Russia to Require Candidates to Self-Report ‘Foreign Agent’ Status Under Newly Passed Law

President Vladimir Putin has signed a law Tuesday that will require electoral candidates who receive any amount of financial support from abroad to label themselves as “foreign agents.” Russia’s “foreign agents” law, first passed in 2012, has been gradually expanded in recent years to apply to any politically active individual or organization receiving funding from…

Putin to Speak on State of the Nation Amid Foreign Policy, Domestic Crises

President Vladimir Putin is due to give his annual state-of-the-nation speech Wednesday as tensions brew both at home and abroad.  The Russian president’s address to lawmakers and regional heads comes hours before planned nationwide protests in support of hunger-striking Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, whose failing health in prison has drawn worldwide concern. Putin’s address also…

U.S. Ambassador in Russia to Return to Washington for Consultations

Updated at 1:00 p.m. on April 20 to add U.S. Embassy confirmation. The United States’ Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan will briefly return to Washington for consultations following tit-for-tat sanctions and diplomatic expulsions amid heightened tensions, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow confirmed Tuesday. Axios reported Monday that the State Department recalled Sullivan after he initially defied…

Envoy Says Italy Will Reopen to Russian Tourists This Summer

Italy will begin accepting Russian tourists this summer as it eases coronavirus restrictions, Russian state media reported Tuesday, citing Rome’s envoy to Moscow. Italian Ambassador to Moscow Pasquale Terracciano made the promise days after officials in Rome announced reopening dates for the country’s schools, restaurants, swimming pools and gyms in response to anti-lockdown protests. Pasquale…

Russian Army Says Killed ‘Up to 200 Militants’ in Syria Bombing

Russia’s Defense Ministry said Monday it had killed “up to 200 fighters” in Syria during airstrikes on a “terrorist” base northeast of Palmyra, where fighters were planning attacks ahead of presidential polls next month. “After confirming data through multiple channels on the location of terrorist facilities, Russian Aerospace Forces aircraft carried out airstrikes,” the ministry…