Germany Contradicts Russia Over Georgian Murdered in Berlin

Germany contradicted Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, saying it was not aware Russia had requested the extradition of a Georgian man who was murdered in Berlin in August. In an escalation in already tense relations, Germany last week expelled two employees at the Russian embassy in Berlin, saying Moscow was not cooperating sufficiently in the investigation into the…

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‘It Starts With a Cup, Ends With a Shooting’: 3 Putin Quotes on Human Rights

Russian authorities were right to jail protesters for throwing plastic cups at police during mass anti-government rallies in Moscow this summer, President Vladimir Putin said at a human rights meeting Tuesday. Putin this fall replaced the presidential human rights council’s longtime chairman and key liberal members with what observers called ultra-loyalist figures. Its new head,…

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Trump Hosts Russia’s Lavrov at White House, Warns Against Election Meddling

U.S. President Donald Trump hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the White House on Tuesday, where he warned Russia not to interfere in U.S. elections. Lavrov’s last Oval Office meeting in May 2017 turned into a public relations disaster for Trump when unnamed U.S. officials accused him of divulging highly classified information and when he told…

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Rosneft Employees Receive Russian Government Award for Innovative Developments in Science and Technology

Rosneft Oil Company employees have received an award from the Government of the Russian Federation and the award-winning title for their innovative developments in Science and Technology.

Tomskneft Achieves 95% APG Utilization Rate at Large Oil Production Centre

Tomskneft has commissioned two vacuum compressor stations at the Dvurechenskoye field for further transportation of compressed gas to a gas turbine power plant.

Leak of Classified Papers Ahead of U.K. Election Tied to Russian Operation

The leak and distribution of classified UK-U.S. trade documents online is tied to a previous Russian disinformation campaign, social media site Reddit said on Friday, fueling fears that Moscow is seeking to interfere in Britain’s upcoming election. Britain’s opposition Labour Party seized on the leaked documents on Nov. 27, saying they showed the ruling Conservatives…

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Russia’s Athletic Coaches Must Be Fired, Top Anti-Doping Official Says

Russian sport needs a “serious change” in its leadership starting with the firing of all its athletics coaches, the country’s top anti-doping official said Friday as it braces for a four-year Olympic ban for flouting anti-doping rules. Russian sport could enter four more years of gloom on Monday when the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)’s executive committee…

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Expelled Russian Diplomats Linked to Military Intelligence – German Media

Two Russian diplomats that Germany expelled over the assassination of a Chechen rebel in Berlin worked for the GRU military intelligence agency, Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung daily reported Wednesday. Germany sent the two unnamed Russian Embassy employees home because it said Moscow did not sufficiently cooperate with Berlin in its investigation into the August murder of…

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‘The Darker My Future, The Wider My Smile’: Student Protester Zhukov’s Closing Statement

Popular YouTube blogger and political science student Yegor Zhukov faces up to five years in prison on charges of calling for extremism online, a case that critics say is politically motivated. Authorities initially charged Zhukov, 21, with mass unrest in connection with anti-government protests that swept Moscow this summer. After fellow students and activists campaigned…

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Russian Parliament Demands Apology From Norway as Tensions Escalate

Senator Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the Federation Council’s foreign affairs committee, and Rune Resaland, the Norwegian Ambassador to Russia, had a tense meeting Wednesday as they discussed the countries’ relations and the 2018 arrest of a Russian parliamentary aide.  Kosachev told the Norwegian ambassador that there could be no normal cooperation between the two countries’…

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Russian Judges Eye Punishments for ‘Biased’ Media Coverage

Russian judges are considering punishing journalists and media outlets for “biased coverage” of the national court system, the Vedomosti business daily reported Thursday, a move that observers say would harm free speech in the country. The Russian judicial system’s 2020-2030 draft information policy obtained by Vedomosti aims to penalize the publication of “negative materials” about…

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Navalny Links $50M Jet to Russian PM Medvedev’s Wife

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s wife jetsets on the government’s dime, prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has said in a new video published ahead of Medvedev’s annual end-of-year press conference with reporters from 20 television channels. Medvedev, the subject of Navalny’s viral 2017 investigation into corruption that has been viewed 32.7 million times, is scheduled…

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‘We Don’t Call It Annexation,’ Kazakh Leader Says of Crimea

Kazakhstan doesn’t believe that Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, its new leader said in an interview with Germany’s Deutsche Welle news outlet published Wednesday. Kazakh President Kassym Jomart-Tokayev appeared to tamp down concerns that, given northern Kazakhstan’s sizable ethnic Russian minority similar to Crimea’s, the Kremlin could seize parts of its…

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