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Press freedom in Iran, Russia under attack from ‘digital predators’

Iranian Cyberspace Supreme Council uses digital technology to “spy on and harass” journalists and thereby “jeopardize” people’s ability to get news and information. (Shutterstock) March 12, 2020 Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has included pro-Kremlin social-media users, Russia's communications regulator, and an Iranian state body tackling cybercrime on its list of press freedom’s 20 “worst [...]

By |March 12th, 2020|Russia|

Russia pulls out of $1.3 billion railway project with Iran

The railway line was designed to connect Turkey via Iran to Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan. (IRNA) February 28, 2020 The state-owned Russian Railways has pulled out from a $ 1.3 billion project for electrification of a railway line between Garmsar, in Iran and Ince Burun (Narrow Cape) in Turkey. The Russain company has given [...]

By |February 28th, 2020|Russia|

Kazakhstan suspending flights to Iran over coronavirus; Russia issues travel warning

Quarantine center for suspected coronavirus cases in Tehran, February 5, 2020. (ISNA) February 26, 2020 Kazakhstan's chief sanitary doctor says the country plans to suspend flights to and from Iran from March 1 because of the spread of the new coronavirus. Zhandarbek Bekshin told a press briefing in Nur-Sultan on February 26 that [...]

By |February 26th, 2020|Kazakhstan, Russia|

Critics say negative references to Russia omitted from Iranian textbooks

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (C) receives a gift from Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) in Tehran, Nov 23, 2015. (Reuters) February 17, 2020 Deputy head of the Islamic Republic's Organization for Educational Research and Planning (OERP) has denied that school text-books have been changed in the country to "curry favor with [...]

By |February 17th, 2020|Russia|

Facebook removes accounts in Russia, Iran with alleged intelligence links

Iran’s covert action on Facebook is the second major cyber campaign that has come to light this year. (Getty) February 13, 2020 Social media giant Facebook on Wednesday removed two unconnected networks of accounts, pages, and groups “engaging in foreign or government interference,” one originating in Russia and the other one in Iran, [...]

By |February 13th, 2020|North America, Russia, USA|

Russia reluctant to support Iran’s destabilizing behavior

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) during a joint press conference in Moscow, Russia on 28 March 2017. (Anadolu) By Majid Rafizadeh February 07, 2020 Amid the rising tension between the Islamic Republic and the US, Russia has been in a difficult situation. Should it unequivocally support the Iranian [...]

By |February 7th, 2020|Russia|

Fierce Iranian-Russian competition over Syria’s education sector

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) meets with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Tehran, February 25, 2019. (AFP) January 29, 2020 Iran has gone into fierce competition with Russia over Syria’s education sector. This was most recently reflected in a Damascus statement on Russia offering 500 scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate programs [...]

By |January 29th, 2020|Russia, Syria|

Moscow warns Tehran of ‘reckless steps’ against nuclear agreement

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. (REUTERS) January 21, 2020 Moscow has warned Tehran against making 'reckless steps' to quit the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said. Ryabkov added that Russia urges Iran to comply with its obligations to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), according to Sputnik. The [...]

By |January 21st, 2020|Russia|

Iran wants to start oil & gas production in this disputed hotspot

Leaders of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan attend the signing ceremony of the 5th Caspian Summit. (AFP) By Simon Watkins January 4, 2020 Given the array of sweetener deals in the oil and gas sector promised to Russia by Iran in the past year or so – suspended until public outcry over [...]

By |January 4th, 2020|Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan|

Russia warns Iran nuclear deal in danger of ‘falling apart’

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrive for a joint news conference at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, March 28, 2017. (AP) December 30, 2019 Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers is in danger of “falling apart” without the compliance of the United States and the European [...]

By |December 30th, 2019|Russia|