This week in Russia – Nothing to do with us

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Russia - Nothing to do with us
Chernobyl

Nothing to do with us
RUSSIA’S national nuclear operator has denied that any of its sites were the source of the cloud of radioactive pollution that spread over Europe. French nuclear safety officials detected the cloud in September and blamed it a possible “accident” at a site in Russia or Kazakhstan.

Death threats
A RUSSIAN schoolboy has received online abuse and death threats after suggesting that many German troops who invaded the USSR in World War Two were themselves victims of the conflict. Pro-Kremlin social media users accused him of attempting to whitewash Nazi Germany’s crimes.

Cyber schemers
CYBER CRIMINALS based in Russia are stealing Britons’ air miles and reward points and using them to buy luxury five-star holidays at a huge discount. The situation is so worrying that one American bank has banned buying flights in Russia using its reward scheme.

From A to B
THE 8,000-TONNERussian destroyer Vice Admiral Kulakov and her supporting tanker were returning from the eastern Mediterranean late last week. As they sailed off eastern Scotland, 5,000 tonne Royal Navy frigate HMS Somerset was ordered to shadow and escort the vessels from the Moray Firth off Inverness up to the Norwegian coast.

Backing off
SYRIAN PRESIDENT BASHAR ASSAD was asked to come to Russia to get him to agree to potential peace initiatives drafted by Russia, Iran and Turkey as Russia prepares to scale down its military presence in the country’s 6-year war, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.

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