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  • War-Themed Indigenous Holiday Sparks Outrage in Russia’s Far East

    War-Themed Indigenous Holiday Sparks Outrage in Russia’s Far East

    Residents of Russia’s largest region in the Far East have slammed a move by local authorities to dedicate indigenous holiday celebrations to Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine. The Republic of Sakha celebrates the Yhyakh New Year annually during the summer solstice, with this year’s festivities falling on Wednesday, June 21. Just days before the celebrations…

  • Russia Buries General Suspected Killed in Ukraine – Reports

    Russia Buries General Suspected Killed in Ukraine – Reports

    A Russian general reportedly killed in Ukraine last week was buried with military honors in St. Petersburg, local media reported late Tuesday, publishing photos of a military funeral ceremony and gravesite.  Major General Sergei Goryachev’s funeral was said to have taken place on Sunday, reported the local Fontaka news outlet, noting a ceremony was held…

  • Ukraine Dam Flood Toll Hits 41 in Russia-Controlled Area

    Ukraine Dam Flood Toll Hits 41 in Russia-Controlled Area

    The toll from flooding sparked by a breach of a huge Ukrainian dam has risen to 41 in areas under Russian control, an official said Wednesday. “Unfortunately the number of dead has risen to 41,” said Andrei Alekseyenko, a senior official with Russian occupation authorities.   In areas under Ukrainian control, at least 16 people…

  • 3 Drones Downed Outside Moscow Military Base

    3 Drones Downed Outside Moscow Military Base

    A group of drones is believed to have targeted a Russian army base outside Moscow early Wednesday, the latest in a string of attacks near the Russian capital in recent weeks, authorities and state media reported. “In the village of Kalininets today, two drones crashed at approximately 5:30 and 5:50 a.m. on approach to a…

  • Ukraine Rescue Worker Killed, 8 Injured by Russian Fire in Kherson – Minister

    Ukraine Rescue Worker Killed, 8 Injured by Russian Fire in Kherson – Minister

    Ukraine said Tuesday that one rescue worker was killed and several others were injured by Russian forces in the southern city of Kherson, which was recently flooded after the breach of a major dam nearby. Kyiv, which says Russia blew up the Kakhovka dam earlier this month, has repeatedly accused Moscow of shelling rescue efforts…

  • Russia Moves to Allow Convicts Join Army

    Russia Moves to Allow Convicts Join Army

    Russian lawmakers have approved legislation allowing convicts to clear their criminal records in exchange for joining the country’s depleted military nearly 16 months into Russia’s war on Ukraine. The move formalizes the recruitment of prisoners for the war in Ukraine, a practice spearheaded by the Wagner mercenary group last year before the Defense Ministry took over prison…

  • Russia Moves to Allow Convicts to Join Army

    Russia Moves to Allow Convicts to Join Army

    Russian lawmakers have approved legislation allowing convicts to clear their criminal records in exchange for joining the country’s depleted military nearly 16 months into Russia’s war on Ukraine. The move formalizes the recruitment of prisoners for the war in Ukraine, a practice spearheaded by the Wagner mercenary group last year before the Defense Ministry took over prison…

  • 4 Killed in Blast at Russian Explosives Plant

    4 Killed in Blast at Russian Explosives Plant

    Four people have been killed in a blast at an explosives factory in Russia’s central Tambov region, state-run media reported Tuesday, citing local authorities. “At the moment, there is information about four people killed, and two others were injured,” emergency services told the TASS news agency.  Tambov Governor Maxim Yegorov said the explosion was caused…

  • 5 Killed in Blast at Russian Explosives Plant

    5 Killed in Blast at Russian Explosives Plant

    Updated with revised death toll. Five people have been killed in a blast at an explosives factory in Russia’s central Tambov region, state-run media reported Tuesday, citing local authorities. “At the moment, there is information about four people killed, and two others were injured,” emergency services told the TASS news agency.  Officials later said one…

  • Georgia Overtakes Italy as Top Still Wine Importer to Russia – Kommersant

    Georgia Overtakes Italy as Top Still Wine Importer to Russia – Kommersant

    The South Caucasus nation of Georgia has become Russia’s top importer of still wine, the Kommersant business daily reported Tuesday, citing customs data.  Between January and May, still wine imports from Georgia rose by 63% year-on-year, helping it overtake Italy — which saw shipments rise by 31% year-on-year during the same period — as Russia’s…

  • Moscow Warns Kyiv Against Targeting Crimea with Western Arms

    Moscow Warns Kyiv Against Targeting Crimea with Western Arms

    Moscow claimed Tuesday that Ukrainian forces were planning to use Western-supplied missiles to strike targets inside Russia and the annexed peninsula of Crimea, threatening “immediate retaliation.” “The leadership of Ukraine’s armed forces plans to strike Russian territory, including Crimea, with HIMARS and Storm Shadow missiles,” Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said during a meeting with military officials. Shoigu…

  • Russian Movie Portal Charged With ‘LGBT Propaganda’ – Reports

    Russian Movie Portal Charged With ‘LGBT Propaganda’ – Reports

    Russian authorities have charged a popular movie portal owned by the country’s largest tech company Yandex with distributing so-called “LGBT propaganda” to minors, independent media reported Tuesday. Moscow’s Zamoskvoretsky District Court registered an administrative case against Kinopoisk, a film database and streaming service with more than 150 million monthly visitors, according to the news website Mediazona. The plaintiff…

  • China’s Russian Oil Imports Highest Since Ukraine Invasion

    China’s Russian Oil Imports Highest Since Ukraine Invasion

    Chinese imports of Russian oil last month hit their highest level since Moscow’s February 2022 invasion of Ukraine, customs data showed Tuesday, as Beijing offers an economic lifeline to an increasingly isolated Kremlin. China is Russia’s largest economic partner, with trade between them reaching a record $190 billion last year. In May, China imported 9.71 million…

  • Russia Jails Dual National for Fighting for Ukraine

    Russia Jails Dual National for Fighting for Ukraine

    Russia jailed a dual Ukrainian and Russian national for 16 years on Tuesday on terrorism-linked charges for fighting alongside Kyiv’s forces in Ukraine. A judge in a military court in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don handed down the ruling to a man named Denis Muryga, accusing him of fighting as part of Ukraine’s Aidar battalion,…

  • Navalny Launches Anti-War Presidential Campaign From Jail

    Navalny Launches Anti-War Presidential Campaign From Jail

    Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said he has launched a “long, relentless and exhausting” online presidential campaign against Russia’s war in Ukraine. With his grassroots political network banned as “extremist” in Russia, Navalny vowed to deploy a targeted messaging strategy to win over pro-war or neutral Russians. “We’ll change many people’s minds. We’ll sow doubts…

  • Russian Companies Record Historic Quadrillion-Ruble Revenues in 2022 – RBC

    Russian Companies Record Historic Quadrillion-Ruble Revenues in 2022 – RBC

    Russian companies declared more than 1 quadrillion rubles ($15 trillion) in 2022 revenue for the first time in the country’s history, the RBC news website reported Tuesday, citing data from the country’s tax service.  Revenues totaled 1.26 quadrillion rubles last year, nearly double the 655 trillion rubles ($7.7 trillion) declared in 2021, according to Federal Tax…

  • Yeltsin Center Cannot Be Labeled a ‘Foreign Agent,’ Lawmaker Says

    Yeltsin Center Cannot Be Labeled a ‘Foreign Agent,’ Lawmaker Says

    Russia’s Justice Ministry lacks the legal authority to label the Yeltsin Center as a “foreign agent,” a lower-house lawmaker said Monday. Last week a senior Justice Ministry official said a preliminary investigation had been launched into the Yeltsin Center, a history museum and cultural center dedicated to the first Russian president Boris Yeltsin. According to…

  • Ukraine Says Hungary Barring Access to Returned POWs

    Ukraine Says Hungary Barring Access to Returned POWs

    Kyiv on Monday accused Hungary of barring access to 11 Ukrainian prisoners of war that Russia handed over to the EU country, which has maintained ties with the Kremlin during the invasion of Ukraine.  The Russian Orthodox Church said earlier this month that a group of Ukrainian prisoners of war from Transcarpathia — a region…

  • Russia Opens Memorial to Unacknowledged Boat Attack Victims – Reports

    Russia Opens Memorial to Unacknowledged Boat Attack Victims – Reports

    Military authorities in Moscow-annexed Crimea have opened a monument to Russian sailors who perished in a boat attack in Ukrainian waters, but whose deaths were never officially acknowledged, according to crew members and family who spoke to investigative news outlet Agentstvo. Ukrainian forces claimed to have sunk the Russian tugboat Vasily Bekh in June 2022…

  • Will the Kakhovka Dam’s Destruction Hinder Ukraine’s Counteroffensive?

    Will the Kakhovka Dam’s Destruction Hinder Ukraine’s Counteroffensive?

    The destruction of the Kakhovka dam and subsequent flooding in Ukraine’s southern Kherson region narrows Kyiv’s options on the battlefield as it pushes to retake territories occupied by Russia during its 15-month invasion, experts told The Moscow Times.  Despite hindering the strategic plans of both sides, the Kakhovka dam disaster is ultimately believed to be more…

  • Russian Judge Orders to Hold Navalny ‘Extremist’ Trial Behind Closed Doors

    Russian Judge Orders to Hold Navalny ‘Extremist’ Trial Behind Closed Doors

    Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s trial on a new string of “extremism” charges was abruptly ordered to be held behind closed doors at its first hearing, the independent Mediazona news website reported.  Navalny, 47, faces up to 30 more years on the latest charges, which he and his allies have slammed as a politically motivated…

  • Russia Labels Rights Group Agora ‘Undesirable’

    Russia Labels Rights Group Agora ‘Undesirable’

    Russian authorities have labeled the prominent legal and human rights group Agora an “undesirable organization,” state media reported Monday amid an ongoing clampdown on independent activists and rights defenders since the invasion of Ukraine last year. Agora is an association of lawyers that has provided legal advocacy to journalists, opposition activists and other victims of suspected…

  • Russia Fines Tech Giant Yandex 2M Rubles

    Russia Fines Tech Giant Yandex 2M Rubles

    A Moscow court fined Russia’s largest tech company Yandex 2 million rubles ($24,000) for failing to turn over user data to domestic intelligence services, state media reported Monday. Yandex was found guilty of repeatedly refusing to provide the Federal Security Service (FSB) data on its users, which law enforcement officials said they needed in order…

  • Russia Targeted Infamous Double Agent in U.S. Assassination Attempt – NYT

    Russia Targeted Infamous Double Agent in U.S. Assassination Attempt – NYT

    Russia attempted to assassinate a former intelligence officer in the United States in a “brazen” failed bid that led in part to tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions, The New York Times reported Monday, citing three anonymous former senior U.S. officials. Alexander Poteyev was a former colonel in Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) who shared state secrets that helped…

  • 7 Wounded in Strikes on Russian Border Regions – Governors

    7 Wounded in Strikes on Russian Border Regions – Governors

    Russian regions bordering Ukraine came under fire early Monday morning, resulting in injuries to seven people, including a child, local authorities said. Strikes in Russia’s southwestern Belgorod region damaged multiple residential buildings in the Valuisk district, Belgorod Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov wrote on Telegram. “The Valuisk municipal district is under attack from Ukrainian forces. According to…

  • 32K Russian Ex-Convicts Return Home After Fighting – Wagner

    32K Russian Ex-Convicts Return Home After Fighting – Wagner

    Some 32,000 former prisoners recruited by the Wagner mercenary group have returned to Russia after fighting in Ukraine, the private military company’s founder Yevgeny Prigozhin said Sunday. “As of June 18, 2023, 32,000 persons previously convicted and who took part in the special military operation among the ranks of the Wagner PMC went home at…

  • Why a Soviet-American Thinker Moderated Putin’s SPIEF Panel

    Why a Soviet-American Thinker Moderated Putin’s SPIEF Panel

    This year’s St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), called the “Russian Davos,” culminated Friday in a plenary session with President Vladimir Putin and Algerian counterpart Abdelmadjid Tebboune. Moderating the discussion was Dmitri Simes, a conservative U.S. political scientist and historian of Soviet origin, in another reflection of how far Russia’s standing has fallen on the…

  • On Father’s Day, Zelensky Praises ‘Brave’ Soldiers Fighting

    On Father’s Day, Zelensky Praises ‘Brave’ Soldiers Fighting

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday, Father’s Day, thanked all “strong and brave” soldiers fighting Russia’s invasion, and hoped all dads would eventually return from the front. “Thank you to every Ukrainian father, to every Ukrainian family for our strong and brave soldiers who defended Ukraine’s independence, and fight for the life of Ukraine!” Zelensky said…

  • South Africa’s Ramaphosa Tells Putin Ukraine ‘War Must Be Settled’

    South Africa’s Ramaphosa Tells Putin Ukraine ‘War Must Be Settled’

    South Africa’s president, in Russia as part of a delegation pushing for peace between Kyiv and Moscow, told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Saturday that the fighting had to stop. His delegation put forward a set of principles that the Kremlin deemed “very difficult to implement,” a day after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ruled out talks…

  • South African President Arrives in Russia as Part of Peace Mission

    South African President Arrives in Russia as Part of Peace Mission

    South Africa’s president arrived in Saint Petersburg, Russia on Saturday ahead of talks headed by an African delegation pushing for negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow even as doubts grow they will bear fruit.  The African leaders are attempting to make the continent’s issues heard after it has been buffeted by economic headwinds caused by the…

  • Russian Defense Minister Says More Tanks Needed in Ukraine

    Russian Defense Minister Says More Tanks Needed in Ukraine

    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Saturday called for more tanks to be manufactured “to meet the needs of Russian forces” in Ukraine after Kyiv launched a counteroffensive with Western arms. Shoigu, who visited a military factory in western Siberia, stressed the need “to maintain the increased production of tanks” and better security features in…

  • Russia Says Repelled Drones Targeting Oil Refinery

    Russia Says Repelled Drones Targeting Oil Refinery

    Russia on Saturday said it had destroyed three drones targeting an oil refinery in the southern border region of Bryansk, as Ukraine pursues its counteroffensive against Russian forces.    “Russian air defense systems repelled an overnight attack by the Ukrainian armed forces on the ‘Druzhba’ oil refinery in the district of Novozybkov,” the governor of the Bryansk region,…

  • Crimea’s Tourism Industry Faces Another Lost Summer as War Rages On

    Crimea’s Tourism Industry Faces Another Lost Summer as War Rages On

    Crimea’s tourism industry is braced for another lost summer as Kyiv’s accelerating counteroffensive raises fresh safety concerns on the annexed peninsula and millions of Russian vacationers are set to stay away from its Black Sea resorts for the second year running. Tourist flows to Crimea — already down by around a third in 2022 —…

  • Putin Says Zelensky a ‘Disgrace to Jewish People’

    Putin Says Zelensky a ‘Disgrace to Jewish People’

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky, who is Jewish, was a “disgrace” to people of his faith. “I have a lot of Jewish friends,” Putin told an annual economic forum in St. Petersburg. “They say that Zelensky is not Jewish, that he is a disgrace to the Jewish people.  “I’m…

  • Sberbank Sells Austrian Subsidiary, Completing Exit from European Market

    Sberbank Sells Austrian Subsidiary, Completing Exit from European Market

    Russia’s largest private lender Sberbank has completed its exit from the European market with the sale of its Austrian subsidiary, the bank said in a statement Friday. Sberbank’s sale of Sber Vermögensverwaltungs AG in Abwicklung (formerly known as Sberbank Europe AG) comes over 15 months since Sberbank was targeted by Western sanctions in response to…

  • Russia’s St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, in Photos

    Russia’s St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, in Photos

    Russia’s flagship economic showcase, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), took place under the shadow of the war in Ukraine and Moscow’s resulting economic isolation for the second year in a row. With Western leaders and business executives boycotting SPIEF for a second year running, this year’s event mainly saw foreign guests from former…

  • Over 10K Russian Soldiers Earn Cash Payouts for Destroyed or Captured Equipment – Defense Ministry

    Over 10K Russian Soldiers Earn Cash Payouts for Destroyed or Captured Equipment – Defense Ministry

    More than 10,000 Russian servicemen have received cash payouts for destroying or capturing Ukrainian military hardware since Moscow launched its invasion of Ukraine last year, Russia’s Defense Ministry said Friday. The bonus payments — ranging from 50,000 to 300,000 rubles ($600 to $3,580) depending on the type of equipment — are reportedly transferred to the…

  • Alcohol Abuse Plagues Kremlin Elites as War Drags On – Reports

    Alcohol Abuse Plagues Kremlin Elites as War Drags On – Reports

    Members of Russia’s political elite have turned to alcohol as they cope with the growing pressures brought on by Moscow’s war in Ukraine, independent media has reported, citing anonymous sources close to the Kremlin, parliament and regional administrations. Alcohol abuse has hit new highs since March, when the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant against…

  • Putin Meets UAE Leader, Hails Ties

    Putin Meets UAE Leader, Hails Ties

    President Vladimir Putin hailed Russia’s ties with the United Arab Emirates on Friday as he met the leader of the oil-rich nation, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, in St. Petersburg. “The Emirates are a very good partner,” Putin said in televised comments at the start of the meeting, which took place on the sidelines of an…

  • Russian Report Implies Ukrainian Gains on South Front

    Russian Report Implies Ukrainian Gains on South Front

    Moscow on Friday reported intense fighting near southeast Ukraine settlements that had until recently been under its control, which appeared to indicate advances by Kyiv’s forces.   Russian officials — including President Vladimir Putin — have repeated that Ukraine’s long-expected counteroffensive was failing despite Kyiv claiming some gains.  But the Russian army said the most…

  • Kyiv Attacked as African Peace Mission Visits Ukraine

    Kyiv Attacked as African Peace Mission Visits Ukraine

    A barrage of Russian missiles greeted a delegation of African leaders arriving in Kyiv on Friday as part of a mission aiming to broker peace between Russia and Ukraine.  The high-level diplomatic team hopes to bring to the table the voice of a continent that has badly suffered from repercussion of the Ukraine war, including by rising…

  • Czech Leader Waters Down Remark on Keeping Tabs on Russians

    Czech Leader Waters Down Remark on Keeping Tabs on Russians

    The Czech president’s office on Friday watered down his claim that Russians living in the West should be monitored, likening them to Japanese Americans who were interned in the United States during World War II. President Petr Pavel told U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Thursday that Russians living in Western countries should be closely…

  • Russian General ‘Almost Certainly’ Killed in Ukraine Attack – U.K. Intel

    Russian General ‘Almost Certainly’ Killed in Ukraine Attack – U.K. Intel

    A Russian general was “almost certainly” killed in a strike on a command post in southern Ukraine this week, the British Defense Ministry said Friday. Major General Sergei Goryachev would be “the first Russian general confirmed killed in Ukraine since the start of 2023,” the British military said in an intelligence update on Twitter. Goryachev is…

  • Mobile Web Access Blocked at Business Forum Ahead of Putin Speech

    Mobile Web Access Blocked at Business Forum Ahead of Putin Speech

    Updated with Peskov’s comments. Mobile internet access will be disrupted at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) ahead of President Vladimir Putin’s keynote speech, organizers said Friday, just hours before the Russian leader is expected to arrive at the event grounds.  “Internet access for mobile devices will be temporarily unavailable at the SPIEF venue……

  • Chechen Prosecutors Seek 5.5-Year Sentence for Kadyrov Critic’s Mother

    Chechen Prosecutors Seek 5.5-Year Sentence for Kadyrov Critic’s Mother

    Prosecutors in Russia’s republic of Chechnya have requested a 5.5-year prison sentence for the mother of a prominent Chechen rights lawyer and activist, the Committee Against Torture rights group reported Thursday. Zarema Musaeva, the mother of lawyer and activist Abubakar Yangulbaev, has been charged with assaulting the authorities and fraud — accusations she strongly denies. Musaeva was violently detained…

  • Russian Authorities Maintain Secret List of People ‘Affiliated’ with ‘Foreign Agents’

    Russian Authorities Maintain Secret List of People ‘Affiliated’ with ‘Foreign Agents’

    Russian authorities maintain a secret registry of nearly 900 individuals deemed to be “affiliated” with people and organizations labeled “foreign agents.” The size of the registry, which is legally closed to the public, was disclosed in a report by the State Duma’s Committee on Foreign Interference published Thursday. The committee’s report states that 861 people…

  • Situation ‘Serious’ at Ukraine Plant – UN Nuclear Chief

    Situation ‘Serious’ at Ukraine Plant – UN Nuclear Chief

    UN nuclear chief Rafael Grossi on Thursday said the situation at the Moscow-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine was “serious,” but was being stabilized. Grossi arrived at Europe’s biggest nuclear plant to assess potential safety risks after the destruction of the Kakhovka dam, which caused huge floods and exacerbated fears for the facility’s safety.…

  • Czech Leader Says Russians Abroad Should Be Monitored

    Czech Leader Says Russians Abroad Should Be Monitored

    Czech President Petr Pavel said Thursday that Russians living abroad in Western countries should be closely monitored by security services, given Moscow’s “aggressive war” in Ukraine.  The pro-Western Czech leader said he had sympathy for Russians outside the country finding it hard to cope with the invasion. But “when there is an ongoing war, the…

  • Russia Risks Return to Planned Economy – Central Bank

    Russia Risks Return to Planned Economy – Central Bank

    Russian Central Bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina warned Thursday that Russia is at risk of reverting to a planned economic system as it grapples with restructuring challenges driven by soaring war expenses and unprecedented Western sanctions.  “The temptation to manage economic restructuring can lead to [a situation] where we suppress private initiative [by businesses], not to…

  • Russian Far-Right Party Unveils AI Chatbot of Deceased Leader

    Russian Far-Right Party Unveils AI Chatbot of Deceased Leader

    Russia’s far-right Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) has unveiled an AI chatbot featuring the voice and personality of its longtime firebrand leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who died last year after contracting Covid-19.  Zhirinovksy — known for his brash ultra-nationalist views and support of the war in Ukraine — reappeared in the form of a ghostly neural network…

  • Putin Applauds ‘Dear Friend’ Xi on His 70th Birthday

    Putin Applauds ‘Dear Friend’ Xi on His 70th Birthday

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday lauded his “dear friend” Xi Jinping in a message for the Chinese leader’s 70th birthday.  Putin told Xi “it is difficult to overestimate the efforts you have been making to foster the comprehensive partnership” between Russia and China, which have ramped up cooperation in recent years.  The two leaders have grown…

  • Ukraine Reports Gains Despite ‘Powerful Resistance’

    Ukraine Reports Gains Despite ‘Powerful Resistance’

    Kyiv on Thursday reported progress in its counteroffensive on the eastern and southern fronts, despite contending with strong resistance from Russian troops.  The chief of the UN’s atomic watchdog arrived in the southeastern region of Zaporizhzia — home to Europe’s largest nuclear plant and one of the current fronts — to assess risks to the…

  • War and SPIEF: Russia’s Flagship Economic Forum Flatlines

    War and SPIEF: Russia’s Flagship Economic Forum Flatlines

    The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), often called the “Russian Davos,” opened Wednesday in what is predicted to be the least impressive showing in the event’s 25-year history. Russia’s annual four-day economic showcase, which had once drawn crowds of foreign investors to President Vladimir Putin’s hometown, has been boycotted by Western countries for a…

  • Kremlin Says Australia Blocking New Embassy ‘Russophobic’

    Kremlin Says Australia Blocking New Embassy ‘Russophobic’

    Russia on Thursday blasted Australia’s decision to prohibit Russia from building a new embassy after intelligence officials warned it posed a security threat. “To our regret, Australia diligently continues to follow the path created by the authors of the Russophobic hysteria, which is now active in the countries of the collective West,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. “Australia…

  • Russian Anti-War Activist Dies in Police Custody, Lawyer Says

    Russian Anti-War Activist Dies in Police Custody, Lawyer Says

    An anti-war activist has died in police custody in southern Russia after receiving death threats from law enforcement officials, his lawyer told the OVD-Info human rights monitor late Wednesday. Anatoly Berezikov, 40, was detained last month on suspicion of hanging pro-Ukrainian leaflets in the city of Rostov-on-Don, some 60 kilometers south of eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region.…

  • Russia Claims to Down 9 Drones Over Crimea

    Russia Claims to Down 9 Drones Over Crimea

    Russian forces have downed nine drones over the Crimean peninsula, which it annexed from Ukraine in 2014, its Moscow-installed Governor Sergei Aksyonov said Thursday. “Last night and this morning, nine drones were detected above republic of Crimea territory,” Aksyonov said on Telegram. “Six devices were shot down by air-defense forces” while three others were “deactivated”…

  • Putin Signs Secret Decree to Buy Discounted Western Companies – FT

    Putin Signs Secret Decree to Buy Discounted Western Companies – FT

    President Vladimir Putin has signed a confidential decree giving the Russian government powers to buy Western companies at a “significant discount,” the Financial Times reported Thursday, a move likely to make it harder for them to exit the country. The Russian government would be given priority rights to buy any Western asset for sale at…

  • Russian Lawmakers Vote to Ban Gender Reassignment

    Russian Lawmakers Vote to Ban Gender Reassignment

    Russian lawmakers voted on Wednesday to ban legal or surgical sex changes, the latest in a series of conservative proposals put forward since Russia invaded neighboring Ukraine last year.  Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, approved in its first reading the bill that bans “medical interventions aimed at changing the sex of a…

  • Fire Engulfs Russian Power Plant Near Ukraine Border

    Fire Engulfs Russian Power Plant Near Ukraine Border

    A fire broke out Wednesday at a power plant in Russia’s southern Rostov region, with authorities denying local media reports suggesting an explosion may have been the cause. Video shared online showed large flames and plumes of black smoke rising from the Novocherkasskaya power station, located some 50 kilometers southeast of Ukraine’s partially Russian-occupied Donetsk…

  • Mali Junta Leader Discusses Security, Economy with Putin

    Mali Junta Leader Discusses Security, Economy with Putin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and the head of Mali’s junta, Colonel Assimi Goita, discussed security and economic relations between their two countries, both sides reported on Wednesday. During the phone talks, “at the initiative of the Malian side,” the two leaders paid “particular attention” to trade and economic relations, including the delivery of cereals, fertilizers…