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Russian Space Agency Releases Video of Failed Soyuz Launch

Russian space agency Roscosmos has tweeted a new video of last month’s failed Soyuz rocket launch that forced an emergency landing for the two-person crew. NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin were travelling to the International Space Station when one of the rocket’s boosters failed to separate—a moment that can be seen clearly in the new video. Read More >>

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Report: Russian Researcher Charged With Attempted Murder in Stabbing of Colleague in Antarctica

The Antarctic desolation and cold could be too much for some people—even folks you would think are used to some cold weather. A Russian researcher has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a peer at the Bellingshausen Station on Antarctica’s King George Island. Read More >>

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Ecuador Tried to Get Julian Assange Out of Their Embassy By Making Him a Diplomat to Russia

The government of Ecuador, whose embassy in London has served as a refuge from UK authorities for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange since 2012, has been growing weary of their guest for quite some time. According to a Friday report from Reuters, it even went so far as to try and name him to a diplomatic position in Russia but backed down after Britain refused to grant Assange diplomatic immunity. Read More >>

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Russian Poisoning Suspects Say They’re Sports Nutrition Businessmen, Hope the ‘Real Perpetrators’ Are Caught

Two Russian men identified by British police as the perpetrators of a nerve agent attack on British soil insist that they’re innocent. They’ve been accused of acting as Russian intelligence agents and attacking a former double agent in Salisbury, but the two men say that they’re just regular businessmen who work in sports nutrition. They want the “real perpetrators” to be caught and for the British government to issue an apology. Read More >>

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What the Hell Is Going on With the ISS Drill Hole Story?

A tiny hole in a Soyuz spacecraft attached to the International Space Station has turned into a strange game of international telephone. Read More >>

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Google Complies With Russian Order to Take Down Opposition Leader’s YouTube Ad

Google took down a YouTube ad for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny before a vote for regional governors on Sunday and amid protests over President Vladimir Putin’s plans to raise the retirement age for state pensions, the Guardian reported. Read More >>

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Russian Space Agency Says ISS Leak Caused by Human Error—or Sabotage

Last week’s air pressure leak aboard the International Space Station was not caused by a micrometeorite, Russian space agency Roscosmos is now claiming, but rather the result of human error, or possibly even a deliberate act of sabotage. Either way, the incident points to poor oversight and lack of quality control measures at the Russian space agency. Read More >>

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Russian Company Yandex Offers Europe’s First Autonomous Ride-Hailing Service

Taxis with drivers are so last year. The awkward conversations about the weather and if they've had a busy day? Nobody has time for that! And if you happen to be in Innopolis in Russia, you can avoid it: Yandex has just launched a driverless taxi service in the city, the first of its kind in Europe. Well, almost - there's still a safety driver in the front passenger seat to make sure everything runs smoothly. Who knows whether it's customary to make polite small-talk with them. Read More >>

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Russian Arms Maker Reveals Mecha ‘Concept’ That Looks Suspiciously Like a Giant Robot Statue

Russian arms manufacturer Kalashnikov is showing off its latest and greatest death machines at the Army-2018 international forum in Moscow this week. And one of its most stunning designs is something straight out of Robocop. The only problem? It looks like it’s just a statue. Read More >>

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Police Identify Two Russian Suspects in Novichok Poisonings Using Facial Recognition Tech

British police have reportedly identified two suspects in the nerve agent poisonings that left one person dead and three others injured. The suspects were identified after UK police combed through “months” of surveillance footage at British airports, as well as security camera footage from around Salisbury. Read More >>

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Woman Exposed to Soviet-Era Nerve Agent Novichok Dies

The Metropolitan Police said on Sunday that 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess, one of two more individuals exposed to the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok in the UK this week, has died. Read More >>

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Counter-Terrorism Officials Are Investigating Two More Novichok Poisonings in the UK

Neil Basu, Britain’s top counter-terrorism official, announced on Wednesday evening that a couple poisoned in the county of Wiltshire appear to have been exposed to Novichok, the Soviet-era nerve agent behind the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury earlier this year. Read More >>

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Russian State TV Photoshops an Awkward Smile on Kim Jong Un’s Face

Russia’s Channel One aired a segment yesterday about Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s recent meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. But one part of the news broadcast was pretty weird. Take a look at Kim’s face in the screenshot on the left. Kim has been photoshopped to look like he’s smiling. And it’s not even a very good photoshop job. Read More >>

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Here’s a Rubber Chicken Exhaust Mod Because There Is No God

Here at Gizmodo, we enjoy bringing your nightmares to life - so here is an instructional video from Russia on how to create a rubber chicken exhaust mod. Read More >>

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Sergei Skripal, Former Spy Poisoned With Novichok, Released From Hospital But Still Recovering

Sergei Skripal, the former spy who was poisoned with a Soviet-era nerve agent called Novichok, was released from hospital today. But health officials stress that Skripal still needs more time to properly recover. Read More >>