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  • Russia Snubs European Security Panel in 30-Year First

    Russia Snubs European Security Panel in 30-Year First

    The Russian military has turned down an invitation to attend a European security seminar for the first time in 30 years amid deteriorating ties with the West, Moscow’s arms control delegation in Vienna said Tuesday. The delegation’s Twitter account said Russian Defense Ministry officials opted out of the European Security and Cooperation Organization’s (OSCE) Military…

  • EU Will Propose ‘Concrete’ Sanctions Against Russia

    EU Will Propose ‘Concrete’ Sanctions Against Russia

    EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Tuesday he will propose the bloc’s 27 member states impose sanctions on Russia after Moscow rebuffed his attempts to renew a dialogue.   “It will be for the member states to decide the next step, but yes this could include sanctions and I will put forward concrete proposals,” Borrell…

  • Russia Brands Navalny Team ‘Traitors’ for EU Sanctions Push

    Russia Brands Navalny Team ‘Traitors’ for EU Sanctions Push

    Russia on Tuesday accused allies of jailed opposition figure Alexei Navalny of treasonous behavior for urging the EU to sanction members of President Vladimir Putin’s circle, including oligarchs and bankers. Navalny’s right-hand man piled fresh pressure on the Kremlin by calling on supporters to stage courtyard protests on Valentine’s Day this Sunday, lighting their phone…

  • Russia Floats Pre-Emptive ‘Intimidation’ Strike to Counter U.S. Strategy

    Russia Floats Pre-Emptive ‘Intimidation’ Strike to Counter U.S. Strategy

    Russian military scientists have proposed a pre-emptive strike using manned and unmanned aircraft to counter the United States’ multidomain war-fighting strategy against adversaries, according to excerpts cited in an Armed Forces academic journal. The Russian Aerospace Force academics describe the Pentagon’s air, land, sea, cyber and space integration strategy to paralyze an enemy — known…

  • Rosneft will report its Q4 and 12M 2020 IFRS financial results on Friday, February 12, 2021.

    Rosneft will report its Q4 and 12M 2020 IFRS financial results on Friday, February 12, 2021.

  • Navalny Allies Announce New Courtyard Protests

    Navalny Allies Announce New Courtyard Protests

    Jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s team has announced fresh protests for this Sunday, shifting their strategy from street demonstrations to neighborhood gatherings in an effort to avoid direct confrontations with riot police. Russian authorities clamped down on two weekend rallies held in Navalny’s support late last month. Videos showed riot police using force against those…

  • EU Accepts Russia’s Application for Sputnik V Approval

    EU Accepts Russia’s Application for Sputnik V Approval

    The European Union has approved Russia’s application to register its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in the bloc, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported Tuesday.  The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which is funding and marketing Sputnik V, filed for EU registration of the jab on Jan. 29. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) had concluded its…

  • Pro-Putin Corporate Culture Behind Viral ‘Flashmob’ Videos

    Pro-Putin Corporate Culture Behind Viral ‘Flashmob’ Videos

    In a recent video that quickly went viral on Russian social media, thousands of employees can be seen cheering, waving Russian flags and lining up to form letters that spell “Putin is our president” when viewed from above. The video, filmed in the parking lot at the Sima Land e-commerce company’s Yekaterinburg headquarters, ends with…

  • Russia Annoyed by EU Inclusion of Navalny Allies in Sanctions Talks

    Russia Annoyed by EU Inclusion of Navalny Allies in Sanctions Talks

    Russia has admonished the European Union for discussing potential sanctions with jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s close associates. On Monday, Navalny’s regional network coordinator Leonid Volkov and his Anti-Corruption Foundation executive director Vladimir Ashurkov joined a video call on the EU’s Russia policy, Volkov said on social media. Diplomats from Britain, the United States, Canada…

  • 2 Gay Men Sent Back to Chechnya Were ‘Kidnapped’ – Rights Group

    2 Gay Men Sent Back to Chechnya Were ‘Kidnapped’ – Rights Group

    A rights group on Monday described as “kidnapping” the plight of two gay men who were seized near Moscow last week and sent back to their native Chechnya, a Russian region accused of persecution against homosexuality. The LGBT Network rights group helped the two Chechen men, Salekh Magamadov and Ismail Isayev, flee Muslim-majority Chechnya for…

  • Germany, Poland, Sweden to Expel Russian Diplomats in Tit-for-Tat Move

    Germany, Poland, Sweden to Expel Russian Diplomats in Tit-for-Tat Move

    Germany, Sweden and Poland on Monday said they were each expelling a Russian diplomat, in retaliation for Moscow’s expulsion last week of their diplomats for allegedly taking part in protests in support of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. The three EU countries announced the tit-for-tat moves in coordinated statements, which come against a backdrop of mounting…

  • Russia’s Yearly Mortality Surges 20% in 2020

    Russia’s Yearly Mortality Surges 20% in 2020

    Russia recorded a 19.6% year-on-year increase in deaths last year, figures published by the federal statistics service showed Monday. Rosstat said a total of 2.12 million people died in 2020 — an increase of 323,000 compared to 2019, and the highest annual fatality count for at least 16 years. Speaking earlier Monday, Deputy Prime Minister…

  • Barbed-Wire Police Protest Lands Russian Performance Artist in Jail

    Barbed-Wire Police Protest Lands Russian Performance Artist in Jail

    A Russian performance artist has been jailed a second time for attempting to stage a barbed-wire stunt in protest of police overreach in central Moscow last month, the OVD-Info police-monitoring website reported Monday. Authorities detained Pavel Krisevich on Sunday immediately after he finished serving a two-week administrative arrest on charges of disobeying police orders with the stunt…

  • Russia Defends Expulsion of European Diplomats

    Russia Defends Expulsion of European Diplomats

    The Kremlin defended Monday Russia’s shock expulsion of EU diplomats during the high-profile visit of the European Union’s top diplomat but insisted it remained interested in reviving relations with Brussels. Russia on Friday announced the expulsion of diplomats from Germany, Poland and Sweden during the rare meeting in Moscow between EU foreign policy chief Josep…

  • 1 in 4 Russians Watched Navalny’s ‘Putin Palace’ Investigation – Poll

    1 in 4 Russians Watched Navalny’s ‘Putin Palace’ Investigation – Poll

    More than one out of every four Russians, or 26%, have watched opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s recent investigation into President Vladimir Putin’s alleged $1.3 billion palace, according to a poll by the independent Levada Center published Monday. Navalny’s team released the in-depth YouTube investigation — which alleges that Putin and his close associates laundered money…

  • Russian Communist Lawmaker Detained for ‘Observing’ Navalny Protests

    Russian Communist Lawmaker Detained for ‘Observing’ Navalny Protests

    A regional Russian lawmaker and popular YouTuber from the Communist Party who plans to run for parliament this fall has been detained on charges of violating protest rules at a rally in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Nikolai Bondarenko’s colleagues in the Volga region of Saratov say he had attended the Jan. 31 Navalny protests…

  • What Happened During Tense EU-Russia Talks?

    What Happened During Tense EU-Russia Talks?

    The European Union’s top diplomat Josep Borrell paid a three-day visit to Moscow for talks with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, marking the first visit by a senior EU envoy to Russia since 2017. Borrell’s decision to go ahead with the Moscow visit despite last week’s jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and Russia’s harsh crackdown…

  • Russian State TV Attempts ‘Putin Palace’-Style Exposé on Navalny’s German Apartment

    Russian State TV Attempts ‘Putin Palace’-Style Exposé on Navalny’s German Apartment

    Russian state television has filmed what it called an exposé into opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s villa in Germany where he lived while recovering from nerve agent poisoning last year. The detailed segment, interspersed with scenes from Navalny’s viral video investigation into President Vladimir Putin’s alleged Black Sea palace, ran during one of the country’s most-watched…

  • Orenburgneft’s Green Investments Amount to Almost 2 Billion Roubles in 2020

    Orenburgneft, part of the Rosneft Oil Company oil-producing complex, invested more than 1.9 billion roubles in the implementation of environment-oriented and natural rehabilitation activities in 2020

  • EU Must ‘Draw Consequences’ From Controversial Moscow Trip, Says Top Diplomat

    EU Must ‘Draw Consequences’ From Controversial Moscow Trip, Says Top Diplomat

    The European Union’s top diplomat Sunday said Russia was rejecting constructive dialogue with the EU and that Europe must draw the consequences, including the possibility of new sanctions. In a blog post, Josep Borrell said the shock expulsion of three EU diplomats during his two-day visit to Moscow, showed that Russia “did not want to…

  • Hungary Approves Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccine

    Hungary Approves Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccine

    Hungarian health authorities have approved Russia’s coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V, the government said Sunday, with 40,000 doses of the jab already to be given. Official testing has been completed “and the vaccine may be administered”, Miklos Kasler, the human resources minister who is in charge of health, said on social media. The government had announced…

  • 2 Gay Men Returned to Chechnya Face ‘Mortal Danger’: Rights Group

    2 Gay Men Returned to Chechnya Face ‘Mortal Danger’: Rights Group

    Two gay men seized near Moscow this week and sent back to their native Chechnya, a region accused of brutal persecution against homosexuality, face “mortal danger,” a rights group said Saturday. The LGBT Network rights group helped the two Chechen men, Salekh Magamadov and Ismail Isayev, flee Chechnya for Nizhny Novgorod east of Moscow in…

  • Russia Expels European Diplomats Over Navalny Protests – Foreign Ministry

    Russia Expels European Diplomats Over Navalny Protests – Foreign Ministry

    Russia will expel diplomats from Sweden, Poland and Germany over their alleged participation in recent “unauthorized” rallies in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, the Foreign Ministry said Friday. The expulsions come amid European Union foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell’s visit to Moscow, where he lamented to his counterpart Sergei Lavrov that ties between…

  • Top EU Envoy ‘Hopes’ for Russian Vaccine’s Approval in Europe

    Top EU Envoy ‘Hopes’ for Russian Vaccine’s Approval in Europe

    The European Union’s top diplomat has said he hopes the Russian-developed coronavirus vaccine will be approved for use in the European bloc soon, AFP reported Friday.   Earlier this week, a peer-reviewed study published in The Lancet showed the Sputnik V vaccine to be 91.6% effective against symptomatic Covid-19, boosting international confidence in Russia’s jab after…

  • Nornickel Fined Record $2Bln for Arctic Oil Disaster

    Nornickel Fined Record $2Bln for Arctic Oil Disaster

    A Russian court fined mining giant Nornickel 146 billion rubles ($2 billion) Friday for its role in the worst oil spill in the country’s modern history. Some 21,000 tons of diesel fuel poured into the ground and waterways surrounding Nornickel’s base — the city of Norilsk inside the Arctic circle in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk region —…

  • Russia Slams Biden’s ‘Very Aggressive Rhetoric’

    Russia Slams Biden’s ‘Very Aggressive Rhetoric’

    The Kremlin on Friday slammed Joe Biden’s “very aggressive rhetoric” after the new U.S. president said Washington’s relationship with Moscow would change and demanded opposition politician Alexei Navalny’s release.  “We’ve already said that we will not heed patronizing statements of this sort. We will not do it,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.  “This is…

  • Top EU Diplomat in Moscow Says Ties at ‘Low Point’ Over Navalny

    Top EU Diplomat in Moscow Says Ties at ‘Low Point’ Over Navalny

    The European Union’s top diplomat said on Friday that the bloc’s ties with Russia had reached a new low following the poisoning and jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. Josep Borrell was in Moscow for talks with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, as legal pressure mounted on Navalny and the Kremlin criticized “very aggressive rhetoric” from U.S. President…

  • Who Has Been Jailed Over Russia’s Pro-Navalny Protests?

    Who Has Been Jailed Over Russia’s Pro-Navalny Protests?

    More than 10,000 people across Russia have been detained in recent rallies demanding the release of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and criticizing Russia’s ruling elite.  The mass protests, which were not authorized by the government, saw a widespread crackdown and harsh treatment of protesters by baton-wielding officers that has sparked outcry from the West.  …

  • As Moscow’s Jails Overflow, Navalny Detainees Are Held Outside the City

    As Moscow’s Jails Overflow, Navalny Detainees Are Held Outside the City

    Denis Bondarenko is waiting in the snow in a long snaking queue of around 150 people outside the Foreign Citizen Temporary Detention Center in the small village of Sakharovo, 80 kilometers outside Moscow.     The 27-year-old lawyer is clutching a parcel of food and warm winter clothes for his cousin Ivan, a carer at a Moscow…

  • Russia Returns Escaped Gay Men to Chechen Police – NGO

    Russia Returns Escaped Gay Men to Chechen Police – NGO

    Russian police have allegedly detained two gay men who escaped from the republic of Chechnya and handed them over to authorities in their home region, the Russian LGBT Network reported Thursday.  The LGBT Network had helped the two men, Salekh Magamadov and Ismail Isayev, flee from Chechnya and relocate to the city of Nizhny Novgorod…

  • Russia to Try Navalny on WWII Veteran Slander Charges

    Russia to Try Navalny on WWII Veteran Slander Charges

    Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is on trial Friday charged with defaming a World War II veteran, days after his jailing under a years-old fraud conviction sparked international outcry. Navalny was charged with “discrediting the honor and dignity” of the 95-year-old veteran after describing him and others who appeared in a pro-Kremlin video as “the…

  • Nayara Energy Expands Retail Network to over 6,000 Outlets across India

    Nayara Energy Limited, a new-age downstream energy company with 49.13% shares held by Rosneft Oil Company, has expanded its retail network to over 6,000 fuel-filling stations-across India.

  • Biden Says No More U.S. ‘Rolling Over’ to Russia

    Biden Says No More U.S. ‘Rolling Over’ to Russia

    President Joe Biden said Thursday the United States will no longer be “rolling over in the face of Russia’s aggressive actions” and demanded release of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny. In toughly worded remarks pivoting from his predecessor Donald Trump’s muted approach to Moscow, Biden warned of “advancing authoritarianism” in China and Russia. The speech…

  • Navalny’s Team Announces No More Protests Until Spring

    Navalny’s Team Announces No More Protests Until Spring

    Alexei Navalny’s supporters will stop staging protests demanding his release until at least this spring, a key aide of the imprisoned Kremlin critic said Thursday. Leonid Volkov, head of Navalny’s regional network of campaign-style offices, announced he would not be calling supporters to take to the streets for a third successive weekend of protests across…

  • Top U.S. Diplomat Raises Navalny, Jailed Americans With Russia

    Top U.S. Diplomat Raises Navalny, Jailed Americans With Russia

    U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken voiced concern over jailed opposition figure Alexei Navalny and imprisoned Americans in a telephone call Thursday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. President Joe Biden’s administration has repeatedly voiced alarm over Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s most vocal critic whose doctors say he was poisoned and who was promptly detained…

  • Navalny Urges Supporters to Fight For Freedom in First Post After Sentencing

    Navalny Urges Supporters to Fight For Freedom in First Post After Sentencing

    Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny called on his supporters Thursday to fight fear and free Russia from “a handful of thieves in power,” in his first detailed comments since being ordered to serve out a prison sentence. The 44-year-old anti-corruption campaigner, who was jailed Tuesday on old embezzlement charges, wrote on Instagram that the authorities could…

  • Yves Rocher Rebuffs Criticism Over Role in Navalny Affair

    Yves Rocher Rebuffs Criticism Over Role in Navalny Affair

    French cosmetics company Yves Rocher dismissed Thursday as unjustified criticism against it over its role in a 2014 fraud trial against Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. A Russian court found Navalny guilty in 2014 of defrauding the Russian subsidiary of Yves Rocher in a ruling later declared “arbitrary” by the European Court of Human Rights.  Navalny…

  • Dissatisfaction With Putin Surges Among Young Russians – Levada Poll

    Dissatisfaction With Putin Surges Among Young Russians – Levada Poll

    Almost half of young people in Russia disapprove of President Vladimir Putin’s performance, according to a poll by the independent Levada Center published Thursday. Some 46% of Russians aged 18-24 said they did not approve of Putin — a sharp rise from the 31% who said the same last year. The results are the latest…

  • Outcry Over Navalny Crackdown as Top EU Envoy Heads to Moscow

    Outcry Over Navalny Crackdown as Top EU Envoy Heads to Moscow

    An outcry grew in Russia Thursday over a crackdown on protesters, as EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell visits the country under pressure to confront Moscow over the imprisonment of Alexei Navalny. Borrell’s three-day visit to Russia beginning Thursday — the first by a top EU envoy since 2017 — comes during a period of…

  • ‘No Repressions’ Against Pro-Navalny Protesters, Kremlin Says

    ‘No Repressions’ Against Pro-Navalny Protesters, Kremlin Says

    There has been “no repression” against Russians detained while protesting in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, the Kremlin said Thursday amid mounting criticism of the harsh law enforcement tactics used against peaceful demonstrators. Independent monitors estimate that more than 10,000 people and dozens of journalists have been detained nationwide during the protests on…

  • Volunteer Centre Opened in Nyagan with Rosneft Support

    A volunteer centre at the youth centre in Nyagan has been opened with the support of RN-Nyaganneftegaz, a subsidiary of Rosneft.

  • Mediazona Editor Held in Overcrowded Cell After Mass Navalny Arrests

    Mediazona Editor Held in Overcrowded Cell After Mass Navalny Arrests

    The jailed editor-in-chief of the independent Mediazona news website has been placed in an overcrowded cell amid reports of detention centers overflowing after mass arrests at rallies in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, his Twitter account said Thursday. Sergei Smirnov was jailed for 25 days Wednesday for retweeting a joke about his resemblance…

  • EU Sends Top Envoy to Moscow as Navalny Controversy Grows

    EU Sends Top Envoy to Moscow as Navalny Controversy Grows

    EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell jets to Moscow on Thursday under pressure to confront the Kremlin over the jailing of Alexei Navalny and a crackdown on protesters. The visit — the first to Russia by a top EU envoy since 2017 — has drawn criticism from some European capitals worried Moscow will spin it as evidence…

  • Is Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccine Set for EU Take Off?

    Is Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccine Set for EU Take Off?

    Some European leaders seem to be warming to the idea of deploying Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine as the EU struggles with supply shortfalls.   But how likely is it that Moscow’s jab will be going into arms across the 27-nation bloc after trial results showed it to be 91.6% effective? Is anyone using it? Hungary…

  • Top Navalny Aide Urges EU to ‘Go After’ Putin’s Money

    Top Navalny Aide Urges EU to ‘Go After’ Putin’s Money

    A top aide of Alexei Navalny on Wednesday vowed to fight on despite the Russian opposition figure’s imprisonment, saying the EU should respond by targeting President Vladimir “Putin’s money.” Leonid Volkov, Navalny’s regional network coordinator, told AFP he expected the jailing would boost the Kremlin critic’s approval rating and followers despite a crackdown on protests.…

  • U.S. Extends New START Nuclear Treaty With Russia as Rifts Rise

    U.S. Extends New START Nuclear Treaty With Russia as Rifts Rise

    U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration Wednesday extended the New START nuclear treaty with Russia by five years, saying it hoped to prevent an arms race despite rising tensions with Moscow including over its imprisonment of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. One day before the treaty was set to expire, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the…

  • Russia Jails Prominent Independent Journalist Over Protest Retweet

    Russia Jails Prominent Independent Journalist Over Protest Retweet

    Russia has jailed the chief editor of the independent Mediazona news website for 25 days for retweeting a joke that allegedly promoted a recent protest in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, Mediazona reported Wednesday.  Sergei Smirnov, 45, was detained and later released Saturday on charges of “inciting participation in an unauthorized rally.” Photos…

  • Riot Squads on Red Square and Full Detention Centers: Moscow After Navalny Verdict

    Riot Squads on Red Square and Full Detention Centers: Moscow After Navalny Verdict

    On Tuesday evening, as the world was reacting to a court decision to sentence Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to two years and eight months in jail for violating the terms of a 2014 suspended sentence, Russia’s capital was being swiftly fortified and closed off. Riot police in black balaclavas formed columns in popular tourist spots…

  • Germany: New Russia Sanctions ‘Cannot Be Ruled Out’

    Germany: New Russia Sanctions ‘Cannot Be Ruled Out’

    Germany warned Wednesday that Russia may face further EU sanctions over the jailing of opposition figure Alexei Navalny. “After this ruling, there will now also be talks among EU partners. Further sanctions cannot be ruled out,” said Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert. The ruling against the 44-year-old anti-corruption campaigner is “far off from constitutional…

  • Ukraine’s Zelenskiy Bans 3 Pro-Russia TV Channels

    Ukraine’s Zelenskiy Bans 3 Pro-Russia TV Channels

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has banned three pro-Russian television channels in a move the presidency said was aimed at staving off Kremlin propaganda.  Kiev says it has become a regular target of Russian misinformation since 2014, when Moscow annexed the Crimean peninsula and backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, a conflict that has claimed more than…

  • Russia, Turkey Open Joint Military Center in Azerbaijan

    Russia, Turkey Open Joint Military Center in Azerbaijan

    Turkey and Russia have opened a joint military facility in Azerbaijan to help monitor the ceasefire with Armenia, a stark indicator of the shifting geopolitics in the region. The center formally opened on Jan. 30, near the village of Giyameddinli in the Aghdam region. Staffed by an equal number of Russian and Turkish troops — 60 on…

  • In Photos: Russia Cracks Down on Navalny Protesters Following Prison Ruling

    In Photos: Russia Cracks Down on Navalny Protesters Following Prison Ruling

    Russians in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities took to the streets Tuesday in protest of opposition leader Alexei Navalny being sentenced to 2.8 years in prison. Despite hundreds of riot police stationed throughout central Moscow and St. Petersburg warning people not to stage unauthorized protests, thousands of Navalny’s supporters rallied in spontaneous groups throughout…

  • Rosneft Introduces Modern Digital Services for Fuel Customers

    The Achinsk Refinery has become the first among Rosneft Oil Company’s refineries to introduce QR codes on quality certificates for petroleum products.

  • ‘Pure Cowardice’: World Leaders React to Navalny’s Imprisonment

    ‘Pure Cowardice’: World Leaders React to Navalny’s Imprisonment

    The sentencing of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to prison on Tuesday sparked swift condemnation from the West.  A Moscow court sentenced the fierce Kremlin critic to two years and eight months in a prison colony over alleged parole violations while recovering in Germany from a near-fatal poisoning he blames on President Vladimir Putin. His…

  • Mexico Authorizes Russia’s Sputnik V Virus Vaccine

    Mexico Authorizes Russia’s Sputnik V Virus Vaccine

    Mexico on Tuesday approved Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine for emergency use in the country, one of the worst hit by the pandemic, following the release of positive trial results. The move is a boost to the Latin American nation’s efforts to keep its immunization program on track in the face of limited supplies from other…

  • As It Happened: Navalny Sentenced to 2 Years and 8 Months in Penal Colony

    As It Happened: Navalny Sentenced to 2 Years and 8 Months in Penal Colony

    A Moscow court sentenced Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to two years and eight months in a penal colony, defying tens of thousands of his supporters who had rallied in his support since his return to Russia and Western governments who had urged for his immediate release. Navalny, 44, was detained on Jan. 17 when he…

  • Poisoned Putin Critic Navalny Gets Almost 3 Years in Prison Colony

    Poisoned Putin Critic Navalny Gets Almost 3 Years in Prison Colony

    A Moscow court on Tuesday sentenced Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to two years and eight months in a prison colony, after his arrest last month prompted tens of thousands to rally in his support across the country. The 44-year-old anti-corruption activist was convicted of violating a 2014 suspended sentence for fraud by missing probation…

  • U.S., French Investors Plead Not Guilty in Moscow Fraud Trial

    U.S., French Investors Plead Not Guilty in Moscow Fraud Trial

    A prominent U.S. investor and French banker denied they were guilty of embezzlement Tuesday, on the opening day of a trial in Moscow that has rattled Russia’s business community. Michael Calvey, the 53-year-old founder of Russia-based investment fund Baring Vostok, was arrested along with French banker Philippe Delpal in February 2019 and accused of defrauding…

  • Navalny’s Poisoning Could Have Been ‘Staged’ by West, Says Russian Foreign Minister

    Navalny’s Poisoning Could Have Been ‘Staged’ by West, Says Russian Foreign Minister

    The Russian government suspects the poisoning attack on Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny could have been “staged” by the West since it still hasn’t received evidence from Germany, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a press conference Tuesday. Lavrov’s comments come as Navalny faces years in prison for allegedly violating his probation while recovering in…

  • Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccine 91.6% Effective: Lancet Study

    Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccine 91.6% Effective: Lancet Study

    Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine is 91.6% effective against symptomatic Covid-19, according to results published in The Lancet on Tuesday that independent experts said allayed transparency concerns over the jab, which Moscow is already rolling out. Sputnik V — named after the Soviet-era satellite — was approved in Russia months before results from its final-stage clinical…