Independent news from Russia. Photo by Sergey Kiselyov / Moskva News Agency
On this day in 1961, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space, a major milestone for humanity and a triumph for Moscow in the U.S.-Soviet space race
A historic St. Petersburg factory building has caught fire and is on the brink of collapse, with at least one firefighter dead and two others gravely injured, state media reported
A Russian prankster glued a massive portrait of President Vladimir Putin to the inside of a residential elevator. He then placed a camera in the elevator to record people’s reactions.
Mongolia has quarantined its western region near the border with Russia after identifying two suspected cases of the black plague
Journalist Nikolay Andruschenko died today after a brutal beating last month. He reported on the gov’t’s mob ties.
Seraphim of Sarov was born on this day in 1754. In 1903, the Russian Orthodox Church declared him a saint.
Young journalist Margarita Virova dies at age 25 after falling from an apartment window