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  • Armenia Says ‘Froze’ Participation in Russia-Led Security Bloc

    Armenia Says ‘Froze’ Participation in Russia-Led Security Bloc

    Armenia has suspended its participation in a Russia-led security bloc, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said in an interview published on Friday, Yerevan’s latest step in distancing itself from Moscow. Russia and Armenia have traditionally been allies but relations soured last year when Russian peacekeepers failed to intervene when Azerbaijan took control of the disputed enclave…

  • Emboldened in Ukraine, Russia Marks Patriotic Holiday

    Emboldened in Ukraine, Russia Marks Patriotic Holiday

    Putin has also been bolstered at home, ahead of an election certain to extend his long rule: a massive crackdown has all but crushed dissent and the Russian leader’s main opponent — Alexei Navalny — is dead. Ukraine, meanwhile, has been weakened by the blocking of U.S. aid, its failed counter-offensive and worsening ammunition shortages.…

  • U.S. Charges Russian Banker Kostin With Sanctions Evasion, Money Laundering

    U.S. Charges Russian Banker Kostin With Sanctions Evasion, Money Laundering

    The United States on Thursday charged Russian banking tycoon Andrei Kostin and two U.S.-based associates for violating sanctions by paying for the maintenance of his luxury property. Kostin, chairman of Russia’s second-largest state-owned bank VTB, was accused of participating in a scheme to evade sanctions and launder funds to support his two superyachts, the Justice Department…

  • 5 Ways the Ukraine War Hindered Environmental Progress in Russia

    5 Ways the Ukraine War Hindered Environmental Progress in Russia

    In the two years since the Kremlin invaded Ukraine, Russia has experienced a backsliding in several key areas connected to environmental protection and the fight against climate change. This not only poses risks to public health but could also undermine global efforts to address the climate crisis. While many of Russia’s environmental policies and related…

  • Racy Election Ad Urges Russians to Vote or Face Dystopian Gay Future

    Racy Election Ad Urges Russians to Vote or Face Dystopian Gay Future

    A video ad released this week urges Russians to go out and vote in the upcoming presidential election or face the consequences of a dystopian future in which traditional family values have been outlawed. The 6-minute video, published on YouTube Wednesday, employs a number of homophobic tropes to paint a hypothetical Russia of the year 2036, one…

  • Political Persecution Under Putin Highest Since Stalin Era – Proekt

    Political Persecution Under Putin Highest Since Stalin Era – Proekt

    Russian authorities have prosecuted more than 116,000 activists during President Vladimir Putin’s latest term in office, the investigative news outlet Proekt reported, surpassing levels of political repression seen during the rule of Soviet leaders Nikita Khrushchev and Leonid Brezhnev. Between 2018 and 2023, Russian courts fined 105,000 people for making public statements or attending protests.  Another…

  • Ukraine Says Shot Down Russian Spy Plane Over Azov Sea

    Ukraine Says Shot Down Russian Spy Plane Over Azov Sea

    Ukraine said Friday it had shot down an A-50U Russian spy plane over the Sea of Azov, and shared a map appearing to show it had crashed over southern Russia. Moscow made no official comment, but authorities in Russia’s southern Krasnodar region said fire crews were at the scene of an air crash, without elaborating.…

  • Biden Met With Navalny’s Widow, Daughter – White House

    Biden Met With Navalny’s Widow, Daughter – White House

    President Joe Biden met privately in California on Thursday with the widow and daughter of Kremlin opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who died last week in a Russian prison, the White House said. Biden met with Yulia and Dasha Navalnaya in San Francisco “to express his heartfelt condolences for their terrible loss,” a statement said, adding…

  • Latvia Parliament Bans Food Imports From Russia, Belarus

    Latvia Parliament Bans Food Imports From Russia, Belarus

    Latvia’s parliament on Thursday banned the import of food products from Russia and Belarus, including via intermediary countries, following protests by farmers over “blood grain” imports. Earlier this month, thousands of farmers demonstrated in 16 towns across the country calling for a ban on Russian grain — which they said was funding the Kremlin’s war…

  • Russian Police Raid ‘Anti-War LGBT Party’ – State TV

    Russian Police Raid ‘Anti-War LGBT Party’ – State TV

    Anti-riot police raided an activist meeting near St. Petersburg that state television claimed was an “LGBT party against the special military operation” in Ukraine, the independent news website Mediazona reported Thursday. The broadcasters Ren-TV and 78.ru published identical reports of the Feb. 18 raid showing masked agents lining up several attendees and asking them about their…

  • Over 4.5K Russian Soldiers Convicted of Desertion Since Invasion – Proekt

    Over 4.5K Russian Soldiers Convicted of Desertion Since Invasion – Proekt

    Russian courts have convicted more than 4,600 soldiers for desertion and other offenses related to refusing to serve in the military since Moscow invaded Ukraine nearly two years ago, the independent investigative outlet Proekt reported Thursday. Russia passed new legislation in the fall of 2022 that toughened punishment for voluntary surrender, conscientious objection and desertion.…

  • Navalny’s Mother Says Authorities Demanding Secret Funeral for Late Activist

    Navalny’s Mother Says Authorities Demanding Secret Funeral for Late Activist

    The mother of late Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said Thursday that Russian investigators had finally allowed her to see her son’s body but are now pressuring her to hold a funeral for him in secret. “Looking into my eyes, they [investigators] told me they’ll do something to my son’s body if I don’t agree to…

  • Britain Announces New Sanctions Against Russia Over Ukraine War

    Britain Announces New Sanctions Against Russia Over Ukraine War

    The U.K. on Thursday announced more than 50 new sanctions against Russia ahead of the second anniversary of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. The sanctions target arms manufacturers, electronics companies, as well as diamond and oil traders, and they aim to “diminish” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s weapons arsenal, the British foreign office said. They also seek…

  • From Whelan to Karelina: The Americans Held in Russian Prisons

    From Whelan to Karelina: The Americans Held in Russian Prisons

    Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) announced Tuesday that a dual U.S.-Russian citizen was arrested in the city of Yekaterinburg on charges of “financially assisting a foreign state in activities directed against [Russian] security.” The detainee was later identified by news agencies as 33-year-old Ksenia Karelina, a native of Yekaterinburg who obtained U.S. citizenship in 2021…

  • Russia Claims Gains in East Ukraine as 2-Year Mark Approaches

    Russia Claims Gains in East Ukraine as 2-Year Mark Approaches

    Russia claimed on Thursday its forces had advanced further in east Ukraine, piling pressure on Kyiv days before the two-year anniversary of the conflict. Ukraine has faced intense pressure on its eastern front in recent months as it grapples with ammunition shortages and hold-ups to much-needed Western military aid. The Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday…

  • Ukraine Claims Strike on Russian Training Grounds Near Dnipro River

    Ukraine Claims Strike on Russian Training Grounds Near Dnipro River

    Ukraine said Thursday that its forces had struck Russian military training grounds on the Moscow-occupied bank of the Dnipro River in the southern Kherson region, killing or wounding dozens of troops. Military spokeswoman Natalia Gumeniuk said on television that the attack took place Wednesday, striking a range where Russian troops undergoing combat exercises. “The work…

  • Putin Reacts With Sarcasm to Biden’s ‘SOB’ Remark

    Putin Reacts With Sarcasm to Biden’s ‘SOB’ Remark

    Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a sarcastic response on Thursday when asked to comment on U.S. counterpart Joe Biden calling him a “crazy SOB.” The Kremlin leader, who endorsed Biden over rival Donald Trump in the upcoming U.S. elections, joked: “He can’t of course say to me: Volodya, well done, thank you [for the endorsement],…

  • Russian Booksellers Remove Potentially Banned Books

    Russian Booksellers Remove Potentially Banned Books

    Earlier this week broadcast and print journalist Alexander Plyushev published a list of 252 books that could be considered to be in violation of the Russian law prohibiting “LGBT propaganda.” The list contained some books that might expected, such as Oscar Wilde’s “Portrait of Dorian Gray” and James Baldwin’s “Giovanni’s Rooms.” But it also included…

  • Rosneft Supports Wolf Population Studies in Evenkia

    Scientists of the Siberian Federal University with the support of Vostsibneftegaz (an enterprise of Rosneft’s oil and gas production block) analysed the state of the wolf population in the Evenki district of Krasnoyarsk Territory.

  • In Photos: The Remote Arctic Settlement Where Alexei Navalny Spent His Final Weeks

    In Photos: The Remote Arctic Settlement Where Alexei Navalny Spent His Final Weeks

    “I am your new grandfather Frost,” Navalny said in a social media post on Dec. 26, his first since arriving at IK-3 in Kharp. “I have a tulup, an ushanka and I will have valenki soon,” he said. “I now live above the Arctic Circle … But I don’t say ‘ho-ho-ho, I say ‘oh-oh-oh’ when…

  • Media Investigation Identifies 45K Russian Soldiers Killed in Ukraine

    Media Investigation Identifies 45K Russian Soldiers Killed in Ukraine

    The BBC Russian service and news outlet Mediazona have confirmed the identity of around 45,000 Russian soldiers who died in Ukraine since the invasion began in February 2022. The issue of military casualties is extremely sensitive in both countries. Russia has banned criticism of the conflict and no official figures have been released since 2022.…

  • Yandex Co-Founder Volozh to Be Relieved of EU Sanctions – Reuters

    Yandex Co-Founder Volozh to Be Relieved of EU Sanctions – Reuters

    The EU has agreed to lift sanctions from Russian tech billionaire Arkady Volozh, Reuters reported Wednesday, citing three sources familiar with the matter.  Volozh co-founded the Russian tech company Yandex and announced his resignation in mid-2022 after being targeted by EU sanctions. In August, his lawyers petitioned the EU for sanctions relief after he became…

  • U.K. Sanctions Russian Officials at Prison Where Navalny Died

    U.K. Sanctions Russian Officials at Prison Where Navalny Died

    The United Kingdom on Wednesday announced sanctions against six Russian prison officials in charge of the Arctic penal colony where Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny died last week. Travel bans and asset freezes were imposed on the head of the remote IK-3 penal colony in the Yamal-Nenets autonomous district, Colonel Vadim Kalinin, and five of his…

  • ROSATOM presented advanced Russian nuclear technologies at the 13th International Conference on Nuclear Sciences and Applications in Hurghada, Egypt

    As part of the participation at the 13th International Conference on Nuclear Sciences and Applications, Rosatom showcased technologies in medicine, healthcare, and agriculture. ROSATOM, a global technological leader, participated in the 13th International Conference on Nuclear Sciences and Applications organized by the Egyptian Society of Nuclear Sciences and Applications (ESNSA) and Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority…

  • Before Navalny: 5 High-Profile Prisoners Who Perished in Russian Detention

    Before Navalny: 5 High-Profile Prisoners Who Perished in Russian Detention

    The death of opposition politician Alexei Navalny in a remote Arctic prison last week has dominated headlines and put a spotlight on the brutality of Russia’s penitentiary system.  The U.S. State Department in its 2022 Human Rights Practices report described conditions in Russia’s prisons as “harsh and life-threatening,” noting that inmates are systematically abused by…

  • Navalny Mourners Handed Military Summonses – Reports

    Navalny Mourners Handed Military Summonses – Reports

    Several mourners detained at makeshift memorials to the late Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny have been handed military summonses in St. Petersburg, local media reported Wednesday. Police have arrested hundreds of people across Russia for laying flowers at memorials in the days since Navalny died at a remote Arctic prison. At least six mourners in St.…

  • Danone Seeks to Sell Russian Operations to Chechen-Linked Businessman – FT

    Danone Seeks to Sell Russian Operations to Chechen-Linked Businessman – FT

    The French food maker Danone plans to sell its Russian assets to a businessman linked to Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, the Financial Times reported Wednesday, citing private documents it had seen and anonymous sources familiar with the situation. Kadyrov’s nephew Yakub Zakriev, 33, became the head of Danone’s Russian subsidiary in July 2023 after the Kremlin ordered its…

  • EU Targets Chinese Firms, North Korea in New Sanctions Against Russia

    EU Targets Chinese Firms, North Korea in New Sanctions Against Russia

    The EU on Wednesday agreed to ban exports to three Chinese firms and blacklist North Korea’s Defense Minister in new sanctions set to coincide with the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The fresh round of sanctions — the 13th since Russian President Vladimir Putin’s February 2022 invasion — targets some two hundred officials and entities…

  • Pro-War Russian Blogger Commits Suicide – Reports

    Pro-War Russian Blogger Commits Suicide – Reports

    Prominent pro-war blogger and Russian soldier Andrei Morozov has reportedly committed suicide after upsetting his commanders for disclosing high military casualties in Moscow’s recent capture of the eastern Ukrainian town of Avdiivka.  Morozov, known by his call sign “Murz,” regularly criticized Russia’s military and political leadership on his Telegram channel over shortages of weapons, bureaucratic inefficiencies…

  • Ukraine Denies Losing Dnipro Bridgehead as Moscow Touts Successes

    Ukraine Denies Losing Dnipro Bridgehead as Moscow Touts Successes

    Ukraine’s army on Wednesday denied Russian claims that it had lost a key bridgehead on the Dnipro River frontline that has faced fierce attacks since Russia lost it. Russia’s defense minister said Tuesday that Moscow’s forces had retaken the village of Krynky, seized by Ukrainian troops last year. Russia has stepped up its offensive ahead…

  • Russia, Venezuela To Boost Cooperation in Energy, Including Nuclear

    Russia, Venezuela To Boost Cooperation in Energy, Including Nuclear

    Anti-American allies Russia and Venezuela vowed to boost cooperation in oil and gas production and the “peaceful use of nuclear energy” at a meeting of foreign ministers in Caracas Tuesday. Russia’s Sergei Lavrov arrived in Venezuela late Monday from Cuba as part of a Latin American tour as Moscow seeks new diplomatic and trading partners…

  • Devoted Wife, ‘First Lady of the Opposition’ and Now Emerging Politician: Who Is Yulia Navalnaya?

    Devoted Wife, ‘First Lady of the Opposition’ and Now Emerging Politician: Who Is Yulia Navalnaya?

    “I will continue the work of Alexei Navalny. I will continue to fight for our country.” That was the message Navalny’s widow Yulia Navalnaya delivered in a video address viewed by millions on Monday after the death of her husband, one of the Kremlin’s most fearless opponents, in prison. For many anti-Kremlin Russians still mourning…

  • Mystery Surrounds Death of Russian Helicopter Deserter

    Mystery Surrounds Death of Russian Helicopter Deserter

    The death of a Russian pilot who defected to Ukraine with a military helicopter was shrouded in mystery Tuesday, with Spanish authorities refusing to say if a bullet-riddled body found was his. Maxim Kuzminov flew his Mi-8 helicopter into Ukraine in August in a brazen operation, saying he opposed Russia’s military offensive. Ukraine’s GUR military…

  • Russia Says Reclaimed Ukraine Bridgehead on Dnipro’s Left Bank

    Russia Says Reclaimed Ukraine Bridgehead on Dnipro’s Left Bank

    Russia on Tuesday claimed a new military success in Ukraine ahead of the second anniversary of its offensive, while President Vladimir Putin mocked what he called Kyiv’s “flight” from the frontline town of Avdiivka. The eastern Ukraine front has been frozen for months, but Moscow has been bolstered by its capture of Avdiivka last week,…

  • Pro-Ukraine Russian Fighters Say Planned to Free Navalny From Prison

    Pro-Ukraine Russian Fighters Say Planned to Free Navalny From Prison

    The Russian Volunteer Corps, a far-right military unit fighting alongside the Ukrainian army against Russian forces, said Tuesday that it had planned to free the late Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny from prison and bring him to Ukraine. The anti-Kremlin military outfit claimed it sought to “fight off” a prison convoy that in December transferred Navalny from…

  • Navalny’s 5 Biggest Investigations

    Navalny’s 5 Biggest Investigations

    Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who died in prison Friday, was known worldwide for his investigations into high-level corruption that regularly drew the ire of Russian officials.  In the early years of his anti-corruption crusade, he posted his investigations on LiveJournal and ran a few other websites devoted to uncovering graft and other government failures.  In…

  • Russia Labels Radio Liberty ‘Undesirable’

    Russia Labels Radio Liberty ‘Undesirable’

    Russia authorities have designated the U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) news outlet as an “undesirable” organization.  The outlet appeared in the Justice Ministry’s database of “undesirable” organizations on Tuesday, making it the latest news organization to be blacklisted in Russia amid a sweeping crackdown on independent journalism that has dramatically intensified since Moscow invaded Ukraine…

  • Britain Charges Ex-Head of Annexed Sevastopol With Breaching Sanctions

    Britain Charges Ex-Head of Annexed Sevastopol With Breaching Sanctions

    A London court has charged the former Moscow-installed head of Sevastopol in annexed Crimea with violating sanctions and money laundering, BBC Russian reported Tuesday. Dmitry Ovsyannikov was appointed as the governor of Crimea’s largest city in 2016, around two years after the Kremlin invaded and subsequently annexed the Ukrainian peninsula. He stepped down from the industry and trade ministry in…

  • Vatrushka: The Ancient Russian Pastry That Wasn’t

    Vatrushka: The Ancient Russian Pastry That Wasn’t

    Vatrushki are one of the most popular and delicious little treats made of dough. They are made with different fillings — jam, fruit puree, or jelly — but the most popular are filled with sweet pot cheese. Everyone knows vatrushki. But the history of Russian cuisine is tricky, and it constantly breaks all our stereotypes about the…

  • A new polyclinic opened in the suburbs of Ufa with support from Bashneft

    A modern polyclinic opened in the suburbs of Ufa, built with the support of Bashneft (part of Rosneft) under the Cooperation Agreement between Rosneft and the Republic of Bashkortostan.

  • Russia Designates U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham as ‘Terrorist’

    Russia Designates U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham as ‘Terrorist’

    Russia’s state financial watchdog Rosfinmonitoring has added U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham to its list of “extremists and terrorists.” Russia’s Interior Ministry issued an arrest warrant for Graham in May after Russia’s Investigative Committee chairman Alexander Bastrykin ordered criminal charges to be pressed against him. “A video circulating online shows U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham saying during a…

  • Yulia Navalnaya’s X Account Briefly Suspended

    Yulia Navalnaya’s X Account Briefly Suspended

    Social media platform X, formerly Twitter, briefly suspended the account of Alexei Navalny’s widow just one day after she launched it as part of an announcement that she will continue her late husband’s work.  Yulia Navalnaya had said Monday that she planned to “continue the fight” for Russia following Navalny’s death in an Arctic prison, which she blamed…

  • European Countries Summon Russian Diplomats Over Navalny Death

    European Countries Summon Russian Diplomats Over Navalny Death

    A host of European Union governments Monday summoned Russian diplomats following the prison death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Germany, Lithuania, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands were among those saying Monday they had summoned diplomats from Russian embassies. London had done the same Friday evening. Navalny’s death in a remote prison in the Arctic,…

  • Kremlin Pushes to Extinguish Grieving for Navalny as Election Nears

    Kremlin Pushes to Extinguish Grieving for Navalny as Election Nears

    The Kremlin is working to suppress memorials for the late opposition figure Alexei Navalny in a bid to prevent his death from spoiling President Vladimir Putin’s expected re-election next month. Authorities are using harsh detentions of Navalny’s grieving supporters and censorship to prevent acts of mourning from turning into political protests, sources in the Russian…

  • Russian State Media Stays Silent or Cynical in Coverage of Navalny’s Death

    Russian State Media Stays Silent or Cynical in Coverage of Navalny’s Death

    Russian state media has largely avoided giving airtime to the news of Kremlin foe Alexei Navalny’s death in an Arctic prison. While Navalny’s death on Friday dominated global headlines, Russian state television limited its coverage to brief news segments — or airing statements that Moscow did not benefit from Navalny’s death and speculation about its…

  • EU Vows To Hold Putin Accountable at Navalny Widow Meeting

    EU Vows To Hold Putin Accountable at Navalny Widow Meeting

    EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell Monday pledged that Russian President Vladimir Putin would be held to account for Alexei Navalny’s death after he met the opposition leader and Kremlin foe’s widow. Navalny’s death in an Arctic prison last week has shocked Russia’s exiled opposition which — along with the West — pointed the finger…

  • Russian Investigators to Hold Navalny’s Body for 2-Week ‘Chemical Exam’

    Russian Investigators to Hold Navalny’s Body for 2-Week ‘Chemical Exam’

    Russian investigators told the family and lawyers of Alexei Navalny that they will not hand over his body for at least another two weeks as they conduct a “chemical examination” to determine the cause of his death, the late activist’s spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said on Monday. “We understand clearly that they won’t show his body afterward and…

  • Russia Returns 11 Children to Ukraine After Qatari Mediation

    Russia Returns 11 Children to Ukraine After Qatari Mediation

    Eleven Ukrainian children left Russia for Ukraine on Monday to be reunited with their families, the latest transfer between the warring sides under a Qatari-mediated scheme. “This is the largest group of children in our family reunification activities, which we’re carrying out on behalf of the Russian president,” Russia’s presidential commissioner for children’s rights Maria Lvova-Belova wrote…

  • Rosneft supports the Festival of Indigenous Peoples’ Culture of the North of the Tyumen Region

    The Festival of Indigenous Culture was held in the Tyumen Region with the support of RN-Uvatneftegaz (part of Rosneft’s oil and gas production complex).

  • Russian Tattoo Artist Charged With Offending Religious Believers – Reports

    Russian Tattoo Artist Charged With Offending Religious Believers – Reports

    A St. Petersburg tattoo artist has been charged with offending religious believers with her tattoos of Jesus Christ and other Christian symbols deemed “blasphemous,” the Fontanka news website has reported. Daria Krichker, 24, whose tattoos depict cats and anime characters alongside religious imagery, was detained at Pulkovo Airport on Saturday as she was attempting to flee to Armenia to…

  • Ukraine Says Russia Attacking With ‘Heavy Fire’ in South

    Ukraine Says Russia Attacking With ‘Heavy Fire’ in South

    Ukrainian troops are facing “heavy fire” from advancing Russian forces in the southern Zaporizhzhia region after Moscow last week made its most significant territorial gain in nine months, Ukrainian military officials said Monday.  Russian forces are back on the offensive across eastern and southern Ukraine and have forced Kyiv into a hasty withdrawal from the…

  • Disgraced Russian Pop Star Kirkorov Returns to TV After Performing for Troops

    Disgraced Russian Pop Star Kirkorov Returns to TV After Performing for Troops

    Pop star Filipp Kirkorov has made his first TV appearance since he and other prominent Russian celebrities faced a powerful conservative backlash for attending a “nearly naked” party. In mid-December, the singer and other famous stars and bloggers sparked a major sc andal when they attended a “nearly naked” party at a Moscow nightclub, wearing only lingerie, mesh…

  • Moscow Claims Ukraine Poisoned Head of Occupied Luhansk Region

    Moscow Claims Ukraine Poisoned Head of Occupied Luhansk Region

    Russia’s Defense Ministry on Monday accused Kyiv of trying to poison the Kremlin-backed head of eastern Ukraine’s occupied Luhansk region Leonid Pasechnik. “Pasechnik was severely poisoned with phenolic compounds on Dec. 5, 2023,” said the head of the Russian Defense Ministry’s radiation, chemical and biological protection forces, Igor Kirillov. Phenol is a chemical compound used in…

  • Yulia Navalnaya: ‘I Will Continue the Work of Alexei Navalny’

    Yulia Navalnaya: ‘I Will Continue the Work of Alexei Navalny’

    Yulia Navalnaya, the widow of Alexei Navalny, said she will continue her late husband’s work in a video statement released Monday. “There should have been another person in my place, but this person was killed by Vladimir Putin,” Navalnaya said, referring to her husband.  “I have no right to give up. I will continue the…

  • Russian Courts Hand Jail Terms to Dozens of Navalny Mourners

    Russian Courts Hand Jail Terms to Dozens of Navalny Mourners

    Russian courts have sentenced dozens of people detained at events commemorating Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to short jail sentences, official court announcements showed, with 154 sentenced in St. Petersburg alone. Details of rulings published by the city’s court service on Saturday and Sunday showed 154 people had been given jail time of up to 14…

  • Timeline: Alexei Navalny’s Final Hours

    Timeline: Alexei Navalny’s Final Hours

    Veteran Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was declared dead by Russian prison authorities on Friday, an announcement that his team was able to confirm only a day later.  His death in a remote Arctic prison remains shrouded in mystery. Russian authorities have not yet announced the official cause of the opposition politician’s passing or granted his…

  • Ukraine Army Accuses Russia of Shooting Two POWs

    Ukraine Army Accuses Russia of Shooting Two POWs

    Ukraine’s army on Sunday accused Russian forces of shooting two prisoners of war and posted a grainy video shot from the air that they said showed the incident. In the video, two soldiers labelled as Ukrainians run towards another labelled as Russian in a trench. The Russian soldier then grabs them and shoots numerous times…

  • Yulia Navalnaya: Alexei’s Stoic Partner

    Yulia Navalnaya: Alexei’s Stoic Partner

    Yulia Navalnaya had not seen her husband Alexei in two years when she spoke at the Munich Security Conference after news broke that he had died in his Arctic prison. With tears in her eyes, Navalnaya — by her husband’s side as he challenged President Vladimir Putin’s rule for more than a decade — took…

  • U.S. Envoy Visits Navalny Shrine Amid Heavy Police Curbs

    U.S. Envoy Visits Navalny Shrine Amid Heavy Police Curbs

    The U.S. ambassador to Moscow visited a makeshift shrine to Alexei Navalny on Sunday, as Russian authorities suppressed memorials and tributes to the late opposition leader. Rights groups say police have detained over 400 people at gatherings for the politician, a leading critic of President Vladimir Putin who died in an Arctic prison Friday. Ambassador…

  • Putin Says Ukraine ‘Matter of Life and Death’ for Russia

    Putin Says Ukraine ‘Matter of Life and Death’ for Russia

    Events on the battlefield in Ukraine are a matter of “life and death” for Russia that could determine its fate, President Vladimir Putin said in remarks aired Sunday. The Kremlin has repeatedly framed the almost two-year conflict as a battle for Russia’s survival in a bid to rally patriotic sentiment among its population, many apathetic…

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