Independent Russian News Outlets Launch Campaign Against ‘Foreign Agent’ Tags

Several dozen Russian news outlets have launched a campaign in support of independent journalism Wednesday amid mounting pressure on their profession in the run-up to next week’s parliamentary elections. The “There Are No Foreign Agents, There Are Journalists” campaign comes as Russian authorities target a growing number of media outlets and individual journalists with the…

Russian Emergencies Minister Dies in Arctic Drills

Russian Emergency Situations Minister Yevgeny Zinichev, an ally and former bodyguard of President Vladimir Putin, has died at age 55 while trying to save a prominent filmmaker during strategic drills in the Arctic, the ministry said Wednesday. “We regret to inform you that Zinichev tragically died while performing official duties saving someone’s life during interdepartmental…

Leaked Audio Instructs Russia Poll Watchers to Ignore Voter Fraud – Reports

Russian media published an audio leak Tuesday that they say shows a ruling pro-Kremlin party official instructing poll watchers to ignore voter fraud at the upcoming election. The United Russia party, which was founded by President Vladimir Putin and consistently backs his initiatives, is seeking to maintain its lower-house majority in the Sept. 17-19 parliamentary elections…

Prominent Rights Lawyer With Navalny Links Flees Russia Amid Pre-Election Exodus

A prominent Russian defense lawyer involved in high-profile cases and himself facing criminal charges said Tuesday he has fled the country amid an ongoing exodus of opposition-leaning figures ahead of this month’s elections. Ivan Pavlov headed Team 29, a legal group that self-disbanded this summer after Russian authorities declared it an “undesirable” organization with foreign links, a…

Ukraine Accuses Russia of Mass Crimean Tatar Detentions

Ukraine has accused Russian security agents of detaining dozens of Crimean Tatars in what it called an ongoing crackdown on individuals who oppose Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. Federal Security Service (FSB) officers had initially detained five Crimean Tatars, including a senior member of the ethnic minority’s self-governing body, late last week, Ukrainian ombudswoman Lyudmila Denisova…

Russia Blocks Navalny Voting Strategy Website Ahead of Election

Russian authorities have blocked a website that promotes jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s anti-ruling party voting strategy in this month’s parliamentary elections. Senior Navalny aide Leonid Volkov said state internet regulator Roskomnadzor started blocking the website for the “Smart Voting” strategy that seeks to unseat pro-Kremlin ruling party incumbents by rallying support behind their most promising…

Blacklisted Russian Investigative Outlet Relaunches With Look at Defense Chief’s PR Machine

An independent Russian investigative outlet that was banned as “undesirable” and its journalists labeled “foreign agents” has relaunched as a new entity, with an investigation into the alleged PR machine of the country’s defense chief. Proekt’s former chief editor Roman Badanin announced Monday that his new outlet is called “Agentstvo,” a play on the journalists’…

Russian Ultra-Nationalist Who Campaigned Against Sushi Ad’s Black Model Arrested – Reports

The leader of a Russian ultra-nationalist hate group has been arrested, one of the group’s administrators wrote on its Telegram channel. Vladislav Pozdnyakov, founder of the “Male State” — an anti-women, anti-liberal social media group — launched a campaign of threats and abuse against a sushi company last week for running an advert featuring a…

Leaked Audio Reveals Alleged Secret Session to Rig Russia Election Results – Novaya Gazeta

A leaked audio recording published by the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper on Thursday has revealed alleged efforts to coordinate “falsification” of votes in Russia’s upcoming parliamentary elections. Russia’s Central Election Commission (CEC) on Friday announced it has launched a rapid-response inquiry into the recording. According to Novaya Gazeta, the recording was made by an unnamed…

11 Endangered Species ‘Likely Extinct’ Within Russia, Ministry Says

Eleven endangered species are now “likely extinct” within Russia, according to a Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology assessment cited by the Kommersant business daily. These species include the European sea sturgeon, crested ibis, western capercaillie, Jankowski’s Bunting, monk seal, onager and Przewalski’s horse, the assessment said.  While overhunting and poaching put the European bison…

Russia to Fully Ban Single-Use Plastic Products By 2024 – Minister

Russia plans to ban the use of disposable plastics by 2024, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Alexander Kozlov said Thursday.   Banned goods would include disposable plastic straws, plates, glasses, lids and appliances; coffee capsules; cotton swabs; opaque and colored PET (thermoplastic polyester) bottles; boxes and packs for tobacco products; blister packaging (except for medicines); egg…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Sept. 1

Russia has confirmed 6,937,333 cases of coronavirus and 184,014 deaths, according to the national coronavirus information center. Russia’s total excess fatality count since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is around 596,000. Sept. 1: What you need to know today Russia on Wednesday reported 18,368 new coronavirus cases and 790 deaths. Slovakia will halt the use of Sputnik V due…