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Russian nuclear agency Rosatom shows the floating power unit Akademik Lomonosov being towed from the Arctic port of Murmansk, northwestern Russia.  Photograph: Handout/ Rosatom/AFP/Getty Images

Russia’s first floating nuclear power plant set sail on Friday from the Arctic port of Murmansk to provide power to one of the country’s most remote r(...)

The vessel is a floating nuclear reactor, a portable power plant designed to supply electricity to areas disconnected from the grid, with an eye on export opportunities in developing countries

On Friday, three tugs will tow the Akademik Lomonosov barge out of Murmansk to begin a 5,000km voyage to a remote port on the other side of Russia’s A(...)

Russian authorities have launched an investigation into the crash-landing of a  Sukhoi Superjet 100 which killed 41 people. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Russia sees no reason to ground its domestically produced Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft despite one of the planes bursting into flames during a crash-l(...)

A still image shows the burnt-out Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet 100 passenger plane. Photograph: Handout via Reuters

Both flight recorders have been recovered from the plane that caught fire while making an emergency landing in Moscow, killing 41 people, Russian offi(...)

A beluga whale  swims next to a fishing boat before Norwegian fishermen removed its tight harness. Photograph: Joergen Ree Wiig/Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries Sea Surveillance Unit via AP

Officials in Norway are investigating after a beluga whale was found wearing a tight harness, prompting speculation the animal may have escaped from a(...)

Russia’s aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov in Murmansk in 2009.  Photograph: Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty Images

Russia’s flagship Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier was damaged on Tuesday when a dry dock where the vessel was undergoing modernisation in the nort(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony marking Navy Day in Kaliningrad in July  2015. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images

Question: what do Tartus, Crimea and Kaliningrad have in common, and why is this single commonality key to understanding the wars in Syria and Ukraine(...)