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  • Checkmate Europe: Russia To Join Asia’s Federation

    Checkmate Europe: Russia To Join Asia’s Federation

    Russia’s governing body for chess said Tuesday it had been admitted into the game’s Asian federation and will leave Europe as Russian players face restrictions over Moscow’s assault in Ukraine. The shift, finalized by a vote at the Asian Chess Summit in Abu Dhabi earlier Tuesday, comes as other Russian sports federations, including football, are…

  • Finland Starts Construction of Russian Border Fence

    Finland Starts Construction of Russian Border Fence

    Finland has begun construction of its planned 200-kilometer fence along part of its border with Russia, the country’s border guard announced on Tuesday, as Helsinki fears Moscow could use migrant flows at the frontier for political purposes. Terrain work would begin on Tuesday “with forest clearance and will proceed in such a way that road…

  • Putin Urges FSB ‘Comrades’ to Step Up Counterintelligence Work

    Putin Urges FSB ‘Comrades’ to Step Up Counterintelligence Work

    Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized the loss of life members of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) have suffered in the war in Ukraine and urged the agency to step up its counterintelligence activities in a speech to an expanded FSB board meeting in Moscow on Tuesday.  “I would like to thank the leadership and all…

  • Putin’s Own Vodka Brand Netted Him $500 Million – Investigation

    Putin’s Own Vodka Brand Netted Him $500 Million – Investigation

    Russian President Vladimir Putin may have earned up to $500 million from sales of a popular vodka branded under his own name between 2004 and 2019, according to an investigation published on Tuesday by independent media outlet Proekt.   Russian vodka sold under the Putinka brand hit the shelves in Russia in 2002 and became the…

  • ‘War Has a Cost’: The Journalists Tallying Russia’s Dead Soldiers

    ‘War Has a Cost’: The Journalists Tallying Russia’s Dead Soldiers

    The lists of Russia’s war dead may be hundreds and thousands of names long but some casualties stand out to the journalists who painstakingly compile them. Olga Ivshina, a senior reporter at the BBC Russian Service, can instantly recall Mikhail Shuvalov, a retired power plant worker who volunteered to fight in Ukraine at the age…

  • Russia, Azerbaijan Criticize EU’s Armenia Border Mission

    Russia, Azerbaijan Criticize EU’s Armenia Border Mission

    Moscow and Baku on Tuesday criticized the deployment of an expanded EU monitoring mission to Armenia’s volatile border with Azerbaijan. Arch Caucasus foes Armenia and Azerbaijan have fought two wars for control of the Nagorno-Karabakh border region but have recently made progress toward a peace deal. The EU announced last week it had deployed a…

  • Armenia Detains Russian Anti-War Activist at Airport

    Armenia Detains Russian Anti-War Activist at Airport

    A Russian anti-war activist has been detained upon arrival in Armenia’s capital Yerevan, he told independent Russian human rights watchdog OVD-Info.  Nikita Kamensky had arrived at Zvartnots International Airport on a flight from Istanbul early Tuesday, OVD-Info reported, when he was detained for an unknown reason.  The detention could be linked to Armenia’s obligations under…

  • ‘Hackers’ Behind Air Raid Alerts Across Russia – Official

    ‘Hackers’ Behind Air Raid Alerts Across Russia – Official

    Russian authorities said Tuesday that several regional television and radio stations that have recently broadcast air raid alerts had been breached by hackers. The alerts are common across Ukraine, which is routinely targeted by drone and missile attacks, but the impact of fighting within Russia is limited to regions bordering the conflict. “As a result of hacking…

  • Russian Journalist Fined for Discussing Anti-War Tattoo On Air

    Russian Journalist Fined for Discussing Anti-War Tattoo On Air

    A Russian journalist was fined Tuesday for “discrediting” the Russian army by describing her anti-war tattoo in a televised interview, the independent Mediazona news website reported. Yulia Starostina, a former journalist for news outlets The Bell, Proekt and RBC, spoke to the independent broadcaster Dozhd for a December segment about Russians providing assistance to Ukrainian…

  • Blinken Eyes U.S. Inroads in Central Asia as Ukraine Rattles Nerves

    Blinken Eyes U.S. Inroads in Central Asia as Ukraine Rattles Nerves

    Secretary of State Antony Blinken is heading to Central Asia hoping that greater U.S. engagement will reassure former Soviet republics rattled by the Ukraine war, although Russia’s historic clout limits the extent of cooperation. Days after the anniversary of the Ukraine invasion, the top U.S. diplomat will hold talks Tuesday in Kazakhstan and then Uzbekistan and…

  • Navalny Lodged Over 50 Complaints to Russia’s Rights Commissioner

    Navalny Lodged Over 50 Complaints to Russia’s Rights Commissioner

    Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has submitted more than 50 official complaints to Russia’s human rights commissioner Tatiana Moskalkova during his year-long incarceration, the state-run TASS news agency reported Monday. “Of the more than 50 appeals that we received — none of them was ignored, each was investigated by the prosecutor’s office, the leadership of the Federal…

  • MBIR became a participant of the BRICS GRAIN International Platform

    The Multipurpose Fast Neutron Research Reactor (MBIR), being constructed by State Corporation Rosatom within the framework of the comprehensive program “Development of Technology, Technologies and Scientific Research in the Field of Atomic Energy Use in the Russian Federation”, became a participant in the GRAIN International Platform (Global Research Advanced Infrastructure Network). BRICS GRAIN platform was…

  • Russia in Firing Line as UN Human Rights and Disarmament Bodies Meet

    Russia in Firing Line as UN Human Rights and Disarmament Bodies Meet

    Days after the United Nations General Assembly in New York voted overwhelmingly to demand Russia’s immediate withdrawal from Ukraine, Moscow’s war also dominated the opening sessions of the UN Human Rights Council and Conference for Disarmament, both of which opened in Geneva on Monday. “The Russian invasion of Ukraine has triggered the most massive violations…

  • Floral Tributes to Slain Opposition Leader Nemtsov Reported Across Russia

    Floral Tributes to Slain Opposition Leader Nemtsov Reported Across Russia

    The Moscow custom of leaving floral tributes to honor the memory of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov on Feb. 27 each year appears to have spread throughout Russia, according to reports from six other cities.  Makeshift flower memorials have appeared in Russia’s five biggest cities, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and Kazan, on the eighth anniversary…

  • Putin Awards Friendship Medal to Action Star Steven Seagal

    Putin Awards Friendship Medal to Action Star Steven Seagal

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday awarded Steven Seagal, the U.S. action star turned vocal Kremlin supporter, the Order of Friendship medal, an award given to those working to improve Russia’s international relations.  Seagal, 70, was granted Russian citizenship in 2016 and has been serving as a special envoy of the Russian Foreign Ministry for…

  • Belarus Seeks 19 Years in Jail for Exiled Opposition Leader

    Belarus Seeks 19 Years in Jail for Exiled Opposition Leader

    Prosecutors in Moscow-allied Belarus have asked the courts to jail Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and a close aide to nearly two decades behind bars as they are tried in absentia. The recommendation reported on Belarusian state media is part of a long-running and brutal campaign to silence critics who led historic rallies in 2020…

  • Jailed Russian Journalist Safronov Says Moved to Siberian Prison

    Jailed Russian Journalist Safronov Says Moved to Siberian Prison

    Jailed Russian journalist Ivan Safronov has been transferred to the maximum-security prison where he will serve his sentence, he wrote on Monday in a letter to his supporters.  Savronov, 32, has been moved to the IK-7 prison in Siberia’s Krasnoyarsk region, where inmates serve a combination of penal detention and compulsory labor. “My route from…

  • In Photos: Russians Welcome Winter’s End with Maslenitsa Festivities

    In Photos: Russians Welcome Winter’s End with Maslenitsa Festivities

    People in Russia heralded the end of another cold winter as Maslenitsa festivities took place across the country this weekend. Maslenitsa, which is rooted in ancient Slavic tradition, involves the burning of effigies, wearing traditional costumes, singing and dancing. But most important is the cooking and eating blini, a thin, crepe-like pancake that symbolizes the…

  • Kremlin, on China Plan, Says No Conditions for Peace ‘At the Moment’ in Ukraine

    Kremlin, on China Plan, Says No Conditions for Peace ‘At the Moment’ in Ukraine

    The Kremlin on Monday acknowledged China’s proposal for a political solution in Ukraine but said the conditions for a peaceful resolution of the conflict were not in place “at the moment.” “We paid a lot of attention to our Chinese friends’ plan,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday, adding that: “for now, we don’t…

  • Ex-Kremlin Adviser Gleb Pavlovsky Dies at 71

    Ex-Kremlin Adviser Gleb Pavlovsky Dies at 71

    Prominent ​​Russian political scientist and former Kremlin adviser Gleb Pavlovsky has died at age 71 following a serious illness, Simon Kordonsky, head of the local self-government department at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics, told the Vedomosti business daily Monday. Pavlovsky had been an influential figure in Russian politics in the first decade of President Vladimir…

  • Russian Plane Destroyed at Belarus Airstrip – Opposition

    Russian Plane Destroyed at Belarus Airstrip – Opposition

    Belarus’s exiled opposition said Sunday that partisans had destroyed a Russian plane at an airstrip near the capital Minsk. “Partisans… confirmed a successful special operation to blow up a rare Russian plane at the airfield in Machulishchy near Minsk,” tweeted Franak Viacorka, a close adviser of opposition figurehead Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. “This is the most successful…

  • 9 Russian Cultural and Sporting Figures Who Emigrated in a Year of War

    9 Russian Cultural and Sporting Figures Who Emigrated in a Year of War

    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sparked an exodus of cultural and sporting stars, many of whom publicly stated their opposition to the war.  From pop legend Alla Pugacheva to five-time Olympic gold medalist and synchronized swimming champion Anastasia Davydova, there has been a steady emigration of the country’s luminaries in the year since Russian tanks rolled…

  • NATO Taking Part in Ukraine Conflict With Arms Supplies — Putin

    NATO Taking Part in Ukraine Conflict With Arms Supplies — Putin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused NATO members of entering the Ukraine conflict by donating arms to the country and said the West planned to break Russia up. “They are sending tens of billions of dollars in weapons to Ukraine. This really is participation,” Putin said in an interview with the Rossiya-1 channel that aired…

  • Russia’s Regional Arts Struggle On After Year of War

    Russia’s Regional Arts Struggle On After Year of War

    Since Feb. 24, 2022, a new curtain has descended on the Russian arts. Major Western auction houses and galleries are no longer working with Russian artists, Western companies have left Russia, and many Western suppliers are no longer exporting to Russia. But the impact of sanctions and other actions have impacted big cities and small…

  • EU Approves 10th Russia Sanctions Package on First Anniversary of War

    EU Approves 10th Russia Sanctions Package on First Anniversary of War

    The EU approved a new round of sanctions over Russia’s war in Ukraine late on Friday, only just meeting a self-imposed deadline for a 10th sanctions package to mark the one-year anniversary of Moscow’s invasion, the bloc’s Swedish presidency announced. The full details of the package, which contains “targeted restricted measures against individuals and entities…

  • EU Imposes Fresh Sanctions on 121 Russian Businesses and Individuals

    EU Imposes Fresh Sanctions on 121 Russian Businesses and Individuals

    New EU sanctions over Russia’s war in Ukraine adopted on Saturday target 121 individuals and entities, including Iranian drone manufacturers, officials said. The measures, which were formally adopted on Saturday, are the 10th round of European Union sanctions aimed at undercutting Russia’s finances and military supplies used in its invasion of Ukraine. They echo sanctions…

  • A Blini Bash for the Last Day of Maslenitsa

    A Blini Bash for the Last Day of Maslenitsa

    Maslenitsa — the week before the start of Lent — is a time of gastronomic madness and blini-eating records. This weekend Maslenitsa comes to an end. For most Russians it has always been a short holiday of abundance in the middle of ordinary and gray everyday life. That’s why no one wants to see Shrovetide —…

  • Thousands in Georgia Rally in Ukraine’s Support on Invasion Anniversary

    Thousands in Georgia Rally in Ukraine’s Support on Invasion Anniversary

    TBILISI, Georgia — Thousands of people took to the streets of the Georgian capital on Friday in a show of support for Ukraine, one year after Russia launched its invasion of the country. Large crowds moved down Tbilisi’s main thoroughfare Rustaveli Avenue, carrying Ukrainian flags, pro-Ukrainian banners and anti-Putin signs. Some 30,000 demonstrators gathered outside…

  • Zelensky Eyes Victory for Ukraine on Anniversary of Russia Conflict

    Zelensky Eyes Victory for Ukraine on Anniversary of Russia Conflict

    President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed Friday to do everything to defeat Russia this year, as the first highly sought Leopard battle tanks arrived in Ukraine on the anniversary of Europe’s largest conflict since World War II. The German-made Leopard tanks from Warsaw rolled in to help Ukraine repel Russian troops as Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki…

  • U.S. Beefs Up Russia Sanctions on Ukraine Invasion Anniversary

    U.S. Beefs Up Russia Sanctions on Ukraine Invasion Anniversary

    The United States on Friday announced sweeping sanctions aimed at increasing economic pain for Russia over its invasion of Ukraine and sharpening efforts to crack down on Moscow’s ability to evade existing restrictions. The White House said the latest measures against Russia were rolled out “in coordination with G7 partners and allies,” while Britain announced…

  • Anti-War Russians Detained at Muted Anniversary Protests

    Anti-War Russians Detained at Muted Anniversary Protests

    Dozens of Russians have been detained for staging anti-war pickets and other acts of remembrance across the country, as Feb. 24 marks exactly one year since the Kremlin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.  Mass anti-war protests are effectively outlawed under legislation passed in the wake of the invasion last year, and most prominent opposition activists have…

  • A Year of the Language of War

    A Year of the Language of War

    Нормы: norms In the past year after Russia went from annexation and limited war in Ukraine to a full-scale invasion of the country, the Russian language has undergone a great change. If you dig into the archives and watch a day of Russian television in, say, June of 2021 and then a day in June…

  • Over 15,000 Russian Soldiers Confirmed Killed In Ukraine – Independent Analysis

    Over 15,000 Russian Soldiers Confirmed Killed In Ukraine – Independent Analysis

    Over 15,000 Russian soldiers have been confirmed killed in Ukraine since the start of the Kremlin’s invasion, according to an independent tally published on the war’s one-year anniversary Friday. The independent Mediazona news website and the BBC Russian service have been verifying the number of Russian troops killed in Ukraine using publicly available information from media…

  • On Russia’s Border with Ukraine, War Is Impossible to Ignore

    On Russia’s Border with Ukraine, War Is Impossible to Ignore

    SHEBEKINO, Belgorod region — When Russian tanks began rolling through the streets of this small town six kilometers from the Ukrainian border in late February last year, most locals didn’t believe that Russia was about to invade its neighbor.  “It just sounded unbelievable,” recalled Alexander, 27, a local businessman who requested his name be changed…

  • Russian Oligarchs Still Swerving Sanctions

    Russian Oligarchs Still Swerving Sanctions

    Oligarchs reportedly close to Russian President Vladimir Putin who have had bank accounts frozen or property seized after Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine are pushing back against the Western sanctions — or finding ways around them. Authorities have frozen about £18.4 billion ($22.2 billion) of Russian assets in Britain, and 17 billion euros worth ($18 billion)…

  • The Photos That Have Defined Russia’s One-Year Invasion of Ukraine

    The Photos That Have Defined Russia’s One-Year Invasion of Ukraine

    In the early hours of Feb. 24, 2022, after months of posturing and threats, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his forces to launch an all-out assault on Ukraine from both Russian territory and that of its ally Belarus. Initially marked by Russia’s confident predictions that Kyiv would fall to Moscow within days, the war that…

  • Ex-President Medvedev Says Russia Must Win in Ukraine

    Ex-President Medvedev Says Russia Must Win in Ukraine

    Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday vowed that Russia would be victorious in its war against Ukraine, saying that Moscow is ready to fight up to the Polish border to counter alleged “threats” against it. Medvedev, whose rhetoric has become increasingly radical over the past year, is one of the most vocal supporters of…

  • Zelensky Vows Victory One Year After Russian Invasion

    Zelensky Vows Victory One Year After Russian Invasion

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky promised victory against Russia on Friday on the one-year anniversary of Europe’s largest conflict since World War II, as commemorations were held by Kyiv’s Western allies. “We endured. We were not defeated. And we will do everything to gain victory this year,” Zelensky said in a statement released on social media.…

  • China Urges Russia, Ukraine to Hold Talks, Warns Against Using Nuclear Weapons

    China Urges Russia, Ukraine to Hold Talks, Warns Against Using Nuclear Weapons

    China called Friday for urgent peace talks as it released its plan to end the war in Ukraine, but Western powers quickly rebuffed the proposals while warning against Beijing’s closening ties to Moscow. The 12-point paper calling for a “political settlement” of the crisis follows accusations from the West that China is considering arming Russia,…

  • Russia’s Wagner Claims Capture of Ukraine Village Near Bakhmut

    Russia’s Wagner Claims Capture of Ukraine Village Near Bakhmut

    The head of Russia’s Wagner Group on Friday said that his fighters had captured a village near Ukraine’s eastern city of Bakhmut, the scene of fierce fighting between the two sides for months. Berkhivka “is entirely under our control,” Yevgeny Prigozhin said in a statement released by his press service on the one-year anniversary of…

  • Russia Launches Empty Ship to ISS to Replace Damaged Capsule

    Russia Launches Empty Ship to ISS to Replace Damaged Capsule

    An uncrewed Russian Soyuz capsule took off early Friday from Kazakhstan for the International Space Station to eventually bring home three astronauts whose return vehicle was damaged by a tiny meteoroid. The Soyuz MS-23 vessel lifted off successfully from the Russian-operated Baikonur Cosmodrome, live video broadcast by ISS partner NASA showed. Though the capsule is…

  • UN Demands Russia Withdraw From Ukraine

    UN Demands Russia Withdraw From Ukraine

    The United Nations voted overwhelmingly Thursday to demand Russia immediately and unconditionally withdraw its troops from Ukraine, marking the one-year anniversary of the war with a call for a “just and lasting” peace. Ukraine earned strong backing in a nonbinding vote that saw 141 of the 193 UN members in support, seven opposed and 32,…

  • Russia Says Ukraine Preparing ‘Armed Provocation’ in Breakaway Transnistria

    Russia Says Ukraine Preparing ‘Armed Provocation’ in Breakaway Transnistria

    Russia on Thursday claimed Ukraine was ramping up efforts to invade Transnistria, Moldova’s Moscow-backed separatist region, and pledged a “response.” The Russian defence ministry’s statement was released on the eve of the one-year anniversary of Moscow’s offensive in Ukraine. Since the launch of the full-scale assault against Ukraine a year ago, the Kremlin has been…

  • Russian Politician Uses Idiom Literally to Express Incredulity at Putin Speech

    Russian Politician Uses Idiom Literally to Express Incredulity at Putin Speech

    A regional deputy in the city of Samara in Russia’s Volga region took what might prove to have been a dangerously light-hearted approach to President Vladimir Putin’s state-of-the-nation address earlier this week, and one that may have left non-Russians wondering what on earth was going on. A YouTube video posted by Communist Party Duma Deputy Mikhail…

  • Russia’s Wagner Chief Announces Ammo Delivery After Row

    Russia’s Wagner Chief Announces Ammo Delivery After Row

    The head of Russian mercenary outfit Wagner said Thursday his fighters in Ukraine were getting ammunition after he accused Russia’s top brass of withholding supplies. “Today at 6:00 a.m., it was announced that the shipment of ammunition was starting,” Prigozhin said in a statement shared by his press service, adding that the “main papers have already…

  • Russia Fully Reopens Crimea Bridge to Cars on Eve of Anniversary

    Russia Fully Reopens Crimea Bridge to Cars on Eve of Anniversary

    Moscow on Thursday announced the full reopening to road traffic of the controversial Crimea Bridge, which has been closed and under repair since it was badly damaged in an explosion in October. The announcement came on the eve of the first anniversary of the Russian offensive in Ukraine, with both Moscow and Kyiv keen to control…

  • Russian Air Force Pilot Killed in Plane Crash Near Ukraine Border

    Russian Air Force Pilot Killed in Plane Crash Near Ukraine Border

    Adds last three grafs on civilian death. A Russian pilot was killed on Thursday when a military plane crashed in the southern region of Belgorod near the border with Ukraine, the Russian Defense Ministry has announced.  “After completing a combat mission, a Su-25 aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces crashed while returning to its base…

  • Putin Calls Russia’s Armed Forces ‘Guarantor of Stability’ on Military Holiday

    Putin Calls Russia’s Armed Forces ‘Guarantor of Stability’ on Military Holiday

    President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called Russia’s military a “guarantor of national stability,” promising to boost arms production nearly a year after the start of the Ukraine offensive. “A modern, efficient army and navy are a guarantee of the country’s security and sovereignty, a guarantee of its stable development and its future,” Putin said in a…

  • One Year of Russia’s War on Ukraine, in Graphs

    One Year of Russia’s War on Ukraine, in Graphs

    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine one year ago has led to the deaths of thousands of soldiers and Ukrainian civilians — as well as radically reshaped Russia’s social, political and economic fabric. The Moscow Times has produced a series of graphs to illustrate the changes that have taken place over the past year: Reports of heavy Russian…

  • G7 Presses IMF to Provide More Aid to Ukraine on Eve of Invasion Anniversary

    G7 Presses IMF to Provide More Aid to Ukraine on Eve of Invasion Anniversary

    Updates throughout. G7 finance chiefs pressed the IMF on Thursday to urgently provide more aid to war-stricken Ukraine on the eve of the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion. “On February 24 last year, Russia launched its illegal, unjustifiable, and unprovoked war of aggression against Ukraine, which is also an attack on the rule of law…

  • G7 Ministers to Discuss Fresh Russia Sanctions Ahead of Anniversary

    G7 Ministers to Discuss Fresh Russia Sanctions Ahead of Anniversary

    Updates with Yellen quote. Group of Seven finance ministers were due to discuss fresh sanctions against Moscow and increased support for Ukraine on Thursday, a day ahead of the first anniversary of the Russian invasion. Sanctions imposed on Russia in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine had been having a “very significant effect” on…

  • UN Condemns Continued Detention of Putin Opponent Kara-Murza

    UN Condemns Continued Detention of Putin Opponent Kara-Murza

    The UN’s human rights chief condemned the continued jailing of a leading figure in Russia’s political opposition on Wednesday, demanding that he face “fair proceedings” for his opposition to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Volker Turk, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, was “concerned by continued detention of opposition politician and journalist Vladimir Kara-Murza…

  • International Federation of Journalists Suspends Russia’s Membership 

    International Federation of Journalists Suspends Russia’s Membership 

    The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), a global body representing as many as 600,000 media professionals around the world, on Wednesday announced that it had suspended the Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ) from the organization. The IFJ’s move came in response to the RUJ’s recent decision to expand its work to the Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine, which it…

  • In Photos: How Putin’s Address Really Was One to the Entire Nation

    In Photos: How Putin’s Address Really Was One to the Entire Nation

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday gave his much-anticipated first address to the nation since ordering the invasion of Ukraine exactly a year ago. However, the members of the Putinist elite invited to Moscow’s Gostiny Dvor for the event were far from the only people listening to the proceedings. As members of both chambers of…

  • Putin Says Russia Fighting for ‘Historical Lands’ at Pro-War Rally

    Putin Says Russia Fighting for ‘Historical Lands’ at Pro-War Rally

    Recast and updated with reaction and analysis. President Vladimir Putin said Russia is fighting for its “historical lands” on Wednesday as the country approaches the one year anniversary of its bloody invasion of Ukraine. Speaking at a state-organized concert the day before Defender of the Fatherland Day, which is a national holiday, Putin delivered a…

  • Heineken Denies Claim it Broke Promise to Exit Russian Market

    Heineken Denies Claim it Broke Promise to Exit Russian Market

    Dutch giant brewer Heineken said Wednesday that it still planned to exit Russia after a media report accusing it of “breaking a promise” to leave over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Dutch investigative website Follow the Money said the Amsterdam-based brewer was still operating in Russia despite making a promise last year to stop investing. Although…

  • Wagner Chief Urges Russians to Press Army to Give Fighters Ammo

    Wagner Chief Urges Russians to Press Army to Give Fighters Ammo

    The head of the Wagner mercenary outfit, Yevgeny Prigozhin, on Wednesday urged Russians to pressure the country’s regular army into sharing ammunition with his fighters in Ukraine. Prigozhin stopped short of calling on Russians to protest but urged everyone from “driver” to “flight attendant” to help him. He had already made headlines on Tuesday when…

  • Russia-China Ties Key to ‘Stabilize International Situation’ – Putin

    Russia-China Ties Key to ‘Stabilize International Situation’ – Putin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a meeting with China’s top diplomat on Wednesday that cooperation between Beijing and Moscow was important to “stabilize the international situation.” “The cooperation between China and Russia on the world stage is very important to stabilize the international situation,” Putin said at the meeting with Wang Yi.  Their meeting comes as China is…

  • Russian E-Commerce Platforms Block Anti-War Goods

    Russian E-Commerce Platforms Block Anti-War Goods

    Russian e-commerce websites have started blocking products carrying anti-war symbols and messages in favor of pro-war items, independent media reported Wednesday. “With the invasion of Ukraine, areas previously far removed from politics have started to get politicized,” said Avtozak Live, an independent YouTube and Telegram channel. The outlet said it has found “thousands” of ads…

  • 7 Killed in Moscow Hotel Fire

    7 Killed in Moscow Hotel Fire

    Seven people were killed and 11 injured in a large fire that erupted at a hotel in central Moscow overnight, state media reported Wednesday, citing emergency services. Emergency crews evacuated 200 people from the 16-story building and contained the blaze by midnight, according to the TASS news agency. The residential building houses dozens of ground-level…

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