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  • Russian Domestic Violence Victim’s Death Blamed on ‘Negligent’ Cops

    Russian Domestic Violence Victim’s Death Blamed on ‘Negligent’ Cops

    Russian activists have placed the blame for a young domestic violence victim’s death in Siberia on the police, alleging that they failed to respond as she was being beaten to death in a case that has sparked national attention this week. Women’s rights activist Alyona Popova claimed that police in the city of Kemerovo ignored repeated…

  • Boeing 777 With Engine Trouble Makes Emergency Landing in Moscow

    Boeing 777 With Engine Trouble Makes Emergency Landing in Moscow

    A Boeing 777 airliner on Friday made an emergency landing in Moscow with engine problems, the operating airline said, days after another model rained down engine debris over the United States. State-owned Rossiya airline said the crew had registered the “incorrect operation of the engine control sensor” on a cargo flight from Hong Kong to…

  • Russian Diplomats Push Railway Handcar Home from North Korea

    Russian Diplomats Push Railway Handcar Home from North Korea

    Russian diplomats and their family members returning from North Korea were forced to push a handcar with their belongings over the border as the reclusive country remained closed due to the coronavirus, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday. North Korea has not reported any Covid-19 cases more than a year into the global pandemic that…

  • Thousands Rally in Armenia After PM Warns of ‘Coup Attempt’

    Thousands Rally in Armenia After PM Warns of ‘Coup Attempt’

    Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan defied calls to resign and accused the military of an attempted coup on Thursday, as divisions over his handling of last year’s war with Azerbaijan brought thousands to the streets. Hours after the general staff of Armenia’s military made a shock call for the government to step down, Pashinyan rallied…

  • Russian Pranksters Trick Amnesty Heads in Navalny ‘Prisoner of Conscience’ Call

    Russian Pranksters Trick Amnesty Heads in Navalny ‘Prisoner of Conscience’ Call

    A pair of notorious Russian pranksters duped top Amnesty International directors into saying their widely panned move to revoke jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s “prisoner of conscience” status caused damage. Amnesty was hit with widespread backlash for the decision Wednesday, with critics saying the group had caved in to a “targeted campaign” to discredit Navalny…

  • In Photos: Russia’s Imperial Capital Embraces ‘Snowpocalypse’

    In Photos: Russia’s Imperial Capital Embraces ‘Snowpocalypse’

    While the first day of calendar spring is just around the corner, the brutal Russian winter has yet to ease its grip. This week, abnormally cold temperatures have been recorded across the country — with Russia’s second-largest city St. Petersburg battling one of the heaviest onslaughts of snow.  Within days, Russia’s imperial capital was covered…

  • Moscow City Hall Develops App to ‘Replace’ Skype, Slack – RBC

    Moscow City Hall Develops App to ‘Replace’ Skype, Slack – RBC

    Moscow authorities have developed an internal messaging app intended as a “full replacement” for workplace communication platforms like Slack, Skype and Telegram, the RBC news website reported Thursday.  The app’s appearance comes as Russia slams what it calls censorship and discrimination of government-affiliated accounts by western social media platforms. Earlier this week, President Vladimir Putin…

  • Anti-Putin Shaman Charged With Sword Attack on Police

    Anti-Putin Shaman Charged With Sword Attack on Police

    A Siberian shaman who was re-committed to a mental hospital ahead of his planned journey to expel President Vladimir Putin from power has been charged over a sword attack on a police officer, authorities announced Thursday.  Investigators in the Far East republic of Sakha said a 51-year-old resident resisted detention on Jan. 27 after the…

  • German Man Charged for Spying at Bundestag for Russians — Prosecutors

    German Man Charged for Spying at Bundestag for Russians — Prosecutors

    German prosecutors said Thursday they have filed spying charges against a German man suspected of passing on data from parliament to Russian secret services. The suspect, named only as Jens F., worked for a company that was contracted by the Bundestag to carry out regular checks on electric equipment in parliament. “Against this background, the…

  • Armenia PM Takes to the Streets to Denounce ‘Coup Attempt’

    Armenia PM Takes to the Streets to Denounce ‘Coup Attempt’

    Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan accused the military of an attempted coup and brought supporters to the streets on Thursday, as months of tensions over its defeat in last year’s war with Azerbaijan came to a head. Thousands marched through the streets of the capital Yerevan in support of Pashinyan, with the opposition urging him…

  • Moscow To Expand Metro Facial Recognition Network

    Moscow To Expand Metro Facial Recognition Network

    Moscow authorities have allocated more than $10 million to purchase and install across the city’s sprawling metro system high-definition cameras that can recognize faces and track fast movements, Russian media reported Thursday. Russia’s capital Moscow in recent years has developed a vast network of some 100,000 facial recognition cameras, sparking concerns from activists over state…

  • A Vote on Restoring a Secret Police Chief’s Statue Opens Old Wounds in Russia

    A Vote on Restoring a Secret Police Chief’s Statue Opens Old Wounds in Russia

    On the night of Aug. 23 1991, as a coup attempt by communist hardliners bent on preserving the dissolving Soviet Union collapsed, Sergei Stankevich rushed to the KGB headquarters on Moscow’s Lubyanka Square. With victorious anti-coup Muscovites preparing to pull down the statue of Soviet secret police founder Felix Dzherzinsky outside the building, Stankevich —…

  • Russian Imprisoned for Handing ‘State Secrets’ to China

    Russian Imprisoned for Handing ‘State Secrets’ to China

    A Russian national has been sentenced to 8 years in prison for treason by handing state secrets to China, a court in Siberia announced Thursday. Vladimir Vasilyev, 52, had pleaded guilty to passing state secrets to China’s intelligence services, the state-run TASS news agency quoted an unnamed law enforcement source as saying. He is at…

  • Rare Deer Mauled to Death by Stray Moscow Dogs

    Rare Deer Mauled to Death by Stray Moscow Dogs

    Several spotted deer at Moscow’s Losiny Ostrov (Elk Island) forest preserve have been mauled to death by a pack of stray dogs, park management told Russian media Thursday. Environmental activists reported 10 killings over the long holiday weekend, blaming the park’s new administration for making cuts to the ranger service that left approximately 150 spotted…

  • Russia’s Wildberries Launches in France, Italy and Spain

    Russia’s Wildberries Launches in France, Italy and Spain

    Russia’s top online retailer, Wildberries, launched in three major European countries Wednesday. The company has started selling in France, Italy and Spain, it said in a statement sent to The Moscow Times. The move follows other recent expansions, including into Germany, and means Wildberries is now active in all four of the EU’s largest consumer…

  • Rosatomflot Ensured Ultra-Late Ice Escort along Northern Sea Route, First-Ever in Arctic Navigation

    50 Let Pobedy, a nuclear-powered icebreaker operated by FSUE Atomflot had completed the ice escort of Christophe de Margerie, an LNG carrier (Sovcomflot PJSC) in the port of Sabetta, Gulf of Ob, Kara Sea, on Feb 19. For the first time in the history of Arctic navigation in this period, a nuclear icebreaker escorted a…

  • 2 Gay Chechens Held on Terror Charges Without Proof – NGO

    2 Gay Chechens Held on Terror Charges Without Proof – NGO

    Two gay men who were forcibly returned to Chechnya this month have been charged with terror-related offenses without proof and face up to 15 years in prison, a rights group said Wednesday. Authorities in Russia’s restive region of Chechnya have come under fire in recent years from rights groups, which accuse officials of jailing and torturing…

  • Putin Accuses West of Wanting to ‘Shackle’ Russia

    Putin Accuses West of Wanting to ‘Shackle’ Russia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin urged his domestic intelligence agency Wednesday to be on guard against Western attempts to “shackle” the country, after the EU agreed on new sanctions on Moscow. The comments came as relations between Russia and the West approach their lowest point since the Cold War, with new EU and U.S. penalties looming…

  • First Woman Jehovah’s Witness Sentenced to Prison in Russia

    First Woman Jehovah’s Witness Sentenced to Prison in Russia

    A court in southern Siberia has sentenced a woman Jehovah’s Witness to a real prison term for the first time as part of Russia’s ongoing campaign against members of the Christian denomination, the religious group said. The court in the republic of Khakassia’s regional capital of Abakan ruled that Valentina Baranovskaya, 69, and her son…

  • BN-800 fast reactor undergoes the first full refueling with MOX fuel

    Power unit No. 4 of the Beloyarsk NPP with the BN-800 reactor has been connected to the grid and resumed operations upon completion of the scheduled maintenance. For the first time the refueling has been carried out with uranium-plutonium fuel only. The first batch of 18 MOX fuel assemblies was loaded into the reactor core…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Feb. 24

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Feb. 24

    Russia has confirmed 4,200,902 cases of coronavirus and 84,430 deaths. Feb. 24: What you need to know today Russia on Wednesday confirmed 11,749 new coronavirus cases and 383 deaths. The Egyptian Drug Authority gave emergency authorization to Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the jab’s developers confirmed Wednesday.  Georgia will be open to Russian tourists from March 1, Russia’s…

  • Sand Stories: Performances Flow Through Your Fingers

    Sand Stories: Performances Flow Through Your Fingers

    Sand master Yelena Kadyrova touches sand on the table, and on a big screen, spectators see waves, a ship, and the Little Mermaid swimming on the waves. Each scene stays on the screen for no more than a couple of seconds. Actors, musicians, and a storyteller help to give life to the story unfolding and…

  • Russia’s Lavrov Slams West for Pandemic ‘Selfishness’

    Russia’s Lavrov Slams West for Pandemic ‘Selfishness’

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov lambasted the West for failing to unite globally in the fight against the pandemic and its economic fallout, in an address to the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday. In his speech to the United Nations’ human rights body, Lavrov criticized the West for refusing to suspend sanctions in the…

  • Russia to Assist Armenia With Military Reform Following Karabakh Conflict

    Russia to Assist Armenia With Military Reform Following Karabakh Conflict

    Russia is helping Armenia reform its military following the country’s deadly war with Azerbaijan last year over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenian defense minister Vagharshak Harutyunyan told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency. The reforms are aimed at optimizing the Armenian military’s numerical strength as well as implementing new weapons systems and military equipment,…

  • Alexey Miller elected as Chairman of Gazprom Management Committee for another 5-year term

    Alexey Miller elected as Chairman of Gazprom Management Committee for another 5-year term

    Background Alexey Miller has been Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee since 2001. On February 16, 2016, the Board of Directors reelected Alexey Miller as Chairman of the Management Committee for a 5-year term starting from May 31, 2016.

  • Putin Tightens Fines for Protesters, ‘Biased’ Social Media Giants

    Putin Tightens Fines for Protesters, ‘Biased’ Social Media Giants

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a handful of new laws Wednesday that impose heavy fines on protesters and “foreign agents,” as well as on social media giants accused of “discriminating” against Russian media. Observers have described legislators’ recent activity as part of the Kremlin’s efforts to tighten restrictions on dissent ahead of this fall’s…

  • Moscow Blocks Nemtsov Supporters From Laying Flowers at Memorial Site

    Moscow Blocks Nemtsov Supporters From Laying Flowers at Memorial Site

    Moscow police have blocked supporters of slain opposition politician Boris Nemtsov from laying flowers at the site of his death on a bridge steps away from the Kremlin. Nemtsov’s supporters have maintained and guarded a makeshift memorial at the site where he was shot dead on Feb. 27, 2015, day and night for nearly six…

  • Russian Fugitive Nabbed in Bali After Dramatic Escape

    Russian Fugitive Nabbed in Bali After Dramatic Escape

    A Russian fugitive whose dramatic sprint out of an Indonesian immigration office was captured on CCTV has been caught again after two weeks on the run, authorities said Wednesday. Andrey Kovalenko fled the office on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali to avoid deportation, with the surveillance footage showing him keeping pace on foot with a…

  • Arctic Shipper Shows Off Historic Icebreaking Voyage

    Arctic Shipper Shows Off Historic Icebreaking Voyage

    The voyage of the Christophe de Margerie from Jiangsu in China to the remote Arctic terminal of Sabetta was made in the Arctic winter dark and through thick sea-ice, marking the first time that a commercial vessel has sailed the Northern Sea Route in February. Glimpses of the voyage have now been put on display by shipping company Sovcomflot and…

  • Russian Priest Blesses Police Van in Siberia

    Russian Priest Blesses Police Van in Siberia

    A Russian Orthodox priest has blessed a police van on a recent visit to the Siberian republic of Buryatia, the regional Interior Ministry announced. Russian priests have previously been seen sprinkling holy water on military hardware including ballistic missiles, submarines and space rockets as part of blessing rituals. The practice has become so widespread that…

  • Amnesty International Revokes Navalny’s ‘Prisoner of Conscience’ Status

    Amnesty International Revokes Navalny’s ‘Prisoner of Conscience’ Status

    Amnesty International has withdrawn its “prisoner of conscience” designation from jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny due to past nationalist and anti-immigrant rhetoric, the human rights organization said Tuesday.  Amnesty declared Navalny a prisoner of conscience after he was detained upon his Jan. 17 return from Germany, where he had spent months recovering from nerve…

  • Thousands Protest in Georgia After Opposition Leader Arrested

    Thousands Protest in Georgia After Opposition Leader Arrested

    Thousands of anti-government protesters rallied in Georgia on Tuesday after the arrest of an opposition leader, deepening a political crisis that erupted after disputed elections last year.  Hundreds of riot police used tear gas against Nika Melia’s supporters who were camped out at his United National Movement party’s headquarters in the capital Tbilisi before he was arrested…

  • Novaya Gazeta Publishes New Torture Videos From Notorious Russian Prison

    Novaya Gazeta Publishes New Torture Videos From Notorious Russian Prison

    New video footage claiming to show the brutal torture of Russian inmates, one of whom died shortly after the footage was filmed, has surfaced, the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper reported on Tuesday. Novaya Gazeta says the two videos came from the same prison colony where gruesome leaked footage of guards torturing inmates sparked a national…

  • Russians Increasingly Get Their News from Social Media, Internet – Poll

    Russians Increasingly Get Their News from Social Media, Internet – Poll

    A growing number of Russians get their news from social media and the internet, according to a survey published by the independent Levada Center pollster on Tuesday.  Forty-two percent of Levada’s Russian respondents use social media to get their daily news, while 39% get it from the internet. While television remains the primary news source…

  • Ukraine Takes Russia to Europe Rights Court Over ‘Targeted Assassinations’

    Ukraine Takes Russia to Europe Rights Court Over ‘Targeted Assassinations’

    Ukraine has accused Russia of targeted assassinations of “perceived opponents” in a case lodged at the European Court of Human Rights, the latest salvo by Kiev in a barrage of legal complaints against Moscow. The case, which was filed last week, accuses Russia of carrying out “state-authorized” assassinations “in Russia and on the territory of…

  • St. Petersburg Ballerina Dances on Ice to Save Local Beach

    St. Petersburg Ballerina Dances on Ice to Save Local Beach

    A ballerina from St. Petersburg’s renowned Mariinsky Theatre has filmed herself dancing on the ice of the Gulf of Finland in a move to save a local beach from development. Ilmira Bagautdinova is one of thousands speaking out against plans to construct a port terminal for grain shipments on Batareinaya Bay, a beach roughly 100…

  • Georgian Police Arrest Top Opposition Leader, Use Tear Gas in Party HQ Raid

    Georgian Police Arrest Top Opposition Leader, Use Tear Gas in Party HQ Raid

    Georgian police on Tuesday arrested a top opposition leader and used tear gas in a violent raid on his party headquarters, further deepening a political crisis sparked by last year’s disputed parliamentary elections. Live television footage showed Nika Melia, the leader of the United National Movement, the country’s main opposition party, being dragged from his…

  • Kremlin-Critical NHL Star Takes Leave Over Assault Allegations

    Kremlin-Critical NHL Star Takes Leave Over Assault Allegations

    NHL star Artemi Panarin will take a leave of absence from the New York Rangers after a Russian tabloid published assault allegations that his team links to his criticism of the Russian government and President Vladimir Putin.  Panarin, 29, was accused of attacking an 18-year-old woman in Latvia in 2011 by his former KHL coach…

  • EU Agrees to Sanctions on Russia Crackdown

    EU Agrees to Sanctions on Russia Crackdown

    EU foreign ministers on Monday agreed to impose sanctions on Russian officials for the jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and to target Myanmar’s military over its seizure of power, the bloc’s top envoy said.   Diplomats told AFP the sanctions against Moscow would target four senior officials deemed responsible for persecuting Navalny, using the…

  • State Duma Considers Making Insulting Veterans a Crime

    State Duma Considers Making Insulting Veterans a Crime

    Russian lawmakers are seeking to criminalize insulting World War II veterans, the state-run TASS news agency reported Monday. Amendments to a bill on the protection of historical memory will be included in its second reading in Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma. They come on the heels of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s conviction…

  • Swede Charged With Spying for Russia

    Swede Charged With Spying for Russia

    A Swedish tech consultant has been charged with espionage for allegedly selling information about truckmakers Volvo and Scania to Russia that put Sweden’s security at risk, prosecutors said on Monday. The 47-year-old man, whose name was not disclosed, was arrested in dramatic fashion in February 2019 while dining at a restaurant in central Stockholm with…

  • Looking Back at Kirill Serebrennikov’s Gogol Center

    Looking Back at Kirill Serebrennikov’s Gogol Center

    As Kirill Serebrennikov steps down as the director of the Gogol Center this week, it will signal an end of an era for this theater. The dismissal was to be expected after Serebrennikov was found guilty of embezzlement last summer and got a suspended sentence on what most observers believe to be completely trumped-up charges.…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Feb. 22

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Feb. 22

    Russia has confirmed 4,177,330 cases of coronavirus and 83,630 deaths. Feb. 22: What you need to know today Russia confirmed 12,604 new coronavirus cases and 337 deaths. Ghana’s Ministry of Health has authorized Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, The Russian Direct Investment Fund announced Saturday. Montenegro started using Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine in its coronavirus vaccination drive, Russia’s…

  • Russia Starts Giving Coronavirus Vaccine To Homeless

    Russia Starts Giving Coronavirus Vaccine To Homeless

    40 homeless people in Saint Petersburg received coronavirus vaccine jabs on Sunday under a charity initiative that has received the backing of local officials. “Here, there are many people at risk. It is important for them to be vaccinated,” said Taisia Suvorova of the Nochlezhka non-governmental organization that provides aid to the homeless in Russia’s second-largest…

  • Sergei Lebedev Spins a Dark Thriller in ‘Untraceable’

    Sergei Lebedev Spins a Dark Thriller in ‘Untraceable’

    One hot day in August an older gentleman in rather poor health decides to celebrate the fine weather with a walk through his favorite forest on the outskirts of a European city. Tired from his walk, he wends his way to a small town, past a soaring old cathedral to an outdoor restaurant in the…

  • 3 Dead in Russian Mining Giant’s Arctic Accident

    3 Dead in Russian Mining Giant’s Arctic Accident

    Three workers died and three more were injured on Saturday during repair works at a processing plant owned by Russian mining giant Norilsk Nickel, the company said.  In the small hours of Saturday an ore-reloading facility and the adjacent walkway collapsed during repairs to reinforce the structure, said the company. The plant is located in the…

  • EU Likely To Approve Sanctions Over Russia Crackdown

    EU Likely To Approve Sanctions Over Russia Crackdown

    European Union foreign ministers are expected to give the go-ahead Monday to sanctions on Russia over the jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and a crackdown on protests. The top diplomats from the 27-nation bloc meet in Brussels for talks that will also include a wide-ranging videoconference with new U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The move…

  • Moscow Court Upholds Prison Term for Kremlin Critic Navalny

    Moscow Court Upholds Prison Term for Kremlin Critic Navalny

    A Moscow court on Saturday upheld a ruling to jail the Kremlin’s most prominent opponent Alexei Navalny, sealing his first lengthy prison sentence after a decade of legal battles with Russian authorities. Another court also convicted Navalny on defamation charges — part of a slew of cases he has faced since returning to Russia from…

  • Russia Detects First Case of H5N8 Avian Flu in Humans

    Russia Detects First Case of H5N8 Avian Flu in Humans

    Russia said Saturday its scientists had detected the first case of transmission of the H5N8 strain of avian flu to humans and had alerted the World Health Organization. In televised remarks, the head of Russia’s health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, Anna Popova, said scientists at the Vektor laboratory had isolated the strain’s genetic material from seven workers…

  • Huzzah for Hussar-Style Beef!

    Huzzah for Hussar-Style Beef!

    Defenders of the Fatherland Day is upon us, that most masculine of all holidays. Feb. 23 nominally celebrates the foundation of the Red Army in 1918, during a hastily organized rout of Kaiser Wilhelm’s forces in the waning months of World War I. No sooner was the Red Army founded than it locked horns with…

  • Moscow Appeal Court Upholds Navalny Prison Sentence

    Moscow Appeal Court Upholds Navalny Prison Sentence

    A Moscow court on Saturday upheld a ruling to jail the Kremlin’s most prominent opponent Alexei Navalny, sealing his first lengthy prison sentence in a decade of legal battles with Russian authorities. Judge Dmitry Balashov dismissed Navalny’s appeal against a recent decision to imprison him for violating the terms of a suspended sentence on embezzlement…

  • Russia Says Registers Third Coronavirus Vaccine

    Russia Says Registers Third Coronavirus Vaccine

    Moscow announced Saturday it had registered its third vaccine against the coronavirus and promised to introduce the jab to the Russian population by March. Russia was the first country to register a vaccine against Covid-19 in August ahead of clinical trials, and the Sputnik V jab has been authorised in more than two dozen countries…

  • South African Comedian Goes for Laughs in Moscow

    South African Comedian Goes for Laughs in Moscow

    South African comedian Mamello Mokoena, better known by his stage name Mum-z, came to Russia to be with his girlfriend. A year later, he still finds himself in a pandemic-forced affair — with the country. Mum-z came to Moscow for the first time last February, planning to spend several months with his romantic partner.   “When…

  • Russia Re-Opens to Foreigners with Work Visas

    Russia Re-Opens to Foreigners with Work Visas

    Foreign nationals may now enter Russia for work purposes as long as their employer obtains permission ahead of time, according to a decree published by the Russian government Friday. The decree, which went into effect on Feb. 16, follows a nearly yearlong suspension on most foreign arrivals to Russia prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. Previously,…

  • Moscow to Vote on Restoring Soviet Secret Police Founder’s Statue

    Moscow to Vote on Restoring Soviet Secret Police Founder’s Statue

    The Moscow Civic Chamber plans to launch a citywide vote next week on whether to restore the statue of the Soviet secret police’s notorious founder 30 years after it was toppled, its senior member announced Friday. The monument to “Iron” Felix Dzerzhinsky, who headed the Cheka secret police following the 1917 revolution, was removed from…

  • Looming Supply Glut of Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccine Could Pave Way for Exports

    Looming Supply Glut of Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccine Could Pave Way for Exports

    A surge in production of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine combined with domestic distrust of the jab could lead to a boom in exports, pharmaceutical executives and industry specialists in the country told The Moscow Times. After big promises and a shaky start to production ahead of a wide-scale rollout in the fall — which…

  • Russian Police Chief Fired Over Viral School Protest Lesson

    Russian Police Chief Fired Over Viral School Protest Lesson

    Russian police dismissed a western Siberian department chief following an internal review into a viral video showing riot officers teaching schoolchildren to detain protesters, the police force announced Friday. Monday’s televised police presentation in the oil city of Nizhnevartovsk that circulated widely on social media showed teenagers with shields and riot gear carrying out mock…

  • Israel’s Netanyahu Thanks Russia for Mediating Syria Prisoner Swap

    Israel’s Netanyahu Thanks Russia for Mediating Syria Prisoner Swap

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for mediating a secretive prisoner swap with Syria, Moscow’s ally in Damascus’ ongoing military campaign against rebels and terrorists. The Israeli government announced early Friday that it exchanged two Syrian shepherds for an Israeli woman with Russian mediation. The unnamed woman in her early…

  • U.S. Hits Dozens Belarusians With Visa Restrictions Amid Renewed Crackdown

    U.S. Hits Dozens Belarusians With Visa Restrictions Amid Renewed Crackdown

    The United States has imposed visa restrictions on Belarusian law enforcement and justice officials it holds responsible for a renewed crackdown on activists and journalists, the State Department announced Thursday. The State Department condemned this week’s sentencing of two Belarusian journalists for covering 2020 election protests, as well as police raids on dozens of journalists,…

  • U.S. Diplomats Request Coronavirus Vaccine From Russia – Washington Post

    U.S. Diplomats Request Coronavirus Vaccine From Russia – Washington Post

    U.S. diplomats in Moscow have appealed for doses of the Russian-made Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in the face of delivery shortages from Washington, The Washington Post reported Thursday. Unnamed officials cited in the story say the “humbling” experience is prompted by Washington’s inability to promise the delivery of U.S.-made vaccine doses in the near future. While…

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