Russian Vote Monitor Named ‘Foreign Agent’ After $3 Donation From Armenian

Golos, an independent vote-monitoring movement, was named a “foreign agent” by Russia’s Justice Ministry in August after receiving a $3 contribution from an Armenian citizen, the movement’s co-chairman Grigory Melkonyants said on Facebook.  A Russian court denied Golos’ challenge against being designated a “foreign agent,” explaining that the grounds for the vote-monitoring organization being added…

Russia to Lobby for Sanctions Relief on Climate Projects at COP26 – Bloomberg

Russia plans to lobby for sanctions relief on state-run energy giants that invest in green projects at next month’s landmark UN climate summit, Bloomberg reported Thursday. Ruslan Edelgeriyev, President Vladimir Putin’s climate envoy, accused Western states of double standards for urging Russia “to reduce methane leakages and yet we have Gazprom under sanctions” for the…

Russia’s Daily Coronavirus Deaths, Cases Reach New All-Time High

Russia registered its highest number of one-day coronavirus deaths and infections since the start of the pandemic Thursday as scientists warn of a potentially more infectious variant of the deadly Delta strain further overwhelming hospitals. The government’s coronavirus information center reported 1,036 fatalities and 36,339 cases over the past 24 hours. Russia has repeatedly broken…

Four Russians Detained in Turkey on Military Espionage Charges

Four Russians, one Ukrainian and one Uzbek citizen were detained in Turkey on suspicion of preparing armed attacks against Chechen dissidents, Reuters reported, citing Turkish broadcaster TRT Haber on Thursday. The Istanbul Prosecutor General’s Office detained six suspects on Oct. 8 while they were allegedly preparing a joint operation against Chechen dissidents in Turkey. They had…

New Delta Variant May Raise Infection Rates in Russia

Russia has detected a new sub-variant of the Delta strain of the coronavirus, which risks compounding the country’s spiraling infections and deaths, a senior Russian government scientist warned Thursday. The AY.4.2 sub-variant is more contagious than its predecessor, according to Kamil Khafizov, who heads the state consumer protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor’s scientific group for new methods…

Navalny Wins EU’s Sakharov Human Rights Award

The European Parliament on Wednesday awarded jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny its Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. The award, named after Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov, recognizes individuals who have made an “outstanding contribution to protecting freedom of thought,” and is “the highest tribute paid by the EU to human rights work.” Navalny is currently…

Russia Sets Another Coronavirus Fatality Record

Russia set a new record number of daily coronavirus fatalities Wednesday as federal authorities contemplate a nationwide non-working week to fight surging hospitalizations and deaths during an unrelenting fourth wave of the pandemic. The government’s coronavirus task force reported an all-time high of 1,028 Covid-19 deaths over the last 24 hours. Russia has repeatedly broken…

Moscow Seeks Access to Captured Russian on Ukraine Frontline

Russia on Tuesday demanded Ukraine grant access to a Russian citizen who was captured last week on the front line of the conflict between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Moscow separatists. Russia’s Foreign Ministry accused Ukrainian forces of detaining ceasefire observer Andrei Kosyak last Wednesday and failing to inform Moscow via diplomatic channels within an allotted three-day period. …

European Monitors Resume Eastern Ukraine Mission After Protests

Europe’s main security monitoring mission in conflict-torn eastern Ukraine said Tuesday it has resumed operations after protesters blocked entrance to their hotel. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) said Sunday that groups of armed men prevented members of its mission from exiting the hotel in the separatist-controlled city of Horlivka. They reportedly demanded…

Russia Outlaws Anti-Women ‘Male State’ Group as ‘Extremist’

Russia has banned the “Male State,” an ultra-nationalist hate group that has carried out abuse campaigns against women and minorities, as “extremist,” the Mediazona news website reported Monday. The Nizhny Novgorod regional court ruled that founder Vladislav Pozdnyakov’s “Male State” is an extremist group, upholding a Prosecutor’s Office request, according to Mediazona’s live blog from the court.…

Russia’s ‘Last Liberal Party’ Cuts Ties With Navalny Supporters

Russian liberal party Yabloko announced Monday it will cut ties with members who had backed jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s anti-Kremlin voting initiative, a move that underlines bitter divisions in the country’s fragmented opposition. Yabloko, which has not been represented in Russia’s parliament for the past two decades, accused Navalny of playing into the Kremlin’s…

Russian Recognition of Taliban Regime ‘Not on the Table,’ Says Afghanistan’s Pro-Western Ambassador to Moscow

Russia “assured” Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Moscow that the country is currently not considering recognizing the Taliban regime, he told The Moscow Times as the Kremlin prepares to host talks on the country this week. “The Russian Foreign Ministry has assured us that recognition of the Taliban regime is not even on the table, and until…