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  • Teen Comedians Apologize On-Camera for Joke About Bashkortostan Head

    Teen Comedians Apologize On-Camera for Joke About Bashkortostan Head

    A group of teenagers from Russia’s republic of Bashkortostan have been forced to record an on-camera apology after they joked about the regional head during a popular comedy competition. The three high schoolers from Bashkortostan’s capital of Ufa were performing as a team in the national KVN comedy tournament on Sunday when they joked about a…

  • In Quotes: Putin Grants Wide-Ranging Interview to State Media Ahead of Election

    In Quotes: Putin Grants Wide-Ranging Interview to State Media Ahead of Election

    President Vladimir Putin gave a wide-ranging interview to leading Russian TV presenter Dmitry Kiselyov on Wednesday, days ahead of the country’s presidential election where he is expected to easily win re-election.  The hour-and-a-half-long televised interview focused heavily on domestic political and economic issues with some attention given to Russia’s foreign policy, particularly its two-year war…

  • After Kyiv Row, Moscow Hails Pope’s Peace Efforts

    After Kyiv Row, Moscow Hails Pope’s Peace Efforts

    Russia congratulated Pope Francis Wednesday on 11 years in office, hailing his support for “humanism and peace” after the pontiff caused outrage by urging Ukraine to “raise the white flag.” “Pope Francis is a true and sincere advocate of humanism, peace and traditional values,” the Russian Embassy to the Holy See posted on X, formerly…

  • Russians Indirectly Support Ukraine By Buying Dutch Flowers, MP Says

    Russians Indirectly Support Ukraine By Buying Dutch Flowers, MP Says

    A Russian lawmaker on Wednesday criticized his fellow countrymen for allegedly purchasing billions of dollars worth of Dutch flowers for International Women’s Day, implying that the money was helping fund Ukraine’s war effort. “Do you know where the money in most of these multibillion-dollar flows went to?” Oleg Nilov, from the systemic opposition party A…

  • Industrial digital agenda and future technologies will be discussed at ATOMEXPO-2024

    An important topic area of the forum will be the “Digitalization” track. The ATOMEXPO-2024 International Forum, which will be held on March 25–26 on the Sirius federal territory, includes the “Digitalization” track with a number of events planned within the track. The agenda of the track will be about digital technologies in smart manufacturing, global…

  • Nadezhdin’s Far East Campaign Head Jailed for ‘LGBT Propaganda’ in Hacked Private Chat

    Nadezhdin’s Far East Campaign Head Jailed for ‘LGBT Propaganda’ in Hacked Private Chat

    A court in Russia’s Far East city of Vladivostok has arrested ex-presidential hopeful Boris Nadezhdin’s local campaign head for “LGBT propaganda,” the independent news outlet Mediazona reported Wednesday. Igor Krasnov was ordered to six days of arrest on charges of “displaying extremist symbols,” Mediazona reported, citing his friends.  Russia’s Supreme Court outlawed the “international LGBT…

  • Pro-Kyiv Militias Urge Russians in Border Regions to Evacuate

    Pro-Kyiv Militias Urge Russians in Border Regions to Evacuate

    Anti-Kremlin militia groups fighting on the side of Ukraine have urged civilians in western Russia’s Belgorod and Kursk regions to evacuate, saying they were preparing to launch attacks on Russian “military positions” across the two regions. “Putin’s assassins are carrying out massive strikes on peaceful Ukrainian cities, putting their positions between your homes, your children’s schools…

  • Attack on Navalny Ally Volkov Likely ‘Organized by Russia’ – Lithuania

    Attack on Navalny Ally Volkov Likely ‘Organized by Russia’ – Lithuania

    Lithuanian intelligence services on Wednesday said that the attack on Russian opposition figure Leonid Volkov, a close ally of late opposition leader Alexei Navalny, was likely “organized by Russia.” The Baltic state’s president said Moscow’s potential involvement should not come as a surprise, before striking a note of defiance against Russian President Vladimir Putin: “No…

  • Moscow Should Not Boycott Paris Olympics, Russian Sports Minister Says

    Moscow Should Not Boycott Paris Olympics, Russian Sports Minister Says

    Russia’s Sports Minister on Wednesday said Moscow should not boycott the upcoming Paris Olympics despite restrictions on its athletes over the full-scale invasion of Ukraine.  Last year, the International Olympic Committee suspended Russia from the Games, but later said it would allow Russian athletes to compete as neutrals outside of team events as long as…

  • AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC confırms complıance wıth ınternatıonal standards

    Successful completion of the certification procedure confirmed high level of compliance of the company’s integrated management system with ISO standards. March 13, 2024, Büyükeceli, Türkiye – An official ISO (International Organization for Standardization) certificate handover ceremony was held at the Akkuyu NPP Construction Site. AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC (a company of ROSATOM State Corporation), which is…

  • Russia Opens Criminal Case Against Journalist Zygar Over ‘War Fakes’

    Russia Opens Criminal Case Against Journalist Zygar Over ‘War Fakes’

    Russian authorities have pressed criminal charges against journalist Mikhail Zygar for spreading “fake news” about the Russian military, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported on Wednesday, citing an anonymous law enforcement source. According to the Baza Telegram channel, which is purported to have links to Russian law enforcement, Zygar is accused of spreading false information…

  • Putin Says Russian Nuclear Weapons ‘More Advanced’ Than in U.S.

    Putin Says Russian Nuclear Weapons ‘More Advanced’ Than in U.S.

    President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday lauded Moscow’s nuclear arsenal and warned that he was ready to deploy the weapons if Russia’s sovereignty was threatened. The Kremlin has touted its nuclear prowess throughout its two-year offensive in Ukraine, last month warning Western countries that there was a “real” risk of nuclear catastrophe if they escalated the…

  • EU Lifts Sanctions on Yandex Co-Founder Volozh

    EU Lifts Sanctions on Yandex Co-Founder Volozh

    The European Union has removed sanctions that were placed on Russian tech billionaire Arkady Volozh after Moscow launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, according to a document published on Wednesday.  Volozh, who co-founded the Russian tech giant Yandex, announced his resignation as CEO of the company in mid-2022 after being targeted by EU sanctions. In August,…

  • Russian Oil Refinery Set Ablaze in Latest Wave of Drone Attacks

    Russian Oil Refinery Set Ablaze in Latest Wave of Drone Attacks

    A wave of drone strikes targeted Russian oil refineries and border regions for the second day in a row on Wednesday, with one sparking a fire and injuring several people in the central Ryazan region, officials said. Dozens of Ukrainian drones were launched overnight, targeting the Russian border regions of Belgorod, Bryansk, Kursk and Voronezh, and…

  • New opportunities for cooperation in the aviation industry will be discussed at ATOMEXPO-2024

    ROSATOM’s Scientific Division will present its competences for the cooperation with airlines. On March 25, 2024, within the framework of the ATOMEXPO-2024 International Forum, the Scientific Division of ROSATOM (the managing company – Science and Innovations JSC) will hold a discussion “Aviation Horizons: Overcoming the Turbulence Zone”, dedicated to trends and challenges in the development…

  • Nuclear Fuel Cycle Development in Two-Component Energy to Be Discussed at ATOMEXPO-2024

    The discussion will explore the main trends in the development of modern nuclear fuel cycle in the context of current geopolitical challenges. A round table on “Development of Nuclear Fuel Cycle (NTC) in Two-Component Energy: Current Challenges and Sustainable Solutions” will take place on March 25, at the 13th International Forum ATOMEXPO-2024. The event will…

  • Navalny Ally Leonid Volkov Attacked Near Lithuania Home

    Navalny Ally Leonid Volkov Attacked Near Lithuania Home

    Longtime Navalny aide and former Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) chairman Leonid Volkov was attacked at his home in Lithuania on Tuesday night, his associates said.  “Someone broke a car window and sprayed tear gas in his eyes, after which the attacker started hitting Leonid with a hammer,” Navalny’s spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh wrote on X, formerly Twitter. Volkov,…

  • U.S. Announces Emergency Ukraine Aid, as Poles Warn of Russia Threat

    U.S. Announces Emergency Ukraine Aid, as Poles Warn of Russia Threat

    U.S. President Joe Biden announced an emergency $300 million military aid shipment for Ukraine on Tuesday, as Poland’s leaders visited the White House to warn of the growing threat from Russia. The White House sidestepped Republicans in Congress, who have for months blocked a much larger package for Kyiv’s desperate fight, by using money that…

  • 3 Killed in Russian Strike on Ukraine’s Kryvyi Rih

    3 Killed in Russian Strike on Ukraine’s Kryvyi Rih

    A Russian missile strike on the central Ukrainian city of Kryvyi Rih left at least three people dead and 38 wounded Tuesday, including children, according to authorities. Rescuers could be seen evacuating wounded civilians from a burning multi-story residential building in a video published by Kyiv’s interior ministry. “Three dead and 38 injured,” Interior Minister…

  • ‘Make the Young Fall in Love With Putin’: Young Russians Pressured to Vote as Kremlin Demands Record Turnout

    ‘Make the Young Fall in Love With Putin’: Young Russians Pressured to Vote as Kremlin Demands Record Turnout

    Russian officials have been ordered to significantly boost voter turnout among young people in the upcoming presidential election as the Kremlin seeks to hand President Vladimir Putin a resounding re-coronation. Students, graduate students and young workers are facing pressure and coercion from authorities, their schools and employers in the lead-up to the March 15-17 vote.…

  • Russian Women Fined $1,000 Over Restaurant Kiss

    Russian Women Fined $1,000 Over Restaurant Kiss

    Two women in southern Russia’s Krasnodar region have been fined 50,000 rubles ($550) each for kissing each other on camera, the regional court’s press service said Tuesday. In early February, a police report was filed against the women, whose names were not given, after they were filmed kissing each other at a restaurant.  Law enforcement…

  • EU Firms Supply $630Mln in Equipment to Russia’s Arctic LNG 2 Project Despite Sanctions

    EU Firms Supply $630Mln in Equipment to Russia’s Arctic LNG 2 Project Despite Sanctions

    European companies have supplied over $630 million worth of equipment according to the current exchange rate to Russia’s Arctic LNG 2 project since the invasion of Ukraine despite it being under Western sanctions, The Moscow Times’ Russian service and the Arctida NGO reported Tuesday in a joint investigation.  Arctic LNG 2, whose key stakeholders include…

  • ROSATOM took part in the IAEA Women’s Forum

    The State Corporation shared its experience in supporting women in nuclear. ROSATOM took part in the forum “For More Women in Nuclear” held by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which ended in Vienna on March 8. The event, dedicated to the celebration of International Women’s Day, brought together about 500 women from different countries…

  • ROSATOM head Alexey Likhachev meet Hungary’s minister of foreign affairs and trade Péter Szijjártó

    The parties discussed Implementation of the Paks-2 NPP Project. On March 12, 2024, Alexey Likhachev, Director General of ROSATOM, met in Budapest with Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary Peter Szijjártó.    After the talks, Alexey Likhachev and Peter Szijjártó noted that work on the construction of new power units at the…

  • Russia Says Captured Village in Ukraine’s Donetsk Region

    Russia Says Captured Village in Ukraine’s Donetsk Region

    Moscow on Tuesday said its forces had captured the village of Nevelske in the eastern Donetsk region of Ukraine, where Russian troops have made recent gains. Russian forces have recently been able to take advantage of Ukrainian shortages of ammunition and servicemen to take territory in the east. Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement that…

  • Pro-Kyiv Militias Attack Russian Border Regions

    Pro-Kyiv Militias Attack Russian Border Regions

    Russia said Tuesday that it had repelled a series of brazen cross-border raids by pro-Ukrainian militias who burst into its territory and claimed to seize control of a village. Groups of pro-Kyiv volunteer fighters, made up of Russians who oppose the Kremlin, said earlier that they had broken into the Kursk and Belgorod regions bordering…

  • Russia Bans Entry to 347 Citizens of Baltic States

    Russia Bans Entry to 347 Citizens of Baltic States

    Moscow on Tuesday banned entry to 347 citizens of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia over what it called the “hostile policy” of the three Baltic states toward Russia. The Russian Foreign Ministry accused the governments of the three Baltic states of interfering in its domestic affairs and “persecuting” their Russian-speaking populations in the announcement published on its…

  • Russian Military Transport Plane Crashes in Flames Northeast of Moscow

    Russian Military Transport Plane Crashes in Flames Northeast of Moscow

    Updated with Defense Ministry’s statement. A Russian military transport plane caught fire and crashed in the Ivanovo region northeast of Moscow, Russia’s Defense Ministry said Tuesday. Footage circulating on social media showed the IL-76 aircraft descending toward the ground with one of its engines on fire. Other footage showed a column of black smoke rising…

  • The potential of shipping along the Northern Sea Route will be discussed at ATOMEXPO-2024

    Participants will discuss projects in transport, logistics, energy and infrastructural support for shipping. On March 26, 2024, the session “The Northern Sea Route: The Boundless Potential of the Arctic” will be held at ATOMEXPO-2024. It will be attended by representatives of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, ROSATOM, the Marine Research Center of Lomonosov…

  • Welding of the main circulation pipeline has been completed at power unit No. 2 of the Kursk NPP-2 (under construction)

    At the construction site of the Kursk NPP-2 in the reactor building of the 2nd power unit, one of the key events was completed – welding of the main circulation pipeline (MCP), which connects the main equipment of the reactor plant into a single technological system, forming the 1st circuit. The main purpose of the…

  • Bashneft allocates more than 9 billion roubles to environmental projects in 2023

    In 2023, Bashneft (part of Rosneft) allocated more than 9 billion roubles to environmental projects, which is a 40% increase on the previous year.

  • At ATOMEXPO-2024, Rosatom will present its scientific and technology contribution to the development of global thermonuclear energy

    Research in the field of plasma physics and thermonuclear fusion is aimed at solving global problem of providing humankind with clean and safe energy in the future. On March 26, 2024, within the framework of the ATOMEXPO-2024 International Forum, the Scientific Division of the Rosatom (managing company – Science and Innovations JSC) will hold a…

  • Kyiv Summons Vatican Envoy Over Pope’s ‘White Flag’ Comments

    Kyiv Summons Vatican Envoy Over Pope’s ‘White Flag’ Comments

    Ukraine on Monday summoned the Vatican’s envoy to Kyiv after Pope Francis suggested the country should consider raising “the white flag” against Russia, causing fury in Kyiv. Ukraine has angrily rejected Pope Francis’s suggestion to negotiate with Russia two years after its invasion, vowing “never” to surrender to Moscow. “Due to the statements of Pope…

  • Zelensky Claims Russian Advance in Ukraine ‘Halted’

    Zelensky Claims Russian Advance in Ukraine ‘Halted’

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Monday that Russian advances had been “halted” in Ukraine and the situation was now “much better” for his troops than in recent months. “The Russian advance has been halted,” Zelensky told French broadcaster BFM TV. “Our command, our military has stopped the Russian advance in eastern Ukraine,” he said. Kyiv…

  • Moldova Slams Russia Over Polling Stations in Transnistria

    Moldova Slams Russia Over Polling Stations in Transnistria

    Moldova on Monday said it would summon the Russian ambassador to show “its disapproval of the decision to open polling stations” in separatist Transnistria during the Russian presidential election. Moldova last week downplayed talk of rising tensions after pro-Russian rebel officials in Transnistria appealed to Russia for “protection.” Russian news agencies reported that six polling…

  • In Photos: Russia Opens Voting in Occupied Ukrainian Territories, Frontline Areas

    In Photos: Russia Opens Voting in Occupied Ukrainian Territories, Frontline Areas

    While Russian citizens will cast their votes in the 2024 presidential election from March 15-17, early voting is already underway in Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine. Russia claimed to have annexed the regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia in September 2022 following referendums that Kyiv and the West described as a sham. Moscow has opened…

  • Installation of the inner containment has started at El-Dabaa NPP Unit 1 (Egypt)

    The first tier of inner containment will be installed in four stages. On March 8, specialists from Rosatom Engineering Division (ASE) started to install the first tier of inner containment of the reactor building at Unit 1 of El-Dabaa NPP in the Arab Republic of Egypt. The first tier of inner containment consists of 12…

  • What Do We Know About Russia’s Presidential Candidates?

    What Do We Know About Russia’s Presidential Candidates?

    Russians will vote for one of the four presidential candidates officially registered by the Central Election Commission (CEC) this week. In addition to President Vladimir Putin, who is running as an independent candidate, the candidates include Leonid Slutsky of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR), Nikolai Kharitonov of the Communist Party and Vladislav Davankov of the…

  • Latvian Police to ‘Screen’ Russian Voters Outside Moscow’s Embassy

    Latvian Police to ‘Screen’ Russian Voters Outside Moscow’s Embassy

    Russian nationals who visit Moscow’s embassy in Latvia to vote in the March 15-17 presidential election will undergo police screenings, local media reported on Monday, citing the head of the Baltic country’s police force. “Access to the embassy will be controlled accordingly, residence permit and visa checkpoints will be set up in coordination with the State…

  • China, Russia, Iran Holding Joint Naval Drills

    China, Russia, Iran Holding Joint Naval Drills

    The navies of China, Russia and Iran are staging joint drills in the Gulf of Oman this week, Beijing said Monday. The military activities — to be conducted from Monday through Friday — are aimed at “jointly maintaining regional maritime security,” according to a statement published on social media platform WeChat by China’s defense ministry.…

  • In First, Russia Arrests South Korean National on Spying Charges

    In First, Russia Arrests South Korean National on Spying Charges

    Russia authorities have arrested a citizen of South Korea on charges of spying, the state-run TASS news agency reported Monday, citing an anonymous law enforcement official.  “During operational search activities as part of an investigation into espionage, a citizen of the Republic of Korea, Baek Won Sung, was identified and detained,” the unnamed law enforcement…

  • Putin Signs Ban on Advertising for ‘Foreign Agents’

    Putin Signs Ban on Advertising for ‘Foreign Agents’

    President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed into law a bill that bans advertisers from working with “foreign agents,” a move widely expected to make it next to impossible for independent media outlets hit with the designation to earn money. News of the bill’s passing in Russia’s lower-house State Duma late last month sent shockwaves through…

  • Russia Overturns ‘War Fakes’ Sentence Against Activist Pyotr Verzilov

    Russia Overturns ‘War Fakes’ Sentence Against Activist Pyotr Verzilov

    A Moscow court has overturned the jail sentence against exiled Russian-Canadian activist Pyotr Verzilov and sent his case for review, the Setevyye Svobody (Network Freedoms) NGO reported on Monday. In November, Verzilov was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison in absentia for spreading “deliberately false” information about the Russian military. He was accused of “causing social…

  • ’20 Days in Mariupol’ Brings First Oscar Home to Ukraine

    ’20 Days in Mariupol’ Brings First Oscar Home to Ukraine

    Ukraine won its first Oscar for best documentary with “20 Days in Mariupol,” directed by Mstyslav Chernov, on Sunday night in Los Angeles. The film chronicles the harrowing Russian siege of Mariupol, a once beautiful port city, by the only journalists still on the ground, Chernov and the photographer/journalist Evgeniy Maloletka. At the Academy Awards…

  • Russia Says Downed Ukrainian Drone Over Leningrad Region

    Russia Says Downed Ukrainian Drone Over Leningrad Region

    Authorities in northwestern Russia’s Leningrad region said Sunday that air defense systems shot down a Ukrainian drone flying in the area, as airspace over that region and the city of St. Petersburg was closed “to ensure safety.” “An unmanned aerial vehicle was spotted by observation posts on the territory of the Leningrad region,” the regional…

  • Yaroslav Trofimov Writes History as it Happens in ‘Our Enemies Will Vanish’

    Yaroslav Trofimov Writes History as it Happens in ‘Our Enemies Will Vanish’

    As the war in Ukraine enters its third year, the chaos and horror of its early months have already started to fade for many of those watching these events from abroad. Yaroslav Trofimov’s new book “Our Enemies Will Vanish” — its title coming from the third line of Ukraine’s national anthem — retells the first…

  • Woman Killed in Shelling of Russia’s Kursk Region

    Woman Killed in Shelling of Russia’s Kursk Region

    Ukrainian shelling of a Russian border village in the western Kursk region killed one woman on Sunday, the local governor said on social media. Kursk region Governor Roman Starovoit said Ukrainian forces had shelled the village of Kulbaki, less than 10 kilometers from the two country’s shared border. “As a result of a direct hit…

  • Russian Overnight Attacks on Ukraine Kill 3, Injure 12

    Russian Overnight Attacks on Ukraine Kill 3, Injure 12

    Updated with injury count, deaths. Russian shelling of towns in eastern Ukraine killed three people Sunday, Ukrainian officials said, while a strike on a residential building in the town of Myrnohrad wounded a dozen people. Kyiv Moscow also launched missile attacks on the northeastern Kharkiv region, as well as drones targeting regions in the center…

  • Russian Student Jailed 10 Days for Pro-Ukraine WiFi Network Name

    Russian Student Jailed 10 Days for Pro-Ukraine WiFi Network Name

    A Moscow court has sentenced a student to 10 days in jail after he renamed his WiFi network with a pro-Kyiv slogan during the military offensive in Ukraine, the RIA Novosti news agency reported on Saturday. The student at Moscow State University replaced the name of the network from his WiFi router with Slava Ukraini…

  • 2 Kazakhs Killed in Russian Anti-Terror Operation

    2 Kazakhs Killed in Russian Anti-Terror Operation

    Kazakhstan on Saturday confirmed the deaths of two of its citizens in an anti-terrorism operation in Russia that Moscow claims prevented an attack against a synagogue in the Russian capital. Russia’s FSB security service on Thursday confirmed an operation against a suspected branch of the Islamic State (IS) militant group had taken place in the…

  • Navalny Parents Thank Crowds Paying Respects to Him

    Navalny Parents Thank Crowds Paying Respects to Him

    The parents of late Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny thanked the crowds of Russians paying their respects to their son in a message published Saturday by his widow Yulia Navalnaya. Navalny — President Vladimir Putin’s main opponent — died in his Arctic prison in mid-February and was laid to rest in Moscow last week, with…

  • Kyiv Says Russian Attacks Kill Several in South and East

    Kyiv Says Russian Attacks Kill Several in South and East

    Russian shelling and strikes on Ukraine’s Kherson region killed one person and wounded several, with at least two civilians also killed in attacks on the center and east of the country, Kyiv said Saturday. Russia’s invasion has dragged on for more than two years, with fierce fighting in the east and regular attacks away from…

  • Russia Says Destroyed 47 Ukrainian Drones

    Russia Says Destroyed 47 Ukrainian Drones

    Russia said on Saturday it had destroyed 47 Ukrainian drones over its southern regions overnight, mostly in the Rostov area bordering Ukraine. Kyiv has regularly launched drones into Russia during Moscow’s military offensive in Ukraine, now in its third year. “Air defense systems on duty intercepted and destroyed over the territories of Belgorod region (one…

  • Free Women From Kitchen Slavery With Mimosas!

    Free Women From Kitchen Slavery With Mimosas!

    When it’s time to fry up some cutlets, women get called. But when it’s time to hand out awards — call a man! There is probably more inequality of the sexes in the kitchen than anywhere else on earth. Just take a look at the list of Michelin-starred chefs and see how many women’s names…

  • Tension and Unease for Russians in Finland Amid Border Shutdown

    Tension and Unease for Russians in Finland Amid Border Shutdown

    IMATRA, Finland — At the edge of Imatra, a medium-sized Finnish town on the border with Russia, high snow drifts ensconce a shopping outlet that sits barren apart from a large “for sale” sign. Another sign on the building reads “Добро пожаловать!” — Russian for “welcome” — a reminder that just a few years ago,…

  • Hello, Goodbye and Other Expressions De Jour

    Hello, Goodbye and Other Expressions De Jour

    Дежурство: on call, on stand-by, duty In my post-Russian life, I’m trying to learn a new language. I can sometimes conjugate a few essential verbs and occasionally even get case endings right, but I can’t really talk to people. I realized that I don’t have that basic set of 50 or 100 standard phrases that…

  • Belarus Opposition Leader Says Year of No News From Jailed Husband

    Belarus Opposition Leader Says Year of No News From Jailed Husband

    Exiled Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya said Friday she has not heard from her jailed husband for a year, describing the lack of communication as a form of torture. She called on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to intervene, saying that other Belarusian political prisoners had also been cut off from the outside world. “It’s been…

  • Russia Says Ukrainian Drone Attack Killed 2 on Border

    Russia Says Ukrainian Drone Attack Killed 2 on Border

    A Ukrainian drone attack on the Russian border region of Belgorod killed two people on Friday, its governor said. He said three Ukrainian “kamikaze drones” hit the village of Rozhdestvenska, close to the border with Ukraine, in a region that has come under frequent artillery, rocket and drone attacks throughout the two-year conflict. “As a…

  • Latvia Urges Citizens to Leave Russia Amid Possible ‘Terrorist Attacks’

    Latvia Urges Citizens to Leave Russia Amid Possible ‘Terrorist Attacks’

    Updated with additional travel alerts from other countries. Latvia’s Foreign Ministry on Friday urged its citizens to leave Russia as soon as possible and to avoid mass gatherings in Moscow amid reports of possible “terrorist acts” in the coming days.   “We urge Latvian citizens in Russia to be cautious and avoid mass gatherings… due to…

  • In Photos: Russian Women Receive Flowers from Soldiers, Masked Officers on Women’s Day

    In Photos: Russian Women Receive Flowers from Soldiers, Masked Officers on Women’s Day

    Russia has celebrated International Women’s Day since the Soviet era. But the holiday — which celebrates women’s contributions to society — has inevitably been influenced by the war in Ukraine like much of Russian society. The result has been images of Russian soldiers and masked security officers handing women flowers to mark the holiday: