New U.S. Envoy Tells Russia to ‘End Nightmare’ for Jailed Ex-Marine

The United States’ new ambassador to Russia urged Moscow on Thursday to release a former U.S. Marine accused of spying, and said Russian investigators had failed to present credible evidence to back up their case. Days after starting as U.S. ambassador, John Sullivan accused Russian authorities of “shameful treatment” of Paul Whelan, who was detained by security agents in…

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Russian Officers Charged With Framing Investigative Journalist Golunov

Five former Moscow police officers have been criminally charged with framing anti-corruption journalist Ivan Golunov, Russia’s Investigative Committee said Thursday. Golunov, an investigative journalist for Meduza, was arrested in June on fabricated drug charges and released days later after an unprecedented public outcry. Police dropped all charges against him, fired the officers involved in his arrest…

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Turkey’s Erdogan Says Russia Not Abiding by Syria Agreements

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara is losing patience with the military assault in Syria’s Idlib region, adding that Russia is violating agreements aimed at stemming conflict there, the state-funded NTV broadcaster reported Wednesday. Renewed bombardments by Russia-backed Syrian government forces on Idlib have raised concern of a new refugee wave from the area…

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Former Officers Detained Over Investigative Journalist Golunov’s Framing

Update: The five detained officers will be indicted soon, Russia’s Investigative Committee said Wednesday. It added that the drugs planted on Golunov last June had been illegally acquired, stored and transported by the police. Moscow police have detained five former officers as part of a criminal case on falsification of evidence against journalist Ivan Golunov,…

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Russian PM Mishustin and Family Own $45M in Moscow Real Estate – Navalny

Russia’s new Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and his family own 2.8 billion rubles ($45 million) worth of real estate in and around Moscow, prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said Tuesday. Former tax chief Mishustin’s unexpected promotion to high office earlier this month has led to a series of media investigations into his family’s property ownership.…

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25 Detained in Chechnya Over Photoshopped ‘Patriarch’ Kadyrov – Reports

Two dozen men have been detained in Russia’s republic of Chechnya for sharing a doctored image of the region’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov in Orthodox Christian garb, the Kavkaz.Realii news website reported Saturday. The detentions, which reportedly took place in three Chechen towns and districts, follow Kadyrov’s repeated threats of violence to online critics last year.…

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‘I’m Not Baggage’: Russian Pets Unite in Flashmob After Cats’ Airplane Death

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Russian Governor Ousted From Ruling Party Over Key-Dangling Video

Update: Ignatyev has been expelled from United Russia, Kommersant cited party secretary Andrei Turchak as saying Tuesday. A Russian governor is facing expulsion from the country’s ruling party following two weeks of controversial actions and comments, the Kommersant business daily reported Monday. Mikhail Ignatyev, who heads the republic of Chuvashia 680 kilometers east of Moscow, made…

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Russia Orders Review of Moscow Activist’s ‘Repeat Protest’ Conviction

Russia’s Constitutional Court has ordered a review of Moscow protester Konstantin Kotov’s guilty verdict days after President Vladimir Putin ordered prosecutors to investigate whether his conviction was lawful. Kotov, a 34-year-old programmer, was sentenced to four years in prison in September for “repeated” participation in unauthorized rallies. The verdict made him the second person to…

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Russian Journalists Wage Solidarity Campaign for Colleague Jailed on Terrorism Charges

Prominent journalists have made a video appeal in support of their colleague who is accused of financing terrorism in Russia’s republic of Dagestan. Abdulmumin Gadzhiyev, the religious affairs editor of the independent Chernovik news weekly, faces life in prison on charges of financing terrorism and participating in a terrorist organization. Gadzhiyev’s colleagues say the charges,…

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Russian Governor Faces Axe for Key-Dangling Video – Reports

A Russian governor is facing expulsion from the country’s ruling party following two weeks of controversial actions and comments, the Kommersant business daily reported Monday. Mikhail Ignatyev, who heads the republic of Chuvashia 680 kilometers east of Moscow, made national headlines for saying critical journalists should be “wiped out” on Jan. 18. Ignatyev sparked fresh…

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China Surpasses Russia as World’s No. 2 Arms Producer – Think Tank

China has leapfrogged Russia to become the world’s second-largest arms producer, according to revised research for the year 2017 published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) on Monday. SIPRI had previously excluded Chinese arms companies from its annual ranking over a lack of transparency, placing Russia second behind the United States in weapons…

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Russia Detains Japanese Journalist in Espionage Row With Tokyo

Update: Russia has expelled a Japanese journalist for trying to obtain secret information related to Russian military capabilities, the state-run RIA news agency reported Monday, in a tit-for-tat move following Japan’s arrest of Araki on espionage suspicions. The journalist, whom it didn’t name, had been given 72 hours to leave Russia and had already left. Russia’s Foreign…

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Putin Orders Prosecutor General to Review Moscow Protester’s Conviction

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Prosecutor General to investigate if a guilty verdict for Moscow protester Konstantin Kotov was lawful, the Kremlin said. A Moscow court sentenced Kotov, a 34-year-old programmer, to four years in prison in September for “repeated” participation in unauthorized rallies, under a widely criticized law that has made non-violent…

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Russia to Install ‘Spiritual’ Domestic Apps – Vedomosti

Russian authorities will give priority to “spiritual values” when deciding which Russian-made apps should come pre-installed under a controversial law banning smartphone sales without domestic software, the Vedomosti newspaper reported Thursday. From July 1, smartphones will be required to go on sale with pre-installed apps approved by the Russian government. Supporters defend the law, which…

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U.S. ‘Intercepted’ Russian General in Syria – State Dept

U.S. forces intercepted an unidentified Russian major general in northern Syria during deconfliction operations, the U.S. State Department’s special envoy for Syrian engagement and the anti-Islamic State coalition said Thursday. James Jeffrey’s remarks follow news of U.S. troops “blocking” a Russian military patrol from accessing an oilfield in northeastern Syria’s province of Hasakah on Saturday.…

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Bulgaria Charges 3 Russians Over Poisoning Possibly Linked to Skripal Case

Bulgarian prosecutors have charged three Russians with the attempted murder of three men whose poisoning is being investigated by Sofia for possible links with the 2018 nerve-agent attack on ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal. The prosecutors did not name the three Russians, but said European arrest warrants had been issued and that they would seek their extradition to…

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