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  • Flash Floods Trigger Evacuations on Russia’s Black Sea Coast

    Flash Floods Trigger Evacuations on Russia’s Black Sea Coast

    Heavy rains struck southern Russia’s Black Sea coast over the weekend, leading to evacuations as overflowing rivers washed away cars and flooded homes. Emergency authorities in southern Russia’s Krasnodar region issued a flash flood warning from late Sunday into Monday due to the heavy rains. Footage published early Sunday showed several cars piled together in…

  • 47,000 Russian Troops Killed in Ukraine – Report

    47,000 Russian Troops Killed in Ukraine – Report

    At least 47,000 Russian troops have been killed fighting in Ukraine, the independent news outlets Mediazona and Meduza reported in an investigation published Monday. Citing data from Russia’s national probate registry — a public database that records information on inheritances — and the government statistics agency Rosstat, journalists used a surge in probate cases opened…

  • BRICS Summit To Be ‘Physical’ Despite Putin Warrant — South Africa

    BRICS Summit To Be ‘Physical’ Despite Putin Warrant — South Africa

    South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said Sunday that next month’s BRICS summit, which Vladimir Putin has been invited to, will be held in-person despite an arrest warrant on the Russian leader. “The BRICS summit is going ahead and we are finalizing our discussions on the format,” Ramaphosa told journalists on the sidelines of a conference…

  • ‘Half Patriot, Half Traitor’: Wagner Fighters Reflect on Botched Rebellion With Resentment, Uncertainty

    ‘Half Patriot, Half Traitor’: Wagner Fighters Reflect on Botched Rebellion With Resentment, Uncertainty

    “Will I be able to shoot at my comrades?” Vlad was tormented by this question during the events of June 24, as a convoy of rebel mercenaries led by Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin advanced on Moscow and Russia seemed on the brink of civil war.  A former Wagner fighter, Vlad, who asked that his name…

  • Russia Slams Repatriation of Ukrainian Troops From Turkey

    Russia Slams Repatriation of Ukrainian Troops From Turkey

    The Kremlin on Saturday slammed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s decision to repatriate several Ukrainian commanders who should have remained in Turkey until the end of the conflict under a deal.  The Ukrainian presidency confirmed that it had secured the return of members of the crack Azov regiment, which is despised in Russia, after “negotiations with the…

  • Russia Says U.S. Cluster Bombs for Ukraine Show ‘Weakness’

    Russia Says U.S. Cluster Bombs for Ukraine Show ‘Weakness’

    Washington’s decision to supply Ukraine with cluster munitions is an “act of desperation” that will have no effect on Moscow’s campaign in Ukraine, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Saturday. “It is an act of desperation and shows weakness against the backdrop of the failure of the much-touted Ukrainian counteroffensive,” ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a…

  • Evacuated Residents of War-Scarred Bakhmut Envision a Far-Off Return Home

    Evacuated Residents of War-Scarred Bakhmut Envision a Far-Off Return Home

    Artyom’s family history in Bakhmut, the eastern Ukrainian city virtually destroyed in a months-long Russian offensive, goes back almost 300 years. So when the question of if he’ll return to the city comes up, the answer is obvious: Yes. But after evacuating the city and relocating to Russia earlier this year, the former technician –…

  • Zelensky Hails ‘Brave’ Ukraine on 500th Day of War

    Zelensky Hails ‘Brave’ Ukraine on 500th Day of War

    President Volodymyr Zelensky hailed “brave” Ukraine on the 500th day of Russia’s invasion on Saturday, as the war’s toll mounted with eight deaths reported in Russian rocket fire. Zelensky published on social media an undated video clip of a visit to Snake Island in the Black Sea — a symbol of Ukraine’s defiance against Russia. “Today we…

  • U.S. Reporter Gershkovich Marks 100 Days in Russian Detention

    U.S. Reporter Gershkovich Marks 100 Days in Russian Detention

    Jailed U.S. journalist Evan Gershkovich has spent 100 days in detention on charges of espionage that he and his employer, The Wall Street Journal, strongly deny. Newsrooms around the world, including The Moscow Times, made shows of support for Gershkovich to mark 100 days since his arrest. Gershkovich, 31, was detained by the Federal Security Service (FSB) on…

  • The FSB’s Arrests of Russians Accused of Funding Ukraine’s Army, Explained

    The FSB’s Arrests of Russians Accused of Funding Ukraine’s Army, Explained

    Russian law enforcement and security services have regularly reported investigations, detentions and arrests of Russian citizens suspected of financially supporting Ukraine’s army since March. Over the past month, however, such announcements have become increasingly frequent.  Little is known about the veracity of such cases, which are prosecuted as treason and punishable by up to life…

  • Russia Blocks Meta’s Twitter Competitor App – Lawmaker

    Russia Blocks Meta’s Twitter Competitor App – Lawmaker

    Russia has blocked U.S. tech giant Meta’s competitor app to Twitter just a day after its launch, a senior Russian lawmaker said Friday.  Threads — a “public conversation” app built by Instagram developers— was downloaded by more than 30 million people after going live on Apple and Android app stores on Thursday. “This service is…

  • Siberian Mine Executive Handed 2-Year Jail Sentence for Deadly Blast

    Siberian Mine Executive Handed 2-Year Jail Sentence for Deadly Blast

    The former director of a Siberian coal mine has been sentenced to two years in prison over an accident that killed more than 50 people in November 2021, the Russian authorities said Friday.  Both miners and rescuers died after smoke filled the Listvyazhnaya mine in the Siberian region of Kemerovo following a gas explosion. It…

  • Russian Journalist Vows to Continue Visiting Chechnya After Brutal Attack

    Russian Journalist Vows to Continue Visiting Chechnya After Brutal Attack

    Russian journalist Yelena Milashina has vowed to continue traveling to the republic of Chechnya despite a violent attack this week that left her hospitalized with multiple bone fractures and a brain injury. “I will continue to travel to Chechnya, whether [Chechen leader Ramzan] Kadyrov wants me to or not,” Milashina told the independent media outlet…

  • Kremlin Says Will ‘Closely Follow’ Zelensky-Erdogan Talks

    Kremlin Says Will ‘Closely Follow’ Zelensky-Erdogan Talks

    The Kremlin said Friday it will “closely follow” upcoming talks between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his Turkey counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, describing their meeting in Istanbul as “important.” The Ukrainian and Turkish leaders will meet in Istanbul for talks on the eve of the 500th day since Moscow launched its offensive. “We will very…

  • 6 Killed in Blast at Explosives Factory in Central Russia – State Media

    6 Killed in Blast at Explosives Factory in Central Russia – State Media

    At least six people were killed and two others were injured in a blast at an explosives factory in the Samara region of central Russia, state news agencies reported Friday.  “Eight people were injured, six of whom died” at the Promsintez plant in the city of Chapayevsk, the RIA Novosti news agency cited the emergency services as saying. …

  • Russian Military Targets Women in Recruitment Ad

    Russian Military Targets Women in Recruitment Ad

    Russia’s Defense Ministry has launched a recruitment campaign targeting women for roles as doctors, nurses and cooks in the military, with possible deployment in occupied Ukraine, independent media reported Thursday. “Sign a contract with the Russian Defense Ministry in the same ranks as men,” read an advertisement in the western Siberian region of Omsk.  The…

  • Russia Probes U.S. Chocolate Giant Mars for Funding Ukraine Army

    Russia Probes U.S. Chocolate Giant Mars for Funding Ukraine Army

    Russian authorities are investigating the U.S. food and chocolate maker Mars Inc. on suspicion of financing the Ukrainian armed forces, state media reported Friday, citing anonymous law enforcement sources. Prosecutors in the Moscow region are carrying out a probe into Mars’ compliance with Russian tax laws, as well as allegations that the company provided financial…

  • Ukrainian Clergy Members Face Persecution in Russian-Occupied Regions – Reports 

    Ukrainian Clergy Members Face Persecution in Russian-Occupied Regions – Reports 

    Dozens of Ukrainian clergy members in occupied Ukraine have faced persecution by the Russian military since Moscow launched its invasion last year, according to an investigation by the independent news outlet Vyorstka, citing media reports and civil rights organizations.  At least 43 clergy members have faced persecution in the Kyiv, Donetsk and Kherson regions, according…

  • Russian Lawyer Attacked With Green Dye in Moscow

    Russian Lawyer Attacked With Green Dye in Moscow

    A Russian lawyer was attacked and doused in green antiseptic dye at a bus stop in Moscow on Thursday. Yelena Ponomareva, 46, said she was diagnosed with second-degree chemical eye burns following the attack carried out by an unidentified assailant.  A photo shared by her colleague showed Ponomareva’s head, arms and dress fully covered in…

  • IAEA ‘Making Progress’ at Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant

    IAEA ‘Making Progress’ at Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant

    The UN’s nuclear watchdog is “making progress” on inspecting several parts of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine after claims it had been mined, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)  Rafael Grossi said Friday. Ukraine and Russia have accused each other of planning a provocation at the site, raising alarm over risks…

  • Russian University Graduates Protest in Support of Journalist Attacked in Chechnya

    Russian University Graduates Protest in Support of Journalist Attacked in Chechnya

    A pair of Russian university students staged a protest at their graduation ceremony Thursday in support of Novaya Gazeta journalist Yelena Milashina, who was brutally attacked in Chechnya earlier this week.  St. Petersburg State University student Yelizaveta Antonova and her fellow classmate displayed a poster of Milashina in a hospital gown with her face visibly…

  • Ukraine’s Tank Numbers Now Equal Russia’s – Analysis

    Ukraine’s Tank Numbers Now Equal Russia’s – Analysis

    Ukraine and Russia’s tank numbers are now roughly equal to one another’s, Bloomberg reported Thursday, citing the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and the Oryx open-source analysis website. The figures underscore the extent to which Russia’s advantage in heavy weapons has been reduced since it sent troops into Ukraine over 16 months ago. According…

  • Ruble Sinks Further Amid Mutiny Fallout

    Ruble Sinks Further Amid Mutiny Fallout

    The Russian ruble tumbled past 102 against the euro and 93 against the dollar on Thursday, hitting a new 15-month low as part of a monthslong depreciation that was exacerbated even further last month as Yevgeny Prighzohin’s armed revolt set markets on edge.  Russia’s Central Bank said Thursday that the ruble’s weakening was brought on…

  • Raiffeisen Bank Hopes War Ends ‘Soon’ to Avoid Costly Russia Exit – Reuters

    Raiffeisen Bank Hopes War Ends ‘Soon’ to Avoid Costly Russia Exit – Reuters

    Austria’s Raiffeisen Bank is hoping the war in Ukraine will end “soon” to avoid a costly exit from Russia, Reuters reported Thursday, citing multiple sources familiar with the matter. The news outlet said Austrian officials are resisting pressure from the European Central Bank (ECB) for Raiffeisen to spin off its Russian subsidiary by September. Vienna…

  • Kyiv Says ‘Tension’ Around Zaporizhzhia Plant ‘Decreasing’

    Kyiv Says ‘Tension’ Around Zaporizhzhia Plant ‘Decreasing’

    Ukraine said Thursday that “tension” around the Moscow-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was “decreasing,” after Kyiv and Moscow accused each other this week of plotting provocations at the atomic facility.  “Tension is gradually decreasing,” Nataliya Gumenyuk, an army spokeswoman, said, adding that this was thanks to the “powerful work” of Kyiv’s military and diplomatic efforts…

  • Moscow Says Closing Finnish Consulate, Expels 9 Diplomats

    Moscow Says Closing Finnish Consulate, Expels 9 Diplomats

    Russia announced Thursday that it was shuttering Finland’s consulate in St. Petersburg and expelling nine of its diplomats, calling the move a response to a “confrontational anti-Russian policy” being pursued by Helsinki. NATO’s newest member Finland, which shares a long border with Russia, earlier this month expelled nine diplomats working at the Russian Embassy in Helsinki for…

  • Russia Jails 2 Ukrainian Nationals for Attack on Kremlin-Installed Official

    Russia Jails 2 Ukrainian Nationals for Attack on Kremlin-Installed Official

    A Russian court has sentenced two Ukrainian citizens to more than 20 years in prison over an attempted assassination of a Russian-installed official in occupied Ukraine, state media reported Thursday. Yury Domanchuk and Vitaly Skakun were arrested in December 2022 shortly after an explosion injured Vitaly Bulyuk — the Kremlin-backed deputy governor of southern Ukraine’s partially occupied…

  • Russian State TV Broadcasts Prigozhin Estate Raid, Claims Probe Into Mutiny Ongoing

    Russian State TV Broadcasts Prigozhin Estate Raid, Claims Probe Into Mutiny Ongoing

    Russian authorities are still investigating Wagner Group founder Yevgeny Prigozhin over his failed mutiny last month despite the Kremlin’s promise to drop the criminal charges against him, state television reported late Wednesday. “Nobody planned to close this case,” journalist Eduard Petrov said on a state-run political talk show, referring to Prigozhin as a “traitor.” Petrov did…

  • Russia’s FSB Kills Man Accused of Attempting Sabotage Attack

    Russia’s FSB Kills Man Accused of Attempting Sabotage Attack

    Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has shot and killed a man it accused of trying to blow up a gas distribution network in the western Siberian region of Tyumen, state media reported Thursday.  The FSB said it had foiled a terrorist attack “carried out by Russian supporters of nationalist ideas, who acted under the command…

  • Wagner Chief Is Still in Russia, Says Belarus Leader

    Wagner Chief Is Still in Russia, Says Belarus Leader

    Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin is still in Russia and none of the mercenary group’s fighters have set up in Belarus, its president said Thursday, casting doubt on a Kremlin deal to end their insurrection. “As far as Prigozhin is concerned, he is in St. Petersburg… He is not in Belarus,” Alexander Lukashenko told reporters. He spoke to…

  • Russian Police Search Pskov Yabloko Office

    Russian Police Search Pskov Yabloko Office

    Russian police have carried out searches at the liberal Yabloko party’s regional branch in the northwestern city of Pskov, just weeks after authorities labeled its chairman a “foreign agent,” the branch said Wednesday. Police confiscated office equipment, personal laptops and cellphones belonging to employees and activists present at Yabloko’s Pskov regional office. The party said…

  • Four Killed by Russian Missile Strike on Apartment Block in Ukraine’s Lviv

    Four Killed by Russian Missile Strike on Apartment Block in Ukraine’s Lviv

    A missile attack on an apartment block in western Ukraine’s Lviv killed four people on Thursday, in what its mayor said was the largest attack on civilian infrastructure in the city since Russia launched its invasion. “The third and fourth floors in two sections of the building were destroyed… As of 7:00 am, four people…

  • Missing Israeli-Russian Academic Held in Iraq – Israeli PM’s Office

    Missing Israeli-Russian Academic Held in Iraq – Israeli PM’s Office

    An Israeli-Russian academic who had been missing in Iraq for months is being held by the pro-Iran armed faction Kataeb Hezbollah, the Israeli prime minister’s office announced on Wednesday. Kataeb Hezbollah is a powerful faction of Iraq’s Hashed al-Shaabi, Iran-backed former paramilitaries that were integrated into the Iraqi security forces in recent years. “Elizabeth Tsurkov is…

  • Russia Launches Criminal Probe After Award-Winning Reporter Attacked

    Russia Launches Criminal Probe After Award-Winning Reporter Attacked

    Russian investigators on Wednesday said they had launched a criminal investigation after award-winning journalist Yelena Milashina was badly beaten in Chechnya. Milashina, 45, covers rights abuses in Chechnya, the Caucasus republic ruled for years by Ramzan Kadyrov, a former warlord. Milashina, who reports for Russia’s top independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, and Alexander Nemov, a lawyer, were…

  • Yandex General Director Accused of Violating ‘LGBT Propaganda’ Ban

    Yandex General Director Accused of Violating ‘LGBT Propaganda’ Ban

    The general director of Russian tech giant Yandex is under investigation for violating the country’s ban on displaying “gay propaganda” toward minors, the independent news outlet Mediazona reported Wednesday, citing public court records.  The case against Artyom Savinovsky is linked to his ongoing role as head of the media services department at Kinopoisk, an online Yandex-owned movie database…

  • Moscow and Kyiv Accuse Each Other of Plotting to Attack the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant. What Do We Know? 

    Moscow and Kyiv Accuse Each Other of Plotting to Attack the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant. What Do We Know? 

    Moscow and Kyiv have traded accusations of planning “dangerous provocations” at the Moscow-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine this week, raising alarm over the risks of a radioactive disaster at Europe’s largest nuclear plant. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday warned that Russia was plotting an incident at the Zaporizhzhia plant, while Moscow said…

  • Belarus Jails Son of Ex-Presidential Candidate

    Belarus Jails Son of Ex-Presidential Candidate

    The son of a jailed Belarusian banker and philanthropist was sentenced to eight years in prison on charges related to the disputed 2020 elections in Belarus that sparked mass protests and a brutal crackdown on critics of President Alexander Lukashenko. Eduard Babariko, 33, was arrested along with his father Viktor Babariko in the run-up to…

  • Russian Security Services Troll U.S. Embassy With July 4 Billboard

    Russian Security Services Troll U.S. Embassy With July 4 Billboard

    A billboard proclaiming Russia to be a “peaceful” country appeared across from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow on Tuesday, an apparent dig by Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) aimed at Washington as Americans celebrated their Independence Day. “Welcome to our peaceful country,” read the billboard in the colors of the Russian flag, set against the…

  • Kremlin Warns ‘High’ Threat of Ukraine Sabotage at Nuclear Plant

    Kremlin Warns ‘High’ Threat of Ukraine Sabotage at Nuclear Plant

    The Kremlin warned Wednesday that Kyiv could be preparing a provocation at the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant. “The situation is quite tense because the threat of sabotage from the Kyiv regime is really high, sabotage that could have catastrophic consequences,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. The comments come after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky this…

  • Standing By or Choosing Sides: Wagner Mutiny Deepens Divides in Russian Opposition

    Standing By or Choosing Sides: Wagner Mutiny Deepens Divides in Russian Opposition

    The Wagner mercenary group’s rebellion against Russia’s military leadership has further split Russia’s anti-Kremlin opposition, which is already largely divided over a litany of issues and geographically scattered in exile. Mikhail Khodorkovsky, an exiled former oil tycoon turned opposition figure, swiftly emerged as the most vocal of Prigozhin’s unlikely supporters, while allies of jailed Kremlin critic…

  • Russian Investigative Journalist Wins Damages in Falsified Drug Case

    Russian Investigative Journalist Wins Damages in Falsified Drug Case

    Russian investigative journalist and former Meduza reporter Ivan Golunov said he was awarded 1.5 million rubles ($16,500) in damages for fabricated drug charges against him, the MSK1.RU news outlet reported Tuesday.  Golunov was arrested in June 2019 on fabricated drug charges and released days later following an unprecedented public outcry. The court dropped all charges…

  • Russia’s FSB Arrests Man Over Alleged Donations to Ukrainian Army

    Russia’s FSB Arrests Man Over Alleged Donations to Ukrainian Army

    Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has arrested a Russian national who lives abroad on suspicion of donating money to the Ukrainian military, state news agencies reported Wednesday. The FSB claimed the 39-year-old had also tried buying satellite communication equipment that would help Ukrainian artillery locate and fire on Russian military units, according to TASS. It…

  • Russian Regions Shelled Near Ukraine Border

    Russian Regions Shelled Near Ukraine Border

    At least one person was injured in attacks on two Russian regions bordering Ukraine, regional authorities said early Wednesday. The governors of southwestern Russia’s Belgorod and Kursk regions both issued statements about Ukrainian attacks on two residential areas, located some 400 kilometers apart from each other. The Belgorod region town of Valuyki was shelled for…

  • Russia Says One Killed, 41 Injured in East Ukraine Attack

    Russia Says One Killed, 41 Injured in East Ukraine Attack

    Recast and includes updated casualty count. Russia said Wednesday that one person was killed and another 41 were injured by a Ukrainian strike in the Russian-controlled town of Makiivka in the eastern Donetsk region. “Forty-one people, including two children, have been injured due to the shelling. One person has died from their wounds,” Vladislav Klyucharov, the Moscow-installed head…

  • Kremlin Hints at ‘Contacts’ with U.S. Over Jailed Reporter

    Kremlin Hints at ‘Contacts’ with U.S. Over Jailed Reporter

    The Kremlin said Tuesday there were “certain contacts” with the U.S. over detained Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, responding to a question about a possible prisoner exchange. U.S. Ambassador Lynne Tracy was allowed to visit Gershkovich in prison on Monday after a gap in visits of more than two months. Russian state media reported…

  • Russia Returns $111M Seized During Police Raids to Prigozhin

    Russia Returns $111M Seized During Police Raids to Prigozhin

    Russian authorities have returned 10 billion rubles ($111.2 million) to exiled Wagner leader Yevgeny Prigozhin which they had seized in police raids during his aborted rebellion last month. Law enforcement in St. Petersburg confiscated the large sum of money — along with “hundreds of thousands” of U.S. dollars and five gold bars — in raids…

  • Russia Assembles Iranian Drones for Use Against Ukraine – Reports

    Russia Assembles Iranian Drones for Use Against Ukraine – Reports

    Manufacturing facilities based in one of Russia’s special economic zones have been assembling Iranian drones used to attack Ukraine, the Protokol and Razvorot independent media outlets reported in a joint investigation published Monday.  As part of a three-stage franchise agreement, specialists at the Alabuga special economic zone in the republic of Tatarstan assemble prefabricated drone…

  • Chechen Court Sentences Mother of Prominent Activist to 5.5 Years in Prison 

    Chechen Court Sentences Mother of Prominent Activist to 5.5 Years in Prison 

    Zarema Musaeva, the mother of prominent Chechen human rights lawyer and activist Abubakar Yangulbaev, has been sentenced to 5.5 years in prison, the Committee Against Torture rights group reported Tuesday.  A judge at a local court in Grozny, the capital of Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Chechnya, found Musaeva guilty of assaulting the authorities and fraud…

  • Russia Says Downed 5 Ukrainian Drones Outside Moscow

    Russia Says Downed 5 Ukrainian Drones Outside Moscow

    Russia’s Defense Ministry said Tuesday it had downed five Ukrainian drones near Moscow, calling it a “terrorist act” that disrupted flights at one of the capital’s main airports.  Four unmanned aircraft were downed by air defense systems near Moscow, with the fifth “suppressed by electronic warfare” in the Moscow region, the Russian military said. According…

  • Russian Journalist, Lawyer Beaten and Hospitalized in Chechnya 

    Russian Journalist, Lawyer Beaten and Hospitalized in Chechnya 

    A prominent Russian journalist and lawyer have been hospitalized after being badly beaten on a visit to Russia’s republic of Chechnya, the rights groups Memorial and the Crew Against Torture (CAT) said early Tuesday. Yelena Milashina and lawyer Alexander Nemov arrived in the Chechen capital of Grozny to attend the court hearing of the mother of…

  • U.S. Ambassador Says Evan Gershkovich in Good Health

    U.S. Ambassador Says Evan Gershkovich in Good Health

    Russia on Monday granted the United States consular access to jailed Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, with the U.S. ambassador reporting him in good health. The U.S. State Department said Ambassador Lynne Tracy met Gershkovich at the Lefortovo prison in Moscow, only her second such meeting with him since he was arrested on March…

  • Russians Appeared to Welcome Wagner Rebels With Open Arms. The Truth Is More Complex.

    Russians Appeared to Welcome Wagner Rebels With Open Arms. The Truth Is More Complex.

    Anna, a 67-year-old woman from the southern city of Rostov-on-Don, remembers being woken up by the sounds of military equipment early in the morning of June 24.  From her window, she could see a tank, armored vehicles and machine gunners of the Wagner private military company sitting opposite her house, surrounding one of the Russian…

  • Russia Accuses Major Vodka Distiller of Funding Ukraine Army

    Russia Accuses Major Vodka Distiller of Funding Ukraine Army

    Russia has added the Ukrainian owner of a popular vodka brand to its wanted list on suspicion of financing Ukraine’s armed forces. Russia’s Investigative Committee said Monday it had launched a criminal investigation into Yevhen Cherniak, the founder of Ukraine’s Global Spirits holding — which produces Khortytsa vodka — on charges of sponsoring terrorism. Cherniak…

  • Shoigu Praises Army ‘Loyalty’ During Mutiny

    Shoigu Praises Army ‘Loyalty’ During Mutiny

    Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu on Monday praised his army’s “loyalty” during an armed uprising last month by the Wagner military group that targeted the country’s senior military leadership. “The plans primarily failed because the personnel of the armed forces showed loyalty to their oath and military duty,” he said in his first public comments since…

  • Russia to Cut Oil Exports in August

    Russia to Cut Oil Exports in August

    Russia’s top energy official said Monday that Moscow will voluntarily cut oil exports by 500,000 barrels per day, building on previously announced production cuts. “As part of efforts to ensure that the oil market remains balanced, Russia will voluntarily reduce its oil supply in the month of August by 500,000 barrels per day, by cutting its exports…

  • Chechen Strongman Kadyrov, Ally Delimkhanov Reappear Amid Rumors of Illness

    Chechen Strongman Kadyrov, Ally Delimkhanov Reappear Amid Rumors of Illness

    Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has appeared on video with his close ally and Russian lawmaker from Chechnya, Adam Delimkhanov, following growing rumors that he has been suffering from serious health problems.  In the three-minute video published on Instagram Sunday, Kadyrov was shown seated beside Delimkhanov at a dining table. “We’re living our lives, slowly but…

  • Russia Claims to Foil Assassination Attempt on Crimean Governor

    Russia Claims to Foil Assassination Attempt on Crimean Governor

    Russia’s domestic intelligence agency said Monday it had thwarted an assassination attempt on the Moscow-installed head of annexed Crimea. “An assassination attempt organized by Ukraine’s special services targeting the head of the Republic of Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, was foiled,” Russian state-run agency TASS reported, citing a statement by the Federal Security Service (FSB). Video released…

  • Wagner Halts Recruitment After Botched Mutiny

    Wagner Halts Recruitment After Botched Mutiny

    Russia’s Wagner mercenary group has announced it is suspending the recruitment of new fighters in the aftermath of its failed mutiny and as the Russian military’s deadline for volunteer units to sign contracts passed over the weekend. Wagner’s recruitment channel on the Telegram messaging app said late Sunday that a one-month recruitment suspension was linked to…

  • No Need for New Call-Up to Replace Wagner, Lawmaker Says

    No Need for New Call-Up to Replace Wagner, Lawmaker Says

    There is no need for further mobilization in Russia to replace Wagner fighters who left the battlefield in Ukraine after their short-lived mutiny, Russian state media said on Monday, citing a senior lawmaker. Last month, the head of the Wagner mercenary group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, led his forces in a rebellion against Russia’s top military brass.…

  • Wagner Boss ‘Gone off the Rails’ Over Money — Russian TV

    Wagner Boss ‘Gone off the Rails’ Over Money — Russian TV

    A top Russian propagandist on Sunday accused the Wagner boss of “going off the rails” after receiving billions in public funds, as Moscow’s new narrative takes shape after Wagner’s brief mutiny. Last weekend the head of the Wagner mercenary group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, led his forces in a short-lived rebellion against Russia’s top military brass, in a…