Russian Officers Charged With Framing Investigative Journalist Golunov

Five former Moscow police officers have been criminally charged with framing anti-corruption journalist Ivan Golunov, Russia’s Investigative Committee said Thursday. Golunov, an investigative journalist for Meduza, was arrested in June on fabricated drug charges and released days later after an unprecedented public outcry. Police dropped all charges against him, fired the officers involved in his arrest…

25 Detained in Chechnya Over Photoshopped ‘Patriarch’ Kadyrov – Reports

Two dozen men have been detained in Russia’s republic of Chechnya for sharing a doctored image of the region’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov in Orthodox Christian garb, the Kavkaz.Realii news website reported Saturday. The detentions, which reportedly took place in three Chechen towns and districts, follow Kadyrov’s repeated threats of violence to online critics last year.…

Russian Governor Ousted From Ruling Party Over Key-Dangling Video

Update: Ignatyev has been expelled from United Russia, Kommersant cited party secretary Andrei Turchak as saying Tuesday. A Russian governor is facing expulsion from the country’s ruling party following two weeks of controversial actions and comments, the Kommersant business daily reported Monday. Mikhail Ignatyev, who heads the republic of Chuvashia 680 kilometers east of Moscow, made…

Russia Orders Review of Moscow Activist’s ‘Repeat Protest’ Conviction

Russia’s Constitutional Court has ordered a review of Moscow protester Konstantin Kotov’s guilty verdict days after President Vladimir Putin ordered prosecutors to investigate whether his conviction was lawful. Kotov, a 34-year-old programmer, was sentenced to four years in prison in September for “repeated” participation in unauthorized rallies. The verdict made him the second person to…

Russian Journalists Wage Solidarity Campaign for Colleague Jailed on Terrorism Charges

Prominent journalists have made a video appeal in support of their colleague who is accused of financing terrorism in Russia’s republic of Dagestan. Abdulmumin Gadzhiyev, the religious affairs editor of the independent Chernovik news weekly, faces life in prison on charges of financing terrorism and participating in a terrorist organization. Gadzhiyev’s colleagues say the charges,…

China Surpasses Russia as World’s No. 2 Arms Producer – Think Tank

China has leapfrogged Russia to become the world’s second-largest arms producer, according to revised research for the year 2017 published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) on Monday. SIPRI had previously excluded Chinese arms companies from its annual ranking over a lack of transparency, placing Russia second behind the United States in weapons…

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Сердце Журналисты записали видеообращение с требованием освободить сотрудника дагестанского СМИ «Черновик» Гаджиева Он содержится в СИЗО с 18-го июня по обвинению в финансировании терроризма. В «Черновике» обвинение против Гаджиева называют абсурдным, а его дело сравнивают с делом журналиста «Медузы» Ивана Голунова.

Israeli Woman Jailed in Russia Asks for Pardon

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Putin Orders Prosecutor General to Review Moscow Protester’s Conviction

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Prosecutor General to investigate if a guilty verdict for Moscow protester Konstantin Kotov was lawful, the Kremlin said. A Moscow court sentenced Kotov, a 34-year-old programmer, to four years in prison in September for “repeated” participation in unauthorized rallies, under a widely criticized law that has made non-violent…

Russia to Install ‘Spiritual’ Domestic Apps – Vedomosti

Russian authorities will give priority to “spiritual values” when deciding which Russian-made apps should come pre-installed under a controversial law banning smartphone sales without domestic software, the Vedomosti newspaper reported Thursday. From July 1, smartphones will be required to go on sale with pre-installed apps approved by the Russian government. Supporters defend the law, which…

U.S. ‘Intercepted’ Russian General in Syria – State Dept

U.S. forces intercepted an unidentified Russian major general in northern Syria during deconfliction operations, the U.S. State Department’s special envoy for Syrian engagement and the anti-Islamic State coalition said Thursday. James Jeffrey’s remarks follow news of U.S. troops “blocking” a Russian military patrol from accessing an oilfield in northeastern Syria’s province of Hasakah on Saturday.…

Putin to Revive Russia’s ‘Great Wall’

President Vladimir Putin has hinted that he could help reconstruct Russia’s version of the Great Wall of China during a stopover in the country’s central Lipetsk region, the Znak.com news website reported Wednesday. A local archeologist had urged Putin to spearhead reconstruction of the Belgorod fortified line, which was built in the 17th century to…