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  • Putin Signs Expanded ‘Foreign Agents’ Law

    Putin Signs Expanded ‘Foreign Agents’ Law

    President Vladimir Putin signed into law Thursday legislation expanding the “foreign agent” label to encompass anyone deemed to have fallen under “foreign influence.” Russia’s registry of “foreign agents,” a name with Soviet-era connotations, lists “politically active” people and organizations that Russian authorities determine to have received foreign funding and subjects them to strict auditing requirements.…

  • Pro-Russian Separatists Capture American Civilian in Ukraine – Reports

    Pro-Russian Separatists Capture American Civilian in Ukraine – Reports

    Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have captured a U.S. citizen for allegedly taking part in pro-Ukrainian rallies, accusations that his friends and family deny, The Guardian reported Wednesday. Suedi Murekezi, 35, is the third American national known to be held by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine’s separatist-controlled city of Donetsk. He had moved to Ukraine…

  • Kazakhstan Seeks to Attract Foreign Brands Exiting Russia

    Kazakhstan Seeks to Attract Foreign Brands Exiting Russia

    Kazakhstan must work to accommodate the hundreds of international businesses that have left Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, the ex-Soviet republic’s president said Thursday. Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has walked a diplomatic tightrope since the start of the war in February, maintaining close ties with Moscow while refusing to recognize the independence of Kremlin-backed separatists in eastern…

  • Ukraine War: As It’s Happening

    Ukraine War: As It’s Happening

    News Analysis Rewriting History, Putin Pitches Russia as Defender of an Expanding Motherland In an emotional and angry speech, the president justified his decision to recognize breakaway states in Eastern Ukraine as independent.

  • Russian Lawmakers Hold Snap Summer Session as War, Economic Issues Loom

    Russian Lawmakers Hold Snap Summer Session as War, Economic Issues Loom

    Russia’s lower house of parliament will gather for an “extraordinary” meeting Friday amid speculation that deputies could sign off on a major policy announcement or government reshuffle. The meeting comes as Russia faces mounting domestic and foreign policy problems, from the dragging war in Ukraine to the economic fallout of sanctions.   But the suddenness of…

  • EU Says Lithuania Must Allow Rail Transit of Russian Goods to Kaliningrad

    EU Says Lithuania Must Allow Rail Transit of Russian Goods to Kaliningrad

    The European Union on Wednesday said Lithuania had an obligation to allow the passage of sanctioned goods, with the exception of weapons, between Russia and its exclave of Kaliningrad. While transit by road was not allowed, legal guidance released by the EU executive said that “no such prohibition exists for rail transport” from Russia to…

  • Russia Arrests Anti-War Opposition Activist Ilya Yashin

    Russia Arrests Anti-War Opposition Activist Ilya Yashin

    A court in Moscow arrested opposition activist and former municipal deputy Ilya Yashin on Wednesday after he was charged with spreading false information about the Russian Armed Forces.  Yashin, 39, will stay in prison until at least Sept. 12.  “This case is politically motivated from first to last,” Yashin, who denies the charges, said in…

  • Russia and Ukraine Address Grain Crisis in First Talks Since March

    Russia and Ukraine Address Grain Crisis in First Talks Since March

    Russia and Ukraine on Wednesday held their first direct negotiations since March in a bid to break an impasse over grain exports that has seen food prices soar and millions face hunger. The high-stakes meeting involving UN and Turkish officials in Istanbul broke up after slightly more than three hours without any immediate signs of…

  • U.S. Blasts Moscow for ‘Forced Deportations’ of Ukrainians to Russia

    U.S. Blasts Moscow for ‘Forced Deportations’ of Ukrainians to Russia

    U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused Russia Wednesday of forcibly deporting up to 1.6 million Ukrainians to Russia, accusing Moscow of a deliberate criminal operation to depopulate parts of Ukraine. In a statement a day before the Ukraine Accountability Conference in the Hague on alleged war crimes in Ukraine, Blinken said Moscow is conducting…

  • Number of Russian Financial Fraud Schemes Triple – Central Bank

    Number of Russian Financial Fraud Schemes Triple – Central Bank

    The number of financial fraud schemes in Russia tripled in the first half of 2022 compared to the same period last year, the Russian Central Bank said Wednesday.  Many of the illegal projects included pyramid schemes, according to the regulator. “Worried about the possibility of economic difficulties, people have been searching for new methods of…

  • Belarus Journalist Given Extra 8 Years for ‘State Treason’

    Belarus Journalist Given Extra 8 Years for ‘State Treason’

    Belarus on Wednesday sentenced a young journalist who covered protests against President Alexander Lukashenko to an additional eight years in prison for “state treason,” the channel she worked for said. Katerina Bakhvalova — who uses the pen name Katerina Andreyeva — was already serving a two-year sentence for “violating public order” and was due to…

  • Russia Reports First Female Military Death in Ukraine

    Russia Reports First Female Military Death in Ukraine

    The first Russian female soldier has died in Ukraine four and a half months into Russia’s war against its pro-Western neighbor, local media reported Tuesday. Anastasia Savitskaya was a corporal from the southwestern Russian city of Volgograd, according to the v1.ru news website. It was not clear where in Ukraine, or under what circumstances, she had…

  • In Photos: Severe Flooding Washes Out Siberian Villages

    In Photos: Severe Flooding Washes Out Siberian Villages

    Several towns and villages are in deep water and dozens of locals have been forced to evacuate after heavy rains broke a dam in Siberia’s republic of Sakha earlier this week. Russia’s largest and coldest region located in remote northeastern Siberia, the republic of Sakha is also witnessing the creeping advance of climate change firsthand.…

  • Samotlorneftegaz Releases 1.3 Million Fry of High Value Species into Siberian Rivers

    Samotlorneftegaz, an enterprise of Rosneft Oil Company, is implementing a unique project for the artificial reproduction of high value fish species for northern rivers.

  • Europe Aborts Joint Mars Mission With Russia

    Europe Aborts Joint Mars Mission With Russia

    The European Space Agency (ESA) pulled the plug Tuesday on a joint Russian-European rover mission to Mars in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. ESA chief Josef Aschbacher tweeted that the agency’s council of ministers had determined the circumstances surrounding the March suspension of cooperation with Russia over ExoMars “continue to prevail” and that the official partnership…

  • Putin’s Daughter Takes Top ‘Import Substitution’ Role

    Putin’s Daughter Takes Top ‘Import Substitution’ Role

    President Vladimir Putin’s youngest daughter Katerina Tikhonova has been appointed to oversee Russia’s struggling import substitution program at a leading business lobby group, the RBC news website reported Wednesday.  Western sanctions and the exit of Western companies following the invasion of Ukraine mean Russia has seen a collapse in imports and is facing shortages of key…

  • No Phone Charging, Filming at Russia’s Rebranded McDonald’s

    No Phone Charging, Filming at Russia’s Rebranded McDonald’s

    The Russian company that took over McDonald’s restaurants has banned visitors from charging phones and taking photographs inside some of its locations, Russian media reported Tuesday. The brand known as “Vkusno i Tochka” (“Delicious. Full Stop”) has posted written instructions about the restrictions, visitors at one location in central Moscow told the Podyom news website.…

  • Russia Opens Criminal Case Against Activist Yashin – Lawyer

    Russia Opens Criminal Case Against Activist Yashin – Lawyer

    Russian authorities have launched a criminal case against Ilya Yashin, one of the last opposition figures remaining in the country, for allegedly spreading false information about the Russian army, his lawyer said Tuesday. “I got a call from an investigator – they are beginning to search his home,” lawyer Vadim Prokhorov said on Facebook. In…

  • Heavy Floods Hit Russia’s Far East

    Heavy Floods Hit Russia’s Far East

    Several villages in Russia’s Far East republic of Sakha are facing severe flooding following heavy rainfall, local authorities said, prompting a state of emergency in the country’s coldest and largest region. The government of Sakha said the rains had broken structures around a dam and left a remote village in Siberia “almost entirely” flooded. “Due…

  • ‘We Save Everyone’: The Lawyers Helping Russian Soldiers Evade Service in Ukraine

    ‘We Save Everyone’: The Lawyers Helping Russian Soldiers Evade Service in Ukraine

    For legal adviser Andrei Rinchino, each day begins by sorting through dozens of new messages from Russian soldiers and their families.  Each message is different but all are looking for the same thing: Rinchino’s guidance on how to quit the Russian army or avoid being sent to fight in Ukraine.  “A couple of weeks ago…

  • Lego to Cease Russian Operations ‘Indefinitely,’ 81 Stores Impacted

    Lego to Cease Russian Operations ‘Indefinitely,’ 81 Stores Impacted

    The world’s largest toymaker, Denmark’s Lego, said Tuesday it would stop all its Russian operations, ending the employment of its Moscow staff and a partnership with a company operating 81 stores in Russia. A Lego spokeswoman said the company had decided to “indefinitely cease commercial operations in Russia given the continued extensive disruption in the…

  • Russian Court Fines Apple for Breaching Data Storage Rules

    Russian Court Fines Apple for Breaching Data Storage Rules

    Russia has fined American tech giant Apple for failing to store Russian citizens’ personal data on Russia-based servers, Interfax reported Tuesday.  The fine comes amid Russia’s wider crackdown on Western tech companies in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine that has seen Facebook and Instagram banned as “extremist” organizations and Twitter blocked. Moscow’s Tagansky…

  • In Memory of Francesca Mereu

    In Memory of Francesca Mereu

    We are deeply saddened to write that Francesca Mereu, an author, playwright, tireless advocate of blues music and former Moscow Times reporter who split her time until recently between Moscow and Alabama, died June 24 in Tijuana, Mexico. Since 2011, Francesca published three books in her native Italian—one on Putin, one on Russia’s transition to capitalism…

  • Moscow Sees Rise in Covid Cases, Recommends Mask Wearing

    Moscow Sees Rise in Covid Cases, Recommends Mask Wearing

    Coronavirus cases have risen steeply in Russia’s capital Moscow over the past week, the city’s health authorities said. Many of the infections are of the Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5. “Over the course of the past week, there has been a 57% rise in new cases of Covid-19 compared to the previous week,” Moscow social…

  • Zvezda Shipyard Hands Over New Residential Buildings in New Residential Area in Bolshoi Kamen

    The Zvezda shipyard has commissioned the first two houses in the new Parkovy residential area in Bolshoi Kamen.

  • Lush Cosmetics Forced Out of Russia by Supply Crunch – Kommersant

    Lush Cosmetics Forced Out of Russia by Supply Crunch – Kommersant

    The Russian owner of British ethical cosmetics retailer Lush is being forced to close its stores in the country due to supply chain disruptions stemming from wartime sanctions, the Kommersant business daily reported Tuesday.  Lush was among the hundreds of international brands that suspended operations in Russia in response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Lush Russia is…

  • Myanmar Junta Chief Visits Moscow

    Myanmar Junta Chief Visits Moscow

    Myanmar junta chief Min Aung Hlaing visited Moscow Tuesday, Russian media reported, as the U.S. vowed to put pressure on his military regime over a 2021 coup.  Russia’s Embassy in Myanmar told the Interfax news agency that Hlaing was in Moscow on a “private” visit.  “He plans to take part in the opening of a…

  • Russia Confirms First Monkeypox Case

    Russia Confirms First Monkeypox Case

    Russia has registered its first case of monkeypox, federal health authorities confirmed Tuesday. “The infection was found in a young man who came back from a trip through European countries and went to a medical facility with a characteristic rash,” state consumer protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said in a statement.  Rospotrebnadzor said the patient, whose symptoms…

  • 7 Killed in Ukrainian Shelling of Occupied Kherson, Pro-Russian Forces Say

    7 Killed in Ukrainian Shelling of Occupied Kherson, Pro-Russian Forces Say

    Authorities in the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson occupied by pro-Russia forces said Tuesday that Ukrainian shelling on a city there had killed seven people.  “There are already seven dead and around 60 wounded” following artillery fire on the city of Nova Kakhovka, the head of the Moscow-backed administration, Vladimir Leontiev, said on Telegram. It…

  • 150 Siberian Soldiers Refuse Ukraine Deployment, Activist Says

    150 Siberian Soldiers Refuse Ukraine Deployment, Activist Says

    Around 150 soldiers from a Siberian region with one of the highest military death tolls in the Ukraine war have refused deployment, a prominent activist has said. The men returned home to the republic of Buryatia over the weekend after their wives pleaded for their return in a rare video appeal last month, according to…

  • Iran to Supply Russians With Drones for Ukraine – White House

    Iran to Supply Russians With Drones for Ukraine – White House

    Iran is planning to supply hundreds of drones with combat weapon capabilities to Russia for use in Ukraine, a top U.S. official said Monday. Jake Sullivan, the White House national security adviser, said the information received by the United States supported views that the Russian military is facing challenges sustaining its weaponry after significant losses…

  • Effectiveness of Ukraine’s HIMARS Fuels Concern in Russia

    Effectiveness of Ukraine’s HIMARS Fuels Concern in Russia

    Pro-Kremlin figures have expressed rare public concern after Western-supplied weapons allowed Ukraine to carry out a series of successful attacks on Russian targets far behind the frontlines. The M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), which the United States started sending to Ukraine last month, appear to have been most effective at damaging Russian military…

  • Kyiv Warns Russia To Intensify Donbas Fight, 6 Killed in Kharkiv

    Kyiv Warns Russia To Intensify Donbas Fight, 6 Killed in Kharkiv

    Ukraine warned Monday that Russian forces were preparing to intensify their fight for key cities in the Donbas, where the death toll from a weekend attack rose to 26 as rocket strikes killed six in the country’s second city. The attacks in Kharkiv in northeastern Ukraine came as Europe braced for deeper cuts in gas…

  • Moscow-Backed Authorities Say Foiled Attack in Southern Ukraine

    Moscow-Backed Authorities Say Foiled Attack in Southern Ukraine

    Moscow-backed authorities of the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson said Monday they had foiled an attack against their local leader. In recent weeks, attacks against pro-Russian representatives have increased in the occupied southern Ukrainian regions of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia. On Monday, the Moscow-backed administration claimed that its leader, Vladimir Saldo, narrowly escaped an attack. An…

  • Russia Expands Fast-Tracked Citizenship Scheme to All Ukrainians

    Russia Expands Fast-Tracked Citizenship Scheme to All Ukrainians

    Russia will extend its fast-tracked citizenship scheme to all Ukrainian citizens, not just those living in separatist or Russian-occupied areas, according to a decree signed by President Vladimir Putin on Monday.  Putin’s decree orders that “all citizens of Ukraine” be given “the right to apply for admission to the citizenship of the Russian Federation in…

  • Ritz-Carlton Moscow Changes Name After Marriott Exits Russia

    Ritz-Carlton Moscow Changes Name After Marriott Exits Russia

    The Ritz-Carlton Moscow is changing its name after its parent company, U.S. hospitality group Marriott International, pulled out of the Russian market over the invasion of Ukraine, the five-star hotel announced Monday. The luxury hotel, located steps away from Red Square on Tverskaya Ulitsa, will now be known as The Carlton Moscow, it said in…

  • Russian Court Overturns Ban on Kazakh Oil Exports

    Russian Court Overturns Ban on Kazakh Oil Exports

    A Russian court on Monday overturned a ruling for a 30-day ban on the unloading of oil deliveries from Kazakhstan, a source of tensions between the two countries. Last week, Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev ordered officials to find oil export routes bypassing Russia in a move that risked deepening tensions that have emerged between the…

  • Lysychansk Residents Pray in Basements After Churches Battered By Russian Strikes

    Lysychansk Residents Pray in Basements After Churches Battered By Russian Strikes

    Residents of the newly Russia-occupied city of Lysychansk in eastern Ukraine have resorted to holding church services in basements after Russia’s campaign to capture the city left its churches badly damaged. While Russia has maintained that its forces are not targeting civilian areas in Ukraine, there has been widespread evidence that apartment buildings, schools, theatres…

  • Taas-Yuryakh Neftegazodobycha Releases More than 700,000 Fry into Yakutia’s Rivers

    Taas-Yuryakh Neftegazodobycha LLC, an enterprise of Rosneft Oil Company, released about 705,000 whitefish fry (peled) into a flow of the Akhtaranda River, continuing work to replenish the bioresources of the Vilyuy reservoir in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

  • Russia Recruits Prisoners En Masse for Ukraine Deployment – NGO

    Russia Recruits Prisoners En Masse for Ukraine Deployment – NGO

    Prisoners with combat experience across Russia are being recruited en masse to fight in Ukraine, the Gulagu.net prisoner’s rights group has reported. Representatives from the Kremlin-linked Wagner private military contractor and Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) are reportedly offering convicts deployment or work on restoring and demining occupied Ukrainian territories. According to Gulagu.net, the recruitment…

  • Russia Halts Nord Stream Gas Supplies to Europe

    Russia Halts Nord Stream Gas Supplies to Europe

    Russia’s Nord Stream gas pipeline suspended deliveries to Germany for maintenance Monday amid European worries of an extended shutdown over its response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. “From 11 July to 21 July 2022, Nord Stream AG will temporarily shut down both lines of its gas pipeline system for annual routine maintenance works,” a notice…

  • Russia Struggles to Replicate Google Play in Tech Analogue Drive

    Russia Struggles to Replicate Google Play in Tech Analogue Drive

    For many Russian IT specialists, the fallout from the invasion of Ukraine heralded disaster. For others, it has been an opportunity.  Amid Western sanctions and a flood of Western companies exiting the Russian market, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin made an emotional appeal to the country’s IT community in April, urging them “not to fear anything,”…

  • ‘We Win Wimbledon,’ Says Russian Tennis Chief as Rybakina Shrugs Off Russia Questions

    ‘We Win Wimbledon,’ Says Russian Tennis Chief as Rybakina Shrugs Off Russia Questions

    Newly crowned Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina broke down in tears on Saturday after she was again confronted by questions over her Russian roots. Rybakina, born in Moscow but representing Kazakhstan after switching allegiances in 2018, defeated Ons Jabeur in the women’s final. Her triumph came at a tournament where her Russian compatriots were banned following…

  • Russian-born Rybakina battles Wins Wimbledon Title

    Russian-born Rybakina battles Wins Wimbledon Title

    Russian-born Elena Rybakina powered back from a set down against Ons Jabeur to win the Wimbledon title on Saturday, denying the Tunisian world number two the chance to make African tennis history. Jabeur was in charge at the start of the match but the 17th seed, representing Kazakhstan, regrouped and dropped just four more games…

  • Blinken Says ‘No Signs’ at G20 of Russia Engaging on Ukraine

    Blinken Says ‘No Signs’ at G20 of Russia Engaging on Ukraine

    U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Saturday that Washington saw “no signs” of Russia engaging with G20 diplomats over its invasion of Ukraine after Moscow faced a barrage of criticism at talks in Indonesia. Russia’s top diplomat Sergei Lavrov stormed out of a meeting with G20 foreign ministers on the resort island of Bali…

  • ‘Relentless’ Russian Shelling in East Ukraine as U.S. Promises New Aid

    ‘Relentless’ Russian Shelling in East Ukraine as U.S. Promises New Aid

    Russian troops pursued their “relentless” shelling of Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region on Saturday, as the United States promised new military aid to Kyiv including powerful rocket launchers.  Having endured long battles to capture cities in the neighboring Luhansk region, Russia is now seeking to push deeper into Donetsk to consolidate its hold over the entire…

  • Russian ‘McDonald’s’ Runs Short of French Fries

    Russian ‘McDonald’s’ Runs Short of French Fries

    Former McDonald’s restaurants in Russia are facing a shortage of French fries due to a poor harvest and Western sanctions over Ukraine, a business newspaper reported on Friday. The US fast-food giant announced in May that it would exit Russia in the wake of Moscow’s offensive in Ukraine. A Russian businessman bought the 850-restaurant operation,…

  • U.K. Making Little Effort to Save Citizens Sentenced to Death in East Ukraine – Russian Envoy

    U.K. Making Little Effort to Save Citizens Sentenced to Death in East Ukraine – Russian Envoy

    British officials are making little effort to free two of its citizens sentenced to death by eastern Ukrainian separatists for fighting alongside Kyiv’s forces, Russia’s ambassador to Britain told Reuters on Friday. A court in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) last month sentenced British citizens Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner, as well as Moroccan…

  • Russian Towns Get Ukrainian ‘Twins’ in PR Drive, Political Deflection Tactic

    Russian Towns Get Ukrainian ‘Twins’ in PR Drive, Political Deflection Tactic

    A few days after the announcement that St. Petersburg would officially be twinned with occupied Mariupol, St. Petersburg governor Alexander Beglov visited the devastated Ukrainian port city seized by Russia after three months of bloody fighting.   Beglov went to see a school, where he handed out tablet computers to children, and dropped in to see…

  • Moscow Municipal Deputy Jailed for 7 Years Over ‘War Fakes’

    Moscow Municipal Deputy Jailed for 7 Years Over ‘War Fakes’

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  • Lavrov Walks Out of G20 Talks as West Presses Moscow on Ukraine

    Lavrov Walks Out of G20 Talks as West Presses Moscow on Ukraine

    Russia’s top diplomat stormed out of talks with G20 foreign ministers meeting in Indonesia on Friday as Western powers criticized Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine. Washington and allies condemned Russia’s assault ahead of the meeting before Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov faced what U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called a barrage of Western criticism…

  • Russia Slams ‘Monstrous, Barbaric’ Assassination of Ex-Japan PM Abe

    Russia Slams ‘Monstrous, Barbaric’ Assassination of Ex-Japan PM Abe

    Russian officials joined leaders from around the world in expressing shock over the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday. Abe died at age 67 after being shot at a campaign event in the south-central city of Nara outside Osaka. A suspect identified by local media as a former member of Japan’s…

  • Mothers of Russian Soldiers Killed in Ukraine Blame Pro-Kremlin Reporters

    Mothers of Russian Soldiers Killed in Ukraine Blame Pro-Kremlin Reporters

    The mothers of Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine last week have accused pro-Kremlin war correspondents of causing their deaths by revealing their positions, a BBC Russian service journalist said Thursday. The mothers said Ukrainian artillery shelling killed at least five soldiers and heavily wounded three others after the Izvestia daily published a field report on Russian…

  • Russia Grinds Towards Sloviansk, Putin Threatens Bigger Offensive

    Russia Grinds Towards Sloviansk, Putin Threatens Bigger Offensive

    Russian forces left a trail of destruction Thursday, seeking to push deeper into the eastern Donbas region as President Vladimir Putin said his military campaign was still ramping up. Diplomatic tensions meanwhile mounted between Ankara and Kyiv, with Ukraine accusing Turkey of ignoring calls to seize Ukrainian grain being transported by a Russian ship. A…

  • Putin Says if West Wants to Defeat Russia on Battlefield, ‘Let Them Try’

    Putin Says if West Wants to Defeat Russia on Battlefield, ‘Let Them Try’

    President Vladimir Putin on Thursday challenged the West to try and defeat Russia “on the battlefield” and said Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine marked a shift to a “multi-polar world.” Delivering one of his strongest speeches since he sent troops to Ukraine on February 24, Putin also raged against “totalitarian liberalism” that he said the West…

  • Russian Prosecutor Seeks 7 Years in Jail for Councillor Over Ukraine Criticism

    Russian Prosecutor Seeks 7 Years in Jail for Councillor Over Ukraine Criticism

    A Russian prosecutor on Thursday requested a seven-year prison term for a Moscow city councillor accused of criticizing Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine. Alexei Gorinov, a 60-year-old lawyer by training, was arrested in late April for spreading “knowingly false information” about the Russian army and is now on trial. Gorinov is the first elected member…

  • Russian Officials Appointed to Top Posts in Occupied Ukraine

    Russian Officials Appointed to Top Posts in Occupied Ukraine

    A growing number of Russian officials have been handed senior jobs in occupied parts of Ukraine in what analysts said was an attempt to strengthen ties to Moscow ahead of a possible annexation process. This week alone, appointments included a former deputy from the Russian parliament, regional government officials and a high-ranking Federal Security Service…

  • U.S., U.K. Embassies Ignore Forced Pro-War Change of Address

    U.S., U.K. Embassies Ignore Forced Pro-War Change of Address

    British and American diplomats in Moscow will refuse to adopt new addresses for their embassies after officials renamed streets in honor of eastern Ukraine’s pro-Kremlin separatist republics. City authorities renamed the area close to the British Embassy on Monday, effectively changing the building’s address to “1 Luhansk People’s Republic Square.” The move comes less than…

  • U.S. Basketball Star Brittney Griner Pleads Guilty to Russian Drug Charges

    U.S. Basketball Star Brittney Griner Pleads Guilty to Russian Drug Charges

    American basketball player Brittney Griner has pleaded guilty to drug charges before a Russian judge. The two-time Olympian denied that she had any intention of breaking Russian law when she was detained at a Moscow airport in February with cannabis vape cartridges in her luggage. “I was in a rush packing. And the cartridges accidentally…

  • Deadly Wave of Strikes as Russia Grinds Towards Sloviansk

    Deadly Wave of Strikes as Russia Grinds Towards Sloviansk

    Russian forces left a trail of destruction in their wake Thursday as they grinded deeper into Donbas with their sights set on the industrial hub of Sloviansk in eastern Ukraine as their next target. Moscow’s slow push came as diplomatic tensions mounted between Ankara and Kyiv, where Ukrainian officials accused Turkey of ignoring calls to…