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  • ‘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…

  • Unprecedented Cross-Border Strikes Rattle Russia’s Belgorod

    Unprecedented Cross-Border Strikes Rattle Russia’s Belgorod

    BELGOROD, Russia — Flashes illuminate the night sky, quickly followed by loud bangs. As air defense systems shoot down incoming rockets and sirens sound through the city, two girls rush to the train station. One of them is in tears.  “Sasha, calm down!” the other girl reassures her.  “You’ll tell them everything,” the girls’ taxi…

  • Russia’s Far East Region Launches Ski Tours in North Korea

    Russia’s Far East Region Launches Ski Tours in North Korea

    Authorities in Far East Russia’s Primorye region said Wednesday they have launched the country’s first ski tours to neighboring North Korea as Moscow seeks to cultivate deeper ties with Pyongyang. “Would you like to visit one of the most interesting and mysterious countries in the world, North Korea?” the Primorye region’s government wrote in a…

  • Rosneft enterprises planted over 8.3 million trees in 2023

    Rosneft summarized the results of reforestation activities performed by the Company’s subsidiaries in 2023.

  • Zelensky Says Western Hesitation on Ukraine Aid Emboldens Putin

    Zelensky Says Western Hesitation on Ukraine Aid Emboldens Putin

    Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky appealed for badly needed air defense systems at the start of a tour of Baltic states Wednesday, warning that Western hesitation on aid for Ukraine was emboldening Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin will not stop at Ukraine, he said, during an unannounced visit to the Lithuanian capital Vilnius. Zelensky was on…

  • Navalny Makes First Court Appearance After Arctic Prison Transfer

    Navalny Makes First Court Appearance After Arctic Prison Transfer

    Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has appeared in court via video link for the first time since being transferred to a maximum-security prison colony in Russia’s Arctic, the independent news website Mediazona reported Wednesday. “A tear is running down my cheek. I’m so glad to see you all,” Navalny said from a jail cell. The…

  • Russia Evacuates Dozens of Children From Belgorod

    Russia Evacuates Dozens of Children From Belgorod

    Dozens of schoolchildren were evacuated from the Russian border city of Belgorod on Wednesday following a spate of deadly Ukrainian shelling attacks, the region’s governor said. Some 300 residents had already left Belgorod, the biggest evacuation from a major Russian city since Moscow launched its invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. The first group of…

  • Russian Singer Who Burned Passport Seeks Repentance From Orthodox Leader

    Russian Singer Who Burned Passport Seeks Repentance From Orthodox Leader

    A Russian singer who is on trial for posting anti-war videos on Instagram has sought repentance in a letter to Russia’s Orthodox Church leader and vowed to devote his career to patriotism. Eduard Sharlot was detained in November after returning to Russia from Armenia, where he had posted videos of himself burning his passport and…

  • Moscow Court Temporarily Shutters Nightclub at Heart of ‘Nearly Naked’ Party Scandal

    Moscow Court Temporarily Shutters Nightclub at Heart of ‘Nearly Naked’ Party Scandal

    A Moscow court has ordered the closure of the nightclub where a “nearly naked” party sparked controversy last month, Russian media reported Wednesday.  Club Mutabor was forced to close its doors for 90 days over “violations of sanitary standards,” the state-run TASS news agency reported. The independent Medizona news outlet reported earlier that Russia’s consumer…

  • Russia Seizes 1 Ton of Nicaraguan Cocaine in St. Petersburg

    Russia Seizes 1 Ton of Nicaraguan Cocaine in St. Petersburg

    Russian border guards have seized more than 1 metric ton of cocaine from Nicaragua at the Great Port of St. Petersburg, the Federal Customs Service (FTS) said Wednesday. “The smugglers hid 1,000 briquettes with compressed white powder in the upper part of a cargo module,” the FTS said on the messaging app Telegram. Images shared…

  • Exiled Russian Activist Granted Canadian Citizenship After ‘War Fakes’ Conviction Scandal

    Exiled Russian Activist Granted Canadian Citizenship After ‘War Fakes’ Conviction Scandal

    Canada has granted Russian anti-war activist Maria Kartasheva citizenship, reversing an initial decision to block her from taking the citizenship oath due to her criminal prosecution in Russia for spreading “fake news” about the war in Ukraine, Canadian media reported Tuesday. Kartasheva, 30, moved to Ottawa in 2019. After invading Ukraine in early 2022, Russia…

  • In First, Putin Visits Far East Russia’s Chukotka

    In First, Putin Visits Far East Russia’s Chukotka

    President Vladimir Putin has traveled to the Chukotka autonomous district, the Kremlin said Wednesday, the first time he has visited Russia’s easternmost region during his more than two decades in power.  “The head of state will inspect a year-round greenhouse complex, talk to residents and meet with the governor in the city of Anadyr [the…

  • Italian City Cancels ‘Propaganda’ Mariupol Exhibition

    Italian City Cancels ‘Propaganda’ Mariupol Exhibition

    Authorities in an Italian city said Tuesday that they would no longer host an exhibition and conference on the “rebirth” of the Russian-occupied city of Mariupol in Ukraine, a decision welcomed by the government in Kyiv. The Russian cultural association in Emilia-Romagna, a region in northern Italy, had rented the civic hall in Modena for…

  • Finland Signals Extension of Russian Border Closure Over Migrant Crossings

    Finland Signals Extension of Russian Border Closure Over Migrant Crossings

    Finland will likely extend the closure of its eastern border with Russia due to the continued threat of migrant crossings, top officials in the Nordic country said Tuesday. Last month, Finland closed its 1,340-kilometer border with Russia until Jan. 14, citing what it said was a spike in asylum seekers from the Middle East and…

  • Former Hyundai Plant in St. Petersburg Reopens Under New Russian Owner

    Former Hyundai Plant in St. Petersburg Reopens Under New Russian Owner

    South Korean automaker Hyundai’s former production plant in St. Petersburg has reopened under new Russian management, state media reported Tuesday, citing the factory’s press service. In December, the Hyundai plant — which suspended operations in March 2022 amid an exodus of foreign companies from Russia — was sold to the company Art-Finance for a reported…

  • Navalny Placed in Solitary Confinement After Transfer to Arctic Prison

    Navalny Placed in Solitary Confinement After Transfer to Arctic Prison

    Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said Tuesday he has been placed in solitary confinement, just weeks after he was transferred to a high-security prison colony in Russia’s Arctic. Navalny’s lawyers found him last month in a “special regime” colony located in the Yamal-Nenets autonomous district village of Kharp after he disappeared from public view for…

  • Woman Killed in Ukrainian Shelling of Russian Village

    Woman Killed in Ukrainian Shelling of Russian Village

    A woman was killed by Ukrainian shelling in western Russia’s Kursk region, authorities said Tuesday. “This afternoon, the village of Gornal in the Sudzhansky district was shelled from the direction of Ukraine,” Kursk region Governor Roman Starovoit said in a video posted on the messaging app Telegram. “A woman was killed by shrapnel,” Starovoit added without identifying…

  • Russia to Investigate Blogger for Viral ‘Snow Baby’ Video

    Russia to Investigate Blogger for Viral ‘Snow Baby’ Video

    Russia’s top investigator has ordered a criminal probe into popular Russian blogger Sergei Kosenko after a video of him throwing his 2-month-old son into a snowbank went viral. Kosenko faced backlash this week after he shared the video of him tossing the child with his 6.9 million Instagram followers. The blogger later deleted the video…

  • Russia to Do ‘Everything’ to Halt Ukrainian Shelling of Belgorod

    Russia to Do ‘Everything’ to Halt Ukrainian Shelling of Belgorod

    The Kremlin has tried to maintain a semblance of normalcy on the home front, but the recent strikes on Belgorod have brought the Ukraine conflict closer to home for many Russians. A series of aerial attacks from Kyiv’s forces in Belgorod last month killed 25 people, the worst attack on Russian civilians since the conflict…

  • Russia Mulls Barring Citizens in ‘Unfriendly’ Countries From Voting in 2024 Election – Vedomosti

    Russia Mulls Barring Citizens in ‘Unfriendly’ Countries From Voting in 2024 Election – Vedomosti

    Russian authorities could bar its citizens living in so-called “unfriendly” countries from voting at embassy polling stations in the upcoming presidential election, the Vedomosti business daily reported Tuesday, citing several anonymous sources close to the Foreign Ministry. Moscow has designated 49 countries as “unfriendly,” accusing them of carrying out “hostile” actions against Russian missions abroad. After…

  • Putin Grants U.S. Boxer, Canadian Hockey Player Russian Citizenship

    Putin Grants U.S. Boxer, Canadian Hockey Player Russian Citizenship

    President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday granted U.S. heavyweight boxer Kevin Johnson and Canadian ice hockey player Brendan Leipsic Russian citizenship under a decree published on the government’s website. Johnson expressed his love for Russia and “Russian women” last year, asking Putin to give him Russian citizenship so that he could continue his career in the country…

  • Russian Singer Arrested in St. Petersburg After Nude Performance Goes Viral

    Russian Singer Arrested in St. Petersburg After Nude Performance Goes Viral

    Updated with arrest order. A St. Petersburg court ordered the arrest of Russian singer Maxim Moiseyev (real name Maxim Tesli) after he was filmed performing on stage wearing only a sock on his genitals, the local news website Fontanka reported Tuesday. Tesli was detained Monday night by law enforcement agents at St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo airport, according to Fontanka.…

  • Morgan Stanley, U.K. Law Firm Helping Oligarch Seize Russian Oilfield – The Guardian

    Morgan Stanley, U.K. Law Firm Helping Oligarch Seize Russian Oilfield – The Guardian

    U.S. investment bank Morgan Stanley and British law firm Allen & Overy are helping Russian-born oligarch Sergei Kolesnikov as he seeks to claim ownership of a major oilfield in southern Russia, The Guardian reported Monday. Kolesnikov, who is president of the construction materials producer TechnoNicol, as well as the majority shareholder of the Cypriot firm…

  • Major Vehicle Pile-Up Leaves 4 Dead in Northwestern Russia

    Major Vehicle Pile-Up Leaves 4 Dead in Northwestern Russia

    A crash involving dozens of vehicles along a highway in northwestern Russia’s Novgorod region has left at least four people dead, including a child, and six others injured, authorities said Monday. The deadly crash took place around 30 kilometers northwest of the city of Novogord at 2:40 p.m. local time, according to law enforcement officials in…

  • Russian Rapper Who Attended ‘Nearly Naked’ Party Handed Military Summons – Reports

    Russian Rapper Who Attended ‘Nearly Naked’ Party Handed Military Summons – Reports

    Russian authorities handed military summons to a rapper who attended a “nearly naked” party last month wearing only a sock on his penis, the Moskovsky Komsomolets tabloid reported Monday, citing a member of Russia’s state prison watchdog. A Moscow court fined and jailed rapper VACÍO (real name Nikolai Vasilyev) for 15 days in late December after finding him…

  • Russian Official Probed for Wishing Cancer on Family Members of Subordinates

    Russian Official Probed for Wishing Cancer on Family Members of Subordinates

    Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry has launched a disciplinary probe into one of its regional chiefs for publically wishing cancer on the family members of subordinates who accused him of corruption, a federal lawmaker said Monday. Nikolai Lyubavin, who heads the Emergency Situations Ministry’s Volgograd region branch, was recorded blasting unidentified staff members for filing a complaint…

  • Russian Environmental News Outlet Kedr Closes After ‘Foreign Agent’ Designation

    Russian Environmental News Outlet Kedr Closes After ‘Foreign Agent’ Designation

    The independent environmental news outlet Kedr has shut down after being labeled a “foreign agent,” its founder said Monday. Russia’s Justice Ministry added Kedr to its list of “foreign agents” in November for spreading “fake news” about the government’s environmental policies and distributing content of other “foreign agents.” “Kedr has been closed since the beginning…

  • Russian FSB Officers Arrested for $55Mln Bribes – TASS

    Russian FSB Officers Arrested for $55Mln Bribes – TASS

    Three anti-corruption officers at Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) have been arrested on charges of accepting more than 5 billion rubles ($55.2 million) in bribes, the state-run TASS news agency reported Monday, citing an anonymous law enforcement source. “Alexei Tsaryov, Sergei Manyshkin and Alexander Ushakov of the FSB’s Directorate M are accused of a series of…

  • Russian Warplane Accidentally Drops Bomb on City in Occupied Luhansk

    Russian Warplane Accidentally Drops Bomb on City in Occupied Luhansk

    A Russian warplane made an “emergency release” of a bomb over a city in eastern Ukraine’s occupied Luhansk region, Kremlin-back authorities said Monday, marking the second instance this month of a Russian military aircraft dropping its explosive payload over a civilian area controlled by Moscow.  “While carrying out combat operations, a Russian Air Force aircraft…

  • Russia’s Belgorod Evacuates 300 Residents Over Ukrainian Strikes

    Russia’s Belgorod Evacuates 300 Residents Over Ukrainian Strikes

    Some 300 residents of the western Russian city of Belgorod have been evacuated following a recent wave of Ukrainian strikes, authorities said Monday. “Around 300 Belgorod residents, who decided to evacuate temporarily, are currently being housed in temporary shelter centers in Stary Oskol, Gubkin and the Korochansky district,” Belgorod region Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said in…

  • Russia’s Belgorod Cancels Orthodox Christmas Masses Amid Rocket Attacks

    Russia’s Belgorod Cancels Orthodox Christmas Masses Amid Rocket Attacks

    Russian authorities said Saturday that they would cancel Orthodox Christmas midnight masses in the city of Belgorod, a day after some residents were offered to relocate to safety following an unprecedented wave of rocket attacks.  Western Russia’s Belgorod and its capital city have been hit with near-daily Ukrainian attacks over the past week, the deadliest…

  • Russia Says Downed 4 Ukrainian Missiles Over Annexed Crimea

    Russia Says Downed 4 Ukrainian Missiles Over Annexed Crimea

    Russia on Saturday said its military shot down four Ukrainian missiles over annexed Crimea overnight. The attack came a day after Moscow said it repelled a Ukrainian drone attack on Crimea, downing 36 of the unmanned craft over the peninsula. “Air defense systems on duty intercepted and destroyed four Ukrainian missiles over the Crimea peninsula,” the…

  • Kadyrov Offers Ukrainian POWs in Exchange for Lifting Sanctions on Family

    Kadyrov Offers Ukrainian POWs in Exchange for Lifting Sanctions on Family

    Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has offered to release Ukrainian prisoners of war in exchange for lifting U.S. sanctions against his family members, Russian state media reported Friday. Kadyrov said he had provided a list of Ukrainian captives to American writer Scott Ritter, a former U.S. intelligence officer and regular contributor at Russian government-owned media outlets. …

  • Russia to Evacuate Some Residents From Belgorod Amid Shelling

    Russia to Evacuate Some Residents From Belgorod Amid Shelling

    Authorities in western Russia’s Belgorod region on Friday offered to move some residents from its capital city to safety following intense shelling by Ukrainian forces over the past week.  The announcement came a day after rocket attacks wounded at least two people and knocked out glass from high-rise buildings, sparking panic among residents. “I see…

  • Nepal Suspends Work Permits for Russia and Ukraine Amid Soldiers’ Deaths – Reuters

    Nepal Suspends Work Permits for Russia and Ukraine Amid Soldiers’ Deaths – Reuters

    Nepal has stopped issuing permits for its citizens to work in Russia and Ukraine following the deaths of Nepalis who have gone to fight in the war, Reuters reported Friday, citing a government official. The Nepali government issues work permits to its citizens for civilian jobs abroad. More than 800 Nepalis were issued permits for…

  • Residents Outside Moscow Protest Power Outage, Demand Heating Amid Subzero Temperatures

    Residents Outside Moscow Protest Power Outage, Demand Heating Amid Subzero Temperatures

    Residents of a Moscow region town impacted by power outages have taken to the streets, demanding that local authorities restore heat to their homes as subzero temperatures grip the region, Russian media reported Friday. At least 21,000 people had power knocked out in their homes on Thursday morning in the town of Podolsk when a…

  • Russia Curbs UN Access at Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant

    Russia Curbs UN Access at Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant

    Russia confirmed Friday it had blocked the UN’s nuclear watchdog from accessing parts of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia power plant, but said the restrictions were for safety reasons. Officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have been on the ground monitoring the plant since September 2022, six months after it was captured by Russian forces. Responding…

  • Russia’s Belgorod Attacked Again After Schools Extend Winter Break

    Russia’s Belgorod Attacked Again After Schools Extend Winter Break

    The Russian city of Belgorod was targeted by another round of Ukrainian shelling late Thursday, officials said, hours after some schools in the region were ordered to extend their winter breaks due to the risk of further attacks. At least two people were injured in the latest shelling, Belgorod governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said, as channels…

  • White House Says N. Korea Supplied Russia With Missiles for Attacks on Ukraine

    White House Says N. Korea Supplied Russia With Missiles for Attacks on Ukraine

    North Korea has provided Russia with ballistic missiles and missile launchers that were used in recent attacks on Ukraine, the White House said Thursday. The Pyongyang-supplied missiles, with ranges of around 900 kilometers, were fired by Russia in two attacks over the past week, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said. “Our information indicates that…

  • Estonia Says Russia to Close Border Crossing for Renovations

    Estonia Says Russia to Close Border Crossing for Renovations

    The Estonian Foreign Ministry said Thursday that Russia plans to close a key border checkpoint to road traffic for two years, citing renovation works as the reason behind the move. Authorities in Tallinn said they had received an official note from Russia saying the Narva-Ivangorod crossing would close on Feb. 1. “According to the note,…

  • Ukraine Says Destroyed Russian Warplane in Ural Mountains

    Ukraine Says Destroyed Russian Warplane in Ural Mountains

    Ukraine’s GUR military intelligence said Thursday it had destroyed a Russian Su-34 fighter bomber deep inside Russian territory. Video published on the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine’s YouTube channel showed an unidentified person setting fire to the warplane while giving a “sign of the horns” hand gesture. The video was said to have been shot at…

  • Putin Further Eases Citizenship Process for Foreigners in Russian Army

    Putin Further Eases Citizenship Process for Foreigners in Russian Army

    President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree simplifying the process of obtaining Russian citizenship for foreigners who join the Russian army, according to a document published by the government Thursday. “Foreign citizens who signed a [one-year] contract with the Russian Armed Forces or military formations or who are undergoing military service during the special military…

  • Ukraine Says Russian Hackers Breached Telecom Giant Months Ahead of Cyberattack – Reuters

    Ukraine Says Russian Hackers Breached Telecom Giant Months Ahead of Cyberattack – Reuters

    Russian hackers infiltrated Ukraine’s main mobile operator Kyivstar months before launching a “disastrous” cyberattack that disrupted services for some 24 million users, Reuters reported Thursday, citing Ukraine’s cybersecurity chief. The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has said it suspects Russia’s secret service was behind the Dec. 12 Kyivstar attack that paralyzed its network for days.…

  • Russia, Ukraine Swap Hundreds of Prisoners in UAE Brokered Deal

    Russia, Ukraine Swap Hundreds of Prisoners in UAE Brokered Deal

    Ukraine and Russia said late Wednesday they had exchanged over two hundred captive soldiers each in what Kyiv has described as the biggest prisoner swap of the war so far. The two warring sides have carried out dozens of exchanges since Moscow launched its February 2022 invasion, but the swaps have become less frequent and…

  • Chechnya’s Kadyrov Calls for ‘Blood Vengeance’ Against Relatives of Fugitives

    Chechnya’s Kadyrov Calls for ‘Blood Vengeance’ Against Relatives of Fugitives

    Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has called for the prosecution of wanted fugitives’ family members, according to the opposition group 1Adat, remarks he made during a meeting with officials on New Year’s Eve.  Kadyrov said he had instructed Chechnya’s law enforcement agencies to maintain “extreme vigilance” during the holidays, which in Russia take place on Jan.…

  • Russia Accuses Head of Kazakh Diaspora of ‘War Fakes’ – Vyorstka

    Russia Accuses Head of Kazakh Diaspora of ‘War Fakes’ – Vyorstka

    Russian authorities have launched a criminal investigation into “war fakes” against the head of a Kazakh diaspora in Moscow, the independent news outlet Vyorstka reported Wednesday, citing an undisclosed report by Russia’s Investigative Committee. Polat Dzhamalov, who heads an NGO called Moscow Foundation “Kazakh Diaspora,” is accused of sharing a senior Russian official’s alleged estimate of Russian…

  • EU Sanctions Russia’s Largest Diamond Producer Alrosa

    EU Sanctions Russia’s Largest Diamond Producer Alrosa

    The European Union on Wednesday imposed sanctions on Russia’s state-run diamond giant Alrosa and its CEO as part of a ban on imports of the precious stones over the Ukraine war. The EU in December agreed to prohibit diamonds exported from Russia as it tightens sanctions to further sap the Kremlin’s coffers. The 27-nation bloc…

  • Russia Says Repelled Overnight Rocket Attack in Belgorod Region

    Russia Says Repelled Overnight Rocket Attack in Belgorod Region

    Russia’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday it downed 12 Ukrainian missiles in the western Belgorod region, which in recent days has been the target of multiple rocket attacks that have left dozens of people dead. “This morning, another attempt by the Kyiv regime to carry out a terrorist attack on structures on the territory of the…