Moscow Voters Most Likely to Back Putin, United Russia Despite Tepid Numbers – Poll

Moscow residents are most likely to back President Vladimir Putin and the pro-Putin ruling party despite their tepid support for both, an independent poll published Tuesday has said. The Levada Center polling agency’s latest results come four months ahead of key parliamentary elections in which the United Russia party seeks to maintain a supermajority despite historically low approval ratings.…

Russia Confirms Rare, Deadly ‘Black Fungus’ Infections Seen in India – Reports

Russia has registered cases of a rare and deadly fungal infection afflicting current and former coronavirus patients that has been on the rise in virus-stricken India, the pro-Kremlin Izvestia newspaper reported Monday. Experts interviewed by the publication stressed that mucormycosis, which Indian doctors have dubbed “black fungus” due to its dark pigmentation, does not spread…

Poland Arrests Suspected Russian Spy

Polish authorities said they have arrested a man suspected of spying for Russia, the Polish internal security agency said in a statement Monday. The 43-year-old is accused of “providing the Russian special services with information and materials in the military field and about Polish entities and citizens.” The ISA said its officers detained him on…

Moscow Metro Fires 100 Navalny Supporters – Dozhd

Around 100 Moscow metro employees have been dismissed after they appeared in an email database leak exposing half a million supporters of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, the independent Dozhd broadcaster reported Saturday. Vasily Shelyakov, the deputy head of the Moscow metro trade union, told Dozhd that the ex-staffers directly link their termination to last month’s…

3 Killed in Yekaterinburg Knife Attack

Three people have been killed in a knife attack in Russia’s fourth-largest city of Yekaterinburg, state and local media reported Monday.  A man stabbed three passersby with a knife in a park near the Zheleznodorozhny railway station in the city of 1.3 million located 1,400 kilometers east of Moscow, the state-run TASS news agency reported,…

Armenia and Azerbaijan in New Border Crisis

Azerbaijani forces advanced significantly into territory along the border with Armenia this week, sparking a security crisis in which Russia — Armenia’s treaty ally and the broker of the ceasefire agreement between the two sides — has taken a conspicuously passive role. The details of precisely what happened remain unclear, but Armenia says that Azerbaijani…

Siberian Muckraker Who Investigated Oil Theft Jailed for Blackmail, Pornography

A Siberian muckraking journalist who investigated oil-theft schemes has been sentenced to eight years in prison on charges of blackmail and distributing pornography, authorities said Friday. Eduard Shmonin, 50, was arrested in 2017 after he released an investigative documentary alleging industrial-scale oil theft with Federal Security Service (FSB) and police involvement in the Khanty-Mansiisk autonomous…

Russian Troops Block U.S. Military Convoy in Syria

Russian troops have blocked and turned around a U.S. military convoy in northeast Syria, the Russian military said Thursday, accusing it of violating deconfliction arrangements in the country. The Russian Defense Ministry’s Syria reconciliation center said six American MRAP-type armored vehicles drove “along an uncoordinated route and without prior notice” in the Kurdish-held Syrian province…

World’s Youngest Crypto Billionaire Vitalik Buterin Donates $1Bln to Virus-Hit India

Vitalik Buterin, the Russian-born co-founder of the Ethereum digital currency and the world’s youngest crypto billionaire, has donated more than $1 billion to coronavirus-stricken India’s relief fund. The Russian-Canadian programmer moved $1.2 billion worth of dog-themed SHIB meme tokens on Wednesday and about $600,000 in Ether and Maker tokens last month, Forbes reported, citing Buterin’s…

Russia Confirms First Cases of Indian Virus Strain

Russia has confirmed the first cases of the Indian coronavirus mutation within its borders among a group of Indian students, the Kommersant business daily reported Thursday, citing the regional consumer protection watchdog.  The national headquarters of Rospotrebnadzor later denied the presence of the Indian strain among the students. The news comes amid heightened fears worldwide…

Slovakia to Start Sputnik Jabs in June

Slovakia’s health minister said Wednesday that the EU member would start offering Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine in June, months after Bratislava’s purchase of the coronavirus jabs triggered a government crisis. The announcement comes a day after the health ministry said it would suspend first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine as it investigates a fatal blood…

Ukraine’s Pro-Kremlin MP Blasts Treason Probe

Ukrainian lawmaker Viktor Medvedchuk, seen as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s top ally in Kiev, has slammed a treason investigation against him, calling it a “political reprisal.” The 66-year-old business tycoon, who counts the Kremlin chief among his personal friends, is a hugely controversial figure in Ukraine for his ties to Russia, which has backed separatists…

Majority of Russians Still Not Ready to Get Sputnik Vaccine – Poll

The majority of Russians (62%) are still not ready to be vaccinated with their country’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, according to a poll by the independent Levada Center published Wednesday.   The results are the latest sign that Russians are largely still skeptical of the domestically-produced vaccine amid Russia’s attempts to boost its slower-than-hoped vaccination campaign. …

Ukraine Accuses Pro-Russian MPs Medvedchuk, Kozak With Treason

Ukraine has formally accused two leading pro-Russian lawmakers, including one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s close allies, of high treason, the country’s top prosecutor said Tuesday. Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venedyktova announced that she authorized suspicion against two members of parliament, whom she identified only as “M and K,” of attempted theft of natural resources…

Ukraine Accuses Pro-Russian MPs Medvedchuk, Kozak of Treason

Ukraine has formally accused two leading pro-Russian lawmakers, including one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s close allies, of high treason, the country’s top prosecutor said Tuesday. Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venedyktova announced that she authorized suspicion against two members of parliament, whom she identified only as “M and K,” of attempted theft of natural resources…