Russian legendary film Director Eldar Ryazanov passes away

Russian legendary film Director and screenwriter Eldar Ryazanov passed away in Moscow, Russia. He was 88.

He was one of Russia’s best-loved Soviet-era film directors and an icon of popular USSR culture of tragi-comedies that satirised daily life in the erstwhile Soviet Union.

About Eldar Ryazanov

  • Eldar Ryazanov was born on 18 November 1927 in Kuybyshev (now Samara) in the erstwhile USSR.
  • He had directed some of the most popular Soviet Era comedies such as Irony of Fate (1975), Office Romance (1977) and The Garage (1979).
  • Comedy film The Irony of Fate is still reckoned to be his most popular film in USSR and still televised on New Year’s Eve in former Soviet countries.
  • Awards and Honours: In 1984, he was named a People’s Artist, a top USSR artistry tittle. He also has received the USSR State Prize (1977). He has won the Nika Award for Best Director (1991) for the film Promised Heaven. An asteroid 4258 Ryazanov was named after him.


Russia imposes economic sanctions against Turkey

Russia has imposed economic sanctions against Turkey, a NATO member over the issue of downing of a Russian Sukhoi 24 warplane on the Syrian border.

In this regard, Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree adopting a series of retaliatory economic measures against Turkey with an effect from 1st January 2016.

Russian economic sanctions covers

  • Ban on imports from Turkey, work of Turkish companies in Russia and any Turkish nationals working for Russian companies.
  • End to charter flights between the countries and urges Russian tour operators to refrain from selling tourist packages to Turkey.


  • NATO member Turkey on 24th November 2015 had shot down Russian Sukhoi 24  (Su-24) warplane escalating crisis in bilateral relations of both countries.
  • Turkey has claimed that the Russian jet was shot down after it had crossed into its airspace and ignored several warnings to change course.
  • However, Russia has furiously denied the claims and demanded an apology and economic compensation from Turkey.


Russia inks deal to build Egypt’s first nuclear plant at Dabaa

Russia has signed two agreements with Egypt to finance and build its first nuclear power plant at Dabaa on the Mediterranean coast in the northwest of the country.

As per one of the agreement, Russia will extend a loan to Egypt to cover the cost of construction of the nuclear plant which is expected to be completed by 2022.

Under the agreement

  • Russia will grant a 35-year loan to the Egypt which is the Arab world’s most populous country.
  • However in the agreement the loan has been not disclosed as the details of the credit agreement are still under discussion.
  • Dabaa Nuclear plant will be third-generation plant with four reactors with total capacity of 1,200 MW.
  • On completion the plant will make Egypt a regional leader in terms of civil nuclear technology.


  • Since 1980s, Egypt has been pursuing its plan to have a peaceful nuclear programme for the production of electricity at Dabaa.
  • But the North African country had frozen its nuclear programme plans after disputes with local residents due to the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.
  • However in 2006, under the dictatorial President-ship of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt once again had announced plans to revive its dream of peaceful nuclear programme. But the President was overthrown in 2011 revolution and its nuclear programme plans were stalled.
  • The newly elected President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi in February 2015 had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to go ahead with the civil nuclear programme.