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  • Poets in Moscow ‘Free Language From the Captivity of Violence’

    Poets in Moscow ‘Free Language From the Captivity of Violence’

    From the outside, it may seem that Moscow life hasn’t changed at all, but this is a false impression. To understand how people who remain in Russia feel, here are three poems, all written after February 2022. Their authors describe what they see around them, and also what it’s like to write poetry in Russian…

  • Anti-Israeli Mob Storms Airport in Russia’s Dagestan

    Anti-Israeli Mob Storms Airport in Russia’s Dagestan

    A mob of anti-Israeli protesters stormed an airport in the North Caucasus republic of Dagestan on Sunday night following calls on social media to block a flight from Tel Aviv from landing in the majority-Muslim region. Video shared on social media showed hundreds of people gathered outside Makhachkala International Airport in the evening, with demonstrators brandishing Palestinian…

  • Russia Says Downed 36 Ukrainian Drones Over Black Sea and Crimea

    Russia Says Downed 36 Ukrainian Drones Over Black Sea and Crimea

    Russian forces shot down 36 Ukrainian drones over the Black Sea and the Crimean peninsula overnight, Moscow’s Defense Ministry said Sunday. “On the night of October 29, an attempt by the Kyiv regime to carry out a terrorist attack using air-type drones against facilities on the territory of the Russian Federation was stopped,” the ministry…

  • Russians Remember Stalin’s Victims Amid Crackdown on Dissent

    Russians Remember Stalin’s Victims Amid Crackdown on Dissent

    Russians commemorated the victims of Stalinist terror on Sunday, more than 20 months into Moscow’s Ukraine offensive that has been accompanied at home by a major crackdown on dissent. The Kremlin has doubled down on its version of history as troops fight in Ukraine, which often glosses over Stalinist crimes, with public commemoration of Soviet-era…

  • Hamas Working to Free 8 Russian-Israeli Hostages – Reports

    Hamas Working to Free 8 Russian-Israeli Hostages – Reports

    Hamas is trying to locate eight Russian-Israeli dual citizens among nearly 230 taken hostage during its attack on Israel after Moscow’s request to free them, Russian news agencies reported Saturday. Russia has good relations with the Palestinian militant group, which it does not consider a terror group, and has launched a diplomatic effort to try…

  • Hamas Says Seeking to Free 8 Russian-Israeli Hostages – Reports

    Hamas Says Seeking to Free 8 Russian-Israeli Hostages – Reports

    Hamas is trying to locate eight Russian-Israeli dual citizens among nearly 230 taken hostage during the Palestinian militants’ attack on Israel after Moscow’s request to free them, Russian news agencies reported Saturday. Russia has good relations with Hamas, which it does not consider a terror group, and has launched a diplomatic effort to try to…

  • The Great Russian War Against Halloween

    The Great Russian War Against Halloween

    A dispute once arose in a Moscow liberal drawing room in the late 1870s. Did the heir to the throne (the future Tsar Alexander III), who considered himself purely Russian, have much Russian blood in him? The dispute was resolved by turning to the famous historian Sergei Solovyov, who happened to be among the guests.…

  • Maxim Katz Wants to Unite Russia’s Splintered Opposition. That May Be Easier Said Than Done.

    Maxim Katz Wants to Unite Russia’s Splintered Opposition. That May Be Easier Said Than Done.

    To his critics, Maxim Katz’s ideas for uniting Russia’s anti-Kremlin opposition are as realistic as a unicorn. Katz proposed last month what he calls “a concrete plan” to ensure that Putin is removed from power and asked opposition figures, including allies of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, to unite behind it. “The Russian opposition should…

  • Russia’s Updated Climate Doctrine Drops Mention of Fossil Fuels

    Russia’s Updated Climate Doctrine Drops Mention of Fossil Fuels

    An updated version of Russia’s climate doctrine signed by President Vladimir Putin on Thursday has dropped language that directly links the burning of fossil fuels to greenhouse gas emissions.  Russia’s climate doctrine, first introduced in 2009, outlines the government’s policy on climate change mitigation and adaptation. Thursday’s updated doctrine notes the “unprecedentedly high” rate of…

  • Russian Space Boss Warns ISS Equipment Beyond Warranty

    Russian Space Boss Warns ISS Equipment Beyond Warranty

    Moscow’s Roscosmos space chief warned Friday that most Russian equipment on the International Space Station (ISS) was beyond its warranty, weeks after the station’s Russian segment sprang another coolant leak. The leak, Russia’s third in less than a year, raised new questions about the reliability of the country’s space program, even as officials said crew…

  • Representatives of Bangladesh got acquainted with the experience of Rosenergoatom in the sphere of isotope production

    Rosenergoatom (Electric Energy Division of ROSATOM) as part of bilateral interaction between ROSATOM and representatives of the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (Institute of Atomic Energy and Institute of Radiation Polymer Technologies) on the implementation of a project to modernize the RPP-350 gamma installation intended for radiation processing agricultural products and research work, demonstrated to representatives…

  • Russian Physicist Sentenced to 12 Years for Treason

    Russian Physicist Sentenced to 12 Years for Treason

    A Moscow court has sentenced a physicist who worked on hypersonic development to 12 years in a penal colony on treason charges, the independent Mediazona news website reported Friday.  Anatoly Gubanov, 66, is the former head of the Aerodynamics of Aircrafts and Rockets Department at the Moscow region’s Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI).  He was detained…

  • Russian Prosecutors Seek 3-Year Jail Term for Memorial Co-Chair

    Russian Prosecutors Seek 3-Year Jail Term for Memorial Co-Chair

    Russian prosecutors are seeking a three-year prison sentence for veteran human rights campaigner Oleg Orlov, who was fined by a Moscow court earlier this month, after he wrote an article saying Russia had become a “fascist” country under President Vladimir Putin, the Memorial rights group said Friday.  Orlov, who serves as Memorial’s co-chair, was fined…

  • A Curly Healthy Biting Hello

    A Curly Healthy Biting Hello

    Клёво: cool, great, fab, super When things are good, you exclaim: Хорошо! When things are good and you are too young to legally drink you exclaim: Клёво!  If you want, you can exclaim it when you’re old enough to drink or even get a pension — but the word does have a young vibe. So…

  • Former Ukrainian Lawmaker Shot, Wounded in Annexed Crimea

    Former Ukrainian Lawmaker Shot, Wounded in Annexed Crimea

    Updated with criminal investigation. Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has launched a criminal investigation into the attempted assassination of Oleg Tsaryov, a former Ukrainian lawmaker who was reportedly slated to lead a pro-Russian puppet government in Kyiv. Oleg Tsaryov was shot and badly wounded at his home in annexed Crimea, his associates said earlier on Friday. “[Tsaryov]…

  • Russia Raises Interest Rates to 15% on Inflation Fears

    Russia Raises Interest Rates to 15% on Inflation Fears

    Russia’s Central Bank raised interest rates from 13% to 15% on Friday as it warned of higher-than-expected inflation across the economy. “Current inflationary pressures have significantly increased to a level above the Bank of Russia’s expectations,” the Central Bank said in a statement. The bank said domestic demand was increasingly outpacing the provision of goods and…

  • Siberian Region Bans Halloween Festivities at Schools

    Siberian Region Bans Halloween Festivities at Schools

    Far East Russia’s republic of Sakha (Yakutia) has banned Halloween celebrations at schools across the region, local media reported Friday. Sakha’s Deputy Education Minister Alevtina Argunova circulated a letter to school principals demanding that they cancel all Halloween celebrations in classrooms, according to the news website SakhaDay. Instead, Argunova was said to have encouraged school…

  • FSB Says Killed ‘Ukrainian Agent,’ Arrests 2 Others in Occupied Zaporizhzhia

    FSB Says Killed ‘Ukrainian Agent,’ Arrests 2 Others in Occupied Zaporizhzhia

    Russian security forces killed what they claim was a Ukrainian GUR military intelligence agent and arrested two others in southern Ukraine’s partially occupied Zaporizhzhia region, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said Friday. The FSB described the shootout and arrests as a “special operation” that “thwarted the activities of three large secret intelligence groups.” “One of…

  • Russia Says Ukraine Drones Targeted Nuclear Plant

    Russia Says Ukraine Drones Targeted Nuclear Plant

    At least three Ukrainian drones attempted to attack a Russian nuclear plant located some 110 kilometers from the border with Ukraine, Russia’s state nuclear plant operator said Friday.  Rosenergoatom stressed that the incident at the Kursk Nuclear Power Plant did not cause any damage or affect the plant’s operations. “We confirm that on the evening…

  • Russia Executing Soldiers Refusing Orders in New Ukraine Assault – White House

    Russia Executing Soldiers Refusing Orders in New Ukraine Assault – White House

    Russia is executing soldiers who refuse to follow the orders of their commanders as it carries out a new offensive in eastern Ukraine, the White House said Thursday, noting that Russian forces were suffering “significant” losses of armor and personnel.   “We have information that the Russian military has been actually executing soldiers who are refusing to…

  • Putin Says First Segment of ISS Replacement to Orbit by 2027

    Putin Says First Segment of ISS Replacement to Orbit by 2027

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that the first segment of the new space station that Moscow plans to construct to replace the ISS should be in orbit by 2027, despite recent setbacks. Russia previously announced its intention to withdraw from the International Space Station (ISS), where its cosmonauts are permanently stationed and the country…

  • Sakhalin Region Aims to Chart Russia’s Climate Neutrality Course With Carbon Quotas

    Sakhalin Region Aims to Chart Russia’s Climate Neutrality Course With Carbon Quotas

    Russia’s Sakhalin region has become the first in the country to set carbon quotas, the latest step in its goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2025. In light of President Vladimir Putin’s 2021 announcement of Russia’s aim to reach climate neutrality by 2060, Sakhalin has emerged as a testing ground for mechanisms that could pave…

  • Russia Rejects Kyiv-Backed Peace Talks in Malta

    Russia Rejects Kyiv-Backed Peace Talks in Malta

    Russia on Thursday criticized Ukrainian-backed peace talks set to be held in Malta this weekend, warning any discussions without its participation would be counterproductive. The talks, which Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hopes will drum up support for his own peace plan, come after similar gatherings in Jeddah and Copenhagen earlier this year. “Obviously such gatherings…

  • Hamas Delegates Arrive in Moscow for Talks – Foreign Ministry

    Hamas Delegates Arrive in Moscow for Talks – Foreign Ministry

    Delegates from the Palestinian militant group Hamas have arrived in Moscow for talks, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced Thursday evening. “I can confirm that representatives of the [Hamas] Palestinian movement are visiting Moscow,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a weekly briefing. “We will inform you additionally about its contacts,” she added. Moscow had…

  • Russia Issues Arrest Warrant for Ukrainian Man Who Fought for Nazis

    Russia Issues Arrest Warrant for Ukrainian Man Who Fought for Nazis

    Russia has issued an arrest warrant for a Ukrainian World War II veteran in Canada who fought alongside the Nazis after Russian investigators pressed genocide charges against him. Yaroslav Hunka was celebrated in Canadia’s parliament as a veteran who had “fought for Ukrainian independence against the Russians” during a visit by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in…

  • Russian Lawmakers Back Massive Military Spending Increase

    Russian Lawmakers Back Massive Military Spending Increase

    Russian lawmakers backed a record increase in military spending to fund Moscow’s offensive on Ukraine, in a first reading of the bill Thursday. Defense spending will account for almost a third of all outlays in 2024 — up 68% to 10.8 trillion rubles ($115 billion). At more than 6% of the country’s GDP, military spending…

  • Russian Man Accused of Working for Ukraine Killed in Police Shootout

    Russian Man Accused of Working for Ukraine Killed in Police Shootout

    Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said Thursday it had killed a Russian man accused of planning to attack a military enlistment office on orders from Ukrainian intelligence services.  Video shared by the state-run TASS news agency showed the unidentified man talking on the phone while filming a thermal power station in the city of Tver, located some…

  • Former State TV Journalist Loses Custody of Children in Russian Court

    Former State TV Journalist Loses Custody of Children in Russian Court

    Former Russian state TV journalist Marina Ovsyannikova has lost custody of her two children after a court battle with her ex-husband, independent media reported Thursday. Moscow’s Shcherbinka District Court issued the ruling behind closed doors as it dealt with issues relating to minors, according to the independent Sota news outlet, which cited the court’s spokesperson in…

  • Israel Resumes Repatriation Services for Jews Living in Russia

    Israel Resumes Repatriation Services for Jews Living in Russia

    Israel has resumed accepting applications from Russians for its repatriation program days after suspending document processing over fears of protests outside the Israeli embassy in Moscow, Israel’s Ambassador in Russia Alexander Ben Zvi said Thursday. Ben Zvi told the state-run news agency TASS that his diplomatic mission stopped accepting repatriation applications on Tuesday to avoid…

  • Wandering Polar Bear in Northern Russia Sends Town Into ‘High Alert’

    Wandering Polar Bear in Northern Russia Sends Town Into ‘High Alert’

    A polar bear has been making regular intrusions into an arctic town in Siberia’s Krasnoyarsk region over the past month, prompting officials to declare a “high alert” as the animal poses a threat to local residents, Russian media reported. Although the bear has not yet attacked anyone, authorities in the port town of Dikson —…

  • Swedish Court Acquits Alleged Russian ‘Agent’

    Swedish Court Acquits Alleged Russian ‘Agent’

    A Stockholm court on Thursday acquitted a Russian-Swede accused of passing Western technology to Russia’s military, ruling that while he did export the material his actions did not amount to espionage. Prosecutors had sought a five-year sentence against Sergei Skvortsov, a 60-year-old dual national who has lived in Sweden since the 1990s running import-export companies.…

  • Putin Oversees Test Firing of Ballistic Missiles – Kremlin

    Putin Oversees Test Firing of Ballistic Missiles – Kremlin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday oversaw ballistic missile drills remotely, the Kremlin said, hours after Russia moved to revoke its ratification of a landmark nuclear test ban treaty. “Under the leadership of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Armed Forces, Vladimir Putin, a training exercise was conducted with the forces and equipment of ground,…

  • Russia Says Recruited 385K Soldiers This Year

    Russia Says Recruited 385K Soldiers This Year

    Russia’s Armed Forces have recruited 385,000 people so far this year, officials said Wednesday, as Moscow needs masses of soldiers for its Ukraine offensive. Russia does not say how many troops it has lost during the 20-month offensive, but independent estimates put the numbers well into the tens of thousands. Moscow has launched an aggressive…

  • ​​Russia Issues Arrest Warrant for Anti-War Street Artist Philippenzo

    ​​Russia Issues Arrest Warrant for Anti-War Street Artist Philippenzo

    Russian authorities have placed a street artist famous for his anti-war graffiti on a federal wanted list in relation to an unspecified crime. Filipp Kozlov, who goes by the artist name Philippenzo, is listed in the Russian Interior Ministry’s database of suspected criminals. The registry does not disclose the charges that the 39-year-old Kozlov faces.…

  • Catholic Church in Russia Condemns Memorial Removal

    Catholic Church in Russia Condemns Memorial Removal

    The Russian branch of the Catholic Church on Wednesday called for the restoration of a dismantled memorial to an archbishop who was a victim of Stalin-era repression. Authorities in central Russia’s Vladimir region recently took down a prison wall that featured a commemoration of Lithuanian archbishop Mecislovas Reinys and other foreigners who were imprisoned as…

  • 15% of Russians Who Fled War, Mobilization Have Returned – Survey

    15% of Russians Who Fled War, Mobilization Have Returned – Survey

    Over 15% of Russians who left the country following the invasion of Ukraine and the Kremlin’s “partial” military mobilization have since returned, either temporarily or permanently, the Financial Times reported Wednesday, citing new research.  Researchers Emil Kamalov and Ivetta Sergeeva from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy conducted a long-term survey of 5,000 Russian…

  • Russia Refuses to Designate Hamas a Terrorist Group – Mozhem Obyasnit

    Russia Refuses to Designate Hamas a Terrorist Group – Mozhem Obyasnit

    Russian authorities have declined to designate the Hamas militant group as a terrorist organization since none of its members have been convicted of any crimes in the country, the independent news outlet Mozhem Obyasnit reported Wednesday. The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office explained in a letter sent to a politician from St. Petersburg that labeling Hamas…

  • Russia Says Trade With China Set to Surpass $200Bln Target in 2023

    Russia Says Trade With China Set to Surpass $200Bln Target in 2023

    Russia’s trade turnover with China is on track to reach $220 billion this year, surpassing government projections by some $20 billion, the acting head of Russia’s customs agency said Wednesday. Presidents Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping pledged to boost bilateral trade to $200 billion in 2023 as the sides grow closer over their mutual scorn…

  • Freed Ukrainian Captives Stranded at Russia-Georgia Border – Reports

    Freed Ukrainian Captives Stranded at Russia-Georgia Border – Reports

    Seven Ukrainian men released from Russian captivity have been stranded at the Russia-Georgia border for two weeks after Georgia denied them entry, a Georgian volunteer organization told the independent Meduza news website Wednesday.  The group tried to enter Georgia via the Verkhny Lars border crossing in the Caucasus mountains on Oct. 11. Georgian authorities said…

  • Tatarstan Head Awards Kadyrov’s Son After Row Over Detainee Beating

    Tatarstan Head Awards Kadyrov’s Son After Row Over Detainee Beating

    The head of Russia’s republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov awarded the teenage son of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov with his region’s second-highest ranking, Kadyrov’s ally Adam Delimkhanov said Tuesday.  Minnikhanov presented the Duslyk (“friendship” in Tatar) Order to 15-year-old Adam Kadyrov during an official visit to Chechnya’s capital Grozny, as seen in a video posted…

  • Kremlin to Raffle Apartments, Trips to Boost Putin’s Popularity Ahead of 2024 Election – Meduza

    Kremlin to Raffle Apartments, Trips to Boost Putin’s Popularity Ahead of 2024 Election – Meduza

    The Kremlin plans to boost President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating ahead of next year’s elections by launching a nationwide lottery among Russian families, the independent news website Meduza reported Wednesday, citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter.  A source close to the Kremlin, two high-ranking regional officials and a senior United Russia ruling party member…

  • Russia Says U.S. Must End ‘Hostility’ for Nuclear Talks

    Russia Says U.S. Must End ‘Hostility’ for Nuclear Talks

    Russia said Wednesday it would study U.S. proposals to resume dialogue on nuclear arms control, but that it would not accept them unless Washington dropped its “hostile” stance towards Moscow. The U.S. and Russia used to regularly inspect each other’s nuclear facilities and limit warheads under the New START treaty, but Moscow suspended the treaty…

  • Volga River Drops to 37-Year Low in Southern Russia

    Volga River Drops to 37-Year Low in Southern Russia

    Volga River water levels have plummeted to a 37-year low in Russia’s southern Saratov region, media reported Tuesday, citing data from the regional hydrometeorological agency. The water level around the city of Saratov, which lies on the eastern bank of the 3,500-kilometer-long Volga River, fell to 13.69 meters on Oct. 20, just slightly above the…

  • Russian Defense Minister Orders Winter Readiness in Visit to Frontline

    Russian Defense Minister Orders Winter Readiness in Visit to Frontline

    Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu ordered senior officers to prepare soldiers for the winter during a visit to a command post in eastern Ukraine, the military said Wednesday. In a video posted online, Shoigu was shown visiting the Vostok command post, where he was said to have been briefed about the situation on the front line. …

  • Putin Raises Concerns of ‘Catastrophic Deterioration’ in Gaza With Erdogan

    Putin Raises Concerns of ‘Catastrophic Deterioration’ in Gaza With Erdogan

    Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed fears of a sharp deterioration of the situation in besieged Gaza during a call with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Kremlin said Tuesday. The leaders expressed “deep concern over the growing number of civilian casualties and the catastrophic deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip,” the…

  • Russia Upholds 7-Year Sentence for Opposition Activist

    Russia Upholds 7-Year Sentence for Opposition Activist

    A Russian court on Tuesday rejected an appeal by an opposition activist who was sentenced to seven years in prison over social media posts that prosecutors said “justified terrorism.” Russia has banned criticism of its military campaign and has orchestrated a huge crackdown on dissent as troops fight in Ukraine. The activist, 63-year-old Mikhail Krieger,…

  • U.S. Offered Russia ‘Serious Proposal’ to Release Jailed American Paul Whelan – CNN

    U.S. Offered Russia ‘Serious Proposal’ to Release Jailed American Paul Whelan – CNN

    The United States has made a “serious proposal” to Moscow for the release of ex-Marine Paul Whelan as his imprisonment in a Russian nears five years, CNN reported Tuesday. Whelan was accused of spying after agents from Russia‘s Federal Security Service (FSB) detained him in a Moscow hotel room on Dec. 28, 2018.  He was sentenced to…

  • Ukrainian Deliveryman Accused of Mass Poisoning Attempt – Kommersant

    Ukrainian Deliveryman Accused of Mass Poisoning Attempt – Kommersant

    A Ukrainian-born deliveryman has been accused of attempting to poison the graduates of a Russian military aviation academy during their reunion, Russia’s Kommersant business daily reported Tuesday, citing anonymous law enforcement sources. Around 77 alumni of the Armavir Higher Military Aviation School for Pilots in southern Russia’s Krasnodar region were attending a 20-year reunion party…

  • Russian Propaganda Seizes on West’s ‘Double Standards’ as Israeli Strikes Pound Gaza

    Russian Propaganda Seizes on West’s ‘Double Standards’ as Israeli Strikes Pound Gaza

    Footage of apartment buildings in the Gaza Strip crumbling under Israeli airstrikes and suffering Palestinian civilians has filled Russian political talk shows and newscasts for weeks.  “They are razing Gaza to the ground,” state television anchor and propagandist Vladimir Solovyov said during a recent show. “We [the Russian army] don’t fight like that, not even close.”…

  • Kremlin Says No Success in Freeing Russian Hostages From Hamas

    Kremlin Says No Success in Freeing Russian Hostages From Hamas

    The Kremlin said Tuesday that it has so far been unsuccessful in freeing Russian hostages held by Hamas and still does not know how many of its citizens had been captured since the militant group’s attack on Israel earlier this month.  “Indeed, we have not succeeded so far, but we will continue,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry…

  • Navalny Back in Solitary Confinement After Writing Materials Taken Away

    Navalny Back in Solitary Confinement After Writing Materials Taken Away

    Jailed Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny was returned to solitary confinement on Tuesday, a day after his allies said he was deprived of writing materials, his only means of communication with the outside world. “They put Alexei in an isolation cell for the 21st time,” Navalny’s exiled spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said on social media, noting…

  • Telegram Messaging App Restricts Access to Hamas Channels

    Telegram Messaging App Restricts Access to Hamas Channels

    The popular messaging app Telegram, founded by Russian-born tech entrepreneur Pavel Durov, has partially restricted access to the accounts of Hamas militants and their affiliates, Russian media reported Tuesday. Android users have been notified that they are no longer able to access the channels of Hamas and its military wing, the al-Qassam Brigades, in line…

  • Russia’s Newest National Park Met With Skepticism from Experts

    Russia’s Newest National Park Met With Skepticism from Experts

    Russia has established a new national park in the northern republic of Karelia, a designation that gives its lands federally protected status. The move has drawn skepticism from conservationists, who suspect that officials may be creating new protected areas for the sake of appearances without due consideration of their environmental value. Vottovaara National Park spans…

  • Chechen Court Postpones Quran-Burning Trial

    Chechen Court Postpones Quran-Burning Trial

    A court in Russia’s majority-Muslim republic of Chechnya has postponed the hearing against a teenager accused of burning the Quran and who was beaten while in custody by the son of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, media outlets reported Tuesday. Nikita Zhuravel, 19, was detained in May on suspicion of publicly burning a Quran in the…

  • Russia Says Detected Sea Drones in Crimea

    Russia Says Detected Sea Drones in Crimea

    Russia’s military said Tuesday it had detected three Ukrainian seaborne drones off the coast of annexed Crimea. “Around 4:00 a.m. Moscow time, technical surveillance systems detected three unmanned Ukrainian Navy boats in the northern Black Sea,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement. Russia’s Defense Ministry said the seaborne drones were fired on but it…

  • Ex-NSA Employee Pleads Guilty to Trying to Spy for Russia

    Ex-NSA Employee Pleads Guilty to Trying to Spy for Russia

    A cyber specialist who briefly worked at the top-secret U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) pleaded guilty on Monday to attempting to spy for Russia, the U.S. Justice Department said. Jareh Sebastian Dalke, 31, spent less than four weeks working at the NSA, the United States government’s intelligence gathering agency, before he suddenly quit at the…

  • Fleeing Russian Persecution, Yakutian Anti-War Punk Now Awaits Deportation in Kazakh Jail

    Fleeing Russian Persecution, Yakutian Anti-War Punk Now Awaits Deportation in Kazakh Jail

    Kazakh authorities this month arrested anti-war activist and musician Ayhal Ammosov, a Russian national hailing from the Far East republic of Sakha (Yakutia).  Though Ammosov’s name might be known to few abroad and elsewhere in Russia, he is something of a local celebrity in his native Sakha, first rising to prominence as an eccentric punk…

  • Putin Urges ‘Unhindered Access’ for Humanitarian Aid Into Gaza

    Putin Urges ‘Unhindered Access’ for Humanitarian Aid Into Gaza

    Russian President Vladimir Putin called Monday for “unhindered access” for humanitarian aid to enter Gaza, in a telephone call with his Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the Kremlin said. According to a readout of the call from the Kremlin, the two leaders “expressed serious concern about the growing number of civilian casualties and…

  • Russia Handing Out More Jail Sentences Under War Censorship Laws in 2023 – Kommersant

    Russia Handing Out More Jail Sentences Under War Censorship Laws in 2023 – Kommersant

    Russian courts have imprisoned more people under wartime censorship laws so far in 2023 than in all of 2022, the Kommersant business daily reported Monday, citing Supreme Court data. Russia outlawed “discrediting” and spreading “deliberately false” information about the Russian military shortly after it invaded Ukraine 21 months ago.  According to Kommersant, eight out of 21…

  • Ukraine’s Shakhtar FC Cuts Ties With U19 Player Who Fled to Russia

    Ukraine’s Shakhtar FC Cuts Ties With U19 Player Who Fled to Russia

    Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk FC has terminated the contract of its player who fled to Russia following a UEFA Youth League match in Belgium this month, the team announced Monday. Instead of returning to Ukraine following his team’s Oct. 4 victory against Antwerp (2-1), U19 midfielder Oleksandr Rosputko, 19, reportedly changed his clothes in an airport…