Putin wants ‘unfriendly’ countries to pay for Russian gas in roubles

LONDON, March 23 (Reuters) – Russia will seek payment in roubles for gas sold to “unfriendly” countries, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday, and European gas prices soared on concerns the move would exacerbate the region’s energy crunch. European nations and the United States have imposed heavy sanctions on Russia since Moscow sent troops into … Read more

Russia finds Meta guilty of ‘extremist activity’ but WhatsApp can stay

Moscow court says Meta engaged in ‘extremist activity’ Facebook, Instagram already banned in Russia Prosecutors, court say WhatsApp will not be affected Lawmaker says Meta can return if sticks to Russia’s terms March 21 (Reuters) – A Moscow court said on Monday that Meta (FB.O) was guilty of “extremist activity”, but the ruling will not … Read more

Russia blocks Facebook, accusing it of restricting access to Russian media

March 4 (Reuters) – Russia is blocking Meta Platforms Inc’s (FB.O) Facebook, the country’s communications regulator said on Friday, in response to what it said were restrictions of access to Russian media on the platform. The regulator, Roskomnadzor, said there had been 26 cases of discrimination against Russian media by Facebook since October 2020, including … Read more

Russian central bank scrambles to limit fallout of tough sanctions

Feb 27 (Reuters) – Russia’s central bank announced a slew of measures on Sunday to support domestic markets, as it scrambled to manage the broadening fallout of harsh Western sanctions over the weekend in retaliation against Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. The central bank said it would resume buying gold on the domestic market, launch a … Read more