VLADIVOSTOK, September 2 (RIA Novosti) – Narcotics police have found about 290 pounds of marijuana and 20 gallons of hashish oil in an abandoned farm in Russia’s Primorsky Territory, the regional Federal Drug Controld Service reported.
"As part of the "Operation Mak-2014," the investigators have found a cache on the territory of an abandoned farm in one of the villages in the Oktyabrsky district. The cache contained about 290 pounds of marijuana and 20 gallons of organic solvent with a narcotic drug, a hashish oil ready for marketing. The owners of the drugs have already been identified, they are an Ussuriysk citizen and two local residents," the police said in a statement.
The actions of these people fall under the article of the Criminal Code, which is "Illegal possession of drugs on a large scale." The punishment is up to 10 years in prison. Pre-investigation check is currently underway.
MOSCOW, September 2 (RIA Novosti) - The final round of the competition of military bands of the Russian Armed Forces will be held September 2-6 in Moscow, according to the press service of the Defense Ministry.
"In the final round of the competition, Eleven best orchestras from various military districts will perform a music program of patriotic compositions, world classics, and folk songs. The final stage of this music competition will begin in Moscow on September 2, at the Central Academic Theatre of the Russian Army. On September 3, the teams will perform the military repertoire on Red Square. The final concert of the winners of the contest will be held on September 5, at 6.00 p.m. Moscow time (14:00 GMT), at the Grand Hall of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory," the press service reported.
The best orchestra will be given the opportunity to perform on Red Square during the International Military Music Festival "Spasskaya Tower-2014" on September 4 and 6.
The first round of the competition was held in October 2013. It was attended by more than 50 military bands. Only 11 participants reached the final round.
MOSCOW, September 1 (RIA Novosti) - The Moscow based NIKIET institute has completed the engineering design for the BREST-300 fast reactor project, Russia’s state-run Rosatom nuclear agency reported Monday.
“Development of the technical design has been carried out since 2012… More than 25 divisions of NIKIET and over 35 companies and organizations within the industry were involved in the development,” Rosatom informed in a statement published on its website.
Creation of the BREST-300 reactor is part of Rosatom’s major innovative project Proryv in the framework of Russia’s Federal Target Program “Nuclear Energy Technologies of a New Generation”.
The project involves the construction of a pilot energy complex, complete with experimental lead-cooled nuclear reactor BREST-300 and a near-station manufacturing facility for dense nitride uranium-plutonium fuel.
The station will be built at the Siberian Chemical Combine site in Seversk, Tomsk Region. Construction of the reactor is set to finish by 2020.
BUENOS AIRES, September 1 (RIA Novosti) - A demonstration in support of International Information Agency Rossiya Segodnya photojournalist Andrei Stenin, who is missing in Ukraine, has been organized in Argentina.
In Necochea, a city in the southwest of Buenos Aires Province, people gathered together in one of the city's parks and held up posters with the #freeAndrew hashtag.
In San Carlos de Bariloche, members of the city's Russian community called for the release of Andrei Stenin at one of their meetings.
Similar events took place in other Argentinian cities, including the capital Buenos Aires and the country's third largest city Rosario.
Russian photojournalist Andrei Stenin went missing in eastern Ukraine on August 5. On August 9, Rossiya Segodnya filed a request for the Ukrainian Interior Ministry to take action in order to locate Stenin, with the ministry agreeing to look into the case.
On August 12, Anton Herashchenko, an aide to the Ukrainian interior minister, said in an interview with Baltkom radio that Ukrainian security forces had arrested Stenin on charges of assisting terrorists, but the statement has not been commented on by Kiev.
A number of events in support of the photographer have taken place around the world urging his release. His current whereabouts to this day remain unknown, and he appears on the Ukrainian militia’s missing persons list.
Please support Andrei Stenin’s release by sharing the hashtag #FreeAndrew in social networks. Andrei is a professional war photographer reporting from the most dangerous war zones in the world. You can view Andrei’s pictures from Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Libya here and his most recent shots from eastern Ukraine here.
MOSCOW, September 1 (RIA Novosti) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Italian counterpart Federica Mogherini have discussed by phone the ongoing effort to find optimal solutions to the Ukrainian crisis, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Monday.
“Separate topical issues on the international agenda were raised [during the talks], including the crisis in Ukraine from the perspective of searching for optimal political solutions,” the ministry’s statement reads.
The southeast of Ukraine has been under fire since mid-April, when Kiev launched a special military operation aimed at suppressing independence supporters who refused to recognize the legitimacy of the new Kiev’s government after the February coup.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has stressed the importance of international consultations in finding a political solution to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
According to the latest UN estimates, almost 2,600 people have died since the Kiev’s military operation started, and about 6,000 have been injured.
ROME, September 1 (RIA Novosti) - Pope Francis has written a letter to the residents of the town of Beslan in North Ossetia who are marking ten years since the Beslan school massacre, Italian media reported Monday.
Abbot Paolo De Carli, who sheltered 60 Beslan residents for two months at his monastery in the Trentino province in Italy in 2004, will take Pope Francis’s letter, the contents of which are not disclosed, to North Ossetia, the press service of the Honorary Consulate of the Russian Federation in Bolzano told RIA Novosti.
Paolo De Carli will also take part in the mourning ceremonies that will be organized by the consulate in the coming days.
The Beslan school massacre occurred on September 1, 2004 in the southern Russian republic of North Ossetia, when Islamic insurgents attacked Secondary School No. 1, taking more than 1,100 school children, their teachers and relatives hostage.
Over 300 people, including 186 children, were killed as a result of a three-day standoff between Islamic separatists and Russian special forces.
MOSCOW, September 1 (RIA Novosti) - The Norwegian company North Atlantic Drilling Limited (NADL) that signed various contracts with Russia’s oil giant Rosneft during the summer period, hopes to continue doing business with Rosneft and other Russian companies, despite the possibility of the imposition of new sanctions against Russia by the West, NADL’s chief executive Alf Ragnar Lovdal said.
“I hope we can work closely with them for many years and I hope we can expand that business with them and others because I believe there is a big future in the Arctic. There are a lot of wells to be drilled in the coming years,” Lovdal said as quoted by the Financial Times.
The $4.6 billion deal includes the acquisition of 30 percent of NADL’s shares by Rosneft through an exchange of assets and investments, with the option for the Russian company to increase its stake in Norwegian firm.
The agreement also allows Rosneft to acquire a fleet of offshore platforms, including six offshore rigs to drill for oil up until 2022.
The $4.25 billion contract was signed just days before August 1, when the European Union imposed a ban on the export of technology to be used in Arctic exploration, unjustifiably blaming Russia in meddling with Ukraine’s internal affairs.
NADL’s chief executive believes that all aspects of its partnership with Rosneft comply with current sanctions.
“So far it’s OK. For us it’s important and that is why we spend time investigating. If there is a change [in sanctions], we have to revisit. For us we have to work within the rules and regulations at the time,” Lovdal said as cited by the Financial Times.
A deal worth $4.6 billion is the biggest contract that NADL has ever signed and it is crucial for the company with a market capitalization of about $2.6 billion.
NADL is a leading drilling company with extensive experience of working in harsh climate conditions. About 70.4 percent of its shares belong to Seadrill, the world’s largest rig operator.