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Russia halts work at Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility

The interior of the Fordo (Fordow) Uranium Conversion Facility in Qom, in the north of the country, November 6, 2019. (AFP) December 6, 2019 Russian state nuclear company Rosatom has suspended work on modernizing a unit of Iran's Fordow nuclear complex due to an issue with uranium compatibility, Rosatom's nuclear fuel cycle unit [...]

By |December 6th, 2019|Russia|

Russia, Iran, China to hold joint naval drills

An Iranian naval drill off the Strait of Hormuz last year. (Tasnim) December 4, 2019 Russia, Iran, and China will hold joint naval maneuvers on December 27, Russia’s TASS news agency cited a senior Iranian naval official as saying on Tuesday. TASS did not report where they would be held. This coincides with [...]

By |December 4th, 2019|East Asia, Russia|

Iran asks Russia to provide $2 bln loan for power plants, railroads: Minister

Russia's Minister of Energy Alexander Novak at Sirius Art & Science Park during the 2019 Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum. Kirill Kukhmar, October 23, 2019. (TASS) November 23, 2019 Iran has filed a request for a loan of $2 billion from Russia to build power plants, railroads and to purchase subway cars, Russian [...]

By |November 23rd, 2019|Russia|

Controversy over Iran’s new ambassador to Moscow

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) and Kazem Jalali (R). (ISNA) November 14, 2019 The spokesperson of Iran’s foreign ministry has denied reports Mohammad Javad Zarif is opposed to the appointment of a former member of parliament as ambassador to Moscow. Recently, there have been reports saying Kazem Jalali, a politician close to [...]

By |November 14th, 2019|Russia|

Iran appoints new ambassador to Russia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (left) welcomes his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, during their meeting in Moscow on May 14. (Reuters) November 13, 2019 Former member of the Iranian Parliament Kazem Jalali has been appointed as Iran’s new ambassador to Russia, replacing Mehdi Sanaei. This comes amid growing concerns towards the future [...]

By |November 13th, 2019|Russia|

Russian official says Iran has not asked to send astronaut to space station

A Simorgh satellite rocket at its launch site at an undisclosed location in Iran. (AFP) October 24, 2019 Russia said Iran has not asked to send astronauts to the International Space Station, despite an announcement by an Iranian official who said his country is planning to send astronauts with Russia’s assistance. The head [...]

By |October 24th, 2019|Russia|

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|