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  • Arms Dealer Bout Praises Putin, Backs Ukraine Assault

    Arms Dealer Bout Praises Putin, Backs Ukraine Assault

    Viktor Bout, a notorious arms dealer dubbed the “Merchant of Death,” praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and backed Moscow’s assault on Ukraine in his first interview since being released from a U.S. prison as part of an exchange for U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner. Speaking to the Kremlin-backed RT channel in an interview released on…

  • 7 Unexpected Ways Western Sanctions Have Affected Life in Russia

    7 Unexpected Ways Western Sanctions Have Affected Life in Russia

    Western sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine may not have resulted in the dramatic economic collapse some predicted — but they have still had a far-reaching impact. Russia is now the world’s most-sanctioned country and shortages of goods, limited access to services and other restrictions are slowly changing everyday life in sometimes surprising…

  • The Russian Salad That Never Goes Out of Fashion

    The Russian Salad That Never Goes Out of Fashion

    Like many Russians in and outside of Russia, we can’t imagine New Year’s without Salad Olivier. It was made in our parents’ homes a half-century ago, and we’ve been making it ourselves for as long as we can remember. We’re sure that our children and grandchildren will also serve this immortal salad, too. Some people…

  • Ukraine’s Odesa Without Power After Russian Drone Attack

    Ukraine’s Odesa Without Power After Russian Drone Attack

    The southern Ukrainian city of Odesa was left without power Saturday following a night-time attack by “kamikaze drones” launched by Russia, authorities said.  “As of now, the city is without electricity,” Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential administration, said on messaging app Telegram. Only critical infrastructure including hospitals and maternity wards had access…

  • BBC Investigation Verifies Deaths of 10,000 Russian Troops in Ukraine

    BBC Investigation Verifies Deaths of 10,000 Russian Troops in Ukraine

    The Russian military has sustained over 10,000 verifiable deaths in the course of its nine-month invasion of Ukraine, according to open-source research conducted by the BBC and independent Russian news outlet MediaZone that was released on Friday. Among the 10,002 dead servicemen identified in the investigation are scores of elite servicemen belonging to Russian airborne…

  • TotalEnergies Exits Russian Gas Firm’s Board, Takes $3.7Bln Hit

    TotalEnergies Exits Russian Gas Firm’s Board, Takes $3.7Bln Hit

    French energy group TotalEnergies said Friday it was withdrawing from the board of Russian gas giant Novatek and taking a $3.7 billion hit in the wake of sanctions against Moscow. While other Western oil and gas majors have exited Russia following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, TotalEnergies has come under criticism for maintaining investments in the country. The…

  • Indian PM Modi Cancels Putin Meeting Over Nuclear Threats – Bloomberg

    Indian PM Modi Cancels Putin Meeting Over Nuclear Threats – Bloomberg

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has backed out of an annual Russia-India summit because of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s threats to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine, Bloomberg reported Friday citing an anonymous source in the Indian government.  Modi believes that drawing too much attention to the relationship with the Kremlin could be damaging to his image,…

  • Chechen Dissident Blogger Reportedly Alive Despite Murder Claims

    Chechen Dissident Blogger Reportedly Alive Despite Murder Claims

    A Chechen dissident blogger living in Sweden who it was claimed earlier this week had been murdered is reportedly still alive, according to Chechen government in exile. “Tumso Abdurakhmanov is alive and is under the protection of the Swedish police,” news website Kavkaz.Realii, an affiliate of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, quoted the government-in-exile’s press officer…

  • Words of the Year 2022

    Words of the Year 2022

    Слово года 2022: Word of the year, 2022 Every year a group of Russian word-watchers track all the words and expressions that seem to capture the spirit — or obsessions — of the year coming to an end. The group, headed by linguist and professor of Russian language and literature Mikhail Epstein, is made up…

  • U.S. Basketball Star Griner Back Home After Russia Prisoner Swap

    U.S. Basketball Star Griner Back Home After Russia Prisoner Swap

    American basketball star Brittney Griner arrived in the United States Friday morning after being released from a Russian prison in exchange for an arms dealer known as the “Merchant of Death.” Griner, 32, who was arrested in Russia in February on drug charges, was seen by an AFP reporter walking across a runway after her…

  • In Photos: Basketball Star Griner Exchanged for Arms Dealer Bout in U.S.-Russia Prisoner Swap

    In Photos: Basketball Star Griner Exchanged for Arms Dealer Bout in U.S.-Russia Prisoner Swap

    American basketball star Brittney Griner returned to the United States after she was released from a Russian prison in exchange for an arms dealer known as the “Merchant of Death.” Griner’s family and WNBA teammates rejoiced at the news that the star athlete’s imprisonment in Russia on drug charges had come to an end. Russia’s…

  • Russian Social Network VKontakte Adds Warnings to all LGBT Content

    Russian Social Network VKontakte Adds Warnings to all LGBT Content

    Russia’s largest social network VKontakte has started labeling LGBT-themed pages on its site with warnings that they may violate draconian legislation signed into law this week banning the depiction of non-heterosexual relationships and identities. “There may be controversial material in this community,” a warning label displayed to potential visitors reads before allowing users the option…

  • Freed Arms Dealer Bout Says West Wants to ‘Destroy’ Russia

    Freed Arms Dealer Bout Says West Wants to ‘Destroy’ Russia

    Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, who was freed in a prisoner swap with U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner, told Kremlin-run media on Friday that Western countries are seeking to “destroy” and “divide” Russia. “The West believes that they did not finish us off in 1990, when the Soviet Union began to disintegrate… They think that they…

  • Kremlin Critic Yashin Given 8.5 Years in Jail for Bucha Massacre Claims

    Kremlin Critic Yashin Given 8.5 Years in Jail for Bucha Massacre Claims

    A Moscow court on Friday sentenced prominent opposition politician Ilya Yashin to eight and a half years in jail for spreading “false” information about the Russian military in his criticism of the Kremlin invasion of Ukraine. The 39-year-old Moscow city councilor was found guilty for saying that occupying Russian forces in Ukraine were responsible for…

  • Dozens of Oil Tankers Stuck in Turkey Amid Russian Price Cap Fallout – Reports

    Dozens of Oil Tankers Stuck in Turkey Amid Russian Price Cap Fallout – Reports

    Millions of barrels of oil on apparently non-Russian tankers were stuck in Turkish waters due to Ankara’s proof-of-insurance demands as part of a Western price cap on Russian crude, Bloomberg reported Thursday. Shipping data compiled by the news agency showed 26 tankers with more than 23 million barrels of oil from Kazakhstan had been unable…

  • 1 Dead, OBI Store Destroyed in Massive Moscow Mall Fire

    1 Dead, OBI Store Destroyed in Massive Moscow Mall Fire

    A massive fire at one of Russia’s largest shopping malls has killed one person and burned down a formerly German-owned home improvement store in northwest Moscow, emergency officials and state media reported early Friday. The fire, which broke out before dawn, engulfed 18,000 square meters of the MEGA Khimki mall at its peak. It was eventually contained…

  • Putin Looks to Shore Up Russia’s Regional Influence on Kyrgyzstan Visit

    Putin Looks to Shore Up Russia’s Regional Influence on Kyrgyzstan Visit

    Russian President Vladimir Putin will attempt to shore up Russia’s regional authority on a visit Friday to the Central Asian state of Kyrgyzstan for a summit of a Moscow-led trade bloc, analysts and an ex-official told The Moscow Times.  The war in Ukraine has not only led to Western sanctions on Russia and wide-spread condemnation…

  • Russian Paratrooper Sues Charity Over Rights for Ukraine War Memoir

    Russian Paratrooper Sues Charity Over Rights for Ukraine War Memoir

    A former Russian paratrooper who took part in the Russian invasion of Ukraine before fleeing the country and writing a book about his experience has taken the prominent human rights NGO Gulagu.net, which helped him leave Russia, to court in an attempt to win back the royalties for his work. Pavel Filatyev’s lawsuit claims that…

  • Who is the Russian ‘Merchant of Death’ the U.S. Exchanged for Brittney Griner? 

    Who is the Russian ‘Merchant of Death’ the U.S. Exchanged for Brittney Griner? 

    Russia and the U.S. on Thursday conducted a one-for-one prisoner swap that secured the release of American basketball star Brittney Griner in exchange for Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout.  Bout, 55, was meant to serve a 25-year sentence in a prison in Illinois after being convicted of a handful of offenses by the U.S. courts,…

  • Russia Frees U.S. Basketball Star Brittney Griner in Prisoner Swap

    Russia Frees U.S. Basketball Star Brittney Griner in Prisoner Swap

    Russia and the United States have exchanged the U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner for notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, U.S. and Russian officials said Thursday.  The WNBA star, who was serving a nine-year-prison sentence in a Russian jail on drug charges, was released on Thursday in a one-for-one swap for Bout, an arms dealer…

  • Crimea at Risk of Ukrainian Attacks, Kremlin Says

    Crimea at Risk of Ukrainian Attacks, Kremlin Says

    Russian-annexed Crimea remains at risk of Ukrainian attacks, the Kremlin said Thursday after Russian-aligned authorities claimed to have shot down a drone over the Black Sea peninsula. The Crimean affiliate of the U.S. news organization RFE/RL reported hearing powerful explosions in the port of Sevastopol, which is home to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. Sevastopol’s Kremlin-aligned Governor…

  • Norway Clears Ex-Putin Ally’s Son of Illegal Drone-Flying Charges

    Norway Clears Ex-Putin Ally’s Son of Illegal Drone-Flying Charges

    A court in Norway has acquitted the dual-national son of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s former ally on charges of defying a ban on flying drones, media reported late Wednesday. Andrei Yakunin, 47, was arrested in October on accusations of launching drones from his luxury yacht over the strategic Arctic archipelago of Svalbard last summer. Yakunin,…

  • Russia Dismisses Data Showing World’s 5th-Highest HIV Infection Rate

    Russia Dismisses Data Showing World’s 5th-Highest HIV Infection Rate

    Russia hit back Thursday at widely reported data which placed the country as a leader in new HIV infections worldwide as “provocative propaganda.” Russia accounted for 3.9% — the world’s fifth-highest share — of the 1.5 million new HIV cases reported around the world in 2021, the data platform Statista said last Thursday, citing the Joint…

  • Banned from Qatar World Cup, Russian Football Suffers Isolation and Apathy

    Banned from Qatar World Cup, Russian Football Suffers Isolation and Apathy

    ST. PETERSBURG — Four years after achieving global football celebrity as host of the 2018 World Cup, Russia’s exclusion from international competitions in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine has led to declining standards in domestic matches, fan apathy and foreign players leaving in droves. The Brussels Bar, a sports bar in Russia’s second-largest…

  • Moscow Court Upholds 22-Year Jail Sentence for Defense Journalist

    Moscow Court Upholds 22-Year Jail Sentence for Defense Journalist

    A Moscow court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by the jailed Russian journalist Ivan Safronov against his 22-year jail sentence for treason earlier this year.  The decision to uphold Safronov’s sentence, which was announced at a closed-doors hearing, means that the journalist will soon be transferred from the detention facility where he is currently being…

  • Putin Denies Kremlin Plans Nuclear First Strike in Ukraine

    Putin Denies Kremlin Plans Nuclear First Strike in Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that the threat of nuclear conflict in Ukraine was still on the rise, but stressed that Moscow had no intention of launching a pre-emptive strike amid concerns that nuclear arms could be used in Ukraine. “Such a threat is growing, needless to say,” the Russian leader said during…

  • Time Magazine Names Ukraine’s Zelensky ‘Person of the Year’

    Time Magazine Names Ukraine’s Zelensky ‘Person of the Year’

    Time magazine named President Volodymyr Zelensky as well as “the spirit of Ukraine” as its 2022 person of the year on Wednesday, for the resistance the country has shown in the face of Russia’s invasion. Calling Zelensky’s decision to remain in Kyiv and rally his country amid the ongoing war “fateful,” Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal…

  • Russia Denies Links to German ‘Terror’ Groups Amid Dawn Raids

    Russia Denies Links to German ‘Terror’ Groups Amid Dawn Raids

    The Russian embassy in Berlin on Wednesday denied maintaining links to far-right terror groups in Germany after a Russian woman was among 25 people arrested in a series of police raids over a suspected plot to overthrow the government. “The Russian Embassy in Germany would like to make clear that Russian diplomatic and consular offices…

  • Russia Presidential Rights Body Urged ‘Not to Upset’ Putin With War Questions – Reports

    Russia Presidential Rights Body Urged ‘Not to Upset’ Putin With War Questions – Reports

    The Kremlin has urged members of the presidential Human Rights Council “not to upset” Russian leader Vladimir Putin with thorny questions about the war in Ukraine when they meet Wednesday, independent media reported, citing unnamed sources close to the council. According to the investigative news website Vyorstka, HRC chairman Valery Fadeyev cleared the topics to…

  • World Airline Body Calls for Post-War Return to Russian Airspace

    World Airline Body Calls for Post-War Return to Russian Airspace

    Western airlines should prepare to return to Russian airspace when the war in Ukraine has ended, the head of the global airline trade group said Tuesday. Flights between Russia and the West came to a virtual standstill following mutual airspace bans in the wake of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine in February. The closures limited Russian-owned…

  • Russia’s Rosneft Reports $889Mln Loss from Assets ‘Transfer’ in Germany

    Russia’s Rosneft Reports $889Mln Loss from Assets ‘Transfer’ in Germany

    Russia’s oil giant Rosneft said Wednesday its profit over the past nine months had been badly hit by the seizure of its German-based refineries by Berlin. “In 3Q 2022, the most significant negative impact on income came from the transfer of the company’s assets in Germany… which resulted in the recognition of an additional loss…

  • BBC Names Russian Pop Star, Jailed Anti-War Artist, Journalist to Influential Women List

    BBC Names Russian Pop Star, Jailed Anti-War Artist, Journalist to Influential Women List

    The BBC has named Russian pop diva Alla Pugacheva, jailed anti-war activist Alexandra Skochilenko and prominent journalist Taisia Bekbulatova on its list of the year’s most influential women. The Russian entries in the 2022 edition of the annual 100 Women list of inspiring and influential women highlight the “female faces of conflict and resistance in Ukraine…

  • Latvian Decision to Revoke Russian TV Station’s License Sparks Fear, Disbelief

    Latvian Decision to Revoke Russian TV Station’s License Sparks Fear, Disbelief

    Latvia’s decision Tuesday to withdraw the broadcast license of independent Russian television channel Dozhd caused disbelief and anger among the media outlet’s journalists and soul-searching among other Russian journalists in exile. The Baltic country’s media watchdog said in a statement announcing the revocation that Dozhd posed “threats to national security and social order” following a…

  • Russian Court Deems Human Rights NGO Vesna ‘Extremist Organization’

    Russian Court Deems Human Rights NGO Vesna ‘Extremist Organization’

    A St. Petersburg court on Tuesday recognized the Russian human rights NGO Vesna as an extremist organization, the group announced in a statement, a move that if upheld will compel the organization to disband and cease all activity in Russia. “We plan to appeal this decision and to continue working … It’s not a secret…

  • Belgorod Region Governor Announces Creation of Territorial Defense Units

    Belgorod Region Governor Announces Creation of Territorial Defense Units

    Belgorod Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said on Tuesday that the border region is forming self-defense units amid Russia’s ongoing war with neighboring Ukraine.  “Literally from the very first days of the beginning of the special military operation, a large number of residents of the Belgorod region addressed the need to begin training and forming territorial defense…

  • What Secret Russian State Polling Tells Us About Support for the War

    What Secret Russian State Polling Tells Us About Support for the War

    Do Russians support the war in Ukraine? This question has been discussed intensely since the invasion in February. According to surveys from major Russian pollsters (including the independent Levada Center and state-controlled VTsIOM) about 75% of the population does support the invasion. But many are deeply skeptical of these figures.  Russian officials have access to…

  • Russian Authorities Hunt Suspected Deserter After Police Shooting

    Russian Authorities Hunt Suspected Deserter After Police Shooting

    Police in Russia’s Rostov region are searching for a suspected deserter from the Russian army who shot at police officers in the southern Russian city of Novoshakhtinsk near the Russian-Ukraine border on Tuesday, Russian news agency TASS reported.  The man reportedly fired at police officers after emerging from a wooded area on the outskirts of…

  • Stores Pull LGBT-Themed Books as Putin Signs Expanded ‘Gay Propaganda’ Ban

    Stores Pull LGBT-Themed Books as Putin Signs Expanded ‘Gay Propaganda’ Ban

    Russian bookstores have started removing LGBT-themed works from their catalogues after President Vladimir Putin signed a wide-reaching ban on expressions of LGBT identity into law on Monday. Under the new law that entered into force immediately after its signing, bookstores, film and video game makers, as well as advertisers and media outlets, risk being shut…

  • Kremlin Discusses ‘Domestic Security’ After Ukraine Drone Attacks

    Kremlin Discusses ‘Domestic Security’ After Ukraine Drone Attacks

    President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday met with top officials on Russia’s “domestic security” as the Kremlin said the latest Ukrainian drone attacks presented a danger to the country. Earlier Tuesday, authorities said that a drone had struck near an airfield in Russia’s Kursk region bordering Ukraine, a day after Moscow blamed Kyiv for drone strikes…

  • Russia Firing Newly Made Missiles in Ukraine Despite Sanctions – Research

    Russia Firing Newly Made Missiles in Ukraine Despite Sanctions – Research

    Russia has pounded Ukraine with newly made cruise missiles in recent weeks, British weapons researchers said Monday, suggesting that production has continued months after Western governments imposed unprecedented sanctions on Moscow. The Conflict Armament Research (CAR) said its experts were in Kyiv on Nov. 23 when Russia fired around 70 cruise missiles. Analysis of two…

  • Moscow Court Grants FSB Request to Arrest Ukrainian Ministers

    Moscow Court Grants FSB Request to Arrest Ukrainian Ministers

    Updates with court ruling, adds top three lines. A Moscow court on Tuesday ordered the arrest in absentia of two Ukrainian ministers after they were accused of violating Russia’s territorial integrity. The decision came following a request by the FSB security service to arrest in absentia Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk and Deputy Foreign…

  • Belarus Opposition Leader Back in Jail After Treatment – Allies

    Belarus Opposition Leader Back in Jail After Treatment – Allies

    Jailed Belarusian opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova, who was admitted to intensive care last week, has been returned to jail and is being monitored by doctors, her allies have said. She was arrested and handed 11 years behind bars last year in the wake of huge and long-running popular protests against the authoritarian rule of strongman…

  • Latvia Revokes Exiled Russian Station’s License Over War Coverage Violations

    Latvia Revokes Exiled Russian Station’s License Over War Coverage Violations

    Latvia said Tuesday that it is revoking the independent Russian television channel Dozhd’s broadcasting license, citing “threats to national security and social order” following a series of infringements related to the channel’s coverage of the war in Ukraine. “Dozhd TV will disappear from the airwaves on Thursday, Dec. 8,” tweeted Ivars Abolins, chairman of Latvia’s…

  • Ukraine Races to Restore Power Grid Post-Russia Strikes as Winter Comes

    Ukraine Races to Restore Power Grid Post-Russia Strikes as Winter Comes

    Ukraine worked to restore power on Tuesday after Russia’s latest wave of missile strikes caused power disruptions across the country, right as winter frost builds and temperatures plunge. Out of the 70 missiles launched by Moscow, “most” were shot down, President Volodymyr Zelensky said, but the barrage still hit Ukraine’s already battered infrastructure.  Fresh power…

  • Moscow Blames Ukraine for Blasts on Russian Airfields

    Moscow Blames Ukraine for Blasts on Russian Airfields

    The Russian Defense Ministry said Ukrainian drone attacks caused explosions at two airfields in the Saratov and Ryazan regions on Monday, leaving three dead.  On Monday morning “the Kyiv regime attempted to strike the Dyagilevo airfield in the Ryazan region, and the Engels airfield in the Saratov region, with Soviet-made drones,” the ministry said in…

  • ICC Prosecutor Warns Over Russia Tribunal Plan

    ICC Prosecutor Warns Over Russia Tribunal Plan

    The investigation of the war in Ukraine by the International Criminal Court (ICC) should not be “set up to fail” by plans to create a separate special tribunal for Russia, its prosecutor said on Monday. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen last week proposed a UN-backed special court to prosecute the Russian leadership for…

  • In Photos: Life in the Bakhmut ‘Vortex’ as Savage Fighting Continues

    In Photos: Life in the Bakhmut ‘Vortex’ as Savage Fighting Continues

    The battle for the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut in the country’s eastern Donetsk region has become the bloodiest of the war so far and has even prompted comparisons to the great battles of World War I for its trench warfare, high casualty numbers and largely static frontline. While the medium-sized city has been shelled by…

  • Putin Signs Expanded Law Banning ‘Gay Propaganda’

    Putin Signs Expanded Law Banning ‘Gay Propaganda’

    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law expanding the existing ban on the prohibition of “LGBT propaganda” to children to include the entire population on Monday. People of all ages are now banned from accessing certain content under the new legislation. From now on, LGBT relationships and “lifestyles” cannot be displayed or mentioned, according to…

  • Putin Visits Crimea Bridge After October Blast

    Putin Visits Crimea Bridge After October Blast

    President Vladimir Putin on Monday visited the bridge that links Moscow-annexed Crimea to the Russian mainland weeks after the vital link was hit by a blast, images on state television showed. It was the closest the 70-year-old Russian leader has come to the frontline in Ukraine, after sending troops to the pro-Western country on Feb.…

  • Russian Officer Who Feared Execution After Troop Desertion Found Dead

    Russian Officer Who Feared Execution After Troop Desertion Found Dead

    A former Russian prisoner who had his jail sentence reduced to allow him to serve in the Russian military in Ukraine has been confirmed dead after claiming to have been threatened with execution, investigative news website The Insider reported, citing prominent prisoners’ rights NGO Gulagu.net. Victor Sevalnev, who served as the commander of the 7th…

  • Scarred by War, Returning Russian Soldiers Struggle to Adapt to Civilian Life

    Scarred by War, Returning Russian Soldiers Struggle to Adapt to Civilian Life

    After six months of combat with Russia’s 64th Motorized Rifle Brigade in Ukraine, Alexei Astashov quietly rejoiced when he was discharged from the army and sent back to his former life as a veterinarian in the Far East. But amid the elation of being reunited with his wife and son, he has still not been…

  • Kremlin Critic Faces 9-Year Jail Term for Spreading ‘Fake News’ About Bucha

    Kremlin Critic Faces 9-Year Jail Term for Spreading ‘Fake News’ About Bucha

    A Russian prosecutor on Monday requested a nine-year prison sentence for Kremlin critic Ilya Yashin for denouncing Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in Ukraine. According to the prosecution, Yashin, a 39-year-old former Moscow city deputy, was guilty of claiming that the occupying Russian military had been responsible for the massacre of civilians in the Kyiv suburb…

  • Putin Signs Expanded ‘Gay Propaganda’ Ban

    Putin Signs Expanded ‘Gay Propaganda’ Ban

    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law expanding the existing ban on so-called “LGBT propaganda” toward the entire population, not just minors, on Monday. People of all ages are now banned from accessing certain content under the new legislation. From now on, LGBT relationships and “lifestyles” cannot be displayed or mentioned, according to activists. The…

  • Georgia’s Ex-Leader Saakashvili ‘Poisoned’ in Prison – Doctors

    Georgia’s Ex-Leader Saakashvili ‘Poisoned’ in Prison – Doctors

    Georgia’s jailed ex-president, Mikheil Saakashvili, has been “poisoned” in custody by heavy metals and risks dying without proper treatment, according to a medical report distributed on Monday by his legal team. The 54-year-old was transferred to the hospital last year after a hunger strike that he maintained for 50 days to protest at his jailing,…

  • Kremlin Ally Kudrin Confirms Move to Tech Giant Yandex

    Kremlin Ally Kudrin Confirms Move to Tech Giant Yandex

    Longtime Kremlin ally Alexei Kudrin confirmed Monday that he has accepted a role at tech giant Yandex as senior adviser. Kudrin, 62, a former finance minister and economic liberal, stepped down as head of the country’s Audit Chamber last week, with state agencies reporting that he was expected to take a leadership role at Yandex…

  • 3 Killed, Nuclear-Capable Bombers Likely Damaged in Russian Airfield Explosions

    3 Killed, Nuclear-Capable Bombers Likely Damaged in Russian Airfield Explosions

    Three people have been killed and at least two nuclear-capable bombers likely damaged in separate blasts at two Russian airfields, state and independent media outlets reported Monday. Russia’s Defense Ministry has not yet commented on the alleged incidents, which took place hundreds of kilometers from the Ukrainian border. Two Tu-95 long-range strategic nuclear bombers were damaged…

  • Thousands of Endangered Seals Wash Up Dead on Russia’s Caspian Shore

    Thousands of Endangered Seals Wash Up Dead on Russia’s Caspian Shore

    At least 2,500 dead Caspian seals have been found on the shores of Russia’s Caspian Sea coast, local authorities said Sunday. Photos published online showed the mammals’ carcasses scattered across the beach. The Russian republic of Dagestan’s natural resources ministry said the endangered seals had likely died of “natural causes,” adding that laboratory tests will…

  • Russian Oil Price Cap Put to the Test

    Russian Oil Price Cap Put to the Test

    The price cap on Russian oil agreed by the EU, G7 and Australia is set to come into force on Monday. It aims to restrict Russia’s revenue while making sure Moscow keeps supplying the global market. Embargo and cap The cap is due to take effect alongside an EU embargo on maritime deliveries of Russian crude…

  • ‘No Diplomatic Solution’ to Ukraine War: Nobel Winner

    ‘No Diplomatic Solution’ to Ukraine War: Nobel Winner

    There is currently no diplomatic solution to the war in Ukraine, a co-founder of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Russian rights organization Memorial said Sunday. “I am absolutely convinced that there is not a diplomatic solution with Putin’s regime, so long as it is still there,” said Irina Scherbakova. “The solution that there will now be…

  • Russian Emigres in Armenia Fuel Flourishing Food, Creative Scenes

    Russian Emigres in Armenia Fuel Flourishing Food, Creative Scenes

    YEREVAN, Armenia — Nearly every hand in the packed auditorium went up when the moderator asked who had arrived in this South Caucasus nation after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “And who was living here before then?” Three hands rose from the crowd. At ArtDocFest Yerevan, the longstanding Russian documentary film festival that launched in the…