EU Denounces Alleged Russian Hacking Ahead of German Vote

The European Union on Friday condemned alleged Russian cyberattacks that have targeted Germany in the run-up to this weekend’s election for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s successor.  “Some EU Member States have observed malicious cyber activities, collectively designated as ‘Ghostwriter,’ and associated these with the Russian state,” foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said.  “Such activities are unacceptable as…

Putin’s Party Keeps Parliament Supermajority in Controversial Election – Final Results

The ruling, pro-Putin United Russia party kept its supermajority in the lower house of parliament despite critics claiming mass fraud and tampering during the three-day election, according to final results announced by election officials Friday. Russia’s opposition has raised strong doubts over the results’ legitimacy after remote voting showed United Russia candidates taking every single-mandate district…

Russia Reports Record Covid Deaths

Russia posted an all-time record of 828 deaths from Covid-19 on Friday as hospitalizations shot up in Moscow and several regions reportedly began reimposing restrictions after nationwide elections last weekend. The government’s Covid-19 information center said the country recorded 21,379 new cases over the past 24 hours. The new high for deaths comes a day…

Five Climbers Die on Russia’s Mount Elbrus

Five climbers died after a blizzard on Mount Elbrus, Europe’s highest peak, Russia’s emergencies ministry said Friday.  Thursday’s incident struck when a group of 19 climbers was at an altitude of over 5,000 meters.  Elbrus, located in Russia’s North Caucasus, is the highest mountain in Europe at 5,642 meters.  “Unfortunately, five people died,” the emergencies…

Navalny Accuses Google, Apple of Becoming Putin’s ‘Accomplices’

Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny accused Google and Apple Thursday of acting as the Kremlin’s “accomplices” after the companies removed his voting app during the country’s parliamentary election last week. “If something surprised me in the latest elections, it was not how (President Vladimir) Putin forged the results, but how obediently the almighty Big…

Losing Russian Parliamentary Candidates Join Forces Against Controversial E-Voting

A group of Russian parliamentary candidates said Thursday they are uniting to abolish electronic voting and called for nationwide rallies to protest the results of last weekend’s elections. Russia’s opposition has raised questions over the election results’ legitimacy after the ruling, pro-Kremlin United Russia party won a landslide victory and took every district in Moscow.…

Russia Equals Covid Death Record

Russia reported 820 deaths from Covid-19 on Thursday equalling August’s record, while Moscow reported its highest number of daily cases since July. The government’s Covid-19 information center said Moscow had recorded 3,445 new cases in the past 24 hours.  Russia has the fifth-highest number of recorded Covid-19 cases in the world and the highest death…

Moscow Sees Spike in Covid Hospitalizations After Election Weekend

Moscow’s coronavirus hospitalizations have shot up in the past week, authorities said Wednesday after the Russian capital held three-day parliamentary and local assembly elections. Hospitalizations are up 15% compared to the previous week and new infections have risen by 24%, according to Moscow’s deputy mayor and Covid-19 response center chief Anastasia Rakova. The Delta variant accounted…

Military Transport Plane Vanishes Off Radars in Eastern Russia

A military transport plane with six people on board vanished from radars in Russia’s Far Eastern Khabarovsk region, the Emergency Situations Ministry said Wednesday. The An-26 was performing a “technical flight” when its communication systems stopped sending signals 38 kilometers from the Khabarovsk city airport, the ministry said. A Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) helicopter…

U.S. Says Russians ‘Prevented’ From Exercising Rights in Election

The U.S. State Department cast doubt Monday on the integrity of Russia’s parliamentary election, saying a government crackdown on critics had “prevented” citizens from exercising their civil rights. “The September 17-19 Duma elections in the Russian Federation took place under conditions not conducive to free and fair proceedings,” said State Department spokesperson Ned Price, adding…

French Defense Minister in Mali Amid Russian ‘Mercenary’ Tensions

France’s defense minister met her counterpart in Mali on Monday, amid rising tensions with the war-torn Sahel state over reports that it plans to hire Russian mercenaries, and the potential for delayed elections. Former colonial power France last week warned Bamako against signing a deal with private-security firm Wagner, after claims that Mali’s army-dominated government…

Russian Communist Party Says Won’t Recognize Moscow E-Voting Results

Russia’s Communist Party will not recognize electronic voting results which reversed its candidates’ strong leads in the country’s parliamentary elections held over the weekend, a party official said Monday.  Several Communist Party candidates who appeared set to win their races suddenly fell behind candidates from the ruling, pro-Kremlin party as soon as election officials started…

6 Dead in Russian University Shooting

At least six people have been killed and dozens injured after a student opened fire at a Russian university campus, authorities said Monday. Video published to social media shows students jumping out of second-floor windows to flee the gunman at Perm State University in the city of Perm some 1,300 kilometers east of Moscow. Russia’s…

Ukraine Launches Military Drills with NATO

Ukraine on Monday launched joint military exercises with the United States and other NATO countries as tensions with Russia remain high over the Kremlin-backed insurgency in the country’s east. The annual Rapid Trident military exercises, taking place in western Ukraine until Oct. 1, involve some 6,000 soldiers from 15 countries, Ukraine’s defense ministry said in…

Putin’s Party Says Secures Parliament Supermajority

President Vladimir Putin’s party United Russia claimed a landslide victory in parliamentary and regional elections that have been marred by claims of widespread voter fraud after an unprecedented crackdown on monitors and opposition candidates. According to Interfax, Andrei Turchak, United Russia’s general council secretary, told reporters that the results as of early Monday showed the party…

As it Happened: Russia Votes

Voting is open across Russia’s 11 time zones to elect the 450 members of the country’s lower chamber of parliament, the State Duma.  Here’s the latest (Moscow time): Monday Sept. 20 10:00 With 80.1% of votes counted, United Russia was ahead with 49.42% of the vote, followed by the Communist Party with 20.25%. Voting by party…

Russia Votes | Sept. 19

Voting is open across Russia’s 11 time zones to elect the 450 members of the country’s lower chamber of parliament, the State Duma.  Here’s the latest (Moscow time): Sunday Sept. 19 10:00 According to the Central Election Commission, nationwide turnout for in-person voting is at 31.51% as of the end of Saturday. 08:00 Voting has resumed in Moscow…

Russia Votes | Sept. 18

Voting is open across Russia’s 11 time zones to elect the 450 members of the country’s lower chamber of parliament, the State Duma.  Here’s the latest (Moscow time): 08:00: Voting has resumed in Moscow on the second day of Russia’s 2021 State Duma Elections. 00.30: Telegram founder Pavel Durov said on Friday evening that the instant messenger…

Russia Votes | Sept. 17

10.20: Over 10% of Russians that applied for electronic voting have already voted, the Ministry of Digital Science said. 10.13: Apple and Google deleted jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s apps from their online stores after Russian authorities threatened jail time for their employees, Navalny’s aides said Friday. 08.01: Polling stations have opened in Russia’s regions that belong to…

Apple, Google Delete Navalny App on Day of Russian Parliamentary Vote

Apple and Google have deleted jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s apps from their online stores after Russian authorities threatened jail time for their employees, Navalny’s aides said Friday. The move comes as voting gets underway in parliamentary elections overshadowed by an unprecedented crackdown on the opposition. The Navalny app contained recommendations for its supporters to…