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Edward's weekly news roundup & open thread (November 6, 2023)
Welcome to a long-overdue Edward link dump and open thread. Allow me to wish you a very happy Russian National Unity Day (November 4).
Enjoy the below sampling of Russia-related news stories, and don’t forget to say hello and share your own spicy URLs in the comments section.
News from Russian media
79% of Muscovites think November “Black Friday” sales are a scam. [moskvichmag.ru]
Russian President Vladimir Putin has not yet announced his nomination for a new presidential term, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov told TASS. [TASS]
A “Made in Russia” exhibition recently opened in Shanghai. The exhibition—the largest of its kind to date—includes products made by 66 Russian companies. [RIA Novosti]
Russia is facing an acute shortage of teachers of mathematics and foreign languages. [Nakanune]
Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko said she was in favor of creating a “Ministry of Happiness” in Russia. [RIA Novosti]
Carlsberg has accused the Russian government of stealing its beer business. [Kommersant]
“15% is a powerful blow to import-substitution”: how Russian business leaders responded to the Bank of Russia’s key rate hike. [partyadela.ru]
Western media outlets spread “Putin died of a heart attack” meme, citing sketchy LARPer on Telegram. [RT]
Governor of the Zaporozhye region Evgeniy Balitsky told reporters about the start of construction in the region of a new railway line that will connect Rostov-on-Don with Crimea. [Gazeta.ru]
Washington’s decision to provide Kiev with long-range weapons makes discussions about resuming the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) impossible, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. [Free Press]
Poverty and dissatisfaction with their financial situation push Russian pensioners to remain in the workforce, according to a study published by the Federal Research Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences. [Nakanune]
Reports have emerged of “voluntary-compulsory” biometric data collection in Russia. [Anna Rudneva]
Putin is expected to visit Kazakhstan in the coming days, although his trip hasn’t yet been confirmed by the Kremlin. [Vedomosti]
Edward’s dispatches in foreign languages
I am humbled and honored to announce that a group of volunteers headed by friend and blog-colleague Modeste Schwartz has created Slavsquat en français, which will satisfy all of your French-language Edward cravings. And don’t forget to follow SlavsquatFR on Telegram.
Thank you again to the SlavsquatFR team for helping this blog reach the Francophone World!
And here are a selection of Edward stories in Russian:
Спутник: от 100% эффективности к обновлению на 50 добровольцах под прикрытием коммерческой тайны [Anna Rudneva]
Москва присоединяется к глобальной войне с углеродом [Anna Rudneva]