Population Decline in Russia’s Small Indigenous Groups Continues – Report

Most of Russia’s 47 officially recognized small indigenous ethnic minority groups are shrinking in size, according to a report published by independent media outlet iStories on Monday. The investigation discovered that over two-thirds of Russia’s small indigenous groups have decreased in size since the last national census a decade ago.  While Russia’s multinational population includes over…

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Slovenia Arrests 2 Suspected Spies for Russia – Report

Slovenian authorities have arrested two foreign nationals suspected of spying for Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency, the Slovenian newspaper Delo reported Monday.  The arrest operation was conducted in December by the Slovene Intelligence and Security Agency (SOVA) in the capital Ljubljana, with suspects reportedly being arrested at a rented office space in the city’s Bežigrad…

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Ukraine Says Repelled Attack Near Blahodatne, Russia’s Wagner Claims Control

Ukraine’s military said Sunday its forces repelled an attack near Blahodatne in the eastern Donetsk region after Russia’s Wagner mercenary group claimed it took control of the village.  Kyiv’s forces “repelled attacks near…Blahodatne” and 13 other settlements in the Donetsk region, the Ukrainian General Staff said in its daily report. Earlier, Russia’s private military group Wagner said…

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North Korea Denies Arms Dealing With Russia

North Korea on Sunday denied providing arms to Moscow after the United States said the nuclear-armed state supplied rockets and missiles to Russia’s private military group Wagner. Washington earlier this month designated the Wagner group as a “transnational criminal organization,” citing its weapons dealings with Pyongyang in violation of UN Security Council resolutions. The White House…

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Moscow Says 14 Killed in Ukraine Strike on Eastern Hospital, Kyiv Claims 3 Dead in Russian Strike

Russia’s Defense Ministry on Saturday accused the Ukrainian army of striking a hospital in the eastern Luhansk region, leaving 14 dead and injuring 24 others. On Saturday morning in the town of Novoaidar, “the Ukrainian armed forces deliberately attacked the building of a district hospital with rockets of a U.S.-made HIMARS multiple launch rocket system,”…

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Russia Urges ‘Maximum Restraint’ After Jerusalem Attacks

Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday called for “maximum restraint” following violence in Israel and the West Bank that marked another escalation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “We perceive this development of events with deep concern. We call on all parties to exercise maximum restraint and prevent further escalation of tension,” the ministry said in a statement.…

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Russia Says Ramping Up Ammunition Production for Ukraine War

Russia’s defense industry has stepped up production of ammunition for the military to use in Ukraine, Sergei Chemezov, who heads the state defense conglomerate Rostec, said Friday. “Our enemies’ chatter about Russia allegedly running out of missiles, shells, etc. is complete nonsense,” Chemezov told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency. “We have increased the production of…

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U.S. Deems Russia’s Wagner Group ‘Transnational Criminal Organization’

The U.S. Treasury Department declared Russia’s shadowy Wagner Group a “transnational criminal organization” and imposed fresh sanctions on several other Russian political and business figures, according to a statement released on Thursday. “Today’s expanded sanctions on Wagner, as well as new sanctions on their associates and other companies enabling the Russian military complex, will further impede Putin’s…

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Russia Slaps Independent Media Outlet Meduza With ‘Undesirable’ Label

Updates with Timchenko comments Russia’s General Prosecutor’s Office has added the independent news outlet Meduza to the country’s list of “undesirable” organizations, a sanction designed to force entities to disband and which puts its staff and financial donors at risk of significant jail time. The General Prosecutor’s Office said on Thursday that it believed the…

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Alexei Navalny Returned to Solitary Confinement for 11th Time

Jailed Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was returned to solitary confinement for the 11th time since his nine-year prison sentence began in March, his press secretary Kira Yarmysh said on Wednesday. Navalny said that he was sent to solitary confinement for “introducing himself incorrectly,” according to Yarmysh. “Apparently, [Russian President Vladimir] Putin does not like our campaign…

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Court Orders Closure of Russia’s Oldest Human Rights Group

A court in the Russian capital ordered the closure of the Moscow Helsinki Group, one of Russia’s most prominent and respected human rights organizations, on Wednesday. Last month, Russia’s Justice Ministry filed a court order to shut the group down, claiming that it had violated unspecified “legal requirements” while carrying out its activities, according to a statement…

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Kremlin Officials to File Anonymous Tax Returns – Vedomosti

Kremlin officials and Russian cabinet members will file anonymous tax returns, Russia’s Vedomosti business newspaper reported Wednesday, citing unnamed sources close to the government. President Vladimir Putin in late December waived requirements for government officials to disclose their income tax returns for the duration of Russia’s so-called “special military operation” in Ukraine. According to Vedomosti, Russia’s…

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Nearly 100 Russian Soldiers Killed in Makiivka Strike, BBC Russian Confirms

More Russian soldiers were killed than officially confirmed in Ukraine’s New Year’s Day strike on a temporary barracks in Russian-occupied Makiivka, the BBC Russian service reported Wednesday. BBC Russian journalists used open-source data to verify the identities of 92 Russian soldiers killed in the strike, the outlet said. Another 16 soldiers who were at the makeshift…

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Documentary on Jailed Kremlin Critic Alexei Navalny Nominated for Oscar

The U.S.-produced fly-on-the-wall documentary “Navalny,” which followed the now-jailed Russian anti-corruption campaigner and Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny during the aftermath of a poisoning attempt in 2020, was nominated for an Academy Award on Tuesday. The film, directed by Daniel Roher, shows Navalny during his recuperation in Berlin from poisoning with nerve agent Novichok and as…

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Nobel Winners Muratov, Ressa Urge Red Cross to ‘Interfere’ in Navalny’s Fate

The winners of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize have called on the Red Cross to “interfere” in the fate of jailed Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny, who has reported harsh conditions in prison for minor infractions. Navalny, 46, is serving a nine-year sentence that his supporters dismiss as politically motivated. He has denounced his regular placement…

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