U.S. Says Russians ‘Prevented’ From Exercising Rights in Election

The U.S. State Department cast doubt Monday on the integrity of Russia’s parliamentary election, saying a government crackdown on critics had “prevented” citizens from exercising their civil rights. “The September 17-19 Duma elections in the Russian Federation took place under conditions not conducive to free and fair proceedings,” said State Department spokesperson Ned Price, adding…

French Defense Minister in Mali Amid Russian ‘Mercenary’ Tensions

France’s defense minister met her counterpart in Mali on Monday, amid rising tensions with the war-torn Sahel state over reports that it plans to hire Russian mercenaries, and the potential for delayed elections. Former colonial power France last week warned Bamako against signing a deal with private-security firm Wagner, after claims that Mali’s army-dominated government…

Russia and Zimbabwe signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of peaceful uses of atomic energy

September 20, 2021 in Vienna, on the margins of the 65th IAEA General Conference, the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM and the Ministry of Energy and Power Development of Zimbabwe signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of peaceful uses of atomic energy. On the Russian side, the document was signed…

Alexey Miller and Turkey’s Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez discuss gas cooperation

September 20, 2021, 17:00 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Fatih Donmez, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of the Republic of Turkey, took place today. The meeting discussed the state and prospects of cooperation in the gas sector. Particular attention was paid to gas supplies. The parties expressed appreciation for the work of the Blue Stream and TurkStream gas pipelines, which…

Russian Communist Party Says Won’t Recognize Moscow E-Voting Results

Russia’s Communist Party will not recognize electronic voting results which reversed its candidates’ strong leads in the country’s parliamentary elections held over the weekend, a party official said Monday.  Several Communist Party candidates who appeared set to win their races suddenly fell behind candidates from the ruling, pro-Kremlin party as soon as election officials started…

6 Dead in Russian University Shooting

At least six people have been killed and dozens injured after a student opened fire at a Russian university campus, authorities said Monday. Video published to social media shows students jumping out of second-floor windows to flee the gunman at Perm State University in the city of Perm some 1,300 kilometers east of Moscow. Russia’s…

Ukraine Launches Military Drills with NATO

Ukraine on Monday launched joint military exercises with the United States and other NATO countries as tensions with Russia remain high over the Kremlin-backed insurgency in the country’s east. The annual Rapid Trident military exercises, taking place in western Ukraine until Oct. 1, involve some 6,000 soldiers from 15 countries, Ukraine’s defense ministry said in…

Putin’s Party Says Secures Parliament Supermajority

President Vladimir Putin’s party United Russia claimed a landslide victory in parliamentary and regional elections that have been marred by claims of widespread voter fraud after an unprecedented crackdown on monitors and opposition candidates. According to Interfax, Andrei Turchak, United Russia’s general council secretary, told reporters that the results as of early Monday showed the party…