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COVID-19 crisis: a shot in the arm for Russian e-commerce

COVID-19 crisis: a shot in the arm for Russian e-commerce

By , GDANSK/MOSCOW (Reuters) - The coronavirus crisis has helped fuel a surge in online shopping in Russia that has put even the remote icy expanse of Chukotka on the e-commerce map.The windswept region in Russia’s far east, where winter temperatures can fall below minus 50 degrees Celsius (-58F), has started to boom for online retailers since the pandemic started keeping consumers at home.It’s a trend playing out across Russia, spurring explosive growth for online retailers. Traditionally unable to make speedy deliveries in the world’s largest country, where roads become clogged with ice...

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Lawyer hails 'miracle' as Russian court releases Jehovah's Witness

Lawyer hails 'miracle' as Russian court releases Jehovah's Witness

United States MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has unexpectedly released a Jehovah’s Witness on probation after a court overturned his 6-1/2 year jail sentence for extremism on appeal, a decision hailed by his lawyer on Tuesday as a “miracle”. The religious group said it welcomed Monday’s decision to free Gennady Shpakovskiy, 61, less than two months after he was sentenced in the northwestern city of Pskov, but said it did not mean Russia was showing greater leniency to its adherents. Shpakovskiy’s sentence on June 9 was the harshest handed to a Jehovah’s Witness in Russia since a 2017 Supreme...

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Jehovah's Witness jailed in Russia for extremism, lawyer says

Jehovah's Witness jailed in Russia for extremism, lawyer says

United States MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court on Tuesday sentenced a Jehovah’s Witness to six and a half years in prison after finding him guilty of organising the activities of a banned extremist organisation, his lawyer said. The ruling at the Pskov City Court, handed to 61-year-old Gennady Shpakovskiy, was the harshest sentence for a Jehovah’s Witness in Russia since a Supreme Court decision in 2017 ruled the Christian denomination was an extremist organisation and should disband, the group said. Shpakovskiy, who denied the charges, would appeal the decision, said his lawyer, Arly...

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Russia's lockdown surveillance measures need regulating, rights groups say

Russia's lockdown surveillance measures need regulating, rights groups say

United States MOSCOW (Reuters) - Expanding surveillance measures to police Russia’s coronavirus lockdown, including the use of facial recognition technology and collection of personal data, need regulating to ensure they are temporary and proportionate, two rights groups said on Thursday. Moscow, the epicenter of Russia’s outbreak, is in partial lockdown along with many of the country’s regions and the authorities are using and developing a range of technologies to monitor and regulate residents’ movements. Police say Moscow’s 178,000 facial recognition cameras had caught 200 people...

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Kremlin 'strongly rejects' U.N. allegations that Russia committed war crimes in Syria in 2019

Kremlin 'strongly rejects' U.N. allegations that Russia committed war crimes in Syria in 2019

United States MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin on Tuesday rejected allegations by the United Nations that Russia may have committed war crimes in Syria last year, saying the U.N. investigators were in no position to know what is happening on the ground. “We strongly reject these accusations,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. “It’s obvious that one commission can not have reliable information of what is happening on the ground.” A report released on Monday by a U.N. commission found that Russia - the Syrian government’s main ally against rebels and militants - conducted air strikes on a...

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