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  • Russia Says Will ‘Respond’ After Iceland Embassy Closure

    Russia Says Will ‘Respond’ After Iceland Embassy Closure

    Russia on Saturday said it would “respond” after Iceland became the first country to suspend its embassy operations in Moscow. “All of Reykjavik’s anti-Russian actions will inevitably prompt a response,” the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement, accusing Iceland of “ruining” relations between the two countries. “We will take this unfriendly decision into account…

  • Swedish Hygiene Product Manufacturer Leaves Russia

    Swedish Hygiene Product Manufacturer Leaves Russia

    Swedish hygiene and health company Essity announced Saturday it had secured a deal to sell off its business in Russia.  As noted in the company’s press release, the Russian authorities have already approved the deal, which is expected to be finalized during the second quarter of 2023. Essity did not say who bought its Russian…

  • Feed the Lion: Leo Tolstoy’s Favorite Almond Cake

    Feed the Lion: Leo Tolstoy’s Favorite Almond Cake

    Leo Tolstoy liked to take long walks. He would sometimes leave the estate and walk wherever his fancy led him. One day he wandered from Yasnaya Polyana to the railway station, where a train was standing under billows of steam, ready to leave. Suddenly, a pleasant-looking lady stuck her head out of the window and…

  • Striking Urals Miners Demand Video Call with Putin

    Striking Urals Miners Demand Video Call with Putin

    Miners in Russia’s Ural Mountains region have demanded to speak to Russian President Vladimir Putin as their strike against their mine’s closure and mass layoffs entered a second day, the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta Europa reported Friday. The strike at the Mariinsky emerald mine, located on Europe’s largest emerald deposit, started Thursday, when 80 to…

  • Russia Says Military Ties With China Provide Global ‘Stability’

    Russia Says Military Ties With China Provide Global ‘Stability’

    Russian Armed Forces Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov said Friday his country’s strong military partnership with China provides stability around the world. Gerasimov, who is commander of Russia’s military operations in Ukraine, made the remark during a videoconference with his Chinese counterpart, Liu Zhenli. “The coordination of Russian and Chinese efforts on the…

  • Putin Says Ukrainian Counteroffensive Failed to Reach Goals

    Putin Says Ukrainian Counteroffensive Failed to Reach Goals

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that a long-expected counteroffensive from Ukraine had begun but Kyiv had so far “failed” to reach its goals.  “We can definitely state that this Ukrainian offensive has begun,” Putin said in a video interview published on Telegram by a Russian journalist.  “But the Ukrainian troops did not reach their…

  • Ukrainian POWs Transferred to Hungary – Russian Orthodox Church

    Ukrainian POWs Transferred to Hungary – Russian Orthodox Church

    A group of Ukrainian “prisoners of war” has been handed over to Hungary, according to the Russian Orthodox Church, with Kyiv saying Friday they had not been informed of the move. The transfer took place on Thursday “with the blessing” of Russian Orthodox leader Patriarch Kirill “within the framework of cooperation between churches and at…

  • A Gathering of Witches, Dues, Herbs and Classmates

    A Gathering of Witches, Dues, Herbs and Classmates

    Сборище: a crowd, a gang Are there many words in Russian that have one meaning in the singular and another in the plural? In most cases the plural just means a lot of the singular. And that’s sometimes true with сбор/сборы. Sometimes сборы are a lot of сбор, as it were. But there are a…

  • Russia to Build State Media Ecosystem in Occupied Ukraine

    Russia to Build State Media Ecosystem in Occupied Ukraine

    Russian-installed authorities in occupied Ukraine are developing a centralized “information space” for pro-Russian mass media and outreach, the Vedomosti business daily reported Friday. Russia claims to have annexed four regions of Ukraine — Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson — in September 2022 following widely disputed referendums, despite failing to fully control any of them. Moscow-installed…

  • Russian Central Bank Holds Rate at 7.5%, Hints Future Increases

    Russian Central Bank Holds Rate at 7.5%, Hints Future Increases

    Russia’s Central Bank on Friday extended its interest rate pause, the longest in more than seven years, as inflation pressures sparked by Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine continued to loom over the economy.  The Central Bank maintained its key interest rate at 7.5%, a move widely expected by analysts. But the Bank also hinted at future…

  • Iceland to Suspend Embassy Operations in Russia in August

    Iceland to Suspend Embassy Operations in Russia in August

    Iceland said Friday it would suspend work at its embassy in Russia as of Aug. 1, the first country to do so, and asked Russia to limit its operations in Reykjavik. “The current situation simply does not make it viable for the small foreign service of Iceland to operate an embassy in Russia,” Foreign Minister…

  • SBU: Russian Sabotage Group Behind Kakhovka Dam Explosion

    SBU: Russian Sabotage Group Behind Kakhovka Dam Explosion

    Ukraine’s SBU security service on Friday published an intercepted phone call in which an alleged Russian soldier claims that Tuesday’s explosion at the Kakhovka dam was organized by a Russian sabotage group. “They [the Ukrainian military] didn’t blow it up. That was our sabotage group. They wanted to scare [Ukrainians] with this dam,” said the…

  • Dutch Top Court Says Crimean Gold Must Go to Kyiv

    Dutch Top Court Says Crimean Gold Must Go to Kyiv

    The Netherlands’ highest court ruled Friday that a priceless collection of Crimean gold must be handed over to Ukraine, the latest move in a legal tug-of-war spanning almost a decade. The treasures, dubbed the “Scythian Gold,” were loaned to the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam just before Moscow annexed Crimea in 2014. Both Ukraine and…

  • Norwegian Seismologists Detect Explosion Signals From Ukraine Dam

    Norwegian Seismologists Detect Explosion Signals From Ukraine Dam

    Seismologists from the Norwegian Seismic Array monitoring group (NORSAR) have detected signals of an explosion in the area of Ukraine’s Kakhovka dam, which collapsed Tuesday and caused catastrophic flooding in the south of the country.  Data from NORSAR’s regional seismic stations showed signals of an explosion on June 6 at 02:54 a.m. local time (1:54 a.m.…

  • Chechens Pressured By Authorities to Fight in Ukraine – Rights Group

    Chechens Pressured By Authorities to Fight in Ukraine – Rights Group

    Authorities in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Chechnya have pressured Chechens to fight in Ukraine using money and force since the start of the war, according to a report published Thursday by the SK SOS human rights organization. “The invasion of Ukraine was another opportunity for [Chechen leader] Ramzan Kadyrov to curry favor with Vladimir…

  • Russian Gasoline Exports Up in 2023 Despite Sanctions

    Russian Gasoline Exports Up in 2023 Despite Sanctions

    Russian oil companies have exported 37% more gasoline so far this year despite Western sanctions over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, the Kommersant business daily reported Friday. January-May 2023 gasoline exports from Russia neared 2.5 million tons, the publication said, citing an unidentified source familiar with the data. Russia exported about 2 million tons of gasoline…

  • Western Companies Net $13Bln in Profits After Remaining in Russia

    Western Companies Net $13Bln in Profits After Remaining in Russia

    One hundred of the biggest Western companies still operating in Russia posted net profits totaling 1.1 trillion rubles ($13.3 billion) in 2022, the exiled independent Russian news website Novaya Gazeta Europe reported Thursday. The results, based on the financial statements of Russian-registered legal entities that are fully or partially foreign-owned, mark a 54% increase from…

  • Deadly Shelling in Flood-Hit Region as Ukrainian, Russian Forces Clash

    Deadly Shelling in Flood-Hit Region as Ukrainian, Russian Forces Clash

    Ukraine and Russia accused each other of shelling rescuers and evacuees in the flood-hit Kherson region on Thursday as Moscow said its forces fought off a Ukrainian offensive in another part of the front line. Emergency services were still racing to rescue people stranded by the flood-swollen waters of the Dnipro River, which have forced…

  • Russian F1 Driver Loses Latest Fight Against Sanctions

    Russian F1 Driver Loses Latest Fight Against Sanctions

    Russian Formula One driver Nikita Mazepin has lost the latest round of his High Court battle after being subjected to sanctions following the invasion of Ukraine. Mazepin used to race for Haas, but the F1 team “terminated its relationship” with him soon after Russia started the war in Ukraine last year. The 24-year-old has not…

  • Russia’s Memorial Rights Group Co-Chair on Trial Over Ukraine Criticism

    Russia’s Memorial Rights Group Co-Chair on Trial Over Ukraine Criticism

    Oleg Orlov, co-chair of the human rights group Memorial, went on trial in Moscow on Thursday over criticism of Russia’s Ukraine campaign, which could see him jailed for up to five years. AFP journalists at Moscow’s Golovinsky district court reported the beginning of the trial, the latest in a series against Russian civil society organizations.…

  • Leaving Russia: Four Artists Forced into Exile

    Leaving Russia: Four Artists Forced into Exile

    In just six months Katya, a young Russian artist and anti-war activist, went from being unable to imagine leaving Russia to being forced into emigration. “There isn’t anyone abroad to welcome me,” the artist and activist told The Moscow Times in August 2022.  “And I don’t want to fight [from another place]… when I’m here in…

  • Journalists Call on Big Tech to Prevent Russia’s Online Information Shutdown

    Journalists Call on Big Tech to Prevent Russia’s Online Information Shutdown

    Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and a group of Russian independent media organizations have called on big tech companies to establish a working group to prevent Russia’s online information shutdown. Since the start of the war in Ukraine, Russia has blocked or forced the closure of nearly all independent media outlets and blocked major platforms —…

  • Russia’s Massive Army Recruitment Drive Appears to Deliver Few Soldiers

    Russia’s Massive Army Recruitment Drive Appears to Deliver Few Soldiers

    MOSCOW – For Russians, avoiding the sight of army recruitment advertisements plastered on billboards and shop windows, distributed on street corners and flashed across television screens has become next to impossible in recent months. Appealing to a sense of patriotism, concern about Russia’s future and traditional ideas of masculinity, the unprecedented recruitment campaign has also…

  • Ukraine Says Launched Promised Counteroffensive Against Russia – WaPo

    Ukraine Says Launched Promised Counteroffensive Against Russia – WaPo

    Ukraine’s forces have launched their long-awaited counteroffensive to reclaim territory occupied by Russia, The Washington Post reported Thursday, citing four Ukrainian soldiers and officers.  The Ukrainian military opened a “crucial phase” in the war with intensified attacks on the frontline in southeast Ukraine on Wednesday, the members were cited as saying.  Kyiv’s counterattack aims both…

  • Russia Tells UN Court Ukraine Shelled Dam

    Russia Tells UN Court Ukraine Shelled Dam

    Russia accused Ukraine at the UN’s top court Thursday of destroying a key dam with artillery strikes, and alleged that Kyiv was led by neo-Nazis — a claim Moscow has used to try to justify its invasion. Moscow’s comments to judges at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) came as it denied wider allegations by…

  • Russian Officer Accuses Wagner of Torture, Disinformation

    Russian Officer Accuses Wagner of Torture, Disinformation

    A Russian officer has accused the Wagner mercenary group of conducting a “cynical” campaign to discredit the conventional Russian army during efforts to capture eastern Ukraine’s Bakhmut. Lieutenant Colonel Roman Vinivitin first appeared in a Wagner video this week confessing to firing at a Wagner vehicle on orders to disarm its rapid response unit. Wagner leader…

  • Ex-Siberian Governor Appointed Senator After Son’s Escape from Italian House Arrest

    Ex-Siberian Governor Appointed Senator After Son’s Escape from Italian House Arrest

    The father of a Russian businessman wanted by the United States for smuggling U.S. military technology has been appointed as senator of a Siberian region that he governed for almost six years, state-run media reported Thursday. Alexander Uss, 68, stepped down as governor of the Krasnoyarsk region in April, one month after his son Artyom fled house…

  • West Rejects Russia’s Extradition Requests Over ‘Politics’ – Reports

    West Rejects Russia’s Extradition Requests Over ‘Politics’ – Reports

    Western law enforcement agencies have rejected Russian extradition and legal assistance requests for “political” reasons this year, the Kommersant business daily reported Thursday, as bilateral legal cooperation continues to deteriorate more than a year into Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. European countries rejected 46 Russian extradition requests in January-May 2023, the publication cited Russia’s General Prosecutor’s Office…

  • Putin Postpones Call-In Over Ukraine Counteroffensive – Kommersant

    Putin Postpones Call-In Over Ukraine Counteroffensive – Kommersant

    President Vladimir Putin’s traditional televised call-in show has been delayed because of worries about the military situation in Ukraine where Kyiv’s forces are expected to mount a major counteroffensive, Russia’s Kommersant business daily reported Thursday. This is the second consecutive year that the setpiece event, where ordinary citizens ask the Russian leader to solve their daily…

  • Ukraine Dam’s Destruction Increases Mines Threat: Red Cross

    Ukraine Dam’s Destruction Increases Mines Threat: Red Cross

    The destruction of the Kakhovka dam in Ukraine will have a catastrophic effect on locating landmines in the affected region, the Red Cross warned Wednesday. “We knew where the hazards were,” said Erik Tollefsen, head of the Weapon Contamination Unit at the International Committee of the Red Cross. “Now we don’t know. “All we know…

  • Belarus Pardons Russian Woman Pulled Off EU Flight

    Belarus Pardons Russian Woman Pulled Off EU Flight

    Belarus has pardoned Sofia Sapega, the Russian ex-girlfriend of Belarusian dissident journalist Roman Protasevich, the state-run Belta news agency reported Wednesday. Sapega and her then-boyfriend Protasevich were detained in May 2021 when their Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius was forcibly diverted in Minsk, with Belarusian authorities citing a bomb threat.  The 25-year-old law student…

  • Foreigners Stranded in Russia’s Remote Far East as U.S.-Bound Flight Makes Emergency Landing

    Foreigners Stranded in Russia’s Remote Far East as U.S.-Bound Flight Makes Emergency Landing

    An Air India flight from New Delhi to San Francisco on Tuesday was forced to make an emergency landing in the Far East Russian city of Magadan due to an engine malfunction. After disembarking, the flight’s passengers — most of whom are likely citizens of India and the U.S. — found themselves stranded in a…

  • Former Members of Youth Activist Group Arrested Across Russia

    Former Members of Youth Activist Group Arrested Across Russia

    Russian law enforcement officials arrested six former and current members of the democratic youth organization Vesna on charges of “extremism,” state-run media outlets reported Wednesday. The individuals — who were detained in various cities across Russia — are accused of “forming an extremist organization.” “All of those arrested were taken to Moscow. Before that, their…

  • Putin Orders Free Land Handouts for Ukraine War Veterans

    Putin Orders Free Land Handouts for Ukraine War Veterans

    Regional authorities in Russia have been tasked with distributing free plots of land to veterans of Moscow’s war against Ukraine, according to a decree signed by President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. Those eligible to receive land include combat veterans, as well as military personnel, volunteer fighters, and employees of the Russian National Guard who have…

  • Russia Blames Ukraine for Key Ammonia Pipeline Detonation

    Russia Blames Ukraine for Key Ammonia Pipeline Detonation

    Moscow said Wednesday that a Ukrainian “sabotage” group had blown up the Tolyatti-Odesa pipeline that Russia used to export ammonia before the start of its 15-month offensive. “A Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group blew up the Tolyatti-Odesa ammonia pipeline” near the village of Masyutovka in the northeastern Kharkiv region on Monday evening, the Russian Defense…

  • Author Paul Hansbury Puts Belarus Back on the Map

    Author Paul Hansbury Puts Belarus Back on the Map

    “A Blank Space on the Map” is the first chapter of “Belarus in Crisis” – a fitting title for a country that faded from world news after its revolution stalled. Hansbury’s book on this “blank space” is a concise and yet wide-ranging study that corrects this cartographic crime. While the focus of the book is…

  • Blackouts in Russian Border Region After Drone Strikes – Governor

    Blackouts in Russian Border Region After Drone Strikes – Governor

    Overnight drone strikes on a power station across the state border have caused blackouts in two Russian villages, the regional governor said Wednesday amid an intensifying spate of cross-border attacks. Roman Starovoit, the governor of Russia’s Kursk region, said Ukrainian forces dropped two explosives on a substation in the village of Popovo-Lezhachi 4 kilometers east of…

  • Norway Rescues Russian By Helicopter Near North Pole

    Norway Rescues Russian By Helicopter Near North Pole

    Norway rescued a Russian in need of emergency medical assistance on board a scientific vessel stuck in ice near the North Pole in a spectacular helicopter operation, its rescue services said Wednesday. The evacuation took place on Tuesday evening from the Russian ship Severny Polyus (North Pole), located at the 86th parallel north, above Norway’s…

  • Russia Detains Suspected Ukraine Spy in Far East

    Russia Detains Suspected Ukraine Spy in Far East

    Russia’s domestic intelligence agency has arrested a resident of the country’s Far East on suspicion of spying for Ukraine, the state-run TASS news agency reported Wednesday. “Acting on the instructions of the Ukrainian military intelligence, the Primorye region resident collected and transmitted information about the region’s law enforcement agencies and military infrastructure,” the Federal Security Service…

  • Plaques Commemorating Gulag Victims Disappear Around Moscow

    Plaques Commemorating Gulag Victims Disappear Around Moscow

    Plaques honoring the victims of the Soviet gulag forced labor camps have started to disappear from buildings across Moscow, the Kommersant business daily reported Wednesday. The palm-sized plaques first started appearing on building facades as part of a non-government-affiliated memorial project called Last Address in 2015. They feature the gulag victims’ names, occupations and birth and…

  • China Trade With Russia Hits Highest Level Since Start of Ukraine War

    China Trade With Russia Hits Highest Level Since Start of Ukraine War

    China’s total trade with Russia in May soared to levels not seen since the beginning of Moscow’s war in Ukraine, official data showed Wednesday, as Beijing steps up support for its sanctions-hit ally. Trade between the two countries last month was worth $20.5 billion, data from Beijing showed, with Chinese imports from Russia worth $11.3…

  • Ukraine Nuke Plant Safe for Now After Dam Break – IAEA

    Ukraine Nuke Plant Safe for Now After Dam Break – IAEA

    Ukraine’s dam break is posing “no short-term risk” to Europe’s biggest atomic plant, despite falling water levels in a reservoir used to cool its reactors, according to the UN nuclear watchdog agency. Ukraine’s Kakhovka hydroelectric dam was breached on Tuesday following an attack that Moscow and Kyiv have blamed on each other. The Kakhovka dam…

  • Ukraine Dam Destruction a ‘Consequence’ of Russian Invasion: UN Chief

    Ukraine Dam Destruction a ‘Consequence’ of Russian Invasion: UN Chief

    United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday that the partial destruction of the Kakhovka dam in Ukraine was “another devastating consequence” of Russia’s invasion of its neighbor. An attack on the major Russian-held dam in southern Ukraine unleashed a torrent of water that flooded a small city, inundated two dozen villages and sparked the evacuation…

  • Ukraine Nuke Plant Safety at Stake After Dam Damage

    Ukraine Nuke Plant Safety at Stake After Dam Damage

    While there is “no immediate nuclear safety risk,” the UN nuclear watchdog is exploring options to get water to keep cooling Europe’s biggest atomic plant after a dam in southern Ukraine was damaged on Tuesday. Moscow and Kyiv have blamed each other for the damage at the Kakhovka hydroelectric dam, which has led to thousands…

  • Finland to Expel 9 Russian Embassy Staff for ‘Intelligence’ Activities

    Finland to Expel 9 Russian Embassy Staff for ‘Intelligence’ Activities

    NATO’s newest member Finland on Tuesday said it would expel nine diplomats working at the Russian embassy in Helsinki for acting in an “intelligence capacity.” “Finland will expel nine people working in the Russian embassy who have been acting in an intelligence capacity,” the government said in a statement. It added that the “activities are…

  • Russian Defense Ministry Says ‘Thwarted’ Ukrainian Counteroffensive

    Russian Defense Ministry Says ‘Thwarted’ Ukrainian Counteroffensive

    Russia claimed Tuesday that it had repelled Kyiv’s long-anticipated counteroffensive in eastern Ukraine after three days of fighting, Russian state-run media reported. “For three days, the Ukrainian regime has launched a long-promised offensive at different points along the frontlines,” Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said. “The offensive attempts were thwarted, the enemy was stopped, Russian…

  • World Bank Lifts Russia Growth Forecast on Resilient Energy Exports

    World Bank Lifts Russia Growth Forecast on Resilient Energy Exports

    The World Bank has significantly improved its outlook for the Russian economy this year due to stronger-than-expected revenues from energy exports to countries including India and China. The Russian economy is now forecast to contract only slightly in 2023, the bank said in a semi-annual report on the global economy published Tuesday, marking a sharp…

  • Explainer: What the Kakhovka Dam Catastrophe Means For the Ukraine-Russia War

    Explainer: What the Kakhovka Dam Catastrophe Means For the Ukraine-Russia War

    A Russian-controlled dam near the frontline that supplies southern Ukraine and annexed Crimea with drinking water was significantly damaged early Tuesday, flooding the area and potentially threatening the nearby nuclear power plant. The damage to the Kakhovka dam unleashed a torrent of water that flooded a small city and two dozen villages, sparking the evacuation of…

  • Russia Sentences Crimean Performance Artist to 15 Years in Prison

    Russia Sentences Crimean Performance Artist to 15 Years in Prison

    A court in southern Russia on Tuesday sentenced a Crimean performance artist to 15 years in a penal colony, the Ukrainian Telegram channel Grati reported.  Bohdan Ziza was arrested in May 2022 after he splashed paint in the colors of the Ukrainian flag on the door of the Yevpatoria city administration building in Russian-annexed Crimea. He…

  • China, Russia Conduct Air Patrol Over Sea of Japan, East China Sea

    China, Russia Conduct Air Patrol Over Sea of Japan, East China Sea

    China and Russia conducted joint air force patrols over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea on Tuesday, as South Korea said it had deployed fighter jets in response to warplanes near its airspace. Beijing and Moscow “staged the sixth joint aerial patrol in accordance with an annual military cooperation plan between China…

  • Belarus Sentences Activist Extradited From Russia to 12 Years in Prison

    Belarus Sentences Activist Extradited From Russia to 12 Years in Prison

    A Belarusian activist who was extradited from Russia has been sentenced to 12 years in prison on multiple charges linked to protests against the re-election of Belarus’ strongman leader, a group of her supporters reported Tuesday. Yana Pinchuk, who lived in Russia since 2018, was detained on Minsk’s request in the Russian city of St. Petersburg…

  • European Court Condemns Russia Over Navalny 2020 Poisoning

    European Court Condemns Russia Over Navalny 2020 Poisoning

    The European Court of Human Rights Tuesday condemned Russia for failing to properly investigate the 2020 poisoning of opposition figure Alexei Navalny which the West says was an assassination bid. The Strasbourg-based ECHR said Russia had notably failed “to explore the allegations of a possible political motive for the attempted murder, as well as possible…

  • Russia Claims Arrests in Ukrainian ‘Dirty Bomb’ Plot

    Russia Claims Arrests in Ukrainian ‘Dirty Bomb’ Plot

    Russia’s domestic intelligence agency has made arrests in connection with alleged Ukrainian plans to drop “dirty bombs” on Russian energy facilities, state media reported Tuesday. Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said two “pilots” of unknown nationality have been detained and “confessed to the committed and planned terrorist acts,” according to the state-run TASS news agency.…

  • Flooding in Ukraine’s Kherson Region After Critical Dam Destroyed

    Flooding in Ukraine’s Kherson Region After Critical Dam Destroyed

    A Russian-controlled dam near the frontline that supplies southern Ukraine and annexed Crimea with drinking water was significantly damaged early Tuesday, prompting evacuations of 17,000 people and threatening the nearby nuclear power plant. Drone footage originally published by pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian bloggers showed the broken Kakhovka dam with water flowing freely downstream. The 30-meter-tall, 3.2-kilometer-long Kakhovka…

  • Zelensky Hails Advances as Russia Says Offensive Repelled

    Zelensky Hails Advances as Russia Says Offensive Repelled

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday praised his troops for advances claimed near the devastated city of Bakhmut, while Russia said it had repelled a large-scale attack. The contrasting claims came as Pope Francis’s peace envoy, Italian Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, arrived in Kyiv for two days of talks. “Well done, warriors! We see how hysterically…

  • In Photos: Renowned Orthodox Icon Displayed at Moscow Cathedral

    In Photos: Renowned Orthodox Icon Displayed at Moscow Cathedral

    Russia’s most famous icon and one of the most important works in Russian art history, Andrei Rublev’s “Trinity,” has been put on display at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral despite significant controversy. Art historians and experts have warned that the 600-year-old “Trinity” is in such a fragile state that moving it from Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery…

  • World’s Largest Tatar Language Platform to Shut Down After Western Developer Exits Russia

    World’s Largest Tatar Language Platform to Shut Down After Western Developer Exits Russia

    The world’s largest online platform for Tatar language learners is shutting down after its Western developer chose to cease activities in Russia, ending what activists and language specialists have deemed a crucial tool for preserving the language.  Ana Tele (Tatar for “mother tongue”), had offered free lessons in Tatar, the second official language of Russia’s…

  • Radio Waves Air Fake Putin ‘State of Emergency’ Address

    Radio Waves Air Fake Putin ‘State of Emergency’ Address

    Radio stations in multiple Russian regions bordering Ukraine on Monday aired a fake “state of emergency” announcement featuring a voice resembling that of President Vladimir Putin, in what the authorities have called a hacking operation. In the fake address — which was aired on radio stations in the Belgorod, Voronezh and Rostov regions — what…

  • Looting Reported in Belgorod Region Amid Shelling, Evacuation

    Looting Reported in Belgorod Region Amid Shelling, Evacuation

    A regularly bombarded Russian town on the Ukrainian border has reported a wave of looting after local authorities called on residents to leave their homes due to intensified shelling attacks, the RBC news site reported Monday, citing a local ambulance station. “A plastic window was broken in the technical room” in the town of Shebekino’s ambulance…

  • Ukraine Operates Sabotage Cells, Smuggles Drones in Russia – CNN

    Ukraine Operates Sabotage Cells, Smuggles Drones in Russia – CNN

    Kyiv has cultivated sabotage cells inside Russia and has started supplying them with Ukrainian-made drones, CNN reported Monday, citing multiple unnamed sources familiar with U.S. intelligence. The noticeable increase in drone attacks on Russian soil — starting with an early May strike on the Kremlin — is likely “a culmination of months” of work, one…