Moscow’s First Days of 2022, in Photos

Russia’s New Year holidays came to a close on Jan. 10, meaning Moscow’s residents headed back to work after a week of rest and relaxation. This year, Moscow residents returned from holiday to bitter winter temperatures and warnings of an impending coronavirus surge. However, some are using the extreme cold to honor the age-old tradition…

Russian Officials Spurn ‘Russophobe’ Kazakh Cabinet Minister

A cabinet member in Moscow-friendly Kazakhstan’s newly appointed government has emerged as an unlikely divisive figure among Russian officials. Former media executive Askar Umarov was named Kazakhstan’s new information minister when President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev reshuffled the government in response to this month’s anti-government protests that turned violent. A senior Russian diplomat said he was put off…

Russian-Led Forces Begin Kazakhstan Pullout

Russian-led forces have begun their gradual withdrawal from Kazakhstan after it was gripped by anti-government rallies that spilled into deadly violence this month, the Russian military announced Thursday. Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said the pullout of around 2,000 Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) troops would take no more than 10 days to complete. Russia’s Defense…