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  • U.S. Envoy Visits Navalny Shrine Amid Heavy Police Curbs

    U.S. Envoy Visits Navalny Shrine Amid Heavy Police Curbs

    The U.S. ambassador to Moscow visited a makeshift shrine to Alexei Navalny on Sunday, as Russian authorities suppressed memorials and tributes to the late opposition leader. Rights groups say police have detained over 400 people at gatherings for the politician, a leading critic of President Vladimir Putin who died in an Arctic prison Friday. Ambassador…

  • Putin Says Ukraine ‘Matter of Life and Death’ for Russia

    Putin Says Ukraine ‘Matter of Life and Death’ for Russia

    Events on the battlefield in Ukraine are a matter of “life and death” for Russia that could determine its fate, President Vladimir Putin said in remarks aired Sunday. The Kremlin has repeatedly framed the almost two-year conflict as a battle for Russia’s survival in a bid to rally patriotic sentiment among its population, many apathetic…

  • Russia Claims ‘Full Control’ of Ukraine’s Avdiivka

    Russia Claims ‘Full Control’ of Ukraine’s Avdiivka

    Russia said Saturday it had taken “full control” of the eastern Ukrainian city of Avdiivka, hours after Kyiv said it had pulled out of the former stronghold to save soldiers’ lives. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had informed President Vladimir Putin of the advance, said a defense ministry statement. Putin “congratulated our military and fighters…

  • Putin Hails Capture of Avdiivka as ‘Important Victory’

    Putin Hails Capture of Avdiivka as ‘Important Victory’

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday hailed his army’s capture of the eastern Ukrainian town of Avdiivka as an “important victory,” following a hasty withdrawal by Kyiv’s forces. The capture of the town marks the most significant territorial gain for Russia’s forces since the seizure of Bakhmut last May. “The president congratulated our military and…

  • Navalny’s ‘Killers’ Refusing to Hand Over Body, Allies Say

    Navalny’s ‘Killers’ Refusing to Hand Over Body, Allies Say

    Alexei Navalny’s supporters on Saturday accused Russian authorities of being “killers” who were “covering their tracks” by refusing to hand over his body, as the Kremlin stayed silent despite Western accusations and a flood of tributes to the late opposition leader. The 47-year-old Kremlin critic died in an Arctic prison on Friday after spending more…

  • Rage and Despair as Russia’s Exiled Opposition Mourns Navalny

    Rage and Despair as Russia’s Exiled Opposition Mourns Navalny

    VILNIUS, Lithuania — Hundreds of Russian emigres gathered in central Vilnius to mourn the late Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, with many expressing a mixture of anger, sorrow and helplessness. In Lithuania’s capital, a hub for exiled Russian activists, the death of Russia’s most prominent opposition figure in prison has cast a heavy shadow. According to…

  • Avdiivka, a Symbolic Trophy for Putin’s Russia

    Avdiivka, a Symbolic Trophy for Putin’s Russia

    Ukraine’s withdrawal from the city of Avdiivka hands Vladimir Putin a major symbolic victory before Russia’s presidential election in March and exposes Kyiv’s critical shortages of weapons and soldiers. Symbol of Ukrainian resistance Avdiivka, a small industrial city in the eastern Donbas region, has been a symbol of Ukrainian resistance to Russian aggression since 2014.…

  • Russia’s Opposition in Exile Calls on EU Not to Recognize Putin’s Election

    Russia’s Opposition in Exile Calls on EU Not to Recognize Putin’s Election

    A month before Russia’s presidential election, certain to be won again by President Vladimir Putin, the country’s anti-war opposition in exile admits that it is unable to influence the results but hopes the West will “do the right thing.” None of Putin’s opponents will be able to participate in the March election or organize independent…

  • Alexei Navalny Is Declared Dead. What Happens Next?

    Alexei Navalny Is Declared Dead. What Happens Next?

    Russian authorities said that imprisoned opposition figure Alexei Navalny died on Friday, an announcement confirmed by his team one day later. Navalny, 47, was serving a 19-year prison sentence on extremism charges in the Arctic at the time of his death. The prison service provided little details about his death, which Navalny’s allies and supporters…

  • Navalny’s Body Not in Morgue Where Authorities Said It Was, Aides Say

    Navalny’s Body Not in Morgue Where Authorities Said It Was, Aides Say

    Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s body is not in the morgue where authorities said it was brought after his death, his team announced Saturday. “Alexei’s lawyer and his mother have arrived at the Salekhard morgue. It’s closed, however, the colony has assured them it’s working and Navalny’s body is there,” Navalny’s spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said on…

  • Russian Priest Detained After Announcing Navalny Memorial Service

    Russian Priest Detained After Announcing Navalny Memorial Service

    A St. Petersburg priest has been detained after he announced he would hold a memorial service for the late Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, his wife said on Facebook on Saturday. Grigory Mikhnov-Vaitenko was detained near his home as he was going to the Solovetsky Stone dedicated to Soviet victims of political repression. Later Saturday, Mikhnov-Vaitenko was…

  • Over 100 Detained at Memorials for Navalny in Russia

    Over 100 Detained at Memorials for Navalny in Russia

    Russian police have detained more than 100 people at spontaneous memorials for deceased opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the OVD-Info rights group said Saturday. The 47-year-old Kremlin critic was serving a 19-year prison sentence in the Arctic when authorities announced his death, prompting grief among his supporters. People were seen gathering to place flowers at makeshift…

  • Ukraine Troops Withdraw From Frontline City Avdiivka

    Ukraine Troops Withdraw From Frontline City Avdiivka

    Ukrainian troops have withdrawn from the frontline city of Avdiivka to avoid being encircled, new military chief Oleksandr Syrsky said Saturday, handing Russia its biggest symbolic victory following Kyiv’s failed summer counter-offensive. Russia has been trying to capture Avdiivka for months. It is the most significant territorial gain for Russian forces since they seized the…

  • Russian Photographer Dmitry Markov Dies at 42

    Russian Photographer Dmitry Markov Dies at 42

    Russian photographer Dmitry Markov has died at the age of 42, local media in his hometown of Pskov said Friday, citing his friends. Markov, who relied solely on an iPhone for his photography, became famous for capturing images of everyday life in Russia and its regions. His photo of a masked riot police officer sitting…

  • Russia Labels Exiled Banker Tinkov ‘Foreign Agent’

    Russia Labels Exiled Banker Tinkov ‘Foreign Agent’

    Exiled banking magnate Oleg Tinkov was declared a “foreign agent” by Russian authorities Friday over his opposition to the conflict in Ukraine. The 56-year-old is best known for founding Tinkoff Bank, one of Russia’s largest lenders behind state giants Sberbank and VTB. The Justice Ministry said it added him to its foreign agents list after…

  • ‘We Have Been Robbed of Hope’: Russians Lay Flowers at Monuments, Embassies for Navalny

    ‘We Have Been Robbed of Hope’: Russians Lay Flowers at Monuments, Embassies for Navalny

    Supporters of Alexei Navalny are laying flowers in Russia and at Russian embassies around the world after the jailed Kremlin critic was announced dead by the Russian prison service on Friday. In Moscow and St. Petersburg, hundreds of people gathered at monuments dedicated to Soviet victims of political repression to show their respect for the…

  • Alexei Navalny’s Last Weeks in an Arctic Prison

    Alexei Navalny’s Last Weeks in an Arctic Prison

    Alexei Navalny, Russia’s most prominent opposition leader, spent his final weeks in a penal colony above the Arctic Circle. His 19-year prison sentence was widely condemned by rights groups and in the West as punishment for daring to cross President Vladimir Putin. Through messages passed through his lawyers, he posted regularly on social media in…

  • Russian Duma Speaker Blames U.S., EU for Navalny’s Death

    Russian Duma Speaker Blames U.S., EU for Navalny’s Death

    The speaker of Russia’s lower house of parliament has claimed without evidence Friday that U.S. and EU leaders were responsible for the death of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. “Washington and Brussels are to blame for Navalny’s death,” Vyacheslav Volodin wrote on the Telegram messaging app hours after prison authorities in the Russian Arctic announced Navalny’s…

  • Putin Refused to Say Navalny’s Name. Here’s What He Called Him Instead

    Putin Refused to Say Navalny’s Name. Here’s What He Called Him Instead

    Anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny, whose death was announced by Russian officials on Friday, was one of the Kremlin’s most outspoken domestic critics for more than a decade. Despite numerous arrests and efforts to hinder his activities, Navalny, 47, remained one of the most popular opposition figures in Russia and a thorn in the Kremlin’s side.…

  • Alexei Navalny, Putin Foe and Political Prisoner, Dead at 47

    Alexei Navalny, Putin Foe and Political Prisoner, Dead at 47

    Alexei Anatolievich Navalny, the most prominent opposition politician of the late Putin era, died in prison on Friday, according to the Yamalo-Nenets branch of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN). He was 47.  At the time of his death, Navalny was serving a 19-year sentence on charges widely seen as politically motivated in a high-security prison…

  • Thank the Persians for the Bazaar

    Thank the Persians for the Bazaar

    Сарай: shed All languages borrow words from other languages. Most of the time we borrow words for things or actions that we didn’t have in our own country/culture/language. This includes a lot of food, drink, handy phrases, or objects like expresso, borshch, tsar, ciao, or sushi. Sometimes it’s just a word the borrowers like, even if…

  • ‘Putin Must Be Held Accountable,’ Yulia Navalnaya Says After Navalny Announced Dead

    ‘Putin Must Be Held Accountable,’ Yulia Navalnaya Says After Navalny Announced Dead

    Yulia Navalnaya, the wife of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, said all those responsible for the death of her husband “will be held accountable.” Navalny, 47, was serving a lengthy prison term when he was announced dead by Russian prison authorities on Friday. His team said it could not confirm the prison service’s announcement until his…

  • Pro-Kremlin Party Orders Lawmakers to Ignore Navalny’s Death – Agentstvo

    Pro-Kremlin Party Orders Lawmakers to Ignore Navalny’s Death – Agentstvo

    The pro-Kremlin party United Russia has ordered lawmakers to avoid commenting on the death of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, the investigative news outlet Agentstvo reported Friday. Deputies in the lower-house State Duma were reportedly told they should “keep strictly in line with the Federal Prison Service’s version [or] better to refrain from commenting at…

  • Russia’s Central Bank Holds Rates Amid High Inflation

    Russia’s Central Bank Holds Rates Amid High Inflation

    Russia’s Central Bank held its key interest rate unchanged at 16% on Friday, warning price rises and intense labor shortages were a lingering threat to the country’s heavily militarized economy. The bank hiked rates in a series of moves last year as it battled high inflation and a volatile currency amid the Kremlin’s dramatic increase…

  • ‘Blood on Putin’s Hands’: First Reactions to Alexei Navalny’s Death

    ‘Blood on Putin’s Hands’: First Reactions to Alexei Navalny’s Death

    Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has died in the Arctic prison colony where he was serving his sentence, Russia’s prison service announced Friday. Navalny’s spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said his team could not confirm the prison service’s announcement until his lawyer visits the IK-3 prison colony in the settlement of Kharp. Navalny, 47, has been one of…

  • Russia Lifts Ecuador Banana Ban After U.S. Arms Deal

    Russia Lifts Ecuador Banana Ban After U.S. Arms Deal

    Russia’s food safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has partially lifted an import ban on bananas from Ecuador, the Kommersant business daily reported Friday. Moscow said earlier this month it was suspending authorizations for five Ecuadorian banana exporters due to the detection of pests. Thirteen other exporters were later added to the ban, importers told The Moscow Times’…

  • Alexei Navalny Dies in Jail – Prison Service

    Alexei Navalny Dies in Jail – Prison Service

    Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has died in jail, Russian prison authorities announced Friday. “The inmate A.A. Navalny started to feel unwell after a walk and almost immediately lost consciousness at correctional facility No. 3 on Feb. 16,” the Yamal-Nenets autonomous district prison service said. “Medical staff arrived immediately, an ambulance was called. None of the resuscitation…

  • Leading Yakutian Activist Refuses to Give Up on Region’s Free Future

    Leading Yakutian Activist Refuses to Give Up on Region’s Free Future

    “I would want to come back to a free Yakutia,” Sargylana Kondakova says when asked about returning to her home region.   “I would like for it to be an independent state, of course, but it is even more important for me to see that our people have a free conscience, free mind and a free…

  • Second Mass Rally Participant Dies in Russia’s Bashkortostan – Reports

    Second Mass Rally Participant Dies in Russia’s Bashkortostan – Reports

    Activists in Russia’s republic of Bashkortostan have confirmed the passing of a local man who faced criminal investigation over the mass protests that erupted in the republic last month, the SOTA media outlet reported Thursday.  Minniyar Bayguskarov, 65, was buried in his native village of Kaskinovo in the region’s southwestern Kugarchinsky district on Tuesday, according to local…

  • ‘Alcoholics and Criminals’ Dominate Russian Army Recruits, Says Siberian City MP

    ‘Alcoholics and Criminals’ Dominate Russian Army Recruits, Says Siberian City MP

    Prisoners, homeless people and other socially disadvantaged individuals made up the majority of military recruits in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk over the past year, a local assemblyman has said. “Over the last year our contract soldiers were mostly alcoholics, homeless people, derelicts, prisoners and others,” the local news website ngs24.ru quoted Krasnoyarsk city council member Vyacheslav Dyukov as…

  • The economic effect of Orenburgneft’s energy saving program in 2023 exceeded 219 million rubles

    Orenburgneft, Rosneft’s largest producing asset in the Volga Region, saved over 60 million kWh of electricity in 2023, which amounts to over 219 million rubles in the monetary equivalent.

  • Black Sea Fleet Commander Sacked Over Warship’s Sinking, Russian Pro-War Bloggers Say

    Black Sea Fleet Commander Sacked Over Warship’s Sinking, Russian Pro-War Bloggers Say

    The commander of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet has been sacked after Ukraine said it had destroyed another Russian warship, according to unconfirmed reports by pro-war bloggers. Ukrainian military intelligence said Wednesday its naval drones attacked and sank the Caesar Kunikov landing ship off the coast of the Moscow-annexed Crimean peninsula. Rybar, an influential Telegram channel…

  • Russia Dismisses ‘Malicious’ Space Nuclear Weapon Reports

    Russia Dismisses ‘Malicious’ Space Nuclear Weapon Reports

    Moscow on Thursday said U.S. reports it was planning to launch a nuclear weapon into space were “malicious,” “unfounded” and a White House ploy to try to pass a stalled Ukrainian aid package. Citing unnamed official sources, U.S. media reported Wednesday evening that Washington believed Russia was advancing plans to deploy a space-based nuclear weapon.…

  • Ukraine Reinforces ‘Extremely Critical’ Frontline Town

    Ukraine Reinforces ‘Extremely Critical’ Frontline Town

    Ukraine has rushed soldiers to the embattled eastern town of Avdiivka, surrounded on three sides by Russian forces, where the military said the situation was “extremely critical.” While the two sides staged new missile attacks on each other, Russian forces have laid siege to Avdiivka in the eastern Donetsk region since last year and its…

  • At Least 7 Killed in Strike on Russia’s Belgorod – Heath Ministry

    At Least 7 Killed in Strike on Russia’s Belgorod – Heath Ministry

    At least seven people have been killed in missile strikes on the city of Belgorod in southwestern Russia, the country’s Health Ministry said Thursday. The Health Ministry confirmed seven deaths and said 18 people were injured. Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said a one-year-old girl was among those killed. Images of the aftermath showed a blown-out shopping center and…

  • Russia Launches Supply Rocket to ISS

    Russia Launches Supply Rocket to ISS

    Russia on Thursday launched a supply rocket to the International Space Station, one of the rare Russia-U.S. projects kept alive since Russia’s offensive against Ukraine. A Soyuz-2 rocket carrying the Progress MS-26 cargo ship was launched at the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, Russia’s space agency said on its Telegram channel, showing a video of…

  • Russia Overturns Afghan Journalist’s Deportation Order

    Russia Overturns Afghan Journalist’s Deportation Order

    A Russian court has overturned orders to deport Afghan journalist and activist Kobra Hassani, who feared for her life under the Taliban’s rule. Hassani, 27, was among a group of 12 Afghan nationals who were detained near a St. Petersburg port in May 2022 on suspicion of attempting to illegally flee to Europe. On Tuesday, a St.…

  • Ukraine Drone Attack Leaves Russia Oil Depot in Flames – Official

    Ukraine Drone Attack Leaves Russia Oil Depot in Flames – Official

    A night-time Ukrainian drone attack set ablaze a Russian oil depot in the Kursk region near the frontier between the two countries, Russian authorities said Thursday. Regional governor Roman Starovoit said on social media that there were no casualties, appealing to the local population to remain “calm.” “Following a Ukrainian drone attack in the Kursk…

  • Putin Thanks Right-Wing U.S. Journalist for Interview

    Putin Thanks Right-Wing U.S. Journalist for Interview

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said he was grateful to controversial right-wing U.S. talk show host Tucker Carlson for his interview last week and “intermediary” role with the West. Former Fox News star Carlson released a two-hour interview with Putin in Moscow last Thursday, just ahead of the two-year anniversary of Russia’s offensive in…

  • Putin Says Prefers More ‘Predictable’ Biden Over Trump

    Putin Says Prefers More ‘Predictable’ Biden Over Trump

    Russian President Vladimir Putin described U.S. counterpart Joe Biden on Wednesday as more “predictable” than Donald Trump, but said the Kremlin was prepared to work with whoever wins November’s election. Asked by a journalist who Russia would like to see win in the likely contest between the Democratic incumbent and Republican frontrunner Trump, Putin said:…

  • Russia’s High Inflation Persists in January Data

    Russia’s High Inflation Persists in January Data

    Inflation in Russia held at elevated levels in January, data published Wednesday showed, as soaring government spending on the military offensive in Ukraine pushes prices higher. The Kremlin’s sweeping militarization of Russia’s economy has helped confound predictions that the campaign could trigger an economic collapse, but has led to rising prices across the country. Annual…

  • Art Critic Nina Moleva Dies at 98, Leaving Estimated $2Bln Collection to Putin

    Art Critic Nina Moleva Dies at 98, Leaving Estimated $2Bln Collection to Putin

    Russian art critic Nina Moleva has died at age 98, bequeathing a mysterious collection of works she claimed to be worth $2 billion to President Vladimir Putin. “Nina Mikhailovna Moleva — writer, outstanding scholar of history and art, journalist and war veteran — passed away on Feb. 11,” Russia’s Culture Ministry told Interfax on Wednesday. Moleva…

  • Russian Scientists Find Microplastics in Wasp Intestines

    Russian Scientists Find Microplastics in Wasp Intestines

    Russian biologists have discovered microplastics in the intestines of common wasps, with its concentration increasing since 2019, Tomsk State University said Wednesday. “In contrast to well-studied marine and freshwater ecosystems, the occurrence of microplastics in terrestrial ecosystems remains virtually unchecked,” said Anastasia Simakova, head of the invertebrate department at Tomsk State University’s Biological Institute.  “Preliminary…

  • Russians Deride ‘Western Excess,’ Declare Love for Putin on Valentine’s Day

    Russians Deride ‘Western Excess,’ Declare Love for Putin on Valentine’s Day

    While much of the world is celebrating Valentine’s Day with cards, chocolates and flowers, some in Russia have seized on current geopolitical tensions to undermine the romantic holiday and paint it as an example of Western “excess.” Soon after being disqualified from the presidential election, Communists of Russia party chairman Sergei Malinkovich urged lawmakers to “launch a legislative…

  • Kremlin Denies Report That Putin Offered Ukraine Truce to U.S.

    Kremlin Denies Report That Putin Offered Ukraine Truce to U.S.

    The Kremlin on Wednesday denied a report by Reuters that President Vladimir Putin had proposed a ceasefire in Ukraine to the United States. Citing three anonymous Russian sources with knowledge of the discussions, the news agency said Putin offered to “freeze the conflict at the current lines” in 2023. The United States reportedly rejected Putin’s offer, which…

  • Russia Halts Annual Payments to Arctic Council

    Russia Halts Annual Payments to Arctic Council

    Moscow has suspended annual payments to the Arctic Council until its work resumes in full, Russia’s Foreign Ministry told state media Wednesday. The United States, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden in March 2022 suspended participation in the Arctic Council over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  “Russia’s annual contributions to the Arctic Council’s budget have been suspended…

  • Ukraine Says Destroyed Russian Warship in Black Sea

    Ukraine Says Destroyed Russian Warship in Black Sea

    Ukraine said Wednesday it had destroyed another Russian warship in the Black Sea, a key battleground of the nearly two-year war where Kyiv’s campaign has been building momentum. While the frontline on land has remained static for over a year, Ukraine claims to have put Russia on the defensive in the Black Sea, an area…

  • Putin Signs Law Allowing Seizures of War Critics’ Assets

    Putin Signs Law Allowing Seizures of War Critics’ Assets

    President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed a law that allows authorities to confiscate the assets of individuals convicted of “discrediting” and spreading “fake news” about the military.  The wartime legislation also allows seizing money and other valuables from those found guilty of inciting “extremist” activity and calling for “anti-Russian” sanctions.  The law does not appear…

  • Russia Arrests German Tourist for ‘Smuggling’ Edibles

    Russia Arrests German Tourist for ‘Smuggling’ Edibles

    A German tourist has been arrested in St. Petersburg on drug smuggling charges after he brought gummy bear edibles on a flight to Russia, the Federal Customs Service (FTS) said Tuesday. The man was detained at St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo airport after a customs inspector noticed inside of his backpack “a rigid plastic bag with the…

  • Finland Jails Russian Nationalist Fighter for Violating Entry Ban

    Finland Jails Russian Nationalist Fighter for Violating Entry Ban

    A court in Finland has jailed a Russian nationalist fighter Yan Petrovsky for violating EU sanctions by entering the country under an alias, the Finnish broadcaster Yle reported Tuesday. Petrovsky was detained in July on separate charges of committing terrorism in Ukraine. Yle reports that he was able to cross the border into Finland in…

  • Russian City Screens Tucker Carlson’s Putin Interview for Free

    Russian City Screens Tucker Carlson’s Putin Interview for Free

    Authorities in the Russian city of Vologda announced Tuesday that a local movie theater will screen U.S. conservative pundit Tucker Carlson’s interview with President Vladimir Putin. “This [interview] took place last week but it’s still being discussed all over the world,” Vologda Mayor Sergei Voropanov wrote on the messaging app Telegram. “But not every Vologda…

  • Russia Jails U.S. Man for Sexually Abusing Sons

    Russia Jails U.S. Man for Sexually Abusing Sons

    A Moscow court on Tuesday sentenced a 65-year-old American man to 21 years in prison for sexually abusing his sons when they lived in the United States. “The Savyolovsky court of Moscow sentenced 65-year-old U.S. citizen David Thomas Barnes to 21 years in a penal colony, finding him guilty of sexually abusing his own children,”…

  • Russian Shelling in Ukraine Kills 5

    Russian Shelling in Ukraine Kills 5

    Russian strikes killed five people across Ukraine on Tuesday, Ukrainian officials said. The governor of northeastern Ukraine’s Kharkiv region, Oleh Syniehubov, said three people were killed in his region, which borders Russia and has seen increased attacks in recent months. Syniehubov said a 61-year-old woman was killed when Russian forces shelled the city of Vovchansk,…

  • Disgraced Pop Star Kirkorov Performs for Russian Soldiers in Occupied Ukraine

    Disgraced Pop Star Kirkorov Performs for Russian Soldiers in Occupied Ukraine

    Pop star Filipp Kirkorov traveled to occupied Ukraine to perform for Russian soldiers two months after his attendance at a scandalous “nearly naked” party put a dent in his career, media reported Tuesday.   Independent news outlets speculated that Kirkorov made the rare trip as an act of repentance days after his name appeared on a list of…

  • Putin to Skip Presidential Debates, Kremlin Says

    Putin to Skip Presidential Debates, Kremlin Says

    The Kremlin confirmed Tuesday that President Vladimir Putin will not take the stage to debate his rivals in Russia’s March presidential election. “Everyone can see Putin’s statements on all aspects of Russians’ lives on a virtually daily basis,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. He added that Putin “fundamentally differs” from all other candidates because…

  • Drunk Train Driver Causes Rail Collision in Russia

    Drunk Train Driver Causes Rail Collision in Russia

    Two trains collided in Russia’s Chelyabinsk region late Monday, with law enforcement officials saying one of the drivers involved in the crash was likely intoxicated. “A medical screening showed the locomotive driver had alcohol in his bloodstream,” the transportation unit of Russia’s Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes, said in a statement. The law enforcement…

  • Russia Issues Arrest Warrant for Estonian PM

    Russia Issues Arrest Warrant for Estonian PM

    Updated to include Peskov’s, Zakharova’s remarks.  Russia has issued an arrest warrant for Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, the independent news website Mediazona reported Tuesday, marking the country’s first-ever criminal case against an acting head of a foreign government.  Kallas appeared on Russia’s wanted list after she spoke in favor of dismantling a Soviet-era monument in…

  • Russia Toughens Sentence Against Anti-War Sociologist

    Russia Toughens Sentence Against Anti-War Sociologist

    A Russian court of appeals has sentenced prominent anti-war sociologist and Marxist theorist Boris Kagarlitsky to five years in prison, his lawyer told reporters on Tuesday. In December, Kagarlitsky was ordered by a Moscow military court to pay 600,000 rubles ($6,600) for “justifying terrorism,” charges which he denied. Prosecutors appealed the lower court’s decision to fine…

  • Finland’s President-Elect Says No Political Ties With Russia Until Ukraine War Ends

    Finland’s President-Elect Says No Political Ties With Russia Until Ukraine War Ends

    Finland’s President-elect Alexander Stubb said Monday his country will not maintain high-level ties with Russia until the Kremlin ends its war in Ukraine.  Relations between Moscow and Helsinki have sharply deteriorated since the February 2022 invasion of Ukraine, prompting Finland to drop decades of military non-alignment and join NATO. “We do not have a political relationship…

  • Russia Gaining Upper Hand in Ukraine, Norwegian Intelligence Chief Warns

    Russia Gaining Upper Hand in Ukraine, Norwegian Intelligence Chief Warns

    Russia is gaining the advantage in the war in Ukraine, owing to its greater number of troops and arms supplied by China, North Korea and other countries, Norway’s intelligence service warned on Monday. Presenting its annual risk report along with other Norwegian security services, the head of the military intelligence unit Nils Andreas Stensones said…