OSCE Says Will Not Monitor Russian Duma Elections

International monitors said Wednesday they would not send observers to Russia for next month’s general election because of a limit on numbers imposed by Russian authorities. “We very much regret that our observation of the forthcoming elections in Russia will not be possible,” said Matteo Mecacci, director of the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and…

Russians Among Illegal Belarus-EU Border Crossers – Lithuanian Diplomat

Russian nationals are among the thousands of migrants illegally crossing the border from Belarus to Lithuania, a senior diplomat from the EU member state told Russian media Tuesday. Lithuanian officials say they suspect the migrant crisis is being orchestrated by the regime of Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko in retaliation to EU sanctions over his crackdown on political opponents.…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | August 3

Russia has confirmed 6,334,195 cases of coronavirus and 160,925 deaths, according to the national coronavirus information center. Russia’s total excess fatality count since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is around 483,000. August 3: What you need to know today Russia on Tuesday reported 22,010 new coronavirus cases and 788 deaths. The European Union now recognizes vaccination certificates from San Marino, where…

U.S., Russia Clash Over Embassy Staff Levels Again

The United States and Russia clashed Monday over the staffing allowed at their respective embassies despite the latest talks aimed at bringing more stability to a turbulent relationship. In an interview, the Russian ambassador in Washington, Anatoly Antonov, deplored what he called “expulsions” of Moscow’s diplomats, saying the United States had become “persistent and creative…

Poland Offers Visa to Belarusian Olympic Athlete

Poland on Monday granted a humanitarian visa to Belarusian athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, who claimed her team tried to forcibly send her back to her authoritarian homeland from the Olympic Games in Japan.  The sprinter was in “direct contact” with Polish diplomats in Tokyo, said Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz, adding that Warsaw would do “whatever…

Russian Amendments Legalize Trophy Hunting of Endangered Species, Activists Say

New amendments to Russia’s hunting law will effectively legalize trophy hunting of endangered animals, Greenpeace activists said Monday.  Russia is home to 13 endangered species: the Amur tiger, Central Asian and Far Eastern leopard, snow leopard, bison, saiga, Przewalski’s horse, Altai mountain sheep, gazelle, polar bear, Siberian crane, bowhead whale and gray whale. According to…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | August 2

Russia has confirmed 6,312,185 cases of coronavirus and 160,137 deaths, according to the national coronavirus information center. Russia’s total excess fatality count since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is around 483,000. August 2: What you need to know today Russia on Monday reported 23,508 new coronavirus cases and 785 deaths. Russia has approved clinical trials of a combination of its Sputnik…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | August 1

Russia has confirmed 6,288,677 cases of coronavirus and 159,352 deaths, according to the national coronavirus information center. Russia’s total excess fatality count since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is around 483,000. July 31: What you need to know today Russia on Sunday reported 22,804 new coronavirus cases and 789 deaths. Russia has approved clinical trials of a combination of its Sputnik…

Russia Demands YouTube Block Navalny Channel — Ally

Russian authorities have demanded that YouTube block jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s popular channel that has published viral investigations into corruption and fueled anti-government protests in recent years, his senior ally said Friday.  The request comes less than a week after Russia’s internet regulator Roskomnadzor blocked 49 Navalny-linked websites and sought to ban his associates’…

Chief Editor of ‘Undesirable’ Investigative Outlet Will Not Return to Russia – Reuters

Chief editor of the independent investigative outlet Proekt, Roman Badanin, will not return to Russia amid what critics call a Kremlin crackdown on non-state news outlets, Reuters reported Thursday. Russia’s Justice Ministry added Badanin and three other Proekt journalists to its list of “foreign agents,” while the Prosecutor General’s Office outlawed the outlet itself as…

Russia’s Nauka Science Module Docks With ISS

Russia’s troubled laboratory module Nauka on Thursday successfully docked with the International Space Station, said the Russian space agency Roscosmos, after more than a decade of delays. “There is contact!!!” Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin said on Twitter. Images released by Roscosmos showed the new addition to the Russian segment of the ISS docking with the…

Oleg Baklanov, Last Soviet Coup Plotter, Dies

Oleg Baklanov, the last member of a failed coup against then U.S.S.R. leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991, has died aged 89, the head of the Russian space agency said on Wednesday. “Oleg Dmitriyevich Baklanov, who led our rocket and space industry and headed the ministry of general machine-building of the U.S.S.R., has passed away,” the head of…

Russia to Boost Tajikistan Army Amid Afghanistan ‘Deterioration’

Russia will bolster Central Asian ally Tajikistan’s military with weapons, equipment and training amid a “deteriorating” situation in neighboring Afghanistan, Moscow’s defense minister said Wednesday on a visit to the country.  Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will hold joint military drills next week near Tajikistan’s border with Afghanistan, where the Taliban has made huge military gains…

Russia Blocks Navalny Mirror Site Using ‘Internet Isolation’ Tools – NGO

Russian authorities have blocked jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s mirror website using the tools that help telecom providers “isolate” Russia’s section of the internet, the privacy NGO Roskomsvoboda said Tuesday. Navalny rolled out the website navalny.app after authorities blocked his main website navalny.com alongside nearly 50 sites linked to him Monday because of “banned extremist…

Guatemala Cancels Order for Russian Vaccines

President Alejandro Giammattei announced Tuesday that Guatemala has cancelled its order of a second batch of eight million Russian-made Covid-19 vaccines due to a delivery delay of a previous order. The president told reporters that his administration had renegotiated its contract with Moscow and would no longer buy the additional eight million Sputnik V doses…