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  • Russia Says Detained U.S. Journalist Still Not Granted Consular Access

    Russia Says Detained U.S. Journalist Still Not Granted Consular Access

    Russia’s deputy foreign minister on Wednesday acknowledged that detained U.S. reporter Evan Gershkovich had not been granted consular access, two weeks after his arrest. The Wall Street Journal journalist was arrested in Russia on claims of espionage, which he denies. “The question (of consular access) is under review,” Sergei Ryabkov was cited as saying by…

  • Moscow Says U.S. Leaks May Be Intended to ‘Deceive’ Russia

    Moscow Says U.S. Leaks May Be Intended to ‘Deceive’ Russia

    The leak of a trove of highly sensitive documents online could be a move by the United States to “deceive” Russia, its deputy foreign minister was quoted as saying Wednesday. “It’s probably interesting for someone to look at these documents, if they really are documents or they could be a fake or it could be…

  • Gruesome Video Appears to Show Ukrainian PoW’s Beheading

    Gruesome Video Appears to Show Ukrainian PoW’s Beheading

    This story contains graphic content that may be disturbing to some readers. A disturbing video that circulated online this week shows the apparent beheading of a Ukrainian prisoner of war by Russian troops. In the clip, a uniformed man with a yellow armband — an identifying mark of the Ukrainian military — can be seen…

  • ROSATOM Starts Supplying Petroelectrosbyt with Wind Power

    ROSATOM’s wind power division NovaWind has started to supply wind-generated power to the power utility company Petroelectrosbyt (PES), enabling it to provide customers with ‘green’ electricity generated at wind power plants. Earlier, PES signed a contract with VetroSGC-2 (part of NovaWind) for the supply of 1.8 million kWh of electricity from the Berestovskaya Wind Farm.…

  • Russia Conducts Test Launch of ‘Advanced’ ICBM

    Russia Conducts Test Launch of ‘Advanced’ ICBM

    Russia has conducted what it said was the successful test launch of an “advanced” intercontinental ballistic missile, weeks after it suspended participation in its last remaining nuclear arms control pact with the United States. The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that a “combat crew successfully launched an intercontinental ballistic missile [ICBM] of a…

  • Navalny in Solitary Confinement for 13th Time Despite Health Issues

    Navalny in Solitary Confinement for 13th Time Despite Health Issues

    Jailed Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny has been returned to solitary confinement for the 13th time since he began serving his nine-year prison sentence last year, his team said on Twitter on Tuesday. Tweeting on Navalny’s behalf, the Kremlin critic’s press secretary said that he had been sent back to solitary confinement as punishment for…

  • Russia Begins Fuel Deliveries to Iran by Train – Reuters

    Russia Begins Fuel Deliveries to Iran by Train – Reuters

    Moscow began exporting fuel products to Iran by rail for the first time earlier this year after its main purchasers stopped importing Russian fuel in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine, Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing three industry sources and export data. Now both subject to strict Western sanctions, Russia and Iran have increasingly…

  • Biden Calls Russia’s Imprisonment of Evan Gershkovich ‘Out of Bounds’

    Biden Calls Russia’s Imprisonment of Evan Gershkovich ‘Out of Bounds’

    U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday called Russia’s imprisonment of American journalist Evan Gershkovich on spying charges “out of bounds.” Biden, who made the comments as he departed Washington for a trip to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, also told reporters that The Wall Street Journal correspondent’s jailing was “totally illegal.” The U.S.…

  • Economic ‘Momentum’ Prompts IMF to Raise Russia’s Growth Forecast

    Economic ‘Momentum’ Prompts IMF to Raise Russia’s Growth Forecast

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) raised its 2023 economic growth forecast for Russia on Tuesday, predicting that deficit-fueled government spending would help counteract the growing costs of its war in Ukraine.  But the Russian invasion is expected to have a significant impact over the medium term, with the IMF predicting the Russian economy would be…

  • Russian Authorities Open Criminal Case Against RusNews Journalist

    Russian Authorities Open Criminal Case Against RusNews Journalist

    Russian authorities have opened three criminal investigations into the work of Roman Ivanov, a journalist from the Moscow region working for the RusNews website, RusNews reported Tuesday, citing a criminal investigator. The criminal investigations are believed to be linked to posts written by Ivanov on his Telegram channel, which has some 1,600 subscribers. Police started searching…

  • ‘Now or Never’: Ukraine Readies for Difficult Counteroffensive

    ‘Now or Never’: Ukraine Readies for Difficult Counteroffensive

    Ukrainian forces have for months been holding at bay a grueling Russian offensive in battered towns and heavily shelled trenches spanning the eastern front line. But now, with the Kremlin’s forces running out of steam after making only incremental gains over the winter onslaught, Ukraine is preparing to hit back. “If our senior military staff…

  • Russia Accuses Ukraine, West of Recruiting Youth for ‘Sabotage’

    Russia Accuses Ukraine, West of Recruiting Youth for ‘Sabotage’

    The head of Russia’s FSB security service on Tuesday accused Ukraine and the West of recruiting young Russians to stage armed attacks in their home country.  The accusation by security chief Alexander Bortnikov comes a week after President Vladimir Putin accused the West of having helped Kyiv stage “terror attacks” in Russia while Moscow pursues…

  • Russia Bans EU-Russia Civil Society Forum as ‘Undesirable’ Org

    Russia Bans EU-Russia Civil Society Forum as ‘Undesirable’ Org

    Russian authorities on Tuesday banned the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum (CSF), an organization created to foster cooperation between Russian and European NGOs, as an “undesirable” organization.  The Prosecutor General’s Office said the Berlin-based organization’s activities, which include conferences it organizes and information it publishes, have a common aim of “discrediting the leadership of the Russian Federation.”…

  • Actress Liya Akhedzhakova Accused of Treason

    Actress Liya Akhedzhakova Accused of Treason

    On Tuesday the State Prosecutor’s Office in Russia received a petition to declare actress Liya Akhezhakova a foreign agent and charge her with several crimes, including treason, Current Time and other media announced. Vitaly Borodin, the head of a non-governmental organization called The Federal Security and Anti-Corruption Foundation sent a missive to Igor Krasnov, denouncing…

  • Head of ROSATOM Alexey Likhachev met with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary Péter Szijjártó

    A meeting was held between Alexey Likhachev, Director General of State Atomiс Energy Corporation ROSATOM, and Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary. The parties discussed further steps in the implementation of the Paks-2 NPP construction project, as well as other aspects of multifaceted cooperation in the nuclear sector. At present, general…

  • Russia Moves to Digitize Military Summons, Prevent Conscripts from Fleeing Country

    Russia Moves to Digitize Military Summons, Prevent Conscripts from Fleeing Country

    Russian lawmakers voted Tuesday in favor of changes to the country’s military conscription rules that would make it easier to summon recruits and stop them from fleeing the country. The new bill comes amid ongoing speculation that authorities could announce a second mobilization drive aimed at boosting Russia’s flagging campaign in Ukraine. Russia’s “partial” mobilization…

  • Russia Moves to Digitize Military Summons, Prevent Conscripts from Fleeing Amid Fears of New Draft

    Russia Moves to Digitize Military Summons, Prevent Conscripts from Fleeing Amid Fears of New Draft

    Russian lawmakers voted Tuesday in favor of changes to the country’s military conscription rules that would make it easier to summon recruits and stop them from fleeing the country. The new bill comes amid ongoing speculation that authorities could announce a second mobilization drive aimed at boosting Russia’s flagging campaign in Ukraine. Russia’s “partial” mobilization…

  • Volcano Eruption in Russia’s Far East Blankets Village in Ash, Disrupts Air Traffic

    Volcano Eruption in Russia’s Far East Blankets Village in Ash, Disrupts Air Traffic

    A powerful volcanic eruption in Russia’s Kamchatka region has spewed massive plums of ash across a large swathe of the region, blanketing a nearby village and disrupting air traffic, media reported Tuesday. Monitors in the far-flung peninsula issued an aviation “code red” after the Shiveluch volcano in Kamchatka’s eastern range released an ash cloud that drifted…

  • Russia Lost 1.3M Young Workers in 2022 – Research

    Russia Lost 1.3M Young Workers in 2022 – Research

    The number of young workers in Russia has dropped to one of its lowest levels in the country’s post-Soviet history, the RBC news website reported Tuesday, citing research based on official statistics by the Finexpertiza consulting firm. Working citizens under the age of 35 in the Russian labor market totaled 21.5 million in December, accounting…

  • 5 Things the Leaked Pentagon Documents Reveal About Russia’s Army

    5 Things the Leaked Pentagon Documents Reveal About Russia’s Army

    The leaked classified U.S. documents that rocked Washington and its allies this week have provided a rare glimpse into the Defense Department’s intelligence on Russia’s offensive on Ukraine. The leak raises concerns that Russia could change its methods of communication to conceal its planning and try to ferret out human confidential sources that formed the…

  • U.S. Urges Russia to Free ‘Wrongfully Detained’ American Journalist Gershkovich

    U.S. Urges Russia to Free ‘Wrongfully Detained’ American Journalist Gershkovich

    The United States on Monday officially determined that Russia had wrongfully detained Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich and urged his immediate release, stepping up pressure on his behalf. The formal decision by the State Department on Gershkovich, who was taken into custody on March 29, was unusually swift and indicated the seriousness attached by…

  • Kremlin Critic Facing 25 Years in Jail Says Regrets Nothing

    Kremlin Critic Facing 25 Years in Jail Says Regrets Nothing

    Russian opposition figure Vladimir Kara-Murza said on Monday he stood by all of his political statements, including against the Ukraine offensive, that led him to face 25 years in jail. “I subscribe to every word that I have said, that I am incriminated for today,” Kara-Murza said, citing his fight against the Ukraine offensive and…

  • Government Campaign Aims to Warn Russians Against VPN Use

    Government Campaign Aims to Warn Russians Against VPN Use

    The Russian authorities have launched a campaign to warn the Russian public about what it says are the dangers of using virtual private networks (VPNs), the software that allows internet users to access blocked websites. Despite one of the main reasons for using a VPN being the enhanced security it offers users, a statement issued…

  • What Do We Know About Alleged Golden Statue Assassin Daria Trepova?

    What Do We Know About Alleged Golden Statue Assassin Daria Trepova?

    Among her feminist-minded and politically active social media followers, petite blonde Daria Trepova was known as Dasha Tykovka (“Dasha Little Pumpkin”).  Few of them expected that Trepova — who appears to have mostly used her Twitter account to discuss relationship problems and other personal issues — would become the main suspect in one of the…

  • Armenian Authorities Release Russian Man Accused of Desertion

    Armenian Authorities Release Russian Man Accused of Desertion

    Armenian authorities have released a Russian citizen who was detained two days ago at Moscow’s request for alleged desertion, the Armenia Today news website reported Monday. Armenia’s Prosecutor General’s Office at no point considered extraditing the detained man to Moscow, the newspaper was told. The news of the 23-year-old Russian citizen’s April 7 detention in Yerevan was…

  • North Ossetia Governor Orders Probe Into Beating of Military Recruit

    North Ossetia Governor Orders Probe Into Beating of Military Recruit

    An investigation has been launched into the beating of a mobilized Russian soldier from the North Caucasus republic of North Ossetia, the head of the region said Monday.  A video of the incident was posted online Sunday by Vera Adayeva, the director of a charity in North Ossetia that sends aid to Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine. …

  • Sanctions Force Russia to Scale Back Ambitious 2030 Tech Strategy

    Sanctions Force Russia to Scale Back Ambitious 2030 Tech Strategy

    Russia has lowered its ambitious technological advancement goals after losing access to sophisticated imports due to its invasion of Ukraine, the Kommersant business daily reported Monday.  The Russian government late last year revised its list of 18 technological areas that will receive state backing into 2030, Kommersant reported. While the Russian government previously associated its…

  • ROSATOM takes part in “Safe Arctic 2023”

    At the plenary session “Main Challenges and New Threats to Security in the Arctic Zone of the Russian Federation”, held as part of the Safe Arctic 2023 exercises in Salekhard, on April 7, Vladimir Panov, ROSATOM Special Representative for the Arctic Development, noted that the Plan for the Northern Sea Route development until 2035 envisages…

  • Russian Border Regions Call Off Victory Day Parades

    Russian Border Regions Call Off Victory Day Parades

    At least two Russian regions bordering Ukraine will not hold their traditional military parades marking the Soviet victory in World War II next month, regional leaders have said amid heightened concerns over spillover from the war. Cities across Russia celebrate the 1945 victory over Nazi Germany on May 9 each year, with the parades featuring…

  • Russia Sentences Ex-Officers to 19 Years Over Anti-Mobilization Arson Attack

    Russia Sentences Ex-Officers to 19 Years Over Anti-Mobilization Arson Attack

    A Russian court has sentenced a former security service officer and a former emergencies officer to 19 years in prison each for setting fire to a city administration building last fall, Russian media reported Monday. Roman Nasryev, a former driver for the Russian National Guard (Rosgvardia), and Alexei Nuriev, an officer in the Emergency Situations Ministry,…

  • Moscow-Backed Official Claims Visit to Frontline City Bakhmut

    Moscow-Backed Official Claims Visit to Frontline City Bakhmut

    A Moscow-backed official announced Monday that he had visited the frontline city of Bakhmut in Ukraine, suggesting that Russia’s forces have made significant gains there. The battle for Bakhmut is the longest and bloodiest of Russia’s offensive, and the city has taken on huge symbolic importance even though analysts say it has little strategic value. Denis Pushilin,…

  • Russia Says Ramping Up Border Defense as Finland Enters NATO

    Russia Says Ramping Up Border Defense as Finland Enters NATO

    Russia has stepped up the defense of its northwestern borders following its neighbor Finland’s entry into NATO, the commander of the Russian military air defense and missile defense forces said in an interview published Monday. “Under these conditions, air defense troops are practicing the protection of the state border in the northwest in accordance with…

  • See a New World in ‘The Cage is Looking for a Bird’

    See a New World in ‘The Cage is Looking for a Bird’

    There was a quiet sensation at the recent Berlin Film Festival. “The Cage Is Looking for a Bird” directed by Malika Musaeva was shown — the first film in the Chechen language that has ever been presented at the international film festivals. It was also the only film from Russia at this year’s Berlinale. Musaeva…

  • Debates Over Ukraine War Rock U.K. Universities, Cultural Institutions

    Debates Over Ukraine War Rock U.K. Universities, Cultural Institutions

    LONDON — Arguments in the United Kingdom over the role of Russian studies and the promotion of Russian culture sparked by the invasion of Ukraine continue to rage even as the fighting enters its 14th month.  The U.K.’s leading independent Russian cultural center, Pushkin House, last month even faced calls to change its name and…

  • Russian Strikes Kill Father and Daughter in Southeast Ukraine

    Russian Strikes Kill Father and Daughter in Southeast Ukraine

    A 50-year-old man and his 11-year-old daughter were killed after Russian missiles struck a house in the southeastern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia, officials said on Sunday. It was the latest Russian strike on civilian infrastructure in Ukraine as Moscow’s invasion stretches into its second year. “The enemy carried out a missile attack on Zaporizhzhia and…

  • Russia Takes Stock After Winter Offensive Fails to Deliver Gains

    Russia Takes Stock After Winter Offensive Fails to Deliver Gains

    Russia announced its winter offensive in Ukraine with great fanfare, but the ill-fated campaign has been another disappointment for Moscow. As spring arrives, the two armies are deadlocked with troops stretching from the shores of the Black Sea to northeast Ukraine — and the Kremlin has once again been forced to take the long view…

  • Hundreds Turn Out for Funeral of Assassinated Russian Military Blogger

    Hundreds Turn Out for Funeral of Assassinated Russian Military Blogger

    Hundreds of supporters including Wagner Group founder Yevgeny Prigozhin turned out on Saturday for the funeral of Vladlen Tatarsky, the high-profile Russian military blogger who was killed in a bombing attack last weekend. On Sunday an explosion ripped through a cafe on St. Petersburg’s Neva river embankment, killing the controversial 40-year-old who was known for…

  • Kulich: The Glory of the Easter Table

    Kulich: The Glory of the Easter Table

    Orthodox Easter, which is celebrated next Sunday, is impossible to imagine without kulich — tall and airy cakes iced with sweet fondant. The cakes the people bring to church on Holy Saturday to be blessed look like this. But have they always been this way? Today’s delicate cake is not an ancient recipe. Russian baked…

  • WSJ Reporter Formally Charged With Spying – Russian Agencies

    WSJ Reporter Formally Charged With Spying – Russian Agencies

    Russian authorities have formally brought espionage charges against arrested U.S. reporter Evan Gershkovich, Interfax reported Friday, citing sources familiar with his case. Gershkovich, a journalist with The Wall Street Journal, categorically denied the espionage accusations, the state-run TASS news agency reported. Gershkovich was detained while reporting in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg last week…

  • In Photos: Russian High Schoolers Undergo Basic Military, First Aid Training

    In Photos: Russian High Schoolers Undergo Basic Military, First Aid Training

    Starting in September, Russian high school students in grades 10 and 11 will undergo basic military training as part of changes made to the Russian school curriculum last year following the invasion of Ukraine. During these training sessions, students will learn to shoot Kalashnikov assault rifles, use hand grenades and administer first aid. Independent teachers’…

  • British Firm Ships $1.2Bln of Electronics to Russia Despite Sanctions – FT

    British Firm Ships $1.2Bln of Electronics to Russia Despite Sanctions – FT

    A British firm registered in London appears to have arranged the sale of about $1.2 billion worth of electronic goods into Russia since the launch of Moscow’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Financial Times reported Friday. Russian records list the company, Mykines Corporation LLP, as having sent technical equipment including servers, laptops and computer parts…

  • Belarus Sentences Ex-Presidential Candidate to 17 Years in Absentia

    Belarus Sentences Ex-Presidential Candidate to 17 Years in Absentia

    A Minsk court on Friday sentenced exiled Belarusian opposition politician Valeriy Tsepkalo to 17 years in a high-security prison in absentia, the state-run news agency Belta reported.   Tsepkalo, a former head of Belarus’ equivalent of Silicon Valley, the High Technology Park, intended to run in Belarus’ 2020 presidential election but was barred from registering as…

  • Notorious Arms Dealer Urges Trump to Seek Refuge in Russia

    Notorious Arms Dealer Urges Trump to Seek Refuge in Russia

    Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, freed from a U.S. jail last year, on Friday urged U.S. ex-president Donald Trump to seek refuge in Russia as his life was “in peril.”  Bout, also known as the “Merchant of Death,” was swapped for U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner in a high-profile prisoner exchange between Moscow and Washington…

  • Report Details How Authorities Shame, Intimidate Anti-War Russians

    Report Details How Authorities Shame, Intimidate Anti-War Russians

    Russian security agents have stepped up the humiliation and intimidation of anti-war activists to suppress dissent among the wider public, the BBC’s Russian service reported. Russian anthropologists refer to the tactics, which involve on-camera apologies or acts of performative patriotism to atone for opposing the war in Ukraine, as “guilt-shame rituals.” These rituals “serve two functions:…

  • How a Saint Becomes a Sinner

    How a Saint Becomes a Sinner

    Околесица: blather, nonsense Now here’s a word I’d never heard before: куролесица. It isn’t used much — less than 15,000 hits on Google — and apparently means nonsense, confusion, something unintelligible. It comes with a verb, куролесить, which means to behave oddly, to act silly, to play pranks. Он дурачился на счет “таганской куролесицы” ―…

  • Ruble Tumbles to 12-Month Low as Kremlin Greenlights Shell Sale

    Ruble Tumbles to 12-Month Low as Kremlin Greenlights Shell Sale

    After months of relative stability, the Russian ruble continued to weaken rapidly against major currencies on Friday, a trend that analysts say has been spurred by increased imports and a surge in foreign capital outflows. This week the Russian currency slumped to its lowest level since last April. On Friday it was trading above 83…

  • ‘Again Totalitarian’: Veteran Activist Oleg Orlov Says Soviet-Era Practices Returning in Russia

    ‘Again Totalitarian’: Veteran Activist Oleg Orlov Says Soviet-Era Practices Returning in Russia

    MOSCOW – Longtime Russian human rights campaigner Oleg Orlov told The Moscow Times that he has no plans to leave the country despite facing years in prison for criticizing the war in Ukraine.  The co-chair of Russia’s oldest human rights group, Memorial — which was one of last year’s shared Nobel Peace Prize recipients —…

  • Any Ukraine Peace Talks Should Be About ‘New World Order’ – Lavrov

    Any Ukraine Peace Talks Should Be About ‘New World Order’ – Lavrov

    Moscow wants any Ukraine peace talks to focus on creating a “new world order,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on a visit to Turkey on Friday.  The top Russian diplomat was in Turkey — which has retained ties with both Moscow and Kyiv — to hold talks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu. He…

  • Russia Becomes World’s Second-Largest Crypto Miner

    Russia Becomes World’s Second-Largest Crypto Miner

    Russia has become the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency mining country this year, the Kommersant business daily reported Friday, citing Bitriver, Russia’s largest bitcoin mining provider.  While the United States remains by far the world’s largest crypto miner, boasting 3-4 gigawatts of mining capacity, Russia’s generating capacity reached 1 gigawatt in January-March 2023. In taking second place for the first…

  • 3 in 4 Russian Manufacturers Hit by Western Sanctions, Survey Finds

    3 in 4 Russian Manufacturers Hit by Western Sanctions, Survey Finds

    Three out of four Russian manufacturers have been negatively impacted by Western sanctions over the past year, according to a survey of nearly 2,000 Russian companies cited by the Vedomosti business daily on Thursday. Seventy-seven percent of the manufacturing companies affected by sanctions said the impact was negative, according to the poll by the Moscow-based…

  • ‘Pointless’ to Pressure Russia Over Jailed U.S. Reporter – Moscow

    ‘Pointless’ to Pressure Russia Over Jailed U.S. Reporter – Moscow

    Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Thursday it was “pointless” to try to pressure Moscow over its case against U.S. journalist Evan Gershkovich, who is being held in Russia on suspicion of espionage. “Hype around this case, which is being fanned in the United States, with the aim of pressuring Russian authorities and the court… is pointless…

  • Russia’s Wagner Chief Says Cemetery for Fighters ‘Growing’

    Russia’s Wagner Chief Says Cemetery for Fighters ‘Growing’

    The head of Russian mercenary outfit Wagner said his forces continue to suffer losses, as a video published Thursday showed him visiting a cemetery where the group’s fighters are buried. Wagner forces have been spearheading offensives in eastern Ukraine, including on the city of Bakhmut, which has become the longest and bloodiest battle of Russia’s…

  • Russian Prosecutors Seek 25-Year Prison Term for Kremlin Critic Kara-Murza

    Russian Prosecutors Seek 25-Year Prison Term for Kremlin Critic Kara-Murza

    Russian prosecutors have requested a prison sentence of 25 years for opposition politician Vladimir Kara-Marza, one of his lawyers said Thursday. “Unexpectedly for Vladimir and I, the court heard the arguments today. The process is moving quite fast and the prosecutor has asked for 25 years in prison,” lawyer Mariya Eysmont told journalists in a…

  • Russian Orthodox Church Establishes ‘Head Military Priest’ Post

    Russian Orthodox Church Establishes ‘Head Military Priest’ Post

    Russian Orthodox Church leader Patriarch Kirill on Thursday established a new senior ecclesiastical position to oversee the Church’s activities in Ukrainian territories where Russia is waging war on Kyiv.  Archpriest Dimitry Vasilenkov, who is a clergy member of the St. Petersburg diocese, has been named head military priest, the Church’s press service said in a statement, citing Patriarch…

  • Russian Court Rules to Deport Chinese LGBT Blogger

    Russian Court Rules to Deport Chinese LGBT Blogger

    A Russian court has arrested a Chinese blogger for seven days and ruled to have him deported from the country one day after he was detained on charges of distributing “LGBT propaganda,” the independent rights monitor OVD-Info reported Thursday. Haoyang Xu and his partner Gela Gogishvili, who is a Russian citizen, were accused by a Kazan court of…

  • Daughter of Fugitive War Critic Handed Over to Estranged Mother

    Daughter of Fugitive War Critic Handed Over to Estranged Mother

    Maria Moskaleva, the daughter of the single father who was detained after fleeing house arrest on the eve of his sentencing in a criminal case for “discrediting” the Russian military, has been handed over to her estranged mother, Russian media reported Thursday. In early March, Russian authorities separated 13-year-old Maria Moskaleva from her father Alexei…

  • Russians Absent During Mobilization Called in for Questioning by FSB

    Russians Absent During Mobilization Called in for Questioning by FSB

    Russia’s powerful Federal Security Service (FSB) has begun summoning men who have recently returned to the country after long absences during last year’s nationwide mobilization campaign, Russian investigative news website iStores reported on Thursday.  Several residents of Siberia’s Omsk region told iStories they had received phone calls asking them to attend the local FSB office.  One…

  • Moscow Says Foiled Attempt By Ukrainian ‘Saboteurs’ to Enter Russia

    Moscow Says Foiled Attempt By Ukrainian ‘Saboteurs’ to Enter Russia

    Russian security forces foiled an attempt of a group of Ukrainian “saboteurs” to enter Russia, the governor of the Bryansk region that borders Ukraine said Thursday. The announcement came a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that saboteurs were acting inside Russia.  “Today, the border department of the FSB (security service) of the Bryansk region thwarted…

  • Moscow Says Foiled Bid By Ukraine ‘Saboteurs’ to Enter Russia

    Moscow Says Foiled Bid By Ukraine ‘Saboteurs’ to Enter Russia

    Russia said Thursday its security forces had foiled an attempt by a group of Ukrainian “saboteurs” to enter Russia via the southern Bryansk region that borders Ukraine. The announcement came a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin warned saboteurs were acting inside Russia.  “Today, the border department of the FSB (security service) of the Bryansk…

  • Kremlin Sees No Prospect of Chinese Mediation on Ukraine

    Kremlin Sees No Prospect of Chinese Mediation on Ukraine

    The Kremlin on Thursday said it saw no “prospect” for China to mediate the Ukraine conflict and that it had “no other way” than to press on with its offensive. The comments came as French President Emmanuel Macron was in Beijing to try to dissuade China from supporting Moscow’s campaign.  “Undoubtedly, China has a very…