This week in Russia – Are you there?

This week in Russia - Are you there

Are you there?
Russia lost contact with a crucial satellite just hours after it was launched into space on Tuesday morning. The Meteor M2-1 was supposed to detach from the rocket carrying it soon after it launched. But it failed to do so and the space agency lost contact with it.

I’m off
Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of the Chechen Republic, said he is ready to step down, leaving it to the Kremlin to choose his successor whilst President Vladimir Putin, 65, is expected to announce he will run for his fourth term in elections due in March.

Humiliating and insulting
A court in St Petersburg has sentenced a man to two years in a penal colony for insulting high-ranking Russian officials on social media. He was found guilty of writing a post on the popular Russian social network Vkontakte that “contained text of humiliating and insulting nature towards high-placed officials”.

Not big, not clever
A Russian Su-30 fighter jet made an “unsafe” intercept of a US P-8A Poseidon aircraft Saturday while it was flying over the Black Sea. “The US aircraft was operating in international airspace and did nothing to provoke this Russian behaviour,” the Pentagon said.

Approaching deadline
Facebook has agreed to hand over information showing the reach of Russian-backed postings during the Brexit referendum by early December, according to the House of Commons media watchdog.

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