‘Our Motherland Needs Saving,’ Navalny Says 2 Years After Return and Imprisonment

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on Tuesday vowed to continue his political activism on the two-year anniversary of his return to Russia and subsequent imprisonment. Navalny, 46, was arrested upon arrival at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport on Jan. 17, 2021, after recovering in Germany from a near-fatal 2020 poisoning he blames on the Kremlin. Western scientists identified…

Russian Officials ‘Banned’ from Trips Abroad Amid Wartime Vacation Scandals – Reports

Russian governors and party leaders in several regions have informally restricted local officials from traveling abroad following controversy over civil servants’ wartime visits to luxury resorts overseas, the Kommersant daily reported Tuesday. Two regional deputies faced public backlash, including from a top official at Russia’s ruling party, after footage of their New Year’s holidays in Mexico and…

Belarus Begins Trial in Absentia of Protest Leader Tikhanovskaya

The trial in absentia of Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya opened in Minsk on Tuesday, state news agency Belta reported, as strongman Alexander Lukashenko pursues critics that challenged his last election. Tikhanovskaya, who claimed victory in 2020 presidential elections, faces a litany of charges including high treason, “conspiracy to seize power” and creating and leading an…