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  • Kyiv Repels Air Strikes, Day After Huge Russian Bombardment

    Kyiv Repels Air Strikes, Day After Huge Russian Bombardment

    Updates with statement of military damage in Western Ukraine.  Kyiv repelled another large volley of overnight air strikes, officials said Monday, as the Ukrainian capital was still picking up the pieces from the biggest drone attack to hit it since Russia’s invasion began. Local air defenses managed to fend off more than 40 drones and…

  • Putin Calls Erdogan Re-election ‘Clear Evidence’ of Support

    Putin Calls Erdogan Re-election ‘Clear Evidence’ of Support

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday congratulated Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has collaborated closely with Russia on key international issues despite disagreements, on his re-election.  “Your victory in these elections is the logical result of your dedicated work as head of the Turkish Republic,” Putin said, according to the Kremlin website. Putin told…

  • ‘Most Important’ Drone Attack on Kyiv Since Invasion: Ukraine

    ‘Most Important’ Drone Attack on Kyiv Since Invasion: Ukraine

    Corrected to reflect that one person was injured, not killed, in warehouse fire.  Russia carried out its “most important” drone attack on Kyiv overnight Saturday-Sunday since the start of the invasion, Ukrainian military authorities said. Forty of the 54 drones launched targeted the capital, killing two people and wounding three. “In total a record number…

  • In ‘Places of Tenderness and Heat,’ Olga Petri Maps the Queer History of Late Imperial St. Petersburg

    In ‘Places of Tenderness and Heat,’ Olga Petri Maps the Queer History of Late Imperial St. Petersburg

    A single snapshot of a madding crowd moving through a bustling capital city can only tell us so much. Any conclusions we might draw from such an image can only be made on a surface level — from clothing, facial expressions and body language. All we can do is make vague inferences.  But if one…

  • ‘Almost Nothing Had Changed’: Anti-War Russians Risk First Trips Home Since Invasion

    ‘Almost Nothing Had Changed’: Anti-War Russians Risk First Trips Home Since Invasion

    When animation artist Varvara returned to Russia earlier this year for the first time since fleeing abroad after the Kremlin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the main emotion she felt was surprise. Not by how much had changed in her homeland after over a year of war — but by how little. “If you read the…

  • Two Killed in Shelling in Russian Border Regions – Officials

    Two Killed in Shelling in Russian Border Regions – Officials

    Shelling in Russian regions bordering Ukraine killed two people on Saturday, regional authorities said.  The regional governor of Belgorod said there were fresh attacks, a day after dozens of strikes. “One person was killed. He was a security guard…he was outside at the time of the shelling” in the Shebekino area, Vyacheslav Gladkov said.  He…

  • Drones Damage Building In Russia’s Pskov Region – Governor

    Drones Damage Building In Russia’s Pskov Region – Governor

    Two drones damaged an administration building of an oil pipeline in Russia’s western Pskov region, the regional governor said Saturday.  The explosion is the latest in an escalating series of attacks in Russia amid the Ukraine offensive. “Early morning, an explosion damaged the administrative building of the oil pipeline near Litvinovo, Nevelsky district,” governor Mikhail…

  • Meat Pockets Filled With Mushrooms

    Meat Pockets Filled With Mushrooms

    General Mikhail Skobelev was a hero of the Russian-Turkish war (1877-78) and liberator of Bulgaria. But in addition to his military exploits, he left his mark on our cuisine. That was quite a feat considering that he was not a gourmand and, in fact, never ever guessed that he’d go down in history for his…

  • Moscow Miffed as Ukraine Wins WHO Executive Berth

    Moscow Miffed as Ukraine Wins WHO Executive Berth

    Russia failed Friday in a bid to prevent Ukraine taking a place on the World Health Organization’s Executive Board, on a day which also saw North Korea gain a berth. Ten countries joined the board for a three-year term but Russia tried to exclude Ukraine, which it invaded 15 months ago, from joining the 34-nation…

  • Brazil’s Lula Turns Down Putin Invitation to Visit Russia

    Brazil’s Lula Turns Down Putin Invitation to Visit Russia

    Brazil President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Friday declined an invitation to travel to St. Petersburg during a telephone call with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. The refusal came just days after a spat between Lula and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky at the G7 summit in Japan, where a planned meeting between the pair fell…

  • Rostekhnadzor has issued a license for nuclear facilities construction to Atomenergoproekt JSC

    At the beginning of May, Federal Service for Environmental, Technological and Nuclear Supervision (Rostekhnadzor) issued a new license to Atomenergoproekt JSC (Engineering Division of Rosatom) granting the right to nuclear facilities construction. The license will be valid for 5 years.  The current license will expire in July. Thus, there will be no idle period due…

  • The Delegation from Indonesia visited ROSATOM Enterprises

    From May 23 to 26, 2023, representatives of Indonesia visited Russia to get acquainted with ROSATOM’s competencies in the construction of large- and small-scale nuclear power plants and to discuss the perspectives of the bilateral cooperation in the nuclear sphere.  The delegation included Dr. Agus Puji Prasetyono, Co-Chair of the Nuclear Power Development Program Organization…

  • Russia’s Lavrov Tells China Envoy ‘Serious Obstacles’ to Ukraine Peace

    Russia’s Lavrov Tells China Envoy ‘Serious Obstacles’ to Ukraine Peace

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told China’s special envoy Li Hui on Friday that there were “serious obstacles” to resuming peace talks, blaming Ukraine and Western countries. “The Russian foreign minister reaffirmed Moscow’s commitment to a political-diplomatic resolution of the conflict, noting the serious obstacles to the resumption of peace talks created by the Ukrainian…

  • Canceled MAKS Air Show Made Obsolete by War, Sanctions – Experts

    Canceled MAKS Air Show Made Obsolete by War, Sanctions – Experts

    Amid reports this week that Russia has canceled its biggest air show, experts told The Moscow Times that there was little point in holding the International Air and Space Salon (MAKS) because the war in Ukraine and Western sanctions mean there will be so few foreign buyers present. Western countries imposed stringent sanctions on Russia’s…

  • Writing Music and Paintings

    Writing Music and Paintings

    Пишущая машинка: typewriter Here’s an easy word that everyone knows: писать. To write, right? Right. For the most part. There are always what one of my friends calls нюансики — from the word нюанс (nuance), нюансики are small details, almost inconsequential differences, minor distinctions that of course in the end turn out to be major.…

  • Michelin Sells Russian Tire Business to Local Distributor

    Michelin Sells Russian Tire Business to Local Distributor

    French tire maker Michelin announced Friday that it had agreed to sell its Russian assets to a local distributor in the latest international business exit following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  Michelin was among hundreds of mostly Western major companies to suspend Russian operations in March 2022 after President Vladimir Putin ordered troops into Ukraine.  The…

  • WSJ Reporter Appeals Extended Detention: Moscow Court

    WSJ Reporter Appeals Extended Detention: Moscow Court

    Lawyers representing Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, detained in Russia on spying charges, have appealed the latest extension of his arrest, Russian news agencies reported Friday.  Gershkovich, who continued reporting from Russia after the Kremlin launched its large-scale offensive in Ukraine, became the first Western journalist to be arrested and accused of spying since…

  • 2 Killed in Russian Strike on Medical Facility in Ukraine’s Dnipro

    2 Killed in Russian Strike on Medical Facility in Ukraine’s Dnipro

    At least two civilians have been killed and 23 wounded when a Russian missile struck a veterinary clinic in the south-central Ukrainian city of Dnipro, officials said Friday following an overnight barrage. “A 69-year-old man has died. He was just passing by when the Russian terrorists’ missile struck the city,” the head of the regional…

  • Ukrainian Civilians Tortured in Russian Jails – Meduza

    Ukrainian Civilians Tortured in Russian Jails – Meduza

    Ukrainian civilians forcibly deported to Russian jails are regularly beaten and threatened with death, Russia’s independent news website Meduza reported Friday, citing former inmates. Prison guards routinely subject Ukrainian detainees to beatings, air gun shootings, electric shocks and threats of execution, Meduza cited several detainees as saying.  “We were turned into hunted animals,” said Alexander Tarasov,…

  • Explosion Rocks Southern Russia’s Krasnodar in Apparent Drone Attack

    Explosion Rocks Southern Russia’s Krasnodar in Apparent Drone Attack

    Updates with official statement.  Two drones crashed and exploded in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar early Friday morning, local authorities reported. “The crash of two drones was the cause of this morning’s incident on Morskaya St. in the regional capital. There is damage to buildings, but critical infrastructure has not been affected,” Krasnodar region…

  • Japan Unveils New Sanctions on Russia Over Ukraine Invasion

    Japan Unveils New Sanctions on Russia Over Ukraine Invasion

    Japan announced fresh sanctions against Russia on Friday over its invasion of Ukraine, targeting its military as well as the construction and engineering sectors. Russia was hit with a wave of sanctions after it sent forces into Ukraine in February last year, but calls have grown from Kyiv and its allies for tougher action against…

  • African Mediator to Focus on Grain, Fertilizer in Russia-Ukraine Talks – FT

    African Mediator to Focus on Grain, Fertilizer in Russia-Ukraine Talks – FT

    An Algerian-born French commodities trader is seeking to broker an African peace initiative between Russia and Ukraine, The Financial Times reported Friday. Jean-Yves Ollivier, 78, is known as a fixer close to the long-time president of the Republic of Congo and as someone who has also advised Russia’s state nuclear power group Rosatom. The Ollivier-founded…

  • Ex-Putin Son-in-Law’s Land Seized as Part of Dutch Criminal Probe – Guardian

    Ex-Putin Son-in-Law’s Land Seized as Part of Dutch Criminal Probe – Guardian

    Authorities in the Netherlands have seized land belonging to the Dutch former son-in-law of Russian President Vladimir Putin as part of a criminal investigation, The Guardian reported Thursday. The confiscated land southeast of Amsterdam was owned by Jorrit Faassen, who married Putin’s eldest daughter Maria Vorontsova in 2008. The couple reportedly subsequently divorced. Protesters had…

  • Kyiv Repels Russia Air Strikes: Ukraine Officials

    Kyiv Repels Russia Air Strikes: Ukraine Officials

    Russian forces launched overnight air attacks on Kyiv, military officials in the Ukrainian capital said Friday, adding that all the missiles were intercepted and destroyed. “Another air attack on Kyiv, 13th in a row since the beginning of May! And, as always, at nighttime,” the city’s military administration said on its Telegram account. It said…

  • Armenia, Azerbaijan Optimistic on Normalization at Moscow Talks

    Armenia, Azerbaijan Optimistic on Normalization at Moscow Talks

    Arch foes Armenia and Azerbaijan are advancing toward normalizing ties following mutual recognition of territorial integrity, the two countries’ leaders said Thursday as they held talks in Moscow. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev met separately with Russian President Vladimir Putin before the three held joint negotiations late on Thursday. The…

  • Lukashenko Says Russia Has Begun Moving Nuclear Weapons to Belarus

    Lukashenko Says Russia Has Begun Moving Nuclear Weapons to Belarus

    Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said Thursday that Russia had begun moving nuclear weapons to its western neighbour and ally, after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced plans to transfer them in March. There were no new comments from Russia on bringing the nuclear weapons to Belarus. “The transfer of nuclear munitions has begun,” Lukashenko said told…

  • Russian Activist Jailed for 6 Years Over Social Media Posts

    Russian Activist Jailed for 6 Years Over Social Media Posts

    Russian human rights activist Andrei Ivashev was sentenced to six years in prison on extremism charges for a series of social media comments, the independent 7×7 media outlet reported Thursday.  Ivashev, 62, is well known in the northern republic of Komi for his criticism of the region’s Governor Vladimir Uyba, as well as one-man pickets…

  • Moscow’s Higher School of Economics to Fund War Veterans’ Education

    Moscow’s Higher School of Economics to Fund War Veterans’ Education

    Moscow’s prestigious Higher School of Economics (HSE) announced Thursday that it will pay for the education of those who fight in Ukraine and their family members. One of Russia’s top-ranked universities, HSE had long been seen as a bastion of liberal values. But in recent years, the university has increasingly aligned itself with the Kremlin’s positions.…

  • Russia Summons Germany, Sweden, Denmark Envoys Over Nord Stream

    Russia Summons Germany, Sweden, Denmark Envoys Over Nord Stream

    Russia on Thursday summoned the envoys of Germany, Sweden and Denmark over Moscow’s frustration with the lack of progress on probes into the sabotaged Nord Stream gas pipelines. Built to carry Russian gas to Germany, the pipelines in the Baltic Sea were ruptured by subsea explosives months after Russian President Vladimir Putin sent troops to…

  • Georgia to Launch Transit Flights Between Russia and Europe

    Georgia to Launch Transit Flights Between Russia and Europe

    Georgian Airways plans to launch transit flights connecting Russia to European countries via Tbilisi, the airline’s founder said in an interview with Russian media outlet RTVI. Russia has been largely cut off from Europe since its invasion of Ukraine prompted the European Union to ban Russian airlines from its airspace and vice versa. Russians traveling…

  • Assimilate or Flee: Wartime Pressures Weigh on Russia’s Ukrainian Diaspora

    Assimilate or Flee: Wartime Pressures Weigh on Russia’s Ukrainian Diaspora

    When Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine last year, Moscow-born Ukrainian Marika Semenenko decided to flee abroad. “It was clear from the beginning that it would be impossible to speak out against the war and staying silent wasn’t an option for me,” the entrepreneur and activist who has since settled in Armenia told The…

  • Kazakh President Warns Against Further Integration of Russia-Led Economic Bloc

    Kazakh President Warns Against Further Integration of Russia-Led Economic Bloc

    Kazakhstan’s president on Thursday criticized the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and appeared to caution against political integration between its members. Kazakhstan, an oil-rich state and traditionally been Moscow’s closest ally in Central Asia, has been shaken by the invasion of Ukraine that sparked fears about Russia’s geopolitical ambitions. Speaking at a plenary session of…

  • Tajikistan Summons Russia’s Envoy Over Student Beatings

    Tajikistan Summons Russia’s Envoy Over Student Beatings

    Tajikistan has summoned Russia’s ambassador after police allegedly beat and interrogated more than 100 Tajik students at a university in Russia’s Far East, the foreign ministry said. It marked a rare instance of discord between Tajikistan, the poorest of Central Asia’s ex-Soviet republics, and Russia, on which it is still economically reliant. The incident occurred…

  • Russia Dissolves Oldest Opposition Party

    Russia Dissolves Oldest Opposition Party

    Russia’s Supreme Court has ordered the closure of the country’s oldest liberal opposition party, the independent news website Mediazona reported Thursday. The Party of People’s Freedom (Parnas) is the second iteration of the Republican Party of Russia, which was originally formed in 1990 and advocated for human rights and federalism before it too was dissolved. Parnas’ members have…

  • Russia and Belarus Sign Document on Tactical Nuclear Weapon Deployment

    Russia and Belarus Sign Document on Tactical Nuclear Weapon Deployment

    The defense ministers of Russia and Belarus on Thursday signed a document on the deployment of Russian tactical nuclear weapons on Belarusian territory, the state-run TASS news agency reported, citing the Defense Ministry of Belarus.  Russia will retain control over its non-strategic nuclear weapons stationed in neighboring Belarus, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at…

  • Russia Shutters Swedish Consulate, Expels Diplomats

    Russia Shutters Swedish Consulate, Expels Diplomats

    Russia will expel five Swedish diplomats in a tit-for-tat move, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced Thursday as tensions persisted over allegations of Russian spying and Stockholm’s bid to join NATO in response to the invasion of Ukraine. “The Swedish ambassador was informed that Russia reciprocated by declaring five Swedish diplomats ‘personae non grata’,” it said…

  • Russia Arrests Ukrainians Planning Nuke Power Plant Strikes – FSB

    Russia Arrests Ukrainians Planning Nuke Power Plant Strikes – FSB

    Russia has arrested two Ukrainians who had allegedly planned to target nuclear power plants in the country, the FSB security service said on Thursday. “A sabotage group from the Ukrainian foreign intelligence service… tried to blow up some 30 power lines of nuclear power plants in Leningrad and Kalinin” in early May with the aim…

  • 6 Drones Downed in Crimea, No Victims – Governor

    6 Drones Downed in Crimea, No Victims – Governor

    Six drones were downed or blocked overnight in Russian-annexed Crimea, the region’s Moscow-appointed governor said on Thursday. “During the past night, six drones were shot down or blocked … in different parts of Crimea,” Sergei Aksyonov wrote on Telegram, adding “there were no victims or injured.” The incident comes after Moscow deployed jets and artillery…

  • Wagner Chief Announces Withdrawal From Ukraine’s Bakhmut

    Wagner Chief Announces Withdrawal From Ukraine’s Bakhmut

    Russia’s Wagner mercenary group has started withdrawing fighters from the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut, its leader Yevgeny Prigozhin said Thursday. The announcement comes days after he claimed full control of the war-ravaged city, an assertion that Kyiv disputes. Prigozhin, a Putin ally who has clashed with Russia’s Defense Ministry throughout its 15-month invasion of Ukraine,…

  • Russia Calls Off Major Air Show Amid Security Fears – Reports

    Russia Calls Off Major Air Show Amid Security Fears – Reports

    Russia has called off a showcase biennial air show amid reports of security concerns and military equipment shortages arising from the 15-month war in Ukraine, state news agencies reported Wednesday. Russia’s International Air and Space Salon (MAKS) has been used by the authorities to display Russia’s achievements in high-end technology since it was inaugurated in…

  • Anti-Kremlin Russians call Armed Incursion a ‘Success’

    Anti-Kremlin Russians call Armed Incursion a ‘Success’

    Russian nationals fighting on Ukraine’s side on Wednesday hailed as a “success” a brazen mission to send groups of volunteers across the border into southern Russia and back. Russia on Tuesday said it deployed jets and artillery to fight off armed attackers who crossed into the southern region of Belgorod from Ukraine, exposing weaknesses on…

  • Russia Says Foiled Ukraine Attack on Warship in Turkish Waters

    Russia Says Foiled Ukraine Attack on Warship in Turkish Waters

    Russia said Wednesday it had fended off a Ukrainian attack on one of its warships in Turkish waters with unmanned vessels, the latest attempted sabotage attack Moscow has blamed on Kyiv. “Today at 5:30 am [0230 GMT] the armed forces of Ukraine made an unsuccessful attempt to attack the Ivan Khurs ship of the Black…

  • A Ukrainian Artist Fights Russian Culture, One Painting at a Time

    A Ukrainian Artist Fights Russian Culture, One Painting at a Time

    For the last year, Igor Gusev has fought his own war against Russian imperialism. Gusev’s combat employs unusual tactics. His conflict is waged from home, and his weapon of choice is  an Instagram series called “World War 3.” Gusev, who was born in 1970 and has lived his entire life in the Ukrainian city of…

  • Record Number of Russians Moved to Finland in 2022

    Record Number of Russians Moved to Finland in 2022

    Record numbers of Russians, by far the highest in three decades, moved to neighboring Finland in 2022, official statistics published Wednesday showed. A total of 6,003 people moved from Russia to Finland last year, according to Statistics Finland, making it the top country of origin for immigration. Immigration to Finland was up overall, with almost…

  • ‘We F***ed Up’: Shock But No Panic in Belgorod as Border Incursion Brings War Home

    ‘We F***ed Up’: Shock But No Panic in Belgorod as Border Incursion Brings War Home

    An attack by an armed group on a Russian region bordering Ukraine earlier this week has been met with a mixture of shock, anger and indifference, according to six interviews with locals conducted by The Moscow Times. The Belgorod region, which lies across the border from Ukraine’s second-largest city Kharkiv, has reported regular shelling and…

  • Putin’s Antique Map Stunt Stirs Meme Storm

    Putin’s Antique Map Stunt Stirs Meme Storm

    President Vladimir Putin donned his historian cap on Tuesday when Constitutional Court chairman Valery Zorkin brought a 17th-century French map to his office and presented the artifact as evidence that Ukraine did not exist as a state before the Soviet period, a view the Russian leader himself has expressed repeatedly both before and during Moscow’s…

  • Alexey Likhachev, Director General of ROSATOM, held the meeting with Zhang Kejian, the head of the China Atomic Energy Authority

    On May 24, 2023 in Beijing, Alexey Likhachev, Director General of ROSATOM, held the meeting with Zhang Kejian, the head of the China Atomic Energy Authority, on the sidelines of the official visit of the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Mikhail Mishustin to China. The main current and long-term agenda of cooperation between Russia…

  • Russia to Try 5 Foreigners for Fighting Alongside Ukraine

    Russia to Try 5 Foreigners for Fighting Alongside Ukraine

    Russia announced Wednesday that a court in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don will try five foreign men, including three British nationals, accused of fighting alongside Ukrainian forces against Moscow.  The trial will begin on May 31 on terror-linked and other charges. The men are believed to face trial in absentia.  Russian state news agency RIA…

  • Thousands of Chechens Protest Quran Burning Incident

    Thousands of Chechens Protest Quran Burning Incident

    Thousands of people in Russia’s majority-Muslim republic of Chechnya took to the streets of the regional capital on Tuesday to rally against a recent burning of the Quran. Police in the southwestern Russian city of Volgograd detained Nikita Zhuravel, 19, after he allegedly set fire to a copy of the Quran in front of the…

  • ​​Russia Central Bank Head Visits Iran to Strengthen Bilateral Banking Ties

    ​​Russia Central Bank Head Visits Iran to Strengthen Bilateral Banking Ties

    The head of Russia’s Central Bank visited Iran for the first time Wednesday for talks on expanding economic ties between the two countries, Iran’s state-run Mehr News Agency reported. Elvira Nabiullina met with her Iranian counterpart Mohammad Reza Farzin as Moscow, which has been heavily sanctioned over the invasion of Ukraine, seeks new allies. The…

  • Prigozhin Says 20K Wagner Fighters Killed in Battle for Bakhmut

    Prigozhin Says 20K Wagner Fighters Killed in Battle for Bakhmut

    Russia’s Wagner mercenary group lost 20,000 fighters while fighting for the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut, half of which were convicts recruited from prisons, the group’s leader Yevgeny Prigozhin said in an interview published late Tuesday. Prigozhin, a Kremlin-linked catering magnate, has relied heavily on convicts from Russian prisons to fuel Wagner’s offensive in eastern Ukraine,…

  • Nuclear-powered icebreaker Sibir of Rosatomflot completed anti-jamming operations on the Yenisei

    On May 23, the universal nuclear icebreaker Sibir of Atomflot FSUE completed flood control work on the Yenisei River. The crew of the nuclear-powered ship had a task to make additional ice channels and cuts in the riverbed to prevent possible ice jams. “For the first time, the universal nuclear icebreaker of project 22220 was…

  • Drone Attacks Overnight in Russian Border Region – Governor

    Drone Attacks Overnight in Russian Border Region – Governor

    The governor of a southern Russian region bordering Ukraine said Wednesday that the territory was targeted overnight by numerous drones following an armed incursion from Ukraine. “The night was not entirely calm. There were a large number of drone attacks. Air defense systems handled most of them,” the governor of the Belgorod region, Vyacheslav Gladkov,…

  • The Head of ROSATOM Alexey Likhachev met with IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi

    The meeting was held in Beijing. The ROSATOM Director General visited China as a part of the delegation of the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, and IAEA Director General was on his working visit to China.      Alexey Likhachev and Rafael Mariano Grossi continued their conversation, which has recently taken on regular character.…

  • Georgia Leader Says Russia Sanctions Would ‘Devastate’ Economy

    Georgia Leader Says Russia Sanctions Would ‘Devastate’ Economy

    Georgia’s prime minister told an international forum Wednesday that his government cannot afford to impose sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine war as they would “devastate” the economy. Facing international criticism, Irakli Garbashvili strongly defended his country’s reluctance to take action against its giant neighbor which occupied about 20% of Georgian territory in a 2008…

  • Russia Seizes Zelensky’s Crimea Apartment

    Russia Seizes Zelensky’s Crimea Apartment

    Russian authorities have confiscated Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s $800,000 apartment in annexed Crimea, the peninsula’s Kremlin-installed governor said Wednesday. Crimean Governor Sergei Aksyonov listed the property, which Zelensky’s wife Olena Zelenska purchased near the resort city of Yalta in 2013, alongside several Ukrainian-owned assets subject to seizure. These include “large wineries, banking structures, Zelensky’s apartment and…

  • China’s Xi Offers Russia ‘Firm Support’ in ‘Core Interests’

    China’s Xi Offers Russia ‘Firm Support’ in ‘Core Interests’

    Chinese President Xi Jinping offered Beijing’s support on Moscow’s “core interests” at a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on Wednesday. China and Russia have in recent years ramped up economic and diplomatic cooperation, growing even closer since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine despite Beijing’s insistence that it is neutral in that conflict. Mishustin’s trip…

  • Tretyakov Gallery Defies Putin’s Orders to Hand Historic Icon to Church

    Tretyakov Gallery Defies Putin’s Orders to Hand Historic Icon to Church

    Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery has refused to hand over a renowned Orthodox icon to the Russian Orthodox Church in defiance of President Vladimir Putin’s orders, the Fontanka.ru news website reported Tuesday. According to Fontanka, a May 15 Tretyakov Gallery expert meeting with Church members concluded that Andrei Rublev’s “Trinity” cannot be taken out of the art museum due…

  • Russia Jails Migrants’ Rights Activist 14 Years for ‘Terrorism’

    Russia Jails Migrants’ Rights Activist 14 Years for ‘Terrorism’

    A migrants’ rights activist who worked with Russia’s oldest human rights group was sentenced to 14 years in prison late Tuesday on charges of terrorism for Facebook posts. Bakhrom Khamroyev, 59, was detained the day Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022. He was previously a member of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning civil rights group…

  • In Photos: Russian Communists Organize Red Square Induction for Young Pioneers

    In Photos: Russian Communists Organize Red Square Induction for Young Pioneers

    Thousands of schoolchildren gathered on Red Square wearing red hats and neckerchiefs Sunday as Russia’s Communist Party inducted new members of the Pioneers, the party’s youth organization during the U.S.S.R. In an opening address, Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov thanked parents and teachers for their loyalty to the “glorious traditions of the great Soviet era.”…