approved the list of countries, whose nationals can take advantage of the preferential regime,” Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said yesterday. “Businessmen and tourists will not need to undergo the traditional procedure of Russian visas receipt   Read More ...
SOEs, Moscow fund to help develop Russia's far east
2017-03-31 03:00:40 The Far East Development Fund, a Moscow-mandated financial institution, is partnering with China's State-owned enterprises to create two joint investment funds to tap into the rich but still underdeveloped eastern part of Russia, according to the fund's chief. The two funds, which are expected to be set up, would aim to provide financing for gold and copper mining, as well as infrastructure and real estate projects in Russia's far east region, said Alexei Chekunkov, chief executive officer of FEDF   Read More ...
Strong quake of 6.9 magnitude hits Russia's far east: USGS
2017-03-29 09:23:53 An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.9 struck near Komandorskiye Ostrava in Russia's far east on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake struck at a depth of about 33 km (20 miles) just off the coast in the Bering Sea. It was originally recorded with a magnitude of 7.0. There was no tsunami threat after the quake, according to the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center   Read More ...
Magnitude 6.9 quake hits Russia's far east, no tsunami threat
2017-03-29 08:26:01 MOSCOW (REUTERS) - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.9 struck near Komandorskiye Ostrava in Russia's far east on Wednesday (March 29), the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. The quake struck at a depth of about 33 km just off the coast in the Bering Sea. It was originally recorded with a magnitude of 7. There was no tsunami threat after the quake, according to the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre   Read More ...
На Сахалине стартовали соревнования горнолыжников Far East Cup
2017-03-17 14:45:54 Международные соревнования по горнолыжному спорту Far East Cup (Кубок Дальнего Востока) стартовали на Сахалине. Спортивные мероприятия проводятся на территории спортивно-туристического комплекса «Горный воздух». «Для нас это серьезное мероприятие, к которому мы достаточно долго готовились. Здесь хорошая организация, большое количество иностранных и наших спортсменов. Это создает хорошую спортивную атмосферу, тем более трассы здесь великолепные, жесткие. Думаю, здесь будут высокие скорости», — поприветствовал участников соревнований вице-президент Федерации горнолыжного спорта и сноубординга России Валерий Цыганов   Read More ...
Russia starts artillery drill in Far East
2017-03-10 12:10:21 Russia's Eastern Military District on Friday started an artillery combat firing practice involving all the 11 artillery ranges in the Primorsky Krai and Amur Region. During the drill, the self-propelled mortar 2C4 "Tyulpan" and the self-propelled gun "Malka" will defeat immobile targets and group objects from protected positions, said Alexander Gordeev, the head of the Eastern Military District's press service. The combat firing practice, conducted by tube and rocket artillery and missile formation, will be supported by the air defense and aviation section of the military district, said Gordeev   Read More ...
Memories of Koreans' tragic migration fading
2017-03-02 15:28:19 Scholar traces Korean-Russians' tragic migration By Kang Hyun-kyung In October 1937, nearly 200,000 ethnic Koreans in the Russian Far East were forced by Soviet authorities to board trains heading to then-unknown land -- Central Asia. Their human rights were ignored and the fearful people had to brace for abuse all during their trip to the unpopulated destinations which continued for about a month. Some were dropped off   Read More ...
Russia to modernize five military airfields
2017-02-26 14:26:37 Russia will upgrade five military airports in the country’s southwest and the Far East in the coming three years, Russian Aerospace Forces Commander Viktor Bondarev said. “We plan to conduct research this year and start to renovate the Ukrainka airfield in the Amur region next year,” Bondarev was quoted by Xinhua news agency as saying on Saturday. The infrastructure overhaul comes amid increased military presence of the North Atlantic Treaty   Read More ...
China, Russia discuss energy cooperation
2017-02-16 09:01:41 Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli met with Russian natural gas company Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller Wednesday, calling for steady development of bilateral engery cooperation. Zhang said China and Russia should conduct further research on the west-route gas pipeline and the Far East gas supply projects adhering to the principle of shared benefits and risks, and expand cooperation in natural-gas-burning power generation, underground gas storage, engine fuel and other areas. He   Read More ...
Russian scientists develop materials for energy-generating windows
2017-02-16 08:39:55 Russian scientists have developed solar concentrators made of fluorescent polymeric materials to turn ordinary windows into solar panels, Russia's Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU)reported Thursday. "Scientists of FEFU's Natural Science School, in cooperation with the Institute of Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences, have developed new luminescent polymeric materials, which potentially lead to the creation of energy-generating windows that can convert sunlight into electricity," said the university. Scientists suggest   Read More ...
Research reveals Koreans' genetic roots
2017-02-02 15:29:54 Genome analysis of human DNA from the Neolithic era has revealed for the first time that modern Korean people have genetic roots with an ancient people from the Russian far east and southern Asia, according to Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Wednesday. The Genomics Institute of UNIST's biomedical engineering department, international archeologists, biologists and genome researchers from Britain, Russia and Germany have sequenced and analyzed the   Read More ...
Ancient DNA reveals 'continuity' between Stone Age and modern populations in East Asia
2017-02-01 21:00:31 Researchers working on ancient DNA extracted from human remains interred almost 8,000 years ago in a cave in the Russian Far East have found that the genetic makeup of certain modern East Asian populations closely resemble that of their hunter-gatherer ancestors. The study, published today in the journal Science Advances, is the first to obtain nuclear genome data from ancient mainland East Asia and compare the results to modern populations.   Read More ...
Some 50 fishermen trapped on ice in Russia's Far East
2017-01-26 18:28:02 Nearly 50 fishermen were trapped Thursday on floating ice in Russia's Far East city of Vladivostok after the chunk they were sitting on drifted away from shore, the city's press service reported. "At this moment Vladivostok's emergency service has began the rescue operation at the bay of Fyodorov. Emergency service staff have already come to the area of the accident with an airboat," the press service said in a release   Read More ...
Russia to commission over 100 Arctic military facilities
2017-01-26 14:27:38 File photo shows Russia's Arctic infantry rifle units during a military drill in the training area of the Far East Marshal K. Rokossovsky Military Command Academy on Dec 2, 2013. [Photo/VCG] MOSCOW - The Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday it intends to commission the building of more than 100 military facilities in the Arctic by the end of 2017. The facilities will include Russia's northernmost airport of Nagurskoye on the   Read More ...
Su-34 fighter bombers carry out bombardment exercise in Russia's Far East
2017-01-20 12:08:59 Su-34 fighter bombers of Russia's Eastern Military District have finished a special flying task course by carrying out bomb strikes at the one of the Russian Far East region's training grounds, the district's press-service said Friday. "Crews of multipurpose Su-34 fighter-bombers of the air force unit located in Khabarovsk have carried out bomb strikes engaging single ground targets of the simulated enemy. By finishing the course of special flying tasks,   Read More ...
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich 'adamant' Diego Costa will not move to China in stand against Far East riches
2017-01-15 02:16:48 Roman Abramovich didn’t become one of the richest men on the planet by capitulating whenever challenged by a wealthy rival. The Russian billionaire has amassed a portfolio of riches beyond the comprehension of most of us. Chelsea FC are just one of his brightest, most public baubles. But the ruthless Russian believes that he has to make a stand now. A defiant stand in the face of riches being   Read More ...
Russia conducts air defense exercises in Far East region
2017-01-10 12:10:26 Russia's air defense forces division and its air force units of the Eastern Military District conducted joint military exercises, said the district's press service on Tuesday. "The servicemen of the district's air defense division, anti-aircraft missile squadron and air units of the Eastern Military District stationed in the Transbaikal region conducted a joint command and staff exercises on air defense and air force management," said the statement, without mentioning the   Read More ...
Russian sculptor creates giant manure cockerel
2017-01-09 16:31:36 An artist in Russia's Far East has marked the new year by fashioning a giant rooster sculpture out of frozen manure. Mikhail Bopposov completed the huge cockerel in Uolba, a village in the Sakha Republic (also known as Yakutia), despite being hampered by a leg injury which required surgery only a week earlier. It was a team effort involving his brothers that ensured the piece was ready to be unveiled   Read More ...
Shiveluch volcano in Russia’s Far East spews ash to 11 km in air
2016-12-12 01:05:51 PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, December 10. /TASS/. The Shiveluch volcano in Russia’s Far East has spewed ash in the morning, the press service of the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s main department in the Kamchatka Krai said on Saturday. "According to satellite data provided by the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT), the Shiveluch volcano spewed ash in the morning on December 10. The height (of the ash column) reached up to 11,000 meters above   Read More ...
Will temperature extremes increase in Northeast Asia?
2016-11-08 05:53:06 Northeast Asia includes the areas of Northeast China, the Russian Far East, Japan and the Korean Peninsula. Climate variability and change impose enormous challenges for this region, with its rapidly developing economy and large population. Natural climate variability and anthropogenic forcings both modulate regional climate, particularly in regions sensitive to global climate change, such as Northeast Asia. To investigate how much, to what extent, and how natural variability or anthropogenic   Read More ...
The Russian Far East Looks to the American West for Inspiration
2016-11-06 14:26:29 Yaroslav Lissovolik, the Eurasian Development Bank’s chief economist, discusses the prospects for the development of Russia’s Far East into an important economic and technological hub in the region. The missile destroyer USS John S. McCain is on visit to Vladivostok on the Russian Pacific coast, taking part in the May 9 Victory Day celebrations. The American crew praying for the dead. Photo: RIA Novosti has now become one of the   Read More ...
Can Russia Repopulate its Far East with the Offer of Free Land?
2016-11-05 12:38:59 The government plans to tempt Russians with a complimentary hectare in one of the country’s most remote regions – but the initiative faces a number of problems that need to be solved if it is to become a success. Have you ever dreamed of acquiring land for your personal needs without paying for it? Now many Russian citizens can realize this dream. The only condition is that the land in   Read More ...
The farthest shore: peaceful images of Russia's Primorsky Krai
2016-10-25 18:57:15 The day of Russia's Primorsky Krai is marked on October 25. View stunning images of the southernmost region of the Russian Far East in this gallery by TASS.   Read More ...