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  • Navalny Calls for Election Day Protest Against Putin, Ukraine Invasion

    Navalny Calls for Election Day Protest Against Putin, Ukraine Invasion

    Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and his allies have called on supporters to protest against President Vladimir Putin and the invasion of Ukraine by turning up to vote “at noon” in the March presidential election. “Go vote against Putin and the war, and urge everyone to do the same,” Navalny said Thursday on X (formerly Twitter).  Navalny,…

  • Russia Targets Exiled Celebrities Who Criticize War – Bloomberg

    Russia Targets Exiled Celebrities Who Criticize War – Bloomberg

    Moscow has instructed its diplomats to “pursue” exiled Russian celebrities who speak out against their country’s war in Ukraine, Bloomberg reported Thursday, citing two anonymous sources familiar with the matter. The Foreign Ministry’s instructions were reportedly issued to Russian diplomats posted in so-called “friendly” countries — those that have avoided taking sides over Russia’s invasion.…

  • Kremlin Hopes Armenia Joining ICC Will Not Affect Relations

    Kremlin Hopes Armenia Joining ICC Will Not Affect Relations

    Moscow said Thursday that it hopes Armenia joining the International Criminal Court (ICC) would not affect relations between the two countries. Armenia, which formally joined the Hague-based court on Thursday, has gradually distanced itself from Russia in recent months.  Yerevan is now required to arrest President Vladimir Putin if he sets foot on Armenian territory,…

  • Writer Dmitry Bykov on Being Banned and the Curse of Russian History

    Writer Dmitry Bykov on Being Banned and the Curse of Russian History

    Dmitry Bykov is not upset that his books have been banned in Russia. To the contrary, he is quite pleased.  “I’m grateful to [the Russian government] because I don’t want to have anything to do with them,” he told The Moscow Times via video call.  For years, Bykov has been one of Russia’s most celebrated…

  • Russian Investigators Say Military Plane Shot Down by Patriot Missile System

    Russian Investigators Say Military Plane Shot Down by Patriot Missile System

    Russian investigators concluded Friday that two missiles launched from a U.S.-made surface-to-air system shot down a military transport plane near the Russian-Ukrainian border last week.  Russia’s Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes, said over 100 fragments of MIM-104A anti-aircraft missiles, as well as hundreds of body parts, were recovered from the crash site in the western Belgorod region. …

  • Ukraine Says Destroyed Russian Missile Boat Near Annexed Crimea

    Ukraine Says Destroyed Russian Missile Boat Near Annexed Crimea

    Ukraine’s Military Intelligence Directorate (GUR) said Thursday that its special forces had destroyed a Russian warship off the coast of annexed Crimea using a group of waterborne drones.  “The enemy ship was patrolling the Black Sea near Lake Donuzlav in occupied Crimea,” the GUR said in a statement. Ukrainian military officials identified the vessel as…

  • Russia Commutes U.S. Investor Calvey’s Fraud Sentence After Guilty Plea

    Russia Commutes U.S. Investor Calvey’s Fraud Sentence After Guilty Plea

    A Moscow court has commuted the suspended sentence of U.S investor Michael Calvey after he pleaded guilty to controversial fraud charges, the state news agency Interfax reported Thursday. Calvey and his French business partner Philippe Delpal were accused of a $34 million embezzlement scheme related to loans issued by a bank owned by Calvey’s Baring…

  • Russian Court Jails Woman for Wearing ‘Extremist’ Rainbow Earrings

    Russian Court Jails Woman for Wearing ‘Extremist’ Rainbow Earrings

    A court in the central Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod has jailed a woman for wearing rainbow earrings, the human rights group Egida reported late Wednesday, marking the second case of its kind after Russia banned the so-called “LGBT movement” as an “extremist” organization in November.   According to Egida, law enforcement agents tasked with combating…

  • Exiled from Bashkortostan, Ex-Official Murzagulov Remains Hopeful for Its Future

    Exiled from Bashkortostan, Ex-Official Murzagulov Remains Hopeful for Its Future

    “I can only cry in response,” Rostislav Murzagulov says when asked whether he feels homesick for his native republic of Bashkortostan.  For Murzagulov, a former PR chief of Bashkortostan’s head Radiy Khabirov, visiting his home republic in Russia’s Ural Mountains region is a distant prospect.  Once a self-described “systemic liberal politician,” Murzagulov resigned from his…

  • Turkish Banks Close Russian Corporate Accounts Over Secondary Sanctions – Vedomosti

    Turkish Banks Close Russian Corporate Accounts Over Secondary Sanctions – Vedomosti

    Updated with Kremlin’s statement. Turkish banks have started closing Russian corporate accounts following threats of secondary sanctions from the United States, the Vedomosti business daily reported Thursday, citing financial consultants and business owners. U.S. President Joe Biden signed an executive order in December announcing secondary sanctions on foreign banks suspected of supporting Russia’s war against…

  • Russia Says Downed 11 Ukrainian Drones Overnight

    Russia Says Downed 11 Ukrainian Drones Overnight

    Russia’s Defense Ministry said Thursday that air defense systems had shot down 11 Ukrainian drones over regions in the western part of the country.  “Tonight, the Kyiv regime attempted to commit terrorist attacks against structures on Russian territory using drones,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement.  “Air defense systems intercepted and destroyed drones over…

  • UN Court Rejects Most of Ukraine’s ‘Terror’ Case Against Russia

    UN Court Rejects Most of Ukraine’s ‘Terror’ Case Against Russia

    The United Nations’ top court on Wednesday mostly rejected Ukraine’s claims that Russia was financing “terrorism” in eastern Ukraine, saying only that Moscow had failed to investigate alleged breaches. Kyiv had accused Moscow of being a “terrorist state” whose support for pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine was a harbinger of the full-fledged 2022 invasion. It…

  • Russian Election Authorities Pick Pro-War Symbol, Putin’s Favorite Slogan for Presidential Campaign Promo

    Russian Election Authorities Pick Pro-War Symbol, Putin’s Favorite Slogan for Presidential Campaign Promo

    A pro-war symbol and one of President Vladimir Putin’s favorite quotes have been chosen as the official logo and slogan of the 2024 presidential election, in what observers say is an effort to indirectly influence the public to vote for the incumbent leader.  The Central Election Commission (CEC) announced Monday that the Latin letter “V”…

  • Eyeing Anti-Kremlin Exiles, Russia Tightens Rules on Voting Abroad

    Eyeing Anti-Kremlin Exiles, Russia Tightens Rules on Voting Abroad

    Russian authorities are taking steps to hinder voting by its citizens living abroad in the upcoming presidential election, in what some observers call a move to restrict votes cast by anti-war emigres. Those hoping to vote from outside the country will face a reduction in polling places and no option to vote online — while…

  • Forest Destruction From Wildfires in Russia’s North Tripled Since 2002 – Study

    Forest Destruction From Wildfires in Russia’s North Tripled Since 2002 – Study

    The rate of forest destruction caused by wildfires in Russia’s northern latitudes more than tripled between 2012 and 2021 compared to the previous decade, according to a new study by the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). Using satellite data, researchers calculated the extent of woodland devastation due to wildfires in…

  • U.S. Patriot Missile System Shot Down Russian Military Plane – Putin

    U.S. Patriot Missile System Shot Down Russian Military Plane – Putin

    Russian investigators have concluded that a U.S. Patriot air defense system was used to shoot down an Il-76 military transport plane that crashed near the border with Ukraine last week, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday. “It’s been definitively established that the plane was shot down by an American Patriot air defense system,” Putin said during…

  • The Multi-D digital Product of the Rosatom Engineering Division has won the KulibIT-2023 National Award

    The “Multi-D Digital Products for the Construction of a Complex Engineering Facility” project launched by Atomstroyexport JSC (which is part of the Rosatom State Corporation Engineering Division), has become the winner of the “KulibIT-2023 ”National Digitalization Award” in two categories, to take a special prize from the competition organizers. The final competition was held in…

  • Putin Awards Former Serbian Spy Chief Order of ‘Friendship’

    Putin Awards Former Serbian Spy Chief Order of ‘Friendship’

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded Serbia’s former top spy with the Order of Friendship for maintaining close ties between the two countries’ intelligence agencies, the nationalist political party that the ex-spy chief heads announced Tuesday. Aleksandar Vulin, who resigned from Serbia’s Security and Information Agency in November, received the state decoration from Russia’s Foreign Intelligence…

  • Chinese, Turkish Companies Supplying Russia With Key Gunpowder Component

    Chinese, Turkish Companies Supplying Russia With Key Gunpowder Component

    Turkish and Chinese companies have helped Russia replenish its dwindling stocks of ammunition by exporting large volumes of a key component used to produce gunpowder, the Moscow Times’ Russian service reported Wednesday, citing customs data.  The EU banned shipments of nitrocellulose — a highly flammable compound used as the main ingredient of modern gunpowder — to Russia in…

  • Russia and Ukraine Exchange Hundreds of POWs

    Russia and Ukraine Exchange Hundreds of POWs

    Russia and Ukraine traded hundreds of prisoners of war on Wednesday, just a week after Moscow said Kyiv had shot down a plane carrying captured Ukrainian soldiers to an exchange. The crash of a Russian military cargo plane near the border with Ukraine — which Russia said killed 65 Ukrainian POWs — had thrown doubt…

  • Russia Sees NATO as ‘Threat,’ Kremlin Says Amid Drills

    Russia Sees NATO as ‘Threat,’ Kremlin Says Amid Drills

    Russia views NATO as a “threat” and is taking measures to deal with it, the Kremlin said on Wednesday when asked about the alliance’s large-scale military drills. Some 90,000 troops will take part in the NATO military alliance’s Steadfast Defender 24 exercise, the biggest since the 1988 Reforger drill during the Cold War. “Of course…

  • Russian Lawmakers Pass Bill Allowing Property Seizure From War Critics

    Russian Lawmakers Pass Bill Allowing Property Seizure From War Critics

    Russian lawmakers on Wednesday passed a bill in its third and final reading that would allow authorities to confiscate the property of those convicted of “discrediting” and spreading “fakes” about the army.  The bill, introduced into the lower-house State Duma last week, also proposes seizing money, property and other valuables from those found guilty of…

  • Top Thai Security Body to Rule on Detained Russian Band

    Top Thai Security Body to Rule on Detained Russian Band

    Thailand’s prime minister and security chiefs are to rule on a dissident Russian-Belarusian rock band held on immigration charges, a minister said Wednesday, as calls mounted for them not to be deported to Russia. Thai officials detained members of the band Bi-2, who have criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin and the war in Ukraine, last…

  • Russian Anti-War Rockers Held in Thailand Fly to Israel

    Russian Anti-War Rockers Held in Thailand Fly to Israel

    Members of the anti-war Russian-Belarusian rock band Bi-2 have flown to Israel from Thailand, where they faced deportation after performing at a concert on the resort island of Phuket last week, according to a post on the group’s official Facebook page.   Seven members of Bi-2, some of whom are dual citizens of Israel and Australia,…

  • Russian Defense Minister Scolds Artillery Manufacturer for ‘Slow’ Production

    Russian Defense Minister Scolds Artillery Manufacturer for ‘Slow’ Production

    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Wednesday chewed out the chief engineer of the country’s leading producer of self-propelled artillery systems over what he suggested was the slow output at the manufacturing plant.  “Stop goofing around, guys,” Shoigu said during a tour of the Uraltransmash machine-building plant in the city of Yekaterinburg. “We should have had these…

  • U.K. Lawmakers Warn Russia Skirting Oil Sanctions With ‘Shadow’ Tankers

    U.K. Lawmakers Warn Russia Skirting Oil Sanctions With ‘Shadow’ Tankers

    There is “growing evidence” that Russia is using “shadow tanker fleets” to circumvent a Western oil price cap, a watchdog committee of British lawmakers warned on Wednesday. Arguing Britain and its allies must maintain sanctions and military support for Ukraine for “as long as it takes,” the panel from parliament’s unelected upper House of Lords…

  • Drone Crashes Into St. Petersburg Oil Refinery

    Drone Crashes Into St. Petersburg Oil Refinery

    An unmanned drone crashed near the center of St. Petersburg on Wednesday, causing an explosion at an oil refinery, local media reported, marking the second such incident in the city over the past month.  According to the news outlet Fontanka, which cites anonymous sources, a Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile system shot at the drone at around…

  • Pro-Peace Presidential Hopeful Nadezhdin Submits Signatures to Register as Candidate

    Pro-Peace Presidential Hopeful Nadezhdin Submits Signatures to Register as Candidate

    MOSCOW – Anti-war Russian presidential hopeful Boris Nadezhdin said Wednesday he submitted 105,000 signatures endorsing his candidacy for the Central Election Commission’s (CEC) review. Nadezhdin, 60, the nominee from the center-right Civic Initiative party, has seen an uptick in support in recent weeks with Russians standing in long lines to endorse his bid in the…

  • Mass Blackout Takes Russian Internet Offline

    Mass Blackout Takes Russian Internet Offline

    Hundreds of websites on the Russian-speaking internet were inaccessible Tuesday evening as a DNSSEC failure took .ru and .рф domains offline. Users both inside and outside Russia complained of outages of major web-based platforms like Tinkoff Bank, online marketplaces Avito and Wildberries, search engine Yandex and telecoms provider MTS. The Moscow Times’ Russian service was among the…

  • In First, Russian Stands Trial for Displaying ‘Extremist’ Rainbow Flag

    In First, Russian Stands Trial for Displaying ‘Extremist’ Rainbow Flag

    A Russian photographer went on trial Tuesday for posting a rainbow flag online, marking the first case of a person being charged for displaying the LGBT symbol since Russia banned the so-called “international LGBT public movement” as an “extremist” organization. Russia’s Supreme Court in November outlawed the “international LGBT movement,” with individuals facing up to…

  • Armenia Denies Extradition Request for Gay Chechen Man Wanted by Russia

    Armenia Denies Extradition Request for Gay Chechen Man Wanted by Russia

    A court in Yerevan on Tuesday rejected Russia’s request to extradite a man who fled the republic of Chechnya after being tortured because he was suspected of being gay, an LGBTQ+ rights group said. Salman Mukaev was detained by security services in his native Chechnya in 2020, after which he was subject to interrogation and torture, according to…

  • Russia Condemns ‘Collective Punishment’ of UN Agency in Gaza

    Russia Condemns ‘Collective Punishment’ of UN Agency in Gaza

    Russia on Tuesday criticized a decision by several countries to suspend their funding for the United Nations’ Palestinian refugee agency, calling it a form of “collective punishment.” A number of donors including the United States announced they would halt funding to the UNRWA agency over Israel’s accusations that some of its staff were involved in…

  • EU Parliament Probes Russia Spy Claims Against Lawmaker

    EU Parliament Probes Russia Spy Claims Against Lawmaker

    The European Parliament on Tuesday announced a probe into a Latvian lawmaker accused in an investigative report of spying for Moscow over the past two decades. According to the Russian-language newspaper The Insider — an independent investigative outlet based in Latvia — Tatjana Zdanoka, who joined the European legislature in 2004, began collaborating with Russia’s…

  • Russian Election Authority Releases Putin’s Financial Disclosure

    Russian Election Authority Releases Putin’s Financial Disclosure

    Russia’s Central Election Commission (CEC) on Tuesday published Vladimir Putin’s financial earnings, showing that he made 67.6 million rubles ($753,000) over the past six years. Putin’s income between 2018 and 2024 was derived from his salary, income from securities and bank deposits, military and civilian pension, as well as earnings from property sales. As with previous financial…

  • Russia Charges Teens Over Pro-Ukraine Railway Sabotage

    Russia Charges Teens Over Pro-Ukraine Railway Sabotage

    Two teenagers who set fire to a railside equipment box in Moscow have been charged with carrying out sabotage for Ukraine, Russian investigators said Tuesday. The incident is the latest in a spate of suspicious fires and derailments on Russia’s rail network that Moscow has blamed on Kyiv and its supporters. “Two suspects were identified…

  • 2 Russian Presidential Hopefuls Withdraw From Race, Endorse Putin’s Candidacy

    2 Russian Presidential Hopefuls Withdraw From Race, Endorse Putin’s Candidacy

    Two presidential hopefuls announced Tuesday that they will not be running in the March election and called on supporters to cast their vote for President Vladimir Putin as he seeks re-election.  Sergei Baburin, who leads the Russian All-People’s Union, an extra-parliamentary conservative party, said he was withdrawing from the race shortly after submitting the 100,000…

  • Mosfilm Celebrates its 100th Birthday

    Mosfilm Celebrates its 100th Birthday

    The history of Mosfilm begins on January 30, 1924 with the release of the silent film “Up on Wings” that tells the story of Russian aviation, directed by Boris Mikhin. At the time, Mosfilm was on Zhitnaya Ulitsa in the former studio of Alexander Khanzhonkov, a director and entrepreneur who founded the first cinema factory…

  • Russian Ex-President Medvedev Slams Japan Over Kuril Islands Claim

    Russian Ex-President Medvedev Slams Japan Over Kuril Islands Claim

    Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday slammed Japan’s prime minister after he said his government remains committed to signing a peace treaty with Moscow to resolve the territorial dispute over an island chain claimed by Tokyo. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said in a policy speech to parliament earlier Tuesday that Tokyo “remains fully committed” to negotiations…

  • Russia Demoted to Team Skating Olympic Bronze Without Doped Valieva – ISU

    Russia Demoted to Team Skating Olympic Bronze Without Doped Valieva – ISU

    Kamila Valieva’s doping ban has resulted in the Russia Olympic Committee team being demoted from the gold to bronze medal in the 2022 Winter Olympics team skating event, the International Skating Union (ISU) said Tuesday. The then 15-year-old’s positive test in December 2021, for which she received a four year ban on Monday, has led…

  • Russian Anti-War Rock Band Bi-2 Faces Deportation in Thailand

    Russian Anti-War Rock Band Bi-2 Faces Deportation in Thailand

    The anti-war Russian-Belarusian rock band Bi-2 said Tuesday that its members face deportation from Thailand after they performed a concert on the resort island of Phuket last week. Seven members of Bi-2, some of whom are dual citizens of Israel and Australia, were detained by Thai immigration authorities on Wednesday following the Phuket concert. Bi-2…

  • Moscow Library ‘Fires’ Resident Cat After Visitor Denunciation

    Moscow Library ‘Fires’ Resident Cat After Visitor Denunciation

    A Moscow library has ousted its resident cat after a patron wrote a letter of denunciation against him, media reported Monday.  Markiz, a black-and-white cat with long hair, had been living at the library in northwestern Moscow’s Strogino district for eight years. He was sent to live in a foster home after pensioner Igor Pochkin, a…

  • Latvian MEP Secretly Worked for Russia’s FSB for Decades – The Insider

    Latvian MEP Secretly Worked for Russia’s FSB for Decades – The Insider

    A member of the European Parliament from Latvia has spent decades secretly working for Russian security services, according to a new investigation by The Insider, citing leaked emails between the lawmaker and her suspected “handlers.”  According to The Insider, Tatjana Zdanoka served as an “international observer” in Moscow’s 2014 referendum that paved the way for…

  • Secret Putin Residence Discovered Near Finland – Dossier Center

    Secret Putin Residence Discovered Near Finland – Dossier Center

    President Vladimir Putin is believed to own a highly-guarded residence near Russia’s border with Finland, the investigative outlet Dossier Center reported Monday. Located 30 kilometers from Finland in northwestern Russia’s republic of Karelia, the residence allegedly belonging to Putin features “three modern-style houses on the shore of Marjalahti Bay, two helipads, several yacht piers, a…

  • Ukrainian Shelling of Donetsk Kills 3, Russia Says

    Ukrainian Shelling of Donetsk Kills 3, Russia Says

    Ukraine fired artillery rounds at the Russian-held city of Donetsk on Monday, killing at least three people and wounding three others, Kremlin-backed officials said. Donetsk, a city in eastern Ukraine occupied by Russia and its proxy forces since 2014, has repeatedly been targeted by what Moscow has called indiscriminate Ukrainian shelling. Video distributed by Russian…

  • Russian Skater Valieva Suspended Four Years for Doping

    Russian Skater Valieva Suspended Four Years for Doping

    Teenage Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva received a four-year ban from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Monday for failing a doping test prior to the 2022 Winter Olympics. Valieva was found to have “committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) under Clause 4.1 of the All-Russian Anti-Doping Rules of 24 June 2021,” said…

  • EU Sanctions Russia’s Chief Denunciator Mizulina Over Free Speech Abuses

    EU Sanctions Russia’s Chief Denunciator Mizulina Over Free Speech Abuses

    The European Union on Monday announced sanctions against the Kremlin-aligned Safe Internet League and its head Yekaterina Mizulina for silencing Russian anti-war content creators and reinforcing government censorship. “The [European] Council today approved additional restrictive measures… in view of the continuing deterioration of the human rights situation in Russia,” the Council of the EU said…

  • Ukraine Denies Russia Captured Village in Kharkiv Region

    Ukraine Denies Russia Captured Village in Kharkiv Region

    Ukraine on Monday rejected Moscow’s claim that it had captured a village in the northeastern part of the country. The Russian army said Monday it had “liberated” the small village of Tabaivka, located in northeastern Ukraine’s Kharkiv region. Tabaivka lies near the border with the partially occupied Lugansk region and had a pre-war population of…

  • Russia Jails Pensioner for Post About Army Casualties

    Russia Jails Pensioner for Post About Army Casualties

    A 72-year-old pensioner was sentenced to five and a half years in prison for allegedly sharing a post online about Russia’s military casualties in Ukraine, rights groups said Monday. Yevgeniya Maiboroda, from Russia’s southern Rostov region, was prosecuted under a law that prohibits the deliberate spreading of “false information” about the Russian army. Maiboroda pleaded…

  • Northwest Russia Jams Nighttime Internet After Drone Strikes – Reports

    Northwest Russia Jams Nighttime Internet After Drone Strikes – Reports

    Authorities in three regions in northwestern Russia have turned off internet access at night to improve anti-drone technology, the business newspaper Kommersant reported Monday, citing three anonymous sources with Russia’s telecom operators. The previously announced LTE wireless broadband outages in the Leningrad, Novgorod and Pskov regions on Jan. 25-30 were needed to “fine-tune law enforcement equipment…

  • Ex-Tomsk Mayor Targeted By Navalny Investigation Convicted of Abuse of Power

    Ex-Tomsk Mayor Targeted By Navalny Investigation Convicted of Abuse of Power

    A Siberian court has found the former mayor of Tomsk guilty of abuse of power, Russian media reported Monday, over three years after he became the center of an anti-corruption expose by jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.  Tomsk’s Sovetsky District Court found ex-mayor Ivan Klyayn guilty of abusing his power during a road construction project, adding…

  • Putin Repeats Ukraine Nazi Claims at Leningrad Siege Memorial

    Putin Repeats Ukraine Nazi Claims at Leningrad Siege Memorial

    President Vladimir Putin on Saturday said Ukraine “glorifies” Adolf Hitler’s SS killing squads and vowed to “eradicate Nazism,” as he opened a memorial marking 80 years since the end of the siege of Leningrad. The Russian leader has repeatedly invoked the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in the Second World War to justify his…

  • Two Ukrainians Killed in Cross-Border Russian Raid: Authorities

    Two Ukrainians Killed in Cross-Border Russian Raid: Authorities

    Two people were shot dead in a Ukrainian border village on Saturday morning in a cross-border incursion by a Russian “reconnaissance and sabotage group,” local officials said. The attack happened in Ukraine’s Sumy region inside a five-kilometer (three mile) buffer zone along the border with Russia — an area where Kyiv had asked residents to…

  • Chicken and the Theory of Evolution

    Chicken and the Theory of Evolution

    “Humans are the middle link of evolution, necessary for the creation of the crown of nature’s glory — a shot of cognac and a slice of lemon,” the brilliant writers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky once jokingly wrote. The statement about human beings is debatable, but that the chicken evolved for purely culinary purposes is the…

  • Putin Says ‘Obvious’ Ukraine Behind Army Plane Crash

    Putin Says ‘Obvious’ Ukraine Behind Army Plane Crash

    President Vladimir Putin said Friday it was “obvious” Ukraine shot down a Russian IL-76 military transport plane carrying Ukrainian prisoners over the border region of Belgorod this week. According to Moscow, the plane was traveling to the region ahead of a prisoner swap on Wednesday when it was struck by anti-aircraft missiles. It said there…

  • Man Dies in Detention Amid Bashkortostan Protest Crackdown – Reports

    Man Dies in Detention Amid Bashkortostan Protest Crackdown – Reports

    A man who was detained in Russia’s republic of Bashkortostan amid a region-wide crackdown on protesters and activists has died in police custody, the human rights group Za Prava Cheloveka (ZPC) reported Friday, citing the man’s sister. Law enforcement officers detained Rifat Dautov following a protest last Friday in Bashkortostan’s capital of Ufa, his sister, identified…

  • How Will Russia’s Regions Bear the Brunt of Climate Crisis?

    How Will Russia’s Regions Bear the Brunt of Climate Crisis?

    Russia’s regions stand to experience the effects of climate change in diverse ways, with some hit much harder than others, according to a recent study co-authored by Moscow-based climatologist Alexander Chernokulsky and economist Igor Makarov. As manmade global warming progresses — with 2023 marking the warmest year ever recorded — Russia may soon find itself…

  • Putin Gives Go-Ahead to New Nuclear Icebreaker

    Putin Gives Go-Ahead to New Nuclear Icebreaker

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday gave the green light for a new nuclear-powered icebreaker, as Moscow seeks to step up commercial trade across its Arctic north. Under Western sanctions for its Ukraine offensive, Russia is hoping to rely on the Northern Sea Route — a shipping lane that traverses the Arctic Ocean — to…

  • Russia Says Ukraine Shot Down Military Transport Plane From Kharkiv Region Village

    Russia Says Ukraine Shot Down Military Transport Plane From Kharkiv Region Village

    Russian law enforcement officials said Friday that the Il-76 military transport plane that crashed this week was shot down by a Ukrainian missile fired from a village in the northeastern Kharkiv region.  The announcement comes a day after Russia’s Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes, opened a terrorism investigation into the crash.  Moscow has accused Kyiv of…

  • Russia, Ukraine Exchange Fallen Soldiers’ Remains

    Russia, Ukraine Exchange Fallen Soldiers’ Remains

    Russia and Ukraine said Friday that they have exchanged the bodies of 132 fallen soldiers, just two days after Moscow accused Kyiv of killing dozens of its own servicemen by shooting down a Russian warplane. Moscow received the remains of 55 soldiers, according to Russian lawmaker Shamsayil Saraliyev, the RBC news website reported. Meanwhile, Ukraine repatriated…

  • How Can You Tell if a Russian Judge is a Man?

    How Can You Tell if a Russian Judge is a Man?

    Феминитив: feminine job title The decision of Верховный Суд Российской Федерации (The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation) about the so-called Международное движение ЛГБТ (International LGBT Movement) that was made public without authorization last week is an extraordinary document. It is 19 pages of paragraph-long sentences, lists of violations, accusations, sins, instructions, directives and so on without any facts,…

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