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  • Bashkir Activist Jailed 5 Years For Anti-War Video

    Bashkir Activist Jailed 5 Years For Anti-War Video

    A court in Russia’s republic of Bashkortostan has sentenced ethnic Bashkir activist Ramilya Saitova to five years in prison over an anti-war video, local media reported Thursday.  Saitova, 57, recorded and published a video appeal calling on Bashkir soldiers and mobilized men to refuse to fight during Russia’s partial military mobilization in the fall of…

  • Rosneft Pavilion at Russia Expo Hosts Power Engineer’s Day

    The Rosneft pavilion at the Russia Expo hosted the Power Engineer’s Day

  • Udmurtneft Introduces Renewable Energy at Upstream Facilities

    Udmurtneft (operated jointly by Rosneft and Sinopec) is introducing an alternative power supply system, which uses solar cells to power oil production facilities

  • Prigozhin Killing Ordered by Putin’s Security Council Chief – WSJ

    Prigozhin Killing Ordered by Putin’s Security Council Chief – WSJ

    Wagner mercenary leader Yevgeny Prigozhin’s dramatic death by plane crash was ordered by Security Council chief Nikolai Patrushev, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin and former spy, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing Western intelligence agencies and a Russian intelligence officer. The Kremlin has denied a role in the deaths of Prigozhin and…

  • Putin Seizes Exiled Billionaire’s Car Dealership

    Putin Seizes Exiled Billionaire’s Car Dealership

    President Vladimir Putin has ordered the seizure of Russia’s largest car dealership from exiled former lawmaker and billionaire Sergei Petrov, a presidential decree said Thursday. Shares in the Rolf dealership will be transferred from the Cypriot company Delance Limited and Rolf Motors to Russia’s Federal Property Management Agency (Rosimushchestvo), according to the document. This appears to…

  • Russian Officials, Pro-War Activists Denounce Star-Studded ‘Naked Party’

    Russian Officials, Pro-War Activists Denounce Star-Studded ‘Naked Party’

    Russian officials and pro-war activists have slammed a star-studded “almost naked” party hosted by media personality Anastasia Ivleeva for going against the country’s conservative values. Footage from the party at Mutabor, a popular Moscow nightclub, on Wednesday showed scantily clad pop stars Filipp Kirkorov, Lolita and Dima Bilan, as well as TV host and 2018…

  • White House Says Readying New Proposal to Russia To Free 2 Americans

    White House Says Readying New Proposal to Russia To Free 2 Americans

    The White House said Thursday it was preparing a new proposal to Russia to seek the release of two imprisoned Americans after Moscow rejected an earlier attempt. “We’re working hard to see what we can do to get another proposal that might be more successful,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters. The State…

  • How Russian Officials Plan to Recruit 400K New Contract Soldiers in 2024

    How Russian Officials Plan to Recruit 400K New Contract Soldiers in 2024

    The Kremlin and the Defense Ministry plan to continue their campaign to recruit contract servicemen for the Russian army next year, our sources have said.  Russia’s regions have already received the 2024 contract soldier recruitment plan from Moscow, and its quota is approximately the same as in 2023, a high-ranking source familiar with the military…

  • Former Russian Minister Sentenced to 12 Years for Embezzlement

    Former Russian Minister Sentenced to 12 Years for Embezzlement

    A Russian court Thursday condemned a former minister and ally of ex-president Dmitry Medvedev to 12 years in prison for embezzlement and criminal conspiracy. Mikhail Abyzov was also fined 80 million rubles ($860,000) by the Moscow court, according to Russian media reports. One of his lawyers, Arthur Bolshakov, told the TASS news agency that he…

  • A new ice palace opens with support of Bashneft

    The total area of the ice palace is 6500 m2.

  • Viral Russian Gang Drama Revisits the Ultraviolence of 1980s Kazan

    Viral Russian Gang Drama Revisits the Ultraviolence of 1980s Kazan

    Russia’s leading streaming platforms START and Wink on Thursday released the final episode of “Slovo Patsana” (“The Boy’s Word: Blood on the Asphalt”), director Zhora Kryzhovnikov’s gritty crime drama that has taken Russia and much of the former Soviet space by storm.  Loosely based on the namesake book by Tatar journalist Robert Garaev, the series…

  • Russia Issues Arrest Warrants for Exiled Navalny Aides

    Russia Issues Arrest Warrants for Exiled Navalny Aides

    Russian authorities have issued arrest warrants for two exiled associates of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, the independent Mediazona news website reported Thursday. The Interior Ministry’s database of wanted persons lists investigator Maria Pevchikh and Navalny YouTube channel host Dmitry Nizovtsev, both of whom live outside Russia. The database does not indicate which criminal charges Pevchikh and…

  • Russia Jails Men for Funding Far-Right Ukraine Group

    Russia Jails Men for Funding Far-Right Ukraine Group

    Russia on Thursday handed long jail sentences to a Ukrainian man and another individual for financing an ultranationalist group in Ukraine by selling illegal drugs. Thousands of Russians have been detained for protesting Russia’s large-scale military campaign against Ukraine and authorities have handed out long jail terms to people accused of providing material support to…

  • One Dead, Three Injured in Ice Collapse at Military Enlistment Office

    One Dead, Three Injured in Ice Collapse at Military Enlistment Office

    A 34-year-old man died in hospital after being hit by a falling ice block while standing in line at the Lyubertsy military enlistment office in the Moscow region, the local prosecutor’s office said Thursday. The accident on Wednesday left three other people injured, prompting investigators to open a criminal case of causing death by negligence.…

  • Kazakhstan to Extradite Russian Cybersecurity Expert to Moscow After Snubbing U.S.

    Kazakhstan to Extradite Russian Cybersecurity Expert to Moscow After Snubbing U.S.

    Kazakhstan will extradite Russian cybersecurity expert Nikita Kislitsin to face hacking and extortion charges in his home country, Moscow’s Prosecutor General’s Office announced Thursday.  Kislitsin was detained in the Central Asian country in June following an extradition request from the United States, which accused him of buying personal data obtained through the 2012 hack of the…

  • Russia’s 2023 Treason Cases Hit Record High – NGO

    Russia’s 2023 Treason Cases Hit Record High – NGO

    Russian authorities have opened a record number of treason cases in 2023, the human rights project Perviy Otdel, which specializes in cases under investigation by the Federal Security Service (FSB), said Thursday. A historical maximum of 70 cases have been submitted to courts, 63 of which were for high treason. Seven others were for “confidential cooperation…

  • Putin’s 2024 Campaign Headquarters Open

    Putin’s 2024 Campaign Headquarters Open

    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s 2024 campaign headquarters has opened its doors in Moscow one week after he gave an end-of-the-year marathon press conference there, state media reported Thursday. The campaign headquarters at the Gostiny Dvor venue near the Kremlin is open to visitors on weekdays during working hours, according to the news broadcaster Rossia 1. The headquarters…

  • Armenia Suspends License of Russian Broadcaster Sputnik

    Armenia Suspends License of Russian Broadcaster Sputnik

    Russia’s Embassy in Yerevan denounced Thursday the temporary suspension of Russian broadcaster Sputnik’s local branch over “offensive” comments a presenter made about Armenia on air. The commission responsible for television and radio announced late Wednesday that the license of Tospa, the broadcaster of Sputnik Armenia, was being suspended for 30 days after remarks by the…

  • Coco Chanel’s Russian Period on Display in London

    Coco Chanel’s Russian Period on Display in London

    The retrospective show “Gabrielle Chanel—Fashion Manifesto” at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London takes visitors on a journey that begins with the iconic designer’s first millinery boutique in Paris in 1910 and ends with her final collection in 1971. Featuring over 200 looks brought together in one place for the first time, the show…

  • Timeline: Missing Kremlin Critic Navalny’s Arrests and Prison Sentences Over the Years

    Timeline: Missing Kremlin Critic Navalny’s Arrests and Prison Sentences Over the Years

    Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has been missing for over two weeks, with his team saying his health and life could be in danger. Navalny, 47, has not appeared at a number of scheduled court hearings this month and his lawyers last met with him on Dec. 5, Navalny’s spokesperson Kira Yarmysh told The Moscow…

  • ROSATOM presented interim results of work on elimination of accumulated environmental damage from the Baikal Pulp and Paper Mill to UNESCO experts

    A complex of measures to bring the facilities to a safe state is planned to be completed within the next four years. Experts from UNESCO and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources visited the industrial site of the former Baikal Pulp and Paper Mill JSC (BPPM JSC) as part of…

  • Russian-Israeli Relations Crumble Over Gaza War – Analysts

    Russian-Israeli Relations Crumble Over Gaza War – Analysts

    Among the nations condemning Israel’s war in Gaza, one has stood out — Russia had built a growing friendship with Israel, but that dalliance is over, analysts said, erased by the shifting sands of Middle East geopolitics. Just under two years ago, the picture had been very different. When Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022,…

  • Ex-U.S. Marine Says He Feels Abandoned in Russian Prison

    Ex-U.S. Marine Says He Feels Abandoned in Russian Prison

    Former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan says he feels “abandoned” and betrayed by his country after being imprisoned in Russia on espionage charges, the BBC said in an interview published Wednesday. Whelan, 53, has been behind bars since 2018 and is serving a 16-year sentence for spying, a charge the U.S. government says is without merit.…

  • Russian Deserter Decries Rampant Extortion in Military’s Convict Unit – Reports

    Russian Deserter Decries Rampant Extortion in Military’s Convict Unit – Reports

    A member of the Russian military’s Storm-Z penal unit has alleged widespread corruption among commanders in the Ukraine war, the independent news outlet Novaya Gazeta Europe reported Wednesday. Officers regularly extort up to 20,000 rubles ($220) in exchange for releasing troops from so-called “punishment pits” in the ground where they are placed for various infractions, the…

  • EU Court Rejects Abramovich’s Appeal to Lift Sanctions

    EU Court Rejects Abramovich’s Appeal to Lift Sanctions

    A European Union court has dismissed Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich’s challenge to remove war-related sanctions against him, the Court of Justice of the EU said Wednesday. The EU included Abramovich in its sanctions list in March 2022, one month after Russia invaded Ukraine, for his alleged ties to President Vladimir Putin and contributions to Russia’s war…

  • Russia Refuses to Limit ‘Indefinite’ Service of Mobilized Soldiers – Opposition Member

    Russia Refuses to Limit ‘Indefinite’ Service of Mobilized Soldiers – Opposition Member

    The Russian military will not impose a one-year service limit for mobilized soldiers despite requests from the soldiers’ families, St. Petersburg opposition politician Boris Vishnevsky said Wednesday. Vishnevsky, a veteran Kremlin critic and member of the St. Petersburg legislative assembly, said his request on behalf of the soldiers’ relatives for Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to back…

  • Russian FA Votes Against Move To Asian Confederation

    Russian FA Votes Against Move To Asian Confederation

    The Russian Football Association on Wednesday voted against leaving UEFA to join the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), despite having been banned from the European body over the conflict in Ukraine. “We decided that we will not move to Asia. Everyone supported the decision unanimously,” Vice-President of the Russian Football Union Akhmed Aydamirov said, according to…

  • Russia Jails Left-Wing Activist for ‘Extremism’ After Transfer From Kyrgyzstan

    Russia Jails Left-Wing Activist for ‘Extremism’ After Transfer From Kyrgyzstan

    A Russian left-wing activist has been sentenced to two years in jail for “extremism” after being detained in Kyrgyzstan, the Moscow court system said late Tuesday. Alyona Krylova was among three Russian anti-war activists arrested by authorities in Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic in Central Asia, this summer. One of the activists was fined and released from…

  • Germany Says Moving To Seize 720Mln Euros in Russian Assets

    Germany Says Moving To Seize 720Mln Euros in Russian Assets

    German federal prosecutors said Wednesday they aim to seize hundreds of millions of euros from an unnamed Russian bank as part of a Western crackdown over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. The federal public prosecutor’s office said in a statement it had filed a motion before a court in the German financial capital Frankfurt requesting “independent…

  • Russian Court Finds ‘Gay Propaganda’ in Pro-War Singer’s Music Video

    Russian Court Finds ‘Gay Propaganda’ in Pro-War Singer’s Music Video

    A Russian music channel has been fined for displaying “LGBT propaganda” by airing a music video by popular pro-war singer Nikolai Baskov, the independent Vyorstka news website reported Wednesday. Moscow’s Tagansky District Court determined that the video for Baskov’s 2012 single “Strannik” (Wanderer), which depicts an imagined orgy in the Roman Empire, contains “signs of…

  • Moscow Says 16 Candidates Have Filed to Run for President So Far

    Moscow Says 16 Candidates Have Filed to Run for President So Far

    Sixteen candidates have filed to run for Russia’s presidency next year, officials said Wednesday, in an election that is expected to easily hand Vladimir Putin a fifth term. Moscow has for years sidelined opposition figures from elections and political life, a clampdown that accelerated after the Kremlin ordered Russian troops into Ukraine in 2022. “So…

  • Putin to Revive Soviet-Era Athletes Parades on Red Square

    Putin to Revive Soviet-Era Athletes Parades on Red Square

    President Vladimir Putin has ordered the revival of Soviet-era Athletes Parades on Red Square.  The government has been instructed to prepare proposals for the parades by March 2024, according to the order published on the Kremlin website. The Soviet Union regularly held these parades on Red Square beginning in 1919 as a way of promoting…

  • ROSATOM took part in INSIC-2023 conference in Mumbai (India)

    ROSATOM presented its solutions for small NPPs and balanced nuclear fuel cycle to Indian partners. ROSATOM took part in India’s biggest nuclear energy conference INSIC-2023, which ended in Mumbai on December 15. The event was organized jointly by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) and the Indian Nuclear Society (INS). The conference brought…

  • Russian Lawmakers to Lose Free Gas Privileges for Driving Foreign Cars – Izvestia

    Russian Lawmakers to Lose Free Gas Privileges for Driving Foreign Cars – Izvestia

    Russian lawmakers will lose their free gas privileges for ignoring President Vladimir Putin’s calls to stop driving foreign cars, the pro-Kremlin newspaper Izvestia reported Wednesday, citing a senior member of Russia’s lower house of parliament.  Putin ordered officials in August to support sanctions-hit domestic carmakers by giving up foreign-made vehicles. Senior State Duma officials notified executive authorities in Russia’s…

  • 9 Wounded in Kherson as Russia Targets Ukraine Cities

    9 Wounded in Kherson as Russia Targets Ukraine Cities

    Ukraine said nine people, including four children, were wounded by Russian shelling in the southern city of Kherson as drones also targeted the capital Kyiv and the second-largest city Kharkiv. “During the evening shelling of Kherson by the Russian occupiers, nine people were injured, four of them were children,” said Roman Mrochko, head of Kherson,…

  • Putin Calls for ‘Severe’ Response to Foreign Efforts to Destabilize Russia

    Putin Calls for ‘Severe’ Response to Foreign Efforts to Destabilize Russia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Wednesday for a “severe” response to foreign agents who aim to destabilize Russia by aiding Ukraine. “The Kyiv regime with direct support of foreign special services has taken the path of terrorist methods, practically state terrorism,” Putin said in a video address. “These are acts of sabotage against civilian…

  • Zelensky Says ‘No One Knows’ When War in Ukraine Will End

    Zelensky Says ‘No One Knows’ When War in Ukraine Will End

    President Volodymyr Zelensky said Tuesday that there was no end in sight to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as fatigue builds among Kyiv’s allies nearly two years into the war and the Kremlin voices growing confidence of victory. Zelensky said he had turned down a request from the military — for now — to mobilize as many…

  • Poland Finds 14 Foreigners Guilty of Spying for Russia

    Poland Finds 14 Foreigners Guilty of Spying for Russia

    A Polish court on Tuesday convicted 14 citizens of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine for planning to carry out acts of sabotage on behalf of Moscow. The defendants were charged with espionage last month, accused of planning to derail trains shipping aid to Ukraine, as well as monitoring military facilities and critical infrastructure. “After examining the…

  • Ex-Chechen Rebel Arrested in Russia After 24 Years

    Ex-Chechen Rebel Arrested in Russia After 24 Years

    Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) on Tuesday said it arrested an ex-fighter of the slain Chechen guerilla leader Shamil Basayev, who was accused of launching attacks on Russian soldiers that precipitated the Second Chechen War in 1999.  In recent years, Russian authorities have periodically reported on the arrests of former Basayev fighters in regions across the North…

  • Wikimedia Russia Shuts Down Amid ‘Foreign Agent’ Threats

    Wikimedia Russia Shuts Down Amid ‘Foreign Agent’ Threats

    The Russian chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation announced Tuesday that it would shut down after its director received warnings that authorities are planning to designate him as a “foreign agent,” Russian media reported.  Wikimedia Russia describes itself as a “Russian nonprofit organization whose goal is to promote the development of encyclopedic projects and the community…

  • Russian Wartime Emigres Head Westward in Europe in Search of Acceptance, Tolerance

    Russian Wartime Emigres Head Westward in Europe in Search of Acceptance, Tolerance

    Ana, a woman from St. Petersburg, was one of the tens of thousands of Russians who fled to Turkey following the February 2022 invasion of Ukraine.  Within less than a year, Ankara had tightened its temporary residency policies for Russian citizens. Instead of returning home, Ana decided to move further west to Germany. “I have been…

  • Russian Deserter Taken to Russia After Detention in Armenia – Activists

    Russian Deserter Taken to Russia After Detention in Armenia – Activists

    A Russian soldier who was detained by Russian troops in Armenia on desertion charges last week has been forcibly returned to his home country, a project that helps Russians avoid military service in Ukraine said Tuesday. “We have learned that Dmitry Setrakov is now in [the Russian city of] Rostov-on-Don at the address Budennovsky 66.…

  • Russian Defense Minister Says 4K Students ‘Volunteered’ to Fight in Ukraine

    Russian Defense Minister Says 4K Students ‘Volunteered’ to Fight in Ukraine

    Over 4,000 Russian university students have taken academic leave to fight in Ukraine as volunteers, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at an end-of-year military meeting on Tuesday. “More than 4,000 Russian students have voluntarily taken a gap year and are performing combat missions,” Shoigu told the gathering, which was chaired by President Vladimir Putin. He…

  • Putin Says Russian Society Unified in Support of Ukraine War

    Putin Says Russian Society Unified in Support of Ukraine War

    President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday said that Russian society had unified in its support of what the Kremlin calls its “special military operation” in Ukraine.  “Maybe this is the most important thing — the general consolidation of all forces within society,” the Russian leader said at a meeting with Defense Ministry officials.  He went on to…

  • Russia’s Far-Right LDPR Nominates Leader for 2024 Presidential Race

    Russia’s Far-Right LDPR Nominates Leader for 2024 Presidential Race

    Members of the far-right Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) on Tuesday nominated their leader and State Duma deputy Leonid Slutsky as the party’s candidate for Russia’s 2024 presidential race.  A total of 106 out of the 111 delegates present at the party’s congress in Moscow voted to nominate Slutsky — who stood unopposed during Tuesday’s vote —…

  • Russia Issues Arrest Warrant for Exiled Newspaper Editor

    Russia Issues Arrest Warrant for Exiled Newspaper Editor

    Russia’s Interior Ministry on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for the chief editor of a newspaper in the northwestern Pskov region, just days after banning him from leaving the country despite him having fled Russia over a year ago.  Journalist Denis Kamalyagin, who serves as editor-in-chief of the newspaper Pskovskaya Guberniya, was charged last month under wartime…

  • Rosneft has developed a new hydraulic fracturing technology

    Specialists from Rosneft’s research institute in Ufa, together with specialists from Bashneft (part of Rosneft), have developed and implemented a new combined hydraulic fracturing technology.

  • Russian Publisher Raided for Selling Books By Renowned Writer on ‘Extremists and Terrorists’ List

    Russian Publisher Raided for Selling Books By Renowned Writer on ‘Extremists and Terrorists’ List

    Russian investigators raided the Zakharov publishing house Tuesday after it refused to stop selling books by Russian-Georgian writer Boris Akunin, who this week was added to the country’s “extremists and terrorists” registry. “The Investigative Committee wants all the documents we possess — contracts, payments, everything — linked to Boris Akunin,” Irina Bogat, the publishing house’s…

  • Putin Says Girls Are Russia’s Labor Force ‘Reserve’

    Putin Says Girls Are Russia’s Labor Force ‘Reserve’

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday urged traditionally male professions to employ more women, to reduce major labor shortages exacerbated by thousands of soldiers being called up to fight in Ukraine. Russia has for years been suffering from a shrinking labor force because of persistently low birth rates, and this has been aggravated by the…

  • EU Adopts New Round of Sanctions on Russia

    EU Adopts New Round of Sanctions on Russia

    The European Union on Monday adopted a new package of sanctions on Russia that include an import ban on Russian diamonds, officials said. The package is the 12th packet leveled at Moscow since it sent Russian troops into Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022, in a full-scale invasion. They are designed to reduce Russia’s access to…

  • Prigozhin Supporters Call to Name St. Petersburg Street in His Honor

    Prigozhin Supporters Call to Name St. Petersburg Street in His Honor

    Supporters of the Wagner mercenary group’s late leader Yevgeny Prigozhin have asked authorities in St. Petersburg to name a city street in his honor, the Ostorozhno Novosti news channel reported Monday, citing a letter addressed to the regional governor.  Prigozhin died in a plane crash in August, just months after mounting a short-lived mutiny against Russia’s…

  • Families of Mobilized Russian Soldiers Call On Putin to End War in Ukraine

    Families of Mobilized Russian Soldiers Call On Putin to End War in Ukraine

    A group of mobilized Russian soldiers’ families has demanded that President Vladimir Putin bring an end to the war in Ukraine. For weeks, members of Put’ Domoi (Way Home), a group of mostly wives and mothers of mobilized soldiers, have called for the return of their loved ones from extended service on the front lines.…

  • In Photos: Moscow Lights Up for the New Year

    In Photos: Moscow Lights Up for the New Year

    Moscow is preparing to ring in 2024 with decorations popping up across the city ahead of the New Year, Russia’s most festive holiday. The decorations appear as the coming year is expected to be a challenging one for Russia, with the ongoing war in Ukraine and Western sanctions along with the presidential election. Here is…

  • Russia Adds Prominent Writer Akunin to ‘Extremists and Terrorists’ Registry

    Russia Adds Prominent Writer Akunin to ‘Extremists and Terrorists’ Registry

    Russian-Georgian writer Boris Akunin (Grigory Chkhartishvili) has been added to state financial watchdog Rosfinmonitoring’s list of “extremists and terrorists,” the independent Mediazona news website reported Monday. Akunin, 67, who lives in the U.K., has publicly condemned the Kremlin’s war against Ukraine and is a co-founder of the TrueRussia Foundation, which helps people affected by the…

  • Russian Court Postpones Navalny’s Court Hearings Until ‘Whereabouts Established’

    Russian Court Postpones Navalny’s Court Hearings Until ‘Whereabouts Established’

    A Russian court has postponed jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s hearings until “his whereabouts are established,” his team said Monday.  The announcement comes nearly two weeks after he first went missing in Russia’s prison system, sparking alarm from his aides and supporters that his life may be in danger. Navalny’s team said last week that the 47-year-old…

  • Russian Soldiers Convicted of Bribing Officer to Avoid Deployment – Kommersant

    Russian Soldiers Convicted of Bribing Officer to Avoid Deployment – Kommersant

    Five current and former Russian soldiers have received varying sentences for bribing a superior officer in exchange for avoiding a second deployment in Ukraine, the Kommersant business daily reported Monday, citing anonymous sources. The unidentified officer was reportedly investigated for accepting the bribes, but the newspaper said it was unclear whether he stood trial, adding…

  • Moscow ‘Welcomes’ Election Victory of Serbian Leader’s Party

    Moscow ‘Welcomes’ Election Victory of Serbian Leader’s Party

    The Kremlin on Monday said it “welcomed” the victory claimed by Serbia’s ruling party in parliamentary elections held the day before.  Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic looks poised to tighten his grip on power after his Serbian Progressive Party secured a dominating victory at Sunday’s polls, a contest largely seen as a referendum on his government “We welcome…

  • Russian Lawmakers Oppose Ban on Abortions in Private Clinics – Vedomosti

    Russian Lawmakers Oppose Ban on Abortions in Private Clinics – Vedomosti

    A group of Russian lawmakers has rejected a bill that would bar all private clinics in the country from providing abortion services, the business newspaper Vedomosti reported Monday, citing a letter sent to the speaker of Russia’s lower house of parliament. Members of the Russian State Duma’s Committee on Health Protection insisted that a woman’s right…

  • Siberian Communists Unveil New ‘Stalin Center’

    Siberian Communists Unveil New ‘Stalin Center’

    A so-called “cultural and historical” center dedicated to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin has been unveiled in the Siberian city of Barnaul, a local group of communists announced over the weekend. Members of the Communists of Russia party — not to be confused with the much larger Communist Party of the Russian Federation — opened the “Stalin…

  • Russian Pro-Peace Candidate Duntsova Nominated for 2024 Race

    Russian Pro-Peace Candidate Duntsova Nominated for 2024 Race

    A group of supporters has nominated pro-peace candidate Yekaterina Duntsova to run in Russia’s 2024 presidential election, her campaign said Sunday. Duntsova is a journalist and local politician from the Tver region whose candidacy has sparked accusations that she is endorsed by the Kremlin, which she denies, as well as fears of her prosecution under Russia’s…

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