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Daughter of Iran’s ambassador in Moscow dies in apparent suicide

Arefeh Sanaei, daughter of Mehdi Sanaei, Iranian ambassador, committed suicide on October 22, 2019. (Social Media) October 22, 2019 The daughter of Iran’s ambassador in Moscow has committed suicide, Russian Interfax news agency reported October 22, quoting an “informed source”. "The young woman was suffering from depression and was taking medication prescribed to [...]

By |October 22nd, 2019|Russia|

Hacking the hackers: Russian group hijacked Iranian spying operation

Moscow and Tehran have both repeatedly denied Western allegations over hacking. (iStockphoto) October 21, 2019 Russian hackers piggy-backed on an Iranian cyber-espionage operation to attack government and industry organisations in dozens of countries while masquerading as attackers from the Islamic Republic, British and U.S. officials said on Monday. The Russian group, known as [...]

By |October 21st, 2019|Russia|

Learning about Iran from reading Tolstoy and Chekhov

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, (R) speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in Tehran. (AP) By Firouz Farzani October 19, 2019 I’ve been re-reading some of the19th Century Russian classics – Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, Chekov’s short stories and Turgenev’s Virgin Soil. It’s striking how Russia and Iran share one fundamental feature: they both define [...]

By |October 19th, 2019|Russia|

Russian journalist released by Iran says, ‘I’ll never go back to the country’

Russian journalist Yulia Yuzik in a televised interview. (YouTube) October 18, 2019 Nobody can imagine how I loved Iran, but I will never go back to the country, says a Russian journalist who was detained October 2 after arriving in Iran. The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Intelligence agents stormed her room in a [...]

By |October 18th, 2019|Russia|

Freed Russian journalist recounts harrowing ordeal in Iranian jail

Russian journalist Yulia Yuzik detained in Tehran on Oct 2, 2019. (Twitter) October 16, 2019 Russian journalist and author Yulia Yuzik, who was detained in Tehran for more than a week, says Iranian interrogators accused her of working for Israel and "destroyed me psychologically" before her surprise release. "They were sure that Yuzik [...]

By |October 16th, 2019|Russia|

Iran joins Eurasian Economic Union to combat US sanctions

Iran will join the Eurasian Economic Union in an effort to bolster its economy. (Reuters) By Faramarz Davar October 15, 2019 In their latest attempt to cope with the heavy impact of United States-imposed sanctions, Iran’s leaders are hopeful that the country will enjoy some much-needed economic respite as it joins the Eurasian Economic Union, a [...]

By |October 15th, 2019|East Asia, Europe, Russia|

Russia’s Putin says Iran’s missile program should be treated separately to nuclear program

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. (Getty) October 14, 2019 Russian President Vladimir Putin said Iran’s missile program should be dealt with as a separate matter to its nuclear program. Putin was speaking in an interview with Arab broadcasters, including Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV, ahead of his first visit to Saudi Arabia in over a [...]

By |October 14th, 2019|Russia|

Russian embassy: Detained Russian journalist freed by Iran

Russian journalist Yulia Yuzik detained in Tehran on Oct 2, 2019. (Twitter) October 10, 2019 Iran has freed a Russian journalist, Yulia Yuzik, who had been detained last week, the Russian embassy in Tehran said on social media on Thursday. “As a result of joint efforts of the Russian Foreign Ministry and the [...]

By |October 10th, 2019|Russia|

Russia summons Iranian ambassador over journalist’s arrest in Tehran

Russian journalist Yulia Yuzik detained in Tehran on Oct 2, 2019. (Twitter) October 4, 2019 Russia’s foreign ministry summoned the Iranian ambassador on Friday over the detention of a Russian journalist in Tehran, ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said. Moscow has close economic and political ties with Tehran, and it is unusual for the [...]

By |October 4th, 2019|Russia|

Russia asks Iran to refrain from action that could jeopardize saving nuclear pact

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a meeting in Qingdao, China June 9, 2018. (REUTERS) September 14, 2019 Russia has asked Iran to refrain from any action that could jeopardise saving its troubled nuclear pact after Washington pulled out if it, Yuri Ushakov, a senior Kremlin [...]

By |September 14th, 2019|Russia|