Russia Advises Citizens to Avoid Travel to U.K.

Russia has advised its citizens to “refrain” from traveling to the United Kingdom and from trying to obtain a British visa, citing what it called London’s “unfriendly” stance toward Moscow and long delays for visa applications. In a statement Friday, the Russian Foreign Ministry accused the British Embassy in Moscow of prioritizing applications from Ukrainian…

UK Sanctions Putin Circle Including Alleged Girlfriend

Britain on Friday sanctioned 12 members of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “inner circle” accused of hiding corrupt riches in return for influential state positions. They included his ex-wife Lyudmila Ocheretnaya and Alina Kabaeva, a former Olympic gymnast who the U.K. government said was “alleged to have a close personal relationship with Putin.” “We are exposing…

Moscow Says EU Becoming ‘Aggressive, Militant’

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday said he doubted the motives of Ukraine’s intention of joining the European Union while accusing Brussels of ambitions beyond the European continent. Ukraine, where Russia launched a military campaign on Feb. 24, “is ready to declare a neutral, non-aligned status,” Lavrov told reporters following a meeting of CIS…

Putin Says Sanctions Hurting West More Than Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday Western countries were worse hit by sanctions imposed on Moscow over Ukraine than Russia, which he insists has been resilient in the face of “external challenges.” Western countries have slapped Russia with a barrage of unprecedented sanctions after Putin sent troops into neighboring Ukraine on Feb. 24. Western governments…

Russian Ex-Minister Ulyukayev Released From Prison

Russia’s former Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev was released from prison Thursday after serving a five-year jail term for corruption. Ulyukayev, 66, walked free two weeks after being granted early release from the eight-year sentence he received in December 2017 on good behavior. The ex-minister had been found guilty of soliciting a bribe, a charge…

Finland’s NATO Membership ‘Definitely’ Threatens Russia – Kremlin

Finland’s possible NATO membership “definitely” threatens Russia’s security, the Kremlin said Thursday, adding that Moscow is ready to take further steps to “balance the situation.” Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin said their country must “apply for NATO membership without a delay” in a joint statement Thursday after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine…

Russia Pushes Law to Force Taxi Apps to Share Data With Spy Agency

Russia’s government has put forward a law to force ride-hailing apps to give the FSB domestic intelligence agency real-time access to their data. “The document prescribes the obligation of the taxi ordering service to provide the FSB with automated remote access to the information systems and databases used to receive, store, process and transmit taxi orders,” a statement published Wednesday by the lower-house State Duma…

Siemens Announces Russia Exit Over Ukraine War

German manufacturing giant Siemens announced Thursday that the company will “wind down” its presence in the Russian market following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.  In a statement, Siemens CEO Roland Busch vowed that the firm would “continue to support” its estimated 2,900 Russian employees and provide humanitarian assistance in Ukraine. “This was not an easy decision,…

U.S. Curbs Intelligence Sharing With Ukraine – WP

The United States has placed limitations on intelligence sharing with Ukraine to avoid heightening tensions with Russia, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.  Two new prohibitions include information that would help Ukraine kill senior Russian military officers and any information that would help Ukraine attack Russian targets outside its borders. The U.S also has a rule…

Russia Car Sales Sink 78.5% in April

New car sales in Russia sank by over 78% in April, industry data showed Wednesday after the country was hit by a barrage of sanctions over Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine. Only 32,706 units were sold in April, according to the Association of European Businesses. This was down 78.5% from the same month in 2021…

Occupied Ukrainian Territories Will Ask to ‘Join Russia’ — Reports

Officials in Russian-occupied Kherson will petition the Kremlin to formally recognize the southern Ukrainian region as part of the Russian Federation, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported Wednesday. The Russian military gained control of the Kherson region in late April, replacing its Ukrainian leadership with a pro-Moscow “military-civilian administration” and transitioning to the Russian…

Wildfires Kill 8 in Siberia

This story has been updated with Putin’s comments, and corrected to remove a 2020 quote from the Russian Emergency Situations Minister. At least eight people have been killed in wildfires in the Siberia’s Krasnoyarsk region, local authorities said Wednesday. “The fires were caused by short circuits in electrical wiring and power lines, and dry grass…

Putin Gives GRU Boosted Role in Ukraine – Report

President Vladimir Putin has given Russia’s military intelligence agency (GRU) a more prominent role in Ukraine, Russian security analysts said as the U.S. assessed that Putin is “behind schedule” in the invasion of Ukraine. GRU deputy head Vladimir Alexeyev, 61, has been placed in charge of intelligence operations in Ukraine, according to security experts Andrei…

U.S. Charge D’affaires Returns to Kyiv for Visit

U.S. charge d’affaires for Ukraine Kristina Kvien and her team returned to Kyiv Sunday, the embassy tweeted, in a step toward re-establishing Washington’s diplomatic presence there after it was closed days before the Russian invasion. “Just arrived in Kyiv! Delighted to be back on Victory in Europe Day. Slava Ukraini!” tweeted the U.S. embassy in Kyiv’s…

Russia Arrests Opposition Journalist in Absentia for Mariupol Hospital Bombing ‘Fakes’

A prominent Russian opposition journalist has been arrested in absentia on charges of publishing “fake” news about the Russian military’s air strike on a maternity hospital in southern Ukraine, Interfax reported Friday. Alexander Nevzorov, a former MP who has worked with independent media outlets like Dozhd and Ekho Moskvy, is one of the dozens of Russians…

Moscow Allows Sanction-Busting Imports

Russia on Friday allowed for hundreds of categories of goods to be imported without the agreement of the intellectual property owner in order to bypass restrictions imposed over the Ukraine conflict. Among the list published by the Industry and Commerce Ministry are Apple and Samsung smartphones, major car brands, game consoles, and spare parts used…