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  • Moscow Mayor Announces End of Mobilization in the Capital

    Moscow Mayor Announces End of Mobilization in the Capital

    Army draft offices will close in Moscow from Monday as the Kremlin’s quotas for recruiting reservists to fight in Ukraine have been met in the capital, city mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced.  “Assembly points for mobilized people will close on October 17, 2022, at 2:00 pm,” Sobyanin said on his website.  He said “the task of partial…

  • Russian ‘Kamikaze Drones’ Strike Kyiv: Ukraine

    Russian ‘Kamikaze Drones’ Strike Kyiv: Ukraine

    Updates with Zelensky comments and Defense Ministry statement. Russian-launched “kamikaze drones” attacked Kyiv early Monday, the Ukrainian presidency said, describing the strikes as an act of desperation nearly eight months into a war that has claimed thousands of lives. Air raid sirens sounded in Kyiv shortly before the first explosion at around 6:35 a.m., followed…

  • New Strikes in Russian Belgorod Region Bordering Ukraine – Governor

    New Strikes in Russian Belgorod Region Bordering Ukraine – Governor

    The Russian Belgorod region bordering Ukraine was hit by strikes on Sunday, leaving at least four people injured in the latest attacks in the area, Russian officials said. “As a result of shelling in Belgorod, three people from the same family were injured,” regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov posted on Telegram on Sunday after visiting the…

  • Zelensky Says Situation “Most Difficult” Near Bakhmut in Donetsk

    Zelensky Says Situation “Most Difficult” Near Bakhmut in Donetsk

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Saturday the situation was “the most difficult” near the eastern town of Bakhmut, a few days after pro-Russian forces announced they were moving closer to the city.  “A very severe situation persists in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions” in the Donbas, Zelensky said in his daily address, “the most difficult…

  • Norway Detains Second Drone-Carrying Russian

    Norway Detains Second Drone-Carrying Russian

    Norway said Saturday it arrested a Russian national carrying a drone and camera equipment after he was seen taking photos of an airport in the far north, the second such arrest in a week. Norway is on high alert following reports of mysterious drone sightings close to offshore oil and gas drilling platforms run by…

  • Russia Says 11 Killed in ‘Terrorist’ Attack at Military Site

    Russia Says 11 Killed in ‘Terrorist’ Attack at Military Site

    Russia said two gunmen from an ex-Soviet state on Saturday attacked a military training ground killing 11 people who had volunteered to fight in Ukraine and wounding 15 others. Russia’s defense ministry said the attack in the Belgorod region, which borders Ukraine, happened during a firearms training session. Russia launched what it calls a special…

  • First Russian Soldiers Arrive in Belarus For Joint Force

    First Russian Soldiers Arrive in Belarus For Joint Force

    The first Russian soldiers to take part in a new joint force with Belarusian troops have arrived in Belarus, Minsk’s defense ministry said on Saturday. “The first convoys of Russian servicemen from the regional force group have arrived in Belarus,” the ministry said, adding that their mission was “exclusively to strengthen the protection and defence…

  • The Paradox of Pelmeni

    The Paradox of Pelmeni

    Pelmeni are a paradoxical dish. Although Siberian pelmeni most likely came from China originally — from famous New Year’s dumplings called jiaozi — their name — pelmeni — is from the group of Finno-Ugric languages. They are considered a “national Russian dish,” although up to the mid-19th century or even later pelmeni were a truly…

  • Iran Denies Providing Russia With Weapons ‘to be Used’ in Ukraine

    Iran Denies Providing Russia With Weapons ‘to be Used’ in Ukraine

    Iran has once again rejected allegations that it has supplied Russia with weapons “to be used in the war in Ukraine,” its Foreign Ministry said Saturday. Kyiv and many of its Western allies have accused Moscow of using Iranian-made drones in attacks on Ukraine in recent weeks. The topic is expected to be discussed by…

  • From Mobilization to Death in 10 Days: Russia’s Draftees Killed in Ukraine

    From Mobilization to Death in 10 Days: Russia’s Draftees Killed in Ukraine

    St. Petersburg lawyer Andrei Nikiforov was drafted into the Russian army four days after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “partial” mobilization in a bid to solve the military’s manpower problems in the ongoing Ukraine war.  Less than two weeks later, Nikiforov became one of the first mobilized men to be killed as Ukraine pushed…

  • Putin Tells Reporters Russia Has No Plan to ‘Destroy’ Ukraine

    Putin Tells Reporters Russia Has No Plan to ‘Destroy’ Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin shed some light on his current state of mind regarding the war in Ukraine at a press conference in the Kazakh capital Astana on Friday. Among the takeaways from the president’s rare Q&A session was the announcement that Russia’s “partial” mobilization campaign would be coming to an end in a matter…

  • Why is There a Dog in Your Email?

    Why is There a Dog in Your Email?

    @: собака (dog) Today I have a very exciting topic:  Russian punctuation and typographical marks. No, really! Don’t you want to know why @ is a собака (dog) in Russian and what you call those claw-like Russian quotation marks? Haven’t you asked yourself if дефис the same thing as тире? And surely you have pondered…

  • Outrage as Russian Military Recruiters Resort to Rounding Up Conscripts

    Outrage as Russian Military Recruiters Resort to Rounding Up Conscripts

    Russian military recruiters appear to be employing new and increasingly desperate methods to round up men for the Kremlin’s “partial” mobilization drive.  Military and law enforcement officials in Moscow and St. Petersburg on Friday were seen inspecting the identity papers of passers-by around the entrance to metro stations and handing out draft notices to eligible…

  • UN Envoy: Rape Used as Part of Russian ‘Military Strategy’ in Ukraine

    UN Envoy: Rape Used as Part of Russian ‘Military Strategy’ in Ukraine

    Rapes and sexual assaults attributed to Moscow’s forces in Ukraine are part of a Russian “military strategy” and a “deliberate tactic to dehumanize the victims,” UN envoy Pramila Patten told AFP in an interview on Thursday. “All the indications are there,” the UN special representative on sexual violence told AFP, when asked if rape was…

  • Appetite for ‘De-Russification’ Builds in Ukraine

    Appetite for ‘De-Russification’ Builds in Ukraine

    At a bookshop in Kyiv, 33-year-old Yulia Sydorenko was dumping an entire collection of old books – some gifts from childhood friends – that have recently lost their appeal. Why? They were written in Russian. “Since February 24, Russian books have no place in my house,” Sydorenko said, referring to the day Russian President Vladimir…

  • Danone Plans to Withdraw From Most of its Business in Russia

    Danone Plans to Withdraw From Most of its Business in Russia

    French food giant Danone announced plans on Friday to transfer the control of its essential dairy and plant-based business in Russia, retaining only its infant nutrition branch. One of the few multinationals to have remained in Russia since the Ukraine war, Danone said the move to “transfer the effective control” of the dairy business could…

  • U.S. Pushes Allies to Assemble Air Defenses for Ukraine

    U.S. Pushes Allies to Assemble Air Defenses for Ukraine

    The United States is pressing allies to hastily build Ukraine a patchwork air defense network using NATO-compatible equipment – some ultra-modern, others older – to protect strategic targets from Russian strikes. The effort was given added urgency after Moscow pummeled Ukraine with missiles this week, damaging energy facilities nationwide and leaving at least 20 people…

  • Kherson Region Head Requests Kremlin Help with Evacuations

    Kherson Region Head Requests Kremlin Help with Evacuations

    The Kremlin-installed governor of Ukraine’s Kherson region, which the Kremlin says it has annexed, appealed to Moscow to help evacuate civilians from the area on Thursday, in yet another sign that the Ukrainian military’s southern counteroffensive is continuing to gain ground.  “Сities in the Kherson region are coming under daily rocket attacks,” Vladimir Saldo said…

  • Israel Says it Plans to Open Transit Camps for Russian Jews in Azerbaijan

    Israel Says it Plans to Open Transit Camps for Russian Jews in Azerbaijan

    The Israeli government has said it intends to open temporary camps in Azerbaijan for Russian Jews seeking to move to Israel in the wake of the war in Ukraine. On Oct. 2, the government of Israel approved a proposal to facilitate the immigration of Russian Jews to Israel, amid the largest wave of Russian emigration…

  • Russian Lawmakers Propose Granting Prisoners Amnesty for Enlisting

    Russian Lawmakers Propose Granting Prisoners Amnesty for Enlisting

    Russian lawmakers have proposed a bill that would allow the granting of amnesties to prisoners enlisting to fight in Ukraine, according to Senator Olga Kovitidi on Thursday. “If a convict shows courage and heroism while performing military duty … the court may release him from serving his sentence … or commute the remainder of the…

  • IKEA announces 10,000 layoffs in Russia

    IKEA announces 10,000 layoffs in Russia

    Swedish furniture giant IKEA announced that it would be making around 10,000 of its remaining Russian staff redundant on Thursday, despite posting a 6% rise in full-year sales in what it described as a “challenging” year due to inflation and scaling back in Russia. The 2022 fiscal year “was a challenging year for the world,…

  • Russia Denounces Exclusion From Nord Stream Leaks Probe

    Russia Denounces Exclusion From Nord Stream Leaks Probe

    Russia’s foreign ministry said Thursday it had summoned envoys of Germany, Denmark and Sweden to express “bewilderment” over Moscow’s exclusion from an investigation into leaks on the Nord Stream pipelines. Multiple leaks were discovered on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines connecting Russia to Germany, further raising political tensions already sky-high since the Kremlin…

  • Russian Authorities Resort to Raiding Hotels to Catch Draft Dodgers

    Russian Authorities Resort to Raiding Hotels to Catch Draft Dodgers

    The Russian authorities have resorted to raiding hostels and hotels in search of men who may be eligible for military service as part of the country’s “partial” mobilization, according to multiple media reports.  Two Moscow locations of the Travel Inn hostel chain were visited by the police last week, according to a report by broadcaster…

  • Putin Tells Erdogan Russia Could Create ‘Gas Hub’ in Turkey

    Putin Tells Erdogan Russia Could Create ‘Gas Hub’ in Turkey

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday told his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Moscow would consider developing a “gas hub” in Turkey, with Russia’s supplies to Europe disrupted by Ukraine-related sanctions and leaks at key pipelines. “Turkey has turned out to be the most reliable route for deliveries today, even to Europe. We could…

  • In Photos: Ukrainians Remain Defiant Amid Russian Missile Strikes

    In Photos: Ukrainians Remain Defiant Amid Russian Missile Strikes

    The Kremlin has responded with fury to the attack on the Crimean Bridge on Saturday, launching a devastating series of missile attacks on Ukrainian cities in which it has targeted civilian infrastructure in an attempt to terrorize the local population. By now quite accustomed to the privations of war, Ukrainians have responded with hardened resolve…

  • Russian Plan for the Reconstruction of Mariupol Leaked

    Russian Plan for the Reconstruction of Mariupol Leaked

    A copy of an ambitious Russian plan for the reconstruction of the city of Mariupol — the occupied Ukrainian port city largely reduced to rubble by Russian forces in one of the most brutal battles in the Ukraine conflict to date — was published on Wednesday by Russian news website The Village. The plan, which…

  • Reading the Tea Leaves of Russia’s Pro-War ‘Z-Universe’

    Reading the Tea Leaves of Russia’s Pro-War ‘Z-Universe’

    One of the by-products of the Ukraine war has been the emergence of the online “Z-Universe,” an enormous network of websites and social media accounts named after a popular pro-war symbol. It is most active on Telegram, which, unlike Twitter and Facebook, is not banned in Russia. All its participants spread pro-Kremlin and anti-Ukrainian propaganda,…

  • ‘Everything Has Collapsed’: Mobilization Tanks Small Businesses

    ‘Everything Has Collapsed’: Mobilization Tanks Small Businesses

    In his brand new co-working space in Chelyabinsk, a city in central Russia, entrepreneur Maxim Novikov is counting the empty seats. The space is usually overflowing with designers, programmers and young Russians working on their start-ups. But since President Vladimir Putin announced a mobilization of hundreds of thousands of young Russian men last month, the…

  • Macron Says Putin Must ‘Return to the Table’ for Ukraine Talks

    Macron Says Putin Must ‘Return to the Table’ for Ukraine Talks

    Russian President Vladimir Putin must “return to the table” to discuss making peace in Ukraine, French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday, adding that he thought Kyiv would have to negotiate with him at some point. “Today, first of all, Vladimir Putin must stop this war, respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity and come back to the table…

  • UN General Assembly Condemns Russia ‘Illegal Annexation’ of Ukraine Land

    UN General Assembly Condemns Russia ‘Illegal Annexation’ of Ukraine Land

    The United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to condemn Russia’s annexation of parts of Ukraine after Moscow vetoed a similar effort in the Security Council. The General Assembly approved the resolution with 143 in favor and five against but 35 nations abstained including China, India, South Africa and Pakistan despite a major US…

  • Over 90K ‘Irrecoverable Losses’ Suffered by Russian Soldiers in Ukraine: iStories

    Over 90K ‘Irrecoverable Losses’ Suffered by Russian Soldiers in Ukraine: iStories

    Over 90,000 Russian soldiers have died, cannot be accounted for, or have suffered such serious injuries that they are unable to return to service, independent Russian media project iStories reported on Wednesday, citing sources close to the Kremlin. The figure falls roughly in line with estimates made by the Pentagon and other Western governments in…

  • Putin Says ‘Ball in EU’s Court’ on Restarting Nord Stream Deliveries

    Putin Says ‘Ball in EU’s Court’ on Restarting Nord Stream Deliveries

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said his country was a reliable energy supplier and blamed the West for disruptions on the market at an energy forum in Moscow. After the Nord Stream pipelines connecting Russia to Europe were damaged by explosions, Putin said “the ball was in the EU’s court” to resume deliveries. “If…

  • In Latvia, Putin’s War on Russian Media Plays Out on the Big Screen

    In Latvia, Putin’s War on Russian Media Plays Out on the Big Screen

    Viewers in Latvia’s capital of Riga came out last week to see a screening of “F@ck This Job,” a documentary about independent Russian broadcaster TV Rain (Dozhd) and its struggle to survive Vladimir Putin’s war on the independent media. It was directed and narrated by Vera Krichevskaya, a co-founder of TV Rain with Sindeeva, who…

  • Kremlin, Musk Deny Meeting Before Controversial Ukraine Peace Plan Tweet

    Kremlin, Musk Deny Meeting Before Controversial Ukraine Peace Plan Tweet

    The Kremlin on Wednesday denied reports that Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin before he tweeted his proposal for ending the war in Ukraine. The U.S. billionaire sparked controversy last week when he tweeted a proposed peace deal involving re-running referendums on annexation under UN supervision in Moscow-occupied areas;…

  • Russian Cities Scrap New Year Festivities as War Encroaches on Everyday Life

    Russian Cities Scrap New Year Festivities as War Encroaches on Everyday Life

    Dozens of Russian cities have canceled or scaled back planned New Year’s Eve celebrations as the war strains local budgets and calls grow for money to be diverted to mobilized Russian soldiers lacking basic equipment and supplies. “After Feb. 24, most people believed it [the war] would not affect them personally. But now it will…

  • Russia’s Military Mobilization Targets the Homeless, Poor – Reports

    Russia’s Military Mobilization Targets the Homeless, Poor – Reports

    Russian authorities are mobilizing men from the country’s most vulnerable groups to send to the front in Ukraine, the independent Mediazona news website reported Tuesday. In Moscow, security officers have taken men to military enlistment centers from charity centers for the homeless and needy as well as hostels where labor migrants live, Mediazona reported. The…

  • Russia Opens Criminal Case Over Note Left on Grave of Putin’s Parents

    Russia Opens Criminal Case Over Note Left on Grave of Putin’s Parents

    Authorities in St. Petersburg have launched criminal proceedings against a pensioner who allegedly placed a handwritten note wishing death to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the grave of his parents.  Irina Tsybaneva, 60, was arrested at her St. Petersburg home on Monday on charges of “desecration of the bodies of the dead and their burial…

  • Russia-Germany Oil Pipeline Partly Shut After Leak

    Russia-Germany Oil Pipeline Partly Shut After Leak

    The Druzhba oil pipeline linking Russia and Germany has been partly shut after a leak was discovered in Poland, the Polish PERN operator said on Wednesday. “The cause of the incident is not known for the moment. Pumping in the affected line was immediately stopped. Line 2 of the pipeline is functioning normally,” the operator…

  • Russia Says Arrested 8 Suspects in Crimean Bridge Blast

    Russia Says Arrested 8 Suspects in Crimean Bridge Blast

    Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said it has arrested eight suspects in last week’s apparent attack that tore apart the Crimean Bridge and killed three people, Interfax reported Wednesday.  Five Russians, three Ukrainians and one Armenian were detained over their alleged involvement in the Oct. 8 explosion that collapsed a road segment and caused a…

  • Putin Tells IAEA’s Grossi Moscow is ‘Open to Dialogue’ on Ukraine Nuclear Plant

    Putin Tells IAEA’s Grossi Moscow is ‘Open to Dialogue’ on Ukraine Nuclear Plant

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday told UN nuclear agency chief Rafael Grossi he was “open to dialogue” on Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in territory controlled by Moscow’s forces in southern Ukraine. In televised comments with Grossi ahead of their meeting in Saint Petersburg, Putin told the IAEA chief he was “ready to discuss all…

  • Explainer: Is the Belarus-Russia ‘Joint Military Group’ a Threat to Ukraine?

    Explainer: Is the Belarus-Russia ‘Joint Military Group’ a Threat to Ukraine?

    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko claimed Monday that Ukraine was readying an attack on Belarus and announced the formation of a “joint military group” with Russia.  “Ukraine is not just discussing but planning strikes on the territory of Belarus,” Lukashenko, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, said during a meeting with security officials, according…

  • Russia Adds Meta to List of ‘Terrorist and Extremist’ Orgs

    Russia Adds Meta to List of ‘Terrorist and Extremist’ Orgs

    Russia has added U.S. tech giant Meta to its list of “terrorists and extremist” organizations, according to state financial watchdog Rosfinmonitoring’s database. Moscow banned Meta products Facebook and Instagram in March after authorities accused the company of tolerating “Russophobia” during Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine, making the popular social media platforms inaccessible to Russian users…

  • Startup Pollsters Challenge Accepted Wisdom on Russians’ War Support

    Startup Pollsters Challenge Accepted Wisdom on Russians’ War Support

    The day Russia invaded Ukraine, social entrepreneur and political activist Alexei Minyaylo gathered his friends and partners to brainstorm how to “end this madness.” The answer came quickly: public opinion polling. “The authorities always use polls to create the illusion of a majority and that’s a very powerful social mechanism,” Minyaylo told The Moscow Times. …

  • Oil Exports Helping Cushion Russian Economy – IMF

    Oil Exports Helping Cushion Russian Economy – IMF

    Russia’s recession will be less severe than expected due to oil exports and relatively stable domestic demand, according to the latest International Monetary Fund forecasts released on Tuesday. While the IMF estimates Russia’s economy to have contracted by 21.8% during the second quarter at a quarterly annualized rate, for the year as a whole the Russian…

  • Ukraine Says Returned 37 Children ‘Deported’ to Russia

    Ukraine Says Returned 37 Children ‘Deported’ to Russia

    Kyiv has returned home dozens of Ukrainian children who had been taken to Russia amid Moscow’s invasion, Ukraine’s ministry for reintegrating temporarily occupied territories said Tuesday. The 37 children were “forcibly removed” from the Kharkiv region of northeastern Ukraine at the end of August and taken to the southern Russian town of Kabardinka, the ministry…

  • Nissan to Exit Russian Market, Sell Assets to Moscow

    Nissan to Exit Russian Market, Sell Assets to Moscow

    Japanese automaker Nissan will sell its Russian assets – including a factory in St. Petersburg – to the Russian government, the Industry and Trade Ministry said Tuesday.  The Kommersant business daily reports that the Japanese car manufacturer’s departure follows a similar scheme as French automaker Renault, which exited the Russian market in May.  Russian car…

  • Russians Buy Books on Nazi Germany, WWII Following Mobilization Call

    Russians Buy Books on Nazi Germany, WWII Following Mobilization Call

    Russians are increasingly buying books about Nazi Germany and World War II following President Vladimir Putin’s “partial” mobilization of civilian reservists for the war in Ukraine. Sales of books about World War II surged by 20% despite an overall decline in book sales across Russia, the Kommersant business daily reported Tuesday, citing leading bookstores and…

  • Silicon Valley Billionaire Milner Renounces Russian Citizenship

    Silicon Valley Billionaire Milner Renounces Russian Citizenship

    Billionaire Silicon Valley investor Yuri Milner said Monday he had renounced his Russian citizenship. “My family and I left Russia for good in 2014, after the Russian annexation of Crimea. And this summer, we officially completed the process of renouncing our Russian citizenship,” the Moscow-born Milner tweeted. Milner, founder of the internet investment firm DST Global and…

  • Putin Seeks Escalation with Ukraine Missile Blitz – Experts

    Putin Seeks Escalation with Ukraine Missile Blitz – Experts

    With Russia firing a hail of missiles into Ukraine on Monday and Belarus making fresh threats against Kyiv, President Vladimir Putin is seeking to escalate the nearly eight-month war and compensate for humiliating recent losses, Western analysts say. According to Ukrainian authorities, 41 out of 75 missiles were intercepted, but the remainder struck cities around the country,…

  • UN Bracing for more Displacements After Russian Strikes in Ukraine

    UN Bracing for more Displacements After Russian Strikes in Ukraine

    The United Nations refugee chief on Monday warned more people will be forced to flee their homes in Ukraine after Russian missiles rained down on Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities. Moscow earlier on Monday unleashed the biggest wave of strikes across Ukraine in months in retaliation for an explosion this weekend that damaged a key…

  • Ukraine Denounces Russia as ‘Terrorist State’ in UN Meeting

    Ukraine Denounces Russia as ‘Terrorist State’ in UN Meeting

    Ukraine denounced Russia as a “terrorist state” at an urgent United Nations General Assembly meeting Monday following its neighbor’s latest attacks, as Western powers sought to underscore Moscow’s isolation. The UN called the debate to discuss Russia’s declared annexation of four partly occupied Ukrainian regions, but the debate was overshadowed by strikes on Kyiv and…

  • Biden Condemns ‘Utter Brutality’ of Russian Missile Strikes

    Biden Condemns ‘Utter Brutality’ of Russian Missile Strikes

    U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday condemned Russia’s missile strikes on Ukrainian cities, saying they “demonstrate the utter brutality” of Vladimir Putin’s “illegal war.” “The United States strongly condemns Russia’s missile strikes today across Ukraine,” Biden said in a statement. “These attacks killed and injured civilians and destroyed targets with no military purpose,” he said.…

  • Lines, Delays But Little Panic in Crimea After Bridge Blast

    Lines, Delays But Little Panic in Crimea After Bridge Blast

    A giant explosion that damaged the Crimean Bridge — a key route between mainland Russia and annexed Crimea — over the weekend has jammed traffic and delayed supply shipments but appeared Monday to be having little effect on day-to-day life on the peninsula. “People have been living on a powder keg since Feb. 24 and…

  • In Photos: Russian Missiles Pummel Cities Across Ukraine

    In Photos: Russian Missiles Pummel Cities Across Ukraine

    Cities across Ukraine were slammed by Russian missiles Monday morning, sending civilians scrambling for cover as Moscow hit back for an attack on its bridge to annexed Crimea that it blames on Kyiv. At least 11 people have been killed and dozens injured in the strikes, which Russian President Vladimir Putin said were targeting Ukrainian…

  • Russian, U.S. Troops in Syria Share ‘Rare Moment’ of Congeniality

    Russian, U.S. Troops in Syria Share ‘Rare Moment’ of Congeniality

    U.S. and Russian troops exchanged friendly greetings and posed for pictures together over the weekend on a northeast Syria highway in a rare display of congeniality between the rival forces. Both Washington and Moscow have troops on the ground in Syria backing opposing sides of the war that has ravaged the Middle Eastern country since…

  • Jailed Kremlin Critic Kara-Murza Receives European Rights Award

    Jailed Kremlin Critic Kara-Murza Receives European Rights Award

    Jailed Kremlin critic Vladimir Kara-Murza received the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize for “outstanding actions of civil society in the protection of human rights around the world.”  The prize was awarded during the opening of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)’s autumn session in Strasbourg on Monday. Kara-Murza, an outspoken critic of…

  • Putin Vows More ‘Severe’ Attacks After Russian Missiles Batter Ukraine

    Putin Vows More ‘Severe’ Attacks After Russian Missiles Batter Ukraine

    Russian forces launched a barrage of fatal bombardments across Ukraine early on Monday and President Vladimir Putin vowed even more “severe” retaliation against Kyiv. The biggest wave of strikes across Ukraine in months killed at least 11 people nationwide, and was apparent retaliation for an explosion this weekend that damaged a key bridge linking Russia…

  • Belarus Says Forming Joint Military Group with Russia

    Belarus Says Forming Joint Military Group with Russia

    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said Minsk and Moscow have agreed to deploy a joint regional group of military forces in response to alleged “aggravations” on Belarus’ western border, Belarusian state media reported Monday. “Given the worsening of the situation on the western borders of the Union State, we agreed to deploy a regional group of…

  • ‘Just the Beginning’: Russian Pro-War Voices Hail Ukraine Strikes

    ‘Just the Beginning’: Russian Pro-War Voices Hail Ukraine Strikes

    Russian pro-war bloggers and officials hailed Monday’s air strikes on cities across Ukraine, with many calling the attacks the first step of Moscow’s retaliation to last week’s humiliating blast on the Crimean Bridge. Some 80 Russian missiles slammed into 16 Ukrainian cities early Monday, including a number of cities in western Ukraine as well as…

  • Moscow Stock Exchange Down Nearly 12% at Opening

    Moscow Stock Exchange Down Nearly 12% at Opening

    The Moscow stock exchange plunged nearly 12% in early trading on Monday following multiple strikes on Ukrainian cities and a weekend explosion that partially destroyed the bridge connecting Crimea to Russia. The benchmark ruble-denominated MOEX index dropped 11.9% to 1,780.39 points at 9:03 a.m., briefly falling below the 1,800 mark for the first time since…