Vucic declared resistance to sanctions against Moscow “as much as he can”

President Vucic: Serbia will not impose sanctions against Russia for as long as it can

The Serbian authorities will adhere to the decision of the National Security Council of the country not to impose sanctions on Russia as much as possible, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on TV Pink.


“Today I have not heard the position” for ” or “against” sanctions— (say— RBC) if something happens, then you can, and if it doesn’t — it is forbidden. Others, at least openly declare — impose sanctions and we know what their policy is. Our business— fight for your country, stick to the paper that you yourself wrote— decisions of the National Security Council, as far as we can and for as long as we can,— he said.

In addition, Vučić said that he intends to have a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the near future, including on the issue of gas supplies and prices.

Embassy of Poland in Moscow doused with red paint

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Unknown people poured red paint on the building of the Polish embassy in Moscow, Onet reports. The embassy staff is waiting for the police to arrive.

The video of the incident was published by the Rise Telegram channel.

The footage shows how three men approach the entrance to the embassy from Bolshoi Tishinsky Lane and take out containers of paint. One of them poured water on the sign at the entrance, the other splashed paint on the checkpoint window. Another man was filming what was happening.

RBC turned to the Polish Embassy in Russia and the Russian Foreign Ministry for comment. The press service of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for Moscow told RBC that there was no information about this incident.

On May 9, in Poland, unidentified persons poured red liquid over Russian Ambassador Sergei Andreev as he took part in a ceremony at the Soviet military cemetery in Warsaw. The crowd did not allow Andreev to lay a wreath, and he was forced to leave the memorial. Later it became known that the ambassador was doused with syrup.

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The Russian Foreign Ministry protested to the Polish authorities and also demanded an apology from Warsaw.

Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminsky said that the emotions of those who attacked the Russian ambassador were “understandable”. “The emotions of the participants in the action, Ukrainian women, whose husbands fight courageously to defend their homeland, are understandable,” — he commented.

The head of the Polish Foreign Ministry called the incident “an incident that should not have happened and which, of course, is regrettable.”

Poland, along with other European countries, opposes the Russian operation in Ukraine and provides military assistance to the country, and also accepts refugees from there.

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A rehearsal of the Victory Parade with participants in the operation in Ukraine took place in Moscow

The dress rehearsal of the Victory Parade ended on Red Square. This year, 11,000 military personnel, 131 combat vehicles, 77 aircraft and helicopters will be involved in it, the Ministry of Defense reported

The general rehearsal of the Victory Parade took place in Moscow, the Defense Ministry told journalists.

According to RIA Novosti, a parade squad of participants in the military operation in Ukraine passed through Red Square as part of a mechanized column.

In total, according to the Ministry of Defense, 11 thousand military men took part in the rehearsal. The foot column was formed from 33 ceremonial calculations. As part of the mechanized column involved 131 units of military equipment. 77 planes and helicopters also took part in the rehearsal.

Earlier, the ministry reported that the T-34-85, T-72B3M, T-90M “Breakthrough” tanks, T-14 “Armata”, infantry fighting vehicles “Kurganets”, self-propelled artillery installations “Msta-S”, operational-tactical missile systems “Iskander”, robotic systems “Uran-9”. In addition, Tu-95MS and Tu-160 “White Swan” missile carriers will take part in it. along with the Il-78 tanker, MiG-29, Su-35S, MiG-31 fighters and fifth-generation Su-57 aircraft, etc.

Last year, the Victory Parade was held with the participation of 12 thousand military personnel, 190 ground military equipment, 76 aircraft and helicopters.

According to presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov, foreign leaders were not invited to the celebration of Victory Day in Moscow because this year is not an anniversary date. Peskov called May 9 “a sacred day, the main holiday” for the Russians and announced the speech of Vladimir Putin on Red Square.

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As Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, the Russian military participating in the operation in Ukraine will not artificially adjust their actions to a specific date, including May 9th. According to him, the pace of the special operation depends “on the need to minimize any risks for the civilian population and Russian military personnel.”

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What is known about the cancellation and delay of a dozen flights at Moscow airports?

On Sunday, May 1, at Vnukovo and Domodedovo airports in Moscow and "Sheremetyevo" about 50 flights were canceled or delayed. This is evidenced by the data of the Yandex. Schedule".

As as of 11.00 h to Moscow time May 1 

  • "Vnukovo". Six flights delayed, one canceled;
  • “Domodedovo. Six flights delayed, five cancelled.
  • Sheremetyevo. 12 flights delayed, 20 cancelled.

At Zhukovsky airport flights follow the schedule.

Why are flights often canceled and delayed at Moscow airports?

Frequent delays and cancellations of flights in Moscow are connected with the introduction of Western sanctions against Russia, writes RIA Novosti. Against the backdrop of military events in Ukraine, the European Union announced a ban on the supply of civil aircraft and spare parts to Russia, and instructed lessors to break contracts with Russian airlines until the end of March.

Restrictions also affected aircraft maintenance and insurance services for domestic airlines. In addition, the European Union, the USA, Canada and a number of other countries closed the airspace for Russian airliners.

Rosaviatsia, in turn, in order to avoid the arrest or detention of aircraft registered abroad and belonging to foreign lessors, recommended that Russian carriers with aircrafts in foreign registries suspend international flights.

We also recall that the Federal Air Transport Agency extended the flight restriction regime at 11 Russian airports in the south of the country until 7 May.  Their number includes:

  • Anapa;
  • Belgorod;
  • Bryansk;
  • Voronezh;
  • Gelendzhik;
  • Krasnodar;
  • Kursk;
  • Lipetsk;
  • Rostov-on-Don;
  • Simferopol;
  • Elista.


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Where will the Moscow tram diameters go?

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For the first time in the last 40 years, a new tram line will be laid in the capital. It will go along Akademika Sakharov Avenue.

The new route will connect the existing routes for this type of transport at Komsomolskaya Square and at st. m. «Clean Ponds». According to the Moscow Deptrans, “a 1.6 km long section will create additional” tram diameters “. across the city. First — from Metrogorodok to Chertanovo, second — from Novogireev to metro„Universitet“. Modeling of the site showed that there will be no problems for motorists — the roadway on the street is wide enough and with a margin of throughput, and the work of the traffic light at the intersection with Garden Ring will not change».

Presumably, up to 2 million people will use these diameters. And 50 thousand of them — these are passengers who need to get from Komsomolskaya Square to Boulevard Ring (the future route will make it twice as fast as metro).

By the way, now experts are figuring out whether it is possible to do without stretching the contact network over the Garden Ring. There is an option in which the cars will cross Sadovoye on a battery charge (it is not so wide, and doing without extra wires — is quite a feasible task). Will this plan work out or not, Muscovites will know by the end of 2023 — the beginning of 2024 by by this time they promise to launch the new route.

Recall that the city is constantly updating the tram fleet. By the middle of the year, 20 more three-section Vityaz-Moscow trams will enter the routes. (Their total number will be 464). Moscow buys them from Russian manufacturers, who guarantee service maintenance of cars for 30 years.

Since the beginning of this year, citizens have made more than 43 million trips on trams. A traditional parade, held in mid-April, despite cold weather, gathered 20 thousand people. Human. Eight vintage cars (the oldest of which is 114 years old) paraded from the depot named after. Bauman to Ostankino pond and back. And then it could be inspected not only from the outside, but and from the inside. There is a chance that another — unscheduled — parade of trams.

By the way, you must have heard the news that the city will provide subsidies to organizations that are ready to recruit Muscovites who have recently lost their jobs through no fault of their own. The transport complex of the capital has already announced the availability of vacancies for professional drivers who are ready to “steer”, including trams.


Where can and can not make fires and barbecue in Moscow?

With approaching the May holidays, Muscovites are preparing for the opening of the barbecue season. There are specially designated places in the capital for these purposes. Vacationers can be fined not only for frying kebabs in the wrong place, but also for setting fire to brushwood, forest litter, etc. About & nbsp; what rules to remember when having a picnic, read in the material

Where in the city can I make a fire and fry barbecue?

According to the press service of the mayor and the government of Moscow, it is only possible to light a fire or use a brazier in special picnic areas. There are 143 such sites in          the following areas  p>

· Landscape reserve “Khimkinsky”;

· Landscape reserve «Valley of the Skhodni River in Kurkino»

· Complex nature reserve “Altufievsky”;

· Nature reserve «Medvedkovsky» (planned to create);

· Natural and Historical Park “Kuzminki-Lublino”;

· Natural monument «Serebryany Bor»;

· Natural and historical park «Tushinsky»;

· Natural and historical park “Moskvoretsky”;

· Forest Park “Kuskovo”;

· Natural and historical park “Kosinsky”;

· Natural and historical park «Izmailovo»;

· Terletsky Forest Park, Izmailovo Natural and Historical Park;

· Natural complex № 22 "Mitinsky forest park";

· Natural Historical Park «Pokrovskoe Streshnevo»;

· Park «Biryulevsky Arboretum»;

· «Medvedkovsky forest park»;

· Natural and historical park “Ostankino”;

· Troparevsky landscape reserve.

Each of these zones has a set of furniture, a fire-fighting brazier, sandboxes, garbage bins and information boards with rules for using the zone, according to   ;website On the territory of some sites there are equipment rental points, cafes, toilets and free Wi-Fi.

Where you can not make a fire and what is the penalty for this?

It is forbidden to kindle a fire and use a barbecue outside specially equipped picnic spots for individuals. That is everywhere, except for the permitted 143 zones. For a violation, a fine of up to 5000 rubles is provided for vacationers.

What else can they fine for  other forest combustible materials. Here the penalty is the same — up to 5000 rubles.

Moreover, the territory of the park — this is a public place where it is forbidden to drink alcohol and be drunk. For this can also be fined from 500 to 1500 rubles.

Also, according to the press service of the mayor and the government of Moscow, for the use of narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances without a doctor's prescription in public places, citizens of the Russian Federation will face a fine of 4,000 to 5,000 rubles or an administrative arrest for a period of up to 15 and nbsp; days. Foreign citizens — the same fine, but with administrative expulsion from Russia.

What else can't you do during a picnic in specially protected natural areas?

It is also worth remembering a number of rules for staying on the territory of a specially protected natural area. Here, in addition to kindling a fire and drinking alcohol, it is prohibited:

  • to drive into the territory by car or motorcycle;
  • walk dogs without a leash;
  • walk dogs within protected areas;
  • damage trees and shrubs;
  • plant something;
  • gather plants;
  • deliberately destroy the nests and burrows of animals, disturb them, catch or destroy them;
  • stay in the territory with weapons, slingshots, nets and other tools shooting or trapping animals.

Do I need to book in advance?

No, as there is no reservation service. Therefore, it is better to arrive early in the morning to occupy the site, the press service of the mayor and the government of the capital advises. You can also rent paid pavilions and tents. It is also worth remembering that there are no shops nearby, so you need to buy groceries in advance.


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In Odessa, pointers to Moscow and St. Petersburg will be removed from the memorial sign

The memorial sign is located on Dumskaya Square. The authorities intend to place the names of “friendly cities” instead of pointers to Russian cities

On Dumskaya Square in Odessa, plaques with the names of Russian cities will be removed from the memorial sign of sister cities and partners, Mayor Gennady Trukhanov said on Facebook (a court in Russia recognized the owner of the Meta Platforms— social network as an extremist organization and banned its activities).

"In the near future, signs of the cities of the Russian Federation will disappear from the memorial sign of the sister cities and partner cities of Odessa on Dumskaya Square. These are Volgograd, Moscow, Rostov-on-Don, St. Petersburg and Taganrog,— Trukhanov said. The decision was made at a meeting of the city's executive committee.

He also stated that “friendly cities” would take the vacated places.

The memorial sign is a pillar to which signs with the names of cities in Russian and English and the distance to these settlements.

On the website of Odessa, there are no Russian cities in the lists of sister cities and partner cities.

In 2016, the authorities of Kyiv announced the severance of twinning relations with Moscow, and Dnipro— with Ulan-Ude, Samara and Krasnoyarsk.

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February 24, Russia spends on Ukraine a military operation with the aim of demilitarization and “denazification” country, as well as protecting the civilian population of Donbass from “genocide” from Kyiv. After the start of the special operation, Ukraine severed diplomatic relations with Moscow and introduced martial law.

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More than 400 teenagers have been detained since February at anti-war rallies in Moscow

More than 400 minors were detained at anti-war actions in Moscow in February-March. On the day the operation began in Ukraine, 52 teenagers were detained and 19 protocols were drawn up for failure to fulfill parental duties

412 minors were detained at uncoordinated actions in Moscow from February 24 to March 31. This was reported to RBC by Olga Yaroslavskaya, Commissioner for Children's Rights in Moscow.

According to the children's ombudsman, on the first day of anti-war actions on February 24, 52 teenagers were taken to the territorial offices of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Moscow. Of these, 45 people were residents of Moscow, six— Moscow region, and another— Tver region.

Following the results of February 24, 19 protocols were drawn up for failure by parents to fulfill their obligations to raise minors (part 1 of article 5.35 of the Code of Administrative Offenses) and 39 protocols for violation of the rules for participation in a public event (part 5 of art. 20.2 of the Code of Administrative Offenses), noted Olga Yaroslavskaya.

Since the beginning of February, several uncoordinated anti-war actions have taken place in Russia, the largest ones took place on February 24 and 27, as well as on March 6. On the day of the start of the military operation in Ukraine, people gathered in the area of ​​Pushkin Square in Moscow, the Ministry of Internal Affairs later reported 600 detainees “for various violations of public order.” During the second rally, its participants were detained mainly at the Arbatskaya metro station.

According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, about 2.5 thousand people took part in the uncoordinated rally in Moscow on March 6, and police officers detained 1.7 thousand people.

On March 4, Vladimir Putin signed a law criminalizing fakes about the actions of the Russian military in the framework of the special operation. It provides for punishment in the form of a fine of up to 1.5 million rubles. or three years in prison for publicly disseminating knowingly false information about the actions of the Russian military. If the dissemination of false information causes serious consequences, then the punishment will be from ten to 15 years in prison.

In addition, Art. 280.3 (public actions aimed at discrediting the use of the armed forces in order to protect the interests of Russia and its citizens, to maintain international peace and security). Punishment under this article — a fine of 30,000 to 100,000 rubles.

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FSB announced the arrest of a supporter of the “Right Sector” from Moscow

According to the intelligence service, the man served in the Ukrainian troops in the Donbass and was trained by NATO instructors, he has Ukrainian citizenship. Investigators found a hiding place where the detainee kept weapons and symbols of the organization “FSB announced the arrest of a Right Sector supporter from Moscow” />

Employees of the FSB of Russia detained a native of Moscow, a supporter of the Ukrainian radical organization “Right Sector” (recognized as extremist and banned in Russia). This was reported in the Center for Public Relations (DSP) of the FSB.

The FSB believes that the detainee served in the Ukrainian army from 2017 to 2019 and took sabotage training courses according to NATO standards at the Yavoriv training ground in the Lviv region of Ukraine. According to the Russian intelligence service, the training was led by instructors from the United States, Great Britain and Canada.

The report says that the man received three state awards of Ukraine for participating in hostilities in the Donbass. In 2019, President Volodymyr Zelensky gave him Ukrainian citizenship, and at the end of last January, the saboteur returned to Russia.

In the forest near Solnechnogorsk near Moscow, investigators found a hiding place where a man kept edged weapons and items with the Right Sector symbols. There were also three improvised incendiary devices “which could be used to carry out sabotage at critical infrastructure in the Moscow region,” the DSP noted.

In early April, the FSB reported the arrest in Crimea of ​​a supporter of the “Ukrainian neo-Nazis”, who was suspected in illegal possession of explosives and devices. He lived in the resort of Alushta.

The man was found with a pistol, TNT, gunpowder, means of “computer technology and mobile communications”; and other items. The FSB said they found a video of “radical content” on his phone. and photographs depicting nationalist symbols and fascist paraphernalia. In addition, according to the intelligence service, the man communicated with members of the “Ukrainian nationalist battalions”.

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The detainee was charged under part 1 of article 222 of the Criminal Code (illegal acquisition, transfer, sale, storage, transportation or carrying of firearms, his main parts or ammunition), for which he faces up to four years in prison.


Ankara announced the desire of Moscow and Kyiv to continue negotiations in Turkey

Moscow and Kyiv are ready for negotiations in Turkey, but the parties are still far from reaching an agreement on the status of Crimea and the Donbass republics, as well as the issue of guarantees for Ukraine, Ankara reported

Moscow and Kyiv want to continue negotiations in Turkey to bring about an end to the conflict in Ukraine. This was reported to journalists by a high-ranking Turkish official. His words, without naming a name, are quoted by AFP and Al Arabiya.

“Both Russia and Ukraine are ready to negotiate in Turkey, but they are far from agreeing on a joint text,”— said the official.

According to him, there are “some unresolved issues” concerning, among other things, the status of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics and Crimea, as well as security guarantees for Ukraine. The official also noted that the date of the next round of negotiations has not been determined.

«We— the only country that can talk to both sides, the only country that can talk to Russia,— he added.

On April 7, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Ankara expects the continuation of negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv in the country— first at the level of delegations, and then, probably, between the foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine. At the same time, he acknowledged that the negotiation process could become more complicated after the appearance of photos and videos with the bodies of people in civilian clothes on the streets of the Ukrainian city of Bucha, from which the Russian military had left a few days earlier (Moscow denies involvement in the incident and calls the situation a provocation; the Ministry of Defense says that the Russian military left Bucha at the end of March, and during the time when the city was under their control, “not a single civilian was harmed”.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky calls on to continue negotiations with Russia, as they can help stop the hostilities in Ukraine. At the same time, after Bucha, he admitted that there might not be a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, on which he had repeatedly insisted. According to Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of the office of the Ukrainian president, negotiations with Russia are ongoing, they are necessary, as they allow solving the issues of humanitarian corridors and the exchange of prisoners. But after the events in Bucha, the “emotional background” discussion has changed.

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What issues did the parties discuss in Istanbul

in Istanbul was achieved on the issue of a non-bloc and non-nuclear status of Ukraine, as well as security guarantees for it. Also, the Ukrainian side declared its understanding of the situation with Crimea and Donbass.

Kyiv invited Moscow to resolve the issue of Crimea's ownership in bilateral negotiations within 15 years, and the issue of Donbass— agreed upon at a meeting of heads of state. The ownership of these regions will not be disputed by Kiev by military means, it was noted in the voiced proposals of Ukraine. Kyiv also declared its readiness to ensure that security guarantees do not extend to Crimea and Donbass.

Ukraine proposed to make the Security Guarantee Treaty multilateral and create the basis for a new security system in Europe . Kyiv proposed to make the countries— permanent members of the UN Security Council, including Russia, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Israel, Poland and Canada. Also, Ukraine would like Russia not to object to the country's accession to the EU.

The head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, said later that, despite the progress made, Moscow and Kyiv had not yet worked out the final agreements.

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The Guardian named the reason for Abramovich’s participation in the negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow

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Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich is under Western sanctions but appears to play a major role in global backstage events. Since the beginning of the military special operation in Ukraine, it has been running between Moscow, Kiev and Istanbul.

The world community drew attention to his activity after it was reported that Abramovich was among three people who fell ill after a round of Ukrainian-Russian negotiations in early March.

Official officials of Russia and Ukraine, and Pentagon officials were also skeptical about the rumors about the poisoning of the negotiators. But the appearance of Abramovich at the meeting intrigued the public.

In recent years, he has positioned himself as a person without political ambitions. The billionaire finances cultural events and leads a social life. At the same time, the former owner of the Chelsea football club hates publicity and does not give interviews.

A source in the Ukrainian delegation said that Abramovich is participating in the negotiations as a neutral intermediary, and his main role was to “communicate our position to their boss in human terms.”

Alexander Rodnyansky, Zelensky’s economic adviser, said The Guardian that Abramovich was brought in as an intermediary by his father, a Ukrainian film producer who knows the billionaire well. In Kyiv, the billionaire is perceived as a serious interlocutor, to whom Russian President Vladimir Putin listens.

A source in Moscow said that over the past month, the businessman met with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky twice. But the interlocutors of the publication in Kyiv did not confirm this information. Liberal observers believe that Abramovich cannot be an independent participant in the negotiations. He has been a pillar of the existing government for 22 years, and his position is most likely fully agreed upon by the Kremlin.

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Erdogan addressed the delegations before the talks between Moscow and Kyiv

He stated that at this stage, concrete results are needed from such meetings, and “in a just world there will be no losers.” Negotiations between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations in Istanbul will last two days Erdogan addressed the delegations before the talks between Moscow and Kyiv” />

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived at the Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul, where the talks between the delegations of Russia and Ukraine will take place, and addressed the participants.

“Now we have entered a period when there should be concrete results obtained as a result of negotiations. We have not shied away from our responsibility for peace and stability. It is in the interests of all to achieve a ceasefire as soon as possible,— quotes him from NTV.

According to Reuters, the Turkish president also expressed hope that the meeting will be beneficial for both sides, and possible progress “will pave the way for a meeting of leaders.” He stated that both the Russian and Ukrainian presidents are “dear friends” for him.

Negotiations between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations should last until March 30. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Erdogan agreed to hold them in Istanbul in a telephone conversation on March 27, the administration of the Turkish leader reported. Then the latter spoke for a ceasefire, the earliest achievement of peace and the improvement of the humanitarian situation in the region. Ankara expressed readiness “by all possible means” contribute to the settlement.

Negotiations between Russia and Ukraine have been held since the end of February. First, there were three face-to-face stages in Belarus. Then the meetings were held in the format of video-conferencing to save time.

According to the head of the Russian delegation, presidential aide Vladimir Medinsky, Moscow and Kyiv “brought together as much as possible” positions on neutral status and Ukraine's refusal to join NATO. On its demilitarization, the parties are “halfway”, and Medinsky called the situation with denazification “quite strange”, since Kyiv believes that there are no Nazi formations in the country. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that issues of compromise with Russia will be put to a referendum.

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Kyiv did not rule out that negotiations with Moscow would stretch for several weeks

According to Podolyak, peace talks between Kiev and Moscow could drag on for two weeks or more. A few days ago, he said that it would take a week and a half to agree on the disputed points. alt=”Kyiv did not rule out that negotiations with Moscow would drag on for several weeks” />

Mikhail Podolyak

Negotiations between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations may be delayed due to “mutually exclusive legal issues”; and last for several weeks, a member of the Ukrainian delegation and adviser to the head of the presidential office, Mikhail Podolyak, said on Bloomberg TV.

“Negotiations may take several weeks or even longer due to mutually exclusive legal issues,” — he said.

According to him, the main demands of the Ukrainian side are “a ceasefire, the withdrawal of troops and a political settlement on the issue of disputed territories.”

Several days ago, in an interview with Wirtualna Polska, Podoliak said that the agreement on the disputed points in the negotiations between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations on a peace treaty would take from several days to a week and a half.

Then he also announced the desire of the Ukrainian authorities to take into account in a possible agreement “the interests of Ukraine, which suffered huge losses.” According to him, one of the key aspects of the document being negotiated for Kyiv is the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukrainian territory.

On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a military operation in Ukraine, its he called the goals “demilitarization” and “denazification”.

Negotiations on the settlement began on February 27, the first three rounds were held face-to-face on the territory of Belarus. The fourth round began on the morning of March 14 via videoconference. On the first day, the parties talked for several hours and then went on a technical break, on the afternoon of March 15, negotiations resumed and continued on March 16.

The office of the President of Ukraine stated that the negotiations had come to a fork. According to Aleksey Arestovich, adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, with a successful scenario, the parties can conclude a peace agreement within one to two weeks, the deadline— until the end of May. He called the continuation of hostilities another option.

discussion of the neutral status of Ukraine and its non-accession to NATO. According to him, nuances remain regarding security guarantees for Ukraine “in addition to those available in case of refusal to join the NATO bloc.”

Earlier, the head of the delegation said that Kyiv was offered “Austrian” or “Swedish” a variant of a neutral demilitarized state, but with its own army. In turn, Podolyak emphasized that the neutral status model can only be with “absolute security guarantees”.

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Moscow authorities will allocate 500 million rubles for an analogue of McDonald’s

It is assumed that the network will include 250 fast food restaurants.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, at a meeting with the heads of retail chains and catering enterprises, announced the decision to allocate 500 million rubles for a targeted loan.

It is assumed that the money will be spent on preferential terms to create a chain of fast food restaurants “McDonald's”, which the day before announced the closure of its establishments in the country.

According to Interfax, citing the words of the mayor, it is assumed that the Russian analogue will be able to replace 250 establishments in a year &# 8220;McDonald's”, covering consumer demand in the capital.

Sobyanin explained that the decision was made after a conversation with the management of a number of Moscow enterprises that are already operating in the same area.

He recalled that 99% of food for American fast food was supplied by Russian firms. Now the authorities will be asked to use the same personnel potential for the Russian counterpart.

According to the mayor, at the moment there are more than 12,000 catering establishments in Moscow that have appeared over the past 5 – 8 years old, and they “quietly” will replace foreign restaurants that will not be able to return to the market for another 6 – 12 months.

As Topnews wrote earlier, “McDonald's” it was said that the salaries of employees of closed restaurants would be kept at least until May 2022.


Minus 5 degrees Celsius expected in Moscow on Thursday

The weather with variable cloudiness and no precipitation is expected in Moscow on Thursday, March 10, according to the official website of the Hydrometeorological Center of the Russian Federation.

According to weather forecasters, during the day the air temperature in the capital will be from three down to five degrees below zero. On Friday night, temperatures in the city may drop to minus 14 degrees.

In the Moscow region, it is expected to reach seven degrees below zero during the day. At night, the temperature in the region can drop to minus 17 degrees.

Northeast wind at a speed of up to ten meters per second. Atmospheric pressure will be 764 millimeters of mercury.

Earlier, the scientific director of the Hydrometeorological Center Roman Vilfand told what weather is expected in March in the center of the European part of Russia.


Melodies underground. Musicians returned to the Moscow metro

Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Transport Maxim Liksutov announced the restart of the Music in the Metro project. This event was specially  timed to coincide with the holiday of March 8 and combined with the awarding of the leading employees of the subway.

«Today, the Music in the Metro project is being resumed. The musicians started performing at the venues that operated before the pandemic, in the next few months we will add 5-6 more venues,” the Deputy Mayor noted.

The project is already in operation. This is the comment AIF.RU received from musician Maxim, who was tuning his electro-acoustic guitar at noon to start a two-hour shift in the transition between Tverskaya and Tverskaya. and “Chekhovskaya”: “I am very glad that the project was resumed. This is a good opportunity to show yourself and earn extra money. There is a lot of demand among musicians, for example, the place where I play now is extremely popular. All slots (this is a reservation for 2 specific hours) are sorted out until the evening. A gray line passes here, intelligent people live here. The passengers are pleasant, willing to stop and listen. I have a large repertoire – from classical to jazz. Latin American music is also very well received.

Musician Maxim today held his first performance in transition to "Chekhovskaya". Photo: Photo of the transport complex of Moscow

The musicians get permission to play in the subway for free, the permitted points are marked with bright floor stickers and wall signs. Now there are three dozen sites. Passengers, if they wish, can thank the artists with money.

The festive rewarding of employees of the transport complex took place in the building of the Northern River Station. Certificates of honor, thanks and letters of thanks were received by Muscovites working in the TsODD, metro ticket offices, drivers of buses, trams and electric trains, engineers and station attendants.

«Thank you for such a wonderful gift by March 8, – says Maria Yakovleva,electric train driver of the depot “Fili” metropolitan subway. – I am very glad that I work in the subway and that I am part of a huge well-coordinated mechanism. height=”600″ width=”337″ style=”display: block;” />

Rewarding Maria Yakovleva, electric train driver at the Fili depot. Photo: Photo of the Moscow transport complex

According to Maxim Liksutov, women make up 30% of the staff of the metropolitan subway: “Among the world's subways, ours is in second place in terms of the number of women working in such a serious transport infrastructure. We are especially proud that in the last few years they have taken on roles such as subway train drivers. In terms of the quality of work, our employees are among the best among all the drivers of the Moscow Metro. We are extremely interested in the fact that our ranks are replenished with professionals, while we are ready to conduct training ourselves.


Peskov said that Moscow is waiting for the third round of negotiations with Ukraine

Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with Sky News Arabic that Moscow is looking forward to the third round of talks with the Ukrainian side and hopes that the Ukrainian side will listen to Russia's concerns.

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When will meteorological spring come to Moscow?

Expert Answer 0 + –

A stable transition of the average daily temperature to zero in Moscow is expected around March 15–17. It is reported by “Evening Moscow” with reference to the leading specialist of the weather center «Phobos» Mikhail Leus.

He added that according to the new climatic norms, spring usually comes to Moscow around March 20–22.

 Why have weather forecasters not yet recorded a meteorological spring in Moscow, despite the warm weather?

According to the weather forecaster, the weather in the capital is sunny and dry, but at night it is still quite frosty. “On average, the temperature will be slightly above normal, and the birds are singing cheerfully, and the snow cover is actively decreasing. From this point of view, we can talk about the arrival of spring, », — Leus added.

However, weather forecasters call meteorological spring the weather in which the average daily air temperature steadily passes through zero towards positive marks. 

What will the weather be like in Moscow in the coming days?

According to the Phobos weather center, on Saturday, March 5, partly cloudy weather is predicted, the air temperature — 0°-2°C. Atmospheric pressure is within normal limits.

On Sunday, March 6, the city will have partly cloudy weather, at night the air temperature will be -3…-5°C, in the afternoon — 0…-2°C.

On Monday, March 7, partly cloudy and light snow will be in the afternoon in Moscow. At night, the thermometers will drop to -4…-6°C. The day will be — -1…+1°C.

On Tuesday, March 8, partly cloudy and light snow are also predicted, fog is possible. At night and during the day, the air temperature will be -3…-5°C.

 Sources:, https://www.meteovesti .ru/


Zelensky: “Sooner or later dialogue will start between Moscow and Kiev”

“The sooner the dialogue starts, the less losses will be,” he noted.


The dialogue between Russia and Ukraine will start sooner or later. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated this during an address to citizens.

“Sooner or later, Russia will have to talk to us, how to end the hostilities and stop this invasion. The sooner the dialogue begins, the less losses there will be,” Zelensky said.

It was previously reported that President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky became the chairman of the headquarters of the supreme commander.

Martial law has been introduced in Ukraine, and martial law has been declared general mobilization, it will last 90 days.


The Federation Council clarified the boundaries within which Moscow recognized the DPR and LPR

Russia recognized the sovereignty of the Donbass republics

Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council for International Affairs Andrei Klimov clarified the boundaries within which Russia recognizes the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics. He made the corresponding statement on the air of the Russia 24 TV channel.

Photo: Gennady Cherkasov

The senator said that Russia recognizes the republics within the boundaries that are actually established. Part of the territories of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, we recall, are controlled by Kiev.

“We are talking, of course, about those territories that are within the boundaries established today. Everything else is beyond the scope of legal action,” he said.

Klimov added that the agreements signed the day before with the republics will be ratified by the Federation Council today, February 22.

Yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed decree recognizing the independence of the Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics. Before that, he made an appeal explaining Moscow's position on Ukraine.

Meanwhile, the United States and Canada have already threatened to impose new sanctions on Russia, and the list of restrictive measures is expected to be announced today.



On February 20, up to four degrees of heat is expected in Moscow

Cloudy weather with clearings is predicted in the Russian capital on Sunday, February 20, according to the official website of the Hydrometeorological Center of the Russian Federation.

«Cloudy with clearings. In some places, light precipitation,” the report says.

Daytime air temperature in the city will be from two to four degrees Celsius. Atmospheric pressure – 735 millimeters of mercury.

The wind is southwest and west at a speed of six to 11 meters per second. in some places its gusts can reach 17 meters per second.

Note that the Hydrometeorological Center extended the “yellow” the level of weather danger in Moscow and the Moscow region due to the wind. The warning is valid until 21:00 Sunday.

Cloudy weather is predicted in the capital on Monday night. In some places, light precipitation and sleet are expected.

Southwest wind at a speed of six to 11 meters per second. The air temperature will be from minus one degree to one degree Celsius. Atmospheric pressure is 737 millimeters of mercury.

Recall that on Friday, February 18, the first rain in 2022 fell in Moscow. early spring.


On February 16, up to three degrees of heat is expected in Moscow

Partly cloudy and black ice is predicted in the Russian capital on Wednesday, February 16, according to the official website of the Hydrometeorological Center of the Russian Federation.

“Partly cloudy. No precipitation. In some places there is sleet,” the report says.

Daytime air temperature in the city will be from one to three degrees Celsius. Wind southwest at a speed of 6 to 11 meters per second. Atmospheric pressure – 749 millimeters of mercury.

On Thursday night, cloudy weather with clearings is predicted in the capital. Ice is also expected in places. Light precipitation is predicted in some places in the region.

South wind at a speed of six to 11 meters per second, in some places its gusts can reach 15 meters per second.

The thermometers can drop to minus two degrees. Atmospheric pressure will be 745 millimeters of mercury.

Earlier, the Hydrometeorological Center told whether Russians should wait for early spring.


What did Moscow, Kiev and the West get from tensions around Ukraine

On the day of the alleged start of the “invasion” of Ukraine, Russia began to withdraw its forces from the border. While all participants in the events can consider themselves to be winners, experts say =”What did Moscow, Kiev and the West get from the tension around Ukraine” />

How did the parties assess the withdrawal of part of the Russian troops

On Tuesday, February 15, Russia began withdrawing part of its troops from its western border. Units that have finished participating in the exercises will be returned to their permanent deployment points, the Defense Ministry said. The agency also distributed a video with columns of outgoing military equipment, loading tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and self-propelled artillery mounts onto echelons.

The announcement of the withdrawal of part of the troops was made in the days when the tension on the Russian-Ukrainian border reached its highest point. Western media, including Bloomberg and Der Spiegel, cited sources predicting an invasion of Russian troops into Ukraine on February 15 or 16. Western politicians, including the White House, have officially announced that a war could break out in the coming days. More than forty countries announced the departure of their diplomats from Ukraine and recommended that their citizens leave the country.


Moscow's statements about the withdrawal of part of the troops were met with caution in the West. There are no signs of a de-escalation of the crisis around Ukraine in connection with the start of the withdrawal of Russian troops, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.

US President Joe Biden addressed the Americans and Russians on the evening of February 15. Biden called the de-escalation possible, but noted that Washington has not yet been able to confirm the departure of Russian troops from regions near the border with Ukraine. He again did not rule out an invasion, and warned of possible sanctions, but called for a chance for diplomacy.

In Ukraine, they gave a different assessment. “We managed with our partners to keep Russia from any further escalation. Today is already the middle of February, and you see that diplomacy continues to work,— Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba reacted to the news about the withdrawal of Russian troops.

Information about the beginning of the return of Russian troops to the garrisons after the completion of the exercises is positive, but the situation should be monitored, said Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto.


“We hear that individual units are withdrawing, and this is a good sign. We hope this trend will continue,— German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said at a press conference following talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Russian leader reiterated that Russia does not want war.

“I don’t think we are at the end of this story and that there will be no escalation. After all, only today the State Duma adopted an appeal to the president on the recognition of the self-proclaimed LPR and DPR, and the exercises continue, moreover, a similar situation already happened in the spring— then, too, the escalation seemed to have ended, but in the autumn it began again, — said RBC consultant International Crisis Group Oleg Ignatov.

Putin, after negotiations with Scholz, said that he was not planning any actions that would violate the Minsk agreements. Such a violation in Kiev called the possible recognition of the independence of the self-proclaimed republics. The limited withdrawal of Russian troops from the border with Ukraine is a clear, albeit preliminary, sign of de-escalation, Alan Kafruni, professor of international relations at Hamilton College, told RBC.

What Moscow got

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on February 15, in talks with his Polish counterpart Zbigniew Rau, noted the readiness of NATO and the United States to discuss proposals put forward by Moscow on security guarantees in December last year, including the non-deployment of intermediate- and shorter-range missiles in Europe and the transparency of NATO military exercises. The swiftness with which NATO has changed its mind about Russian security initiatives suggests that “all is not lost,” Lavrov said after the talks. Nevertheless, Moscow has not yet achieved the main thing from the West— NATO non-expansion guarantees and an arms embargo on Ukraine.

In addition, there is no progress in negotiations on a political settlement of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Since the beginning of this year, two meetings of advisers to the leaders of the Normandy Four countries have already taken place in Paris and Berlin. (Russia, Ukraine, Germany, France), but both— without results.

“Russia got a lot of attention and a huge interest in communicating with Russian officials, got the negotiations it demanded from the West. The West did not agree to key Russian demands, but agreed to the very fact of negotiations, and most likely they will continue. Quite specific proposals were received from the United States, — says Ignatov. In the Ukrainian direction, Russia has achieved little, because its key requirements for the implementation of the Minsk agreements are not being met, Kiev cannot implement them, the expert continues. In general, maintaining the uncertainty of the situation allowed Russia to take a step back with saving face, he believes.

As a result of diplomatic initiatives and military deployment, Russia has achieved several goals, Kafruni agrees. First, it sent a signal to the US and NATO that Ukraine's official or “de facto” entry into NATO is a red line that will lead to huge costs for Ukraine; secondly, more generally, the European security architecture— and especially the status of Ukraine— is now a subject of negotiation, and not a sphere of sole decisions of the United States, Professor Kafruni said.

What Ukraine and Western countries got

Since the beginning of the crisis, Western countries have increased arms supplies to Ukraine. The Minister of Defense of the Republic, Alexei Reznikov, almost every day posts new photos of military transport aircraft delivering weapons and ammunition from NATO countries on social networks. The US and UK supplied anti-tank weapons (Javelin systems and NLAW guided missiles) and air defense systems (Stinger anti-aircraft missile systems). Washington also allowed the Baltic countries to transfer to Ukraine their ATGM and MANPADS systems. Estonia will give Javelin to Ukraine, and Latvia and Lithuania— Stinger. Poland announced its intention to donate Grom MANPADS and other weapons to Ukraine. Readiness for deliveries was also expressed by the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. In early February, Reznikov announced that Ukraine had received a license to produce Turkish Bayraktar attack drones.

According to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from the moment the thesis about the impending Russian invasion of Ukraine appeared, from 25 to 30 airborne weapons have landed in it. It cannot be said that this is a lot, the diplomatic interlocutor of RBC noted, and made a comparison & mdash; in early January, Russia needed 150 flights to transfer the contingent to Kazakhstan. However, the increase in supplies still worries Moscow. Here they believe that one of the reasons why it was beneficial for the West to support the narrative about the impending Russian invasion, — this is an opportunity to deliver weapons to Ukraine faster as a result. “The help that was supposed to last a year was delivered in a few months,” — noted the interlocutor of RBC.

“Ukraine in this situation is the winner. It has received more Western weapons, more Western support, and the image of Ukraine as a victim of the conflict with Russia has strengthened. Now this is how the Western public perceives it, — says Ignatov. The withdrawal of Russian troops will not be perceived in Ukraine as a weakness, says Vasily Kashin, deputy director of the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies at the National Research University Higher School of Economics.

“It's like you put a knife to someone's throat, the person got scared to death, and then you removed the knife. Will he take it as a weakness? he asks rhetorically. In favor of the fact that panic actually reigned in Ukraine, in his opinion, is evidenced by the departure of deputies of the Verkhovna Rada and businessmen from the country and a record outflow of capital. “Russia has dealt a serious blow to the economy and the state system of Ukraine, is in dialogue with the United States, and even some signs of progress are already visible. So the pressure has reached its result, — adds the expert.

US President Joe Biden, according to Ignatov, has successfully consolidated allies in Europe, and if there is no war, he will be able to say that the solidarity actions of the West stopped it.

Russia is ready for the United States to declare victory, Lavrov noted on Tuesday: “The West, if it hasn’t said it yet, will definitely say:“ You see, how we pressed them, how Biden clicked, they immediately got scared and fulfilled our requirements».

According to Professor Kafruni, the current crisis, on the contrary, has demonstrated the lack of unity within NATO. “Despite the dramatic and inflammatory rhetoric emanating from London and Washington in particular, there is widespread recognition in most European capitals, especially in Paris and Berlin, that the threat of Biden sanctions will be devastating not only for Russia, but for the European and the world economy»,— he said.

Does the threat of sanctions remain

The US administration and the EU authorities have repeatedly repeated that in the context of the Ukrainian situation they consider economic sanctions as a tool to contain escalation, which cannot be applied in advance.

In particular, Washington's approach was to “wire” all possible sanctions and their economic consequences for Russia, which may occur in the event of an invasion of Ukraine. Although Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky recently called on the EU to impose preventive sanctions on Russia, there have been no clear signs that the West is ready to move away from the chosen line. Last week, the UK government, following this approach, expanded its powers to impose anti-Russian sanctions, extending the threat to state-owned enterprises and companies in strategic sectors of the Russian economy, while emphasizing that this is a potential tool in case the Ukrainian conflict escalates. And US national security adviser Jake Sullivan, at a briefing on February 11, in response to a question about possible sanctions before the invasion, reiterated that his administration adheres to the previous strategy.

Nevertheless, there is evidence that limited new sanctions against Russia are possible without a full-fledged military escalation of the conflict. In January, Biden warned that Russia could use unconventional tactics against Ukraine, such as cyberattacks or offensives by units “not wearing Russian military uniforms.” According to the President of the United States, such attacks are in the “gray zone” will also become a trigger for a possible response from Washington, including sanctions. Even in the absence of a military conflict, measures such as a ban on the participation of American investors in the secondary market of Russian government debt and blocking sanctions against high-ranking officials, state institutions and financial assets of Vladimir Putin supporters are more likely, the international rating agency Fitch indicated in February.

Everything will really depend on actions in the “grey zone”, such as cyber attacks, destabilization of the Ukrainian government, disinformation, possible recognition of the DPR and LPR, Maria Shagina, a visiting researcher at the Finnish Institute of International Relations, a specialist in sanctions, told RBC. In the case of such actions, targeted sanctions may be introduced (“on-duty” visa bans or freezing of personal assets), but these will not be those “nuclear” sanctions. options like shutting down banks from the SWIFT system or a ban on the supply of American technology to Russia, which were discussed in the press, she said. The problem is that EU members cannot reach a consensus in any way, they considered non-military actions as a trigger for sanctions, she added.

How tensions grew along the border with Ukraine

  • The continuous escalation of the situation on the border between Russia and Ukraine has been going on for more than three months. In October last year, Western media began to report that Russia was building up its military presence on the western border. In November, The New York Times, citing sources, reported that American intelligence had warned European colleagues that “there was little time left” to prevent Moscow from launching military operations in a neighboring country.
  • Not only Western politicians, but also Russia played to escalate. On November 18 last year, Vladimir Putin instructed the Foreign Ministry to seek from the United States and NATO “the provision of Russia with serious long-term security guarantees.” For this, he declared, it is necessary “as long as possible” keep the West in “a state of tension.” A month later, Moscow, in an ultimatum form, handed over to the United States its security requirements— among them was the demand to guarantee the non-expansion of NATO, including the non-inclusion of Ukraine into the alliance.
  • Moscow has never spoken about the intention to invade Ukraine, but did not rule out that, under certain conditions, a forceful response is possible. “If a constructive response [to Moscow's demands] is not followed within a reasonable time <…>, then Russia will be forced to take all necessary measures to ensure a strategic balance and eliminate unacceptable threats to our security,” — Lavrov said late last year.
  • Moscow has also hinted and continues to hint that it can change the status quo in another way. At the end of January, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Andrei Turchak said that Russia should provide support to the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics in the form of the supply of certain types of weapons. On February 15, the State Duma voted to ask Vladimir Putin to recognize the independence of the DNR and LNR.

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Bolsonaro honored the memory of Soviet soldiers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow


Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, during his visit to Russia, paid tribute to the memory of Soviet soldiers who died in years of World War II, laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow. This was reported by a RIA Novosti correspondent.

Bolsonaro flew to Moscow for the first time since being elected president in 2018. On Wednesday, he is scheduled to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, it is expected that the heads of state will discuss strengthening the strategic partnership, developing cooperation in the economy, culture and science, as well as exchanging views on the international sphere.

After consultations with Putin, Bolsunaru will meet with State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, and then take part in a meeting with Russian and Brazilian entrepreneurs from the fields of agribusiness, nuclear energy, fertilizers and gas.


February 15 in Moscow is expected to reach two degrees of heat

The weather with variable cloudiness and black ice is expected in Moscow on Tuesday, February 15, according to the official website of the Hydrometeorological Center of the Russian Federation.

According to weather forecasts, during the day the air temperature in the capital will be from zero to plus two degrees. On Wednesday night, the temperature in the city can drop to minus five.

In the Moscow region, it is expected to be from minus two to plus three degrees during the day. At night, temperatures in the region can drop to minus eight degrees.

Southwest wind with gusts of up to 15 meters per second. Atmospheric pressure will be about 752 millimeters of mercury.

Earlier, the Hydrometeorological Center also told whether Russians should wait for early spring.


Love and grief of Ivan the Terrible. At the funeral of his wife, the king sobbed uncontrollably

490 years ago, Anastasia Zakharyina-Yuryeva (later – Romanova) was born, who became known as the first wife of Ivan the Terribleand the mother of the Tsar >Fyodor Ioannovich.

“Moscow was numb in fear. Blood poured out; victims wailed in dungeons, in monasteries, but & hellip; tyranny was still maturing: the present terrified the future."».

This is how the historian Nikolai Karamzin describedTsar Ivan IV the Terrible, as he became after the introduction of the oprichnina in 1565. Five years before that, the very young first wife of the sovereign died – queen Anastasia. She was 28 years old.

Her departure greatly influenced Ivan. If Anastasia managed to restrain the unbridled temper of the king, now he has gone into all serious trouble. The era of cruelty, atrocities, tyranny began. The reign was more like a theater of horrors, and the ruler himself appeared before the people as a man “insatiable in murders and lust.”

Perplexed, the researcher Karamzin is trying to find an answer to the question: “Is it likely that the beloved, adored sovereign could fall from such a height of good, happiness, glory into the abyss of the horrors of tyranny?”

What was the first wife Ivan the Terrible, whose death so changed the tsar?

“The personal virtues of the bride justified this choice”

Anastasia was born in the family of the boyar Roman Yuryevich Zakharyin-Koshkin (under Tsar Vasily III he served as a roundabout) in 1532 (according to other sources – in 1530). The uncle of the future queen was the guardian of the young Ivan Vasilyevich.

At the age of 16, Ivan IV came to marry the kingdom. Then, according to tradition, he should have married. Ivan did not want to take a foreigner. And he decided to arrange a bride of Russian girls, as his father Vasily III once did. “Noble dignitaries, courtiers, clerks traveled around Russia to see all the noble girls and present the best brides to the sovereign,” Karamzin later described the process.

Anastasia Zakharyina-Yuryeva, first wife of Ivan the Terrible.

— Serafima (@SerafimaKinolub) February 11, 2022

According to various sources, from 500 to 1500 girls participated in the competition. A pretty face with regular features, large green eyes and slightly swarthy skin liked Ivan Vasilyevich more than others. Anastasia was not only attractive, but also intelligent; was distinguished by a soft and humble character; she was chaste and pious. They don't look for good from good, the king probably decided. “The personal virtues of the bride justified this choice,” Karamzin testified.

“She ruled him with amazing meekness and intelligence”

On February 3, 1547, the marriage of Ivan Vasilyevich was concluded in the Kremlin and Anastasia Romanovna. The sacrament of the wedding was performed by Metropolitan Macarius of Moscow.

Unfortunately, the tsar's choice of unevenness was not to the liking of the boyars. However, the chroniclers noted: “the kind Anastasia instructed and led John to all sorts of virtues.”

“This Queen was so wise, virtuous, pious and influential that all her subordinates revered and loved her. The Grand Duke was young and quick-tempered, but she ruled him with amazing meekness and intelligence, ”said the English diplomat Jerome Garsay.

Later, historians will suggest that only Anastasia Romanovna was and beloved wife of Ivan the Terrible, and the one whose opinion he listened to.

The marriage was considered successful. According to contemporaries, Anastasia and John were ideally suited to each other. The queen did not interfere in politics and in general in the affairs of her husband. She was meek, humble, peaceful. Only she could cope with his selfishness and temper, turning the negative into good.

But not all boyars, to put it mildly, liked such an influence on the tsar. Even the confessor of the sovereign Sylvester tried to quarrel the spouses. True, in vain.

13 years of happiness and love

Anastasia devoted all her time to home and children. Unfortunately, only two of the six reached adulthood – Ivanand Fyodor.

Together with other needlewomen, the queen sewed covers and shrouds, and embroidered. In Russian museums, you can see works by the workshop of Empress Anastasia. Luxurious materials, high artistic merit, historicity – all this testified to the impeccable taste and great talent of the wife of Ivan the Terrible.

Unfortunately, the king and queen lived only 13 years. But these were 13 years of love, happiness, peace and harmony. They said that Anastasia had an apoplexy. And for what reason? Either health was undermined by frequent childbirth and consumption. Either her ill-wishers poisoned her…

A quarter of a century he tried to find a replacement for Anastasia

Four and a half centuries later, in 2000, a study was made of the remains of Empress Anastasia. Experts found mercury, lead and arsenic in her braid and scraps of clothing. Moreover, in large quantities…

But it seems that Ivan Vasilyevich also knew this. Otherwise, it is unlikely that his revenge on the poisoners was so terrible. The tsar blamed the former advisers for the death of his beloved wife – priest Sylvester and okolnichy, governor Alexei Adashev.

The death of his wife caused him a nervous breakdown and affected his state of mind in general. At the funeral, the tsar could hardly stand on his feet and sobbed uncontrollably. Then he became unbearably cruel, a real tyrant, a monster. He became formidable. Although “stick” this nickname came to him much later.

For the remaining 24 years, Ivan Vasilyevich tried to find a replacement for Anastasia. The main criterion in the selection was beauty. But historians, it seems, even today have not decided on the number of wives of Ivan the Terrible. He was married according to the laws of Orthodoxy with only three, including the first – Anastasia. And no one else managed to soften his soul.


February 13 in Moscow is expected to reach two degrees of heat

Cloudy weather with clearings is predicted in the Russian capital on Sunday, February 13, according to the official website of the Hydrometeorological Center of the Russian Federation.

«Cloudy with clearings. Light snow in places. Black ice,” the message says.

Daytime air temperature in the city will be from zero to plus two degrees.

Western and southwestern wind at a speed of five to ten meters per second . Atmospheric pressure – 751 millimeters of mercury.

On Monday night, cloudy weather with clearings and sleet is predicted in the capital. No precipitation. The wind is southwest at a speed of six to 11 meters per second.

The thermometers can drop to minus four degrees. Atmospheric pressure will be 750 millimeters of mercury.

Earlier the scientific director of the Hydrometeorological Center of Russia Roman Vilfand said that at the beginning of next week the air in Moscow will be six to seven degrees warmer than the climatic norm.