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  • Russia Conflicted on Ukraine Winter Offensive, Senior U.S. Official Says

    Russia Conflicted on Ukraine Winter Offensive, Senior U.S. Official Says

    The Russian leadership has conflicting views on whether to launch a winter offensive in Ukraine, which has warned of a fresh Russian attempt to seize Kyiv, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday. Russian President Vladimir Putin has publicly called for his top military brass to present him with “short- and medium-term” plans on how to…

  • Russia’s Justice Ministry Seeks Dissolution of Moscow Helsinki Group 

    Russia’s Justice Ministry Seeks Dissolution of Moscow Helsinki Group 

    Russia’s Justice Ministry has filed for a court order to shut down one of the country’s most prominent and respected human rights organizations, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported on Tuesday. In its legal filing, the Justice Ministry claimed that the Moscow Helsinki Group had violated unspecified “legal requirements” while carrying out its activities, a…

  • Gas Pipeline Fire in Russia’s Republic of Chuvashia Kills 3: Governor

    Gas Pipeline Fire in Russia’s Republic of Chuvashia Kills 3: Governor

    Three people died on Tuesday when a key gas pipeline in the Republic of Chuvashia in western Russia caught fire, the regional governor told Russian television. Images circulating on social media showed a large ball of fire billowing over one and two-story buildings in a snow-blanketed village, with residents moving closer to inspect the blaze.…

  • Moscow Says 100K IT Specialists Have Left Russia This Year

    Moscow Says 100K IT Specialists Have Left Russia This Year

    Around 100,000 IT specialists have left Russia this year, an official said Tuesday, following the start of Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine on Feb. 24. Young Russians fled the country in droves, especially those working in the IT sector and able to work remotely, sparking fears of a brain drain. Some months later, the announcement of the…

  • Russian Oligarch Deripaska’s Sochi Hotel Seized After War Criticism – FT

    Russian Oligarch Deripaska’s Sochi Hotel Seized After War Criticism – FT

    A Russian court ordered the seizure of a luxury hotel complex owned by Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska after he criticized President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine earlier this year, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday. The court order to seize the $1bn Imeretinskiy hotel and marina complex in Sochi came in September after the Kremlin…

  • Russian Space Chief Praises U.S. After ISS Coolant Leak

    Russian Space Chief Praises U.S. After ISS Coolant Leak

    The head of Russian space agency Roscosmos on Tuesday praised Russia-U.S. cooperation at the International Space Station following a major coolant leak from a Soyuz crew capsule. “Say hello to the entire American team. They proved themselves to be very worthy in this situation and lent us a helping hand,” Borisov said, speaking to the…

  • Moscow’s Deputy FM Claims U.S. Holding 60 Russians ‘Hostage’

    Moscow’s Deputy FM Claims U.S. Holding 60 Russians ‘Hostage’

    A senior Russian diplomat has accused the United States of holding more than 60 Russian citizens as “hostages,” the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported Tuesday. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin’s comments come nearly two weeks after Russia freed U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner in exchange for Viktor Bout, a notorious arms dealer imprisoned in…

  • Russia Places Ex-Kremlin Adviser, Gallerist Marat Gelman on Wanted List

    Russia Places Ex-Kremlin Adviser, Gallerist Marat Gelman on Wanted List

    Russia has placed prominent art gallerist and former Kremlin adviser-turned-critic Marat Gelman on its wanted list. An Interior Ministry card listing Gelman — who moved to Montenegro in 2014 amid a growing crackdown on artistic freedoms — as a wanted person mentions his Israeli citizenship, the RBC news website reported.  It does not specify the crime…

  • Putin Orders Intensified Hunt for ‘Traitors, Spies, Saboteurs’

    Putin Orders Intensified Hunt for ‘Traitors, Spies, Saboteurs’

    President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia’s counterintelligence services on Monday to step up their hunt for “traitors, spies and saboteurs” and prevent threats from abroad. Speaking on Security Agency Worker’s Day, a professional holiday in Russia, Putin laid out “high demands” on Russia’s security agencies to respond to “new threats and challenges.” “You must put a firm…

  • Russia Sentences 4 Jehovah’s Witnesses to Lengthy Prison Terms

    Russia Sentences 4 Jehovah’s Witnesses to Lengthy Prison Terms

    A Russian court has sentenced four members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses to prison terms ranging up to seven years, the religious organization said Monday. The men in the Far East city of Birobidzhan were charged with organizing and financing “extremist” activities by holding joint worship services. They were detained as part of a special operation involving…

  • Putin Insists No Plan to Absorb Belarus on Visit in Ukraine Shadow

    Putin Insists No Plan to Absorb Belarus on Visit in Ukraine Shadow

    President Vladimir Putin denied plans to absorb Belarus as he paid a rare visit Monday to the country whose strongman assisted his invasion of neighboring Ukraine. Putin flew into Minsk with his defense and foreign ministers in tow, hours after Russian forces launched a swarm of attack drones at critical infrastructure in Kyiv, which provoked emergency…

  • Canada Moves to Seize $26M from Russian Oligarch Roman Abramovich

    Canada Moves to Seize $26M from Russian Oligarch Roman Abramovich

    Canada’s government on Monday announced the start of a process to seize $26 million in assets from a company owned by sanctioned Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich. While several of its Western allies have seized yachts, oil and gas ventures, and other assets of people close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, this is the first time…

  • Russia Evacuates Diplomat Injured in CAR Terror Attack

    Russia Evacuates Diplomat Injured in CAR Terror Attack

    The head of a Russian cultural center in the Central African Republic (CAR) who was hospitalized when an explosive device sent to him in the mail detonated was “urgently evacuated” to Russia, Moscow’s embassy in the country said Monday. The Russian Embassy in the CAR capital Bangui confirmed that Dmitry Sitiy was being evacuated to…

  • Veteran Environmental Group Shutters Over Russian ‘Foreign Agent’ Label

    Veteran Environmental Group Shutters Over Russian ‘Foreign Agent’ Label

    A veteran environmental watchdog in Russia’s Far East announced its closure over the weekend after authorities labeled it a “foreign agent.” Sakhalin Environment Watch (SEW) said it “categorically disagrees” with Friday’s designation by the Russian Justice Ministry. “Someone at the top has suddenly decided that we are under ‘foreign influence’ and engaged in political activities,” SEW…

  • Putin Arrives in Minsk for Rare Belarus Visit as Drone Strikes Batter Kyiv

    Putin Arrives in Minsk for Rare Belarus Visit as Drone Strikes Batter Kyiv

    Updates with Putin’s arrival in Minsk Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday arrived for a rare visit to neighboring Belarus, from where Moscow partially launched its invasion of Ukraine nearly 10 months ago, for talks with close ally and strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko. His arrival on an icy runway in Minsk came hours after Russian…

  • Russian Jailed 12 Years in Crimea for Sharing Naval Info With Ukraine

    Russian Jailed 12 Years in Crimea for Sharing Naval Info With Ukraine

    A court in Moscow-annexed Crimea has sentenced a Russian citizen to 12 years in prison on charges of sharing details about the Russian Navy with Ukrainian intelligence prior to the invasion of Ukraine, Russian security services announced Monday. Yevgeny Petrushin collected and transmitted information to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s Main Directorate of Intelligence as far…

  • Moscow Pummeled By Historic Snowfall

    Moscow Pummeled By Historic Snowfall

    Heavy snowfall blanketed Moscow on Sunday, disrupting traffic, delaying flights and leaving pavements buried with snow across the Russian capital.  More than 60% of the monthly norm descended on Moscow over the past 24 hours, producing 25-centimeter-tall snow banks, municipal authorities said Monday. Two and a half months’ worth of snow has blanketed the capital…

  • Pussy Riot Activists Detained at World Cup Final

    Pussy Riot Activists Detained at World Cup Final

    Members of the anti-Kremlin activist group Pussy Riot were detained at the World Cup final in Qatar after they tried to storm the pitch to protest issues including the war in Ukraine, Reuters and German media reported Monday, citing activists. Pussy Riot associate Pyotr Verzilov, member Veronika Nikulshina and an unnamed Ukrainian member were stopped seconds…

  • Russian Troops to Hold Drills in Ukraine’s Neighbor Belarus

    Russian Troops to Hold Drills in Ukraine’s Neighbor Belarus

    Russian troops will conduct military exercises in Belarus, which neighbors Ukraine, the Interfax news agency said on Monday, citing the Defense Ministry in Moscow. In October, Belarus announced the formation of a joint regional force with Moscow with several thousand Russian servicemen arriving in the ex-Soviet country.   “The final assessment of the combat capability…

  • Drones Attack Kyiv as Ukraine Watches Belarus Border

    Drones Attack Kyiv as Ukraine Watches Belarus Border

    Drones attacked Kyiv early Monday, days after the Ukrainian capital withstood one of the biggest missile attacks since the start of Russia’s February invasion.  The latest strikes came as Russian President Vladimir Putin travels to Belarus, Ukraine’s neighbor in the north, where Moscow’s troops stationed as part of a regional force are due to hold…

  • Iran Says It Won’t ‘Seek Permission From Anyone’ to Boost Russia Ties

    Iran Says It Won’t ‘Seek Permission From Anyone’ to Boost Russia Ties

    Iran’s Foreign Ministry said Sunday it would not “seek permission from anyone” to expand relations with Russia, dismissing U.S. concerns over a growing military partnership between Tehran and Moscow. Western countries have accused Iran of supplying drones to Russia, allegedly used to attack Ukraine, and slapped sanctions on Tehran, which denies the allegations. CIA chief…

  • One Dead and Several Injured in Strikes on Russia’s Belgorod Region

    One Dead and Several Injured in Strikes on Russia’s Belgorod Region

    Strikes on the Russian region of Belgorod, which borders Ukraine, killed one person and injured five others on Sunday, the regional governor said, two days after a barrage of attacks by Moscow battered Ukraine’s energy grid. In the regional capital Belgorod, “there are four wounded (with injuries) of moderate severity”, governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said on…

  • Is Russia Receiving Weapons From North Korea?

    Is Russia Receiving Weapons From North Korea?

    Washington claimed last month that Russia was buying weapons from North Korea and using those weapons in Ukraine.  The allegations that the two heavily sanctioned states were stepping up military cooperation came almost nine months into Russia’s war against its pro-Western neighbor that has severely depleted its stocks of artillery shells, ammunition and cruise missiles. …

  • Putin Meets Top Military Brass to Discuss Ukraine Strategy: Kremlin

    Putin Meets Top Military Brass to Discuss Ukraine Strategy: Kremlin

    President Vladimir Putin has held extensive meetings with the military top brass overseeing Russia’s campaign in Ukraine, where Moscow has stepped up bombardments, the Kremlin said Saturday. “On Friday, the president spent the whole day at the army staff involved in the special military operation in Ukraine,” a statement said. He held a meeting with…

  • Russia Says Strikes Disrupted The Supply of Foreign Arms to Ukraine

    Russia Says Strikes Disrupted The Supply of Foreign Arms to Ukraine

    Russia claimed Saturday it had prevented the delivery of foreign weapons to Ukraine as part of mass strikes a day earlier that caused power and water outages across the country. On Friday, “military command systems, the military-industrial complex and their supporting energy facilities of Ukraine were hit with a mass strike with high-precision weapons,” Russia’s…

  • How the Goose Defeated the Swan: A Christmas Tale

    How the Goose Defeated the Swan: A Christmas Tale

    There isn’t a single depiction of a holiday by a Russian artist without swans, ducks, and geese on the table. They are baked under a golden crust and decorated with feathers, lying in a bed of applies and little pies. Or the swan is held aloft on a platter, floating above the heads of guests,…

  • Brittney Griner Says it’s ‘so Good to Be Home’ After Release From Russian Jail

    Brittney Griner Says it’s ‘so Good to Be Home’ After Release From Russian Jail

    U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner made her first remarks since being released from a Russian prison on Friday, saying that it was “so good to be home” and vowing to play again for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury. Griner, in a message on Instagram, thanked a long list of people for securing her release with a…

  • 5 Graphs Analyzing 10,000 Russian Soldiers Confirmed Killed in Ukraine

    5 Graphs Analyzing 10,000 Russian Soldiers Confirmed Killed in Ukraine

    Over 10,000 Russian soldiers have been killed since Moscow invaded Ukraine, according to a tally of confirmed military deaths kept by the BBC Russian Service and independent media outlet Mediazona.  While the real scale of Russia’s war losses is likely far higher, the tally is the most accurate independent database of Russian fatalities.  Russia has…

  • Russian Diplomat Hospitalized in CAR After Opening Letter Bomb

    Russian Diplomat Hospitalized in CAR After Opening Letter Bomb

    The head of a Russian cultural center in the Central African Republic (CAR) was hospitalized on Friday after an explosive device sent to him in the mail detonated. Dmitry Sitiy, who runs the Bangui branch of Russian House, a state-funded cultural center that promotes Russian culture around the world, collected a parcel addressed to him…

  • The Hopeless Quest for Language Purity

    The Hopeless Quest for Language Purity

    Общеупотребимые слова: commonly used words Every year or so some state organization at some level in Russia demands or proposes or drafts a law that would keep foreign words out of the Russian language so that the Russian language will remain, well, purely Russian. The fact that this happens regularly suggests that the process is…

  • Russia’s Central Bank Warns of Labor Shortage Following Mobilization

    Russia’s Central Bank Warns of Labor Shortage Following Mobilization

    The governor of Russia’s Central Bank, Elvira Nabiullina, warned on Friday that the country was facing a growing labor shortage following the conscription of over 300,000 civilians during the Defense Ministry’s recent mobilization campaign. “The external environment for the Russian economy remains challenging and significantly constrains economic activity,” the Central Bank said, adding that Russia’s…

  • Apple Seeks to End Lease on Russian Head Office – RBC

    Apple Seeks to End Lease on Russian Head Office – RBC

    Apple is in talks to terminate a lease on its Moscow office that the U.S. tech giant had opened less than a month before Russia invaded Ukraine, Russian media reported Friday, citing unnamed real estate sources. Apple opened its corporate office in one of Moscow’s most expensive office spaces in early February 2022, becoming the first foreign IT…

  • Russia Fires Missile Barrage at Ukraine Grid

    Russia Fires Missile Barrage at Ukraine Grid

    A fresh barrage of deadly Russian strikes battered Ukraine on Friday, cutting water and electricity in major cities and piling pressure on the grid in sub-zero temperatures. Kyiv residents in winter coats crammed into underground metro stations as air raid sirens rang out and Russian forces fired off dozens of missiles in one of the…

  • Tiny Meteorite May Have Caused Leak from Soyuz Capsule

    Tiny Meteorite May Have Caused Leak from Soyuz Capsule

    Russian and NASA engineers were assessing a coolant leak on Thursday from a Soyuz crew capsule docked with the International Space Station (ISS) that may have been caused by a micrometeorite strike. Dramatic NASA TV images showed white particles resembling snowflakes streaming out of the rear of the vessel for hours. The coolant leak forced…

  • Russian Job Sites Recruit Trench Diggers for Occupied Ukraine, Border Areas

    Russian Job Sites Recruit Trench Diggers for Occupied Ukraine, Border Areas

    Russian job sites are advertising trench- and fortification-digging jobs in occupied Ukrainian and nearby Russian regions, independent media reported Thursday. Russia started building defensive fortifications near the front lines as well as in its border regions following alleged Ukrainian counterstrikes that stoked authorities’ fears of further attacks that could reach deeper into Russian territory. Popular Russian classifieds…

  • Deadly Russian Shelling Cuts Off Kherson Power

    Deadly Russian Shelling Cuts Off Kherson Power

    Russian forces bombarded Kherson on Thursday, killing two people and depriving the Ukrainian city of electricity as the European Union announced its latest slew of sanctions against Moscow and an 18 billion euro aid package for Kyiv. Moscow-allied officials in the Russian-occupied city of Donetsk, meanwhile, said they have come under some of the heaviest…

  • Explainer: What Is Russia’s Role in the Current Nagorno-Karabakh Crisis?

    Explainer: What Is Russia’s Role in the Current Nagorno-Karabakh Crisis?

    The blockade of the Lachin corridor, the only road connecting the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia, has sparked concern of a humanitarian disaster in the region, not to mention a fresh outbreak of hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The crisis has also renewed scrutiny of Russia’s 2,000 peacekeeping troops in the region, who despite…

  • U.S. Financial Sanctions Target Russian Oligarch Vladimir Potanin

    U.S. Financial Sanctions Target Russian Oligarch Vladimir Potanin

    The U.S. announced financial sanctions targeting one of Russia’s wealthiest men, Vladimir Potanin, the Treasury Department and State Department said Thursday, adding to efforts that curb Moscow’s ability to fund its war in Ukraine. The actions come after similar moves were taken against Potanin and his network by the U.K. and Canada, the State Department…

  • Vatican Confirms Apology to Moscow Over Pope’s Comments

    Vatican Confirms Apology to Moscow Over Pope’s Comments

    The Vatican confirmed on Thursday that it had apologized to Russia after Pope Francis made comments in which he singled out the allegedly cruel role of Russian ethnic minorities in the Ukraine conflict.  Vatican spokesperson Matteo Bruni was asked about Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova saying earlier on Thursday that the Vatican had apologized for…

  • Swedish Clothing Giant H&M Shutters Last Stores in Russia

    Swedish Clothing Giant H&M Shutters Last Stores in Russia

    Swedish fashion retailer H&M announced on Thursday that it had closed its last remaining stores in Russia and Belarus, wrapping up its progressive withdrawal from both countries due to the invasion of Ukraine.  After ceasing sales in Russia in March following Russian troops being ordered into Ukraine, H&M announced in July that it would withdraw…

  • Trial of Russian Artist for Anti-War Supermarket Protest Begins

    Trial of Russian Artist for Anti-War Supermarket Protest Begins

    The trial of Russian artist Sasha Skochilenko, who was arrested in April for an anti-war protest in which she replaced supermarket price tags with information about the death toll in Ukraine, opened at a St. Petersburg court on Thursday. Skochilenko, 32, who has been held in pre-trial detention for over six months, was charged with…

  • Russia Blasts Poland’s ‘State Sponsor of Terror’ Label

    Russia Blasts Poland’s ‘State Sponsor of Terror’ Label

    Moscow on Thursday slammed Poland’s designation of Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism,” calling it part of a targeted Western campaign that has no legal bearing. The Polish lower house of parliament, the Sejm, issued the designation in a late Wednesday resolution. It condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and includes a disputed amendment blaming Moscow…

  • Russian Man Sentenced to 12.5 Years for Offering State Secrets to Ukraine

    Russian Man Sentenced to 12.5 Years for Offering State Secrets to Ukraine

    A Russian man has been sentenced to 12 years and six months in prison on treason charges, security services said Thursday, in the latest case involving alleged attempts to pass sensitive information to Ukraine. Vyacheslav Mamukov, from the Far East city of Khabarovsk, was accused of trying to sell “state and commercial secrets related to transport…

  • Pro-Russian Donetsk Mayor Claims ‘Largest’ Ukrainian Shelling Attack Since 2014

    Pro-Russian Donetsk Mayor Claims ‘Largest’ Ukrainian Shelling Attack Since 2014

    The Russian-occupied city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine has been hit by the most intense wave of Ukrainian shelling since hostilities first broke out eight years ago, its Moscow-installed mayor said. “At precisely 7 a.m., Ukrainian fascists subjected the center of Donetsk to the most massive strike since 2014,” Alexei Kulemzin wrote on the Telegram…

  • Georgia’s Jailed Ex-Leader Saakashvili Declares, Then Calls Off Hunger Strike

    Georgia’s Jailed Ex-Leader Saakashvili Declares, Then Calls Off Hunger Strike

    Georgia’s jailed ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili called off a hunger strike he had announced a few hours earlier Wednesday over the authorities’ failure to ensure a video link between the hospital where he is being held and his court hearing. Saakashvili has been a key figure of politics in the ex-Soviet Caucasus country for two decades…

  • 2 People Killed in Explosion at Siberia’s Largest Oil Refinery

    2 People Killed in Explosion at Siberia’s Largest Oil Refinery

    Two workers were killed in a powerful blast at the largest oil refinery in Siberia, authorities said Thursday, in the second such incident in recent weeks. Processing unit fumes may have caused the blast at the Rosneft oil giant-owned Angarsk Petrochemical Company, according to emergency officials. The Irkutsk regional branch of Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry said…

  • Ukraine Finds ‘Propaganda’ at Russia-Linked Orthodox Sites

    Ukraine Finds ‘Propaganda’ at Russia-Linked Orthodox Sites

    Ukraine’s SBU security service on Wednesday found “propaganda literature” in counter-intelligence searches in churches and monasteries across the country, in its most recent descent on religious sites of the Russia-linked Ukrainian Orthodox Church. “The Security Service of Ukraine found Russian passports, propaganda literature and laissez-passer” issued by Russian occupation authorities during searches on Wednesday, the…

  • Ukraine War and Popularity Worries: Why Putin is Skipping His Annual Press Conference

    Ukraine War and Popularity Worries: Why Putin is Skipping His Annual Press Conference

    The cancellation of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annual press conference earlier this week was a last minute decision taken due to growing fears the televised event would be dominated by the Ukraine war, six Kremlin and government officials told The Moscow Times.  Putin has held 17 such press conferences — a set piece of the…

  • Law Punishing Acts of Sabotage With Life Sentences Wins Duma Support

    Law Punishing Acts of Sabotage With Life Sentences Wins Duma Support

    New legislation that punishes organization, financing and recruitment for acts of sabotage with stiff sentences of up to life imprisonment was approved by Russia’s State Duma in its first reading on Wednesday, state-owned news agency RIA reported. The legislation, which supplements an existing law with three new articles, mandates severe punishments including life imprisonment for…

  • Yav Art Group: To Protest, It Helps to Know the Law

    Yav Art Group: To Protest, It Helps to Know the Law

    A bridge separating two brother is set on fire in a short video, one of the latest works by the art group Yav. The art event was held on National Unity Day, which is celebrated in Russia on Nov. 4. Fans of the art group immediately understood this artistic performance as a direct reference to…

  • Prisoner Swap with Russia Frees 64 Ukrainians and one U.S. Citizen

    Prisoner Swap with Russia Frees 64 Ukrainians and one U.S. Citizen

    Ukraine announced that it had secured the release 64 Ukrainians and one U.S. citizen in its latest prisoner swap with Russian forces on Wednesday. “64 soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces who fought in the Donetsk and Luhansk sectors are going home,” the Ukrainian president’s chief of staff Andriy Yermak tweeted. “It was also possible…

  • Russian Army Forms ‘Artistic Units’ in Modern-Day First

    Russian Army Forms ‘Artistic Units’ in Modern-Day First

    The Russian military has formed what it called its first “artistic” units of musicians, actors and other creatives to boost troop morale amid a series of battlefield losses in Ukraine. “Two permanent frontline creative brigades were formed for the first time in the modern history of the Russian Armed Forces,” the Defense Ministry said in a…

  • Kremlin Says Russia Has No Plans for Holiday Ceasefire in Ukraine

    Kremlin Says Russia Has No Plans for Holiday Ceasefire in Ukraine

    The Kremlin said on Wednesday that it had not received any proposals from Kyiv to halt fighting in Ukraine during the upcoming holiday period and that a ceasefire was not on Moscow’s agenda. “No, no proposals have been received from anyone and no topic of this kind is on the agenda,” the Kremlin’s spokesperson Dmitry…

  • St. Petersburg Funnels $1.5Mln from City Budget to Mariupol Reconstruction – Media

    St. Petersburg Funnels $1.5Mln from City Budget to Mariupol Reconstruction – Media

    St. Petersburg has contributed 100 million rubles ($1.5 million) toward the reconstruction of Mariupol, the southern Ukrainian port city largely destroyed by Russian troops this year, the independent media outlet Rotonda reported. The allocation has apparently cut into the city’s budget for ice and snow cleanup, making the streets of Russia’s second-largest city — already…

  • Ex-Presidential Guard Who Fled Russian Draft Faces Extradition, Jail

    Ex-Presidential Guard Who Fled Russian Draft Faces Extradition, Jail

    A former Russian presidential guard who fled President Vladimir Putin’s mobilization now faces extradition from neighboring Kazakhstan on charges of desertion and illegal border-crossing, Kazakh media has reported. If approved, Mikhal Zhilin’s extradition would mark the first publicly known time an allied country has returned a draft dodger to Russia, where his family says he faces…

  • Russia Sources Sanctions-Busting $2.6B in Tech Since Invading Ukraine – Reuters

    Russia Sources Sanctions-Busting $2.6B in Tech Since Invading Ukraine – Reuters

    Russia has sourced at least $2.6 billion in computer components and electronics in the months since falling under Western tech sanctions for its invasion of Ukraine, Reuters reported Tuesday, citing purchased Russian customs records. Semiconductors and other technology arrived in Russia between April and Oct. 31 via Hong Kong and Turkey — which have not…

  • U.S. Plans to Send Patriot Missiles to Ukraine – Media

    U.S. Plans to Send Patriot Missiles to Ukraine – Media

    The Pentagon is finalizing plans to send Patriot missile batteries that can shoot down incoming missiles to Ukraine, U.S. media reported Tuesday. As Russia has ramped up missile strikes on key Ukrainian infrastructure, the administration of President Joe Biden could announce the deployment as early as this week, U.S. officials told The New York Times…

  • Ukraine Secures 1Bln Euros in Aid ‘To Get Through Winter’

    Ukraine Secures 1Bln Euros in Aid ‘To Get Through Winter’

    Ukraine’s Western allies pledged an additional one billion euros ($1.1 billion) in emergency winter aid on Tuesday, responding to pleas from President Volodymyr Zelensky to help the country withstand Russia’s onslaught against its energy grid. Around 70 countries and international organizations gathered in Paris for a meeting aimed at enabling Ukrainians “to get through this…

  • E-Scooter Firm Whoosh Seeks Russia’s First Ukraine War IPO

    E-Scooter Firm Whoosh Seeks Russia’s First Ukraine War IPO

    Russian E-scooter firm Whoosh’s plans for an initial public offering (IPO) this week — the first since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine — will be a test of the country’s battered capital markets after nearly 10 months of Western sanctions, analysts said.  If successful, Whoosh is due to begin trading on the Moscow Exchange on Wednesday.…

  • FSB Charges Russian With Treason for Attempt to Enlist in Ukrainian Army

    FSB Charges Russian With Treason for Attempt to Enlist in Ukrainian Army

    Russia’s FSB security service on Tuesday confirmed that it had arrested and charged a Russian citizen who attempted to join the Ukrainian Armed Forces earlier this year, according to state-run news agency TASS. “The detainee decided to switch to the side of the enemy and join the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to…

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