Turkey Stops Granting Residence Permits to New Russian Arrivals — Report

Russian citizens relocating to Turkey in recent weeks are being refused residence permits, independent Russian-language media outlet Current Time reported Monday.  Since Dec. 26, Russian citizens who left Russia following the invasion of Ukraine and the military mobilization have been denied short-term residence permits for tourism in several cities, the report shows. “[We were told…

Wagner Deserter Arrested in Norway

A former member of Russian mercenary group Wagner who fled to Norway about 10 days ago has been arrested for violating immigration law, Norwegian police said Monday. Twenty-six-year-old Andrei Medvedev crossed the Russian-Norwegian border in the far north in the early hours of Jan. 13 and sought asylum in the Scandinavian country. His lawyer told…

Moscow Expels Estonian Ambassador as Tallinn Pledges More Arms to Kyiv

Russia has expelled Estonia’s ambassador from Moscow in a move against its “Russophobic” Baltic neighbor, Russia’s Foreign Ministry announced Monday as Tallinn pledged additional military aid to Ukraine. In a statement, the Russian ministry slammed Estonia’s announcement of the expulsion of 21 Russian diplomats and embassy staff to reach parity between personnel. “Tallinn has elevated total Russophobia…

Russian WWII Museum Puts Ukrainian ‘Trophies’ on Display

Soviet-era Ukrainian tanks captured during Russia’s invasion of its western neighbor have appeared at a World War II museum outside St. Petersburg ahead of the exhibit’s expected opening, according to photos and reports published over the weekend. Russian-speaking social media users criticized as inappropriate the placement of armored vehicles seized during the nearly year-long invasion…

Russian Military Intelligence Linked to Spanish Letter Bomb Campaign – NYT

Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency is suspected of directing associates of a St. Petersburg-based white supremacist militant group to carry out a recent letter bomb campaign in Spain, The New York Times reported Sunday, citing unnamed U.S. officials. Six letter bombs were sent to high-profile government, military and diplomatic targets in Spain in late November and early…