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  • Chemical Plant Explosion in Southern Russia Injures 9

    Chemical Plant Explosion in Southern Russia Injures 9

    Nine people were injured in an explosion and fire at a chemical plant in southern Russia’s Rostov region, authorities said Wednesday, less than a year after the plant’s opening. Security camera footage captured the moment when a huge explosion ripped through the Shakhtinsky Polyester Plant in the town of Shakhty. Five people were hospitalized with various…

  • Russia’s Sberbank Posts Record $17Bln Profit in 2023

    Russia’s Sberbank Posts Record $17Bln Profit in 2023

    Russia’s largest lender Sberbank posted a record net profit of 1.49 billion rubles ($16.87 billion) in 2023, marking a fivefold increase from the year before, when Western sanctions over the invasion of Ukraine hammered Russia’s financial sector.  The preliminary financial results, released Wednesday, show the bank’s recovery from a 75% drop in 2022, as Russian banks lost…

  • Ukraine Says Downed 19 Russian Drones Overnight

    Ukraine Says Downed 19 Russian Drones Overnight

    Kyiv said Wednesday that Russia had launched 20 Iranian-designed attack drones at targets in southern Ukraine overnight and that its air defense systems destroyed all but one. The announcement came after authorities said 20 people had been injured in Russian attacks in the eastern city of Kharkiv, as well as Odesa on the southern Black…

  • Protesters Clash With Police as Russian Court Jails Bashkir Activist

    Protesters Clash With Police as Russian Court Jails Bashkir Activist

    Violent clashes erupted between protesters and police after a court in central Russia’s republic of Bashkortostan jailed activist Fayil Alsynov on charges of inciting ethnic hatred, local media reported. A court in the town of Baymak, some 1,400 kilometers southeast of Moscow, earlier on Wednesday sentenced Alsynov to four years in prison. The activist was…

  • Russia Jails Prominent Bashkir Activist 4 Years

    Russia Jails Prominent Bashkir Activist 4 Years

    A court in Russia’s republic of Bashkortostan sentenced prominent local activist Fayil Alsynov to four years in a penal colony on charges of “inciting interethnic hatred,” the regional news outlet Idel.Realii reported Wednesday.  The case against the activist has mobilized many in the Ural Mountains republic who say that Alsynov is being unfairly targeted over…

  • Russia to Open Polling Stations in U.S. for March Presidential Election

    Russia to Open Polling Stations in U.S. for March Presidential Election

    Russia will open polling stations for its March presidential election at three diplomatic missions in the United States, its envoy in Washington said Wednesday. The announcement came as Moscow said it has not yet decided if voting will take place in what it calls “unfriendly” countries — those which it accuses of carrying out “hostile”…

  • Putin: Ukraine Risks ‘Irreparable Blow’ if Conflict Continues

    Putin: Ukraine Risks ‘Irreparable Blow’ if Conflict Continues

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Moscow’s forces had the upper hand in their almost two-year conflict with Ukraine, warning the rival state it risks an “irreparable” blow if it continued. The frontlines in eastern and southern Ukraine have barely moved in more than a year as the conflict has ground to a stalemate.…

  • Russian Officer Jailed 6 Years for Crimea Bridge Drone Defense Failure

    Russian Officer Jailed 6 Years for Crimea Bridge Drone Defense Failure

    A Russian National Guard officer has been sentenced to six years in prison for buying anti-drone radars that failed to protect the Russian-built Crimea bridge from attacks, media reported Tuesday. Colonel Sergei Volkov, who previously headed Rosgvardia’s naval unit, was detained in March 2023 on charges of abuse of office for signing a contract on…

  • Russian Police Detain Allies of Bashkir Activist Awaiting Court Sentence – Reports

    Russian Police Detain Allies of Bashkir Activist Awaiting Court Sentence – Reports

    Law enforcement agents in central Russia’s republic of Bashkortostan have detained several allies of activist Fayil Alsynov, who stands trial this week on charges of inciting ethnic hatred, according to the local Telegram channel. The detentions come amid unconfirmed reports that the Kremlin may have authorized regional law enforcement agencies to “use force” against protesters.  Thousands gathered…

  • White Scarves and Flowers: Wives and Mothers of Mobilized Soldiers Take Resentment to the Kremlin

    White Scarves and Flowers: Wives and Mothers of Mobilized Soldiers Take Resentment to the Kremlin

    MOSCOW — In the Russian winter cold, a group of women relatives of mobilized Russian soldiers lays flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier near the Kremlin walls. Wearing white scarves, a symbol of their protest movement, the women said it was a rare opportunity to express their opposition to the mobilization and publicly demand…

  • Chinese State Banks Step Up Compliance on Russian Clients – Bloomberg

    Chinese State Banks Step Up Compliance on Russian Clients – Bloomberg

    Chinese state banks are stepping up compliance on funding to Russian clients amid threats of secondary sanctions from the U.S., Bloomberg reported Tuesday, citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter. Last month, the United States threatened to cut off access to its financial system for foreign banks that back companies targeted for supporting Russia’s defense industry. According…

  • Plans to Fell Forest for Mega-Prison in Siberia’s Ulan-Ude Roil Public

    Plans to Fell Forest for Mega-Prison in Siberia’s Ulan-Ude Roil Public

    Residents of Ulan-Ude in Russia’s Far East republic of Buryatia were taken by surprise to learn that local authorities plan to construct a new prison for 3,000 inmates near their homes. “We were not informed about this terrible news that they plan to build a mega-prison, a special regime zone,” one local resident said in…

  • N. Korean, Russian Foreign Ministers Hail Ties at Moscow Talks

    N. Korean, Russian Foreign Ministers Hail Ties at Moscow Talks

    The Russian and North Korean foreign ministers on Tuesday hailed deepening ties between their two countries. Ministers Sergei Lavrov and Choe Son Hui offered their remarks during talks in Moscow that come on the heels of a high-profile visit from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last year. “We always support North Korea at the…

  • 10 Injured By Flood of Boiling Water in Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod

    10 Injured By Flood of Boiling Water in Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod

    A heating main burst in the central Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod has flooded streets with boiling-hot water, burning several passersby, local media and health officials said Tuesday. Videos posted on social media showed steam rising from snowy streets and sidewalks as pedestrians attempted to navigate the hazardous environment.  “I can’t see a damn thing.…

  • Estonia Arrests Russian University Professor Suspected of Spying for Moscow

    Estonia Arrests Russian University Professor Suspected of Spying for Moscow

    Estonian police have arrested a Russian university professor who is suspected of spying on behalf of Moscow, media in the Baltic country reported Tuesday, citing law enforcement officials.  Vyacheslav Morozov, who until recently was Professor in International Political Theory at the University of Tartu, was arrested by the Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS) on Jan. 3…

  • Ukraine Orders Civilians To Leave Villages Near Northeast Front

    Ukraine Orders Civilians To Leave Villages Near Northeast Front

    Authorities in Ukraine’s northeast region of Kharkiv on Tuesday urged residents of more than two dozen villages near the front line to evacuate, citing worsening Russian attacks in the area. Russian forces captured swathes of the Kharkiv region shortly after invading Ukraine in February 2022, and have kept up efforts to wrest the region despite…

  • U.S. Envoy Says Frozen Russian Assets Could Be ‘Easy’ Ukraine Funding

    U.S. Envoy Says Frozen Russian Assets Could Be ‘Easy’ Ukraine Funding

    The U.S. special envoy for Ukraine’s economic recovery said Monday that tapping frozen Russian assets would be an “easy” source of money for Kyiv, but G7 countries must first agree collectively to do it. Penny Pritzker spoke on the sidelines of the first day of the annual meeting of global elites in Davos, Switzerland, where…

  • Drone Strikes Injure Child, Damage Apartment Blocks in Russia’s Voronezh

    Drone Strikes Injure Child, Damage Apartment Blocks in Russia’s Voronezh

    A young girl was injured and dozens of apartments were damaged during overnight drone strikes in the Russian city of Voronezh, authorities said Tuesday. Russia’s Defense Ministry said it shot down or intercepted eight Ukrainian drones over the Voronezh region overnight. Four other drones were intercepted in the neighboring Belgorod region, it added.  Voronezh region Governor…

  • A Life in One Suitcase։ The Karabakh Armenians Who Continued Onward to Russia

    A Life in One Suitcase։ The Karabakh Armenians Who Continued Onward to Russia

    “My entire life is packed in this one suitcase,” a man said as he boarded a minivan from Goris, southern Armenia, to the capital Yerevan amid the mass exodus of the ethnic Armenian population from Nagorno-Karabakh.  The man, 70-year-old Armen from Stepanakert, who had just arrived in Goris, shared his last days in Karabakh and…

  • Finland Mulls Banning Russians From Buying Real Estate

    Finland Mulls Banning Russians From Buying Real Estate

    Finland is considering banning Russian citizens from buying property in the country, with a final decision on the matter possibly coming as soon as this spring, the Finnish Defense Minister said Monday. Tensions between the Nordic country and Moscow have risen sharply since the invasion of Ukraine, with Helsinki temporarily closing its border with Russia last…

  • Finnish Firms Selling High-Tech Goods to Russian Buyers With Security Service Links – Yle

    Finnish Firms Selling High-Tech Goods to Russian Buyers With Security Service Links – Yle

    A number of Finland-based companies are exporting high-tech goods to Russian buyers with known links to Moscow’s defense industry and intelligence services, Finnish broadcaster Yle reported Monday, citing customs data. At least 20 companies owned by “people of Russian origin” are either exporting goods directly to Russia or acting as intermediaries between foreign sellers and…

  • Rosneft Develops Underground CO2 Storage Technology

    Specialists from Rosneft’s Tyumen Scientific Institute have identified an underground reservoir potentially suitable for injection and storage of more than 300 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) during geological exploration of the subsoil in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District.

  • Russia’s FSB Raids Jehovah’s Witness Office in Occupied Mariupol

    Russia’s FSB Raids Jehovah’s Witness Office in Occupied Mariupol

    Agents from Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) raided a Jehovah’s Witnesses office in the occupied Ukrainian city of Mariupol, state media reported Monday. “The FSB and military counterintelligence have uncovered a location in Mariupol that was used by the Jehovah’s Witnesses to promote extremist ideology,” Zvezda, the Russian Defense Ministry’s broadcaster, reported. In 2017, Russia’s…

  • Protesters Brave Cold Weather in Russia’s Bashkortostan to Demand Activist’s Release

    Protesters Brave Cold Weather in Russia’s Bashkortostan to Demand Activist’s Release

    Thousands of protesters in central Russia’s republic of Bashkortostan braved freezing temperatures on Monday as they called for the release of an activist who is standing trial on charges of inciting ethnic hatred. Authorities accuse Fayil Alsynov of inciting ethnic hatred against migrant workers when he spoke at a rally in April 2023, referring to…

  • ‘No Information’ About Command Aircraft Reportedly Destroyed Over Azov Sea – Kremlin

    ‘No Information’ About Command Aircraft Reportedly Destroyed Over Azov Sea – Kremlin

    The Kremlin said Monday it has “no information” about Russian military aircraft that Ukraine claims to have shot down over the Azov Sea. Ukraine’s top general Valerii Zaluzhnyi announced earlier on Monday that a Russian A-50 long-range radar detection aircraft and an Il-22 aerial command center had been “destroyed” over the Azov Sea, which lies…

  • Russia Says Sentenced Over 200 Ukrainian POWs

    Russia Says Sentenced Over 200 Ukrainian POWs

    Russia has sentenced more than 200 Ukrainian prisoners of war to lengthy jail sentences, state-run media reported Monday, citing a top law enforcement official. Since invading Ukraine, Moscow is believed to have captured thousands of Ukrainian soldiers, many of whom were taken during the siege of the port city of Mariupol in early 2022. Kyiv…

  • Alcohol Dependency in Russia Increases for First Time in a Decade

    Alcohol Dependency in Russia Increases for First Time in a Decade

    Alcohol dependency in Russia has increased for the first time in 10 years, Russia’s business daily Kommersant reported Monday, citing data from the state statistics agency Rosstat. In the decade between 2010 and 2021, first-time alcohol use disorder diagnoses declined from 153,900 to 53,300. But in 2022, doctors issued 54,200 first-time diagnoses of alcohol use…

  • Russia Jails Student for Planning Attacks on Army

    Russia Jails Student for Planning Attacks on Army

    Russia has handed a five-year jail sentence to a 20-year-old student for allegedly working with Ukrainian special services and planning sabotage attacks on military bases, law enforcement authorities said Monday. The Kurgan region branch of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said the student, whose name it did not provide, had been detained earlier on suspicion…

  • Russian Ex-Presidential Candidate Briefly Detained – Reports

    Russian Ex-Presidential Candidate Briefly Detained – Reports

    Former Russian presidential candidate Yekaterina Duntsova was briefly detained and taken for a drug test, the Ateo Breaking Telegram channel reported late Sunday, without citing sources. Duntsova, 40, a journalist and local politician from the Tver region northwest of Moscow, announced her bid for the presidency in November on a pro-peace, pro-democracy platform. The Central…

  • Russian Ex-Presidential Candidate Briefly Detained

    Russian Ex-Presidential Candidate Briefly Detained

    Updated with Ostorozhno Novosti report, Duntsova’s remarks. Former Russian presidential candidate Yekaterina Duntsova was briefly detained and taken in by police for a drug test, the Ateo Breaking Telegram channel reported late Sunday. Duntsova, 40, a journalist and local politician from the Tver region northwest of Moscow, announced her bid for the presidency in November…

  • North Korean Foreign Minister to Visit Russia – KCNA

    North Korean Foreign Minister to Visit Russia – KCNA

    North Korea’s Foreign Minister will visit Russia this coming week, state media reported Sunday, with Washington leading a chorus of global condemnation over Pyongyang’s alleged transfers of weapons to Moscow for use in Ukraine. Traditional allies, Russia and North Korea have recently boosted ties anew, with Pyongyang’s leader Kim Jong Un making a rare overseas…

  • Blaze Engulfs Russian Online Retailer’s Warehouse

    Blaze Engulfs Russian Online Retailer’s Warehouse

    A massive fire spread through online retailer Wildberries’ warehouse in St. Petersburg on Saturday, Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry said, without any reported casualties. Fires are relatively common in Russia due to old infrastructure or non-compliance with safety standards. “In total, the fire spread through 70,000 square meters,” Igor Ulubikov, an official at the St. Petersburg branch…

  • Russia Launched 40 Missiles, Drones Overnight – Ukraine

    Russia Launched 40 Missiles, Drones Overnight – Ukraine

    Russia launched dozens of attacks over Ukraine overnight, the Ukrainian Air Force said Saturday, as Kyiv pushes for more air defense. “A total of 40 means of enemy air attack were recorded,” the Air Force said, adding it destroyed eight missiles. Ukraine’s Air Force said Russia attacked with a wide range of weapons including cruise,…

  • Russian Inflation Unexpectedly Slows in December

    Russian Inflation Unexpectedly Slows in December

    Russia’s annual rate of inflation unexpectedly slowed in December after ticking up continuously for seven months, official data showed Friday, in a boost for the Kremlin ahead of elections. Inflation had been predicted by economists to rise in December 2023 but instead edged down to 7.4% year-on-year, compared with 7.5% in November. Friday’s figure is…

  • Russia Issues Arrest Warrant for Ex-Gazprombank VP Who Joined Ukrainian Army

    Russia Issues Arrest Warrant for Ex-Gazprombank VP Who Joined Ukrainian Army

    Russia’s Interior Ministry has issued an arrest warrant for the former vice president of the state-owned Gazprombank, who joined the Ukrainian army after Moscow’s invasion, the state-run TASS news agency reported Friday. Igor Volobuyev was born in northeastern Ukraine in 1971 but lived most of his life in Moscow, where he served as chief spokesman for…

  • Ukraine’s Spy Chief Promises More Attacks on Crimea

    Ukraine’s Spy Chief Promises More Attacks on Crimea

    Ukraine’s military spy chief Kyrylo Budanov said in an interview published Friday that Kyiv’s attacks against Russian-annexed Crimea were set to intensify, adding that Moscow’s economy was proving surprisingly resilient despite sanctions. “In 2023, the first Ukrainian incursions took place in temporarily occupied Crimea,” Budanov told the French daily Le Monde, adding: “And this is…

  • Gazprom-Owned TV Channel Fined for ‘LGBT Propaganda’ Over Music Video Kiss

    Gazprom-Owned TV Channel Fined for ‘LGBT Propaganda’ Over Music Video Kiss

    A music channel owned by the media arm of Russian energy giant Gazprom was fined $11,300 for spreading “LGBT propaganda among minors” in a 90s-era music video that shows two women kissing, the independent Vyorstka news outlet reported Friday. The music video with the offending kiss aired in July on the channel Lya-Minor TV, which is…

  • Russia Prepares for Lengthy Legal Battle as U.S. Backs Asset Seizure – Bloomberg

    Russia Prepares for Lengthy Legal Battle as U.S. Backs Asset Seizure – Bloomberg

    Russia is preparing a legal challenge to prevent the United States and Europe from seizing some of its $300 billion in frozen assets that the West wants to use to help rebuild Ukraine, Bloomberg reported Friday, citing anonymous officials in Moscow familiar with the matter. The news agency reported Wednesday that the Biden administration supported…

  • 4 Killed as Russia, Ukraine Exchange Attacks

    4 Killed as Russia, Ukraine Exchange Attacks

    Russian shelling on Friday killed two people in the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson, while a drone attack by Kyiv in the Moscow-controlled east killed another two, officials said. As the war approaches its second anniversary, both Russia and Ukraine have accused each other of killing dozens of civilians in a sharp escalation of attacks.…

  • Olympic Fencers Who Fled Russia After Invasion Seek U.S. Citizenship

    Olympic Fencers Who Fled Russia After Invasion Seek U.S. Citizenship

    The U.S. Olympic Committee and the fencing association it governs have asked Congress to grant American citizenship to three Russian fencers who face wartime criminal charges at home, USA Today reported Friday.  Konstantin Lokhanov, Sergei Bida and Violetta Bida — who fled to the United States after Russia invaded Ukraine — may be able to compete…

  • Pardoned Russian Killer Slain Fighting in Ukraine – Mediazona

    Pardoned Russian Killer Slain Fighting in Ukraine – Mediazona

    A Russian serial killer pardoned by President Vladimir Putin in exchange for fighting in Ukraine was killed on the front lines, the independent Mediazona news website reported Thursday. Denis Zubov, 41, from the southern Russian city of Volgograd, was sentenced to 21 years in a maximum-security colony in 2017 for the murders of three people.…

  • Russia Detains State Firm Worker Accused of Spying for Poland

    Russia Detains State Firm Worker Accused of Spying for Poland

    A Russian man working for a state-owned firm was arrested for allegedly planning to pass sensitive information to Poland in exchange for help in fleeing the country, the Federal Security Service (FSB) said Friday. Russian security services have detained a slew of foreigners and Russian citizens accused of working for foreign intelligence since Moscow invaded…

  • Russia-China Trade Hits Record $240Bln in 2023

    Russia-China Trade Hits Record $240Bln in 2023

    Trade between China and Russia reached a record $240 billion in 2023, official Chinese data showed on Friday. China’s General Administration of Customs Data said two-way with Russia in 2023 grew by 26.3% from the year earlier. Similarly, Chinese exports to Russia increased by 46.9%, while imports from Russia rose 13% last year. Presidents Vladimir Putin…

  • Russia Issues Arrest Warrant for Exiled Journalist Serafimov

    Russia Issues Arrest Warrant for Exiled Journalist Serafimov

    Russia’s Interior Ministry has issued an arrest warrant for journalist Andrei Serafimov, who is believed to have fled the country, news outlets reported Friday. The law enforcement body’s online database of wanted persons lists Serafimov but does not specify which criminal charges he faces in Russia. The journalist said in December he had been charged with public…

  • Russia’s Belgorod Reinforces Bus Stops With Cement Blocks, Sandbags Amid Attacks

    Russia’s Belgorod Reinforces Bus Stops With Cement Blocks, Sandbags Amid Attacks

    Authorities in western Russia’s Belgorod have begun reinforcing bus stops with cement blocks and sandbags to protect residents amid a recent surge in Ukrainian airstrikes against the city.  Images shared on social media showed municipal workers laying large bricks around benches and shelters at bus stops.  Belgorod Mayor Valentin Demidov announced the safety measures during…

  • Moscow Blasts U.S.-British Strikes in Yemen

    Moscow Blasts U.S.-British Strikes in Yemen

    Updated with Kremlin’s remarks. The Kremlin on Friday condemned the United States and the United Kingdom for military strikes against the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, while Russia’s mission to the UN requested an urgent Security Council session. The U.S. and U.K. air forces said they struck multiple Houthi targets in Yemen late on Thursday in…

  • Russia Threatens ‘Imminent Retaliation’ for Latvia’s Seizure of ‘Moscow House’

    Russia Threatens ‘Imminent Retaliation’ for Latvia’s Seizure of ‘Moscow House’

    Moscow said Thursday it will seek retribution for Latvia’s confiscation of a building it owns in Riga. Latvia’s parliament, the Saeima, voted earlier Thursday to seize the Moscow House, which has been funded by the Moscow Mayor’s Office since its opening in 2004 as a cultural and activities center for Russian nationals living in Latvia. In…

  • ‘If Ukraine Loses, War Will Come to Europe’: On the Frontlines With the Chechen Battalion Fighting for Kyiv

    ‘If Ukraine Loses, War Will Come to Europe’: On the Frontlines With the Chechen Battalion Fighting for Kyiv

    Aslan Mohammed Ocherkhadzhiev has just sat down at a safe house near Chasiv Yar, one of the last Ukrainian strongholds near the city of Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine. On the table before him sit stacks of paper coffee cups and cans labeled in Arabic. Lost in thought, he calmly sips a cup of coffee. With…

  • Activists Evacuate Dogs From Russia’s Buryatia Over Euthanization Law

    Activists Evacuate Dogs From Russia’s Buryatia Over Euthanization Law

    Animal rights activists in the Far East Russian republic of Buryatia have been evacuating stray dogs to other regions of the country after the republic legalized the euthanization of homeless animals in certain conditions. At least 600 dogs have already been evacuated to safe locations, but hundreds more are still awaiting evacuation, local animal rights…

  • Finland Extends Russian Border Closure Over ‘Instrumentalized’ Migration

    Finland Extends Russian Border Closure Over ‘Instrumentalized’ Migration

    Finland will extend the closure of its eastern border with Russia until Feb. 11 due to the continued threat of illegal migration that Helsinki blames on Moscow, the Nordic country’s Interior Ministry announced Thursday. The ministry said it has information that migrants from third countries remain on the Russian side of the border, waiting to…

  • 10K Foreign-Affiliated Companies Have Exited Russia Since Ukraine Invasion – Report

    10K Foreign-Affiliated Companies Have Exited Russia Since Ukraine Invasion – Report

    Nearly 10,000 companies with foreign involvement have exited Russia in the two years since it invaded Ukraine, the Vedomosti business daily reported Thursday, citing corporate data. The number of legal entities with foreign affiliation declined by 6,200 in 2022 and 3,400 in January-October 2023, totaling 9,600, according to the publication. Overall, Vedomosti said 23,500 companies with…

  • Zelensky Says ‘Pauses’ in Conflict Would Help Russia

    Zelensky Says ‘Pauses’ in Conflict Would Help Russia

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned Thursday that any “pauses” in Ukraine’s defense against Russia’s invasion would only help Moscow to re-arm and allow it to “run us over.” Zelensky spoke in Estonia on the second leg of a Baltic tour aimed at boosting flagging support for his country’s almost two-year-long fight against Russia. “Give the…

  • In Rare Interview, Putin’s Daughter Says Russia Places High Value on Human Life

    In Rare Interview, Putin’s Daughter Says Russia Places High Value on Human Life

    President Vladimir Putin’s oldest daughter Maria Vorontsova has given a rare interview in which she described Russia as a “human-centric” state, the investigative news website Agentstvo reported Thursday. Putin has never publicly acknowledged Vorontsova and her younger sister Katerina Tikhonova as his daughters, while the Kremlin has kept details of their lives a closely guarded…

  • In Photos: Children Evacuated From Belgorod After Deadly Ukrainian Shellings

    In Photos: Children Evacuated From Belgorod After Deadly Ukrainian Shellings

    Hundreds of civilians including children departed the Russian city of Belgorod, near the border with Ukraine, amid weeks of cross-border shelling that have left over two dozen dead. “The Belgorod region is going through hard times,” Belgorod Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said Thursday. Here’s a look into the evacuation efforts:

  • Boiling Water Floods Streets of Novosibirsk, Leaves Residents Without Heat

    Boiling Water Floods Streets of Novosibirsk, Leaves Residents Without Heat

    A heating system breakdown has flooded the streets of Russia’s third-largest city of Novosibirsk, authorities said Thursday, with over 100 apartment buildings left without heat. Video published by local news outlets showed steaming-hot water engulfing streets and entire blocks of residential neighborhoods. “Residential buildings and public facilities in the Leninsky district were disconnected from heating and hot…

  • Russia Charges Leftist Activist Udaltsov With ‘Justifying Terrorism’ – Reports

    Russia Charges Leftist Activist Udaltsov With ‘Justifying Terrorism’ – Reports

    Russian left-wing activist Sergei Udaltsov has been charged with justifying terrorism on social media, the state-run news agency RIA Novosti reported Thursday, citing an anonymous law enforcement source. Udaltsov, who heads the socialist group Left Front, has been a vocal participant in anti-Kremlin demonstrations dating back to mass rallies held in 2012.  In 2014, he was sentenced…

  • Russia Charges Leftist Activist Udaltsov With ‘Justifying Terrorism’

    Russia Charges Leftist Activist Udaltsov With ‘Justifying Terrorism’

    Updated with court order. A Moscow court on Friday jailed left-wing activist Sergei Udaltsov until Feb. 15 after he was detained and charged with justifying terrorism in social media posts, state media reported.  Udaltsov, who heads the socialist group Left Front, has been a vocal participant in anti-Kremlin demonstrations dating back to mass rallies held in 2012.  In…

  • 13 Wounded in Russian Strike on Ukrainian Hotel

    13 Wounded in Russian Strike on Ukrainian Hotel

    Two Russian missiles struck a hotel in Ukraine’s second city Kharkiv, injuring 13 people including foreign journalists, local authorities said Thursday. The strikes on Wednesday evening came as both Moscow and Kyiv accuse each other of inflicting dozens of civilian casualties in a sharp escalation of attacks. “Thirteen people were injured,” including a Turkish citizen…

  • ‘Total Disgrace’: Anger, Frustration as Mass Heating Failures Across Russia Leave Thousands in the Cold

    ‘Total Disgrace’: Anger, Frustration as Mass Heating Failures Across Russia Leave Thousands in the Cold

    PODOLSK, Moscow region – Residents across Russia affected by unprecedented winter heating outages in recent days have expressed their frustration and urged local authorities to restore heating in their homes. In Podolsk, a town some 30 kilometers south of the capital Moscow, at least 149,000 residents — nearly half of its population — were left…

  • Russia’s Population Could Fall to 130Mln by 2046 – Rosstat

    Russia’s Population Could Fall to 130Mln by 2046 – Rosstat

    Russia’s population could drop to 130 million by 2046 due to declining immigration numbers and low birth rates, according to a worst-case projection by Russia’s statistics agency Rosstat, the RBC news website reported. Rosstat predicts Russia’s population will drop from the current 146.1 million to 138.8 million by 2046 under its most likely scenario, which…