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  • On Russia’s Border with Ukraine, War Is Impossible to Ignore

    On Russia’s Border with Ukraine, War Is Impossible to Ignore

    SHEBEKINO, Belgorod region — When Russian tanks began rolling through the streets of this small town six kilometers from the Ukrainian border in late February last year, most locals didn’t believe that Russia was about to invade its neighbor.  “It just sounded unbelievable,” recalled Alexander, 27, a local businessman who requested his name be changed…

  • Russian Oligarchs Still Swerving Sanctions

    Russian Oligarchs Still Swerving Sanctions

    Oligarchs reportedly close to Russian President Vladimir Putin who have had bank accounts frozen or property seized after Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine are pushing back against the Western sanctions — or finding ways around them. Authorities have frozen about £18.4 billion ($22.2 billion) of Russian assets in Britain, and 17 billion euros worth ($18 billion)…

  • The Photos That Have Defined Russia’s One-Year Invasion of Ukraine

    The Photos That Have Defined Russia’s One-Year Invasion of Ukraine

    In the early hours of Feb. 24, 2022, after months of posturing and threats, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his forces to launch an all-out assault on Ukraine from both Russian territory and that of its ally Belarus. Initially marked by Russia’s confident predictions that Kyiv would fall to Moscow within days, the war that…

  • Ex-President Medvedev Says Russia Must Win in Ukraine

    Ex-President Medvedev Says Russia Must Win in Ukraine

    Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday vowed that Russia would be victorious in its war against Ukraine, saying that Moscow is ready to fight up to the Polish border to counter alleged “threats” against it. Medvedev, whose rhetoric has become increasingly radical over the past year, is one of the most vocal supporters of…

  • Zelensky Vows Victory One Year After Russian Invasion

    Zelensky Vows Victory One Year After Russian Invasion

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky promised victory against Russia on Friday on the one-year anniversary of Europe’s largest conflict since World War II, as commemorations were held by Kyiv’s Western allies. “We endured. We were not defeated. And we will do everything to gain victory this year,” Zelensky said in a statement released on social media.…

  • China Urges Russia, Ukraine to Hold Talks, Warns Against Using Nuclear Weapons

    China Urges Russia, Ukraine to Hold Talks, Warns Against Using Nuclear Weapons

    China called Friday for urgent peace talks as it released its plan to end the war in Ukraine, but Western powers quickly rebuffed the proposals while warning against Beijing’s closening ties to Moscow. The 12-point paper calling for a “political settlement” of the crisis follows accusations from the West that China is considering arming Russia,…

  • Russia’s Wagner Claims Capture of Ukraine Village Near Bakhmut

    Russia’s Wagner Claims Capture of Ukraine Village Near Bakhmut

    The head of Russia’s Wagner Group on Friday said that his fighters had captured a village near Ukraine’s eastern city of Bakhmut, the scene of fierce fighting between the two sides for months. Berkhivka “is entirely under our control,” Yevgeny Prigozhin said in a statement released by his press service on the one-year anniversary of…

  • Russia Launches Empty Ship to ISS to Replace Damaged Capsule

    Russia Launches Empty Ship to ISS to Replace Damaged Capsule

    An uncrewed Russian Soyuz capsule took off early Friday from Kazakhstan for the International Space Station to eventually bring home three astronauts whose return vehicle was damaged by a tiny meteoroid. The Soyuz MS-23 vessel lifted off successfully from the Russian-operated Baikonur Cosmodrome, live video broadcast by ISS partner NASA showed. Though the capsule is…

  • UN Demands Russia Withdraw From Ukraine

    UN Demands Russia Withdraw From Ukraine

    The United Nations voted overwhelmingly Thursday to demand Russia immediately and unconditionally withdraw its troops from Ukraine, marking the one-year anniversary of the war with a call for a “just and lasting” peace. Ukraine earned strong backing in a nonbinding vote that saw 141 of the 193 UN members in support, seven opposed and 32,…

  • Russia Says Ukraine Preparing ‘Armed Provocation’ in Breakaway Transnistria

    Russia Says Ukraine Preparing ‘Armed Provocation’ in Breakaway Transnistria

    Russia on Thursday claimed Ukraine was ramping up efforts to invade Transnistria, Moldova’s Moscow-backed separatist region, and pledged a “response.” The Russian defence ministry’s statement was released on the eve of the one-year anniversary of Moscow’s offensive in Ukraine. Since the launch of the full-scale assault against Ukraine a year ago, the Kremlin has been…

  • Russian Politician Uses Idiom Literally to Express Incredulity at Putin Speech

    Russian Politician Uses Idiom Literally to Express Incredulity at Putin Speech

    A regional deputy in the city of Samara in Russia’s Volga region took what might prove to have been a dangerously light-hearted approach to President Vladimir Putin’s state-of-the-nation address earlier this week, and one that may have left non-Russians wondering what on earth was going on. A YouTube video posted by Communist Party Duma Deputy Mikhail…

  • Russia’s Wagner Chief Announces Ammo Delivery After Row

    Russia’s Wagner Chief Announces Ammo Delivery After Row

    The head of Russian mercenary outfit Wagner said Thursday his fighters in Ukraine were getting ammunition after he accused Russia’s top brass of withholding supplies. “Today at 6:00 a.m., it was announced that the shipment of ammunition was starting,” Prigozhin said in a statement shared by his press service, adding that the “main papers have already…

  • Russia Fully Reopens Crimea Bridge to Cars on Eve of Anniversary

    Russia Fully Reopens Crimea Bridge to Cars on Eve of Anniversary

    Moscow on Thursday announced the full reopening to road traffic of the controversial Crimea Bridge, which has been closed and under repair since it was badly damaged in an explosion in October. The announcement came on the eve of the first anniversary of the Russian offensive in Ukraine, with both Moscow and Kyiv keen to control…

  • Russian Air Force Pilot Killed in Plane Crash Near Ukraine Border

    Russian Air Force Pilot Killed in Plane Crash Near Ukraine Border

    Adds last three grafs on civilian death. A Russian pilot was killed on Thursday when a military plane crashed in the southern region of Belgorod near the border with Ukraine, the Russian Defense Ministry has announced.  “After completing a combat mission, a Su-25 aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces crashed while returning to its base…

  • Putin Calls Russia’s Armed Forces ‘Guarantor of Stability’ on Military Holiday

    Putin Calls Russia’s Armed Forces ‘Guarantor of Stability’ on Military Holiday

    President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called Russia’s military a “guarantor of national stability,” promising to boost arms production nearly a year after the start of the Ukraine offensive. “A modern, efficient army and navy are a guarantee of the country’s security and sovereignty, a guarantee of its stable development and its future,” Putin said in a…

  • One Year of Russia’s War on Ukraine, in Graphs

    One Year of Russia’s War on Ukraine, in Graphs

    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine one year ago has led to the deaths of thousands of soldiers and Ukrainian civilians — as well as radically reshaped Russia’s social, political and economic fabric. The Moscow Times has produced a series of graphs to illustrate the changes that have taken place over the past year: Reports of heavy Russian…

  • G7 Ministers to Discuss Fresh Russia Sanctions Ahead of Anniversary

    G7 Ministers to Discuss Fresh Russia Sanctions Ahead of Anniversary

    Updates with Yellen quote. Group of Seven finance ministers were due to discuss fresh sanctions against Moscow and increased support for Ukraine on Thursday, a day ahead of the first anniversary of the Russian invasion. Sanctions imposed on Russia in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine had been having a “very significant effect” on…

  • G7 Presses IMF to Provide More Aid to Ukraine on Eve of Invasion Anniversary

    G7 Presses IMF to Provide More Aid to Ukraine on Eve of Invasion Anniversary

    Updates throughout. G7 finance chiefs pressed the IMF on Thursday to urgently provide more aid to war-stricken Ukraine on the eve of the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion. “On February 24 last year, Russia launched its illegal, unjustifiable, and unprovoked war of aggression against Ukraine, which is also an attack on the rule of law…

  • UN Condemns Continued Detention of Putin Opponent Kara-Murza

    UN Condemns Continued Detention of Putin Opponent Kara-Murza

    The UN’s human rights chief condemned the continued jailing of a leading figure in Russia’s political opposition on Wednesday, demanding that he face “fair proceedings” for his opposition to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Volker Turk, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, was “concerned by continued detention of opposition politician and journalist Vladimir Kara-Murza…

  • International Federation of Journalists Suspends Russia’s Membership 

    International Federation of Journalists Suspends Russia’s Membership 

    The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), a global body representing as many as 600,000 media professionals around the world, on Wednesday announced that it had suspended the Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ) from the organization. The IFJ’s move came in response to the RUJ’s recent decision to expand its work to the Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine, which it…

  • In Photos: How Putin’s Address Really Was One to the Entire Nation

    In Photos: How Putin’s Address Really Was One to the Entire Nation

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday gave his much-anticipated first address to the nation since ordering the invasion of Ukraine exactly a year ago. However, the members of the Putinist elite invited to Moscow’s Gostiny Dvor for the event were far from the only people listening to the proceedings. As members of both chambers of…

  • Putin Says Russia Fighting for ‘Historical Lands’ at Pro-War Rally

    Putin Says Russia Fighting for ‘Historical Lands’ at Pro-War Rally

    Recast and updated with reaction and analysis. President Vladimir Putin said Russia is fighting for its “historical lands” on Wednesday as the country approaches the one year anniversary of its bloody invasion of Ukraine. Speaking at a state-organized concert the day before Defender of the Fatherland Day, which is a national holiday, Putin delivered a…

  • Heineken Denies Claim it Broke Promise to Exit Russian Market

    Heineken Denies Claim it Broke Promise to Exit Russian Market

    Dutch giant brewer Heineken said Wednesday that it still planned to exit Russia after a media report accusing it of “breaking a promise” to leave over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Dutch investigative website Follow the Money said the Amsterdam-based brewer was still operating in Russia despite making a promise last year to stop investing. Although…

  • Wagner Chief Urges Russians to Press Army to Give Fighters Ammo

    Wagner Chief Urges Russians to Press Army to Give Fighters Ammo

    The head of the Wagner mercenary outfit, Yevgeny Prigozhin, on Wednesday urged Russians to pressure the country’s regular army into sharing ammunition with his fighters in Ukraine. Prigozhin stopped short of calling on Russians to protest but urged everyone from “driver” to “flight attendant” to help him. He had already made headlines on Tuesday when…

  • Russia-China Ties Key to ‘Stabilize International Situation’ – Putin

    Russia-China Ties Key to ‘Stabilize International Situation’ – Putin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a meeting with China’s top diplomat on Wednesday that cooperation between Beijing and Moscow was important to “stabilize the international situation.” “The cooperation between China and Russia on the world stage is very important to stabilize the international situation,” Putin said at the meeting with Wang Yi.  Their meeting comes as China is…

  • Russian E-Commerce Platforms Block Anti-War Goods

    Russian E-Commerce Platforms Block Anti-War Goods

    Russian e-commerce websites have started blocking products carrying anti-war symbols and messages in favor of pro-war items, independent media reported Wednesday. “With the invasion of Ukraine, areas previously far removed from politics have started to get politicized,” said Avtozak Live, an independent YouTube and Telegram channel. The outlet said it has found “thousands” of ads…

  • 7 Killed in Moscow Hotel Fire

    7 Killed in Moscow Hotel Fire

    Seven people were killed and 11 injured in a large fire that erupted at a hotel in central Moscow overnight, state media reported Wednesday, citing emergency services. Emergency crews evacuated 200 people from the 16-story building and contained the blaze by midnight, according to the TASS news agency. The residential building houses dozens of ground-level…

  • Muscovites Shrug as Russia Marks One Year of Ukraine War

    Muscovites Shrug as Russia Marks One Year of Ukraine War

    MOSCOW — As the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine approaches, life in the capital largely goes on as usual, with most Muscovites saying that the dominant mood is one of indifference to the ongoing fighting. “I don’t really feel that there is a war going on,” said a Muscovite in his 30s who…

  • Russia Tested Nuclear Capable Missile During Biden’s Ukraine Trip – CNN

    Russia Tested Nuclear Capable Missile During Biden’s Ukraine Trip – CNN

    Russia unsuccessfully tested its nuclear-capable “invincible” missile during President Joe Biden’s visit to Ukraine this week, CNN reported Tuesday, citing two unnamed U.S. officials. Had it been successful, the officials said President Vladimir Putin would have touted the test at his state-of-the-nation address. Instead, Putin announced the suspension of Russia’s participation in the last U.S.-Russian…

  • Explainer: What Is New START and What Does Russia’s Suspension Mean?

    Explainer: What Is New START and What Does Russia’s Suspension Mean?

    Accusing NATO of openly seeking to attack Russia’s nuclear facilities, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday announced that Moscow would suspend its participation in the New START treaty, the last surviving arms treaty between the world’s two biggest nuclear powers, which caps the size of both the U.S. and Russian nuclear stockpiles.   The announcement, made ahead of…

  • Wagner Head Accuses Russia’s Defense Ministry of Treason

    Wagner Head Accuses Russia’s Defense Ministry of Treason

    The founder of Russia’s Wagner mercenary group Yevgeny Prigozhin on Tuesday accused the country’s Defense Ministry and the Chief of the General Staff of intentionally depriving his fighters of munitions in Ukraine. According to Prigozhin, the Defense Ministry and the Chief of the General Staff gave orders not to supply the controversial mercenary group with…

  • Russia Demands U.S. Withdraw ‘Soldiers and Equipment’ From Ukraine 

    Russia Demands U.S. Withdraw ‘Soldiers and Equipment’ From Ukraine 

    The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the U.S. ambassador on Tuesday over what it called “Washington’s expanding involvement” in the war in Ukraine, the Interfax news agency reported. The Foreign Ministry served a notice to the U.S. Ambassador to Moscow Lynne Tracy, accusing Washington of supplying weapons to the Armed Forces of Ukraine as well as…

  • Putin Suspends Russia’s Participation in Key Nuclear Pact With U.S.

    Putin Suspends Russia’s Participation in Key Nuclear Pact With U.S.

    President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Russia was suspending participation in New START, its last nuclear arms limitation treaty with the United States. The announcement, made ahead of the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, follows months of veiled threats by the Russian leader that have stirred fears of nuclear war in Europe. In…

  • Leaked Document Outlines Russia’s 2030 Belarus ‘Annexation’ Strategy – Report

    Leaked Document Outlines Russia’s 2030 Belarus ‘Annexation’ Strategy – Report

    A previously unreported Kremlin strategy document purports to lay out in detail Russia’s plans to absorb neighboring Belarus by 2030, U.S. and European media reported Tuesday. The 2021 Russian presidential administration paper spells out Minsk’s political, military, defense, humanitarian, trade and economic integration with Moscow as part of a so-called “Union State,” according to Yahoo News.…

  • Putin Lashes Out at West, Vows to Continue Fighting in Wartime State-of-the-Nation Address

    Putin Lashes Out at West, Vows to Continue Fighting in Wartime State-of-the-Nation Address

    President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday vowed to press onward with Russia’s one-year war in Ukraine and railed against the West for a litany of wrongdoings, including allegedly escalating the war by offering Kyiv support. In his first wartime state-of-the-nation address, Putin relied on familiar talking points as he pledged to continue his offensive on Ukraine…

  • Putin Vows to Fight On in Wartime State-of-the-Nation Address

    Putin Vows to Fight On in Wartime State-of-the-Nation Address

    Recasts throughout and updates with reaction and analysis. President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday vowed to press onward with Russia’s war in Ukraine and railed against the West for a litany of wrongdoings in his first state-of-the-nation address since invading Ukraine one year ago. Addressing lawmakers from both houses of parliament alongside other members of the…

  • ‘Everyone’s Tired’: Acceptance and Exasperation in Russian Elite as Invasion Anniversary Looms

    ‘Everyone’s Tired’: Acceptance and Exasperation in Russian Elite as Invasion Anniversary Looms

    While most members of Russia’s political and business elite have come to terms with the invasion of Ukraine one year in, some are frustrated by the Kremlin’s apparent inability to act more forcefully against Kyiv — and others said the mood is downbeat.  The Moscow Times spoke with more than a dozen top Russian officials…

  • Fake ‘Fact-Checks’ Seek to Obscure Russian Role in War

    Fake ‘Fact-Checks’ Seek to Obscure Russian Role in War

    A Russian missile smashed a Ukrainian apartment complex, killing dozens. Pro-Russian propagandists offered a slick counter-narrative that shifted the blame away from Moscow — using pseudo-fact-checking as a tool of disinformation. Since the start of its invasion one year ago, Russia and its supporters have sought to aggressively distort Moscow’s role in Ukraine with what experts call a…

  • Russian Attack on Ukraine Station a ‘War Crime’: HRW

    Russian Attack on Ukraine Station a ‘War Crime’: HRW

    Human Rights Watch on Tuesday accused Russia of committing a “war crime” with a missile attack that killed some 60 fleeing civilians at a railway station in eastern Ukraine. The attack on the Kramatorsk train station in April is one of the deadliest targeting civilians since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24 last year. Russia…

  • China Says Deeply Concerned Over ‘Out of Control’ Ukraine Conflict

    China Says Deeply Concerned Over ‘Out of Control’ Ukraine Conflict

    China’s foreign minister said Tuesday that Beijing is “deeply concerned” about the conflict in Ukraine, which is “intensifying and even getting out of control.” China has sought to position itself as a neutral party on the war in Ukraine, while maintaining close ties with its strategic ally Russia.  Beijing has pledged to publish a proposal…

  • Anti-Kadyrov Chechen YouTuber Reappears After ‘Assassination’ Claims

    Anti-Kadyrov Chechen YouTuber Reappears After ‘Assassination’ Claims

    A dissident blogger who is a vocal critic of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov turned up alive Tuesday after going missing for more than two months. Tumso Abdurakhmanov, a YouTuber based in Sweden, disappeared in late November as the Chechen opposition claimed he had been shot dead amid a string of politically motivated murders of ethnic…

  • Russian Economy Contracts by 2.1% In 2022 — Rosstat

    Russian Economy Contracts by 2.1% In 2022 — Rosstat

    The Russian economy contracted by 2.1% last year, the government’s statistics agency Rosstat said Monday, absorbing Western sanctions over Moscow’s military intervention in Ukraine better than expected. The data was published on the eve of a keenly awaited speech to parliament by President Vladimir Putin, days before the first anniversary of the launch of Russia’s offensive against…

  • Report Sheds Light on Work of Wagner’s ‘Special Department’ 

    Report Sheds Light on Work of Wagner’s ‘Special Department’ 

    The Wagner group’s internal security division is marred by poor discipline and insubordination that has led to frequent leaks revealing the group’s alleged crimes, according to an investigation published by Dossier Center on Monday. The non-profit organization, which was set up by exiled Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky and is aimed at supporting the rule of…

  • Direct Mayoral Elections Ended in Novosibirsk

    Direct Mayoral Elections Ended in Novosibirsk

    The legislature in the Siberian region of Novosibirsk has voted to end the practice of holding direct mayoral elections in the regional capital as well as in the adjacent scientific research center of Koltsovo, Interfax reported on Monday.  The bill to stop one of the last major cities in Russia from having a directly elected…

  • Navalny Sets Out 15-Point Plan for Russia’s Postwar Development

    Navalny Sets Out 15-Point Plan for Russia’s Postwar Development

    Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny published a 15-point plan outlining his view of Russia’s future in the postwar era on Monday, predicting Russia’s “military defeat” and outlining his plans to transform Russia into a parliamentary republic. Entitled “15 theses of a Russian citizen who desires the best for their country,” Navalny’s Twitter thread was posted four…

  • Kremlin Accuses Moldova of ‘Anti-Russian Hysteria’

    Kremlin Accuses Moldova of ‘Anti-Russian Hysteria’

    The Kremlin on Monday accused tiny Moldova of “anti-Russian hysteria” after its prime minister called for the demilitarization of the Moscow-backed separatist region of Transnistria.  Tensions have run high between pro-EU Moldova, wedged between Ukraine and Romania, and Russia during Moscow’s offensive against Kyiv.  “Moldova is slipping into anti-Russian hysteria,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.  “The lack…

  • Russia Uses Putin’s Air Fleet to Return Soldiers Killed in Ukraine

    Russia Uses Putin’s Air Fleet to Return Soldiers Killed in Ukraine

    Russia’s presidential air fleet is quietly repatriating the bodies of soldiers killed in Ukraine and sending them to local morgues in small numbers to prevent public backlash, The Moscow Times’ Russian service reported Monday, citing flight tracking data, morgue workers and the soldiers’ relatives. Rossiya Airlines, a subsidiary of the state-owned Aeroflot Group, operates 68…

  • U.S. Says China Mulling Weapons for Russia in Ukraine War

    U.S. Says China Mulling Weapons for Russia in Ukraine War

    U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday that China was considering providing weapons to Russia in its war against Ukraine, warning Beijing that any supplies would “cause a serious problem.” “The concern that we have now is based on information we have that they’re considering providing lethal support,” Blinken told CBS’s “Face The Nation.” Asked what…

  • To Stay or to Leave? How 9 Major Western Brands in Russia Responded to the Ukraine War

    To Stay or to Leave? How 9 Major Western Brands in Russia Responded to the Ukraine War

    International companies faced a dilemma in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: to leave the country in protest of the war and take a financial hit, or stay and risk significant reputational damage.  While some departed immediately after Russian troops entered Ukraine, others tried to hang on — only to announce their exit under…

  • Dutch Expel Russian Diplomats, Close Trade Mission

    Dutch Expel Russian Diplomats, Close Trade Mission

    The Dutch Foreign Ministry on Saturday announced the expulsion of several Russian diplomats and the closure of Russia’s trade mission in Amsterdam, accusing Moscow of using diplomatic cover for spying. It was the latest development in a dispute over Russia’s failure to grant visas to Dutch diplomats to staff their embassy in Moscow and the consulate in…

  • Russia Says Village in Ukraine’s Kharkiv ‘Liberated’

    Russia Says Village in Ukraine’s Kharkiv ‘Liberated’

    Russia on Saturday claimed to have taken control of a small village near the key city of Kupiansk in the northeastern Ukrainian region of Kharkiv. “The settlement of Gryanikovka… was completely liberated,” the defense ministry said in a statement, referring to the Ukrainian village of Hryanykivka by its Russian name. Hryanykivka was home to around…

  • Database of Russians Eligible for Draft Set to Aid Military Recruitment

    Database of Russians Eligible for Draft Set to Aid Military Recruitment

    The Russian authorities have created a digital database of citizens who are eligible to be drafted into the military amid growing rumors of a second mobilization campaign, independent journalists Farida Rustamova and Maksim Tovkailo reported Saturday. The database will reportedly contain information about Russian citizens gathered from the country’s Central Election Commission, the Ministry of…

  • Russia Committed ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ in Ukraine: U.S.

    Russia Committed ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ in Ukraine: U.S.

    U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on Saturday accused Russia of committing “crimes against humanity” in Ukraine and Russian forces of conducting “widespread and systemic” attacks on the country’s civilian population. She made the comments at the Munich Security Conference, days ahead of the one-year anniversary of Moscow sending its forces into Ukraine, unleashing war in…

  • Allies Urged to Ramp Up Ukraine Support at Munich Meet

    Allies Urged to Ramp Up Ukraine Support at Munich Meet

    Ukraine’s Western backers on Saturday urged allies to give Ukraine what it needs to beat Russia, with NATO’s chief warning of the risks of victory for Moscow, ahead of the anniversary of the war’s outbreak. World leaders are meeting at the Munich Security Conference with conflict still raging almost a year after Moscow sent troops…

  • ‘Existential War’: Putin Steels Russia for Long Conflict

    ‘Existential War’: Putin Steels Russia for Long Conflict

    When Russia introduced patriotism classes in primary and secondary schools last September, Tatyana Chervenko decided she was not going to peddle Kremlin “propaganda” to her eighth-grade students in Moscow. The 49-year-old used some of the classes to teach math instead and ignored talking points pushed by the Kremlin about the conflict raging in Ukraine. Chervenko…

  • Biden to Send Putin Message in Ukraine War Anniversary Speech

    Biden to Send Putin Message in Ukraine War Anniversary Speech

    President Joe Biden will be “messaging” Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin when he speaks in Warsaw next week, while hailing NATO’s unprecedented effort to help Ukrainians save their country as the war reaches the one-year mark. The White House says Biden will give the speech in Poland — a key U.S. ally and fulcrum of vast…

  • Amnesty Demands to Know Whereabouts of Jailed Kremlin Critic Andrei Pivovarov

    Amnesty Demands to Know Whereabouts of Jailed Kremlin Critic Andrei Pivovarov

    Amnesty International has demanded the Russian authorities reveal the location of imprisoned Kremlin critic Andrei Pivovarov, whose whereabouts have been unknown since he was transferred to new a penal colony in mid-January. “The authorities are subjecting him to enforced disappearance — a crime under international law, by not revealing his fate or whereabouts,” Amnesty International’s Russia…

  • Ukraine Calls Retail Giant Auchan ‘Weapon of Russian Aggression’

    Ukraine Calls Retail Giant Auchan ‘Weapon of Russian Aggression’

    Ukraine’s foreign minister on Friday accused French retailer Auchan of being a “full-fledged weapon of Russian aggression” following a joint investigation by The Insider, Le Monde and Bellingcat that concluded the retail giant has been supplying goods to the Russian army. According to the investigation, goods including flack jackets, as well as non-military equipment, worth a…

  • Putin Warns of Efforts to ‘Hinder’ Gazprom’s Work

    Putin Warns of Efforts to ‘Hinder’ Gazprom’s Work

    President Vladimir Putin lashed out Friday against “direct attempts” to hinder the work of Russian gas giant Gazprom, at the center of deteriorating ties between Moscow and Europe over the Ukraine conflict. European countries were heavily reliant on the company for natural gas supplies but have since raced for other sources after Russia dispatched troops to Ukraine.…

  • Britain Sentences Embassy Guard to 13 Years for Spying for Moscow

    Britain Sentences Embassy Guard to 13 Years for Spying for Moscow

    A former security guard at the British Embassy in Berlin was sentenced to over 13 years in prison Friday on charges of spying for Russia. David Ballantyne Smith, 58, admitted to passing sensitive material to the Russian Embassy in Berlin before being caught in a sting operation. Sentencing him to 13 years and two months…