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23 Aug 2018 description

Summary major revisions made to emergency plan of action:

This Emergency Plan of Action Operation Update no. 1 is issued to report on the no-cost extension of the timeframe of the DREF operation by one and a half months. Distributions are expected to be completed by the end of August.

An extension of the timeframe of the operation is needed due to the following factors which have delayed the implementation:

09 Aug 2018 description

Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:

This DREF Operation Update no. 1 is issued to inform about a two-month timeframe extension and budget revision to ensure that the PSS activities are finalized by the Russian Red Cross. The operation`s timeframe is extended until 9 October 2018 and the budget is revised up to CHF 73,370.

27 Jul 2018 description

GENEVA (26 July 2018) - The Committee against Torture this afternoon concluded its consideration of the sixth periodic report of the Russian Federation on the efforts made by the State party to implement the provisions of the Convention against Torture.

03 Jul 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

Russian Supreme Court Says There is No War in Syria, Nothing to Flee From

Vladislav Lobanov, Eric Kasprzyk

Despite eight years of civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands and ravaged Syria, Russia’s Supreme Court incredulously declared that Zakria Timbut has nothing to fear in returning to his homeland.

07 Jun 2018 description


  • Area planted with 2018 winter cereals forecast to be similar to 2017 high level

  • Cereal exports set to reach record highs in 2017/18 marketing year

  • Export prices of wheat 15 percent above year-earlier values in April

Cereal production forecast second highest in history

24 May 2018 description
infographic World Food Programme

The Ukraine conflict has led to a sharp deterioration in Russia's relations with the West since 2014. In response to the conflict, the US and the EU have imposed sanctions on Russian officials, as well as on the Russian financial, energy and defence sectors; firms in these sectors cannot raise debt on US or EU financial markets. Russia has responded with a ban on almost all Western food imports (which has helped Russia to develop its food industry). New US sanctions were announced in March and April 2018.

07 May 2018 description

Fire and rescue divisions of the Russian Emergency Ministry keep on helping people whose houses are located in flooded areas. Those who have refused to go to temporary shelters are provided with foodstuffs, essentials and medicines. Livestock, pets and birds are being evacuated.

Managing bodies and forces of the Emergency Ministry’s Volgograd Region Directorate are working under the state of emergency. As of 7 April, 61 people, including 27 children, are staying at temporary shelters. Water has been pumped out of 19 houses and debris has been removed from 47 yards.

28 Apr 2018 description

71 settlements, 803 houses, 3,502 farmlands, 29 low-level bridges and 8 sections of motorways remain flooded.

370 people have been relocated, with 56 of them staying at temporary shelters, while the rest preferred leaving for relatives and friends.

Normal functioning of the society is not disturbed: there are bypasses and all the settlements are within reach of firefighters.

Social, medical and other services are working at temporary shelters, people there are provided with hot meals, including baby food, bottled water, essentials and means of communication.

27 Apr 2018 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

In South Siberia (Tyva Republic and Altai Krai Region) and in the southern part of European Russia (Volgograd Region), as a result of rapid snow thaw and runoff of meltwater into riverbeds, water levels rose significantly from late March 2018 onwards. As of 16 April, there were 11,550 worst-affected people in these regions in need of help from the Russian Red Cross Society (RRCS).

Altai Krai Region

16 Apr 2018 description

Flood situation is under special control of the Russian Emergencies Ministry. There are positive changes in Altai Territory. Number of flooded houses and years gradually decreases and water has completely drained from 14 settlements.

Russian Emergencies Ministry’s task groups are working in cooperation with local governments and provide aid to the affected.

12 Apr 2018 description

Spring flood progresses in accordance with the forecast. Water level has risen in rivers of Altai, Tyva, Khakassia, Rostov Region and Altai Territory due to snowmelt runoffs.

Russian Emergencies Ministry’s task groups are working in cooperation with local governments and provide targeted aid to the affected people.

10 Apr 2018 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

On 25 March 2018, a fire broke out on the fourth floor of the shopping and entertainment centre Zimnyaya Vishnya in Kemerovo, Russia. The area of the fire was reported to be approximately 1,600 square metres. According to the latest official data, 64 people died in the fire, including 41 children. 79 people were injured, 12 of them were hospitalised.

06 Apr 2018 description

During today’s briefing with heads of Emergency Ministry’s territorial bodies Vladimir Puchkov demanded tighter control over safety during flood and wildfire seasons.

He heard reports by heads of Emergency Ministry’s directorates of the regions which are experiencing or starting experiencing difficulties. The Minister paid special attention to preventive measures.

05 Apr 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

By Kaitlin Martin

One year after Chechen authorities violently carried out an anti-gay purge in an attempt to “cleanse” Chechnya of gay men, no criminal cases have been opened into the mass detentions and torture by law enforcement. No high-level Russian officials have publicly acknowledged or condemned the violence in the republic, which is part of the Russian Federation.

05 Apr 2018 description

State of emergency has been declared in Volgograd Region due to flood situation. The Governor of Volgograd Region Andrei Bocharov announced this during the meeting of the working group of the Governmental Disaster Management and Fire Safety Commission, which was headed by the Russian Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov.

“Considering unfavorable weather forecast and second wave of flood it has been decided to declare a state of emergency in Volgograd Region”, said Andrei Bocharov.

04 Apr 2018 description

The Russian Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov has visited a temporary shelter at Bezymyanka Hamlet, deployed at the local school, during his working trip to Volgograd Region.

Residents of flooded houses live in this shelter. The Minister met with them and they talked about the situation. Many of them, mostly the elderly, suffered a serious damage to their property due to flood.

Vladimir Puchkov assured them that compensations will be paid out to those, who suffered damage to property or lost their homes. Necessary decisions will be taken shortly.

03 Apr 2018 description

As of today, water level have risen in rivers of Krasnoyarsk Territory, Amur and Rostov Regions due to snowmelt runoff. 13 yards and 3 low-level bridges remain flooded in these regions. There are no flooded houses and businesses. Functioning of the society was not disrupted.

28 Mar 2018 description

Two men have died in Altai Krai after the Siberian region was hit by severe flooding triggered by melting snow.

Russia's Investigative Committee said on March 28 that one of the men drowned after high waters swept him away into a river. The other victim, who had been evacuated days ago, apparently returned home and was found dead by rescue workers in his flooded house.

Meanwhile, Aleksandr Karlin, the region's governor, announced a state of emergency on March 27 as thousands of houses were affected by the floods.

27 Mar 2018 description

BIISK, Russia -- More than 1,000 people have been evacuated in the Siberian region of Altai Krai after melting snow caused severe flooding.

The Emergency Situations Ministry's regional department told RFE/RL on March 27 that 3,035 yards and 1,255 houses were flooded in 13 towns and four cities.

The department's spokeswoman, Alyona Seleznyova, said that more than 1,000 people had been evacuated.

Altai Krai borders Kazakhstan to the south.