Moscow Times: Russia Fines Google for Failing To Remove Banned Content

Moscow Times: Russia Fines Google for Failing To Remove Banned Content. “A Moscow court fined Google on Thursday for not taking down online content banned by the Russian authorities, the latest in a series of escalating penalties against the U.S. tech giant. Google was found guilty of repeatedly failing to delete search results ‘containing information prohibited in Russia’ and was fined 3 million rubles (around $41,000), state communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said.”

The Hacker News: New Evidence Suggests SolarWinds’ Codebase Was Hacked to Inject Backdoor

The Hacker News: New Evidence Suggests SolarWinds’ Codebase Was Hacked to Inject Backdoor. “A new report published by ReversingLabs today and shared in advance with The Hacker News has revealed that the operators behind the espionage campaign likely managed to compromise the software build and code signing infrastructure of SolarWinds Orion platform as early as October 2019 to deliver the malicious backdoor through its software release process.”

Covid: Trials to test combination of Oxford and Sputnik vaccines (BBC)

BBC: Covid: Trials to test combination of Oxford and Sputnik vaccines. “UK and Russian scientists are teaming up to trial a combination of the Oxford-AstraZeneca and Sputnik V vaccines to see if protection against Covid-19 can be improved. Mixing two similar vaccines could lead to a better immune response in people. The trials, to be held in Russia, will involve over-18s, although it’s not clear how many people will be involved.”

AP: Russia’s health system under strain as the virus surges back

AP: Russia’s health system under strain as the virus surges back. “Across the country, 81% of hospital beds that have been set aside for coronavirus patients were full as of [November 18th]. Three times last week, the Russian government reported a record number of daily deaths, and the number of daily new infections per 100,000 people has more than doubled since Oct. 1, from 6 to over 15. Overall, Russia has recorded over 2 million cases and over 35,000 deaths, but experts say all numbers worldwide understate the true toll of the pandemic.”

‘A crisis is always a good time to unite’: Russian art galleries form new alliance to boost industry (The Art Newspaper)

The Art Newspaper: ‘A crisis is always a good time to unite’: Russian art galleries form new alliance to boost industry. “A group of Russia’s contemporary art galleries have teamed up to form an association that aims to simplify the country’s notoriously tricky customs processes and boost the market with the help of some government funding.”

Find Los Russian & Ukrainian Family: Photo database of more than 20,000 Russian churches brings new life to genealogy

Find Lost Russian & Ukrainian Family: Photo database of more than 20,000 Russian churches brings new life to genealogy. “The tragic history of destroying churches in Russia cannot be forgotten. Thankfully, volunteers in Russia are photographing the churches still standing throughout the massive country. So far, the Temples of Russia project has more than 26,000 photos of Russian Orthodox and Old Believers churches and chapels in its database. The amazing database has churches that are functioning, closed and forgotten. Photos were even added today.”

BuzzFeed News: Facebook Banned An Alleged Russian Agent Spreading Disinformation About Joe Biden

BuzzFeed News: Facebook Banned An Alleged Russian Agent Spreading Disinformation About Joe Biden. “Facebook has suspended the account of Ukrainian politician Andriy Derkach, an ally of President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, for election interference. Derkach, a member of Ukraine’s parliament, has been working with Giuliani and a shadowy group of Ukrainian operatives to gather dirt on former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter for roughly a year.”

ABC News: DOJ announces charges against 6 Russian military officers allegedly involved in hacking, malware operations

ABC News: DOJ announces charges against 6 Russian military officers allegedly involved in hacking, malware operations. “The indictment specifically accuses the six alleged hackers of engaging in computer intrusions ‘intended to support Russian government efforts to undermine, retaliate against or otherwise destabilize’ Ukraine, Georgia, elections in France, the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games and international efforts to hold Russia accountable for its use of the nerve agent Novichok on foreign soil.”

BuzzFeed News: FEMA Threw Out The Faulty Ventilators Russia Gave The US Without Ever Using Them

BuzzFeed News: FEMA Threw Out The Faulty Ventilators Russia Gave The US Without Ever Using Them. “The Russian ventilators were received by Federal Emergency Management Agency officials in New York on April 1 and divided up between hospitals there and in New Jersey. But there were problems with the Aventa-M ventilators from the moment they landed and they were never used. Now, according to FEMA, they have essentially been tossed in the trash.”